Friday, November 30, 2012

I love Drugstore makeup!



Inspired my this post from Jayme and Mendi about drug store makeup, I decided to share my drugstore favourites.


1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?

Without any doubts, that would be Deborah, and inexpensive italian brand. The brand even has a cheaper line, Debby. Most of my nailpolishes are from Deborah or Debby. I also like Rimmel and L'Oréal.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?

For the face, I have to mention Garnier BB cream in Light/Medium:

Garnier - Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium



I bought it in Buffalo during my honeymoon last summer, and have been pretty happy with it. It has a light coverage, but it does its job. I think it might be a tad too heavy for oily skin types, but mine is pretty dry so I am ok with it. It's a nice alternative to a heavier foundation
For the cheeks, I have yet to find a blush that suits me.
For lips, Deborah Shine Creator lipstick: it is hydrating and has a nice coverage:

And Deborah Lipliner in 197
 

3. Least favorite product?

This:

Volum' Express® The Colossal Waterproof Mascara 





It flakes during the day, ending mostly in my contacts, and never comes off at night. I was really disappointed, especially because I usually like Maybelline mascaras.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
It's "My Mascara" volume by Deborah:

 
It's very inexpensive, and really works. Love it!


5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)

I tend to use everything I love, but I keep forgetting this:

KAJAL SOFT KHOL
Rimmel Kajal soft Kohl  in Royal Blue:

preview 

It's a beautiful blue that goes well with my brown eyes, especially in the summer - but I keep forgetting that I have it!

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?

Foundations! They are so expensive, especially here in Italy, that I prefer to add some euros and buy higher-end foundations.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!

I tend not to buy dupes. But let me show you something:

 
L'Oréal Super Liner Ultra Precision in Black. I have already talked about it here. I think this is the best eyeliner ever. It's better of all other brands I have tried, some of them very expensive.

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?

Don't know. Usually I don't buy stuff only because everybody is talking about it. I consider if/when I could use something, and especially if I would be able to use it. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Travel pictures: Urbino (& Marche)

About 10 days ago husband and I took a day off and spent a long weekend exploring the italian region of Marche, one I don't know well at all.
We spent a lot of time in Urbino. If you evr go there, don't miss the Palazzo Ducale - it's beautiful (unfortunately it's forbidden to take pictures there...).

It was a rainy weekend, and I took lots of pictures in black and white because they suited the weather better, I think.

Here are some shots, all taken in Urbino, except for the first one:







The food was great, really special, but I was too busy eating it that I forgot to take pictures...

I really hope to go back soon, may be with a better weather too!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday links


I hope evryone had a nice Thanksgiving weekend...
I actually was quite busy through the whole Saturday and Sunday, and just had time now (Sunday afternoon) to sit and relax.
Here are some interesting articles I found during the last two (!) weeks:
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving!

 





Today it's Thanksgiving in the US.
Thanksgiving brings back to me wanderful memories of evenings spent with good friends, great food, and lots of fun. 
I approached my first Thanksgiving (it was year 2000, and I went to my friend Daniella's parents, in Brooklyn) with curiosity and enthusiasm. I could finally see in reality what I had known only through books and TV shows.

In 2003 I was asked to cook the bird. It was daunting, but it came out very well. I am still proud of that accomplishment.

This year, I wanted to start a little Thanksgiving tradition with my husband. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Italy, and I miss this chance to give thanks for whatever happened in the past months.
I wanted to have a small Thanksgiving dinner for the two of us, and even bought some turkey legs to roast.
Unfortunately, today husband has to go to work at 9:30 pm, and I'll come back home at 8:30 pm. So, no time for cooking or feasting.
But I will try anyway to make some time to give thanks, and the turkey will be cooked some other day.
It's not the food on the table that is important, it's the meaning of the day, I whink...

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In my kitchen - Crostata di Ricotta


Sunday was a rainy day, and I found myself home alone since husband was at work. So I decided to use up a tub of ricotta cheese to make a ricotta crostata, since husband had been asking for one for months!
This is my variation on the classic recipe, and came out pretty good.

For the base I used Pasta Frolla. I took the recipe from a book husband had at home since before we met, and made half of it:
The ingredients are:
  • 250g flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150g butter, kept at room temperature
  • 100g white sugar
  • lemon rind, grated
First I mixed butter and flour with my hands. Then I put the mixture on a wooden table (kind gift from Nana Iole to encourage me to make bread, pizza and cakes) and added the sugar, egg yolks an lemon rind. I made it into a pretty solid dough - it's soft but holds its shape. Put it in a covered container (to avoid drying) and left it in the fridge. It should stay in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. After that I flattened the dough and put it in a pie pan coated with butter and flour. I made some holes in the base with a fork ribs, and put it back in the refrigerator

The filling ingredients were:
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 100 g white sugar
  • cinnamon to taste (used A LOT!)
  • two egg whites
First I mixed the ricotta cheese with cinnamon and sugar, then added the whipped egg whites. Then spread it over the crostata base, and put it in the pre-heated oven at 180 °C. I left it for 30 minutes at 180°C, then took it out of the oven and let it cool.

The leftover pasta frolla (you'll have some) can be freezed and used to make a smaller pie base (try it with cherry or apricoat jelly) ot cut to make cookies.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday reads


Hi everybody!
I had a very busy week, which ended with a nasty cold. Right now I am home trying to recover as soon as possible to face this coming week...
Here are a few links I found this week!
Have a nice Sunday!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday readings!


Small edition today... I was having too much of a good time relaxing on Thue, Oggnissanti  (= All Saints) holiday, and the days before...

Have a nice weekend!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

November whishlist...

I have some major renovation scheduled for my apartment... so I should (must?) save as much as possible towards that... But there are three items I am missing from my wardrobe, and when I find some which I love I am going to buy them! Here they are:

  • White skinny jeans:


I have a pair of white jeans trousers, but they are not practical in fall/winter: they get dirty after about 30 minutes of wear. I want the skinny version because I can tuck it in my boots, and the bottom would stay clean even when it rains.

  • A denim skirt:


I can't find a denim skirt.!All I find are miniskirts! I didn't expect it to be so difficoult!

  • A wide belt:


I want a wide belt - this cognac color would be fine - but without spending too much money. or even, without spending more than 15 €. I haven't succeeded for now...

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