July 23, 2016

Life Update | Adulting, Motivation and Finding Dori.

Today I was planning on doing some work on the blog. You know, it's Saturday, I desperately need to update my About page, I need to write more posts and I really want to give the blog a new makeover (new header and all that good stuff) but I just can't muster the energy to get up. Yeap, it's 13:07 and I'm still in bed. I blame Netflix and Gilmore Girls.

I don't really know why I'm feeling this lazy but I can't bring myself to adult today. I wouldn't say I'm lacking motivation because I did have a very productive week, maybe I'm just burned out and need a break. I guess that's it. I just hope that writing this post is not the only productive thing I do today.

I've been doing a lot of studying these past few days because next Sunday I'm doing a very important exam. I don't want to talk about it on the blog because it's kind of personal and if I fail I really don't want it recorded on the internet. Specially now that more and more people from my life have been finding out about blog. 

If you're also a blogger you know how weird this feeling is. You want your blog to be successful and for people to read and comment and all of that, but it's extremely weird when someone you know in person starts reading your blog. I guess that's just something we all need to handle at one point if you we want to keep blogging for a long time. People will find out about it eventually. I actually wrote a post about it a while ago, if you want you can check it out here - It's about feeling "embarrassed" of your blog and worrying about what other people will think. 

Aside from studying, I haven't been doing much. Yesterday, I went to the movies with my sister. We watched Finding Dori and it was AMAZING. Seriously, one of the best movies of the year for me. I felt all the emotions: I cried, I scream-laughed, I was sad, I was happy. It was a roller-coaster of emotions. If you haven't watched it yet, go now. 

But going back to the blog makeover, I'm not really sure what I want to do yet. I like my header but I'm kind of sick of it. I desperately need a new profile picture too but that it's going to take time. Anyway, I guess I'm going to play a little with the options on Canva. If you're a blogger and you haven't checked out Canva I highly recommend that you do. I was using PicMonkey before that and it was ok but Canva changed my life. 

That's all for today, guys. I promise next post is going to be a little better. Now that I got all of that out my system as soon as I press "publish" I'm getting up and getting started with my day and I'm writing a more exciting blog post for tomorrow. Don't forget to come back here tomorrow to check the new changes I'm making. I really want your feedback.

Do you have anything exciting planned for today?

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

ps: As I was procrastinating on finishing this post I did some changes on my About page so go check it out and tell me your thoughts. I would really appreciate that. Guess writing this post is not the only productive thing I'm doing today! :)

July 13, 2016

BOOK TAG: Mid Year Freak Out.

I've recently seen this TAG going around BookTube and I've decided to try it out for myself. I love doing tags and I can totally relate to this one. We're in July already and I need to start focusing more on my reading challenges. So far I've been just reading whatever I felt like without thinking too much about the categories but now I think I have pay more attention to it. So far, I've read 44 books, which is good, but the main goal is 70 (with the possibility of stretching it out to 100). We'll see how it goes!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the tag and let's get to it!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2015: Night Film - Marisha Pessl.
I was not expecting to get so into this book. This book is black whole that keeps sucking you in and I loved every part of it. I don't want to say a lot about it because I feel like it's best to go into it without knowing anything. All you need to know is that the story revolves around a murder investigation and that it's awesome. So go read it now!
Best sequel you've read so far in 2015: Fire With Fire - Jenny Han.
I loved this trilogy. I read the three books in one weekend., I just couldn't put it down. Jenny Han hooked me with The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I tried To All The Boys I Loved Before and hated it. So I was a little skeptical going into this one but I was an amazing surprise. This story kept surprising and I think she did a great job at balancing all the information among the books so in the last one there was still new elements to explore. I really liked the characters as well and I was not expecting the plot twist. 
New release you haven't read yet, but want to: The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson.
This cover is everything. From what I've read online, this book has all the elements I love: summer setting, dogs and romance. I've already bought it but still haven't read it. I hope I can get to it soon. 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover.
I haven't had the best lucky with Colleen Hoover. I really loved Maybe Someday but felt like all her other books I've read were just ok. But since a lot of people are saying amazing things about this one, I'm really hopping to like.

Biggest disappointment: Evermore - Alyson Noel.
Don't even get me started on this book. Seriously, I felt like I was reading a bad version of Twilight. Almost every character annoyed me and I found myself rolling my eyes multiples times. I still don't know how I was able to finish it. If you're looking for a good vampire story, DO NOT pick this one. 
Biggest surprise: Yes Please - Amy Poehler.
I loved this book so much. I was expecting it to be just a fun book with some good jokes and funny stories from Amy's life but, boy was I wrong. This books was kind of life changing, I'm not even kidding. She talked about the importance how hard work, respecting other women's choices and not looking for the easy way out. I actually wrote an entire blog post about it so if you want to check it out just click here. I would highly recommend picking up this one. 
Favorite new author (Debut or new to you): Nina LaCour.
After reading "Everything Leads to You" I want to read everything Nina LaCour has ever written. I LOVED her writing. This story was so well written, I loved all the characters and the way the main characters fell in love. It was kind of an insta-love but it wasn't at the same time. I loved this sotry and I can't wait to read "You Know Me So Well", her new book. 
Newest fictional crush: Garrett Graham.
Garrett saved this book for me. I have a soft spot for hot guys who are also sweet. And Garrett was totally "swoon-worthy". The way he treats Hannah and how their relationship grew was the cutest thing. Having said that, I think I should warn you that the entire book is very "romance-cliche" in a sense that it has all the relationship cliches you usually find in these kinds of books: sporty guys falls in love with the quite girl and all that jazz.
Newest favorite character: Simon Snow.
I know a lot of people didn't like this book because of the similarities with the Harry Potter books but that's exactly why I loved it. I'm not gonna lie here, it is extremely similar to Harry Potter, but Rainbow Rowell did put her own twist in every character. And I loved every single thing about Simon Snow (which would be the equivalent of Harry). I don't want to give out any spoilers so I'm not gonna say much about him, but this book is awesome and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 
Book that made you cry: Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma.
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster. I didn't know what to think (still don't know) or how to feel and I found myself crying a couple of times. This book is about incest and the story revolves around the romantic relationship between a boy and his younger sister. I think it's important to highlight the relationship in this case is consensual and that they both fall in love with each other. It was disturbing at times but I really liked it. I like books that challenge you to think differently and open your mind to new perspectives. I've read this in the beginning of the year and I still don't know how I feel about this story. I know this book is not for everyone, specially if you're a younger reader, but it's quite interesting.
Book that made you happy: Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella.
Every Sophie Kinsella book makes me happy. She always writes those kinds of stories that you read with a smile on your face because it's so cute, funny and extremely relatable at times. I've already read this book and I would highly recommend it if you want a light and funny romance. This is the perfect book to read if you're in a reading slump or if you're going to travel to Greece. 
Most beautiful book you've bought/received so far this year: Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson.
I can't handle this cover. I wouldn't say it's beautiful but it's just soooo cool and fun and I think it matches perfectly with the story. I hate it when the story and the cover don't match or when the cover is misleading. I mean... I know you shouldn't judge a book by the cover but we all do it. I actually bought this book because of the cover and also because I love books set in the summer time. I've already read this one as well and I loved it. 
Books you need to read by the end of the year: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas and The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater.
I actually have an entire post dedicated to the 10 books I need to read in 2016 and these are two of them. These books are everywhere. I feel like there's two types of people when it comes to these books: the ones that are reading them and the ones that are having about them in every social media I have. In my case, I feel like now would be the perfect time to read these books because the sequel to ACTR just came out and I believe the fourth book of the Raven Boys trilogy just came out as well and since I think I'm going to really enjoy these books it's good to know that I don't have to wait for the sequels to come out.

That's for today's post! If you know of any cool tags please let me know on the comments 'cause I love doing them - specially if it's a book tag. I hope you guys enjoyed it and if you want to to do this tag on your blog consider yourself tagged and let know so I can go check it out. 

Which books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon. 

July 10, 2016

Monthly Empties | June, 2016.

Ok, I know I'm a little late with the empties this month but since I finished up so many products I decided to do it late anyway. I don't know what it is about empties that get me so excited. Adding a new empty product to my little basket literally puts me in a good mood. I'm not even ashamed to admit it here because if you're reading this post that probably puts you in a good mood as well. 

Well, this month was a productive one. I managed to finish 10 products plus six MAC products that I had already backed-to-MAC before taking the pictures for this post so they won't be featured. But since I usually save my back-to-MAC products for months months before exchanging them it wouldn't be "fair" to put them with the rest anyway.

Aside from the MAC products, I didn't finish any makeup items this month. It's mostly skin care, perfumes and some hair products. Still.. I'm excited. Like any beauty junkie I like rotating my products and knowing they are not just going bad in my cabinets. I've noticed that ever since I've started the blog and therefore the empties posts I've been more conscious of what I buy and also of what I'm actually able to use before it goes bad. So if you're having problems with that I guess starting a blog is a good solution!  
TRESemmé Smooth & Straight Conditioner: TRESemmé is one of my favorite hair care brands. It's a good price, my hair likes it and it's easy to get. This is my go to conditioner. I like having options in the shower but I always have this one in the mix. I've repurchased it many times and I'll continue to do so. I like the scent and I feel like it keeps my hair healthy, specially now that I've gone a little lighter. 

Acetone: I do my nails at home so I usually go through a bottle of acetone every couple of months. It's cheap, easy to find and it takes the nail polish off in seconds. I know people say it's bad for the nails but my nails are just fine. I can't stand nail polish remover so I acetone it is.

Physiogel Calming Lotion: I had a major skin problem-thing-allergy-reaction and these (and Cetaphil) were my best friends this month. I think it was eczema but I'm not sure because I didn't go to the doctor. I just applied moisturizer 3X a day and it did the trick. I would highly recommend this lotion if you have sensitive skin because this was a life saver. I was extremely moisturizing, it absorbed quickly in the skin and it helped a lot with the itching.

Diesel Fuel For Life Eau de Parfum for Her: I cannot believe I finished a entire bottle of perfume. I think I've had this for 4 years or more but I wasn't even mad because I LOVE THIS SCENT. I'm not good at describing scent so I'm not even going to try. Next time you go to Sephora just try it and see if it's for you. As for the lasting power, it was pretty good. And also, keep in mind that I've had this for 4 years it didn't go bad.
Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist in Sweat Pea: This wasn't my favorite BBW scent and, honestly, I don't even know why I got it. This was a pain to use up. I get these fragrance mists because I like applying them everyday before class just to get a fresh and light scent so if I'm not a big fan of the scent you can see how it would be a pain to use up. But I guess that was my fault for choosing the wrong one. But in general, I love BBW fragrance mists.. Twilight Woods is the one I'm currently wearing and I would totally recommend trying it out. Sweat Pea? Not so much. 

Dove Beauty Bar: This is a staple in my bathroom. It's my favorite kind of soap. I love the smell, it's extremely moisturizing and it's relatively cheap. I use this in the shower and as a face wash every morning. I would recommend this to anyone, specially if you have dry or sensitive skin. 

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Oil Elixir: I got this on a whim while I was traveling last year and it ended up being surprisingly good. This was the first Schwarzkopf product I've ever tried and now I really want to try more. I applied it after washing my hair and it made combing easier. It also helped with the frizz. It was good and I would consider buying it again but it wasn't a life changing thing.

Granado Hand Cream in Pink: I love this hand cream but since it's a Brazilian brand I don't think it's easy to get it in other countries. It was one of those creams that moisturizes your hands but it doesn't leave them feeling greasy (which is surprisingly hard to find). If you ever manage to get your hands in Granado's products, go for this hand cream. 

Umiditá Lotion for Sensitive Skin: I've had this little sample around for months and I decided to pick it up and see if it would help me with my problem-thing-allergy-reaction. I'm not really sure if it did or not because there was so little of it and also because I was using so many different lotions at them time. So, I guess it was ok.

Those are all the products I've finished up in June. Get ready for another big empties in July. I don't know what's going on but all my products are running out at the same time. I know.. It's weird but also GREAT. I love getting stuff out and making room for new products. And knowing that I got my money's worth out of a product is not bad either. If you've done an empties post or video lately let me know on the comments because I love reading/watching those. Like I said, empties put me in a good mood. I know.. I'm weird.

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