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

 

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March 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag

March 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag

 

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Hello and happy Sunday. Today we are going to explore and review the contents of the Ipsy Glam Bag I got for the month of March 2019. Let me just start by saying that I loved the actual bag everything came in and I almost felt tempted to give it to my sister by decided to keep it instead. What can I say? I love an uplifting quote every now and then.

Ciaté London Lip Lustre In Kiss Me

This would have been right up my alley a few years ago. Now, not so much. I would have enjoyed a neutral tone or perhaps a red a lot more than I did this one if I’m being completely honest. Besides this isn’t really pigmented at all, so it is more like a lip topper. I’m wearing it in the picture below, as a topper for a matte lipstick from Colour Pop. I got the mini version that weighs 1.8 mL. The full-size version weighs 2.7 mL and is the equivalent of $19.49. I’m guessing no.

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Pür Afterglow Highlighting Skin Perfecting Powder

Add all the adjectives you want, but I’m almost certain that a few years ago I got a highlighter from Urban Decay with this exact name and a similar shade. Granted, this one is way more golden, and it makes my skin look absolutely gorgeous, but still, no one likes a copycat. The sample I got weighs 2.5g, and I couldn’t find the contents of the full-size version. I did find that it is $26, which we already know, is a big no for me.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

You won’t be able to see where I applied this lotion (hint: the bum bum), but I can tell you that my body thoroughly enjoyed the scent and the feel of it. To me, this smells like the beach, like going somewhere warm and sunny and getting a suntan. I got a very generous 24mL purse-size tube, which costs $10. The full-size version, which has ten times as much content is $45. I would stick with the travel-size, which contains 75mL and is $20.

Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara

What’s up with that name? Seriously, I hate it, and I think it makes me reach for this mascara way less often than I should just so that I don’t have to see it. The tube itself looks cheap, with that animal print and the lilac color. Besides, I don’t see this doing anything more than adding some color and length to my eyelashes, which is what every mascara out there does. The travel-size version I got weighs 4.5mL and is $12, which means I could buy at least two full-size Push-Up Angel tubes from Maybelline for this same price. Guess what I’m buying instead of the Maneater?

I Dew Care Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel Off Mask

This isn’t Ipsy’s fault at all, but I’m currently trying to steer clear of peel-off masks. I tried this once and I think in the picture we can see that my skin looks glowy and healthy and that this isn’t just because of the highlighter. I got a sample size, but oddly enough I couldn’t find this online. I guess they made it especially for Ipsy or something. The full-size version weighs 85mL and is $23.

I would clearly choose my Bum Bum cream as today’s highlight, but I’d like to know what your choice would be. Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Mi “Lucky Box” de L’Occitane

Mi “Lucky Box” de L’Occitane

Hola y feliz domingo. Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes los productos que recibí en mi Lucky Box de L’Occitane. Para las personas que leen este blog por primera vez, hola, soy Camila y me encanta L’Occitane. Esta es de las únicas marcas en las que me permito gastar más porque sé que todos sus productos son de buena calidad.

Hace unos meses vi que habían sacado la Lucky Box, que es una caja con cuatro productos en travel size. Ya no se encuentra disponible, por lo que no puedo incluir más información, pero L’Occitane siempre tiene kits similares a esta caja por muy buen precio.

La caja incluye una cosmetiquera, en la que ahora guardo algunos de mis útiles de manualidades y un estropajo que hace parte del kit que armé para la casa de mi papá. Además de esto, la caja trae una crema para manos que es especial para piel seca. Esta la cargaba en un bolso pero se la regalé a mi mamá recientemenete. También trae aceite de almendras y leche corporal de almendras. Este ingrediente es uno de mis favoritos porque tiene una fragancia suave y deja en la piel una sensación de humectación que dura horas.

¿Qué tipo de productos les gustaría ver en una Lucky Box? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz domingo!

Con amor, 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

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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

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