Monday, September 5, 2016

Top 5 Beauty Picks of the Week

Top 5 Beauty Picks of the week

Top 5 Beauty Picks of the week by greenvogueglam featuring yves saint laurent makeup

1. La Laque Couture - 47 Feuille D'Or 
Now if that name doesn't convince you to buy this little wunder nail polish, nothing will. I'm not one to swoon over a nail polish (call it La Laque if you will), but this little thing is seriously gorgeous. It has a very serious price but would make for an awesome birthday gift for a girlfriend.

2. Full Metal Shadow - 10 Wet Blue
I think ever since the little Kardashian brought us the miracles of the K-line, we are all seriously obsessed with little bottles of everything. This metal blue is perfection, super creamy, blends like there's no tomorrow, averages around 30€ but you get a good amount of product and is definitely a must for this fall/winter. For a brunette like myself, the color is very flattering.

3. Volupte Tint-In-Oil - 11 Love Me Nude
This is a lipgloss to all effects but there is something about the packaging, the scent, the way in which it's so rich yet totally not sticky, I'm hooked. If you're not one to use lipstick or such, you might want to try this luxe lipgloss.

4. Vernis a Levres Vinyl Cream - 407 Carmin Session
Has there ever been a more incredibly attractive little bottle? I look at this liquid lipstick and it looks like something a dominatrix would have in her latex purse and obsessively put on between spanking sessions. It is lusty, rich, very pigmented, long lasting, non-drying, marvellously varied and averagely priced. I already want 3.

5. Full Metal Shadow The Mats - 13 Velvet Beige
It's the matt eyeshadow we have all being waiting for. I've seen matt eyeshadows before but they always made me go "Nah". This product is the perfect mix of matt and fab and has all the great characteristics of Number 2 from my list with the added bonus that it's a limited time collection with only three colors. You have to hand it to them, they really know how to create frenzy. I've already bought this one and will be sharing some looks on Insta.

Kiss and Peace
Miss Sinister 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Brunchday - Gluten Free Soft Salty Cake

Here I am with this super simple, absolutely delicious vegetarian salty cake. It was part of our Sunday Brunchday and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I am not one to love savoury salty things in the morning and I notoriously present Mr. Mystery and/or my Brunchday guests with dessert and sweet things galore. 
This morning, I got up bright and early and bakes this simple soft vegetable cake. Throw in a lemon green tea and some fruit and this makes for a super healthy start to your day.
Here's the recipe!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: around 25 minutes (or until it gets a golden top crust)

3 medium sized eggs
300 g / 2 1/2 cup zucchini (sliced)
1 small red onion
120 g / 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
30 g / 1 oz rice flour
50 g / 1/3 cup whole almond meal flour
40 ml / a little over 1 oz extravirgin olive oil
90 ml / 3 oz soy milk/lactose-free milk
60 g / 2 oz almonds
50 g / 1/3 cup pecorino romano (if you can't get any, parmesan should be fine as well)
3 tsp baking powder
5 g butter (to grease the cake pan)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Wash the zucchini and slice it finely; then slice the red onion.

2. Mix the flours and the baking powder.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the salt and black pepper. Add in the milk, oil, the flours and continue to whisk until you have a grain-free batter.

4. Add the zucchini and red onion and stir the mix with a wooden spoon, folding the batter gently.

5. Butter the cake pan, put the batter in it and smooth the surface. Decorate the surface with the almonds and put the cake in the oven.

6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the surface is golden, at 200° C / 392° F

7. Take the cake out and wait for it to cool before serving.

Enjoy and do let me know if you liked it!

Kiss and Peace
Miss Sinister

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Fav Five is back - and so am I

1. Go-To Face Hero. This little guy has totally got my attention. 45 Australian $ which translate into about 35 € isn't really that much for 30 ml of product they say will last you for quite some time.
I quote:
"A terrifically powerful, fantastically lightweight face oil that deeply hydrates, soothes, revitalizes and completely protects the face against bad guys trying to make it unhappy. It's your daily skin booster and new best friend.

Featuring 10 potent, purposefully selected plant and nut oils, Face Hero boasts a bucket load of essential fatty acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory properties and write-home-about-it nourishment. It leaves zero residue and penetrates deeply and quickly to hydrate, revive, brighten and insure your face against fine lines, dark spots, dryness and ageing inflammation.
Face Hero is your all-in-one daily skin guardian, and quite frankly, just the hero we've been waiting for." 

2. This embroidered fall coat from Zara. I've been steadily but surely falling into the embroidered trend and since I'm considering investing some of my career girl money into a new coat this fall, this number from Zara seems to fit the bill. 129.90€

3. The key to my(bag's) heart. I've fallen head over designer heels with this Italian brand with such a quirky name: Pomikaki. They are made in Italy, cruelty free and very chicly faux, really creative and moderately priced. Mind you, you're still paying in the hundreds of euros, but it's for a product you'll love to wear, envied for wearing and thanked by animals. A win-win situation indeed.

4. The perfect fall slippers. While now I'm writhing in pain because of this scorching Italian heat (well, it's actually raining right now, but I was writhing about an hour ago), I am already dreaming about the crisp October air when I'll be back in my lace-ups and cachemire whatnots. I saw an ad on Bloglovin' for these awesome little innovative slippers and my millennial heart couldn't bear it. They are not at the top of my August birthday wishlist.

5. The Dove that could. I'm the worst of judges when it comes to mainstream, drugstore products, opting out of them entirely due to a decade long obsession with reading the ingredients list. But my mom isn't. So after an afternoon baking in the Italian sun, me with my SPF 50, her with none, she pulled out the new Dove DermaSpa uplifted+ body lotion and I'm in love. I've not dared look at the ingredients but I can vouch for the fact that it does indeed smooth, hydrate and overall firm the skin, all for under 5€ and with an awesome smell.

Hope you enjoy my Fav Five!

Kiss and Peace
Miss Sinister

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Growing up wildebeest

Mornings in any big city is like witnessing the great yearly migration from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti. I'll never forget my first time in the Serengeti, just as the liquad mass of wildebeest had arrived, flowing into that immense flatland like a river in its bed. Strangely, I felt an almost surreal connection with that four-legged, foul smelling, constant frolicking crowd. They reminded me of everything I'd ever loved about growing up in a city. Yes, it's a bit smelly and yes, you tend to step on each other. Yes, sometimes, some people just need a good head butt, and yes, usually you wish people could just follow the damn flow and stop grazing around, but it's that intoxicating feeling of oneness and total freedom at the same time that you never get anywhere else. 
I've sung enough songs for how highly I thought of city life, but it never fails to dawn on me like a whole new emotion when I get back in a city after a while.

Kiss and Peace
Miss Wildebeest 

Monday, June 27, 2016

What traveling by air is really like

Traveling is not for the faint hearted. While I can still distantly remember a time when heading to an airport was fun and light and usually accompanied by complimentary candy from my mom, my travels nowadays are a neat bundle of nerve-wrecking hopes and expectations. You hope your luggage will not be too heavy, too plump, too round or square, liquidy or whatnot. You hope the nice person at the metal detector won't choose you, out of all those currently on their merry way to their designated gate, to take your shoes off or to be man/womanhandled because you left a freakin' penny in your back pocket.
You expect your plane to leave on time, arrive on time, not have annoying/ill-smelling/disrespectful individuals sit next to you. You expect some sort of passenger drama because it's 2016 and people still don't turn their phones off or fasten their seatbelts. 
Shall I mention the number one passenger drama I've, and I'm sure you have too, experienced on EVERY single flight in Europe? As soon as the plane touches the tarmac, giddy Europeans spring up, frantically opening overhead compartments, searching for stuffed hand luggage twice as big as what they should be carrying, only to be left standing there like hurried idiots for an extra 15 minutes, some vacantly complaining as to why the damn door doesn't open while this silly airplane is still moving. Silly plane.
I've come to loathe traveling by plane. It now takes too long, I get checked way more than I feel comfortable to, the people have remained or even descended into a state of complete inadequacy and unawareness.
Traveling by plane from and in Europe doesn't involve having an experience. It's like catching the bus on Friday afternoon. You are not expecting warm nuts and plushy seats, it's cramped and unfortunate and you usually just want it to be over.

I've just landed. People are clapping. The guy driving the plane did his job. He deserves an encore request. Geez'

Kiss and Peace
Sarcastic Miss Sinister

Running in molasses

I feel stuck in an oven. I feel like a butter cookie glistening in the dim light of my double sized oven. It's summer in the city and there is nothing I can do about it. No face mist (too bad Kiehl's, you've served me good in the past), no water-f***ing-proof mascara (YSL&Revlon, I heart you, but this is an epic fail for you), no fancy organic cotton, goop-approved T-shirt will avoid me assiduous perspiration. I am broken. Moving around this mighty city feels like walking through the molasses that one of my favorite writers of all time talked about. If I knew not, I would say I'm in Harper Lee's Alabama world. 
My hair is limp and has decided to be shapeless, and no matter what styling tip I search for on Bloglovin, there will be no solution. 
I wonder why bloggers in general never talk about the real real of running around in a city. You get sweaty, your pores dilate, your hair gets twice as dirty as it would normally and it usually ends up in a tight bun to keep it off your shoulders and stop heating you further. There is no wavy curls casually flowing, no full makeup, no rows of accessories neatly stacked on your goddessesque body. I can barely stand clothes in this heat. If social norms were a tad bit more progressive, we would all berunning around in nothing but our birthday suiys, hopping like happy bunnies.
After realizing I would be aline for dinner, I've now treated myself to two desserts and a glass of Cabernet. Pure happiness. If the wine would have been a bit warmer and the wifi would have worked, it would have undoubtedly been #perfection.

Kiss and Peace
Miss self-contempt Sinister

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I've hopped on the summer mascara trends bandwagon - YSL Mascara Vinyl Couture Review

After reading about it in every June issue of virtually every magazine, I went into Sephora practically demanding one of these. The new YSL Mascara Vinyl Couture promised longer, fuller lashes with added bonus of a lacquered effect.
I tried on the basic black which looked awesome but when I got my hands on this cobalt blue shade, which befittingly is called "I'm the trouble", I knew it was ti be mine.
I paid around 35€ cause I had a coupon, but the price is somewhere around there.
It says it's waterproof, or at least I remember the Sephora shopping assistant saying as much, but as I suspected, considering my long standing financial bond with YSL mascaras, it's not. So all you ready to put it on for summer and/or the beach, be warned!
It does indeed look incredible and gives a decent amount of volume.
In daylight, it will make people stare, that's just how gorgeous it looks, in the evening or indoors, people next to you will notice it, maybe even the odd waitress/fellow beauty blogger!
If you're ready to jump on the colored mascaras bandwagon this summer, I would definitely recommend this to you!

Kiss and Peace
Miss Sinister