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March 30, 2017

The Perks of Being a Vegetarian.

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 Heeeello, everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week so far! If you're currently following me on instagram you probably already know that, as always, I've been super incredibly busy and whenever my schedule gets crazy like that, blogging is the first thing to go on the backseat and I'm so sorry about that. I love blogging, but this is a hobby to me and sometimes life gets in the way.  Anyway, I'm super excited for today's post! I've been wanting to talk to you guys more about becoming a vegetarian and how everything has been working out for me for a while now.

If you're new here, you can check out this post where I talk all about why I've decided to become a vegetarian and how I started the transition. But, to sum it all up, I became a vegetarian because of the planet and all the animal cruelty behind it. I couldn't contribute to the meat industry after everything I've learned through watching documentaries and reading articles. Having said all of that, I don't think it's morally wrong to eat animals. Animals eat each other on the wild and there's nothing wrong with that. My problem is the meat industry and the whole process, resources that go into it and the animal cruelty behind it. 

I think it's important to see this life change as a positive thing and focus on the stuff that you're gaining and not what you're "loosing" - I'm using quotation marks because I don't think you're loosing anything. This is not about depriving yourself of anything, it's just about choosing to live a more healthy and conscious lifestyle.     
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ONE // Weight Loss. 

This is one of the first things I've noticed, but don't expect to see a super drastic change right from the start. In the first weeks, my weight fluctuated a lot. I think it was because my body was adjusting to the new diet, the huge amount of fiber I was ingesting and the decrease in animal protein or whatever it is your body does - clearly, I'm not a doctor. I didn't go vegetarian to loose weight, but it was a good side effect. Just keep in mind that you can still be overweight and not eat animal meat or animal products.

TWO // Saving Money. 
Animal meat is not as expensive here in Brazil as I know it can be in other countries, but I still see a big difference in my budget. I have a mostly plant-based diet, but I still consume cheese and butter. I think it's obvious that 1 kg of apples is far cheaper than 1 kg of meat, but it still chocks me to see the difference at the end of each month. This perk also applies to eating out. Usually, the meatless plates are cheaper than the ones with meat, however I still think the majority of them are overpriced. But, in my opinion, you need to focus on your health - a salad can still be expensive, but it's better to spend money on food that's going to make you healthier, even if you think it's overpriced.  

THREE // Health. 
I can't list here all the health benefits of not eating meat, because I honestly don't know them. But, I', 100% sure you can find endless articles and good information on the internet about it. I don't want to make any statements here, but from what I've found during my research phase is that meat is never, in any quantity, a healthy source of anything. You don't need meat   as a source of protein, iron or whatever bullshit your mom tells you.
Now, I'm not judging. If you want to eat meat, it's your choice. You body, your choice and all that good stuff. I'm just saying that you don't necessarily have to do it or that it's healthy. But hey, I still eat Nutella and corn bread and they're not healthy at all.
I've also noticed that I've been getting sick less. I used to be one of those people that always had a cold or stomach problems, but ever since becoming a vegetarian I haven't gotten sick yet. Maybe it's just luck or something, but maybe it isn't!    

FOUR // Better Skin.  
I know a lot of people say that by eating a more plant-based diet or just eliminating meat from their diets, their skin cleared up and now they're glowing. But, to be honest, I didn't buy it. I thought it was just something people say to get you to go vegan, but it's actually true. Who would have thought, right? I'm not glowing, but I do see a different. I get less break outs on my face and I've noticed that my skin is evening itself out. Nothing major, but I do see a difference. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel like my face is slowly becoming more even in color. 

FIVE // Less time at the gym. 

Meat is high in calories and fat and the more eat it, the more calories you're intaking and the more time you'll need at the gym. But that's totally up to you. If you don't care about working out or whatever, it's all good!

SIX // Saving animals. 
If you're not eating them, you're definitely helping their whole staying alive thing and not being tortured or raised in small areas just so they can get big and fat and die. And even if you're buying cage-free and all that happy stuff they put on the packaging, animals are still dying and I'm particularly not ok with that, specially when there's no reason for this to happen.  

SEVEN // Helping the planet. 
Now, this is something I think everyone should worry about. The meat industry is one of the main reasons for deforestation and water pollution. It uses a ridiculous amount of resources and it's plain out bad for the environment. And we kind of need trees and water to stay alive and all that, so.. The meat industry is not very good.

EIGHT // Eyeopening side effects  
Becoming a vegetarian opened my eyes to a lot of stuff, like minimalism, the amount of waste I produce and how my everyday actions affect the world around me. It's weird to think that, these are all things that I had never thought about and how important they are. I think nowadays it's extremely easy to loose sight of what's really important and how our actions have much bigger side effects than we're able to grasp. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that, all of this made me realize that we're all part of the bigger picture and how my everyday actions affect the world in a large scale, like the butterfly effect: you through a plastic bag in the trash but you don't realize that that plastic bag can actually kill a dolphin or a turtle when it ends up in the ocean. 

NINE // Feeling in control. 
Taking charge of your diet and being conscious of what you're putting into your body is very empowering. It gives you a sense of control over your life and your healthy in a crazy world where, if we're bing honest, we can actually control very little of what happens to us. It gives me a sense of purpose, like I'm doing that's not only good for my health but also for the world.  

TEN // Fun.
So far, being a vegetarian has been quite fun. I'm trying out different restaurants, different foods and different recipes. For someone who enjoys change and cooking, this has been really good to me. It's important to see vegetarianism as a positive thing, not a way to deprive yourself of anything. I don't deprive myself of going out to eat, even if I know the place doesn't have good vegetarian alternatives. I always menage to get around that.   

Having said all of that, I just want to add that these are all my thoughts and things I've experienced myself. We're all different and maybe what I've been going through is totally different than what you're going through as a vegetarian, so take all of this with a grain of salt. I'm also not a doctor or a nutritionist, all these information I'm sharing here I've found on the internet, reading articles and watching videos (which I know are not the best sources of information sometimes). I do what feels right and I encourage you do so. If it works for you, who am I to judge right?!

Are you also a vegetarian?
Do you have anything to add?
Do you agree or disagree?  


Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!


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March 25, 2017

Apparently Monthly Book Haul // March, 2017.

What's up, guys?!

This blog is slowly becoming a book blog and I'm not even mad about it. You know, I'm not even going to justify it. I like books so I'm gonna buy some books. It could be worst, I could be buying drugs, alcohol (although, I still buy alcohol) or delicious brownies that would make me fat. But, no! I'm buying books because I want to be a well-read lady and there's nothing wrong with that.. Unless you're buying excessive amounts of books and not reading - which is not the case for me, NOT AT ALL.

Anyway, I know I've been focusing a lot on the book aspect of this blog and I'm sorry for those of you who are more interested in the makeup/beauty posts. I still love doing those, but I've been on a weird/uninspired phase with my makeup and I've been using the same products constantly in order to get them out of my life so I can feel inspired again. I promise you, those posts are coming, I still love makeup, we're just on a weird relationship hiatus. 

About the books, I just couldn't help myself. I've been really good about my spending habits and being a minimalist, but I cannot pass on a good book sale. It's just physically impossible for me and I hope we can all rejoice in my addiction since that means more blog content for my book lovers out there. Having said that, I didn't go all crazy. I got 7 books in total and one of them was only one dollar and I think we can all agree that that's hardly going to break my bank. 



Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher // I've been seeing this book going around the booktube community but it never really caught my attention. A lot of people were saying that it was really good, but I get really sad reading about suicide and bullying so I try to avoid it, although I do think it's an important topic. What really sparked my attention again to this book was the fact that it's going to become a movie really soon and, apparently, Selena Gomez is producing it, which is pretty cool. I know I'm going to like it, but I'm kind of putting it off because it looks like it's going to be extremely sad.  

The Grownup - Gillian Flynn // I bought this book last night and now I'm kind of regretting it. It's not even a book, it's more of a short story (about 65 pages), but it's priced like a book - I think I paid 10 dollars on my Kindle. The main reason why I got it was because I need a quick read. I'm two books behind my Reading Challenge, and I know this is not a good reason for buying a book, but I'm just being honest here. The reviews are mostly good, so I'm not feeling that bad about it.  

This Savage Song - V. E. Schwab // I think this is the fourth V. E. Schwab book I've bought and I haven't read any of them. I got this on a major sale, so... But I do plan on reading it! I've heard nothing but great things about her writing and her stories, so I'm pretty excited to read them, I just haven't yet. I have no idea what this book is about, but.. hey, the cover is super nice, right?  

A Thousand Boy Kisses - Tillie Cole // I need some YA Romance in my life asap. I miss reading this kind of super-cute-cheesy romance and think this is the way to go. I blame Jessica from PeaceLoveBooks for this purchase because she said it was amazing and I really trust her opinion when it comes to romances. 

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld // I've been wanting to read this book for soooo long and now that I go it I don't even remember why. It's been on my wishlist for ages and I finally decided to get it. I know there's some controversy around it, because in this world when you turn a certain age you get operation to become pretty? I think that's it, don't quote me on that.  I'm not pro or against plastic surgery.. It's you face so it's your choice. But, it's fiction and I honestly think this is a pretty interesting premise for a book, specially nowadays.  

It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini // This book sounds funny. I've never seen the movie nor do I want to (not a big fan of Emma Roberts), but I've read the little description of it and seems really interesting. It has a really big rating on GoodReads and the reviews are mostly positive. I have high hopes for it and really don't want to be disappointed     

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi // I know I'm a little late to the Shatter Me party, but I try to avoid reading books when they're being hyped up on the internet because I always get my hopes up and then I end up hating it. I decided to pick this one up now because, first it was on sale and, second I think I need some more YA in my life. I've been on a mini-reading slump lately and usually YA does the trick for me. Hopefully, I'll like it.


So, I guess that's it for today! These are all the books I've got this month and I'm feeling more excited about reading again after this mini-haul. Hopefully you enjoyed this post and let me know on the comments which books did you buy this month. I really want to know!

What's your most recent book purchase?
What are you currently reading right now?
Do you have any books to recommend?     

Let's hang some more!

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



   

March 21, 2017

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up // March, 2017.

Whaaaat? I'm already putting up my reading wrap-up??

I know I'm a little early with this month's Reading Wrap-Up, but I just don't think I'll be able to finish another book this month. So, needless to say, March was not a good reading month for me. I only read 3 books and two of them were audiobooks. I think this was the result of a very dangerous combination to readers: wanting to read a huge book that's not usually my cup of tea and ignoring all the signs for a reading slump. And, on top of everything, I didn't really enjoy any of the books I read. They were all ok, but nothing extraordinary. Let's not focus only on the bad things, I'm late on my GoodReads Reading Challenge but I'm counting my blessings, at least I got to add three more books this month, right?

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas // I didn't really like this book. It was ok, and the main reason why I read it it was because of all the hype on booktube, but I've learned my lesson (yet again). I'm not a big fan of YA fiction like this, if that what you even call it. And also, I don't like main character who completely change because of their love interest or main characters that want to be badasses but always end up having to be rescued. I think this is supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling and the only resemblance I see to it is the fact that the main male character turns into a beast sometimes. The whole magic system was confusing, the fairies part of was also super confusing, I still don't get what they are and why there are so many species of them.. high fae, low fae... whatever. It was also extremely long and repetitive. I give this 2.5 stars and that's it. Will not be continuing on whit this series (trilogy?).      

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware // I liked this book, it was better than the first one. I listened to the audiobook because I feel like mysteries and thrillers are one of the few genders that really hold my attention enough for me to listen to them. I liked the main characters and I like whole boat setting and all of that. The only thing that left me wanting more was the plot twist. It was good, but it wasn't jaw-dropping-what-the-heck-is-going-on great, you know? But it wasn't predictable either, it was a solid mystery novel, but it wasn't the best I've ever read. I would recommend reading it if you enjoy mysteries, tough.     

Where Am I Now? - Mara Wilson // I also listened to the audiobook of this one. I usually love autobiographies narrated by the author, but this one was not my favorite. Maybe I'm just not enough of a fan of Mara Wilson to really enjoy this book, it was definitely not written for me in particular. She talks a lot of about her experiences with being an actress, dealing with depression and anxiety and how she took a step back from acting on movies. I liked some of her views on feminism, how society treats women's bodies and her experiences with being judge by the media and everything like that. But, some parts were jus boring and not interesting. I think this book is for people that are really big fans of hers and that want to know more about her life, how she went into acting and what she's doing now. I really like her in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, but that's it. Like I said, I liked some parts, but not all of it. I would recommend it to anyone who's a really big fan of hers.      


This is all the time I have for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed the post and I really hope you had a better reading month than me. It was a struggled to get some reading done and I really want to change this in April. I'm just going to stick to the genres and authors that I know I like to avoid the reading slump. Let me on the comments how you guys are doing this month and some of the books you're reading, I love chatting with you! 

How is your Reading Challenge going?
What's you favorite book so far this year?
What are you currently reading?
I really want to know! 

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


March 11, 2017

Girly Comfort Movies Marathon.

The idea for this post came to me this past Tuesday night. If you're following me on Twitter you probably already know that I had a pretty shitty day that day and, against my best efforts, it turned into a bad week. Yes, I felt bad and twitted a lot about it, sue me ok? I just wanted a quick pick me up and since I can't marathon super-fun-girly movies on a school night, I went for the wine and the pizza rolls, and saved all this movie amaziness for the weekend. You're definitely going to see a pattern in this post, most of the movies I'm going to mention have the same actresses and they're also filled with high school drama and cheesy romance. Maybe it's the fact that my high school was kind of boring and uneventful, through no fault of my own. I tried to spice things up bit, but nobody went with my incredible ideas. Anyway, I still find these kinds of movies super entertaining and fun to watch. They're total guilty pleasures (there are no Oscar nominations here), but sometimes you need something like that to get your mind out of this crazy world we live in.  
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John Tucker Must Die // I've watched this movie more times than I care to admit (kinda like Harry Potter, which is also a comfort movie for me but it's not girly so.. Hermione is a badass btw). It's extremely funny, it's filled with high school drama and the outfits are just incredible. If you've never watched this movie, it's about four completely different girls who come together to take down this incredibly cute high school stud. There's scheme-plotting, sunset beach fires and romantic dinners on a boat.  
Mean Girls // This movie is just everything! I think it came out 10 years ago and me and my friends still randomly quote lines from it without any shame because.. SHE DOESN'T EVEN GO HERE! It's super funny, incredibly cliche and, to be honest, it's nice to look back and see Lindsay Lohan at her peak. If you're around my age, you'll agree with me when I say that this movie is kind of iconic so I don't need to explain it to you why you should go watch it (again).  And yes, if you couldn't tell, I do wear pink on Wednesdays.
The Sleepover // This movie is the symbol of my teenage years. When I was around 13-14 years old my Saturday nights consisted of walking around the mall (doing nothing, literally just walking) with my friends and going to someone's house for a sleepover in which we would literally watch this movie or Aquamarine or something along these lines and eat all the junk food in the world without feeling gross the next morning... Ah, best times ever. Now I need to put on a bra to leave the house and feel fat the second after put 0,00001 milligrams of Nutella in my mouth. but, I digress. This movie is just the best, it's still funny    even 10 years later and it just gives me warm feeling on the inside.  

10 Things I Hate About You // Heath Ledger on this movie is everything I want in a guy and more. He's the perfect balance of bad-boy and good-guy and if I had to pick a movie boyfriend, it would totally be him. I watched this movie only a couple of years ago for the first time, so there's no nostalgia surrounding it like the other ones on this list, I mainly watch it just for the romance. I love the way they fall in love and the whole ''independent woman don't need man thank you'' vibe.  I always loose it at that scene where she lists all the things she ''hates'' about him. 

Aquamarine // I have a soft spot for girly movies set in the summer and this one beats all of them because mermaids and romance, duuh. I'm not gonna lie to you and I'm not ashamed to admit it, me and my best friends all got blue stripes on our hair after watching it and it was awesome! This and Sleepover and the most nostalgic movies on this list, they just make me feel good thinking about them and the time in my life I watched them over and over again. And plus, it has Jojo in it.. If you tell me you didn't listen Too Little, Too Late five times a day when it came out, you're just lying.  




These are all the movies I'm sharing with guys today. No matter how old I get, I'll never be too old for Aquamarie. At least that's what I'm telling myself. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I really hope you all had a better week than I did. But in case you didn't, I guarantee watching one (or maybe three) of these movies will help you forget your trouble at least for the time being. If you'd like to share some of your favorite girly comfort movies, please feel free to leave us a comments, and they don't have to be girly at all, just some feel-good-inside movies. 

Do you have any movies to share with us?
How was your week?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll talk to you real soon!   



March 10, 2017

Celebrating Women's Work // Books Written By Female Authors.

Last Wednesday it was International Women's Day and since I was extremely busy with work and all the studying I have to do this week, I wasn't able to do anything special here in the blog to celebrate it, but I was extremely active on social media. As I was retweeting and liking every single women's appreciation and celebration post, I came across this piece of news. A bookstore in Cleveland (US) turned around the works of male authors to highlight the work of female authors and also to show people the disparity in the industry. I don't think it's news to anyone that women all around the world earn less money than men in the same position and that women's work is, sometimes (most times) less valued.

So, inspired by that bookstore and in order to celebrate women everywhere and in every industry I can think of (you're more than welcomed to help me out on the comments with ideas), I've decided to focus on women's work a little bit at a time. I've decided to start with books because, as you all know, I'm really into reading and also because that bookstore really inspired me. But the idea is to expand with every post, like movies, music, science, arts and, like I've said, you're than welcomed to help me out here. 

For today's post, I decided to recommend to you some books I've read and loved from female authors and to share some of the books that I still want to read. My March TBR is already densely packed with female authors (Adam Silvera is the only male author I have there), but I think I'm going to dedicate this month (or maybe even more) entirely to reading books written by female authors. You're more welcomed to join me and join the discussion in the comments.
And here is WHY!

The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han // This book trilogy came to me and the exact time I needed it and that's one of the many reasons why I truly believe in the magic of books. In these books, we follow our main character Belly as she grows up, in that transition between childhood and teenage years. This is a YA book, it has a lot of romance, but the reason why I'm including this book on this list it's because it portraits perfectly this time in a girl's life. It talks about falling in love, finding yourself and sometimes loosing yourself so much in a relationship that you can forget about who you are and what you want to do with your life. I also love the relationship between Belly's mom and her childhood best friend, it's exactly how strong women should support each other in my opinion and I loved this book so much. It's so much for than a YA romance, but I would suggest reading all three of them to get the full picture of what I'm talking about.     

If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo // This book is written by a transgender woman, about one and with another on the cover. I loved this book. I'm not trans nor do I know anyone that could shed some light on the representation of this group of people, but from what I've been reading and seeing on the internet, people are not angry about it. This book talks about bullying, love, strong female friendships, falling in love and finding yourself. 

Yes Please - Amy Poehler // I wrote an entire post about this books and why I loved it so much. If you're interested in it, please check it out here.

Everything Leads To You - Nina LaCOUR // In this book we follow Emi who is a set designer. One afternoon she goes to a state sale in the house of a famous actor who has recently passed away and she discovers a letter. And from there the story progresses as she tries to connect the pieces and find out more about the life of this actor and the mystery behind the letter. I loved the friendship aspect and how it didn't magically fade away when the main character started to fall in love (I hate when authors do that). But one of the highlights of this book for me was how the author portraits Emi's sexuality. I feel like when books have gay characters they are either complete stereotypes or their sexuality is their main personality trait, which is never the case with heterosexual characters. But with Emi the fact that she's a lesbian is just a given thing and it's not the main thing that defines her. 

Eleonor & Park - Rainbow Rowell // This book is hard to describe and it's extremely heart-breaking. I know this is about Eleonor and Park, but Eleonor steals the spotlight. I love how strong she is and how she tries to make the best out her situation. I even sympathized with her mom at the end, even though she was a terrible mother. This book is not your cheesy and quick YA read, get ready to feel all the feels. 


These are all the books I'm going to talk about today. I hope you've enjoyed this post! I wanted to make it into a discussion, so please feel free to join in on the comments. Let us know some of the books written by women that have inspired you or that you just think more people should know about. As you can see, I read a lot of fiction so if you have any non-fiction books to share that'd be even better. I think celebrating the work of other women is extremely important, we need to have each others back!

What are some of the books that have inspired you?
Do you have any authors to share with us?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


  



March 6, 2017

Links I'm Loving // March, 2017.

Heeello, everyone! 

I hope you're all having a great and productive start of the month. I can't believe we're already in March, I feel like time is flying by and I'm not ok with that. I know I've been a little behind on my blogging schedule but I'm working on that. Hopefully, I can get everything in order this week. Today, I decided to share with you guys some of the links I've been loving lately. I usually save these links throughout a month or so and share them whenever I collect four of five links. This time we have the usual mix of youtube videos and blog post because I'm a millennial that's all we do on the internet, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoy the links and let's get to it! 


BLOG | Mirandas's Noteboook.
I found Miranda's blog because of this particular post about the Miracle Morning. I've finished reading the book but I'm having a hard time implement a morning routine. In this post she talks about how she perfected her morning routine and how it has helped her achieve more and do more. I really liked it and if you're on a constant battle with productivity like me, you should really go check it out. 

VIDEO | Getting out of rut.
If you've been following me for a while you know how much I love Muchelleb's videos. If you haven't watched any of her videos, go do it now (or as soon as you finish reading this post) and tell her I sent you. I found her when I was research about minimalism and decluterring and now I'm addicted to all of her videos. This one spoke to me in particular because I'm a creature of habit. I don't like getting out of my comfort zone, because.. well.. it's comfortable and I know what to expect. Having said that, I really like change. But, I like changes according to my comfort zone if that makes any sense. Anyway, I really liked the videos and if you feel like you're on rut, I highly suggest checking it out. 

BLOG | Alternatives to photoshop.
I've been following Molly's blog for quite some time now and I love it. She always has the best resources for bloggers and her blog is extremely aesthetically pleasing, it's a treat for the eyes, really. Like the title says, in this post she shares three online resources to photoshop, and if you're also a blogger I know you'll appreciate it. I've only ever heard of Picmonkey and Canva, so that was extremely helpful for me.   

VIDEO | Vegan Comfort Foods.
As you guys know, I've recently became a vegetarian (check out this link for more info on that) but I've been experimenting more and more with healthy and vegan recipes. Liv's channel is the place to go if you're vegan, vegetarian or if you're just trying to eat healthier. Her recipes, however, are not what I'd call easy, but they always work and are super delicious. I usually check out her channel before going to the supermarket, because I don't usually have the ingredients she uses around, but like I said, her recipes are always super delicious and healthy. 


That's all I have for today, guys! Let me know on the comments what did you think of the links as well as any links you feel like sharing with us, I'd love to know what you've been loving lately. I'm all about bloggers supporting bloggers, so please feel free to share your blog link with us down bellow. And also, what did you think of the new banner? I did a few changes and could really use your constructive criticism (emphasis on the constructive)!

Do you have any links to share with us?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!





March 2, 2017

Pan That Palette 2017 // February Update.

Heeeello, everyone! 

I'm here today with another update for my Pan That Palette. I'm having so much fun panning these palettes and coming up with new creative ways to use the shadows. As you guys know, I decided to pan three smaller palettes, I just picked the oldest ones I had and that's what we're working with. Although I am enjoying this, I'm having kind of having a hard time. Like I've mentioned multiple time here on the blog, I hardly ever use makeup on a everyday basis so that limits the amount of times I can actually wear this shadows. But also, whenever I use makeup, it's usually for a night out and since I want my makeup to look extra nice, I don't really want to use these old eyeshadows, even though they're in perfect shape and work really well. 

I don't really know how to solve this dilemma, if you have any tips or advice on this let me know on the comments. Maybe I need to start doing my makeup everyday, regardless if I'm going out or not, because I did buy these things I want to get my money's worth out of them - even if I just put on makeup to lounge around the house. So, that's what I'm dealing with  right now. Despite all of that, I actually have some progress to show. I've hit pan on another shade and expanded the pan on a lot of them. Here's this month's progress! 
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Kiko Street Fashion Palette in Addictive Song 02 // This is the one on the bottom. As you can see, I expended the pan on the light brown and that's pretty much it. I did use the dark brown a couple of times as a liner and to darken up the crease a couple of times. I've been really trying to hit on that dark brown, but I just haven't been feeling like doing dark looks. I'm really stuck with that wine color, I have no idea what to do with it so if you have any tips they'll be much appreciated. And I haven't even touched the highlight shade or the light pink because I've really been focusing on the lighter shades from the next palette.
#GOALS: expand the highlight shade a lot, like hit big and visible pan and to finally get some progress going with the pink. As for the light brown, I want to hopefully expend the pan all the way to the right and also hit pan on the dark brown.   

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Eyeshadow Palette // That's the one on the left. This is the one that shows the most progress. I've finally hit pan on that light golden shade (between the white and the dark brown) and I've expanded a lot of the pan on the dark brown and the white. I've been mostly using that light golden all over the lid, the dark brown on the crease and the white as my brow bone highlight.
#GOALS: finish the dark brown completely, I'm planning on repressing it so it might go a little faster. I also want to expend a lot of the pan on the light golden and the white shade. I'm gonna keep it simple with this palette because I've been only focusing on that one the past month and I need a break. 

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Eyeshadow Quad // That's the one on the top right. I haven't even touched this one. It doesn't look like it, but this shades are very similar to the last palette so I don't think we'll be seeing much progress on it until I get somewhere with that other one. These shades are also extremely shimmery, so it's hard to incorporate it on an everyday look. 
#GOALS: I just want to use these shades a couple of times here and there, just so I can get some progress going for when I decided to really focus on it.   
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I guess that's it for my update for February! Let me know on the comments if you have any tips to speed up the process. I've been trying to multitask the shades, but maybe you can come up with something I haven't thought of. I could use all the help that I can that, guys!  Hopefully, next month's progress is going to be a little better. Also, let me know if you're trying to pan a palette as well, these are one of my favorite posts/videos on the internet right now. 

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Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!


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