ColourPop haul: Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lips and more!

Hello friends and welcome to the latest edition of “Valentina spends too much money on makeup.” Our special guest today is the up and coming brand ColourPop, which burst onto the scene earlier this year with five dollar lipsticks that give you the quality of something much more expensive, and has now become a staple in every beauty addict’s vanity! Let’s see what they have in store for us today…

Okay, anyway. As you can probably see, I may or may not have a slight problem where I spend too much money on makeup, but this is to be expected, right? That’s why I run a beauty blog! To be completely fair, I did give myself a budget and I waited patiently until my student loans came back so I could splurge on some new ColourPop goodies. I thought long and hard about what I wanted and I definitely think I made the right choices here. Let’s see what we got, shall we?


We’ll start with the product everyone’s been talking about: the Ultra Matte Lips. These liquid lipsticks come in 25 different shades and are only six dollars each. For that price, how could I resist picking some up? The shades here are Clueless, Tulle, Mars, and Bumble (from top to bottom).


And for some swatches, top to bottom: Clueless, Mars, Bumble and Tulle. I did my fair share of research when looking into which colors I wanted to buy and made sure I was 100% sure before I ordered. I found out when they got here that Clueless is extremely similar to the Sephora lip cream in Marvelous Mauve I recently purchased, only slightly lighter, but oh well. It looked way more pink on the site.


From left to right, we have: Toucan, Lumière, and Topanga (along with a lippie pencil in Bound that isn’t pictured here). These were also purchases I’ve been thinking about for a while and I tried really hard not to get anything I have something similar to already. Both Lumière and Topanga are beautiful shades for fall and well, I can never resist a bright lip, can I?


Left to right: Bound, Toucan, Lumière and Topanga. I was really excited to hear that Bound is apparently a good dupe for MAC’s Whirl, which I’ve heard wonders about. The only reason I didn’t buy it in lipstick form is because the glossy finish it comes in isn’t my favorite and I’d prefer to have it in a matte finish, which the pencil is. Toucan and Lumière are both matters, meanwhile Topanga is a satin finish, which is my second favorite after matte.


And lastly, two highlighters, because I couldn’t resist the temptation, and highlighters are my latest obsession! Here we have Butterfly Beach on the left and Wisp on the right. I’ll admit when I first opened the box, I was a bit scared at how dark they look in the pan, but once I swatched them, I was relieved to see they look absolutely beautiful on!


Top is Wisp and bottom is Butterfly Beach. I haven’t heard a lot about their highlighters but I trust ColourPop so I definitely can’t wait to give these a try!

And that’s it for today’s haul. What’d you guys think? What have you gotten from ColourPop so far? Let me know in the comments!



ME! Bath Advanced Body Care product review*

Hello my loves! Today I’m coming atcha with another product review. A few weeks ago, the lovely folks over at ME! Bath offered to send me some products for review and let me take my pick from their website. I love taking baths, I love skincare products and I love feeling pampered, so how could I say no? I asked them to try out products from their Advanced Body Care line in Madagascar vanilla and lavender. The products got here in no time, and after using them for a week, I have a review for you all!!

The Madagascar vanilla and lavender products are supposed to reduce wrinkles and age spots, as well as fight acne and eczema, according to their site. It seemed great to try for my oily to combination skin and lavender is my all-time favorite scent in skincare products, so you can definitely say I was excited to get these!


First up, we have the tri-functional sugar scrub. Their website says, “this tri-functional exfoliating sugar scrub is a revolutionary 3-in-1 formula that exfoliates, cleanses, & moisturizes. gentle enough to be used daily, this sugar-based scrub is infused with the finest organic jojoba oil, known for its remarkable ability to stimulate the production of your body’s own natural emollient.”

I took a bath the other night and used the sugar scrub all over my body, and let me tell you, I felt super luxurious doing it. The consistency is a little thicker than other sugar scrubs I’ve used, but definitely not in a bad way. Once I got used to that, it felt amazing to use it and my skin felt so nice, soft and moisturized after! Definitely felt really fancy and pampered!


While taking my bath, I dropped two of the effervescent bath soaks in the water. Their website says, “this therapeutic bath soak, infused with rare 100% organic jojoba oil & epsom salt, will replenish lost moisture while absorbing key minerals & nutrients.alpha glucosyl hesperidin has been added to our classic creation to stimulate blood flow and promote a more youthful looking appearance.”

The best way to describe these would be like mini bath bombs. They didn’t have glitter in them or turn the water any colors like some of LUSH’s bath bombs do, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t feel just as nice on my skin once I got out! It made my bath smell like vanilla and lavender (duh) and combined with the body scrub, I smelled great that night.


Lastly, we have the rejuvenating body lotion! I applied this after my bath and it was the perfect end to a night of pampering myself. Their website says, “created to complement your daily & nightly advanced skin care regimen, our world-renowned rejuvenating body lotion works by stimulating older skin cells to communicate like younger & healthier skin cells. infused with a patented oligopeptide & ceramide blend, our one-of-a-kind formulation smoothes wrinkles & repairs age-related skin damage. thicker than most body lotions & faster absorbing than a traditional body butter, this unique product, rich in shea butter & anti-oxidants, will leave your skin feeling smooth & looking young & vibrant without the need for continuous reapplication.”

This lotion is rich, definitely thick and extremely moisturizing. I’ve been using it every day to apply all over my arms and legs and there’s nothing better to start the day than to smell this delicious! It’s definitely as hydrating as it promises to be, and it’s become a permanent addition to my daily routine, when I tended to suck at actually applying lotion every day beforehand.

ME! Bath was extremely gracious, generous and lovely to send me their products for review, and I hope this helps you consider them next time you’re looking into new skincare products! They sent me another set of bath soaks in toasted coconut and lime, but since coconut is not my favorite smell, I passed it onto my mom and I will let everyone know what she says when she uses them!

Definitely check out their website and see all the different products they have. Thank you ME! Bath for sharing these goodies with me! Let me know what you thought in the comments!


stila ‘in the light’ eyeshadow palette review

Hi my loves! As you might recall seeing in my acquisitions post the other day, I got this beautiful stila palette through a friend who sold it to me gently used. I’ve bought stuff from her before, so who was I to say no to this beautiful palette for a greatly reduced price?

Someone asked for a review the other day, and after using it pretty consistently this week, I felt ready to write it up. Bear with me here, because this is my first proper review in ages (and my first time reviewing an eyeshadow palette) but let’s see how I do!


This palette comes with ten beautiful shades in varying neutral tones (with some darker grey and blue tones in there as well). I’m not going to bore you going through every single color but I will break them down a bit more and include swatches!

Out of the ten shadows, there are four matte shadows: bare, bliss, sandstone and ebony. There are three shimmer shadows (kitten, sunset and bubbly) and three metallic shadows (gilded gold, luster, and night sky). I can tell you already that kitten has become my new favorite eyeshadow and I want to wear it every day for the rest of my life, with bubbly as a close second.


From left to right: sandstone, sunset, bliss, kitten and bare. Like you guys can see, kitten is an absolutely beautiful cream shimmer and it’s so pigmented! The shimmer shades in this palette are definitely the most pigmented, but that’s not to say that the matte or metallic shades are lacking in pigmentation either.


From left to right: ebony, night sky, luster, gilded gold and bubbly. Like I said earlier, bubbly is another of my favorite shades. It’s an absolutely beautiful gold shimmer and it is SO PIGMENTED! I’m obsessed with this shade. Once it’s swatched, gilded gold is a lot more coppery than it looks in the palette, where it’s more brown. The matte shades were a bit harder to swatch and bare, the lightest shade in the palette, took at least three coats to even show up in the picture, but that’s to be expected from such a light color.

Overall, the palette is absolutely beautiful and it was such a good investment! I’m really happy with it and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite palettes.

What do you guys think? Have you ever used this palette before? Does this make you want to get it? Let me know in the comments!


My skincare routine: morning and night

Hi friends! I apologize for this post being a day later than my planned schedule, I had quite the busy day yesterday and it totally slipped my mind! But I took today off to write everything and plan for the next week of posts and I’m catching up with everything I can handle today!

Ever since I got this blog, I’ve learned a lot about my skin type and my skincare routine has improved vastly in the last few months. I used to feel like I wasn’t thorough enough or taking enough care of my skin, but I’ve gotten better and am a lot more comfortable sharing my routine than I would’ve been back in May!



First, I start with the Aveeno brightening cleanser. I like using this one in the morning because it just makes me feel extra bright, but whether that’s actually the intended effect or just a sugar pill effect, who knows? Mostly I just want to use it up because I hate wasting products! Next, I use the Botanics Shine Away mattifying toner, which you might recall from a few posts ago! I bought it just before I went to Canada and it’s been an absolute godsend. I can’t go a day without it now!

I follow that up with the 100% Pure coffee bean eye cream, which I got in my last Birchbox and have been loving ever since! It makes my eyes seem brighter and helps keep those bags away (to a certain extent, of course). And last is my favorite new moisturizer from Sephora, the 8hr mattifying moisturizer sunscreen with SPF 20. I can’t use any moisturizer during the day without SPF in it because sun protection is important and my skin is quite fair, so I was really excited to find one that is oil-free and mattifying for my oily T-zone!

Along with all of these steps, I use the Botanics Shine Away invigorating face scrub twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays as a week to keep my skin extra clear and not oily.



The first thing I do at night is cleanse my face with Clinique’s facial soap for oily skin, which I got not too long ago and have absolutely loved since then. My face definitely feels less oily since I started using this! Depending on how much makeup I have on, I’ll use a makeup wipe or my trusty micellar water to remove it before cleansing my face. I follow that up with the toner from Botanics I use in the mornings as well, because I feel like it gets rid of all the excess oil my nose likes to produce and makes my skin feel extra matte.

Once that’s done, I put on the eye gel from Body Merry, which was sent to me along with a few more products to review by the lovely folks at Body Merry (that post will be coming up soon). This gel is day to night but I only use it at night because I prefer the eye cream with caffeine during the day to make me seem more bright and awake, but it absolutely works for both! Once that’s done, I apply the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel in my T-zone and the Aveeno smart essentials nighttime moisture infusion on the rest of my face. I do this because the Clinique gel is perfect for the oiliest areas of my face, but since that’s mainly my T-zone, the rest of my face feels dry with just that and that’s where the Aveeno lotion steps in!

I hope you guys enjoyed my rambling on about skincare! Let me know if you have any questions or are interested in any specific products I use. Thanks for reading!


Birchbox, Boxycharm and ipsy: September 2015

Hello my loves! Welcome to another monthly installment of “what the hell did I get in my beauty boxes this month.” I’m Valentina, and I’ll be your host… Anyway. I got a bit carried away there. This post is a little late because for some reason, my Boxycharm took FOREVER to get here! But Saturday morning, I checked the mail and was happy to find it sitting in there. Crisis averted.

I’ll admit I wasn’t too crazy about any of them this month. I won’t go into too many details before I actually talk about all of them, so let’s get started, shall we?


First up is ipsy. This month, I had two extra products in there that I got using my points, so my ipsy was extra full when I got it! What I got was:

  • Formula X nail polish in Ignite.
  • NYX ipsy eye shadow trio.
  • tre’Stique mini matte lip crayon.
  • Not Soap, Radio hand lotion.
  • Crown Brush concealer brush.

And the two products redeemed with my points were:

  • J.Cat Beauty lip stain in Blow Your Mind.
  • MICA felt tip eyeliner.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but after everything, ipsy really redeemed themselves in my eyes this month. I was about to cancel my subscription but I’m glad I decided to give them another chance! Hopefully, this keeps up.


Up next is Birchbox. I have pretty high expectations for Birchbox and they usually deliver, but this month’s box fell a little flat for me, especially considering I paid the extra 20 dollars for two full-size makeup or nail products. (To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure which were the two full-size products.) This is what I got:

  • 100% Pure Organic eye cream.
  • Rene Furterer leave-in cream.
  • Peripera tint water.
  • Helmut Lang Cuiron perfume.
  • ModelCo lipstick in Smitten.
  • Marcelle Twist Push Up mascara.
  • TOCCA body scrub.

Like I said, it’s not my favorite Birchbox, but I have faith in them and I know they’ll redeem themselves. I did cancel the add-on for the two extra items though, and I’m hoping I just won’t know what I could have gotten next month.


Last but not least, we have Boxycharm! This wasn’t my most favorite box either, but it’s definitely far from disappointing. Some of these things I have no use for (the nail wraps, because I can’t wear them to work) and I just wasn’t actually excited about anything like I was last month. I got:

  • Previse Skincare lotion.
  • Vasanti foundation brush.
  • tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof liner.
  • Chella eyebrow defining gel.
  • SCRATCH nail wraps.
  • Kardashian Beauty black seed dry oil.

The brush is always appreciated and the eyeliner does look intriguing, but otherwise I wasn’t too enthused by this box. Maybe next month?


Unfortunately, no swatches for the post today, mainly because I forgot to take the pictures but also because the ModelCo lipstick and the tre’Stique lip crayon were both broken when they arrived. Between that and my So Susan highlighter stick from last month’s Boxycharm, I’m starting to think my mail carrier is throwing my stuff around! Oi.

How were your beauty boxes this month? Are you thinking of trying any of them out? Let me know!


A collection of empties

Helloooooo my beautiful lovely wonderful friends!! How is everyone doing on this fine Friday? I’m doing fantastic, because it’s September 18th, which is the Chilean fiestas patrias!! (AKA when we celebrate our independence from the Spanish, but not our actual independence day… that happenedFebruary 12th of 1818.) Look at me displaying my Chile pride yesterday at school!

Anyway, before we start on a Chilean history lesson, let’s get on with the actual point of this post. I’ve been collecting empties for months and months now, because I don’t seem to use up enough products in one month to merit a monthly empties post, thus this post now. Let’s get started, shall we?


As you can probably see, I go through a lot of samples of lotions and face creams. I’m a sucker for those that have SPF in them especially, and those are usually the first to be empty after I get them in one of my many beauty boxes.


Bare Republic SPF 30 Face Sunscreen: I absolutely loved this one and tried to use as little as possible to make it last as long as I could. It light and doesn’t make my face feel greasy after applying it, absorbs really quickly and smells really good. I will absolutely repurchase this when I need a new sunscreen.

Pur-lisse Hydra-balance Moisturizer: It smells great, is very lightweight and was amazing in every way except that if it doesn’t have SPF, I won’t wear it during the day. That being said, it made for a great nightly moisturizer! I wouldn’t repurchase it, but I wouldn’t mind if one happened to make its way to me.

Lather Ultra Light Face Lotion: Another moisturizer that was good but with no SPF in it, I could only use it at night. I wouldn’t repurchase it.

Supergoop! City Suncreem Serum with SPF 30: I liked this one a lot, but not nearly as much as the Bare Republic one. I wouldn’t repurchase it but I wouldn’t mind getting another one in my beauty boxes either.

Coola Classic Sunscreen with SPF 30: I was a big fan of this one as well, but it still doesn’t top the Bare Republic one! I wouldn’t repurchase it, but I wouldn’t mind another one.


BWC Facial Cleanser: This one took me a long time to get through because I kept forgetting it was there. I wouldn’t repurchase it, it was good but it didn’t make a lasting impression on me.

Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí Berry: This one is in here because I’m so proud of myself for finishing it and not losing it! I love eos but Burt’s Bees is my go to chapstick for keeping in my pocket at work. I will definitely repurchase this at one point.

Nuxe Face Cleansing and Make Up Removing Gel: This one got the job done, but it wasn’t particularly impressive and the smell was kind of weird. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla Body Butter: This was the most glorious smelling lotion I have ever used in my life and I’m still sad I ran out. If I didn’t have a million more lotions in my stash, I would totally repurchase it!

Nourish Organic Face Cleanser: I absolutely hated this cleanser when I first tried it, purely because the smell was just unbearable. But because I’m nothing if not stubborn, I was set to finish using it, and once I did, I found that I not only didn’t mind the smell so much, I loved the cleanser itself! If the opportunity arises, I will definitely repurchase this.

I know this isn’t impressive compared to other people’s empties, but I’m proud of myself for this one. I’m gonna give myself a pat on the back. Let me know what you thought in the comments!


My Not-So-Hidden Identities


By Valentina Boré

If you know me, you probably know that I’m Latina. Or you might not know that, but you know I’m gay. Or you might even know both! These are what I like to think of as my two identifying factors, two essential pillars to who I am as a person. I would not be the same person if it weren’t for my nationality, culture, and heritage, just as I wouldn’t be the same person if I weren’t gay.

But see, here’s the thing. Neither one of these is glaringly obvious when you meet me, because anyone who meets me would assume I’m a) straight, and b) white. There’s nothing wrong with being either one of those things, except neither one of them are me. In fact, they’re so far from who I am that I prefer to not be identified as those at all and will quickly…

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