Notd: Ciaté Cookies and cream

settembre 29, 2012

The latest addition to my ever-growing nude nail polish collection is Cookies and cream, which is also the first Ciaté polish I got to try. The name is actually quite appropriate for a light creamy nude that looks like a latte macchiato. It's almost opaque in 2 coats. Here I applied 3 to completely conceal the nail line.
The application was smooth and effortless thanks to the large flat brush and the long, lean handle that allows a perfect grip.
The packaging is a beauty itself, stark and basic, with an extra girly twist: the elastic ring with the bow is useless per se but adds that little something that makes the bottle special. Lasts well and doesn't chip easily. Overall it applies and feels like a more expensive polish.

So, first Ciaté nail polish but definitely not the last. The complexion collection looks absolutely stunning and a nice alternative to the Dior nudes. I bought mine on Beautybay that ships internationally.
Any shade you want to recommend?


LUSH wishlist

settembre 25, 2012

I've been working on this wishlist for a while now. I'm fairly new to LUSH - I haven't tried many things except for their soap bars and a couple of bath products -, and everytime I visit the e-shop I get overexcited and start throwing literally everything in the cart. However I think I finally managed to narrow down my wishlist to some good products.

wishlist lust
Rock star soap // The comforter bubble bar // Creamy candy bubble bar // Superbalm hair treatment // Bubblegum lip scrub // Rub rub rub shower scrub // Seanik shampoo // Angels on bare skin fresh cleanser

Notd: Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the air

settembre 22, 2012

Glitters in the air looks absolutely stunning in the bottle: mixed shaped and sized pink and blue sprinkles suspended in a milky baby blue jelly base. It reminds me of cupcake frosting and unicorns.
On the nails is very, very sheer tho. I think it'd look opaque in about 5-6 coats. Here I'm wearing two coats on top of two coats of Eyeko Pastel polish, which is basically a jelly pastel blue. I dare to say it'd go well on top of white and pastel pink as well, even nude polish if your goal is only to conceal the nail line.
Application may be a little tricky, since there's no way to tell how many glitters will stick on the nail, but you can always fish a couple of extra glitters from the neck of the bottle and press them on the nail using the brush. The formula is self-flattening, so if you move quickly it won't look streaky or uneven.

Deborah Lippmann nail polishes are definitely on the expensive side, so I'd recommend sticking to the most unusual shades, since vampy shades, pinks and nudes are easily dupable. I know there's a cheaper dupe for this shade as well - Whimsical by Revlon -, but I'm not sure if it's still available.

Overall I really like the final effect. It's sweet and dreamy. At first I wished it was more opaque, but then the glitters wouldn't show so well or look so pretty, so I guess it's worth the effort.


And the winner is...

settembre 19, 2012

And the winner of the Illamasqua Rude blush giveaway giveaway is Elisa A.
Thank you so much to everyone who partecipated. Even if you didn't win this time don't be surly because there are going to be tons of giveaways in the next months. See you soon!


E la vincitrice del giveaway Illamasqua Rude blush giveaway è Elisa A. di Cagliari.
Grazie a tutte le partecipanti. Anche se questa volta non avete vinto non siate tristi perchè ci saranno tantissimi giveaway nei prossimi mesi. Alla prossima!

On my wishlist this week #5

settembre 17, 2012

Maybelline NY 24h Color tattoo eyeshadows // Fresh Sugar lip treatment // Giorgio Armani Maestro fusion makeup // YSL Forever youth liberator discovery kit // OPI Don't talk Bach at me // YSL Touche eclàt foundation

Notd: Chanel Coco blue

settembre 16, 2012

When it was first released for the 2011 VFNO I didn't run to stand in line for hours to buy it. I thought it wasn't really anything special, definitely not worth the excruciating wait in line; besides I went through a pretty bad sky blue nail polish phase back in 7th grade and somehow it didn't feel right to retrace my steps without an inflexible nun ready to get mad at me. Then Coco blue made it to the permanent line and I had the chance to take a good look at it in store.

It's a stunning medium sky blue with a very subtle shimmer. I find it extremely flattering on my skin tone and surprisingly easy to wear: light blue nail polish is not suppose to look elegant - fun and fresh, sure; but chic? - but somehow Chanel succeded. I read some of last year reviews and I think the brand reformulated it before the spring re-release because I don't find it absolutely streaky or lacking in pigmentation. It may pull a little if you don't let the polish dry before applying a second layer - most polishes do, to be honest - but I didn't have any issue with the formula whatsoever.

On me it lasted for 7 days. I had to remove it simply because the nail growth was showing. And it looks so good painted on toes too. I adore it.

I think this is hands down one of the best shades in the permanent range and if you feel like indulging in a unique Chanel nail polish, I say go for Coco blue because it's seriously amazing.

What do you think? Sky blue nail polish: yay or nay?
And I'm curious, do you like the 2012 VFNO LE polishes?


Illamasqua Rude cream blush giveaway

settembre 12, 2012

Illamasqua blushes are probably my favorite product of the whole range and since they run a little expensive, even though you get exacltly what you pay for, I thought to give one of my lovely followers the chance to try one. Today I'm giving away a cream blush in the shade Rude, a warm peachy pink that I'm sure will suit many skin tones.

The giveaway is open worldwide.
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MAC Pressed pigment in Light touch W10 review & swatches

settembre 11, 2012

Out of the crazy bunch of collections being released in September, the MAC Face&Body one was the most interesting for me, because of the professional looking products: it comes with a new size of my beloved F&B foundation, 2 quite original brushes created specifically to apply contour and highlighting products and a brand new line of Sculpting creams and pressed pigments.

The latter especially caught my eyes as soon as the press infos started popping out in the blogosphere: 6 skin tone shades, from W10 to NW55 to be used as an highligher with frosty finish with an almost wet look. And indeed I was expecting a creamy powder with a frosty finish.

On my wishlist this week #4

settembre 09, 2012

NARS 413BLKR Velvet matte lip pencil // NARS 413BLKR duo eyeshadow // Clarins 3-Dot liner // Cath Kidston Spring bouquet cosmetic bag

Lily Lolo Mineral foundation spf15 review

settembre 06, 2012

Lily Lolo is a fairly new brand for me. I first stumbled on it while I was browsing the brand list on Feelunique and the catching name tickled my interest. After some research I found out that it’s been around for about 4 years and has now a solid reputation as high quality but still affordable mineral makeup brand in the UK. Leading product of their line is their mineral foundation and I now understand why.

Shopping my stash #2

settembre 05, 2012

A couple of day ago I felt like cleaning up a bit and went digging through my collection looking for expired products and some unused bits to add to my blog sale section. In the depth of my spare train case I managed to find a couple of long forgotten - shame on me! - gems that definitely deserve some love.

The most recent raid inside my beauty collection highlighted the very first clues of a soon to become problem: Houston, we've got a blush situation. I couldn't believe my eyes, literally blushes everywhere. Looking back on it, I think I may have counterbalanced the lip gloss and nail polish ban with a blush spree. No good. Anyways, back to business with, say what?