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


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 !


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).



Orange cake!! No eggs? Not a problem..

Sometimes…..(ok many times) we want a slice of cake…. not a fancy one or full of creams and toppings. Just a simple, delicious, comforting  fluffy cake to have with a cup of tea or coffee( coffee for me please :b  ).

This time I decided to bake an orange cake. Its soooo good.



This recipe is a little bit different than usual because I didn´t use eggs.

Why?? Because here we have a dairy and eggs intolerance, so 99% of the time I bake without this. In your case…imagine you really want a cake but no eggs left… so this is a great recipe to try out.

A plus… you use the whole orange…. yes, skin too 🙂

Look at this…. yummy!!!


Here are the ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour ( plain)
  • 2 cups of sugar ( I used brown, feel free to use what you have)
  • 1 whole orange ( biger size)
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/4 cup of  boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

How to:

1-Pre-heat the oven at 180ºc.

2-Butter a cake pan ( I like with a hole in the middle) and set aside.

3-Peel the orange skin  and reserve.

4-Take the white parte away from the orange and discard .

5-Put the orange and the skin in a blender with the oil and blend!!! Blend, blend until its smooth.

6-Put the mixture in a bowl,  add the sugar and with a mixer…. whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

7- Add the flour and the baking powder and whisk again until you have a uniform batter.

8- Add the boiling water and whisk until it´ts all smooth.

9- Pour into the pan and ready to the oven for about 40m.( Please check with a toothpick or a raw Spaghetti).

And voila… a nice and delicious cake just in time for  coffee.


Hope you like it as much as we did.






Beauty · Reviews

Face Masks to pamper your skin


On my recent trip to Portugal, I couldn´t avoid  one visit to Sephora.
Looking for products that I cant find here in Ireland but well known around the internet.
I was looking for facial masks and found the famous (or perhaps not) Tony Moly. I was pretty excited because I wanted to test some of them.
I´m relative new to this ´beauty world´ ( cof cof , I´m in my late 30´s ) but I was excited about face masks and fingers crossed they do what they claim. 😀
So, I end up buying this ones but so far only tried the Tomato one!! Let me tell you… I was super amazed with the results.
Its a one sheet masks soaked in a ´gel´and  I applied on my face and I end up reading a book for 20 minutes. After that I took the mask off and massaged all my face with the leftover gel in the packaging. I felt immediately some difference… more glow and definitely more smooth. The day after… I even notice more differences… my skin was amazing!! So, thumbs up for the Tomato Mask sheet!!
So amazing to feel your skin glowing …
I will try the others ones and I will give my opinion too.
I couldn´t avoid… and I bought the Sephora  masks too.. not only for face, but lips, eyes and feet too. I didn´t tried yet non of them, but as soon as I do I will post my opinion.
Do you use face masks often? Which ones are your favourites ? Tell me all about it in the comments.
Recipes · Uncategorized

Raspberry Smoothie – Breakfast is served!!

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals… and here in our home we can have smoothies, porridge, toasts, pancakes or scones.

Ok… pancakes and scones only when its a birthday or weekends 🙂

For our breakfast today we had one of ours quick, delicious and nutritious breakfasts!!

Raspberry Smoothie!! Great way to start the day 🙂


Yesterday morning we spend a couple of hours picking raspberries in a fruit farm, so we have pleanty to use…. They are amazing in flavour and give this smoothie a great taste!

We used almond milk – feel free to add any other non dairy milk or dairy milk if you prefer to this recipe.

Hope this can inspire you and give you ideas for a busy morning !!!

Throw all in a blender, blend and enjoy!!!

Serves 1( usually).


  • 1  bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup of rasberries
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • dash of maple syrup( optional)

Note: if you like more a liquid consistency add more milk… if you like more creamy just add less milk.






Family Life

Samaná – Dominican Republic – My 1st post


Sun, fun on our summer holidays!! No worries with food, clothes or cleaning for one week!

Just relax on the beach with amazing view, lovely drinks  and good food!!

Staff were amazing, friendly and always making sure we had everything to make us happy!

The choice this year was Grand Bahia El Portillo! Samaná, Dominican Republic.

This hotel was a 1h from Samana El Catey Airport and during the transfers between the Hotel and the Airport the views were beautiful but at the same time give you the reality how they live there ( and its poor).

It was an amazing location to spend a week( or two). Lots of trips that you can do with so much to learn from locals. However our visit to Samana was really for relax and rest with plenty of sunshine and enjoying the hotel and all the ameneties. We want to go back soon to go to Playa Rincon, Bacardi Island, Cascata del Limon and of course Los Haitises National Park!!!

Snorkling was one of our favourites ´to do´during that week as well as walking along the sea shore. Beautiful landscape, the blue sky merge with the sea…. so many different shades of blue .
The Caribbean Sea … blue … green … the aqua color … joins with sand, thin and hot. All this completes a landscape of green palm trees … many shades of green. All sizes and in all directions are a landscape to cut our breath. Adding to all this the sun kissing the face (and burning) and we have the perfect setting for a seaside walk finding coconuts that fall from the trees and laying there, on the sand  coming and going with the mini waves.
The beach keps all the natural beauty… the trees grow no matter here..

Its an amazing place and I really want to share with you some photos to show you how amazing it was!!!

If you get a chance to visit… just go!!!

Hope you like the photos and I hope you like my first post.

Any suggestions are welcome( in the comments)!!Samana2016