Sorry for the lack of updates! Everything has been quite hectic lately, with projects due and finals coming up, I haven't had that much time to blog. I'm so glad Christmas is coming up. I know I say this every year, but seriously, how is it possible that time flies by so fast? 2015 is on it's way, bringing new adventures, goals, obstacles and lessons. For many it's an opportunity to start fresh. I haven't made a New Year's Resolution List in the longest, I always thought that was a cliché. However, I'm starting to realize that even such small and silly things can highly motivate us to become a better person. There are still no Christmas decorations in my home, which is a total bummer. That's why I'll be sharing some ideas that I found in Pinterest and Tumblr. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Welcome December

Hello there! The weather is finally starting to change here. The gray and cool days are slowly being replaced by warmth and sunny days of the new season. That means I should probably begin with the whole spring cleaning. I cannot wait until the semester is over. I know it's a shame that I haven't kept up with the reading list I had. I just haven't had enough time. Hopefully, I will soon continue reading the books I had in mind, or I might just end up buying a new one in the spur of the moment.

In the mean time, I'm sharing some pictures I took.


In Madrid, August '14

Halloween sunset



Reflection

*All images taken by me

Monday, November 10, 2014

Colors of spring

Just thought it'd be interesting to share some history: Halloween is a contraction for All Hallow Evens that means the day before All Hallows Day (now known as All Saints Day), a Catholic holiday that commemorates saints. It's said that on October 31st, the Allhallowtide triduum initiates. Also, it's associated to Celtic pagan harvest festivals that celebrated the end of summer and beginning of winter. In the middle ages, people would do bonfires and go door-to-door offering prayers.

Nowadays, Halloween is completely separate from religious influence, and it has become known world-wide thanks to the globalized market exchange. Even though (as I have mentioned previously) there's no Halloween spirit in the city where I'm currently living, it will always remain as one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it's because of the cinematic productions or marketing campaigns, but it's almost inevitable to feel the mysticism that surrounds the transition from autumn to winter. It matches perfectly the eerie and mysterious decorations that are exhibited this time of year.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween

Certainly not. I started using eye creams not too long ago. Before I used to think that all eye creams were only for anti-aging. But then thankfully I came across various Youtubers (such as Missglamorazzi) and learned that some eye creams were for hydration. So my entrance to this world of eye contour care began with my purchase of the MAC Mineralized Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream. At first I thought it was amazing, it did it's job but I had nothing to compare it with since it was the first time I used a product like this. Then while I was in Europe, I bought the Aloe Eye Defense Cream from Body Shop and tried it out and it worked even better than the MAC. A few weeks ago I was looking through the Esika Catalogue (it's a cosmetics brand that is widely known in Latin America) and I saw that they had an offer on an eye gel. I decided to order it. I tried it out as soon as I got it, and guess what? It works fantastically, just as good as the Body Shop. I made a little comparison below, with the prices listed**.

They all contain 15ml.
The Body Shop // Ésika * //MAC Cosmetics
* I wasn't able to find the product page for Ésika, but that's their official website.
**These are the prices I payed for in US dollars. They may have changed. 
And once again, with this we can learn that a high price and well known brand does not always determine the quality of a product. However, there's a famous phrase in Spanish that says "lo barato sale caro" meaning that what's cheap turns out being expensive, because you may have to repair it or buy another product that replaces it, and the sum of the costs are higher than the price you initially payed. In my opinion, it's a combination of luck and the information you search for before making a purchase. Plus, it may also depend on the type of product you're buying. Some require investment while others not so much.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The more expensive the better?


Hello there! I know I said I would do a haul with the clothes I bought in H&M. I know it's been a month, but late is better than never. I couldn't really find the links in the H&M website for these items. They're probably no longer there because there are new fall collections and these are from summer. I had also bought more things while I was in Seville, there were many small boutiques with pretty clothes. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find them, though I remember buying loose dresses and pants with fun tribal-like prints. I hope I can find them soon, since I was looking forward to wearing them this upcoming summer. In the meantime, here are the pictures. 







Saturday, October 11, 2014

Haul Part 2

Hello there, so I as mentioned in the previous post, I was going to make a little haul and show some of the things that I bought during my trip in Europe. These are all beauty related products, I'll be posting the clothes in Part 2. I'll be linking the products below, click on the brand names!


1. Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream from The Body Shop. I've used it a couple of times, I don't really like the smell but it gives great coverage! 
2. Smoky Eyeshadows from H&M. I haven't used it yet, but I loved the colors.
3. Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz from The Body Shop. I used it once and it really freshens up your skin.
4. Coral Lipstick from H&M.
5. Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder from The Body Shop.
6. Nail polish from H&M, in the color Mermaid (I couldn't find the link, but here's a close-up image). 
7. Bronzing Powder by The Body Shop

On the road in Spain. 

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". -Lao Tzu


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Haul Part 1

Life certainly is beautiful. However, I failed miserably to update frequently. I am so sorry, I know I promised that I would make a third post. Yet here I am, writing again. The trip was 20 days long. We first arrived at Madrid, then went to Seville, visited Cordoba, and finally left for Barcelona to get on the cruise ship. While on the cruise, the stops were: Marseille, Cannes, Pisa, Rome and Naples, but we only got off in three. Otherwise we would've been too busy on tours and wouldn't have enjoyed the ship (that has everything inside!).

Liberty of the Seas, from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

A brief collage of the places we went to. Some of these images were taken with my iPhone while others with my camera Canon Rebel T3i.


Seeing new places, eating different foods, being in contact with cultures different from your own-- it was all an enriching experience that I am gladly thankful for. It was a bit exhausting trying to see so many places within a short period of time, but it was worth it. I must say that my favorite of all was Seville, probably because part of my family is from there. The antique structures really caught my attention, it was inevitable to wonder how life was centuries ago. The place that most surprised me was Monaco and Montecarlo, so many exclusive boutiques and expensive cars within a small area was quite impressive. And finally, the place that I want to go back because of it's long history is Rome, the 9 hour tour was certainly not enough.

Besides the tourism, of course I did some shopping! While in Madrid I went for the first time to an H&M. I really do hope the brand comes here to Lima, just like Forever 21 is doing. I'll have a haul on my next post, though I'm not exactly sure when that will be, next week probably. There's a long semester ahead of me, can't wait until December. That would be all for today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

La vita è bella

Only 10 days until the trip! I haven't started packing yet (shame on me) but I basically have everything I need. I did some shopping and here are some of the items I bought:  


1. Bag on left: Lounge
2: Iphone case: Lounge
3. Bag on the right: Amphora

1. Maybelline Color Show (left): Orange Fix
2. Maybelline Color Show (right): Crushed Candy
3. Mascara: Natura Aquarela 

Moreover, to be honest, I stopped reading Divergent. Even though I enjoyed the movie very much, I find the book a bit slow, or maybe it's just a wrong impression. That doesn't mean that I won't finish it, however, I'm not sure if it's going to be any time soon. That's what I tend to do with books that don't truly captivate me, I finish reading them during a prolonged period. However, I am reading a psychology book by Walter Riso titled "Sabiduría Emocional" (which means Emotional Wisdom). I'm not sure if there is a translated version in English, but if by any chance you can read in Spanish, I totally recommend it! It explains different types of personality: A, B and C. It helps you get to know yourself better and put things in perspective. 



Monday, July 21, 2014

10 more days

Happy belated 4th of July. I've been busy and well, since there's no fourth of July spirit here, I kinda forgot. I honestly can't recall when was the last time I ate Rice Krispies, which is why I'm sharing a picture of that delicious treat.

Image from Tumblr
Anyway, I know I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I'd be posting at least two times per month. But I failed, and I am sorry. Towards the end of June, with my birthday and a ton of school work, things got a bit hectic and I lost track of time. Not until the 1st of July did I realize that I hadn't posted anything new. Which is why, I want publish not two, but three posts this month. Finals start tomorrow and they last until the end of the week, and then I'll have enough free time to blog and start packing, because yes, I'll be going on a trip to Europe. I might even share packing tips and essentials and such. Just stay tuned. In the meantime, you can delight your sight with my photography skills shown in the images below. Enjoy! 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Less than halfway there

Where to begin? I started reading Divergent a couple of weeks ago, but my reading has been delayed because of school work, you know, the typical. Having barely enough hours in a day, lack of sleep and struggling to make myself look presentable each morning. College can seriously cause unhealthy eating habits. Yet, I've been trying to go for a run at least three times a week, but recently mishaps keep coming up, so I've been running only twice a week. Not good, I must admit. And my lack of schedule organization has been reflected in my room. It's been quite disorganized (well, for me at least, some people would consider it organized) and that visual mess affects the moods we have, and it also increase stress because it's a distraction that stops you from getting the work done. (Interesting article here). So by the looks of it, this post is going to be exactly about that: tips on keeping things organized. They're pretty obvious, but still, just something I wanted to share.

1. Storage bins: they come in different colors, shapes and sizes. Some are plain and functional, others are decorative. But they all have the same purpose: containing miscellaneous objects that you don't want laying around your room, work desk area or they can perfectly fit inside your closet.

Images: target.com


2. Labels: We often forget what we put away, hence labeling helps tons. Sometimes we find boxes in the back of our closet and we have to open them in order to find out what's inside. But with labels, that won't be necessary. 
Image: denvillescientific.com


3. Jewelry box and holders: It's just basic, it prevents from losing earrings, rings or getting bracelets and necklaces tangled up. Plus they're pretty, so they're also decorative.
Image: target.com



4. Candles: Ok, so having or not having candles in your room won't make it more organized. However, they will help you relax since the smell is one of the senses that can influence brain activity and therefore make you feel more concentrated and relaxed. (Interesting article here). 

Image: passionforsavings.com


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Perks of organization

I finally finished reading "The Fault In Our Stars". It was perfect. Ok, so perhaps you've noticed how all my critiques are positive when it comes to books. But I can't find something I did not like about it. It was mournful though, but that's just part of life I guess. I know all characters are fictional, but it's not so far from reality, and that's what makes it melancholic. It's been a while since a book has made me cry. However, I must confess that this book (by far) moved me more than "Looking For Alaska". But I recommend both books. I can't wait until the movie is released, although like always, the book will remain a gazillion times better. Now the next book on my list is Divergent. 


So besides that, I don't really have a topic in mind to write about. That's why I've decided to share with you some Instagram pictures. I miss photography, my camera is usually placed away in some part of my closet. Nevertheless, at least Instagram serves as a mere distraction. I should seriously take up photography again. 







Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maybe okay will be our always.

Look what I bought! I finally got the Divergent book, but this is the Spanish version. I would have preferred it in English, but oh well. Even though, before starting this one, I have to finish The Fault in Our Stars, which I've recently begun. But since I'm in the middle of midterm exams, I haven't been able to read much. I want to be done with it before the movie comes out. I've just noticed how Shailene Woodley is starring in the movies of these two books. Which reminds me, I never finished watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager, I wonder how that show ended. Speaking of shows, I haven't been able to catch up on Pretty Little Liars. Oh gosh. 

So I was looking through my Tumblr page and I saw the image below. I reblogged that image a while back, but now I thought about the question more carefully. What would you do if you weren't afraid? The answers can be simple, such as: if I weren't afraid of heights, I'd go paragliding. But it can also go beyond that. What if you were no longer afraid of taking risks? No longer apprehensive about confessing your love to a special someone; not being scared of moving to a different city and pursuing your dreams; no longer caring about what others might think. Fear is inevitable, but I guess each person decides how they allow fear to control them. Now, considering my personality, I'm not much of a risk-taker, but I will be keeping this in mind. 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Working on a feeling

I promised myself that this year I was going to post at least twice each month. It's still April, so it seems like I'm still keeping my promises. Anyway, I got so excited when I found out Lana Del Rey had released a new single! I became somewhat obsessed with her music back in 2012. Then, when her songs got leaked and she announced she was going to pause her music project, I was pretty bummed. But not anymore. This song is different than the ones she has done before, but still her style.


Guess what? I finally finished reading Looking for Alaska. I would have finished it before, but due to school work I had to postpone my reading hours. It was a beautiful story, such a bitter sweet sadness. Alaska is a mysterious character, and I did not predict what the "after" part was going to be about, I was surprised. Well, I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it's a book worth reading. The last few pages are my favorite: "We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. [...] But that pat of us greater that the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail." I agree too, our souls are infinite. 

I bought a new nail polish color, I was at the store, saw it and immediately got it. (I tend to be an impulsive shopper, but that's a whole different story).  It's Maybelline's Color Show and the color's name is Brick Shimmer. I like it because it has really small glitters, and the undertone isn't orange, it's rather rose gold except darker. (Also, it dries faster than other nail polishes I own). But that's not captured precisely in the picture below though. Oh well, I tried. 




Monday, April 28, 2014

Down on the West Coast

It seems like the weather has started to change. The days remain pretty warm but the nights are now cooler. Good thing, I don't think I was going to be able to tolerate the heat much longer. With school and all, I haven't had much time to continue reading "Looking for Alaska". It a shame that I have to put my recreational reading aside because of schoolwork.

Anyway, I did some changes to my hair. Well, actually just one in particular. Since my hair decided to stop cooperating,  I decided to do the keratin hair straightening treatment. I had already done it last year, but this time the results were better, my is actually straight now. Unlike last year, even though it did tame my frizz, it didn't completely straighten my hair. I know some people don't agree with these types of treatments, but I couldn't think of anything better. The good part is that I save a lot of time each morning when getting ready. I can simply comb my hair and violà! (Btw, being able to comb my hair when dry is pretty awesome). This only lasts for about four months, I'll try to embrace my curls more next time.

Moving on, I haven't done a post related to fashion recently. I won't get too detailed, I just wanted to share some things with you, it's like my autumn/winter wish list.


3. Fall outfit: I really like the leather jacket and the circle knit scarf.



And finally, OPI's Brazil Collection. My three faves are I Sao Paolo Over There, Where Did Suzi's Man-go? and Toucan Do It If You Try. As always, OPI with creative names and amazing colors. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Autumn

So this month is practically over. It flew by! Classes started again last week, which means I'll have no life and my routine will involve lots of reading. I don't think I've mentioned it, but I finished reading "The House at Riverton", amazing story. I was captivated by the characters surrounded by so much mystery and nostalgia, I definitely recommend it. Now I've began reading "Looking for Alaska" by John Green. I know many have already read John Green novels, this is the first I'll be reading. I obtained a copy in english which is even better. It's pretty short, but since classes have started I've put it on hiatus. To be honest, the main reason why I got so curious over this book was because I used to see so many pictures of it on my Tumblr dashboard, so I'm guessing it must be good. Can't wait 'til I'm done reading it.


Also, I wanted to share with you one my favorite apps recently. It's called "5 Min Journal", based on an actual journal, only that this is the electronic version. It helps you keep a positive mind, there you include things that you are grateful for or amazing things that happened during your day. Plus, there's a daily inspirational quote. Filling it won't take long, hence the name "5 Min". Click here for the iTunes link or here to learn more on their official website. 





Sunday, March 30, 2014

End of March

I admit I'm not that good at keeping promises. I was going to post something last week. Yet, I don't know what happened. Better late than never, right?

Ok, today I will be sharing with you two of my favorite products recently. And the third one I did not like.

1. Redken Anti Frizz Cream: It's amazing how it actually calmed my hair frizz. A week before trying this product my hair was really dry and I simply did not know what to do with it. Thankfully, I found this product and now I use it after every hair wash and I just let it air dry. It can also be used before ironing your hair, it leaves it soft and shiny.


































2. MAC Mineralize Eye Cream: I'm 20 now, so I figured why not start taking care of the contour of my eyes. The sooner, the better. I've been using make up since the age of 13, so I needed something that would hydrate the eye area. I have no complaints so far. I use it every night before going to bed. The morning after the results are pretty visible. 



3. Organix Coconut Milk Mousse: A big NO. I'm not going to say that it was the biggest regret ever. But it certainly isn't the best product either. A girl I met recommended this product. However, her hair wasn't naturally curly like mine. Maybe the product worked well on her, but not on me. It dried out my hair, my curls weren't defined. I'm guessing it's because of the amount of alcohol it contains. I honestly don't recommend it. 

Well, that would be all. I think this is the second post in which I do reviews. I normally don't, but I just felt like sharing this with you. I'll try to make my next post an interesting topic. 

P.S. The images were found online. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Faves..and not so fave

Perhaps I should starting posting at least two entries per month. Even though I like the idea of maintaining my blog updated, I lack the free time. Or perhaps I'm just not organized enough. Anyway, I haven't shared any songs lately. The other day I heard "Salty sweet" by Ms Mr, while watching Pretty Little Liars. (I'm still on the third season, don't judge). I thought it was catchy, so why not post it here?



Anyway, I think I previously mentioned that I was going to start reading "The house at Riverton" by Kate Morton. I'm almost half-way through the book. Before reading it, I looked for reviews. Some people didn't like this book as much as "The forgotten garden".  But I must disagree, well...it's not that I think "The house  at Riverton" is better. I simply like both. I really enjoy this author's style, once I'm finished with this one I will probably buy another one of her books. But before that, I have three more books to read. Yes, the list just got a bit longer. I'll try to read more this year, seriously.


I took the picture above yesterday when I went to the beach. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but I'm obsessed with sunsets (and sunrises as well). I've been chasing sunsets since '08, when I began to notice how much I liked photography. Can't stop, won't stop. Maybe one day, I'll make a collage of all the sunset pictures I have. 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dream of perfection

Hello there. I haven't written in a while. Tomorrow as most of you know, it's Valentine's Day. A day to celebrate friendship and love. I hope all of you lovebirds out there have a wonderful time :)

Anyway, this is my first post about a Do It Yourself, how exciting right? It's pretty simple, that's mainly why I chose to do it, I'm not so good at explaining. But anyway, here it goes:


The image above is the final result. I wanted to decorate my room a little (I still have a long way to go) so I decided to hang some pictures that I took a while back. Here is what you'll need: 


1. Pair of scissors
2. Tape
3. Push pins
4. Twine (or yarn)
5. Paper clips

Ok, it's pretty simple. You start off by cutting the twine in a desirable length. You can place it anywhere in your room, I chose the empty spot above my bed. Then, you can place the twine using tape or push pins. I used tape because my wall is made out of concrete so push pins don't really work. Afterwards, once you've chosen your printed photographs (I used 8) you can start hanging them on the twine with paper clips. And violà! 

I also wanted share my latest obsession. Maybelline's Baby Lips. My lips tend to get chapped really easily, regardless of the weather. So when I first tried it, it felt normal like a regular lip balm. But after using it a few more times I realized that my lips hadn't dried out at all! I was so amazed, that I bought more. So typical of me. I guess that would be all for today! 





Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY



I hadn't noticed how many Maybelline products I own until recently. Those shown above are just a few. Besides the fact that it's the easiest brand to find around here, I must admit, the products are pretty good. At first, I have hesitant about buying the Dream Bouncy cream blush. Because of it's texture, I thought it would be oily and cause me break-outs. But it actually didn't, plus it leaves a nice and natural shimmer. Also, I've replaced my foundation with BB creme. I know it doesn't give the same coverage nor does it have the same finish, but since I like to keep it natural and let my pores breathe, the BB creme suits me perfectly. However, I'd like to try out other brands and compare. Finally, the matte powder really leaves you're skin matte. And it feels light on the skin.

I think this is my first "makeup review" type of post. I'll try to make more of these throughout this year. I know I wasn't too detailed. Mainly because I never have much to say lol. Anyway, the picture below was also taken by me. Pretty awesome view at the art school I've been attending to recently.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Makeup monday

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