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

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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