The 2013 recap: the best of the best!

January 7, 2014 § 9 Comments

Hello!

Before starting with my 2013 favorites, I have to wish you the brightest new year ever! I wish that all of your wishes come true and that you can find what you are looking for! Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a super happy new year!!!

A big hug for all of you!!!

And here are the winners of my 2013!!!

—————-❀ Random Beauty Things ❀—————-

SkinCare

  • Lush – Roots (hair treatment): the hair mask that changed my life. I’m never going to stop using, it’s perfection!!! (review here)
  • Lush – Honey I Washed the Kids (soap): the smell is amazing, and it leaves my hands super soft. I also use it to wash my face, from time to time..shhh, don’t tell! πŸ˜›
  • Lush – Porridge (soap/scrub): in Italian it’s called “Il Signore dei Granelli” and it stands for “The lord of the grains” and it’s an amazing body scrub, plus it smells amazing!
  • Equilibra – Scrub corpo rimodellante (body scrub): it a mix of salt and oils and not only does it scrub my skin perfectly, but it hydrates it amazingly
  • Kiko – Hydra + Body Cream: the best body moisturizer I have ever tried so far
  • Lush – Eau Roma Water (toner): a super fresh toner to refresh or soothe my skin and, as everything by Lush, it’s completely natural which is always a plus
  • Burt’s Bees – Radiance Eye Cream: it lasted me an entire year and it goes straight back on my wish list for 2014!
  • Bioderma – Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire (makeup remover): definitely the best makeup remover I have ever tried. It’s the highlight of this year! I’m almost out of my tiny bottle and I will surely repurchase it in 2014 (review here)
  • Coconut oil: perfect to hydrate skin and to remove makeup

MakeUp

  • MAC – Face&Body foundation in White: my life savior – I’m too pale to find a good match for high-end or drugstore foundations, and a white base to mix with darker foundations works like a charm for me (review here)
  • Real Techniques – Expert Face Brush: it’s the only brush I find myself going back to whenever I want to apply liquid foundations – it’s the best
  • e.l.f. – Eyelash and brow wand: a spoolie I got recently and that I use almost daily
  • Kiko – Precision Lip Pencil (#306): a red lip pencil I use constantly (even more than red lipstick) when I want to dare with red (see it here)
  • Sephora – Eyeshadow (#10 Californian Blonde): the perfect champagne color for when I am lazy to put something more elaborate on my eyes – it works great as a cheek highlighter as well
  • MUA – Undress me too palette: it should be the dupe for Naked 2 and it’s definitely my most used palette of this year!
  • Rimmel Kate Moss – Lipstick (#10): my go-to red lipstick (before getting the MAC Ruby Woo – review here) (review here)
  • Kiko – Stick Bloom blush (#02): a super easy to apply blush that I used during Spring and Autumn/Winter almost daily
  • Kiko Glow Touch – Lips&Cheeks (#01 Bitter Margarita): a bright strawberry cream blush I used all summer long (review here)
  • Benefit – High Beam (highlighter): I got at the beginning of the year and loved to death every single day – it’s the perfect pink highlighter for my skin tone. Now I own only a little sample, but I am going to finish it up soon, and..definitely will purchase the full size!
  • Essie – Laquered up (nail polish): the red that stole my heart – I’ve worn it countless days!!! (review here)
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple (nail polish): I got this polish later than any other girl on the web, but fallen in love with it immediately (review here)
  • China Glaze – Purr-fect Plum (nail polish): the best plum ever, perfect for the Autumn and Winter (review here)

Perfumes

  • Nina Ricci – Nina (perfume): I only got a sample, but I am in love. Actually planning to buy the full size!!!
  • Issey Miyake – Florale (perfume): I don’t know how could I live without this perfume. I think that if I had to pick just one scent for life, I would go with this one!


—————-❀ Random Things&People β€—————-

  • Honey: I used to hate honey, back when I was a kid, now..it’s my favorite thing in the world. Plus, it works amazingly in milkshakes and on cookies! πŸ˜›
  • Twinings – Blackcurrant tea: the best flavour of tea ever – I just can’t get enough of it (Instagram love)
  • Outside walking/running: I started in April and stopped in October – I can’t wait to have time to start again! It helped me to get in shape and to listen for the countless albums I had to check out! πŸ˜›
  • Zoella (youtuber): she’s the cutest girl ever – I’m a little obsessed..:P
  • Essiebutton (youtuber): okay, I am literally obsessed with her – I love her videos too much! (my blog post about her here)
  • Danisnotonfire (youtuber): honestly, he is my spirit animal


—————-❀ Random TV shows, Movies, Books and Music ❀—————-

  • Once Upon a Time (TV show): loved the third season so far and my lovely ship Captain Swan is amaaaaazing!!! (join me in the madness!)
  • Teen Wolf (TV show): what can I say..it started as a joke and it has become an obsession
  • Gilmore Girls (TV show): I started rewatching the entire show and I have fallen in love with it all over again
  • Bunheads (TV show): one of the cutest and brilliant TV shows I’ve watched – definitely check it out if you love Gilmore Girls
  • Nashville (TV show): the best mix of drama and music
  • The Hobbit (movie): loved the movies, like..reaaaally loved the movies. And I’m head over heels with the entire LOTR fandom all over again! (I though I recovered, but no..after 10 years, bang! Peter Jackson puts a spell on me again! :P)
  • 10 things I hate about you (movie): watch it, just..do it
  • The dark knight rises (movie): looooved it – so sad it’s the end of the trilogy
  • The Heat (movie): I did not remember how it felt to cry of laughter – Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are amazing together
  • The Band Perry (music): I love country, I love powerful female voices and deep lyrics – this band is flawless
  • Ariana Grande (music): I don’t know if she gets the credit she deserves, but she’s amazing. I can almost say she’s better than the Queen Mariah Carey, for being that young. Pure, pure talent!
  • Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio songs from Nashville (music): I love Scarlett & Gunnar in Nashville (they are my favorite couple on the show) and their voices are the perfect match!
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (book): full of inspiration and down to earth characters – one of the best books I’ve ever read
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (book): a wonderful yet peculiar love story, brilliantly written too


—————-❀ Random quotes ❀—————-

  • “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.” (The Happiness Project)
  • “The trick is to not see the bars, but rather what lies beyond them.” (Cyrus from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
  • “There comes a time when you have to see what life looks like from the dance floor” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)


—————-❀ Random honorable mentions ❀—————-

  • Starting my Master’s Thesis
  • Winning 3 giveaways (#2, #3)
  • TOEFL, GRE, GRE Physics exams
  • Applying for countless PhD in the US, Germany and Australia (that’s the reason why I did not post very often in Nov.-Dec. I promise I will do a blog post about it when everything has ended!)

& that is all, girls! If you are more curious, you can check out my 2013 Scrapbook here!

ps. I got tagged by Miss. Jolien Nathalie for this post! I did not manage to include the answers to all her questions, though! Check her cute video as soon as you can!!!

Talk to you soon!

Stay beautiful.

L

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Monthly Us&Downs: JULY 2012

July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello!!!

I can happily announce I’m officially on summer break! YAY!
I’m done with school until September, so stay tuned for new entries! πŸ˜‰

Here are my July 2012 Ups and Downs!

Ups-Ups-Ups:
β™₯ Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil (in CIA). Amazing coverage for little pimples scars and red spots. I use it, of course, also as a under-eye concealer and it really does his work! The only “not-so-great” thing about it is the colour matching: my skin has a pink undertone and this concealer is a little bit too yellow-y for me and a little bit too dark too (yeah, you should know I am one of the palest people ever on this world, I guess). Anyway, it does bled so good it still works great on my skin! πŸ˜‰ It’s a bit pricey, but there’s also a lot of product. One thing I would change is the fact that you need to sharpen it and, as a result, there’s a waste of product. I’ll definitely re-purchase it because it’s the only (I think) concealer that actually suits me the best!
β™₯ NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder (in 702A, Naturally Beige). When the drugstore near my place start selling this brand I was the happiest girl on the planet. First off, it’s perfect for my colour skin. Well, maybe it’s a tad too dark, but since it’s a powder it doesn’t show off too dark! I use it to set the concealer or to conceal my under-eye zone and especially to even out my lids! Plus, it really is “smooth” as the name says! Cheap, nice colour, great package (who doesn’t like a mirror next to a powder?), it’s definitely a favourite!
β™₯ Essence Kajal Pencil (in 04 White). I’ve been looking for a white kajal for a long time. I’ve been using The Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX in Milk, but I always found it too white and not easy to work with it in the waterline beacuse of the big pencil. So, I’ve picked up this one by Essence and I didn’t regret it! What I really like about it is that it’s very buildable and so I can just pass it lightly on the waterline and have a whit-y-pink-ish colour that brights up the eyes or build it up for a really white waterline. It doesn’t stay as long as the Jumbo Pencil, if I’m correct, but I’ll definitely buy it again. Plus, you can use it in the teardoct or as a highlighter on your brow bone. It works amazingly.
β™₯ Cherry Culture Lip Balm (in Bubble Gum). I bought some stuff from their awesome website about a year ago and they added this lip balm as a gift. I haven’t run out of it yet because I’m really careful not wasting it! XD It’s an awesome lipstick base (you don’t need to apply too much of it though!) and the lips are really soft after it’s gone away. I can also say it lasts more than any other lip balm I ever tried. And..the smell. I could sniff it forever!
β™₯ Lush Lip Balm (Lip Service). I think it was the very first item I bought at Lush. It’s a good home-usage lip balm. I generally apply it when I have really chapped lips or before going to bed and it deeply softens them. The bad thing about it is that after it’s almost gone there are some little pieces where it has dried, not good. That’s why I use it only at home or during sleep!
β™₯ L’OrΓ©al Paris Caresse Lipstick (in 06, Aphrodite Scarlet). My dear God, I’m in love with this lipstick. Its formula, the colour, the payoff, how much (more than 5 hours without eating/drinking) it lasts on. There are lots of cute colours, you definitely need to check it out if you like sheer lipsticks that still leave a nice colour on the lips.
β™₯ Kiko Super Colour Lipgloss – Active Colours Limited Edition (in 03, Coral Hibiscus). I found myself using this balm just when I’m on a rush but I still want to have a little bit of colour on my lips. It has a glossy finishing and I’m in love with the colour. It doesn’t last more than 2/3 hours, though.
β™₯ e.l.f. Palette Limited Edition Blush (in ???). I received this palette as a free gift after online-shopping at the e.l.f. website, but I can’t find it anywhere online so I guess it’s discontinued. 😦 I haven’t used the whole palette except for the coral/peachy blush. It works perfectly on my skin tone and I love that it’s very pigmented and totally buildable. If you get to know how it’s called, let me know because I’m gonna buy that blush again!
β™₯ Lush Vegetal Vaseline (here in Italy it’s called Shpalman). It’s kind of a body butter to use on your dried parts: elbows, heels, knees and it works amazing. I’ve used it as a lip balm too and it’s better than the actual Lush Lip Balm. Really. Plus, I use it on my nose too when it’s a little bit dry/red and it helps a lot. Just a tip: use it before going to sleep because it’s extremely oily! πŸ˜‰
β™₯ Water. I never thought water could improve my skin and health like that. It’s been more than a month that I try to drink 1/2 liters of water everyday. It makes you feel better. Down side? I have to go to the bathroom one time every hour. XD
β™₯ Summer fruit. I can’t express how much I love summer fruit. Peaches, cherries, plums, watermelon, coconut. I wouldn’t eat anything else during the hot season! (except for ice-creams :P)

Downs-Downs-Downs:
β™₯ Exams πŸ˜›
β™₯ Heat. Like really, when is Fall coming???
(I really can’t think of anything else beauty-related! I guess staying at home didn’t let me discover bad products! :P)

& that’s a wrap.

Stay beautiful. ❀

 

L

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