Thursday, May 24, 2018

Vichy Idéal Soleil Bronze

Vichy sunscreen is the best. It's my favorite. And I absolutely love this line -- Idéal Soleil Bronze -- not only protects yours skin but helps you tan faster. The formula is great -- fluid, not sticky at all, really easy to apply. Absolutely perfect!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Rant | Stop supporting fat people!

Beach days are here -- this means we’ve arrived to that time of the year where people start to be really body conscious -- we look in the mirror and we  don't like to see all the lumps and bumps that we've accumulated during winter. And, from what I've seen, people do one of two thing: either they start working out and eating better, or they they start making excuses and writing stupid Facebook posts stating how great they feel in their fat-ass bodies.
And this is me ranting about this second group of people: C’mon girls, be honest, I can’t believe that you look in the mirror and that you actually like what you see. I just can’t believe that. And for me all those posts saying that you love yourself and that you are beautiful no matter what size you wear... that all just a bunch of BS... well yeah sure I agree that size doesn't matter, we all have different body' sizes and shapes, but for god's sake you need to at least have some what of an healthy height!
This annoys me so much because I see really overweight girls, some close to obese, saying this type of stuff and other girls just supporting that. It’s completely stupid! I truly believe that they are just lying to themselves and to everyone around them. I don’t believe that when they look at mirror and see their but full of cellulite, that they are genuinely OK with that. It’s impossible. I’m not saying we should all have that ultra thin Barbie like body, but at least we should try to be healthy. Being overweight is an eating disorder too, no just anorexia. Stop making fat people feel too good about themselves! It’s the same as saying to an anorectic girl that she looks really good like that. It's just supporting an unhealthy situation.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Morning Face Routine V2.0

The last time I showed you my Morning Face Routine was 3 years ago. Somethings have changed. But one thing hasn't -- it's my get ready fast routine. Takes me 10 mins tops do do all this.

I know this looks like a lot of products but it isn't. And comparing it to my old routine, not much has changed. The products are slight different but it's basically the same thing. Fast, simple, easy, effortless. Oh and yeah, I use brushes now!

This is my routine: Moisturizer, primer and concealer under the eyes. Power foundation all over, very loosely. A little bit of blush, bronzer and highlighter. A bit of powder foundation as if it was eye-shadow. Mascara and if I'm feeling fancy a little bit of eyeliner.

And I'm out the door.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I can't say I'm fat, or that I've ever had to concern myself with diets or anything like that. But lately I've been feeling kinda of squishy. It's an evident consequence of spending every day sitting down in an office. I’ve noticed some orange peel skin on my thighs, some beads of celulite on my but and I don’t like that at all - I honestly doubt anyone does. So I've been trying to work out more often, and I of course I sought for some extra help. I went to pharmacy and asked what would she recommend -- she told me to take these Cellulase Pearls. This treatment is supposed to last 8 to 12 weeks, but that it actually really works. She said that just one box doesn’t really make any difference - actually she said that the first box just releases all the deep beads of fat lodged underneath all the rest. And that after one month it actually may look a lot worse, before starting to look better.

I’m supposed to take two pills every day - on in the morning and one in the afternoon -- the pharmacist said that it's OK to take both in the morning, the important here is to take two every single day. And that I should drink a lot of water.

I’ve been taking this for the past two days. I’ll check with you in a few weeks.

Also I’ve been thinking, maybe I should complement this with an anti-cellulite cream -- can you recommend any that’s really good?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Review | KLORANE Quinquina Strengthening & Revitalizing Shampoo

When it comes to shampoo, I'm picky. Extremely picky. I don't like regular shampoo --  the kind you buy at the supermarket. I just don't. My hair can't handle that. It gets all oily and weird. And for a few years now I've been using almost exclusively Lush's NEW Shampoo Bar. I love it, it's amazing, and I don't know how to live my life without it.
Before discovering Lush's solid shampoo, I tried many other shampoos and one of my favorite brands used to be Klorane. I've always liked this brand because their products are very natural. Every product is based on a different plant or herb and the brand it self is very eco-friendly and environmentally conscious. 

I picked up this Strengthening & Revitalizing Shampoo, with Quinquina. I choose this one because I am always shedding hair... It's not that bad now -- it used to be much worst. But because of that I always go for strengthening shampoos! 

This is a tick, brick red shampoo. But it is really easy to apply. It's that kind of shampoo that it doesn't foam up a lot if your hair is oily or dirty. I always double wash my hair and usually on my first shampoo application, it doesn't make any foam at all. But the second time, it foams up pretty nicely, making small little bubbles that really get in between your hairs and that deep clean your scalp. And I like that! It really makes me feel clean!
There is one thing that I have to warn you tho -- the smell. It's strong, medicinal and not very girly at all. I'd say that it definitively smells like a man's shampoo. It doesn't bother me, but my advice to you is that you smell it before you buy it. I've red a lot of reviews and a lot of people hate the smell.

And another effect -- that is not advertised but which I have noticed -- is that this quinine shampoo leaves some auburn, reddish highlights in my hair, which has already a natural reddish undertone. I've noticed as well that it leaves my hair very shinny, very healthy looking! Totally worth the money.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

EAT | IL Mercato, Lisbon

A lot of people told me about this place... An Italian fresh-pasta restaurant, that only has pasta dishes. --there's no pizza here -- and where everything comes from Italy. Everything: the flower, the olive oil, the proscoiutto, the parmigiano-regiano... They don't sell Coca-Cola, for example, just juice and Italian soda. They only have Italian beer... The staff speaks Italian... You get the idea, it's supposed to make if you feel like you are in Italy. Oh and yeah, the menu is in Italian. 

It's a very charismatic restaurant, in a very charismatic place -- Patio Bagatela. I don't know if you've heard of this or not, but it's just a small nook, a small courtyard, that almost make you forget that you are just around the corner of one of the busiest thoroughfares of this city.

Inside the actual restaurant, they have a small traditional looking grocery store, where you can buy all kinds of Italian goodies. Inducing freshly made pasta that you can actually see the lady making and kneading it right over the counter. 

I ordered what I always order whenever I go to a new Italian restaurant -- Spaghetti carbonara alla romana. With real organic eggs. I love carbonara and I mesure the quality of an Italian restaurant by how good it's carbonara is. It's served on a large plate, and they grate fresh Parmesan and pepper right on top of it. It's so nice. The carbonara was creamy, cheesy and delicious. The pasta, for me, was a tiny bit over al dente... but I'm extremelly picky with pasta and I like it really under cook. But it was really really tasteful and comforting. I'm definitely going back -- the ravioli looked delicious!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Review | CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink 142 Créatif

You know I love everything Chanel. Whenever I go to anywhere that sells Chanel I'm automatically drawn to the stands. Chanel is my favorite luxury brand. Specially when it comes to lipsticks. I own one that, for a long time, was my go-to lipstick. I would use it every day. I still love it but it was time to get a new one!

This is the Rouge Allour Ink. It's a matte liquid lip colour. But honestly this liquid lipstick is one of the best I've ever tried. It glides on really smoothly, almost like a gloss, but it dries down to a smooth velvety finish. It supper moisturizing and it feels so comfortable on the lips all day long -- much unlike those formulas that almost feel like shrink-wrap and make your lips look all crusty. 
It's available in 12 shades including classic brick red, bright coral, and deep chocolate brown. And I have to admit, I had a hard to choosing one shade to take home. They're all so beautiful! But because it's spring I've chosen shade 142 Créatif. The packaging is really beautiful. I love the frosted glass effect of the tube combined with the classic black and gold lid. So classy.
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This is a very liquid-y lipstick. The pigment is semi-opaque and goes on sheer, yet it's easily buildable. The doe-foot applicator is small and very easy to maneuver on your lips, making it easy to create a crisp line all around your mouth.

If you’re looking for one of those liquid lipsticks with a matte finish that’s flat, doesn’t budge, and dries within seconds (like the Kat Von D or Kylie Jenner formulas), this isn't it. It's more luxurious and sophisticated -- this is Chanel, after all. In my experience, it takes a solid 15 minutes to truly set. When it does set, it dries down with a semimatte sheen that makes your lipstick look almost stamped or tinted. I apply it in the morning and I go about my day, and it lasts me the until after lunch, with no touch-ups. I re-apply it after lunch - after brushing my teeth - and often when I get home at night it's still on pretty good.