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5VIE for the Milano Design Week 2019

One of the world’s capital of fashion and design, Milan is a city full of events and one of the important one for who loves or works with architecture and design is the Salone del Mobile and the Milano Design Week in Milan (also known as Fuorisalone), that will be taking place this April, between 09/04 and 14/04.

For the 2019 Milano Design Week, the 5VIE, an integrated design district here in Milan is preparing a lot of interesting exhibitions and events. I’ve been present on the press conference a couple of days ago and here are the main attractions of the 5VIE for this Milan Design Week.

 

• 5VIE for the Milano Design Week 2019:

Milano Design Week 2019

photo: Masterly: The Dutch in Milano | Dutch Pavilion

The 2019 edition of 5VIE is bringing art+design and it embraces experimentation more openly than ever to cultivate an even more international presence. This year’s goal is to consolidate their reputation as a cultural reference point, bringing together plurality of thought and international heterogeneity.

 

Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Labor, Manufacturing, Fashion and Design Policy, explains that “the presentations and installations proposed by 5VIE help implement the Administration’s mission to spread the vitality and creativity of Design Week to every part of the city. We believe that the Fuorisalone represents not only a great opportunity for operators in the design sphere to get together and compare notes, but for the city to offer the possibility of approaching beauty and craftsmanship through the new creative languages of design, which are often contiguous with the long artisanal traditions specific to the various quarters of Milan. An opportunity to explore the world of design, which draws strength from the collaborative efforts of the Municipality of Milan and the operators in the various districts, united by the desire to promote the city under the banner of creativity and innovation.”.

Every year, 5VIE dedicates the Milano Design Week to a great master and for 2019 their guest of honor  will be Ugo La Pietra, an artist who established his reputation back in the late ‘50s and whose production has since explored an incredible variety of creative techniques. His exhibition is entitled Design Territoriale, Genius Loci.

 

• List of Events and Exhibitions of the 5VIE Milano Design Week 2019:

Here’s a list of exhibitions, attractions and events that will take part on the 5VIE district during the Milano Design Week 2019 edition. The list is divided according to where it will be taking place:

 

  • SANT’AMBROGIO e dintorni

– CARLO MASSOUD – THE FISH AND THE CROWD (curated by Maria Cristina Didero
)
Address: Oratorio della Passione, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio

Milano Design Week 2019: 5vie

Arab Dolls at Carwan Gallery | photo: Carlo Massoud

The Fish and the Crowd is the first solo exhibition by the young Lebanese designer in Italy, and brings together a number of objects created since the designer started his studio in Beirut in 2013 until today, combined with a new production realized for the occasion.

Carlo Massoud is interested in translating the world surrounding him into every day and lively objects. For the 2019 edition of the Milan Design Week 2019, Carlo Massoud has reimagined the space of the Oratorio della Passione through a new collaboration with his sister Mary-Lynn with whom he has created a collaborative brand new project. In the space of this jewel church a number of objects play the role of an imaginary crowd, seated on benches. For The Fish and the Crowd Carlo and Mary-Lynn Massoud quote the classical icons of Christianity and its liturgies (the religion they also belong to) to involve the viewers in an intense and ironical reflection suspended between the physicality of the objects and the spiritual tension of the context.

 

–  ANTON ALVAREZ – L’ULTIMA CERA (curated by Nicolas Bellavance- Lecompte)
Address: Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Monache, via Lanzone 13

ANTON ALVAREZ for the Milano design week 2019

ANTON ALVAREZ | photo: Märta Thisner

The work of artist and designer Anton Alvarez is futuristic and primitive at the same time. With the exhibition L’Ultima Cera, Anton explores an ancient material in a new and innovative way: bronze. Commissioned by curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and produced by 5VIE in collaboration with the Fonderia Artistica Battaglia in Milan as part of their new program of commissions and residencies, Alvarez adapts his machine, called ‘Extruder’, to work with wax. The extruder is a large metal cylinder hung from the ceiling by chains, using an electric motor to exert more than 2,000 kilos of pressure on the wax, pushing it through different moulds and cut-outs into a pool of cold water, where the artist uses his hands to give the wax its final form. When the wax is set, all the pieces are cast in bronze, each one-of-a- kind. Alvarez produces twelve pieces, this being the first time that an artist has approached bronze with such a technique.

 

– FORO STUDIO – RUG-O-RAMA 

Address: International English Centre, Via Medici, 15

Foro Studio Alessandro Iovine Rugorama
FORO Studio + Alessandro Iovine present Rug-o-rama, a series of carpets in different materials intended as an homage to the city of Milan. With the ardor of a lover, the designers seek to capture the many identities of the metropolis, making its beauty their own, filtering it through the attentive eye of those whose work is dedicated to bringing the tangible closer to the intangible. The challenge is to transmit the power of a place to a furnishing element – a carpet in this case – where the physicality of the materials encounters the ephemeral nature of emotion and memory. The final product is therefore rooted in the territory, but at the same time free to tell multiple stories in multiple places. The concept involves the use of recycled materials from local industries and artisans in the furniture sector, with the aim of giving them new life, transforming them into unique objects. The carpets are hand-woven on a reticular support that ensures structural integrity. The exhibition will guide the viewer along a visionary and varied path in search of the right perspective from which to admire the many facets of Milan.

 

– DAVIDE GROPPI – SPAZIO ESPERIENZE

Address: Via Medici, 13
Light to see and feel people and space.
Light like a vision, but also like a feeling.
Light expressing mystery, deep reflection and seduction.

 

– LIZARD – ANA POPESCU

Address: Via Circo, 1
Lizard for Design Week 2019 presents a small selection of Ana Popescu’s acrylic paintings. Born in Romania, grew up in France and now lives in Vienna. Her work is a constant experiment trying to combine formal elements such as shape and color. She is mainly inspired by architecture – Bauhaus and socialist modernism. Each one of her projects tries to render simple scenes in something more complex.

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Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam Review

Arkana is a polish brand I’ve been really enjoying for skincare and I tried the Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam, so here’s my full review after trying this cleanser foam for a couple os months.

I must confess that the first time I saw this product almost a year ago on the Cosmoprof, I thought that “cannabis” was quite a new thing as an ingredient, then I’ve noticed over the last months a lot of brands launching products using it on their formulation, and it became a trend on skincare lately.

Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam

The Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam contains Hemp (a variety of the cannabis sativa plant) + Poppy oil. The cannabis sativa oil is antioxidant, a super moisturiser, it has calming properties, provides deep hydration and revitalisation for the skin. Therefore, it’s a great ingredient to be part of a skincare product.

So now back to the review of this cleanser foam that I’ve been really liking.

 

• Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam (200ml) Review:

Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam Review

I’m a big fan of foam products to use as a face cleanser, they are my favourite kind of product for washing my face morning and night. So I was happy to try this one.

I’ve been using the Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam over the last months both morning and night, so I could really try and put it to the test. This is a face and body foam, but I’ve been mainly using it on my face, since it is recommended for dysfunctional and irritated skin and face skin is always more sensible.

This product is really gentle and it didn’t cause any irritation on my skin (which is quite sensible) and I also felt it didn’t leave any weird sensation (like those products that make your skin dry and you can feel it after removing the product), it actually leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, even using it twice a day.

 

Arkana Cannabis clean foam

Since I love wearing makeup, my skincare routine is really important and the cleaning and washing steps are always very important for my routine. I usually use a makeup remover and then a facial cleanser to wash my face with, but the Arkana Cannabis Clean Foam claims to remove the makeup too, so, of course, I put it to the test!

And I was so surprised! I actually just decided to try it today, before writing the review (no idea why I haven’t tried it before this way🙈), and I was so surprised how well it removed my makeup: full face (foundation, highlighter, powder, eyeshadow and even my mascara). I washed my face with it, then I did a little test: with a cotton embedded with makeup remover, I checked how my skin was and the cotton went out clean! I can’t believe why I wasn’t just using it before.

Therefore, the final veridic is that I really like this foam cleanser by Arkana: it cleans well, removes makeup and doesn’t leave the skin dry.

 

• Ingredients list:

Arkana Cannabis Clean foam: ingredients

 

Want to know more about products from this brand? Check my other reviews on Arkana Skincare Products.

 

* The product on this review was given by the brand, but, as always, all opinions here are my own real and sincere opinions after trying the product.


10 Party Hairstyle ideas: Amazing hairs to copy!

Who doesn’t love a party? What about party hairstyle ideas to rock in your next special occasion?

I definitely love a good hairstyle, specially for when you want to change your look for a party, hairstyles are always a great idea! So here are 10 party hairstyles ideas to inspire you in getting the perfect hair for your next party! Be it an informal one or even for a more formal party like a wedding or a gala ball. Well, we all love a fancy party, right?

Party Hairstyle ideas

These elegant and chic hairstyle ideas were created in collaboration with Nature Spell, I tried two of their hair & body oils and felt in love with the shine they gave my hair! And when we are talking about party hairstyle ideas, nothing better than a gorgeous and shinning hair, right?

I mean, a healthy and shinning hair is for all year around, but we all want to look our best on a special occasion, right?

After trying the amazing 2 in 1 Natural Amazonian Sacha Inchi Oil by Nature Spell, which can be used for hair and body (and that’s so cool!), it left my hair so shinning and my skin super soft (and you can check its effects on my hair tutorial video bellow). Before this oil, I had never tried a hair and body oil and I think it is so interesting and practical, I mean only one product that can do good in your hair and body? It makes our routine so easier!

Nature Spell Uk oil review

The fragrance of this oil is HEAVEN, I love it! And you can get 10% OFF on the Nature Spell website with the code “10ML2018” and if you’re looking for a product to make your hair healthier and shiner, my personal recommendation is the 2 in 1 Natural Amazonian Sacha Inchi Oil.

 

• 10 Party Hairstyle ideas to copy now:

But going back to the hairstyle ideas, I created two different easy hairstyle ideas to inspire you in doing your hair for a special occasion in a very shinning and beautiful style, check the video tutorial bellow:

 

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Easy hairstyle ideas

Which one were your favorite hair style idea? The first or the second one?

Well, I also have 8 more hairstyle ideas for a party that you can find bellow.

 

If you’re up to a more elaborated hair idea, this one is perfect! This one is such a cute and sweet hairstyle for when you’re feeling more romantic! And the Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Cute Hairstyle ideas

Hair by V Hair Dresser

 

If you want a hairstyle idea that will keep all your hair together,  what about a long and full braid? I love wearing it on the side, it makes the look more elegant and lovely! To a very modern touch, just choose a loose braid, like this one:

Hairstyle ideas: long braid

 

Fashion styling tip: wearing your hair on one side is perfect for backless dresses and tops, it creates a very sexy and elegant look. ;)

Manu Luize: braid hairstyle

 

When talking about party hairstyle ideas, it’s impossible not to remember the classic up-do of all time: a bun! This is the perfect hair for outfits that have too many details on the top, like embroidery or when you want to wear long or big earrings, it keeps your hair out of your face creating a whole harmonic look.

Bun: hairstyle ideas

 

If you’re more into a beautiful hairstyle idea with loose hair, the classic curly and voluminous hair could be the perfect choice for your party! To have very shiny curls, don’t forget to add a few drops of the Nature Spell oil after your hair is curled, just like I did in my hair tutorial above.

It makes your hair super shiny and it also looses a bit your curls, so it helps them look more natural and modern.

Curly hair party

 

For a very modern and cool hair idea, a very loose braid is the choice, different of the braid in this blog post, in this one my hair is even looser, making it a very natural and cool hair idea, in a very effortless chic mood.

Braid hairstyle

 

If you want something more simple and easy to do, you can definitely do this hairstyle by yourself in a few minutes! Perfect for a night out or a special dinner, I just did two small braids, one in every side of my hair and left them loose. It gives a special effect of a different hairstyle, but it’s super easy and fast to do, perfect even for the busy days.

Hairstyle ideas with braids

 

Who said boxer braids can’t be classy? Wear them shiny and with your party dress, paired with beautiful accessories and you’re ready even for a party!

Boxer braid: hairstyle ideas

Hair by V Hair Dresser

 

Another classic that couldn’t be left out of my 10 hairstyle ideas is the fishtail braid! A more complex and chic way of braiding your hair that can be lovely for a party:

Party hairstyle ideas: braid

Hair by V Hair Dresser

Needless to say that for a perfect hairstyle for any party or for the daily life, you always need to take good care of your hair. And a shiny hair is synonym of a healthy hair and a great way to take care of it and to leave it moisturised is through hair oils. The 2 in 1 Natural Amazonian Sacha Inchi Oil by Nature Spell has been my hair oil choice over the last weeks since I first tried it.

The Sacha inchi present in this oil can eliminate unwanted dandruff while locking in moisture to prevent split ends in your hair, using it regularly can improve your hair healthy, moisture and shine, and you can notice how your hair is shinning from the first time you try it. I love using this oil when my hair is wet before drying it with a hair dryer, but I also use it on the hair ends after I finish drying my hair or when I use a curling wand.

Nature Spell oil review

You can get 10% OFF on the Nature Spell website with the code “10ML2018”.

You can get 10% OFF on the Nature Spell website with the code “10ML2018” to try (and love!) their amazing hair & body oils!

So what was your favorite hairstyle idea? 

 

* Sponsored post: This post was sponsored, as always, all reviews and opinions on this blog post are my sincere and real reviews after trying the products.


Esqido Gel Eyeliner Review

If there’s a makeup item that I love is a good eyeliner, I hardly ever leave the house without some eyeliner and today I’m reviewing the Esqido Gel Eyeliner.

Esqido gel eyeliner: Review

I”ve met the brand Esqido a while ago, I had reviewed a pair of false eyelashes from the brand a couple of months ago,  and then they launched a new product, a gel eyeliner that is available in two colours: black and brown. I’ve been trying it over the last weeks and I must start saying that I LOVED the black one!

But let’s get into the details:

 

• Esqido Gel Eyeliner Review:

Esqido gel eyeliner review

 

Both colours are in form of an eyeliner pencil and they are very pigmented on the skin and they both have a great duration on the skin. Even when I washed my hands, the lines stayed still strong on my skin.

They also apply very easily to the skin with a soft texture.

Esqido Gel Eyeliner: Black and Brown

 

The black eyeliner was my favorite between the two gel eyeliners from Esqido, it is very pigmented and the colour isn’t just strong by itself (like when I applied on my hand with no makeup under it), but it’s also very strong on the eyes applied with eyeshadows under it.

You can check on my photo and on its detail that the black eyeliner is very strong and it shows really well over the makeup, applying it only once is already sufficient for a dark and strong colour (I love it!):

Esqido black gel eyeliner review

This black liner had a great duration on my skin, staying on place and strong during the whole day.

 

Esqido gel eyeliner review

Now on to the Esqido brown eyeliner, it also shows a very strong color when applied directly to the skin but when I applied over the makeup, the color wasn’t as strong as it was directly on the skin. This is something that happens with most of my brown eyeliner pencils, so I decided to try to make it work and this is what I found:

If I apply this brown eyeliner pencil before starting the eye makeup, meaning before your eyeshadows, then I go with the shadows as usual even over the liner, and to finish I apply the brown eyeliner again. It’s been working much better than just doing the eye makeup and only after applying the liner, I found it looks stronger this way than if I just apply it later (even when I apply it more than one time after the eyeshadows).

 

Therefore, I’m loving the Esqido black gel eyeliner and I’m using a lot on daily and night makeups! And I also made the brown liner work, making it stronger than most liners I have tired before

 

• Ingredients of the Esqido Gel Eyeliners:

Esqido gel eyeliner ingredients

 

* The products on this review were sent to me by the brand, but all opinions here are my own real and sincere opinions after trying the products.


Sequin dress for the holidays

I love a sequin dress, specially when the Holidays are here and a sequin dress can be a must-have for this season! Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner and to celebrate the holidays’ season in style, nothing better than a stunning sequin dress, right?

So thinking about all the parties for this season, one of the dresses I’ve picked is this stunning champagne and rose gold sequin dress, it’s a short dress and I’m loving it:

Sequin dress by Goddiva

Dress: Goddiva | Jewellery: Les Georgettes by Altesse

 

This dress is in champagne and it has sequins in rose gold, if you’ve been following me here or on Instagram (if not, just click @manuluize and follow me ;) ), you already know I’m loving everything rose gold, so I just fell in love when I saw this gorgeous dress. And that is perfect for the parties!

Being a short dress, I find it so versatile that you can wear to many different kind of parties where you need a beautiful short dress and with one like this, you’re ready to shine.

Sequin dress - Manu Luize

 

Sequin dress - Manu Luize

This dress is from a limited collection designed by Stephanie Pratt for Goddiva, the celebrity got famous for The Hills on the American television and she has been collaborating with the brand and I’m really enjoying this collection that is full of sequin dresses and jumpsuits, aka, perfect for this season!

 

While I stopped to photograph my outfit, this cute dog at a friend’s house wanted to pose for the photos with me, isn’t she lovely?

Sequin dress holidays

 

And here are some details of my look, accessories also in rose gold to match my sequin dress and a party makeup with a red lipstick (that I love):

Party makeup with red lipstick

Dress: Goddiva | Ring and Bracelet: Les Georgettes by Altesse

 

I love brown eyeshadows for everything! For my daily makeup or in stronger shades for a party makeup, like I did in this look with a red lipstick (that I love for a glam-party look).

Sequin dress + party makeup and I’m ready for the Holidays! 😍


3 Outfits for the day (Eva Trends review)

Do you prefer a jeans and T-shirt kind of outfit or maybe a dress for the daily life? I like them both, but you all now I LOVE dresses! But the best thin is always being able to change our outfits and even a bit of its style.

So on today’s blog post I picked 3 different day outfits to inspire you on how to dress for the day to day errands or even on how to dress for work / university or a day out around the town.

Outfit Eva Trends review

Top: Eva Trends | Jeans: Animale | Shoes: Hidden Fashion | Sunglasses: Adore

All the outfits are from a website called Eva Trends, something very different from them is that all pieces are one size fits all. I was a bit “afraid” on how that would go, because I usually need to go for the smallest size, but for my surprise, everything went well and clothes were adjustable to my size. Use the code “ML10” for 10% of your shopping on their website. ;)

 

Jeans outfit for the fall

Top: Eva Trends | Jeans: Animale | Shoes: Hidden Fashion | Sunglasses: Adore

 

With a distressed pair of jeans and this cute white top, it’s a casual outfit, but with a touch of style:

Denim outfit with white and floral top

 

My second outfit is a blue dress with long sleeve that is so cute! And it’s also from the website with one size that fits all, and you can adjust to your size.

Blue dress outfit

Dress: Eva Trends | Sunglasses: Ray-ban | Shoes: Hidden Fashion

 

It’s such a cute dress to wear with heel highs or even with flat shoes, like cute flats or even with a pair of sneakers.

Blue dress outfit

 

And the last outfit is another dress, if you ever visited my blog, you probably already know that I love dresses. And this one is another one in a cute style with a floral print in green:

Manu Luize with green dress

Photo: @poetwho | Dress: Eva Trends

 

Green dress by Eva Trends

Photo: @poetwho

 

* This blog post is not sponsored, even though some of the clothes on this blog post were sent to me, as always, all opinions on the blog are always my own sincere opinions after trying any product.


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