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The Summer Edit

July 11th  •  Posted in Beauty, Style

The Summer Edit

The Summer Edit

Don’t know about where y’all live, but here in Italy we’re fully experiencing some proper Summer heat! These last few days have been so hot that I barely had the strenghts of moving my body around the house, let alone all things that involved stepping outside or, well, in the kitchen (living hell!).

But this proper Summer weather is leaving me feeling like I really need a proper holiday. With sand between my toes, sea salt in my hair and properly tanned skin. And a front-sea pool if it’s possible too!

It felt totally appropriate today, to share my current Summer favourite beauty and style picks so far. And this year I’m all about the tanned look, coral nails, flowy skirts/dresses and airy tops!

The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit

Tanned Healthy Skin

I’m not really the biggest fan of getting a natural tan, not if it doesn’t involve being a couple of steps away from the sea. My skin is naturally so pale and white that, even with SPF on, sunburns are always behind the corner for me. On the other hand noone likes to look as pale as mozzarella cheese in full summer when there’s no way you’re going to hide those white legs without sweating the hell out of you!

So self-tanning it is. I’ve tried a lot of self-tanners in the last few years, but one I’m still quite fond of since last year is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion. I find it easier to go for natural looking gradual self-tanner instead of the instant options: they give you a more natural glowy look and, if applied well, they rarely look streaky! This Garnier gem, in particular, builds up a lovely tan in only a couple of applications, but being a gradual tanner, it allows you to decide how dark you want to go (which, for someone with such a pale skin, is always a bonus).

And with self-tanning, you can’t really go without a good quality scrub to keep your skin smooth and, also, to fix any self-tanning mistakes (although I’d also suggest a cotton pad drenched in lemon juice – it does miracles!). I’ve recently discovered the amazing Frank Body Coffee Scrubs and I can already picture their incredible scents as something that will always reminds me of Summer – because of how essentials they’re being lately! Their Grind High Club kit is perfect for summertime, allowing you to try out three different products in one – plus it’s perfect for travelling!

And lastly, this is another favourite from last year, I couldn’t really live without the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream that is treating my pesky and sensitive underarm skin so well! I’ve never found a natural deodorant that worked so nicely, always leaving me fresh and smell good!

The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit

Coral Nails

Like with lipsticks, Summer is the only time I usually like to experiment with slightly brighter colours. This year I’m loving a bit of coral on my nails and toes (especially!). I’m such a fan of the Ciaté Encore! Nail Polish formula and colour against slightly tanned skin, that I’m sure I’ll see it on my fingertips all summer long!

The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit

The Maxi Dress

This is a huge deal for me, as being petite, I never really thought a maxi dress would have looked some sort of good on my body figure nor I’ve ever found a maxi dress “short” enough for my height. But after deciding midi skirts was definitely my kind of thing, I thought I’d venture in the maxi dresses department as well, and now I think they’re all of what I want my summer wardrobe to be made of!

I’m especially fond on beautiful patterns, if they’re tiled or floral, even better! The one I’ve my eyes on now? This blue/red bargain from H&M!

The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit
The Summer Edit

Flowy & Airy

With my wardrobe, I’ve been finding myself dusting off some old loves more than everything this Summer, but I have definitely implemented a couple new pieces to it that have quickly become essentials. This ASOS Peplum Sun Top is definitely one of my favourite things, with all those lovely pastels implemented into one single piece, and the fact that is so light and airy it seems to wear nothing at all!

I’m also all about this Zara Pleated Midi Skirt of dreams, which, more than a statement piece, has become a basic I’m sure I’ll keep wearing in the years to come. And lastly, denim dresses are still my favourites, and although I did had quite a few in my wardrobe already, since I get so much wear out of them, this year I invested in a couple more, and I couldn’t really say no to this ASOS Denim Cold Shoulder Smock Dress!


These are all my current Summer favourites!
Would love to know what you’re liking as well! x

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Sleep Inducing

April 26th  •  Posted in Health

Sleep Inducing

I have written about what I like to keep on my bedside table and my bedtime rituals not long ago, but since then, and since I’ve been having some difficulties falling asleep at night lately, things have changed a tiny bit in my routine. I’ve added some new products that seem to work wonders at inducing sleep and since then I’ve been performing a very strict routine right before bedtime.

I’ve said goodbye to late night work, even if it means I have to catch up on it the day after (which is not that tragic after all) and, although I’m still not able to drastically eliminate the social media browsing right before bed, I surely have forced myself to reduce the time I spend on my phone or watching TV right before falling asleep. I have found writing down a to-do list for the day after is a good thing to do in the evening, so I don’t have to worry about keeping my mind busy to remember all the things that have to be done when I go to sleep, in fact I’ll have them all at my desk ready to be ticked off the day after.

Other than that, here are a few products I’ve been loving recently – all of them very “sleep inducing”, so hopefully they might help anyone else suffering with insomnia too!

Sleep Inducing
Aromatherapy

I’ve never really given the pillow mist thing a go myself. I’ve heard wonders about it but I’ve never been one who finds extremely difficult to fall asleep, so I never felt the urgent need of investing into one until recently. It’s probably because I have so many things going on in my mind and I always feel like I have so much stuff to do in so little time, that I can’t properly relax whenever I pop into bed.

I’ve picked up the L’occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist and don’t really know if it’s only a psychological thing, but spraying it in the room and on my bed linen at night instantaneously put me in a more relaxed, chilled out mood. The scent, with lavender, bergamot, mandarin, orange and geranium, is nice and subtle but definitely calming and soothing. They also have tiny Perfumed Sachets with the same scent you can put on your bedside table!

Ever since I bought and tried the Lush Love Lettuce Fresh Mask for the first time, I was sure it was one that’d have been pretty special in the evening with that lovely lavender scent. I wasn’t wrong! I’ve been loving to apply it a couple of times per week in the evening: it’s a nice and quick treatment (it only requires 5 to 10 minutes) but it’s a refreshing a calming ritual. My skin always feels extra soft right after, and the French lavender essential oil makes it appropriate for a nighttime application!

It’s no surprise I’m all about my nighttime tea, however, thanks to the lovely people at Teagime, I’ve only recently discovered Red Clover is extremely useful against sleeping disorders. I’ve been drinking a blend of Vanilla, Red Clover, Honeybush and Milk Thistle at night that it’s working wonders (more on it soon!), but I’m also very curious to try out this Pukka Night Time Herbal Tea in the future!

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What are your tips & favourite products to help you fall asleep easily? x

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4 Steps Guide :: Pampering Shower

March 12th  •  Posted in Beauty

4 Steps to the Pampering Shower

Although I’m coming to love bath time more and more recently (thanks Lush for making me rediscover my bathtub!), I’ve always been a shower kind of gal: no matter how hard I try, I rarely can just lay there and relax, take time for myself without doing anything at all. It just feels a waist of time to me, and I know I shouldn’t think of it that way, but I just can’t stay there with nothing to do – am I the only one?!

Whether you feel the same way or you just don’t own a bathtub, I think we shouldn’t still give up on a bit of pampering time for ourselves. I like it to be nice and easy and especially quick, but it doesn’t mean my skin doesn’t love a bit of care, or that showers can’t allow you to have some time for yourself and switch off! Actually there are so many products I like to use in the shower instead of in the bathtub, scrubs for example always feel better in the shower to me!

After many years of searching and trying I feel like I’ve mastered the “Pampering Shower” routine like a pro now: in fact I have a four step guide for you today, including my all time favourite pampering products that make relaxing and caring for your skin fun and quick! Ready?

4 Steps to the Pampering Shower
4 Steps to the Pampering Shower

The 7 Minutes Facial

Most of the face masks out there require 15 or 20 minutes of your time and although I sometimes like it, most times I want my home facial to be quicker, so when I look into buying new face masks I always go for the 5mins ones. They’re great because they are usually lighter and perfect also to reinvigorate your skin in the morning if you have a dull-complexion day, like the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, that acts in only 5 minutes and aims to lighten and tighten the skin with Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants: it creates a nice tingling foam when applied and also has a very uplifting orange smell which is always a plus! Also the Lavera 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask is a quick one acting in only 3 to 5 minutes and especially great for those who have oily skin or acne.

I usually like to top it off with a quick and easy face oil massage treatment: I especially love the Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil for its delicate rose scent. I massage it into my dry skin for a couple of minutes (that’s actually the most relaxing part!) to rehydrate it and just give it some love (and if you don’t know how to massage your face just check this out!). Then I rinse it off with a cloth and warm water and I’m ready for jumping into the shower.

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4 Steps to the Pampering Shower
4 Steps to the Pampering Shower
The Scalp Massage

Weird one, right? However scalp scrubs seem to be great to keep scalp oiliness at bay while also helping with stimulating hair growth – totally worth a try to me!

The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub is a paraben, silicone and colorant free sea salt based scalp scrub with a lovely fresh scent. It feels very strange in consistency because is not as thick as body scrubs and it’s packed up with a little bit of oils that’s not what I’d usually put on my oily hair. However it feels nice to massage onto the scalp: it gradually melts on wet hair and creates a nice lather very easy to rinse out.

Although it’s meant to regulate scalp oiliness it still leaves my hair feeling nicely hydrated so it would probably be a good one for dry hair too, if used instead of a shampoo a couple of times per month!

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Aromatherapy

Yes, you won’t be able to use bath oils or lovely-scented bath bombs in the shower, however you can still treat yourself to some nice aromatherapy without any fancy products, just picking up scents that relax you for shampoos and shower gels.

I’m a fan of lavender scents and I love how it also helps with setting me in bedtime mood in no time at all. The Garnier Lavender & Rose Shampoo is one of my favourite paraben-free shampoo picks, with its delicate and fresh lavender scent and being great to treat oily hair while also leaving it soft and silky.

As for shower gels the list is endless, but in this period of the year I’m completely in love with Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Cream, packed up with cocoa butter, orange and geranium oils. It just has the most relaxing scent ever!

4 Steps to the Pampering Shower

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4 Steps to the Pampering Shower
4 Steps to the Pampering Shower
For the body

As I said, I love my scrubs in the shower. Especially thick sugar based scrubs like all the & Other Stories body scrubs. I usually scrub my skin only once a week so when I do I like my scrubs to be thick and effective while also leaving my skin soft and without redness.

I am not the biggest fan of body butters after a shower because I usually like to jump straight into my clothes and hate having sticky legs and arms during the process. Luckily someone invented in-shower body conditioners! I really love Lush Ro’s Argan under this category, but I’m generally a fan of all of them if they allow me to quickly hydrate my skin without even stepping out of the shower and without leaving my skin sticky or oily.

I’m lazy that much!

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That’s basically it, my pampering shower routine in 4 steps. I’m usually left feeling regenerated and completely relaxed – showers have nothing to envy to bathtubs indeed!
Are you a bath or shower kind of girl? x

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