My name is Giulia and I’m a 21 undergrad student, currently studying medical biotechnology.
You might be wondering what exactly is “Tutupa’s Lab” or who is Tutupa (and what kind of a name is that?!): I’m Tutupa! it’s a nick-name my boyfriend gave me (too corny for a blog name? :)) that initially had no meaning but, with time, I grew fond of: it represents the happy side of my personality, full of positivity and self-esteem: the side of me I want to share with you in my journey towards a healthier life. Tutupa’s Lab, as a consequence, is my kitchen, where I experiment with cooking and beauty-products making!
I’ve always had an interest in beauty products, and when I started to buy my own shampoos,conditioners and body lotions, I would check on the internet for people’s reviews just so I was spending my money on something worth it. That’s when I first heard about INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) and about how some ingredients are bad for us. At first I didn’t really care, all I wanted were products that could give me perfectly soft and beautiful hair or smooth skin, just like everybody else. But about 2 years ago something changed: I started to pay attention to those who talked about INCI: at first it was hard to follow what they said, they talked in a language I couldn’t really understand, but as time went by and I studied, I became familiar with all those weird names and I learned to read cosmetic labels. At that point I decided that, no, I did not want any petroleum-derived ingredients in my beauty product, I did not want to use products that made me appear to have smooth silky hair and skin: I decided I wanted my hair and skin to be naturally beautiful, and so switched to all natural products. It was a small step from that to making my own beauty products: it scares me a bit (especially soap-making, which is on my to-do list!) and I still have so much to learn, but I enjoy every second of it! Yes, even when I spill my just-off-the-stove , still liquid lip balm on the floor…and I assure you, a mixture of solidified wax and oil ain’t easy to clean!!
As for cooking…that’s a recent thing! I’ve always been a unsecure person with low self-esteem and always aiming for perfection which means, for the most part, aiming to have a perfect body. I never got to the point of restricting my food intake, but depression, binge eating, and regret have played an important part in my life. This last year things got worst: I’d decided I had to have a perfectly thin body and had to diet, but as hard as I tried, things would only get worse: I would binge, regret it and fall in depression, which only made me want to turn to food for consolation; I was overly stressed and happy days were becoming rare. Untill some day I decided that was the end of it, I didn’t want to be unhappy for the rest of my life; Around that time I discovered a few food blogs that were truly eye-opening: I discovered the joys of running for fun and cooking and stopped over-thinking about how much or what I ate. I (re-)discovered food can be so good and free of any bad feeling. I still have problems with my body image, that only time and patience, along with self-love, will be able to overcome, but I feel so much better and am a much happier person.
Now a few facts about me!
- I live and study in Milan, Italy: this is where I was born and where I’ve lived my whole life. My father is Italian,but my mother is American; english really is my second language.
- I live at home with two sisters (a younger and an older one) and my dog Daigo.
- I’m a recent vegetarian.
- I’m a chocoholic, and one of the worst (or should I say best? 😉 )
- I have a boyfriend, Mattia: we have been together for 6 years now, and he is the love of my life :). He has supported me through all my struggles and is the one that gave me a major push towards a healthier relationship with myself.
- I love ballet and have been practicing for a long time off-and-on.
- I love everything wedding related: especially wedding dresses! What can I say…I’m a girly girl for that!