December 3, 2013 § 4 Comments
I promised you an update, but I am afraid you’ll still have to wait. I’m not sure what to say to you, and writing it down makes it so permanent I don’t want to jinx it!
Today, I will show you what I bought in my recent e.l.f. order I placed last month. I bought everything with the 50% off and I have realized that they come out with this deal so often (there’s a 50% off sale right now!) that I will never buy anything full price again! It was kind of a pain in the back to receive it, though, because it got stuck and it took more than 10 days to come, but..it’s here in all its perfection! ❤
Here is the list of what I got:
- Custom Eyes in Ivory: I’ve been wanting a single white shimmery eyeshadow for so long that for just 85 cents I couldn’t resist! I’m sad that I didn’t get the empty palette as well!
- Daily Brush Cleanser: I am lazy (and busy) when it comes to clean brushes and this works like a charm. I tested it three or four times and I really love how good it works! Definitely going to buy it again!
- Eyelash and Brow Wand: I’ve been wanting a spoolie for ages and I’ve used it once to separate my eyelashes after wearing a clumpy (old) mascara. It does his job quite right, but I have no time in the morning to use it too!
- HD Blush in Headliner: I think these are one of the most raved products by elf around the web. I still haven’t worn the blush. but I tested it on my hand and, gosh, it is dangerously pigmented!!! I decided to go with Headliner because I feel like it’s the easiest color to wear among the shades they offer.
- HD Blush in Superstar: I couldn’t leave it there. The color is too stunning to avoid buying this shade!!! I swatched this one on my hand as well and I realized that I will have to learn a good technique to wear it without looking like a clown! It’s even more pigmented than Headliner, amazing!!!
- Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Movie Star: I still have no automatic jumbo lip pencil and I really wanted to test the e.l.f. ones out. Sadly, I wore it once and it didn’t perform very well: it lasted for less than an hour and then started to collect at the centre of the lips and at the edges. Not great at all. Maybe a lighter shade (this one is a bright red) will work better.
- Lip Balm SPF 15 in Plum: I bought this one because of Lillian Masie, but I regretted it. Of course, it doesn’t look as great as it looks on her skin tone. Too bad, because it’s actually pretty good in mousturizing lips!
- Lip Exfoliator: I’ve heard very nice reviews about this one and the idea is too brilliant to resist.
- Lipstick in Gypsy: A plum color I still need to swatch!
- Lipstick in Charming: A strawberry color I still need to swatch!
- Studio Mini Eyelash Curler: I am obsessed with curling my eyelashes (my eyelashes suck pretty back, sadly) and I have been wanting a mini curler for ages. I was so happy to be able to buy it without having to spend too much!
- Powder Brush: It was only 85 cents and I needed a nice powder brush to alternate it with the flat studio elf one I have since 2010. I expected it to be bigger (but that’s something that happens quite often with e.l.f. brushes, especially the cheapest ones), but it works anyway and I use it to apply blush, instead.
- Powder Puffs: I almost forgot I bought them! A necessity to keep in the purse for touch-ups during the day (as if I touch-up my makeup..:P)
- Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural: I wanted to try the red one, but I am full of reds in my lipstick collection, so I opted for a very natural color. I swatched it on my hand and it looks nice. I’m just a little scared that with my pale skin it will wash me out.
& that is all! As you can see, I still haven’t tried all of the product because I literally have no time to test new makeup, recently, but I’m sure that I will have the chance to do so very soon.
I hug you all and, please, leave suggestions of good e.l.f. product to buy next!
November 25, 2013 § 6 Comments
Sorry for not posting a lot recently. My life is getting messier and messier, every day is worse than the previous and I am near to lose my mind. So stressed. (You are very welcome to follow me on Twitter if you want depressed tweets every now and then.) I really need to schedule everything and try to fit the blog in some way. I will upload you soon if I have news.
But let’s talk about my favorite nail polish of the moment. It’s the China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (see the huge haul here) and it was from the limited edition “On Safari“.
Color&Pigmentation. Honestly, the name couldn’t fit better. It’s my purrrrr-fect plum, seriously. It’s not enough dark so that you can recognize it’s not black and it’s not enough light to make me hate it (I’m not into light purples very much). I am starting to love plums more and more this Fall, and I believe it really suits my pale skin. (One perk of being pale, I guess..:P) See, the thing is that cool toned purples were never my thing (and will never be, I am afraid), but warm toned ones are stealing my heart. The pigmentation is good, but I would put it in the build-able polishes range, which you either can like or not. One coat will give you a lighter purple (still stunning), but I always go with two coats to have a darker shade.
Application. Simple and straightforward. And I find that it dries very quickly too! It’s always a pleasure to apply this polish.
Longevity. It lasts from three to four days with no top coat. As you know, I like to do my nails only on the weekends, therefore I hate when the nail polish starts to chip during the week. After the first time that it chipped in three/four days, I decided to apply a clear polish on it and it lasted perfectly the entire week. Honestly, I did not try to use Purr-fect Plum alone again, so I don’t know if the bad results depended on me washing hands more frequently (or similar) that week than the others (I doubt it, though).
Packaging. Awesome. I love the fact that it’s round and big, and the cap is quite good and comfortable, too. Oh, and it seems that it contains a lot of product if compared to common nail polished.
Store&Price. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (and it’s still available here) for 5.40€ and it’s from the limited edition “On Safari“, so I guess that it’s not sold on physical stores anymore.
Overall 10/10. Despite the fact that it chipped easily that one time on my nails (still not sure if it depended by my habits), it definitely is a super recommended nail polish. If you’re into dark polishes, you have to get this one..and if you like purples, this is the best shade you’ll ever find! It surpassed all of my favorite nail polishes and I feel like I am wearing it non-stop these weeks!
& that is all, peeps! I hope I will have the chance of buying some more China Glaze polishes in the future because they really feel worth the price.
How do you like lacquers from this brand? Favorite shade?
November 14, 2013 § 11 Comments
After girls posting pictures of a new Urban Decay palette bought at a Sephora store in Paris and the web exploding at the news (first denied and then confirmed), Urban Decay is officially launching a new palette: the Naked 3.
Obviously, I am pretty sure everyone of you already knows of the Naked 1 and the Naked 2 palettes (and I as much as sure that you own them at least one of them). Personally, I have always had Naked 2 on my wish list: I’ve always been fascinated by the cool toned eyeshadows it offers, but never brave enough to go and spend 45€ on it.
It’s incredible how Urban Decay can come out with great color combinations even after two big hits palettes! I like how they went for a pink/gold colors, but I’m not sure it will work as great as the other two palettes: pink toned shadows are not very easy to wear and they don’t suit every skin tone, I am afraid!
I’m quite interested in the new Naked 3 palette, but I guess I still prefer the Naked 2 because I feel like it’s more natural and “naked” as the name says.
How about you? Are you going to buy it?
November 11, 2013 § 4 Comments
Hello, girls and welcome back on my blog!
I know I swore that I would never buy anything until Christmas after spending way too much money on Maquillalia.com back in August, but I caved in. I had a 20% discount at Sephora and I could let it slip through my fingers. Despite the fact that I would buy every single item on Sephora (so glad that the Urban Decay lipsticks&lipencils are out in Italy too!), I’ve been good and succeeded in toning it down and focusing only on what I
The last time I was in Rome, I went to the brand new Sephora store in Piazza di Spagna with the main goal of buying products from the brand Yes To. Sadly, it seems like they have been all sold on sale and Sephora is not buying them again. Too bad. Thankfully, on the website there are still some products, even if there is no much variety (nothing from the Yes To Cucumber or Tomatoes lines) and, most importantly, they are cheaper than the ones on feelunique.com. I believe they should be in the old packaging and that is why maybe they cost less.
However, let’s cut to the chase, and see what I ended up buying:
- Yes to Carrots Shampoo (5€): it’s a huge bottle (425ml) so I am splitting it with my sister, but it was worth it for just 5€.
- Yes to Carrots Moisturizing Eye Cream (10€): I am almost running out of my Burt’s Bees eye cream and I wanted to replace it with something under 15€ (the Burt’s Bees one is around 25€ and the Enchanted eye cream by Lush is 18€).
- Yes to Carrots Repairing Night Cream (10€): running out of my Burt’s Bees one as well and didn’t want to spend over 20€ for a night cream again.
- Yes to Carrots Head to Toe Nourishing Essentials Kit (8€): it seemed like a bargain and it definitely is. The kit contains 240g of body butter and 177ml of exfoliating shower gel.
- Yes to Carrots Intense Softening Hand Cream (5€): I am running out of my Essence repair hand cream!
- Sephora Hair Elastics (4.90€): I took a lead of faith with this item. I’ve been looking for elastic bands without the metallic little place for ages and these seems quite nice. I still haven’t tried them at all, but they seem quite resistant.
- Sephora Instant Moisturizer (9.90€): I fell in love with a sample of this face moisturizer and for 10€ I just had to buy it!
I still haven’t tried any of these products, aside from the sample of the Sephora moisturizer, but I can already tell you that the smell of the Yes to Carrots line is something I kind of hate. Let’s say it wasn’t very wise buying everything from the same line without smelling the products first. I will definitely use them up anyway, that is for sure! I will get back to you with reviews as always!
& that is all, for today! I have another two hauls (oh my God, somebody stop me, please!) to show you, so keep checking the blog in the next few weeks.
November 7, 2013 § 12 Comments
Here it the product I want to talk about today. It’s called True Color Lipstick by the brand Sleek and it is in the shade Smother (#797).
Color&Pigmentation. I picked this lipstick because I wanted a deep berry color to use during fall, since the trend of dark lips stole my heart. However, as you can see from the swatches it appears differently from the hand with respect to the color applied on the lips. I don’t know exactly why, but on the hand it seems more purple than it actually appears on the lips. When applied, it is a very deep color with a hint of purple – definitely a blue-toned shade. The pigmentation is very good, but it makes me question why the color is different from the hand to the lips. :/
Application. Very easy and smooth. It applied like a dream, really. The consistency is very creamy and I did not have any troubles applying it straight from the tube though I usually do.
Longevity. Not bad, but not perfect either. I don’t remember how it behaves when eating or drinking (and I fear I still haven’t tested it in this way), but it stays on the lips for at least 3-4 hours. The only trouble is that it tends to go a little bit patchy: the color tends to slide to the center and to the edges of the lips. As a result, I always have the need of blending it to avoid an awkward look. What I usually do is: put a some kind of chapstick on it and rub the lips together to redistribute the color. If this is not enough I’ll use a finger to blend the color better. On a better note, it stains the lips very nicely and it’s quite hard to get it off too!
Packaging. When I first got it, I though it was a sample. It’s tiny-tiny-tiny if compared to any kind of lipsticks. The amount of product may be less, but the packaging is extremely defined. I love it. It’s not sleek (despite the name of the brand), but opaque and it reminds me the feeling of NARS packaging or the Lorac PRO palette one (aka it tends to get dirty easily). The cap clicks brilliantly and, honestly, I may like the package as well as the lipstick itself.
Overall 8/10. I’m not completely sure about the shade. Maybe I was expecting something slightly more berry instead of purple-y. Nevertheless, I think it’s a great product for its price. I like the packaging and the fact that it’s very easy to apply. The stain it leaves is quite nice as well. I will surely buy some more shades from this line. I just have to stop shopping for a little while!
Bonus for you. I read online that it’s one of the closest shade to MAC Rebel lipstick. This is the main reason I decided to add it in my cart!
Have you ever tried these line of lipsticks? How do you like them?
November 4, 2013 § 7 Comments
Happy Monday, all!!!
Ready to kick off November?! I kind of am. Though it’s going to be a tough month. Let’s keep fingers crossed.
It’s not been long that I posted my very first giveaway win, remember?! I still thank Nicolea in my mind every day, haha!
And, well..you may hate me (please don’t), but I got lucky again. (Luck has been missing in all every other side of my life, though -.-’) I won the giveaway for Tasha’s one year blog anniversary at bellezakisses.com. And..guess what I won? The Lorac PRO Palette. Yes, you’re read it right. The super raved and preached Lorac PRO palette. Honestly, I still can’t believe it.
Thankfully, we did not have any kind of troubles for the package. Tasha has been so incredibly kind in accepting of sending it by mail to avoid our
stupid italian customs. It took three weeks to get the parcel, but it was worth the wait. Last Monday I received everything is a sealed envelope with the sweetest Thank You card. ❤
Oh, and Tasha also added a lip balm by Jack Black, that I understand is quite appreciated on the web as well.
Can’t wait to try the goodies out and I promise I’ll get back to you with reviews!
I will never ever ever ever thank Tasha enough because, truly, she is the sweetest. A big hug, dear!!!
Obviously, go and check her blog out!!!
October 31, 2013 § 2 Comments
I wanted to write something Halloween-themed today, but I am not inspired at all! Maybe it’s because, here in Italy, we don’t celebrate much this holiday – which is a shame since I’ve always liked Halloween and October in general.
But let’s move on. Today I want to introduce you to one of the best makeup artists around YouTube (in my opinion, of course), who, though having a lot of views and subscribers, deserves more and more. I am talking about Miss Emma Pickles.
If I am remembering correctly, she should be in her twenties and she is a true makeup artist (she actually have a certificate or something similar). Her technique is very professional – no surprise that her completed looks are so incredibly perfect. Plus, she has a very versatile (other than stunning) face and she can transform it as she wishes. Sometimes, with her more creative looks, I almost can’t recognize her!!!
She has been on YouTube for two years now, and I have discovered her maybe at the beginning of 2013. It impressed me how good she is with blending and how incredibly creative and original she can be, besides being super talented.
What you’ll find on her channel is a ton of makeup tutorials, more on the bold side instead of natural looks. Nevertheless, even when she does a simple casual look, it’s always so stunning I end up liking the video and put it among my favorites.
In addition, her high quality videos are never long and she always does voiceovers explaining what she is doing very directly and without too much words. I hate watching tutorials that last more than 5 minutes, truth be told!
Of course, the looks I like the most are those “out of the line”. She has a lot of great tutorials for costume makeup. I’ll link you down below some of my favorite.
Sexy Vampire | Edward Scissorhands | Joker | Snow White | Tim Burton inspired Character | Daenerys Targarien | Masquerade Raven
See? Now tell me she isn’t brilliant!!! After all, I managed to put something Halloween themed anyway, uh?!
& that is all for today, sweeties. I hope you’ll have a spooky Halloween! Have fun!
October 28, 2013 § 4 Comments
The last week of October! Who thought October is almost ending and Christmas is nearer than ever?!
Todays is my newbie nail polish’s turn: the Lasting Color Gel Nail Polish by Pupa in #018.
Color&Pigmentation. I would describe this color as a deep fuchsia, more on the dark-red side than on the cool-bright one. Definitely an autumn color despite being fuchsia. I wish I got the #019 which was slightly darker, but when I picked it up I was so curious about the color I didn’t think too much. Looking back, now, I wish it was a little bit darker. Regardless, the color truly is peculiar: it is a shade I maybe never say before among drugstore polishes and it is suitable for colder months as well as warmer seasons. The finish is quite glossy. After all, these line should emulate gel polishes and it stays quite true to what it says! I find the pigmentation to be better than the regular line of Lasting Color Polishes by Pupa. However, I went for two coats anyway because of what I’m explaining later under “Longevity”.
Application. I don’t know why, but the consistency of this polish is quite thick – maybe it’s because of the finish, I don’t have a clue. Because of this, the application is not as smooth as I would have expected, being this a polish by Pupa. However, nothing too dramatic. I just had to take a minute more to apply it. The brush is quite comfortable too.
Longevity. I wore this polish three times and what I noticed is: if you wear only one coat it will chip in less than two days, but it you coat the lacquer twice it will stay put for 5 days. Freaky, uh?! Generally, polishes tend to chip more fi you coat and coat them..this one works at the opposite! Anyway, the glossy finish tends to fade away quite soon: after a couple of days I would feel like wear a coat of clear polish to refresh the look. One word on the removing process: it was harder than usual. I guess it’s because these polishes emulate the gel ones and, as a result, they tend to be harder to come off.
Packaging. The usual Pupa package, with a cap in a darker silver color.
Store&Price. I got mine for free because of an offer Pupa was having through their FB page. I believe these are on the 5€ mark, generally.
Overall 7/10. I wanted to love this polish with all my heart. I ended up liking it, but not loving it. First off, I wish I got the darker shade. And then..the longevity power did not satisfy me much. Forcing me to go with two coats, forces me to take more time to remove it as well – something I don’t want to be bothered with. I mean, the pigmentation is good to simply settle with one coat, why should I wear two coats to avoid chipping?!
Have you tried these polishes? How do you feel about wearing fuchsia during autumn and winter?
October 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
Today I will review the Lush Enchanting Eye Cream.
I’ve been wanting to try this product for months. I don’t know where I got the idea, though. Regardless, when I had to buy my very first eye cream, I was placing an order on FeelUnique and I got the Burt’s Bees one – hopefully I will review that soon. The Lush Enchanted eye cream is still on my wish list, though!!!
Last month, when I was in Rome I stopped at Lush to get my favorite hair treatment Roots and I asked for a sample of the cream. The clerk girl was so nice to almost fill up the entire little sample jar – the amount of product will last me at least two months for sure!!!
The eye cream comes in a white color, but of course it will go clear when applied. As every beauty tip suggests, I apply a little amount with my ring finger and gently dab it on my eye area, down the eye and right under my eyebrows.
The eye cream is quite liquid, but I think my judgment is biased. As I was saying earlier, the eye cream I am currently using (before getting the sample of Lush) is the one from Burt’s Bees and, if you’ve ever tried that one, it’s the thickest cream ever. That’s why I would define the Enchanting eye cream as “quite liquid”. I’m pleased with the different texture of it because I believe it applies easier and, most of all, it absorbs super quickly.
In fact, as soon as I apply it, my eyes “drink” the cream in about 10 minutes and that is why I feel comfortable wearing it in the morning and applying makeup over it – something I’ve always avoided with the Burt’s Bees one because it takes ages to completely absorb.
I know there are a lot of great eye creams around (I’d love to try the infamous Clinique one, but I won’t spend 45€ on something I’m not sure how will work), but when it comes to apply something on my face other than makeup I am always careful to the ingredients and I like to go natural. Maybe that’s why this Lush one attracted me so much!
I didn’t notice an evident result (brightening under eye area, less fine lines, etc.) by applying the eye cream, but I think I should wait at least two other weeks.
Overall 8/10. I am quite pleased with the eye cream. I’m glad it hydrates, but still doesn’t make my eye area greasy so that I can wear makeup over it. These days, I am using the Burt’s Bees at nighttime (to better hydrate the area) and the Lush one during the day. Oh, and I love how refreshing it is. We all know that Lush is quite pricey (it retails for 26.95$), but the Burt’s Bees one was over 25€ and maybe, being natural as well as, I might think to buy it as soon as I’m done with the Burt’s Bees one. We’ll see, we’ll see.
How about you? What eye cream are you currently using?