Review: NYC Smooch Proof LipStain 16h in Berry Long Time #498

March 28, 2013 § 13 Comments

Bonjour!

I wanted to buy this lipstain for a very long time and since this Fall-Winter is (or..was since it’s almost Spring?) all about berries and deep purple colors, I decided to get the NYC Smooch Proof LipStain 16h in Berry Long Time (#498). With no shame, I admit that it’s my first purple-ish lipcolor!

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As you know by now, I am extremely pale and even if I love the trend of very dark-vampy lips, I was fearing that these kind of colors would wash me out. I wasn’t right, but I wasn’t wrong either.
What I noticed it’s that, of course, my skin would appear paler than usual, but using a little bit more of blush that “wash-out” effect would simply go away letting me enjoy the sight of a nice dark lip color. šŸ™‚

Enough talking about me, let’s get into the review!

Color&Pigmentation. Even if the color is called “Berry” I would say that it is more purple-ish and less reddish than I expected. The pictures are quite similar to the real life color, maybe just a little bit darker than it appears on camera. The pigmentation is the one that got me while swatching the lipstains at the NYC counter. I found it was the shade that had the best color payoff and..I loved the color so I simply picked it up!

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Application. I must admit that this one is my very first lipstain that looks like a marker so I don’t know if it’s common to other lipstains, but it tends to be uneven if unevenly applied. I found that the best way of applying it is going with a first even coat and only after it’s almost completely dried, add a second one and so on. This, just to avoid that the color not dried gets dragged by the marker before it sets on the lips. Apart from this, it’s a very easy and simple application: the marker is very pointy and precise.

Longevity. 16h? I don’t think so. Smooch proof? I can’t say much about it (no smoochie-smoochie time for me!), but I can easily foresee that it’s not. I found that even drinking water can easily melt the color away, especially in the center of the lips. Maybe it can last 16h if you don’t eat, drink or wet your lips in any way! On mine lasted half an afternoon, but I only talked and that’s the most I could get out of it! It started to fade after about three hours and I felt the need of re-applying it. It’s not too much drying, but after some hours I would wear chapstick above it.

Packaging. Nothing special, but you know how much I love basic packaging.

Store&Price. I bought it at my local drugstore (Acqua&Sapone) for 3.99ā‚¬.

Overall: 6/10. I had to let this lipstain pass simply because I’m really in love with the color. Other than that, I’m quite disappointed by its almost non-existent lasting power. But, honestly, it depends on what you look for a lipstain. If you’re fine with having to re-apply it after some hours, then it’s a 10/10. šŸ™‚

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Have your tried this one? How did it work for you?
Let me know!

Stay beautiful,

L

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NOTW: Dots&Pink

March 25, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello, again!

Happy Monday! As tradition, I’m showing you the manicure of the week!

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I was feeling in a “pink” mood, but I decided to draw some dots just on my ring finger with a classic white polish (I used an Essence one)! This time I used a dotter instead of my beloved (!) toothpick, just because my sister recently bought an inexpensive set of dotters and I wanted to test how they worked!
The baby sparkly pink color is by Kiko (#208) and it’s my to-go neutral pink! No wonder I used this mani when I had to do exams! šŸ˜‰

Talk to you soon!

Stay beautiful,

L

You Tube-r of the Moment: SuperBeautyNerd

March 21, 2013 § 2 Comments

Hello!

The series of my favorite YouTubers continues! Today, please, meet the stunning Jess D’Arcy (SuperBeautyNerd on YouTube).

I discovered her looking for an inspired Amelia Pond (from Doctor Who!) look (which I still think it’s one of her best videos ever!) and I loved her since the very first minute!
Just know that I am a sucker for ginger hair, though! I really wish I was born red-head!!!

Anyway, she’s quite young, she’s in her last year of high school (if I’m right, she’s 17) and she’s British. She has no fear in wearing bold/grunge makeup and I would describe her style as bon-ton/edgy.
Of course she posts makeup tutorial and sometimes even hair tutorials, but she’s a pleasure to listen to in her more chatty videos where she explains why she’s loving certain products or when she describes the things she got in her monthly boxes. Her personality shines though the way she speaks and she’s very natural and honest in every thing she does, plus she’s so passionate about the products she loves I end up buying them because of her!!! I feel like she’s a friend of mine (not in a creepy way, though! :P).

I really think she should get more visibility, even if she has a solid subscribers base! She’s definitely one of the best beauty gurus out there and she seems to be very honest about her opinions and true to herself.
I like the fact that some of her looks and makeup tutorials are edgy-er than the ones you usually find online. It means she doesn’t care about trends or stuff like that, but she’s true to her personality (which I always appreciate because it’s with people like Jess that you can’t get bored watching YouTube videos!).
FYI, she’s maybe the main reason I started wearing bold lipsticks. As you know, I am very pale and I think me and Jess have basically the same skin color and undertone so when I see a color that suits her well I tend to see if it works good on me too! Watching online videos of girl with my same complexion makes me explore different makeup horizons! šŸ˜‰

She has a Vlog channel too and..I’m in love with her vlogs, she’s so sweet, funny and I really can relate to her way of thinking! šŸ˜‰

I don’t have much to add, just..go and watch her videos!!! Tell what do you think, after!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: H&M Nail Polish in Dark Purple (from the Spring set)

March 18, 2013 § 7 Comments

Hello!

Here’s another H&M Nail Polish from the Spring set (the review on the Light Purple is here). This one is in Dark Purple.
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Color&Pigmentation. Regardless of the name, this polish is, I’d say, a darker version of the Light Purple, with a hint of blue. Definitely not “purple” to my eyes! That’s the reason why I decided to actually wear it. Don’t ask me, but I really despise purple in general. I realized I like a lot this color just when I saw it on my nails. I don’t know if it’s my fair skin or what, but I really liked wearing it. Concerning the pigmentation, I can say it’s far better that the Light Purple one, but to get a decent cover I still prefer two coats because with just one, you’ll get uneven colored nails.

Application. Quite nice, smooth and easy.
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Longevity. As you can see from the pictures, after just two days (couldn’t photograph it before because the weather was rainy and cloudy!) it was already kind of chipping (and disappearing as the Light Purple one) and with my horror, it stained my nails, something that has never ever ever happened to me with any kind of polish.

Packaging. Basic and cute.

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Overall: 5/10. And I’m being nice. The fact that stained my nails made this polish lost at least 2 points. Because, well, the color is quite nice and I could always wear a top coat to make it last longer, but..stains? Can’t do. šŸ˜›

Stay beautiful.

L

Spring purse crush

March 14, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello, sweeties!

The minute I saw this purse, she (yes, “she”!) stole my heart. With purses, this rarely happens (and never when I am actually looking for a new one), but when it does I end up using the bag every single day, just like I did with this other one! šŸ™‚

Here she is:

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It’s by a brand called Marina Galanti (never heard of it before) and it was pretty cheap, just 26ā‚¬. I found it in an Italian shoes&accessories chain (Globo), it was in their Spring new arrivals section next to a stunning similar deep blue briefcase that I had to leave on the counter.

I was kind of puzzled when I saw it because, as I was saying earlier, I knew I fell in love, but I didn’t plan to buy another purse at all. Long story short, I decided it was a deal since I really loved it (especially the rigid style of it!) and since I needed Summer purse.
I think it’s my first white purse and I tend to dislike white purses – don’t ask me why – even if they work with every outfit. This bag is very similar to the way I style clothes and I can pair it with most of my outfits, from the more casual to the more bon-ton ones!
I’m in love with the little drawings details, they make her so easy and fun!

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Isn’t she pretty&cute?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Bottega Verde Silk Eyeshadow in “Beige”

March 11, 2013 § 8 Comments

Hello!

Last month I received in my mail a Bottega Verde silk eyeshadow in the color “Beige“. Bottega Verde is an italian company that focuses on body and skin care products and makeup.

I did not expect to be that impressed by this little gem! šŸ™‚

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Color&Pigmentation. As the name suggests, the color is a shimmery beige, with a bit of pink which makes it a warmer beige than a cool based one. The color pay-off is very good: I tried to apply the eyeshadow with my fingers and then with a flat brush and I got almost the same effect. Definitely surprised by this pigmentation.

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Application. The “silky” formula describing the name of the shadow fits perfectly: it is smooth and soft at touch. Plus, I noticed almost no fly aways while applying it! It’s not powdery at all!

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Longevity. Nothing much to say about this one. It lasted perfectly for an entire morning and half-afternoon. I’m sure it would have lasted more hours if I didn’t remove it. (No primer used!)

Packaging. Basic and simple. And I like the black shiny plastic around it.

Store&Price. Unfortunately it’s for Italians only. You can get it at Bottega Verde stores or online here for 12.99ā‚¬ (now for 4.49ā‚¬ in sale!).

Overall: 10/10. Definitely a ten (!), in my opinion. I can’t find any downsides to this eyeshadow, I love it to death and it’s stealing my love from the Sephora Californian Blonde (review’s coming soon, hopefully) more and more! The thing I like the most is the color: perfect for a simple everyday make up and just stunning on its own – I feel quite comfortable wearing it by itself with no crease color (or mascara, when I’m really lazy or in a hurry!).

Talk to you all soon!

Stay beautiful.

L

 

*I did not purchase this product nor I picked the color. It was sent by the company for free because of an online offer. All opinions are my own.

Love at First Try: Lush Roots!

March 9, 2013 § 5 Comments

Hello, people!

I couldn’t help but write a post about my first attempt to use Roots by Lush, even if it’s the week-end! šŸ˜‰

As you know from this post (my haul of last weekend), I asked for a Roots mask sample. Well, Tuesday morning I decided that when I would come back home from school, I would have tried to use the mask! And I did. And I fell in love.

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I applied the little amount I got for free on my scalp, massaging in circular motion to let the mask disappear from its typical color white & kind-of-granular texture. With what I had left (after putting the mask on my entire head) I applied it on my lengths, but I would have needed much more (I have half back length hair).
I left it on between 20 and 30 minutes, while my head was happily spinning – I don’t know if it was the mint smell (that I usually don’t like much) or if it’s because I applied it upside-down for about 10 minutes – and then I washed it out with two shampoo washings. IĀ  applied my usual hair conditioner.
I started feeling the difference right after I got out of the shower, just when I was using a towel to remove the excess of water from it. It seemed lighter and softer. I didn’t stumble too much and blow-dried it, as I usually do.
Well, after the hair was completely dry I couldn’t believe how soft it was at touch. Never had such soft hair, I swear. It was a stunning feeling! I thought I had a Disney Princess’ hair, it was beautiful.
Nor sure about how straight the hair would last, I decided to braid it and I went to bed.
The morning after the hair was even softer than the day before (what???), but after braiding it out I noticed that the waves weren’t almost there: it’s like the hair was heavier (?) or something and didn’t get the shape of braid waves as it usually does. But, whatever.
About two hours later the waves were completely gone, but the softness stayed there.

Long story short, I feel in love. And I wish I bought this mask at Lush. I’m writing it down because it really is a miracle worker and I’ll buy it soon (maybe online), hopefully.
What I can’t say is if it actually helped my roots, because I guess that results can be seen after more than just one use!
Have you ever tried this product? How was it?

Stay beautiful & happy weekend!

L

Review: H&M Nail Polish in Light Purple (from the Spring set)

March 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

Hi!!!

Today, I’ll review the H&M Nail Polish in the color Light Purple, which is from an old (I think I was 2009 or 2010) Spring set of polishes.

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Color&Pigmentation. I don’t know if the name fits well the color. I think it’s a little more pink than purple! That’s why I dare to wear it! Cool purples are just not my thing! :/ I can say that it’s not enough pigmented and this makes the polish just a cheap one.

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Application. Not bad, but not great either. A little bit too liquid (even if the polishes is years old!) for my taste.

Longevity. Very weird. It didn’t chip at all and it lasted like that for about five days. What was really odd is that it kind of started to disappear and get more and more sheer within a day. Something I’ve experienced only with this polish!

Packaging. Cute, I like it. And the set colors are so pretty all together!

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Store&Price. I bought it obviously at H&M and I remembered paying it between 3 and 5ā‚¬. It was a limited edition, as I said, so no chances to find them now! šŸ˜¦

Overall: 5/10. No, I don’t like it much. First, the color doesn’t impress me that much and it really isn’t worth the time of applying it if after some days it seems like disappear. :/

I know there are bigger H&M polishes, have you tried them? Favourite one?
I really need to buy some of them!

Stay beautiful.

L

Rome&Sunday haul!

March 4, 2013 § 7 Comments

Hello everybody and happy Monday!

I should be able to post by the book in the next weeks. I’ve done with my three exams (the last one wasn’t that satisfying as the others, but it’s done, so I can’t complain much!) and today is officially when lectures start again. It’s my last semester, I still can’t believe it!

Anyway, the point of this post is to show you what I’ve bought this weekend.

On Saturday, as you already know, I went to Rome with my sister and..well, looking at the things I bought I wish I got more of them. I left at the shops a lot of products I wanted but didn’t get. Like the UD Naked 2 palette, Yes To skin care products, the Lush Fun, a stunning MAC lipstick, the Natural Eye Too Faced palette and so on. Looking at my wallet..well, he’s definitely not happy so I guess I’m done with buying new stuff for a few months! Who knows if I’ll stick to that plan?! šŸ˜›

The first stop at Rome was Sephora. I wanted to get a Urban Decay primer potion, but Sin and Greed were too colorful and Eden wasn’t as fair as I though it was, so I ended up getting no one. I spent like good 15 minutes at the Benefit stand and decide to get the TropiCoral kit because I’ve always wanted to try the cheeks/lips tints, the Coralista blush and High Beam highlighter. The set has sample sizes of those products and a gloss in Coralista, as well. For 29.50ā‚¬ I though it was a deal.
Then I stumbled on the OPI stand of nail polishes but none of them caught my attention so I decided to pick the highly raved Essie polish in Mint Candy Apple, after trying some of them on. It was a hard one to pick because all the Essie polishes where extremely stunning.
I was quite disappointed that Sephora didn’t have the Taylor Swift perfume. I’ve been wanting to test it since it first came out, but I don’t trust the simple description on the website to just buy it online! So..bummer for that. šŸ˜¦
Oh, and I hated the fact that I totally forgot to ask for samples while paying!!! Thinking about it still pisses me off. :/

Then, we walked through Via del Corso to get to the Lush store. They modernized the shop with my surprise! Now it’s bigger and wider, I love it! Anyway, Lush shop assistants are always super nice and they helped me to pick up a hand soap (Honey I Washed The Kid), a toner (Eau Roma Water) and an acne treatment (Grease Lightning). I asked for a sample of a hair mask (R&B)** and I also got a sample of a hand soap (Bohemian). I got the chance to try the Fun (blue) soap – definitely writing it down on my future shopping list!
Honestly, I left my heart at the store. I really wanted to buy everything!!!

My sis wanted to get some jeans so we entered in Tally Weijl, but found nothing that was appealing to her. I ended up buying the cutest owl necklace that I’ve been wanting for ages!
Then we took a break and eat at McD’s – not that anyone cares – and I tasted a delicious chocolate muffin. It was like heaven!

After lunch I was ready to hit the MAC Pro store. The shop was full as usual (even at 1:30PM!), but I managed to get helped by one of the MAC makeup artists. I got (after several minutes of waiting because they couldn’t find my earlier booking for it!) the Face&Body Foundation in White as I was telling you last week and two samples: the Chartreuse pigment and the N1 Face%Body Foundation (which my mom wanted to test). Sadly, they were out of stock of the Mineralize Foundation (the fluid one) in NW15, the one that my mom wanted me to buy for her.
Do you want my honest opinion about the whole “shopping at MAC experience“? I was extremely disappointed. It’s not the first time that I entered in that store and I’ve always had the same girl (I don’t fancy her at all) helping me, but I’ve never been treated like customers should. This time, incidentally, I opted for another shop assistant, but, sadly, it was exactly the same. It’s like I was talking and they weren’t even listening to me. Plus, the samples? Well, it’s almost like I had to beg for them.
Customer care is very important to me and I don’t care if you sell cheap or high-end products, you still have to treat the customers kindly. I wasn’t being bitchy about anything and they had no right to treat me like me being there wasn’t appreciated.
Let me remind you that they got out of me 36ā‚¬, not just a cent.

Anyway, disappointing stuff aside, we went to the GAP store for the first time and I fell in love with polka dots regular and colored denim. They were between 50 and 60ā‚¬ (not too pricey for GAP stuff), but I didn’t buy any because I was too tired to even try them on. I plan to buy a pair of jeans like that during Spring!

& that concludes my Rome shopping trip! As I told you is nothing too much, but the fact that now I have a white foundation to use with the too dark ones makes me the happiest girl in the world! šŸ˜‰
This slide-show shows you all the products in details: HERE!

Yesterday, not happy enough of all the things I bought the day before, I dared to walk into our italian brand Kiko store. I had a 20% discount to use and it would have expired just yesterday..I simply had to use it, it was calling me for days, haha! šŸ˜›
I went quite crazy, I can honestly say I didn’t need any of the stuff I bought, but..well, I decided to call the past weekend as a “shop and don’t think weekend“.
I bought two nail polishes (a lime green and a turquoise) which should give a “mirror” effect, but to me they are better described as “metallic” ones, a nail polish pen remover, a nail polish remover (the one you slide your finger in it and it removes the polish completely thanks to a soaked sponge inside the container – I’ll have to show it to you soon because it’s pure geniality!), two concealers (one in light rose and one in green) and a 10 ml jar where I plan to mix my foundation with the MAC white.
This slide-show shows you all the products: HERE!

& that is all!
How was your weekend? Any recent purchases? Let me know! šŸ™‚

Stay beautiful,

L

** UPDATE March 7th 2013: I noticed just now that our “Radici” by Lush IT translates in “Roots” (duh!) by Lush international! Sorry for the bad info!

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