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Ciao a tutti e benvenuti!

My name is Amanda and I’m a fifth-year International Business student at Northeastern University concentrating in Marketing and minoring in Italian.  As part of the requirements for my major, I’ve spent the last two years at Northeastern’s partner school, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy!

My three passions in life include Disney, food, and makeup.  When it comes to Disney, I’ve been to Disney World 18 times and counting.  When it comes to food, it’s safe to say I’ve eaten a lot of that in my day.  When it comes to makeup, well… I’m a professional amateur.  Fun fact! The Italian word for “makeup” is “trucco,” which also means “trick” (hence the blog title, please hold your applause).

Some of you may ask, “How is your Italian?” to which I would respond with a weak laugh and maybe a single tear.  If actually pressed for an answer, I usually respond, “I can get by.”

Translation: I could probably get the message across, but it would take a lot of hand gestures and confused looks from the locals. 

Anywho, this blog is where I have been logging my adventures in makeup and in my two years abroad.  In the makeup realm, I will document my trials, tribulations, and just general thoughts when it comes to all things beauty. No lipstick, mascara, or curling wand will be able to evade my clumsy grasp.  In the travel realm, join me on my quest for adventure and romance great food and bright makeup, as well as the relentless pursuit of trying to learn how to roll my R’s.


As I have stated above and numerous times before, I am not in any way, shape, or form a professional – I’m just an average girl who loves makeup and beauty! If something does or does not work for me, it does not necessarily mean you will get the same results.

Unless explicitly stated, all products I review are bought by me with my own money.  These opinions are my own and I am not affiliated with any brand or company (although that would be nice, tbh…).

If you would like to contact me, please email me at tricksandtrucco@gmail.com!

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