New acquisitions~

Hey guys~ I'm happy to see that I have a new follower again, thank you so much for following my blog ^^!

Well, my trip was postponed. One of my friends became sick so we prefered postpoing the travel to the end of summer. It's a good time for going to the beach, time is not so hot and there are a lot of foreign tourist that travel in that time of the year ^^

So ok, this week, starting on Wednesday, it's the big celebration of my town, I have to do some post about that since I didn't post anything about 'Lavalenguas', 'La compra' and such, Maybe all do it all after the celebration days~

Well, apart from that, I don't have much time recently to update, I have a lot of things to do, and I'm going out a lot and such, but I went shopping yesterday with some friends, and I had bought something some days before too, so I thought in doing a post with my new acquisitions~ I know recently, in this summer, gyaru are wearing a lot some 'rock style' instead a more cute style, I wear it sometimes, and sometimes I use some 'Co&Lu' style too, but what I wear the most, regardless of now tendencies, it's cute style. Not really as Liz Lissa, but something more or less, so my new acquisitions are still in the same cute style. Let's beging~!

Some days ago I bought this cute picture hat, I bought it for our trip to the beach since in that zone sun it's harder than in my town. I really like this hat since it bends when you put it on and gives your face a really sweet look~ I thought it would be expensive when I saw it in the store, not so much really, prize was 6€ (8'5 $ more or less), and the shopgirl let me buy it for 3€ (4$). I was surprised she reduced me the price just because she wanted to. '3€' she said when I was gonna pay, and my face was like 'O_O It was 6... thanks!'. I think I'll use it to the parades of this week, since I don't wanna wear it for the rest of the parties or it can be stolen or became dirty and such~

Yesterday we went with our friend Lar to buy a t-shirt she wanted for this celebration days, and I saw this CUTE skirt. I fell in love with it instantly, it was also so cheap! I payed for it 8€ (14$) and it's super lovely! You know, this kind of shirts, with that kind of belt, can be weared in a lot of ways, so I was really happy by finding it in my town since I've been thinking in buying something alike through the inet~

And finally, while walking through the town, I saw this supercute wedges~ I've been thinking a lot what kind of shoes buy this summer because I have a lot of things to do and I spend my day going from a place to another, so I wanted something comfortable for my busy days. I have some things like this or this but I wanted something more... showy for party days and such. I've been thinking a lot about buying one of this, that I've been seeing it in a lof of Gyaru magazines, but I don't really like this kind of shoes a lot, and I think the ones I bought are more comfortable, so~ This were the more expensive ones of the things I bought, 26€ (37$), but I really love it and yep! they're very comfortable!

So, this is all, I think. Sorry guys for not posting much recently, but I really have no time =( I'll writte a long post about wht's left of my town's celebration soo =) See ya~ <3

Packing up!

Hi again, guys! I'm coming back sooner this time, right? I'll try to continue like this and update more often~ Well, first of everything, thanks to my new follower for becoming a follower of my blog! <3

Ok, and now starting with the post theme~ On Friday I’ll be making a travel with some friends, we’re going to Benidorm, a beach zone of Spain, near Valencia. It’s one of the more visited places of Spain, there are a lot of foreign tourists there and it’s also near Ibiza, the ‘crazier party zone’ of Spain, so it looks like it’ll be an epic holidays, good weather, beach, parties and good friends! So I have to warn you guys that the next post won’t have any content about ‘Gyaru things’ like make-up, clothes or such apart from my outfits, I’ll be uploading with the photos I’ll take on Benidorm and the thing we’ll do, so I hope you enjoy that posts too! (^^) As I said before I’m making this blog something more personal than just talking ‘bout gyaru things, so there you have!

Well, I’ll be going on Friday so I have to pack my things! Here’s the post topic, I’m gonna give you 5 tips for the time when you have to pack for making a travel, here we go!

1.- Do it with time enough.
A lot of people does their packing the same day they’re traveling, a few hours before starting the travel or the night before. Don’t. It’s a lot better to do it some days before the travel, so if you suddenly remember you forgot to pack something you can just do it ‘cause you still have time. What if you remember it while you’re traveling or when you arrive to your destination? That’s why it’s better to do it with enough time, even if you change your decision on bringing this or that.

2.- Make a list.
It’s useful to make a list, because you can add thing to it when you remember it and it helps you to be sure that you’re bringing everything you planned to without forgetting anything. Also, sometimes we forgot what’s more common or normal, I don’t know, the phone charger for example, and it’s easier to remember it while doing a list than just packing things up. Furthermore, It also helps you not to forget anything in the place where you are traveling to, when you have to repack thing for coming back home. What to do if you forget you favourite dress in the hotel room? If you call to the hotel service but you can’t recover it? Better not to forget nothing there, so the list is very useful for that pourpose~

3.- Take a look at the weather!
Some days before you travel be aware of the weather, trough the tv or though the internet, so you’ll know if you need to bring outerwear, boots, an umbrella, sunscreen or whatever. That would be useful too when you want to make plans for your traveling, if the time it’s gonna be cloudy or rainy you better go to the beach other day and such…

4.- Documents
Be sure you bring all the necessary documents with you, even if you’re traveling to a foreign country or if you’re traveling inside yours, you may need them and it’s better to have them with you than have to make excuses in front a policeman or whatever.

5.- Machines
If you’re bringing with you machines like a camera, a phone or a laptor, be sure you bring too the chargers! If not they won0t be useful if they don’t have battery and you don’t have the charger!

Other point would be about planning the travel, bringing a map or such, but that depends on everyone and with who are you traveling and where to, you may not need a map if you’re traveling to a place you already know and such… Well, as I said, this is just some tips for when you’re packing, not for planning a travel or traveling or such, so~ wish me luck for my travel and I’ll be uploading soon with the things there! Thanks for reading guys!

Sun exposure and skin cancer.

Hi guys! Yesterday I worked outdoors and the weather was kind of weird… It was sunny in the morning, but there was a little cold breeze and the sun was not warming the ambience at all, I was wearing just a T-shirt and some trousers… In the evening, it became cloudy, and the breeze became a sometimes strong wind. It rained later, two times. What I mean it’s that weather was not hot at all, but even with that weather, I sunburn in my arms, the back of my neck and my ears in the while I was exposed to the sunlight. How? I wonder, ‘cause the sun was not hot at all, not like summer sun at all… I don’t know, but my skin it’s now all red and it stings and hurts a lot!

This is why I decided to make this post. People always sunbathe without any sunscreen (I didn’t put sunscreen yesterday because sun was not hot, because weather was kind of cold, so I supposed I won’t sunburn, but you see…) and sunlight is very bad for our skin, let’s see:

Many people love the warm sun. The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces.

We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

The skin undergoes certain changes when exposed to UV light to protect against damage. The epidermis (the skin's uppermost layer) thickens, blocking UV light. The melanocytes (pigment-producing skin cells) make increased amounts of melanin, which darkens the skin, resulting in a tan. Melanin absorbs the energy of UV light and helps prevent the light from damaging skin cells and penetrating deeper into the tissues.

Sensitivity to sunlight varies according to the amount of melanin in the skin. Darker-skinned people have more melanin and therefore greater protection against the sun's harmful effects, although they are still vulnerable to some extent. The amount of melanin present in a person's skin depends on heredity as well as on the amount of recent sun exposure. Some people are able to produce large amounts of melanin in response to UV light, whereas others produce very little. People with albinism are born being able to make little or no melanin at all (I'm on this group of people, I'm so f***ing pale!).

How does the sun change the skin?

Exposure to the sun causes:

  • Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
  • Benign tumors
  • Fine and coarse wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
  • Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin;
  • Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
  • Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.

What causes skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.

Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Other less common causes are repeated X-ray exposure and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.

About the sunscreens.

Sunblock (also commonly known as sun screen, sun lotion, sun cream or block out) is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn. Skin lightening products have sunscreen to protect lightened skin because light skin is more susceptible to sun damage than darker skin.

Sunscreens contain one or more of the following ingredients:

  • Organic chemical compounds that absorb ultraviolet light.
  • Inorganic particulates that reflect, scatter, and absorb UV light (such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or a combination of both).
  • Organic particulates that mostly absorb light like organic chemical compounds, but contain multiple chromophores, may reflect and scatter a fraction of light like inorganic particulates, and behave differently in formulations than organic chemical compounds. An example is Tinosorb M. Since the UV-attenuating efficacy depends strongly on particle size, the material is micronised to particle sizes below 200 nm. The mode of action of this photostable filter system is governed to about 90% by absorption and 10% by scattering of UV light.

Depending on the mode of action sunscreens can be classified into physical sunscreens (i.e. those which reflect the sunlight) or chemical sunscreens (i.e. those which absorb the UV light).

Medical organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend the use of sunscreen because it prevents the squamous cell carcinoma and the basal cell carcinoma. However, the use of sunscreens is controversial for various reasons. Many sunscreens do not block UVA radiation, which does not cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma, another kind of skin cancer, so people using sunscreens may be exposed to a high level UVA without realizing it. It is often colloquially called sun tan lotion due to the product's similar name, although sun tan lotion is used to absorb UV rays rather than block them.


Sun Tan Lotions:

Sun protection factor (SPF)

The sun protection factor of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen — the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B (the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn).
The SPF is the amount of UV radiation required to cause sunburn on skin with the sunscreen on, relative to the amount required without the sunscreen. There is a popular misconception that SPF relates to time of solar exposure. For example, many consumers believe that, if they normally get sunburn in one hour, then an SPF 15 sunscreen allows them to stay in the sun 15 hours (i.e., 15 times longer) without getting sunburn. This is not true because SPF is not directly related to time of solar exposure but to amount of solar exposure. Although solar energy amount is related to solar exposure time, there are other factors that impact the amount of solar energy, like the time of day. This is because, during early morning and late afternoon, the sun's radiation must pass through more of the Earth's atmosphere before it gets to you. In practice, the protection from a particular sunscreen depends on factors such as:

  • The skin type of the user.
  • The amount applied and frequency of re-application.
  • Activities in which one engages (for example, swimming leads to a loss of sunscreen from the skin).
  • Amount of sunscreen the skin has absorbed.

The SPF measure it’s different in Europe, Australia and USA, but what’s real it’s that every person needs a different one, special for that person, depending in the type of skin of every person. It’s said that the higher SPF you use, you’ll get less tan. I don’t really know if that’s true, but I think its better getting less tan than getting more damage on the skin, the same reason why I don’t like at all the Sun Tan Lotions. Tanning body milk are different, even I don’t like the either ‘cause leaves in the skin a weird color that doesn’t look like a tan skin at all, but those people using Sun Tan Lotions to get tanned skin, instead of using sunscreen for protecting from the sun effects in the skin… I really hate it, sun light its VERY bad for skin…

So, I learned the lesson, and after reading some texts about sun light and its effect on skin (just to know about terms ‘cause explaining it with my own words would have been very difficult and weird) I reached the conclusion that I need to use sunscreens the whole year, not just in summer, just because I’m so pale that sun light affects more my skin than a darker one. I always put body milk on before going to bed and after the shower in the morning for hydrating my skin, but I’m gonna replace the one I put on after the shower for sunscreen, so I won’t get sunburn anymore, whether it’s summer or winter. It’s really painful when you have sunburn skin, I can tell ‘cause I’m feeling it right now… (T_T)

Melanoma skin cancer (this photos are disgusting, or at least, I think so. Then, just think about it, you really want a skin like this? I deffinitely NOT)

Hard images… I have the stomach upset after looking at them… But as I said, just think about it, skin cancer it’s a serious problem now that it’s popular to sunbathe a lot and have a tan skin…

Gonna buy an appropriate sunscreen after having lunch~ See you next time, guys!

Hair treatment~

Lately, I’ve been applying a new treatment to my hair. I saw it was in bad condition recently, too much dying, I think. So I decided to let it rest for a while and take care of it.

I have smooth hair, very thin also, but lately I needed to use an iron for it to look well, it was always curling… But recently, since I’ve been using this new treatment, I don’t need an iron anymore for my hair to look well and smooth~ Of course I’ll need one if I wanna curl my hair or wear some particular hairstyle, but not for my daily days~

The products I’ve been using are these ones:

This is a shampoo. Asiatic smooth, it’s supposed to make the hair smoother, like the ones Asiatic people usually have. At first I thought it won’t work, this things hardly ever work, and I don’t really know if this works or it’s just in my hair, or it’s the combination of it with the hair conditioner, whatever it is, it works for me. I took this one just because I was looking for a shampoo for smooth hair, and this one seemed perfect for that purpose. I like how it smells, the texture and how my hair looks after using it, even without the hair conditioner, so I’m very happy with my election~

Next one is this hair conditioner. It’s not a hair conditioner at all, but I don’t know the word for it in English, it’s ‘Mascarilla’ in Spanish. I’ve always been using a hair conditioner because it makes my hair look better, always softer and easier to brush, but, as far as I know, ‘Mascarillas’ are better four nourishing the hair, and I thought my hair REALLY needed a nourishing. It was a lot of different types of ‘Mascarillas’ at the shop, and I was doubting on which one to choose: For smooth hair, for your hair to non curling, for dyed hair… but I saw this one and something inside of me was saying that it was the perfect one. I has vitamin Q10 for repairing damaged hair, so it really seemed perfect for my purpose. It was a very expensive one, but I think the investment was worth.

First, I use the shampoo, of course, and wash my hair with a massage, and then I apply the ‘Mascarilla’. I leave it working in my hair while I wash my body. I also bought a special gel for dry skin, it smells soooo well *^* Then I clear up my body and finally clear up my hair. I wash and clear up the shampoo and my body with warm water, but I clear up the ‘Mascarilla’ with cold water. It is just because warm water always opens the pores, the ones in the skin as well as the ones of the hair, and cold water closes them up. When I go out of the shower, I take off the humidity of my hair with a towel, then I go get dressed while I let my hair dry a little for itself with the ambient temperature, and the I use a hair-dryer to completely dry it. As I said, recently I needed to use, after the hair-dryer, an iron for it to look smooth without curling. I don’t need it now. I’ve been spending a lot of time in someone else’s house, so I took some showers there also, washing my hair with the shampoo and conditioner they use there, and I don’t had an iron there either, but that’s not important because I didn’t need it. My hair was perfect just drying it with the hair-dryer, even without using my treatment there, what means that the treatment really worked in y hair! I’m very happy about that, not just because I don’t need an iron on my everyday as I used to, what, moreover, it’s very bad for hair, most in summer and with hot time… It is because that means my hair is better, nourished, and that are always good news!

Finally, after talking about all this things about hair and treatments, I have to say thank you to my new followers~ I’ve also received some comments and some messages telling e that they liked my blog a lot and, what’s more important, that the things they read here were useful to them, that also makes me VERY happy, so I hope this text about my new hair treatment also would also be useful for you all!

I also have to say that, as you all can see, I’ve been kind of missing again. I’ve been having a lot of changes in my life recently (and when I say a lot, I really mean it!), so I’ve been even busier than I was, but I’m happy with how things are going and I’ll have more news about it soon, also some travels and plans and more posts about my city’s celebrations~

Thanks for reading me guys, see you soon~!