May Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

So this is my second post of May, I have been sick for the last like week and a half and I have just been dealing with some things that have taken a front seat instead of letting them take a back seat even though I wish they were taking a back seat. 

            Okay on to this though, they opened up the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus last month and I jumped on it because I am a huge fan of ipsy’s service and I was really excited for the prospect of a full sized product box from this company. 

            Okay so honestly I didn’t really know what to expect in this box and I was pleasantly surprised and I must say for an initial box, I know that it will just get better as the service continues. 

            This post probably won’t be super long because I am just not in a great mood and I don’t want that to bleed into this post. 

            Yensa: Tone Up Primer Essential Glow: 

            I like it and it has really good essences in it so I am looking forward to seeing how my skin reacts to it, I have been having more breakouts recently because of stress so I am hoping that this product doesn’t make those worse. It goes on really smoothly and I am a fan of the packaging and the ingredients, it does give a very slight glow to the skin when it is put on but as it dries it sinks into the skin.

            Glam Glow Bubblesheet Sheet Masks (3):

            I got some of these in one of my FabFitFun boxes last year and I have used one or two now and I really like them already so getting more was a big plus in my book. They don’t bubble up a lot but it is still kind of odd to have something bubbling on your face, you don’t leave them on the length of time that you would with a regular sheet mask. These are more of a quick turnaround mask; this mask only stays on for 3-4 minutes unlike a regular mask which can stay on for 20+ minutes. 

            Kandee Johnson x pūrlisse Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butter: 

            I love the packaging and I am always on the lookout for good lotions and stuff, I hoard them and then don’t use them, to be honest and I love them. It smells amazing but I haven’t used it yet if we are being honest. I didn’t even know Kandee Johnson did a collab with Pūrlisse but here it is and I can’t wait to give it a try.

            Wander Beauty Wandress Seascape Eyeshadow Palette: 

            I have been following Wander beauty on Instagram for probably six months now but I have never purchased anything from them. So when I found out that there was a potential for a Wander Beauty product with the may Glam Bag Plus I was excited. I really like the colors in the palette, now I have swatched them and they are a little cakey but on a brush it may be a completely different story. I am not usually a wearer of blue eyeshadows, not for years now but the blue called Coastal in this palette is beautiful. It makes a nice little palette for travel if you took a matte single shadow to go with it. 

            Illamasqua Lip crayons in Media and Lust:

            I have really only dove into lip pencils recently and I don’t’ have all that many, I think I have two if we are being completely honest so I was actually really excited when I saw the lip pencils in this box. The colors are beautiful and they go on very smoothly. Media is a more pinky coral shade and Lust is a redder/berry shade so they would go with a bunch of different shades because they are more neutral when it comes to their specific colors. I am not saying neutral in general but a more neutral pink and red so they go with various shades of pink and red. 

            Overall it was a great first box and I am excited to see what is coming in the upcoming months, ispy continues to do a great and consistent job when it comes to their subscription services and their products. 

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product this month? 

            I’ll see everyone on Tuesday/Wednesday for another post! 

            -MJ 

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Bullet Journal Update

I am going to be completely honest with everyone, I believe in transparency and to be honest the last few weeks have just been emotionally difficult for me. I know why but I don’t really have a reason that I have been feeling the way that I have been feeling. I have all of the rest of the posts mapped out for this month and I am hoping that soon enough I will snap myself out of this funk that I have been in for the last 3-4 weeks. I am also writing this pretty late at night because I am in Northwest Arkansas and today we have been battered with some pretty severe storms and I am waiting for a watch to expire before I even try to go to bed. 

            I just wanted to hop on and post an update on my Bullet Journal, you can read about my BuJo journey in My Favorite Pages from Last Year (2018) (It will not let me link the post right now so you can search for it for now and I will try to figure out why it is not letting me put a hyper link in…) and What I’m Doing Differently This Year. 

            I will say this year it has kept me slightly more organized because I have added more trackers and have actually been using it every day. Granted I started out strong in 2018 so I am hoping to actually Bullet Journal all 12 months this year. 

            I have been doing a few different things actually, one was two habit trackers and It’s been helping to remind me to do certain things and for the most part I have been keeping myself more accountable on things because of it. I also am implementing my monthly spread as of this month because I want to have my schedules all in one place not three. Right now it’s just for blog posts soon enough I hope it’s for the restart of my YouTube channel and various other events that I have during any given month (I am a home body, most of the time it’s just, MJ leave the house, it’s been days, you need help.

            I also have been putting a little bit more time in my monthly covers, I have an idea on what my themes will be next year and I am not going to spoil it until I make a post about my Bullet Journal at the end of the year.

            Here are some of my favorite pages so far: 

I switched my weekly layout this year and I am finding that this is actually a lot more functional for me.
I for sure used the same quote last year but it’s still a good quote, like I said I am taking my time on my monthly covers or at least trying to.
I am continually changing and updating my habit tracker because i find that there are things that get dropped from being tracked or things that I need to track and don’t.
Coming up with a creative mood tracker is hard but I am a huge fan of Edison bulbs and I chose this as my theme in April.
That’s right, May is Star Wars themed! Don’t mind my very angry looking porg, I am not super great at drawing. Also if you type “porg” without Star Wars in Pinterest it gets mad at you and thinks you are looking for something else, get your mind out of the gutter Pinterest!

            Side note: I am not going to put these in a “gallery” because it seems that when you do that with a bunch of pictures nothing formats to be the same size an that’s just annoying. 

            I know this really isn’t a long post, I have been writing a lot of what feel like novel length posts recently and I need to step back from that because sometimes that gives me anxiety and I really don’t need more than what I already have. 

            Do you have a Bullet Journal? Do you want tips from me on my experiences? Any advice from more experienced Bullet Journalists (I don’t know what else to call it.)? 

            I will see everyone on Saturday/Sunday with a new post, have a good rest of your week!

            -MJ 

To Go Beauty

I wasn’t actually sure what to call this post, I was going between Travel Beauty, Weekend Getaway Beauty, Go Bag Beauty, and a host of others.

            Now I am going to preface this with, this makeup idea is not for a long extended trip, for that I suggest just buying an inexpensive concealer, foundation, and makeup wipes on the go unless you are checking a bag and then you can carry anything that you want. However, if you are only carrying a carryon bag, in the US for air travel you are only allowed a quart sized clear bag and nothing over 3 Ounces in the cabin of the plane. If you wear makeup that can get a little complicated. 

            So this is my version of on the go beauty, quick items or small items to carry with you for a weekend getaway or a short trip, maybe this isn’t a great idea but I am going with it. 

            Now I don’t travel as much as I would like to but that is not here nor there but normally when you travel at all unless you are traveling for a specific event you are not going to want to carry a lot of makeup with you. Travel and sample sized items are your best friends and usually where ever you go there is a drug store, a Sephora, or an Ulta so you can get anything that you forgot or didn’t think of. I know I went to Vegas while I was in college and I forgot both makeup wipes and mascara so I had to go and get some otherwise I would look exhausted and not able to take my makeup off very well. 

            Now I for sure wrote a post about this time last year where I talked about my makeup bag essentials and for sure when I take my full makeup bag those are my staples but if I am just going somewhere for the weekend with no concrete plans to have to look nice I only pack the bare minimum and by bare minimum I mean very few things. (As I typed that I looked over to my small pile of items that I will be talking about in this post and I realize my bare minimum is still like 14 or so items without any tools.) 

            My color choices may be completely different than yours and that is totally cool, you may not get ipsy or a lot of travel/trial sized items and that is totally cool too. Work things in that you have or smaller items that you can get when travelling. I picked some drug store items that could be found pretty much anywhere so you aren’t looking for a Sephora in the middle of nowhere. Everything you need can be found at a drug store (Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreen, etc.) or a super store of some sort (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) so use my tips with a grain of salt because they are just general ideas and things that have worked for me in the past that may not work for you in the present or in the future. 

Okay so base makeup is going to be up first:

            Primer, some people say you don’t need primer and that is completely up to you, I got this primer in my April Glam Bag and I love Tarte so this would be a good sample sized product for me to take with me on a short trip. It would be either this one or just forgoing primer. 

Foundation, now this is one of the only sample sizes I have and I don’t know if it matches my skin tone exactly so honestly I would want to make sure that I had the right shade and maybe get a container similar to this one and make my own DIY sample size. Like I said if it is for longer travel periods and you aren’t checking a bag, buy it where you are traveling to. 

Concealer, I just got this Colourpop concealer a few months ago and I have used it several times, it is an inexpensive concealer (it’s under $8) and it comes in a bunch of shades (30) and it’s just as good as some of the more expensive concealers I have used in the past, there is for sure a concealer I want to get my hands on right now but that isn’t in the cars at the moment because I love all the hype around the Magic Star concealer and I would love to see if the hype is actually true. Eventually I will get my hands on it but that day is not today. 

Cheeks: 

Bronzer, I normally don’t wear bronzer but when I do I go for Hoola from Benefit because it is the smallest bronzer that I own and it is my tried and true favorite because I hadn’t used all that many bronzers in my life.

Highlighter, this one depends on the season and what you are really going for with a look, I chose a Super Shock Cheek from Colourpop in the shade Might Be but any of their single pot highlighters would be amazing for an on the go makeup bag. 

Setting Powder, I don’t even know if they would let setting powder on a plane to be honest but I am not a person to usually use setting powder, though I do have Coty Air Spun in my collection and I chose to pull the Tarte setting powder I got from ipsy out of my ipsy samples box and add it into this mix because it is just a sample size. 

Lips: 

Lips, I usually carry two of these as well and this item is one of the easiest to replace on a trip if you don’t have a shade that is perfect for your look. I chose two traditional crème lipsticks because they are available everywhere. One was Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in shade 42 and the other was Rimmel shade 70 Airy Fairy, they are both more pinkie neutrals and those may not be the colors for you but those would be two that I would grab and go. 

Eyes: 

            Eyebrows, okay so I was caught between two different options, a brow shaping pencil or a more brow sculpting kit and I lean more toward the kit because it allows me to do multiple things with my eyebrows when I fill them in. Rimmel is the brand that I have reached for since I started filling my eyebrows in during 2015. I did go out and grab a Tattoo Studio brow product in deep brown from Maybelline and while it is different I actually really like it as well. 

            Eyelashes, I always carry more than one mascara, it is just the way that I roll and even with travel makeup that doesn’t change. I have been using Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang mascara for the last few weeks and I like it but it takes a while to dry. I also will carry around my Doucce mascara until I find something that I like better that comes in a travel size. Travel/trial size for me is usually the way to go for mascara so actually traveling with it is great. 

            Eye shadow, okay I have like three palettes sitting next to me while I decided which one I would take to the deserted island with me. None of the palettes that I have are actually made any more (I think) so you would have to find alternatives to the ones that I am mentioning. Now any small palette will work, I would go more neutral because a neutral eye goes with pretty much anything. If you really like glitter or shimmer you can repurpose your highlighter or you can buy a single pot shadow of your favorite pop color or tone. Now I have the Revolution #Selfie palette, it reminds me of the Urban Decay Smokey palette and it’s real cute. I also have a palette from The Balm (which I really should get rid of because I don’t remember when I bought it) and a NYX palette (which I should also probably get rid of because I got it in like 2015) I am such a hoarder of palettes and then I don’t get rid of them because they cost so much money. 

Tools: 

            Beauty Blender or a beauty sponge or whatever you use to put on your foundation and a brush set, I have a set from Crown Brush that I got in my fall FitFabFun box and it has all of the brushes I need for a quick and easy look. A set is a better bet though than buying the brushes individually if you don’t have a large selection of brushes because some of them come with their own case and because they are not liquid you can just put them in the suitcase without worrying that they are going to be strewn everywhere in your bag. 

            If you are not traveling by plane, I would suggest a small bottle of Micellar Water in a plastic bag all its own and some cotton pads or a travel sized bag of pre-moistened makeup removing toilettes to make your life just a little easier.

            Like I said up top, these are my tips and you can take them or leave them, that is completely up to you, that is the beauty of reading things on the internet. 

            Do you have any travel tips? 

            I’ll see everyone on more than likely Wednesday with a new post!

            -MJ 

April 2019 Beauty Haul

            I am going to be honest with you guys, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get a post up today, it’s been one of those weeks where I have felt really creative and great but I have also just felt like sitting on the couch and watching The Incredible Dr. Pol on Hulu, seriously all I have been watching lately and then I am going to move on to other Nat Geo Wild shows because when I watch TV it’s usually something like Science, Discovery and their family of channels, Nat Geo and its subsidiaries, and Animal Planet. I want to learn something while I am watching TV, I also understand now why people watch home improvement shows, I didn’t get it as a kid and now I’m like Look at that crown molding! I yell at home improvement shows like people yell at sports. 

            None of that is what this post is about but maybe someday I will reveal my Netflix and Hulu watch lists, that is not lifestyle or beauty but sometimes I like to deviate from my blog theme and just write whatever I want to. 

            So April I did buy some beauty products, I feel like most of them were necessities though so it wasn’t like I went hog wild and bought out Ulta or Sephora. (No matter how much I want to.) 

            I went to Sephora because it’s birthday month and I get a gift going there so I went and bought a replacement for my Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion because I love it so much and mine is almost empty. I need to get another tube of the Oil Mattifying Lotion as well but I think I am going to use my points at Ulta to do that. I went to Sephora for my lotion though because they have a great selection of prestige skin care and sometimes I like to look at it because it is really pleasing and I know that most of those products wouldn’t make my skin hurt or break out. I say look, not purchase, because usually what I want to try is very expensive. 

            I got up to the register and they put small products up there like candy so you make an impulse purchase, like seriously this is the candy shelf for adults, I picked up a small Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream. I have heard good things about their other lotion and I really like the coconut smell so I am going to give it a try. 

            The birthday gift I got was a sample of Drunk Elephant jelly cleanser and the polypeptide cream. I have yet to try it but I am hopeful that it doesn’t do me dirty. 

            Okay, onto Ulta, mind you I did this all in one day. It is super dangerous for me to walk into either of these stores and I walked into both on one day. I went in with the intention of purchasing some foundation for work, I have my Urban Decay foundation for more formal things but I use a cheaper for every day wear because I put it on at like 7 and take it off at 4:30 and I want something that lasts all day but does not cost 45 dollars. So I have been using Maybelline but I decided to try something else, this time I got Milani and I think I got their lightest shade. 

            I also got something that was not on my list and that was the Ulta Beauty Avengers palette, like it’s the Avengers and of course I am a sucker for collabs with pop culture things that I like, I bought the Cargo collab palettes with Star Wars and I also got the Colourpop Disney Princesses collab as well. I really want the villains Misunderstood palette as well but I do not need more palettes. Some of the shades in this palette were a little cakey and flakey but it was the top of the pan so I can’t fault them for that. The shades are nice; I am used to more color pay off but they will work. 

            I also got two more sheet masks, both were Tonymoly and those are usually the face masks I purchase, I got a replacement I’m Lemon and I also picked up the I’m Cactus, my lemon one was almost dried out when I put it on a week or so ago so I decided to get another one because I like the mask I just wish mine wouldn’t have been dryer, it is all my fault though because I have had it for a while. 

            So I got some good stuff in April even though when this goes up there are still a few days left in April but I am not planning on buying anything else. 

            Did you get anything good in beauty in April? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday, I am messing with my upload schedule to see if I want to switch it from Tuesday/Saturday to Wednesday/Sunday. 

Have a good rest of your week!-MJ

April Birchbox Unboxing

In the last month Birchbox has announced some changes, a price increase, more brands, and other things as the months move along. Now this month I got six things in my box, I do not know if that change is permanent but I suppose we will find out. 

            Let me start out with this, I am finding myself not enjoying Birchbox as much as I hoped I would, I am going to give it another few months because at the moment they are in a transition period and that means that things get crazy. I feel like I need to review more products because on both Birchbox and ipsy. I forget to review my products and that can change what they send you in the future, some of this is totally my fault and I know that but I’m still not feeling the personalization, yet. I am not throwing in the towel on Birchbox yet because while the products I got felt repetitive it doesn’t mean that in the future it will be that way.

            So first up of course like all of the rest of my unboxings I am going to talk about the box first. Now when I saw it on the website and in the email it looked like it was just a multi colored lid, no I was wrong, it is holo. That’s right, holographic, it’s really pretty and I am going to try and figure out something to do with it because it is really pretty. 

            On to the items, like I said there were six items this month and granted they were a bit repetitive I have done some reviews and hopefully that will help the algorithm figure me out. There was tissue paper in the box which to be honest, I was not a big fan of, it is aesthetically pleasing and reusable but it still adds to the packaging and it comes in enough packaging to begin with.

Juara Candlenut Body Crème: 

            I am all for a good moisturizer and I am excited to try it because it smells really good, this is a brand that I have never heard of but I am always up to try new brands to see if I can use them. Granted this is a sample so it will not last very long but that is sometimes a good thing because if you don’t like something you don’t waste your money but if you do like it you can purchase a full size. 

Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal:

            All of the people who name things in a lot of makeup companies have a great sense of humor and are super creative. Seriously, makeup shade names are normally really great, nail polish names are too. I worked in a nail salon in high school and into college and OPI always had the best shade names, so punny. Back to this product though, I really like the color and it goes on really smoothly, it is a pencil so I am hoping that I can sharpen it. (I have to purchase a sharpener though…oops.) I love the color, it is rose gold and by now I am known to love rose gold and copper so this is right up my street.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright and Plump Moisturizer:

            I love Peter Thomas Roth, my cleanser is from the same brand and I am such a big fan. It is a Vitamin C moisturizer so it is good for brightness and I am excited to give it a try. This is one of those products that in the future if I like it that I would spend the money on because it is a good brand.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil: 

            Again if they give me the option to have a Sunday Riley product sample I am going to take it, the facial oil I use now has blue tansy in it as does this one so I am hopeful that it doesn’t break me out. On the car it says start by using the oil twice a week and then work your way up and I wish that I had known that when I was using a facial oil twice a day and I was breaking out so bad. I am going to take the advice and hopefully my skin doesn’t react to this product. There is a lot of packaging with this one for the size of the bottle but the bottle is glass so it has to be protected. 

Marcelle City Multi-Protection Tinted Cream in Fair: 

            Okay this was one product that I honestly didn’t really like. I am really fair and I have pink undertones so I have to have cool toned everything when it comes to foundation, concealer, and tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately, this one is a little yellow for me, it’s not too bad but I rarely ever wear a tinted moisturizer, I wear sunscreen and lotion most of the time because usually tinted moisturizers break me out for some reason. I wish they didn’t but they do. I got a Marcelle product in my February Birchbox so I have seen this brand before. Also it comes in a lot of packaging and again, that’s not a great thing. 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: 

            I don’t use hairspray or texturizing spray, I don’t even like dry shampoo. I got this same product in my November ipsy Glam Bag last year so I have one already and I haven’t used it at all. Haircare spray products are not something that I use, I don’t even like blow drying or putting heat on my hair because I have spent such a long time getting it healthy after bleaching it and dying it a lot in high school. It Is fundamentally a dry shampoo and I use Batiste now, I am not a huge fan of how my hair feels with a lot of product in it so this was kind of a no for me.

            So I guess I liked four out of the six items more than I thought I did when I started writing this post, I am hoping that with consistent reviewing and the algorithm learning my preferences that it will get better and with the changes being made I am hoping that helps too. 

If you want to read January, February, and March’s unboxings click on the month to see them. 

Do you get Birchbox, what was your favorite product? How do you feel about the changes? 

Have a good weekend everyone! 

-MJ 

What was in my April 2019 ipsy Glam Bag ?

Well I have had ipsy for a year now so that means that I have to start putting the year on the post as to not confuse it with my April ipsy Glam Bag from last year. That’s right there is now a year’s worth of Glam Bag unbaggings here on the blog. That’s really hard to believe that I have even had my blog a year but I have, my blogiversary was in mid-March so happy one year to this mishmash of crazy!

            So what was in my bag? Well I will get to that in just one moment. First a side note, they lifted the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus and I jumped on it, ipsy is my OG beauty subscription so I have some loyalty to them and I like the idea of the Glam Bag Plus through them. My first one will be May so look forward to that when it is eventually posted it after I get it in the mail. 

            The card was back this month with a description of the products and I was really excited because I missed it a lot last month. 

            The bag, first and foremost just screams summer! at you and I was so happy when this bag design was announced. It has lemons on it with the outline and the coloring not matching up which is a really fun artistic choice.

            On to the products so I don’t drag this out for 3,000 words, it has happened before and it is destined to happen again. 

Doucce Punk Volumizing Mascara: 

            Doucce is one of my favorite mascaras and I have gotten a few in the past through ipsy the first one was with my May bag last year and again in the Holiday Collection, normally I don’t like repeats but I was excited to see the brand with a different kind of mascara and I hope that it holds up to the expectations that MaxLash set for Doucce mascaras.

Firma Beauty 103 Angled Contour Brush: 

            It’s been a while since I have gotten a brush in my glam bag, I think the last time was February, I honestly though it was a lot more time than that but I looked back and sure enough, it was February. I do not contour much but I love the brush and just because I am truly terrible at contouring doesn’t mean I shouldn’t practice and try to get better so this brush is a step in the right direction. I honestly don’t even think I have an angled brush and that is pretty hard for me to believe because of the flower pot full of makeup brushes I have in my bathroom.

In case you were wondering about the flower pot and yes all of my mascaras and eyeliners are in a beaker.

Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm: 

            The container proudly says it’s even okay for sensitive skin so that’s exciting, granted with lotion or moisturizer it is hard to see how your skin is actually going to react with such a small amount of the new product. I love watermelon so it’s exciting, it has Vitamins A, C, and E as well as aloe vera and cucumber so it is probably very soothing which I am really looking forward to actually giving it a go.

Tarte (Double Duty Beauty) Base Tape Hydrating Primer:

            If you have been around a while y’all know I love me some Tarte, it is a great brand and I have never had a problem with any of their products, I use Shape Tape concealer and the Tartist Pro palette is one of my all-time favorites. This is new so I am excited to see if it is worth its weight in actually doing what it says it does. It has jojoba oil in it so that means it’s super hydrating and I am on board for that. 

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment in Honeydew: 

            It’s beautiful, I am going to start out with that and at the moment because I just swatched it I am trying really hard not to get it on my keyboard as I type. It says that it can be used as an eyeshadow or a highlighter and it is popping so I would for sure test it out as a highlighter. The card in the bag says that it is coral pink but it looks more bronzy and rose gold/copper to me and I will never ever be upset about that shade. It’s really nice and it is a great shade for spring rolling into summer.

            Over all, loved the bag as I usually do, ipsy never fails to impress me, I have yet to be disappointed in any of my glam bags, there may be a product here or there that I am not a fan of but overall I always love getting the metallic pink package in my mailbox each month. 

If you want to check out the rest of my ipsy unmaggings from this year you can: January, February, and March.

            Do you subscribe, if you do what’s your favorite product you got? Got any tips for someone who can’t contour? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday because it’s birthday and Easter weekend and I don’t know how close I am going to be to my laptop. 

            Have a good rest of your week either way!

            -MJ

Some Birthday Soap

These all come from Simply You Soap and Candle Co. 

            So I got these as an early birthday present and I could not help but write a post about them. I don’t even think I can use them because they are so pretty, this isn’t going to be a long post but I just want to touch on the artistry of the person who made these soaps because they are truly works of art. Also they smell absolutely amazing and I can’t get over the fact that some of them look good enough to eat. 

            This is not sponsored, none of my content ever is, if it was I would let you know. I just got these as a birthday present and I wanted to share because they are really cool. Like I said they all come from a place called Simply You Soap and Candle Co. in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. My dad’s family is from around that area so this was my cousin’s idea of a perfect gift and she was correct. I really like artisan soaps and products like that so this was a really thoughtful gift.

            Four of them currently are not on their website but the other two are as well as a variety of other products. Three of them are bar soaps and three are more decorative and the decorative ones might be in store only (so if you find yourself in Western Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh area, stop in.) I do want to visit there myself because their website makes the store look really cute.  

            The decorative soaps I plan on buying a bell jar or a cake plate for so I can display them and make it look real cute.

            I honestly thought with the unicorn rubber duckie soap was really a rubber duckie stuck into the top of some rainbow soap; it was and I was so happy about it. It smells like grapefruit, and I don’t even think I will be able to bring myself to use it and ruin how cute it is. 

            The other two decorative soaps are cheesecake pieces one is raspberry and I think the other one is a salted caramel chocolate but I don’t actually know because they aren’t on the website and no one provided me with the information on what it actually is. They smell like I said, amazing and they look almost good enough to eat even though they are clearly labeled with Do not ingest. Which is super important because it’s soap and you do not want to eat soap. Yes, I put them in a pie plate because I thought that was clever.

The actual soaps that I got are also really pretty and smell amazing, how many times can I say those things in one blog post, I guess we will see.

So the ones you can actually get on their website as of the time of writing this is the Black Raspberry Vanilla which I love so much, it smells like it should with those notes without being artificial, it reminds me of walking into a bakery and smelling a blackberry pie which I am never mad about. 

The next one that can be found on the website is Love Spell which has notes of orange, peach, cherry blossom, and white jasmine and the orange is probably the most powerful note which I am not unhappy about, the smell is pleasant. I wish that the internet had like smell-o-vision or something so I could actually demonstration how good these smell.

The last one is called Watermelon and it is scented like, as you guessed it, watermelon. It is for sure a really summery scent and I love it, I also really like the fact that the soap looks like a slice of watermelon. It like the rest of them doesn’t smell artificial and it is simply beautiful.

Just a soap appreciation post, that’s it. I love all the hard work that goes into creating things like this because the attention to details is phenomenal and I could not be happier that I got to experience these soaps first hand. You can check out their website and see all of the other products they sell at http://www.simplyyouscc.com

I’ll see everyone hopefully Tuesday, if not it’ll be Wednesday with another post!

-MJ

March Favorites

Sorry I disappeared again and missed an upload, my space bar stopped working last weekend so I had to take it to get fixed for the second time in a month…so much fun. That meant however that I didn’t have the ability to post on my usual day because I didn’t have my usual computer.

            Though guess who’s back, back again, MJ’s back, tell your friends. No seriously though, I am hoping for no more laptop issues so I can actually have a routine posting schedule. I’m trying, I really am.

            March favorites though, I had a few not as many as usual but still some great items that I found myself reaching for a lot in the month of March. 

            My parents were gone for a little over a week in March visiting family in the north and I was tasked with poodle care, they are both cute and I love them even though they were both pains in my butt for different reasons. It was nice just hanging out with them for such an extended period of time. By the end of it I was just really excited to go home and sleep in my own bed, alone, with no poodles in sight. They lived with me last year while my parent’s house was being finished so I spent a lot of time with them from May to the end of October when they moved about half an hour north west from where I live, it’s only like 15 miles but because the roads are so twisty it takes a lot longer to get there. 

            One thing for sure that was one of my favorites in late February and early March, even into this month was my Chromebook, I had a rocky start with it because I was sold a piece of software I couldn’t use and that was a mess but I am over it. The store I bought the computer from I probably won’t step into for a while because they made me feel like I had been had. It really came in handy when I didn’t have my regular laptop and I am a huge fan of it because I can use it as a laptop and a tablet. So convenient, I have been a Mac user for over a decade now but it’s kind of nice to have a second operating system on hand just in case. 

            Next was my facial oil, now I don’t use it every day because my skin is pretty acne prone and I noticed that when I add more oil to it I have a lot more breakout days. I was using Derma Deli’s Pumpkin Seed oil but it was too much for my skin even using it once every other day. So in February I switched over to Pacifica’s Super Flower, I do like it more it is not as oily as ones I have used in the past and I can use it slightly more often as long as I mix it in with my moisturizer. I know that’s not what you are supposed to do but that seems to be the only way that it will work and I don’t have major breakout issues. 

            I am trying to eat better this year, some days are easier than others in that department but I am also a person who snacks, I don’t know why but I do, stress eating and all of that. I found however that I really like prepackaged seaweed snacks and I am lucky enough to have an Asian market within 15 minutes of where I live. They are crunchy and not too many calories so it’s like chips but not as bad for you. You for sure have to like the taste of seaweed though and I know people who don’t so if you like seaweed I suggest you find some, I usually get mine at Wal Mart or Target but the Asian market has a much bigger selection of brands. 

            Last but not least, I have been on a cozy mystery kick this year, they are the only books that I have actually read, I’m on my 11thbook of the year and they have all been by two authors. The one that was one of my favorites last month was Carol J. Perry, I finally caught up with her Witch City Mysteries series and I couldn’t put them down, they are really fun and easy to read and they keep you guessing on “who done it” it adds an element of magic and witchcraft in a beautiful way where it’s not overbearing on how magic it is but it is used as a tool to help solve crimes. I just really enjoy the series, her main character is fiery and multi-talented with a cat sidekick and I love it so much. 

            If you are looking for cozy mystery recommendations I would suggest the Meg Langslow series from Donna Andrews, they are bird themed titles and that’s hilarious, or the Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke and they are all baking themed, that is the series that I am currently reading. Though I need catch up with the three or four new books from Donna Andrews. I like reading cozy mysteries because they make great beach reads or reads during a break in your day, I read them while I am on the stationary bike and I find that when I get to the “good part” at the end of the book where the heroine or hero is in danger that I get my best workout times.

            I have so many books to read but I am on my mystery kick at the moment, a few years ago it was post 1900 pre World War 1 British period literature so I get on kicks and read ten or 15 books in the same vein and then get sick of them. 

            So that’s it for my March favorites, nothing really all that groundbreaking but I enjoyed them.

            Did you have any favorites in March? Got any book suggestions? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday for a new post!

            -MJ

Spring 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

I feel like I have been waiting for this box since December when I got my winter box because this subscription box is probably my favorite ever, I love the other boxes I get but nothing can beat full sized items and the brand named items in the box are always really great quality. By the time you are all reading this I have had the box for at least a week, I have been a little busy and I had some posts scheduled ahead of time so this is a little later than I wanted it to be. 

            Seriously, this box was amazing, like usual I am not going to tell you how much the total of my box was because that’s just a little odd for me, the box is $50 four times a year or $180 once a year to be a select member, I will probably upgrade to that at some point because it allows for more customization options and early access to the edit sales and customization as well as an earlier ship date. I feel like in my past unboxings I have kind of glossed over this portion of the subscription service. 

            Like I said this box is $50 a quarter and this box was valued between $226.99 and $314 dependent on the customizations and the options that were available to potentially be in this box. Really, this box is worth over four times what you pay and that is such a good return on your investment. The only thing I am going to say about the value of mine was it was in the upper mid-range of those prices. If you really want to you can do the research and look up the prices of the items to see an exact figure.

            Per usual all of these opinions are mine, as they always are. 

            Okay, enough exposition, now onto the real stuff; what did I get? I am going to start out with the items that I had the ability to customize and I will tell you the other options that I opted not to get, what I didn’t get may be something that you love but what I chose I wanted more. 

            Deux Lux Demi Backpack: I am a sucker for backpacks because I screwed my shoulders up when I was in high school carrying heavy one shoulder bags to class so I have carried a backpack since late 2015 and I have not looked back. This is a smaller and more versatile than the faux leather backpack that I carry usually. It is pretty light weight and it is canvas and vegan leather, (according to the care instructions) it seems like it would be great for anything really, dates, music festivals, hanging out with friends, going to the park with your dog. It is a really great backpack and it comes in a protective sleeve so it will be stored in there for now. The other two options were a Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe, I didn’t choose this one because I am not a robe person. The other option was the Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser, this would be a great thing to use the Way of Will Essential Oils from the Winter Box, but I already have a diffuser so I didn’t want to get a second one. 

            Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: Now that is a mouth full, I really like Korres I got their body lotion in my spring box last year and it is so nice. It is moisturizing and it smells amazing. I have really been getting into skin care this year so when this was one of the options I jumped on it. It smells amazing and I am really excited to try it and see how it does with my skin, it is dermatologically tested to that usually means that I can use it without any adverse effects. According to the packaging it has over 90% natural content so I should be just fine. The other options were one of two pairs of Quay Australia sunglasses, they are really cute but I wear glasses and I have prescription sunglasses so they wouldn’t work for me. The other option was the Sunnylife Lovers Picnic Set, again really cute but not something for me, I don’t think I have ever been on a picnic in my life.

            Makeupdrop Silicon Beauty Applicator: If anyone read my foundation application post you know how much I love my Ulta brand silicon applicator and I am looking forward to trying this one as well. This one was a mystery item, I kind of liked having a bit of mystery even with the customization options, sometimes it is a way to get rid of excess stock and I am totally okay with that. The other two options were a set of Giadzy measuring spoons, I have a set of measuring spoons and I am not a huge fan of plated items because that starts to come off and it gets harder to use the item. The other was a bottle of Lavido body lotion in Mandarin Orange and Bergamot, I have so much lotion that I don’t need any more no matter how much I love Bergamot. 

            These next two items were customizable to select members so I had no option on what I got here and I was not upset with what I got.

            Sip by S’well: It’s an insulated travel water bottle and I have been eyeing a S’well water bottle for years now and I was really hoping to get this option because I am a hoarder of water bottles, as I am writing this I am still mourning my Kate Spade travel tumbler that I dropped on my bathroom floor yesterday (last Thursday for you) and broke, for some reason I break my favorites that I can’t replace and I don’t know why. I really like the fact that it’s covered in triangles for reasons of my own. This is a hand wash only but most water bottles and travel tumblers are so that wasn’t too shocking. The other two options were a bar necklace from The2Bandit’s, which is also really cute or the Ciaté London setting powder, I like Ciaté so I would have been okay with any of the options that were within this category. 

            Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Again I have been getting into skin care and I have a pretty good skin care routine going on but I am always willing to try something new. It is probiotic skincare so I am hopeful that I don’t have a reaction to it, I like the packaging it’s nice and simple so I see nothing wrong with that. I can’t really say much else because I haven’t tried it yet to see how my skin reacts to it. The other options were either the Daily Concepts detoxifying brush or the Eleven by Venus (yes, that Venus, the tennis star) jump rope. 

            These last three were in every box, so every subscriber got all of these items. 

            Ouai Leave in Conditioner: Ouai is a brand that I am familiar with because of ipsy and it’s a really nice brand. I have pretty dry ends of my hair so having a leave in conditioner is something that I need but I don’t actually have. I am excited to add this into my hair care routine. 

            Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel: Another mouth full to say, it is red so it color corrects for dark spots but I put it on my hand to see it’s consistency and once it sunk in my skin was so smooth and it was amazing. I really like Dr. Brandt so having more good skin care is for sure up my alley. I got a Dr. Brandt product in my winter box as a surprise and I can say, it’s pretty great.

            Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: Champagne and Charcoal, sign me up. I am cool with body scrubs; I should use them more because I love how my skin feels like after I wash all of the grit off. I love the packaging, rose gold lid, simple label with a pink and rose gold marble detail around the bottom, it’s so nice. It is a really large jar too, it’s about 18 oz. so for a body scrub that is on the large side from what I have seen. I am excited, pre usual, to give this one a try and really see what it smells and feels like. 

            So that was my spring box and I am already waiting for the summer box and its accompanying spoilers and customization options. I’m excited for it already. 

            If you subscribe what did you get? Did you have a favorite this month? Did you not get any of the items that you wanted to get? Let me know in the comments! 

            -MJ 

Top 5 Favorite Mascaras

I have used plenty of different mascaras over the years since I started wearing makeup and felt comfortable enough to get near my eyes with a wand of black death. Like everyone else who has used mascara before I have poked myself in the eye with the wand and then gotten the mascara all over my face. 

            I am a wearer of glasses so I would probably be able to see the results better, as would the people around me if I wore contacts but that’s never going to happen. I have also never worn false lashes; (I know shocking) so I don’t know their benefits either because I am afraid of my eyes reaction to the lash glue. 

            I have used mascaras in the past that I used once and never used again because it either gave me some sort of reaction or it didn’t do what it was advertised to do. I have worn mascaras for short times that I loved but when it came to long wear they flaked way too easily and irritated my eyes so these mascaras in this post represent my five favorite in the last few years but mostly within the last year because I have begun to diversify what kind of mascara I get because of my ipsy and now Birchbox subscriptions. 

            Let me tell you all about my eyelashes because what I use may not work for everyone, everyone has different lash issues as well as different sensitivities and lash wants and needs so what I like you may really not and that is totally cool because we can all have opinions, isn’t that a beautiful thing? 

            These are not in any particular order; I don’t have a number one favorite of these five because they all do the job that I want them to do while making my eyelashes look great. 

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash

            I have been using this mascara for years and it has never disappointed me. It is on the pricy side but it is worth it if you wear mascara every day. I really like the curved brush because I feel like it really makes my eyelashes pop and look amazing even with just one coat. It can get clumpy but I think that is more user error rather than product error because granted I love mascara I am still not perfect at putting it on even though I have been wearing it since like 2007. I used to be able to get away without it but I don’t wear eyeliner anymore so I have to wear something around my eyes. 

NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype

            I have been loving this for a good year now and I don’t see me ever feeling any different about it. If you read my February Beauty Haul you know that I had to buy a new one so that’s why this one isn’t open. I am going to try and finish off some other mascaras I already have in play before I start this one. I love the way it makes my lashes look so this is automatically one of my favorites and one of the only non-prestige items on this list. 

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

            This is a newer mascara in my makeup bag, I got a sample in my May Glam Bag from ipsy last year and I raved about it then and I had only worn it once. I still really love it because it does give you the volume of false lashes with one coat. (I imagine they feel like my eyelashes do when coated in this mascara.) It doesn’t flake which is so great and it’s only a trial size so I can use a lot more of it in the window of time when it is still good. I got a second sample in the Gold Holiday Collection and that made me really happy because it’s nice to have a backup.

Too Faced Better Than Sex 

            Okay so the name is funny, I have been getting travel sizes of this product every year around Christmas since probably 2015, it was one of the first prestige mascaras that I ever owned and so it is one of my favorites. Now I don’t even remember what mascara I used to buy when I started to wear makeup, I could not tell you now. This is one of those products that I always have in my makeup bag because it is a staple for me. It is a go to for me because I know what it’s going to look like. It’s a good mascara with a really great name so I can’t be upset about it.

Tarte Maneater

            This I use whenever I am up at my parent’s house because it’s in my makeup bag there, now this has a really long applicator and it really is a great mascara even though I don’t wear it as often as the others on this list. I love the packaging and I’m not actually sure if they still make this but I would buy it again if they did. I think at one point in the past I had Tarte’s lights, camera, lashes mascara so I like their formula and I know Tarte’s quality and this product is no different.

            It’s been a while since I have done a top five for my makeup and it was nice to be able to go through my collection again and actually think about why I like the products that I like. 

            Do you have a favorite mascara? 

            -MJ