Beauty: spring favorites

Spring 14 beauty favorites

I admit it, I am no beauty guru but let’s face it: don’t we all care about prepping our skin and leave our house in the morning with a glowy face? Ok, perhaps this doesn’t count if you are 19 – in that case you may rock your smudged smokey eye from the previous night out, you in fact have a couple of years to not give a tiny donkey’s ass about your skin routine. Ha! If you are approaching the big three-o like me I am sure you are feeling me right now.

Having said written that, I do enjoy changing beauty products over season – I’ll go for a rather oily, rich moisturizer in winter while switching to a lighter, water-based face cream in the summer, or apply a BB cream/bronzer instead of foundation.

Here’s what I am totally digging lately (from far left):

1. LUSH Eau Roma Face Toner: my love for Lush products grows more and more ever since I tried their Ocean Sea Salt Scrub and this face toner is perfect to get your face refreshed and energised. It contains lavender and rose water so it smells SO good! It also lasts for quite a while as one or two sprays each morning will do. Price: starting at €6,50 depending on the size of the bottle.

2. KIKO Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter (100 Gold): being Italian I do have a slight obsession with Kiko – go figure! After what felt like a gazillion of tutorials on You Tube I have decided to give it a go and highlight/contour my face every now and then. This stick is really good for beginners like me and believe me, with its creamy and glowy texture you can’t do anything wrong really – blending works with the fingers as well. Price: €8,50.

3.  KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow (06 Golden Brown): lately I am very much into creamy eyeshadows – they’re fuss-free, easy to apply & blend and no need for retouching during the day. This shade literally goes with everything! Tip: use it as a base for a brown smokey eye or blend it with lighter shades of beige/nude. Price: €6,90.

4. ESSIE Nailpolish (Cocktail Bling): looks like it’s gonna be a very pastelly-blue summer and this shade looks amazing!! Price: depending on country, €7,95 in Germany.

5. Last but not least – DIOR Iconic Overcurl Mascara  (090 Black): THE mascara every beauty blogger is talking about unexpectedly reached my doorstep on my birthday. I mean, wowsa! Forget about the fact that it’s Dior, this mascara is magic – seriously the best one I have ever tried. It gives the lashes such a super long and curvy effect, they almost look fake – I. Kid. You. Not.
Price: €32,00 – hey, it’s Dior at the end of the day ;-)

What beauty products are you into this season?

xxx Greta

Beauty: fall favorites

beauty fall favorites - gretasdrawer.comWith the cold wheather approaching sooner than we’d expect – don’t know about you guys, I am already looking forward to the Xmas season! – next to keeping my body warm with a cuppa tea and layering, I like to step it up a notch when it comes to beauty and give (especially my) skin a little bit of extra care.  Although I own a share of trusted products that I use all year round non-stop, when in the mood I like to switch things up a bit and try new beauty products out.

Eventually, I’ve managed to come down to my top 5 favorites for this fall. You are looking at:

1. LUSH Ocean Salt Facial Scrub: highly recommended by a friend of mine who worked at Lush, this scrub seriously does wonders! It smells divine – if you close your eyes you can actually hear the sound of ocean waves, true story – and leaves my skin ultra smooth, soft and gets rid of the occasional red pores. I would recommend to use it once a week to see its magic come alive.

2. AVENE Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion: a very recent discovery while looking for a new make-up remover that wouldn’t cost a fortune. I already knew that their handcreme is amazing so I thought of giving this a shot. I am 100% satisfied with it. Apply in the evening and in the morning with cotton pads for no oily T-zone. Price: about €13.00

3. ESSIE Nailpolish in Decadent Dish: no need to explain why I love Essie nailpolishes so much ;-) This dark brown shade with bronze shimmer is perfect for fall!

4. CARMEX Lip Balm (Cherry):  my favorite lip balm of all time – more like addicted to it – and this cherry flavor gives it a nice kick. Price: €2.00

5. MAYBELLINE Dream Matte Mousse Foundation: when I recently found out that my beloved Clarins foundation is no longer E V E R available I thought the world would end. After a couple of weeks of soul searching and beauty tutorials on youtube I can finally say that I have found the perfect rebound. This foundation has the softest mousse consistency and great coverage – tip: apply with your fingers instead of using a brush/sponge for a more natural look – does not leave any stains and keeps the skin matte throughout the day so no need to powder your nose with powder. What makes this foundation even better than the one from Clarins? Its price: about €7.00, a fifth (!!) of Clarins’. #enoughsaid

What beauty products would you recommend this season? Share your tips by leaving a comment below.

xxx Greta

Trend: white nails

Essie Marshmallow -

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you should know that the beauty trend of the season was black & white nail polish – Mr. Lagerfeld definitely set the record straight at the Chanel SS13 fashion show. Being a fan of black nails all year ’round, I was at first rather skeptical when it came to white nail polish – it somehow reminded me too much of tippex. That is, until I saw this lovely shade from Essie today called “Marshmallow” – I just had to give it a shot, even for just the name’s sake!

I must admit I kinda love it. Clean, sexy and this is shade is far away from tippex. Plus, it looks fab with my engagement ring – then again, what doesn’t? :-P I gave it 3 coatings though to really make the color come out as it looked too see-through after 2 coatings.  To top it off I used Essence Express Dry Drops – highly recommended from a dear friend of mine – and wowsa, this baby does wonders! Just apply one or two drops max on your nails, give it just a couple of seconds and voila’ – my nails were dry. What’s even more astonishing? It costs €1,95 here in Germany – wunderschön!

What’s your say on white nails?

xxx Greta

A meno che viviate in una caverna, dovreste sapere che il trend in quanto a beauty della stagione e’ lo smalto bianco e nero – il Sig. Lagerfeld ha messo le cose in chiaro durante la sfilata di Chanel PE13. Essendo gia’ da tempo fan dello smalto nero, sono sempre stata alquanto scettica per quanto riguarda le unghie bianche – mi hanno sempre ricordato il bianchetto che si usava a scuola. Fin quando ho visto questo colore di Essie, “Marshmallow”- ho deciso di provarlo, anche solo per il nome!

Devo ammettere che mi piace parecchio. Semplice, sexy e questo colore non  ha nulla a che fare con il bianchetto. In piu’ sta mooolto bene con il mio anello di fidanzamento :-P Ho dato 3 passate per rendere il colore piu’ vivo dato che con 2 passate mi sembrava ancora troppo trasparente per i miei gusti. Per concludere ho usato Express Dry Drops di Essence – super consigliato da una mia cara amica – e mio Dio, fa miracoli! Basta applicarne una, massimo due gocce e nel giro di pochi secondi, voila’ – le mie unghie erano asciutte. La cosa che mi sconvolge ancora di piu’? Qui in Germania costa €1,95 – wunderschön!

Voi cosa ne pensate delle unghie bianche?

xxx Greta


My latest fashion & lifestyle fix from Instagram (@gretasdrawer). Here’s what you’re looking at – from top left:

1. Rocking my latest hair do: a cute, simple sided braid to avoid frizzy bangs with this heat – total life saver if you ask me – with my fav pastel necklace (also seen here)

2. Matching minty nails with a pink bow ring

3. Workout tune of the day – love them!

4. THE Jacket, from Zara (also seen here)

5. Impatiently waiting for my summer holidays (due next week, whoooop!), wearing my new Accessorize hat

6. Outfit of the day: maxi etnic skirt by Promod + gladiator sandals

7. A very hot summer day with my dear friend Bjurn

8. Best cheering-up tune of the week

9. Sipping Aperol Spritz by the lake

10. Outfit of the day: braided + ombre curls + House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst earrings (aren’t they amazing??)

11. Lounging with aperitivo – one of my fav things to do in summer

12. New in: Mango sleeveless shirt – bejewelled Peter Pan collar + black bow = perfection!

What about you, how was your week?

Have a lovely week-end!

xxx Greta

Come oramai di rito, eccovi il recap delle mie ultime foto su Instagram (@gretasdrawer), tutto a base di moda e relax! Dall’alto a sinistra:

1. Vi mostro come porto i capelli ultimamente: mossi con una treccia semplice davanti per evitare il look “frangia a cespuglio” considerando le temperature tropicali degli ultimi giorni – abbinati alla mia collana pastello preferita (vista anche qui)

2. Abbinamento: unghie color menta + anello a fiocco rosa

3. La mia colonna sonora attuale in palestra – adoro!!

4. LA Giacca (vista anche qui)

5. Aspettando impazientemente le mie vacanze (settimana prossima, yuhuuu!), indosso il mio nuovo cappello di Accessorize

6. Outfit del giorno: gonna maxi etnica di Promod + sandali in stile gladiatore

7. Una giornata fantastica ma super torrida con il mio caro amico Bjurn

8. Miglior canzone “tiramisù” del momento nella mia playlist

9. Puro relax con un Aperol Spritz in riva al lago

10. Outfit del giorno: capelli shatush intrecciati + orecchini Sunburst di House of Harlow 1960 (non sono stupendi??)

11. Sempre più relax con l’aperitivo lounge

12. Nuovo acquisto: camicetta smanicata di Mango – colletto alla Peter Pan con dettagli gioiello + fiocco nero = la perfezione!

Come avete passato questa settimana?

Vi auguro un buon week-end!

Xxx Greta

Photo Diary: Instagram

A fashion update from my Instagram account (@gretasdrawer – are you following already?). Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last couple of weeks – from top left:

1. Outfit of the day, part 1: stars top + pleated skirt – all Zara/ glasses – Versace

2. Outfit of the day, part 2: pleated skirt + studded loafers – all Zara

3. Hot pink nails

4. My very first bargain @ summer sale: asymmetric floral skirt – Zara (also seen here)

5. Butterfly obsession: close-up of my printed butterfly dress – Promod

6. Me & my man @ our friends’ wedding last week-end, outfit 1 (also seen here)

7. Me & my man @ our friends’ vintage wedding, as best man & bridesmaid (also seen here)

8. Outfit 2 @ vintage wedding as bridesmaid (also seen here): dress – Dahlia via ASOS/ necklace + heels – Zara/ bag: Mango

9. Outfit of the day: military meets gladiator

10. My very first Clinique products: anti-blemish moisturizer & eyes roll-on – I already can’t live without them!

11. Outfit of the day: keeping it minimal

12. Pink lips + ombre waves: hello, summer! lipstick – Sephora G04

Which one is your favorite pic?

xxx Greta

Un breve aggiornamento, tutto a base di moda, dal mio account Instagram (@ gretasdrawer per chi non mi stesse ancora seguendo). Eccovi le foto di queste ultime settimane – dall’alto a sinistra:

1. Outfit del giorno,1a parte: maglia stellata + gonna a pieghe – tutto Zara/ occhiali – Versace

2. Outfit del giorno, 2a parte: gonna a pieghe + pantofole borchiate – tutto Zara

3. Unghie super rosa

4. Il mio primo affare di questi saldi estivi: gonna a fiori asimmetrica – Zara (vista anche qui)

5. La mia ossessione per le farfalle continua: dettaglio del mio vestito farfalloso – Promod

6. Io e il mio uomo al matrimonio dei nostri amici lo scorso week-end, outfit 1 (visto anche qui)

7. Io e il mio uomo al matrimonio dei nostri amici, come testimone e damigella (visto anche qui)

8. Outfit 2 al matrimonio vintage di amici (visto anche qui): abito – Dahlia via ASOS/ collana + tacchi – Zara/ borsa: Mango

9. Outfit del giorno: militare + gladiatore

10. I miei primi prodotti Clinique: anti-blemish moisturizer & eyes roll-on – non riesco già a farne a meno!

11. Outfit del giorno: mood minimal

12. Labbra rosa + capelli shatush: buongiorno, estate! rossetto – Sephora G04

Qual è la vostra foto preferita?

xxx Greta


Looks like showing my Instagram pics to you has become regular on Cool.

Here’s what you’ve been missing in the past couple of weeks (from top left):

1. Ready, set..Swimming pool – Marc by Marc Jacobs tote/ German Vogue/ Seysol sunscreen/ Rayban Wayfarers

2. Finally rocking the Monki dress you’ve seen here

3. My new lover aka Zara heels

4. Letting the sunshine in

5. Outfit of the day – butterfly silk shirt/ dark denim/ red wedges – All Zara (not current collection)

6. Outfit of the day – rain go away!

7. New in: Promod statement necklace

8. Outfit of the day @ Madonna’s concert (MDNA tour) with @airaliworld

9. Bling on my nails & fingers

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @gretasdrawer.

Which one is your favorite pic?

Have a lovely week-end!

xxx Greta

Sembra proprio che mostrarvi le mie foto da Instagram sia diventato un appuntamento fisso su Fico.

Ecco cosa vi siete persi nell’ultimo paio di settimane (dall’alto a sinistra):

1. Pronti, partenza…Piscina – borsa in tessuto Marc by Marc Jacobs/ Vogue Germania/ crema solare Seysol/ occhiali Rayban Wayfarers

2. Finalmente ho indossato il vestito di Monki, visto QUI

3. Il mio nuovo amante aka tacco di Zara

4. Vitamina D vieni a me!

5. Outfit del giorno – Camicetta farfallosa di seta/ jeans scuri/ zeppe rosse – Tutto Zara (collezione non attuale)

6. Outfit del giorno – sparisci, pioggia!

7. Nuovo acquisto: collana Promod

8. Outfit del giorno – tappa Milanese del MDNA tour di Madonna con @airaliworld

9. Sbarluccichio sulle unghie e dita

Non dimenticatevi di seguirmi su Instagram @gretasdrawer.

Qual è la vostra foto preferita?

Buon week-end!

xxx Greta

Happy Feet on Instagram

For those who wondered – no worries, I’m still alive! Between bachelorette parties (not mine!), friends getting married and lots of work my beloved MacBook crashed which meant that my blog went to freeze-mode but here I am, ready to hit the reboot button again :)

I believe we’ll all established by now that I am uber-obsessed with Instagram (see here & here), so how could I not show you my latest pics?! And for the record: I am not a foot-fetish, I just happen to love showing you my happy feet. Oh and I went to see Death Cab for Cutie live last Monday, they are simply awesome, such an amazing gig!

Feel free to cast your vote on your favorite pic in this post by leaving a comment – always beyond appreciated.

Follow me on Instagram @gretasdrawer.

xxx Greta

Per chi se lo fosse chiesto – non preoccupatevi, sono ancora viva! Tra addii al nubilato (non il mio!), matrimoni di amici e un sacco di lavoro, il mio amato MacBook mi ha abbandonata per un po’ – il che mi ha costretta a mettere il mio blog in stand-by ma rieccomi qui, pronta al restart :)

Credo abbiate tutti/e capito che sono super ossessionata da Instagram (guardate qui & qui), quindi come potrei non mostrarvi le mie ultime foto pubblicate?! Per la cronaca: non ho un fetish per i piedi, semplicemente amo mostrarvi i miei piedini in allegria. Ah sono anche andata a vedere i Death Cab for Cutie live lo scorso Lunedì, sono troppo ganzi, e che concerto!

Vi invito a votare la vostra foto preferita di questo post, lasciando un commento – che è sempre più che aprezzato.

Seguitemi su Instagram @gretasdrawer

xxx Greta

Instagram love

Indulging in some serious springy nail polish.

First try in action: totally made my day.

Liberty bracelet by Cruciani.

House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Ring. My absolute favorite.

Vintage handbag @airaliworld

Bangs + waves + ombre hair + denim shirt (Mango) + pastel necklace (Zara)

Vintage find n.1 @Belgioioso

Vintage find n.2 @Belgioioso

So I bought an iPhone last week. Am I the only one who believes it actually changed my life? Literally.  The best and very first app I downloaded had to be Instagram – amazing how addictive a couple of old school looking frames and filters got me. It’s a very simple, yet adorable way to snap-shot whatever catches my eye and inspires me – fashion bloggers and photo lovers, you know what I am talking about ;-)

Above you see a few random shots of my first Instagrammed week.

If you’re also an Instagrammer, follow me @gretasdrawer.

Have a lovely start of the week!

Alla fine ho acquistato un iPhone settimana scorsa. Non sono l’unica a pensare che mi ha cambiato la vita, vero? Giuro. La prima e migliore app che ho scaricato non poteva non essere Instagram – incredibile quanto un paio di cornici e filtri old-school e mi diano dipendenza. È un modo molto semplice e adorabile di catturare tutto ciò che coglie la mia attenzione e che mi ispira – fashion blogger e amanti di fotografia, capitemi ;-)

Qui sopra vedete alcuni scatti della mia prima settimana Instagrammata.

Se anche voi siete degli Instagrammatori, seguitemi @gretasdrawer.

Vi auguro un buon inizio settimana!

xxx Greta

All that glitters

Nail polish. Probably one of the most self-explanatory products of the motto: “a girl can never have too many!” C’mon ladies, no need to be shy – how many do you have?

After browsing through my endless collection yesterday on that top-shelf in the bathroom (from Chanel to cheap-ass €1 nail polish), I got inspired on Pinterest and had a little experiment: nude + glitter.

Here’s what you need:

[KIKO nude 220 + KIKO fortifying fast dry base&top coat + ESSENCE colour & go gold glitter]

– Apply one or two coats of nude nail polish

– Keep it together with top coat

– Glitter-up the tip of your nails a la French mani

Give a sec to dry up and tadaaa:

Do try this at home :-)

On Pinterest? Follow me @ gretasdrawer!

Lo smalto per le unghie. Probabilmente uno dei prodotti che meglio spiegano il motto femminile “non se ne posseggono mai abbastanza!” Dai ragazze, non siate timide – quanti ne avete voi?

Ieri, dopo aver scrutato la mia collezione infinita di smalti su quella mensola in bagno (che spazia da Chanel allo smalto a €1), ho trovato ispirazione su Pinterest e mi sono cimentata in un esperimento: color carne + brillantini.

Ecco il procedimento:

– Applicate una o due mani di smalto color carne (io ho scelto il mio affidabilissimo KIKO)

– Rinforzate con la base trasparente (sempre di KIKO nel mio caso)

– Applicate lo smalto sbrillucicoso (qui dorato, di ESSENCE) solo sulla punta delle unghie, come se fosse una french.

Lasciate asciugare e tadaaaaa! :-) Decisamente da provare.

A proposito, siete su Pinterest? Seguitemi @ gretasdrawer

xxx Greta