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July 9, 2014

Book TAG !






Since I just started to talk about books in the blog I decided a Book TAG would be something fun to do and I believe that everyone that follows the blog and has been enjoying the book posts might be interested in. 

I've been following recently a lot of Youtube channels that talk about books so I came across this TAG. I hope you guys enjoy it and let's get to it ! 



1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading ? 

Yes, I do. I read in my room with the door closed. That's the only place in my house where I can get some quiet time. And if my house gets too noisy, which is quite often, I just get my book or kindle and go to Starbucks or to my local bookstore. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper ? 

Since I do most of my reading on my kindle (I just don't have room in my house to store the amount of books I read) I don't use neither of them. But if I'm reading a physical book I usually use a pencil. 

3. Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc ?

I try to stop only when I reach a new chapter. I don't like to stop in the middle of a page, I feel like it breaks my line of thought. But when I read in bed before sleep I usually stop in the middle of a sentence and then I need to go back the whole page again. 

4. Do you eat or drink while reading ? 

I don't like to. I know a lot of people like to read drink tea and stuff but I just can't do these two things at the same time. My brain doesn't process the information if I keep stopping to eat or drink. I don't know.. I'm weird like that !

5. Can you read while listening to music/watching TV ?

Nope. As I said before, my brain can't process two things at the same time. I don't need complete silence but enough so I can concentrate in what I'm reading. 

6. One book at a time or several at once ? 

One book at a time. I only get a new books while reading another if the one I'm reading is really bad but my pride doesn't allow me to put it aside. Like when I was trying to get trough Lord of The Rings, those books are just so looooong. 

7. Reading at home or everywhere ? 

If the book is just so good I take it everywhere with me. I take to class, to the beach, to a friend's house, I even took a book one day to the supermarket because my mom didn't want to go alone. 

8. Reading out loud or silently in you head ? 

I only read out loud if I'm studying for a test and I need to memorize the subject or something like that. 

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages ? 

I do. I know it's terrible but I really do this. Sometimes that author just goes on and on about something that nobody cares and I'm just like: Can we get to the important stuff ? 

I know I might loose some important parts but I can't control myself. 

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new ?

I don't really care about the condition of the book and most of my books are very beat up. So I'd say breaking the spine. 


I TAG everybody that wants to do it ! 
And let me know on the comments so I check on your blog. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this tag, if you didn't please let me know. 

Thanks so much for reading !

July 8, 2014

Products I Regret Buying.

Everybody has their little stash of products they deeply regret spending their hard working money at. Mine is just probably bigger than others. So since they are just sitting in my closet taking up space I decided to do some cleaning up and show it to you guys so you don't make the same mistakes as me. 




1. Garnier Fructis Style Curl Shaping Spray Gel.

I always sucked at curling my hair and I thought this product could help. It says that it reduces the frizz and helps to define the curl. Its just didn't do any of this in my hair and just left it very hard and weird. 


2. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling Shadow. 

This looks like Fairy Dust. I'm not kidding. It's an incredibly light pink shimmering eyeshadow. And it makes a huge mess every time I opened it.  I've had this for a long time (3 or 4 years) and used it probably 2 times. 

It's time to throw it away ! 

3. TRESemm√© FreshStart Dry Shampoo.

Usually I love me some dry shampoo but this one just didn't work out. It leaves a horrible white cast on your hair making you look like a grandma and it dries your hair incredibly. I know that dry shampoo dries your hair a little bit, but that one was just too much.   

And more importantly, it didn't remove any of the oils and left my hair looking pretty strange. 

Try this instead: Batiste Dry Shampoo


4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. 

I got this one in a kit along with some other things and I have to say that I'm not impressed with Clinique's products. Everybody seems to love this moisturizer but it just didn't work in my skin. 

I was using as a night time moisturizer because it doesn't have SPF in it, but it just wasn't thick enough and in the morning my skin still felt dry. And I have oily skin, so I don't know what happened. Maybe it's just a very light moisturizer. 

I'm almost finishing up this one because it was freaking expensive and I don't want to throw it out, but I obviously wouldn't repurchase it. 



5. Primark's Lip Balm.  

I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought this. Actually I know: " One pound for a lip balm ? SCORE ! I'm getting five." And so I did get five and now all of them are just chilling in my closet because I don't need more lip balms than I already have. 

They are not particularly bad. They are just unnecessary for me and I wish I haven't spent 5 pounds on them. 

Try this instead: Nivea Lip Butter. 


6. Herbal Essences Volumizing Hairspray.



I mainly got this one because I wanted a to give my curls more volume. I was trying to go for a Gisele Bundchen kind of look. Which I failed completely at. But the problem of this hairspray is the smell, because it really does hold the curl pretty well. 

I don't really know how to describe. It's like old hairspray scent meets cheap perfume. Something like that. And it just sticks to hair and through the day you can smell it. It just does not work for me that smell. Maybe it won't bother you, but I just can't. 




For now these are the ones I'm gonna share but I'm working on a part #2 because I still have some products worth mentioning.

Now I want to hear from you guys ! Have you tried this products I mentioned ? Do they work for you ? Am I using them in the wrong way ? Do you like this kind of posts ? How was your day ? Everything to get the ball rolling in the comments.. 

Hope you guys found it helpful and also let me know if you did a post like this cause I love checking them out. 

Thanks so much for reading  ! 










July 7, 2014

Blog Your Heart Out TAG !





Since I've been doing a lot of book posts here. So today I decided to come to you with a TAG. For me they're a great away to share a little bit more about me so you can know me better and maybe relate more and it's a great way to meet new bloggers. 

This one I got from Emily at Pumpkin Emily Smiles and we can just pretend that she tagged me too. Her blog is great and you should totally check it out ! 

                       Who/what encouraged you to start blogging? 

I already said this one a million times. It was my boyfriend. He knew that blogging was something that I always wanted to do so he gave me a little push in the right direction. 

And (so far) I'm really glad he did. I've been enjoying so much and connecting with a lot of different cool people that I would never meet otherwise. And it's also a great way to share my interests with people that also enjoy traveling, great TV shows and good clothes. 



How did you know what topics to blog about ? 

That's an easy one ! I mainly blog about things that I really like. For example, if I read a good book and I feel like more people should know about, I make a blog post. Or if something exciting happens or if I buy a really lipstick (which probably won't happen very soon since I spent all money this month on clothes and books) .. this kinds of things. 

What is something most people don't know about you?

I think most people don't know that I'm a movie addict. If I don't have anything else to do, I could watch movies the entire day. And in normal days I watch one movie every night before bed. It's my way of relaxing and unwinding. 

And today I shall watch Transcendence with my all time favorite actor, Johnny Depp.

What three words describe your style?

Colorful, fun and affordable (if I see the word SALE, everything else can wait).


What do you love doing when your not blogging?

I'm probably watching some Youtube videos, a movie or some TV series. I'm currently watching Pretty Little Liars and True Blood. 


Hope you guys enjoyed this quick TAG and also please tell if you know any new TAGs that I could do. I'll probably do one about books or travelling next. 

I TAG EVERYBODY THAT WANTS TO DO IT NEXT !
Just let me know on the comments so I can see your blog. 

Thanks so much for reading and I see you on the next one ! 

July 4, 2014

To be read..



I decided to share today the books that I intend on reading next. I know that I only recently started to write about books on the blog, but I've always been an avid reader and I decided to start sharing with you this other passion of mine.





Wonder. 



Author: R.J. Palacio
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf.
I want it ? Get it here ! 


This is the first book in my list mainly because I already started reading and I also (just like all the books in the list) I heard a lot of good things about it. The story centers around a boy who is different, physically, and his struggles to fit in a normal school environment.

The book also shows the perspective of his friends and a couple of his family members so you can understand all that is happening. And it's AMAZING. I fell in love with this boy in the first paragraph and latter I also fell in love with his family and some of his friends. 

So far it's a very easy read and when I finish the book I'll definitely to a Book Review (click here and here to see the previous ones).

If what I wrote didn't convince you to start reading, here's the book trailer. 







The Secret Agent. 



Author: Joseph Conrad.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
I want it ? Get it here !

I got this book because the bookstore that I usually go to was having an incredible sale. I even thought that they were going to close because they were selling book for R$1.99 (I'll let you convert to dollars on your own). So, being a sales freak like I am, I just had to get 20 books. Yes, I got 20 books and my sister go 7. And now you guess how many of those books we actually read ? I read 5 and my lovely sister read 1. 

So now that I'm on vacation I made it my goal to read at least 1 more from that huge haul. And I'm gonna start with this one. It says on the cover that it's a classic and I did a little research on GoodReads and the reviews are pretty good. 

The only bad thing is that I have it in Portuguese and I like to read books in their original language. Does anyone else has this thing ?? I just don't like reading translated books. 




To All The Boys I Loved Before. 



Author: Jenny Han.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
I want it ? Get it here !

I can't lie, I'm pretty excited about this book ! I think it's going to be the next one that I'm gonna read. I'm most excited because I love this author, she is the one who wrote the "The Summer I Turned Pretty" trilogy and love those books. (You can read my review here).

I'm always attracted to this Young Adult/Teenage types of books. They're my guilty pleasure. And the cover is just amazing. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover but cute covers always win me over. 

All I know about the story is that some old letter that the main character wrote to her past crushes gets sent away to them, and when they get it they all go back to confront her. Seems pretty good to me !




Making Faces. 





Author: Amy Harmon. 

I want it ? Get it here !

I know next to nothing about this book, only that it involves some sort of accident. But sometimes I like to start a book like this, knowing nothing about it. One thing that is making me confuse is trying to connect the title with the cover and the story. But I think it'll all come together once I start reading. 

The reviews that I read were mostly positive and some people said it was amazing. I'm really looking forward reading this and I just bought it on kindle.   




Cinder.


Author: Marissa Mayer. 
Publisher: Square Fish
I want it ? Get it here !

I've bought this book a long time ago on Kindle and been trying to start reading it ever since. But something always gets in the way. So I'm putting it on this list to just get this over with. Does anybody else buys the book and doesn't read it, so it just sits there judging you ? Because I do that a lot ! 

The books seems to be really good and I believe it's about a retelling of Cinderella in a futuristic world. Come on, who won't like that ? 




Clockwork Angel. 


Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Want it ? Get it here

This one is very famous on the Youtube world. I follow a couple of book channels and everybody seems to be talking about, and saying that it's amazing and everything. 

So I decided to read it, I have zero idea what it's about and the cover didn't really caught my attention, but I still want to read. Does anyone know if I need to read the Mortal Instruments' books first ? 


I hope you guys got some ideas of books to read or if you already read any of this books please shre your opinion on the comments so I can know what I'm getting into. 

Let me know if you would like a review of any of these books. 
Thanks so much for stopping by. 

See you on the next post ! 

July 2, 2014

Products I've Used Up - Empties !



This is my second empties (or "products I've used up", whatever you wanna call it) post and I really enjoy doing this kind of post. I think you get reviews of products that wouldn't normally be reviewed on their own and you also get a more complete review, because obviously I've already finished the product. 

Although I've been collecting these products for over a month, there's not an impressive amount here. Only 9. But this month I've been trying use up all my old products and products that were very close to the expiration date, so I could just go and buy new one without feeling any guilty and with actually enough space in my cabinets. 





1. Sweet Pea Body Lotion.

I'm sure that everybody knows Bath and Body Works' products and my favorite ones are the lotions and the body sprays, their scent selection is amazing. 

I always get these mini lotions so I can try a lot of different scents and not get overwhelmed with so many unfinished lotions in my room. Also they are cheaper and cuter. 

The sweet pea scent is pretty good and moisturizing, it say says that it has Vitamin E, Jojoba ans Shea Butter.

- Repurchase ? YES ! 


2. Sweet Temptation Skin-Silkening Body Lotion.

Apparently I like sweet scents ! This one is an unbelievably old lotion that I got like 5 years ago from Victoria's Secret. I wasn't really sure if it was ok to put it all over the body so I just used them on my feet every night and after I would put a sock because that scent was too strong. It still gave pretty good moisture to my feet.

- Repurchase ? No. I would repurchase other VS lotions, but this scent is just too strong and I actually don't think they still sell it at the store. 


3. L'OREAL Solar Expertise Anti-Wrinkle Sunscreen. 

I got this one because it said right in the bottle that it was oil-free and I was looking for a good sunscreen to use everyday with FPS 30. But my skin really didn't like this, it left my skin looking greasy and I started having major break outs. 

I completely stopped using this on my face and started applying to my body every time I went to the beach or to the pool.

- Repurchase ? No. It just didn't work for me AT ALL. But maybe it could work for you. 



4. Pantene Pro-V Revitalisant Conditioner 

This little guy I got from my recent trip to Orlando when I stayed at a Best Western Hotel (Yeey for good hotel treats, because I'm gonna get them all any way !).

It's actually a pretty good conditioner and I used to take to them gym when I had to shower there. It made my hair very soft just like all Pantene stuff that I tried before. Their products always work for me. 

- Repurchase ? YES ! Even though I didn't buy this one I would totally buy the full size. 


5. Garnier bi-O CalrifyRenov Deodorant. 

I'm not very picky with my deodorants, usually I just buy the one that are on sale and they work fine for me. It claims to last 48 h, I don't know about that but it will sure get you through the day. 

But I have 2 problems with this. Number one is that it also claims to lighten the armpit area and I didn't see any difference. Number two is the scent, as time goes by something happens and the scent gets very weird. 

- Repurchase ? No. 


6. Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express.

LOVE LOVE LOVE. I love this mascara and I used until the last drop. I separates the lashes beautifully while still giving some volume. It's one of my favorites. 

- Repurchase ? Already did ! 



7. TRESemmé Repair and Strength Conditioning Spray.

I don't know where you're gonna be able to find this, here I can just grab it at the supermarket. I liked this product but it's nothing amazing. I makes easier to comb the hair after the shower and it doesn't make the hair greasy or heavy. 

- Repurchase ? Probably. 


8. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist. 


I believe that everybody knows this. It's amazing ! It leaves your hair silky, smooth, hydrated.. If don't have it, go get it ! 

- Repurchase ? I already have 3 backups ! 

9. VS Body Mist in Delicate Petal. 

I'm not kidding, these body sprays from Victoria's Secret multiply in my closet. Every time I finish one, I find three more that I didn't even know existed. I like them and everything but I just to finish all so I can go buy more perfumes. I use this one every time I left the house and it lasted me almost 8 months. 
If you're looking for something not that strong for an everyday use I think this will do the job for you. 

To describe a little bit better the scent, it says on the bottle that it's a mix of tangerine, velvet rose and musk. Don't know if that helps... 

- Repurchase ? Yes ! And I usually get these on the VS outlet. 


So, these are my empties for this month. I hope you guys enjoyed it and if you have any questions about the products please let me know on the comments. 

Thanks so much for reading !