Mauve Soft Smokey Eye

Hello and happy Monday. When I was getting started with makeup, I avoided smokey eye looks at all costs because I had this idea that they were super intense, and for that reason, very hard to achieve.

Today I know that 1. smokey eyes are fairly easy to achieve and 2. there is a kind of look that is literally a soft smokey eye and it’s the cutest, most delicate thing ever.

If you’re all about mauve both on your eyes and lips, then you’ll love the look I have for you. Here’s how I achieved it:

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Lip balm
  3. Foundation
  4. Concealer
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Mauve (eyelid)
  7. Matte brown (outer corner)
  8. Champagne (inner corner)
  9. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Mauve (lower lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Highlight
  15. Lipstick
  16. Lip topper (or lipgloss)

Are you into soft makeup looks, or do you prefer something more intense? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Trying Halo Beauty: Before

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year since my post on vitamin supplements was published. Here’s a little update: I didn’t repurchase the Sugar Bear Hair Care vitamins, but I kept taking B Complex, although not with the consistency that I used to.

I haven’t cut my hair since August 2016, so it’s pretty damn long, my nails grow at a nice and steady pace, and my skin is generally clear. I want, however, healthier hair, stronger nails, and a better skin (you know, less breakouts), so I decided to give Halo Beauty a chance for one month and bring you weekly updates.

In the picture, my nails are short and naked, which almost never happens, but in order to test Halo Beauty, I felt that I had to let the nails really grow.

For a month, I’m not going to file my nails (I never clip them, so that’s not going to be an issue, either), and although I’ll be painting them, I’ll try to have them naked in these updates.

I want to see if Halo Beauty can help with the strength, rather than the growth of my nails. We’ll see what happens with that.

Say hello to my I-just-woke-up-what-is-going-on face. For these updates not only is my face going to be naked, I’m going to take the pictures before even washing it or applying moisturizer.

I’ve seen pictures of people who’ve tried Halo Beauty and whose skin is way clearer in terms of breakouts. That’s what I want this product to do for me (I mean, look at that chin).

Finally, I want my hair to be healthier. Not cutting my hair for almost two years has resulted in split ends and dryness, which I control with oils and other products, but I still want the new hair to be thick and strong.

Have you tried Halo Beauty or any product similar to it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt.2)

Hello and happy Saturday. Let’s just get started with all the arts and crafts supplies I found in my closet, which I’m obviously not going to take with me to the States.

What is all this stuff? I’m wondering so, too. I have two bottles of acrylic paint, to carton parrots with feathery tails, a tiny roll of tape, some sort of ruler I forgot the actual name of, and a set of plastic stencils. I hadn’t used any of that in forever.

 

 

 

 

Now, aside from the Popsicle sticks, and the tacks, these are basically my gift supplies. I used the garland kind of thing to make my students’ Christmas treats last year, and the bows for larger presents. I actually used the rope to decorate my door last Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, well, what kind of a teacher would I be if I didn’t collect erasers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you have thick take, duct tape, masking tape, clear tape, and washi tape. I only kept a roll of masking tape and gave the rest away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d always preferred to do my own flashcards by hand as opposed to printing them, which is why I had these in stock. I’m no longer using them for anything, and I’m pretty sure someone can find them useful.

Do you collect collect cute erasers or anything of the sort? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

If You’re In Need of a Superhero

Hello and happy Wednesday. I don’t know if I’ve told you this before, but I’m a crier. I cry almost every day for various reasons. I am easily moved by TV shows or ads, songs, movies, and, yes, books. Books that make me cry are usually special for me, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is no exception. This book quickly became one of my all-time favorites, and in today’s post I’ll tell you why.

The author’s style was super captivating, and I know some people might find the language a bit complex at times, but to me it was just fantastic. I think he brilliantly managed to tell the story from a seven-year-old girl’s point of view, without over-simplifying any detail like some authors do when talking from a child’s perspective.

I love the fact that this book explores a grandmother-granddaughter relationship; it is something I had never read in a book, and it’s both refreshing and heartwarming. I think this, combined with the author’s style I previously talked about, makes the story appealing and enjoyable to different types of readers. Personally, I’m mostly into YA, and this book clearly doesn’t fall into that genre, but it’s a treasure, and I think young readers will love it as much as adults do.

If you know me, you know that I tend to find links or points in common between books or movies. This book gave me an “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” vibe, and I was living for it. I’m talking about the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. The movie is good, but doesn’t do the book justice. Anyway, if you read that book and then you also read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, you’ll understand where I get the vibe from.

And while we’re at it, this book also reminds me of The Good Luck of Right now by Matthew Quick. There’s something in both novels that just destroys you inside a little bit, but in a good way, you know?

This book is harsh at times, and nothing is sugar-coated. Elsa, the main character, gets bullied at school in horrible ways, and yet it’s the first time I’ve read about it so explicitly in a book, especially if we take into account that we’re talking about a seven-year-old. Yes, I’ve read about bullying, but it is the stereotypical deal you watch in movies and TV shows. What Fredrik Backman described was brutal, but it’s also real.

Something that got me hooked to this book from the start was the brilliant ways in which fantasy and reality were intertwined. When I say brilliant, I mean you never stopped and wondered what could be real and what couldn’t; it was all part of the universe Elsa’s grandmother had created for them.

The last three chapters broke my heart into pieces and then stepped on them. I bawled while reading the last three chapters. And I mean, I could only stop to catch my breath and clear my eyes of tears to keep reading.

Now, in the comments tell me about a book you’ve read recently, which became one of your all-time favorites. Who knows? Maybe I’ll read and review it next!

Happy Wednesday!

Love, Miss Camila

White + Pink Halo Eyes

Hello and happy Monday. Today I want to show you how you can turn a simple look into something way more elaborate just by adding some color on the eyelid and lower lash line. Originally, the eye look required just white eyeshadow, but that was too simple, so what I did was leave the white as a base and I added a hot pink to do a halo eye, which I connected to the lower lash line to get a reverse smokey eye. The result? My two favorite techniques for the eyes and a super versatile look. Here are the steps I followed to accomplish it:

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Lip balm
  6. White (eyelid base)
  7. Hot pink (outer and inner corners)
  8. Black eyeliner (lower lash line)
  9. Smudge eyeliner
  10. Hot pink (lower lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Powder
  14. Red blush
  15. Pink highlighter
  16. Pink liquid lipstick
  17. Dewy setting spray

In the comments below, tell me whether you prefer smokey, halo or reverse smokey eyes and why.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Using Only Hotel Toiletries

Hello and happy Sunday. Last week I showed you what I always take in my travel bag, and so I thought it would be fun if today I shared with you what happened a few months ago when I decided to use only hotel toiletries for a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

I’m one of those people who basically collect stuff from hotels, but one day I realized I had a ridiculous amount of shampoo, body lotion, and other products I just wasn’t going to use.

Body lotion is a total must for me. My days never end without body lotion, so I decided I’d test two hotel brands. Not only did I feel like it didn’t work, I felt that my skin was even drier after I applied the lotion. I wasn’t happy at all.

I also tried the conditioner, and if you know me, then you know that this is a product I don’t always use. Again, I felt like it didn’t help my hair at all. It wasn’t softer or easier to brush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because I only wash my hair during the weekends, I’m extra picky with my shampoo. I need a product that really cleans my hair. I don’t care about anything else as long as my hair is clean when I step out of the shower. None of the three hotel brands worked. Indeed, I think in all three cases I had to use the full bottle and still left feeling that my hair wasn’t really clean. That’s a horrible feeling, by the way.

 

 

 

The soap is the only product that I can say worked the way it was intended to. I felt clean, and although I didn’t like the scent of the body wash, it had a nice texture.

After this experience, I realized that hotel toiletries don’t really do anything unless you’re in an extreme situation and need to shower urgently but didn’t bring your own stuff. I won’t collect these products anymore because I feel they’d be going to waste, and I will continue to take and use my own products.

In the comments let me know whether you use the hotel toiletries, and your thoughts on them.

 

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Cleaning My Teacher Closet (pt. 1)

Hello and happy Saturday. Before I quit my job, I decided to clean up my supply closet, which basically meant giving a ton of stuff to my teacher friends. When I say “a ton of stuff,” I mean I have enough material here for about four posts or so. If you’re into school supplies, then you’re going to love reading these and looking at my former collection. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you know me and if you’ve been around, then probably know that I adore contact paper. I used the one that looks like wood for the treasure box I made for my father a while ago, you can click here to read that post. I used the Mickey Mouse and the blue designs for covering up boxes I would use for other supplies or for my classes, and then the regular transparent contact to laminate stuff.

 

Now let’s move on to my one true love, and by that I mean all of my markers, pens, and stuff of the sort.

I think I only kept the ones in this picture. We have the Twistables from Crayola, which I love way more than regular crayons or even color pencils. I also have some markers my best friend bought me at Ikea (because apparently Ikea sells markers). They’re super pigmented and I love them for coloring. Of course, I’m keeping my Sharpies because I can’t let go of them. I think I only kept a set of color pens, which were also a wonderful gift from one of my best friends. And, of course, finally, I have my Indian ink markers, that are just the absolute bestest.

I’m letting go of my glitter pens, as well as my Ink Joys, my metallic markers, and my Crayolas. Give me a few weeks in Baltimore and this collection will go back to normal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have different types of markers, including my Sharpie tanks, my permanent color markers, and my graphic ones.

In the comments below, tell me which are your favorite kinds of markers or pens.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

November OwlCrate Unboxing

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I’m sorry there’s no flashy thumbnail picture of my November OwlCrate, but I must’ve deleted it and couldn’t find the items to take another one given that I’ve already used some. We’ll do sort of a “blind” unboxing, and I’ll still tell you what I thought about each item and share the links to the shops with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Expecto Patronum Beanie 

This is an OwlCrate product, which I think is super cool. I love Harry Potter-related merchandise, and of course I love this beanie, even though I’m not a fan of hair accessories. I’m waiting for a cold winter day to rock this, though.

Game of Thrones Lip Balm 

This blackberry mint lip balm is from GeekFireLabs, and I absolutely love their products (I still have and use the glazed donut lip balm from the Run Away With the Circus crate). This particular lip balm, called “Winter is Here,” is the definition of something fresh and soothing. I love how it feels on my lips and I’m crazy about the scent. Also, you know Game of Thrones is my baby, and I love GoT merch because I feel like I was late to the party and I need to catch up with the cool kids.

Elven Bread Soap

So, elves are from The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings…right? I honestly have no idea about the inspiration for this soap, but it’s great. It is from FizzyFairyApothecary, and if you don’t know about her and her shop, where have you been living? This soap was fresh but soft at the same time. I felt like it was perfect to use at night after a day of hiking a desert in Arizona.

A Court of Mist and Fury Notebook 

Did I get the title of that book right? Again, a reference to a series I haven’t read (and, to be honest, don’t plan to read). This notebook was designed by Stella Bookish Art , and even though I haven’t read the book it came from, I really love the quote, and the cover print. It is a lined, spiral notebook, which I really appreciate because I get so much more use out of spiral notebooks, and I’m currently using it to write down post ideas, so I reach for it on a daily basis.

Grisha Army Brooch 

I love big pins and brooches, and I have a place for them on the tote bag I take to Portuguese classes. Although I don’t know the books this brooch was inspired from, I really like the way it was designed. It is made of plastic, but it looks and sort of feels like wood, which is pretty cool. Then the back part, you know, the part you’re supposed to pin to clothes or fabric, is a magnet. I think that’s genius because then you don’t risk ruining a piece of clothing, poking holes through it. The magnet is super strong and the brooch stays perfectly in place. This one is from Juniper and Ivy Designs.

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano 

This looks like an interesting book, definitely along the lines of what I’m currently into, with the kingdoms, and magic and all the good stuff that fantasy YA brings us. I am definitely looking forward to reading and reviewing this book.

That was the unboxing for the November OwlCrate. Out of the items I described and reviewed, which one sounded the most interesting to you and why? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Golden Queen Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. I love makeup and I love the sun, but putting makeup on when I’m tanned is something I don’t really enjoy. I often avoid wearing makeup altogether for a week or so, until my face goes back to my regula

r shade.

There is a look, however, I’ve found works wonders with a tan, and I want to share with you how to accomplish it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Champagne (eyelid base)
  6. Gold (center of the eyelid)
  7. Golden brown (outer corner)
  8. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Black eyeshadow (Top lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Lipgloss
  14. Dewy setting spray

What are your makeup tips and tricks when you’ve got a tan? Share them in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

What’s In My Travel Bag

 

Hello and happy Sunday. I love traveling, which is great because 2018, at least the first half, is filled with airports and airplanes for me. Because I do it so often, I think I’ve managed the art of packing for a trip, which is something people dread and struggle with at times. In today’s post I’d like to share with you what is in my travel bag in terms of toiletries, which can give you an idea of what to pack. Let’s get started, shall we?

Now, the first tip I’d give you is to get products specifically for your bag. Buy a toothbrush that’s always going to be in your bag, and do the same for other stuff like razors and even shower gel. This is going to save time when packing and it decrease the chances of leaving something at home.

 

 

I have a soap and a toothbrush thingy. Yes, sometimes I take soap with me because even if there’s available at the place where I’m staying, I don’t like to share with other people. I keep two razors in case I need to throw one away. Inside my travel bag, I also keep a comb because sometimes I forget about packing a brush. With that, I also carry a hair elastic and one of those tiny things little girls wear. In all of my bags there’s at least one tampon. I’m a woman, and I don’t want to be caught off guard in the middle of a trip.

Now I’ll list all of the small jars you see there: face wash, aloe vera face toner, shower gel, makeup remover, face toner (yes, I have two because nobody wants dry skin), night cream, and sunscreen.

These are, to this day, my essentials. I’ve added products throughout the years, and I’m sure that this survival kit will continue to change with time. In the comments tell me what is one of your essentials when you travel.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila