Let’s Talk About Sex, Babies (2/2)

Hello and happy Wednesday. We know what we’re here for, so let’s get started, shall we?

Last week I started sharing my thought about 21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe About Sex by Jennifer Strickland, which is a book I got via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, and decided to divide the post in two so that it didn’t become one long-ass rant.

Obviously, as a book reviewer, I can’t just talk about the content of the book, especially when there were aspects of the format that I didn’t like one bit. In the first chapters of the book, the author took quotes and inserted them in this text frames or whatever you call them in the middle of the page. She was literally quoting herself within the same page. What’s with that? Was that really necessary? I don’t think so.

I’d previously talked about how heteronormative this book was, and again I felt the need to take notes on that issue. One example of this book being heteronormative is the fact that it revolves around reproductive sex and the seemingly “natural” desire everyone has to have sex. Here’s a fact: some people love having sex. Maybe even the great majority of people do so. But that doesn’t mean that we all have the desire to have sex, and it doesn’t mean that we want to reproduce, either.

There are many experiences in life associated with sex and pleasure, different from sexual intercourse. Some obvious ones are kissing or touching, but there are other experiences like eating, watching a movie or reading a book that can provide pleasure comparable to the sexual one. I’m not talking about watching porn or reading erotica, although that might be more attractive to some people that having sex with another person. I’m talking about seeing sex as an experience.

Experiencing sex can be a priority to some, as it can be something that “just happens” to others, a natural part of life. It can be something you seek, and it can also be something you avoid or simply don’t think about. Sex as an experience means you have a choice to decide what role it plays in your life, if any at all, and that choice you make is just as respectable as any other.

I’m in my happy place right now, physically and mentally because I’m happy writing this post, but when I was reading this book there were times when I became annoyed, and others even infuriated. The contents of the book got to me, they really did, but so did the poor writing style of the author, up to the point where I thought “man, I’d never want to meet or even go near this woman, thankyouverymuch.” I’m a teacher, and I get upset when I see people trying to spread teachings that are just wrong, and I’m not sorry about that.

I previously talked about how this author sees marriage as the ultimate reward in a woman’s life. Only married woman should have sex, according to what I read in this book, but something the author didn’t manage to explain is how the glory of marriage will prevent an STI. I know the facts, okay? I know that having a stable partner reduces the chances of getting an STI, but it doesn’t prevent them. And even so, people don’t need to be married to be in a committed, stable relationship. People cheat, whether they’re married or not, and people can get a sexually-transmitted infection or disease whether they’re married or not. That is a fact.

Okay, I went from my happy place to an angry place for a while after I read the following quote I wrote down in my blogging notebook: “Kind of like ‘Blacks don’t associate with Mexicans.'” Now, if I’m not mistaken, the author was talking about assumptions people make, right? This is just an assumption, according to her. It is really, an assumption, I agree, and a very stupid one, but it’s also really problematic.

In terms of race and ethnicity, as well as gender, sexual orientations and other social “issues” that some people just don’t seem to understand, I think the best policy is for “some people” to keep quiet. Mrs Strickland, the author of this book is clearly part of “some people,” given that she’s very heterosexual and very white. There’s nothing wrong in being any of those things, and if you think I said that, then the problem is all yours. But I do believe that there is something wrong when you are those things and make assumptions about people who are not.

Nobody has the authority to speak for somebody else if not explicitly asked to. Heterosexual people don’t want the LGBTQ+ community to speak on their behalf, so why is it okay when it goes the other way around? POC need real representation, not white people wrongfully appropriating aspects of their culture and background because it’s on trend. And in that same way, blacks and Mexicans don’t need to be an example for a misleading book on sex by an white American woman.

After that comment, I was left exhausted, really, and I kind of stopped taking notes because I felt like I was repeating myself and becoming angrier by the minute, but that in the end I was getting nowhere, so I decided I’d just read. It was tough, getting past the random, out-of-context Bible references (and this is coming from a person who loves reading the Psalms), but I finally reached a point where I could see a hint of light, something salvageable, something that it’s safe to read.

Dear Mrs. Strickland, I want to give you credit for the whole chunk you did on STDs. You know what chunk I’m talking about, the one that was scientifically accurate, the one where you cut your talk about what G-d wants and went ahead and said “if you’re having sex, in or out of marriage, you should be responsible.”

I want to personally thank you for that one, and for the chapter on LGBTQ+ people, for your honesty and your openness. I think that chapter was the reason why I decided to give it three stars as opposed to two, because it literally was the light at the end of a tunnel that I felt was narrowing down by the second. And while we’re at it, thank you for your definition of consent. If I were you, I’d put those three (which I know are the most controversial) chapters first. If I were you, that’s all I’d put in the book, if I’m being honest.

I wouldn’t recommend this book for the life of me, but if you have any cool resources that can help young people learn about sex, please share them in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

My Pink and Red Lippies

Hello and happy Sunday. Today I want to continue sharing my collection of lippies with you; this time we’re going to cover the pinks and reds. Let’s get started, shall we?

(I’m going from left to right.)

Milani Power Lip Stain in Raspberry Tart

This is one of my OG makeup products, and I have to admit I didn’t quite love it when I first bought it. Now that I know more about makeup, I think this product is very similar to an opaque lipgloss, and you know I love those because of their thick texture. It is the darkest shade of pink among the products I’m showing you here, but I think it can still be considered a very dark magenta.

Shany Cosmetics Fairytale Kiss Lipgloss in Number 11 

This is my “girl boss” lip gloss. By the picture you can tell it’s quite pigmented, but it’s still sheer, which makes perfect as a pop of color to add to an everyday look. This is one of my favorite lippies, and I think its a must to have this shade in one’s makeup stash.

Shany Cosmetics Smooch Collection Lipstick in Number 01

A couple of years ago, when my job allowed me to wear literally anything I wanted, I was very adventurous with my makeup. Back then, I loved rocking this look called the “bubblegum lips.” Have you seen the color of bubblegum? Well, this lipstick is exactly that shade. Now I honestly don’t know how I was able to pull off that look because my skin is pale, and I’m pretty sure when I applied that lipstick it must’ve looked like I had concealer on my lips. Should I give it another chance?

Shany Cosmetics Smooch Collection Lipstick in Number 05

I think this would be the closest match to my “girl boss” lip gloss. I’m sure they weren’t intended to be companions, even if they’re from the same brand, but they go very well together. What I like about this lipstick is that it’s a hot pink without being scandalous. It is actually lighter than the lipgloss, which I think makes it more wearable in situations when I need to look professional and like I’ve got it together, but I still want my pop of color.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo 

I’ll call this a dark watermelon pink. Swatching this lip cream, it occurred to me that it’s not a pretty as I’d always thought it was. I mean, looking at it now, it looks like nothing special, you know? It still looks nice, I just think it’s one of those “comfortable” shades you buy because you know they’re easy to match to any look.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague 

Then there’s Prague, and this shade is what puts an edge to the everyday look. Prague is the lip cream equivalent to my other “girl boss” products, and I love it because the hot pink shade is there, and the fact that it’s matte makes the look more serious, but it’s not super intense to the point that it might look tacky.

Sienna Cosmetics Lipstick in Pink 

I got this in a Colombian subscription box, and it annoys me when I get products like this that obviously aren’t going to work for me. Like, I specifically said I have pale skin, which means pale lipsticks don’t look good on me. Not only this lipstick is super light, it’s also got this kind of pearl effect and tiny specks of glitter. There’s no way I’ll wear it by itself, so occasionally when I’m trying on a “good girl” look, I’ll use this as a lip topper.

Shany Cosmetics Fairytale Kiss Lipgloss in Number 08

I think this is a great companion shade for the “Bubblegum lips” look. Indeed, the fact that it’s a lip gloss makes it easier to work with for me because it’s sheer, so the actual color of my lips can still be seen, and I don’t look like I have concealer lips. It’s also a great lip topper and it adds a bit of a “good girl” vibe to my looks.

Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Fab Fuchsia 

This lipstick is old, so I think it’s discontinued. It doesn’t look as pigmented in the swatch, but it’s your typical scandalous fuchsia. A few years ago, this was my go-to shade for going out. Now I’ve grown, and I feel more sophisticated. No, but really, this is just too much for me.

B Color Liquid Lipstick in Hot Pink 

Okay, this is another Colombian product I got from (you guessed it) a Colombian subscription box. I plan on unboxing one in the future, I promise. This just infuriates me because, honestly, who will wear this shade in real life? This is not just hot pink, it’s hot pink on steroids. I mean, this is more than scandalous. Besides, the quality of the product is not even that great. This is supposed to be a liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t dry down, so it’s essentially an opaque lipgloss.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in My Pink

You know I’m extra when it comes to makeup, but I always have more natural options because there are days when I don’t want to spend an hour caking my face. When I feel like I want a pop of pink in my natural look, I wear this lip balm. It’s supposed to act according to my lips’ pH or something to give me “my own” kind of pink. I don’t know about that, but I love its pale shade of pink as well as the shimmer it leaves, and the feeling of hydration on my lips.

Nivea Fruity Shine Watermelon Lip Balm

These have been around for a while, and I’d even dare to say they’re the OG tinted lip balms. It is stronger than the Maybelline one because the shade is a darker, hotter pink, but it’s still a lip balm, so its effect is pretty soft and natural compared to other products I’ve mentioned. Had I been into makeup at school, this would’ve been one of my choices.

Now, let’s finish with the reds. I honestly thought I had many more shades, but apparently I only have four. Still, let’s get started, shall we?

 

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Poppy Please

This is a nice orange-based red I like to wear to work on very special occasions. Now, that fancy name is just that, a name because there’s nothing gel-like about this lipstick and it’s 100% matte. It’s got a nice, powdery texture and it doesn’t need to be reapplied all the time like some other red lipsticks.

NYX Epic Ink in Fresh

Here’s a funny story: I was planning on doing all the swatches for the posts about my lippies, but when I removed this product I discovered a rectangular stain on my arm. Yes, this ink stained my arm for a full day. This is not kiddie stuff, and if I were you, I wouldn’t try it unless I really knew what I was doing. I don’t mean to scare you, but this is ink, so it’s got a super thin texture, and it dries down really quickly, and it is dark red. This could either be a great combination of factors or a recipe for disaster, your call.

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet in Diva 

This is your true red, and I’m talking old Hollywood/ Christmas party red. Pair this with a golden smokey eye and you’re good to go. I love this shade and I love the formulation of this product. It’s smooth and easy to apply, and it does have that velvety effect, but in a good way, you know? If you’re just getting into the whole liquid lipstick/ red lipstick game, this will be your best friend.

Femme Couture Glossy Lip Creme in Spice of Life

This was my first red lipstick, and I know that next to the others I showed you, this doesn’t even look that red, which is exactly why I picked it up in the first place. You see, this is a safe shade for people getting started on makeup because it’s not flashy or overly opaque, but it’s still red. It’s a great first red lipstick.

Those were all of my pink and red lippies. Do you wear pink or red lipsticks? What is your favorite shade and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Let’s Talk About Sex, Babies

Hello, and happy Wednesday. If the title of this post makes you giggle, blush, or start crossing and uncrossing your legs uncomfortably, then welcome, and enjoy because I wrote this just for you.

I’m writing this post as a response to the book 21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe About Sex by Jennifer Strickland. I got this book via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both the author and NetGalley.

Now, this isn’t just me talking about the book, like I normally do when I’m reviewing something I read. Here, I’m going to give you my personal opinion, but I’m going to go beyond the book in doing so. And just to be clear, yes, I’ll be talking about sex here, and yes, to me it’s crucial that we all have that one person to talk about sex with, but I understand if you’re uncomfortable doing so openly, like some people do.

I’m very picky with the way I talk about sex depending on the situation and the people I’m surrounded with. I like to keep my experiences (or lack thereof) private; if not just for myself for my closest friends. I think there’s a lot that can be said about sex, and I think that even though we have the right to be informed, we also have the right to decide when and if we’re comfortable to talk about it.

That’s one of the reasons why this book caught my eye, because I thought it could give (especially) young women the chance to exercise that right without being put in a spotlight. Upon starting this book, however, I realized it’s clearly focused on religion, so if you’re looking for cold-hard scientific facts like I thought I would, you might be disappointed. You do get some scientific facts, and we’ll get to them later on, but in a big chunk of the book you won’t get them. I’ll give you facts, though, so keep reading.

Listen to me loud and clear because here’s a truth you need to remember every second of your existence: there is nothing on or within you to “give away” or to “save,” no matter how many times the author of this book tells you so. Do you want to abstain from having sex until marriage? Cool! Was your “first time” not a big deal at all? Nice! Your thoughts regarding sex are valid as long as they come from you and you are convinced of them. Your opinion on virginity is respectable when it comes to you doing you, not you telling other people how to live their life.

We’re all queens and we’re all great, and all that, but in all honesty, there’s no such thing as virginity. Virginity is a social construct, it’s something men invented way back when women were treated as goods to be traded between the father and the groom. It was a way to ensure that the good was new, hadn’t been damaged, that the seal hadn’t been broken. Yes, some women bleed the first time they have sex; some, but not all, and that’s because they get hurt while having sex, which is why it is also painful for some women.

Here I just threw you two other truths, so let’s rewind and organize our ideas. One: whether you want to remain a virgin until marriage or you think virginity is stupid, you are ascribing to the construct of virginity, of something that is there and then isn’t. Just make sure you’re safe and you’re sure your first time, physically, mentally and emotionally. Two: though it seems to be the norm, you’re not “supposed to” bleed when you first have sex. Three: sex the first time is awkward, I get it, but it shouldn’t be painful either. Don’t get used to painful, uncomfortable sex just because you think it’s normal because it’s not.

You know I’m trying my best to let you know about trigger warnings in books, and even if this is non-fiction, there are mentions of sexual abuse. Now, this is a book about sex, so it totally makes sense to at least mention this issue, but I felt that at the beginning, it was not being handled in the most appropriate way.

Another problem I had with this book was the fact that the author claimed that one of her goals was for non-sexually active girls to remain as such until marriage. Okay, if that’s your purpose, then you shouldn’t have sold your book as being about sex, that is misleading, that is lying in a way, and it is the reason why on Goodreads many people marked this book as DNF.

I did read through the whole thing, made notes of all my thoughts, and am now sharing them with you. If you feel like asking a question or just telling me something at some point, please send me a message or write a comment. I do want us to talk. I know that was the purpose of the author as well, to have this “chat among girlfriends” kinda deal, but the style was super annoying to me. Something else that annoyed me as well is the continuous use of the word “girls” when referring to women, up to the point when it became problematic.

There was a point in which annoyance wasn’t enough and I started becoming enraged towards this book, which gave me all the more reason to keep reading it. Here’s another set of truths: getting an abortion is your decision and nobody else’s; your sexual orientation doesn’t define your worth as a person; rape is never a victim’s fault. But here’s the biggest truth: those situations I just listed can never be compared or even put near the same category as cheating on a spouse. I’m saying this because there was a bit in this book where the author just made a list of “sins,” and included the aforementioned examples. No. I won’t allow it. Who you are is not a sin, whether it’s your choice or not. If you want to talk about sin, talk about actions, condemn cheating because that talks about what a person does, not how a person is.

It obviously makes sense that if this book is written by a Christian author who wants “girls” to “save themselves” for marriage, then this book will be inherently heteronormative. Hear me when I tell you that you weren’t born to be the complement to anybody. You were born to be free, to live and love, to make your own choices about your life. Again, if your choice is to get married and have kids, good for you! If you decide that’s not the life for you, well, go ahead and live your best life. But pretty please, don’t ascribe to archaic gender stereotypes that “determine” what is our role in society based on whether or not we have a penis. And pretty please, don’t judge others just because they live differently than you do.

Not everything can be bad, right? After all, I’m not a bitter feminist, I’m just a radical one. Well, turns out that just as I’m sharing some of my thoughts with you, the author talked about her personal sexual experience. Now, I’ve already told you that it’s my choice not to share about my experiences with people other than my closest friends, but I respect when people choose to talk about theirs in a respectful way.

Now, something you need to know about this book, although you probably already inferred it, is that it is totally, 100% against sex out of marriage. If you’re looking for advise because you want to have or are having sex and are not married, then look away because this is not the book for you.

And, now it’s time for another truth: remember when I told you that “sins” are not related to who you are but the choices you make? Okay, although that might be true to some people (people who like condemning others for their “sins”), it doesn’t mean that sex outside of marriage or “bad sex” as the author calls it is a sin. First and foremost, if it is something two consensual adults are doing in a responsible way, it is not a sin at all, it is a decision two consensual adults made responsibly. Second, the responsibility of what you do is not solely yours because you made that decision with another adult, the responsibility is shared.

Okay, so this is getting super long and I’m nowhere near done, so I’m going to make a part 2 of this post that you can read next week. Let me know if you have any questions or if maybe there’s a topic you’d like me to explore further on.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Trestique Try On Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post is special for different reasons. The first is that I will be doing a step-by-step tutorial, kind of like a “get ready with me.” The second reason why this post is special is the fact that I’ll be using most of the products from just one brand, which is Trestique. Let’s get started, shall we?

After priming, I apply the Correct & Cover Concealer Crayon in Porcelain under my eyes and in areas of redness, and then I use the Moisturize & Blend Tinted Face Stick in Cape Cod Stone as foundation.

I love that both my skin tone and texture look even and ready for more makeup. I use all of my Trestique products when traveling because I love that my makeup doesn’t move around throughout the day, and that all of the products come with their own brush or special applicator, so I just have to carry one bag.

For my eyebrows I use the Brow Pencil in Americano. First, I use the pencil to shape and fill out the holes in my brows.

 

Then I use the gel. Now, this is a step I usually skip, unless I’m up for a very long day and I want my eyebrows to stay in place. It also helps intensify the color of the brows.

For my eyes I got the Color & Smudge Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine. I like this color because it’s this deep green but it also has a gray-ish undertone and it goes great with brown. Basically, it worn with the right colors, it’s foolproof.

 

The Eye Pencil in Roman Bronze completes the eye look perfectly, you just need to add some mascara and you’re good to go. I like to do a thick line both on the top and bottom, and to smudge it out a bit. I love the specks of shimmery copper this eyeliner reflects. It almost looks like a liquid eyeliner.

I love how once you add the eye makeup, everything starts making more sense. To contour and add some warmth to my ghostly face, I used the Bronzer Stick in Brazilian Bronze. Because it is a stick, it allows more definition and control. It also blends like a dream and is great for nose contouring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know if you can see the hint of coral on my cheek, but that’s totally what I’m into when I’m traveling. It’s true that I don’t (ever) want to look natural, but I also don’t want to risk wearing something super pigmented and then looking crazy and not being able to fix my makeup. So, I try to be subtle, and the Blush Stick in Bora Bora Coral just does it for me.

You know I’m not really into following makeup “rules,” but sometimes I do because it’s more comfortable for me. When I’m traveling I have a limited amount of products, time, and space, so I’d rather make safe choices. This is why I picked the Lip Crayon in Costa Rica Coral & Bellini Balm. I apply the balm first, and then the actual matte color. I say this is a safe choice because, like the blush, it’s a coral. The fact that the blush and the lips match makes the look cohesive.

 

 

 

 

This is the completed look. Whenever I travel, I make sure to take my setting spray and add a generous amount to my face when I’m done with makeup. For me, that’s the secret,

The set of products I used for this look cost $175. Again, each product comes with a brush or applicator, as well as other features.

Now, in the comments I’d like you to let me know what you think about the look I came up with, and whether you’d like to try out Trestique. Also, if there’s another brand you’d like me to check out, let me know because I’m always looking for new stuff.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

You Will Suffer (And You’ll Love It)

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I have a review of a book by an author I’ve already read and enjoyed a ton. I’m talking about Sarah Ockler, and the book I’ll be reviewing is Twenty Boy Summer.

Now, I love books that surprise me, I love books that have me going “oh no, she didn’t,” and, boy, that first chapter was probably the most shocking first chapter I’ve ever read. I mean, if you don’t feel compelled to keep reading the novel after that, you should see a doctor because something is wrong with you. Obviously, the shocking first chapter left me with the feeling that the novel was going to destroy me. Spoiler alert: it did.

Let me just say that Matt, Frankie’s brother, and Anna’s best-friend-who-is-a-boy is absolutely the bestest, even when he’s being a dummy about keeping his relationship with Anna a secret. And, yes, of course, something has to happen to Matt. Just like I thought, the book is absolutely heartbreaking.

The story has kind of a Summer vibe what with the sexy kisses and all. Also, the flashbacks make the story all the more interesting and captivating.  also appreciated a ton the fact that there was a long intro before the whole “core” of the plot was introduced. By that, of course, I mean before Sam was introduced, and yes, I like that Sam boy. The only thing I didn’t like about him was his whole “you look better without makeup” deal. You know me, you know what I think about makeup, and you know what I think about people assuming that we just wear it to “look better.”

As I kept reading, I got this Second Chance Summer vibe given that there’s a lot of grief and the story revolves about family relations and how they change when faced with tragedy. If you liked Second Chance Summer, you’ll definitely want to read Twenty Boy Summer.

Drama built up slowly in this novel, but in a way that has the reader’s hooked, like you kind of expect something to happen, but you don’t know how or when it’s going to happen, and that was pretty cool.

I liked that this book was real in the way it depicted certain situations. Personally, the scene of Anna’s “first time” was one of the most accurate descriptions I’d read. I know I still have a book by Sarah Ockler in my TBR list and I’m excited to read and review it.

Do you know of any YA books that deal with grief and loss? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Etsy Buys: Nail Stuff

Hello and happy Sunday. A few months ago, I went through a phase and I was absolutely obsessed with Etsy. If you know the site, then you probably understand my obsession, and if you don’t, well, you don’t know what true happiness really is. What I love the most about Etsy, aside from the variety you find, is the fact that some items can be shipped internationally.

One day, while browsing, I came across LaPalomaBoutique, which is this shop that sells cute nail stuff at great prices. And when I say the price is great, I mean even the shipping is super cheap. So, of course, I went ahead and bought a lot of stuff.

When you buy the stickers, that’s exactly what you get: a sheet of tattoo-like designs for you to decorate your nails with. I think the process was easy and fast enough, but then again, I’m used to doing my own nails every week.

What you do is you cut each design separately. Then, for each fingernail you want to decorate, you put the sticker in water (kind of what you do with a temporary tattoo), and then stick it to your nail. To secure that the design doesn’t move around, add a clear top coat and then you’re good to go.

The stickers last as much as regular nail polish does, which is about a week in my case. They can be removed just like regular nail polish, too.

I think the stickers are cute, and  still have other designs to play with, and I like that they are a nice alternative to nail polish. Have you tried them before? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Book Case Club September Unboxing

Hello and happy Wednesday. In today’s post, I’ll share with you what I got for my September Book Case Club, which was the last I received in a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have to confess that I had no idea about any of the books I got in September, so it was a nice surprise for me.

The paperback is called The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. I had to read the synopsis and from what I got, it’s set in the Walled City of China and it involves a lot of action and adventure as our main characters try to escape. It sounds like a very fast-paced read, which I’m always down for, and I think it’s going to be nothing like what I usually reach for. I’m intrigued.

The hardcover is called Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory. It’s a story about a boy called Harrison Harrison, who has a special sensitivity towards paranormal/supernatural stuff and has a big trauma regarding the ocean because he had to witness his father’s death there. His mom goes missing one day and he has to face his fears and embark in an adventure to find her.

Obviously, adventure and seemingly impossible quests are some of the themes for the September box, and I love how intriguing both novels sound. I am definitely excited to read and review them.

How about you? Do you like adventure novels? If so, tell me in the comments the title of your favorite one.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

All My Shades of Nude Lippies

Hello and happy Sunday. We all love nudes, don’t we? Even if some of us prefer bolder shades, we have to admit that nudes are cute and comfortable, and an easy option when we don’t have the time to come up with a super complex avant-garde makeup look. I have my fair share of nude lippies and I want to share them with you in today’s post. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Sally Girl Mini Lip Gloss in Curfew

Had I known about the wonderful world of makeup when I was at school, I’d totally rocked this lip gloss. It’s super natural, but at the same time that shade of pink is flirty and cute. Just add some mascara and you’re good to go.

2. NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Crystalized Metal

I’ve worn this as a lip topper and by itself. It adds that dash of boldness to your look because it is metallic, and you can see and feel the glitter. Yes, you can feel it on your lips. If you’re extra sensitive then this might be a problem to you, but it’s definitely not one for me. The shade is on the pink/mauve side, and I think it’s the perfect Girl Boss product.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Coral Craze

When my little sister was about fifteen, she told me she wanted to learn about makeup. I was in panic because of course, this was my baby sister and I didn’t want her to get into that world just yet. This lip gloss is a product I’d recommend to those girls who (in my opinion) are still too young for more serious makeup. It’s barely there, I mean you can’t even see it in the picture, but it’s gloss so it adds something to the lips without it being too much.

4. Shany Fairytale Kiss Lip Gloss in Shade 07

I think this is one of those controversial shades that some people won’t even consider a nude, but I do because it has this pink undertone that doesn’t allow me to place it in the “browns” pile. It’s a great shade when you’re wearing golds, browns, or pinks, so it would be an amazing everyday lip gloss for many. I like to wear it when I want my eyes to be the center of attention as opposed to my lips (or, you know, my whole face). If you want to venture into bolder, brown tones, this is your to-go lippie.

 

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Sky Line Pink

This is a gorgeous pearly/pink color, which I love, and which is why I bought the lipstick. It is very similar to my skin tone, so that’s why you can’t see it in the picture. When I wear this by itself, it looks like I’m either ill or I have concealer lips, so I only use this shade as a lip topper to accentuate the pout-like shape of my lips.

6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London 

This looks like a dark shade of beige against my skin, which is stepping on the line between the nudes and the browns. My lips are naturally a cherry shade of pink, so I think the combination of them and this lip cream makes them look more on the nude side. I wear it by itself, or add one of the lip toppers I’ve talked about throughout this post. The shade of the topper can also make the lip color look different, so you can play around with that depending on what shade you want to sport.

7. Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom 

If I were to pick my favorite nude lip product out of the ones in this post, it would be this lip gloss. It’s got a thick texture, which I love because it makes the application quick and easy. The pigmentation is on point, and the shade of the actual gloss is opaque, so I almost feel like I’m putting on a cream lipstick. Then again, this doesn’t dry down and actually helps keep my lips looking and feeling hydrated and healthy. The shade has a mauve undertone I live for.

8. NYX Liquid Suede in Soft-Spoken 

I know this is a confusing shade, and to be honest I’m having trouble coming up with a description for the color. Against the skin of my arm, it almost looks brown, but when you see the product in the tube, you get this matte mauve. When I apply it to my lips, I swear it blends in so perfectly it’s as if I wasn’t wearing anything. I mean, it’s great because it’s like an enhanced version of my lips.

9. NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta

If you’re into tinted lip balms, then you’ll like this one. I think it’s still the kind of product I’d have worn at school, but this one is more pigmented. It also smells great, so it sort of makes me want to always have it with me to reapply.

 

10. NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in Iced Honey 

I usually wear this as a lip topper because it’s got a metallic vibe to it, so when I’ve tried it by itself I haven’t really liked how it looks. My favorite thing about this lipstick is the smooth, creamy texture and the fact that it lasts all day long without me needing to reapply.

11. Bang Beauty Lip Gloss in Spice

I feel like this is the toned-down version of the Vasanti lip gloss. It’s softer in shade, but not in pigmentation. It’s thick and opaque, although it has a pink undertone rather than a mauve one. I think it looks great with pink or brown eye looks.

12. Covergirl Colorlicious Rich Color Lipstick in Sultry Sienna

I bought this a while ago because Nikkie Tutorials told me to. This is probably the OG nude shade and I used to reach for it a lot before I got all the other lippies I’ve talked about in this post. It’s a super sober color, and I think it’s one of those foolproof shades that goes well with just about anything, so if you have this you’re good to go.

13. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Flush 

This is a borderline pink shade. It has a very strong, perfume-y scent, which might bother some people. It dries down pretty quickly, but the feeling of the product remains for a while, and I think this probably happens because of the fragrance. It’s alright for a liquid lipstick, but it’s by no means the best product out there, in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite nude lippie and the reasons why you love it.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Does This Count As PD?

Hello and happy Saturday. If you’re a teacher, then you know what PD is, and you’ve probably suffered through it, too. PD stands for “professional development,” and in my short experience as a teacher, it’s always sucked. What’s sad is the fact that I’m always looking for courses to enroll in and articles to read, all related to teaching, and I would love to attend one of those life-changing conferences lucky teachers can go to, as opposed to the conferences I have to attend for work.

I’ve recently discovered the wonder of reading books related to teaching, and that’s how I came across 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done. I actually enjoyed it so much, I decided to make it the subject of my very first post in this series I’m calling “Does This Count as PD?” because, you know, there are books I feel like every teacher HAS to read.

I listened to the audiobook version because, well, multitasking, and I loved the fact that Phillip Done, the author, is also the narrator. That makes the listening experience all the more real and cute. I’m just going to say this: I adored the entire book, but especially the first chapter. To me, it was fantastic, and it summarized what being a teacher is about in the best way possible.

The book is funny, but in a respectful way. I’m not sure how many non-teachers have read this book, but I think 100% of the jokes are funny to teachers, mainly because we can relate to literally everything the author says. Now that I’m no longer a newbie teacher, I realize that this book would be great for people who are starting out. It’s not a handbook, though, it’s a series of anecdotes related to teaching, and I really wish I could have read it during my first year. Maybe it would have made it better.

I only have good things to say about this book, and I especially loved how relatable it is. I swear, at times I felt like the author was talking about my own students. If you’re a teacher or you plan to become one, do yourself a favor and read this book. Also, let me know in the comments if there’s a book you’ve read that you feel everybody should, too.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

I’m Not Easily Surprised

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. Judging by my post you probably already know that I’m a stubborn reader and that I don’t easily change my mind about a book, especially if it’s one I didn’t love at first. That being said, every once in a while comes a book that makes me change my mind in a good way, a book like In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers. This book was sent to me via NetGalley for reviewing purposes.

One thing that annoyed me right from the beginning was Erik’s comment on how Hope was “not like other girls.” Of course, then we find out that Hope is this amazing human being who basically doesn’t belong among us mortals (and that she recently died from a heart disease), so I let it slide and was sort of embarrassed for being so judgmental so soon.

The beginning is slow as hell. Like, I get that Erik and Aiden, two of our main characters just met and they have to come to terms with Hope’s death and her last wish, which was to have them go on a scavenger hunt, but I felt like at times they just went on and on about the same stuff and it was exhausting. I am a lover of fast-paced reads, so I suffered a bit through the first chapters.

The novel started growing on me when I discovered the alternating perspectives because you all know I love a story told from different points of view. It also got extra points for diversity, and I don’t mean it in a “I-have-a-black-friend-who-also-happens-to-be-gay” kind of way that is super common in YA novels that try to be inclusive. Here we have Aiden, who belongs somewhere in the autism spectrum and has OCD, and who is black; Erik, who’s going blind; Kali, who I think is originally from the Philippines, and who has being diagnosed and treated for anorexia; and Sam, who doesn’t ascribe to any gender stereotype and is in a wheelchair due to an explosion at his school the previous year or so.

The characters clearly make the story super interesting, but, again, I had issues with the plot itself. At some point, still at the beginning, I felt that it was way too predictable, and kind of like something I’d already read. Now I know it reminded me of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson because the main character’s best friend leaves her a to-do list before moving away. Again, even as I kept reading, I still had the feeling it was way too slow.

After Aiden and Erik meet with Kali, the story sort of picks up its pace. I have to warn you, however, that this is by no means a friendly read. You’re not going to get any fluff from it whatsoever. If you’re into that, or if that’s a requirement for the books you read, don’t pick this one up. If you want to suffer, though, this book is totally for you. In my previous post, I talked about a series of trigger warnings related to this novel, so do check it out if you want to read about them in depth. Basically there are eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and an actual suicide.

I had a teeny tiny problem with the style in which Sam’s bits were written. Here’s the deal: writing everything in lowercase may have been a quirky, sorta cool touch had I not read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. You know, David Levithan’s will grayson only writes in lowercase.

When I read the last half of the book I felt like I was given a different novel entirely from the one I’d started reading. I mean,  Hope is a total fangirl and Erik is a serious book nerd. That fact alone got the book a ton of points. I was also very happy for the correct use of inclusive pronouns when talking about Sam, even when other characters were referring to them.

The ending is super fast-paced and addictive. I just wanted to keep reading and find out how it all came to a closure. And, of course, that ending managed to make me cry, not that it’s hard or anything.

Once again, I would like to thank Olivia Rivers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book. Now you tell me of a book that has surprised you in a good way.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila