May 2019 Glam Bag Plus

May 2019 Glam Bag Plus

Hello and happy Sunday. Just last week I was telling you about my subscription with Ipsy ending and the reasons why I’m not resubscribing. Yes, the Glam Bag Plus I was anticipating so much arrived over a month after the end of my subscription. I get that I’m going to have to wait more time to get my stuff since it arrives at a P.O Box in the States and then is sent to Colombia, but this box was actually sent to me after May was over, which means it wasn’t a mailing problem but an Ipsy problem. I don’t know, it felt like when someone says they want to give you a present and then they’re so shitty about it that you’d rather not get it, only this wasn’t a present but a subscription service paid with my money.

Because I’m being more conscientious about what I buy, I did my research and found out that only Il Makiage, which is the mascara brand, is male-owned. I think 4-1 is a nice ratio and an empowering example for Ipsy subscribers, considering that Ipsy itself is female-owned. Now,  that’s just about the only positive aspect of my experience with the Glam Bag Plus. The box itself was a pain to open and it was all tattered and smushed. My first thought when I saw it was “things in the glam bag are more protected than this.” I don’t know, it might sound silly and like I’m being extremely nitpicky here but if I’m paying $15 extra for this service, the quality of the packaging should improve, no? Additionally, I thought that on the first month of one’s subscription you got a makeup bag, which I didn’t, and I didn’t even get one of those booklets that come with the products.

As you will going to see just about now, the products didn’t make up for the crappy experience. In my opinion, they were unnecessarily overpriced and I wouldn’t even consider buying them myself. I’d rather spend those $25 on Colour Pop makeup.

GlamGlow Bubblesheet

Ipsy price: $7.65

Real price: $9

Nudestix

Ipsy price: $30

Real price: $30

YENSA Tone Up Primer

Ipsy price: $28

Real price: $35

Wanderess Palette

Ipsy price: N/A

Real price: $25

Il Makiage Mascara 

Ipsy price: $25

Real price: $25

If anything, my price research concluded that Ipsy’s prices are actually lower than the real ones, which is awesome since I always think the estimated prices of items in subscription boxes get inflated. I’m pretty sure we have another month of the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and then we’ll be done with this subscription service. What did you think of it? Do you like it when services have “upgrades” like this one? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Face Makeup Mini Haul

Face Makeup Mini Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. I feel like I haven’t sat down and written a makeup-related post in ages because to be fair, I haven’t sat down and properly played with makeup in a long time. I’m not going to promise to get back to it because honestly, I’m just going with my instinct and if I’m not as into makeup as I used to be, then that’s fine. Don’t get me wrong, I still wear makeup every day, I just don’t play or experiment with it as much as I used to. Anyway, when I do go full glam, my main focus is on the face, which is why today I want to talk to you about some products I got.

The sachet is a sample of a Kevyn Aucoin foundation/BB cream/ whatever you call it. It came with an eyebrow pencil I bought and honestly, they could’ve done so much better than a sachet, but it’s fine since I’m not going to shop that brand again. It was perhaps a bit too liquid and a bit too dark for my taste, which was expected since nobody really asked me what my skin tone was.

Next, we have Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Solution, which is a moisturizing cream. It smells like orange, which I’m totally into. The texture is more gel-like than that of a lotion, and it absorbs super quickly, leaving a soft sensation on the skin. I haven’t tried it for a considerable amount of time to have a clear idea of how it works, but since this came in an Ipsy Glam Bag, I don’t feel obliged to like it.

The Wet n’ Wild Cushion Foundation will change your life. Okay, let’s move on. No, but seriously, I really loved this foundation. I’m using the past tense because I’m already done with it and I’m not repurchasing it considering I got it before I pledged to only buy makeup from female-owned brands. This is really a game-changer in terms of having control of how much product you’re actually using and applying to your face. I used it with my makeup sponge and I felt that every single time, my foundation was even and the coverage was amazing.

I got the Bare Minerals setting spray, which I’m sure wasn’t called a setting spray, as a reward from Ipsy or something like that. It was okay, I mean, I didn’t notice anything different about my makeup on the days I was wearing this, which means nothing extremely bad happened but also nothing remarkably good. If you’re into natural brands and can afford this setting spray, go for it.

Is there any makeup product or brand you’re super into right now? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Teacher Stuff Haul

Teacher Stuff Haul

Hello and happy Saturday. Today’s post is about all the cute stuff I own as a teacher, that either I’ve purchased or have been gifted. Let’s get started, shall we?

I customized and bought this tumbler so it looked like me when my hair was long. I love it because it has my face and my name and because it holds enough water to keep me hydrated throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the other side of the tumbler. Again, you can customize the name and even I think the font too up to some degree. If you’d like to get this for yourself or someone you love, go to Upick-IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Harry Potter mug was the gift of a former student, and I love it so much that I think I’ve only used it once or twice. It basically serves the purpose of being pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stamp comes in a set of four, which I have in my classroom. It was also a gift from a student, and if you want to get something like this and you live in Colombia, you can click here to contact the seller. I love this particular stamp because I have to sign my students’ agendas every day and now my aide just puts this instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pad is from Upick-IT too, and it was a gift from a friend. Yes, that’s my full name, in case you didn’t know. The inside has the name on top and a smaller version of the drawing (no color, only the outline) on the bottom left corner. The paper is lined, and I use it to write long notes to parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are my grade books, but I’m currently using none because the school provides me with grading spreadsheets. The one with polka dots was a present from my best friend, the red one is from Teacher Created Resources, and I bought the other one in Spain and wrote a post about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cute little thing was a present my grandmother gave me forever ago. I used to have it on my desk when I had a fixed spot in the teachers lounge. In the school I’m currently working, there’s no assigned seating or a real desk, just tables, so the cute owl is now on my bookshelf.

Which of these items would you like to get for yourself and why? Let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

thredUP Haul 2.3

thredUP Haul 2.3

Hello and happy Friday. This is the last thredUP haul in this three-part series. Today I’m going to show you clothes I bought for work. Like I’ve mentioned in past posts, navy is the “institutional” color, and we can pair it with white and ivory. This is why all the clothes you’ll see today are blue. If you don’t like this color, then maybe skip this post. I’ll include the estimated retail price, the original thredUP price and the discount price where applicable, as well as the status of each item when I got it.

Brand: Splendor!

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $30

Original price: $13.99

Discounted price: $11.90

Status: Like new

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: Stephanie Rogers

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $30

Original price: $14.99

Discounted price: $12.75

Status: Gently used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: Tempo Paris

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $27

Original price: $10.99

Discounted price: $9.35

Status: Like new

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: D&Co.

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $24

Original price: $12.99

Discounted price: $11.05

Status: Gently used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: Lily

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $71

Original price: $19.99

Discounted price: $17.00

Status: Like new

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: Forever 21

Size: Large

Estimated retail: $20

Original price: $11.99

Discounted price: $10.13

Status: Gently used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand: Nautica

Size: 8 1/2

Estimated retail: $60

Original price: $14.99

Discounted price: $12.75

Status: Gently used

Which of these items would you wear for work and how would you style it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

thredUP Haul 2.2

thredUP Haul 2.2

Hello and happy Tuesday. It’s officially Christmas in Colombia, so here’s a present for you. I bring you a short and sweet haul with three items that I got from thredUP and that are perfect for warm weather because for me December equals traveling somewhere nice and sunny. I’m going to share with you details about each item related to estimated price if it wasn’t on clearance, plus the original thredUP price and the discounted price I paid, as well as the status of each item when I got it. Let’s get started, shall we?

I really don’t know what to think regarding this H&M dress. It’s a large, which means that even if the style is bodycon-ish, it’s comfortable. The fabric is stretchy but the texture is sort of weird, at least to me. I like the print and the length, but I’m not sure about the neckline. I’m just over showing my boobs to everyone.

Estimated retail: $12

Original price: $7.99

Sale price: $6.40

Status: New with tags

 

 

 

We’re looking at the cute floral skirt that is stuck to my legs because it was super windy. Yes, I know that my outfit shouts “preppy,” but just so you know, that was the whole point. This skirt is from Polo by Ralph Lauren, and I got it in a large. It was a struggle to get it in, let me tell you that, but that’s because my belly grew a bit over the months (it’s food, not a baby, okay).

Estimated retail: $78

Original price: $12.99

Sale price: $11.05

Status: Like new

I haven’t worn this skirt yet because it’s way too short and I haven’t been to a place where this could be an acceptable piece of clothing. I like the print and the bold colors, so I think it would look great paired with the right top. This skirt is from Forever 21 and I got it in a large.

Estimated retail: $20

Original price: $7.99

Sale price: $6.40

Status: Like new

 

 

Because it’s tradition to travel around this time, I’d like you to tell me where you’d sport any of these items and why.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

thredUP Haul 2.1

thredUP Haul 2.1

Hello and happy Friday. We all know that one of my favorite hobbies is online shopping, and one of my favorite sites to do so is thredUP. I love it because I can get new clothes at super low prices that nobody around me is going to own. Today’s haul features pieces I’d probably wear on the weekends or on Fridays, when I can wear black or gray bottoms to work. These items weren’t all new, so I’ll let you know which were. Also, I had a discount on the already discounted items, so I’ll show you what the item usually cost on thredUP and what I got it for.

Where I work, we have to wear navy clothes. We can pair them up with ivory or white, but blue is the most predominant color, so I obviously had to get these cute dolphin earrings from Aldo.

Original  price: $4.99

Sale price: $3.93

Status: Like new

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know I don’t really like jeans, but this shirt felt like it was made to be worn with jeans and Converse. It’s a Sunday shirt for me; a piece I’d wear to go to the countryside to spend the day and chill. This is from Shein and it’s a large.

Original  price: $7.99

Sale price: $6.40

Status: Like new

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know you can see my belly and I’m not sure how I feel about that. This is super sheer and I just gave away all my black bodysuits and tank tops which I used for underneath items like this. Besides the gorgeous print, there are some areas that have this lace/mesh kinda situation going on. I think it can work for a casual weekend thing, maybe for a dinner date or something, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing it for work. I paired this Angie blouse, which is a large, with a green sports bra from Adore Me.

Estimated retail: $12

Original  price: $10.99

Sale price: $8.99

Status: New with tags

 

I’m showing the skirt here, just so you know. I think this is an interesting piece in terms of construction, fabric, and length. Let me explain: the slit is on the front, but it’s classy, the fabric is kinda stretchy, which I’m all for, and it reaches the calf. I wore it to work on Friday and I felt super comfortable. This cutie is from American Apparel and it’s a large.

Estimated retail: $36

Original  price: $17.99

Sale price: $8.99

Status: New with tags

 

 

 

 

Again, I’m showing a skirt, which I already wore once to work on a “casual/formal” day, meaning that we had to look professional but didn’t have to wear the required colors. This skirt is from Old Navy and it’s a large. I love that it’s knee-length because now I’m steering towards longer skirts than the ones I used to wear once upon a time.

Estimated retail: $27

Original  price: $999

Sale price: $8.99

Status: New with tags

That’s it for this haul. Again, these clothes are more on the casual/weekend side. I have two more thredUP hauls coming up, so stay tuned. In the comments below tell me which item of clothing or even which outfit you liked the most and why.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila

Wish Update #2

Wish Update #2

Hello and happy Friday. When I posted my first Wish Update post I hadn’t gotten all the rings I’d bought, so I wanted to do this follow-up little thing and show you two more beauties.

This one has gold accents in the band. It’s chunky, and if you know me, you know that’s how I like my rings. I like the combination between silver and gold because I think that makes it way more wearable. Also, I have to say, the size is perfect because my hands are big, which means that small rings will just disappear.

 

 

 

 

This is a cutie. It has everything I like in a ring. It’s heart-shaped and it has a pink stone in the middle. I love it because it’s the one that looks the least engagement ring-ish out of all the ones I bought, but it still says something, you know?

Have you bought anything through Wish recently? What was it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday!

Love, Miss Camila