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July 22, 2017

GUEST POST // A Day In London // CAMDEN TOWN.

Hi, everyone! 

First of all, I would like to say that I am not a blogger. I don't even think that I'm good at writing or expressing my feelings through words, but I am going to give it a try to tell you guys a little bit about my experience living abroad. 
 I hope you'll enjoy reading what I have to say!

Last year, I lived with my parents and my two sisters. I was an Intentional Relations graduated working for a technology company and living in Rio de Janeiro. Now, I share a house with three amazing Brazilians, work as sales assistant in one of the busiest fashion stores in Oxford Street and live in London. I decided to leave my job, my family, my closets friends and my hometown to follow a different dream. It may sound amazing in theory, but the reality is not as exciting as it sounds. It's like leaving all your certainty behind and jumping into an ocean of doubts. What about my family? Am I making the right choice? What if I don’t find a good job or one that I really enjoy doing? What if I fail at everything and have to come back home? These are all questions that cross my mind from time to time. But, I am trying to enjoy the experience and not let fear put me down! So, that's me and that's my introduction! Let's stop with the heavy and get into the good stuff, shall we?! 
Whenever I have a day off, I explore the city! And to be honest, I don't think I will ever get enough of it. There are so many places to see here and so many different things to do. You can find people from every place in the world. London is a mix of cultures co-exiting in a very harmonious ways (Well, most of the time). I never feel judged for the clothes I am wearing here or if I am having a bad hair day. Nobody really cares about this stuff here. Nobody will give you the eye even if you decided to go out wearing a only bikini and high heels. 
And if you want to have a taste of all this culture: Camden is the place to go. Camden is exotic even for London standards. I've been there three or four times already and there is always something new to see and do. I live near Bermondsey Station, which is in the Jubilee Line (gray line), so to go to Camden I have to take the tube and change in London Bridge for the Northern Line (black line). Public transportation is very easy to use here, specially the underground. Every station has a map showing the lines you need and the changes you need to make to get where you want. 
Our first stop was The Camden Market. You'll see it just after leaving the station. If you are visiting London for the first time and you need to buy gifts for every relative you have back home this is definitely a must. There is variety of things to buy and the prices are reasonable - you can make everyone happy without breaking the bank. If you're crazy about t-shirts like me, you're going to love it here - they have the best selection I've ever seen!
The next place we went to was the Camden Lock Market. It's a great place for shopping because of the diversity of little shops. You'll be able to find everything from vintage pieces and handmade accessories to unique and modern fashion pieces. It is also a great place to eat! You can taste a little bit of every culture around the world here. Italian, Thai food, Mexican, Brazilian… just name it and you're probably be able to find it. This time I went with a burrito, which I regretted latter. Not because of the taste. I was actually really good. But we took the food to go and ate it on board of The Music Boat, I spilled the sauce all over my trousers and you can imagine the mess. Just so you know, I spent the rest of the day trying to get rid of the stain… 
Ok, now let's talk about The Music Boat! It is a small boat that takes you around Regent's Canal, where you can see some of London's touristic places with a live musical performance to entertain you on the way. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend! The guys from the boat were really nice and chatty. They advertise the trip for £20 pound, the price is totally negotiable - me and my friends paid £12! 
There is so much more of Camden to see, I couldn't possibly share everything in one post! As I said before, I am not a blogger, let alone a travel blogger, but I hope this inspires you to come here and discover Camden for yourself! 

 I hope you've enjoyed reading a little bit about my London adventures! 

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July 20, 2017

FREE E-BOOKS // Amazon + Kindle.

Heeello, everyone!

This is not the post I had planned for today, but since free books don't remain free for a very long period of time, I've decided to take a break from our regular scheduled programming to share them with you! If you guys didn't know, I own Kindle and one of my favorite hobbies is to browse around the Amazon store with the filter (prices: low to high) on - this allows me to find the books for free easily and I would highly recommend doing it. I usually do this when I can't sleep and yesterday was one of those days, but hey.. at least I got some books out of it, right?!

If you've browsed with this filter before, you'll see that there's actually a ton of free books on Amazon, usually self-plubish, but sometimes you can find some hidden gems. All of the ones I'm mentioning today had pretty high ratings and a lot of positive reviews, so they're not here just because I they're free. Two of the are from pretty famous author, which I've recognized because of the amount of time I spend watching Booktube. And also, you don't need a Kindle to read these, I've linked all of them down below and you can just download it to your computer from Amazon's website and read in the device of your choice.. Before buying my Kindle, I would read of my e-books on computer or my phone!
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Random Acts of Crazy - Julia Kent // This is actually the first in a series. There a lot of books in this series (like 8 or 9) and, to be honest, I don't see myself reading them all. I got the first and the second because, they were free, had pretty good ratings and I liked the premise. I don't know a lot about it, but it feels like it's going to be meet-cute romance and I'm totally down for that. When you read a lot of books, sometimes it's good to "take a break" with a cheesy romance!
Get it here!

Random Acts of Trust - Julia Kent // The only reason why I got the second one was because it was free and maybe the first one will surprise me and I'll just have get right into the second. But, it's not likely. Usually, these types of books don't really hold me for too long, but I could be wrong.. You never know, it does sound like a cute romance!  
Get it here!

The Pact - Karina Halle // I've seen a lot of bloggers and booktubers talking about Karina Halle, so I was super pumped about getting this book for free. I loooooved the cover, but I have no idea what the story is about. I'm guessing it's about a couple of friends that make this pact to marry each other when they're thirty. I'm getting pretty strong Friends vibes from it!
Get it here!

The Boy - Jillian Dodd // This is the first book in a trilogy and I've seen a lot of bloggers talking about it. I'm not a big fan of romance series, they usually don't hold my interest for more than one book, but this one seems promising. I'm almost certain it's about a girl who is friends with two gorgeous boys (I was never this lucky) and a love triangle starts to form. It's a cute romance and I don't have high expectations for it, but the ratings say otherwise.. a lot of people seem to have really loved the entire series! 
Get it here!

Again, Alabama - Susan Sands // The review made all the difference with this one! I didn't really like the cover and I've never heard of this author before, but the review were all amazing. People seem to have really enjoyed this book and I was intrigued. It's a pretty short book and maybe I'll be able to read the whole thing in one sitting! 
Get it here!

Checkmate: This Is War - Kennedy Fox // This is the one I'm most excited about. I've been watching Jessica from PeaceLoveBooks on Youtube for a while now and she always talks about Kennedy Fox, so when I saw this for FREE on Amazon I snatched it up real fast! I think it's an office romance and I've never read one before so I'm really excited about it. Don't quote me on it, but I think Kennedy Fox is actually a secret author duo and that makes it even more interesting. This book is also a part of a big series, with like 5 books and I'm almost certain I won't read them all, but it's good to know that if I love it, I'll have more books to keep going!
Get it here!


That's all I have for today, guys! I hope you guys enjoy the books and definitely keep an eye out for reviews over here because I'm really excited about all of them. I have no idea why these books are available for free since the price for the physical version is pretty high in some of the cases. But hey, I'm definitely not complaining! I also think this is a great way to get familiar with an specific author and see if you enjoy their writing before actually spending money on other books in the future. I've done other posts like these, so if you're interested in free books you can check them out here and here!  


Have you read any of these books?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy reading!



July 19, 2017

10 Things I've Learned About Myself Through Project Panning.

Heeello, everyone!

Ever since I've started my minimalism and decluterring journey (you can read all about it here), my makeup collection has been the hardest thing for me to downsize. I know I can't possibly use up every product I have, but I hate the thought of just throwing it out or giving it to people I'm not extremely close with (like my mom or my sister), so it's been more than a year and I still haven't figured out what to do with it. 

A temporary solution I've found was protect panning, which is just focusing on a set amount of products until you've hit pan on them or used them up completely. I've been doing it for months now and it's been a process. As most you already know this, but using up a product takes forever and when you've been using the same product every single day you kinda get really tired of it and you just want to toss it across the room (Oh, no you don't? That's just me? OK). 

Anyway, like I've said, I've been project panning for a while now and I would really recommend doing it if you've come to the point where you have no idea what to do with so much makeup. I've learned a lot about myself and my makeup habits by just focusing on what I already have and not adding anything new. I've discovered old favorites and I've realized that I don't use half of the things that I thought were staples in my collection, like red lipstick and eyeliner! 
ONE// I don't need backups. 
This is number one for a reason. I used to be one of those people that if I liked a product, I would run back to the store and buy more of it because I was scared of running out. And honestly, that's quite stupid.. If you use up a lipstick (which will probably take months or years) and it's discontinued, look for a similar one from a different brand. The market is full of dupes and I'm sure you'll be able to find something extremely similar. And if all goes wrong and you can't, it's not the end of the world. Brands are constantly coming out with different products, I'm sure you won't really miss that one specific shade that much. And also, chances are all of your backups are just growing old in your collection like mine.. When was the last time you've actually needed a backup?!  

TWO // I use way less makeup than I thought I did. 
I'm not one of those people that wears makeup everyday. I don't even get out of the house everyday so there's literally no point of me having the amount of makeup I do. We are tricked or we trick ourselves into buying all sorts of makeup products for different occasions that we really don't need. If I'm being honest with myself, I don't need makeup for days when I don't want to wear any because guess what?! When I don't want to wear makeup, I just don't. I don't need light weight BB Creams (don't even get me started with bb creams) and tinted lip balms with a hint of color... When I wear makeup, I kinda want it to show up. 

THREE // I takes a VERY long time to use up a product. 
This sounds like common sense to everyone, but I'm talking years here, maybe more. Well, if you've had a product for more than a year, it's probably time to throw it away but you get where I'm going with this. You'd think I would have figured this out sooner, like before buying all that crap, but I didn't so I'm passing this knowledge to you (that's irony if you didn't get it). 

FOUR // Ingredients matter.
I used to be completely clueless to this, but a lot of brands use very shitty ingredients. And this applies to most brands, even high end ones. If I'm applying something all over my face, very close to my eyes and on my mouth, it's probably a good idea to know what's in it.

FIVE // Going cruelty-free is easier than I thought.
I thought going cruelty-free was going to be one of the hardest things ever and that I would have very small options. Boy, was I wrong! A lot of big brands I love like elf, Wet'nWild and NYX are cruelty-free and have amazing products. Caring about animal testing does limit your options, but it's extremely easy to be done! The hard thing is actually using up all the products that are not cruelty-free from your collection, you can see my struggle every month when I share my empties

SIX // I never wear liquid eyeliner.
I mean, who knew?! Actually, I should have known since I'm the one wasting all my money on makeup I don't wear. I know this is very specific to me and you might wear eyeliner everyday, but I think we can all agree that we have products we've bought because we thought we needed. And, sadly, the only way to really know is by trial and error, but I think we can all be more mindful of the things we're spending our money on. I literally have three liquid eyeliners, all high end, that I have no idea what I'm going to do with since they're too old to give it to people and too expensive to just throw out.    

SEVEN // I've wasted a lot of money on makeup I don't use or don't even like. 
Here's a cautionary tale for you: liquid lipsticks, bright eyeshadows and colorful eyeliners.. All things I've bought multiples of, all things I don't really like or use. I mean, I like them in theory and in other people, but I don't use them nearly enough to justify having them in my collection. I think I've worn colorful eyeliner once this year. 

EIGHT // If I don't enjoy using it, I don't need it. 
We all have that one product we really hate using and that we can't throw away because it was expansive or because we love the packaging or anything like that. What I've realized is that, for me, makeup should be fun and something I enjoy doing. It's not just the products or the end result, it's the process so if I dread using a product, it really negates the whole purpose. Life is already too stressful to deal with makeup products you don't like. And the best way to find out if you really hate a product, it's by putting it in a project pan.  

NINE // I hate BB Creams.
I've come to the conclusion that BB Creams don't do anything for me, they're just a way for brands to sell overpriced tinted moisturizers in cute packaging. In my case, I already apply sunscreen every single day, I have no problem with it.. It's like engraved in my brain: wash face, apply sunscreen. So, whenever I want light coverage I can just mix in my regular foundation with my sunscreen or apply a powder foundation on top. There's literally no need for BB Creams cause let's face it, they don't really do all the things they claim like fighting wrinkles and all that jazz.   

TEN // If you don't like it at the store, you definitely won't like it at home.
This was a hard lesson for me to learn. I'm a justifier, if I really want a product I can come up with a million reasons to buy it and trick myself into it.. I should be sales person, really. For example, if I really want a palette but I know I'll only wear five of the shades, I can justify buying it by convincing myself I can find ways to wear the rest of the shades at home. But, if I'm being honest here, the store is the place where things most appeal to you. The packaging, the placing of the product and the display it's in.. Everything is thought out to make you buy the product. So, if even then you can't think of ways to use the product, you won't find them at home when you're getting ready late for work or meeting your friends. I know it's true, you know it's true, so we need to stop tricking ourselves.  


That's all for today, friends! I hope you've enjoyed the post and got inspired to start a project pan or maybe just focus on the things you already have. Let me know on the comments your thoughts on project panning and downsizing your makeup. Any tips are also much appreciated. 

Have you ever done a Project Pan?
What's the one item you've bought multiples of, but don't really use?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!





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