H&M Beauty Haul:

Hello everyone! Today we are going to talk about H&M beauty line, and obviously there will be some reviews, lots of them actually: 😉
The whole H&M beauty line has everything you will possibly need to satisfy your make up obsession, from brushes to lipsticks, bags to blushers.

If you are on a budget you have to check out this amazing and affordable beauty line, but even if you’re not I would recommend trying some of H&M beauty products because they are extremely good. So, next time you’re passing by, I highly recommend to go to an H&M shop that stocks their beauty products, and in case you need some shopping list inspiration, here are my top picks

– H&M All-Day Liquid Foundation.

This is a great foundation with a gorgeous flawless finish.

I bought it a couple of months ago, October if I remember correctly, and I have been using it since then; I really love it.

The packaging is also good, because the pump applicator works very well and dispenses the right amount of product you want. Moreover, the color range is great because you can chose from 11 different shades.

The lightweight, creamy liquid texture meshes well with skin for easy, smooth blending. Also the formula is comfortable with a light to medium coverage (but if you want more coverage you can certainly build it up).

Because of its liquid/cream-ish texture I would recommend using a foundation brush to blend it better, instead of a beauty blender sponge. Last, but surely not least, this is a fragrance free product and provides a broad-spectrum sun protection thanks to its SPF 15; amazing thing since SPF is really important and a lot of people prefer to apply it with their usual make up (e.g. foundation, BB creams etc.). Moreover, when it comes to wear time, this does last several hours without fading too much. What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a very good and affordable foundation. It is, beyond doubt, a beauty bargain.




– H&M Global Fusion Eye Pot in Paw Paw Blossom (Limited Edition).

This is a great creamy eye shadow in a bold burgundy-metallic color with a warm undertone. This shade should be able to make your eyes truly pop, if you will blend it correctly. Moreover, it is the ideal choice for those seeking a versatile product that works great on its own as well as applied before or after a powder eye shadows for different effects (or to give the creamy eye shadow greater staying power). What’s particularly impressive about this H&M creamy eye shadow is its easy to apply, richly pigmented and smooth formula. Because it’s a creamy eyeshadow you need to be careful with your brushes, in fact I prefer to use my fingers to apply directly from the tub onto my eyelids and then blend the color perfectly with the help of the natural hands heat. Unfortunately this shade is no longer available, but you can still try the other eye cream colors.

What’s not so good about it:

If you don’t quickly apply the right amount of this product as needed to cover your entire eye area, you will quickly run into problems because the formula dries very fast. In other words, you have little time to blend, so you need to work fast and use it cautiously and with patience.



– H&M Jumbo Lip Pencil Lip color-to-go in Zinfandel.

I really enjoyed the shade of this Lip Pencil when I was wearing it, and I also was very impressed with the formula when I was reviewing it. The formula is in fact comfortable to wear, creamy, high pigmented and it offers hours of color-rich wear, even after your morning coffee break. The texture of this lip pencil is a perfect combo between a matte lip pencil and a creamy lipstick; the finish is lovely and it won’t dry out your lips, plus this shade is a must have for the winter season. Moreover, this product is very similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but way more affordable.

What’s not so good about it: The shade range is very limited, at least here in Italy.




– H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil in Come In Third.

This is a gorgeous bronze kinda shade eye pencil with some shimmer in it. You really need to try this eye pencil, because it last for hours even in warm and humid weather conditions. The texture is really creamy and smooth, which makes it perfect to use on your lash line, like an eyeliner. But you can also blend this highlighting color on the center of your lids to give some 3D effect to your makeup.

What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is beyond doubt a beauty bargain.




– H&M Straight Defining Brush.

I was looking for a good straight brush; not round, oval or angled, but perfectly straight. So I decided to include this one in my last H&M beauty haul. So far, so good… I love it. It is a really good brush that has nothing to envy to the high end (and pricey) brushes on the market.

This brush has densely packed bristles with a flat, straight and horizontal end. This firm yet soft brush is cut to create a defined eyeshadow line close to your upper and lower lash line, or to blend and smooth out your eyebrow pencil.

What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a well made and affordable brush; I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with its performance. Another great beauty bargain from H&M! 


– H&M Brush Cleanser Spray.

Generally I prefer to clean my make-up brushes and tools with a lot of water, neutral soap and the Start Maker Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg (my review here ), but some days I’m simply too tired or too lazy to even think about it, so enter the H&M Brush Cleanser Spray. This is a great and affordable spray that cleans, easily and fast, your make-up brushes. How to use: Spray directly onto the brush head and clean off with a paper tissue. What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is a great and, more important, affordable brush cleanser. Plus, its scent is really lovely.

Have you already tried something from the H&M beauty line? If so, let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend.

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My 5 favorites make up products of 2016:

Hello everyone! 2016 is finally over and we can now decide what makeup we used/liked the most.
My most used and loved makeup products of 2016 are five. I have already talked about some of them in my precedent posts, others are new discovery so there are going to be 2 new mini-review in this post. If you want to know which are my last makeup favorites products of 2016 keep reading.

The last makeup product that I bought in 2016 was the H&M Jumbo Lip Pencil “Lip color-to-go” in the shade “Zinfandel”.
I really enjoyed the shade of this Lip Pencil when I was wearing it, and I also was very impressed with the formula when I was reviewing it. The formula is in fact comfortable to wear, creamy, high pigmented and it offers hours of color-rich wear, even after your morning coffee break. The texture of this lip pencil is a perfect combo between a matte lip pencil and a creamy lipstick; the finish is lovely and it won’t dry out your lips, plus this shade is a must have for the winter season. Moreover, this product is very similar to NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but way more affordable.
What’s not so good about it: The shade range is very limited.


You can buy it here.
This is one of favorite eye shadow palette, and probably my no.1 makeup product of the year; the Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P).
I especially love the wide selection of neutral and autumnal plum colors, amazing shades to achieve a broad spectrum of makeup effects. Moreover, I was honestly blown away by the great buttery texture of these eye shadows, and by the fact that the shades are as bright on the eyelids as you can see in the palette.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. This is beyond doubt a beauty bargain.


You can read my more in-depth review here (with swatches, of course).
Next I have to mention my beloved make up brushes.
I use multiple brands and I always test them in every weather condition, with different products, etc. I’ve also found out that if you wet them with a little spritz of fixing mist, before applying your makeup product, the result will be perfect and long lasting. All of my most used makeup brushes are lovely to use, cruelty free and have a great quality.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really. But remember to properly and frequently wash your makeup brushes after using them.




I did a full review here , if you are interested.

Now I’m going to talk about the wonderful Pastello Pencils and the Manga Brow Pencil from Neve Makeup Cosmetics.
I would really recommend these pencils from this particular “made in Italy” brand because their quality is outstanding, but they are also very affordable. Neve Makeup Cosmetics lips/eyes/brows pencils are perfect for everyone who wants a creamy, matte, long lasting and very pigmented product. Moreover, their formula is natural, cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. I very much LOVE this pencils.
What’s not so good about it: Nothing, really! The quality and the price tag of these pencils is awesome, they really are a beauty bargain! The only “negative” point is that you have to sharpen them with a lip pencil sharpener after a couple of applications, that means that some product is wasted each time you are going to do that.



Here is my full review.

The last but not least new product that I have bought last year is a mini-size of the notorious Hoola Bronzer from Benefit. I’ve got mine in the travel size version as a free gift from purchasing other Benefit products. I’ve used it since last September and I’ve happily found out that the shade is perfect for my fair skin type. I usually apply it to achieve a believable, light and almost natural tan color on my face, after applying my foundation. I also use it sometimes as a contouring powder to shape and define my cheeks. I love Hoola also because it has a smooth texture, lightly perfect shiny finish, and a lovely shade that is very flattering on fair skin. So, in conclusion, this is an excellent bronzing powder and I will definitely repurchase the full size version!
What’s not so good about it: I would certainly recommend it, but the Hoola Bronzer is a pricey product so try it before buying it.



You can find it here.

My makeup using this products:


Have you already tried any of my favorites make up products of 2016? And what are your favorites makeup products of 2016, any great suggestion? If you want, let me know in the comment. 

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Review of Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils and Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil:

 Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a makeup day review, so we are going to talk about the Pastello Pencils and the Manga Brow Pencil from Neve Makeup Cosmetics. 🙂  

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants creamy, matte, long lasting and very pigmented lips/eyes/brows pencils that also have an outstanding quality, are really affordable and suitable for vegans. 

What’s good about it? 

I have used Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils for almost 2 years now and I love them; they are really amazing!

Their formula is natural and silicones, petrolatum and parabens free. They are also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.

I have the Pastello Eyeliner Liquirizia/Black, which is a classic deep black pencil with a matte finish. This pencil is perfect to use as a classic eye pencil, eyeliner or as a base to create a great smokey eyes makeup. It has a slightly creamy texture that blends on smoothly on your eyelids with a matte color finish that lasts throughout the day/night without bleeding!

I also have the Pastello Lipcolor Pencils in Sfilata/Amaranth, Confetto/Lilac, Pianeta/Purple and Coccinella/Pink. This lip pencils also have a slightly creamy texture that blends on evenly on the lips with a matte finish that sets instantly and won’t budge all day/night long. Moreover, these pencils do a great job keeping lipsticks from bleeding outside the lip lines, and when applied as a base coat to the lips, they also help your lipstick last longer, even through lunch, brunch, dinner, aperitif, night drink, afternoon tea etc. etc. 😉

They are also amazing used on their own as a lip color, but if you like to wear them as a lip color I would recommend applying a good lip balm underneath because they can be quite drying. [You can read a post about my favourite lip balms here].

The shade range is great and includes various tones that complement most lipstick colors.

I also love the Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils because, thanks to their natural formula, you can use them everywhere on your skin, on your eyes and on your lips… you can truly unleash your makeup creativity! 🙂

For example, I often use the eye pencils on the lips under a coordinated lipstick; they do an amazing job as well and last all day/night! 😉 

Last, but not least, for my brows I use the great Neve Cosmetics Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil. They are double-ended wooden pencils with two colors, one light and the other darker, and a spoolie brush to draw and tame the eyebrows. I love this Manga Brow Pencil because is perfect to create full eyebrows that look natural, plus is easy to use, affordable and long lasting. First I go for the lighter color to draw the shape of my eyebrow, then I use the darker color to add definition and fill in the empty areas using light strokes. Last I comb my eyebrows with the included brow brush. I have this one in the shade warm blonde and soft brown, but they come in 5 different shades suitable for all eyebrows tones. 

•You can buy them here.

*unfortunately some of the shades I have mentioned in this post are no longer available, so sorry! But you can choose similar colors from the new collection.  

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really! The quality of these pencils is amazing, the formula is vegan and they are also low-cost; a really beauty bargain! The only “negative” point about this products is that you will have to sharpen them with a lip pencil sharpener after a couple of applications. That means that some product is wasted each time you sharpen them, but it is really a minor issue thanks to the low and affordable price of these products.

Final thoughts! 

If you are looking for low-cost lips/eyes/brows pencils that have a good quality and long lasting properties look no further, these are perfect. I promise you want be disappointed! Note to myself: buy soon other shades of these amazing pencils! 😉

Final Vote:

5on 5 stars 

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Ingredients:

Black: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Cera Carnauba, Olus Oil, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77499, C.I. 77891.

Purple: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Mica, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 15850, C.I. 77891, C.I. 42090.

Amaranth: Octyl Dodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10 – 18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Mica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 15850, CI 77891, CI 42090.

Pink: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 77891, CI15850, CI 19140.

Manga Brows: Mica, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C10-18 Triglycerides, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Olus Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol. May contain (+/-): C.I. 77891, C.I. 77491, C.I. 77492, C.I. 77499.

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Christmas Gift Guide Part 1:

Hello people! 😉 Christmas is just around the corner, so I want to show you a bunch of great presents ideas for your friends, your sister, your girlfriend, your mother, your whatever, ecc…: 🙂
•Here are some gift ideas for makeup lovers:

-The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette:

The quality of this eye shadows is amazing! This palette contains a versatile mix of colors and finishes to create beautiful day or nighttime looks. Inside you will find four matte, four shimmer and four sparkle shadows and even a double ended brush!

  
You can find it here

Neve Cosmetics Pastello Lipcolor and Eyeliner:

This pencils for lips and eyes are wonderful! They are soft, last all day and the colors are deeply pigmented; you can use them everywhere on your face because this is a bio product and it won’t irritate your skin!

  
You can find it here and here 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:

It’s my favorite mascara these days, because it stays put all day and its super dark black color has an amazing “wow!” effect on your lashes. You can find my review here

• Here are some gift ideas for skincare addicted:

-The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel:

This product will give you a perfect radiant morning skin, plus it has a paradisiacal fragrance of pumpkin!  Here you can find my full review!

The Peter Thomas Roth Hall of Fame Kit:

Taken as a whole, this brand has some great skincare products. PTR exfoliators are wonderful and I review this one here.

This is the best kit to start your daily skincare routine with PTR products, plus in the box you will find an anti-age cleanser, a mask and a full bottle of Strawberry Scrub! Believe me, it will be a really appreciated gift!

  
You can buy it here [ UK & US ]

Clarins Daily Energizer Kit:

Another lovely kit, perfect for a Christmas gift! I especially love the cleansing gel and the cream moisturizer. They have a summer-ish smell, a light texture and they are also great products for every skin type.

  
You can find it here here [UK]

Here are some gift ideas for hair care lovers:

The Wetbrush:

I’m so in love with this brand that I am now the proud possessor of three different brushes! P.S: You should definitely buy these especially for your beloved ones with curly and untamed hair!

I reviewed this product here.

You can find it here and here

StarGazer Semi- Permanent Hair Dye:

If one of your friends/parents/whatever wants desperately to try a new and unusual hair color, you should buy them the Stargazer semi-permanent hair colors! This brand is great and have so many shades to choose… they are going to love it! My review and how to use them here.

– The Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer:

One of your friends/parents/whatever has stressed and crispy hair? No problem! This product is going to help their “heads” immensely! 😉 My review here

Coming soon… Christmas Gift Guide Part 2!

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Ciao a tutti! 😉 Natale è ormai dietro l’angolo, così ho pensato di mostrarvi qualche idea regalo per i vostri amici, parenti, sorelle, conoscenti etc. 🙂

Ecco qui alcune idee per le amanti del makeup:

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette:

La qualità di questi ombretti è fantastica! Questo prodotto contiene un mix versatile di colori e finish per creare look dal mattino alla sera. All’interno troverete quattro ombretti shimmer, quattro ombretti matte e quattro ombretti brillantinati e anche un pennello doppio!

  
Potete trovarla qui

Neve Cosmetics Pastello Labbra e Occhi:

Queste matite labbra e occhi sono magnifiche! Sono soffici, durano tutto il giorno e i colori sono super pigmentati; inoltre potete usarli su tutto il viso perchè sono un prodotto bio e non irriteranno la vostra pelle!

  
Potete trovarle qui e qui

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:

È il mio mascara preferito del periodo, perchè resiste all’intera giornata e il colore è di un nero intenso ha un effetto “wow!” sulle ciglia. Potete trovare la mia review qui

• Qui, invece, parliamo di skincare:

L’Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel:
Questo prodotto vi donerà una pelle radiosa già dal primo utilizzo, in più ha un profumo pazzesco di zucca! 

Qui trovate la mia review.

Peter Thomas Roth Hall of Fame Kit:

Questo brand ha delle linee davvero fantastiche di skincare. Gli esfolianti sono un prodotto validissimo e ho scritto la review di quello che c’è all interno del kit qui.

Questo è il miglior kit per iniziare la vostra esperienza verso la skincare routine giornaliera con i prodotti PTR, nel cofanetto troverete anche un cleanser anti-age, una maschera e uno scrub alla fragola! Credetemi, sarà un regalo davvero apprezzato!

  
Potete trovarlo qui

Clarins Daily Energizer Kit:

Un altro cofanetto fantastico, perfetto per un regalo di Natale! Io adoro i gel e le creme idratanti.

Questi prodotti hanno un profumo estivo intenso, una texture leggera e sono per tutte le pelli.

  
Potete trovarlo qui

• Qui, per finire, parliamo di cura dei capelli:

-La Wetbrush:

Sono talmente innamorata di questo brand che in questo momento posseggo tre diverse spazzole! 

P.S: Dovreste davvero regalarla a qualcuno che ha i capelli crespi o ricci, impossibili da domare!

La mia review di questo prodotto la trovate qui

Tinte Semipermanenti Stargazer:

Se uno dei vostri amiche/parenti vuole assolutamente provare un colore di capelli inusuale, dovreste regalarle le tinte semipermanenti della Stargazer! Questo brand è fantastico ed ha tantissime tonalità tra cui scegliere… le ameranno! La mia review qui

Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer:

Uno dei vostri amici/parenti ha i capelli stressati o crespi? Nessun problema! Questo prodotto aiuterà la loro “testa” nel migliore dei modi! 😉 La mia review qui

A seguire… la seconda parte della guida per i vostri regali di Natale!