Empties #10: The Good Bag

Empties #10: The Good Bag

Hello and happy Thursday. It’s been a long while since the last time I did an “empties” post even though the most recent edition was published fairly recently. Today I want to focus on brands, more than products, that I will continue to be supporting. For a while now I’ve started to be more conscious of my purchases and that means buying from brands that are female owned and that have cruelty-free products. Some are also indie or family-owned, which is cool because it’s nice to see small businesses thrive. Without further ado, here’s the list of good brands: 

Are there any brands that you know of that should make it to the list? Or some that I’ve listed that shouldn’t be here? Share your knowledge with me in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

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Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul #2

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul #2

Hello and happy Sunday. I know I was supposed to write this post a while ago, but for some reason I didn’t feel like it. Now I do, so before I tell you about some more of my polishes, keep in mind that I’ll number my fingers, 1 being the little finger, and 5 being the thumb. That way you’ll know specifically which polish I’m talking about. Let’s get started, shall we?

img_60891. Rags to Riches by Rimmel London 

I got this in a subscription box, and although the color is not my favorite, I really like the consistency and the duration of this nail polish, so I’ll keep it and probably wear it a lot in Baltimore.

2. Holy Fuchsia by Be a Bombshell 

I got this one from Ipsy, and I’m absolutely in love with the color. The texture and pigmentation are good on the first coat, but once you apply the second one, it gets all weird and yucky. I’m still taking it because I’m seriously obsessed with the color.

3. Flirty Tankini by China Glaze 

This is an odd metallic-looking salmon polish. When I apply the first coat, my nail is still visible underneath, so I need at least two coats for full coverage, but it doesn’t dry down completely and after a day wearing it, I get desperate end up peeling it off in the shower. I’m not taking this one with me.

4. Devotion by China Glaze

This metallic polish is honestly gorgeous. It’s not really a silver, but rather a metallic gray if it makes any sense, and it has this purple undertone I love. I’m keeping this baby with me.

5. Stellar by China Glaze

I love this shade for special occasions because it goes with my choice of black clothes and golden/nude makeup. This is a glitter, which makes it all the better for me. I’ve had it for a while now, so it’s getting dry and tacky, which means it’s time for me to throw it away.

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  1. Let’s Be Friends by O.P.I

This was part of the Hello Kitty collection and I’ve had it for a while. I love the shade, and I really think this brought me good luck because I wore it to the interviews for my previous job. It’s old now and it goes on unevenly, leaving my nails looking streaky, so I’m throwing it away.

2. Océano by Vogue

I’m pretty sure this is a Colombian brand, and I don’t know why I feel that the local nail polishes have a better quality than international ones. I think this is the perfect color for the summer, and I’ll enjoy wearing it in Baltimore.

3. Small + Cute = Heart by O.P.I

This nail polish is also from the Hello Kitty collection, and I know that soon I’ll have to part ways with it, but it’s so beautiful, I just can’t right now. I need it in my life for a little longer. I think this would be a really cute color to wear as a wedding guest or during the spring.

4. Rosa Bling by Yanbal

This is a clear polish with the tiniest bit of pink on it and lots of glitter in all sizes. If I were to choose a single nail polish to wear for the rest of my life, it’ll probably be this one, and I’ll sure rock it in Baltimore.

5. Revlon 

This one doesn’t have a name, so that’s pretty helpful. I actually got two of the same in a subscription box and gave away the other one. The color is a beautiful true blue, and the consistency is great when applying it. The problem with this one is that it chips like crazy, so my manicure never lasts when I’m wearing it. I think I’m taking it and giving it one last teeny tiny chance.

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1. Midnight Mission by China Glaze 

When I was swatching this, my initial though was “why do I not wear this more often,” and although the reason is that I don’t really wear dark nail polish, I think we can change that with Midnight Mission. It’s a super deep blue with glitter on it and it just looks oh so classy. I thought it’d be dried out by now because I’ve had it for a while, but it isn’t, so I’m taking more advantage of it in the future.

 

2. H & M

This is a cute glittery magenta a friend got me when I was just getting into nail polishes. It is completely dry and useless now, so I have no other choice but to get rid of it.

3. Pelican Gray by China Glaze 

I like to channel my inner teacher with this nail polish, and I’m totally going to rock it once I go back to teaching in Baltimore. I’ve had it for a while, but I haven’t worn it enough so as to give you a more in depth review of it. I need to try it for a little longer.

4. Atractiva by Masglo 

Again, this is a Colombian brand and I think it is way better than O.P.I and China Glaze combined. I think the shade is classy but at the same time it’s playful, and this lasts me a full week and sometimes even more. I’m going to miss my Colombian brands, though.

5. Lighthouse by China Glaze 

I’ll save you the long review to tell you this: I don’t know what I was thinking buying a yellow nail polish and I’ll never wear it again in my life.

In the comments below, tell me about your favorite nail polish brand.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Makeup Unhaul

Makeup Unhaul

Hello and happy Sunday. My trip to Baltimore is near, and that means I have to look through my stuff and determine what I’ll keep and what I’ll take with me…that sounded oddly familiar, like I’d already said it in a previous post. Anyway, today I’ll show you the makeup I gave away because it’s not worthy of joining me on my trip. I’m not going to link anything; this is an unhaul, you wouldn’t want to get this stuff anyway. Let’s get started, shall we?

I got rid of two black pencil eyeliners because I already have mine and I don’t need a collection of these, especially because I often reach for drugstore brands so I don’t mind getting new ones when the other run out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know what shade the Shany lipstick is, but the Femme Couture one was and old love of mine. It was this cute low-key red I reached for when I didn’t know much about makeup and wanted to be fancy. I just feel like it’s not my shade anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nude lipstick, clear lipgloss, a lip stain and tinted lip balm. I know somebody who’s more into natural/ no makeup looks will love these, but again, I don’t feel like having a ton of these products if I don’t reach for them regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

These are all pinks in different shades. I still love me some pink, and I’m sure you know that if you see my Makeup Monday posts, but these are too scandalous for me and I’m not about that vibe anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we have the purples. Ugh. Even when I tried on all of my lipliners it felt odd having purple lips, you know? I know this is probably a sign of me getting old and it’s clearly a reflection of the makeup trends and my own tastes changing, but hot pinks and purples are just not my thing anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither are the bold and vampy lips. I swear I tried that dark brown in the middle a few times before coming to the sad realization that I looked kinda silly wearing it. And I don’t mean “other people will think I’m silly,” I mean I felt like I’d look ten times better with a lighter brown and maybe some lipgloss on as opposed to that heavily pigmented shade. Ultimately, I wasn’t having fun with them, so I gave them away.

 

 

 

It was tough to let go of my giant palette that contains basically every shimmery color in the world, but I’m not risking taking it only to realize it all broke. It was a cheap palette, after all, and maybe I can get another one once I’m in Baltimore. The one next to it is pure kid makeup, but I liked it because it had bold colors. I’m taking another one I have, so I don’t really need extras.

 

 

 

 

Speaking about “extra,” I’m parting ways with some blushes and highlighters because I have enough of those, some actually pretty similar to these ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have a cream contour palette (I prefer stick contour now), a liquid illuminator that is too warm-toned, and a highlighting pencil (I think) I only one used on my brow bone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we have some dry shampoo I never used because 1. I hated the way it smelled and 2. I honestly just prefer to have dirty-looking hair than adding more product into it. We also have four bottles of micellar water I’m too lazy to use, a lip exfoliator, and a spare sharpener.

I’m sure there’s more to be unhauled once I actually have to pack my bags, but this is it for now. In the comments below tell me about the products you’ve recently gotten rid of.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Physical Book Unhaul

Physical Book Unhaul

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you a list of books I’ve read and enjoyed but that I’m not taking with me to Baltimore and that I feel too guilty leaving them at home collecting dust. I gave all of these books away to friends, family, and acquaintances, in case you were wondering. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

 

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Unboxed by Non Pratt

Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 

 

 

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S King

Freak by Marcella Pixley

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Los Libros Que Dejo en Bogotá

Los Libros Que Dejo en Bogotá

Hola y feliz miércoles. Oficialmente en menos de un mes voy a irme a Baltimore a vivir, aunque cuando esto sea publicado ya habré pasado tres meses fuera. Ahora estoy organizando todas mis cosas y sorteando qué me llevo que de dejo. Estos libros que les voy a mostrar no los voy a dejar en mi biblioteca, sino que los regalé y ya todos tienen nuevos dueños. Voy a compartir los links de cada uno para que los miren si les interesan. ¿Comenzamos?

Plegarias nocturnas de Santiago Gamboa

Perder es  cuestión de método de Santiago Gamboa

Volver al oscuro valle de Santiago Gamboa

El cerco de Bogotá de Santiago Gamboa

Una casa en Bogotá de Santiago Gamboa

Océanos de arena de Santiago Gamboa

 

 

 

Siempre fue invierno de Piedad Bonnett

Después de todo de Piedad Bonnett

La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz de Antonio G. Iturbe

 

 

 

 

¿Para qué sirve un niño? de Colas Gutman

Un montón de unicornios de Ana María Machado

Volar de Yolanda Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los amores de Nishino de Hiromi Kawakami

Más oscuro de E.L James

La historia del amor de Nicole Krauss

 

 

 

 

 

El pasado de Alan Pauls

Nunca en cines de Andrés Burgos

Primero estaba el mar de Tomás González

Los afectos de Rodrigo Hasbún

La multitud errante de Laura Restrepo

El expreso del sol de Tomás González

 

 

 

El horizonte de Patrick Modiano

Más allá del olvido de Patrick Modiano

La puta diabla de Fito Páez

Cómo viajar sin ver de Andrés Neuman

Hablar solos de Andrés Neuman

Contigo en la distancia de Carla Guelfenbein

 

En los comentarios cuéntenme cuál o cuáles de estos libros han leído y sus ideas al respecto.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul (1/2)

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul (1/2)

Hello and happy Sunday. I feel that I haven’t done a nail-related post in the longest time, and now that I need to go through my stuff and decide what stays and what goes (or rather, what goes with me, and what goes to the trash), I thought it would be cool to share my nail polishes in a haul/unhaul kinda post. In each picture I’m starting with the thumb and going all the way to the little finger. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Dollface from Formula X

You can see this is a tiny little thing because I got it in an Ipsy Glam Bag. The color is a very pretty and light pink, but the problem is that the wand is so short, I can’t ever apply this properly. If I find it in full size, I’ll totally get it.

2. Look at My Bow! by OPI 

This is one of those things a YouTuber made me buy (thank you, Nicole Guerriero). This nail polish, along with two others I’m also hauling, belongs to the Hello Kitty Collection from OPI. Yes, I live and die for Hello Kitty. This color is what I would call “Barbie pink,” and as much as I like it, I rarely reach for it because I don’t think it looks good on my nails. Still, because it’s a Hello Kitty nail polish, I’m giving it one last chance.

3. Nailen 

This one is from a Colombian brand, and it has no name. It’s a nice, glittery blue, and I used to wear it a lot for work because I had to wear a blue blazer on Fridays, and this just looked great. A colleague gave it to me because it chips like crazy, but I don’t really mind that, especially now that I have more time to take care of my nails than I did when I used to work. This is obviously going with me.

4. Green Daylilly by Margaret Dabbs

This one was also courtesy of Ipsy and I got it in full-size. I love the bluish/greenish shade because it’s foolproof in terms of when and where in can be worn. I like how the first layer applies, but when I go for the second one, the finish is horrible. I’ve tried only applying one coat because the polish is thick and pigmented enough, but of course it ends up chipping within the first two days. I’m keeping this because the color is too pretty and I can look for a way to make it work.

5. Evening Seduction by China Glaze 

This is a super dark blood-like red with violet undertones. It’s gorgeous, but it’s all dry now, so I’m throwing it away. I also haven’t been super into dark nail polish shades, so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this or getting a similar one for that matter.

 

  1. It’s All About That Nail by Catrice 

This is the only red I own, and I like to wear it when I go on vacation and I know I’m going to sunbathe. Opaque colors help protect the nails from the sun, and I like that red is still vibrant enough to go with the vacation theme. I’m going to move in summertime, so you can be sure I’m taking this nail polish with me.

2. Huntress by Formula X 

You guessed it, I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag. Yes, it’s tiny, and yes, the wand is super short, but I’m keeping this polish because the texture of it is less creamy than the Dollface one, so the application is easier. Besides, it’s got this duo-chrome green and brown shade I love. I think it would be a great shade for the fall, don’t you?

3. This thing has no name and the brand is in Korean

I got this polish in my Kawaii Box (you can click here to check out the whole unboxing). It’s a neon pastel pink that glows in the dark. You might think “so you’re keeping it, right?” I’m not. This is a cool thing to joke around but it’s not something I would wear for real. Besides, it is all streaky and not meant to be a quality product.

4. ZN

I bought this nail polish a long time ago in China Town in New York, and it has no name. Because it’s basically just glitter, it’s super chunky, but I love it and I’ve had no problems applying it. This is my go-to option when I don’t want to wear “real” nail polish, so of course I’ll need it with me in the States.

5. Heaven by China Glaze 

This is a very light peach and I had very high hopes for it, but I absolutely despise the formulation. It is super creamy, so it doesn’t really dry down, and causes my nails to get ruined in no time. I’ve tried to wear this many times and it literally doesn’t last more than a few hours on my nails because it’s just so horrible. It is definitely going to the trashcan.

Stick around for next week’s post, in which I’ll be hauling and unhauling more polishes. In the comments below, tell me which of the shades I swatched was your favorite and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

Cleaning My Teaching Closet (pt.5)

Cleaning My Teaching Closet (pt.5)

Hello and happy Saturday. This is the last you’ll hear from my supplies, and I saved one of my favorite items for this post, can you guess what it is?

I think one of the very first things I’ll have to buy when I move to Baltimore is a pointer like this. It actually came in a three-pack, but I gave one away a long time ago, and I left the other a school. I liked to use this when my students were doing show and tells, so that they could point at things. Needless to say, they loved it, too.

 

 

If you thought one of my favorite supplies ever are stickers, then you were right. I adore stickers with every fiber of my soul, which is why I’d been collecting them for a while, even before I became a teacher. It was easier to let go of them than I’d anticipated, by think I’m just waiting to be in the States so that I can start my conversatio

 

n from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

These are foamy stickers, which I used for decoration. I’m pretty sure I also gave these to a teacher friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look, I don’t know what happened, but I ended up with a collection of gluesticks. I don’t use that much glue at all, but there’s something about me that is somehow always present in my life.

I can, on the other hand, explain the amount of silk paper. You see, one of the Colombian subscription boxes I used to get every month came with a sheet of silk paper, to sort of cover the products inside. That’s why I have so much paper.

Is there anything that is not strictly a school supply, but that you still accumulate for your classroom? I’m thinking wrapping paper, boxes, or other containers. Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila