You Tube-r of the Moment: TRUKarategirl96

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello!!!
Here it’s me introducing you to the super cute TRUKarategirl96!
Yes, I know she’s class 1996, 7 years younger than me and..it’s weird looking girls that young putting of makeup way better than I did at their age (or even now! LOL).
Anyway, she’s not that “old” on YouTube, but she definitely is a keeper.

I first discovered her thanks to her sister (SarahHeartsSparkle) and I fell in love with her more than her sister. She has a skin tone quite similar to mine and I like to follow girls with complexion close to mine! πŸ˜‰

I like every of her tutorials. She’s the main reason why I want to buy more e.l.f. products and the Naked 2! ahah (and that I want blonde hair!)
She knows how to keep it natural, but also build up makeup when needed. Anyway, you’ll never see her wearing too much visible makeup, I find her very soft and natural. After all she’s a teenager, it’s right that way! πŸ˜‰

Speaking of her style, she’s quite casual, but again, she’s a teen so it’s legit wearing sneakers, jeans or comfy clothes.

Her personality is sunny and she always puts a smile on my face. She’s very spontaneous and I find her eyes true.
She’s very religious and I admire how she truly believes in the Bible’s words, even if I don’t. She seems to me that she knows how to live in the right moral way, God or not.

So, do you like her?

Stay beautiful.

L

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Review: NYX Nail Polish in #121 “Charcoal Pearl”

November 26, 2012 § 8 Comments

Hello!
Another nail polish review for you! =)

Here is the NYX Nail Polish in “Charcoal Pearl#121.

Color&Pigmentation. When I picked out this polish from the CherryColture web site, I expected it to be a little bit lighter, but I ended up liking it anyway. It has a satin/metallic finish to it that makes it shiny even without any top coat. It’s a deep dark gray color, but I can see a little bit of green in it (which was the first thing that made me skeptical as soon as I saw the bottle in real life). The pigmentation is pretty awesome, one coat was already the intensity I wanted.

Application. That’s the most disappointing thing. It’s definitely not an easy polish to apply. I don’t know if it’s because of its little brush (I would have added a few more bristles) or of its too liquid texture. I can only say that I had to take my time working with it and that it took me more than a regular polish to apply. :/

Longevity. It’s average. It lasted me 4/5 days with minimum chipping.

Packaging. Nice&cute as all NYX products!

Store&Price. As I was saying before I bought it at CherryCulture for 4.00$, but I guess that drugstores sell NYX as well.

Overall 6/10. Not great, but not bad at all. It would have been a 7 if when I tried to take it off it didn’t make my finger tips gray. :/ Anyway, I feel very positive and I still want to try out other colors because they every time I check the shades I find them pretty different from the other colors in the market.

So, how about you? Have you ever tried NYX polishes?
Let me know! =)

Stay beautiful.

L

My new wallet!

November 22, 2012 § 6 Comments

Hello!

As the title says, let me introduce my new wallet.

I bought it the day that I found my beloved purse and since I was in a money-spending mood I bought a little clutch too (I’ll talk about that soon!). It’s by the italian brand Carpisa and it was 18€.

As you can see from the pictures it’s in a metallic gray color, perfect for the colder seasons! How lovely is the bow?

As soon as I saw it I loved the color, then the style and finally, its fabric. It’s so soft it makes me want to use is more than I need too! ahah! The spaces are perfect (there are almost too many pockets) and the size is the one I’ve always been looking for, not to big, not to small!

 

So, how about your wallet? How is it like?

Hope you enjoyed this short entry!
Stay beautiful.

 

L

Review: Sephora Nail Polish in #68 “Diving in Malaysia”

November 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hello, nail lovers!

A review of a highly talked polish color. It’s the Sephora nail polish in #68, “Diving in Malaysia“.

Color&Pigmentation. It’s maybe one of the first duechrome polish ever released after years. Its basic color is green mixed with gold reflex. As you can see from the edge of the bottle it should have also a blue-ish reflex, but once applied it’s impossible to be seen (as you can se from the different clickable photo angles). A turn down for me. The pigmentation is kind of weird. Being a duochrome it’s not completely smooth, you can almost see the colored micro particles. I realized that the very first time that I applied it.

Application. I tend to go with two coats, but you can always add more. I generally prefer going lighter on the first one (and you can almost see the nails through the polish and the micro particles I said earlier). The second layer gives me the right coverage. I find it quite easy to apply, it dries fast and it’s hard to get chipped off.

Longevity. Perfect. It lasted 7 days without chipping. Yes, 7 days. And no top coat! How amazing is that??? (I guess it would have lasted even more, but I decided to change the polish anyway!)

Packaging. Well, nothing too fancy. It’s quite simple and maybe a little to small. There are cheaper polishes with more product in it than this one.

Store&Price. I bought it at Sephora last autumn (I guess you can still find it) for 4 or 5€.

Overall 9/10. It’s one of my favourite polish of all times. I enjoy applying it and having fun just looking at it. I know it’s a very peculiar color, either you love it or hate it. What mostly surprised me is that its green-ish tone doesn’t make my hands death-pale as most of other green/blue polishes do. For some reasons I find the name “Diving in Malaysia” perfect for it! πŸ˜› The only thing I would change is the bottle. Really too small.

Of course, if you are a polish junkie it might remind you of some famous Chanel polish. Well, it is. It’s the perfect dupe for the PeridΓ²t Chanel nail polish launched during Autumn 2011. Just 15€ cheaper! πŸ˜‰

So, do you like it?

Talk to you soon! Have a nice week!

L

YouTube-r of the moment: HelloKatyxo

November 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello, my dears!

Today I’ll introduce you to the inspiring HelloKatyxo.

I discovered her during Spring and I never ever miss one of her videos.

She’s one of the younger YouTubers, still in high school. But, she’s not an average beauty guru teen, she’s smart&mature and really worth following. She truly shows herself to the world and I love how she’s not afraid of being herself. It’s a rare thing between teens. She’s the movie girl who doesn’t think she’s pretty enough, but instead she’s beautiful, inside and out.

She has a tendency of buying high end products, which is something that I don’t, but she’s always honest in every word. I like that about her. Plus, her videos (mostly tutorials&favourites) are always perfectly edited and direct to the point.

I stalk her Twitter quite often because I find it as inspiring as her YouTube channel. Because yes, she’s an inspiration to me, even if I’m maybe 6 years older. πŸ˜‰
Of course I love all of her beauty videos (they are never boring or redundant), but maybe the best of her comes in her short films (you’ve got to watch them!) or when she just opens her heart to the camera and let her thoughts go.

I really like her, if you still didn’t get it. πŸ˜›
Check her channel out and let me know or not if you’ve found a gem! πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

NOTW: Nails of the week!

November 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello!

Yes, I know these posts were missing in the last month. I’ll try to make up for it with this mani I ended up wearing.

It’s a bit darker than it really is.

I guess I’m in love with polka dots, I know! It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I guess I’ll do it again soon, maybe trying different colors.

Speaking of the polishes I used: the gray is a Kiko polish (#327) and the pink one is a stunning -very Barbie-ishPupa Milano Long Lasting Color in #308. Two of my favourite colors ever. Don’t they look great together? ❀

Stay Beautiful.

L

Review: Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in #22

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello! ❀

So, today I’ll talk about my favourite last discovery! Kate Moss Lipsticks!!!

I haven’t heard much about these and I still don’t know why. They are so awesome I really don’t get why the internet doesn’t rave properly about these lipsticks!

I know there are two lines of them: the matte one and the regular one. The lipstick I picked belongs to the latter. It’s the shade #22 from the Spring collection and let me explain why I love this lipstick so much!

Color&Pigmentation. I was very undecided when it came to pick a shade. I remember a beautiful red one that literally stole my heart, next to the super orange-y one. I couldn’t pick more than one because I really wanted to know if the lipstick was worth it and I opted for a strawberry red that was missing in my lip products collection. It’s the shade #22. The pigmentation? Simply amazing. I was very impressed with all the shades. On the swatch right down I didn’t press the lipstick evenly so that you could see how buildable this product is.

Application. The only word that comes in my mind is “smooth”. Whether you use it directly from the bullet or with a lip brush. I deeply love the fact that you can go from a very bold look to a very soft one, with all the shades in between. I wouldn’t wear it if your lips are not properly hydrated, it tends to dry them just a little bit.

Longevity. On my lips (without eating/drinking) lasted maybe 5 or 6 hours. Anyway, I tend to use lipsticks with my Lipcote (review’s coming soon), just to prevent any smudging.

Packaging. Rocking cute, very Kate Moss-y. It looks a bit fragile on my hands, though.

Store&Price. I bought it at the drugstore for 4,80€ if I’m not wrong, but it was on sale. The right price is between 7 and 8€.

Overall 10/10. It’s definitely a 10. I couldn’t recommend a better lipstick. The quality makes it seem a high-end one! A product you should not miss! I know it’s a limited edition and that’s really too bad. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy another one or two before they’ll disappear.

Let me know what you think about it!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo in 65-Pink Gold

November 6, 2012 § 7 Comments

Hello!

Today I’ll review briefly the lovely Maybelline Color Tattoo in #65 Pink Gold.

First, let me tell you I’ve been waiting for these cream eyeshadows to come here in Italy for ages! Basically, they started to pop up on the stands about six months after the lauch in the US. Yeah, you heard right. :/
I decided to buy Permanent Taupe (#40) color (if you want the review, let me now and I’ll post it!) and leave there the beautiful Turquoise Forever (#20) and Endless Purple (#15) simply because I don’t wear bright colors much. These were the first colors I saw on the stands.
Two weeks ago (or maybe even three) I saw Pink Gold and his mate Metallic Pomegranate (#70), both in a limited edition.

If you don’t know, these Color Tattoos are cream eyeshadows that can be easily used as a primer as much as alone since the colors are simply stunning.

Let’s see the details!

Color&Pigmentation. Pink Gold is a metallic rose toned shadow, with a bit of shimmer. It reminded me of MAC Bare Study Paint Pot even it’s way more pink. The pigmentation is quite good (#70 is better, but it’s totally matte, so it’s quite different), but since it has a metallic/shimmer-y finish the application is extremely important to have the right payoff.

Application. I find that this shadow needs a little bit more work than the MAC Paint Pots, it needs to be warmed up (just a little bit) to ease the application on the lid (but that’s pretty common for cream eyeshadows). As most of cream shadows, it has a nicer payoff it applied with fingers instead of brushes. Generally, after doing my lid with the fingers, I blend it out with a crease brush, so that most of the color is on the lid, but still, there are no harsh lines in the crease. It blends pretty easily if you are quick; once it sets it’s hard to work it!

Longevity. It’s awesome. It lasts for more than 6 hours without fading (no primer under it) and, on my lids, it doesn’t crease at all which is always great for a cream eyeshadow.

Packaging. A bit heavy because of the glass, but, overall, it’s good, I guess.

Store&Price. Any drugstore should sell it. I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but it wasn’t more than 6€.

Overall 9/10. I’ve never trusted cream eyeshadows that much, but I have to say that with time the formulas are getting better and better and these Maybelline ones are definitely the best deal you can get, right now. I know that Chanel does impressive cream shadows as well as MAC, but we all know they are pretty expensive.
Do I recommend this product? Yes, but only if you are aware that cream eyeshadows can change a lot depending on the way you apply them. They become way easier than powder ones only after you get used to the different application.
For me, it’s not a 10 simply because I was expecting a lighter color, if I apply too much of it, it makes my eyes a little too red-dish. Blame my skin tone, for that! πŸ˜›
On a side note, I’ve never tried it under power shadows so I can’t tell you if it’s a good primer or not (if it lasted more that 6 hours alone I can guess it great as a base!).
A plus for this product? It can be used as eyeliner and I love to draw my lash line when I don’t want to wear full eyes makeup, but still want a bit of color! πŸ˜‰

Hope it was helpful!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

November 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hello!!!
Macadamia is a super famous (almost bio) hair products brand. I discovered it after watching YouTube videos: the beauty gurus simply raved about it!
I bought the Macadamia Moisturizer Rinse in my recent feelunique.com purchase, but I still haven’t try it out. The review will come soon and right now I can only say that the smell is paradisiacal.
Instead, I received the full size Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment for free thanks to my hairdresser friend.

Application&How to use it.

Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair. Comb through for even distribution. Healing Oil Treatment can also be added as an enhancement to other conditioning and finishing products or mixed into colour or other chemical service preparations for improved absorption and effectiveness, resulting in more vivid and long-lasting applications.

I’ve never tried it with dry hair, I apply it on damp hair and before blow drying it. It’s consistency reminds me of cough syrup, it’s very thick and dense. I generally apply it on my fingers and then directly to the ends on my hair going up, but avoiding the roots.

Purpose. Here’s what this product should do:

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment is a therapeutic oil perfect for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair.

I don’t use it every time I wash my hair, but when I do my hair are softer and even if I don’t have split/damaged ends problems my hair seems healthier.

Packaging. It’s super small as you can see from this picture. There are only 10 ml in the little bottle.

Store&Price. I guess you can buy it at every drugstore/supermarket or to your hair salon. On line I found it here for 6.37€.

Overall 7/10. I really love this little magic oil. I tend to stroke my hair more often after using it because it’s so soft it reminds me of fur. πŸ˜› The great thing about it is that the softness lasts 2/3 days and it doesn’t make the hair greasy or dirty. To me, it’s not a 10 because for the amount of product in the bottle it really is too expensive. I don’t know how much does it last, though, but it’s a keeper so I won’t waste it, I’ll use it only when I really need it.
I guess that if your hair is actually damaged this oil can work for you, but only if you use it regularly (as every healing product!).

Hope it was helpful!
Stay beautiful.

 

L

Review: Eye Makeup Remover by Essence

November 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Hello, pretty people!

Today I’ll briefly review the Eye Makeup Remover by Essence, the non-waterproof version. I bought this one three times (maybe even more, but I sometimes switch it with other products) and avoided the waterproof one simply because I don’t wear any waterproof makeup.

Anyway, here it is:

I don’t have my bottle to show you because I run out of it just the other night! πŸ˜›

I love this product. Deeply.
For starters, it’s incredibly cheap (but the bottle is also little -only 125ml) and it works well with any kind of makeup (eyes or face or lips) I wear. I use generally two to three cotton pads to remove it all: I pour a generous amount (just to be sure it will remove makeup properly) of product on every pad and then put it for 10/15 seconds on both eyes so that I don’t have to rub it too hard to remove the mascara; then I remove all the eye makeup gently rubbing and then I move to the face. It’s oil-free so don’t be scared to use it on your face too!

It’s super gentle and I has never burnt my eyes (and I have super sensitive eyes!) unlike many other makeup removers.
I have to give you a warning though: because of that, it doesn’t work that well if you’re wearing heavy makeup. Or well, you might want to use more than one cotton pad for a single eye. No big deal to me, though. To wash off of my everyday makeup (blush, mascara & lipstick/lipgloss -rarely eyeshadow) it perfect.

It smells fresh and flowery and it really leaves a feeling of clean skin. I generally proceed in washing my face with my daily cleanser and then apply moisturizer. I found that sometimes (mostly when I didn’t use moisturizer in the morning or when my skin is a bit stressed) it can dry skin, but again, no big deal to me.

It’s definitely a 9/10. I would only change the tiny bottle with a bigger one. I have to go and buy another package about every month and in my town it’s not that easy to find it in the stands! 😦

Let me know if you tried this makeup remover, I’d like to know your opinions about it! πŸ™‚

Stay beautiful.

L

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