My Top 3 Crushes

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I was going to name this my “Top 3 Boy Crushes,” but one of my candidates is not a boy but a man, and calling it my “Top 3 Man Crushes” sounds kinda wrong, don’t you think? It’s a Wednesday, so of course these crushes I’ll be telling you about are totally and completely fictional. As I told you, I have a man in my list, which means I’ll leave him for last. Let’s get started, shall we?

David Stark from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

David Stark to me is the kind of nerdy guy you fall head over heels in love during your senior year in high school because he’s just so mature and quirky and charming and beyond all that school bs that all you want to do is cuddle and play video games and watch nerdy movies with him. He’s also the guy you’ll most likely break up with in university because you’ll get the feeling you’re not smart enough for him. But don’t worry, you’ll meet again ten years later and fall madly in love again, this time for good. Who wouldn’t want that?

Caleb from What Light by Jay Asher 

Poor Caleb has a reputation, and as such it’ll be very tough to get your parents to even accept him into the family. That is until they see how he treats you and what an amazing human being he is and always tries to be. Caleb has that small-town mentality, which won’t really fit with your plans of exploring the world, but because he’s just a wonderful human being and he’s convinced you’re soulmates, he’ll encourage you to take that backpacking trip around the world. And once you come back and are ready to settle down, he’ll be waiting for you with a peppermint moccha and open arms.

Charles Walker from The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter 

Charles has always been in love with you but he’s never told you, and if you don’t push him, he probably never will. He will do anything for you and indeed, without you realizing it, he’s done a lot for you already, as friends. Don’t you think it’s weird that he’s been single for so long, even if you know at least four girls who’d die to be with him? Well, that’s because he only wants to be with YOU, but he’s afraid that you won’t feel the same way and he wouldn’t ruin your friendship for the world. Trust me, telling him your feelings will be the start of the most amazing love story you’ll have in your lifetime. It’ll also be the only one because to Charles, you’re the only woman in the world. Oh, yes, and Charles is totally a *man*.

Which of these guys do you prefer? Let me know in the comments. I’d honestly kill to have either one of them in my life.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Princess Bubblegum on Steroids

Hello and happy Monday. Today I want to share with you my own version of a look Nicole Guerriero called Mauve-y  Goodness. I did the eyes first, and then the rest of the face, so the steps will be divided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EYES:

  1. Mauve (crease)
  2. “Cut” the inner third with concealer
  3. Pearly pink (inner third)
  4. Blend with a clean brush
  5. Mauve + brown (lower lash line)
  6. Mascara

FACE:

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Nude (eyebrow highlight)
  6. Bake
  7. Contour
  8. Bronzer
  9. Blush
  10. Highlighter
  11. Matte liquid lipstick

In the comments below, tell me about your favorite makeup product.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Sample vs. Full Size #7

Miss Camila (1).pngHello and happy Sunday. Welcome to another episode of “How Cheap Is Camila?” Today I have five products, some from brands that are new to me, and we’ll see if they make the cut. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

GLAMOUR DOLLS X LISA FRANK Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer 

Full size: I got the full size version of the bronzer in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $5.99

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Fuck yes! When I had to look up some brushes on this site for a previous post I was pleasantly surprised with the affordable prices. As I saw who much (how little) this bronzer is, I was once again in awe. I need to check out this brand in depth and get more of their products because I think it’s fantastic that they’re so high-quality and concerned with nice packaging for amazing prices.

MANNA KADAR Cosmetics HD Perfecting Powder 

Full size: I got a sample version of this product. I couldn’t find information of the full size version in the website.

Full price: $29

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Here’s the deal: I don’t currently live in the States, and even though I’m technically a professional makeup artist, I don’t live and breathe makeup, so I don’t always know about the hot brands or products out there. There are possibly many brands that are unknown to me, and that are super hip otherwise, and maybe Manna Kadar is one of those. If that’s the case, then I kind of understand the price, but personally I think new, less recognized brands shouldn’t be that expensive, at least not at first. I clearly wouldn’t pay $29 for a powder from a brand I know, let alone one that is new to me.

BANG BEAUTY Lipgloss in Spice

Full size: I got the full size version of this lipstick in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $18

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I’m seriously disappointed because I was getting mentally prepared for another fuck yes, until I saw the price. I just don’t think a single lipgloss, no matter how absolutely stunning it is, costs nearly $20. It’s a no for me.

TARTE COSMETICS Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush in Feisty

Full size: I got a sample version of the full size product. I couldn’t find information on the weight of the full size version in the website.

Full price: $29

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I have to clarify something and it’s the fact that I couldn’t actually find the product that was sent to me, probably because it was Deluxe meaning limited edition, so the price information is based on the regular blushes. Would I pay nearly $29 for a blush? Hell no!

SOROCI Morning Calming Cream

Full size: I got a sample size version of the original product. I couldn’t find any information of the contents in the website.

Full price: $30

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This is a nice cream, but it’s definitely not nice enough for me to think about spending $30 on it. I’d consider buying it if it were half the price, so let me know if there’s ever a sale.

Which of these products would you get? Let me know in the comment.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Story Creation Mini Unit

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Hello and happy Saturday. Today I want to share with you a resource I thought about a while ago and finally decided to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I got the idea of making this mini unit when I was a student teacher with second graders and we were working on the topic of story elements. I personally love this topic and I think there’s a lot to it that can be explored and exploited, so I created this set of worksheets that would be awesome as a final assessment or review exercise.

Basically, through the mini unit, students get to create their own story, but in order to do this, they must answer questions related to story elements such as who the characters are, what the setting will be, and so on. At the end, taking these elements into account, students will write and illustrate their own story. You can check out this product by clicking here.

In the comments below tell me what your thoughts are on the topic of story elements and how you teach it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

My Exchange Part 5

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Hello and happy Thursday. I’m powering through a very shitty day and I don’t even want to talk about it because I’ve cried enough times today already and I still have hope that this shitty situation will get better so if I don’t write about it, it won’t become real. I will write about what happened after lunch that first day at the school in Middle of Nowhere, Maine.

I don’t think the school’s Spanish teacher had the exchange really planned out because I had to be with Eileen and Becky while they were taking a Biology test in an eighty-minute class. I literally had to sit there, with no access to Facebook because the school forbade it, thinking that even Ruth probably had something better to do.

After that class the super models had Study Hall, which wasn’t any better because the teacher kept shushing me when I tried to talk. I didn’t really care much about her shushing because I still was able to talk to my sister on Skype. This cute guy we’ll call Dave was in that class. I knew of him because Irene had told me about him. She’d had a class where he was, earlier that day.

Besides disregarding the no-talking rule, I was completely rude and talked in Spanish with my sister, taking advantage of the fact that nobody would really understand me. I was telling her how hot I thought Dave was and I wasn’t interested in anybody else knowing about that. He must’ve picked up on something, though, because out of nowhere he started doing cartwheels behind me, so that it caught on camera and both my sister and I could get a show.

For last period, Eileen and Becky had to do something senior-related, so they left me with Ruth again. Before we said goodbye, though, they told me there was a basketball game that night and invited me to join them. Now, I’d seen enough teenage T.V shows to know that the games are a big social event, and that everybody who’s somebody goes to the games, so I felt special about being invited.

When I joined Ruth and Irene I told our host about the game, and she didn’t even let me finish the sentence before she said we weren’t going. She didn’t even stop and think about it. She didn’t even pretend like she was interested and then have her mom say no. At that moment I didn’t think too much about that, but as time has gone by I’ve come up with my own theories.

Again, I think this was a way in which Ruth would make our life miserable, by not letting us attend an event where everybody would hang out. But beyond that, I think she was kind of envious of the fact that we had been invited, not her. I mean, sure a game is a public event and everyone can attend, but you don’t just go by yourself, and you ultimately don’t go just to watch the game. I think that she feared she was going to feel like the previous day at the gym, like she probably felt most of the time, like the outcast.

Well, that’s the end of day two of my exchange, and I’m feeling a little less shitty, although I’ll stop now before I start crying again. In the comments below tell me which were the popular events at your school, those that showed who was somebody and who wasn’t.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Series I Read in 2018

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Reading-wise, 2018 was a weird year for me because I decided not to follow any “rules” or challenges, so I basically read whatever I wanted. I know you may be thinking, “well, that should be the whole point of reading,” but I think when you blog sometimes you get more into the content you need to deliver than the actual reading a book for just pleasure and then maybe sharing your thoughts about it. Because it was a weird year, I only really got into three series, so I have one that I read entirely, one that I’m in the process of reading and have been for a couple of years now, and then one I just started.

The series I finished in 2018 is Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan. I read it in Spanish, but it obviously still counts. It’s mommy porn or erotica or however you want to call it, so if you’re into that, you should definitely check out this series. This author came up with another series called International Guy and I already have the first book in my e-library. I’ll share all my thoughts on it, as always.

I’m still in the process of reading the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, and I say I’m still in the process because I haven’t yet started reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Still when I do so, I’ll have to read the other books like Quidditch Through the Ages, so I’m not quite done with the series yet.

Finally, I started the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins. I have only read the first book, but I own the second and have the third one in my wishlist and hopefully I can go through them soon.

What series have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

The “Good Girl” Makeup Look

Hello and happy Monday. You know I schedule these posts in advance, right? So today is actually Mother’s Day and we’re all getting ready to go spend it with my grandmother. It’s now sort of a tradition to get both my mom and my grandma stuff from L’Occitane, and to me, presents from this brand are now foolproof, like the makeup I’m wearing today. I’m basically playing the “good girl” part today with my outfit and makeup. Everything is subtle and very classic…and I can guarantee you my grandmother is going to compliment how I look. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this:

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Contour
  3. Concealer
  4. Foundation
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Matte brown (crease)
  7. Bronze (eyelid)
  8. Blend with a clean brush
  9. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Lipstick
  15. Lipgloss

What do you wear when you go visit your parents/ grandparents? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Sample vs. Full Size #6

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Hello and happy Sunday. I’m pretty sure by now you know how I feel about some makeup and beauty brands, and especially their high prices, and today I have five more products to discuss. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

CUTE BALMS Lip Balm in Vanilla 

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

Full price: $5.34

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This is one of those items I’d feel weird buying for myself when I know it’s just lip balm and I could get one that does the job for $1. I would, however, consider getting an assortment of these (even though I think there are only three colors at the moment), and arranging them for a present. I’d give this to a colleague, for instance.

URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion

Full size: I got a mini version of the actual eyeliner pencil.

Full price: $21

Buy? Yes/ No? Why? I’ve already talked about other Urban Decay products in this post series and you know how I feel about the brand: I like it but I hate its prices. I think paying $21 for an eyeliner is absurd, but it’s even more absurd when you’re literally getting a pencil. There’s no technology into the design that maybe justifies the price; it’s just a very expensive pencil.

HEY HONEY Trick and Treat Concealer 

Full size: The sample I got is 8 mL or 0.27 oz; the full size version is 15 mL or 0.5 oz.

Full price: $36

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I still have the sample I got and this is probably my favorite concealer at the moment. It is pretty amazing. That being said, no, I’m not paying $36 for a tube that’s only twice the size of what I have now. I would rather stick to the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, which I swear by and costs a fraction of the Hey Honey one. It’s just not going to happen.

DOUCCE Cosmetics Freematic Highlighter in Solstice 

Full size: I got a sample size version of the highlighter and couldn’t find information on the website regarding the full size weight.

Full price: $14

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Of course, when compared to the crazy prices I’ve seen in this series I feel compelled to yell “fuck yes” at a $14 highlighter. I think that’s a very reasonable price that I’d pay. However I’m not yelling “fuck yes” because I don’t know the actual measurements of this highlighter, so I don’t know if I’m actually getting a nice amount of product for the price I’m paying. It’s a maybe for now.

TARTE Cosmetics Lights Camera Lashes Mascara 

Full size: I got a sample size version, which was 3 mL or 0.1 oz. I couldn’t find information of the full size version on the website.

Full price: $23

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Okay, let me get started by saying that yes, this mascara is expensive. It is not stupidly expensive, in my opinion, but it clearly is overpriced. Would I pay $23 for a mascara? I would, if I thought game-changing. Is this mascara game-changing? Absolutely not. This is a fancy version of the Push-Up collection of the Falsies by Maybelline. It even says in the description for the Tarte one “Push-Up bra for your lashes,” only the Falsies have been around for way longer, are cheaper, and work wonders.

In the comments below, tell me which product you’d buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Reto Lector de Enero

GOING ON.pngHola y feliz sábado. El año pasado participé en un reto lector, en el que cada mes debía leer un libro diferente que cumpliera con determinadas características. Decidí que el primer sábado de cada mes voy a compartirles el reto y lo que pensé de cada libro.

En enero había que leer un libro que uno tuviera en su biblioteca pero que no hubiera leído. Escogí Los amores de Nishino de Harumi Kawakami, que mi papá me había regalado recientemente de Navidad. No es una novela, sino una serie de cuentos que tienen a Nishino como hilo conductor.

Si bien ni los cuentos ni la literatura japonesa son lo mío, considero que este libro es fácil de leer. No es necesario interpretar un sentido más allá de lo que la autora dice, y no hay que leer dos veces para entender.

La autora juega con el orden de los cuentos, entonces en algunos casos parece haber una cronología entre un cuento y el que le sigue, y en otros no. Esto hace que haya un juego con los tiempos en relación con las etapas de la vida de Nishino y de la protagonista de cada cuento, quien es también la narradora.

Debo reconocer que al principio no pensé que las historias fueran muy interesantes, pero conforme uno avanza en el libro logré engancharme.

¿Con qué libro van a comenzar el reto lector de este año? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

Feliz sábado,

Con amor, Miss Camila

My Exchange Part 4

THROWBACK THURSDAY (2).pngHello and happy Thursday. I don’t know if I just got blocked or if the other person’s phone died, so instead of wondering until WhatsApp shows me the two ticks that mean my message was delivered (and received), I’ll keep writing about my exchange.

That first school morning at Middle of Nowhere, Maine, was super long. We woke up really early because Ruth had band practice. Try to guess in the comments below what instrument she played and you’ll get a gold star if you do. She was the first to hit the shower, so Irene and I had to wait until she was out so that we could start getting ready. Apparently in Ruth’s house they had a five-minute-shower rule which I thought was very convenient for us because that meant we wouldn’t have to wait long for our turn. I also didn’t mind the short shower knowing that it wasn’t really the best idea to get my hair wet when I was going out.

Both Irene and I have sisters with whom we’ve had to share the bathroom to get ready for school. And we both knew there was this unspoken rule of not taking too long so that the other one had enough time to get ready as well. I don’t know if Ruth wasn’t familiar with that rule, and I honestly think she purposely took like half an hour showering just so that Irene and I had barely any time to shower and get dressed before breakfast. Or maybe she wanted us to be late for breakfast so that Susan would get mad at us. I don’t really know or care. What I know is that when Ruth walked out of the bathroom her hair was wet. She’d washed it, and I think she only did that to spend more time in the shower.

After a two-minute shower in a bathroom covered with little notes about how to brush your teeth and wash your face, and sticky notes that said stuff like “remember, Mama loves you!” and after eating the world’s most horrible oat meal in the history of ever (sorry mom, I know I shouldn’t talk about food that way but that shouldn’t even had been considered food), we headed to school, and man it was a drive.

I didn’t meet my super model friends as soon as I got to school because by then only the band people were there. I vividly remember the smell of people who hadn’t showered on changed their clothes in days as if their hygiene didn’t matter at all. Also, needless to say, we were bored out of our minds during that practice.

Before the school day was supposed to start, Eileen and Becky found me. I went to some classes with them and fell asleep while their English teacher was discussing literary figures and stuff I’d never been taught in my life. We then were taken to the elementary school to lead a class, and that’s when two of my teachers asked me and Irene to go outside with them to talk. I honestly thought we were going to continue the conversation from the previous day or another arrangement was going to be made, but instead our teachers wanted to tell us that Susan had called the Spanish teacher at the school complaining about us constantly speaking in Spanish. We tried to explain to our teachers what had happened, but they didn’t want to hear any explanations, they just wanted to scold us for having being disrespectful to Ruth and her family.

Irene cried again and this time I did too. I thought that it was clear that neither Ruth nor Susan liked us and that all they wanted to do was make our lives miserable for a week, for reasons I can just kind of make up but won’t know for sure. I cried because I wanted everyone to see what Ruth and her mom had caused us, how they were ruining our week abroad. If Ruth wanted to sabotage us, well good luck to her, because from that moment we knew that her mom had gone behind our back, she had declared war on us, and I wasn’t going to lose.

I didn’t cry any more that day. I was excited about the rest of the day with Eileen and Becky and away from Ruth. I did feel bad for Irene, who technically had to spend the day “shadowing” Ruth, but she was a smart girl and found a way to bend that rule. Good thing the other hosts were super nice and friendly. I’m still friends with most on Facebook and we follow each other on Instagram. Ruth deleted me the day after we left Maine.

Lunch was served at eleven thirty, which usually was the time when we had our recess in high school. I’d packed a “grilled peanut butter,” which was just about the only nice thing Ruth taught me, but I didn’t eat it because it was still really early for me to eat. It’s basically grilled cheese but instead of cheese you have peanut butter. I swear my backpack smelled like sandwich for a full two weeks after that day.

While having lunch with Eileen and Becky’s friends I found out that Eileen originally had signed up to host a French exchange student, but I guess that failed so she decided to go for the next best thing, a Colombian girl. That obviously stung a little, but with all that had happened already, I wasn’t going to let an imaginary French teenager ruin the rest of my day.

This is super long already, so I’ll leave it at that. Stay tuned for next week’s post to see what happened after lunch.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila