Monday, 17 November 2014

CARGO COSMETICS EYESHADOWS PALETTE VINTAGE ESCAPE REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello Darlings!

This post is a long overdue review about one of the best eyeshadows palettes I own.

I cannot actually believe it I did not share before the love I have for this little jewel.

Let me introduce the Cargo "Vintage Escape" palette.




I first spotted it last year during the Vogue Fashion Night Out in Debenhams where I notice the Cargo stand.


I recommend you a visit if you can, because you will probably end up asking yourself why you did not buy from this brand before.


Some nice eyeshadows and contour palettes caught my attention but then I eyed this palette and it was love at first sight.


Due to the other 374757 nude palettes I own, I decided not to buy it on the night, applying my rule of " if you are still thinking about it after one week, go and buy it".

Nether less to say, I got it and yes, it was a wise purchase.



It has just got the "wow" factor (you can tell what do I watch every Saturday night don't you?).

Perfect selection of matte and shimmer shades, 12 pans, incredible colour pay off,  long lasting effect and nice blendabilty make this palette so valuable.




The double ended brush is not bad at all, the angled side in particular is very accurate and precise.



I use it every other day, probably even more and it's what I use to do my fave smoky eyes look, that you can find here.



The black matte shade, "Black Crow" is one of the darkest and most opaque shadow I own, can be compared to Urban Decay's "Black out"; I quite often use it on the lower lash line on top of the black pencil ( I use normally Avon Super Shock Gel liner).



Hot Cocoa, Autumn and Chestnut are the perfect crease shades, my faveourite ones are Frolic, between a brown and a pewter colour, Rustic, a coppery brown and Crisp, very similar to Mac's Nylon.

Now I have got good news for you: I paid something like 35 quids for this but I spotted it on the Fragrance Direct website for £15 , super bargain and a good idea for a Christmas present if you wish and you can find it here.

I will talk to you very soon,

Night Night!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DIARY OF A BORED BLOGGER # 5: MEMORIES FROM MADRID

Nonsense words and pictures from
 a blogger that should be probably
 be working, cooking, cleaning, but prefers just not to...

Oh my God, I have not done one of these blog post for ages!!!

Back in September I spend few days in Madrid.

It was not my first time there and I found myself once again, enjoying the beautiful buildings, relaxing in the Parco del Buen Retiro, holding my breath admiring Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sophia's Museum.

Only disappointment was the fact Madrid, despite being a European capital and the fact we are in  2014, is one of the less child friendly place I have ever been: I am talking about no elevators in the metro stations, no changing facilities in public places-restaurants-tea rooms etc, disable access nowhere to be seen.

Enjoy the pictures!

El oso y el madroƱo de la Puerta del Sol


La Castellana


Reina Sophia Museum




Salvador D'Ali: Muchacha de Espaldas

Angelo Santos: Un mundo


Salvador D'Ali: The Invisible Man

Salvador D'Ali Still Life

Maruja Mallo la Verbena

Atocha


Parco del Buen Ritiro

Palacio Real


Churros!!!!


El Rastro vintage market






Sunday, 9 November 2014

MANCHESTER ARNDALE MEET THE TRENDS AW 2014 EVENT

Hello beautiful people!

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last days, but few visitors from Italy, work commitments and some neglected household duties have kept me quite busy.

I am coming back to my little blog with yet another post about an Arndale Shopping Centre event.

These guys cannot really keep still and few weeks ago they organised a week end full of fashion and beauty regarding the new AW14 trends, called MEET THE TRENDS.



The catwalk located in the Exchange Square hosted a fashion show every 30 minutes, with the major retailers of the mall showing the newest collections.


Like this was not enough, all over the centre beauty counters and pop up stands where offering makeovers, free treatments and freebies.

I had a good stroll all over the beauty stations and my first stop had to be Boots N7.



I was looking forward to try their colour matching service for foundation and lipstick and I was not disappointed.

A nice and helpful SA, after asking me some information about my skincare, which coverage I normally go for etc, tested my skin with their special magic device and here we go, matching foundation and several options of lipsticks where all written down on a card for me.



I went to Boots to purchase the "Stay Perfect" foundation straight away, asking myself why on earth I did not do this before.

Second stop was Clinique.




The stand was offering brows/ make up/ eyes touch ups and introducing the new Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush.


I am a huge fan of the Clarisonic so all these kind of devices are quite intriguing for me.

The oval head shows two kind of different bristles, green for the T-zone and white (more delicate and softer) for cheeks and sensitive areas

It has got a timer and can be used with any detergent really, but the good thing is that is sold, for 79 quids, with a three phases system kit.

The last make up stand I visited that was offering makeovers was Smashbox.




This brand is getting quite a name around thanks to some successful products like the Photo Finish Primers and the Full Exposure palette.


The other stands I visited were all hair related.

Ojon and Bumble & Bumble where on the same stand of Smashbox and I saw a lot of girls trying the most famous products and getting some cool hairstyles, shame I did not have a lot of time to get a nice hairdo myself!




As one of the major hair salon of the shopping centre, Supercuts had to be there.



We have got some big names sold here, like Kerastase and Ghd.



I was given some samples of the new Kerastase Elixir Ultime range and I was introduced to some of the most popular products of the salon, requested by clients to achieve the ultimate bouncy bombshell party-ready look.



Last but not least, it was Paul's Beauty and Hair World.

Now, this shop is a little wonderland for me.



I am so unhappy with my hair at the moment that I cannot stop thinking some good extension would be the solutions.



The latest trend is the L.A. wave.

Basically they are applied to your own hair with special silicone/metal rings in just 45 minutes, they can be removed, re-applied, washed, styled and treated as your own hair; the difference with the braided extension is that the L.A. ones are much thinner and less noticeable.

I may pay a visit to the store, located on the ground floor, very soon.

Well done to the Arndale for another amazing event, and I am totally ready for the festive season now, what will you have in mind this time?