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

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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

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

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

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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

August 2018 Owlcrate

August 2018 Owlcrate

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I love hauls and I feel like being able to do hauls and unboxings in this blog is super relaxing and fun. I mean, just getting these boxes and going through the goodies is like getting presents every month. Today I’ll be sharing with you what I got in my Owlcrate during the month of August. Let’s get started, shall we?

Pocket Mirror by Catarina Book Designs 

I think this is the second or third pocket mirror I’ve gotten in an Owlcrate, and I’m not mad about it. I personally hate having to take all of my stuff from one bag or purse and move it to another, so I have some basics in each one: lip balm, a tampon, and yes, a pocket mirror. I especially love the fact that this one closes and that it came with a bag, that I still use to avoid it cracking and me getting seven years of bad luck.

Gemstone Ring by GeoCentral 

That is my kind of ring, and it’s honestly a type of product that I never thought I would see in an Owlcrate. I love that it’s big and chunky because I have big hands and I need people to notice my accessories. I also think that the color selection for the gemstone was spot-on because it will look great with just about anything you wear. Good job, Owlcrate.

Magnetic Bookmarks by Craftedvan 

I am not particularly picky with my bookmarks, but I do tend to prefer magnetic ones because I think they’re more practical and also they’re usually cuter. I love that these bookmarks have the three Queen villains and their alter-egos because, fun fact, I love villains.

Book Tin by Stella Bookish Art 

Okay, I’ve never read The Cruel Prince but I thought that quote was awesome, and the design of the tin had to be displayed, so it is now at the top of my bookshelf being pretty. Guess what I’m storing there? Yes, bookmarks.

Tea Towel by Little Inklings Design 

I kind of love/hate when I get stuff for the house in my Owlcrates. I love it because I feel I can give something to my mom for her to use in the apartment, which is nice because it means I can give her an unexpected present. I hate it, though, because it means that is an item I won’t be enjoying directly and that’s pretty much the purpose of spending $30 plus shipping every month. So, yeah, it’s cute, it makes my kitchen look fancy, but there’s not much to say about it.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart 

This is the book of the month, which as always is a hard cover, and as per usual with Owlcrate books, it has an exclusive cover. You know that I like going into books blindly but as I was going through the spoiler card, I did read the word “feminism,” which is pretty much an indicator that I’ll like the book.

Besides the items I listed and linked, I got this card with a quote on it, and the Owlcrate pin. Which of these products are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila