Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 in Retrospective

The first few months of 2015 were hell, I was almost sure it would be a terrible year. Then came Summer. I used to hate summertime, the heat, people posting pictures on the beach while I was stuck in a dead-end town or working.
Thanks to my need to get out of this town, I used the small amount of money from my last paycheck before I got fired and, in an impulsive rage, decided to go to Fluff Fest in Czech Republic to see one of my favorite bands and visit a few countries with some friends along the way. We hitchhiked most of the time, lived in a bus seat for 20 hours, got our tents destroyed by the rain, slept in a gas station, ran out of money and starved for a few days but it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Going through some of this stuff was very important for my self growth and gave me a bit more perspective.
I'm also forever thankful for having the most supportive and caring boyfriend I could ever ask for, he is the reason I was able to stay strong these last few months and I hope we continue to grow by each other's side. I wish I was with him right now playing Fallout 4.
Looking back now, I think this year was the best I've ever been through.

With this said, and before I get too lame, here are a few of the pictures I took during my trip. Sorry for not taking any pictures in the sunny beaches of Barcelona, I actually don't like the beach, I instantly fell asleep as soon as I got there and got a sunburn because of that.

Prague, Czech Republic

Fluff Fest, Rokycany, Czech Republic

Fluff Fest, Rokycany, Czech Republic

Rokycany, Czech Republic

Fluff Fest, Rokycany, Czech Republic

Fluff Fest, Rokycany, Czech Republic

Fluff Fest, Rokycany, Czech Republic

Berlin, Germany

Leipzig, Germany

Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Lush Christmas Sale Haul ♡

Lush sales only happen once a year and things get a little crazy. By the time I got to the store, most of the stuff I was hopping to buy was already sold out, but I still had to make the most of it.



♥ Let me know if you'd like me to review any of these products 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Small Steam Winter Sale Haul ♡

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime


This game came out last September. I watched a few gameplay videos with my boyfriend and we instantly knew we had to play this together, so it was on the top of my Steam wishlist since then. On Christmas day I was slightly sick and feeling a bit down so he surprised me by getting me this game, even tho the discount was only -34%, but he's just sweet like that . A lot of local co-ops await us. 

Full price: 14,99€
Sale price: 9,89€


Lisa the Joyful


The sequel to Lisa the Painful (commonly known as simply Lisa), the third and final part of the Lisa series. I'm still far from finishing the second part, but this was 1,24€ on sale so why not?
Lisa is a depressing, 2D, post-apocalyptic, exploration game set in a land full of perverts, where you definitely have to be an asshole to get by (the first time I played Lisa the Painful I tried to be 'the nice guy' but it didn't work out for me and eventually got me stuck in the game). Also, the soundtrack is amaaaazing.
Lisa the Joyful is a DLC so it requires the previous Lisa, you can still get both of them on the Winter Sale with a -75% discount for a pretty cheap price.

Full price: 9,99€
Sale price: 2,49€

Full price: 4,99€ 
Sale price: 1,24€

Full price: 16,99€ 
Sale price: 4,24€ 

Makeup wishlist ♡

I decided to make a wishlist, just for the sake of it, so here are a few of the products I am craving right now, that I either can't afford to buy at the moment or that, sadly, don't ship to my country.


♥ Love Flush Blush in the shade Your Love Is King by Too Faced
♥ Face Soap and Clarity Face Wash by Soap & Glory
♥ Enzymion Moisturiser by Lush
♥ Tattoo Liner Eyeliner in the shade Trooper by Kat Von D
♥ Lock-It Foundation by Kat Von D
♥ Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Beeper by ColourPop
♥ Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Kapow by ColourPop

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Eating Vegan in Lisbon

This month was the opening the first completely vegan fast-food chain in Lisbon, Vegana Burgers. I feel like this was a big step towards a more compassionate future, so I decided to share some cheap and vegan options for anyone who is visiting Lisbon.
Typical Portuguese food is not vegan friendly, and few places other than vegetarian restaurants offer 100% vegan dishes, but you can still get some good homemade meals downtown. There are two places I'd like to talk about, none of them are actual restaurants, they are cultural associations that feature a canteen, where most of the time you can eat a complete meal including soup, main dish and desert for less than 5 euros.

Firstly, we have Disgraça in Rua da Penha de França. Disgraça is a DIY center, only a few months old, that relies on its all-vegan canteen to be self-sustainable. They share their space with BOESG and there are concerts on weekends, film showings on Mondays, workshops and all sorts of things going on, all the time. Dinner is available on days where there are any events going on, so check their website to keep yourself updated on their monthly event schedule. It's a wonderful place to hang-out and have a nice cruelty-free meal and, since this is not a restaurant, make sure you wash your own dish after you're done eating. 

Picture taken from their facebook.


Then, we have Cantina Cooperativa in Rua Regueirão dos Anjos (also known as RDA). You can have lunch and dinner at Cantina Cooperativa from Tuesdays to Fridays, usually the meal times are from 1pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 10pm. It's very laid back and chill, it does't always have free tables so you might have to sit on the street but don't let this get you down, it's still an overall nice place to enjoy a meal with friends. Again, since this is not a restaurant, so you should wash your own dish when you're finished.

Picture taken from their facebook, click to see some of the goodies cooked here.

Location: Both Disgraça and RDA are a small walk away from the metro station Anjos in the green line.

If you want food on-the-go or something vegan-friendly to cook that you can't find at regular supermarkets, try Celeiro. It's a chain market that sells natural, biological products and it's pretty easy to find in any part of town, just search for the nearest location here.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

3 Must Watch Anime Movies

Apart from classics like Evangelion, Akira, Ghost in the Shell or Studio Ghibli movies, I decided to share with you 3 must watch films that are also some of my personal favorites.

Perfect Blue (1997)


Made by Satoshi Kon, my favorite animation director ever. Sadly he is not among us anymore, but his work has a special place in my heart. This movie is a psychological thriller, based on a novel by Toshikazu Takeuchi, about a J-pop idol who decides to give up her musical career to pursue acting and ends up being a victim of intense stalking. Perfect Blue was a huge influence on American cinema, as you can tell by Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010). You can find an interesting article about it here and a video on his unique directing and editing style here.
I would also recommend watching Paprika (2006) and Millennium Actress (2001).

Perfect Blue on IMDb.

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Memories (1995)

 

Memories is composed of 3 separate stories, with completely different animation styles, tied together by the same theme. The first part, and my favorite, is Magnetic Rose directed by Kōji Morimoto (and written by Satoshi Kon, but I'll stop fangirling now), the second is Stink Bomb by Tensai Okamura, and the third and final one is Cannon Fodder by Katsushiro Otomo (yes, the creator of Akira).
Another anthology film like this I would recommend is Neo Tokyo (1987).


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Midori: Shōjo Tsubaki (The Camellia Girl) (1992)

 
Ok, so now it's time to get weird. Midori is an independent, underground ero guro film single handedly made by Hiroshi Harada and based on a story from the early Shōwa period. It's one of the most unsettling and grotesque things I've ever encountered, which makes it a must watch in my opinion. This movie was banned in Japan, the original film was confiscated and destroyed and only a few bootleg copies exist, making it hard to find a good quality version to watch but still completely worth it.


Kate ♡

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Kate is a wonderful artist and she has one of the kindest souls ever, I'm so proud to have her as a best friend. You can get some vouchers and stickers here.


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Lush favs: Review

R&B 

This was, firstly, given to me as a sample when I asked for advice on what to use on my dried out split ends and, as soon as I finished the sample, I went back to the store to get a full size. I use this on my damp hair after I shower and it makes it a lot easier to brush. It has a very sweet orange blossom/jasmine scent that lingers for hours and, like most Lush products, a little bit goes a long way and is more than enough to get some shine back on your damaged ends (also, too much will leave your hair feeling a bit too thick like most leave-in conditioners). My hair is pretty long, I bleached and dyed it countless times over the last few years and it gets knotty all over, so not even this can cure it, but it does make it look a whole lot healthier.


Vegan 

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I Love Juicy 

This is one of my all time Lush favorites due to the sweet, tropical, fruity scent. Lathers up very well, balances oily hair without drying it out, your roots feel clean, fresh and free of that greasy sensation. I would 100% recommend this for oily hair, but not so much for dry hair, I suppose. 

Vegan


American Cream 

At first I wasn't sure if I liked the scent, but it grew on me after a couple of uses and now I love it. Unfortunately, it's not a very nourishing conditioner and if you're looking for a deep condition I would recommend buying Retread instead of American Cream, but if you're looking for something to pair up with other leave-in products, this does the job. The sweet fragrance will stay in your hair for hours, like most Lush products.



Snow Fairy (Christmas Exclusive) 

Creamy, sweet, cotton-candy smell, lathers nicely, easy to get why everyone loves it. Can't really go wrong with this unless you don't like sweet scents. It won't leave an aroma throughout the day, but it brightens you up when you shower. Snow Fairy is a Christmas exclusive so if you're interested in trying it out, get it now before it's gone. A 500g bottle can easily last one year, so you can have it all year round.

Vegan


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Karma Komba 

The first solid shampoo from Lush I've ever tried was Squeaky Green. It was made from stinging nettle and even tho it would sometimes leave my scalp feeling itchy if I used it too many times in a row, it worked wonders on my oily roots. I was so impressed with the way it lathered (something I was not expecting, and why I was reluctant to try it at first) and I was already planning on buying it again but, soon after that, it was discontinued. I went to the store to decide on a new solid shampoo and I was advised to buy either Karma Komba or Jumping Juniper (both of them Vegan), considering my hair type, and I instantly chose Karma Komba. I use this every other day (switching between other shampoos), it helps detangle your locks and slightly weights down, making your hair feel straighter and not so frizzy. I love the fragrance and almost half-way through, with over 3 months of use, the smell still takes over my bathroom like a scented candle. I would not recommend using the Lush tin cans to keep this on your shower, because if you store it while it's still wet it will stick to the tin; rather than that, if you have a Lush black pot, I recommend keeping it on top of its lid, for example.
Both solid and liquid Lush shampoos might be a little expensive but it's well worth the investment, they last longer than most liquid shampoos from other brands and lather up very nicely.


Vegan
Buy: Karma Komba solid shampoo
How it's made

Buttered Brazils


My new go-to lip balm: Buttered Brazils. This product is vegan and features the new packaging, it's 2g bigger than the previous lip balm containers and has a screw cap, making it more practical and easier to open. 
Expect some Lush reviews soon.

Morning light

Materic

One of the most pleasant surprises at Fluff Fest:


Life update

Andei desaparecida mas voltei para deixar aqui a marca destes últimos meses. O Verão foi incrível (já deixa muitas saudades) e entretanto o universo mostrou-me que às vezes também pode ser um querido para mim. Para os mais curiosos, cá estão algumas fotos da viagem que fiz em Julho/Agosto pela Alemanha, República Checa e Espanha.


♥ Ver mais fotos no Flickr 

Aproveito também para dizer que vão haver algumas alterações na abordagem que tenho com este blog, nomeadamente em termos de língua - nada de mais, só porque me sinto mais confortável assim.