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My after the beach shampoo


I always like to change up my shampoo for the summer months. I go to the beach a lot and I end up washing my hair every day. I always try to look for a shampoo and conditioner that is parabens free and that is extremely hydrating. That is what I found in the new Ultimate Blends Coconut Water and Aloe Vera range from Garnier. 


The Shampoo: I really like the formula of this shampoo. It's super light weight and makes my hair feel very soft and hydrated. This is not to talk about the smell. It smells so good, fresh and summery. 
I love how my hair feels like it has been out of the hairdresser as soon as I dry my hair. It also helped my hair regain shine, something I feel like my hair really need it. 
I can say that since I started using this range my hair is in a really really good place and that I will definitely buy this product again. 


The Conditioner : I am a sucker for a hardcore conditioning product. The texture of this conditioner is really similar to a hair mask. It's super hydrating and I think you can use it almost as a mask, which is what I look for in a Summer hair care product. 
The smell is similar to the smell of the shampoo. and for me the star point of this range is the hydration and shine that brings to the hair while it still feels super light weight.


Even tho Garnier is not a cruelty free brand I really liked this product and for now I'm only taking my first baby steps into the cruelty free world. I think I will repurchases this product during the summer months. Also if you know any cruelty free hair care brands please let me know in the comments!

Oh it's a Peach || Makeup Review

I've been meaning to write this post since I got this pallet back in February but I never got the time, today I talk about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye shadow Pallet 


If you've read my Top 5 Cruelty Free Makeup post you would know that I love Too Faced as a brand, specially their eye shadow pallets. This love affair started with the Chocolate Bar and then when I got my makeup done a few times by a makeup artist with this pallet I knew I had to get it. My boyfriend actually end up buying it for me while we were in Porto as a Valentines day present and I've used it almost every day ever since.



The packaging is super cute as always and the pallet smells likes real peaches, I personally love the smell but I've seen other beauty bloggers saying that it's a bit to artificial for them.
As for the shades in the pallet I consider them to be super wearable and complete. I can easily do my full eye look with only this pallet, it has a mix of mattes, metallic and shimmery shadows, in a very warm colour spectrum but with a lode of brownie nudes options. I literally can't pick favourties when it comes to this pallet because I really love every single shadow and I use all of them. 


The giltter infused shadows, however are a bit chalky, in my opinion but I can totally live with that. 
The colour pay off is also really great, specially in colours like Cobbler or Lucious. 
As far as matte shadows go I love to use Summer Yum all over my lid and then do a winged liner.
I really recommend this pallet, specially if you are into warm tones for your eyes. 
I think this can work on everyone but it would suit girls with green and blue eyes once this shadows really make the green in my eyes pop.



Here you can just see the first makeup look I did with this pallet. I kept it simple by using the shad Lucious all over the lid, then I used Puree to define my crease and the shade White Peach to bring light to my inner corner and brow bone. 


Have you ever tried any Too Faced products? 
What would you recommend?

Back home to the beach and waves || The Lighting Bolt Lookbook


There is no place like home, and home to me means going to the beach, today I guide you to an amazing weekend at an event with X-Tyle, Lighting Bolt and My Party Flowers...

 

The Surf and Wheels Event totally fits with Lighting Bolt surfer vibe and that is why X-Tyle decided to team up with the brand for the event. Thanks to that I was actually given the opportunity to put up a few outfits for a post. 
All of the outfits were really simple and totally amazing for the Summer Time, also all the t-shirts in this post are from the mans collection because there is nothing like and oversized t-shirt in the Summer. 
For my first outfit I paired a pair of light denim shorts with the Lighting Bolt Jungle Tee and my Cheapo Sunglasses. Of course that underneath I had my bikini instead of regular underwear.
I loved the colors on the Jungle Tee, the pastel tones mixed with the grey gave this outfit a colorful vibe, specially if you have into consideration what I normally wear.

I got my hair done by Tânia Pessoa with the help of My Party Flowers.
If you have seen my latest Instagram posts you would know by know that I am totally in love with using flowers in my hair for the Summer (if someone had told me this 3 months ago I would laugh at them). I never thought that I would be this kind of person but I don't even know myself anymore. I've been flower free for a week and I totally feel like my hair looks awful (by the way there is a blog post about flowers and hairstyles coming up soon).



For my second outfit I was dying to get my hands on a few of the amazing Lighting Bolt bikinis but guess what?! They didn't produce them here in Portugal, so my new (and amazing) Tezenis high waisted bikini had to do the trick. 
I am in love with this bathing piece, the color and the parent really suit my stile and the details are super up my alley. I love to get bikinis that will give me uncommon tan lines and this one is totally one of those.
Also the quality on this is amazing specially for a piece that is super umexpensive. 







Something I feel like I need to clear out is that I've only had one surf lesson in my entire life. The board here is just to make me look like the cool kids that actually know how to surf.
In my opinion there is nothing more relaxing then watching the sun set by the sea. I love the sound of the waves hitting the sand while I watch the sun going down. For me is the perfect moment to meditate, refocus and calm myself down after a stressful week.




For my last outfit I just paired some grey acid wash denim ripped shorts with the Embroidered Bolt Tee. 
If you know me you know I love this light teal colour. It's one of my favourite colours to wear in the summer alongside some black and white and grey (I know my wardrobe is crazy colorful). 
I loves this one specially because of how simple it looked but still made me look super pulled together. 
I love how soft the Lighting Bolt t-shirts are, they are also super light weight which makes them perfect to wear in the summer. 
By the way: Be careful if you don't want to end up with a t-shirt mark tan like I have! 



Thanks once again to Marta and X-Tyle and to Paula from Lighting Bolt. They are amazing human beings and I love them to the moon and back 
What was your favorite look? 




Bullet Journal: What is the fuss abut || Lifestyle

WARNING: Before you read this post have yourself a read at the Bullet Journal website!

Bullet Journals a controversial topic. Some say that you need to be an artistic super hero kind of thing to start bullet journaling. I am here to tell you that is BS! ALL YOU NEED IS A PEN AND A NOTEBOOK! 
Obviously you can get as creative as you want but you can keep it simple and just use some basic materials.
I've been planing with the help of a BuJo for a few years but in the beginning of 2017 I made a commitment and I've been using my bullet more then ever.
Here is a list of my bullet essentials: 

                                                          -  Moleskine dotted notebook;
                                                           - Sharpie Stainless steel pen;
                                                           - Staples highlighters;
                                                            - Washi Tape (I normally get it from Tiger);



But why is a Bullet Journal the perfect planner?


Index:
This is a tool that most planners don't have. It might seem stupid at first but I go back to it every single day. It's also a great way to keep organized as the months go by.
You might want to get a numbered journal tho if you think that numbering the pages down yourself is something you don't want to do!



Key:
Another tool that might be weird to most people, but having a key is a super easy way to put things down as you go, you will know what each color or icon means and it will make your life supper easy in the future.

Quotes:
I love to fill me Bullet with quotes that inspire me and keep me going, thing I want to keep in my mind this month. This one "Strive for progress not perfection" is in the beginning of my BuJo because I am super perfectionist and I tent to give up on things when they are not perfect, something I didn't want to do with this journal. 

Monthly/Weekly/Daily log:
I have tried it all and I found out that the only log that I really use is the monthly log. I keep two monthly logs, one for events, tasks and to dos and another one for blog posts. I love them both and even tho I set it up in two different parts of the journal sometimes I wish they were together but it's fine either way. 
Once in a while I do a weekly log or a daily log if a week or day are specially busy. 
As I said there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to your bullet journal, you do what works best for you!


A place to keep track of things:
I keep a monthly habit and social media tracker. I also keep track of my shade in different foundations, places I want to visit, TV shows I watch, etc. 
I love using my bullet to keep track of my life and have a diary of things that I wouldn't normally keep track of. It makes me feel organized and good about myself. I also makes me feel like I've achieved something every day or that I am working in the right way to achieve a goal. Trackers are not an essential part about a BuJo but are something that I would really recommend.


Where I store my best memories:
Sometimes all we need is a place where we can put movie tickets from that movie we went to see or souvenirs from our weekend get away. 
This is probably one of my favourite spreads in my BuJo. Here I have a little text with a few Polaroids and a bunch of tickets from my trip to Porto in February. 
Even though I'm thinking about creating a travel diary I will always keep track of good memories in my Bullet so that I can look back at in one day and feel the joy I felt when I was in those places.
The fact that I can keep that in my everyday planner is absolutely amazing.


If you, just like many people, were looking for my thoughts on the Bullet Journal I hope this post was informative enough. I really recommend this organizational method. It works wonders at least for me. If you have any questions I will be more then glad t answer them.

May Favourites || Lifestyle

I know there were no posts last week but guys my first year of university is over, and with it the need to move away. I'm looking for a new room to rent meanwhile I am going back to my home today and I couldn't be happier about it. 
But today I am here to share with you all of my favourite products of May. 
May was quite a month. I got back into blogging and I couldn't be happier about it. I passed my theoretical driving test and I got the opportunity to challenge myself a lot more. This month will always stay as a great memory in my brain and that is something we should celebrate. 
PS:. All the pictures in this post ware taking on a rush between packing while moving so I'm sorry in advance about them not being the best ones so far. 

Canon 50mm lens: Since I got my Canon 700D I knew I wanted to get this lens (could I be a bigger blogger cliche) but when my friend Jael decided to sell hers I had the perfect opportunity to get mine. 
I can say that getting this lens was one of my biggest motivations to come back to the blogging world. I love the quality that this lens gives, the focus and how amazing this makes me look in ever picture (yeah I know, the lens must be a miracle  worker).
Anyway all I can say is that if you are a blogger or a youtuber this is totally the lens you should invest in. Also just by your lenses second handed, they are normally a lot cheaper and they are in great condition.



Bullet Journal: I can't remember my life prior to the whole BuJo. I started my first BuJo when I was on sophomore year of high school, but I had never sticked to one before I got the Moleskin dotted journal in January. 
This month I used my bullet like I never did before. I think that the main reason behind this is the fact that now I am blogging and using my BuJo to stay on track of everything I need to do.
Also if you are still trying to decide if you should try the method out, YES you should! 
There will be a post about my baby BuJo soon here on the blog.



Twitter: While I wasn't blogging I was talking to other blogger (I know I'm a pain in the ass Maria) and trying to figure out what was the right way to put the word out there about my blog. The Portuguese and the British blogoespehere work in completely different ways and the best way to put the word out there about a blog is for sure twitter (while in Portugal Facebook is the way to go).
I fell in love with this platform during this month. I started in the second half of the month and I already have 100 followers (I know it's not much but I'm just starting out).
I'm a twitter addict. I also got to know a bunch of other blogs and bloggers thanks to this social media platform and I couldn't do a favourites post without mentioning it. 



 Essence Master Precise Mascara: Would I even call myself a beauty blogger if I made a favourites post without any beauty bits? I know it's only one but I can say that at the moment I am loving all of my products and I do not feel the need to buy makeup (believe me I've left Sephora empty handed on various occasions). I did however ran out of my Lash Sensational Mascara from Maybelline and I had to literally run to the drugstore to get my hands on a new one. This promised length volume and definition (too much for a 3 euros product), but surprisingly it does what it said. 
The package looks awful at the moment, but that just illustrates how much I love the product (and it's cheap price). I don't think I wore any other mascara in May.
By the way if you guys have any good cruelty free mascaras please let me know because I'm trying to turn my collection 100% cruelty free.



Big Little Lies: If you know me, you know that I'm a little (not so little) bit obsessed with Nicole Kidman (believe me I actually thought about putting the Cannes Film Festival as a favourite just because she was the QUEEN of Cannes this year).
Anyway, being a huge Kidmatic I had to watch this TV show. The all cast in amazing and the plot is awesome (don't worry this post is totally spoiler free).
If you need something to binge watch this series is perfect. Specially during exam season because it has only seven episodes (and yes i did watch 5 of them in the same day).



So I guess that this is it when it comes to my may favourites, I would love to know what are your favourites form them past month!