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May 30, 2016

BOOK TAG: Intimidating TBR.

Heeello, everyone!

For today's post I decided to do a TAG. It's been a while since I've done the last one and, for some reason, I really enjoy answering TAGs. If you're familiar with BookTube you know this TAG is pretty much everywhere and everybody is doing and I thought: Heeey, that looks like fun! And we're today.

I've been doing a ton of reading because of my Reading Challenge and just like every book lover and avid reader out there I also have pretty intimidating TBR. If you don't know what that is, it stands for To Be Read and it's just the book we have on our shelves that demand our attention. 

Without any more rambling, let's get to the TAG!

I could not finish this book. I've tried several times to get into it and I just couldn't. The plot is not my favorite, kind of like a post apocalyptic world, and the characters were just meeeeh. Not thing sparked my interest and I didn't have that "I need to know what happens next" feeling, you know?
Having said that, if you're interested in the plot I think you should pick it up and try for yourself. I know a lot of people LOVE this book and it has a pretty good rating on GoodReads, it was just not for me. 
I know a lot of people love Colleen Hoover and I do like her, but last month I read Slammed by her and I really didn't enjoy. I thought the story was week and predictable and the characters just weren't relatable to me. So, based on Slammed, I decided to postpone reading Ugly Love for awhile. I do want to read it in the future, just not right now.  
I reaaaally want to read this book. First, the cover is GORGEOUS. Second, it won an award. Third, everybody says it's amazing. The only thing keeping me from reading this is the time. Because it's historical fiction I feel like I need to really pay attention to the story, not like Sophie Kinsella's book that you just fly through in one sitting (which are all amazing, btw). But will make time for it. Soon. Ish.  
Just look at this cover and tell how I could not buy it when I went on vacation. This book screams beach read and summer. I needed this in my life... And then I saw the reviews. It's not like this book has terrible reviews, it has a 3,59 average rating on GoodReads which is pretty standard. But every book reviewer and book blogger that I follow said this book is kind of a let down and not as good as they were expecting. But I still plan to read (I bought it, didn't I?) I'm just avoiding it for the time being. But I'll get to it, eventually. Or I'll just donate it. 
This is the fourth book in the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was pretty hooked on this series in the beginning of the year but as time went on and I think I lost interest a little bit. This is a pretty good series with aliens, love triangles and all of that good stuff that hooks you but if you don't marathon the series..   
Ok, this book is not that big (503 pages) but when you're trying to read 100 books in a year you tend to gravitate towards smaller books. I meanly want to read this book because J.k. Rowling wrote it because the story doesn't seem like something I would normally read. Well, see what happens in the future, but for now it's my TBR pile.  
Not because of the size or anything like, it's mostly intimidating because of the topic. I saw the movie and I was intrigued. I know shooting in schools is a very pressing topic in the US and I wanted to inform myself. I've been trying to read more books that will help me expand my culture and learn about different points of views and that sounds like a good one.
   

That's all for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed the TAG and I'm tagging EVERYBODY. You read it right, everybody. If you'd like to do this TAG please do it and let me know on the comments so I can go and check it out. It's so much fun reading through other peoples answers and discovering cool new books. 

Do you also have a big TBR pile?
What's the most intimidating book in it?

Thanks so much for reading and go read a book!






May 27, 2016

Reading Wrap Up | May, 2016.

May was a really good reading month for me. I not only read quite a lot (six books total) but I also read some great books. I don't think I disliked any of them and that's a first for me. Not that I'm constantly reading bad books but since I tend to watch a lot of booktube and whatnot sometimes you go with the hype and end up catching some bad apples.

I think I'm going to start doing more wrap-ups because it's easier for me to talk about all the books in one post rather than writing a review specifically for each book I read. I feel like reading an entire post about only one book gets a bit boring, and, to be honest, I never have a lot to say about the books I read. Even if I love it, I just want to say "hey read this book 'cause it was awesome". And when I don't love it I always feel bad about writing an entire post about the reasons I didn't like a book. Anyway, just something I wanted to get your opinion on. 

Now, let's get to the books.

Bone Gap - Laura Ruby: This book was weird. I mean.. I liked it but it was SUPER weird. It's one of those stories where you don't know what is real and what isn't and although I liked it, it got really confusing at times. What I loved the most about this book were the characters. They are all so different and if you look at each one of them separately they don't have anything in common, but somehow, Laura Ruby makes everything work out beautifully.   

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling: Obvious reread. I decided to pick this one up because I somethings happened in the beginning of the month and I was feeling a little sad and needed a pick me up. I don't know what to say, this book just feels like home to me. I think Harry Potter is like comfort food in book form. About the book, there's not much to say just, if you haven't read it GO READ IT NOW. It will seriously change your life. 

Bossypants - Tina Fey: Well, this book was a pleasant surprise. I decided to read it because I read Amy Poehler's book "Yes, please" last month and loved it (I loved it so much that I wrote an entire post about it) so I thought I'd pick this one as well and I'm glad I did. As you'd expect it's about Tina Fey's life and her career. And it is unbelievably funny and full of life lessons. I'd recommend it to pretty much anyone, specially young women. It was really good.  

Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella: Loved it, loved it, loved it. I still haven't found a Sophie Kinsella book I don't like. To me, her books are the definition of beach read: they're funny, gripping and just put you in a good mood. I always find myself connecting with the characters and this time was no different. The story is about a girl and how every time she breaks up with a boyfriend she ends up making a rash and crazy decision that she'll most likely regret in the future.. Like joining a cult and marrying a man she hasn't seen in more than 10 years. The story unfolds as she opts for the later and her sister tries to save her from herself in the weirdest and funniest way possible. This book was amazing and I plan on reading every book Sophie Kinsella has ever written.  

Night Film - Marisha Pessl: This was dark and amazing. Dark to the point where I avoided reading it at night because if I did I couldn't fall a sleep easily. Amazing to the point where when you finish it you're like "WTF? GIVE ME MORE!" even though the book was 600 pages. This book was huge for a reason and you can clearly see how much work the author put into it. I'm not gonna say a lot about it (mostly because there a lot to it) but this book was perfection. It's mostly about an investigative journalist who finds himself investigating the murder of the daughter of a very famous film director. I'm not doing it justice but if you like thrillers or mysteries at all, you should read this book, even if you don't like the premise. This book has so many layers and stories inside it that there's something for everyone in it. But also, if you don' like mysteries and thrillers you're going to hate it. I should also say that there are some very vivid elements and scenes that involve black magic, spells and all that dark stuff and they're pretty scary.

The Deal - Elle Kennedy: Cutest romance ever. I just finished reading this today and I really liked it. I liked how the author build the love story and the fact that it wasn't an insta-love. I liked the plot and, although they were a little superficial, I really liked the characters. My main problem with romance books is that they're 100% predictable. I mean.. I get it, it's romance and I would also be mad if they didn't end up together but it's like these books follow a pattern. Girl meets boy, likes him, they get together, something happens and they break up, something happens again and they get together again. I'm not saying this as bad thing, it was what I was expecting to find and I like the book. It is what it is. 

That's all for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know on the comments some of the books you've read this month. I'm always intrigued to know what other people are reading. If you have a GoodReads account also let me know so we can be friends over there as well.  

What are some of the books you've read this month?
Have you read any of these books?
Do you have any recommendations?

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


May 24, 2016

GOOD FOR HER, NOT FOR ME!

I've recently finished reading Amy Poehler's book "Yes, Please" and I'm not exaggerating when I say this: it changed my life. Amy is my new spiritual animal. Soul sister. And whatever else kids are saying on the internet. I wasn't a very big fan of her before reading the book. I saw her occasionally on TV but since I was never a big fan of SNL or Parks and Recreation, I wasn't very familiar with her work or her life before she got famous.

Although I highly suggest picking up this book (especially the audiobook read by her), this is not going to be a book review. The entire book is awesome and extremely funny but today I decided to focus on something that she said and that it really resonated with me: Good for her, not for me.

I don't remember regarding to what exactly she said that, but when you think about it "good for her, not for me" is a pretty good motto to live by, specially in a world where it seems like everyone is trying to turn women against women. I strongly believe that if more people lived by this the world would be a much better place and we would have waaaaay less useless drama going around.

Can you imagine a world where instead of criticizing each other on our bodies, our hair, the way we dress, the way we raise our kids, the men we date or how many hours a day we work, we simply let it all go (all of it) and just say "good for her, not for me"? Can you imagine how much more united we would be? How stronger, happier and lighter we would feel without pointing the finger at each other?

The way other people choose to live their lives in not our concern. Shocking, right? I know I'm aiming for a more feminist approach here but this is good advice for everybody. I just feel like nowadays, specially with a bigger presence of social media in our lives, negativity and criticism between women has gone through the roof. If you don't believe me I suggest you go on YouTube and read the comments of ANY "beauty video". You can also go on instagram, twitter, facebook, it doesn't matter.. Negativity is everywhere online and off online and this is not good.

But what's more shocking (at least in my opinion) is the amount of hate and negativity in the online beauty community, which the bigger demographic are younger woman. I don't know why people feel like bringing other girls down is the way to go. If you've read The Secret you know this already but there's room for everybody on the top. There's absolutely no need or reason for you to waste your time and energy trying to bring other people down. Specially when you realize that even if you succeed and you menage to, with your comments, bring somebody down (which I doubt you would) it does not mean that you'll automatically go up.

Lorde already said girl, "we're on each others team". We've been put against each other for far too long and far too often. So, the next time you find yourself in a situation where you want to judge someone or you want to make a negative remark (believe me, that time will come) about what they are wearing or eating or doing, just hold it in, turn that negative into positive and let it all out with by just saying "good for her, not for me".

That's my message for today. If you're not already a feminist I hope you become one soon and if you're online bully or "hater" I hope you become a better person soon. The world is already a pretty ugly place, there's not need to spread negativity even further - if that was your goal consider it done and move on to better things. 


Any thoughts on this topic?

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






May 20, 2016

Why I Don't Have A Lot Of Friends.

I think this is going to come as big shock to everybody because of my amazing personality (not really) but I don't have a lot of friends. You know those people that always have something going on or somewhere to be, phone constantly buzzing and always texting? Well, I'm not one of them. And I'm fine with that. 

Growing up I've never had a lot of friends and now that I'm thinking back on it, I don't really no why. I was friends with some of the popular kids but I was never one of them and that didn't seem to bother me at the time. I was part of a small group of four and we were inseparable and that was it. Four was enough.

As I've grown older that group of four got a little smaller and now there are only two of us left. One got married, I had a stupid fight with the another over a boy (I know, very stupid) but I still got to keep my best friend. Over the years I've made a few new friends (not many) and I've met new people but to me actually "making friends" is extremely hard. 

I don't take the word friend lightly. I know nowadays a lot of people do and they seem to collect friends like I collect makeup items (or bags). But to me that's just not appealing and maybe that's why I'm don't have a lot of them. When it comes to friends, quality is better than quantity.   

I went through a phase in my life where I just didn't want to be alone. I had broken up with a boyfriend and was fighting a lot with my parents (typical teenage behavior) so I decided to surround myself with "friends", not caring if they were good or bad people, thinking that if that didn't solve the problem at least I wouldn't be thinking about it and would still have a little fun. Making new "friends" couldn't hurt, right?

As it turns out, it can. It can hurt you a lot. Not caring what kind of people you surround yourself with is one of the worst things you can do. And I'm not being dramatic over here, trust me. I surrounded myself with shitty people and (surprise, surprise) I was constantly finding myself in shitty situations. Bad "boyfriends", bad grades, bad relationship with my parents and bad temper. And, another surprise, those bad things were all things I had in common with the people I was friends with. 

I have a theory. A lot of people say that you become what you think of and I think they are totally right. I just want to add something to that: I believe that you think what you surround yourself with. Your environment and the people around you have a lot of power over your thoughts. Don't get me wrong, we all make our own choices and I don't think you can blame anyone but yourself when it comes to where you are in life but still.. If you're only around people that think a certain, it's going to get to you.

So, I decided to change. Things weren't good anyway so I didn't have a lot to loose. I was getting tired of all the drama and, suddenly, having those people around me didn't sound so good anymore. They didn't care if I got into college or not, they didn't want to be around be when I was upset and they didn't want to know about the things I was interested in. I was super popular and I always had something to do friday night, but I always felt lonely.

The first thing I did was actually the easiest part, I cut those people out. I stopped answering their calls and after a couple of days (I'm not kidding, days, and keep in mind that I was friends with that group for almost an entire year) they stopped calling - just like that. And, slowly, my life got back on track. 

Ever since then, I've been more selective when it comes to friends. And that's not me being a snob or thinking I'm too good for certain people, it's just my choice. At the end of the day, it's your life and you don't own anyone anything. You need to do you and if you have to distance yourself from some people, so be it. They'll get over it.

Now, I believe I have no more than 7 (maybe 8) good friends in my life. They are people that actually care about me, people who I can call when I'm sad or ask for help when I need it. They don't push me into doing anything I don't want to do and I know they all want good things to happen to me. Finding people like that is extremely had and that's why I don't have a lot of them in my life. 

But I think the hardest part in all of that was learning to be happy alone because when you don't have a lot of friends you don't have a lot of options for company. But that's a topic for another post because I feel like I've done enough rambling for today. I hope it all made sense. When I get excited about a topic I tend to think faster than I can write and my thoughts get a little messy. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it and if you did make sure to leave me a comments with your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

Do you have a lot of friends?

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


   

May 15, 2016

ALL About Concealers.

Heeeello, everyone!

Hope you're all having an amazing day! I know it's been a long long long time but you know the drill.. Life happens and I suck at time management.. Nothing new here. But the important thing is that I'm coming back today and I'm super excited about today's post. 

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with my friends at Into The Gloss, a super cool blog-style beauty website, and they asked me if I would be interested in extending the conversation on concealers here on the blog and I was like: YES, please! First of all, I love ITG. And second of all, I know I've been slacking on the beauty posts and since a lot of you guys seemed to be quite interested in them.. Here we go!

I don't think it's news to anyone over here but I'm not a big fan of foundations. I live in Brazil and foundation + hot and humid weather = disaster. And since I still have a some "problem" areas I'd like to cover (the occasional blemish and the 50 shades of purple under my eyes) concealer is my go-to makeup product. If you don't want a lot of coverage and just wants to even out your skin tone so you're features can pop, all you need is a good concealer and a little bit of powder to set everything.
Maybelline FITme Concealer in Sand Sable: this is my current all-time-can't-live-without favorite. I love the shade range, the formula and even the packaging. I use this on days where I want a heavier coverage and because it's more of a thick consistency I would recommend it for times when you're not wearing foundation. 

MAC Select Cover-Up in NC30: I've recently rediscovered this concealer in my collection. I was going through half/almost empty products to do the Back-To-MAC thing and I found this, which was almost completely full and I've been wearing it ever since. This is what I bring with me in my "everyday makeup back" because it's so convenient for touch ups throughout the day. It doesn't give a lot of coverage and it's very liquid-y but is what I like about it. It's perfect to pair it with foundation and for touch ups because it takes a lot of this product to make you look cakey. 

Essence Match2Cover Cream Concealer: this concealer is a total hidden gem. I don't see a lot of people talking about it on the internet and I don't know why. It's affordable, it gives great coverage and the best part is that you get two shades in one product. I usually mix the two  but you can obviously use one for concealing and the lighter for highlighting. 
To Cover: this is the most basic and simple way to wear concealer. You just put wherever you feel like you need coverage. In my case, I focus on the under eye area and extend "the triangle" a little bit downwards and on my eyelids. I also put some on my chin and on whatever blemish I might have. After that you just set everything with your everyday powder, finish off the rest of your makeup and you're good to go.    

To Highlight: highlighting has been all the rage right now. Although you won't get the exact some glow you would get with a "proper" highlighter like MAC's Soft and Gentle, you can still get a pretty good look using just a lighter shade of concealer. 

For this trick I would recommend using a more "liquid" concealer (like MAC Select Cover-Up) because it will blend better and you avoid the "cakey" look. And then all you have to do is apply it on the areas you want highlighted. I like to draw a line from the center of my forehead to the tip of my nose, on top of my cheekbones (above the blush area) and on my jaw line (under the contour) and that's it.  

To Contour: you don't need those $100 contour palettes to get a good contour. I believe that less is more and that you don't need an specific product for every single step when you're doing your makeup. It can make your life easier and it is fun to try out new products but it can also take a toll on your budget and nobody wants that. I also prefer to contour with a concealer because I think it looks more natural and it's easier to blend it all out with the rest of your makeup. 

All you need for this step is a concealer a couple of shades darker than your skin tone and if you can try to find a stick concealer 'cause it's easier to apply and it gives you more precision. I mean.. it's not life your doing surgery but contouring only works if you put it in specific areas otherwise you'll just look bronzed (which is not a bad thing).

Everyday: for my "everyday" look my goal is to even out the skin. That way my imperfections are not focus when you look at me and you can see my eyes and killer brows better. I tend to do a mix of concealing and highlighting with two different concealers (a lighter one and one closer to my skin tone), set it all with some MAC Studio Fix and apply a little bit of blush and lipstick. 

All-out party time: whenever I go out to a club (which is not often) or a bar I put a little more effort on my makeup and since I usually have more time than my 5 minute morning routine I like to go all out. I do the concealing, the highlighting, the contouring, blush, smokey eye and brows. I don't think there's a right or a wrong when it comes to makeup but when you're going for a "heavier makeup" look and doing all the contouring and whatnot I would recommend putting some effort in the eyes and lips as well. 

I think you need to balance out everything and if you're just focusing on the face, the eyes and the brows tend to look a bit lost in all the makeup and it just seems lost. I guess my advice would be: if you going for natural go for natural in the entire face and if you're going for dive-glamour-party-time go for it full on.      

Having said all of that, I'm a strong believer that women shouldn't feel like they "need" to wear makeup (or anything else for that matter). To me makeup is something fun and enjoyable. It's one of the many ways I've found to express myself and to just feel extra-pretty when I feel like it. I don't wear makeup everyday but if you do more power to you, girl.

I guess that's all the beauty knowledge I have for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed the post and found it helpful. If you get the chance make sure you check out Into The Gloss. And as always, let me know your thoughts and opinions on the comments. I love hearing from you!

Do you have any concealer tips to share with us?
What's your favorite concealer?

Thanks so much for reading and I talk to you soon!




May 12, 2016

Currently Reading.

Heeello!

I know I've been gone for a while but fear not I'm here and I'm blogging and we're going to talk about books today. I've recently decided that I will not be (more like, try to avoid) buying physical books anymore. Aside from the fact that I've been spending waaay to much money buying books, I do not have any more available space in my room to store books. I love reading and I love having books but I hate clutter and I'm not one of those people who needs bookshelves filled with books in my house. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a good bookshelf just like the next book blogger and I think they are absolutely beautiful, but it's just not for me. 

Having said, I've decided to do all my reading on my Kindle and I'm loving it. E-books are cheaper, (I don't know why but) I read digital books faster, you can carry all your library with you, there's no clutter and there's also no waiting - if you finish a book and you just HAVE TO read the next one you can get it in 2 minutes. As you can see, I fell in love again with my kindle and I've been doing a lot more reading ever since. 

I'm not gonna into the debate between physical books and digital books. I can respect the fact that people prefer physical books and whatever you do with your time/money/life is your problem so just respect the fact that I prefer e-books. I feel like the important thing is to read and foster the act of reading and culture in general, it doesn't matter in what shape or form it comes.

Anyway, these are the books I've been reading..  


Never Never, Part Three | Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

I'm kind of done with this little "series". I don't understand why they thought it would be a good idea to divide this in three parts and I'm just reading this last one because: 1)I already bought it and 2)I've read one and two so I might as well finish it. But I'm not really enjoying it and the story is a little repetitive. I didn't relate to any character and the love story, which is usually what saves a book for me, is a kind of "meeeeeh", you know?

Wedding Night | Sophie Kinsella.

I'm almost half way through with this book and if I had to sum it up in word it would be: funny. Seriously, Sophie Kinsella is one of the funniest authors I've ever read. I literally catch myself laughing out loud with her books. I'm loving the main character and her sister. The whole plot is so clever and not at all what I was expecting. This woman is slowly becoming my favorite author. If you're on a reading slump, this is the book for you. 

Night Film | Marisha Pessl.

This book is dark. Like really dark. And I'm not gonna lie, I try to avoid reading it before bed because I get scared sometimes. I would describe this as a mystery because they are trying to solve "something" but this book has so many layers that it's very hard to describe it. You can see the author has put a lot of work into it and I'm loving it. I'm almost done with it and I think I'm gonna pick up her other book "Special Topics In Calamity Physics" next which apparently won a bunch of awards and people are saying is really good. 

I am Malala | Malala Yousafzai.

This is the third time I'm trying to read this book. It's not like I'm not enjoying it or that it's boring, it's just that there's a lot of description in the beginning and this where they loose me. Malala is so inspiring and I'm big fan of her work and all she has done for education and for young women out there but I just can't get into this book. I got the audiobook as well to go along with it so let's see if it helps.

So that's it for today! I've been really trying to step up my reading game because my goal is 70 books for this year but I'm gonna try to reach 100. Well see how it goes.. Please let me know any book recommendations you might have for me, as well as any thoughts or opinions you might have. I love hearing from you!

Have you read any of these books?
What are you currently reading?

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




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