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

 

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

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 (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

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

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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

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

Goodreads Update

 

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m always honest when it comes to the books I’ve read and the ones I haven’t. I rarely post a review on a book I haven’t fully read, unless I was provided a sneak peek or an excerpt. I think adding children’s books to your Goodreads list is kind of like cheating, though I have to admit I did that last year because I needed to reach my goal.

Yes, sadly, on more than one occasion I’ve become one of those people who seem to read only for the sake of achieving their reading goal, of “winning” at the challenge they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Once, I checked my reading challenge and it showed me that I was five books “behind schedule,” and that had been after I’d modified the goal from 70 books to 65.

At that moment I decided I had three options: I could keep lowering the goal, so that I was always “on track,” although that was sort of like cheating; I could go on reading mode, find a ton of easy, short reads and achieve my goal; or I could just stop caring and decide what I wanted to do was enjoy my reading time without feeling like I had an assignment to fulfill. I picked option number 3, which meant resetting my Goodreads challenge.

Now, I’ve seen many people set their goal to one book, which they accomplish within two hours of establishing the mark. It might appear to be dumb, but the reason for setting a goal is to be able to keep track of the amount of books one reads in the year. I had, for example, read 46 books by the time I decided to forget about a goal. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to keep a record of the amount of books I read in a year, and I still like to challenge myself, I just wasn’t feeling that particular challenge.

In terms of my blog, not having a reading goal doesn’t change anything because I will continue reading at the pace I’m used to, and I even think that you’ll benefit from more in-depth reviews because I’ll be less pressured when reading. I have some interesting ideas you’ll be able to see soon, and that I think can be accomplished because now I don’t “have” to be reading a certain amount of books in a month or in a year.

If you have a Goodreads account and we’re not friends yet, click here  to add me. In the comments, let me know whether you set a reading goal for yourself or not.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #4

Hello and happy Sunday. Welcome to another edition of “empties.” By now we all know how it works, no? Okay, let’s review: I’ll list the products I found on my “empties” bin and tell you what I think about them. Pretty easy, huh? Let’s get started, shall we?

L.A Colors Liquid Eyeliner

My dad gave this to me, and I talked about it in this post. I initially said I liked it, but the truth is I rarely used it. I’m an eyeliner pen kinda girl, so I think that made me not reach for this. It’s super pigmented, but I had a problem with it taking forever to dry. I think that was also a reason for me not to use this eyeliner. Basically, it’s in my empties bin because I’m not going to use.

Sally Girl Mini Lipstick

I couldn’t find the name of this lipstick, and I’m pretty sure it’s discontinued, but I used to love it. The reason why it’s in my empties bin is that it broke. It actually broke when I was recording myself putting makeup on, which is something I do on Instagram stories at least once a week. There’s no way it can be fixed, and I have many other lippies, so I don’t think it’s worth keeping one that’s broken.

Sol Eclair 

I don’t know if this is sold in the States, but it’s very used in Colombia. Originally, it was this thing you sprayed on your arms and legs to make the hairs blond, but many people uses it for the hair, too. The product I owned was specifically designed to make your hair progressively lighter. It was travel size, so after applying it everyday for about two weeks, I ran out. I’m not repurchasing it because I’m currently trying to go back to my natural hair color, which is a dark ash blond.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

This was my only setting spray for a long time, and it never let me down. I literally ran out one day before traveling to the States, and there I bought one bottle of the dewy setting spray and one of the matte.

Sally’s Box Aqua Moist Gel Cream 

I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag, but it must’ve been a long time ago because I didn’t find it in any unboxing. Anyway, just like other products I’ve gotten in subscription boxes, I used it and it was nice, but when I ran out I didn’t think about buying the full-size version or anything. I used it as a moisturizer, and I liked the way it made my skin feel.

Benefit the Porefessional Face Primer

I got a teeny tiny sample in a Colombian subscription box called Sensebox, and I was super excited because I felt like I was finally in on the Porefessional game like all the cool girls. I really wanted to love this product, and I used it all, which wasn’t hard because, did you see the size of the tube I got? The truth is, I felt this is one of those primers that “vanishes” your pores, and while some people love the effect they have on their skin and its texture, this type of product makes my skin breakout like crazy. That, and the price are the two reasons why I wouldn’t buy this primer in full size.

That’s it for today’s post. In the comments, I’d like you to tell me about a product you love and would repurchase over and over.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Life Update

 

Hello and happy Saturday. I have to leave the house in five minutes for a rumba class, so let’s make this quick and pain free.

I think you’ve noticed that for the past few Saturdays there hasn’t been a teaching-related post, and there is a reason for that. I often plan my posts in advance, you know that, but for a while I’ve felt like I don’t have the energy to put together teaching posts, not even when all I need to do is take pictures of what I do in my classes and share them with you, in a “week in review” kind of thing. I’ve been extra busy these weeks, both at work and at home, up to the point in which I’m almost overwhelmed. Almost.

On February 1st I quit my job, or rather, I announced that I would work until the end of the month. That means that, yes, as you read this, I am officially unemployed. I am going to move to Baltimore all the way from Bogotá, Colombia, this June. I will be part of an alternative certification program and I will be teaching in a public school. On March 7th, I will be traveling to Baltimore for an event, and I will also be running errands and getting to know the city that will be my home.

Before I continue, I must say that I’m not in here trying to justify my decisions. I’m not even trying to explain myself; I’m just updating you on something I’ve had to kept a secret for months from many people. I wanted to get that out of the way because I know your logic might tell you “well, she’s just leaving for a week in March (and one in May), and she’ll be moving in June, she could’ve worked things out without quitting her job.” Believe me, I tried to plan everything that way, for the sake of my students and the job I’m leaving behind, but this decision isn’t about them, it’s about me. And in thinking about me, I had to consider my emotional and mental stability, and I had to be realistic: I couldn’t be traveling back and forth while working a full time job.

I decided that I needed time and space. I needed to be able to make arrangements, to buy plane tickets, to cross out items from my to-do list without the pressure of also fulfilling my duties as a school teacher. Quitting was tough, and I mean everything about quitting: gathering the strength and choosing the right words, dealing with the principal’s reaction, telling my close friends at school even though I officially couldn’t announce it to anyone. But it was more freeing than anything else, knowing that I’d have 28 days of closure, and then I would continue with the next stage of my life.

I took 28 days to enjoy my classes and make memories, to leave everything as ready as it could be for the next teacher to come. I took 28 days in which I got home to continue working on school stuff, my Portuguese classes (yes, I take Portuguese classes, how come you didn’t know that), and on the program I’m going to attend in June. And we haven’t even talked about my personal life! Well, we’re not going to talk about it now, but let’s just say that didn’t contribute to the mess that was my brain, either. Imagine if I’d decided to keep working full time.

Why am I writing this on a Saturday and not any other day? Well, I’ve already told you the reason why I haven’t been publishing any teaching posts, and now that for the next few months I won’t actually be teaching, I just can’t promise weekly content. I have ideas of resources I want to create and sell on TpT, and I’ll post about them here, of course, but other than that, the teaching content will go on a semi-hiatus. You’ll still get the bookish and the lifestyle posts because I have many of those scheduled in advance, and I keep writing those on a regular basis.

If you have any ideas of suggestions of posts you would like to read, let me know in the comments, maybe while I go back to teaching I can do different tags or talk about particular aspects of my profession.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila