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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Your Good Skin - Anti-Shine Base Lotion, mattifying face lotion (review)

The Anti-Shine Base Lotion is a mattifying treatment that is part of the Your Good Skin skincare lineDone to stay in the smallest makeup bag ever, it has been created for all those shy girls, those of us with oily skin that run fast as the light to cover their shiny faces. 
YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion promises 12 hours of oil-free skin, but will it make your skin looking good and you feeling good? If you follow me on IG, you know already what I think about!
Your Good Skin - Anti-Shine Base Lotion, mattifying face lotion (review)

The YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion is a gentle face product available exclusively at Boots and it’s part of a skincare range called Your Good Skin, created with a pool of more than 1000 women.

The product: packaging
Compact, light and handy, the YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion is stored in a tiny white and gold 30 ml-bottle with a pump dispenser.
It’s incredibly small but contains enough product for a daily usage before makeup as one pump is enough to cover one’s critical areas!

Formula and texture:
The YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion has a light pearly cream to jelly texture with a fresh, slightly floral, soothing scent. It absorbs quickly and leaves no traces, no powdery after feel: just a 100% matte skin
Its formula is anti-ageing and features some antioxidant key ingredients like Vitamin C and Green Tea extract, with Springanine to balance skin sebum production, plus it’s free of parabens and synthetic oils.
The more I use this mattifying lotion, the more I’m sure: its formula is as light as you can secretly dream of. 

How to use:
The Anti-Shine Base Lotion is recommended as part of Your Good Skin-based skincare routine: after the Balancing Skin Concentrate and before the SPF 30 Anti Oxidant Day Cream. All across the face but I just use it on my T-zone an and chin, my critical areas.
You can include YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion in your regimen by simply “placing it”  after your serum and before your daily face cream.
I use it after the YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate and before my day cream the Boots Simply Sensitive Day Moisturizer 15 SPF. It's a working match with a lotion that isn't clogging my pores!

Your Good Skin - Anti-Shine Base Lotion, mattifying face lotion

it has a gentle formulation (parabens and oil-free),
its feels light to the skin,
a delicate scent,
it doesn't clog your pores,
it gives a quick matte effect,
it gets absorbed quickly,
it acts as a base

it's effective for less than 12 hours,
it isn't available worldwide (only in the UK and US)

Do I like the YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion?
I appreciate this lotion very much and I use it every day I have to go outside, ending up to be a nice primer for my skinIt’s so tiny that I fear to finish it sooner than expected but it’s a product to be used in a “targeted way”.

Your Good Skin - Anti-Shine Base Lotion, mattifying face lotion (review)

Your Good Skin - Anti-Shine Base Lotion, mattifying face lotion (review)

More to know? You can find YourGoodSkin Anti-Shine Base Lotion online and at your local Boots counter at 9.99£ but hold on: all my followers can enjoy it with a 50% discount (YOURGOODSKIN2).
It values 24 advantage points upon your purchase and there's more: it's also available in the US at Walgreens.
It's pocket and travel-friendly, it's light both for your wallet and your bag!
If you’re not sure, I suggest to test it on your hand, you’ll see and feel a huge difference!
You won’t believe it! 

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Merry fluffy outfit in Birmingham, UK

This Mediterranean girl knows how to face the Arctic cold: with a wintry outfit that's all about warm, yet soft and stylish clothes.
So I've finally discovered a proper snowfall - here in Birmingham, back in December- and I still wish for some more.

Valentina Chirico Select outfit, Birmingham, UK - Edgbaston campus - Old Joe clock tower
Old Joe is the clock tower of the University of Birmingham, the highest ever built for a campus.
He/It has been the inspiration for Tolkien.

With my roomie Lily, I've enjoyed the first snow around the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham watched by above by the impressive clock tower friendly named "Old Joe".
The ice-proof outfit, grey-ish as the weather was, hidden a sweet entry like this Select grey plush sweater and smart shoes, a pair of light but waterproof Primark combat boots.
This military coat proved to be an appropriate choice: long enough to protect from the chill, serious enough to create surprise with the top underneath.

Valentina Chirico's fluffy Select outfit in Birmingham, UK - Jarratt Hall accomodation
First real snowfall calls for a first pho at the PHO (place) in the Grand Central of Birmingham
It should have been a hot tofu and mushroom pho. Nope! Where are the flames, "Pho" dudes?

The outfit in detail...
Sweater: Select 
Military coat: Select 
Jeggins/legging: Pimkie 
Scarf: Primark
Boots: Primark

With Lily (she's a fellow Igers with amazing pics around the EU!!!), I've done a new friend: a snow chicken, now melt forever.

Valentina Chirico's fluffy Select outfit, Birmingham, UK - Murray Learning Centre
The snow chicken appeared in December on a lonely table in front of the Murray Learning Centre in Birmingham, UoB.
Missing since then

Next time, if it isn't going to be snow but a rainstorm, then I would opt for something else: a parka! (Archaeologists love this kind of coat... it's true)
Waterproof, hooded (and furry), adjustable and with pouches, winter parkas are definitely the choice for multitasking, busy people

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Gift tips: make your gifts customizable and ethical

The gift tips made to last and impress, whether for a birthday, a special occasion or Christmas, are buying ethical or local and customizing your packages!

How to memorable presents. Gift tips: handmade and ethical

What I like, do and suggest is preparing small presents wrapped at home, with your own hands and colourful crafting materials like paper bags, tags and ribbons.
Doubts about what to give? 
Think about the recipient and his/her taste and style: this is going to help a lot.
Choose little helpful accessories. With these, I include a product that is handmade and ethically involved.
So this year, I've created some little favour Christmas bags (with a secret content) and "embellished" with the real gifts outside.

I went local by choosing some gorgeous handmade soaps crafted by Charlotte George, a little indie company active in Birmingham.
The scent and the colours of these soaps are inviting and visually stimulating; they're an explosion of fruit, seeds and swirls.

Charlotte George handmade soaps. An ethical bath and body business in Birmingham (Citezen Home)
Charlotte George handmade soaps

I've found these beauties at the Citizen Home shop in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, a tiny store filled with handmade, vintage, extravagant and recycled products for people and their houses.
Everything is second-hand, handmade, up-cycled or simply quirky (new); selected among socially passionate companies using fair-trade ingredients (like the York-based chocolate bars by Choco Affair), natural products or old materials...
all goes to support our local community and indigenous populations in Africa, India and South American countries through Shared Earth, different campaigns and products.

Citizen Home Birmingham, ethical gift shop (Jewellery Quarter) Charlotte George and Choco Affair

Honestly, it was the crowded store window that called my attention and welcomed to the Citizen Home HQ. You can find this store in Birmingham at 82 Vyse Street - B16 6HA (Jewellery Quarter) and let it content tempt you for a good cause.
Still in doubt for your gift? It's the time of the year when everyone feels optimist and generous, why not making people happy and giving back at the same time? 
Choose something ethical and add your personal touch with a bit of "do it yourself" skills!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens
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