March MyBeautyBox - first impressions

marzo 30, 2012

Se frequentate la beauty community internazionale, saprete senz’altro che le beauty box stanno prendendo piede in tutto il mondo. La prima credo sia stata Birchbox negli Stati uniti, cui è poi seguita Glossybox, in Inghilterra prima ed in tutti gli altri paesi poi – è presente anche in Italia da Ottobre: potete vedere i miei post in proposito qui oppure visitare il sito -.
Dopodichè abbiamo assistito ad una vera e propria esplosione: Carmine, la Glam bag firmata Michelle Phan, Glambox, addirittura alcuni siti hanno creato la propria beauty box per pubblicizzare le marche disponibili nei loro store online. Si tratta di un nuovo tipo di pubblicità molto promettente e non mi stupisce che tutti stiano cercando di guadagnarsi una fetta di mercato.

In generale, si tratta di un abbonamento mensile che permette di ricevere a casa una box dall’aspetto accattivante, contenente 5 o più deluxe samples – vere e proprie mini taglie ed a volte persino full size - di brand di lusso e oppure di difficile reperibilità. In teoria, con l’andare dei mesi, le box dovrebbero essere adattate ai profili personali, in base a gusti, esigenze e categorie di prodotti preferite – skincare, cura dei capelli, prodotti makeup, prodotti per unghie e prodotti spa -.

Fino a questo momento l’unica alternativa per le beauty addict italiane era Glossybox, ma dal mese di Marzo è disponibile MyBeautyBox, al solito costo di 14€ al mese, spese di spedizione incluse.
Il pagamento avviene tramite Paypal – che ricordo si può utilizzare anche senza un account, da esterni, semplicemente inserendo i dati della proprio Postepay o qualunque altra carta di credito; è decisamente il sistema più sicuro perché in nessun momento il venditore viene a contatto con i dati della vostra carta, per cui il rischio truffe è minimo. Inoltre, ma non sono sicura che il servizio si estenda anche agli user esterni, Paypal offre un sistema di protezione, per cui se l’oggetto non dovesse essere ricevuto, esiste un modo per riavere i propri soldi-.

Top 5 concealers & some tips

marzo 28, 2012

Working on clients, I found that many women tend to slap a lot of foundation on their faces to cover imperfections, often getting the opposite result. Concealers and correctors – I’ll talk about those in a distinct post – are a mysterious product that few know how to use properly. The most common mistake is a heavy application before foundation: the base already helps to reduce the appearance of some flaws that wouldn’t need extra coverage otherwise. Unless you’re using a powder base, the general rule is concealer above foundation. A second thing to keep in mind is that concealers come in pink and yellow undertones: pink to cover blue, yellow to cover red. You don’t want to put a pink-based concealer over a red blemish – it would strengthen the redness – or yellow on blue dark circles – makeup is mostly color theory and yellow mixed with blue gives green, and no one wants green shadows under the eyes -.
That said, these are my top 5 concealers:

March Glossybox - first impressions

marzo 27, 2012

La box di Marzo promette freschezza e romanticismo, per scacciare definitivamente il ricordo dell’inverno con 6 prodotti, di cui 2 full size, ed una sorpresina extra per le più fedeli - se non avete mai sentito parlare di Glossybox e volete saperne di più potete dare un’occhiata al mio post sulla box di Ottobre e al sito -.

I samples di questo mese:
MARIA GALLAND 60 Gel démaquillant fraîcheur – una schiuma detergente ad alto potere idratante. 10 ml.
MARIA GALLAND 62 Lotion hydra matité – tonico mattificante da applicare dopo la detersione. 15 ml.
CAUDALIE Crème sorbet hydratante – una crema dalla consistenza di un gel per lenire ed idratare la pelle. Per pelli sensibili. 10 ml.
CHINA GLAZE First & Last – un prodotto due in uno che fa da base coat e top coat. Full size da 14 ml.
ISADORA Bold tip eyeliner – eyeliner liquido carbon black con punta spessa a pennarello. Full size da 1,2 ml.
ISADORA Perfect moisture lipstick – formula idratante ed a lunga durata dalla texture cremosa e con media coprenza. 2.5g.

And the winner is...

marzo 23, 2012

In case you missed it, the winner of the Pretty in pink giveaway is LAURAVALZY. The prize is already on its way. Thank you to everyone who partecipated and stay tuned for other giveaways, oddly enough Spring makes me feel the Santa spirit *wink*.


Nel caso ve lo siate perso, la vincitrice del giveaway Pretty in Pink è LAURAVALZY di Lecce. Il premio è già in viaggio. Grazie a tutte le partecipanti e restate sintonizzate su queste pagine per i prossimi giveaway, strano a dirsi ma la primavera rinvigorisce il babbo Natale che c'è in me *wink*

Urban decay Super-saturated high gloss lip color in Lovechild

marzo 20, 2012

After last fall’s success, Urban decay added two new shades to the Super-saturated lip color range for Spring 2012: Apocalypse, a deep berry shade, and Lovechild, described as a pale pink.
I was quite excited for the release since the range previously featured only bold, very bright colors and I didn’t want to randomly spend quite a sum on something I never tried before and wouldn’t wear that often.

The product comes in a carton box that matches the shade. The packaging it’s quite basic: a sleek, thick and chunky pencil that reminds me of the well-known NYX Jumbo ones. The plastic cap feels solid and has a tight hold. The black plastic bottom comes out – at least in mine – and at first I was a little annoyed but I think it was made to make the recycling process easier and it also allowed me to see the real product amount – the actual pencil stops near the ‘I’ in the Lovechild writing -.
They’re fragrance free and completely cruelty free. The PAO is 24 months.

YSL Glossy stain #17 review & swatches

marzo 16, 2012

When it comes to lip products there’s always something that it’s not quite right: with good lasting power usually comes dryness or matte finish; with moisture comes lack of pigmentation and fast fading; glossy finish gets along with stickiness; stain means dehydration and discomfort.
Well, thanks to Yves Saint Laurent, not anymore.

The new Rouge pur couture Vernis à lèvres Glossy stains – quite a mouth filler, uh? – come in 17 shades, from natural and nude to bold, and are the perfect hybrid between a gloss, a lipstick and a stain. One coat gives a glossy finish with a little bit of color, like a rather pigmented gloss – I’m thinking about some of the Cremesheens by MAC -. Two or more coats give the intensity of a lipstick with glossy finish. When the gloss wears off, it shows a still-shiny stain that promises to last all day.

Pretty in Pink giveaway

marzo 14, 2012

When I started this blog – even if I created it mostly for myself and my passion - I was obviously hoping for some kind of appreciation, but I couldn’t have expected such a kind response in this short time: I met so many nice girls that share my love for beauty and makeup and hopefully my posts have helped some of you.
Anyways, this blog gave me so much already, and I thought it was time to give something back to you.
Knowing that the Pretty in pink set has just been released and that it’s still hard to find in stores, I bought another one to give away to one of my lovely subscribers.

The giveaway is open worldwide. You have to be a subscriber in order to complete the mandatory and optional tasks in the Rafflecopter form below. Please, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any question.

Sephora Pretty in Pink travel brush set

marzo 11, 2012

Spring is finally here and to wash away the winter dullness Sephora celebrates with a little limited edition collection of travel essentials, with pink as main theme. Three makeup bags and a nail file set come along with this pretty travel brush set, with 3 brushes – well, technically there are 4 – to achieve a simple yet complete look on the go.

In this set you get a powder brush, a flat foundation brush, a double ended eyeshadow brush and obviously a little pink pouch to carry them around. The brushes come in a short handle size, with shiny black plastic handles and ferrules and bright baby pink hair, made with the softest synthetic fibers.

February favorites

marzo 08, 2012

My super late favorites, oops…
Here they are:

Bourjois healthy mix foundation – full review here -.
After trying a couple of foundations for review purposes my skin broke out and I had to go back to something actually healthy for my skin to try and fix the mess. This quickly became one of my favorite foundations, both for the perfect match with my skin tone – 51 vanilla for NC10 – and the natural, skin-like finish, that feels so comfortable, especially when the weather freaks out like happened in this past weeks.

Laura Mercier Crème brulée hand crème review

marzo 02, 2012

My never-ending quest for the best, not-greasy hand cream is finally over. Yes, you heard me: I may have found my holy grail hand moisturizer.

From the moment I stumbled on the counter, I decided to finally fulfill my craving for Laura Mercier products, trying a lot of different things. The bath and body section smells like heaven and offhand I randomly picked the cheapest product in the line, just to give it a try.

The packaging - a soft plastic tube with gold-ish screw on lid - is simple and neat and allows perfect control over the amount of product you want to use. Being so compact and travel friendly, it’s also perfect to carry in your hand bag for touch-ups.