My February Purchases – A Haul: Journaling, Beauty and More

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

It’s rainy and cold here so we’re pretty much just chilling at home.

I’m crazy about a good haul post, so I thought I might as well write one myself. I’ve compiled all the little things I bought back in February and came up with a list of purchases plus reviews to share with you.

These are the things I bought in February.

My Bucket List: Journal – If you’ve been following for a while or if you happen to know me in person, you know how fond I am of lists in general. I love having a bucket list because it helps keeping my goals in perspective. I feel like if I write down my goals they’re more likely to happen. This bucket list journal couldn’t be more perfect. I love that it is divided in categories. It cost 5€ at Flying Tiger.

Knitting Journal – This will double as a crochet journal because I’m more into crochet than knitting. I forgot to take pictures but I love how it has space to catalog your yarn and all your projects (including pictures as well as a few helpful guides such as stich abbreviations in different countries. It cost 5€ at Flying Tiger.

The cutest plant – I don’t really know what kind of plant she is but I absolutely love her and her beautiful flowers. She’s currently at my home office where she’s happy and thriving.

Belei Rich Eye Cream – I was in the market for an anti-ageing eye cream and decided to try this one. It’s Amazon’s own brand and very affordable (I paid around 6€ for it). It’s supposed to “improve elasticity and plump skin”, which I’m not yet sure it does. I like that it is pretty fluid and not greasy at all and that you only need a couple of drops.

What the Fake: Plumping lip filler by Essence – I have to say I’m very happy with this product. It does actually make your lips look fuller and plumper and I’ve even gotten compliments while wearing it. I’ve been wearing it as a lip gloss but I might start wearing it as a lip primer, under regular lipstick too. It does sting your lips a little bit because it contains chili extract. Just like every other Essence product, it is super affordable at less than 4€.

Strong Hardener: Nail Advanced Treatment by Essence – My nails have always been extremely weak, soft and breakable and, even though they’ve gotten much better with pregnancy, they’re still quite pitiful. I decided to try this hardener, which I’ve been using as a base coat. To be honest, I haven’t worn it enough to tell you if it actually works, but for 2,50€ it is definitely worth a try.

Lip Care Booster: Lip Peeling by Essence – This might be my favorite beauty purchase of the month. It is said to “moisturize, condition, renew and smooth” and I can confirm it does all those things, while also lightly exfoliating. My lips are super dry and so I have to exfoliate them quite often, otherwise they become flaky. I’ve been applying this every night before bed and I can tell a difference. My lips are less chapped and much softer. Priced at about 2€, it costs like nothing and it works so well. Will definitely be buying again.

Ink Liner: Intense Black by Essence – It is my dream to be able to draw a perfect winged liner though I don’t think I ever will. I still bought this and intend on practicing my eyeliner skills. Have yet to try it as I haven’t been wearing much makeup at all. Will report on it later. Like every other Essence product, it’s rather cheap at less than 3€.

Read Harder: Reading Journal – I’m very into journals and keeping track of all activities lately so I’ve been looking for a reading/book journal for a while. I do track all my reading on both Goodreads and The StoryGraph and they’re great apps but I like having something I can actually write on. Besides a reading log it comes with many reading challenges which I plan on taking on. It cost about 12,50€ on Amazon.

Moisture Meter – An absolute lifesaver for a convicted plant killer, either by drowning or extreme dehydration. All I need to do is stuck this in the soil and it will tell me if it is too wet, moist enough or too dry and then water accordingly. I’m pretty sure some of my plants are only alive because of this purchase. I bought it on Amazon for about 12€ and it is worth every cent.

Even though most of my purchases have been baby items, I still like to treat myself to a couple of things each month, nothing fancy or expensive, just a few cute items that bring me joy.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Pregnancy Update for weeks 29 and 30!




Saturday – Sister is visiting and Yves Rocher haul edition

Good evening friends,

I hope you had/are having an amazing Saturday!

I’m feeling better, thank God!

Today we went to visit my mom and pick up my sister so she stay with us until Monday. I’m really happy to have her here because I don’t get to see her as often as before, when I moved closer. We go to the same university but I don’t attend classes, so that’s not an option anymore. Last semester we used to have lunch or coffee often. Went shared rooms and things most of our lives and we are pretty close, so I always miss her. She’s my baby and I love her more than anything. So today, I have her all to myself, and Rosa lol She just loves her auntie Neide (pronounced Nayd) and gets so excited when she’s here.

I picked up some things that my mother got for me from Yves Rocher. If you don’t leave in Europe, it’s possible that you don’t know this brand. It’s a French brand and, in Portugal, you can only buy things through a catalog. It’s similar to Avon, but focusing natural products. Not entirely natural, unfortunately, but focused on using as much of nature in their formulas as possible. I always buy this brand, I love it and some things are quite inexpensive. I also get a 30% discount because I’m registered as a representative, although I don’t actually sell anything. My mother and sister use many products by this brand and so my mother, when she makes an order, always asks me what I need and then doesn’t let me pay for it. She’s so awesome. I needed a few things this time, and I though I would show you what I got. Is this interesting? Are you interested on a post about my beauty routines? Tell me and I’ll deliver.

So, this is what I got:


This is an intense hydrating mask, that I like to use about once or twice a week. It’s the best mask that I have found, in terms of leaving my skin hydrated and moisturized. I have seen and tried plenty of purifying and cleansing but never a good moisturizing one. I usually put it on while showering and washing my hair, because it needs to stay on for 15 minutes and I like to multitask. The price is 8,90€ for a tube of 75 ml (2.5 fl. oz.) which I think is quite cheap for such a good product. I get the 30% discount, so I actually pay 6,23€. It lasts me a few months as you don’t need to use a big amount each time. I just love it and always buy it.


This product is actually a new purchase, and I have never tried it before. I used to have an oil for my ends but I didn’t like it that much so I looked for another product and thought this one might be a better option for me. My hair is quite dry in general so I get dry ends very often, although I try to trim them (I cut my own hair) every two months or so. This is a repair balm for dry ends and I hope it will help in making my ends stay soft and healthy for a longer period. I will try it out soon and see if it works and if I like it. I love that it’s paraben and silicone free. It costs 5,95€ for 50 ml of product which is think is not that much but we’ll see, depending on the amount you need to use each time. Final price for me was 4,16€, so incredibly cheap.


This is my face cream, that I always use. This is the brand’s sensitive skin line and that makes it perfect for my sensitive, dry, skin and my problems with rosacea. I also use this lines eye cream and micelar water and I love both. The cream is also very good, extremely moisturizing and I love that it is SPF 20. I’m not sure it helps with redness (which they claim it does), but I use a green primer to deal with that issue so I don’t expect this to do so. It’s thick but fluid at the same time and you only need a small amount for your whole face. You pay 11,90€ for a 50 ml tube, which is okay with me. Plus my 30% discount I pay only 8,05€.

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This one is a very nice and fresh eau de toilette. It smells of roses and I just love it. I think it’s perfect for Spring. They have a few different options such as purple lilac, lily of the valley, cherry blossom, green tea and verbena leaves. I think I want to collect them all and at 14,90€ (plus discount – 10,43€) for 100 ml, I just might.


I’ve been looking for a new, good foundation for some time. I’m on trial mode with this one, so far I have only tried it on my hand and I love the texture. Tomorrow I’ll try it on my face and see how it looks. It needs to have enough pigmentation to cover my redness, which my green correction primer doesn’t cover completely. They refer to it as “zero flaws” so I hope it can help in hiding my redness which is my only issue, since I don’t get blemishes at all. I’ll try it and get back to you, if you’re interested in knowing how I like it. The price is 9,80€, so very cheap when you add the discount (6,86€) and since it will probably last a long time. I hope it’s the one for me.

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Finally, I have bought a body moisturizer. I absolutely love their body creams. They smell amazing and they have a few different scents and combinations. I chose lavender-blackberry this time and it’s heaven!! They’re super fluid, which means they are easy to apply and they dry super fast as well. They leave you with super soft skin and smelling beautifully. I always go back to their line of body lotions and they are definitely my favorite! The price for 390 ml was 4,49€ as they were having a sale and I got it with a 40% discount, adding to my 30%, which means I paid 3,84€. Quite the bargain, huh?

So this is my Yves Rocher haul, guys.

I need to thank my lovely mother for paying for it, she’s the best.

Do you know this brand?

Do you have this brand where you live?

Would you buy these products?

Tell me in the comment sections!!

See you soon!!

Love and hugs.


Video grocery haul and a recipe!

Hey guys,

Today I’m going to try something different! You’re going to have the pleasure (or not) of seeing my foolish, makeupless face in a video. We went grocery shopping and I decided to do a grocery haul. I love seeing what other people buy, so hopefully you’re nosy like me and will enjoy this post. This is a one week grocery haul for two people. Some things we already had at home, like some meat and some apples, for example. Then, I’m going to show you how to make a Portuguese dish – Bacalhau à Brás and Oreo mousse for dessert. Are you hungry yet? Does it sound good?

Hot Mess Alert: It’s my first video ever, so I’m clumsy as…! Also, It’s not edited, I have no makeup on, my hair is dirty, my house is messy, the dog is a pain in the bass and you now I haven’t been sleeping well so I look like… that.

I thought it would be fun to see our groceries for a week, how much we spend and how is food cost in Portugal. We have some meat sent by my mother-in-law (they raise pigs and chickens and she is a sweetheart and always sends something), a few frozen and fresh vegetables, some apples, still some yogurt and cheese. I would like to stretch this into two weeks, that would be a nice challenge and would reduce our monthly grocery money. It would also be fun to see how far I can go with these items. We will probably need some milk and bread but that should be it. I’m going to give you a list of what we’ve bought with prices. Our total was 47,05 €, at Aldi.

  • Pack of frozen codfish x 2=4,98€
  • Bread (1 medium loaf) = 0,89€ (it’s whole wheat)
  • Oranges (2 kg) = 1,59€
  • Bread (4 rolls) = 0,48€
  • Pretzel snacks = 1,39€
  • Can of black olives = 0,79€
  • Makeup powder foundation = 2,10€
  • Assorted seeds = 9 x 0,19€ = 1,71€ (had to use a calculator, oh my)
  • Baby face cream = 1,99€
  • Red potatoes (3 kg) = 2,49€ (forgotten in the video)
  • Facial night cream = 2,99€
  • Sliced ham (200 g) = 0,99€
  • Toilet paper ( 12 rolls) = 1,79€ (also forgot to show in the video, I was afraid you guys might think I poop)
  • Cookies (1 pack – 250 g) = 0,99€
  • Cookies (1 pack – 176 g ) = 0,79€
  • Baloney with olives  (200 g) = 1,19 €
  • Cookies (1 pack – 150 g) =0,79€
  • Yogurt (1 pack of 6) = 0,99€
  • Lactose – free milk = (3 x 0,79 a carton) = 2,37€
  • Vegetable oil (1 l) = 1,15€
  • Peach and grape juice (1,5 l ) = 0,99€
  • Apple juice (1 l) = 0,69€
  • Cream (2 x 200 g) = 0,90€
  • Orange juice (1,5 l) = 1,09€
  • Cookies (1 pack – 125 g ) = 0,79€
  • Cookies (1 pack – 150 g ) =0,64€
  • Condensed milk (1 can – 397 g ) = 0,99€
  • Assorted seeds ( 2 x 0,49€) = 0,98€
  • Sweet corn (3 cans x 140 g) = 1,19€
  • Bananas (1,226 kg ) = 1,29€

End of list. What did you think about the total? We thought it was cheap for the amount of things we bought. How much would you pay for this in your country? What do you think about the price of each item? Is there some that’s a lot cheaper or a lot more expensive than where you live? I would love to know about this and to compare prices.

Now, I’ve got a recipe for you. It’s a Portuguese dish – Bacalhau à Brás. It’s very famous here and almost everyone loves it. It’s simple and rather cheap to make too.


For the amount we made, which will is enough for eight good portions, you’ll need:

  • 2 packs of frozen dried codfish
  • 1 kg of potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 can of olives
  • 6 eggs
  • Some parsley


1 – Defrost the codfish. Then wash it in cold running water because it tends to be salty;

2 – Put the codfish in a pan of water to boil, until it becomes soft;

3 – While it boils, wash and pill the potatoes. Then, cut them in thin sticks;

4 – Heat up some vegetable oil, you’ll use it to fry the potatoes (just slightly, you don’t want them crunchy);

5 – While you fry the potatoes, see if the codfish is ready to be shredded. If it is, shred the codfish, taking out the fish bones and skins. Set aside;

6 – Chop the onion and garlic. Add some olive oil to a pan and add the onion and garlic. When they’re brownish and soft, add the shredded codfish and mix. Leave and keep mixing every two minutes or so, so it doesn’t burn. In about ten minutes it should be cooked.

7 – Add the fried potatoes and mix.

8 – Scramble the eggs with some freshly chopped parsley and add to the pan;

9 – Mix everything up, until the egg is cooked.

10 – Add the olives and mix again, salt and pepper to taste (be careful about salt because the codfish is usually salty) and you’re all done;

Note: If you can’t find codfish you can do the exact same recipe with shredded chicken or canned tuna;



Bonus dessert recipe: Oreo mousse


  • 8 Oreos
  • 2 packs of cream (200 g each)
  • half a can of condensed milk


  1. Crush the Oreos until you get a chunky powder;
  2. Pour the cream in the mixer for 5 minutes;
  3. Add the condensed milk and leave for two minutes;
  4. Add the crushed Oreos and let it mix;
  5. Pour into a glass bowl and let it cool in the fridge for a few hour.
  6. Tah-dah!

Credits: Stolen from google search

That’s it for today. I can’t wait for your feedback! Please tell me if you enjoyed this post or if it was totally boring. What about the video? Would you like to see more of this content? All opinions are welcome, dear readers. Happy Sunday!