Book Case Club September Unboxing

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

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All My Shades of Nude Lippies

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?

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

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

Organizing My Makeup

Organizing My Makeup

Hello and happy Sunday. Every once in a while I like to take a look at my stuff and get rid of what I don’t use anymore. If it still works, I’ll give it to my sister, and if it doesn’t. I’ll just throw it away. Today I thought it’d be fun to show you what I got rid of and what I decided to give a second chance. Let’s get started, shall we?

The first two products I gave to my sister were an eye cream and then a moisturizing cream. They’re alright, I just don’t use them anymore and I don’t want to keep them with me if I know somebody else might enjoy them.

 

I “rescued” this primer, and I’d actually kept it in the wrong container, which is probably why I hadn’t used it in a while. This is one of those pore minimizing primers and I love it because it makes the texture of my skin appear to be flawless and it gives me a great base for my makeup. I’ll definitely keep using it.

 

 

 

 

Then we have a collection of stuff I found on my “face” container. I think I gave all this stuff to my sister as well, but I don’t know whether she kept everything or maybe threw something away. The first product is clear mascara, which when I started playing around with makeup five years ago must’ve been a super useful product. Now I know it does absolutely nothing. Then I have this eye primer I got for free when I bought something from Amazon (I don’t even remember what it was), and I swear I tried this thing but it felt like putting vaseline on my eyelids and who wants that?

It broke my heart a little bit to get rid of my WunderBrow because I absolutely adore that product, but I’m now going for darker eyebrows, so the shade I have it in doesn’t do it for me. I also gave my sister a contour, bronzer, and highlighter set because I have my fair share and wasn’t really reaching for this anymore.

This is the only palette that didn’t make the cut in my eye shadow container. They’re all nudes, and I have all of those shades in other palettes, so this one was really just sitting there, occupying unnecessary space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we have one of those “things I bought because a Youtuber told me to.” The shape of the wand makes applying this eyeliner very uncomfortable for me, if I’m being totally honest, and then the actual line you get to draw is thick and super dramatic, which was trendy up until 2016, but not anymore. I think this went right in my “empties” bin, so you’ll hear more about it in the future.

 

 

 

Here are some more eyeliners, only these are pencil ones. I got rid of them because I have a whole lot and I know I’m not going to use them all. Also, yes, there’s a pot of gel eyeliner because that was my thing a while ago, but now after knowing the wonders of liquid eyeliner, I’m not going back.

 

 

 

 

 

I got this mascara in a Colombian subscription box and it’s alright, you know? I still prefer my Maybellines and Cover Girls, but sometimes I’d apply this. The thing is, as it always happens with mascara, I have others, and I don’t want this, which is a perfectly fine product, to dry down on me when somebody else can benefit from it. Oh, by the way, when it says it’s waterproof, it totally means it’s waterproof.

 

 

 

 

And finally, a collection of lip glosses, tinted lip balms, lipsticks and lip creams who’ve found a better home inside my sister’s makeup bag. If I’m being completely honest, I should’ve included a lot more lippies, but they’re my ultimate obsession, and it’s very hard to let go. As soon as I think about getting rid of a lip product, I start seeing it with new eyes, and then I decide it’s my new favorite thing. It was hard enough to let go of these, though.

Now before we finish, let me know in the comments about the one product you find it harder to let go of.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Online Courses for Teachers

Online Courses for Teachers

100th day.pngHello and happy Saturday. As much as I hate most of the “professional development” conferences I have to take at work, I love to read and find out about ways in which I can become a better teacher. Sadly, I do that research in my own time, and the school I work at rarely recognizes that as professional development. It is what it is, no?

I’m the textbook definition of a millennial teacher, so when I say I’m always looking for new ways to be a better teacher, I don’t mean attending conferences or classes at a university; I do it all at home. I have to admit it: I’m a fan of MOOCs or online courses, and one of the reasons why I love them is that I can learn while being at home, in my PJs, eating chips.

Now, I know some people prefer physically attending classes, which is my case when I’m learning a new languages, but I do prefer online professional development courses. I selected some I have personally taken for you to check out if you’re interested. Let’s get started, shall we?

ELL Success in the Content Classroom 

This is a program from Arizona State University, which you take via Coursera. I actually took the whole specialized program, which are four courses plus a capstone project, but you can take each course separately. With Coursera, you can decide if you want a certification, which has a cost of $49, or if you don’t, which means you can still have access to all the material, but you don’t need a minimum passing score and you don’t get a completion certification at the end.

I took this program because I was beginning my career as an ESL (or English as a Second Language) teacher, and I felt it was important for me to learn about different strategies I could use in content subjects in English, such as science, which I also teach, to ensure that all my students were able to succeed. I believe this program can be very valuable to teachers in English-speaking countries where there is an important number of students whose first language is not English.

TESOL Certificate

This, too, is a four-course certification program. If, like me, your aim is to earn a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Arizona State University via Coursera, then you must take each of the courses, and pay the $49-per-course fee. There’s also a chance to pay for the whole program in advance, so if you want to do it and can afford it, I’d say go for it.

Because my major is actually a BA in teaching Modern Languages, and one of my emphases is teaching English as a second language, I know most of the content of this course, which makes it very easy, and I’m not going to lie, at times boring. A TESOL certificate, however, is great for ESL teachers, which is why I enrolled in this program. People who want to become English teachers but didn’t major in education also take this course as an alternative pathway.

How to Be An Organized Teacher

This is the first Coursera course I took a few years ago, and I didn’t even pay for a certification because I was just testing the platform. This course is by the Relay Graduate School of Education, but what I noticed is that, though it’s super useful for teachers, other people can benefit from it.

Thanks to this course, do my weekly planning every Saturday, and I have various planners, at home, on my phone, and at work. I took this course while on vacation, and it was super helpful when I had to start working because the tips I was given allowed me to efficiently organize my activities within any given time. If you want to treat yourself to an online course, even if you do it for free, take this one. I promise you won’t regret it.

CLIL Essentials

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning, and it’s an approach to teaching a language through specific content. It’s like when students learn Math and Science in English, which means they are also learning English. This is a more formal course, from the British Council. If you want to sign up, you have to be aware of the registration dates. You must pay for it and if at the end you get a passing score, you will get a certificate. I found it great to complement what I’d learned about CLIL in university.

Teaching for Success

This course is by the British Council, but you take it through a platform called Future Learn. I’m not sure, but I think it’s like Coursera in the sense that you can take the courses for free, or you can pay and get a certification. I found the Teaching for Success four-course program through the British Council page after taking my CLIL Essentials course. I find this sort of courses refreshing because the materials are up to date. You also have the chance to interact with people from all over the world who either are teachers or are in the process of becoming teachers. It’s fun and it’s free, so in my opinion it’s worth a try.

Do you have any questions regarding the courses I listed or suggestions that might be useful? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Books That Should Have Trigger Warnings

Books That Should Have Trigger Warnings

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I feel that I’ve read my fair share of problematic books, and that although I’ve talked about them separately, I needed to make a post that at least gathers my most recent problematic reads.

Now, when I’m saying “problematic”, I’m referring to the fact that I think these books need huge trigger warnings, and that if you could be triggered by some of the issues I mentioned, then you should probably not read these books because in my opinion, the issues are not handled in a smart, professional way. Again, this is 100% my opinion, so I can be wrong, or you can feel differently about what I say here, I’d just like to help readers that might be more sensitive towards a certain type of content. Let’s get started, shall we?

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame  [x]

This book is all sorts of problematic if you ask me, but specifically talking about trigger warnings it has two: child abuse in the form of domestic violence and eating disorders. The former is mentioned but there are no scenes depicting it or describing it in any way, while the latter is clearly portrayed through some stereotypical behaviors by the main character. However, there is no clear mention of the main character being diagnosed with an eating disorder or being treated for one.

The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson 

There should be a huge trigger warning on this book related to child abuse in the form of domestic violence. There are scenes that clearly depict domestic violence. Our main character also follows certain behaviors related to eating disorders, although she hasn’t been diagnosed or treated.

Let Love In by Melissa Collins 

Huge trigger warning for suicide in this novel.

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I will write a proper review on this book as soon as I’m done writing this post. The trigger warnings for this book are for suicidal thoughts, and an actual suicide, as well as a diagnosed eating disorders. The novel is very graphic when describing the symptoms of the eating disorder, as well as the thoughts the character has, and the suicide scene.

I know there are many more books that should include trigger warnings, so if you know of one, please add to the list by sharing the title in the comment section.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila