Thursday, 18 December 2014

BEAUTY SPECIAL: THINGS I AM LOVING

Hi!

Hope you are all well on this very cold Wednesday night.

I am all wrapped up in my PJ with Adorable Dog snoring on my lap, admiring all the Christmas decorations around my house, this year I want to impress my neighbours.

..wish it was my house..

This post is, once again, about beauty.

Seriously, there is no limit to the love I have for creams, skincare, perfumes, make up, I will always be as a kid in a sweet shop when I am surrounded by bottles, pots, lipsticks etc.

I will show you some bits I am really enjoying using at the moment, things I am more than happy to recommend to you and I will probably repurchase when finished; as you will probably know, the act of "repurchasing" something is the highest form of success for a product in the beauty world, because it means the temptation to try something different cannot win against the pleasure of using the same one again.

Ok, let's start.

MAYBELLINE COLOUR TATTOO EYESHADOW IN 25K GOLD

Yes you got me, I am thinking about my Christmas make up and this eyeshadow will have a feature on it, guarantee.



It's the perfect gold, rich of sparkle without being too glittery.


What I like most about it, it's the fact that the majority of gold eyeshadows around are more of a "golden" tone really, so they tend to turn into a golden-brow, golden-copper etc; this eyeshadow is pure GOLD and no faffing around it.
It lasts ages and can be used as a base aswell.

You can find it in Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, online..basically everywhere, for £5.

SOMATOLINE BODY SLIMMING CREAM



Now, I will admit this is a bit unfair because this cream can only be purchased in Italy but on the other side, I feel the need to share the love and spread the voice about how good this cream is.

Precious baby left me with too many kilos to shed; I am slowly going back to my pre-baby weight and this slimming treatment helped a lot.

I started using it twice a day, the only once, massaging till it is completely absorbed on my legs and tummy.

I started to notice an improvement after about 10 days, appreciating a firmer tone, smoother skin and a kind of re-shape of my legs.

It is expensive, this tube was about 40 quids but I do not regret spending this money at all, after trying so many slimming treatments this one has been proven to be the only one that works so, at the end of the day, I am happy to pay to see results.

It can be found on amazon, just be careful because contains thyroxine so if you suffer from any thyroid condition this may not be suitable for you.


LAUREN LUKE CONTOUR AND FOUNDATION BRUSHES




I will never forgive myself for not buying all Lauren's brushes.
These are incredibly good for such a cheap price.
The small tapered shape of the foundation brush is ideal for the side of the nose or for small touch ups whilst the contour brush it's ideal to apply and blend and stay quite precise under the cheekbones.

I cannot find any working links for the shop so I have got the bad feeling these are not sold anymore, what a shame!


WILKINSON SWORD INTUITION RAZOR



Ah Glossy Box, sometimes in between all the crap you put in the boxes you manage to squeeze some good pieces!

I got this razor in the subscription box months ago and since then I never used anything else.
I am normally Edward Scissorhands with a razor in my hands but this is so gentle and delicate thanks to the shave cream bars situated all around the blades.

The whole process of shaving (whatever you want to shave) it's quicker and safer, especially in awkward places to reach as underarms.

BEAUTY BAY THE COLLECTION BLENDING SPONGE



Bargain Alert for this blending sponge!

This is a cheaper version of the most famous big brother beauty Blender, that will cost you a fraction of the price, just 5 quids!

I use it wet to blend the concealer and the cream highlighter and despite not being a big fan of make up sponges I like the natural effect it gives and how quick it works.

Here is the link! 


SLEEK MAKE UP LIP 4 PALETTE




What is better than a red lipstick?

Well, four lipstick of course!

Sleek lipstick are normally very pigmented and these make no exception.

There is a matte shade that I adore and I cannot avoid to mention that the brush inside the little case is, for once, not crap.

It's £8.99 and can be found in Boots, Superdrug and online on the Sleek website.



BOURJOIS 2 IN 1 EYELASHES APPLICATOR



How did I live without this?


False lashes are my guilty pleasure, going out means big fluttery lashes for me and where mascara is not enough, falsies are my way to go.


I use to struggle a lot during the application, I stuck tweezers in my eyes few times so when I saw this applicator I decided to give it a go and I certainly don't regret it!




It's easy to handle, the big plastic valves have a good grip on the lashes without ruining the hair and I can position and adjust them easily with the silicone tip.



5 pounds well spent (link)!


I hope you enjoyed the post and feel free to share your current beauty obsessions!

Friday, 5 December 2014

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WITH SELFRIDGES

Hello sweeties!

Do we need an excuse to go and shopping in Selfridges?

The answer is "No, of course not".

Who doesn't love going around the most iconic British shop and maybe coming back home with that little yellow bags full of treasures, to show to all our friends (and, of course, to instagram/tweet/blog about)?

This Christmas, Selfridges is the Enchanted Place you want to be with a very long wish list in your hands.




I was invited to have a look to the best selection of exclusive gifts, limited editions and festive collections of the beauty hall in Manchester Exchange Square and all I could think about was "need-want-buy it now".

From the luxury of the Giorgio Armani make up, to the spectacular Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection, there are plenty of options to find the perfect presents. I can advise about few things if you want to buy ME a present.

What about this Tom Ford Trousseau gift set (£925...a bit out of my budget damn it)?



Or this nail polishes set from YSL?



Now this is something I really want to share with you, would you believe this massive huge Estee Lauder Ultimate make up kit is just £50?



Some more ideas...














The best moment of the night was at the Armani counter, where we had the pleasure to chat with Zoe Williams, face designer, that explained us a lot about all the "Armani experience", from the fragrances to the make up.






The Armani Prive Fragrance Collection is pure luxury, every blend has an history, every scent wants to recreate a moment, recall a memory, trying to do the best thing a fragrance could do: being unique for the person that wears it.




If you want to add more fun to your shopping mission, you can visit the Selfridges Ice Rink in the Trafford Centre.

The rink is covered (bye bye rain) and there are some relaxing areas where I can see myself enjoying a nutella crepe without you even asking.

There are some events planned for children with Peppa Pig and Paddington Bear, I believe Precious Baby will enjoy this.

Have you spotted something you like?

I have a very fat wishlist, Father Christmas should definitely wear a yellow suit for me.



Monday, 1 December 2014

#MAAFTERDARK EVENT IN MANCHESTER ARNDALE: MY CHOOSEN DRESS FROM NEXT

Hello my dear readers!

In my latest post  I took you all with shopping for my perfect party dress for what was gonna be for me, probably the best event of the year.

I showed you all the outfits I tried and, if you know me well, I am pretty sure you already guessed which one was the "chosen one".

The more I was reading and talking with the other girls, the more I was getting excited about the glamorous night that was gonna come.

We were talking about being treated with a five star make over, with make up and hair done by pro artists, the famous illustrator Dom&Ink was gonna be there for us to do our sketches and canapes and drinks served just to fuel the party, where everybody was gonna show THE DRESS!


Unfortunately things, well, they don't always go as they should.

I had to rush back to Italy due to a very important family matter on that same day, so, I missed the party.

I was in bed checking all the Arndale's social medias and my bloggers friends Instagram and Twitter profiles to see what was going on during the night.

I want anyway to show you my dress, it will be, for this very unlucky blogger, a way to join the missed event!

C'mon then...here it is:


 
It had to be this!




It's the perfect party dress, it's a fusion of all the latest key trends, the lace, the sequins, the edgy but elegant cut.



Wear it with heels, it's an elegant choice, mix it with biker boots, it's Kate Moss style all over again.

Now, if you want to join the party, you can and you could actually be so lucky to win a £100 gift card to spend in the Arndale, for your Christmas shopping or, better, for your party look!

On the night, a specially selected Jury, the blogger Victoria, Emily Heward from the Manchester Evening News and a member of the Arndale team, proclaimed the ultimate 10 party outfits.

All you need to do is the click here to vote for your favourite look in between the 10 finalists.

I am voting for the stunning, unique and stylish outfit wore by Irena, look number five, from Warehouse.

Which one are you voting for??


Monday, 24 November 2014

MANCHESTER ARNDALE AFTER DARK EVENT 2014: PARTY DRESS SHOPPING IN NEXT

Hello Everybody!

Unless you live on the moon, you know which season is this right? No, it's not just Christmas, it's PARTY SEASON!!!

I bet we are all there, browsing catalogues, magazines, online shopping websites, challenging our stylish self to find the perfect party frock for the most festive holidays of the year!

In the past two years, my "party dress radar" was completely offline, thanks to being 7 months pregnant first and far too overweight then. It has been a serious case of Asda novelty jumper and jeans..I still have nightmares about it and every single photographic evidence has been destroyed.

This year, well, I am, more or less, back in shape and it looks like my shopping is gonna be very special thanks, once again, to Manchester's fashion beating heart also known as Arndale.

The guys there have some serious plans with the event every Manchester's Blogger is talking about: The After Dark Event!

Basically, it works like that: each blogger has been assigned to a retailer present in the mall and has been kindly given a gift card to buy the perfect party dress.

On the 27th of November, after having our make up and hair done, all the chosen dresses will be unveiled and a special jury will decide pick the 10 most stylish outfit that will be displayed in the Arndale and there will be a competition for all the visitors to choose the best dress and win it!

It really sounds amazing to me, but it just got better and better when I found out my allocated retailer was NEXT (*insert applause please*) !!!

So, last Sunday, me and Michelle went to the Arndale with our special party outfit mission!

I was introduced by Next's personal shoppers into the dedicated changing rooms where I started to try all the clothes I had previously picked on the shop floor and, believe me, this was not easy at all: the selection of nice dresses is impressive, had it been for me, well, I would have probably spend all the week end there!

I am gonna show you everything I tried on (with all the links to Next website)...but I will not tell you which one I choose at the end!

That is gonna be a surprise I will unveil on the night of the After Dark event!


Before.....

....and after.



Some of the accessories I was given to try with the outfits.


 The Berry Lace Playsuit


Simple lace can turn into something very special and sophisticated with the right flattering design and this sultry colour.







The Navy Lace V Neck Dress

The design of this dress is so beautiful once tried on and the midi length and the dark navy colour make it very posh and elegant.








The Premium Sequin Maxi Dress

Move over Angelina, there are new legs waiting to be showed, this dress screams red carpet like no others...and did you see the back??







The Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt and the Embellished Hem Sweater

Any SATC fan will love this outfit. You seriously need to go in store and try the skirt, it's the most comfortable material ever and fits beautifully every shape.





The Metallic Bronze Skinny Jeans and the Fake Fur Cape

I felt a lot "Anna from the block" with this and I bet you have never seen a cape like that before.





The Stripe Sequin Dress

Sequin, lace, metallic, this dress it's a party itself!







Now, tell me, which one do you think I got???