mercoledì 30 dicembre 2015

Little Red Riding Hood Christmas Look & Update

So, this is how I look like right now!! :) 
I'll be updating you on my new hair style and color (lighter-blondish shatoush!!!) soon but this was the look I've rocked for Christmas day a few days ago here in the mountains. Pretty obviously the theme was Red. 





I'll tell you about the lipstick later on, along with the recent haul it came with but on my eyes I was wearing some very shimmery very pigmented but not great quality shadows from a cheap colorful palette I bought in Scotland I've been telling you about, let me know if you want me to show it to you in a next post. 
I was wearing all greys on the eyes, just a little gradient from white-ish grey on the inner corners to black-ish dark grey on the outer v. No eyelining, pretty rare for me. Lipstick is bold and super dark on the burgandy side. On my face I had Lush pigments along with my usual mosturizing but I've been talked into the wrong color by the shop-girl, so this is way too fair for me, it's in pale pink. Nothing too much, nothing on my brows (I think I came to this conclusion recently after some try-outs), only some concealer and light basic contouring with my bronzer. 

Little life update: now my brother and his gf live here permanently since a few months, so my parents and I are basically visitng them, nothing like the past holidays in here, but it's good to get and stay with them for a while. It's been and still is pretty hard for me and my parents to adapt to distance. 

Have loads of fun on New Year's Eve, be happy and may you have the best of years in 2016!!!!

p.s. I have decided that I'll try and insert a little life update in each post for a while, so I'll refrain from boring you alltogether and update you in pills.

lunedì 28 dicembre 2015

Checking In

Coo-coo!!! :) Guess who's checking in...
Well hello there my lovelies! How have you been?
I know, long time no see...so sorry, I don't even know where to start to apologize and explain...but I promess I've missed you loads and thought of you a lot. There have been tons of times where I have really wanted to come back to blogging and almost did.
Keeping it short, main reasons why I didn't are:
1) I wanted to focus on my writing carreer
2) I knew I needed to work on a writer's professional blog
3) There have been things to take care about and ups and downs
4) Knowing there was so much to write on a professional side, I basically would feel guilty if I beauty blogged
5) My obsession for nail art and nail lacquers cooled down to the norm again aka I haven't felt like doing nail art almost at all and just very recently restarted even painting my nails
..............Some random eg. of the stuff that happened: started suffering from chronical cystitis, my brother and his gf moved away and that devastated me, i've dealt with some depression and anxiety moments, been struggling with a masters degree and an internship which are eating my soul, published another book in the summer, been working on some new ones to be out soon, been trying to finish my current novel, met a few wrong men and some amazing new friends, family trying to re-adapt to the new situation, my weight behaving like an air baloon switching from bigger to smaller according to the situation, I haven't felt the desire of shopping for nail polishes in almost a year ect..................................
But I wanted to thank so much and with all of my heart the ones among you that have kept in touch with me off blog and who checked on me throught all this time.

I also need to shout out to my dear friend Ananka from Posh and Economy Nails blogs, that has recently basically talked me into this again.
Now, I am not sure what I am going to do in the future, cause I don't want to focus on this blog so much anymore and take care of the other things instead, but as an evidence of the fact that I never rreally stopped thinking about it, I have been taking pics every single time I would do a nice make-up or nail look and now I have tons of stuff to tell you and update you on.
I think I might try and post just one post each night or whenever I feel like, at the end of the day after I'm done with other tasks, as a prize to myself, at least try to do that now while I'm on holiday.
I have SO much to tell you and show you and update you on! I have also been thinking on some new types of posts I'd like to do.
So, when and if this blog will go on (and I don't want to feel like I have to or am obliged to keep this up), it'll certainly be much more on the make-up side then nails as compared to what it used to be.
And now, you tell me all about your news and updates! :)
Love you all so much. Big hugs and...I'll leave the pics to the next posts where I'll show you the news..
Have yourself some delightful holidays and an exciting new year's eve and a very happy new year!
Ttys!

sabato 28 febbraio 2015

GREAT MAKE-UP HAUL (beauty mail) - Swatches & LAST SCHOOL WORKSHOP LOOK

I'm getting behind with my posting lately. There are so many looks I still need to show you, but, other then not feeling very much in the right mood for about anything, I like to leave my last post on for a few days in order to let you spot it and comment it. I may post a little bit more often currently, so please make sure you browse the couple of older posts every time to check if you lost something.

This time I want to share with you guys my excitement for a beauty mail that I've ordered and that arrived to me a couple of days ago. I had purchased a huge haul on an italian website because I was feeling like I was lacking some things I need in order to reach a whole bunch of looks I like.

- Let me know if you are interested in a post on my search and choice of the right website to shop in and on the best quality/price websites (mostly italian or european) out there in my opinion. -

So, here we go with the haul!!!! :)

unwrapping and the suspence of discovery...





Everything was nicely wrapped in those bubble plastic sheets to protect the products. Well done!


 I'm so happy and satisfied with my Le Kikke blending brush! I never was a fan of using many brushes but I thought I'd really need this, and I did!!! It also feels sooo nice and soft and it allowes me to have a completely different finish of the colors: softer, smoother, so nicely blended it's unbelivable! I will not be able to live without it from now on. It is nothing like anything I've ever tried before and it costed me only about 1.50 euro.



Here are the most wanted products of this haul and I'm so happy I found the well known vegan brand of Neve Cosmetics for a bargain price, since this brand is usually a bit expensive for me. 
These eyeshadows have a mesmerizing texture and very pigmented super matte colors! Amazing!

 Too bad I've ordered a fuschia in the place of the red I would have wanted, but it's a very nice color and it will do for the looks I want anyway, maybe in a less rough way. Name is: Watermelon.

Artificial light:



Sun light:


You may remember me complaining so many times about desperately falling in love with orange looks and not being able to properly make them since the few oranges I have are so poorely pigmented they don't even show on the completed eye look. Well all of this haul thing started with the search of the perfect orange eyeshadow. Here it is: Magma. I am in LOVE and I would wear it all the time. 


 artificial light:


Sun light:




The only yellow I have is from the UD Deluxe palette and it's not really a yellow but not even a proper gold..I was starting to feel sick of it. And I couldn't go wrong with Bananas! 
A lot of playful but still wearable looks are made with a well blended yellow and are waiting for me to try them on!

Artificial light: 




Sun light:


The three eyeshadows. I would have spent proportionally much less buying a palette, but it was hard to find one with all three and in the end I thought that I really didn't know what to do with the other colors in the palettes available, for I already have what I judge to be a lot of palettes and a lot of colors, all the ones I could want, more then the ones I would actually use. For those reasons I have decided to make sure I'd just and exactley get what I wanted. Nothing more, nothing less..only love (Lol): 



I also fancied a lot of looks with a hint of purple or blue, mostly on the inner lower waterline and these two pencils are from Neve Cosmetics again. Not really sure how I feel about them yet but the lilac one is a softer shade then I expected. They seem to do their job though. 


blue:




lilac (i should have taken purple, boo!):




I've spent plenty of time trying to pick the less expensive products, so for my nude mediterranean lips I have decided to just try a lip pencil to fill all of my lips with, instead of a more expensive and less matte lipstick. The color seems so right and when I tried it on my hand it felt super duper soft. I'm eager to try this one on my lips on a complete look!



This one was a bet, a nice one. I suddently thought that I basically have all nude pink lipsticks of various types and shades but in the end my lips almost look always the same. So I had seen more then one look with bright shimmery pigmented baby pink or hot pink I wanted to try but that would have come out completely differently with nude lips. 
I found this jumbo pencil amazing and I wish I'd found it for more shades I liked. It is super shimmery and super pigmented. It is super creamy and soft to wear and it's amazing cause with it's edge you can both outline and fill in your lips. It's rotating so you can pull the product out and doesn't need to be sharpened. Loving it! 





Another lipstick you know I am hunting since a long while is the trend of last fall: a vampy dark redish plum. The reason why my dark red lipstick is too red and the bordeaux one I got in Scotland is too glossy. There are other tons of looks I could do with it and it is another chance to vary my lips style. I have spent hours closely analyzing the texture and shades of dozens of similar lipsticks. I still need to try it on my lips, can't wait!



One of my favourite, most controversial and most wanted products is this eyeborws gel mascara. It is a no color one, so it doesn't fill them in, it just combs them. I had started with light brown pencils and mascaras desires, but then I remembered that I already have some eyebrows shadows and that every time I try filling my brows with some color I end up feeling too dark, unatural and unflattering on that side. So I thought I'd just try and put them in place. I didn't really know what to expect and it's been a success!! I feel like my brows are complimented, their arch and shape looks billions of times better but still looking very natural and soft and easy. The feeling weirded me out as well, for I could litterally feel my brows and their shape on my face, when I touched them they felet crispy and hard, exactley like hair with gel and I found that fun. 




This is one of the things I was more curious about and I have been searching a lot. At first I just wanted a blush, bronzer or something that would darken the one I'm using now for my contouring a bit along my cheeks, but then I thought that I'm also a complete ignorant and almost virgin on the blushes  and highlighting side. All I've tried made me look like I had a skin irritation. I wanted a double product and I wanted a very dark side for the hollows of my cheeks and a discreet toned down side for the apples of my cheeks, and I could only find the perfect match here. Also, the packaging is adorable, so romantic I couldn't resist. I still need to practice the blending and all and still need to understand what's the point of this peach on my apples but I'm really glad I bought this. Makes a difference. 


And now for the most precious and most expensive item of the whole haul. I really really really was craving a gold eyeshadow and no one looked golden enough for me, so I thought I'd spend a bit more (I think about 8 euros 50) and get the sparkly enough one. I got more then what I wanted, because there are two different shades of gold here among which I couldn't have chosen and they are cream eye shadows, which I usually avoid and hate, despite the fact that they are known to last longer, because they are sticky and tend to crease and stuff. 
I couldn't be happier with my choice! Both of these babies seem to be amazing as gold and there was another bunch of very elegant sophisticated looks I had in my to-do list I now can do and can't wait!
Not sure I'll like the edgy glamourous style the gold will give to my looks but I'm open to possibilities.


 Artificial light:
 look at this box!!!! loving Sleek's packagings!!




Sun light: 




And here is the whole haul:

 

with a little bit of collective swatching:


I bought it all from the italian site MadameCosmetics and I spent only 68,20 euros in total with free shipping. Consistently less then a lot of other sites. It arrived in time and all was in order, the packaging was very much taken care of and after trying about 30 sites this one turned out to be cheap but with a wide variety and a more then average quality and good brands, I could choose among all price ranges and my cart didn't refresh for days so I was able to really think it over, go through it and make changes. Highly recommended!

Amd now for the first look I was able to do with these products. A fun yet sexy colorful look I had seen and I've wanted to wear for my last part of the workshops I did in promary school this year:

This is the inspiration:



And this is what I came out with falling in love with the blending brush and the colors. Here I was wearing orange, yellow, pink eyeshadowa, brow gel, blue eyeliner, blush, jumbo lip pen from this haul.










I've adored it, I didn't want to take it off!

And which are your favourite make-up shopping websites? 
How would you like a shopping websites comparison post?