Wednesday, 7 October 2015


I am sure I told you this story 4749 millions time but, hey, do you wanna know something ? My Mum had a make up shop!

I was raised playing with make up and perfumes and if there is a brand that I remember, for its iconic artistic bottles, for its elegant make up cases..and for the waiting list associated for some must haves, is Guerlain.

Every time I visit in House of Fraser I indulge at the counter, testing make up, drooling on the new collections and going back with memories, closing my eyes and trying some very well known  perfumes (aahh Samsara, if your bottle could talk...).

When I was invited for a personal introduction to the brand, my very posh answer was "Oh hell yes!!!", so together with Lily, Irena and Precious Baby, I spent few hours mesmerised by scents, creams, oils and make up.

The first thing we did, was going through the Guerlain fragrances wardrobe, that goes from some of the most famous perfumes of history, as the aforementioned Samsara, Shalimar, Champs Elysees, Mitsouko, to the more recent releases as La Petite Robe Noire and L'Instant de Guerlain.

Every single one of this perfumes gives me that idea of a personal elegance, these are not what you will smell on everybody and their mother, these are fragrances that will make you feel exclusive and different, the signature of this brand.

Guerlain skincare is pure luxury, starting from the packaging, where every single bottle, pot, ampoule is so stylish it could be left on your bathroom shelf as an ornament.

My eyes were all for the Abeille Royale Eye Sculpt Serum, packed with healing ingredients to repair wrinkles around the too delicate eye area and the Abeille Royale Face Oil, that can be used on its own or underneath your normal face cream.

Guerlain was actually one of the first brand to come out with a cleansing balm, at a time when gel washes where the rule, the Creme Secret de Bonne Femme was one of the rare cleansing creams around and now The Creme de Beaute' has been reformulated with white tea, jasmine and musk.

The final part of our visit was all about make up.

Guerlain's Christmas and Summer collections are the one I am always looking forward to see.
It's not holiday season if the Terracotta collection is not out and the exquisite packaging of the festive releases are the most coveted presents in between all us beauty addicted.

There Guerlain eyeshadows palettes are legendary beautiful to look at and to use and this year's new ones did not disappoint me.

The Bloom Of Rose Fall 2015 collection introduced two new palettes, Les Cendres where dusty pink, mauve and cream are the main shades and Beaugrenelle, with the combination of gray taupe and blue.

After swatching and trying all I could fit on my wrist, on top of my wishlist there are three products.

* Ombre Eclat Base Paupiere

An eyeshaodw primer that comes in a case, has a solid consistency, helps to even out the eyelid, doesn't crease and helps longevity of the shadow.
The consistency is very peculiar, it appears solid to start to but then, once you start to work it on the lid, it melts and glides onto the skin.

* Kiss Kiss Lip Lift

Another prepping product, this time for lips.
As its collegue, it smooths the lip making the lipstick application easier, lasting longer and keeps lips hydrated.

* Meteorites Baby Glow Fluide De Tint Lumiere 

This can be applied by itself or as a base, works magic on the skin giving a flawless, poreless and glowing look, I tried this myself few months back and I was utterly impressed with the results. 

All this comes with a price. Guerlain is one of the most established luxury beauty brand and all this doesn't come cheap.
But sometimes, this makes the purchase of that red lipstick even more spacial isn't it (I keep my Les Meteorites on my vanity table!)?

I spotted on Instagram the Christmas Collection and I must admit, I don't think I will be able to resist to the new palette.
If you are like me a fan of the brand, I can totally recommend the counter in House of Fraser, these guys know what are they talking about and I am sure they will give you the right advices.

Thank you so much Charlotte for having us, for coping with my messy Precious Baby and for the sample box. I cannot wait to try everything!

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Who doesn't want to spend an afternoon testing luxurious fragrances in one of the most exclusive location of the city?

No me, for sure!

I was totally delighted to be invited to a very intimate event few weeks back, where I was introduced to the most exclusive selection of Christian Dior Fragrances, la Collection Privee.

Held in the top spot of the moment, the Club Brass in the Gotham Hotel, the event was a show cast of what surely isn't the common kind of fragrances you see around in the shops.

The Dior's team from Selfridges was absolutely brilliant to explain every single scent of the collection, going through the different ingredients, meanings, inspirations and everything that makes this fragrances so special and unique.

There are 10 different fragrances and I was completely lost in the stories behind each one of it.

My favourite had to be Grand Bal with its strong jasmin note and  Ambre Nuit, where rose and ambergris (do not ask me what is this, you could feel sick, just trust me when I tell you that despite its origins smells just divine) are combined into this very particular scent.

Unfortunately all this luxury doesn't come cheap, the 125ml bottle will cost you £125 but if you are looking for a very unique and rare scent, you may want to indulge in one of these precious bottles.

If you want to give a good sniff around, you can book an appointment at the Dior counter in Selfridges where any of the lovely SA will explain you all the stories related to the different fragrances and will help you choose the perfect one.

Thank you so much to Selfridges, Hotel Gotham and Club Brass for such an amazing night, it was a pleasure to be there.

I will talk to you very soon, now i can start to feel depressed knowing tomorrow it's Monday.

Good night!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Good evening everybody.

As you know, I am over the moon for the opening of the Kiko Milano shop in the Manchester Trafford Centre so over my instagram, I am posting a picture a day of a Kiko product for the #30daysofkiko.

Today's product is one of my favourite so I decided to dedicate to it a full review on the blog.

The Unlimited Stylo is part of the long lasting lipstick family.

The first thing I noticed when I swatched it was how incredibly intense is the pigmentation.

The swatches you see on my hand are the result of one single coat.

It's quite a dense texture, incredibly creamy.

After the application, it dries out a little bit but I won't call it a matte lipstick.

It lasts good hours but no, sorry, it doesn't resist a full lunch.

Nevermind, the packaging is so nice it well deserves to be shown for a quick re application.

It is paraben free and comes in 14 shades, priced £6.90.

I went of course for the 07 Cherry Red, a perfect full force red.

On my wishlist now, 01 Pearly Rose Coral and 04 Pearly Tangerine.

I would love to know what's inside your Kiko wishlist!


Hello make up junkies,

as promised on my previous H&M beauty post, I am gonna show you what I bought from this amazingly revamped make up line.

First of all, lips!

Will I ever be able to leave a cosmetics shop without a signature red lipstick? It doesn't look possible.

I got the Velvet lip cream in the shade Le Beau Monde.

It's a deep coral red that applies as a mousse texture but dries out completely matte.

It's incredibly similar in consistency to the MUA Luxe ones but it stays better on the lips and doesn't flake or peel.

The sponge applicator is easy to use but maybe you will need some help from a tiny lip brush to define better the corner of the lips, considering that once it dries out it's difficult to remove it.

It lasted ages but I find the retouches easy to do without really having to remove it before applying a new coat.

Finally, it has got a fruity scent that may not be nice for some of you but I personally don't mind.

For £6.99 I would give it a go.

Eyeshadow!!!! I was tempted to buy all the beiges and browns, they all look so pretty but I was a good girl and I only got this Single Eyeshadow in sun worship.

It has got a kind of metal-frost finish and this particular shade is a fantastic pewter with a silver shine.


This shadow has to be used with a primer to have the perfect result; it doesn't crease without but the shade is quite amplified if applied after a good base.

The last things I got were a couple of cream eyeshadows.

Top marks for the little glass pot, very posh and stylish.
The consistency is in between a mousse and a cream.

I have been ditching the brush for these shadows, the application works miles better with my fingertips!

"Champers" is a soft caramel brown/pink. is one of the most beautiful nude shadow I own and it works perfectly as a base for smoky eyes.

"Countess" is a frosty pink, completely matte.

They both work perfectly as a wash allover the lid, I just add a bit of dark brown in the outer corner and lots of black eyeliner on top and bottom lash line and that's it, all done.

This is the end of the haul...but I have got the feeling is not gonna be long till I pay a little visit to the H&M store to explore more products.

My eyes are on the Powder Blushers and on the Cream Blushers.

Please let me know if you got anything from the line and what do you think about it or if you want me to test something in particular, I am open to options!

Good Night!