Gymshark Seamless Leggings – Review

Gymshark has been growing as a brand loved by YouTubers and Instagram influencers for the past 5 or so years and I just had to have a taste of the hype. They are known for making very aesthetically pleasing workout gear, supporting and collaborating with influencers like Nikki Blackketter and Steve Cook.

I decided to buy their most famous pair of leggings, aka the High Waisted Seamless Leggings in the Black Marl colour way. They retail at €52 and come in four different shades but since I am boring and serious, I went with the most neutral one.

The delivery process was very neat and there were no problems besides the fact that they had a defect, a popped seam on the inside, which I wrote about to their customer service on their Facebook page and they were very very efficient, sending me another pair of leggings, no charge on my part. So, despite what I had read on their page, their customer service was A+, for me.

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Now, sizing has been known to be an issue with Gymshark and I can tell you that, with this particular type of leggings, you should consider going a size up. I thought about getting their XS (which is the size that almost every single one of their athletes wear), because there is no way in hell that my butt is bigger than Nikki’s. But, after doing some research, I decided to go for size S and I got it right. My hip circumference is 97cm and, by their logic, I should have been an XS (99cm). But their S is practically perfect for me, despite it being for 104cm circumference.

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Burning question: are they squat proof? In my case, they are. Let me explain: at the gym, I wear no-show underwear (thongs), so it is basically obvious that nothing shows. You cannot see skin either. BUT, I have tried them on with normal underwear and in that case, they are a bit see-through.

Overall, I do think they are good quality for a good price and they most certainly do attract attention, thanks to the butt and thigh contouring.

Score: 8/10

Thank you for reading.

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L’Oréal Lumi Magique Foundation – Review

Quite some time ago I was looking at old selfies of mine and I was wrecking my brain trying to figure out what it was that gave my skin such a glow: exhibit A. I finally figured out that it was my foundation (and the bomb lighting). Recollecting my thoughts, I remembered that at the time I was using the Lumi foundation by L’Oréal.

Of course, I ran and bought it. That is how in need of good skin photos I was. The price is $12,95 on their US website, and my shade is N3, Pure Linen, which I cannot really find, but I think it just has to do with the different naming, not the different shades.

Now, on their website it says:

  • Finish: Luminous. I have to agree with this, despite me being pretty intense with my powder application, this still shows some luminosity;
  • SPF 20. On my bottle it says 18, but still, it is pretty good;
  • Coverage: Lightweight, buildable coverage that lasts up to 8 hours. It is indeed a light to medium coverage and you will need to use a concealer for spots and dark circles, but I do think that if your problems are not too intense, you could wear this on its own, if and only if you have normal to dry skin. As for the lasting power, it lasts less on my t-zone than the other areas of my face and you can see signs of wear at the end of the day;
  • Skin Type: For all skin types and suitable for sensitive skin. In my opinion this, just like any other luminous foundation, is not a perfect fit for oily skin. As for the sensitive part, I have to agree since my skin is a bit sensitive and I have gotten no reaction from it.

You can see the way the foundation photographs in natural light in the picture above. Below, you can see it with flash, after a couple of hours.

If you are looking for a nice foundation, with a luminous finish for a night out, this is a good choice (although the SPF might interfere with flash photography). It is not an all day foundation nor does it claim to be one. So all in all, you get what you pay for, indeed.

Score: 7/10

Thank you for reading.

 

Calvin Klein Fifi Ankle Boots Review

I have been looking for a classy and timeless pair of ankle boots for the longest time ever. None of the more “affordable” options were of my liking because hey, I’ve always had difficult tastes.
So I had to resort to my favourite “kinda affordable kinda not” brand: Calvin Klein. I fell in love with these booties who are a pure beauty. I bought them online on the Calvin Klein site, right here. They came to be €148, with free shipping (a fast one, at that).

They are black with nice golden details and the name of the brand on the heel, the fake buckle, and on the zip.
The material on most of the boot is suede so it is pretty sensitive to wear and weather. Therefore I can only wear them when it does not rain. I also applied a water-repelling product on them as soon as I got them.

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As far as comfort goes, they are pretty comfortable, even for me, despite me having a wide foot. The heel is not too high so that does not cause any pain, and it is also pretty large, so the weight is more evenly distributed.

If you feel responsible enough to take care of this sort of shoe, you should be alright and able to enjoy it. In my opinion, this style of ankle boot is a staple and something everyone should have, since it is fit for both daytime and nighttime occasions.

Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – A Storm of Swords

I am BACK with the review for the third book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords. I must say, this is my favourite up to now. I think that the action finally starts to take place and gear us towards the endgame, even if we are still at the beginning. There are obviously going to be spoilers in this post, my apologies.

The game of thrones becomes more and more cruel, bringing divinities out to play (and I am talking about R’hllor) as well as wights and Others. I did not think I would be glad reading so much of the land beyond the wall, but I was pleasantly surprised. Jon has slowly become my favourite character and I think he is the ultimate hero, the ultimate good man. I am sorry to say that Ygritte is not a character I liked and I was not impressed by her death nor her personality.

The most infuriating event was of course the Red Wedding. There is nothing that justifies it and the law of hospitality did nothing to save King Robb, whom I actually liked. I think that narrating that scene from Catelyn’s perspective was genius, and as you read you can feel her going mad with pain, which left a bitter taste in my mouth, a lthough nothing infuriated me as much as Grey Wind’s death. If there is one thing I cannot stomach that is the death of animals.

Arya’s travel with the Hound is…interesting, I suppose. I do think that she has grown and matured and maybe even lost a bit of humanity while with him, but I do not think that it changed her more than the previous events in her life. Her journey in Braavos will be far more challenging.

As you may guess, my absolute and uttermost favourite moment of this whole grand book was Joffrey’s death. Never have I read about a more despicable and downright mean character in my whole life and I laughed when he found his rightful end. Of course, Tyrion’s trial was not what I would have wanted and certainly Prince Oberyn’s death was unfair and stupid on his part (and even made me sad with his love for his dead sister Elia), but it shows how good and honest does not always win. Besides, Tyrion’s vengeance with his father and his brief encounter with Jaime is what I craved and finally got, despite actually liking Tywin’s character, flawed and all.

Now, my absolute favourite new feature of this book was Jaime’s point of view. I cannot tell you how much I love this character and how I think he is the best developed one in the whole story. His slow realisation that his sister may not be a goddess sent by the Seven is something I have waited for a long time. Him taking charge of the Kingsguard and writing his own page in history, with victories and defeats, makes him a great man, and it shows that he was not just his sword hand.

Sansa. I always dreaded when I had to start reading one of her chapters, but they always turn out to be better than expected, mostly thanks to the other characters. I was pleasantly surprised by the chapter in which Littlefinger gives her advice to fight her way through the world and I must say that some of that advice is applicable today. RIP Lisa Arryn, you crazy and jealous woman whom I never could stand.

Davos is also a favourite character of mine, especially thanks to the way he played Melisandre right before the end. Stannis is, in my opinion, still a good man at heart and could take the right path if only he listened to his Hand more than to the Red Priestess.

And finally, Daenerys. She has conquered and also lost quite a lot in this book, but I still do not like her. Call me hateful, but I think that with the ways she chooses to enforce authority in Meereen, she is becoming mad as her father. This may be just a feeling I have, but I hope Ser Barristan Selmy will somehow keep her on the right track.

I cannot wait to read the next two books. Maybe when I will be done with those our beloved George RR Martin will come out with the sixth one, but maybe that is false hope.

Thank you for reading.

xx

 

 

WYCON Nude Collection Liquid Lipsticks – Review

Liquid lipsticks are a passion of mine, I must say, and these Wycon ones are pretty good.

For those who might not know the brand, Wycon is relatively new on the market. It is very similar in its modus operandi to KIKO, from their main products to their frequent limited edition collections.

One product I think is better than most, at this price range, are the liquid lipstick. They have a massive array of shades and they recently came out with the Nude Collection, which is not as “nude” as I hoped it would be.

Regardless, I bought two shades:

78 – Terra

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This is the nudest beigey nude I could find. It has a slight cool brown/grey tint to it, and I love it. It is slightly darker than what would be considered a classic nude for my skin tone, which means it would look amazing on darker ones. The lasting power is as good as you can get with a liquid lipstick. The plus about these lip products is that they do not go patchy with wear, they just fade, which I prefer. I wear them all day, from 7am to when I get home at 3pm and I still have them on.

81 – The Real

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This shade is slightly peachier, but still with a cool background. All praise applies fo this shade as well. Actually, it might be more wearable than its predecessor.

I love these lipsticks and besides the ones mentioned I have two more, from their permanent collection.
The only down side is probably that some shades could be slightly sheer when you apply them, so I suggest using a liner.

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Score: 7.5/10

Thank you for reading.

Xx

Book Review – The World of Ice and Fire

Now, you guys have probably understood that I have become a true Game of Thrones fan. And as a fan, I wanted to have all the fictional historical facts I could find. Therefore, as a birthday gift, I got this amazing and quite extensive book which tells the story of Westeros and Essos.

At the beggining, I could not put it down. The facts about how the Seven Kingdoms started were too amazing to read later, but after a while you get confused with all of the various Targaryen kings and start losing track of who did what. That is why I advise you to read it casually and then reach for it (at least for the first, historical, part of the book) once you encounter the names in the actual books.

After that part, you get into the actual Seven Kingdoms and their respective history and description, one by one. My favourite is Dorne, as it reflects the social and political values I would like to find in the world of today. Equality between sons and daughters, true born children and bastards, wives or paramours, that is why Dorne is so ahead of its sister kingdoms. A sentimental favourite I would find in the North, where true values seem to never have shifted through the centuries. As much as I love the Lannisters, I did not fall in love with the Westerlands.

Now, the third and last part of this book is dedicated to Essos, and since it is the lesser known territory, it was destined to be my favourite.
I am fascinated with all of the tiny islands that we still do not know enough about and with the three guardian cities (Kayakayanaya, Samyriana, and Bayasabhad) that divide the Vaes Dothrak from the Bones.

Above all, I thirst to know more about Asshai by the Shadow, which only has 2 pages in this book. It is so mysterious and unexplored that I was really dissapointed it did not have more space here. Maybe we will find out later, if George RR Martin feels like delighting us.

All in all, this felt like reading a very entertaining history book, extremely realistic (besides the dragons) and believable.
Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading
Xx

Perugia Eurochocolate Travel Diary

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know I went to Perugia this past Saturday, the 21st of October, at the Eurochocolate Festival that takes place there every year. The trip was organised by some students of my University. They rented 2 busses, very nice ones by the way, bought us breakfast and took us to Perugia in 2 hours time. We were all pretty much the same age, so things went very well, aka we had a blast.

We got there at about 10am and had time until 4:30pm to wander around. And let me tell you, it was great. Besides the chocolate itself, Perugia is a very nice town, very old and semi-high up in altitude.

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My friend and I managed to find a pretty desolated spot where there was a great view, along with some benches to relax on, with the chilly mountain air.

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Besides this amazing view, the town centre was packed with tourists, as well as with guests from a wedding that took place there.

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We then found an even more photogenic place, after wandering into a bookstore and coming out with Beyoncé’s first CD. Oops.

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Check my Instagram for more pictures.

And here is all the chocolate that I bought, which was not an exaggerated amount.

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Thank you so much for reading, once more.

xx