Tuesday, 31 July 2012

FOTD - Ikea trip



Face: L'Oreal Revitalift 10 Repair BB Cream (again, I really didn't like this product, but as you can see I used it few times to properly give it a go - I stand by my utter dislike!), Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15 Foundation in Real Sand, Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in 1 Pink, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in medium, Benefit Moon Beam, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer in Fiji;
Eyes: Becca Eye Tint in Vicuna, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr in Permanent Taupe, Benefit Eye Bright, Bourjois Volume Fast & Perfect mascara;
Lips: Max Factor Lip Liner in 12 Fire, Topshop Lipstick in Hazard.


Monday, 30 July 2012

Delivery / REN

Hello lovelies!
Few posts ago - here - I was telling you about the amazing offer REN is running and last week, I received my order.


Six of the Best
This set was part of the offer and completely free with any purchase!
I've been wanting to learn more about REN so this is perfect as the samples are generous and they are a mix of everything: a cleansing gel, serum, eye cream, mask, .., ..,

It contains:
- Mayblossom Balancing Cleansing Gel
- Jojoba Micro Bead Invigorating Facial Polish
- Omega 3 Night Repair Serum
- Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask
- Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream
Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel

Travel Kit
I decided to order this because the set above already gives me plenty to try about skincare; also, it comes in a clear zip bag which is going to be useful for carrying your hand luggage allowance.

This kit includes:
- Neroli and Grapefruit Body Cream
- Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash
- Oat and Bay Conditioning Shampoo
- Pro-Vitamin Hair Conditioner


Finally, I picked this additional samples:
- Photoactive Sun Veil SPF15
- F10 Smooth and Renew Mask


*UPDATE*
Being the serum junkie that I am, I decided to start with the Omega 3 Night Repair Serum; it smelled really fishy and the consistency didn't seem right so I read online that it could have gone off, as the normal smell is more peachy.
I contacted REN on Twitter and they offered to check it for me and to send it back freepost; apparently, it was fine but it clearly wasn't right for my skin as it's a very oily serum... so they offered to send me another serum to try: I chose the Keep Young and Beautiful SH3C Serum.
Very impressed with their friendly and prompt service! :)


Have you tried any of these?
Which one is your favourite? :)


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Wedding Post - Details

Invitations
We got the wedding invitations from www.artcadia.co.uk
Very expensive (especially since half of the people that received them, just threw them away after a while, I imagine) but worth it!
There are plenty of company which offer a similar service in the States but I couldn't find anyone else with that style and quality, in Uk.
We got half printed in italian and half in english.
I'm extremely pleased with them and I think they set the tone that I wanted for the wedding, perfectly!




Menus & Food
We ended up doing the menus ourselves; I couldn't find any which I liked so 4 days before the wedding, me, my fiance', my sister and my parents spent the evening printing and gluing. 
It was good fun, after all. :)
My mum found these beautiful fabric ribbons at the local market for few euros...


On the menu we had: 3 starters, 2 pasta dishes, sorbet, meat dish with potatoes and salad, dessert - also, the guests could have second helpings of every course.
if you're interested in the dishes, just click on the picture below to enlarge.
All courses come out spread for about 4 hours so we had breaks in between for first dance, bouquet toss, ...
I'm a foodie and that's how an italian wedding is: food is, definitely, as important as the bride... hehe ;P


I meant to take pictures of the food, but I forgot (of course)!
My friend Dell gave me this nice collage of some of the dishes. :)


Table Numbers & Place Cards
We named the tables after bands - both Richard and I are into indie/alternative music and all our friends are too.
I got the stationery from www.paperthemes.co.uk


Favors
We chose these picture holders to gift to our guests; there're  8 different couples available and we thought they're cute and funny :)
These are hand painted and the artist is Paolo Chiari - he's based in Florence but we got them for a local retailer.


Every favor, also, comes with a pouch of 5 almond candies - as per tradition.
Got the cards from moo.com



Cake Toppers
We ordered ours from an Etsy shop - Dandelionland, based in San Diego.
It took about 5/6 weeks before we got them and we received 2 proofs before she sent them over.
We sent pictures of ourselves, the kilt, my dress, my shoes and everything was customized, exactly to match us.
I love them!!! They now reside on our TV table :)


Guestbook
Well, not much to say about this... A5 size, aqua leather book with silver foil lettering - we got it from


Photographer
I thought the photographer is worth a mention too - we are very happy with the photos and now only waiting for the album to be ready (we had to narrow over a 1000 shots to 120/150... yeah, it took nearly 3 months :S).
 Studio Fotografico Bianco & Nero  - as you may have guessed all the photos watermarked, from the previous wedding posts, are his.

Flowers
Richard wore this pretty thistle composition:


This was my bouquet... and involved quite a bit of drama!
Basically, it was totally different from what I wanted. A family friend offered to take care of the flowers and that meant I didn't see my bouquet until the morning of the wedding; she went all defensive that it was a beautiful bouquet but that wasn't clearly the point... it simple wasn't anything like the picture I gave her weeks before (...but still didn't stop her to charge me a fortune!).


and this was my ideal one - do you see any resemblance at all??!
Anyway, I'm glad everything else went smoothly - I was more annoyed towards this person than upset.

And as they say, that's all folks!
I hope you enjoyed these wedding posts - I know that all the research that I did, in preparation for my wedding, was essential... so hopefully, this could be helpful for some other bride-to-be out there! 
Good Luck! :)

You can find the other wedding posts here:


Friday, 27 July 2012

FOTD - @ IMAX for The Dark Knight Rises

 

Face: Ginvera BB Cream, Ysl Touche Eclat in no.1, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in medium, Mac Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom;
Eyes: bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Vision, Revlon GrowLuscious mascara, Benefit Eyes Bright;
Lips: Ysl Glossy Lip Stain in no.17. 

... btw, about the film, I thought it was amazing - loved it and I would, happily, go to see it again tomorrow! Also, it was my first experience with the imax and it's great: it really sucks you in - no comparison with the sh**y 3D - it's so much better!




Thursday, 26 July 2012

Delivery / Debenhams

I took advantage of the gift with purchase for Elemis and placed a cheeky order on the Debenhams website, last week.


At the moment, there's this Limited Editon: Papaya Daily Facial Essentials Kit available; I had both the Papaya Enzyme Peel and Soothing Apricot Toner on my wishlist for some time, so it made perfect sense to buy this set. In the bag, you also get the Melting Cleansing Gel - which is a bonus - and Maximum Moisture Day Cream - which I read so many raves about.


The print of the washbag is gorgeous, too - the design is from Laura Oakes for the celebration of the papaya enzyme peel 10th Anniversary; for the occasion, Elemis have teamed up with charity SOCO to provide founding for over 50.000 vaccinations for children in Africa.
I have another one of these washbag and I, actually, use it to store jewellery more than toiletry.


love the details on the plaque too :)



 For the second purchase, I got the Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser: I'm running out of the Liz Earle cleanser so I thought I try this one as It's supposed to be very similar... this one, also, comes with muslin glove.


Finally, the gift set. 
I'm, mostly, looking forward to try the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash - which was also on my wishlist; the Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum sounds, also, exciting... and for the bath, you get a Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash and a Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir. I will save these for the winter months: perfect to unwind in a relaxing, warm bath!


Have you tried any of these products?
Any like/dislike?



Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Introducing / Penhaligon's

Recently, I've started getting more interested in luxury perfumes - I've come to realize how precious these little bottles of nectar are; the first name which comes to mind, when thinking about indulging, decadent scents, is Penhaligon's!
The founder - William Penhaligon - first opened his barber shop in 1870 in London, starting a tradition of blending the finest, rarest ingredients to produce fragances with emotive power to wrap you in lost memories and elegance... there's nothing more evocative than a smell.
The perfect perfume is, also, the ultimate accessorize: it is an art, the ability to create an olfactive concoction that oozes elegance and individuality.
Today, Penhaligon's boasts a portfolio of 34 unique fragrances and the perfect way to start discovering them is the Scent Library*!

look at this gorgeous wrapping... when you see that, you know you're in for a treat!


The Scent Library is a collection of the most popular fragrances, both for ladies & gents;
I got my husband involved and asked him to wear 'his' side of the library... which is only fair as I am the one smelling him all day so I am the one which need to like it, right??! ;)
I need to say that some of them could easy be unisex.



the library also comes with a guide to the fragrances
Artemisia is relatively recent, created in 2002 - with head notes of nectarine which gives it its sweetness, reined down by warm amber and musk.
Malabah is more exotic and follow an imaginary journey along the East Indian spice route; we got ginger and aromatic spices but with zisty citrucy top notes.
Lily & Spice is floral and edgy; saffron, the world's most expensive spice, gives it a unique earthy dimension which marries perfectly with vanilla and, as the name is giving away, lilies.
Lily of the Valley was created in 1976 and considered by expert of the field as one of the finest lily of the valley fragrance; the predominant notes are lilies, bergamot and it's a classic white flower scent; we, also, have sandalwood to strengthen the composition and staying power.
Bluebell is a pure distillation of bluebell woods that evoke woodland with dripping leaves and moss; a fresh and young fragrance.

Endymion is a strong and deep, nocturnal fragrance; very manly and leathery but smoothed with mandarin and sage notes.
Blenheim Bouquet was created in 1902 and the innovation was in the citrus base (instead of heavy floral notes); you're suddenly hit by the lemon and lime mixed with black pepper and musk; yet, remains discreet and contemporary.
Quercus is the most unisex of the lot; you have the lightness of the citrus fruits and greenness of basil. It's the perfect invigorating cologne.
Opus 1870 is the heaviest and comforting, ideal for winter months; extremely woody, smoky and fiery with the black pepper, incense and sandalwood.
Douro is an intensive, deep take on a cologne; we have sharp and garden fresh geranium and limes, at the bottom but it's the oakmoss and the musk which assert themselves with robust notes.

What a pleasant journey that was... and so much to discover still!
My favourite, so far, is Artemisia but Night Scented and Orange Blossom are already making my imagination run wild and going on my wishlist... plus, how can you resist the regality of these beautiful bottles??!!



Do you own any Penhaligon's fragrance?
Which one is your favourite? :)


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Etsy Purchase

I have been looking for some  multi-faceted gemstones jewellery for some time... in the style of  Monica Vinader, for example, but something cheaper.
So, I decided to have a look on Etsy!
  I have never paid much attention to Etsy before because the majority of the shops are based in US and I can't be bothered to incur in custom, really.
Having said that, I will need to retract now as I found some true gems and really affordable; plus, the shipping costs are always reasonable (5/7 dollars)... so I will, definitely, shop there more!

Here is what I got:


I got a necklace and earrings - they came at $40 but you can also buy them separately (which is about 13quid each... and personally, I think that's a bargain!)


I'm sooo pleased with these! they're exactly what I wanted: the aqua blue stone, kinda groovy, rough metal setting... now I want more in every colour!!
No, actually next I'm gonna get a ring... I've already started the scavenger hunt in the Etsy world to find the perfect one! ;)

Btw, this shop is called Gojo Design (I'm not affiliate), delivery took about 10 days which isn't bad at all.
The goods came in this cute green box and I love the details on the chain, too.



Do you shop on Etsy?!
x



Monday, 23 July 2012

FOTD - @ Cinema



Face: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foudation in 52 Vanilla, Ysl Touche Eclat in 01, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection in 3 medium, Neal's Yard Remedies Mineral Blusher in 54 Peony, Guerlain Meteorites Perles in 01 Teint Rose' ;
Eyes: Neal's Yard Remedies Eyeshadow in 76 Oat, Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel (purple shade in the outer corner), Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara;
Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Wedding Post - Venues & Car

Richard and I had a church wedding - Richard is not catholic so we had a mixed ceremony, meaning we couldn't do the communion but for the rest was pretty similar to a traditional catholic wedding.




I think everybody enjoyed it - the priest, which married us, is quite funny and It went quite fast so I think people didn't get bored. Also, he invited one of his friends (other priest), which spoke English, to 'co-host' so the ceremony was a mix of both languages and everybody could get involved.

outside of the church

me arriving with my dad, in the main square
 There are, actually, 2 churches in the main square of my hometown; we picked the smaller one because we're having a small wedding, but also because it's the same church my parents got married, 33 years ago.


The car... yeah, you may have spotted it: I knew, from the start, that I wanted a vintage Fiat 500, which is my favourite car of all time -I want one!!!
People kinda tried to change my mind or advised that it was too small... but other brides used it before and in the end, it worked very well!
On the way there, I was sitting in the front and after the ceremony, on the way to the restaurant, me and Richard could fit fine in the back and had a driver.

getting in the car, outside my parent's house



After the wedding, we moved to the restaurant which was only about 10 minutes from the church, in the countryside.
The restaurant is called Tenuta Canta and it's an old converted barn, refurbished in a rustic style.
They, also, have their own organic products and grow goats, chickens... plus, it's a mini B&B (only 6-7 rooms), ideal for some of our out-of-town guests.
It looks very pretty for photos, too. :)


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Inside:


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Next week... last post: bits &bobs :)
xxx




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