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The Swim Wear Edit || Fashion

I was lucky enough to be born in what Vogue US called the European California, The Algarve, Portugal. I live a 15min drive away from the beach and it's my favorite place to spend the hot summer days. Of course that with beach weather we also need beachwear. I got 3 new bathing suits to show you on this blogger post and I am equally in love with every single one of them.

For the first bikini, I just used my black bikini bottoms that I've had for a couple of years now (and I have no idea where they are from) then I paired them with this palm leaf print top that I got from the Calzedonia Outlet Store. I blame Kalyn Nicholson for my new found love for this pattern. I love the white top with the vibrant pattern and the way it looks on my tanned skin. Also, the bikini can be tight around your neck or you can put it into stripes. The top as a bit of a push-up effect (which I don't particularly love, but it's ok) and it looks really good on. The bra shape makes the cut of this bikini really comfortable to wear. 

I decided that this year instead of buying only bikinis like I always do, I also wanted to get a bathing suit. For me, it's a cool way to be dressed and beach-ready, while still looking pulled together. I love a good bathing suit as much as a love wearing a body when I'm out and about paired with some shorts. The shorts I paired this bathing suit with are from Quebra Mar and I got them from last summer collection. The sunglasses I picked are a pair of aviators from Villanova.

The baithing suit itself was a barging I found at Primark. I paid 6€ and it's already one of my favorite summer pieces. I love the fact that it says Vitamin Sea (which is the best vitamin you can get this summer). I also love the bright blue color.
I never thought I was going to be the type of girl to wear a bathing suit instead of a bikini but apparently, I am and now I really want to get a bright red Bay Watch Style one. 

Last but not least, I got this amazing bikini from Calzedonia. I always go for strapless tops and the cut of this part really reminded me of the shells Ariel wears in the Little Mermaid Movie. I'm a sucker for bikinis that are a little bit different then the regular triangle shape ones and if they allow you to get some pretty cool tan marks I'm all in. 
To go with it I picked the matching bottoms. When it comes to bikini bottoms I like the ones that cover your butt pretty well and I also like it when they don't have any bowties or anything on the side (I could tell you as a kid how many times I went to the ocean and the bowties would come off in a wave or something and I would have to run to my mum asking her to tie them back together...)

And this is it guys, all the clothes (or lack of them) that are keeping me cool in 2018. I hope you guys like the post and I can't wait to write a bit more fashion content here on the blog! 

The Problem with the Influencers Lifestyle || Lifestyle

Digital Influencer has become a term used in the modern years to define someone who has the power to influence people through their social media channels, that being Instagram, Twitter, Youtube or even a blog. I personally hate that term, I feel like it has been completely discredited due to social media platforms constantly changing their algorithms (yes, Instagram, I’m pointing at you), buying followers, likes and comments on various platforms and the lack of reality that some people bring to the game, damaging a whole group of hard-working people. 

We all follow them, and we all want, more than anything, have their lives, the free stuff, the amazing trips to paradisiac destinations, the making money over posting a picture on the Gram. Overall their lives seam absolutely perfect as if they have no problems what so ever. They are the type of person who wakes up at 6Am every day, works out, has an amazing perfectly balanced breakfast and goes on to live another perfect day in their perfect life. I’m here to tell you to SNAP OUT OF IT! If you go to my Instagram you will see multiple pictures from my trips, cool beach shots, and pretty locations. Keep in mind that this represents around 10% of my daily reality. I don’t post pictures of my endless study nights, or all the times I cry (believe me there are a lot of those). Like every other person, I use social media to show the very best, most perfect version of myself. 

I wanted to post twice a week during the month of June here on the blog, however I had exams, then I decided to take a week of to be with my friends and my cousin (who was visiting from France) in Lisbon and then, when I was about to post again I got a really nasty reply to a tweet which made me feel completely wrong as a blogger, like I didn’t have a place on the internet and I couldn’t write anything for a few days without feeling ashamed of myself. I, of course, didn’t share anything about this on my platforms but the feelings were there. Influencers are not a hologram or a clone without any feelings, they are real human beings, they laugh and they cry the same way all humans do.

I personally like to follow people whose work is real. I try to filter influencers based on how they present themselves on all of their platforms. I love to watch a video or read a post about failure and to see that the successful person that I’m watching as, like me, also had some experience with that. Vlogs became my favorite type of content to watch because we get an inside on that person's life. Normally YouTubers are more real when they are vlogging then when they are doing a full edited sit-down video because in a vlog they are opening a little window to their lives so that all of their subscribers can watch it. 

The problem with some influencers, in my opinion, is the lack of originality, they see a formula that worked for someone like Zoella and they try to mimic that formula for themselves. This obviously doesn’t work because we already have one Zoella. In my opinion, the key to success (and I am by no mean near said success) is hard work and personality, the more real you are, the more real your followers are going to be. And after all, that is exactly what matters as an influencer. Having the ability to built a real and strong following audience. 

Outfit: Shoes: Vans; Pants: Primark; Top: H&M; Sunglasses: Michel Kors

10 Things To Do in São Miguel, Azores || Travel

I've gone to the Azores for the 3rd time this month and I asked you on Instagram if you would rather watch a regular Travel Guide or a 10 Things to do in São Miguel, and the choice was obvious!
Here you have my master list to take with you when visiting The Azores. This post will include pictures from all my trips, once I've visited different places on every single one of them!

Swim at the Ponta Delgada Natural Pool - This is one of my favorite places in Ponta Delgada, it was a hidden gem that I found out on the last day of my second trip and that automatically made it to the 'must visit' list. The Ponta Delgada Natural Pool is free of charge (if you want to use the showers or the bathroom it costs 1€) and it lets you swim in the ocean under the supervision of a lifeguard. It's also a good place to relax and get a sunbath before. 

Drink tea and explore the plantation at the Gorreana Tea Factory - This is maybe one of my favorite things I've ever done. I love tea and I drink at least 3 cups per day, having the opportunity to go to an old school tea factory was one of the best experiences of my life. The Gorreana Tea Factory hasn't been industrialized so all the production is still done in an old-school kind of way, making it not only a tea factory but also a museum. You can visit the factory and the plantations and drink all the tea you want and it's absolutely free (I was shocked too)! I got a bunch of tea there when I went to visit and I still have some. You can buy the tea in the factory but also in many other selling points in the island.

Visit all of the lagoons (Lagoa o Fogo, Lagoa das Sete Cidades e Lagoa das Furnas) and be amazed by nature itself - One of the strong points of the Island is for sure the natural beauty that it brings. I love the feeling I have when I'm in a car and I look to my left and all I see is the blue of the ocean and then I look to my right and all I see is the green from the fields, trees, and plants. Being a volcanic island São Miguel has a lot of lagoons to visit. 
Lagoa do Fogo is for sure my favorite one, a bit less touristy than the other two. In my opinion is the perfect location for insta worthy pictures (if you don't believe me check the locations on my recent Instagram pictures). 

Lagoa das Sete Cidades is maybe the most touristic one. It's the image many associates immediately when they think of The Azores. I love how the water mixes in the lagoon itself.
Lagoa das Furnas it has a cost of 2€ to visit, but you can see the beautiful lagoon and the park created around it. One of my favorite things to see there was the crazy amount of baby ducks that they have there, it was the absolutely cuttest thing I've ever seen. If you want you can see the famous 'cozido das Furnas' being cooked which is basically cooked underground with the heat that is provided by the Earth itself.  

Go for a hot water bath at Caldeira Velha and Poça da Dona Beija - Remember when I said that the island was volcanic? Nature has created many natural pools with running water at a temperature that goes from 25ºC to 40ºC. Its one of the most relaxing things you can do. Let your body be immersed in the hot water and enjoy the therapeutical feeling. The experience is like going to a natural hot tub surrounded by trees and vegetation, absolutely wonderful. Both of these places have a cost of around 5€.

Spend a day viewing the flowers and swimming in 40º water at the Terra Nostra Natural Park - Everyone told me I had to visit the Terra Nostra Natural Park and now I'm here to tell you that you need to visit it too! Its the perfect place to spend a day and visit beautifully treated gardens and swim in really warm pools. The park has a recommended 5Km hike in which you will be visiting all of the different areas and plants and then you can go relax by the pool. I think it's a beautiful natural masterpiece and that the cost of 8€ is absolutely worth it. 

Eat a steak at Associação Agrícula - The Azores is known for its cows (they say that there is one cow per habitant of the island) and you can see the animals all around the island. I feel like the animal is really respected there and the beef there tastes like something out of this world. I recommend that you to go have the best steak of your life at the Associação Agrícula Restaurant. My favorite is the Steak with Passion Fruit Sauce. I really recommend it. 

Eat fish at Adega Regional - Being in the middle of the ocean is no surprise that the fish is amazing. Adega Regional, in the center of Ponta Delgada, became one of my favorite places to eat while on the multiple trips I've made to the Azores, becoming a mandatory stop. Being from the Algarve I'm used to really nice fresh fish and the fish I had at this restaurant didn't disappoint. Also, they probably do the best passion fruit semifreddo that I've ever tried!

Stroll around the beautiful streets of Ponta Delgada - Walking around the city of Ponta Delgada is totally worth it. You can see the beautiful and colorful building and at the same time a lot of blacks and white ones that seem designed to fit perfectly there. You can visit the marina and play a game of bowling at the Atlantic City Arcade. The city is full of things to do and to see and I think it's well worth the visit even if your hotel is not located there.

Go Scuba diving and discover a whole new world under the sea - Scuba diving was on my Bucket List for the longest time and I still can't believe I finally did it! I had decided that I wanted to have this experience on The Azores because it's located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and I couldn't recommend it more to anyone! I paid 90€ for the dive at Best Spot Center. You will see that the ocean truly holds another universe down there and you will feel an immense respect for nature and for biodiversity. 
Visit Ilhéu de Vila Franca for a different concept of a beach -  If you want to experience a different concept of a beach take the boat ride to Ilhéu de Vila Franca and visit a regular beach that was created on a rock. The water is cool and there are many fishes that will come near you once you truly are swimming in the middle of the ocean. 

And this is it, guys! I truly love the Azores. It's like Portuguese Hawaii in my opinion full of landscapes to see and fun activities to do all the time and I couldn't recommend it more! If this trip isn't on your bucket list be sure to add it because it's totally worth it!

A Cruelty Free Makeup Look || Makeup

Cruelty-free makeup and beauty brands is a topic that always seems to captivate a lot of attention from you guys whenever I write about it. Almost one year ago I shared with you a few of my favorite products from brands that don't test on animals and today I decided it was time for some kind of update regarding that aspect. I decided to create a makeup look using only cruelty-free makeup products. This is the perfect look for the warmer days especially if you are into some glowy beautiful makeup.

Kiko Less Is Better Fluid Highlighter: I love to use cream and liquid products in the warmer months instead of powders. For this look, I applied this fluid highlighter as a primer and then on top of my foundation on the spots where I would usually apply highlighter. This product gives me an amazing golden and pearly glow and the fact that I use it both under and on top of my foundation gave the makeup look an extra radiance.
Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation: This foundation is one of the best purchases I've ever made from the drugstore. I got it a few months ago when I went to Seville even though the shade was too dark for me at the time. I do not regret buying this beautiful foundation. It provides a medium to high coverage that is completely buildable without looking caky. If you are in the market for an inexpensive brand with great products that does no harm to animals what so ever I think Wet n Wild is one of the best options in the market.

Kiko Matte Fusion Pressed Powder: Especially in the Summer I find it essential to use some kind of powder on top of your makeup to make sure it stays put. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of powders but I've been using the Matte Fusion Pressed Powder for a while now and I really like it. It looks really natural when applied to the skin. I also feel like it makes my skin less shiny for much longer then most powders I've used before.

Milani Baked Bronzers and Blushes: Milani powders are a few of m favorites out there. I absolutely love their baked blushes and bronzers. For this makeup, I used their bronzer in the shade Soleil and their blush in the shade Luminoso which is the perfect shade for a summer glowy look.

Urban Decay Brow Tamer: For me when I am going for a simple makeup look I like to leave my brows as natural looking as they can be. I used a bit of the Urban Decay Brow Tamer to brush them and keep them in their place. A clear brow gel is the way to go when it comes to soft looks. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: This is by far my absolute favorite liquid lipstick form in the world! They are moisturizing and matte at the same time and they are kiss proof which is always a plus. The shade I picked for this look was Stockholm which is a peachy nude, the perfect shade for a soft makeup look that will keep me of worrying about reapplying my lip product (ain't nobody got time for that!) 

Et voilá this is the final look I created using these products! I hope you all enjoyed the post and please leave a comment telling me what cruelty-free products I have to try! 

A Few MAC Products I've been Loving || Makeup

Since I was a little girl I've always dreamed about MAC products, MAC used to be the fanciest makeup I could ever dream of owning, and now, a few years and many makeup products later, I have to admit that my 12-year-old self feels very accomplished! 

My mum gave me a MAC 55€ voucher as a birthday present. With it, I could go to a MAC store, get my makeup done by one of their makeup artists and use it to buy some products. I waited for a special date to use the voucher because is not every day that I get the opportunity to get my makeup done by a professional. On the 21st of February, aka Joãos birthday, I booked my session. When I arrived there I was surprised to find my friend Jael (which is the best makeup reviewer, check her blog!) in the MAC store where I was going to get my makeup done (I had asked her the day before what MAC products she recommended, and she had given me a list of things to try)! She stayed with me for the whole time and helped the makeup artist pick what products to wear on me, so a huge THANK YOU, for making this experience even better!
Also, Jael was the one who gave the Next To Nothing Foundation, so thank you for that too!
So now, let me talk about the products. I decided to do a “full face” of makeup wearing only the products in this post, I only added my favorite MAC lipstick, which is Taupe if you are 

Next to Nothing Foundation: This is a super light coverage foundation with a texture really similar to a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer. I have been loving to use this product when getting ready super quickly in the morning before school, this doesn’t cover any of my imperfections but it gives my skin an even look, which is what I aim towards most days. I normally would wear a concealer over it and powder but for the sake of this review, I decided to use it alone on my skin. If you have combination or oily skin you will find the use of a powder to be essential when wearing this foundation, due to its dewiness all the oil that your skin will produce during the day will be accentuated, so if that isn’t your type of look, maybe this foundation is a product to skip. 

Double Gleam Highlighter: Before going to get my makeup done, I was sure I wanted to get a highlighter, because I didn’t own any powder highlighter, prior to this one (I don’t know how that is possible, but let's move on). Jael told me to try the cult MAC highlighter Soft and Gentle, but I guess that was too soft and gentle to me… I like to use my highlighter has a lighthouse for aliens or something (that is why I always used to use eyeshadows to illuminate my face). Then the makeup artist recommended me Double Gleam and my heart fell for it, immediately. This highlighter has a beautiful golden shade and it’s super shiny. If you don’t want your highlighter to make a statement, this one isn’t the product for you. If I want to spice things up and make it more noticeable then what I already do, I spray my brush with a bit of Fix+ before applying this beauty to my face. 

Upward Lash Mascara: Jael had worn me about the wonders of this mascara, but I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to spend my money on another mascara, because if there is a makeup product I don’t need that is it. However, when the makeup artist applied the mascara to my lashes I had never seen my lashes look so amazing. Whenever I use this mascara people ask me if I have fake lashes or what mascara am I wearing. Do I think this is worth the 25€ price? Absolutely! Its tiny applicator allows me to reach every corner of my eye, which I normally find difficult with mascaras whose wand is a lot bigger. This beauty gives length and volume in a not clumpy way, which, if you know me, know it’s my favorite way. A downside of this mascara is that it flakes away after a long day, but the effect that gives to my lashes for the most part of the day makes it worth it!

Fix + Priming and Setting Spray: Both Jael and the makeup artist said I HAD to get this product, and who am I to disagree… This product is like the cherry on top of the cake in any makeup collection, it makes all the layers of makeup disappear in your skin and it gives a full glam makeup a natural skin look. I love the effect it leaves on my skin. Also, it makes me feel really fancy when I spray my skin every day with it. I would say if you want to invest in a MAC product that has no competition what so ever from other brands this is the product to get!

Here you can see a little before and after using only this products. I never thought that this would work out so well as a makeup look, but I must say I would happily go anywhere looking like this. It was really pushing it out of my comfort zone not wearing any blush or bronzer but I think it ended up working really well as a whole look and I think this is going to be my summer no makeup makeup uniform. 

Are there any products from MAC that you think I really must try? If so what are they?