Let’s Talk About Sex, Babies

Hello, and happy Wednesday. If the title of this post makes you giggle, blush, or start crossing and uncrossing your legs uncomfortably, then welcome, and enjoy because I wrote this just for you.

I’m writing this post as a response to the book 21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe About Sex by Jennifer Strickland. I got this book via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both the author and NetGalley.

Now, this isn’t just me talking about the book, like I normally do when I’m reviewing something I read. Here, I’m going to give you my personal opinion, but I’m going to go beyond the book in doing so. And just to be clear, yes, I’ll be talking about sex here, and yes, to me it’s crucial that we all have that one person to talk about sex with, but I understand if you’re uncomfortable doing so openly, like some people do.

I’m very picky with the way I talk about sex depending on the situation and the people I’m surrounded with. I like to keep my experiences (or lack thereof) private; if not just for myself for my closest friends. I think there’s a lot that can be said about sex, and I think that even though we have the right to be informed, we also have the right to decide when and if we’re comfortable to talk about it.

That’s one of the reasons why this book caught my eye, because I thought it could give (especially) young women the chance to exercise that right without being put in a spotlight. Upon starting this book, however, I realized it’s clearly focused on religion, so if you’re looking for cold-hard scientific facts like I thought I would, you might be disappointed. You do get some scientific facts, and we’ll get to them later on, but in a big chunk of the book you won’t get them. I’ll give you facts, though, so keep reading.

Listen to me loud and clear because here’s a truth you need to remember every second of your existence: there is nothing on or within you to “give away” or to “save,” no matter how many times the author of this book tells you so. Do you want to abstain from having sex until marriage? Cool! Was your “first time” not a big deal at all? Nice! Your thoughts regarding sex are valid as long as they come from you and you are convinced of them. Your opinion on virginity is respectable when it comes to you doing you, not you telling other people how to live their life.

We’re all queens and we’re all great, and all that, but in all honesty, there’s no such thing as virginity. Virginity is a social construct, it’s something men invented way back when women were treated as goods to be traded between the father and the groom. It was a way to ensure that the good was new, hadn’t been damaged, that the seal hadn’t been broken. Yes, some women bleed the first time they have sex; some, but not all, and that’s because they get hurt while having sex, which is why it is also painful for some women.

Here I just threw you two other truths, so let’s rewind and organize our ideas. One: whether you want to remain a virgin until marriage or you think virginity is stupid, you are ascribing to the construct of virginity, of something that is there and then isn’t. Just make sure you’re safe and you’re sure your first time, physically, mentally and emotionally. Two: though it seems to be the norm, you’re not “supposed to” bleed when you first have sex. Three: sex the first time is awkward, I get it, but it shouldn’t be painful either. Don’t get used to painful, uncomfortable sex just because you think it’s normal because it’s not.

You know I’m trying my best to let you know about trigger warnings in books, and even if this is non-fiction, there are mentions of sexual abuse. Now, this is a book about sex, so it totally makes sense to at least mention this issue, but I felt that at the beginning, it was not being handled in the most appropriate way.

Another problem I had with this book was the fact that the author claimed that one of her goals was for non-sexually active girls to remain as such until marriage. Okay, if that’s your purpose, then you shouldn’t have sold your book as being about sex, that is misleading, that is lying in a way, and it is the reason why on Goodreads many people marked this book as DNF.

I did read through the whole thing, made notes of all my thoughts, and am now sharing them with you. If you feel like asking a question or just telling me something at some point, please send me a message or write a comment. I do want us to talk. I know that was the purpose of the author as well, to have this “chat among girlfriends” kinda deal, but the style was super annoying to me. Something else that annoyed me as well is the continuous use of the word “girls” when referring to women, up to the point when it became problematic.

There was a point in which annoyance wasn’t enough and I started becoming enraged towards this book, which gave me all the more reason to keep reading it. Here’s another set of truths: getting an abortion is your decision and nobody else’s; your sexual orientation doesn’t define your worth as a person; rape is never a victim’s fault. But here’s the biggest truth: those situations I just listed can never be compared or even put near the same category as cheating on a spouse. I’m saying this because there was a bit in this book where the author just made a list of “sins,” and included the aforementioned examples. No. I won’t allow it. Who you are is not a sin, whether it’s your choice or not. If you want to talk about sin, talk about actions, condemn cheating because that talks about what a person does, not how a person is.

It obviously makes sense that if this book is written by a Christian author who wants “girls” to “save themselves” for marriage, then this book will be inherently heteronormative. Hear me when I tell you that you weren’t born to be the complement to anybody. You were born to be free, to live and love, to make your own choices about your life. Again, if your choice is to get married and have kids, good for you! If you decide that’s not the life for you, well, go ahead and live your best life. But pretty please, don’t ascribe to archaic gender stereotypes that “determine” what is our role in society based on whether or not we have a penis. And pretty please, don’t judge others just because they live differently than you do.

Not everything can be bad, right? After all, I’m not a bitter feminist, I’m just a radical one. Well, turns out that just as I’m sharing some of my thoughts with you, the author talked about her personal sexual experience. Now, I’ve already told you that it’s my choice not to share about my experiences with people other than my closest friends, but I respect when people choose to talk about theirs in a respectful way.

Now, something you need to know about this book, although you probably already inferred it, is that it is totally, 100% against sex out of marriage. If you’re looking for advise because you want to have or are having sex and are not married, then look away because this is not the book for you.

And, now it’s time for another truth: remember when I told you that “sins” are not related to who you are but the choices you make? Okay, although that might be true to some people (people who like condemning others for their “sins”), it doesn’t mean that sex outside of marriage or “bad sex” as the author calls it is a sin. First and foremost, if it is something two consensual adults are doing in a responsible way, it is not a sin at all, it is a decision two consensual adults made responsibly. Second, the responsibility of what you do is not solely yours because you made that decision with another adult, the responsibility is shared.

Okay, so this is getting super long and I’m nowhere near done, so I’m going to make a part 2 of this post that you can read next week. Let me know if you have any questions or if maybe there’s a topic you’d like me to explore further on.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila


Trestique Try On Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post is special for different reasons. The first is that I will be doing a step-by-step tutorial, kind of like a “get ready with me.” The second reason why this post is special is the fact that I’ll be using most of the products from just one brand, which is Trestique. Let’s get started, shall we?

After priming, I apply the Correct & Cover Concealer Crayon in Porcelain under my eyes and in areas of redness, and then I use the Moisturize & Blend Tinted Face Stick in Cape Cod Stone as foundation.

I love that both my skin tone and texture look even and ready for more makeup. I use all of my Trestique products when traveling because I love that my makeup doesn’t move around throughout the day, and that all of the products come with their own brush or special applicator, so I just have to carry one bag.

For my eyebrows I use the Brow Pencil in Americano. First, I use the pencil to shape and fill out the holes in my brows.


Then I use the gel. Now, this is a step I usually skip, unless I’m up for a very long day and I want my eyebrows to stay in place. It also helps intensify the color of the brows.

For my eyes I got the Color & Smudge Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine. I like this color because it’s this deep green but it also has a gray-ish undertone and it goes great with brown. Basically, it worn with the right colors, it’s foolproof.


The Eye Pencil in Roman Bronze completes the eye look perfectly, you just need to add some mascara and you’re good to go. I like to do a thick line both on the top and bottom, and to smudge it out a bit. I love the specks of shimmery copper this eyeliner reflects. It almost looks like a liquid eyeliner.

I love how once you add the eye makeup, everything starts making more sense. To contour and add some warmth to my ghostly face, I used the Bronzer Stick in Brazilian Bronze. Because it is a stick, it allows more definition and control. It also blends like a dream and is great for nose contouring.







I don’t know if you can see the hint of coral on my cheek, but that’s totally what I’m into when I’m traveling. It’s true that I don’t (ever) want to look natural, but I also don’t want to risk wearing something super pigmented and then looking crazy and not being able to fix my makeup. So, I try to be subtle, and the Blush Stick in Bora Bora Coral just does it for me.

You know I’m not really into following makeup “rules,” but sometimes I do because it’s more comfortable for me. When I’m traveling I have a limited amount of products, time, and space, so I’d rather make safe choices. This is why I picked the Lip Crayon in Costa Rica Coral & Bellini Balm. I apply the balm first, and then the actual matte color. I say this is a safe choice because, like the blush, it’s a coral. The fact that the blush and the lips match makes the look cohesive.





This is the completed look. Whenever I travel, I make sure to take my setting spray and add a generous amount to my face when I’m done with makeup. For me, that’s the secret,

The set of products I used for this look cost $175. Again, each product comes with a brush or applicator, as well as other features.

Now, in the comments I’d like you to let me know what you think about the look I came up with, and whether you’d like to try out Trestique. Also, if there’s another brand you’d like me to check out, let me know because I’m always looking for new stuff.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

You Will Suffer (And You’ll Love It)

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I have a review of a book by an author I’ve already read and enjoyed a ton. I’m talking about Sarah Ockler, and the book I’ll be reviewing is Twenty Boy Summer.

Now, I love books that surprise me, I love books that have me going “oh no, she didn’t,” and, boy, that first chapter was probably the most shocking first chapter I’ve ever read. I mean, if you don’t feel compelled to keep reading the novel after that, you should see a doctor because something is wrong with you. Obviously, the shocking first chapter left me with the feeling that the novel was going to destroy me. Spoiler alert: it did.

Let me just say that Matt, Frankie’s brother, and Anna’s best-friend-who-is-a-boy is absolutely the bestest, even when he’s being a dummy about keeping his relationship with Anna a secret. And, yes, of course, something has to happen to Matt. Just like I thought, the book is absolutely heartbreaking.

The story has kind of a Summer vibe what with the sexy kisses and all. Also, the flashbacks make the story all the more interesting and captivating.  also appreciated a ton the fact that there was a long intro before the whole “core” of the plot was introduced. By that, of course, I mean before Sam was introduced, and yes, I like that Sam boy. The only thing I didn’t like about him was his whole “you look better without makeup” deal. You know me, you know what I think about makeup, and you know what I think about people assuming that we just wear it to “look better.”

As I kept reading, I got this Second Chance Summer vibe given that there’s a lot of grief and the story revolves about family relations and how they change when faced with tragedy. If you liked Second Chance Summer, you’ll definitely want to read Twenty Boy Summer.

Drama built up slowly in this novel, but in a way that has the reader’s hooked, like you kind of expect something to happen, but you don’t know how or when it’s going to happen, and that was pretty cool.

I liked that this book was real in the way it depicted certain situations. Personally, the scene of Anna’s “first time” was one of the most accurate descriptions I’d read. I know I still have a book by Sarah Ockler in my TBR list and I’m excited to read and review it.

Do you know of any YA books that deal with grief and loss? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila


Etsy Buys: Nail Stuff

Hello and happy Sunday. A few months ago, I went through a phase and I was absolutely obsessed with Etsy. If you know the site, then you probably understand my obsession, and if you don’t, well, you don’t know what true happiness really is. What I love the most about Etsy, aside from the variety you find, is the fact that some items can be shipped internationally.

One day, while browsing, I came across LaPalomaBoutique, which is this shop that sells cute nail stuff at great prices. And when I say the price is great, I mean even the shipping is super cheap. So, of course, I went ahead and bought a lot of stuff.

When you buy the stickers, that’s exactly what you get: a sheet of tattoo-like designs for you to decorate your nails with. I think the process was easy and fast enough, but then again, I’m used to doing my own nails every week.

What you do is you cut each design separately. Then, for each fingernail you want to decorate, you put the sticker in water (kind of what you do with a temporary tattoo), and then stick it to your nail. To secure that the design doesn’t move around, add a clear top coat and then you’re good to go.

The stickers last as much as regular nail polish does, which is about a week in my case. They can be removed just like regular nail polish, too.

I think the stickers are cute, and  still have other designs to play with, and I like that they are a nice alternative to nail polish. Have you tried them before? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila



Book Case Club September Unboxing

Hello and happy Wednesday. In today’s post, I’ll share with you what I got for my September Book Case Club, which was the last I received in a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have to confess that I had no idea about any of the books I got in September, so it was a nice surprise for me.

The paperback is called The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. I had to read the synopsis and from what I got, it’s set in the Walled City of China and it involves a lot of action and adventure as our main characters try to escape. It sounds like a very fast-paced read, which I’m always down for, and I think it’s going to be nothing like what I usually reach for. I’m intrigued.

The hardcover is called Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory. It’s a story about a boy called Harrison Harrison, who has a special sensitivity towards paranormal/supernatural stuff and has a big trauma regarding the ocean because he had to witness his father’s death there. His mom goes missing one day and he has to face his fears and embark in an adventure to find her.

Obviously, adventure and seemingly impossible quests are some of the themes for the September box, and I love how intriguing both novels sound. I am definitely excited to read and review them.

How about you? Do you like adventure novels? If so, tell me in the comments the title of your favorite one.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

All My Shades of Nude Lippies

Hello and happy Sunday. We all love nudes, don’t we? Even if some of us prefer bolder shades, we have to admit that nudes are cute and comfortable, and an easy option when we don’t have the time to come up with a super complex avant-garde makeup look. I have my fair share of nude lippies and I want to share them with you in today’s post. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Sally Girl Mini Lip Gloss in Curfew

Had I known about the wonderful world of makeup when I was at school, I’d totally rocked this lip gloss. It’s super natural, but at the same time that shade of pink is flirty and cute. Just add some mascara and you’re good to go.

2. NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Crystalized Metal

I’ve worn this as a lip topper and by itself. It adds that dash of boldness to your look because it is metallic, and you can see and feel the glitter. Yes, you can feel it on your lips. If you’re extra sensitive then this might be a problem to you, but it’s definitely not one for me. The shade is on the pink/mauve side, and I think it’s the perfect Girl Boss product.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Coral Craze

When my little sister was about fifteen, she told me she wanted to learn about makeup. I was in panic because of course, this was my baby sister and I didn’t want her to get into that world just yet. This lip gloss is a product I’d recommend to those girls who (in my opinion) are still too young for more serious makeup. It’s barely there, I mean you can’t even see it in the picture, but it’s gloss so it adds something to the lips without it being too much.

4. Shany Fairytale Kiss Lip Gloss in Shade 07

I think this is one of those controversial shades that some people won’t even consider a nude, but I do because it has this pink undertone that doesn’t allow me to place it in the “browns” pile. It’s a great shade when you’re wearing golds, browns, or pinks, so it would be an amazing everyday lip gloss for many. I like to wear it when I want my eyes to be the center of attention as opposed to my lips (or, you know, my whole face). If you want to venture into bolder, brown tones, this is your to-go lippie.


5. Revlon Super Lustrous Sky Line Pink

This is a gorgeous pearly/pink color, which I love, and which is why I bought the lipstick. It is very similar to my skin tone, so that’s why you can’t see it in the picture. When I wear this by itself, it looks like I’m either ill or I have concealer lips, so I only use this shade as a lip topper to accentuate the pout-like shape of my lips.

6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London 

This looks like a dark shade of beige against my skin, which is stepping on the line between the nudes and the browns. My lips are naturally a cherry shade of pink, so I think the combination of them and this lip cream makes them look more on the nude side. I wear it by itself, or add one of the lip toppers I’ve talked about throughout this post. The shade of the topper can also make the lip color look different, so you can play around with that depending on what shade you want to sport.

7. Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom 

If I were to pick my favorite nude lip product out of the ones in this post, it would be this lip gloss. It’s got a thick texture, which I love because it makes the application quick and easy. The pigmentation is on point, and the shade of the actual gloss is opaque, so I almost feel like I’m putting on a cream lipstick. Then again, this doesn’t dry down and actually helps keep my lips looking and feeling hydrated and healthy. The shade has a mauve undertone I live for.

8. NYX Liquid Suede in Soft-Spoken 

I know this is a confusing shade, and to be honest I’m having trouble coming up with a description for the color. Against the skin of my arm, it almost looks brown, but when you see the product in the tube, you get this matte mauve. When I apply it to my lips, I swear it blends in so perfectly it’s as if I wasn’t wearing anything. I mean, it’s great because it’s like an enhanced version of my lips.

9. NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta

If you’re into tinted lip balms, then you’ll like this one. I think it’s still the kind of product I’d have worn at school, but this one is more pigmented. It also smells great, so it sort of makes me want to always have it with me to reapply.


10. NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in Iced Honey 

I usually wear this as a lip topper because it’s got a metallic vibe to it, so when I’ve tried it by itself I haven’t really liked how it looks. My favorite thing about this lipstick is the smooth, creamy texture and the fact that it lasts all day long without me needing to reapply.

11. Bang Beauty Lip Gloss in Spice

I feel like this is the toned-down version of the Vasanti lip gloss. It’s softer in shade, but not in pigmentation. It’s thick and opaque, although it has a pink undertone rather than a mauve one. I think it looks great with pink or brown eye looks.

12. Covergirl Colorlicious Rich Color Lipstick in Sultry Sienna

I bought this a while ago because Nikkie Tutorials told me to. This is probably the OG nude shade and I used to reach for it a lot before I got all the other lippies I’ve talked about in this post. It’s a super sober color, and I think it’s one of those foolproof shades that goes well with just about anything, so if you have this you’re good to go.

13. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Flush 

This is a borderline pink shade. It has a very strong, perfume-y scent, which might bother some people. It dries down pretty quickly, but the feeling of the product remains for a while, and I think this probably happens because of the fragrance. It’s alright for a liquid lipstick, but it’s by no means the best product out there, in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite nude lippie and the reasons why you love it.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila



Does This Count As PD?

Hello and happy Saturday. If you’re a teacher, then you know what PD is, and you’ve probably suffered through it, too. PD stands for “professional development,” and in my short experience as a teacher, it’s always sucked. What’s sad is the fact that I’m always looking for courses to enroll in and articles to read, all related to teaching, and I would love to attend one of those life-changing conferences lucky teachers can go to, as opposed to the conferences I have to attend for work.

I’ve recently discovered the wonder of reading books related to teaching, and that’s how I came across 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done. I actually enjoyed it so much, I decided to make it the subject of my very first post in this series I’m calling “Does This Count as PD?” because, you know, there are books I feel like every teacher HAS to read.

I listened to the audiobook version because, well, multitasking, and I loved the fact that Phillip Done, the author, is also the narrator. That makes the listening experience all the more real and cute. I’m just going to say this: I adored the entire book, but especially the first chapter. To me, it was fantastic, and it summarized what being a teacher is about in the best way possible.

The book is funny, but in a respectful way. I’m not sure how many non-teachers have read this book, but I think 100% of the jokes are funny to teachers, mainly because we can relate to literally everything the author says. Now that I’m no longer a newbie teacher, I realize that this book would be great for people who are starting out. It’s not a handbook, though, it’s a series of anecdotes related to teaching, and I really wish I could have read it during my first year. Maybe it would have made it better.

I only have good things to say about this book, and I especially loved how relatable it is. I swear, at times I felt like the author was talking about my own students. If you’re a teacher or you plan to become one, do yourself a favor and read this book. Also, let me know in the comments if there’s a book you’ve read that you feel everybody should, too.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila


I’m Not Easily Surprised


Hello and happy Wednesday. Judging by my post you probably already know that I’m a stubborn reader and that I don’t easily change my mind about a book, especially if it’s one I didn’t love at first. That being said, every once in a while comes a book that makes me change my mind in a good way, a book like In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers. This book was sent to me via NetGalley for reviewing purposes.

One thing that annoyed me right from the beginning was Erik’s comment on how Hope was “not like other girls.” Of course, then we find out that Hope is this amazing human being who basically doesn’t belong among us mortals (and that she recently died from a heart disease), so I let it slide and was sort of embarrassed for being so judgmental so soon.

The beginning is slow as hell. Like, I get that Erik and Aiden, two of our main characters just met and they have to come to terms with Hope’s death and her last wish, which was to have them go on a scavenger hunt, but I felt like at times they just went on and on about the same stuff and it was exhausting. I am a lover of fast-paced reads, so I suffered a bit through the first chapters.

The novel started growing on me when I discovered the alternating perspectives because you all know I love a story told from different points of view. It also got extra points for diversity, and I don’t mean it in a “I-have-a-black-friend-who-also-happens-to-be-gay” kind of way that is super common in YA novels that try to be inclusive. Here we have Aiden, who belongs somewhere in the autism spectrum and has OCD, and who is black; Erik, who’s going blind; Kali, who I think is originally from the Philippines, and who has being diagnosed and treated for anorexia; and Sam, who doesn’t ascribe to any gender stereotype and is in a wheelchair due to an explosion at his school the previous year or so.

The characters clearly make the story super interesting, but, again, I had issues with the plot itself. At some point, still at the beginning, I felt that it was way too predictable, and kind of like something I’d already read. Now I know it reminded me of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson because the main character’s best friend leaves her a to-do list before moving away. Again, even as I kept reading, I still had the feeling it was way too slow.

After Aiden and Erik meet with Kali, the story sort of picks up its pace. I have to warn you, however, that this is by no means a friendly read. You’re not going to get any fluff from it whatsoever. If you’re into that, or if that’s a requirement for the books you read, don’t pick this one up. If you want to suffer, though, this book is totally for you. In my previous post, I talked about a series of trigger warnings related to this novel, so do check it out if you want to read about them in depth. Basically there are eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and an actual suicide.

I had a teeny tiny problem with the style in which Sam’s bits were written. Here’s the deal: writing everything in lowercase may have been a quirky, sorta cool touch had I not read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. You know, David Levithan’s will grayson only writes in lowercase.

When I read the last half of the book I felt like I was given a different novel entirely from the one I’d started reading. I mean,  Hope is a total fangirl and Erik is a serious book nerd. That fact alone got the book a ton of points. I was also very happy for the correct use of inclusive pronouns when talking about Sam, even when other characters were referring to them.

The ending is super fast-paced and addictive. I just wanted to keep reading and find out how it all came to a closure. And, of course, that ending managed to make me cry, not that it’s hard or anything.

Once again, I would like to thank Olivia Rivers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book. Now you tell me of a book that has surprised you in a good way.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Organizing My Makeup

Hello and happy Sunday. Every once in a while I like to take a look at my stuff and get rid of what I don’t use anymore. If it still works, I’ll give it to my sister, and if it doesn’t. I’ll just throw it away. Today I thought it’d be fun to show you what I got rid of and what I decided to give a second chance. Let’s get started, shall we?

The first two products I gave to my sister were an eye cream and then a moisturizing cream. They’re alright, I just don’t use them anymore and I don’t want to keep them with me if I know somebody else might enjoy them.


I “rescued” this primer, and I’d actually kept it in the wrong container, which is probably why I hadn’t used it in a while. This is one of those pore minimizing primers and I love it because it makes the texture of my skin appear to be flawless and it gives me a great base for my makeup. I’ll definitely keep using it.





Then we have a collection of stuff I found on my “face” container. I think I gave all this stuff to my sister as well, but I don’t know whether she kept everything or maybe threw something away. The first product is clear mascara, which when I started playing around with makeup five years ago must’ve been a super useful product. Now I know it does absolutely nothing. Then I have this eye primer I got for free when I bought something from Amazon (I don’t even remember what it was), and I swear I tried this thing but it felt like putting vaseline on my eyelids and who wants that?

It broke my heart a little bit to get rid of my WunderBrow because I absolutely adore that product, but I’m now going for darker eyebrows, so the shade I have it in doesn’t do it for me. I also gave my sister a contour, bronzer, and highlighter set because I have my fair share and wasn’t really reaching for this anymore.

This is the only palette that didn’t make the cut in my eye shadow container. They’re all nudes, and I have all of those shades in other palettes, so this one was really just sitting there, occupying unnecessary space.








Then we have one of those “things I bought because a Youtuber told me to.” The shape of the wand makes applying this eyeliner very uncomfortable for me, if I’m being totally honest, and then the actual line you get to draw is thick and super dramatic, which was trendy up until 2016, but not anymore. I think this went right in my “empties” bin, so you’ll hear more about it in the future.




Here are some more eyeliners, only these are pencil ones. I got rid of them because I have a whole lot and I know I’m not going to use them all. Also, yes, there’s a pot of gel eyeliner because that was my thing a while ago, but now after knowing the wonders of liquid eyeliner, I’m not going back.






I got this mascara in a Colombian subscription box and it’s alright, you know? I still prefer my Maybellines and Cover Girls, but sometimes I’d apply this. The thing is, as it always happens with mascara, I have others, and I don’t want this, which is a perfectly fine product, to dry down on me when somebody else can benefit from it. Oh, by the way, when it says it’s waterproof, it totally means it’s waterproof.





And finally, a collection of lip glosses, tinted lip balms, lipsticks and lip creams who’ve found a better home inside my sister’s makeup bag. If I’m being completely honest, I should’ve included a lot more lippies, but they’re my ultimate obsession, and it’s very hard to let go. As soon as I think about getting rid of a lip product, I start seeing it with new eyes, and then I decide it’s my new favorite thing. It was hard enough to let go of these, though.

Now before we finish, let me know in the comments about the one product you find it harder to let go of.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Online Courses for Teachers

100th day.pngHello and happy Saturday. As much as I hate most of the “professional development” conferences I have to take at work, I love to read and find out about ways in which I can become a better teacher. Sadly, I do that research in my own time, and the school I work at rarely recognizes that as professional development. It is what it is, no?

I’m the textbook definition of a millennial teacher, so when I say I’m always looking for new ways to be a better teacher, I don’t mean attending conferences or classes at a university; I do it all at home. I have to admit it: I’m a fan of MOOCs or online courses, and one of the reasons why I love them is that I can learn while being at home, in my PJs, eating chips.

Now, I know some people prefer physically attending classes, which is my case when I’m learning a new languages, but I do prefer online professional development courses. I selected some I have personally taken for you to check out if you’re interested. Let’s get started, shall we?

ELL Success in the Content Classroom 

This is a program from Arizona State University, which you take via Coursera. I actually took the whole specialized program, which are four courses plus a capstone project, but you can take each course separately. With Coursera, you can decide if you want a certification, which has a cost of $49, or if you don’t, which means you can still have access to all the material, but you don’t need a minimum passing score and you don’t get a completion certification at the end.

I took this program because I was beginning my career as an ESL (or English as a Second Language) teacher, and I felt it was important for me to learn about different strategies I could use in content subjects in English, such as science, which I also teach, to ensure that all my students were able to succeed. I believe this program can be very valuable to teachers in English-speaking countries where there is an important number of students whose first language is not English.

TESOL Certificate

This, too, is a four-course certification program. If, like me, your aim is to earn a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Arizona State University via Coursera, then you must take each of the courses, and pay the $49-per-course fee. There’s also a chance to pay for the whole program in advance, so if you want to do it and can afford it, I’d say go for it.

Because my major is actually a BA in teaching Modern Languages, and one of my emphases is teaching English as a second language, I know most of the content of this course, which makes it very easy, and I’m not going to lie, at times boring. A TESOL certificate, however, is great for ESL teachers, which is why I enrolled in this program. People who want to become English teachers but didn’t major in education also take this course as an alternative pathway.

How to Be An Organized Teacher

This is the first Coursera course I took a few years ago, and I didn’t even pay for a certification because I was just testing the platform. This course is by the Relay Graduate School of Education, but what I noticed is that, though it’s super useful for teachers, other people can benefit from it.

Thanks to this course, do my weekly planning every Saturday, and I have various planners, at home, on my phone, and at work. I took this course while on vacation, and it was super helpful when I had to start working because the tips I was given allowed me to efficiently organize my activities within any given time. If you want to treat yourself to an online course, even if you do it for free, take this one. I promise you won’t regret it.

CLIL Essentials

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning, and it’s an approach to teaching a language through specific content. It’s like when students learn Math and Science in English, which means they are also learning English. This is a more formal course, from the British Council. If you want to sign up, you have to be aware of the registration dates. You must pay for it and if at the end you get a passing score, you will get a certificate. I found it great to complement what I’d learned about CLIL in university.

Teaching for Success

This course is by the British Council, but you take it through a platform called Future Learn. I’m not sure, but I think it’s like Coursera in the sense that you can take the courses for free, or you can pay and get a certification. I found the Teaching for Success four-course program through the British Council page after taking my CLIL Essentials course. I find this sort of courses refreshing because the materials are up to date. You also have the chance to interact with people from all over the world who either are teachers or are in the process of becoming teachers. It’s fun and it’s free, so in my opinion it’s worth a try.

Do you have any questions regarding the courses I listed or suggestions that might be useful? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila