September 30, 2016

Reading Wrap Up // September, 2016.

I feel like I say this in every Wrap Up, but I can't believe we're at the end of September.. Time is going by so quickly, the year is almost over and I still have so many books I still need to read. Reading wise, this month was pretty good. I've read a total of 5 books, not bad but I could do better. I still need 12 books to complete my Reading Challenge for 2016, but well get there!

Out of the 5 books, 2 were great, 2 were not good, one was pretty good. I tried participating in the IndieReadathon, but things didn't work out. I feel like indie/self-published books are more often a miss than a hit, so next time I'm sticking with recommendations, like the Addicted Series by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie that everyone is raving about.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty // I'm not a big fan of Liane Moriarty. I think her books are usually too slow and she just keeps going on and on about every little character trait. This book was no different, but, surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. I think it's due to the fact that I got the audiobook version and I really liked the narrator. The characters were strong and memorable. I could relate to them. I liked the plot, specially the end.

The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams // I strongly disliked this book. I think it's one of (if not the) worst book I've read this year, and it's so sad because I really wanted to like it. This was the first book I've read for the IndieReadathon, and I'm pretty sure this is the reason why I had such a hard time with it. The plot wasn't gripping, I didn't relate with the characters and the pace was incredibly slow. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this. Oh, and this put me in a major reading slump!

Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster // This was the second and final book I read for the IndieReadathon. This was better than the first one, but it was still week. I liked the beginning, the whole small town vibe and the insta-love didn't bother me that much. But as the story progressed, things got very repetitive and I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. There were too many characters, and at the end I couldn't tell them apart 'cause they were all too similar.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCOUR and David Levithan // THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! I already knew that I loved Nina, but now I want to read everything from David Levithan. I loved everything about it, the plot, the characters and the fact that it deals with diversity. I'm not gay, and my gay friends haven't read this book yet, so I can't say if it's a good representation of LGBTQ. But, in my opinion, I think it is. The characters were so strong, and I loved the fact that being gay is not the only thing that defines them. They have their own interests and other things they are dealing with, like graduating high school, going off to college and falling in love. This book was too short and I want more from these authors.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella // Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, and I still haven't found one of her books that I didn't enjoy. I know a lot of people had problems with this book and the way it portraits anxiety, but I really liked it. The story is about a girl that has extreme anxiety because of some horrible bullying episode that happened to her in school. One of the main complaints I've seen online is the fact that the boy seems to come in and save the day. But I didn't see it that way. I felt like Audrey did most of the work, and I saw the boy as an extra push in the right direction. Overall, this was a great book, not my favorite from Sophie, but still really good and funny (her books are always funny).

Those are all the books I read this month! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you've read any of the books mentioned. I'm pretty happy with the amount of books I've read but I feel like I could do more. Hopefully, I'll read more in October! If you have any scary books to recommend, please leave me a comment.

What books did you read this month?
What was your favorite?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

September 27, 2016

Monthly Favorites | September, 2016.

You have no idea how excited I am to be blogging. I was incredibly busy last week with work and school, and on top of everything I've been having some weird computer problems. I don't know why but Google Chrome is not working on my computer, every time I open the browser my computer freezes and I have to reboot it. If any of you know how to fix it please let me know on the comments, I need all the help that I can get when it comes to computers. For the moment I'm using my sister's computer but it's not the same. Oh well, shit happens and we just have to deal with it.

Today we're going to talk about which beauty products have stood out to me this month. You guys know I like to keep it short and sweet - maximum of 5 products. So, let's get to them!

Baptiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume

This gives me so much volume! Baptiste dry shampoos have always been a favorite. I've had this bottle on storage for so long and I only took it out this month because I finished the one for brown hair last month (you can see it in my empties). And I'm so glad I did. I use dry shampoo every other day (the days I don't wash my hair in the shower) and I'm really happy with this one. The volume it gives is my favorite thing about it because I tend to use a lot of oils in my hair and they take away some of the volume.

CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in 845.

As you can see from the bottle, this foundation has been very loved. I've been using this for so long that I'm kind of surprise this is the first time I'm mentioning it on a favorites. This is my all time favorite foundation and that's saying a lot 'cause I'm usually not a big fan of foundations. It's long lasting, matte and, even though it has SPF 20, it looks great in pictures and it doesn't look weird with flash.  

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette.

I got this palette a couple of years ago when I was in London, and I've been loving it ever since. I love the shades, the staying power and the fact that it's 4 pounds on MUA's website. I've been really into the neutrals this month, and I think I've worn this palette every time I put on makeup this month. I've been really considering panning this for the Pan That Palette next year which is kind of exciting!

Nude Lips // MAC Lipstick in Whirl and Velvet Teddy.

I don't know why, maybe I'm watching too many Jaclyn Hill videos, but I've been obsessed with nude lips lately. And these two have been my favorites. Whirl is a little darker, but in my lips it looks a lot lighter than in the picture and Velvet Teddy is an old favorite.

Veet Easy Grip Waxing Strips.

This is a life saver and an old favorite. I've been doing my own waxing with these kinds of strips for years now and I cannot recommend it enough. I don't like paying someone to do something so simple, and it literally takes me 20 minutes or less. I use this mainly on my upper lip area and eyebrows. It's super easy to use too: you just cut it in small pieces with scissors and apply where you need it. I would recommend warming it up a bit by rubbing it between your hands and that's all the prep you need.

Those are my favorites for this month! I hope you enjoyed the post, and let me know on the comments what are some of your favorites too. I promise I'm going to try really hard to stick to the schedule this week now that I have a computer to blog. And if you don't know, the schedule is to put up 3 posts a week. Hopefully, I'll get my computer back soon because blogging is someone else's computer just feels wrong and weird - hahaha!  

What are your favorites for this month?

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

September 22, 2016

5 Tips On How To Save Money.

Heeello, everyone!

Today's post is coming to you a little bit late because yesterday I was facing some blogging struggles: nothing was working. I couldn't find my pictures in my hard drive, my internet was failing and everything was stressing me out. I was trying to stick to schedule, but I was so tired and uninspired that I thought it would be best to write this post today with a fresh mind.

We're going to talk about saving money. I feel like this is the perfect post to follow the last one since, apparently, this week is about minimalism. I say "apparently" because this wasn't something I was planning ahead, although it kind of worked out nicely. Nowadays, I feel like this is a very important topic to talk about since debt seems to be a very common problem to our generation. We seem to be becoming more and more materialistic and facing difficulty when it comes to saving money.

Having said that, saving money is not rocket science. It's one of the easiest things to do in my opinion, you just don't expend your money. Don't buy things you don't need, make smarted shopping decisions and focus on the end goal. I know everything is easier said than done, but if we're being honest with ourselves, we're our worst enemies when it comes to money. We are the ones who choose to spend it unwisely and it's all up to us to change that. So, if you're having problems in changing that, here are my tips!

'One In, One Out' rule // I've been following these rule ever since I've started decluttering my life and adopting a more minimalist lifestyle. The name is pretty self-explanatory: I can only buy a new product when I get rid of one. I started applying this with my makeup products ('cause things we getting out of hand) and then it kind of spread into my life.    

Use your library // I cannot stress this enough, why would you spend money on something you can get for free? I've recently graduated college and I know how pricey textbooks can be. If following an academic career is not in your plans, buying the books you need is probably not the smarted option. I know there websites where you can rent books and things like that, but in my opinion the library is the best way to go. If you are university student you probably have a library on campus, so take advantage of that.
And even if you're not a college student, you can still use your library. I know I still do and I could not recommend it enough.  

'Pay Yourself First' rule // I think I heard about this rule in a TED talk or something like that. This is something so simple and I don't know why a lot of people don't do it. Whenever you get paid, before paying your bills and shopping, the first thing you do it set aside some money on your savings account. I would recommend setting aside a good amount, not like 10 dollars. If it's a small amount it's going to take a lot of time for you to see progress and it might discourage you to keep saving. 

Rethink your bills // When I moved out of my parents' house I thought about each and every bill that was coming to my house. Me and my dad sat down and we started to think about what we could do about them. I stopped paying Netflix (and decided to share an account with my sister), I canceled my landline (because who calls a landline nowadays?), and all those things that we don't really think about, but add up at the end of the month. If you have a supportive parent like me, ask him/her for advice. They probably know more than you when it comes to paying bills (they've been doing it for longer), and it's kind of like a "bonding" activity. My dad got so excited he even took me out for ice cream when we were done!

Be organized // By being organized you not only save yourself some time when you're looking for things, but you also avoid buying duplicates or just things you don't really need. I also helps with paying your bills, missing due dates not only costs you money but it's a pain in the ass.   

Those are all the tips I have for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know if any of these tips work out for you. I have more tips to share, so if you liked this post let me know on the comments so I can make more of them. I probably only have enough for one more post so don't get too excited about it.  

Do you have any tips to share with us?

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

DISCLAIMER: I believe that everyone can benefit from these tips, but I understand that not everyone makes the same amount of money or has the same financial responsibilities. I don't have student loans nor do I have to support anyone, except myself. If you have serious financial troubles, I'm sorry but this post is not for you and you should look for a financial adviser or someone with more experience than me when it comes to adulting (I'm only 23).   

September 19, 2016

The Extreme Materialist Side Of Blogging

I've been wanting to write this post for a long time, but it took me a while to get my thoughts together on this matter. Nevertheless, you guys know me and when I'm writing about things I'm passionate about or that I believe are important my thoughts get messy and I tend to ramble, so bare with me please. I just did an update on my minimalist lifestyle so I thought this would be the perfect post to follow that, since cutting back on shopping and minimalism go hand in hand in my opinion. 

I don't know if some of you have noticed, but beauty or fashion hauls were never a regular thing over here. I used to make them in the beginning 'cause I felt like that's what you do when you want to be a blogger, but they were never my thing. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I never buy a lot of things at the once and, more recently, the minimalist lifestyle. 

I've only had my blog for a couple of years now, but I've been "participating" (as in watching videos, reading blogs and commenting on everything) in the online beauty community for a while, and the amount of things people buy never ceases to astonish me. I know some people have stuff sent to them, and for others buying and reviewing products is their job. I understand that, but the extreme materialist side of blogging kind of bothers me. 

I think we, as bloggers, need to be conscious of the message we're sending to our readers. Bloggers are influencers, some more than others. You influence people in their shopping habits, therefore you have the moral obligation of telling the truth. I don't like it when bloggers send the image of: hey, look at all the stuff I have! And then in the bottom of the post or the video they put all the links you need to get all of that stuff too, but they conveniently leave out the fact that most of it they got sent by brands.

I know you're not making anyone buy anything, but taking yourself out of the equation is not right either. You, as a blogger or youtuber, play a part in this and you can't ignore that. Therefore, things need to be said. When you get a product from a brand, your readers need to know. When you review something, you need to give an honest opinion. It's not that hard, and to me this is just common decency and being a good person.   

When it comes to these topics you need to ask yourself if you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can't ignore the role you play in people's lives when you have a big online platform. And when you realize the amount of young girls on the internet these days, this problem becomes even bigger and more pressing.

I hope I'm getting my message across. My problem is not with people having things. My problem is with people portraying the things they have in the wrong light, sending the wrong image or not telling the whole truth. This just adds fuel to a society where people feel like the things they have is what defines them. Being a influencer is not all rainbows and butterflies. You need to consider the weight your opinion has when people are making decisions. Especially when it comes to spending money. 

I guess that's all I have to say for now. I'm not judging anyone on how they spend their money. Everybody has their own life and they can live it how they choose. I just wanted to open other people's eyes to this not-so-good side of the online beauty community that has been bothering me lately. If you have an online following please remember that what you say or do influence people and just be mindful of the message you're sending.   

Join the discussion!
What are your thoughts one this topic?

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

September 17, 2016

Minimalist Journey Update.

Heeello, everyone!

It's been more than a year since I've started to apply minimalism into my everyday life and I thought it would be cool talk about it over here today and reflect on what I've learned so far. I love discussing these topics here on the blog because I feel like everyone has something to offer to the discussion and I really value different points of view so don't be shy on the comments, guys! 

My first post about minimalism was published here on the blog in May of last year. Although some things have changed since then, I do still believe in most of the things I wrote in that post. One of them, is that I believe the way you implement minimalism in your life is completely up to you. There's not a particular set of rules you need to follow and the best time to start is right now. To me, minimalism is all about downsizing/declutering your life in every aspect. 

Because I'm a beauty junkie, I started with my beauty products. And like I said before, I took all my "extra products" and put them in a box on the back of my closet because I felt bad about just throwing them away. That's one of the things that I think I did wrong. I'm pretty sure I won't ever get to those products so a while back I took the box to my sister's house and she took whatever she wanted and after that I just donate the rest to my local church. The thing with beauty products is that it takes a very loooong time to use one up completely and by the time I finish one I'm excited because I get to try something new. Having that box of products I didn't love and pushing myself to use them wasn't making me excited about makeup anymore and it literally felt like a burden. So, at the end of the day, donating was the best solution I found. 

The next thing I tackled was my bookshelf. I had way to many book that I would never read or reread, and they were just gathering dust. It was actually quite easy to donate all of them. I only kept my favorite ones, like the Harry Potter series and some of recent purchases. Since I read a lot and I love books, I decided to not buy physical books anymore. Now, I do most of my reading on my Kindle and if I miss reading physical books I just get them from my local library. I know this may not work for a lot of people, but this way I save money (which is a huge perk) and avoid clutter. If you have this problem with books in your house, try the library.  

My closet was another easy task. I'm not as attached to clothes as I am with makeup, so everything that didn't fit me, was stained, had holes in it had to go. I also parted with some items that I new I was not going to wear and that I haven't worn in a while. In these situations, you need to be honest with yourself. You know deep down if you're going to use a certain item or not, so just do it. If it gets hard to part with some things just think of all the people you'll be helping by donating these clothes and how much easier your life will be without the all the clutter.   

One of the things I've been avoiding too are knickknacks and things without a purpose, like candles and other decoration items. My desk was full of them. I just find them distracting in my work place and they were just collecting dust. I do still have a couple items: like one scented candle in my bathroom and one picture frame on my desk. But that's just me. I wasn't a big fan of these thing anyway so decluterring felt good. 

Things have become easier since I've started. I don't get as many urges to shop as I used to and my life has become easier in general. Getting ready in the morning, finding things in my bathroom and getting work done in my room are easier now. I haven't been tracking my spending as I should so this is something I want to start now. Like, every time I refrain from buying something, I want to add up that amount and see how much money I'm saving or something like that - I'm not sure how I'm going to this yet. 

But, overall, adapting to this lifestyle has made me more mindful of everything. I pay more attention to what I'm buying in general, even at the supermarket. I don't have food going to waste anymore and I've been recycling or donating almost 95% of everything that goes out of my house. 

The best part is that now, I'm only surrounded by the things that I love. And that's why I think everyone should at least try doing something like this. Especially in your bedroom, which is the place where we have to unwind, relax and sleep. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about minimalism and if you're interested in it, just try it out and see if it's for you or not. Take baby steps if you think it's too much to do all at once. 

I guess that's all I have to say for now. If you have any questions or doubts let me know on the comments and we can chat about it. Also, leave me any suggestions and opinions you might have, even if you don't agree with me on this topic I still want to hear what you have in mind. 

What do you think about minimalism?

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

September 14, 2016

5 Apps To Use While You're Stuck In Traffic.

I think everybody is already tired of reading me talk about it, but I commute to work/school everyday. I feel like this is a problem a lot of people go through and I thought it would be fun to share some apps that could make this horrible part of our days a little better. Even if you don't commute to work I think you'll still enjoy the apps and you can download them and to put them to use on a long trip or something. Just keep in mind that I'm recommending this games for people who are not driving. If you're driving, please don't be stupid, focus on driving!  

Back to the apps, they're all free so money wont be a problem here. I don't know about you guys but I can't justify spending money on apps. I know some apps are really clever and helpful but, for some reason, I just can't do it. And also, I won't be talking about apps like Waze or GoogleMaps (which btw are the ones I use to escape traffic). These are just apps to keep you entertained and help you kill some time while you're stuck on your commute!

Pokemon GO: Ok, I admit it: I'm addicted! I cannot stop playing this game and I'm not even a die-hard fan. I did watch it on TV when I was younger, but my relationship with Pokemon ends there. I just think it's such a clever name. I know a lot of people where throwing shade at the game and saying that they were "too busy" to play and, to be honest, I don't get it and I hate when people hate on "nerdy" things, like games, movies or books. 

You don't have to ignore your responsibilities and play it all day long. To me, it's just a fun thing to do while I'm stuck in traffic or waiting in line for something. I have been going on more walks lately to hatch the eggs, which is a good thing. Anyway, sorry about the rant! I love this game and I think it's perfect for commuting, especially if you take the bus like me. 

Audible: This is a life saver. Audible is my favorite app for audiobooks. The app itself is free, but the books aren't. Besides podcasts, audiobooks are my favorite thing to listen to when I'm stuck in traffic. I listen to music sometimes, but audiobooks make feel like I'm being productive. And also, I'm on a deadline with the Reading Challenge and every books counts. I like audible because they have a big selection of books and because they sometimes will partner with youtubers and bloggers and I like to use their links to support them when I can. 

Kindle: I have a Kindle (my favorite thing in the world), but I use the app on my phone when I don't feel like bringing it with me. I know you can read with other apps, but this is just what I use. I also like Amazon and the app because you can get a lot of free books and they're always having sales. The app is also super helpful because it syncs up with your device and don't have to worry about finding the page you were in. 

Duolingo: I've been using Duolingo for years now and I love it. I even remember recommending it in one of my Links I Love posts. I've started using to keep practicing my french after came back from my exchange program. But I liked it so much that I decided to try out new languages like German and it's working great so far. I'm not fluent in German, but I haven't been using it that often also. I don't think this is enough to learn a new language but it does help. They make it like a game which is super fun, and I can literally do it for hours. 

Podcast: I've recently did an entire post talking about my favorite podcasts, and if you want you can check it out here. I was a little reluctant to try them out but now I love them. They're my favorite thing to listen to in the morning, especially funny ones like Shane Dawson with Friends. 

Those are all the apps that have been helping through the rough times in traffic. I have an iPhone so I don't know if all the apps are available for Android but I'm pretty sure they are 'cause they're pretty popular. I hope you enjoyed the post and found cool new apps to try. If you have any cool apps to recommend us please let them in comments, I'd love to know. 

Do you also commute to work?
How do you handle it? 

September 12, 2016

Links I'm Loving.

We're gathered here again to talk about more cool stuff on the internet, which is one of my favorite things to do. Probably why I have a blog too. This time I've put together some very different links, we have: an amazing blog, two blogger-resource links and a time management gem that has been helping to get a lot of studying done.

These past month or so I've been trying to do more. More of everything. I've been trying to be more productive in all aspects of my life, and I've had my ups and downs but, over all, it seems to be working. I've cut back on a lot of my free time doing nothing and redirected it into more important things like blogging, working out and studying, and these links reflect that in some way.  

Let's get to the links!

BLOG | A Cup Of Jo: I've come across this blog multiple times and I don't know why I never thought of mentioning it on one of these posts. So, here I am mentioning it. This is one of my favorite well known blogs: the design is perfect, I love Jo's writing and she's just entertaining. I know I like a blogger when, despite all the differences in our lives, I still can relate to her posts and care about her/him as a person. And if I don't relate to the blogger, chances are I won't be going back to the blog soon. Jo checks out all the categories and I keep coming back. This is one of my favorite posts from her and if you read it you'll understand what I'm talking about. 

HANDY | Bitly: Maybe I'm just slow, but it took me a while to understand how easy it is shorten URLs. I know, I probably am just slow. After I figured out this piece of rocket science, I've tried multiple websites and Bitly is my favorite. It's easy to use and it's pretty self-explanatory so I won't embarrass myself anymore talking about. K, bye!

PHOTOS | Pexels: This is a LIFE SAVER for bloggers. It's a free stock photos website and the pictures are lovely. I don't know about you guys but ever since I started blogging I've been looking for these kinds of websites and the pictures were never cute or aesthetic pleasing. You can always take your own pictures but sometimes when you're in a pinch it's good to have this as an option. You can use all the photos for all legal purposes. 

WORK | Tomighty: This is a desktop timer designed to help you keep focused on tasks that require long periods of concentration. I've been taking a lot of online classes, and the hardest part for me is staying focused. When I'm in class paying attention is not hard at all because I'm on a leaning environment, but when I'm at home things always go south and everything becomes a distraction. They have it for Windows and Mac, and the best part is that it's free. If you're struggling with time management and sticking to the task at hand, I highly recommend downloading it to see if it works for you. 

Those are some of the fun links I've been browsing lately. I hope you found this post helpful or, at least, entertaining. If you have any links to share with us please leave them in the comments below, as well as any thought or opinions you might have. I love hearing from you guys! 

Do you have any links to share?

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

September 10, 2016

Currently Reading | Reading Slump.

I tried to deny it and I tried to push trough it, but there's no escaping now: I'm on a reading slump. Aaaaaah, I hate reading slumps, especially now that I'm so close to my Reading Challenge. The point of this post is to talk about the books I'm currently reading (hence the title), but also to try to motivate myself to get over this slump. I love reading but sometimes, for no apparent reason, I feel like doing anything but. Seriously, someone should study this and help out readers all over the world.

I think this all started because I thought participating on a Readathon was a good idea. I love the concept of reading nonstop and killing my TBR pile, but it just gave me anxiety and I forced myself to read books I wasn't enjoying. Lesson learned: Readathons are not for me. Anyway, thank God for audiobooks because if it weren't for them I wouldn't be "reading" anything!
Seaside Dreams - Melissa Foster: I started reading this as a last attempt to continue on the IndieReadathon and think this is what started my reading slump. I really disliked the previous book I've read and I tried to keep pushing with the "indie" authors and here we are now.. Having said that, I am enjoying this book. I have a couple of problems with it but I'm loving the whole small town romance vibe going on. 
It - Stephen King: This book goes on and on and on and on FOREVER. Seriously, the more I read it the more I still have to read. I'm enjoying it though and I've accepted that I'll be reading this book for a long long time. This is the second Stephen King book I've read and I do plan on reading more as soon as I finish this one, which might take a while. 

Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty: What do you do when you're on a reading slump? Go for the audiobook, of course! Honestly, this is what's saving me. If it wasn't for this audiobook I wouldn't be doing any "reading". I've been really enjoying this story and it's funny because this is the first Liane Moriarty book I've liked. Maybe it's because I'm listening to it and not actually reading. 
The Personal MBA - Josh Kaufman: I've started reading this because I wanted to read more books that would improve my life (see the post here). I think this is a good book but it wasn't what I was expecting. I do plan on finishing it but I've just not been in the mood to read stuff like this, and I feel like now I need a quick and fun book to get me out of this slump. 

Hopefully, we'll see all of these books on my Reading Wrap Up at the end of the month. Being on a slump is not fun. I really need to get it together and start reading book if I want to complete my Reading Challenge. I've read 54 books so far but the goal is 70 or more - I'm secretly hoping for 100 so fingers crossed! If you have any tips on getting over a reading slump please let me know because I desperately need it!

What are you currently reading?

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

September 8, 2016

YouTube DRAMA.

No, I'm not involved in any YouTube drama myself (I'm not even on YouTube) but I wanted to write this post anyway because it's something that has been bothering me for a while. I'm not even gonna lie, I'm kind of scared of writing this but.. This is my personal blog and it's a place where I share my content and where I sometimes like to vent so consider this a rant post or something.  

First, I just want to say that I won't be saying names or pretending that I know the "inside scoop" or anything like that. This is coming from a girl who spends way too much time on YouTube and that's it. I'm just a subscriber and I'm really not liking what I've been seeing in some of the channels I'm subscribed to. I know I can just unsubscribe and, believe me, I did but I think this part of a much bigger issue and this what I'm here to talk about. And just one last thing before I continue, if you've been keeping up with the blog for a while you know that I tend to ramble and to go on tangents when I do these kinds of posts so just bare with me and I'm sorry for that. 

YouTube has become a weird place. I feel like every time I go in there there's something going on. My recommendation area is full of videos titled "Coming clean", "The truth about so and so", "So and so EXPOSED" and many more. People are lying, manipulating their viewers, "putting on a show"  and somehow, that's ok. Somehow they're all making money, living luxurious lives and having fans. I'm starting to see a pattern. They do creepy and shaddy things (gain views = money), do a buuuuunch of videos talking about it and explaining themselves and then they do a long and "heart felt" video apologizing for it (gaining more money). 

And honestly, what does that say about us (the viewers)? Because the creators or youtubers, they are doing this for money. People do weird shit for money and that's sad and fucked up but that's what people do and they've been doing it for ages. But they only do it because there's people all around the world eager to watch it. I know it's part human nature to be curious but, at this point, I'm not even curious anymore. Whenever I see a video stupid title like "Exposing Youtubers" or (my favorite) "I'm Sorry" I know it's bullshit. And if it isn't bullshit, I don't really care anymore. If you're all the time making videos to say you're sorry about lying or about one thing or another I don't want to give you anymore views.   

I'm not saying that youtubers that do these kinds of things are right, but you can't ignore the role that the viewers play in this show. It's all too weird for me and I'm sorry I keep using this word but there's no better way to describe. I think some viewers (and from everything I'm saying here just know that I'm aware that not everybody is the same) get too wrapped up in youtubers lives and drama and, in my opinion, it's not healthy. You're just giving attention, recognition and money to people who are only being dishonest or fake. And that's not doing you any good either.

This is what's been going on in my mind lately. I've been watching YouTube for years now and it has never been this crazy. Like I said before, everyday I find out something weirder and it's kind of freaking me out because I'm honestly afraid of what's coming next. I feel like YouTube has been transformed into really bad reality television and that's scary. Viewers and creators should take a step back and rethink what they are doing, what kind of content they're putting out there and if that's what they want to be known for. Because, guys, the internet is not written in pencil, you can't erase it. Everything you put on here is here to stay and it's here for everyone (the entire world) to see it.

That's all I have to say for now on this matter. My goal is not target anyone in particular, it's just a "trend" that I've been seeing lately and that's been really bothering me. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, although I don't think I did. I tried to be really impartial and to consider both sides. And like I said before, there's an exception to every rule and I'm not saying that all youtubers are fake and we should stop watching Youtube forever.

What are your thoughts about that?

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

September 6, 2016

My Favorite Podcasts.

Commuting sucks! It's, by far, the worst part of my day so I try everything I can to make it a little less horrible and little more bearable. Since reading, watching something in the computer and writing makes me extremely noxious audiobooks and podcasts are my only hope. I know can always listen to music (and sometimes I do) but I like to use that time to do something a little more productive.

Having said that, I feel like I need to let you know that some of the podcasts I'm mentioning are not "productive". Most of them are just funny and entertaining, which is something I need if I'm going to spend one hour every morning in a bus. I hope you like the selection I've put together. These are just my favorites but I do listen to some other "boring" ones to keep me up to date with what's happening in the world - but those are fun!
Let's get to the podcasts!

Anna Faris is Unqualified: This is one of the first podcasts I've listened to and I think it's what made me like them so much. Anna Faris is the funniest woman I know. And I don't know about you guys, but when I'm stuck in traffic I need something to take my mind of the situation and laughing is the best way to do it. 
Check it out here!

Shane Dawson and Friends: I'm a big fan of Shane Dawson. I've been watching his videos on YouTube ever since I can remember and he is just as funny on his podcast. He usually interviews Youtubers and they talk about pretty much everything and anything. If you're not familiar with Shane's videos I think I should warn you that he has no filter and that he can joke about anything. 
Check it out here!

Girlboss Radio: I still haven't read Sophia Amoruso's book but I can safely say that her podcast is awesome. I usually listen to this one on my way to class and it gets me pumped for the day. I just think she's so inspiring and I like to listen to and know more about women in business and in positions of power. 
Check it out here

Stuff You Should Know: The name is pretty self-explanatory. In this podcast co-hosts Josh and Chuck talk about literally everything and how it works. Just to give you an overview, the last three podcast were about Animal Testing, Negro Leagues and Food Tasters. And they talk about all of that with such enthusiasm that it just puts you in a good mood. 
Check it out here! 

These are all the podcasts I've been listening to lately. I'm fairly new to the podcast game so if you have any recommendations you think I might enjoy listening to let me know on the comments. I hope you enjoyed the post and if you give any of them a try let me know what you think! 

Have you ever listened to any of these?
What's you favorite podcast?

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

September 4, 2016

Monthly Empties | August, 2016.

Heello, everyone!

I hope you're all having a great day so far and if you're not I hope it get better. Today I'm here with another empties and you guys know the drill. I finished up 10 products in total and I'm a little sad because I only got two makeup product out this month and one of them is not even completely finished, it's one of those sad cases when the product just goes bad and there's nothing you can do about it. But still, 10 products it's not bad and since I've been trying really hard to declutter and downsize my beauty items, I'll take what I can get.

Let's get to the empties!

Dove Original Beauty Bar: Love this! I use this in the shower and to wash my face every morning before applying my moisturizer. It doesn't strip my face, it's super moisturizing and I love this original Dove scent. I've recently bought a 12 pack of these so expect many more in future empties. 

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in I Want Candy: This is the one that got old before I could try to finish it and, to be honest, I think it was for the best. I'm not a big fan of lip glosses in general so I never reached for this one. I remember liking the formula and the pinky shade but the scent on these is super strong (too strong to be smelling it throughout the day). Having said that, I do believe VS reformulated their lip glosses and they even changed the packaging so things could be better now. 

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle: This is part of a set that comes with three of these little tube. I'm not really sure on how to use it but I just mix a little bit of this with my regular conditioner for some added moisture and it works great for me. Don't think it was a game changer but it was pretty good.   

Victoria's Secret Refreshing Body Mist in Romantic Wish: I'm actually a little sad to see this one go. I used to be obsessed with this scent in high school and now I feel a bit nostalgic every time I smell it in another person. As for the product, I'm a big fan of these fragrance mists from VS or BBW. I feel like they have a good staying power but the scent is not too strong and overpowering. 
Local Boutique Concealer: This concealer was ok, not great but not bad either. It gave medium to light coverage and I really like the consistency. I'm not really sure where you can find it tough.. I know it's Brazilian brand but I'm not sure if they only sell in Rio or if it's all over the country but here is the link if you'd like to check it out. 

Avon Renew Vitale Eye Cream: This made my eyes water like crazy and I could not apply it around the eye area. I used this more as a neck and face moisturize and it worked ok like that but I didn't notice any anti-aging effects. I wouldn't repurchase it. 

Risqué Nail Polish in "Marshmallow de Alfazema": Risque is my favorite nail polish brand and this kind of blue is one of my favorite colors. I love how this stays in your nails for 3-4 days and the creamy consistency. I also think it's super affordable and high quality. I love this and I already have a backup. 
Chapstick in Cherry: I'm not a big fan of chapstick but I got a 3-pack when I was in a pinch while traveling and I've been trying to use them up ever since. They're ok and I think there are much worse lip balms out there but this is nothing special and I'd rather spend my money on something that I love so I won't be repurchasing it. I still have one more to go so let's see how long it takes for me to finish it. 

Fisiogel Hypoallergenic Body Lotion: I had major eczema all over my body a couple of months ago and I tried every moisturizer I could possibly get to see what works best for me. I really enjoyed this while I had it but I don't think it beats Cetaphil. This is a much lighter (kind of a gel but not really) formula and there wasn't any particular scent to it. I do think it moisturized my skin and I like the calming effect but I just prefer Cetaphil.   

Nutraplus Cream: My dermatologist gave me a bunch of moisturizer samples and this was one of them. I like this but I still prefer Cetaphil. I think this is medicated or something so I would check with someone before purchasing it. But all in all, I liked it and I think it helped with the eczema. 

Those are all the products that I finished in August. I hope you enjoyed the mini reviews and because I certainly enjoyed writing them. Empties posts are my favorite because every month I get to see what I'm actually using and what worked and didn't work for me. It just makes me a more conscious shopper which is great because I've been trying out a more minimalist lifestyle.

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

September 2, 2016

Reading Wrap Up | August, 2016.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I know I bragged on my last post about being on schedule with my Monthly Favorites and now I'm two days late with my Reading Wrap Up. But what you're gonna do, right?! Better late than never and two days is not even that late. I'm still happy I've been more consistent with blogging and this is just a tiny little setback. 

I know a lot of people were complaining about August being too long but I kind of needed all those "extra days" to just catch up on blogging, studying and reading. I managed to get into some sort of schedule that works for me and things have been going pretty well. I've read a total of six books this month and some of them were incredible. Let's get to the books!
Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll: Guys, this book.. WOW! I was not expecting to like it so much. I know a lot of people were saying this is similar to Girl On The Train and it's not. But it was still really awesome. I would describe it as a psychological thriller and I loved everything about it: the writing, the characters, the plot and the pace of the story. I loved how the author approached certain topics and the way she described the main character's feelings as she going through it all. It hooked from the beginning and I felt all the feels. I'm definitely reading more from Jessica Knoll in the future.  
More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera: Another one I was not expecting to like so much and I LOVED IT. Seriously, one of the best books I've read in 2016 so far - if not the best. This is the first I've read from Adam Silvera and I need more. I love his writing and how his characters felt so real and relatable. I also loved the way he approached the aspect of being gay and how the characters dealt with it and came to expect it. Everything just felt incredibly real, like someone was telling me about something that happened to them. And in the end, the plot twist was just too much for my heart. This book was a emotional roller coaster and I need more.  
Of Poseidon - Anna Banks: This was "meeeh" - not amazing but not horrible. It was solid 2.5 stars in my opinion and I won't be continuing on with the series. I don't know how to say this nicely, so I'm just gonna say: this book felt silly. The whole story and the characters were a little off, I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "really?" multiple times and the pace was off too. This would happen incredibly slow or ridiculously fast. It's safe to say that this book was not for me but I think this is something I would enjoy reading if I were younger.   
Ugly Love - Colleen Hoover: I just can't with this book. You guys know I hate throwing shade at books but I really disliked this and it kind of makes me sad because I usually really enjoy Colleen Hoover's books. If you've read any of her books before you can probably guess that this is  romance. The book is told from two perspectives, the guy (Miles) and the girl (Tate) and Miles' chapters were written in verse because he's just sooooo deep and feels so many feelings. I really didn't like that aspect. Their relationship developed in a weird way and was not really believable. Tate is kind of this sassy girl and there's a scene in the beginning where they don't even know each other that well and he literally orders her to stay in his apartment while he watches a game or fight in her brother's apartment with his friends. And I'm like, what? Who does that? Somethings were really just off for me and I just didn't like it. 
The Retribution Of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin: This is the last book of the Mara Dyer trilogy and I loved it. I saw on GoodReads that a lot of people were disappointed with the ending but, to be honest, I think this was the perfect ending to this story. The author tied all the knots perfectly and it perfect pace. I didn't feel like she was rushing it or dragging it along. I don't want to talk about the story 'cause I don't want to give out any spoilers but this trilogy was amazing. One of my favorites and if you're thinking about getting started just do it. I know that books are long but they are so worthy. 
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - John Tiffany and Jack Thorne: Another controversial book. I've actually done an entire post about this book so if you want a more in depth review and discussion you can check it out here. But, all in all, I really loved it. I loved having more Harry Potter content and going back to that world. I had a couple of problems with this story but in the end everything was great and if you're debating whether or not you should read this, I think you should. Just go into it knowing that this is not the eight book from series and take it from what it is. 

Those are all the books that I've read in the month of August! I can't believe I've read six books! I always feel like I've read less than I actually did and every time I write these posts I get surprised. Anyway, let me know any thoughts or comment you might have. I love hearing from you. 

What are the books you've read this month?

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