YESvember Thankful Thursday Week 4

YESvember Thankful Thursday Week 4

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Hello and happy Thursday. Yesterday I got a phone call I totally wasn’t expected and it improved my mood by 1000%, which makes me even more excited to share this week’s happy thoughts. Let’s get started, shall we?

November 16th, 2017

#1714: Getting new stuff.

I am obsessed with online shopping, and sometimes I buy something and totally forget about it until it arrives and it’s double the joy. I don’t know what it was that I got because, again, I don’t really keep track of my purchases, but at least it made me happy, right?

November 17th, 2017

#1718: Flying by myself.

Here I’m talking about a trip I took to Cartagena with my sister, only the day I flew there she had class and couldn’t make it to the airport. That meant I was traveling alone and she would get there the following day. I had only traveled by plane completely by myself twice before and it was just like magic, really.

November 18th, 2017

#1723: Having lunch at La Brioche.

Listen up: if you go to Cartagena and have a sudden urge to eat a burger for lunch, go to La Brioche at Bocagrande. It is an absolutely fantastic place that I totally recommend and would visit again in a heartbeat.

November 19th, 2017

#1730: Zumba en la Plaza. 

Okay, this post is starting to look like a guide to Cartagena or something, but one of the things you MUST experience there is Zumba en la Plaza. I’m not sure if that is still happening, but it used to be almost like a tradition. Basically, every Sunday at 7pm in the Getsemani town square there is/was a Zumba class. I missed it the time I went to Cartagena with my friends from university, but I was sure going to be there when I went with my sister. And I did. And it was awesome. 

November 20th, 2017

#1733: Making plans for our next trip. 

Between 2017 and 2018 I was able to take my sister on some nice trips to touristic cities in Colombia, and it was a very cool experience. We spent three days in Cartagena at that time, which obviously meant that there were some things we could not do or see. So, obviously, as we made a list of what we’d missed, I was already thinking about going home and buying tickets for another time. I guess you’ll have to wait and see if there’s a second part of our Sisterventures in Cartagena.

What city or town makes you happy and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Ten Must-Reads

Ten Must-Reads

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Back when I had my old blog, you know, the one only one of my best friends read (bless her heart), I had this entire page called “must-reads. Instead of posting a review, I would add the book to that page, so that my (nonexistent) readers would have a list they could consult. I’ve tried to keep this idea in this blog by using the “must read” tag, but I cannot say that I’ve been really consistent on that one. This is why, inspired by the video by Hailey in Bookland called Ten Books You Need to Read, I bring you my own list of ten must-reads. Let’s get started, shall we?

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 

I read this book at twenty-five and I honestly wish I’d read it when I was eighteen. This coming of age novel is a reminder to loosen up, to relax and understand that not everything in life can be controlled, measured or anticipated, especially when it comes to love. It is also one of the few novels in this list that will make you laugh, so if you prefer something that is not so serious in style but that will make you think about deeper topics, you should check out this novel.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

This novel came to me at a moment in my life when I needed some tough love, and I’ve come to understand that books find us when we need them most and tell us things nobody else would. It is a book that I read at twenty-five, but that would have taught me a few lessons had I read it while at school. It is basically about the importance of finding and understanding ourselves before going into crazy quests in search of the unknown. Matthew Quick is featured twice in this list, and for good reason.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling 

There’s this family friend who owns a bookstore, and she’s a total snob when it comes to reading. Once, when I was working there, she made a comment about how she didn’t understand why the Harry Potter books were so successful if they weren’t really “literature.” I had only recently started reading them, and she didn’t know this because I was almost certain that she expected me to agree with her. I asked if she’d actually read the books and if she’d paid attention to the writing style. I told her those books were very special, and they’d had the power to do what other books hadn’t: to encourage people who weren’t readers to read. I was as surprised as she was at my reply, but to me, the Harry Potter series is an absolute must. It is a ticket to a magical world, an escape from real life but also a different perspective on it.

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

Maybe this is too personal because I love my grandmother and she is truly the love of my life, but maybe yours isn’t. I just feel that this book is so magic and powerful that everyone should read it. We all have that one person in our lives who will do anything for us and for whom we’ll do anything, that person who is stronger and braver than anybody else. This book is a testament to that. It is a love book, a love letter, just not the romantic kind of love we’re used to reading about. If you watched Big Fish and it made your heart do funny things, then this novel is for you.

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson 

I think this book was a game changer for me in the sense that it opened my eyes to a whole world of YA I didn’t know existed because I was hiding behind fluffy contemporary romance. This is a book about trying to help fix someone’s life when ours is broken and we don’t want the world to see, and I can relate to that. I don’t know if this is an easy read for everyone, but it was a necessary one for me and one that you should pick up at some point in your life.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

This book is about two people who meet because they want to help each other commit suicide. I had to say that before saying anything else because I know this is not a topic everyone will be comfortable reading about, especially when the whole plot of the novel revolves around it. But for me, it was such a necessary read and one that I did not expect at all since I go into books blindly. It is one of those books that I feel were underhyped and only a few people know about. Now you know about it, though. Use that knowledge wisely.

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 

Sometimes when explaining why my family does or doesn’t do certain things, I say “it’s a Jewish thing, you wouldn’t get it.” Well, this book probably won’t be as important to some people as it is to me since it alternates between the past when people lived in a shtetl, and the present when a man called Jonathan Safran Foer goes to where said shtetl was to find out about his ancestors. Like My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, this is a love letter to one’s family and one’s roots. It is a way of saying “I am who I am because you were who you were,” and that message is incredibly powerful.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

This was another game-changer for me because it made me super aware of how neurotypical all the characters in books usually are. This is a novel that honestly should be adapted to movie format, or maybe it already was adapted and I don’t know. Even by reading the synopsis I couldn’t gather the right ideas to tell you what this book is about, other than a quest to find the truth when really a bunch of little truths are discovered along the way.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S King 

Like The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, this novel gave me a completely different look into what YA books can be. It is not a happy book and it certainly does not deal with the common topics of YA. This is a book about a girl whose best friend dies under weird circumstances and it is about how she deals with this and her dysfunctional life.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

This book is about many things, really, but one of those is the disappearance of our main character’s younger brother. Look, I have a younger sister who is my baby even though she’s only two years younger than me, and this book just made me think about her in such a way that I bawled my eyes out. I bought her the physical version of the book even though she’s not much of a fiction reader, and now I’m telling you, this was the first book I read that I truly considered a “must,” and I think you should pick it up.

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

10-Minute Makeup

10-Minute Makeup

Hello and happy Saturday. You know when things start to get busy for me because I post almost exclusively “quick and easy” makeup looks. The truth is, when I’m in a hurry, I try to find options that take me little time but that still show that I put something on my face, you know? Even if I’m only wearing one shade of eyeshadow and a lippie, I want these to be noticeable. I think that’s pretty clear in today’s look, which I accomplished by following these steps:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Matte brown (crease)
  7. Black eyeshadow (top lash line)
  8. Mascara
  9. Contour
  10. Blush
  11. Red lipliner
  12. Red liquid lipstick

I love the effect of black eyeshadow as eyeliner. I think it looks smokey but at the same time, it’s defined and easier to apply than liquid liner. What do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 3

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 3

Copy of THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. I always get excited to share these happy thoughts with you because it’s nice to look back and remember moments in my life that were relevant enough for me to put them down on paper. If you’re new to this blog or this series, hi, my name is Camila and I have a notebook where every day I write thoughts that made me happy. I am now recalling the happy thoughts from 2017 and will progress to other years as I keep writing these posts. Let’s get started, shall we?

November 11th, 2017

#1687: Finishing my planning and even creating some nice products. 

Unlike other teachers, I enjoy lesson planning and I get so invested in the process that I even create resources for my own students, which I sell on my TpT store. You will see that often at least one of these thoughts is work-related and that’s because I love my job as a teacher, and even when I’m not in a classroom giving class, doing teaching-related stuff brings me joy.

November 12th, 2017

#1694: Watching videos of ’90 Day Fiancé’

Sorry about the poor grammar here, but you got what I meant. I still sometimes get caught in the 90-Day Fiancé drama, although not as much as I did in the past. Because the show wasn’t really a big deal in Colombia, I would watch clips of it on YouTube via TLC because that’s how desperate I was to watch it. My favorite person is Anfisa and yes, you can fight me on that one.

November 13th, 2017

#1697: Watching episode 1 of Fuller House.

Again, I don’t think this is grammatically correct, but what are we going to do? Yes, I’ve watched every episode of Fuller House there is and yes, I cried in the first one. Is it better than Full House? No, but at least it’s entertaining and the episodes are short, so it’s good for binge-watching.

November 14th, 2017

#1704: A more relaxed Tuesday than I’d anticipated. 

Remember in a previous post that I talked about how I had to come up with a choreography for the Christmas show at school? I’m pretty sure this Tuesday the kids were rehearsing for said Christmas show, and even if rehearsals are stressful and time-consuming, I’ll take those over teaching an actual class when we’re this close to the holiday break.

November 15th, 2017

#1709: Successfully working on another Skype exchange. 

Don’t be dirty-minded, these Skype exchanges were for my students. We managed to do this video conference with a teacher who lives in the States and her class of Spanish learners, and it was beautiful. The kids sang, we took pictures, and everybody had a great time.

What has made you happy this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 2

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 2

 

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Hello and happy Thursday. Try to say the title of this post three times as fast as you can. Okay, now that you’ve warmed up, let’s remember five things that made me happy in YESvember.

 

November 6th, 2017

#1663: Advancing on my trashy mommy porn book. 

Hello, my name is Camila and I like erotica. I’m pretty sure that around this time I was devouring the Calendar Girl series by Audrey Carlan, which I really enjoyed. Also, saying that reading mommy porn is an understatement, we all know that I was looking for another adjective that also starts with h and ends with y. Here are some links if you want to know my in-depth thoughts on this series: [x] [x][x][x]. Enjoy!

November 7th, 2017

#1668: End-of-the-year massages. 

I’m seriously trying to remember this day but I can’t. I seriously have no idea what I was talking about, and I’m not even sure if I meant to write “massages” or “messages.” Either way, I was happy about them and that’s all that matters, right?

November 8th, 2017

#1673: Having my desk decorated for my birthday. 

Last week I told you that my birthday is on November 4th, which in 2017 was a Saturday, if I’m not mistaken. When I got to school the following Monday, my desk was full of balloons and party decorations, and there was a cupcake that one of my co-workers had brought me. I still have that picture somewhere because it made me super happy to feel so loved and appreciated by my colleagues.

November 9th, 2017

#1679: Getting out of a lunch date I don’t want to attend. 

This person whom I was supposed to meet for lunch on November 9th, I’m not sure if I’m really sorry because, in all honesty, I don’t remember what this was about. Now that I’m more aware of my anxiety, I realize that I probably wasn’t just being lazy since social gatherings can be really triggering at times.

November 10th, 2017

#1684: Creating and uploading a new resource in Spanish. 

Even though this blog is mostly in English, and even though I teach English, that’s not my first language. Spanish is my first language, and I feel proud when I can share things in Spanish with the world. This resource I’m talking about is a book study, so I also find it really cool to spread the word about Colombian authors and give them the visibility and recognition they deserve.

What is something that has made you happy this week? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

April and May 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Haul

April and May 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been slowly falling out of love with Ipsy. I will tell you more about it in another post, but sadly, I feel that now that it’s a bigger, more established brand, it has become so commercial that the personalized aspect of it is gone and everybody is basically getting the same products regardless of what they bought. Maybe my taste in makeup has changed, or I’m just not as excited to get the stuff I used to. Anyway, here’s the breakdown of the glam bags I got in April and May of 2019.

April 2019

 

Huangjisoo Broccoli Plumping Mask and Red Fruits Brightening Mask 

Size: I got the actual masks, so they’re the full-sized product.

Price: Each pack of 5 is $30. This means that each individual mask is $6.

*I feel like clarifying that I got two packs of individual masks, so I only got two masks.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I like masks and I’ve come to like sheet masks even more. I appreciate the fact that I was sent two because I shared one with my mom, but honestly, do you really think I’ll spend $6 on a single sheet mask? If so, you don’t know me.

Nomad Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Kreuzberg 

Size: I’m not sure if this is the size of the shadow in the palette (0.05 oz or 1.5g) or the size of an eyeshadow single (0.08oz or 2.2g).

Price: The single eyeshadows are $12 each, however, Kreuzberg is not available. It is available in a palette that has 15 shadows and is $37.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I wouldn’t buy that eyeshadow for several reasons. The first one is that the color is this minty green that I honestly have worn like once or twice. It is not a shade I’m drawn towards. Besides that, I think the price points are kind of shady. Why is an eyeshadow palette so cheap compared to separate shadows? The difference in size and weight is not that big, is it?

Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer 

*I didn’t get this in my Glam Bag. I exchanged it for points, and they sent it to me along with the Glam Bag products. I thought the clarification was in order. 

Size: I got the only size available in the online store, which is 1.7oz or 50mL. I’d say it’s a travel-size product but it seems to be sold as a full-size.

Price: $45

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Would I spend $45 buying a product I’m sure is sold as a full-size even though it is travel-size? Not in a million years. Don’t get me wrong, this moisturizer is amazing and I’m sure some people will find the price justifiable given its benefits. I’m not one of those people, though. I think this is straight-up overpriced and I’m glad I got it in exchange for points and technically didn’t have to spend anything on it.

The Balm Creamy Lip Stain in Namaste

Size: I got a sample-size version (1.7 mL or 0.057 fl oz). The full-size version is 6.5 mL or 0.22 fl oz.

Price: The full-size product is $14.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I have many lip products, and I have many lip products that are way cheaper and better quality than this “lip stain.” It looks creamy, but it has the sensation of vaseline on your lips, and it never dries. Can you imagine trying to live your best life with magenta smeared on your lips not knowing when and where it’ll transfer? Lip stains were cute five or six years ago, but they’re not an original or inventive product. I won’t waste my money and I hope you don’t either.

Tarte Base Tape Primer 

Size: I got a 10mL or 0.33 fl oz sample. The full-size product is 30mL or 1.014 fl oz.

Price: $30

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Okay, here’s the moment when you’ll think something’s wrong with me because I would consider buying this if I actually had the money. You know I go through many different products at the same time, but I’ve used my mini sample for the past five months and I ran out of it a couple of days ago. What I’m saying is that this product lasts, which means I’d ultimately be saving money with it. Besides, I love the smell and the feel of it on my face. The texture is a bit too liquid but other than that, it’s great.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Size: I got the sample-size version. The full size is 0.46 fl oz or 13.5 mL.

Price: $24

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I would not buy this mascara. I think mascara is one of those products you should never make a big investment on because it literally dries out after six months or even less. I think you should have many different cheap mascaras, and $24 is not cheap. Besides, I’ve worn this one twice and I’ve hated how it looks on my eyelashes. It makes them look long and lanky, like spider legs, and I’m just not about that life. Additionally, this is a male-owned brand and I’d like to support more women in the business.

May 2019

Oryza Nude Shimmer and Contour Eyeshadow

Size: I got the full-size product (0.025kg).

Price: $19.82

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Are they serious with that price point? No wonder why they had to include their eyeshadow palette in a subscription service because I don’t think they’ve sold any. Don’t get me wrong, I adore this palette, but I wouldn’t pay more than $8 for it. It has four shades, and out of those, only one is a matte. It’s a great gift for someone who’s learning or for a person who really likes nudes, but I wouldn’t spend almost $20 on it. Besides, when I researched the brand owner, I got really shady information. According to what I found, it’s a male-owned brand, but now I’m not even sure if that information is accurate. Please don’t come for me if it isn’t.

Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in RoseGlow

Size: I got an eyeliner pencil, so I got the full-size product.

Price:  $14.91

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Again, what is wrong with brands and their absurd prices? This is a gorgeous eyeliner pencil, but it is just that: a pencil that I have to sharpen in order for it to work. I’m not paying what I would pay to go have lunch with my mom for a pencil eyeliner. It is just not worth it.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer 

Size: I got a 0.5 fl oz or 15 ml tube, which is actually available for sale.

Price: $25

Buy? Yes/No? Why? No, clearly. This is a male-owned brand, and we all know I’m steering clear from those because I want to support more women in the industry. I can’t understand how someone would spend $25 on a sample-size tube. Honestly, I can’t even talk about its quality because I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m almost certain that even if it is absolutely amazing, I wouldn’t consider buying it.

Papa Recipe Eggplant Clearing 5.5 Cleansing Foam 

Size: The sample size I got was 15 mL. The full-size product is 120mL.

Price: $12.74

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This would be a hard maybe. This brand is male-owned, so I’d rather try one of its female-owned alternatives. Besides that, I did feel that the scent was a bit too chemically, and I’m not particularly sensitive to those smells, so I don’t know how much I’d enjoy this on a daily basis. That being said, I do appreciate foam cleansers because I think they’re the most effective, and for what we’re getting the price is pretty alright.

Bare Minerals Dew Mist Setting Spray

Size: I got a 10mL sample size. The travel size is 30mL and the full-size is 100mL.

Price: $12 for the travel size and $28 for the full-size.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This was just okay for me, so my answer doesn’t hold as much passion as with other products. I think the price is a bit up there but not too extreme, and if this were a product I really loved, I’d go for the full-size product because it’s clearly a better deal. Bare Minerals is all for natural looks, in my opinion, and that’s just not me.

Now, as always, I’d like you to tell me which product you’d definitely buy and which is a hard pass and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 1

YESvember 2019 Thankful Thursday Week 1

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Hello and happy Thursday. Also, happy YESvember! This is my birth month, which makes it super special. It is also the reason why every Thursday in YESvember will be Thankful Thursday. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

November 1st, 2017 

#1639: Watching a video from Tashapolis.

I’d originally started watching Tashapolis for her BookTube videos, but then she started doing more unboxings and fashion-related content. I’m pretty sure I was referring to one of those clothing hauls because she got me started on them, and actually it was through her that I discovered ThredUp, so, in a way you can thank Natasha for that content in this blog. 

 

November 2nd, 2017

#1641: My hair drying super quickly this morning. 

I really hate washing my hair. The process itself is not that bad, but having wet hair is horrible. I rarely wash my hair on weekdays, but since the following day was a special occasion, I needed to be clean so that I could style it that night. I was grateful that the drying process didn’t take forever, though. It’s the little things…

November 3rd, 2017

#1646: Celebrating my b-day at work. 

I love celebrating my birthday. I love the cake and the presents and being in the spotlight for a day. I’ve actually shared a few posts on how I’ve celebrated my birthday. Well, the first school I worked at had these flag-raising ceremonies every week, and when there were special occasions, the entire school would get together. One of these special events was the birthday of the school’s principal, which took place the day before mine. That meant that they did a huge celebration for his birthday. In a way, it was like they were celebrating me. I mean, we had cake and the principal would say my name in front of everyone and give me a present, and we got to leave early. Also, my colleagues decorated my desk with balloons and nice things.

November 4th, 2017

#1652: Getting a unicorn ring holder. 

My birthday is November 4th just so you know (wink, wink), and this was a present from my best friend. As she gave it to me, she thought it was super tacky but that she knew I’d love it, and love it I do. It is one of those ring holder plates, but since the unicorn has a horn, rings can also be put there. I don’t think it’s particularly classy, but I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.

November 5th, 2017

#1656: Eating like there’s no tomorrow. 

I don’t understand why some people don’t enjoy eating like I do. Honestly, eating is one of my favorite things to do, and you can certainly tell. For my birthday that year, I went away with my family and my best friend to this house outside of Bogotá that my dad’s wife owns, and there I do pretty much two things: eat and read. It was a very good birthday indeed.

What is one thing that has made you happy this first week of YESvember? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!
Love, Miss Camila