Monday, 8 February 2016

Barbecue at Chão dos Louros | Madeira

I've always enjoyed the outdoors and being able to get away from the city for a while, so when some friends of mine decided that it would be fun to organize a barbecue up in the mountains I was totally up for it. We went to a place called Chão dos Louros, it's located between Encomeada and São Vicente, this area takes it's name from the large number of laurels in this forest area. It's an area where you can hike the route "Vareda do Chão dos Louros" along with the facilities to camp and to BBQ.
In typical forest style it was a sea of green, so beautifully graceful and calm, it's a wonder why I don't go up to the mountains often. It was a great trip to go on, but I would recommend that if you go to the area around February, don't forget to wrap up warm. Madeira can be warm in places closer to the sea but if you are going the opposite way it can get pretty cold, especially around this time.

As you can see here it's perfect for playing a bit of football and chat to friends whilst you wait for the food to cook.

And Voilà you have successfully had Lunch/Dinner somewhere you would never expect.

I hope you enjoyed this post,
See you soon!

Friday, 5 February 2016

A day out with Friends

Its always good to go back to a place you know so well and catch up with friends, its something that brings the feeling of home closer together. As we journey through life we can't always be home where we can truly be comfortable, safe and loved by those who surround us. Home can be described as many things but for me home is where you feel at ease and when you can truly be yourself amongst the people you really care about.

Every time I come back I always want to make the most of being with my Friends and Family. I try to fill in the short time I've got left on this holiday to re connect with people and make sure that we create new memories, continuing where we left off.

"Happiness is  meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed" - Anonymous.
I love this quote, but it does leave one thing out...Family! For me living away from family can be hard and when coming back its like I've never left. To me feeling like nothing has changed even though everything has is something amazing, it gives you a sense that you haven't been forgotten and that those memories will stay with them and with you forever. 

With the busy schedule that I've set for myself I decided to meet up with friends around Town. We stopped by this place called "Verdinho" it's situated in the best spot in Funchal where you can overlook the harbour on the right and the mountain peaks to your left. After waiting for others to arrive we then decided to go to this new place where we could eat some tasty desserts, A Confeitaria.

 The best part of being home is being able to taste one of my favourite drinks of all time: Brisa Maracujá a unique passion fruit drink that you can't get anywhere else apart from Portugal. This drink is made in Madeira. 


Just looking at the interior of this place makes me want to go there on a regular basis and lets just mention the tasty treats that they have on offer. It's an endless array of sweetness, and you just can't help but think you want to try them all.  So if you're in Madeira or planning to I totally recommend this little gem.
See you soon!


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Back to the Island - Madeira

After unexpectedly finding out I was going to Travel back home to Funchal, I quickly started to gather all of my essentials and outfits for my trip. Even though I've arrived and have been here for a few days now I still want to share with you guys some of my Travel essentials that might help you if you're going travelling soon or possibly in the future.

I will also show you a few photos of the trip from the UK to Madeira as I like to share that process with you guys and possibly show you the best places to visit that I haven't already shared.
Here as you can see is my go to Make up bag  as you have seen in a previous post, its the perfect travel size to put all your beauty essentials in.
First on the list was my Travalo, its a genius way to take your favourite scent with you but without having to take the whole bottle. I got my Travalo from TKMaxx but I'm sure you can find this in any drugstore.
If you're like me you probably don't want to carry a whole load of make-up with you and sometimes narrowing it down to a distinct few is hard. Here is what I came up with:
  •  The L'Oreal - Le touche Magique concealer;
  • The L'Oreal True Match super-blendable foundation;
  • New Look Lipstick in Candy Pink;
  • Light Brow zings shaping kit by Benefit;
  • Rimmel translucent powder;
  • Bourjois Bronzing and highlighting powder;
  • Rimmel London Wonder'full Mascara with argan oil;

A Few things that I would like to add as I didn't show them in the photos are the L'Oreal Matte Lipstick in the shade 405; The NYC individual eyes 942 Smokey eye palette created for blue eyes and a compact mirror.

For me, having your nails done whilst on Holiday is a must. I always go prepared for any occasion, so I bring at least two shades of Varnish. My current favourites are the Ciate Nail Varnishes in the Shades: Can Can and Mine a Mocha.

My last essentials are always pretty straight forward. I always bring with me a Travel sized cream for the skin and some make up remover in a Travel sized container, it's the perfect amount for a 2-3 week trip.

The last essential can be optional depending on the place your travelling to...a pair of sunglasses! I bring them regardless of where I'm going because you never know when you'll be needing a pair.


Friday, 22 January 2016

Carnaval Makeup

The Carnaval season is almost upon us and I'm here with a post that serves as a point of inspiration for any of you that may be celebrating it this year. This look can be used as a party look or for a fancy dress party, it's completely up to you. I thought this would be a fun idea for anyone who loves the glitz and the glam side to the carnaval.

You can alter the colors to whatever you like, as you can see in the pictures I opted for the blue, purple and golden yellow. But you can put your own personal preference and ideas into it as you wish and if any of you try to attempt this look or would like to know what I used to create the look then be sure to tag me with: @mel_macedo or @seekinsider. 


Make up & Photography done by Nadine Macedo 

  See you soon!
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