Motivation Monday #1

It’s been quite a busy week and I have rarely found time to sit and write long posts.

So, I decided to start this new project, which is to collect some pictures of the past few days and create a motivational post.

The first one is all about my boyfriend’s cats, Emma and Sky.

They’re so lovely and funny. And they look great in pictures!

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Planner Restyling

I went a bit planning crazy in the last weeks, because I felt like my organisation wasn’t effective at all. That’s why I started decorating my Moleskine, the bigger daily planner in the line. It was total black and very little girly, so I simply give it a whirl.

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I’ve just started, but I won’t stop so easily!

Have you got any planning tips for me? Do you usually massively plan?

Never Finished Books

In my life I’ve started loads of books, but a couple are still unfinished.

These three are all pretty recent, but I haven’t still made it over half of the book.

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Ansichten eines Clowns, in English The Clown, is a novel by Heinrich Böll, one of my favourite German writers. I found the book in a second-hand book fair, in Italian, for less than 5€. There are still 100 pages left, but I forgot about it because of school exams. I should finish it, I really liked Böll’s style!

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was bought a year ago, when a publisher created a series of very cheap classics. I have read half of the first chapter. I should start it again, I guess.

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl caught my eyes two or three years ago, but I just read two chapters. It was thrilling, but I was distracted by Notre-Dame de Paris.

Have you got any book that you haven’t finished yet? Are you, like me, planning to finish them?

The Soap I Fell in Love With – Lush Honey I Washed the Kids

With its incredibly sweet smell, Honey I Washed the Kids is definitely one of my most favourites Lush soaps. It smells like honey and caramel and leaves an incredible sooth skin.

I bought it after Christmas, but I still haven’t finished it, since it’s my weekly cuddle.

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I was initially astonished, because the soap didn’t appear to do any kind of foam or bubbles, but after the first layer of product was removed, shower after shower, it began to bubble a lot.

My skin feels immediately more hydrated and smooth, and the wonderful smell lasts on my skin for hours. Plus, this soap is almost eternal, it doesn’t seem to grow smaller at all!

 

I bought it in Italy, with a very funny name, Nonsimangia, which means Do Not Eat It, which is a very good piece of advice, because such a yummy-tasting soap could be a perfect snack.

 

The price is £3.40 for 100g, in Italy 5.35€ for the same amount of product. If you’re not sure whether you’ll like it or not, you might simply ask for a sample to try at home. I guarantee you’ll fall in love!

 

Do you have any soap that you love? Which is your favourite soap smell?

 

Summer TBR

This summer I have to read a couple of books for an exam in September, but these books are luckily of my favorite genre, mostly fantasy/romance books. I must read them in English, but that’s not a big deal.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – W.Shakespeare (rereading)

Frankenstein – M.Shelley (rereading)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – L.Carroll (rereading)

We Have Always Lived in a Castle – S.Jackson

Winter’s Tales – K.Blixen

Martian Time-Slip – P.K.Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – P.K.Dick (rereading, and lots of love!)

The Famished Road – B.Okri (almost done with it!)

The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

A Game of Thrones – G.R.R.Martin

Interview with the Vampire – A.Rice (rereading)

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TBR (To Be Read)

While watching some booktubers I discovered this project (here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBmzoavi6OY] it’s perfectly explained) and I felt like I had to do it. So, I picked a jar, filled it with unread or unfinished books, and from this month on I’ll pick four or five books and read them. Everything is random, except when I pick a sequel, I put it back into the jar, because I first will have to read the prequel.

All of these books are in my native language, Italian, except for Madame Bovary, which I own even in French.

Madame Bovary – G.Flaubert

Tintenherz (Inkheart) – C.Funke

Tintenblut (Inkspell) – C.Funke

Le Bal – I.Némirovsky

 

I’m a bit behind my reading schedule on Goodreads, 50 books in a year, I’ve read only 18 up until now, but this summer I will read a lot!

 

What are you going to read? Have you read any of these books? Would you recommend me other interesting books?

 

June Most Played

 

The month of June has been a very make-up-free one.

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I have almost never worn foundation, only concealer, and not everyday, thanks to a brand new skincare routine, this time a solid one.

A huge part in this routine is played by Robert’s Rose Water, which is a toner. I use it every morning before cream and every night after having removed my make up.
I wore foundation only a couple of days, when I had to go to Milan, and I always reached for Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation in 200, which is exactly my skin tone. It’s definitely not a heavy foundation, but it tends to get a bit orange-y after 6/7 hours.

My eye make up was focused on green tones, mostly provided by Sleek‘s Garden of Eden palette. My hazel eyes suit perfectly with these tones. Another eye make up item is Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead, a matte black shade. It’s not so easy yo use, but once you learn the trick it’ll be you best friend.

Last but not the least, E.l.f. Studio Matt Lip Colour in Coral. I don’t like this colour at all, it’s too cool for my skin tone and it wrinkles within hours. Could I go back in time, I’d buy a darker shade, probably the dark red.

This post is part of the Team Most Played, from an idea by Chiara. If you want to know more about us, click here!

Which products are your most played? Do you love any of them? Are you using one product just to get rid of it?

 

A week in skincare

When I saw this post on Miel Café, I felt the urge to write a similar one. And this is the very first post that I write in English! You can find here my Italian version.

I’m not a skincare addict, I use a couple of products every morning to get ready and a handful of others before bed-time, but some days I just prefer to lay in bed more and I forget about my skincare. This is the reason why this week I’m keeping track of my skincare.

 

Monday

am: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Deep Scrub Gel; Roberts Acqua di rose (Rose Water); Lancôme Dreamtone for Dark Skin Tone

pm: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover; Garnier Skin Naturals Essential Makeup Remover Milk with Rose; Lovea Purifying Green Clay Paste; Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub; Roberts Acqua di rose (Rose Water); Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin

 

Most of these products are hard to be found online with the correct translation, mostly the Garnier Skin Natural Essential line, which seems to have disappeared! I had a lovely weekend, so I felt no need for a deep action on my skin. I currently adore Roberts Rose Water, because my oily skin remains perfectly dry for at least three hours, without any further cream or treatment! My hateful relationship with Sephora Eye Makeup Remover is finally coming to an end, though there is still some product left. This makeup eraser cannot remove mascara and actually teases my eyes. I need to finish it.

 

Tuesday

am: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Deep Scrub Gel; Roberts Rose Water; Lancôme Dreamtone for Dark Skin Tone

pm: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover; Garnier Skin Naturals Essential Makeup Remover Milk with Rose; Roberts Rose Water; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin

 

Almost the same routine as Monday. I’m trying so hard to finish Sephora’s Eye Makeup Remover, which claims to be the enemy of mascaras, but ends up having problems when removing a single coat of mascara, without eyeshadow, eyeliner or anything else. I was very tired yesterday and I wore very little makeup, so it was a fast routine, after all.

 

Wednesday

am: Lush Angels On Bare Skin; Matt Supreme Elixir; Nivea Visage Pure Effect Anti-Spot Extra Light Day Cream

pm: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover; Garnier Skin Naturals Essential Makeup Remover Milk with Rose; Roberts Rose Water

 

I think I have found the perfect evening routine for the days when my skin isn’t problematic or has no spot on it, so I’m not going to change it easily (except for Sephora’s Makeup Remover, I’m sorry, but you won’t be repurchased). I finally used up the sample of Angels On Bare Skin: it works perfectly, but I can’t stand its smell, so next time I’ll make sure to buy more Let The Good Times Roll, which has the yummiest scent ever smelt.

 

Thursday

am: Nivea Visage Pure Effect Peel Soft Exfoliating Cream; Matt Supreme Elixir; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin with Tea Tree Oil drops (added by me)

pm: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover; Garnier Skin Naturals Essential Makeup Remover Milk with Rose; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin with Tea Tree Oil drops; Just Tea Tree Oil

 

Break out day! I woke up with three awful little red spots. This is the reason why I tried so hard with Tea Tree Oil. They haven’t disappeared, but they haven’t exploded either. My room still smells like Tea Tree, but it’s fine.

 

Friday

am: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Deep Scrub Gel; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin with Tea Tree Oil drops

pm: Roberts Rose Water; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin with Tea Tree Oil drops; Just Tea Tree Oil

 

No makeup day! My skin had the chance to breath longer than usual, but still those spots haven’t disappeared. Little hack: never put your toner into your eyes, or they’ll start burning like hell. I had to keep them close for ten minutes or so.

 

Saturday

am: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Deep Scrub Gel; Roberts Rose Water; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin with Tea Tree Oil drops

pm: Nivea Visage Pure Effect Peel Soft Exfoliating Cream; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin; Roberts Rose Water

 

I was almost ready to put my make up on for the evening, when a series of unfortunate event took place, so that I stayed at home the whole night, with nothing on my face except for a bit of cold sweat. So, I went to bed with no need to remove my make up. I have almost defeated my little blemishes, luckily.

 

Sunday

am: Lovea Purifying Green Clay Paste; Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub; Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Deep Scrub Gel; Roberts Rose Water; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin

pm: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover; Garnier Skin Naturals Essential Makeup Remover Milk with Rose; Roberts Rose Water; Garnier Moisture Match Combination to Oily Skin

 

It was a very relaxing day, with nothing to do, except for taking care of myself. I started with a Green Clay mask, which helped my oily skin with its absorbing virtues. I’m wondering how to party in a couple of days when Sephora’s Make Up Remover will be over: should I give a party or should I rejoice with pleasure?