NAILBOX UK May 2015 *

Hi Guys! :)
Time to come back to you with a review! I had the great pleasure to receive a surprise from NailBox UK! {Scroll down this post for a lot of pictures; I'm going to tell you what i think of this super lovely box... but pictures can be far more explicative of this amazingness!}

The hot sunny days are on us now: it's time for a colorful manicure, for inspiring shades and nails in the spotlight! With four nail polishes and a professional cuticle pusher and nail cleaner the May NailBox is perfect to give your hands the right look for Spring & Summer.
So let's speak of the four amazing shades, starting with my favourite one:

Status Symbol by Essie!
Everybody knows Essie and the quality of their nail polishes; probably we are speaking of one of my top favourite brands in this field (Essie polishes are DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free ).
Status Symbol is the perfect, funny hot pink that you must have in your collection for a perfect colorful manicure... it's a shade that inspires positivity, that makes better a grey day!

Another wonderful shade is the 670 Lucky Lilac by Rimmel... incredibly easy to apply. Guys, I swear... I have loved its flatter and wider brush!
I have managed to wear this nail polish in seconds and without mistakes. And it dries fast. Super fast! Only one application and the nail polish is already perfect on your nails... definitely a life saver!
And the colour is so nice! Funny but at the same time very elegant.

The Orly Color Blast Fiery Orange with chunky glitters is a must have for the Summer: while I was wearing it... I imagined to be on a beach, my skin kissed by the sun!
This is definitely the nail polish that I will bring with me in the next holidays (hopefully I'll be really on a beach in my Italy!).
And I can only imagine how well this glittery colour can do on a tanned skin; or everytime you are going to have fun! This is a perfect accessory for any party!

Last but not least I have loved Alex By The Books by Nicole by OPI... a minty green that reminds me of a glass of milk & mint syrup! Green is my favourite colour, the colour that I enjoy in any of its shades! And this pastel green is great for Spring and Summer as well.
I can absolutely imagine to wear this shade in the city, for an elegant occasion. But is so versatile that I can imagine to wear it even in a more fun occasion, again on a beach, for a party and blah blah!

Guys, you know me. I'm not telling nice things just because I have received something for free: you can see the quality here. And the convenience. You can see from the pictures that I'm talking of super lovely shades and you can recognize the quality of these famous Brands.
Give a look HERE for all the different kinds of subscription offered by NailBox UK... I think that their prices are really interesting!

NailBox.co.uk
NailBox.co.uk
Essie Status Symbol
Essie Status Symbol
Rimmel 670 Lucky Lilac
Rimmel 670 Lucky Lilac
Elegant Touch Cuticle Pusher & Nail Cleaner
Nicole by OPI Alex By The Books NI F07
Nicole by OPI Alex By the Books NI F07
Orly Color Blast Fiery Orange
Orly Color Blast Fiery Orange Chunky Glitter




 To conclude... a few explanatory words directly from the NailBox Website:
"Nailbox offers a practical, affordable solution to keeping on top of the latest nail trends.
As huge nail polish lovers we understand what's needed to make life easier for our fellow nail fans. That's why every month, we are dedicated to curating and dispatching a wonderful box packed full of nail colours and products for your enjoyment!
Your nailbox subscription allows you exclusive access to a carefully curated selection of 'on-trend' colours, delivered directly to your door. From your summer holidays to the office Christmas party, choosing your nail polish will be one less thing to worry about.
"

What I can tell is that I had... the best possible experience with this box (and I'm not generally a lover of subscription boxes: this must mean something!).

See you soon! :-*



Neve Cosmetics POP SOCIETY

It is that time of the year again... that time of the year when we have to speak of a new make-up collection by Neve Cosmetics!

If you don't know a thing about it, Neve Cosmetics is an Italian brand, CRUELTY-FREE, with a huge load of products vegetarian and vegan, without parabens, without sulfates, without petroleum derivatives. It's all natural.
Their new collection is called Pop Society and it is inspired by the '80!




Some of my favourite products from the Pop Society Collection are the pencils called "DueBaci" (translated: two kisses in Italian).
These pencils are composed of two parts: lipliner & lipstick, and are wonderful to play with colours.

Below you can see some pictures taken with my horrible phone! xD

Neve Cosmetics DueBaci in Virgin

Neve Cosmetics DueBaci in Money

Neve Cosmetics DueBaci in Power

Neve Cosmetics DueBaci in Material

And speaking of the pink one, "Money"... below are some comparisons:

Dupe for Mac Candy Yum Yum and Viva Glam

As you can see Power by Neve Cosmetics is a nice dupe for Mac Candy Yum Yum...and the liner is quite similar to Viva Glam Miley Cyrus!

What do you think? :D Leave me a comment and let me know your opinions!
And before you go... if you like the idea, I have a new page on FB, and a new account on Tsu! Feel free to join me!! :) And remember to follow my Italian Channel on Youtube and/or my English Channel!

See you later! :)


Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Let's speak of one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of the moment... the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced!
It's a shame that you can't send a scent through Internet, because the very first thing that comes to my mind, speaking of this palette, is the deliciously sweet scent of pure cocoa that this palette gives off every time I open it... *O*
For this reason alone this Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar is a must have for all the chocoholic & makeup-addicted out there!
Obviously there is more: the quality is very good, the colours are all nice and they stay all day... even if some shades have not an intense and full coverage (I'm speaking of shades like pink sugar that works better as a delicate, glittery highlighter and that is a little bit too powdery).
But this is a great palette especially for everyday makeup,  if you like natural colours and you like to be classy and chic, or even sexy.
The price is £36.00 for 16 "antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused matte and shimmer shades of warm caramels, deep mochas, bronzy chocolate hues and a pop of sugared blueberry".
Overall is a super good palette, and I do recommend it especially to those with fair skin and a passion for neutral (but warm) colours (and a passion for chocolate)! 

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E parliamo di una palette che sto amando, la Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar di Too Faced! Si tratta di una palette dedicata in particolar modo a chi ama i colori neutri ma caldi, e che (secondo me) si adatta specialmente a trucchi eleganti, o anche sexy ma non troppo forti... ma soprattutto, dedicata agli amanti del cioccolato! :D
Infatti la prima cosa da dire è che questi ombretti hanno un odore paradisiaco di cacao, che si sprigiona ogni volta che apro la scatolina! Viene voglia di mangiarli...
La qualità è ottima, il trucco resta al suo posto per tutto il giorno. L'unico difetto è in alcune delle sfumature più chiare che scrivono poco, ad esempio pink sugar... che è meglio utilizzare come illuminante glitterato piuttosto che da solo come ombretto. Alcune sfumature sono anche un pochino polverose, ma nel complesso per me non è un difetto, e comunque i pregi della palette bilanciano perfettamente questi piccoli problemi.
La Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar si fa usare davvero tutti i giorni, dimostrandosi versatile per un numero di look, purchè io non abbia voglia di eccessi!
Contiene 16 ombretti (due dei quali in cialdine più grandi; le informazioni su inci e peso potete trovarle sul sito di Too Faced. Per altro la palette é fabbricata in Italia, come é scritto sulla scatola), il prezzo è circa di £36.00... e sí, la consiglio perchè la ho trovata divertente e piacevole da usare. Una bella scoperta anche perchè sono a dieta e almeno cosí il cioccolato lo uso per truccarmi, dato che non lo posso mangiare!


Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced


Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced



Social Networks

News for you, followers! xD  I've changed the URLs of some of my Social Networks.
Now, if you like the idea,  you can find me on:

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/itsalracairam
TUMBLR:  http://alracairam.tumblr.com/ 
INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/alracairam/
And how I despise the fact that I cannot change my username on FB! My url on FACEBOOK is still https://www.facebook.com/lifeinthegarden at least till I decide that I've had enough and that is time for a new page... My url on YouTube stays the same (as well as this blog!).

See you in a little while with a more interesting post.


Kleancolor Femme Lipstick

I'm back! :D I have been home, in Italy, but now I'm back and ready to post again! So... let's start, shall we? 

Spring is here, and my desire for bright colours is growing... to the point that I have been hit by the need to buy lipsticks in strange shades... :)
But there is something that you need to know about all this: I have no desire to pay over twenty dollars for a lipstick in a shade that I'm not sure I can wear for more than a handful of times.
So, basically yeah, I like and I want crazy colours on my lips... but I need to keep myself on the cheap side of the Universe when I buy unnecessary makeup! xD

So what you have here is the first post (in a series to come) about cheap (but hopefully good) options when it comes to buy lipsticks in crazy colours!
And if you want to contribute, let me know the names and your opinions on brands and products of this kind that you may have tried! :)

This time I'm writing about the Kleancolor Femme Lipsticks... in the shades Lady Glory, Golden Rule, Sealed Secret and Ocean Streak.
I bought them for $1.49 each (if I'm not wrong, from Beauty Joint), and the shipping costs were around five dollars for four lipsticks, more or less. Consider that I'm in the UK, and that when I want to buy something coming from America... shipping costs are my bane! -.- Can I say that I hate shipping costs with a passion?! xD


Anyway, let's speak of the lipsticks!

For $1.49 each I was not expecting miracles from the Kleancolor Femme Lipsticks... still I have found that this shades are nice enough! They are overall good if you want to play with strange colours and you can't afford to pay too much for makeup. They do their job.
... You may want to consider that these Kleancolor lipsticks have a strong scent; so you could find this thing a little bothersome, but to me is better than the typical scent of some cheap lipstick. At least here you have a different (but very strong) fragrance! XD
The packaging is nice enough! Very colorful: the colour of the tube matches the one of the lipstick!

- Kleancolor Femme Lipstick in Lady Glory is a silvery shade... that I plan to use alone or on top of other lipsticks to obtain more metallic & shimmery colours.

- Kleancolor Femme Lipstick in Golden Rule is pure and unadulterated gold! Good to wear alone if you like to look like a goddess of gold... xD Or you can always mix it with other shades and play a little bit!

- Kleancolor Femme Lipstick in Sealed Secret is a dark purple/black shade with glitters... I like it, really. I love the idea of it. But somehow I need to apply it more than once to obtain a decent shade. We can say that it's not super uniform... maybe because of the glitters?

- Kleancolor Femme Lipstick in Ocean Streak is a metallic, glittery bright purple. Really nice! Not super uniform when you apply it just once, but still... very, very nice colour!

What can I say? so far so good... I'm planning to buy more shades from this brand, and I'm satisfied with my purchase! :D
I had more than I was expecting!

Definitely recommended if you want to try some crazy colour on your lips without paying a fortune!

Kleancolor Femme Lipstick

Kleancolor Femme Lipstick: Lady Glory, Golden Rule, Ocean Streak and Sealed Secret


Society6: society6.com/alracairam

Hi Guys!!

I have a little news for you: now you can find my arts and pictures, iphone cases, tote bags, throw pillows, prints, mugs and more on my store on Society6: society6.com/alracairam :) Please, feel free to visit this new shop and to add it to your bookmarks!

You know that I love art and taking pictures is a great passion of mine... so I opened this new account and... well it was just for fun, but we will see! Maybe someone will enjoy my things! Eheh!!






My Tote Bags on http://society6.com/alracairam/bags

My Tank Tops on http://society6.com/alracairam/tank-tops

My Iphone Cases on http://society6.com/alracairam/cases
My Throw Pillows on http://society6.com/alracairam/pillows
My mugs on http://society6.com/alracairam/mugs

Please, visit http://society6.com/alracairam for more!! :D

(I want to leave here a little note: I will be on holiday for the next two weeks... so be patient if you leave a comment or send a mail and don't have an immediate reply! I will take care of everything when I'm back on 1th April! I'm going abroad without Internet, so please... be patient! xD)

Pura D'or Review :) Skincare of the moment

Hi Guys!
It's time to spend a few words on my favourite skincare products of the moment! If you follow me here and on YouTube (well, on YT if you speak Italian... that's it!) you probably know that, for my face and hair, I prefer organic products: so today I'm gonna write about Pura D'or... a brand that is super good if you are into organic, natural things for your personal care!

At the moment I'm using their Professional Strength 20% Vitamin C Serum and the Organic Anti-Aging Face Cream.

Let's start with the Organic Anti-Aging Face Cream...
You can find a lot of informations and the list of ingredients here.
They say that this cream:
- Dramatically improves the look of wrinkles, sagging and dullness.
- Improves smoothness, clarity and radiance.
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines.
- Recharges the skin's electrical balance.

What I can say is that using it is really a pleasure. My skin feels good... this cream is lightweight, easily absorbed. And certainly my skin feels smoother, radiant.
We will see about the wrinkles thing on the long run, but so far so good!
I'm very, ahm... complicated when it comes to face cream, but in this case I'm fully enjoying the experience; I like the natural fragrance of it too!

I'm using this cream in the morning and before bed, as well as the Professional Strength 20% Vitamin C Serum.
You know... I love a good serum for more than any other product for my skin care; and the Vitamin C serum is almost too good to be true!
What they say about it:
- Helps Anti-Aging
- Increases Skin Elasticity and Firmness
- Neutralizes Free Radicals
- Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Stimulates New Cell Growth
- Infused with Plant Based Organic Ingredients

More info here.
I'm really happy with the way my skin looks and feels after using this serum, and I'm especially glad because it looks... fresh. Renewed.
I've read a lot about the benefit of Vitamin C for skin, and now I'm seeing it first hand.

Coming to a conclusion... do I recommend the Professional Strength 20% Vitamin C Serum and the Organic Anti-Aging Face Cream by Pura D'or?! The answer is YES! I do recommend them especially to people that are seriously starting to take care of their skin (tempus fugit, guys!)...
The only downside is that these products are a little bit on the pricey side; but the quality is really good... so I can't really complain. :) 

(I want to leave here a little note: I will be on holiday for the next two weeks... so be patient if you leave a comment or send a mail and don't have an immediate reply! I will take care of everything when I'm back on 1th April! I'm going abroad without Internet, so please... be patient! xD)

Organic, Cruelty Free and Doctor Trusted: Pura D'Or

Pura D'Or

Paranormal Vlog... Storie di Fantasmi! :D

Sorry Guys if you don't speak Italian, but in this post I'm going to link some of my Paranormal Videos on YouTube (in Italian! xD).
BUT... I'd love to hear your opinion anyway! What are your favourite Paranormal Stories? Do you believe in Ghosts? If you are on YouTube... have you ever made a Paranormal Vlog?! If the answer is yes...I'd love to watch it! In fact I think I love all about Paranormal Vlogs! xD It is a typology of videos that I find so entertaining!
I'm always in search of new inspiration for my videos, so if you have a strange story to share I'm all ears... tell me more! :D 

There is plenty of foolish and unbelievable stories out of there; almost everything you can find on this subject is fake. And I believe myself to be a super skeptic in a way. But... but... it's still so fascinating!! :)
For a lack of better words... I think that everyone can enjoy a little dose of mystery in their life!

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Yup, come ho scritto sopra... adoro guardare su YouTube dei Vlog dedicati alle storie misteriose, alle storie di fantasmi! Mi divertono troppo! E a voi? Avete qualche racconto misterioso da condividere? Sono sempre in cerca di nuove ispirazioni per i miei video! xD 






#DearMe - Just Be Yourself! :)

In celebration of International Women's Day YouTube launched global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere... :) This is a simple and very short letter to my younger self: all I have to say is... JUST BE YOURSELF! Love who you are, no matter what they say! You are unique! Be unique, be different... be proud of who you are, even if they don't understand you. It's ok to be a little strange... and no one has the right to make you feel bad for who you are or for what you dream! :D It's ok to be yourself! There is just ONE of you on this planet: you are a precious treasure!

Please, please, please, forgive my terrible English (horrible pronunciation, awful grammar! xD)!! and... excuse my silly voice! xD

Random Instagram

Sorry Guys, this one is a busy week! :) I have not that much time, at the moment, to write or to finally post new pictures and bla blah. So... just enjoy a few photos from my Instagram: @alracairam
Hope to be more productive in a few days! 
Anyway, come visit me on Instagram if you don't follow me already!


 


Strawberry and cream? So yummy!
Do you like croissants?

There is not enough sushi in the world...

Terrible movie... but the soundtrack was good!

Kenwood House

My homemade pizza!

I'd love to be an Admiral for real!!! :D

Greenwich

Makeup Base Favourites!

Speaking of everyday makeup routine... what are the favourites for your makeup base?! And what is the best foundation that you have ever tried?! And what about concealer? ...Do you have a favourite product for contouring?

I posted a video here on my second channel with my everyday makeup base (if you speak Italian, that's my first channel)... 
I'm not a makeup artist, but I enjoy playing with colours and different products like your average woman! ;-)

Anyway, these are my favourite things at the moment...

When I feel like it, I start with a natural primer (Neve Cosmetics Mattifying Primer), because even if I don't use only organic products... having one to use before anything else as a natural "barrier" on my skin is something that I enjoy greatly! :)

What about foundation? I'm into Nars Sheer Glow and Rimmel Wake Me Up at the moment, and I like them both!

The Radiant Creamy Concealer by Nars is amazing, but if you prefer a cheaper alternative there is always the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that's a  wonderful product for a really good price (it's under £5, and it's really one of the best concealers that I have ever tried).

And if you are in need of it... the Benecos Compact Powder is a really good organic powder!

Now, I admit that I'm not really into contouring, nor I'm good at it! xD But... I like to try new things! So I'm experimenting using the Taupe Blush by Nyx (everyone says that is perfect on very fair skin!). And of lately I'm trying Bahama Mama by The Balm that I love as well (even if is definitely darker)...

My favorite highlighters are Goddess of Love by I Heart Makeup, and Mary-Lou Manizer by theBalm. Especially Mary-Lou Manizer that is... I can't even say! It's a glorious product in my humble opinion! Probably the best highlighter I have ever used in my life!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is a brow pencil that I literally adore... and it is what I use if I don't want to go wrong! xD

Speaking of blush... I have a number of favourites! But, probably, the one that I use the most is Peachykeen by Mac!

And that's my essential list for a perfect makeup base, guys! 
I'm incredibly curious to hear about your all time favourites!! :)



Chinese Inspiration... and Chinese Zodiac!

A cake for the Chinese New Year!
Accordingly to Chinese Zodiac... this is the Year of the Sheep! And Sheep is my Chinese sign too!
Hopefully this will be a lucky year, what do you think?! :)  
Here you can search for your sign. 
They say that: "People born in the Year of Sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation." (x
I can see myself in this description, and it is certainly true that indecision is one of my weakness... as well as being moody. No one is perfect!
And... what about you?!
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Questo è un post dedicato alle suggestioni del viaggio, ai colori, alle tradizioni... a tutto quello che è differente e fa sognare. 

Diciamo come stanno le cose: se avessi fondi e mezzi illimitati... non c'è un posto sulla Terra che non vorrei visitare, e probabilmente passerei il mio tempo in movimento. Eppure, ahimè! Come la maggior parte delle persone normali a volte posso solo sognare ad occhi aperti! :)
Ma quando mi capita di poter apprezzare, senza spostarmi, una tradizione differente... lo faccio e non lo rimpiango mai!
It's the Year of the Sheep!

Una delle bellezze di Londra è proprio la varietà di persone e culture che portano qualcosa di proprio ed arricchiscono anche tutti gli altri che vivono qui, permettendoci di assaggiare, di gustare qualcosa che, altrimenti, potremmo apprezzare solo in viaggio. 
La settimana scorsa è iniziato, secondo la tradizione cinese, il Nuovo Anno. L'Anno della Capra... che è anche il mio segno secondo l'Oroscopo Cinese (QUI potete scoprire il vostro segno e leggere il vostro Oroscopo...)! Con tutte le suggestioni della Cina e della sua cultura, permettendo a chiunque voglia partecipare di lasciarsi andare a qualcosa di nuovo, Chinatown si anima per un paio di giorni con suoni, danze, colori fuori dall'ordinario!
Se pensate di organizzare un viaggio a Londra, un piccolo consiglio che mi piace dare è quello di cercare di farlo considerando anche questo genere di celebrazioni, per godere di qualcosa di unico e speciale: queste festività regalano sempre un sacco di ispirazioni positive!

Io non ho saputo resistere ed ho fatto scorta di cibo per preparare qualche ricetta da leccarsi i baffi; noodles, tofu fritto, verdure particolari... e biscotti della fortuna!
Ora, credo che i biscotti della fortuna non abbiano davvero molto a che vedere con la cultura cinese tradizionale, ma mi divertono sempre tantissimo! E qualche volta... ci prendono anche!
L'ultimo che ho aperto mi diceva che "il prossimo giorno nuvoloso sarà un giorno fortunato"... ok, ma io vivo a Londra! È nuvoloso praticamente sempre, come lo devo interpretare?! xD Sta piovendo anche adesso!

New Year in Chinatown!








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