giovedì 29 maggio 2014
Having a sensitive skin, my relationship with micellar waters is controversial: If they are not very delicate, they irritate my face. I'am therefore so happy to have found a really good couple of products for cleansing. They belong to the line Pur of Galénic, a brand of the French pharmaceutical giant Pierre Fabre, very attentive to sensitive skins.
The micellar water has two pluses: It cleans the face but that does not irritate the eyes or pinches. It also does not leave your skin sticky. It contains white flowers, the scent is very delicate.
It's a long time since I haven't used a tonic, because today many products are 2-in-1, they simply contain it. This, however, is a classic stand alone that gives freshness to the face and has a slight soothing effect. The tonic contains distilled water of roses (soothing) and floral water of sweet clover (for a soft skin).
Galénic Pur Acqua micellare, 200 ml, 15,5 euro; Tonico, 200 ml, 15,5 euro. In farmacia.
mercoledì 28 maggio 2014
Have you ever exfoliated your face with diamond crystals? It's a unique experience. Combined with powdered tourmaline, quartz and hematite in a precious cocktail, they are enclosed in a mineral gel, Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator by the Swiss brand La Prairie.
On a cleansed and wet face, you have to rub this rich cream in a circular motion to remove the old cells. You feel the crystals well, please use gently your fingers. Then rinse. The skin is extremely soft, silky, almost made of light. This effect is especially noticeable after an hour, because in the meantime the actives of the cream have worked in depth.
It is centifolia rose, glycerin, meteorite dust and titanium dioxide (they give light), Cellular Exclusive Complex with glycoproteins, extracts of horsetail and ginseng (it stimulates the renewal, hydrates and gives energy). The exfoliating gel will be released in perfumery in June.
Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator, 100 ml, 107 euro.
martedì 27 maggio 2014
What is striking about this cream is its long-lasting effect: You spread it in the evening, the next day it is as if you had just put it, skin is hydrated, smooth, toned. You do understand it from the very first treatment. These are the features Cellul Inov by Sisley has in common with the previous products of the French brand, that is an extreme efficiency.
The cream should be used twice a day for a month, for my stressed life is too much. I tried it every night after showering with decisive movements of the open hands from bottom to top - the massage should always be in the direction of the heart - and I still could touch its efficiency.
La texture è cremosa, piuttosto densa, ma facilmente spalmabile, si assorbe bene. La profumazione è leggera, di erbe, caratteristica comune a molti prodotti di Sisley.
The texture is creamy and quite thick, but easily spreadable, it absorbs well. The scent is light, herbal, a feature common to many products by Sisley.
To improve the appearance of skin contribute longan seeds, red algae and extract of Indian lotus associated with caffeine and cedrolo. Soy and alkekengi stimulate the collagen fibers, ginkgo biloba tones, shea butter, sunflower seeds and canola feed.
Sisley Cellul Inov, 171 euro.
- Semi di Longan: snellente
- Estratto di loto Indiano: snellente
- Alga Rossa: snellente
- Caffeina, Cedrolo: snellenti
- Soia: stimola la produzione delle fibre di collagene
- Calice di Alkekenge: stimola la produzione delle fibre di collagene
- Estratto di foglie di Ginkgo Biloba: tonificante
- Burro di Karité: nutre, leviga, protegge e dona morbidezza
- Semi di Girasole e Colza: nutrienti
lunedì 26 maggio 2014
Spring does that to me: I look in the mirror and say to myself, "You're horrible grey & dull skin!!!" Because of winter, stress, pollution, a not always perfect diet, my skin starts to suffer. It's time for a deep cleaning to allow the new cells to surface. Usually you do that by a specialist for aesthetic medicine. However, now it is possible even at home. Rodial, a British brand loved by models, has created an entire line, Super Acids, in order to restore light to the face :)
The star product is undoubtedly an exfoliation treatment that really competes with professional studios. x-treme rush acid peel is a light and fresh cream to be stretched over face and neck, avoiding the eye area. It contains azelaic, glycolic and lactic acid. Warning: It pinches, like all peelings. The effect lasts a few minutes, then disappears altogether. It should be kept a quarter of an hour and then rinsed. The skin is then deeply oxygenated, comes back to life and changes color. Rodial recommends to use it twice a week. Being the peeling very strong, I would propose instead an alternative.
Avete i pori dilatati? x-treme pore shrink cleansing pads aiutano. Ho fatto provare i dischetti a mio marito e funzionano (se usati con regolarità, lui non lo fa...).
I suggest to do the peeling twice a month. And to use, once or twice a week, a more gentle exfoliating product such as x-treme after party scrubs. It contains glycolic and salicylic acid combined with vitamin E, shea butter and a proprietary probiotic system that helps strengthen the skin from external aggressions. The cream is of medium consistency, easy to apply and does not pinch. Then rinse. It leaves a very soft skin.
Do you have large pores? x-treme shrink pore cleansing pads helps. I made try my husband the pads, they do work -if used regularly, he does not....
Dopo un peeling o uno scrub, una crema con un Spf alto è ideale: Spf30 x-treme dark spot sun filter uniforma il colorito e corregge in parte anche le macchie solari. Ha un finish matt sul viso, non è affatto lucida.
If you have a few more minutes, an alternative can be x-treme hangover mask, a mask with fruit acids and clay that revitalizes the skin. The color is light green, it has a creamy texture, bears no resemblance to the classic clay. It should be allowed to dry at least 5 minutes. I tried it also on my hands, wow :)
After a scrub or a peeling, a cream with a high SPF is ideal: x-treme dark spots SPF30 sun filter evens out the complexion and corrects also the sunspots. It has a matt finish on the face, it is not shiny at all.
Rodial Super Acids x-treme acid rush peel, 82 euro; x-treme pore shrink cleansing pads, 48 euro; x-treme after party scrub, 57 euro; x-treme hangover mask 57 euro; Spf30 x-treme dark spot sun filter, 57 euro. In esclusiva da La Gardenia
domenica 25 maggio 2014
Lightweight, easy to spread, quickly absorbed by the skin. I've never seen an anti anti cellulite like this. These products are usually very consistent, but not Cbn (Cosmetique Bio Naturelle), a brand distributed in Italy by Sirpea in perfumeries. It's a light white fluid, to use with regularity even twice a day.
I tried it for a month every night after the shower. The speed in spreading is a big point. The cream leaves the skin soft and nourished immediately because, among the actives, it contains several ingredients that nourish the skin, moisturize and protect it from stress and time, as the pollen extract or the active cells of white water lily.
But the core of the formula works against cellulite because the cream contains caffeine extract, butcher's broom and ivy. All natural active ingredients. Cbn is a very interesting trademark that combines nature and biotechnology research, works on germ cells that have the characteristic of not being touched by some forms of aging.
Over time, the quality of my skin - I used it on legs and buttocks - is improved, it looks more presentable to the bikini test. But now, I must continue to follow a proper diet based on water, fruit and vegetables. And do a little Pilates on a regular basis to consolidate the results...
Cbn Anti-cellulite 190 ml, 68 euro.
*di Patrizia Gallini
Manna Ristorante si trova a Milano, in piazzale Governo Provvisorio, una piazzetta chiusa al traffico e recuperata in modo piacevole. Chef e proprietario è Matteo Fronduti che, insieme ad una giovane brigata, propone piatti regionali rivisitati con passione.
La sua cucina è moderna e concreta, un grande rispetto per le materie prime anche le più semplici che riesce a combinare in maniera originale e la capacità di mantenere l’equilibrio dei sapori.
Matteo ha un curriculm di tutto rispetto nonostante la sua giovane età, prima di aprire nel 2007 il suo ristorante ha lavorato sul lago di Garda a Villa Fiordaliso, alla “Trattoria del Nuovo Macello” a Milano, al Just Cavalli, da Trussardi e al DO’ di Davide Oldani. Matteo è contrario al lusso fine a se stesso, si definisce paladino dell’alta cucina accessibile, di fatto una cena completa è proposta intorno ai 50 euro, vini esclusi.Le due sale del ristorante sono semplici e allegre e possono accogliere circa 40 coperti con sufficiente spazio tra i tavoli adatti pertanto a tête à tête, ma anche a cene di lavoro. La carta dei vini contempla circa 80 etichette, il meglio delle produzioni italiane, alcuni champagne e una selezione di passiti di pregio per accompagnare i dolci. Disponibile anche un elenco di birre artigianali del Piccolo Opificio Brassicolo del Carrobiolo e del Monastero di Buccinasco. Una cucina originale.
Manna Ristorante, tel. 02.26809153, www.mannamilano.it
Panino al prosciutto cotto qui, insalata aromatica, pomodoro verde, maionese al limone
Ingredienti per 4 persone
Per il prosciutto:
1250 g. di coscia di maiale senza osso
1 litro di acqua
150 g. di sale fino
2 g. di salnitro
15 g. di zucchero semolato
15 g. di rosmarino pulito
5 g. di timo pulito
5 g. di polvere di semi di coriandolo
4 fese di aglio private del cuore
4 foglie di alloro
5 g. di pimento rosso
10 grani di pepe nero
5 grani di ginepro
5 chiodi di garofano
2 mazzi di lollo riccia
1 mazzo di rucola selvatica
1 mazzo di tarassaco
1 mazzo di riccia
1 mazzo di acetosella
1 confezione di germogli di crescione
1 confezione di germogli di aglio
1 confezione di germogli di barbabietola
1 confezione di germogli di lenticchie
1 confezione di germogli di pisello
Per il pane:
4 fette pane casereccio tipo Altamura
20 g. di olio extravergine di oliva
Per il pomodoro verde:
150 g. di pomodoro verde
25 g. di zucchero grezzo di canna
50 g. di aceto di vino bianco
15 g. di cipolla finemente tritata
2 g. di polvere di semi di coriandolo
Per la maionese:
1 tuorlo freschissimo
250 g. di olio di semi di girasole
50 g. di olio di oliva extravergine
1 scorza di limone grattugiata
5 g. di succo di limone
2 g. di sale fino
Per il prosciutto:
Preparare la salamoia facendo bollire acqua, sale e salnitro. Una volta raffreddata, unire spezie e aromi.
Conservare in un contenitore alto e stretto ed immergervi la coscia di maiale. Conservarla per 10 giorni, massaggiandola ogni giorno per 15 minuti.
Al decimo giorno sostituire alla salamoia acqua fresca ogni 12 ore. Per tre volte.
Cuocere a vapore a 65° gradi per 22 ore, raffreddare e lasciar riposare 48 ore. Affettare sottilmente a macchina come per un normale prosciutto cotto.
Mondare, pulire e lavare le erbe ed i germogli.
Unire il tutto in un unico recipiente.
Per il pomodoro verde:
Porre in una capace casseruola aceto e zucchero, far caramellare a fuoco vivace. Unire al caramello acido la cipolla, aspettare che i liquidi rilasciati evaporino, unire, quindi, i pomodori verdi tagliati grossolanamente e il coriandolo.
Lasciar cuocere fino a quando i pomodori non saranno ben morbidi.
Per la maionese:
In una bastardella ampia porre il tuorlo, il sale, il succo e la scorza di limone.
Con una frusta montare la maionese aggiungendo gli olii a filo.
Per il pane:
Con un coppapasta adeguato, ricavare dalle fette 12 dischi, condire con l’olio e tostare in forno a 200° fino a quando non sarà ben croccante.
Per la finitura:
In un piatto piano montare le fette di prosciutto, porre al di sopra un ciuffo di insalata. A parte, su un piatto a tre scomparti, piazzare il pane, la marmellata di pomodoro verde e la maionese.
*Contributor di Bellezzefelici ed esperta di cucina stellata
giovedì 22 maggio 2014
I really like high-end mineral makeup. And the American brand Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics in particular, because products are made with minerals in the purest form and do NOT contain parabens, alcohol, artificial fragrances, mineral oils, talc or petroleum. Warning: Talc can clog pores, dry skin and cause irritation. In place of talc, YB uses rice starch and vitamins.
I've been trying some new products including Creme Powder Foundation, a compact foundation cream in Neutral shade, the number first clear. I like the idea that, depending on how it is modulated, the coverage can be light to medium. I've always put it with a flat brush, quickly, but you can use the sponge of the pack.
It hydrates and colors and, with wheat bran and green algae, helps soothe redness - rosacea even - and to counteract oxidative stress. When you finish it, just buy the refill, without throwing the case :)
Hydrating Lip Tint is a cream in stick with a sun protection, SPF 15+. It's very soft, almost liquid, deeply moisturizes the lips and lasts long. It can be used as a base for lipstick, I put it after the lip pencil, it makes a good impression. The balm contains jojoba oil, argan, sunflower and avocado as well as beeswax.
The liner - I tried it in black - has two characteristics: It goes well and lasts a long time. Ideal for inexperienced hands like mine, it's hard to go wrong then :) Even if waterproof, you can easily clean it.
Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation, 69 euro, Refill 51 euro; Hydrating Lip Tint Spf 15, 27 euro; Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, 27 euro. In esclusiva da La Gardenia e da Limoni.
martedì 20 maggio 2014
A makeup line rich in antioxidants and paraben-free. Simple packaging, effective use. I have tried for over a month iCare products that you see in the photos. They are distributed by Sirpea. The eyeshadow has a soft and silky powder, contains wheat germ oil and vitamin E. I have used it on my eyelids after the primer, it is easy to apply, has a perfect performance for many hours. This pink goes well with light skin, it's bright but not aggressive.
The gloss is in reality a lipstick. It has the same eyeshadow tone, but it's glossy. It moisturizes well, thanks to wheat germ oil, it does not smudge and lasts much. Great in handbag for every eventuality, it goes well with many outfits.
The lipstick is very writing and has a semi-matte finish. I prepare the lips before with a pencil, then put some light touches of lipstick to avoid the neon effect... So it brings out your mouth with a delicious bon ton result. The color is awesome to has on the face a natural strawberry effect.
When I saw the pencil, I smiled: It is real wood, I've not seen it since a long time. You can temper it well without jumping the mine. Beeswax, candelilla , vitamin E make it soft - but not too much, thankfully- and well sliding. The pigments are resistant.
Ombretto satin, 12 euro; Rossetto liquido 24 h, 14 euro; Rossetto dolci labbra, 13,5 euro; www.icare-cosmetics.com
lunedì 19 maggio 2014
Are they not delicious? Three small bottles of 20 ml of perfume, my little chloes, a limited collection by Chloé.
They are all dedicated to the rose: In roses de chloé it is combined with the fresh notes of bergamot and made warm thanks to magnolia and musk. It's a really lovely fragrance. As well as the eau de parfum and eau de chloé.
All scents have a hint of lightness, they are very spring...
Their mini size, 20 ml, made me think: have I ever finished a perfume in my life? I think I have not, not even when I was a student with little money. There was always a new essence to try...
My little chloés, 20 ml, 35 euro.
Every year I think, wow, spring has come, it's time to take off, finally. Every year the question: Ok, I'll take off, but at what point is my cellulite? Because, even if I got a thin body, cellulite... is there. Can I delete it permanently? I see it hard, very hard indeed. You can certainly fight it in two ways, from the outside with a good cream, inside with a diet rich in fiber and water. A good cup of organic green tea without preservatives drunk in the evening before going to sleep helps.
I've been trying for some time a very interesting product. It's the anti-cellulite mud of Codigen, a cream with a beautiful silver color, very light for a mud, without the unpleasant scent that usually accompanies these products. It spreads very easily and has to rest for 15 minutes, then you have to rinse.
It leaves a skin soft and velvety. Among the actives there are algae (moisturizing), mountain ash (promotes microcirculation), vitamins (increase blood circulation). In the first ten days it is recommended to use the mud one day and go off, later twice a week.
Does it work? Yes, if you work methodically. You must insist. And eat properly, as well as move each day. Otherwise you will not see results...
Codigen Anti-cellulite mud. 500 ml, 60 euro. In farmacia.
giovedì 15 maggio 2014
A line of green products that respect delicate skins and socially responsible. It's Phyto makeup Inka Inki by Vagheggi, born from the cold pressed seeds of the plant Incha Inchi of the Amazon forests in Peru. It is obtained an organic oil rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 with anti-oxidant effects that protect the skin and keep it soft. In addition, this oil is sustainable, part of the proceeds of the sale will be used by Aider, a nonprofit org in Peru to support the local production of natural resources
The eyeshadows are really lovely: The texture is soft, powders are compact, they color well and last all day long. Can also be used wet. But, in my opinion, they write well even dry. I tried the dark shades as a liner and it was not necessary to wet the brush. In the summer you can switch between natural shades (photo 1), maybe highlighted with a simple but effective line of dark pencil, with the coldest and glamor ones of purple and pink.
Very cute the earth: I used the shade No. 20, a really light touch of brush is enough to color the face as if I had been a weekend at the beach. The powders are micronized, extra compact, can be used well as a blusher. They do not pinch, important fact for those who, like me, have a quite reactive skin.
Primaverili le mani, con due tonalità diverse di rosa: la n° 40 per un look naturale, la n° 80 un po' più trendy. Gli smalti di Vagheggi sono facili da stendere. Consiglio una buona base, due passate veloci e un top coat sigillante per far emergere bene il colore e aiutarlo a durare (anche alle tastiere dei pc!). Il tempo di asciugatura è buono.
Very very moisturizing lipstick & lip gloss. The first, in the shade 10, has a color that goes well with a decided eye makeup and can be used all day long. The second, in the shade 40 Metropolitan, gives a very glossy finish to the lips. A nice light point.
Spring hands with two different shades of pink: The No. 40 for a natural look, the No. 80 a little more trendy. The nail polishes of Vagheggi are easy to apply. Please use a good base, two coats and a top coat to bring out the color well and help it last, protecting the nails from on the keyboard of the PC!. The drying time is good.
Palette ombretti, 33 euro; Terracotta 26,50; Rossetto Lipnutricolor 20 euro; Lipgloss 17 euro; Smalto 14,5 euro. In istituto.