November 30, 2016

Reading WrapUp | November, 2016.

I'm so excited about this WrapUp! I managed to read 7 books this month and I only disliked (we don't use the word hate for books in this blog) 2 of them, which is fine. This month I discovered that I really don't like books that center around dogs. I love dogs, really, but I loose interest very quickly if the dog is the center of the story and I don't really know why. I also discovered that although I love stories set in the summer, this is not enough for me to enjoy a book. Look at me maturing as a reader! Anyway, I think seven books in a month is a solid number, we'll see if I can top that in December.. I'm really hoping I will. Enough chatting, here are the books!

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena | 3 stars.
This book was really underwhelming. I went in thinking it was going to be a super twisted thriller about the couple next door (I mean.. the title is kind of misleading here!), but as it turned about the couple next door was just creepy. I didn't like the plot twist, I was expecting so much more and it just didn't do it for me. Having said all of that, this is a good book and I'm glad I read it... I was just expecting more. I really thought the neighbors were going to have a more important roll in the story, since it starts in their house, but they didn't. This is a solid three for me, not awesome, but not bad either.

That Summer - Sarah Dessen | 1 star.
This book was horrible. Worst book of the year horrible. I don't think I've ever read I book that I didn't like anything about. Serious, nothing. I disliked all the characters, the plot and the ending. From the cover and the title, I was expecting a fun-beachy read. I got whining characters, bad friendships and a dysfunctional family. I really didn't like this and I know I'm a little skeptical about reading more Sarah Dessen. If you've read any of her other books, let me know a good one to try out, 'cause this one was just sad. Don't recommend this, seriously don't bother.

Lily and the Octopus - Steven Rowley | 2 stars.
The only reason I'm giving this book 2 stars was the ending, 'cause the rest just sucked. This book has a weird vibe, and you don't really know what's real and what isn't. There was a lot of internal monologue which I hate. And, to be honest, I just don't like books revolving around dogs. I love dogs in real life, love them. But, I just don't think the story of a dog is enough to hold my attention throughout an entire book. Maybe this was my fault, I mean, I knew this was about a dog when I started reading it, but did it anyway.

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli | 5 stars.
This book was sooooooo good. I loved everything about. I loved all the characters (which never happens), I loved the romance and, most of all, I loved Simon. Somehow Simon starts chatting with this character "Blue" via email, they both use codenames because they don't want to reveal their real identities. Blue is a boy that goes to the same school as Simon. And from there they develop the cutest relationship ever. I love the fact that they fall in love with each other without really knowing who the other person is. This books also talks about coming out in high school, dealing with drama and friendship. I'm describing it well enough, if you're at all interested in what I said, or if you really enjoy YA, I would highly recommend this. I loved it! 

The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson | 3 stars.
While I think Morgan Matson books are good, I can never give them more than 3 starts. I liked this. I liked the characters and I liked the story, but I just think this was too long. She could have told the some story with waaaay less pages. I felt like it dragged on at parts and some parts were filled with backstory things that I didn't care about and that weren't necessary for the main plot. Having said that, I did enjoy reading it. It's a fun summery YA, and if you're looking for that I would recommend it.

Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella | 4 stars.
Sophie Kinsella can do no wrong. I loved all her book so far, and this one was no different. Her books are always funny, filled with romance and quirky characters. I read this in two series, and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance, really. This one is about a girl who goes through an accident, and when she wakes up her life is completely different from what she remembers. This was super cute, funny and I really liked the characters.  

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas | 3 stars.
I had high hopes for this one, I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, I didn't. I don't know if this just didn't agree with my reading taste or what, but this was just meeeeeh, you know? I liked the whole idea behind it and some of the characters, but the rest just didn't do it for me. To be honest, I can't tell you specifically what I didn't like abou it, the whole thing just didn't spark my interest. I can understand the hype, I just don't think I'll continue with the series.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!

November 28, 2016

Monthly Empties + Mini Reviews | November, 2016.

I'm super excited for today's empties. I don't know how, but I managed to finish up 12 products this month(and two of them were makeup products). The makeup products were two lipsticks from my current project pan and I'm so happy to see them go. Aside from that, we still have some haircare, skincare and some vitamins. As the end of the year approaches, I've been very conscious about using up products that are old or that are not my favorites, just so I can start 2017 with only the products that I really enjoy using. I still have some products that are on their last leg, so expect a even bigger empties post next month. But enough said, here are the products!

Herbal Essences Hydralicious & Silky Boost Swirls Shampoo // This shampoo was weird. I really liked it at first, it smelled nice and it left my hair feeling very soft and smooth. But, as I was using it more and more I started to see little white "thingys" in my hair which is not something I usually have. So, I stopped using it for a while, and then when I went back to it the white "thingys" came back again. In the end, I just used the rest to clean my makeup brushes, just so I wouldn't waste product. Needless to say, I would not recommend purchasing this. I do still have the conditioner from the set, and I'm not having any problems with it yet.
Repurchase? No, I didn't like it and Herbal Essences is NOT cruelty-free.

Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Radiant Conditioner // This was ok. I used to be a big fan of the Pantene Pro-V line, but this one wasn't my favorite - I think I liked the smooth and silky more. It wasn't bad, but I didn't feel like it did anything special to my hair. It was just a regular conditioner that I wanted to use up before buying better ones.
Repurchase? No, I have drugstore conditioners that are better and Pantene is NOT cruelty-free.

Bioderma Solution Micellaire // This is my last Bioderma bottle, and it's a little bittersweet. I love Bioderma and this is my favorite product for taking off makeup, but the Bioderma brand is not cruealty-free from what I found on the internet so I won't be able to get it anymore. This just sucks... WHY test on animals? Anyway, I'm on the hunt for a cruelty-free micellar water, so if you have any recommendations please let me know. I know e.l.f just came out with one, so I think I'll try that one next.
Repurchase? No, just because Bioderma is NOT cruelty-free.  

Colgate Plax in Fresh Mint Splash // I don't even know how to review mouthwash, but this one was good. It didn't leave my mouth feeling weird and it wasn't very harsh. I liked the scent and the taste. But, I'm pretty sure you can make your own mouthwash, so I think I'm gonna try to do that next. I still need to do some research on it, so I'll keep you guys posted.
Repurchase? No, Colgate is not cruelty-free.

Equate One Daily Women's Health Multivitamin Supplement // I know that taking vitamins is a very controversial topic. Some people say it's good for nothing, some say it helps you out. I don't know if it was the placebo effect, but I think these really helped me. I don't take one everyday, only when I felt like I was getting sick or on days when I knew I didn't eat very healthy. I liked them.
Repurchase? Yes. 

Granado Glycerin Soap in Brazilian Nut (Castanha do Brasil) // These soaps have replaced my Dove Beauty Bars and I'm so happy I found them. I mainly switched to these because Dove wasn't cruelty-free, and these are amazing. They're 100% vegetal base and have really good ingredients. Granado is a Brazilian brand so I don't know where you can find these outside of Brazil. You can check the website here and see if they ship to where you live. I have seen these soaps in some duty-free shops whenever I travel, though. If you can find them, I highly recommend it.
Repurchase? Yes!

Granado Glycerin Soap in Hamamélis // Same soap, different scent. Love it.

Dove Original  Beauty Bar // If you've been following me for a while you know how much I loved this soap and how sad I was when I discovered Dove was not cruelty-free. It just sucks, but I'm happy I found a better and more natural replacement. Now, I'm just using up the ones I still have left just so I won't produce anymore waste.
Repurchase? No, Dove is NOT cruelty-free.
Coconut Oil // Now I'm one of those people who is obsessed with coconut oil. Coconut oil really is amazing and I use it for everything: taking off makeup, face moisturizer, body moisturizer, cooking... The choices are endless. I decided to get me some after watching this video and I'm a changed woman. I highly recommend trying it out for yourself and see if it works with your skin. Just don't make the rookie mistake I made, get the jar container, I got this little tiny bottle and I had to melt the oil and pour it in another glass container I had.
Repurchase? Yes!  

Seda Climate Resist Serum // I had this for years and I don't think they make this anymore. I just wanted to use it up because it was old. It was ok, I didn't see much difference in my hair, probably because I was mixing it in with another oil I'm still trying to use up.   
Repurchase? No.

Local Boutique Pinky Lipstick // Yes, I did it! I already finished up two products from my current project pan, and I could not be happier. This was the most challenging one, it was the one with the most product, but I used this every single day multiple times a day - as lipstick and as a blush sometimes. This was a good shade, but the staying power sucked. I'm sad I don't remember from where this is, but I'm glad it's over. As you can see in the picture, I even went in the tube to get the last bits out 'cause there was so much product in there still that I felt bad just throwing it away.
Repurchase? Couldn't even if I wanted to.  

Yves Rocher Lipstick in La Gacilly // Another one from my project pan. This one had very little product in it, but when I went in the tube to get the last bits out there was still almost another half lipstick in there - so much product. This was a nude-peach color, super pretty and very moisturizing, but it had zero staying-power. It felt almost like a lip balm.
Repurchase? No, I didn't like the product and Yves Rocher is NOT cruelty-free.

Those are the products I've finished up this month. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and the mini reviews, I tried to make them as helpful as I could. If you still have any questions about the products, let me know on the comments and I'll be happy to help. I'm really happy with the amount of products I finished up and hopefully next month will be even better.

What are some of the products you finished up this month?

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


November 27, 2016

Random Favorites | November, 2016.

I decided to do something different for this month's favorites. I often talk about my favorite makeup and beauty products and those don't change very often to be honest. If you're interested in that you can go check out my last favorites post which is completely devoted to cruelty-free makeup. As for today, I thought it would be cool to talk about my other favorites, like books, movies, tv shows, and all that good stuff. This just a new thing I'm trying it out, if you guys are not interested in that or you'd like me to only talk about makeup on my favorites that's cool too - just let me know comments. I guess that's all I had to say for this introduction, let's get to the favorites!

BOOK | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
This is the only 5 stars book I read this month, and it was soooo good. This is a YA Contemporary romance. In this story we follow Simon as he falls in love with another character named Blue via email. They're both in high school, and it also deals with coming out to your friends and family. I loved all the characters, the plot and most of all, I LOVED BLUE! I highly recommend reading this book if you like Romance, YA or contemporary. I think it's really important to support diverse books and authors that talk about these topics. I'll be reading more from Becky Albertalli in the future for sure. 

TV SHOW | That 70's Show.
This is literally one of the funniest shows I've watched, it's side to side with Friends, and I do not say this lightly. I don't know about you guys, but I hardly ever actually laugh while watching comedy,  but with those one I'm constantly laughing out loudly. It's just too funny, the characters are amazing and it just always puts me in a good mood. I know it's old, but I didn't watch it the first time around so I've been binge watching now on Netflix. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it.

MOVIE | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
SOOOOO GOOOOOOD! I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie, but it was amazing. I loved being in this world again, and Ed Redmayne was a fantastic Newt Scamander. Seriously, this guy is just perfect in every movie his in and this one was no different. All the characters were amazing, and apparently this is going to be a five movie franchise (this is internet gossip, so I don't know if it's true). I know, I'm excited too. I don't think I have to tell you to go watch it, but in case you had any doubts, GO WATCH IT! 

PODCAST | Anna Faris is Unqualified.
I know I've talked about this podcast before (in this post right here), but this episode with Seth Rogen was definitely a favorite this month, I even wrote it on my phone so I wouldn't forget to mention it here. Anna Faris is just too funny and if you put here together with Seth Rogen you're guarantee a laugh. If you haven't listened to this podcast before, you totally should - especially if you commute to work or even while working out.

ALBUM | Christmas Michael BublĂ©.
This is all I've been listening to, all day everyday - in my car, working out and even in the shower. I'm so ready for Christmas and this just puts me in a good mood, you know? I've been listening to it on Spotify and my favorite songs would have to be Winter Wonderland, Holly Jolly Christmas and Jingle Bells. But, honestly, I love every song and I listen to this album on repeat. If you have any Christmas albums to recommend please let know because I love Christmas songs.

These are the random things I've been loving this month. Let me know on the comments what you've been loving and listening to, I'd love to know. Like I said before, this is just something new I'm trying out so I'd love to know you're feedback. I think it's good to change things up a bit, but we'll see how you guys like it.

What are some of your favorites things this month?

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


November 25, 2016


Heeeello, everyone!

As you're reading this, I'm currently in Washington! YAY! Don't you worry, I'm not gonna leave you hanging. If everything goes according to plan, I have some scheduled posts to go up as I'm here so the blog will not be abandoned.  I'll be here until December 4th, so on the 6th we get back to "regular" posting. I say "regular" because we all know how things work around here, although I have been a little better with sticking to schedule, I hope some of you appreciate that.

Y'all know how much I love traveling (this blog started as a traveling blog), so you can imagine how excited I am. I've been to the US before, but I've never been to Washington. If you have any recommendations of cool things for us to do or good restaurants, please leave it in the comments - any help is much appreciated. Of course, I'm most excited about exploring, but I'm also really excited about shopping. I do have a Sephora where I live, but we don't get as many products as you lucky people in the US. So, I guess you should expect some future hauls as well.

After Washington, we're spending a couple of days in Orlando, FL. My family and I love the Disney parks and we wanted to check out some of the new stuff at Universal. Visiting the Disney Parks always make me super happy 'cause I have some amazing memories there - we've been going since I was 5 so you can imagine how happy I am. And this time, I don't care what anybody says, I'm getting myself some mouse years and I'll wear them proudly.

But, most of all, I'm just happy to be taking a break. I've been working and studying so much this year and I haven't taken some time off since February. I'm tired and ready for a new adventure - with good food, family time and some shopping. I'm hoping I'll come back refreshed and ready to take on what's next. As for the places we'll be staying, I'll talk more about it when I'm back. I don't know how many of you will be interested in a "hotel review", so maybe I'll just include that information in another post.   

I guess that's all for today's post. I hope that's enough information for now, and if you want to know anything else, just ask and I'll answer. Since the posts from now until the 4th are pre-scheduled, you can follow me on Instagram and on Twitter for any travel updates and cool pictures. Also, let know what kind of traveling posts you want to see. I was already planning on doing a kind photo diary for every city (like this one), some hauls with all the things I've purchased and one post with some tips and tricks I've learned this time. I hope this post was entertaining for you guys, and let's chat on the comments. I'm pretty sure they have good internet in Washington!

Have you ever been to Washington?
Do you have any traveling tips to share?
What's the last place you've traveled to?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

November 23, 2016

Currently Reading + Currently Watching // November, 2016.

What's up, guys?

I'm kind of on vacation this week and the next, so I've been having way more free time than usual. And what do I do when I have free time? Go outside? Enjoy nature? No! I just lay in my bad and read or watch Netflix like a normal twenty-something  human nowadays. But, jokes aside, I've been super on top of my reading. I already overpassed my GoodReads Reading Challenge, and we're gonna try to reach 90 books. I would want to go for 100, but that's just not realistic. Anyway, I decided to spice up this post with what I'm currently watching as well. So, if you're interest in any of that just keep reading! 

 Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella // I think this is the only book I'll be able to finish in time for my November wrap-up, but I'm not too sad about it because I've already read a lot of books this month. I'm on the last 150 pages, and to be honest, this is not my favorite Kinsella book. It's still super funny and I'm enjoying it, but I'm not enjoying it as much as the other ones I've read. If you've never read anything from Sophie Kinsella, I would not recommend starting with this one.


If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo // This book is really good so far. It's a YA Contemporary about a transgender girl and how she's been dealing with the transition, high school and her family. I think super important to read and to support diverse books. From what I've seen on YouTube, apparently the girl on the cover is transgender and I love that.


Every Heart A Doorway - Seanan MacGuire // This is another diverse book, and the main reason I got it was the cover. I'm super intrigued by it, and also the title. I've read only the first 20-25 pages last night and so far so good. I'm planning on reading it more on the plane.

Made You Up - Francesca Zappia // This book is super cute. I've been on a major YA contemporary kick lately, probably because of all the weird fantasy books I read last month. But, this one is about a girl who apparently has a hard time knowing what is real and what's made up in her head. I have high hopes for this one because of all the great review I've seen online. I'm also planning on reading this one on the plane and since it' s 12 hour flight I think I can do it.

That 70's Show // So old, but so good. I don't really know why, but I didn't watch this show when it came out and now I've been binge watching it on Netflix. This one of the few shows that actually make me really laugh, seriously, out loud scream laughing. This incredibly funny, and if you haven't watched it yet, what are you doing with your life? Go watch it!

Westworld // This is a weird show. I started watching it 'cause my sister said it was super amazing and everyone was talking about it on the internet. And it's good, but I would say is an acquired taste. The first time I didn't really get the appeal of it, but now I'm really enjoying it. And plus, I needed to fill my Sunday nights with something now that Game of Thrones is over.

America's Next Top Model // This is my biggest guilty-pleasure. This show was super great when it started, but now it's just a bunch or model drama and I love it. I've been catching up on the season and it's super fun and entertaining. I wouldn't particularly recommend it, but it's entertaining.

Divorce // I love Sarah J. Parker and I'll literally watch anything if she's in it. This show is not supposed to be a funny sitcom, but it has it's funny moments. I've been really into it, and this one I would recommend watching. As the name says, it's about divorce and it shows a family dealing with it. I really like it, but it's not something I would binge watch.

That's what's been taking up my free time this month. This is new post for me and I want to know your feedback. I love hearing your opinion. As much as blog because I enjoy it and because it's something fun for me, I still want to know what you guys think. I really appreciate your comments and I love talking to you.

What are you currently reading?
How about watching?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

November 21, 2016

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Heeeeello, everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@mimismattos) you probably already know that I'll be traveling this week, and that means that we're back with the traveling posts. Whenever I travel I think to myself "you know what? I'm gonna do a traveling makeup bag post this time" and then I end up packing the same day I'm leaving and I never get around to it. But, this time things are going to be different. For the first time in my life I'm not packing like a crazy person and today I have some time to get this post up for you guys!

When I'm traveling, I like to have with all my favorite products. Products I know that work well with my skin and that also photograph well. I know I'll be taking a lot of pictures and I want to look my best. It's also important to me that my makeup lasts all day because I usually leave the hotel in the morning and only come back at night to sleep, with the exception of lip products, I don't like carrying any kind of touchups. I'm only bringing 14 products with me, but I do plan on doing some shopping while I'm there. Anyway, here are the products!
Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist in Carried Away // I usually bring fragrance mists with me when I'm traveling because the packaging is lighter than a heavy glass bottle and also because it's plastic and there's no possibility of it breaking in my suitcase. I like this scent, it's not overpowering and it lasts a decent amount. Another reason I'm bringing this is that it's in my project pan and I really want to use this one up.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand Sable // I love this concealer, it doesn't crease under the eye and it lasts a very long time on the skin. It doesn't give you that white cast in pictures and te color is perfect for me. Overall, this is a great product. My only problem with it is that it's not cruelty-free, so I'm trying to use this one up to get it out of my collection.
ps: Maybelline is NOT cruelty-free.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black // This is my favorite back eye pencil. I love it. I have zero complains about it, highly recommend trying this out.

Kiko Color-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadow in 08 // I'm mostly bringing this to use as an eyeshadow base/primer. I really the consistency of it and the color. It's super pretty and it works very well underneath makeup. I really like Kiko products and I'm already planning on buying a few more on this trip - we don't have a Kiko store here where I live.  

Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara in Black // The one and only mascara I own and I love it. I don't have anything else to say about it. Essence makes great mascaras.

MAC Studio Fix in NC40 // This is my favorite powder foundation, and as you can see is the only one I'm bringing. I love this product, it gives me the right amount of coverage, it doesn't make oily throughout the day and it's cakey at all. It's a little pricey tough, but it's works so well on my skin. My only problem is the fact that MAC is not cruelty-free so I'll have to find a replacement for it when I'm done with my backups.
ps: MAC is NOT cruelty-free.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ // I don't know about you guys, but since I use so many powders on my face, I need a setting spray. This is the only I have so it's the one I'm bringing, but I don't think it that amazing. You can definitely find cheaper/cruelty-free alternatives at the drugstore, which is what I plan on doing.   
ps: MAC is NOT cruelty-free.

elf Eyebrow kit in Medium // I love elf products. This is the perfect shade for eyebrows and I love it. It comes with a colored wax and a powder. The powder is super multifunctional and I even use it as a crease shade. I love this product, it works perfectly on my brows and it's super inexpensive.

Kiko Eyeshadow Palette in Addictive Song // I decided to go with just this palette because when I'm traveling I can't be bothered with eye makeup. I usually just go with a light shade all over the lid and some eyeliner with a bold lip. I feel like bold lips look really good in pictures and that's just what I like to wear usually, so this tiny palette will do.  

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink // This blush does not end. There's some kind of spell in it and whenever I'm not looking at it refills itself. Seriously. This is in my project pan and since I don't really care about blushes, I decided to bring this one so I can keep working on it. It's a good blush.
ps: Maybelline is NOT cruelty-free.

Essence Lipstick in Natural Beauty // I know I said I liked bold lips, but I decided to bring this light pink shade just in case I feel like doing something different. I really like this shade and this formula.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Teddy Bear // This is my favorite shade of lipstick, it's a matte browny-nude and I loooove it. It's looks great in pictures, it lasts a long time on the lips and it's super comfortable. I want this lipstick in every shade.  

Kiko Pencil Lip Gloss in 12 // Another one from my project pan. I really like this shade and this formula. For a lip gloss, it lasts a very long time on the lips and it's super comfortable. It's also super easy to reapply. It's basically the perfect lippie to take when you're traveling.

Avon Clear Mascara // This looks super brown because I crushed some brow powder and mixed it in with the mascara to make a brow gel. And as it turns out, it works amazing on my brows. I only did it because I really wanted to finish this product, but I'm really happy with the result.
ps: Avon is NOT cruelty-free.

These are the products I'm bringing with me. As you can see, I still have a lot of non cruelty-free makeup that I'm trying to use up. I try to be as honest and as informative as I can when it comes to this topic. This is all I'm bringing makeup wise, but I do plan on doing a little bit of shopping while I'm there so please leave me any recommendations you might have. I'm definitely checking out Sephora, Ulta and some drugstores. I love chatting with you!

What's on your travel makeup bag?
Do you have any product recommendations for me to try?

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

November 18, 2016

Links I'm Loving | November, 2016.

Heeeeello, everyone!

This is one of my favorite posts to write, I love finding cool things on the internet and sharing them with you guys! Today we have quite a mix, we talking about books, DY'Is, the zero waste movement and selfies. These links totally reflect the phase I'm through in my life. I've been reading a lot about minimalism and zero waste, and I think it's good to educate yourself on these subjects if only to see how you feel about it and to question yourself on the way you've been living. But, there's something for everybody and I hope you enjoy it!

DYI Tea Tree Oil Toner | SHE uncovered.
If you know me at all, you know I suck at DYI's, but this one is simple enough that even I think I can manage. I found this just buy googling Tea Tree Oil Toner, and this was the best/first result I got. I've trying to switch all my beauty products to cruelty-free or natural alternatives, and it turns out it's really hard to find a cruelty-free toner. So, I decided to give it a try and make my own. I still haven't tried it, but I've seen lots of people doing this method and saying great things about it. I'm gonna try it out and let you guys know what I think of it.

Zero Waste | Charlotte Rose.
I've been really curious about 'zero waste' and reducing my plastic consumption. And while I was researching more about it, I stumbled upon her channel and now I'm obsessed with 'zero waste' channels and videos. I find it very interesting to educate myself on this topic, and while I know I'll probably never achieve a zero waste lifestyle, I think we could all reduce our waste and focus more on helping the environment.

Books | Books To Look Out For in 2017.
This video got me so excited about 2017. I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for 2016. I think we could all use a fresh start, and it's always a plus when we have these cool things to look forward to. The one I'm most excited about is Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth.

Documentary | Before The Flood.
Such a good documentary. I love how Leonardo DiCaprio is using his name and his fame to promote bring climate change to light and make everyone more aware of it. I also love the fact that it's available on YouTube for free so we don't have any excuses not to watch it. This documentary is very well made, super interesting and very to the point. Highly recommend it.
I've been following Salt and Chic for a while now and I love her blog. She does mostly outfits of the day and fashion posts, but she hit the nail with this one. I agree with a lot of the things that she said in that post and I highly recommend checking it out. And if you're interested in those kinds of posts, don't worry, her OOTD's are amazing.

Those are the links I've been loving lately. Let me know on the comments if y ou have any links to share with us. I love talking with you guys and your thoughts and opinions are always appreciated. I hope you're having a great day and if you're not, I hope it gets better soon!

Do you have any links to share?
Shameless self-promo allowed, leave me the links to your blogs.

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

November 16, 2016

Current Working Out Playlist | November, 2016.

Heeeello, everyone!

The end of the year is fast approaching and nobody wants to ring in the new year not feeling their best. Instead of waiting until December to freak out, why not do it like me and freak out in November so you have more time to work out? It's not too late to work on your 2016 Resolutions, and if one of them is 'loosing weight' or 'getting in shape' I got your back with this playlist. Finding good and upbeat music to get you pumped for working out is a challenge, but I'm here today to share with you 15 songs that will do just that. I still haven't figured out how to make a public playlist on Spotify to share my current favorites, so I decided to keep sharing them over here on the blog for now. I hope you enjoy it, I hope it motivates you to work out, and here they are!

House Party - Sam Hunt

Pretty Thoughts - FKJ Remix

Back To Back - Drake

D-D-Dance - The Royal Concept

Say My Name (feat. Zyra) - Hermitude Remix

Drive - Pretty Sister

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Everyday - Ariana Grande

Soldier (feat. Lil Wayne) - Destiny's Child

Good Grief - Bastille

Son's Gonna Rise - Citizen Cope

Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer

Saturday Night - Sam Hunt

Heartbeat - Chris Young

Emotion - Carly Rae Jepsen

That's what I'm currently listening to when I go to the gym. If you enjoyed this post and you want more playlists, I've done a couple of these in the past so just click here and it'll take you to all my playlists. Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments and please share with us your current work out playlist, I'm curious to see what songs you're listening to.    

What are you currently listening to?

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

November 14, 2016

10 Things I've Learned From Minimalism.

Heeeello, everyone!

This is going to be a chatty post and I'm going to ramble. You've been warned. I've been seeing these posts everywhere on the internet and I decided to share with you guys the things that I've learned. I'm still trying and decluterring (it's a never-ending job), seeing what works for me and what doesn't, but I've doing it for a couple of months now and I think I have some cool things to share. Minimalism is not a 'one size fits all' label, you can apply it many different ways and have completely different outcomes since we all live very different lives. To me, it's all about simplifying and making room for the things that you love and making time for the things that matter.

If you want to share some of the things you've learned, I'd love to hear it. I think we can all learn from each other when it comes to minimalism. There's not a specific set of rules you need to follow, this is not a '12 step program' kind of thing. You can do it however you like and however it works for you. Anyway, let me tell you the things that I've learned so far! 

1. Ain't No Shame In Repeating Outfits.
This was a hard thing for me to accept. I was one of those people who went out to buy a new outfit whenever I had a special event, and that's just soooo bad. For everything. It's bad for your wallet, for the environment and for your home. The easiest way to go broke is by spending money on clothes because that's vicious cycle. There's always going to be a new trend, a new season, a new collection, and you don't need to keep up with all of that. I know you feel like you do, I used to feel like I did, but you don't. I admit it, I do have fun putting together outfits and expressing myself through fashion, and you can still do that with a minimalist wardrobe. It's also easier because you'll only have pieces that you love and that look great on you.  

2. You REALLY Don't Need Backups.
I cannot, I repeat, I CANNOT express how much you DON'T NEED backups. Backups are just a waste of space and, sometimes, money. I used to stock up on things like shampoos and conditioners and I don't even wash my hair that often. It was a total waste of money (some actually went bad 'cause I forgot I had them) and closet space. I used to store these things at the back of my closet, and when I didn't forget I had them, they were still a problem because I needed that space to store other things. I was always thinking I needed a bigger closet or a bigger room, when in fact I just had too much of almost everything. And also, we live in 2016, some drugstores and supermarkets are opened 24h and we have Amazon with next day delivery... If you run out of something, there's always a way to get it.   

3. Less Stuff = Less Anxiety.
Having too much clutter or a messy room gives me anxiety. That's just the way my mind works. To me, it's important that everything has its place, otherwise I feel like my things are suffocating me. It's like there's a little voice in the back of my mind that keeps saying: you need to organize your room. And it's also easier to find things that way. Nothing gives me more stress then going through a bunch of crap until I find something that I know I have, but I just can't find it. I'm not saying that minimalism is going to cure your anxiety, but it doesn't hurt to try and see if it helps you out in any way. I think it will.   

4. You Can Apply Minimalism To EVERYTHING.
Seriously, anything and everything. I think there's this misconception about minimalism being just about getting rid off stuff. And although decluterring is a big part of it, there's a lot more to it. In my opinion, minimalism is all about simplifying. You can simplify your diet, your relationships, the way you do most things, your makeup routine... Literally, almost everything. I'm still experiencing with it and discovering what works for me, so I'll keep you posted on that one.

5. Letting Go Is Harder Than It Looks.
So hard, but so worthy. I grew up in a materialist society and in a materialist family. My weekend plans, no matter if I was with my friends or family, they always involved going to the mall. When I was a teenager, the mall was the place to go. As I grew older, shopping became kind of like a hobby. I liked browsing for deals and keeping up with trends. But now, changing this mentality takes time and effort. There's always that feeling that I might be getting rid off too much or that I might need some of this stuff in the future. I just need to keep reminding myself that if I need something in the future I can always buy it again or borrow it from someone. Nowadays, 'borrowing things' has a bad stigma, like you don't have enough money to buy it for yourself, but there's nothing wrong with borrowing.

6. Some People Just Don't Understand (and that's fine).
You need to understand that not everyone will get the fact that you keep repeating outfits, or that you don't want to go shopping anymore, or even that you're going to take the bus because you decided to sell your car. There's nothing wrong with being different and making different choices for your life. My advice would be to try to explain your new lifestyle to your friends and family, but if they don't get it... Who really cares? At the end of the day, you need to do what's best for you and what you believe is the right thing. And trust me, caring about the environment and your surroundings is the right thing to do.  

7. Minimalism Is Not A Miracle.
Like I said before, minimalism is not going to cure your anxiety or solve your money issues. It does help you in more ways than you might think, but it's not a cure for all your troubles. You need to go into it with an open mind and experience it for yourself. It's different for everybody because we all have different lifestyles, hobbies and responsibilities.

8. Decluterring Is Not The End.
Decluterring is only the beginning. Keeping your space clutter free is the goal and that's a hard thing to do. I need to control myself every time I go buy something I need or whenever I go to the mall to hang out with a friend. It's hard not to shop, companies spend billions of dollars trying to get you to spend your money, but it is worthy at the end. 

9. It's Not Only Good For you, It's Good For The World.
Minimalism opened a lot of doors for me. I started to research more about "zero waste" and the impacts our consumer habits have on the environment, and let me tell you, it's not good. I don't want to kill your vibe today, so I'll just tell you to do some research if you're interested. It's not acceptable to live in ignorance, because that will come a time where we won't be able to ignore the consequences of our acts anymore. And if you think that changing your lifestyle is not enough to make a difference, you're wrong. You can always choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution, being ignorant is not an excuse.   

10. I Can Totally See A Difference In My Wallet.
Like I said before, it's going to solve all your money issues, but I've been noticing that I have more money to save at the end of the month. I mean, it's only logical: if you're buying less stuff, you'll have more money. But, it's still good to see financial prove that I'm on the right track. If you ever think "This is so cheap it won't make any difference if I buy it", you're wrong and my bank account can prove it. I used to be the queen of small-cheap purchases, from chapstick to hair ties... These things add up and even if you save one dollar, it's one dollar more towards savings or travelling, anything is more important hair ties..    

That's all I have for today's post. I hope you guys are enjoying these posts about minimalism. If it's too much, let me know. It's just that I'm excited about these changes I've been doing, and I want to document it and spread the word. If you have any questions or if you want to discuss it more, leave me a comment so we can chat. If you think "ok, I've had enough of minimalism" let me know as well so I can cut down on the minimalist talk. Hopefully this post inspired you to make some changes, and if it didn't, that's fine too.

What do you think about Minimalism?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!