The Bad Bin: Brands I Won’t Buy Anymore

The Bad Bin: Brands I Won’t Buy Anymore


Hello and happy Sunday. Today I bring you all the empties I’ve accumulated for a while of brands I won’t be repurchasing. I’m “canceling” these brands for three main reasons: one, they are too expensive and I don’t want to spend that money anymore; two, these are male-owned brands and I’ve found female-owned alternatives; three, when I was researching these brands I didn’t find enough information about them, which makes me feel iffy. Because these are brands I won’t use again, I’m not going to link anything, but you can do your own research if you’re so inclined. Let’s get started, shall we?

  • L’Occitane
  • Jergen’s
  • Claire D’arcey
  • Nivea
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Burberry
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Papa Recipe
  • Pink
  • L’Oreal
  • Kevyn Aucoin
  • CVS
  • Kativa
  • Maybelline
  • Physician’s Formula
  • Avon
  • It Naturals
  • Gap
  • Sink & Co
  • Hempz
  • It Cosmetics
  • Smashbox
  • Samy Cosmetics
  • Trifle Cosmetics

Do you know of any alternatives to these brands that I could check out? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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


Empties #9

Empties #9

Hello and happy Sunday. This edition of Empties will be dedicated to skin care stuff because apparently I ran out of it all at the same time. Let’s get started, shall we?

In the makeup removing realm, we have the cleansing wipes from Primark. If you go to Europe, make sure to stock up on these babies.

Now, for face cleansers, I have the Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Scrub, which lasted me a long time because you’re not supposed to use it every day, and the Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Face Wash from Good Things, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After showering, I moisturize, so I have my L’Occitane Moisture Prep Essence, and the white jar is an almond moisturizer that I hauled after my first trip to Baltimore. I also have a tinted SPF from COTZ, which I’d like to try more of because I think it can be a nice alternative for no-makeup days.

Finally, I’m saying goodbye to my L’Oreal Revitalift Youth Filler (?) Night Cream. I don’t know if that’s the actual name, but do your research and get it because this thing is amazing. You literally feel like you’re getting fillers overnight and you wake up with healthy, plump skin. It’s amazing.

As always, in the comments I’d like you to tell me whether you tried any of these products and what your thoughts were.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #8

Empties #8

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since I dug through my garbage and told you about the stuff I’d used, which means I have so many products that I will divide them into two separate posts. Today’s post is about the random items, so basically there isn’t one category in particular but rather several small ones. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have three eye makeup products, so I’ll begin with them. One is the Ciaté London Fierce Fleeks black liquid eyeliner. I really liked it, and I used it until it started drying out and getting difficult to work with. At the moment I don’t own any liquid eyeliner, and I won’t be buying one any time soon. I have another liquid eyeliner pen, but this has no brand. I believe it came in a package my aunt sent me a while ago and she probably bought it at Marshall’s or a store like that. This is less opaque and less black than the Ciaté one. Finally, in the eye makeup category, we have the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I loved how long and full it made my lashes look, and I wore it until it started to dry out.

Now for hair I used up two products. I had the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment, which I bought at Marshall’s and I absolutely adored and would buy again the next time I go to the states. and the Andalou Naturals Argan Oil and Shea Styling Cream, which smells like orange candy and is great for wavy or curly hair.

I used up all of my Rimmel London lip balm, which my dad bought for me at a Dollar Tree. It was good, and didn’t have any tint or strong fragrance to it. I’ll stock up on these next time I visit a Dollar Tree.

In the fragrance territory, we have the Pink Fresh & Clean body mist, which has been my love for a long time. I got two of these for $10, so I still have my fix. I also used my CyZone Love Bomb perfume, which I got because it was cheap and smelled nice for everyday use.

Finally, we have two empty jars of Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. You know how I feel about them. Even now, months after taking them again, I feel amazed at how much they helped my hair grow strong and healthy. I don’t feel like I need them right now, but I would definitely consider them in the future and I 100% recommend them.

That’s it for this edition of empties. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #7

Empties #7

Hello and happy Sunday. I know before my trip to Baltimore I got rid of a lot of stuff because I wanted to take the least amount of sh*t with me, and so you’re probably already seeing a lot of unhauls, but this is not an unhaul, this is something we do kinda frequently around this blog. This is the space where I can virtually dump all empties and tell you about them. I know you were waiting for this moment. Let’s get started, shall we?




Benefit They’re Real Mini

Can we stop and appreciate the fact that a mini version of this mascara is actually sold? That means that yes, I might buy it sometime in the future. I got this in a Colombian subscription box and I was head over heels in love. But, as we all know, mascaras don’t really run out, they just get dry and you have to throw them away. If you buy this mascara, make sure to get two: keep one and send the other one my way.

The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara 

This one is like the original Falsies mascara, which is everyone’s ride or die, but on steroids. I don’t know, there’s just something about a mascara that can make my eyelashes look longer and thicker at the same time that I absolutely adore. This one is more of an everyday makeup for me because you know that I tend to be dramatic when it comes to my (almost nonexistent) eyelashes. Will I buy it again? Sure, if not now, then sometime in the future.

the Balm Mad Lash Mascara 

Apparently, it was throwaway mascara season in my house. This one is in my opinion the more expensive version of the Falsies mascara I previously talked about. It does the whole lift and separate thing, while adding thickness and length to the lashes. I got this in an Ipsy glam bag so be sure to check out the Sample vs. Full Size series to get some more insight related to this product’s price and whether I’d buy it or not.


I’m just going to put the next three products into this one category because 1. I’ll be expanding on two of those in my Sample vs. Full Size series, 2. One of the products doesn’t actually have a brand and 3. I really want to get this post done and adding links annoys me. I have a foam face wash that smells like a dream and is from a K-beauty brand. Then we have this refreshing gel I used as a moisturizer (I think) or at nights (?). I didn’t notice any changes to my skin when I used it other than the immediate cooling sensation. Finally we have a serum I got at Marshall’s. This is the one that doesn’t have a brand. I used it as a moisturizer and really liked it, but the drop applicator thingy made it really hard to grab product at the end.

Halo Beauty

By now you must have read all the posts I did on this product, so I’m not going to repeat myself. I’ll just say Halo Beauty didn’t do it for me, and I’m glad it’s long gone. Also, I think I might buy Sugar Bear Hair because I need some help and I can count on those gummies.

In the comments below let me know about your recent empties and whether there’s something worth recommending.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #6

Empties #6

Hello and happy Sunday. In my urge to try and use up as many products as I can before my trip, I’m filling the “empties” bin at a higher speed than usual, which is always good because I get to look back on the stuff I’ve used and share with you my thoughts on it. Let’s get started, shall we? 

Eucerin Sun Gel-Cream Oil Control 

This is actually the second sample I had, and now I’ve run out of it, and it kinda sucks because I used to love the formulation of this SPF. Because it’s oil control, it had a dry texture, which is essential for me, especially because even if I’m at the beach or whatever, I will wear makeup and I can’t look all shiny from my sunscreen. We all know, though, that Eucerin is super expensive, so as much as I loved it, I’m not going to buy it in full size.

Hey Honey 24Seven Day & Night Moisturizing Cream 

I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag and I absolutely loved this cream. This is the moisturizer I kept in my travel bag and I held on to this until literally nothing came out. I love the scent of this, and I was especially amazed at the way my face felt after applying this. It is surprisingly hella expensive so, no, I won’t be purchasing it in full size.

Trestique Tint, Moisturize & Blend Stick

A while ago I got a complete Trestique set, which I paid for with my hard earned money. (If you click here, you can check out the post I wrote on it.) I honestly loved this product, but I was kind of disappointed when I ran out because I couldn’t believe how short the stick actually was. I mean, had I known it would last me so little, I would never had paid $30 for it, so obviously repurchasing is not an option.

Model Launcher Felt Tip Liner in Emerald Isle 

We all know Ipsy’s favorite item to send are eyeliners. This one was special, though, because it was green. That means that I must’ve used it a total of three times before it dried and I had to move it to the bin. I appreciate the fact that this was in a glam bag because a green liquid eyeliner is always a fun addition to any makeup collection, but it’s not something I would go and spend my money on, so unless it’s $1, I wouldn’t buy it. (Spoiler alert: it’s not $1).

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer 

I got this in an Ipsy bag as well, and yes, it’s good. Is it the best primer I’ve tried? No. Do I think it’s worth the money some people actually spend on it? Not at all. When I talked about this product in my September Glam Bag Unboxing and Review , I said it does wonders for the skin’s texture, but I must’ve been having a great skin day or something when I wrote that review. It does make your skin look dewy, but it does nothing for the texture.

Ross D’Elen Rose Water Splash 

I didn’t actually run out of this, I just moved it to a bottle with a spray thingy. I love the scent of Rose Water because it’s fresh and delicate with out being a little girl scent, you know? I wear it to go to the gym, so nobody can tell I haven’t showered. This was a present, so I’m going to try not to look at prices. I also have another rose-scented splash, so when I run out, I’m not going to buy this.

Catch Fragrance Mist 

I got this in a Colombian subscription box and couldn’t find a proper website for it. It’s a travel size, which is very convenient, obviously. I did wear it in some trips, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the scent. It was too sweet for me, and you know I don’t really like sweet fragrances. It faded after a short while, which was annoying, so I don’t think I’d buy this in a full size, even if I found it somewhere in Colombia.

In the comments below, tell me about a recent “empty” that you’d totally recommend.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila


Empties #5

Empties #5

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m an expert in accumulating empty jars in a bin and then forgetting about them. Sorry about that. Let me make it up to you by bringing you a bunch of empties I’ve sorted into different categories. As always, I’ll let you know my thoughts on the products and whether or not I’ll be repurchasing them. Let’s get started, shall we?

I only have one product in my “hair” category, and it’s the Schwarzkopf Beology Repair Oil Serum. I got it in a Colombian subscription box called SenseBox, and I’m not sure if this exact product is sold in the States or other countries. I really enjoyed using this product and I felt that it really helped repair my hair while preventing future damage. I’m not going to buy it on my own for two reasons: 1. I think it’s unnecessarily expensive, and 2. I have several hair products at the moment, so I don’t need to buy another one.

Now let’s move on to body lotions. First I have the Delectable Triple Moisture body lotion by Cake Beauty. I got this as a reward in exchange for point on Ipsy. I already knew and loved this brand because of the subscription service, but this lotion is probably my favorite out of the Cake products I’d tried. It smells like dessert, and I love that, especially because I apply lotion before bed and I love to feel that I smell nice. The full-size version is $14, which to me is a reasonable price, so I would consider buying it in the future.

The other cutie is the Iris Blue & Iris Blanc body milk from L’Occitane. In the States, some L’Occitane stores have a 5 for $25 sale, which I live for because when will you ever get a L’Occitane product for $5? Whenever I see this sale, I stock up on body wash, body milk, stuff for my face, and a little something for my mom because she’s the one who made me love this brand so much. This is more light and liquid than other lotions, and I think it’s because it is a body milk. It smells like flowers and also a little bit like talc, but in a good way. I used to love applying this after the gym because it would absorb and leave my skin feeling hydrated and soft, plus the scent was very soothing. I’d buy this again, but I’m pretty sure it was limited edition.

We’ve come to the “makeup” section, and oddly enough, I only have three products to share with you. The first one is the Covergirl Outlast All-Day Primer. This was a good primer, that stayed with me for quite a while. It even survived my makeup classes. It did nothing to improve the appearance of my skin in terms of texture, but it left a nice base to work with and apply products on. Will I buy it again? No, I actually just bought a new primer, and I’ll share my thoughts on it when it comes.

I feel that whenever I do an “empties” post, there’s always liquid eyeliner, and I think it’s because they dry down very damn quickly. Today I have the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy liquid eyeliner, and let me tell you, I held on to it for as long as I could. If you’re just getting started with makeup, or if you’re learning how to master liquid eyeliner, then I totally recommend you buy this one. To me, the shape and width of the pen makes it easy to handle because it’s not super long and thin, quite the opposite, really. The tip is also amazing, and as you grow more confident and skillful, you can try different widths and styles with it. I don’t use liquid eyeliner all that much (even though I always seem to have lots of them), so buying a new one seems like a waste right now.

Finally, we have my EOS lip balm. Is it really makeup? No, but I liked to apply it sometimes to prep my lips when I was wearing matte lippies of any sort. I think I’ve said this before, but I have lip balm in every one of my bags, on my desk, and on my nightstand. Basically, wherever I go I need to have lip balm at hand. As much as I loved my EOS, though, I don’t care that the next lip balm I buy is this brand or not.

We’ve come to the last section, the “face” section. The first product we see is a jar of Personal Care dry skin cream I thought I would never run out of because it’s huge. My dad got it for me and that was my go-to moisturizer for a long time. I’d buy it again if I found it somewhere because as much as I love playing around with different products, I prefer full-size items over samples or travel-size stuff.

We then have two products from Haiko Natural, which is a brand I discovered via SenseBox. I’ve talked about this brand, and I really like it even though I think its pricepoint is a bit high for my taste.

First is the Cleansing Cream and Makeup Remover, which worked fine for my everyday looks, but wasn’t really that effective when I was wearing a full-glam look. I also felt that it smelled like cinnamon, and I don’t like that scent, especially not on my face. For that reason especially I’m not buying it.

What I would buy is the Eye Contour Gel, although I’d probably get it from a cheaper brand. This reduced the appearance of the bags and dark circles under my eyes so much that whenever I didn’t use this, people asked me whether I sick or if something was wrong with me. I’ve never used fillers, but I think this gel has a very similar effect. I loved it.

Another product I loved, which was introduced to me via SenseBox, was the Ponds Flawless Radiance serum. I tried this as a primer, as a moisturizer after I washed my face in the mornings, and as a night moisturizer. It leaves your skin looking and feeling absolutely flawless, just as the name suggests. I’m not sure whether this is sold in the States or in Colombia, but if I ever see it around and the price is reasonable, I’ll buy it.

There’s also some spray SPF my dad bought me in Chile (don’t ask me why because I have no clue), and I liked to use it as primer when I was doing natural/ no makeup looks. I’m looking for a new face SPF, but given that this was bought in another country, it’s not an option for me.

The next three products are brought to you by Ipsy. Let’s start with the two face washes, okay? We have the Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore cleansing foam, which I loved because the scent was super soft, and I felt it doing wonders for my skin’s texture. The full-size product is $13, which again, I think is pretty reasonable, so in the future I might consider buying it. The other face wash is the Juara Rice facial cleanser. The scent was also super soft, but I feel that this wash didn’t do anything other than clean my face, you know? I’m obviously not buying the full-size version, especially because this product is expensive. Lastly, we have the cute little jar with a pink lid. It’s the SOROCI Morning calming cream. This has the nicest scent and a texture you’ll love because it absorbs super quickly and I feel that it leaves the face ready for makeup. The problem with this is the price (really? $30? You’ve got to be kidding me), so that means I’m not buying it.

We’ve come to the end of this post, and as always I’d like you to tell me, which of these products was your favorite and why?

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila