June 2019 Glam Bag

June 2019 Glam Bag

Hello and happy Sunday. Like I told you in my post about my Ipsy subscription ending, this will be my last Glam Bag haul. Lorena, from Forty, Flirty & Fabulous commented on that post and suggested Boxy Charm, which I might try in the future, but for now, I think I’m done with makeup/beauty subscription boxes. She agrees, though, that Ipsy hasn’t been great lately, so it’s not just me.

Since this is our last Glam Bag haul, let’s change things up a little bit. We all know that I’m not going to purchase either of the products I got because 1) they’re probably overpriced, 2) I already have them, so why would I buy them again, or 3) they’re something I wouldn’t normally reach for anyway. I do have some notes though regarding which products were female-owned and which weren’t. 

The reason why I think it’s important to research the owner or CEO of the makeup brand you wear is that the makeup industry still is majorly targeted towards women but oddly enough the heads of big corporations remain to be men. We’re basically feeding a chauvinistic system by giving money to the same men who for centuries have had the power to tell us how to look. It’s ridiculous.

We all know that Ipsy was created by a woman, so it would make sense that she’d want to support more female entrepreneurs. Both the palette and the blending brush are by Ipsy in collaboration with Tetris, so they’re at least partly female-owned. I also need to add that I love the skinny blending brush and I use it often to work on my crease.

I couldn’t find who the CEO of Look at Me was, and trust me, I searched. Like I told you in a previous post when I was researching the CEO’s or owners of different makeup brands, I think that is just shady. Additionally, as you might have seen if you’ve been following these hauls, this was the third time in a row that I got sheet masks, and as much as I love them, it was too much.

Pixi is a female-owned brand and one that I really like. I don’t know if this is coincidence or what, but all the products I’ve gotten from them have come in neutral tones, which I appreciate because it’s a way to ensure I will wear them. The lipgloss I got has been one of my go-to products since. It smells like mint, which surprised me a bit, but I actually really like how it feels on my lips.

The highlighter is from Sugar Cosmetics, which is a brand I’d gotten stuff from before in my Glam Bag. It is co-owned by a woman and I really like that. The highlight is alright, but I had gotten a similar one in a previous Glam Bag, so it’s not a product I’ll be reaching for a ton.

Finally, we have Benefit, and the CEO is a guy. I got a teeny tiny tube of brow mascara, which is nice, but the size is super inconvenient. Benefit is sold in Colombia and it is stupidly expensive.

Is there any subscription service you’ve fallen out of love with? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Review: And We Call It Love

NetGalley Review: And We Call It Love

Hello and happy Friday. I think last year I became stricter with my ratings and 2020 won’t be an exception. Today’s book is perhaps my second or third two-starred book of the year, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’m talking about And We Call it Love by Amanda Vink, a book that was sent to me for reading and reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author.

I read this book between January 27th and 28th, 2020 and like I said I gave it two stars. The entire story is written in verse and that’s not my thing. I was only happy about the fact that I’d fly through it, and I did considering that I only had a few minutes every night. Judging by the title and the cover I knew it wasn’t going to be a lovey-dovey story, but it went in a completely different direction than what I’d anticipated.

I first thought it would feature a romance between the two main characters, who were both females, and I was excited about the LGBTQ* themes, but that wasn’t the case. I don’t even know what made me think that one of the main characters was in love with the other, but that’s what I thought. Besides that, I was very confused at the beginning because the narration, which is all in verse, alternates between the two main characters, Clare and Zari, but there’s nothing that explicitly tells you whose perspective you’re reading from.

Part of why I say that verse is not my thing is the fact that I feel like I’m always getting the general picture of the story, not the whole thing. I get the main idea but no details, if you will, and I am a sucker for details. Had the story been written in prose, I would’ve gotten the alternating perspectives way quicker, without needing any titles or any explicit indication of who was talking. All in all, I felt like I was reading the SparkNotes version of an actual story.

For such a short book, I thought there wasn’t a clear focus of the plot. We already know that there isn’t a romance between the two best friends, but the story doesn’t focus on their friendship either. It’s more of a coming of age story, in my opinion. Both Clare and Zari start dating different boys, and on top of that, Zari’s family doesn’t want her hanging out with Clare, so they drift apart. The synopsis makes it seem like it was Zari’s boyfriend who didn’t let her be with her friend, but the mom was also a huge influence on that friendship drifting apart. Zari’s boyfriend, Dion, is a dickhead, though, and he physically and psychologically abuses her, so trigger warning for that. Because this was such a short book, the ending wrapped up pretty quickly and in my opinion, it was way too happy considering the topics the story was dealing with.

Do you like stories written in verse? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

Copy of Copy of THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. Today I realized my schedule was wrong and I ended up having one more extra hour that I’d anticipated. If you’re a teacher, you know what those fifty-minutes (yes, “hours” at school don’t last an actual hour) are perfect to catch up on stuff, use the printer or request copies and grade stuff. That left me in a good mood for the rest of the day, which is why I’m super excited to share with you today’s random thought. Let’s get started, shall we?

February 6th, 2018

Badass clothes make me happy. 

I don’t know what I meant by “badass clothes,” but I think I was referring to this high-low shirt/dress/I’m not really sure what it was that I wore literally twice after giving it away. You see, I think that’s the outfit I was referring to because February 6th is MHD’s birthday. (If you don’t know who that is, then you should feel lucky that your life isn’t contaminated by forces of evil and dick-headedness.) Because it was his birthday, I wanted to look cute for our Snapchat exchanges (ugh, I know, I know), and obviously I felt cute and badass, so I had to document it. 

Has something unexpected happened today that made you super happy? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

For the Sake Of Tradition

For the Sake Of Tradition

Hello and happy Wednesday. Around this time last year, maybe a little earlier, I read a book by Matthew Quick that greatly impacted my life. While I was reading that book I went through a strange breakup and a few weeks after that I got fired. But Matthew Quick and his words got me through that. Now, thankfully, I’m in a totally different place in life, and maybe that’s the reason why Love May Fail by Matthew Quick didn’t hit me as hard as the other books from him I’ve read.

I read this book between January 13th and the 26th, 2020 and gave it three stars. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement, but we’ll talk about later. Clearly based on my introduction, we can all agree that the expectations were high and sadly they weren’t met.

This was an adult novel but for some reason, I thought it would be a young adult and I was confused for a while. Portia, one of the main characters and the first we’re introduced to, is unlikable and this is done on purpose. She’s meant to be petty and to have controversial opinions, and to clarify, no, this isn’t why I didn’t give the book three stars; Matthew Quick’s books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and his characters aren’t either.

The book starts with Portia, who has decided to kill her husband after she finds out he’s cheating on her yet again. The guy owns a pornography company (or however you call those, I’m not very familiar with the industry) and she has been unhappy with him for a while. As I’m writing that premise and going through my notes, it’s obvious to me that this is why I didn’t like the book, this is why it didn’t hook me from the beginning: I didn’t feel like I was reading a Matthew Quick novel. That being said, as I kept reading, I found more of the author I know and love, but it wasn’t enough.

I said we had main characters, in plural, because this book is divided into parts and each is narrated by a character. They all belong to the same story but we get to find out more about their lives and their particular thoughts. After Portia catches her husband having sex with a much younger woman in their own bed, she flies back to her hometown and makes it her mission to save the life of her old high school teacher, who Portia finds out had been beaten up five years earlier. Nathan Vernon, the teacher is one of the characters, and so is his mom, Sister Maeve, a nun who Portia meets on her flight to her hometown. There, back home, she also meets Chuck, who had been Mr. Vernon’s student two years before Portia was. You can see how this does resemble a Matthew Quick story, right?

If you’ve read anything by Matthew Quick then you probably already know that mental illness is a recurrent topic in his novel. This particular book has mentions of suicide all the way through, so keep that in mind when considering whether you should read this book. There is also a scene in which an animal jumps and gets hurt, which leads to their death, and I wasn’t prepared to read about that, so be wary of that as well.

Have you read anything by Matthew Quick? If so, what do you think about his books? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

IG Chooses My Makeup: The Look

IG Chooses My Makeup: The Look

Hello and happy Monday. Welcome to another episode of “IG Chooses My Makeup.” I’ve really enjoyed working on this post series because I think I’ve taken advantage of it in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I originally thought I’d get two posts out of the idea and that’s it, but it’s actually become way more than that and I’m happy to explore my creativity both as a blogger and as a makeup artist. We already saw the candidates and the winning products, but today I’m here to actually show you the look and go through the step-by-step process. Now, this isn’t what I would’ve picked, but I’ll discuss my take in another post. For now, these are the steps I followed to achieve the look Instagram chose for me. I’m using the Proceed With Caution palette by Colour Pop and Shayla.

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Culture (crease)
  6. Gloves On (start close to the top lash line and smudge upwards)
  7. HZRD (eyelid)
  8. Blend in Gloves On and HZRD at the center of the lid with a clean brush.
  9. Black pencil eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Black liquid eyeliner
  11. Mascara
  12. Bronzer
  13. Blush
  14. Highlighter
  15. Matte pink lipstick
  16. Setting spray

Was this the look you had envisioned? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

ColourPop Haul #1

ColourPop Haul #1

Hello and happy Sunday. Since my Ipsy subscription ended, I’ve decided to regulate my makeup consumption and to really try to buy stuff that I’ll be using. This means that I won’t get any makeup-related subscription services, at least for a while and that I’ll buy what I consider I need or want and will definitely use from ColourPop.

I love ColourPop for many reasons: it is female-owned and employs and empowers many women, it is affordable yet high-quality, it’s cruelty-free, it ships internationally…basically, all I could ask for a makeup brand besides providing me with cute makeup, you know? Let’s get started, shall we?

I got Maleficent’s set from the Villains collection, but I think it is out of stock, so I’ll link each individual product.

 

 

Proceed With Caution Shadow Palette($15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Squeeze Shadow Palette ($12) The other shadow you see there was a gift considering this palette was launched for ColourPop’s fifth birthday. I don’t think it is available for sale.

What do you think about my recent purchases and my decision to regulate my makeup consumption? I will still be playing with it, but I’ll be more mindful of what I have and I’ll try to use it up before getting more stuff.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: The Heartbreakers Chronicles

Series Saturday: The Heartbreakers Chronicles

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Hello and happy Saturday. Have you ever been blown away by an ARC? Like, after reading it you think, “I would have totally paid money for it”? Well, this is what happened to me when I read The Heartbreakers, which is the first book in the Heartbreakers Chronicles series by Ali Novak.

Ali Novak started writing this series on Wattpad, and I guess someone noticed how good it was and decided it should be properly published. I got the first book in the series via NetGalley and fell in love with it. The Heartbreakers is a boy band, and every book will focus on one member of the band, and I’m just living for it. Just to clarify, only two books have been published. There is a third one in the making, but I’m not including it in the list because technically it doesn’t exist yet.

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The Heartbreakers (Book #1)

I read this book between August 26th and August 27th, 2015 and gave it four stars. It centers around Oliver Perry, who is the band’s lead singer. Oddly enough, he’s not the main character but the love interest, and that makes the story all the more interesting. This isn’t just a cute fluffy YA romance; it deals with family drama and if you’re like me, it’ll make you cry.

Paper Hearts (Book #2)

I was lucky enough to score this babe via NetGalley and I can’t wait to devour it. This book focuses on Alec, whose dad is like the band manager or something. He’s super quiet and shy, so we don’t know much about him from the first book. I hope that we do get to know him better and fall in love with him through his story.

Have you read an ARC that seriously blew your mind? Tell me about it in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila