Product Review: Boots Bodyspray Floral Love Violets & Mandarin

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Name: Bodyspray Floral Love Violets & Mandarin
Brand: Boots
Size: 75ml
Price: £1.49

From Boot’s website:
Boots Bodyspray Floral Love is a body fragrance infused with violets and mandarin.A blend of romance and passion with powdery notes, fall in love everyday.

What I liked:
– lovely citrusy floral scent
– tame, stays close to the skin
– lasts 7 hours on the skin
– pretty packaging

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like simple, citrusy floral scents, this is not for you
– if you like bold scents, you won’t like this
– doesn’t last all day

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to smell good. A deodorant or body spray will envelop you in a pleasant, fragrant embrace for hours on end. Sure, these scents are usually simple and safe, but sometimes, that’s just what you need. They’re comforting, don’t offend others, and you can count on them to keep you smelling nice throughout the day.

That’s exactly what Boots Bodyspray Floral Love Violets & Mandarin does. It’s a fresh and clean, but soft and powdery scent with a hint of that typical deodorant smell this type of product always has. Although it’s called Violet and Mandarin, the notes make their appearance in the opposite order.

When you first spray it on, all your nose can smell is the strong, fresh, but somewhat bitter, aroma of mandarin. It takes a few minutes to mellow down and allow the violets to shine as well. Their scent is delicate, powdery without being old-fashioned, and very feminine.

Floral Love Violet & Mandarin doesn’t last all day on me. Instead, it starts to fade after about 7 hours of wear. Not too bad for a scent like this that tends to stay close to the skin. Your friends and colleagues will appreciate how tame it is, as being next to you won’t give them a headache.

Just like the scent, the packaging is very feminine too. It’s purple, and decorated with images of violets. I am a bit disappointed mandarins can’t be seen anywhere on the tube, though, as they’re such a big part of the opening accord.

Butane, Alcohol Denat, Isobutane, Propane, Aqua, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal

Available at: Boots

Boots Bodyspray Floral Love Violets & Mandarin is a fresh and clean, but soft and powdery scent that stays close to the skin and lasts for about 7 hours.

Rating: 3.5/5

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New Collection: Collistar Italian Beauty Fall 2014

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Sofia Loren. Virna Lisi. Anna Magnani. Claudia Cardinale. Mariangela Melato. Asia Argento. Collistar pays homage to the stunning divas of the past and present who have become icons of Italian Beauty. But the collection is dedicated to all women, who are also divine in their being “simply” women.

Here’s what the collection includes:

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Available in Lucia pink and Mariangela beige, two pearly, barely-there shades that help soften the eyes.

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KAJAL SHOCK (€16,00)
Available in Black, to define and intensify your eyes, and Butter, to make them look wider and highlight the browbone.

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This eyeliner has a felt pen applicator with a soft, longer tip. Specially formulated to create thicker lines.

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This bold and waterproof liquid eyeliner is available in Lea black, Laura brown, and Valeria blue.

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A mascara that lengthens eyelashes, while pumping up volume and enhancing curl with just one sweep. Now available in Burgundy.

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Buy one of the three shades of Eyebrow Gel 3 In 1 and get a pink eyebrow pencil for free. The pencil defines and lights up the eyes, while the gel thickens the eyebrows naturally, fixing and defining them flawlessly. The handy mini-brush makes application quick and easy. It is available in Virna Blonde, Asia Brown, and Silvana Brunette.

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This powder, which features three silky and radiant shades, can be used as a bronzer, highlighter, and even eyeshadow.

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Everything you need for the Colour Correction of your eyes and face in a single palette. The amber-coloured concealer neutralizes uneven skin tone, blemishes and dark circles, minimizing obvious signs of tiredness around the eyes and between the nose and mouth. A yellow-based beige concealer hides dark circles, blemishes and less obvious imperfections. A pink concealer brightens the skin, neutralizing greyness and signs of tiredness. An orange-based beige concealer neutralizes dark circles, blemishes and more obvious imperfections.

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Inspired by Giuletta Masina, the new shade, Rosa Giuletta, is a lovely pink that flatters every skintone.

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Available in Monica pink, Elsa nude and Stefania mahogany.

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SCRUB BALM (€16,20)
It gently exfoliates and nourishes lips.

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Available in Anna burgundy, Sofia red and Paola green.

The collection is already available in stores. What do you think of it?

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9 Concealer Tips For Flawless Skin

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I can live without foundation, but don’t dare take away my concealer! Just a dab of this little versatile product can hide imperfections, dark circles, and signs of fatigue, making you look awake, well-rested, and flawless. When applied properly, that is. Too often, concealer has the opposite effect, and seems to emphasise our imperfections rather than hiding them. Argh!

How can you avoid that, and make concealer work for you? Here are a few tips to help you:

1. You need more than one concealer

Dark circles, sun spots, pimples, redness… All these flaws can be hidden with concealer. But if you use the same product on all of them, you’ll notice that some imperfections are covered better than others. We’re told to use concealer that’s one shade lighter than our skintone, but while that, in some cases, can work ok for the under eye area (just don’t go too light or you’ll emphasize those dark circles even more), it just makes other blemishes stand out. That zit will still attract attention if it is lighter than the rest of your face! Instead, use a shade that matches your skintone exactly. Consistency matters too. If the imperfection you’re trying to cover is on a dry area, you’ll need a moisturiszing formula, while if it is on an oilier area, a dryer texture will work better.

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2. For serious imperfections, apply a color corrector first

Sometimes, concealer alone is not enough. In that case, apply a colour corrector first. If you want to hide redness, try a green shade. Purple can brighten sallow skin, while blue can reduce fake tan disasters. My favourite colour corrector is Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, which is available in three shade (for light, medium, and dark skintones).

3. Prep your skin

Does your concealer always settle into fine lines or wrinkles? Or maybe it accentuates, rather than hide, your dry patches? Both problems can be solved by applying moisturizer first. It’ll plump up skin and give the concealer a nicer, smoother base to glide on and adhere to. Just don’t apply too much or the concealer won’t be able to settle.

4. Apply concealer on top of foundation

Foundation helps even out the skintone and minimize imperfections. Sometimes, alone, it is enough to conceal everything you want to conceal. If not, you can always apply a layer of concealer on top. Because the imperfection has already been partially hidden, you’ll need less product. If, instead, you do it the other way around and apply concealer first, you’ll be wasting product. That’s because when you apply foundation on top, some of the concealer will be removed.

5. Pat, don’t spread

A lot of women apply concealer using sweeping motions, spreading it around all over the area they want to cover. Doing this just removes product, reducing the pigmentation of the concealer and forcing you to apply a higher amount than necessary. Instead, tap it or pat it gently on the area you’d like to cover.

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6. Dark circles? Use the triangle method

This is my favourite technique to hide dark circles. Basically, you apply concealer in a triangular shape, starting under your eye, then down your nose and up to the outer corner of the eye again. Blend well. This will give you a more natural result.

7. Warm it up

Benefit Erase Paste is one of my favourite concealers. Its salmon hue and excellent pigmentation can cover even the most stubborn dark circles. But its texture is so thick and hard to apply! The solution? Warm it up between your fingers before application. It’ll allow it to spread more easily on the skin.

8. Set it

I rarely use powders. That’s because my makeup usually stays put for hours even if I don’t set it. The only exception is concealer. I need to settle that, or, during the day, it’ll travel around, settle into fine lines, and then disappear. A thin layer of powder prevents all that. I use Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain, which contains both a concealer and a translucent powder to set it. But you can use whatever works best for you.

9. Concealer isn’t just for concealing

Concealers are very versatile. You can use them to hide imperfections, but also for contouring. If you’re struggling to find a matte bronzer that doesn’t look orange or muddy on you, use a concealer that’s slightly darker than your skintone. Concealers that are too light instead can be used for highlighting. Applying some concealer underneath your brows, for instance, will clean up the area and highlight it, giving the illusion of a brow lift. You can also use it around your mouth, for a cleaner, more defined, look.

Do you follow these tips? Do you have more that you can share?

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Product Review: Sleek Makeup Control Shine & Prime

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Name: Control Shine & Prime
Brand: Sleek Makeup
Size: 15ml
Price: £7.99

From Sleek Makeup’s website:
Control Shine & Prime creates a smooth, even base and controls oil for an all-day matte finish.
Lightweight formula primes skin perfectly for flawless makeup application
Luxurious velvety texture minimises the look of pores
Easy to apply and completely undetectable on the skin, leaving a shine-free, flawless complexion
This innovative primer can be used alone or before makeup to control excess oil

What I liked:
– thick texture feels so lightweight on the skin
– temporarily fills in fines lines and wrinkles, making them look smaller
– helps control oil, keeping your skin matte and shine-free for hours
– makes skin silky soft to the touch
– helps foundation last longer
– didn’t make me break out
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like silicone-based primers, this is not for you
– if you use primers daily, you may not like its smaller size

The first step in creating a smooth and flawless face? Primers. They help minimize imperfections, allow foundations to glide on more easily, and make makeup last longer. Sleek Makeup Control Shine & Prime does even more. It helps keep shine at bay too.

Now, only my t-zone is oily, and not even that much. So, this primer had no problem in controlling shine and keeping my face matte for the entire day. Its secret? Silica. This mineral, which can be found in sandstone, clay, and even in parts of plants and animals, has the ability to absorb moisture, oil, and sweat, thus reducing shine. If you have oily skin, it’s well-worth a try.

Unless you hate silicones. The formula is loaded with it. Silicones get a bad rep for not allowing skin to breathe, but that’s not true. Silicones do create a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss but, because their structure is made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule, it doesn’t suffocate skin. And they can cause breakouts only when used with comedogenic ingredients. The barrier silicones create can trap those underneath it, but if you don’t use them, you shouldn’t experience any problems. I didn’t.

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Silicones are widely used for their ability to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, making them look temporarily smaller. That’s something this primer does well. In fact, Sleek Makeup claims you can even use it on its own on bare skin to minimize their appearance. But it can’t even out your skin tone. Its fleshy colour melts into your skin, providing no extra coverage.

Silicones also give slip to a product, allowing it to glide on smoothly, and a silky soft feel to the skin. Whenever I use this primer, I can’t help but touch my face a little too often, it feels so baby smooth! Oh, and silicones too can help absorb excess oil. Despite its anti-shine ingredients, the formula doesn’t feel drying at all, not even on my dry cheeks. But, of course, you can only apply it on your oily patches if you so prefer. The texture was surprising too. Although it’s quite thick, it feels so lightweight on the skin!

Sleek Makeup Control Shine & Prime is housed in a pretty and professional-looking black tube. It’s quite small compared to most primers on the market, containing only 15ml of product. But i, like me, you use primers only on a special occasions, you will appreciate this smaller format. At least, we’ll have a chance of finishing it. Those bigger tubes last forever!

Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Polymethylmethacrylate, VP/Hexadecene, Copolymer, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide Yellow(77492), Iron Oxide Red (77491), Iron Oxide Black (77499)

Available at: and Superdrug

Sleek Makeup Control Shine & Prime is a silicone-based primer that helps makeup last longer, makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller by filling them in temporarily, and helps control oil, keeping shine at bay for hours.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration.In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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New Holiday Collections 2014: Benefit, Buxom, & Bare Escentuals

Hello gorgeous,

have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Here a few ideas from Benefit, Bare Escentuals, and Buxom to treat yourself or a loved one:


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This set features everything you need to create a full-face look: The POREfessional mini, BADgal lash mini, Ultra plush lip gloss mini in dandelion, Dandelion mini, Benetint mini, and Girl meets pearl mini.

The set features three mini BADgal Waterproof Liners in Extra Black, Espresso, Charcoal.

GOODIES A GO-GO ($25.00)
The set features a lengthening mascara, 4 longwear powder shadows and a stay-put eye primer.

The set features three perfectly portable sizes of chachatint, posietint and sun beam. Available exclusively at Macy’s.

This cute houses contains the brand’s most popular blushes, highlighters, and powders: Hoola bronzing powder, Coralista A “Rio Pleasure face powder, Bella Bamba 3D brightening pink face powder, Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder, Dandelion face powder, Sugarbomb Sugar Rush Flush face powder, and Watt’s Up! soft focus highlighter.

BRONZE ‘N’ DANDY ($15.00)
The set features Hoola Bronzing Powder, Dandelion Brightening Face Powder, Ultra Plush in Dandelion Lip Gloss, and Ultra Plush In Hoola Lip Gloss.

The set features Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain, High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, Rockateur Ultra Plush Gloss, and Rockateur Famously Provacative Cheek Powder.

3 SCOOPS O’ SEXY($42.00)
This set features everything you need for lips and cheeks: Benebalm lip balm in Rose, Benetint cheek and lip tint in Rose, Posiebalm lip balm in Poppy Pink, Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink, Lollibalm lip balm in Candy Orchid, and Lollitint lip and cheek stain in Candy Orchid.

TINTernational superstars and their “little sister” lip balms…all together in one sweet set! Wear these new hydrating balms alone for a sheer kiss of color, or over their tints to moisturize & condition. This is the gift on everyone’s lips…and cheeks!

Get a beauty surprise everyday with this holiday countdown. It features “That gal” brightening face primer, the POREfessional pore minimizer, Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose, High beam liquid highlighter, Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango, Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink, Stay flawless foundation primer, They’re real! mascara, Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion, Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister, Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance, BADgal lash mascara, Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium, Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium, It’s potent! eye cream, Total moisture facial cream, Ooh la lift eye cream, Watt’s up! highlighter, Beauty sticky notes, Doodle pad, Heart-shaped paperclips. Pinky, polka-dot hair tie, Elastic hair band with bow charm, and Metallic silvery hair tie.

The gift sets are already available at Sephora.


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The palette includes Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner in Call Me (matte black); Eyeshadows in Cha-Ching (gilt patina), Strip Poker (lilac haze), Chocolate Diamonds (bronze chocolate), Royal Flush (powder pink); 2 Double-ended Full-On Lip Polish and Cream in Dolly (sultry mauve/shimmering sultry mauve); Dolly Blush (sultry mauve); Bankroll Luminizer (champagne sheen); and Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti (golden tan).

It includes: Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Two-Timer (earthy rose) and Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Yes You (shimmering sand).

Includes a selection of Full On Lip Polishes and Full On Lip Creams.

The Mini Full On Lip Polish Shades are:
Dominique: glittering ice
Clair: starry plum haze
Isabella: perfectly plum
Jennifer: flirty fuchsia
Julie: juicy watermelon
Karen: confetti pink
Katie: pink lemonade
Megan: caramel dream
Rebecca: golden glitz
Sophia: sweetheart pink
Zoe: dazzling orchid

The Mini Full On Lip Creams Shades are:
Lavender Cosmo: lilac pink
Mai Tai: vivid coral
Mudslide: petal pink
White Russian: nude pink

It includes six Full On Lip Creams and Full On Lip Polishes.

The Full On Lip Cream Shades are:
Creamsicle: peach sorbet
Berry Blast: vivid fuchsia
White Russian: nude pink

The Full-On Lip Polishes Shades are:
Chloe: dollface pink
Sophia: sweetheart pink
Trixie: 24-karat pink

The collection is already available at Sephora.

Bare Escentuals

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The shades included are:
Chart Topper: pewter silk
Hard to Get: ballet slipper pink
Pizzazz: golden ivory
Shiver: iced lilac
Fantasy: rosy mauve
Elixir: luxe lilac
Bewilder: sparkling sand
Admire: gilded moss
Stiletto: plum chocolate
Mystify: antique lavender
Connoisseur: golden copper
Couture: glimmering clove

The set features five Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liners in Eternal Bronze, Immortal Emerald, Timeless Taupe, Perpetual Plum, and Stay Golden.

The set features five Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liners in Absolute Black, True Blue, Constant Copper, Certainly Sterling, and Steadfast Slate.

The set features Lash Domination 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black and Mini Lash Domination 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black.

Six stunning eyecolors you can wear alone, or work your magic by mixing them together for countless, custom shades so intoxicating you’ll just have to create some more. Includes three empty mixing pots, a scoop, 12 blank labels and expert tips.

Three wearable metallic shades that can be mixed and matched, or worn on their own, for a standout shimmer that’s fit for a queen.

This must-have double act, featuring two sets of shades in crave-worthy neutrals and show-stopping metallics, comes in two parts so you can keep one and gift the other.

YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE EYESHADOW & EYELINER DUO ($19.00) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)
The set features bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in striking shades of pink and plum, plus our versatile Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing Eyeliner in classic black.

GREATEST PERFORMERS ($22.00) ($57.00 Value)
This 6-piece collection of our top attractions, from our famed foundation primer to our powerhouse mascara to a lipstick with attitude, gives a look that truly delights and makes it the perfect package.

MAIN ATTRACTION ($54.00) (Sephora Exclusive)
This set contains bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 The Curtain Call in Matinee and Opening Night, Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing eyeliner in Absolute Black, Lash Domination™ 10-in-one Volumizing mascara in Intense Black, Mini Marvelous Moxie™ lipstick in Make Your Move, Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Leading Lady, Blush in Flair, and Tapered blush brush.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT ($54.00) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)
You’ll take center spotlight with this mesmerizing eye, cheek and lip color collection, featuring NEW Shimmer Glaze™ Lip Topcoat for a standing ovation of glamorous shimmer. Includes bag.

An illuminating collection of velvety-smooth eyecolors, a cheek-enhancing blush, a satiny-smooth lipgloss and a 10-in-1 volumizing mascara for a truly captivating look. Includes carrying case. Available exclusively at Macy’s, Sephora Inside JCPenney, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and fine spas.

VISION OF LIGHT ($49.00) (ULTA Exclusive)
Capture the romance with this candlelight-inspired eye, face and lip collection, featuring NEW Stroke of Light™ Highlighter for ethereal radiance. Luminescent highlights and warm neutral accents will cast you in your best light. Includes: Bonus Lash Domination™ 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara sample.

THE MAIN EVENT ($65.00) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)
Turn up the charm or dial up the drama with this multitude of eyecolors and complexion enhancers, in a luminous spectrum of warm and cool shades—all in a keepsake box.

THE BIG TOP ($79.00)
Welcome to our spectacle of color for face, eyes and lips in a fan-pleasing panorama of creamy shades and versatile tones.

THE MAGIC ACT ($39.00)
The set features bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in Celebrate, Fortune, Shazam, A-ha, Pumped, Foreshadow (yellow cream/pink champagne/shimmering pink/brown sugar/brown truffle); bareMinerals READY blush in The Close Call (bronze taupe), The Natural High (golden petal peach), The Indecent Proposal (dusty palm); and bareMinerals READY Luminizer in The Premiere.

Delight by day and dazzle by night with this head-turning duo, each including a blush, eyecolor, eyeliner and lipgloss, perfect for keeping one and gifting the other.

COMPLEXION SUPERSTARS ($49.00) ($115.50 Value)
The set features Original Mineral Veil finishing powder, Vintage Peach blush, Bare Radiance All-Over Face Color face powder, Mini bareMinerals READY Hydrating Touch Up Veil pressed powder in Translucent, Mini bareMinerals READY bronzer in The High Dive, and Angled face brush.

Touch up on the go with the radiance of this mini illuminating pressed powder and application brush pair.

GIVE IT A TWIRL ($18.00)
This twisted twosome whips together Marvelous Moxie® glosses in vibrant, complementary colors for a duo of yummy hues that’ll earn lips rave applause.

The set contains seven pocket-sized Marvelous Moxie™ Lipglosses:
Daredevil: sparkling blackberry
Ringleader: lavender pink pearl
Rule Breaker: sparkling nude
Maverick: rosewood shimmer
Spark Plug: dusty pink pearl
Stunner: pure magenta
Rebel: pink mauve

Step right up to outrageous, glistening shine with these gorgeous peach, pink and plum glosses in cream & shimmer finishes:
Big Tease: pinkish nude
Lucky Lady: diamond rose
Sweet Kisser: strawberry sorbet
Major Flirt: sparkling peony
Thrill Seeker: rich lilac
Jezebel: glimmering fuchsia merlot

LIP SPECTACULAR ($26.00) (ULTA Exclusive)
A limited-edition collection featuring six of our most highly flattering shades of rich, creamy gloss for a deliciously indulgent wear and feel with medium-coverage.

SPECTACULAR SKIN ($58.00) ($98.00 Value)
A must-have collection for spectacular skin day and night that includes a cleanser, night serum and moisturizer.

A set of mini eye, cheek and face brushes, wrapped up and ready to roll in a compact brush case.

BUFFING BEAUTIES ($49.00) ($98.00 Value)
Contour, buff and blend your way to heavenly results with this luxurious brush collection featuring five full-size professional brushes for face and eyes. Includes brush case.

The collection is now available at Sephora and Ulta.

Which sets would you like to receive for Christmas?

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Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.153

Hello everyone,

how was your week? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime, here are my random ramblings:


Senigallia’s my home town. It’s a small town in the middle of Italy, on the Adriatic coast. The beach is its most famous and popular attraction. It’s called “velvet beach” because of its golden delicate sand and for the clear sea (it has been given the European blue flag since 1997). It’s also home to the Rotonda Sul Mare (Rotunda on the Sea), which had been built during the Belle Epoque to host musical concerts and other entertainments. After being abandoned for the decades, it was finally restored to its splendours a few years ago, and now houses mostly cultural events.

Every summer, lots of tourists, especially from Germany, come here to enjoy the beach and everything it has to offer. It’s a great holiday resort for families with young children, but for teenagers and adults, there really isn’t much to do at night. The rest of the year, when all the tourists are gone, is even worse. But if you like nice, quiet towns and don’t care about the nightlife, you may really enjoy Senigallia. It’s very pretty, and, like most towns here, you can easily see everything there is to see in one day or less.

The first stop should be the Rocca Roveresca, a medieval fortress named after Della Rovere family, which ruled the town at the time. The outer part of the Rocca was built to defend the castle, but the central, inner part was actually inhabited by the family. It’s in this Rocca that Cesare Borgia massacred his rivals, as described by Machiavelli in The Prince. Today, it’s mostly used for exhibitions and other cultural events. Tickets to visit it cost only €2.00.

Opposite la Rocca, you can see the Palazzetto Baviera, Palazzo del Duca (Duke Palace) and the Fontana Delle Anatre (Fountain of Ducks), both built by Della Rovere family too. This is one of my favourite places in the city. There is so much history to see in such a short space and, these days, the place has also become a playground for children. It’s a minute’s walk from the city center too, so you can do some shopping as well. There aren’t many shops, but one of my favourites is Fiona C. It sells pretty and trendy clothes made in Italy at affordable prices.

At the end (or the beginning, depending on whom you ask) of the high street, lies the river Misa. The palaces on one side of the river are called Portici Ercolani, from the name of the Monsignor who designed them in the 18th century. The colonnade is very pretty and provides great protection on rainy days. ;) Nearby you can find the Foro Annonario, a neoclassical circular structure with a doric colonnade built in 1834. Today, it houses the fish, fruit, and veg markets during the day and, on summer nights, concerts.

Near the city center, you can also admire the Roman ruins that emerged during works for the construction of the Fenice Theatre. Among other things, you can see the remains of an old house and a termopolium, a shop that sold food and hot drinks. If you’re Catholic, instead, you must visit Palazzo Mastai, the family home of Pope Pius IX. It’s now a museum dedicated to him. There are also many beautiful churches here. You can visit them even if you’re not religious, just because they’re so pretty.

What about your hometown? What places are a must-see?

What I’m Reading Now

NeuroLoveology: The Power To Mindful Love & Sex by Ava Cadell
Do you think that discovering how the brain processes attraction, relationships, conflict and sex will take the magic out of romance? Well, it actually has the opposite effect. Drawing from her professional experience in her practice and the latest advances in neuroscience, Dr Ava Cadell explains how to improve your relationship both emotionally and sexually. You will discover, for instances, what activities release oxytocin, the “bonding hormone”, and how your partner’s brain (is it left or right? Introverted or extroverted?) is wired so that you’ll be better able to understand them. The book is full of exercises you can do both alone or with your partner to improve any aspect of your relationship you’re struggling with. Whatever is sabotaging your relationship – be it low self-esteem, routine, illness, boring sexual life, lack of communication, or anything else – is addressed in this book, together with strategies to fix it. But don’t be fooled. Some of the exercises are easy, but most require time, commitment, trust, and the willingness to be completely vulnerable and open with your partner. Making relationships work is a lot of hard work. Also, a lot of what is written here is just common sense, but it’s nice to have that backed up by science too. It may also give you that little incentive you need to put it in practice.

The Links

Why you should protect from UVA with sunscreen
– Lab Muffin

Vintage Beauty Ads – Lucky Mag

Is animal testing still necessary? - The Beauty Brains

How toners work, and are they necessary? – The Triple Helixian

Women are counting calories instead of changing the world - Beauty Redefined

Sunday Survey, Vol.221

1. What store would you like to see open in your town?
Oh dear, there are so many! I live in a small town and we don’t have many options here. Mmm, I’d say Sephora. And Primark too.

2. What’s your biggest eye makeup gripe?
The time. I love experimenting and creating bold and colourful looks, but they take so much time to do!

3. Are you wearing any jewelry right now?
Nope. I’m still in my PJs lol.

4. Pears or apples?
Pears, please.

5. Do you like waking up early in the morning?
I love it. I always feel like I’m missing out on things if I sleep in till late.

It’s your turn now!
1. What store would you like to see open in your town?
2. What’s your biggest eye makeup gripe?
3. Are you wearing any jewelry right now?
4. Pears or apples?
5. Do you like waking up early in the morning?

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