Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on “Only love is real” by Brian L. Weiss. This is not the type of book I’d purchase, it was actually a gift. I tend to read mostly novels, though I’m trying to change that. Other types of books, such as memoirs, usually bore me (I confess I never finished Eat Pray Love). But since this one was a short read, I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad I did.

Before going more in-depth, the book covers spiritual topics such as reincarnation. So if you are strongly against it, feel free to skip this post. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but there is no need to generate a fuss.

First off, a little background on the author. Brian L. Weiss is an american psychiatrist and hypnotherapist that has made many appearances on TV, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. I kept my mind open while reading this book. I had previously heard about sessions were the person being hypnotized shared some details of their previous life -- such as name, year, geographic location-- and afterwards they’d look up the information to find it did match old records.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Only Love Is Real

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I cannot emphasize enough how rereading Twilight automatically took me back to 8th grade, making me feel like a teenager again. Now after being done with it, I'm seriously considering rereading the rest of the books. But for the time being, the only saga I'll be focusing on is Harry Potter.

It's not the same reading a romance/fantasy novel when you're fifteen than when you're twenty-four. There are plenty of stuff from the ‘adult’ world that one ignores while being younger, falling easily in love with the characters. Around the time the Twilight film was released, there were a bunch of graphics circling the internet, stating that Edward Cullen had raised the standards for future boyfriends. Well, this book simply raises the standards for any relationship.

It's not like I don't believe in romance. I've actually been in a relationship for the past three years, so perhaps there are a few things that I've learned along the way. Firstly, it doesn't matter how much someone attracts you, in real life no one will take such intrepid risks after knowing you for such a brief period of time. Bella and Edward literally had only two dates to get to know each other, plus a few days sharing a table at lunch. The love represented in the novel is highly unrealistic and kind of toxic if you reflect upon it.

Not to mention the way time lapses in the novel. At first, time progresses at an average speed. But after the Saturday that Bella and Edward spend together in the forest, everything happens too fast. She meets his family momentarily and then has to run away and save her life. I feel like Meyer could have filled us in better on the Cullen's before the two protagonists declared their love to one another. I know that either way we get to know the characters better in the rest of the books, but in my opinion there's a gap that could've been filled before Bella flies to Phoenix.

Nevertheless, it was entertaining to grasp the small details I had forgotten and that were overlooked in the film.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reread: Twilight

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Given that I've read the first four Harry Potter books in a row, I'd thought it would be better if I wrote a collective post, rather than one per book. It's actually a bit hard to write a review because J.K. Rowling is a fantastic author. While reading, you automatically get transferred to Hogwarts and the magical world. Not to mention, you get to know the deeper layers of the characters.

If you've seen the movies (which most likely you already have) I recommend reading the books. You don't even have to read them all or start with the first one. Just jump straight to your favorite one. The books are written is such manner that you will understand them without impediment. Not to mention, the author always does a small recap at the beginning and sometimes makes references to previous events throughout the novel.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts starts to get more interesting. While still in the Dursleys house, he gets visited by Dobby, a house-elf who definitely knows more than what he lets on. His warnings are premonitory about the dark year that lays ahead. Thankfully, Harry is rescued by Ron and his twin brothers, they used Mr. Weasly's magic car. Once he returns to the Wizarding world, Harry, Ron and Hermione meet their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gildory Lockhart, who is nothing but a narcissist and has never fought against anything remotely dark.

Things start to get strange in Hogwarts when Mrs. Norris, the caretaker's cat, appears petrified in the middle of a hallway. Naturally, Harry and company were there at the wrong time and the wrong place. Later, when the Gryffindor students participate in a duel with the Slytherins (which is supervised by Professor Snape and Lockhart), Harry faces a snake that appeared thanks to one of Draco's spells. Harry automatically speaks to the snake without noticing anything odd. The problem is that he's actually speaking parseltongue, a language only Dark Wizards can understand. Therefore, the entire school starts to think he's behind the attacks.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

The third year begins with the news of a convicted murder being out on the loose, warning both muggles and wizards. The Durselys, as usual, are inhumanly cruel to Harry. They get visited by Aunt Marge, who surprisingly enough is far worse than Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. After constantly insulting Harry, he involuntarily blows her up and runs away with this Hogwarts stuff and with Hedwig. While alone in the empty muggle streets, Harry feels as if he's being watched when suddenly the Knight Bus appears and takes him back to the wizarding world.

He later finds that the escaped prisoner is Sirius Black and learns what he has been punished for. On the train back to Hogwarts, Harry faints due to the presence of the dementors -- creatures who feed on human happiness. This year with the help of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, Harry will learn how to face these terrible creatures without passing out. He will also meet Sirius Black, who didn't want to harm him after all.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

Oh the terrible things that lay ahead of the fourth year. This is when the story starts to get creepy. Though not at the beginning, while still in Pivet Drive, he gets visited by the Weasleys. The Dursleys were expecting them to knock on the door. But since they're not muggles, they decided to use the Foo Powder and appear in the Dursleys fireplace --which was a hilarious scene by the way. They picked Harry up in order to attend the Quidditch World Cup. Things start to get weird when the game ends, Voldemort followers cause a riot and the Dark Mark appears. Once again, Harry and company are spotted at the wrong place and wrong time.

When the new school year begins, they learn that it will be unlike the rest given that the Triwizard Tournament will be hosted in Hogwarts. Wizards from other countries are expected to arrive, and one candidate per school can participate. To everyone's surprise, Harry's name pops out of the Goblet during the announcement of champions, making him the fourth. His friendship with Ron stumbles and the entire school is against Harry participating. He confines his troubles to the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad Eye Moody. Only at the end will Harry comprehend that the malevolent Lord Voldemort was behind his participation and that he has returned to finish what he started.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Harry Potter: Book 2 - 4

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Hello earthlings!

After being MIA for a month, I’ve decided to return to the blogosphere. This time with a different intention. Remember how I’ve mentioned countless times that I’d be walking away from the typical beauty topics? Well, this time I mean it. This new face --and phase-- of La Luna Vita will mainly contain book reviews (shocker!) and perhaps I might slowly glide my way into physical and mental health subjects. I’ve resumed my yoga practice and found so many benefits! I’d be happy to share them with you.

As I recap, I wanted to share my 2017 reading list so far. There are a few reviews pending, I’m still thinking of the best format to present them --without containing too many spoilers.

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling *currently reading
  10. Only Love is Real by Brian L. Weiss *currently reading

Perhaps you’ve noticed a pattern going on here. Just to take a break from Harry Potter for a while, I’ve been thinking about re-reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. From wizards to vampires. Please don’t judge me, I generally don’t read that much fantasy.

How about you? What are some interesting books you’ve read this year?

Monday, August 28, 2017


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It’z crazy how a four letter acronym can define you so well. I found out I had an INFJ personality a few years ago, but didn’t start giving it much importance until I came across a website that created content specially for introverts, it’s called Introvert Dear. Reading the articles written by other like me made me feel more comfortable with my personality. I also learned that I have one of the rarest types.

Embracing it is something relatively new to me. As a kid, I always felt something was different about me. I was comfortable being me, but having others constantly ask me “why are you so quiet?” made it seem like I was acting wrong. That’s when it began, the whole “blending in” process. I did it in order to avoid answering questions to which I had no other explanation than “that’s how I am”. After attempting to explain myself a few times, I realized that extroverts seldomly understand introvert’s motives. Back then, however, I did not know these characteristics had labels.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Accepting my INFJ personality

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As you may be noticed, I’ve barely ever written about fashion in the last 5 years that I’ve kept this blog. This doesn’t mean I’m not keen on shopping for clothes or dressing nicely. The main reason why I don’t like to write about this topic is because in this “millennial” era, there are too many style varieties and the trends seem to last less than a year. I, on the other hand, am more fond of purchasing timeless/classic pieces. Hence, I don’t see the point in posting about what I wear if it doesn’t change much.

If I had to describe my style, I'd say I mainly dress with neutral colors: whites, blacks and earthy tones. I prefer clean cuts and avoid crazy patterns (except for a few summer blouses). I'm the type that likes to invest on certain items --such as coats and jeans-- but looks for other items in a bargain. And I firmly believe that less is more when it comes to fashion, which is why I don't do too much layering or combine too many colors. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why I don't blog fashion + 5 trends I dislike

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I recall keeping a journal/diary as early as the age of six (I got it as a birthday present). To be honest, I’ve actually kept all the journals I’ve used throughout the years. Of course back then my handwriting was horrible, I misspelled almost everything and I’d write about unamusing events like “June 14, 2000: Today I went to the mall.” Still, it became a habit that stuck with me ever since. One of the things I’ve grown fond of is rereading my entries after months or years. I’ve found it both entertaining and bewildering -- realizing on many occasions that I’ve overreacted about little things, the type of things that wouldn’t make me upset now.

Journaling has helped me in different ways. What I’ve noticed is it’s been most effective when using notebook and pen. I’ve tried online journaling, there are great sites such as Penzu, but I rather stick to the old-school version. There’s nothing more freeing than being able to scribble your thoughts, not limiting it to words but also illustrations. (I’m sorry trees).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

5 Benefits of Journaling

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Last week I traveled to the jungle region of the country, a small city called Iquitos. According to The Guardian, it is considered one of the world’s most remote cities. There are only two ways of getting there: by airplane or by boat. There are no roads that connect it to another city due to it’s surrounding geography.

The entire experience was nonetheless unforgettable. Even though I’m terrified of insects --and oh boy, there you find all kinds and sizes-- the view was worth it. The Amazon river is simply majestic. Up from the sky it is impossible not to recognize its’ swirls in the midst of the green rainforest. While navigating in the river itself, you can feel the relentless current in the form of soft sand-colored waves. The best part of traveling to remote areas are the night skies filled luminous little dots.

So here are some photographs, 'til next time!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Into the jungle

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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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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


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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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It’s the second time I read this book. I remember the first time I read it I was 12 years old, just starting middle school. The cover caught my eye while roaming around the school library, of course it had a different cover back then. And yes, I tend to pick out books based on the cover.

For a long time, I considered Dreamland to be my favorite book. It was the first novel I read by Sarah Dessen. I soon started reading many others of the YA genre (by Dessen and other authors), but no other book could dethrone it’s number one spot. Back in 2009 I purchased it just to have a copy of my own, but I didn’t dare to read it. Weird, right? My “favorite” book from middle school, but I just couldn’t reread it. Well, let me tell you that copy rested in my bookshelf for many more years to come. Only recently, did I get the courage to read it again. And although I already knew how it all ends, it hit me hard. Once more.

For those of you who haven’t read it, the story is about sixteen year old Caitlin, who unexpectedly meets Rogerson Biscoe -- a different and mysterious guy, nothing like her high school peers. Green eyes, olive skin and the wild hair. The central topic is abusive relationships -- a topic that is still not discussed enough even today. He’s older, he smokes and sells pot, it was obvious he was trouble. But young and naive Caitlin didn’t see it coming, and when she realized in what situation she was in, she simply couldn’t get out.

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It’s impossible not to love Rogerson at first. Of course if you’ve already read it, you’re just thinking he’s a total scumbag and part of you wants to warn Caitlin. But you certainly can’t because they’re just fictional characters. However, there are many girls who go through the same thing or worse. I recently saw 13 Reasons Why and I couldn’t help relating these two. Depression can have different manifestations. Even though Caitlin made certain choices but later receives help, other girls in her situation could have taken the same decision as Hannah (main character from 13 Reasons Why).

I’m actually a very emotional person and I usually do not vent about it, even less write about it publicly. But seeing 13 Reasons Why and rereading Dreamland, with a one week difference, was definitely not the best decision. It was a bit overwhelming. Aside from all the emotions, I did enjoy reading it again. And I can now openly state that Dreamland is no longer my favorite book, but it will always have a special place in my heart.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Reread: Dreamland

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I always find intrigue in blurry and poor quality photographs. (Circa 2012)

Holographic dreams 
The type you want to wake up from 
Hovering above the sea 
Swirls and whimsical bodies of water 
Fluorescence beneath your feet 

Blending in the darkness 
Spectrums surrounding 
Catch me 
Before I fall asleep

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Holographic dreams

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Hi there! Today I’ll be talking about vaseline and different ways of using it. To start off, what is vaseline? Also known as petroleum jelly, it derives from oil, which makes it unfriendly for the environment. According to this article I found in the Huffington Post, it can even be dangerous because some of its components can cause cancer if they aren’t adequately removed. Another interesting fact is that vaseline per se doesn’t actually hydrate the skin, rather it locks in moisture and consequently prevents dryness.

Regardless, I’ve recently started using it, and found that it does come in handy. Here are five ways it has worked for me, though in Pinterest you can find plenty more:

  1. Chapped lips: Yes, I know I just wrote that vaseline doesn’t really hydrate the skin. I still use my regular lip balm (Maybelline’s Baby Lips) but I apply a small amount of vaseline on my lips in the mornings while getting ready. I let it dry before applying lipstick. By doing this, I've noticed that my lips no longer get as chapped. 
  2. Cuticles: Before doing my nails, I apply a small amount on my cuticles, not for hydration, but to stop the nail polish from getting on my skin (since I tend to be slightly sloppy). It helps save time, since before I would have to clean my fingertips with nail polish remover and a cotton swab.
  3. Dry elbows and ankles: Moisturizing body cream wasn’t enough. This summer, for some reason, my left elbow got super dried and no matter if I applied body lotion everyday, I wouldn’t see any results. That is, until I applied vaseline. It took only a few days to notice the different.
  4. Brushing eyebrows: Sometimes my eyebrows get a bit rebellious and found that vaseline was a great alternative for gel. 
  5.  Wounds: A few weeks ago, while preparing a tortilla, I got a tiny oil burn on my index finger. Vaseline made the swelling go away after a couple of uses.

I'm pretty sure there are many more ways of using vaseline, I'll keep on experimenting! That's all for now :) 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 different uses of vaseline/petroleum jelly

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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? 

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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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