White + Pink Halo Eyes

Hello and happy Monday. Today I want to show you how you can turn a simple look into something way more elaborate just by adding some color on the eyelid and lower lash line. Originally, the eye look required just white eyeshadow, but that was too simple, so what I did was leave the white as a base and I added a hot pink to do a halo eye, which I connected to the lower lash line to get a reverse smokey eye. The result? My two favorite techniques for the eyes and a super versatile look. Here are the steps I followed to accomplish it:

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Lip balm
  6. White (eyelid base)
  7. Hot pink (outer and inner corners)
  8. Black eyeliner (lower lash line)
  9. Smudge eyeliner
  10. Hot pink (lower lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Powder
  14. Red blush
  15. Pink highlighter
  16. Pink liquid lipstick
  17. Dewy setting spray

In the comments below, tell me whether you prefer smokey, halo or reverse smokey eyes and why.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Using Only Hotel Toiletries

Hello and happy Sunday. Last week I showed you what I always take in my travel bag, and so I thought it would be fun if today I shared with you what happened a few months ago when I decided to use only hotel toiletries for a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

I’m one of those people who basically collect stuff from hotels, but one day I realized I had a ridiculous amount of shampoo, body lotion, and other products I just wasn’t going to use.

Body lotion is a total must for me. My days never end without body lotion, so I decided I’d test two hotel brands. Not only did I feel like it didn’t work, I felt that my skin was even drier after I applied the lotion. I wasn’t happy at all.

I also tried the conditioner, and if you know me, then you know that this is a product I don’t always use. Again, I felt like it didn’t help my hair at all. It wasn’t softer or easier to brush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because I only wash my hair during the weekends, I’m extra picky with my shampoo. I need a product that really cleans my hair. I don’t care about anything else as long as my hair is clean when I step out of the shower. None of the three hotel brands worked. Indeed, I think in all three cases I had to use the full bottle and still left feeling that my hair wasn’t really clean. That’s a horrible feeling, by the way.

 

 

 

The soap is the only product that I can say worked the way it was intended to. I felt clean, and although I didn’t like the scent of the body wash, it had a nice texture.

After this experience, I realized that hotel toiletries don’t really do anything unless you’re in an extreme situation and need to shower urgently but didn’t bring your own stuff. I won’t collect these products anymore because I feel they’d be going to waste, and I will continue to take and use my own products.

In the comments let me know whether you use the hotel toiletries, and your thoughts on them.

 

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt. 1)

Hello and happy Saturday. Before I quit my job, I decided to clean up my supply closet, which basically meant giving a ton of stuff to my teacher friends. When I say “a ton of stuff,” I mean I have enough material here for about four posts or so. If you’re into school supplies, then you’re going to love reading these and looking at my former collection. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you know me and if you’ve been around, then probably know that I adore contact paper. I used the one that looks like wood for the treasure box I made for my father a while ago, you can click here to read that post. I used the Mickey Mouse and the blue designs for covering up boxes I would use for other supplies or for my classes, and then the regular transparent contact to laminate stuff.

 

Now let’s move on to my one true love, and by that I mean all of my markers, pens, and stuff of the sort.

I think I only kept the ones in this picture. We have the Twistables from Crayola, which I love way more than regular crayons or even color pencils. I also have some markers my best friend bought me at Ikea (because apparently Ikea sells markers). They’re super pigmented and I love them for coloring. Of course, I’m keeping my Sharpies because I can’t let go of them. I think I only kept a set of color pens, which were also a wonderful gift from one of my best friends. And, of course, finally, I have my Indian ink markers, that are just the absolute bestest.

I’m letting go of my glitter pens, as well as my Ink Joys, my metallic markers, and my Crayolas. Give me a few weeks in Baltimore and this collection will go back to normal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have different types of markers, including my Sharpie tanks, my permanent color markers, and my graphic ones.

In the comments below, tell me which are your favorite kinds of markers or pens.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

November OwlCrate Unboxing

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I’m sorry there’s no flashy thumbnail picture of my November OwlCrate, but I must’ve deleted it and couldn’t find the items to take another one given that I’ve already used some. We’ll do sort of a “blind” unboxing, and I’ll still tell you what I thought about each item and share the links to the shops with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Expecto Patronum Beanie 

This is an OwlCrate product, which I think is super cool. I love Harry Potter-related merchandise, and of course I love this beanie, even though I’m not a fan of hair accessories. I’m waiting for a cold winter day to rock this, though.

Game of Thrones Lip Balm 

This blackberry mint lip balm is from GeekFireLabs, and I absolutely love their products (I still have and use the glazed donut lip balm from the Run Away With the Circus crate). This particular lip balm, called “Winter is Here,” is the definition of something fresh and soothing. I love how it feels on my lips and I’m crazy about the scent. Also, you know Game of Thrones is my baby, and I love GoT merch because I feel like I was late to the party and I need to catch up with the cool kids.

Elven Bread Soap

So, elves are from The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings…right? I honestly have no idea about the inspiration for this soap, but it’s great. It is from FizzyFairyApothecary, and if you don’t know about her and her shop, where have you been living? This soap was fresh but soft at the same time. I felt like it was perfect to use at night after a day of hiking a desert in Arizona.

A Court of Mist and Fury Notebook 

Did I get the title of that book right? Again, a reference to a series I haven’t read (and, to be honest, don’t plan to read). This notebook was designed by Stella Bookish Art , and even though I haven’t read the book it came from, I really love the quote, and the cover print. It is a lined, spiral notebook, which I really appreciate because I get so much more use out of spiral notebooks, and I’m currently using it to write down post ideas, so I reach for it on a daily basis.

Grisha Army Brooch 

I love big pins and brooches, and I have a place for them on the tote bag I take to Portuguese classes. Although I don’t know the books this brooch was inspired from, I really like the way it was designed. It is made of plastic, but it looks and sort of feels like wood, which is pretty cool. Then the back part, you know, the part you’re supposed to pin to clothes or fabric, is a magnet. I think that’s genius because then you don’t risk ruining a piece of clothing, poking holes through it. The magnet is super strong and the brooch stays perfectly in place. This one is from Juniper and Ivy Designs.

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano 

This looks like an interesting book, definitely along the lines of what I’m currently into, with the kingdoms, and magic and all the good stuff that fantasy YA brings us. I am definitely looking forward to reading and reviewing this book.

That was the unboxing for the November OwlCrate. Out of the items I described and reviewed, which one sounded the most interesting to you and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Golden Queen Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I love makeup and I love the sun, but putting makeup on when I’m tanned is something I don’t really enjoy. I often avoid wearing makeup altogether for a week or so, until my face goes back to my regula

r shade.

There is a look, however, I’ve found works wonders with a tan, and I want to share with you how to accomplish it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Champagne (eyelid base)
  6. Gold (center of the eyelid)
  7. Golden brown (outer corner)
  8. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Black eyeshadow (Top lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Lipgloss
  14. Dewy setting spray

What are your makeup tips and tricks when you’ve got a tan? Share them in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

What’s In My Travel Bag

 

Hello and happy Sunday. I love traveling, which is great because 2018, at least the first half, is filled with airports and airplanes for me. Because I do it so often, I think I’ve managed the art of packing for a trip, which is something people dread and struggle with at times. In today’s post I’d like to share with you what is in my travel bag in terms of toiletries, which can give you an idea of what to pack. Let’s get started, shall we?

Now, the first tip I’d give you is to get products specifically for your bag. Buy a toothbrush that’s always going to be in your bag, and do the same for other stuff like razors and even shower gel. This is going to save time when packing and it decrease the chances of leaving something at home.

 

 

I have a soap and a toothbrush thingy. Yes, sometimes I take soap with me because even if there’s available at the place where I’m staying, I don’t like to share with other people. I keep two razors in case I need to throw one away. Inside my travel bag, I also keep a comb because sometimes I forget about packing a brush. With that, I also carry a hair elastic and one of those tiny things little girls wear. In all of my bags there’s at least one tampon. I’m a woman, and I don’t want to be caught off guard in the middle of a trip.

Now I’ll list all of the small jars you see there: face wash, aloe vera face toner, shower gel, makeup remover, face toner (yes, I have two because nobody wants dry skin), night cream, and sunscreen.

These are, to this day, my essentials. I’ve added products throughout the years, and I’m sure that this survival kit will continue to change with time. In the comments tell me what is one of your essentials when you travel.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Goodbye Letter to My Students

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Boys,

It’s now been over a month since the last class I gave you, and I’m finally sitting down to write you this goodbye letter, although I’m almost 100% sure you’re not going to read it. I’m writing this for myself, too, so that one day I can come back to it and understand why I decided to leave in what seemed like a very abrupt way.

I’m not going to justify myself, let alone to you, my boys, but I feel the need to tell you that my decision of leaving was nothing abrupt. Most of you had me as your teacher last year, and though we had a blast, that first year wasn’t easy for me and I felt like quitting too many times to even tell. I even looked for other jobs, and interviewed at other schools.

By then I only had one thing clear in my mind: come 2018, I was going to leave. That had always been my life plan, and I was going to pull through with it. In the end, I did stay for this school year, and things were so much better. I was having so much fun, I didn’t realize the clock was still ticking, and that meant 2018 was about to start.

At first, I thought I was going to be able to finish the school year in Colombia,. I thought I could have the best of both worlds, even if it was for a short time. So, in my mind, I was going to finish the school year with you, announce that I wasn’t going to continue the next school year, and then travel to the States and start the next year as if nothing had happened.

That would’ve been great, and it would also have been what many people expected. I started looking for programs in the States when the 2017 school year began. I was balancing my work, which was my present, with a future that was becoming more clear as the days went by. I signed up for three different programs in the DC Metro area. At the end I was left with one option of getting certified as a teacher in Baltimore city. I’d never set foot in Baltimore, but I went through with the process.

Yes, boys, this all happened as I went to school and gave classes. Only other teacher knew for sure about my plans, but it wasn’t hard to keep quiet when things were still kind of uncertain. December was the month when things started to become more real. I first got an email saying I was a finalist for the Baltimore program, and in order to continue, I had to follow some steps. Then, after following said steps, I got another email that confirmed that was actually an official member of the 2018 cohort.

Boys, when I got the news I was on vacation with my family. I’d even had to ask for two days at school, which was something I hated doing. I read very carefully the welcome letter, which said that I not only was expected to be in Baltimore for the summer training program, but also I had to attend an event in March, and another one in May.

I’d thought about continuing working until June, when I’d have to move to the States, but the information I’d gotten regarding the other trips made me question the decision I’d previously made. I thought about quitting my job in January, so that you could have the chance to be with the new teacher from the beginning of the semester. I didn’t do it, boys, because I allowed myself to be selfish. On one hand, I knew I had no business staying at home for so long, when I could work for all of January and February. I also knew that those two months of work meant money I really needed to start saving because I wouldn’t be able to start working for a while.

We have seen each other twice since I quit, and I know that you probably think I’ll go back, that I’m going to be your teacher again, that things are going to be the way they were. I’m sorry that you thought that, but I’m not going back to  school anymore. I’ve been okay during this month, and oddly enough, I don’t really miss what I left. I’m not saying I don’t miss you, but what I mean is that I’m  ready to meet other kids that, like you, I will be able to call mine.

Happy Saturday, my boys!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Physical Book Unhaul

Hello and happy Wednesday. I have two bags full of books, which I’m planning to sell sometime soon, but before that happens, I decided it would be cool to show you which books I’m getting rid of and why. Welcome to my physical book unhaul. Let’s get started, shall we?

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J Smith

I’ve read the novels in this book twice, and I still think TVD is way better than Twilight, but this book is huge and I don’t see any reason to keep it. I mean, it’s not like I’d want to re-read it anytime soon or anything.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

This book ignited my love for middle grade literature and I’m grateful for that. The story was good and I enjoyed it while I read it, but it needs to find a new home and give me space for more books.

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

I read this book at a time in my life when everything was messed up, and I think it helped overcome the uncertainty I was feeling at the moment. It’s a book you read for pure entertainment purposes, and it fulfilled it’s duty, but there are many other good YA books out there I have yet to discover.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

It was a cute book, and it was okay, but Rainbow Rowell has written awesome stories, and this one doesn’t even compare, so I don’t see the point in keeping it.

Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through by Ana Goldfarb 

This is a funny book and one of the first memoirs I’ve read. I enjoyed the stories, and I felt it was an easy read, but it cost me $1, so I really don’t feel attached to it, emotionally or otherwise.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Whether you care for the show or not, you should totally read this book. It’s addictive, and it’s probably the first memoir I read. If you have the chance, get it because you won’t be able to stop reading until you’re done with it. Yes, in my opinion, it’s that good, but it’s not life-changing, and because it’s not, I think it needs a new home.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I know the author wrote this book before Isla and Anna, and (no offense) maybe that’s the reason why I felt that Lola was sort of a fail. It’s like somebody else had written it. I say “fail” because while the other two books are absolutely fantastic, this is just okay, it’s another good-ish YA novel. I’d wanted to get rid of it for a while now but hadn’t because I felt like I shouldn’t have the incomplete collection, but now I don’t really care about that.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers 

You know Courtney Summers is one of my queens, and you know I love me some paranormal reads, especially when there are zombies involved, so I obviously loved this book. It’s just not the kind of book I’ll reach for again and reread, so I just don’t see the point in keeping it.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin 

It was cute and super original, and if you have the chance you should definitely read it. I just feel sort of bad to see it in my shelf and knowing I won’t reach for it again, so I’d rather give someone else the chance to enjoy it like I did.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler 

This is, again, more of the same. It was good, I enjoyed it while I read it and liked that it had some depth to it, but I won’t be rereading it, so I don’t find it necessary in my bookshelves.

You Are Here, The Geography of You and Me, and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith 

I put these three books in the same category because they’re from the same author, and because they represent the same to me. When I started reading YA, I was super into Jennifer E. Smith and her novels because they’re all sweet and nice and full of fluff. Nowadays, I still enjoy a healthy dose of fluff every now and then, but from new books, not books I’ve read already.

I know I pretty much said the same thing over and over again, but when I’m getting rid of books, sometimes I feel guilty and like I need to explain myself. Do you get rid of your books every once in a while? What system do you have and what do you do with those books afterwards? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Nude Everyday Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. Today’s look is probably the first version of the “no makeup makeup” I attempted, you know, before that look became really trendy. This is a pretty colorless look, and the focus is definitely on the face. We want to look awake and healthy, and so the products on our skin are the ones that will help us accomplish this as opposed to the eyes or the lips.

 

 

 

Here are the steps for this look:

  1. SPF
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Bronzer
  7. Blush
  8. Nude (eyelid)
  9. Mascara
  10. Lipgloss
  11. Dewy setting spray

Now in the comments tell me, what is one thing you do to make your skin look “naturally” bright and healthy?

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Lipliners (And How I Use Them)

Hello and happy Sunday. As much as I love makeup, I always like to remind people who ask for my advice that no step or product is mandatory. What I mean by this is that, if you don’t feel like adding a step to your makeup routine is necessary, then don’t; makeup is a game and you’re allowed to make your own rules.

A product that I rarely include in my routine is lipliner. On weekdays I’m always on a rush, and I’d rather apply a lipgloss or lipstick than add the previous step of lipliner. I never consciously reach for one, so my pencils are often unused. I’m sure many beauty gurus live and die for lipliners, but I’m not one, I’m just a teacher who loves makeup.

I only have a set of lipliners, which I didn’t even buy myself; it came with another makeup product I bought via Amazon. I like the pencils I have, though, because the color range is very classic and wearable.

Now, I know I just said that I never reach for my lipliners, and as of today that is true, but in the past I loved wearing lipliner, especially when I got started with makeup and was trying to find my own style. I found three ways in which I liked to use lipliner, and I’m sharing them with you right now.

With Lipgloss

Remember a couple of years ago when nude lips were the next best thing? Well, back then I liked to experiment with my different shades of nudes, and lipliners came in super handy. I would apply it as a base, and that was what gave me the pigmentation, which could lean more towards a brown, a pink, or a red. I would then apply a coat of lipgloss, and that was it. I used that for my more natural “no makeup” looks.

As a Base for (Bold) Lipstick

You know that super bold shade of purple you just *need* to rock? Well, add some lipliner as a base and it’s going to make your lips look flawless. The lipliner makes the application more even because it covers the actual color of your lips, and it also makes lipstick last longer. This, of course, applies for different shades of lipstick, not just bold colors.

For Ombré Lips

Sometimes I’ll put lipstick on, and then I’ll add a lighter shade in the center of my lips to get that ombré/pout effect. This can also be done if you wear lipliner as a base and then add a lighter lippie.

Are lipliners a part of your makeup routine? How do you use them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila