Mis Compras de Marzo y Abril de 2019

Mis Compras de Marzo y Abril de 2019

Hola y feliz domingo. A veces mis compras de maquillaje y productos de belleza tienen una temática específica. Por ejemplo, entre marzo y abril de 2019 me enfoqué en productos para la piel. No compré ningunas sombras o nada que realmente le diera color a mi look, sino que me concentré en lo más básico del maquillaje.

Una compra que no fue maquillaje pero que era necesaria fue mi crema Jergens Natural Glow. Todavía no estreno esta porque tengo otras en fila que estoy utilizando y que necesito acabar, pero me encanta el efecto que esta crema va dando en la piel cuando se utiliza con frecuencia.

Para la piel de la cara, compré dos productos que rápidamente se han convertido en mis favoritos. En primer lugar está la Cushion Foundation de Wet n Wild. Creo que el diseño de esta base ha hecho que la aplicación sea un proceso fácil, rápido y sobre todo limpio. Además tengo el Butter Bronzer de Physicians Formula que da ese efecto de bronceado natural que me encanta, y huele delicioso a bronceador.

De Physicians Formula también compré la Super CC cream pero todavía necesito jugar un poco con ella. No estoy segura de que me guste mucho todavía porque creo que es muy líquida  y que esto hace que la aplicación sea difícil. Para finalizar la rutina de maquillaje compré el Facial Spray de Mario Badescu, que se ha vuelto uno de mis productos favoritos para cuando no tengo mucho maquillaje encima o quiero un look más natural.

¿Qué productos han comprado recientemente y qué piensan de ellos? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz domingo!

Con amor, Miss Camila

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This Is What I Needed

This Is What I Needed

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I am a firm believer that books find us when we need them the most, and I could confirm that when I read Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick. This book will change your life, and if you feel like it doesn’t, then you need therapy. Even if it does, therapy is awesome and you should see a mental health professional at least once in your lifetime.

I’d already read The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick, so it’s safe to say that my expectations were super high. He’s got this style, that reminds me of Jonathan Safran Foer and that gets to me every single time. Spoiler alert: this wasn’t the exception.

I love that the author’s style is incredibly simple but captivating, and full of deeper, sadder undertones. I think that you need to have been through some sh*t in life to really get this book. The chapters are short, which I highly appreciate. This is clearly a psychological thing, but when the chapters are short, I can read the book faster.

From the beginning, we know that this is not your regular YA/coming-of-age story. I mean, the main character’s only friend at school seems to be her English teacher, and I think we can anticipate that this friendship might not end up in an ideal way. She reminds me of myself because when I was younger, way younger than the main character but still, I was a loner.

Nanette, the main character, becomes obsessed with this book her teacher gives her, and I can relate because there is this one book I have read four times already and it was like a bible to me. She meets the author of her bible and asks him for answers, which is something I should do too since I know the author of the book I’m obsessed with.

Every Exquisite Thing is definitely a must for me. It has made me question things about my life, and if it has that power for someone who is 25 years old, just imagine the wonders it will do for someone younger. I also love what it has to say about those friendships that kids establish with adults, in which the latter become the guides of the former. There is romance, as well, but it is not the main focus of the plot, and it is not your typical YA romance.

I also love the fact that we get inserts of poems in this story, as well as pages from the book Nanette reads and is obsessed with. I am a sucker for books that include different formats within the narration. I’m also a fan of plots that involve a quest, and this story has that. If you liked The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne, then you’ll love this book.

What is the book that has changed your life and why? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

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

A Cutesy Summer Read

A Cutesy Summer Read

Hello and happy Wednesday. Since last year my mission has been to find, read and review more middle-grade novels, and I recently read one that I think the tween in your life is going to appreciate. I’m talking about Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy.

This book is told in alternating perspectives, which I believe enriches a story a lot and allows the reader to get to know more than one character in depth. In this case, we have two female main characters. This story centers around a road trip, so I think it is a great summer read. The chapters are short, which is a good thing because you feel like you’re advancing at a good pace. Usually, books with short chapters encourage me to read more, which results in me reading faster.

The two main characters are complete opposites, which I think will make this book even more relatable. On one hand, Lana is really childish and at times naive, while Cassie is very sarcastic and she’s all about her group of friends back home.

I like that this is a story about family and that we get to see a friendship developing. There is more depth to just a road trip, though because we find out that one of the main character’s mom might be sick and we get to experience the daughter’s fear of not knowing what is wrong with her mom.

What are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Help Me Title This Review

Help Me Title This Review

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Even though I diligently wrote notes on The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, I feel like I don’t have the words to describe it in a single sentence that will attract people to read this review. I just don’t feel it’s that kind of book, you know? I certainly don’t think it’s meant for entertainment purposes, and it’s also not for everybody, but if you do read it, it’s going to impact you in ways you probably weren’t expecting.  I read this book from March 16th to March 25th, 2019.

Before you even consider reading this book, keep in mind that it revolves around the suicide of the main character’s brother, which is, again, why I say this book is not for everybody. And even if suicide is not a triggering topic for you, I would make sure to be emotionally ready, in the sense that I think to endure this book one has to be strong enough. I know this would have completely destroyed me a few months ago because I could relate to the main character and the way she was dealing with trauma, even though I have never undergone a situation as painful as what she was experiencing.

We follow the main character who, after her brother commits suicide, starts going to therapy, and her therapist suggests that she writes a journal/diary. We get to read excerpts from said journal, which I think added a lot to the story because it would let us see another aspect of both the main character and her brother. My younger sister is my baby, so the bits where the relationship between the two siblings is described really got to me.

You have to understand what the main character is going through because she reacts to her trauma by coming off as dry, and definitely not “likable.” If you don’t enjoy novels like this one or flawed characters, then I suggest you pick up something else because I don’t think you’ll get the point of this book. You’ll also end up drained, and that’s something you must anticipate when thinking about picking this book up.

I cry a lot for many different reasons, and though there were several parts that made me tear up, I only straight up bawled once, at the very end. For me, the story should have ended about halfway through the actual book, you know? I think there were some bits that just dragged, and some events that were included for dramatic effect but that to me only made the story lose its main focus. I was going to give this book three stars, but as I said, the ending was the redeeming quality, and it was honestly what made me give it four stars.

Do you know of any other book that in your opinion deals with mental illness in an accurate, respectful way? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Another Cookie-Cutter YA

Another Cookie-Cutter YA

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Hello and happy Wednesday. When I read the title The Night We Said Yes and saw the cover image, I thought I was going to be presented with something similar to How to Get Away With Murder, you know? Like, what did those four friends say yes to? Why are they all standing in what looks like the middle of the beach, or a deserted football field? And then I read the actual novel by Lauren Gibaldi and was very disappointed.

You know that once a book has let me down, I will find other flaws in it, and since I discovered that this was a teenage love story instead of a college murder mystery, well, let’s just say that I kept my eyes peeled for things that annoyed me. Now, I’m going to be totally hypocritical here and say that the main character was super negative. She does mention having being hurt in the past, which explains why she’s so bitter, but still.

A redeeming quality of this novel is the fact that it is a summer read, and we all know that those are my favorite books and the ones I read the fastest. I also appreciated that there was a gay character, only to find out that he was in the story as a filler and that wasn’t even present for 90% of the plot. Seriously, what was the author’s goal with that? To say that there is representation because out of all her (white) characters, one is gay? Technically there are two gay characters, but we are never introduced to one of them, we just learn from him because the other characters in the book talk about him.

Something that annoys me big time is when I can predict the plot of a book. Remember how I mentioned that the main character was bitter because she’d been hurt? Well, she’d been hurt by this Matt guy, and he’s mentioned earlier on in the novel. Also, I know he’s important because there is a companion novella titled Matt’s Story. The plot twists, right?

I really enjoyed the flashbacks and flash-forwards, and I really appreciated the fact that what happened in the past was narrated in the past tense. I think this was a clever choice by the author to give us a hint as to where we were standing in the story. It’s also one of those plots that take place on a single night, which I’m undecided about.

Like I said at the beginning, I thought there was going to be some depth to this novel, and that it was going to be more serious. At some point, it even gave me vibes similar to How to Love by Katie Cotugno or Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover. But no, there’s no depth to this book. It’s literally a novel about teenage drama. I didn’t appreciate the shallowness one bit.

Have you read any YA novels lately? Were they any good? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Mila Watches Younger

Mila Watches Younger

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Hello and happy Tuesday. I feel like I haven’t sat down and talked about TV shows in a minute, but here we are, with a brand new Mila Watches. Today I want to talk to you about Younger, a show my best friend told me to watch a long time ago and I never did until I found myself at an Airbnb that had Hulu and thought “why not?”. Teachers was actually my first choice because I absolutely live and die for that show, but I guess it got cancelled or it actually isn’t in Hulu anymore because I couldn’t find it.

Anyway, Younger is this show about a woman called Liza who’s 40 years old, recently divorced, with a daughter in college. She needs to find a job, but after so many years without working, and considering her age, the job thing is not happening. Can you guess what happens? Yes, she creates this new life for herself in which she is 26 years old, and once she does that, she gets the hot boyfriend, the awesome job, and a new BFF. Cute, right?

Now, I wasn’t emotionally in the best place when I (binge) watched this show, so I might have a distorted view on it. All in all, it’s one of those harmless shows that are basically just there for entertaining. I mean, I don’t think I got a valuable lesson from it other than “don’t lie about your age,” but it did make me laugh at times, so I’ll give it that.

The huge highlight of the show for me is Josh, interpreted by Nico Tortorella. That guy is absolutely perfect and delicious, and I could have him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He could totally be my midlife crisis (if the plan of being happily married and with kids doesn’t work for me), and he could fill my body with tattoos (at a girlfriend discount, of course). Honestly, though, I got to a point where I was just sort of waiting for Josh to appear shirtless, kind of what happened with Prison Break and pretty much any other show with a hot guy in it.

Younger is still releasing episodes, and you all know how much that annoys me because it means at some point I’ll have to wait for a new one to be released. I think I stopped watching halfway through season 4, and right now the episodes being released are from season 5, but I think I’m done with the show, at least for now. I think when the drama is too obvious, shows get boring. I mean, you get the big “will everyone find out about Liza’s lies?” and then “are Josh and Liza meant to be together, or should they both find someone their own age?” and that’s basically it throughout every season. I’m seriously done with that right now.

Have you watched Younger? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila