lunedì 20 ottobre 2014

OPI My Private Jet

Flash


Hello beauties!
I know you read the title and before you ask, no ladies, I'm sorry this is not the original version of MPJ but it's the second one, scatterd holo and blue flash in certain lights. Fun fact: there are actually 3 or more versions of this polish...crazy!
This polish sat amongst the untried for so long and I finally got round to it and wore it.
It was kind of disappointing. At the time, I read so many people rave about the original version and then got this one (paying it like a regular OPI!), but I don't think I like it that much... I mean, it's pretty but the holo effect and the blue reflection are only visible in certain lights and since the day I shot the pics there was no sunlight, I wasn't able to capture those effects properly. Yikes!
Two coats with topcoat (Sally Hansen Insta-Dry).
Dry cuticles. Sorry.

Ciao bellezze!
Avrete letto il titolo e vi starete chiedendo quale sia la versione dello smalto che vi mostro: mi spiace deludervi ma non posseggo quello originale ma la seconda versione, quella con holo scattered e un leggero riflesso bluastro. Curiosità: esistono tre versioni (o più!) di questo smalto... pazzesco!
Questa boccetta è rimasta tra gli "untried" tra non so quanto tempo e l'altro giorno, intravedendo uno spiraglio di sole, ho voluto indossarlo. Ovviamente la luce del sole è sparita al momento di fare le foto, per cui non credo di aver catturato bene nè l'effetto holo  nè il blu perchè purtroppo sono evidenti solo alla luce solare diretta.
Diciamo che per quel che mi aspettavo questo smalto è stato un po' una delusione, ma solo appunto per le alte aspettative che avevo perchè è comunque un bello smalto. Peccato.
Due passate più topcoat (Sally Hansen Insta-Dry). Scusate le cuticole secchissime.

lunedì 13 ottobre 2014

Blog sale update - Aggiornamento blog sale

Ciao bellezze!
Un veloce aggiornamento sul blogsale: innanzitutto ho creato due pagine per rendere la consultazione dei prodotti un po' più semplice.
Smalti
Trucchi e cosmetici
Inoltre, sconto del 50% su tutti i prezzi che leggete!!
Approfittatene!
A presto!

Hello beauties!
A quick update on the blogsale: I created two separate pages for
Nail polishes
and Makeup and beauty
Plus, there's 50% off the prices you see!!
You can't miss it!
Until next time, take care!

Gra


 

domenica 12 ottobre 2014

Adozioni cosmetiche #1




Kiko Shine Lust Lip Tint (non sono sicura dei numeri...)
04 Anguria
07 Rosso ciliegia
08 Magenta
11 Rosa antico
13 Viola Dalia

Il concetto di questo prodotto è mooolto simile a quella di YSL e dei suoi Vernis a Levres: una tinta per labbra glossy.
Questi prodotti sono stati solo swatchati a parte uno, la colorazione centrale, che ho indossato una sola volta e mi ha dato una brutta reazione allergica e che per questo ho BUTTATO.
Per questo motivo, non li vendo ma vi do la possibilità di adottarli SOLO se li avete già utilizzati e siete sicure che vi piacciono e li tollerate.
Non essendo un giveaway ma un'adozione, le spese di spedizione saranno a carico della nuova proprietaria.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Buona fortuna fanciulle, a presto!!

Gra

venerdì 3 ottobre 2014

YSL La Laque 36 Vert D'Orient


Flash
Hello my friends!
I'm so sorry I didn't post anything in the last weeks, but it's been kind of hectic here, but I wanted to get back to blogging with a *boom* and show you this *prettiness*...
A beautiful esotic green, as the French name suggests.
The brush of the YSL polishes is genius because it's large, flat and has a rounded hedge that almost embraces the nails and deposit the colour just under the cuticle.
For that reason, this is the best-looking mani (application-wise, don't mind the cuticles...) on this blog so far.
I've tried some Deborah Lippmann products that I recently got with this and I'll probably will talk about them in the future we I'll get good use out of them.
Oh, two coats of Vert d'Orient.
Enjoy!

Salve amiche!
Mi scuso per la sparizione, ma queste settimane sono state un tantino cariche di impegni, ma ho in serbo per voi una vera *chicca*...
Un bellissimo verde esotico, come il nome francese suggerisce.
Il pennello degli smalti YSL è geniale perchè è largo, piatto e ha la parte finale delle setole arrotondata e così quando applicate il colore riuscite ad essere super precise.
Per questo, per quanto riguarda l'applicazione quella che vedete è la miglior manicure postata sul blog finora (non fate caso alle cuticole un po' secche...)
Insieme a questo smalto ho usato dei prodotti della Deborah Lippmann che ho preso da poco e ve ne parlerò in futuro, quando li avrò usati da un po' e saprò parlarvene nel dettaglio.
Ah, quelle che vedete sono due passate di Vert D'Orient.
A voi!

giovedì 18 settembre 2014

Makeup clear out, downsizing project and blog sale

My vanity

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I never felt confident enough to share it with you all.

Since I was 8 or 9, I got my mum's magazines and go straight to beauty and fashion pages and in the years of course I started buying my own copies and cherish the beauty section in each of them.
So clearly I've always been drawn to that "perfect" world and I fell even more deeply in love around the time I started uni, when I met a girl that was interested in beauty like me.
We talked about makeup launches, interesting youtubers, fantastic blogs, nail polish colours so it was at that time that I discovered the giant virtual beauty community.
And through the years I've become more involved with that community, not much as a writer or a contributor, but mostly as an avid reader / watcher.
I've scrolled pages and pages of beauty blogs, seen so many pics and watched so many videos, I've become sort of addicted.
And as a natural and obvious consequence, I started craving for the same products I saw on all those platforms and got on a buying frenzy, which at one point became just a frustrating and draining rush for the latest nail polish or that unmissable item from a limited edition collection.

Yeah, I think I can finally admit that I've been addicted for shopping in the last 4 years or so. Especially beauty shopping.
Now, I'm not trying to defend myself, but I think that, apart from the influence of youtubers, bloggers, magazines, etc, and me not being so mature and critical, there are also some unconscious reasons behind my (mis)behaviour. But that is a whole different story.

Inspiration
I've been feeling quite guilty about this unhealthy habit, therefore I used to (and still do) hide my new purchases from anyone and prefer to do shopping on my own.
So I think it's finally time to change things a little bit, even though I know it's going to be a long, humungous work.
Of course, I didn't wake up one day and had all the determination to do it but I was inspired by a few lovely ladies (a bit of "blog-watching" in here too):

On Youtube: Christine of Pinksofoxy and Tati
Blog posts: ViviannaDoesMakeup's tips on clear out organisation and downsizing
Jennypurr
The everyday beauty
What she does now  
And for some nail polish purging inspiration:
Spaz and Squee 

The clear out
Of course the first thing to do was to go through my entire makeup collection and "analyse" every single product and just be honest with myself: Do I like it? Does it suit me/match me? and most importantly Do I use it?
This wasn't as tough as I thought it would be: other people can get a better use of these products and I definitely feel much much better and less overpowered. I think I will do it twice a year, along with the rest of the spring (and autumn) cleaning.
But what have I done the products that went to the "purge" pile?

- I've tossed finished or expired products (the latter were very few fortunately), apart from MAC stuff that I'm saving MAC for the Back 2 MAC!)
- Gave to my friends the products they liked but I think they're gonna get more! =)
- I've got an internationally open blog sale going on! There are still some things I need to photograph (nail polish!), but there's a lot of makeup, skincare, bodycare items from drugstore to high end brands, if you would take two minutes to visit this page you would make my day! Thank you.
- In the near future I will host some Beauty adoptions (open to Italy only, sorry!)


The great thing is that I had a sort of declutter kick and cleared out the rest of my stuff: nail polishes, cosmetics, clothes, accessories. And now everything is just a lot more organized. Awesome!

The plan

Now, to avoid getting right back to bad habits I have a series of little projects that are all connected to one another:
 
  • Shop my stash: use and enjoy what I have (and get to do my friends' makeup more). This is my main goal.
  • Project "n" pan: with the using comes the using up! This autumn and winter I'd like to finish a few lip products that have been going around for a lot now, some liquids (a tinted moisturizer, a concealer, a couple of foundations, etc...) and a couple of mascaras as well.
  • Low-buy: this is going to be the hardest one, I know, that's why I'm not doing a no-buy 'cause I would miserably fail.
    But at least I can try to control my shopping frenzy:
    • creating a wishlist for EVERYTHING, from stuff that I actually need to the things I'd like to buy, so that I can control myself and prioritize. 
    • unsubscribing from all the tempting beauty newsletters. Brutal, but necessary. I will still receive the ones from three organic e-tailers, from Pupa and the Sephora promos will be delivered in the mail (still a huge temptation to deal with...)
    • keeping track of my financial resources and things I need to pay for (bills, gasoline, groceries...) on a regular basis and eventually set a budget for shopping extras.
 
The beauty 
Along with the topic of the (subjective) ideal size and quality of a makeup collection goes the likewise subjective ideal beauty set up.
At the beginning, what I admired of makeup/nail polish collections people were showing on Youtube was the quantity: the larger a collection, the most impressed I was.
Lately, this conception has been totally turned around for me and I'm much more fascinated by a neat, organized and lovely displayed collection on an elegant vanity table.
As a bonus if you read through all of this rambling, here are my favourite makeup tables/vanities of some amazing bloggers:


Le beauty girl's dressing table


Belles Boutique's dressing table



Beauty & Le Chic's makeup storage



Erica Fae's vanity




Amy Antoinette's shabby chic vanity



Bikinis and passports's bathroom organization

How's your collection? Are you happy with it, would you like to be smaller, bigger?
What do you do with the products you don't love anymore?
Any tips?
Hope you didn't fall asleep but that otherwise this was some kind of interesting.
Until next time, take care!
Gra
 
 

sabato 13 settembre 2014

Kiko lipsticks: dupes of MAC, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown

Hello beauties!
Here is a different kind of post than the usual ones: it's a comparison post between high end and drugstore (Kiko) lipsticks!
If you're not familiar with the Kiko lipstick lines... well you should! The brand recently became available in the US as well, both with online and physical stores (and I will soon do a "must haves" post with swatches and recommendations).
By the way, off with the rambling, on with the pictures that are pretty self-explanatory. 

Ciao bellezze!
Questo post è un po' diverso dal solito: vi mostro le comparison tra i rossetti di un paio di brand e quelli di Kiko.
Se non conoscete la linea di rossetti di Kiko... beh, dovreste! Da poco Kiko è disponibile anche in molti paesi extra-europei e vedere un'azienda italiana avere tanto successo anche all'estero è sicuramente qualcosa che fa molto, molto piacere.
Ma ora basta con le chiacchere, eccovi le foto!

Kiko 514 vs Urban Decay Catfight

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: Kiko Luscious Cream Lipstick 514, Urband Decay Revolution Lipstick Catfight
Note: I actually like the Kiko one better, both because it's warmer and does not move around.

Nota: Sinceramente preferisco la versione di Kiko perchè il colore è più caldo e la formula meno cremosa, ergo migra meno.

Kiko 914 vs MAC Rebel

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: Kiko Smart Lipstick 914, MAC Rebel
Note: Of course MAC is my choice, but if you're on a budget the Kiko is pretty darn close in colour.

Nota: Ovviamente preferisco il MAC, ma se non volete spendere tanto ed ottenere bene o male lo stesso effetto come colore il Kiko è ottimo.

Kiko 814 vs MAC Dish It Up (LE) vs Kiko 515

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo 814, MAC Dish it Up (LE), Kiko Luscious Cream Lipstick 515
Note: Dish it Up is one of my favourite bright lipsticks and that's a total shame it was a limited edition and I didn't get like ten at least one back-up (haul and swatches post here). A mix between the two Kikos might be somewhat closer to that colour.

Nota: Dish it Up è uno dei miei rossetti preferiti ed è veramente un peccato che fosse un'edizione limitata (post haul con swatch qua) e che non ne abbia preso altri dieci almeno un altro tubetto. Un mix tra i due Kiko comunque si avvicina parecchio all'originale.

Kiko 923 vs MAC Feel My Pulse vs MAC Heroine

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: MAC Heroine, MAC Feel My Pulse (LE), Kiko Smart Lipstick 923
Note: I don't wear it often but love purple lipstick, and these are all perfect in their own ways.

Nota: Non lo indosso spesso ma mi piace molto il viola sulle labbra, e questi sono tutti bellissimi ognuno a suo modo.

Kiko 609 vs MAC Sin (Pro) vs Bobbi Brown Crimson

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: MAC Sin, Bobbi Brown  Crimson, Kiko Velvet Mat Satin Lipstick 609
 Note: I have to favour Sin and Crimson... their quality is just spot on.

Nota: Devo preferire Sin e Crimson... la qualità di entrambi è superlativa.

Kiko 522 vs MAC Cyber

From top to bottom - Dall'alto verso il basso: Kiko Luscious Cream Lipstick 522, MAC Cyber
Note: Not an everyday shade, at least for me, but I find that the 522 is slightly more wearable due to its brown undertone. Cyber is more purple and more artistic, definitely an original piece to keep in my collection.

Nota: Non è un colore da tutti i giorni, per lo meno per me, ma trovo che il 522 sia leggermente più portabile rispetto avendo un sottotono marrone. Cyber è più viola e più artistico, sicuramente un rossetto originale da tenere in collezione.


I hope you found this somewhat helpful, until next time take care beauties!

Spero che vi sia stato utile, alla prossima bellezze!

Gra
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