Wednesday, 29 January 2014

THE EMPTY SHOP IS IN MANCHESTER!

....What?
Can you say that again please? An empty shop? And what are we supposed to do with an "empty" shop??

Well, a lot, I can tell you, we can really do a lot.



In the commercial pulsing heart of Manchester, better known as Arndale, from the 23th of January till the 2nd of February, this pop us shop is waiting for your help for a very good cause indeed.

The idea is simple and genius at the same time: the shop is empty in the morning, people donates clothes in good conditions and at the end of the day everything is given to charity and the shop is empty again.



This is the first time "The empty shop" is in UK, brought here by the very open minds of people from Clarkegough shopfitters that saw this project in Brazil and decided to try to do the same.



The charity chosen for the donations is The Mustard Tree that supports homeless and marginalised people across Greater Manchester.

I had the pleasure to meet one of the volunteer at the press event for "The Empty Shop" (I really beg your pardon if I cannot recall your name!!) and I had such a positive experience only talking to her about all the initiatives this charity is involved with.

Not only they provide food and clothes to these people, but they do organise courses and trainings to help them find jobs, improving skills, re build their dignity, step by step.

The donates clothes can be sold in their charity shop situated here or they can be given to who is in need; in other words, they can be much more useful than be there, not used, in your wardrobe!

During this week "The Empty Shop" will host some stylists that will have a play with the donated clothes and some famous faces will pop around to help this very goodproject.

For every bag you donate you can enter a raffle but the biggest price will be of course, the help you are giving to people in need.

For more informations you can follow "The Empty Shop" on twitter here!

P.S. Thank you Yo!Sushi for another delicious sushi experience at the press launch and thank you to Leanne, the Arndale and Nicki and Rachel from Guess Who Pr

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

AUTOGRAPH MARKS AND SPENCER SALES

Stop whatever you are doing now and go to M&S: their sales are amazing!

I was already a fan of the Autograph 2013 winter collection so I was more than happy to bag some more pieces at such a discounted price.


I already told you here about how good the pure colour mousse eyeshadows are so I didn't really hesitate in buying another one.


This time I went for this metal reddish-burgundy shade called "Russet".



It's a pleasure to work on the eyelids, glides onto the skin so I can decide if I want a deeper intense effect or a more blended and soft one.

There is a third shade available which is a gorgeous rich gold and the price has been reduced to £3.

From the same winter collection I  decided to purchase the pure colour blusher in the shade "berry".


Is a pink shade with a nice metallic plum decoration that, as you can see from the picture, comes away because it's just sprayed on the surface; once it will come all away the finish of the blush will become completely mat.






If you have a chance to go to Marks & Spencer, I would not forget to visit the beauty counters, you may be able to find something left!

Ah by the way, I got those super comfy 60 den tights for just a quid!!






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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

SALES SPECIAL: HARVEY NICHOLS LITTLE HAUL

Hello lovely people!

Don't we all love the Sales season? I really do, especially when I can go to Harvey Nichols and buy stuff without making my Perfect Husband cry.


So, who doesn't need a genuine, useful, life saving Christian Lacroix note pad???
 


I felt in love with the print, the gold, the vintage yellowish pages.



It was reduced from £20 to £8: bagged!


 I love to write my blog posts drafts on papers and this one is a hello of a stylish note pad.



Second purchase is a little treasure from Shu Uemura Princess Collection (you can read more about it in my post about it here).



 I have been tracking down every single piece of the Murakami collection since the sales started and I was so lucky to find the most iconic eyelashes curler of the world in the special limited edition version released before Christmas: Bingo!



It has got a little charm with a Murakami doll and it was reduced to £13 from the original price of £20.



I am gonna publish more posts about my purchases during this sales and I am curious to know what did you find, feel free to share and comment below!
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

SALES SPECIALS: CLAIRE'S FAN BRUSHES

There will always be a place in my draw for a make up brush, especially when it is pink.
A big fan brush is what I use to apply loose setting powder looking for a more natural effect and it is my best friend when I am in the "5 minutes make up" zone.
I already used and washed it and no shed has been noticed.
Claire's has got some great sales at the moment, this brush was £7 but has been reduced to £4. On top of this there is an amazing "buy one get one free" so I got two brushes for four quids.
Next purchese from Claire's will probably be something I fell in love with after seen some pictures on twitter.
Stay tuned to see what I am talking about!
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Saturday, 11 January 2014

URBAN DECAY REVOLUTION LIPSTICK IN NAKED REVIEW AND SWATCHES

It looks like every time Urban Decay comes out with something called "Naked" it has to be a success.



I didn't really need another nude lipstick in my stash but after reading few reviews online and admiring the nice colour at the counter I decided to use my beauty club points to purchase it.




Well done girl, I pat myself on the shoulder.

It's a very soft brown, with a perfect balance of light brown and pink.



The packaging is sleek and posh with the logo engraved.


It's a versatile shade that I use for a full natural look or, using more coats and maybe a bit of gloss, for a more intense effect when I do my fave black smokey eyes.

What I like more about this "Revolutions lipstick" is the consistency: soft, shiny and keep my lips very moisturised.



This was a blessing considering I packed this for my holidays, together with Mac RiRi Woo, which, as we all know, is a nightmare for making lips dramatically dry: using "Naked" in the morning worked basically as a balm for my poor pout!

You can find this here priced £15.







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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

PUGALICIOUS WARDROBE: CHRISTMAS EDITION

I know, I know, I am a bit late on the "What I got for Christmas" waggon, but when it comes to Pugs, it's never too late to write a post.





I got these presents from a friend of mine that, of course, knows me and my Adorable Dog very well.




Everything has been bought in Primark, where pugs cushions, underwear, t-shirts are popping out more and more frequently.



I believe they are on sale at the moment for one or two quids, so if you want more pugalicious stuff in your life, it doesn't really matter Christmas is gone!
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hello lovelies!
Just a quick update from this lazy and very busy blogger to wish you all a fantastic 2014, full of surprises and magic.

I planned to publish a post with my Christmas wishes but the blogger app for android let me down (as always) so it was not published, shame on meee.

I hope you all had great holidays and a fantastic Christmas, full of food, presents and love.

At the moment I am still in Italy with my family, the weather here is so mild it looks like Easter more than Christmas, which I love considering we will be back in freezing Manchester quite soon.

I am not looking forward to come back this time, mainly because the time has come: I have to go back to work, my very long maternity leave is over and it's time for my precious baby to go to nursery (insert crying mummy here).

I'll be back soon with more posts, promise!




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