What was in my May 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey, hey it’s MJ, 

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

The Bag:

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

The products:

Yensa Skin on Skin BC Concealer in Fair Cool:

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

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

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

First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask:

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

TheBalm Cosmetics AutoBalm Pic Perf in St. Charles Ave: 

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

Tarte SEA Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask in Strawberry Jelly:

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

May 2020 ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty For Real Hi Def Mascara in Just Black:

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

Coloured Raine Cosmetics Mimosa Moment Palette: 

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

Sugar Rush sugar Coat Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Cupcake:

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

Nomad Cosmetics x Sydney Bathers Kiss of Sun Palette:

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

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

April 2020 Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

Ciaté London Triple Shot XXL Mascara in Black XXL:

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

Céla Crème Rose The Very Best Cream Rose:

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

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Black:

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

Girlactik Beauty Jello Gloss Balm:

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

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner:

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

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

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

            -MJ

Updated Skin Care Routine 2020

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So last year I wrote a blog that talked about my skincare routine and a lot has changed since then and I mean a lot. I have been using different products and my current routine even with my recent add-ins has actually been really clear and my break outs are down so much. Usually that is my main concern and so that is the thing that I really monitor when I change anything in my skin care routine.

            There are no products that have carried over from my last routine from last year. That’s actually really crazy for me because I have had such a turnover of products and that means that I wasn’t a huge fan of them in the first place. I do also feel like my skin care routine is cyclical and so a lot of things change until I can find something that really works. As someone who used the same products for years and then branched out I guess I’m just trying to find that combination that really and truly works 

            My routines for morning and night are pretty much the same except for the lotion I use at night but other than that most everything is the same so let’s run through it. 

            Face Wash: I am currently using Tula Probiotic Skincare Purifying Face Cleanser and I actually really like it, it’s a rather thick cleanser but it does work and I really like it. Before that I was using the Paris Hilton Beauty face wash and that was actually pretty good too. I have been finding some pretty good facial cleansers after I finished off the Peter Thomas Roth cleanser late last year. The Tula cleanser smells like skin care should smell, I have no way else to describe it.

            Toner: This is really new, like I have only used it a handful of times and it has amazed me so far. I am currently using the Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner. It is a calming formula and it hasn’t been really adverse to my skin so I was really excited to even have a product that is kind of like that. I got this so recently, actually in my April ipsy Glam Bag Plus (spoiler alert that post comes out next week) but I have been using it since then. 

            Serum: I have been using The Better Skin Co, Epik C Serum, I got that in my spring fabfitfun box this year and I have been using it since. It is a pretty thick serum and it is probably the best I have tried so far and I am a huge fan of it. I have tried other serums and I have liked them but they broke me out more than I would like.

            Eye Cream: Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, this is just a sample size but I actually would purchase the full size of this product, my only issue with samples is they are just too small to actually get a good wear test out of them. However after my Mary Kay one went from being great to leaking out of the bottle like crazy. 

            Facial Moisturizer: 

            Day: Tatcha The Water Cream, this was for sure a sample as well and I got it last month and I have been using it since and I would consider buying a full sized version of this as well even though it is really expensive but so far it is completely worth it to spend money on good skin care. 

            Night: Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial, I have been using this for a while and I really like it and it smells amazing; this is another product that I would purchase again. I went through a lot of moisturizers that just made my skin retain its redness but with all of the changes in my routine I’m not as red as I used to be.

            Masks: I use Ahava’s Hydration Cream Mask about once a week or so and I leave it on all night instead of washing it off after a few minutes. I love it.

            I also still use sheet masks about once a week so I can get some extra skin care time in. 

            Overall there has been a bunch of changes and it’s a really great feeling to know that my new combination of skin care products is actually working for my skin and keeping all of my problems at bay. 

            I’ll see you all in another few days with another post, stay happy stay healthy.

            -MJ

What was in my April 2020 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So I think I have been in quarantine for like a month now, I am still learning how to cope with forced isolation, I am fine with it when I am the one making the choice but not for this long. Like I miss my students. 

            Bright spot though is that I still am getting my ipsy bags, I know that’s a small thing but it is still something that I allow to bring me joy. 

            The bag this month is super cute, I love the dark lilac color and the kind of impressionist flowers. The zipper pull is a wooden ring and I kind of love it. 

What did I get though? 

Kismet Pure Vitamin C Primer:

            It’s sparkly, which is fine for a primer or like a body shimmer with a really diffused glow, it goes on like a water gel and I actually really like how it feels on the skin. The card describes the texture as silky and I completely agree with that sentiment. I have the Kismet sugar lip scrub that I use quite frequently and I like all the products I have gotten the chance to try form them.

Araceli Beauty Chiquita Blending Brush: 

            It’s a brush, I like how it looks, I like how it feels and it’s a nice basic brush, it is vegan and cruelty free and by now if you have read any of my posts you know how much I love seeing those words on beauty products. 

Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel:

            I love Murad and I am always happy to try new products from their line. This stuff smells amazing and a little bit goes a long way. It feels really nice on the skin too, I do text most products on my hand because I don’t want my face to break out because of a reaction. It’s oil free which is usually where I get the break outs so I am excited to actually give it a real try.

Neogen Dermatology Real Vita C Serum:

            It smells in the bottle but not on the skin, I like serums but this one is actually really thin but it is used for skin protection against environmental factors and harmful light. I like it  and I probably should wear serums more often anyway. 

Buxom Cosmetics Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blackest Black:

            I love mascara, there is no denying that and let’s be honest I prefer the travel sized products when it comes to mascara. I think I tried a Buxom mascara years ago but things have changed since then and I am excited to try it. The card tells me that it has vitamins in it that help condition lashes and that’s probably a good thing with mascara being one of the few products that I wear most days when I am at work, (right now I am lucky to leave sweatpants.) I am excited to give it a try though. 

            Overall I actually really like my bag even though it is half skin care but I’m not too mad about that. 

            If you want to read what else I have gotten from ipsy this year, check them out: January and March, February was my dead month so that one doesn’t exist. 

            I’ll see everyone in a few days, stay safe and healthy,

            -MJ

Books I Have Read so Far in 2020

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So something I have for sure been doing while in quarantine is reading, not as much as I want to but still I’m reading. My goal is 36-40 books this year and I’m eleven in, I have a lot more reading to do this year. I have no specific genre that I read, I read mostly anything if we are being honest. A few years ago I read a lot of historical fiction and I burned myself out on that for a while, but other than that I actually really enjoy reading. 

            I read 32 books last year and 12 of t hose were read in December as I made a last ditch effort to reach my 35 book goal. I haven’t hit my book goal since 2017. My goal in 2018 was 35, I read 6. I have been tracking all the books I have read since 2016 and I wish I could say that I have read more than 116 in those four and a half years but here we are. In reality I would ideally be up around 50 books a year but life doesn’t work like that all the time.

            Okay getting away from the long winded introduction,  here are the books I have read so far in 2020:

Spending the Holidays with People I Want To Punch in The Throat by Jen Mann:

            I read this in one day, New Year’s Day actually, I do enjoy reading essays that people have written about events in their lives and bonus points if they are funny or something I can relate to. This book was hilarious to say the least and it makes me want to read her other collections of essays because I think they would be just as amusing.

Star Wars: Bloodlines by Claudia Gray:

            I am a relatively new Star Wars fan, I don’t read a lot of the novelizations, I read a lot of Doctor Who novelizations and even Marvel but Star Wars is still pretty new for me. I was in elementary school when the prequels came out and didn’t see any of them until I was in high school, I spent a weekend in 2018 watching all of the original trilogy and I have seen all of the new ones as well. I know that the new ones get a lot of hate, but I didn’t hate them but again; I’m new. The book was dense, I liked it; it was a pretty good lead up to the events that happen in The Force Awakens and it continues to reinforce the fact that Leia Organa is a certified bad ass. 

I’ve Got This Round by Mamrie Hart:

            Again, a book of essays. I like hearing people’s drunk stories because I don’t really have any of my own and I like it that way. Reading the things that other people get up to and are up to telling others about is amusing to me. Mamrie is a great story teller and she is a very funny entertainer, I used to watch her on YouTube when I was in college; not so much now but I still enjoyed reading the second one of her novels. If you like humor and alcohol fueled adventures this is for sure a good read for you. 

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O’Brien: 

            I saw and excerpt of this on Tumblr probably four years ago and I bought the book because of it, I really like myths and stories of the like so reading an almost satirical telling of all of these really heavy myths; it’s just a lot of fun to read. It gives a different perspectives of all of those myths and it makes them a lot more fun to read. 

It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson:

            Like I said, I really like essays and I read his first book I Hate Myselfie in one day in December, I have been a Shane Dawson fan since 2012-2013 somewhere around there and rediscovered him in 2018. It was good and very honest throughout. 

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt:

            This book is going to be the oddity in this list and you may be saying, this seems like an off choice between two autobiographical novels. Well this we read for One School One Book and I couldn’t put it down. I work with elementary school kids and this book was a really feel good novel, it is a great story about overcoming, about embracing what makes us all different and that it doesn’t matter how we learn as long as someone is willing to take the time and figure out that maybe we all learn a little different and that doesn’t make us any less. 

Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger:

            I love Iliza’s comedy specials and her podcast is hilarious, the book was fine. I think I would have liked it better as an audiobook but I did enjoy reading it. I know that sometimes my girl Logic gets the best of me.

Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery #2) by Anna Lee Huber:

            This is book 2, book one is That Anatomist’s Wife, it’s based in the late 1800’s in The United Kingdom, this one was in Scotland and once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I love mysteries, usually of the cozy variety but this one is a little more serious. It wove a vivid tale of how mental health care was drastically different in those times and how that affected the people who suffered with it. 

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing (Meg Langslow Mystery #24) by Donna Andrews:

            This is one of those cozy mysteries I was talking about. I have read every book in this series and I have loved every one. I am going to write a review on the first book for a post alter in the month, when I do I will link it here because this series was what inspired me to try my hand writing mystery. (it’ll happen one day but I think for now I will stick with fiction.) This is one of my favorite series by far though, I actually read the 19th book first because I wanted a Halloween mystery and then I went back and painstakingly tried to buy the rest of the series.

Ghost Hunters Adventure Club and The Secret of The Grande Chateau by: Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills:

            If you want a mystery novel that has just a touch of satire and enjoys breaking the fourth wall between the characters and the author as well as the outside world do I have a book suggestion for you. It does start a little slow but as you get wrapped up in the mystery it becomes compelling and overarchingly funny. It actually had me guessing who the culprit was until it was revealed; I never saw it coming. So good.

Civil War by Stuart Moore:

            I love Marvel, I have the Civil War comic and I have read it so I knew what was coming but I like reading the novelizations because it allows for more detail and the ability for someone to visualize it without looking at pictures. It is nothing like Civil War the film which is one of my favorite Marvel movies, the only real similarity is the Registration Act, that’s about it. If you see them as completely separate entities they are both great. There are a lot more characters in the comic and novel but you know, studio licensing. 

            I hope to tell you more of the books that I read this year because, books. There isn’t much else I have to say in this post so I will see everyone in a few says with a new post.

            Stay safe, stay healthy,

            -MJ 

2020 Bullet Journal Update #1

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So MJ how’s 2020 going? You know that screaming goat that was really popular to put in songs a few years ago to be funny, that’s what 2020 feels like. That goat screaming into the void. 

            On a lighter note though, I have had more time to actually make my bullet journal pretty creative and I have successfully done all four months so far this year without going insane, though February got the best of me so the latter half of that month didn’t really get tracked like the rest of my year so there’s that. 

            Like I said in my wrap up last year I did some things different this year including theming all of my months because I am lame like that. I themed May last year Star Wars (this year will be the same) but I did that as a trial run to see if I could do that this entire year so there are touches of the theme on most of the non-calendar pages. 

            I am not the best artist, I would never claim to be because it would be a lie, a bold faced lie; but I do try really hard, I’m not going to show any of my lead up pages because I will save those for the end of year wrap up. Also notice the title, update #1, I did that last year too with the intention to do it again later in the year. Spoiler alert, I didn’t but we are going to try that again this year and hope for the best. 

            So what are some of my favorite pages so far?

            I have enjoyed doing all of my monthly covers and they have taken me hours this year so I think that is growth? 

January:

            January’s theme was Studio Ghibli because I have loved it since Kiki’s Delivery Service was on Disney in the last 90’s early 2000’s, whenever it was I watched it every time it was on. Then I took Japanese in high school and into university but we watched a few Studio Ghibli films then so I have seen many of them and loved many of them. (I can watch Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away over and over again.)

Cover is My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki because that’s just want I wanted.
  I wrote my habit trackers in Japanese, they are not written like you would see them in Japanese because they are not on the right side of the page and going vertically not starting at the left and going horizontally, that’s just how we would read it in English.
The soot sprites! I loved them in Spirited Away so I figured why not make them my mood tracker for January.
 I found this checklist on Pinterest and recreated it here, by the way, free handing Totoro like that was a challenge! 

February:           

 February’s theme was DC because I really like comic books and I figured if I had Marvel I had to have DC. 

The cover is five heroes and a villain, Harley has always been and will always be one of my favorite comic book characters so I had to include her. I grew up on the Justice League and Teen Titans so it only made sense that I take inspiration from both of those shows.
  My mood tracker was Harley’s hammer because again, it just seemed fitting, and I didn’t even know how February was going to be when I did it and it was a mess so it worked. 
 I did a movie checklist here as well for the newer DC films, I haven’t seen any of them except Suicide Squad so they are all on my watch list. 

  March:

  March was The Labyrinth because it is my favorite movie, I have subjected so many of my friends to watching this movie and they all think it’s weird. I love it though and I figured it needed its own entire month.

The cover is as if Sarah is looking through the crystal ball to her friends, like in the ballroom scene, it’s not the best but I did try.
Tiny habit tracker drawing, I love the door knockers so I had to draw one of them with his probably most iconic line. 
 I chose a stained glass tree for the mood tracker because it just felt like it would be something that would fit into that world without being explicitly shown. 
The Labyrinth doesn’t have a checklist associated with it so I did a quotes page.

April:          

April, our current month was Marvel themed, more or less Avenger’s themed because the cinematic universe does focus on that team, licensing and all that. 

The cover is Avengers Tower which took me well over an hour to just color in so I was really proud of that. I had to pair it with one of the funniest quotes I could think of, even though there are some great Tony stark one liners in so many of the films. This one just seemed fitting. 
My mood tracker is the arch reactor, modified to have enough spots for all the days in April.
I had to put a very funny Endgame quote at the bottom of my meal planner, because Endgame while it was devastating had some great one liners. 
The end of the month like some of the other months is a Marvel movie checklist and as you can see I have seen a lot more Marvel movies than DC, I grew up on DC TV shows and like the X-Men but now the MCU is something that I have seen most of. 

            So that’s it so far for 2020, it’s been crazy so far this year but I made a promise to myself that I would actually bullet journal this year, the whole year and I do not want to break that promise to myself for the third year in a row.

            I will see everyone in a few days with a new post, until then, stay safe stay healthy!

-MJ

March 2020 ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I promised myself I would write this like a week ago but we are all still on quarantine and I haven’t had the creative energy to actually sit down and write a blog post but I got the email today with the spoilers for my April Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus so I figured now was the time to actually get this written and done and over with. 

The bag:

           It’s a cute little fold over with a snap and on the inside of the flap it says “unstoppable”, again the color scheme like the Glam Bag this month is actually really nice. This is I think the first bag I have gotten that doesn’t have a zipper on it and I like the change in style. 

The Products: 

The Coffee Scrub Coconut Body Scrub:

            It’s a rarity that I use body scrubs but I am willing to try most beauty products once and if I don’t like it, I don’t like it. I understand the need to get rid of dead or dry skin and it is helpful to do that every once in a while so maybe this would be really good for just a nice day of self-care. (which with what’s going on right now, we all need a little bit of self-care.) But it’s a pretty basic thing in general so there isn’t all that much to say about it. I did open it and it is a super strong smell and as soon as I opened it the zipper on the inside broke so that was a bummer moment. 

TheBalm Cosmetics AutoBalm Day 2 Night:

            I chose this, I really did and it’s a pretty interesting product and I like the pigmentation, I actually just put it on with my fingers and got a pretty good really quick eye look. There are a lot of metallic shades in it though so it doesn’t quite make a full look if you want matte shades mixed in.

Phase Zero Make Up Matte Liquid Lipstick in Undercover:

            I don’t mind this shade and it goes on pretty well. I’m not sure if I am insane because of being at home all by myself but I think it smells good. It’s a rosy shade which is great for occasions year round. 

Malin+Goetz Revitalizing Eye Gel:

            I have used this a few times now and I actually really like it. I don’t have a lot of undereye products even though I know that I should and I really want to put it in my fridge and actually get those benefits as well. 

Seraphine Botanicals Luna Liner Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner in Black:

            Three out of the last four months I have gotten an eyeliner, I do not wear eyeliner and in April I’m getting one as well. Something I will never use and I am really still upset about it because that is a waste of a product for me. I don’t understand why, when I review a product poorly they still send it to me. They sent out a survey asking subscribers if there was a pause feature on certain products what we would think and I said I would pause eyeliner indefinitely because I don’t use it. It’s a good liner but I do not use eyeliner. I also like the brand and I am not saying anything against them, it’s just a product that I don’t use in my makeup routine.

Complex Culture Precision Concealer Brush:

            I mean, it’s a brush. I like the shape and the bristle packing, it is rare that I use a brush when I put on concealer anymore, I haven’t since I started using a beauty blender but I’ll give it a try. 

            Overall I liked my Glam Bag Plus this month except the eyeliner and that is becoming a common trend and I am not super excited about that but not everything can be a win. 

            Here’s hoping that the world gets less crazy in the coming weeks and I hope everyone is happy, safe, and healthy.

I’ll see everyone in a few days with another post,

            -MJ

Spring 2020 FabFitFun unboxing

Hey Hey, it’s MJ,

Welcome to the first fabfitfun box of 2020 and it feels like I should be on my third box of the year because March has taken a good six months to get through and February felt just as long for different reasons. This box was a bright shiny spot in my life right now, so I am going to go through it. This box was a little different than boxes in the past because it had the option for “throwback” items which was interesting but a little strange. I don’t disagree with bringing back fan favorites after a few years so people can rediscover past favorites. It was also different because almost all if not all of the items had multiple choices instead of there being items that were in every box. 

So what did I get? The first three items I chose so we are going to go through those first. 

Revive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Light Device

            Infrared light therapy is a really interesting thing, granted I don’t have a lot of wrinkles yet, I am only in my late 20’s (it’s so weird to say that). Preventative measures are always a good thing because I do try really hard to take better care of my skin and if reducing fine lines and wrinkles from laughing and smiling that is not a bad thing to look out for. It’s a three minute treatment and it shuts off after the three minutes so that’s nice that it gives you that time frame and understanding on how long you need to have it on your skin in a stationary position so you don’t do damage to your skin. The other options were the Donni: Ribbed Sweater Coat, the Caravan Diamond Woven Rug, Summer & Rose Navy Diamond Tote, the West Elm Indigo Tie-Dye Bowls, or the Elemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream.

Calpak Set of 3 Packing Cubes in Sorbet (or Tutti Fruity, I don’t remember) 

            I don’t travel much but I want to, I have always liked to travel and I love to keep things organized so having something to pack into my suitcase so I don’t actually just shove everything I’m taking with me just haphazardly into the bag and hope for the best. That is my normal trick, stuff everything in to the suitcase and hope for the best. They are mesh fronted so they have a little give to them and I am really excited to eventually have a chance to use them. The other options for choices were the Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, Shoshanna Umbrella, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer, Tarte Tartist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette (which I got in one of my first fabfitfun boxes), or the 111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster.

Wei Two in One Purify and Glow Mask Collection

            Do I need any more masks, probably not but I chose this one anyway because I liked the look of it. I like that you get four treatments out of it with an exfoliating brown sugar exfoliating mask and then a golden root purifying mud mask. I like the brush too it feels really nice. I am excited to give it a try because I don’t have a lot of mud masks, I am much more of a sheet mask kind of human but with skin care and beauty I am willing to give like I’ve said most things a try at least once. The other options for this was the Amber Sceats Double Coin Necklace, Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask, Cosmedix Pure C, Green Goo Hibiscus Plant based Body Scrub.

Next are the set of items that are only choices for select members, one day I will do that but that day is still not today.

Stone Cole Fox Tea Towels

You can’t ever have too many tea towels, right? Well these ones are super simple in the best way, a nice clean design and a nice material that I can’t wait to wash an put in my kitchen. I really like versatile household items and having a non-beauty or skin care item is really great and something that I have missed in past boxes. The other options were the Aria Beauty Luxe Detangling Electroplated Brush, Jaboneira Marianella, Imperial Jade Body Oil, or the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. (which I have and I love!)

The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Epik C Serum Power Trio Complex

            This was a surprise item in my box and it was a mystery so I was totally cool with getting a mystery item. I don’t use a lot of serums and many that I have used just aren’t compatible with my skin so I am excited to give this one a try. I love the packaging on The Better Skin Co.’s items and it looks like a pretty thick serum. It smells really good and a little really does go a long way. I used it on my hand first to test it out and it melts into the skin so I am hopeful that maybe this will be a serum that I can use and not have the same adverse effects that I have had with some in the past. The options in the magazine were the AG Hair Fast Food Leave-on Conditioner, Smith French Dublin Aromatic Hand Wash in Fresh Green Leaves, Lovescript Body wash, Speaqua Cruiser Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner, or the Eparé Dual Salt and Pepper Mill.

This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon 

            I don’t want to break the seal on it because I don’t want it to go bad but I really hope that it smells like lavender or something to that end, some nice relaxing calming scent so I’m just going to have to Google it and find out, it does and I am excited it smells like lavender, chamomile, and vetiver and those are all nice calming scents and my regular night time body lotion from Bath and Body Works, which they have now discontinued is lavender based so this is still exciting to have a new lotion to try with my nighttime routine. The other option was the Whish Beauty Blue Matcha Restoring Mask.

Chic & Tonic Silicone Straws

            I actually really like reusable straws, I have tried really hard to cut down on my use of single use plastics that aren’t recyclable. It’s four straws and a small pill shaped silicone carrying case. These are foldable so they are easier to take into public and use instead of a standard metal straw. The other options were the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara, or the Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffer in “Black Orchid”. 

Pūrlisse Watermelon Energizing 2 Minute Polishing Peel

            I love watermelon scented things and Pūrlisse has some great watermelon smelling things in their product lineup. I will have to spot test this one because it is a polishing peel but I am hopeful that it doesn’t irritate my skin. I don’t know what else to say about it until I actually get a chance to try it out. The other options were the Winky Lux Rainbow Lip Balm or the Avéne Thermal Spring Water. 

            I really liked my box this season even with all of the options, in this time of uncertainty having something like this in my life brings a smile to my face. 

I’ll see you guys later in the week so have a good few days!

            -MJ 

What was in my March 2020 ipsy Glam Bag

Hey Hey, it’s MJ, 

            So welcome to April, I wrote this post at the latter end of March but let’s be real I didn’t have the energy to post it so there is going to be a lot of catch up in April for March and that’s okay because we are living in a pretty uncertain time. I have been dealing with a lot so I took all of February off (February kicked me in the stomach a couple times) so I took it off completely and I regret it but when you don’t feel like writing anything and you can’t string two words together it gets hard to write blog posts. So here I am trying to get something written, it probably won’t be my best but I’m working on it. 

            Alright so of course my first post, post hiatus is my ipsy Glam Bag this month, this month because it was the 100thGlam Bag we got an extra sample which is really cool and congratulations to ipsy for making it 100 months. 

            First of all, the bag is super cute I love the color scheme and the studded detail. It’s bright and springy and right now that’s something that I feel like we need. 

            On to the products,

            Ofra Cosmetics Bronzer in Americano

                        I am still pretty new to bronzer and I don’t wear it too often but this is actually a really good shade to match my skin tone. It does have a shimmer to it so it is better for summer than winter. It would also make a great eyeshadow color. (which is suggested on the card) 

            Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Pro Precision Tapered Brush

                        I have so many brushes now and I really like that but I need a bigger brush holder. It’s a really feathery brush which is great for powders but it’s a little too feathery for me and my normal routine. 

            Wander Beauty Eyeshadow in Bouquet

                        This is a beautiful and pigmented shade, I like all of Wander’s products that I have gotten to try. I did swatch this and I agree with the card where it says to put it on with your finger instead of a brush. This is one of those shades that’s good for day and night wear depending on whatever else you put with it. 

            Hanalei Company Kukui Lip Balm in Island Mint

                        Who doesn’t need more chapsticks and maybe I will actually get through one in my life time instead of having a half dozen of them spread out through their house but I am one of those people where I randomly find lip balms all over. I can read and understand almost all of the ingredients. I am not going to open this one up but I love a Hawaiian brand.

            Tatcha The Water Cream

                        I chose this one because I have heard so many good things about Tatcha and their creams so I had to try this one when I saw it as a choice. My skin is congestion prone and I have been told this is a pretty good cream for that. It’s one of those creams that everyone talks about but is really expensive so getting a sample of it helps make more informed decisions when it comes to purchasing a full sized product.

            Shaina B. Miami Highlight in Guava Glow

                        It’s a really pretty color and I love the flamingo’s pressed into the pan. I love cute pan pressings. It’s a really pretty shade and the pigmentation for a highlight/ multipurpose powder is pretty good. 

            So it’s a little bare bones, I’m getting back into the swing of things and it will take some time. When you’ve been in a creative slump it happens like that and with the quarantine it makes life just a little bit more lonely. I will see you all in a few days with another post and I am going to try really hard to keep to a good schedule in the coming weeks and months but I cannot make any promises to that fact. 

            Have the best week you can! 

            -MJ