sabato 31 dicembre 2016

♕ #ProdottiPRO(va) 2016 ~ What Happened in the End? ♕
{feat. Miki in the Pinkland & A Lost Girl}

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts, those past days have been pretty busy - spent celebrating with family and friends, princess-ing around in my new princess dress (which you might have seen on my Instagram, if you follow me there). I have my Christmas look to post (and tonight's makeup too!) but it will be part of the 2017 agenda! 

Since this year is about to end, it's time to make some balances. And I'm going to do so with a very special post, in collaboration with two amazing ladies: Misato - A Lost Girl (loves make up!) and Miki - Miki In The Pinkland. Years ago Miki created a tag called "Prodotti PRO(va)", a nice pun that in English could be translated in "Products [I want to] try". 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 willing to try during the year. At the end of the year, we like to make a sort of report, to see what happened. And that's what today's post is about! I'm going to review my 2016 list and tell you what I did try and what I didn't... And why. 
It's always so much fun, hope you'll enjoy it too! (Misato's post is here and Miki's here)

venerdì 23 dicembre 2016

♕ Autumn 2016 Most Played ♕

Winter is just begun, which means it's Most Played time! To be more precise, it's time I show you my Autumn most used products!
Must say, I don't have a huge bunch of products to show you - I didn't buy anything new in terms of skincare, so this post is going to be pretty short I guess. And quite mono-thematic, since is all makeup stuff. 

martedì 13 dicembre 2016

♕ Curved Liner Make Up ♕
{My Favourite Make Up Look of 2016}

I finally - finally - get to show you my favourite look I made during 2016! I kept postponing it, for months and months - but now, since the year is almost over, is definitely time to write a blog post about it!

It's a remake of a look by @swayzemorgan on Instagram (check her out, this lady is seriously skilled!): I kept the black and white curved liner design, but changed the colour combination of the look (hers featured pinks and purple shades). I love this look to the point that I decided to put it on the blog's home page, on the author's widget (as you probably already noticed!) ♥

giovedì 8 dicembre 2016

♕ Fairy Queen Make Up ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Goldust Collection}

I'm really excited about the look I'm going to show you today! It features my favourite piece of the Goldust Collection by NABLA Cosmetics aka the Dazzle Liner in Klimt. Since I first saw it, I knew I had to do a look just for it, focused on it, to show and enhance its beauty.

Even thought I didn't have any particular inspiration, I realized this look gives a lot of fairy vibes - with all the tiny dots and swirls. The more I look at it, the more it makes me feel like a Fairy Queen - if I were a fairy queen, I would wear this makeup look every single day... Hence the title ;D

lunedì 5 dicembre 2016

♕ Goldust MakeUp #1: Soft Shades & Gold Liner ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Goldust Collection}

Today I'm going to show you the first makeup look I made a couple of days ago to try the new shades from NABLA's Goldust Collection (here's my haul post!). I used all the four shadows I bought (Luna, Snowberry, Glasswork, Danae) plus the gold Dazzle Liner - which is my new love and main focus of this look. 

venerdì 2 dicembre 2016

♕ Haul ♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Goldust Collection ♕

Yesterday was the first day of December - which means two things: Christmas is right around the corner, and NABLA's new winter collection - the Goldust Collection - just debuted. I've been at the local seller shop right away, so I had the chance to see all the products featured in this collection - and , while I was at it, I also purchased something, which I'm going to show you in this post.

This year's winter collection is seriously huge, the biggest ever released until now. Eight eyeshadows, one Crème Shadows, two Blossom Blushes, five Dive Crime lipsticks, two new limited edition Liberty palettes and - the icing on the cake - a brand new product: a liquid eyeliner!

martedì 29 novembre 2016

♕ Pantone Inspired ~ Rose Quartz & Serenity MakeUp ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Potion Paradise Collection}

Third look I made using the Potion Paradise Collection by NABLA Cosmetics - just in part this time though! I've always wanted to do a makeup look using the Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone colours, and I felt like this was the time to try it! I used both Crème Shadows and pressed eyeshadows by NABLA to achieve this look! 

venerdì 25 novembre 2016

♕ Periwinkle in Autumn ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Potion Paradise Collection}

Here is the second look I made using the new Potion Paradise Collection by NABLA Cosmetics! This time I wanted to use as much of the new shades as I could - and I ended up using 5 out of 6. I was about to use the sixth too, but gave up because I thought it was  a little too much (plus I didn't know were to place it XD).

Overall it's a pretty autumn-like look, so many warm tones, muted shades - with a touch of periwinkle that brings some spring vibes to the whole look! 

martedì 22 novembre 2016

♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Potion Paradise Collection ♕
{Overview, Swatches, First Impressions}

{Disclaimer: this post is a first impressions/preview about a product I got for free as press sample. I'd like to thank NABLA Cosmetics 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)}

It's been a while since NABLA Cosmetics launched new colours for their Crème Shadow range. It debuted about one year ago with six shades, then three new ones were added with the winter Artika collection and one more, shortly after, was introduced to celebrate NABLA's birthday in December. No new adds since then - until now.

The Potion Paradise Collection features six new shades, five of them being shimmery and just one completely matte. One of them is actually the cream version of a preexisting eyeshadow, but the other five are completely new, original colours! 

I'm sorry I wasn't able to post this overview earlier, I always try to post close to the launch day (usually slightly after)... Sadly, this time the weather has been really inclement (and still is, honestly), making nearly impossible for me to take any good pictures for several days in a row. Which is a problem, when you're a beauty blogger and you rely on natural light alone.
Anyway, I finally made it! Just in time - the traditional launching promo ends tonight, but hopefully this overview could still be useful to some of you, for future purchasing! 

Potion Paradise 
A collection where the Apollonian meets the Dionysian in a retro-futuristic pastel-shaded scenario.
Where the past runs towards the future in a rush that encodes a new concept of equilibrium.
A post-modern collection stating new codes in the name of freedom of expression. 
Are you ready to discover all the secrets of these new 6 Crème Shadow?

venerdì 18 novembre 2016

♕ Fairy Wings ♕ Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Potion Paradise Collection ♕

When it comes to new make up collections (or just new entries in my stash) I like to write a full overview first, and then I go on and post my makeup looks featuring said products. Well, things didn't go as I planned this time with the new Potion Paradise Collection by NABLA Cosmetics.

Wondering what went wrong? Nothing serious, just a full week of bad, awful weather. And I mean AWFUL. Rain, rain, rain, non stop since last Sunday. Mind you, I usually enjoy rain - it relaxes me a lot - but this time it really felt unwelcome. Being a blogger, I have to relay on sun & natural light - which are crucial to capture the colours of the products and to get the best swatches possible.
I waited and waited, but the weather forecast is pretty depressing right now: no sun for the next few days or even for the whole week. This will drive me crazy -.-

Anyway, I have all the new Crème Shadows here, patiently awaiting to be introduced to you... Since I managed to use some of them in a look a couple of days ago (with poor lighting results though) I thought I could start by posting this makeup first, while I wait for the sun to come back ç_ç I'll write my first impressions here and there, since I am at it. 

sabato 12 novembre 2016

♕ Rainbow Eyeliner ♕
{100 Days of Make Up ~ Day 75}

I've always wanted to try rainbow eyeliner - love how it looks, so bright and colorful - and I finally had the chance during the 100 Days of Make Up Challenge. It was really fun - but find all the right shades was quite challenging, to be honest XD I literally had to dig into my pigments stash, trying to find something I could use for red, yellow and orange. The other colours weren't such a big deal, I have tons of blues and greens and purple - but it the end I manage to put together the legendary rainbow eyeliner XD

mercoledì 9 novembre 2016

♕ Starry Night Sky ♕
{100 Days of Make Up ~ Day 68}

Today's look was part of 100 Days of Make Up Challenge and it's probably the most liked between all the one hundred looks I made back then. Which still surprise me a bit, because is such a simple look I made in, like, less than 20 minutes... With just a handful of eyeshadows and a glittery pigment that added a very glowing touch to the whole look - and probably is the main reason of its great appreciation. 

sabato 5 novembre 2016

♕ Empties #10 ♕

Another series I've neglected during the past months, along with the Most Played, is this one - regarding the used-up products. I just kept procrastinating and procrastinating - but now, after one year, I'm ready to get back on track. I kept almost all the empties in a bag (I just threw away most of the doubles) so I'm able to show you what I used up... And I'll try to be more consistent in the upcoming months ^^"

lunedì 31 ottobre 2016

♕ Halloween 2016 ♕ Dark Little Mermaid ♕

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I'm going to show you the last look I made to celebrate Halloween 2016 - the final one in this small series of non-creepy, non-spooky and non-bloody makeup looks XD

This is the most recent and new look I made for the disneyncolor makeup challenge that takes places on Instagram every month. This time they chose the Dark Disney Princesses theme - to my great relief, did I mention I'm not into scary looks? XD
Unfortunately I had a crazy busy week and I couldn't do them all, but at the same time I couldn't skip my favourite princess - no matter what.

I've already done a Dark Princess Ariel look less than one year ago (here it is!), so this time I decided to go for a Dark Little Mermaid look - same character, same princess, different versions ;D 

sabato 29 ottobre 2016

♕ Halloween 2016 ♕ Joker ~ Suicide Squad ♕

When I was asked to do Harley Quinn's inspired look, I knew I had to do also a Joker inspired look - they're "the King and Queen of Gotham City", after all. Also, I liked Jared Leto's Joker a lot - definitely my favourite Joker so far - sooo I couldn't leave him out u.u
And, since Halloween is approaching so fast, I thought this could be part of this year's Halloween series ;D

venerdì 28 ottobre 2016

♕ Halloween 2016 ♕ Harley Quinn ~ Suicide Squad ♕

Second Halloween look, featuring a trending character that is surely going to be one of the most popular Halloween costume this year: Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad movie!
This was requested on Instagram by one of my followers, which really made me happy - I love requests and had so much fun creating this look! 

martedì 25 ottobre 2016

♕ Halloween 2016 ♕ Mermaid Look ♕

I've just realized that Halloween is right around the corner - and I haven't posted any of the related looks I planned yet! D: And I have, like, 4 makeup I put aside to celebrate Halloween - plus one more unreleased on my Instagram yet. And now I have less than one week left. Greeeeat.

Okay, enough with this rant. Let's start this small Halloween series!
As I said, I made some of these looks during the past months - and then saved them for Halloween. Must say, I'm not into creepy, bloody and scary looks - I'm really sensitive, even though I know it's just fake blood and wax I get scared by SFX looks XD So, sorry in advance if my makeup looks might result a little too "quiet" for Halloween XD

I made today's look during the 100 Days of Make Up challenge back on May, inspired by an amazing mermaid makeup by lucinda212 on Instagram (check her out, she's beyond skilled and talented!). 

domenica 23 ottobre 2016

♕ Jewel Eyeliner ♕
{100 Days of Make Up ~ Day 33}

During the 100 Days of Make Up Challenge I learnt to experiment and play with makeup like I never did in the past. I tried different techniques and styles - sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing. I also learnt to improvise, even on those days when I had zero idea and inspiration. The makeup look I'm going to show you today was born on one of those days... And turned out pretty cool! I used crystals to create a jewel eyeliner - hence the title!

giovedì 20 ottobre 2016

♕ Summer Most Played ♕

I haven't written any Most Played post during the last year - shame on me, shame on my cow. I don't even know why, these kind of posts are so fun to write and also to read. Anyway, after the longest time ever, I finally managed to put together and post one - yay me! #Teammostplayed power u.u

Before we get started, I want to explain how I'm going to handle & schedule my Most Played posts from now on. I'd love to post monthly like I used to - and like it is supposed to be - but I seem unable to do so (meaning that I tend to procrastinate and end up with two/three months piled up). Also I don't switch products that often, and when it happens it depends on new launches, personal necessities... Thus, I may not have new stuff to include each month - resulting in not-so-exciting posts.
That being said, I decided to post one Most Played every three months: basically it'll became a seasonal appointment where I'll gather all the products I used the most - both favourites and non favourites, mind you. I think this schedule will work better for me, let's start this new adventure with my Summer Most Played (I know I'm waaay late with this, but better later then never right?)

lunedì 17 ottobre 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Dark Siren Eyes ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Today's makeup is the last one I made using only the eyeshadows from the Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics - don't worry though, this series is not ended at all! I will never, never run out of mermaid looks ;D

This final look features deep shades, bright eyeliner, both sparkly and matte shadows - makes me think of sirens, dangerous enchantresses of the deepest and darkest seas. I'm so excited to be able to finally post it here, I love this makeup so much *_*

venerdì 14 ottobre 2016

♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Brow Universe ♕ Brow Pot & Brow Divine ♕
{Overview, Swatches, First Impressions}

{Disclaimer: this post is a first impressions/preview about a product I got for free as press sample. I'd like to thank NABLA Cosmetics for the opportunity, anyway my evaluation policy doesn't change and is always based on real usage of the product(s)}

Over the last one year and a half I became very interested in eyebrows, I gradually learnt how to shape and define them - mainly by using a pencil, but I also used eyeshadows for a short amount of time. Now, doing my eyebrows is a step in my daily routine I never, never skip. 
So, needless to say, when NABLA Cosmetics announced the upcoming launch of their new eyebrow product I rejoiced right away! (They already have a brow product in their range actually - the Brow Divine pencils - but I can't relay on those because there's no shade for red hairs, sadly.)

And I got even more excited when I learnt that this new product was a cream - perfect timing, as I'm using up my currently brow pencil and I was taking into consideration switching to cream/gel.
Please welcome the new Brow Pot range, a brow cream that features a waterproof and long-lasting formula.

venerdì 7 ottobre 2016

♕ Peacock Eyes ♕
{100 Days of Make Up ~ Day 29}

Today I'm going to start posting again some of the make up I created for the 100 Days of Make Up Challenge - I knew I said I wanted to write a blog post for each one, but I soon realized that it was pretty much a mission impossible. For two reasons: first, the huge amount of time needed to post one hundred different looks; second, I keep doing new looks almost every day or so - meaning that if I focus only on this "old" series I'd leave behind the newer ones. And so on.

I came to the conclusion that I needed to catch up quickly - so I did a massive selection, keeping just an handful of looks to post here. I really hope to go through them in a couple of months at most. 

Let's get started with today's look - as you can tell, inspired by a peacock feather!

martedì 4 ottobre 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Aquamarine ♕

I'm baaack! And so is The Mermaid Series! *_*
I'm sorry for the lack of posts last week, but I spent my spare time planning and re-planning my blog schedule - I've plenty of makeup looks, plus empties, summer favourites/most played and many reviews to post, but I had to sort them out a bit due to my decision to write in English only from now on.

Today I'm going to show you another mermaid makeup, this time inspired by the well-known mermaid movie Aquamarine. No need to say that is one of my favourite movies in the whole world :p

"We are not fictional! We're just discreet!"

martedì 27 settembre 2016

♕ English takes over the blog: bye Italian! ♕

Ciao Principesse,

Ebbene sì, come avrete intuito dal titolo del post ho deciso di abbandonare il bilinguismo e di tornare a scrivere in una sola lingua - solo che, a differenza di quanto accadeva in passato, questa lingua sarà l'inglese e non l'italiano.

È stata una decisione davvero sofferta e difficile da prendere, ma era necessaria: scrivere in due lingue richiede il doppio del tempo e delle energie, talvolta anche di più. Inoltre, i post molto lunghi (come recensioni, preview e/o overview) vanno necessariamente divisi per lingua, scrivendone separatamente una versione italiana ed una inglese - sia per facilitare a voi la lettura, ma anche per facilitare a me stessa la scrittura, l'organizzazione e la revisione dell'articolo. Mi ritrovavo schiacciata a panino su due fronti: un ritmo difficile da sostenere e che mi stava mandando nel pallone da un lato, e la scomodità intrinseca del bilinguismo in determinati tipi di post dall'altra. La situazione stava diventando ingestibile, e se c'è una cosa che non ho mai voluto è che questo blog diventasse una fonte di stress. Urgeva trovare una soluzione, anche se radicale.

È scontato che scrivere in una lingua sola sia decisamente più semplice, ma personalmente me ne sono resa veramente conto proprio nelle occasioni in cui ho preparato quei post tanto lunghi da poter essere trattati una lingua per volta: il processo di scrittura era palesemente più veloce, immediato e rilassato, nonostante si trattasse appunto di articoli estremamente lunghi. Tuttavia, un dubbio amletico mi frenava dal prendere la fatidica decisione: italiano o inglese? È questo il problema!
Sono rimasta per un bel pezzo nel limbo del dubbio... L'unica altra opzione era ridurre il numero di post - ma diciamocelo, già pubblico poco e la cosa non mi va giù, avrebbe senso ancora meno di così?
Risposta: no.
Ecco perché alla fine della mia lunga riflessione ha vinto il ritorno alla lingua unica.

Per quanto riguarda la scelta dell'inglese... Immagino che troviate la decisione di passare ad una lingua straniera quantomai bizzarra e poco funzionale, ma alla fine dei conti è quella che mi è più congeniale: dopo un anno abbondante di bilinguismo non me la sono sentita di abbandonare l'inglese, è una lingua che amo, che mi diverte parlare, ascoltare, leggere e scrivere e che è compresa ovunque (più o meno). Ho sperimentato l'uso esclusivo dell'inglese su Instagram ed mi sono trovata molto bene (ovviamente l'accostamento è molto risicato perché parliamo di due piattaforme diversissime, ne sono cosciente), cosa che mi ha incentivata a scegliere questa lingua anche per il blog. 
Naturalmente mi dispiace abbandonare la mia lingua madre - ma penso sia sottinteso, altrimenti non sarebbe stata una scelta sofferta. Se avessi avuto più tempo a disposizione avrei volentieri proseguito col bilinguismo, ma a meno di non avere giornate lunghe 36 ore ciò non è più possibile. (E anche così non si risolverebbe il problema della scomodità, purtroppo).

Perciò questo è il mio ultimo post bilingue, a partire dal prossimo saranno tutti solo ed esclusivamente in inglese! Se tutto va come spero, grazie a questa decisione sarò in grado di postare molto più di frequente e con costanza ♥ See you soon!

My dear Princesses,

as the title says, I'm switching from bilingualism to English only. In the past I used to write only in Italian, but then I decided to add English, both to practice but also to be able to be read all around the world. 

Thing is, writing in two different languages is quite challenging and time-consuming: it takes twice the amount of time and energies required, sometimes even more. Also, the longest the post, the hardest to read (both for you and me). Longer articles had to be written separately, resulting in one post in one language, and another post featuring the other language. Crazy, hard-to-keep-up schedule on one hand, and the difficulties of the bilingualism on the other. I was starting to feel stressed - and I've never wanted my blog to be stressful! So I definitely need to find a solution - quickly.

I realized how easier it would be if I went back to the one-language-only when I was writing those pretty long posts. I noticed how quickly I wrote, no stress, quite relaxed - even thought I was writing a really long and articulate post. The thing that has been holding me back for all this time was an Hamletic doubt: "should I choose Italian or English?"
My only option, apart from this, was to slow down and post less - but I already have a poor schedule, honestly, and I actually aim to post more frequently!
This is why, after a lot of thinking, the "lest go back to one language only" option won - and so did the English option. Hardest choice ever, must say.

I know, switching from my native language and bilingualism to another language might seem weird and nonfunctional, but in the end it's the option that hopefully will works best for me: after more than one year of bilingualism I didn't feel like giving up on English. I love this language, I love speaking, reading, writing and listening to it - plus, it's understood pretty much worldwide (ish). 
I've been writing in English on my Instagram for a couple of years now and so far it worked just fine (I know it's a very different platform, but bear with me) and thus I feel comfortable with switching language in here. 

Of course I'm quite sad of quitting writing in my native language - as I said, it was an hard decision to take. If I had more spare time I'd definitely keep on writing in both languages - but to do so I'd need 36-hours days, at least. And still, that would not resolve the difficulties in terms of longer posts, harder to be read. 

So, starting from the next post, I'll write only in English. Hopefully this will allow me to be way more productive and consistent! Wish me luck and stay tuned, I'll talk to you all very soon!


venerdì 16 settembre 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ BombShell Eyes ♕

Manca una settimana esatta al lancio del nuovo BombShell Brush Set di Spectrum Collections (qui la preview in italiano), così ho deciso di pubblicare questo look che ho realizzato in onore di questo set utilizzando i suoi colori distintivi. Non è la prima volta che realizzo trucchi ispirati ai pennelli Spectrum, è una cosa che mi diverte sempre molto - ogni set presenta una combinazione di colori unica ed è una piccola sfida riuscire a realizzare un trucco che li evochi. 

In just one week the new BombShell brush set by Spectrum Collections will be officialy be launched - so I thought I'd post this look I made a while back, inspired by this new set's colour way. (Read my BombShell preview here). I always enjoy doing this kind of inspired looks, because Spectrum brushes always come with the most fun colour ways - it's challenging!

lunedì 12 settembre 2016

♕ Preview ♕ Spectrum Collections ~ BombShell Brush Set ♕
{Overview, Comparazioni, Prime Impressioni}

[Looking for the English version? Please click here!]

{Questo post illustra prime impressioni riguardo un prodotto che mi è stato mandato in prova valutativa dalla ditta che lo produce. Ringrazio Spectrum Collections per l’opportunità, la mia politica valutativa tuttavia non cambia e si basa come sempre sulla reale utilizzazione del prodotto - vedasi la pagina Disclaimer del blog.}

Ecco la versione italiana della mia preview dedicata a questo nuovo set di Spectrum Collections. Com'era già avvenuto con il post dedicato alla Mermaid Collection di NABLA, ho ritenuto opportuno scrivere due post distinti e separati - uno esclusivamente in inglese, uno esclusivamente in italiano. E ho deciso che, d'ora in poi, questa sarà la prassi per questo genere di post molto lunghi e molto articolati. Sia per facilitare a voi la lettura, sia per facilitarmi il processo di scrittura (sembra quasi paradossale ma mi viene molto più semplice gestire un post per lingua piuttosto che un unico post infinito dove si deve saltare da una lingua all'altra ogni cinque secondi).
Fatta questa premessa, possiamo passare al post ;D

Quando a Luglio Spectrum fece trapelare i primi spoiler riguardo un nuovo set (sempre in tema sirene) che sarebbe arrivato alle stelle, l'hype schizzò alle stelle pressoché istantaneamente. Il brand è conosciuto per il bellissimo stile, molto glamorous, dei suoi design - perciò non stupisce che tutte (me compresa) siano andate in un brodo di giuggiole all'idea che stavano per sfornare un nuovo set, sicuramente mozzafiato.
E infatti così è stato!

Dopo la sirenesca Glam Clam, il misterioso e dark Siren Set ed il candido Marbleous set, Spectrum Collections ha creato il raffinatissimo BombShell brush set - che vado a mostrarvi oggi in anteprima!

Il set era stato rivelato al pubblico durante un evento dedicato, in perfetto tema sirene, tenutosi a Soho, Londra, il 21 Luglio. Io, per motivi geografici, non ho potuto ovviamente partecipare - ma ho avuto l'opportunità di provare i nuovi pennelli prima del lancio, in modo da poterveli presentare *_*
Ho aspettato che annunciassero la data del lancio prima di postare, e fortunatamente l'attesa non sarà lunga: il set debutterà sul mercato giorno 23 Settembre!
Nel frattempo, spero che vi godiate la mia preview ♥

martedì 6 settembre 2016

♕ Preview ♕ Spectrum Collections ~ BombShell Brush Set ♕
{Overview, Comparisons, First Impressions}

[Nota per le lettrici italiane: questo post è esclusivamente in lingua inglese, la versione italiana arriverà a breve!]

{Disclaimer: this post is a first impressions about a product sent for free to me by the brand. I'd like to thank Spectrum Collections for the opportunity, anyway my evaluation policy doesn't change and is always based on real usage of the product(s)}

When Spectrum Collections, back on July, hinted that a new mermaid inspired brush set was on its was, the hype went sky high right away. This brand is well known for its 
glamorous, stylish and overall beautiful designs - so everyone (me included) literally went crazy, knowing that something really amazing was about to be revealed.
And, of course, it totally was.

After the mermazing Glam Clam the darker Siren Set and the pure Marbleous set, Spectrum Collections created the chic and classy BombShell Brush Set - which I'm really thrilled to show you today!

This new set was revealed on July 21th in a mermaid themed event that took place in Soho, London. Sadly, I live way too far to be able to attend - but I was so luck to be given the opportunity to try them in order to write a preview post! *_* 
I've waited for the launch date to be disclosed to publish this post, and we're actually sooo close to it: this beauty is launching on September 23rd! Who's excited??
Meanwhile, I really hope you'll enjoy this preview! ♥

giovedì 1 settembre 2016

♕ Paciugopedia 3.0 ♕ Episode 12 ♕

Ciao Principesse e buon 1° Settembre ♥

Si conclude con l'episodio odierno la terza edizione della Paciugopedia ideata dalla dolce pipistrellina Svampi. Incredibile come vola il tempo, mi sembra di aver iniziato questa challenge giusto ieri... E invece sono già passati dodici mesi, i dodici look proposti si sono esauriti ed è tempo di salutare questa iniziativa adorabile. Sento già la mancanza di questo appuntamento mensile!

Il magone poi è doppio, perché il look di oggi è stato funestato da sfighe varie (maltempo, pessime condizioni di luci, la necessità di replicarlo una seconda volta...), motivo per cui stavolta non ci saranno le consuete tre foto + collage, ma solo due foto + collage.
Peccato perché era uno dei miei preferiti e ci tenevo a rendergli giustizia al meglio - non era così che speravo di concludere questa challenge, ecco.

mercoledì 31 agosto 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Nereid Make Up ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Post veloce veloce per mostrarvi un look che ho realizzato qualche settimana fa per provare Nereide, uno dei pochi ombretti della Mermaid Collection che non mi erano parsi del tutto in tema con la collezione. Il look stesso non è in tema sirene, né è inspirato ad una sirena in particolare: semplicemente, desideravo prendere confidenza con questo ombretto, realizzando qualcosa di semplice e basic. Per gli esperimenti più estrosi c'è sempre tempo.

Quick post today to show you a look I made a while back to try out Nereide, one of the few shades from the Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics I didn't feel like it fit the collection's atmosphere. The look itself isn't really mermaid-like, nor is inspired by a mermaid. I went for something really simple and basic - I needed to become familiar with this shadow first, leaving experiments for next time.  

venerdì 26 agosto 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ H2O/Mako Mermaids Inspired Look ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Erano secoli che desideravo realizzare un makeup ispirato alle sirene delle serie H2O - Just Add Water e Mako Mermaids (rispettivamente serie originale e spin-off) - già da prima di ideare questa rubrica tematica. Come immaginerete, trattandosi di telefilm a tema sirene, entrambe le serie mi hanno appassionata non poco (anche se confesso di prediligere nettamente lo spin off) - insomma, il look dedicato era d'obbligo! 
La Mermaid Collection mi ha dato l'input e lo spunto necessario a procedere, sia perché uno degli ombretti proposti era perfetto per questo look (dopo capirete perché), sia perché sempre quell'ombretto si chiama come una delle sirene protagoniste della serie originale. 
Di chi sto parlando? Ma di Cleo, ovviamente! 

I've always wanted to create a H2O Just Add Water/Mako Mermaids inspired look (respectively, original series and spin-off). I loved both shows - no wonder, since their both mermaid themed - even though I highly prefer Mako Mermaids over H2O... So, I HAD to create a special look for them!
The Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics, recently launched, gave me the hint and inspiration to finally do it - thanks to one particular eyeshadow, which is not only perfect for this make up (I'll explain later why), but also has the same name of one of the H2O mermaids. 
Did you guess what eyeshadow I'm talking about? Cleo, of course!

martedì 16 agosto 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Glamorous Mermaid Eyes ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Il makeup di oggi, com'era già accaduto con il Treasure of a Mermaid look, non è ispirato ad una sirena in particolare - né ad un'ambiente marino, per la verità. Si tratta di un look estremamente semplice, realizzato con pochissimi colori, ma che riesce a risultare sofisticato e particolare senza essere complicato. Un look da sirena moderna, se vogliamo, glamour e poco convenzionale.

Today's make up isn't inspired by a particular mermaid or an underwater environment, like the Treasure of a Mermaid look. It's a very simple and easy look, I used just a handful of eyeshadows - yet it's sophisticated and not complicated at all. Kind of a modern mermaid makeup, if you will, glamorous and unconventional.

venerdì 12 agosto 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Mermaids of the Deep ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Per il look da sirena di oggi ho deciso di creare qualcosa adatto ad una creatura degli oceani più profondi, più bui e misteriosi - un make up scuro ma non troppo, cromaticamente vicino al Dark Ariel Inspired Look che avevo realizzato lo scorso Dicembre ma diverso per finish utilizzati e piccoli dettagli.

Today's mermaid look is inspired by deep sea creatures, who live in dark and mysterious waters - so I made a dark look, similar in terms of shades to the Dark Ariel Inspired Look I created last December, but different when it comes to finish and details.

martedì 9 agosto 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ The Treasure of a Mermaid ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Riprendiamo coi la serie di make up incentrati sulla nuova colleziona di Nabla, la Mermaid Collection, con questo look che non è ispirato ad una sirena ben precisa... Ma più che altro a ciò che evocano le descrizioni di Cleo e Under Pressure: un tesoro sommerso il primo, le profondità marine il secondo.

E così questo look rappresenta un tesoro sommerso che scintilla sott'acqua, custodito gelosamente da una sirena nelle profondità di abissi misteriosi.

Back to mermaid inspired look focused on the new Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics - this time with a makeup not quite inspired by a particular mermaid... But primarily on Cleo's and Under Pressure's descriptions: an hidden treasure the first, the deep sea the second

So this look it's inspired by a submerged treasure that shines underwater, jealously held by a mermaid in the deep of a mysterious abyss.

sabato 6 agosto 2016

♕ Review ♕ Spectrum Collections ~ Siren Brush Set & Roll ♕

Dopo la brevissima pausa a tema Paciugopedia, torniamo sul tema sirene - non con un look, bensì con una recensione! Oggi vi parlerò di uno dei miei set preferiti: il Siren Set di Spectrum Collections.

Avevo già parlato di questo set sul blog a Gennaio, nel post di prime impressioni; dopodiché ne avevo parlato anche nel post di confronto tra questo set e il Glam Clam - che trovate qui. Ma adesso è giunto il momento di dedicargli una review approfondita, tutta per lui! (Anche perché, piccolo spoiler: a Settembre uscirà il nuovo set sirenesco ed io sono stata tanto fortunata da ricevere la preview da mostrarvi a brevissimo... E qui si rischia che i post si accavallino XD)

Mettetevi comode principesse, si prospetta un post mooolto lungo!

Let's get back into mermaid-themed-post, but not with a makeup look: it's review time! Today I'm going to review one of my favourite brush sets: the Siren Set (& Brush Roll) by Spectrum Collections

I've already introduced this set to you on January, with my first impressions post; I also did a comparison post between this and the Glam Clam brush set - which you can find here. But now, as I said before, it's time for an in-depth review! (Spoiler: on September Spectrum will launch their new mermaid inspired brush set - which I'm going to show you next week as a preview, lucky me! And I don't want those posts to pile up on each other XD)

Make yourselves comfortable, princesses: this is going to be a looong post! 

"Sirens are calling - For chic merbabes only!"

lunedì 1 agosto 2016

♕ Paciugopedia 3.0 ♕ Episode 11 ♕

Ciao Principesse!

Oggi ci prendiamo una piccola pausa dai look sireneschi, perché come ogni primo del mese è tempo di Paciugopedia! ♥

Ormai siamo agli sgoccioli, poiché questa rubrichetta ideata da Svampi è in dirittura d'arrivo: questo di oggi è l'undicesimo - nonché penultimo - episodio di questa terza edizione. Sigh. Manca un solo episodio e già sento la mancanza di questo appuntamento mensile!

venerdì 29 luglio 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Coral Reef Mermaid ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Terzo look con protagonisti i nuovi ombretti della Mermaid Collection di NABLA, che ha debuttato sul mercato il 13 Luglio. Dopo il look da sirena d'acqua dolce (qui), torniamo in acque calde e tropicali con questo make up dalle linee soffici e dai colori scintillanti, ispirato ad una sirena che nuota nella barriera corallina

Third look featuring the new shadows from the Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics, which debuted on July 13th. After the Freshwater Mermaid eyes (here), let's go back to warm, tropical waters with this make up that features soft shapes and sparkly shades - inspired by a mermaid swimming around the Coral Reef.

mercoledì 27 luglio 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Freshwater Mermaid ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Secondo look incentrato sulla nuova Mermaid Collection di NABLA, ovviamente sempre a tema sirena (c'è davvero bisogno di spiegare perché? XD) - stavolta con una combinazione di colori diversa dalla precedente: dopo i colori brillanti ed esotici, è il turno di colori più profondi e misteriosi

Second look featuring the Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics, inspired of course by mermaids (I don't need to explain why, do I? XD). This time I used a completely different colour combination: my previous look featured bright, exotic shades, while I chose deeper and mysterious colour for this makeup.

sabato 23 luglio 2016

♕ The Mermaid Series ♕ Tropical Mermaid ♕
{Feat. Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection}

Tempo di rispolverare questa rubrica dedicata interamente ai look da sirena! E quale occasione migliore per farlo del debutto della Mermaid Collection di NABLA Cosmetics? (Qui trovate il mio post sulla collezione)

Ovviamente, non appena i nuovi ombretti sono giunti tra le mie pinne, ho subito iniziato a realizzare diversi total look (usando esclusivamente coi colori della nuova collezione) che avrete già visto se mi seguite su Instagram e che da oggi iniziano ad approdare qui sul blog.

Quello di oggi è il primissimo look che ho creato utilizzando parte della Mermaid Collection: un look da sirena esotica, tropicale, caratterizzato da colori caldi e brillanti.

It's been a while since I last posted something for The Mermaid Series, it's definitely time to get back on track! The debut of the new Mermaid Collection by NABLA Cosmetics is the right occasion for sure to start again with mermaid looks ;D
(Here's my post about the collection)

Once I got my fins on the new eyeshadows I started creating some total look right away. I used almost exclusively the newest shades - you have probably seen them already if you follow me on Instagram!

This is the very first total look I made using part of the Mermaid Collection: fit for a tropical, exotic mermaid, featuring warm and bright colours.

mercoledì 20 luglio 2016

♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection ♕
{English Version, Overview, Swatches, Considerations}

[Cerchi il post corrispondente in italiano? Clicca qui]

{Disclaimer: this post regards first impressions about a product sent for free to me by the brand. Thanks to NABLA Cosmetics for the opportunity, anyway my evaluation system doesn't change and is always based on real usage of the product.}

On July 13th NABLA Cosmetics released their new summer collection, inspired by mermaids: the Mermaid Collection! As you can imagine, to me this was the most awaited and desired collection ever.
I had the opportunity to get part of the collection (thanks once again to NABLA for trusting me) and I bought the remaining shades - so today's post will be an almost complete overview. I left out just a product (one of the blushes) because I was pretty sure it would end up unused.
This is going to be the longest post ever, I have so much to say about this mermaid-y collection!

venerdì 15 luglio 2016

♕ Nabla Cosmetics ~ Mermaid Collection ♕
{Overview, Swatches, Considerazioni}

{Questo post illustra prime impressioni di un prodotto che mi è stato mandato in prova valutativa dalla ditta che lo produce. Ringrazio NABLA Cosmetics per l’opportunità, la mia politica valutativa tuttavia non cambia e si basa come sempre sulla reale utilizzazione del prodotto - vedasi la pagina Disclaimer del blog.}

Giorno 13 Luglio ha ufficialmente debuttato sul mercato la nuovissima - nonché attesissima - collezione estiva di NABLA Cosmetics: la Mermaid Collection, ispirata (lo intuirete dal nome) alle sirene!

Ho avuto l'opportunità di ricevere buona parte della collezione (ringrazio ancora una volta NABLA per la fiducia accordatami) che ho integrato comprando i tre ombretti mancanti - sicché quella di oggi sarà un'overview quasi completa, l'unico prodotto che ho tralasciato è uno dei due blush perché sicuramente sarebbe rimasto inutilizzato. 
Questo post sarà lunghissimo perché ho veramente tantissimo da dire su questa collezione che sento mia come non mai! 
(A tal proposito, in via del tutto eccezionale per stavolta dedicherò un post a parte alla versione inglese. Un unico post bilingue sarebbe risultato spaventosamente lungo, meglio dividerli).

"Dal mare blu come la notte e trasparente come i cristalli una sirena sale attraverso l’acqua.

Le squame esprimono le loro iridescenze in una danza che arriva in superficie.

Le nuvole splendono ancora di porpora e di oro mentre il tramonto s’immerge nel blu. 
Una luce ambrata inonda il mare e il volto, fino a farsi sentire tra i capelli, insieme al vento.

Tutto è pervaso da una magia sublime fatta di acque lucenti che temprano e di diamanti di sale.

Colori levigati dall’acqua e melodie che incantano. Tonalità intense e lucide che riflettono l’immensità. 

Una collezione che lentamente emerge dagli abissi per incontrare una dimensione nuova, inebriante come il profumo del mare e popolata di sirene moderne.

La libertà è un canto a cui non si deve resistere.
E questo canto è Mermaid."