Fall fabfitfun Unboxing

 

Well I got this box almost a month ago and I have been in another world when it comes to actually writing and posting the blog itself. My bad, I loved the box itself and I must say these boxes do not disappoint, if you want to read what was in my Summer Box, you can read that by clicking on the link. Like the last unboxing I am not going to tell the value of my box but the box is valued at anywhere between roughly $286-$376 dependent on the selections and items in the box that you receive. This box runs $50 each season and getting full sized products is great because it gives you a chance to try the beauty items for an extended period of time and enjoy some really cool things that aren’t per say beauty related.

 

IMG_8304.jpegThere were a few things that I chose for this box because of my personal preferences. I will get to those later though, first of all was a set of Glam Glow Bubble Sheet Masks, now I have been meaning to try out Glam Glow products for a while now and I feel like sheet masks are such a good way to go when you want to test a brand for their skin care products. Because I have such sensitive skin sometimes that is how I test brands and I have found in the past that it works pretty well. Trial sizes or travel sized products work as well to get the same effect because you can see if your skin has a negative reaction to something without purchasing a full sized product and then not being able to use it.

 

 

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Next was the Skin & Co. Blue in Capri shower gel, it smells great and I am a hoarder of shower gels and soaps. If it goes in the bathroom and makes things smell nice I hoard it. I have never heard of Skin & Co. before but I am excited to use it because I love the smell. It is a very light almost floral scent. According to the fabfitfun magazine the scent notes are wild sage, lemon, and alpine rose, so it is a light scent that has an undertone of freshness as well.

 

 

 

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Now this is something that I kind of touched on in my Foundation Application post from a few months ago where I said I didn’t want to spend $20 on a Beautyblender and then in this box there was a beautyblender and I was actually rather happy for that because it gives me a chance to have my first ever on brand beautyblender. I am actually not going to even open it at the moment because I have other beauty sponges that I already have open. I however am excited to use this to see if it really is worth all of the hype that beautyblender gets from fans.

 

 

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The last item that was in every box was a set of tea towels in a modern geometrical grey and white from Simply Whimsical and I love tea towels, these are already in my kitchen, they are currently in a drawer but they are so cute. I really like getting homeware items in these boxes beyond the beauty items as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the items were choices or options where some boxes had certain items and others had the other options, I don’t know how else to put it. Two of the following options I chose and the others were picked for me.

 

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I have the iPhone X and so I do not have a headphone jack on my phone and that means that either I have to have wireless headphones or I have to use the adapter that came with my phone to actually use headphones. Well in this box one of the options was either an umbrella or wireless headphones and I left it up to chance on what I got. I was happy to get the Cylo Cobra wireless headphones because I really wanted the headphones, they are white with a rose gold ring on the ear bud and I have used them already and loved them.

 

 

 

Next choice was either a Vince Camuto tote bag or a set of six brushes from Crown Brush and for my lifestyle the set of brushes from Crown Brush was a better option for me, I actually did choose this option because I have enough bags to last me a life time and I am always on the hunt for good brushes. The woman who used to do my eyebrows when I still lived in Indiana used Crown Brushes in her makeup business so I knew about them through her and I was excited when they were presented as a choice item in this box. It is six brushes in a handy carrying case in either all black handles and rose gold writing or in silver and I got the all black. They are amazingly soft and I am a huge fan of them already.

 

IMG_8314.jpegThe other choice item that I picked was the Alfred Teapot, it was either that or a French Press and I don’t drink French Press coffee so I would not have used that item, the teapot however I plan on using all of the time when we have some sustained cold weather. It’s so cute and it will work really well for a nice loose leaf tea steeping. It has a cute floral pattern on it and it already is sitting with the rest of my tea paraphernalia on my kitchen counter.

 

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Two more items, the first one is from Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant, all of the items in this category were from Grown Alchemist. I will have to do a patch test on this product because of my skin but I am hoping that I don’t have an adverse reaction to it because for the most part the products that I have gotten in these boxes have all been gentle enough to work with my skin.

 

 

 

 

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One last item and this one I was actually really happy to get it and that is the Cuccio Somatology Yogahhh! Detox Bath, I am a huge fan of baths even though I don’t seem to have time to take a bath over a shower, I am exciting to try it though because a skin detox sounds really great right about now.

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the box, it was amazing and every box seems to impress me more and more with each season and each box. I think that subscribing in the spring was one of the best ideas I have had this year. These products and boxes are curated to such a high quality that I never worry about not liking the box or having items that are not good quality. I cannot speak more highly about this subscription service.

 

Do you subscribe? What did you get? What did you enjoy most?

 

-MJ

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Marvel Collector Corps Venom Unboxing

This is Amazon’s second attempt at replacing the Funko Subscription Box, Marvel Collector Crops and after the last box I was almost sure that this would be my last even though I was a loyal subscriber since mid-year one of the original Funko subscription service. Now I will say that they stepped up their game on this box as opposed to the Deadpool box from a few months ago.

Now before I start the unboxing, I do not have a huge knowledge base when it comes to Venom, I understand who he is as a character and I know they are pushing this because the movie just came out. I have not seen it and I don’t know if I will to be honest. The last Marvel movie that saw was Avengers: Infinity War and that was in May so I am two or three movies behind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Marvel tie in films. This box was all Venom themed so I was not expecting any different and I am basing my review off the box itself not the character it represented.

This box was for sure different than the last one, it was smaller and more compact and I went into it with an open mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed because I had expectations on it like I did with the previous box. Amazon is finding its feet with this box and I am happy to say it was a lot better than the first one. (After reading reviews of the Deadpool box on Amazon it seemed like a lot of people agreed with me about the box and its quality.)

 

On to what was actually in the box itself. I still miss the pin and the patch that you got with the first few years of the Collector Corps boxes. I also miss the comic book but that I will save for another day. This box unlike the last one at least had a listing of the items but again I still miss the product card that had the design inspiration and insights into the products but again, Amazon is finding their feet with this service.

 

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Now there was something in this box that I have never seen in one of these boxes before and that was rather exciting because it was a break from the normal box format that I have come to expect and that was a car decal of Venom in silhouette. Now all of the windows of my car are tinted so there is a good chance that I will not be putting it on my car but I know people who would love it so someone is getting this little decal.

 

 

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Of course there was a Pop! Involved because if there wasn’t I think that I along with many other collectors would question it. This month was a leaping Venom Pop! It is actually a really cool Pop! The detail on it is pretty great, tongue out and everything. I really liked all of the Pops! That came out for this film because it was the Venomized versions of some of the Marvel characters and they were all kind of great.

 

 

 

 

 

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This was another item that broke away from the normalcy of the box itself and that was a squishy Venom stress toy, it’s great I was really happy to get that because sometimes you just need a stress ball that doesn’t form back right away. The last stress toy they had was in the Hulk box last December I think but that was a traditional stress toy that wasn’t the squishy texture that the Venom one is.

 

 

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Two more items in the box and they were pretty great, first let’s talk about the tee-shirt, now in the Deadpool box there was no wearable item which was odd for this service, in this box however there was a tee-shirt. (I think in the November box there isn’t going to be a wearable either but I am unsure.) It is just about the same quality as the shirts were from the original subscription service so I was happy to see that as well. I actually really like the shirt because it is simple but different from those tee-shirts of boxes pervious.

 

 

 

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Last item, a tiny pint sized hero, which you can’t tell by the picture but it is slightly translucent, it is also so cute; which is an odd word choice when it comes to Venom but this pint sized hero, like most pint sized heroes are meant to be really cute. I have a Red Skull one from one of the boxes last year, it was the Superhero Showdowns box from I think February of 2017 (I don’t remember) and it was also cute. They take these character who aren’t supposed to be “cute” and make them real cute.

 

 

Overall, this box was a lot better than the Deadpool box and I am pleased to say that the next theme has been revealed to be 10 Years of Marvel and I am super excited for it. I was glad to see an improved box from the box previous and I will continue to subscribe because it is something that I enjoy.

Did you get the box? Do you have thoughts on it? Share them in the comments below!

 

-MJ

 

What was in My September ipsy Glam Bag?

I know it is October and I kind of disappeared last month, again, my bad. I have been dealing with some things over the last couple of months in my personal life that have prevented me from producing the content that I really enjoy producing and creating so I am hopefully back with my head on straight ready to put some great content out this month.

First up this month something light hearted and fun: My ipsy Glam Bag from last month!

 

I think this bag is my favorite one that I have gotten since I started receiving the glam bags, it has closed eyes on it and on the inside it says ‘Rules were made to be broken’. Now per usual I love the bag design and I still really like having all of these different bags, this is more of a canvas bag than anything else with a champagne pleather bottom panel on the front. Love it.

Now onto the items in the bag.

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1: Luxie (140) Detail Taper Brush

This is a collaboration with the Wonder Woman film that came out last year and I love the brush itself. I love brushes so much and I find myself really liking getting brushes in these packages. I have actually had to change out some of my brushes in my brush holder because I ran out of room because I have been getting more and more brushes lately trying to replace old brushes or brushes that I don’t use anymore. So it’s really nice to get brushes that I will actually use in my makeup routine.

 

 

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2: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Liplocked Priming Lip Wand in Belle

I have never heard of this brand before and I feel like that is a pretty common theme with this bag in particular, in this one I have never heard of any of the brands that were represented in my September bag, I am not unhappy about that because it just means that I am getting exposed to new brands every time I open up one of these Glam Bags. I have swatched it and it is a nice deep berry tone perfect for this time of year and I am not unhappy about it. I am looking forward to integrating it into looks in the coming months.

 

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3: Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix

I am always a little wary on products for my hair, I have enough problems with it to begin with but this product seems to be very useful for a number of hair issues such as tangles and flyaways as well as heat styling according to its description on the ipsy website. I am for sure excited to try it when my hair needs to look it’s best.

 

 

 

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4: MPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal

Loose eyeshadow pots and I do not usually get along but I am willing to give this one a go. I love the color, it is almost a light rose gold, with a lot more rose than gold but it is still really pretty. Let’s be honest with ourselves, the photos on ipsy’s website for this product are a lot better than mine but I didn’t want to pull the protective seal or the shaker top off because then I probably would have had powder all over my bathroom and who has time for that?

 

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5: BRTC Velvet Mask Duo in Vitamin F and Vitamin C

I have enough sheet masks to last me for the next year, I really need to start using them because they are so good for your skin. I have gotten over half a dozen from ispy alone. It’s another K-beauty brand and I love K-beauty as much as the next person because it is such good skin care. The vitamin C mask helps with dull skin to help brighten and the vitamin F mask helps prevent fine lines. I refer to the ipsy website for all of this stuff because again they probably give a better description than I do.

 

Overall I was very pleased with the contents of this bag, if you want to read my April, May, June, July, or August unbaggings, click on the month!

Well that is it for my glam bag, if you guys subscribe what did you get in September? (even though it is October)

 

-MJ

August Beauty Haul

How is it the end of August y’all, when the heck did that happen? I swear it was just January like a week and half ago, this year is just flying by and I am not sure how I feel about it.

 

I feel like this is one of my favorite posts to write, I would love to make more videos on things like this. (and I hope by the time you guys are reading this I have actually restarted my YouTube channel as it has been on hiatus since May and I am ready to actually get back in front of the camera. It’s looking more like September now but you can go and watch all of my old videos on WaitIt’sMJ in the link here.) That however is not what this post is about. No, no it’s about what I bought when it came to beauty this month that I probably didn’t need. Okay some of it I actually needed but most of it was “oh, I love that, I need it.” I get need and want confused sometimes in my brain, I need to work on that. I would say my voice of reason could help me avoid this but normally she is the one going, “Girl those colors are just slightly different from all of the other palettes you have, you should get it.” And then I walk out of Ulta with a bag that I didn’t walk in intending on purchasing. Seriously I went into Ulta for a Morphe fan brush a few months ago and I walked out with foundation, (which in truth I needed) two lipsticks, and another eyeshadow palette. You can refer to my March Beauty Haul for those items. It’s like passing out and waking up in an Ulta with a bag full of items that you don’t remember picking up. I need someone to go with me every time I walk into that store and keep me on task because I clearly should not be trusted to walk into that store by myself. Sephora, yea because some of those brands are amazing but when you see a single highlighter for $60 or so you kind of put things in perspective that you can find a cheaper dupe for that and not spend $60 on one highlighter.

 

Rant over and now to the products:

 

I have found myself walking into some very random stores in the last few months and one was TJ Maxx, I don’t think I have actually ever been in one even though Marshall’s and Home Goods are places that I frequently frequent. (Yes, that is just as ridiculous to read as it was to write.) My Marshall’s back in Indiana never had designer makeup. (want to see what I found there last month, click here.) I walked into TJ Maxx looking for a smaller bag because I have a backpack and I would sometimes prefer not to carry it. I did not walk out with a purse, I walked out with a pair of tongs (which I did need), a pass port cover (it’s holo and I love it.), and two Kat Von D products.

 

IMG_8270.jpgNow one of these products I contemplated buying at Sephora a few months ago but my store at the time did not have the product but it was there at TJ Maxx and I was all for it. It was her Shade + Light eye palette in Sage. Now back in the day I had several eyeshadow quads, I have since graduated to palettes and most of my quads have gone into the trash because they were old but there are sometimes when I just want to do a simple look or just have a more compact and travel sized palette that I can still do a few looks with and this palette is much more of my 2005 emo/scene phase color palette and I was there for it when I picked it up. Now I have green eyes, I should have gotten this product in plum because it would have worked a little better with my eye color but I love the dark shade in this little palette.

 

 

IMG_8268.jpgNext Kat Von D product was her Studded Kiss Lipstick in the shade Coven, who knew I needed a lavender lipstick, Kat Von D did, she knew that out there somewhere would be someone who needed lavender lipstick and it was in this case me. Her packaging is to die for, I love the studded lipstick cover, again my 2005 emo self is quaking because it is amazing. The pigmentation is amazing and I cannot wait to find an occasion, or make an occasion to wear this lip color because your girl is excited for it.

 

 

IMG_8264.jpgNext up, so I have been watching a lot of beauty guru videos in the last few weeks because they have been providing me with so much joy. I love watching people who are passionate about things be able to do the things they are passionate about. Well one of the videos I was watching talked about lip scrub and I am one of those people who has done a sugar scrub about once in my life but would like to do it on a more regular basis. I went to Ulta and I bought the Tee Hut Sugar Lips Sugar Scrub and first of all, it’s amazing. It’s minty and it left my lips really soft, I wanted one where you could just ingest the sugar where as some of the ones I was looking at were more for lip exfoliation so they had pieces of things in them that were not edible. 10/10 would recommend.

 

IMG_8267.jpgSo this next item was something that has been on my wish list for a few months now but every time I walked into my Ulta it was out of stock and that was the Morphe High Impact Highlighter in the shade Extra. (That’s a great color choice name.) I love Morphe and I was so happy when Ulta began carrying the brand, though of course I wish they carried what the Morphe stores carried but at this time they do not. There are a few brands that they have online and in other stores but not in my store and it makes me rather sad. Back to the highlighter though, it is a champagne gold shimmer and it does pop which I am always looking for. Again I have been told by YouTube beauty gurus that my highlight should be blinding and I am still working on it.

 

IMG_8269.jpgI went and got more lipstick, don’t ask me why, I don’t have many non-NYX lipsticks so getting another Kat Von D lipstick made me happy, this time it is in the shade Homegirl and it is a beautiful berry color and I am a huge fan of it because it is going to be a nice autumnal shade to add to my collection as we creep closer and closer to those fall months. Who else is excited for leaves changing and pumpkin everything? Because I for sure am and have been since last fall.

 

 

 

IMG_8271.jpgRemember how I said maybe I would go back and buy the Plum shade in the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette, well when I went back to TJ Maxx it was gone. I was in Marshall’s later in the month and I was wandering around and I saw it and I snatched it right up because I had thought about it for almost three weeks. I was excited to see it on the shelf though and I was happy with the colors and again, I love eyeshadow quads because those were where I started when I was beginning to wear and purchase makeup. I feel like this shade will make my eyes pop and I am excited because for a long time all I wore was shades of purple and this is just a throwback to my original style in a way.

 

IMG_8272.jpgThis will probably be my last item of the month and it was an item that I was not expecting to purchase. Urban Decay put on their Instagram that they were discontinuing the original Naked palette and I have been coveting the whole Naked palette line for years now. I got the Naked Smoky and Naked 3 palettes for my birthday a few years ago and so when Urban Decay posted that the palette would be half off while supplies lasted I jumped at it, it’s normally a $54 palette and granted I would spend that much on it because I have been a fan of Urban Decay since I started wearing makeup. I think my original powder foundation was Urban Decay so I have been loving them for a long time now. I actually had to Google Image what it was called and after scrolling for a few minutes I found it, it was the Surreal Skin Mineral Foundation and I think I had it in the lightest shade they made. Memories, y’all, memories, but back to the present and this palette. This palette was always kind of a game changer in the makeup world and that view is strengthened because of how people have been reacting since the announcement, they even held a funeral for it and that is so extra, I love it. When I was buying mine at Ulta one of the girls who works there said that this palette was her first palette and I think a lot of people shared that sentiment over all. This is not my first palette but it will go down as one of my favorites. The packaging is something that I have always loved from Urban Decay, this palette feels like a velvet on the outside and the colors like the rest of Urban Decay’s collections are amazing. The original Naked palette is something that I am going to love playing with in the coming months as we move into autumn.

Did you get any new products in August?

-MJ

July Favorites

I have had a weird few weeks so my blog upload schedule is a little off and I must apologize for that. Sorry, my bad. It’s been an adventure y’all, an adventure.

It’s still weird even though I have been doing favorites videos and posts for a year now to still say that the post is for July even though it is the middle/end of August. I don’t know it’s just something that has always struck me as odd.

I feel like I needed to write something that wasn’t ground breaking, and for sure my first thought was, favorites post. I love favorites posts because sometimes that is how I learn about new things so I enjoy watching favorites videos on YouTube and reading other people’s recommendations for the things that they have been loving over the month prior.

I feel like I didn’t have too many favorites in the month of July just because my last several months has been spent on a house build and that means that I spend my days with construction workers and I haven’t been too adventurous with as many beauty products recently because it is hot as heck outside and makeup melts in this kind of heat, my pores are already clogged with saw dust and Arkansas red clay so I don’t want to do more to my skin.

IMG_8240.jpgThis kind of leads into my first favorite of July, my Luna Fofo from Foreo, I got this in my Summer Fabfitfun box and I have used it so much in the last month or so. I love it, I cannot praise it enough, they recently updated the app and it has made it so much easier to use than it was with the old app. It gives you a personalized skin routine and analyses your skin moisture and that is so great because I live pretty much dehydrated all the time because it is just so hot around here. It gets really deep into the pores on your face and it has definitely helped my skin feel cleaner and less dull. I really do need a better skin care routine, does anyone have any suggestions for sensitive skin? Leave it in the comments below, I would love some suggestions from people who actually have sensitive skin.

Next thing that was a favorite last month, I finally got a monthly planner, I didn’t want a daily planner; I have a Bullet Journal for that, (I do plan on doing a review of my favorite pages so far in the coming months and what I wish I knew before I started and what I will be doing different next year) and I wanted a more condensed schedule so I could plan my blog posts in advance and eventually when I get my YouTube channel back up and running it will house those video schedules and ideas as well. This planner only has a monthly view instead of monthly and weekly and it has made things a lot easier while I am planning out my posts for the next month or the next few months. I have some place to write things down so I don’t forget an idea for a blog post. I had a weekly and monthly last year and I only used the month view and I realized why buy one that is monthly and weekly when I just needed and used the monthly spread. I think in my Bullet Journal next year I will include a monthly spread, but that I will get to in another post.

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I found myself in July listening to a lot of podcasts, I tend to catch up in waves with the podcasts that I listen to. I have been listener of the Jenna & Julien podcast for almost three years now but I find myself liking to watch those podcasts on YouTube but in February when I moved and it was a 12-hour drive that was all I listened to on my way down laughing the whole time. I also have been a listener of Welcome to Night Vale since about 2013 or so and have loved it ever since. My undergrad is in Communications and I spent a lot of time behind a radio microphone and listening to this podcast about a weird little town that sucks you in from the beginning has been one of the staples on my phone and in my podcast feed for such a long time now. I love the show so much and it is so unique for the modern age we live in. I have probably listened to the series twice or three times over the last few years and every time I hear it I love it just as much. It allows you to paint this picture in your head without giving you any actual visual details and that is a mark of great storytelling. A newer podcast that I have started listening to is Good Morning Night Vale which is a recap show with a few of the cast members reviewing and talking about the show as a whole and it is so insightful, like listening to the director’s commentary on a movie and it brings a whole new level of understanding to the show as a whole. Because of Welcome to Night Vale whenever something odd happens I want to say, “and now the weather.” Do you guys have any podcasts to suggest?

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Because of all of the podcasts I listened to I found myself actually needing to carry around my Mophie charger, I have had it since college and I don’t use it all that often but when I am using my phone a lot (thanks Pokémon Go) I need to carry it around with me, even with a new phone. It is not an everyday need but it is nice to have around when I do actually need it.

Just a few favorites in the last month and that is okay. Did you have any new favorites this month? I would love to hear about them.

-MJ

What Was in My August ispy Glam Bag?

Here it is again, MJ opens up her glam bag. I had no tracking information for this so I had no clue when it was going to show up at my apartment so that is why this post is a day later than I expected it to be. If you want to read my other entries for Glam Bags here is April, May, June, and July.

 

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The bag itself almost feels like a thin canvas in orange with yellow piping, yellow zipper and zipper pull. It reminds me of a cantaloupe to be honest and I think that is the perfect close out to summer.

 

 

 

Now why don’t we talk about what was in the bag itself. Spoiler alert, it did no disappoint!

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(1) Bang Beauty- Smokey eye shadow quad

This is the smallest eyeshadow quad I have ever seen. I love the colors within the palette because they are all very pigmented and the metallic colors in it all work together with the matte shade. This seems like it will be great for travel because it is so compact. I have never heard of Bang Beauty but I am really happy with my first brush with their products.  I swatched this product and I was so happy with the pigmentation and how the colors played next to one another, I am so excited to use these in my makeup looks in the future.

 

(2) Pixi by Petra- Blush in BeachRose

I have been meaning to buy Pixi products for almost a year now ever since I started seeing them in Target but I always find myself walking away and not actually buying anything. I have swatched this and I love how it feels on my skin as well as how it comes out of the pan. I love the mint and copper packaging and I am really looking forward to adding this into my collection of blushes.

 

(3) Caité London- Glow-To Highlighter in shade Moondust

I love a good highlighter; it has become a staple in my beauty routine only in about the last year or so. This is a single pan highlighter in what I can only describe as a plastic bubble packaging, I don’t know what to call it. The outer box came a little damaged but there was nothing wrong with the product itself. I plan on popping it out of the plastic casing and putting it in my magnetic palette so it has a more permanent home in my makeup collection. It is a beautiful medium gold and looks amazing on the skin. I have heard of Caité before but there are not many places around me that actually sell it in the store and I like to be able to swatch things before I purchase them.

 

(4) Answer From- Black Volume Gold Radiance Cream

It has blackberry extract in it and according to the ipsy website it helps with hydration, brightening (the blackberry) and firming (gold pearl). So that sounds great, I am a huge fan of skin care but I don’t have a dozen steps in my routine, I probably should have more and do it more consistently because my skin is not getting any younger. I still really like getting the sample size bottles in my ipsy bag because if it doesn’t react well with my skin I am not getting rid of a full sized product because my skin is so sensitive. I will let y’all know how it goes when I actually try it.

 

(5) Lab for You- Juice Up Face Masks in Kale and Blackberry

I will have enough face masks to last me for a year by the time I am done with getting face masks from ispy, don’t’ get me wrong I love a good sheet mask but I have gotten quite a few of them over the course of the last few months. This is another K-beauty sheet mask and they are known for their skin care so I am excited to try it and I have never had a blackberry or a kale sheet mask, I had to look up the benefits of each mask on the ipsy website. The kale mask helps with redness (which is right up my street) and the blackberry helps with brightening. So I got two blackberry products within this glam bag, I love blackberries so I am really excited to try this mask.

 

I want to do a full face of makeup with all of the products that I get from my ipsy bags so I am slowly collecting the items, I know that foundation and concealer will be something that I probably will never get because those are so subjective to each person’s skin tone so that would make it difficult to send out in the bags which I understand because you don’t want to send someone the wrong shade or the wrong undertone because then they are not going to use it.

Do you subscribe to ipsy? What did you get in your August Glam Bag?

 

-MJ

5 More Eyeshadow Palette Favorites

So I did a post like this a few months ago in regard to my top 5 favorite or go to eye shadow palettes. I feel like I could do five or six of these posts to actually get through my palette collection. I need to stop buying palettes but let’s be honest they come out with so many a year that are amazing that I want all of them.

I tend to roll through three or four eyeshadow palettes at a time where I use those palettes over and over again until I get tired of them and move on to another palette, I do go back to palettes do not get me wrong but like I had my original Top 5 I have 5 more to show you today.

Like last time I am going to talk about each palette individually.

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Okay this one has been one of my favorites since it came out last year. I have used it a lot since then. I think Tarte is one of my favorite brands for eyeshadow I love their formula and their eyeshadow smells great. That’s not normally something you think about when it comes to eyeshadow, smell. It has a pretty even distribution of shimmer and matte shades all in warm tones that are perfect for the fall. I think this was my go to palette last fall in my YouTube videos and whenever I needed to wear makeup because it is small and compact enough to carry around unlike some of my larger palettes. This is the only tartelette palette that I own but I have the tartist pro (that was in my top 5 post), their magic star palette that came out around Christmas, and the Be a Mermaid & Make Waves palette.

 

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Too Faced- La Petite Maison

Normally the time of your that I buy Too Faced is the holiday’s I got this palette a few years ago. I love the formula for Too Faced, their Sweet Peach palette is one of my absolute go to’s when it comes to a lot of looks. I use this one usually around the holidays or during the winter because it has some beautiful colors in it and the packaging it came in was amazing, I finally got rid of it about four months before I moved from Indiana. I love Too Faced packaging especially around the holidays. They never disappoint on the color pay off or the pigmentation of the color.

 

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Lorac is a relatively new brand in my makeup bag or even in my collection, I think my first palette that I got from that brand was the California Dreaming palette and I have not looked back since. The only problem I have with this one is the color Medallion in my palette is pressed too loose and it comes out in chunks and flakes instead of coming off nicely on the brush and nicely on the eye but that is the only color that I have encountered that was not pressed all that well but it is one of my favorite colors in the palette so that makes me a little sad. I love Lorac’s formula because it goes on well and blends well and all of the colors in this palette are a nice neutral so it goes with all looks and can be used year round.

 

IMG_8185.jpgUrban Decay X Kristen Leanne- Kaleidoscope Dream

This is probably the most daring palette in my collection and I am not mad about it. This palette is so colorful and so pigmented, there is even and iridescent shade in it that is a combo of two colors, I have worn it sparingly on my eyes and it is beautiful. The colors are so out there and amazing to say the least, I swatched these and my arm looked like a rainbow. I cannot speak more highly of this palette, again Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands. I think my first good foundation was an Urban Decay powder foundation in probably 2007 so this brand has been in my makeup bag for quite some time now and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I love to see brands do collaborations with people and this is no exception.

 

IMG_8071.jpgMorphe – 35 W

Morphe is a great brand, their packaging is simple but their products are amazing. I have been obsessed with Morphe for a little over a year now. I was so happy when I was able to get it at Ulta because I am one of those people who like to see the makeup before I buy it and also I don’t trust shipping when it comes to makeup especially with eyeshadow because I don’t want to open up my package and find half of the pans cracked. I love Morphe though and this palette is so multi-functional when it comes to colors and looks because there is such a variety of color throughout the palette.

 

I have come to the conclusion that I need to wear more makeup because I have so many amazing products that I don’t actually use enough because I don’t wear makeup frequently. I love to look at it, swatch it, and then let it sit in a drawer until I want to write a blog post with it. It’s not a good method because all of these products are just calling for me to use them. I feel like sometimes I am limited by my skills when it comes to makeup but then again I remember that I actually need to do my makeup to get any better, it’s such a paradox. Or getting new palettes and having to play tetris to get them all in the drawer, I don’t have a lot of makeup storage space at the moment (I am working on it) but I keep adding to the collection and I need to stop until I have the space to actually put things in.

 

What are some of your favorite eyeshadow palettes or single shadows?

 

-MJ

Foundation Application Tool Comparison

I feel like I have been putting off this blog post for quite some time and I don’t actually know why. It was not a hard process but I will say if I was to do it again, I would just use my actual face but my skin has been so bad for the last few weeks that I didn’t want to subject the internet to that visual.

 

You may be thinking to yourself as you read through this post, why are the balloons blue? Because I like blue and as I was running out of Target they were the first ones that I saw when I was in there the other day, I went in for the balloons and coffee creamer and still almost forgot both of them. That’s what happens when you go on a Target run, you get 17 things that were not on your list and you also forget the one thing that you go in for. I have done it so many times and then I have to stop somewhere else on my way home and get that one thing because it is just embarrassing to walk back into the Target for that one thing.

Okay disclaimer time, these are my personal opinions, believe me this was a learning experience for me too as I put foundation on balloons on a Thursday morning in my bathroom hoping that no one was going to judge me.

A tip for washing makeup brushes, I have found that using dish soap really helps; it cuts through grease so you know it will get things clean. I use Dawn and water and it makes my brushes feel soft, clean, and actually smell really good. You do need to make sure that they are cleaned and rinsed thoroughly because otherwise you will just have soap in your brushes when you go to clean them. Also when it comes to cleaning invest in a brush cleaning mat, mine looks like a cactus and I found it at Marshall’s, it has really helped me get my brushes clean and make sure that I am getting all of the makeup out of the bristles so I can feel good about them not being germ ridden nightmares next time I am trying to do my makeup.

The foundation I used was Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless in the shade 110 (I think it is one of their lightest if not their lightest) I got this one because I have heard good things about it and I got it in my shade so I can still use it even after this post. I think it would be really wasteful if I bought it just for this post and then let it sit in my makeup collection collecting dust. I also got this one because it is a drug store brand, it can be found in many places and it is not $40 like my Urban Decay foundation.

 

Application Method One: A beauty sponge.

All images show the clean applicator, the balloon, and then the applicator after the application process is over.

This is not a Beauty Blender, that is a specific brand this is a beauty sponge and I got it last month in anticipation for this. If you want to see how I felt about it when I got it go check out my July Beauty Haul post. Now I tried the application both with the sponge dry and with the sponge damp.

Looking at the pictures I hope that it is pretty clear that a damp beauty sponge in this case worked a lot better. Now my one issue with this is how much product that you lose in the process of using a sponge; a sponge is used to soak things up and even though this sponge is pretty high density foam it still soaked up quite a bit of product. I have only used a beauty sponge a few times because I have heard from several people that you have to throw them away pretty frequently because of the potential of bacteria build up and I really don’t want to add to my skin problems.

Final Verdict:Would I use this applicator again, yes, I would. I liked the buffing effect I got with it and because it is egg shaped like the Beauty Blender so you can use it for foundation, concealer, and powder.

 

Application Method Two: A silicon beauty applicator

I feel as if I need to disclose that this is the application product I use on a regular basis; I am a huge fan of the silicon applicator. I find that it puts my foundation on pretty evenly as well as being a little easier to hold than a brush or a beauty sponge. I actually used too much product so I had to put some back in the bottle because I am still used to having use a lot of product when it comes to foundation using a brush so I had to take some off. Does it buff as well as a beauty sponge, no, not really.

As you can see by the picture it did have a pretty even coverage across the balloon, I used a little bit too much so it does look a little like frosting on a cake but I tend to reach for this when I am applying foundation. It doesn’t soak in the product and all that you have to do is wash it off at the end of your makeup application and it is ready to use again. Because it does not soak anything in I feel more comfortable about it not harboring germs that could later go onto my face.

 

Final Verdict: I use this product most frequently since I got it a few months ago, I find that it gets the job done and I enjoy using it because it doesn’t waste a lot of product which means that you use less and therefore can save some money over the life of the bottle of foundation that you are using.

 

Application Method Three: Oval Mermaid Brush

So I lived by the mermaid brush for well over a year. I am a huge fan of it but it is really hard to clean. This is actually my second or third mermaid foundation brush because with the last one I had I broke the brush part while washing it. RIP that brush. I like that it buffs in well and it makes the foundation look pretty good, it can get a little streaky because it is indeed a brush. I prefer the mermaid brush to a paint brush shape because it is denser and therefore it is easier to work with.

 

This brush does soak up some of the product and can be interesting to clean out because it is so dense but it is a great brush when it comes to making your foundation look amazing. Again, it’s a balloon there are limitations to it exactly looking and acting like skin.

Final Verdict:I have been using a mermaid brush for a long time; at least three years and it is something that I reached for every time before I got my silicon applicator and I know that it is a staple in my makeup bag because it is something that I like to use when doing foundation.

 

Application Method Four: Brush

I don’t know what else to call this, it is a traditional paint brush shape and for me like I can expect many others this was the type of brush we all had as our first liquid foundation brush. You felt like you were putting extreme brush strokes on your face and if you were like me you didn’t notice or at the time how to fix it to make it look like it wasn’t just painted onto your face like you were painting a wall.

I got this brush in Sephora probably 10 years ago when I really started to do my makeup when I was in high school. It was my first foundation brush so it did its job for several years; it has been semi-retired since then because I find that I like it least, I don’t like feeling like I am physically painting my face on. I have never liked that feeling, buffing with the brush for me is almost an impossibility so therefore I would be streaky and uneven when I had foundation on and that was pretty common for years.

I finally retired it after I was done with university a few years ago and I made sure to still keep it around but it is there are a treasure to be the probably last of my first products from Sephora that I still own.

Final Verdict: I don’t use this brush much anymore, it did its job when I was learning to wear makeup and it is a tried and true brush for me. Times have changed in my makeup bag and it will always remain as part of my all-star collection that reminds me of my makeup applications of time past. It is probably however my least favorite foundation application method.

 

So what are your favorite things to apply foundation with? Do you have any suggestions of methods that I should use in the future?

-MJ

Marvel Collector Corps Deadpool Unboxing

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers, all views and opinions are my own.

 

I am going to be honest, I have some mixed feelings about this box. I have been a Collector Corps subscriber since February 2016, my first box was their box for Deadpool when the movie came out. This box is the first box since Amazon took over the subscription service for Marvel under the Funko umbrella. I have almost 150 Pop! Figures in my collection. (I had more but about 30 of them were stolen from my apartment, I am still salty about that and it’s been almost a year.) So I have been an avid collector for years now. I was a huge fan of the subscription box when it was still a Funko only subscription. I subscribed to Disney Treasures (My pioneer member gift got lost in the mail and I am still upset because they didn’t forward it to my new address) and to Collector Corps. I will get more into my mixed feelings after I do the unboxing reveal.

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First thing in the box that I got was Deadpool on a unicorn, I love it, it’s so cute and very on brand for the character of Deadpool. I can’t really say much about it beyond the fact that now the little Deadpool on the unicorn Pop! Figure is sitting on my bar cart in the kitchen as its tiny protector. To be honest, I could not think of a better place for it to live right now and I thought that was rather fitting.

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Next was a little Deadpool bath time keychain, I always have a Pop! Keychain on my keys, I had Iron Man from Age of Ultron for years, I had Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween two years ago, and I just retired my dancing baby Groot from the original Guardians of the Galaxy movie because his eyes were starting to rub off. Now I have Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them and he is about 99% of the reason I can find my keys in the endless abyss that is my backpack. Ironically because Niffler likes to steal things.

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Next was a Deadpool luggage tag, I feel like I have three or four luggage tags now, two are from Funko subscription boxes. I like the luggage tag idea but I don’t travel by air all that much so I feel like this item may not appeal to the whole audience but a smaller portion of it who likes novelty luggage tags and travels by air on a frequent basis.

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The last thing in the box baffled me, I was not sure what this was for the longest time, I made suggestions to myself of a file holder, something for pencils, a general holder of things but I could not for the life of me figure out that this taco truck was for what I am now thinking to be, actual tacos. I am not one of those people who puts tacos in holders I put them on a plate and that is about as far as they get because no one has time for a taco holder. This was the think the most odd and disappointing thing in this box and I am still confused as to its actual use.

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This box was for sure different than the boxes that I have become used to in the past, when they were under Funko you got a pin and a patch to go with every box (even though they started phasing that out near the end), as well as a single issue comic book (which they phased out half way through last year), you also received a card in each box that told you the process and design behind everything that went in the box and I loved that because it gave me a chance to read about the products that were in the box. I have no idea if the taco truck thing in this box is a taco holder, I don’t know. It took me twenty minutes to even come to that conclusion because I was on the phone with a friend and that was the suggestion that she made.

 

I feel like I got used to the quality in the Funko box that the Amazon box just isn’t bringing. When I got the email that they were phasing the subscriptions to other retailers I was crushed, I was skeptical on how good they were going to be without being I guess curated by someone at the company, if they still are I feel like in 2018 they were phoning it in. (I’m sorry to say, but that is how I feel.) I am going to give the box one more time so the next theme is Venom and I will get that but if I am still not feeling it there is a chance that I will unsubscribe and that isn’t something that I look forward to.

 

I feel like I have lots of thoughts, opinions, and feelings about this box in general but some that I am still working through because it was not up to par with the Collector Corp’s boxes of the past, if you want to watch any of those you can go check them out on my YouTube channel, I unboxed quite a few there over the last year.

 

If you subscribe or subscribed in the past what are your feelings with this box or the whole turn over to other retailers when it comes to the Funko subscription boxes?

 

-MJ

July Beauty Haul

I wasn’t really expecting to be doing this post this month because I honestly didn’t think that I would be buying many beauty items this month and then…I did. Well let’s get into it then. MJ bought more than she was planning on this month and that’s okay because sometimes that happens.

I only went to two places for beauty this month and that was Ulta and then Marshall’s. (A place that I went to for a purse but walked out with makeup instead.)

Let’s run through Ulta first.

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I went into the store early in the month and picked up the Urban Decay Born to Run palette because I saw it on Instagram and I wanted it so bad because he had some interesting colors in it and Urban Decay always not only has great packaging but also their pigmentation is amazing, if you have read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes posts you know how much I love Urban Decay, I feel like one of their palettes was in my Makeup Bag Essentials also. I love the color spectrum in this palette because the colors are so vibrant and so unique so I knew that I had to have it and I love it.

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A few years ago I got a NYX advent calendar and I finally ripped all of the little boxes that had the pans of eyeshadow apart and I purchased this tarte magnetic palette (1) to house them. I am a fan of the depotting things trend so I needed a place to put all of my depotted things. I still need to get magnets to put on the bottom of the pans to make them stick to the new palette but that is something that I am still working on.

I got an email telling me that a Morphe palette was on sale I went and jumped on it, it was the Natural Glow palette (2). I am a huge fan of Morphe and this palette seems like a great neutral palette, also it looks like a great autumnal palette so I am excited to actually use this. Morphe changed their packaging again and they now have the plastic insert with the shade names and I was excited because it makes it so much easier to talk about the colors with a name attached to them.

I have never been on the setting powder train but I have been watching a lot of YouTube beauty guru’s in the last few weeks and so I figured, why not try it. I bought the Revolution Luxury Baking Powder (3) because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I may not enjoy using. I got it in the shade ghost which is white, it looks like straight talcum powder, (yes talc is an ingredient but still) like I feel like if I put it on I am going to look like a real ghost.

The last thing I got at Ulta was a RealTechniques 300 powder brush (4), I don’t actually have a loose powder brush, I don’t know why but I do not so I found myself needing one. I know that you can use a beauty blender to put your setting powder on, I don’t know I will try both. I love the coloring of the brush because it is an ombre pink and purple and that’s amazing.

 

Marshall’s is not a place I usually look for makeup but I was wandering around there and I found some really good items.

Now I was a little shocked to see some of the items that I did there this time because normally the makeup that you find at Marshall’s is from brands that I have never heard of but this time was different. Maybe it’s because I moved and there is a different selection here then there was in Northern Indiana.

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I have been thinking about getting a beauty blender sponge quite a bit recently because I am eventually going to do a foundation application blog post, granted I did not buy a beauty blender brand sponge because they are expensive. I bought a knock off and these pictures are damp (right) and dry (left). The rose water bottle is just for scale, though the rose water was in my Current Favorites video so if you want to check that post out; go ahead. I went and purchased a second one of these because you are supposed to get rid of them after a few months because of the potential for bacteria build up.( Yes I know that the pictures are at slightly different angles, it was hard because it took the sponge quite some time to fully dry and get back down to its original size because I didn’t think about taking the comparison photo until after I had run it under the tap. When damp it is probably almost double the size it is when dry.)

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The next item was something that I have been thinking about again for a while, I have been seeing the trend of magnetic lashes (1) online recently and I have never used fake lashes anyway but the magnetic ones seemed really interesting so I am looking forward to trying them out.

These next three I was really shocked to see there because they were all designer brands.

I found an Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (2)  and I was shocked to see it there. I finally swatched the colors and I was blown away, I feel like most of my current highlighters are all peachy or golden hues but these are more interesting and variable and I am a huge fan of that glow pop they give. Super looking forward to incorporating them into a look or more than one look because they promise to be very beautiful.

I found a Lorac (3) crème lipstick in the color Girl Next Door, I am not a big user of crème lipsticks anymore but I feel like the colors that I have in crème lipsticks are all more on the pink side of the spectrum than my liquid lipsticks.

The other lipstick I found was an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick (4) in the color “Stripped” it is amazing and yet another nude lipstick to add to my collection. I am looking forward to using this as well.

I went a little crazy in the makeup and beauty buying department this month but that was okay because I got some great products and some great deals out of the equation.

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty products this month? Did you add anything new to your beauty routine?

 

-MJ