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Friday, 30 September 2016

Transparent Sculptural Jewelry by Marta Roura, when archaeology meets fashion with unique handmade accessories

Ancient cultures have always fascinated people as a “faux mystery” thick fog still surrounds them thanks to those unique, sometimes rare, features and artistic evidence: architecture and arts, what a better inspiration for a jewelry collection
Transparent Sculptural Jewelry by Spanish architect and designer Marta Roura brings us to the exotic coasts of Phoenicia and enigmatic Minoan Crete with handmade jewellery, created with selected materials recalling or connected to those cultures.

Fenicia Collection by Transparent Sculptural Jewelry tells us the history of sea people, sailors, and merchants. Fenicia Collection necklaces are multicoloured glass treads and are inspired by rich Phoenicia’s glasswork jewelry.
These pieces, necklaces and earrings, reflects lights and each one is composed by a variegated array of materials like lampwork beads looking like traditional Phoenician handmade spherical and human-headed beads, blue jade, suede, antique-alike gold beads and Roman alike coins, metals such as bronze and copper, zamac, precious handmade Murano lampwork glass beads and Swarovski crystals. But the most intriguing material is the glass composing Fenicia long necklaces
: large and oblong beads in aubergine and soft lavender-toned glass with encapsulated silver leaves.

Marta Roura has crossed the Mediterranean sea and, sailing from Phoenicia coastline and heading to the West, arrived in an island; she re-discovered ancient Minoan Crete: the house of the Minotaur where silent palaces still stood with their stunning red columns.
The Akrotiri Collection features necklaces, chockers and earrings with that typical red hue: coral beads accompanied by yellow and rosé vermeil gold beads and semi-precious stones like black onyx, transparent agate, and howlite. All these pieces are handmade and their price range is 55-240€.

Marta’s passion for jewelry and ancient people comes from her previous studies as architect, interior designer and glass artist. She conveys her special love for arts, the natural world, and gemstones into her precious jewelry, totally done handmade and shipped everywhere.
Her collections have been featured in magazines and exhibited in art galleries and pop-up event as will happen again this Autumn/Winter season at the BCM Art Gallery of Barcelona.
Her creativity and taste for fashion go beyond the handmade creation itself since it seems she has some fun creating collages showing her inspiration sources and at the same time inspiring her clients. How to mix and match accessories and clothes for the perfect elegant or trendy outfit is an artistic game, if done by Marta.
Marta Roura is going to open an online store soon and at the moment all her works, as well as her inspirational collages can be admired via Facebook and Instagram.
But Phoenicia and Minoan Crete aren’t the only places revisited by Marta: she’s immersed herself into the luxury of Imperial Rome with her Perla Nova Collection; she jumped far and wide among Greece, Alexander the Great’s Empire and Rome while revoking the elegance in her Antic Tresor Collection; she’s captured the majesty of the Near East cultures and Mesopotamia with her Gold Collection.

These jewellery collections were based on a careful selection of stones and metals; the archaeological and artistic-historical inspiration joined the “experimental archaeology” with the adoption of the lost wax casting technique for the reproduction of ancient Greek and Roman coins
The bright colours of the Ishtar gate (575 BC), the sublime beauty and linearity of the Parthenon (447-432 BC) or the hardness of a lorica squamata worn by an anonymous Roman legionary are the core of high-quality handmade pieces with a long study beyond making them unique.
In her works, I see lots of myself: passion, creativity, and curiosity for the past. Our past whispers her something and she tries and does recreate the spirit of a certain culture: sea men’s lucky pendants or the beauty of a lonely girl painted on a desert wall.
I’m sure, Transparent Sculptural Jewelry is an emotional way of living the past in the present and dreaming of fascinating lands with eyes wide open!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Back to school outfit? Made it easy and casual!

Back to school: the bell has already rung, the old universities gates are now open for the new scholastic year.
Get ready for a quick but trendy "back to .." outfit, that won’t make you regret summer time!
The keyword is simplicity, the result is a comfortable look.

Fashion bloggers have made me buy a “crop top”: a very short top with thin straps, it’s a very succinct and purely summery fashion piece.
Nevertheless, this sexy top can also be used at school, by showing and wearing it in a strategically.

Back to school? Back to school casual look by Valentina Chirico easy fashion
Back to school? Back to school casual look by Valentina Chirico easy fashion

The ingredients for this "back to school" 
 are a colorful and floral crop top popping from a light denim-effect shirt (Terranova). Denim will be hot again this Fall/Winter 2016-17 season!
Then a pair of comfortable treggings or leggings, which combines the flexibility and lightness of leggings with the typical trousers or jeans look (
Pimkie), and comfy canvas sneakers.
The accessories will recall happy summer nights and parties: a silicone 
fluo wristwatch (Avon) and a leopard bangle (similar to Kenneth Jay Lane’s tiger bracelet).
The last accessories that can’t be missing are a large shoulder bag and a pair of glasses if you need them. The “back to school 
It’s minimal: mascara and a vibrant, glossy lipstick in the hottest shade from the catwalks, violet!

Back to school? Back to school casual look style guide, chart by Valentina Chirico easy fashion

Back to school? Back to school casual look by Valentina Chirico fashion

Back to school, back to university make-up look, Valentina Chirico violet lips trend A/W 2016-17 Avon Shine Burst Plum Shock

Here I’m using and I recommend Avon Shine Burst lipstick in Plum Shock and I remember that if your lipstick matches your glasses or it’s coordinated with its colour, you’ll save some precious time in the morning!
This back to class outfit is cool, casual and original because it successfully fuses trends from past and present seasons.

Valentina Chirico aka valens

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Wycon Cosmetics - Lip Marker 'N' Balm lip tint pen in Azalea Pink #04, review and swatches

Has it ever happen to you? Popping into a shop and, after swatching some random products, falling in love with a make-up piece and a particular shade and then feeling a perpetual doubt once purchased it? This happened exactly to me when I met the Lip Marker ‘N’ Balm by Wycon Cosmetics.

It was my very first time at a Wycon counter and, among eyeshadow pots and creamy lipsticks, I was keen to try everything passing through my hands. Then I was struck by these Lip Marker 'N' Balm lip tint pens, double ended “markers”, a felt tip and a solid balm ends, with a sort of sweet scent.
The shade Azalea Pink #04 was my immediate choice because, by trying it on the back of my hand and on my fingers, it looked like a nice warm pink, but very natural.

I tried and tried it, but I still feel there’s something wrong with this lip tint.
The packaging has some information about the Lip Marker 'N' Balm, for example “no-transfer colour”, “tattoo effect” and “buildable colour”; while the website adds that "it has a water-based texture that makes it light on the lips, for a pigmented and no-transfer result. The balm, enriched with vegetable waxes, leaves lips soft, giving comfort and hydration [...]".
It has to be shaken before use and actually it’s easy to use; however, I noticed that this lip tint pen hasn’t the light consistency promised by the brand.
Indeed it’s extremely sticky already at its first coat and even after, after waiting for it to dry.
How can a water-based product be that gluey?
The result isn’t uniform, nor comfortable; it leaves uneven patches and an unpleasant dryness feeling. It moves and transfers on any surface that comes in contact with the lips, even after 20 minutes from its application. As I previously affirmed, there’s something wrong!
I had many doubts even on the balm: how and when to use it? The package doesn’t clear this point and, when I bought it, there was nothing about it on the website. I tried to use it after a half hour or a n hour from the application to re-hydrate my lips: the tint transferred onto the stick and started to migrate, staining my teeth.
I’ve also tried it as a pre-treating base: I applied the tint after removing the excess balm with a soft tissue, I had no better luck, no improvement.
I’ve tried it immediately after, the tint stains the balm stick, but finally the tint colour becomes more uniform, as well as glossier. However, the balm is very dense and viscous.
It isn’t comfortable and this gooey feeling lasts for hours, the colour less.
After all the tests and the months of use, I’m more than certain that the Wycon Lip Marker ‘N’ Balm lip tint hasn’t the tattoo effect we’re looking for and it lasts about one hour before fading into spots.

The exact colour? Much more vivid than it looked like, it takes little to overdo it and my lips, already pigmented, become hot, hot fuchsia.
Fuchsia is a shade I sport with pleasure, but I wanted something more delicate this time and this was what I expected from the Lip Marker ‘N’ Balm.

it’s compact;
It’s easy to apply

dryness feeling;
very sticky balm;
uneven colour;
poor durability;
"heavy" on the skin;
high price for its value.

Do I recommend it? No. Although it’s handy in my bag, it’s far from practical.
The result is uneven and when you use it, it’s always possible to exaggerate the amount of tint as the tip releases loads of liquid, or to have little colour or to end with a rosey... smile, no teeth!
What a shame, what a pity! Because of it, I was very close to miss my train! Wycon Lip Marker ‘N’ Balm isn’t travel-friendly nor pocket-friendly, anyway!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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