Trip to Sicily 2016, part 2

This is obviously the second part of my trip, which encapsulates the last two days. These days were a bit nicer, weather wise. We were very tired, which was a good thing since the bus got quiet and I could listen to my music in peace.

On the third day we visited Noto, Scicli and Catania. As soon as we got to Noto, we got welcomed by very sunny and very windy weather. To go into the historical centre you have to pass through an enormous gate, called Porta Reale or Porta Ferdinandea, in honour of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. It is gorgeous.

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There was a very nice alley with benches on which we had to wait for some people to have coffee so we could visit everything all together. You can have a look at my outfit, all black except for my pink Reeboks, just like I was dressed here.

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We visited the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata, which had a convent right next to it, many years ago, and nuns could assist the Sunday mass. Inside it was beautiful, mostly white and gold and the ceiling was spectacular. We also paid a ticket and we got on the roof, which allowed us to get an eagle eye view of the city. The wind was crazy. We also got to see the grates from which the nuns would watch the mass, since they could not mix with normal people.

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Then we visited the Cathedral, where the mass was being held. It is literally monumental. Extremely huge and kind of peachy, colour-wise. The structure is not all original, since an earthquake damaged it and some frescos are new, but painted with an old technique.

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Right in front of this cathedral we find the Palazzo Ducezio, which is quite grand for a civil construction. It serves as the city hall.

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We then got on the bus, after eating lunch and having desert, and went to Scicli, a small town nearby where a popular tv show, Montalbano, is sometimes filmed.

We entered the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, which had beautiful white and blue artwork on the inside. Everything was extremely ornate and there were also some tombs of soldiers who died in World War I.

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The fourth and final day we visited Catania and then we went to the airport. Catania is huge and full of little streets on which we were advised not to go wander. The architecture is beautiful and quite cold, speaking about colours, unlike the other cities we have visited the past days.

We first saw the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha. The façade is blue! It is very pretty, both on the outside and on the inside. It is predominately white on the inside and it has huge paintings with even bigger frames.

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Then we visited a street called Via dei Crociferi, which had 2 churches one next to the other, both baroque. Unfortunately, we could not get inside and admire the art.

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We then had our final lunch in Sicily and headed to the airport. The flight back was okay and relaxing, since everyone was tired. Unfortunately, when we went to get our bags, two suitcases got stuck so we had to wait 20 minutes for the technician to come and help, even though even I could get the suitcase unstuck. Then, when we got out of the airport to meet our bus so it could take us home, it was not there. The driver had not arrived yet, so we had to wait and extra half an hour for him. And I am not finished.

On our way back, the police stopped us and fined the driver, because we did not have our seat belts on (who puts their seat belt on a bus?) and because he was 20 km over the speed limit on a certain street. It was literally the most exhausting drive home I ever experienced. We got home at about 11:30pm and all was well.

I did not get many souvenirs from my trip, except for a couple of fridge magnets and a couple of chocolates. Modica, a city near Scicli is very famous for its chocolate, since it does not use cocoa butter. It was indeed amazing.

I hope you enjoyed this trip along with me and that I inspired you to go and visit Sicily. Thank you for reading.

xx

Trip to Sicily 2016, part 1

This is the second time I am making this post, since wordpress decided to delete everything that was in it. You have no idea how how pissed off I am right now and how much work I put in.

Anyways, this is part 1 of my school trip to Sicily, where I am going to show you the first two days of the trip.

We left at about 6am from home and we went to Fiumicino, where the main airport in Rome is. We flew with Vueling and there were no problems. It took a bit less than an hour.

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So we got to the airport in Catania and from there we went directly to Taormina, a very beautiful and expensive town situated quite high up on the coast. I ate for the first time in my life an Arancino, a typical Sicilian street food. It is basically a mixture of rice, tomato sauce, peas, meat and cheese, all deep fried. It is amazing. We also visited the very old Greek Theatre, built in the third century BC.

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After that we went and entered a church nearby, called Church of Santa Caterina. It was mostly white and modest, besides the gold details, of course.

We strolled around the main street of the town, which had a couple of shops here and there. We saw an interesting flight of stairs and we decided to go up, but nothing was there. The view was, of course, quite neat.

After finishing up our visit of Taormina, we took the bus and went to the most famous volcano in Italy, Etna. It was a very long drive, since climbing up on the volcano is not easy and you have to circumnavigate it quite a few times. As soon as we got off the bus, the most intense wind hit us. We then climbed up a hundred metres by foot and when we got where we wanted, a couple of skinnier girls almost flew away. The wind was so intense and scary, but fun at the same time. You can see the force of the wind in the selfie below.

After our adventure, we went to the hotel. We went and had dinner, socialised a bit and then we went out in the town. We stayed at a hotel in Aci Trezza. The town was very small and it faced the harbour.

The second day we got up, had an amazing breakfast (my favourite part of staying at hotels is the breakfast) and we took off to see Syracuse the whole day. We visited an archaeological park, where we saw the Ara di Ierone, a huge altar probably dedicated to Zeus, where ancient Romans would sacrifice animals.

Right after we saw the Greek Theatre, which would have been very nice, had it not been for the workers setting it up for a future representation of some play. It was very white and quite, since there were not a lot of visitors. If you want to visit a quiet Sicilian city, Syracuse might just do it for you.

Then, in the same park, we entered a very paradisiac garden, similar to the Garden of Eden, according to some. We also entered a cave, the Ear of Dionysius, which has great acoustics. Of course, everyone started yelling and it became unbearable.

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After visiting this park we went on an island nearby, called Ortygia. It is separated form the mainland only by a bridge, which is 20 metres long. It is a beautiful island with great places to visit.

We unfortunately could not get in the main church of the island, the Cathedral, since it was closed. Nevertheless, it was beautiful on the outside. Of course I had to climb on something, I could not stand still (a hobby of mine, as you may remember from here).

We then entered a church right next to the one above, called Church of Santa Lucia all Badia. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures inside, although I really wanted to, since they were displaying a panting by Caravaggio, the Burial of St. Lucy. You can check the painting out here, but it is nothing like looking at it from ten feet away.

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We then went and saw the Fountain of Arethusa, which has a great legend behind it. Apparently the nereid Arethusa, in her escape from the god Alpheus, trying to remain a virgin since she was dedicated to Artemis, asked for the help of the goddess herself, who transformed her into a cloud. Fearing Alpheus, she perspired and became a course of water, flowing into the Fountain we can see nowadays. We can also find here the one of two homes for the Papyrus plant in Europe, since it cannot grown anywhere else, its home being Africa.

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We then walked along the coast and took some pictures, since the light was perfect in the afternoon. Excuse the selfie and the climbing.

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We then headed back to the hotel.

This is what we did for the first two days. Stay tuned, since next week I will post part 2 of this trip, with the last two days. Thank you for reading.

xx

Outfit of the Day – March 14, 2016

Another ootd coming your way. That day actually started off really nicely, the sun was out and the temperature was great. Then, at noon, it started raining of course. Anyways, I decided to wear a pair of pants that I have not worn in a couple of months. These are the typical khaki “cargo” pants you find in any store, but I got mine at Tally Weijl and you can find a similar model, from the same brand, here.

I had a simple black tank top underneath my sweater. This black sweater was gifted to me by my mum on Christmas Day and I love the quality and the pattern of it. The texture is amazing and although it is quite lightweight, it does keep you warm. It is from Mango and you can find the link on my Christmas Gifts post, right here.

On my feet, I wore a pair of white Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High. I bought these a couple of summers ago and I am still rocking them. My feet kind of “slide” inward when I walk, so the sole is quite ruined, especially on my right foot (which I broke 2 times when I was a kid). All in all, I would buy them again if they got extremely ruined and I would also like a low pair. You can obviously find them at Foot Locker.

Finally, I wore a black leather jacket which I bought two or three years ago from Bershka. It has fluff on the inside, so it does keep me warm and it look amazing on the outside. It is probably my most loved piece of clothing. They unfortunately do not carry it anymore, but any good leather jacket will do.

Thank you so much for reading.

Xx

Shop Miss A haul and reviews, part 2

It is time for part 2 of my haul and this is going to be a bit harsher, since I had very high expectations for some products in here. You can read part 1 here.

20. Santee Long Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick – 3

Let me start by saying that the picture on the website make the colour look much darker than it actually is : on the site it looks a medium pink, while in real life it is a powdery pink. And that is not even the biggest problem. I first tried it on my hand, of course, and it looked like a very pretty nude and it had a nice smell. I then tried it on my lips and it was hell : streaky. I of course tried it on other days and I am trying it on as I am writing this, but it is still quite streaky. Could I make it work? Of course : I have to use a darker coloured lip liner and probably some lipgloss, since the product transfers form one lip to the other and leaves empty patches. But I did not buy it to put lipgloss on top, I bought it to look pretty and matte. Below you can see how it looks by itself and with some pink lipgloss on.

Score : 1/10

21. Madly Matte Liquid Lipstick – Mauves – 1.Bubblegum

Do not ask me why I bought this colour, because I have no idea. I thought it would look good on me, but it does not. The problem is the same as with the one above, even if they are two different brands. This was streaky as soon as I swatched it on my hand. On the lips it looks awful, so this goes right in the trash.

Score : 0/10

22. Madly Matte Liquid Lipstick – Pinks – 4.Mademoiselle 

This was the best liquid lipstick, and it is barely good. The texture is more creamy and it is not streaky. The colour is quite pretty. The way it feels on the lips is of course dry, but not too much. After a while it feels and gets a bit patchy on the centre of the lips. This is the only one I got from the Pinks collection, so maybe it is that collection that is good, unlike the Mauves and the Reds.

Score : 6/10

23. Madly Matte Liquid Lipstick – Reds – 5.Jam

This lipstick is the second best one after the one above. It is a classic cold red. You have to apply it twice to get the full colour and avoid touching your lips while it dries. It is a bit sheer and feels drier than the one above.

Score : 4/10

24. Madly Matte Liquid Lipstick – Reds -1.Punch

This one has the strongest smell of the bunch. The colour is decent, but the application is extremely streaky, just like the second one I reviewed. Once your lips touch one another, the colour becomes patchy on the centre of the lip. This is already in the trash.

Score : 0/10

25. Ms. Chick Blush – 5 Redwood

I bought two of these blushes and I must say I am quite pleased with them, except for the fact that they look much bigger in the pictures on the website. The packaging is again quite cheap and you have to be careful when you open them, in case you break them. Also, the colour of the packaging of each blush is very similar to the colour of the blush itself and I found that quite neat. Both blushes have a matte finish. Redwood, in particular, is a dark earth-tone red and looks very nice with nude lips.

Score : 7,5/10

26. Ms Chick Blush – 12 Sunbaked

Same goes for this blush, except for the colour. It is a dark orange, but thankfully it is not too yellow.

Score : 7,5/10

27. Amuse 2 in 1 Foundation Stick – 5. Pecan

I got this hoping that it would be dark enough for me to contour with, but that will not happen. It is only slightly deeper the my skin tone and it is very warm and orange. Also, the texture is not creamy, therefore it does not slide on smoothly.

Score : 0/10

28 & 29. Rose Cheek Pop Blush – Mauve and Coral

I decided to put these two blushes together because they are very very similar. They are both pink toned, although Mauve is slightly lighter. They both give off a satin finish. I really like both of them, although I thought they would be bigger, once again, because the pictures on the site made them look larger.

Score : 7,5/10

30. Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner – Black

I really like this liner. I have always had a problem with eyeliners since I have very watery eyes. This is quite black and it does stay on as promised, just not in the waterline. It also has a sharpener at the bottom which comes in handy.

Score : 8/10

31. Nail Polish – 108 Top Coat

I really needed to buy a top coat at the time and this was the perfect occasion. It is nice, it does not last ages, of course, but it will do. I do not do my own nails as of now, I get gel done, but if I ever need a top coat this will be here.

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Score : 6/10

32. e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip – Lilac Petal 

I decided to also get three cream highlighters and this is the first one. It is quite pink, but it does not look too coloured on the skin. It is easy to apply, but I would only use it on my cheekbones and not on the nose or other areas. Let me tell you, a little goes long long way. Always start small and then work it up, but do not just put half a tube on your cheeks, trust me.

Score : 9/10

33 & 34. e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick – Persimmon and Spotlight

The colour difference between these two is barely noticeable since they are less pigmented than the highlighter above, but that is not a negative thing since these can be used all over the high points of the face, nose included, and will not look too much.

Score : 8,5/10

35. Brows Essential Kit – Dark Brown

I really like this brow powder. It is a decent amount and the colour is nice, but for me a slightly darker and colder one would be better. Regardless, I am still using it along with an angled brush. I concentrate mostly on the tail of the brow and on the empty patches. The powder also comes with a couple of eyebrow stencils, a natural and a thick one, and I think that they are great, since they have a classic shape.

Score : 7/10

36. Eyeliner Pencil – Dark Brown

This is supposed to be an eyeliner but I use it as an eyebrow liner. It is very rich in colour and the shade is quite neutral. One problem is that when you put it on it has a weird texture but that can be solved by brushing your brows with a spoolie.

Score : 8/10

37. Santee Eyebrow Gel Mascara – #4

This is the final item on the list. I am very happy with it since I desperately needed something to keep my brows in place all day. The colour is nice but the brush could be longer in my opinion. Also, at the end of the day, it is much harder to take off than a normal mascara. You have to be very gentle so you will not be left with eyebrow hairs missing.

Score : 7,5/10

I am finally done with this 2-part haul. I hope you liked it and will take the advice I gave you.

xx