Random Photo: Hanging Panettone

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Panettone is an Italian Christmas bread.  It’s like a fruit cake but with more sponge and more fluff. While exploring the streets of Italy in December, we always saw different bakeshops showing off their best versions of this bread. In this particular cafe called Pasticceria S. Gregorio in Milan, where I also had the best carbonara ever, their panettones were made or baked while hanging.

I tried Googling about it and apparently, it’s a technique of baking it. While I didn’t have the chance to taste their panettone, which I’m sure would also be divine, it was quite a nice and very unique experience having to dine with bread hanging all over the ceiling.

Very cute and quaint indeed. And very #Eurogoals. Haha.

-CHRYZTYNERS-

Beauty Friday: 5 Things to Love About Cushion Foundations

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I know this trend of cushion foundations had been going on since last year.  It’s like almost all brands jumped into the craze, more particularly the Korean and Japanese makeup brands.  But you know what? I can’t really blame them because there is so much to love about “cushion” foundations.

I’m actually on my second refill and I’m using this CC Cushion Intense Cover in Natural Beige from The Face Shop.

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So, if in case you are new to this trend, here are about five (5) things to know (and love!) about cushion foundations:

(1) Moisture

It’s all about getting all that wonderful skin care ingredients from a BB cream or a CC cream, plus an extra boost of moisture. If you have or experience dry skin, this is your new BFF. For me, it’s been great in battling dry skin in this cool weather we are having right now in the PH.

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(2) Application technique

Cushion foundations have a sponge that come with the packaging.  It’s usually extra soft and perfect for dabbing/patting the product into the skin.  I emphasize on the “dabbing” or “patting” technique, though.  Just pat the product in every corner of your face, and leave to dry.

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Florence is My Favorite

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Happy Saturday, folks! How are you today?

Today, I wanted to go back to my favorite place in Italy — Florence or in Italian, Firenze!

There is so much to see here, so many to eat, and so many things to experience.  I guess the reason why I dubbed it as my favorite was because of the laidback, easy and kind atmosphere – not only of the place, but also of the people. In fact, in all of our Airbnbs, it was in Florence where we experienced that warm Italian family nature. We booked a place somewhere in the residential suburbs and were welcomed home by Pier Luigi and his wife.  It was like coming home to your grandparents’ house and apart from providing us a cozy bedroom to sleep in, they also kinda took care of us like family. Although we kinda got lost finding their home and can’t seem to get which bus number to ride on, it was still a blissful experience.

Florence is also home to many of Italy’s most famous artists and where you can find the biggest art museum called the Uffizi Gallery. Aside from that, there are also many other museums all over Florence, so it you’re a student of art, or just fancy seeing and appreciating art, getting a museum pass would be worth it.  I guess because of the beautiful landscape and scenery, it became the breeding ground of inspiration and creativity.  Florence flourished like an “artists’ town” during Europe’s Renaissance Period, which was why most of the architecture are from that period.  And which is probably why I love it, because I’d like to think of myself as an artist, too. Like you know, I kinda get the vibe. Haha!

So anyway, here are some of the pictures I took during our free tour and our stay in Florence. Too bad we didn’t have enough time for Sienna, I heard it’s also nice. But at least, we have something to visit again next time.

Enjoy!

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We started the free walking tour in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. They always have this daily, and they have morning and afternoon tours.

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A peek of the Florence cathedral

 

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Firenze is also home to Italian leather goods
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in one of the Piazzas

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#MACLipsLipsLips in SM Aura Premier

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How to get Ms. France’s lipstick

Hmm…a MAC makeup tutorial happening inside a mall, but no one watching or listening!!?

How can that be? 

Funny how Filipinos only notice when somebody else is noticing? Like I began taking photos with my mobile phone and then, instantly, the girls are flocking in. MAC shouls definitely pay me for marketing! Haha!

So back to the tutorial, I was actually interested because the MAC artist was teaching about how to get Ms.France’s makeup look. You remember Ms. France, the new Ms.Universe? I learned that she was wearing a MAC Cosmo. Oh, how I love that shade!

After the tutorial, the MAC artists began inviting everyone to  checkout the many lipstick shades of MAC. 

All the MAC nudes

But since I am on a shopping ban right now, I just played with their lipsticks..more particularly the nude shades. 


I think this MAC event has been going on around the malls since last year. It’s about reintroducing all of MAC’s cult favorite shades of lipsticks. It’s fun to checkout too, so if you’re up for it, go!

-CHRYZTYNERS-