Beauty · Reviews

My new Nyx Lip products

Hello everyone

I know …. I know…I said I would post more posts this year and I’m so late … the truth is that I couldn´t organize my self, the inspiration to write also ran away and the fact that having to think and write  in English makes the process even longer.
In the last post I said I never write down any goals or any plans for the year.. and I never had a planner..( ok ok.. I had when I was 13/14 years). But now I think I need to write down my things… to get me on track… to organize my ideas, to visualize and work for it!
So I made a planner for me… and hopefully I can stick with it!
But even so, here I am with a post about some lipsticks, lipglosses, liquid lipsticks of the brand Nyx that I have adored. They are affordable, comfortable on the lips and easy to apply.( at least for me)
Last weekend I went through Boots and  I find  so difficult to come home  without anything .
I bought a butter lipstick, some butter glosses and a lippencil.
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What I can say?!?! I loved it!!!!!

I already had some Nyx liquid lipsticks  (the 3 on the left) and I love them, they are easy to apply, they glide very well, they have good pigmentation, they look matte and they last on the lips. They smell so good (almost vanilla ice cream).

This time I wanted to test the butter ones ( the 4 on the right) !!!
I bought 4 butter glosses and one butter lipstick ( left corner) and this last one It´s so far my favourite!!  I will buy more one or two to keep them in my bag, in the car… that´s how much I love this. The colour that I choose was nº 17 – Root Beer Float
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I like colours for day to day, don´t call too much attention,  so I like nudes, pastel colours.
I love the formula, it´s really like butter on your lips when you apply, but in a good way… (not greasy at all), so comfortable, so moisturizing,  turns out matte but no drying.. looks amazing!!!
They are  affordable , easy to find and for sure  I’ll test more colors !!!
Can´t wait to get my hands on more.
The choices this time fell  in the colors of day to day, nudes and light colors.
The butter gloss are ver comfortable too, affordable as well and with lots of colours to choose from.

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I had purchased 2 GLAM Lipglosses a few weeks ago and I think they are so beautiful, so amazing and I really want to sher with you… Aren´t they gorgeous???

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Thats it… this is my Nyx lip product that I have and I like 🙂

Tell me … do you like the this brand? Do you recommend some other products? Leave me a comment with your suggestions.

Thank you so much for stopping by..
Family Life · Uncategorized

Happy New Year!!!!

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And that’s it … we’ve reached 2017 !!!
I wish many joys to all of you who come here, that 2017 be a year of many achievements, peace,  love and that your dreams will all be fulfilled.
Do you make any plans at this time? Do you make a wish list?
I don´t …. Well…mentally maybe …what I like to achieve but I dont have any planner or so to  write anything (maybe that’s why many of the goals I do not reach) … 😀
Regarding the blog, I will try to create more posts … I will try to be more organized and share more … maybe make a snapchat account and maybe create a YouTube channel (this is still far away). What do you think?

Back to Christmas.. I got a few makeup items… and ohhhh I was so excited!!! Bronzers, lip products, palletes, skincare products, perfumes ( and I love perfumes since…. EVERRRRR) ( I think I really love makeup and I´m afraid to be addicted 😀 )

Share with me your top makeup products and/or yout top Christmas gifts. Love to see yours too.

I´m going now… enjoy your day!!!

I hope you have a fantastic year !!!!
Thank you for stopping by ..

Beauty · Likes & Dislikes

Too Faced Merry Macarons- Swatch

Hello all…

When I was looking for Christmas gift sets in the make-up area  I found the new collection of the Too Faced and I was so excited … the colours of the palettes were beautiful.

I started looking for this particular palette, because had the colours that I liked, since they were more neutral and I could use more often.

It was so difficult to have access to this palette … I only could find it in Debenhams and was out of stock … for 3 weeks I went to the website everyday to see if was in stock already.

One of the days and without any hope I went to the website and there was in low Stock…. I did not even think twice … I bought it !!!! Ohh happy day 🙂

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When I got the order and opened the package … ohhhhh my !!! They were beautiful colours and had a mini  Better Then Sex mascara that I was eager to experiment and  know why  all the buzz over the internet.

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For now, I have not tested, just made a swatch to show you how beautiful they are and my  first opinion is that they are soft, not chalky and I am willing to test in my eye balls.

 

Since I’m not an expert in makeup, I hope they are easy to apply and blend well because I´m   always  in a hurry. ( mom thing I belive)

I hope you like the swatch and share with me your opinions.
Thank you for stopping by.. 

Family Life

All about ( my ) Christmas tradition

Hi there,

Do you belive it´s only 2 weeks left for Christmas?!?!

We already have the decorations up and this year I did them a week earlier than usual … but I love  Christmas season so much that I want to enjoy more time of the decorations, the lights, the comfort that you feel with all this up . ❤

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(After we finished to put our Christmas decorations up we had hot chocolate and pumpkin bread 🙂 )

Today I will share a little bit of our Christmas tradition.

It´s different from the Irish traditions but I  try to add a little of that as well. ( I confess that we use much more of our Portuguese tradition )

For many years( in Portugal  ) we were 17/18 people at the table on December 24th for  Christmas Eve dinner.

Christmas day we kept the same people and there was always who joins us for Christmas lunch on December 25th.

As time goes by, new families began, people have died and we are less and less at the table but we always get together.

In 2008 with our move to Ireland, back home they got even smaller but always celebrating with the traditions of years. Skype is very helpfull and we can have dinner all together, at the same time, talking to each others via the internet.
As we are away from the family, we got from 17 people to 4 but no matter what we kept our celebrations.

On the 24th of December we gather around the dinner table and serve up plenty of typical dishes.
We eat cod and turkey. Then there’s a table of typical Christmas desserts.

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We play games, we laugh and finally at  midnight, we celebrate and everyone opens their Christmas presents.( Yay )

Time to go to bed and the next day – 25th of December we continue to celebrate.
As a new tradition, we all have stocking, so after breakfast we open ours. Happy times 🙂

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The Christmas lunch has more traditional dishes, typical desserts and of course good laughs.

At home we spend a day of relaxation but celebrating. We  enjoy the time together playing, trying the gifts that each one won.

It is with great sorrow that I do not spend Christmas with my parents, my brother, my grandparents … but life is like this and it is not always possible to spend so much money on travel at this time of year (yes, the trips are really expensive).

I hope you have enjoyed knowing a little of our tradition and I would like to know about yours.
What do you like most about Christmas?

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Hope you have an amazing Christmas.

 

 

 

Beauty · Reviews

Essie – Gel Couture review

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Hello everybody,

Today I´m sharing with all of you my experience with this ´new ´Essie gel polish without the UV lamp.

I didn´t have high expectations, since the polishes with me last very little. 2 days and they are already the chipping since I do everything without gloves and I forgot many times that I have my  nails painted.The truth is that I’m not going to wear gloves every time I do something.

So I bought a color – Take me to thread – and  the top coat.

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To start the application is was very easy. The brush is wide enough to cover the nail with a few strokes. The pigmentation is wonderful and has a fantastic shine.

I passed two layers and then the top coat. I do not have much patience to wait for the polish to dry  so I apply well before starting to watch a movie  to distract myself and so I’m not tempted to go do things that ruin the polish.

For 7 days, I’ve been doing what I do everyday ….things like washing dishes, changing diapers, cleaning the house, doing arts and crafts with kids, using glues, glitters, paints, etc.
With the passing of the days I was truly impressed because the polish  was wonderful, without chipping and with the brightness and shine  intact …
I think that for the first time I did not retouch the polish for a week and even after these 7 days, there are very few flaws.


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I really want to test other colors because sometimes the colours have different formulas and affect the behavior of the polish, but so far I’m very satisfied!

Did you already tested these?
Do you suggest other polishes that last long?
Leave your opinions and comments here below.
Thank you for stopping by..

Family Life

8 years….

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8 years…..
8 years ago I came to this country … with rain (a lot), very green, driving in the opposite side to what I was used to.
Customs and traditions different from mine.
8 years of changes, learning, tears and smiles.
Ups and downs…sometimes the desire to leave… but it´s part of being human.
Embraced all the changes, with the help of many special people ..(hope you know who you are)
New friends, new adventures in a country that is not mine but welcomed me and my family with open arms and gave us more quality of life .
If it was easy ?? No, it was not.
If it’s easy being away from the people who you love so much? No, it’s not…( well Skype helps a lot )
Worth it? Definitely a YES
Thank you to all who made and make part of these eight years.
Thank you Ireland for receive us so well.

Recipes

Autumn & Chickpea soup- The perfect combination

Hello everyone,

Autumn is here…

It´s a beautiful season, when leaves fall from the trees, when the days are getting shorter and colder.

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Beautiful colours everywhere… browns, oranges, yellows and some reds are all over the nature. I love walking in parks, forests and can be in contact with the nature and enjoying the chiiling wind. Its beautifull!!

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It´s a season when we want to have more comforting  foods and a soup it´s one of the right choices.

So today I´m sharing this chickpea and spinach soup. Filling, comforting and delicious for a quick and easy dinner.

Let´s cook??

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of cooked chickpeas ( I use organic, no add salt )- if you want to cook yours chickpeas its ok too.
  • 250 gr of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • water ( until cover all the ingredients )

How to:

Drain the chickpeas and rinse well.

Cut the onions and garlic in smal pieces and place on a pan with the olive oil and let cook on medium heat to soft the onions.

Add all the ingredientes EXCEPT the spinach and let cook in medium heat until is all soft and ready to blend.

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Blend until its creamy  and add the spinach. Let cook for about 7/10 min.

Check the consistency and if it´s to liquid for your taste… let boil a few more minutes. If its too runny, add some water and let boil.

Turn off the hob and serve.

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It´s delicious !!!

We really love to make  and eat soups..  They are super quick, filling, delicious and full of nutrition!

Hope you like this recipe and give it a go. Let me know what do you eat during Autumn? Any special recipe?

Thank you for stopping by…

See you soon.

 

 

Crafts

Notebooks for family & friends…

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Today is Sunday and it´s raining all day, so great day to share a few things with you.

This blog it´s about me and what I like to do on my spare time .One thing ( among others) that I really love is spend some time crafting and I´m very lucky to have the chance to make little gifts to offer to my family and friends. I like to craft just for fun but when I have a person in mind it´s so much more enjoyable.

Im that kind of person who loves celebrate everything…

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Everything needs to be celebrate so a  handmade cards, a little box with something inside ( can be chocolates, sweeties, candles or even a small handmade soap) it´s always welcome by those who receive.

Saying thank you for being around or even a small note to say how much important they are in my life. …that´s me…

So today I´m sharing some notebooks that I made during this year. Some of them are A5 others little notebooks to have in our bags..

Love this one below… its so delicate, the colours are beautiful… and this ribbon… so amazing!!  The saying…. ohh well.. says everything!!!  Love, love , love!

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Hope you like it!!

P.S – the name on the photo is from a FB page where I share a few crafts  🙂

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What do you think? Do you like crafting? What do you do?

Share in the comments and fell free to share your blog if you want!

I will share a few more things that I made over the past year or so…

Thank you for stopping by….

Recipes

Apple crumble on a rainy day!

Hello there,

I´m not a big fan of rain, grey sky…. I´m not!!! In fact I think it´s so depressing 😦

However I think I don´t appreciate this kind of days because here in Ireland the past year( ok… maybe more) have been really bad. But rainy all day, blankets, pijamas and snuggle in the couch, watching a movie with the kids and hubby is so amazing and because of this… I  can see something good on this days.

The good side of this… apart of having a lazy day with my family I love to bake some goods and apple crumbe is on of our rainy days /winter comfort desserts. ( we like to bake cookes and biscuits asweel some cakes to have with hot chocolate or coffee.

So today I want to share how I make my own apple crumble.

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Let´s bake 🙂

Ingredients:

– 6 / 8 Apples – no skin( depend the size of your pyrex )

–  sugar ( as much as you like) – I use soft brown sugar

–  1 teaspoon vanilla paste  OR cinammon ( as much as you like)

–  Lemon juice( just to prevent the apples getting dark)

For the crumble:

– 130 gr plain flour

–  100 gr brown sugar

–  50 gr of pecans ( use other nut if you prefer)

–  120 gr  of butter – no salt but  I use Stork and works perfect

–  Cinammon if you like.

Now… let´s do it!!

Pre-heat the oven at 180ºc

Cut your apples in bites sizes… you dont need to be perfect and put in a bowl. Put over the lemon juice and just mix.

Sprinkle  the sugar and the vanilla( or cinammon) and fold the apple bites into until you have all the pices with some coating.

Put in the pyrex and reserve.

For the crumble you will need to put the flour, sugar and pecans on a food processor and pulse a fews times just to brake down the pecans in pieces( but not in flour)

Add the butter in pieces and pulse again until you get a crumble mixture.

Pour over the apple mixture evenly and to the oven it goes for about 25 minutes ( depends the oven).  Check the crumble is nice and golden brown or even a little more toast.. but do not let it burn 😀

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Enjoy with your family…. we love this with an ice-cream scoop, but sometimes we fancy by it self.

It´s so delicious with the vanilla hint and the warmness of the apple cooked with the sugar- almost caramelised… yummy, yummy!

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Hope you like this version with vanilla and pecans… It is really our favourite.

What do you do on the rainy days?

Thank you for stopping by,

With love,

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty · Reviews

Kiko Cosmetics Haul

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you some of Kiko Cosmetics products thay I bought  in Portugal, during my holidays!!

I am relatively new in these wanderings of makeup. About 1 year and a half I started to be   more interested in other products,  other colors that made me get out of my comfort zone and use more items.
I rarely wore makeup, but when I needed to go out to a party,  formal dinner, I only used eye shadow, mascara and lipbalm. Thats it… no blush, no foudation or BB cream… Nothing!!! ( weirdo)
The truth is … I was not into lose some time getting ready and walk trow the door. Super lazy …. :(


This interest came  when I started to watch some youtubers to talk and explain so well as tecniques and ´how to´and look nice and a little bit more elegant.
I was watching countless videos, blogs and reviews and I started to test some of the simple techniques with simple products.

I liked … Loved… a lot!!!!.  It is true that I have more time now. More ´me time´.

So I started to buy products that I think it will work for me and testing.It´s a addicted ´world´.

Therefore and after seeing some bloggers to speak of Kiko Cosmetics, and I was in Portugal, with some  Kiko stores around I was very happy to go inside and see all the buzz.
 I bought a very affordable little things. <3

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1-  Nail polish 501  ( 1€- really!!! )  /  2- Nail polish 509  /    3- Creamy lipstick GOSSAMER EMOTION  /   4-  Lipstick No 13 /  5- Kiss Balm BLACKBERRY   6- High pigment Wet ans Dry Eyeshadow No 16 /   7-  Night Balm ( nourishing lip treatment )

Already tested almost everything except the nail polish (No. 2).
I loved the lipsticks, super wearable, last long and are very comfortable on the lips.
The lipbalm (No. 5) gives a subtle color and is so moisturizer that I loved to use after a day at the  beach. All shades are so beautiful and so wearable. I love it!!
Night balm (No.7), I found very interesting because sits  beautiful on the lips and I found it very moisturizing.

Here´s a swatch on the lipsticks…aren´t they amazing? So affordable !

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Nail polish (No 1) It has a beautiful colour, very summery, and lasted me 4 days without chip, even with the normal work of the house and I  work with children, I am constantly washing hands, colouring with paints, playing with legos and other toys.

The eyeshadow….oh my…. it´s so pigmented, last long and it´s beautiful.

Tell me your opinion about more Kiko Cosmetics products?

What do you recomend?

Do you want to see more reviews ? I am kinda obsessed with my makeup things ( affordable and high end products).

I hope you liked this post and I hope this can help and inspire other women  to give a try on makeup too.

Note (I´m learning how to make reviews, so please be kind and if you have any suggestions, please leave in the comments).