Archive | July, 2012

kiko make-up haul

31 Jul

hello lovelies!

i hope everyone has been good!
i just came back from another switzerland trip and remembered that i didn’t finish posting things that happened during my first stay! (this second trip was very short, so nothing to report here.)

what i wanted to tell you about was my fabulous kiko make-up haul from como!

kiko milano is an italian cosmetics company that is distributed throughout europe. their products are qualitatively very high, without the matching price tag. yay!
i love their stuff, it’s easy to apply, lightly scented and the range of products is just huge (sun care!). at the moment they have sales in all shops and online, so check it out :)

i found four shades of nailpolish i absolutely had to have. now, one thing that i miss in kiko products is that they don’t name their things- they assign numbers. which is fine, but i’m a sucker for a cool nailpolish or lipstick name :)

turquoise 389, blue 294, green 296, khaki-gray 346

so cool, right? i’m sure the dark blue will look really awesome with a matte top coat, or with a gold/silver glitter top coat or flecks. i’m curious to see how different the turquoise is from my two essie shades, i think i’ll paint a finger in each color and show you! the khaki-gray is just a perfect pre-fall/fall-winter color that would look cool with any top coat and with any outfit- definitely a shade everyone should have!

next up are lipsticks. i really like wearing lipstick, but don’t favor the shiny/glossy ones, especially in more vivid colors. i have two red mac lipsticks (russian red and lady danger) in matte- which i adore for the red color- it just makes it seem more refined and saturated, don’t you think? so i got two matte lipsticks, one in a red-orange-coral shade, and the other in a shade i can’t define, sorry. help, anyone? the third lippy is a vivid rosy-nude, with a normal shine- perfect for work, or for when the eyes are the focal point- i have a similar mac shade that i love (see sheer), i hope this one is just as nice.

red 288, rosy-nude 11, undefinable 286

i replaced my drying mascara with a new one- i’ve been using luxurious lashes for about 4 months now and i love it! it gives thick, long and curled lashes and comes off with only water. my mac blush is about to run out, so i figured why not get one from kiko? the bloom collection was/is on sale, and i found a perfect blush stick (first timer! anyone with experience with blush sticks?) in a beautiful dark rosy shade called rosy-brown (#5). it’s a lot lighter and more rosy when applied:

rosy-brown blush and luxurious lashes mascara

finally, since they were on sale and i forgot to bring a perfume with me, i bought a body splash that i carefully selected from a choice of 4 scents. one was way too sweet, the other one too jasmin-y, the third too davidoff-cool-water-y, but the fourth was perfect! aqua glam is a mixture of floral scents and spices, is intense but very light- perfect for the hot weather we are having at the moment!

aqua glam scented water

does anyone have these products? care to share your experience with kiko make-up? so far i’ve only ever used the lipsticks, nailpolish and mascara, any reviews of other products are appreciated :)

ciao!

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thank you, twitter

26 Jul

my 13 year old cousin from egypt is spending some time with me in vienna, attending a dance camp and generally practicing her german. we get along really well, and i’m proud of her for being able to manage getting around the city by herself, using public transportation and everything!

we brought her phone to get unlocked on tuesday, so that she could use an austrian simcard, and she was supposed to call or text me from it right when she got it (around 4 pm.). i was at work, and would have gone on an errand with a friend for a couple of hours afterwards.
around six-ish i started getting a little antsy because i haven’t yet heard from her. i called the number a couple of times, but it was off. by seven, i was restless- i called the number of the store, to ask if she had even been there, but no one answered there either… slowly, scenes from movies and tv-series where kids get kidnapped started sneaking into my mind. my rational side tried hushing them, reminding myself that this is vienna after all, one of the safest cities in the world, and that for sure 1. she was already home 2. the phone didn’t unlock, so she couldn’t use it, 3. she lost track of time while shopping. or something totally unrelated to her being abducted/in the hospital.

i had an epiphany on the way home! if she were to be at home -safe and sound-  she for sure would have been on facebook or twitter, so without giving it a second thought i tweeted her:

i honestly don’t know what i would have done, if i hadn’t gotten an answer.

talk about weight falling off my shoulders!
if this is what it feels like to have kids and worry about them, then no thanks, i think i’ll pass on the whole shebang.

now i know why my parents (still) freak out when they don’t get a call from me while travelling or so, even if i’m already 26.
thank you twitter, for your help in sparing me an anxiety attack. Parents out there, do you resort to social media when you can’t reach your progeny? has anyone had a similar experience?

neon como

24 Jul

i was lucky to be raised in a beautiful little spot on earth, that is only 30 minutes away from the italian border.

trips to como were a weekly occurrence, often connected to market and restaurant visits.
como has some amazing restaurants and trattorie that serve pasta in any which way, but also make amazing risottos, meat, chicken and of course- pizza. somehow most of the food seems tastier and lighter when eaten in italy, really! i always feel that the ingredients are fresher, richer and less heavy than say, an italian restaurant somewhere else (with the possible exception of ticino).

but this post is not about food- it’s about the mercato di como, a charming street market which happens 2-3 times a week, usually tuesday and saturday. it’s packed full of clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup, linens and towels- pretty much everything anyone might need, ever. 
what caught my eye this time, was the sheer amount of neon clothing offered in almost every stall… in vienna, neon is relatively well spread this summer, from eye-catching accessories, to t-shirts and pants, but i haven’t yet seen anyone dressed head to toe in neon. not even to an 80’s theme party. apparently italians (or maybe it’s just the comaschi?) feel that there can’t be too much neon. in every color. all over.

neon everywhere

as far as the eye reaches

i have a question for you: how much neon is enough neon in your opineon? (puns!)
would/do you  wear neon?

the outfit I wore for the day was comfy and practical, and my nails (rimmel, 270 hot shot) would have given barbie a run for her money:

shorts and top h&m (top with a bit of diy)

vacation report I – ticino

16 Jul

hello lovelies!

sorry for my absence, it’s been a somewhat stressy couple of days, but now i can finally unwind- i’m on vacation in switzerland in ticino, where i grew up. so many memories! this place is beautiful, every time i come back i’m reminded of how blessed i was growing up in this little patch of heaven.

look, this is the view from my bedroom window- i want to add that the window takes up 3/4 of the wall, top to bottom, so it’s quite an impressive sight at any time of day:

i arrived saturday around noon, flew from vienna to zürich and then took the train to bellinzona. bellinzona is one of the bigger towns in the canton ticino- the italian side of switzerland (most southern part, bordering with italy), and it is known for its three majestic castles. the flight was so early, i had to get up at 4.15 am- pure torture! yuki wasn’t happy about having his night interrupted either, he just kept observing me from my pillow while i was getting ready- it took a lot of willpower not to get back to bed:

yesterday we went to have lunch at an amazing grotto (not what hugh hefner has- a grotto in italian is a small rustic restaurant) in montagnola, a suburb of lugano situated on a hill over the lake- beautiful area! pictures and a report to follow. fun facts about montagnola: the writer hermann hesse used to live here, and george harrison (the beatles) used to spend his summers there in his mansion.
we also passed by tasis, my high school, and needless to say the memories almost got me choked up! the campus became so much bigger and impressive! i can’t wait to meet some of my friends that now work there as summer camp tutors!

hope everyone is having a great weekend!

a book a week

10 Jul

about two months ago, on my way to work my ipod died. the silly battery ran out, and i was in the middle of my commute. shit! i hate when that happens, especially because the battery status was half full when i left home. then again, my ipod is a little older and it’s been surprising me in this way quite often lately.

still, didn’t change the fact that i was music-less and forced to look out of the window, listening to people’s conversations. damn i wish i had something to entertain me- believe it or not, the lady next to me recounting her dog’s grooming appointment to her sister was not so thrilling.

the next day, after having endured the commute back without something distracting me from the atrocious body odours surrounding me, i realized before i left home that i forgot to charge my ipod. seriously, brain?! really? whatevs- i spotted my pile of “not read yet” books, grabbed the first one and dashed out the door.
pile of books you say? why, yes. ever since i learned how to read, i’ve been an avid book devourer. i’m kind of proud of my ability to read a book in depth in little time. reading is one of my favorite pastimes- i rarely go to sleep before having read a few pages! my guilty pleasure? well ok, one of many… opening, smelling and reading old books. there’s something very comforting about the yellowness and smell of old pages…
anyhow, back to my story: i started reading that first book from the pile (you’re the one that i don’t want by alexandra potter) while commuting, and was happy to find it a much more rewarding entertainment than listening to music, because i didn’t even have to look at anybody. ha!
turns out that with the commuting pace, i finished the book in a working week. the next week, i picked up the next book from the pile (good girls don’t… by victoria dahl), and so on.

so far i’ve read two more novels by alexandra potter, what’s new pussycat and going la la, the gift by cecelia ahern, something from tiffany’s by melissa hill, i heart london by lindsey kelk (the latest of the i heart series!) and i’ve just started the second book of the all souls trilogy by deborah harkness, shadow of night.   
i might make an exception of shadow of night, because it’s such a compelling story, and the book is huge- i doubt two sets of 30 minutes a day will be enough to finish it in a week.

in the house that i imagine myself living in at a later stage in life, i will definitely have a reading niche, preferably an inbuilt one like these:

how amazing are these reading spaces? i can just picture myself sprawled in the niche for hours, with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, reading to my heart’s content.

*zumba*

4 Jul

hola chicas y chicos!

yesterday, i went to my first ever zumba class! i entered the studio trying to keep my expectations low- i’d heard so much about this activity, i didn’t want to play it up in my head and eventually be disappointed. seriously, when people say “omg it was so amazing!”, “it’s like- so much fun!” i would always think along the lines of “people, relax pls… it’s a workout, how much genuine, real fun could it actually be?” turns out it really is so much fun. whilst sweating, trying to keep up with the otherworldly instructor, (seriously, she must be an alien to be so graceful and sexy while teaching a workout) i was grinning like the cheshire cat and laughing for the whole hour. and not only because i felt like these girls

my reflection in the mirror while doing zumba

 but also because of the latin music and the general feel-good-vibe of all the girls there- it was awesome!

At first I was like “I’m so gonna make a fool out of myself”, but upon closer inspection, there was a reeeally wide range of capabilities in that studio. Some girls seemed to have been doing zumba for a while, others were even worse off than me (muahaha). But everyone was smiling and laughing, and simply didn’t care. I like it.

the class was mixed! *google pic- not us*

what i liked even more, is the amount of sweat i exuded. and i’m not talking about a glistening forehead- no, this was full on- fuck-it’s-getting-in-my-eyes sweating! for clarification purposes, a list of body parts that sweat when doing zumba:

– face
– neck
– arms
– chest
– stomach
– back
– shoulders
– legs, including knees and shins. Yes, I didn’t know they could sweat either.
– butt

body parts that don’t sweat:

– nails
– ponytail

if you’re looking for a fun, feel-good workout, that doesn’t feel like a workout but like a really hardcore dance class- look no more, and go sign up at your nearest zumba center.

loki and loki

2 Jul

loki the god of mischief would be incredibly proud to know that he shares his name with my cat loki.
we named her loki because she reminds us so much of what he represents… ironically, tom hiddleston is exactly the loki we had in mind- they even have the same eyes:

loki and loki

here are a few more examples of how my kitty looks like tom hiddleston’s loki:

see what i mean?
do your cats and dogs resemble any characters or people?
here are a couple more pictures of my loki- i mentioned in a previous post that she is half bengal half european short hair; notice how her ears, eyes, dots and face look a bit exotic, giving her the appearance of a little wildcat :)

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