February 6, 2018

The Minimalist Game // DAY 14.

Heeello, everyone!

As I've ran out of things to declutter, today I'm decluttering my feelings.. Just kidding, guys. Today I'm actually sharing with you some things from my "memory box", as in the box that holds a lot of my traveling crap and things that are completely useless. I went through the contents of said box and these are the things I didn't feel were important enough to keep. Yes,  they were special to me once, but now I feel like they were just taking up space - I was able to downsize from two memory boxes to just one (the smaller one), which makes me quite happy!
Today we have a lot of weird stuff, little traveling souvenirs and an Outback Steakhouse coaster, which I have no idea how it came to be in my possession. A set of keys, I have no idea what they open so it makes very little sense for me to keep them. A blue bangle. A paper clip. An ugly keychain that someone gave me - don't remember who. Aaaaand, a little plastic pouch that I kept because I thought I could use for something but I never did so to the donation bin it goes.

That's it, everyone. This is everything I'm donating today. It was a bit stressful to go through my memory box, but I'm glad I did. There's no need to keep these things around and, to be honest, I actually had forgotten I even had this things up there. I'm still a bit conflicted about keeping a "memory box" or not. Although I like the idea of keep certain things, I feel like in reality I end up with a box full of old keys and cardboard coasters. Let me know on the comments what you think about this!

Do you keep a "memory box"?!

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February 4, 2018

Monthly Empties // January, 2018.

Heeello, everyone!

I know this post is coming to you a bit later than usual but.. hey, at least is coming to you, right? This past few days have been crazy. I was in the hospital for 3 days because of intense crippling cramps (turns out I have a "thing" in one of my ovaries but nothing to freak out about), work was insane and, to top it all of, today I had a lunch meeting with the people I volunteer with and the priest of church where I volunteer at to discuss.. you guessed it: the volunteer work we do there, which is teaching English. 

So, life got busy! In the middle of everything else I still needed time to live my life, see some friends and catch up with Grace & Frankie - seriously guys, I'm obsessed with this show. Anyways, I'm back today and I've noticed that we have some new people joining us here on the blog. Thank you so much for hitting that follow button - it truly means a lot to me that you decided to be a part of this crazy blogging experience of mine. 

But now, we talk about one of my favorite things to talk about on the blog: EMPTY BEAUTY PRODCUTS!
Veet Waxing Strips // This is not something you see very often on my empties because I usually go through one packet of strips a year. I just use them for the "mustache" area or when I'm feeling very fancy and I decided to wax my little sideburns. Veet is not cruelty-free and I've tried looking for a cruelty-free brand of waxing strips but I can't find it. I also can't pluck every hair of my mustache because that would be too painful and also, ain't nobody got time for that. 

Listerine Mounthwash // I wasn't used to using mouthwash because I thought they didn't do anything, but I went to the dentist and he said that they actually do good things for your teeth. I know Listerine is also not cruelty free, but mom got this one for me and it seemed stupid to let it go to waste. I still need to do more research and look for a cruelty-free option but for now I'm using Listerine. 

Cotton Rounds // I've reduced a lot the number of cotton rounds I use in a month, however I still use them. I know they're not ideal for our planet but they are super easy to use and cheap - not good reasons to buy them, I know, just keeping it real. 

L'Oreal Casting Shine "Thingy" // I colored my hair at home because I wanted to go lighter and this shine "thingy'' come with the dye. I only used it so it wouldn't go to waste because, honestly, this smells like chemicals and it can't be good to apply that much chemical stuff to your hair. I will try to find better products to dye my hair with, but when I'm in a pinch this L'Oreal Casting dye really helps. And also, I dye my hair often because I'm starting to get grey hair and that is not attractive on a 25 year-old woman. 

Nivea Oatmeal Soap // Another item that is not cruelty-free.. My mom bought this for me (she buys random stuff for me sometimes) and again it seemed stupid to let it go to waste so I just used it. Nothing amazing or life-changing about this soap, but it was really moisturizing. 
EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry // I hated this lip balm. Seriously, worst lip balm I've ever tried. I felt like it made my lips feel even drier and the scent was giving me constant headaches. I would not recommend purchasing EOS products overall - nothing that I tried from this brand worked and, since they're not cruelty-free, I won't be trying more. I'm just so glad this is finally over. I actually used the last bits of it on my cuticles.

CoverGirl Outlast 3 in 1 Foundation in 845 // This foundation makes me so sad because it's such a good foundation, but GoverGirl is not cruelty-free so I can't repurchase it. It pains me to say this but I really would recommend it. It has a flawless finish, it makes my skin look amazing, it blends well, it matches me perfectly, it's affordable AND it controls my oils. I love it, I just can't keep supporting a brand that tests on animals if I'm able to find a replacement (even if the replacement doesn't work as well). Actually, the foundation I'm using now is from Maybelline - another brand that is not cruelty-free. I got it before I decided to go cruelty-free and now that I have it I might as well use it, right?

MAC Lipstick in Brave // Another product I'm kinda sad to say goodbye to. I actually have a backup so it's not that bad. MAC lipsticks are my favorites and this color is gorgeous - the perfect nude. However, despite all the amazing things MAC does and stands for (such as gender equality), they're not cruelty-free so I won't be repurchasing their makeup once I use up everything I have. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum // I'm soooo proud of myself for finishing up this product. I decided to pan this last year and I used it religiously for almost 6 months - I even dug out the product left in the tub, that's how committed I was. I know the hype has faded and that Revlon is not cruelty-free but I love this formula. It's creamy, it's affordable  it's moisturizing, the colors are super intense and once the shine fades the color still lasts on the lips for quite some time. I loved this shade and if they were still available and Revlon became cruelty-free (a lot of ifs), I would totally repurchase this shade. 

That's it, guys! Those are all the products I was able to finish in the last month and I'm kinda proud of myself. I've been working really hard in using up my products and not letting product go to waste, it's nice to see progress and products rotating in my "collection". I only realized now that all the products I talked about today are not cruelty-free, which is a good thing - it means that the non cruelty-free stuff is getting now and I'm able to replace them with better alternatives. If you made an empties post or video, let me know on the comments so I can go check it out. I'm obsessed with them!

What's the most impressive makeup product 
you've ever finished?!

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February 2, 2018

Reading TBR // February, 2018.

Heeeello, everyone!

Guys, I'm gonna be honest.. I'm not (usually) one of those people that sees every Monday or the beginning of a new month as a fresh start. I believe that it's important to see the big picture and to start over as many times as you need, however we all have busy lives and I believe that in order to have consistency and to achieve big goals we sometimes need to plan things in advance, so it's not always possible to keep "starting fresh" all the time. 

HOWEVER, I'm gonna have to be one of those people this month. January was a month of ups and downs - I started a new job, I learned how to properly invest my money like a grownup and I planed a trip for later in the year. On the other hand, I discovered that I have a "thing" in my uterus and I was in the hospital for three days straight... so you know, ups and downs. 

As for my reasons, which is what this post is supposed to be about, I think I did pretty well - I read four books in January and they were all pretty good (with one exception). I want to do better in February and I'm writing this post to keep myself in check. I really want to get to this books this month because having too many books on my TBR pile gives me anxiety. So, I'm gonna stop rambling and we're gonna get to the books!
Neanderthal Seeks Human - Penny Reid // I got this book in one of my "bargain huntings" through kindle, which usually happens when I'm bored and start browsing through the free e-books section - I've found some hidden gems this way (you can check them out here!). I decided to download this one because the title and the cover were super cute and catchy. I already started reading it and I'm really enjoying it so far.

On The Fence - Kasie West // Last month I listened to By Your Side and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to try another Kasie West romance. I got this as an audiobook too because I enjoy listening to cute romances whilst I'm driving to and from work. I'm 40% in and, to be honest, I think By Your Side was better. I don't know why, but I'm not connecting to the main character and I think the narrator's voice is really annoying - I'm pushing through, though!

We Should Hang Out Sometime - Josh Sundquist // I got this book so many months ago (you check out that book haul here) that's actually embarrassing that I still haven't read it. Apparently, this book was written by a famous youtuber. I saw someone saying great things about it and I decided to pick it up. After buying it, I watched about of Josh's videos and I'm really glad I have this book now - he is hilarious! I'm really looking forward to reading it, maybe I'm start this weekend!

I kept my TBR short this month because I decided to only share the books that I'm 100% committed to reading this month. I know that reading is a hobby and I'm not supposed to pressure myself about it, but I really want to start making some progress on my enormous TBR pile. I'm really going to curb my book shopping this year because things are getting a bit out of hand. I know some bloggers and booktubers have millions of books on bookshelves around their houses, but I do not have all that space in my apartment - which is why I already do most of book shopping with my kindle.  

Anyway, these are the book I'm planning on reading this month. Let me know on the comments what are you currently reading or which books to you plan on reading in the month of February. May this new month be the fresh start some of us need or the beautiful continuation to the good work you're already doing! Have a WONDERFUL month, guys!

What's on your February TBR?!

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