Hello there! Well, a couple of weeks ago I finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time ever. I still do not comprehend why I never bothered to pick up the books when I was a kid. I was fascinated by the movies but too lazy to read all of those pages. I always told myself that I would read it soon, and then time passed by. My teen years drifted away, I stepped into adulthood and I remembered that promise I made myself so many years ago. It’s better late than never, right?

While reading the book, I couldn’t help comparing it to the movie. I enjoyed learning more about the characters, the small little details and quirks that were overlooked in the films. Before, I would always wonder how each Hogwarts House differentiated itself; while Gryffindor’s and Slytherin’s attributes were obvious, there was never an explanation on Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Now that I’m reading it, things are starting to make more sense.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Hello! I haven't done a favorites post in a while. Today I will be sharing some of the things I've been loving. First, let's begin with the hair products:
  • GNC Women's Biotin Shampoo: I couldn't find a link to the exact product, this one on Amazon was the closest one (I guess it's only the packaging that has changed). I started using this shampoo by accident, I had ran out of my own and my mom was using this one so I borrowed it. Thank goodness I did, because it is by far the best drugstore shampoo. My hair has been falling noticeably less since I started using it and it does not cause dryness. 
  • John Freida Frizz Ease Conditioner: Back in December I talked about John Freida's Beach Blonde conditioner which worked amazing during the first few uses. Afterwards, I noticed it was one of those conditioners that in order to work well, you can't use it too often, otherwise it won't have the same effect. So that's why I decided to try the Dream Curls conditioner. This one hydrates quite well and I use it every other day. I still have a bit left of the Beach Blonde conditioner, but I use it every other week just to add some extra moisture. 

  • Maybelline's Lash Sensational: As mentioned in my daily makeup routine post, I don't wear mascara regularly. However, this one might be the exception. First off, it's washable, and while most beauty bloggers prefer the waterproof version, I on the other hand consider it to be too rough for my eyelashes, causing them to fall. This washable version still lasts pretty long, it's not like you're going to wear it to go dance under the rain (but I won't judge if you do). What I loved the most about it was the wand, the tight bristles equals zero lumps. 

  • Dior's Poison Girl perfume: I've been looking for a statement scent and I think I finally found it. While I still love Miss Dior, I prefer wearing it on special occasions. Poison Girl, on the other hand, has a softer aroma, making it ideal for everyday use. The one I currently have is the sample version I received for free while making some purchases for Mother's Day. I can't wait to buy the regular size one. I must add that, even though Dior fragrances are on the pricier side, I think it's worth the investment. All of their perfumes last long and all you need is a dab. 
  • Last but not least, can we discuss Lana Del Rey's latest singles? Both Lust for Life and Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind have been playing non stop on my phone. In my opinion, it had been a while since she released music that was so catchy. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed some of her songs from the Ultraviolence and Honeymoon albums, but I felt as if something was missing. Now, whatever that things was, she definitely has it back. Can't wait for the Lust for Life album release!

That'd be all for now. 'Til next time!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Favorites


Hi there! I just finished reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. This is the third novel I read by this author, and unlike the previous two (which were Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion) this one was remarkably different.  I'm guessing it's because it was her first written novel, although it was published post mortem. Perhaps Jane Austen hadn't defined her style completely yet. I thought it was a bit odd that from time to time, the author would directly address the reader. From those extracts throughout the novel, you can easily infer that Austen was a strongly opinionated woman. Of course, the romantic theme still prevailed. 

The main character is Catherine Morland, a 17 year old girl from Fullerton who gets invited by the Allens (friends of her family) to spend a month in Bath. Unlike Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot, she's younger and naive. Catherine does not easily perceive a person's intention, whether those intentions are good or bad. She genuinely believes what others tell her and only comes to a realization towards the end of the novel. And indeed, there is a boy, who she coincidently meets in Bath. His name is Henry Tinley, a 26 year old clergyman from a wealthy family. He has read gothic novels, which are Catherine's favorite, so they have plenty to discuss. 

Catherine becomes close friends with Henry's younger sister, Eleanor. Their friendship extends to the point the she gets invited to spend a few weeks at Northanger Abbey, the home of the Tinleys. Here is where the satire of gothic novels begins, Catherine's imagination starts growing a little bit wild thanks to the stories she has read. But what is truly important in this part, is that she and Henry get to know each other better. Consequently, their emotions for one another begin to increase mutually. But will they be able to have their happily ever after? 

As I have mentioned before, I don't like to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet. And as usual, I do recommend Jane Austen's novels, it's impossible not to. Overall rating: 4/5. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Review: Northanger Abbey

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Quick fact: my first post ever was on May 19, 2012. That is why I chose today for publishing.

Hello! Well, it’s incredible how fast time has passed. It’s been five years since I started this blog. It began with the name Lunaris Vita and then slowly transformed to La Luna Vita. Same semantics, just different phonetics. This is the longest I’ve ever blogged for, posting something almost every month. At the beginning, I just wanted a place of my own to ramble. Then I started defining the topics but I still went off track every now and then.

I’m definitely not the same as I was back in 2012. While rereading old posts, I get flashbacks of that girl in her late teens, yearning to write about whatever came to mind and posting sporadically. These past couple of years, I’ve been writing down ideas, planning out posts and even scheduling them. Like this post for example, as I’m writing it, it’s April 28 but this probably won’t get published until late May. I’ve been reflecting lately about what I want to do from now on. And unfortunately, the blog isn’t in sight. Now, I don’t want to be the girl who cried wolf, saying this will be the definite end, because it most probably won’t. Writing here has been a big part of my life, and I can’t just leave from one day to the next. All I’m trying to say is that the blog is no longer one of my priorities.

Nevertheless, I may change the focus of the blog a bit. You can probably tell I’ve been posting constant book reviews lately. Well, that’s because I set myself a personal goal of reading more this year. I’m currently on my 4th novel so far, and there’s plenty more to read. Perhaps I might still post occasional product reviews and beauty tips, but those will no longer be the main subject. And I no longer want to feel pressured to have a post ready by the end of each week. I already have enough pressure with the things going on in my life, certainly don’t need any extra pressure -- especially if I’m the one causing it to myself.

So now, this isn’t a goodbye. I will return, maybe even sooner than expected. But with different airs and different aims. When I switched the name to La Luna Vita, I wanted to get away from the whole “beauty” thing, but it was a circular trip because I ended up going back to where I started. I hope that this time, things will be different.

‘Til next time!

Friday, May 19, 2017

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