May 9, 2017

Photographer in Barcelona (Anita Nebo Photography)

Anita Nebo Photography Blogger Photoshoot

Blogging involves photography and even though I fell in love with photography before blogging, blogging has helped me improve a lot with my photography. I still remember the quality of the photos in my posts from my first year of blogging, and honestly, they make me cringe. With time, I started getting better at it. I read a lot about photography, about using manual mode, understanding Aperture & ISO, editing with Photoshop & Lightroom, and shooting in RAW. I enjoy learning new things about photography & putting them in action.

Anita Nebo Photography Product Shoot

At the end of last year, I finally decided to create an instagram account for my photography and Anita Nebo Photography was born. I've done some TFP (Time for Print) work and been trying to build my photography as a business. I've created a facebook page and I'm working on creating an online portfolio.

I'm loving this new journey I've started on. I'm really enjoying meeting new people and helping them realize their imagination in the form of photography. It would be my pleasure to shoot with some of my readers and blogging friends, so if you're visiting Barcelona and would like to book a photo session, check out my social media & contact me at anebophoto@gmail.com. 

Anita Nebo Photography Portrait

Bloggers/Influencers living or visiting Barcelona, Catalunya

Any bloggers living in Catalunya or those visiting Barcelona who would like to create some amazing new content for their blogs. If your coming to Barcelona on holiday but also want some quality shots for outfit posts, be sure to let me know & we can arrange a session.

Models & MUAs in Barcelona, Catalunya

Models & Makeup artists who either live in Barcelona or those visiting for a short while, in need of fresh content for their portfolios, I'd love to be involved in your project.

Brands in Barcelona & International brands

For brands/companies located in Barcelona, I offer on location shoots. So if you are in need of photography for a new product or collection, or if you're a restaurant in need of new photos for the menu, you can contact me to discuss details. For international brands, I will need the product to be shipped to me and can do a studio or lifestyle shoot. Each project is different and adjusted to fit the needs & requirements of each client. 

Anyone looking for some new quality images

Whether you're looking for new photos for yourself or have an event like a proposal, birthday or bachelorette party which you'd love documented, be sure to contact me so we can discuss the details.

Anita Nebo Photography Model Shoot

I hope you take the time to check out my work, and if you're looking for a photographer in Barcelona, be sure to email me at anebophoto@gmail.com so we can discuss your project.

I would love for you to stop by my Instagram & Facebook and let me know what you think.
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April 26, 2017

5 Things I am Thankful for this Month {April}

Things I am Thankful for this month

This year I'm trying to focus more on the positive, because lots of times we get consumed with complaining and negativity, and forget to pay attention to the positive things that happen in our lives. Big or small, it doesn't really matter, they all count, and I want to encourage everyone to pay a bit more attention to them. It will definitely make you happier.

1. The weather

Spring & Summer are my favourite seasons because the weather is warmer, flowers start to bloom and the days get longer meaning I can do some photography after work. And if you didn't know, I've got an Instagram & Facebook page as a photographer, and I would love you to support me there as well.

2. My partner 

This month marks 8 years I've known him and we've been together. We aren't perfect and we have our ups and downs, but we love each other and he supports me. In these years, we've changed. We've both grown into adults, moved to a different country and have much more responsibilities than before. I'm looking forward to the 90 more years we spend together {soz for the cheesiness}

3. My Dog Candy for being so understanding

We recently got a kitten and candy has been such a good and understanding pup in regards to this. She grew up with a cat so it wasn't totally new to her but he's still a kitten and always wants to play with her, and she's already 6 years old so doesn't find it as interesting. I'm sure Leo pisses her off sometimes, but she loves him anyway.

4. New adventures

I'm learning how to skate with a longboard. It isn't easy and I'm scared of hills and uneven ground, but I'm getting better and more confident. So far, I have fallen once. I can't wait for next month to get my own board and practice some more.

5. Family & Great friends

Between an allergy reaction to feeling bad about my photography, I had some down moments this month when I doubted myself. All through this, my family and friends supported me and made me feel a lot better. I appreciate having such amazing people who care about me.

Tell me a couple of things that you're thankful  for this month, big & small?
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April 18, 2017

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Start

Natural Hair Growth Journey

It has been over 2 years since I started my transition to natural hair. If you're interested in my journey so far, you can check out my posts on why I decided to go natural, the struggles I faced, how it felt to be newly natural and some tips on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I love my natural hair and my goal is to grow it as long as I possibly can. I would like you to join me on that journey as I document it all on the blog.

I'm starting off with a length check and a list of products that I am currently using. As time passes, I will change some of the products and I hope to be able to keep you updated every 3 or 6 months, to see how much my hair has grown and what I have been doing to achieve the results.

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Length Check, Products and more

Current haircare schedule

I moisturize my hair daily using water and leave-in conditioner if my hair isn't in a protective style such as braids. Once or Twice a week I cowash my hair to get rid of the dirt and add moisture to my hair. If you don't know what cowashing is, you can find all the details in my post on cowashing. I also try to deep condition every weekend with a moisturizing hair mask or a protein mask. Once a month, I prepoo and then shampoo my hair. This usually depends on how much product I have been using lately and how dirty my hair feels.

Current products being used

I was hoarding a bit on the product end as I'm always looking for new products to try in order to find my favourites. So I do have quite a few variations of certain products (I think I may have too many oils). Recently, I've been trying to stay away from buying lots of hair products which serve the same purpose in the hopes to use up the ones I have.

Some of the products I am currently using include:

Treatments  - DIY Protein mask, Novex Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 
Oils - Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Dabur Amla Hair Oil.

Now moving on to the length check. I think it's more difficult to do length checks on curly hair due to shrinkage, but I've done my best to show the current length. I'll be using the same stripped t-shirt so it's easier to track the difference between the pictures.

Hair Growth Journey Start Length Check

What are some of your tips for hair growth? I'd love to include them in my journey.
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March 29, 2017

My Go To Products For A Daily Natural Look

Makeup products I use daily

I love trying out new beauty products, whether it's the new lipstick by Maybelline, or that amazing mascara from Rimmel everyone is raving about. I may have lots of makeup but in the end there are only a handful of products which I use daily. These are pretty much my staples, although I would occasionally switch up the products. Either way, the overall look is very similar.

Face

After cleansing and toning, I apply a thin layer of my current acne treatment and then moisturizer. For moisturizers, I usually vary between the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for oily skin, the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-free Acne Moisturizer or the IQ Natural AHA Moisturizer. To control my oily skin, I use the Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base. After this, it's time to apply foundation. My foundation is one product I don't usually switch because of how difficult it is to match the right shade with my yellow undertone. So I have been st the MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in shade NC42, and usually apply a base layer before applying some more on areas with dark acne scars. If needed, I will use some concealer for under eye circles.


Eye makeup products I use daily

Eyes

Next, I move on to my eyebrows and I always use the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme and the Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel. I usually go for a full brow. You can check out all the details in my post about my Current Eyebrow Routine. Once I'm done with my brows, I apply one coat of transparent mascara to prime my lashes, and then two coats of mascara. For mascara, I've been loving the Rimmel Extra 3D Lash Mascara because it gives me both volume and length. If I've got a bit more time, I apply eyeshadow. My daytime colours are dark brown and gold for a neutral look.

MAC Brave lipstick for everyday makeup

Lips

My lip choice usually depends on my mood and time availability. But what I never skip is a lip balm or butter. I've got quite a few of these, so I usually go for whichever is closest in the drawer. If I'm running low on time, I do my lips in the car. My current go to lipstick is the MAC Satin finish lipstick in Brave or Cremeshene lipstick in Creme In your Coffee.

Those are pretty much all the products I use at the moment. I used to set my makeup with the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray, but I've recently run out and I'm currently looking for other setting sprays for oily skin, so If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

What products do you reach for on a daily?

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March 21, 2017

Easy To Pack Healthy Snacks For Work

Healthy snacks at work

Eating healthy is great for your body, not just because you're getting all the right nutrients, but also because you will look and feel good. For those who have a 9-6 job, this might sound difficult, but it's not if you plan ahead. We usually do our grocery shopping on Saturdays and I always decide what I'll need for the entire week (including snacks). And whenever I'm going to work, I always pack lunch and snacks so I'm not left hungry. Because once you're feeling hungry at work with no healthy snacks near by, you'll be reaching for nasty junk food which you don't need.

Healthy nuts as snacks at the office

Since I'm at work, I need the snack to be ready and fuss free. I want to be able to get it out and start eating without needing to prep at the office. I usually snack at about 4pm, unless I'm feeling really hungry earlier. I try to vary the snacks daily & weekly to keep me from getting bored. Some of the healthy snacks I pack include:

Fresh fruits as healthy snacks at the office

Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits are great for snacking because they provide lots of vitamins and are easy to consume. I usually pick fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, kiwis, strawberries and blueberries. I always wash my fruits at home and if needed cut them up, then I'll either put it in a zip lock bag or a container. I also always eat a handful of nuts with my fruits. This provides protein and keeps you full longer.

Dried Fruits

Sometimes I'm not big on prepping food for the next day due to being extremely busy or just so exhausted I can barely make it to bed. For times like this, I always try to keep some dried fruits available at home and work. This way I can skip my food prep that night. My favourite dried fruits are goji berries, cranberries and apricots.

Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein, and healthy snacks which you can easily have at work. You can keep some at the office or prep them the night before. I usually vary my selection of nuts between almonds and walnuts which haven't been salted. But I'll occasionally have some salted cashew nuts because I've been unable to find them in any other form.

Humus

At some point I didn't like the taste of humus, but now, I don't think you can ever open my refrigerator and not find at least one jar. Humus is a bit messier than the snacks I've suggested above, but it's so good and I love it. You can have some carrots, cucumber or celery with it, as well as rice cakes.

Peanut/Almond Butter

Peanut/Almond butter is another slightly messier alternative but tastes really good. Scoop out a small amount into a jar and take some sliced up apples in a zip lock bag, and you're good to go. You can also make a PB & banana roll as a snack or even for breakfast.

Healthy snacks which are easy to pack and eat at work

Those are some of my current snack selections. You can also make yoghurt with strawberries and banana, or chia pudding as a snack, but these are my less popular choices. Please let me know how you maintain a healthy lifestyle while working an office job.

What other snacks would you recommend for the office?
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March 14, 2017

Celebrations and Exploring Calella, Spain

Calella Beach
Calella Spain Views

Last week I took the week off as it was time to celebrate hubs' 30th birthday. Everyone says turning 30 isn't like every other birthday {I'm yet to find out} so we decided to go big or go home. We had friends flying in from different countries and decided to rent a house outside of Barcelona for the week. Our final choice was a duplex in Calella which had enough sleeping places for all 15 of us, a swimming pool and barbecue, which is pretty much all we needed. 

Calella Views

I had a surprise for hubs which I had previously shared on twitter, we got a kitten. Hiding him till Monday was pretty much impossible as we arrived at the house on Saturday. But we still had some surprises up our sleeves. On Monday, we made some helium balloons from a kit I got at Globo Image, got some champagne and picked up a cake to welcome him once he got out of bed. Nothing better than champagne in the morning, to be honest. 

Helium balloons from Globo Image
Calella - City, beach and mountains

We spent most days wondering around the city, climbing up to the mountains and drinking loads of alcohol {so now I'm having some alcohol free days}. It is a lovely city, with a clean beautiful beach and it's only 1h away by train or 35mins by car. The perfect place to get away and relax for a week or a weekend. In the summer, you can also go snorkelling, or visit the Water Sports Centre for some water adventures such as snorkelling, scuba diving, jetski and more.

Calella views from above

If you're visiting Barcelona and would like somewhere to relax which is not far but away from all the chaos and craziness of the big city, I'd definitely recommend checking out hotels and houses in Calella. We all had an amazing time and I'd be more than happy to go back.

Where was the last place you visited and what did you do?
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February 21, 2017

DIY Egg White Peel-off Face Mask For Blackheads

DIY Egg White Peel-off Face Mask

I'm always on the search for new face masks that will give me the pamper I need and help improve my skin. From clay masks bought in stores to DIY masks which target acne and oily skin, I've tried them all in the hopes that they will work and I will have glowing skin free from blemishes. 

DIY Egg White Peel-Off Facemask for blackheads

Peel-off masks are great if you have uneven skin because they go in the dents and help bring out all the dirt and blackheads. I usually stick with store bought masks such as the Garnier Cucumber Peel-off mask, but recently I decided to try a DIY mask and fell in love. It is natural and has so many skin benefits. It's also super easy to make, I promise. And, you already have all you need lying around your house.

DIY Peel-off Mask for blackheads and acne


What you'll need:

1 Egg
Kitchen tissue
Scissors
A small glass

DIY Peel-off mask for oily skin

Step 1

Get an egg and separate the egg yolk from the egg white. For this face mask, we need only the egg white which contains different types of protein including collagen, potassium & other nutrients. This mask helps tighten the skin and reduce large pores, as well as control oiliness. It improves the elasticity of the skin and helps reduce fine wrinkles. 

Step 2

Place the kitchen tissue on your face to get an idea of where your eyes, nose and mouth will be, and then cut out holes. You can either cut them out straight away or use a pen/pencil to outline and then cut.

Step 3

Apply the egg white to the tissue using your fingers. This can get slightly messy so be sure to do this in the bathroom. At this stage, what is most important is that you apply to all 4 sides of the face: forehead, chin and cheeks. This will help when performing the next step as the tissue will stick better.

Step 4

Place the tissue on your face and then apply some more egg white so it fully sticks to your face. Be careful when doing this, because the first time I did, I had egg white all over the place. I would suggest bringing the glass/plate containing the egg white really close to your face and then applying it.

Step 5

Leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until the egg white dries. Meanwhile, listen to some music, watch a movie or do anything else which doesn't require lots of moving around as we don't want the mask to fall off.

Step 6

Take the tissue by the corners and peel it off. You'll get out all the dirt and blackheads, as well as some unwanted facial hair.

Step 7

Wash your face with luke warm water and apply a moisturizer.

DIY Peel-off mask for blackheads and acne

Didn't I promise it's extremely easy and doesn't require lots of ingredients? I would recommend this for oily skin because it does have a tightening and drying effect, which might be a bit overwhelming for dry skin but perfect for oily skin. If you have combination skin, I'd recommend focusing this on your T-zone. 

DIY Egg White Peel-off Mask for blackheads and acne

What do you think? Are you going to try this mask for your next pamper session?
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February 13, 2017

Stay Warm In An Oversized Cardigan

Oversized Cardie OOTD
Laid back outfit

Have you been to Barcelona in the winter? Well, I'll let you know it isn't always warm. Ofcourse we have sunny days with 17°C, but we also have cold mornings with 3°C. Winter time for me is all about warm and comfort, and a bit less about style because nobody wants to have the flu from hell. Cardigans are one of my favourite items for the winter because you can take them off when it gets stuffy at the office and put them back on without any problem.

Comfy oversized cardigan, Michael Kors bag and Calvin Klein shoes
Cardigan - Bershka   |   Jeggings - Pull & Bear   |   Top - Lefties   |   Bag - Michael Kors   |   Shoes - Calvin Klein   |   Chocker - Stradivarius
While shopping the January sales, I came across this dark grey cardigan in Bershka and just had to have it. It is really warm and cozy, and the colour is amazing because it fits with pretty much everything. It's also a tad fluffy making it warm to wrap in when you've got the chills. It is probably one of my favourite winter items in my closet right now, plus it was a total steal at just 10. I love pairing it with a chocker for a stylish everyday look. 

Styling an oversized cardiganMichael Kors Bag & Calvin Klein Monogrammed sneakers

This weekend, I was looking for something comfy for our trip to La Roca Village and decided to wear my comfy cardie with jeggings and my new Calvin Klein sneakers, for a casual laid back look. Please ignore how messy my twists look, I've had them in for quite a while. If you'd like to find out how to style them, be sure to check out these 8 easy hairstyles. 

Staying warm in Barcelona with this oversized cardigan

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What's your current go to winter item?
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February 7, 2017

How To Style Marley Twists: 8 Easy Hairstyles

How to style braids and twists

I love braids/ twists because they give you a totally different look, they protect your hair, and give it time to breathe from all the brushing and daily maniculation. Once you have your hair in braids, you'll get at least a 2 week break from all the products you apply and touching that you do. Protective styling helps your hair grow and remain healthy. Even though there are protective styles you can do on a daily basis, I find braids amazing because of how long you can wear them.

The first time I tried out marley twists, I fell in love. You can check out my post on Marley twists for details. And if you're interested, I can make a youtube video showing how I do them myself. It usually takes me about 3 hours, but more if I have a friend over to keep me company. I always use the invisible braid method because it looks a lot more natural. Most people never even know I'm wearing extensions unless I tell them, although this year it's a bit more obvious as I've done the blonde ombre/ balayage.

Braids don't have to be boring, because you can style them almost the same way as you'd style your natural hair. I've been wearing mine in different styles and thought I'd show you a few. Let me know which is your favourite.

Half bun

Marley Half-bun

Separate your hair in 2 sections. Then tie the top with a band and twist the hair in the form of a bun. Place the ends into the band and if needed secure the bun using bobby pins. Even without bobby pins, the bun stays in place really well for me so sometimes I just don't bother.

Fountain marley

Marley Fountain hairstyle

Separate the front section of your hair and tie it at the top of your head, letting the braids fall down. This is my go to hairstyle when I am in a rush but want to do something other than leave them down. It's very easy and looks pretty.

Harley Quinn ponytails

Harley Quinn Ponytails

Separate the braids vertically in half so you're left with one section on either side of your head. Put a band around each section. If they are not on the same level, hold the part of the braids closest to the rubber and pull. This should help move the band to position it correctly. These ponytails make me feel like a 2 year old. They are so cute and quirky, and give your outfit a totally different look. 

Bun

Marley bun

This is another easy hairstyle, for which you just need to take all your hair and tie it at the top of your head. Then starting from the top, twist the braids together and roll the hair into a bun. Take the ends and stuff them in the band used to fix your hair. Use bobby pins to hold the braids in place in a few spots, or if you're in a rush you can just leave it without the bobby pins. This gives a polished look but is quite heavy on the head.

Mermaid Braid

Mermaid braid, fishtail braid

This is my favourite party hairstyle when I've got braids done. I put all my hair on the right side and twist the front section of my hair until I get to my ear. Then hold the hair in 2 sections and do a fishtail braid by taking two braid on one side and joining it to the other. I keep doing this until I get to the very end, and then apply a band to hold it. This hairstyle is another heavy one but looks amazing!

Half-up Space buns

Half-up space buns

Separate your hair in 2 sections. Take the front section and separate it vertically in two, and tie each section. Take the first section on the right or left and twist it into a bun. Secure the ends in the elastic and repeat the same with the second section. This is probably my favourite one of all. The half-up space buns! It looks so cute, I just can't get enough.

Messy top knot

Messy Marley Top knot

Separate your hair horizontally in 2 sections. Take the front section and put a band around it twice. When putting the band the second time, you only have to pull out the braids half way. You'll be left with a top knot. Messy up the top knot by moving the braids around and pulling some more than others.

Pulled back top knot

Pulled back marley top knot

This is a version of the messy top knot which is just positioned differently. When positioning the braids before pulling them together, make sure to put it more towards the back, and flatten the top knot a bit to achieve the final look.

How to style marley twists - 8 easy hairstyles

How do you style your braids?
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January 25, 2017

Current Eyebrow Routine

Current Eyebrow Routine

Ever since I started filling in my brows, I can't go out without doing it. I don't know what it is about brows, but they give you a totally different look, which I love. At some point in my life, thin eyebrows were cool and in the attempt to follow the trend, I may have overplucked {I know I'm not the only one}. Now that big full brows are all the hype (which I like a lot because it looks amazing with my fro), I have been regrowing my brows. I've used a few methods which I think are working, so maybe I'll put together a post on that later. For now, let's focus on filling our brows.

Step by step guide to the perfect brows

Step 1. Brush the brows

My eyebrows are quite rugged and uneven at the moment as I try to grow them out, but I've been able to work with them without a lot of fuss. I start off by giving them a good brush in the direction I want them to lay. 

Step 2. Fill in the brows

Last year, I switched from using an eyebrow pencil to mastering the art of brow gelcreams. I am currently using the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme and loving the results. Most of the time, I use the Nanshy angled eyeliner brush. I start on the outer corners and work my way towards the middle. Once I get to where my brows start I blend upwards because this tends to give it the most natural look.

Step 3. Brush again

Brush through the brows using the same eyebrow brush in step 1 to blend the colour and give it a more natural look. Even though we'll tame the brows in the next step, I still never skip this step as I think the result differs.

Step 4. Apply a brow gel

Apply the Rimmel Brow this Way Styling Gel to hold them in place all day. You can read my full review on this product here.


How to fill your eyebrows with eyebrow gel


This gives me the perfect brows which are always on fleek, and I love it. I can't believe it took me so long to try out eyebrow gels only because I was afraid I'd make a mess and look horrible. It isn't as difficult as it looks and the results are way better than using an eyebrow pencil.

A Step by Step guide to perfect brows. Get those eyebrows on fleek

What do you do to get the perfect brows?
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January 3, 2017

5 Years Blogging: Skin & Sass Giveaway

YSL, Coconut lane & IQ Natural giveaway

For the next giveaway I've teamed up with a couple of amazing brands to give you a chance to get some amazing skincare products and load up on sass for the new year. I would like to thank IQ Natural and Coconut Lane for joining me in celebrating, and I'm excited for the winner to try products from both brands.

IQ Natural is a skincare brand which creates all natural products for all skin types. I've tried their Alpha Hydroxy Damage Reduction Set and Retinon Serum, and these are amazing. They helped get my acne under control and reduce my acne scarring. Go check out this post to read the full review. 

And if you haven't been living under a rock, you already know about Coconut Lane and how amazing they are. Their products are amazing, and they are such a fun brand which stocks lots of sassy products including stationary, phone & macbook cases, wall art, jewellery and more. I'd definitely recommend checking them out as I'm sure you'll fall in love.

Products included in the giveaway:
A Yves Sant Laurent Lipstick of choice (YSL Rouge Volupté & Rouge Pur Couture collections)
£ 20 Coconut Lane Voucher (shipping not included)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

What YSL lipstick is your fave? Best of luck!
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