February 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag

February 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag

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Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m going to haul and review the five products that I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of February. I am also going to share with you the information related to prices and sizes, and finally, we will see whether these products worked for me. Let’s get started, shall we?

Kokie Cosmetics Be Bright Illuminating Concealer in Light

I’d heard about this brand from Tati, but I’d never used anything from them before. I got a full-size concealer in my glam bag, which is highly appreciated. It contains 6ml or 0.2 fl. oz. and it is $8. I wouldn’t buy the concealer because I don’t think it did much for me as we can see in the picture. I mean, it’s almost as if the dark circles under my eyes had been accentuated, but I’ll look through the page and see if there’s anything that catches my eye because I think the price range is great.

Seraphine Botanicals Natural Radiance Booster in Daisy + Pearl

As I’ve said in previous Ipsy hauls, Seraphine Botanicals is a brand I got to know through Ipsy and I have loved pretty much every single product I’ve gotten from them. This product is a win for me because it gives my skin that healthy glow, but it still keeps everything very natural. Simply put, this is my type of highlighter. What I don’t like about this brand is the price point because for the $22 that I would need for one single “booster,” I could buy two highlighters from drugstore brands. I got the full-size version in my glam bag, which weighs 3.5g or 0.12 oz.

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Glow Brush

I got the actual brush, as it happens with beauty tools, and let me tell you, I’m in love. I think this is great for applying highlighter in a very precise but smooth way. I have even used it for the inner-corner highlight, and it’s worked amazingly. This brush is $6.99, which I think is a very good price for such high-quality tools. I might consider buying from this brand when shopping for new brushes.

Meech N Mia Pressed Eye Shadow in Taupe 

There isn’t really too much I can say about this shadow other than it works great as a transition shade or as a wash of color on more natural days. I got the full-size version, which weighs 3g or 0.1 oz, and it is $11.50. Each single eye shadow is $11.50. Would I buy a single eyeshadow for the price of an entire palette? I think you already know the answer to that question.

Sur. Medic + Sheet Mask Duo: Age Control Multi-Vita & Vital Collagen 

I’ve gotten more into sheet masks with time because I think they’re way more practical. I like that my skin looks glowy and healthy after applying one, which you can totally tell by my picture. I couldn’t find a link to the Age Control Multi-Vita mask, but I’d assume it costs $3.50, which is the price I found for the Vital Collagen one. It’s a very reasonable price, which I’d definitely pay.

I am super happy about this glam bag because, and I’m sure you must’ve noticed, all the products I got were full-size. I think that’s a first for Ipsy and I think that is an example of how they’re working towards improving the quality of their bags. In the comments below, tell me which of these products you’d like to try and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Reto Lector de Agosto

Reto Lector de Agosto

Hola y feliz sábado. ¿Alguna vez les ha pasado que entre más leen de un autor, menos les gusta? Quiero decir, aman el primer libro que leen, pero a medida que encuentran más libros de ese mismo autor, sienten que los ha decepcionado y que lo que amaron de ese primer libro no está en los otros. Yo siento que eso precisamente me pasa con Carla Guelfenbein, y de hecho por eso me demoré tanto tiempo leyendo La mujer de mi vida.

Leí esta novela entre el 20 de marzo y el 19 de abril de 2019 y le di tres estrellas. La historia básicamente trata sobre un triángulo amoroso, y es de ese tipo de tramas que comienzan cuando todos los personajes son jóvenes pero en la que, años después, cuando todos parecen tener sus vidas organizadas, se reencuentran y el triángulo sigue latente. Esta alternancia entre el pasado y el presente es común en las novelas de Carla Guelfenbein, pero siento que esta novela, tal vez por haber sido escrita hace más tiempo, era muy diferente a las otras que he leído de la misma autora.

Como dije, este libro me decepcionó. Me demoré un mes leyéndolo porque no me sentí atrapada por la trama ni sentí ninguna conexión con los personajes. Además sentí que la historia era predecible y que ya la había leído varias veces antes. Como dije, es la típica historia del triángulo amoroso de la juventud que se reencuentra años después. El contexto me hizo pensar mucho en Brideshead Revisited, y de hecho la autora cita esta novela en su libro, por lo que es más que obvio que fue parte de la inspiración para La mujer de mi vida.

¿Hay algún libro de Carla Guelfenbein que consideren extraordinario? Me encantaría leer sus recomendaciones en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

February 2019 Kindle Haul

February 2019 Kindle Haul

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I’m a hoarder, okay? There’s no other way to put it. I also love spending money, but I love saving it even more, hence the insane amount of books I have acquired over the past few months. Today’s post features four titles I recently bought. Let’s get started, shall we?

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

I got this beauty for $1.99, but what else is new? You can get it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited, which I highly suggest, or for $6.99.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

I’ve heard so much about this author, that when I saw this book was $1.99, I knew I had to get it. It is now $7.99 if you’re interested in buying it.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West 

This book is currently $9.99. I got it for $1.99, so I would suggest that you turn on notifications so that you know when the price drops again.

The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu

I paid the usual $1.99 for this middle-grade novel, but you can get it for free with Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t have KU, you can buy this book for $6.99.

What are the newest titles in your collection? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Fancy-Ass Snacks

Fancy-Ass Snacks

Hello and happy Tuesday. Let’s talk about food, babies, because it’s no secret that I love to eat and I love snacks. The ones I’m hauling today are from this super fancy store I always walk by on my way home from therapy. This is the kind of stuff that you’d get at a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but I’m only just saying that because I’ve never gone to either. Let’s get started, shall we?

First we have peanut butter pop corn, which I got because of the novelty, but I ended up liking. It’s one of those healthy snacks that really have no calories and will leave you hungry within ten minutes of eating, but they were nice. This particular brand is Colombian, but I’m sure that in the U.S there are many brands already releasing products like this. One pack of this pop corn costs a little under 60 cents, so that’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

Then we have white cheddar cheese pop corn, which is nothing new but it’s the ultimate snack for me. To be honest, I’d never seen white cheddar pop corn in Colombia, but I’d tried it in the States and was obviously excited to see this Colombian brand producing it. The price is just under 60 cents as well.

Another snack that I love from the States are sweet potato fries, so I didn’t think twice about getting sweet potato chips. Let me tell you, I wasn’t thrilled. I mean, I guess what I like about sweet potato fries is adding lots of salt and mayo to them, not really eating, well, sweet potatoes. Who would’ve known? That bag cost a little over $1.50, but we’re not going to talk about it.

I got a nut cookie for the road, which is why you see an empty bag in the bottom row. I like nut cookies and oatmeal cookies, but because this was vegan and basically had no real ingredients it was super dry. I wouldn’t have minded had I been able to drink a glass of almond milk with it or something, but I was walking in the street, so that was not possible. This cookie cost $1.35.

Finally I got a vegan brownie. Yes, I know, it was a vegan brownie, and I should’ve known what to expect based on previous experiences. That being said, it could’ve been worse. I mean, I did eat it all. I paid for it a little under $2, which I do regret because it was an expensive brownie.

Which of these snacks would you be more curious to try? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

Shining, Shimmering Splendid

Shining, Shimmering Splendid

 

Hello and happy Monday. I know that today’s look probably seems like nothing special, but I’m telling you, it’s soft and glowy and beautiful. Now, the day I did this look, I forgot to take a picture of the products I used, but I remember the steps I followed, which you can see below:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Copper (start at the inner corner and blend across the lid)
  7. Liquid highlighter (inner corner)
  8. Faux black eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Mascara
  10. Contour
  11. Stick blush
  12. Liquid highlighter
  13. Glitter liquid lipstick
  14. Dewy setting spray

Do you prefer to have an all matte look or an all shimmer one? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Double Loop Pony Tail

Double Loop Pony Tail

Hello and happy Sunday. I’ve been talking a lot about my hair, so let’s just do another post about it. This is a hairstyle I did last week, and it turned out okay, so I want to share it with you. You’ll need a comb or a brush, two hairbands, and a small hair loop. If you have a lot of hair, maybe you’ll need one small and one big hair loop.

The first thing you’re going to do is take a small portion of hair at the top of your hair and secure it with a hair band in a half-up ‘do. I did mine up high and could do more loops after that.

Anyway, once you have that first piece of hair secured, you’ll use the hair loop. You can buy it on Amazon. I suggest using a small loop for this.

Then you’ll take your hair and do a low ponytail with it. And you’re going to loop it. I was able to use the small loop for this, but you might want to use the big one.

And that’s it. This is a simple and cute hairdo that will stay in place throughout the day. In the comments below tell me how you like to style your hair.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Keep Students Engaged: MUN

How I Keep Students Engaged: MUN

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Hello and happy Saturday. If you don’t know what MUN stands for, where have you been hiding all these years? MUN stands for Model of the United Nations and is basically a foolproof activity when you’re teaching teenagers.

When I was at school, MUN was this big thing where you had to dress up and prepare for months, and most of the people who attended ended up studying law or economics or you know, boring adult stuff. As an academic activity, MUN has everything, especially if you’re an English or a Social Studies teacher, and you don’t need a massive event; you can adapt it to your classroom in whichever way you like.

I used MUN to work with tenth graders on the subject of globalization, so what I did is I looked through all the material there is and picked the topic: “Education as a tool to prevent violent extremism.” The idea with this topic is that students would 1. Interpret the topic according the country they represented, and 2. Understand the role of globalization when talking about education and extremism. Students had the chance to ask questions related to the topic, but like I said, the idea was for them to redirect it however they saw fit. Of course, for this they had already selected their country, and the good thing is that even if you have a numerous class, each students can get a country assigned.

Time was an issue for me, so we only had time to write and read opening speeches. I gave my students guidelines, and I even found a sample speech they could use as a base for what they had to write. Like I explained in a previous post, I did give them a one-minute limit and once it was met, I would cut them off, saying “thank you, delegate.”

Now, I personally believe that you can carry out a MUN for a whole term and that you will be able to accomplish many goals through it. I have to be honest and admit that I really wasn’t focusing on the content of my students’ speeches, but rather on the use of formal language when writing, and their fluency, pronunciation and overall performance when reading the speech. That being said, this was a two-week activity. We didn’t get to carry out debates or do working papers, although I would’ve loved it and they kept asking me when that would happen.

If you’re a new teacher or you want to incorporate new classroom management strategies, MUN will also be super helpful because you have points, and motions, as well as rules of conduct within the model that you can apply to your classroom. For example, if a student (delegate) is talking with out your (the chair’s) permission, that gives them a warning. After three warnings, delegates are usually required to leave the session, but you can’t do that when you’re in class, so instead you can say that each time a student gets three strikes, you’ll lower their grade or whichever consequence you decide.

In my experience, following the MUN procedures was more useful in terms of classroom management than when we were carrying out “regular” lessons. My students used their name plates to participate and to vote, which gives them a sense of empowerment that they usually don’t get. It’s like they can decide what’s going to happen next in the agenda.

Have you done MUN in your classroom? How did you adapt it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila