Basic Office Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I know I’ve never worked at an office before, but if I did, I’d rock variations of this look every day. I think this is classy and super easy to accomplish, which is key if you don’t have much time to get ready in the morning. Here’s how I achieved the look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Bronzer
  7. Blush
  8. Nude (eyeshadow base)
  9. Shimmery beige (eyelid)
  10. Dark brown (outer corner and lower lash line)
  11. Brown eyeliner (waterline)
  12. Black liquid eyeliner
  13. Mascara
  14. Dark red lip liner
  15. Dark red lip ink
  16. Matte setting spray

What would your basic office look be? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!
Love, Miss Camila

Sugar Bear Hair: Before

Hello and happy Sunday. If you’ve been around for a while, you know this is not the first time I take Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. This is actually a product I swear by, and I’ve talked about it here and there, but now that I’m taking it again, I want to share my journey with you, just like I did with Halo Beauty.

I decided to go back to Sugar Bear Hair because after a very stressful and anxiety-filled experience, I realized my hair was falling off. That’s obviously not a good thing, and despite it having psychological rather than physiological causes, I wanted to do something extra in helping my hair become strong once again.

This is my “before” picture. I’m not sure if I shared this, but I cut my hair about two months ago and it’s way shorter than it used to be. It’s still too short for me to take the usual below-the-chin pictures of my hair, so as a bonus you get to see my tired face after my first week teaching teenagers.

I know Sugar Bear Hair also helps my nails and skin, but right now my focus is on the hair. Basically, I want my hair to be stronger and thicker, so ideally I could see it get fuller with time. I bought two bottles, which means we’re going to be doing updates for the next two months. During the first month, I’ll do weekly updates, and then I’ll do a final checkup after the two months are done. I’m not going to do before/after shots, I’m just going to show you the state of my hair at each point.

What do you recommend to keep your hair strong and healthy? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Wish Failed Me (Again)

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Saturday. A couple of months ago I purchased some things on Wish and I was so excited about them I planned not one but two posts so that I could show you everything. Yes, Wish had failed me twice already, but sure that was in the past and I was going to get all the stuff I’d ordered this time, right? Wrong. I ordered a lot of stuff (you’ll find out about it in a second), and out of everything, I only got one item.

Basically, like any online store, Wish gave me an estimated time for my items to arrive. One of the items, a swimsuit , arrived before that time, so you can imagine my excitement. I actually thought all of my items would arrive sooner than I’d expected them and that was a relief because I was going to travel and didn’t want my orders to arrive while I was away.

The weeks passed and I got nothing else. I would look at the Wish website daily and notify that I hadn’t received the items yet. Over and over. Today, I checked again and when I went into costumer service, I got a message saying that the date to ask for refunds had already passed. So basically I was told that not only was I not getting my items, I wasn’t going to get my money back either.

I’m not dumb, you know? I’m not going to spend hundreds of dollars on Wish, but still, I wanted my stuff or my money back. Anyway, this is all I “bought” and won’t get.

Princess Heart Ring

Chic Lady Rings 

Heart of Mind Opening Ring Heart 

Women’s Fashion Two Tone

2 PC Shining Cubic Zirconia 

925 Sterling Silver Ring Rose Gold 

Exquisite 14K Gold Gift Ring

There’s more stuff, but I think you get the idea. Have you tried Wish before? What has your experience been like? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

My 18th Birthday

THROWBACK THURSDAY (2).pngHello and happy Thursday. So far, I’ve told you about my 15th birthday, which was absolutely crappy, and my 25th birthday, which was super lowkey because I spent it traveling with my mom. Well, when I turned 18, I felt like one of those stereotypical popular girls you see in shows and movies.

I turned 18 on a Friday, and that day was coincidentally a Jean’s Day, which meant I wouldn’t run the risk of wearing the wrong uniform again. I was in eleventh grade, which means I was a senior. The eleventh grade classrooms faced each other and were connected by a terrace on one side. This is relevant information, I promised.

One of my best friends was in eleventh B with me, and the other one was in eleventh A. It was common for girls to go to either classroom before the bell rang and hang out there, but when I got to my classroom, I noticed nobody was there. I went to eleventh A, and I was almost inside, when I heard squeals and whispers, and then somebody closed the door and told me to go to my classroom, which I did because I didn’t have much of a choice.

Some of my friends arrived and gave me candy, but there was still no sign of my best friends. The bell rang and everyone from my class was sitting down as always, when the door burst open and all the girls from the other classroom came in and started singing “happy birthday” to me. They were preceded by my best friend, who was carrying one of her mom’s famous chocolate cakes. I was over the moon.

At lunch time, the entire cafeteria sang happy birthday to me, and we cut the cake and gave a piece to every girl from my class, plus my sisters and some of her friends, and this girl who was turning 15 and wasn’t having the best time.

I would love to know about your own 18th birthday. Was it as special as mine was? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Paper Heart Audiobook Review

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I will be reviewing the last audiobook I listened to on the bus while going to a job I had a hard time adjusting to. Let’s just say, this feels like the end of an era and I’m kinda disappointed that the book we’re finishing up with is not the best out there. I’m talking about My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon. Let’s get started, shall we?

One thing I hate is when books reference the title, or rather quote the title. I think that’s stupid and that literally happened in this book in the first sentence. While we were just getting to know each other, the main character threw a bombshell: “My father has always been the patriarch.” What? Seriously? Talk about first impressions, huh?

Now the plot of this novel is one of the oldest clichés in the history of romance: city girl is sent away to the countryside. It was very predictable for some reason, just like this entire story, if I’m being honest. Obviously we all know what happens when the girl is sent away, right? Cue the mysterious stranger.

Something I liked and that had really nothing to do with the story itself but that I still enjoyed was the narrator’s raspy voice. It reminded me of Laura Prepon, and I wasn’t mad about it. I also thought it was cool that the chapters were short because I was listening to this on the bus and sometimes I got sleepy, so I could just listen to one more and go to sleep. I didn’t have to interrupt one or wait a long time until it was over.

The main character herself was kind of problematic to me. I mean, she acted like she was being sent to jail instead of spending some time with family. She also was super conceited and for some reason hated every woman around her, which for me was not pleasant to listen. Her thoughts about her own family members were mean. She thought her cousin’s life would change if she was given a makeover. And oh, right, spoiler alert: she ends up with her cousin’s crush.

You know I don’t like when authors include triggering topics just to make the plot more interesting. If you are sensitive to content related to eating disorders and/or assault, then please don’t read this book. Actually, even if you aren’t, find something else. This book was honestly very poorly written and edited, and the worst part is that it’s just the first in a series.

I want to know of a sexy audiobook that I can listen to now that I’ll soon go back to work and will endure even longer bus rides. Share your recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Makeup Therapy

Hello and happy Monday. I know that because I schedule my posts, you don’t actually know much of what happens in “real time” with my life. Also, today’s post is makeup related, so I don’t want to dwell too much into personal stuff; I’ll leave that for another day and another post. Anyway, I’m telling you all this because I’ve been dealing with a lot lately and today is the first day in while that I actually play with makeup. Let’s make today’s post about taking a break from drama and just doing what makes us happy for a few minutes. Here are the steps I followed to achieve the look:

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Silver stick eyeshadow (eyelid base)
  6. Pearl eyeshadow (eyelid)
  7. Burgundy (outer corner)
  8. Black eyeliner (waterline)
  9. Mascara
  10. Burgundy (lower lash line)
  11. Powder
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Matte liquid lipstick
  15. Lipgloss

What do you like to do after you’ve had a rough time and are trying to get back on track? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

*Last* Sample vs. Full Size

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Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m happy to announce that this will be our last Sample vs. Full Size post because from now on I will integrate this to the usual Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing/ review. I’m also happy to announce that yes, I recently re-subscribed to Ipsy, so at least for the next year we’ll have goodies coming every month. Let’s get started, shall we?

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Full size: I got the sample size version, which has 0.34 oz. The full size version contains 1.7 oz.

Full price: $38

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I don’t think this was that great to begin with. I mean, I could feel the immediate hydrating effect, but I didn’t see anything lasting. I don’t buy mediocre products, especially not when they cost nearly $40. I think there are better products out there for a quarter of the price.

TRIFLE COSMETICS Sugar Bunny Lip Scrub  

Full size: I got the full size version, which contains 10 mL or 0.34 fl. oz.

Full price: $17.95

Buy? Yes/No? Why? If you’ve been around for a while, then you know there are some products that I consider “non-essential,” meaning that I don’t use them everyday; they’re not a part of my usual routine. Highlighter is a non-essential, just like lip scrub. I exfoliate my lips every once in a while, and I currently own two lip scrubs I got in Ipsy glam bags, so I don’t feel the need to buy these myself. I also don’t feel the need to spend $17.95 on something I could easily make at home, if I wanted to.

THE VINTAGE COSMETIC COMPANY Slanted Tweezers in Rose Gold

Full size: I got the actual tweezers in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $10.50

Buy? Yes/No? Why? When it comes to beauty tools, I usually have just one, and when that seems to have served its time, I buy another one. I don’t have different versions of the same makeup brush, and I’m not one to have different pairs of tweezers when I only need one. I already have my tweezers, so I don’t really use these new ones. I’m keeping them for when the others don’t work. As always with items I wouldn’t purchase myself, I’m glad these were sent to me because I wouldn’t have spent $10.50 on something you find at the drugstore for $2.

PAULA DORF COSMETICS Bronzer in Bora Bora 

Full size: I got the sample size version that weighs 2.1 g. The full size weighs 10 g.

Full price: $32

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I didn’t really like this product to begin with because it made my face look ashy, and who wants that? That itself is obviously reason enough for me not to buy it. If it were good, I wouldn’t think about buying it either because I think it’s way too overpriced for a brand that up until a few months ago was unknown to me.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm 

Full size: I got the full size version of the lip cream in my glam bag.

Full price: $6.50

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I obviously wouldn’t buy this same shade because I already own it, but I’ve bought several lip creams from this brand. You know I love NYX products because they are the perfect balance between quality and price. This is a yes, yes, yes for me.

Now, as always, in the comments let me know which product you would buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

I Got Tinder Gold

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Hello and happy Saturday. Given my decision of coming back home, I had to sit down and be honest with myself about this plan of mine of marrying a foreigner, most likely an American, and living abroad. I had to be realistic, come to terms with the fact that 1) this isn’t my priority right now, and 2) if I’m staying in Colombia, chances are I’ll end up with a Colombian guy, and that is fine. Okay, I’m still working on that one, but for now let’s stick to #1, right? It’s not like I want to get married any time soon, anyway.

Still, I decided I needed to start somewhere, to look around, to “shop local.” I already had Tinder and Bumble on my phone (Bumble is still completely useless for me, thank you very much), but thought it’d be a good idea to pay for the upgraded service. Let me note here that I paid just about the same amount of money for one week of Bumble Boost than what I paid for a full month of Tinder Gold. That’s ridiculous, seriously.

Because Bumble is absolutely useless to me and has gotten me nowhere, and trust me, I’ve tried it in four countries already, I’m going to stick to Tinder Gold. When you pay for Tinder, I think you get the chance to change your location, so if I were to travel somewhere soon and wanted to be in contact with locals beforehand, I could just type that location instead of my current one. I’m saying “I think” because I haven’t used that feature, and I’m not sure it’s actually available for Tinder Gold. What I do know is that you’re shown every person who’s ever liked or swiped right on you.

Tinder is still relatively new, right? Like, it’s probably been around for three or four years, and I’m one of its OG users for sure. I don’t know if I’ve deleted my Tinder account, but I think not, and because it’s linked to my Facebook and I’ve always kept the same profile, I’m inclined to think that my current Tinder is the one I’ve had from the start. I’m giving you this time frame as a reference so that you understand that I’m by no means a bombshell who over the course of a week got more than 2000 likes. This is something that’s been building up for years.

I’m sure we’ve all seen that trend in the Youtube beauty world where the people just went from having 100 foundations to just keeping ten and stuff like that. The de-cluttering  trend. Well, I thought it’d be fun to do the same with my potential Tinder matches. Like I told you before, I’d used Tinder in four countries, and countless cities, so I would have a nice mix of men to look through.

My naïve mind thought “well, if for some reason I end up liking only 10% of the guys, that means I’ll have 200 matches, give or take.” That is a very good number if we’re talking about men possibly interested in me. The reality was like looking through a beauty guru’s makeup drawer: there’s a lot of random shit, some even has gone bad, and then there are just a couple things you’d like to save.

I think out of all the men I sorted through, I decided to match with, say ten. Out of those ten guys, one opened up with the wonderful “hey, how are you doing?” and with that killed the conversation before it even had a chance to become something else. To the other matches, I sent the generic “happy Monday!” or “hello handsome,” and the next day proceeded to unmatch all the guys who’d clearly read the message and had no interest in replying. At least unmatch me yourself, dude, spare me the effort.

Was there anything salvageable? Any conversation that made it past the generic messages? Well, this totally wasn’t going to be the moral of the story, but there was. Now that I think back on the whole process, I can conclude that finding that right person (not Mr. Right, or anything like that, just the right person at the right time) requires that we filter through a whole lot of people, through an app or in real life. And in the end most people don’t want to have 200 options to choose from, but just that one certainty. Again, I’m not talking about true love here or whatever, but I’m talking about a person that becomes special to us at a certain moment in our lives, and that makes us happy.

I’m being super cheesy here, so before I start quoting Nicholas Sparks, I’ll go. Would you ever use Tinder Gold? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

My 25th Birthday

THROWBACK THURSDAY (1).pngHello and happy Thursday. Yes, I turned 25 last year, and despite my fears preceding that date, I haven’t felt old or like I should be doing other things with my life. I’m in no rush to get married or have kids, and I honestly don’t think I will regret feeling this way years down the road. Today, though, rather than talking about what being 25 years old has felt like, I want to share with you how I spent my birthday. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that last year I had a tough few months, and that I wasn’t in the best place regarding my mental health. By the time I turned 25, I was on the road to being myself again, but I didn’t want to put myself in a vulnerable state, especially for a birthday that people deem so important. I don’t know, I sort of had this idea that if I stayed home, I’d be feeling miserable, which is why I did what I did.

A month before my birthday, I bought plane tickets for me and my mom. We would spend my birthday weekend in this beautiful city close to where we live. I bought her a ticket because I’ve always thought that a birthday is also a day for the mom to celebrate and be celebrated. As a present to me, she paid for the hotel, which was super luxurious.

Let me tell you: there’s nothing better than spending your birthday traveling. Sure, if you like big parties and being the center of attention, maybe you’ll prefer that, but if like me, you struggle with depression and anxiety, maybe going away, even if it’s for just a weekend, is a fantastic option.

My mom and I went to the nicest places, we walked around, went sightseeing, got massages, and ate chocolate cake, courtesy of the hotel. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my 25th birthday.

In the comments below, tell me about a memorable birthday.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Kindle Haul #4

100th (2).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Yes, I have another kindle haul for you. The answers to all the “how the hell does she get to buy so many books at such low prices?” will come to you soon, but for now I have another set of fresh titles that have just recently become a part of my virtual library. Like last time, I’ll tell you how much I got each book for and its current price in case it has changed. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

I got this book by popular demand and by popular demand I mean there was a time everyone was talking about this. This is one of those books that I got because BookTubers were talking about it and I wanted to be cool, so I added it to my wish list and waited until it wasn’t that hyped so the price was low and I could buy it. I got super lucky with this book because I was able to get it for $0.99, and it now is $8.99.

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young 

I feel this is an author I have seen and heard a lot about but I’ve never read anything from her, and I’m not really interested in her more popular books because I don’t think I’ll like them. However, this book I bought seems like one I could enjoy, and since I got it for $0.99, I wouldn’t be that mad if I didn’t. The current price for the kindle edition is $8.99.

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot 

This is a book that made it to my list because of the reading challenge I created. Literature students can roll their eyes at me, but this is the kind of novel that I’d consider a classic, and like I told you in the last posts, the kindle versions of these are usually cheap. When I got this book it was $1.76, and now it is $2.56, which I think is super manageable still.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

I like everything Paris because it reminds me of my best friend, who loves Paris, but I wasn’t going to pay full price for this book. I paid $1.99 for it, and if you want to get it, you can for $11.99.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 

I remember that when this book had just been released there was some polemic around it and the topics it covers. Still, when coming up with my reading challenge, I kept reading this title, so I decided to give it a chance and either agree with all that was said about it or not. I paid $1.99 for it, and it currently costs $10.99.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 

This sounds like a funny middle grade book, which is perfect because you know I want to read more of these. If you have FreeTime Unlimited, you can read this book for free, and if you don’t, you can get it for $7.99. I bought it for $1.99.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin 

I’m not completely sure, but I think this is another middle grade novel, and from what I could see, the illustrations are just amazing. I paid $1.99 for it and it currently is $7.99.

Which of these books would you like to read and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila