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...

A Sephora Haul & First Impressions

February 15, 2017

Whenever Sephora has their 20% off sale every other month, I take a look at my little (big) wishlist and work on crossing off as many products as my sanity and cheap spirit allows! This month I picked up three things, all of which I'm positively smitten with.

My Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection

February 13, 2017

As promised, I'm brightening up your Monday with a dose of Charlotte Tilbury – really, is there any better way to start the week? Me thinks not! After I put together my MAC lipstick collection, I thought I'd do a post dedicated solely to my rose gold babies. Even though my collection is humble, I love and wear every single shade constantly, so here's a detailed description of each one plus some handy little swatches!

In Pink...

February 10, 2017

...also known as the colour of the moment! I don't know what it is but I just can't seem to get enough of pink – it's in my Instagram theme, in most of my clothes, lipstick choices, everything! I'm super glad stores are actually following my lead and bringing out all sorts of pink and blush items, which has in turn made my wishlist grow so, so much...

I've been searching for a new designer bag in either cream or blush pink for spring time and I think I have finally settled on a brand at least: this bag here is the Furla Metropolis, although the Linda model also has me super tempted! As for outerwear, who can resist this dusty pink oversized blazer from Zara – can we just talk about how insane their Spring/Summer collection is right now?! 

...também conhecida como a cor do momento! Não sei o que se passa, mas ando vidrada em tudo que seja cor de rosa – está no tema do meu Instagram, está nas minhas roupas, nas escolhas de batom, tudo! Estou super contente por ver que as lojas andam a acompanhar o meu pensamento e a lançar peças naquele rosa pó que até me enfraquece os joelhos. É claro que isso fez com que a minha (já enorme) wishlist crescesse ainda mais...

Tenho andado à procura do próximo investimento no que toca a malufas. Sabia que queria uma mala creme ou rosa clara para a primavera/verão e ao menos já decidi a marca: esta dispensa apresentações, mas é a Metropolis da Furla, linda que só ela. O modelo Linda também me anda a piscar o olho, mas logo vemos. Quanto ao exterior, que me dizem a este blazer lindão da Zara? A coleção de primavera/verão da nossa querida loja anda a deixar-me maluca, digo-vos!

Sweet Peach Glow

February 08, 2017

Oh, what a sweet glow indeed! When Too Faced relaunched their Sweet Peach range, I was completely floored by the sheer beauty of it all. I've never actually tried Too Faced beauty before (yes, not even the eyeshadow palettes), but I've always been so curious about this deliciously girly brand!

The Pink Lip Edit

February 06, 2017

Happy Monday, beauties, hope everyone had a fab weekend! So, Valentine's Day is a mere few days away, so what better time to share some serious pink lip inspo over here?! I just adore pink lipstick, it's probably my favourite colour of all time and nine times out of ten, I'll be rocking a pink lip. Today I'll be sharing three of my favourite pink lipsticks of all time!

That Perfect Lip Combo

February 04, 2017

Dead hours at work are dangerous, the kind of dangerous that makes you accidentally slip and fall into Cult Beauty and suddenly you've ordered a new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick AND lip liner to match... Yeah, that totally happened! 

To be fair, this was a purchase long in the making. You all know by now that Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are my absolute favourite ever, but I only owned one prior to this, which is Very Victoria (my all time fave lippie, too!). I'd been researching and wondering what my next shade would be and I was pretty torn between Bitch Perfect and Penelope Pink, but ended up going for the latter as I felt it was more appropriate year round.

January Loves

February 03, 2017

A little late but these still count, right?! I honestly don't know how some girls manage to work full time and still type out amazing blog posts every day, you girls are literally next level superhuman. Anyway, better late than never, here are my favourite little bits from the month of January!

Pillow Talk

January 30, 2017

Stop everything... THIS is the lipstick I've been waiting for my whole life! Yes, I'm being dramatic, but you don't understand how long been looking for a shade exactly like this. The best part? It comes in my favourite matte formula ever!

MAC Lipstick Collection

January 27, 2017

After sharing my top 3 favourite MAC lipsticks of all time here, I felt it'd be interesting to show you guys the full collection! MAC lipstick videos were one of my favourites to watch on YouTube when I first got into makeup and I loved putting together this little post, even though, at this rate, I feel like I'll have a little Charlotte Tilbs collection to share with you lot soon...

How I Take and Edit My Blog and Instagram Photos

January 23, 2017

Photography has been a major part of my life for most of my teenage years. I've wanted a DSLR for as long as I can remember and I was over the moon when my parents got me my first ever 'big girl camera', a Canon 600D, back in 2012. I still shoot with it to this day and I feel like my photography game has improved massively since then. 

Spring On My Mind...

January 20, 2017

Let's be honest: I'm so freaking over January. January always feels like that never ending month where it's freezing and dark outside, everything feels ten times worse, everyone is ill and don't get me started on these January blues... 

Spring is still a good few cold days away, but I've been bookmarking and adding some lovely fresh new pieces to my wishlist and baskets in preparation for the new season (it's never too early!). This spring I'll be going for a whole lot of pink, cream and a touch of light grey – basically my colour scheme year round, oops! I'm particularly obsessed with this cute mini Zara bag, this Topshop jumper (so obsessed with details on the sleeves at the minute!) and this stunning new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk, which I, of course, have already ordered... Self control = zero.

Empties #1

January 18, 2017

It's very rare that I'll actually finish up a makeup product, but I found myself with some dried and used up bits in my stash, so I thought I'd give you my honest opinion on them and whether I'll be repurchasing or not (biggest test to how good a product is, if you ask me). 

My Favourite Blog Photography Props

January 16, 2017

Happy Monday! To counteract the dreaded Monday blues (I'm suffering from those too...), I decided to bring you a little resourceful post!

Lately I've been making a conscious effort to really elevate my blog and Instagram photography, and I feel that the way I've done that is to invest in nifty little props that make my photos pop in a way they didn't before. There's no need to spend loads of money either, the smallest things are sometimes the ones that make the most difference and I've round up some of my favourite little bits to share with you lot today.

My Top 3 MAC Lipsticks

January 13, 2017

Aqui entre nós, os batons da MAC costumavam ser os meus favoritos da vida. Foram os primeiros batons de "luxo" que comprei com o meu próprio dinheiro e dava-me uma alegria imensa colecionar estes batons todos os meses. Porém, à medida que expandia a minha coleção de makeup, os batons da MAC foram ficando para trás e comecei a passar cada vez menos tempo nos balcões da marca. Desde aí, os batons Charlotte Tilbury tornaram-se os meus favoritos e já só quero colecionar aquelas belezas rose gold!

The Everyday Makeup Edit

January 11, 2017

Normalmente não tenho muito tempo para me maquilhar de manhã mas, para ser sincera, não preciso. Prefiro uma maquilhagem mais minimal do que um look pesadão, portanto foi fácil para mim juntar todos os meus favoritos do dia a dia, aqueles produtos que pego quase sem pensar naquelas manhãs ocupadas.

That Bag

January 09, 2017

So... Comprei uma mala nova! No início do ano passado lembro-me de ter dito à minha mãe que queria investir numa mala de qualidade, sendo que até aí passava a vida a comprar e a arrumar malas mais baratas da Parfois, Zara, etc. Queria uma mala durável de pele que fosse intemporal, e aí começou a busca.

The Nude(ist)

January 08, 2017

Deixem-me só dizer-vos uma coisa: adoro miniaturas de tudo. Mini hamburger? A minha barriga precisa dele. Mini máscara? Sim, por favor! Mini batom? Coisa mais fofa da vida. Podia continuar, como podem imaginar, mas imaginem só a minha alegria quando vi este set Marc Jacobs The Nude(ist) na Sephora há umas semanas... Nem vou mentir, larguei um guinchinho de alegria!

2016: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

January 04, 2017

Hello, first post of 2017! I realise this post is probably a few days late, but it's been cooking in my mind for quite some time now. I feel like it's practically impossible to accurately remember everything that happened in between the great and awful aspects that comprised 2016, a year I will certainly never forget. So here goes, my audience of probably three people and my mum!

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