Friday, 30 September 2011

brand highlights.



Today I'm starting a new segment, in which I'm going to share with you the latest brands that I've discovered. It will also be a good way of sharing the latest products that I've been enjoying.
Today's brand is MIYO, a Polish brand (at least, from what I can infer from their site). This brand has an extremely wide range of products, with highlights for their nail polishes and eye shadows. In their site you can see all the list of available products and colors.
I've spotted this brand for coincidence, when I went to a beauty shop to buy a hair brush. That was when I saw their display (for my Portuguese readers, you can find this brand at Carlo Santo's stores). The first thing that caught my attention was definitely the image of this brand. The overall concept is very neat and the presentation of their products is also quite appealing. The packaging is also one of the aspects that caught my attention, especially the lip gloss’s package. In fact, it actually looks expensive and really high quality. Besides this, the products aren't tested on animals and each ones has a cruelty-free sign.  
I tried some of the eye shadow testers at the store, and I was absolutely mesmerized. The pigmentation is absolutely superb and the color selection is also amazing. Most of their products come in a vast selection of colors. So far, I’ve already tried their nail polishes, glosses and blushes, and I’m really curious to try their mascaras.
If I had to compare this brand with others, I would place it at Essence’s or ELF’s level. The price range is actually quite similar, which leads me to think that this is another one of these low-cost brands. However, I have to say that the quality of these products is much superior to the quality of Essence products. The eye shadows had a really big impact on me, so these are the next product that I want to buy from this brand. I remember that I swatched a red eye shadow. Not only the color and pigmentation were amazing, but also the staying power was phenomenal. By the time I got home, the eye shadow was still on my hand. This is definitely a brand worth checking out.


Sunday, 25 September 2011

blog problems.


After three days having problems regarding malware, the situation is now stabilized. This was the first time that something like this has happened and to be honest, I was a little preoccupied with this issue, since I didn't know what to do. 
There were hundreds of blogs with the exact same problem, not only in Blogger, but also in other platforms. As I said, this issue had nothing to do with the content or activities on the blogs. Apparently, the malware came from a hit counter that we all had on our pages. I know that a lot of people are going through the same, so here it is a quick manual on how you should proceed.
1. Delete all the widgets that were installed (in this case, hit counters and online counters).
2. Try accessing your blog through Google Chrome or Firefox. When you'll try to do that, an error message will appear, claiming that your blog has a malware program.
3. Use the Google Webmasters tool. Login (using your blog email and password). In case you've never used this tool, you'll need to add your blog. After that, they'll ask you to add a html code to your blog html. Through this step, they're able to confirm that you really own the blog.
4. As soon as you'll add your blog, a malware message will appear. Then, all you need to do is request for a revision of you blog status. After you'll complete this step, your blog should be fine a couple of hours later.


weekly gratitude.



In these past months, I am thankful for.

I am thankful for a nice Summer, without major worries or problems. I've enjoyed my time off and luckily, I was able to rest and to recharge my batteries.
I am thankful for the late September beach days, enjoyed with family and close family friends. It was so nice to finally take advantage of the ocean and its beauty.
I am thankful for all the little trips that we made during Summer. I've visited so many inspiring and beautiful places, and got to know so much more about other cities. 
I am thankful that Lucky has entered our lives. He was the best gift that we could receive on that specific day.
I am thankful for being accepted into the Master's Degree that I aimed to enter. At the beginning it was a little uncertain, but everything turned out okay. Right now, there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I feel blessed for this opportunity.
I am thankful for the parents that I have and for all the opportunities that they give me, year after year. I am thankful for all the support and the unconditional love.
I am thankful to myself, for staying strong through this path. More than anything, I feel extremely proud of me. I know that all the hardships made me become a better and stronger person.
I am thankful for Pouring Sentiment's first anniversary. I sincerely hope that I’ll be here to celebrate more and more anniversaries with all of you.
I am thankful for these 21 years. It has been more than I've thought it would ever be. I've went through ups and downs, victories and defeats. But there is one thing that I know: I’ve always stood on my own feet, even after every fall.
I am thankful for all the birthday messages that I've received. Thank you so much to all the people who wished me a happy anniversary.
I am thankful for that specific phone call. The friend that I'm referring to has been away of my life for more than two years. I've felt so happy for finally hearing her vice through the phone, wishing me a happy birthday. 
I am thankful for that family gathering. It's something that doesn't happen frequently, because we all have our issues. However, it was so refreshing gathering the family and spending the night together. 
I am thankful for all the recent pen pals that I've met. I've discovered once again amazing individuals, which were able to touch my life. 
Last but not least, a special thank you for all of you. Thank you for being a part of my life, and a part of the person that I am.




Sunday, 18 September 2011

hello.



After a long absence, I’m finally back. There is definitely some exciting news that I want to share with you, but I’ll leave that for another post.
And as some of you asked, here is Lucky. You won’t actually believe how much this little guy likes to be photographed. He is now 2 months and a half old: not as light as when he came, but still the same size. He weights now around 1.5 kg, and he is perfectly healthy.  Among his favorite activities we can certainly elect chasing Simba, eating, and playing as the top three.



Thursday, 8 September 2011

one year.


I couldn’t let today’s day pass without addressing the importance of this date. One year ago, on this precise day, this blog was born. I remember writing on the first post that change is inevitable; new challenges, new thoughts will always arise. And that will be enough to change everything else. One year ago I was the one to cause the change. There was a part of me that desperately needed it, not all due to unhappiness, but because the end of the line was in front of me. And when you face it, you have to walk new paths, discover new roads.
Pouring Sentiments was one of these new beginnings. Day after day, month after month, I saw the time passing by. I saw myself growing up, failing, suffering, and smiling. When I look back in time and whenever I go through all of these posts, there’s a part of that can’t help getting emotional.  One year may not seem that important, but when you see your life glimpsing through these pages, one year seems like a decade.
I saw all this developing in front of my eyes. And one day we were twenty; the next, we were one hundred. I’ve already said that I don’t care for numbers. I’ve never did. But I’ve never thought that it would ever come to this. For that, I will always be grateful for all of you who came aboard with me on this journey.
For me, blogging was always about clicking with other people. Somehow, at some unpredictable time, you’ll feel a connection and, from that moment on, your life will be connected with that other person’s life. I feel so blessed for been able to get attached to so many of you that it almost seems like, I’ve been following your lives for the longest time.
Today’s post is definitely festive and special on its own way. There are not enough words to tell you how thankful I am. For every one of you who has touched my life and my heart, thank you so much. I just wanted to let you know that without you nothing of this would ever be possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making every day brighter. They say that sometimes things fall apart, in order for things to fall into place. In fact, this blog appeared in my life when everything else was collapsing. And in the end, it brought me the safety and the comfort that I’ve always looked for. Day after day, month after, month, year after year.