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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

My home at Christmastime

December 08, 2020 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


I can't believe it's almost Christmas!  2020 has been an unusual year, to put it mildly, and it has gone by so fast.  I love Christmastime aka "the most wonderful time of the year" so much and I can't understand how it is possible that in ten (10) years of blogging I have never shown you my decorations.  So, this year I decided to remedy that and post a lot of photos in today's blog post.  Are you ready for a sneak peek at my home at Christmastime?

My home at Christmastime

We are a Catholic family and along with the usual Christmas decorations, such as the tree, Santa Claus, snowmen, etc., we also decorate the house with traditional Catholic/Christian decorations.  Our holidays wouldn't be complete if we forget the real reason for the season.  I also understand that this time of the year represents different things to different people.


Let's get started...


First things first; this is our Advent wreath; a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent.

Advent wreath

Next is our main Christmas tree.  The theme is classic red and gold and the ornaments are a mixture of classic baubles, vintage, sentimental ornaments, and handmade ornaments.  The handmade ornaments are all crafted by my very talented mother.  She is a skilled beading artist and she can create almost anything with her hands.  As you can see in the photos below she also made a lot of felt ornament, which I love!  The lights are twinkling warm white LEDs.  

Anyone who visits our home at Christmastime loves our main tree.  What do you think?  

handmade Christmas decorations

Speaking of handmade Christmas ornaments, I have to show you these gorgeous felted wreaths, also crafted by my mum!  

felted Christmas wreaths

Here in Malta, for Catholics, Christmas isn't Christmas without the bambin (baby Jesus/from the Italian word bambinello) and the presepju (nativity scene/from the Italian word presepe).  

This is our bambin; a lifesize statue of baby Jesus in his manger.  

bambin

bambin

And this is our presepju.  Mum isn't the only crafty person in our family; in fact, I made this presepju myself years ago!

presepju

presepju

The figurines are called pasturi, derived from the Italian word pastore, which means shepherd.


We also decorate another smaller, Christmas tree in the kitchen/living area.  This one's theme is blue, silver, and pink.  This tree also has some handmade ornament.  This is the tree where we have our pink and blue decorations that represent my niece and nephew.  This is my nephew's first Christmas so this year we added a blue beaded pacifier to this tree!  We also have two felted ornament with the name and date of birth of my five-year-old niece.

Christmas tree
I also have a small Christmas tree in my bedroom.  There are many, many more Christmas decorations throughout the house but I cannot possibly include them all in the post.  Here are just a few more...

Christmas decorations

I haven't included the wreath on our front door because today is a cold and very windy day and I didn't feel like going outside at all! (maybe next year)

Christmas decorations

I hope you enjoyed this festive themed blog post.  Do you decorate your home for the holidays?  What holidays do you celebrate, if any?    


Talk to you soon!





Monday, September 28, 2020

I missed my 10th blog anniversary | Top 10 posts from 10 years of blogging

September 28, 2020 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


Guess what!?  With everything that is going on in the world right now, I missed my own ten (10) year blogiversary!  On Friday the 18th of September, Cosette's Beauty Pantry turned 10 years old!  I can hardly believe that it’s been this long!  
I wrote my very first blog post a little over a decade ago!


I just realised that by the time I press "publish", it will be the 28th; i.e. I'm posting this 10 days after the 10th blogiversary!  It must be a sign...

To "celebrate" this milestone, I want to share the top 10 posts from 10 years of blogging:

  1. How to thin out your nail polish
  2. Misconceptions about ear piercings
  3. Overnight spot treatment: Calamine lotion
  4. A guide to make-up brushes: Which ones to use and when
  5. Reverse hair washing
  6. DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste
  7. Quiz: What's your face shape?
  8. Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Review
  9. DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment
  10. Sugaring vs. Waxing

 

I want to thank all of you who visit, read, comment and share!


To those of you who have been with me since the Skincare Suggestions days, I say thank you for your support.  To those who’ve discovered the blog more recently, I say thank you for jumping on board.  And, if you’re new here, welcome!


If you have any suggestions, ideas, feedback or inquiries, don't hesitate to contact me!  


Here’s to another 10 years!





Monday, September 07, 2020

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Party Princess ✨

September 07, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's post is a nails of the day.  I haven’t posted one of these in ages!  You can view previous NOTD posts here.  This is what I'm currently wearing... 


This pretty nail polish colour is called Party Princess (07) by Essence.  


I did not know it is this sheer until I applied the first coat.  The first coat coloured my nail a sheer pink with some glitter.  I thought it looked super cute… for little girls, that is!  


I applied a second coat of nail polish, and this time it looked much better.  


This nail polish is pink with glitter, very girly and pretty.  


I don’t hate it but I think it’s perfect for little girls that want to feel like a “Princess”!  What do you think?   


Even though I'm a grown woman, I'm still going to keep using this nail polish and enjoy my sparkly manicures. 


Do you wear glitter nail polish?  Leave a comment below and let me know!


Have an awesome day!


Saturday, August 29, 2020

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

August 29, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
If you live in an area with hard water, chances are your hair is suffering the consequences.  Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium, lime, and magnesium.  While not dangerous, hard water can leave your hair dull and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.  It can also discolour lighter hues and strip colour-treated hair.  Minerals dissolved in hard water create a film on the hair strand, which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.  This results in dry, dull and tangled hair.  The best way to combat issues related to hard water is to incorporate a deep cleansing mask once a week to eliminate buildup.
The key ingredient in this DIY deep cleansing hair mask is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!  I often use ACV in my DIY beauty recipes.  The enzymes and nutrients in ACV make it an amazing natural hair conditioner.  
Combined with the goodness of agave and olive oil, this apple cider vinegar hair mask recipe is the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning remedy!
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions according to the length and thickness of your hair.

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

Keep in mind that you should use wholesome apple cider vinegar, which is RAW, unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
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Method:
  1. In a bowl mix, all the above ingredients with a spoon until a smooth mask is formed.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair from ends to scalp.
  3. Pull hair back and allow the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out completely, no shampoo or conditioner is necessary unless oily residue remains.

ACV nutrients and their benefits for the hair:
  • Ascorbic Acid - Also known as Vitamin C, makes hair grow faster, detoxifies hair, is rich in antioxidants fight free radicals, fights dandruff, and cleanses scalp and hair strands.
  • B-vitamins - Stimulates blood circulation in hair follicles, remedies baldness and hair loss, a remedy for greasy or oily hair, moisturizes hair and leads to shiny silky locks of hair.
  • Acetic acid - Kills off lice and nits, detoxes hair, breaks down chemical product build up in hair, cleanses the scalp of bacteria and germs, fights dandruff, fights smelly scalp.
  • Probiotics - Friendly bacteria fights odour in the scalp, disinfect scalp.

Make sure the accompanying ingredients used are also good quality in order to get the best results.  

Role in the hair mask:
  • Olive Oil - Oldest pressed oil known to mankind, rich in antioxidants, hydrates and moisturises hair, powerful hair conditioner.
  • Agave - A soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and a lustrous shine.



And there you have it; a recipe for the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning hair mask!

What is your favourite hair mask (DIY or store-bought)?  Leave a comment and let me know!



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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Femme Luxe fashion haul on a good hair day

August 16, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This past couple of days I published 3 (three) blog posts.  On Friday, I wrote about what kind of earrings you should wear with your protective face mask in a post titled Accessorising during a pandemic.  Then, on Saturday I wrote about My current haircut and in the early hours of this morning, I published a FOTD (Face Of The Day) post in which I wrote about wearing makeup under face masks in a post titled FOTD: Do you wear makeup under your face masks?

Today's post is one of my favourite kind of blog post; a fashion haul!  I love doing this kind of post for a few reasons: first, I love showing you what I get and sharing the links with you so you too can shop my style, if you want to.  Second, I love having an excuse to dress up, and in this case, put on makeup and take some pictures.  Funnily enough, I HATED having my photo taken ever since I can remember.  My childhood photo albums are full of pictures of me pouting or covering my face because I did not want to take photos!  I always was, and still am, an introvert but as you can see I no longer cover my face in my photos. 😂  Still, I prefer to take my own picture as opposed to having my pictures taken!  I am a little bit of a "control freak".

That's enough chit-chat; let me show you the 5 (five) items I got from Femme Luxe.  This time around I ordered  3 (three) t-shirts and 2 (two) loungewear sets.





The first item in this fashion haul is a black t-shirt, featuring a Love YaSelf slogan print with a crew neck.  This tee is both simple and cute!  If you don’t like the black colour, this t-shirt is also available in white with the slogan written in black.





The second clothing item in this haul is actually two; a two-piece that is, a grey short-sleeved crew neck top with matching leggings.  I'm not particularly fond of tracksuits but I'm absolutely obsessed with Femme Luxe loungewear sets, as I told you multiple times in previous blog posts. What's not to love?  These sets are comfy, stylish, practical and very versatile! 💗





The third item I got is a black boxy long-sleeved tie loungewear set, featuring a matching comfy jumper and cuff legged jogger trousers.  You can eighter pair this with a pair of trainers or spice it up with your favourite heels!  See what I mean?  This is why I'm always saying that these sets are very versatile!   






The fourth and fifth items are two t-shirts in the same model, in different colours.  If this t-shirt looks familiar, it's probably because I already featured this model in a previous blog post.  I got a black one first and now I got the same t-shirt in lilac and camel.  It's a simple short-sleeved tee with a scoop v neck.





I love both colours!  The lilac t-shirt is very cute and "girly" while the camel one is a very light neutral colour.



As I am typing this the Femme Luxe website is experiencing difficulties, however, the FemmeLuxe app is up and running so be sure to download it to make an order!  Regardless, I still included all the links to the items I featured in this post and you can simply click on the photos to visit the site, once it's back to normal.


I hope you liked this post!  Leave a comment and let me know what's our favourite clothing item from today's haul.


FOTD: Do you wear makeup under your face masks?

August 16, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, I haven't been wearing makeup; in fact, the last time I can remember putting on makeup was months ago!  I was never the type of person to wear makeup every day but since I've been staying home most of the time and I'm not attending any social events, I found myself missing wearing makeup and feeling more put together.  Whenever I need to go out I'm wearing a face mask and sunglasses or a face shield (aka visor) anyway.  Dermatologists advise that we skip wearing makeup under our face masks.  Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog pores and lead to breakouts.  If makeup is necessary, use only products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free”.  I have acne-prone skin so for me that means face mask + makeup = breakouts - No thanks!

So yesterday I decided to put on some makeup and take some photos for upcoming blog posts.  If you look closely you can spot this makeup in my previous post and in my next one!  I'm wearing a bb cream because it's way too hot to wear foundation (38°C/100.40°F), grey and gold eyeshadow, a translucent powder, bronzer, concealer (as a highlighter), black mascara and eyeliner, tinted brow mascara and matte liquid lipstick.




Do you wear makeup under your face masks?  Let me know in the comment section below!


Saturday, August 15, 2020

My current haircut

August 15, 2020 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Through the years, my hair has been anywhere from pixie short to knee length long (when I was 9/10).  A few years back I did a tag post where I answered questions about my hair; check it out - Tag post: My hair.  My hair usually flows between a mid-length that is a few inches below my collarbone, to something longer roughly at bra strap length.  

My hair right now (August 2020) is pretty long; mid-back length with layers throughout.  I also have soft face-framing layers (grown out bangs).  The shortest layers start just below my chin when curly.  I prefer a u-shaped cut over a v-shape.  Now I trim my hair every 8 (eight) weeks, I used to trim it every 4 (four) weeks until a few months ago when I wanted to keep it shorter. 

I've been cutting and dying my own hair since 2007-2008!  I am not encouraging anyone to cut their own hair.  I'm just telling you what I do and how I get this haircut.  If you do not feel confident do not do it.- leave it to the professionals.  But if you have wavey or curly hair and you want to cut your own hair I recommend watching Manes by Mell videos on YouTube.  

My hair colour is 7.1, dark ash blond is the name on the box but I describe it more as a lightish brown.  My natural hair colour is a medium brown but since I started going grey at the age of 21 (twenty-one) I felt like I had to colour my hair.  
If you are heading in for a hair appointment soon, I highly suggest taking photos of whatever haircut you are going for!  It’s helpful to discuss what you like and don’t like about each of the photos you bring so the stylist can have a clear vision of your hair goals!
I hope you are having a great hair day!