Friday, 10 June 2016

Shows I watched recently ♡

The Tatami Galaxy


This quickly turned into one of my favorite anime shows. It's a very short-lasting, fast-paced series that might seem a little hard to keep up with at first, but after a while you get used to the fast monologues and the abrupt cuts. The episodes start off with the same unnamed college student choosing a different student society that will define his social and academic path during college, and how every choice affected the course of his life. 
There are a lot of different art styles throughout each episode which make the visuals very unique, entertaining and incredibly beautiful.

Number of Episodes: 11


Star vs The Forces of Evil


Star is a princess from the Mewni dimension who was sent to Earth as a foreign exchange student after she accidentally set her parents' castle on fire. She then befriends Marco and together they fight off monsters who come from Mewni to steal Star's magic wand. It's a fun and laid-back show with a super-catchy theme song. So far it's only one season long, but the second season will premiere in July and the show was recently renewed for a third season.

Number of Episodes: 21

Friday, 3 June 2016

June 1st // 2016

Had the nicest day *

Movie of the Month: May

Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (1973)

 

I'm a sucker for most exploitation films and pinky violence is no exception. Lynch Law Classroom is the second movie from the Terrifying Girls' High School series, and probably the most known out of all four. It takes place in School of Hope, a high school for delinquent girls that prides itself on setting them straight and turning them into "obedient housewives". After a terrible disaster, three new students join the school and start planning on how to bring down its corrupt administration.

Directed by Norifumi Suzuki.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Portuguese April Releases

EGBO

As Shia LeBeouf once said "yesterday you said tomorrow, so just do it". Filled with wonky beats, some hints of grime and even Cowboy Bebop references, this album is a rollercoaster of feelings from start to finish. It was released on April 22nd by the Portuguese label Revolve and the upcoming collective Tsuno, and has 50 limited edition tapes that you can buy here. EGBO is playing a few release shows next week in Lisbon and Guimarães. He is also great at giving advice and reminds you to stay hydrated.



Mike El Nite

Produced by DWARF, this album features killer lyrics, a ton of collaborations and sounds like no other Portuguese hip-hop album has sounded before. The first single was T.U.G.A. (you can watch the official video here) and the full album is available in disc form and to download for free at NOS Discos. A few days after the album was released, Mike El Nite played a packed show at Musicbox in Lisbon that made everyone sing along to these new anthems.



Treehouses 2290

One of the first posts I did on this blog, I talked about these boys. A year has passed, their name changed (slightly), their sound changed, but they are as great as ever. The Difference Between a House and a Home is a bit more dreamy and shoegazy when compared to their original pop-punk sound, but still carries the same vibe the band always had. They played a release show a few days ago and since I couldn't make it, I'm hoping they'll announce more shows in the near future. The tapes for this EP will be available soon in their bandcamp page.


All of these albums are available at Spotify if you want to stream them there. 

Favorite cruelty-free leave-in conditioners ♡


So first off, there is R&B. I mentioned this product before on a Lush favorites post, the scent is very sweet and slightly citrusy and will linger in your hair for hours - but not in an 'overbearing perfume' kind of way, just every once in a while, when there is a breeze, that nice scent will come and go.
To use it, just grab a little bit on your fingers, rub it through your hands so you can apply it more evenly, and run them across the tips of your hair, it will look instantly more lively and hydrated. You can use the leftover on your hands to take out some frizz you might have or even some unwanted volume.
If you want a life saver, go for Salerm21. This is definitely my all-time favorite leave-in conditioner. I used to buy it at a salon that unfortunately had to close down, and I haven't seen it in stores ever since, but you can still order it on Amazon. When I started using it, I had really long and damaged hair and this was a miracle worker; a small amount would make my split-ends look completely restored and healthy. It has a very soft and pleasant scent that I can't quite grasp, it just reminds me of nice hair salons for some reason. Just apply it the same way as R&B and you're good to go.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Golden Skies

   

Movies of the Month: April

This MOTM is going to be a little different. I didn't watch a lot of movies in April, but I did marathon Mad Max with my boyfriend and it was awesome. I'm not usually a big action movie fan (in fact, most of them bore me to death), but this dystopian film series is definitely a must-watch masterpiece.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

#6

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Vince Staples

Movies of the Month: March

Grizzly Man (2005)


A documentary about Timothy Treadwell, a man who spent 13 summers living in Alaska among bears trying to protect them, showing the beautiful relationship he shared with these wild creatures. The film includes footage shot by Timothy himself during the last five years of his life and several interviews with his friends and family.

Directed by Werner Herzog.


The Hunt (2012)


After watching this movie, I wasn't sure if I hated it or loved it, mostly because of the animal cruelty involved, but I guess most of the movies I like endorse animal cruelty in one way or another so I had to look past that to enjoy it and it left me feeling very hypocritical. Despite all my moral questioning, it is indeed a great film, heartbreaking, very well written and with stunning cinematography. 



To Die Like A Man (2009)


A film about a transsexual woman named Tonia who is struggling between her career, her drug addicted boyfriend and her transphobic/homophobic son (inspired by the life of Ruth Bryden). It has a lot of slow paced moments which might make it harder for more impatient viewers to watch, but it's definitely worth it.

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues.
To Die Like A Man on IMDb.


Air Doll (2009)


A middle-aged man named Hideo lives alone with his inflatable sex doll, who he treats like a real human being. Eventually the doll gains a soul, comes to life and decides to explore the city on her own. A beautiful comment on Japanese culture that perfectly illustrates the loneliness of living in big urban environments.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.
Air Doll on IMDb.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Clear your skin ♡ (Cruelty-free skincare for oily skin)

Today I'm going to share with you my current favorite skincare products. 
I've always struggled with acne and acne scaring, and even tho it's not as severe and cystic as it used to be, it's still annoying and, as soon as it shows up, affects my self-esteem a lot more than it should. Since I'm fairly lazy when it comes to skincare, can't stick with complex routines and don't really have the budget to spend on high-end products, here is an easy 3-step routine that's been working pretty well for me lately.


1 - Cleanse 
For cleansing I use Coalface by Lush, I usually use it in the shower since it's a dark facial soap and it can get a little messy. This soap absorbs the oils in your face and gently exfoliates your skin, just lather a little bit in your hands and massage your face. Your skin will feel pretty dry when you wash it out, which brings us to the next step:

2 - Moisturize 
I've been using the Zero% Facial Moisturizer. I got it as a gift in a travel kit, so it's a small 20ml container, I don't think they even sell it as a full size product, but the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer works just as well.

3 - Treat yo self 
About once or twice a week, I do a facial mask. An argyle mask helps dry and clear spots and acne thanks to its purifying and antibacterial properties. Just mix a small tablespoon of argyle and water until it reaches a creamy consistency and apply it to your face, let it sit for a few minutes and when you rinse it off, your skin will feel fresh and smooth. Don't forget to moisturize afterwards.
Price vs Usage time

♥ Coalface is sold by weight, so you can either get a small block or a bigger one, I got about 100g for around €9 (the price varies in every country, I think it's cheaper in the UK website). I've been cutting it in smaller pieces to use in the shower and after half a year of purchasing, I'm not even half-way through.
♥ The Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer can be bought at BeautyBay for €14,40 with free shipping on orders over €20 for most countries.
♥ You can get an argyle 1kg bag for less than €2 in most supermarkets or health stores. You will only need a very small amount for each mask so this will last way more than a year.

This goes for a total of approximately €26, the facial soap and the argyle will definitely last more than a year, but you might need to repurchase another moisturizer after a few months. Overall, this is still a very cheap and affordable routine that you can easily adapt to your own skin's needs.

Sidenote: As I mentioned, I can't find the Zero% moisturizer I've been using on their website but here is a link to the rest of the Zero% range by Gilchrist & Soames, just in case you are interested.

 Don't forget to stay hydrated 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Movies of the Month: February

Videodrome (1983) 


In one sentence: a science-fiction movie way ahead of it's time. This classic by David Cronenberg follows Max Renn, the owner of a small and so-called "sleazy" cable station, as he discovers a pirate broadcast signal that features extreme violence - Videodrome. This discovery quickly turns into an obsession as Max tries to find out what Videodrome really is. Not only a mesmerizing film about the effects of mass-media and our perception of reality, but so much more.

Videodrome on IMDb.


The Seventh Seal (1957)


One of Ingmar Bergman's best movies in my opinion. Set during the Black Death pandemic, following the journey of a knight as he plays a game of chess for his life against Death itself - an undisputed masterpiece.

The Seventh Seal on IMDb.


Indie Game: The Movie (2012)


As an indie game lover, I knew I had to watch this. This movie documents the creative process, and launching of three games - Fez, Super Meat Boy and Braid - and the struggles their developers went through. This hit me in a very personal way and I admit, I cried a few times when I watched it. Fez is one of my favorite games of all time, and it was amazing to see everything behind the creation of such a beautiful game. It was also very emotional to get to know the stories behind Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes and their families. Definitely a must-watch for any game lover.

Hamburg - February/March 2016 ♡

I've been in Hamburg these past few days with my boyfriend to see Touché Amoré and Modern Life Is War at Together Fest, they're two of my favorite bands and I only got to see them once before because they never make it to Portugal on European tours. We also got to see some local bands playing at Rote Flora, hung out with some friends and had the best vegan food we've eaten in a while. 

Shameless bathroom selfie right there, sorry.

Ok so, I was also very excited to go back to Veganz. To those who don't know, Veganz is a market chain that sells all vegan food - YES, EVERYTHING THERE IS VEGAN! I think there are only a few around Germany and one in Prague, but I hope they expand to the rest of Europe soon. There's usually a Goodies right next to it where you can have some meals, desserts, smoothies, coffee and other drinks. I get really excited about these kinds of markets because we don't have anything like this in Portugal.
Here are a few pictures of the snacks we got, our lunch, dessert and a late night snack after the show.


 Hope you have a nice weekend