January 30, 2016

Monthly Empties + Project Pan Update | January, 2016.

Guys, this is the first empties of the year! I know it's silly but I got excited as soon as I realized it and thought it was worth mentioning. Anyway, I had a ton of products to include in today's post but since we're moving in a couple of months I got on a major cleaning-vibe and threw a lot of stuff away without thinking about it. It was mostly shampoo bottles and a couple of baby wipes but I think we can menage just fine without them. 

I also finished up a couple of my Project Pan items and since I'm planning on adding new products as I finish the current ones until the end of the year, I think I'll just mention the progress here as I go along. It's just easier and I don't have to make an entire different post dedicated to only a few items every month. I used up a lot of products I absolutely love and adore so get ready to see a lot of "total repurchase", "amazing" and "I need this in my life". You've been warned. 

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: This is my all time, hands down, holy-grail, everything in life, moisturizer. I use this for everything, body, face and even feet sometimes. This is the perfect consistence and the perfect amount of moisture for my skin. My mom and my sister also use this so I would definitely recommend this for all skin type. If you haven't tried it yet, get a smaller size and see it for yourself. 
Repurchase? For the rest of my life.  

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer: I always like to have some sort of Salicylic Acid moisturizer at hand for days when my skin is not cooperating or extremely oily. This one was pretty good but, honestly, any moisturizer with acne medication will do. 
Repurchase? Probably. 

Nivea Shine Control Toner: I liked this toner and that's all I have to say about it. It was ok, but I do prefer the Clean & Clear one (the pink one), which is also cheaper. 
Repurchase? Not. 

Dove Original Beauty Cream Bar: I feel like I have one of these bar soaps in every empties. I always have one of these in the shower and another in my sink. I use it to wash my face every morning and at night to take off my makeup. Like I've said before, I see no point in buying expensive face washes since this works perfectly with my skin. I love the scent and how it doesn't strip my skin. It's very moisturizing as well. 
Repurchase? Yes.  

Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine: FINALLY! I can't believe this is finally over. I've working on this lip balm for ages. It wasn't bad but it wasn't very good either. Just ok. I liked the hint of color it left on my lips for an everyday use but it was a little too "oily" feeling for me.  
Repurchase? Maybe. I really like the whole hint-of-color-everyday-look thing. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle: This one was on my Project Pan/Products To Use Up in 2016. I really like this formula and I love this color. It's the perfect nude shade for my skin tone. It's kind of like a darker, brown-ish nude. Super flattering on the skin and very moisturizing. Also, it might look there's still product in there but I swear it's all gone. I didn't scrape it all out from the tube but this is the most I can roll up and apply comfortably to my lips.  
Repurchase? Yes. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait: Also in my Project Pan. I wasn't a very big fan of this shade in particular. It was kind of frosty and there was a lot of chunky glitter which didn't look very flattering on me. I had to top this with a lip gloss or apply it very lightly on the lips just for that hint of peachy color.
Repurchase? No. 

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop: I don't know if you guys saw it on the internet (BuzzFeed article), but there are a lot of people suing EOS because they claim that this lip balm gave them blisters and rashes on the lips. I never had any reaction to it but since I wasn't a very big fan of it from the start I think I'm gonna stay away from it now. It was an ok lip balm in my opinion, not the most moisturizing. I do have a backup but I don't know if I'll still use it.  
Repurchase? No. 

 L'Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser: I actually stole this from my mom and I'm glad I did. It was collecting dust in her bathroom and I looked at it and thought: why not? It was a good face wash and I enjoyed it while I had it but my Dove Beauty Bar does the same job and it's cheaper and easier to find. But if you're a face wash kind of person, give this a go and see if you like it. 
Repurchase? No. 

Johnson's Baby Oil: I love this stuff. Sometimes I use it in the shower, specially in the legs and elbows, and it leaves the skin super soft and moisturized. I use it mainly for after waxing. If you didn't know, I do my own waxing (brows, upper lip and armpits) at home and this is perfect for getting off all the left over residue.
Repurchase? Yes. 

TheraSkin Anti-Aging SPF 30: Another one from my Project Pan. I love this. It was my everyday SPF and it was perfect. Seriously, it's everything I'm looking for in a SPF. It dried matte, not oily at all, while still moisturizing the skin. Thirty is also the perfect amount of SPF for me. I can't complain. My only problem with it is that it's not easy to find, but I already ordered it online.
Repurchase? Yes.  

Chapstick Lip Balm in Classic Cherry: I've had this for an embarrassing amount of time. I got this once in a trip because I wanted something cheap just until I got my good lip balm in the hotel and I don't know why, but I got a three pack and I still have one more to go. I'm not a big fan of the Chapstick brand but they're not particularly bad, just not amazing. 
Repurchase? No.    

That's it for today, guys! As you could see, I was really focusing on my Project Pan items this month and I want to keep it that way. That's why I decided to do an ongoing project and every time I finish something I just add a new product to the mix. I even have a special little basket in my bathroom with the items I'm focusing on. But when I finish everything from the first project I'll do an update and include all the new products. I hope this is making sense. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed today's post!

What did you finish up this month?
Are you doing a Project Pan this year?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon. 

January 25, 2016

The Impossible List.

As soon as I've heard about The Impossible List, I knew I had to give it go. I first read about it at College Info Geek and from what I read on his website, the idea didn't come from him either but he'll direct you to the person behind this concept in his own list and you should definitely go check it out. 

Well, what's this impossible list then? It's basically a list of things you'd like to accomplish but that, at the moment, they just seem.. IMPOSSIBLE. It's a list of experiences and things you'd like to do that build upon each other and help you take action from there. This might seem like a glorified term for a simple "bucket list", but it isn't and let explain why.

The impossible list was create to be an ever-growing thing. You don't just do something and cross it off the list. Instead you build upon that. Let's say for example that you have "write a book" in your list, as soon as you write your book you don't just cross it off and forget about it, you expand the action and add, let's say, "get the book published" or go on a "book tour". This way, you keep motivated and see your progress right there in front of you. 

I think the whole reason to do this is to make you take small actions into making your dreams come true (cheesy, I know) and also help you realize that "the impossible" is not that impossible when you really think about it. Now, I'm gonna jump on the bandwagon and share with you guys my Impossible List. 

This is just the start, guys! Like I said, I plan on building upon this goals and also setting new ones. I think I'm gonna do some random updates here and there just so you guys know what I've accomplished and what I'm currently focusing on. Needless to say, I loved this idea and I totally plan on keeping track of my goals and the things I'm achieving. 

Do you have an Impossible List?
Are you thinking about doing one?
What would/did you put on yours?

Thanks so much for reading!


January 24, 2016

You Don't Need To Do What Everybody Else Is Doing.

I just spent the entire day doing blog related stuff. I wrote posts, I did some designing, I answered to emails (yeah, 'cause now I'm cool and people send me emails to talk about the blog) and responded to comments. Not that I get a ton of comments, but the ones I do get I always make sure to answer. But that's not the point. The thing is that today is Sunday and my friends were going to a barbecue-thingy that seemed pretty cool but I couldn't go. I mean, I could but I wanted to stick to my plans for the day. And that got me thinking. 

I had planned for today to be a blogging day (not the entire day but most of the afternoon) because I've been so busy during the week with studying and applying for masters that I was totally neglecting the blog. So the logical thing for me was to turn down the plans for today and focus on what I was doing. I told my friend I couldn't go because I wanted to spend the day blogging and her response was: WHAAAT? Are you crazy?.

After I hung up the phone I started to think: Am I crazy?. And after reflecting about it over some cookies things started to come into perspective. And I'm not gonna lie, I may have had an epiphany. Jokes aside, this is not the first time this topic came to my mind. Most of my friends have big girl/9 to 5 jobs, are thinking about moving out of their parents and use their weekends to have fun and to do normal stuff. 

I, on the other hand, am preparing/studying to take an exam for a public position, still live with my parents, spend my weekends blogging, want to do a master on the other side of the world and just see where things go from there. I do have plans and I'm working towards achieving them but it's not like everything is figured out and everybody else seems to have their shit completely figured out. 

I know it's bad to compare ourselves to others and I know that everybody has their own path but let's be honest, we all do it some way or another. We may even do it subconsciously. I'm not gonna came here and say that this has to stop because, again, we all know it has to stop. But maybe, this is a way of reevaluating ourselves and making sure that we're happy with the path that we're currently on.

After my friend's call, I did take a minute there to think if I really wanted to spend my Sunday alone with my computer and not outside drinking with other "normal people". And I came to the realization that: yes, I do want to blog. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. 

I hate to blame society, but there are certain things that we are expected to achieve or a certain way we're supposed to act once we're a certain age. And honestly, fuck that! People who are gossiping about you or judging the decisions you make are not going to pay your bills or hold your hand when you're scared. They don't matter and they're probably not satisfied with their lives either, because if they were they wouldn't be talking about yours. 

If you're facing this problems and doubts or you don't want to do what everybody else your age is doing, just remember that YOU DON'T HAVE TO. There's not a law that says that you need to choose your career once you live college or that you can't change careers once you have a family and kinds. It's never too late or too early to become a singer, start your own business or go backpacking across the world. Ok, maybe there's a "too early" to go backpacking but you know what I'm saying.

The problem with doing what "society" or others think you should be doing is that once everything goes to shit and you hate your job and your life, society is not going to come by to help you out. So, following "society" is a loose-loose solution. Only you know what you want and what's right for you. 

And if you don't know, maybe you shouldn't know it yet and that's fine. But you still have to do something, so explore your options, take some classes, go online or travel. Do anything you can to find your path and when you find it trust yourself and keep going. 

I'm not sure if this post made much sense but I just needed to get some things off my chest. I did this post more for me than for the blog and if I didn't have a blog this would straight into my diary. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it and let me know what you think about it.

Do you agree with me?
Do you disagree?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon. 

January 23, 2016

My Blogging Goals For 2016.

If you guys saw my Life Goals For 2016 post you know that I already set out a couple of goals for the blog, like "blog more often" and "do more beauty posts". Although I fully intent on following through with them, I feel like they are not very specific and I wanted you, lovely people, to know what to expect from me this year and also, to hopefully help me accomplish the goals. 

I know I've said it a 100 times, but blogging is still a hobby for me and I want to keep it that way in 2016. I don't have any plans to become a "full time blogger" and it's not like I'm making fun of "full time bloggers", it sounds incredibly fun and exciting to work for yourself and explore your creativity on a daily basis, but it's just not what I'm looking for at the moment.

Having said that, I still want the blog to grow and prosper. Let Me Cross Over is like my baby and we all want our children succeed in life, right? I may not have all the subscribers (yes, you can subscribe to my blog by clicking the bottom in the side bar above all those amazing little faces) and followers that I want to but I do have waaaaay more than I thought I would have. I seriously thought I would stop blogging in the same week I started and never go back. 

But we're still here, 2 years later, growing, writing about different subjects and just having fun. And I since that's how I want to keep going, I've decided to set out some goals to keep the blog in the right direct. This is going to be an experience, I've never set out actual goals for the blog before, and we'll just see how things go.

1) Post at least 2 times a week: This is pretty simple. In my last post I was complaining about being busy and whatnot but I feel like to 2 posts a week is completely doable. I just need to schedule my life and try to make my weekends a little more productive. I always feel completely exhausted on the weekends and spend the entire day watching Netflix and trying to go to the gym but I feel like I can cut down a couple of ours from my Netflix watching marathon to focus on the blog.   

2) Have 400 posts published by the end of the year: So far, I have 244 posts published, crazy right? But I want to expand my content and see if I can reach 400. I currently have about 80 posts on draft, if I just stop being lazy and finish writing them we'll be almost halfway through. 

3) Expand my following on Social Media: I want to do this solely based on the blog. If you check out my instagram (@mimismattos) which is the only social media (aside from my personal Facebook account) I use for my personal life, as in not related to blog, I have a little more than 100 followers and I don't mind it. I just follow my friends and some celebrities I like to stalk,  like Taylor Swift. But I feel like social media is a big part of blogging and it's a great way to get your blog out there and socialize with other bloggers. So this year I want to focus a little more on that and hopefully direct more people to the blog.   

4) Blog about different things: This means exploring different subjects. I don't want to only write about beauty or traveling just because that's what it says on my header. I should really change that header now that I'm thinking. But, anyway, I just want to write about whatever I feel like. I really enjoy writing advice posts and about things that are going on in the world and in my personal life. Yeah, we're getting (even more) personal in 2016!

5) Write more book reviews: I feel like in 2015 I really focused on books. I was reading more and following a lot of book bloggers and that obsession was completely translated to my own blog. Which is not a bad thing in my opinion, this blog is a reflection of my current interests and last year it happened to be books. Having said that, I want to focus more on writing reviews because I feel like that's the most interesting part.      

6) Don't focus too much on the numbers: I'm constantly comparing myself to other bloggers and that has to stop. Not in a jealous way, more in a pressuring-myself-to-do-more kind of way. We're all different, we all put different amounts of work in our blogs and if you're successful doing it, I'm happy for you. You do your thing and I do mine. According to "The Secret" there's space for all of us at the top.  

7) Be more active in the blogsphere: I suck at this. I do read a lot of blogs but it's usually on the go when I'm stuck in traffic or between classes so I never make the time to comment - which is bad, I know. But admitting the problem is the first step to finding a solution and I'm making an effort to change things this year.     

8) Do more collabs: I've talked about it last year and I completely ignored it. The only thing I did was write a guest post for REglam Magazing and that's about it. I need to change that this year, so if you're looking for someone to do a collab or a guest post, let me know.

Did you set any goals for your blog?
If so, let me know which ones.

Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you soon.


January 21, 2016

Why Am I Always BUSY?

Am I the only one who thinks I'm always incredibly busy? I honestly thought I had my life together with the whole time management thing but, apparently, I didn't. I tried everything, books, YouTube videos, online articles, more books and I even went to a psychologist for a while to see if the problem was deeper than it was. According to her I just need to relax and create a schedule I'm comfortable with.

But that's exactly the problem: there's no way I can create a schedule I'm comfortable with considering the amount stuff I have to do. I didn't come here to complain or anything - I have my boyfriend for that and believe me when I say that I talked his ears off with this, he's the one who recommend all those books I've mentioned before. The point of this post is to just talk (or write) about it and try to get my thoughts straight and, hopefully, realize that I'm not alone in this.

I know I'm probably making it a bigger deal than it is and you might be thinking: What the heck does this girl do everyday? Cure cancer? Hold secrets of the State? And I'm gonna tell you. The sad part is that, when I really look at it, I feel like I'm not making much. Weird, right? My life is a constant struggle between always feeling like I'm busy and also like I'm not doing enough, do you feel me? And I hate it.

I'm currently on the process of applying for grad school (or a master, whatever you want to call it) and it's very stressful. Since I want to do it outside of my country (I know, leave it to me to complicate things) and English is not my first language, I need to a bunch of tests and get a ton of the paperwork ready in a short period of time. I'm also pressuring myself to go to the gym regularly in order to keep up my 2016 Goals and whatnot. I'm working on a plan B in case things don't work out with the master. And, AAAAAAAAH! Sometimes things get too overwhelming.

Every time someone invites me to do something I just don't have time to go. It's hard to menage everything: gym, study, work, family, friends - I don't even have time for my cat. Seriously, you people with two jobs, kids and still menage to live a normal and sane life, I don't know how you do it and you need all the appreciation in the world. 

Whenever I feel like I need a break, I only have time for a 30 min break and I usually spend it reading. I know a lot of people say that being "busy" is just an excuse and that if you really want to do something you'll just go and do it, but I'm starting to think that this rule doesn't apply to me anymore. 

Probably, most of it is my own fault. I decided that 2016 was going to be the year I was going to focus on myself and start a career and whatnot. Maybe I've been subconsciously pressuring myself into doing everything at once and I just need to TAKE MY TIME with things. I know the world doesn't stop for anyone, sometimes, like right now, I really wish it could. But if we keep pressuring ourselves we're just going to freak out, anxiety levels are gonna go through the roof, and we'll just want to curl up on fetal position and cry.

I set out a bunch of goals for myself and I do want to accomplish all of them as fast as possible but I feel like I need a time out to regroup and see if it's humanly possible for me to go through it all at the moment. WOW, sometimes I feel like blogging is better than therapy. And that's why I'm planning on doing more of it this year. I know I need to focus on growing as person and starting a career but it's also important to focus on things that make you happy and blogging/talking to you guys makes me very happy. 

Funny how sometimes I use this blog as a diary, kind of. It's good to come here and write how I'm feeling and what's going on in my life. I hope you enjoyed this post and took something from it, even if it's just by realizing that you're not alone or an alien. I share your struggle and we can do everything we want to do, just not all at once. Actually, you probably can do all at once but I think it's going to take a toll on your metal health or something.

Do you have any tips for us?
Do you share the struggle?

I'd love to know your opinions specially on this subject. 
I'm running out of options and I need all the help I can get. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon.  

January 9, 2016

The PopSugar's Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016 | Book Recommendations.

If you've read my Life Goals For 2016 post you already know this, but this year I'm attempting to complete the Popsugar's Ultimate Reading Challenge. I'm doing it because I wanted to branch out a little bit with my reading. I feel like I've been stuck in this YA-romancy- distopyan kind of cycle and I need some variety in my life. Last year I saw a lot of people doing this and enjoying it so I thought: Why not?

This challenge consists of 41 books from all sort of genres, even political memoir which, I'm not gonna, I'm not very excited about. But there are a lot of cool little challenges as you're gonna see in a minute.

Together with this one, in 2016, I'm also participating in the "traditional" GoodReads Reading Challenge and for that one you just set a number of books you'd like to accomplish reading in the year. For that one my goal is 70 books, which works out perfectly with the 41 books of this one.

Since between this two challenges I have a lot of books to read, I thought it would make things easier to plan it ahead. That way I can avoid some of the reading slumps that will eventually come throughout the year, since I'll know exactly what I to read next, and I also love to make lists and write about books so.. On with the books!    

1. A Book Based on a Fairy Tale: A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
You might remember this book from my 10 Books I Have To Read In 2016 and I'm very glad I menage to squeeze this one in here. And the reason for that is that, apparently, this is a retelling from Beauty & The Beast, who knew right?  
2. A National Book Award Winner: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 
I'm not sure if this book won the National Book Award but it did win a Pulitzer and that's good enough for me. I'm also not sure what this book is really about but I'm excited t find out.

3. A YA Bestseller: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
This book has been very hyped and I want to know if it lives up to my expectations. I've never read anything from this author but everybody is saying she's pretty awesome. I think this is about a society where people are divided into different classes based on their blood maybe they have powers? I'm not 100% sure. 
4. A Book You Haven’t Read Since High School: OPEN.
I did a lot of thinking about this and I'm still not sure what to put in this category. I'll get back to you on that. Maybe I'll read one of the Harry Potter books. 
5. A Book Set in Your Home State: Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis.
As most of you know, I’m from Brazil and my home state is Rio de Janeiro. This books is about a couple who have known each other since they were kids and now the guy suspects that their child is not his. And the best part is, it's set right here in my home town. I've already read this book once when I was at school and I'm kind of excited to read it again with a more "mature" perspective.  
6. A Book Translated to English: Accepting Recommendations.
I did some research and I didn't find anything interesting to read in this category so if you have any recommendation, please let me know.   
7. A Romance Set in the Future: Accepting Recommendations.
8. A Book Set in Europe: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. 
I think this book is set in France during the II World War and it's about two sister who join the french resistance. That sounds awesome!
9.A Book Under 150 Pages: Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick.
I found this book on a random website when I googled "Books under 150 pages" and this list showed up. It had some pretty cool recommendations and I picked this one up. This is not set in stone, I might change it if I find something that looks more interesting.  
10. A New York Times Bestseller: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.
This is pretty opened category and since I've been dying to read this book, here it is.
11. A Book That’s Becoming a Movie This Year: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
I believe the movie is coming out this year, right? All I know is that it's about aliens trying to take over the world.  
12. A Book Recommended By Someone You Just Met: Accepting Recommendations.
I really need recommendation for this one, guys! So please, if you could be so kind as to introduce yourself and recommend me a book, I'll be forever in your debt.
13. A Self-Improvement Book: The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg. 
14. A Book You Can Finish in a Day: OPEN.
I don't think it's very smart to plan this one ahead.. When I finish a book in a day I'll just add it over here. 
15. A Book Written By a Celebrity: Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
16. A Political Memoir: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek.
This sounds boring and interesting. A teacher recommended this to me years ago and now seemed like the perfect moment to pick it up. 
17. A Book At Least 100 Years Older Than You: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
Can you believe I've never read any Jane Austen book in my life? This needs to change.    
18. A Book That’s More Than 600 Pages: Accepting Recommendations.
19. A Book From Oprah’s Book Club: The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
20. A Science-Fiction Novel: Accepting Recommendations.
21. A Book Recommended By a Family Member: OPEN.
My parents are traveling. As soon as they come back I'm asking for a recommendation and I'm sure it's going to be something about ethics.
22. A Graphic Novel: Accepting Recommendations.
23. A Book That is Published in 2016: Accepting Recommendations
24. A Book With a Protagonist Who Has Your Occupation: Accepting Recommendations.
I'm still a student, btw.  
25. A Book That Takes Place During Summer: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
26/27. A Book and its Prequel: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 
28. A Murder Mystery: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. 
29. A Book Written By a Comedian: Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler.
30. A Dystopian Novel: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. 
31. A Book with a Blue Cover: Shake Down The Stars by Renee Swindle. 
32. A Book of Poetry: Book of Sonnets by Vinicius de Moraes. 
33. The First Book You See in a Bookstore: Loosing It by Cora Carmack.  
34. A Classic From the 20th Century: 1984 by George Orwell. 
35. A Book From the Library: The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria36.
An Autobiography: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai  e Christina Lamb. 
37. A Book About a Road Trip: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. 
38. A Book About a Culture You’re Unfamiliar With: A Pigeon and a Boy by Mier Shalev. 
39. A Satirical Book: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
40. A Book That Takes Place on an Island: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
I'm a big Jurassic Park fan, I've seen all the movies and I even have Jurassic PARK S 
41. A Book That’s Guaranteed to Bring You Joy: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella.
Every Sophie Kinsella book I ever read has brought me joy, I don't think this is going to be any different.
These are the books I'm planning on reading so far. Please please please, leave me any recommendations you might have for the remaining categories. I need help. You can also follow me on GoodReads so we can be reading buddies. I’ve become quite obsessed with seeing what other people are reading and adding books to my Reading Challenge. 
Are you joining any challenges this year?
Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you soon.

January 7, 2016

Life Goals For 2016.

Well, I'm one of those people. The kind of people who enters the new year with that silly mindset of "New Year, New Me" and that actually writes down their goals and checks them a couple of times throughout the year. Yep, that me! You can judge me but I really don't care. I helps me and I like so I'm gonna keep doing it.

For me, the whole point of setting goals in the beginning of every year is not complete the whole and feel crappy and like I didn't accomplish anything if I don't. I just like making lists and I like having a "north", something to aim for so I can push myself harder. As you're going to see, I set a lot of goals and I know that there's big chance that I won't accomplish all of them. If I do, perfect. If I don't, perfect as well. The main goal that I have in mind is to accomplish most of them and have them kind of as a guide as we go into 2016. That way, if I ever feel lost and start to wonder "what the heck am I doing with my life" I have a point of reference to keep me going. 

I know a lot of people are against setting resolutions or goals and I can totally respect that. The only thing I ask is that if you're one of those people just keep your opinions to yourself and don't come rain on my parade. 

Volunteer: I've been wanting to volunteer for a while now but I've never gotten around to it. I always make plans but something always comes up. I know that this is not an excuse because if I really wanted to I would just go and do it - and that's what I'm planning on doing this year - even if I have to go by myself. I think I'm going to volunteer in a daycare center from my church, I just need to go over there and ask what they actually need me for. 

Save More / Spend Less Money: I've come to the conclusion that I buy a lot of things. I wouldn't say I waste money because I do use all the stuff that I buy. But I do believe that I could live just well (or even better) with less things in my possession. And this goes to everywhere in my life, even food items. I can't just go to a store and buy one each item that I need and that needs to change.   

Own Less Stuff: This goes together with the previous resolution. Some of you might remember that I tried a more minimalist approach to life in the middle of the year and I declutter all the things that thought it was 

Be Nicer: To myself and to others. There's not much to it. It's not like I'm a bad person now but I just want to be better and spread more positivity. I think the world (specially the internet) is already full of people trying to bring each other down and thinking that just because one person is doing well in life they need to target them with negativity and that's just sad. I believe that calling someone names and whatnot brings you down more than the person you're targeting. 

Read "Smarter" Books: I've read a lot of books in 2015 but they were mostly novels. That's not really a bad thing but I figure that if I'm already reading, I might as well put some of that reading time into bettering myself and gaining more knowledge. I'm not talking about self-help books or textbooks, just books about what's going on in the world and things like that. 

Read 70 Books: Last year my goal as 50 and I managed to read 67. This is year I'm setting a higher goal and let's see how things go.

Complete a Reading Challenge: I think I'm going to attempt to complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge just because it looks like the most fun. If you want to keep up with my reading and the challenge you can check my GoodReads page.

Get In Shape: I'm really happy with my body and my weight at the moment but I want to get in really good shape this year. I'm doing this more for health reasons because I feel like I eat too much crap and spend too much time on my computer or watching Netflix. This needs to change. I'm planning on stepping up my work out game and eat more clean. 

Blog More Often: I think I neglect the blog when I feeling stressed and I want to stop doing it. I know that this just a hobby for me but I still want to see to grow. My goal here is to put up at least 8 posts a month and I think that if I plan ahead and stop wasting time watching TV I can easily do it. 

Do More Beauty Posts: I started the blog very focused on traveling and beauty and I feel like beauty went a little to the side this year. I feel in love again with reading and the blog took a little turn to books and I started to a lot of book related posts. But I want this blog to reflect my interest and have a little bit of everything so I need to get back to the beauty posts. 

Better My French: I think I speak french pretty well and even have certificate or two but I really want to be fluent. I have a lot of books and I have a lot of friends who also speak french so that's nothing really stopping me, I just need to do it. 

These are all my goals for the New Year. I wish you guys all the best in 2016 and I hope you accomplish your resolutions and everything else you have planned for this new year. Let's make this one that best one yet! 

Did you set any goals for 2016?

Thanks so much for reading!

January 3, 2016

10 Books I Have To Read In 2016.

Today we're talking abut books again. I feel like I've been talking about books a lot nowadays but I can't help it. This blog is supposed to be about the things I'm loving and what I'm currently interested in and, as of lately, books have been high up on that list. I promise I'm going to change things up a little here blog and if you've seen my Goals for 2016 post you already know that.

But today, I'm talking about all the books that, for some reason, I feel like I just have to read them these. Some of them I've had for a while and others have been so raved about on the internet that I need to see if I agree with everybody or not. If you any more recommendations of books you think I might like based on these ones, please let me know on the comments.

Without further ramblings, here are the books!  

I am Malala: I have so much appreciation for this young lady and I cannot believe I still haven't read this book. I've started in the beginning of 2015 but, I don'y know why, I didn't stick to it. From what I remember it had a lot of details and a lot of information but it was quite interesting. As soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading I'm gonna pick this one up again. 

Since You've Been Gone: I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book. Some people seemed to love it and others seemed to hate it and I kind of like going into a book with no expectations. If I'm not mistaken this is about a girl and her best friend and for some reason they need to stay apart or something like that. We'll see how it goes! 

A Spool Of Blue Thread: According to GoodReads and Booktube, not a lot of people liked this book but I was very intrigued by the story. If I'm not mistaken, the book tells the story of family but backwards. It's about the story of the grandparents, and then the mother and the father and then about the daughter - I'm not explaining it very well but it sounds quite interesting. 
Station Eleven: Everybody seems love this book. I've heard and read great things about it and the premise looks very cool and interesting. Apparently, it's about a group of friends who survived the apocalypse and they are actor or singers - I don't really know. It just looks fun and the reviews are very good. 

Everything Leads To You: I've had this book on my Kindle for years. I got it mainly because of the cover,which is amazing, and I don't know a lot about the story behind it. All I know is that main character is woman and there's some sort of mystery to be solved. I'm not gonna lie, I got it thinking it was going to be a romance because of the cover and title but I think a mystery could be fun as well.  

 A Court Of Thorns and Roses: I got this as soon as it came out because of all the hype surrounding it and I still haven't read this. Everybody is saying that it's great book and I'm kind of excited to read it. 

The Raven Boys: Another book that has been very talked about. I've had this in my Kindle for a long time and I just need to read it already. I don't know anything about the story and I want to keep it that way.  

 The Goldfinch: The only reason why I want to read this book is because it won a Pulitzer in 2014 and that's pretty awesome. I don't think I ever read and award winning novel and this need to change. I'm really hoping I love this one. 

All The Light We Cannot See: This is a historical fiction set in World War II and the main character is blind, this is all I know about this one and it's all I need to know. I loved the cover and the review were very high. Do I need to say more?  
Carry On: I'm in desperate need of more Rainbow Rowell in my life. Again, there's a lot of hype around this book and everybody seems to love it so I'm really hoping I love it too. Apparently, this book is kind of but not really a retelling of Harry Potter with a few changes - kind of like fanfic. Fingers crossed.  

Those are all the books that I simply HAVE TO read this year. Some have been colecting digital dust on my Kindle and others have been so raved about that I just need to read and see what I think about them. I hope you enjoyed the post! If you'd like to see reviews of the books as I read them throughout the year please let me know and I'll happy to do it. 

What are some of the books you plan on reading in 2016?

Thanks so much fro stopping by and I'll see you soon.

January 2, 2016

Beauty Products I Want To Use Up In 2016.

I'm super excited for today's post! This past year I've made a conscious effort to go through as many beauty products as I could. Although that turned out really well and I did menage to use up a ton of products (check my monthly empties here), this year I want to do something a little bit different. I've decided to pick out 10 products from my collection and work on them through the entire year to see how far I get, but I'm aiming to finish them completely.

This is not Project Pan and I'm not limiting myself to only these products until they are gone. I did try to do a Project Pan in 2015 and I failed miserably and if you remember that post you might even recognize some on the products I'm mentioning today. I just decided that these products need to go. I can't keep looking at them and they've been around for quite a long time - some of them I've had for over 3 years and that can't be good. 

I'm not saying that any of these products are bad, I'm actually quite a fan of some of them. They're just products that have been laying around forgotten in my cabinet and in my makeup collection but since I still like them I don't want to throw them away. 

Shall we get to the products?
Victoria's Secret Refreshing Body Mist in Romantic Wish: I've had this for ages. When I was fifteen I went through a weird obsession with these and bought like 20 of them - I'm not even kidding. Last year I menage to use up one but since this bottle in almost empty, hopefully, I can finish another one as well.  

Avon Advance Techniques Styling Heat Protecting Spray: Another one that has been around for ages. I use some sort of heat protection every time I use heat my hair - which is once a month. I just really like my natural hair. I think this going to be the hardest one to use up.

MAC Fix Plus: Love love love this product. My only "problem" with it is that it takes ages to go through. I've been using this every time I wear makeup (which is often now) and it's still going strong. I already have backup of this and that's why I want to finish it soon. The good news is that I don't think there's a lot of product left. 

MAC Powder Blush in Mocha: I believe this blush was on my last failed Project Pan. This is a perfect everyday shade and there's not a lot of product left, which is perfect. I think this and the Fix Plus are going to be there first products to go. We'll see. 

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NC30: Not my favorite MAC concealer but it's ok. This goes together with my foundation dilemma 'cause I like to pair it with foundation but I never really wear foundation so.. it is what it is. This doesn't give a lot of coverage but it is very sheer and light, perfect for highlighting all around the face.     

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 235: This foundation was also on my last Project Pan and I actually did a lot of progress on it back then, so it wasn't a total fail. My problem with foundations is that I don't like to wear them when it's hot and here where I live is hot all the time. The struggle is real, guys! But I'm gonna do my best and since this one has SPF 18 maybe I'll get over myself and wear it in the summer months.

Chapstick in Cherry: I just have so many lip balms that I need to get one out of my collection and also, this is not my favorite. I got it because I was traveling somewhere and I needed a lip balm at the moment but didn't want to spend a lot of money at it since I already had a bunch at home. This feels kind of weird on the lips and it gives very little moisture for being a lip balm. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle: I've been trying to use this one up for a while and I had no idea it was going to be this hard. I actually love this color so I'm not upset about having this around but I would like to finish. This has been my everyday lip color for the past few months and I think that it'll be over in a couple of weeks tops. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait: This one is almost full, I think I've used it less than 10 times. I really like the formula of these lip butters but this color is just not good on me. It's very true to what you'd expect from the name (peach = light coral) but it has some chunky glitter that it's not very flattering. I don't use it very often because I need to pair it with a lip gloss, but I will give it some more love when I finish Pink Truffle.

TheraSkin Anti Aging SPF 30: I love this stuff and since it's only a sample I think I'll be able to finish it up real quick. It's my favorite SPF in the world because it leaves your skin matter, seriously, no oily residue or greasy feeling at all. It doesn't break me out either and as soon as run of out of SPF I'll buy the full size of this one. 

Those are the products, guys! I need your help deciding how I'm gonna do the updates. I don't know if I do a separate update on these products every two months or something like that or if I just include them in my monthly empties as I finish them throughout the year. Please let me know what you think it's best. Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

What are some of the products you want to use up in 2016?

Thanks so much for reading and Happy New Year!