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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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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My favorite Spring lipsticks:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today we are going to talk about my favorite Spring lipsticks:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Violet:

This is a super comfortable liquid lipstick with a really matte finish that won’t dry out your lips. Also, its lightweight formula makes this product very comfortable to wear.

This comes in a squeeze tube with a sponge angled applicator that dispenses the product, so it applies easily

The gel-like texture is smooth, extraordinary pigmented and stays on your lips for hours, no need to use a similar lip-pencil.

The quality of the color is very good; you do not need too much product to get a beautiful shade on your lips.

P.S: After approximately 4/5 hours the color is going to fade to an attractive stain, so then you will need to go for a quick re-touch. 😉

 You can buy it here: IT US UK 
  


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Rose Neillia (33):

This is a gorgeous coral/peachy shade that I really enjoy using especially during the hot Spring/Summer days.

The texture is silky, with the hydrating feeling of a lip balm; the color is very rich, pigmented as a lipstick – so I would say that YSL Rouge Volupté is a hybrid between a classic lipstick and a good lip balm.

Is really comfortable to wear, but the creamy texture can easily move into the fine lines around your mouth, so I would recommend using a lip contour pencil.

Yes, this is a designer luxury product, so it’s pricey, but I can assure you that this is an amazing product and it’s worth your money! 

This lipstick will last on your lips approximately 5/6 hours, without eating or drinking! 😉

You can buy it here: IT US UK 
  
Lancôme Rouge in Love High Potency Lip Color in Pink Bon Bon:

This is the perfect summer pink shade, at least for me!

I really love the creamy texture and the semi-matte finish of this lipstick. Also, thanks to a great silicone-based formula, you will get an impressive amount of staying power, 5/6 hours without a re-touch.

This richly pigmented lipstick has a really creamy texture, yet is also lightweight and beautifully silky.

Again, even this one is a luxury product, so it’s really expensive, but I can assure you that this is an awesome product and it’s definitely worth your money! 

No lip contour pencil needed for this one! 🙂

You can buy it here: US UK IT 
  


Mac Matte Royal Lipstick:

This is an “unusual” shade that maybe not everyone will like or buy, but you know me, I’m obsessed with lipsticks and the more strange they are the most I love them! 😉

This is supposed to be a deep blue, but on my lips the color it’s kind of an indigo shade; I think it depends on your lips and the differences between natural or artificial light.

The finish is truly matte, so it’s bit drying, too; you will definitely need to apply a good lip balm underneath this one. [A few months ago I did a post about my favorite lip balms here].

This shade is gorgeous, at least in my opinion, very bold and deeply pigmented. It also provides a full-coverage color and really matte/non-glossy finish.

The problem with this lipstick is in the way it wears, and fades. Sadly, it fades unevenly, and only after a couple of hours, it begins to flake on your lips, so you will have to not only re-touch it, but literally re-apply the product again. 😦

No lip pencil needed with this one, but I would recommend, at least, a similar lip contour pencil. 

You can buy it here: IT US UK  

 

 
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry:

I know, this is not a classic lipstick, but it is an amazing product for the hot Spring/Summer days/nights; it’s perfect when you want a natural but also a little bit shiny look for a casual night out.

This lip product is soothing, shiny without being too sticky and has a really great sponge-tip applicator.

Also, it is designed to nourish, protect and soften the lips, which it does, extremely well.

So, in the end, I would say that this is an emollient, gel-like lip gloss that moisturizes while imparting sheer, a little juicy color and a minimally sticky feeling. Plus, I really love the scent of this lip oil, it makes me think of a raspberry pie!:)

This is pricey for a “simple” lip moisturizing product, but you will only need a tiny amount on your lips, so a little bit goes a long way. And it’s worth your money because in the end your lips will be luminous, hydrated and very kissable! 😉

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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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Christmas Gift Guide Part 3:

Hello people! Time for the third part of my Christmas Gift Guide… (maybe) the last one! 😉
P.S: If you want to check out my first and second part click here and here.

You can’t wait to read part 3, right? So, let’s start! 

• Here are some great recommendations for TV Series addicted:

-If one of your friends/parents/whatever loves binge-watching TV series like there is no tomorrow, then you can get them a subscription to Netflix or Amazon. Best series to watch? These three for sure: Sense8, Jessica Jones and Mr. Robot.  

 
Netflix Sense8 plot summary:

Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will, Riley, Capheus, Sun, Lito, Kala, Wolfgang and Nomi. Each individual is from a different culture and part of the world. In the aftermath of a tragic death, an event that they all experience through what they perceive as dreams or visions, they suddenly find themselves growing mentally and emotionally connected. While trying to figure how and why this connection happened and what it means, a mysterious man named Jonas tries to help the eight. Meanwhile, another stranger called Whispers attempts to hunt them down, using the same sensate power to gain full access to a Sensate’s mind (thoughts/sight) after looking into their eyes. Each episode reflects the views of the characters interacting with each other, while delving deeper into their backgrounds and what sets them apart and brings them together with the others. 

I think this is a show that everyone needs to watch because the idea that every single person in the world can connect, mentally and emotionally, with another is original and intriguing plus the characters are played by amazing actors. It is a tv show very well developed and played!

  
Netflix Jessica Jones plot summary:

Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

I love graphic novels and Krysten Ritter gives the best of herself in this main character! 

   – USA Network Mr. Robot plot summary:

Elliot Alderson is a young cyber-security engineer living in New York; he also assumes the role of a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot meets a mysterious anarchist known as “Mr. Robot” who recruits him to join his team of hackers called “Fsociety”. Elliot, who has a social anxiety disorder and connects to people by hacking them, is intrigued but uncertain if he wants to be part of the group. The show follows Mr. Robot’s attempts to engage Elliot in his mission to destroy the corporation Elliot is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs that are running (and ruining) the world.

It’s a great intriguing and provocative series!

• Here are some gifts ideas for music lovers

– This is an amazing gift if one of your friends/parents/whatever really loves listening to great rock music almost all-day and all-night (the sound quality of this headphones is pretty awesome). I got these as a gift last year and I absolutely adore them!

  
You can buy The Marshall Major Headphones here:

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– One of your friends/parents/whatever has a turntable and loves listening to great classic rock music? Here is the perfect gift for him/her:

  
The Doors 1967 debut album (vinyl)

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– One of your friends/parents/whatever is thinking to start playing an instrument, but he/she doesn’t know which one? 

  
Then an extraordinary and funny instrument like a ukulele is a great choice.

Here’s a good starter kit!

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• If you are a girl and you have no idea what to get to your boyfriend, brother or simply a good friend for Christmas, here are some presents ideas for him:

– Sometimes videogames are a boy BFF, aren’t they?

Last Summer I watched on YouTube some great videos about this title and I can say that I loved it. It is a survival horror with interesting characters and a really scary plot that takes place in a remote mountain retreat… oh and you might also find some well known actors providing the voices and likenesses for some of the characters.

  
Plot summary:

Eight friends are trapped together on a remote mountain retreat, and they aren’t alone. Gripped by dread, with tensions running high, they must fight through their fear if they all hope to make through the night in one piece. Play as each of the eight characters and experience fear like you never have before. Every decision you make in your terrifying search for answers could mean the difference between life and death, but for whom? Your actions alone will decide who survives Until Dawn.

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– Or maybe one of your friends/parents/whatever is a tech addicted? And he is always complaining about the low life of his iPhone/iPad etc. battery ? Then you have your answer: a portable power bank for Christmas is the best gift you can get to him! Here is one of the best around 🙂

  
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– He is a T-Shirt/Hoodies lover? Here are some great ideas for funny/nerd-ish T-shirts/Hoodies 😉 :

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 Horror Stories
  
Coffee Time
  
The Big Lebowski
  
Rest in Pizza