Benamôr. This is an iconic Portuguese brand, established in 1925. It's a brand with an very unique and timeless identity. I have a clear memory of my grandmother applying their famous face-cream, the one that comes in a pink tube, that she kept on her dressing table, next to a beautiful pink bottle of rose water. That's an image I'll cherish for ever. And because of that, I have to admit that I love having this soap on my daily routine, along with the Ach Brito Soap that I talked about a while back.
If you have been here for a while you know I'm crazy about soaps! And this one is the most beautiful, girly soap I've ever seen. Like the rest of their line, the packaging is vintage and adorable. And the soap it-self is stunning. The blush tone with the simple logo on the top feels so exquisite!
It's a face soap, so yeah, I use it on my face, usually in the morning. The formula is super nurturing and moisturizing. It lathers really well, and creates a super creamy foam. The scent reminds me of theold days, you know? It's a classic rose water smell... I can't really explain. It smells like roses, but at the same time it's fresh and clean. It's really really good.
-- This is my first really expensive bag. I didn't want to buy a bag that everyone else has. This is the Furla Like S in Onix. I love it. It's is just so beautiful and with the perfect size for my life --
I was never too into make up brushes. I have my trusty Beauty Blender that I use and love, and because I never really do any elaborated eye shadow looks, I used to have a couple of eye brushes that honestly I never really used. However, now I've decided to buy some brushes, just to give it a try.
We all know that there are so many makeup brushes, so many brands, and it's not an easy task to know really good brushes that I feel comfortable paying for.
So, there is this website called reviews.com, and yes, as the name clearly gives it away, it's a website with reviews of everything. I mean, laterally everything. It's super fun to read. Actually since I've discovered it I've been just randomly reading their articles, and it's really fun to find out which is the best robot vacuum cleaner, or the best electric toothbrush on the market. And they give you options according to your budget. They don't just suggest you a super expensive thing that of course is good.
Anyway, they wrote an article about makeup brushes.
They looked at 16 brands, and 70 individual makeup brushes, they tested them out and consulted with makeup artists and they came out with a nice guide to makeup brushes shopping. It's actually fun to read, you should check it out! -- they explain their process and really explain their findings. And at the end they give you 3 options: Top Pick, Best Luxury Brand and Best On a Budget!
I decided that I wanted to get the Best On a Budget -- from ELF -- because I know I'm not going to use them that often. However, ELF doesn't ship here. That's the only downside... the suggested products may not be sold in your country. And getting it from amazon may make it more expensive...
But honestly I'm really enjoying this website, and I know a lot if you will like it too!
I love face masks. A relaxing day for me always includes a face mask of some sort. And when I saw this new Nivea face mask I was excited! It's an 1 minute mask! You apply it to your face, leave it for a minute and remove it with some warm water. Simple and easy, don't you think?
This is basically an exfoliating mask. In it, it has Kaolin (also known as white clay) that is really good for the skin, specially acne prone skin. As for texture, it is extremely creamy and soft, and you can definitely feel the little exfoliating particles. It has a very pale green color and the very characteristic Nivea smell. I always apply it with a little synthetic brush, but you can definitely apply it with your hands. You should apply a generous amount over clean skin, avoiding lips and eyes. If you've tried other clay face masks you know that one minute is not enough time for it to complete dry. And if you want you can let it be for a while longer... Take it off with warm water and do some circular motions for some extra exfoliation... and trust me, your skin will feel super soft and smooth!
I'm really liking this for the days where I feel like doing a face mask, but I'm not really in the mood for waiting 20 minutes for the mask to completely dry... The effect, of course, is not the same, but it's just perfect for busy week days.
A while back, I ranted about the Heidi Klum's Collection with Lidl. And, yes, it's true, I prefer expensive products to supermarket brands, but there are from Lidl's in-house-brand Cien that I
find to be super good and just amazing for their prices!
- from left to right -
Eye Contour Cream with Caviar Extract
Aqua Rich Daily Exfoliating Facial Wash
Make up Removal Disks
Professional Heat Protection Spray -
The eye cream is really good! It really helps me in those mornings that I have extra puffy eyes. It has a very gel-like consistency, slightly serum-y. I like it.
The exfoliating facial wash is very well known already. It's cheap, smells good, and does what it claims. I use it to wash my face in the shower.
But the big surprise is this Heat Protection Spray. Fist of all, I was so surprised to see that Cien had a Professional line! And this works super super good. It's super cheap as well, and so far I feel like it does it job perfectly.
The dry shampoo trend has finally arrived to Portugal! And OMG, it was about time! When I was living in France (two years ago) I was able to buy dry-shampoo at any supermarket. All the regular supermarket shampoo brands sold dry-shampoo, and I could even find Batiste on my grocery store.
Since I've tried it for the first time, I became an huge fan of dry shampoo -- I really hate washing my hair... and having to deal with all the hassle of drying it and straightening it... It just takes too much time! So if there is a product that can make my hair look good for a couple more days, I'm all up for it!
Recently Garnier lunched dry-shampoo and suddenly everybody started talking about dry shampoo. And I got curious! So I went to my local grocery store and picked up a can. Garnier offers 3 scents -- citrus, chamomile and oats. I lightly smelled the 3, and I wasn't really fan of any of the smells, but I ended up picking up the one in the pink bottle. I guess they should all work the same, right?
Anyway, I've been using it for a while now. And it works pretty good. Compared to the Batiste one that I use all the time, I can say that it is pretty much as good. There is, tho, a huge diference between them: the Garner one is much wet than the one from batiste... You can see what I'm saying from the picture. Batiste's product is much more powdery, and if you are not careful with the application it can leave a white residue on your hair. However, I feel like the powder absorves the oils much more effectively. The one from Garnier is wetter and I'm not sure if that's better or worse. I prefer the way the one from Batiste feels, but I honestly cannot say if it is more effective or not.
Overall I still prefer the Batiste one, because of the scent and the texture of the product. It's is harder to come by and I have to buy it online, but is way cheaper. Batiste's 200ml can costs 3,99€ while the Garnier one has 150ml and it costs 7,99€. It's way too expensive.
Getting out of the bed in the morning has not been an easy process for me lately. Yeah, I'm back to being sad, and feeling alone, like my world is falling apart. The only thing that keeps me motivated is my job -- I really like what I am doing, even though I come home every day very tired. And because I am always tired, I get HUMONGOUS dark circles under my eyes. And because getting ready in the morning needs to be a swift process I've narrowed down the products I apply to my face to 7: Moisturizer, Concealer, Powder, Bronzer, Mascara, Brow-stuff and Lipstick . And that's it -- takes me two minutes tops, and I don't go out the door looking like a zombie. Here, the concealer is the star. I've been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer for a while now and I it's amazing. I love it specially for how easy it is to blend!
It has a dome shaped, dense but really soft, cotton puff, where the product will be disposed. You twist the top a couple of times, and the product rises to the puff. It's cool.
As for the consistency, it's not to thick nor too creamy, and it blends perfectly. Really fast. It gives me a medium coverage which is exactly what I'm looking for, since I'm not wearing a full face of make up. It just hides my dark eyes, without looking too heavy or cake-y. But you can totally build it up if you want to. It honestly doesn't have any smell. I also like that. I got the shade light. And it works fine for me.
Like so many other concealers, it tends to crease a little bit. To avoid that I just apply a little bit of powder over the areas I applied concealer and it's good for the day.
You know how much I love scrubs and exfoliating products. And I've wrote about many different products here on the blog, I've tried many body and face scrubs, but I don't think I've ever encountered a product like this before!
This is a soap from a centenary Portuguese brand - Ach Brito - and it's a Pumice Stone (in Portuguese: Pedra Pomes) Soap. What's so special about it? Well, it's a hard soap that has pieces of stone in it, made for full body scrubbing. It can be used on your harms, legs, feet, hands, and of course, face. It has a supreme decreasing power and it's amazing when it comes to remove dead skin and yucky stuff from your pores.
It is made of coco nut oil and grounded-up pumice stone. Yes, when you are using it you can actually feel a very thin sand being released from the soap. And yes, I've been using it on my face. And to be honest I don't think I've ever tried such an effective and cheap scrub, that really helps me get rid of all the nastiness on my face. Because it's a soap, and a solid peace, it's really easy to reach all the contours of you face, specially around the nose and chin.
The soap can be a bit rough if you are not careful when using it directly on your face. But you can control the pressure you use when exfoliating. I use it directly on my face, but if you have sensitive skin, pron to redness, you should be careful. If you feel it's to abrasive for you, you can always lather it up on your hands and use that on your face. It will work just fine too.
I also really, REALLY like to use it on my body -- I scrub everything. It is really good at removing and helping avoid in-grown hairs. And of course I love to use it on my harm-pits to insure that everything is clean and bacteria-free.
I bought one for my mom too, who is always scrubbing her feet to get rid of callus and dead --yucky-- skin and she said that it works actually very well. It’s not as abrasive as a file but it’s great for some day-to-day scrubby-scrubby action.
And lets just take a second to appreciate the packaging, ok? The soap comes in a beautiful, vintage looking paper box that I just can’t seem to trough away because of how cute and adorable it is. And it smells really good. It has a light warm woody scent that perfectly combines with the coconut oil giving the soap a very soothing scent. Smells of something that will clean you soul. Love it.
Tacos are life. I love tacos. And burritos. And nachos. And anything Mexican really. And I am so happy that I've found this not so fast food restaurant inside Amoreiras Shopping Center, really close to my office.
They have really huge yummy burritos that you can fill up with a bunch of yuumy things. But really, my favorite are the tacos. You can make your own tacos, since they let you choose the toppings and mix
up pretty much anything. The menu is for 3 tacos, and you can play around and create 3 totally different tacos. They have coriander rice, and brown rice, two or tree varieties of beens. They have marinated, crisp and slow-roasted chicken. They have pulled pork and beef. And, of course, fajitas. And a so many different sauces for you to choose from, I cannot even mention them all.
I find the menus relatively cheap -- compared to other places like this. And this includes chips and one sauce for the chips -- that can be guacamole (usually guac is extra!|). The menu also includes lemonade or tea.
And one thing that is really cool and unique is that they don't serve it up on a regular fast-food type of tray! No, no. They serve it an super adorable cardboard box, ADORABLE!
As you’ve probably heard by now, Heidi Klum lunched a small fashion collection with Lidl. When I heard about his I was excited! I thought that this could be great! Heidi is such a fashion icon, she is stunning and always looks amazing! But this collection for me personally was very disappointing. The clothes look and feel cheap, they look poorly constructed, the patterns are tacky and the pictures online and on the box are really deceiving. I had my mind set on this blue long cardigan.. I had seen it online and. I thought that that shade of blue was stunning and perfect for my life. But I guess I misguided by the pictures and I really really don’t like this shade of blue — you can see from the picture how different the color from the box from the actual fabric... I was really sad and disappointed...
These bags are just so adorable, I want them all! These jungle collection is just so cute! But I went to Furla the other day (and yes I bought a bag!) but they dind't had these at the store. I was so disappointing because I really wanted to see them up-close! But maybe it was a good thing, otherwise I may have ended up buying one of them!
When it comes to make up, I am really minimalist. I don't like crazy, elaborated looks... I don't like to look like a crazy person. And I don't really use eye shadow that often. But when I do, I like soft, warm tones just to add some dimension and interest to my extremely minimalist looks.
I picked up this pallet from a while back. It's called Chic-y and it comes with 4 individual eyshadow pans. This little plate has everything you need for a really simple every day look, but you can also do a very nice and elaborated smoekey eye!
Three of the shadows are matte and one is a glittery metallic champagne gold rose color that is just to die for. It's so beautiful! The range of colors is really nice -- you have a nice rich dark brown (noche), a warmer brown to use a transition shade (freckles), a really soft pink to use as an all over the lid (distressed) and the stunning sparkly pink (vivacious).
Colour Pop shadows are known to be very pigmented and to be really easy to blend. And yes, they are. Even a noob like me can work this out. There is a little bit of fallout with the glittery shadow, but it's completely manageable.
Honestly I'm really happy with this, and as you can notice from the pictures I've used it a few times already. I really like to just swipe on a little bit of freckles all over my eyelid and to blend it really quickly and it gives me just the extra pop that I need. Some days when I'm feeling adventurous, I just tap a little bit of vivacious on my inner corners, like you would with an highlighter.
I don't know if any of you do this or not, but this is something that I've started doing and that I think is really clever.
Whenever I buy a perfume to give as a gift -- for Christmas or birthdays or whatever -- I always ask for a sample of that same perfume and I add it to the gift. Most stores will fill up one of those sample spray baby bottles for free or for a really small price. This way the person to whom you give the perfume can smell it and try it out before opening the big expensive packaging. And if they don't like it, they can easily take it back to the store and exchange it. Perfume is a super personal thing, and unless you are buying a fragrance that you know the person likes, you might be wasting your money. I'm weird about smells and I can't tell you how many times I've received bottles of perfume that I hated the smell.
I know -- I know, another lush product. I like Lush, you know that. And every time I go to the store I get tempted to get stuff that I have never tried before! They have so many awesome products!
I've not been very adventurous with Lush body washes. Mainly because I really like supermarket brands for this. I love Dove and Nivea -- they're my favorite and the price point is really good! And usually if I want something to shower from Lush I get a piece of Serendipity Soap. But on my last trip to Lush, the girl there sold me this shower gel. It's called Dirty Springwash, and it's a minty fresh shower gel, that makes your skin all tingly, like a cool dip in a mountain spring! It's cool for summer, because it's really refreshing. It has spearmint and menthol crystals, that leave you feeling super invigorated! it's also loaded with sea salt, to help softening your skin! It is truly a shower gel -- it has the consistency of a gel, with just the right thickness. And I love it's color -- it's so beautiful!
I don't know if it's the minty smell, but this makes me feel perfectly fresh and clean. The smell is really intense if you smell it right off the bottle, yes. It almost smells like mint toothpaste, lets be honest. But in the shower, it feels really good. But don't worry, it is in't that overwhelming on your body. It's really refreshing and perfect for a shower on really hot summer day!
-- I love to shop at Massimo Dutti. The stores are always so neat, everything is in it's rightful place, it is such an elegant and exclusive experience... The customer service there is always excellent! Yes, their stuff is more expensive. But you feel so fancy when they hand you over an nice quality bag with your stuff inside... and when you buy shoes or bags they even give you a cotton bag to protect them ! So good! --
It's funny to see how my taste in fancy dresses has changed throughout the years...
I used to prefer short dresses, don't really know why. Maybe because I think they're more jovial and fun. But lately I've been more drawn to for form fitting, classic with a twist, dresses. I still like simple dresses. With not that many embellishments. I still like soft colors... but I'm no longer attracted to dresses with a sweat hear neckline. It used to be my favorite style!
Since apparently my taste in dresses keeps changing, if I had to buy a fancy Homecoming Dress, for example, I would definitely opt to buy it online, to avoid wasting a huge amount of money.
Feelbridal offers so many dress options at really good price points. And they have a huge selection for their Prom Dress 2018 collection... so many styles, colors, fabrics! Take a look, they're all really beautiful!
-- Please be nice and supportive and click on at least one of the links! I'd do the same for you. Thank you! --
I am a super fan of face masks, but I think you know that already! It's something I really enjoy doing. It relaxes me and makes me feel good. Sometimes, I get home really tired and upset and I just slap on a face-mask and lay on the couch pretending to be a vegetable.
So yeah, of course I had to try this black peel-off face masks that everyone seems to love. I ordered a bunch of individual packets online and I gave it a go.
When I cut open the little packet my first reaction was "Wow this is really Black!!".
It almost looks like tar... it's super sticky and thick and it will get everything on everything if you are not careful.
I used a small brush to apply it to my face -- it's the brush that comes with Glamglow's silver peel off mask, so I thought it was appropriate, since the consistency is similar.
The little package contains more than enough product for you to apply a very generous coat of it all over your face. And that's how you're supposed to do it. I assume you've all seen some videos on Instagram or YT of people doing this, and you do need to apply a thick coat or nothing is coming off your face. So I applied it and waited for it to dry. And yeah... this part was messy. Maybe I applied too much, I don't know, but there was a point where it was literally dripping from my nose... but once it stared to dry it was manageable.
I waited around 30 minutes for it to become completely dry. And you know it's ready to come off when the edges start to peel away when you move your face. To peel it off I just carefully pullled one of the lifted off edges and the mask comes off in one piece. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of mine, but it took away a lot of gunk.
I was able see yucky stuff sticking out to the surface of the mask. But honestly I could really see any difference on my face. Most of the black heads I had (which wore actually not that many) wore still there... but my skin felt really smooth and soft afterwards... Oh and the mask smells really really good -- contrary of what I was honestly expecting! It has a very minty, fresh smell. Really nice.
Oh and BTW, cleaning up the brush -- that was another whole experience by it self! My sink was all black, everything was back! Eventually I was able to clean everything but its messy AF.
Honestly, I don't really know where I stand for with this. I guess you can say I have mixed feelings about this...
Pros: it's fun to do, smells pretty good. The results are OK.
Cons: it tuna black anything it touches, it's kinda of messy. The results are just OK.
I know a lot of you have tried this as well, so if you have any tips on how to make this work better for me, leave it in the comments! I have a bunch of these packets -- hey, I had high hopes!! -- and I would really love to make this work for me!
I straighten my hair at least once a week. With a flat iron. And one my best friends is this NOVEX Brazilian Keratin spray. I got it from Embelleze, and I really really like it. It's heat protective, which means that avoids your hair from frying up from the heat of the iron. I apply it on my hair -- focusing on the ends because their more prone to burn -- and when you use the iron over it you can actually see it evaporating!. It looks like smoke, but it's actually the product evaporating! And while it evaporates, it consumes the heat that could possibly damage the hair.
I ordered a bunch of stuff from ColourPop because I wanted this particular lip pencil. I had been looking for the perfect lip liner to go with my fakeKylie lippie. I couldn't find anything close enough anywhere. But after browsing through ColourPop's website I found this shade -- Faded, -- and it is just perfect! I am always scared when buying stuff like this online -- usually the true color of the pencil is hard to figure out from the pictures, but this one was spot on. I was able to find the one that was the closest to my liquid lipstick just by looking trough the pictures!
And now, this is my favorite lip combo! They are not an exact match -- well, that would be impossible unless they were both from the same manufacture. But I like the way they go together. It looks really good on the lips.
The pencil is really creamy, and really easy to apply. It rolls on extremely smoothly. I've been wearing it almost every day, and it lasts a long time on the lips... And even by it self, it looks really good... sometimes I just fill in my whole lips with it and it looks really soft and natural.
I don't know what else to say about this, except that I'm really pleased with my purchase. I had heard a lot about the quality of ColourPop's cosmetics, but this was my first time trying it out, and yeah, I have not been disappointed. Especially for the price that I paid (5$)! Cheap and awesome!
I know summer is only halfway trough but I already have a bunch of emptied out products that for me are summer staples. A long long time ago I wrote a post about which are my beach essentials -- it was acutally one of my first posts here on the blog! And this choice of products is very much related to those essentials. These are products that I need to have every summer and although I don't get exactly the same stuff every year, but I always gravitate to the same type of products.
- NIVEA SUN Protect & Refresh Sunscreen 30 SPF. On *drugstore* sunscreen, for me, Nivea tops it all. I don't really like the other brands. They smell weird. And this one is my favorite. Is not sticky, it's very light and it's completely transparent on the skin. I never had any problems with it, it does what it's supposed and it's fairly cheap. Will I repurchase it? Probably, but now I already bought something else.
- VASENOL Spray & Go Body Moisturizer Aloe Fresh. I really like this moisturizer for summer. It's a spray on -- which means it's super easy and fast to apply. You can just spray it on and give it a little rub and that's is. And it's aloe. Aloe is great for skin burns, and if you are out in the sun, I think that a moisturizer with aloe it's the best thing to avoid redness! It smells super nice! Just one thing: it doesn't last long... This spray bottle was good for maybe a week and a half of everyday use. But I really like it. Will I repurchase it? I would like to, but I can't seem to find it anywhere! Do you know if it has been discontinued? I've found the plain version and the chocolate version, but this one I just can't find anymore!
- LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrubs. It's not the first time I talk about this product, neither will be the last. This is a very natural product. The scrub agent is salt. And it has alcohol and limes, which makes it smell like a mojito -- super appropriate for summer, don't you think? I really like it, but it's not a cheap product. It's my all-year-round body scrub, but it is super expensive and I've restrained my self from buying it as often as I would like.Will I repurchase it? Yep Yep!
- MYLABLE Anti Celulite GEL. I wrote a full review about this product a while back. And, yes, this is a repeat! I honestly like it. Does it work wonders? I don't know. Did I felt that my skin was tighter and smoother? Yep! It's good and really nice, specially for how much it costs. Will I repurchase it? Maybe!
I bought this cream highlighter at H&M the other day. It looked really nice. It's a cute little pot and it appeared to be a warm golden shade, perfect for summer. It costed 4 € if I'm not mistaken. And it was a compele waste of money. It is super pasty, not creamy at all. It is super hard do apply, and impossible to blend basically. It's just a waste of money. DO NOT BUY IT.
Wells is having a 2-for-the-price-of-1 sale on a bunch of sun products...from expensive brands! You pay for the most expensive, and they offer you the cheapest.
And off course I had to take advantage this sale! I bought a bunch of Vichy sunscreen because they're my favorite (but you can actually mix around the brands!) To get my money worth I bought two kits. And I have been dying to try this Bronze line. The big kit was 28€ and the smaller one costed 20€ but it was free! It's an awesome deal!
This must be one of the most talked about mascaras ever. I mean, who hasn't heard or read about it, somewhere...? Even if you don't remember if it's good or bad, I'm sure you remember it's name! Better Than Sex. It's a curious name, don't you think?
I have to admit, that at fist I bought it just because I'd heard so much about it that I needed to try for my own. I was curious. It's a pricey mascara. I don't really remember how it costed, but this is the travel size, I bought it at Sephora, and I think it was close to 20€. Honestly I actually rather buy smaller sizes when it comes to mascara. I like to change the tube pretty frequently (to avoid eye infections and styes). Anyhoo, it's hella expensive. However, the tube is just the most adorable thing ever. The metallic, rose gold pink it's just the most girly color ever. Pulling this out of your purse on your office's bathroom just makes every other girl jealous, trust me.
The wand is super cool looking -- it has an hourglass shape and that's what does all the magic. The bristles really grab your lashes and coats them almost evenly. You do need to wiggle the wand while applying it, right from the roots, since the bristles are really packed on the wand. But you will get doll like lashes. A ton of volume, thickness, and a miles of length.
One thing I need to warn you: This is not waterproof. But it is super resistant. It lasts all day and it's pretty hard to take off! And is completely smudgeproof!
The only down-point is that the tube drys quite fast. I mean, I don't know if this was a problem with my particular tube, but after a couple of months I could tell that the formula had thickened up. It wasn't bad, or unusable. It wasn't super clumpy. It was just a little bit drier.