*Last* Sample vs. Full Size

*Last* Sample vs. Full Size

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Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m happy to announce that this will be our last Sample vs. Full Size post because from now on I will integrate this to the usual Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing/ review. I’m also happy to announce that yes, I recently re-subscribed to Ipsy, so at least for the next year we’ll have goodies coming every month. Let’s get started, shall we?

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Full size: I got the sample size version, which has 0.34 oz. The full size version contains 1.7 oz.

Full price: $38

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I don’t think this was that great to begin with. I mean, I could feel the immediate hydrating effect, but I didn’t see anything lasting. I don’t buy mediocre products, especially not when they cost nearly $40. I think there are better products out there for a quarter of the price.

TRIFLE COSMETICS Sugar Bunny Lip Scrub  

Full size: I got the full size version, which contains 10 mL or 0.34 fl. oz.

Full price: $17.95

Buy? Yes/No? Why? If you’ve been around for a while, then you know there are some products that I consider “non-essential,” meaning that I don’t use them everyday; they’re not a part of my usual routine. Highlighter is a non-essential, just like lip scrub. I exfoliate my lips every once in a while, and I currently own two lip scrubs I got in Ipsy glam bags, so I don’t feel the need to buy these myself. I also don’t feel the need to spend $17.95 on something I could easily make at home, if I wanted to.

THE VINTAGE COSMETIC COMPANY Slanted Tweezers in Rose Gold

Full size: I got the actual tweezers in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $10.50

Buy? Yes/No? Why? When it comes to beauty tools, I usually have just one, and when that seems to have served its time, I buy another one. I don’t have different versions of the same makeup brush, and I’m not one to have different pairs of tweezers when I only need one. I already have my tweezers, so I don’t really use these new ones. I’m keeping them for when the others don’t work. As always with items I wouldn’t purchase myself, I’m glad these were sent to me because I wouldn’t have spent $10.50 on something you find at the drugstore for $2.

PAULA DORF COSMETICS Bronzer in Bora Bora 

Full size: I got the sample size version that weighs 2.1 g. The full size weighs 10 g.

Full price: $32

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I didn’t really like this product to begin with because it made my face look ashy, and who wants that? That itself is obviously reason enough for me not to buy it. If it were good, I wouldn’t think about buying it either because I think it’s way too overpriced for a brand that up until a few months ago was unknown to me.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm 

Full size: I got the full size version of the lip cream in my glam bag.

Full price: $6.50

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I obviously wouldn’t buy this same shade because I already own it, but I’ve bought several lip creams from this brand. You know I love NYX products because they are the perfect balance between quality and price. This is a yes, yes, yes for me.

Now, as always, in the comments let me know which product you would buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

I Got Tinder Gold

I Got Tinder Gold

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Hello and happy Saturday. Given my decision of coming back home, I had to sit down and be honest with myself about this plan of mine of marrying a foreigner, most likely an American, and living abroad. I had to be realistic, come to terms with the fact that 1) this isn’t my priority right now, and 2) if I’m staying in Colombia, chances are I’ll end up with a Colombian guy, and that is fine. Okay, I’m still working on that one, but for now let’s stick to #1, right? It’s not like I want to get married any time soon, anyway.

Still, I decided I needed to start somewhere, to look around, to “shop local.” I already had Tinder and Bumble on my phone (Bumble is still completely useless for me, thank you very much), but thought it’d be a good idea to pay for the upgraded service. Let me note here that I paid just about the same amount of money for one week of Bumble Boost than what I paid for a full month of Tinder Gold. That’s ridiculous, seriously.

Because Bumble is absolutely useless to me and has gotten me nowhere, and trust me, I’ve tried it in four countries already, I’m going to stick to Tinder Gold. When you pay for Tinder, I think you get the chance to change your location, so if I were to travel somewhere soon and wanted to be in contact with locals beforehand, I could just type that location instead of my current one. I’m saying “I think” because I haven’t used that feature, and I’m not sure it’s actually available for Tinder Gold. What I do know is that you’re shown every person who’s ever liked or swiped right on you.

Tinder is still relatively new, right? Like, it’s probably been around for three or four years, and I’m one of its OG users for sure. I don’t know if I’ve deleted my Tinder account, but I think not, and because it’s linked to my Facebook and I’ve always kept the same profile, I’m inclined to think that my current Tinder is the one I’ve had from the start. I’m giving you this time frame as a reference so that you understand that I’m by no means a bombshell who over the course of a week got more than 2000 likes. This is something that’s been building up for years.

I’m sure we’ve all seen that trend in the Youtube beauty world where the people just went from having 100 foundations to just keeping ten and stuff like that. The de-cluttering  trend. Well, I thought it’d be fun to do the same with my potential Tinder matches. Like I told you before, I’d used Tinder in four countries, and countless cities, so I would have a nice mix of men to look through.

My naïve mind thought “well, if for some reason I end up liking only 10% of the guys, that means I’ll have 200 matches, give or take.” That is a very good number if we’re talking about men possibly interested in me. The reality was like looking through a beauty guru’s makeup drawer: there’s a lot of random shit, some even has gone bad, and then there are just a couple things you’d like to save.

I think out of all the men I sorted through, I decided to match with, say ten. Out of those ten guys, one opened up with the wonderful “hey, how are you doing?” and with that killed the conversation before it even had a chance to become something else. To the other matches, I sent the generic “happy Monday!” or “hello handsome,” and the next day proceeded to unmatch all the guys who’d clearly read the message and had no interest in replying. At least unmatch me yourself, dude, spare me the effort.

Was there anything salvageable? Any conversation that made it past the generic messages? Well, this totally wasn’t going to be the moral of the story, but there was. Now that I think back on the whole process, I can conclude that finding that right person (not Mr. Right, or anything like that, just the right person at the right time) requires that we filter through a whole lot of people, through an app or in real life. And in the end most people don’t want to have 200 options to choose from, but just that one certainty. Again, I’m not talking about true love here or whatever, but I’m talking about a person that becomes special to us at a certain moment in our lives, and that makes us happy.

I’m being super cheesy here, so before I start quoting Nicholas Sparks, I’ll go. Would you ever use Tinder Gold? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

My 25th Birthday

My 25th Birthday

THROWBACK THURSDAY (1).pngHello and happy Thursday. Yes, I turned 25 last year, and despite my fears preceding that date, I haven’t felt old or like I should be doing other things with my life. I’m in no rush to get married or have kids, and I honestly don’t think I will regret feeling this way years down the road. Today, though, rather than talking about what being 25 years old has felt like, I want to share with you how I spent my birthday. Let’s get started, shall we?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that last year I had a tough few months, and that I wasn’t in the best place regarding my mental health. By the time I turned 25, I was on the road to being myself again, but I didn’t want to put myself in a vulnerable state, especially for a birthday that people deem so important. I don’t know, I sort of had this idea that if I stayed home, I’d be feeling miserable, which is why I did what I did.

A month before my birthday, I bought plane tickets for me and my mom. We would spend my birthday weekend in this beautiful city close to where we live. I bought her a ticket because I’ve always thought that a birthday is also a day for the mom to celebrate and be celebrated. As a present to me, she paid for the hotel, which was super luxurious.

Let me tell you: there’s nothing better than spending your birthday traveling. Sure, if you like big parties and being the center of attention, maybe you’ll prefer that, but if like me, you struggle with depression and anxiety, maybe going away, even if it’s for just a weekend, is a fantastic option.

My mom and I went to the nicest places, we walked around, went sightseeing, got massages, and ate chocolate cake, courtesy of the hotel. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my 25th birthday.

In the comments below, tell me about a memorable birthday.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Kindle Haul #4

Kindle Haul #4

100th (2).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Yes, I have another kindle haul for you. The answers to all the “how the hell does she get to buy so many books at such low prices?” will come to you soon, but for now I have another set of fresh titles that have just recently become a part of my virtual library. Like last time, I’ll tell you how much I got each book for and its current price in case it has changed. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

I got this book by popular demand and by popular demand I mean there was a time everyone was talking about this. This is one of those books that I got because BookTubers were talking about it and I wanted to be cool, so I added it to my wish list and waited until it wasn’t that hyped so the price was low and I could buy it. I got super lucky with this book because I was able to get it for $0.99, and it now is $8.99.

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young 

I feel this is an author I have seen and heard a lot about but I’ve never read anything from her, and I’m not really interested in her more popular books because I don’t think I’ll like them. However, this book I bought seems like one I could enjoy, and since I got it for $0.99, I wouldn’t be that mad if I didn’t. The current price for the kindle edition is $8.99.

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot 

This is a book that made it to my list because of the reading challenge I created. Literature students can roll their eyes at me, but this is the kind of novel that I’d consider a classic, and like I told you in the last posts, the kindle versions of these are usually cheap. When I got this book it was $1.76, and now it is $2.56, which I think is super manageable still.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

I like everything Paris because it reminds me of my best friend, who loves Paris, but I wasn’t going to pay full price for this book. I paid $1.99 for it, and if you want to get it, you can for $11.99.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 

I remember that when this book had just been released there was some polemic around it and the topics it covers. Still, when coming up with my reading challenge, I kept reading this title, so I decided to give it a chance and either agree with all that was said about it or not. I paid $1.99 for it, and it currently costs $10.99.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 

This sounds like a funny middle grade book, which is perfect because you know I want to read more of these. If you have FreeTime Unlimited, you can read this book for free, and if you don’t, you can get it for $7.99. I bought it for $1.99.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin 

I’m not completely sure, but I think this is another middle grade novel, and from what I could see, the illustrations are just amazing. I paid $1.99 for it and it currently is $7.99.

Which of these books would you like to read and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Pink Lips

Pink Lips

Hello and happy Monday. We’re entering the part in my makeup book where I basically do neutral eyes and focus on the lips. This is why, like today, you’ll just get the lipstick shade as a reference for the look. I love playing with the shades of my lipstick because I feel they make all the difference when bringing a look to life. These are the steps I followed for today’s look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Cream (eyelid base)
  6. Light brown (crease)
  7. Copper (center of the lid)
  8. Copper (lower lash line)
  9. Black eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Pink liquid lipstick
  14. Pink lipgloss

In the comments below, tell me about your favorite lipstick shade.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample vs. Full Size #11

Sample vs. Full Size #11

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Hello and happy Sunday. We’re almost there, we’re almost at the end of this journey, which has left me with the realization that some makeup brands are just stupidly expensive and that I am incredibly cheap. I have five products I want to talk about today, and see if maybe we’ll find something I would buy. Let’s get started, shall we?

ROYAL AND LANGNICKEL Prismatic Ombre Fan Brush 

Full size: I got the actual brush in my glam bag.

Full price: I found a set that has three brushes and a case for $19.99.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I was honestly surprised to see how affordable this brand is. Of course, I already have the fan brush as well as basically any other makeup brush you can think of, so I wouldn’t buy one for myself. I could, however, think about getting a set as a gift to someone who’s getting started with makeup or who wants to up their game, like my mom or one of my sisters. See? We just got started and I’ve already got surprises.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET COSMETICS Baked Highlighter in Prosecco 

Full size: I got the full size product in my bag.

Full price: $14

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you this, but I’ve never bought a highlighter. All the ones I’ve owned have come from subscription services. I don’t wear highlighter on an everyday basis and I don’t think it’s an important step in my makeup routine. That’s why I wouldn’t pay $14 for one, like ever.

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Foaming Cleanser 

Full size: I got a sample that had 30 ml. The full size version has 150 ml.

Full price: $22.99

Buy? Yes/ No? Why? This is a good product and the price is not that crazy, at least the one I found on Amazon. I think, however, that for that same price I could find a L’Occitane product and I’d much rather go for that one than this K-Beauty brand.

TARTE COSMETICS Sex Kitten Eyeliner 

Full size: I got the mini version of the pencil.

Full price: $20

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Just like with highlighter, I never buy eyeliner for myself because I’m always getting new ones in subscription boxes. I’ve talked about other pencil eyeliners before, and I think you already know my opinion, but I’ll say it again: I’m not paying $20 for something I could get for $1.

DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Mono in Ariana 

Full size: The sample I got weighs 1.4 g. I couldn’t get any information on the weight of the full size version.

Full price: $10

Buy? Yes/No? Why?  I’m not a fan of eyeshadow singles. I think they’re a waste of product and money. I wouldn’t spend $10 in a single shadow. That’s just not me.

As always, I’d like you to let me know which of these products you’d get and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Spanish Snacks Haul

Spanish Snacks Haul

Hello and happy Saturday. Let’s talk about food, babies! No, that’s not going to be the name of a new series, but I just *had* to type that. Today we are going to talk about food, though, because I bought some snacks while I was in Spain and I wast to talk about them with you.

Now, I love chips, both literal and metaphorical ones (if you’ve been here long enough, you’ll get the reference) but in Madrid I only bought sweet snacks to take home. By that I mean cookies and chocolates. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Nesquick Chocolate Bar

I looked for it online and couldn’t find it, so I’m thinking maybe it was a limited edition thing or something. It was good but not the best. I actually didn’t eat it all myself, but left it at home after I went to Baltimore. My mom ate it, but she didn’t say it was particularly great either and she loves chocolate. I definitely could’ve done without it.

Nutella B-Ready

Okay, so these are like cookie bars filled with Nutella, or like the product description puts it, Nutella covered by a thin, crunchy cookie. If this existed in Colombia, I’d always have at least one box at home. I mean, if you’re a Nutella lover and you get the chance, try this, you won’t regret it in the slightest.

Tosta Rica Choco Guay

We actually had cookies like this in Colombia when I was a kid, so I bought these for the sake of memory. I’ve tried different cookie sandwiches in my life, but none like these. I love that the cookie is smooth and not overly sweet, and I love the chocolate and vanilla cream filling. The box comes with separate packages, so that’s also super convenient. If you want to see what my childhood tasted like, try these cookies.

Mary Lee Mini Caramel Wafers 

These are just crazy good. They’re literal miniature Belgian waffles that taste like caramel. I had tried these in Colombia, but they’re very expensive and you can only find them in a specialized market, so when I saw this bag, I also saw my chance of experiencing the goodness again. I ate them plain, but I guess if you want to be fancy, you can add stuff. Hey, how about Nutella?

Virginias Hello Kitty Gluten and Lactose- Free Cookies 

Come on, these cookies are like the dream. They’re shaped like Hello Kitty, they’re sweet but not excessively so, and they’re healthy. Plus, the box included a Hello Kitty fork. They are not amazingly flavored, but they’re good, and I think they’re a great option to have for everyday.

Have you tried any of these snacks? What is your favorite foreign snack? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

My Exchange Pt. 7

My Exchange Pt. 7

THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. The time has come to go back in time to when I traveled to the States and stayed at a high schooler’s house for a week. Yes, this is part seven of the story of my exchange. Let’s get started, shall we?

I was with my Colombian friend Irene, experiencing a snowstorm in Middle of Nowhere, Maine, remember? And Ruth, my host, had two friends over and she’d sort of thrown a sleepover party that didn’t include us. It was fine, Irene and I had our own sleepover, and we even ate cookies we’d baked the previous night, like true Americans.

The morning after the two improvised sleepover parties, the actual morning of the snow storm, Irene and I woke up early and noticed that we didn’t hear the usual sounds of people hurrying up to get ready and make it to school. In fact, it felt like everyone was still sleeping, so we left our room to investigate. We went to Ruth’s room, which wasn’t a place we’d frequented. I don’t think we were really welcome there.

Ashley was sleeping on the floor, and Ruth and her friend Shawn were sitting on the bed. The room was a mess, with pillows and sheets all over, and we couldn’t figure out who’d slept where, which made us ask Ruth whether she and Shawn had slept on the same bed. That’s not a bad question, right? Like we weren’t judging or anything, we were just asking. She said they had and I don’t know if Irene and I smiled or something because Ruth got all flustered, and told us that she’d been kidding and that Shawn had slept on the floor. After that, we had to excuse ourselves and go back to our rooms; it would’ve been bad to laugh right at Ruth’s face, wouldn’t it?

Susan, Ruth’s mom, couldn’t pronounce Irene’s name the way Latinos do, so she’d call her Rene, which I found hilarious. She also pronounced my name the American way, and that’s something I’ve begun to find unnerving with the years. I mean, we pronounce your white-people names correctly, can’t you even try? Aside from that, though, the day was nice and nothing bad happened, like the phone call to our teacher had been just a bad dream.

Irene and I hung out at the living room while Ruth did her thing with her friends. She asked Shawn whether he wanted to go outside and because we were pretty bored, we tagged along even if the invitation hadn’t been extended to us. While we were wearing thermal PJ’s, jackets, mittens, and boots, Shawn was wearing sweatpants and he was barefoot. We went outside and played in the snow for a while until Ruth warned us about frostbite, which got us a bit paranoid.

Paranoia lasted until Irene remember she had brought her camera because pictures obviously beat having your fingertips freeze. Irene asked Shawn to take pictures of us, and he agreed, so he left Ruth in the porch by herself (Ashley was probably still sleeping inside) and played photographer for a while. I was trying my best to look like I didn’t hate the snow with every inch of my body, but you be the judge if you see the pictures. Real talk, though: snow fights are not as cool as everybody says.

When the shoot finished and we were walking back inside, Irene asked Shawn for her camera and thanked him for the pictures. Then Ruth approached him and told him, in what was far from a whisper, that she was sure we had a crush on him. Oh, wow.

And that’s it for today’s Throwback Thursday. Do you like the snow? What did you do on snow days? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!
Love, Miss Camila

Kindle Haul #3

Kindle Haul #3

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I have develop a system for buying e-books, so if you’d like to save some money and get great reads, stick around because I have more posts like this one planned for the future. Today I’ll share with you eight books, I’ll tell you how much I got them for and whether they’re still being sold at a discounted price. Let’s get started, shall we?

Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates 

If you didn’t know, hi, my name is Camila and I’m a feminist. When I say I’m a feminist I don’t mean I don’t just follow a bunch of “girl power” accounts on Instagram, although I do have a hoodie that says “girl crew.” I mean that I have read a lot on feminism and I know about it at a theoretical level, and I mean that I keep searching for books and articles that keep me informed on how to be a better feminist every day. The kindle edition of this book currently costs $11.99, but because of some miracle I was able to buy it for $0.99.

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard 

I probably knew about this book from one of those reading lists I found on Pinterest when I was coming up with the ultimate reading challenge. I don’t want to read the synopsis though because you know I like to go into books as blindly as I can. It currently costs $10.99 on kindle, but I was able to get it for $1.99.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 

This is another book that really wasn’t in my plans, but that got added to the list because of the ultimate reading challenge I created a few weeks ago. I think this is a thriller of sorts, but I’m not sure, so it’s going to be an interesting read for me. I got this in kindle for $1.99, but sadly the price is back up to $9.99.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This one is a classic, so I obviously had to get it and read it at some point. And I don’t just plan to read it, but to actually do a novel study or something with it. I got it for $1.99 and to this day, that’s still the price. If you like classic reads like this one, you should check them on kindle because they are always very cheap or available on Kindle Unlimited.

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young 

Young adult is nine times out of ten my genre of preference, but for a while I’ve also been leaning towards middle grade books, like Hundred Percent. The kindle version used to be $1.99 and now it is $4.77, which is still kind of cheap I guess.

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood

This is another book I added because of the reading challenge. From what I read about it, which was very little obviously, this is a historical novel. You know that I struggle with those, but we’ll see. I selected these books for my challenge because they had been best sellers or super recommended by people, so I’ll give it a chance. Right now you can buy the kindle edition for $12.99, but I got it for $1.99.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty 

This appears to be a super successful author I had never heard about before going into the reading challenge, and this is just one of the several novels I’m going to read from her. Can you guess the price of the kindle when I got it? Yes, it was $1.99 indeed, and now it is $7.99.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

I love Jojo Moyes’ writing, but I’m done with the Me Before You Series. I was not that excited by After You and still I read it, but I definitely won’t read the next book that came out. If you are, let me know in the comments. Anyway, this book has nothing to do with that series, and that’s why I want to read it. I got it for $1.99, and it is now $11.99.

I have two more kindle hauls coming up, but I’m also planning on writing a post on the system I use to get really cheap books every month. I’m almost sure that I had already done something like this, but I think it’s always good to update and improve your system, especially if it means saving even more money.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

A Guide to Ombré Eyes

A Guide to Ombré Eyes

Hello and happy Monday. Through these posts I’ve shared with you some of the makeup techniques I consider essential for everyday. I’ve explained the basics of a smokey eye, and a reverse smokey eye, which are two looks I use a lot, but probably my favorite of all are the ombré eyes. Now, ombré means a gradient, which means that you go from a lighter color to a darker one. This is very common, and I’m sure you’ve noticed that most eye looks have a lighter color in the inner corner and end up darker in the outer corner. Sometimes I use three and even four different shades for an ombré eye, but today I’ll show you how to achieve it using only two shades.

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Copper (eyelid)
  6. Copper (lower lash line)
  7. Blend into the crease with a clean brush
  8. Gold (eyelid)
  9. Black gel eyeliner (tightline)
  10. Black gel eyeliner (top lash line)
  11. Mascara
  12. Powder
  13. Contour
  14. Blush
  15. Highlighter
  16. Mauve lipstick
  17. Baby pink lipgloss

Do you like ombré eyes? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila