L’Occitane Mini Haul

L’Occitane Mini Haul

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Hello and happy Sunday. You know how my heart feels about L’Occitane, and if you don’t then you’re probably new here, in which case, hi and welcome. The fact that L’Occitane has an online shop has made my life easier but it’s also made me poorer. Take this haul, for example. I was just going to buy a shower oil for my grandma and ended up with two kits for myself.

One of those kits is the one you see in the left. It is the Reine Blanche routine. This literally means “white queen” and it is a series of products that will clarify your skin and help with discoloration. I got this kit for $10.37, and it currently isn’t sold anymore. It came with the makeup bag as well, which I think is super convenient for traveling.

Now I got another set that came with another bag. This one cost $15.87 and came with a mini aqua toner, and then some Verveine products like shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, perfume and hand lotion.

Additionally, I got some free samples, which I think I gave to my mom. I got another hand lotion, two different serums and a sample for the Terre de Lumiére perfume, which is absolutely delicious.

What’s your favorite L’Occitane product and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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My Updated Skin Care Routine

My Updated Skin Care Routine

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m constantly trying new products I get in subscription boxes, which is why it seems like I don’t have a steady skin care routine. However, for the past few weeks, I have been very consistent in my routine and haven’t introduced any new products. Before that changes, I wanted to show you what I use. Let’s get started, shall we?

My pre-makeup morning routine consists of two steps: washing my face and then applying moisturizer. I feel that washing my face prepares my skin for the day, but it also helps remove any leftover makeup from the day before, or residue from the environment. For this, I use the Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Face Wash from Good Things. I got it at Marshall’s, so I’m pretty sure it was around the $8 mark.

After I shower, I like to apply moisturizer, again to serve a double purpose. One, is to nourish and protect my skin from makeup, or even just environmental pollution. The other reason is that I want it to by hydrated all the time, and I feel that my skin tends to get too dry if I only wash it and don’t add any moisturizer afterwards. It also gives my face that healthy vibe that helps makeup look 100 times better. My moisturizer is also from Marshall’s, and it must have cost around $7. It’s the Almond Blossom Light-Weight Face Lotion and I’m just head over heels in love with it.

I went back to removing my makeup with wipes because they just make life easier for me. I got a two-pack for $1.75 at Primark while I was in Spain, and I honestly would have gotten more.

After that, I apply my precious L’Oreal Revita-Lift Volume Filler night cream and I’m ready to go to bed. I honestly love this cream because I think it helps my skin be all nourished and healthy and plump. Even when I wake up, I still feel the goodness. I paid like $8 for this at Marshall’s.

 

 

 

This is what I put on my body at night because the rest of my skin needs to be soft and hydrated. This is the L’Occitane Rich Lotion, and I think this is the OG body cream. I got it in Spain for $29.

In the comments below tell me about your skin care routine.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

Emergency Skin Care

Emergency Skin Care

Hello and happy Sunday. I spent last week in Baltimore going through some final details before I move there in a few weeks. I thought I’d brought all of my essentials, but it turns out I forgot a bag at home where I keep my toiletries, so I didn’t have anything to remove my makeup or any face wash. I didn’t have a moisturizer, but thought I could do without it for just five days.

I went to CVS and got myself a pack of seven makeup removing wipes from Neutrogena. I’m pretty sure this is the original formula, but if I’m wrong, let me know.

At home I have the Neutrogena Deep Clean wipes, which are oil free, which must mean that the original ones do have oil on them? I don’t know, I felt that the original wipes made the makeup removing process easier. I felt that I didn’t have to make a great effort to get everything out, and that I wasn’t just getting rid of makeup but other signs of the environmental pollution, which is always a problem for me when I go to the States. The first time I used them, though, I did feel that my face was oily. I washed it afterwards to get rid of the sensation, but if you’re into that because you feel that the oils can nourish your skin or whatever, I’d recommend to massage the face afterwards with clean hands, as you’d do after removing a sheet mask.

I also got the L’Oreal Age Perfect cream cleanser. I was going to get the RevitaLift, which is my one true love when it comes to face washes, but the Age Perfect was cheaper. I really love how cream cleansers feel on the skin as opposed to gel or even foam. This has a scent that I thought was kind of heavy, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive.

On my second day of washing my face with this day and night, I realized it said “for mature skin,” so now my mom has a new face wash, and she thinks it smells amazing.

Have you tried any of these products? What is your favorite face wash? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

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

Face Mask Haul

Face Mask Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. I’m a fan of face masks and I try to get one at least every week or so. Today I wanted to share with you the ones I have in stock and what I use them for. Let’s get started, shall we?

Frutique Apricot Nectar Nourishing Mask 

This is a mud mask, which is my favorite type of face mask. I like this one because it’s not as intense as others I own, so I can use it more often. To me, it’s more like a “routine” kind of mask, and not so much as a repairing one.

 

Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask 

This is an oldie but goody. I apply this mask for when I’m in full-on self-care mode. I love the scent of this mask and I think it’s super refreshing. I love and recommend this mask, and I do believe it helps with stress.

Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask 

I love this mask for many reasons, starting with the fact that it smells like orange cream and that always makes me happy. In terms of exfoliating and cleaning my skin, this mask does an amazing job, but it’s not as harsh. It is also not as soft as the first mask I showed you. I only use this for moments when I do need a deep cleansing, for instance the day after wearing heavy makeup .

GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

This thing smells like pure cement, and it feels like that when you apply it. It also feels more like a sting than a tingle, but it works wonders for clogged pores and yucky-feeling skin. This mask does the job when it comes to removing gunk from my pores.

Freeman Golden Grain Facial Brightening Mask 

I don’t really use this mask all that much, but I like it before I go on vacation because it gives my skin that nice glow. It’s not a mud mask, you just apply it and remove it ten to fifteen minutes later, but it doesn’t dry down or anything.

Victoria’s Secret Let’s Pre-Glam and Let’s Glow Face Masks 

I put these in the same category because 1) they’re both face masks, and 2) they are the same brand. I bought these because there was a “buy seven for $7” sale. Sheet masks are my quick-fix: they are super simple to apply, and afterwards you just remove them and throw them away, no need to rinse or wash off or anything.

Elizavecca Milkpiggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask 

This is one of those products Tati made me buy. It is also the only peel-off mask I own, and I like to use it when I feel that my skin is really horrible and in need for some serious cleanup. I have peach fuss and this kind of pulls on it, but the removal of the mask is not as traumatic as Tati or other YouTubers make it seem.

In the comments, tell me about your favorite face masks.

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

 

 

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