Beauty Haul – December, 2016

I kind of went on a shopping spree, with the excuse that I am leaving for Australia in three days and I need to have everything prepared. Lame excuse, but at least I do not feel as guilty. Let’s get started :

1. BaByliss 32mm Hair Curler

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I had my eyes on this hair curler for months and I finally decided to get it, since it is exactly what I need : something to create loose curls and waves with, to always look put together. I got it at an electronics store and it was € 34,99. I already put it to test, but my hair was very dirty, so the curls were not exceptional, but they did last for a couple of days. Here are two links on amazon : one and two.

 

2. Schwarzkopf Heat Protecting Spray

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Of course I had to also stock up on heat protectant, since I need to keep my hair in check on vacation. I have used this in the past and I just repurchased it. It protects up until 220°C and I love it.

 

3. Maybelline Super Stay Primer

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I finally decided to buy a primer and I must say, it actually works. Of course, it does not keep makeup on for 24 hours, but it does indeed lengthen its duration. Makeup on my nose is the first one to go, but with this it tends to stay on longer, and that is all the proof I need. It has a slight peachy colour as soon as you pump it out, but it blends into the skin as if it were transparent.

 

4. L’Oréal Lumi Fondation

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I repurchased this foundation after a couple of years of using other ones. I was looking at my old pictures, trying to figure out why my skin was glowing and dewy and I understood that this was the reason why. Although it is not the most long lasting foundation and has to be powdered during the day, it turns out beautiful in pictures. My shade is N3 Pure Linen, which was the lightest I could find, and luckily it matches me. You can find it here or here.

 

5. WYCON Liquid Lipstick – shade 04

I decided to buy another liquid lipstick and I chose this mauve shade. It does not have 100% full coverage, but two layers will do. It cost € 6,90. The staying power is pretty strong, but of course it feels dry, as all liquid lipsticks do.

 

6. KIKO Precision Face Brush 08

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I desperately needed a new face brush and I got this one from KIKO. It is perfect for underneath the eyes, despite not picking up too much product, which may be a good thing, so to not cake up my face. It has a good weight and it feels and looks very professional. I already tried it, reason why the bristles are beige, and it is very soft. It cost € 16,95.

 

7. KIKO Sculpting Touch Contour Stick – shade 201

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I finally got a creamy contour product. I am so excited to try this out and see if I am any good at contouring. This is very creamy, but might be a little too easy to blend. I got the darkest shade, since it was the cool toned one.

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8. KIKO Definition Eyeliner

My old liquid eyeliner is not as smooth as it once was and it is also almost empty, so I needed another one. I got this one and I tried it once : I am not exactly impressed; it was not as intense with only one swipe and it slightly smudged on my outer eye. We will see how it will work out next time. It also takes some time to dry, so I have to wait before applying anything else. It cost € 6,90.

 

9. KIKO Blending Brush 200

This is my second time buying this, since my old one is basically dead. I love it and it is very good at its job. On the site they do not carry it anymore, since they brought out a new line and the brush replacing this particular shape should be this one.

 

10. Essence BB Lipgloss – 01 keep it real

I have been pretty interested into glosses lately, so I decided to get this one, mainly for the shade. Unfortunately, the colour does not show up on my lips at all. It is nice and it has the classic lipgloss feeling, but I wanted something more intense.

 

11. Essence Volume On! Plumping Lipgloss – 02 c’est bon, c’est bonbon

Again, I got this lipgloss to try and I actually like this one. It has a pretty icy pink shade and it does a little plumping, though not too much. The tingling feeling is not too intense and all in all, I like it.

 

That was all! Thank you for reading!

xx

Life Update – December 11, 2016

These last few months have been pretty intense and full of experiences. Plus, the rest of December and the beginning of 2017 are also going to be interesting.

So, first thing’s first : I passed my driving theory exam! I felt so relieved, since I have been stressing myself out ever since I started studying in July. Good things take time and I feel so happy. I have been practicing driving for the past month or so and I think I will take my exam in February. I am not bad at driving, but I can always get better and if I am to get a license, I want to be a really good driver, so that I can actually take on that responsibility.

Next up, I got accepted to participate in a diplomacy program put forward by the Italian Diplomatic Academy, which will culminate in a trip to New York to take part in a simulation of a meet at the United Nations headquarters. This will happen in March and I cannot wait. I went to the first three hour lesson last week and, despite it being gruelling, it is totally worth it. I think that this whole course and final experience will serve me as a lesson for my future.

Another thing I am very proud of is that I finally donated blood! I say finally because I tried to donate right after I turned 18 at the beginning of the year, but I was told that my blood pressure was too low. A week ago I tried again, since the guys who take care of these donations came to my school, and I succeeded! It took me 5 minutes and 32 seconds, which is very fast. They will analyse a part of the blood I donated to make sure that it is healthy and they will send me the data in a month. I really wanted to donate, since there is a high chance that my blood type is 0, which means that everyone can receive my blood. I also want to make this a habit, because I think that it is a moral duty and there are no consequences for you, besides being tired on donation day.

Probably the most exciting thing this month has to offer is that in precisely 10 days I am leaving, with my grandma, for vacation in Australia! My uncle lives there with his family, so we are going to stay about 2 weeks with them, to spend the winter holidays with this part of our family, at the beach. I am trying to prepare myself for the long trip, but it will be worth it 100%. I cannot wait; I have already started packing and shopping for the trip.

Thank you for sticking with me until now and get ready for travel posts.

xx

Outfit of the Day – November 20, 2016

Surprise, surprise, an all black outfit.

It was a sunny day and I decided to finally wear my new Converse shoes and what better way to style them than to put together an all black ensemble.

I wore a pair of simple black leggings, the less sheer I could find. On top, I wore a black camisole and a long black flowy shirt.

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The strong piece of this outfit is of course the black leather jacket, which I got from Bershka years ago. It is my most loved piece of outerwear and it still looks brand new.

I apologise for my lack of posting lately, but I have been extremely busy with school and life in general, so I have neglected this aspect of my life. I promise I will try to be more consistent. In the meanwhile, thank you for reading.

xx

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Review

I am pretty sure that all of you already know about this concealer, but I just had to review it myself. This Age Rewind concealer by Maybelline has been the star of the show for the past year, I would say. It appears in almost every Instagram and Youtube video, therefore I felt compelled to buy it.

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It was like looking for a treasure, since no store that I went to had it, but I got lucky and went to a supermarket (Esselunga, if you live in Italy), where I finally found it. Unfortunately, at least here in Italy, they only carry 2 shades, very similar, made for light to medium skin tones. I got very lucky, since I am pretty fair, but anyone with a slightly darker skin tone than mine would end up with nothing.

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The price is pretty fair, at €9. It has the same quantity of product as the Fit Me Concealer, although it is slightly thicker.

Putting it to the test, I was pleasantly surprised on how smooth it was. It fills up every line and pore, for a seamless coverage. The shade I have, Light, is slightly ashy, so I have to set it with a warm toned powder. It definitely has way more lasting power than its competitor, the Fit Me Concealer.

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I am very happy with this product and I probably will purchase it again.

Score : 8,5/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Converse “Holiday Nudes” Collection – Review

Some time ago I saw a picture on Instagram of a collection of nude Converse sneakers and I instantly freaked out. I went straight to Google to find out what the collection was about and where I could buy a pair of those beautiful sneakers.

Turns out, Converse did an exclusive collaboration with the British shoe store Office, which means that their site is the only place you can buy these shoes. Of course, to the price of the shoes you have to add the price of shipping, if you love outside the UK, which the site will calculate for you. Thankfully, shipping to Italy was only £4.99, so the total ended up being around £65. Below you have the pictures with and without direct sunlight.

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I bought them in this colour, which is the most cold-toned one of the bunch. There are also a couple more colours, but they were either too pink or too peachy for my taste and for what I was looking for. If you want to buy any of them, you should hurry, since there are only a couple of sizes left and they are mostly on low stock.

I love these shoes so so much. They are made of leather and the hardware is golden. Since they are made of leather, they hurt the back of my heel quite a lot, as soon as I walk two steps, so until my feet get used to them, I will have to use bandages. They are also true to size. The only problem was shipping, since the store only offers tracking inside the UK, so that was a bit stressful, but it all worked out fine in the end and delivery times were respected.

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I am extremely glad I bought them and I cannot wait to style more outfits with them, so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

xx

 

Tiger Mini Haul

I must say that a couple of months ago I made the most amazing discovery. While I was walking the streets of Rome, and more specifically Piazza Venezia, my friend and I entered a store, which turned out to be heaven.

This store is called Tiger, or Flying Tiger, depending on where you live. It is a variety store which provides very low cost items, but they do not adopt the .99 method, which means that their prices are whole.

They have everything, from kitchen supplies and particular spices to notebooks and iPhone cases. They have anything you can wish for. I fell in love and I am not exaggerating. Their only flaw is that they do not offer online shopping, which is pretty sad, since I would have raided the whole store months ago. One more particularity is that they switch their merchandise quite often, so if you want to buy something in bulk, you should.

Let us get going with this haul.

I am basically obsessed with notebooks and agendas, sue me. Therefore, this was the perfect occasion to splurge, but not too much.

I bought a beautiful black notebook, which has brown paper inside. It cost me €2 and I use it as an almost daily diary, in which I write my thoughts and feelings. I also talked about it here.

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I then got a big powder blue agenda, which I still have to find a use for. I cost a bit more, I believe €6, but it was worth it. I unfortunately dirtied it with some chocolate, something I hated myself for, but it is still beautiful. This, unlike the previous one, has blank paper on the inside.

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Next up, I bought a tiny glittery pink notebook, which I also have to find a use for. It was €1 and I could not resist its prettiness.

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I hope you understand me now.

I then got 2 photo albums, and I honestly regret not getting more, since they do not carry them anymore. I do, however, hope that they will bring them back, since they were the perfect size for my photos. They cost €5 each.

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You guys remember this, right?

Last but not least, I got the cutest keychain ever, inspired by the Fendi ones. There were many colours, but I liked this one the best and I believe it was €3.

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I also posted it, along with my nails, on Instagram a couple of days ago.

I hope that you liked this mini haul and thank you for reading.

xx

Michael Kors Sunglasses – Review

I have finally, after months of debating, bought myself a pair of sunglasses. The problem was that since I am very, very near-sighted, I had to get them done especially for me, which meant that the price was going to be higher than for a normal pair of sunglasses.

Since I am going to spend my winter holidays in Australia, where it is going to be extremely hot and sunny, I decided to finally go and get them done.

The shop assistant there was very nice and patient, helping me find a pair of glasses perfect both for my budget and my taste. I ended up having to choose between a couple of Michael Kors pairs, one more rounded and one more square. I had to trust my gut and pick the more square pair, since it is slightly more elegant and fits my personality better.

The shop assistant then helped me choose the colour of the lenses, making sure that they were good for driving and measuring everything. One week later, I finally went and got my sunglasses and I could not be happier.

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The model I went for is called Marrakesh and they are perfect for me. Apparently they suit better an oval or round face and you can find them in other colours too. I went for the black and silver option, since it is my first pair of sunglasses and I wanted something timeless and that would go well with every outfit.

You can find them on the Michael Kors website, or on other websites specialised in sunglasses, like this or this, if you do not live in the US. For example, on the Italian Michael Kors website I could not find this particular model.

The sunglasses came inside a beautiful and quite particular off-white case, which has a beige suede interior. Inside also came a piece of cloth to clean the glasses with, the guarantee certificate and the manufacturer’s information note.

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As with any other pair of glasses, these have to be cleaned only with water and neutral soap.

I must say that I am delighted with my new purchase and that I cannot wait for the sun to get out of the clouds so I can wear them.

Thank you for reading.

xx