February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Three

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Three

 

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Hello and happy Thursday. Today’s an odd day for me because we had some “friendship day” activities at school, which involved a lot of candy. Weirdly enough, I’m not hyper but I’m actually super tired and in need of a nap. The happy thought of the day is a little weird too because I didn’t follow the usual format, but I guess stepping out of routine is fine once in a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

February 201th, 2018: I’m happy when one of my wishes comes true. 

I have no recollection of what I’d wished for this day, but I’m sad to announce it might have been related to MHD because he was an important topic back then for me. MHD was a guy I started talking to in January 2018 in preparation for my trip to Baltimore, and let’s just say, I wasted a lot of time with him. 2018 was a very weird year for me and I’m very glad that it’s now a part of the past that hopefully will never come back to haunt me.

Have you had a wish come true? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Not Really

Not Really

Hello and happy Wednesday. Excuse the lack of creativity in my titles recently, but I want to be less poetic and more direct in all aspects of my life. I think I’m becoming increasingly cynical, and the book I’m reviewing today fed that cynicism. I’m talking about Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer. 

I read this book between February 13th and February 15th, 2020 and I gave it five stars. Saying I loved it is an understatement. I started it because I felt that I was on the verge of a reading slump, so in order to avoid it, I picked up a book that I thought was about two people who fell in love via the internet. Well, it was and it wasn’t’, and that’s what I loved about this book: it was raw and real and it took the turns that life usually does, not the ones that readers expect or hope to see. 

This book was originally written in German and it won international awards, which made it more interesting and the stakes higher. I don’t read many translated books, but oddly enough, this is my third of the year. The premise of this book, as the title and the cover might suggest is that two strangers, Emmi and Leo develop a romance through email exchanges. This means that the entire novel is comprised of emails. You don’t get a narrator that sets the scene or provides context for you, and that’s the kind of story I have discovered I love because it is like real life, in which you don’t always get the whole story right away. It also makes it a quick and addictive read because you simply need to know what happens next. 

The way that Emmi and Leo start communicating is through a message sent to the wrong person, and I know what you’re thinking, what a cute setup, right? Add to that the banter between the two characters and you get the perfect Valentine’s Day read, right? Oh, also, Emmi and Leo are adorable and while reading this book I was reminded of the movie Definitely Maybe, so you know it’s a fluffy read, right? I don’t want to burst your bubble (I’m kidding, I definitely do), but this isn’t a fluffy book. Like I said, it’s real and it’s raw and it’s complicated. It is also an adult read, so if you’re not into that, don’t pick it up. 

The plot is full of tension and will have you wondering what’s going to happen all the way till the end, and then the end will come and you’ll feel some kind of way. I know that the ending would have infuriated me six years ago. Now I understand that it couldn’t have happened any other way, although the author probably changed his mind about that because this novel has a sequel. I’m not going to read it, in case you were wondering because I’m content with how the original book concluded. 

Which books do you think should have been standalones? Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila 

Trying On New Makeup

Trying On New Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I know that I show you new makeup looks, but unless I’m doing a haul or an unboxing, you don’t see the products I get. When I say I get them I mean I either buy them myself or receive them in subscription services that I paid for myself. This isn’t really a tutorial, but it’s just me trying on a bunch of new stuff all at once and putting a look together.

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Eyebrows
  4. Matte brown (crease)
  5. Copper (eyelid)
  6. Shimmery light brown (center of the lid)
  7. Rose gold (inner corner)
  8. Rose gold eyeliner
  9. Mascara
  10. Bronzer
  11. Cream lip tint
  12. Setting spray

As you can see, this is a very natural look and aside from the mascara, I didn’t add any other products from the ones in the thumbnail. Where can this look be used? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

June 2019 Glam Bag Plus

June 2019 Glam Bag Plus

Hello and happy Sunday. Last week I shared with you my final Ipsy Glam Bag haul and today it’s time to do the same with the Glam Bag Plus. I’m honestly not upset that I only got two boxes because they weren’t really good. I’m going to go over the items but I won’t share links because I wouldn’t recommend any.

If you remember, besides my May Glam Bag Plus being super late, it didn’t come with a booklet explaining the products. This one did, but again, I got no makeup bag. I think I made a mistake in last week’s post and I mentioned the Tetris x Ipsy palette, but I actually got it in the Glam Bag Plus, not the regular one. The color selection is a shit show: you get a matte beige, a super light brown, a purple, a pink, a blue, and a silver, all of which, might I add, were shimmery. In my opinion, there was no color story there. The Ipsy value was $25, which means that it almost covered the cost of the entire box.

Then we had the Suva eyeliner and brush, which I get, can be useful for people who are learning to apply eyeliner or who prefer a softer touch than the one from liquid eyeliners. It is also a female-owned brand, so that adds points. The downside is that you must “activate” the product using water, and that added step is annoying enough for me to either use regular liquid eyeliner or not wear any at all. The value estimated by Ipsy was $26. I’m not paying that for some black paint I seldom wear on my eyelids.

My anger is increasing because we’re now going to discuss the 111 Skin booster or whatever. It isn’t even clear what it does to the skin, and honestly, it has the texture and scent of spit. Yes, I’ve had spit on my face. Don’t ask. It is a male-owned brand, which I wouldn’t be too eager to support, and its estimated value is $180. No, thank you.

Previously I told you how I hate that I get the same type of product over and over. Well, this time I got my second tube of mascara in a month. This one is from Pür, which is a female-owned brand. The estimated value of this product is $21. I think at that point the people at Ipsy weren’t even trying to “personalize” my boxes or bags.

Finally, I got the liquid lipstick at the top. It’s from Ciaté, which is a female-owned brand, and as you can see, it is very similar to another Ciaté lipstick I have, which I got from another Ipsy Glam Bag. The color is undeniably gorgeous, although at $19 I wouldn’t buy it.

This frustrating haul has come to an end. Now I’m going to put on my PJs and play Sims. While I do that let me know your thoughts on subscription services that offer “upgrades” for an added value.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

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Hello and happy Thursday. I woke up extra early today and felt super productive and ready to tackle my to-do list. I am most definitely a morning person and like to be done with all my responsibilities by 10am. I just wrote that part and spent the following then minutes on Instagram because one can’t be too productive, right? Anyway, let’s get started with today’s happy thought, shall we?

February 13th, 2018: Chocolate bread makes me happy.

I was referring to these massive chocolate croissants they’d give us at this school I used to work at. Besides being the size of your head, they were absolutely delicious and impossible to eat without becoming a walking mess. I’m telling you, you got chocolate smeared on your face and fingers, sugar all over your clothes, and of course, this was our midmorning snack on Fridays, when everybody had to wear a special fancy uniform because we had a flag-raising ceremony.  Let’s just say that when it was chocolate croissant day, we had to bring extra makeup and maybe wet wipes to clean the disaster. Totally worth it, though.

What’s a food that you love eating even though you always end up looking like you smeared it on your face instead of eating it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Spoiler Alert: It’s Not

Spoiler Alert: It’s Not

Hello and happy Wednesday. The title of this post seems a bit aggressive, but I want to let you know that if you plan to pick up It’s About Love by Steven Camden because you think it is a romance book, then don’t because it’s not. This book is about love alright, and it does feature romantic love, but at the center it is a story about love between brothers, about family and being proud of who you are and where you come from. It is definitely a refreshing take on what we usually think when we hear the word “love,” especially related to young adult literature. 

I read this book between February 2nd and February 8th, 2020 and gave it four stars. I did fall into the “trap” of thinking that this would be a cutesy, quick read, and I was honestly in need of that. It is a quick read because you simply can’t stop, you want to know what happens next, and I think the author does a great job at building up suspense and anticipation throughout the plot. It is not, however, cute, and I picked up on that right from the first scene. 

Luke, the main character, is really into films and filmmaking, so we get some movie script inserts throughout the story. The first scene reminded me of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson, so I knew that this book would have me hooked. Violence is present and it is a common theme, so if you are not into that, I don’t think this book is for you. 

Luke is attending college in the fancy part of town and he feels like he doesn’t belong with the rest of his classmates, but he is still very excited to be taking a film class. His life at home is complicated because his brother Marc will soon be released from jail after having been sentenced for physically assaulting the neighborhood bully. At times the sense of doom made me feel like I was reading an Adam Silvera book and I knew that there wouldn’t really be a happy ending. I did, however, appreciate how Luke’s and Marc’s relationship was explored because I don’t think that’s seen often. 

What type of relationship would you like to see more in the books you read? Let me know in the comments. 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila 

IG Chooses My Look: The Rejects

IG Chooses My Look: The Rejects

Hello and happy Monday. Never in a million years would I have expected to actually prefer the “rejected” look out of the choices I gave over at Instagram. but look at the picture and tell me this isn’t really nice and something you, or at least I would totally rock on a regular day. If you want to compare both looks, just check out last week’s post. I’m using the Tetris x Ipsy Block Party palette. These are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Stick foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Back-to-Back (base)
  6. Skyline (crease)
  7. High Score (outer and inner corner)
  8. Line Clear (center of the lid)
  9. Pink pencil eyeliner (waterline)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Matte blush
  13. Nude lip gloss
  14. Setting spray

Which of the two looks is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila