September Ipsy Glam Bag Unbox + Review

September Ipsy Glam Bag Unbox + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s time for another unboxing and review of my Ipsy Glam Bag. Let’s get started, shall we?

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Toasted

This shade is like a rusty gray-based brown, and it’s amazing for a fall look. I’ve been wearing it on its own, and as an accent shade when I do halo eyes or a simple smokey eye in the outer corner. The only down side to it, in my opinion, is the size. I’d gotten samples of eyeshadow before but this one is just tiny.

Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Brush

I love getting brushes from Ipsy, and this one is just the perfect size and shape for doing a halo eye, which is currently my go-to eye look.

 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

This is one of those “it” products that everyone who know anything about makeup has to try in their lifetime. It’s shiny and has somewhat of a rose-gold undertone, so I’d say it’s definitely for a dewy look, and for warm to neutral skin tones. It leaves the skin looking flawless, with no traces of texture whatsoever.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

This duo is the perfect product for a natural makeup day. For me, when I’m going for a “no makeup look,” I pay close attention to my face, to make my skin look flawless and healthy in a natural way. This blush duo will give you a hint of healthy color, and a lot of shine. I always wear both products combined, but you can just focus on the blush or add the highlighting part to another makeup look. I do have to say, if your skin has a lot of texture, it will show.

Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam

My skin had been driving me a little bit crazy because I was breaking out more than usual, but since I started using this cleansing foam, it kind of went back to normal. I use it as a face wash, not as a makeup removing foam, so I wouldn’t know how well it works that way. As a wash, though, it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.

Finally, you can see the Ipsy headband, which I got by redeeming some points I’d earned. I think that’s a great feature Ipsy has, and that works perfectly. So far I’ve gotten three rewards and I’ve fully enjoyed them.

If you are also subscribed to Ipsy, tell me about what you got in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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How I Use My iPad in the Classroom

How I Use My iPad in the Classroom

 

STUDENTS.pngHello and happy Saturday. If you have a fully equipped classroom with a smartboard and iPads, computers or other electronic devices available to some or all of your students, this post is not for you. I mean, congratulations, you are one lucky teacher, but honestly, this post is for us teachers who lack a ton of technological resources in our classroom, and who therefore have to seek strategies to make the best out of what we have.

I’m not complaining here because I’m actually lucky to have a laptop for myself and classrooms equipped with smart TVs. I have and HDMI cable that can be plugged into my computer, and I also have a personal cable I can connect to my iPhone and iPad. When I say “personal” I mean I paid for it, and did so gladly because it has improved my classes in many ways.

Today I’m going to tell you about two ways in which I use my iPad because you might want to take note and put them into practice in the future. So, after this long-ass introduction, let’s get started, shall we?

1. I use it to play music

Yes, having a smart TV means I have access to the YouTube app, but let’s be real here, sometimes the internet is super slow and videos take forever to load, and also sometimes I don’t want to search for every single video but rather have a playlist.

I talked about this in a previous post , how I have Spotify premium so I can be able to play music online. I have this playlist called Classroom Jams, which I love and I’m always feeding with more awesome songs.

What I do is plug my iPad or iPhone to the smart TV using my HDMI adapter, put it on “Airplane Mode,” and play my previously-downloaded music from Spotify. I lock the screen of whichever device is connected so that my students don’t get distracted by what’s displayed on the TV.

2. I display worksheets/ digital posters or pictures

Most of my students can’t read or write yet, at least not in English, which is their second language. That means that most of the times I do the reading for them, and have them respond to what I say orally rather than in written form. That means, there are many times in which I don’t need a worksheet for each of my students because they’ll do nothing with it other than look at what I’m showing them. What I do is have said worksheet/poster/picture saved in my iPad and display it on the smart TV.

I’ve done this with warm-up activities in which I display a worksheet with a series of questions and ask them orally, but have them written as a visual aid, and also while explaining positional words through a poster. This saves me time I’d usually have to spend writing on the board, and it helps the planet because then I don’t have to take a ton of copies that in the end are useless.

Because I download this images, I don’t need to have internet access, which in some cases is a factor that determines the success or failure of a class. I mean, what if you plan a whole class using and app or site that requires Internet connection, only to realize you don’t have any?

I’m sure there are tons of other ways to use your iPad in class, and if you know of one, please tell me about it in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

All.The.Feels

All.The.Feels

Hello and happy Wednesday. As much as I like fluffy books, I’m a sucker for books that make me get in touch with my feelings, and not just the happy, bubbly ones. I think that’s a reason why I love Colleen Hoover so much, because her books have that effect on me.

For some reason, all of Colleen Hoover’s books I’ve come across with have been audiobooks, although there are some on my TBR list I am going to read, not listen to. Finding Cinderella is book number 2.5 in the Hopeless series, which I started listening to last year. I have yet to read book number 2, though. There are some series that you *have* to read in order so that you can understand the plot; Finding Cinderella, however, can easily be read as a standalone book, or without having read book number 2, and you’ll still understand everything.

Personally, I love Colleen Hoover’s writing style, although I wouldn’t be able to read (or listen to) more than one book every once in a while. That is, I need to take a mental break after I finish one of her books. Her awesome style was amazingly complemented by the narration of Jason Carpenter. Like, honestly, he made me feel like I was really listening to a high school guy.

One thing I always appreciate about this author’s books, and that is present in Finding Cinderella, is the fact that it’s very realistic regarding the way teenagers behave. I’ve stated in previous posts that I don’t like how some realities of a teenager’s life are portrayed, and I stand by it, which is why I admire an author that can capture some issues without seeming to encourage their readers to follow a certain behavior. In Finding Cinderella specifically, sex is a constant topic, but it’s treated in a very real and objective way.

Because this is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, the main characters from the previous books are present, although taking a secondary role. I love when authors do that, when they take a story’s secondary characters and give them their own story, and I think it enriches the whole universe the author has created. It was nice to see what Sky and Holder were up to, but again, not having read the second book didn’t affect my understanding of Finding Cinderella in any way nor did it spoil any details for me.

The characters from this story are Six, Sky’s best friend, who I knew from Hopeless, and Daniel, who’s Holder’s best friend. The story is told from Daniel’s perspective, and he’s just so analytical all the time and such a refreshing character. Besides that, the story is really intense, but in a good way, like you want to hear what happens next as opposed to being overwhelmed by all that’s happening.

The plot itself is filled with stuff that I’d roll my eyes about if this were any other author writing about it, but that work perfectly thanks to Colleen Hoover’s genius mind. There’s a bit of secret romance, that makes the story very addictive, and it just flows in a way that constantly keeps the reader hooked. Finding Cinderella is, at least from what I could get, the resolution to the whole Hopeless series, although, honestly, I’d love to have a follow-up novel and see what happens to Sky, Holder, Daniel, and Six in university.

Have you read or listened to anything by Colleen Hoover? What did you think?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Sensebox “L’Occitane” Unboxing

Sensebox “L’Occitane” Unboxing

Hello and happy Sunday. I don’t know if I’ve already said this before, but I absolutely love L’Occitane. The products from this brand are more expensive than what I’m used to spending, but I totally splurge on them.

Recently Sensebox, a Colombian subscription box, sent out a special L’Occitane box, and I was in heaven. I was so excited about what I got, that I decided to share my thoughts on the products I received. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Cherry Blossom Shower Gel

I love flower-scented things, and this is amazing. It’s sweet, but fresh at the same time, and not overpowering. I would totally use this set of fragrances for my everyday life if the products weren’t as expensive (or I actually had some more money to spend on them).

Almond Supple Skin Oil

I have oil for my hair, but I didn’t have anything for my body, so I’m happy that now I do. Because I got the sample size, I got this jar with a screw lid, and it was a little inconvenient to apply, but other than that I’m in love. The scent of the oil is super soft and nice, and the feeling I get on my skin is wonderful.

Karité Hand Cream 

I’m that kind of person who collects hand lotion. I love the size and the packaging of the L’Occitane ones. This particular lotion has a super soft scent, and leaves my hands feeling nice and moisturized. I think I have one of this lotions in every purse I own.

Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 

This one has a stronger scent than the one I previously talked about. It’s the same scent as the shower gel, though in my opinion it’s more concentrated because lotion is thicker than gel. If you’re looking to treat yourself or give somebody a nice present, buy a Cherry Blossom kit and it will be highly appreciated.

Immortelle Precieuse Serum and Cream 

If like me, you have skin care days when you don’t wear makeup and instead put nice products on your face, use the Immortelle Precieuse serum  and cream duo. My face felt super soft and hydrated. This is something I’d splurge on for those skin care days.

Do you like L’Occitane? What is your favorite product from this brand?

Happy Sunday,

Love, Miss Camila

A Monstrous Way of Teaching Body Parts

A Monstrous Way of Teaching Body Parts

Hello and happy Saturday. A while ago I shared this post with you in which I shared how I taught body parts to my Kindergarten boys. This new school year I decided that I could teach some of the vocabulary to my Pre-K boys while reinforcing vocabulary on attributes of shape, size, and color. In today’s post, I’ll share what I put together. Let’s get started, shall we?

Okay, so I feel like I first need to clarify that I am an ESL teacher, so that’s why I teach vocabulary to my students in such an explicit way, though I’m pretty sure this activities will work just fine for native English speakers.

I introduced the main body parts using songs, so obviously Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes was a total must. The reason why I like using this song is that it also focuses on parts of the face, which is a topic we explored later on in the week.

Midway through our mini-unit, I decided to do a Hokey Pokey contest, though it was different from the one I’d previously done with my Kindergarten boys. In this one, the places were arranged in a circle, and I called each boy to the center to dance and sing a part of the song, moving a specific body part.

Before we move on to the actual core of this post and the mini-unit, I want to introduce you to Open Shut Them, a song about opposites that I played to my students as a warm up on Monday and they absolutely adored and started to spontaneously singing while doing other stuff. It’s not really about body parts, but it’s a cool warm-up song.

To focus on the parts of the face, review attributes of color, shape, and size, I introduced my pre-k boys to Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley. If you have the book, read it to your students, but if you don’t, you can display the video. I displayed the video on the classroom’s TV, and paused each time a new part of the face was introduced. I also progressively drew my own monster on the board as different parts and colors were mentioned.

This was probably the first time I formally talked about colors with my boys, but they easily learned the names of most of the ones in the book.

I gave each student a handout to color the monster’s face, which you can find at Ed

Emberley’s page. We did some directed coloring, using the video as a guide. This also was a good complement to a following-instructions lesson I’d done the previous week.

 

 

 

Here are the finished monsters. Luckily, all the boys followed instructions in terms of what color to use for each part (except for some red teeth, but I let it slide).

I cut each monster and glued it to a colored paper. I used yellow and red so that I could differentiate between my two pre-k classes.

Now, this is an idea I’ve worked on for a few weeks, but I’ll finally be able to implement it. I wanted to show it to you in action, but that would’ve meant waiting a full week to write this post.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen this post of me working on the Build-a-Monster centers you can find at  Somewhat Simple  while watching a vlog from Pocketful of Primary.

 

I thought, what a better way to review body parts and integrate our monsters theme than having the boys build their own monsters?

I divided them by body parts so that you could see them in the picture, and made some labels to use at the moment of the class.

My idea is to do a whole-group activity first, having each boy draw a part from a bag and sort it into different cups (which will have the yellow labels I made), and then once the parts are sort them, have the cups on my table for students to pick parts and create their monster, in pairs or small groups.

What are other monster-theme activities I could do with my pre-k boys? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

My Book Club-Ish

My Book Club-Ish

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Can you believe it’s November already? I honestly can’t, I mean, my birthday is in a few days and I feel like this year has gone by incredibly fast.

Book-wise, it’s been a great month, and not just because of what I’ve read but rather the nice experiences I’ve had regarding books. Let me explain because right now I’m not making too much sense. My father turned 53 in May, and for his birthday, as has been tradition for a few years now, I gave him a book. Only I didn’t just give him a book; I made him a bookish treasure chest (click here to see how I made it).

Inside the book I gave him, I wrote a note that said I’d bought the same book so that we could read at the same time and have sort of a book club. You see, for years my dad had asked me for book recommendations and we talked about what he was reading, which I’d often read already, but it was something informal, something casual.

I read a lot in English, and I only review books in English, but Spanish is my first language and for every four or five books in English I read, I do as well one in Spanish. My tastes are very different in both languages, though I don’t know if that happens to anyone else. With my dad, we only read books in Spanish; he knows English but doesn’t read the books I do in that language.

So far we’ve read two books since we decided to establish our club, but it’s something we share and I love that we have that for ourselves. Do you have a book club? Official or not? Tell me in the comments below!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila