NYX Mini Haul + Review

NYX Mini Haul + Review

 

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to share with you two products I got from NYX that I’ve been loving and that you might too. Also, I did buy these myself for a change, meaning that no, I didn’t get them in a subscription box or anything. Let’s get started, shall we?

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer 

I was running out of primer, so I bought this one mainly because it’s affordable. This product reminds me of aftershave when it comes to texture and scent, but especially because it does leave that tacky makeup-ready feel on the face that I particularly like in my primer. I got it for $8.39, but I’m sure that if you live in the States and have an Ulta nearby you can manage to get a discount for it.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Fair

I think this can be a dupe for the Smashbox concealer I recently talked about in an unboxing, and I think this concealer matches my skin tone very well. I would say, though, that this has a yellow undertone and I would prefer a pink one, so that’s something to take into account if plan on repurchasing this. It cost $3.27, which is a stupidly good price for a concealer in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite NYX product.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Are you excited that there’s actually going to be a review today? Me too, although I’m also a bit nervous because I’m sure today’s post is going to be full of unpopular opinions. A few weeks ago, I read Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, and let’s just say, a lot has changed since I was the girl who raved about her fluffy, super romantic novels. Let’s get started, shall we?

I started this book while I was on vacation, and I was on a reading slump, so I actually hoped that this fluffy, cute, and let’s be honest, quick and easy read would get me out of it. I think in a way I underestimated this story, and I sort of forgot that Jen E. Smiths’s novels often have some depth in them, and they deal with family issues, not just romance. To me, that’s why I was so surprised at how original the beginning was because I’d never read a story that started with someone buying a lottery ticket. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that the chapters were short, especially because this book is borderline big in my opinion, with a little over four hundred pages.

Something else I liked about this book, and then again, it’s something I’d underestimated in Jennifer E. Smith’s books, is the fact that she doesn’t leave loose ends or is unnecessarily mysterious. She just tells things as they are without adding drama. I’m talking about when she introduced Alice’s cousin. There weren’t any awkward scenes that had the readers wondering who he was or anything like that, which happens more often than not in YA novels. I’ve read my fair share of Jen E. Smith’s books, but I think this is the first in which the main character is in love with her best friend.

Now that we’ve said all the good, let’s start with the bad and the ugly. Let’s start with the love triangle, okay? That’s something I have no passionate feelings about. I think sometimes love triangles are great and they add drama and they make me change my mind a thousand times, and sometimes I feel like they didn’t even need to exist in the first place. This is probably going to be a spoiler, so if you don’t want to read it, just leave for now and come back when you’ve finished the book. I won’t get mad, I promise. So anyway, this book has a love triangle, right? And it’s your typical love triangle including this guy who’s a complete dickhead and who only realizes he’s going to lose the girl he loves to this amazing, genuine guy who actually makes the girl happy. Guess who the girl picks. Ugh.

After that, it all went to shit for me because I was already upset that I knew how this book was going to end up and there was nothing I could do but keep reading and rant in here. I was so mad, that I caught a gem, the “breath I didn’t know I was holding” gem. Yes, even queens like Jen E. Smith, fall for that one. And while we’re at it, what’s with the editing issues, Jen? Besides that being super annoying for me, I found it uncommon for a book written by this author.

Before we finished this very weird review I must admit that, yes, I cried a few times here and there. That’s probably the “ugly” part of this review because I’m pretty sure I resemble Kim Kardashian when I cry. Now, time for the important question. There are three Jennifer E. Smith novels that I haven’t read. I don’t know what they’re about, and if I’m completely honest, I don’t think I even have them in my wishlist. However, it’s up to you. Should I read these three novels? Or one or two of them? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Just A Heads-Up

Just A Heads-Up

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Hello and happy Wednesday. Finally a book review. Yay! I told you I was going to get to it and I am recovering my reading pace. I think actually finishing Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn will help me get into easier, fluffier books because all my energies won’t be consumed in a single novel.

Yes, this is what my review is going to be about today, and before we start, I want to tell you that I wasn’t in the best place emotionally when I began reading this. I was suffering from depression and my anxiety was worst than it had been I think in forever, and reading this book didn’t help. Many of my thoughts, the ones that will make up this review, come from that emotional and mental state in which I was, so first and foremost I’d like to warn you that if you feel right now you’re in a vulnerable place in terms of your mental health, don’t pick up this book. I also want to say that my reviews have never been objective, but that especially in this case you try to understand how unfit this novel was for me at the time when I read it, and decide for yourself whether what I say here will influence your thoughts some how. Let’s get started, shall we?

Even from the first page, I could sense how raw this book was. I’m also not used to psychological thrillers or anything of the sort, so it took me a while to adjust to the style because it is very vivid and descriptive. I had recently read a review in which the person said they didn’t like reading about crappy marriages, and when reading Gone Girl, I couldn’t have agreed more. It actually had a vibe similar to This Is Where We Live by Janelle Brown, which has all the crappy marriage stuff without…you know.

I have to say that at first I thought that all of Nick and Amy’s politically incorrect/ unpopular opinions were quirky and sort of funny. Like, yes, we finally get main characters that aren’t about bs. Don’t worry, I quickly changed my mind. I do have to say that after reading this and watching some psychological thrillers, I do understand that the characters are so messed up that you end up empathizing with them at some points, and that makes you kind of messed up as well.

Unfortunately for me, because I joined this reading party a bit too late, I had already been contaminated by the movie. I haven’t watched it, and I never really watched the trailer either, but I think it was briefly on Netflix or something, and I got to see a clip of the trailer, and that spoiled it, basically. I kind of had an idea of what was going to happen, which meant the great plot twist wasn’t really that for me.

I’m noticing that this is not a big rant as I thought it would be, which is surprising. In terms of the author’s style, I have to say I really liked the alternating perspectives. I think in a story like this, it just adds so much to the story and has the readers even more hooked. I also love that there’s not really a true version of the facts, just two versions that both characters have twisted and turned to their convenience. Even when I was done reading this book, I talk to my sister about it. She’d watched the movie, so I wasn’t spoiling anything for her, but it was like even if we knew what went on, there were still things we didn’t know were real or lies. That’s how well-crafted the plot was.

Something that I think you need to keep in mind is that this book is on the longer side. I mean, it is definitely around 500 pages. You know that unfortunately for me that’s a bit discouraging, and it will make me take even longer. I did get slowly into the book and by the end I would just sit down for a couple of hours at a time and try to advance as much as I could. I couldn’t have possibly read it in one sitting, or spent an entire day reading because I felt it was too emotionally draining. My sister told me she actually had to do various sittings in order to watch the entire movie for the same reason.

There is a police novel kind of vibe to this story, which I don’t really mind. I mean, an investigation here and there is interesting for a change. But beyond that, this is a very twisted novel. I even described it in my notes as “horrible.” Like I said before, I had to take long pauses. I mean month-long pauses before I could feel emotionally strong enough to keep reading. If you are a mentally healthy person, I would still recommend pausing because this is a very negative book.

This novel has many trigger warnings including rape, as well as descriptions or assault and domestic violence. If reading this could be harmful to your emotional and mental well-being, don’t read this book. Just don’t. Even if some of the things described end up not being real, even if it’s all made up within the story, the descriptions are very graphic.

Something that bothered me towards the end, when I was really into this novel and eager to finish it, were the time jumps or however you call that in English. Like they skip ten days, then ten weeks, then ten months, and I felt like that made the ending rushed and sort of incomplete. The ending was also super unexpected and abrupt for me. I was expecting to be reading at least a couple more chapters when the end came. Like, seriously?

Have you read Gone Girl or any book similar to it that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

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Hello and happy Sunday. Yes, I am getting Ipsy glambags again, which is super exciting for me, not just because I get cool new products every month, but also because I get to combine the way I did unboxings with the sample vs. full size concept I came up with. Let’s get started, shall we?

Ciaté London Glow-To Highlighter in Moondust 

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it now: highlighter is not a necessary step in my makeup routine. It’s a cute addition, and it’s clearly something that will make the look extra. This sample weighs 1.5 g or 0.052 oz, while the full size version weighs 5 g or 0.17 oz. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a highlighter myself. I’ve gotten all of mine from subscription boxes, and at $33.39 there’s no chance in hell I’ll be buying this, even if it’s kinda cute.

Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Peel Off Mask 

I always tend to have the same issue with Hey Honey products and it’s that I really like them but then I see the price point and think it’s ridiculous. This mask is nice. It’s not the best mask you’ll try, but it’s something I enjoyed putting on my face. The sample is 12 ml or 0.4 fl oz, while the full size is 60 ml or 2 fl oz, and costs $49. No, honey. Not going to happen.

Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in BeachRose

This product is apparently no longer available, which is awesome, right? Now how can I tell you how much it costs or whether I’d repurchase it? Something I like about this brand is that I get sent full size products, so that means I can get more use out of them and really get an idea of what they are. This one weighs 4.5 g. I use this particular product on no-makeup makeup days because it’s like a combination between bronzer and blush, so it gives my skin that color and healthy glow that only makeup produces.

The Balm Cosmetics Foiled Again in Locked Up

This is like a grayish/ purplish/ silverish eyeshadow and for a while there I was living for it.  The sample weighs 1.2 g or 0.042 oz. Now, this eyeshadow comes in a palette that has twelve shadows and costs $34. I literally just bought my sister two Colour Pop palettes that have nine eyeshadows each for $24. This is my way of saying no, I wouldn’t get this palette even though it’s gorgeous. I also bought a Colour Pop palette for myself, so stay tuned for all the looks I’ll try with it.

SLMISSGLAM Rose Gold Blusher Brush

This brush is super cute and I loved getting it along with the face mask because I could use them together. That’s what I use this for now: face masks, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s awesome for application and behaves like a queen when I wash it afterwards. You already know that I don’t repurchase brushes because, what’s the point? But still, knowing the price is important in case someone asks for recommendations. I sadly couldn’t find this brush on its own, and the collection it belongs to costs $79.99, which is just stupid. In my opinion, if you want cute, high quality brushes at a reasonable price, go to Glamour Dolls.

As always, I want to know your thoughts on this glambag and whether there’s a product you’d really like to buy.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

My Paper Heart Audiobook Review

My Paper Heart Audiobook Review

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I will be reviewing the last audiobook I listened to on the bus while going to a job I had a hard time adjusting to. Let’s just say, this feels like the end of an era and I’m kinda disappointed that the book we’re finishing up with is not the best out there. I’m talking about My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon. Let’s get started, shall we?

One thing I hate is when books reference the title, or rather quote the title. I think that’s stupid and that literally happened in this book in the first sentence. While we were just getting to know each other, the main character threw a bombshell: “My father has always been the patriarch.” What? Seriously? Talk about first impressions, huh?

Now the plot of this novel is one of the oldest clichés in the history of romance: city girl is sent away to the countryside. It was very predictable for some reason, just like this entire story, if I’m being honest. Obviously we all know what happens when the girl is sent away, right? Cue the mysterious stranger.

Something I liked and that had really nothing to do with the story itself but that I still enjoyed was the narrator’s raspy voice. It reminded me of Laura Prepon, and I wasn’t mad about it. I also thought it was cool that the chapters were short because I was listening to this on the bus and sometimes I got sleepy, so I could just listen to one more and go to sleep. I didn’t have to interrupt one or wait a long time until it was over.

The main character herself was kind of problematic to me. I mean, she acted like she was being sent to jail instead of spending some time with family. She also was super conceited and for some reason hated every woman around her, which for me was not pleasant to listen. Her thoughts about her own family members were mean. She thought her cousin’s life would change if she was given a makeover. And oh, right, spoiler alert: she ends up with her cousin’s crush.

You know I don’t like when authors include triggering topics just to make the plot more interesting. If you are sensitive to content related to eating disorders and/or assault, then please don’t read this book. Actually, even if you aren’t, find something else. This book was honestly very poorly written and edited, and the worst part is that it’s just the first in a series.

I want to know of a sexy audiobook that I can listen to now that I’ll soon go back to work and will endure even longer bus rides. Share your recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

To All the Fluff I’ve Loved Before

To All the Fluff I’ve Loved Before

Hello and happy Wednesday. Number one, please dear teenagers who love Noah Centineo don’t come at me after reading this post because I was reading this series when you still thought boys were dumb, and number two, isn’t this title genius? Today I’m going to share with you my (probably very controversial) thoughts on Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which is the last book in the To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before series written by Jenny Han.

Right when I started reading this book, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old crush. I mean, I’d read the second book of the series a long while ago and kinda didn’t like it, but I also was expecting to see what happened in this one. I obviously already knew what was going to happen at the end, but I wanted to know how that happened. So, basically, like with an old crush, I felt that the spark was kind of still there, but trying to pick up where we’d left off was awkward.

I guess now I understand more that feeling, and it’s simply that I outgrew the book. I mean yes, I was like twenty or so when I read To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, but beyond age, I’ve kind of grown cynical when it comes to such fluffy romance-filled stories. I’m still down for some love in my novels, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just not into the rose-tinted, cotton candy world where Lara Jean appears to live. And as sad as I am to say this, I think Peter Kavinsky’s character also got sort of “contaminated” by this fluff. I felt that, yes, I still loved him (like I still do most of my all crushes. No I don’t, I’m just kidding. Honestly.) but that he was just too loving and too caring and too perfect. And that’s fake. That made the conversations between him and Lara Jean just unnatural and scripted, like really the author wasn’t even trying anymore.

So yeah, I was totally disenchanted by this book. If we’re going to continue with the boy analogies, it was like that moment when I realized I no longer had a crush on a guy and all the stuff he did that I thought was cute became annoying. And I really had to make an effort at some point to continue reading, just for all times’ sake and in a way, just to “get it over with” already, but I’m telling you, it was hard. At times I found myself super bored wanting to read something, and I’d see that book and think “please, anything but this.”

One of the things that I maybe was more accepting of in the past but that I couldn’t stand this time was how Lara Jean referred to her mom and dad as “Mommy” and “Daddy.” You’re eighteen years old, woman! Grow up. Call them whatever you want but don’t refer to them like that. Please. And, on that note, I hated how childish she was, and how mean she acted towards Peter sometimes. You’re not in kindergarten, sweetie, you’re a senior in high school.

Also, Miss Han, and this is a favor I ask you on behalf of all the non-American readers you have out there. Please stop referencing Hamilton every two lines. You might get it, but we don’t, and we don’t have the time or energy to google them. Stick to something global, like Harry Potter.

Did you read this book or are you planning to? If/when you do, share your thoughts on it in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Easy Audiobook Review

Easy Audiobook Review

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. Now that I spend more time on a bus than I actually do at home, I have to be resourceful and listen to my books instead of reading them. My latest audiobook accomplishment was Easy by Tammara Webber.

I think you, my dear readers will enjoy this book because the main character is actually in university, and not in high school like most of the YA books I read and review in here.

Now, keep in mind, and I’m saying it from the beginning so that you can decide to skip this post altogether, that there are very detailed descriptions of attempted rape, and the subject of rape is present in this novel. If this is a subject you’re sensitive to, then avoid this book.

If you’ve decided to keep reading, please denounce your aggressor to the authorities if someone tries to hurt you, even if this happens at a party and calling the police means “ruining” it. If you read the book, you’ll know why I’m putting this out there.

This story starts with a very typical scene: damsel in distress and mysterious stranger who saves her. I won’t lie, I live for those scenes. What I didn’t like were the victim-blaming hints the mysterious savior was throwing at the main character. Dear stranger, being alone doesn’t give anyone a reason to take advantage of another person.

There are flashbacks and flash forwards, which you know I always appreciate. I don’t appreciate, though, that the main character is kind of immature, and I’d say a bit self-centered too. Yes, honey, your boyfriend broke up with you, but at least he was honest about the reasons why he wanted to break up. Shouldn’t he get a little credit for that?

This reminds me a bit of Flat-Out-Love because we have kind of an online/offline situation. Jackie, our main character, exchanges emails with Landon, who’s a class monitor or whatever they call it in the States, but she also has this thing that’s just beginning with Lucas, our mysterious savior.

It also remind me, in a not so good way, of all the dating advice I heard from Matthew Hussey a few months ago each time Erin talked to Jackie about guys. I accidentally sort of spoiled the ending for myself, but don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you. What I’m going to spoil though, is the fact that there was a breath Jackie didn’t realize she was holding. Because how smart do you even need to be in order to breathe, right?

Let’s talk about spoilers. Don’t tell me exactly how, but tell me about the last show or book someone spoiled for you.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila