Brown Weekend Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. When I got started with makeup, writing down different looks in my little notebook, I decided to categorize the looks according to the occasion. This is why sometimes I’ll label a look as “everyday” while another can be, in my opinion, more of a “weekend” kinda deal.

Today I’m sharing something that I considered a little too edgy for weekdays, probably because of the pop of color with the green eyeliner, and of course, the bold lips. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Matte brown (crease)
  6. Golden brown (eyelid)
  7. Dark golden brown (outer corner)
  8. Green eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Dark golden brown (lower lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlight
  14. Matte brown liquid lipstick

Are you into colorful eyeliners or do you prefer more traditional shades like black and brown? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

February Ipsy Glam Bag Unbox + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. Hauls and unboxings are two of my favorite posts to make because I get to share products that are new for me, as well as my thoughts on them. Today, I’ll tell you all about the stuff I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of February. Let’s get started, shall we?

PÜR Mini Fully Charged Mascara

In terms of volume and length, this mascara does the job beautifully. I like the fact that it’s not jet black but rather a brownish black because it makes it less intense, and that works for softer eye looks. I don’t like the fact that it’s too liquid so it takes way too long to dry and it’s not waterproof, so if you’re a crier like me, don’t even think about this.

LUXIE BEAUTY Blending and Shading Eye Brush 

This brush is all you need to achieve halo eye perfection. I love Luxie brushes, but this one has to be my favorite. I mean, honestly, if you have this brush, you have your eye look done. You use the shading end to apply the base shadow to your lid, and then the blending one to get the halo eye effect with a darker shade. And it looks perfect, I’m telling you.

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Undereye

This is one of those products that I wouldn’t be trying if it weren’t for Ipsy. I hear every Youtuber out there talking about this concealer, but to me it’s not worth all the money, even if it were the best concealer in the world. It has a thick consistency, and sure enough, it covers dark circles and other potentially problematic areas like a dream.

JERSEY SHORE COSMETICS Apple Harvest Hydrating Balm 

It’s lip balm, I love lip balm, pretty much that’s all there is to say. It does the job nicely, leaving my lips hydrating, and it has a soft scent that I like.

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Lychee + Gold Blush 

This is the pinkish version of a blush I’d gotten in a previous bag, and I love this one even more because I live for the rosy cheeks. Besides, I don’t know why but this blush smells like dreams and flowers and all the nice things in the world. I’m not sure why I’ve been into soft looks lately, but this blush is the perfect complement for my mood.

Which out of these products would you be most eager to try, and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Cleaning My Teaching Closet (pt.5)

Hello and happy Saturday. This is the last you’ll hear from my supplies, and I saved one of my favorite items for this post, can you guess what it is?

I think one of the very first things I’ll have to buy when I move to Baltimore is a pointer like this. It actually came in a three-pack, but I gave one away a long time ago, and I left the other a school. I liked to use this when my students were doing show and tells, so that they could point at things. Needless to say, they loved it, too.

 

 

If you thought one of my favorite supplies ever are stickers, then you were right. I adore stickers with every fiber of my soul, which is why I’d been collecting them for a while, even before I became a teacher. It was easier to let go of them than I’d anticipated, by think I’m just waiting to be in the States so that I can start my conversatio

 

n from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

These are foamy stickers, which I used for decoration. I’m pretty sure I also gave these to a teacher friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look, I don’t know what happened, but I ended up with a collection of gluesticks. I don’t use that much glue at all, but there’s something about me that is somehow always present in my life.

I can, on the other hand, explain the amount of silk paper. You see, one of the Colombian subscription boxes I used to get every month came with a sheet of silk paper, to sort of cover the products inside. That’s why I have so much paper.

Is there anything that is not strictly a school supply, but that you still accumulate for your classroom? I’m thinking wrapping paper, boxes, or other containers. Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

YA All The Way

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on Not If I See You First by Eric Lidstrom, which is a novel I recently read and I feel it’s underhyped. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is the first novel I read in which the main character is completely blind. Yes, I’ve read something about a character becoming blind, but not a story in which the protagonist already is blind. This makes the reading all the more interesting because we get to experience Parker’s perspective and compare her daily life to the one of a sighted person. At least I did that while reading.

I like the fact that this novel is not just “a day in the life of a blind girl,” you know? I mean, it doesn’t revolve around the fact that Parker is blind. There is a family tragedy Parker is experiencing and we get to see how she tries to cope with it.

Parker is a great main character, by the way. She’s got a great sense of humor, and her personality is just awesome. In the novel, the way the author explores Parker’s relationship with her dad, even after his death, is very interesting.

To make her life easier, Parker has a set of rules, and I loved the fact that the readers get the entire list. Parker’s friends already know the rules, but her potential romantic interest doesn’t and it’s interesting to read about the ways in which he tries to act around and towards Parker.

Let’s not forget that this is a YA novel, so of course we don’t just have a romantic interest whose name is Jason and who is smooth as butter. We have Parker’s own Voldemort who comes back after a few years of being at a different school. This obviously leads to a potential love triangle, and I was living for it.

The format of the book was pretty cool; you get flashbacks and bits that are like letters or monologues, and the chapters are broken into small chunks. That for me made the reading faster and more interesting than just having long chapters of Parker narrating her life.

Again, I want you to remember that this is a YA novel, and I want to say this because, well, I know it’s hard to criticize a book that talks about diversity the way this one does, and whose main character is a blind person. Some people think books like this are sort of “untouchable” because by criticizing something about this book I might be offending a community of people being represented in it. Just so we’re clear, I’m talking 100% about the novel. It fell into the typical-YA mess halfway through and it was boring for me. It quickly gets better and entertaining to read, and I did enjoy it for the most part.

In the comments tell me whether you’ve read any books whose main character had a disability. Were they good? Let me know!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Purple + Golden Brown Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. My name is Camila and I’m extra. When I was working I always looked forward to the weekend because I’d have more time to play with makeup and I didn’t have to do the same “serious” looks I did during the week. Now that I’m not working, I have more time and I really take advantage of it, playing with looks like today’s, which includes a pigment and bold colors like purple. Here’s how I achieved the look:

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Lip balm
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Powder
  7. Dark purple (eyelids)
  8. Eye primer or concealer (center of the lids)
  9. Purple pigment (center of the lids)
  10. Golden brown (outer corner)
  11. Brown eyeliner
  12. Golden brown (lower lash line)
  13. Mascara
  14. Bronzer
  15. Blush
  16. Lipstick
  17. Lipgloss

Do you like to use bold colors for your eyes, or are you into more traditional looks? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #5

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m an expert in accumulating empty jars in a bin and then forgetting about them. Sorry about that. Let me make it up to you by bringing you a bunch of empties I’ve sorted into different categories. As always, I’ll let you know my thoughts on the products and whether or not I’ll be repurchasing them. Let’s get started, shall we?

I only have one product in my “hair” category, and it’s the Schwarzkopf Beology Repair Oil Serum. I got it in a Colombian subscription box called SenseBox, and I’m not sure if this exact product is sold in the States or other countries. I really enjoyed using this product and I felt that it really helped repair my hair while preventing future damage. I’m not going to buy it on my own for two reasons: 1. I think it’s unnecessarily expensive, and 2. I have several hair products at the moment, so I don’t need to buy another one.

Now let’s move on to body lotions. First I have the Delectable Triple Moisture body lotion by Cake Beauty. I got this as a reward in exchange for point on Ipsy. I already knew and loved this brand because of the subscription service, but this lotion is probably my favorite out of the Cake products I’d tried. It smells like dessert, and I love that, especially because I apply lotion before bed and I love to feel that I smell nice. The full-size version is $14, which to me is a reasonable price, so I would consider buying it in the future.

The other cutie is the Iris Blue & Iris Blanc body milk from L’Occitane. In the States, some L’Occitane stores have a 5 for $25 sale, which I live for because when will you ever get a L’Occitane product for $5? Whenever I see this sale, I stock up on body wash, body milk, stuff for my face, and a little something for my mom because she’s the one who made me love this brand so much. This is more light and liquid than other lotions, and I think it’s because it is a body milk. It smells like flowers and also a little bit like talc, but in a good way. I used to love applying this after the gym because it would absorb and leave my skin feeling hydrated and soft, plus the scent was very soothing. I’d buy this again, but I’m pretty sure it was limited edition.

We’ve come to the “makeup” section, and oddly enough, I only have three products to share with you. The first one is the Covergirl Outlast All-Day Primer. This was a good primer, that stayed with me for quite a while. It even survived my makeup classes. It did nothing to improve the appearance of my skin in terms of texture, but it left a nice base to work with and apply products on. Will I buy it again? No, I actually just bought a new primer, and I’ll share my thoughts on it when it comes.

I feel that whenever I do an “empties” post, there’s always liquid eyeliner, and I think it’s because they dry down very damn quickly. Today I have the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy liquid eyeliner, and let me tell you, I held on to it for as long as I could. If you’re just getting started with makeup, or if you’re learning how to master liquid eyeliner, then I totally recommend you buy this one. To me, the shape and width of the pen makes it easy to handle because it’s not super long and thin, quite the opposite, really. The tip is also amazing, and as you grow more confident and skillful, you can try different widths and styles with it. I don’t use liquid eyeliner all that much (even though I always seem to have lots of them), so buying a new one seems like a waste right now.

Finally, we have my EOS lip balm. Is it really makeup? No, but I liked to apply it sometimes to prep my lips when I was wearing matte lippies of any sort. I think I’ve said this before, but I have lip balm in every one of my bags, on my desk, and on my nightstand. Basically, wherever I go I need to have lip balm at hand. As much as I loved my EOS, though, I don’t care that the next lip balm I buy is this brand or not.

We’ve come to the last section, the “face” section. The first product we see is a jar of Personal Care dry skin cream I thought I would never run out of because it’s huge. My dad got it for me and that was my go-to moisturizer for a long time. I’d buy it again if I found it somewhere because as much as I love playing around with different products, I prefer full-size items over samples or travel-size stuff.

We then have two products from Haiko Natural, which is a brand I discovered via SenseBox. I’ve talked about this brand, and I really like it even though I think its pricepoint is a bit high for my taste.

First is the Cleansing Cream and Makeup Remover, which worked fine for my everyday looks, but wasn’t really that effective when I was wearing a full-glam look. I also felt that it smelled like cinnamon, and I don’t like that scent, especially not on my face. For that reason especially I’m not buying it.

What I would buy is the Eye Contour Gel, although I’d probably get it from a cheaper brand. This reduced the appearance of the bags and dark circles under my eyes so much that whenever I didn’t use this, people asked me whether I sick or if something was wrong with me. I’ve never used fillers, but I think this gel has a very similar effect. I loved it.

Another product I loved, which was introduced to me via SenseBox, was the Ponds Flawless Radiance serum. I tried this as a primer, as a moisturizer after I washed my face in the mornings, and as a night moisturizer. It leaves your skin looking and feeling absolutely flawless, just as the name suggests. I’m not sure whether this is sold in the States or in Colombia, but if I ever see it around and the price is reasonable, I’ll buy it.

There’s also some spray SPF my dad bought me in Chile (don’t ask me why because I have no clue), and I liked to use it as primer when I was doing natural/ no makeup looks. I’m looking for a new face SPF, but given that this was bought in another country, it’s not an option for me.

The next three products are brought to you by Ipsy. Let’s start with the two face washes, okay? We have the Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore cleansing foam, which I loved because the scent was super soft, and I felt it doing wonders for my skin’s texture. The full-size product is $13, which again, I think is pretty reasonable, so in the future I might consider buying it. The other face wash is the Juara Rice facial cleanser. The scent was also super soft, but I feel that this wash didn’t do anything other than clean my face, you know? I’m obviously not buying the full-size version, especially because this product is expensive. Lastly, we have the cute little jar with a pink lid. It’s the SOROCI Morning calming cream. This has the nicest scent and a texture you’ll love because it absorbs super quickly and I feel that it leaves the face ready for makeup. The problem with this is the price (really? $30? You’ve got to be kidding me), so that means I’m not buying it.

We’ve come to the end of this post, and as always I’d like you to tell me, which of these products was your favorite and why?

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt. 4)

Hello and happy Saturday. I hope you’ve been enjoying all the stuff I used to have in my teacher closet, most of which I got rid of. Let’s begin with something techie because teachers don’t only buy markers and stick

ers, okay?

I got this adapter so that I could connect my phone to the Smart TV in the different classrooms I taught, but it didn’t work for my iPhone, so I bought another one, and gave this to one of my teacher friends.

 

 

These are temporary tattoos. I never used them for a class, don’t worry about that. I had them because I personally love temporary (as well as permanent) tattoos, and would occasionally play around with them.

These are highlighters I’d been accumulating since I was in university, which is probably the only time in life when I did use highlighters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, these are just adhesive tags, which I’ve probably kept since my sister and I were in school because I was the one who labeled our supplies. When I worked at an afterschool, I also had to resort to labeling my things because some people had the tendency of keeping things that belonged to me. My teacher bff, who actually has a business, took the tags because she can add prices to her items with them.

Have you had any job in which you needed to label your stuff so that it wouldn’t get taken by other people? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Physical Book Haul

Hello and happy Wednesday. A few months ago I went to the bookstore and got a little carried away, and ended up buying six new books. It happens to the best of us, right? So anyway, let’s get this physical book haul started, shall we?

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Okay, so this is an autobiographic graphic novel? Something like that? I don’t have a clear idea what this book is about, other than it’s supposed to be similar to Freak by Marcella Pixley, and it’s also middle grade, which is a genre I’m currently really into.

 

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is one of those books I bought because my Goodreads friends or maybe some booktubers were reading. By that, I can infer it’s YA and it’s going to have some sort of romance in it, and we all know that’s what I live and die for.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

I first found out about this novel via NetGalley. I requested it, but didn’t get it, so of course I added it to my wishlist. Many things drew me to this book: the title, of course, and the cover design, which resembles the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before books by Jenny Han. It looks like a super cute and fluffy read. I’ll let you know if it actually is.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

Nina LaCour and David Levithan wrote a book together. That was just about my only reasoning when buying this book. I mean, we already know David Levithan is a god when it comes to co-authoring novels, and this time he did it with one of my queens. Needless to say, my expectations are sky-high, and I’m pretty sure this is one of those books I won’t be able to put down until I’m done with it.

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan 

Like with Sisters, I got this book because I want to read more middle grade novels. I have no idea what it is about, but I’ll let you know my thoughts on it when I’m done reading it.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 

I’ll say it again so that it’s clear to everyone: Nina LaCour is one of my queens. I literally couldn’t put down Everything Leads to You, and it only made me feel good things. I know We Are Okay is not a fluffy, feel-good novel, but I know it won’t disappoint.

Out of those books, which have you read or would like to read? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Pink on Pink Everyday Look

Hello and happy Monday. Whenever I’m feeling not that great, I like to play around with makeup, and that almost 100% of the times means I’ll throw some pink in the mix. Today’s look is pink on pink on pink because there’s something about monochromatic makeup that always makes my heart happy. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Pink (eyelid base)
  7. Light pink (outer corner)
  8. Lightest pink (center of the lid)
  9. Pink eyeliner (tightline and top lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Matte liquid lipstick
  15. Matte setting spray

In the comments below tell me about the things you do to cheer you up.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Microdermal Piercings

Hello and happy Sunday. You thought I was done with piercings? Well, I thought so too, until a couple of months ago when I got these two beauties you see between my…well, you know. I think I was in the middle of an existential crisis when I got them, having announced that I’d quit my job just the day before. Still, I love how they look and I’m not removing them for the world (especially because I’m pretty sure a professional would need to remove them). I’m listing my advice if you’re thinking about these microdermal piercings. Let’s get started, shall we?

Do Your Research 

Educate yourself on these piercings, especially if like me, they’re your first microdermals. Getting these isn’t like getting a cartilage piercing, and it’s important that you know what to expect about the process, the aftercare and the overall healing process. Watching videos of people getting them helped me understand what was going to happen. Learning about people’s experience with them was also very useful.

Be Smart About Where You’re Getting Them 

Here I’m talking about the shop where you’ll be getting your piercings. I didn’t go to my usual shop because I wasn’t sure if microdermals were something they did regularly. I went to a shop that is basically famous in Bogota, both for their quality, and their high prices. When I tell you to be smart, I also mean that you should be willing to spend a fair amount of money in those piercings. Why? Because if you did your research and found a good shop, then the person who’s going to work on you is a professional, and the tools and techniques they use are high quality. That costs money, as well as the piece of jewelry itself. My piercings are Swarovski crystals, so to me the price I paid for them was 100% worth it.

Be Prepared For the Pain

There are many factors that make each piercing experience different: some people resist pain more than others, some are tense or nervous, and that can also add to the pain, and, let’s be real, some piercings hurt more than others. That being said, my tolerance towards pain is high, I’m very chill about piercings and tattoos (this is, after having gotten a fair amount of both), and my ear piercings weren’t that painful. They weren’t that painful compared to the microdermals because, those hurt like hell. Getting them was horrible, but in a way I came prepared to experience lots of pain because I’d heard from people who’d gotten them. I even heard about this Colombian actress who was originally getting two, but the first one hurt so badly, she couldn’t get the second one. I did get both, and the pain from the second is way more endurable than the one from the first because you know exactly what to expect.

Follow the Aftercare Instructions

Like any piercing, you have to clean these, and the person who does them will give you instructions. Don’t be a smartass and follow them, even if you have other piercings. Don’t try to pull or twist them. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes at me, but trust me, once you’ve got them you’ll feel tempted to do this. Cleaning them with water and a Q-tip was what worked best for me, and at times when I got some swelling or signs of infection, I’d use anti-swelling cream and that was it.

Do you have any other pieces of advice to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila