Review: Soft Clean Powder – Arkana Skincare

One brand that I met at Cosmoprof was Arkana, a polish skincare brand that I have been enjoying a lot lately. The Soft Clean Powder from Arkana was my favorite product from this brand, because it’s a facial cleanser that is in powder texture, it’s so cool!

Check my full review on the Soft Clean Powder from Arkana, a skincare product I really liked, you can also watch a video where I show this and other products from this beauty brand.

 

•Soft Clean Powder from Arkana:

Arkana Soft Clean Powder Review

It became my favorite product from Arkana and it’s also the one from this brand I was the most excited to try and do I tell you, it actually lived up to the expectations.

It has the different kind of product feeling that I love, but I also really like the quality of this facial cleanser. When in contact with water, it gets a soft texture that cleans my face well. It’s just a cleanser, it won’t remove makeup, so don’t forget to remove your makeup before this step.

This product is recommended for sensitive and delicate skin, as well as irritated skin by chemical peel treatments or excessive sun exposure. It’s also hypoallergenic.

 

Arkana Soft Clean Powder Review

 

The Soft Clean Powder has many active ingredients such as amino-acid, aloe vera, Allantoin (hydrates, smoothes and removes dead cells), Salicylic Acid (clears and unclog pores, exfoliates dead cells and it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties), lemon extract (rich in natural vitamin C and with antioxidant qualities) and cornstarch (that absorbs the excess of sebum and mattifies the skin, being adequate also for oily skin).

It leaves my skin soft and smooth, I have oily skin and it doesn’t make my skin oily, but it also doesn’t dry it out, but I always apply a moisturizer day and night after washing my face so I can get it moistened and hydrated even after using products for oily skin (oily skin also needs hydration).

 

The coolest thing about this product is that it’s in powder! I always wanted to try a facial powder cleanser since I’ve heard about them a few years ago from asian brands, but I didn’t have my hand on any before the Soft Clean Powder from Arkana. Here’s how the texture looks like when dry:

Soft clean powder from Arkana

When you have wet hands and then get a bit of the powder on your hands, it transforms the powder texture into a foam/liquid kind of texture that’s easy to apply and very comfortable. It’s also a very no-mess kind of product.

You can see better this texture on my video review of the Arkana skincare products I had tried, the Soft Clean Powder is the first one I talk about on the video:

 

Another interesting fact about the Soft Clean Powder from Arkana is that since it’s in a powder texture, I love to take it when I’m traveling, because it’s much easier to carry than a liquid facial cleanser would be.


5 Summer outfits from Zanstyle and Stylebest

Looks de verão do Stylebest

Who’s up for some summer shopping? For those who follows my blog, you know that I am a big fan of online stores, that make our life easier and generally have so many options of models and sizes and they are open 24/7!

So, in partnership with the Stylebest site, I picked 5 summer looks from the site to inspire you. By the way, the Stylebest sales begins today and runs through Aug. 11 with discounts all over the website.

 

 

1. White lace top and skirt

Vestido branco Stylebest

image: White lace skirt and top

I LO-VE wearing white for the summer, in that gorgeous, light and fresh style! This skirt and white lace top set is a great summer look for an elegant and stylish look. And then you can also wear than separately, creating new looks and matching with other pieces of your wardrobe.

 

2. Blue summer dress with ruffles

Vestido de verão azul

image: Blue ruffles dress

This is THE Summer Dress! With neckline shoulder to shoulder, ruffles and in that lovely shade of blue, it’s that must-have piece for this summer.

 

3. T-shirt and destroyed jeans

Looks de verão Stylebest

imagem: Destroyed denim pants

The destroyed jeans pants are another big trend next summer and when you wear it with a simple T-shirt and a comfortable pair of shoes, it’s the perfect look for that look more casual and cool style.

 

4. Floral jumpsuit

5 Looks de verão

imagem: Floral jumpsuit

And let the summer prints come! I’m so fond of unique pieces like jumpsuits, it’s so practical and easy, for that day that you just need to add your accessories with the piece and you are ready to go out and enjoy the summer days.

 

5. Pink skirt and white shirt outfit

Looks de Verão: Saia com camisa

image: White shirt

We also need summer outfits for work, right? How about a beautiful white shirt and a lovely pink blush skirt? It looks so elegant, delicate and incredible gorgeous to rock the summer work days.

 

Stylebest is on sale and has several discount coupons: For purchases of $ 50, get $ 10 OFF, for purchases from $ 100, get $ 25 OFF and for purchases from $ 200 , Get $ 65 OFF.

There’s also a big sale for Zanstyle items! From Aug.14th to 21st, when you order more than U$ 50, you’ll save U$20 and for orders of more then U$ 100, you’ll save U$ 50 (limited only for Zanstyle items). Use the discount code: ‘ZANSTYLE’.

Stylebest summer sale

 

*  This post is sponsored by the Stylebest site, however opinions and choices expressed in this post are my real opinions.


Destroyed jeans outfit

And the destroyed jeans have not got me tired yet, I love to create a slightly tidier look with basic T-shirt, destroyed jeans and add more luxurious accessories, as this golden court shoes with jewelry. The combination takes the basics of this look and gives a more of a chic look.

Wooden earrings

Earrings: Monili di Legno | Bag: Arezzo | Destroyed pants: Animale

Photos: Fenton Savastano (photoarkive)

 

Destroyed jeans Manu Luize

• Get The Look:

 

Destroyed jeans outfit

Do you know when you start choosing the look by the shoes, does anyone else does it? I do this all the time. And when I bought this pair of shoes, even though it was all decorated pair, I had already imagined it with a look with destroyed jeans and a simple t-shirt, so the focus would be on this beautiful pair of shoes.

 

Jeans outfit

To complete this outfit, several accessories like this vintage necklace, the wooden earrings are from Monili di Legno (a brazilian brand that create accessories with wood) and colored bracelets to bring some color to my outfit.

 

Gold heels with jewelry

T-shirt and accessories

Gold heels

Photos: Fenton Savastano (photoarkive)


Nivea Creme Review

The Nivea Creme is one of those products that is very budget friendly and so useful to always have one around, famous for its tin packaging, it’s one of those products that I’m always using and repurchasing it, I use all year round, after all, it is a multipurpose product and a very versatile one.

Nivea Creme: Review

The Nivea Creme is a body and face cream that’s a more of concentrated moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types. But it’s not that kind of moisturizer you put on the whole body, I use on the parts where the skin is usually drier, like on the heels.

 

• Nivea Creme: Review and Some Tips

Nivea Creme Review

Nivea Creme is no less than 100 years old!

What the brand says:

Its formula contains high content of glycerin and Eucerit, a unique moisturizing natural ingredient for the skin. It has a high level of hydration and is not comedogenic, and can be used on all parts of the body and face by children and adults.

 

• How I use the Nivea Creme

The brand says that the product can be used on any part of the body or even the face (just be very carefully if you have oily skin, do not put it all across your face!), I’ll tell you a bit about how I use this product and its results.

I advise using it mainly on the drier regions of the body, as it is a more concentrated moisturizer, more like the texture of a butter and not as thin as a lotion.

Nivea Creme Review

Another use of this product that I began to make some time ago was to use it on the lips too, I bought here in Italy on a cold winter in which I had just arrived from Brazil and I had forgotten to bring a lip balm. With the cold, my lips were starting to get more dry, when I saw a tin of Nivea Cream on the market soon I thought: I think that’s gonna solve my problem! And I actually really liked the results that I apply it every night until today, regardless of the season, I take a little of the product to apply on my lips before bed or sometimes twice a day if my lips are too dry in the winter.

On that same winter also I decided to apply it in some points of my face, like in the tip of the nose that began to peel a little bit because of the cold weather and in a few days, it had already helped enough to make my skin hydrated and normal again. Just be very careful not to apply this cream everywhere in your face, do not exaggerate and do not apply where it’s not needed, to you can avoid some over hydration and not run the risk of appearing a pimple anywhere.

Creme Nivea, $ 7.70.

On the heels I apply this cream every single night, regardless of the season or if I already had a moisturizing lotion after having a shower, I still always apply this cream before bed every night. It helps to keep the heel moisturized and soft, of course if the skin is already too dry, it’s not going to make a miracle and solve the problem overnight, but with a continued use of the product, it makes your skin softer again. If that’s your situation, I recommend going for a feet scrub first and the use the Nivea Cream to keep it soft later.

* This product was bought by myself and here is my true and honest review.


Leather wallets review

This week I received some leather wallets from a brand called Kinzd to get acquainted with, they are colorful leather wallets that are compact pieces, which is great for who love to wear small bags, but also to who carries a thousand things and any free space is a bonus on your bag, right?

Leather Wallet from Kinzd

What I find most practical in small wallets is that, besides that they do not take up much space in your handbag, it is easy when changing the bag. When I’m with a large wallet, every time I decide to go out with a small purse, I have to change my wallet as well to fit in the small purse.

 

• Leather Wallets:

Leather Wallet from Kinzd

I have received two models of Kinzd leather wallets and a makeup bag to review, the brand was created in 2012, trying to bring us genuine leather wallets at affordable prices, with worldwide delivery.

I received this model of a small leather wallet and another colored one slightly larger, but also very compact. The workmanship is well made and the leather appeared to be of a good quality, it is a stiffer kind of leather.

Take a look on how this wallet is inside:

Blue leather wallet

It has enough space for cards, space for money and inside the zipper part, it also has divisions for cards. I had put some cards inside the zip that did not fit in the front part and also some coins.

This leather wallet is made with a system called Blocking RFID, which blocks wifi readers and protects the information of those who have contactless cards. These cards make payments without needing the password by just touching the payment reader, I’m not sure how popular they are in other parts of the world, but here in Italy there are some banks that have contactless cards and you can make small payments with them, just by getting your card closer to the machine.

I ran a test with this wallet and the material actually blocked access to the cards.

About the size: Italian ID is a little bigger than this wallet, so it was left with a few centimeters out of the wallet.

 

The other model I had received from their women’s leather wallet collection was this other one, a very colorful one:

Kinzd Wallets

This model is very compact one: it has a zipper to put your money and coins, or, the money can also be placed in the long spaces just above the cards’ space.

A very colorful leather wallet for those who like more cheerful and fun pieces, but still in an elegant way.

 

Kinzd Wallets

 

In addition to the spaces in the front, this wallet also has a zippered space in the back:

Kinzd Wallets

 

• Makeup bag:

Makeup bag from Kinzd

This makeup bag is made in another material, it is made in nylon. It’s a small makeup bag, but it can fit some more essential brushes and makeup, it’s small to carry in your handbag to make touch-ups on your makeup during the day or for taking it on weekend or short-duration trips.

It also has a small zipper inside, in which you can put small accessories.

Kinzd Makeup bag

* I had received the accessories from the brand, this review was written with my real and sincere opinions after using the products.


15 Places to Travel that are Just Unbelievable

For me, traveling is among the best things to do, so prepare your travel bucket list and take note of 15 amazing places to travel and activate your wanderlust.

Then, all you have to do is pick one to start.

15 Places to Travel that are Unbelievable

Of course the world has a lot more than just 15 amazing places to travel and visit around the world, just that this blog post is not enormous, let’s focus on 15 Places to Travel that are Unbelievable!

 

15 Places to Travel that are Just Unbelievable:

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

Places to Travel: Cinque Terre

image: CNTraveler

Known as one of the most famous and unbelievable beautiful place to travel in the world is Cinque Terre on the Italian coast. As the italian translation says they are “Five Lands”, that means they are five different villages that are named: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

A magical place to travel and visit in Italy, beautiful by day or by night.

Cinque Terre - Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo by Paul Hogie.

 

2. Santorini, Greece

Places to Travel: Santorini

image: Found the World

When you talk about Greece, often the first place that comes to mind is Santorini, with its white houses and blue waters. Santorini is a Greek island which lies in the southern Aegean Sea.

A paradisiac place to travel where you can find many amazing hotels with the famous infinity pools overlooking the sea.

 

3. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

image: CN Traveler

Cappadocia is one of the most touristic regions of Turkey, the region is famous for its geological formations resulting from volcanic phenomena and erosion, underground cities, churches and houses excavated on the rocks are a major tourist attraction of this unbelievable place to travel.

The balloon rides are super famous there, as you can seem on the last photo. Another “tourist attraction” is to see the sunrise overlooking Cappadocia or even the sunset if you are not willing to wake up so early, quite worth it if you ask me, I mean, how many chances will you have to see the sunrise in Cappadocia if you do not live there? Please take the opportunity.

 

4. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

 

The famous Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, this country has always been a place that fascinated me a lot! With all the “magic” and speculation on how the Egyptians would have built these huge pyramids, it surely comes on the list of 15 unbelievable places to travel!

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest and oldest of the three pyramids of the Giza complex, it was built around 2,580 BC, that is: more than 4,500 years ago. It is the oldest building among the 7 wonders of the ancient world and the only one remaining that is still very well maintained.

 

5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha: 15 Places to travel

photo: Leandro Macedo Gonçalves

A Brazilian paradise, Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago with 21 islands and it has incredible natural landscapes, its a place to travel famous for its marine life. By the way, one of the main tourist attractions are the dives.

The beautiful picture is in the Bay of Pigs, which is only 100 meters long.

 

6. Northern Lights, Tromsø, Norway.

Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway

photo: Ole C. Salomonsen arcticlightphoto.no

Not so much a place but a phenomenon: the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) which can be seen from Nordic countries like in Norway. And one of the main cities recommended for hunting the Northern Lights is Tromsø, which is why it made to the list of the 15 places to travel that are unbelievable! Can you imagine look to the sky and see these beautiful colors for real?

With lots of science, weather forecast and a lot of research, going after the Aurora Borealis may not be an easy task in the icy Nordic winter, but if you can see one, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.

15 Places to Travel: Northern Lights

photo: Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

 

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Summer Dress in Floral Print

Straight from Milan’s spring, a floral dress outfit on Via della Spiga, one of the streets that forms the famous Fashion Quadrangle (Quadrilatero della Moda) here in Milan, known for being a neighborhood of fashion and sophistication.

Manu Luize - Floral dress

Photos: Fenton Savastano (photoarkive)

 

I love a more delicate and feminine style, but to bring a trendy touch to my outfit and make it a little bit different, I decided to go for a metallic bag in rosé color.

Milan Blogger Manu Luize

An informal look, but cute and preppy. To make it comfy and pretty, I decided to go for ballerina flats, besides it’s super comfortable to walk around Milan.

 

The floral dress is very spring-like and fresh, after all, the weather here is more like summer than spring.

Manu Luize blogger

Photos: Fenton Savastano (photoarkive)

Manu Luize Floral dress

 

My accessories for this look with my floral dress were very minimalist and just a few pieces: just a pair of small ring earrings in rosé and a ring:

Manu Luize - floral dress

Manu Luize - Short dress

The baby pink bomber jacket completed my outfit, in a very thin fabric, just to give it a little more charm and for when it gets just a littler fresher late at night.

 

Manu Luize italian blogger


Esxence Milano and my TOP 5 Fragrances

A whole fair dedicated especially to the fragrances market, this is the Esxence Milano that took place here in Milan, also know as the fragrance week. A beauty fair with amazing scents from all over the world, where I met new brands and several irresistible fragrances.

Esxence is a perfumery fair dedicated to artistic perfumery and in this edition, it has brought perfumes from Italy and 16 other countries: France, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Morocco.

Esxence milano perfumes

Esxence Milano 2017

 

• Esxence Milano 2017:

Esxence Milano

209 brands participated in this edition of perfume week here in Milan, the theme of this edition was the Garden of Eden (Giardino dell’Eden in Italian), seeking to create a “magical” place between reality and imagination.

In addition to presenting various brands of perfumes, in this edition were 190 brands of fragrances and 19 of skincare and makeup, Esxence Milano also hold some events and conferences about the world of perfumes.

Esxence Milano is a fair dedicated to various audiences: professionals in the field, press and even the general public who is passionate about perfume.

With so many fragrances, choosing just 5 of them was not an easy task, but I chose the ones that personally pleased me the most with their mix of scents.

 

• TOP 5 Perfume at Esxence Milano:

• Les Amoureux de Peynet – Molinard:

Perfume Les Amoureux da Molinard

Do you know when it is “love at first sight,” I mean, at the first smell? This was one of my favorite perfumes at Esxence Milano. One of Molinard’s new launching, Les Amoureux perfume de Peynet is a fresh scent, with delicate spicy ginger notes. And it was created as an emotional tribute from the perfumer to the artist, the illustrator of Les Amoureux!

Top notes: Orange bergamot, tangerine, grapefruit, money

Middle notes: Petitgrain, Ginger, Nutmeg, Jasmine
Base notes: Woody, Vetiver, Amber, Musk

 

• Seduction 2 from AK Parfumerie France:

Seduction 2 - AK France

 

With such a pink packaging, AK Parfumerie’s Seduction 2 perfume is a sweet fragrance. In general, sweet perfumes are not my favorites, but this one brings a combination that pleased me, probably because it also has some citrus notes.

Top notes: tangerine, raspberry, orange blossom, cinnamon

Middle notes: sandalwood, cedar wood, pink, violet

Base notes: vanilla, biscuit, benjoin, white musk

 

• Jolie from Bahoma London:

Jolie - Bahoma London

With a woody floral fragrance, the Jolie Eau de Toilette from Bahoma London was one of the brand’s new launching for this year.

Top notes: bergamot, orange leaf and peach

Heart notes: peony, violet, magnolia, lily-of-the-valley, rose, jasmine and galbanum

Base notes: patchouli, sandalwood, cedar and white musk.

 

• Vanille-Benjoin from Affinesence Paris:

Perfume Vanille Benjoin da Affinessence

With a combination of two types of vanilla, the Affinityence Paris’s Eau de Parfum Vanille-Benjoin is part of a special collection created just with base notes.

With Tahitian Vanilla Absolute and Madagascan Vanilla Absolute, the fragrance gains a blend with Siamese Benzoin, a fragrance from Laos that has high balsamic value and notes of almonds.

 

• K2 from Bahoma London:

Bahoma London

Bahoma London has some feminine and other unisex fragrances, as its the case with K2. It is a fresh and very citrus Eau de Toilette.

Top notes: lemon, mandarin, cardamom and petitgrain;

Middle notes: neroli, mint and sage;

Base notes: benzoin, patchouli and musk.


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