Before people start thinking I'm well loaded for being able to afford a 2 week holiday in Italy, let me just reassure you: I am the furthest away from loaded you could imagine.
I was only able to afford it because I just went back home, yes I am Italian. I staied at my family's little beach cabin, I only went out for meals with my parents a couple of times so they were paying, and the cabin is in a little village where nothing happens from early september to late may.
I won't get into great detail as to how much fun I did or did not have, it would take too long to explain, and you probably don't even care. I'll just say I was SO glad to see my friends again and treat myself to a few little goodies.
Since moving to Ireland I had not treated myself to one new clothing item or shoes, just stuck to my beauty essentials with a few exceptions here and there, mainly because I am surviving on my own savings and I am still unemploied despite the MAJOR efforts (big fat THUMBS DOWN to that). Plus to be totally honest, I'm not a big fan of shopping here because I don't exactly fancy walking around with something half a million girls here and in the U.K. are wearing, and because what to me is good quality clothes, are VERY expensiive here compared to Italy and I will demonstrate this during my post.
I tweeted yesterday asking if anyone wanted to see what I'd got while in Italy and a few of you said they did so here goes.
Extra Volume Lipgloss by KIKO Make Up Milano in the colour 02 Navajo White. I didn;t buy for the super extra volumising and moisturising claims but just simply because I really liked the colour. I don't often buy lip glosses and I basically never buy lipsticks because my lips, like my skin, are very sensitive and I never know in advance which are going to make them explode, look like an inflated doll or like tarmac under Italian sun in mid August at mid day; also because despite the amount of liquids I drink and lip balms I use, my lips get almost instantly dehydrated when I try lip glosses or lipsticks.
KIKO shop assistants and their website can tell me all they like that this lipgloss is going to make me have botoxed extra super hyper hydrated lips, I just simply never believe any of that malarkey.
So the colour is REALLY nice, it makes my lips really soft for about one hour, when my lips start to go really dry. It's not sticky when I talk but it most definitely fails the hair caught on lips test. Also it's got a mild toffee scent to it, not too overpowering.
Smart Eye Pencil by KIKO Make Up Milano in the colour 103 Pearly Wisteria. (I wish the photo could do it justice). Not much to say really, it's just an eye pencil, very blendable and glides on very easily without having to warm the tip first. the colour nor the subtle sheen are too over powering. Plus it makes my eyes pop brilliantly.
The flash actually washes out the colour a bit. This is a really nice long cardigan for winter, if my bum wasn't so big and didn't peak under it, I would actually wear it as a dress with just leggings. I will be wearing this with a plain top underneath and jeggings or pencil jeans. I must get a cheap bel in Penneys(Primark) to break up the big block of colour and highlight my waist even more.
Going around shops here I haven't found something kind of similar for the same quality especially in the finishing, for any less than €40, when I paid €19 for it, and I haven't seen it in a variety of colours, just the season's camel, black or dark blue, unlike where I got it, where it was available in dark purple, emerald green, red and white as well.
I personally really like shirts but this will be the third I own at the moment(long and short sleeved); the problem is it's always very hard for me to find a shirt that will fit my athletic shoulders/arms and my chest, and when I do of course the rest of the shirt is too long and baggy instead of nicely tailored. So I didn't let the chance pass by when I spotted this utterly gorgeous dark blue one for only €16 ! I do admit it's slightly tight around the chest and upper back but nothing too bad, and for that price I wasn;t gonna let it go!
It looks kind of creased but it's not, it's very lightly gathered all down the front, a different touch to what would have been just a boring dark blue smart shirt.
I challenge you to find something like this of this great quality and finishing for €16 in Dublin...
This I was particularly happy about because I have been looking or something similar for a couple of years both here and in Italy but every time it would be too filmsy or not fitted or I wouldn't be able to button it up or move my arms. This one is in kind of a denim material, it's "thick", I like the fake cute little pockets(not sure you can work them out in the photo) and I really like the stretchy panel on the back. And it was only €16 !
These I think were the bargain of the holiday: only €20 ! Because of my wanky knees result of years of various sports/physical activities, I wouldn't normally go for such high heels but when I tried them on I was surprised to feel how VERY comfortable they are thanks to the wedge on the bottom! The little buttons on the side are roses, and they fit thanks to a zip on the innner side.
That's it really, I got a few more beauty goodies but they're from minor Italian brands anyway.
I would love to know what you guys think of my little buys, and be honest :-)
Ciao for now,