MJ Plays: Animal Crossing New Horizons

Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            I am not really a gamer, casually at best. I am the person who when playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate I apologized every time I ran into people then got stuck on the train which is like mission two and stopped playing. I want to play it I really do but I get pretty frustrated by games. I think the last game I beat was Pokémon Ruby, so it’s been a while. Like a said casual gamer, sometimes I play Minecraft on peaceful because well Creepers are terrifying and I don’t like to be stressed out when I play games. 

            As the world was falling apart my birthday happened and my best friend being her best self sent me a copy of Animal Crossing New Horizons and I have been obsessively playing since late April. Maybe it’s because I am such an escapist or maybe I want to sell my soul to a tanuki named Tom Nook, who knows. I like the idea of living on an island where I can sell literally anything to two other tanuki’s and make millions of bells, don’t judge me. 

            I feel the need to clarify something early, I didn’t play Animal Crossing as a kid I was aware of it and I was confused but I have been playing Pocket Camp since it came out so having a console game with the full Animal Crossing experience has been great in this time of what seems like never ending quarantine. (which is a word I still can’t spell properly, thank you autocorrect)

            I feel like a lot of people are playing Animal Crossing right now and that is totally okay because we all need something to smile about. This isn’t a review or an island tour (if I was still actually using my YouTube channel (one day I will get back to to) I would do an island tour video but that’s just not in the cards at the moment.) Also a piece of MJ trivia as a child I could not for the life of me understand how island was pronounced as it was and my third grade teacher got really mad when I kept spelling it iland because that is how it should be spelled, the English language man it was my first language and my only fluent language and even in my late 20’s I still haven’t mastered it. 

            My character had a closet full of cute little outfits that I wish I had in real life and enough hats to attend several fancy parties, because, hats. Also let’s be honest Pinterest has given me unattainable expectations of what I want my house to look like because they have so many cute ideas and it makes me feel like my house in inhabited by a trash goblin who had no tastes and then I remember I also see those houses on Pinterest and feel exactly the same way about the real place I live. So trash goblin makes sense…

            My residents are really cute and I have cycled through a few since I got my island at the end of April but for sure my current faves are Bones, Zell, and Sherb they all are just so happy and cute and I love them. I got Lyman as an original villager and he’s a koala which are my favorite animals so he is eternally my fave. 

            The NPC’s that visit the island are I feel like becoming more numerous and they are great but it means that you don’t get to see certain ones very often, there are some that are there every day so I don’t count them, so Isabelle (whose morning updates I love because that would be me as someone who had to do morning announcements just telling people all about my TV habits), Tom, Timmy, and Tommy Nook, Mabel and Sable Able, Blathers, and Pascal (who is the best). But I’m thinking more Sally Mae who brings the turnips on Sunday mornings, Celeste who is Blathers sister and brings you star fragment recipes, Gulliver and Gullivarr who are both sea gulls who wash up on your island because they are not really great seafarers, Red who tries to sell you art but some of it is fake art, Leif the sloth who sells plants, Kicks the skunk who sells accessories, Label who is the last Able sister who is a fashion designer, CJ and Felix who collect fish and bugs respectively, Wisp the ghost that you have to find his spirit pieces to get items, and I know I am missing a few but my brain at the moment can’t remember, I could look it up but I feel like that’s cheating. 

Pascal is for sure one of my favorites because he gives you these “deep truths” and for some reason I feel like I am talking to the stereotypical hippie and he’s just the best.

            I just paid off my home loan completely, so I don’t have any more expansions and now I get to focus on other things on my island like making it a five star island and trying to breed certain colored flowers, blue I have got but purple and black are evading me at the moment. 

            It’s just been something that I have been whole heartedly enjoying and I have logged something like 200+ hours in it so far which I feel is a little excessive but come on, I want to get all the critters and creatures for museum and balloons are great so I play as much as I can and want to. 

            I’m not the most experienced player nor do I want to be, I don’t want to know how to get rich quick or try and outsmart the game because I just want to enjoy it. Like I use all sorts of cheats on The Sims 4 but rarely anywhere else. 

            If you play Animal Crossing what’s your favorite things, got a room you’re proud of, a resident you love to pieces, or even a fish or bug that’s your favorite? Let me know! 

            I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I will see you on Sunday with a new post!

            -MJ

MJ’s Top Favorite Marvel Movies

            Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            So 2020 has been a time, not a great time and let’s be real I am still not going out more than I have to because I don’t want to go to the Backstreet Boys Reunion Tour (Thanks Game Grumps for putting that in my life). I have been going out only when I have to which means I have been watching at lot of YouTube, Netflix, and movies and playing like a lot of Animal Crossing (which I will talk about more in my next post. I have also just been like picking up hobbies which I will also be talking about later in the year because I have been trying to plan out blog posts so I can actually keep myself to a schedule. I’m trying, it’s not working but I’m trying.

            So I am a huge Marvel fan and let’s be honest Endgame wrecked my entire heart, I want to name my first dog Stark, my last car was called Jarvis and my new car is called Vision so I think it’s pretty clear that I am a fan of Iron man. I have like a bunch of Avengers Funko Pops! at my parent’s house because at the moment I don’t have room. There are a few of them I haven’t seen so I can’t say that maybe one of those wouldn’t be on this list. I haven’t seen Captain Marvel (I love the comics I just haven’t seen the film), Ant-Man & The Wasp, The Hulk, or Spiderman Far From Home (which I own but haven’t sat down and watched yet).

            But which ones are my personal favorites? We can disagree that’s why opinions are cool, everyone can have one and my favorites may not be your favorites but we don’t spread hate around here so in the immortal words of Thumper from Bambi, if you ain’t got nothin nice to say don’t say nothin at all. 

            These are in no particular order except when they were release to be honest they are just my favorites. I mean lets be real, I am going to through new Marvel movie withdrawal right now because of everything that’s going on in the world so I wanted a feel good post today. Also spoilers ahead, duh, but some of these movies have been out for almost a decade so come on. Grab some popcorn and hunker down because this one is a long one. 

The Avengers (2012)

So this was a great ensemble film and it was the end of the phase one Marvel films bringing all of those heroes together, you cannot beat the original Avengers film with the original MCU Avengers team. I love the new iterations of the team but you cannot beat the OG six. I loved that film and the soundtrack was great and I still quote parts of that film because it is so good. 

Iron Man 3 (2013)

This is a Christmas movie, fight me. I watch it every Christmas season and I love it so much, it is just such a movie full of character growth for Tony Stark that amazes me every time I watch it. It’s dealing with the fall out of the Avengers and Tony dealing with some mental health issues that continue to come out as the MCU expands. I loved the misdirect of the villain also. Iron Man was one of the first MCU superheroes that I saw and even though Iron Man 2 is panned a lot I still like that one as well. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This one for sure ranks really high on my list of really great Marvel films, it’s just so good. I have for sure said “on your left” to my friends before and we bust out laughing every time. I loved the introduction of Falcon because he is such a great character and balances Cap out so well and I for sure had a jaw drop moment when the Winter Soldier was revealed. Like it’s in the comics but I wasn’t reading comics as much at the time so roll with me. There is an argument in this movie which is for sure a hill I will die on if someone argues against me, I’m not going to talk about it because it’s the internet and I know better because people can get inflammatory. 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

2014 was just a great year for Marvel movies because Guardians of the Galaxy came out as well. I loved them film I think that my best friend and I saw this movie at least three times in theatres, that was our thing when we lived in the same city we would go and see Marvel movies multiple times and it was amazing. We now live like 1,500 miles away from each other so we don’t get to do that anymore which hurts my heart. You can check out her blog if you like book reviews (http://rolloutreviews.com) she’s awesome but I have to say that, she’s my best friend. Guardians was a great film though that broke away from the very serious Marvel Universe mold that was in place to this point also the soundtrack was fire. The ensemble cast all played so well off each other and I left the theatre emotionally compromised by a tree voiced by Vin Diesel which I was not expecting. 

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

2016 was another great year for Marvel movies and I loved this movie so much. My best friend and I saw this at the midnight premiere and the girl who was next to us hugged a pillow and gasped the whole time, if you are like that in a movie theatre; shame on you. I loved it, I have read the comic and I have read the novelization as well. Though the movie is for sure very different from the book and comic but I loved it. I loved seeing all of these characters really show their powers and the dynamics between them. 

Doctor Strange (2016)

This movie is great, the visuals are amazing but it does have a similar story line to Iron Man and I ain’t mad about it. I don’t think I really have much to say about it but it is a great piece of cinema that opens up a lot for the next phase of films that came out after, all of those movies that were leading up to Infinity War and Endgame.

Black Panther (2018)

So good, I loved seeing the introduction of Black Panther in Civil War and then to see the whole technologically advanced society of Wakanda it was so good. There are so many good one liners in the film that just amuse me every time I watch it and there are so many bad ass characters throughout the whole film that just got you so pumped up throughout. Great movie all around.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The guy in the theatre next to me was texting the whole time a terrible person and also don’t do that in theatres either. The first part of the epic third installment of the Avengers was intense and amazing. I need to watch it again but I will eventually. There are so many good one liners in this one as well especially at the beginning. The way it ended I was so upset, I mean I didn’t know how truly upset I would be after the next installment. 

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

I spent like 75% of this movie just upset, I was so happy to have the team back together and the final battle scene was probably one of the most epic battle scenes I have ever seen. That movie wrecked me at the end though and I had a feeling it would because I saw a spoiler of who dies early because I didn’t get a chance to see it for over a week after it came out but I still wasn’t prepared for both of the major character deaths, I was not okay with either of them. It was such a good movie cinematically and the production was absolutely phenomenal.

            I mean there are like 20+ MCU movies and I gave you nine of mine, these are just straight up MCU movies though I don’t count the original Fantastic Four or Deadpool, which I loved both Deadpool movies so much. I have not seen many DCEU movies just because I grew up on DC cartoons. 

            I’m not great at movie reviews but these were movies I enjoyed and I hope that you guys enjoyed a little bit of a break from my normal content because this is what I needed this Sunday. 

            So I will see everyone next time hopefully with my Animal Crossing island and all that (who knows I’m gonna try).

            Have a good start to the week!

                        -MJ

July 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            Well so July is pretty much over which is still crazy to me because I feel like it was just February but let’s be honest with ourselves time isn’t real anymore and I just don’t think the concept of time is something that defines us right now. 

            So the Glam Bag Plus is changing next month with three customizations, three of the five products rather and that’s insanity to me, I know it’s to give more customization to the members. I like the idea of more customization but I don’t know what next month will bring because the customization doesn’t open until the beginning of August so I will have more information and insights next month on what I personally think of the new service. 

            The bag like the regular Glam Bag this month was plasticky which is fine and I know the bag will be changing next month, again I will let you know. The bag is cool though it’s purple and teal with wanderlust written on it, again, very 80’s to me and I still love it. I like this one more than the regular glam bag this month but purple is my favorite color so that makes sense. 

Products: 

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer: 

            I got a Ciaté watermelon product in my regular glam bag though, it was a lip oil and I wore it the whole time I was writing that blog post (which for me was yesterday but several days ago for you guys) and I actually really liked it. So this is a primer and I have so many primers now because of IPSY, like I like primers but let’s be honest you only need like two I have a good dozen and I have a lot of primers. I wish I used primers more but I don’t know how I feel about a watermelon primer but it says it’s really hydrating and that is something I for sure always need no matter what because I live in the south and it’s hot during the summer. It’s also silicone free and pore refining so I am going to give it a try.

Awake Glow Pill Super Serum:

            Two of my favorite things to see on packaging is cruelty free and vegan which is always great but I am for sure getting more and more into serums, I am currently loving the Better Skin Co. Epik C Serum and it has done so many good things for my skin. I remember a time when I just had to like rinse my face and it was fine now I have like an eight step skin care routine, you can check that out if you want. Back to the serum though it has B vitamins in it and it helps hydrate so it sounds like all good things and the packaging both on the cardboard outer sleeve and the component itself so I can’t wait to try this out (for now it’s going to go in fridge so it stays fresher longer) I really do need a skin car fridge and at this point with the amount of skin care I have now I really need like a dorm fridge for all of it. I mean really. 

Complex Culture Contour • Blush Brush:

            I have one other Complex Culture brush and I kind of love it but this brush looks so cool! I can for sure say that I do not have any brushes that are shaped like this so it will for sure go into my main brush holder. I like how it feels and I actually redeemed my IPSY points to get another brush from this same company because I like their brushes. It is a brush and a good brush is a good brush.

Tarte SEA Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara:

            I love Tarte and that is no secret but I have never actually had a full size of their mascara, sample sizes sure but never a full sized so I am intrigued to use their mascara and this is a pretty new formula, I think. The packaging is nice and simple and it also has some of my favorite words, cruelty free and vegan. I am looking forward to getting to try it because again right now since no one is doing anything why am I going to use it and waste it so you know I will use it eventually. 

Pūrlisse Beauty Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer: 

            I really like Pūrlisse and I have been using it a lot recently and I am a huge fan of a lot of the products I have gotten to use from them and I know that I will more than likely like this one as well because it’s green tea and green tea is a great moisturizer and a lot of their products have white tea in them which is great for sensitive skin so I’m excited about it. Their blue lotus eye cream is my current favorite so I am excited to have the opportunity to try more products.

            Overall it was a great bag, lots of skin care like mostly skin care but next month seems to present an interesting challenge and opportunity so I will report back on that next month. 

            Wanna see what else I’ve gotten this year? January, March, April, May, and June!

            Hope you have a good week and I’ll see y’all with another post soon!

                        -MJ

What was in my July 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            July, I have no words really. I have been social media detoxing to be completely honest. I just decided to take some time away from the internet because social media has just gotten so toxic in our time of quarantine. Like we can be nice to each other but people just aren’t and it’s a lot for me to deal with. It just came to a point where I was feeling a lot of negative emotions that I don’t like feeling but I had to take a step back from the internet for a few weeks. Also my dad and I went back to Indiana to see some family friends, and a lot of people down here have been wearing masks but up there, not a lot of people were and we got a lot of funny looks but seriously, mask up for safety. 

            Beyond that welcome back to my blog, I will be doing this post and probably one other this month and I just, I want to get back to it but I just want to get back into doing things that make me happy as well still live in a world that is still really uncertain times so here is just something that is keeping my life sane at the moment. 

            So let’s talk about the bag, it’s plastic, I don’t mind it because it would be good to take to the pool or to the beach, (I go to neither so, I can’t shrug over the internet but shrug for me here) The zipper pull is an airplane and it says escape which feels really 80’s to me. (I am a child of the 90’s but it’s very neon!) It’s cute though so I like it.

Products: 

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Lip Oil:

            I got a Ciaté Watermelon product in my Glam Bag Plus as well (spoilers), I like watermelon products and I am usually not a user of lip oil and I will say this spells very lip smackers watermelon (again child of the 90’s). I like it and it’s not sticky like gloss so that is a plus for this. It’s like a weird consistency between a gloss and a lip balm and I like it, maybe I will use this to get more and more into lip oils. Who knows.

NeoGen Dermatology A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser:

            I got a cleanser last month too and I really like that one as well and when it says it’s dermatologically tested and usually those products don’t seem to dry my skin out or break me out. I will give it a chance here soon when my other little face cleanser runs out and maybe I will get come back here and tell y’all all about it. 

Luxie 205 Pack and Shade Brush:

            I really like how this brush feels and there is a notch in the handle for your thumb which is such a good idea! Such a good idea and I really like how the brush feels, it’s not as dense as some of my other packing brushes and I am totally cool with that. I’m just getting distracted watching YouTube videos and playing with the brush so that’s a good thing I guess. 

Space Case Eyeshadow in Space Food:

            Odd name for a shade but a really pretty neutral brown, I actually really like the shade and I like Space Case, I have gotten one of two products from them in my IPSY glam bags in the past so their eyeshadows are really nice, the pigment is great it is also a nice texture. It’s a nice brown shade and I don’t know what else I can say about it because it’s a great shade to just have many of. 

TheBalm Cosmetics Will Powder Blush in Perseverance: 

            Okay so on the website they call it highlighter, well they did in the review and that confused me because it is labeled as blush but I usually don’t see blush that is shiny like a highlighter. There is a lot of glitter in it and the shade is just a little too dark and a little too orange for my skin tone so while I love TheBalm this is just a little off for me.

            So there is my bag for this month and for the most part it was great, the Glam Bag is I feel more diverse with products and that’s great. The Glam Bag Plus is changing and I will talk about that in my other Glam Bag Plus unboxing that will be out later in the week (hopefully).

Want to check out my other Glam Bags from this year, January, March, April, May, and June!

            Have a great week and I will see you all with another post soon,

                        -MJ

Summer 2020 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Back at it with another unboxing, every four months that becomes half of my posts and I am not super mad about it. I got my box a few days ago and I was so excited to get it, I watched it through the tracker for a week and a half and I was so anxious to just get in my hands on it. 

            I cannot believe that it’s almost July, I feel like it was March like a week ago but also a decade ago with quarantine and all of the crazy going on right now.

            All views and opinions in this are all my own, like they always are and always will be no matter what. 

            So what did I get? As usual I am not going to tell you the value of my box (it was between $225.50-$477 dependent on what you got in your box) also I am going to start with the items that I chose or had a choice for in my box.

Dapper James Straw Bag with Floral Scarf:

            It’s a real cute summery bag and I really like Dapper James because Reese Witherspoon is amazing. I chose this one because of all of the options this one fit my desires best for the moment, I like bags and this one is open at the top with a snap so it’s good to take around during the summer and maybe when the world opens back up (safely) I will actually get to use it but it may be a next summer thing and I’m not too mad about it because it is neutral enough to cross years not just be in style for one season and then it doesn’t match the times anymore. The other options were the Pottery Barn Mason Ceramic Diffuser in Solstice, the Do Not Age with dr. brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream, the L*Space Tie Dye Towel, the Yumi Kim Wireless Charging Pad (which is super cute!), or the LashesMD Eyelash Conditioner. 

Business & Pleasure Co. Cooler Bag:

            Again a really fun summer thing, this season the seasonal feel was really evident and I really liked the idea of a larger cooler bag in my life but not one that is a full sized cooler, my dad got me a Yeti cooler bag for Christmas and it’s huge and bulky so having something nice and small is nice when you don’t need the giant cooler to accompany you somewhere. It is a really cute thing, my only problem with it is there is separation in the fabric on the top but I can sew it back in at some point. In the picture I stuffed it with stuffing so it would actually stand up and not collapse back down on itself. The other options were the Michael Kors Bedford Travel Passport Wallet (If it had been in black I would have gotten that), the HydroPeptide Moisture Reset Face Oil, the Isaac Mizrahi Blue and White Kimono, or the R+Co Television Perfect Hair Shampoo+Conditioner.

The Giving Keys Mini Key Necklace:

            It’s very small and delicate but according to the packaging the company supports a good cause, ending homelessness and I am completely behind that message. The key says believe on it and I cannot wait to wear it because it’s just a little thing that has a strong message behind it. I prefer silver jewelry to gold so this one was a pretty good choice on my part. The other options were two Coola products the Mineral Face Organic Matte Finish Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 or the Mineral Face Matte Finish Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, the TOMS Sydney Sunglasses (if I wasn’t a prescription glasses wearing human I would have gotten these), Blaq Peel off Mask+ HydroGel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid (Set of 5) (I have these and they are amazing but I don’t do peel off masks), the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream (this was a throwback and I got this one in my Winter 2019 box), or the Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler (got this on in my Winter 2019 box too).

Terre Mère Aloe and Tea Tree Toner:

            Toner is pretty new in my life and this was the first product on this list that I didn’t have a choice in and I am totally fine with the option I got. It’s a glass bottle y’all, a glass bottle. I really like toners now and I am glad that they have come back into my life since the toners of the mid-2000s that my skin absolutely hated. I am about halfway done with Sunday Riley one so having one in the wings is going to be great. The other options were the Zoë Ayla Ice Roller, or the Silked Satin Pillow Case.

The Lifestyle Co. Beach Mist: 

            It’s aloe, mint, and lavender. It’s supposed to be an after sun spray I think but let’s be honest, my skin sees the sun so rarely that I will use it as a facial refresh spray like I do rose water. I love the packaging and I am excited to have it in my beauty arsenal. The other options were the Isaac Mizrahi Loves xo, Sienna Vase, the amika Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray, or the Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum.

The next three were picked by fabfitfun out of seven potentials as their picks so I will list the four I didn’t receive first, the Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil, Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask, 6 pack (which I think I have already), the Murad Essential-C Cleanser, and the Spongella Coconut Verbena Hand Cream (which I am glad about because I am not a huge fan of the smell of verbena.)

Riddle Oil Original Roll On:

            This is one of those perfumes that matches your body chemistry to produce a scent and mine is lightly floral, I tried it on the day I got the box and it lasted for hours! I even took a shower and I could still faintly smell it even afterward. I am a huge fan of this product because I don’t wear a lot of perfume but this one is really nice. 

Cali Cosmetics Foot Cream with Menthol in Tarocco:

            To be honest I thought the brand name was Tarocco, just an FYI to start this out with. It summer so foot cream is an essential because sandals and things. I am excited to give it a try because I try to moisturize my feet after every shower, I sometimes don’t succeed but I still try. 

MakeupDrop Hybrid Makeup Applicator:

            It’s a sponge and a silicon applicator that’s like the best of both worlds and I really like MakeupDrop, I have one of their silicon applicators and it’s really nice so having another product from them is pretty cool and I love the concept of having a multipurpose tool like this in my makeup bag.

            Overall, per usual, I loved my box there was a lot better balance of products than in boxes past though I still miss the fitness items but as a company grows and changes it makes sense to source a more diverse selection of items that your members want.

            Want to know that I got in my Spring box this year, you can, just click on it!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get an item you really loved or not so much? Let me know in the comments! 

            See everyone later in the week with another post, 

            -MJ

June 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            I am again writing all of my IPSY posts back to back this month because I felt like it and they were what I had on hand. Again, we are almost in July and I cannot believe that because I swear it was just January. I hope everyone out there is staying safe all around.

            Again same problem I had with the Glam Bag, the card is exactly the same as that one, it doesn’t tell me the products anymore and I think that will continue to bother me but there isn’t anything that I can do about it. 

            The bag is exactly the same as the one for the Glam Bag this month but it’s a minty green, why have a bag if you are going to get multiple of the same if you subscribe to more than one of their subscriptions. I usually like the bags but this month really did miss the mark for me now that I have two of the exact same bags, same size and everything.

What did I get?

Jayjun Cosmetics Wakepure Sheet Masks (6):

            There are two of each kind so two of the Shiso Calming Mask, the Seaberry Brightening Mask, and the Avocado Nourishing Mask. I love sheet masks even though I don’t really use them during the summer because it’s just a lot for the summer. I am looking forward to trying them out because I have all my sheet masks in the fridge, as well as a lot of my skin care that I’m not using at the moment. I don’t have a skin care fridge I just have a small crate in my actual fridge full of sheet masks and I regret nothing. 

Shaina B Miami Eyes on Miami Brush Set:

            I have a lot of brushes and I think for now these are just going to stay in their little bag because while I love a full set of eye brushes ISPY really likes to send out brush sets, these may become part of my travel set of brushes but for right now I don’t need to add them to the rest of my brush cup. They are stylish and I really like how they feel and it is nice to get full sets of brushes (according to the IPSY page these would retail for $60) because I haven’t bought a full priced brush in probably four years. But at the end of the day a brush is a brush is a brush. 

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Luminzer Primer:

            I do not wear a lot of primer, I probably should just for skin protecting and this one blends in really well with my skin so I am happy about that. Also I am a huge fan of Dr. Brandt because their products are great I have never had a reaction to any of them and that in my book is great news. It does for sure blur your pores, I put it on my hand and I can tell where it is which is crazy to me so I am hopeful that on my face it will have all the desired effects that it claims to have. 

Pūrlisse Beauty Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk:

            I have a few of the Blue Lotus products from Pūrlisse including the eye cream and I think the sunscreen and I love both of them so having another cleanser to try out and one from a brand I know that my skin can handle is awesome. I am excited to give it a try when I run out of my Tula cleanser and it is soap and sulfate free so it won’t dry my skin out either which is really exciting for me. 

Ciaté London Marbled Metals Eyeshadow in Entwine:

            The color pay off on this is intense, it’s a beautiful pinky shade and while I like it, it’s really really glittery for me, I am not a person who frequently gets so full glam that my look requires something that is this glittery. It’s a beautiful shade and I will find a reason to wear it, even if it is a highlighter it just looks kind of chunky in the pot so I guess we will see. I’ll figure it out.

            Overall it was a pretty good bag, I’m not mad about it. If you want to see what else I got this year you can, January, March, April, May.

Hope you have a great rest of the week, stay safe y’all,

            -MJ

What was in my June 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So it’s June, how is it already June? I have been creatively drained and I think that still has to do with everything that’s going on in the world. It’s insane times y’all, insane times. 

            So let’s get into it, so the bag, it’s fine, I’m not a huge fan of it but I don’t know why. I don’t think I like that it has people on it, it makes it a lot harder to use for other things. It’s also an odd yellow shade and personally, I am not a fan of yellow but there are probably people who will covet these bags.

            What did I actually get though?

            I seriously miss the card that gives you the descriptions of the products, it’s a card now that gives you tips and they could put that on the back and put the products on the card, I know that’s probably more complicated and this cuts down on costs just to print one card for every bag but I miss it.

Ofra X Talia Mar Highlighter in Covent Garden:

            I chose this because I liked the color and I have a thing for highlighters, it’s like a hoarding obsession and I need to stop collecting them but they are all so pretty and maybe like a crow I really like shiny things. I love the shade though it’s a more rosy champagne, I wouldn’t call it rose gold but it is beautiful on the skin. It’s vegan and cruelty free so those are both wins in my book and I cannot wait to have a reason to wear this all the time.

Maëlle Beauty Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lips in Nectar:

            When I saw the image of this as well as the product I didn’t think it would be a shade that I could pull off but the product itself is a bit pinker than it looks like in the crayon. If you didn’t want to use it on your lips it actually would make a nice crème blush. I had to go to their website to find out that it is both leaping bunny certified and cruelty free so I do like that. It’s an interesting product and while I rarely wear lipstick this lip tint provides an interesting compromise to that.

Kat Von D (KVD) Vegan Beauty Lock-it setting Powder in Translucent:

            I don’t have a lot of Kat Von D products, it’s not a brand that I have explored even though I have seen it in Sephora for years now. I like that it’s a vegan brand and it says that in the name so I am intrigued to actually give this setting powder a try. I really don’t have much to say about it because it is a setting powder and in many cases they are similar and you can’t make the judgement until you actually use it, so I will eventually and report back (if I remember). 

Nanette Lepore Body Lotion in Colors of Nanette:

            It has a scent that is a mix of a garden and a fruit salad and I am not mad about that. According to the IPSY description it’s a mix of fruity notes like melon, apple, and pear, and floral notes like jasmine, rose, and violet. Now all of those scents are nice but all together for me they are a little bit much because to me the smell of those fruits with those floral notes just doesn’t suit me and that’s okay. It might suit a whole bunch of other people it’s just not a scent profile that I enjoy, it does make my hands feel good though so that is a good thing. 

Essenherb Tea Tree Foam Cleanser:

            I will for sure give this a patch test before I use it because while I like tea tree products they sometimes are a little harsh for my skin, I used to use tea tree in my hair but never on my face so this could be a holy grail product or it could break me out and at the moment I don’t know either way. It is a K-beauty brand and for the most part in my experience K-beauty doesn’t have the same effect on my skin as other brands so I am hopeful.

            Overall my Glam Bag this month was fine, it wasn’t the worst and it wasn’t the best so I am hoping that July looks up but not every month can be knocking it out of the park. 

If you want to read my other months this year, go ahead just click the month and it will take you right to the post, January, March, April, and May.

            Do you subscribe, did you get a product this month that you were in love with, on the fence with, or disappointed with? Let me know!

Have a great start to your week and I will see y’all soon with another post!

            -MJ

What was in my May 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey, hey it’s MJ, 

            I am trying to keep a schedule on blogging, as we can all see from my posts this month it’s not going well. I am trying, I really am but let’s be real life is crazy at the moment. 

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag Plus this was also an ombre, this one however was a pink to yellow and much larger than the one in the Glam Bag Plus (it would have made more sense in my head if they switched them but I’m not in charge of things). I do like the bag though, it’s pretty basic with a top zip but I like it. 

The products:

Yensa Skin on Skin BC Concealer in Fair Cool:

            When I opened this it almost pressurized on the inside so a bunch of product just kind of leaked out so I got to try it without really having a choice to do so. It’s about the right shade though it is just a little dark for me, so hopefully during the summer it might be close to the right shade because even though it’s a cool tone it is still a little too yellow for me. I love the packaging though so that is one upside to it, I like concealers but they are hard to match in a subscription service like this. 

F.A.R.AH Brushes Long Blender (25EL) Brush: 

            I like how the brush looks but I am at this point of, do I need any more brushes? The answer to that is no, I know that it’s easy to throw a brush in and call it done. It’s an IPSY exclusive which is cool but it’s a basic eyeshadow brush. Cruelty free and vegan so I can’t be mad and it’s a nice brush to shove in a makeup bag to go because it’s decently packed but not too fluffy and not too dense. 

First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask:

            I like First Aid Beauty it’s a great brand that I don’t use very often but probably should use it more. It is an anti-inflammatory mask so that is exciting for me. It’s a leave on mask so that is also exciting because at this point the only masks that I really want to take the time to remove are sheet masks. It has a lot of benefits that I am all for in a facial product so I am excited to give it a try. 

TheBalm Cosmetics AutoBalm Pic Perf in St. Charles Ave: 

            I have an AutoBalm palette and I really like it, this is not a shade I already have so that was exciting and it’s a nice neutral brown so I was excited about that. I have a problem with single shadows though for the sheer reason that I have to remove them from their packaging to put them in something else if I don’t want to carry around a bunch of tiny shadow containers. I wish that companies would put them in containers that are easier to remove the product from because with this one I will have to do some major excavation and hope not to break the shadow pan if I ever want to take it out. I like the shade though and that’s really all that matters. 

Tarte SEA Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask in Strawberry Jelly:

            It smells like strawberries and it is very small. I like the packaging but I rarely ever use lip treatments, some sugar scrub here and some lip balm there but pretty much nothing else. I also don’t like the feeling of jelly like items on my lips I avoid lip gloss (I did not before college but I do now) I don’t like when my lips stick together or feel sticky, it’s not a feeling that I like. I will give it a chance because I love Tarte but this was kind of the odd outlier in my bag this month. Maybe I’ll like it, who knows.

            Overall I liked the bag this month, it wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst so I don’t have much to complain about. If you want to see what else I have gotten this year check out January, March, and April

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any favorite new products this month?

            I’ll see everyone in a few days with a new post!

            -MJ 

May 2020 ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So another month and it’s just about the middle and I am FINALLY posting something, I had so many plans for this month but my life again decided to kick me a couple of times. But that is not what we are here to do! Bright spot in what is kind of an interesting time in the world.

            I am excited to talk about what I got in my glam bag plus this month because it was actually a really cool box.

            One thing that I need to say is that this month it came in a larger box than usual, see the photo and you’ll understand. Last month it came in a bubble mailer and I liked it but this month they chose the box again and I don’t know why they changed it or what the next month’s shipping container will look like. 

            I love the bag, it’s blue to yellow ombre and I am such a huge fan of ombre. I love the little tassel zipper pull and the bag shape. I am liking the variety of bags they are coming out with in recent memory and the inside of the bag is yellow with what looks like gold confetti and I love it!

            What did I get though? Let’s talk about the products that I received. Again I miss the little card that talks about the products

Beauty For Real Hi Def Mascara in Just Black:

            I have never seen a mascara wand that is this little, I don’t mind it but it’s mascara and I like mascara that’s pretty well established. It goes on pretty well and it does collect on the lashes really easily. My only complaints are that it is a little clumpy but let’s be real there is a good chance that is used error and it takes a long time to dry. It doesn’t take a lot to take off though so that in my book is not a bad thing. I am excited to actually give it a nice long wear test to see how it does in that regard.

Coloured Raine Cosmetics Mimosa Moment Palette: 

            Cute little to-go palette and I was looking for a new to-go palette to carry around with me and I really like the colors in this one it’s a nice balance between matte and shimmer shades and for a palette this size it has a really nice mirror. The shades are actually pretty pigmented which I am really thankful for. It is an ipsy Glam Bag Plus exclusive and I am glad that it is better than the last Betty Boop exclusive palette from last year. 

Sugar Rush sugar Coat Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Cupcake:

            Sugar Rush reminds me of Wreck-it Ralph but it is a tarte brand and I am a huge fan of tarte. It smells like frosting which I cannot be mad about. This shade though for sure is a fall/winter shade not a spring/summer shade so I will try to rock it again in the fall. It goes on smooth and doesn’t dry down too quickly which is nice for a liquid lip and it doesn’t make your lips feel dry after application which I have had in the past with liquid lipsticks and it’s never fun to have to reapply a liquid lip several times throughout the day. Seeing it in the picture description and in the tube I thought it was going to be too dark in general but it’s actually not to bad so I am pleasantly surprised. 

Nomad Cosmetics x Sydney Bathers Kiss of Sun Palette:

            I really like it, I don’t want to ruin the designs in the pans though so I haven’t really tested yet. (I was really careful and touched the center of the pans so I didn’t ruin the designs just yet.) It is super pigmented and the shades are really nice. I love highlighter so this palette is just another amazing addition to my highlighter collection. All the shades are named after Sydney beaches and I kind of love that idea, I have a Germany themed palette from them and well and I love the themed palettes and collections like that.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: 

            Sunday Riley, this was my choice because it was Sunday Riley, I have not met a Sunday Riley product that I don’t like. I have never done a lactic acid treatment so I am looking forward to trying it. I am still getting more and more into skin care and complexion products. It smells like the inside of a Lush store so I am really excited to actually try it on my face and the spot where I put it on my hand is nice and shiny so I am hopeful this does wonders for my face.

            Overall it was a great Glam Bag plus and I loved every product and I am looking forward to next month!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get a favorite product this month? 

            I’ll see everyone later in the week with another post!

            -MJ

April 2020 Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            April has pretty much flown by even in quarantine and as I am writing this it’s like the 16th so hopefully as this is being posted maybe we will be able to reemerge into the world but who knows. 

            Let’s talk about what I got in my Glam Bag Plus this month though, like I said in my regular Glam Bag Unbagging this is a bright spot in my month. This month instead of a box the items came in a bubble mailer like the regular Glam Bag, they actually sent out a survey about it asking our opinions and I think it’s fine but I worry about the recyclability in my area where the box was recyclable pretty much everywhere/

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag this month it has the same floral pattern but it is a more muted minty green with a zipper around about 75% of the bag itself, that makes it a little hard to zip but over all I really like the idea of the different bags they are coming out with.

The Products: 

Ciaté London Triple Shot XXL Mascara in Black XXL:

            Mascara is one of my staple products and I am always in the market for a new good formula. Now this one claims to be a fiber formula so that does worry me a little bit; in the past with other fiber formulas I have had the fibers dry and get in my eyes and my eyes are sensitive to just about everything getting in them so I am hopeful that this one doesn’t have the flaking problem. 

Céla Crème Rose The Very Best Cream Rose:

            I love the packaging, it’s just really pretty, my one issue with the packaging is the thickness of the tube, it’s not very thick which for a lotion that has a hinged cap that makes it a little tricky to close, you have to be careful with it. The other scent notes besides rose are jasmine and peach. It does smell amazing and it soaks into the skin rather quickly so you don’t feel like you are caked in something. This one is for sure an exciting product even though I never need more lotion but I always loving getting it.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Black:

            Again, eyeliner; this is getting ridiculous on the amount of months I have received eyeliner, all black and all liquid which I don’t use. The only saving grace of this eyeliner is that it is double ended so it has a gel/pencil on one side which was the eyeliner that I grew up using, all pencil all the time. I think I used exclusively Maybelline’s gel/pencil eyeliner in middle and into high school. So this one is more up my alley so I might use this one but that leave the question of what to do with the other end of the dual ended eyeliner and what do I do with the rest of the liquid liners I have received, get it together ipsy, I never review eyeliners well.

Girlactik Beauty Jello Gloss Balm:

            I have been trying to figure out where I had heard about this brand and it was in a Tati video on YouTube. I love trying out new balms and I love the simplicity of the packaging on this one. It goes on like a balm and feels like a mixture between a gloss and a balm and for once I am not mad about it. It looks like a translucent pink in the tube and I am actually a huge fan of it. It’s one of those products that is a really good multitasking product and I am looking forward to using it more.

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner:

            I chose this one, I really did because if they give me the option of a Sunday Riley product I will pick it. Sunday Riley is one of those brands I have coveted for such a long time and now I am using various products in my skin care routine. It doesn’t smell great but I think that’s because of the clay in it so it’s fine. A little goes a long way with this product and I am excited to incorporate this into my skin care routine on a regular basis as I do not currently use a toner. 

            So overall I really liked my Glam Bag Plus this month, even the eyeliner, that’s right even the eyeliner. 

            I’ll see everyone in May hoping that we are getting back to normal here soon, stay safe stay healthy!

            -MJ