December OwlCrate Unboxing

Hello and happy Wednesday. Long time no unboxing, huh? Well, I’m fixing that by sharing with you the stuff I got in my December OwlCrate. The theme for that month was Seize the Day, and if that’s not one of the cutest themes I don’t know what is. Let’s get started, shall we?

I’ll start with the book of the month because it looks and sounds amazing. It’s Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills, and the premise is super interesting because it’s about a girl who overhears a couple’s breakup and somehow gets tangled in the drama, which I think it’s really original. Of course, you can be sure that as soon as I read it, I’ll share a review in here. Along with the book, as always, came a signature sticker thingy as well as an adorable patch with the title of the book.

I also got a double-sided bookmark from Little Inklings Designs . You know I collect bookmarks, so it’s nice to get new ones, especially when they have cool quotes. Because I’m moving soon, I’m pretty sure this bookmark will end up in my best friend’s hands, but until then, I’ll enjoy it as much as I can.

It was a nice surprise to find this card thingy with a note from Kasie West, as well as a link to an exclusive Q&A and an excerpt of her latest novel, Lucky in Love. I will be sharing my first impressions of it next week.

You know I love pretty things, so I was super excited to get the magnet from Ink and Wonder Designs with a Rick Riordan quote. I personally love to display powerful quotes around my room or places I frequent so that I get empowered by them. This magnet was also an exclusive design for OwlCrate.

Honestly, as I’m writing this post I can’t believe there are still more items. I love OwlCrate and I’m waiting for the moment when I’m financially stable enough to pay for a full year in advance. The next item is one of those both my teacher and my reader’s heart appreciate in equal parts. I’m obviously talking about the “Don’t let the muggles get you down” by Bookworm Boutique. And yes, this too is an exclusive OwlCrate item.

To continue with the good stuff, let’s talk about the candle inspired by The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. This was made by Novelly Yours, so you can be sure it smells like heaven. I’m not a candle lover, but my sister is, and she was very grateful.

An item that went straight to my happy little heart was the wooden tree ornament created by Juniper & Ivy Designs. It’s the cutest book stack with a quote from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s been on my TBR list for a while now. This will for sure be the first ornament I’ll put on my tree this Christmas.

I saved this item for last because it was my very favorite. I’m talking about the planner and reading journal created by OwlCrate and Blue Star Press. Now, you know that I have various notebooks I use for book blogging: I have one where I write my thoughts on books, then there’s the notebook where I have a long list of  post ideas, but now that I have my planner my blogging life has improved by 300%. I’ll write a whole post on how I use this baby, so expect it soon.

In the comments tell me what your favorite item from this OwlCrate was and why.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Girl Boss Makeup Look

Hello and happy Monday. Have you heard Bubblegum B*tch by Marina and the Diamonds? Well, that’s the song that kind of inspired today’s look. Today was feeling like putting makeup on and getting stuff done, you know? This is one of those borderline looks you can rock both at work and during the weekend, and trust me, nobody would want to mess with you. Here are the steps I followed to achieve it:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Pink (eyelid)
  7. Silver (outer corner)
  8. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Black (lower and top lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Lipstick
  14. Lipgloss

Do you have a “girl boss” makeup look? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Trying Halo Beauty: 1 Week

Hello and happy Sunday. Don’t you love my just-got-out-of-bed selfies? Well, it’s been a week since I first started taking the Halo Beauty supplements and, to be honest, I haven’t seen much improvement in the “skin” department.

I’m really not surprised that there haven’t been great changes. For one, I’d been super stressed this past week, so I’d been having breakouts (and picking  my face, which only makes the breakouts worse). I’ve also only tried these pills for a week, so I’m not expecting to see major changes right away. I know some people have experienced them from the start, but they probably had more serious issues than just a few pimples here and there, so the results are more evident. Anyways, we still have three more (hopefully stress-free) weeks to go.

With the nails, it’s been pretty much the same. They’ve grown a bit, but not enough for me to really see whether they’re stronger or not. They look healthy, though, so that’s a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

What really did it for me this week was the hair. I haven’t washed it since Sunday, so you bet it’s gross, but aside from that, look at that beauty. I obviously wouldn’t be able to tell if it grew in a week, but what I can notice is the volume and the shape of the waves. My hair is getting it’s body back and I’m living for it! Something I’m also super happy about is how bright it looks.

That’s it for today’s update. In the comments let me know what would you take supplements for.

 

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Call Me Miss Camila

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Hello and happy Saturday. I’m exhausted but I feel super accomplished and excited today because I’m (finally) officially Miss Camila in TpT.

TpT stands for Teachers Pay Teachers, an awesome site I love because I have access to a ton of resources made by teachers like myself, and I can also create and sell my own products. I’ve had my store for a while now, and one of my objectives after quitting my job would be to dedicate that extra free time I had to my little material development projects.

My store was originally called The Cool Teacher Diaries because that was the name of my teaching blog and Instagram. Now, when I created this unified blog and my unified Instagram account, I thought it would be nice to someday change the name of my TpT store as well, but I didn’t give much thought into actually doing it until a few months ago.

Changing the name of the store was easy, and took no time. The annoying, exhausting part was having to change each individual product as well as its cover design because these all had my old name. I procrastinated for quite a while, advancing on other TpT and blogging projects until today I decided that I just had to get my store’s name changed and move on with my life. So, yes, I’m finally Miss Camila in all of my public social media, which makes me super happy.

If you want to check out my store, click here. I’m always open to suggestions and requests in terms of the products you’d like to see in it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

My Pinterest “Book Lists” Board

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Despite my obsessive behavior, I like to think I’m an organized person, and that’s why I absolutely adore Pinterest. For me, Pinterest is like this huge closet where I can just keep cute all the cute things I find, and I even get to select which drawer they go in.

I use it for my teaching stuff (I even have boards for subjects and grades I’m not currently teaching justincase) I have a board with pins of cute Hello Kitty stuff I see, and (please, potential romantic interest don’t see this) I even have a board called “Wedding Stuff” because I don’t want to be caught off guard when the moment comes.

Pinterest also fuels my love for books, which is what you came to read about, isn’t it? I have two bookish boards: one called Mila Loves Books, which is basically a collection of bookish quotes, memes, and relatable stuff; and another one called Book Lists. I created this second board to have a space where I could store all those challenges, rankings, and lists to feed my own TBR and wish list. I don’t really have a filter for the pins I save in this board: as long as they contain a book list, I’ll add it. This doesn’t mean I’m automatically adding the books to my wish list, but I might sometime in the future.

If you’re a parent or a caregiver and you want book recs for your child, I’m sure that in this board you’ll find pins that will help you. If you’re a teacher and you’re tired of reading Charlotte’s Web with your students, look for alternatives in one of these lists. If, like me, you just want to read the world a book at a time, pick a list, challenge yourself.

I have decided that my free time is worth nothing and that I will go through all of the lists in my board and I will add them all to the ultimate reading challenge. Now, as soon as I have that, I will make a post and share the details with you so that you can join me in the challenge.

Do you know of any reading challenge you’d like me to check out? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Brown Weekend Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. When I got started with makeup, writing down different looks in my little notebook, I decided to categorize the looks according to the occasion. This is why sometimes I’ll label a look as “everyday” while another can be, in my opinion, more of a “weekend” kinda deal.

Today I’m sharing something that I considered a little too edgy for weekdays, probably because of the pop of color with the green eyeliner, and of course, the bold lips. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Matte brown (crease)
  6. Golden brown (eyelid)
  7. Dark golden brown (outer corner)
  8. Green eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Dark golden brown (lower lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlight
  14. Matte brown liquid lipstick

Are you into colorful eyeliners or do you prefer more traditional shades like black and brown? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

February Ipsy Glam Bag Unbox + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. Hauls and unboxings are two of my favorite posts to make because I get to share products that are new for me, as well as my thoughts on them. Today, I’ll tell you all about the stuff I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of February. Let’s get started, shall we?

PÜR Mini Fully Charged Mascara

In terms of volume and length, this mascara does the job beautifully. I like the fact that it’s not jet black but rather a brownish black because it makes it less intense, and that works for softer eye looks. I don’t like the fact that it’s too liquid so it takes way too long to dry and it’s not waterproof, so if you’re a crier like me, don’t even think about this.

LUXIE BEAUTY Blending and Shading Eye Brush 

This brush is all you need to achieve halo eye perfection. I love Luxie brushes, but this one has to be my favorite. I mean, honestly, if you have this brush, you have your eye look done. You use the shading end to apply the base shadow to your lid, and then the blending one to get the halo eye effect with a darker shade. And it looks perfect, I’m telling you.

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Undereye

This is one of those products that I wouldn’t be trying if it weren’t for Ipsy. I hear every Youtuber out there talking about this concealer, but to me it’s not worth all the money, even if it were the best concealer in the world. It has a thick consistency, and sure enough, it covers dark circles and other potentially problematic areas like a dream.

JERSEY SHORE COSMETICS Apple Harvest Hydrating Balm 

It’s lip balm, I love lip balm, pretty much that’s all there is to say. It does the job nicely, leaving my lips hydrating, and it has a soft scent that I like.

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Lychee + Gold Blush 

This is the pinkish version of a blush I’d gotten in a previous bag, and I love this one even more because I live for the rosy cheeks. Besides, I don’t know why but this blush smells like dreams and flowers and all the nice things in the world. I’m not sure why I’ve been into soft looks lately, but this blush is the perfect complement for my mood.

Which out of these products would you be most eager to try, and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Cleaning My Teaching Closet (pt.5)

Hello and happy Saturday. This is the last you’ll hear from my supplies, and I saved one of my favorite items for this post, can you guess what it is?

I think one of the very first things I’ll have to buy when I move to Baltimore is a pointer like this. It actually came in a three-pack, but I gave one away a long time ago, and I left the other a school. I liked to use this when my students were doing show and tells, so that they could point at things. Needless to say, they loved it, too.

 

 

If you thought one of my favorite supplies ever are stickers, then you were right. I adore stickers with every fiber of my soul, which is why I’d been collecting them for a while, even before I became a teacher. It was easier to let go of them than I’d anticipated, by think I’m just waiting to be in the States so that I can start my conversatio

 

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These are foamy stickers, which I used for decoration. I’m pretty sure I also gave these to a teacher friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look, I don’t know what happened, but I ended up with a collection of gluesticks. I don’t use that much glue at all, but there’s something about me that is somehow always present in my life.

I can, on the other hand, explain the amount of silk paper. You see, one of the Colombian subscription boxes I used to get every month came with a sheet of silk paper, to sort of cover the products inside. That’s why I have so much paper.

Is there anything that is not strictly a school supply, but that you still accumulate for your classroom? I’m thinking wrapping paper, boxes, or other containers. Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

YA All The Way

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on Not If I See You First by Eric Lidstrom, which is a novel I recently read and I feel it’s underhyped. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is the first novel I read in which the main character is completely blind. Yes, I’ve read something about a character becoming blind, but not a story in which the protagonist already is blind. This makes the reading all the more interesting because we get to experience Parker’s perspective and compare her daily life to the one of a sighted person. At least I did that while reading.

I like the fact that this novel is not just “a day in the life of a blind girl,” you know? I mean, it doesn’t revolve around the fact that Parker is blind. There is a family tragedy Parker is experiencing and we get to see how she tries to cope with it.

Parker is a great main character, by the way. She’s got a great sense of humor, and her personality is just awesome. In the novel, the way the author explores Parker’s relationship with her dad, even after his death, is very interesting.

To make her life easier, Parker has a set of rules, and I loved the fact that the readers get the entire list. Parker’s friends already know the rules, but her potential romantic interest doesn’t and it’s interesting to read about the ways in which he tries to act around and towards Parker.

Let’s not forget that this is a YA novel, so of course we don’t just have a romantic interest whose name is Jason and who is smooth as butter. We have Parker’s own Voldemort who comes back after a few years of being at a different school. This obviously leads to a potential love triangle, and I was living for it.

The format of the book was pretty cool; you get flashbacks and bits that are like letters or monologues, and the chapters are broken into small chunks. That for me made the reading faster and more interesting than just having long chapters of Parker narrating her life.

Again, I want you to remember that this is a YA novel, and I want to say this because, well, I know it’s hard to criticize a book that talks about diversity the way this one does, and whose main character is a blind person. Some people think books like this are sort of “untouchable” because by criticizing something about this book I might be offending a community of people being represented in it. Just so we’re clear, I’m talking 100% about the novel. It fell into the typical-YA mess halfway through and it was boring for me. It quickly gets better and entertaining to read, and I did enjoy it for the most part.

In the comments tell me whether you’ve read any books whose main character had a disability. Were they good? Let me know!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Purple + Golden Brown Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. My name is Camila and I’m extra. When I was working I always looked forward to the weekend because I’d have more time to play with makeup and I didn’t have to do the same “serious” looks I did during the week. Now that I’m not working, I have more time and I really take advantage of it, playing with looks like today’s, which includes a pigment and bold colors like purple. Here’s how I achieved the look:

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Lip balm
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Powder
  7. Dark purple (eyelids)
  8. Eye primer or concealer (center of the lids)
  9. Purple pigment (center of the lids)
  10. Golden brown (outer corner)
  11. Brown eyeliner
  12. Golden brown (lower lash line)
  13. Mascara
  14. Bronzer
  15. Blush
  16. Lipstick
  17. Lipgloss

Do you like to use bold colors for your eyes, or are you into more traditional looks? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila