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Monday, November 14, 2022

Twelve (12) vegan-friendly Advent calendars to shop right now

November 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

For Christians everywhere, Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. For Catholics, this year, Advent starts on Sunday, the 27th of November. The word "advent" means "arrival" or "coming". 

Lately, the word advent has become associated with Advent calendars. Calendars filled with chocolate began to appear in the late 1950s and soon began to spread around the world. But, in recent years, these calendars have become more popular than ever.

wooden Advent calendar

While the date of the first day of Advent changes each year, mass-produced, Advent calendars tend to run from December 1st through December 24th. An Advent calendar helps count the days until Christmas, usually with a small item or phrase revealed each day. 

The proper way to work through an Advent calendar is to start with the box labelled "one". The point of the calendar is not to count down but rather to count up towards Christmas Day.

Advent calendars can have a variety of shapes and styles, from calendars designed for makeup lovers to fun ones that would be great for kids. And one cannot overlook the classic chocolate option.

Below, you can find links to twelve (12) vegan-friendly Advent calendars. Take a look!

  1. Art File Christmas Shop Advent Calendar Card • Art File Christmas Shop Advent Calendar Card • €5.43
  2. Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar, Dark Chocolate, 125g • Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar, Dark Chocolate, 125g • €15
  3. bareMinerals Clean Beauty Countdown 12 Day Advent Calendar • bareMinerals • €90.47
  4. The Letteroom - Wooden Reusable Christmas Advent Calendar With Car • The Letteroom - Wooden Reusable Christmas Advent Calendar With Car • €31.93
  5. Tea Advent Christmas Calendar • Palais des Thés • €35
  6. Personalised Wall Hanging Advent Calendar • M&S Collection • €22.30
  7. Cath Kidston Beauty Advent Calendar • Cath Kidston • €51
  8. William Morris at Home Bullerswood Beauty Advent Calendar • William Morris at Home Bullerswood Beauty Advent Calendar • €51
  9. Joe & Seph's Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar, 168g • Joe & Seph's Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar, 168g • €31.40
  10. A Christmas Sky Beauty Advent Calendar • Cath Kidston • €51
  11. Hip Vegan Advent Calendar • Hip • €16
  12. Garnier 12 Days Of Maskmas Advent Calendar • Garnier • €34

Which Advent calendar is your favourite?

Talk to you soon!

Monday, December 06, 2021

Best vegan and cruelty-free palettes for gifting 🎁

December 06, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's that time of the year again; time for Christmas gift shopping! Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be very time-consuming. When shopping for Christmas gifts, I always choose vegan and cruelty-free gifts. 

Many of you ask me about cruelty-free makeup and what it is exactly. Here's what you need to know: Vegan makeup describes makeup that hasn't been formulated with any animal products or byproducts. Cruelty-free means that the product itself hasn't been tested on animals and that any raw materials used in making it weren't tested on animals, either. A product can be both, or one but not the other. Not all vegan products are cruelty-free and not all cruelty-free products are vegan!

makeup palette

Palettes are pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to beauty gifts. They are pretty and have tons of shades. Makeup palettes vary in shapes, sizes, tones and prices. However, not all palettes are created equal, so I’ve created a list of the most giftable makeup palettes this holiday season. 

These are my top picks:

  1. Morphe x Coca-Cola Cheerfully Cherry artistry palette 18.5g • Morphe • $28
  2. Curator five-pan eyeshadow palette 5g • Hourglass • $180
  3. HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: Limited Edition LOVE FOR SALE SHADOW PALETTE 18 Shade Palette | New Innovative Formulas | Eye Makeup with Pigmented Matte Metallic Shimmer & Sheer Sparkle Finishes • $48
  4. Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Face Palette • Hourglass • $80
  5. Wanderlust Palette • Forever 21 • $17
  6. Mineralist eyeshadow palette 7.8g • bareMinerals • $32.50
  7. Lil Extra artistry palette 11.1g • Morphe • $14
  8. Pacifica Beauty Stellar Gaze Eye Shadow Palette 28 Eyeshadow Shades Mineral Eyeshadow Matte Shimmer and Glitter Mica Shades Vitamin E Made from 100% Recyclable Paper Vegan and Cruelty-Free • Pacifica • $24
  9. e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette - Sunset 10 Ultra-Pigmented Matte & Shimmer Shades 0.42 Oz (12g) • Elf • $6.30
  10. Morphe x Ashley Strong Strong Affirmation Magic Artistry eyeshadow palette 18g • Morphe • $23
  11. Pacifica Beauty • Pacifica • $13.99
  12. Mellow Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad • $28
  13. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Rich Eyeshadow Palette - Rich • Barry M • $12.99
  14. Sunkissed Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette • $7.99
  15. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Subtle Eyeshadow Palette - Subtle • Barry M • $12.99
  16. Sunkissed Sweet Sunrise Ultimate Face Palette • $7.99
  17. Honest Beauty Liquid Eyeliner Vegan Smudge Flake Transfer Proof Carbon Free Silicone Free Cruelty-Free Ophthalmologist Tested with Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette with 10 Pigment-Rich Shades • Honest Beauty • $29.98
  18. Mystic Haze Mini PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $15
  19. Fairytale Forest PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $35
  20. Mineralist Eyeshadow Palette • bareMinerals • $32
  21. ROEN Gold Lust 4 Palette • Roen • $46

All twenty-one (21) palettes are vegan and cruelty-free! Which palette is your favourite? Let me know in the comment section below!

PETA cruelty-free and vegan logo
Happy gift shopping!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Holiday gift ideas for your dogs

November 29, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since the holiday season has officially started, I want to share a few gift ideas with you. This year, I'm starting with holiday gift ideas for your dogs!

I always buy Christmas presents for Rascal and, I know that the majority of dog guardians (I don't like the word owners) do the same for their pets.
Rascal at Christmas 2020
Rascal - Christmas 2020

I always dress Rascal in cosy sweaters during the colder months, so a warm outfit is always number one on my list! Dogs can get cold, just like us! Small dogs, as well as dogs with short coats, feel the cold more sharply than larger dogs or breeds with thick coats. These dogs may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods during the winter.
Maltipoo in sweaters
Check out my picks:

Collars and accessories are a perfect gift for dogs that do not need or want to wear clothes.

Toys and treats are always good gift ideas that your furry friends will surely enjoy.

These are just a few gift ideas I wanted to share with you today. If you have pets, let me know if you buy them Christmas/holiday gifts?

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Cute and easy back to school hairstyles

September 04, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

I lived here in Malta all my life.  What many of you might not know is that: students in Malta have to wear a uniform.  They also have a strike dress code, and makeup is not allowed.  There are also regulations regarding hairstyles, schoolbags and the wearing of jewellery.  

But since this post is all about back to school hairstyles, let's focus on hair regulations for a second.  Hairstyles "unbecoming the school uniform" (whatever that means) are strictly forbidden.  Students have to keep their hair tidy and tied back if it is long.   No "extravagant" hair colouring is allowed.  Only simple hair bands matching the school colours may be worn; other hair accessories are not allowed.  Needless to say that fashion-wise, my schooldays were not fun at all!

For this reason, in today's post, I will include simple hairstyles that can be worn by most hair types.  And for all the lucky ones who can rock their hair however they like, I will also include links to some cute and trendy hair accessories.

This time of the year is the perfect time to try on some new hairstyles for school.  Keep reading for some cute and easy hairstyles for school anyone can try, even those who oversleep.

1.  Double side buns aka space buns

woman styling little girl's hair

If the hair buns feel loose, secure them with bobby pins; use as many bobby pins as you need.  Once you are happy with your style, always finish with hairspray to keep it looking pretty all day!

teenage girls taking selfies

Space buns look good on girls of all ages.

2.  High ponytail

I wear my hair up a lot - my tip is to flip your head upside down and brush your hair to the crown of your head. Then secure with a hair tie.


3.  Half-up, half-down

Half-up hairstyles are easy, totally effortless, and are perfect for a lazy hair day.  Try the half-up bun or top knot, the half-up pony or the half-up braid or double braid.

woman with hair accessories

4.   Add a little quick sparkle to your look by clipping in a few barrettes or adding a trendy hair accessory.

5.  Braids

There are different variations that you can try out depending on your mood and the occasion.  Many are familiar with the French braid, the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid.  However, let's not overlook the traditional, simple three (3) strand braid; easy, practical and still cute.  This simple braid can be styled into an endless number of hairstyles as well.

woman braiding her curly hair

teenage schoolgirl with two braids hairstyle

woman braiding schoolgirl's hair

This was my mum's go-to hairstyle for me in my primary school days. 

6.  Braided ponytail

If you are bored with how you typically wear your ponytail, you could try the braided pony.   Starting just off centre, create a French braid down the side of your head.  Secure with a ponytail, and you're done!

woman in the park with a braided ponytail hairstyle

How do you typically style your hair for school or work?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Talk to you soon!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Accessorising during a pandemic

August 14, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Now that face masks are the essential new accessory whenever we step outside the house, we cannot wear big hoops or dangle earrings anymore.  If you try to pair a face mask with dangle earrings or large hoops you will probably spend way too much time fussing around and untangling them from the mask straps.  To avoid this annoying distraction, here are my picks for the best face mask-friendly earrings.

mother and daughter wearing a face mask

What are the best earrings to wear with a face mask? – STUDS!

Before Covid-19 I loved wearing hoops and statement earrings.  Studs seemed so basic!  But now stud earrings are the new must-have.  It’s the only way to wear a mask and not have your earrings become entangled with the straps.

If you are in the market for some new jewellery, you can click on any of the images below to shop some of my personal favourites!  If you’re looking for some new earrings that won’t break the bank, perhaps one of these pairs will be the key to accessorising in the “new normal"!

Those are my picks of the best stud earrings to wear right now (summer 2020) with a face mask.  What do you think?  Whichever earrings you choose, stay safe and healthy out there.

Friday, May 15, 2020

New ear piercing and future piercings? 👂

May 15, 2020 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

A little over two years ago I published a post titled "All about my piercings" in which I shared my ear piercing experience.  This past January I added another ear piercing but by the time it healed Covid-19 had spread and I forgot to write about it in my blog.  The "new" piercing I had done is nothing special, in fact, it's the most common piercing ever.  

I added a second lobe piercing in my left ear.  Lobe piercing tends to be an almost universally accepted body modification.  This piercing has a relatively quick healing time of 6 to 8 weeks.  Many people have second lobe piercings and most people choose to have a matching pair.  Well, not me!  

I'm not a fan of symmetrical ear-piercing placements.  As I told you in the above-mentioned post, I have a standard lobe and a high lobe/auricle piercing in my right ear.  However, I chose to have a standard lobe and a second lobe piercing in my left ear.  I also have a tragus piercing in my left ear.

Here's what they look like... 👀 👇

ear lobe and tragus piercings

Do I have any plans for future piercings?  Actually, I would like to add two more.  A flat/outer conch piercing in my right ear and a helix piercing in my left ear.  The outer conch is the flat piece of the ear between the helix and the antihelix, aka the "flat".  I would wear a tiny stud in the flat and a hoop in the helix.  Those piercings would look something like this... 👇

ear piercings

I feel like these two ear piercings would complete my look!  What do you think?  

Shop ear lobe jewellery 💖:

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁 2018

December 16, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Christmas is almost here...  Are you excited?  As I have done in previous years, today I will be sharing my Christmas wishlist with you.

The best part of Christmas is GIVING!  But… most probably, 😉 your loved ones also want to get you something that you will love.  I always recommend making a wishlist of some sort so that loved ones are able to spend their money gifting you something they know you actually want.

I have made two separate lists... 
Gift ideas under 50

Gift ideas over 50

Do you like the gifts I chose?  Which one is your favourite?  And, what's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mother's Day 2018 | 26 pieces of jewellery under $50

April 29, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Mother's Day 2018 is just around the corner.  I'm sure most mums will be happy with a call, a card, or any small gesture you make on Mother’s Day.  However, if you want to give her something sparkling and personalised but have no clue what to get her, don't panic!  I chose 26 jewellery pieces that range in style (prices run between $15 and $50).  

Shop here 👇

I hope you liked my picks.  What will you be giving your mum this Mother's Day?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Spring 2018 wishlist ☀️👗👚👙💅

April 03, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here in Malta, the weather is finally warming up.  I don't know about you but I am so ready to change up my wardrobe and go to the beach!  This season, I’m loving bright colours, pastels, and florals.  

Below you can find my current wishlist.  Rompers are one of my favourite spring staples.  I might even be a little obsessed!  

spring wishlist

You can click on the images below to be redirected to the website from where the items can be purchased if you're interested.

What's on your spring wishlist?  Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

All about my ear piercings

April 01, 2018 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Almost 5 weeks ago (26/02/2018) I had my right upper lobe pierced.  The reason why I got a new piercing is very simple: I already had two piercings in my left ear and I wanted two in my right ear as well.  After binge-watching videos on YouTube about piercings, I decided to make a blog post about my piercings.

ear piercings

In my left ear, I have a standard lobe and a tragus piercing.

Standard lobe piercing

Age: Around 2 months (1985).  My mum had my lobes pierced as a baby.  It is still fairly common to pierce babies here in Malta and in the '80s when I was born, it was even more so.  In fact, gold earrings were a very popular baptism gift for a baby girl.

Needle or gun: Gun.

Pain: I don't remember.

Healing process: Very easy, according to my mum.

Tragus piercing

Age: 16 years (back in 2001).  I was a first-year student at Junior College, I was finally free from the dreaded school uniform and the no make-up and no jewellery allowed policy.  

Needle or gun: I had it pierced with a gun.  I know that you should never pierce cartilage with a gun, but it was the early 2000s and I didn't know any better at the time. 

Piercing guns are not safe for two reasons, namely:  
  1. They aren’t sanitary.  You can’t put a piercing gun in an autoclave (a sterilising machine).
  2. A piercing gun forces a blunt-backed stud earring through the ear using great pressure.  That means the skin gets torn as the stud passes through, which could delay the healing process and lead to infection.

Pain: 0/10 - A throbbing sensation for a few minutes but no pain at all.

Healing process: Very easy.  A little sore to the touch for a couple of days but that's about it. 

I'm currently obsessed with earrings.  These are my current 12 favourites.  Check them out and let me know which one/ones you like best in the comments section below. 
The first 3 are my top favourites! 😍

In my right ear, I have a standard lobe and a high lobe piercing.

Standard lobe piercing

I had both my left and right standard lobes pierced at two months old.

High lobe piercing

Age: 32 years (5 weeks ago)

Needle or gun: A disposable sterile gun.   

Pain: 2/10 - I definitely felt it!

Healing process: It was sore and a little swollen for a couple of weeks.  I couldn't sleep on it and I kept hitting it while getting dressed and undressed. Ouch!!  I applied undiluted tea tree oil on it daily to keep it clean and speed up the healing process. 

labret post
This is the earring (labret post) I'm currently wearing in my upper lobe. 

That's it.  Now you know all about my piercings!  What piercings do you have?