Kindle Haul

Kindle Haul

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Hello and happy Wednesday. As I’m getting ready to leave most of my baby books in Bogota, I need to get my digital library fully stocked. Thankfully, Kindle always has the most amazing sales, which means I can get a nice amount of books for even nicer prices. Today I want to share with you the books I recently got, which each cost $1.99. Let’s get started, shall we?

Which books have you recently purchased? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Pre-Holiday Glam

Pre-Holiday Glam

Hello and happy Monday. If you’re reading this, then the year is basically over and I hope the Camila of the future is doing alright. The look I’m going to share with you is definitely full-on daytime glam, and I think the purple-y lips give it a subtle winter vibe I’m super into. I absolutely love winter trends because everything is about cool tones, and I feel like a punk rock princess when I wear them. These are the steps I followed to achieve today’s look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Lip balm
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Lightest pink (eyelid base)
  7. Pink (eyelid)
  8. Golden brown (crease)
  9. Dark brown (outer corner)
  10. Black eyeliner
  11. Black liquid eyeliner
  12. Mascara
  13. Blush
  14. Highlighter
  15. Lipliner
  16. Mauve lipstick

What is your favorite winter trend when it comes to makeup or fashion? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Style and Shape My Eyebrows

How I Style and Shape My Eyebrows

Hello and happy Sunday. My eyebrows are very important to me, which is why I always make sure look great. No matter how little makeup I’m wearing, my eyebrows are always filled, but beyond that, every month I take care of their shape. Today I’m going to show you how my monthly eyebrow sessions go. I only use a brow pencil and tweezers. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

 

 

 

I’m going to walk you through the process, and I’ll be showing you just one eyebrow. This is the before. By this point, I can already see hairs I want to get rid of, but I don’t like to work on “naked” eyebrows for fear of over-plucking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s where the brow pencil comes in handy. I literally fill my eyebrows just like I do when I’m applying my makeup. This makes the “extra” hairs way more noticeable and easy to remove, but it also keeps me from plucking more than I should, and messing with the current shape orlength of my brows.

 

 

 

 

 

And then I get to work. I only remove what falls outside the brow, and that’s pretty much it. When doing my makeup, I go over the eyebrows with a pencil or powder and then I’m good to go. I do my eyebrows once a month because I like to give them time to grow.

In the comments below let me know the steps you follow to style and shape your brows.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

The End of An Era

The End of An Era

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Hello and happy Saturday. A couple of weeks ago, I filled the last page of “My Little Notebook of Random Thoughts” aka the notebook where I wrote my reviews and developed some blogging ideas. This notebook was a gift from a former student, and I had it since May 15th, 2017.

I originally had it to write To-Do lists, but then I started writing my thoughts on the books I was reading, and it became my blogging notebook. I have another one I use for writing post ideas, but in this one, I’d actually develop some of those ideas, and it wasn’t just reviews but stuff I knew I’d forget if I didn’t write down.

Of course, I have a new blogging notebook and I’ve already started filling it out, and since the post ideas for the old one have already been written and scheduled, the time has come to throw the little notebook away. I used to be a fan of holding on to just about everything that could have some emotional value, but now I think the value is in the memories and the people, not in things, and the memories of my notebook will live as long as this blog does, so it’s time to let go.

Now, I’m going to make a list of every post idea I developed and wrote down in my notebook. I’ll link the posts that have already been published so that you check them out:

In the comments below, let me know what your favorite post was.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Interview From Hell Part Two

Interview From Hell Part Two

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Hello and happy Thursday. I know you love what I post on these days because I get all deep and personal. I also want to think that I’m relatable at some level because if you haven’t gone to a horrible job interview, you’re very lucky and I’m happy for you but I’m also a bit jealous.

I don’t know why the universe thinks it’s fun to play pranks on me by sending me to hellish interviews in preschool centers, and I don’t know why I like to suffer and go ahead with said interviews knowing full well that they’re going to be a complete fail.

This job interview is way more recent that the one I told you about last week. This happened during that dark time we’ll call July 2018, not long ago at all, I know. I was desperate for a job after deciding that all the planning I’d done and all the money I’d spent on moving abroad had gone to waste because I was going back home. I sent my resumé everywhere and I was ready to take whatever I was offered.

Like in my previous interview from hell, getting to this preschool center was quite difficult. This time though, my mom took me. The place was relatively close to my house but in those geographic spots I hate because it was up on a hill, about two blocks away from a major street in my city. So it was close enough that you could theoretically walk from the major street to the place on the hill, but not that close that I really felt excited.

The place was like many preschool centers for rich people in Bogota: a big expanse of grass with an assortment of cottage-like prefabricated constructions that served as classrooms. I went to one of said cottages, the “administrative building,” and obviously I was so desperate that I got there early.

I wasn’t offered a glass of water, and trust me, I needed it. If you don’t believe me, stay tuned. Anyways, I was told to sit and wait in a puff while someone called me to the interview. I had to wait for about twenty minutes, I’d say, which again was my bad because I’d arrived earlier.

The first part of the interview was with the “academic coordinator” or something like that, and I’m putting quotation marks around it because, really? Does a kindergarten need that? I mean, it needs a principal and they can make those very important academic decisions, but come on.

I knew from the first question I was destined to fail this interview big time, especially since my youngest students were older than the oldest students in that place. I had experience elsewhere, and that was obvious both for her and me. During that talk with her, three things that for me marked my demise happened: one, I forgot what I was going to say mid-sentence;  two, my throat was so dry I could feel that I sounded like Ursula from The Little Mermaid; three, the dress I was wearing had an opening on my chest, which showed my microdermal, and I’m sure the lady interviewing me didn’t find it hot.

All of a sudden she said she thought the interview was over and there was nothing else we could discuss. She told me I now had to talk to the school’s psychologist, but before leading me to her, she walked out of the room and talked to said psychologist. I’m sure she was telling her how much of a mess I’d been in that interview. How she could see me sweating, and how my voice was super dry from nerves. Now I guessed that because the psychologist treated me like an anxious child. She told me to calm down, to breathe, to take it easy, and all those things you’re told when you’re about to undergo a lot of pain.

She asked me the standard human resources questions about who I lived with and then told me to make a drawing of a person under the rain. I drew myself holding an umbrella, and I’d like all of my psychologists out there to tell me what that means in the comments.

I was then told that the next step was to do a micro teaching with the kids to see how I performed. They actually wanted me to stay until the afternoon to do it. I said no, thank you, but call me and we can arrange a time some other day. I ran out of that place and when I did get the calls because they were like three, I blocked the number.

I know, I’m a complete mess, but a couple of weeks after that, I got my job so at least I’m an employed mess. I already told you what I’d like you to share in the comments, so I got nothing more to say.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Why I No Longer Follow Any Booktubers

Why I No Longer Follow Any Booktubers

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Hello and happy Wednesday. For the past three months I’ve had so much free time, I mostly don’t know what to do with it. That’s a lie: I blog and I watch YouTube or Netflix, that’s what I do, but my channel tastes have changed and I no longer follow people I used to love. For a while, I was super into Booktube, but almost all of a sudden I got fed up and decided to unfollow basically every booktuber in my feed. Today I’ll tell you why that happened. Let’s get started, shall we?

I’m trying to remember every booktuber I followed, and I’m going to make a list at the end of this post for you to check out in case you’re interested. Like with everything else, I just followed one channel, which led me to another, and then some more, and finally I was following more bookish channels that makeup and beauty channels. I started watching these videos for entertainment purposes, but also because I have a blog and I’m always looking for ideas to incorporate in my posts. Booktubers also get free books to review, which means that I could have more titles to add to my wish list.

At first, I really enjoyed the relaxed style of the videos. Obviously, every person has their own way of doing things, but in general I felt like there was way less editing and script than in the case of makeup or beauty videos, for almost reasons. I experimented with some very popular channels, but I didn’t like them, so they were the first I unfollowed, but there were others I truly loved and was happy to be following.

I don’t know when I started noticing that all the videos the booktubers were uploading were pretty much the same. Let me explain: I felt that the content channel A was uploading was very similar to what channel B was making. The reason? In most cases the videos were being sponsored by the same publishing houses, so the booktubers had to talk about the same book.

This happens with makeup too: when a brand releases a new product, some beauty gurus get sponsored videos to show that product in action. I may be biased here, but I think a makeup product gives you way more possibilities than a book. I mean, if you’re given a book, you’re most likely to come up with a review, and that’s it.

Sometimes Booktubers are being sponsored by subscription boxes like OwlCrate, in which case they upload an unboxing, but once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I mean, why would I watch the same unboxing in three or four different channels? That makes no sense.

I decided once again to unfollow some of the channels so that I could avoid seeing the same video over and over, but then I discovered another issue. Most of the booktubers I followed were college kids who had their channels for fun and not as a full-time job, which means they sometimes didn’t upload any videos, and they didn’t even have a set uploading schedule like “professional” Youtubers.

Basically, I got annoyed. I felt that I wasn’t getting the content I was originally getting, and I decided to unfollow every booktuber I used to follow. I occasionally check out some of the channels, but usually the videos don’t attract me. Has this ever happened to you? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

PS: Here’s the list of booktubers I told you about

Tashapolis 

abooktopia 

jessethereader 

emmmabooks

sarawithoutanH

readbyzoe

a dash of ash 

A Clockwork Reader 

Book Roast

Thanksgiving With the In-Laws

Thanksgiving With the In-Laws

Hello and happy Monday. I have absolutely no idea about American traditions besides what I’ve seen on TV and movies and what I read in books. I do know that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal and hopefully this year someone invites me over to celebrate the holiday with them.

Today’s makeup look is what I imagine I’d wear if I had a boyfriend and he asked me to spend Thanksgiving at his parents’ house. It’s the perfect balance between classy and edgy, and it says “I know how to do my makeup” without being super extravagant. It is also a textbook reverse smokey eye, so if you were curious as to how to achieve it, just read the steps below.

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Light beige (eyelid base)
  6. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  7. Black liquid eyeliner (top lash line)
  8. Dark brown (bottom lash line)
  9. Mascara
  10. Blush
  11. Highlighter
  12. Lipliner
  13. Matte liquid lipstick
  14. Lipgloss (center of the lid)

In the comments below tell me whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Sample vs. Full Size #3

Sample vs. Full Size #3

Miss Camila (1).pngHello and happy Sunday. Welcome to another episode of Sample vs. Full Size. How about we discuss some overpriced products and whether I’d buy them or not? Yes? Okay. Let’s get started, shall we?

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Ginger + Gold -Peach & Gold Frosting Blush 

Full size: I got the full size version in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $14

Buy? Yes/No? Why? The shade of this blush is amazing for pretty much every look you decide to go to and it’d definitely be my choice if I could only wear one shade of blush for the rest of my life. The price is higher than what I’m used to paying for products like this, but I would probably consider buying it. It’s not a fuck yes, but’s not a hell no either.

CHELLA Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe 

Full size: I got the full size version of it in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $26

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Hell no! I’m not crazy enough to spend nearly $30 on an eyebrow cream. I mean, I could get an eyebrow pencil which does the same for $3. I love this shade, and I love how it makes my brows look, especially on days when I like to have them darker, but I wouldn’t even consider buying this product.

TARTE COSMETICS Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer 

Full size: I got a sample of the bronzer (3 g or 0.11 oz). The full-size version weighs 0.32 oz.

Full price: $30

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Look, I understand that Tarte is a high-end brand and that means that its products are expensive. This is obviously a great brand, I’m not going to deny the fact that I love the samples I get, but I just don’t feel good spending that much money on a single makeup item. I mean, yesterday my best friend and I went to have lunch and the bill was even cheaper than that

PURETEM Purevera Emulsion 

Full size: I got a teeny tiny sample. The full size product contains 130 mL.

Full price: $18

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This is a product I actually used a while ago, so I don’t really remember my exact thoughts on it. I’m sure my review is somewhere in an Empties post. It is a moisturizer I’d wear for after showering, before getting started with my makeup routine. I would pay $18 for a moisturizer because I think skin care is super important and goes beyond looking nice. I also think that given the size of the product, it’s going to last me a while, so it’s worth the price.

TRESTIQUE Mini Concealer Crayon in Porcelain 

Full size: I got the mini version of the crayon.

Full price: $24

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I actually got this product in full size, and not just this, but a whole Trestique kit. I like the concept of stick concealer and I’ve enjoyed this thoroughly, but I wouldn’t buy it again, and not just because of the price. I just think there are many great options when it comes to concealer and I don’t want to be “stuck” with just the one.

As always, let me know which products you’d buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Creating My Profile from Scratch

Creating My Profile from Scratch

Announcement.pngHello and happy Saturday. The longest month of my life is finally over, and I’m glad to tell you that I am back on OK Cupid, with a whole new profile I created following Mark Rosenfeld’s advice. In case you’re wondering, no, he’s not the only coach I follow. I recently started watching Matthew Hussey’s videos and reading his blog posts. I also got his book a while ago for reviewing purposes via Netgalley. In today’s post I’ll let you know what I took into account when filling out my profile, and I link you to sources you might find interesting. Let’s get started, shall we?

First and foremost, keep in mind that, in a way, I had a full month of preparation when it came to this profile. Many people impulsively make the decision of going into online dating. They think “f*ck it, I’ll just go on this or that app” and create a profile. I’ve done that, remember that I first went on OK Cupid five years ago. This time, though, I decided that in order to be smart about the whole online dating thing, I had to have a plan.

Ultimately, my plan had two parts. The first one was thinking about my profile in abstract, so I gathered general ideas of what an attractive profile should and shouldn’t include. I used many ideas from Mark’s blog post How to Be Down to Earth (And Why It’s So Attractive)  because I’m definitely trying to be more down to earth, and come across as one.

See, I’m concerned with the superficial because I’m a professional makeup artist and I’m obsessed with all things beauty, but that’s something that can probably come up in conversation on a date, and not a piece of vital information I *have* to include in my profile, right? Here comes the second aspect Mark relates to being down to earth, and it’s not bragging. I’m not a modest person, and I know I should be more humble, so part of it is finding ways to include in my the achievements I’m proudest of without sounding arrogant.

No online dating profile is perfect and I think we all could benefit from advice, but obviously that doesn’t mean you have the same concerns as I do or make the same mistakes I’ve made. You may be super down to earth and think I’m over the top for being superficial and for bragging. That’s totally okay; I’m trying to grow, and probably you are, too, in other aspects, which is why I’m linking the posts and videos I used so that you can check them out.

Now, I didn’t just sit in front of the computer and filled out my profile. I actually wrote “drafts” of answers to questions I remembered, and I would revise them, until I was satisfied with the result, and had all answers ready for the day when I created the profile. That worked for me because I was able to reflect upon what I really wanted to say, and not just type the first thing that came to my mind.

When reading Five Dating Profiles That Push Men Away,  I realized that I’d made two huge mistakes in the past, and that this time I had to avoid them completely:

1) I was negative, so I would write stuff like “do NOT text unless you want to have a real conversation” or things of the sort.

2) I was sort of projecting my frustrations with past online dating experiences. I remember after my first OK Cupid fail, in my new profile I wrote something like “text me if you’re willing to meet. This last guy would tell me that he loved me without even meeting me in person.”

I have seen those two in guys’ profiles, and it’s a total turnoff. I mean, what’s worse than the “not here to play games” or “tired of crazy bitches” lines? My current philosophy when it comes to online dating is: if I don’t like seeing something in a potential match’s profile, then why would I include it in mine?

Now, let’s talk about what makes a profile attractive. I took ideas from What Should I Write in My Online Dating Profile . The best piece of advice I got from that video was simply: be grateful. It is exactly the opposite of being restrictive or demanding, so instead of saying “you should only talk to me if you have tattoos,” I wrote “you’ll get bonus points if you’re inked.” I think this is a way of showing once preferences without coming of as bitchy.

On Tinder Dating Tips: How to Write Your Tinder Bio, Mark focuses on keeping the profile short and sweet. Yes, this is Tinder and I opened an OK Cupid account, but still, I said it once before: I don’t like to read long-ass profiles, so I’m not going to write a long-ass profile. I kept my answers to very short paragraphs, and I mean, two-sentence paragraphs at the most.

I also wanted to be smart when it came to my pictures, so I read 9 Secrets to an Attention Grabbing Profile Picture, and I watched Tinder Tips For Women: How to Choose Your Photos. From these two, I got an idea of which pictures to upload and why. For example, I added some pictures of me wearing little makeup or none at all. I also included pictures that weren’t selfies, and captioned all of them.

I realized that my whole mindset had to change, and not just my profile. Yesterday a guy actually asked me whether I was looking for friends with benefits, and my reply was “I’m looking. I don’t really know what I’m looking for.” That was my way of telling him that I’m open to meeting people and seeing what happens, as opposed to being set of looking for my husband. Mark refers to this in 6 Tinder Tips for Women, when he talks about not taking Tinder too seriously, and I think that’s my current mindset: not taking OK Cupid and online dating in general, too seriously.

Along that same line I had to embrace the fact that I’ll probably be spending months swiping left and right, and that yes, I have to swipe right more. I learned this from How To Get Matches On Tinder, The #1 Reason Online Dating Has Failed You, and 3 Attitudes You NEED To Date Successfully Online.

In the comments below tell me what you think makes a profile attractive.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview from Hell: Part One

Interview from Hell: Part One

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Hello and happy Thursday. Are we enjoying these weekly story time sessions? I hope you are because I certainly am. There’s just something about sharing personal experiences with complete strangers that makes me happy. Today’s story is one of those that gets funny with time, you know? Like, the day that it happened I was so upset I actually wrote this note on Tumblr (back when Tumblr was a thing), and then I just kept the story to be told when convenient. Today I’ll tell you about a horrible job interview I went to when I was starting out my career. Let’s get started, shall we?

The year was 2015 and the month was December. I had already finished my subjects in university, but had to wait until March to graduate, so I was basically destined to fall into a black hole for three months if I couldn’t land a job. Needless to say, I was desperate. While I was spending my last days as a student teacher at this super fancy school in Bogota, I got a call from a preschool center I’d never heard about. A lady told me I’d been recommended by one of my friends from university and whether I was interested on interviewing with them. I thought that was a sign from heaven. I thought, “well, this was easy.” Obviously I was convinced I’d pretty much landed the job and didn’t have to worry anymore. I was horribly wrong.

I believe in signs, and I often connect this signs, especially after something bad happens. This post is called “interview from hell,” so you already know something bad must’ve happened. Wow. I’ve just repeated myself a million times. Anyway, looking back at that day, I should’ve probably seen the signs even before reaching the place of the interview. It wasn’t, I was told on the phone, the place where I was going to work, but another location of the same “chain” of preschool centers. I saw the address and was convinced I could take a bus and then walk to the place. It wasn’t that far from my house. I’d be fine.

I kid you not, I walked in circles for a long time before giving up and miraculously finding a taxi driver that reached the place in a matter of one minute. I was kind of late by this point, so I had to call and apologize, which, again, is now a clear sign to me that there was something that didn’t want me in that place.

The enterprise basically consists of “corporate preschools,” meaning preschool centers located near big companies so that the workers can leave their children there for the day. The location where I had my interview was not a friendly place at all. There were locked doors and biometric recognition devices everywhere. It seemed like the opposite of a place where you’d like your kids to spend the day.

I was told to sit in this tiny room, and wasn’t even offered a glass of water even though I clearly could’ve used one or eight. The psychologist that led me to the room gave me a pencil and a sheet of paper and told me to draw a human body “with all the features,” and then she left me to draw. Now, I know there’s a purpose behind all these tests, and I’m sure my drawing could’ve told the woman a thing or two about me, but really? I had no idea whether I had to draw the person naked or clothed…

When the psychologist came back, I was asked the obvious questions about my family, where I saw my self five years from then and stuff like that, which tells people they’re not talking to a complete psychopath. By then nothing had been said yet about my position. Those questions came later, when I was led to another room with this woman who right off the bad struck me as plain rude.

Her face told me she would rather be sticking crayons up her nose than interviewing me at that moment. Her way of speaking was so dry and harsh, as if she’d been forced to see me. I can read people very easily. That’s part of my job, basically. I need to be able to look at one of my students and determined whether they’re upset, sick, or just annoyed at something. This woman was all those combined.

Besides her bad attitude, this was an interview from hell because I started realizing I’d pretty much been lied to in the phone call. I’d been told I was needed to work at this building really close to my house, when they actually needed me in an area of the city that wasn’t easy to reach. I’m an anxious person. I need structure, which means I need to know for sure where my workplace is because I need to plan how to get there, and what time to leave my house, and all of the other things that derive from this. I took a deep breath, and told myself I’d remake all those plans later.

I’d been originally told that my schedule would be from 9 to 5. Not bad at all, right? Well, turns out it was from nine to six. No. Not going to happen. Six is night time for me, and I wasn’t going to take a bus in a neighborhood I knew nothing about, every night. Besides that, I wasn’t provided lunch because, seriously? Did I really think that could be a possibility? Besides, let me tell you something fun: work schedules of over eight hours a day are illegal unless the employees get paid the extra hour. I was barely going to get a salary, let alone extra hours.

“See, the problem with you teachers, ” the woman said when we were almost done and I was sure they would never hear from me again, “is that you’re used to getting to school at seven and leaving at four, when the kids leave, and that’s not how things work here.” I was there to be an English teacher, but when the kids weren’t there, I was supposed to do other things, like teach the other staff members. But that wasn’t all bad, really. You want to know what was? If I were to take that job, I was to have fifteen days of vacation a year, as opposed to the two months I was used to. I’m starting to feel sick just as I think about that, because really? You want us to work an hour more that what’s legal and get two weeks of vacation each year? Good luck finding someone.

Next week I’ll tell you about another interview from hell experience, but in the meantime, care to share yours in the comments?

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila