Every time I’m going somewhere, the first question that rises is what makeup/skincare I’m going to bring along. I try to lie to myself and say that I don’t need to take a lot of stuff but somehow I end up with almost everything I own. During the last couple of trips I took, luckily, I managed to find a decent amount of products that I’m really happy with (disclaimer: the image above excludes skincare items – omg). Let’s start with the base, Clarins instant smooth perfecting touch. I have never liked primers and that’s just to begin with, but I’ve managed to get everybody I personally know addicted to this stuff. Yeah,it’s addictive because, well, pores, fine lines and every imperfection you could ever think of, will get smoothed by this. It’s amazing and it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. Next up foundation, my trusted YSL le tent touché éclat, I already wrote about it here. Nars radiant creamy concealer, you wonderful! It covers blemishes and redness like it’s nobody’s business and it’s highly moisturizing which is a huge plus for my dry skin. This eye pencil or kohl it’s from topshop in the color sable, a dark brown – it looks great both on the waterline or smudged on the lid to create a smoky look with some extra definition. I love it and I keep buying more. Eyeshadows.. I’ve just recently wrote a post on my favorite MAC ones, but when traveling I feel like a good ol’ Naked2 palette will do wonders in every circumstance. Casual coffee date? Got it! Fancy evening dinner? Got it! Mascara, I can’t live without it, this one is from Tarte and it’s a mini travel friendly version of the lights, camera, flashes. It adds volume and length wonderfully and the wand separates eyelashes really well, the only downside for me is that it’s not waterproof but I’ll take it anyways! Next up bronzer, Nars laguna – everybody and their mothers own one, at least I think. Should I add more on the subject? Maybe not. My most loved item by tarte it’s the amazonian clay 12 hour blushes, every color looks wonderful, exposed it’s the one I’ve been constantly wearing for the past year. It gives such a pretty, effortless flush and they do stick around for a very long time! Lipstick. I think that at this point everybody knows my obsession for chanel velvet allure lipsticks. I just love how matte and moisturizing they are. The one I like to carry with me when traveling it’s the number 34 la rafinee. It’s an antique pink shade that goes on wonderfully and it also looks sooo nice applied with just the finger tips to add a hint of color to your lips. Last item it’s a little cheat because I carry it everywhere I go and not only when traveling. L’occitane hand cream. It’s lightweight, non oily and moisturizing, plus, the cherry blossom one smells amazing. I hope I’ve not talked to much! Now, to the fun part, what are your make up travel essentials?
I am not an eyeshadow wearer on a daily basis, but I definitely am an eyeshadow collector. This is something that changes with the hairstyle, mood, work I am doing in that period so, for instance, last year I wouldn’t leave the house without a taupe-y brown smoky look and the year before that I wouldn’t be seen without a winged eyeliner. You get the idea. This year I’ve been wearing eyeshadow only if I’m going out, or if I am intentionally not wearing my eyeglasses. Part of it depends on the fact that my eyelids are made of butter and no powder based eyeshadow lasts more than two hours, but also because I have still to find a primer that works for me (help me out if you know the one) . That says it all. Now, despite all of the aforementioned facts, I keep collecting them. The swatches you see are the colors I’ve been reaching the most in the last six months. Cranberry (red + copper) a color that I wouldn’t thought in a million years I’d like but it looks surprisingly well with my eye color – a mix of green and brown. All that glitters looks much more deep on the pan than it actually is applied on the eyelid. It ends up being a subtle creamy/champagney color that I use on both lid and eyebrow arch if I want a little shine, or if I’m feeling really tired and I need to look like a human. Next up, satin taupe. To me this it’s definitely an evening-only shade because it’s a very deep and pigmented color that I can’t possibly wear during the day without feeling too done up – if you know what I’m talking about. And last, but not least, woodwinked. This little guy here became a love of mine. It’s a color that can work on it’s own and it gives a wonderful smoky effect without having to add in a darker color. All of the above colors also look wonderful together as a combo. Yes, I just said that. Woodwinked on the eyelid, all that glitters on the arch and inner corner, cranberry to smoke it out and a subtle touch of satin taupe on the crease.
Oh man, these are some serious cookies right here. The recipe it’s from a website called Post Punk Kitchen, if you’re not familiar with it, it’s an all vegan cooking wonderfulness written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. To me it’s an amazing source for baking as well and I have to admit, every recipe I have ever replicated was WONDERFUL – Isa knows her business and if you feel like you need something tangible, she also has a cookbook: Isa Does it. Now these cookies, I am sure the combination between chocolate + rosemary + vegan doesn’t sound appealing to a lot of people, but trust me, you won’t regret trying these out, in fact, I ensure you that like us you’ll get addicted to them. They are extremely simple to make, I’ll take you more or less 3 minutes plus 10 for baking and voilà. For this recipe there’s also an extremely entertaining video to watch, in case you want to see the how and have a good time. If you’re looking for some extra inspiration here are some of my favorite recipes from Post Punk Kitchen: jerk sloppy joes with coconut creamed spinach, porcini crusted tofu with shallot gravy and an every day pad thai.
Oh dear sweet beautiful pieces of leather! Where was I when all of this happened? Like I don’t already spend enough time online! I recently came across this black bucket bag and fell head over heels for it and by reading about the company is when I found out that I’ll be saving for one or better, you know what to get me for my birthday (it’s not until may, but still, I’m looking forward. wink wink). Italian leather, simple shapes, clean lines and an all inspired by Italy in the 60s. Mansur Gavriel is a collaboration between two beautiful ladies who share the same passion for design, they design their products to ‘function for your daily needs, and travel with you for years to come’. Italian leather designed in New york City – it has my name all over it!
Happy monday everybody! I have never done a ‘what’s in my bag’ post before but I always enjoy having a look at other people personal belongings – don’t ask me why. I have finally decided to do one myself with a couple of my old time favorites. I’ll start with the bag, I’ve had it for well over a year now and since it arrived in the mail it never left my side – it’s scary how I feel I should add the word ‘literally’ in this sentence. I like to wear it day time, evening time, rain or shine (well, I found out that it’s not the best idea to wear a fabric bag when it’s pouring but still, it’s my favorite by far). Bookhou is the one to blame. Next up clockwise, some good trusty earphones, these are urbaners, nothing much to say about them other than they look good and sound even better. Give me anything in tortoise and I’ll cherish it for life! My eyeglasses are from Warby Parker, they are the downing tortoise goodness, they are always with me if not on me (extremely unfortunate that they only ship to US and Canada). YSL lip stain, I go between love and hate depending on the amount of glossy feel I want for my lips – I am currently in the love phase. It’s sheer but it gives color and it stays on really well. I am not a big fan of keychains, never really was. I like simple minimalistic designed ones as I don’t like adding weight to my already heavy keys. This one it’s from Baggu and it’s pretty simple and beautiful. Next up on the list is my black leather wallet I got from a store called Shoe on Mulberry st. it was a pretty great deal and it has everything I look for in a wallet. Considering how long it took me to find one that I truly loved, I see us being in a long and committed relationship. Reading, yes I like reading and I always like to bring a book along, weather digital or hardcopy, in this case, I am currently reading B.J. Novak’s ‘One more thing’. And last but by no means least, my little baby Fuji x100. I am not going to describe it in detail because this is not the place but, it’s a wonderful fixed lens compact camera to carry along without feeling weighted down by all the extra lenses and such without compromising the image quality. I am not sure if I wrote too much – in any case I hope you’ve enjoyed it, oh, and If you ever took an instagram photo or wrote a blog post on the subject, please, link them in your comments below so I can feed my curiosity!
I’ve alway been attracted to marble, don’t know if it’s because it’s in my dna – my grandfather’s main element for his creations was in fact marble . In my parent’s italian home every floor and countertop was my granddad’s work. Lately though, I’ve found myself collecting images combining copper and this kind of washed white marble. There’s something very beautiful and elegant in it. I don’t personally own any of the above items but I consider this to be a wish list of some sort. Wish you all a wonderful and happy weekend.
fort standard : marble trivet || tom dixon : candle || hay : candleholder || menu : chunk candleholder || iacoli & mcallister : copper spica || andreas martin-löf : reflector lamp || mepra : cutlery || hay : marble tray || iacoli & mcallister : algedi table
No news that I love black so for today’s post I thought of spicing it up a little with a white tee – thrilling! Despite the third eye or evil eye design has been invading every stand in town lately, I couldn’t resist this t-shirt, I really love how simple and stylized the design is. I’ve then added some other favorites, first of, topshop jeans. Have you ever tried them? If not, go out and buy some – today. I have been wearing them for years, the motos, the skinny joni, all wonderful stuff. Now COS, this might be a low-blow because they unfortunately don’t ship to the united states, but if you like some minimalistic with a hint of masculinity in your wardrobe, you, just like me, would want to buy everything from them. Window shopping posts are some of my favorites, because in cases like this, I’d buy every single item on the list. Hope you’ll enjoy!