Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink – Review

I have finally gotten around to writing this review, despite taking the photos weeks ago. I have not written a beauty review in a very, very long time and figured it is high time for that.

As you can read from the title, this is a liquid lipstick review of a relatively new product, at least on the Italian market, aka where I shop and live. I decided to buy this lipstick because I needed a pinky nude shade and this was perfect, not too nude, not too pink and not too light either, for my skin tone.

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The colour I bought it in is called 05 Loyalist and I remember paying about €12 in store, despite it retailing $9,49 on the Maybelline website and $7,12 on Amazon. The design of the packaging is very pleasing and simplistic, with a matte texture.

The product itself is, in all honesty, mediocre. The colour itself is gorgeous and apparently it should be so on deeper skin tones as well, according to the images on their website. The smell is very sweet and candy-like. The applicator is teardrop-shaped, according to them making the application effortless, even though I would have preferred a basic dome shaped wand.

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As soon as you put it on your lips it tends to look streaky, but when it dries out it gets homogenous, although you have to be very careful with the contours of your lips, as the colour is very light; I would recommend using a lip liner.

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Despite it being called “Matte Ink”, this product does not dry down completely matte, which did not bother me that much, until I saw it go into the lines of my lips. If you see my lips with no product on, they do not appear wrinkly at all, but with this lipstick on they look almost fake and not really attractive, maintaining a latex-like texture. Also, as soon as I drank or ate anything that was not water, the inside of my lips started peeling off and looking even more latex-like. Do not even think about applying a balm or gloss on top, since the product will start sliding off and in my opinion, trying to make this product shiny goes against the initial purpose.

In conclusion, if you have to get out of the house for a maximum of 3 hours, this lip is okay, but I do not recommend it on a night out or even for school or work.

Score: 4/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

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Book Review – A Clash of Kings

Here I am, back with the review of the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire. I must say that I probably enjoyed this book more, simply because the tv show, despite following most of the events, did not feel as a carbon copy of the book, therefore making the reading of the book more enjoyable.

Trying not to divulge too much of the plot for those who have not read it yet is impossible and I am sorry. So if you have not reached this part yet, I recommend you click out since I will now make a list of my favourite events:

  • Renly’s death: this was probably the moment where we, as readers, realised that magic is indeed real in this book, under the form of Renly’s killer and that Melisandre might not be as crazy as we all thought;
  • Brienne’s introduction: Brienne is one of my favourite characters and I could not wait for her to be revealed. Her loyalty is probably her most interesting feature and I cannot wait to see how it develops in the later books;
  • Jaqen H’ghar: I just love everything that has to do with Essos and he is no exception. His demeanour and mystery make me love him even more, especially seeing his relationship with Arya evolve;
  • Battle of Blackwater Bay: probably one of the few times I actually appreciated Sansa’s point of view (POV). I loved the back and forth between her POV and Tyrion’s and how the battle was lived inside and outside of the Red Keep. Of course, I cannot forget to mention Tyrion’s brilliance;
  • Jon Snow killing Qhorin Halfhand: again, in this moment I understood how great and meant for greatness Jon really is. He is one of my favourite characters and him being loyal to the Watch through and through left me speechless;
  • House of the Undying: all the prophecies there are so amazing and I cannot wait for all of them to happen. Anything regarding Rhaegar I love, so him saying that his son is the prince who was promised and that his is the song of ice and fire just makes me hope.

Regarding my favourite POVs, Tyrion takes the gold, while Davos is in second place. They are also my favourite characters throughout; I do also enjoy Jon’s, although I am not a fan of the whole behind the wall narrative. The POVs I do not really enjoy are Theon’s and Bran’s (besides when he has visions of the past).

All in all, I loved this book and I see how it sets the foundation and stepping stones for the rest. I am reading A Storm of Swords as of right now and I will keep you updated.

Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading.

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Re finding myself

The past couple of weeks have been tough and putting it all on here requires a tremendous amount of effort on my part. I am not going to bother you with the details of my heartbreak or the how, why and by who, but I am here to narrate how I decided to react.

Getting over a heartbreak is never easy, but throughout the years I have learnt how to move on faster; it is not something I do consciously, my mind just seems to remove immediate memories in order to let me heal as fast as possible. That does not mean that the memories will not resurface from time to time, but at least the immediate response helped me breathe more easily.

When you go back to being alone the focus and attention you were giving the other person has to go somewhere else; I decided to push it towards myself. I noticed that I had somehow lost my glamorous and unique self which I always had going on and only found it when I went out on dates. I lost my smile and sense of humour due to all of the pain and suffering. I needed to find all of that and get it back.

Focusing back on myself meant following a couple of steps:

  • Drink more water: this is necessary for glowing skin and overall great health. This is the number one step in any good routine;
  • Focus on skincare: having a good base to lay makeup on is always a key factor;
  • Read more: this is a good life tip in general. You can never read too much and you can never be too educated, reading everyday, wether for recreational or educational reasons, should be a priority;
  • Go out: the worst thing that you can do is isolate yourself from the outside world and wallow is self pity. Going out forces you to wear makeup (if you want to), get pretty and be sociable, at least in my case, so it is the best thing you can do;
  • Be open: do not close your heart to other people just because of a bad experience, or because of a thousand ones. No matter what, the bravest thing to do is start clean and open, with no prejudice, but with the knowledge of the past.

I suppose this is all. I am obviously still working on all of this, but the important thing is starting. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

xx