Kindle Haul #6

Kindle Haul #6

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Yes, this is another post about me getting super cheap ebooks on Kindle, and yes, I am amazed too at the amount of books I acquired. Today I have seven titles, which I all got for $1.99. Let’s get started, shall we?

Freefall by Mindi Scott

I got this book in October, 2018. It is now $8.54, if you wish to purchase it.

The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie 

Although you can no longer get this book for $1.99, you can either borrow it if you have Kindle Unlimited, which means you’ll be getting it for free, or you can buy it for $5.99.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess 

I got this book in October, 2018. You can buy it now for $9.99.

The Child by Fiona Barton 

This book is currently $12.99, so I would suggest that you turn on notifications on it for you to know when it’s going to be discounted.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig 

Same as the previous book, I’d wait until it’s on sale to buy it because it is now $11.99.

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marioun Coutts 

If you’d like to buy this book, it is $9.99. There was a time when I’d pay that for a book, not anymore.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

This cutie is $9.99 as well, so go get it if you’re really desperate to read it. If you’re not, follow my previous advice and turn on notifications so you know when it’s super cheap. Then you can get it.

I want to know about the books you’ve recently bought. Where did you get them from? Were they super cheap or did you splurge on them? Tell me all about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!
Love, Miss Camila

The Most Extra Makeup Look

The Most Extra Makeup Look

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

Hello and happy Monday. Today I bring you a look with all the colors, a look that some people might not think appropriate for any social scene and that I wore to go to the movies last Sunday. It is no doubt one of the most extra looks I’ve done, and I hope you enjoy it. These are the steps I followed to achieve it:

  1. Primer
  2. Stick contour
  3. Concealer
  4. Foundation
  5. Powder
  6. Eyebrows
  7. Matte orange (crease)
  8. Pink (eyelid)
  9. Magenta (outer corner)
  10. Yellow (inner corner)
  11. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  12. Yellow (inner half of the lower lash line)
  13. Green (outer half of the lower lash line)
  14. Magenta (reverse smokey eye)
  15. Mascara
  16. Contour
  17. Pink blush
  18. Pink highlighter
  19. Fuchsia lipstick
  20. Fuchsia lipgloss
  21. Dewy finish setting spray

Where would you wear this look to? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

NYX Mini Haul + Review

NYX Mini Haul + Review

 

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to share with you two products I got from NYX that I’ve been loving and that you might too. Also, I did buy these myself for a change, meaning that no, I didn’t get them in a subscription box or anything. Let’s get started, shall we?

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer 

I was running out of primer, so I bought this one mainly because it’s affordable. This product reminds me of aftershave when it comes to texture and scent, but especially because it does leave that tacky makeup-ready feel on the face that I particularly like in my primer. I got it for $8.39, but I’m sure that if you live in the States and have an Ulta nearby you can manage to get a discount for it.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Fair

I think this can be a dupe for the Smashbox concealer I recently talked about in an unboxing, and I think this concealer matches my skin tone very well. I would say, though, that this has a yellow undertone and I would prefer a pink one, so that’s something to take into account if plan on repurchasing this. It cost $3.27, which is a stupidly good price for a concealer in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite NYX product.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Equity Sticks

Equity Sticks

 

Hello and happy Saturday. Yes, today I bring you an actual teaching-related post. Crazy, huh? Even crazier is the fact that I actually used this technique I’m going to show you with my students. And it worked!

I’m talking about using equity sticks for class participation. What I used for this were popsicle sticks, a cup, and markers.

Stay tuned for a post in which I explain you all about this new job of mine, but meanwhile I’ll tell you that I started working when the school year was already underway, so I didn’t have much time to do any get to know me activities or stuff that teachers usually do at the beginning of the year. However, I think giving each student their own stick to label is an awesome idea for those activities at the beginning. I did this with high school students, so it took about five minutes.

I had four different grades, so I assigned a color to each class not to get confused, and I kept the sticks tied with a rubber band and inside the same cup. In each class, I’d take off the rubber band, put only the sticks belonging to the group I was with inside the cup with the colored tip facing down, and I’d take one stick each time I asked a question so that the student whose name I’d called would give me an answer. After this, I’d turn the stick so that the colored part was facing up.

Using this technique made participation mandatory, but in a fun way. I dread those times when a teacher asks for volunteers and no one raises their hands. In an odd way, using equity sticks made students want to participate more, even if I wasn’t calling them, so I think it’s also a good way to break the ice and get students involved in the class. Some of my students even asked me whether they could draw someone’s name out of the cup.

This is really nothing fancy or expensive, but it was a nice addition to my classes, which obviously became part of the routine. My classes didn’t have those awkward moments of silence after a question because whoever got called was expected to answer.

In the comments below let me know about the participation techniques you use in the classroom.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: My Life as a Bench

NetGalley Reads: My Life as a Bench

 

Hello and happy Friday. As you probably have noticed, I am in the process of reading all the ARCs I requested years ago and sort of forgot about. Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on My Life As a Bench by Jaq Hazell. I want to thank NetGalley and the author for providing me this book to read and review. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read this novel between April 29th and May 4th, 2019 and rated it two stars. I’ll go ahead and say this: I think the concept was interesting but the execution was very poor. When it comes to my thoughts on the books I read, I usually can anticipate early on whether I’m going to like them or hate them, but My Life As a Bench was one of those exceptions in which I thought I would really enjoy what I read, and as I progressed, I realized this wasn’t going to be the case.

I say the concept was interesting because it was about this teenager who dies and wakes up as a bench, which is the memorial her family has ordered for her. Now, there are a few books I’ve already read in which the main character is dead but is still present in the land of the living, like Elsewhere from Gabrielle Zevin and The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter. We also have the stories in which the main character isn’t dead but they’re basically in limbo and must decide if they want to live or die, such as If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. What I’m trying to say is that the idea has been executed before, but this novel offered us something original, the fact that the main character is not just a bodyless soul but an actual bench that doesn’t move or feel.

The chapters are short, and even as I progressed and became less excited about the story, I felt that need to read one more page, one more chapter, to just keep going. The flashbacks and flashforwards were other factors that had me expecting a lot from this novel, but that at the same time magnified the disappointment. Sadly, the author did not distribute the chapters in a way that made sense to me. There was a point in which every chapter was set in the past, so I felt that the construction of the story was not balanced.

Ren, our main character, has a boyfriend that I really didn’t like in the slightest and that I am actually going to talk about in depth when I list my disenchantments, so stay tuned for that one. I did not connect with any of the characters, and it’s not that they weren’t likable, which happens, but the story was not well constructed. We were being told about stuff that happened but didn’t really get to picture it. The romance did absolutely nothing to me, and I honestly could have done without it.

Another thing that really bothered me was a fatphobic joke that was thrown into the story like it was nothing. No, not on my watch. There was also an ableist joke, and again, I’m not going to take that. They were absolutely unnecessary and did nothing to the plot whatsoever, but they did negatively affect my rating.

Have you read any book about a dead character who, for some reason is still in our world? Let me know about it in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Are you excited that there’s actually going to be a review today? Me too, although I’m also a bit nervous because I’m sure today’s post is going to be full of unpopular opinions. A few weeks ago, I read Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, and let’s just say, a lot has changed since I was the girl who raved about her fluffy, super romantic novels. Let’s get started, shall we?

I started this book while I was on vacation, and I was on a reading slump, so I actually hoped that this fluffy, cute, and let’s be honest, quick and easy read would get me out of it. I think in a way I underestimated this story, and I sort of forgot that Jen E. Smiths’s novels often have some depth in them, and they deal with family issues, not just romance. To me, that’s why I was so surprised at how original the beginning was because I’d never read a story that started with someone buying a lottery ticket. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that the chapters were short, especially because this book is borderline big in my opinion, with a little over four hundred pages.

Something else I liked about this book, and then again, it’s something I’d underestimated in Jennifer E. Smith’s books, is the fact that she doesn’t leave loose ends or is unnecessarily mysterious. She just tells things as they are without adding drama. I’m talking about when she introduced Alice’s cousin. There weren’t any awkward scenes that had the readers wondering who he was or anything like that, which happens more often than not in YA novels. I’ve read my fair share of Jen E. Smith’s books, but I think this is the first in which the main character is in love with her best friend.

Now that we’ve said all the good, let’s start with the bad and the ugly. Let’s start with the love triangle, okay? That’s something I have no passionate feelings about. I think sometimes love triangles are great and they add drama and they make me change my mind a thousand times, and sometimes I feel like they didn’t even need to exist in the first place. This is probably going to be a spoiler, so if you don’t want to read it, just leave for now and come back when you’ve finished the book. I won’t get mad, I promise. So anyway, this book has a love triangle, right? And it’s your typical love triangle including this guy who’s a complete dickhead and who only realizes he’s going to lose the girl he loves to this amazing, genuine guy who actually makes the girl happy. Guess who the girl picks. Ugh.

After that, it all went to shit for me because I was already upset that I knew how this book was going to end up and there was nothing I could do but keep reading and rant in here. I was so mad, that I caught a gem, the “breath I didn’t know I was holding” gem. Yes, even queens like Jen E. Smith, fall for that one. And while we’re at it, what’s with the editing issues, Jen? Besides that being super annoying for me, I found it uncommon for a book written by this author.

Before we finished this very weird review I must admit that, yes, I cried a few times here and there. That’s probably the “ugly” part of this review because I’m pretty sure I resemble Kim Kardashian when I cry. Now, time for the important question. There are three Jennifer E. Smith novels that I haven’t read. I don’t know what they’re about, and if I’m completely honest, I don’t think I even have them in my wishlist. However, it’s up to you. Should I read these three novels? Or one or two of them? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Iridescent Love

Iridescent Love

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

Hello and happy Monday. Today is clearly not the first time I try this look. In fact, it’s been my go-to for months and I don’t know why I love it so much. Basically, it’s a brown halo eye with an iridescent blue or purple on the center. I know what you’re thinking: what an absolute disaster, but this actually works so nicely, it’s become sort of like my staple eye look of the moment. Below are the steps I followed to achieve it.

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Golden brown (crease)
  7. Iridescent blue (center of the lid)
  8. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Golden brown (lower lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Nude lipstick

What has been your preferred color combination as of lately? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila