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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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

Best Shorts on the High Street

One of my summer fashion missions was finding a pair of shorts that suited me and fit me like a glove. The problem with most brands is that they offer designs only made for women with a certain waist to butt ratio. My problem is that, while I have a waist best suited for a size M, my butt is a size L.

Had I gotten a pair of shorts from those brands, I would have ended up with a way too tight waistline or my thighs would have been squished out. Also, I wanted shorts that did not need a belt to be tighter around the waist.

My search also consisted of looking through Instagram accounts and seeing if any women were wearing cute, tight and not expensive shorts. I could not believe my eyes when I found this picture  and I asked the girl in the photo where she got her shorts. To my surprise, she got them from Bershka, right here, for €12,99.

You know what? I had actually seen these shorts on the site, but the biggest problem with retailers is that they usually use stick-thin models, on whom you can never see how stretchy the material is. I finally ordered two pairs, the black and the dark blue denim ones and I must say I am extremely happy with my purchase, especially since they are also high waisted.

The only question mark is that, despite getting the same size for both pairs, the black shorts are slightly larger than the denim ones. It is not a problem, since they both fit great, it is just curious.

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Thank you for reading.

xx

Makeup of the day – August 1, 2016

I must admit that I did not go anywhere wearing this makeup, since I only applied it to take pictures. Shame me all you want, I felt like doing another makeup of the day post and so I did.

I recently came to the conclusion that I do not experiment enough with makeup and colour, since all of my looks are very neutral and basic. I also noticed that I have not used a lot of my colours from my makeup palettes that are actually very pretty, only because they are slightly more colourful.

So this is my first step out of my comfort zone, which is not really a comfort zone : I have no problem wearing this look out, I just do not tend to create it when I go out. I also attempted a little nose contour, which did not succeed as well as I wanted it too, but it is barely noticeable, so we are fine.

Product list below :

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Face :

Foundation : L’Oréal True Match in shade N2

Concealer : Maybelline Fit Me in shade 15 Fair

Powder : Wycon Compact Powder in shade 01

Bronzer/Contour : Wycon Bronzing Powder in shade 04

Blush : Malibu Glitz in Coral

Highlighter : KIKO not available anymore

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Eyes :

Brow Powder : Kleancolor Brow Kit in Dark Brown

Eyeshadow Primer : Kleancolor Primer in Matte

Eyeshadow : I used the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend palette and, specifically, the shades Bitter Start as a base, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, and Subtle Blend in the crease and Warm Tones on my lower lash line.

Eyeliner : L.A. Colors Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Mascara : L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips : 

Liquid Lipstick : Wycon Liquid Lipstick in shade 06

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I posted this look on tumblr and it has gotten a nice feedback. I also will be posting a picture on Instagram too, so stay posted.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Favourite Drugstore Foundation ATM

I have been religiously wearing foundation for the last four years, and that means that I have tried many different types and finishes. I have tried many brands, although only high-street ones, or drugstore, as an American would say. I have found good ones and I have also found bad ones. But now, I have finally found the best drugstore foundation.

I am sure many of you already know about the L’Oréal Pro-Matte foundation, since it came out last year and every youtuber, blogger and beauty influencer talked about it, wether they were sent a sample or not.

What makes this foundation special is the medium to full coverage and the matte effect it gives, once dried. I have been wearing this foundation for the past three or so months and I love it dearly. Does it last all day? No, unless you wear a primer, which is something that I must learn to do. Are there enough shades? It depends on where you live : for example, I live in Italy and here the main skin tone is the “mediterranean” one, so finding very light (for me) or very dark shades is pretty tricky, but if you buy it online, you might find your shade. Does it oxidise (get dark once dry)? Only slightly, in my opinion. It matches my neck perfectly once freshly put on, but gets slightly darker once dried, but it is wearable.

I wear shade 20 Sable Sand, but next time I would like to get it one shade lighter. I prefer to apply it with a beauty blender, but before owning one, it went on perfectly with my fingers.

Score : 9/10, because I would like even more coverage and lasting power.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Haul – 2016 Summer Sale part 2

If you happened to wander these past weeks on my blog, you might have noticed that I did already write a haul for the Summer Sale, but I did go on another shopping trip and I thought that it was more than worth writing a post about, since I thoroughly love each and every item I bought.

My parents and I went to Euroma 2, a shopping centre in Rome, which has mostly high street brands and only a couple high end.

I first stopped at Intimissimi, a lingerie and basic underwear store, because I really needed a triangle bra for the bodysuit I got from H&M. They have this thing called the Perfect Bra Book which has the most essential and basic bras that every woman should have and they come in black, white, and beige. I ended up getting Tiziana, which barely has any padding and is in a pretty open triangle shape. I tried it on with the bodysuit and it is perfect, in both colour and shape. I paid €19,90 for it and it was not on sale.

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I then went to Stradivarius, where you can honestly find a lot of unique but still basic items. I got a very nice dusty rose t-shirt, long enough to be worn with leggings. It is really comfortable and I paid €9,95 for it, despite it not being on sale. You can find it here, along with other colours.

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Next, I got a plain white t-shirt from a brand called Silvian Heach. It is very simple, with a breast pocket and again, the length is just right for leggings. It originally was €16 and it was reduced to €12. I could not find it on the site, but there are many shirts like this around, so just go looking.

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Now, the most successful part of my shopping trip was obviously at ZARA. I will immediately start with my most prized possession as of today, aka my lace up leather sandals. I almost had a stroke when they were sold out on the site the other day, but they had plenty of them in store. They are beautiful and very comfortable, although you must have some patience to tie them up. They were originally €69,99 and they were reduced to €49,99. Here you can have a professional look at them.

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Next, they had a load of coats on sale and I decided to pick up a long basic black trench coat, which initially was €69,95 and it was reduced to €29,99. It was a great deal and all items were extremely reduced, so if you want a coat, go and grab it now. Again, I could not find it on the site anymore.

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I also bought a grey t-shirt style bodysuit. It is super comfortable and it cost €7,95, not being on sale. You can find it here. I love the fit and I love how basic it is, a staple matter-of-factly.

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Another item not on sale was this v-neck black t-shirt. I love it immensely and I know I will get so much wear out of it. It is the perfect shirt to put on when you have not planned an outfit for school or work. It cost €12,95 and you can find it here.

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Finally, the last and the most unexpected item : a pink flow midi skirt, with a thigh high slit which has a shorter and lace-trimmed skirt underneath. The material is so soft and delicate. It is honestly one of those items that look very expensive and unique. It cost €17,99 and I cannot find it on the site, and being on sale I suppose it sold out. I already have a birthday party in September and I intend on wearing this skirt with the sandals above. I just need an appropriate bodysuit.

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I am very happy with my purchases and I plan on using the rest of my budget on online shopping. I need to find a bodysuit for the skirt and some makeup products on ASOS.

You might just get another haul this summer.

Thank you for reading.

xx

 

 

Outfit of the Day – July 12, 2016

I am finally back with another outfit of the day, although on this particular day I did not go anywhere important or fancy; I simply went to driving school, but I decided to wear something new, the shirt, which I just bought on a shopping trip in Rome, that you can read about here. I never go anywhere anymore, so I just thought I would “dress up” for no reason.

So, the pièce de résistance is obviously the long and oversized striped dress shirt, which I talked about more in detail in my haul post, but regardless it is from Zara and I could not find it on their website anymore, but they do have more oversized shirts like these, so just dig into their site or others, like Asos.

On the bottom I am wearing a pair of white shorts, which I do not particularly like, simply because they do not fit me properly, as in they fit my butt but they are too loose around my waist. They are from Tally Weijl, but they are not available anymore, and trust me, you are not missing out. I plan on buying a new pair, but made of denim, from Levi’s or something like that, where you pay a bit more, but they actually fit you right.

To keep my pants up, I was wearing a belt on which I made more holes since again, the belt was not tight enough, despite being a size S, from H&M. I really wish I would not have to wear belts, but unfortunately it is very rare that I find good enough pants.

On my feet, I was wearing a pair of blue Converse. They used to be more intensely coloured, but after washing them quite often in the past three years, they turned to a more denim-like hue and I do not mind it one bit. You can find them here.

Finally, on my wrist I was wearing a watch by Morello, but I got it as a gift years ago and I cannot find the model anymore. Anyways, the plating kind of rubbed off, which I do not mind that much, but if you plan on getting a good watch, invest in good brands or at least, in materials that do not get damaged with wear.

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Thank you for reading.

xx