Tuesday, 14 June 2016

LOOK OF THE DAY, COS I REALLY LOVE MAKE UP YOU KNOW?

This is mainly a beauty blog because I am obsessed with beauty and that's all I can say.

Spending some (=endless) time in front of the mirror playing with new make up or watching beauty tutorials is for me the most relaxing way of pampering myself, much better than an afternoon in a spa.

I just love all the rituals, choosing shades, blendig, patting, stobing, contouring, swear to God i could stay hours doing it.

Today's post is a plain and simple blabbing about how much I love make up and belive me, nothing makes me feel better than red lips, so here we go, my look of the day with all the products used.


If you want to know more about any particular item let me know, nothing better than a beauty chit chat.

Hope you will like this look, I will talk to you very soon!



Face

L'oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream as primer

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium (for reference, I am MAC Nc30)

Kost yellow concealer 308

Kiko Milano Baked Powder 02

Kiko Milano Flawless Fusion bronzer 01

Primark strobe crayons

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Epic

MUA Luxe Bronzer & Sculpt Contour Kit in medium





Eyes

Nabla Cosmetics cream eyeshadow in Husky

L'oreal gel liner in black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara




Lips 

Lipland cosmetics Liquid Lipstick Amrezy collection in Brooklyn






Saturday, 21 May 2016

URBAN DECAY ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS COLLECTION, REVIEW AND SWATCHES

If there is a brand that knows how to do a showstopper collection, well this is Urban Decay.

Once again, UD has partnered with the worldwide phenomenal production of the year, Alice in Wonderland-Alice Through The Looking Glass, to release a make up collection that is already sold out almost everywhere.

The collection sees a new eyeshadows palette and 5 new lipsticks.



Urban Decay is one of the mostb edgy and experimental brand out there and this collection is the perfect translation of the crazy and adventurous word of Alice in bright and dreamy make up.

The palette is a collector's dream.



 The beautiful coiffret opens up to reveal a mirror, a butterfly and a selection of 20 shadows, matte,  shimmer and metals (whit names clearly inspired by the film) plus a double ended brush (shadow + blending).




Natural and nude shades are paired with bright and colorful hues, pastels and dark ones, it's a great mixed selection with endless possibilities to play with.





Not only this palette is special for being so unique but it's a bloody bargain too, considering that 20 shadows and a double ended brush will cost you £43, so it's £2.15 per shadow, not bad at all.

Fave shades of mine? Well definitely Chronosphere (metalllic brown), Dream on (metallic grey), Reflection (velvety peachy pink) and Paradox (shimmery orange).





The UD lipsticks have had a new packaging, launched with this collection.
These limited edition ones (£16) have the case decorated with a multidimension pattern and there are 5 shades available, with names all taken from the characters of the movie.




Alice: pink nude-sheer
Mad Hatter: Purple-shimmer
Mirana: Berry-matte
Iracebeth: Cherry red-matte
Time: Bluish gunmetal-shimmer 

 

(Mirana is not in the pictures because I was sent a broken one so I had to swatch it with a brush).

Some are quite peculiar shades to wear but browsing on IG i have discovered unusual lipsticks shades are A THING now so, here we go, served with your new fresh trend!



The buttery texture and the colour payoff are a very appreciated feature of all UD lipsticks and these ones are not any less.



The one I love most is Iracebeth, the most juicy cherry red with a non drying matte finish.

Paired with Dream on on the lids and Reflection on the browbone, I am ready to go.


All the collection is sold out online but I have seen a good stock around the UD counters in Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser (at least in Manchester) so hunt them down until you can.

*press samples*

Saturday, 23 April 2016

KIKO MILANO WANDERLUST COLLECTION HAUL REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello People!

How lucky I was to be in Italy just the day the amazing Kiko Wanderlust collection launched?
Well, we get Kiko in UK too but in Italy it's a bit cheaper so the haul was mandatory!

First of all this collection is pure packaging porn.
The genius beyond this curved gold and shiny cases is the designer Ross Lovegrov, known worldwide for his futuristic works.

The collection is quite big, with BB creams, foundations, blushers, bronzers, brushes etc.
Prices are a bit higher than normal Kiko standard but the limited edition collections are normally more expensive than the basic line.

Now, if you are familiar with previous Kiko summer collections, you will notice there are some products that have been kind of repromoted.
The baked bronzers, the multi colour baked blushers, the BB creams and the compact are basically a constant of every summer collection.

I read some negative comments regarding some products reappearing every year but to be honest I did not find this a boring repetition at all.

These products are so good you really want to see them in every year's collection.

The foundations, compacts and the DD creams are sun proof, waterproof, sweat proof and are a must if you can't say no to make up even if you are on the beach.

Last year's BB cream was my holy grail, I could go on all day long with no retouches needed in the hottest days in Italy in August, so welcome Kiko for doing this stuff every single year.

So, here is what I got:





Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer in Warm Melange


I missed last year's one, I was not gonna do the same mistake.
This is one dream of a bronzer.
It blends to an incredibly light and natural fine powder with a very subtle shimmer.
I just pop a tiny bit on my cheekbones for that summery tanned touch.
Later on in the summer I will probably go wild with a kabuki all over my face.



Free Spirit Lips and cheeks pencil in 103 free flamingo

 


Wow wow wow to this big chunky pencil...and the sharpener that comes with it.
It has got a semi matte finish and this particular shade is a intense cherry red.



Now, I don't really like the idea of using this on my cheeks, I find this particular shade quite hard to blend and dry as a blusher so I will stick to it as a lipstick.


On the lips it's amazing, not sticky or too dry and this red it's just my cup of tea.


Mirage Lip Stylo in fired earth pink 03



In all the sea of matte lipsticks I decided to indulge in this creamy shiny formula.
I went for this brownish-pink just to give my red lips obsession a little break.


I really like it as a natural shade that isn't too "nude".
It's quite comfortable to wear, soft, creamy and the pigmentation is quite intense.


It won't last more than two three hours and won't survive 5 minutes if you eat, but nevermind, it is so beautiful that you will love picking it up from your bag to re-apply it.




Of course, I am not done with this collection at all, but I am waiting for some offers or discounts to buy more.
On the wish list: the brushes, the highlighters and more lipsticks.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

SUQQU SS16 MAKE UP COLLECTION IN SELFRIDGES

In terms of skincare, here is no doubt oriental countries just know and do it better!

The extreme research and attention to ingredients and the accurate use of the right products to built an appropriate and suitable morning and night routine is a tradition we are happy to learn from our Japanese, korean, chinese cousins.

 One of the most established make up and skincare brand is Suqqu and we are lucky enough to have several counters here in UK.


I visited few times the one in Selfridges Exchange in Manchester, after reading about how good were the products I can totally agree with the positive reviews.

Every Suqqu counter offers complimentary consultations to help you identify your skin type, its needs and the products to suits it best.


This is extremely important especially if you have special issues (my main concern is pigmentations).

You can have mini facials (the way they remove make up is EPIC, a true ritual), make overseas and massages (more on this in another post).



I loved going throughout all the cleansers, toners, creams, all the ingredients were explained to me in detail and a perfect ideal routine was suggested.

I was invited for a mini facial and a make over and it was incredibly pleasant.



The part I loved most? The application of the Face Refresher, left soaking with a sheet mask-kind technique and the make up make over, particularly the way they did the base. I looked natural but flawless.


I was invited again few weeks back to have a look to the SS16 make up collection (OH YES OF COURSE I  COMING LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!)


The collection respects the full tradition of the brand, emphasizing a spotless complexion and a subtle and natural make up, with some bold touches in perfect summery style.


The piece to die for is, in my opinion, the EX-04 Face Color Palette, an incredibly fine and iridescent duo with an highlighter and a peachy pink blush (£45).



The eyeshadows palettes are very wearable shades, the EX-28 is the one I like most (£45).

If you like juicy and shiny lips with the comfort of the balm, then you are gonna love the Dual Lip Color (£20), creamy glossy balms in a pot.


I loved theor take on bold nails for summer, look how gorgeous is that cherry red polish (EX-13 £18).


Here is the final look and No, no filter used!

Cullen eyes ah ah!
You will notice the price tag is quite important but you know what? Sometimes it's nice to invest in some high end pieces and Suqqu is for me totally worth the money.

Consider it as the it designer bag you buy even if you wear a primark dress!

If you are close to a Suqqu counter, I strongly recommend a visit and a talk with the girls, they are incredible and you will be surprised by what they can do to your skin.

You can buy Suqqu online aswell.

Hope you'll find this post useful.

Talk to you soon!