Sorry not posting at all last year, due to the changes in my life it was really hard to make time for blogging. I still have a passion for Make-up and beauty as you will see in my instagram and facebook posts but last year I was focused on my new job and my health. This year won’t be any different but when I have something interesting to post about I will make sure to keep you updated.
Recently I have been lucky to go on a Mini-holiday to Italy mainly to 2 beautiful cities – Bologna and Firenze. I simply loved walking around, gazing at their beautiful piazzas and visiting some of their massive churches and interesting museums. Nonetheless they are also great for shopping. The best place for shopping out of the 2 cities has to be Bologna, not that Firenze lacks any shops, but in bologna it was much to find shops as they were all close to each other. Our hotel was close to the train station and about 15 mins walk to the main Piazza Maggiore, and as you walk on by, you find all the shops next to each other. M.A.C was next to Kiko, then Wjcon was just in front of these 2 it was really heaven. I feel a bit bad for my boyfriend that had to come with me in all of these shops hehe.
So here is a list of beauty brands you should check out when in Italy that might not be available in every country:
I cannot recall the first time I heard about this Italian brand, not sure if it was an Italian client that wanted to use her Kiko Mascara instead of what I had. Or my ex colleague that had been buying their when we lived in Italy because they were very affordable and very good. What I can say is that after 2 years of trying our their products, the rumours are true, they are simply amazing. Not to forget how affordable they are compared to other make-up brands.
In Malta we are not lucky enough to have their store yet, though after MAC opening it’s stores in Malta, I have a feeling that won’t be for too long. Yet you can still get your hands on them online should you wish, they do delivery to many countries but I am not sure if it is worldwide. However if you plan to visit Italy, check it out. You will find a store in every city in Italy and they have some pretty good discounts at the moment.
Is another popular brand in Italy and it is pretty similar to Kiko when it comes to quality, price and style. Being so similar I always tend to choose Kiko out of the two, but I do think that they have some good stuff. I’ve had some of their products, like their blusher and eye-shadow which are quite good and I still use them to this day. I am not to fond of their foundations but the compact ones are pretty decent. I haven’t had a good experience at their Malta store in Birkirkara so I wasn’t to excited to go to one in bologna, but I do think you should still visit their store and see what you like best.
This brand is totally new to me, but when I saw their lovely store in bologna I felt that I should check it out. The first thing that came to mind was “these products are so cheap”. I didn’t know what to buy, but then I thought to myself: What is my make-up collection lacking? and then it was pretty easy. So I bought a bunch of lip liners, their long lasting lip gloss and mascara. I have 2 lip liners that were about 1.50 each and the other approx 2.50, and I also got the mascara discounted for 4.50. They all seem to be of a very good quality and worth every penny. This brand is only available in Italy and even online delivery is only restricted to the Italian regions. I feel bad I didn’t buy more products from there 🙁 … oh well
I have encountered this perfumery in Mestre last year, they have a variety of perfumes, Make-up and beauty products from the high luxury like Gucci, prada, shisheido and to italian and international drugstore brands like Loreal, Pupa Milano and even Deborah. They also have their own Douglas perfumes, skin care and even make-up. Their Make-up is looks nice and are very reasonably priced, similar to most drugstore cosmetics. I got their ‘Favorite’ eye shadow palette, which is very similar to the Naked palette and some hand creams and shower gels at very good prices. Recently due to the January Sale they have good offers with cute packaging, ideal to give as gifts or to pamper yourself. Definitely a store worth visiting and it is a chain found only in Italy.
Bottega Verde has been a quite a synonymous brand that I have heard of but never really had the time or oportunity to get to know why, until I visited their store recently. They have a variety of skin and body products from shower gels, lotions and even make-up. Yet what I loved the most is their liquid soaps. I seriously haven’t smelled anything like their products anywhere else, and I have heard great remarks from my sister, so of course I had to get my hands on them. In Malta this brand is available, there is a shop in Hamrun and some pharmacies in Valletta. But being that it might not be available in every country, you should pay a visit when you’re in Italy.
Other Non Italian Brands:
At the OVS clothes store in Bologna, they had a beauty section which included Wet N Whild, Ardell Lashes and even the Real techniques brushes. Being that these brands are not available in Malta, it was nice to get the chance to try and see their products in real life.
There is also M.A.C which needs no introduction is probably available around the world, but if you don’t have it in your country you will find a store in Italy for sure.
Sephora is also found easily like M.A.C, they have some of my favorite brands like Benefit, Urban Decay and much more. I was really tempted to buy the new Gwen Stefani palette but let’s say I didn’t have the budget to splurge that much. Maybe another time 🙂
That concludes this post, I hope you enjoyed it and if you plan to visit Italy anytime soon make sure to visit these stores. All of which are good value for money and quite affordable. I do plan to do a post on all of the products I bought and give you my honest opinion as always.
Lots of love and a
Happy New Year