Thursday, August 16, 2018

Travel | Short but sweet visit to Berlin - pt 2

Travel | A short visit to Berlin, part 2.


Who is ready to continue this photo diary of the trip to Berlin??
Even though I was in town for just one day, I made sure to get the best out if, even if I wasn't feeling so well.
On the first part of this photo-diary, I explained all about it, so in case you miss it, here you are: Berlin pt1

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blogging | Which tools I use to keep up with blogging

Blogging | Which tools I use to keep up with blogging.


Some time ago, I wrote a post about the TOP 5 tools I use for blogging, and even though those are still up to date, I thought that it was about time to give share some more of other tools I use in order to keep my "blogging life" in order and going.
Not sure if you know, but I have a full-time job (+40h/week), so blogging is a hobby of mine, that requires a lot of my free time and of myself.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Travel | A day in Zwolle [NL] pt 2

Travel | A day in Zwolle, the Netehrlands, part 2.

Here I am once again with another photo/travel diary of beautiful Zwolle, in the Netherlands.
If you have been reading my travel diaries, you know, I can't simply write one post about it and that's it. Nop! There is always at least two posts. hahaha
So many beautiful sights to see, what can I do?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Skincare | Travel kit

Skincare | Travel kit -  How to keep your routine while travelling, in a compact, easy and lightweight way!


On today's post I thought it would be nice to do something like "What's in my travel beauty bag", but now then Skincare part. The beauty edition will be online soon.
When at home, those of us who like (or need) to take good care of our skin, have a whole routine with quite some steps, at least I do.
But we may find it a struggle to keep it up while on the go.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Travel | Short but sweet visit to Berlin - pt1

Travel | A short visit to Berlin, part 1.


For the longest time, I wanted to visit Berlin but somehow it never happened. To be honest, I don't know why; probably flight fares...
There was this evening, I was browsing around for a nice weekend break that I could go without taking days off, and found out several flight options to Berlin for a very nice price!
Didn't think twice; booked!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

There's a heat wave and I like it

Life in NL - There's is a heat wave in the Netherlands and I might the only one loving it...

As I am writing this post, I have a fan blasting some air at me, almost all lights out, proper summer clothes on and trying not to melt.
Yes, we are in the middle of a heat wave, over here in the Netherlands.
Or as far as I know, in almost all of central Europe.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Travel | A day in Zwolle [NL] - pt1

Travel | A day in Zwolle, the Netehrlands, part 1.


On today's post, I thought it would be nice to show you another beautiful town of the Netherlands. And as always, I had a very hard time selecting the photos to share with you; I blame it on this town's beauty!
Seriously, I never expected Zwolle to be like this.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blast from the past - 3 old posts that are still actual

Blast from the past - 3 old posts that are still actual. Old content doesn't have to be outdated. From blogging tips to experiences as an immigrant.

As a blogger, people always expect from you (or me in this case) to come up with new content on every post, but sometimes, some old (or older) blog posts are as "new" as they were when they were published.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Travel | Visiting Mafra - pt2 [PT]

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Mafra, Portugal.


How is your week going? I hope well!
I believe many people are already enjoying their well-deserved summer vacation, but unfortunately, that isn't my case. Not yet, at least! haha
For today's post, I would like to show you a bit more of beautiful Mafra.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Skincare | My current full routine

Skincare - Full routine! From Cleansing to Hydration, to anti-ageing. Features Bioderma, LaRoche Posay, Pixi and The Ordinary products.

Hello there!!

Some time ago, I wrote about how I found out my skin type and its issues and how I was trying to take care of it, along with drinking more water. If you miss it, then please check it here: Skin type Post
Today's post is all about the products I have been using since then in order to tackle those issues and give my skin everything it needs.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Travel | Row 13, where are you?

Travel | Row 13, where are you?

For this week's travel post, I thought I'd talk about something slightly different than usual. Hope you like it!

The power of our mind is something quite impressive, yet, it can be easily tricked.
A nice example of that is how we perceive the number 13, or its absence.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Music | Lenny Kravitz - Lisbon Show Experience

Music | Lenny Kravitz Lisbon Show Experience.

During my last trip to Portugal, I had the fantastic opportunity to see one of my old time favorite artist playing live.
Wait, I should rephrase this sentence.
I went to Portugal to see one of my old time favorite artists.
Yes, that's better.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Travel | Visiting Mafra [PT]

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Mafra, Portugal.
Hello everyone!!

How are you doing? I hope well!
On today's post, as you might have already noticed I am showing you a bit of Mafra.
Mafra is about 40min away from Lisbon, as I mentioned in this post, and it's mostly known for it's amazing National Palace.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Beauty | New in - Kat von D eyeliner and my training to a better winged liner

Beauty | Review of Tattoo Liner by Kat von D in Trooper.

I love wing eyeliner. Or let's say, I love eyeliner and how it looks on 99% of the people I see.
On me, somehow, it is always a struggle.
Sometimes one eye looks right on the spot but then I go try to do the other one the same way and it all goes down the hill... badly!
Or I can't get the line straight and it all becomes a hot mess and I end up looking like a raccoon. And I do not appreciate this look.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Travel | Visiting Óbidos [PT] - part 2

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Óbidos, Portugal.
Hi there!!

You thought I would forget to show you more of Óbidos?? No way!! It is too beautiful to just not share it (as you may have already noticed from part 1), and believe me when I say I had a hard time making a "small" selection of photos.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Travel | Visiting Óbidos [PT] - part 1

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Óbidos, Portugal.
Hi there!!

How is your week going so far?
Over here, slowly recovering from a long weekend back in Porty-land, together with some of my buddies. It was lovely!

For today's travel post, I thought I'd take you to beautiful Óbidos.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Lifestyle | When best friends don't come in human bodies

Lifestyle | When best friends don't come in human bodies.

As far as my memory goes, I have been a book-lover. 
Staring at endless bookshelves at stores or libraries always felt so good and somehow inspiring.
Don't know nor I remember how this started, but I know it's been "here" for a while now.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Travel | Sintra - part 2

Travel | Come along with me on a day trip to Sintra, Portugal.


Ready for another #travelthursday episode? 
By the title of this post you already know what's coming, therefore, I will keep the intro short. Hope you liked part 1 (check it here in case you haven't yet).
Today, I figured: shall I take my readers to Palácio da Pena? But hey; that won't be all...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Photography & Travel | two of my passions

A post about two passions of mine: travel and photography. Which gear do I use and how am I going to challenge myself.
If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you might have a nice picture regarding my interests.

So it is no news when I mention how much I like to travel and take photographs of the spots I visit.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Travel | Sintra - part 1

Travel | Come along with me on a day trip to Sintra, Portugal. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

Whoever plans on going to visit Lisbon for the first time, might have Sintra in his/her itinerary. It is no surprise, are Sintra is such a beautiful village, that one can simply not skip.

It was back in October last year, that I also went and visited this charming, picturesque village.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Consequences of having a plant-based diet

What changes have I noticed since I changed my food regime to a more plant-based? Read for more insights. This is my personal experience!


Not sure if you remember, but some time ago, I wrote another post about changing my diet.
You can read the whole story about it here, but in a very short summarized way, I decided to reduce my intake of meat, fish, and dairy. I did not become vegan, though.
But yeah, for more info on that, please refer to this post.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Travel | A beach paradise in Portugal - Portinho da Arrábida

Travel | Find a beach paradise, just 1 hour away from Lisbon. Clear waters, surrounded by mountains. Come visit Arrábida. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

With the days getting warmer, I can't help but think about going to the beach again. It's just something that I deeply enjoy and relaxes me like no other thing! With that being said, I am not a fan of super crowded beaches and normally I do not go to the "most famous beaches in Portugal".

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Beauty | New in - NARS

Beauty - Trying out NARS products for the first time. Read my First impressions on these products. What does and does not work so well for me and why. NARS Radiance Primer with SPF35, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

For the longest time, I have heard great things about NARS and its products.
Foundations, concealers, lipsticks, the famous Orgasm blush... You name it! They are all over the beauty-community but only now, I finally decided to bite the bullet and give this brand a try.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Visiting Milan - part3 | #TravelThursday

Milan - A travel diary of this beautiful Italian city - All photos by Barbara Santos with Sony a6000 for
Hello there!

On today's post, I would like to show you a bit more of the sights I saw while in Milan.
In case you missed it, here you can find the previous two posts I wrote about Milan:
Part 1 and Part 2.
While I was in Milan, every day was very cloudy, cold and even rainy. That was something that it caught me a bit of guard.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Skincare | Finding my skin type

Skincare - Finally understanding my skin type; what issues I am going through and how I am try to solve it. Skin type: sensitive, dry and dehydrated.

Hi, I'm Barbara, 33 and only know I know what skin type I am!
Yes, it took me this long to realize what my skin really is and what does it need. 
For the longest time, I thought I was one of those blessed girls out there with "perfect skin". Meaning, I didn't have to spend time taking care of it that it would always be okay.
But eventually, the game changed...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Travel - 5 places to visit 1h from Lisbon

5 places to visit 1 hour away from Lisbon, Portugal. A personal travel guide. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

Hello everyone,

I thought for today's post I would give you some tips regarding nice places you can visit while staying in Lisbon and that make lovely day trips.

The idea of writing this post came to me during my last visit to Lisbon and while deciding what to do with my days there, ended up looking at the map and checking:
"Where can I go, about 1 hour away from Lisbon, and that has enough things to see?"

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Music - why do I find hard to like new bands/artists?

Is it a struggle to find new bands or artists to like? Do I get pickier with age? Find all about it on this new post about music, concerts and Spotify. Barbara Santos for

If you read this blog for a while now, perhaps you noticed I am quite a music fan. You may even notice what type of music is my favorite, which can sometimes be surprising for some people who know me in person ("what?? or like that?? Never thought of you that way" - heard this many times...).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Visiting Milan - part2 | #TravelThursday

Visiting Milan, Italy | TravelThursday | Read how and why I ended up visiting this city in beautiful Italy. All photos by Barbara Santos for with Sonya a6000.

Hello there!

It is about time that I show you more of my visit to Milan, don't you agree?
Read the first part of this series (here) where I talk more about the whole experience and how I felt about my days in there.
But for now, let's get started!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time for a check-up: how am I doing regarding my goals for 2018?

Goals for 2018: What goals did I set and am I on track or completely off? Read more on Personal Blog.


I thought today would be cool to check up on my goals for 2018 and see how I have been doing.
Do you guys also make like yearly-goals and then check up, let's say, every quarter, and make an evaluation of how things are going?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How to behave at... a concert

How to behave at... a concert | Is there such a thing as "concert etiquette"? Are there any rules on how one should behave when is at a concert? Read my take on this, with a high level of sarcasm.

Hey guys

If you have been a reader for a while, you know I like music and go to shows and festivals. It is in all honesty, one of my favorite things to do! That and go to the cinema. 
I just wished there were more shows of my liking nearby, as I often have to drive at least 1h/1.5h each way to attend a show.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Visiting Milan - part1 | #TravelThursday


On today's #TraveThursday post, I thought it would be the best timing to share with you some of the sights of Milan.

I went for a weekend to Milan, back in mid-February. It was my first time there and didn't know what to expect of it, to be honest.
But first things first.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How does the Eurovision Song Contest affect my life?


Yes, it is me!! I finally have some time, and energy, to sit behind the computer after a long day and write some posts.
Oh guys, I really missed blogging, but you know, I simply did not have the energy for it during the last few weeks.
Apologies for that!

Now, you read this post's title and you might be like: "How on Earth could that be?!"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

5 Things I like about traveling | #TravelThursday

5 Things I like about traveling | #TravelThursday | Porty's Diary

Hi everyone!

Are you enjoying this new series? I am, to be honest!
Traveling is something I truly enjoy doing, even though I can't do it as frequently as I would like.
If you remember, some time ago, I wrote a post about the Top 5 things I dislike about traveling, because even though I like to travel there are always things I do not like about it.
So for today, I thought I would share with you the Top 5 things I like about it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What I learned as an immigrant

What I learned as an immigrant: 5 life lessons I have learned so far - Porty's Diary -
Hello there!!

For today's post, I thought I'd share with you some of the things I have learned as an immigrant. 
Not sure if many of you know, but I am Portuguese currently living in the Netherlands and it has been a hell of an experience so far!
What started as a crazy adventure has become my "new normal".
Shall I get started?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Share - Top 3 Post of this week

Sunday Share - Top 3 Post of this week

Hello there!

How are you all doing today? Enjoy your Sunday?
Where I live, the majority of the people are enjoying Carnival (even though it's way too cold!) but I on the other hand, rather stay home, in my cozy warm clothes & blanket! haha

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Food Habits - a new chapter

Food Habits - a new chapter | What I have changed in my diet and why. | Porty's Diary


As I write this post, I believe it has been a month since I saw the documentary "What the Health". 
It was a regular working day evening, where there were no interesting shows on TV so I checked Netflix for some entertainment.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

24h in Lisbon: what to see? | #TravelThursday

TravelThursday | 24h in Lisbon: what to see? | Porty's Diary. | Photos with Sony a6000 & a5100


Lisbon is all over the news, travel websites and in any "must see" list you may find. But the truth is: it's worth it!
I always wondered how come not so many people would come and visit this beautiful city, but during the last couple of years, this has changed tremendously!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BEAUTY | Give Me Some Nude Lip - Sephora favorites

BEAUTY | Give Me Some Nude Lip - Sephora favorites. Review and swatches. Includes:Kat Von D, Buxom, Ciaté, tarte and Make Up Forever. Photos with Sony a6000 + SEL35F18. Porty's Diary.


I have been wanting to share this post with you for a while now, as I got this kit back in October. But somehow I never found the time to take good photos of it or lip swatches (which I was not able to do anyhow). Yeah, blame it on the bad Dutch weather and lack of sunny hours...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Top 5 Blogs of the moment | Sunday Share

Top 5 Blogs of the moment | Sunday Share. Find out who are my favorite TOP 5 blogs of the moment and why. Porty's Diary.

How are you all doing? Having a nice weekend? I hope so!
Over here, the weekend just flew by (what a surprise...) but it has been really nice.

You know, if you are part of the blogosphere, you must have read here and there how much negativity is around us, with almost daily dramas and so on.
Luckily for me, I have never been caught up in any of that. I think it's an advantage to be a small blogger.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

What makes a trip special | #TravelThursday

TravelThursday | What makes a trip special? | Porty's Diary.


How have you been? I hope well.
Over here, all good! First, I would like to apologize for being away during this past week btu it was all for a good reason.
A reason that somehow made me think about the content of this post.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2017 Travel Highlights | #TravelThursday

TravelThursday | 2017 Travel Highlights. Portugal, Italy, Netherlands. Porty's Diary

Ready for the second entry in this #TradayThursday category?
In case you missed the first one, here it is: CLICK
I thought it would be nice to share with you my 2017 travel highlights and out of those, recommend you one to visit during 2018! Let's go!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Favorite cooking book of the moment + recipe

Favorite cooking book of the moment + recipe | 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver | Super Green Spaghetti. Porty's Diary.


I love books; their scent, the paper, the amount of work the writer put into it so that we can have a companion at our disposal.
A book is like a buddy to me, regardless of what type of book I may be reading at moment.
Cooking books are also buddies. Sometimes even life saviors!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Top 3 Photography YouTubers | Sunday Share

Top 3 Photography YouTubers | Sunday Share. Find out who I watch on YouTube when I need advice about photography or gear. Porty's Diary.


How's everyone weekend going?
Over here, it's time to relax and get a few things done, but mostly chill!! After all, it's weekend, right?
Today's post initiates a new series here on the blog! whoop whoop

Sunday Share is a space in this blog where I want to share with you some of my favorites in the blogging community, blogs but also posts in particular, as well YouTubersers that I follow and why I do.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Travel Plans for 2018 | #TravelThursday

TravelThursday | My travel plans for 2018. Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, USA. Porty's Diary


And welcome to the very first post of #TravelThursday!!!
Every Thursday, I will be posting something travel related. It can be a travel guide to a place I have visited, some travel tips and recommendations, can be a travel wishlists, a throwback,... it can be anything travel related!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

New Year, New Projects!


Here I am again, with a new post and it's all about this new year that just started! I know, you may think "Just now?!"... Yeah, I wanted to take some time off and reorganize my ideas for 2018.
But before I get started, tell me: how was your Holiday season? Hope you've had a great time!! 
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