September 11, 2015

To all the friendly readers out there

Oh hey! I'm so proud of myself, I managed to upload one post per day in the past seven days. They are random and very different from one another, but they should help any new reader understand in which direction is my blog going. 

I hope you'll stick with me and help me grow, I'm really looking forward to getting comments and constructive criticism because I'm fairly new to the blogging world and I need all your support and suggestions.

If you want, you can follow me with Bloglovin', the button is in the right column of this blog.

Thank you so much, 
Marti xx

September 10, 2015

Dreaming My Day Away

Hey there! It's been a month since I came back from the UK *insert very sad face here* and I thought it would be nice to share some more pictures with you.

This time I want to write about Brighton, as I've been there for two days and I've visited it a bit better than I did when I first went there years ago.

My boyfriend and I spent some quality time in Brighton, on the first day the weather was a bit cold and cloudy, we took a long walk on the seaside and reached a super nice place in Hove where we stopped to eat, called The View. The inside and outside of the place were both really pretty, the waitress was really kind and chatty and we ordered some really nice food. We were both so hungry we didn't even wait to take pictures before putting the forks in our dishes. My boyfriend got a pizza and I chose a nice starter called Special Oliviyeh Salad, a creamy salad made of boiled potato, chicken, egg, gherkin, mayonnaise, olive oil and lemon juice and served with a special flat bread.

If you're visiting Brighton and Hove and you're looking for a nice restaurant on the beach, I strongly recommend this one. Here's the website:

Later that day we visited the mall and some local shops, because it was raining and we didn't know where to go. We also got some nice hot tea to keep us warm.

On our second day there, the weather was so much nicer, the sun was shining and we visited the lanes and the pier, we had so much fun and loved everything. We were even so lucky we met Zoella in front of a Tiger shop, I still can't believe that (unfortunately, I have no picture of Zoe).

There are many places in Brighton that I love, but the thing that fascinates me the most is colours, because Brighton is all colourful and those colours are mostly pastel, which make everything look like a dream. Because of that, I loved to film and take pictures there, and I tried to learn a thing or two about my Canon camera while I was there. 

The next one must be my favourite picture of them all, even though they all look pretty thanks to the beautiful buildings and colours.

And here's a picture of me pretending to be cool on the beach.

That's all for today, I hope you enjoyed my random pictures and pieces of information.

Marti xx

September 09, 2015

Beauty Update

Beauty wise, there are some products that really stand out if I ask myself what I loved to apply this summer.

I bought two products at Superdrug from their Tea Tree line, and I'm loving them so much I think I might go back and buy the whole line. I even got them on a deal and paid so little for two products that are worth so much. I'm talking about the Facial Moisturiser and the Spot Stick. They both smell like peppermint and tea tree oil, feel fresh and tingly on the skin, and help reducing redness and skin problems. The spot stick is magical, it makes blemishes disappear overnight.

I've purchased the third product at Superdrug as well, it is a travel size scrub, the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, and this works wonders on my skin. I can just use the tiniest amount and get the softest skin in a matter of seconds. Oh, and I love apricots and the packaging is so nice. I'd like to try some other products from the same brand, any suggestion? Have you ever tried them?

September 08, 2015

Makeup Update

I didn't really know how to call this post, since the word 'update' usually refers to something that's already been mentioned on a blog, and I've never written a post like this one, but "This is a list of the best makeup and beauty products I discovered this summer" seemed a bit too long.

Anyway, in short, this is a list of the best makeup and beauty products I discovered this summer. Ha.

I didn't really go on a shopping spree or anything (except for a tiny Superdrug haul) but I collected a couple of things while I was out with my mum, my boyfriend and even out on my own.

Let's start with makeup. The first thing worth mentioning is a lipstick that I bought when I first visited the new Wycon shop in Milan. I'd just had a difficult exam and I felt very disappointed with how it had turned out, so I decided to buy myself some gifts to cheer myself up. I went for a Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade 04 Borgogna because I'd seen a girl on Instagram wearing it and it looked really nice.
I love lip products but I'm always too scared to wear bright colours or dark colours, I usually opt for nudes, but this one really made me change my mind. I tried it on for the first time while I was out with my boyfriend and he took some pictures of me, and for the first time, looking at those pictures, I felt like an actress, a model, I don't even know, the colour didn't look strange on my lips at all. It made me think I looked pretty and confident, I looked like someone who knows her style and what suits her best, and that doesn't happen too often (I always feel like my clothes and makeup do not make a statement, they just look average and boring).
My problem with colourful lipsticks is that they usually don't last long, you always have to check yourself in the mirror just to make sure they didn't fade or go out of place, but this liquid lipstick didn't show that problem. I found out I could easily drink something or eat and still have a nice amount of it left on my lips afterwards. After applying it, it quickly dries on the lips leaving a nice colour, matte and intense. It's quite easy to apply and it doesn't dry the lips too much, an issue that I've found with many other lip products. I think I'll soon pay a visit to the Wycon shop again.

The next makeup product is a highlighter from another Italian brand, Kiko. It was part of a collection called On-The-Go Minis and I believe it was limited edition because I can't find it anywhere on the website. It's called 02 Beam of Light and it's a sparkly gold tone that doesn't look too glittery when applied. I really loved this product this summer because I decided to take it with me wherever to apply it both as a highlighter and a pale eyeshadow, and it really did the job for me. I applied it almost everyday when I was on holiday or didn't sleep at home and didn't have my full makeup collection with me. I'm really glad I bought this because most of my recent purchases at Kiko were just meh, not relevant, and I was starting losing interest for the brand.

The last makeup product I'd like to mention is a nail polish from Barry M, from the line called Gelly Hi Shine, in the colour Huckleberry. I bought it in the UK because I'd promised to my boyfriend that I would wear nail polish more, and after trying this one I really did. I had a bad experience with the white one from the same line (called Coconut), because it took hours to get dry and I ended up ruining it on the first day, but this pastel blue shade is so much easier to apply, I really appreciated that. I usually wear Kiko nail polishes because they dry almost instantly, but they chip instantly as well. This Barry M one lasted a really long time without chipping, it only started getting a bit cracky after six to seven days. I've already took it off and painted my nails all over again a couple of times (and that's a record for me). I can't wait to give a second chance to the white one.

I noticed my post is getting a bit long, so I think I'll change the title from "Makeup & Beauty Update" to "Makeup Update" and talk about the beauty products in a different post.

Thanks for everyone who stopped here and read my post,
Marti xx

September 07, 2015

La Casa dei Sogni by Marzia Bisognin

Disclaimer: this post does NOT contain spoilers regarding the plot or characters of the book, only my opinion about the novel as a whole.

Some weeks ago, the novel CutiePieMarzia has written was released in many bookshops across Italy. Since the main publisher is an Italian group, they have decided to print the Italian copies first and then make it available worldwide.

I was wandering inside a tiny bookshop in Liguria when I first noticed it on the top shelf of the wall I was facing in that moment. At the time I was still reading another book, so I decided to wait before buying it, also because I knew the original book had been written in English and the Italian edition had been translated (not by the author, and I prefer to read books in the language used by the author to write them).

After a couple of days I changed my mind and decided to read it in Italian anyway, because I thought I should take advantage of the fact I was able to read it in my first language since many other Marzipans didn't have this chance and had to wait. I also thought I could always read it in English afterwards. 

I went on and bought it, then started reading straightaway.

September 06, 2015

Featured on Popsugar?

Are you kidding me?

Three days ago, my brother texted me and said he'd seen my tattoo on a website.
I thought, "Yeah, every other person on this planet has a tattoo in the shape of an airplane, it just can't be me" but then he sent me some screenshots, and I had to believe him.

My tiny tattoo was featured on a huge post about tattoos on Popsugar.

Now, I don't know much about how Popsugar works, how many people actually read their posts or anything (although Wikipedia says it's the "47th largest network of websites in the US" and that should mean something) but they happened to find my picture on Instagram and they even mentioned me in the description, how crazy is that?

Here's the link to the article.
I have to say, I love most of the tattoos they featured and I'd like to know some of their tattoo artists.

Screenshot taken on September 4, 2015

Let me know what you think,

Marti xx

September 05, 2015

Tea for Me

I drink a lot of tea. A LOT. 
When it's winter and it's really cold outside, there's nothing better than a hot cup of tea to make you feel better. In summer, I like to drink it cold during the day and warm at night, even when the weather is still really hot. I drink plenty when I'm reading books, revising or just typing on my computer's keyboard (as I'm writing this, I'm drinking some special tea that I just bought and I am about to describe later on). 
I like to try different teas all the time, although if I had to choose I'd say my favourite is green tea.
My collection of teas and infusions keeps growing, at the moment I have some that taste like cinnamon, some fruity teas, some Yorkshire tea and green teas from many different brands and places. I also collect lots of mugs, the bigger the better.

September 04, 2015

Hello September!

September has already started, and I'd like to write down some resolutions for the next few weeks and mention something I'm thankful for.

Let's start with resolutions:
  • Get fit - I've gained weight lately, and I'd like to start working out and get in shape, as I don't feel comfortable with my body at the moment.
  • Revise Chinese characters - I'm not good at memorising things for a long time, and after my last Chinese exam I've completely stopped writing characters, but I'd like to revise a bit so that when the lessons begin again I'll be ready to learn new things.
  • Visit Turin - I have a friend who lives in Turin, a town in northern Italy that's not really far from mine, but I haven't seen her for a very long time. I'd like to go there and pay a visit.

Things I'm thankful for:
  • London - As you might know, I've been there on holidays with my boyfriend, and it has been wonderful. I really can't find words to describe how incredibe it has been to visit London with Lorenzo.
  • Family - In August I've spent some time with my family, and it's been great to catch up, since in the past few weeks we'd all been apart for a while. I also went to Mirabilandia with my brother, and we both loved it (we live for rollercoasters).
  • Our second anniversary - My boyfriend and I got together two years ago, and this year we went to Gardaland three days in a row to celebrate - Gardaland is another amusement park, I'm such a lucky lady, I've been to two amusement parks in the same month.

Now let's make the best out of September, before university starts again (last year, wohoo!).

Marti xx

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