mercoledì 26 aprile 2017

♕ Make Up Look ~ Floating Liner ♕

I'm all about Instagram trends lately - in case you haven't noticed already XD After the helix liner and the crown makeup I decided to try the floating/invisible liner style launched by @staceymariemua.
There are quite a few different versions of this liner (all created by her), the one I chose is my favourite so far - but I'll probably try one of the others too in the future ;D It's such a fun technique and you know I love to challenge myself!
Here's my very own version! ♥

lunedì 24 aprile 2017

♕ Part of My World ♕ Spectrum Collections ~ Duo Fibre 4 Piece Set ♕
{Overview, First Impressions}

{Disclaimer: this first impressions post features a product I got for free as press sample. I'd like to thank Spectrum Collections for the opportunity, anyway my evaluation policy doesn't change and is always based on real use and in-depth testing of the product(s)}

Finally - finally! - I'm able to share with you my first impressions and thoughts about one of the newest brush set by Spectrum Collections, the 4 Piece Duo Fiber Set. It was sent to me for my birthday but it took me longer than usual to test - mostly because this set is meant to be used mainly with cream and liquid products, which I don't use... So I had to borrow some for the testing's sake - hence the huge delay!

If an airbrushed, lightweight finish is your ultimate base goals, say hello to your new favourite brushes!

sabato 22 aprile 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ~ Leafeon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

Happy weekend everyone! I have a new episode of The Pokémon Series for you today :D We are done with Gen II eeveelutions so now we are going to see Gen IV eeveelutions (in case you're wondering, eeveelutions are release every other generations): Leafeon, the grass type evolution, and Glaceon, the ice type one. Today I am going to show Leafeon, one of the cutest and sweetest eeveelutions ♥_♥ I'd like to dedicate this look to my friend Lyra, as I know Leafeon is one of her favourites ♥

Leafeon, the Verdant Pokémon.
Type: Grass
"It basically does not fight. With cells similar to those of plants, it can perform photosynthesis. When you see Leafeon asleep in a patch of sunshine, you'll know it is using photosynthesis to produce clean air."

mercoledì 19 aprile 2017

♕ The Mermaid Series ~ Mermaid Heart ♕
{Inspired by Laura Beth ~ @theclassicalmua}

Today's look is inspired by one of my favourite artist on Instagram: Laura Beth aka @theclassicalmua - check her out because she's so flipping skilled, her looks are always stunning (and her live streams are the best)!

I saw this beautiful and stunning heart makeup on her page I while back, the only thing that held me back from trying it out right away was the presence of glitters... which I didn't have. But, one day, I found some fine craft glitters that looked perfect for the purpose, so I took the plunge and tried! 

"Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a mermaid.
Then always be a mermaid!"

domenica 16 aprile 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ~ Umbreon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

Happy Easter everyone! :D Hope you're having a fintastic day! ♥

New episode of The Pokémon Series! We moved on to Gen II eeveelutions: last week we talked about Espeon, the psychic type Sun Pokémon; today I'm going to show you Umbreon, the dark type Moonlight Pokémon, aka the counterpart of Espeon! (And we're basically done with Gen II eeveelutions, next week we'll move on to Gen IV!)

Umbreon, the Moonlight Pokémon.
Type: Dark 
"Umbreon evolved as a result of exposure to the moon's waves. It hides silently in darkness and waits for its foes to make a move. The rings on its body glow when it leaps to attack."

martedì 11 aprile 2017

♕ Make Up Look ~ Bow Liner ♕

Today's look is very, very special, because it was requested by a lovely friend of mine from the US, Ally. She's such a supportive and caring girl, extremely badass and fierce; she has a thing for bows - it's her signature, so to speak - and, one day, she DMed me on Instagram asking me if I could do a black & purple look with a bow included somewhere.

I was SO thrilled - both because I love when someone requests a look and also because it would be quite a challenging makeup to make. So, of course, I replied I would happily do it and, after some brainstorming, I came up with this bow look!

domenica 9 aprile 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ~ Espeon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

New episode of The Pokémon Series! We're done with the first generation eeveelutions, so it's time to move on to the second generation ones! Gen II introduced two new evolutions, a psychic type and a dark type - and today I'm going to show you Espeon, the psychic eeveelution, along with its inspired look! 

Espeon, the Sun Pokémon.
Type: Psychic 
"Espeon is extremely loyal to any trainer it considers to be worthy. It is said that this Pokémon developed its precognitive powers to protect its trainer from harm."

martedì 4 aprile 2017

♕ Make Up Look ~ Underwater Treasure ♕
{Inspired by Roberta ~ @robertavixen}

I'm really proud of the look that I'm going to show you today - I really love the way it turned out, plus it was a big success and received tons of love on my Instagram. It reminded me of a lost treasure at the bottom of the ocean (thus the name) but several people gave different interpretations - from a "royal blue goddess" to a "Beauty and the Beast" look. It was pretty exciting actually :D

The graphic eyeliner style was inspired by a @robertavixen's looks (check her out, she's so skilled!), where she included this particular wing style - and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it! Of course, I had to use Klimt eyeliner - not only because it is my current makeup obsession, but also because it's simply the best for any kind graphic line/shape. My regular black liner (aka a black pigment used wet) could do that - but is more troublesome, so to speak, and more time consuming. 

domenica 2 aprile 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ~ Jolteon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

New episode of The Pokémon Series! After the water-type eeveelution (Vaporeon) and the fire-type eeveelution (Flareon), today's the turn of the electric-type eeveelution: Jolteon!
This is going to be a pretty short post - this look is my least favourite, I honestly posted it just for the series' sake XD Plus, appearances aside, it's very easy two make and it won't take me long to explain how I achieved it!

Jolteon, the Lightning Pokémon.
Type: Electric
"Jolteon's cells generate a low level of electricity. This power is amplified by the static electricity of its fur, enabling the Pokémon to drop thunderbolts. The bristling fur is made of electrically charged needles."

martedì 28 marzo 2017

♕ My Essential Makeup Brushes ♕
{Spectrum Collections, Mac Cosmetics, Real Techniques}

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my makeup essentials, those basic product I use in almost every single makeup look. I also have essential makeup brushes that I reach for everyday as well - and you may have noticed that: I always list all the brushes I use to achieve my makeup looks, and many of them are always the same - although I have a ton of brushes to choose from!
So I thought I could do another essential episode, focusing on brushes only this time - and that's exactly what I'm going to do today! I'm going to show you all of my favourite and most used brushes - face, eye, lip... Every kind of brush that it's irreplaceable for me!

All my favourite dinglehoppers in my favourite holder ;D My personal mermaid treasure ♥

sabato 25 marzo 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ~ Flareon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

New episode of The Pokémon Series! Last week I showed you the water-type eeveelution, aka Vaporeon, inspired look: today I'm going to show you the fire-type eeveelution - Flareon!
You know, water and fire are my favourite elements ever, love them both equally, but this time fire came second! ;D I have many fire-type Pokémon that I deeply love - Vulpix, Ninetales, Charmander, just to mention a few - but Vaporeon is unbeatable u.u 

Flareon, the Flame Pokémon.
Type: Fire
"Flareon's fluffy fur has a functional purpose - it releases heat into the air so that its body does not get excessively hot. This Pokémon's body temperature can rise to a maximum of 1,650 degrees F (900 degrees Celsius)"

giovedì 23 marzo 2017

♕ The Mermaid Series ~ Mermaid Crown Princess Make Up ♕

Today's look features an Instagram trend: the Princess/Crown/Tiara makeup look! First created by Marissa Melhron, this look spread across Instagram instantaneously - starting the trend. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to give it a try *___* But I had to wait until I found the original creator - so I could give her all the due credits... This took me a while because seems like no one credited her in the first place. Which is sad and unfair: please always credit the creators whenever you get inspired by a look/ideas/whatever. It's a sign of respect towards the artist and his/her work!

And now, without further ado, here's my attempt at this royal make up!

lunedì 20 marzo 2017

♕ Winter 2017 Most Played ♕

Today's vernal equinox - which means winter is now over and spring is finally here! *_* I think I've never been as happy for spring as I am today - I love winter, I definitely prefer cold over warm temperatures... But this winter really felt heavy, somehow oppressive, I couldn't wait for spring to arrive! Now I'm looking forward to sunny days and light dresses :D

Anyway, vernal equinox means it's also Winter Most Played time, so today I'm going to show you alllll the products I used the most during this past season :D

As always, all credits for the Most Played idea go to GoldenVi0let

venerdì 17 marzo 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ♕ Vaporeon ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

Time for a new Pokémon inspired look! After Eevee, the unevolved base form, let's move to its evolutions - or, as they're usually called, its eeveelutions.
Eevee, as of now, can evolve in 8 different species - all different and absolutely unique.
I followed their chronological, generations order so I started with Gen I ones - and I absolutely had to do my favourite first... Vaporeon, the water-type eeveelution! (It's such a cutie! ♥)

Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon.
Type: Water
"Lives close to water. Its long tail is ridged with a fin which is often mistaken for a mermaid's. As it uses the fins on the tip of its tail to swim, it blends with the water perfectly. "

lunedì 13 marzo 2017

♕ My Beauty Routine ♕ Part 1: Skincare {2017} ♕
{Mini Reviews}

I don't recall when I last wrote a post about my skincare/haircare routines... A couple of years ago, to say the least, I guess. It's definitely time for a big update, don't you think? :D

I decided to split the two routines and write a post each, since I have quite some products to show you. Today I'm going to share my current skincare routine (lipcare & bodycare included) and focus on all the products I use ♥

venerdì 10 marzo 2017

♕ Make Up Look ♕ Tropical Eyes ♕

Today's look is colourful, bright, very summery! I don't know about you, but even though I really love wintertime I'm quite sick of cold and bad weather... I'm so ready for summer and getting back to mermaiding! *_* So last week, while waiting for warmer temperatures, I created this makeup - that feels so tropical thanks to the shades used!

mercoledì 8 marzo 2017

♕ The Pokémon Series ♕ Eevee ♕
{Eeveelutions Mini Series}

Finally introducing and lunching today my new makeup series - The Pokémon Series! I've always been a Pokémon fan since I was little - majorly thanks to the anime, as my parents were opposed to videogames of any kind so I never got to play their games. Now I've been playing Pokémon Go since August, which feels like living the Pokémon Trainer dream... It was time to join my Pokémon and makeup passion together!

First things first: shout-out to Darkness The Taste of Ink who had a great Pokémon series too a while back! Her series has inspired me to do my own Pokémon inspired looks since then - it took me years, but they're here at last!
I decided to start this series with a mini series (yeah like a matryoshka XD) dedicated to Eevee and its evolutions (thus nicknamed eeveelutions), because they're among my favourite Pokémon ever! *_*

I know I am a liiiiiiittle bit late with this mini series, since it dates back to October when I posted all the Eeveelutions looks on my Instagram - but you know, as the saying goes... Better late than never! ;D

Eevee, the Evolution Pokémon.
Type: Normal
"Eevee has an unstable genetic makeup that suddenly mutates due to the environment in which it lives. Radiation from various stones causes this Pokémon to evolve"

domenica 5 marzo 2017

♕ My Makeup Essentials ♕
{Mini Reviews}

If you've been following me (or reading my blog) for a while, then I'm sure you noticed that I am quite set in my ways when it comes to certain kind of products. Lots of people loves to switch products frequently, in order to always try new stuff. But personally, once I find a product that works perfectly for my needs, I'll just stick to it for the longest time - until my needs changes, or the product is discontinued, or something new catches my attention to the point I decide to switch.
This usually applies especially for skincare products; but, in terms of make up products, it applies to to things like mascara, eyeprimer, eyepencil, brow products (you know, the basic stuff) but it doesn't to eyeshadows and lip products, for example. In that case I am always willing to try new products/shades XD

That being said, I thought you could use an overview post about all the makeup products I currently can't live without - aka my essentials, holy grails - with mini reviews of each of them!
(I did not include any skincare-related product on purpose, because I'm working on a blog post about my current skincare routine!) 

lunedì 27 febbraio 2017

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Mermaid Soul ♕

Another look just in time for #MermaidMonday! Like the previous ones, this features some Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadow too. I used teal and green shades this time, so this makeup is more mermaid-y than ever! And it's also very simple, because I used just three main shadows (plus one as eyeliner). Sometimes less is definitely more ;D

venerdì 24 febbraio 2017

♕ Review ♕ Spectrum Collections ~ The BombShell Brush Set ♕

{Disclaimer: this review features a product I got for free as press sample. I'd like to thank Spectrum Collections for the opportunity, anyway my evaluation policy doesn't change and is always based on real use and in-depth testing of the product(s)}

After about six months of testing, it's now time to review this true mermaid treasure: the BombShell Brush Set by the one and only Spectrum Collections. I already wrote an in-depth preview back on September (here!) with tons of comparisons; today I'm going to tell you my ultimate thoughts about this set, so if you need any comparison just check the preview ♥ 

martedì 21 febbraio 2017

♕ Make Up Look ♕ Fashion Addict ♕

Today's look features the only Makeup Geek Cosmetics' eyeshadow I hadn't tried yet - Fashion Addict, a beautiful matte orchid purple *_* It instantaneously caught my attention while I was first browsing Beauty Bay site, it's a unique shade in my stash as of now. I love it so much already - thus I named this makeup look after it ♥

If you haven't read my Makeup Geek Cosmetics Haul + First Impressions already, you can check it out here! :D

lunedì 13 febbraio 2017

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Colours of the Sea ♕

Happy #MermaidMonday everyone! :D

I have another mermaid look for you today - I made it a couple of weeks ago, to try out more of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows I got for my birthday. I chose to use all the blue and green shades I had, and I also tried to use one of the shadows as eyeliner. This look reminds me so much of the sea - and I named it "Colours of the Sea" as a mermaid tribute to Pocahontas' Colors of the Wind song ♥

martedì 7 febbraio 2017

♕ Part of My World ♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Dazzle Liner in Klimt ♕

Today I'm going to talk about a product that I've been using and loving so, so much lately. I used it in almost each and every makeup look I created during the last two months... Please give a round of applause to the Dazzle Liner in Klimt by NABLA Cosmetics - aka my current makeup obsession.

(It usually takes me a long time to write a review. I need to test everything in both summer AND winter time, because my skin changes depending on the temperatures - and so do my needs. But, since this is a limited edition product, by the time I'll be ready to write a full review, it will be most likely gone... But this product really deserves a dedicated post. So I had to find a compromise, and that's where the Part of my World series comes in. I created this series two years, and it's intended to gather all my first impressions regarding a product/collection/etc. I haven't been "using" it in a while actually, but I blew the dust off it recently and I realized it still works for first impressions/preliminary reviews like this one.) 

So without further ado, let's get started! 

"Klimt is a red gold eyeliner, lightly duochrome and extremely pigmented. 
Liquid gold with a chromatic effect in a mirrored texture which enhances the look with bright and sumptuous warm reflections. Ideal to frame the eyes or to create small decorative details, like filigree, which embellish the look by interpreting it in a unique and exclusive way. 
Romantic and iconic as “The Kiss” by Klimt."

venerdì 3 febbraio 2017

♕ Tag Prodotti PRO(va) 2017 Edition ♕
{Feat. Miki in the Pinkland & A Lost Girl}

After reviewing last year list, is finally time to sit down and list allllll the products we are curious about right now and that we want to try during 2017!

Some history for those of you who don't know this tag yet: years ago Miki created a small tag called "Prodotti PRO(va)", a nice pun that in English could be translated in "Products [I want to] try". About two years ago Misato and I joined Miki and, all together, we expanded the tag to the current length.

This tag consist in listing all the products we want to try during the year; mind you, it's not a mere wishlist, but a well thought-out list of products we are really ready and willing to try during the year. 

lunedì 30 gennaio 2017

♕ Part of My World ♕ Makeup Geek Cosmetics ~ Eyeshadow Pans Haul! ♕
{Swatches, Comparisons & First Impressions}

I'm so excited I'm finally able to post this haul! I had to postpone and reschedule it so many times I was seriously loosing hope of ever being able to post it.

This year I was lucky enough to receive ten Makeup Geek Cosmetics eyeshadows as birthday present ♥ I've been willing to try out their shadows from quite some time - so you can imagine how excited I was (and still am) to get all these beauties *___*

venerdì 27 gennaio 2017

♕ Helix Eyeliner ♕

I've just realized that I completely forgot to post this look on here o___O" I was SO sure I posted it - like, weeks ago, right after New Year's Day. Where-was-my-head? D:
Well, at least I noticed in time - poor this look, forgotten in the drafts section -   and I'm going to get back on track this very second!

So, in today's post I'm going to show you my very first attempt at the helix eyeliner technique - which is pretty famous on Instagram, I've seen sooo many different styles and finally I decided to give it a try. This was another good occasion to use Klimt - aka the ever-present-lately Dazzle Liner by NABLA Cosmetics aka my current obsession. 

mercoledì 25 gennaio 2017

♕ Fairy Queen Make Up #2 ♕
{Inspired by a Sergey/Milk1422 Face Chart}

Hey everyone! I'm currently stuck in bed with a very bad cold, unable to complete the Makeup Geek haul post - I'm quite unlucky with that, am I not? - but thankfully I have a special makeup to show you so... Here it is!

Today I'm going to show you another inspired look - to be more precise, inspired by a face chart made by an amazingly skilled artist on Instagram, Sergey aka @Milk1422. Check him out, you won't regret it, he creates the most stunning and artistic face charts ever.
This particular one gave me fairy vibes - so I considered this look like a 2.0 version of my previous Fairy Queen look... Hence the title ;D

sabato 21 gennaio 2017

♕ Graphic Liner Inspired by Lucinda212 ♕

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, those past two weeks were crazy and I had almost zero time to sit down and blog peacefully. Finally, finally, weekend's here and I have some spare time to write!

I'm still working on the Makeup Geek haul post, which is taking way longer than I anticipated (I took a bunch of pictures and made a lot of swatches and comparisons) - so, since it's not ready yet, today I'm posting this graphic makeup look I did no later than 10 days ago. It's inspired, once again, by one of my favourite IG artist's work: Lucinda212.

domenica 15 gennaio 2017

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Princess Ariel ♕
{2017 Edition}

The Mermaid Series is back... With a very special makeup look!
A personal tradition of mine is to create a look inspired by my favourite Disney Princess (guess who XD) on my birthday... And so I did this year, of course! Although I am a liiittle late with this post since my birthday was two days ago, whoops XD

Every year I manage to make the same makeup look different to the previous ones. The first one (2015 version) was created using mainly mineral makeup; last year's (2016 version) was way more Nabla-centered.
So... "what now?" you may wondering.
Well, I was lucky enough to receive some MakeUp Geek eyeshadows as birthday gift from a family member! (The haul post with swatches will be up next week, I'm already working on it!)
So, that being said, this year's version was the perfect opportunity to welcome this brand into my stash - thus it was very MUG-centered! *_* 

sabato 7 gennaio 2017

♕ Holiday Make Up ♕

Holidays are now over (sigh!) but I still have to show you the look I wore on Christmas Night! Dishonor on me, dishonor on my cow XD Seriously, excuse me for the awful delay - but here it is at last! Better late than never I guess ^^"

Christmas Eve was crazy a day - I had tons of things to do, stuff to cook and so on - I had very little spare time left for my make up. I had to get ready very quickly, as you can imagine, and thus it was not the moment to experiment and try new styles/techniques. But! It was the right occasion to try one look by MrDanielMakeUp - precisely, one of his holiday make up looks. I chose the one that featured my current obsession aka the Dazzle Liner in Klimt, paired with red and warm shades (here you can watch his tutorial on YT).
It felt quite Christmas-y, and since anytime is a good time to use Klimt... I decided to give it a try!

giovedì 5 gennaio 2017

♕ New Year's Make Up ♕

First post of 2017, yay! :D Happy (belated) New Year everyone!

Today I'm going to show you the look I wore on New Year's Eve! I was very inspired that day - it was one of those days when my inspiration is way too much, actually XD I felt the excitement for the new year approaching, so I wanted to create something meaningful to celebrate! But I had so many ideas, very different from each other - and I was so torn.
At first I thought about doing a mermaid look. Then I thought I could do something graphic. I also considered doing a classic, chic and princess-y look with Swarovski crystals. Again, I was SO torn.