April 27, 2017

Reading Wrap-Up // April, 2017.

It's that time of the month again!

I've been doing my Reading Wrap-Ups a little earlier these past few months and, to be honest, I don't have a good reason why. One month I decided to write it a bit earlier and I guess it stuck. Anyway, this month I did sooooo well with my reading and I'm soooo happy about it. I read nine books! NINE! The curse is broken, the reading slump is over and I'm back to full force. I like to keep track of the books I'm reading because it's a way to keep track of my life. I love reading and whenever I read a smaller amount of books in a month it's always because there's something going on in my life that has been demanding more  of my attention. And I like to take this time to look back and try to figure out what it is. 

If it's because of work, school or something like that than it's fine. But, if it's because I've been spending too much time watching Netflix or wasting time on Youtube, than these are habits I definitely want to change. I don't know if that made any sense... I consider reading a productive hobby, a way to relax but still accomplish something, you know? Anyway, like I said I read 9 books this month but I'm only talking about 8 here because one was for a course I'm taking and I don't think you guys want me to talk about the Vietnamese Revolution over here on the blog, even though it's quite interesting! 

The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand // Well, this book was a big let down. I thought it was going to be a cute YA Romance, but it's something completely different. The main reason why I didn't like it was because there was a lot of internal monologue about the main character figuring out her feelings and remembering the past and, to me, that's just boring. I found myself glazing over some parts and literally skipping a couple of pages. This is about a girl whose brother commits suicide and about how her family and herself are dealing with it. I know it's an important topic, but the storyline was a little boring and I didn't really connect with the main character.  

Behind Close Doors - B. A. Paris // Soooooo good! This is suspense/thriller about a woman who appears to have the perfect partner, the perfect marriage and the perfect life. As the story unfolds we realize that things are not how they seem to be. I listened to the audiobook and it was amazing. I loved the suspense, I had no idea how things were going to end and I really loved the ending. If you're looking for something in the suspense genre, I would highly recommend this one.    

Paper Princess - Erin Watt // I extremely disliked this book. It was completely unrealistic and a lot of times I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "really?". This was about a young girl whose mom dies and she never met her dad, but then she discovers her dad is dead and his best friend tracks her down and brings her to live with him. He has 5 kids and they all look like greek gods. I think that the relationships in this book are all extremely dysfunctional and most times abusive. Dads don't start to have sex in the table while their kids are eating with them and you shouldn't fall in love with a guy that literally threatens to rape you. I felt like the authors (there are two authors writing under the name of Erin Watt) were trying to make me feel ok with abusive relationships and portraying them as love or like it's not a big deal. And the ending is just ridiculous, they practically ended the book in the middle of a scene just so you go and buy the next one. I really disliked it and I would recommend it to anyone.  

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan // I listened to the audiobook for this one and I liked it. I picked it up because I needed an audiobook and because I wanted to read something from Rick Riordan. The story is good, the characters are all great and the writing is really fast paced and funny. I just don't think this book was written for readers like me. It felt very middle-school and I'm just not that interested in greek or roman mythology. I felt like the author just doesn't want to let this story/world go and he keeps writing books with similar storylines. I was over this world at the end of the Percy Jackson saga. But, it was still a solid book. I won't keep going with the series, though. 

The Grownup - Gilliam Flynn // This was scary. I picked this one up because I wanted a quick read to keep up with my Reading Challenge. I loved the story, the writing and the characters. My only problem with this was the price, if I'm not mistaken I paid 10 dollars for this on my Kindle app and it's only 100-something pages, 10 dollars is the price of a book and I felt like this was a way for the author to make some money while she doesn't release a new book. I would suggest borrowing this or looking it up on your library if you're interested. It's a good story, I just don't think you need to pay 10 dollars to read it. 

13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher // So many feeling and emotions! I want to write a separate post all about it because I think that's an important topic and I have a lot to say about it. But, to sum it all up, I loved it. Really, really loved. This story touched me in so many levels and it really made me think about my life and how my actions affect other people. This book is a masterpiece, it's fast paced, the writing is amazing and the characters are really well constructed. I would recommend this to everyone that is not trigged by suicide and rape - just keep in mind that it does deal with bullying and the scenes are very graphic.   

The Fill-In Boyfriend - Kasie West // This book was the cutest thing ever. I've been wanting read more Kasie West ever since and if this book is any indication of how her other books are, I'm totally in. This is everything I'm looking for in a YA romance, it was fluffy, cute and easy to read. This is about a girl who is having problems with her friends and her boyfriend ditches her in the parking lot before entering her prom. She doesn't want to be seen as liar, so she asks a random guy to pretend to be her boyfriend just for one night and you can pretty much where this is going, right?! 

Those are the books I read in April! I know I got a couple of duds in there, but I'm mostly happy with my reading this month, not only with the quantity but also the quality. If you couldn't tell 13 Reasons Why blew my mind and I'm so happy I read it before watching the show. If you have any recommendations of books you think I might enjoy let me know on the comments! 

Which books did you read this month?!

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April 25, 2017

The Latest Blogger Scandal And The Power Of The Internet.

Yep, I'm talking about it!

To be honest, I don't really know what that whole scandal thing was about. I know there was something to do with buying followers and social media stuff. But, to be honest, I don't really care. So, why am I writing this post? Because the reason why this blew up is not important, the fact that it was even an issue is what's important - at least in my opinion.

We live in a world where social media dictates almost everything. If Kylie Jenner colors her hair a certain shade of blue or green, it becomes news. People want to know why, how, where and if they can pull it off too. Today, I'm not going to get into all of that (that's a topic for another post). Blogging has become a business and a career path for a lot of people and in this scenario social media is the most important tool. Sugar Bear vitamins, ''waste training'' devices, certain makeup brands  these are just a few of the many examples of this trend. So, if you think about it this way, is buying followers worth all that hype? 

I see buying followers the same way as I see paying people to promote you product. I don't like, I don't think it should be a thing, but it's the reality and I don't feel insulted by it. Buying followers nowadays is a business strategy in a world we all helped to create. People only buy followers because they are taken more seriously if they have a certain number showing in their social media profiles. And that's everybody's fault. If we all contribute to this vicious cycle, why are we so offended by it? And another thing: why does it bother you so much? It's not changing anything in your life directly, only if you're the one doing the selling or the buying of said followers. 

People get too caught up on social media because they feed off of it. It's not only a tool for business, but it's a tool for people who don't have much going on in their lives to create drama in order to occupy themselves. They make everything about themselves, they take everything too personally and they care about things that don't matter. Social media is powered buy our demands, it has the exact same amount of power in our lives as we want it to have. We glorify certain "internet celebrities", we give them so much power over us and what we buy and then we get angry when other people start playing the same game (with cheat codes). My point is: if we didn't care so much about social media, buying followers wouldn't even be a thing.

I can't tell you when or how blogging started, but I really think people were not planning on blogging ever getting this big. And now we're not sure what the rules are. We don't know what's right and what's wrong and people start to make justice with their own hands. They start exposing people, overanalyzing everything a person says to find a lie or a contradiction simply because they feel like it or because they were bored. People are so mean and in real life we can just cut them off. We can distance ourselves, we can stop answering their calls and delete their number. But the internet is everywhere. It's the first thing most people check right when they wake up and the last thing they see before falling asleep. It's hard not to let something this big and this powerful run or ruin our lives. It takes a lot of strength.

The strength social media has is the strength we give to it. It was create and it's used by humans and it has already proven it's power to blow everything out of proportion and to amplify whatever it is we give to it. When we give the internet ''good'', it helps us reach people that are feeling lonely, it brings people together to help someone pay for their students loans, their beauty school tuitions or a very expensive surgery, it helps lost dogs find their owners and all of that good stuff. When it give it "bad", it ruins people's careers or their reputation and it may even lead people to commit suicide. The internet is not a joke anymore, it's something to be taken lightly. 

To sum it all up, how can you get so angry and feel so insulted by something you helped create? By a mindset you're part of? If you don't want people buying followers, don't give so importance to the amount of followers a person has, don't buy into every trend ''internet personalities'' starts, don't glorify them. It's ok to look up to someone that has a big online following, but don't take everything so personally and make everything about you.

I think the main problem with the way social media has squeezed into our everyday lives is that it constantly bring the focus to one person. We're either obsessed with our faces when we're facetuning our selfies or we're obsessed with another person's face or body and we're comparing them to ourselves. Social media makes it hard for us to think about anybody else but ourselves and that's just sad if you ask me. When we come together as a group, we humans can accomplish a lot and we need people to remind us of that.

 What do you think about it?

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


April 24, 2017

What Do I Want To Blog About?

Get ready, guys! It's going to be a long one.. 

I've been struggling with this for a while, so instead of neglecting the issue I'm just going to sit here for a couple of minutes (maybe an hour) and talk about what's been going on in my mind. I've started this blog to document my life in a way, to talk about my feelings and the things I was interested at certain points in my life - kind of like a way to look back and see what was in my mind, what I was going through. But, like any other blogger out there (or at least the majority), I got sucking into the blogosphere and started to do what everybody else was doing. Not that it's a bad thing to, I just wasnt being true to myself. 

With this blog, I feel like I'm constantly struggling between what I want to do and what I think I should be doing (just like in life in general). Like I've said so many times before in other blog posts, I blog because I want to and this is a hobby to me, but I still want to be noticed. I still want to have all this effort I put into the blog to be recognized and for people to enjoy my content. And I thought, against my better judgement, that I had to do what every other blogger was doing because they were clearly doing something write if they have all these readers and followers on social media. 

In my case, blogging is not about popularity. I mean.. if it were I would blasting all over social media that I had a blog, which is not the case. A lot of people in my everyday life still have no idea I even have a blog. I still have different accounts for my personal and for the blog and that's something I want to keep forever, even if I become the next Zoella. I don't want to become famous or anything like that, my only goal with this blog was to create a small supportive community to talk about things that we all have in common, and at the time it was my passion for traveling, books and, occasionally, makeup and beauty stuff. 

So, why did I want to emulate what every other famous blogger was doing? I think it's because I wanted recognition for my work, I wanted to connect with my readers so badly that I started to talk about the topics that I thought they wanted to talk about - and with that I think I ended up pushing my other loyal readers away. So, I guess wiring this post is my personal wakeup call to myself. I want to bring things back to what they were, but I'm not really sure how to do that. And I'm not even sure that's what you guys want. 

All I can say is that I'm gonna stop thinking about that. I'm gonna blog about whatever I want, regardless of what I think other people think and that's something I want to encourage other bloggers to do because I can't possibly be the only one going through this right now. Honestly, I don't really enjoy talking about fashion on the blog simply because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to fashion. I wear what I like and that's it. I enjoy reading about it and getting inspired by other people's outfits, so I'm gonna let this topic be handled by other bloggers. 

I really enjoy talking about my future traveling plans, the books I'm reading/buying, the makeup products I'm using up, minimalism, vegetarianism and advice posts. I love sharing with you guys what I'm going through because I feel like that really helps. Sometimes, I don't even have amazing advice to give, but I believe that just reading about other people's experience helps other's know they are not alone. And I love the internet for that. It gives us a way to reach out to people, to connect and that's the whole reason why I started blogging. I want to talk to people in a time in my life when I felt alone. 

So, I'm sorry if this post was too long. If you've read all of it, you're an amazing human and thank you for that. I just wanted to bring myself back to reality and talk about all this stuff that was going on in my mind. I'm sure some of you noticed that lack of posts lately and I just wanted to let you guys know why. Blogging is extremely therapeutic to me, my personal type of therapy and I kind of needed that right now. As always, you're more than welcome to join in on comments. Let me know what's going on in your mind so we can talk about it. 

Any thoughts on the matter? 
What's going on with you?

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April 23, 2017

Monthly Book Haul | April, 2017.

Yes, that's a thing now! Monthly book hauls are going to become a thing in my blog because apparently buying books is my new hobby. I know it's bad for my wallet, but hey.. I could be buying drugs, sooo... You know? At the end of the day, it's not the end of the world. Apparently, the theme for this book haul is pretty covers. They always suck me in, but I'm not too mad about it. These books are beautiful and I'm pretty excited to read all of them, so expect to see some of them on this month's wrap up. 

Another reason why I got this books is because I was bored. I know being bored is not a good excuse to shop, but I twisted my ankle and I need distractions since I can't get out of the house for the next three to four days. I'm going to do a lot of reading in this condition and I need more options. Because apparently my mile-long TBR pile was not enough. Anyway, we have 5 books to talk about today, so enough with the intro, let's get to the books!

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley - Hannah Tinti // I know nothing about this book, but that cover thooooough! I saw it go around on the booktubes and got excited. With my obsession with booktube and book bloggers is very hard for me to come across a story I know nothing about, so I'm pretty pumped to go into it and just be surprised by the story. I'm hoping for a pleasant surprise!   

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life - Benjamin Alire // I've read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe last year and I really loved it. I've been wanting to read more of Benjamin Alire ever since. I'm hoping it's as good as that one. I'm not sure if this also a diverse read, but I'm really hoping it is! 

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli // Becky also wrote Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda that was one of my favorite books of last year, so I just had to get this one too. I don't know exactly what this one is about, but I know its YA and I know that I love her writing and that was all I needed to get this book.  

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas // I'm sooo excited about this book, you have no idea! I got it as soon as it released and I've been wanting to read it ever since, but you know.. I have a tbr pile the size of my leg. Hopefully, I'll be able to get to it this month. From what I know, it's all about the protests that have been going around the US and the conflicts with the police. This is such an universal topic, wherever you live I'm sure there are protests going around too, that I think anyone can take something from it.  

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane// I got this one solely because of the title and the cover. I've never read anything from this author, so I'm a little skeptical. But I love YA Romances, so hopefully this will as good as I think it will. 

What books did you buy this month?
What are you currently reading?

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April 20, 2017

Monthly Empties // March, 2017.

I'm soooo late with last month's empties and I'm so sorry. Actually, I'm late with all of my blogposts and, honestly, I don't really have an excuse. I'm incredibly busy with my life in general and I'm really trying to find some balance in order for me to do the things that I love and not drop the ball with my responsibilities, but it's extremely hard. Being an adult is hard and I need a guide book (if you have any recommendations let me know).

But, today we're here to talk about empties. You guys know the deal with empties, right?! These are all the products I finished last month and I'm gonna give you a mini review along with it. I'm really focusing on reducing the amount of beauty products I own, with the main focus of getting everything that is not cruelty-free out of my life. I just feel like I own too much stuff,but I also feel bad just throwing it all away. In my mind, decluterring is not always the best option. I mean, if you're hoarder I really think decluterring is the way to go. But, in my case, I do have a lot of products but it's a useable amount, you know? I just fight the urge to shop and these empties posts really help me out with that. 

I like to take this time to really focus on everything I used up and think about the amount of time it took me to actually go through an entire product, if things are expiring before I'm able to get to them and how much of everything I actually need. I really encourage you to take some time to think about all of these things before going shopping just so you don't expend money on things that'll just expire on your cabinets. Enough said, let's get to the products!
Pantene Classic Clean Daily Conditioner and Shampoo// I'm still going through these samples. Like I said on my previous empties, my mom has the bad habit of taking all the mini stuff from hotels and last month she decided to throw away her little ''collection''. I felt bad seeing it all go the trash, so I took out the best ones and decided to used them up. I think these are the last ones but I'm not really sure. This is the classic Pantene line and it's ok. 
I wouldn't repurchase it because it's not cruelty-free and because I think there are better alternatives at the drugstore. 

Éh Conditioner with Macadamia and Quinoa Oil // I love this line and I love this brand. They're cruelty-free, paraben-free and have better and more natural ingredients. This was super hydrating for my hair and the scent is awesome. I would totally repurchase!

Nivea Aqua Effect Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 // I've had this for soooo long and I'm so glad it's over. This was an ok daily moisturizer, but now if I'm going to use something in the morning I prefer a higher SPF. Nivea is not cruelty-free so I won't be repurchasing anything from them and I also wouldn't recommend it even if they were. 
Dove Beauty Bar // I swear these things are reproducing in my cabinets. I didn't a major clean-out last month and found this one and another one that I gave to my mom because I just can't even anymore with this soap. It used to be my favorite, but Dove is not cruelty-free and that's sad. I really liked their products! This is the last beauty bar I have and I don't think you'll ever see Dove in my empties again, only if they become cruelty-free!

Phebo Cream Bar Soap in ''Cedro do Marrocos'' // This is the replacement I found for the beauty bars and I love it. It's creamy, moisturizing and the scent variety is insane. 10 out of 10, I love these and would repurchase.  

The Beauty Box Bubble Block in Jasmin // I have no idea how this came to my possession, but I used it up and loved it. It just magically appeared in my bathroom, I think my mom put it there when she came to my apartment and I wasn't there or something. The Beauty Box is a new Brazilian, kind of like an Ulta, and this is from their own brand. The scent was amazing, it was super moisturizing and their entire line is cruelty-free. I really want to try more of their products! 
You can check their website here! (not sponsored, although I kinda wish it was!)

Johnson's Baby Wipes // Baby wipes are so bad for the environment, but I still buy them once in a while. I got this a long time ago (like three months go) and I would not repurchase it. They were ok, but the Johnson's brand is not cruelty-free and it's bad enough that I can't stop using baby wipes in itself, I don't need to add cruelty to this habit. 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand Sable (20) // I love this and I'm so sad Maybelline is not cruelty-free. WHY, Maybelline? WHY? This was my go-to concealer, and I still have a backup that I got before transitioning to cruelty-free makeup and it's just sad. If you have any good cruelty-free recommendations for concealer, please please please leave them in the comments. I really need to find a replacement!  

Primark Lip Balm in Vanilla // I also have no idea how or why I got this. I don't remember buying it or receiving it from anyone, but I not only had this one, but I also have backups. Like three Primark lip balms in my makeup drawer that I have no idea where they came from. I actually really like this. I liked the scent and the fact that it was very thick. I used it religiously before going to bed for years and I have no idea how I'm going to use up three more! I also don't know if this is cruelty-free, but since I don't plan on buying more cosmetics from Primark, I'm not really worried. I'm not being shady, we just don't have Primarks in Brazil.  

Sephora Cream Shadow and Liner in Black Night (01) // This was horrible. I honestly think I got a bad one, because there's no way this would sell in the condition I got. It was dry, the color was patchy and it smelled funny. I had to do a lot of black smokey eyes to use this up and I'm never repurchasing. The Sephora brand is not cruelty-free and I'm not a fan of their products overall. I'm just glad that this made me realize that I'm not a big fan of black eyeliner. 

These are all the products I was able to finish last month! I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know on the comments any thoughts or opinions you might have. I love chatting with you guys! I'm going to try to be more consistent with the blog, but trust me when I say this: I'm trying my hardest to keep up with everything that's going on in my life. I don't think I'll ever stop blogging, because I truly love it, but sometimes I might be a little absent. I hope you guys don't give up on me. 

How many products did you finish this month?

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Thanks so much for reading and not giving up on me!

April 7, 2017

Links I'm Loving // THE BLOGGER EDITION.

I've been doing these kinds of posts for as long as I can remember and I think sometimes it's fun to give them a different spin (as seen here and here), so today I want to do an entire post dedicate to my current favorite blog posts. I like to do these once in a while so if you'd like to be feature in the next one, just link up your blog on your comment and I'll definitely go check it out. For today's post we have a little bit of everything. The posts I chose to share with you guys today reflect pretty much where I'm at in my life.. I desperately need some relaxing and a lot more blogging in my life. Growing up sucks and I feel like I'm constantly tired but I also feel like I'm not doing enough.. It's a fun place to be in life, guys.. A fun place to be, my friends (it isn't in case you didn't get my irony). But you're not here to listen to my life struggles (there's a whole new post coming dedicated to that), let's talk about some awesome blog posts! 

BEAUTY LIFE BECCA | Steps To Take Care Of Your Mind.

ADELELYDIA | Guide To Unwiding

Let me know what you guys thought of the links on the comments and don't forget to comment on this amazing blogs if you get the chance to check them out. I'm a BIG fan of all of them for a hundred different reasons and I guarantee you'll be able to find something you enjoy in all of them. I hope you're all having a fantastic day or night and if you're not I hope it gets better soon! Let's chat on the comments!  

Do you have any links to share with us?

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April 4, 2017

Monthly TBR // April, 2017.

Hey! What's up?! HELLOO!

I know I probably deserve again the Most Absent Blogger Award (that's not real thing, I made it up in case you were wondering), but I'm here today for those of you who are still interested in knowing what's going on in my life and talking about books. This TBR is going to be a bit ambitious but I'm making it my mission this month to finish it. I want to stop buying books and neglecting them, so this is the month when I turn things around - that's what everybody says when they're setting themselves up for failure, but let's see if I can beat the odds, shall we?!

I'm focusing primarily on the books I bought last month first and then I'm making (or should I say reading my way? Man, I'm all about the jokes today!) my way to the books that I started last month and still haven't finished. Last month I tried to focus on books written by women since it was International Women's Day and I really enjoyed my reading month, even though I didn't finish as many books as I wanted to. So, this month is all about catching up! But, enough rambling, let's talk about the books!  



Paper Princess - Erin Watt // I've already started reading this one and, tbh, I'm not impressed. Like, really not impressed. Everybody was saying this was soooo good, there were so many 5 star reviews on GoodReads, so I'm really hoping this will get better soon! I'm not really intrigued by the aspects I think I'm supposed to be intrigued by, the main characters is a little too stupid to be as strong as she's being portrayed to be and the whole Royals family is just stupid. This book was definitely not written for people with similar reading tastes as myself, but I'm going to finish since I'm already 20% in. If you've read this, please let me know if it gets better or not. 

13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher // The main reason for this one is the Netflix show, I really want to watch it (the trailers seem AMAZING), but I really want to read the book first. I've already started reading this one too, and it's reaaaaally good. The premise is super intriguing and I think this is a very important topic and it really should be talked about more often in books, specially YA.  

Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan // One of my reading goals this year is to read more diverse books and I've never read a book written by David Levithan alone. I've read and loved You Know Me So Well, but that was written in collaboration with Nina LaCour. I have high hopes for this one!

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi // Now that the hype is over, I think I want to give this series a try. I miss dystopian and I miss Hunger Games, so I'm hoping this book will give me something similar. I read the first five pages last night (just to make sure it's something I would enjoy) and now I'm super pumped to give this a go!  

Red Rising - Pierce Brown // I really don't know what to expect from this book. I've never anything from this author, but this book was popping up on booktube a couple months ago (or was it last year?) and I remember I was intrigued by it, so when I found it on sale I snatched it up. I have no idea what this is about, but I'm hoping for the best. Let me know your thoughts if you've read it!

History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera // I'm already 30% in with this books and I'm LOVING it. SO MANY TEARS is all I can say about it without giving in too much. Adan Silvera is an incredible writer and he is already an auto-buy for me. This books is sad, but it's such a beautiful love story that it's worth the tears. Can't wait to finish it!  

These are all the books I'm planning on reading this month and I'm really going to try to stick to this list because these are all books I've recently bought and I don't want them to sit on my Kindle shelves collecting eletronic dust. This is something new I'm trying.. like, actually reading the books I buy. I also want to read a classic this month or maybe two since I didn't read any last month, but I'm still not sure of what I want to read, if you have any good classics recommendations please leave them in the comments below. I really appreciate it! 

What are you planning to read this month?
What are you currently reading? 

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