Just like every year, I’m always amused at how fast time passes by. It’s crazy how days become weeks, weeks become months, and --months eventually turn into years. This year has been filled with good moments and surprises in all aspects of my life, both personally and professionally. I would have liked to write more posts, unfortunately I still have to some improvements to make with my time management. Speaking of which, I’ll give you a small hint on what January’s first post will be about: managing your time adequately without an agenda! ‘Cause who doesn’t like to live life on the edge? Just kidding! But I do hope you'll find that post helpful.
A big thank you to all the lovely visitors, you have been an inspiration for keeping up with this work. Any fellow blogger can confirm that although blogging can be fun, it requires times and effort, just like anything else in your life. I have a set of goals for the blog next year. Though it would be fantastic for La Luna Vita to grow as a brand, there is still a *very* long road ahead. However, with enough dedication I’m sure it will be achieved. We’ll see where 2017 takes us.
Happy Holidays! See you next year :)
Hello! So today I'll be sharing some of the beauty products I've been loving lately. Ever since I started breaking out I began searching for products that could help. I remembered how less is more, which is why was a bit meticulous with what I purchased. Thankfully, I found these two products that I've been using daily. They haven't dried or irritated my skin. The results were visible just a few days afterwards:
- Eucerin Dermo Purifiyng Cleanser: It is fragrance free, which I found fantastic, since most products are overloaded with perfume ingredients. I use it in the morning and before going to bed. It's a soft cleanser, but it perfectly washes away residue and makeup.
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: This cream contains benzoyl peroxide, it can be applied all over your face or on certain sections. I have been applying it on the areas that had more acne. It was noticeable the reduced size of pimples and redness. I've been using it every night after washing my face with the Eucerin Cleanser.
Don't worry, if you haven't read it or seen the movie, there won't be any spoilers ahead. My reviews are always general. I'm afraid the movie might turn out to be rather disappointing, as it usually happens when novels become films. It's the first mystery/thriller novel I read, I tend to go more for drama. First off, the book is not divided by chapters, it's separated by narratives of three main characters, each with different dates so you can follow the timeline. Reading about the incidents from different perspectives was very enriching and helpful in order to put the pieces together. Around page 60 is when things start getting interesting -- at least for me.
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Hello! Several of months ago I made a post on How I Edit My Pictures, explaining that I used two apps: Color Story and VSCO Cam. I mostly wrote about Color Story, an app I had just downloaded and had quickly fallen in love with. But it took a couple of months for me to figure out that the app was not for me.
Although don’t have a consistent Instagram “theme”, I do like to enhance my photographs in order for them to look good together. I’m not afraid of colorful or dark pictures. My intention isn’t for my pictures to be all white and magazine-like. I’m not a professional, but photography has been my favorite hobby since I was 15, which is why I love using Instagram so much.
Hi there! I went on a small trip this past weekend. It’s a small bay called Tortugas (Turtle for spanish) located in the province of Ancash, a six hour drive away from the capital of Lima. It was my first time going there, so I didn’t really know what to expect. When we first arrived, the day was a bit dreary which was a total bummer. But towards the end of the afternoon, the sky cleared and the astonishing view before us became visible.
Tortugas is a rather small town --besides a few restaurants, there weren’t any other shops nearby. Not to mention, there was no wifi, which at first seemed insane considering we all had things to get done. However, it all depends on whether you see the glass half empty or half full, right? Instead, not having wifi resulted in a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the real word and be more present.
Today I will be sharing 5 different ways you can use coconut oil that have worked for me so far. Of course, you can use it to cook meals, but on this post I will be discussing ways of including coconut oil in your beauty routine:
Hello there! Today's post is a quick and simple DIY. Has it ever happened that you had a decorative item, yet you felt it was missing something? That's what happened with these fake flowers I bought a while ago. I liked the flowers, but I didn't like the vases they came with. I was always thinking about buying new vases, but it was hard finding any that could fit them adequately. Afterwards, one day while wandering through Pinterest, I came across different DIYs that involved spray paint. So I thought, why not give it a try? And I'm glad I did! It made such a difference.
All you will need is, well -- spray paint. Kind of obvious. You can choose any color of your preference. I bought two shades: gold and copper. But silver would also look nice. I recommend metallic paint because it gives it a nice finish.
Hi there! Tomorrow is that time of year again -- All Hallows' Eve. Well, no one really calls it that anymore. Aside from Christmas, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Dressing up and trick-or-treating, ending up with candy enough candy to last for an entire month. Even though the Halloween vibe is not as strong here in Peru, we're still trying to get in the mood.
Which is why I brought you this post today. A super quick and easy costume you can create with pieces you probably already own. This year I will be dressing up as the infamous Wednesday Friday Addams. She's as dark as a girl can get, with a slightly wicked sense of humor. And as we all know, her signature style consists of a black dress with a white collar.
So I’m excited to announce that I have officially graduated and have obtained my bachelor’s degree in Consumer Psychology. It’s surreal how fast time has passed. I feel like if it were just yesterday that I got accepted. I certainly did not know what to expect in my freshman year. The late night study sessions and befriending coffee in its’ different forms and variations. I even switched majors at the end of the first year, I was initially in Business Management & Marketing. But I soon realized that management was certainly not for me. That’s when I discovered and quickly feel in love with my new major. It has been quite a journey, filled with so many ups and downs. Without persistence and the support from my loved ones this wouldn’t have been possible. Now, we’ll see what happens next!
P.S. I’m working on some upcoming posts. Stay tuned!
Hello there! Today I will be sharing a few of the skin and hair products that I’ve been loving lately. I have written about some of these brands and products before. The reason why I keep going back to them is because of the results obtained.
First of all, I must mention that I’ve been breaking out a lot lately --what’s worse is that I do not know the reason why. My makeup routine is the same, plus I’m drinking the recommended amount of water, eating fruits and working out. In other words, I’ve been trying to maintain healthy habits and see if that would stop the break out, but it hasn’t. So I’m guessing it’s stress...? Anyway, these are the products that have been helping me:
I do not own that many nude nail polishes. I always find it difficult to find the perfect shade for me. However, this is a tone that I've been going back to. It's "Runway Grey" by Maybelline's Colorshow. I think I even wrote about it last year. Although it's name is grey, the shade is rather brownish. And with two layers, you're good to go! When I'm doubting which color to wear, I either go with the classic red or with this one. They're both easy to match with everything.
Hello there! So a quick update on my hair transformation. I finally decided to color it! It's the first time I've gotten my hair dyed from roots to tips. The last time I made any changes was last year when I decided to go for the ombre look. At first I really liked it, but with the washes my tips got too brassy. Not to mention, the whole bleaching process really damaged my hair and completely changed the texture of it. Before it would never get tangled, and after that my hair became thin and prone to tangling. I was initially waiting to grow it out completely before making any other changes. But with my graduation coming up, I felt like it was a good moment to go for something different. I was aiming for something a bit deeper-chocolate tone. But once I was at the hair salon, I chose a lighter shade, which turned out to be more like a chestnut brown. Either way I liked how it came out. I'm still getting used to it though.
P.S. The pictures were taken under sunlight which causes my hair to look a bit more saturated than it actually is.
I was honestly expecting to blog more this month, but September has passed by faster than expected. The thing about time is that it cannot be stopped or prolonged. One day passes by after another, and without notice the week is basically over. But is only the human that is consciously aware of time and the side effects of procrastination. We're constantly living our lives based on the amount of things getting done within the least possible amount of time. What ever happened to pausing and looking around for a while? What's the point of speeding if you're going on the wrong direction?
These are just ramblings, so you can ignore this post altogether. But I'm taking a course on Photography and Psychoanalysis which induces the participants to be constantly questioning things. That's when I came across a quote by a photographer, Todd Hido:
"I believe that all those signs from your past and all those feelings and memories certainly come together, often subconsciously, and form some kind of a fragmented narrative. Often you're telling your own story but you may not even know it."
Hi there! So I recently purchased a few makeup products. I tend not to splurge so much on makeup. Once I find products I like, I use them up and repurchase them. And in mi opinion, some drugstore brands are as good as some high end or department store brands. I was initially going to buy an Urban Decay palette (they finally arrived to Peru recently!), but then I came across this one that looked a bit similar and for a cheaper price.
So these are the products I purchased:
Hi there! It's been so long since the last time I posted a fashion haul. I usually forget to do these types of posts because the blog isn't really fashion oriented, but I guess it's okay to do so once in a while. Since winter is coming to an end (hopefully), many stores had sales and really good discounts on items from the upcoming season. I decided to buy four blouses and a pair of jeans. When I went to the mall, I initially wasn't really expecting to buy anything. But on some occasions I just come across certain items that I must buy --otherwise I know I'll regret it later. So here is what I bought:
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Hello there! So on an unrelated subject, I came across this website called Human Metrics were you can take a personality test. According to Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ theory, there are 16 personality types. It basically divides and categorizes the types of introverts and extroverts. It's possible to have a combination two personality types, but one always predominates. As a psychologist, it might be strange that I don't post much about psychology related subjects. That is because the intention of this blog was to write about other types of topics, such as product reviews and beauty DIYs.
Many online personality tests are not trustworthy. However, I found the accuracy of this test to be quite impressive --which is why I wanted to share it. My results were that I have the INFJ personality. It stands for Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging. It describes me really well. I think these types of test are interesting and insightful. You can get to know yourself a little better. It can also help you answer some doubts and questions you've had about yourself. There is always an explanation for your thoughts and feelings. And as weird as it may seem, there are many things we do not fully know about ourselves.
Hello there! Sundays are the days were I like to relax and pamper myself. From facial masks to manis and pedis, it's the perfect day of the week to catch up on your beauty to-do list. Today I will be sharing one of the easiest and quickest hair masks you can make at home. It's pretty simple, all you will need is two ingredients:
- One egg
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
Mix it together and violà! I applied it to damp hair, from the roots to the tips. (Don't worry, it won't leave your roots all oily). Not to mention, the egg helps fortify the hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so, and then rinse it off and wash and condition as usual. It left my hair shiny and extra soft. And thanks to the olive oil, it tames down frizz and flyaways. I am definitely repeating this next week!
Hello! So I came across this product a month ago. But I wanted to use it for a while before writing about it. Mother of Pearl by Grisi is a face and body lotion. I was initially looking for an acne product because I was breaking out and my face wash that contains salicylic acid wasn't helping much. Since my skin was also getting dried, I wanted something that would moisturize but at the same time treat my break outs. That's when I found this lotion. I had heard about it before --like many years ago. But after doing some research and fining positive feedback, I decided to buy it.
Hello! So I had the chance to purchase one Lip Kit by Kylie Jenner. I watched some videos on Youtube before doing so, considering that they're pricier here in Peru due to the international shipping. I chose Dolce K, because it seemed to be a nice neutral color. Well, it turns out it's actually one of the shades that looks different on every person. At first, I thought it was a little too dark, which made me look paler than usual. But then when I tried it for a second time, and combining it with the right makeup, I liked how it turned out.
I cannot believe this post is number one hundred. I've been blogging non-stop for five years already! Who would have guessed it? Although it's just a hobby for me, it requires time and effort. Taking the right pictures, editing them, coming up with content and ideas to write about. Sure, there are days when I feel uninspired and nothing comes to mind. But other times, after finishing a post, I feel so inexplicably delighted --and that's what keeps me going. I did not create this blog to gain followers or popularity. It's a form of self expression that I enjoy. A big thank you to the lovely visitors. There are many things coming ahead! Stay tuned.
I came across these photos unexpectedly the other day when I found some old CD's. Nowadays, who even uses discs as storage? I need to transfer these before CD's become obsolete. It was inevitable to feel nostalgic. When I started this blog, it was a topic I would bring up constantly --lately I haven't mentioned it. Up until early 2009, I used to live in south Florida. Then, my parents gave me the news that we'd be moving back to Peru. After ten years, Florida was certainly the place I called home. And at that moment, just as any regular fifteen year old, it was shocking and hard to take in.
Finally! I just finished reading "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen. In order not to spoil it I won't get into much detail. Overall, I enjoyed the story. The main character is a girl named Mclean, she's in her senior year. Over the last few years, since her parents divorced, she's been moving a lot. That is because she went to live with her dad and he gets relocated frequently due to his job. In every city she would go to, she'd change her name and personality. But, this time in Lakeview, things are different. (If you've read Sarah's novels, you know Lakeview is where all the drama happens). It wasn't as romantic as some of her previous novels. Mclean does meet a guy named Dave. But she realizes many things about herself and life not only because of him, but also due to her new friends and the communication with her parents.
I have read a total of six novels by Sarah Dessen over the years. Dreamland, That Summer, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and lastly What Happened to Goodbye. Every book was different, but they did have some aspects in common. Here are 6 lessons that the novels have taught me:
Hello! So I haven't been updating the blog as often as initially planned. Sometimes life throws at you unexpected opportunities and you just have to take them. Which is what I did --and now I have a new job! However, that doesn't mean I'll be leaving the blog aside. As I mentioned previously, I already have a post planned on a review on a book, "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen. I'm two chapters away from being done! I know that Sarah Dessen's novels can be a quick read, but I always find her stories captivating. And there's another product review coming soon that I've been wanted to do for quite a while, but I won't give out any details yet.
Hello there! Just as promised, here is a post to share my favorites lately.
- Zara skinny jeans: I bought them in three colors, and find these very easy to match with my clothes. Winter has officially begun here in Lima, and I've been wearing these with beige and black coats and denim jackets. They are comfortable and have the right fit. However, I wasn't able to find the link for these products.
- Boum perfume by Jeanne Arthes: I got this one as a birthday present. It's a sweet and soft scent, perfect for my everyday go to.
- TM Golden Bracelets: Also a birthday gift, they're elastic and fit the wrist like a scrunchy.
- Notebook from De la Vitch: I bought this one a while back, but recently started using it. I love it because the pages are completely blank. Not to mention the colorful cover and cute message it has.
- Montblanc Pen: I know a pen isn't that exciting, but for some reason I really like this one. It was also a present, and it's the first fancy pen I ever own.
- And finally my Apple Watch: Here in Peru, there was only blue available. But it was a birthday gift so I can't really complain. I'm still getting the hang of it. However, I find it very useful being able to leave my phone charging in one place and move around and still receive all the notifications. It detects your movement and counts the calories you burn, which is really awesome, considering that I will be working out soon.
Hello there! June ended way too fast. My birthday was a week ago, I turned 23. It's crazy how the years pass by. I've been loving most of the gifts I received, so I'll soon be doing a favorites post on them. Anyway, today I will be explaining how I edit my Instagram pictures. The other day while organizing my phone apps, I realized that I had many photo editing apps installed that I didn't even use. Currently, my two favorite ones are VSCO Cam and Color Story. However, I must admit that I've been using VSCO a lot less ever since Color Story came out.
As you may have noticed, I usually don't post things that are fashion related. But since autumn has already begun here in Lima, I thought I'd share two outfit ideas I created using Polyvore. I'm honestly more of the jeans and a shirt type, but I'm trying my best to step up my outfit game, while still maintaining my personal style. Hence, the searching for inspiration. I prefer accessories are versatile and can be shared with different looks, like the ones shown above. Before as a teenager, I used to own so many bracelets and necklaces because for some reason I considered them to be the best way of self expression. Now I understand that less is more. Below are the details on the items, in case you're interested in them :)
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After hearing some comments and complaints on the topic, I decided to make a post about it. First off, ambition is good. It leads to establishing precise goals and objectives. We all need guidelines to help set our path. But it's not healthy to be comparing yourself to others. Like all of a sudden, your friends are getting engaged, you still don't have your dream job, but everyone else seems to have it all together. That may leave you confused and wondering what you did wrong. Well, guess what? You did nothing wrong.
Keep in mind that life is not a race, yet many people fail to see that. You should appreciate the things that come your way and try to make the best out of them. Everyone goes through difficult times, even the most successful people have their downs. But what makes them stand out, is that they get back up on their feet and keep on trying. So next time you feel like things aren't going right or how you'd expect them to be, remember: success is only the tip of the iceberg. There's plenty of hard work, failing attempts and sacrifice underneath. You just have to go on your own pace, and most importantly, accept yourself.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
I haven't done a nail polish post in a while. To be honest, I stopped wearing nail polish for a few reasons. First of all, my nails were super fragile and if I painted them they would be more prone to breaking. Plus, I haven't had much time lately to do my nails. Being so busy with school assignments and work, by the end of the day I'd feel exhausted and the last thing on my mind was an at-home mani. But the main reason I refused to do my nails was because of an article I found at the EWC website.
The reason I don't do monthly favorites is because some of these items can be my favorites for a longer period of time. My previous favorites post was in back in December --which I admit, it has been too long (how did five months pass so fast?). Perhaps I should start posting these every other month or so.
So here are the products that I've been loving lately:
- Tea Tree BB Cream by The Body Shop: I don't recall if I've mentioned this one before, specially since I've been using it for quite a while now. It's the best BB Cream I've tried, it has plenty of coverage which makes it work just as well as any regular foundation. The downside is that it doesn't have any FPS, so it's important to apply facial sunscreen before hand.
- Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime: This smells amazing! I usually use it in the middle of the week in order to give my hair an extra hydrating boost. I've applied it after shampooing and allowed it to sink in for about 8 minutes. Although it doesn't reduce volume, my hair turns out shiny and extremely soft. Worth the purchase.
- Sleeping mask: It's been years since I've used one of these. Last week while looking around Zara, I came across it and decided to buy it. It has helped me get a better night sleep, considering that the curtains I own are kinda sort of sheer which makes the streets light illuminate my room at night.
- "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown: From time to time, I come across books for my course lessons that end up being helpful for personal aspects. Well, this is one of those books. It teaches how to identify and overcome vulnerability. It also opens your eyes to see things from a whole different perspectives --that it's important to embrace your imperfections and accept things as they are.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.”
Hello there! So I've been struggling with frizzy hair ever since I can remember. I've tried just about everything on my hair. Some of it has worked, but my laziness and lack of consistency on these methods made me go back to the same dry-looking and voluminous hair. Today I decided to give another chance to homemade masks. I had tried mayo by itself before, and I didn't see much improvement. Plus, my hair ended up smelling pretty bad! But this time, I decided to do it differently:
You only need three ingredients:
- Two table spoons of mayonnaise (normal or light)
- One table spoon of honey
- One egg
I also recommend using other ingredients like avocado, bananas, mango, olive oil --gosh, there are so many things sitting in the kitchen that can be used for treating your hair. I'll be posting more often about these quick and easy hair masks.
P.S. Happy mother's day!
Just when I thought my last semester would be more relaxed, surprise! Joke's on me. Although I'm taking less courses, with the job and well --life, it's kind of hard to find time to blog. And when I mean blog, I mean fully dedicate time to elaborate written content and accompanying visuals. Time is valuable and not expandable. I can't buy myself more time, nor invest it for later. It's simple: either you don't or you do have time. Unluckily, right now my priorities are others. That does not mean I will not be blogging, just not as often or as in depth as I would like. Once I'm done with college, gosh do I hope I can have that free time I have been so long craving for. Just for once, waking up early to actually enjoy the morning and not to rapidly eat breakfast and leave for class, without even taking a pause. Maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but these past five years have been quite hectic. Talk to you soon!
To be honest, I've never been interested in cooking, baking or being in the kitchen in general. However, I think it's time I start learning. I can't be buying take out food all the time or be depending on my mother since she doesn't have time to cook everyday. I'm taking small steps here because this is unexplored territory for me. Now, since it was the first time I ever baked something all by myself, I decided to take a short cut and ended up buying the box with the premix. I prepared a total of 12 cupcakes, although they looked more like muffins. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that I over-mixed it. They didn't turn out as expected, but being the first time, we all make mistakes. I'll just have to keep this in mind for next time. They were edible and tasted good, so that's what counts, right?
Haven't you ever wondered why is it that we do what we do? We put so much time and effort on things, wanting to accomplish something. But is it really what we want? Or do we do it out of peer pressure and society's expectations? Sometimes it's hard for many to put their dreams first, to purse that which fills them with passion and motivation. Excelling is based on individual perceptions. One's success at something may seem insignificant to others. But that's not a reason good enough to give up. Unfortunately, motivation isn't going to come knocking at your door to wake you up. It will always be present, you just have to know how to search for it.