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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Avon GEL SHINE nail polish in Citronised (Citronized), review and swatches

What if life gives me lemons? I wear Citronized, an Avon Cosmetics nail polish from its GEL SHINE gel effect line

Avon GEL SHINE nail polishCitronised (Citronized), review and swatches
Avon GEL SHINE nail polish, Citronised (Citronized), review and swatches (outdoor + sunlight) by Valentina Chirico

The name resumes this Avon nail polish brilliantly: Citronised is an unusual acid green with water shine and créme finish
Its formulation is easy to apply, it has a creamy consistency and a perfect coverage, making it a great choice for rushing lifestyles.
Citronized or Citronised is, exactly like Parfait Pink, a nail polish with a gel finish which doesn’t require UV lamp exposition nor long drying timesI’ve found the same characteristics in these two Avon GEL SHINE nail polishes except, in Citronised, the subtle finish and the no-scratch proof factor noticed in Parfait Pink.

Citronised has the same high concentration of pigment so that it might need just one coat for an optimal coverage. However, as I always do, for this pictures I’m wearing two coats of Citronised; without top coat I got a shiny result.
Avon GEL SHINE nail polish in Citronized has a flawless formula and a long, proportioned brush.
It dries very quickly and lasts more than 7 days without scratches. The colour is high-impact and very casual; a pro is that Citronised doesn’t stain the nails, a rare thing for a green nail polish!

it needs no UV lamp,
it has a nice gel shine even without top coat,
it has an intense colour,
it’s long-lasting,
it has an honest price,
it resists chemical aggression


Citronised (Citronized) Avon GEL SHINE nail polish, review by Valentina Chirico
Citronised (Citronized) Avon GEL SHINE nail polish, review by Valentina Chirico
Avon GEL SHINE nail polish, Citronised (Citronized), review and swatches (indoor + artificial light) by Valentina Chirico

Citronised nail polish costs 7£ in the UK and 7,90€ in Western Europe but it’s often on offer.
Do I recommend it? What a silly question, it’s so clear! 
Another acid juice for me, please!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Floral kimonos for a spring anticipation

Isn't winter for you and are you secretly dreaming about spring warm days? No more with a floral kimono.
Kimonos are traditional Japanese clothes both for man and women, available in different traditional styles, each one to cover one of the four seasons and different national celebrations (matsuri). 
The things I like the most about kimonos are elegance and modernity since they can be easily “translated” into a “Western” fashion language.

Alone, as a dress, or as a coat, a kimono is an interesting piece worth adding into your closet. In my opinion, if it’s an independent creation, the better as these kimonos found over StyleWe!
I’ve already shown StyleWe with a selection of its featured international designers. Let's seen how 3 fashion studios have developed the “floral kimono” and kimono themes.

1) A black and gold kimono with a rich embroidery design and a black ribbon belt is the elegant solution by Nabisplace. This independent brand was founded by Nabi: former fine arts and design student, who “draws” lines, soft curves and knits in artistic, yet wearable clothes.

Floral kimonos, black and gold elegant kimono by Nabisplace, StyleWe

2) A poppy red open kimono with floral detail borders is the Q2 proposal: a kimono turning into a casual coat for a basic t-shirt or a tank top. Q2, born in the 90s, focuses on versatile clothes by winking at young people and replying to market’s hottest demands.

Floral kimonos, causal kimono by Q2, StyleWe

3) Welcome the dark side of you with a black silk kimono with floral lace sleeves and a bloody red belt. The red recourses all over the v-neck bordures for an extra sexy detail.
Susan Li has created this kimono especially for the young loving the gothic lolita style.
Her brand, Neo Ludwig is dedicated to these peculiar Japanese subcultures with combine quirkiness, Victorian fashion and mystery.

Floral kimonos, black lace for gothic lolita by Neo Ludwig, StyleWe

Starting from the Japanese kimono, these three independent fashion designers bent the past to meet modern tastes with their own floral kimono.
Which one represents your mood? I'm tempted by Susan Li's vision.

You can discover Nabisplace, Q2, Neo Ludwig and other ateliers via StyleWe and its media Facebook and Instagram.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Thursday, 12 January 2017

"Less is more": a sleek, quick and simple make-up look with Avon Cosmetics Ultra Colour 3D Uptown Pink

Less is moretold architect Mies van der Rohe, and this is totally true with make-up. Keeping a make-up look essential and naturally glowing makes it almost mistake proof and sometimes effortlessly elegant.
This is why in the morning, I often opt for very quick face makeovers, especially when it’s around 7 a.m.!

A natural face base, without strong contouring, some light gold and peach touches and a creamy warm pink lipstick what else?

Sleek, quick and simple make-up with Avon Uptown Pink 3D lipstick

Make-up (face):  Pupa Professional Primer Corrective 02 Green, Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation in 30 (Sand), Pupa Cover cream concealer 004, Pupa Like a Doll Nude Skin compact powder in 003, Pupa Extreme Bronze compact bronzing powder 002, Pupa Like a Doll Cream Blush 101 Doll Pink, Pupa Like a Doll Golden Infusion 001 Gold, Avon Cosmetics Ideal Flawless cream concealer in Medium

Eyes: Avon Cosmetics Ideal Flawless cream concealer in Medium (as eyeshadow base), Pupa Like a Doll Nude Skin compact powder in 003 (as eyeshadow), Neve Cosmetics  pressed mineral pigment in Peaches and Cream, Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara, essence eyebrow stylist set 01 natural brunette style with Zoeva 322 Brow Line brush
LipsAvon Cosmetics Ultra Colour 3D Plumping Lipstick in Uptown Pink

Other: (dress) h&m cow neck dress, (scent of the day) Avon Cosmetics Incandessence EdP

Avon Cosmetics Ultra Colour 3D Uptown Pink, plumping lipstick swatched by Valentina Chirico

Can you tell from this picture I only sleep 4 hours a night and I have naturally very dark under eye circles? But, most important, do you think I want to wear tons of make-up early in the morning before taking a bus?
It’s not necessary for a sleek make-up look. Keep your make-up simple: “less is more”.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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