Milos Island, Adventure Awaits! Greece 2016

 

I sat at my desk in work struggling to concentrate, my mind drifted to Greece.

As i re-read my blog-post from 2013/14, my heart longed for Greece and it’s turquoise waters.

Yes indeed, Greece and it’s many Islands have really become my  number one obsession.

https://brenda89b.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/my-love-affair-with-the-greek-islands/
When i think of Greece i get butterflies in my tummy, yeah, I just admitted that!               I’m a weirdo, I know. (hehe)

So when i got home that evening, I began to stalk some holiday destinations for summer 2016.

MILOS a volcanic Greek Island in the Aegean sea, just north of the sea of Crete. Milos is the south westernmost island of the Cyclades.

After looking at some pictures and reading all about it, I made my decision.It had to be Milos

This time round, we booked all the flights and accommodation ourselves. We flew from Dublin to Athens and then got a short flight from Athens to Milos. When we arrived, we got a taxi from the tiny airport to Adamas port (the life and soul of Milos).

 Looking out the window of the bust up,somewhat retro taxi, I knew the Island was going to be special. My boyfriend however, was sceptical. This quickly changed.

It was a bit early to check into our accommodation so we picked up or rental jeep (a 4×4 as a lot of the Island has no road networks, only dirt tracks) and sat in Adamas port watching the boats come in. Even though it was busy, there was a sense of calm. No one was rushing. It was bliss xx

I was certain that the next 10 days were going to be full of adventure.

Milos has many small fishing villages right on the water, some of which are only accessible by foot.

(Fourkovouni Village)

This was by far my favourite… turquoise waters…. perfect for swimming 😍with the wonderful view of these colourful houses dotted along the shore .

We visited a few of these villages and feel in love with all of them 💜

(Mandrakis Village)

(Klima Village)

From lunching on the shore to diving right into the water, the little villages alone were dreamy, but we reluctantly moved along knowing all that Milos had to offer.

Sea cave swimming in Papafragus

Sea kayaking day trips, deserted beaches with watermelon loving donkeys……………….. ask me about that one… go on!

Cliff diving, even if you picked the lowest one, it still counts!

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The famous Sarakiniko beach, often described as Lunar, is situated on the north shore of the Island

It is probably the closest thing you’ll get to walking on the moon. Who know Volcanic rock could be so magical.

Descending from the cliffs to the beach, holding onto ropes, aided by timber ladders…. reading the below warning signs…trying to keep your legs from shaking 😂 what a feeling! TSIGRADO BEACH

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From adventure to comfort, every beach had something different and unique to offer.

It was heavenly. There were no clubs or no strip like you would have in Zante or Rhodes.

In the evenings we would go for dinner and watch the sun set sitting outside one of the restaurants in Adamas Port. We never woke up hungover which was really nice for a change. (We must be getting old)

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Could it get any better?

How about a ghostly abandoned sulpher mine on the beach?

We rented a quad and drove down a long dirt track to the famous abandoned sulpher mine.

Paliorema Beach

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This Island’s Capitol, Plaka offers narrow streets with buzzing restaurants and magnificent sea views.

There are loads of little jewelry and clothes shops and a really nice vibe there, even if we got a parking fine…. In fairness, we did park on a faint yellow line outside the police station. (haha) There is no access by car so it’s best to park in an actual car park and walk up.

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Milos,  the adventures paradise! 10 days of bliss…. next stop…. Santorini….

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Bareminerals, bare minimum ingredients! Liquid Foundation Review

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Bareminerals newest family member!

Bareskin Liquid Foundation.

So, I treated myself to these amazing products after I was drawn in by their advertising.

I don’t really like the feel of powder mineral foundations, I find them drying, although great as a powder to seal your liquid foundation.

This is the brands first ever liquid foundation.

   It is a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.

When I was getting my tone match in BT’s, the sales assistant was so passionate and told me that most liquid foundations have large quantity’s of chemical ingredients whereas this one only has 5!

‘Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting foundation provides seamless coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance.’

Your skin feels, soft, nourished and moisturised.

The best part is, it is made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parbens or fragrance.

It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before! Really!

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Here are some Facts;

  • Clinically proven to improve the appearance of dark spots, skin brightness and skin texture.
  • Coconut-derived base with jojoba-coated mineral pigments and non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20
  • Supercharged Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C help to reveal brighter, more even-toned skin
  • Ultra-thin, silky texture-one to two weightless drops naturally transform, soften and smooth your complexion

To use you need to shake it well before use because it is a runny formula and you will need the pigment to be evenly distributed throughout the product.

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I highly recommend getting the brush as it is specifically designed for the product.

As I mentioned, the formula is very runny and this is where the design of the application brush comes in.

You drop two drops of the foundation onto the middle of the brush, it is strategically designed to hold the product and you apply to the face in circular motions!

If you want to build up coverage you can add more product as you go.

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You gotta be patient and have time for the application of this foundation but I promise you, it will be worth it!

Don’t be put off as you apply it, although it is very thin and lightweight, it sets and settles into the skin well after a few minutes of working it in.

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As you can see it does brighten the skin and leaves it flawless.

It  brightens up my dark circles completely and that’s only the foundation, I didn’t go under that with concealer at all.

I love it as a foundation.

It comes in 20 different shades so you are sure to find one to suit.

This shade is bare linen 03.

Bareminerals is also a cruelty-free company!

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Here is a picture of the finished face xx

It totally covered up those spots on its own! No other product has been used on them before or after the application! AMAZING! eh?!

Overall a great natural as possible foundation xx

I would say to be careful just after shaking it as when you open it the product bubbles out, have your brush ready.

They may need to re-design the bottle (hehehehe)

(http://www.bareescentuals.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BareEscentuals-Site/en_US/Experience-Show?cgid=BE_BARESKIN_PURE_BRIGHTENING_SERUM_FOUNDATION)

Other products used xx

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You guys always ask me what foundation I use and now you know the secret to flawless looking make-up x

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Natural Skin care Routine

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Hello Ladies and Gents

Here are my NATURAL beauty secrets for flawless skin.

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As you know, I’m all about being as close to nature as possible and so this is my top priority when looking after my skin!

Here is a step by step guide to my skin care routine xxx

Step 1. CLEANSE

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I make my own cleansing oil using Macadamia oil, caster oil. Jojoba oil, Vitamin E (which acts as a NATURAL preservative) and a few drops of whatever essential oil I have at hand. A natural cleansing oil like this is massaged into the skin and lifts dirt out of your pores, I then wipe it away with a damp, warm face cloth.

If you don’t want to make your own, there are loads of other natural options, lush have an amazing cleanser called ultrabland that is great for removing make-up and health food shops have loads of chemical free cleansers too. Be selective about the ingredients and make sure they are parben free and as natural as possible.

Step 2. TONE
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Floral Waters!
If you haven’t come across these miracle toners before then you are missing out!
They can also be blended with clays to make face masks and loads more.
Floral water is the by product of obtaining essential oils from plants.  It is this condensate water that remains after the extraction of an essential oil by water or steam distillation.
I use floral water in the morning and evening, sometimes I use it thought-out the day to calm and sooth my face (lavender water) especially if I have had a heater on in work all day. Floral water evens out skin tone and the lavender water is great for acne prone skin while the rose water is good for aging skin. You can get so many different ones depending on your skin type so again, research it and check ingredients and source.
These floral waters can be found in chemists, health foods stores and online.
Lush also have some amazing toners, my favourite is tea-tree water xx
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Step 3. MOISTURISE
Okay, so again, you can make your own moisturiser (I’ll leave that for another post as it’s complicated) but here are a few of my favourite chemical free, natural moisturisers!
Sukin – rose-hip day cream

(www.sukinorganics.com)

 
Lush – gorgeous, enzymion, vanishing cream (both good for oily teen skin)
(https://www.lush.co.uk/products/moisturisers)
Aroma bliss – handmade in Cork by an aromatherpists
(https://brenda89b.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/aroma-bliss-blissfully-chemical-free/)
At the moment, I am using a balm and a moisturiser I made myself coupled with sukin rosehip day cream, I find that using a different one each day is good.
Again, you will find some excellent chemical-free, natural face creams in health shops, chemists and tkmaxx, check out this blog I wrote on the wonder that is TKMAXX.
(https://brenda89b.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/you-had-me-at-meow-tkmaxx/)
P.S, for extra moisture during the winter, you can add oils like vitamin E, rose-hip etc to your moisturiser.
Step 4. BED TIME LOVIN’ (cringey?)
So, when we sleep our skin starts to regenerate and make new cells.
This is why sleep is so important for our whole body and this is why, at bed time, I put some extra love and attention into my skin.
OILS, OILS, OILS!
PicsPlay_1423045994550IMG_20150204_102405 IMG_20150204_102332Oils like rose-hip, Argan, almond, coconut, vitamin E, jojoba, olive oil etc are rich in Essential Fatty Acids and are easily absorbed by the skin. These fatty acids keep our skin looking youthful and plump, they even out skin tone and are soooooo moisturising.
I put a different one on every night and I swear (would I lie to you) my skin has been amazing ever since I started. My make-up also goes on  easier and my skin tone it so even. Trust me, just try it xx
Again, these oils can be blended together or blended with essential oils to target more specific needs, for example, frankincense is the most potent anti-ageing essential oil, so you could blend a few drops with any of these oils to reap the benefits.
Not to sound like a broken record but you must only buy pure, un-fragranced, natural and organic oils to get the benefits.
Please also read my blog post ‘Your mother was right, you are what you eat’
https://brenda89b.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/your-mother-was-right-you-are-what-you-eat/
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It’s all unicorns and rainbows xx LIME CRIME COSMETICS

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My latest Lime crime haul !

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Velvetine Utopia xx

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Blue Milk eye-liner

Here’s how I wore it xx

I had never used a bold coloured eye-liner like this before or worn such a girly pink like Utopia on my lips until now.

And, I gotta say, I love them both. I can’t imagine summer time make-up without these two anymore x

They actually compliment each other perfectly.

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Utopia is a beautiful, orchid pink and blue milk is a pastel, turquoise blue colour.

“Ground-breaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!” (www.limecrime.com)

I took me a while to get used of the brush with the eyeliner but now that I am used of it I am a pro.  (kinda)

“Pale sky blue…..Small but potent, these babies pack a punch! Eye-popping shades, smudge proof formula, each equipped with a precision brush” (www.limecrime.com)

Here are the looks I created xx

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Utopia lasts hours without touch ups and because it is touch proof you can go out and eat a meal without getting lipstick all over your face. (always a bonus)

Of course they came beautifully packed in a reversible, re-usable box xx

Which now has a spot on my make-up desk xx

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Lime crime is a vegan, cruelty-free company with a vast range of colours to suit every personality. I love their ethos, marketing, packaging and especially their products, which you can find here;

http://limecrime.com/

So much so that I have ordered more so more reviews to come.

The liner is reduced to $14 (about 10 euro) and the Velvetine Utopia is $20

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Naturally promote Hair Growth!

essesntial oils I’ve been doing some research on essential oils that promote hair growth and improve hair texture. I have taken two classes with Wapo organics specialists in Organic beauty (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wapo-Specialist-in-Organic-Beauty/214028518664264?fref=ts) and have gained a passion for making my own natural skin care products. Now, I want to improve my hair. I can remember my school days, sitting there, picking at my split ends so I have always had crappy hair and now that I bleach my hair, I really need to look after it. So here are my tips; Firstly, I moved to sulphate, parben free shampoos and conditioners. I swear by Sukin skincare, their shampoos and conditioners have saved my bleached locks.

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Secondly, I try not to use the hair dryer much, however in winter you need to dry your hair otherwise you’ll FREEZE! And finally, I started making my own hair masks with coconut oil and almond oil. Sometimes I will leave the coconut oil or almond oil in my hair overnight and then go to the steam room in the morning and let my hair soak in even more of the goodness. My hair is really soft now, not dry anymore but it is riddled with split ends and could do with thickening up.

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So, essential oils popped into my head. As you know I love essential oils. So I began to read up on them and found that rosemary essential oil can help stimulate hair follicles to create new hair growth, as well as slowing hair loss. You can add 3-5 drops of your favourite ones to an organic, chemical free shampoo and conditioner. Here are some more oils that promote healthy hair growth: •Ylang Ylang Essential Oil •Lavender Essential Oil •Rosemary Essential Oil •Lemon Essential Oil •Roman Chamomile Essential Oil •Geranium Essential Oil •Cypress Essential Oil •Clary Sage Essential Oil •Sage Essential Oil They can also be mixed with carrier oils to make a hair treatment , I use organic coconut oil but you can also use avocado, jojoba, borage or aloe vera xxx Jojoba oil is supposed to be the best for hair loss and coconut oil is recommended for dry damaged hair. You must get all your oils from the most pure, organic sources. For example, I only buy my coconut and almond oil in the health food shop.

Happy hair growth people xx

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Look at these roots!

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Mc Goo’s Winter wish list!

Seeing as it’s 30days until Christmas I reckon it is a good time to start acknowledging it.

Apparently Ireland is set to get some harsh, cold weather this winter and what better way to warm up with a hat a neck scarf from Zaini a company launched by a Scottish ski instructor. Here are my favourites both priced at 20pounds . You can buy these directly from the website http://zaini.com/

These are guaranteed to keep your warm while you are out and about in all weather while allowing you to express your colourful personality.

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Every girl wants a new dress to wear on Christmas Day. It’s a must! A given right!

 A Christmas dress however, needs to tick a lot of boxes!

It must be flattering to your body , yet stretchy and comfy for all that binge eating.

This, Voodoo Vixen dress is amazing, I just cant decide on which colour I want. The safe black or the bold blue!!! HELP!

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They can be purchased online here; http://www.voodoovixen.co.uk/dresses?limit=100

Another Christmas morning must is new make up. I really, really, REALLY want to get my paws on Lime crime’s new eye shadow palette Venus. It is currently out of stock but here’s to hoping it will make a return before Christmas . I have asked Santa for it so I’m sure I’ll get it.

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Lime Crime also have a new lippy due to come out soon called pansy and I would love that for a colour pop during the festive season instead of the usual festive red’s.

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And…… this would go really well with that blue Voodoo vixen dress. See a pattern… Blue and purple obsession! (hehehehe)

Every Winter I like to treat my skin to Lush’s most expensive moisturiser Gorgeous, so I guess Santa will be tapped up again.

Finally, I would love these misguided boots for everyday street style. They would work really well, teamed with black skinny jeans/leggings, snuggly knits, over-sized coats and dark lipstick. I don’t ask for much eh?

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http://www.missguided.eu/catalog/product/view/id/137030/s/alexia-cleated-sole-chelsea-boots-black/category/451/

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I have a passion for individuality in a world dominated by tradition!

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As I have gained a lot of new followers recently I said I would give you all a bit of a bio on me, the one and only Brenners Mc Goo.

Where did the name come from??

Well, when I was in college, my house mates started calling me Brenners, then I had a friend who called me Mc Goo so I combined the two names to make one x By the way, my actual name is Brenda Barry.

I randomly tend to give people I am fond of pet names, for example, I call my dad fat boy (he is quite thin) because he would drive us to school in his van and fat boy slim would always be on the radio. I call my boyfriend Clem even though his name is Thomas. For what reason you ask? simply because I am a weirdo. (and proud of it)

What am I all about?

I love finding cosmetics brands that don’t cost the earth, are carbon neutral, cruelty free and free from dangerous chemicals. My favourite is when I find cosmetics that are made locally by aromatherpists or when I make my own.

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I hate fashion trends that are copied by millions just because one popular pop star was paid to wear it. For this reason, I like to defy fashion trends. That is why you will never see posts or blogs on the ‘latest fashion trends’. I follow my own rules and make my own rules.

I get a-lot of stupid, rude comments when I’m out and about by small minded people questioning my hair and fashion choices but that only makes me dress more outrageously. So thank you small minded people.

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I know that you cannot get on with 100% of people 100% of the time and I know that this is okay. I don’t waste time on making people like me. I am who I am, a blue hair’d (currently blue hair’d) retro, 50’s, rockabilly, punk, hippy, crazy cat lady.

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My plans for the future!?

Get more tattoos, change my hair colour a million more times and eventually open a shop selling make-up and clothes that express individual personalities, not supress them.

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