Menù ideas: Easter Brunch

Hello everyone 🙂 This week it’s a special week, because Sunday it’s Easter Day! So, today we are going to prepare some traditional Italian (and non Italian) dishes for Easter Lunch or, if you’re not celebrating, for a great spring brunch with your friends! 

Start with an appetizer:

Bruschette alla Caprese.{Here}

  
This dish is super fresh and light, a lovely beginning for a perfect Sunday brunch!

Continuing with:

Vegetarian Paella.{Here}

  
This will take a little while because you have to combine several ingredients together, but in the end it will be a success! Plus, it’s a great idea for your vegetarian friend, uncle, sister etc. 😉

If you are still hungry but not so much, here it is a simple but tasteful side dish! 

Russian salad.{Here}

    
Very quick and easy side dish to make when you have nothing remaining in your fridge except for mayonnaise and some vegetables! You can also add tuna or diced boiled chicken.

For dessert a very traditional Italian sweet pie for Easter days:

Neapolitan Pastiera.{Here}

  
It’s a little bit complicated to do this alone so recruit your friends/relatives to help you preparing this wonderful tasty pie!

That’s all folks! 🙂 Enjoy this spring holiday with your relatives, friends, cats and dogs! 😉 

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Review of Estèe Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Creme With SPF 35:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review, and I’m going to talk about the Estèe Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Creme With SPF 35!
The Longest Name In The History of BB Creams… I think. 😉 

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a sheer-to-light coverage with a very natural look. 

What’s good about it?

This BB cream is formulated to be particularly beneficial for concealing blemishes and pores, plus it contains some ingredients that can help with acne and repair sun-damaged skin.

I love the texture of this product! It feels weightless on your skin, and its satin-matte finish is great for those with normal or combination skin.

The Estèe Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Creme With SPF 35 comes in 3 different shades:

01 – Light – this shade is a little peachy and maybe too dark for very fair skins;

02 – Medium – this is the best of all of the three shades offered, it’s a great light/beige, perfect for medium skin tones;

03 – Medium Deep – this is a tan/dark shade on the orangey side.

The SPF 35 sun protection is a nice addiction for anti-aging benefit.

You can also wear this BB cream alone or even under your favorite foundation.

I have to say that I use it especially during Spring/Summer days, when the weather is hot and the humidity is very high; it lasts all day, without making my skin more oily, so this BB cream is perfect for every day usage particularly during Spring/Summer months. 

You can buy it here: US/UK IT UK

What’s not so good about it? 

The limited shade range doesn’t compliment all skin tones, so it would be nice to have more options.

The texture is really good, creamy and lightweight, yet it takes a little bit more blending than normal to obtain a flawless application.

Also the fragrance. It’s not annoying, but it’s a little too much, at least for me. The scent is a subtle but persistent citrus fragrance that will keep you company until you’ll remove your makeup in the evening! Some people love it, but I would like this BB Cream even more if it was fragrance free. 

Final thoughts! 

I’m really impressed with this Estèe Lauder BB Creme, because ultimately it does exactly what it says: good oil control, great broad spectrum sun protection and a sheer to light coverage perfect for those with normal to slightly oily skin, with or without mild acne. 

Ingredients:

  

Final Vote: 

3 on 5 stars 

The packaging:

 
  

  

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Stationery Addiction:

Hello everyone! 🙂 In today’s post I’m going to talk about something different, my addiction… for planner, stickers (OMG, those amazing stickers) and all kind of stationery things! 😉

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Hello, my name is Federica and I’m addicted to… stationery!

*Hello, Federica* the group said. 😉

Early this year I’ve watched some videos here and there, where people and you-tubers were beautifully decorating their weekly planners; I really liked their style and their tricks and methods for organizing every single day. 

-Here some of them:

TheSassyClub
Gloria Fair
Boho Berry
I also discovered that there’s a whole culture of planner nerds. (Hello, my girls and guys!) And by then I was hooked. And I really want to thank the great people of “CartopazzeFB group that has inspired me by providing amazing decorating ideas!

So I decided to try this planner/decorating thing on my own by buying a planner! After The Great Hunt, I finally decided to go for the Filofax Saffiano Personal in the color Raspberry [ IT US UK ]

   

(but there are many other “sizes” and colors that you can choose, from the small[mini] to the biggest[A4]). 

 

It really changed my days from messy to organized; in fact the whole point of getting my planner was to help me be more organized and to make things easier to remember. And it really worked because when I write things down, I remember them better, and I can leave my beloved planner open in front of me on my desk all day.

 

•My Filofax organization:

1- Planner:

  

 2- Lists/Notes:

 3- To do/Wishlists:

  

4- Personal Stuff: 

 

5- Various:

  

6- Work/Jobs:

  

So now I am completely engaged into the process of not just organizing things, but decorating my planner like it is a scrapbook. Now, my planner is beautiful; colorful, creative but very functional, too! Plus, it had fun accessories like motivational stickers and such.

•You can find some cute stickers here or here.

• Washi from Lidl Italia:

  

But one of the things about a planner is that it takes a while to figure out what style and type work best for you.

I’ll put some pics of my stationery starter kits here so you can look at different things that, I hope, can be inspiring for you:

•My first starter kit:

 


•My Bullet Journal for daily tasks:
   

 

•Pen starter kit: 

 

  
Okay, so those are my choices; any other planner nerds out there? 😉 What kind of stationery do you like to use?

  
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Review of The Revitalizing Oil by Darphin:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a skincare day review, so we are going to talk about The Revitalizing Oil for face, body, and hair by Darphin. 🙂
Who is it for?

Everyone who wants a multi-tasking and lightweight oil to revitalize, nourish, protect, reinforce and balance the delicate skin barrier of your face.

What’s good about it?

This is an amazing multi-tasking product, in fact you can use it on your face, your body and even on your hair! After using it, your hair will look immediately silkier and stronger with a gorgeous shine. Moreover, its pleasurable scent will help relieve the effect of stress with a welcomed dose of aromatherapy, leaving your body feeling pampered and relaxed inside and out. And, obviously, Revitalizing Oil is suitable for all skin types.

However, I prefer to use it primarily on my face because, thanks to its light and gentle texture, this oil is nourishing but not too rich, hydrating but not greasy and, bonus point, it absorbs instantly leaving no slickly residue behind, just a soft and smooth skin.

The Revitalizing Oil formula is 98% natural and its blend of over 9 essential oils, including sunflower seed, argan, jojoba seed, ylang-ylang and jasmine can help to protect, even out and revitalize your complexion. Moreover, Tamanu and Lavender oil are very good ingredients to balance, detoxify and prevent infections if you have oily, combination or even acne prone skin.

• How to use it: I generally use 3-5 drops for my whole face during my evening skincare routine. I work the oil into my palms then, using gentle pressing motions, I put it on the skin in upwards movements across my face and neck. I always followed by a light texture, moisturizing night cream. I would recommend to try to avoid rubbing the oil into your skin, plus it is better if you apply everything you need to use first (i.e. serum, toner, blemish treatments. etc…) then put it on your facial oil and finish with your favourite moisturizer.

Having oily, acne prone skin I’ve never been a huge fan of facial oils because I’ve always thought they were going to leave my skin super greasy, but now I’ve definitely changed my mind. After using The Revitalizing Oil every other day for almost a month my skin feels smoother, softer and more balanced than before. Also, when I apply it at night, the next morning my face looks radiant, silky and the redness patches are pretty much gone. So, now this oil is an essential part of my skincare regime!

If you will use it only on your face, a little would go a long way, making this product definitely worth of your money. Also, if you’re looking to try something from Darphin range without breaking your bank account, this is the best product! 
– You can find it here or here.

What’s not so good about it?

The dispenser… Let’s talk about the dispenser.

I know that many of you will love it and think that it is more practical than a pipette, but for me no, it’s not! The problem is that, if you don’t pay enough attention, the product coming out of the dispenser will literally slip outside the bottle, then you’ll need to try to catch every drop of it with your fingers as if it was the last glob of your favourite jam! I personally would have preferred a pipette dispenser, so much easier to use. 

Final thoughts!  

In my opinion, this is a great oil that works very well to replenish moisture, give a more radiant and healthy complexion, reduce redness and balance the texture of your skin.

Ingredients:

  

 Final Vote:

  

5on 5 stars

The packaging:

  

  
  
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