That Title is a Mouthful

That Title is a Mouthful

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share with you my thoughts on Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky. I was provided an ARC of this book via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, so before I begin I’d like to thank both NetGalley and the author.

When I started reading this book, I immediately got this Young Adult vibe. I mean the movie Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron.

The beginning of the book, and by that I mean the first three chapters, at least, was super cliché, which made the story predictable and sort of boring.

There was another bit at the beginning that reminded me of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks. Seriously, you probably should start making a list of this movies and do a marathon when you’re done reading this post. That bit was funny and it took the novel on another direction, one that I liked better.

Our main character, Marjorie Plum, has to change her life completely in the course of two days after she gets fired from a job she hates, and then gets told by her roommate and best friend that she’s moving out to live with her boyfriend. This gets Marjorie into a series of situations the reader will find out about as the story progresses.

Marjorie, for example, ends up subbing for her new roommate as a private tutor for an eleven-year-old girl. That’s kind of cute, no? It’ also original. I was enraged, though, by the fact that Marjorie starts giving “boy advice” to her pupil. No, that’s just wrong.

This story is your typical “girl does a 18 on her life and discovers true happiness” kinda deal, but it grew on me. I liked the fact that, despite what the title might indicate, this novel doesn’t revolve around romance. Yes, there is romance, but the main focus of the story is the main character’s life and the decisions she makes as her situation changes.

In general, all the characters were likeable, except for Marjorie’s former boss, whose name I can’t remember, and the Vera and Brian, Marjorie’s former best friend and roommate, and her boyfriend.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I was annoyed by the editing (or lack thereof), but then again, I was given an advanced copy, so I assume it wasn’t the final edition.

Have you read a book similar to this one? Would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

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Beige + Plum Everyday Makeup

Beige + Plum Everyday Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. Welcome to Makeup Mondays, a new series in which I’ll share a different look every week. I’ve collected these makeup looks throughout the years and now I want to recreate them all and post the results. I’m not going to list every single product I use, but I’ll post a picture like the one in the right.

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s look is a very simple everyday look. The focus is all in the eyes, and the shades used were beige and plum. I think it’s a great spring look because it has that pop of color but is still super subtle.

The steps I followed were:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Blush
  7. Beige eyeshadow (eyelid)
  8. Plum eyeshadow (crease)
  9. Black eyeliner
  10. Mascara
  11. Tinted lip balm
  12. Lipgloss
  13. Matte setting spray

In the comments below, send me suggestions of looks you’d like to see in future posts.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

Hello and happy Sunday. It’t time for me to talk about the nice things I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of December. Let’s get started, shall we?

There are six items in the picture, and that’s because I actually got one of them by redeeming the points I’d earned from reviewing past glam bags. That’s something I love about Ipsy, and that I think works amazingly with this subscription service.

Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Scrub

This is the product I got with points, so it wasn’t actually included in any of the glam bags. I love trying new face washes and I like them to be exfoliating. This one adds the anti-wrinkle feature to the mix, which I appreciate because, who wants wrinkles? Not me. When I use this my skin feels super clean, and also kind of tight, which is why I try to use it only once a week; I think a more frequent use could be a bit aggressive for the skin.

Seraphine Botanicals Lip Polish in Orange + Cream 

I love to exfoliate my lips, especially when I’m wearing a very drying liquid lipstick. My lips feel smooth and plump afterwards, which I love. I know you shouldn’t eat this kind of things, but it tastes so great I can’t resist sometimes. Like any other exfoliating product, I use it once or twice a week tops.

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel 

This may come off as a surprise, but there are days when I don’t want to draw my eyebrows with a pencil or other brow products. On those days, I use the eyebrow defining gel, which is basically like clear mascara, and I’m good to go. On days when I’m feeling like I need a ton of makeup (most days), I use this as a top coat over whichever brow product I’m wearing. It keeps my brows in place, looking flawless all day long.

Son & Park Beauty Water 

I feel like beauty water is one of those products I still don’t properly use. Like, I know people use this as tonic, and I’ve seen many skincare routines in which products like beauty water are being used, but this to me just replaces primer on “no makeup” makeup days. One thing I’ll say, though, is that it removes every bit of residue makeup that might have been left on my face. I should probably start using it at night, after I’ve removed my makeup…nah, I’m good.

Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239

2018 is bringing a lot of layers in terms of eye makeup. I’m seeing people adding different shades to their eyelids again, and I’m living for it. This brush is the perfect eyelid brush. It’ll help you pack on all the eyeshadow, whether you’re adding a base, or a lighter shade in the center to accentuate. I’m using this almost everyday and I think it’s the key to the cute looks I’ve been coming up with.

NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Black Olive

I love a good black eyeliner for my waterline, but sometimes I want something softer, more playful. That’s what faux blacks offer, a pop of color while maintaining the super dark, pigmented vibe. I have brown eyes, so the green undertone of the eyeliner makes my eyes look super defined in shape and intense in color. It is also great if you’re into reverse smokey eyes.

As always, I’d like to know whether you’ve tried any of this products. If you haven’t, which would you like to try and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions (1)Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you another fun little post in which I share my thoughts on a sneak peek I was provided by BookishFirst. I had the chance to read chapters 1 through 4 of Roomies by Christina Lauren, and now I’d like to tell you all about my thoughts on this book. Let’s get started, shall we?

From the beginning I could tell this was a contemporary novel. I think it’s under the “new adult” category, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyways, it’s got this chick lit/ romantic comedy vibe that I enjoy from time to time if the story is well-written and proves to be original and “not your typical” NA novel. And the few chapters I read did it for me, they made me want to come back for more in the future.

I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed this sneak peek so much is the fact that I could relate to Holland on many different levels, especially regarding her love life, or lack thereof. She’s literally obsessed with a guy who plays guitar at the subway station, and though my crushes have never reached that level, I could relate to the fact that she learned his schedules to know when to show up and catch a glimpse of him. Yes, I used to be kind of a stalker.

There are some situations in this story that are a bit absurd, and some others that can be predictable, but I guess that’s common in chick lit. I mean, I can see this turning into a movie I’d watch on a Sunday afternoon. Still, it’s so funny, that I let the clichés and the WTF moments slide.

All in all, this is a super fast, pleasant read you’ll go through in a weekend; just make yourself some tea and popcorn and you’re good to go. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this whole book and sharing my full thoughts with you. While that happens, and given that this story is about an unusual crush, tell me about one of yours, or let me know in the comments whether you’d like me to tell you about some of mine.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Using a Brush Cleaner

Using a Brush Cleaner

Hello and happy Sunday. Cleaning our makeup brushes is annoying but it’s necessary. I know I don’t do this as often as I should, but every few months I take all of my brushes and wash them with baby shampoo.

My tool of preference used to be my hand, until I found this cleansing tool at Forever 21 for $5. Now, I’d seen this around, but it was very expensive and I didn’t think it was worth the money. For $5, though, I couldn’t complain.

I first let the water run over the tool for a while, and then poured shampoo straight into it. I dampened the tip of each brush and then worked it against the surface of the tool, the way I’d do with the palm of my hand.

The process itself took the same amount of time as when I did it with my hand, but the difference for me is in the effectiveness of the tool. I could see more product coming out of the brushes, which means that they ended up being cleaner than if I’d used my hand. The fact that I didn’t have to be in constant contact with the brushes also felt more hygienic, which was another point in favor of the tool.

All in all, I liked it and I will continue to use it as I saw it worked. Have you used one of these cleansing tools before? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

First Impressions: As You Wish

First Impressions: As You Wish

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Remember how I told you I had a new book blogging idea you’d find out about soon? Well, welcome to the first edition of “First Impressions.” This is an idea I’ve had for quite a while now, and which I tried to execute several months ago, but I sort of left it hanging.

 

Basically my idea was to read excerpts from different books and tell you my impressions, and obviously share with you whether I’d like to read the whole book or not. I did this with an excerpt from an audiobook I got in an OwlCrate a long time ago, but I left it at that post.

Now, fortunately, there’s this site called BookishFirst in which reviewers can get sneak peeks of new releases to review. I say “fortunately” because for me this means I get to read excerpts of new books, and share my thoughts both in the BookishFirst platform and with you. This means that I welcome you to a new series called First Impressions.

My First Impressions posts will be reviews, but I’ll also tell you what chapters of the story I read and whether I’d like to read the whole thing or not. After this super long introduction, I’d like to share my thoughts on the first three chapters of As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. Let’s get started, shall we?

This book won me over from the first page because of its originality. I loved the fact that we get a male main character (which I think is still uncommon in YA novels), who works pumping gas. That is clearly the opposite of a cliché and it made me find out more about the story.

The first chapter is all about building this anticipation towards something the reader will find out in the future, and then the “secret” that people in Madison, the town where the story takes place, get to make a wish when they turn 18 and that it comes true for every wisher.

I really liked the direction the story was going, and the sci-fi/fantasy vibe it’s got. I think that makes the novel all the more appealing for different audiences because it combines elements from different sub-genres within the YA category.

It is a fast read, and I think that’s because it catches your attention and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The chapters are short and they are written in this countdown sort of way, so I’m assuming each chapter is the narration of a different day.

There is family drama, and throughout the first three chapters we get glimpses of it, although not everything is revealed. This is obviously part of the appeal of the novel, and I’m sure once the reader progresses in the story, more information about this drama will be revealed.

I liked the fact that this is “not your typical” story, and I could see that judging by the characters’ names and by their lifestyle. I don’t know much about how people in the States live other than what I’ve read, seen, and the few weeks I experienced when I was a teenager, so it’s cool to read about the small-town life of people near (or in) the Arizona desert.

I will definitely be picking up this book in the future, so expect a review one of these days. And because this story is about wishes, I’d like to know, if you could make any sort of wish and were guaranteed it’d come true, what would you wish for and why?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

My Orange and Bold Lippies

My Orange and Bold Lippies

Hello and happy Sunday. By the title you already know what this post is about, so let’s get started, shall we?

Trestique Matte Color in Costa Rica Coral 

This is actually a two-in-one product, but I decided not to add the lip balm because it’s not visible in the swatches. The matte lipstick is great. It is my go-to lipstick for when I’m on holiday. It is pigmented and it stays on throughout the day. To me this is a very soft shade of orange, and I swear by it.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco 

This is a gorgeous red-based orange. I often wear this shade with my more classic looks to replace the red lip that goes with them. Whenever I wear this lip cream, everyone compliments my makeup, and I love its texture and pigmentation.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

Apparently, according to the NYX site, this shade no longer exists. This super soft lipstick looks great on its own, but I also love to use it as a base for the lip cream I mentioned before. It is a soft red-based orange, that I would suggest to those people who are starting to play with bolder makeup shades.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien 

I got this lipstick just because I knew I needed a black lipstick in my life. I’ve worn it only for Instagram , and though I know some people wear it to go buy dog food or whatever, I just can’t. This is obviously the queen of bold lipsticks, and you can see in the swatch just how pigmented it is. Seriously, when it dries down it’s like you have paint on your lips. I can’t talk to you about durability because I haven’t worn it for more than an hour or so, but judging by other products from this line, you’ll be set for the day.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Stone Fox

This shade is still super bold, but I have worn it out. Of course, some people stop and stare because, well, gray lipstick is not very common. When you apply the first coat it looks like a very dark green, and I think because it indeed has a green undertone, but you can work to build up a more solid gray shade. Because the color is so bold and in contrast with my lip color, I did have to reapply a few times during the day.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Little Denim Dress 

This shade also has a green undertone to it. I’ve worn it, like the black lipstick, only for Instagram. It is super scandalous, and to be honest I’ve never seen anyone wearing it in real life, but it’s still cool to own an electric blue lipstick.

Which is your favorite bold lipstick shade and where would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila