giovedì 21 giugno 2012

New Tattoos!!

I know it's been a while... Sorry!!
I have a job now and I opened another blog about the Dukan diet!
And yesterday I got my first two tattos!!! I'm so excited!!

I really looove how they turned out, they are so prettyyyyy....
I was scared because i thought it would hurt but it didn't! Well the upper stars were a little painful, i have to admit, but not so bad!

I already want a new one!!

venerdì 11 maggio 2012

Little Update :)

I know i've been MIA lately, but i'm working on a project for another blog :)

Two weeks ago I started the Dukan diet, and i've been focusing on finding recipes.
I lost 5 pounds, but i need to lose at least 5 more. It's not easy but i hope it's worth it.

I'm also working on a HUGE cross stitch project, a growth chart. Looots of work.

what else? Ten days ago i went to the aquarium (yayyyy). My boy and I both loved it, it was great.
This little guy winked at me ;)

Otters really do sleep hugging each other. So cute <3

Smile, you're on Candid Camera!
I really enjoyed the aquarium. I could have stayed there all day long! We saw penguins and sharks and otters and lots of reptiles (uh I hate snakes....), and we saw cockroaches (uuuh i hate them more than snakes). Lots of fishes and turtles. I don't eat fish at all 'cause i don't like it but it's fun to see :)

Oh and my boy turns 25 on 4 june and I already bought him a gift! I can't wait to see his reaction ;)
I loove him so so much :) maybe we'll go on vacation right after his birthday;)

lunedì 23 aprile 2012

My Cross Stitch works ;)

I've started with my absolutely BEST work EVER.
I've made this for a swap so i don't have it anymore but this will always be in my heart <3

I made this for my boy wich is a little obsessed with USA, and is my first work!

This work isn't finished yet. Like many others :D

This is huge. is like 50cm x 60cm, aaand, is not finished. Lazy girl get easily bored.


Man I love this two... lots of love in this two works! First one is my favourite :)

My Boy Loves Me and got me this cross stitch cover for Iphone 4... Owls were cool but i like froggy the most :) Next is Keroppi I believe!

This is NY skyline! My boo infected me with is USA passion ;) This was pretty hard... Black Aida and silk thread... never again.

Ok so This last work took me only 3 days. My boy went home for christmas and I had plenty of time.... easy :)

Last... is what i'm working on... my boy turns 25 on june 4... and has a passion for NFL! I made the pattern myself and this wasn't easy at all! I have to finish this before his birthday!

But I'll show you when it's done :D

domenica 15 aprile 2012

Max Factor Foundation Review

I bought this Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation like a month ago, maybe more and I've been using this for a while now.
I have to say I'm not a big foundation fan, mostly because I don't feel the need of using it.
My skin is not perfect but I hardly wear a full face make up. And also I've never found the perfect shade and I always felt like "No, you can obviously see i'm wearing foundation!" :((

But i'm always searching for a new one, a better one, the perfect one!

I probably only own two Max Factor's products, and it's because here where I live it's not that cheap! It's not expensive like 30 euros or more like revlon, shiseido or sephora stuff, but a foundation is like 15-20 €...
I found this foundation at 9,90€ and thought "well let see if it's worth a try".

I have the shade n°75 Golden, wich is a little darker than my skin but this foundation blends so easily that you can't see the difference!

First things first.
Name: Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
Tipe: It's a creamy foundation, like a mousse. A little goes a long way.
Price: 14,50€/18€

Applicator: Sponge. It's not recommended to use this, but it's cool if you wash it like once a week or more.
Weight: you get 11.5g of foundation wich is pretty good and will last long time.

I personally would give this foundation an 8 out of 10. It's creamy and highly blendable. Colour range is quite good, and you can build up the coverage.
My only problem is... i'm allergic-.- not properly allergic, but every time i put it on i got a lot of little bumps on my forhead :(
This is so sad, i have found a good foundation and i can't wear it-.- Damn.

mercoledì 11 aprile 2012

Make up Tag!!

Makeup tag!!
-How many times do you wash your face daily? Once, in the morning.
-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) Mhh... Combo
-What is your current facial wash? I don't have a specific facial wash, but I know I should :(
-Do you exfoliate? Sometimes, like once every 2 weeks!
-What brand do you use? Garnier Ultimate Cleanser 3-Way clean
-What moisturizer do you use? I have a Vichy one but I never use it :P
-Do you have freckles? Yes little on my nose, especially when i get out in the sun :)
-Do you use eye cream? I don't
-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Not at all.
-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Never ever.
-What foundation do you use? Not a big foundation fan! I have Max Factor Miracle Touch
-How about concealer? I have an old Rimmel one that I should change ):
-What do you think of fake eyelashes? I adore but I don't wear them!
-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months? Knowing doesn't mean doing it!
-What brand of mascara do you use? Maybelline Volume Express the Colossal!
-Sephora or MAC? Drugstore. Sephora and Mac are way too expensive!
-Do you have a MAC Pro-card? No, i don't!
-What makeup tools do you use in make up application? all kind of brushes!
-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? I use UD Primer Potion!
-For the face? Face primer?? No
-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Man... I have an Elizabeth Arden palette with warm colors like brown and gold!
-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both pencil and liquid!
-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? ahaha I poke my eye with mascara sometimes
-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Don't like them that much.
-Do you use mineral makeup? No, but i'm def going to try it!
-What is your favorite blush to use? I like Elf blushes, the two that are in the Beauty Clutch!
-Do you buy your makeup on ebay? I Buy make up on the internet but not on ebay!
-Do you like drugstore makeup? I do! I LOVE it!
-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? I did, but i've learnt the most with youtube!
-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Only with fake eyelashes! And red lipstick :(
-Name a makeup crime that you hate? Too much bronzer or blush or both!
-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? I looove colorful shades, but I wear neutral ones the most.
-Which celebrity always has great make up? mmmm... Kin Kardashian, Megan Fox, Rihanna
-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use? Mascara!
-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? I can and I do it!
-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Yes I do :) 
-What do you think of Makeup? Makes me feel good, pretty and confident!

mercoledì 4 aprile 2012

Zig Zag Nail Art

It's Time for Nail AAAArt!
Yesterday I was on pinterest and I found a picture of a beautiful black pink and silver nail design and i decided to make it myself!
But today I couldn't find the picture anymore. And that's what you get being a lazy girl that doesn't pin what she likes. I ended up searching the web for instruction on how to make something similar!

You need:

- Nail polishes and top coat
- Tape
- Scissors
- Patience!!!

You need a lot of time to do this, but it's worth!

OK so first make sure you have clean nails. Decide how many layers you want to make and what colors to use.
Take your base color and paint your nails. I choose white. It took me two coats to have a solid color.
Let your polish dry for at least 12 minutes.

Take your tape and cut triangles out of if. You can make them as big or as little as you want. Then start putting tape on your nails, covering up 1\3 of the nail.
Paint your nails with your second colour. I choose light blue. Let the first hand dry for 12 minutes before taking off the tape and moving on to the other hand.
Third layer: cover your nail with the tape and paint on the color. I choose blue.

I'm lazy and goofy and imprecise, so my two layers are uneven, and the zig zag doesn't match. If you have time and willing to make them going the exact same way, do it!

I let my nail polish dry for 15 minutes for the last layer. Then removed the tape.
I Really love the result!
Take a cotton swab and remove the excess and be generous with your top coat!

And you're done!!
This tecnique is so easy and versatile!! I'm def going to use it every once in a while and maybe change the shape of the tape!

venerdì 30 marzo 2012

Ombre hair!

Ok are you guys ready??

I dyed my hair today... it's not a HUGE change, don't expect me to be a legit blonde!
But Man I absolutely ADORE my new hair!

I did them myself... so here is the before. Last time i dyed my hair was end of january, and was the best red ever! But spring is coming so I wanted to go lighter...
I basically just painted the color onto my hair and then divided my hair into 2 and bleached the ends.
I really didn't know what to expect, because last time I bleached my hair last time i was with my mom and she did it.
I have decided to do this at home because when a go to a salon I don't really get what i want :(
Anyway...  Came out pretty good ;)
Top layers are just slightly touched by the blonde, but bottom layer is BLONDEE!
And Love it....
What do you think?? Let me know commenting below!

mercoledì 28 marzo 2012

And the Oscar goes to.... Bread Pitt!

And the Oscar goes to... Bread Pitt.......Aka, my guide to sourdough!

For those who don't know, sourdough is used for making bread w/out using chimical yeast.
Making your own bread is the mother of all DiY.
And you know that lately I developed an insane passion for DiY, but when this all started?
I've always had a passion for baking, i loove making cupcakes and cakes and pizza and bread.... I am a nurse, but there's a little baker inside me!
SO when last september my aut gave me this little amount of sourdough I was like a child in a candy shop!
She gave me instruction on how to refresh it and a recipe for bread.... but I went my own way and bought a book with like 50 recipes with sourdough. So here is my advice for you, if you're starting sourdough.

First things first. You can make your own sourdough. It's not that hard, is just water and flour and you'll find lots of recipes.
Then you'll have to keep it alive. My best advice for you is to keep your dough in an airtight container in the fridge. My aunt keeps it outside, and you can totally see the difference.
Refresh. She told me to refresh it twice a week, but I am a lazy girl. Keeping your dough in the fridge helps you a lot if you're lazy like me. Refreshing you sourdough means mixing it with a little of flour and water.
Before making your bread you HAVE to refresh your dough with at least 100g of flour.

Bread making.
I've tried a lot of recipes, but the best one is by

This bread has a thin but crunchy crust and you can eat it even 4-5 days after making this.

200g of sourdough
600g flour of your choice
350g water
1 teaspoon honey
1-2 teaspoons salt

Last time i made this with wholemeal flour and it was AWESOME. you can either make it half and half.

Warm up your water and use it to dissolve your yeast. The recipe calls for no lumps, but i must say I've always left some lumps :P
Put your honey in and try to dissolve it. Mix salt and flour. I like my bread to be salty, so i always put a little more salt than 2 teaspoons, from 15 to 20 grams of salt.
Mix your yeast with flour. Leave at least 50g of flour for your pastry board. Mix with your hands until it's even and make a ball. Put it back in the bowl and lat it rest for at least 1 hour.
Now let's have a little chit chat about pans. If you let your bread rise and cook w/out putting it in a pan you can be sure that is going to be stiff and hard and won't rise. I like to use a plumcake pan, and you can see how high and beautiful my bread is. You can either choose a glass pan or silicone or a simple non-stick pan.
I use a glass pan covered in wax paper, but i think that non-stick pan is the best.
So after an hour you take your dough and put it in your pan, and let it rise from 6 hours to overnight.
Cooking your bread. Preheat your oven at 480°F. Make sure is hot. Put your bread in and set the timer to 20 min. Then low your oven to 390°F and let you bread cook for at least 25-30 mins. The crust HAS to be golden brown.

Enjoy your bread.

Remember: Practice makes perfect!

martedì 27 marzo 2012

DiY: Braided Beaded Bracelet

It's time for a DiY!
Summer is coming and summer means lots of bracelets covering our wrists!
So lately I saw a lot of tutorials about beaded bracelets, but i think that braiding and pushing beads one by one is too long and compicated for me since I'm using embroidery thread. So i managed to do it my own way!

What you need:
-Embroidery Thread, leather cord, cord
-beads of your choice
-A button

First of all I wanna say something about embroidery thread. If you are a cross stitcher, like me, you'll never use Dmc or Anchor thread for Diy. I have like a little case with all skeins that i bought in packs or at the market that are not very good or expensive thread. If you're not a cross stitcher, go ahead and buy good quality thread. You can use also leather cord, regular cord, silk ribbon cord.

Let's start!

First you are going to cut 2 pieces of thread, one 26" and the other double lenght. You can double or triple the lenght if you like your bracelet to do multiple turns of you wrist.
Fold the longer piece in half and put the short one in the middle, then tie a little knot to secure the threads. make sure you leave a little loop. 
Now put your loop under a heavy thing, so you can braid easily.
Now take a needle that fits inside the beads, and put some of them on the thread. Don't take off you needle form the end of the thread or your beads will go everywhere!

Now start braiding your thread. After 2/3 inches you can start pushing up your beads. You can either push up the bead when the thread is in the middle of the braid or at the sides. It's up to you.
Push the bead up and keep it in place with your finger then continue braiding.

You'll think it's hard at the beginning but practice makes perfect!

When you're getting to the end, stop pushing up the beads and finish braiding the thread.

Now, to close your bracelets you can either choose to put a button or simply tie some knots.

If you put a button make sure to knot it in place with 3 or 4 knots.
Cut excess thread and.. you're DONE!

martedì 20 marzo 2012

Ombre Hair Inspiration pics

I know I'm late, and ombre hair was in last year. But I looove it... thinking about getting my hair done...

lunedì 19 marzo 2012

My hair story.

Natural Hair Color: Mmmm... I'd say like medium brown, not too light not too dark
Current Hair Color: Red... Last time I used Palette Hair dye in the color Red.

Beware: Super Long Post. I told you!

With this being said, I really don't remember me in my natural hair color. I dye my hair since I was 15, and I've had them all. Well, I still wish to try pink and blue someday, but I have been a brunette, I've had purple, I have red now... Never been straight up blonde but I've had like blonde streaks. I loove blonde hair, but i have black eyebrows and I don't plan to lighten them just to have blonde hair.
My mum never stopped me from dyeing my hair and I think my booboo never saw me in my natural hair color.
When I was 15 i've had the longest hair, but I really didn't like taking care of them, I had split ends and lots of knots, mostly because I straightened them w/out brushing them. Fool.
Best Hair Ever-Dec.2008
Then one day, right after christmas I went to the hairdresser with a picture and said: cut them all, like that.
Bad, bad decision. But they grew again stronger and pretty quick. In two years I had my long hair back. Then I met my man (2006), and he said to me one summer day: you'd look good with short hair! My mum was saying me the same thing, so I went and cut my hair. THE WORST HAIRSTYLE EVER. But they grew back. And by christmas they had no more style or shape. At that time, Rihanna cut her hair in a bob. I did it too.
My hair are not curly, but not straight at all. So after i washed my hair the first time i looked like... I can't even say, I don't even want to remember.
Dec. 2009
From that moment, my hair NEVER grew longer again. I kept cutting them, I don't know why. At the same time I was dyeing them. RED. Well, orangy colour, because the red washes out pretty quick.
After three or four month my hair were at my shoulders, but the colour was awful. Man. So i went to my hairsalon to dye them(2007), to cover the red dye. So I went dark brown/black. And i decided to cut the fringe. I looked like Cleopatra's ghost. Oh God, my man hated my hair. And I did too.
But that period passed and I want red again, for new year's eve. The BEST hair I've ever had. You know when you look at pictures of you and think, oooh, I loove this color, why I don't wear it anymore? That feeling.
But the red washed away quickly and I went brown, and on Dec.-24-2009 I decided to go purple. Lovely colour. Really pretty. Dark but not black, and washing out it came pretty good.
I stayed a little with brown hair after that then I decided to go lighter. Really light. My mom helped me. She has been my haircolorist for the last three years, except for rare occasions. We bought bleach and developer and started making highlights in my hair. And came out good, I kept them for months, then right after christmas(2010) I decided to go red again. I always dye my hair near christmas, every year. It's like a tradition.
Dec. 2011
But every time I go red I have to go brown again because the red washes out. This year, in November i got my degree and became a nurse. And I had brown hair. But in my head i was like "I'm gonna go red again. I know. Soon." And four days after my graduation, right before my graduation party I went red. The colour was called "Intense Red". And was really dark. But I did it myself, without my mum's help, for the first time. Yayyy! It was the beginning of my hair colouring indipendence. Big time. And I got so many compliments for my red hair that I've decided to keep them, but it's pretty hard to keep them really red looking. I don't want to dye them much so I dyed them after two months, eventhough the color washes out a lot in two months, and became like an orangy red, not too light,but not to orange. End of November- End of January.
Now it's almoust the end of march. And I have to decide what to do.
Keep red hair or let the color wash away? That is the question.