September Favourites.

ottobre 03, 2014

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil // Clinique Voluptuous Violet Chubby Stick // Essie Parka Perfect Nail Polish // Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush // Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost // Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne // Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Love Is The Drug Blush // Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer. //
Can we please take a moment to appreciate that summer is finally and fully behind us and now that October is here I can start obsessing over autumn trends, Halloween, scarves, scarves, scarves! and all that jazz? Fall, how do I love thee!
Anyways, as usual as the previous month wraps up and a new one begins, I look back and find my most loved products of the month: here's what I either used everyday, came across or rediscovered throughout September.

My first favourite is a dreamy new entry in my skincare lineup. The Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost (£45) is a thick night cream with a balmy texture that does miracles for my skin whilst I snore peacefully. Despite its thickness it does sink in surprisingly quickly and provides deep hydration while promoting skin renewal, so that when I wake up my skin looks more supple and radiant. It's quite the luxury treatment but it makes a big difference, especially when my skin is a bit stressed out, and it has quickly become a staple in my special occasion/post-breakout pampering routine.

As for makeup, I have two lipsticks on rotation at the minute. The Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm (£17) in Voluptuous Violet is creamy and moisturizing, with just a hint of colour and a lovely non-sticky glossy finish, while the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£18) in Cruella is to die for in terms of pigmentation and longevity. The Clinique offering is definitely a safe choice for the day but also a discreet way to say goodbye to summery textures and approach more Fall appropriate berry shades; on the other hand Cruella is one of those crowd-pleasing reds that go with everything and make you feel extra special on an average day.
I've also been reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher (£30) in Love Is The Drug - that's a name and a half - over any other powder blush. Both the texture and the packaging look and feel really expensive and, you know me, I can't resist a brightening pink blush. There's a soft shimmer running through it that instantly lifts and wakes up the skin and a pop of the bright candy pink in the center, applied right on the apple of the cheeks, it's all you need to fake the perfect chilly out-gone flush. Too pretty to ignore!

I've own the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki (£16.50) for almost 4 years now; I used to be madly in love with it and then for some reason - maybe the other ten million brushes in my collection had something to do with it, ehr - I put it on a side, till last month when my crush for this brilliant brush came back full force. It makes quick work of any liquid base and delivers beautiful results in just a few swipes. The bristles are so soft and so tightly packed, you can either build or sheer out the coverage really easily and achieve the most flawless finish in any occasion.
My last makeup favourite is the Essie Nail Colour (£9.95) in Parka Perfect, a beautiful dusty light blue shot through with a subtle shimmer, which is simply perfect to embrace a bit of colour as the weather gets cooler. The formula goes on a little blotchy at first but it's so pretty is definitely worth the extra effort.
 
On to hair, I fell head over heels for the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer (£19). I'm a big fan of double duty and multipurpose products, especially when it comes to haircare, as I don't want to weight down my fine hair too much and therefore the fewer products I use on them the better. This lovely oil mix acts as a leave in-conditioner, detangler, fly-aways tamer, primer to make styling the hair much easier and make any hairdo last much longer, and finally protects the hair from UV and heat-styling damage. On top of everything, it leaves my hair super soft and makes them smell absolutely delicious.
Speaking of gorgeous scents, the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (£40) is my fragrance obsession of the moment. Although I only purchased it a couple of weeks ago, I'm already addicted to this gorgeous scent. I love how Jo Malone's fragrances can evocate places and images so well and this one in particular reminds me of a wintery trip to the seaside, with the waves hitting the cliffs and the driftwood resting on the sand. With notes of wood, musk and sea salt, it's sophisticated yet crisp and clean, perfect on its own or for layering with other scents for fall.

What have you been loving last month?

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July Favourites.

agosto 22, 2014

LORAC Pro Eye Shadow Palette // Ciaté Dangerous Affair Nail Polish // REVLON Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout // Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze* // Eyeko VisualEyes Liquid Eyeliner in Mocha // Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde // Yankee Candles Salted Caramel. //
It seems November has taken over my July favourites as the products that have been rocking my boat recently are not terribly summer appropriate, but with the on-and-off weather we've been having lately, this rather fall-ish selection shouldn't be too surprising.

On to nails first, generally I tend to change my nail color weekly but this month I've been completely obsessed with Ciaté Dangerous Affair (£9), a deep burgundy with a cherry base that looks stunning especially on short nails. Although this shade doesn't last as long as I'd like and it's starts wearing off at the tips around day three, I love the way it looks on my nails so much I can't stop staring at them.
Something I've really been loving this month is the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (£7.99) in the shade Standout. The formula is to die for - hands down the most comfortable matte lip product I've ever tried - and the deep berry red has just a pinch of that vintage vibe that makes you feel sophisticated and oh so chic without going too far out. It wears so well throughout the day I can easily overlook its terribly tacky minty scent. I own a couple other shades but this is by far my favourite and I've been wearing it non stop all month.

A gorgeous bronze glow is the perfect complement for a bold lip during summertime and the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze (£29)* is the ultimate summer staple for the lazy fake-tanner or the girl who's trapped in the city when everyone else is on holiday: it gives a beautiful been-away-for-the-weekend healthy glow to the skin and makes my makeup last easily 'till supper even on those random scorching hot days. I've been mixing it with my foundation for an all-over radiance and to add a bit of warmth to my base, but also to create the right shade to match my skin tone now that I'm looking slightly less pale than usual. It's a great multi-purpose product that doesn't add any coverage but makes a huge difference and never fails to draw a few compliments on the way my skin looks.
With a slightly bronzed base, my ashy blonde brows have been looking a little too stark for my taste. For that reason I scooped the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brown Gel (£16.50) in Blonde out of my kit, to add some gold into my brows and match them to my golden highlights. I still like the clear one better to set my brows and keep the hair in place all day, but this tinted gel is perfect for quick fixes and to adjust the colour of the hair without having to grab the dye.

A fairly recent addition to my collection that I've been loving a lot lately is the Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Liner (£15). I'm not usually a big fan of liquid liners but, instead of the typical sharpie-like nib, the Eyeko offering has a super thin brush that gets really close to the lashes and allows me to draw an extremely sharp and crisp line. The formula is also opaque in just one swipe and completely smudge proof. I chose Mocha - a dark chocolate brown - and I can't find a single thing I don't like about it.
Finally, the Lorac Pro Palette is all I've been reaching for for my eye makeup lately. With a beautiful assortment of matte, metallic and shimmer shades and a buttery-soft formula that blends like a dream, it's a true winner in my books, as it allows me to create an endless number of eye looks and features pretty much all my most used shades.

That's a wrap. I'll mention one last non-beauty favourite which is currently a staple on my hallway cabinet. In the past few weeks I've burned my way through my stock of Yankee Candles Salted Caramel tarts (£1.49) and I absolutely adore the deliciously creamy burnt sugar scent with a hint of sea salt that fills the whole house every time I light one up. It's uuhmazing, believe me on this one.

What have you been loving lately?
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Skincare On the Go.

luglio 29, 2014

Sarah Chapman Daily Essentials Collection // Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV defence SPF50 PA+++ // Bioderma Crealine H2o Solution Micellaire // Avene Eau Thermale // REN V-cense Revitalizing Night Cream // Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream* // Foreo Luna Mini // Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm. //
Packing is such a chore for me. I'm forever tormented by doubts and ominous what-if scenarios in which obviously I'm going to need the only thing I decided not to pack and of course it takes me literally hours to makeup my mind and get my bags ready. This time, however, picking up my skincare goodies was somehow surprisingly quick and utterly painless to be honest. Maybe after years of beauty blogging I got really good at guessing what my skin really needs...

The very first product that I always pack is a mini bottle of Bioderma Micelle Solution (£4.50), which I use mainly to take off the bulk of my makeup before the actual cleanser or to quickly fix any mistake I might do with eyeliners and such. It's extremely gentle, so it's perfect for the eyes, and rinse-free and so very convenient to keep at hand. Other favourites I can't travel without are the Avene Thermal Spring Water (£3.15) - simply perfect to soothe congested skin, keep redness at bay and also doubles up as a toner and setting spray -, and my Foreo Luna Mini (£99) to deep clean and unclog my pores, get rid of dead skin cells and above all to enjoy a mini facial twice a day even on the go. I'm obsessed.

I make sure to pack an eye cream as well and my current choice for the day is the Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream (£26)*, as it works well underneath concealer and keeps my under-eye area perfectly moisturized all day long, which is pretty much all I ask to an eye cream these days.
Something I use daily and I need to take everywhere I go is the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm (£9.50). This stuff is so good it's easy to overlook the not-so-travel-friendly glass jar. A good helping before bed makes wonders for my chronically dry lips and leaves them nourished and uber soft, ready for the bright lippie of the day.

I also like to travel with some kind of rescue treatment in case my skin acts up for the long journey, the conditioned air or simply because I'm a little stressed out. My current favourite is the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial (£45), which is amazing to perk my skin up, bring back some radiance and decongest my complexion. The full-size is not so ideal for travelling purposes but luckily I've found a little deluxe sample of it inside the Sarah Chapman Daily Essentials Collection (£49), which is a great way to try out the best-seller of the brand but also a genious little set to carry around on the go. It includes the Ultimate Cleanse that I use to remove my makeup at nighttime and cleanse my skin in the morning, a light creamy serum that tightens and gives a nice glow to the skin, and a daytime moisturizer with basic spf.

Samples are obviously a great solution to save space and try out new beauty things at the same time. With me I'm taking a tiny tube of REN V-cense Revitalizing Night Cream (£32), a resurfacing balm with an amazing calming scent, that doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. Finally, a while ago I popped at the Kiehl's counter and managed to snatch a mini sample of one of my favourite spfs, that I've been saving for my trips. The Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturizer Spf50 PA+++ (£31) is a great non-sticky lotion that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and doesn't interfere with my makeup at all, but actually does feel a bit like a primer as well. A real must have if you're going to spend some time outdoors all year around, really.

There you have it. I'm quite happy with my little capsule skincare wardrobe.
What skincare staples are you taking away with you on holiday?

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