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Before even finishing the book, I already knew how I would rate it. While reading some reviews on Good Reads, I noticed there were many opposing point of views. First of all, we can’t deny that Emily Brontë did in fact write a masterpiece. It’s among the most represented novels of English literature. Many people state that they hate this novel because of it’s horrendous characters. Mean, shallow, selfish...the list could go on. I don’t think Brontë’s purpose was to make the characters aspirational, quite the contrary. Perhaps she simply wanted to portray the evil side that many people have, whether they openly show it or not.

When I first began, I found it a bit tedious to even finish the first chapter. However, this year I set myself a goal of reading (and finishing) more books --regardless whether I like them or not. That is why I kept reading, and later found myself wanting to know more about these characters. Just to clarify, no I do not sympathize with them. But as a psychologist, I can’t help myself. Personality development initiates when we’re just toddlers. By the age of five, the characteristics become more visible and it completely takes shape by the time we’re eighteen. Why do the Wuthering Heights residents have such outrageous thoughts and behavior?

The ending took me a bit by surprise, given all the despairing outcomes I thought that's how it would finish. But no, after everything that occurred, the ending demonstrated that good things can happen, that the descendents do not have to be commended. There's a saying that goes "there is no evil that lasts a hundred years". Literally.

Rating: 3.5/5

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book review: Wuthering Heights

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Hi there! As I may have mentioned before, cooking things is not my strong suit. But as the years have passed by, I’ve decided to start trying new things, and cooking is one of them. Though I may not have the right skills (yet) to make an entire dinner, I am at least getting better at making breakfast. Today I will be sharing how I made pancakes.

In the past, I’d always buy frozen pancakes or simply order them at restaurants. But while looking through Pinterest, I had a sudden inspiration/urge to prepare them at home. The recipe is quite simple, I bet many of you know it already.

All you need is:

  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 spoons of sugar 
  • 2 spoons of butter 
  • 1 cup of milk 
  • 1 cup of baking flour 
  • Maple syrup (or chocolate fudge) 
  • Fruits are optional
* This recipe is for 8 servings. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quick and easy pancake recipe

Hi there! So I was finally able to get my hands on this product. I read so much about it, from blogs to Youtube videos, they all spoke wonders. Let’s just say that they don’t call it dramatic for nothing! It is, indeed, the best moisturizer I’ve owned so far -- and the priciest. Now, I know there are other skin care products that are far more expensive. But I usually do not spend a great amounts of money on beauty, I tend to go for drugstore products.

I am aware that the box states that it’s part of a 3 step process. But since I saw so many other bloggers using it on it’s own, I decided to give it a try. And the effect is immediate, as soon as it dries, your skin instantly becomes softer. I was slightly afraid it might cause me breakouts, but thankfully it didn’t. It’s actually been diminishing acne scars.

How do I use it? Well, there isn’t much science to it. I apply it every night after washing my face with Eucerin’s facial cleanser. A dime size is more than enough, and whatever is left I simply spread it around my neck. If you use it as a night cream, you will notice the difference in the morning. The reason I don’t use it for the day is because it doesn’t have any FPS. The product is basically scentless, which is a good indicator that it doesn’t contain unnecessary chemicals.

This definitely proves to me that paying for recognized brands, such as Clinique, is totally worth it. Not to mention, it makes me curious about the other two steps: the facial soap and clarifying lotion.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Product review: Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

No filter needed <3

The silence I know so well
Though it is hard to tell
Different settings
Same time of day

Emotions lingering restless
But they want to stay

Paper and pen
The company you keep
When your mind is at speed

As the streets become crowded
Footsteps dissolve the way

Better wait
Until the next day

P.S. The last time I posted a poem was back in 2015. Perhaps I should start sharing more of these? 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Whispers of the mind

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The title in the Spanish version is "The Last Goodbye"

Hi there! So today I'll be sharing my thoughts on "The Lake House", Kate Morton's fifth novel. I'm actually a bit late, I finished reading the book two weeks ago, but I couldn't find the time to sit down and write calmly. This is the third book I read by this author. I absolutely love her style, combining mysteries of the past and present with the right amount of romance. This novel is no exception, the story itself is captivating. 500 pages that will leave you wanting more. 

The story begins in Cornwall 1933, with Alice Edevane as the main character. She's sixteen and aspires to write a novel. Then it flash forwards to Sadie Sparrow, London 2003. She's a detective and goes to Cornwall to stay with her grandfather for a few weeks. One day while jogging through the woods, she comes across an abandoned house, which happens to belong to Alice's family. Soon, Sadie's detective instinct tells her to dig in the past, why would the owners leave house intact? She tries to reach Alice, now a famous writer that resides in London. Alice refuses to look back on her family's past, but later realizes that she had been wrong about what happened during the midsummer solstice party of 1933. Will detective Sadie help her reveal the truth that has been hiding under decades of memories and dust? 

Different covers available, as shown in katemorton.com

I won't mention any spoilers. The plot is well developed, and what I liked the most about this book (comparing it to others by Morton), is that in this one the author provides the point of view of secondary characters, which helps shape the storyline even better.

Overall rating: 4/5. I'm not giving it a 5 because towards the last few chapters, it became a bit predictable, but still enjoyable nonetheless. 

P.S. Her books make me want to visit Cornwall, perhaps I should add it to my bucketlist. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: The Lake House

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So today I’ll be discussing about life and one if it’s major events if you’re in university/college: graduation. I graduated and obtained my bachelor’s back in October, six months have passed -- and as usual, time always seems to have a faster pace than us. I was fortunate enough to study a career I enjoy and land a job in a related area. I realized however, that even though things seem to have turned out well, it doesn’t mean I have everything figured out.

I’m not sure if you remember the final scene from Finding Nemo. When all the fish get to escape the dentist’s office while he’s cleaning the tank. The fish are placed in separate plastic bags with water, and they roll out the window and land in the sea. They’re thrilled to have escaped! And the following question is: now what?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Life after graduation

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Hi there! Today I will be sharing my daily go-to makeup routine.  As much as I love makeup, I don't go full out on daily bases. So you won't find anything fancy. I like to keep things simple --I firmly believe that sometimes less is more, hence allowing my skin to breathe. 

I start off with the foundation or BB Cream. Before that, I apply facial sunscreen and let it dry for a few minutes. On occasions use liquid foundation (Maybelline Super Stay Foundation), but that happens mostly when I'm breaking out during *that* time of the month. Otherwise, I will use The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream. It's the only BB cream that I've tried so far that actually has good coverage. 

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daily Makeup Routine

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Hello! In case you haven't noticed, I changed the theme for the blog. I wanted something different, since I've had the same style (posts on the left, sidebar on the right) for years. This time I went for a gridded one. Also, I kinda sorta implemented a new logo *cheers*. It's a sleeping moon with dangling hearts and diamonds. Simple but I love it. After sticking for so long to one name (it's a miracle, I'd constantly change the names of my previous blogs) I felt it was the right time to start giving it some "brand" identity. I place quotation marks on the word brand because I don't intend for this blog to become a brand per se. As I've mentioned it before, it's my hobby and what I enjoy doing in my free time. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Revamping: Blog + Insta

Hi there! I’m a big fan of The Body Shop store, although there isn’t one here in Peru. Thankfully my aunt who recently went to Spain was able to bring me these products. They’re only three, two of them which I have already used in the past. What I like the most about this brand that that it is cruelty free, something hard to find in my country.

Now, moving on to the products. First we have the Moringa Hand Cream. Besides keeping the hands moisturized, drying fast and not leaving a sticky sensation, can we talk about the scent? The first time I ever walked into The Body Shop was back in 2014, when I went on a trip to Europe. The section of body creams had the usual ingredients: coconut, strawberry, aloe vera, etc. When I spotted the word “Moringa” it caught me eye, so I tried it and let me tell you: it’s the BEST scent ever. Floral and subtly sweet, a bit hard to describe it without using positive adjectives.

Another product I absolutely recommend is the Argan Oil Spray for body and hair. Yes, it’s a two in one product, which is what I love the most. I normally apply the oil on my hair before going to bed. It smoothes the frizz over night, waking up to soft and manageable curls. What’s left on the palm of my hands, I just spread it over my arms and legs. Plus, it has a pleasant smell as well.

Finally, this is the first time I ever try their Matte Lip Liquid. I chose the color Windsor Rose 032. On their website, the rest of the colors seem to be too strong for my liking. However, once you apply it, it is not as pigmented as I thought it would be, so I kinda regret not going for a darker shade. As for the durability, it lasts for several hours, it won’t stain napkins once dried --but it still doesn’t beat Kylie’s matte lipstick. The positive side is that it keeps your lips moisturized, unlike Kylie’s that does make the lips dry after a couple of uses (at least in my case, which is why I only use Kylie’s matte lipstick once in awhile).

That would be all for now. I hope that sometime in the near future The Body Shop does open a store here in Lima, everytime I visit their website there are so many products that I wish to purchase. 'Til next time!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Haul: The Body Shop

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I started off the year reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s the second book of hers that I read, the first one was Pride & Prejudice, which I greatly enjoyed. How could you not possibly end up loving Mr. Darcy? The reason why I decided to read Persuasion was because they mentioned it repeatedly in the movie The Lake House. While watching it with my mom for like the fifth time, I became persuaded to read such a captivating romance novel.

My book reviews are always quite general, I do not like to spoil it for anyone, so don’t worry! Let’s go straight to the point: do I recommend it? Absolutely. It’s the type of book that you need to read, period. While love and relationships in the 1800s had a very different dynamic than today’s, human feelings will always remain same. What I personally enjoyed the most was the way in which the context and characters were portrayed. With Jane Austen’s writings, you can get real insights into how the common/everyday life was back then. People spoke so eloquently and politely. It’s a shame we as a society have lost that.

Persuasion’s main characters are Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. They had met several years ago and had fallen deeply in love. However, they were too young, naive and easily influenced by others so they went separate ways. Fast forward to the present (or rather the date were the novel takes place), and due to external circumstances --or destiny, whatever you wanna call it -- they meet again. Will they continue where they left off? Or will the broken hearts be unable to mend?

I won’t tell, you’ll have to find out on your own :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review: Persuasion

Hi there! Today I will be sharing some of the beauty products I've been loving lately. Let's start off with the Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator. I know it's a rather expensive product, it wasn't even mine actually. It was my mom's but since she never used it, she gave it to me instead. It covers up dark circles in a subtle way, unlike other illuminators that are too obvious and have a cakey effect. Not to mention, the tip is cool. So even though I don't apply the illuminator everyday, I like to leave the tip resting under my eyes for a few seconds. It reduces puffiness immediately. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beauty Favorites

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I recently found out about the Reason, Season or Lifetime theory/poem. (I know, I know, where have I been all this time? Under a rock? Well, no -- at work actually). The first time I read about it was in an article from Hello Giggles, Sophia Bush mentioned the concept in an interview. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting topic because it’s true. It states that people come into our lives for either three different motives:

  • Reason: You encounter someone for a brief period. Whether it's good or bad, the relationship doesn't last long and the whole purpose is for you to learn a lesson. 
  • Season: Though it's said to be short term, I see it rather mid term, since it can last up to years. This person will play a role in defining your personality.  
  • Lifetime: The name says it all, they will be in your life for many years. It can be a friend, a partner or a family member. 

Now, I personally believe that this not only applies to people, but to situations in general. Life has different stages, where you go through certain moments that define you. These moments are not limited to human relations, but the context as a whole plays an important part. From attending college, to a part-time job or even a simple stroll in the park. You reflect and learn from experiences, some that you may face entirely on your own.

That would be all for now, 'til next time! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Reason, Season or Lifetime

Hi there! So I've been applying hair masks more often lately. My goal is to fully recover my curls. My hair has suffered transformations over the years. Although I haven't straighten it permanently since 2014, these past few months my curls began to loose shape. I guess it might be the hair dye that's affecting it's texture. Anyhow, I want my hair back to normal, so what better way than hydrating it with natural ingredients? 

This hair hair mask is really simple to make and the results are amazing! All you will need is: 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 egg
Mix it up and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, shampoo and condition as usual. Trust me, you will immediately feel and see the different as soon as you step out of the shower.

That would be all for now, 'til next time!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hair Mask: Coconut + Olive Oil

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Hi there! So last month I made my first order ever on Phojojo. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online store that sells photography gear, both for you camera and phone. On this occasion, I bought two products:
  • Wide/Macro lens for iPhone 6s 
  • Lens cap holder

Photojojo offers international shippings. The shipping rate depends on your country, and according to their website, international orders take between 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. I’m not sure if it was because of the holidays, but my products got here 5 weeks later. I know it was barely an additional week, but during those days of delay, I couldn’t help but to think that something had gone wrong. Just when I was ready to write them an email, my order arrived!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Unboxing: Photojojo

Hello there! So today I will be writing about why I gave up on agendas/planners and will give bullet journaling a try. Sure, we live in a digital era were there are multiple options to keep a list of tasks to get done, from your phone to Google Calendar and many other websites offering the same service. However, there a few things in which I'm very old school about, such as books and stationary (I'm sorry dear trees). 

Now, why did I quit using an agenda? The answer is quite simple. I didn't actually used it, except for keeping track of my deadlines of school assignments. I used my 2016 agenda up to July, when I finally finished my last semester. Then August came by and I soon forgot I even had an agenda at all, getting lost in my bookshelf until December came along. As soon as I got a glimpse of it, I opened it and thought to myself what a waste of paper! So I decided that this could not happen again on 2017.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Bullet Journal (sort of)

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What a better way to start off the year: a weekend at the beach with your loved one. I know I said in the previous post that I would begin January writing about time management. And I’m working on it *promise* but I thought I would first share some pictures of the small trip I took.

This summer has started off a bit gloomy. Unlike last year, when the sun and heat were becoming almost unbearable, this year has been partly cloudy with chilly nights. Which might I add, got me sick. But aside from that, I had a good time.

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I’ve seen so many memes referring to the whole “New Year, New Me” as a cliché, and how a calendar is just a human construct in the end. I won’t disagree, I’ve always had the mentality that you can start any goal at any given day. Why wait ‘til Monday, next month, or next year when you can do it today!? However, I must admit that the beginning of each year inspires us to reflect upon our actions of the year before that. It helps us identify which were our strengths and weaknesses and how make some improvements.

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P.S. Also, I've recently started reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. This is the second book I read from this great author. I'm only on chapter three, can't wait to finish it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Starting off right



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