My Thoughts on “Wonder”

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Also, happy last day of Summertime Madness; starting tomorrow I’ll go back to my regular blogging schedule.

I’ve had this post idea for a while and have actually sat down once before to try and write, but for some reason I just didn’t and decided to go on to “easier” posts. Basically, a few months ago I went to watch Wonder and I wanted to share my thoughts with you, as I’ve done with other movies and some shows.

I own the book, and it’s been in my TBR list for the longest time, but I haven’t picked it up yet, and I think part of the reason I haven’t is the same that hadn’t let me sit down and write this post: there’s no way to approach Wonder without being vulnerable. I’m a crier, okay? I know it and the people in my life know it, but this is one of those movies that will touch every fiber of your soul. That being said, to truly feel it and understand all the messages this movie has to share, you have to be an emotionally mature person. I’m not talking about a defined age, I’m talking about a state in which I think you should be, and I’m saying this because I watched this movie with my 17-year-old sister and her reactions towards some situations were the ones of a person with zero empathy.

This idea leads me to my second conclusion on Wonder, and it’s that it is going to touch ever fiber of your soul, especially if you’ve had some sort of life tragedy in your life. I’m not saying that people with happy lives won’t get this movie; I consider my life pretty happy at the moment, but I think in order to feel that empathy I previously talked about, you have to had experienced something similar to what Auggie, his parents, his sister, and even his friends felt, you know?

It was especially painful for me to see myself reflected on Auggie’s sister because one of my tragedies has to do with one of my siblings. I related to her in many ways because I’d felt and thought what she was feeling and doing. I could also relate to Auggie’s parents (and, before I forget, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are absolute geniuses) because I experienced my parents’ suffering. And my teacher heart also suffered for all those kids that aren’t having a good time in life because they’re different.

Did you watch Wonder? In the comments let me know what you thought about it!

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

My Go-To “Airport” Look

Hello and happy Monday. 2018 has been definitely a year of changes for me, and it’s been a year of traveling, especially the past couple of months. Here’s the deal: I love how some people can just wake up, brush their teeth, put on sweats and a pair of Crocs and go to the airport, but I’m not one of those people. I have special outfits I wear for traveling and (go ahead and roll my eyes at me), I also have a special makeup look. You see, I know I’m not going to have the time or energy to redo my makeup, so I have to make sure it stays throughout the day. Here are the steps I follow to achieve this look:

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Cream contour
  4. Foundation
  5. Powder
  6. Eyebrows
  7. Eyebrow gel
  8. Matte brown (eyelid)
  9. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Mascara
  11. Contour
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Highlighter
  15. Matte lippie
  16. Lipgloss
  17. Dewy setting spray

Do you wear makeup when you’re traveling? What is your usual routine before you go to the airport? Tell me about it in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul (1/2)

Hello and happy Sunday. I feel that I haven’t done a nail-related post in the longest time, and now that I need to go through my stuff and decide what stays and what goes (or rather, what goes with me, and what goes to the trash), I thought it would be cool to share my nail polishes in a haul/unhaul kinda post. In each picture I’m starting with the thumb and going all the way to the little finger. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Dollface from Formula X

You can see this is a tiny little thing because I got it in an Ipsy Glam Bag. The color is a very pretty and light pink, but the problem is that the wand is so short, I can’t ever apply this properly. If I find it in full size, I’ll totally get it.

2. Look at My Bow! by OPI 

This is one of those things a YouTuber made me buy (thank you, Nicole Guerriero). This nail polish, along with two others I’m also hauling, belongs to the Hello Kitty Collection from OPI. Yes, I live and die for Hello Kitty. This color is what I would call “Barbie pink,” and as much as I like it, I rarely reach for it because I don’t think it looks good on my nails. Still, because it’s a Hello Kitty nail polish, I’m giving it one last chance.

3. Nailen 

This one is from a Colombian brand, and it has no name. It’s a nice, glittery blue, and I used to wear it a lot for work because I had to wear a blue blazer on Fridays, and this just looked great. A colleague gave it to me because it chips like crazy, but I don’t really mind that, especially now that I have more time to take care of my nails than I did when I used to work. This is obviously going with me.

4. Green Daylilly by Margaret Dabbs

This one was also courtesy of Ipsy and I got it in full-size. I love the bluish/greenish shade because it’s foolproof in terms of when and where in can be worn. I like how the first layer applies, but when I go for the second one, the finish is horrible. I’ve tried only applying one coat because the polish is thick and pigmented enough, but of course it ends up chipping within the first two days. I’m keeping this because the color is too pretty and I can look for a way to make it work.

5. Evening Seduction by China Glaze 

This is a super dark blood-like red with violet undertones. It’s gorgeous, but it’s all dry now, so I’m throwing it away. I also haven’t been super into dark nail polish shades, so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this or getting a similar one for that matter.

 

  1. It’s All About That Nail by Catrice 

This is the only red I own, and I like to wear it when I go on vacation and I know I’m going to sunbathe. Opaque colors help protect the nails from the sun, and I like that red is still vibrant enough to go with the vacation theme. I’m going to move in summertime, so you can be sure I’m taking this nail polish with me.

2. Huntress by Formula X 

You guessed it, I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag. Yes, it’s tiny, and yes, the wand is super short, but I’m keeping this polish because the texture of it is less creamy than the Dollface one, so the application is easier. Besides, it’s got this duo-chrome green and brown shade I love. I think it would be a great shade for the fall, don’t you?

3. This thing has no name and the brand is in Korean

I got this polish in my Kawaii Box (you can click here to check out the whole unboxing). It’s a neon pastel pink that glows in the dark. You might think “so you’re keeping it, right?” I’m not. This is a cool thing to joke around but it’s not something I would wear for real. Besides, it is all streaky and not meant to be a quality product.

4. ZN

I bought this nail polish a long time ago in China Town in New York, and it has no name. Because it’s basically just glitter, it’s super chunky, but I love it and I’ve had no problems applying it. This is my go-to option when I don’t want to wear “real” nail polish, so of course I’ll need it with me in the States.

5. Heaven by China Glaze 

This is a very light peach and I had very high hopes for it, but I absolutely despise the formulation. It is super creamy, so it doesn’t really dry down, and causes my nails to get ruined in no time. I’ve tried to wear this many times and it literally doesn’t last more than a few hours on my nails because it’s just so horrible. It is definitely going to the trashcan.

Stick around for next week’s post, in which I’ll be hauling and unhauling more polishes. In the comments below, tell me which of the shades I swatched was your favorite and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

How I Keep My E-Mail Organized

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Hello and happy Saturday. I used to be one of those people who got overwhelmed with e-mails for no apparent reason and it was exhausting. I think there were many sources to this problem: the fact that I’m a teacher and I love being subscribed to a ton of blogs, getting emails related to books I want to review, and then all the brands I’m subscribed to because I’m addicted to online shopping.

Now, I started by saying I used to be overwhelmed by this, as in this is no longer a problem for me, and I’ll tell you exactly what I did so that the massive amount of emails in your inbox no longer constitutes a problem to you. This obviously works whether you’re a blogger or not, but I think that, especially for book bloggers and reviewers, it’s going to be super useful.

You have to set aside a specific time to organize your e-mail, and I’m talking an afternoon or something like that. This is going to be a one-time thing, don’t worry, it’s not like now you’ll have to spend the better portion of you Friday sorting through e-mails. Now, you need to start looking at all the e-mails you get. If they’re irrelevant to you, delete them, but if you see that you get a lot of messages that might belong to the same category, and that you’d like to save, create a folder and store them there.

I have ten different folders at the moment, and what I do is that whenever I check my email, I’ll just file the message in one of them, or I’ll simply delete them. I have a folder called “Amazon,” in which I keep track of my purchases. I usually delete the emails in this folder when I’ve gotten the product I bought.

I also have a “NetGalley” folder, where I keep the confirmation emails for when I’ve gained access to a book. This way I know the titles I have to read and review and the sources where each publishing house whats me to share said review. Every few months I’ll go through all of my folders and delete the messages I no longer consider necessary. I might even delete a full folder if it is no longer relevant to me.

After scanning through your e-mails and creating folders for your relevant categories, you’ll probably notice that your trash folder is full. I’ll tell you what it’s full of: ads from stores you’ve subscribed to. Now, I know it’s fun to get emails once in a while about new products and sales, but getting them everyday is annoying. It took me another afternoon to look through my trash bin and unsubscribe from basically every store, blog, and brand I was subscribed to. I can assure you, this is going to decrease the number of emails you get by a lot, and then you’ll only receive what is relevant to you.

Do you have any tips for keeping your inbox organized? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Dear Potential OK Cupid Match

Laser Hair Removal.pngOh, you didn’t know I have a blog? That’s okay, I’m not going to reveal any names…it’s not like I can remember all of them, anyway. I’m writing this because for a while now I’ve felt the need to sit down and tell you why you and I could never work, why I’m never replying to your messages or look forward to meeting you IRL. Dear potential OK Cupid match, here’s a list of things you should take into account just in case I’m back in the online dating game and you want to play with me. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. USE YOUR REAL NAME 

I’m not going to talk to guys who still insist on having a username on OK Cupid when we’re all supposed to be on a first-name basis with each other. And honestly, I’m not talking to guys whose “names” are acronyms. Sorry, CJ, but your name doesn’t do it for me.

2. READ MY PROFILE BEFORE TALKING TO ME 

Seriously, dude. Put five minutes into finding out a little bit about me before sending me a message. That way you’ll know we’re most likely not in the same city, I’m not into one night stands, and, oh yes, I’m not who you’re looking for altogether. I’m very intuitive, so sometimes I can detect a fuckboy just by seeing his picture, but I still read the profile. There are guys who put zero effort into what they write, and there are guys who put way too much effort, and I like neither, but I can’t determine that just by the pictures. I know some of my pictures are sexy because I took them and selected them, but that doesn’t mean I’m a sex freak or anything. I mean, be smart about who you talk to. What if I’m an absolutely horrible person? Save yourself time and disappointment, and read my profile first.

3. DON’T TALK TO ME UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CONVERSATION 

I’m very explicit about this in my profile, and I guess some people take it way too seriously and send me weird messages, but I’m not by any means responding to “hey”, “hi”, “what’s up” or any variation of them. Why? Simple. You really don’t want to talk to me; you’re probably bored, and you’re throwing your “hi” around to see if and when somebody responds. You want to be entertained, and honey, my purpose on OK Cupid is not to entertain you.

I’ve had two successful OK Cupid experiences, which means I’ve managed to hold conversations with two different people that actually went beyond the online dating app. I’ve told you about the first one, with J, and at some point I’ll tell you about the second one, just not right now. These two guys are completely different, but they have at least two things in common: 1) for some reason they were interested in me, and messaged me first, and 2) their first text was interesting enough for me to want to have a conversation with them.

I don’t know what guy number two wrote, I honestly don’t remember, but it must’ve been something good because I remember our conversation went on for days until I decided to try another platform. I remember what J wrote, though, and it makes total sense that I was interested in him after that. He sent me the following, more or less:

“I would really like to get to know you. It sucks that we live so far away from each other. I’m J by the way.” 

Who can resist? I couldn’t.

4. RESPECT ME 

Seriously, though, I think it’s great that you have your kinks and stuff, and I know that you most likely didn’t read my profile, but please don’t try to start a conversation with me by telling me about what you want me to do to you or vice versa. Respect me and the fact that I’m not your virtual sex toy.

I’m sure there’s a lot more I want to say regarding this subject, but honestly, I disabled my account about three weeks ago and haven’t felt like reenabling it, so I haven’t been in contact with potential matches in a while (thankfully). If you have any other piece of advice, please share it in the comments below.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

On Gym Culture

Announcement.pngHello and happy Thursday. 2018 has been a year of great changes for me in every sense of the word. As I’m writing this, I’m unemployed (by choice) and in three months I will be moving to the States. As you’re reading this, I’m probably in a training program to become a teacher.

Small changes have also happened, like I finally decided to stop going to my old Zumba studio because I was feeling zero motivation. I changed Zumba for the gym because it offers a wider variety of classes, it’s cheaper, and it also gives me the possibility of using the actual machines if I ever want to.

In order to start going to the gym, a checkup with a doctor is required. I knew more or less what I was going to be told, and honestly I was dreading it. Let me summarize it for you: I’m overweight, and two hours of dancing classes per week will not change that. The thing is, I know that already and I’m not attending a gym to lose weight. I’ve already established a routine in which I exercise during the weekends and I want to keep it, that’s why I want to go to the gym.

The doctor who conducted the checkup was reproducing a discourse that 1. sounded completely fake, and 2. was targeted towards people’s insecurities. This second item was the one that made me write today’s post. Our society has a problem when it comes to working out or being “fit.” You can’t imagine how many accounts I’ve had to unfollow on social media, especially Instagram because it seems like everybody is obsessed with exercising and showing their bodies.

All of a sudden, a teacher I was following became a “fitness coach” and started posting what they ate everyday, and also bits of their workout routine, and that was just plain annoying. Add to that the “motivational” posts that went along the lines of “you can do it. Today is the best day to start your new life. If I could lose weight and gain my life back, so can you!”  It got to a point where I had to unfollow them to stop seeing those posts. The same has happened with more “famous” people, like Paola from 90-Day Fiancé.

I’ve already told you I go to the gym, and I try to eat healthily (yes, I also eat pizza and fries and I enjoy every second of it), and I even did a little series here in my blog where I told you about my visits to the nutritionist and the progress I was having. I’m okay with that, and I love when people ask me whether I’ve lost weight because I look slimmer. I’m not okay with dedicating all my thoughts into what I eat and the time I’ve spent working out. I’m not okay with a doctor telling me, their voice filled with pity, that in order to be happy I had to work out for two hours every day and I had to stop eating carbs at 5 pm.

What are your thoughts on gym culture? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Kindle Unlimited List

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Lately I’ve been working on a bookish project I think you’ll love, and while I was at it, I did some “cleaning” to my Kindle library.

I also updated my Kindle Unlimited content by returning books I’d already read and getting new ones from my Wish List. To me, Kindle Unlimited is the closest thing to having access to free ebooks whenever you want to. Basically, you pay $10 a month and can have up to ten books at a time from the Kindle Unlimited library. Every time you finish reading one, you can borrow another one. I personally think it’s an amazing deal because $10 is the average price for just one book, and I clearly ready and buy more than that every month.

If you’re an avid reader, I 100% recommend you try Kindle Unlimited. Here’s the list of books in my Kindle Unlimited library:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling 
  2. Just a Drop of Water by Kelly O’Malley Cerra 
  3. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield Thomas 
  4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey 
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
  6. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant 
  7. The Missing by Caroline Eriksson 
  8. Pride and Prejudice (audiobook) by Jane Austen 
  9. Fierce by Leah Oviedo 
  10. Sparkle by Cara Alwill Leyba 

In the comments below let me know if you’ve read any of the books in my list and what your thoughts were.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

PoF vs. OK Cupid

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Tuesday. The year was 2017 and your girl had just recently gotten life-changing news that would imply moving to another country. The year was almost over, and I was an emotional mess, partly because the end of the year always gets me that way, partly because I knew this year was going to bring me huge decisions to make, but mostly because once again I wasn’t going to get a New Year’s kiss.

Is that incredibly superficial? Probably, but so am I, and I couldn’t believe that my last year living in Colombia was going to end with me being dateless. I knew I wasn’t going to find someone for New Years, especially because I wasn’t in my hometown and there was no way I could have a Tinderventure while staying at a house with my entire family. I decided that I could, instead, focus my energies on finding someone to meet once I moved to the States, you know? I could work towards the future.

My trusted and beloved O.K Cupid wasn’t doing it for me. I mean, yes, I was talking to some guys, but it was more because I was bored and needed to be entertained by these conversations, and not really because I felt that I could indeed meet one of my matches in the future. I needed to explore another app, and so I got back to an old friend, Plenty of Fish.

I learned about PoF at the same time as OK Cupid, and at first I actually used both before swearing fidelity to OKC, so I was used to the site and the app. Of course, throughout the years there have been changes in both apps, but I felt that PoF got kinda stuck behind if compared with other sites. I felt that I was in the exact same platform that I tried five years ago.

The first thing you do in every site is fill out your profile. Some questions are weird, and I’m okay with that because I know there’s some sort of science behind them that aims to match you with a person who could truly be compatible with you, but I felt some of the PoF questions were invasive and honestly, totally pointless. For example, you had to state your yearly income. Excuse me? Why does a dating site need to know how much money I earn each year? I get understand that information like that is important for sites like Seeking Arrangement, because for a sugar relationship you need to know about your possible match’s finances and expectations, but for a “regular” dating app? Weird.

I don’t know whether I answered that question or not, I don’t even remember if there was a way to skip some questions the way you can in OKC, but I decided to continue my PoF journey because I was that desperate. When filling out my profile I was asked about my location or the app required the location on my phone to be enabled, which led to me having a profile that stated I lived in Colombia. That was true at the moment, but I wasn’t looking for Colombian matches. In OK Cupid you can enable your location on your phone or you can manually set it up. That means that I could appear as if I were living in Baltimore even though I wasn’t.

Of course, the way these apps work, at least in theory, is by pairing you with people who live close to your location, so I was filled with a ton of Colombian matches on PoF and no way to change the settings. Not just that, the guys who started “liking” me and sending me messages were totally not my type. Again, in OK Cupid you can set up your preferences, and even though your matches will not always be 100% like you wanted them, the age and height range you specify is respected.

Sorry, PoF, but you and I were definitely not a good match. I went back to using OK Cupid and was successful in finding someone I really wanted to meet. I’ll talk more about that in another post because I feel like I’ve given too many hints and I should just sit down and write the whole story. In the meantime, let me know whether you’ve used Plenty of Fish and your thoughts on it.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Cranberry Smokey Eye

Hello and happy Monday. Imagine that you’re going out and you want to wear something more colorful on your face because you’re done with the browns and grays I’ve already shown you. Imagine that, like me, you woke up feeling super extra and want to look like a work of art (always) for lunch with your friends. Well, you’re in luck because I’m about to share with you the steps I followed to accomplish your new favorite smokey eye look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Golden brown (eyelid)
  7. Cranberry (outer corner)
  8. White (inner corner)
  9. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Cranberry (lower lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Highlighter
  15. Lipliner
  16. Lipstick
  17. Matte setting spray

If you do try this look, tell me where you wore it to. Also, let me know if you got compliments on it.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

March Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the products I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of March. Before I begin, let me just say I loved the design of the bag and the fact that you could color it with two markers that were included. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?

ROYAL & LANGNICKEL Prismatic Ombre Fan Brush 

This is one of those things I consider cute but totally unnecessary when it comes to makeup. I’d never owned a fan brush before this one, although I must admit there were times when I felt curious and wanted to try how these worked. This particular brush fits in my brush bag, but just barely, so the bristles sometimes get bent. When using it to apply highlighter, I feel that more product falls than what actually gets picked up, and then the amount that ends on my face is minimal.

TARTE COSMETICS Sex Kitten Eyeliner 

I think I’ve said it before, but Tarte is one of those brands that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy if it weren’t for Ipsy because there’s no way I’d pay full-price for any of its products. This eyeliner is just okay. I actually had a bit of trouble with the application the first time I wore it because I felt it wasn’t smooth at all. Now what I do is apply it and then smudge it with a brush, and that seems to work. Still, I’d never get this product in a full-size or include it in my regular makeup routine.

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Foaming Cleanser 

Ipsy loves to send over face washes, and I love to put them to the test. I recently talked about one that was made with egg whites and how I was super into it and would totally repurchase it when I had the money. I think this cleanser, though, beats the other one, at least in terms of quality. Why? First, I love that fresh and flowery scent that makes me feel like I’m actually cleaning my face. It feels super soft afterwards, and I feel it acts in a very delicate way on my skin, which I love.

DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Mono in Ariana 

I’d tried other products from Doucce and I really like this brand. The eyeshadow I got is a golden brown, which I think is a foolproof shade. You can wear it alone, or as an outer-corner shade, and it’ll look amazing. I like the fact that you can build up the pigmentation. This was a hit through and through.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET COSMETICS Baked Highlighter in Prosecco 

I’ve tried powder products from DLS and I love their formulation, so I was confident in that aspect. I have to admit, however, that I didn’t really think a mauve highlighter would do me any good. Of course, I then tried it over my red blush and discovered I loved how it looked. This is a great alternative to all the other highlighters I have, which don’t really go well on top of reds or hot pinks.

As always, I’d like you to tell me which product you’d like to try and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila