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

 

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Changes in my Makeup Techniques

Changes in my Makeup Techniques

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Hello and happy Sunday. I’ve noticed on Youtube that the “my makeup then vs. now” videos have resurfaced, and even though I already made a post in which I compared how I used to do my makeup before and how I currently do it, I think it would be really useful for me to really talk about the techniques I’m using now and how they’ve changed over time. I’m going to go step by step, following my usual makeup routine, and I’ll explain how everything’s changed. Let’s get started, shall we?

Primer

When it comes to primer application, the biggest change is that now I almost always use a brush. When I started wearing primer, I’d apply it with my hands, but now the brush is my preferred tool for application.

Foundation 

Did you notice I didn’t continue with concealer? I have recently switched up my routine, and now I apply foundation straight after priming and then I do concealer. I’ve noticed that my skin looks better, more even, and that the dark circles under my eyes are better concealed.

Concealer

I now apply my concealer with a brush as opposed to a sponge. It does take longer to blend, but the finish is so much better that the extra time needed is totally worth it.

Baking

There was a time when I used to bake religiously, but now I only do it when I’m going full-glam. I like how my skin looks when I don’t bake, like it’s more natural, at least that’s what it seems.

Eyebrows

Lately I haven’t been applying any color to my eyebrows, just a clear gel so that they stay in place throughout the day.

Eyeshadow

I now prefer a wash of color, applied with a blending brush, rather than something more elaborate like I used to before.

Those are the main changes I’ve made when it comes to application techniques. Have you changed anything in the way you apply your makeup? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!
Love, Miss Camila

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

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Hello and happy Sunday. I don’t know why, but I feel like Ipsy glam bag unboxings are a lot of work sometimes. Today I’ll tell you about the October 2018 bag, and it was a weird one. Let’s get started, shall we?

CoTZ Flawless Complexion Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50

This was actually something I redeemed using points, and I’m kind of mad at myself because I got virtually nothing. It was so hard to get anything out of that tiny tube that I just gave up, so I can’t really say what I feel about it because I didn’t have a chance to try and test this product the was I would usually do. I got a 0.18 oz or 5g tube, while the full size version is 2.5 oz or 70g and is $22.99. I feel that this is the average price for a sunscreen, and given that I’d only be wearing it in my face, I think it’ll last me a while, so I think I would buy it.

Wander Beauty Lift-Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask 

I always try the products the day after I get them so that I make sure I’m not wearing any makeup or stuff that can alter the performance of what I’m testing. I’ve only used this mask once and I don’t think there’s going to be a second time. It smells and feels like straight up glue, and I feel that the texture is too thin and liquid to form a nice layer on the skin, which makes it a literal pain to peel off afterwards. I got a 10 mL or 0.338 oz tube, and the actual full size is 60 mL or 2.029 oz. I had already made up my mind about not buying it even if it was cheap, but the $34 price point only makes me confirm my decision.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light Sand 

I feel like I was finally invited to the party every beauty guru had already attended because this concealer was, and to some still is a huge deal. I think it’s good but it’s definitely not the best product I’ve tried. I got a 1 mL or 0.0338 fl oz. sample, while the full size is 10 mL or .338 fl oz. That means you get ten times as much product for $27. I honestly thought it was going to be more expensive, and had I liked it a little more, I’d hesitate whether in another life or another universe I’d buy it. It didn’t blow me away so I don’t think it’s worth the splurge.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Don’t Be Jelly 

I like the rich color of this nail polish. It’s definitely pigmented, and that means I’m fine with just one or two coats. However, it chips really quickly. I’m a teacher and I’m always doing things with my hands. I need a heavy-duty nail polish and this isn’t it. I got the full size version in my bag, which you can buy for $7.99. Now, that’s the standard price for a “professional” nail polish, like China Glaze or O.P.I. Those don’t chip that quickly, though, so they’re worth it to me. This one isn’t.

SLMISSGLAM L50 Lilac Sparkle Eye Blender

I had talked about this brand before, and then I found it odd that they don’t sell the brushes separately. I think that’s kind of misleading and also makes no sense to me, but whatever. I think this is a nice blending brush, maybe a bit too fluffy and soft, which means you wouldn’t want to use it for precision in the crease, but it’s good enough. I won’t be buying it, though. No, thank you.

City Color Grow Pro Highlight in Nebula 

The first time I tried this I thought it was eyeshadow and I din’t like it one bit. My experience using it as highlighter was better, but I still feel it’s a bit chalky. Also, I don’t really think that one might wear a blue iridescent highlighter very often, but to each their own. Even though I got an individual pan, this product belongs to a four-shade highlighter palette that retails for $8.99. Now, that’s a price I’d pay for  highlighter, especially because the other colors are more wearable: champagne, pink, and gold.

That’s it for today. In the comments below tell me about one product you’d like to try.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

September 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

September 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello and happy Sunday. It feels like I haven’t unboxed an Ipsy Glam Bag in a while, and I always have fun doing these more in-depth posts and putting them together for you. Let’s get started, shall we?

It Hair Care 12-In-One Leave In Conditioner 

Let me start by saying this product smells like all the good things in the world. I sometimes reach for it just to smell it. I only wash my hair during the weekends, so when washing time comes, my tips are sometimes a bit dry and need love. Well, this conditioner gives them all the love. I got the sample version, and it contains 2 oz or 60 mL. The full size version contains 10.2 oz or 300 mL and is $17. I think that I would pay that price for this product because I’ve seen it work wonders with my hair, and I only need a small amount each time, so it’s going to last me a long time.

Doucce Cheek Blush in RSVP 

This is one of those brands I know and love thanks to Ipsy, but that  will probably never reach for on my own because I don’t agree with the price of its products. Yes, I got a beautiful mauve blush that has a bit of shimmer in it and that I think goes well with everything. But I’m not going to pay $28 for it when I’m sure I can get a dupe from NYX or Maybelline.

Trestique Mini Lip Glaze in Mumbai Magenta 

I accidentally got two of these, not sure why, but I’m not mad. This is a hot girl boss pink, which you know I have in different versions. I like that even though this is a very strong color and you can build it up, it still has a sheen to it, like a softer side to it. The full size product, which comes with a primer, is $25. This is standard Trestique price and I paid it for lip products in the past, but this particular shade is not one I reach for a lot, so I wouldn’t spend that amount of money on it again.

Luxie Beauty Harley Quinn Detailed Flat Definer 110

I use this brush to apply my concealer and I’m love with it. I will tell you more about some techniques I’ve been incorporating to my makeup routine in an upcoming post. I love getting brushes in my glam bags but I have like three blending brushes and three foundation ones already, so it’s nice to get other type of brushes for a change. This brush normally would be $20 but it is now on sale for $14. Do I think that’s a more reasonable price? Totally. Would I pay that money if I wanted to buy that brush. I don’t think so, considering that there are awesome brands that sell brushes for half that price.

Glamour Dolls Retractable Gel Eyeliner in Blue 

Speaking about a brand that sells affordable high quality products, I got a blue eyeliner from Glamour Dolls and I’ve been giving it some love. It’s not the typical in your face super pigmented eyeliner like some out there, but you can build it up and get that pop of color I love. For some reason the website is only showing be a black eyeliner, which is $2.99. Do I really need to say it? Yes I do. I would definitely buy one of each color available for that price.

Which of these products would you buy? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

NYX Mini Haul + Review

NYX Mini Haul + Review

 

Hello and happy Sunday. Today’s post will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to share with you two products I got from NYX that I’ve been loving and that you might too. Also, I did buy these myself for a change, meaning that no, I didn’t get them in a subscription box or anything. Let’s get started, shall we?

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer 

I was running out of primer, so I bought this one mainly because it’s affordable. This product reminds me of aftershave when it comes to texture and scent, but especially because it does leave that tacky makeup-ready feel on the face that I particularly like in my primer. I got it for $8.39, but I’m sure that if you live in the States and have an Ulta nearby you can manage to get a discount for it.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Fair

I think this can be a dupe for the Smashbox concealer I recently talked about in an unboxing, and I think this concealer matches my skin tone very well. I would say, though, that this has a yellow undertone and I would prefer a pink one, so that’s something to take into account if plan on repurchasing this. It cost $3.27, which is a stupidly good price for a concealer in my opinion.

In the comments below tell me about your favorite NYX product.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Iridescent Love

Iridescent Love

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Hello and happy Monday. Today is clearly not the first time I try this look. In fact, it’s been my go-to for months and I don’t know why I love it so much. Basically, it’s a brown halo eye with an iridescent blue or purple on the center. I know what you’re thinking: what an absolute disaster, but this actually works so nicely, it’s become sort of like my staple eye look of the moment. Below are the steps I followed to achieve it.

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Golden brown (crease)
  7. Iridescent blue (center of the lid)
  8. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Golden brown (lower lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Nude lipstick

What has been your preferred color combination as of lately? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

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