Holidays Hiatus

December 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hello, sweeties!
I’m writing to you while Christmas music is happily playing from my iPod.

I just wanted to wish you all the happiest Christmas of all time. I hope it will be full of joy, love, family time, food (a lot, haha!) and good health!

I have nothing crazy planned for these holidays, but I’ll be super busy with family dinners&lunches, trying to make it up for missed nights of sleep and..sadly, doing hateful homework.
How about you, guys? Anything nice planned?

I still don’t know if I’ll be able to actually write posts, but I’ll definitely try new products out so the reviews will come out in January!

Haven’t decided if I want to write down some New Year’s Resolutions yet. Right now, I have already a very long to-do list so I might just skip it! πŸ˜›
I guess I’ll decide later!
What about you, peeps?

In the mean time, from the bottom of my heart, a very Merry Christmas to you all!!!
And just because it’s a “let’s love everyone” time of year, don’t forget to be thankful for family and for whatever you have in your life and, that’s really important, be nice to people in general!

Bye bye, dearies!
Stay beautiful.

L

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You Tube-r of the Moment: Yunging19

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello!

Here is another of my favourite beauty gurus: yunging19!

She’s a homeschooled 17 or 18 girl and she has a super funny but yet very mature (the first time I head her talking I though she was between 20 and 25!) personality. She recently bought an HD camera so her videos will soon increase in quality, but even if her older videos are not in HD they are still worth to watch.
Her makeup is pretty much based on neutral/dark tones and maybe her tutorials are not the best on YouTube, but I feel like she has more potential than she thinks! She has recently became a Sigma affiliate and I feel like she never ever lie about products.
She often posts OOTDs and fashion advice/hauls.

Also, I have to suggest you her Vlog channel too because it’s the one I like the best.
She has the “Girl Talk” series and now she’s going with “Gender Perspective” series as well, along with various rents about life in general and Q&As videos. Even if I’m way older than her I find her suggestions always nice and definitely mature. They have offered me different points of views, sometimes.
Plus, I like how strict and direct she is about life. It’s something I wish I had.

One thing you’ll may notice is that she curses. Pretty much.
But, for some reason, that doesn’t bother me at all. I feel like she gets her point of view better talking like that.
Oh, and did I mention that she’s like a “beauty” version of Jenna Marbles? She’s hilarious!!!

She often replies to comments so. She treats you nice if you do! πŸ˜‰

Hope you will like her channels!
Stay beautiful.

L

11 things about me, 11 answers and 11 questions!

December 17, 2012 § 5 Comments

Hello!
I’m back again with another fun TAG entry.

I was tagged by the super kind&sweet Betta from beattainbeautyland. You can check her post here (but it’s in italian!).

Here are the rules:
– write 11 things about you
– answer back the question asked by the girl who tagged you
– tag 11 people
– give them 11 questions to answer
Fun, uh?

11 things about me
Before I start let me tell you that there’s already a lot of stuff about me in my About Me page, check it out! πŸ˜‰

1) I love Music more that anything in the world and I often dream about how my life would be different if only I decided to pursue my dream in music.
I’ve been singing since I was 15 and I never stopped. I guess I can say that I fell properly in love with music after watching “Moulin Rouge!“: I remember buying the soundtrack and playing it on repeat, singing over it. I don’t recall if this was before or after my cousin dragging me to a year-long musical singing/acting course. That was the best year in my life! We performed individually on a Disney song at the end of the course (I was Anastasia and Belle from Beauty and the Beast in the group performance), in a real theatre, and I get to understand how much music meant to me. I was so excited about the once-a-week classes, I couldn’t wait for go there and sing and act and everything. It was the year I finally had something I loved to do all the time.
I bought back then my first Whitney Houston CDs and then I discovered the musicals’ world: I watched The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Mis and many others. That what the very first time I loved doing something: it made sense for me singing those tunes, for the first time in my life I felt like I knew what I was supposed to do and what I really deeply enjoyed doing. It was amazing.
Long story short: I’ve been singing since then, taking private lessons, I even attend two years at the Conservatory, I took part in several contests and I self-taught myself the guitar and piano chords. I explored all the music genres: from musicals to opera, to pop to jazz. I even auditioned for the X Factor.
Right now I’m on a path extremely non-music related and sometimes, when I think about it too much, it hurts and I end up wondering if things would have work better for me if I chose my first dream instead of my second one, which is being a Space Physicist.
Gosh, I guess this first fact is too sad!!! 😦
I have a musical YouTube Channel (I’m not that proud about it, though..), if you are interested, that I wish I could update more. 😦
2) I wear glasses and I used to hate them back when I was in high school. During college I started to get used to them and now I feel like they are part of me. I almost feel naked when I don’t wear them! πŸ˜› Anyway, I’m thinking about having a laser operation when I’ll be between 25-30. Right now..it scares me a lot!
3) I’m kind of a control freak. I can’t deal with messy rooms and I can’t go to bed if every single thing I own is notΒ  in the right spot. I noticed that this side of me developed during college: in high school I wasn’t messy but I wasn’t obsessed about order that much!
What’s worst is that I’m not just an order freak, I need to have a schedule on everything I do. I hate not knowing what to do during some certain days. I really hate it! 😦
4) I can’t stand the sight of my nails without any nail polish. When I was younger I could wear a light/transparent polish and feel good anyway, but now that my guitar has kind of “ruined” the white on my nails I can’t stand looking at them. Paranoid much? Yeah, I know. πŸ˜›
5) I don’t have a home, right now. Mine was damaged by an earthquake. We are living in an earthquake-proof house while my real house is getting built.
6) I deeply hate my hips bones and my hips in general. I feel like they are too big if compared to the rest of my body.
7) I have the big dream of living in an English-speaking country, someday. And I’ll be trying to move to the States after my graduation to get a PhD. Right now, it’s the only things that keeps me focused on daily troubles.
8) I have been through a “The Lord of the Rings” phase back in 2001 until 2004, I guess. I’m over it, right now, but I deeply miss it. I remembered writing down my favourite scenes’ dialogs and even trying to learn Elvish. And I would die to have Arwen’s hair. πŸ˜›
9) I have a lots of fears and my bigger ones are the fear of living an average life and of being average in general (it’s something extremely difficult to live by because I tend to judge everything I do) and the fear of living in this town forever.
10) I have a pretty bad long-term memory. For example, I know everything if I have to take an exam, but I tend to forget about all of it after being done with it. Which sucks so bad. I can’t remember old memories too. I don’t know why. I have some very clear memories, but there are only a few. I tend to forget quotes/poems I like too, even if I am a quotes junkie. It’s so frustrating!!! =(
11) My iPod is a 30GB one and I only have 3GB left. πŸ˜› I’m planning on buying a bigger one.

11 answers

1) Which accessory you can’t leave the house without? I don’t know if it actually counts as an “accessory”, but..my watch! I feel lost without it!
2) What is a makeup item you are longing to get, right now? It’s hard to pick, I really have a long list. I’d say the white Face&body foundation by MAC or the Naked 2.
3) Favourite dessert/treat? The italian “tiramisΓΉ”. Even naming it makes me want it so bad! haha
4) Why did you start writing your blog? Honestly? Because I’m shy. I’m into makeup/beauty/fashion since 2009, but it was last January that I really wanted to do something with what I know. I really wish I could be confident enough to post videos on YouTube because..honestly, that would be awesome and fun! But, really, I’m too shy to do it. Plus, there’s the fact that I’m Italian so my spoken (or written, as you can already tell) English is not great at all. So, last summer I had some time to think about a way of giving tips without videos and..here comes by blog! πŸ˜‰ I started on a community on LiveJournal and then I moved here on WordPress. I don’t have much views or followers, but as long as I enjoy writing..I won’t stop! πŸ˜‰
5) Which is your favourite color to wear? Black because it makes me feel comfortable.
6) Favourite nail polish of all time? The red on by Kiko. Here‘s the review!
7) An item you always have in your purse? A good chapstick.
8) If you had one wish, what would it be? Hard one. Maybe to get whatever I want if I work hard for it. For example, I’m really struggling with university and I really want to get a degree with the highest marks and then win a PhD in the US. That would be awesome.
9) Straight or curly hair? I have pretty much naturally straight hair, but I’ve always loved wavy/curly ones. Plus, since I’m lazy and I don’t like to straighten my hair (they don’t need it, but if I don’t properly blow dry it, it’ll be a mess..), I often try heatless curls and…I love wearing curling hair!!! Curls are so much fun! πŸ˜‰
10) Winter or Summer? Definitely Winter. I deeply believe that you can dress in layers if it’s very cold, but if you’re hot, you can go around with a swimsuit and still feel hot. πŸ˜› So there is a solution for the colder months, but not for the hotter ones. Plus, I have low blood pressure and summer just makes me weaker. (and with my super fair skin not even SPF50 can avoid sunburns!)
11) Ask yourself something and answer it back! The hardest one, hahah! Your biggest idol? Right now, it’s Taylor Swift, but growing up I was completely in love with the 3 golden woman: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston & Christina Aguilera. (and I still am!!!)

11 TAGs

1) pinkladybeauty.wordpress.com/
2) bellezakisses.wordpress.com/
3) jesslan.wordpress.com/
4) niicolea.wordpress.com/
5) zibbieko.wordpress.com/
6) workplaypolish.com/
7) swlabrmakeup.wordpress.com/
8) fairytalesandcoffee.wordpress.com/
9) brazenbeautyblog.com/
10) lipstickandstilletos.wordpress.com/
11) aheartforhermes.wordpress.com/

11 questions

1) What is your favourite way of spending free time?
2) Can you play any instruments?
3) A talent you think you have?
4) What would you change about your personality? And your body?
5) The nicest compliment you have ever received?
6) Your biggest idol?
7) Which celebrity would you like to date/meet in person?
8) Are you a spender or a saver?
9) If you could pick a city to live for the rest of your life, what would it be?
10) What is your job and your ideal one?
11) Favourite movie/songs/book quote you live by?

I finally got an Instagram account!

December 15, 2012 § 3 Comments

& after months, I’m a happy person.

I got as a gift a Samsung Galaxy S (not the phone, but the MP3 reader) and since it’s wi-fi, I could install Instagram (which isn’t compatible with my to-go cell phone -.-‘).

So if you want to follow me, my account is satine_89!
If you do, please let me know so I can follow you all back! ❀

Stay beautiful and happy weekend!

L

Winter TAG

December 13, 2012 § 9 Comments

Hello!

So, since Winter is coming really soon (yes, I know everyone says it’s already here, but tecnically..it’s not! :P) I’m here with a nice Winter TAG stolen from a video of Ashley (yunging19).

❄ Top 2 Winter Beauty Essentials
The first one that pops in my mind is a good chap stick/lip balm. It’s really a necessity during the cold seasons. This and a good moisturizer!

❄ Top 2 Winter Fashion Essentials
Boots and tights. Those are the things I love the most about winter, I love wearing dresses with nice tights and tall or short boots. I could be dressed like that all year-long and not get bored!

❄ What shoes do you tend to wear the most in the winter?
Again, boots! Tall, medium, short, every kind!

❄ Favorite Winter Accessory
Gloves, but because they are a necessity for my hands. I love scarves more, I guess.

❄ Favorite Winter Nail Polish
A nice red one. Or a silver one. Or a black one. πŸ˜›

❄ Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider?
Hot Cocoa all the way.

❄ Favorite Winter Candle?
Never burnt any candles! :/

❄ Snowboarding or Skiing?
None of them, I’m just a looser! XD

❄ Have you ever gone Ice Skating? Are you any good or do you FAIL miserably?
Yes, I did and I really miss it. My biggest regret concerning sports is not having been able to practice figure ice skating. It’s one of my favourite sports ever. It’s magical. Oh, and I always dreamt of going to the Rockefeller Center and skate there during holiday season in NYC.

❄ Does it snow where you live?
Yes, but we don’t have snow all winter long.

❄ Have you ever made a snowman?
I guess I did when I was little, but it was always too small and..crappy, basically. πŸ˜›

❄ What holiday do you celebrate?
Uhm, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the Epiphany. Awww, can’t wait!!!

❄ Favorite Christmas/Holiday song?
Too many. Maybe it’s “Last Christmas“. πŸ˜‰

❄ Favorite Christmas/Holiday movie?
I don’t remember too many Christmas movies, but The Holiday makes me always in a good mood. Maybe it’s Jude Law? ahaha, I love him!

❄ What is your favorite winter treat? (candy cane, gingerbread, etc…)
Our super yummy italian nougat. Basically it’s chocolate with nuts inside!

❄ If you were to ask Santa for one thing and you were guaranteed to get it, what would it be? (even if you don’t celebrate Christmas)
Hard question. Well, it depends on how much can I ask. Looking towards the future I’d ask for the money to move to US, get a PhD and open a record label company. Or being able to get whatever I really wish for if I work hard for it, just as Ashley said.
Being more materialistic and maybe down to earth, I’ll simply ask for a new laptop or a new iPod.

❄ Do you have anything fun planned for this winter
Nothing. Nothing fun, at least. I’ll spend here my Christmas holidays, just studying and eating like there’s no tomorrow! ahaha πŸ˜›

Hope you liked this TAG!
Please, feel free to steal it and do it on your blog! πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Kiko Nail Polish in “Rosso Martha” #238

December 10, 2012 § 9 Comments

Hello!

Here’s the KiKo MakeUp Milan red nail polish in “Rosso Martha” (#238).

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Color&Pigmentation. This is one of the brightest reds I’ve ever seen and own. In fact, on the nails it seems way brighter than the polish in the bottle. The cool thing about this polish (beside the fact that it’s in a color perfect for every month of the year!) is that you can easily build it up. You can choose to have a super bright red with just one coat, stroking a very little amount of polish or you can do more coats to get your nail colored just like the polish in the bottle. Awesome, uh?
The pigmentation is very very good, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Application. Perfect once you get used to it. Since you can deepen the red you really have to be carefully placing the same amount of polish on every nail or you’ll get slightly different shades, but beside that..I love how easy it is to wear this polish!

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Longevity. Super. More than 5 days with no chipping and no top coat!!!

Packaging. Basic and simple. I much prefer a regular packaging with good quality polish than a super cute one with bad nail polish in it.

Store&Price. I bought it at the Kiko store in my town, but you can find it online here for 3,90€.

Overall: 10/10. My favourite polish on all time! Perfect color, easy application, cheap price, what can you ask for more? πŸ˜›

& that’s it!

Stay beautiful.

L

Curls: mind how you curl your hair!

December 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hello, dearies!

So, the other day I was watching the TV show “New Girl” and I couldn’t stop staring at Zooey Deschanel’s hair. She always has stunning style and I love how her hair is always curled and voluminous. I love it.
I don’t know if I just paid more attention or not, but in the episode 2×08 I noticed a different style of curls.

As a result I decided to talk a little about how to achieve curls in general.

As you all know, you can get curls either with rollers or with straightener/curling iron. I want talk about that because you’ll find online tutorials that explain everything pretty greatly. Of course, you’ll have different results depending on the tool you use, but maybe what people tend to forget is how to choose the direction of the curls.

There are two ways of curling hair: away or towards your face.

Of all the thousands of hair curls tutorials I’ve seen, all of them tell you to curl away from your face. Well, the look you’ll get curling your hair like that is similar to this one in the picture.

Kind of the style Victoria’s Secret models wear all the time. I call it “a bombshell look” and it definitely is a more sexy and fun look.
Curling your hair away from your face, in fact, reveals more of your jaw line and neck and exposes your face framing it by wonderful waves, as if there’s a wind machine blowing to you.

 

Instead, the hair style that caught my attention during the episode of New Girl I was talking about is completely different.
Here’s a picture (I couldn’t find any better shot, sadly).

Zooey Deschanel’s hair, this time, was curled towards the face, as you can see very well on the left side. See how the look changes completely?
This is a more vintage-y style that might suit fewer occasions, but that I love even more than the bombshell look.
To curl your hair like that, I would suggest to split the hair in a half and curl both sides towards your face. Every curl (per side) should have the same direction, don’t change it from piece to piece!
Then, you can brush the hair with your fingers or with a brush (for a softer look) to make the curls fall in one (or more, if you want more volume) big curl per side.
As a result, you’ll have two big inward curls framing your face, just like old vintage hair looks.

See how curling hair differently changes the style? Keep that it mind next time you do it! πŸ˜‰

Hope it was helpful!

Stay beautiful.

L

ps. All the images belong to newgirlonline.net

Review: e.l.f. nail polish in “Moonlight” #D17

December 3, 2012 § 10 Comments

Hello!

Here is the e.l.f. nail polish I’m reviewing today. It’s in the color “Moonlight” (#D17).

Color&Pigmentation. The color is a shiny and metallic light peachy gold/silver, can’t describe it with words. It’s pretty light anyway, and it gives me a feeling of classic and timeless elegance, even if it’s shimmer-y. The pigmentation could be better, you need at least two coats to have the right color and ever like that the nail can still be seen under the polish.

Application. Smooth, maybe too much. It’s a very liquid formula and with these kind of textures you really need to be carefull applying the right amount of product or it’ll slide to the sides before you can properly stroke it. It dries slower than a regular polish, though.

Longevity. Pretty bad, it started chipping after the first day I had it on. Maybe this polish really needs a top coat.

Packaging. Cute one, but the cap is still bothering me as I was saying in my first e.l.f. polish review (here).

Store&Price. I bought it at the e.l.f. website for 1,50€. Now it’s 3,00€, don’t ask me why. :/

Overall: 6/10. I re-discovered it recently: totally forgot I had this stunning color in my collection. It’s perfect for a formal even or for a natural makeup day! πŸ˜‰ I would love it to death if it dried quickly and if it didn’t chip so fast.

Stay beautiful.

L

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