April and May 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Haul

April and May 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been slowly falling out of love with Ipsy. I will tell you more about it in another post, but sadly, I feel that now that it’s a bigger, more established brand, it has become so commercial that the personalized aspect of it is gone and everybody is basically getting the same products regardless of what they bought. Maybe my taste in makeup has changed, or I’m just not as excited to get the stuff I used to. Anyway, here’s the breakdown of the glam bags I got in April and May of 2019.

April 2019

 

Huangjisoo Broccoli Plumping Mask and Red Fruits Brightening Mask 

Size: I got the actual masks, so they’re the full-sized product.

Price: Each pack of 5 is $30. This means that each individual mask is $6.

*I feel like clarifying that I got two packs of individual masks, so I only got two masks.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I like masks and I’ve come to like sheet masks even more. I appreciate the fact that I was sent two because I shared one with my mom, but honestly, do you really think I’ll spend $6 on a single sheet mask? If so, you don’t know me.

Nomad Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Kreuzberg 

Size: I’m not sure if this is the size of the shadow in the palette (0.05 oz or 1.5g) or the size of an eyeshadow single (0.08oz or 2.2g).

Price: The single eyeshadows are $12 each, however, Kreuzberg is not available. It is available in a palette that has 15 shadows and is $37.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I wouldn’t buy that eyeshadow for several reasons. The first one is that the color is this minty green that I honestly have worn like once or twice. It is not a shade I’m drawn towards. Besides that, I think the price points are kind of shady. Why is an eyeshadow palette so cheap compared to separate shadows? The difference in size and weight is not that big, is it?

Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer 

*I didn’t get this in my Glam Bag. I exchanged it for points, and they sent it to me along with the Glam Bag products. I thought the clarification was in order. 

Size: I got the only size available in the online store, which is 1.7oz or 50mL. I’d say it’s a travel-size product but it seems to be sold as a full-size.

Price: $45

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Would I spend $45 buying a product I’m sure is sold as a full-size even though it is travel-size? Not in a million years. Don’t get me wrong, this moisturizer is amazing and I’m sure some people will find the price justifiable given its benefits. I’m not one of those people, though. I think this is straight-up overpriced and I’m glad I got it in exchange for points and technically didn’t have to spend anything on it.

The Balm Creamy Lip Stain in Namaste

Size: I got a sample-size version (1.7 mL or 0.057 fl oz). The full-size version is 6.5 mL or 0.22 fl oz.

Price: The full-size product is $14.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I have many lip products, and I have many lip products that are way cheaper and better quality than this “lip stain.” It looks creamy, but it has the sensation of vaseline on your lips, and it never dries. Can you imagine trying to live your best life with magenta smeared on your lips not knowing when and where it’ll transfer? Lip stains were cute five or six years ago, but they’re not an original or inventive product. I won’t waste my money and I hope you don’t either.

Tarte Base Tape Primer 

Size: I got a 10mL or 0.33 fl oz sample. The full-size product is 30mL or 1.014 fl oz.

Price: $30

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Okay, here’s the moment when you’ll think something’s wrong with me because I would consider buying this if I actually had the money. You know I go through many different products at the same time, but I’ve used my mini sample for the past five months and I ran out of it a couple of days ago. What I’m saying is that this product lasts, which means I’d ultimately be saving money with it. Besides, I love the smell and the feel of it on my face. The texture is a bit too liquid but other than that, it’s great.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Size: I got the sample-size version. The full size is 0.46 fl oz or 13.5 mL.

Price: $24

Buy? Yes/No? Why? I would not buy this mascara. I think mascara is one of those products you should never make a big investment on because it literally dries out after six months or even less. I think you should have many different cheap mascaras, and $24 is not cheap. Besides, I’ve worn this one twice and I’ve hated how it looks on my eyelashes. It makes them look long and lanky, like spider legs, and I’m just not about that life. Additionally, this is a male-owned brand and I’d like to support more women in the business.

May 2019

Oryza Nude Shimmer and Contour Eyeshadow

Size: I got the full-size product (0.025kg).

Price: $19.82

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Are they serious with that price point? No wonder why they had to include their eyeshadow palette in a subscription service because I don’t think they’ve sold any. Don’t get me wrong, I adore this palette, but I wouldn’t pay more than $8 for it. It has four shades, and out of those, only one is a matte. It’s a great gift for someone who’s learning or for a person who really likes nudes, but I wouldn’t spend almost $20 on it. Besides, when I researched the brand owner, I got really shady information. According to what I found, it’s a male-owned brand, but now I’m not even sure if that information is accurate. Please don’t come for me if it isn’t.

Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in RoseGlow

Size: I got an eyeliner pencil, so I got the full-size product.

Price:  $14.91

Buy? Yes/No? Why? Again, what is wrong with brands and their absurd prices? This is a gorgeous eyeliner pencil, but it is just that: a pencil that I have to sharpen in order for it to work. I’m not paying what I would pay to go have lunch with my mom for a pencil eyeliner. It is just not worth it.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer 

Size: I got a 0.5 fl oz or 15 ml tube, which is actually available for sale.

Price: $25

Buy? Yes/No? Why? No, clearly. This is a male-owned brand, and we all know I’m steering clear from those because I want to support more women in the industry. I can’t understand how someone would spend $25 on a sample-size tube. Honestly, I can’t even talk about its quality because I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m almost certain that even if it is absolutely amazing, I wouldn’t consider buying it.

Papa Recipe Eggplant Clearing 5.5 Cleansing Foam 

Size: The sample size I got was 15 mL. The full-size product is 120mL.

Price: $12.74

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This would be a hard maybe. This brand is male-owned, so I’d rather try one of its female-owned alternatives. Besides that, I did feel that the scent was a bit too chemically, and I’m not particularly sensitive to those smells, so I don’t know how much I’d enjoy this on a daily basis. That being said, I do appreciate foam cleansers because I think they’re the most effective, and for what we’re getting the price is pretty alright.

Bare Minerals Dew Mist Setting Spray

Size: I got a 10mL sample size. The travel size is 30mL and the full-size is 100mL.

Price: $12 for the travel size and $28 for the full-size.

Buy? Yes/No? Why? This was just okay for me, so my answer doesn’t hold as much passion as with other products. I think the price is a bit up there but not too extreme, and if this were a product I really loved, I’d go for the full-size product because it’s clearly a better deal. Bare Minerals is all for natural looks, in my opinion, and that’s just not me.

Now, as always, I’d like you to tell me which product you’d definitely buy and which is a hard pass and why.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

December 2018 Owlcrate

December 2018 Owlcrate

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. This is what happens when you plan to write a post way in advance: you end up forgetting everything you had gotten by the time you actually get to sit down and write. Luckily, I saved the card we get that says all the goodies I got inside my Owlcrate for the month of December 2018. The theme for that month was “power of illusions,” and you know I love me some magic tricks.

Do you see that cute little candle right there? I love the lavender color, but I especially love its scent. As you might know by now, I don’t light candles in my room, but my mom and my sister do, so this cutie from Flick the Wick made my sister’s room smell like a dream. Honestly, every time I went inside, I had to take the unlit candle and give it a sniff. I wish there were a perfume that smelled like that, I’d totally wear that.

Because it was the December box, we got an ornament from Juniper and Ivy Designs. Now, in my house, we no longer decorate the house for Christmas, but I have my wooden ornament from this box, as well as the one we got in 2017 with the Everything Everything quote hanging from my corkboard. And yes, when I get my place and decorate for Christmas, these will for sure be my ornaments.

I got a magnet from Ink and Wonder Designs, which is now accompanied by three other magnets that I’ve gotten from Owl Crate. I love how these boxes have led me to have collections of cute stuff all over.

Judging by the stuff I’ve hauled and what’s still left for me to talk about, I can surely say that this box went above and beyond. The next item I got was a tote bag from Stella Bookish Art. Now I believe that this is the third tote back I’ve gotten from Owl Crate, and I love using these instead of plastic bags. I will have to go through all my tote bags and maybe get rid of some because I have too many by now.

The next item is one I use every single day, and it’s the magical monthly reading planner. I believe that the improvements made from the planner they sent out the previous year to this one were spot on. I love my planner with the passion of one thousand burning suns, and I even made a post about how I use it. This was made in collaboration with Blue Star Press.

This is not listed in the spoiler card, but I’m sure you can see it in the thumbnail. It is a sneak peek of King of Fools by Amanda Foody. I don’t know what this book is about, but I will read what I was sent and let you know what I thought about it.

Finally, we have the book, Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene. This book was actually signed by the author, which is even cooler than getting a signed bookplate. Additionally, we have an exclusive Owl Crate cover. I don’t know anything about it, so you’ll have to wait for my review once I’ve read it. With the book, we got a necklace and you know that I’m a total sucker for jewelry.

What is one thing you’d like to get in an Owl Crate, and one you can totally do without? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

October 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

DERMAE

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

August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

August 2018 Ipsy Glambag

DERMAE

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

November 2018 Owlcrate

November 2018 Owlcrate

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Hello and happy Wednesday. Are we liking the hauls? Are we hating it? Did I become my worst nightmare only doing Owlcrate unboxings? Hopefully, that’s going to change soon. You know I’ve been going through a reading slump and that obviously means I’m not reading as many books as before, so my review supply is kind of low. I’m working on it, though. And while the slump passes, let’s just take a look at the goodies I got in the month of November.

Planter by Team Owlcrate 

Because this is an exclusive item, I can’t really link a specific shop where you can get this or something similar. It’s a skull planter, which some people might find cool, but I just don’t know. I gave it to my mom and I don’t know what she’s going to do with it. I thought about maybe painting it like a catrina (sugar skull) to make it more festive, but I’ll probably forget and leave the skull forgotten somewhere. It’s not the item itself, it’s just that this might’ve been a good Halloween product but I don’t feel it makes any sense in November.

Wax Seal Kit by Team Owlcrate and Michelle Gray 

Here I do have an issue with the item itself because it sort of feels like a joke. I mean, I would’ve understood if you’d included it in an Owlcrate Jr, but in an Owlcrate? Again, I don’t know what to think about this item. I knew I wasn’t going to use it so I gave it to my best friend who has a ten-year-old nephew. I think that if anything I gave them a fun activity to do together someday.

Pillowcase by Evie Bookish 

I don’t have square cushions in my room, but my sister does, so I use that pillowcase in one of her cushions. A few days later, I found the pillowcase in the floor of her room (she’s messy like that) and I asked her why she’d removed it. She said, I don’t know, the quote was from Game of Thrones or something, right? The quote wasn’t from GoT but it’s from a book neither of us have read and we’re not really interested in, and that’s what she meant. The pillowcase is now folded and in the closet where we store all the bedding stuff, for a rainy day, you know?

Craft Kit from the Ann Williams Group 

Now this is something that I will for sure be enjoying. I’m actually saving it for the New Years. It’s a kit for making a wish bracelet, and I think it’s just the cutest.

Sticker by Susanne Draws 

This sticker has Dumbledore and Fawkes in it and I absolutely adore it. It is now in my sticker notebook until I find a permanent home. This is the kind of thing I enjoy getting, and not just because my teacher brain is obsessed with stickers, but because I think many people can get a good use of them.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

Is it just me, or have the Owlcrate books become more violent with time? I know that maybe it’s just me, and I don’t feel the joy of Owlcrate that I used to. That’s why I cancelled my subscription actually. I don’t know whether I’ll be getting the December box, but after that, you won’t see any more of these unboxings, at least not for a while.

Is there any bookish subscription box that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!
Love, Miss Camila

October 2018 Owlcrate

October 2018 Owlcrate

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. This is going to be a bit of an anticlimactic Owlcrate unboxing because I forgot to take a picture of the items as soon as I got the box. Is this self-sabotage? Maybe. Let’s get started, shall we?

Choco Mint Truffle Tea from The Tea Spot 

I’ve had this tea twice already and I really like it. Tea is my hot beverage of preference, so I was happy to get this in my Owlcrate. Plus, you all know how much I love the combination of chocolate and mint. It’s like coziness in a mug.

Tea Strainer by Owlcrate Team and Michelle Gray 

I had gotten loose tea leafs in the past and they had pretty much gone to waste because I didn’t have a strainer. I think Owlcrate picked up on the fact that maybe this happened to other people, and they decided to include one in their boxes so that everyone could fully enjoy the products in the box. Besides the strainer itself being cute, I think this was a smart move from the Owlcrate team and a step towards curating more products that are useful for everyone.

Book Nerd Socks by Out of Print and Underlined 

Nights in Bogota have been super cold lately, so guess what I’ve been wearing to sleep. Again, everybody wears socks, even if not in a fashionable style, and nowadays we all know someone who likes to wear socks with cool designs in them, so either you have something great and cozy for cold days and nights, or you have a fashion item you or someone else can appreciate.

Canvas Clutch Purse from Bookworm Boutique 

Okay, this is not just any clutch purse; this is a book pocket and I’m living for it. I’m using it to store my Kindle and the notebook where I write down drafts for book studies, along with a pen. I think it’s adorable and super convenient and something you won’t think you needed until you have it and realize that your life was incomplete before.

Art Print by Michelle Gray 

I linked her before, don’t worry. If I know what the art print is about because I’ve read the book it was inspired by, then I’ll for sure use it to decorate the outside (or the inside) of a notebook and give it a bit more life and magic. That’s what I did with the cutie I got in my Owlcrate.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa 

In the month of October we got two books instead of one, and honestly, how could I be mad about that? You know I like going into books blindly, but I’ll tell you what I see: one, I see diverse authors, which I think is awesome. Two, I see that Pride might be a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, a classic I have yet to read.

As you can see, I was very happy about the contents of this Owlcrate, which also included the monthly pin. I want you to tell me the item you would’ve liked to receive and why.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

September 2018 Owlcrate

September 2018 Owlcrate

Lovely Wholesale

Hello and happy Wednesday. Welcome to another Owlcrate unboxing. I think for the next weeks all you’ll see will be these unboxings, but don’t worry, I’m only subscribed til December. I feel like I’ve been losing the excitement of getting these boxes lately because I don’t relate to several of the items included, which inevitably leads me to feel that I’ve wasted my money, but goodies are goodies either way and if I can’t enjoy them, then maybe someone else will, or by seeing these posts you’ll maybe want to try this subscription box, in which case the post would be worth it. Anyways, let’s get started, shall we?

Bath Soak by Leeloo Soaps 

This is kind of what I’m talking about. You probably know by now that I love everything that smells nice, and that includes soaps and shower gels and all that good stuff. That being said, I don’t have a bath tub, which means I won’t be using this bath soak. I think I mentioned in a previous unboxing that I give these kinds of products to my best friend because she does have one. I can’t say whether I like this because I haven’t opened it. Here’s a suggestion for the Owlcrate creators/curators: when picking your products, think of stuff that the majority of your costumers will enjoy. This store also has regular soap, so why not include that one instead? I’m just saying…

Fingerless Gloves by Team Owlcrate 

This is an exclusive product, so I don’t have a link for you. I really don’t want this whole unboxing to be a fail, but seriously? I mean, I would’ve at least carrying regular gloves in my backpack for cold mornings or days when I have to leave work late in the afternoon, but fingerless gloves? Honestly, they don’t make any sense to me, and because I haven’t read the book they were inspired in, I can’t even find a sentimental value for them. I know exactly who to give them to, and I think they’ll be excited.

Ceramic Mug by Cara Kozik 

Mugs! Yay Owlcrate. This is what I mean with items that have a more universal appeal. I love Harry Potter with the passion of one thousand burning suns, and I also happen to really enjoy collecting mugs and using them for the occasional cup of tea. But even if I didn’t love Harry Potter and even if I didn’t appreciate the gorgeous art that decorates this mug, I can still use this for its purpose: as a container for hot beverages. And even if I didn’t want to use it for that, I think this would make a great pencil holder. So there you have it, this is multi-functional.

Lip Balm by GeekFireLabs 

Lip balms are like mirrors in my books: there’s no such thing as having too many. I have one lip balm on my desk and one on my nightstand. I have one in my work bag, and also one in every other bag I use because I don’t want to feel that my lips are chapped and not being able to do anything about it. But you know what I love even more than lip balm? Lip balm that smells (tastes?) of something special. I loved the glazed donut one, and the mint blackberry one, and I’m sure enjoying this apple mint scent (flavor?). I mean, who even likes strawberry anymore?

Art Print by Kirsty Carter 

I’ll be short and sweet with this one: I threw it away. I had no idea what the print was inspired by, so I threw it because I didn’t want to have a pretty piece of cardboard floating around my room. I’m sorry, but I’m also very indifferent towards this “item.”

Mirage by Somaiya Daud 

I like the fact that Owlcrate seems to be curating books from diverse authors and not the same five white people Booktubers are always talking about. I don’t know anything about the plot of this book, and I want to keep it that way until I’m able to read it and review it, but a pretty hard cover and an exclusive design are always good things in my books.

Besides those “official” items, I got the Owlcrate pin and a tiny bottle of nail polish, which I think came with an ad for a new book. I’m sorry for this very anticlimactic unboxing, but I still want to know what you thought about it and what items you’d like to have.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila