All posts tagged: review


How to prep your skin for Summer

ENGLISH | ITALIANO Acne, redness, dullness, dry patches. Sometimes your skin got them all. At least, that is my case. When it comes the summer time your skin should be prepped in the right way to avoid sunspots and uneven tan and the best way to achieve it is with regular scrubs and applying SPF everyday. However, the most important rule I learned – that you have yet read a bunch of times – is to always moisturize my skin. Even if it is oily, even if it is boiling hot outside. Remember that dehydrated skin leads to just more acne and oiliness. Below you will find some products I discovered during Spring months that made such a difference for hydrating my problematic skin. FACE | In the pursuit of the perfect moisturizer for dehydrated skin the new Clarins Booster Repair totally changed its texture soothing redness and dry patches. It should be applied twice a day exclusively blended with your usual cream and it is recommended for sensible skin from dry to combination. For acne prone skins you should try to pair the serum with the famous La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo into your …


Mansur Gavriel Spring/Summer 2016

ENGLISH | ITALIANO The pair of New York based designers behind Mansur Gavriel made their accessories brand exponentially rise since 2012 when it was founded. The brand was know for their inconic bucket bags and finally this spring they also launched the shoes collection. The aestethic of Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavrie can be summed up with no-fuss shapes and pop colours. And the love for colours even permeates their Instagram profile which reflects the philosophy behind their accessories. Among the Spring/Summer standout pieces: mules in suede and in patent leather and the circle bag in different measurements. As per the colours palette pink and brick-hues overcome the other shades. If you are looking for statement accessories to enhance your everyday outfits I suggest you to keep an eye on Mansur Gavriel products. I just added to my wishlist the suede mules in brick and the circle bag in pink!

The Lumineers – Ophelia

lmost four years after their successful debut album (2012), The Lumineers come back with Ophelia, a preview of their second work Cleopatra. The single presents a massive use of percussions and piano like their most famous hit “Ho Hey” and by now radios seem to love the new song as much as the old one. “When I was younger, should have known better I can’t feel no remorse, and you don’t feel nothing back”   If you want to hear more music suggestions, go and check out all MUSIC posts on THE-A-BOOK.

THE ITEM | Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks

If  I have to choose just a type of lipsticks, I will surely go for the sheer ones. For a night out or a special event I dare to wear a bold lip but the 90% of time I am late and I just run out of the door and put on the lipstick while walking. Plus, I am fascinated by those 60’s icons like Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot with their luscious lips with just a hint of colour. Now, even though I do not have those full lips I am always looking for the perfect lipstick to recreate that effect. Because of this reason I accidentally started putting on my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine collection through the years and I would have bought even more shades if these lipsticks weren’t so pricey. Se dovessi scegliere una sola tipologia di rossetti, preferirei senza dubbio quelli trasparenti. Anche se per un’occasione speciale oso con labbra di un colore acceso, la maggior parte del tempo sono sempre in ritardo e applico il rossetto di corsa mentre sto per …

Channeling My Inner Cara

Beauty, just as fashion, runs in circles. Trends come quick in succession and often make-up takes inspiration from runway looks. Nowadays the focus is all on eyebrows and a few years ago everything started from Cara Delevingne. After several years when over plucking seemed the right thing to do -with permanent consequences may I add – the fever for the British model created an overturn. Starting from high fashion editorials, big wild brows has become more and more popular and the latest normcore wave has seen all over the street style snaps natural and glowy face, minimal make-up and statement brows. La bellezza, proprio come la moda, gira in cerchio. I trend si susseguono velocemente e spesso il make-up trae ispirazione dai look proposti in passerella. Già da qualche anno l’attenzione è posta sulle sopracciglia e tutto è partito da Cara Delevingne. Dopo un lungo periodo in cui si l’uso della pinzetta è stato abusato – e di cui paghiamo ancora le conseguenze – l’ossessione per questa modella inglese ha innescato un cambio di rotta. A partire dai …

#NYFW Fall 2015 Recap

Once again another fashion week season has come. Editors and fashion bloggers have started to show up their most eccentric outfits, the fashion capitals are congested by cars and photographers and celebrities attend endless parties. Even though

About Glasses

When people talk about fashion and accessories they usually forget about some important items. One of them are glasses and, no matter if they are shades or optical ones, they can change your face features effortlessly. Even if on a daily basis I wear contact lenses for practicality, I always bring my glasses along with me so I can wear then through the day. I have a round face and gentle features and for this reason glasses suit me well, especially big and bold frames. But, there is a sad side on this story: designer eyewear is usually quite expensive so, if you are addicted to buying a several range of products, you can’t afford to change them as you would do for other accessories. Thence when the American brand Warby Parker contacted me talking about their new Spring Collection I jumped on the boat and caught the opportunity to talk about this brand created to give an alternative to high-priced eyewear but still maintaining a designer look. Despite its classical appearance, the eight new …

New Year, New Beauty Haul

Happy 2015 everyone! In fact, even if it is already mid January and I had some days off to work this is the first blog post of the year. Despite my Christmas holidays have been relaxing – ehm, boring – and sickly and then I had a hectic return to work I found the time for doing some birthday/christmassy shopping anyway. But, even though I bought most of these items during the sales, I ended up buying items not on sale. For what concerns skincare, I have a very sensitive skin and sometimes it tends to have acne. Currently my skin it’s not that problematic – also thanks to Braun Face – so I decided to try a clarifying serum to even out my complexion. I bought the Kiehl’s Clearly Correcting Dark Spot Solution paired with the Ultra Light UV Defense Moisturizer. Even if it’s too early to look for results at the moment I can say that I quite like how these products feel on my skin. Also because of my kinda flawless skin period …

THE ITEM | NARS Audacious Lipstick

NARS lipsticks are always on point. In fact, I love every lip products I’ve tried from this brand – above all the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – so when everyone in the beauty sphere started talking or writing about the Audacious Lipstick range I could not help buying it.  I wanted to try Ingrid because I saw it on a lot of youtube videos but unfortunately we don’t have all the original 40 shades here in Italy. In the end, I choose the Jeanne shade which is a semi-matte cherry red with a hint of brown. It has a long lasting formula and gives a high coverage without over drying the lips. I love the bold lips trend and I wear this with a natural eye make-up and a lot of mascara. Now I am torn whether to buy an orangey red shade from the Semi Matte line or not. I let you guess what my final decision will be. Have you tried yet this new NARS line? If yes, what did you think about it and what colour would you recommend?