July 2018 Ipsy Glambag

July 2018 Ipsy Glambag

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Hello and happy Sunday. You know I’m a mess when I post the August Ipsy glambag haul before the July one, right? But at this point I don’t think I’m going to change and straighten up my game, so we’ll just go with the flow. Like last week, what I’m going to do is list each product and link it whenever possible. I will also give you a brief description of it and tell you about the contents of the full size product and its price. Let’s get started, shall we?

Ofra Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Exquisite

I’ve previously talked about singles and I’ve expressed my preference towards palettes because of convenience in terms of price and also practicality. This particular shade is absolutely stunning, especially to use instead of eyeliner. It gives this badass vibe to the look while still keeping it classy. I got a single which weighs 4 g or 0.14 US oz, which is what each eyeshadow weighs normally. It costs $15, though, which I think is straight up stupid and I wouldn’t spend that amount of money on just one tiny shadow pan.

Sundays Nail Polish in No. 45 

I love nail polish as much as I love makeup, but given that I change my nail color every week or so, I’m not a fan of spending a ton of money in these products. The color I got is a cute light blue that I think looks awesome on short nails, but it chips pretty quickly. I got an actual full size bottle in my glam bag, which costs $18. Now, you already know my answer, but would you pay that amount of money for nail polish?

HEMPZ Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Herbal Body Mosturizer 

Let me start by saying that this thing smells like a cocktail I’d drink (virgin though because straightedge). Seriously, I love the scent of this lotion as well as the feel of it in my skin. I think texture-wise it’s right in the middle between super liquid and thick, and that’s pretty much my preferred texture. I’m not going to say anything about the marijuana leaf in the bottle, okay? Okay. The version I got is 2.25 fl oz or 66 mL. That is the sample size and costs $7.50.  The full size version is 17 fl oz or 500 mL and is $23. Honestly, just comparing quantities and prizes, I would consider getting the full size version.

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer in Light 

Remember that one time I got a Smashbox product in another Glam Bag and I talked trash about it because I hated it? Well, Smashbox sort of redeemed itself with this concealer because it’s been my go-to product for my undereye area since I got it. I honestly love the pink undertone and the texture. I also love that I got a full size version of the product to try on. What I don’t love, sadly, is the fact that it costs $25, which means that I will probably never buy it.

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl in Purple Rain 

This is a new brand for me and honestly I was pleasantly surprised both by the quality of this eyeliner and the price. It costs $6.99, which I think is a good price for colorful eyeliners because they’re going to last me more than my blacks or browns. I like how this glides on and I’ve been playing with it by adding a pop of color to my looks. I will definitely keep this brand in mind.

Which of these products was your favorite and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

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Hello and happy Sunday. Yes, I am getting Ipsy glambags again, which is super exciting for me, not just because I get cool new products every month, but also because I get to combine the way I did unboxings with the sample vs. full size concept I came up with. Let’s get started, shall we?

Ciaté London Glow-To Highlighter in Moondust 

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it now: highlighter is not a necessary step in my makeup routine. It’s a cute addition, and it’s clearly something that will make the look extra. This sample weighs 1.5 g or 0.052 oz, while the full size version weighs 5 g or 0.17 oz. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a highlighter myself. I’ve gotten all of mine from subscription boxes, and at $33.39 there’s no chance in hell I’ll be buying this, even if it’s kinda cute.

Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Peel Off Mask 

I always tend to have the same issue with Hey Honey products and it’s that I really like them but then I see the price point and think it’s ridiculous. This mask is nice. It’s not the best mask you’ll try, but it’s something I enjoyed putting on my face. The sample is 12 ml or 0.4 fl oz, while the full size is 60 ml or 2 fl oz, and costs $49. No, honey. Not going to happen.

Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in BeachRose

This product is apparently no longer available, which is awesome, right? Now how can I tell you how much it costs or whether I’d repurchase it? Something I like about this brand is that I get sent full size products, so that means I can get more use out of them and really get an idea of what they are. This one weighs 4.5 g. I use this particular product on no-makeup makeup days because it’s like a combination between bronzer and blush, so it gives my skin that color and healthy glow that only makeup produces.

The Balm Cosmetics Foiled Again in Locked Up

This is like a grayish/ purplish/ silverish eyeshadow and for a while there I was living for it.  The sample weighs 1.2 g or 0.042 oz. Now, this eyeshadow comes in a palette that has twelve shadows and costs $34. I literally just bought my sister two Colour Pop palettes that have nine eyeshadows each for $24. This is my way of saying no, I wouldn’t get this palette even though it’s gorgeous. I also bought a Colour Pop palette for myself, so stay tuned for all the looks I’ll try with it.

SLMISSGLAM Rose Gold Blusher Brush

This brush is super cute and I loved getting it along with the face mask because I could use them together. That’s what I use this for now: face masks, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s awesome for application and behaves like a queen when I wash it afterwards. You already know that I don’t repurchase brushes because, what’s the point? But still, knowing the price is important in case someone asks for recommendations. I sadly couldn’t find this brush on its own, and the collection it belongs to costs $79.99, which is just stupid. In my opinion, if you want cute, high quality brushes at a reasonable price, go to Glamour Dolls.

As always, I want to know your thoughts on this glambag and whether there’s a product you’d really like to buy.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

*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

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

Sample vs. Full Size #10

Sample vs. Full Size #10

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Hello and happy Sunday. We’re reaching the end of this series, but I have good news: I just re-subscribed to Ipsy so we’ll soon have the new products, and within those unboxings I’m going to add the full-price/full-size portion so that you know whether I’d buy the stuff I get or not. Let’s get started, shall we?

JERSEY SHORE COSMETICS Apple Harvest Hydrating Balm

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

Full price: The actual apple balm wasn’t in the site, but I found similar products with different scents that were $10, so we’ll go with that.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Hell no. I’m not spending $10 on a single lip balm, even if it were a medicated one, which this isn’t. I’m not going to pay $10 for something that usually costs $2. I think in cases like this one I’m paying more for the brand than I am for the product, you know? It’s like I’m justifying that I spent all that money in a single lip balm because hey, I’m using Jersey Shore Cosmetics. Not going to happen.

PÜR Mini Fully Charged Mascara 

Full size: I got the mini version, which has 0.14 fl. oz. The full size version has 0.44 fl. oz.

Full price: $22

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This mascara is good, but it’s not amazing, in my opinion. If it were amazing, I’d consider buying it, like I have other products I’ve tried and loved. I’m not in love with this one, so I wouldn’t be willing to pay $22 for it. Is the price absolutely crazy? No, it’s high, but I’ve seen worse, and I’m sure there are many people who find this to be a great deal.

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Lychee + Gold Blush 

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

Full price: $14

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I’d already discussed a blush from this collection in another shade, remember? I don’t know what I said about the price then, but I’m pretty sure past me and present me will agree that $14 is a lot for a single blush, even if it’s gorgeous like this. I think I said this before already, but I’ll say it again: Seraphine Botanicals needs to do something about its prices because they’re kind of crazy.

LUXIE BEAUTY Blending and Shading Eye Brush 429 

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

Full price: I couldn’t find this particular brush on the site.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I cannot say whether I’d buy this brush or not because I don’t know its actual price. I wouldn’t buy it for myself anyway because I already have one of those and I don’t need another one.

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 

Full size: I got a sample that has 3.25 ml. The full size version has 8 ml.

Full price: $24

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Here’s the deal: I didn’t like this product. It think it’s too thick, which makes it hard to blend, and then it kind of picks up when I’m applying my foundation, and I just don’t like it. For that reason alone I wouldn’t buy it, so this isn’t even a matter of price, although let me tell you, $24 is a lot. For that I could buy three of my favorite drugstore concealers.

What do you think about the prices of these products? Is there anyone you’d buy? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Sample vs. Full Size #7

Sample vs. Full Size #7

Miss Camila (1).pngHello and happy Sunday. Welcome to another episode of “How Cheap Is Camila?” Today I have five products, some from brands that are new to me, and we’ll see if they make the cut. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

GLAMOUR DOLLS X LISA FRANK Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer 

Full size: I got the full size version of the bronzer in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $5.99

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Fuck yes! When I had to look up some brushes on this site for a previous post I was pleasantly surprised with the affordable prices. As I saw who much (how little) this bronzer is, I was once again in awe. I need to check out this brand in depth and get more of their products because I think it’s fantastic that they’re so high-quality and concerned with nice packaging for amazing prices.

MANNA KADAR Cosmetics HD Perfecting Powder 

Full size: I got a sample version of this product. I couldn’t find information of the full size version in the website.

Full price: $29

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Here’s the deal: I don’t currently live in the States, and even though I’m technically a professional makeup artist, I don’t live and breathe makeup, so I don’t always know about the hot brands or products out there. There are possibly many brands that are unknown to me, and that are super hip otherwise, and maybe Manna Kadar is one of those. If that’s the case, then I kind of understand the price, but personally I think new, less recognized brands shouldn’t be that expensive, at least not at first. I clearly wouldn’t pay $29 for a powder from a brand I know, let alone one that is new to me.

BANG BEAUTY Lipgloss in Spice

Full size: I got the full size version of this lipstick in my Ipsy glam bag.

Full price: $18

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I’m seriously disappointed because I was getting mentally prepared for another fuck yes, until I saw the price. I just don’t think a single lipgloss, no matter how absolutely stunning it is, costs nearly $20. It’s a no for me.

TARTE COSMETICS Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush in Feisty

Full size: I got a sample version of the full size product. I couldn’t find information on the weight of the full size version in the website.

Full price: $29

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I have to clarify something and it’s the fact that I couldn’t actually find the product that was sent to me, probably because it was Deluxe meaning limited edition, so the price information is based on the regular blushes. Would I pay nearly $29 for a blush? Hell no!

SOROCI Morning Calming Cream

Full size: I got a sample size version of the original product. I couldn’t find any information of the contents in the website.

Full price: $30

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This is a nice cream, but it’s definitely not nice enough for me to think about spending $30 on it. I’d consider buying it if it were half the price, so let me know if there’s ever a sale.

Which of these products would you get? Let me know in the comment.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Sample vs. Full Size #6

Sample vs. Full Size #6

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Hello and happy Sunday. I’m pretty sure by now you know how I feel about some makeup and beauty brands, and especially their high prices, and today I have five more products to discuss. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

CUTE BALMS Lip Balm in Vanilla 

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

Full price: $5.34

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This is one of those items I’d feel weird buying for myself when I know it’s just lip balm and I could get one that does the job for $1. I would, however, consider getting an assortment of these (even though I think there are only three colors at the moment), and arranging them for a present. I’d give this to a colleague, for instance.

URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion

Full size: I got a mini version of the actual eyeliner pencil.

Full price: $21

Buy? Yes/ No? Why? I’ve already talked about other Urban Decay products in this post series and you know how I feel about the brand: I like it but I hate its prices. I think paying $21 for an eyeliner is absurd, but it’s even more absurd when you’re literally getting a pencil. There’s no technology into the design that maybe justifies the price; it’s just a very expensive pencil.

HEY HONEY Trick and Treat Concealer 

Full size: The sample I got is 8 mL or 0.27 oz; the full size version is 15 mL or 0.5 oz.

Full price: $36

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I still have the sample I got and this is probably my favorite concealer at the moment. It is pretty amazing. That being said, no, I’m not paying $36 for a tube that’s only twice the size of what I have now. I would rather stick to the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, which I swear by and costs a fraction of the Hey Honey one. It’s just not going to happen.

DOUCCE Cosmetics Freematic Highlighter in Solstice 

Full size: I got a sample size version of the highlighter and couldn’t find information on the website regarding the full size weight.

Full price: $14

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Of course, when compared to the crazy prices I’ve seen in this series I feel compelled to yell “fuck yes” at a $14 highlighter. I think that’s a very reasonable price that I’d pay. However I’m not yelling “fuck yes” because I don’t know the actual measurements of this highlighter, so I don’t know if I’m actually getting a nice amount of product for the price I’m paying. It’s a maybe for now.

TARTE Cosmetics Lights Camera Lashes Mascara 

Full size: I got a sample size version, which was 3 mL or 0.1 oz. I couldn’t find information of the full size version on the website.

Full price: $23

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Okay, let me get started by saying that yes, this mascara is expensive. It is not stupidly expensive, in my opinion, but it clearly is overpriced. Would I pay $23 for a mascara? I would, if I thought game-changing. Is this mascara game-changing? Absolutely not. This is a fancy version of the Push-Up collection of the Falsies by Maybelline. It even says in the description for the Tarte one “Push-Up bra for your lashes,” only the Falsies have been around for way longer, are cheaper, and work wonders.

In the comments below, tell me which product you’d buy and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila