Saturday, 12 April 2014

BOURJOIS ROUGE VELVET LIPSTICK SWATCHES AND REVIEW 05 OLE FLAMINGO AND 06 PINK PONG

Hello happy people!

It's finally week end and I am uber excited because in few days I'll go back to Italy for my Easter Holiday, isn't it great?
Hope the weather will be better than here, it's raining (seriously? In Manchester? Naaa..) and it's just bloody cold.

Right let's talk beauty now.

In the past month the blogosphere has been basically bombarded with pictures-swatches-review-bla bla bla of the new liquid lipsticks from Bourjois.

I own a decent amount of liquid lipsticks, lacquers and similar stuff so I decided not to buy this new release...until today.

What made me change my mind was a quick "let me just have a look at the colours" moment and after that I was hooked.

These are all the swatches of the six shades available.

bourjois rouge edition velvet

bourjois rouge edition velvet


Which one did I get? What a question....

bourjois rouge edition velvet 05 ole flamingo and 06 pink pong


These are the brighter shades, there two reds but the pink ones are definitely the most intense ones.

I didn't really experience any problem in the application as I was expecting reading few reviews, this lipstick applies smoothly and soft on the lips leaving a rich and thick cream.

At the beginning it feels like a cream onto the lips but whithin few minutes it dries out completely matte without any dry annoying sensation, especially compared to others I have tried (for example the MUA one).

They last forever. Seriously, an enormous amount of hours will go without it even fading a bit.

I remove them with a cleansing balm (I use the ESPA one) and I apply a normal lip balm, just to avoid dry patches.

Number 06 Pink Pong is blue based pink, it looks a lot like MAC Show Orchid, very close to a purple-pink.

bourjois rouge edition velvet 06 pink pong



bourjois rouge edition velvet 06 pink pong


Number 05 Ole Flamingo is a deep cherry pink.

bourjois rouge edition velvet 05 ole flamingo



bourjois rouge edition velvet 05 ole flamingo


You can find these on offer at Superdrug 


Now I only need a mild tan and some teeth whitening and I am ready for the summer.

Friday, 11 April 2014

MY EXFOLIATING ROUTINE FEAT LA ROCHE-POSAY, CLARINS AND NIP+FAB

As a beauty addicted I am pretty conscious about any skincare trouble.

A good complexion is undoubtedly the perfect canvas for every make up and despite the fact that there are some very good foundations out there, I always try to treat my skin as better as I can to avoid spots, brown marks etc.

The first time I used an exfoliator was probably when I was 13 and my Mummy brought home some samples from her shop (yes, Mummy had a perfume and make up shop; I was born to be a beauty addicted, it's not casual you see).

Since then, I never stopped using it. I have tried 234694034 exfoliating products, every formulation, small, medium, giant grains, gel, cream, pads, lotions EVERYTHING.

I tent to exfoliate my skin twice a week, three if I have more spots than usual or after summer holidays to remove sun patches.

At the moment, this is my routine, and I really want to share it with you because I love these three products and I would totally recommend them to every exfo-addicted like me.

exfoliating routine skincare

NIP+FAB GLYCOLIC FIX FACE SCRUB

Nip+Fab glycolic scrub fix
 
This face scrub came out last summer and I was not disappointed after buying it as soon as I saw it in Boots.
Despite claiming to contain micro grains i would say we are more on the medium side, without this meaning it's too aggressive or scratchy.

The key ingredients are 3% glycolic acid and salicylic and hyaluronic acids.

Has got a very nice scent, very citrus-y and fresh.

Does it work? Yes, it really does. Since day one I used it I could appreciate a very gentle exfoliation with a brithening effect on my complexion and a firmer skintone.

It's priced £9.95 for 75 ml, actually on offer at £6.63 here.



CLARINS EXFOLIATOR BRIGHTENING TONER

Clarins gentle exfoliator brightening toner
 
I was introduced to this toner last year at a Clarins blogger event in Manchester.

Since then, it has been a constant presence on my skincare shelf.

I use it at night and it really helps to renew complexion when I feel my skin dull and tired, keeping it fresh and spot free.

It contains nettle extract to minimise pores and tamarin fruit acid to reduce impurities.

I read once on twitter a rumour Clarins was gonna discontinue this, thanks God was not true, the idea made me shiver.

It costs £25 for 125ml and you can find it here.



LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR K 

la roche posay effaclar k


This is a kind of holy grail product and I am sure you have seen/read about it quite often thanks to its popularity on the blogosphere.

It contains LHA (lipo hydroxy acid), a derivate of salicylic acid that stimulates exfoliation and a gradual retexturisation of the skin, helping to reduce the horrible appearance of clogged pores.

I use it a night but can be used for the day and as a make up base too.

It retails for £13 for 30ml in Boots.



Now, I will probably finish this trio very soon, and I would not be a true beauty addict if I wasn't already looking for alternatives to try, have you got any advice?
On my wish list are the new La roche-Posay Redermic fluid and the Pixi glow tonic.




Saturday, 5 April 2014

ETUDE HOUSE BLOOMING LIPS TALK PINK TALK PK015 REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Do you guys buy korean or japanes make up and skincare?

I am addicted and thanks to ebay, I am responsible for few big hauls of cosmetics.

I was looking for a bright lipstick for spring summer and while browsing my usual online shops I stumbled in these lipsticks from a famous Korean brand called ETUDE HOUSE.

etude house dear my- blooming lips talk pink talk pk015
 
The Dear My-blooming lip talks-pink talks collection consists in 5 lipsticks in the brightest pink shades.

All the shades are matte and they are priced £6 each.

I got my parcel after one week I ordered and the seller sent me few samples which is something I always I always appreciate (and that sometimes causes some more purchases)

I chose the shade PK015 (am I the only one that hates codes and numbers instead of names for make up products?) which is a deep raspberry pink with a blue undertone.

etude house dear my- blooming lips talk pink talk pk015

 It applies very smoothly and the colour pay off is incredible, one simple coat will achieve complete coverage.

The shade is completely matt but doesn't dry out the lips as other mat lipsticks I have tried.

etude house dear my- blooming lips talk pink talk pk015
 
It's quite difficult to remove, what I normally do it's apply a good thick layer of lip balm or hand cream, leave it for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off.

It's so so bright, I always pair it with a very simple eyes make up to not overdo my look.

etude house dear my- blooming lips talk pink talk pk015

I have tried with a gloss on top and the result is even better, in terms of intensity of the colour and brilliance.

etude house dear my- blooming lips talk pink talk pk015

If you are looking for a bright lipstick I would recommend to have a look to this range, I bet you will not be disappointed.


I bought mine here and I totally recommend this seller.


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

MANCHESTER FASHION WEEK 2014 SPECIAL: SOFIA DOURVARI

If you are planning to attend the Manchester Fashion Week on the Saturday 19th April I hope you will be lucky enough to have a seat for the Sofia Dourvari Fashion Show.
 
 
 
You really don't wanna miss what this young, fresh and talented designer has to offer.
I had the pleasure to meet Sofia one year ago here in Manchester after one of her Fashion Show.
She is one of the nicest person I have ever met, chatty, friendly, down to earth, that kind of girl you would like to have as your best friend.
 
 
 
Her collection is classy but contemporary at the same time, sassy and never boring without resulting too excessive or tacky.
 
Her clothes are designed for every body shape and the materials go from leather to silk played with a very sartorial cut that gives an extremely sophisticated effect.



 

This has to be one of my favourite dress I saw on the catwalk, it's posh, elaborated, original and flattering.



Look at this leather dress from a previous collection, I was in love with the backless design here.




These are some pictures taken from her last catwalk show, with the first one being my favourite.
 
 



 
Together with her stunning personal collections, Sofia offers a bespoken service, where she designs the dress of your dream helping you choosing materials, design and everything needed to create in flesh what you have got in mind (Why I didn't met this woman before my wedding?).

If you need more informations, her website is currently under renovation but you can contact her on twitter or here.

Sofia will be present at MCRFW 2014 with a fashion show and a pop up store for the following two days where you will be able to shop the collection.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

MANCHESTER FASHION WEEK 2014 SPECIAL: SOUTH BEACH BEACHWEAR AND SWIMWEAR

Hello my darlings,

this will be the first of a series of posts dedicated to some of the brands involved with the upcoming Manchester Fashion Week 2014.

I had the pleasure to attend to an event organised from South Beach last year and I visited the stand  again at the Fabb event held in Manchester.




In both the occasions I had the chance to see and  touch with hands a selection of swimwear, beachwear and loungewear this website offers.

If you are so lucky that you are planning a holiday to the beach, well this is the place where I am sure you will find your bikini etc.




There are so many styles to choose from, from lace to neon colours, from nautical to floral and geo prints.



Look at these bikinis from the new collection:

Cherry neon rose 3D bikini £25.50

Piper orange purple geometric ruched balconette bikini £27


In the beachwear section I have got my eyes on the neon kaftans, the lace tunics and this adorable stripe maxidress



 This navy dress + statement necklace + 12345 bangles= very me.


 


I was very impressed with the prices, absolutely affordable and purse friendly.

Browsing the website I also found a "beauty and tanning" section, with stocks from Barry M and Lauren's Way.

Last but not least, I think you should have a look to the loungewear.



I am in love with this All in One ( it's only £17!)....



 .....and this paisley coordinate.

I could think about few people I'd like to give this onesie as a present...



South Beach will have its fashion show on the Manchester fashion Week 2014 on Saturday 19th of April (find full schedule here) .

Did you have a look to this website yet?

What do you think?


Saturday, 22 March 2014

PETER PILOTTO FOR TARGET COLLECTION HAUL

God bless Net a Porter, giant of the luxury e commerce, for its wise decision to sell us poor people not US based, the Peter Pilotto collection for Target.

Target is a low cost american shop, (I would compare it to our BHS maybe?) that in the past couple of years has scored some very good collaborations as Missoni, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung to name a few.

When I read the new collaboration was gonna be with Peter Pilotto I knew I was gonna spend a lot of time browsing ebay to put my paws on some of the amazing prints that made this duo of designer famous all over the world.

I saw the preview of the collection and the prices on line and I was in love, that's why I was literally jumping on my bed when I found out Net a Porter was gonna sell the collection Worldwide.



So the sunday morning the collection went on sale I jumped out of the bed, flying over Perfect Husband, Precious Baby, Adorable Dog (no we don't actually sleep all together, despite I am not embarrassed to say I'd love to, let's say we are very very close) and two set of stairs, as soon as I got the tweet "Collection is now available to buy".



It was my first experience with Net a Porter and, oh my, they really know how to treat costumers.

The shipping was so fast, it took only 2 days and there were no duty charges.

 
The black box with fabric ribbon was so sophisticated I was even scared to open it.



I was even given a small retractable tape to help checking the right size for future purchases.



I got two dresses and a pair of shorts.

Floral Dress $39




Short $29.99



Like if I could say no to a tutu skirt...

Printed dress $79.99



Few other things I wanted were sold out but few days later I saw a tweet from Poppy saying she was selling some items because she got the size wrong...and this is how I got this jumper that I have been wearing every other day, so much I love it.

Printed Sweatshirt $29.99


Now, I got this top aswell but it's to small for me, it's a UK 14 and if anybody is interested I am selling it for £18, feel free to contact me!



Now, I am dying to know who is gonna be the next collaboration!