Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fabulous Giveaway: Patches & Bonnets!

Hi All,

I hope you are all well!

I have teamed up with my good friend Debs from Patches and Bonnets who specialises in creating vintage-inspired pieces which include recycled & revamped materials 'patched up' with love for whoever wears them :)

If you remember, I wore a special piece at the Malta Fashion Week, International Designers' Show a few months ago from Debs collection! If your memory fails you, you can visit the post here: http://allthingsfabulousblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/ootd-what-i-wore-to-mercedes-benz-malta.htm


Debs is feeling super generous and she will be giving away this gorgeous piece to one of you!

This giveaway is super easy to enter! All you have to do is Like our facebook pages, therefore you need to like Debs' Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/patchesandbonnets?fref=ts and my facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsfabulousblog?fref=ts

Winner will be drawn randomly on 31st July 2014 at noon!

So what are you waiting for?!?! Get liking and Good Luck!!

Martina XOXO


Monday, July 7, 2014

A fabulous guest: Sara's Super Skin Care Regimen!

Hi All!

I hope you are doing well!

Throughout these past few weeks I have been busy as a bee working on a project with my choir so obviously blogging went flying out the window!

Today's post is extra special since I have a fabulous guest called Sara who reached out to me with an informative post on her skin care regime!

Martina XOXO


Hello lovelies! I’m Sara and I am so excited to tell you about my skincare regimen that took my skin from pimply to near-perfect. But before I start, I want to give a huge thank you to Martina for letting me write this for her! Thanks girl!

I used to use a lot of acne products in the hopes of clearing my skin but none would ever work. A pimple would disappear and another one would pop up elsewhere the next day! I used to wash my face with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser and moisturize with Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin night cream. I always had some minor acne and redness but I was turning 20 at the time so I knew my skin needed a change. There came a point when all I wanted was clear skin. That’s it; not a new car or a cute boyfriend—just clear skin!  I realized that I had to start investing in a few higher-quality products, but I vowed to only purchase what was really necessary.

After some trial and error, I finally pinpointed a routine that works! Here are the steps I take to achieve a fresh face on a tight budget:

v  Purpose’s Gentle Cleansing Wash (which can be found at most drugstores) is “clinically shown to be as gentle as water” and I believe it. I’ve never been irritated by this cleanser and it’s great for day and night. It is so light--it literally feels like nothing is on your face. Cetaphil’s cleanser is just as gentle, but a tad pricier.



v  Skinn Cosmetics DermAppeal Microdermabrasion from ShopHQ is my go-to at home microdermabrasion treatment. The amount of times a week you exfoliate depends upon the product you use and your skin type, but for the most part you should exfoliate about 2-3 times per week. If you don’t already, you should definitely do it! Dead skin cells, sebum (oil), bacteria and/or hormones are the building blocks of acne, so don’t let that gunk pile up. When I use the DermAppeal microdermabrasion product, I wash my face and pat it dry and then I splash warm water all over. I spoon out a generous quarter-sized blob with a dry spoon and I massage my face in big, slow circular motions. The active ingredients are triggered with water, so you don’t want to put your fingers in the jar. Finally, I hop in the shower, do my deal and rinse all of the product off. It’s much easier to do it this way because the magnesium granules take a few minutes to wash off. The results are wonderful! I always use this on a Friday so I look all glowy and magical when I go out later that night. J


v  Another type of exfoliant I use is called GlamGlow SuperMud activated charcoal mask and boy, is this stuff super! Ask anyone in the beauty biz and they’ll give a nod to this stuff for its detoxifying properties. It’s a chemical exfoliant with both Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHAs & BHAs) so it leaves your skin really smooth. This mask has a sort of vacuum technology that just draws the goop out of your pores and shrinks your pimples. I do a spot treatment with this every couple of days and when I want to do a full mask, I make sure it’s on a day when I’m not using my Skinn microderm. This product is a little on the pricey side but it’s totally worth it. If you’re not ready to splurge, try the Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask for a little freshening up!


v  The final step in my skincare regimen is the Purely Nourishing moisturizer from Bare Essentials. This is like a dream to apply. My skin thanks me every night when I slather it on! It has an ActiveSoil complex which means it’s formulated with a good amount of potent antioxidants. Keeping your skin moisturized is extremely important, so if your skin isn’t as dry as mine, try a lighter cream like the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath. I use this in the summer months so I don’t break out.


It’s pretty amazing how 4 products can really make a difference in a girl’s life but it’s true! I went from perpetual pimples and constant redness to just a few blackheads on my nose and pinkness on my cheeks.  Gals, it’s all about quality, not quantity, so if you’re unsatisfied with your skin do something about it and invest in a few products! Don’t get frustrated when you buy something and it doesn’t do wonders for you—to find the perfect skincare regimen for you, you’re going to have to do a little trial and error. The most important thing is to have fun with it!!


Thanks for reading! J

Monday, June 23, 2014

Maxfactor Malta- #selfeyemalta competition!

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all doing well!!!

Today's post is extra special!!

Maxfactor Malta have launched an awesome competition were you can be in a chance to win an awesome gift!

What do you need to do to be in a chance to win big?! Have you ever heard of a Selfie? (If you're living under a rock then probably not, but I'm assuming otherwise). Well the Selfie is so one hour ago! Post your SelfEYE (see what they did there) to be in a chance to win!

What do you need to do? SIMPLE...

Upload your SelfEYE on the Maxfactor Malta facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-Factor-Malta/406671259436256?fref=ts

and use the hashtag #selfeyemalta

BUT and listen closely to this.. your photo has to be literally a selfie of your eye...no face, no lips, no ears, no duck faces, just your eye!

Then all you need to do is get your friends and loved ones to vote for you!

You have until the 6th July to enter!

Oh yes.... you have the chance to win the following:


1st Prize – €300 worth of Max Factor products 
2nd Prize – €200 worth of Max Factor products
3rd Prize – €100 worth of Mac Factor products


Awesome right?!

Check out my #selfeyemalta and get posting to win big!


Martina XOXO

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

OOTD: What I wore to the Malta Fashion Awards

Hey Guys!

I had a very good rest after all the Malta Fashion Week Madness... just joking! It was actually a lovely experience which I really enjoyed throughly and I'm trying to get back in my old routine!

As you know, last Saturday marked the biggest fashion event in Malta, the Fashion Awards and what was more suited than a brand new outfit specially bought for this event!

Last Saturday marked the opening of the highly awaited new store, River Island so I obviously had to get myself down there and I found a beautiful jumpsuit which I just had to have! I also went to New Look who had a fantastic "Buy Two, Get One Free" offer and I bought this gorgeous Mint Blazer together with white shoes and a layered necklace!

My hair was done by the lovely and talented Graziella at the Dean Gera Salon at the Point! 


OOTD
River Island Monochrome Detailed Jumpsuit
New Look Mint Blazer
New Look White Heels
New Look Layered Necklace
Aldo Clutch
Forever 21 Bangle

A big thank you goes to Tiziana from Rouge Reveries who took some photos for me, make sure to check out her blog: http://www.rougereveries.com

Hope you liked this look!

Martina XOXO

Sunday, June 1, 2014

OOTD: What I wore to the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week 2014 International Designers Fashion Show

Hey Guys,

This post is coming a day late since I was very busy yesterday going from one thing to another!

One of my good friends, Deb has recently launched a new handmade jewellery company and she had the pleasure of sponsoring me with one of her pieces for this look. Since her pieces are very vintage inspired, I decided to wear a vintage outfit with a modern twist! The piece I chose was actually a long necklace which Deb shortened for me! She also does custom made pieces!

Make sure to check out her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/patchesandbonnets?fref=ts

For my look I went with a see-through bat wing top paired up with my favourite maxi skirt and leather jacket. After a week in heels I decided to wear flats, my poor feet needed a break :-p


OOTD
Purple (Dorothy Perkins) See Through Bat Wing Top
New Look Maxi Skirt
New Look Leather Jacket
Shana Ballet Shoes
Mango Gold Clutch
Patches & Bonnets Vintage Gem Necklace

For my hair and make up, I decided to go a little gothic chic by pairing a heavy dark eye with a hint of cranberry in my crease together with a nude lip. I pulled my hair up in a high pony tail to finish off this look!


I hope you enjoyed this look! Stay tuned for my last and final look at the Malta Fashion Awards!

Martina XOXO

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week 2014- International Designers Fashion Show

Today marks the last fashion show of the Malta Fashion Week and what better way to end this week than a healthy dose of beautiful pieces coming from all around the world!

This event was supported by Cordina Outside Catering and Meridiana estates.

5 international designers showcased their collection against the backdrop of the Pjazza Regina with magnificent arches and beautiful stone structures, the designs stood out against yet again another beautiful location!

Stunning hair styles were styled by Tony & Guys and Essentials Artistic Team whilst Make Up was done by Elaine Galea, Krista Paris, Talitha Dimech, Diandra Mattei, Gabrielle Zammit Grungo, Leanne Magro & Christelle Lays using Eva Garden Make Up.

Daniela Bozic (Serbia)

The first designer to showcase her work came all the way from Serbia! Daniela Bozic presented her collection titled 'Floral Rhapsody designed for the woman who expresses her emotions through extravagant dresses with strong colours that represent the form of rare and exotic flora.

The main colour used in this colletion was white, however, other colours such as green, black, red and gold were prominent in some gowns whilst the pieces of jewellery styled with the pieces were quite colourful. I noticed that most of the pieces, namely the capes and jackets had a patterned inside. Materials ranged from sheer to embossed to chiffon and velvet.



Joan Isioma Okorodudu (Nigeria)

I remember Joan from last year's Malta Fashion Awards and how much I loved the vibrant patterns and fun designs! This year, Joan definitely did not disappoint!

Joan's collection is all about African culture represented in the bold prints and bright colours used. Her collection is all about having fun with fashion.

From gorgeous jumpsuits to fun flirty dresses to crop tops to wide legged pants and gorgeous jackets to fun suits for the boys, this collection was all about having fun!

Prints were at an all time high in this collection from star prints to abstract prints!


Jean Paul Benielli (France)

'La Femme', an exquisite evening gown collection made of the finest fabrics was presented by Jean Paul Benielli this evening.

These beautiful gowns were made using the finest of fine materials such as hand-embroidered lace, chiffon, organza and satin which combined to create striking silhouettes.

The gowns were finished off with even finer pieces such as Tahitian pearls, Swarowski crystals, sequins, glass beads and chiffons.

These pieces were the kind of pieces which immediately show the hard work that has gone into making each piece since these kind of materials are so fine that they definitely look hand made and customized to create the perfect piece.


Sally Bawa (Nigeria)

Another Nigerian designer rocked the runway tonight! Sally Bawa, beautifully crafted pieces including stunning hand painted pieces with striking designs, combining different patterns and colours.

This collection has been described as the revival of the love of art and the combination of imagination and representation.

From gorgeous floral prints to to abstract art statements donning a number of earthy and floral colours. Crop tops, tailored pieces, dresses, maxi skirts and tailored shirts for men, this collection was quite the work of art!



Judy R. Clark (Scotland, United Kingdom)

The last and final collection came from a country not far away! Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and tartans  in a non-traditional way donning the signature Judy R Clark tailoring and flamboyant silhouettes.

From elegant fairy tale long dresses to crop tops to military style jackets this collection screamed femininity and girl power and what was more appropriate than Beyonce's Run The World to accompany this female empowered collection?!

Lace details, embellishments, beaded details, chiffon and patterned print statements were the highlights of the dresses which showed the craftsmanship of the tailoring of these pieces.

Two jackets stood out with feather tails bringing your average military jacket to the next level!


And that my dear readers is Malta Fashion Week 2014!! I look forward to attending the Malta Fashion Awards for more fashion fun tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed this journey with me, I know I did!!

Until tomorrow!

Martina XOXO