Thursday, January 18, 2018

EAT | BAO, Lisbon

Being the weird person I am, whenever I see Ramen noodles, I just can't resist. I love the warmness of a nice bowl of hot, yummy, spicy noodles. And yes, this is the second time I talk about noodles here.

This place is called BAO Lisboa, and it's inside Amorerias Shopping Center. And although it has the configuration and logistics of a fast-food place -- you pay, you get a plastic tray, you get your food and you walk way -- it isn't. It's actually owned by the Sushic group, a chain of fancy-ass, expensive, mind blowing sushi restaurants. 

Their main hing are bao buns -- a type of steamed bread, used in various Chinese / Asian cuisines. It can be filled with so many different variations of ingredients, from meat, crab, vegetables, etc. I used to eat this when I was in Paris -- I used to go this Chinese place in Belleville, where everyone was Chinese, and where they had super cheap Chinese food, including an amazing Cha Siu Bao that only costed 1€. I used to go there all the time, and I would eat a bowl of rice and one of those hot meat filled bread balls and I had an amazing meal for 2€.

Anyhoo, this place has all different kinds of bao, but the day was gray and cold, and I was really in the mood for a nice yummy bowl of noodles. The noodle soup, is served in a big large ceramic bowl, with two asian style meat balls, soybean spouts and a perfectly poached egg. The broth is dark, deep, shinny, and full of flavor! It's good, makes me feel warm inside. It's not as good as the one from KOKORO but it's cheaper and much closer to work. It doesn't really have a lot of meat -- the two meat balls are rather small and if you need a lot of protein to go about your day, you are going to be hungry. It his very warm, and flavefoul. And gets even better with a few drops of Sriracha Sauce!


Monday, January 15, 2018

NEW IN MY CLOSET | Parfois


-- All the hand bags I own are black. I have been look for a small, unique and edgy bag, not black, that I can wear both for work and out and about. I think this one checks all the boxes. I love the color and the shape! It's really one of a kind. And so far my only sales purchase.  --

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

For the first time in my live I got my nails professionally done. I like painting my nails occasionally, but I just do it at home. I don't even own a nail file. And honestly, I clip my nails when I think they're too long -- and yes, I can feel you all cringe when I say I clip my nails with a nail clipper. Usually I like them short. I mean, SHOT. So yeah, this is new for me. I got a manicure and gel nail polish. Paid for it. With my own money! I think this is another step of my recovery process. I don't know. I don't care.

I've been going to this place. It was recommended to me by some girls that I know. Honestly I have no idea what to look for on a  nail salon. The girls that I know that go there, they said it was good and clean. I tried it out and I liked it and I eventually went back. The first time I did red nails -- it was closer to Christmas. This time I choose this nude-ish pink. I think it looks really elegant, don't you?




Monday, January 8, 2018

Review | MAYBELLINE Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick

Usually I’m not to into very bold lipsticks. As you’ve probably now already, I rather wear a more nude, natural lip. And I usually go for lip colors close to my natural lip color. But the other day I was at the drugstore, and I saw that this MAYBELLINE VIVID MATTE LIQUID lipstick were on sale, and I decided to pick one up. Let me tell you something – all the colors they have are super bright and astonishingly beautiful. And while I was trying to figure out which one would be more wearable for me, I came across this particular shade. It instantly reminded me of a liquid lipstick that my mom had and used to wear all the time in the 90’s. I don’t remember what brand it was or where she got it. But I do remember that this lipstick was in a little pastel-green small round pot with a transparent plastic lid, and that it came it a tiny matching lip brush – that I’m pretty sure my mom still has. I liked that lipstick so much that I used to try out all the time. It sounds crazy but I still remember the smell and the taste of the product! 


One thing I have to admit, my mom has really good taste in make up: This shade looks amazingly well against my skin tone, and it really looks super good my lips. Since I got it, I’ve been living in it. It’s dark enough to be a winter lipstick, but not too dark that makes me feel like I am a goth. The shade is very 90’s grunge and I absolutely love it. Makes me feel sexy, badass and extremely confidante.


This is shade 45 Possessed Plum, and it’s a deep, dark burgundy shade. The product, per se, is much like any other traditional liquid lipstick. It goes on smoothly, it’s not super opaque, which for me is a good thing -- It means it’s buildable!


I can swipe it on really quickly just to lightly tint my lips, or I can do a more precise, careful application and have a more intense, bold lip. The applicator is nice. It’s tapered enough to allow somewhat of a precise application. It is pretty mate -- as the name suggests -- and it does look very velvety. It’s not sticky at all -- you know I HATE sticky lipsticks! -- but it’s not like those long wearing lipsticks that I’ve gotten used to. This one never really dries, it transfers to everything, and it wears off after a couple of hours. It’s a traditional lipstick. Other than that, it’s an amazing product and I’m actually dying to try other shades.




Thursday, January 4, 2018

Flormar Haul

One of these days, after work, I went for a walk at a small shopping mall right in the center of Lisbon – Campo Pequeno Shopping Mall. I like to go there. It’s under the gorgeous Lisbon’s Bull Fighting Arena, and it is really a super small shopping place. But, it has really good stores! And it happens to have a Flormar store. I've walk through it so many times and I had never even got inside. But on that particular day, I was walking around and I remembered that I’ve thinking about buying a Gel Eyeliner, and so I went inside. There was this super nice boy that immateriality came to help me. Frankly, I like to be on my own, and just walk around, do a bunch of swatches, and only ask for help if I need it. But you know, I told him what I was looking for. And he pointed me out immediately to the display. I asked him a couple of questions, like if the product was good, easy to apply, and he end up showing me some other products. Since I was in the need of a new foundation, I asked him what would he recommend. I had never tried anything from Flormar before, but I’m always reading great things about it and I thought that since I was already in there I might just give it a shot.


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Smooth Touch Foundation, shade 7 Golden Neutral 
Invisible Loose Powder, Silver Sand
Gel Eyeliner, Gel Black
Trio Contour Palette
Mascara Spider Lash
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I told the guy what I like in a foundation – natural looking, medium coverage, oil free, easy to blend. The guy garbed a bottle and told me to sit in the make up chair to color match me. We tested out two shades, and we settled for the lighter one. He said, since I was already there, that we would do the rest of my make up. Cool right? So, I sat down, he applied the foundation on my face, while giving me some general tips on how to do it – nothing that I didn’t knew already. He applied foundation, then loose powder, and because I was unsure about the shade --  and just looking way too pale, he applied some blush, some contouring and some highlight. I liked the result. It’s pretty similar to what I often do on my own. But I ended up buying pretty much what he used. I went there to buy a cheap black gel eyeliner, and I left with a bag full of products that I’m excited to try out. He even throw in a mascara. 

Well done Flormar, you are hiring good professionals!


 -- Oh, and Flormar, feel free to invite me to one of those cool PR events I've seen you trowing! I would love to go!  --

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What I got for Christmas | 2017


When you grow up, people stop giving you real gifts for Christmas. Ether you get clothes -- and usually not really cool clothes, just pajamas or socks or a boring scarf -- or something for the house.

This year, my parents got me something for the house. Oh, but I got something really cool! I got an Arch de Triomph LEGO set to mount and display on my living room! You guys know I like LEGO and that I collect LEGO figures... You have no idea how happy I felt when I held the still rapped gift and it made that distinctive sound of the LEGO pieces shaking around in the box. I felt like a freaking kid,  super excited, and when I saw what it was I was stoked. I love Paris and this is one of my favorite spots in the city! I love how majestic it looks and how meaningful it is. If you've been there you know what I mean.

They also got me a GlamGlow GravityMud Face Mask. It’s the silvery peel off one that you’ve probably seen all youtubers doing. My mom knows I really like it and that I've been using it for months now. It works really well.  I also got some cash and of course, that one thing that I always receive, every single damn year --  A box of Ferrero Rocher. You can't go wrong with Nutella filed pieces of heaven, right?


| 2016 | 2015 |

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking back on 2017

2017 was the worst year of my life. Really bad. I went trough the worst things in my life. I had a mini-depression, or a mental breakdown, or whatever you wanna call it. I gave so little attention to the blog -- I honestly didn't gave much attention to my self really... But nothing everything was bad! Here are some monthly highlights from 2017!


January: Took my brother out for sushi for the first time to my favorite sushi restaurant. Showed you how you can save money on Lush products. Asked for you help deciding on what perfume to buy.

February: Showed you how you can be a modern day Alice in Wonderland and how disgusting your feet look when you use a foot peel mask!

March: Complained about my life, but showed you the most amazing and relaxing soap money can buy. Got two tickets for an Harry Potter concert and finally bought that perfume.

April: Bought a cool comic book that shows how awesome adulthood is. Ate some pretty yummy Ramen Noodles and became obsessed with pompoms.

May: Finally went to that Harry Porter Concert and it was MIND-BLOWING. Ate some pretty tasty meat on a pretty expensive restaurant. Oh and for the fist time in my life tried an hippy style deodorant!  

June: Only wrote 6 posts. Reviewed two lush products  -- a Pink Bubble-bar and my favorite shampoo bar

July: The stuff I ordered from Coloupop in May finally arrived, and I was super super excited! The blog turned 2 and we had a small giveaway. Bought a pair of shoes that I haven't even worn!

August: Red an amazing book about the universe. Told you how much I don't like Primark and how some H&M things can be shitty

September: Ate some really good tacos, showed you that I'm really still a kid, and gave you a super-duper useful tip for when you are going to gift a perfume to someone!

October: Showed you a soap made with rocks and useless little things that fill up my shelves. Oh, and let's not forget the battle of the dry-shampoos

November: Bought my first really really expensive hand-bag -- I love it so much and I wear it all the time. It is really worth the money. Showed you another disappointing product from H&M and told you how I'm dealing with the mini depression / heart-break / mental breakdown that is/was going on in my life. 

December: Got some beautiful eye-shadows from Zoeva, and made some really bad swatches. Got a stunning blush pallet, also from Zoeva, and made more acceptable swatches. I guess that comes with practice, hum? Also, it was my office Christmas Party and I rocked a super small black tube dress, did my make up and hair super well, and I looked super good. 


And that's it. The last day of the year is finally here! 

I also want to thank you all for being here with me for another year: Thank you for putting up with my shit; For reading my shitty reviews and looking at my weird pictures; Thank you for reading my outbursts, my vents. Thank you for being my haven.