What was in My July 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Sorry I have been a little MIA, I am just dealing with some stuff and it’s been hard to even sit down and write something. My last post, about my favorite comics was supposed to go up a week before it actually did because of my stress levels. I felt like things were finally falling into place and I was finding my way out of the woods and as it stands right now someone has taken me and thrown me back into the woods. So it’s hard to be peppy and happy on this platform because that’s not how I feel right now. 

            My brain is not functioning at the moment so there isn’t going to be much flourish for this, just a warning. 

            So let’s just get right into the bag and the products: 

The Bag:

            It’s a cute little gold top zip and the zipper pull is a sun with a blue gem in the center and stay golden on the side. I really like this bag, it’s simple and getting simple bags doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to. I also like the color composition of the gold and the deeper blue that is not only in the jewel and in the zipper surround but also on the inside of the bag as well. Super cute bag, love it.

The Products:

Neogen Dermatology White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop: 

            I got a Neogen cleanser in one of my pervious bags and I actually really enjoyed using it. I have a lot of serums now and I am not upset about that because they have so many different ingredients that do so many different things and have a lot of different benefits. I like testing different products out to see what ingredients and benefits are worth it to me. 

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer:

            First Aid Beauty is one of those brands that I pass by every time that I am in Sephora and I just kind of look at it longingly because I have heard such good things about it and it’s expensive. I like coconut in moisturizer and I am actually really excited to try it out, I feel like I say that a bunch, but this is a trial subscription so that makes sense. I try not to open these products until I plan on using them so they don’t go to waste and primers all go and live in my bathroom. 

Sophia + Mabelle Cleopatra Eyeshadow Quad:

            I chose this one, I am just hoarding tiny eyeshadow quads again because you can never have too many tiny eyeshadow quads that do the same duty as a full sized palette. I like the shades because they are a beautiful warm neutral that is easy to top in your handbag and go. I love a good eyeshadow quad and that will never change. 

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash:

            I don’t actually have a lot of travel cleansers any more so I am excited to use this one. I also love the packaging for this product and for me packaging is half the appeal. It has a lot of good ingredients and it’s vegan and never tested on animals which are both wins in my book. This is a brand that I have never heard of, but the beauty of this subscription service is getting exposure to all sorts of brands that I wouldn’t find on my own. 

Kokie Cosmetics Cover + Conceal Beauty Sponge:

            I started using beauty sponges in early 2019 or late 2018, I honestly don’t remember. There was a time that I rejected using beauty sponges and only used brushes or the silicon applicators because I liked them. I have been using beauty sponges exclusively since then and it doesn’t really matter what brand I use, usually I get them at TJ Maxx because I don’t want to spend $20 per sponge. It’s also purple and I am a huge fan of that. 

            So that’s my July Glam Bag this year, I liked it quite a bit. I know my sentences are short and they are not flowy and insightful like some of my posts are. It’s just, that’s where my head is at the moment so that’s what I’m working with. 

            If you want to read about what else I’ve gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, and June!

            I will be back later in the week with another post so I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week, stay happy and healthy. I hope all of the things that you are manifesting and the energy you are putting out in the universe starts to show itself, because sometimes we all need something good to happen. 

            -MJ 

Summer 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I am writing this post directly after I have written Sunday’s post so the energy might be the same, still at my current moment at the Ford dealership. I am going to preface this post with good news about the box. After the last few that have been extremely underwhelming I can say that this one was great! I loved most everything that I got so I am really happy to still be on the fff train. 

            I am probably going to get right into it, but this post is going to be a little different than posts in the past. Because of all the customization options I am not going to list them at the end of each paragraph because it’s just a lot. That is one things that I would like to see changed, don’t overwhelm with a billion customization options. Giver three or four that are mind-blowing and cut it off there. 

So what did I get though? 

Virginia Wolf Multi Wear Warp:

            I am going to use it as a tapestry to hang above my bed, but I absolutely love it. The pattern on it is amazing and it doesn’t feel strange which was one of my concerns when ordering a wrap in my box. I might wear it as a wrap when I get a chance because it is super cute and this was the product in this category that I was most excited about. I love monstera leaves and big tropical patterns. I just have to get this ironed and get it hung up, I have to figure out how to actually achieve that goal, I’ll figure it out and maybe I’ll have an update picture someday.

Rae Dunn by Magenta Guac/Salsa Bowls:

            Rae Dunn is one of those grands that you see everywhere now. I don’t have any, I think it’s cute but it’s also become such a cult decorative want. These are really cute, I don’t really see the full appeal though to having a bunch of it in my apartment. They will be cute for entertaining, which is what I feel like they are really for. Of all of the products that were offered this was my favorite. I would have gotten the obé resistance bands but I didn’t want the six month subscription, I would have wanted the trigger point ball but that was only available in the UK version. 

Corkcicle 12ox Wine Tumbler and Silicone Straw:

            I didn’t know that this one was a blue holographic! It’s really cute! This was the only one I really wanted in this customization option but seeing it in person made it so much better. I like stainless steel tumblers, I don’t drink a lot of wine so I will probably use this for other drinks. I am really excited to actually get to use it though, and it’s dishwasher safe (on the top rack). I have heard really good things about the brand of corkcicle, so I am hopeful that it is as good as people say it it. 

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Setting Spray:

            I was just writing about another Ciaté setting spray that I got in my Glam Bag Plus and so now I have two Ciaté setting sprays and I am excited to use them both. I love a good setting spray and I really like the Watermelon Burst line that Ciaté has out. I have several items from the range and I have never been disappointed in any of them. So I am hoping that this one is just as good as setting sprays that I have used in the past. 

MineTan Body Skin Recovery After Sun Gel:

            I don’t go out in the sun much, I am very pale so being outside for even fifteen minutes can give me a nice not so healthy sunburn. I do use an aloe lotion after I am out in the sun but as a kid I spent lots od night’s during the summer soaking in vinegar like I was a salad marinating so the sting would go away. I also have gotten burns so bad I blistered because I was young and stupid and I didn’t want sunscreen. I am looking forward to giving this a try though at some point soon because inevitably I will be out in the sun at some point this summer and like an idiot not have any sunscreen on so I will need it afterward.

So with the last category in the magazine it was several items thrown into a bundle, I’ll talk about the three that I got.

Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick: 

            It came with a sharpener and everything, I am used to eyeliner and lipliner pencils coming like this where you physically have to sharpen it when it gets dull. I am not used to having that in a eyeshadow, do I have other eyeshadows like this? I think so. I love the shades though so I am looking forward to figuring out exactly how to use this product. 

Barefoot Scientist Pedicure File:

            I use a pumice stone on my feet when I want to smooth everything out but I think that this is going to make that process easier. I know you have to be really careful with them because they are files and I don’t want to cheese grate my feet. We all want smooth feet during the summer with sandal season.

Aria Beauty Reusable Makeup Swabs: 

            I don’t feel like I have much to say about this one, I am going to have to figure out exactly how to use these, I thought they were just straight up cotton swabs like Q-Tips. I like the little case they came in but I am going to just have to figure out exactly what they are for and how to use them.

            Overall this box has been the best one that I have gotten in a while and I am really excited about that. I feel like the brand as a whole listened to some of the complaints that people were giving them over the last several boxes. I am looking forward to seeing all the spoilers for the fall box which should start in August? I actually don’t know, it might be sooner than that but that’s okay. If you want to see what I got in my Spring box, you can just click on the hyperlink. 

            I will be back later in the week with another post, I know what it’s going to be and I am looking forward to getting it posted. So until then I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend for my American friends, I have no plans except to avoid all the fireworks. (I don’t like loud noises, I never have.) 

            -MJ

June 2021 ISPY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I feel like I need to change the title of this post series because it’s not a box anymore. It’s in a bubble mailer and a drawstring bag, not a box, but I am a creature of habit and I want to still have the differentiation between this and my regular Glam Bag posts because I do have two a month. At my present moment I am sitting at my local Ford dealership (shouts out to them) getting my oil changed, like 2,000 miles late, oops. Get your routine maintenance done y’all, just get it done. I have also been meaning to write this post for days and just haven’t because I am a scattered human being. I am not going to do a bunch of exposition because I did that I lot when I started the blog and I don’t want to continue to ramble on about nothing. So let’s just get into the post itself.

The Bag: 

            Like the Glam Bag bag this month it looks like it’s covered in stickers and I am a fan. Scrolling through TikTok I see a lot of small business sticker creators and if I had the disposable income I would buy all the stickers and then just have them in a pile to stare at because I cannot actually commit to putting stickers on anything.

The Products: 

111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster:

            This brand is one of those brands that is ridiculously expensive so when I see it in my bag I get very excited. I have a few of their other products and I love all of them. The brand is super boujee, but I can’t complain because it’s worth the price point for how good it actually is. This 20 ml bottle is $135 so that’s absolutely insane, but as someone who actually has seen a difference in their skin since using better products I cannot complain. I know part of that may be in my mind because I know how expensive the product is, but it’s also scientifically backed and I love that.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream:

            Everyone should know about my history with Ahava by now, if you don’t you can read my GB+ post from last month because I for sure wrote a whole paragraph about it. I like their products and I have been using them on and off for over a decade now. I love a good moisturizer and I have their day cream, night cream, hydration mask, and now this so I am excited to actually give it a try. Again, in real life outside of a box it’s expensive but, I worked at a salon in high school so I have watched this brand and change over the years. 

Ciaté London Everyday Vacay Coconut Dewy Setting Mist: 

I picked this one because I ran out of setting spray, I got setting spray in my Summer fabfitfun box (that’s a spoiler because that post doesn’t come out until Wednesday) and in my regular Glam Bag this month. So now I am set on setting spray. I liked my old one but, even though it was from the same brand as my fave setting spray (which they don’t make anymore) it just wasn’t the same. So I am on the hunt for a new setting spray. I love the Porefessional one I got in my Glam Bag and I am looking forward to giving this one a try when I am wearing makeup more in the fall. 

Best Face Forward Purifying Cleanser: 

            I could pretty much do an entire skin care routine out of this bag; which is actually pretty cool. I like trying new and different cleansers because I am never really sure if the cleanser is really great unless I have like 15 to compare it to. In the description it says it’s good for blemish prone skin and that’s me so I am excited to give this one a try. Though since I have started to change my diet I am seeing less and less breakouts which is super cool. I love the packaging and I am so ready to be able to give this one a try. 

Viseart Petit PRO Deux: 

            Well Viseart is one of those brands that you hear about from influencers and makeup artists all the time and a normal 12 pan palette from Viseart can go for $80+, so when this was offered as one of my options I jumped on it. I love the shades, it’s the perfect balance of summer warm shades and I am so excited to actually sit down and swatch this palette. I know it’s a mini palette, but that doesn’t really matter to me. I can take it traveling because it would be something really small to pack into my suitcase or makeup bag and just go with it. 

            So overall my bag this month was great. I am excited and looking forward to the bag choices next month, I will find out next week what’s going to be in my August GB+ and I am hoping that I have more amazing products to share with you then. 

            I will be back on Wednesday with another post as we ramp up into the Fourth of July weekend for my American friends. I hope that everyone has a happy and healthy start to the week and I will see y’all soon with another post!

            If you want to read about what else I have gotten this year, you can! January, February, March, April, and May

            Seriously, I hope everyone has a good last few days of June!

                        -MJ

What Was in My June 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well I took a week off because I was missing all of the things that I wanted to write about this month and I am finally in possession of all of those things, yay! I feel like there are probably things I am forgetting to mention, but happy official summer everyone. Here’s hoping that everyone is having a great time!

            So let’s get right into it, I am going to talk about the bag and then go into the products like I usually do in every other IPSY post that I have on this blog, there are so many that you can read up on if you really want to. 

The Bag:

            It’s a dusty pink almost salmon color and looks like it has stickers on it, it looks like some of the middle schoolers water bottles and it’s kind of a mood. I have been watching a lot of TikTok recently and it has taken over my life. It’s a problem, thus bag is super cute though and it’s going to go into the drawer that I have all the rest of my bags in. One day I will take a picture of that drawer and y’all can see how much of a small bag hoarder that ISPY has made me over the years since I became a member.

            So what did I get in the bag?

The Products:

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional: Super setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray:

            I picked this one because I am almost out of setting spray. I got a lot of setting spray this month though in different subscriptions so I am pretty set for now; I’m not upset about it though. I have heard really good things about this product over the years, so finally getting a chance to try it is really exciting. The last setting spray that I was using only worked when it felt like it, so I am going to give this one a chance tomorrow (today for y’all) because I have to wear makeup.

Evenprime Barrier Serum:

            Serums have become a new staple in my skincare routine. I have found so many good ones in the last year or so and this one claims to be really good at shielding your skin from all sorts of not so great things; even blue light. I feel like I should worry about blue light more, but I don’t. I am excited to give this one a try as well, it seems like it has all of those things that you want on your skin and all of the big words that mean beneficial things for your skin. 

Pretty Vulgar Undercover Concealer in 60:

            It’s a nice concealer, my problem with it is that it is too dark for me. I swatched it and it oxidized a lot darker than I would have wanted it to to be a concealer that I use on a daily basis. This one was for sure a miss for me, I am like really pale and that means that I tend to look for the lightest shade or the second lightest shade when it comes to concealer and this shade just doesn’t mesh with my skin tone. 

Mazi Balancing Multi-Effect Facial Cleanser:

            I like the packaging and I am always on the lookout for travel sized cleansers that I can take with me when I go places. I feel like recently that I have been bouncing around from cleanser to cleanser and I am still looking for my “holy grail”. I know eventually I will find it, or I will just keep changing when I run out of my current cleanser. 

Glow on 5th Rose Gua Sha:

            I had to get a replacement for this one because there is a crack in the one that showed up in my bag, it’s on its way to me and IPSY’s customer service is always amazing. I have been wanting a Gua Sha for well over a year now so having one will be super nice and make sure that I actually want to spend the money on getting a real quartz one. This one is plastic; which might be the reason that it cracked. I am all for helping depuff and help with lymphatic drainage in the face. I am so for giving all of these things a try. I have used this one even with the crack in it and I really like it already, I am just waiting for the non-cracked on to show up to my house. 

            Overall this bag was fine, there was some things that I was excited about and some that I wasn’t really too excited about. The concealer was a disappointment because it’s the wrong shade for me, not all products can be perfect though and each month you get to learn what you like and don’t like when it comes to products. 

            If you want to read about what else I have gotten in my Glam Bags this year, you can! January, February, March, April, and May

            Have a great rest of your week and I will see y’all over the weekend with another post!             -MJ

May 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            I just finished writing my May Glam Bag post, if you want to read that; go check it out. I am trying to get a number of posts written in one sitting so I don’t drift off the train again because one of my goals for this year was two posts a week and I haven’t kept that goal very well. I am going to try really hard, I promise. 

            So the story with this bag is crazy, I got it nearer to the latter end of May, which is weird because usually my GB+ shows up first. Last month it did not, clearly. So when I got it I opened it up and it only had 4 items in it, so I had to email them (which they are super nice like all the time) and asked them to send me a replacement for the eyeshadow palette I was supposed to get with my bag. It finally showed up on the 2nd (I am writing this on the 4th for context) to no fault of IPSY for the shipping, that’s always a crap shoot. 

The Bag:

            It’s a drawstring version of the Glam Bag and I am kind of loving the drawstring bags, I use several of mine for many different things around my apartment or in travel. I am babysitting my parent’s dogs (they actually get back the day this goes up) so I used one of them to carry all of my bullet journal pens and things. It worked out really well and that means I don’t have to carry several bundles of pens in my backpack. 

More importantly, what did I get? All of them were pretty much pink, which I don’t know if that was planned for mother’s day or not but I kind of loved the aesthetic of all of it. 

The Products: 

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream in Cactus Pink Pepper:

            I love Ahava, that is for sure no secret. The nail salon I worked in when I was in high school sold Ahava so I used it like all the time. I love their mineral hand cream and Frasier Fir was one of my fave scents back in the day. I was going to Google their old line up and I got a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with their products. This is why I don’t Google things. I do really enjoy their products and I am looking forward to using this one.

Shaina B Miami B Fab Brush Set:

            I love brushes but I am getting to the point where I have too many brushes, that is nothing against the brand. I like the brushes themselves but I have so many brushes. The brushes themselves feel amazing and I plan on leaving them at my parents place so I can use them when I come if I have to. I love the fact that they are hot pink and that the logo is flamingos because who doesn’t love a good flamingo? 

Violet Voss Windflower Fun Sized Palette:

            Whenever I hear windflower I think of mt Animal Crossing island, that was mt native flower so of course I like that. This was the product that was not in my bag the first time around so it had to be shipped to me. I love a good fun sized palette because they are great to travel with. I like the shades and the packaging is amazing, I am a sucker for good packaging on pretty much anything. That is really not a secret and I don’t think it’s ever been so we are going to roll with it. 

Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Blush in Rose:

            Who doesn’t love a good blush, this is a huge full pan of blush and the color is actually pretty good for my skin tom. I was excited about that because I picked this one. I just got to savor the peely on the mirror, there is just something so satisfying about that. I just had a tiny friend wake up and walk over to as I am trying to type this there is a poodle with her front foot on my leg. Just some context into my life at the moment. I have never been disappointed at an Ofra product and their highlighters are some of my favorites in my collection. 

Cleo + Coco Charcoal Deoderant in Great Expectations:

            It’s grapefruit and bergamot scented, I almost said flavored, I am not going to find out what it tastes like. I picked this one as well because the last time I used an aluminum free deodorant it didn’t work real well and it gave me a chemical burn (in all fairness it was because it wasn’t working so I put on my regular deodorant over it and it did not work out too well), not fun. I am looking forward to using this because I want to give aluminum free another chance. It has mixed reviews but I am hoping it works for me and doesn’t make me feel gross. 

            So there you have it, my May GB+, I really liked this month’s items when I got everything. I am looking forward to the June bag because it has some really promising products in it and I am really excited for it.

            If you want to read the rest of my GB+ posts from this year, you can! January, February, March and April!

            I will see everyone mid-week with another post, so until then, stay happy and healthy!

            -MJ

What Was in My May 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            Well I didn’t mean to take a month off, I really didn’t, but here we are either way. I had a weird May with the end of school and waiting for jobs to be posted, I am really hoping to get into the building I was in this year as a full time teacher. I really loved teaching middle school, who knew? Seriously, when I was getting my Master’s I thought that I wanted to work with little kids; I even student taught in 3rd grade, but this long term sub posting fell into my lap and I don’t want to be anywhere else. I found a family and I would really like to keep it. 

            So on to this since it’s kind of June, oops, my bad. It’s been a time y’all, a time. Here is May, June will be up when I get it in the mail.

The Bag:

            I loved the bags this time with the two tone pink flowers, this is for sure one of my top ten favorite bags and I have probably said that a good dozen times but that list does change more frequently than I would like to admit. My parents are actually on vacation and some of the bags I didn’t want any more are going to my cousin’s kids and I hope they like them. 

On to the most important part, what did I get?

The Products: 

Skin&Co Roma Citrus Amaro Hand Cream: 

            I love Skin&Co, I have a few of their products, or I have received them in the past and I have never been unhappy with them. This will probably be the hand cream that I stick in my purse and use on the go because I am a hand cream hoarder and I have to have one pretty much within arm’s reach wherever I am. I also love citrus scents in the summer so I am excited to give this one a try. I actually put some on and I have to say this, it smells amazing (not super overpowering), it goes on and it doesn’t make your hands feel sticky, and it’s not super greasy. So I am even more excited now than I was a few minutes ago. 

Looks&Meii Cosmetic Infinity Sleeping Lip Mask:

            I’m going to confess something, I have never used a lip mask; lip scrub is a more frequent fall and winter favorite so I am excited to see how it goes when I actually try this out, it might be tonight but who knows with me at this point. I hope it’s not sticky or anything like that. I do hope it’s more like a balm because I sometimes wear lip balm to bed but it’s not a frequent occurrence in my beauty routine. It’s made in Korea so I do hope that it is K-Beauty because there is so much great K-Beauty products out there. 

Context Skin Nail Lacquer in Body Talk:

            I was a secretary at a nail salon when I was in high school and so I was around a lot of nail polish like all the time. I don’t wear nail polish anymore, only on special occasions and to be honest; I didn’t really like this product. The color is fine and I did put it on to check it out but I didn’t like the application or the coverage. I love that it is free of some of the ingredients that you see in a lot of nail polishes but it’s just not for me because I don’t wear nail polish. 

Tula Skincare The Instant Facial Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads:

            I chose this one and I love Tula, I used their face wash for a significant part of last year and I loved it so much. I saw this one on IPSY’s Instagram and I knew immediately that I wanted it, if it was offered to me. Tula makes some really great skin care items and they don’t aggravate my skin (one of the products I’m using at the moment is really messing with my skin and I don’t know which one it is. Or it’s just bringing all the crap out of my pores and it’s going to look better soon, who knows.) I am really excited to give these a try when I get home next week. 

Item Beauty Lip Quip in Come Thru:

            I love the packaging, I kept it just because I wanted to take a picture of it for this post. I just read the card and it said it was from a TikTok star, I have recently downloaded the dreaded clock app and I have been losing hours to it. So this is fitting. I like a lot of the ingredients that are listed on the card because they are super moisturizing and there is a slight tint to it. Here’s hoping that I like it. It’s made without parabens and it’s vegan and you all by now know how much I like those buzz words on packaging. 

            For the most part the bag was good, I didn’t like the nail polish but everything else was cool. I am looking forward to my bag this month and I know that there are going to be four IPSY posts this month but let’s be real, June of 2018 was the same way because I took most of May off then too. I just haven’t felt creatively driven and for me, that’s super difficult to deal with because creativity on some days is the only thing that keeps me going. It’s been a challenge, but I’m walking out the other side stronger than before, so we good.

If you want to check out what else I have gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, or April.

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back on Wednesday with a post I wrote a good month ago because that was supposed to be my next post in May but then I never posted it. Stay happy and healthy!

            -MJ 

What Was Really in My March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            So I finally got this in the mail a few days ago, because the other one got lost. I didn’t get the same bag as the GB last month but it’s okay, I got a repeat from last summer. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if they didn’t even send a bag with a replacement, I know it’s expected but I would have been cool with it either way. If you want to see what the bag looks like you can check out my July Glam Bag post from last year

            I feel like I don’t have much to say before we get into the actual products, so let’s just roll right into them because this post is a month later than it should be and at this point; I’m over it. 

The products: 

            I think I got everything that was supposed to be in my March GB because in the email I got they told me that if something wasn’t available it would be switched out with something else so it’s not a big deal.

            I first want to say that I am thankful for the ‘past glam bag’ tab on the website otherwise there is a good chance I would not give all the proper names for these products, I apparently also can still review the items so that’s exciting. 

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara:

            It’s is no secret that I really like Benefit, their Roller Lash mascara is one of my holy grail items, I don’t actually have any at the moment but it is one of my all-time favorites. I really like the fact that they use silicon applicators instead of a brush applicator because to me it just gets product on better. You can disagree on that with me and that’s totally cool, we can have different beauty preferences. I just threw a tube of mascara away because it expired and my right eye let me know right away. I may have mentioned that in one of my other posts but at this point I don’t remember. I am excited to give this one a go though because a lot of the reviews say that it has some great benefits to your lashes. 

Clearly Balanced Days It’s The (Lip) Balm with CBD in Peppermint:

            I feel like there are so many products with CBD in them now and I am not upset about that because apparently it has some great benefits. I can read all the ingredients which makes me super happy, I am not a huge fan of lip balms that have ingredients that I can’t read, pronounce, or identify on sight. I have probably a good dozen lip balms scattered around my apartment, in my bags, and just in general around my life and I lose at least one or two a year and then find them a year or two later and have to throw them away. I have joked since college that I want to finish a tube of lip balm before I lose it and I still have yet to accomplish that goal. 

Eleman Beauty Eyeshadow Duo in Aerial & Luna: 

            A brand that I have never heard of before getting it in my Glam Bag but the shades and pigmentation are great so I am noy mad about it. I am always looking for mor brands to enjoy. They are both glittery and metallic which in certain looks are really cool so I am going to put this in my random eyeshadow box and use them when I have a reason to. They are really nice shades though and I want to incorporate them into a look sooner rather than later. I want to see what it looks like with long wear before I really say that I enjoy it but so far as just a swatch, I like it. 

F.A.R.A.H Pressed Powder Brush 620F:

            I am going to have a full collection of F.A.R.A.H brushes here soon enough because I have several of them. It’s a nice soft brush and it’s for powder, I don’t use a lot of powder because it’s never really been a thing that I do but it wouldn’t be a bad cheek brush as well. Let’s be honest with ourselves though, I don’t use all of my brushes for what they are supposed to be used for, one because I forget and just grab a brush, and two, it’s a brush that I can use on my face. 

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Werk:

            This is a little dark and orangey for me. I like Milk Makeup but this is not the shade for me. Alright, after actually putting it on my lips, it’s actually a really nice shade and I like it. Also the one I have is a little cracked. Not a big deal, I can still use it but I have to have the right look to go with it. There is also just something about a lip and cheek product that seems weird to me because I don’t like to use products that claim double duty, I will use it as one or the other, I fear contamination. As someone whose skin is sensitive to just about everything I am really careful about what I put where on my face. 

            Overall, I liked the Glam Bag, it was fine. Some hits and some that could be considered, not per say misses, but not hits. It was nice to finally get the bag though because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to. 

            If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can! January, February, and April. It’s so weird to write April on this post even though we are almost in May.

            I will be back later in the week with another post, so I hope that everyone has a great start to their week.

            Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

What Was in My April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Happy almost May everyone, I cannot believe that we are getting this close to May, after the 2020 that we had it feels like 2021 is just flying by. Also it is April 20th and it snowed in Arkansas today, yea that feels bonkers to me, but here we are.

            I got this in the mail several days ago but I just haven’t been writing as many posts ahead of time as I usually do, (it’s not a good choice but that is where we are at the moment, no matter how rushed and stressed it makes me feel.) so I am writing this on Tuesday night and posting it because that is my life. 

            I got my March bag as well so I will be sharing that here soon, I promise. This post probably will be pretty short because that’s what I am capable of tonight.

            As always the opinions in this post are mine, they always are but I feel like I need to say that and I don’t say it enough. 

The Bag:

            It is more of a canvas and I love the pattern, it’s probably in my top ten favorite overall patterns that I have ever gotten and I really want to find a use for this because I want to carry it with me everywhere. 

The Products: 

Pacifica Beauty Wild Hemp Eyeshadows: 

            I really like Pacifica when it comes to skin care, I used to use their makeup wipes all the time. I use a Makeup Eraser now but I have used them for travelling over the years. This is a great tiny travel palette because it is five shades and two of them are matte so it is a really good on the go type of palette and I always need one of those to go with me when I don’t want to take a full pan palette with me. They are all really pretty warm neutral shades and I am super jazzed about it. 

Pür Mini Fully Charged Mascara: 

            Pür is a brand that I really like as a whole and I had to throw away a tube of mascara yesterday because it was getting to the expiry point. (my right eye is really sensitive to everything and I wasn’t sure if it was the air in the building I work in or the mascara and I think it was a combination of both) So I am always in the market for a new mascara. My one thing about mascara is that I never know what to say about it beyond the fact that it’s great and makes my eye lashes look good when I don’t straight up sneeze while I am applying it. 

Saint Luxe Highlighter in Celestial:

            I think if you have been hanging around my blog for a while you know how much I love highlighters, if you haven’t welcome in, I love highlighters. I like the shade though, it’s a nice shade, a little coppery, it’s a little dark for my skin tone though if you really blend it out, it looks amazing. I think this would be more of a summer shade for me when I have even a slight tan. It is really nice though and I plan on adding this to my summer routine as we get toward that time of the year.

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum:

            I love Sunday Riley, that’s not a secret either. I wish I could get The Martian toner again because I loved that and now I can’t seem to find it. I would buy full sizes of the products but they are so expensive. I know I am paying for the quality but it’s just a little steep. Seriously, I got the eye cream last year, used it all and was thinking about buying it but it was like $65 dollars and I just couldn’t justify that when I get an IPSY Glam Bag Plus every month and they seem to just be sending me skin care. I am really excited to give this one a try because it’s Sunday Riley and they have such amazing products. 

Tatcha The Water Cream:

            I chose this one and I have chosen it in the past because I love it so much, this is one of those products were I keep saying that I am going to get a full size of it, it’s also really expensive but totally worth it because it’s amazing. This is probably one of my favorite IPSY samples ever, hence why I picked it again. If you want a good hydrating moisturizer, I would 110% suggest this one. I have combination skin but it does get oily and this is moisturizing without making my skin feel more oily and that is the best! If you want a holy grail item for me, Tatcha’s Water Cream is for sure one of them. 

            I loved my bag this month, it hit all the marks for me; which sometimes doesn’t happen, but this month it for sure did. I really liked every product I received in this bag and I am looking forward to next month. 

            I don’t really have much else to say about this one because I have nothing to complain about, it was a great bag and if you want to read my other bags this year, you can check those out: January, February, and March (when it gets published over the weekend).

            I hope everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

Until next time, 

            -MJ 

April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            We are already most of the way through April which is insanity to me. This week coming up is birthday week, it’s not like I am celebrating it because let’s be honest…I don’t really celebrate, I’ll be at work all day and then maybe dinner with my parents. When this post comes out I will have already had my first does of the COVID shot, say what you will about it, get it, don’t get it, that is completely up to you and your choice. I work in a school, I work around kids, and I finally was able to get an appointment to get one so I am. For my health and the health of everyone I care about. I want to be able to hug people again without the fear of transmitting this virus. 

            Right, so, my Glam Bag Plus because that’s what this post is about. I am still waiting for my regular Glam Bag from last month, they are replacing it and it is on its way, so at this point it is just a waiting game. I want to say something about the “ultra-personalization” again this month. It was mostly skin care, I love skin care, but there is only so much you can get and use. I wish they would give me the options for more cosmetics and things like that. It’s just irksome that I don’t really feel like I have choices that I want, they say the items are personalized to me and I am really wondering where they are getting my options. Literally every category I had there was a serum, no one needs that much serum.

The Bag: 

            I absolutely love the bag this month, it’s so springy and fun. I am actually really liking the drawstring bags that they are coming out with in the Glam Bag Plus. 

So what did I get? I am going to share first what was chosen for me and then go on to what I chose. 

Dr. Botanicals Lemon Superfood all-in-one Rescue Butter:

            It’s a face and body cream which I am not mad about and I love the smell of lemons. It has a bunch of oils in it which usually are amazing for moisture in your skin. I love a good moisturizer, there is nothing wrong with a good moisturizer in the beauty routine. Especially if you can use it on your whole body. I don’t think I will use it on my face but I will for sure use it everywhere else. I think putting that many oils on my face would break me out too much so hand and body cream application for this product will be better for me personally. 

Beau Gâchis No. 7 Collection:

            I like makeup brushes but I have a lot of them and not a lot of space for storage right now. I like that there is a spooly in here though because I do not have enough of them. I like a good all over brush set and a set like this I can take when I travel or when I have to not be at home and I want to put on a full but simple look. I opened the bag and it smelled like nail polish remover and I am hoping that if I keep them out of the bag for a while they won’t smell like that. I do like the feeling of the brush though so I am looking forward to giving them a try.

Now on to what I chose, which I have said I feel like I don’t have much choice every month on what I actually get. 

The Nue Co. The Pill All-in-1 Serum: 

            The first of two serums that I chose because I didn’t like any of the other options. I like that this one is a pump and I am excited to eventually give this one a try. For now it will go into the storage in my fridge because I need to keep it fresh until I run through all of the other serums that I have. It has some really good ingredients in it and that is the best. I want my skin care items to have good ingredients and as few artificial ingredients as possible, this one has no fragrance which is actually really nice because I have never been a fan of fragrance in my skin care. 

Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drop:

            I never thought I would be able to say that I had a skin care product with cabbage in it. I love the fact that it is actually purple (even though the picture online is blue) and the packaging is beautiful. It is apparently very gentle which I am really excited about and it’s K beauty, I think, so I know that it will be okay for my skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and that is always really good for all the problems that my skin has. I think I am more excited to try this one than the other serum that I chose. 

Avant Skincare Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Éclat Primer: 

            Avant is one of those brands that I would never buy for myself because it’s expensive. I think I already have one of these, I checked, it’s not the same but it is similar. Really though at the moment that’s okay because I kind of need to start using a primer when I put on my makeup. I like the idea of having more collagen in my skin care. It’s really expensive, for 30 ml it’s $122 retail and that is just insane so the only place I get them is through IPSY because while I love good expensive skin care, it’s not something I can actually afford to splurge on very frequently. 

            Overall I am not upset about what I got but I still wish there was more of a balance between skin care and cosmetics because I just feel like there isn’t really that “personalization” that they have been trying to do since like August of last year. I kind of miss just picking one product and they pick the rest because what I am offered is a lot of products that I don’t really want or need. I know that is the issue with subscriptions. I still think that if they gave us all the options and said “pick three” it would be better because then there wouldn’t be this weird limit on choices. I don’t want a multiple choice test I want to be able to choose from a pool of things. I know that is something I complain about every month but I feel like nothing is changing and I wish that they would do something to change it. 

            So that was my GB+ this month, you can check out all of my other months for 2021 if you want to, you can read more of my complaining there too, I promise. Just click on the month, January, February, and March.

            I hope that everyone has a great start to the week and my Glam Bag will be my post for Wednesday because I have it and that’s about all I can manage this week. 

            Stay happy and healthy,

            -MJ 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Spring Mystery Box, Was It Worth It?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            April is birthday month and I wanted to get myself a present because you know, I’m a year and (at the time of this being published) 9 days away from being 30 and I am not looking forward to the big 3-0. It shouldn’t be a big deal but I feel like I need to accomplish more before I hit that number. 

            I decided to buy this because I really did like my last box almost two years ago and I like the brand. No matter the controversy and all of that, I like the brand. I love the quality of the items I have gotten in the past and that’s in most cases what matters to me. Yes, is he inflammatory? Yea, but who isn’t? Also his dogs are super cute. 

Short answer to the question asked in the title, yes. Long answer, let’s get into that. 

So what did I get? I got the deluxe box, I would have gotten the 4/20 box for funzies, but that’s my actual birthday and my initials are MJ, I will let you extrapolate meaning from that without telling you what my actual name is. I figured getting that would be a little too pointed so I stuck with the Deluxe Box instead. 

Spoiler, I am kind of surprised I didn’t get any highlighters because those are such a big part of the brand, that’s okay though I have so many highlighters already.  

Jawbreaker Palette:

I almost bought this palette when it came out because it was so bright and fun. I didn’t end up buying it because I don’t need any more palettes, no matter how much I love them. I love the shades though and I cannot wait to play around with this palette. The shade names make me laugh and one I will have to blur a little bit before I post it because I try really hard not to have any profanity on my blog. (In real life I swear a lot but here, I try really hard not to.) I love this palette though and I am so excited to own it. This is actually my first JS Cosmetics palette no matter the fact that I would like to have all of them. 

Single Pan Shadows:

            All of these shades are from the Cremated palette, Life Insurance, Burial Gown, and Goodbye. I like the shades, they all go together and I am never mad about single pan shadows because you can mix and match them with other palettes without having a full sized palette. 

Automatic Eyeliner in Resting Rich Face:

            I normally don’t wear eyeliner because it’s a lot of liquid eyeliner now but I used gel pencil eyeliner for years and this one is like a taupey (yes I am aware that is not a word but we are rolling with it) green. I actually really like the shade and I am not going to be mad to actually try and use it, also the name is like the best thing ever. 

Enamel Pin Set:

            I like pins, I have no idea if these are exclusive to the box, I honestly didn’t check the website to find out but I really like them and I love the kind of Sailor Jerry style to them. I think my favorite one of the four is the broken mirror that says ‘beauty killer’ I don’t know why but that one is super cool. 

Velour Liquid Lip Mini Red and Pink Bundle:

            I was shocked to see a lip bundle in this box. It’s one of those pieces that people keep the unicarton as decoration. I have seen that online and I love the shades. Lipstick is never a bad thing in my mind. I like that they are mini’s because I can just drop one of them in my bag and go. The Velour Liquid Lipstick line is probably one of my favorite lines of liquid lipsticks that I have ever tried. I love the shade names. The quality of the packaging from JS Cosmetics is always above and beyond and this is just another example of that. 

The Gloss in Table Top: 

I don’t wear gloss, I wore a lot in the mid-2000’s when everyone was wearing a lot of lip gloss. I have not worn it really since then but this gloss, I love it. I am actually wearing it as I am writing this post, it started out sticky but I have been wearing it for about 45 minutes now and it stopped being that sticky feeling you get with most glosses and feels more like a balm with just a little bit of stickiness. I would buy more of these glosses, which is never something I thought I could say because I am not a gloss fan. I am a fan of this gloss. 

Velour Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit: 

            I thought it was ironic that I got a lipstick called ‘Birthday Suit’ in the box I bought myself for my birthday. It’s a red, orange, pinkie nude. At least that’s what it looks like on my hand, I swatched it and I really enjoy the shade. On it is really great and I want to really see what it looks like with a full face of makeup. I would say it looks more deeper blush pink when swatching and more tan pink on my personal lips. I love a good nude lipstick though so I am excited to add this to my lipstick collection. 

Diet Shane Lip Balm:

            I watched the series like many other people did when it came out. I love the lip balm, it is really nice, but the person it’s named after is problematic. (I know all of them are problematic) I love a good lip balm though and the packaging is amazing, again JS Cosmetics packaging never disappoints. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics JStar Tee-shirt:

            I couldn’t find this one on the website, the coral one is on the website, but it seems like I get yellow shirts which I really like. The shirts I get from JS Cosmetics are always super soft. I order a size larger than I need because they are so comfy to wear around. I feel like all I have been saying is how much I like the stuff that I got but I really do and the apparel from the brand is so good. 

            So that was what I got in my mystery box. I could have gone for a larger size but I am good with this one. I like this one better than the last one I got for sure. I got a palette this time and maybe eventually I will end up with a mirror. I want to try the concealer eventually and if and when he comes out with a foundation, I will buy it. Problem being with that I would want to see the shade and try it because I am pale, there are some brands where even their lightest shade is too dark for me. I is pale. 

            Would I get another one in the future? Yea, sure, why not. I know that I risk getting duplicates if I would get boxes in the future but that really doesn’t matter to me. I like the brand, the quality is amazing, and I really enjoy the things that I got. 

            I will be back later in the week with another post, I hope everyone has a great start to the week, so until then stay happy and healthy.

            -MJ