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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Coenzyme Q10 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

It’s time for a new Korean face mask: Beauty Friends II Coenzyme Q10, an essence mask sheet pack by Vanedo, because sometimes an extra kick to fight dryness and ageing is super welcome. 
I’ve taken a lens to analyze it...

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Coenzyme Q10 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

This essence face mask is part of the huge Beauty Friends II by 
Vanedo "packed and pocket" skincare range: sheet face masks rich in natural extracts for all kind of skin conditions.
Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack is suitable for all skin type and has a main anti-ageing action: it promises to reduce free radical damages, while gently cleanses and moisturizes our skin.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Coenzyme Q10 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

The product: packaging
The Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack comes carefully folded inside a package with illustrated instruction and contains 23 gr. of essence.

Formula and texture: the mask
The Beauty Friends II Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack by Vanedo, exactly like the Snail 23gr. essence sheet pack mask and all the other Beauty Friends II masks, has a round-ish shape that’s slightly flattened at both sides. It has a high-quality texture and it's soft to the touch
Because of its shape, it doesn’t cover completely my face and creates uncomfortable folds.

Formula and texture: the serum/essence
This sheet mask is soaked in a transparent fluid with a fresh-floral fragrance.
This treating essence isn’t sticky and gets absorbed into the skin rather quickly. Quite pleasant!

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Coenzyme Q10 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

How to use:
The Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack can be used both at room temperature, warmed up (placed inside its bag in warm water at 50C° for 2-3 minutes) or, as I recommend, cooled down. The steps are basic: after washing your face, apply your favourite toner to prep your skin, then “wear” your mask and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
After the removal, I suggest slapping gently your face to help the essence penetrating into the first layer of the skin. Then just continue with your regular skincare routine.

The Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack has such a fresh scent and a nice texture that’s really pleasant.
Apart from a slight pinching sensation and a localized redness affecting the driest areas of my skin, the final result was what I was looking for and hoped.
My skin felt refreshed, smooth and extremely elastic...

PROS:
it smells pleasant,
it has a no-sticky formula,
it hydrated the skin,
it leaves the skin supple and elastic

CONS:
due to its shape, it doesn’t cover completely every and each face,
it relatively hard to find,
it may tingle the skin (in case of dry and very sensitive skin)



I’ve found more pros then cons, hopefully, there’s enough essence to be stored for at least another application, but not too much.Should I recommend it? If your skin is like mine, that is a combination type, you can go for it.
I truly recommend it in case of early signs of ageing and skin condition connected to a light loss of hydration. But be careful if you have very dry and/or delicate skin: you should test the essence before the use and shorten its application time. Go for it but keep in mind to apply your moisturizer as soon as possible to make the result lasting longer.

Where to find the Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack?
This face mask is available on many Korean skincare e-shops, ebay and Amazon but its price and availability vary depending on stocks and sites. In Italy, the fastest and more convenient store is My Beauty Routine with its good price: 1.50€!


Pampering, relaxing and fighting ageing is all in one easy bag with Beauty Friends II Coenzyme Q10 essence mask sheet pack (what a long name pfuuuuu) by Vanedo!







Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Monday, 30 October 2017

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood)

Every girl dreams of being and feeling like a Hollywood diva at least once in her life... hopefully some old makeup can make it! Here am I with this quick Hollywood-inspired look that's perfect for any costume party, Halloween or Carnival event...

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood) by Valentina Chirico
Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood) by Valentina Chirico

A bit 20's flapper with that sparkly headband and pointy lips, a bit 30's femme fatale with long and luscious lashes. A retro look that's all about the glitz and the glamour of the Golden age of Hollywood.

These are the key features and products for this makeup look:

1) a pale an luminous complexion with a pearlescent foundation and silver highlighter (I used Pupa Active Light light activating foundation in #002 Ivory and Pupa Luminys Touch face illuminator #01Luminous Ivory),
2) nude eyelids and a well-set face (for this I used just one product: Pupa Like a Doll Compact Powder #3 Natural Beige),
3) long, black and endless doe deer lashes (I used Revlon Beyond Lashes Long Volumising) with a touch of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to blend them,
4) a.... red pout!

Women on screen, stages and real life have been loving and showing their red lips from 20's to 50's. 
A red lipstick I'm totally in love is RealHer Moisturizing lipstick in Be Yourself Be RealHer...

RealHer Moisturizing Lipsticks with cocoa butter

Why? This lipstick glides easily and keeps my lips very moisturized with a vivid shine. I've previously drawn my lips with Pupa Made To Last Definition Lips lip liner in #301 Terra di Siena, in a quite matching red, to prep and help set the lipstick.

But, with my not so great surprise, I've found that Be Yourself Be RealHer is so pigmented that becomes the perfect blusher
A savvy and smart makeup tips: a very pigmented red lipstick, smudged onto the apples of the cheeks, creates a healthy rosy glow.

Retro Hollywood diva makeup look (Golden Era of Hollywood, the Great Gatsby inspired)

At the end, with my eyebrows, I think more about Katharine Hepburn...
What else for this Hollywood makeup look? A sparkly headband (essence), waves, and a red nail lacquer. Freckles are an option from Mother Nature I decided to keep.
Try it and go grab your Oscar!




Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Friday, 27 October 2017

Indie creations: Lorena Balea-Raitz and her Romania with a bit of Ink & Lace

Colourful treads "draw" stories and recall family memories but need a storyteller like Lorena Balea-Raitz to do it! Ink & Lace is her novelbold structured jewels made with an Eastern and mysterious country in mind, bearers of ancient traditions.

I like thinking about Lorena like the child I was once, with my little hands all tangled in cotton and woollen yarns while my grandmas were able to sew whatever they liked and created endless scarves and detailed crochet laces...

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by LorenaBalea Raitz, One Neon Yellow crochet necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, sculptural crochet necklace

There's something more running through Lorena's hands: her past, her culture, her heritage. That's something making her closer to a colleague archaeologist.


How and when was your shop born?My shop was born actually late, two years ago. I started to teach Romanian Point Lace here in Brisbane and people were interested in book workshops. 
This is how my journey started. In the meantime, I designed jewellery using the same technique that I teach for workshops. 

Could you tell us something about your background? Where are you from?
I come from Transylvania, Romania but being half German I grew up in Germany almost all my life. After I finished school I lived in Los Angeles where my fashion career started. I went to College there and moved back to Romania where I studied fashion and worked as a designer.

When have you met your passion for creations?
I guess you can make my mum responsible for that as well as my grandma. LOL They were always making clothes for us because back then when Romania was under the communist regime, there was not much available. 
Fabrics..... no way, but we had threads galore! So that is how I fell in love with cottons, linen threads and learned different techniques to create lace, ancient designs, old crochet, etc....

 Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet bracelet made in Australia
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, multiways crochet long necklace

What's your goal?
My goal is to make my brand known to make Ink & Lace a to go company when it comes to unique statement jewellery
, learning Romanian Point Lace - a technique that I try desperately to keep alive and a brand that is known for unique bold, and feminine fashion art and fashion style branding.

How do you imagine your typical customer?
My typical customer is a woman who knows what she wants, a woman who dares to be original and wants to make a statement with her jewellery.
My typical customer is not defined by social status or age. My customer is an interesting person who shows style and personality via its outfit.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz
Lorena Balea-Raitz interview

What inspires you the most?
I get inspired by cultures, but the places I have been and sometimes by the trends, colours, and of course threads :)

Do you have an inspiring place, where do you create or sketch the product?
I do have a little office where the magic happens, sometimes early in the morning where you can hear only the kookaburra or late at night when the bats fly near the window. You find me almost all day at my desk testing out threads, blogging about them, teaching lace or sketching fashion. 

Do you have a project for the near future?Yes, I am working on a few projects at the same time- madness galore! LOLI have a book cover illustration to finish and I am working on some new prints! That said about art and the other projects involve two new lines one about custom necklaces introducing gemstones and the other a fashion collection - an accessory line inspired by Cubas National Flower La Mariposa.

Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, statement necklace
Ink & Lace handmade indie jewelry by Lorena Balea-Raitz, Lariat crochet body chain

And so, I've met Lorena for a virtual coffee and discovered a wearable way to keep the past alive with something feminine like bright colours, elegance and also a bit of beach style. 
But intricated patterns and fragile flowers aren't her solely proposals: customizable accessories for the fanatics, workshops and knitting kits for those who instead want to play like us as little girls, illustrations for those how would love a Miranda Priestly-worth livingroom.



Valentina Chirico aka Valens




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