BoomBoomTheLabel Dress Review

When it came the time to pick my outfit and birthday present, the two coincided into one and I decided to get spoiled and get a dress I have been dreaming about for months.

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BoomBoomTheLabel is an English brand found online here and on Instagram here. Their photos are everywhere and I started researching their brand. Their items are handmade in England and they use great quality materials, making sure that their tightest fits are not see through. This last detail is what sold me on buying the Sweetheart Midi Dress in red. The size I got is an S and it is super comfortable and true to size. The prices are slightly higher than what we are used to from most mainstream brands, but they are absolutely worth it.

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Shipping was very effective as well, having decided for the Express shipping (1-2 days). They shipped the dress a day from when I ordered it and it got to me in 2 days, perfectly. It came in a lovely black box with the brand name in gold. That is where I will store the dress itself, since it makes me very happy seeing it perfectly in order.

Now, for the undergarments. I did not wear a bra because the texture could be seen through and the back is half revealed. I did wear knickers, but a special seamless type from Intimissimi, and they were truly impossible to see.

I really adore this dress and I must say that it is totally worth the price tag. As soon as some new occasion pops up I will certainly shop again with them.

Thank you for reading.

xx

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Book Review – A Feast for Crows

This must be the book from the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I read the fastest, partly because I was taking a break from exam-prepping. I do not know why, but reading this book felt different than reading the three previous ones. I think that the author’s approach sort of changed with this book, giving it a more modern feel.

The title does indeed say it all: there are not true battles resembling the Blackwater Bay one; instead, this volume focuses on the aftermath of the war, on all the dead bodies of soldiers and commonfolk on which the crows are feasting. The title might also be a reference to a new and savage character, Crow’s Eye, aka Euron Greyjoy.

With this new character introduced, I have to say that I actually, for the first time, enjoyed reading about what happens in the Iron Islands. Euron is a man who has been to the eastern edge of the world and has come back even crazier than when he left in exile. Of course, I have to love the damaged characters. I also loved Asha and Victarion’s characters, especially Asha’s strength and determination. I am excited to find out what happens on Victarion’s voyage east.

Cersei…I was particularly happy to start this book because for the first time we have a Cersei POV, but my high hopes were crushed. She is nothing, in my opinion, like the Cersei we have seen portrayed by Lena Headey in the tv series. I think she lacks strength and wit and foresight, while blaming every injustice done to her on the fact that she is treated differently, being a woman. She hopes to surpass her father, but that will never happen, not because she is female, but because she is absolutely nothing like the great lion Tywin. I think her poor choices, both as a mother and a queen regent, culminated in the twist of fate the new High Septon bestowed upon her. Now, do not get me wrong: I hate this new spiritual guide and his militia, but Cersei got a good bite of karma. I felt genuinely sorry for Margaery, Tommen, and Blue Bard.

My favourite chapters, of course, were the ones involving Jaime! This man is so good and strong and fair. He improves the farther away he is from Cersei and his last act of burning her letter begging help made me so ecstatic. But I have to say, I am happy that the Blackfish escaped his claws; I love that man.

Brienne and Pod’s journey left me kind of disappointed, since they seemed to be going in circles, without really getting anywhere. Lady Stoneheart’s appearance left a bitter taste in my mouth, not liking her idea of justice.

I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I actually adored Petyr Baelish’s character. I loved the little lessons he gave Sansa (Alayne) regarding the game of thrones and power. And I also liked Sansa’s chapters, which has never happened before.

Now, for my favourite part: DORNE! I cannot tell you how much I loved being introduced to this kingdom and its exotic people and culture. I liked Arianne Martell’s character and her tragic love story with Arys Oakheart, while I respect her father so much for putting in motion a plan which could give great fruits in the future.

Arya now has started a completely new journey in the House of Black and White and I must say, I prefer the way it is depicted in the books rather than the show. I especially appreciate the “kindly man” and his words of wisdom. Also, the way the stories of some of the characters (like Sam and Arya) cross paths did not escape my sight; this is something new we saw with this book.

Samwell is still the sweetheart slayer we all know and adore, who manages to carry so much weight on his shoulders, despite being afraid of everything. His and Gilly’s relationship evolves, while we unfortunately get to witness the spectacular last moments of Maester Aemon, one of my overall most favourite characters. The amount of knowledge and new mysteries her comes out with before dying left me open mouthed and googling theories. He will be so missed. Sam’s arrival to the Citadel is welcomed by a very sinister but, for some aspects, brutally honest maester, Marwyn, who already knew what Sam came to say and do and then left to fulfill Aemon’s role, fighting the Citadel’s wish to destroy magic.

This is indeed one of my favourite volumes, thanks to Jaime, Aemon, Samwell, and Arianne.

Score: 8/10 (only because I miss Tyrion and Jon so much)

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – Origin

You may not know, but I am a huge fan of the Robert Langdon book series written by Dan Brown. Most of you are are probably aware, however, of a book called “The DaVinci Code”. Well, that one is the second volume of the series and the one I am writing about today is the fifth and latest instalment.

The title does say it all: the book focuses on the origin of humankind and the discovery that a certain Edmund Kirsch (billionaire genius and modern prophet, who reminds me of Tony Stark, just less flamboyant) made regarding that and also the next step in evolution. Professor Robert Langdon is an old friend and ex-mentor of Edmund, so he is invited at the presentation of this discovery, along with hundreds of famous figures, in Bilbao, Spain. The venue, a museum, has as its director the future queen of Spain, Ambra Vidal. Of course, the night does not end well and we are thrown into 24 hours of whirlwind action, involving Spanish royalty, the Catholic Church, and artificial intelligence.

Now, I did not share too much of the plot but I do want to share my thoughts on certain parts, without revealing too much.

There are 2, arguably 3, plot twists in the book.

The first one is related to the romance between Ambra and the prince which, as a whole, I did really enjoy. This is the twist I call “arguably” a plot twist, since it could only be considered a part of Ambra’s life. I felt like their relationship was well written and sincere. The plot twist, good indeed, was somehow resolved towards the end of the book, but it did not leave me thoroughly satisfied.

The second one is the one which truly, unmistakably left me open mouthed for 5 minutes straight. I did not see that coming in the very least and was left extremely, pleasantly surprised. It has to do with another romance in the book, which you find out about in that instant. Trust me, it is good and pure.

The third and final one is the one regarding the culprit of the whole ordeal, the one who orchestrated the night. Now, I already figured out who it was a quarter through the book. I really would have liked for it to be someone else, someone unsuspected, but it turned out to be exactly whom I thought. That, in my opinion, is the big flaw of this book. The four volumes before this one left you hanging with every word and while yes, there was a lot of suspense, it left me unsatisfied.

Do not go looking into this book for anything that resembles “The DaVinci Code”, because it does not. Yes, it has references to art and science, but nothing that could not be known by browsing the internet. Also, the art it refers to is pretty recent, being focused on Gaudí, so we have the historical factor missing. No DaVinci, no Boccaccio. In my opinion, this is Dan Brown’s less imaginative and intriguing work, mainly because it does not take too much of an effort to believe it could be potentially true.

Score: 7/10

Thank you for reading.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum – Review

I have, for a long time, wanted to buy a perfume that represented me, that was unique, and that would become my signature fragrance. Of course, as I often do, I started my search online and was intrigued by the aura of love/hate surrounding Tom Ford fragrances.

These fragrances are, how to say, particularly unique and have to be worn by people who are just that. The ones I have tried are everything but sweet and nice. They are strong and in your face and everything all at once. In the end, I decided to choose Velvet Orchid. I did also try White Patchouli, but it was way too unisex for me, and Black Orchid, which posed the same problem, but it also reminded me of sad days, in a way, and decided I did not want that.

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According to the Tom Ford website:

TOM FORD VELVET ORCHID IS AN ORIENTAL FLORAL THAT EVOLVES THE CARNAL GRANDEUR AND SEDUCTIVE POWER OF THE ICONIC TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID INTO AN UBER-FEMININE FRAGRANCE LAVISHED WITH NOTES OF COOL CITRUS, DRAMATIC PETALS, HONEY AND RUM.

I have to completely agree. The top notes, that hit you first, are cool citrus and bergamot. After a while, they merge into a mix of velvet orchid and rum, to then fade away into a vanilla background.

This is a very sexy and seductive fragrance. It is particular, yes, not everyone can wear it well, but I find it is so so alluring and noticeable in a sea of other perfumes. The lasting power is very good, I can still smell it on my wrists 10-12 hours after applying it. The sillage, which is the degree to which the fragrance lingers in the air, is pretty good as well. It only takes a gust of wind or a hair flip and everyone who is close enough can smell it.

Not to speak of the bottle, which is the quintessence of glamour and makes me feel very special every time I pick it up.

The cost, on the other hand, is slightly higher than other perfumes, but it is lower than most Tom Ford fragrances. I paid €140 for the 100ml bottle and I see it as an investment, as something that will make me happy in the long haul and help build my persona.

Score: 9/10 (because lasting power and sillage are never enough for me)

Thank you for reading.

xx

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.

 

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