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NOVEMBER FAVOURITES - TOP 5

Saturday, 30 November 2013

It is time for another monthly favourites post and today I'm going to show you my top 5 products of November. Lately I'm discovering very good and inexpensive products and what can I say that's make me very happy :) These are my favourites of the month:

Kiko Nail Polish Remover Fast & Easy is the best dip nail polish remover I've ever tried, so easy and fast to use, exactly as the name says. 

I'm very impressed with this L'Oreal False Lash Mascara in brown. It gives length and nice definition and the colour brown is perfect for a natural look for everyday.

AirWick candle vaniglia and caramel. Such an amazing candle! The scent is warm and delicious and all the whole room smells so good, It was a great discovery and so inexpensive! 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet is a quite thick creamy eyeshadow which dry very fast but will leave an amazing metallic bronzy color.

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Brown. I also prefer a brown eyeliner for everyday. I find it more flattering than a black one in a very fair skin. This gel eyeliner has the most beautiful brown-bronze colour and the quality is fantastic. 

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DISAPPOINTING PRODUCT: LAYLA GEL EFFECT NAIL POLISH

Wednesday, 27 November 2013
 Layla Gel Effect Nail Polishes in Pinky Doll and Smooth Purple

I had the opportunity to try these nail lacquers thanks to an Italian magazine which this week came out with these as a gift for just 1 euro when the polishes cost more than 10 euros! Totally a bargain. I always wanted to get one of these nail polishes by Layla Cosmetics, and this was a great occasion to try one of their new gel effect nail polishes.

This new line from Layla is supposed to imitate the effect of semi-permanent gel polish. They also claim to have a very glossy result and dry in three minutes. It is also supposed to be scratch-less and act as a ridge filler. After this description and after hearing some good reviews about these, I was very exited to try them and was expecting these to be fantastic. However they are not great at all. The nail polish even didn't last 24 hours without chipping. Also I found them quite difficult to dry and I really dislike the brush, it is quite thin. In addition didn't get a glossy effect at all, even after applying top coat.

Overall, I'm not impressed with these, they didn't work on my nails.  Definitely it is not worth paying 10,50 Euros for such quality.




Have you ever tried some Layla Cosmetics Nail polishes?

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR MEN

Friday, 22 November 2013

1.  Kindle Wifi
2. Ted Baker Bifold Wallet
3. Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men Fragance Set.
4. Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Belt
5. John Lewis Union Jack Cufflinks
6.John Lewis Premium Silk Lined Leather Gloves.
7. DKNY Saffiano iPad Cover
8. Sekonda 3953.27 Round Dial Stainless Steel Watch
9. Classic Malts Gift Set
( Prices between 20-90 £/ aprox.)


Every year the same situation, I have no idea what to buy to my father, brother and boyfriend. Men gifts are always the most difficult to choose. I'm sure some of you have the same issue :) So, I thought to make a gift guide for him, to show you some ideas I've found. Hopefully this will help you to find the perfect gift for your men.
Some nice fragrance is always a good idea, specially in Christmas when they come out with all these beautiful sets, with body washes, shaving creams and so on, perfect for them. Another idea that I have every year is about nice accessories, such as a nice belt, leather gloves, scarves, cufflinks or even a beautiful watch. Also could be a good plan buy a new wallet or a card holder.
If they have an iPad or some tablet, get them a fancy cover or the Kindle if they love reading. Lastly, what about a whiskey set or some cocktail glasses? They will love it! 

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Lots of love


TOP 5+1 LIP BALMS

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


 Today I want to show you some of my favourite lip balms and see which one are more moisturising and which one are less hydrating. Let's get started with the comparison:

  • Elisabeth Arden 8 hours cream. Highly moisturising. This is a multi-purpose balm, but it is really good when you lips are extremely dry and chapped. 
  • Nuxe Reve de Miel.  It has a strange consistency like a jelly balm which also make a gently exfoliation to the lips. This is an amazing lip balm, extremely moisturising which is very worth trying. Perfect to apply before to go to sleep.
  • Korres Lip Butters. This is one of my favourites. So moisturising, perfect for apply in any moment of the day. The jasmine one will give you a very light pink colour to your lips. Check for a full review here.
  • Nivea Lip Butter. I find these lip butters slightly less moisturising although they are quite good. Nice to carry them around in your bag or pockets and apply when you need it.
  • Dior Lip Glow. Another of my favourites. I adore the colour and the look that this gives to the lips and it is very moisturising as well. Check for a full review here.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips. I find the Baby lips balms the least moisturising of the bunch. Although they're still quite hydrating and they're perfect to use during summer time. They have lovely colours and scents, my favourite is Cherry me.




Nuxe Reve de Miel and the Lip butters from Korres are, in my opinion, some of the best lip balms right now on the market. They are fantastic for this time of the year, extremely moisturising and with a very good price tag.


What is your favourite lip balm?

Lots of love,
xx

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: BEAUTY PICKS

Monday, 18 November 2013

1. Bobbie Brown Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette
2. Diptyque 50 Years of Creation Candles Gift Set
3. Laura Mercier Bath & Body Luxe Quartet 
4. Clinique A little Happiness Fragances Set
5. Estee Lauder Even Skintone Essentials
6. Estee Lauder Sensuous To Go
7. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Christmas is coming!! So it is time for some gift guide inspiration,  and these are some perfect beauty picks for her. I think I need to get some of these as a little present for myself ;)

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Lots of love
xx

DUPE ALERT: ESSIE VS. CATRICE

Friday, 15 November 2013

Exotic Liras by Essie is one of my all time favourites nail polish, specially for spring-summer but I also think it is nice for others season, an atemporal shade (I currently have this on my nails and toes ;)). A few months ago I got this Catrice polish because the gorgeous colour caught absolutely my attention but I didn't realise they were almost the same until I saw them together a couple of days ago.

  • Essie "Exotic Liras".  It is a bright raspberry pink. Very flattering that would look good on everyone. Opaque, creamy and glossy. What can I say more about Essie nail polishes? They're the best.
  • Catrice " Raspberry fields forever". It is a bright red-pink raspberry, Exotic Liras is slightly more pink, but as you can see they are very very similar! Also Catrice nail polishes are pretty good, opaque, wide brush, glossy finish and so inexpensive.





What do you think about this dupe? Do you like this colour?
Lots of love,
xx


KIKO COSMETICS: BEST AND WORST PRODUCTS

Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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KIKO COSMETICS is becoming really popular all over Europe and US right now. They have been opening stores everywhere and everyone seems to like the brand. It's one of the most loved brands here in Italy, and they are always putting out loads of new products with pretty packaging and affordable prices.  
A while ago I did a blogpost about the best and worst Kiko products which has been quite popular but I though it was time to update this post I wrote more than two years ago. 

Are you planning on visiting the store or thinking about placing an order? Take a look at this if you don't know what to buy :)


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best

BLUSHES. Beautiful range of colours. Pigmented and long lasting. Make sure to check the COLOUR VEIL BLUSHES, illuminating baked blushes. (review here)
STICK EYESHADOWS. They're extremely long lasting, water resistant. Pretty and sleek packaging and beautiful range of shades. (review here)
FULL COVERAGE CONCEALER. It's creamy, covers blemishes and marks. It does come with a mirror so it's quite a handy product for touch ups during the day. The colour selection is quite good too.
UNLIMITED STYLO LIPSTICKS. If you like matte lipsticks you'll love these! These go on creamy but dries matte after a few minutes and they hold forever and don't move around.
NAIL POLISHESThey have so many colours to choose from and the quality of these is pretty good for a non-expensive polish. The last year they launched the new POWER PRO NAIL LACQUERS and they're amazing. I highly recommend these! (review here)
SMART LIP PENCILS. They're only 2euros and they are fantastic! They're creamy, pigmented and can be used on the entire lip.  
BROW PENCILSThe application is precise and gives off the perfect amount of product leaving a natural looking result. Last year Kiko launched the new brow pecils, EYEBROW SCULPT AUTOMATIC PENCIL, which are double ended with a spooly at one end and the twist up pencil at the other. It has that triangular-wedge shape which makes the application easy and precise. 

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COLLECTIONS. New Kiko collections are frequent and you can always find some good products. Don't forget to take a look at them! 
PRIMERS. Make sure to check their primers. They have a good selection and they're not bad at all. The EYE BASE works well as eyeshadow primer, it goes on easily, dries quickly and keeps the eyeshadow looking great.
WATER EYESHADOWS These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry and they super pigmented specially when used wet.
OTHER. The lip balms or some of the highlighters are also worth trying. 

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worst

FOUNDATIONS. I've never been a fan of their foundations. What I tried it didn't work for me. I'm still using the UNIVERSAL FIT FOUNDATION but I don't love it but I know a lot of people love it . In genereal, the colour selection is not great. It's hard to find light shades.
SINGLE EYESHADOWS. They're pretty bad quality. Some of them are not pigmented enough, others are too glittery with giant glitter chunks, and the packaging is very flimsy. 
SMART EYE PENCILS. They're hard to work with and some of them are not pigmented at all.
MASCARAS. I haven't tried all of the mascaras but the ones I tried were very clumpy and did nothing at all to my lashes.  
SMART LIPSTICKS. These are super inexpensive and there are really pretty colours but the formula is not good. They aren't pigmented or creamy and don't last long.
BRUSHES. The makeup brushes are hard and difficult to work with. Some of the bristles fall down when you apply your makeup.


Are you a fan of KIKO?
Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite KIKO product?

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY: BEAUTY QUOTES

Thursday, 7 November 2013


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Lots of love,
xx

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NUDE NAILS

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


Nude nails are so flattering as wearing red nail polish. But it is also difficult find the perfect shade for your skin tone so I'm always researching for the perfect nude that match my skin ( look here to see some of my favourites nude nail polishes). Lately I've got three new additions to my nail polishes collection. Let's take a look!



  • Kiko Nail Laquer #372. It is a beautiful beige-pink colour with a mauve undertone. This color is perfect for all skin tones
  • Essence Nude Glam #04 Iced Latte. It is a lovely creamy beige shade that is opaque in one coat. Perfect for pale skin.
  • Pupa Milano Lasting Color Gel #012. This is a beige colour with a peach undertone, perfect for fair and medium skin tones.



Hope you liked it
Lots of love,
xx