May 22, 2017

Empties // May, 2017.

Boy, do I have an empties for you? 

Today is Monday and we're off to a good start, at least blogging wise! I'm always excited for empties, but today's post is a specially good one because I have SO MANY products! I don't know what was going on with me this month, but I was on a roll. I always finishing product after product and it felt soooo good. I'm finally seeing the results on my cabinets, I've been noticing that I have way more space and that the amount of products I wanted to use up is slowly decreasing. Hopefully, soon I'll be able to completely use up everything I don't really enjoy using and just keep my must-have products, which has always been the end goal here!
Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strips // At first, I really liked this. The first time I used it I really saw results on my skin and on the strip, but you really don't need to do this as often as they say. I would suggest only doing this once a month or even less. If you have a regular skin care regiment, there's really no need to cleanse your pores like this on a weekly basis. But, overall, these were good. 
I'm not sure if they're cruelty-free or not, so I don't know if I would repurchase. 

Boticário Nativa Spa Revitalizing Shampoo // There only reason why I decided to use this shampoo was because my mom was going to throw it out and I didn't want it to go to waste. Boticário is a Brazilian brand and I'm usually a fan of their products, but this shampoo was ok at best. It was blue and I liked it because I thought it kinda toned down my blonde ends, but I wouldn't repurchase it and I'm really glad it's gone. 
Boticário is cruelty-free. 

Natura Plant Conditioner with Vegetal Keratin // Another hair product. I really liked this one, it wasn't as heavy duty as I like my conditioners to be, but it was good. I liked the scent and I'm pretty sure this specific line is not only cruelty-free, but also vegan. Would totally repurchase it.  
Phebo Creamy Soap + Phebo Glycerin Soap in Lavender // These soaps are a staples in every empties post. I really like them because they have a vegetal base and overall better ingredients than regular soap. 
Phebo is cruelty-free also.  

Aromae Botanicals Body Lotion // Hotel body lotion. Used it on my feet. Don't think it needs a review, but I wanted to include here because I did use it up this month.  

Pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Daily Shampoo // This is the last one of the minis and I couldn't be happier. If you've missed my last empties, my mom got a bunch of these mini shampoos and conditioners on her last trip and she was going to throw them out (she's been going through a decluttering period). I decided to use them up because I felt bad, I feel really bad creating unnecessary waste. I finally used them all up. This was ok, nothing major. 
Pantene is not cruelty-free. 
Colgate Plax Fresh Mint Mouthwash // I've been going through my cabinets and I've recently found this bottle half used, so I decided to go ahead and finish it. I don't think there's anything to say about this, it was a mouthwash and it worked for that purpose. I just wouldn't repurchase because Colgate is not cruelty-free. 

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Sea Island Cotton // This was a good moisturizer, I love the scent and the little bottle - perfect for traveling. But, my problem with BBW is that that their cruelty-free status is really not clear. It literally says on the bottle that they don't test on animals, but their whole animal testing policy is not very clear and for that reason I won't be repurchasing their products. I've also been trying to go more natural with my beauty products so I might actually try to make my own body lotions. 

Acetone // A regular. Some people don't like acetone, but I love it. It's cheap and it's the only thing that takes away my nail polish fast enough. I don't really have a problem with it drying my hands, but it does happen. I just use some hand cream and I'm fine.  

Johnson's Baby Wipes // I've been trying so hard to stop with the baby wipes because they're so bad for the environment, but they're just so practical. What I can do is stop using the ones from this brand because Johnson's is not cruelty-free. 
Bath & Body Works PocketBac in Crisp Golden Pear // These things literally last forever, I think I've had this one for a good 3 months. This was ok, but I just think the scent is too strong and this is a total extra products for me. I don't need a scented hand sanitizer, I can do with the regular cheaper ones, so I wouldn't repurchase. 

Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Boost Mascara // I loved this mascara and I'm so sad that it's gone. I can't get Essence products in Brazil, but I'm really going to try to get this one online, when I'm done with all the other mascaras I currently own. But, like I said, I loved this: it was super black, it gave volume and length and it was held the curl really well. 10/10.  
Essence is cruelty-free and I would totally repurchase. 

Avon Random Lipstick // You might recognize this lipstick from my Project Pan and I'm sooo happy to see it go. I said "Random" because I have no idea what kind of lipstick this is or what shade its in, I just know I got it from Avon. I really didn't like this one and that's why I was trying to use it up. Avon doesn't have the best ingredients and they're not cruelty-free. This lipstick was definitely not my favorite and I would not repurchase. I actually ended up using it as a cream blush just to use it up because I felt bad throwing away a full lipstick. 

Avon Ideal Face CC Cream in Natural Beige // I'm soooo glad this is gone. I've been trying to use this thing up for ages. 

So, these are all the products I used up so far. I also have a ton of products that are almost empty, but I've decided to save them for next month's empties, this was already too big. I hope you guys enjoyed these mini-reviews and if you've done an empties post or video recently, leave it in comments below so I can go check it out!

Have you finished any beauty products this month?

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an awesome week!

May 17, 2017

Book Haul // Shopping Therapy.

Well, I had a shit day today and I felt I need a little shopping therapy. I'm not saying this is a healthy way to deal with your problems, but thank God I'm an adult and I can self medicate with shopping and wine when I need it. You know when you have one of those days when everything, literally everything goes wrong? That was me today, YAY (*sarcasm tone*)! I didn't think I had to go to class today, but apparently I had to. I was woken up at 6:00 by an very unexpected call, I didn't have anything for breakfast because I thought I would have time to eat outside and then go grocery shipping and since I didn't plan my day, I choose a horrible outfit that bothered be the entire day. 

I know some people have worse problems, I know that.. But, having to wear a horrible outfit on top this already shitty day was just the cherry on top of the worst cake ever. So, I got home, took a shower, poured myself a glass of wine and chilled on Amazon for a good 45 min looking through books and more books. I only allowed myself to get four books, I just spent enough money to finish off my latest gift card (and couple dollars more), but if I could I would have bought waaaaay more. So, other than buying books and drinking wine, blogging sometimes helps and here I am! 

A World Without You - Beth Davis // When I'm having a bad day or when I'm on a reading slump, reading YA helps me and that's pretty much the main reason why I got. I wanted to get this on my last book haul, but I already had way too much on my cart and unfortunately I'm not made of money. 

Nights With Parker - Alice Tribue // I got this because I could use a quick read tonight. This book is less than 200 pages and I need something quick and cheesy to put me in a good mood, with a lot of romance. The reviews are surprisingly good and positive and I remember someone talking about it in a video once (apparently, I don't need a lot to convince myself to buy books). 

Swimming Lessons  - Claire Fuller // This cover is stunning and there was no way I was going to pass on it again! The reviews both on GoodReads and Amazon were pretty good and I've never read anything from this author. This is about a woman that writes letters to her husband and hides them in her house, and then one day she goes missing. I think he tries to find her, I'm not sure. But, I was intrigued! 

Small Great Things - Judi Picot // I went on a trip at the end of last year (you can see my travel diary here) and this book was everywhere in every airport I passed through. I decided to get it this time because I've been seeing it a lot around book tube and book blogs. I've never read anything from Judi Picot either, so I'm excited for this one. 

That's all for today, guys! Let me know if you've read any of these books, I would really like to know your thoughts on them. I really hope you had a better day than me, from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes, I feel a little stupid saying I had a bad day because of these small things, but small things add up and on top of that I just wasn't feeling my best today. I always debate on sharing these parts of my life, but I feel like this is an important thing to do - specially on the blogging community when it looks like everyone is always having a blast going on tropical vacations sponsored by brands. Of course there's nothing wrong with that, but I miss content I can relate to so that's I'm trying to do here! 

Have you bought any books recently?
Have you read any of the ones I've mentioned?

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May 15, 2017

Weekly Mantras // #3

Heeeello, beautiful internet people!

I'm here yet again with another weekly mantras. If you've read the previous posts, you've realized that I like to take this time to catch up with you guys on my week and my inner struggles. Last week, I reported to you guys that I've been really trying to get my shit together and, let me tell you, it's been a process. My ankle is still not a 100%, so I can't work out the way I want to.. Actually, the way I need to because not being able to work out has been really bad for my productivity levels. I don't feel as inspired to get out of bed in the morning and get things done the way I used to. 

But, all is well. I'm focusing on the good. I've been feeling like I've been kind of stuck in a rut these past months and just going through the motions, so I decided to do something kinda big to spice things up. I'm not ready to share yet, but if everything works out in the end I might be moving to a different country. And, honestly, these mantras have been really helping me out with this funk I'm in. It might sound silly to you, but I really think these daily mantras are helping!

About today's post, I put together seven positive affirmations I had saved on my phone. Whenever I come across a good one, I screenshot it so I can share it with you guys too. I hope you enjoy them and I really hope they help you out with whatever you're going through at the moment. We're not obligated to have our shits together all the time. We only have 24 hours in each day, we cannot possibly keep up with everything. 
ONE // I can do anything I put my mind to. 

TWO // I feel harmony between myself and the world around me. 

THREE // I choose to be proud of myself. 

FOUR // I send peace from myself to the world. 

FIVE // I make things happen for myself.  

SIX // Everyday I am more and more at ease. 

SEVEN // I am free of anxiety, and a calm inner peace fills my body and mind. 

If you have any affirmations to share with us, please feel free to leave it in the comments. And while you're there, let me know how your week has been and what's up with you. I can't be the only one doing all the sharing. If you're also having a hard time like myself, get these mantras and save them on your phone so you can read them again as much as you need. I'm telling you, don't mock it till you've tried it! 

So, how was your week?

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!

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