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My most expensive makeup, Worth the money?

Thursday, 14 March 2019
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Kevin Aucoin Sculping Powder 
This is absolutely perfect. It is highly pigmented and has a great cool tone that makes it look more natural than other contour powders. I only own one contour product at the moment and this is it so it has been a good purchase indeed.

Kevin Aucoin Eye Lash Curler 

These eyelash curlers curl the lashes gently and opens up the eyes so you instantly look more awake and more beautiful. One of the best beauty purchases I have ever done.

Tom Ford Lipsticks 
They are a kind of cult product, the shade selection is amazing and the packaging is beyond luxurious. But they are also extremely pricey. My favourite is the shade Pink Duskit's the most perfect natural-neutral pink shade, probably my favourite lipstick of ALL TIME. I also have the Lip Color Shine in the shade 'Nubile', although it's a beautiful colour I barely use it! I would say that before investing on a TF lipstick make sure you really love the shade and the formula of these!

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with pure gold 
It's my most expensive primer, I mean, it contains gold flecks! It's actually quite nice, the consistency is gel-like, it absorbs quickly and  has a cooling effect on the skin. It's a good overall moisturising primer but definitely I wouldn't repurchase it as you can find better primers for less money on the market these days. 

YSL Healthy Glow Balm-Powder Bronzer
The texture balm-powder of this is amazing, blends beautifully and seamlessly then dries to a natural matte finish but still gives a subtle radiant glow to the face. I love it but I don't know if I would repurchase this because I love my Becca bronzer more! (you can see in this post)

Dior Pump 'N' Volume mascara 
It's nothing special...it does almost nothing to my lashes. There are much better mascaras for less out there. It was a bit of waste of money to be honest.

Nars Multiples
These are quite pricey and they don't have the best reviews in the beauty community. But to be honest I quite like them. I love a good versatile makeup product and this is it. I have the Riviera Multiple which gives a beautiful flush of pink to my cheeks but I can use it on my eyes as well. It's an staple in my summer makeup bag. 

Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow 
This is incredible pricey (60 euro for a foundation, crazy!) and the most expensive foundation in my collection right now. But I got to be honest I don't regret the purchase, this is quite unique. It's extremely lightweight but covers well and also makes my skin glow like no other. So sad this has been discontinued!

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Hourglass products are definitely high end but also high quality. The Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation is the best high coverage but still natural foundation in my collection. So creamy and blendable and just looks like skin.The Ambient Lightning Powder is the best for a natural and glowing effect, the best powder for who doesn't like powder so much. I have the shade Dim light which helps to blur imperfections.
The palettes are also a good investment and a great way to try many things from the brand. These powders are so good, extremely finely milled and leave a natural, radiant finish to the skin.
The Ambient Lightning blushes on the other hand I wanted to love but they disappointed me sadly. I have the shade Luminous flash, a beautiful rosy colour but it looked strange on the face, the colour didn't show up on my skin and the finish wasn't so radiant as I thought it would be. Not worth the splurge in my opinion.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette is the most expensive eyeshadow palette I've ever bought and truly a beauty. I actually thing the quality of shadows is so good however I don't use this often and I don't see myself wearing this unless there's a special occasion. I kinda regret buying this unfortunately. 


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Have you tried any of these products? 
What is the most expensive product in your collection?


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20 Best Makeup Products of 2018

Wednesday, 16 January 2019



Happy 2019 people! New year means rounding up the best of makeup. These are my most loved makeup products of 2018, some of them are new discoveries and some have been around for quite some time, but I love all of them.

This year I wanted to do this a little bit different selecting only the 20 best products of 2018, 20 makeup items  I've used the most or discovered the past year. It has been a bit hard to choose but I'm super satisfied with the list and all of these. Here we go!




1. Origins Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer is such a weird primer but so good. It has a super cooling effect that evens out my skin tone and refine my pores. My makeup glides on so smoothly! 

2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating has been a 2017 fave and continues to be a super favourite, I'm on my third bottle already. The best TINTED MOISTURIZER with a glowy finish. I love the soft sheen glow it gives the skin, makes you look awake and healthy.


3. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation is the best high coverage but still natural foundation. So creamy and blendable and just looks like skin.


4. Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation. This gives beautiful skin like coverage but you can build up to full coverage. Great in hot and humid conditions too. 

5. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter has been THE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR. It gives the most amazing surreal healthy glow. It works well under foundation, mixed with the base or on the top of makeup. It worths every cent.  


6. Becca Sunlit Bronzer is such an amazing bronzer and I feel like no one talks about these enough. There are seriously good that I got already another one. There's a good colour range available but the shade Bali Sands is the perfect shade for fair skin and so natural looking too. It's not completely matte but it gives a lovely warmth and a super healthy looking light glow.

7. Becca Under Eye Corrector is literally the best thing for covering really dark circles. It goes on so creamy, effortlessly covers dark circles, lifts and brightens the eye area. You won't regret trying out this!

8. Nars Soft Matte Concealer. This covers so well but it feels like you're not wearing anything. It blends beautifully and lasts in place all day. PERFECT.


9. Stila 'Kitten' Highlighter. The best highlighter I've tried in a long time. It makes you so dewy and feel like a goddess! I own so many highlighters and nothing compared to this. (Wearing this in the photos above)


10. Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in the shade Jezebel. It is creamy, pigmented, easy to apply and drys quickly without creasing. The colour Jezebel is the perfect shimmery rose gold!




11. Nars 'Orgasm' Liquid Blush. A pump of this really gives the most luminous, dewy, natural look rosy cheeks. 


12. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette is your perfect palette if you like pink, coppery shadows! The powders are so soft and pigmented and blendable and the colour scheme is a dream.

13. Nars 'Orgasm' Afterglow Lip BalmThis is the tinted lip balm you've been looking for. The color enhances the natural color of my lips. It's very hydrating, keeps lips nice and soft. 


14. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand is another amazing highlighter from Charlotte. Super intense, it's perfectly glossy and beaming without looking glittery.

15. Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara creates lash volume like no other! Lashes look long, full, voluminous and super black. L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara is the best drugstore mascara at the moment. Lashes look longer and fuller and WOW in general. ( I needed to include these 2!)



16. Urban Decay 'Riff' Eyeshadow is still my most used eyeshadow. It's the perfect  warm brown eyeshadow with a hint of gold sparkle that looks great on the crease and alone all over the lid.

17. L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24h Eyeshadow is the most beautiful, finely-milled, pigmented rose gold shimmer and it applies so smoothly and opaquely.

18. Glossier Boy Brow makes your brows look so full and so natural! It makes your eyebrows look like eyebrows but better. 

19. Nyx Butter Gloss 'Tiramisu'. These glosses are seriously the best, they're buttery smooth, glossy but non-sticky and very pigmented. My favorite shade is tiramisu, a nice nude- pinkish shade.

20. Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss Universal. They look like nothing exciting in the tube but these are absolutely gorgeous! Super creamy and moisturising and give such beautiful neutral glow to the lips. I'm obsessed with the new shade called Fussy, a more pinky shade than the original one. You need this!






All of these are winner products and I will continue using them during 2019.

Have you tried any of these? 








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5 things that help me to get back on track + Abiby beauty box

Monday, 8 October 2018




Transition between Summer and Autumn is always brutal. As it’s always being on the run and constantly moving house and country. Since being back in Italy this Autumn I’m putting my energy into getting back on track with my skincare regimen, fitness routine and myself in general.

One of my favourite ways of getting myself to feel better is home spa. I always try to make some me-time where I can relax and pamper myself. As every new season draws in it’s really important to update and refresh your skincare regime and prepare for the harsh winter weather ahead of us.

These five things always help me to get my skin (and myself) autumn ready and back on track

Start the day with hot water and fresh lemon. Adding fresh lemon to your morning cup of hot water will help kick start your day. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood, resulting in clearer skin. This is one of the best beauty tips I have ever seen! 

Hot baths and exfoliate. Getting rid of any layers of dry, dead skin is a great way to prep your skin for cooler months.

Wear an SPF, always. Even though the sun may not be as visible during the autumn months, make sure you still wear an SPF as the sun can still damage your skin when it’s not sunny. So important! I never leave the house without face spf. 
Moisturize every single day, don’t forget your lips. Look out for products that contain super hydrating ingredients to keep skin cells plump and skin looking radiant and youthful. 
Meditate a little everyday. Meditate for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes every day helps to reduce stress, increase focus and overall happiness. 
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Passare dall’estate all’autunno e’ sempre una transizione difficile. E’ un periodo costantemente di corsa, con un cambio di casa, di paese. Da quando sono tornata in Italia, questo Autunno, sto mettendo tutte le mie energie per tornare ad un equilibrio corretto per la cura della pelle, esecizio e me stessa in generale.  

Uno dei metodi che preferisco per rimettermi informa e’ la spa fatta in casa. Cerco sempre di trovare del tempo in cui posso rilassarmi e coccolarmi un po’.  Con il termine di ogni stagione e’ veramente importante cambiare e rivedere quanto si fa per la curda della pelle, in particolare in preparazione per un freddo inverno.
Queste sono cinque cose che mi aiutano a prendermi cura della pelle, e anche un po’ di me stessa, nel periodo invernale. 

Un inizio ad acqua calda e limoneIl limone nell’acqua aiuta ad eliminare le tossinedal sangue aiutando ad avere una pelle piu’ pulita.  Questo e’ uno dei migliori consigli di bellezza di sempre!

Bagni caldi ed esfoliazione. Eliminare gli strati di pelle secca e morta e’ una ottima maniera per preparare la propria pelle per i mesi invernali.

Usa protezione solare, sempreNon esco mai di casa senza un minimo di protezione solare sul viso.

Idratarsi ogni singolo giorni, senza dimenticare le labbraCerca prodotti con ingredienti super idratanti.

Meditare qualche minuto al giornoDa 5 a 10 minuti ogni giorno riduce lo stress, aumenta il focus e ci fa sentire anche un po’ piu’ felici.



To help me in all of these, this month I’ve had the opportunity to try this cute subscription box called Abiby which was full of great products ready to be used in a full pamper session. It allowed me to treat myself and try new products I wouldn’t normally reach for. This months box is called Back to the city, so all the products were amazing for my autumn-ready skin.


Abibyis an Italian company so I was super excited to collaborate with them. I love the idea of this beauty box where you get to treat yourself to 4 or 5 beauty goodies every month and discover new brands and products, personalised by the current season. The box is beautifully presented and all goodies are fabulously wrapped up, it even came with a gorgeous dust bag which I’ll totally reuse. So looking forward to future boxes. 




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Per aiutarmi in tutti questo, nel mese di Settembre, ho avuto l’opportunita’ di provare questo interessante servizio chiamato Abiby. Mi ha fornito una serie di prodotti pronti per essere usati nei propri momenti di spa.
Mi hanno permesso di provare nuovi prodotti che normalmente non avrei considerato e regalarmi ancora di piu’ dei momenti speciali. La scatola di questo mese di chiama “Back to the city, gia’ dal nome si capisce che e’ piena di interessantissimi prodotti pensati per preparare la  pelle al periodo autunnale.

Abiby e’ una societa’ italiana, sono quindi contentissima di poter collaborare con loro. Mi piace molto l’idea di una scatola di bellezza dove puoi avere 4-5 prodotti di di bellezza ogni mese e scoprire cosi’ nuovi brand, trattamenti e soluzioni personalizzati in base al tipo di stagione.
La scatola si presenta molto bene e tutti i prodotti sono impacchettati perfettamente, troverete anche una borsina in tessuto che ho gia’ usato piu’  volte in questi giorni. Non vedo l’ora di provare le prossime! 



Check out their website for more info and to the discover all the current offers ;)

Guardate il lorosito per maggiori informazioni e scoprire tutte le offerte ;)


Keep calm and pamper yourself might be my new motto in life 




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Lipsticks Declutering | Creating my lipstick capsule wardrobe

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

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chanel mademoiselle lipstick

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Before I moved to Singapore I had to do a huge makeup clear out because it was impossible for me to take all my makeup with me to another continent. It wasn't so hard to get rid of some old products but when it comes to lipsticks that's another story... its super difficult for me to decide and say goodbye to some of them. I'm obsessed with lip products and I've collected a lot over the past year. 
I just got to that point where I want to be able to use what I have. And because I move house and countries quite often maybe it’s time to get rid of some lippies sadly. My idea..I kind of want to build a capsule lipstick wardrobe if that makes sense.


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Lipsticks I have to say goodbye to...
Too old lippies basically that have been around for long and they're just not the same

YSL Sheer Candy lipstick 09 Cool Guava and Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Coral are amazing sheer and hydrating balmy lipsticks but they’re quite old and the colours are not so me anymore.

YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil is a very unusual lip gloss-lip treatment oil based so it kind of sinks and hydrate the lips. I like the product but smells quite funky so it has to go..

Nars Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil is a muted rose colour with a frosted finish. I used to be obsessed with this but since I discovered Sex Machine lip pencil also from Nars, I haven't used the other so I'll give it to a friend who can use it more than me.

Marc Jacobs Love Buzz is such a special colour and that's why I don't use it much. It's such a beautiful shade though, rose gold with pearl finish.

Dior Fluid Stick #229. It's a great everyday shade, a very natural pink beige nude. I love the hybrid formula it feels like water when it goes on and doesn't feel sticky. But again this has a bit of smell so I need to let it go.

ABH Dusty Rose Liquid Lipstick is such a gorgeous colour, exactly a matte dusty rose shade. But I have to say I was disappointed with the formula and I barely use it! 


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Lipsticks that forever stay...
Old time faves and special ones

Chanel Mademoiselle. One of my go-to lipsticks and that I adore. It's a beautiful rose, nude pink colour that goes on smoothly and makes my lips feel moisturised and soft. (Wearing Mademoiselle in the pic above)

Laura Mercier Spiced Rose. It's the perfect natural lip colour. It's a soft mid-tone rose that goes on beautifully on the lips. 

Dior Lip Maximizer. This is a lip plumper/lip gloss. It tingles and has a minty scent but it really plumps your lips and makes my lips fuller. 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Beige Lingerie. It's just the perfect shade, it's a beautiful soft pink-nude colour. It feels very smooth and silky, giving a lovely shine to the lips

Sephora Cream Lip Stain #13. A lipstick I would repurchase over and over again. This is a lovely mauve pink-brown lip cream, very flattering and so easy to wear.

Chanel Boy Coco Shine. It's pretty much the lipstick everyone should own.. It's easy to wear, it's so moisturizing and it goes with any make up look.

L'Oreal Erotique lipstick and Burberry Lip Velvet in Nude Rose are very similar actually. They both are warm soft pink colours with a satin finish. L'Oreal Erotique was the lipstick I used on my first wedding and the Burberry was the lipstick I used on my second wedding!



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Mac lipsticks...
You always need a trusty Mac lipstick in your collection. I did a big Mac clear-out before moving to Singapore so I only have three Mac lipsticks in my collection right now

Velvet Teddy, a rosy nude colour; Whirl, a matte rosy brown with a hint of mauve and Syrup, a sheer pink with a bit of mauve in it.

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Favourites of the moment...
Currently on rotation 

Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss Universal. It looks like nothing exciting in the tube but this is absolutely gorgeous! It's super creamy and moisturising and gives such beautiful neutral glow to the lips. You need this!

Nars Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. The colour is a beautiful mauve pink which is quite subtle for daily use but definitely more interesting than a regular neutral colour.


Tom Ford Ford Pink Dusk. Tom Ford's lipsticks are simply amazing and this colour is the most perfect natural, neutral pink shade.


Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments
. This product is hydrating and keeps my lips moisturised and soft for hours. Plus all the colour range is so beautiful. I got these three shades: Rose, a sheer rosy tint; Petal, a pinky nude colour; and Bloom, a beautiful warm pink.







What's your favourite lipstick of all time you can't live without?



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