Empties #8

Empties #8

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since I dug through my garbage and told you about the stuff I’d used, which means I have so many products that I will divide them into two separate posts. Today’s post is about the random items, so basically there isn’t one category in particular but rather several small ones. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have three eye makeup products, so I’ll begin with them. One is the Ciaté London Fierce Fleeks black liquid eyeliner. I really liked it, and I used it until it started drying out and getting difficult to work with. At the moment I don’t own any liquid eyeliner, and I won’t be buying one any time soon. I have another liquid eyeliner pen, but this has no brand. I believe it came in a package my aunt sent me a while ago and she probably bought it at Marshall’s or a store like that. This is less opaque and less black than the Ciaté one. Finally, in the eye makeup category, we have the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I loved how long and full it made my lashes look, and I wore it until it started to dry out.

Now for hair I used up two products. I had the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment, which I bought at Marshall’s and I absolutely adored and would buy again the next time I go to the states. and the Andalou Naturals Argan Oil and Shea Styling Cream, which smells like orange candy and is great for wavy or curly hair.

I used up all of my Rimmel London lip balm, which my dad bought for me at a Dollar Tree. It was good, and didn’t have any tint or strong fragrance to it. I’ll stock up on these next time I visit a Dollar Tree.

In the fragrance territory, we have the Pink Fresh & Clean body mist, which has been my love for a long time. I got two of these for $10, so I still have my fix. I also used my CyZone Love Bomb perfume, which I got because it was cheap and smelled nice for everyday use.

Finally, we have two empty jars of Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. You know how I feel about them. Even now, months after taking them again, I feel amazed at how much they helped my hair grow strong and healthy. I don’t feel like I need them right now, but I would definitely consider them in the future and I 100% recommend them.

That’s it for this edition of empties. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

What I Bought For My Classes the First Month

What I Bought For My Classes the First Month

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Hello and happy Saturday. Teachers spend a lot of money throughout the year on stuff for their classes, sometimes without even realizing or meaning to. During my first month in this new job teaching high school I wanted to see how many things I would buy for my classes because there’s this notion that elementary and preschool teachers spend way more money on supplies than middle and high school teachers do.

It’s almost as if people picture high school teachers going into class with only a black Expo marker and a red pen to grade stuff, but reality couldn’t be any more different. I do think that sometimes I go over the top with what I plan for my lessons and what I think is necessary for me to function correctly as a teacher, but I also think that being like that is what makes me a good teacher. I’m going to make a list and tell you what I used each item for.

  • Popsicle sticks. These I used for my equity sticks technique, which you can read about in a previous post.
  • Cup. I bought one of those desktop metallic holders because I wanted something durable for the aforementioned equity sticks.
  • Flair pens. Before I left I gave them away, but I obviously needed them when I came back. As much as I still love them, I think this new year I’ll stick to super fine tip markers from Faber Castell.
  • HDMI cable. This, dear teacher friend, is a must for me. In the first school I worked at I was given one, but then in the new school I wasn’t and having to borrow one from the IT department was too much of a hassle so I decided to get my own.
  • Folder. I have a cute folder that actually closes like pocket and is the cutest thing ever, but I don’t know why I never took it to this new school. Instead, I bought a new folder, one of those cheap cardboard ones where I would keep the copies, the assignments I needed to grade or to return, that kind of stuff.
  • Cardboard. I never figured out how the materials system worked in my new school, like who were you supposed to ask for supplies. I wasn’t a homeroom teacher, nor I was teaching preschool or elementary where you have some supplies that the students bring in hand. That’s why I bought cardboard for my students to make nameplates. This was part of an activity I will soon explain in a future post.
  • Mini binder clips. Now, during that first month I had to grade final tests, which were made up of five grades. That means each of my 111 students had a little pack of at least five papers I needed to check, so I’d use the binder clips to assemble each pack while I dug through the pile of papers, and then I’d staple them to return them.
  • Highlighters. I used highlighters to draw happy faces and extra points. I’m going to talk more about why I find highlighters important in a future post, I promise.
  • Index cards. Again, I didn’t know who I could ask for them, so I bought them myself for a vocabulary activity in which the students wrote some key terms, defined them in their own words, included a sentence in which they used the terms, and made a drawing. These cards went in our word wall.
  • Colored paper. We made posters with it.
  • Masking tape. Needed to paste the aforementioned vocabulary cards and other cute things my students did while I was their teacher.

Which of these items do you think would be essential to you as a teacher and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

My NetGalley TBR List

My NetGalley TBR List


Hello and happy Friday. I have probably already mentioned that my NetGalley ARC reviews will go on Fridays. Now, this isn’t going to happen every single Friday, but I wanted those reviews to have a day of their own.

We all know that I’m not a great blogger or reviewer, but in my defense, I’ve never claimed to be one. After I had started blogging, I discovered NetGalley and went crazy requesting books, which has led to a ridiculous TBR list I am in the process of tackling. This is probably going to take me years because I want to read other books and not just ARCs of books that have been published for years now. This list here is just a guide for you to know what’s to come and what you can expect from me in terms of ARC reviews. I’m not adding links because that would take me hours, but I assure you, all the titles are on Goodreads. Let’s get started, shall we?

  • The Sweetest Thing by Lilian Darcy
  • Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie
  • Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  • Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge by Cindy K. Green
  • School Monitor by Alex Dunn
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Chalk Houses by Tracy Clark
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
  • Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame
  • When Dreams Come True by Rebecca Emin
  • The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lili Velez
  • Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  • Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes
  • Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
  • Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling
  • Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn
  • The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
  • The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff
  • The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
  • All Things New by Lauren Miller
  • RJ by Tim Soeder
  • Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather T. Smith
  • The History of Hilary Hambrushina by Marnie Lamb
  • 180 Seconds by Jessica Park
  • My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson
  • One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton
  • Last Summer at Eden by Christina Hedgenrader
  • Once, In Lourdes by Sharon Solwitz
  • Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
  • Windy City Magic by Crystal Cestari
  • Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
  • Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
  • Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam
  • Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
  • Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis
  • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
  • Unspoken Rules by Lora Inak
  • The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate by Tim Collins
  • Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung
  • The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue
  • Protected by Claire Zorn
  • The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night
  • 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicky Grant
  • The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly
  •  The Way it Hurts by Patty Blount
  • The Long Ride Home by Tawni Waters
  • Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
  • Welcome to the Slipstream by  Natalka Burian
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne
  • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
  • Seven Days With You by Hugo Driscoll
  • Goth Girl by Melanie Mosher
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
  •  Project You by Aubre Andrus
  • Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • Hit the Ground Running by Alison Hughes
  • Follow Your Heart by Tasha Nathan
  • We Can’t Be Friends by Cyndy Etler
  • Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson
  • Spin the Golden Lightbulb by Jackie Yeager
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Superfail by Max Brunner
  • The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope
  • Hickville Redemption by Marie Karlik
  • Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
  • As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
  • Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers
  • Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss
  • The Border by Steve Schafer
  • Little Gold by Allie Rogers
  • Sunshine is Forever by Kyle T. Cowan
  • Blood and Stars by Jaime Lee Mann
  • Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey
  • All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNonieqa Ramos
  • Begin Again by Mona Kasten
  • Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing
  • The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
  • Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse
  • Flying With a Broken Wing by Laura Best
  • Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien
  • If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhöfel
  • 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • Mischief by Stefania Shaffer
  • The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra by James DeMonaco
  • Secrets of the A-List by Joss Wood
  • The Shakespeare Stories
  • The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
  • Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez
  • Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce
  • The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • 806 by Cynthia Weil
  • How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand
  • Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
  • Kasey & Ivy by Alison Hughes
  • Go Bravely by Emily Wilson Hussem
  • Queen of Corona by Esterhazy
  • Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears
  • Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett
  • So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch
  • Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Leatherback Blues by Karen-Hood Caddy
  • The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe by William M Hayes
  • The Monster at Recess by Shira Potter
  • Talk of Shame by Alex Everwood
  • True Identity by John C. Majors
  • The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
  • Baking for Dave by Melissa Palmer
  • Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
  • My Anxiety Handbook by Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher, and Phoebe McEwen
  • In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais
  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • And We Call it Love by Amanda Vink
  • You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
  • Lovestruck by Kate Watson
  • In Harmony by Emma Scott
  • Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas by Andrea Pyros
  • Mastering Adulthood by Lara E. Fielding
  • The Boys Who Danced With the Moon by Mark Paul Oleksiw
  • The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett
  • Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron
  • Doing It by Hannah Witton
  • The Long-Lost Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
  • Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl by Christina De Witte
  • The Bible Promise Book for Teens by Steve Russo
  • Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
  • The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn

Those are all the books I have requested through NetGalley that I’ve yet to read. Which of these titles would you like to read? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila


Horrible Quotes from “Counting to D”

Horrible Quotes from “Counting to D”

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img_0077Hello and happy Wednesday. As promised, today I bring you another post related to Counting to D by Kate Scott. I usually link the book titles so that you can check them out on Goodreads, but since I gave this novel one star because of ableist jokes, I will not link it. I seriously wouldn’t want anybody reading this book, and I gave you a few reasons to explain this in my other post, but I think you need to see for yourselves. I collected some quotes from the first few chapters, which were either cringe-worthy or plain and simple horrible. Let’s get started, shall we?

“Arden knew me so well -way better than my stupid mother did.”

Arden is the main character’s best friend, who’s consoling her after the main character’s mom tells her she finally got a job after over a year of being unemployed, but it happens to be in a different city. Brat much?

“She spouted some garbage about how much she loves me and how we need to stick together as a family.”

This made me even angrier than the “stupid mother” comment. Girl, your mom pretty much raised you on her own and has had serious struggles because she’d been unemployed for a while, and now that she’s found a job so that you can continue to have the lifestyle you know and love, you’re being a horrible human being to her? No, sweetie, that’s not how life works. I am 25 years old, and if my mom decided to work in another city, I’d go with her, and I’d go happily.

“The other girls at our school are serious bitches. If they aren’t making fun of you for being lysdexic they’re teasing you about being an übernerd.”

These are the best friend’s encouraging words when the main character complains about moving because she won’t have any friends. If those girls actually made fun of someone for having a learning disability, then clearly they’re bad people, but calling them bitches doesn’t make you any better, either.

“I spent the period stressing about my lack of a social life instead.” 

This was her first day in a new school, and it was the first class she was taking if I’m not wrong. So it makes total sense that instead of listening to her teachers, she’s stressing about not having friends. I’m telling you, this book is a complete mess.

“These kids were smart. They’d want to be my friends, right?”

Seriously, kid, stop it. This is your first day of class and as important as it is to have friends, you should be focusing on your classes or something. Also, you can’t just assume that someone is going to want to be your friend because they look like they might be nerds.

“The problem was that my best friends were both in San Diego, and the only person I’d talked to in this town had blue hair and facial jewelry.”

The problem is that you’re a narrow-minded little brat, who is so superficial that won’t even appreciate the fact that someone wanted to approach you and talk to you. She was nice enough to start a conversation with you on your first day on class when no one else did, and you care more about how she looks? Wow, you really don’t deserve her as a friend.

“Had I just made a friend? Would survival at this school really be that easy?”

So now you’re not bothered by her looks because you consider her your friend. And I know that teenagers tend to overreact, but “surviving” a school sounds a bit too extreme, especially considering that you made a friend on your very first day. Also, give yourself some credit.

“Agradable encontrarte. Me llamo Nacho”

This is supposed to be the Spanish translation for “Nice to meet you. My name is Nacho.” Only what it really says is “Friendly to find you. My name is Nacho,” because the author most likely used Google translate. The correct way of saying it would be something like “Gusto en conocerte. Me llamo Nacho.” You might think it’s stupid, but Spanish is my first language and including it just for the sake of adding some filler to a bad plot doesn’t make any sense to me. At least make sure what is being said is accurate. Also, Nacho is not short for Nate, it’s short for Ignacio.

“I would have said he looked emo, but his jeans fit properly and his faded black hoodie could pass as baggy, so he may have just been sloppy.” 

Okay, number one, nobody really looks emo anymore, not since 2009. Number two, again with this judgemental girl. This is the second person who talks to you during the first day of school and all you are able to do is look at his clothes and make assumptions about him.

“It was my first day in this town, and I was already crushing on a snack food.”

Where do I start? Okay, yes, I know: PORTLAND IS NOT A TOWN. Now that we got that out of the way, it doesn’t bother me that she developed a crush on the guy who approached her in Spanish class because I was that girl who liked every guy who acted civilized towards me. But, was the “crushing on a snack food part” really necessary? It honestly feels like it’s there so that we’re reminded of what a big nerd the main character is.

Now I want you to help me with this last quote by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

“I relaxed a little when I saw that the three guys sitting with her all had normal-colored hair.” 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Classic With a Twist #2

Classic With a Twist #2

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Hello and happy Monday. Following last week’s idea, I wanted to share with you a look that I’ve done so much that it’s now almost second nature to me. This is usually a holiday look, but I wanted to change it so that it could be used for any occasion. These are the steps I followed to achieve the look:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Darkest brown (outer corner)
  6. Golden brown (second third of the eye)
  7. Gold (inner corner)
  8. Blend edges
  9. Darkest brown + golden brown (lower lash line)
  10. Copper eyeliner (tightline)
  11. Mascara
  12. Powder
  13. Bronzer
  14. Blush
  15. Highlighter
  16. Rusty red liquid lipstick
  17. Matte setting spray

Do you think there are looks that only work for specific occasions or times of the year? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag


Hello and happy Sunday. I don’t know why, but I feel like Ipsy glam bag unboxings are a lot of work sometimes. Today I’ll tell you about the October 2018 bag, and it was a weird one. Let’s get started, shall we?

CoTZ Flawless Complexion Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50

This was actually something I redeemed using points, and I’m kind of mad at myself because I got virtually nothing. It was so hard to get anything out of that tiny tube that I just gave up, so I can’t really say what I feel about it because I didn’t have a chance to try and test this product the was I would usually do. I got a 0.18 oz or 5g tube, while the full size version is 2.5 oz or 70g and is $22.99. I feel that this is the average price for a sunscreen, and given that I’d only be wearing it in my face, I think it’ll last me a while, so I think I would buy it.

Wander Beauty Lift-Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask 

I always try the products the day after I get them so that I make sure I’m not wearing any makeup or stuff that can alter the performance of what I’m testing. I’ve only used this mask once and I don’t think there’s going to be a second time. It smells and feels like straight up glue, and I feel that the texture is too thin and liquid to form a nice layer on the skin, which makes it a literal pain to peel off afterwards. I got a 10 mL or 0.338 oz tube, and the actual full size is 60 mL or 2.029 oz. I had already made up my mind about not buying it even if it was cheap, but the $34 price point only makes me confirm my decision.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light Sand 

I feel like I was finally invited to the party every beauty guru had already attended because this concealer was, and to some still is a huge deal. I think it’s good but it’s definitely not the best product I’ve tried. I got a 1 mL or 0.0338 fl oz. sample, while the full size is 10 mL or .338 fl oz. That means you get ten times as much product for $27. I honestly thought it was going to be more expensive, and had I liked it a little more, I’d hesitate whether in another life or another universe I’d buy it. It didn’t blow me away so I don’t think it’s worth the splurge.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Don’t Be Jelly 

I like the rich color of this nail polish. It’s definitely pigmented, and that means I’m fine with just one or two coats. However, it chips really quickly. I’m a teacher and I’m always doing things with my hands. I need a heavy-duty nail polish and this isn’t it. I got the full size version in my bag, which you can buy for $7.99. Now, that’s the standard price for a “professional” nail polish, like China Glaze or O.P.I. Those don’t chip that quickly, though, so they’re worth it to me. This one isn’t.

SLMISSGLAM L50 Lilac Sparkle Eye Blender

I had talked about this brand before, and then I found it odd that they don’t sell the brushes separately. I think that’s kind of misleading and also makes no sense to me, but whatever. I think this is a nice blending brush, maybe a bit too fluffy and soft, which means you wouldn’t want to use it for precision in the crease, but it’s good enough. I won’t be buying it, though. No, thank you.

City Color Grow Pro Highlight in Nebula 

The first time I tried this I thought it was eyeshadow and I din’t like it one bit. My experience using it as highlighter was better, but I still feel it’s a bit chalky. Also, I don’t really think that one might wear a blue iridescent highlighter very often, but to each their own. Even though I got an individual pan, this product belongs to a four-shade highlighter palette that retails for $8.99. Now, that’s a price I’d pay for  highlighter, especially because the other colors are more wearable: champagne, pink, and gold.

That’s it for today. In the comments below tell me about one product you’d like to try.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

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Hello and happy Saturday. When I started my brief period as a high school teacher I was struggling to get ideas for lessons. The academic term was already over so basically all the topics had been already covered by another teacher, there were no graded assignments, but there was still what felt to me like a long time before term tests and then the beginning of the new term.

It’s no secret that Netflix has become a teacher’s best friend when it comes to situations like the one I just described, especially when you have the app and you can just download the movies or documentaries you want to watch in class without the need to rely on internet access. But, hey, I wasn’t just going to play whatever and call it a day, so I actually looked for a documentary my students and I would find interesting and I would follow up said documentary with some discussion questions.

That’s how my TpT product, “Living On One Dollar” Discussion Questions came to life. I specifically used these questions to assess my students’ speaking skills, but you can set up a round-table kind of dynamic and ask questions for students to start a conversation on those topics. You can use them as writing prompt or even as the bases for bigger projects.

I was honestly surprised at some of the answers my students gave to me, and I learned things about them I wouldn’t have imagined in a million years, like the fact that they engage in social work and help underprivileged communities. If maybe you’re interested in the documentary, for teaching purposes or for personal ones, but you don’t have Netflix or aren’t sure if you want to watch it yet, you can click here and watch the trailer. And if you end up downloading my product and using it for your classes, let me know how everything went.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila