February 19, 2018

Life Update // I Went To NYC.


Heeeello. It's me! I'm back!

Guys, I'm really sorry for the lack of posts and for being absent for almost an entire week (maybe even a but more?). There's not really an excuse, I just got really busy with work, gym and trying to live a normal and balanced life. Aaaaand, on top of everything, because of a bank holiday here in Rio de Janeiro (Carnaval) my work gave us the whole week off and I was able to find reasonably affordable tickets to go visit my best friend in NYC. 

If you've been following me on IG or Twitter, you guys already know that things happened really fast. I bought a ticket on Friday and I was boarding the plane on Saturday. I spent 6 days and I had the best time ever - I have the pictures to prove it! I went to the Met, Central Park, I ate cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery and I did a lot of shopping - ok, maybe not a lot but I did buy a couple of things that I want to share with guys.

However, I'm still in the process of getting my life together and if you've been following me for a while you know that takes some time. Thank God I already unpacked everything, but now I need to organize my space, do some laundry, catch up on a few adult stuff (bills, renew my gym membership, things like that) and buy food because I literally have nothing in my fridge. Also, my volunteer work starts again this Friday and I literally have nothing prepared - if you guys didn't know, I teach English at my local church. So, this is my life right now. 

I'm busy, but I'm happy. I know I've said this before, but it still feels like everything is happening all at once and I'm just trying to catch up. It feels a bit overwhelming at times, I'm not gonna lie, I guess that's just how life works, right? I'm really sorry I took some unexpected time out, I just didn't have time or energy to focus on the blog while I was traveling. However, when I'm MIA over here, you guys can always check my IG for pictures and little updates. 

That's all I have for today, guys. This was just a chill life update. Like I said before, my brain literally cannot handle more than what I'm already doing but I promise better posts during the week. I want to do a makeup haul with all the products I bought while traveling, a travel diary sharing some pictures and bunch of other things. Also, let me know if you have any special requests. 

Is there anything exciting happening with you?!
Have you ever been to NY?!

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Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


February 6, 2018

The Minimalist Game // DAY 14.

Heeello, everyone!

As I've ran out of things to declutter, today I'm decluttering my feelings.. Just kidding, guys. Today I'm actually sharing with you some things from my "memory box", as in the box that holds a lot of my traveling crap and things that are completely useless. I went through the contents of said box and these are the things I didn't feel were important enough to keep. Yes,  they were special to me once, but now I feel like they were just taking up space - I was able to downsize from two memory boxes to just one (the smaller one), which makes me quite happy!
Today we have a lot of weird stuff, little traveling souvenirs and an Outback Steakhouse coaster, which I have no idea how it came to be in my possession. A set of keys, I have no idea what they open so it makes very little sense for me to keep them. A blue bangle. A paper clip. An ugly keychain that someone gave me - don't remember who. Aaaaand, a little plastic pouch that I kept because I thought I could use for something but I never did so to the donation bin it goes.

That's it, everyone. This is everything I'm donating today. It was a bit stressful to go through my memory box, but I'm glad I did. There's no need to keep these things around and, to be honest, I actually had forgotten I even had this things up there. I'm still a bit conflicted about keeping a "memory box" or not. Although I like the idea of keep certain things, I feel like in reality I end up with a box full of old keys and cardboard coasters. Let me know on the comments what you think about this!

Do you keep a "memory box"?!

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February 4, 2018

Monthly Empties // January, 2018.

Heeello, everyone!

I know this post is coming to you a bit later than usual but.. hey, at least is coming to you, right? This past few days have been crazy. I was in the hospital for 3 days because of intense crippling cramps (turns out I have a "thing" in one of my ovaries but nothing to freak out about), work was insane and, to top it all of, today I had a lunch meeting with the people I volunteer with and the priest of church where I volunteer at to discuss.. you guessed it: the volunteer work we do there, which is teaching English. 

So, life got busy! In the middle of everything else I still needed time to live my life, see some friends and catch up with Grace & Frankie - seriously guys, I'm obsessed with this show. Anyways, I'm back today and I've noticed that we have some new people joining us here on the blog. Thank you so much for hitting that follow button - it truly means a lot to me that you decided to be a part of this crazy blogging experience of mine. 

But now, we talk about one of my favorite things to talk about on the blog: EMPTY BEAUTY PRODCUTS!
Veet Waxing Strips // This is not something you see very often on my empties because I usually go through one packet of strips a year. I just use them for the "mustache" area or when I'm feeling very fancy and I decided to wax my little sideburns. Veet is not cruelty-free and I've tried looking for a cruelty-free brand of waxing strips but I can't find it. I also can't pluck every hair of my mustache because that would be too painful and also, ain't nobody got time for that. 

Listerine Mounthwash // I wasn't used to using mouthwash because I thought they didn't do anything, but I went to the dentist and he said that they actually do good things for your teeth. I know Listerine is also not cruelty free, but mom got this one for me and it seemed stupid to let it go to waste. I still need to do more research and look for a cruelty-free option but for now I'm using Listerine. 

Cotton Rounds // I've reduced a lot the number of cotton rounds I use in a month, however I still use them. I know they're not ideal for our planet but they are super easy to use and cheap - not good reasons to buy them, I know, just keeping it real. 

L'Oreal Casting Shine "Thingy" // I colored my hair at home because I wanted to go lighter and this shine "thingy'' come with the dye. I only used it so it wouldn't go to waste because, honestly, this smells like chemicals and it can't be good to apply that much chemical stuff to your hair. I will try to find better products to dye my hair with, but when I'm in a pinch this L'Oreal Casting dye really helps. And also, I dye my hair often because I'm starting to get grey hair and that is not attractive on a 25 year-old woman. 

Nivea Oatmeal Soap // Another item that is not cruelty-free.. My mom bought this for me (she buys random stuff for me sometimes) and again it seemed stupid to let it go to waste so I just used it. Nothing amazing or life-changing about this soap, but it was really moisturizing. 
EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry // I hated this lip balm. Seriously, worst lip balm I've ever tried. I felt like it made my lips feel even drier and the scent was giving me constant headaches. I would not recommend purchasing EOS products overall - nothing that I tried from this brand worked and, since they're not cruelty-free, I won't be trying more. I'm just so glad this is finally over. I actually used the last bits of it on my cuticles.

CoverGirl Outlast 3 in 1 Foundation in 845 // This foundation makes me so sad because it's such a good foundation, but GoverGirl is not cruelty-free so I can't repurchase it. It pains me to say this but I really would recommend it. It has a flawless finish, it makes my skin look amazing, it blends well, it matches me perfectly, it's affordable AND it controls my oils. I love it, I just can't keep supporting a brand that tests on animals if I'm able to find a replacement (even if the replacement doesn't work as well). Actually, the foundation I'm using now is from Maybelline - another brand that is not cruelty-free. I got it before I decided to go cruelty-free and now that I have it I might as well use it, right?

MAC Lipstick in Brave // Another product I'm kinda sad to say goodbye to. I actually have a backup so it's not that bad. MAC lipsticks are my favorites and this color is gorgeous - the perfect nude. However, despite all the amazing things MAC does and stands for (such as gender equality), they're not cruelty-free so I won't be repurchasing their makeup once I use up everything I have. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum // I'm soooo proud of myself for finishing up this product. I decided to pan this last year and I used it religiously for almost 6 months - I even dug out the product left in the tub, that's how committed I was. I know the hype has faded and that Revlon is not cruelty-free but I love this formula. It's creamy, it's affordable  it's moisturizing, the colors are super intense and once the shine fades the color still lasts on the lips for quite some time. I loved this shade and if they were still available and Revlon became cruelty-free (a lot of ifs), I would totally repurchase this shade. 

That's it, guys! Those are all the products I was able to finish in the last month and I'm kinda proud of myself. I've been working really hard in using up my products and not letting product go to waste, it's nice to see progress and products rotating in my "collection". I only realized now that all the products I talked about today are not cruelty-free, which is a good thing - it means that the non cruelty-free stuff is getting now and I'm able to replace them with better alternatives. If you made an empties post or video, let me know on the comments so I can go check it out. I'm obsessed with them!

What's the most impressive makeup product 
you've ever finished?!

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Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!