Affordable Glowy Makeup Edit

June 25, 2017

So I know I've always said I'm not the biggest fan of drugstore makeup and that I much prefer to spend my pennies on high end goodies, but... Y'all, I was DUMB. Of course I still adore my high end makeup (you can never take away my Charlotte Tilbury lippies!) and I'll never stop buying those, but I've come to realise there are SO many amazing makeup goodies in the drugstore!

Recently I've been scouring the drugstore for some dewy, fabulous makeup products and I've found some that I'm utterly obsessed with! I know these probably won't be news to you, but here are my favourite new drugstore finds for an affordable and glowy Summer makeup look.

Summer Mood

June 21, 2017

Summer has graced us with our first heatwave of the year and the thought of wearing anything other than (preferably white) flowy dresses is totally out the window for me! 

38 degree weather calls for a gorgeous cotton midi dress like this one from Mango, paired with some beautiful tan wedges, gold accessories (this necklace is my dream) and the prettiest straw bag from Zara – I desperately wanted the white version of this but it sold out before I decided to order it, so I didn't hesitate when I saw they brought it back in pink! Topping off the look we have the new Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light bronzer and the gorgeous NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl... Simple, but effortlessly beautiful: this is definitely my dream Summer uniform!

My Skincare Must Haves For Glowy Skin

June 18, 2017

My skin has been one of my biggest insecurities since I can remember. I suffered from pretty bad acne in my teens and it has left some pretty ugly scarring around my nose and chin, so I'm extra wary of those areas of my face. That and the fact my skin is constantly feeling dehydrated and dull, as well as being ridiculously sensitive, makes up for a less than ideal base!

However, I've introduced some new skincare goodies into my routine and I've definitely noticed some great improvement to my skin. Today I thought I'd walk you through some of my hero products that helped bring the glow back to my skin!

If You Buy One Thing This Month...

June 14, 2017

...certifiquem-se que é esta paleta da NARS! Depois de a marca ter oficialmente lançado na nossa querida Sephora, sabia que havia uma coisa que não podia perder: a paleta de blushes Unfiltered II. Quer dizer, cinco blushes e um iluminador basicamente pelo preço de um?! Nem precisei de pensar duas vezes!

Fiquei ainda mais tentada por esta paleta porque nunca tive nenhum blush NARS (eu sei, um choque), portanto achei que seria a oportunidade perfeita para os experimentar! Vamos lá por partes...

Five Things I'm Currently Obsessed With

June 10, 2017

What's the one thing I love more than finding new amazing products? It's sharing them with you! Recently I got to try some fab new and some cult products that have completely rocked my world, so I feel super excited to share a little review of those with you – who knows, maybe here you'll find that little push to treat yourself to some of these goodies...? ;).

5 Tips For A Beautiful Instagram Feed

June 04, 2017

Now, let me preface this by saying I'm not tooting my own horn here or implying that my feed is perfect because it definitely isn't, but I take such joy in photographing, editing and Instagramming that I just love to talk about the topic! Sad? Maybe. Do I love it? Oh yes!

I get asked a lot about what kind of filters I use, how I edit my photos, how I put my feed together, etc, so I wanted to share some of my top tips with you. Hope this post is helpful and that I've answered your questions!

New In: Summer Beauty Edit

June 02, 2017

Summer is my favourite time of year for beauty launches (and everything else, really). I love scouring the beauty counters for all the latest releases that usually come in the form of uber glowy, radiant and fresh makeup! I've condensed some of my favourite new products – some I'm dying to try and some that are just way too beautiful to pass up. Here are some of my top choices...

May Loves

May 31, 2017

May was an amazing month when it comes to discovering new beauty and skincare products, so I'm supeeer excited to share my monthly favourites with you! Between a huge Cult Beauty haul and quite a few fashion splurges, 'twas a good month I must say.

My Charlotte Tilbury Collection

May 28, 2017

My love for Charlotte Tilbury has kinda started to define me and I must say, I'm pretty okay with that! The Tilbs' eponymous brand has fast become my all time favourite makeup brand (bold claim, I know) and my collection has been growing slowly but steadily. Therefore, today's post is all about my CT collection, keeping in mind there's so many other things still on my wishlist!

Stop Everything! I’ve Found The Best Self Tan Ever

May 25, 2017

I like to think of myself as quite the self tan connoisseur. I've trialled and tested many self tanners in my lifetime and I have encountered every possible outcome: Cheeto orange limbs, streaky messes, looking like a mild version of Shrek and even a tan turning grey on me. Mega babe, obviously! 

I've always had Loving Tan on the back of my mind. I've wanted to try this for YEARS, but I didn't want to risk being hit with nasty customs (the brand is based in Australia), so I kind of thought I'd never be able to get my mitts (pun intended) on it. BUT THEN. Oh, then. Cult Beauty, a.k.a. my life, recently started stocking Loving Tan! Cue: not so silent screams of glee! 'Hooray, I'm finally going to be a golden goddess!', I told myself. So, does this live up to my wild expectations? I'm sure you can guess by the title that it does!

A Cult Beauty Splurge

May 21, 2017

It's no secret to anyone that Cult Beauty is my favourite beauty retailer – yes, I may even prefer it to Sephora... Let that sink in for a moment. To be honest though, you just can't beat the amazing brands they stock there or even the customer service they provide! It's all top notch and I'm a definite repeat offender when it comes to spending more money than I should there.

My Everyday Makeup Routine

May 19, 2017

I'm definitely not someone who likes a heavy makeup look in the slightest. Even during Winter, which is probably that time of year where people really like that full coverage and dark hues, I'm still that person who goes for sheer and dewy bases and pinky lips! Because of that, I can do my makeup in about 5 minutes flat – a touch of foundation, fill in my eyebrows, add a bit of mascara, bronzer and blusher and top it all off with an easy, no fuss lipstick. Here are my picks for my everyday face!

My Experience With Lash Extensions

May 14, 2017

After months of thinking and talking about it, I finally went and got my eyelash extensions! My lashes... Well, my lashes are short and stumpy little devils, which stubbornly face downwards no matter how much I curl and coat them in mascara. Naturally, I was super excited when the opportunity arose for me to get them done! But before we get into that, there's another process I want to tell you about...


May 10, 2017

I don't know about you, but I'm completely obsessed with embroidery at the moment! This trend is everywhere right now and it makes me SO happy. Zara is absolutely killing it with their stock, I could honestly blow my monthly wages in one go there! #realbankbalancetears

I Found Out How Much My Daily Face Of Makeup Cost...

May 07, 2017

...and it wasn't pretty. I didn't realise just how much money I was slathering on my face every single day until I broke it down to write this post! My penchant for high end makeup is clearly getting out of hand, it seems. Even though I wish I could save some pennies, few things give me more joy than treating myself to a new high end lipstick or blush, so I don't see my collection dwindling down anytime soon. So without further ado, let's break down just how much my daily face of makeup cost me...

A Mother's Day Gift Guide

May 04, 2017

O Dia da Mãe é já este domingo e eu confesso que a minha mente é um deserto de ideias. É tão difícil escolher um só presente quando se sente que a Mãe merece o universo e não apenas um creme ou um perfume, não é?

April Loves

April 30, 2017

It's April favourites time! This month I've discovered some amazing products that I really want to share with you, even though most of them are already well loved cult classics. Without further ado, let's get on with the post!

Yes, It’s True...

April 27, 2017

...a NARS está mesmo a chegar a Portugal! Excitement levels: 1000000. Soube desta mega novidade há uns meses, mas a confirmação oficial só chegou agora: a NARS aterra nas nossas lojas Sephora a 6 de junho e a minha wishlist já é do tamanho do meu braço, especialmente porque nunca experimentei nada da marca visto que é uma chatice encomendar de fora.

Bronze & Glow

April 26, 2017

As I'm typing this, I still can't believe I finally own this beauty! If you asked me, at any given time, what makeup item I'd want in my collection, I'd say the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in a heartbeat. Like, I wouldn't even have to think about it! It's truly one of those products that had been on my wishlist for ages, but the horrific price tag always held me back. I mean, 65€ gals... Imagine the things I could buy with that money! (Not a lot, realistically, but still).

7 Products I’d Repurchase Again & Again

April 22, 2017

When it comes to beauty, I'm not a repeat offender. It's very rare that I'll find myself repurchasing a product once I run out, purely because I'm always super eager to try new things instead of spending my money on the same old product – yes, even if I love it to bits. However, once in a blue moon there are exceptions, which is the ultimate sign of a product reaching cult status for me! Here are seven products I will repurchase time and time again...

Easter Wishlist

April 16, 2017

My beauty wishlist is, as always, never ending. I've managed to stick to just two beauty purchases per month – kinda (super) proud about that! –, but that doesn't mean I don't have a wishlist as long as my arm! However, with Easter come some Easter treats and some money to spend, which makes it the perfect occasion to splurge a little on some things that I've had my eye on for ages...

6 Perfect Lipsticks For Spring & Summer

April 14, 2017

Lipstick is arguably my favourite makeup item. I've built up quite the collection, sometimes having about seven lipsticks that are all the same hue (but they're different, I swear!), and yet I'm always on the lookout for more shades to add to my stash!

Despite having more lipsticks than I can count, they're all pretty much in the nude side of things. I have four of five bright lipsticks, yes, but I tend to reach for the lightest ones as I feel they suit me best. With that in mind, I thought I'd share six beautiful lipsticks I'm gonna be rocking this Spring and Summer...

5 Beautiful Blogs You Should Be Following

April 09, 2017

One of the things I love the most about the blogging community is the fact everyone is, for the most part, super lovely and uplifting – whether you're friends or just mere strangers. I've had times when everything felt too overwhelming and I was once this close to just quitting, but this community really kept me going. I'm so glad I did, because this little hobby of mine is SO rewarding and fulfilling!

Now that the sap is out of the way, I really want to share some of the blogs that are written by the loveliest people who inspire me, make me laugh, lead me to bankruptcy and all those good things on a daily basis!

Emma Hardie Moringa, The Balm of All Cleansing Balms

April 06, 2017

Sometimes some products are SO good that you don't even want to write a big ol' introduction and keep people on the edge of their seats to find out whether you'd recommend it or not... Yep, that is the case here! Wow is really all I can say about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, probably the best skincare product I have ever tried.

Before we start, I have to let you know that my skin probably wins the award for World's Most Sensitive and Annoying Skin, considering it reacts to nearly EVERYTHING – foundations (especially), eye creams, primers, moisturisers... You name it, my skin reacts to it. It's a totally pain in the bum, so I wasn't really expecting miracles with this. Still, I finally took the plunge when I saw the Christmas bauble on Cult Beauty for a really kind price (skincare is expensive as fudge) and the magic unravelled in front of my very eyes.

New In At Sephora

April 03, 2017

Como conter o entusiasmo acerca das novidades que vão começar a aparecer pela Sephora? Impossível, digo-vos já! Vi pelo Instagram que o Press Day Sephora foi na passada sexta-feira e as coisas que vi por lá deixaram-me com uma alegria imensa e com necessidade de poupar (muito) para fazer estragos em maio!

Pensei em fazer um recap de todas as novidades que vão aparecer pela Sephora durante este mês e o próximo – e outras MEGA novidades que deverão chegar ainda este ano! Vamos lá começar porque há muito para contar.

March Loves

March 31, 2017

Time for another round of favourites! Today's edition is special because it's the first one posted during Spring – woohoo! I seriously can barely contain my excitement over the fact Summer is just around the corner, can you tell? Anyways, onto my favourite products throughout the month of March.

Zara, My Love

March 27, 2017

Dress • Jacket • Shoes • Sunglasses

I don't know about you but I'm absolutely smitten with Zara's SS17 collection! Zara is my fave shop in the whole wide world and I made the mistake of going in this weekend, resulting in quite a bit of damage. This time I couldn't resist and brought two beautiful pieces home with me, but I have SO many more on my wishlist for Spring & Summer...

The 'Best Moisturiser On The Market' Costs Less Than a Fiver

March 24, 2017

Good skincare products at affordable prices? Yes, it's possible! Allow me to explain: when it comes to skincare, there are some things I feel you can splurge on (oils, serums, masks, et al) and others you can save on – and that is moisturisers.

These goodies are all 2.99€ and let me tell you, they are bloomin' brilliant. After hearing the Cien Aqua Moisturising Cream (the one with the turquoise lid) was named the best moisturiser on the market, above La Mer's 225€ offering – considered the worst of them all! –, I was definitely intrigued. It sells out almost every time it hits the shelves here, so I ran to my local Lidl and snapped up all 4 of these to test out. Three months later, here are my opinions on them!

Spring & Summer Edit: Beauty

March 22, 2017

I'm SO excited about the new beauty releases that have been popping up left, right and centre lately! Spring and Summer are definitely my favourite seasons of the year (duh) and all these fresh, glowy and lovely beauty news are only increasing my excitement! Today I thought I'd share what's new in the drugstore and luxury departments this month...

Power Fabric

March 20, 2017

Right, so I did a very naughty thing, and that naughtiness was splurging on a darn Giorgio Armani foundation. I still don't think any foundation is worth more than 30€ (even that is a stretch), but the pull with Armani foundations was so strong that I just HAD to try one myself!

Instead of going for the traditional Luminous Silk, I decided that the new Power Fabric foundation, which offers a long lasting velvet matte finish, was more appropriate for my combo skin because of the dry heat we're going to get in Portugal this Summer. So, do I think it's worth the hype? Well...

High End Brands Worth The Splurge

March 18, 2017

It's no secret that I'm pretty much obsessed with high end makeup. Though I will find a pretty nice product at the drugstore every once in a while, I much prefer to save my pennies and invest in luxury products that not only look amazing, but perform amazingly as well. 

My investments allow me to single out some of the brands I wholeheartedly recommend if you're looking to purchase some luxury goodies, some of which I'm sharing with you today!

Hourglass Blushes: Are They Worth The Money?

March 15, 2017

What you see here, my girlies, is the start of a very dangerous addiction. I put off investing in my very first Hourglass blush simply because one, it's expensive as hell and two, I knew I was going to fall in love with everything about them – which inevitably means I'm one step closer to declaring bankruptcy ;). 

Seriously, these had been on my radar for the longest time, but there was always the price thing holding me back. However, with Summer coming around, I knew I wanted a beautiful pink blush that mimics the natural flush of the cheeks, so I pretty much hit the jackpot with Luminous Flush!

March Goals

March 13, 2017

It's March, the birds are singing, the weather is getting warmer (27 degrees last week, yaaas) and my spirits are definitely a lot higher. I've set some goals for myself – some superficial, some not so much – that I want to see accomplished this month...

My Skincare Must Haves: Combination Skin

March 10, 2017

I'm a total skincare junkie. If before I was very laid back (aka lazy) with my skin and used whatever was on offer or in my cabinet, now I go out of my way to research the best skincare to invest in. Because I'm totally obsessed with skincare, I thought it'd be cool to share my current staples with you – and hopefully you'll share yours with me too! For reference, my skin type is very sensitive combination.

Two Holy Grail Foundations For Combination Skin

March 07, 2017

Let's talk about foundation, shall we? My skin used to be quite on the oily side in my teens and foundations would literally slide off my face in about 2 hours flat. Now it's quite the opposite – my skin goes through phases of being REALLY dry and flaky (literally look like a lizard with all them scales) but also being quite oily in my t-zone. 

Despite all that I quite like the fact I have combination skin: it's bang in the middle of the spectrum and I actually enjoy having some of my oils (ew) slipping through halfway through the day as it makes me look dewy and glowy without looking like a frying pan. There are two foundations I would wholeheartedly recommend to my fellow combo skin beauties, one on the pricier side and another on the more purse friendly side (but still not drugstore).

Why Instagram Is Wearing Me Down

March 03, 2017

Before I dive into this post, I'd just like to point out that this is in no way meant as a whine fest or a pity party, it's just me venting and hoping some of you relate to what I'm feeling at the moment.

I started my Instagram account (shameless plug alert – @franciscamayyy) last year because I needed a creative outlet after starting my first job. At the time I felt very trapped creatively, like I had so many ideas, thoughts and projects in my mind but no place to pour them into. One day I decided to create my little corner on the Instaweb and I haven't looked back since: I adore the whole process of thinking of new props, flatlay ideas and the often dreaded composition, shooting my photos and editing them (probably my favourite part of all). However, lately I've been feeling like utter sh*t about this whole thing and here's why...

February Loves

February 28, 2017

It's almost Spring you guyssss! I'm so excited for Spring time, I legit can't wait for that warm but chilly sunny weather, the flower blooms, the longer evenings and that walk up to Summer... My favourite time of the year for sure! Either way, let's not digress: here are my February favourites, including some rediscoveries and some new amazing beauty products I've been loving lately.

Payday Wishlist #1

February 24, 2017

Payday is just around the corner and I've built up quite the wishlist... Oops? The thing I'm most excited to try is undoubtedly the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation – it's got the same premise of the Luminous Silk, which has been on my wishlist for ages, only more long wearing and offering a 'matte, lightweight and second skin finish'. I'm sold!

As for blushes, I have two on my wishlist for spring: my favourite out of the two is NARS Impassioned, a matte everyday flush of pink for a natural look. I've been looking for a colour like this for ages and I've finally found it! The other is the Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow palette, with a cream blusher and highlighter. I've never tried cream blushers before (or any Bobbi Brown makeup for that matter) but this sounds divine!

Lastly, Tom Ford makeup is the stuff of dreams and this lipstick in Spanish Pink looks like the perfect place to start! As for eyeshadows, the Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin has been on my wishlist for ages – such a perfect, fuss free champagne pink wash of colour for the lids!

O querido e tão aguardado payday está aí à porta e já tenho uma wishlist do tamanho de Portugal inteiro à espera para entrar em ação... Oops? O produto que mais quero experimentar é sem dúvida a nova base Power Fabric da Giorgio Armani – tem a mesma premissa da Luminous Silk (um amor antigo), mas tem um acabamento mais duradouro e acetinado, conferindo um look 'matte, leve e com efeito segunda pele'. Count me in!

Quanto a blushes, tenho dois em mente para a primavera: primeiro o meu favorito, o Impassioned da NARS. Há que temos que procurava um rosa matte e natural e finalmente encontrei-o! O outro é a Cheek Glow Palette da Bobbi Brown na cor Homecoming Pink, que traz um blush e iluminador em creme. Nunca experimentei produtos em creme (ou qualquer makeup da Bobbi Brown), mas estas cores são irresistíveis!

Por fim, a linha de beauty Tom Ford é de babar e este batom na cor Spanish Pink é perfeito para começar! Quanto a sombras, acho que é desta que me vou render à Sin da Urban Decay – o champanhe rosado perfeito para o dia a dia.

What beauty products are on your wishlist?

Girl Meets Pearl

February 20, 2017

A couple weeks ago I went to my Heaven on Earth (aka, Sephora) to get the Sweet Peach Glow palette and ran into the sweetest Benefit SA. Half an hour of beauty chatter later, she applied some gorg makeup on my face, including the new (and stunning!) GALifornia blush, the ever so famous Watt's Up highlighter and Girl Meets Pearl. I also fell in love with the first two goodies (soon, my pretties), but it was Girl Meets Pearl that truly stole my heart the minute I looked in the mirror. 

How I Edit My Instagram Photos: White & Pink Feed

February 18, 2017

I'm obsessed with organised and dreamy Instagram feeds. Some people have a Pinterest addiction, but my own personal crack is a good, clean and girly IG feed. I love photographing and planning my own, but I especially love the process of editing my photos and making them look just right!

On My Beauty Wishlist...

February 17, 2017

Friday I'm in love... with all these beauty goodies! My beauty wishlist has grown considerably throughout these first months of the year and brands are consistently coming out with amazing products that are right up my street!

Case in point, the new Dandelion Twinkle highlighter by Benefit. I've been dying to try the original Dandelion blush – the perfect rosy flush for my pale complexion, I feel – for ages, but this stunning pink highlighter has skyrocketed to the top of my wishlist! Speaking of pink highlighters, who can resist the Dior Nude Air Luminizer highlighter in 002, the most beautiful pink hue?! My stash is comprised mostly of golden highlighters, so I'm dying to give this pink one a chance (plus the packaging... Swoon!).

My Clinique foundation is slowly dying on me, so I'm already researching possible replacements for it. Enter: the new Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue foundation! I absolutely adore Chanel foundations and this one, promising a soft matte finish, seems right up my street.

The Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm will be a repurchase for me (I'm in LOVE with it!) and the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara is an old wish that will soon join the family...

Sexta-feira, estou apaixonada... por todas estas coisinhas boas! A minha wishlist de beauté cresceu imenso nos primeiros meses do ano e o facto de as marcas lançarem produtos maravilhosos dia sim, dia sim não ajuda nada!

Exemplo número um, o novo Dandelion Twinkle da Benefit. Adoro o blush Dandelion – o rosa natural perfeito para branquinhas como eu –, e não é que a Benefit me lança um iluminador na mesma tonalidade?! Falando em iluminadores rosados, quem consegue resistir ao Nude Air Luminizer da Dior na cor 002, um rosa bem clarinho mas intenso? Eu não, especialmente porque a minha coleção está cheia de iluminadores dourados e faz falta uma beleza destas para dar um toque mais girly na coisa (e o packaging, senhoras?).

A minha base da Clinique está prestes a morrer-me nas mãos, portanto já ando à procura de possíveis substitutas. Na frente da corrida temos a Le Teint Ultra Tenue da Chanel, uma base que promete um efeito matte suave e uma pele perfeita. Sou super fã das bases da Chanel (não tanto do preço, confesso) e esta parece-me mesmo o meu estilo!

O bálsamo Moringa da Emma Hardie vai ser uma recompra (amo, amo, amo!) e a máscara Velvet Noir da Marc Jacobs é um desejo antigo que se vai juntar à coleção muito, muito em breve...

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