The Spring Sparkling Challenge – week 1: Brights up your skin!

Spring is here and we have been blessed with an entire sunny week.
This post is my first answer to the tag created by What’s in my bag and Consigli di Makeup, two Italian bloggers that I follow since I first reached the blogging world.TheSpringSparkleChallengesmall

What is this tag about? Well, s pring! And how we live it!

This first week is dedicated to skincare and how we prepare our skin to the glow of spring and summer. I also talk a bit about haircare, just a hint of what I’m going to do for the next months.spring1

The first step in the preparation for the spring is removing everything from my pores, let the skin breathe! Twice a week I apply Lovea’s Green Clay Paste, a fragrance free clay mask that really helps my skin removing everything undesired. I apply it, wait ten to fifteen minutes – while I usually check the mails – and I wash it off.

The next step that I do every morning and every night is wiping my face with Garnier’s Micellar Water. It does remove most of my makeup and is very gentle on the skin, unlike other similar products.

Last, but not the least, I tone my face with Cien’s Refreshing Facial Toner; it is the last touch before applying makeup or going to bed, before the face cream and before I apply foundation. It smoothes my skin and leaves it soft for the whole day/night.

I said I’d talk about haircare. Yes, it’s true. It happens just because I bought two new products at Carrefour, the Shampoo and Conditioner for blond hair with camomile and wheat germ by Nectar of Nature. I’m not blonde. I used to be, when I was little. My hair grew naturally darker, and now I’m a brunette. But my hair in summer gets wonderful blond-ish locks, and I’m looking forward to enhancing it. So, from April on, my sole and only aim is to get those blond reflections.

Don’t forget to check out all the posts with the hashtag #thespringsparklingchallenge

Do this tag too, if you want!

I tag Piper and Grace!

Reading Challenge Update – February

February has not been a highly productive month, book-wise especially. I only finished three of them, and I am reading an awful lot of others, and I kinda get confused about plots and characters and… well, I should read one book at a time.

  1. The Turn of the Shrew – H. James
    I can assure you that I read it, but I still cannot understand the ending. What happened? Did anything happen at all? Is it all a mental vision of a problematic young lady? Are spirits really with us?
    It is surely a good book, well written, but as far as plot is concerned, I still have some doubts.

  2. The Aftermath – R. Brook
    In Italian libraries it is not unusual to find books wrapped up, like presents. You have to pick them up only because of what critics said, which is reported on the wrapping, and on your instinct. I chose this one, a history of love and war. Well, there was a just-finished-but-still-in-our-minds war and there was love. A lot. And in many strange ways, not always explained. It was well-written, but there are some holes and the conclusion leaves you with a bittersweet taste.

  3. Yes Please – A. Poehler
    I loved it! It made me laugh and I felt so emotionally taken that I want to re-read it as soon as possible, because it’s way too wonderful!

I’m a little behind schedule, I guess, but I’m enjoying some good books for the moment. The big ol’ boring 19th centuty books will come soon. Because I like them.

Monday Breakfast #7

I might sound obvious, and I probably am, but how fast did January pass? I mean, wasn’t it yesterday when I was playing Risiko with my friends and trying to exterminate all the purple panzers? Ok, it was a month ago. As well as all the sparkle and joy of the Holiday’s Spirit.

We are in February, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras are coming, and winter has definitively come. There was even snow a couple of days ago! The semester is starting in a couple of weeks, and I really want it to be not as chaotic as the last one!
What are your plans for Febraury?

5 – Snowflakes

I’m a little obsessed with Frozen. Just a bit. A little bit. *hides most of her pictures on the phone*
One of the things that fascinates me the most are snowflakes. They are  hexagonal perfection, and they are all different, and they seem fun to create!

3- Early Lights

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While I was waiting for the light to turn green, I saw the first Christmas lights here.
Obviously there are many in Milan, but in my little village a bit of christmas-y atmosphere is finally in the air!

Hopefully the whole village will turn in a light wonderland in a week’s time!

Nivea Micellar Water

I have two basic staples at night: removing my make up and applying a hydrating cream. When I do these two steps, my skin gets immediately better, fresher and more relaxed.

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I remove my eye make up with Nivea Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water. I found it in an Italian drugstore, but it can be found almost everywhere (here’s the link to Boots).

What can I say about the first eye make up remover that doesn’t make my eyes look like two fire balls?
I tried a couple of them, but the result was always the same: itchy eyes and desire to throw them in the toilet and flush them away.

But with this micellar water it’s all different: my eyes get easily cleansed and there’s no oily film left on them. It’s pretty impressive how fast it is to remove mascara and eyeliner with it, just a single cotton pad and the work is done.

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Here’s the INCI.

It should work even with face make up, but I prefer to use another cleanser, because my skin is not so sensitive.

If you find it, don’t miss the chance to buy it!
Mine is almost over, so I’m going to buy it again. Do you have any other micellar water to suggest me?

Would it be alright by you, if I degreenify you? – Elphaba Thropp Inspired Make Up

I already posted this look on my Italian blog {here}, so if you want to read the poetical introduction to the look, I’d suggest to look right there. There’s no time for chatting here.

This is my Elphaba-inspired make up, with even a black t-shirt and a pointed hat that I forgot to wear, but I own it. This was for a contest, which I unluckily didn’t win, but that’s fine.

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I didn’t greenefy myself because I didn’t want to look exactly like Elphaba. That’s why the eye makeup is totally focused on different hues of green, a dark deep green, an electric one, a transition light green and so on. There’s a little of gold in the lower lash line, to remind of the yellow brick road.

I tried a bit of contouring, I wanted to look a little like Idina, but I have got no cheekbone, so it’s really hard for me to contour well. I have lo learn how.

The lips are red, just as in the official poster, and because I thought that a matte red lipstick suits the Wicked Witch of the West.

What do you think of my make up? Who’s your favourite Wicked character? Glinda, Elphie or Fiyero? Or Nessa, Boq, Madame Morrible, the Wizard, Doctor Dillamond, simply everyone?

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List of Products:

Face:
Maybelline Fit Me 130 (about 12€), Elf Clarifying Powder in Light Beige (1.95£), Elf Bronzer in Sun Kissed (2£), Kiko Soft Touch Blush 108 (7.50€)

Eyes:
Kiko Eye Base Primer (6.90€), Sleek Tree of LifeAdam’s AppleFlora (from the Garden of Eden) (9.99€), Kiko Infinity Eyeshadow 260, 213 (4.90€ each), Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead (15.50£), Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil 400 (4.20€), Debby  Volum’Experience mascara *, False Lashes from an unkown lowcost brand (less than 3€)

Lips:
Astra Jumbo Lipstick 03 (3€)

Guilty Pleasures ♥ One

We all have those guilty pleasures, don’t we? Someone might adore eating Nutella directly from the jar, or watching TV series ’till very late in the night. I do one of these two, but which one? You’ll find it out down there!

  • I do eat Nutella from the jar with a table spoon, mainly when I’m tired or I’m in that part of the month when I could kill a person with my bare hands.
  • I’m not a serial organizer, in fact I’m really messy, but I have a perfectly neat Filofax, which is a feast for the eyes.
  • I watch episodes from my favourites series more than once, or twice, I actually watch the very best when I’ve nothing else to do.
  • I can swim kinda good (I actually teach swimming), but I’d rather lay on water for minutes doing nothing.
  • I love talking with really small kids, like two years old, because they make me smile.
  • Peeling off my nail polish is one of the best feelings in the world.
  • I love reading before going to bed, but sometimes my Kobo (hello, e-readers fans!) tumbles right on my face. And that means it’s time to sleep.
  • I can speak four languages (Italian, English, German and French), but still I want to learn more, and I spend hours watching Youtube videos in other languages, like Dutch or Danish or Norwegian.
  • Before every new Harry Potter release, I used to re-read the whole saga for continuity’s sake.
  • Colourful swim caps are my latest obsession!
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One of my favourites series ever. 😀

Have you any guilty pleasure? Tell me yours!

Motivation Monday #3

Sometimes I feel like I’m going to fail everything I do and I simply stop doing it. That’s the worst feeling in the world.

With this blog, I had an unsteady start, so I want to keep on track and be a better blogger, but I’m not starting over. Not this time.

Found on We Heart It

Found on We Heart It