Sunday, October 30, 2011

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer Review



Ciao everyone, 


     A little while ago I was sent a new product to review, the Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer.  Here's how the product is described on the company's website :  "A 3-in-1 Eye Primer, Corrector, and Antiager. Provides a 360° smooth canvas around the delicate eye area, ensuring crease-proof, long-lasting eye shadow and concealer wear. Enriched with Quercetin & Oak extracts, it smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to provide smooth, softer skin, while visibly improving skin texture".  I had never heard of the Korres brand before this so, of course I had to do a little research.  They are a natural skincare company founded in Greece.  According to their website, the goal of their company is to "use natural, herbal ingredients in an effective and safe way to make products [they're] proud of".  The key natural ingredient in the eye primer, Quercetin and Oak Extract, is a powerful antioxidant that helps to improve the signs of aging.

Pros:

-What I liked about this product the most was that it claims to do three things: prime the eye for eye shadow, correct imperfections and darkness on and under the eye, and antiage your eyes (which is always good, even if you're young!).  

-I've used a lot of different eye primers.  It's such an important step, in my opinion, when applying eye shadow.  In comparison to others I've used, this one worked perfectly fine.  There was no creasing at all even after wearing eye makeup all day.  

-I loved that this product does something that most other primers don't do, which is help correct under-eye darkness.  I still needed concealer afterwards but, it did help.

Cons:

-The price, $21, for 0.14 fl. oz., is a little higher than some other popular primers.  For example, Urban Decay Primer Potion ($19 for 0.37 oz.) and Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18 for 0.35 oz.) are a little cheaper for more than twice the amount of product.  I suppose the fact that this product does more than most primers could be the reason for that but, I don't know if it would be my first choice.  I personally prefer some other primers I've used, maybe because I've used them for a while and because of the price per amount of product.  

Final Thoughts:

     In conclusion, this product did work well for me and did everything the company claimed it would.  If you are interested in more natural products or in anti-aging products, I would recommend checking this primer out.  


For more information on the KORRES® products, please visit www.korresusa.com.

Disclaimer:  I received this product complimentary of Beautystat.com.  All reviews posted on my blog are always my own personal opinion. 

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                                                                                               ♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LOVE Your Body Day! You are Beautiful!

Love Your Body Day 2011!

     Ciao everyone, 

     When I saw a post about Love Your Body Day on Ashley's blog, 2 eyes in the mirror, I knew I wanted to do a post on it.  I've always believed that everyone has something beautiful about them both physically and otherwise.  I know it sounds cheesy but I don't care, it's true! Ha!  Beauty is subjective and truly in the eye of the beholder.  Contrary to what society tends to promote, you do not have to be size 2, blond, thin, or whatever the "in" thing at the time happens to be, to be beautiful!  Despite these beliefs, I also happen to be human and a rather curvy, not your typical "Barbie" sized girl, not that there's anything wrong with that!  So, because of those things, I am not always completely happy with my body at all times.  That's okay though because everyone has days when they don't feel that "pretty" or "beautiful" and that's perfectly normal.  You just have to tell yourself to get over it and remind yourself what you love about yourself and your body.

     While there are certain things I'd like to change about my body and maybe I will someday, I still believe I'm beautiful and so are you!  I really mean it, look in the mirror and find the things you love about yourself and remember those things when you're having a day when you don't feel especially good about your body.  :)  Whether you are a size 0, 2, 12, 20, 28, whatever, remember to love your body and treat it with respect.

A time when I struggled with this:

     Like I said earlier, sometimes, everyone struggles with their view of themselves occasionally.  Recently, if you read any of my pathetic rants about some random boy , you'd know I've been rather distressed, which does not make you feel too good about your body.  I thought that the reason this guy must like some other girl and not me must be because she's probably thinner and prettier than me (even though I've never seen her!/don't know who she is!).  I couldn't help it, the thought just wouldn't go away.  Eventually though, I realized this was ridiculous for two reasons! 1.) I don't think he's that shallow and I'm sure he has plenty of reasons why he likes that girl other than her looks.  Love is not based entirely on looks as the world may have you believe.  2.) If he did like some other girl because he thinks she's thinner and prettier than me, he's not worth it!  Why would you want to be with anyone who would only love someone for their looks anyway, the hell with them!  ;)  So, you see, you can overcome these issues when they happen to you if you really think about it and try.

     In conclusion, I love my body!  I mean could I really take so many pictures of myself and put them on the internet if I didn't?!  Ha!  Here are my favorite things about it: (Tell me yours in the comments!)

1.) I love my hair, even though it's thick and can be hard to manage.  I love that it's long, naturally wavy, and will curl or do whatever I want it to.  I love that I get so many compliments on it because I know it's beautiful, lol! ;)

2.) I love my curves!  Even if I someday lost weight, I will never be a rail thin, size 0-2, and I do not want to be!  If you naturally are that way, awesome!, but I'm not and that's fine with me. :)           

3.) I love my eyes.  They are big and brown and have lots of room for eye makeup!

4.) I love my lips.  My mother refers to them as "tweety bird lips" lol!, but I love wearing bright or bold colors on them to make them stand out even though they're not that big/full!  Kisses!  :)

Here's a recent picture I love:

  Thanks for reading!  Please tell me why you love your body and your favorite things (as many as you'd like!) about it in the comments! I'd love to know because you're all beautiful people! :)  If you read this today, go post a blog about why you love your body and add it to Ashley's list on http://2eyesinthemirror.blogspot.com/.  Go read all the other awesome posts on this topic there too!  :)  


                                                                   ♥ Xoxo Gabriella


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Never too late...Outfits!

     If you read my last few depressing posts, you'll be happy to know that this one is on a much lighter, happier topic: fashion!  I finally got my laptop fixed (hope it doesn't break again or I'm going to flip out!) so now I can post all the things I've been meaning to since about August!   I wanted to share a few outfits I never got to post from the last few weeks of summer/summer type weather where I live.  It's never too late for fashion...right?  Whatever, I took the pictures and I'm posting them anyway, lol!  It's still hot or summery in some places anyway.

1.) Pink Maxi

This summer I was loving maxi dresses/skirts, they're so pretty, girly, and comfortable.  I'll still be wearing some in the fall, darker more fall-ish ones though. :)   

Dress: Sam's club (random, I know!), Shrug: Lane Bryant, Shoes: gold flip-flops from Old Navy (you can't really see them), Pink heart Earrings: Forever 21

2.) Flowers and Stripes!
I usually don't like horizontal stripes on me but I loved the mix of prints on this dress.  It's so different and fun! :)

Why is this picture so bright, you can't even see my necklace?? lol!

I love this flower necklace so much, it's in the next outfit too! :)



Dress: Forever 21, Pink flip-flops: Kohl's, Necklace: Flea market, Ring: Forever 21, Flower: Claire's, Charm Bracelet: gift, Belt: Torrid

3.) Printed Maxi


Dress: not sure (stole it from my mom...shh!), Shoes: Kohl's, Necklace: Flea market, Belt: Torrid, Headband with feathers: Forever 21

4.) Shakespeare Skirt
I call this skirt my "Shakespeare skirt" (haha!) because the only other time I've worn it was in high school when I had to bring in some type of costume to do a short skit from a Shakespeare play, I forget which one it was.  I just remember being terrified when it was my group's turn to go...I love Shakespeare but I have no desire at all to act in front of people, it's not for me! ;)

My face looks like it needs color here...

Skirt: not sure?, Tank top: Avenue, Necklace: Forever 21, Flip-flops: Old Navy

5.) Red, Green, & Chanel (sort of)

I don't think my lips are red enough! Haha, just kidding! It's Mac Ruby Woo lipstick, the perfect red in my opinion and one of my favorites!
I love this (fake) Chanel necklace I got in Italy this summer!
Top: Avenue (I think?), Jeans: Rocawear from Torrid, Wedges: Avenue, Neclace: flea market in Calabria, Italy

6.) Black & Sheer All Over
I bought this black sheer skirt and was having trouble figuring out how to wear it.  Obviously, it requires another skirt or something underneath (at least for me...lol).  So, I figured I'd put a fun printed one underneath so there wasn't so much black.  Maybe I'll wear it again in the fall with a darker skirt and tights...hmm?  My mom called this my goth outfit, lol!, no!!  I'm not sure if you can really see it, but I'm wearing a sheer black vest too, it has a floral pattern and I love it!   




Tank top: Lane Bryant?, Vest: Avenue, Floral patterned skirt: Forever 21, Sheer skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Avenue, Necklace & Earrings: Forever 21, Bracelet: Claire's 

7.) Black Lace Romper?
I wasn't sure if I should post this last outfit because I don't ever wear shorts, shorter skirts yes, but no shorts.  I hate they way they look on me and this romper is the closest thing to shorts you'll catch me wearing in public.  I love that it's lace and has a cute bow at the top (hard to see....) though, so what the hell!  ;)

Lace Bow!



I love this pretty pink watch my lovely cousin Sabrina and her family gave to me when I visited them in Italy this summer.  I don't usually wear watches too often either, but it's pink! :)
How adorable are these polka dot heels! Love them! 
Romper: Forever 21, Shrug: Fashion Bug,  Necklace: Forever 21, Watch: gift, Heels: Torrid,

     That's all for now!  Thanks so much for reading and especially thank you to the sweet people who commented on my last few posts, I love you guys!  Which outfit do you like best? Please follow my blog through Google Friend Connect (towards the top right) and "Like" my Facebook page for the blog too!  Feel free to comment below on anything you'd like and leave your blog link if you have one you'd like me to check out! :) 


                                                                      Xoxo Gabriella 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ciao Sweetheart: Over it?

Ciao everyone,

I love this song ( Over It by Anneliese Van der Pol) and this video is cute!  


     Remember the boy I wrote about in my last post....well, guess what? No, don't guess, it's not good: I was right, of course he likes some other girl. :(  Why do I always happen to be in this situation?!  I don't think it's ever been this bad either, I've been having this awful feeling in my chest for the past few days/weeks, I guess that's probably stress (anxiety attacks?), but this doesn't help.  I talked to him a little more on Facebook....which is rather unlike me.  If you told me a year or 2 ago,or even a couple months ago that'd I'd randomly talk to some boy I liked a few times, instead of doing nothing like I would have usually done, I'd think you were nuts!  Now that I think about it, OH MY GOD!, did I really just semi-throw myself at some sort of random guy on facebook? Seriously, who am I? Haha, Never again!  No one I know would believe me if I told them about all of this nonsense...it's that uncharacteristically odd for me. (I may have way overused the the Facebook feature that lets you hide posts from certain people lately...almost half the people I know...lol!)  Then again, some of them may have stalked my blog and read that post...but oh well.  I don't care anymore.  I've deleted most of what I posted directed to him anyway...I'm not even gonna tell you guys, sorry...it's embarrassing!  There were quotes (Shakespeare, etc) involved, songs, other random things I wrote, things written in Italian (there's not too many people I know on facebook that know Italian at all and we had Italian class together...how many other people could I have been talking to?)  Maybe I've lost my mind, or a few insecuritiess, whatever, I'm kind of glad I did it even though it didnt work out, I think?  When I tell you guys I'm shy (around boys in particular) I'm not kidding, so this was a major step/deal for me.  Though I didn't really think I'd be lucky enough for him to like me back, I couldnt help but wish and have a little hope that he would.  Stupid dreamer/romantic in me...I blame the many many Disney movies and romantic comedies I've watched!  Haha!  


     Sometimes something good does come out of unfortunate things though.  As I was liking cute songs and posts on this guy's Facebook, I came across an old friend (that makes me sound so old!), a girl I knew in elementary school.  We were really good friends from sometime in elementary school until about tenth grade.  She just happens to now be best friends with the boy I'm talking about (life is so damn funny!) and I thought for a little while they were dating but they're not, just good friends.  They're both great people.  Anyway, I had a nice/interesting conversation with this girl and it made me feel a little better.  That is until she told me he has a thing for some other girl, but that's not her fault, at least she was nice about it.  I wasn't shocked, kinda expected it, but it still crushed me.  She's a good friend so she wouldn't tell me who it is (I had to ask though, couldn't help it!)  Apparently it's possible to be jealous of a girl whose name I don't even know.  I'll just have to pretend it doesn't kill me until this awful feeling goes away, hopefully.  I wish him well though, he's still a sweet guy.

     I thought maybe I should unfriend him on Facebook...but I couldn't....it would seem mean and I cant do it...and truthfully I dont want to.  And of course lately he "liked" some of my posts, which I know is just him being nice or agreeing with whatever I said...but it makes me think about him and kills me all over again!  Uggh!, I don't want to forget about him, but why is he doing that if he knows I like him but he doesn't like me back...just to taunt me or be nice? Ha!  (He has to know, the amount of hints I threw at him is ridiculous....and even if he somehow missed them all, that friend of mine/his must have told him...I think?)  Time to stop!  It's not going to be easy, if I've had a crush on him for the past 2 years and a few months....how am i just supposed to just turn it off?  I have a tendency to get over things very slowly (totally liked the same boy from kindergarten through 6th grade! lol!).  Some habits don't die.  I guess it'd be easier of I totally ignored him and tried to stop thinking about him.  On the other hand, I don't really want to for obvious reasons.... Oh well, I'll just keep pretending to be over it until I am.  Ya, sure, that'll work, maybe?   

Music helps a little :)

"Someone Like You" by Adele 
This is one of the most beautiful/sad songs ever!

"That's What You Get" by Paramore
"I still try holding on to silly things, I never learn."
"That's what you get when you let your heart win!  I drowned out all my sense with the sound of it's beating."

"Beautiful" by Eminem (explicit) 
This doesn't have much to do with anything, I just love Eminem, always makes me feel better! :)

"Dear Agony" by Breaking Benjamin

"If I Can't Have You" by Kelly Clarkson
Somewhat more upbeat song than the others, lol!

"Dreaming with a Broken Heart" by John Mayer
Just because John Mayer's adorable and I love his dreamy voice :)

"The Breakdown" by Alexz Johnson
 

 "Fu** You/Gonna Get Over You" Sara Bareilles (explicit)

"Fairytale" by Sara Bareilles
"Go and tell your white knight that he's handsome in hindsight"

  Okay, I'm finally done talking about this now.  Thanks for reading/following! Comment below if you'd like.  :)  Also, my laptop (with all my pictures,etc. on it) is still! being fixed, so I'll go back to posting outfits and stuff when I get it back, hopefully tomorrow.  Love you guys!

                                              ♥  Xoxo, Gabriella                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                 





P.S. The "Ciao" in the title is meant to mean "goodbye" not hello.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I Tried (sort of): Life/Love Sucks, Need to get over it all!

   "Love hurts when you break up with someone. It hurts even more when someone breaks up with you. But love hurts the most when the person you love has no idea what so ever."

Ciao everyone, 

     So, computers and life hate me lately!  My laptop broke, I got it fixed and it was fine for a couple days, I posted my giveaway (go enter if you'd like a free digital scrapbook software), and then it broke again!  So now I'm stuck using my old computer from when I was like 12.  It freezes every five minutes, is so slow, and drives me nuts!  I still haven't posted the rest of my Italy vacation pictures because, of course, they're all on my laptop.  I will if it ever gets fixed though....better late than never, I suppose.  I also have a bunch of outfit pictures from late August through now, some of which are summery outfits that haven't been posted yet.  Should I post them?  Maybe, we'll see?  On top of my computer issues, college is driving me insane lately too!  There's just so much to do, read, write, study!  I usually only sleep on days when I don't have classes, so I'm so tired and miserable all the time.  All I ever have time to do is go to school, do homework, and go to work.  I can't seem to concentrate at all lately either, not in class, or on anything for too long.  It's probably because I'm so stressed out and for another reason, I'll tell you about in a second.

     Anyway, I wanted to write about something that's been bothering me lately.  I probably shouldn't because who knows who reads this thing... I usually don't talk about this type of thing at all in person or anywhere really (except in somewhat fictional stories I write...which no one sees...yet, thinking about posting some soon...) but what the hell!  So, there's this boy.  I met him in college during freshman year (We're juniors now).  He's sweet, intelligent, adorable, handsome, creative, etc.  He's a writer too, which I love.  I may have found his blog on his Facebook page and read some things he's written, which I thought were really impressive...shhh!  Anyway, we had a couple classes together and we spoke occasionally for in-class assignments or about homework or whatever.  I remember on the first day of classes, we talked about what high schools we went  to and stuff like that.  His dad was actually a science teacher at my high school.  We had both taken four years of the same language, Italian, in high school and were in the same Italian class, among some other classes in college.       

     So, if you haven't guessed, obviously I had/have a crush on said boy. (Am I too old for that term? What else do I call it? Like/Love?)  Because I'm me, I wasn't going to go out of my way to stalk this boy or anything.  I didn't even know what to say to him anyway.  (Have I mentioned I'm obnoxiously shy...well, I am.)  Even if I did say anything, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't like me back...I tend to have that problem with boys.  There's always going to be some thinner, more outgoing, girl isn't there?!  I remember one day as we were walking from one class in the morning to the next one, he kind of followed me and started talking to me about something....I can't remember what, probably one of our classes.  I just remember being so excited that he was talking to me, outside of class, that I couldn't breathe.  It gave me this little glimmer of hope that maybe he liked me too until, of course, my brain reminded me that he was just probably being nice...uggh, stupid brain!  

     After that year, I didn't really see him or talk to him much at all.  We have different majors, so we don't have that many classes in common.  I had kind of tried to forget about him until in October of sophomore year he friend requested me on Facebook.  I'm not going to lie to you guys,  I was thrilled!  This meant I had to have crossed his mind for a second, right?!  After my ridiculous heart was done flipping out, my brain again reminded me he was just probably being nice.  People friend request a million people on Facebook all the time...it doesn't usually mean that much, right?  I never said anything to him then, I guess I could have asked him how he was or about school or something...but at the time I guess I couldn't.  So, over the past year, I've occasionally read whatever he posts on facebook or listened to whatever songs he's posted, wishing I could find the courage to say something to him, anything.  Every time he would write something sweet or funny, I'd like him even more.  In the past few months, I've "liked" some of the songs he's posted and some of his status update things but I don't know if he noticed, or even remembers me.  A few days ago, I either lost my mind or finally found the courage to say something to him.  He wrote something about being miserable, which made me sad for him.  I was sitting there staring at my computer screen thinking about if I should say something and what to say for about half an hour before I just typed something and hit enter.  
Here's how that went: Boy: Miserable
                                        Me: Hi______, that's a shame...why so miserable? 
                                        Boy: lousy day  
                                        Me: aww, hopefully tomorrow is better :)
                                        Boy: I get to sleep all day so it probably will be
                                        Me: :) Having time to sleep is always good

     So, it didn't go exactly as I wished it would have, but I didn't really expect it to.  I couldn't think of what to say and probably sounded stupid; he probably thinks I'm nuts.  Whatever, it's not like he's just going to suddenly decide "Hey, I hardly know you, we haven't seen each other in forever, but I love you, let's go out!" lol, I wish!  I'm a little proud of myself for saying something though.  He has no idea how hard it was for me to say anything (terribly shy, especially with boys...ughh!).  Whatever, I'll have to get over it, I suppose.  I'm sure it's some skinny, gorgeous, smart girl that's keeping him up at night writing sweet stories and listening to love songs, not me.  I'll just have to go on pretending his name doesn't make my heart skip a beat, that I don't wish he'd talk to me, and that I don't want him.  All right, I'm officially done being insecure and pathetic now (at least for now...lol), I need to focus on school, I'm so much better at that.  I need to stop daydreaming...           

Songs I'm listening to/relating to right now so this post isn't just a bunch of ridiculous words:

Avril Lavigne: "Things I'll Never Say" 
Taylor Swift: "I'd Lie"
Alexz Johnson: "It Could Be You"
Michelle Branch: "Everywhere"
Kate Nash: "Nicest Thing"
Alexz Johnson: "I Just Wanted Your Love"

      Okay, so do I post this??  If I do, apparently I've lost it...Ciao!  Thanks for following, reading, etc...  Hope you're all doing better than me, haha!  Excuse my random pathetic rant.  
Any comments, suggestions, or advice are welcome...Love you all! :)

                                                                                                       Xoxo Gabriella