Review – Laneige Water Science Skin Refreshing Mist 🌿

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🇬🇧 Hello everyone! Today’s review is going to deal with another product you can use to fight the sun – more specifically, to heal your skin that already got sunburnt, like mine! 🤭 I usually opt for mists when I have the feeling that my skin is getting oilier because of either make-up or stale air – especially in Winter; however, as for Summer, I use mists to get refreshed because of the heat and of humidity.

🇮🇹 Ciao a tutti! La recensione di oggi è su un prodotto utile per combattere il sole – o meglio, per riparare la pelle già bruciata, come la mia! 🤭 di solito opto per le mist quando sento che la mia pelle diventa più oleosa, per il trucco o per l’aria consumata, sopratutto d’inverno; al contrario, in estate uso le mist per rinfrescarmi dal caldo e dall’umidità.

🇬🇧 Laneige is famous for its high-quality products at fairly high prices (compared to brands which are more popular among young buyers, like Tony Moly). I purchased the 120ml-size Refreshing Mist for 16 euros in a Sephora store in Milan (but you can purchase it from any Sephora website as well), although only two versions of this product (this one and the Moisturizing one) are available in Italy – out of the seven versions existing. The texture is watery so it should be comfortable enough for everyone to use on bare face and with make-up. Its main ingredient is Cypress Tree Leaf Water, which has hydrating, lenitive and balancing properties.

🇮🇹 Laneige è un brand famoso per i suoi prodotti di alta qualità a dei prezzi non eccessivamente alti (rispetto a brand più popolari tra i giovani, come Tony Moly). Ho acquistato una confezione da 120ml della Refreshing Mist a 16 euro in una sede Sephora di Milano (ma lo trovate disponibile anche sul sito), anche se in Italia sono vendute solo due (questa e la Moisturizing Mist) delle sette versioni esistenti. La consistenza è acquosa, perciò non dovrebbe dare problemi a nessuno da usare sia sulla pelle pulita sia con il trucco. L’ingrediente principale è l’Acqua di foglie di Cipresso, idratante, lenitivo e riequilibrante.

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🇬🇧🇮🇹 See you next time! / Alla prossima!

Review – Sephora Watermelon After-Sun Mask 🍉

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🇬🇧 Today’s review happens to be published the day before August 15, which Italians call Ferragosto after the latin expression Feriae Augusti (August Holidays) introduced by emperor Augustus during his reign. This holiday is as important as it is ancient, since every Italian company, bar, restaurant and shop closes to let its employees celebrate with their own family – even if just for one day! That’s why I’ve decided to review a product that could help many people recover from sun exposure!

This Sephora bio-cellulose mask is supposed to soothe your skin from sun exposure AND make one’s tan more durable. While the latter is definitely a result that can get visible only after regular usage for some time, the former can definitely happen instantly.

🇮🇹 La recensione di oggi viene pubblicata il giorno prima del 15 Agosto o Ferragosto (dal latino Feriae Augusti, “Vacanze di agosto”), festività istituita durante l’impero di Augusto. Questa festività è tanto importante quanto antica, visto che ogni azienda, bar, ristorante e negozio in Italia chiude per ferie per dare la possibilità ai propri impiegati di poterlo celebrare con la propria famiglia – anche se solo per un giorno! Per questo ho voluto scrivere di un prodotto che possa aiutare a riprendersi dall’esposizione al sole!

Questa maschera alla bio-cellulosa di Sephora avrebbe delle proprietà lenitive post-esposizione al sole E perfezionanti per far durare di più l’abbronzatura. L’ultimo effetto è ovviamente visibile solo dopo diversi utilizzi, mentre il primo può decisamente esserci prima.

🇬🇧 First of all, bio-cellulose is different from other type of fabrics as it delivers coolness immediately because of the “fabric” itself: jelly-like, very thick but malleable, which means that it stays still (delivering the serum effectively) but can be still adapted to one’s face and neck pretty easily. Last but not least, the cooling effect also derives from Watermelon extract, although it is not listed as one of the first ingredients on the product package (listed below). I liked this product very much because it actually cooled down my skin a little bit and the texture actually feels nicer than other fabrics! However, it didn’t provide as much hydration as I hoped.

🇮🇹 La bio-cellulosa è diversa da altri tipi di tessuto in quanto, proprio grazie al suo “tessuto”, è più rinfrescante: ha una consistenza gelatinosa, è spessa ma malleabile, perciò oltre a rimanere ferma (e a rilasciare il siero) ma si può adattare al viso e al collo senza difficoltà. Ultimo ma non per importanza, l’effetto rinfrescante è dato anche dall’estratto di anguria, anche se non è nominato tra i primi ingredienti nella lista dei prodotti riportata sulla confezione (vedi sotto). Questo prodotto mi è piaciuto perché era veramente rinfrescante (anche grazie al tessuto), ma purtroppo non altrettanto idratante.

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, PEG-32, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Carbomer, Inositol, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol.

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Online shopping guide by Vica 🛍

Hi everybody! 🙂 I’ve finally decided to write about one of my main.. Well, I wouldn’t call it an “obsession”.. Let’s say something I really – REALLY – enjoy doing in my spare time (and sometimes even when I should be studying, whoops!).

Living in a city (and in general, in a country) where loads of international brands don’t sell nationwide (some just have like 1-2 shops in the whole country, usually in Milan and/or in Rome) or none at all, the only way to stay up to date on fashion and buy something you can’t find in shops is surfing the Internet. You can find pretty much anything – yes, ANYTHING – you just have to google it. Also, you can get very good deals on many websites when it comes to season – or clearance, but sometimes even random – sales.

The websites I’m going to write something about are: American Apparel, ASOS, Beauty Bay, Crazy Factory, Drop Dead, Firebox, Geek Chic Cosmetics, Just Eros, Love Make Up, MUA Make up Academy, Zalando. I’ve classified this websites by what they sell. Keep reading for a brief and absolutely personal experience-based shopping guide.

– Basically everything

asos

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Based in: London, UK

ASOS is my favourite website. Whether I need to buy something or I’m just looking for inspiration, I always find what I need. And they sell, as the title suggests, everything. From dresses to cute and funny stationary, from accessories to lunch boxes (again, very cute and funny ones). They also sell any kind of brands, from most common to most exclusive ones. They also have their own brand and various sub-brands, like ASOS Curve, ASOS Maternity, ASOS Petite and many many more. And standard shipping only costs 3 pounds/3 euros and it’s free for orders over 20 pounds/24.99 euros!

What are you waiting for? Sales are now on, so go get inspired! They ship worldwide 😉

– Clothing and accessories 

americana

Based in: Los Angeles, CA

I don’t think American Apparel needs any introduction. Their provocative ads and the originality in their products (see the many kinds of patterns and materials they use to create a huge variety of clothes) are well know all over the world. Prices can be quite high for certain products (let’s say almost all of them). If you are not lucky enough (like me) to live in a big city, you may be glad to know that they ship worldwide! Also, the brand reserves some secrets sales once in a while for those who are subscribed to their newsletter and sends them a discount for their birthday to use sitewide!

dropdead

Based in: Sheffield, UK

Drop Dead is getting more and more famous everyday, especially in the hardcore-alternative scene, and it’s not just a case, as it was founded by Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oliver Sykes. Their outrageous kind of illustrations is what distinguishes their products from the rest of graphic tees on the net, and that’s why their are not very cheap. However, European and International shipping only costs 4.95 pounds. Also, they have two stores in the UK, one in London and one in Sheffield.

zalando

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Zalando, like ASOS, has a pretty wide range of brands to choose from. They also have their own label, called Zalando Essentials. What makes this website great is the 100 days return policy, which is not bad at all if you are busy or very indecisive. Their prices are pretty much accessible for anyone and… Shipping is free 🙂

– Make up only

mua

Based in: London, UK

What characterizes MUA‘s products is their great price-quality ratio. You can literally spend just 1.50 euros for a incredibly pigmented, long lasting lipstick, as you can read from the mostly positive reviews. I bought their Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Palette once and it’s pretty good! Try it and see! Standard delivery costs 5.50 pounds for European orders and 8,50 pounds for International orders.

lovemakeup

Based in: Stanstead Abbotts, UK

Love Make Up sells beauty products from all over the world and to all over the world, like Lime Crime or LA Splash Cosmetics 😀 delivery charges outside the UK are not very cheap (8.95 pounds for European orders and 12.50 pounds for International orders), but I can assure you that is pretty fast!

beautybay

Based in: Manchester, UK

On Beauty Bay you can shop both their own collection and lots of famous beauty brands, which are constantly discounted. Delivery costs depend on your country (you can select it before checking out), but their standard delivery service (called International Saver) is free for orders over 15 euros. Not bad uh?

geekchic

Based in: Cornelius, OR

If you are a TV series/anime/superheros junkie, Geek Chic Cosmetics is perfect for you. All their products are, as its name suggests, inspired by geeky kind of stuff. What I love about this website is that you can buy samples (a bought four last year, maybe one day I’ll write something about them)! There are various shipping costs, depending on your country.

– Funny gadgets and gifts

firebox

Based in: London, UK

Firebox is the kind of online shop you’ll be grateful for when you’ll have to buy the next birthday present for that friend who’s obsessed with Breaking Bad but already got all the DVDs. All kidding aside, in this website there are loads of pop culture-inspired gadgets for all ages and for all tastes. Airmail shipping costs 4.95 euros and they ship worldwide. You can thank me later.

– Body jewelry

When I used to wear earplugs, I really liked shopping here:

justeros

Based in: Polegate, UK

Just Eros has a pretty wide range of earplugs, as well as aftercare products for your lobes. They also have a small section with a few tips for a stretching your lobes without hurting yourself, which was quite useful for me. 🙂

crazyfactory

Based in: Chur, Switzerland

Crazy Factory is one of the best body jewelry websites ever. Their products are cheap and very good. They ship worldwide. 🙂

That’s all for today, happy shopping, remember to buy responsibly! 🙂

Love, Vica x