The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG

May 30, 2013 § 8 Comments

Hello!

A TAG I’ve stolen from Natasha! 🙂

1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do.
Body & facial scrubs. Or masks in general. I have both in my makeup drawer, but I never sit & treat my skin with those products. Well, not as much as I should do.

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?
Nope. But mostly because I don’t use brushes every day. I tend to clean my daily blush brush on a kleenex every two or three uses!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I hate chipped nail polish, but long nails bugs me more. Usually when my polish chips it means that it’s been 5 to 6 days and I have to cut my nails again, so..I guess I’ll can deal with them about one day or two if I am really busy and have literally no time to remove the polish and apply another one.

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?
Never. I always have the new product in store when I finish the one I am using. I am pretty much paranoid about this! (I do this with everything, literally. Aka pens, gums, toothpaste, chips..and so on!)

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I really have no clue. I’m doing pretty good at applying my night and eye cream and I always remove my makeup carefully whenever I wear it. Maybe, again, it’s the “not doing scrubs&masks” every week.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time
Uhmmm. Re-organizing my iPod music. I have a 30GB iPod but it’s always full and when I listen to it on shuffle I tend to skip most of the songs. I just can’t take the time (and let’s be honest, I have no patience) to sit and delete them. 😛

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last-minute?
Depends on where I am going. If I have a friends night out (or some other event) never, simply because it’s that only occasion when I can take my time with makeup and maybe going with a full face makeup look. When I have to go to school, basically I plan everything pretty carefully to have time to make myself decent (makeup is not always involved) without being late! 😉

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
Generally yes. I’ve been doing very good these almost two months of no-shopping. I have to admit that I kind of avoided drugstores and makeup stores in general, though. Some days ago I went to a drugstore with my mom because she needed something and..well, I behaved and didn’t spent a cent! 😉

9. How organized is your make-up and nail polish collections?
Very. Even if I haven’t enough space to organize it properly. I’m moving to my new (old) home -long story- during this Fall/Winter and hopefully I’ll have a bigger room (?) there where I can put all my makeup in a better order!

So..I didn’t do that bad, right?
If you want to do the TAG you are definitely welcome!

Have a nice weekend!

taken from Tumblr

taken from Tumblr

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Deborah Milano SenseTech Mat #10

May 27, 2013 § 10 Comments

Good day, readers!
I’m going to have a super busy week and honestly, my list of things to do will increase and my schedule is filling up until..well, don’t know when. I’m so stressed out and I almost start nothing. Wish me luck, because I really need it!

But let’s move on. Today I introduce you all to the very first completely matte nail polish I own. It’s the #10 by Deborah Milano.

matte deborah 1

Color&Pigmentation. I picked it up because of its amazing color (and because it was on sale!). It’s  a deep turquoise with a hint of green in the bottle that can’t be actually seen on the nails. It has a matte finish, but it’s not completely opaque. If you look closely, indeed, you’ll find some shimmer in it that makes it matte to the touch but not completely to the sight. I don’t know if I like this feature or not. The pigmentation, however is super. Just one coat and the nail was perfectly covered.

Application. Very easy. Nothing much to say, to be honest. The only thing that I need to report from the bottle is to avoid wearing a base coat or, of course, a top coat. And that’s what I do on normal basis, anyway.

Longevity. It lasted on my nails quite perfectly until the fifth day. On day 6 I noticed some chipping, but nothing too visible or bothering.

Packaging. As the finish of the polish, the bottle and the cap are matte. I like the rectangular squared packaging, it’s something not too common! Sadly it doesn’t fit very well in my nail polish box, though! 😛

deborah matte 2

Store&Price. I bought it at my local drugstore, Acqua&Sapone, for just 2€, but it was on sale. I’ve never seen polishes like that on the stands since then and I believe these particular kind of polishes are discontinued. Which’s too bad because I’d like to try some other shades.

Overall: 8/10. I feel you if you don’t get why this polish didn’t score a 10 out of 10. Well..to my horror, it stained my nails after removing it. I was already going to put it on the corner of my box, knowing that it would die there (because the instructions say that you can’t use a base coat so..no chances to avoid stains, uh?!), but I realized that I only had to use another cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover and the stains were almost gone. Nevertheless, I still can’t mark this polish with honours because I own even darker polishes that disappear with less remover (no base to be used as well).

Do you like it? Thoughts on the matte finish?
I know that the matte trend isn’t very “in” this Spring/Summer, but I didn’t wear it enough in the past and so I feel like I’m missing it! 😀

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in #303 Apocaliptic

May 23, 2013 § 7 Comments

Hello!

Finally I have tested the famous Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquers! I got mine months ago and I didn’t have the chance to wear it for more that one or two times during winter. During these recent weeks I have used it pretty much and I feel like I can give you a full review on the product.

Color&Pigmentation. First off, the color is called Apocaliptic (woah, hard name to write fast, haha!), #303 and it’s a shocking fuchsia. I had a hard time picking just one color of this product. I loved very much “Aurora” and the very bright red one, “Big Bang”. I decided to go with this fuchsia because it was a shade that was missing in my lip products! I couldn’t be happier with it. The pigmentation is amazing. You can just apply one coat on your lips and they’ll appear just as the color in the tube. Super, I know!

apocalips 1

Application. I had to struggle a bit to get it right because it’s very thick. The less you load with product the brush, the easier it gets to apply it. The fact that it’s highly pigmented requires time and precision to avoid smudged edges. I love wearing it straight from the applicator brush (which is similar to a lip gloss one, but a bit less spongy) when I want really bold lips, but I often blot it after applying it for a “soft” look. Plus, if you blot it, it’ll lose its glossy finish that stays on if you apply it with the brush. If you want to avoid the super bold lips you can still apply the littlest amount with fingers just to give some color to the lips. I like this way of wearing it too, but it seems it takes me more time than the other two so I tend to avoid this technique and simply use another lipstick.

Longevity. Depends of what you do with it. It didn’t stay much on my lips while drinking and eating, it does transfer very easily, in fact. It stays on without any problems for three to four hours, though, except for the horrible “ring” and the fact that often it ends on my teeth. It looses a bit the glossy finish after an hour or two.

Packaging. Quite slim and small, sadly. I wish it would come with more product in it. I feel like since it’s very thick I’ll soon finish it up! The best part of it? It closes with a “click” which is quite efficient in keeping the product wet and well sealed.

Store&Price. I bought it at my local drugstore (Acqua&Sapone) on sale for about 8 or 9€. Full price they are about 10€.

apocalips lips

Overall: 7/10. I’m quite happy with it. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about this product and I’m glad I ended up liking it too. The only thing I wished for is longevity. The “ring” really bugs me and I wished it lasted more, even while eating and drinking. This reminds me I should try it with the Lipcote. Concerning the color range, I know it changes from country to country. Here in Italy we don’t a have any peach shades and I wished the nudes were a little bit more pink and less beige. Last week I saw a limited edition with three more shades available: a peach/coral one, a purple/pink one and a very orange red one.

Have you ever tried it? Any thoughts and tips?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Essie Nail Polish in Lilacism #37

May 20, 2013 § 10 Comments

Hello!

Here are my opinions on the Essie nail polish in the colour Lilacism (#37). I received it in my latest purchase of the MyBeautyBox, as I was talking here. I got this lilac color (out of the three pastel shades available) as a surprise and, honestly, I was hoping to get the light blue pastel one! 😦 Thankfully, I ended up liking very much! Keep reading to know why! 😉

essie lilla

Color&Pigmentation. Lilacism is a lilac color, light enough to enter in the “pastel” range. You may already know, but I have never liked purples and lilacs in general. I don’t know why, I just tend to avoid these colors. This polish actually surprised me, though! Watching the color on the bottle I wasn’t very tempted to try it on, but when I did, me liking how the color suited my fair skin came as a huge surprise! 😀 I have to be honest, though: I would have liked it better if it was lighter. The pigmentation is very good, but you need two coats to get an even color.

Application. It wasn’t as easy as the red one (Laquered Up, here‘s the review), but it was pretty good anyway. I found the texture quite sticky, but enough liquid to apply the polish evenly. Plus, it dries very very fast. Something I always appreciate!

Longevity. Knowing that the other Essie polish (Laquered Up, here‘s the review) I tried chipped quite soon, I decided to use a clear nail polish as top coat and this “trick” saved the manicure for at least 5 days. I don’t know how Lilacism would have behaved without the top coat, though. :/

Packaging. Squared and pretty heavy. I like the fact that it’s chubby and that it has  a white cap instead of a black one.

Store&Price. I got it in a MyBeautyBox, as I was saying before, but it’s from a limited edition of Spring 2009 so no chances to find it, sadly. You can still have a chance to get it if you decide to buy the July MyBeautyBox here (no international shipping, sadly). I know that Essie has other lovely lilacs shades, though! Essie polishes are around 11 or 12€ each at Sephora.

Overall: 8/10. Never though I could rate this polish as much, but I have to be honest and speak my mind! I really like it and I’m glad that it won’t end in my nail polish box as the “polish I never use”.  Can’t wait to pair it with a nice nail art too! I was thinking of a white/lilac/yellow one which reminds me that I have to buy a white nail polish as soon as I have the chance.

Any thoughts of this polish and on Essie polishes in general?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream in #01 Velvet Rose

May 16, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello!!!

Here’s the review of my latest lip product purchase: the Essence Stay Matte Lip Cream in Velvet Rose (#01).

stay matte essence

Color&Pigmentation. I find that the name suits the color very well. The lip product is definitely a pink, but more specifically a rose-pink. The adjective “velvet” makes me understand exactly what color to expect. Don’t ask me why! haha
The lip cream is extremely pigmented, definitely more than I thought it would.

Application. It has the traditional sponge applicator that I never complained too much on lip glosses, but this, in this case, makes the application more difficult than it should. The texture of the product, in fact, is pretty thick if compared to a lip gloss and I feel like the sponge drags the colour too much. As a result, even if being very careful and precise, lips are not colored in an even way. The best way of applying it I find is with fingers, the middle one is the best for me. If you want to, you can build it up and have a less sheer look, but I suggest to use a lip brush to have an even application. Concerning it’s finish, I’m not sure about the “matt” effect. Yes, it does not set as glossy as you apply it, but it’s not as “matt” as I expected. I think I like it better this way, though!

Longevity. I expected it to last and stay still for at least one to two hours. Well, just after 10 or 15 minutes it tends to create the hideous “ring” of color right where the lips touch. I blotted it just right there, but after some more minutes it would just recreate. To avoid something like that I realized that the product needs to set with your mouth open or, well, with your lips not closed for at least 5 minutes (depending on how much product you applied). Obviously it’s something very unhandy, even for the ladies who have time. Concerning the longevity itself, it lasted about two hours, but the color started to fade and I feel like it can dry your lips a bit. I don’t know how a chapstick would act above (or under) the lip cream.

Packaging. Nothing much to say, very nice and cute. If only the brush was different!!!

Store&Price. I bought it at an Essence counter at OVS, but you can get it whenever Essence is sold (I think that outside Italy you can find this brand in drugstores!) for 2,49€.

Overall 6/10. I really wanted to like this product. I was looking for something like this to use everyday, just to have some pink on the lips. Sadly, the fact that it requires a long process of applying it and setting forces me to use it only when I have time (never LOL). It’s such a shame because the color is stunning, in my opinion!

Have you tried these Lip Creams? Any tips?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Debby Nail Polish in #58

May 13, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello, sweeties!

Here’s the review of the Debby Nail Polish in #58!

Debby Fucsia

Color&Pigmentation. It’ the most fuchsia nail polish ever, definitely. If you look closely, it has a little bit of lighter shimmer that appears quite nicely when the light hits the polish. The pigmentation isn’t the perfect one, but I feel like wearing only a coat of polish does enough justice to the color.

Application. I forgot how easy it was. I used to paint my nails qith this polish back in 2010 and, then, as a fool, I completely forgot about it. Now that I re-discovered it, I remember why I used it so much! Its little brush can easily cover the entire nail without painting the cuticles just like many other polishes I have. Plus, it dries slowly enough to get the color even on the nail, but not too slowly that you have to stay still for 10 minutes.

Longevity. It lasted on my nails with no top coat (and just one coat of polish) at least 5 days without chipping.

Packaging. The bottle is round and small, cute!

Store&Price. Debby is an italian brand that isn’t sold outside Italy, unfortunately. Here you can find it at drugstores like Acqua&Sapone and at clothes shops like Coin or OVS. I bought it for 4 or 5€.

Overall 8/10. It’s not a 10 because I noticed that it stained just a little my nails, but apart from that..awesome! I think I’ll use it very often during this Spring/Summer. I know that fuchsias aren’t that much in trend this year, but..I can’t help but feeling that it goes with every outfit and can be used in most of the occasions!

Do you like it?

Stay beautiful.

L

Fashion Crush: Zuhair Murad

May 9, 2013 § 9 Comments

Hello!

Since I was a little girl, I used to love watching red carpet dresses and looks in general and, recently, things got worse, haha! The Red Carpet Fashion Award website is basically the first one I check every morning and, if I don’t, I feel like missing a big part of me, haha! 😛

I have my favourite fashion designers, of course, but Zuhair Murad stole my heart in the blink of an eye.
It all started with this dress that Juana Acosta wore on a recent red carpet. (I don’t know her, though, I was just amazed by her stunning dress).I noticed the designer name and since I had five minutes of free time I googled it and ended up surfing his website: http://www.zuhairmurad.com/. I literally fell in love with every single dress on the website. I don’t remember falling like that since Elie Saab or Valentino back in the years.

I searched “Zuhair Murad” on the Red Carpet website I quoted above and I realized that some of my favourite outfits ever are designed by this brilliant man!
HERE are the results! 😉

And THESE are some of my favourites from his website along with the Instagram collage. 🙂

Drooling over these stunning Zuhair Murad dresses.

So, are you in love yet?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Kiko Nail Polish in #355

May 6, 2013 § 7 Comments

Hello and Happy Monday, peeps!!! 🙂

Here’s the spring-est (!) nail polish I have ever worn this year! It’s the Kiko Nail Polish in #355 called “Giallo Canarino” (which translates as “Canary Yellow“).

Yellow

Color&Pigmentation. I got this nail polish because I really wanted a pastel yellow to wear during spring. I used to hate yellow, and I guess I still do, but I have a thing for pastels in general so, I wanted to give it a try. Sadly, the polish on the nails appears darker and way less pastel-y than the product in the bottle (which still isn’t a perfect pastel). A huge bummer because I ended up with real yellow nails when all I wanted was a more subtle yellow. :/ The pigmentation is good, but you need two coats to have a decent cover and this will make them even more yellow! 😦

mani kiko giallo

Application. Not the easiest one. It’s kind of sticky, but I found that it can be solved by shaking it very well every two nails.

Longevity. More than 5 days with no chipping at all, great, uh?

Packaging. Nothing special, just the simple Kiko nail polishes packaging.

Store&Price. It can be bought online here or at the physical Kiko stores for 3,90€, but I got it for free because of an offer through Facebook.

Overall 6/10.  I had to pass mark this polish just because the only thing I really don’t like is the color. I watched my nails and all I wanted to do it taking it off! 😦 I really regret getting it (thank God I didn’t pay for it!) and I have no clue on how to use it. I thought about mixing it with a white polish to make it lighter, but I don’t feel like it’s going to work – I never did such thing before – suggestions? Maybe with a nice nail art this yellow could work, but on my nails alone..no, thank you!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Kiko Lipstick Rouge A Levres #11

May 2, 2013 § 8 Comments

Hello!!!

Meet my new lipstick crush: the Kiko Lipstick Rouge A’ Levres in #11!!! It’s the one I bought months and months ago and that I rediscovered just during these spring weeks. It’s the perfect color to wear for any kind of occasion, I love it, can’t lie!

kiko rosa

Color&Pigmentation. I would say it’s a pink-nude lipstick, very elegant and easy to pair with any kind of makeup. The pigmentation isn’t the best (I have to apply about two coast to get the color of these pictures), but I love it anyway because it’s very buildable.

Application. It’s not the easiest lipstick to apply, not very creamy, but it’s a light color so it’s no big deal. 🙂

Longevity. Without eating or drinking it easily lasts 3 to 4 hours. It’s not a long-wear lipstick, but it’s not sold to be long-wear either. Of course, if you apply more coats of it the color won’t fade as soon as a lighter application! I find it a bit dry for my lips, but I can easily solve the problem using a good lip balm under it.

kiko rosa lips

Packaging. Basic and simple. And black, which I can’t help but love!

Store&Price. I bought it at the Kiko store and it was on sale for 1,90€, couldn’t miss it! 🙂

Overall 8/10. Reading the review you might want to know why it scored such a high mark. Well, with nudes lipstick I don’t expect nor ask for a super longevity or lovely texture. I guess I am too in love with the color to pay attention to those details, haha! Plus, it’s the very first nude lipstick that doesn’t wash me out, a big deal to me!!!

Love it or hate it? Which color do you wear during spring? Which lipsticks are you loving?

Stay beautiful.

L

 

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