Spring-y Nails

Spring is finally here (yes, it’s here! Yesterday we reached 26°C, or something like that) and this is the season when I take my coloured nail polishes out of their box. Don’t think that I don’t use them in winter or fall, it’s just that I feel more inspired to wear them as the temperatures rise.

I want to talk about three nail polishes.springnails3

Kiko Celebration Nail Lacquer 422
Call it mint, Tiffany, aqua, whatever you want, this colour is one of my favourites. It makes my hand look refined and pretty, more feminine I guess. Its colour is full in a single application. I find that Kiko’s nail polish brushes are a little too small, I wish they were a little bigger. Unfortunately, this nail lacquer belongs to a past collection from two years ago, but in the permanent collection there is one other which is the same, identical colour.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 360 – Plums The Word
I know what you are saying, it’s not summer-y. Well, to me it is! It’s a dark, mauve-toned variation of a very dark pink, which is perfect for spring. No, ok. It’s mauve, a really full, intense mauve, but it look wonderful on nails. Its finish is extremely glossy and it’s the perfect transition colour from winter to spring and, in a couple of months, like the end of August, from summer to autumn.

Kiko Cupcake Nail Lacquer 647
Another limited edition, but I sincerely hope they will introduce these lacquers in their permanent line. It is a funny nail lacquer, it has sprinkles in it and it should look like the frosting and topping of cupcakes, I think. Well, it’s lovely and I like how it feels on my nails.

These are my choices regarding nail polishes. Have you anything to suggest me?springnails1

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Get Fit for Summer – Tips and Resolutions

Summer is coming closer. No no, I’m not trying to hurry time up, because summer essentially means exams and I don’t want to think of them. But, since the warm season is approaching, as every girl on earth, I feel like I should start thinking of getting fit. Again.

I’m not overweight, I’m perfectly fine as I am. The problem is, of course, on my flabby tights, because of cellulite. I want to fight it. From now on.

Reading a bit online, I found many useful pieces of advice and I decided to report them to you all, just in case you needed another point of view.

  1. List all the reasons why you want to shape up. Write down your goals, that must be realistic and responsible. In my case, I want to have toned muscles, but I don’t want to turn into a gym-maniac.

  2. Keep a food diary; it’s especially useful if you want to lose weight, but since I eat a lot out of lunch and dinner time, I want to keep track of what I shouldn’t eat. The hardest thing in this part is being honest: don’t lie, your body knows that you’ve eaten. And, most importantly, have breakfast. Don’t forget the most important meal of the day.

  3. Buy the necessary equipment. Don’t go running with your flats, don’t go swimming in your bikini. Find the best gear and use it properly.

  4. Move more. Even a walk of 30-60 minutes helps toning and losing weight, because you can lose up to 400kcal simply by taking a nice walk outside. Don’t sit all day long in front of the computer, move!

  5. Take up yoga. I’m not a lot into yoga, but it fascinates me and I think I might start doing a bit of it everyday, just to see if it helps me in some way.getfit

These are my five pieces of advice and resolutions, I will update you in a couple of weeks or so about my progress!

March Most Played

My most played are becoming more and more monotonous. Well, waking up everyday at 6 am I need to know that some products work for me, so I keep on using them because I know they work wonders.mostplayed

This month I used:

  • L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in shade 120

  • NYC Mascara Big and Bold

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

  • Catrice Eye Brow stylist in 120

No lipstick, really? Yes, no lipstick, because I played with them a bit and used a different one each day, so none of mine actually was a most played.

As usual, check Chiara’s blog and Facebook page for every news on the Team Most Played (we have cookies!)

Lovely Empties (2)

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During the last months I tried to finish up as many products as possible. I think I might have done a good job!

  1. Roberts Rose Water – the last step of my cleansing routine, the one product that removes everything that’s left on my face. But I’ll try something different.
  2. Nivea Sensitive  Micellar Water 3 in 1 – it is a good micellar water, but it doesn’t work so good with waterproof make up. I’m not buying it again.
  3. Essence pink Nail Laquer  (the name is long gone) – it’s not over, but it’s completely dry. It won’t write anymore.
  4. Sephora Ginseng Fiber Mask – once a month I need to take a bit of me time, and this mask is so easy to use!
  5. Garnier Shampoo and Conditioner for light hair – my hair is light-brunette and this two products help enhancing the blond reflections. I need to buy them again for the next summer!emtpies2

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February Most Played

February has been a shorter month than usual, but I’ve worn a lot of makeup. (You won’t see any skincare product, because there will be a specific post on that)FebMP

Base-wise, I wore everyday Maybelline’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 120 – Pure Ivory (around 12€) , I have to admit, I love its texture, and to cover the blemishes after this light foundation I used Illamasqua’s Under-Eye Concealer in 200 (17.30€). It’s a bit too creamy, but it sets easily with powder.febMP1

My brows were tamed by Catrice’s Eye Brow Stylist in 120 – Don’t Let Me Brow’n (2.50€), a new staple in my sleepy morning routine. There’s plenty of pencils in my most played this month, and it’s because I wanted my lipstick to actually stay in place. Deborah’s Lipliner in 198 (5.20€) was my to-go lipliner every morning, before a natural lipstick. When I wanted my lips to be bolder I went for Max Factor’s Lip Liner in 12 – Fire (4.99£, but I think Fire is discontinued!), a strawberry red that stays perfectly in place. No words could describe its wonderfulness. Last pencil, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Whiskey (19€), a matte medium brown, was the current eyeliner for my casual, daily look.febMP2

Eye-shadows that work are the ones I use the most, and Urban Decay’s Naked Basics (27.50€) palette will probably appear in every most played for the rest of the times. Really, I can’t imagine how I could blend eye-shadows before my boyfriend bought it for me!

The mascara I’ve used was NYC Big and Bold (3.50€), a volumizing and really black mascara.

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Last, but not the least, the two lipsticks that were more frequently on my lips: MAC Cosmo (19€), a MLBB, and Astra’s Gilda (Less than 5€!), a brown-y red.

What are your February Most Played? Let me know in the comments!

Ps: remember to go and check Chiara’s blog!

5 Minutes… Before going to bed

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I’m not late. It just took me five more minutes to join the Fellowship of the 5 Minutes tag, a project started by Redditude and Sue, two Italian bloggers that I love and worship. Yes, like I totally worship their style and their pictures.

Well, this tag is about the things you do 5 minutes before/after a specific time. The first one is 5 minutes before going to bed.

My night routine is divided into two parts: first, I take a shower/I took a shower previously at the swimming pool, then as soon as I get home I remove my makeup. But this happens before 9 pm. Just before heading to the soft pillows, I brush my teeth, since mine are especially delicate (hello dentist, I hope you’re reading it!), and I tie my hair back. I don’t sleep with the ponytail, but it’s much handier than loose, straight hair.5minutes3

I then apply Yes To Carrots Nourishing Daily Softening Hand + Elbow Cream, summer and winter, with no exception, because my hands and elbows are the only dry spots of my entire body. My elbows need so much care! 5minutes1

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The last step is reading with my Kobo e-reader and texting. Until I fall asleep and the phone/Kobo fall on my face.

January Favourites

Is it too late to talk about last month’s favourite products? I hope not, because I’m going to right now.

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I had to fight against cool weather and snow, so everyday I applied and loved Herborist’s Revitalizing and Firming Day Cream. Its texture is perfect to hydrate my face without leaving it excessively oily. Simple perfection in a bottle.

On my eyes I went for nudes with Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette and Deborah’s Extra Pearly Stick Eyeshadow Waterproof in 04 – Pretty Rose. There’s no need to explain why the Naked Basics palette is among my favourites, but a special mention goes to the Stick Eyeshadow and its colour: a light rose-y brown, extremely shining, able to create an entire look on its own. When I wear it I feel like my eyes are already perfect, they simply need mascara.

Lastly, when I want to feel vampy and, let’s admit it, prettier I go for Kiko Long Lasting Colour Lip Marker in 106 – Apple Red. It’s a dark, plum-y red and it applies easily on the lips. There it stay for at least three hours before starting to vanish. Plus, I’m in love with the colour!

Which products were your favourites during January? Tell me!

January Most Played

It’s time to look back at the past month and collect the products that I used the most. This is the first monthly most played, and I hope I’ll be part of the Team Most Played (here Chiara explains everything!).

So, let’s start with the foundation. These products aren’t necessarily my favourites, they just happen to be the ones I reached for the most during the past month. Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream is currently the product for the base that I hate the most, it leaves my skin extremely oily, and it didn’t happen during summer! Probably my skin is changing, I don’t know, but I want to finish this product as soon as I can and never re-purchase it. One flaw is that it can’t cover my dark circles. I don’t have problematic ones, they appear when I’m tired after studying, and during the exam session it happens often. To avoid being asked whether I’m a panda, I used Kiko Full Coverage Concealer (in the colour 02), which is simply perfect. It stays in place and covers everything, from blemishes to dark circles. You have to try it, even because it blends perfectly! Last, but not the least, is my eye primer, Kiko Eye Base Primer, a matte light primer that evens out the lid and makes your eyes immediately better looking. Sometimes I wear it and a line of eye liner and I’m ready!JANmostplayed1

On my cheeks you could have easily spotted tons of highlighter, but not a single hint of blush. That’s right. This month I wore a lot of Illamasqua’s Gleam in Supernatural because of the natural light it gives to my skin. Its being rosy-gold enhances warm skin tones and I’m really happy to have purchased it. Being on the go most of the month, on my lips I wore usually something both nutrient and good-looking, like L’Oreal Glam Glow in Miss Cherry, a lovely full red, not too orange-y and not too blue, it’s just the perfect balance (I’m wearing it in this post!). It’s a lip balm, so even with the cold and the snow surrounding me, my lips felt immediately better.JANmostplayed3

Eyes-wise I kept my profile low. Neutral colours and long lashes were the key, so Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette (the original one) and NYC Big Bold Mascara were my loyal allies. My problematic eyebrows were tamed by Catrice Eye Brow Stylist in Don’t Let Me Brow’n, a light ashy brown, a little too light for my eyebrows, but the darker colour was too dark for me. It’ll do.JANmostplayed5

Lastly, skin care and lips care. Have I already mentioned the snow and the cold? Yeah? Okay, I’ll talk about them again. My skin being oily, I don’t suffer a lot from dry spots, but in winter it is important to keep it hydrated and Herborist’s Revitalizing and Firmind Day Cream helped a lot. I own a travel size, and I’m afraid it will end before spring. I’ll have to go to Sephora (as if it was bad!). Lips again! This time, a lip butter from Labello (Milk and Honey) I desperately want to finish, because I can’t stand it. I thought it would be hydrating, but it’s simply a superficial one. My lips get dry after a couple of minutes after applying it, so I’m trying to use it at home, while I’m not going out, so as to finish it as quickly as possible. The next one will have a greener formula.  JANmostplayed4 What about your most played? Do we share anything?

Elsa Transformation

Carnival is approaching with its colours and its joy. Here in Italy we tend to fancy dress in this part of the year rather than Halloween. Or, to be honest, we dress up with fancy clothes both during Carnival and Halloween, but we keep the spooky stuff for Halloween and the funny one for February. I used to wear incredible costumes when I was little, and this year I wanted to do something special, something magical…

My most recent obsession isn’t Frozen, but Elsa is still fascinating me. I mean, she has incredible powers, she’s almost a water bender. Wait, headcanon accepted! Anyway, I decided to make my own version of Elsa, but I did both versions, when she’s a scared princess, bound to be queen and totally insecure about what she’s going to face, and the powerful ice queen, fierce and cold, and fashionable.elsa3

From one version to the other I did just some minor adjustments, like the eye and the lips make up, but the base is basically the same. During Let It Go she hasn’t the time to magically re-apply her foundation, let’s be honest! She simply changed some particulars, and we all know it.elsa1

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Face
L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint 120
Kiko Colour Correction Concealer Wheel
Illamasqua Under-Eye Concealer 120
Warm pink blush from Fräulein 3°8 Blush Palette
Essence All About Matt! Fixing loose powder
Catrice Eye Brow Stylist 040 Don’t Let Me Brow’n

Eyes
Kiko Eye Base Primer
Urban Decay Naked Basics original
Avon Smooth Minerals black kajal
Essence Kajal Pencil White
NYC Big Bold Mascara
Essence Pigment 04 Broadway Starlet

Lips
L’Oreal Glam Shine 900 Miss Cherry

Let It Go pause for appreciation and make up adjustment.

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Face
Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural

Eyes
Pupa Vamp! Cream Eyeshadow in Burgundy
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 710 Lilac Del Rey
False Lashes (with no brand, I can’t remember it)
Essence Frame4Fame Lash Glue

Lips
More Glam Shine 900!

The first version is more natural and really close to a no-make up make up, because it’s almost impossible to detect any trace of any product, except for the eyes. The only trace of sparkle is a bit of Essence’s pigment over the black eye-shadow to give a royal-ish touch.

The ice queen version is really bolder. I applied the cream eye-shadow directly on what I previously had on and then blended on it an enormous quantity of purple eye-shadow. I then re-applied the black eye-shadow as eye-liner and Illamasqua’s Gleam on the apple of my cheeks. Oh, I obviously added a lot of colour on my lips!

What do you think about this version?
I’d like to thank my friend Monica for the white wig, it was reaaaally helpful!

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Have you ever experienced the feeling of falling in love with a make up product for a couple of months, using it daily, and then you forget about it for, say, one year and a half? Me? Uhm, I guess I have. And as soon as I decluttered a bit my make up possession I felt the passion for that product came back with the strength of a thousand suns.

Skip the poetry, get to the point! I recently discovered my two Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in the wrong place, that is in the swimming-pool bag. I put them there one Saturday that I had to work last year and they have been in there for all this time, since I removed all the stuff inside of the bag and released them.

I own them in two colours: 04 Golden Chocolate and 11 Teal. They are available in stores and online for 6.90€.
Golden Chocolate is a warm, medium brown with tons of golden reflection; these aren’t actually glitter, because they would make my eyes hella red as soon as I tried to remove my make up. It’s simply amazing how this colour can enhance my eye colour. When I have little time to do my make up in the morning, when I have to rush to get to the train station in time, I apply it as liner and I immediately feel like my eyes do have a shape.
Teal is blue-y green or a green-y blue, it’s the perfect balance between these two colours. It is harder to blend than Golden Chocolate, and it’s even harder to remove. At least, it’s really long-lasting!

These eyeshadows surely have some cons, but the pros simply outnumber them.
It is true that they are hard to blend, but I never use them as eyeshadows on the whole lid, I usually use them as eyeliner when I’m in a rush at morning, because these two colours aren’t exactly what I’d like to have all over my eyes.
They aren’t easy to remove, but it is simply a sign of how long they last! I apply them in the morning (usually Golden Chocolate) and when I come back after 6pm they are still there, they didn’t move of an inch!
If you want to blend them, you have to it quickly! After twenty, thirty seconds they settle on your lid and you won’t be able to blend them even if you tried with all of your strength. So, be quick and to one eye at a time!

The range of colours is enormous, more than thirty available in stores and online.
The quality is really worth the price. I highly recommend them!