Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul #2

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul #2

Hello and happy Sunday. I know I was supposed to write this post a while ago, but for some reason I didn’t feel like it. Now I do, so before I tell you about some more of my polishes, keep in mind that I’ll number my fingers, 1 being the little finger, and 5 being the thumb. That way you’ll know specifically which polish I’m talking about. Let’s get started, shall we?

img_60891. Rags to Riches by Rimmel London 

I got this in a subscription box, and although the color is not my favorite, I really like the consistency and the duration of this nail polish, so I’ll keep it and probably wear it a lot in Baltimore.

2. Holy Fuchsia by Be a Bombshell 

I got this one from Ipsy, and I’m absolutely in love with the color. The texture and pigmentation are good on the first coat, but once you apply the second one, it gets all weird and yucky. I’m still taking it because I’m seriously obsessed with the color.

3. Flirty Tankini by China Glaze 

This is an odd metallic-looking salmon polish. When I apply the first coat, my nail is still visible underneath, so I need at least two coats for full coverage, but it doesn’t dry down completely and after a day wearing it, I get desperate end up peeling it off in the shower. I’m not taking this one with me.

4. Devotion by China Glaze

This metallic polish is honestly gorgeous. It’s not really a silver, but rather a metallic gray if it makes any sense, and it has this purple undertone I love. I’m keeping this baby with me.

5. Stellar by China Glaze

I love this shade for special occasions because it goes with my choice of black clothes and golden/nude makeup. This is a glitter, which makes it all the better for me. I’ve had it for a while now, so it’s getting dry and tacky, which means it’s time for me to throw it away.

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  1. Let’s Be Friends by O.P.I

This was part of the Hello Kitty collection and I’ve had it for a while. I love the shade, and I really think this brought me good luck because I wore it to the interviews for my previous job. It’s old now and it goes on unevenly, leaving my nails looking streaky, so I’m throwing it away.

2. Océano by Vogue

I’m pretty sure this is a Colombian brand, and I don’t know why I feel that the local nail polishes have a better quality than international ones. I think this is the perfect color for the summer, and I’ll enjoy wearing it in Baltimore.

3. Small + Cute = Heart by O.P.I

This nail polish is also from the Hello Kitty collection, and I know that soon I’ll have to part ways with it, but it’s so beautiful, I just can’t right now. I need it in my life for a little longer. I think this would be a really cute color to wear as a wedding guest or during the spring.

4. Rosa Bling by Yanbal

This is a clear polish with the tiniest bit of pink on it and lots of glitter in all sizes. If I were to choose a single nail polish to wear for the rest of my life, it’ll probably be this one, and I’ll sure rock it in Baltimore.

5. Revlon 

This one doesn’t have a name, so that’s pretty helpful. I actually got two of the same in a subscription box and gave away the other one. The color is a beautiful true blue, and the consistency is great when applying it. The problem with this one is that it chips like crazy, so my manicure never lasts when I’m wearing it. I think I’m taking it and giving it one last teeny tiny chance.

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1. Midnight Mission by China Glaze 

When I was swatching this, my initial though was “why do I not wear this more often,” and although the reason is that I don’t really wear dark nail polish, I think we can change that with Midnight Mission. It’s a super deep blue with glitter on it and it just looks oh so classy. I thought it’d be dried out by now because I’ve had it for a while, but it isn’t, so I’m taking more advantage of it in the future.

 

2. H & M

This is a cute glittery magenta a friend got me when I was just getting into nail polishes. It is completely dry and useless now, so I have no other choice but to get rid of it.

3. Pelican Gray by China Glaze 

I like to channel my inner teacher with this nail polish, and I’m totally going to rock it once I go back to teaching in Baltimore. I’ve had it for a while, but I haven’t worn it enough so as to give you a more in depth review of it. I need to try it for a little longer.

4. Atractiva by Masglo 

Again, this is a Colombian brand and I think it is way better than O.P.I and China Glaze combined. I think the shade is classy but at the same time it’s playful, and this lasts me a full week and sometimes even more. I’m going to miss my Colombian brands, though.

5. Lighthouse by China Glaze 

I’ll save you the long review to tell you this: I don’t know what I was thinking buying a yellow nail polish and I’ll never wear it again in my life.

In the comments below, tell me about your favorite nail polish brand.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

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Trying Halo Beauty: After

Trying Halo Beauty: After

Hello and happy Sunday. I finally finished taking Halo Beauty, and let me tell you, my skin is glad that month of torture is over. I’m not going to come here and tell you this product sucks and you shouldn’t buy it because I’ve seen other people’s before and afters and I know that for some people it works. Hell, I wouldn’t have spent $40 plus shipping if I didn’t think this would make my skin, hair, and nails better, would I?

I do feel the need to tell you that in my particular case, Halo Beauty caused more harm than it did good. My hair looks alright, but it usually looks that way because I take good care of it, and even though it does look shinier and healthier than when I started taking the pills, I feel like I can get even better results by taking Sugar Bear Hair, which is cheaper, by the way.

My nails are long, but that’s what I’d expect from not filing them for a whole month. Are they stronger? Not really. Halo Beauty didn’t prevent them from peeling and chipping. I was super close to actually breaking a nail, and needed to file them all short after taking this “after” picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprisingly enough, my skin doesn’t look half as bad in the picture as it is in real life. Yes, I still have breakouts, but they’re actually healing now that I’ve stopped taking Halo Beauty.

I know I’ve previously said this, but I really wanted to like Halo Beauty and I really wanted it to work. Sadly, I don’t and it doesn’t, and even though I have no interest in searching for the reasons why it was such a fail for me, I’d like you to tell me, in the comments below, whether you’ve had a similar experience with this product or know someone who has.

 

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Trying Halo Beauty: Three Weeks

Trying Halo Beauty: Three Weeks

Hello and happy Sunday. Welcome to another episode of “why am I still taking these pills?” aka week three of trying Halo Beauty. The answer to the first question, if you’re curious, is: I paid $40 for the pills, so I may as well take them.

In the nails department I’m starting to see more significant grow, and I notice that my nails seem to be thicker and stronger. Sometimes my nails peel, like I can notice that a layer is kind of trying to come off, I’m not really sure how to explain it or whether this happens to somebody else. Right now, I have two nails like that, so even if I feel them being stronger overall, they are still prone to peeling off.

My hair looks good, doesn’t it? I feel that it didn’t change much from last week to this one. It appears to be healthier than it did before I started taking Halo Beauty, but you know my thoughts on spending $40 on pills that will  just make my hair look good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, let’s talk about my face. I do want to say that during this week I got a face mask and I also got my period, which are two factors that might have altered the results of Halo Beauty, but let’s be honest here, I couldn’t just stop doing what I usually do to wait and see if a product does work.

I got the mask because I felt that I was getting a lot of breakouts, like I’ve been telling you throughout the updates, and I needed to unclog my pores. I did get two more breakouts on my chin, which is normal after a mask like the one I got. It’s also normal because, like I said, I got my period, and that sometimes can show on my skin.

This week has been the worst for my face, not just since I started taking Halo Beauty, but in a while. I hope that it goes back to how it usually is once the month is over because I feel that, even if Halo Beauty may not be what is causing the breakouts, it is clearly stopping my skin from getting better. Maybe that’s what happens when you try to improve something that doesn’t need any improvement.

In the comments below, tell me about a face mask or treatment that helps with breakouts and clogged pores because I think I’m going to need it.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul (1/2)

Nail Polish Haul/Unhaul (1/2)

Hello and happy Sunday. I feel that I haven’t done a nail-related post in the longest time, and now that I need to go through my stuff and decide what stays and what goes (or rather, what goes with me, and what goes to the trash), I thought it would be cool to share my nail polishes in a haul/unhaul kinda post. In each picture I’m starting with the thumb and going all the way to the little finger. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Dollface from Formula X

You can see this is a tiny little thing because I got it in an Ipsy Glam Bag. The color is a very pretty and light pink, but the problem is that the wand is so short, I can’t ever apply this properly. If I find it in full size, I’ll totally get it.

2. Look at My Bow! by OPI 

This is one of those things a YouTuber made me buy (thank you, Nicole Guerriero). This nail polish, along with two others I’m also hauling, belongs to the Hello Kitty Collection from OPI. Yes, I live and die for Hello Kitty. This color is what I would call “Barbie pink,” and as much as I like it, I rarely reach for it because I don’t think it looks good on my nails. Still, because it’s a Hello Kitty nail polish, I’m giving it one last chance.

3. Nailen 

This one is from a Colombian brand, and it has no name. It’s a nice, glittery blue, and I used to wear it a lot for work because I had to wear a blue blazer on Fridays, and this just looked great. A colleague gave it to me because it chips like crazy, but I don’t really mind that, especially now that I have more time to take care of my nails than I did when I used to work. This is obviously going with me.

4. Green Daylilly by Margaret Dabbs

This one was also courtesy of Ipsy and I got it in full-size. I love the bluish/greenish shade because it’s foolproof in terms of when and where in can be worn. I like how the first layer applies, but when I go for the second one, the finish is horrible. I’ve tried only applying one coat because the polish is thick and pigmented enough, but of course it ends up chipping within the first two days. I’m keeping this because the color is too pretty and I can look for a way to make it work.

5. Evening Seduction by China Glaze 

This is a super dark blood-like red with violet undertones. It’s gorgeous, but it’s all dry now, so I’m throwing it away. I also haven’t been super into dark nail polish shades, so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this or getting a similar one for that matter.

 

  1. It’s All About That Nail by Catrice 

This is the only red I own, and I like to wear it when I go on vacation and I know I’m going to sunbathe. Opaque colors help protect the nails from the sun, and I like that red is still vibrant enough to go with the vacation theme. I’m going to move in summertime, so you can be sure I’m taking this nail polish with me.

2. Huntress by Formula X 

You guessed it, I got this in an Ipsy Glam Bag. Yes, it’s tiny, and yes, the wand is super short, but I’m keeping this polish because the texture of it is less creamy than the Dollface one, so the application is easier. Besides, it’s got this duo-chrome green and brown shade I love. I think it would be a great shade for the fall, don’t you?

3. This thing has no name and the brand is in Korean

I got this polish in my Kawaii Box (you can click here to check out the whole unboxing). It’s a neon pastel pink that glows in the dark. You might think “so you’re keeping it, right?” I’m not. This is a cool thing to joke around but it’s not something I would wear for real. Besides, it is all streaky and not meant to be a quality product.

4. ZN

I bought this nail polish a long time ago in China Town in New York, and it has no name. Because it’s basically just glitter, it’s super chunky, but I love it and I’ve had no problems applying it. This is my go-to option when I don’t want to wear “real” nail polish, so of course I’ll need it with me in the States.

5. Heaven by China Glaze 

This is a very light peach and I had very high hopes for it, but I absolutely despise the formulation. It is super creamy, so it doesn’t really dry down, and causes my nails to get ruined in no time. I’ve tried to wear this many times and it literally doesn’t last more than a few hours on my nails because it’s just so horrible. It is definitely going to the trashcan.

Stick around for next week’s post, in which I’ll be hauling and unhauling more polishes. In the comments below, tell me which of the shades I swatched was your favorite and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

Trying Halo Beauty: 2 Weeks

Trying Halo Beauty: 2 Weeks

Hello and happy Sunday. As much as I love trying and reviewing different products and then blogging about my thoughts, I get super annoyed when said products don’t work. I get annoyed because I’m spending my own money on them, and I really want them to do what they’re supposed to!

By that intro, I guess you already know that I’m not happy with Halo Beauty because, after two weeks of taking it, I haven’t seen any real results.

My nails have started growing and they do look strong and sturdy, but I need them to reach a significant length before I can determine whether Halo Beauty has worked on them or not. I’m still hoping that within the next two weeks they can achieve that length.

I’m probably most disappointed about my skin because I have seen no changes whatsoever. Before I started taking Halo Beauty, I had breakouts on my chin and under my eyes, which are my problematic areas. Whenever I’m stressed or anxious, I get breakouts there, and, as I told you on the last update, I’d been anxious.

My chin has gotten better, but you can still see that I have something there, and besides that, I also got a breakout right on my hairline, which hadn’t happened before. Besides, and this could also be caused by my recent stress, I’ve noticed that the dark circles under my eyes are darker and deeper than ever.

My hair is looking good and healthy, which is something I believe I can thank Halo Beauty for. It’s still too soon to tell if it’s grown or if it’s growing at a somewhat fast pace, but I notice that is stronger, shinier, and less prone to getting dry.

The thing is, Sugar Bear Hair did the same for my hair and it was $30, while Halo Beauty is $40, and if you get the three or the six-month packs, you get discounts and free stuff with your vitamins. Plus, they’re actual gummies and they’re delicious. I tried them last year, and I was in love with them. You can check out my post on Vitamin Supplements and my Hair Update to find out more about them.

I know there are still two weeks to go, but so far, from what I have (not) seen, I’d tell you not to buy Halo Beauty, and to reach for Sugar Bear Hair instead, especially if, like me, you’re spending your hard earned money on these things.

In the comments, tell me about a super hyped, and overpriced product you got because everyone was talking about it, but that did nothing to you.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Trying Halo Beauty: 1 Week

Trying Halo Beauty: 1 Week

Hello and happy Sunday. Don’t you love my just-got-out-of-bed selfies? Well, it’s been a week since I first started taking the Halo Beauty supplements and, to be honest, I haven’t seen much improvement in the “skin” department.

I’m really not surprised that there haven’t been great changes. For one, I’d been super stressed this past week, so I’d been having breakouts (and picking  my face, which only makes the breakouts worse). I’ve also only tried these pills for a week, so I’m not expecting to see major changes right away. I know some people have experienced them from the start, but they probably had more serious issues than just a few pimples here and there, so the results are more evident. Anyways, we still have three more (hopefully stress-free) weeks to go.

With the nails, it’s been pretty much the same. They’ve grown a bit, but not enough for me to really see whether they’re stronger or not. They look healthy, though, so that’s a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

What really did it for me this week was the hair. I haven’t washed it since Sunday, so you bet it’s gross, but aside from that, look at that beauty. I obviously wouldn’t be able to tell if it grew in a week, but what I can notice is the volume and the shape of the waves. My hair is getting it’s body back and I’m living for it! Something I’m also super happy about is how bright it looks.

That’s it for today’s update. In the comments let me know what would you take supplements for.

 

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Trying Halo Beauty: Before

Trying Halo Beauty: Before

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year since my post on vitamin supplements was published. Here’s a little update: I didn’t repurchase the Sugar Bear Hair Care vitamins, but I kept taking B Complex, although not with the consistency that I used to.

I haven’t cut my hair since August 2016, so it’s pretty damn long, my nails grow at a nice and steady pace, and my skin is generally clear. I want, however, healthier hair, stronger nails, and a better skin (you know, less breakouts), so I decided to give Halo Beauty a chance for one month and bring you weekly updates.

In the picture, my nails are short and naked, which almost never happens, but in order to test Halo Beauty, I felt that I had to let the nails really grow.

For a month, I’m not going to file my nails (I never clip them, so that’s not going to be an issue, either), and although I’ll be painting them, I’ll try to have them naked in these updates.

I want to see if Halo Beauty can help with the strength, rather than the growth of my nails. We’ll see what happens with that.

Say hello to my I-just-woke-up-what-is-going-on face. For these updates not only is my face going to be naked, I’m going to take the pictures before even washing it or applying moisturizer.

I’ve seen pictures of people who’ve tried Halo Beauty and whose skin is way clearer in terms of breakouts. That’s what I want this product to do for me (I mean, look at that chin).

Finally, I want my hair to be healthier. Not cutting my hair for almost two years has resulted in split ends and dryness, which I control with oils and other products, but I still want the new hair to be thick and strong.

Have you tried Halo Beauty or any product similar to it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila