Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The sun & your skin

Hello Lovelies!!

It's extremely hot in Malta (as always)!!  My biggest love right now is the airconditioner. How can you NOT love it?!? In summer , the UV rays are more high, causing a lot of skin problems.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunshine are your skin's biggest enemies, causing it to thin, wrinkle and age prematurely - and they can cause cancer!

You should know that the sun is made up of different ultraviolet rays - UVA, UVB and UVC. The ozone layer blocks UVC rays, but let through UVA and UVC rays.
UVA rays don't cause sunburn, but so penetrate your skin cells deeply, causing aging and increasing the risk of malignant malenoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.- Uh oh
UVB rays cause sunburn and two other types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma and squamos cell carcinoma.

Take note of this girls - products with SPF's only protect your skin from UVB rays, so for UVA protection, look for an SPF lotion with UV star rating (4 stars is best) and the words 'broad spectrum' on the label.

SPF INFO : Almost all sunscreen lotions now carry SPF rating. These rate how long a lotion will protect you for before your skin starts going red - so if your uncovered skin ususally reddens in 10 minutes, with SPF 15, it will take 15 minutes longer. Bert you didn't know that!
Ratings start at 2 and can go up to 60. The higher the SPF, the longer it protects against burning.

  • SPFs in your skincare
Dermatologists and doctors are now reccomending wearing a sunscreen all year round, as UV rays can reach your skin even when it's overcast, and in the winter. So don't you just put on sunscreen just cos it's sunny!!. The easiest way to do this is to wear a moisturiser with an SPF 15 to 30 under your make-up. Apply first thing in the morning and don't forget to top up!. Also, opt for lip balms and hand creams with SPF and UV-rated filters.

I'm currently alternating between these two.

  • SPFs in your make-up
Nowadays, you can get foundations, concealers, blushers and eye colours with SPFs. These aren't worth paying extra for if you already wear an SPF moisturiser. However, they're handy if you can't fins an SPF moisturiser to suit you, or if you don't want to layer moisture over make-up when topping up during the day. Lip colours with SPFs are an exeption, as the sensitive skin on your lips needs extra protection!

    I'm currently using this foundation
  • SPFs in your sunscreen
If you're exposing more than your face or of you're not wearing an SPF moisturiser or SPF make-up, you need a sunscreen that's SPF 15 or higher preferably, with a UV rating of 4. Apply it on top to toe 20 minutes before you go out and re-apply frequently, especially if you're swimming or perspire a lot. It's important to use a generous amount and don't rub it in too hard or you'll resude its SPF value - bet you didn't know that !! let any sunscreen sink in fully before applying make-up.

I'm currently using this sunblock

That's all for now :):)  Don't forget to put on sunscreen and avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm!!

Denise o.bo the Fabulous team

Storage Haul!

Hi Guys!

So Denise and I went a little shopping this week since we had been wanting to get some good storage stuff for ages so we were talking on msn and went to a Maltese store that sold household goods! 

So we both bought similar things, first off we both wanted plastic drawers to store our make up so we went straight to that aisle and we found the most adorable Hello Kitty Drawers which at first I bought two and Denise bought one whilst she also bought these cute Hello Kitty containers, around two days later we returned and I bought another two hello kitty drawers and two containers, below you can see how I set up my purchases:

aren' they the cutest things?

I also bought a shoe rack (well its more of a shoe hanger type thingy) which you can see below:

And this is how I hung it up well actually my dad did all the work!

And last but not least not really storage but thought I'd share it with you I bought these awesome high heeled shoes from asos they were a little tight but I'm managing to break them in slowly slowly :-D

ignore the lovely mess :-p

That's all for now!

Martina o.b.o of The Fabulous Team

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FOTD: 18th July 2011

Hey Beauty Lovers!

Sorry I am posting another FOTD but I absolutely loved this make up so thought I'd share it with you! So today we went to watch Bad Teacher which fyi is a HILARIOUS movie!! So today I was watching the style network and they did a Mila Kunis look and I remembered that Nicola from pixiwoo did also so I decided to look up that particular look and recreate it! below you can find the link to the youtube video and show some love to the pixiwoo sisters which fyi I absolutely adore they're so sweet and so talented and they are two make up artists which I really look up to!

Anywho on to my recreation of the Mila Kunis Look (sorry for the bad quality pics but my cam died on me!)

Taken with my laptop in natural light

Taken with my laptop under yellow light


N.Y.C Bronzing Face Gel in 721 B
e.l.f All Over Cover Stick In Rosy Beige 
Revlon Photo ready foundation in 004 Nude
e.l.f The Beauty Encyclopedia Face Edition (used the lightest concealer for highlighting)
Maxfactor Creme Puff Powder in 05 Translucent
e.l.f  studioWarm Bronzer
Body Shop Blusher (09)
e.l.f Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow
e.l.f Healthy Glow Bronzing powder in Luminance
e.l.f Make up Mist and Set

I managed to get a decent photo of my eye before my camera died on me!


e.l.f Mineral eyeshadow primer
Jimont eyebrow pencil no.1
Maybelline Diamond glow quad 21 Pink Drama (silverish white colour and black)
e.l.f The beauty encyclopedia Basic eye edition (1st row 4th eyeshadow)
e.l.f Cream eyeliner in Black 
e.l.f Mineral eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Volum' express Mascara Black


Maxfactor lipstick in 859 Cinder
e.l.f Super glossy lipshine in Champagne

Hope you enjoyed the look as much as I enjoyed applying it!

Martina o.b.o The Fabulous Team

Sunday, July 17, 2011

FOTD: 16th July 2011

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Thought I'd share the make up I applied yesterday 16th July! Basically the make up I apply is always inspired from a video I watch but then I put my own take on it, so yesterday I was watching the lovely Sam from Pixiwoo and she had done an Emma Watson look which was smokey and had a little gold in it so I went a little smokey but not too much with purple and silver.


e.l.f All Over Cover Stick in Rosy Beige
Revlon Photo ready Foundation in 004 Nude
Maxfactor Creme Puff (pressed powder) in 05 Translucent
Body Shop Blusher (not really clear since the sticker is torn but looks like 09)
Eva Garden Blusher in 314
e.l.f Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Luminance 
e.l.f Make up Mist and Set


e.l.f Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
e.l.f  Party Eye Palette (Limited Edition)- Used the White, Purple and Grey
Primark Trust Dust Loose Mineral Eyeshadow in Violet (just in the middle)
e.l.f Mineral eyeshadow in Angelic (on the other corners)
e.l.f Mineral eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara in Black


Maxfactor Lip Liner in 16 Rose
e.l.f Regular Line Lipstick in Gypsy
Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Pink Kisses

Thought I'd add what I was wearing also sorry for the very blurred photo was wearing a bershka dress :-)

Hope you liked my look!

o.b.o The Fabulous Team!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Current Beauty and make-up favourites


Oh my God it’s been AGES since we’ve last posted!! We are so sorry , but we have been so busy, and Martina having uni exams and all.. any way , we promise you we will keep our blog updated from this moment on!

We thought about making this post about our current favourites, make-up, beauty and all. Please tell us your favourites on the comment box below! 
Enjoy ;)

·        Denise:

My favourites include make-up, face care , hair care and even a deodorant!

I had some blonde lights done to my hair and I bought a shampoo and conditioner for keeping them bright and shiny and keep orange tones at bay. They are by Umberto Giannini and they smell devine! Even the silver shampoo by ISO smells quite nice but the others, omg!! The best smell ever plus it lasts!

I have bought a hair sun protection by Matrix Biolage which smells awesome as well. And won’t ruin your blow dry, because this version is oil-free. Love it!

Won’t  go out without my La Roche Posay tinted sunscreen 50+. My skin is good so it gives me enough coverage, though I like to sweep some powder over my entire face.

I am really happy with this Neutrogena 2 in 1 face wash/mask!! It leaves my skin feeling clean and haven’t had a breakout in a long long time. Awesome!

I’m also really really happy with The Body Shop’s Vitamin E eye cream. I’m using it morning and night. It really helped my under eye circles.

I’m currently using this Nivea eye make-up remover and it’s really good , although be sure not to use loads of product at once because it stings!!

I bought  Sleek Pout Polish in Sugar May after Dyna recommended it and I don’t regret buying it! The tub is huge, product super silky and smells lovely!!.

This La Senza ‘Undiscovered’ perfume screams SEXY!! Love love love this scent!! 

Nothing smells more like summer than this Yamamay spray.Beautiful.

This is my favourite deodorant so far because it makes you smell like talc, and it really lasts!

I love my Revlon beyond natural foundation! It comes out white but adapts to your skin colour when you rub it in your skin. Awesome.

This is the best toner so far and it’s super cheap! Smells really nice.

Elf (eyeslipsface.co.uk) have come awesome mineral lipsticks! This one is in Cool Coral and its super nice! They are smooth, not matte and don’t make your lips look flaky. Love it!

A couple of lip glosses I’m digging atm are ELF mineral lip gloss in bare and Revlon Gloss in Peach Petal. Nice nice nice.

I have been using Layla blusher everyday. Nicely pigmented and blends beautifully!

 That's all for me. :)

  • Martina
Hey guys so sorry we haven't posted in ages but I was soo busy with my university dissertation, exams and assignments plus I had to finish off my make up course that I didn't have the time to create any posts. So first things first you may now call me a Professional Make Up Artist :-p and a University Graduate!! :-D

So on to my current favourites:

1st Row: e.l.f HD Powder- I not only love this powder but I adore it!! not only does it minimise fine lines and pores it really comes out great in photos! I've used this powder in all my make up course looks!!

2nd Row: e.l.f Studio Warm Bronzer- I love this Bronzer since its a not to in your face bronzer and its very natural!

3rd Row: e.l.f Natural Radiance blusher in Glow- Absolutely stunning I always end up doing this blush I just adore the colour!

4th Row: Sleek Palettes in Bohemian and Jewels- These have the most beautiful colours in them. Bohemian has a range of colours which are really bright and summery whilst jewels is a fairly glittery palette focusing on silvers and blues.

5th Row: Maybelline lipstick in I Love Plum- I was a bit sceptical since it was plum but it is a very natural plum and it enhances the natural lip colour ;

 Revlon Photo ready foundation in 004 Nude- funny story, I used this foundation on a friend of mine for a make up look (it was her personal foundation) and I absolutely loved its pay off that I ended up buying it for myself unfortunately since I tanned its a bit too light for me now but great coverage and great payoff!;

 e.l.f Studio Make up Mist and Set- The love of my life I absolutely love it I always realise theres something missing when i forget to spray it on my face since it sets my make up beautifully and keeps my make up from running;

 Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Pink Kisses- I normally hate glosses but I always end up applying this since the colour goes on amazing with any pink/plum lipstick I apply!

That's all from us! Looking forward to write more blog posts for you!

The Fabulous Team xoxo