March 17, 2017

Sunny Days and Busy People

Hey everyone! This month I've messed up my schedule quite a lot. My next post is going up on March 22 (hopefully) and after that I'm going to do a full week of posting. I'm getting close to my 100th post so I've been thinking about doing a giveaway, but I'm still not sure, because I have like three followers and probably nobody would even care about it, hahah.

Anyway, the past few days have been sunny and warm here in London, so I have been enjoying long walks and exploring streets where I'd never been before. One night I went out with my boyfriend at 10.30 pm looking for ice cream, and I even managed to find it, yay! (Snowflake Luxury Gelato in Wardour Street is open until 11.30 pm during weekdays, just so you know).

At the moment I am ill, everything hurts and my life depends on tissues. Okay, I'm over exaggerating a bit, I'm not doing that bad, but I hate to have a stuffy nose because it makes me feel like I have a temperature, it gives me headaches and it doesn't let me sleep well at night.

Tomorrow I'm flying back to Italy for a few days. I'm not taking my PC with me, hence my inability to stick to my blog schedule. I have some medical stuff to do, but I'll be back in London soon. 

When I started this post I had no idea what to write, but now that I'm trying to finish it I realised that I actually really enjoyed writing random things down here. Maybe I'll do posts like this more often, we shall see.

Have a nice night,
Marti xx

PS. In case you read the previous post, I just wanted to update you on my nails: today was their 22nd day and they're still looking good. I can't believe it. They have started chipping a tiny bit but only on the surface, so the shape and colour are still perfect. The major problem there is the regrowth (I'm pretty sure I just made up that word but you know what I mean). I really have to thank the girl at the salon for her flawless job, and also thank OPI for making such a long lasting kind-of-gel polish.

March 12, 2017

Russian Navy

The day before my graduation my mum took me to a small beauty salon in my hometown to have my nails done. I'd never had my nails done professionally before, so it felt like a little pamper for me. I went for a soak-off gel lacquer by OPI, as I wanted my nails to last a bit more than the average nail polish but I didn't want a proper full gel manicure. As my theme colour for the big day was blue, because of the blue birds on my dress, I decided to pick a blue gel colour. I went for the one called Russian Navy, because it looked classy but also had some sparkles in it.

The application of all the layers of base coat, colour and top coat didn't take too long, under twenty minutes I think, and the result really surprised me. I loved the shape of my nails and how the colour suits my skin and I think I could seriously get used to have my nails done all the time, which is something I didn't quite expect before.

The thing that surprised me the most, however, is how long lasting this is. As I said I'd never had my nails done professionally before, and the only time I had a gel manicure was about two years ago (a friend did it for me, and she did a great job considering she was just starting out at that time), so I'm not used to this "perfection". As of today I have had this nail polish on for 18 days and it is still glossy, glittery and it has not chipped. The only problem of course is that the nails have grown quite a bit. And I have done everything with my bare hands, including washing up the dishes everyday, cleaning up the kitchen and the bathroom, opening my Pandora bracelet (those of you who own a Pandora bracelet might know how hard it is to open the clasp without chipping the nail polish) and assemble Ikea stuff. Everything. Well, the first week I paid attention and used some rubber gloves, but for the past week or so I haven't and they still look brand new.

I can say I am really happy with the result and whenever I'll have a reason for it I will surely go and have my nails done again.

Marti xx

March 11, 2017

Eugenio Montale: Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale

Eugenio Montale is a well known poet and writer. He was born in 1896 and died in 1981. In 1975 he won the Nobel Prize in literature. He worked as a journalist for most of his life and at the same time he wrote and published several books.

The poem I picked here is one of my all time favourite poems, not just out of his work but in general. I find it really sweet and deep.

He wrote it after his wife passed away, and dedicated it to her.

Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale
e ora che non ci sei è il vuoto ad ogni gradino.
Anche così è stato breve il nostro lungo viaggio.
Il mio dura tuttora, né più mi occorrono
le coincidenze, le prenotazioni,
le trappole, gli scorni di chi crede
che la realtà sia quella che si vede.
Ho sceso milioni di scale dandoti il braccio
non già perché con quattr'occhi forse si vede di più.
Con te le ho scese perché sapevo che di noi due
le sole vere pupille, sebbene tanto offuscate,
erano le tue.
I went down, giving you my arm, at least one million stairs
and now that you're gone I feel the emptiness in every step.
Even so our long journey has been short.
Mine still goes on, but I don't need anymore
coincidences, reservations,
traps, the scorn of those who believe
that reality is what they can see.
I went down millions of stairs giving you my arm
but not because four eyes may see things better.
I went down with you because I knew that between the two of us
the only real pupils, though much blurred,
were yours. 
I decided to translate this poem following the foreignization strategy, so if it sounds a bit unusual or unclear it's because I tried to stick to the Italian structure and lexicon as much as possible.

Now, I'm not going to pretend to be an expert here, I love literature and I learned it for years in school but I don't know how to analyze it perfectly or all the deep meanings that are hidden behind the text. I just love what this poem, or poetry in general, says to me when I read it, how it makes me feel and how much it makes me ponder on life and all sorts of things. So I'll end my post here, without adding a proper comment on the text.

Let me know if you like it, if it says something to you, or if something is too unclear.

Have a nice day,
Marti xx

March 10, 2017

Fascinating Birds

Every time I visit a park in London, I am left speechless by the number of unusual birds I meet. 

I've always found birds fascinating. Part of it is probably due to the fact that I wish I was able to fly. But I've also noticed that whenever I think of birds, in my head I think of a simplified version of them, so when I actually see them I am always surprised by the number of details I didn't remember about them. 

In Italy, in my area at least, when you visit a park you'll see plenty of pigeons, a couple of swans and some ducks and seagulls, but that's about it. I don't even know many birds' names, I must say.

Whenever I see them I would love to be able to tell them apart, know their names and recognise them, so I've decided I'll start looking up some information and maybe buy a book about London birds and sometimes I'll go to the park and observe them. So far I have found a website that helps finding out the type of bird you saw and I have saved the link. I have also discovered that the beautiful birds in this post are a male mandarin (the grey bird next to it should be a female, and I'm pretty sure I'd never seen them before in my life), and a grey heron (I had guessed this one right, yay). The heron is almost as tall as me, hahahah.

I've always found bird watching fascinating (ever since I found out it existed, thanks to the film called The Big Year), and even though I don't think I'll become a hardcore birdwatcher I would like to at least be good at naming them when I see them around. Maybe I'll also try to take some good pictures, why not. So far I've only taken a few with my phone and with my old digital camera, but thanks to my Canon I might be able to do something better.

Do you know things about birds? Do you like them as well? Let me know!

Marti xx

March 09, 2017

My Naked 3 Palette

This post is not going to be a proper review, because everyone and their cat has already reviewed the Naked 3 palette way better than I could ever do, with plenty of swatches and clever comments thanks to their deeper knowledge of makeup and beauty.

I am not that good at makeup yet, but I love to learn and experiment and I always notice that I get better quite quickly at doing things that once were unthinkable, like applying eyeliner, contouring my cheekbones and filling in my brows.

I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette as a gift to myself on my birthday last month. Since then I have used it almost everyday, just because experimenting with colours and combinations makes me happy, and I must say I am really impressed. I mean, I've had my eyes on this palette since it was put on the market by UD, so I already knew that it was awesome and that I'd love it, but now that I've had the chance to actually test it for a few days I can really say that I'm loving every colour, every glitter, every detail of it. The shadows are super pigmented, which is not something I took for granted in a pink toned palette, they last all day without creasing (they last longer with a primer but they do well even without it, they just fade a little), and they look subtle, simple but super good. They change your look without being too in your face, which is exactly the kind of makeup I always go for.

I've tried more or less all of them on my eyelids and some of them as eyeliners, and I am impressed by how versatile they are and how different each colour looks once you've applied it.

I still love like crazy my Naked 2 and if I had to choose only one of them I think I'd still go for that one first, because it's always been love between the two of us, but I'm really happy now that I have them both, I feel like I don't need any other eyesahdow apart from them, and I am glad that I don't really have to pick one, I can just use both whenever I like.

What's your favourite palette?

Marti xx