Sunday, August 28, 2016

Productivity Killeres at home and how to overcome them! | Luma Wifi

I hate working from home. I don't know exactly why but I can never ever really focus from home. I can't even work on my blog! And I've always been like this. When I was in college, I used to go to campus to study every day. And thank god my university has a few rooms that are open 24h for the students to go study and work, otherwise I don't know how I would be able to finish it. I spent so many nights there! And even today, I go to the office on weekends that I need to work. Or to Starbucks. I work better at Starbucks than at home!

And since Back to School Season is just around the corner -- can you believe summer is almost over?! -- I've decided to try and round up everything that I've found to be a productivity killer from my home and I tried to come up with some solutions for them!

1- Messy Desk

My desk, at home, is always messy. I mean, I have bills, junk mail, cords, products, old notes, and even cloths, on top of my desk And just the thought of having to clean up, clear some space, put everything where it belongs... Just kills my -- not that big in the fist place --  willpower. I'm sure this happens to you a lot too.
This has a very simple solution --  I need to be more careful where I leave my stuff. It is important to put everything in its rightful place right away. My mom always tried to teach me this. I guess she was right after all.

2- Food

Okey, I have to admit that food is one of the biggest distractions that I have at home. It just makes me waste so much time. Cooking, and cleaning up. Then I'm hungry again, I go to the fridge, than the pantry. I can't find any snack. I decided to go to the store, I buy a bunch of junk food. And the whole afternoon has just passed by. 
This problem is something I've already dealt with, and this has been working super well for me. I've been buying food that I can cook that don't need to much supervision. I really like thinks that I can just stuck in my oven, like fish sticks or something like that. And I eat it with some salad. No mess at all, and just one dish to wash. As for the mid-afternoon snacks, I buy individually packed oatmeal cookies, and I buy just enough to last me one week. And I only eat one. Because If eat more than one, I won't have it for the next day. And I try to feel my self up with water and tea.

3- TV-Shows

Some people have a problems restraining their-selves from social media, I have a problem restraining my self from watching 10 seasons of a tv-show in a weekend. And I have no solution for this. I just can't allow myself to start watching any new TV-show if I have things to! 

4- Slow Wifi

This is the thing -- I mean THE THING -- that annoys me the most in life. If I'm working from home, and I need to submit a file or access something from our cloud, and if the internet is not cooperating... OMG this just annoys me so much and makes me want to break my computer in half! 
Solution: Luma Surround Wifi! This is the best wifi system I've every seen. It's the best! It helps you create your home network, showing you where you should place the routers to have an optimized network, so you can have super strong signal in all your rooms! The system is composed by 3 routers that you position throughout your house. You can control the system using an app on your phone, and the routers themselves are just super cute! It is a bit expensive, but I honestly think it's wort it. I would love to have this system on my home! You should definitely check it out! The routers really look like a piece of decor! Amazing and functional! 

Can you work/study from home or are you just like me? And if you can, what is your secret?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I thought I had lost my trusty beauty blender. I'd look for it every where. Turns out, it was in my closet under a woven chest/basket! My poor beauty blender, it was completely smashed!
I soaked it in some water and he immediately restored his shape (thank god!)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Inbox |

Yesterday I've received this box with a few goodies from This is another Asian-type store, that sells a huge variety of products, including cheap awesome cloths!

I haven't really used any of this products, but my first impression is that everything looks really nice. The quality is not bad at all. The bikini feels really nice but unfortunately it is a little too small for me (the panties are really small, but the top fits me really well. I ordered an M). But I love the pattern and the shape so much!

The watch, is OK.The bracelet doesn't look to shaggy. The only negative comment I have is the writing on the inside that does not appear in the picture on their website! And I don't like this letters on the inside, and for me makes the watch look like a cheap watch.

But the pièce de résistance is really the top. I am really obsessed with this top. I love the colors, the fabric is just super soft and flowy. It really looks -- and feels -- super expensive, no joke. I know I'm going to wear this top for work all the time! It came with a tag that shows how much it could be sold for. But it was super cheap -- like 5 or 6 euros! And because of this, it has sold out completely on the website! This is why I love this store. You can find really nice stuff, for a really small price! You should definitely check it out.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review | L'ORÉAL PARIS Casting Sunkiss Tropical

Do you remember when I tried out the L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly  and I said I didn't like it?
Well... I decided to give the product another go, but this time I tried the spray-on version.
And this one I really liked!

This is basically the same product as the Sunkiss jelly, except for the fact that it is a much more fluid formula, and that it comes in a spray bottle. For me, this really seals the deal. I mean, it is way easier to apply and way less messy. It's perfect for beach days. You can just spray it on your hair, and just enjoy the sun while this product softly lightens your hair, giving you that beautiful sunkissed look. It's not going to make you blond! On me, it only generated some very natural looking red-ish highlights on my my brown hair. It doesn't even show on camera, but in person is really nice.

I have to say, the smell is a bit awful. It smells like oxygen peroxide which is in fact the main active substance in this product. It does not make your hair stink, but after you apply it, you get a funky chemical smell in the air.

The direct sunlight really helps making this product work. I have to warn you tho, you will run out of product super fast. My little bottle lasted me 5 days, but this will depend, of course, on your usage, on you hair thickness, etc.  And another thing -- this makes the hair super soft and smooth!

I have already bought another bottle and I think I'll continue to use it throughout the summer because I really enjoyed the results! I If you haven't tried it, you definetly should! 

Oh, and I've also used it on my arms to help lighting my arm hairs and it worked perfectly!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Casual Vacancy // JK Rowling

My whole life is in English, I speak English every day, I work in English, I even think in English. So I felt the need to something that I've not done in a long time: to read a book in Portuguese

The English version of this book is titled as "A casual Vacancy", an expression that in Portuguese really has no meaningful translation -- maybe "Vaga Acidental". But I have to admit that the title given to the Portuguese version ("A Sudden Dead") is actually very appropriate -- better than the original in my opinion. And if you've read the book, I think you'd agree. Specially because how the book ends. It's sad and it broke my heart. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down for a second. The way Rowling writes, really makes me connect with the caracteres. It's the same when I was reading Harry Potter. I always feel like I know those people.

Throughout the book there are some really messed up situations. But the end is really rough and completely unexpected. It gets to a point where you think that from there it can't get any worse. You are expecting a turning point, where everything gets better. But that doesn't really happen. There's no happy ending in this book. This is definitely not a kids book. This is harsh, and it makes me so sad to think that all the issues addressed in this story, actually happen! The book describes situations from the world that we live in. After reading this, I understand why JK Rowling created the Harry Potter world, full of magic and wonder. A place to escape.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to become Jasmine

Last time I made a post like this I had such a nice feedback that I've decided to do another one!
To be honest, I really like to see this type of things. I love Disney and everything about it, and to think about how wound the caracteres look like if they were living among us is really fun! For Jasmine, I chose a flowy blue dress, some flat sandals with some golden details, and some cool accessories! And I would totally wear this look!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tonight was Taco Night! And I  made it all from scratch! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TRAVEL | Porto, Portugal

Porto is one of the most beautiful cities I've been in. It has such an unique light and atmosphere.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Quick Tip #2 | Scrub it off

Scrubbing your armpits will help you keep odores at bay, because it removes the dead skin cells that my accommodate bacteria. And yep, it's bacteria that causes bad odores.

Keeping your armpits hair-free also helps.
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|Quick tip #1|

Thursday, August 4, 2016

INBOX | Embelleze Portugal

I've recently became one of the new bloggers ambassadors of Embelleze Portugal
I'm so happy and excited to be apart of this team! I've never tried any of their products but I've heard and read so many good reviews that I'm just dying to try them out! 

They've sent me, for me to try out, the Novex Pra Bombar Hydrating Mask! It is supposed to promote and accelerate hair growth!  It is a hair mask, but you can also use it as conditioner! I am going to try it out and I'll make an official review about it! But really quickly I can tell you that it smells really nice, it is a really huge bottle (1kg!!) and it is fairly cheap for this amount of product. 

This time I actually need your help. I don't use these type of products very often. So I am not sure how to use it. The box doesn't have any real instruction, but I've found some on the website. But I'm not sure what is the best! If you've tried this, let me know in the comments what worked best for you -- using it as a conditioner, as a mask, or a combination of both?