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Nanshy – makeup sponge review

January 20, 2015

Last week I participated in my first ever Twitter chat, organised by Bloggers Hub. The idea is to bring brands and bloggers together, from the comfort of one’s home or office. One of the brands I got acquainted with was Nanshy, who were kind enough to send me one of their makeup sponges to try. I thought it was a good idea as I’m trying to take my makeup a bit more seriously, to make it look right. The reason being, as my skin is maturing and my pores widening like craters, not all products will look good and the results may be improved by applying them differently. For this reason I’ve been investing and trying out different tools, as for example, smearing corrector with just my fingers no longer looks acceptable on my crow’s feet.

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I love Tea – with Dragonfly Tea

January 14, 2015
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Tea has been part of western culture for centuries, having been brought to Europe originally by the Dutch in the 17th Century. They seem to have started a trend that stuck! (Maybe we can write about other things the Dutch are famous for but that will have to be left for some other time).

I may have mentioned this before – I am a tea person. I can’t really drink coffee as I don’t like the flavour nor the aroma. For this I am occasionally made fun of because being Portuguese, I should LOVE coffee, the stronger the better. As this is not the case, when I want to have a hot beverage, tea is my go to option and I have never met a tea that I don’t like.

That said, Dragonfly Tea sent me a few flavours to try, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.

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Upping the Eyebrow game – with Paul & Joe Beauté

January 10, 2015

Before Christmas I attended one of the most interesting events I’ve been to so far, to launch a few new products by Paul & Joe Beauté.

Who hasn’t at least heard of this brand? Between the amazing packaging design they’ve been consistently putting out (remember the cat shaped lipsticks?) and the good quality of their products, it’s no wonder that it’s so popular. This was an unusual event because we had not only the chance to see the new SS15  collection first hand but also saw Paul & Joe‘s Artistic Beauty Director & Global Make-up Artist Craig-Ryan French perform his art and teach us about eyebrow styling.

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It’s cold, it’s time for mulled wine.

December 3, 2014


The other night the boyfriend and I tried to go to the movies. As the film we wanted to see had jut premiered, we found out that there were no tickets left. Him being ever so resourceful said, “let’s just go home and stop at the supermarket on the way, I’ll get some supplies for some mulled wine”. And what a great idea it was… in this cold weather it felt like it was the best thing in the world. Nothing like a cup of hot wine to warm you a little on the inside.

So here’s the recipe for the mulled wine:


  • 1 bottle of wine (get cheap one, no point using an expensive one)
  • 1 orange, chopped up
  • 200 gr of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
Preparation method: Chuck everything into a pot and heat it up. It’s that simple. You’ll know it’s ready when the scent permeates the house. 

As I had received some new coffee glasses from Ozeri and not being really the coffee drinker, I thought it would be the best opportunity to try them out. I think it was also the best idea ever, because they are perfect for drinking hot beverages. These glasses are made of hand blown glass, and are microwave and dishwasher resistant (I tried it myself, it does do what it says on the box). The double walls ensure that even though it’s a glass container, you don’t burn your fingers while holding the cup. The glasses are, in my opinion, elegant and would look good on any occasion and I reckon you can use them for cold drinks as well.

Do you have your own mulled wine recipe, or an interesting variation? Please share it in the comments!


Review – Tweez’em

November 27, 2014


The good thing about blogging about all sorts of things and beauty in particular, is finding out about products  and things you never knew existed in the first place. In this particular case, the Tweez’em Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair , Splinter Tweezer By Majestic Bombay! I was offered a sample and I was happy to try it out as it has been designed especially to deal with ingrown hair. Who doesn’t get those, right? And what a nuisance they are!

As you can see by its shape, its ends are very sharp so you need to be careful, especially if you’re using it to tweeze your eyebrows – don’t gouge your eyes out, please. It comes in a small pouch and it includes a plastic tip you can use to cover the sharp edges, so please be mindful to replace it after you use them.

I would also say that they can be used for precise tweezing, as the tips are so small- especially when dealing with eyebrows, as regular tweezers make it a bit harder to pluck individual hairs. It is made of stainless steel so you don’t have to worry about it rusting if you leave it in the bathroom. It is definitely a good adition to my beauty tools, as eyebrows in particular need constant grooming.

Have you tried this before?