Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had such a great day! Yes, he was born the day before Halloween. Can you believe it is already here?

Children love Halloween. They are going to be busy celebrating this holiday with many different activities, such as going door-to-door Trick or Treating, carving a pumpkin, visiting haunted houses, or attending costume parties. Tonight, Claudio is going to help us give out candy.

 

 

 

 

 

Growing up in Italy, Halloween was not a thing at that time. We only saw it on TV, when Dad and Grandpa watched American movies.

I can’t believe how fast time goes by. It seems like, just yesterday, we were busy celebrating the 4th of July, and here we are at the end of October already. Please, Time, don’t go so fast!

I know that Christmas is still a couple months away, but I’m happy to share that I have already started Christmas shopping. I have always disliked shopping in a crowded store. I always remind myself that planning accordingly during the holidays will keep the stress level low.

If you are taking your little ones out tonight, have fun. The time with your family is priceless. Stay Zen!

Best,

Nunzia

Let us be present!
As you all know, self-care is essential for our happiness. Eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, and meditating helps us stay centered, happy, and healthy. Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to stay away from our devices. When I’m not working on a writing project, I truly enjoy unplugging from technology.
Yes, I hear you. In our society, we can’t function without our computers/technology. I get that. However, let us make an effort during our off-time to enjoy some relaxation without having our eyes glued to a device and our brains somewhere else. It’s like staring at a yummy looking chocolate doughnut right after a workout. Even though it looks delicious, keep in mind it is also loaded with trans-fat, which is not that great for us. It takes hard work, daily, to resist the addiction (and it is an addiction) of checking our phones every five minutes, to get updates on the imaginary world of social media..
 Social media is a place where everyone is trying to make their life look so perfect. I will be discussing more on the pros and cons of technology and social media in my next article called “In the Moment.” I will keep you posted when my new piece goes live
 
The joy of organizing the closet
It is one of the best and most mindful activities. Everyone should do it every new season. Getting rid of old clothing in your closet must be one of the best feelings ever. Even if the item is not that old, or if you just have not worn it in a while, it needs to go. Remove it from your closet. The feeling is great. It is like letting go of old memories
My closet cleaning project is almost complete. I have been shopping for new dresses and casual jean skirts to wear with boots during the fall. I will be sharing a few links where you can update your closet without spending a fortune.
Hello, fall
What is it about fall that makes everyone happy? Maybe it is because the holiday season is not that far away.
This cozy season brings us so much fun and beautiful holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving in the US, and my husband Patrick’s birthday. Then, right after Thanksgiving, a new Holiday season begins. I love Laura Vitale’s Pumpkin Spice Latte during this time of year.
I have already started to decorating for Halloween. I know it is still a month away, but this cozy weather makes decorating easy. Just last week, I purchased this adorable scarecrow. When I brought it home, Claudio welcomed this cute little doll to our house with a bark and a gentle push to the floor.
I will be back for my next blog update soon. Until then, smile and stay Zen!
Best,
Nunzia

Hello and ciao, everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying these beautiful, sunny days of summer.
As I mentioned on my previous post, throughout this month, I will be sharing and reviewing my favorite “item of the week” with my followers.
For this week, I have chosen the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Urban Decay. Let’s give this product’s makers a high five!
Until recently, I had never even owned a setting spray. I’d seen them around, but I had never purchased one. As I was flipping through a fashion and beauty magazine at Barnes & Noble, I learned a few things on how to get makeup to last longer, and still look beautiful, all day long during these hot summers months.
This happens to all of us all the time: it’s the middle of the day, and you notice that your makeup already needs a touch-up. I found myself in that situation, and I figured I would give this product a try. The first time I applied it, I felt like I was at a spa! Immediately, my skin looked hydrated and smooth. I was glowing!
This product is suitable for all skin types. It is paraben free, and it is enriched with great ingredients that are beneficial for our skin. It helps prevent my makeup from fading away in the heat and humidity of our lovely summer season. My skin gets super dry in the T-Zone area, and this makeup setting spray helps reduce the flaky skin and those tiny dry lines.
Shortly after you spray,  you feel that beautiful mist touch your skin perfectly, without having the sensation that you are splashing water on your face.
To apply this makeup setting spray, hold the spray six to eight inches from your face. Spray by using an X and T-shaped motion. Let it sit for a minute, then use your hands to gently pat your cheeks, the area under your eyes, and your forehead.
I give this product 4.5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely buy this product again. The bottom line is this product works. Try it out!
Until my next review, stay fit, and don’t forget to smile. Don’t take life too seriously. xoxo

“The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Hey, hey – how are you?

As usual, I must ask: IS IT SPRING YET?! Sorry, but I’m just a total wimp when it comes to the cold. Give me a warm spring or summer day, and I will be happy!

Okay, let’s get down to business. This is the moment I have been waiting for! As I mentioned last week, I ordered my Fenty Beauty foundation. After wearing this product for a few days, I finally collected enough thoughts to share the results with you.

First, if you are shopping online, and you’re not sure which shade will match your skin tone, go to Sephora and have them apply some to your jawline. I also suggest going near a window to double check the shade in a well-lit area. You will need to do so with this foundation.

Flaky, dry skin is not flattering, nor is it a good base for foundation. Before applying this product, especially for those with dry skin, always be sure to prep. Use a primer and moisturizer. This product can be applied with a regular makeup brush or a beauty blender. Here are my favorite hydrating tools, as well as my the brushes that I use everyday, along with the primers and moisturizer.

As always,  when you are anxiously waiting for a package, it always seems to take forever for the mailman to deliver it. I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this product online. I’ve heard/read/seen all the hype about this foundation, but I have gone down this road before. Just recently, I was disappointed with Armani’s foundation.

My first impression of this foundation was that the coverage is medium to full, it feels very lightweight, thanks to its being water-based, and it doesn’t look “cakey” on my face. It doesn’t crease, it does not create wrinkles under my eyes or forehead, and it is easy to apply. It blends amazingly, is undetectable, and it will last most of the day on your face. That makes me happy.

You will notice a beautiful glow on your skin. You will feel like your skin is hydrated and breathing easily under the foundation. This product is definitely in my top five, which is impressive considering how new it is to the beauty industry.

What an unexpectedly great foundation! Kudos to Rihanna. Seriously, Rihanna has set the bar high for other companies. They all need to take notes and realize that a variety of colors really matters for us ladies.

In conclusion, I am truly in love with this product. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Rihanna. Clearly, she did her research and took her time formulating this amazing foundation. She also made it affordable for everyone. How wonderful is that?!

I’m wearing my new foundation on all these pictures!

If you purchased this product, feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment on my blog. Also, my new cross-body bag just came in today!  On the blog next week, I will be sharing a picture, and I will post a review about this gorgeous bag.

Until then, be happy and grateful each day to be alive on this beautiful earth. Have a great week!

XoXo

Nunzi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello hello, everyone!

Finally, we have some great weather! It feels great getting out and not wearing coats. Please, tell me, is it spring time yet?

Okay, here is the story: for the past few weeks, I have been thinking about purchasing a new foundation. Right now, I feel like my skin is screaming at me and begging me to change. Am I the only one on earth who has the urge to change makeup several times throughout the year?
Although I would rather not wear foundation all the time, I believe a look is not complete without the right foundation. This is not an easy decision, because it requires a lot of research.
We all know we shouldn’t judge people based on their looks, but I have a couple questions for my readers: do you feel more confident when you wear makeup, and do you suddenly get bored with your regular makeup? When you finally get to that point where you don’t even feel like applying it in the morning, well, it is time to change. Raise your hand if you feel like this happens to you.
As for me, and I will name just a few, I have tried endless foundations: Suzanne Somers, Giorgio Armani, Estée Lauder, and many other organic foundation
products.
Remember, before investing in a new foundation, make time to go online and do your research. It is worth your time. Trust me on this. Try to read as many reviews as possible. You are going to notice that people are brutally honest when they review a product, and that is perfectly okay with me.

Finally, today, after struggling back and forth, I made the final decision. I decided to say goodbye to my old foundation. I’m looking for a product that is a little more lightweight than my Suzanne Somers foundation, something that will stay on all day and will not create so many lines on my forehead. I’m also looking for a product that covers up my uneven discoloration, and will not let my freckles peek through.

When I found out Rihanna was coming out with an entire cosmetic line, I was absolutely thrilled. So, I decided to jump on the Fenty wagon and purchase my very own Fenty
Foundation. Buckle your seat belts and stay tuned for my review! It will be on the blog next week.

Take care, everyone! Stay Zen!

XoXo

Nunzia