5 Things to Do in Noto, Sicily

Back in June this year I visited the beautiful island of Sicily. My sister lives in Ragusa, an UNESCO World Heritage site, not far from the sea and so many beautiful places like Syracuse, Taormina, Merzamemi. But more about those in a future article.

Our first stop was Noto voted the Capital of Baroque, a beautiful town 40 km South of Syracuse, also an UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Porta Reale is the access to the historic center of Noto. It was built in 1838 with the arrival of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in Noto. The door in neoclassical style was built with the typical golden limestone that was used in the construction of churches and palaces and which gives the buildings a yellowish hue.

Cathedral of San Nicolo is a Roman Catholic cathedral located on the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and it’s the most important attraction in Noto. Its construction, in the style of the Sicilian Baroque, began in the early 18th century and was completed in 1776. The cathedral of San Nicolà is the most important place of worship in Noto and it is dedicated to San Nicolò of Mira.

Cathedral of San Nicolo

Opposite the Cathedral, Palazzo Ducezio serves today as the city hall. Its construction started in 1746 by Vincenzo Sinatra who was inspired by the French castles of the epoque and was completed in 1830. Inside the palazzo you can visit the Hall of Mirrors which unfortunately was closed when we were there. The palace and the cathedral are the main attractions of the city and the place will leave any tourist mesmerized by the impressive Baroque architecture.

View of Palazzo Ducezio from Palazzo Nicolaci

Just around the corner from the Cathedral, Palazzo Nicolaci is another popular spot in Noto. Built in 1736 as a private noble house, it belonged to the Nicolaci family, until it was partially sold to the government of Noto. The Baroque building has 90 rooms and some of them are opened to the public. The facade is decorated with opulent balconies with curvy wrought iron balustrades, decorated with statues of mermaids, sphinxes and winged horses. I was impressed by the ballroom in particular and the view of the Palazzo Ducezio from one of the balconies. It is opened to the public all year round and the entrance was 8 euros.

Piano – Music Hall, Palzzo Ducezio

Overlooking Piazza XVI Maggio with its impressive façade, San Domenico Church is a must see for its beautiful Sicilian Baroque style.

Church of San Domenico, Noto, Sicily

If my pictures haven’t convinced I’m sure my vlog will! Thanks for watching and please subscribe.


Before & After Makeup Tutorial

I used to be such a shy teenager, you have no idea… My confidence was low and never saw myself beautiful. However, this all changed when I discovered the power of makeup. Now I know that with with a bit of makeup we can feel AND be the most beautiful versions of ourselves. And a red lip will always make you feel better on a ‘rainy’ day. Try it! You can always wash it off  ;).

My favorite tutorials are the makeup transformations, so I thought I’d make one for you, using makeup products that I’ve bought on my last trip to Bangkok.

Thanks for watching! Please Share, Subscribe and let me know if you liked it! 

Products used: Srichand luminescence fabulous UV shield SPF 50 pa+++
Filorga Oxygen Glow Eyes
Mistine 24 Cover All Foundation Full Coverage Oil Control SPF 15 F3
Cezanne – Stretch Concealer SPF 28UV & Foundation EX3
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette – Dulce De Leche
Odbo Sweet Cookie Blusher 06
LB Dramatic Jelly Cheek & Lip
Canmake Cream Cheek Tint – 01
Mistine Super Black Eyeliner
MAC Cosmetics – Cop A Pose Extra Dimension Foil Eye Shadow
PUPA Vamp! Mascara
Maybelline Siren in Scarlet Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick


Spring Neon Colors

Pantone shade No. 16-1546 (Living Coral) has been declared the color of the year for 2019.

Ready for a warmer weather, and willing to try the Electric Palette from Urban Decay I created this look:

The eye shadows are highly pigmented, they have zero fall out and they blend like a dream. Watch the video to see swatches and how the eye shadow performed.

Products used

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Kat Von D Lock It foundation – Medium 52 Neutral
Too Faced Born This Way concealer – Light Beige
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Setting Powder for Under Eyes
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush-Pearlescent Pink
MAC Cheeky Bits Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder – Soft and Gentle
Kate Brown Shade Eyes & Brow
UD Electric Palette
L’Oreal Paris – Paradise Extatic Mascara
Benefit – Bad Gal Mascara
KIKO Cosmetics – Comfort Lip Liner 311
Chanel Coco Rouge Shine Lipstick – Aventure 57

Stay healthy and happy! Love, A.

5 Minute Quick & Easy Make-up Tutorial

Quick glam for the modern woman

This week I decided to share with you my quick everyday make-up routine. Being it for the office, a shopping spree or maybe a date, this look will make you look and feel fabulous in no time.

Red lipstick – the key to happiness

I chose to apply red lipstick, I’m wearing Chilli from MAC in this tutorial, because no matter how minimal you look is, red will make you glow and radiate every single time.

For me make-up is not just a way to express myself and enhance my features, it’s therapy. It’s my go to activity when I feel under the weather. I talk from experience when I say, that every time I wear red I instantly feel happy. Watch the tutorial below to see how I achieved this easy look! I hope you like it, and please subscribe. Enjoy !

Products used

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Natural Beige
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer – Light Beige
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
BH Cosmetics Shade & Define 10 Color Contour Palette
L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara
Wet’n’Wild Blush- Pearlescent Pink
Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter
Kiko Milano Comfort Lip Liner 307
M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick – Chilli

Stay happy and healthy! Love, A.

BH Cosmetics Zodiac 25 Color Eyeshadow And Highlighter Palette Review

Another week, another new palette – at least for me. I finally got my hands on the BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette and created a beautiful purple smokey eye.

Check out my YouTube video to see the full tutorial on this look, swatches and my opinion on these eye shadows. Thanks for watching and please subscribe!


5 Tips For A Perfect Smokey Eye

Hello Gorgeous! It’s been a minute or actually an year since I’ve last posted but I’m back and full of energy. If you’re wondering why I’ve gone MIA is because after New Year I took a trip to the Maldives – paradise on earth!! I’ll post an article a vlog on this soon but meanwhile here‘s a post that you might like.

Flawless skin…

Moisturizing your skin before applying your foundation, is the key to a glowing healthy looking skin. And not a day goes by, without using the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, which is my all time fave moisturizer! I can’t rave enough about it. You can use it as a face cream, a hydrating face mask and as make-up base! 3 in 1 miracle cream! It gets absorbed into the skin instantly so you don’t have to wait before applying your makeup. How great is that?! Just try it, you will thank me later.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Choose the right foundation color for your skin tone. I have a tan now and I had to mix my foundations in order to get the perfect match. I mixed for this look the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundations in 3W0 and 4N1.

And blend, take your time and blend your foundation. You don’t want a cakey foundation; build it gradually and with dabbing motions, don’t rub the brush/beauty sponge (always damp) on your face. You want to build it gradually, and get that nice coverage with a skin looking finish.

Let’s see now, what are the 5 Tips for a perfect smokey eyes!

1. Transition/Crease Shade

The first step before applying an eye shadow is to prime your lids. I personally like to use concealer and some powder on top.

BH Cosmetics Glam Reflection Rose Palette

The transition shade is a MUST. It should be a muted color like a taupe, a light brown or any other shade that is slightly darker than your skin. Why is this so important? Well, this will make the transition from your darker shadow to the lightest one underneath the eyebrow. This shall be applied with a blending brush, with circular or windshield wipers motions, holding the brush as far as possible from the ferrule. In this way, you will have less control and precision over the brush, and you will apply less color.

2. Accent Color

The outer V, the outer corner, that’s where your accent color should be placed. You guessed it right! The accent color is the darkest color you will use. In my case I used a matte black from the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions palette and Luna from the BH Cosmetics Supernova palette.

I applied these accent shades with a smaller, and stiffer blending brush that has shorter bristles. As you can see, I am holding the brush closer to the ferrule. This gives me more control and precision. I don’t want that black everywhere, but just in the outer corner of my eyes. For my lower lid I applied the same colors as on the upper lid.

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette
BH Cosmetics Supernova Palette

3. Highlight Color

The highlight color is the one eye shadow that makes any eye look stand out. This should be applied on the center of the lid towards the inner corner of the eye. If you choose a shimmery eye shadow you need to know that these are best applied with your finger, like I did, or with a wet brush. i like to use Fix Plus from MAC.

BH Cosmetics Glam Reflection Rose Palette

4. How to Apply Eyeliner

A smokey eye look isn’t complete without some kind of eyeliner being it black, brown or any other color that goes with your look. But HOW you apply it makes the difference. As hard as it may be, trust me I’ve been there, try to look straight in the mirror when you draw the line.

I used the black gel eyeliner in no. 77 from Inglot Cosmetics and if you are in need of a good eyeliner brush I got you! Inglot 31T, a synthetic angled brush that has changed my life. Just kidding, but it’s truly the best brush in my kit. Not only you can trace the perfect cat eye, or a thin line at the roots of your lashes for just a bit of accent, but it’s perfect for applying brow gel as well and I promise that even if you are a beginner this brush will make this step less intimidating.

Inglot Cosmetics Angled Eyeliner Brush 31T

5. Natural Looking Eyebrows & Fat Lashes

We all made that mistake of over-plucking our eyebrows, right? I blame the ’90s and Sunset Beach :))

Eyebrows are the soul of our face, they can make us look harsh, angry, surprised etc. Draw them as close as possible to your natural shape. When I do a smokey eye, I like to keep them as natural as possible apply lots of mascara and lashes and you’re ready!

Benefit Precisely My Brow no.3

….and the final result.

if you want to see the complete tutorial on this look go check out my YouTube video! Thank you and please subscribe!

xoxo, Andreea

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Estee Lauder double Wear foundation – 3W0 & 4N1
Too Faced Born This Way concealer – Light Beige
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Contour Palette
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush-Pearlescent Pink
L’Oreal La Vie en Glow Highlighting Powder palette

BH Cosmetics Glam Reflection Rose palette
Urban Decay Naked Heat
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics Supernova palette
Inglot Gel eyeliner no.77 black
L’Oreal Paris – Paradise Extatic Mascara
Benefit Precisely My Brow – no. 3
Smashbox Brow Tech to Go Eyebrow Mascara

Lips: Mac Soar lip liner & Nothing To Wear lipstick

NYE Party Glam Make-up Tutorial

Hello beautiful,

This is going to be the shortest post in history! Go away 2018! Happy 2019!!

…and my make-up suggestion for you! Kiss you all and wish you a better year! May all your goals, dream and desires come true!

Products used:

  • Lait-Creme Concentre by Embryolisse Laboratories
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation – Warm Cream
  • Secret Brightening Eye Powder – Laura Mercier
  • Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
  • Brow Zings Benefit Cosmetics in 03
  • Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – Marc Jacobs
  • Beauty Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio PK 403 – SHISEIDO
  • 491 Eyeshadow Freedom System – Inglot Cosmetics
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette – Dulce De Leche
  • Catrice Cosmetics Illuminating Blush – 030 Kiss Me Ken
  • Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter – Benefit Cosmetics
  • Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick 501 – MAKE UP FOR EVER

Please subscribe! xoxo, Andreea

Morning Velvet by Lisa Eldridge Review

Dear fellow beauty addict,

Even though The Ultimate Velvet Collection by Lisa Eldridge is currently out of stock, I was lucky enough to put my hands on Morning Velvet, a bright orange red perfect for a bronzed skin. The unique velvety texture was a challenge to photograph.

The Ultimate Velvet Collection – Morning Velvet

If you were ever intimidated by a red lipstick, it’s not the case with this one. You know how a matte lipstick can be sometimes hard to apply, and you have to moisturize your lips really well before wearing it? Well, it’s not the case with this one because it applies like a dream. It does not pull your skin and has a soft, creamy consistency. The pigmentation is phenomenal and you don’t even need a lip liner. I do recommend using a lip brush just to perfect the contour. You can wear it as a stain for a more natural look, or go full on and enjoy a bright good old red lip.

Morning Velvet by Lisa Eldridge

I wore this the whole day, ate, drank and it lasted. The best thing is that it wears out gradually and it leaves a nice stain on the lips. Unlike other matte lipsticks that dry out your lips, Morning Velvet feels comfortable and creamy.

If you wanna see the full review and a perfect dupe for Morning Velvet, check out my YouTube video.

List of products used
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation – Shell Beige
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer – Light Beige
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define 03
Smashbox Brow Tech To Go – Brunette
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact – Fair
Pro Longwear Lip Pencil High Energy
Lisa Eldridge Morning Velvet lipstick

Arabic Inspired Make-up Tutorial

Ho ho ho! My fave holiday is just around the corner and I’m sooo happy! And when I’m happy, I play with make-up and this is how I came up with this arabic inspired look. I must admit that I was always intimidated by this type of look, but it came out great and I love it. That’s why I decided to share it with you. Here’s the link. Go check it out and subscribe! Thank you.

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation – Shell Beige
  • Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer – Light Beige
  • Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
  • Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define 03
  • Smashbox Brow Tech To Go – Brunette
  • Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio PK 403
  • Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77
  • Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara
  • Urban Decay Naked 1 Eyeshadow Palette
  • MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Soar
  • Inglot Cosmetics AMC Lip Paint 53
  • MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact – Fair