Sunday, 29 November 2015


Good Morning beauty addicted pals!

I wish it was Christmas a couple of times a year so we could enjoy all these new launches of new products more often.

Today I want to show you the latest releases from Sleek Make Up.

Thanks to the 3x2 in Superdrug, I did a bit of shopping few weeks back and the SA was sorting out the new stand with all those new palette.

Finding a tidy, clean and stocked Sleek Make Up stand is a quite rare event so I took advantage of my luck and got these two.

The first one I want to talk about is the Highlightin Palette in "Solstice".

It has been seen plastered all over Instagram since it has launched and sees four different highlighters, one creamy and three powders.

The gold mirrored case is very Christmas-y and elegant, but of course it will get dirty as soon as you even look at it.

There is a brush inside the palette too, but it's so awful it doesn't even deserve to be called brush.

From top left, clockwise, we'll find:

Ecliptic a pale pink cream

Hemisphere a light violet baked powder

Equinox a golden sand shade with, again, a baked powder consistency

Subsolar champagne colour, powder

The baked powders are beautiful, the consistency is soft and buttery with a metallic finish.

I can see why they are a favourite, now that is all about the strobing, contouring and highlighting.

The creamy highlighter is quite sheer but leaves a kind of wet and shiny finish.

The Subsolar powder is fine and less intense than all the other but works perfectly fine if you want to go for a more subtle effect or to set the cream shade.

I like to use the Real Techniques Sculpting Set to apply the powders and blending them, whilst I prefer to use my fingertips to pat and works the creamy shade. 

I guess it's fair to say I would totally recommend this palette..shame I cannot say the same regarding the second object of this post.

The I Lust Eyeshadow Palette in The Gold Standard has been unfortunately quite disappointing.

The packaging is made of black opaque plastic, nice, clean and sleek and contains six shadows, four are powders and two are creamy.

The consistency of the powders is quite dense and soft, a kind of hybrid in between a powder and a creamy texture.

Laurent is a fantastic deep purple with golden sparkle
Coco is a golden brown
Margiela is a creamy metallic bronze
Vera is a soft gold
Louis is a creamy metallic rose gold
Vivienne is a light pink

As you can see in the swatches, these shadows are full of dimension and highly pigmented.

The problem is, they don't last at all.

In less than an hour, there is nothing left, apart from a creepy and awful deep oily line into the crease.

I do not have oily lids so this is not a problem related to my of skin.

I  have tried few primers and no primer at all, but it just doesn't get any better.

The creamy ones are the worse, I apply them in the centre of the lid patting with my little finger or with a small brush, give it 30 minutes and it's nowhere to be seen.

This is not the first time that I have this problem with Sleek shadows, especially the creamy ones.

I would like to know if somebody has a better experience with these or if you agree with me this palette doesn't really deserve to be purchased.

Both these palettes are £9.99 and are available in Boots, Superdrug and Sleek

Let me know what do you think.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015



That's it people, no more bans for the C word, it's totally that most wonderful time of the year (singing, aren't you?), Christmas!!!!

Every single make up brand has come out with its own festive collection and of course, Mac is one of the most waited for.

I started seeing sneakpeeks of the "Magic of the Night" collection me JULY!!!!

All the eyes where on the highlighters.

Every year, in the Christmas and in the Summer collections usually, Mac throws in some highlighters that sold out in a blink.

This year, it was not different.

We are talking about the In Extra Dimension Skinfinish, available in two shades, "Oh, darling" and "Shaft of gold".

As soon as the collection went online (normally a week before the in store launch), they were sold out in a matters of minutes.

Good job I decided to use the Selfridge's Personal Shopping Service, that secured me "Oh, darling", whilst I happened to be in town nearby House of Fraser very early the day the collection hit the stores (5th November, oh yes, the infamous day the Balmain for H&M was launched, what do you think I was doing that early in town??).

Anyway, here we go, both in my hands in their full gorgeousness (does this word actually exist?).

I see why everybody goes mad about these.

The powder is finally melted so it doesn't result to be too glittery or chalky and blends beautifully.

What makes these two so special?

Well, the swatches don't really make them justice.

The metallic finish really gives ultra dimension to any contouring/ strobing you are working onto your face.

You can use both as a wash colour on the lids too, with black mascara and a black windged liner to finish.

"Oh, Darling" is a pure gold shade.

"Shaft of gold" is more a salmon pink/beige shade.

I normally use a tapered highlighter brush as the F35 Sigma one   to apply it the top of my cheekbones and up towards the temples, but not on the nose, I just find all that shine is too much.

The lasting effect is another positive note.
Both the shades have behaved very well, I am talking about 7/8 hours of good wear without fading or melting.

The only way to purchase the In Extra Dimension Skinfinish is online on ebay or private blog sale.
If you want to have a look to the rest of the collection, you can find it here

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Hello my lovely readers.

My skincare routine changes very frequently.

I am always happy to try new toners, just released creams, brand new masks and I can buy drugstore brands together with high end expensive products.

If I have to nominate a brand that I always go for when in doubt and it's basically a constant feature on my shelf, well, it has to be Kiehl's.

It's just that I have never been disappointed by the quality, the results, I am happy with the prices and the people at the counters are always competent, prepared and helpful.

When your favourite brand then, decide to join force with a big and remarkable charity project, well, things go even better.

This year, Kiehl's has released a special limited edition of their iconic Ultra Facial Cream, specially designed and costumised by the famous rapper-songwriter-fashion designer Tinie Tempah.

For every pot of cream sold (125ml), £2 will be donated to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an incredible global charity that helps and support the fight against the spread of HIV.

The foundation is involved in hundreds of project to raise awareness towards prevention and diffusion of the disease, with campaigns to give as many informations as possible to understand and avoid any risk.

Here the link to buy the cream, and if you want more information about the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, you can find it here.

Last thing, you can even donate message, just text HIV1 to 70660 if you want to donate £5 or text HIV1 £X to 70660 to donate the amount you want.

*press sample

Monday, 16 November 2015


Hi People,

are you the kind of person that has already done with the Christmas shopping?

I am not, it's all about the atmosphere for me, I do not feel inspired if I am not surrounded by Santa's face, Christmas markets and THE ELFRIDGES!

The Selfridges's Christmas Elfs are back in store to guide and help you choosing the perfect gift for family friends and, of course, for yourself (don't make me feel alone in this, I am not the only one that buys stuff and put it under the tree wrapped with my name right?).

This year Selfridges is all about personalized gifts.

Nutella jars, Moet&Chandon, Christmas bauble, everything can be made special with the name or the image you want.

The item I love more is the personalized Santa's sack.

I got one last year with my Precious Baby name and it was the most admired Christmas decoration of the entire house.

What's in store then? I wouldn't know where to start.

Selfridges is the best for exclusive shopping of wonderful presents, believe me, nobody has ever been disappointed by that yellow bag under the tree, there's a dedicated session for pets too!

Finally, do you want to gift your little one with a very special experience?
Head down to Selfridges Trafford!

Each week end up until Christmas, from 12pm, your little Padawan can have 15 minutes of training session with a Jedi master.
Get ready to see that lightsaber in use.

If you are short of time or ideas, don't forget you can enjoy a stress free personal shopping experience, read more HERE.

I hope Perfect Husband is reading this.

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Good Morning!

That's it, we got it, Manchester has finally seen the opening of its own Kiko Milano store.

I literally stalked Pr's, social medias, Trafford Centre's Customer Service to find out when the store was gonna be open, when few nights ago the Manchester store popped out on the Kiko website.

I phoned straight away to ask if it was open and yayyy, the answer was the one I was waiting for.

I finally managed to go and have a good browse last Wednesday and it did not disappoint my expectations.

The trademark white shiny stands offer a perfect display of all the products.

You will have to get used to the Kiko reality: you need something? They have got it.

Skincare, make up, make up tools, it's all there for you.

Can we take a minute to appreciate the display of lipstick?

Gloss, matte, nudes, reds, long lasting, sheer effects, you just need to choose.

Same for nail polishes and eye shadows, where you can choose texture and effect, with a chance to build up your own personalised palette with the Infinity Shadows and the Clics System.

Incredibly smart is the clear tape available to try all the nail polishes that you want without looking like a 10 years old that has been playing with mummy's make up bag.

At the moment, the ace in the sleeve is, of course, the Christmas collection "Cosmic Starlet", with some amazing limited edition sets and gift ideas.

If all the variety of make up offered is a bit overwhelming for you,  you can book a make up session with the Kiko make up artist available in store that can introduce you to the brand and help you find some must have of the brand.

My must have? Everything.

Sunday, 8 November 2015


My hair and me: I could write a book about it.
I love, adore, the colour: the blackest dark black, heritage of my beautiful Grandmother.

All the rest, is a mess. It's not straight, not curly, incredibly frizzy and if I style it, 5 minutes and it will need a retouch, with a strong temptation to buy a wig.

I do not tent to use a lot of styling product because I tent to end up with flat and greasy hair.

At the moment I am wearing micro ring extension and I have to dedicate a not more time and attention to styling it if I do not want to end up with a tangled mess.

My usual to-go look sees loose soft curls and this time, I have lucky in the results, thanks to this.

The Joyride is a Primer Balm that helps giving texture to the hair and hold to your style.

I was sent a little sample by the PR when it first launched this past September and I already bought a full size tube.

It has got a thick consistence and once you start to work it on the hair, it kind of turns into a powder balm.

I apply it on dump hair, using my finger first followed by a paddle brush, proceeding with my usual blow dry.

I use a curling wand to recreate that soft bouncy mix of curls and the balm really works to create that grip and texture to my normally thin and frizzy hair.

The curls that I normally get are not that defined and polished as the ones I obtain using the Joyride.

Just styled
I could talk about the silica and elastomers present in the formula we prefer talking results and believe me, this clear, soft, transparent balm, works pretty well.

After one hour
What really impressed me was how nicely soft and perfect was my hair after an entire day.

Look at the before and after pictures and you will understand what I mean.

After 6 hours
I only use a little bit per time, I guess a tube will last me forever.

Christmas Party hair is sorted!