Thursday, January 31, 2013

Empty product of the month

Since it's the end of the month I think it's time to show you what product I completely finished this month, review it and tell you if I'd repurchase it.

Image by tresure

Keep reading to find out January empty product!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 30. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil [Swatches & Review]

Today a post dedicated to my hands-down favorite eyeliner pencils, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil. I have several of these eye pencils, in different states of wear. While swatching and taking pictures I realize that I use some of them a lot more then others.

As you will see, the bulk of the pencils belongs to the 15th Anniversary eyepencil set, but nine out of 15 of these pencils are permanent shades so I thought it would be nice to swatch them all.
I own a total of 13 permanent shades and 7 LE shades, considering all the UD eye pencil from different sets and the two shades I purchased separately.

So, on with the review and the swatches!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 29. Aurora Borealis

For the following turquoise-blue-green-purple-reddish-brown look I took inspiration from the colors of the  Aurora Borealis'. It mixes matte and shimmer finishes and several colors.

- Sleek Make Up iDivine Monaco Palette: Bamboo, Summer Breeze, Humming Bird, Aquamarine, Midnight Garden and Moors Treasure.
- Urban Decay 27/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Ransom.
- Maybelline Feather Look Volum'Express Mascara

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 28. Kiss with a fist

Today looks is inspired by Florence + the Machine song "Kiss with a fist" which came up while I was about to do my make up. I did an agrressive, dark and matte colored eye make up (which may kind of look like  a bruise) but that at the same time I think it complements my eye color beautifully.

- Sleek Make Up iDivine Ultra Matte V2 (Dark Mattes) palette in Maple (purple-burgundy color), Paper Bag (brown color), and Dune (beige/nude color)
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black
- Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 27. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara Review

I recently got a sample size of the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara and I have been testing it for the last few days, and today I think I am ready for a review.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 26. Silver lining

Today look was inspired by a mineral eyeshadow my friend S. gave me a few days ago and that she couldn't get to work. It's a pretty light and sedated look for my standards but I think it works well for day look! I also think it's quite simple and elegant.

- Neve Cosmetics loose powder eyeshadow in Sirenetta
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black gel eyeliner
- Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30
- Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara
- Dr Hauschka Novum Lipstick in 08
- Mac Lip Pencil in Naked Liner

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 25. Seaside

A look in the shades of sea colors, all realized with mineral eyeshadow from the Italian brand Neve Cosmetics.

- Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Abisso, Costa Smeralda and Zen
- Neve Cosmetics Bronzing/Contouring powder Ombraluce Light
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Binge
- Maybelline Feather Look Volum Express Mascara

For bigger pictures and full descriptions click on the link below!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 24. Wearable pink

Once again a pink day look (I'm sensing a theme here).

- Kiko long lasting eyeshadow sticks in 05 and 15
- Kiko mineral powder kohl in 01
- Maybelline Feather look volum express mascara

I patted the pink shade (15) on my lid, then I applied the shimmery browser shade (05) in the crease and blended upwards. In the inner corner I dabbed a bit of the pink mineral kohl. Finally I applied a coat of mascara to my eyelashes.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 23. Springtime look

In honor of the early spring weather we are having here, a colorful but day appropriate look.

- Sleek I-Divine Snapshots palette in Martini, Kiwi Flower and Lotus Flower
- Kiko Urban Look eyeliner and kohl in 04
- Avon Blush in Rosa Rocio (not pictured)
- Clinique High Impact Mascara (black)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 22. Where to shop for make up and skin care products in Italy [1]

If you ever find yourself in need of make up and skin care products in Italy, there are not many places where to go, especially if you are in a small town far away from the biggest cities.

Your best chance to find these products are supermarkets. Any kind of supermarkets (Esselunga, Coop, etc.) of any dimension will have some kind of beauty aisle.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 21. Candy floss

Pink toned day look, to channel your inner girly-girl (but not too much).

- Sleek I-Divine Oh So Special Palette in Bow, Ribbon, Gift Basket, and Pamper
- Mac Rich Ground Fluidline
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04
- Dr. Hauschka Novum Lipstick in 08

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 20. Sephora Rouge Mr. Lover Lipstick (R10)

Today post is all for one of may favorite lipsticks: the Sephora Rouge lipstick in Mr. Lover/R10.

For more pictures, swatches and review, keep reading!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 19. Sunrise.

Once again, my sister B. is guest-starring on my blog! I actually managed to do something a little more colorful and daring for her standards.

- Mac Rubenesque Paint Pot
- Urban Decay Flow Eyeshadow
- Urban Decay Chase Eyeshadow 
- Urban Decay Deep End Eye Shadow
- Urban Decay Bourbon Eye Pencil
- Urban Decay Flipside Eye Shadow
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04

More pictures and description after the jump!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18. Day look (with a twist).

This is one of my typical, neutral day looks. It has a slight twist, though, because I used a pink eyepencil on the lower lash line. When I do a neutral look I like to use colors (pink or any other color) in a subtle way to make the look unexpected.

- Mac Painterly Paint Pot (all over the lid, up to the brow)
- Mac Omega Eyeshadow (on the lid)
- Mac Cork Eyeshadow (blended in the crease and slightly above)
- Mac Gessi Eyeshadow (brow bone)
- Mac Rich Ground Fluid Line (winged eyeliner)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Asphyxia (bottom lash line and waterline)
- Kik Super Color Mascara in 04

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 17. Cranberry nights and days.

Another post with my sister.
She asked me to do her make up again, and I accepted. I pushed the envelope with her today, because, OMG, I dared to use color! and she's a black liner and mascara kind of girl.

I kept it easy since my sister likes simple make up looks. I did something similar to my "rockin' soft plum" look, but I added a layer of Mac Cranberry Eyeshadow to give it more of a spark. Also, I tried not to go overboard and kept the eyeshadow contained: as under the crease as possible, and not too open on the sides.

Here's the look!
As you can see it's very simple, but has a hint of color that brings out my sister's eyes!
It's a look that's appropriate both for day and night, not to out there but really nice and clean looking!

- Make Up For Ever in 17
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black
- Mac Cranberry Eye Shadow
- Maybelline Feather Look Volum'Express Mascara

Two more pictures after the jump!

As you can see form the picture above, Mac Cranberry makes the look more sparkly and intense than just the Aqua Cream! and the eyeshadow doesn't only add color, but also works as a stopper for the cream eyeshadow (not that the MUFE aqua cream needs any help with staying in place!).

The eyeliner is a simple black line, only slightly winged!

So what do you think? Should my sister dare more?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 16. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

A few month ago I decided to buy the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream after I heard several beauty guru talking about it.

This cream was invented in 1930 and it's magical. I'll tell you why after the jump!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 15. Discreet.

[Edit 01/18/2012: added watermaked pictures to the post]

Quick post today, pictures without watermarks or frames because I am in a place where the internet connection is awful and cannot access my edit service. Pictures on the facebook page for the same reason.

This look is not discreet at all. I make no difference between day or night look, every morning I do my make using the colors I feel. So today I felt like doing a mermaid inspired look. So I did.

- E.L.F. Studio Cream Eye Shadow in Teal Party
- Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette in Deep End (outer 3/4 of the eyes), Omen (inner 1/4 of the eyes), Vanilla (very inner corner of the eyes as highlight), M.I.A. (lower lid)
- Mac Fluidline in Rich Ground
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 14. [Review] Neve Cosmetics Intensissimi Palette

Today I am reviewing the Neve Cosmetics Intensissimi Palette.
I used a couple of colors for my Greenleaf look a few days ago, and since I posted a picture of the whole palette, I thought it would be nice to make a full review of this products.

So without farther ado, here's my review!

Neve Cosmetics Intensissimi palette. My camera didn't pick up the colors right!
Keep reading for a more accurate rendering of the colors!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13. (Get) Outta my way.

Today, I present you a party look, with dark colors and false lashes, for a crazy night out.

- Neve Cosmetics Scurissimi Palette in Shopping and Retrò
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black
- Eylure False Lashes 146
- Maybelline Falsies Feather Look Volum' Express Mascara
- Mac Powder Blush in Melba (not pictured)
- Mac Lipstick in Sweet Sunrise (not pictured

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 12. Orange smoke

Quick update today with a strangely sober look: a muted orange smokey look.

- Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque (primer base)
- Aretha Orange and O'Jays eyeshadows from the Sleek I-Divine Respect Palette
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04
- theBalm HotMama! blush

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 11. Feeling blue

Quick post today because I am in a hurry, just pictures of the look I did today!

- H&M Bit By the Beauty Bug eyeshadow duo (no number or name)
- MAC Eyeshadow in Brulé
- Maybelline Falsies Feather-look Volum'Express Mascara

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10. Naturally

The look for today is on my sister B., who kindly let me take pictures of her eyes and post them on my blog.

B. doesn't like colorful make up, so she wanted something light and natural. Since she was in a rush, I used cream products, easy to apply and blend.

- Elf Cream Shadow in Bronzed and Natural Glow
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Bourbon
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04

No products on the cheek or lips because B. didn't want any. 
On her face, she used MUFE HD Foundation in N120 and Benefit Erase Paste in n.2.

Pictures are especially crappy today, as I was the one who took them, and I am a crappy photographer. Sorry!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 9. Marshmallows

My friend A. suggested the name for today look, Marshmallows, as the whole look is in shades of pink and very soft.

- Sleek Make Up Good Girl Palette (Meringue, Strawberry Sorbet, Lychee)
- Mac Strobe Cream
- Mac Chromagraphic Eye Pencil in NW25
- YSL tint a lévres in 25
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground
- Benefit Benetint
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 8. Greenleaf

A makeup look inspired by trees and leaves, in the tones of springtime greens.


- Neve Intensissimi Palette in Banana (inner corner), Alien (lid), Grass (crease)
- Mac Fluidline in Rich Ground
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Mildew
- Artdeco Bronzing Glow Blusher 
- Stila lip&cheek stain in Coconut Crush

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 7. Spoiled brat

A quick look using Wet'n'Wild Spoiled Brat eyeshadow trio. While the trio suggests where to apply the colors (fuchsia on the eyelid, black on the crease, silver on the browbone), I took the liberty to do something a little different.

- Wet'n'Wild Spoiled Brat eyeshadow trio
- Mac Powder Blush in Melba
- Kiko Lipstick (unknown name/number - will update when I found the info)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6. Lip care: Carmex

My lips are always, always dry and chapped. No matter what I eat or how much water I drink, the weather, the lipstick I wear, or anything else. Dry lips. It's a curse.

I tried every lip balm available where I live, but nothing helped. Only recently I have found something that helps. It may seem obvious to some of you but I sweat, to me it was a revelation. Carmex. Carmex is my savior.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5. Almost nude

The look for Day 5 is one of my favorite. It's suitable for work, or just to go out, for the day or for the night. The eye make up is really basic, almost nude, easy to do, but you can play with the lip color, to make the whole look more daring.

Day 5. Almost nude

- Mac Paint Pot in Quite Natural
- Mac Fluidline in Rich Ground
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Baked
- Kiko Super Color Mascara in 04
- Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in 476

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 4. A night on the town

Extreme (for my standards, anyway) make up look with falsies and red lips to spend a Friday night to remember!

Product I used:
- Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
- Mac Eye Shadow in Shroom, Nylon, Brulé and Wedge
- Make Up Forever Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow Aqua Black
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
- Maybelline The Falsies Feather-Look Volum'Express Waterproof Mascara
- H&M Divided Eye Lashes (black falsies)
- Mac Powder Blush in Melba 
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
- Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector
- Mac Lip Pencil in Redd (not pictured)
- Inglot Lipstick in 408
- Sleek Pout Paint in Pin Up (157)

Keep reading and let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 3. Rockin' soft plum

An autumn-winter look in plum, with a hard edge given by the black liner.
I didn't have time to do natural/flash swatches, so I just did the swatches in natural light. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!

Day 3. Rockin' soft plum.

- Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color in 17
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Shadow/liner
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Zero
- Maybelline Falsies Feather Look Volum Express Mascara (not pictured)
- Sleek Makeup Blush in Santorini (889)
- Mac Lipstick in Sweet Sunrise

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 2: All pink and gold and glittery

Inspired by the lyrics in Florence+the Machine's song "Only if for a night". A look that is slightly crazy but still wearable! Very fitting for blue eyes!

Product I used:
- Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
- Mac Eye Shadow in Passionate and Kid
- Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30
- BarryM Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Gold
- Maybelline Falsies Feather Look Mascara
- theBalm Hot Mama! blush
- YSL Vernis à Lèvres in 25

Winter basics: Face

Even if you see just my eyes, lips and cheeks and not my entire face, I though I'd tell you what I do with my face every morning.

Primer, Foudation, Concealer, Powder, brow pencil
Face Products for winter!

These are products I use every morning, with the only exception of the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, which I only use when I know it's going to be a very long day (12/15 hours or more). After making up my face with this products and nothing else, I can go out and be confident that I look ok and not like a zombie.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Day 1 - Orange&Blue Delight

Day 1.
A look inspired by one of Nikki, suited for springtime, or at least the crisp, clear weather we are having today.

Day1_product and look

Products I used:
- Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
- Mac Eye Shadow in Gesso and Samoa Silk
- Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 15L
- Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30
- Pupa Color Pop Mascara in 08
- Mac Powder Blush in Dame (not pictured)

Winter Basics: Skin Care

While on this blog you only see my eyes, my cheeks and my lips, I think it's important for you to know what I use to do my skin prep and my foundation/concealer routine for the winter season. This post is dedicated to my skin care routine.

While I am not fanatic about only using organic/bio/natural cosmetics, it's been a year or so that I started using skin care products from Dr. Hauschka, a natural cosmetics brand. Dr. Hauschka (links go to the English version of the original German website) is a German brand with a long history, and strict policies about product sustainability and origin.

I have combination skin (normal to oily) and since I started using Dr. Hauschka products I get lest spots and breakouts, and my skin feels very soft and elastic. I will never have beautiful and spotless skin, but I think these products really helped improving my skin situation.
Using these products also makes me feel better about the substances that get into my body via skin: all Dr. Hauschka products are natural and organic. I think this balances out all the crap my body absorbs during the day.

Skin care routine

Dr. Haushka Skin Care Products
My morning skin care products from Dr. Hauschka


Hello and welcome to 365 Days of Make Up!

My name is E. and I'll be your host here at 365 Days of Make Up blog.

I'm in my late 20s, Italian and a Make Up addict. 
While I spent all my teenage years and good part of my twenties without giving a crap about make-up, in 2010 I found myself wanting to do my own make up look, a dear friend of mine took me to a Mac counter in my town and it's been downhill since then. 

Since I have been taking pictures of my looks and writing reviews for a private group on Facebook for the past two years, I though it would be nice to share them with the Beauty/MakeUp community out there. This is the idea behind this blog

So: I am not a professional Make Up Artist, I just enjoy doing my own make up (sometimes also other people's) and talking about cosmetics.

The plan is to post every day of 2013 with pictures of the make up looks I do or with reviews and comments of products I use.
I welcome any kind of feedback (be kind, please! I am fragile!)

You will not find any new products here: All product are well loved and purchased in the past 2/3 years by yours truly. The pictures of the cosmetics will reflect their use, be warned!

All the pictures will be taken with my iPhone 4S camera or with my crappy compact camera. I'll do my best with what I have!

So, thank you for stopping by and please, feel free to comment, post feedback, ask any question you may have!

Keep reading!