Valentine's day pamper with Lush.

febbraio 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's day, ladies! How's your day going?
As far as I'm concerned, since Mr. Charming - the real one - is still MIA, I plan to spend the day with the bottled version, enjoy a lovely pamper, courtesy of Lush, and hang around in my favourite pyjama. Scratch that overpriced bouquet, nothing beats a bag full of gorgeous bath goodies.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Lush to find out more about the Valentine collection and got myself a new man. With the very pink Prince Charming Shower cream (£4.95)* it was love at first sniff, the lad is clearly so popular for a reason. The scent it's very girly and sweet, but not in a sickly way - the vanilla extract is perfectly balanced out by a splash of grapefruit oil and pomegranate juice, that also add a unique musky twist to the mix -, and lingers on the skin for a long time after you've stepped out of the shower. I'm so glad Lush are bringing back old favourites in shower cream form, I think they're some of the best products they do. They have a lovely thick consistency that foams nicely and always leave my limbs so soft and supple, as they're packed with lots of cocoa butter to nourish the skin.

The Roses All The Way Soap (£4.25)* is easily the most adorable product of this mini collection - ok, maybe it's a tie with Unicorn Horn bubble bar. Honestly, how cute is that? - and it's also seriously divine. It has a beautiful clean scent with a hint of rose essence, which is so sooting and cozy and reminds me of the equally lovely Rosy Cheeks fresh face mask. It does linger on the skin slightly after use but it's not overwhelming in any way and shouldn't clash with fragrances and such. Soaps can sometimes be drying but it's not the case with this one, as under the tap it turns into a creamy soft lather that feels silky and moisturizing. Lush sure know how to turn something as simple as washing your hands into an exciting ritual.

Did you get any Lush product for Valentine's day?
*Press samples

Currently on my radar.

febbraio 08, 2016

001 Despite my well-known love for luxury beauty items, I've never felt tempted to splurge on the Tom Ford range before - somehow everything seemed too overpriced to me, like I was paying for the packaging and the brand, rather than for the actual product -. This stayed true till the Lips&Boys came out - the struggle is real when it comes to mini sizes, guys - and my eyes fell on the Nude Dip Eye Colour Quad (£64), a limited edition from last year that is now apparently back to stay. The wet and dry formula is next level swoon worthy, buttery soft and far superior to the regular one in my opinion, and the shades are really up my street. Want.

002 I do love my gadgets and I'm always game for a spa treatment experience at home and in my pyjamas, so I can't wait to get my hands on the new Foreo Iris Illuminating Eye Massager (£99). Iris replicates the gentle massage of professional fingers, making quick work of your eye cream whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, and hopefully slowing down the aging process in such a delicate area. Sounds amazing, right?

003 There're many foundation launches that caught my eye recently - I've quickly swatched the Armani Maestro glow, which seems lovely, and I really need to check out Becca's Aqua Luminous and the Laura Mercier Candleglow, just to name a few - but the two new offerings I'm really excited about are the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint (£30) and the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation (£36). The first is apparently super lightweight, with a natural matte finish and great coverage, while the second sounds a lot like my beloved and now discontinued Pro Lumiere - dewy, highly pigmented but with a skin-like finish -. I'm really looking forward to trying these.

004 Due to their super saturated shadows and gorgeous palettes, Natasha Denona is the makeup brand everyone has been talking about lately, and I'm all over it. Everything looks insanely pigmented and easy to work with, and Natasha's Glowy Skin technique and corresponding products make my heart sing. A little five shades palette is currently on its way to me, but I'm actually dying to try everything from the range, with blushes and highlighters at the top of my list.

005 When Hourglass updates the Ambient lighting range, the wishlist needs to be updated accordingly. The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders (£34) can be used dry or wet for the perfect transition from day to night and should give a beautiful glow to the skin without any noticeable shimmer. There are four shades available - Incandescent, I believe, is also featured in the Ambient lighting palette, and if so, it's truly lovely and absolutely worth checking out - and I have my eyes on Brilliant, a pale golden champagne that looks different from anything I already own.

What's on your lust list?


My top 10 beauty finds of 2015.

gennaio 10, 2016

Can you believe that 2015 has been and gone already? It's absolute madness, I still can't wrap my head around how fast my year went. As I look back at the highs and low of the past twelve months and get mentally ready for a fresh start, I've rounded up the best beauty discoveries that made my year a little more special and will surely be at my side in the months to come as well, as they are just fabulous.

Starting with skincare, one of my favourite discoveries of the year has been the Pixi Glow Tonic (£18), a resurfacing toner that leaves my skin radiant, smoother and softer after just one use. It's effective yet it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and I can't honestly remember life before this, although I'm sure it must have been really dull. I'm already half way through my second bottle and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. Another and more recent Pixi find is the Hydrating Milky Mist (£18), a must-have for dry and de-hydrated skin. It's soothing and refreshing, and delivers extra hydration to the skin without overloading it with too much product. Love it!

Moving on to makeup, 2015 has been such a great year for foundations and base products in general, and I'm sure my picks won't come as any surprise. For a lighter coverage I've been loving the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue (£26), a lightweight gel formulated base that evens out any redness and adds a lot of radiance to the skin. It's perfect for dry skin days as it glides over dry patches instead of enhancing them and it's seriously hydrating.
Another obsession has been the L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hours Matte (£8.99), which is the best base for long days. It's matte but it doesn't suck all the life out of the skin and it covers pretty much anything without that 'caked on' look. Finally, I have to mention my love for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (£29.50), which represents the best compromise between radiance and staying power. It glides beautifully on the skin and can be build up to whatever level of coverage you desire, and always leaves my complexion looking flawless and glowy.
As for best concealer, the crown goes to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (£17.50). If you love the Nars Radiant concealer but find that it creases on you, this is the one to try, as it doesn't settle into fine lines and wears all day. It provides great coverage whilst remaining creamy and easy to blend, it's an all-around winner in my books.

I feel like I've been talking non-stop about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors Pressed (£30) lately, so I will try to keep things short and sweet. They're so intensely pigmented it only takes the tiniest amount to create a stunning glow that is mostly radiance with just a bit of fine sparkle too. I have the shades Opal and Champagne Pop - finally! - and they're both so dreamy I don't exclude I'll be picking up more in the future.

For eyes, I didn't buy a ton of eyeshadows this year but there are two that really stood out to me. The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize (£22) are heaven in a pot - smooth and easy to blend, and with a gorgeous pigmentation that is easy to build up to whatever intensity you need. I own two shades - Jean is a beautiful brightening hue similar to MAC Naked lunch, but the scene stealer is Marie Antoinette, the most perfect bronzy antique gold. I'm obsessed.
Lastly, I feel this recap wouldn't be complete without a word on the H&M Eye Shadows (£4.99) - buttery soft and super saturated, they feel more expensive than what they are and the colour range is fantastic. I can't wait to try more from the line in 2016.

Last but by no means least, I've been loyal to matte lipsticks for the most part of the year, right up until the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer (£16) came out. With a built in primer, these lippies glide effortlessly on the lips, giving the rich pigment and wear of a lipstick and the comfort of a balm. They feel so luxurious and moisturizing, a real treat for dry and chapped lips.

What have been your 2015 standout products?