27 February, 2016

Have you ever been to Portugal?

 

I have heard my sisters many times speaking about Portugal: what a beautiful country it is, how warm and friendly the people are, the delicious food that they have (being known for the fish and sea food specialties) and its amazing location; Portugal is bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

One day they took me by surprise when they came to me screaming of excitement: “We are going to Portugal!” I was so happy when I heard that because this has been my first time traveling to an oceanside country. They choose for Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal and the town that gave the country (and Porto wine) its name.

 

First day we arrived at our five stars hotel where we had a very pleasant stay in a beautiful room. What made our stay even more likeable was the swimming pool on the last floor which offers you a panoramic view over the Porto city and the Douro river.

The hotel was near the beach so we didn’t want to waste more time. We threw our baggage’s in the room, we put our swimsuit on and there we were, at the beach, enjoying the sun and life. Later that day we went downtown for dinner. We wanted to try their fish and sea food specialties, therefor we have looked for the one of the best restaurant in town. We had to wait for like three hours to get a table but, let me tell you, it was worth it!

 

We started our second day with a breakfast buffet and then we spend a few hours baking our skin at the beach J. That day we also had in plan to visit the city. You can’t really imagine how a country looks and feels like until you have seen it with your own eyes. We walked for a few hours till we got tired and took a city trip by boat. After all, the Portuguese city of Porto is best known for two things: it’s river, the Douro, the most popular for river cruises, and its port.

 

On our last day we didn’t had that much time left but we had to try the pool on the last floor and the most traditional food that they have: Francesinha. Oh, did I mention how cheap is the food  in Portugal?!

 

This was a short holiday trip. Just taking a breath of a different air from those hard working days. We spend only three days there but it felt like a week because we were always busy to enjoy the beauty of this country and its city.

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9 January, 2016

Gratitude – this is the most powerful weapon you can use when you struggle in life. You can find gratitude in everything: a new day, the blue sky, a warm bed, a compliment you get, a loving partner, a child or a pet in your life, your unique personality, time spending with the loved ones, a moment of laugh, a walk, a book you read, a talent you have, your knowledge. Bear in mind: it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

Is also important not to focus on what you don’t have. You can’t never realize gratitude if you spend too much energy focusing on what you don’t have instead of using that energy on things you like to do which will bring you satisfaction and gratitude.

 

Things like those described above are the type of things that I’m grateful for and writing them down, like this, it made me realize what a grateful year was the year 2015. Maybe for you will not seem much of achievements, but for me, they make sure not to forget that no matter how hard life gets, I still have the power to do great things, things that I like, things that I can be grateful for. So here they are, the best of 2015:

 

 1. I already had a great start when I won in January the contest for Inglot Belgium, the first and the only Inglot shop opened in Belgium. It was a pretty tight contest and my first time participating in a makeup contest. Thanks to you guys I won and I put my hand on a bag full of 250€ worth of makeup products. Here you can find out what I won: Inglot Be Selfie

You can see some looks created with their products on the section Portfolio of my blog.

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  2. In March I was invited to the Blush Styling-and Beauty day event organized by the Blush Academy&Agency, an event who brought bloggers and other VIP’s together. This was my first event attending as a blogger. It was a unique experience who combined the two things I’m in love with: Fashion & Beauty. It also gave me the opportunity to meet other bloggers.

More about this event (video included): Blush Styling- en Beautydag

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  3. And then came my first media appearance as a blogger in the Jet magazine. I was very proud of it even if it is a local magazine.

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  4. In June I was a winner for the contest organized by Hunkemoller, a worldwide known lingerie store. There were more than 3500 photos posted for the contest and my photo won, being the lucky winner of a pair of personalised boxing gloves and sport clothing worth of 275€. I also appeared in their monthly magazine which you can find in there store.

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  5. I ended the year quite surprised when after posting my last article of 2015, Cosmoplitan Netherlands shared my picture on their Instagram account.

This article you can find here: It’s That Time of The Year

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Starting 2016 with a grateful mind, you can only make the best of it. So remember:

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude

10 March, 2015

This was my first event attending as a blogger and I can say it was more than I expected. Lovely people, lovely place and a day to remember!

About a week ago, at Blush Academy & Agency, an event brought bloggers, pers and BV’s all together. The event was called Styling- en Beautydag and it mixed Fashion with Beauty into one single beautiful day.

“Of course I’m in!” I reply promptly when receiving an invitation via e-mail, I wanted to come and I would have come without a special invitation! :) It’s something that interested me and it is part from the world I created for myself.

I woke up late that morning, not knowing what outfit to choose and what makeup to wear. I wanted to look at my best… after all, this was the first time introducing myself as a blogger. Trying different outfits, I finally went for a gold, sequin trousers (I wasn’t very sure about them, thinking it will be too much) and a black lace bodysuit. As for the makeup, I went for neutral colours which included gold, of course, I had to match!

 

Let me tell you first about Blush Academy & Agency: is a Fashion end Make-up school founded by Palmira Proietti and Caroline Rigo. They have courses in everything related with fashion and beauty and they are also an unique agency for freelance make-up artists, fashion stylists and hair stylists. At Blush Academy you learn from the fashion and beauty experts the tricks of the trade! So you become a pro and there is the opportunity to work for Blush Agency.

About the two pretty ladies: Palmira Proietti worked for ten years in Marketing & Sales in the fashion and beauty sector, including for Levi’s Europ, Jbc, Maasmechelen Village and Le Visage. She is currently a freelance stylist and makeup artist.

Caroline Rigo started working as a kindergarten teacher but after one year she joined the make-up world and since then she is a freelance makeup artist. She is now the owner of the beauty salon Le Visage in Hasselt and she opened the first Inglot shop in België. She is also active as a distributor for makeup brands such as Bella Pierre and Per-fekt. Palmira and Caroline decided, after a lot of pleasant cooperation together, to share their passion and therefore this is how Blush Academy & Agency was born.

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What’s in trend for 2015

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Work in progress: making the mood board

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The Styling- en Beautydag began with a workshop about fashion, taught by Palmira, who gave us all kinds of styling tips about wardrobe planning, the effects of colours on people, the body type we have and what is on trend for the next season. I was very happy to find out that I have an X type of figure, the perfect figure, as they say. Average size accessories fits me the best: no mega oversized watches, handbags and so on because I am also not that tall.

Based on many fashion magazines each of us made a mood board, from which we could see what style we have. It was interesting to know that my style was… well, I am like a chameleon (Palmira said), I like to wear every style, depending on the mood.

 

After a delicious spaghetti bolognese lunch, we received from Caroline a second workshop about beauty. She taught us everything you need to know about a good skin care routine and how to do a beautiful day make-up, using products from Inglot, Bellapierre (Mineral makeup), Per-fekt, Intense Derma. And of course what is make-up without a good set of brushes? We used the Real Tecniques brushes. You can find all this products at Le Visage or at the Inglot shop in Hasselt.

I’m gonna tell you a secret: the beauty workshop was something extra for me as I already took a make-up course, learning from the best, from Caroline Rigo herself.

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Palmira Proietti 

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Caroline Rigo & Katrijn Bouwel

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 Imke Eerdekens from ColourfulMornings.wordpress.com

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An Huygen

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Blush assistants: Laura Bulzariello & Myrthe Jansaroline

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Kaat Bollen & Katrijn Bouwel

Think it was fun? No – it was lots of fun with a nice goodie bag.
A breath of fresh air for me as a blogger.
Basically, it was like a kind of legitimacy to me. Someone to tell me that – yes, your world is real and what you’re doing here is the future we’re heading.
And so a new level of confidence was born.
I’m glad they invited me and I’m glad I got to meet all those girls shining in their own way.

Do you want to become a Blush Guru, here is how you can join them:

 

www.blushacademy.be
INSTAGRAM@Blushacademy.be
FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/blushacademy
TWITTER@BlushAcademy_be
NIEUWSBRIEF – via Blush.be
GOOGLE PLUSgoogle.com/+BlushacademyBeagency

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Katrijn Bouwel

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Imke Eerdekens

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Kaat Bollen

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4 May, 2014

     Last week I received an invitation from Caroline Rigo for a Ladies Night party at Le Visage.

Besides being a lovely and gorgeous women, Caroline Rigo is a freelance makeup artist for numerous advertising agencies, known photographers, magazines and private companies in Belgium.

 

     Le Visage is an exclusive beauty shop/salon in the heart of Hasselt. They are specialized in makeup, beauty, party-time and everything around it. Their job is to transform your wishes into reality from your dream makeup to an up-to-date anti-wrinkle care, hair and eyelashes extensions and a lot more. You can have a look on their website here: www.levisage.be

     Once in a while they organize free Ladies Night parties where you get spoiled with special offers like:

 

  testing the unique product Per-fékt from L.A. (the favorite of all Hollywood stars!)
  make-up session in accordance with the latest makeup trends (BellaPièrre Make Up)
  testing of new products: brushes from Sigma, Real Techniques
  your nails done with OPI’s newest colors
  information about their workshops and courses
  makeup & hairstyling advice
  you will take advantage of all kinds of DISCOUNTS
  and of course BUBBLES and DELICIOUS SNACKS!