Bikini Try-On Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. As of today, I must come clean to you and confess that I currently own an expanding collection of bikinis. Now, up until last year I only wore one-piece swimsuits and I was fine with it. I would see my friends wearing bikinis and I’d think “well, good for them, but two-pieces are definitely not my style.” I remember sending a picture to a guy, and him replying something along the lines of “we need to get you in a bikini.” Funny story: a few weeks ago I sent another guy a picture of me in one of the sets you’ll see below and he replied “I really like that bikini.” This is not going to be a post about embracing your body, or anything for that matter, by the way, I just wanted to give you a little context about my swimwear situation.

In today’s post I’m going to share with you three bikinis I recently acquired, as well as my thoughts on them. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is the bikini that got me the compliment I told you about. I absolutely love the combination of prints and colors, that shouldn’t really go well, but do.

This, by the way, is the Celebrity Merlin Underwire Bikini I got from Swimsuits For All. Now, I’m a little upset that I paid full-price for it because there are always amazing discounts in the sales section, and I was almost certain I had gotten some money off of this.

I especially love two things about this type of bikini: 1) the top has two clasps at the back, which means you have full support; and 2)the bottoms are high-waisted! What got me obsessed over bikinis was the fact that I could rock them without having to show my rolls to the world.

In case you’re wondering, I got the top in an 8 and the bottoms in a 12, and they both fit perfectly.

Also from Swimsuits For All (and also at full-price), I got this cute LBB (little black bikini). I don’t know how I’d lived my life for so long without one.

I got the top in an 8, and the bottoms in a 12, just like the other bikini I showed you, but for some reason, the bottoms were just ridiculously big. Thankfully, I’d also gotten these black bottoms with ruching on the sides in a size 10. These fit perfectly.

I love how simple yet classy this bikini looks; it can be relaxed and fun, while also looking a little bit athletic. It is called the Diva Black High Waist Bikini  , and I paired it with the Black Shirred High Waist Brief, which I tried looking for but seems to be no longer available.

 

 

Finally, let’s talk about Adore Me, which is the brand that got me into bikinis as well as all sorts of cute stuff.

My most recent bikini acquisition from this brand is called Jocelynn. This also seems to no longer be available. I fell in love with this bikini because it gave me the strongest vintage/ pinup girl vibes ever.

I got both pieces in a size Large, and I did feel they were a little bit loose on me, although not as much as for me to consider sizing down. This top, just like the one in the first bikini, comes with the straps as well, I just prefer to wear them strapless.

The cool thing about being an Adore Me VIP member, you get really good discounts, as well as occasional free gifts with your purchase.

In the comments below tell me which was your favorite bikini and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Wish Buys #1

Hello and happy Saturday. There’s this site, which also has an app, called Wish, where you can get awesome stuff for really low prices. Now, I’ve seen many Wish hauls on YouTube and, of course, I was tempted to try the site myself. The prices of some items are indeed very low, some stuff is free, and there is international shipping, and that obviously added to my excitement.

 

I bought a lot of stuff and not all of it arrived by the expected date, so I’m still waiting to see what happens with that, but I decided that in the meantime I would share with you what I did get. Let’s get started, shall we?

Pop Socket

I wanted to add the link to this, but apparently the product no longer exists, sorry. This was cute, clearly not an original Pop Socket, but it did the job alright for a few weeks. After a while I did notice that the sticky part was coming off until it totally did, and then obviously the item became useless. I don’t remember whether this was for free, but if it wasn’t, it probably cost $1, so I didn’t really expect great quality.

 

 

Slytherin Socks 

I ordered ankle socks, and as you can see, that’s what I got. The tag is wrong, but my order wasn’t. I guess that’s what happens when you buy Chinese products. The socks are cute and cozy. If I were planning a Harry Potter-themed event, I would probably check out more designs and more items because these were totally worth it, I don’t care if they’re not “original” Harry Potter socks.

 

 

 

 

Cubic Zirconia Ring

Anybody else likes to wear fake engagement rings from time to time? This is cute, and chunky, and sparkly, and it really does look like an engagement ring. My hands are big, so I often wear big rings, and this does the job perfectly. Honestly, seeing this makes me want to buy more and expand my fake engagement ring collection.

 

 

Plastic Bottle

I took this one to a trip and it was a life saver. It’s small and lightweight, so you can carry it everywhere, and it has a string handle, so you don’t have to be holding it at all times. I would honestly consider getting one in every color.

Okay, so that’s the end of today’s haul of random stuff I bought from Wish. Have you checked out their site or their app? What would you buy from them and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

I Tried E-Harmony for a Month

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Hello and happy Friday. When it comes to online dating, you know that I’m open to trying new apps or sites, even if I always end up going back to my beloved OK Cupid. A few months ago, I decided to test one of the most “serious” services out there: E-Harmony. The monthly subscription cost $60, so of course for that price my only thought was “man, I hope I do find my future husband on here.”

I don’t know if this is one of those sites that works wonderfully for some people but sucks for others, in which case I belong to the latter. You have to fill out a profile, just like on every site, but I found that the questions in this site were targeted towards long-term relationships. In the end, that’s what people look for on this site, no?

The first sign that this wasn’t the site for me was the fact that, even though I specified I wanted to meet guys between the ages of 24 and 30, my “matches” often were outside of that age range. Other preferences weren’t really taken into account, so I was basically getting random matches for $2 a day. There were still guys I found interesting, and according to the algorithm, we were “compatible,” so I “liked” them, or whatever you call it on E-Harmony.

I thought, “okay, I’m getting a few nice matches,” and I basically sat down and waited to see who would talk to me. Call me Miss Controversial all you want, but I very rarely message first, and I wasn’t going to change that. Was that a mistake? Probably, but still, even in my worst days on OK Cupid I get a couple of messages. Do you know how many messages I got on E-Harmony during a month? One. One guy messaged me. Do you want to know what the message said? It said “gorgeous.”

We can all agree that E-Harmony is not the site for me, or maybe I’m not the kind of person who would take full advantage of a site like this. Either way, one month and $60 later, I felt like this experience was a complete failure.

As I’m writing this, though, I feel like I have to update you on something, and it’s the fact that I might have met an interesting someone on OK Cupid. When I say “met,” I mean strictly online for now, with the promise of seeing each other in person soon. I’m telling you this because it might seem like I try all these sites and they don’t work, and what happens is that I’m trying to make the real stuff work, and for that I need to keep it to myself. I will say, though, that I’m hopeful and I’m happy, and honestly that’s all that matters to me right now.

Do you know of any e-harmony or match.com success stories? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Manage My Buys and Subscriptions

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Thursday. You and I both know that I love subscription boxes. Okay, yes, I’m a bit addicted to them, but I just love getting a box full of nice surprises each month and then telling you about it. I love shopping in general, and even though sometimes I go crazy, I’m not really an impulse buyer. Quite the opposite, actually. Today, I want to tell you about the system I have to manage my monthly purchases and subscriptions. Let’s get started, shall we?

First and foremost, I want to clarify that, for those who don’t know, I have a stable job that pays well, and that’s what allows me to indulge every month. I’ve always been very conscious when it comes to the amount of money I spend versus the amount of money I actually earn, and each month I save a percentage of my salary. I love shopping but I’m not crazy.

I have a list in which I’ve written down what I want to buy each month. In this list I even write about subscriptions I want to get or cancel. Every month, after I make a purchase, I cross the item from my list. It’s no lie, though, that subscription services make up most of my expenses. I’ll list them below and tell you how I manage each.

The Book Drop 

I subscribed to this at the beginning of last year. It’s a pretty cool subscription box because you only pay $13 a month and you get a book as well as a couple of goodies. I got the three-month subscription because it was so cheap. That’s something I would recommend if you’re into these services but don’t want to have money taken out from your account every single month. Yes, that’s going to mean spending more money on that moment, but for the following three, six, or even twelve months, you don’t have to worry about anything other than getting your box. I only wanted to try this service, so after the three months were over, I unsubscribed.

OwlCrate 

I love OwlCrate with every fiber of my being and I think it’s worth every cent of the $30 it costs. My problem with this box is that it does no good to my finances, so I’m often struggling between reactivating and cancelling my subscription. That’s why you get OwlCrate unboxings on some months, and then you don’t on others. I usually pay for the month-to-month service, although I hope one day I’ll be able to treat myself to a full year of OwlCrate. Pausing or cancelling subscriptions from time to time is also a valid option if you feel like you can’t keep making a monthly expense. As of today, I’m only subscribed to services I’ve paid for in advance, and Adore Me, but we’ll get to that later.

Ipsy

I love Ipsy and I will defend it any day. If you’ve seen my glam bag unboxings, you know that I’m always happy with what I get, and I think the products and the bags are awesome, especially consider this service costs $10 a month. I was able to treat myself to a full year of Ipsy last April, although I cancelled my subscription so it wouldn’t be automatically renewed. If I’m not mistaken, I paid for eleven months instead of twelve, so another advantage of buying “packages” of three months of more is actually getting discounts. Ultimately, when you subscribe month-to-month, you’re paying more.

Book Case Club

I don’t know how they do it, but for $10 a month, you get two books, usually a paperback and a hardcover. I only wanted to try this service, so I got the three-month subscription. In the future I’ll for sure re-subscribe for a full year.

Fandom of the Month Club

I was convinced I’d gotten the three-month subscription, but I had gotten the month-to-month and then cancelled. That explains why I only got one box. Okay, well, for $13 a month I would get the three-month subscription, especially because what you get is cool fandom jewelry.

Sensebox

Sensebox is a Colombian subscription box along the lines of Ipsy, only this box does carry full size products. I’ve been subscribed almost since it started, and I love it. I subscribed for a full year, but didn’t renew my subscription. If you live outside of the U.S I would highly suggest you to look for subscription boxes in your own country because that way you will at least save the shipping expenses.

Kawaii Box

This is literally a $20 box of cute stuff. I’ve subscribed and cancelled my subscription multiple times, mainly because I don’t really want to get it every single month but sporadically. The cool thing about Kawaii Box is that shipping is included in the $20 you pay, so it makes the box really cheap and worth giving a try.

Adore Me

See? I told you we would get to talk about Adore Me. I am a VIP Member, which means I sort of *have* to make a monthly purchase. I don’t get sent a random item every month, I actually buy whatever I want, and if for some reason I don’t want to buy anything on a given month, I can pause my membership. I haven’t skipped any months since I started shopping at Adore Me, and in fact I’ve gotten two free sets, a makeup bag and a tote bag.

OK Cupid A-List

Yes, I’m subscribed OK Cupid. I actually paid for six months in advance, which means I actually had to pay about half of what month-to-month subscribers pay. Six months on OK Cupid A-List cost $28.

Do you have a system to manage your monthly purchases or subscriptions? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Another (Super Hyped) Rant

Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m almost always late to the party when it comes to books or shows everybody seems to be loving. I like to take my time, wait for the excitement to die down, and then I’ll read said book and watch said show. That’s why even though Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher has been around for a while, and then it became even more popular after the show version aired on Netflix, I only recently picked up the book and read it. Spoiler alert, I despised it, and in today’s post I’ll tell you why. Let’s get started, shall we?

Before ranting in shape, I want to start with an obvious trigger warning for suicide. Please, if you are having suicidal thoughts of any kind, seek help in a person, preferably a professional, not a YA novel.

I went into this book sort of blindly, although that’s almost impossible when everybody is talking about it. The first thing I noticed and that I appreciated were the two different perspectives in which the story is told (you know, Clay’s and Hannah’s), as well as the formats. I don’t think I’d ever read a book in which one of the characters narrated their story through recordings, so that was a novelty.

I did like the fact that the author alternates between Clay’s “real time” voice and Hannah’s recordings, but at first it was hard for me to tell who was saying what, even Hanna’s bits were in italics. Overall, the book was easy and fast to read, which I’m thankful for because I wouldn’t have been able to endure a longer, tougher kind of book on this subject.

My problems with this novel started pretty much from the beginning, though, when Hannah says that she’s going to address the people who were the reasons why she killed herself. NO. People are not the reason why others kill themselves. Yes, I agree that teenagers can be brutal, and that bullying is a horrible thing that nobody should ever have to endure, but a person who commits suicide does so because they have mental health issues that either have been neglected or that spiraled out of control.

Now, I was already upset when I was reading because of the point I just mentioned, but then I got even angrier when I read that the author was revealing the way in which Hannah killed herself. This book is being read by many people daily, many teenagers who might be in a very vulnerable situation, and giving them Hanna’s MO, is in a way giving them an option on how they could kill themselves.

Call me Miss Controversial, but I didn’t really sympathize with Hannah’s character, and I thought her tone was snarky and I didn’t like it one bit. Yes, it’s clear that she was going through stuff at school, but I think the root of it all was her having mental health issues that weren’t being treated, and that were being triggered by what went on at school. Want me to give an example? Sure. When she addresses the first guy in her list (I forgot his name, sorry), we learn that she does everything in her power to “casually” bump into him. She even gets his schedule. What does that tell us about Miss Baker? Well, that tells me that she’s sort of a stalker, and that she’s got some pretty clear obsessive tendencies.

I could not stand Clay, or rather “Nice Guy” Clay. Honestly, he was just so annoying. And, like a typical YA character he had his moment of releasing a “breath he didn’t know he was holding.” If you know me, you know I rolled my eyes at this so hard my head hurt. The ending was just like I was expecting, honestly. It was rushed and sort of confusing, and it tried to be hopeful, but at that point I was just done with that story.

I watched the first episode of the show, and there’s going to be a post about it, so the discussion on Thirteen Reasons Why is not over. In the meantime, let me know in the comments whether you read the book and what your thoughts were.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

I Tried OK Cupid A+ For a Month

Ebook (2).pngHello and happy Tuesday. I’ve talked a lot about online dating on my blog, and I’ve mentioned different sites I’ve used for this. My ultimate favorite one is OK Cupid, and trust me, I say that after trying a fair share of apps and sites. If you’re new to the world of online dating, check out this post I wrote with tips and information you might find useful.

Anyway, I was telling you about my relationship with OK Cupid, which has lasted longer than all my other romantic relationships. I found out about the app five years ago (really? It’s been that long? Man…) and downloaded out of curiosity. Online dating is still a taboo topic for many people, and especially in Colombia people still think that trying to meet people off the internet is just a way to get yourself into trouble.

Throughout those five years I’ve been on and off the app, but I’d always kept the same profile; I just disabled it from time to time. After the mess of 2015, you know, when I started talking to this guy and this escalated super quickly and I basically got bored of everything getting too serious too soon (click here to read the whole story), I deleted my account, and it wasn’t until one year later that I decided to create a new profile.

I recently decided to get A+, which is the upgraded version of OK Cupid. Now, I still haven’t found Prince Charming, and I don’t know if I will through this app, but that doesn’t stop me from using it. Having A+ means that I actually get to see who likes me, even if I don’t like the person back. This helps me consider all of my potential matches and know who really is interested in me.

Ok Cupid was updated, so with that update you can only text people you’ve liked, but the other person will only be able to see the message if they like you back or if found in Double Take. With A+ I get to see who’s messaged me without having to like them back. I can also see who has liked and messaged me, and out of those profiles, whom I’ve “passed” (or swiped left).

After trying OK Cupid A+ for a month, I decided to get the six-month subscription. I feel that now I can take full advantage of the app. I know what I want out of OK Cupid, and having the chance to see who’s interested in me and who’s messaged me, even if I haven’t check them out means that I can be smarter about the way I use the app.

In the comments below, tell me about your experience with paid online dating services.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Gray Night Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I have to be honest with you: today’s look is nowhere near my favorites to work on. There’s something about gray tones that I don’t like at all, so I tend to avoid them. Today, though, I thought that I could take a deep breath and get it over with, to add a little something different to our Makeup Mondays. I’m pretty sure you’re as done with neutrals as I am. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer 
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4.  Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Beige eyeshadow (base)
  7. Gray stick eyeshadow (eyelid)
  8. Dark gray (outer corner)
  9. Faux black eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Black eyeshadow (top and bottom lash line)
  11. Contour
  12. Blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Nude lipliner
  15. Nude lipgloss
  16. Dewy setting spray

In the comments below tell me, what colors you really don’t like working with and why?

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Tips for New Lifestyle and Beauty Bloggers

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Sunday. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about starting a blog, or you have one already and are looking for advice. Whatever the reason, I would like to share some tips with you that have helped me when it comes to my beauty and lifestyle posts. If you are a book blogger and want some advice, check out this post. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Begin by brainstorming 

When I first started blogging, I did so because I had just read a book and wanted to share my thoughts on it. From then on, the ideas kind of kept coming on their own and I would just write posts whenever I got them. This was great until one day I realized the idea for an awesome post didn’t come, and so I couldn’t blog that week. Now, what I do is write down any post idea I have so that there’s always something I can write about when I blog. My suggestion for you is, sit down one day and write as many ideas as you can. You might modify them when the time to write comes, and of course, there will be some you’ll discard, but at least you have enough material to work with for the future.

This is obviously related to the kind of posts you want to publish: reviews, hauls, tutorials, look books, challenges or tags, and so many more options. Trust me, when you do this, you open the doors to content you probably hadn’t thought about, and you start giving yourself the chance to explore different options and maybe even think about doing post series and other fun stuff.

2. Schedule, schedule, schedule 

Right now I have lots of free time to write one or two posts a day and schedule them, but when I had a full-time job, I could only count on the weekends to do this. Still, my posts were being published and people were reading them regardless of where I was and what I was doing. When you’re brainstorming, think about when you want your posts to be published. Do you want them everyday? Just once a week? Manage your posting time and based on that you can work on a writing/scheduling time. If you want your posts published once a week, then you’ll for sure need less writing time than if you were posting every day.

3. Don’t go to crazy 

What I mean by this is that you don’t have to spend all your money on expensive makeup and clothes just to have content to write about in your blog. Start by what you have; I’ve hauled everything from my perfumes to my makeup brushes. I didn’t haul any clothes I bought up until a few months ago, but still I don’t buy those clothes for the sake of a post, and I want that to be very clear. Start slowly but surely; my first beauty/lifestyle post in this blog was about getting laser hair removal and now your Sundays are filled with all sorts of content, from makeup to clothes, to weirdly placed piercings.

4. Make your blogger life easier

Finding a comfortable blogging dynamic is obviously a process. You’ll have to try and fail and try again until things are working the way you want them to. Planning and scheduling your posts is a very important step towards achieving that dream blogging dynamic, but there are other things that might help. For example, whenever I get new products I want to blog about, I take a picture of them with my phone and, using the WordPress app, I upload it and save it as a draft. I also write the idea of the post in my blogging notebook, so that when the time comes, I just need to open the draft with the picture and start writing. That is way easier than trying to remember the items in my February Ipsy Glam Bag, finding them, taking a picture of them, and then sitting down to write a post. Don’t you agree?

What are other pieces of advice you could think of for new beauty and lifestyle bloggers? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Weird Stuff I’ve Been Told On OkCupid pt.1.2

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Hello and happy Saturday. Let’s get down to business and continue with the weird messages I’ve gotten on Ok Cupid.

“Hi how are you there. Good to see your profile there. Nice to meet you. Let be friends What’s up there” 

Yes, this is just one message, but to me it feels lie this person either had a problem with their copy/paste features or there are actually more people involved and they were all typing at the same time and then someone accidentally hit “send.” No, but really, English is clearly not this person’s first language and on top of that they were probably nervous as to what to write. It’s always kinda awkward to get “let’s be friends” messages, and I can’t help but go back to my kindergarten years.

“You’re very beautiful” 

This one is just like the “I like you” message from yesterday. Thank you, I really appreciate you telling me this, but I would like to have real conversations, not be complimented by strangers right off the bat, you know? I think it’s okay to squeeze in a compliment when you’re messaging someone for the first time, but you have to add something else to said message, something the recipient can work with in order to start a conversation with you.

“I wish all the best to you” 

This message is sweet, I’m not going to deny it. But it sounds more like the kind of thing you’d tell someone you’re breaking up with instead of what you’re telling a stranger you’d like to get to know better. When I get messages like this, I know the person’s first language is not English because there are expressions that can’t be translated literally or that when translated, lose their original meaning. This might be a way to greet another person, but I don’t know how to respond to that other than saying “thanks, same.”

“I would love u but never mess with U ever” 

I got this when I was at work and I seriously laughed out loud because I think many people agree with this person. I’ve been told several times that I am intimidating, which I totally take as a compliment, so you better not mess with me. I’ll probably use this quote as my header from now on so that people know what they’re getting into with me.

“Hello how you doing, Your picture has that sense of calmness, it is beautiful” 

Now, this message is the sort that people send to many different users to see who actually takes the bait and actually falls for the cheesy pickup line. I say this because in my picture I’m wearing a strapless bikini (so I’m showing off some skin in addition to one of my tattoos) and I’m kinda smiling kinda not. It’s not peaceful, it’s a selfie that conveys nothing other than I think I’m hot and I want to meet strangers online. Nice, try though.

Now, for this last message I’m not going to say anything, but I want you to tell me what you think in the comments below.

“Hey girl, i’m from Andromeda Galaxy and i’m looking for girl from Milky Way galaxy, only beautiful women can see my message and I am here to hack your heart haha ;)” 

Happy Saturday,

Love, Miss Camila

Etsy Buys: All the Random Stuff

Hello and happy Friday. Every now and then I make random purchases, and when I say random, I mean they’re not book, makeup or beauty related. Or sometimes I buy things that I don’t consider worthy of a post all by themselves, so I wait until I get a decent amount of publishable stuff because I always want to provide you with the best quality content there is.

The things in this post have been sitting around in my room or at work for a while, and they finally have a moment to shine. I really hope you find them as awesome as I did when I bought them. Oh, before I forget, they’re all from Etsy, hence the title of this post. Let’s get started, shall we?

Go Get Your Almost Equal Pay Pencil by Ugly Baby 

The pencil itself makes my heart happy. I mean, as a hardcore feminist I love stuff like this. I got the three-pencil package and gave one to my mom and one to my sister. Mine hasn’t been used. I haven’t even sharpened it. It’s on my desk at work and sometimes I just look at it to feel badass and continue working. I love the handwritten card, and honestly, just getting it makes me want to continue supporting this shop.

Antioxidant Soap by Bellecomme

I haven’t used this soap yet because I want to take it with me on vacation and use it away from home, completely relaxed. The packaging is super cute and simple, and it works if you’re giving the soap as a gift. It smells like all the good things in the world and I can’t wait to try it!

 

 

 

 

Chokers by OpenYourDollsPlease

I’m upset about these chokers because I wanted to get them for a long time, and as soon as I opened the package I realized they were going to be too big and loose for me. It was totally my mistake because you must choose the size depending on how thick your neck is and I have no idea about inches, so I just guessed and I obviously guessed wrong. They’re velvet chokers and I especially like the hot pink one, but I won’t be able to wear them.

Tell me about your most recent purchase. What did you get? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila