This past year for me was red.
I can't stop buying red lipsticks (in this exact moment I am writing this blog post, a little Kiko shopping bag is hidden inside my bag) and to be honest, I don't want to.
This particular one was a real struggle to find.
Dolce and Gabbana's make up here in UK in exclusive to Harrods.
It was launched in Selfridges few years ago but after less than a year it disappeared and since then, unless you live in London, the only way to purchase this very high end make up is online.
To be fair, I don't like to buy expensive make up online; I like to see, swatch, try everything especially when it costs a lot more then my drugstore usuals.
When I heard about the collaboration between Dolce and Gabbana, probably my fave Italian designers, and Monica Bellucci, I knew I had to own this lipstick.
Monica is the quintessential of the Italian beauty and elegance.
She has always been one of the Designers muse and you cannot really be surprise about it.
Her face, her body, her total self screams passion, elegance, style.
I was so lucky to meet her ages ago and I remember thinking "who the hell is this woman? She is stunning" before realising I was facing one of the most beautiful woman in the world.
The collection itself sees a series of lipstick, all with an intense pigmentation, creamy texture and hydrating effect.
I hunted down this lipsticks as they were Monica's horcruxes and finally, I found a well stocked Dolce and Gabbana counter inside the famous spanish department store El Corte Engles in Madrid.
After lots of "wow" and "awwww" I went for the 160 Italian Monica.
Pure strong vibrant red.
The packaging is pure luxury, a golden sturdy metal case with Monica's signature printed in red.
It's so soft to apply and glides on as a dream.
The final effect is quite intense, plumping, bright and glossy.
It's a orange base red, quite suitable for warm or cool tones.
It doesn't last a meal but you know what, I don't care abot re applying it when the result is such a treasure.
I kind of remember this was about 26 euros and I am actually glad there is not a Dolce and Gabbana's counter in Manchester , I would probably end up buying the whole lot.
Next on the wishlist: the foundation....