On being grateful.

Thanksgiving is that one American holiday that I wish was celebrated all over the world, probably because it's not strictly linked to a specific religion or culture. I have been thinking of writing about the topic of gratitude and giving thanks for sometime now, so what better moment than to do it on Thanksgiving day?

I have never been a positive person by nature - I have always looked at the negative side of things rather than looking at the good one first. My mind has worked like this forever. Now that it's almost over, I can easily say that 2014 has been the first tough year in my life and somehow all the difficult times I have gone through have started changing the way I see life. Slowly but surely.

I have learnt so much this year - maybe it's true what they say, that you only learn some things the hard way. I felt alone because I wasn't living with my family, I felt ugly because my acne had never been so bad and the only thing I was allowed to do was studying - no distractions allowed.

It was easy to get stuck in a negative thinking rut, and for some time I did. I constantly thought about all the things I didn't have -a boyfriend, perfect skin, free time-, and thought things couldn't get worse. WHAT?! How did I even get to that conclusion? Don't ask me. I was acting so silly. You know why?

I wasn't taking the time to think about all the things I did have. Yes, I was single. Yes, my skin was definitely not great, and yes, I had to spend 80% of my hours on textbooks. But what about all the millions of other things I didn't earn, but was gifted nonetheless? Tea. Your favourite food. A sunset. Your family. A pair of earrings. Health. A nice movie. Your favourite lipstick. A friend to talk to. Even having the possibility to attend University, despite how tedious it may be at times. If you wrote all the things you have on the side of a piece of paper and the things you don't have on the other, you would be amazed by the result. And you would feel a bit silly, too. I actually did this, with actual pen and paper, because I like making lists and writing things down; and I suggest you do it too.

Maybe it may seem unnecessary to some people, but something I find really helpful to keep me aware of all the positivity my life is filled with I keep a little book, which I call my Gratitude Journal, that I write every night right before I go to bed. I use a day-per-page Moleskine in which I write at least 5 things I am grateful for that day: yesterday I wrote "It was sunny today; I bought a book I had been wanting for ages; I am in peace". It doesn't have to be something extraordinary. Not every day something amazing happens, but that's ok. What's amazing, on the other hand, is the feeling I get when I read the pages I wrote on my journal – I highly recommend this way of keeping track of the positive things that happen in your life.

I will round up this post now by telling you what I try and remind myself every morning when I wake up:

You have so much. Everything will come to you at the right time. Be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Avène Micellar Lotion - Better Than Bioderma?

 Avene Micellar Lotion Review

As much as I love and use Bioderma H2O every single day, I'm always looking for a dupe - not because I'm getting bored of it, but because I want to find something that works even better. You know by now that my love for Avène products is big, so when I saw they had a micellar lotion I had to test it out! 

The Avène Micellar Lotion is a clear liquid make-up remover, and just like Bioderma it looks and feels just like fresh water. It has the typical fresh Avène water scent which I really enjoy - it makes me feel cleaner, is that even possible?
I generally like to remove the bulk of my make-up using the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and and then do a second cleanse using a micellar water, but I have tested the Avène micellar water alone as well. It takes off face make-up very well: generally my skin is perfectly clean using one cotton round for each side of my face. However, I find it not as efficient as Bioderma in removing eye make-up. It does a great job for sure, but a few times I woke up the next day with slight mascara residue under my lower lashline. 

As like every Avène product I have tried so far, it's extremely gentle on the skin: it doesn't burn or leave my skin feel tight, even around the eye area, nor does it leave any kind of residue behind. It's so refreshing and uplifting that sometimes I even use it during the day when I feel my skin getting a bit oily and gross. I love it! 

Is it any better than Bioderma? I think there's not much difference between Bioderma and the Avène Micellar Lotion. Both are targeted towards sensitive skin-types and would be perfect for acne-prone skin. They even are in the same price range (they cost about 12 euros) and I really enjoy both of them, so I guess I'll just have them on rotation :)   

Have you tried the Avène Micellar Lotion? What's the best Bioderma dupe in your opinion?


Things I'm Loving At The Moment

Le Petit Faon - Things I'm Loving At The Moment

I moved back to Rome a month and a half ago and I already managed to make four trips to Tiger. If you're not already familiar with it, I would define it as IKEA without the furniture! It sells tons of different gadgets and little trinkets for the house. I especially love its stationery section: they always have some kind of cute washi tape and it's usually €1 for two! Last time I went, I picked up some colourful jumbo markers and a set of alphabets stamps that I will use to decorate my Filofax.

Le Petit Faon - Things I'm Loving At The Moment

Now that the weather is getting colder, I enjoy drinking tea even more. It's honestly one of my favourite things ever, so when I found a little shop selling Kusmi brand I decided to treat myself and get a tin of the Almond Green tea. I absolutely adore it! It has a very powerful almond scent, but  tastes quite delicate and doesn't taste like straight up grass like normal green tea! It's definitely more expensive than regular tea, but it's so worth it in my opinion. 

Le Petit Faon - Things I'm Loving At The Moment

I finally saw Keira Knightley's latest movie last week as it's just came out in Italy and I have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop ever since. I really enjoyed the movie, but I think the songs are just so good! Keira did such a great job with her singing, and I much prefer Adam Levine's style in this film than in his Maroon5 songs. No One Else Like You and Coming Up Roses are two of my favourites from the Begin Again soundtrack (you can click here to listen to the full version!)  

 Le Petit Faon - Things I'm Loving At The Moment

Since there's not a single day where I don't check Gh0stparties for a new post, I thought I'd mention it in this post! I'm sure you all know about it because it's honestly the best beauty blog ever. It's run by the amazing Kate which manages to take the most Pinterest-worthy photos ever, write lengthy and helpful posts and run another amazing blog, Nouvelle Daily. Go check her blogs out if you haven't already!

What have you been obsessing over lately? :)


L'Occitane Lavande de Haute Provence

L'Occitane Lavande de Haute Provence | Le Petit Faon

If you know me at all, you will know that I always worry about, more or less, anything; and lavender has been known to have relaxing effects for literally thousands of years. It was about time I tested some of the L'Occitane Lavande de Haute Provence products!

The one I was most excited about is the L'Occitane Lavender Organic Roll-on. I have had some trouble falling asleep for a few months now and I wanted something to ease the process, so I thought this could be help on that front. Thankfully, it does: I rest my hands near my head when I lay down, and I find myself focusing on the beautiful lavender scent rather than thinking on things I have to do the next day, or things I should have done that day, and so on... 

When I really want to go all the way, I even spritz my pillow using the Lavender Relaxing Pillow Mist and apply some Lavender Hand Cream. I had never tried any of L'Occitane hand creams and they probably are the best I have ever tried. They dry so quickly yet nourish my skin and nails like nothing else... And the scent, which is slightly sweeter than the roll-on's, is just amazing. 

I find that using these three products after having a nice shower right before going to bed helps me so much to destress and have a good night of sleep! What are your favourite relaxing products? 


Beauty Products I'm Loving At The Moment

Favourite Beauty Products

I never seem to have enough favourites for a monthly post, let alone for a weekly one, but surprisingly enough I have quite a few beauty obsessions at the moment. 

My two go-to lip products of the moments are both rediscoveries. I bought both KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo in #804 and the NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in 'Beige' last Summer, wasn't impressed with either of them and tucked them away until about a month ago. I thought that the NYX lipgloss which everyone seems to adore didn't suit my skintone because it's a blue toned pink, but I found a way to make it work: I apply a sheer layer of it and then distribute it with a finger, so it doesn't just sit on the lips. I love how it looks now! 
When I want a more warm toned pink option, I have been grabbing the KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo. It's the perfect everyday "my lips but better" shade, it makes my lips look poutier and it's so comfortable to wear! 

Another lip-related product is the Labello Lip Butter in the scent Vanilla & Macadamia. I know they came out ages ago, but I think they're pretty new on the Italian market! Anyway, I love anything vanilla scented and this lipbalm smells just gorgeous. The macadamia note tones the sweetness of the vanilla down a bit and makes it feel less artificial. As every Labello I've ever tried, this product is very nourishing and doesn't just sit on the lips. The only downside to it is the packaging - the only way I can use it is at home after I've washed my hands! 

I have pretty nice brows and I usually just use a clear gel to set them, but I bought the Catrice Eyebrow Filler Perfecting & Shaping Gel for my mom a few weeks ago, and obviously I had to test it out! I actually really enjoy using it when I want a fuller eyebrow look, especially when I wear a full face of make-up. This brow gel gives my eyebrows a natural and tidy look, which is exactly what I look for - all the better if it's a €3 product is doing the trick!

I have recently switched from using my hands to apply foundation to using a beauty blender type sponge and I couldn't be more satisfied. I find my skin looks a lot smoother and more like skin when I use it! I don't think I will ever go back to using my hands. The pointed side is perfect to apply concealer in the under-eye area and around the nose. Also, it's definitely less messy than using your fingers ;)

Lastly, something I have wanted to try for ages and finally decided to: pure Aloe Vera gel. My whole family has been obsessed with it ever since I used it to sooth my mum's, dad's and brother's burnt skin after a long day at the beach. I use it after I wax my legs, to calm down inflamations, as a moisturizer/clarifying mask, on mosquito bites... honestly, the ways you can use it are endless. I definitely recommend it!

What products have you been loving at the moment? ♥