YouTube-r of the Moment: Emma Pickles

October 31, 2013 § 2 Comments

Hello, dearies!

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.

maxresdefaultIf 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! πŸ˜›

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?! πŸ˜‰

& that is all for today, sweeties. I hope you’ll have a spooky Halloween! Have fun!

Mean girls rules. πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

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Review: Lasting Color Gel Nail Polish by Pupa

October 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello, girls!

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.

Pupa gel

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”. πŸ˜‰

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? πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Enchanted Eye Cream by Lush

October 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hello, girls!

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. πŸ˜› 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! πŸ˜€

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?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Blush by 3 by Sleek

October 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello!

Finally, today I will introduce you to the Sleek blush palette. It’s called Blush by 3 and it’s in the color “Flame” (#365).

sleek flame 1

Color&Pigmentation. There is no way to better match the colors than “Flame“. It’s definitely a fiery palette! It has three red-toned shades, two in a matte finish and one slightly shimmer. From left to right, the colors are called Furnace, Bon Fire and Molten. Furnace is red toned with a hint of brown – definitely a darker shade. I find it quite nice for a little bit of contouring – on my cheeks it would look too dark otherwise. What I often do is: placing one of the other two colors almost on the apples of my cheeks and blend them backwards with Furnace. Bon Fire is a bright red and the leader of the palette, for sure. It is a dupe for NARS Exibit A, the blush I wanted to get since LillianMasie talked about it. Molten is the slightly shimmer one: it is a darker and deeper red than Bon Fire, but not as brown-toned as Furnace. The shimmer is almost on the gold side, but it’s nothing too noticeable, which is good since the color already stands on his own. The pigmentation? It dangerously incredible.

sleek flame 2

Application. Due to the highly pigmentation, you could very easily end up with way too much blush on your face. The amount of product you need is not little, it’s ten times less than little!!! Since it’s impossible to get such a little amount of blush on my brush, what I do is: lightly dip the brush on the color of choice, tap off the excess (these blushes can get a little bit powdery), slightly blend the product on my hand and then place in on the cheeks. That is the only way I find works the best to avoid awkward red cheeks. πŸ˜› Yes, the application process is not straightforward as my loved cream blush by Kiko, but I don’t mind it. I love the effect of a red toned blush on my fair skin.

Longevity. On me, these blushes stay put for the entire day. No matter if I am wearing foundation or not. Brilliant.

Packaging. It reminds me of the NARS ones. I love black packages. It feels quite resistant too. And the big mirror is extremely useful.

Store&Price. I bought my blush palette at Maquillalia.com (here‘s the haul post), but you can find these blushes at Sephora (if you’re lucky) or straight from the Sleek official website for 12.99€. Honestly, with their palettes at 9.99€ I’m pretty surprised these blushes are more expensive. They are worth the price, though.

Overall 10/10. Yes, these palette is a ten. I’ve been wanting red toned blushes for ages and now I’m all satisfied. πŸ˜‰ I love how, though being all red-toned, they still are quite different from each other to give a different look. My favorite one is, of course, Bon Fire, but pairing either it or Molten with Furnace on the back of my cheeks is something I find myself doing quite often. I guess I’m caving in into the bronzed cheeks too! πŸ˜› Overall, I suggest you to pick one set of colors you like from these blush-by-3 line and just buy it. The palette is definitely a worth-having product.

Any thoughts?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Essence Nail Polish in Top of the Ice Stream (#04)

October 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

Happy Monday!

Saying that I am stressed out it’s an euphemism. I am so incredibly tired-scared-hopeless-anxious. Hopefully, next week at this time I will have two weights less on my shoulders. Cross your fingers for me, girls, please!!!

Anyway, today is Essence nail polish in Top of the Ice Stream‘s (#04) turn!Essence Top of the ice streamColor&Pigmentation. Oh my, I love the name so much, it’s super cute! The color is exactly how it looks on the pictures: it’s a milky kind-of-sheer while with cool toned micro glitter in it. The pigmentation is scarce, but for once it is not something that bothers me! Not at all!!! Instead, it gives me the opportunity to layer the product if I want the white polish to stand out more (and you can easily reach the color in the bottle with three rich coats of lacquer), but when I feel like giving my nails just a touch of white I can settle for just one coat. I love how it can serve different purposes. The picture show two slim coats.

Application. It is pretty straightforward. The brush is bigger than I expected and it’s in the perfect size to cover all the nail with two strokes. As a result, the application is not time-consuming at all. Moreover, you can measure-out the product you want to apply very easily. Oh, and it dries super quickly – something always appreciated!

Longevity. Sadly, it doesn’t last more than 3/4 days without top coat, and the more coats you wear, the more likely the polish will chip. But with a clear top coat it lasts at least 6 days perfectly.

Packaging. Can I say it?! I love it. It has the cutest shape and, I don’t know if it’s something characteristic of all Essence polishes, but the cap closes with a click – it’s the very first polish with a secure closing that I have ever found – genius! And I like the feeling at the touch of the cap: I like how smooth and solid it is!

Store&Price. I bought it online at Maquillalia.com and you can see the haul here. I believe it is still sold at the online shop, however it is from the limited edition Snow Jam so you won’t find it at Essence counters anymore. I paid it 1.99€. Pretty cheap for such a nice polish, uh?!

Overall 10/10. Honestly, I’ve thought about it a lot and I could just give it a 9 because of its little lasting power. I love it too much and it has become one of the best purchases I have ever did in a long time, truth be told! Hail to the cheap yet good nail polishes!!! I love how I can change the intensity of the color and how it suits every season. I can already picture it with a nice winter outfit while there’s snow everywhere, haha! πŸ˜‰

& that it all! I would like to thank MissHollieBerries for showing this polish in her blog so that I could add it on my wish list! πŸ˜€

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: MAC Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

October 10, 2013 § 10 Comments

Hello,girls!

Finally I can post the review for maybe the most famous MAC lipstick ever: Ruby Woo.Ruby Woo collage 1If you don’t already know, I won this precious lipstick in a giveaway (here‘s the link to my post about it) and it’s my very first MAC lipstick. I’ve always wanted to try lipstick from this brand, but whenever I go to a MAC store I get so overwhelmed by the color range that I give up. (And the fact that these lipsticks are pricey does not help! P) However, I am super happy to have been lucky enough to try their most famous one! πŸ˜€

Color&Pigmentation. Ruby Woo is the red lipstick of the world. I would say that it has a little hint of strawberry red too, depending on the lightning and on how pale your lips are. It has a cool undertone and it reminds so much of the lipstick that Taylor Swift usually wears during her performances or red carpet looks in general. I’m not positive if she actually has ever worn this specific one – I don’t doubt it, truth be told. However, let’s move on. The finish is the mattest matte you can ever imagine. Because of this, I find it’s quite drying on the lips, but nothing that a lip balm over it can’t solve. The pigmentation is amazing, one swipe of product and your lips are completely covered.Ruby Woo collage 2Application. Here comes the most difficult part. The pictures show the effect applying the lipstick straight from the bullet. I have to tell you: it’s not the easiest way. I wore this lipstick quite often, recently, and so se pointy tip disappeared in no time. What I mean is: I managed to use the product directly from the tube only for the first two applications, when the lipstick was rightly shaped to respect my lips edges. However, right now, it’s impossible for me to apply it straight from the bullet: it would end up everywhere! As a result, I generally apply it with a lip brush and I find it’s way easier than using the tube itself: you can be more precise and build up (or down) layering the product as you like. I have to tell the truth, though: this is the lipstick that takes me the most time to be applied ever (at least 7 good minutes – but I’m a perfectionist and quite clumsy so..you do the math). Because it’s matte and has a thick consistency, I would suggest to have nice scrubbed and moisturized lips, otherwise it would accentuate flakiness. Nevertheless, I never wear lip balm under it because it will cause too much smudging. What I do is: apply a lot of lip balm the night before (these days I’m using a Lush one) and scrub my lips with a homemade honey, oil and sugar scrub in the morning.

Longevity. Thanks to its matte finish, it’s definitely a long-lasting lipstick. It stays put even after (carefully) eating and drinking. However, I always have the need of reapplying it after meals – but that’s a OCD thing of mine! πŸ˜› It can be a drying on the lips and I found that wearing under it a light lip balm can increase it’s longevity and avoid cracking lips over the day.

Packaging. Black and round, I like it pretty much! It closes with a safe click and I love how elegant it looks in the paper box! πŸ˜‰

Store&Price. As I was saying earlier, I won the lipstick in the one-year anniversary giveaway of Nicole (who I will forever thank! ❀), so I got it for free. However, it costs 18.50€ at every MAC (italian or european) counter or on their online shop. I know MAC lipsticks are around 15$ in the US and, honestly, I am super jealous because that translates into 11€. I would definitely spend 11€ on such a lipstick, but 18€ are really too much for me! But, you know what they say, never say never! πŸ˜‰

Overall 9/10. Definitely one of the best lipsticks I have ever tried. It’s not a full 10 because it can get pretty drying and it’s not as quickly to apply as my Kate Moss Rimmel red lipstick. Moreover, if I’m not careful with good shape lips I can’t wear it at all because it would look simply dreadful. Nevertheless, the pigmentation and the color itself are incredible and I see why this product is so loved by many. I would recommend it if you’re looking for the perfect super long-lasting red lipstick.

& that is all! Ever tried this lipstick? How to you apply it? What about the fact that dries lips: do you have any tips?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

October 7, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello, Internet and happy Monday!

Today’s review is about the highlighter I bought with my Maquillalia order back in the Summer. Here‘s the link to the haul, if you’re interested.
It’s the super famous-on-the-web Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter by The Balm.

Mary 1Just a word before starting: when I placed the order I really wanted to try the MUA Undress Me Too Highlighter but it was out of stock. 😦 Therefore, I decided to give this The Balm one a try because of all the nice things on YouTube and on blogs in general. Plus, it was discounted so, really, I couldn’t go wrong.

Color&Pigmentation. It’s definitely a gold highlighter instead of a pink one. Before buying it I knew it would have been more on the warm side than the MUA Undress Me Too is. However, I did not expect that it would be this gold! Don’t get me wrong, the color truly is amazing, but on my cool and fair skin tone it doesn’t wear as good as on warmer people. The pigmentation is super. S-U-P-E-R. Almost dangerous, I’d say. You really need the tiniest tiniest amount of it, or you’ll end up having gold shimmer all over your face!

Application. Extremely easy. The texture is so smooth it feels like a cream butter-y highlighter. As a result, blending it is the easiest thing ever. The only thing you need to be careful is taking the tiniest amount of product, as I was saying earlier.Mary 2Longevity. It wears pretty well. It does fade a little bit, but it doesn’t require to reapply it during the day. On my skin it lasts from the morning to the late afternoon. Awesome. ❀

Packaging. It’s so super cute. I love the name of the highlighter (so fun!) and I love the paper packaging as well as product itself. The big round mirror is quite helpful too. Oh, and there’s so much product in it that it literally will last me for years. Never going to need another gold highlighter in my life.

Store&Price. The Balm is quite a pricey brand. I would compare it to Urban Decay, price-wise. However, I got mine for 13€ because it was (it still is!!!) on sale, but it retails for 17€ on Maquillalia.

Overall 8/10. I truly suggest this product it you are looking for the perfect gold highlighter. It really is a keeper, from the pigmentation to the packaging itself. However, truth be told, I couldn’t give this product a 10 simply because the color does not suit my skin tone as well as I expected and it still is an expensive highlighter. A tip: after watching Lauren Curtis using it as an eyeshadow and one morning I decided to give it a go. It was such a great surprise! It’s so perfect to make eyes brighter and I’m super happy that now it’s a multi-use product! πŸ˜‰

Have you ever tried this highlighter? What do you think about it?

Stay beautiful.

L

You Tube-r of the Moment: essiebutton

October 3, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello!

Today I’m continuing my series around my favorite You Tube-rs I stopped writing about last Spring. Why did I do that?! I’ve discovered new great talents on the web during this Summer and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

The first one that pops in my mind is EsteΓ¨, aka essiebutton.hair_short_3-600x450She’s a Canadian girl who moved to England recently. She studies Psychology and has a great charisma that keeps me locked at the screen in every minutes of her videos.

Her videos are mainly hauls, reviews, favorites and tags. From time to time she’ll do a “get ready with me” or some kind of makeup tutorial.
Her video/audio quality is one of the best on YouTube and maybe that’s also one reason why I can’t wait to watch all of her videos. Aside from that, she really is so super nice and fun to listen to. She loves skin care maybe even more than makeup and she’s making me add to my wish-list product I would have never considered buying. I remember finding her thanks to a lipstick tag, I believe and..if you like lipsticks (like I do) she really knows how to give great advice! She has recently started a super interesting series about called “Brand Focus” in which she picks a specific brand and talks about it. I’ve found the Bourjois one very helpful.
Oh, and she’s the reason why I want to shop at The Body Shop so badly, these days! πŸ˜›

Moreover, she has been writing on a blog for a while and it’s flawless. She posts in-depth reviews about products she’s loving and again, the quality is top-notch.

Let me know if you’ll check her channel and blog out!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Kiko Nail Polish in Light Peach – #359

October 1, 2013 § 9 Comments

Greetings, ladies!

Here is my todays’ review: I’ll talk about my Kiko nail polish in the color Light Peach (#359).Kiko pescaColor&Pigmentation. This time the name suits the color very well. When I bought it I was undecided between this one and the darker version. I’m glad I got the light peach because I feel like it suits my skin way better. The pigmentation is pretty good and I settled for just one coat of it.

Application. It’s not the quickest one. Let me explain you why. First of all, the texture is very pastry and sticky and if you load the brush believing this would help, you’ll end up making a mess (and losing a lot of time). What I do when I wear this specific nail polish is: shake very well the bottle, get a normal amount of polish and work it precisely but very quickly at the same time. For every nail or two I tend to shake the bottle again so that the consistency remains enough liquid to work the product on the nails easier. Yes, applying this polish takes me more time than a normal nail polish does, but I find that this is the best way to do it.

Longevity. If I apply it in the way I’ve just described it lasts me at least 5 days (no top coat used). However, the very first times I wore it, it was always a disaster. I would apply too much product that never properly dried and it would chip and ruin after just one day.

Packaging. The same old Kiko nail polish bottle – nothing much to say about it! However, in its simplicity it’s quite functional!

Store&Price. I bought it for 3.90€ two years ago at the Kiko counter. You can find it online at the official website! Oh, and I know that Kiko is now opening some stores in UK too! It truly is a brand that should be discovered by the web and the makeup addicts! πŸ˜‰

Overall 8/10. It’s a nice nail polish. I love the color very much: it’s a shade of peach that I’ve never seen anywhere else. The only downside is the application process: it takes more time than usual because of its not-so-great formulation. Nevertheless, it remains a lovely nail polish I really enjoy wearing during Spring and Summer.

Stay beautiful.

L

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