The Alphabet Book Tag

 

 

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Hello and happy Wednesday. A few months ago, when I decided to permanently delete my other blogs (you know, the ones that I’d had for years but were unsuccessful), I went through my old posts and discovered there were some salvageable ideas. One of them was the alphabet tag, which is basically a list of books whose title begins with each letter of the alphabet. Easy enough, right? I’m only doing this with books I’ve already read, so I’m relying on Goodreads for this post. I didn’t include some letters because I couldn’t fins  book starting with them, sorry not sorry. Let’s get started, shall we?

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

C Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

E Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán

G Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

K Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

L Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

On the Fence by Kasie West

P Paper Towns by John Green 

Remember Me by Melanie Batchelor

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Welcome to Hickville High by Mary Karlik

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

That’s my alphabet tag. Hopefully I can find titles with the missing letters. Now I tag you to share some titles in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Calm, Cool, and Collected Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I’ve been into dating advice lately, and yesterday I came across an article on how to be “down to earth.” Now, without getting to deep here, that’s something I’m not but I’m trying to be. Basically, yes, I want to be calm, cool, and collected, you know? Today’s makeup look is my attempt at that: it’s very simple, but at the same time it makes your skin glow and look healthy. And the best thing is, it can totally pass for one of those “oh, I just threw in some mascara and lipgloss” kinda looks. Here are the steps I followed to achieve it:

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Light gold (eyelid)
  7. Light brown (outer corner)
  8. Faux black eyeliner
  9. Mascara
  10. Blush
  11. Lipgloss

In the comments below tell me, when do you like to sport this kind of calm, cool, and collected look?

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Why I Stopped Watching the OG Makeup Youtubers

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Sunday. Last week I told you about the things I’ve learned when it comes to doing makeup, and how my perceptions and ideas regarding makeup have also changed. I’ve grown way more confident both on my skill and my looks, and I think that’s played a great part in my process of discovering what I’m into and what I’m not.

When I started doing makeup, I loved the British YouTubers, and I’d watch their videos for inspiration. I’m talking about Tanya Burr, Zoella, Niomi Smart, and Louise. The reason why I loved their tutorials was that I felt they were always easy to accomplish, and super natural and soft, and yes, I was into that stuff.

Oddly enough, that’s the reason why I don’t like them. I’m no longer looking for natural, “easy” looks, and I feel that’s the content they are still doing. I haven’t followed any of these YouTubers for a good four years now, but the other day I felt curious and watched one of Tanya’s most recent makeup tutorials, only to find out that it was exactly the same as the ones I used to love.

Now, that’s Tanya’s style, and I’m sure it’s the one many people follow and love, which is why she’s got a solid base of subscribers. The thing is, her style is not compatible to mine anymore. Nowadays, I’d rather watch Nikkie Tutorials, Nicole Guerriero, or Tati do half-hour long tutorials that will challenge and inspire me.

I like to be introduced to new products and new techniques, and I feel these YouTubers I currently watch, have a more professional say than the British girls had. Again, that’s the opinion of a 24-year-old who’s done makeup for over five years, and has actually gone to advanced makeup courses. You can find that Zoe and Tanya are more your style, and we can still be friends.

I’ve already asked you which YouTubers you watch for inspiration, but today I’d like you to tell me in more general terms what you like to see from those YouTubers. Are you more into a relaxed, easy kind of tutorial, or do you like all the glam? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Netflix Talk: Once Upon a Time

NETFLIX TALK_ (1).pngHello and happy Saturday. As I’m getting older, I’m more into fantasy and supernatural/ paranormal stuff, and not just when it comes to books, but also the shows I watch. I recently decided to give Once Upon a Time another chance because I watched season one a while ago and then basically forgot about it. Well, as of right now I’m on season four, so I’m almost done with the show, at least what is available on Netflix. Let’s get started, shall we?

Eleven-year-old Henry reminded me a little bit of my best friend’s nephew, and that made me love the show even more. I thought season one was super cute and innocent, even with the fighting scenes and some “deep” subjects, like the fact that Emma gave Henry up for adoption when she was 18.

There is a sexual vibe at times, but nothing explicit, I mean, it’s not Game of Thrones or anything like that. Besides, how can there not be sex when Jamie Dornan is acting? Yes, he is the hot-ass sheriff, so once again, he’s playing a character who’s into handcuffs…interesting. Also, his accent, which I thought was a bit ridiculous, is real. Oops, sorry.

I loved some more technical aspects of the show, like how it alternates between the fairy-tale world and the real world, and the amazing job done with the costumes and scenery. I also really like the fact that each episode focuses on telling the story of a particular character.

Of course, there were things I didn’t quite love, and I’m going to tell you about it. If you know me, then you probably know that I adore Ginnifer Goodwin, and that He’s Just Not That Into You and Something Borrowed are pretty much my favorite movies and I watch them every chance I get. I despise how she looks as Mary Margaret with her short black hair. It’s also really disturbing to think that Snow White/ Mary Margaret is Emma’s mom. No. Doesn’t work for me.

Have you watched Once Upon A Time? What do you like the most about this show? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Use My Reading Planner

Hello and happy Wednesday. As I promised in a previous post, today I want to share with you how I use the reading planner I got in my December OwlCrate. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to start off by saying that I use my planner to keep track of the books I’m reading, rather than to organize my reads, if that makes any sense. Whenever I start a new book, I like to add it to the “Favorite Books” section, and I especially enjoy seeing how it turns more colorful with time as I include more titles.

 

 

 

 

 

Because I often read several books at a time, I like to use the monthly calendar to record the date when I start a new read. On the fifteenth of every month, I also write down the title of the book from the reading challenge I’m doing in Spanish. When I finish a book, I sometimes like to cross out the title.

 

 

 

 

The book log is like a companion to the calendar in the previous picture. Here I’ll just write down the date when I finish reading a book, the title and my rating on it. I use the other page to review the books from the monthly challenge, given that I have a separate notebook where I write down my thoughts on all the other books I read.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, there’s the weekly planner. I use this to plan both my blog posts and the products I put up on Teachers Pay Teachers. Basically, under each day I’ll write the posts that I need to schedule, in the To-Do List I have all of my product ideas for TpT, and then in the reading list I write all the titles of the books I’m currently reading. As you see, I highlight whatever has been done to make my weekly planning sessions easier.

Do you have a reading planner or any sort of tracking system for your books? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Brown Smokey Eye

Hello and happy Monday. It’s safe to say that so far we’ve covered pretty basic looks, maybe with the exception of the one involving purple pigments. That’s because I’ve been mostly recreating everyday or weekend looks. Today, though, I want us to explore the mother of all night looks, one that for some reason many people are terrified of. I’m going to show you the steps to achieve a matte brown smokey eye. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

I did the eyes first because we’ll be playing with several different shadows, and because dark tones can get messy, and we want our eye to be as clean cut as possible. The steps for the eyes are:

  1. Eye primer
  2. Beige (base)
  3. Light brown (eyelid)
  4. Matte brown (crease)
  5. Black (outer corner)
  6. Champagne (inner corner)
  7. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  8. Brown (bottom and top lash line)
  9. Mascara

Now, after you’re done with the eyes, you can use concealer to cut the shadow and clean up before moving on to the rest of the face.

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Contour
  7. Bronzer
  8. Blush

What is your favorite special occasion or nighttime look? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Five Years Doing Makeup

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Hello and happy Sunday. Since I got started with Makeup Mondays, I’ve been kind of reflecting on how I used to do makeup when I first got started, versus now that I’ve had years of experience in addition to actual classes. When I got the idea of writing this post, I really wasn’t sure how to address it. I mean, I could just make a list of new tricks, tips, and techniques I’ve learned, or I could be way more vague, and write a story-like kinda post. I decided to go back and watch one of the first makeup tutorials I got inspired by, and I was able to sort of compare where I was in relation to makeup five years ago versus now. Today, I’m bringing you five things I learned since I first got into makeup. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. There aren’t “rules,” just different ways to do things, and styles to follow

Yes, there is something called common sense, which is the reason we don’t apply a liquid over powder and then blend (haven’t done it? Try it, you’ll be making very expensive-looking playdough), but what I mean is that, in order for makeup to be fun, we should be willing to experiment and see how different people do things. When I first got into makeup, I would watch YouTubers do their face first, and then their eyes, and that was my way of doing things. Then, as I started learning more, and as I watched other people, I noticed that for me it made more sense to do first my eyes and then my face. That also led me to feel more drawn towards certain styles and artists than others. Don’t be afraid to try stuff out (makeup always comes off), and do what works for you, even if it doesn’t do it for other people.

2. Some steps in your routine will become second nature 

Ask someone who has no idea about makeup to list you the steps in a standard routine. They will probably forget the great majority, but I can bet they’ll at least mention mascara and lipgloss or lipstick. Now, do the same with someone who knows about makeup. The first steps they say, the ones they don’t even have to think about, are the ones that probably have become second nature to them. There have been times when I’ve been almost done with my makeup, only to realize that I forgot to put mascara on. I’ll sometimes be baking and notice that the reason why my skin doesn’t look “wow” is because I forgot to put primer on. As much as I’ve done these steps, I still have to think about them.

Which steps have become second nature to me? Eyebrows and concealer. It’s funny because if you check the first looks I wrote down in my little notebook, you’ll notice that neither of these steps were included. At first, I thought they were unnecessary, and it wasn’t until I gave them a try that I discovered the huge difference they made. Nowadays, I can skip foundation and just wear powder, I can replace primer for SPF. I can even trick people into thinking I’m wearing lipgloss, when in reality it’s just lipliner and lip balm, but my eyebrows will be perfectly done, and my undereyes concealed.

3. Brushes and sponges make a difference

I’m not a huge fan of applying makeup with my hands,  but I didn’t always have the extensive sponge and brush collection I currently own, so for a while there, I did use my fingers to apply some products. If you like doing that, and it works for you, then keep doing it; remember item one in this list. For me, though, using high-quality tools is just as important as the products themselves. With time, my brush and sponge collection has grown just as the makeup one has.

4. Contouring is not the same as bronzing 

Again, you do you. If you like to contour with a sparky, warm-toned bronzer, by all means, do it. If you don’t contour and skip right to bronzer, then go ahead, I do that too sometimes. To me it was a revelation to understand the difference between bronzing and contouring because the YouTubers I used to follow way back when never contoured, or they tried to contour using bronzer. The result? Streaks of shimmery brown at either side of their face, and a muddy-looking forehead. Not. Cute.

Now, sometimes I just bronze, and in looks like the one I’m wearing today, which is super cool-toned, I’m only contouring. When I want to go all-in on my makeup, I’ll do both. My bronzers are warm-toned and shimmery while my contours are cool-toned and matte. That’s the contour/bronzer system that works for me, and I achieved it by looking muddy some days, and also like I wanted to be cast as the next JWoww, but at the end I found a midpoint I liked and I’ve been sticking to it.

5. Smokey eyes are cool (but halo eyes are better)

Literally the question I always get asked when I say I’m a professional makeup artist is “so, you know how to do smokey eyes?” Trust me, I went through that smokey-eye-loving stage as well. I thought that was the coolest eye look ever and nothing could ever beat it. For years, my eye makeup seemed to be a different version of the smokey eye. Every. Single. Day. That’s until, a year or two ago, out of nowhere, the halo eyes were a thing. To do halo eyes you need a base color for the outer and inner corner, and then an accent color, which is lighter and is usually a shimmer, in the center of the lid. It’s literally as simple as that, but it’s also stunning, and you can work with it as you would with a smokey eye, to make it more or less intense depending on what you’re wearing it for. Honestly, the smokey eye is pretty much dead to me at this point, and now I only do it if it’s my go-to look for a given Makeup Monday.

Have you been into makeup for a while? Tell me what you’ve learned!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

The Ultimate Subscription Box List

Laser Hair Removal (1).pngHello and happy Saturday. Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to be on saving mode for a few months now. That hasn’t stopped me from checking out stuff and adding it to an ever-growing wishlist.

I even looked through basically every subscription box Crate Joy has to offer and selected the best rated boxes to try when I have the money. Then I thought I could share said list with you because subscription boxes are the absolute best thing and you can find that suits your every need and desire.

You know I’m into many different things, like makeup, books, and self-care, but I’m not always too happy about spending a whole lot of money on a subscription service, which is why in this list I divided the boxes according to their price range. I listed boxes that cost from under $10 to over $30, and everything in between.

To access and download the list, click here. In the comments below, tell me about your favorite subscription box.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

First Impressions: Lucky in Love

Hello and happy Wednesday. As I promised last week, today I’m sharing my thoughts on the exclusive excerpt of Lucky in Love by Kasie West. People who got the OwlCrate for the month of December got access to this content. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is not strictly related to the book, but I still want to say it: I hate reading random chapters from novels. I mean, yes, the author was kind enough to grant access to an excerpt of her novel, and technically this doesn’t imply that we get to read the first few chapters, but for me it’s annoying to form an idea of a book and decide whether I want to pick it up literally by reading a random chapter.

Thankfully, what I read was good, so I wasn’t that annoyed. What I liked about this story is that it shows how families actually undergo conversations in real life. Yes, the main character’s parents talk to each other like all they really wanted was a divorce and that’s not the case in every family, but neither are the typical conversations we get to read in most YA novels in which everybody is nice and polite. This family also has money issues, which is a situation I had to experience when I was younger. I had never seen this topic being covered in a YA novel, so again, it is refreshing to read a story that can be so relatable in seemingly unimportant aspects.

I loved the fact that the chapters were so short and easy to read. That makes me feel that when I’m actually reading the whole book, it’ll take me a day or two, and that to me is the best way to read a YA novel.

Maddie, the main character, works at a zoo, which I think it’s super interesting and is a different scenario from the typical jobs teenagers have. And let’s talk about Seth, her potential (okay, her 100% sure-to-be) love interest. He is a total sweetie and the kind of guy every girl would like to have in her life, even as a friend.

Have you read Lucky in Love? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cranberry Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. As I got more into makeup, I started to realize I wanted to move on from the typical brown and nude shades I was super into at the beginning. This obviously meant playing with looks that involved pinks, or reds, among other shades. A color I now love and reach for often is cranberry because it’s not more of the same old browns and nudes, but it’s still “serious” enough and not too bold. Here are the steps I followed to achieve today’s look:

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Light pink (eyelid)
  7. Cranberry (crease)
  8. Matte brown (outer corner)
  9. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Cranberry (lower lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Highlighter
  15. Matte lipstick
  16. Lipgloss

How did you start playing around with non-neutral shades? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila