Wednesday, 9 September 2020





 Olรก!

There was a time I truly thought that traveling wasn't going to happen for a long long time. Now don't get me wrong, I can't see traveling ever being the same as what we are 'used too' but we can still visit (a few) beautiful countries on the green list and make some amazing memories at that, so we can take what we will, every cloud!
From that, being home I wanted to document everything down as quick as possible so I don't forget anything, although not sure we could as it was such a beautiful city! 


Originally we had Tenerife booked for a week, but with it being put on the 'red list' and having to quarantine when we came back, it just wasn't an option. So we were thankfully able to change last minute, none of us have ever been to Lisbon but heard really great reports so off we popped! 


TRAVELLING
We flew from Dublin, so we just drove down and parked the car up rather than get the bus as we weren't sure the craic with it. I didn't really know what the airport would be like to be honest, I had heard so many different views from so many different airports and people so wasn't sure what to expect. Obviously masks are compulsory inside the entire building apart from eating and drinking, most of the bars and restaurants are open so there was loads to choose between. 
Security gaurds and all the seats were well spaced out and people were actually sticking to social distancing throughout, even when lining up to head to the plane. We flew Ryanair at 6.30am and there was about 50people max on our flight, it was amazing. We basically all had a row each, as soon as we took off I jumped across to the row beside Ryan, slept and listened to a podcast the whole way there.
Personally didn't find it that bad wearing a mask for so long, we had bought the Umasks and the difference was insane. You don't need to wear make up and I am pretty sure the security guards didn't even check my hand size products because they didn't want to touch them orrr maybe it was just too early hahaha either way I loved the journey there!
On the way home, arriving into Dublin you are greeted with a form to fill out, a passenger locator form. We filled them in on our phones rather than stop and fill them out with everyone leaning over each other to grab one! It was super easy and we could do it while walking to passport control. They send you a copy there and then to your emails to show straight away or else you aren't allowed any further. 


OUR HOTEL

With Lisbon being a city with no sandy beaches (within walking distance) I knew we needed a rooftop pool in our hotel, I mean I know we were going to be walking around taking it all in but jeez we needed to chill and where else was I going to wear the 100 bikinis I bought in the sales?! 
So I literally put into the filter section in booking.com rooftop swimming pools and then went from there, it was one of the top three to come up, we loved the look of it and booked straight away. Within a few hours the price had increased by 100% as Portugal was obviously put back on the green list to fly so people were jumping on like crazy, we got soo lucky! 

We stayed in Lux Lisbo Hotel and it really was one of my favourite hotels we have ever stayed in. The rooftop pool, bar and seating area, hotel amenities, room size and staff were all 10/10 we honestly couldn't fault it at all! 


The hotel offered free airport shuttle and free private tuk tuk service around the city! 
We did the tour on our second morning and it made us fall in love with the city, we were brought to some of the most famous view points and were told all the key points of the history within the City. Ryan and myself aren't landmark history people when on holidays, we just love roaming around, going in and out of shops, bars and coffee/rosรฉ pit stops! So this almost 'quick roundup' of the city and everything about it, was so so fab for us! They are all around the city, the local workers come up and offer you to take a tour all the time around the main square area - they range from 80-150 euro for 1 hour!

The only thing I would change if I could, up and move it downtown a little bit as it was about 2 miles away from everywhere else, I mean it was a lovely walk in with all the little streets but the handiness of being downtown would have been the cherry on top! 

KEY PLACES TO EAT 

I mean one of the most important parts of a trip away right? Getting good food is sooo key, it honestly makes or breaks my mood! 
I had loads of recommendations from you guys and one of my besties had been before so she had gave me such a great list! But with me being Gluten free (and super picky) it was a lot harder than just being able to walk into any old place on trip advisor!
We always ask the locals at other places, then the uber drivers and the hotel staff as well. 9 times out of ten they give you some amazing places to go! 



 Time out market - basically St.Georges market but level up 100 ๐Ÿ˜‚  So many different foods from around the world not just Portugal to choose from, loads of drinks stalls too! 



A Cultura Do Hamburgers - kinda on the same vibe as bunsen in Belfast, only a little posher! I had a super yummy salad and really enjoyed it, Ryan did like his burger but said back home was better! 
Honesty is what we like I suppose! (Really cheap too)

To.B.Burgers - we never went here as we already had burgers but loads of recommendations for here as it popped up loads! 

Dear breakfast - Super cool breakfast location down a proper tiny Portuguese street, you could miss it so easily if you didn't know it was there. Min decor but max effort with the food and the presentation. The menu is great and very easy to undersatnd, it was good enough price for what you actually get and the quality of the food! 

PARK - This is the weirdest but coolest places ever, it is on top of a multi-story car park - actually scary enough climbing the stairs as there was no lights until you get to the top and your in this rooftop urban jungle with the most incredible city views! Menu is a little weird (the chips aren't actually chips, basically kettle crisps!) and we both thought very expensive for what it actually was - but suppose its the view your paying for! We got there as sun had just set but I would recommend going before sunset so you get to see it in daylight too anddd you don't need to do those stairs in the dark haha 



Lisbo Lux Hotel - one day we never left the pool and rooftop all day until dinner out that evening, we chilled the whole day with snacks and bar food and it was great, something we both really needed! Good price and really good quality food. You can just pop in to have lunch & chill in the lounge if you aren't staying there.


Clรกssico Beach bar by Oliver - We had lunch here, and it was such a vibe! I ate GF the whole holiday and to be honest there wasn't that much of an option for that here, I ended up having an avocado salad and chips. It was really lovely, but we had nachos, avocado smash and hummus for starters so I was all avo'd out ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

KOB by Oliver - Ryan really wanted to go here as he is a big steak fan, it is apparently one of the best steak houses in Lisbon. Owned by the same family as the beach bar, we were able to get a booking from dining there for lunch the previous day as it was fully booked online. If your going to Lisbon this is my number one recommendation for dinner, book it as soon as you can. Everyone knows I am not really a steak person, just give me the mash potato and I'm good! But this place was incredible, get the creamy truffle mash and the pureed spinach as your sides whatever you order! Portions are really big so don't order 4 like we did!

Fiori - Almost opposite Time out market so it is easy to find, nice views of the marina and easy enough food by the looks of it, we just had a cocktail and a beer as a little pit stop! There is a cool pink and black ice cream shop attached to the side of the bar but it wasn't open when we were there! 

Troppo Siquisito Ristorante - Beautiful views out onto the square, day or night. great location if you are out dandering about at night and don't know where to go, loads of seating, a great menu, good vibes and not too busy which I loved. Ryan had finished his carbonara in about 2 minutes and I had fish! Yes fish, it was unreal!! Not one single thing was left and again super affordable ๐Ÿ˜

Here is a list of some more recommendations we had got but never got round to heading to them all. We checked them all out on Instagram, trip advisor, from taxi drivers and hotel staff and all recommended them all! 
Heim Cafe (pancakes are suppose to be amazing!)
SUD (posh rooftop restaurant and beach bar beside it overlooking the bridge!)
Rossios (roof top bar...but it was closed. Location was fab!) 
Manio d'Mano (Italian that done fab cocktails by the looks of it!)
Nicolau (cool cafe vibes, all the outdoor seats were gone so we got put inside, the menu wasn't for us so  just left!) 
Ice cream bars- they are everywhere, everywhereee!! We had from a couple but to be honest, the best was from a place called Amorino ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ try the flavour Dolce le Leche... WOW! 




MOST INSTAGRAMABLE SPOTS


To be honest, the entire City is instagramable! Everywhere you looked, every street you walked down was so so beautiful. Almost every building is either painted pink, yellow or baby blue with baskets and baskets of flowers on the windows.. or else they are tiled so beautifully. 


Like I said we aren't very historical people, we didn't have a plan of where we wanted to see in that kind of way but I had seen a couple of view points on insta that I wanted to go to, everything else was just 'wake up and see what we get up to'.

Heres the best places we found;
(Literally just google mapped them!)



Miradouro das Portas do Sol ( the view point in the pink outfit! There was a little cafe here which was fab, it had a great view and only around 5 tables so it was so perfect and kinda private as it was up stairs that if you didn't know was there could miss. Also if you see the sign for toilets, head down to them. There is such cool art on the walls into it and another great view point in the arch!)



Tram 28 ( its 3euro each for 1 hour access, it takes you basically all around the best parts of Lisbon and up all the hills!!)


Flower Wall (you'll see this on the hill on the way up on Tram 28 towards the view point on the left hand side. We walked back down and got a picture that way, loads of cute old fashioned shops this way too, and the odd ice cream shop too!)







Rua for de Rosa AKA the Pink Street (we actually walked down this at night and didn't notice it was pink until the next day we realised we had been there before ๐Ÿ˜‚  if you google 'Liverpool bar' it will take you straight there, it's behind my left shoulder in this picture but my body is hiding the tables on the street!!  Fun fact someone told me- this area used to be the red light district of Lisbon, we did see a few strip bars but didn't think anything off it until Rebecca had told me, really busy at night!) 


Lisbon Oceanarium (again we never went, not really our thing but fantastic reviews online for this and cheap enough too!)

Lisbon Zoo



Estadio Nacional (if you are a Celtic fan, then this is must see. It was lovely to walk around and just imagine it all happening. When you arrive, walk down the hill and on the left hand size it will look like a house. Walk into the driveway and then on the right is the reception, tell the security guard you are a celtic fan and he should radio to let you on through, he told us we weren't allowed in because we weren't from Portugal until I mentioned Celtic! It was 7euro in a uber from our hotel.)









Classico beach bar ( great to escape the city heat and relax at a beach for a day, 15 mins in a taxi over the bridge, in the middle of nowhere it was fab!)


Old Town (really beaut to walk around, really get into the vibes of this part of the city, this was part of our tour and we loved the look of it, not far away either but feels so far from the city vibes!)

Sintra ( to visit the colourful Palace!)

On our final full day we just started walking out of the city and didn't even realise, we were just so busy talking and looking at everything. We ended up getting scooters and just kept going, we got to right under the bridge and kept going past it even. Super empty around these parts and such a lovely walk along the marina with loads and loads of little restaurants and bars with no interrupted views at all! They have steps down into the sea all along this and a few people were going in, so we sat down and dipped our feet in for about an hour and just took the view in, it was so so lovely. We were all by ourselves and didn't feel like the city was right behind you.
We ended up at Church called Igreja do Convento do Bom Sucesso which is super close to Belem tower if you want to see that, by this stage we were so warm and tired from walking so much we got an uber back. Ps uber is the best thing ever over there, soooo cheap and so quick compared to taxis. 

The shopping is also amazing, I didn't even have as much room for a fridge magnet in my case so  I couldn't buy anything but there was so many beautiful pieces I really wish I had of picked up and the price point was really good compared to home too! 


One of my favourite trips away, we will deffo be back! 
The people are so friendly and I don't even think it is because they are glad to have people back after COVID, they all just seem really lovely. 
The places to go are endless, I could have gave more places to go! 
We both thought it seemed super cheap, for both food and drink. Clothing, attractions(mostly free) and taxis again are all very cheap. 3euro most of the time in a uber, it was 15euro out to the beach bar. We went to the supermarket (fav ever on holiday!) and we got snacks for the room and one of my fav ever wines was 3euro for a big bottle, insane! They also have loads of health shops over there too which had some great GF snacks, not great for the diet but I was on holidays and the rule of thumb when on holidays is don't stop eating or drinking...well it's mines and I am sticking to it haha.

Hope if your heading, you stay safe and enjoy it! If you are heading and use this 'guide' do let me know I'd love to hear what you think! 

Thanks for reading as always,
Emma Jane x

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Luxe Gal

Hey beauts, hows lockdown treating you all this week? Can't believe we are on Thursday already, weeks are flying by!
Anyone like me but and just snacking and shopping basically 24-7?  Yip ok thank god for that! ๐Ÿ™Œ

We are all loving loungewear at the minute, super comfy for being around the house, it makes you feel better instead of staying in your PJ's all day andddd all the sets out at the moment are super cute! ๐Ÿ˜


This pink jogger set is probably one of my favourites, clearly because of the colour! I wore this out of the house (for my essential shopping!) with trainers and it is actually really comfy. The bottoms didn't fall down- pet hate!! It was good thick material that you couldn't see through it, it didn't stretch out of shape throughout the day and I loved the three quarter length bottoms to make it feel a little bit dressier for when you are out and about. I'll be able to mix and match the top and bottoms with something else too so won't only be able to wear it as a full set, win win! 
I opted for a size XL as I am bigger on the bottom half than the top and it worked well in that way, they weren't super tight on the bottom and the perfect baggy fit on top! 
I am 5'8 just for reference. 






This grey jogger set is a little different, it is long sleeve V neck and has full length bottoms. This one will just be for the house for me I think! The bottoms don't come up as high as the other set, especially at the back for me so I wouldn't feel comfortable heading out in them without either a baggy hoody or oversized tee covering my bum! The top fits great and love the long sleeves, especially if this rain is to keep up. I got a size M in this but I would recommend going up a size instead of opting for your own normal size just to make it that little bit extra comfy and baggy, but of you like it fitted then just have your normal size!



Prepping for after lockdown? Me too! Here is some other pieces from FemmeLuxe that I will be heading out in when lockdown is over and the girls can reunite again! 

This is something I thought I would never wear before, but I actually love it! I personally feel that the ruffles on it are super flattering, it hides the tumtum! ๐Ÿต  I got a size 12-14 but a size 10-12 would have been fine as there is loads of stretch in it especially in the shoulders and arms. 




Jeans and nice top, something we will never take for granted again! You can never go wrong with a dressy top, it will always be worn! I love leopard print and for me it is also something that will always be worn. I can already think of loads of outfits to wear this with, black skinny jeans, mini skirt, leather trousers and even pop a turtle neck or shirt under it for that layer affect! This is my first date night outfit when this is all over for sure!



I am seeing these all over at the moment and I am loving them, Cargo trousers. 
A twist on your black skinny jeans almost, again loads of different ways to wear these. Dressed down with a hoody and trainers or up with a bodysuit and heels!
I've paired them with a simple body suit here and I love the fit of them, very thick material too which I think is fab in trousers! These are probably my favourite out of everything, there is a few different colours in them also! 



Let me know if you pick anything up and where is your fav place to shop during lockdown?
Thanks for reading, as always ๐Ÿ˜˜
Emma Jane x




*items gifted to me but views are my own*

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Ten minute make over..


I'm not going anywhere anytime soon it's grand, I don't have to leave the house so whats the point, nobody is going to see me sure? Absolute cert we have all said at least one of these during this pandemic, right?! Thought so ๐Ÿ˜‚
 However sometimes popping on a 'quick lick of make up' makes all the difference, not only to your appearance but your mental health too! It might sound stupid to some people, but getting up, dressed and ready as if you were really heading out the door can make a world of difference!

So many of us are used to routine, having the whole day planned for us without even really knowing it. Now that it has almost all been took away from us, we haven't a clue what to do with ourselves! Well maybe not everyone, but I know I don't most of the time!
One thing that really is helping me in all of this is actually getting ready and letting on to myself I have somewhere to be, I NEED to get ready! (even if it is only for a few hours!)

I do know that so many people are still working from home, or have families and houses to look after so it isn't going to be something that a- you won't have time to do and b- can't afford all the expensive products that you see online either!
So this it is just a simple, everyday 8 minute make up routine that I personally find easy and affordable! ๐Ÿ˜Š



I start of by having my face washed, cleansed and moisturised. I know everyone has their own little routine but I personally just use a hot cloth around my face, followed by my one-step facial cleanser on a cotton pad followed by two pea sized amounts of my Multi-active day lotion!
For my day to day make up I don't use primer, I find my moisturiser is enough as I am not looking for a totally full coverage look anyway.
However, if I was to use a primer, this is my all time favouriteAgain I personally just add lashes as I can apply them quicker than a full coat of mascara and I don't feel complete without a pair to be honest ๐Ÿ˜‚





Product list: 
Foundation - £9.99 
Powder palette - £3.50 
Highlighter - £4.50 
Mascara - £5-8
Eyeliner - £9.50  
Eyebrow pencil £7.99
Eyelashes - Primark £1
Lipstick- Primark £0.90!!!


*The NYX eyeliner is a dupe for KVD tattoo liner- it is half the price, it is way blacker and lasts longer too!!*

*The eyebrow pencil is something I never thought I would be using again as I had became so in love with pomade but this will change your life! AND if you use my girl Melissa's code you'll get 20% off too!!* (MELISSA20)


Let me know if you currently use any of these products or are going to give them a go!!
If you try anything out of these, please the Technic contour powder palette! Hands down my favourite palette in this world, insane!!

I hope everyone is staying safe and looking after themselves in all of this, thanks for reading as always ๐Ÿ˜˜
Emma Jane  x
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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Make up removal



If I had a penny for every time I was asked how do you take your make up off at night, I'd be a rich girl! Honestly one of the most asked questions on Insta for some reason! 
So finally I did a super quick video on it!
The products I use are; 

Even though I used to work for Estรฉe Lauder and I actually couldn't live without ANR.. I am obsessed with Clarins skincare. I have used it for years and just love it so much, it really works for me. I always get a big bundle for Christmas and it lasts me sooo long! 





Start with shaking up the eye make up remover to mix the product together, using only one cotton pad drop a little product on the pad and wipe away gentle- a little goes a longggg way! 

Wet the make up cloth with hot water & wipe your face until clear (the hot water helps open up all your pores too for the next part)

Use a pea sized amount of the cleanser and rub on to your damp skin. I then remove it with the other side of the hot cloth, then splash my face with water and use two cotton pads to dry my face.

Shake up the one step cleanser and use a cotton pad to apply this over the face to remove any make up that could still be there.

Finally I apply one pipette of ANR to my face and rub it in gentle, avoiding the eye area. 


This is just what personally works for me and I find that 9/10 my skin is usually very clear, this is only what I use to remove my make up not my skincare routine however I do use ANR at any opportunity I can!!
 These really are my holy grail products and I wouldn't be without them- they all can be used on all skin types, they are great quality and last such a long time! I've linked all the products above and below but anyone local to Ballycastle- Castle Pharmacy is my local supplier of Clarins and counter manager Maggie is AMAZING at doing a one to ones, finding out what suits you and your skin and your budget!! Let me know if you guys decide to try any of these products!




Thanks for reading, hope this helped a little! 
Emma Jane x

  

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