I Tried Bumble

 

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Hello and happy Tuesday. You know that a while ago I declared that OKCupid was banned for me for a month, but what you don’t know is that during that time I tried other apps that were new for me. Honestly, my ultimate goal was to try and see if I could find an alternative that would make me forget about OKC. In that search, I came across Bumble, so I decided to download it and see what it was all about.

Before I tell you about my personal experience with this app, let me talk about how it works. It’s very similar to Tinder, probably even from the same “family” in that your account is connected to Facebook, and your location tracker has to be working, and that you swipe right if you like a profile and left if you don’t. Now, those are basically all the similarities because what makes Bumble stand out is the fact that women must take the initiative by being the only ones allowed to message first.

The idea of women texting first was interesting for me, and I think it’s what gets people to at least try the app. It clearly is meant to avoid those annoying and sometimes even harassing messages women get almost by default in online dating apps. Now, this is cool and all, but other apps have starting to step up their game: the fact that you can only message each other on Tinder if you match is a way to avoid unwanted messages, and on OKCupid people now have to “like” a person in order to message them, and the recipient must “like” back to reply, so Bumble’s attempt is nice but it’s not the only solution.

Let me clarify something before I keep talking about this app: I am a heterosexual woman and I went into Bumble looking for dates. I don’t know how it works for someone who is looking for a same-sex match in terms of who is allowed to text whom, although my logic tells me in those cases anyone can text first. There are also versions of the app for people who are looking exclusively for friends and networking, but I wasn’t interested in those, so I can’t give you my thoughts on them. If you’ve tried those or for some reason you know how they work, tell us in the comments below because I’m someone might be curious.

My first impression, and I’m talking about the impression I got within five minutes of setting up my account, was that the “quality” of the potential matches was better than what I’ve found using Tinder. Now, it’s been a while since I wrote my thoughts on Bumble, but now that I’m putting them together in this post, I think I know why this is. I’m no programmer and I only know a tiny little bit about how algorithms in some dating websites (OKCupid) work, but I’m almost certain that the most “attractive” men (aka the ones that have gotten the most right swipes) are put first with the purpose of, you guessed it, creating a great first impression for new users.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? You have a great first impression, so you’re excited to use the app. My excitement died within an hour of downloading Bumble. This is 100% my personal opinion, but I don’t like having to do “all the work,” especially when I’m online dating because I have pretty much failed in the real world. Of course I know I have to make an effort in any app I download, even if it’s at the beginning setting up my account. I could spend days not doing anything on OKCupid and still score messages, although I prefer to be active on the app and look at potential matches, even message some if I’m feeling bold. On Tinder, there is more “work” to do in the sense that you have to actively be swiping in order to get matches, but then the effort is divided in a way because either you or your match could be the one to text first: it doesn’t *have* to be you. On Bumble, however, you have to actively swipe and once you’ve matched with someone, then you must be the one who texts first, and that to me is just exhausting.

There were other things I wasn’t a fan of, like the fact that I couldn’t change the maximum distance of my potential matches. I also didn’t know what the distance criteria was, so I wasn’t sure what the maximum distance for matches was. I didn’t really like the format of the profile either, which was the same as Tinder: six pictures and a short bio. That format is pretty much a guarantee that nobody will read what you wrote, so why even bother coming up with this supposedly innovative app if people are still going to judge others by their pictures anyway?

We all know that I’m a big online dating nerd, so I notice things regular people who are just “seeing what’s out there” don’t. Bumble, like Tinder, is the kind of platform you’d like if you want to get matches and basically set a date with them right away, you know? I say this as opposed to getting matches and talking to them for two months before meeting (or before ghosting the other person). I don’t know, I think when I move to Baltimore I might consider trying it again for that purpose…no promises though.

A cool thing that Bumble has and Tinder doesn’t, at least not the free version, is the possibility to “backtrack,” which means if you accidentally swiped left, you can go back to their profile and swipe right. You get like three “backtracks” a day or something, which, again, is pretty cool.

Let’s end this post with a confession, okay? My last comment on Bumble was the following: “Using Bumble only makes me crave my OKCupid account even more.” And it did. My resolve almost faltered and I almost broke my ban, but I didn’t, I was strong and for that I’m proud of myself. I’ll tell you more in detail about how my experience with my new OKC account has been and how I’ve applied the things I’ve learned through dating advice, but right now I’m sort of bored with OKCupid, you know? I keep getting messages from guys who ask me when I’ll be traveling to Baltimore, and I just don’t feel the energy to maintain something via text for the next month and a half. I think I’ll keep my account and see what happens, but I’m leaning towards trying Tinder (or Bumble, if I have the energy) once I’m there, and see if I can start casually dating.

In the comments below tell me whether you know any success stories regarding Bumble.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Basic Glitter Look

Hello and happy Monday. Today has been kind of a slow day for me, so I took my time getting out of bed this morning, and then getting ready. I also took extra time an effort with my makeup, which includes glitter. I’m using pink because that’s my go-to color, but you can use any other shade you want and it’s going to work just fine with the eyeshadow combination I’ll show you below. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Gold (eyelid base)
  6. Matte brown (crease)
  7. Dark brown (top lash line)
  8. Pink (center of the lid)
  9. Glitter glue (center of the lid)
  10. Pink glitter (center of the lid)
  11. Dark brown (top lash line)
  12. Dark brown (bottom lash line)
  13. Mascara
  14. Blush
  15. Lipliner
  16. Clear lipgloss

What is your favorite glitter shade to wear? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

Sample vs. Full Size #4

Miss Camila (2).pngHello and happy Sunday. I’m here, I desperately need to wash my hair, but before doing that, I had to tell you about some more products I got in an Ipsy glam bag, more specifically, whether I’d buy the full-size version or not. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 

Full size: I got the full-size version of this product in my glam bag.

Full price: $22

Buy? Yes/No? Why? What’s with that weird pricepoint? I said it in a previous post, but I’ll say it again because I see sort of a trend here. For some people, $22 is a lot to pay in a single makeup item, especially if it is a product that will only last for six months before drying out and not working the way it’s supposed to. I wouldn’t pay $22 for an eyeliner, even if it was made of gold. Not gonna happen.

AURORA Pro Coverup Concealer 

Full size: I got a mini version of the concealer. I couldn’t find information on the website regarding the contents of the full-size version.

Full price: $8

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I guess this series I created comes down to quality vs. price, right? Like, I’m figuring out whether a product is good enough for me to put x amount of money on it. And my general conclusion so far has been “this is good, but not good enough for me to pay its price.” Well, with this product the opposite is happening: the price is perfect, in my opinion. I mean, I could see myself paying $8 for a concealer because I have in the past, but this product is awful. It dries down on the skin before you’re able to distribute it, and then it doesn’t blend well with foundation, and I despised it. I couldn’t even go through the entire sample, so hell no, I’m not buying this.

THE BALM COSMETICS theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Face Palette 

Full size: I actually got a sample of the Kuwakaribisha illuminizer, and not the whole palette. This item, however, is not sold separately.

Full price: $39.50

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This palette has nine eyeshadow shades, one bronzer, two blushes, one highlighter, and two lip shades. Imagine if you tried to get all of that separately. You’d be spending way more than $39.50, wouldn’t you? Which is why I think that, if I didn’t own all the makeup I do now, and were forced to only use one palette, I’d get this one. I think it is convenient, both in terms of practicality and price.

GLAMOUR DOLLS Romantic Rose Brush

Full size: I got the actual brush in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $4.99

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Remember that in a previous post I already discussed a brush that I said was super expensive? I don’t remember exactly how much it cost, but it was somewhere between $15 and $20. That means you could buy three or four of the Glamour Dolls brushes and still get some change back. I’m obviously not going to buy this brush any time soon, but if I were looking for one, I’d definitely buy this one.

JUARA Skin Care Rice Facial Cleanser 

Full size: I got a sample in my Ipsy bag. The full size product is 400gr or 134mL.

Full price: $28

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I’ve gotten so many face washes from Ipsy, I think every month I’m trying a new one. This was alright, but it was by no means worth almost $30. I feel like I could get products like this one at a Marshall’s for $10 or less.

Those were the products I had for you today. As always, let me know in the comments which of these you’d buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Christmas Treats for Students

Hello and happy Saturday. As crazy as the holidays drive us, we still love our students and want to give them a nice little treat to show our love, right? And we want to do that without going broke or spending a ton of time, which is why today I want to share with you a simple but very cute idea of what you can give to your students for the holidays. Let’s get started, shall we?

You’ll need candy canes for this. Now, my dad got this 48-pack for about $6 at a store in Colombia, but if you’re in the States, you’ll probably get even better deals. When I did this, I had 36 students, which is why I needed so many candy canes.

I love all things sparkly and shiny, so I got these garland thingies to decorate the canes (I’ll show you how in a second). You can also use ribbon, but the nice thing about what I got is that it is actually like a wire, so it is sturdier and stays in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made some tags, which you can see in the red box. They just say “Happy Holidays! Love, Cami” and they have a Hello Kitty design I colored myself using markers.

You can make your own tags, or you can download them if you’re feeling crafty. If not, I guess you can always buy them or search for a ready-to-print version online.

 

 

 

This is why I needed the garland to be sturdy, because I wrapped it around the candy canes. Now, I punched a hole in each card and then put the garland into the hole so that the tag looked like it was hanging from the cane.

This is the end result. It was super easy to do, and I didn’t spend a lot of time on money, but I’m sure my students were thrilled with their treats.

Do you give anything to your students for the holidays? Tell me about it in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Cute (and Cheap) Christmas Gifts

Hello and happy Friday. I love giving presents, and I’m not sure why, but I do. I love giving presents that are equally functional and cute, and today I want to share that love with you. I’ll be showing you ideas of different Christmas presents I got together last year for friends and family. Let’s get started, shall we?

Here we have the props for four different presents. I got the Skittles and the AirHeads for $1 each at 5 Below (which is where I got most of the stuff you’ll see in this post). For each of my two best friends I got one hand sanitizer ($1.25 each), and the thing where you put it so that you can hang it to your bag ($2 each). I got a bag of Starbursts at Forever 21, more as an afterthought, to put at the base of the water bottles. It cost me $4. There I also got the blue water bottles, which were BOGO, so I paid $2 for the three of them. I got my little sister 3 pairs of socks at Forever 21 for $4. I got the red water bottle for $1, and cute pens for my best friends for $3 each.

 

 

I stuffed everything into each of the water bottles, and then decorated them with a bow (I got a bag for $1 at Five Below), and this is how the presents look. In total, I spent $25.50, which is a little over $6 for each present.

Do you enjoy giving presents to other people? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

Gift Ideas for Colleagues

Hello and happy Tuesday. Last year I worked along with seven other teachers, which made it really fun to find gifts for special occasions, like Christmas because if you do the math, anything multiplied by seven is going to be expensive.

Thankfully, I had a trip to the States right in December and I discovered the wonders of Five Below. I decided to give each teacher a goody bag with cute stuff. Obviously, they all got the same things, what changed was the design.

Each bag contained: one mechanical pencil, one candy stick (not a candy cane, but I don’t know if those actually have a name), a small box of jelly beans or candy of the sort, an eraser, and a lip balm.

I really liked putting these bags together, and I enjoyed seeing my colleagues’ reactions when they got them. In the comments below, tell me what other fun ideas you’ve had for presents to give to your colleagues.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Holiday-Ready Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I don’t know why, but the beginning of the holidays tends to be a controversial issue. In Colombia, some people start getting ready for Christmas on November 1st, when the Halloween festivities are over. We don’t have Thanksgiving, so technically, aside from the whole month of November, there’s nothing between Halloween and Christmas. Officially, though, I’d say the holidays begin on December 7th because that night people gather together and light candles. From then on, you basically have to always be ready to be invited to Christmas celebrations, and that’s when today’s look comes in handy. These are the steps I followed to achieve it:

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Eyebrows
  4. Nude (eyelid base)
  5. Matte brown (crease)
  6. Golden brown (line)
  7. Black liquid eyeliner
  8. Mascara
  9. Bronzer
  10. Blush
  11. Lipliner
  12. Metallic lipgloss (center of the lips)

In the comments below tell me when you consider the holiday season begins.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Rock My Lipliners

Hello and happy Sunday. Some time ago, I did a lipliner haul, and one person commented saying that they’d like to see how I use each individual shade, which is what I’m showing you today. If you want to get the same lipliners I have, you can click here, they’re all from the same set. I’m linking the other products I used whenever possible. Let’s get started, shall we?

Here I’m using the brown shade as a base, and adding that shiny, glossy effect with the NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors lipstick in Iced Honey. I tend to apply this as a lip topper or on the center of

my lips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like to wear lipliner when my lippie is very pigmented, especially if it’s a red. I feel that it keeps the product from bleeding out onto the rest of my face. In this picture I’m wearing the NYX Epic Ink lip dye in Fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this very classic look, in which I’m wearing a mauve-y pink lip from O Boticário called Cashmere Rose, I used a similar shade of lipliner to give the lipstick more strength and durability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also like to wear lipliner under matte products, to give the lips a little more protection from getting too dry. This is the Kiss Proof Soft Lipstick by Menow-Pro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why the lipliner and the liquid lipstick look almost orange in the picture, but they’re really a very intense shade of red. Again, like I said, lipliners are good to avoid mistakes when applying very pigmented lippies. The lipstick I’m wearing is the Liquid Velvet matte lip slick by Ciaté London in the shade Diva.

 

 

 

 

 

If I really like the shade of a lipliner, and I’m going for a more natural look, what I do is apply it to my lips with a lip brush, and then add clear lipgloss on top. It looks like I’m wearing lipstick or an opaque lipgloss. I’m wearing the Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lipgloss in Lilac Lumi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For ombré lips, I use lipliner, and then apply a slightly lighter shade of lipstick, focusing on the center of the lip. In this picture I’m wearing the Colorlicious Lipstick in Sultry Sienna from Covergirl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, on this day I was feeling extra because aside from the lipliner, I wore a lip cream and lipgloss. See, sometimes I like to create new shades, and in order to do so, I layer products. Here I used the lipliner as a base so that the undertone of the lips would remain brown, then added a coat of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London, and topped it with my Shany Cosmetics Fairytale Kiss lipstick in #9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we can see how a change in the base affects the look of the lip. I’m wearing the same O Boticário lipstick I showed you earlier, but with a true purple base underneath instead of a mauve-y pink, and my lips look full-on purple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another lipliner-lip topper combination. I’m wearing the NYX Cosmic Metals lip cream in Cry

stallized Metal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here again I’m wearing the lipliner with a clear lipgloss on top.

In the comments below, tell me what your favorite look was out of the ones I just showed you.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Easy Christmas Cards With Pre-K

Hello and happy first day of December. Like last year, I will be blogging each day of this month, and I have very cool holiday-related ideas to share with you.

Today, I want to show you the Christmas cards I made with my pre-k students because I know these days are tough for teachers and we kind of run out of ideas. Let’s get started, shall we?

The card-making process started with a directed drawing activity. We drew a Christmas wreath and a gingerbread house by watching videos from Art For Kids Hub. They have many directed drawing videos with a variety of holiday-related things you can draw, so I encourage you to check them out.

After the drawings were finished, we proceeded to coloring them using markers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then had the kids cut their drawings and paste them in a colored paper. They glued one drawing outside the card, and the other one inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I wrote a “Merry Christmas, Love, X” on the inside of each card, and the kids had to trace that with a black marker. Then they could decorate their cards some more if they felt like it.

And that was it for our card-making with pre-k. The activity was simple enough for me to plan and for my students to follow, but it required several steps, which meant we finished it after a few classes.

Do you plan holiday-related activities with your students? Tell me about them in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila