Thursday, July 24, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and Why the Absence?

Hey guys.

I don't know if you've noticed but I have not been at all. I had been doing pretty good this summer (minus the whole not finishing the 30 Day Challenge) but before I tell you the reason (nothing serious) let's talk about Benedict Cumberbatch.

I promise I'm not using this picture to lure you into reading this post, which I'm sure will lure many either way, this (these) pictures are just for your benefit. (Yeah and mine).

I first saw his perfect face when I decided to start watching Sherlock on Netflix! May I just add that Sherlock is a GREAT show but Benedict makes it about 150% times better. I just hate that you have to wait 900000 years between seasons. Come on really??? If you haven't watched it I suggest you give it a chance.

He is my #mcm! all day evrrryyday!

I'm not the type of girl that has many celebrity crushes. I can count the ones I've had in my life on one hand. So trust me this random seemingly obsession is weird for me.

Now to why I haven't been posting.

It's nothing sad or dramatic.

1. I haven't been shopping lately. I have experienced some tough economic times this summer. Makeup is expensive as it is and Cruelty-Free makeup is even more EXPENSIVE. I just had to make the decision to put my money (or lack thereof) towards other things.

2. I don't want to write a post if my heart isn't in it or just to have something to post. Not all of my articles will be Shakespeare worthy but hopefully I will have had fun writing them. Like this post, it's not very exciting but I have enjoyed writing it.

I don't plan to be inconsistent with my blog posts, but if I feel like I need to take time off to redirect my mind I will.

I'm not sharing this for sympathy or anything like that. I just feel like I'd rather give an explanation to my absence rather than just post any old random thing.

Finally, thank you all for your wonderful support and lovely emails and/or Facebook messages. I can't believe I have 308 likes on FB and 130 Bloglovin'! It's amazing and humbling to me! Hopefully, I will post some YouTube videos! That's something I've been wanting to tackle.

Lots of Love,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The British Tag || How British Am I?

Hey guys! So I was tagged by Kelly from TheVeganTaff! Just in case this is the first you're visiting my blog, here's a disclaimer: I am not British. Kelly, thinks it will be fun for me to do the tag and I think it's also a good idea! Hehe. :)

1.  How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?

I recently got into tea! I actually have a DIY on Tea-Can made from an empty coffee can. 
I have at least one cup of tea each day. I don't put sugar in my tea. Which now that I think about it, I don't know why. Especially, considering that I use at least two tablespoons for my coffee. 

2.  Favourite part of your roast?

Ohh, a roast! lol. Well, I don't eat meat so this one I can't really answer. For Thanksgiving and Christmas I'll eat everything else, like rice, potatoes, salads, etc. I would probably eat the stuffing but the turkey my family prepares usually doesn't have it. I'm not sure why. Our holidays are a little bit different than the traditional American Thanksgiving and/or Christmas you probably see in movies, because my family incorporates Colombian cuisine. 

3.  Favourite dunking biscuit?

I will dunk almost ANYTHING. Meanwhile, there's nothing like dunking an oreo to chilly almond milk :) In fact, I'm not a big fan of oreos unless I have a glass of (almond) milk to go with them. Have you tried the raspberry covered chocolate ones? SOOOO good!

Pic: From my instagram :) 

4.  Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
I can't say as I've never been. Meanwhile, it would be traveling. I'm going to have to copy Kelly and say driving. I would love to drive around Britain and visit near by countries like Ireland. It must be awesome to live in a country where the nest country is a few hours away. Granted, I do live in California veryyy close to Mexico. Meanwhile, if I lived in say.... Wyoming that would be a different story. 

5.  Favourite word?

Mmmmm... I think of Sprinkle of Glitter (Louise) and Zoey as I try to answer this question. I have noticed that British people say "quite", quite a lot. (hehe). It's not so much a British word as just a word in the English language but I like using it. 

6.  Cockney rhyme slang?

Whah? I had to google this! I still don't think I understand it but I found this site and here's the one I thought was the funniest. "Arms - Chalk Farms". ! LOL.

7.  Favourite sweet?

Yum! Let's see where can I start. As for cakes, I LOVE Red Velvet Cupcakes. I made some this past Friday for my Birthday :) As for chocolate, I love M & Ms. I like the peanut, the peanut butter, the original, and the pretzel. I love them all!

8.  What would your pub be called?

I don't like alcohol (yes, I know) so I would much rather have a coffee shop. But for the sake of the tag and because I want to use a punk-esk name I have to go with "The Rotten Cupcakes". Kind of, REALLY lame.

9.  No. 1 British person?

HELLO! Of course I have to say Keira Knightly. I LOVE LOVE her. 

10. Favourite shop / restaurant?

I really want to visit a TK Max and a Primark. From what I can tell from various YouTubers those shops are awesome. 

11. What British song pops into your head?

Scouting for Girl's - Summer Time in the City

12. Marmite?

I tag:
Anyone and everyone who would like to. Consider yourself tagged!

This was SUPPER fun! If there are other tags you recommend I look into, let me know. 

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Favorite SUMMER Nail Polishes || Under $2 Bucks

Hey guys. I really love summer for a variety of things: the beach, the pool, vacations, shorts, sandals, bikinis, and nail polish. I really prefer bright colors and so summer polishes are my absolute favorite!

Here are some of my favorite. You will notice a Wet N' Wild theme here. It was not intentionally nor was I sent these. I just really love Wet N' Wild polishes, especially the Mega-Last line! I wish they had a bigger color selection. 

The Mega-Last line retails for $1.99. Often you can find them for 50% off or buy one get one free. They do last a good while. The top coat does affect the amount of time they last. 

I really love this clear polish as a base coat. You can't really tell in the picture but it's tinted blue. Which I think helps keep yellow nails at bay, as blue cancels yellow tones. I have never had a nail polish stain my nails using this. It's only $99! I really recommend it!

"Telescope Vision" is a clear polish with a variety of blue toned glitters. I like it best as a top coat! It makes me want to go swimming like a mermaid! 

This is "Telescope Vision" on top of "I Need A Refreshment". I honestly don't think this picture does it justice. Take a peek at it next time you're in a drugstore. 

"Club Havana"
The picture makes it look like a red-orange color. In real life it's much more of a true orange. It's not super neon but it's definitely not dull. It's a good middle toned orange. I think every girl needs this color in her collection. 
I do have to say that I find the formula to be a bit on the streaky side but I still like the color. It's super shiny even without a top coat. 

" Tropicalia"
It's a beautiful true pink color! Again, like "Club Havana" it's not a neon pink color! 

"Dreamy Poppy"
This pink is a little bit brighter than "Tropicalia". The formula of these $99 polishes is win or lose. 
Sometimes they apply evenly and completely opaquely and other times it's more streaky. This one is definitely on the more streaky side, but I really like it for drawing flowers and stuff like that so I don't mind. 

"I Need A Refresh-Mint"
I LOVE this one. Blue is my favorite color and so I can't help it. I have gone through at least three of these polishes! The formula is awesome, not streaky (in my experience) and super opaque. 

Lots of Love,

 P.S. I hope you enjoyed this post. I saw some new Mega-Last Polishes out for summer and I will have to pick up two or three!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Besame Cosmetics || Animal Testing Policy

Hey friends!
A couple of days ago on my Facebook page I promised to post my correspondence with Besame Cosmetics. Sorry, it has taken me a while. I've had a long week. 

I emailed Besame Cosmetics using the template I always use. 

Hello, My name is Camila Alvarez. I am the writer for HumanelyChic (, a cruelty-free beauty blog. I am interested in buying from your company but would like to be assured that your products are cruelty-free. I have some questions I would appreciate you address. Please be sure to answer all of them as the answers you provide are very important to both my readers and myself.  
1. Does your company test ingredients or/and finished products on animals? 
2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party? If your answer is no, how do you ensure that your manufacturers do not test? 
3. Do your manufacturers test ingredients or products on animals?
4. Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
5. Do you have a parent company? If so who are they? 
6. Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country? 
7. Do you use palm oil/carnuaba wax in any of your products? If so, is it from an organic and sustainable source? 
8. Could you provide a list of all of your current vegan items available for purchase?
Thank you in advance for you cooperation!
If you email companies feel free to use the format above as a guide or exactly as is! Just make sure you use your name! 

Here is Besame's Reply. 

Greetings, Camila!

Thank you for your interest in Besame Cosmetics!

1.Does your company test ingredients or/and finished products on animals?
We never test on animals for anything we produce.
 2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party? If your answer is no, how do you ensure that your manufacturers do not test?
No ingredients or products tested on animals. We are an independent local manufacture, so we are the ones to decide how the products are tested.
 3. Do your manufacturers test ingredients or products on animals? 
 4.  Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
 .5.Do you have a parent company? If so who are they?
 6.Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country?
 7.  Do you use palm oil/carnuaba wax in any of your products? If so, is it from an organic and sustainable source?
We use Carnuaba wax in our lipstick. None of our ingredients are organic because a lot of ingredients we use do not come in an organic form.
 8. Could you provide a list of all of your current vegan items available for purchase?
Our Cream Rouge, Crimson and Apricot are Vegan.
Please let us know should you have any other questions, we are here to help!
Warmest Regards,
I'm glad that they addressed and answered all the questions.  I would feel safe purchasing from them! They were very nice and open throughout our correspondence, which has nothing to do with their cruelty-free status but it's much appreciated. 

What do you think? Do you think their reply is thorough enough? If you have any questions you would like me to ask Besame? Let me know !!

Lots of Love,


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