Ciao Bella!

Girls Gone Wild

It is that time of year again.
You know, when the Dark Side seems to suck the life blood out of you with the simple common cold, and all that you can do is lounge around in pjs, drinking chamomile tea. Your face feels like its been walked on by 1000 Saint Bernards and your significant other, in my case the Professor or my dog, asks "Were you in a fist fight? Poor, thing, did you lose?"

(No, I am sick. And yes, my nose is bleeding.)

That's when I think Product. Potions of lotions, cremes, polishes and perfumes are my favorite ingredients when I must face my public, after being slammed with the 24 hour bug. Everyone has a different favourite medicine. My elixir of choice and eternal vice comes in a tube. Lipstick: color (red, pink or nude), texture (matte or glossy), long lasting or traceless (i.e. no kiss marks on espresso cups, wine glasses, collars or pillows), I know that with a few strokes cross the lips, I will return to the living.

Even though I was raised with unconditional love for Target, Monoprix (Paulina can never get me out of there) and Boots-- in a nutshell: incredibly large selection-- I find that I swing both ways in regard to shopping for lipstick and make-up in Rome.

Olde World Charme

The small profumeria with a limited selection, “no touch” policy, bonus campioni and lovely wrapping paper. My favorite? Profumeria Materozzoli, the Scortino family has been keeping Roma bella since 1870. Best selection of hard-to-find perfumes, shampoos and shaving accessories.

Lipstick Bonus: Kiehl’s lipcare
I have yet to find these products anywhere else in Rome

Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 5

06 68892686
*visit Ciampini for a pre or post-shop gelato


One Stop Shop

Beauty Point, my two favorite words in the world of make up shopping within the GRA. I never thought I would find any thing that makes me smile as much as the fluorescent glow from a Monoprix sign. Beauty Point is an Italian spin on Target’s (Boots too!) make-up section. Variety of brands, quantity in products, spin-off beauty care (sun care, hair care) and best use of natural lighting-- most Beauty Points avoid the Vegas approach to lighting with the entire front entrance in floor- to-ceiling glass.

Lipstick Bonus: interesting selection of cheap and odd-named brands like Deborah and Wink means I can change my pucker at the drop of a dime . . .um, centessimo.