Review: China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum

November 25, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello, girls!

Sorry for not posting a lot recently. My life is getting messier and messier, every day is worse than the previous and I am near to lose my mind. So stressed. (You are very welcome to follow me on Twitter if you want depressed tweets every now and then.) I really need to schedule everything and try to fit the blog in some way. I will upload you soon if I have news.

But let’s talk about my favorite nail polish of the moment. It’s the China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (see the huge haul here) and it was from the limited edition “On Safari“.

china glaze 1

Color&Pigmentation. Honestly, the name couldn’t fit better. It’s my purrrrr-fect plum, seriously. It’s not enough dark so that you can recognize it’s not black and it’s not enough light to make me hate it (I’m not into light purples very much). I am starting to love plums more and more this Fall, and I believe it really suits my pale skin. (One perk of being pale, I guess..:P) See, the thing is that cool toned purples were never my thing (and will never be, I am afraid), but warm toned ones are stealing my heart. The pigmentation is good, but I would put it in the build-able polishes range, which you either can like or not. One coat will give you a lighter purple (still stunning), but I always go with two coats to have a darker shade.

Application. Simple and straightforward. And I find that it dries very quickly too! It’s always a pleasure to apply this polish.

china glaze 2Longevity. It lasts from three to four days with no top coat. As you know, I like to do my nails only on the weekends, therefore I hate when the nail polish starts to chip during the week. After the first time that it chipped in three/four days, I decided to apply a clear polish on it and it lasted perfectly the entire week. Honestly, I did not try to use Purr-fect Plum alone again, so I don’t know if the bad results depended on me washing hands more frequently (or similar) that week than the others (I doubt it, though).

Packaging. Awesome. I love the fact that it’s round and big, and the cap is quite good and comfortable, too. Oh, and it seems that it contains a lot of product if compared to common nail polished.

Store&Price. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (and it’s still available here) for 5.40€ and it’s from the limited edition “On Safari“, so I guess that it’s not sold on physical stores anymore.

Overall 10/10. Despite the fact that it chipped easily that one time on my nails (still not sure if it depended by my habits), it definitely is a super recommended nail polish. If you’re into dark polishes, you have to get this one..and if you like purples, this is the best shade you’ll ever find! It surpassed all of my favorite nail polishes and I feel like I am wearing it non-stop these weeks!

& that is all, peeps! I hope I will have the chance of buying some more China Glaze polishes in the future because they really feel worth the price.

How do you like lacquers from this brand? Favorite shade?

Stay beautiful.

L

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Sweater & Weather TAG

November 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hello, guys! It’s past the middle of November and there’s no better time for this TAG!

I found the video online, thanks to Ingrid (missglamorazzi) and I decided to give it a go.

1. Favorite candle scent?
I guess I am the only girl in the beauty world who does not own a scented candle. Not even a scented decorative tool. I would like to, but my actual room is too small (and too made of wood :P) to cave in and just buy one! I’m curious, though! That’s for sure!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Last year I would have said hot chocolate without even thinking. Now, things may be different. Since last Winter I started to get into Twinings tea and I fallen in love so much that I kept drinking it even during Summer. I am literally obsessed with the Blackcurrant one, even if any kind of Twinings tea is delightful. So, to answer the question, right now, I would say tea, hot tea to be specific!!!

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?
You should (?) know by now, after various TAG posts, that I have no memory. Seriously, I forget things so easily it’s impossible to explain. Nevertheless, maybe my favorite memory of Autumn is watching “Nightmare before Christmas” by Tim Burton on a Halloween night with my sister, maybe even more than ten years ago. I am sure I had the time of my life someday and I just don’t remember. That’s why I should upload my journal daily and..I never do. :/ Actually I remember spending an amazing day with my best friend a long time ago, and I remember it was freezing even though I’m not positive if it actually was Fall or Winter..However, I remember feeling down – don’t know why, and there was some kind of strike at school so we just met outside and did not go to class. He dragged me in the centre of the town and we spent some time talking at the Castle park, which was stunningly covered in leaves. They we went for a delicious hot chocolate (so sad that shop closed months after), and then he bought me a breathtaking french bakery where we ate almost until we got sick. Haha! It truly was one of the best days we spent together. I remember coming home, felling so happy that I forgot why I was in a bad mood in the first place. It’s a memory I have in my heart that I will never let go.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
Dark lips all the way. No doubt about it!!!

5. Best fragrance for fall?
Hard one. I would like to say something by Taylor Swift..if only I had her perfumes! Jokes aside, I’m not a girl who changes perfumes often. I like to stick with one and make it my signature smell. These days, however, I am wearing the Nina Ricci perfume and I’m liking it a lot. I’m not sure how fall-ish it is, though!

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
Another great holiday we don’t celebrate in Italy is Thanksgiving. It’s such a beautiful festivity and I like the message it holds. But no, we don’t celebrate it so..can’t name any food. In Italy’s Autumn tradition I can mention eating hot chestnuts: I could live eating them forever! 😛

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?
I live in the middle of Italy in a town surrounded by mountains, therefore our Fall is quite chilly. Generally, you can go out with a cotton jacked until the middle of October, but after that..you really need a good puffy coat to keep you warm. This year, however, has been weird. I’m still using ballerina flats, cotton jacket and light scarves, and it’s the middle of November!

8. Most worn sweater?
Easy. My Star Wars one with Darth Vader’s helmet on it that I bought maybe more than four years ago at the boy kids department of OVS. I wait for Fall to wear that every year!!!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?
A black one should never miss. I’m reviewing my favorite Fall nail polish next week, but it you want a preview, I bought it and showed it here. I’m very into warm purples (!!!), these days.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Sports? Nah, I don’t like sports. Better jumping in leaf piles. 😛

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
I wish I liked leggings, but..I just can’t stand to see myself in them! (Dark) Skinny jeans, all the way!

12. Combat boots or Uggs?
I don’t own combat boots, and I don’t think I would buy them. I own a (fake) pair of Uggs and I am proud to say I’m not ashamed of wearing them. 😛 Just..not during Autumn. I save them for really cold months in Winter.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
Never tried it, though I wish!!! I love pumpkin for what is worth, though.

14. Favorite fall TV show?
Hardest question of all. You know how TV shows junkie I am. I would say Once Upon a Time because, Captain Swan is finally happening. Follow my madness on Tumblr, will you?! 😛 I wish Game of Thrones aired during Autumn, though. I feel like it would fit my mood!!! 😉 Oh, The Big Bang Theory is surprising me week by week – I ended up liking most of the new episodes!!!

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
Any song from Red by Taylor Swift. Maybe “Red” or “All too well“.

That is all, girls! I TAG all of you and, please, link me your posts when you reply to the TAG questions!

Stay beautiful.

L

A new NAKED palette??? — Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

November 14, 2013 § 11 Comments

Hello, girls!

After girls posting pictures of a new Urban Decay palette bought at a Sephora store in Paris and the web exploding at the news (first denied and then confirmed), Urban Decay is officially launching a new palette: the Naked 3.

Obviously, I am pretty sure everyone of you already knows of the Naked 1 and the Naked 2 palettes (and I as much as sure that you own them at least one of them). Personally, I have always had Naked 2 on my wish list: I’ve always been fascinated by the cool toned eyeshadows it offers, but never brave enough to go and spend 45€ on it. 😛

It’s incredible how Urban Decay can come out with great color combinations even after two big hits palettes! I like how they went for a pink/gold colors, but I’m not sure it will work as great as the other two palettes: pink toned shadows are not very easy to wear and they don’t suit every skin tone, I am afraid!

I’ll leave you to the video (or blog post of comparison between the palettes) of xsparkage and to her detailed review (blog post is here).

Temptalia too has a blog post on the palette and a comparison one too. Remember to sign on that awesome website and add me!!!

I’m quite interested in the new Naked 3 palette, but I guess I still prefer the Naked 2 because I feel like it’s more natural and “naked” as the name says.
How about you? Are you going to buy it?

Stay beautiful.

L

Sephora Haul

November 11, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello, girls and welcome back on my blog!

I know I swore that I would never buy anything until Christmas after spending way too much money on Maquillalia.com back in August, but I caved in. I had a 20% discount at Sephora and I could let it slip through my fingers. Despite the fact that I would buy every single item on Sephora (so glad that the Urban Decay lipsticks&lipencils are out in Italy too!), I’ve been good and succeeded in toning it down and focusing only on what I really needed.

So. My package from Sephora arrived. Here’s how to spend over 30€ mostly on natural skin care. #Sephora #yesto #yestocarrots #instahaul #skincare

The last time I was in Rome, I went to the brand new Sephora store in Piazza di Spagna with the main goal of buying products from the brand Yes To. Sadly, it seems like they have been all sold on sale and Sephora is not buying them again. Too bad. Thankfully, on the website there are still some products, even if there is no much variety (nothing from the Yes To Cucumber or Tomatoes lines) and, most importantly, they are cheaper than the ones on feelunique.com. I believe they should be in the old packaging and that is why maybe they cost less.

However, let’s cut to the chase, and see what I ended up buying:

I still haven’t tried any of these products, aside from the sample of the Sephora moisturizer, but I can already tell you that the smell of the Yes to Carrots line is something I kind of hate. Let’s say it wasn’t very wise buying everything from the same line without smelling the products first. 😛 I will definitely use them up anyway, that is for sure! I will get back to you with reviews as always! 😉

& that is all, for today! I have another two hauls (oh my God, somebody stop me, please!) to show you, so keep checking the blog in the next few weeks.

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: True Color Lipstick by Sleek in Smother #797

November 7, 2013 § 12 Comments

Greetings, Internet!

Here it the product I want to talk about today. It’s called True Color Lipstick by the brand Sleek and it is in the shade Smother (#797).

Sleek Smother lipstick 1Color&Pigmentation. I picked this lipstick because I wanted a deep berry color to use during fall, since the trend of dark lips stole my heart. However, as you can see from the swatches it appears differently from the hand with respect to the color applied on the lips. I don’t know exactly why, but on the hand it seems more purple than it actually appears on the lips. When applied, it is a very deep color with a hint of purple – definitely a blue-toned shade. The pigmentation is very good, but it makes me question why the color is different from the hand to the lips. :/

Application. Very easy and smooth. It applied like a dream, really. The consistency is very creamy and I did not have any troubles applying it straight from the tube though I usually do.

Sleek Smother lipstick 2Longevity. Not bad, but not perfect either. I don’t remember how it behaves when eating or drinking (and I fear I still haven’t tested it in this way), but it stays on the lips for at least 3-4 hours. The only trouble is that it tends to go a little bit patchy: the color tends to slide to the center and to the edges of the lips. As a result, I always have the need of blending it to avoid an awkward look. What I usually do is: put a some kind of chapstick on it and rub the lips together to redistribute the color. If this is not enough I’ll use a finger to blend the color better. On a better note, it stains the lips very nicely and it’s quite hard to get it off too!

Packaging. When I first got it, I though it was a sample. It’s tiny-tiny-tiny if compared to any kind of lipsticks. The amount of product may be less, but the packaging is extremely defined. I love it. It’s not sleek (despite the name of the brand), but opaque and it reminds me the feeling of NARS packaging or the Lorac PRO palette one (aka it tends to get dirty easily). The cap clicks brilliantly and, honestly, I may like the package as well as the lipstick itself. 😛

Store&Price. I got mine at Maquillalia.com (I swear I’m not sponsored, I just like that site very much and I ordered a ton of stuff there – see the haul here) for 6.50€.

Overall 8/10. I’m not completely sure about the shade. Maybe I was expecting something slightly more berry instead of purple-y. Nevertheless, I think it’s a great product for its price. I like the packaging and the fact that it’s very easy to apply. The stain it leaves is quite nice as well. I will surely buy some more shades from this line. I just have to stop shopping for a little while! 😛

Bonus for you. I read online that it’s one of the closest shade to MAC Rebel lipstick. This is the main reason I decided to add it in my cart! 😉

Have you ever tried these line of lipsticks? How do you like them?

Stay beautiful.

L

I am lucky, I know.

November 4, 2013 § 8 Comments

Happy Monday, all!!!

Ready to kick off November?! I kind of am. Though it’s going to be a tough month. Let’s keep fingers crossed.

It’s not been long that I posted my very first giveaway win, remember?! I still thank Nicolea in my mind every day, haha! 😉
And, well..you may hate me (please don’t), but I got lucky again. (Luck has been missing in all every other side of my life, though -.-‘) I won the giveaway for Tasha’s one year blog anniversary at bellezakisses.com. And..guess what I won? The Lorac PRO Palette. Yes, you’re read it right. The super raved and preached Lorac PRO palette. Honestly, I still can’t believe it.

Thank God for the little pretty things in life. @bellezakisses Tasha, we called it!!! It’s here!!! Thank you so much, you are such a sweetheart!!!

Thankfully, we did not have any kind of troubles for the package. Tasha has been so incredibly kind in accepting of sending it by mail to avoid our stupid italian customs. It took three weeks to get the parcel, but it was worth the wait. Last Monday I received everything is a sealed envelope with the sweetest Thank You card. ❤
Oh, and Tasha also added a lip balm by Jack Black, that I understand is quite appreciated on the web as well.

Can’t wait to try the goodies out and I promise I’ll get back to you with reviews!

I will never ever ever ever thank Tasha enough because, truly, she is the sweetest. A big hug, dear!!!
Obviously, go and check her blog out!!!

Stay beautiful.

L

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