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September 24, 2017

Pan That Palette Update // September, 2017.

Heeello, everyone!


I'm so excited to share this month's progress on my Pan That Palette today, because I've finally made actual progress on it. You can check out my previous updates right here, I'd highly suggest doing that so you can be proud of me. For those of you who don't know, I'm trying to pan the Kiko Milano Street Fashion Palette in Addictive Song until the end of the year - I don't think I'm going to make it, but I'll at least try. I started out with two other palettes on this challenge besides this one, but I decided to just throw them out along the process. They were old (older than this one) and they were pissing me off. 

I originally chose this one because I thought it was going to easy. Boy, was I wrong! These pans are huge and there's a lot of product in them, specially the highlight shade.. Nobody needs that much highlight, Kiko! But, I'm working on it.. A little bit at a time. I've made peace with the fact that I won't be able to finish it all up this year, mostly because of the pink and the burgundy.. They're hard shades to incorporate on a look, guys. Anyway, let's get to the palette!
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THE PROGRESS // 
As you can see, I've finally hit a respectable size pan on the dark brown. I've been working on it for ages, but since I don't go for dark smokey looks on a day-to-day basis, I was only using it to set my brown eyeliner (which, I'm proud to report, is finished and will be featured on this month's empties thankyouverymuch.) This is a gorgeous shade. You can't see it in the pictures, but there's dark pink glitter in it and it looks beautiful all over the lid - I know dark pink glitter doesn't seem very appealing, but it looks great on the eyes, trust me. 

I think the most visible progress is on the highlight shade. I use it everyday and I think there should be more progress on it, but there's just too much product. My go-to look is this shade on the lid and the light brown on the crease mixed with a little bit of the pink. This combo gives a sunset vibes to the look, which I think is very pretty. There's a dip on the pink, but nothing major. The light brown was repressed, so it looks a little weird, but I'm making progress. I don't have anything like this brown on my collection so I'm not in a hurry to finish it. 

I've given up on the burgundy (wine shade.) It's really chalky and it doesn't look very good in the crease, which is the only place I would put this shade. I have no idea what to do with it. If you have any suggestions, please let me know on the comments. I didn't even touch this shade this month. I think I'm gonna try doing a look with it on the lid or something this month. 

THE GOALS // 
The goal for this month is to finish up the light brown completely. I've been doing things out of the house more and that means wearing more makeup, so I think I can do it. I would really like to hit pan on the pink shade, but that's a stretch. I think I can also use up the bottom portion of the white, like the sides and maybe expend the pan a little. And I'm setting the bar really low with the wine shade, I just want to try to incorporate it in a few looks this month. I'm determined and I will use up this palette - maybe not this year, but I will. 


That's all for today, guys! I can't believe Everyday September is almost over. I've been loving blogging everyday, but I'm not sure if I'll keep going. It's a lot (I repeat, A LOT) of work, I actually had no idea how hard it was going to be, but I'm glad I did. I'm currently unemployed, so maybe I'll keep it up until I find a job or something. I know I missed three days, so I'll extend Everyday September until October 3rd, but I'll keep you guys posted on what I'll do next!


Are you also doing the Pan That Palette?!
Did you make any progress on your palette?!

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!

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September 23, 2017

Reading Wrap-Up // September.

I'm proud to report that I've finished my 2017 Reading Challenge! YAY! I've read 50 books so far and I'm so excited about it. I originally started out with 70 books, but I lowered it to 50 because this year has been crazy. So many life changes and big decisions and I didn't want reading to add more stress to my life, but now I think I can go for the original 70 books goal. We'll see how things go!

I had such a great reading month! I read 8 books and I loved most of them, which doesn't happen often. I actually read 10 books and the month is not over yet, so I'll probably finish at least one more, but I thought 8 was enough for now. Maybe I'll include the other 3 on next month's wrap-up. So, we have a lot of books to get to, I'm gonna stop rambling now. Let's get to it!
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Words On Bathroom Walls - Julia Walton // This is the last one I read this month and O.M.G, sooo good. I'm gonna be honest, I bought it thinking it was going to be about a bullying and I'm really interested in reading about that, not because I support bullying (I don't), but I think it's important to read a about topics like this and get different perspectives. Boy, was I wrong. In this one we follow our main character, Adam, in his new journey starting in a new school and dealing with schizophrenia. This is the fist book I've ever had in which the main character has schizophrenia and I'm really glad I did. 

One Of Us Is Lying - Karen McManus // This book was really hyped up on internet, so I was expecting it to be awesome. It wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, but it was good. This is a YA murder mystery, which we don't see quite often. In this one, a group of five students gets detention and only four of them come out alive *evil laughter*. This was super gripping, I read the whole book in 2 days because I just had to know who the murder was. However, I kinda saw the plot twist from a mile away. I mean, I knew there was always the possibility of the murder being the murder, so it wasn't a big surprise. Still, it was good and I would recommend it. 

Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben // I listened to the audiobook for this one and I really enjoyed it. When it comes to mysteries and thrillers, I usually go with the audiobook because I don't like reading them at night, which is when I usually do all my reading. This way I'm able to listen to it during the day, on my commute, on the car or at the gym. This is the first books I've ever read from Harlan Coben and it was good. I really liked it. I loved how badass the main character is, I loved her best friend and I really enjoy how the whole story wrapped up. I knew nothing about it before reading and that's how I would recommend going into this book. If you're into this genre, I would highly recommend it. 

How To Break A Boy - Laurie Devore // This book was very different from what I expected, but it was still really good. The story was super cute and it was filled with high school/teenage drama, so if that's not something you usually enjoy I'd stay away from this book. In this story we follow the main character Olivia, who is a senior that gets caught up in too much drama. She's a bully and she's always following queen bee Adrianne. Besides all the mean things she does, Olivia eventually turns her life around and starts to be a good person in the end. I got so angry with some of her actions at times, but I think that's the problem with a 24 year-old reading YA.. You just get frustrated with these kids mistakes and it pissed you off.  The only reason why I didn't give it a five stars was because, like I said, this book got me angry at times and there was a lot of internal monologue, which if you know I hate. So, this is a solid 4 stars for me and I would totally recommend it if you're into YA, romance and teenage drama. 

He's Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo // I've been wanting to read this book for years, ever since the movie came out. As you guys know, I've been single for a while and I've been spending a lot of time on dating apps.. Well, not a lot of time, just some time. So, when I friend of mine called me saying she was going to unhaul this book I snatched it up pretty fast - I actually drove to her house, which is 20 min away from mine, to get it because I really wanted to read it. This book is not life-changing, for me at least. Most of the advice here I already knew and I think a lot of people already know. However, it's good to be reminded of the basics. I think the best thing this book did for me was to constantly remind me that I'm not exception and that I shouldn't break my own rules or lower my standards for any guy because.. guess what?! When the right guy comes along he won't ask me to and I won't even have to consider. I don't agree with everything Greg said, but I did agree with most of the things Liz said, but I still really enjoyed this book.

It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken - Greg Behrendt and Amiira Behrendt // Well, I enjoyed the last one so much that I decided to get another one. This one was written by Greg and his wife and, just like the name says, it's about breakups and how to get over someone. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny. I really enjoyed reading it, even though it was a bit repetitive at time. I didn't agree with everything they said, but I agreed enough to keep going - they made some good points. No one broke up with me recently (you need to be without someone for that to happen), but I wanted to read it because I don't think I deal with relationships that well and I wanted to see if this was going to help - it did help! 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - Newt Scamander // I'm trying to read all the Harry Potter related book out there. I already bought them all, so now I just need to sit down and get to them. This one is part of the Hogwarts Library trilogy. I liked it better than the Quidditch one, but this is definitely not a favorite. I know this is supposed to be a ''text book'' used by students at Hogwarts, but there's was too much information I didn't need and I wanted more context. 

Sapiens - A Brief History Of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari // This book changed my life. I totally changed the way I think and I really glad I read it this month. Just like the title says, this book talks about us and how we got to where are. Why we chose to live in societies? Why we eat how we eat? Why we learned how to talk? Why we use that capacity to gossip?  It defies a lot of our values. Like, why we think we are superior to most animals? And things alone these lines. I loved it and I cannot recommend it enough. I already bought a copy for my dad.


Those are some of the books I read in the month of September, guys! If you enjoy reading and talking about books like me, you can follow me on GoodReads. I've decided to write reviews for every book I ever read over there and boy, it's been a process, but I'm really enjoying it! Let me know on the comments if you've read any of the books I've mentioned or if you have any recommendations for me! 

Did you read anything cool this month?!

Let's chat!

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

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September 22, 2017

I'M GOING ON A NO-BUY!



Heeello, everyone!


I'm FINALLY going on a no-buy. I've been wanting to do this for so long, but I always have things or events holding me back, like someone's birthday, graduation or something along those lines that requires me to buy a gift or an outfit for myself. I mean, I couldn't not buy someone a gift, but I could not buy myself an outfit to attend a certain event and maybe try to borrow something from a friend or my sister.. But, I didn't want to do that. 

I picked October to go on my no-buy because I don't think I have anything planned that would require me to buy something. I do have my sister's birthday, but I already got her present so that's done. Other than that, I don't have anything planned that would require me to do any shopping, which is good. However, I'm excluding Christmas gifts from this no-buy because if I see something on sale that I think someone in my family would appreciate as a Christmas gift, I'm buying it. But that would be an exception. Needless, I will still buy groceries and food because I need to live. 

This no-buy is going to include everything I would buy for myself, I don't care if it's on sale or if it's buy one, get one. I'm planning on really sticking to it and not buying anything. I'm even including ebooks, which you guys know is my weakness. I have a book haul up on the blog at least two times a month so that's going to be hard. I'm also planning on doing at least one day a week when I don't spend any money at all, like doing all my meals at home and everything, but we'll see how it goes. 

WHY?
Like I've said, I've been wanting this no-buy for a while. Ever since I started to implement minimalism to my life I've been more conscious of what I'm spending my money on and, as you can see, I've been doing way less hauls. It's not like I want to see the value of money because, trust me, I do know the value of money. It's more like I want see if I can. Even after learning about minimalism, I still buy stupid shit sometimes - way less than I did before, but I still do and I don't want to anymore. 

What I really want to get out of this experience is how to stop shopping when I'm bored. There are literally 6 malls in my neighborhood, all 15-20 minutes away from my house, so it's hard not to. But the more you learn about minimalism and the zero-waste movement, the more you realize that shopping when you're bored is not harmless. It's not only bad for your bank account, but it's also detrimental to the environment and people all over the world. 

HOW LONG?
As of now, the goal is to keep it up for one month - from October first to the 31st. If it doesn't kill me and I'm able to keep going for longer, I will. I don't think that's going to happen, but there's a small possibility that it will. I see people online going on no-buys for 3 months and I don't think I'll ever be able to do that. 

UPDATES!
I'm thinking about making two updates, one in the middle of the month and the other at the end. But, I can do more if you guys are interested in. I'm also planning on taking pictures of everything I don't buy and maybe adding up the amount of money I actually saved - I think that would be fun! And also, it would be good for me to see the overall amount of money I'm saving this month. 

I guess that's all! If you want to join me on this experience, let me know on the comments so we cheer each other on because I'm sure this is going to be hard, way harder than I'm imagining right now. But, this is something I feel like I have to do. Anyway, wish me luck! I'll give you guys more updates on social media (the links are always at the end of  each post), so you can see me suffer everyday. Ok, that was intense. I need to chill, it's just a no-buy, right?!


Do you want to join me?
What do you think about no-buys?

Let's hang some more!

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