CHRISTMAS GIFT  IDEAS FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICTED:

Hello everyone, Christmas is around the corner so here are some gift ideas for the self-proclaimed beauty addicted on your gift list.

Let’s start with some amazing skincare ideas:

1. Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum by Estee Lauder:

This is a lovely serum, suitable for all skin types. It has a light gel/liquid formula that absorbs nicely and fast, leaving your skin more luminous and more hydrated than before. It contains several good ingredients that can be beneficial to correct and repair many different skin problems (dryness, dullness, first sign of aging, uneven texture etc.). It’s also perfect for dry skin of all ages during a cold winter. You can use it under your evening cream or alone. This is a brilliant product to have in everyone kickass skincare arsenal, but it also is a luxury one, so it’s pricey. A great gift for your Mum, Aunt, Grandma, Older Sister, you got it.

You can buy it here

2. Sampar Velvet Cleansing Milk:

This is a lovely, luxurious and creamy cleanser perfect for this cold winter months. It’s a great morning cleanser, or second cleanser, because it can gently remove all the remaining traces of daily pollution and makeup on your face.  Amazing for everyone with dry skin, it has also a calming and soothing rose scent, due to the rose water in the product. Even the packaging is beautiful with its chic pink pastel bottle that has a black outline of the skyline of Paris at the bottom. So, a great product and a perfect gift especially for everyone obsessed with French skincare and Paris.

You can buy it here

3. Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm:

This is the perfect gift for the girl/guy who’s always reaching for a moisturizing lip balm. Or for a moisturizing, period. In fact you can use this multipurpose balm on every part of your body that is extra dry and needs extreme hydration. It is a high-powered dry skin healer that stays put all day and protects the skin from even the most bitter winter weather. I’m in love with this balm because during the cold winter months my skin become very dry and this super thick balm provides instant relief and comfort. It’s just the perfect product for every part of your body that needs moisture.

You can buy it here

And now some really cute Christmas makeup ideas:

1. Too Faced Melted Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Gingerbread Man:

An holiday limited-edition of the amazing liquid matte lipstick from Too Faced. You have to smell it before trying it, it has a sweet, amazing gingerbread scent. The color is a rustic red, one of my favorite shades especially during cold winter days with little natural light. It’s very pigmented and long lasting, too. The formula is also easy to apply and comfortable to wear. It is a bit on the drier side – to be expected since it is a matte lipstick – but you can avoid that feeling using a lip primer or a good lip balm underneath. The packaging is really cute and very Christmas-sy, with all those little gingerbread men on the bottle.

You can buy it here

2. Nabla Dreamy Eyeshadow Palette:

This beautiful palette contains 12 matte, pearl and metallic shades ideal for creating a range of stylish eye looks. All of these shades are buttery, easy to blend and really pigmented, but I would recommend using a good primer first anyway. The 12 shades are:

• Immaculate – White pearl.

• Illusion – Matte mocha.

• Vanitas – Peach pearl.

• Delirium – Metallic deep purple.

• Byzantine – Rich metallic gold.

• Sistina – Matte salmon.

• Metal Cupid – Metallic burgundy.

• Inception – Pearled purple with blue undertones.

• Senorita – Matte fuchsia toned burgundy.

• Rose Gold – Metallic rose gold.

• Lullaby – Soft lilac.

• Dogma – Matte espresso.

The packaging is also awesome with a big mirror and a constellation-print case.

Unfortunately the dreamy palette is sold out at the moment, but if you follow Nabla on Instagram or Facebook you will know when they restock this little masterpiece. This is the ultimate gift for a beauty addicted.

You can buy it here or here

3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Volume Mascara:

One of my favorite mascara at the moment. The black pigment is really concentrated, so it delivers an amazing effect on your lashes. Plus even the brush is awesome, because it is great at lengthening and spreading the lashes well. This mascara works amazingly well; after using a couple of coats your lashes will feel soft, but look very well separated, black, defined, and longer than before. Another thing that I loved about this mascara is the packaging: chic, sleek and different from other products. It lasts all day without fading or melting, a perfect gift for this long holidays nights. Also a great present for every makeup addicted on you Christmas gift list.

You can buy it here

In the end some other pretty gift ideas:

1. The Ritual Of Sakura – Relaxing Treat (gift set):

This gift set is really lovely and not pricey! It contains a the shower gel and a body cream, both of them have a delicious and delicate scent of cherry flowers. Enriched with naturally nourishing organic rice milk, it lifts away effortlessly your skin impurities whilst nourishing and moisturizing. It is also a great product if you need a little bit of relaxing time during your shower.

Also, a perfect gift if you are on a budget.

You can buy it here

2. Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Leave-In Cream (for hair):

It’s the perfect gift for everyone who wants a hydrating and styling leave-in cream that can also give incredibly smooth and manageable hair. It contains some natural ingredients known for their moisturizing, restructuring and protective properties (some of the key ingredients are Argan Oil, Moringa Extract and Coconut Oil). This cream is also enriched in sheathing and antistatic agents. Also, the slightly and so lovely tropical scent of this hair cream is really something to die for. A great gift for everyone who has frizzy, curly, dry and damaged hair.

You can find it here

3. Carry-All Pouches:

Every beauty addicted needs a lovely and trusty cosmetic bag. This is also a perfect gift idea for all of your friends/beloved ones that travel a lot.

My favorite is definitely this one with a cute Christmas-sy pattern. In it you can carry everything you want from make-up brushes to your favorite moisturizer, from pens or pencils for school/university to your loose change.

You can buy it here

4. Silk Pillow Case:

I’ve been using silk pillow cases for years now and I really love them! There are lots of benefits about using silk: no more puffy eyes and lines on your face upon waking up; no more knots in your hair and split ends; less perspiration (especially during the hot summer nights), less absorption of products (every expensive product you will put on your face before bed will truly benefit your skin, not your pillow case). You will wake up with a beautiful, refresh and soft skin and hair. The soft and luxurious feeling is a bonus. A great gift for everyone!

You can find it here

I hope you’ll get inspired by some of these items and maybe add them to your Christmas gift list!

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MY SUMMER READING LIST: 3 GREAT BOOKS:

Something a bit different today: my top 3 books for these last days of summer. I’ve been reading these great novels over the course of the summer, whenever I get to snatch a sunny moment at the beach or a couple of hours before bed. I loved them, so I want to share my reading recommendations with you. Let’s get started with my favorite one:
 

1 – “Mr. Mercedes” is a novel by Stephen King. This amazing thriller won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014 in the “Mystery and Thriller” category. Also, the TV series based on the first book of this trilogy premiered in the USA on August 9, 2017. So, maybe you will want to read the book, before watching the tv series… or maybe not, it’s up to you, but I can assure you that the show is really awesome. Mr. Mercedes is a page turner, a great thriller that set a retired detective against a criminal that got away.


Plot:

Many jobless people are standing in line for a job fair when a Mercedes plows into the crowd killing 8 people and severely injuring many. Bill Hodges, a recently retired detective from the local police department, receives a letter from an individual claiming to be the person responsible for the job fair incident, referring to himself as “Mr.Mercedes”. Hodges is divorced, lonely and fed up with his life, occasionally contemplating suicide. The Mr. Mercedes incident had taken place at the end of Hodges’ career and was still unresolved when he retired. Mr. Mercedes knows details of the murder and also mentions Olivia Trelawney, from whom he had stolen the Mercedes. Olivia had committed suicide soon after the massacre out of guilt. Hodges is intrigued and starts to investigate the case instead of turning the letter over to his former police colleague, Pete Huntley.

This novel is the first part of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, the second book is “Finders Keepers”, and the last one that ends the trilogy is “End of Watch”.

“Mr. Mercedes” is saturated with plot twists and, unlike the others Stephen King’s book, it is more like a detective story than a mystery novel per se, but that that’s why I like it so much. This is really a great thriller with a fair amount of thrill, perfect to read during a relaxing summer holiday. Personally, I became intrigued with the cat and mouse game played between the retired detective and the psychopathic killer. Brady is a compelling villain with a tragic background that makes him one of King’s most memorable bad guys.

Then another ”outside the lines’’ book that may have something in common with The Walking Dead series/graphic novel:

2 – “The Passage” is the first book of a trilogy by Justin Cronin. There are three published books in the series and the first book now will be turned into a tv series. The author wrote both an uncompromisingly and suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger.


Plot:

“The Passage” begins in the near future and details an apocalyptic and, later, post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by vampire-like beings who are infected by a highly contagious virus. What begins as a project to develop a new immunity-boosting drug based on a virus carried by an unnamed species of bat in South America eventually becomes the virus that transforms the world. The novel extend over more than ninety years, as colonies of humans attempt to live in a world filled with superhuman creatures who are continually on the hunt for fresh blood.

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun. 

Again this book is the first part of a trilogy that continues with “The Twelve” and ends with “The City of Mirrors”.

I love this book because it is an excellent novel, with multi-leveled characters, spiritual mysteries and exciting action scenes. Also the writing is great and well-crafted. So, I really recommend this book, it is an amazing and fascinating read.

In the end, a great young adult novel. This book is perfect for everyone who loves serial killers, murders and bone-chilling plot twists, with young profiler FBI agents:

 

3 – “The Naturals” is a young adult mystery/thriller by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is the first book of a series of four.


Plot

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking at her grandma door: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

This is a fun, fast-paced, intriguing and definitely not predictable read. The dynamics between characters will keep anyone entertained and the writing is also very good. It is the perfect summer book!

The Summer is coming to an end, but hopefully you’ll get a few more lazy, warm days to get some outside reading done.

So, happy reading!

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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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My New Years Eve Makeup Ideas:

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a nice and relaxing Winter break.
Today we are going to talk about my favorite lips and eye makeup combo for these festive nights and, especially, for NYE.

I like that this makeup is shiny but light, and also not too dark or glitter-ish. So, if you fancy an easy look that will shimmer and glimmer under the 1000 lights of your NYE party, I think you will love this idea.

The three products that I would recommend are all from NYX Cosmetics (I really loved using them for a special holiday night out makeup).

• NYX Lingerie Eye Tint in 10 “ Fame & Fortune” and in 07 “Whimsy”.

Whether you’re having a low-key and relaxing dinner with your dearest friends or spending hours dancing, laughing and having fun at the coolest party in town, you surely want to look amazing for this particular night. They say that you have to wear something red on NYE for good luck, so, aside from your lingerie, why not to be bold and use a red-ish metallic eye shadow? NYX Lingerie Eye Tint in n.07Whimsy” is perfect. This metallic and shiny shade will make your eyes truly pop!

You can also add a little hint of sparkle with this other beautiful shade, number 10 “Fame & Fortune”. It’s a cool metallic silver with a delicate pearl finish.

A weightless creamy eye shadow formula, NYX Lingerie Eye Tint provides a wonderful shade to your eyes, also this is a great highly pigmented, long lasting and easy to blend product. The real “must have” for NYX!

You can use them together to build a gorgeous eyes makeup, or you can blend them easily on a traditional powder eye shadow for an additional sparkling touch; your choice!

• You can find them in every NYX Cosmetics store or here.

The NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 02 “ Embellishment”.

So, now that you have done your eyes with bold and shiny colors, you have to be light on your lips. I would recommend using a nude lipstick, such as NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 02Embellishment”. This is a weightless liquid lipstick with a matte finish and a great long lasting formula (it lasts for several hours even if you’ll eat a slice of Panettone or drink a glass of sparkling Prosecco – as we do here in Italy to celebrate New Year at midnight).

This shade has a nude tone with a cool pink undertone, beautiful and easy to wear with every skin tone.

The texture of this product is a little bit drying, so when or if you will have to refresh your makeup throughout the night, I would suggest to use a good lip balm underneath, otherwise this lipstick will dry your lips.

• You can find this liquid lipstick in every NYX Cosmetics store or here.

 

-The liquid lipstick:

-The eye shadows:

-My usual makeup with these products:


That’s all for this year, thank you so much for reading my blog ’til the end of 2016! I hope you will follow me and my posts even during 2017. Have a wonderful, safe and fun NYE everyone.

Christmas Gift Ideas – 2016 Edition Part II:

Hello everyone. Here we go, part II of my Christmas gift guide ! 🙂

We are full swing into the holiday season, so if you have either been too busy to even think about Christmas gifts or you are still on the hunt for THE perfect gift for everyone on your list, today I’m going to give you a little bit of last minute inspiration for your Holidays/Christmas shopping.

The four categories that I am going to show you in this week post are:

– Home Decor Gift Ideas 

– Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

– Style Gift Ideas

-Let’s Nerd Out Gift Ideas

1- Let’s begin with some Home Decor Ideas:

– This is a nice and affordable gift for everyone that loves to invite friends over for dinner or for a little aperitif at home. Also, this is a perfect addition to a great Christmas tablescape decor with a nordic theme.


Here and here are the links to a glass and a pitcher with a stars pattern (You can also find them in every H&M store).

– If you have very trendy and creative friends that have just bought a new house, for example, you can give them this awesome pillow to make their sofa a happy place.


Here is the link (You can also find it in every Maison Du Monde store).

– This tapestry is the perfect gift to buy for someone who loves to travel, and a great wall decor idea to give personality to a sad, white wall in a college dorm room. It’s a beautiful picture of a lovely and peaceful Alpine lake in Italy.


Here is the link.
2- Let’s move onto my favorite part, Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas:

– A cute phone case for your sister or your best friend is always a lovely Christmas gift with a little outlay. This gift is an original design and you will also support an indie artist by buying it.


Here is one of my favorites at the MO.

– These pouches are a cool gift idea for every makeup addicted or every stationery addicted girl. You can use them to keep your pencils and pens or your everyday makeup products and brushes; they will fit perfectly and stylishly in your purse.


Here is the link.
– Last but not least, Christmas without a scented candle shouldn’t exist, right? So here you go, a Christmas Yankee Candle tart infused with a very special holiday flavor.


Here is the one I love the most at the MO.

3 – And then some amazing Style Gift Ideas:

– I love this unique and modern earlobe earrings from Swarovski. They are perfect to give an original touch to every type of look, from classic to modern to young; so basically they are perfect for everyone


 Here is the link.

– Your girlfriend/friend loves unicorns? If the answer is yes then this classic blue cardigan with unicorn elbow patch is the best Christmas gift to put under the tree.


Here is the link.

– I’ve decided to end this part of my post with a cool and trendy piece; an amazing printed bomber. It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s really beautiful and a great present idea. Plus, the design is gorgeous.


Here is the link.

4 – Last little section, Let’s Nerd Out Gift Ideas:

 – For a lot of people, a Winter break is not a good one without Christmas decoration and a marathon of their favorite TV show. So, a T-shirt inspired by his/her favorite tv show is an amazing gift idea for your very nerd/geek friend.

This one is perfect.

– Hardcore fan of Star Wars saga? So, this lovely funko of C3PO is the perfect gift for him/her. Plus, the new Star Wars spin-off movie is in theaters now… right on time! 


You can buy it here.

– Another great present idea is the new Final Fantasy XV game. It’s just came out this month… there is no need for further explanations, right?! Your friend/boyfriend is going to love this gift.


You can find it  here(or in every other store).

Hopefully these little gift guide sparked some ideas for your Christmas shopping and, why not, your personal wish list.

Have an amazing holiday season everyone… see you soon!

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Christmas Gift Ideas – 2016 Edition:

Hello everyone. Here we go again, the HO-HO so stressful time of the year… Christmas! 🙂

Today I’m going to post some stuff to get you started with your Holidays/Christmas shopping or give you a few handy ideas. Rest assured that I have it all covered, you don’t even need to leave your warm and comfy sofa… and your cup of hot chocolate! 😉

The three categories that I am going to present you this week are:

Beauty Gift Ideas 

Skincare Gift Ideas 

Stationery Gift Ideas

1- Let’s begin with the Beauty Gift Ideas:

• For your best friend or a really close relative I think it would be great to buy a handy, beautiful and very big palette for the eyes. I would choose 35P palette from Morphe Brushes; amazing quality, a beauty bargain and it contains the most magnificent and plum-ish colors I have ever used. 


– You can find my full review here

• If you are looking for a good set of makeup brushes to give to one of your makeup addict friends (or to yourself), but you’re on a budget, I would recommend this lovely Start Makers Set with a silicone brush cleaner included


Here is my review.
• Finally, one of the top product for every Christmas time: red lipsticks. I’m sure in my review you will find the perfect color for your skin tone, you festive dress, or to buy as a Christmas present! 😉 


You can see my favorite red lipsticks here 

2- Let’s move onto my favorite part; Skincare Gift Ideas:

• This is a great moisturizer and an amazing primer all in one product. I like to use it under my makeup, especially when I am in a hurry and I need an all in one type of product as a moisturizer and a makeup base. Hangover from Too Faced is the one! It’s a smoothing and at the same time hydrating lotion/cream; the perfect combo for the freezing winter weather. A terrific gift!


Here is my review.

• The Revitalizing Oil for face, body and hair by Darphin is awesome and has a really high moisturizing powers for the girls that suffer from dry skin/hair. It’s another perfect and also multipurpose gift.


Here you can read my review and see the product.

• Last, but surely not least, the most important product in everyone skincare routine, a gentle but perfect cleanser for an intense purification of your skin; the amazing LRP Effaclar H cleanser. It’s a mousse/cream that takes off all the dirt on your skin, the Gift with a capital “G” for your friend that doesn’t know anything about taking care properly of her/his skin!


Here is my photos and review.

3- And then I will finishing this post with some lovely Stationery Gift Idea:

• I really love using cute pens to write down my post ideas, appointments and deadlines on my Filofax so I’ve scoured almost all Amazon stationery pages to find this Okray Swarovsky Pens with all the colors in one box. It’s amazing, isn’t it?! 😉 I mean, all the colors in one box?! OMG!!!


You can find it here

• For a year now I keep trying to learn how to write in a better and flourish way, and I keep failing every single time. So, this Christmas I was thinking to buy a calligraphy book that has at the end a little sketchbook for practicing your writing style at home.


You can find it here

• In the end I thought about a beautiful spiral notebook where you can write down every single one of your amazing thoughts and ideas. This notebook would also make a great stocking filler item or a great part of a bigger gift.


You can find it here

So, see you next week with some other ideas for your Holidays/Christmas shopping!

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Start Makers Make Up Brushes – Review

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup day review, because I’m going to talk about a great and affordable set of brushes that I bought from Amazon a couple of weeks ago!
1. The Fan Brush:

I’ve been on the hunt for this brush all over the beauty shops that I know and always use since last Summer. Sadly, I’ve been repeatedly out of luck because the one I wanted was always out of stock, so I kept searching until I found out it was inside this Start Makers set. This is a very large brush, shaped as a fan, hence the name. Its super-soft synthetic bristles are perfect to pick up and distribute the right amount of your powder products, such as highlighters along your cheekbones and around your nose or blushers along your cheeks. You can also use this brush to sweep away any product fall out. The bristles are 100% synthetic and super soft on your skin! It’s the perfect brush to pick up and distribute your powder product flawlessly in order to achieve an airbrushed finish. I love this tool and I always use it to apply my favorite blusher, highlighters and sometimes even my face powder.

2. The Oval Foundation/Concealer Brush:

This oval brush, that looks like a giant toothbrush, is the last trendy tool from the South Korean beauty universe. Ergonomically designed, this brush is really easy to use, plus its ultra-soft synthetic bristles can blend your liquid/creamy product smoothly and without wasting too much of it. The best way to utilize this brush is by applying a small amount of cream or liquid primer/foundation/concealer to the back of your hand, then dab repeatedly to fill the brush before using broad strokes to blend the makeup over your face and neck. You can also use the edges of the brush to access small areas, like the skin around your nose etc. At first, I was skeptical regarding the effectiveness of this tool, but now that I have tried it I really love how it can blend beautifully and flawless my foundation/concealer. I adore this brush, and since I’ve started using it I noticed that I can do a better job distributing my liquid foundation with this oval brush instead of with the Beauty Blender sponge. Highly recommended!

3. The Makeup Sponge:

I can honestly say that this looks and feels like the well known Beauty Blender sponge, only it’s cheaper. This remarkably soft sponge allows you to easily and quickly blend your liquid or cream foundation. For the best application, I would recommend at first slightly dampening the sponge, then putting the foundation on the back of your hand. Lastly dip the egg-shaped sponge into the product, and apply it to your face, rapidly “bouncing” it. Since the sponge is really soft, the result will be a uniform and natural-looking coverage. Plus, it’s really easy to clean and re-use; if you will take good care of your sponge, you should probably get a good six months out of it, or maybe even longer (wash it with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and let it air dry before using it again it’s the best way to clean it. Also, avoid twisting the sponge as the material can easily tear). This is a great, affordable dupe of the Beauty Blender, so if you’re on a budget I would really recommend trying this one.

4. The Silicone Brush Cleaning Egg:

I love this silicone brush cleaning egg because it’s a super-efficient tool that cleans your make-up brushes really fast, thoroughly but yet in a way that is gentle and respects the brushes texture. Also, it makes the unpleasant and boring task of cleaning your make-up brushes much quicker and easier. It has a couple of multi-textured surfaces to simply spot or deep-clean all your brushes; a really good and effective tool. Also, a must have for any die-hard make-up addicted.

Final thoughts:

I would really recommend this kit if you are a makeup obsessed on a budget but want to try some high quality brushes, and also some new trendy tools. Also, they came in a very nice and handy package, making this set a great and affordable Christmas gift for someone who truly is a makeup addicted. So, this set is extremely good and a really beauty bargain. 

P.S: This brand has other makeup brushes kits; they look amazing and I can’t wait to try some of them ASAP.


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Review of Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P):

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a makeup day review, because we are going to talk about the Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P)

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a good, but not so pricey palette, with a wide selection of neutral and autumnal plum colors to achieve a broad spectrum of makeup effects.

What’s good about it?

This huge palette contains 35 generously sized pans, with a mixture of matte, satin, shimmer and micro-glitter finish shadows. From palest ivory to charcoal, the versatile mix of colors of this palette is so amazing that you can easily create various daytime or nighttime eye shadow looks. But the real stars of this palette are the myriad of beautiful purple tones; brilliant violets sit alongside soft mauves, rich blackberries and warm, autumnal plum colors.

I have already used this palette in various situations such as cold/warm weather with high humidity, and I am really pleased with the results, so far. The eye shadows are designed to be applied dry or even wet to achieve various depths of tones and intensities on the lids.

These eye shadows have a good, slightly buttery texture, and after you have blend them well on your eyelids, they deliver an appreciable color payoff. Also, the shades are as bright on the eyelids as they are in the palette.

The Morphe Brushes 35P Palette is packaged within a black, thin plastic container, really nice and lightweight, but also quite large (it has to be, of course, to contain 35 pans), which does make it not so easy to store if you own multiple palettes; no travel friendly size here, girls! 😉

You can find it here.

What’s not so good about it?

The shades are highly pigmented, but some of them are a little bit on the fallout side, in terms of texture, so you have to work patiently with the brush to blend them on your eyelids for achieving a good level of intensity and durability. But this is a minor setback given the overall quality and the great prize of this huge palette . Also, like I said, I have wear them in many different occasions and if you use a good eye primer underneath, they last all day.

There is also a dark/plum color with so many glitters in it that when you put it on your lids it will fall everywhere; beautiful color, but very difficult to blend properly.

Final thoughts! 

So, if you are looking for a very good, extremely versatile, not so pricey and very trendy palette for this Fall/Winter season then this is definitely one to check out. In fact, the quality and pigmentation of Morphe Brushes 35 Colour Plum Eye Shadow Palette (35P) is simply amazing for the price.

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4 on 5 stars

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Summer Favourites: A great and affordable BB Cream: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it’s a makeup/skincare day review and we are going to talk about a product that I really loved last Summer: SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants a good, non greasy and affordable BB cream for unifying and mattifying oily and acne prone skin.

What’s good about it?

I have been using this BB cream since I have finished my acne treatment, so all these past hot and humid Summer months, and I really loved it. I don’t like to put a full coverage foundation on my skin through the Summer, because here in Italy the heat and humidity can be pretty brutal, so your pricey foundation will melt on your skin in a blink of an eye and you will resemble a dreadful kabuki mask. That said, during Spring and Summer months, I usually replace my foundation with a BB Cream; this year I have tried the new SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20.

Its thick, creamy, but lightweight texture is perfect to slightly conceal your imperfections and evens out your complexion in a natural-looking way. This is also a great oil-absorbing product that helps to keep your nose, chin and forehead shine-free throughout the day (but if you need an extra shine control power, you can always use a good pressed powder like the amazing Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, my review here).

Another amazing quality of this paraben and fragrance free product is that it contains a broad spectrum sun protection (SPF20), which protects your skin from UV damage and prevents marks caused by the sun.

Moreover, SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 contains a very effective skin-restoring ingredient: Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. Niacinamide improves your skin texture and increases the skin’s barrier functions so that the skin can look and feel more healthy; it also can protect your skin against bacterial infections that can cause acne and blemishes.

Of the two colors offered, I can only speak for the Light shade since it’s the one that suits just about fine my complexion; it blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections and offering also a temporary shine control perfect for people with oily skin. 

You can find it here.

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing really, this BB cream is an amazing product especially for people with oily or blemishes prone skin, plus it is really affordable! My only complaint is that it only comes in two shades

Final thoughts!  

In the end, there’s a lot to love about SVR Sebiaclear BB Cream SPF 20 from its texture that feels great and blends effortlessly into the skin, blurring pores and other imperfections, to its ability to temporarily mattifying your oily skin. Bonus point, it is really affordable. So, I really recommend it!

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