Summer Favourites: DIY COCONUT OIL – COFFEE GROUNDS – BROWN SUGAR FACE MASK:

Hello everyone! Today we are talking about a DIY skincare product; a lovely face mask with only 3 ingredients in it that are super cheap and easy to find.
 

So, get ready to pamper yourself  with this super easy DIY mask;  it is perfect to achieve a beautiful glowing skin without spending time and money at your local spa.

You will only need 3 natural ingredients that are really easy to find in your favorite grocery store or farmer market: coconut oil, brown sugar and coffee grounds.

 Here is the recipe:

1– Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil by putting it in a mug and then, for no less than 30 seconds, in the microwave;

2– Retrieve a teaspoon of coffee grounds from your coffee pot;

3Mix the coconut oil and the coffee grounds together in a small glass bowl;

4– Add a teaspoon of brown sugar;

5Mix everything together happily;

6Apply to the face and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes;

7– Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Et voilà, you will have an amazing moisturizing/exfoliating face mask suitable for all skin types. In fact, the coconut oil is a lovely nourishing natural product; sugar is a brilliant natural exfoliant because it tends not to tear at the skin (like other stronger products); coffee grounds are awesome to bright your skin and wake up a dull-ish complexion.

Some words of advice:

 A) I prefer washing masks off with a warm and wet washcloth, instead of a plain and simple splash of water. I run a washcloth under lukewarm water, squeeze out the excess water and then gently wash off the mask in a circular motion. Washcloths are also brilliant for exfoliating.

B) If you don’t particularly like the slightly “greasy” sensation that coconut oil naturally leaves on your face, you can use a gentle cleanser to remove it after, of course, you have rinse off all the mixture of the mask. 

C) I would recommend staying right on your bathroom sink while you put this mask on, because otherwise the coffee grains will spread everywhere, even on your cloths, so be careful.

 I love to apply this mask before an event or a night out as it gets my skin glowing.

 Plus the smell of coffee and coconut oil blended together? OMG, heavenly!

Have you already tried this DIY mask or are you tempted to frantically search for the ingredients throughout your kitchen cabinets right now and try it ASAP? I really like it, so I would love to know your thoughts about it!

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Review of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation:

Hello everyone! Today it’s a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about a great new foundation: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation.
 

Who is it for?

This foundation is perfect for every skin type, although it is best for normal to combination skin. If your skin is very oily you will need to prep your face very well with a mattifying primer before applying this foundation. Same if you have dry skin, I would recommend using a good unifying and moisturizing primer to make sure that your face is adequately hydrated. 

What’s good about it?

I have been using NYX Total Control Drop Foundation for weeks now and in various weather conditions (warm sunny days with high humidity; cold windy evenings; cold and rainy days) and it worked perfectly every time.

I love that this fragrance free foundation is very lightweight, but also highly pigmented… and that means a little product goes a long way, plus a full coverage will never results in a cakey appearance. In fact the fluid texture of this foundation is really easy to blend, resulting in an attractive satin-matte finish that doesn’t highlight imperfections, and wears well throughout your normal work day, without fading or creasing.

Moreover, this liquid foundation comes in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser, which is a brilliant way to distribute it, as you can easily adjust how much product you want/need, drop by drop, from a lovely sheer to a great full coverage and everything in between.

The extent of the shade selection of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is very impressive; the perfect shade for my skin tone is the 05 Light, but there are several options from fair to deep skin tones. With so many options it can be hard to find which bottle to buy, you will really need to choose carefully which one of the two dozen shades is going to be perfect for your skin tone. So, I would recommend a visit to your nearest store to try in person this foundation; with a single drop on your neck or hand you will quickly find out the perfect shade for your skin tone.

A word of advice: the consistency of this foundation is, at first, a little bit on the watery side, so I would recommend putting the number of drops you want to use directly on your skin, with your fingers or the dispenser, and only after you can blend it on your face with a flat kabuki foundation brush. Otherwise, putting 4 or more drops right away on the brush will result in the unpleasant event that the tool will absorb the product entirely, leaving nothing on your skin.

The glass bottle contains ml.13 of product, but is really enough since you will need only 3/4 drops of it to achieve a lovely medium coverage. So, like I said, I little bit goes a long way. 

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really! This is a good and not so pricey foundation that I will certainly recommend to give it a chance. But like I said before, you need to try it in store to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. Also, the best way to apply it is to put a couple of drops first directly on your skin, then blend it with your favorite foundation blush. 

Final thoughts!

What I love most about NYX Total Control Drop is that it’s considered a drugstore product, but at the end of the day it has the performance of some famous brand foundation. In fact it’s remarkably buildable, blends smoothly across the skin and leaves your face with a lovely satin matte finish.

So, if you have the chance to have a shop nearby, go and give it a chance, I think you will not be disappointed! 

Or, if you already knew your shade, you can shop it here.

I would love to know what you think of NYX Total Control Drop Foundation? Have you already tried it and loved it, or not? As always, if you want, let me know in the comment below.

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Summer Favourites: 3 Refreshing and Soothing Spritz Toners:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a skincare day review, because we are going to talk about spray mists/toners. 🙂

Who are they for?

Everyone who wants a good refreshing, soothing and hydrating mist to spry onto the skin whenever and wherever they like during these hot summer days. Also, everyone who wants something light to replace their usual creamy, but heavy (for the summer) moisturizer.

What’s good about them?

They are all beautiful and effective spritz toners. Amazing to refresh, soothe and calm your irritated or overheated skin. Perfects must have products for this hot summer!

Caudalie Organic Grape Water:

Its gentle, alcohol and fragrance-free formula contains only 100% organic grape water (according to Caudalie, the water is extracted directly from grapes in Bordeaux).

This is an amazing soothing and refreshing spritz toner, with the dual power to both lightly increase hydration and reduce sensitivity. It is suitable for every skin types.

How do you use it? Should you spray this on throughout the day or use it over makeup? That’s more a personal preference than a necessity; I prefer to use this on my bare skin as a toner after cleansing, or to refresh and calm the skin throughout these hot summer days. You can also use it as a replacement to your usual creamy moisturizer throughout the next hot and humid Summer months.

Also, the spritzer gives the most perfect light mist of product, which absorbs quickly leaving your skin feeling instantly refreshed and lightly hydrated.

-You can buy it here.

Eau Thermale Avène: 

Its exceptional mineral composition and power to treat sensitive, dry or irritated skin have made the fragrance free Avène Thermal Water a legendary product. The pH of this water is close to neutral, and is bacteriologically pure; moreover, the low mineral content contains indispensable trace elements as well as silica, which leaves a soothing barrier over the skin. In conclusion, it is an amazing, multipurpose, simple but effective water! In fact, it works to comfort a range of everyday skin irritations including sunburn, razor burn, facial redness, itching, post-depilatory irritation, eczema and even nappy rash. However, it is suitable and provides essential care for all skin types.

What exactly do you use it for? The answer is everything, so, again, it is more a personal preference than a necessity. My favourites uses are:

Throughout the day, especially during spring/summer months, since this water creates an invisible layer of mist which refresh and sooth your skin providing a long lasting relief.

Keep it in the fridge and spray over your face when you feel an uncomfortable and overheated sensation on your skin.

– Spray onto burns and shaving rash to immediately soothe and calm them.

I love it and I would definitely recommend this water spray, it’s really a must have product! 

-You can buy it here.

Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist:

 Firts of all, this spray mist comes in a ridiculously cute and lovely packaging!

Second, it smells amazing, fruity and fresh, and oh so summer-ish.

Last, but not least, it easily fits in your purse, backpack, etc…, so it’s perfect to use when you are out and about during these hot summer days/nights.  

This face mist is infused with a blend of fruit extracts, including aloe, to help hydrating dry or tired skin. So, this mist will give you a long lasting moist barrier throughout the day, and also a fresh and light summer fragrance. 

How do you use it? Should you spray this on throughout the day or use it over makeup? Again, it’s up to you, which one you’ll prefer, it would be right. I prefer to use this on my bare skin as a toner after cleansing.

•Bonus Point: the container is also reusable and/or refillable!

What’s not so good about it?

It contains denatured alcohol, which has the potential to cause skin irritations. So, avoid contact with eyes and cease to use it if signs of irritation and/or rash appear. (P.S.: I’ve been using it for about a month now, and I don’t have had any problems so far).

– You can buy it here or here.

What’s not so good about them?

Nothing really! They are all awesome spritz toners, and an instant boost for your skin. Also, the application of them can arise that ‘ahhhhh’ and “WOW” sensation that leaves your skin (and yourself) satisfied. They are a must have for the summer!

Final thoughts! 

I really like these kind of products, they are so easy to use, effective and can be applied in a blink of an eye! I especially love taking these away with me in my purse, when I’m out and about in the city or on vacation, to use them whenever I want or need! 

Have you ever tried a spritz toner? If so, which is your favourite? Mine is obviously the Avène Thermal Water!

Final Vote:

           

 5on5 stars 

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Review of Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a hairday review so we are going to talk about my beloved B&B Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer!

Who is it for?

It’s designed for everyone who has thick, dry, damaged and/or frizzy hair. Plus, it’s perfect for everyone who wants a pre-styler that protects, conditions, and eases styling your hair. 

What’s good about it?

First of all, I love the texture of this product! It is dense, but when you apply it, this creamy primer feels instantly so soft and silky on your hair that you can’t (and won’t) stop touching it! 😉

This amazing hair primer is infused with a blend of 6 feather-light oils, (Grapeseed, Safflower Seed, Sweet Almond, Macadamia Nut, Argan and Coconut oil); they all work to soften, silken, detangle and de-frizz your locks, without weighing it down or greasing it up.

It will also protects your hair against heat-styling, UV-radiation and every kind of breakage.

The bottle has a spry applicator to apply the product directly on your hair, but my tip to use it at its best is this: spritz it 3/4 times directly on your hands, warmth slightly with your palms and then apply it on your strands.

You can use it on your wet or dry hair, but either way I would recommend to focus especially on your lengths and ends and be extremely careful with your roots and scalp because it is super moisturizing and, if you have normal/oily scalp, it can make your roots look greasy.

The B&B Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer has also a very nice, light and fresh scent, so your hair will be beautiful and slightly perfumed, too.

You can buy it here: US UK IT

What’s not so good about it?

At the beginning I wasn’t sure this product would help my dry and damaged hair, but then I started to use it 2 times per week and I fell madly in love with it! 🙂

Also, with a product that is aimed at revitalizing and moisturizing dull-looking and dry hair, the worry can be that your locks will look too oily after applying it. But fear not, because this primer delivers just the right amount of oil to leave your hair looking perfectly nourished but not greasy.

And I know, it is pricey but well worth your money to have beautiful silky hair, plus a little bit of it goes a long way, believe me!

Final thoughts!

I would recommend the B&B Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer for all the girls that, like me, love to bleach or dye or change the color of their locks very often. This primer will give your hair a final boost of nourishment, leaving your locks beautifully shiny, healthy and soft.

Moreover, this product, in combination with a great conditioner (like this one), will bring your dry and damaged hair back to life!


Final Vote:

  

5 on 5 stars

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Review of the Shadow Box palette by Urban Decay + swatches:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Here we are with a new review. Autumn (or Fall) is just started and we need a new look! So, let’s start! 😉 

Who is it for?

The UD Shadow Box is a fun portable palette with a good variety of shades. It’s great for make-up beginners and people new to the brand. 

What’s good about it?

This is the perfect travel friendly palette to take you from day to night out for a make-up change or fix. The UD Shadow Box is an all-in-one eye shadow palette with a dozen shades that range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly hues. I love Urban Decay Eye Shadows, there is something incomparable about the quality of them! You can press it on for a more dense look or put it on lightly for a more natural look; either way they stay, blend, and show very well.

In the UD Shadow Box the color pay-off is good, but slightly less long-lasting then I had come to expect from other Urban Decay palettes, so I would recommend using a primer for a better long-lasting and stay in place look.

Moreover, this palette comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a beautiful packaging design, a full size mirror and a magnetic closure that features the UD initials.

You can buy it on Sephora or on Urban Decay official website.

The shades in this cute little box are:

Sin (a champagne shimmer with a hint of pink), Indo (a cool-toned, emerald green with a frosted finish), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer with a hint of gold ), Tornado (medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen), Smog (deep coppery brown with a frosted finish), Blackout (a deep dark black with a matte finish), Flash (a cool-toned, lavender purple with a frosted finish), Mushroom (a medium-dark, warm gray with a frosted sheen), Lost (medium brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish), Freelove (the only color I don’t quite like because is a brightened, coral-orange with a golden shimmer), Moonshadow (a cool-toned, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen) and Baked Cowboy (a brightened, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen). According to UD, every shade is infused with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, long-lasting wear, and blendability. 

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, but as I said previously, a few shades are less pigmented than you can expect from a UD palette so, if you want a more pigmented long lasting look, I would recommend dampening your brush with a makeup setting spray and/or using a good eye primer before applying it. 

Final thoughts!

The best thing of this box is that you are getting twelve shades for less than the price of the Naked palette; so a good product with a little money saving, what’s not to love?!

Final Vote:

  

4 on 5 stars

What’s inside?
Ingredients:

Indo, Bordello, Tornado, Smog, Freelove, and Baked Cowboy: 

Mica, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer. 

Sin: 
Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-4 Diheptanoate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. 

Flash: 
Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Talc. 

Mushroom: 
Mica, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. 

Moonshadow and Lost: 
Talc, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer. 

Blackout: 
Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartatel, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc Chloride, Silica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. 

All Shades May Contain: 
CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].

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Ciao a tutti! 🙂 Eccoci qui con una nuova review. L’autunno è appena iniziato e abbiamo bisogno di un nuovo look! Quindi, cominciamo! 😉

Per chi è?

La UD Shadow Box è una palette carina e portatile con una buona varietà di colori. È perfetta per chi è alle prime armi con il makeup e le ragazze che vogliono provare qualcosa di questo famosissimo brand.

Cosa ha di buono?

Questa è la perfetta misura per una palette da viaggio o da portare in borsetta per un cambio makeup dal giorno alla sera. La UD Shadow Box è una palette all-in-one con 12 colori che spaziano dal più chiaro al più scuro, dal matte al super brillantinato.

Adoro gli ombretti di questo brand, sono incomparabili per qualità rispetto alle altre marche! Potete pressarlo più volte sulla palpebra per un look più intenso o passarlo leggermente per avere un effetto “vedo non vedo”; in entrambi i casi rimarranno ben sfumati e ben presenti sul vostro occhio.

Nella palette l’intensità è buona, ma un po’ meno duratura rispetto alle altre palette della UD, quindi consiglierei di usare un primer occhi per un makeup che duri tutto il giorno.

La Shadow Box palette ha uno splendido packaging di cartonato simile alla naked originale, uno specchio grande quanto la palette stessa e una chiusura magnetica con le iniziali del marchio “Urban Decay”.

I colori all’interno di questa palette sono:
Sin (un color champagne con un pizzico di rosa), Indo (un colore freddo verde smeraldo satinato), Bordello (un pallido mauve shimmer con un pò dorato), Tornado (mediamente scuro, un viola caldo satinato), Smog (rame profondo satinato), Blackout (un nero scurissimo dal finish matte), Flash (un lavanda freddo satinato), Mushroom (medio-scuro grigio caldo satinato), Lost (marrone non troppo scuro con un sottotono aranciato satinato), Freelove (l’unico colore che non mi piace perché è un arancio corallo luminoso con un sottotono dorato), Moonshadow (un tono freddo mediamente blu scuro perlato) e Baked Cowboy (un pesca brillante satinato con sottotoni caldi e dorati).

Secondo la UD, ogni colore è composto da uno speciale pigmento della Urban Decay, una originale miscela di ingredienti che dà ad ogni tonalità una texture vellutata, colori intensi, di lunga durata e facilmente stendibili.

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Cosa non mi convince?
Niente, ma come ho già detto alcuni colori sono meno pigmentati di quanto ci si potrebbe aspettare da una palette della UD, quindi, se volete ottenere un look più strong e durevole, vi consiglierei di inumidire prima il pennello con uno spray fissativo e/o usare un buon primer prima dell’ applicazione.

Considerazioni finali!
Il punto di forza di questa palette è che contiene 12 tonalità ed ha un prezzo minore rispetto alle Naked palette; quindi abbiamo un ottimo prodotto risparmiando un po’ di soldini, come si fa a non amarla?!

Voto finale!

  
4stelle su 5

[L’INCI dei colori li trovate poco prima delle foto del prodotto! :)]