What Was Really in My March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            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

Spring 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Alright so let’s get this started. I have some things that I need to say but I will wait those until the end of the post because I want to get through what I got before I have my words. Some of them are not so great. 

            This season they didn’t give a price range which is the first time in I think the history of my subscription that they haven’t had the price points on the inside of the magazine with all of the options, maybe I am just not reading closely enough but I can’t find it. So I will tell you that my box is worth over the $250 mark. I could do the math for the upper and lower limits of the box but I don’t want to do that much math today, I’m on spring break and I don’t want to. 

            As usual all opinions are my own and I doubt any of my opinions will ever be influenced by anyone else so I’m not too concerned but really, it’s just me sitting in my apartment writing this post.

            I want to say one thing before I start with what I got, I miss when there were like four options for things, like for this one; the first customization for all members had 9 items to choose from. I also am not a huge fan of the bringing back old choices from pervious boxes but that is just me. There were forty potential items in this box and that is just a lot, I feel like I have been complaining a lot about this box but 2020 made me a little more cynical so it is what it is.

Tech Candy UV Sanitizer: 

            This was the only thing that I really wanted, it was either this or an indoor planter and I don’t have the room for that in my apartment. My kitchen is very small so having an indoor herb garden, while super cool, is not something that I can feasible swing right now. I know that your phone is like the dirtiest thing you touch during the day and I figured that this would be a good thing to have because I live on my phone, I know that is such a cliché millennial thing but I do. I take my phone everywhere with me and I work in a school so you never know what’s floating around there. I have used it and I like it so far. Just set your phone in it and forget it because it turns itself off after five minutes. Usually here is where I would tell you the other options but there are eight and I don’t want to. 

Gaiam Ultimate Core Toning Kit:

            This was the second choice that was given to all members and this category unlike the last one only had seven options which was still too many for me. This has really been the only fitness item I have seen in the box in a long time. I am trying to get better with my fitness and adding more equipment to my home workout area is never a bad thing. Also if someone comes over and ticks me off I can throw the tiny exercise ball at them. I am excited to give them a try in the coming weeks as I swing myself back into the workout groove because it’s finally nice enough outside to actually do things again. 

Joy Dravecky Chloe Ring:

            It says “adjustable” it’s not, not really (ring size 6-8), it’s just cute out in the back but if you try to move it, it makes a noise like it’s going to crack so I have a cool pinky ring. It’s a really cute ring I will for sure say that and I really like how it looks as I sit here writing this post with it on my pinky. I don’t know, I chose this one because all of the other choices weren’t things that I actually wanted. I like it and that’s really all that matters. I’m just confused on how it’s “adjustable”? There were only five in this category but I am still not going to list them.

Sorbus Makeup Organizer: 

            This was the first thing that was picked for me because I am not an annual member. I prefer to choose my own makeup storage options and for some reason this gave me like 2008 Delia’s vibes. I just don’t know how the product buyers over at fff are choosing products right now because this one feels really juvenile. In the magazine it says that they “choose the best option for you” and I am trying to figure out how that fits in but fine, it is what it is. I’m going to use it for organizing sewing stuff. There were six items in this category and none of them actually got me excited at all. 

Pur Cosmetics Iconic Glow Illuminating Face and Body Dry Oil:

            I was on the phone with a friend when I was opening my box and my first thought was “2005 called and they want their body glitter back”. I feel like I am just complaining and I don’t like that feeling but again, like the last one I am trying to piece together what the method is for their choices of products. I am not a product buyer, I am nowhere close but I am confused at how they are making the choices on what is actually going in their boxes. This whole section of the box confuses me in general. I like Pur Cosmetics, it’s a good brand but a face a body oil is just not for me, I was a teenager when Twilight came out and I think that we should have left sparkly skin back there. 

Human + Kind Hand Scrub Elderflower + Raspberry: 

            We are coming out of winter so a hand scrub is never a bad thing and I like Human + Kind, their body lotion is great and I love the one I have. This only had three options and I don’t really know what else to say about it. It’s a scrub, their packaging is fun and cool which is nice so this product is fine and I am looking forward to giving it a try. 

Pink Sky Cactus Sipper Cup: 

            I have some concerns about this cup and one of those is the fact that arms are hollow so cleaning the inside of them is not going to be fun, also the lines on the lid don’t watch up with the rest of the cup and that’s annoying. I am going to use it as a vase, I just have to get some fake flowers first because the less water I can get anywhere near it, the better. 

Saie Reusable Beauty Rounds: 

            I love my Makeup Eraser that I got in Winter 2019. I use it pretty much every day so I am trying to figure out how to use these and all that stuff. I will work on it and I will be throwing them in the washing machine this weekend to see how they hold up. I will let you know. I am so hopeful because I love reusable beauty products that help me cut down on waste so here’s hoping. Of the two options this was the better for me because the other was nail polish and I haven’t worn nail polish in almost a decade so it is what it is. 

            So here it is, you got to see what I got. This is the second box in a row that has overall underwhelmed me. I don’t like to be negative, I really don’t enjoy finding faults in things but no matter the price point of this box, do I feel like I got my money’s worth? Not really, if we are being brutally honest. This box missed the mark for me with the quality of boxes in the past. I know that we are still in the throes of a pandemic and sourcing things is difficult but I would rather see a paired down box with fewer better quality options than a large potential catalogue with items that I feel have lesser quality. 

I know that this is not the first time I have expressed concerns with my box, the shipping time, and even the quality of the items. I have never had a problem with the company and I doubt that I will, and if you got this box you may have loved it and I hope that you do. I know that I shouldn’t compare this box to boxes past but I will because I have been subscribed since like March of 2018 and I loved it when I felt there was more diversity in the types of products we received. Now it is a lot of similar products and that has been a problem for the last year or so. 

So what does that mean for the future of my fff unboxing posts? I don’t know at the moment, I am going to wait to see what the choice spoilers are for the summer box and hope that they are amazing or at least worthwhile for me to keep my subscription or I may be finding an alternative. I used to look forward to receiving my fff boxes each season but now I just wonder what sort of “stuff” I will get to find alternate uses for or just find a place to store it. 

I am glad that they are getting rid of products that have 12 different harmful or not so savory chemicals in them, that is such a step in the right direction but I would also love to see more lifestyle, fitness, and just general quality décor items instead of just beauty and skin care. I subscribe to IPSY so I get enough in those. I want to see more fun in my fff box.

This is such a stupid problem to have, I don’t like the things that I get in a box that is a luxury to even be able to have and I know that. I know how whiny I sound but I still pay for this box four times a year and I want to feel like I am getting really cool things because we used to in these boxes. I don’t want to complain, but I want to give my honest opinion; no sugar coating because if you are considering getting this box I want you to be informed no matter how I feel about it. I want people to make informed decisions on what they spend their money on, especially now in the times we are living in at the moment. 

I think I need to be done because the more I say the more annoying I sound. So I will be back mid-week with another post that promises to be a lot more fun, who knows I haven’t written it yet but if everything shows up like it’s supposed to it’s going to be a fun spring DIY, if not it’ll be my first Bullet Journal post of the year so either way I’ll be back Wednesday with another post. 

So until then be happy, stay safe and stay healthy,

-MJ

March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well here we are again, another month another IPSY unboxing post. I don’t feel like I have all that much to say with this to be completely honest, not up here in the beginning anyway. Normally I have a lot to talk about before I actually get into the post, like those recipe blog posts that take five hundred words to actually get to the point of the post. Today is just one of those days and we only have a few days left until spring break (when this comes out, it’s a week for me as I am writing this on Sunday, if you are reading this go check out Sunday’s post a new look into my highlighter collection.)

            Also for some reason my tab key isn’t working too great and that’s annoying so I feel like the less tabbing I do the better off I am going to be so let’s just get into it.

The Bag: 

            Because it’s Women’s History month this month’s theme was Stronger Together which is a good theme for any month because in general we are stronger together rather than apart but tis not here nor there. On the inside of the bag is red and it says “confidence comes from within” and I am a sucker for motivational quotes written on the inside of things.

The Products: 

It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin, Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704:

            It’s a skin care infused brush, that’s interesting. I feel like I don’t use as many brushes as I used to but I have so many, though this one is different from pretty much all of my other brushes because of this added element. Also the brush bristles are super soft and really densely packed so that’s a good thing when it comes to complexion brushes in my book. They chose this one for me so here I am rolling with it. 

Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara in The Heights:

            Very 80s from what I understand of the 80s because I was not born until the 90s. I was just thinking to myself before this bag was revealed to me that I haven’t gotten mascara in a few months and that’s odd for IPSY, they really like to send out mascaras and I am getting a mascara in my regular Glam Bag as well when that shows up who knows when. I like the more gel consistency of this one as opposed to some of the more paste like mascaras that I have and am using at the moment. This kind in my experiences usually does take longer to dry and if you sneeze while applying it, it will go everywhere. 

Complex Culture Good Lighting Highlighter Duo in Lucid + Afterglow

            I just wrote an entire post on highlighters and I didn’t mention this one because this post hadn’t been written yet so here we are with another highlighter to add to my already large collection. I did choose this and I am happy that I did. I love Complex Culture brushes because I have gotten several and their style of grey and gold is so classy and all of their packaging is sleek and minimalist and I love it. The pans in this dup are huge which is great and I love the differences in the shades. Afterglow is more of a champagne gold and Lucid is more of a copper gold and they are just really nice shades. Looking forward to not only adding these to the collection but also using them, though their highlighter brush is one of the brushes that I am missing. (I have other highlighter brushes but I do love me a good CC brush.)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in Taupe:

            I picked this one as well but it was more of a, ‘this was the only one that I was remotely interested in’ as opposed to ‘I need it!’ kind of mindset for this one. I love Anastasia and I have used brow products from this brand in the past so I know pretty much what I am getting myself into. It might be a little light for my eyebrows because they don’t give you a choice on color. That is one thing that irks me about the GB+ if they offer complexion products or products that need to match something give people the choice to pick their shade or at least have the option to pick a different shade if necessary. 

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette:

            I chose this one as well, again because it was the only one I was interested in when given the choices that I had. They are all metallic shades so while it is a cute palette with good shades, in my opinion for an overall look, this palette wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. The shades are beautiful, but there are no neutral or transition shades unless you want an all metallic eye and as someone who lived through the 2000’s an all metallic eye look is no longer in my purview. That is my only complaint though, I would have liked to have seen like one matte shade because then it would be able to stand on its own in my mind. 

            Overall I liked my GB+ this month, I am just abbreviating it because I don’t feel like writing it out anymore and at this point if you don’t know what GB+ is on this blog, just go back and read the title. (don’t mean to sound sassy, just being honest) There is a good chance that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag but at this point who knows. I never know with how the mail works anymore so we are just rolling with it, which has kind of been my mantra for the last year. 

If you want to read the rest of my GB+ unboxing so far this year, you can: January and February.

            Well I will be back over the weekend with another post so until then I hope that everyone has a great second half of the week, stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

Updated Highlighter Collection

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I didn’t really mean to miss Wednesday this week but it was a rough week all around for me. Like really rough at work so I just kind of let Wednesday’s post pass by me. It was actually going to be this one but let’s be real it’s Saturday and again I am writing my blog post of tomorrow. Whoops, my bad. I have Spring Break starting after school next Friday (3/19) so I plan on getting a lot done over break because I need to. I am a mess of a human being this week and I’m trying to pull myself out of a funk that has been brewing for a while, my whole world fell apart on this day last year (3/13) as did a lot of people’s when the pandemic became a thing. It’s been a year, I cannot believe that. 

Beyond that though, that’s not what this post is about, not even a little bit because I have been meaning to write this post for at least a few months now because my highlighter collection has grown a lot since I did my blush, bronzer, and highlighter round up like two years ago. I also feel like I haven’t had a makeup post in a while and it’s time. Buckle in, this might be a long one. 

I am omitting any that were in the original post and sets that are more than just highlighter because some are in sets with blush and bronzer and for the purposed of this post I just want highlighter. Go and read the original post if you want what else I have in my collection. I have for sure gotten rid of some makeup in the last few months so even since I decided that this post was going to be a thing I have gotten rid of things. 

Also with this post just a warning or an FYI throughout, I will be linking to other blog posts that mention these products because most of them have come in ISPY boxes or fabfitfun boxes. Also the photos are mostly reused because I don’t feel like taking a bunch of new photos for products that I have already written about. I rarely have to purchase makeup because I get subscriptions that provide them to me. I have one in this month’s Glam Bag Plus and that post will go up next week at some point so look forward to that. 

Aight, let’s get started:

Liquid and crème highlighters:

            This list is a little shorter than the powder section so roll with me.

Ciaté London Dewy Stix in Glow:

            I wasn’t really sure if I should include this one because it’s not really a true highlighter but it’s a really subtle highlight if you want something like that. It spreads and diffuses really easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy because it is a crème texture. It just makes things a little shiny without adding a lot of pigment to it. I got this at some point but I cannot find the blog post that mentions it. I’m losing my mind y’all my entire mind. 

Jolii Cosmetics Spektra stick in Stella:

            This packaging on this product is for sure still one of my favorites I got it in my October Glam Bag Plus in 2019, I hoard makeup no one should be surprised by that anymore. It’s just really cool and I love the shade, it’s really pigmented and for a highlighter that is important. I haven’t gotten another Jolii product since about that time and I would love to get more with my GB+ but I don’t know if I will. 

Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Celestial: 

            This is pretty new to my collection, I got it in my January GB+ this year so I haven’t really gotten a chance to really try it out but I love the shade. I chose this one so I always kind of hope that I like what I chose because if I don’t that’s kind of disappointing with something that you pay for sight unseen (except a picture) until you actually get the products in the mail. 

Flesh Cosmetics Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm in Pinky:

            I love a good rosy gold highlighter and this is for sure one of those, it also diffuses out really nicely. We all saw this for the first time in my November GB+ from last year. I need to use it more (just like everything else on this list) because I do really like the shade. It’s also small enough that it could fit into pretty much any makeup bag and still give you a great pay off. 

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date:

            A little of this one goes a long way that’s for sure but it’s a good color for my skin tone. It came in a milk carton and again the packaging on this one was for sure one of my favorites that I have ever gotten. I got this in my fabfitfun box last fall and it was part of a really great box to be honest. I should be getting my Spring 2021 box in the mail here shortly so we will see how that goes. 

Powder Highlighters:

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Duo in Lunch Money and Might Be: 

            These were some of the first highlighters I bought when I moved and I love Colourpop. (even though they got rid of the concealer and setting spray that I like from my Ulta) It is one of those brands that are priced really well and has really great pay off in the long run. Lunch Money is a champagne color and Might Be is more of a copper because I cannot get away from the rose golds and coppers to save my life. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Supreme Frost in Hypothermia:

            I got this one in the summer mystery box two years ago and I still want to buy more cosmetics from him but that’s not in my cards at this moment. This shade gives me like mermaid vibes and I can’t explain why. The packaging is hot metallic pink and I can’t be mad at that, not even a little bit. 

OFRA Highlighter in Star Island:

            I have mentioned this one twice actually, when I got it in my May 2019 IPSY GB and a second time when it hit my Best in Beauty for 2020. It’s a real light champagne gold. It’s not super blinding but I am a huge fan of a subtle highlight for just normal days. I can’t really say much about it that I haven’t already said so if you want to read more about it click on the other posts. 

OFRA X Talia Mar Highlighter in Covent Garden:

            Between the two OFRA highlighters I have, I like this one better and guess what shade it is, it’s rosy and of course it is. This one also made two appearances, when I got it in my June GB+ last year and again in my Best in Beauty for 2020. I feel like I am running out of words to day about highlighter but here we are, pressing on.

The Palettes:

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sands Edition:

            I like this palette, I have had it for a while it’s one of the oldest highlighter palettes I have, I got it in my July GB+ in 2019, that was when I was just moving into the apartment I live in now so it’s been in my collection for a while. I like the shades and the pans are huge compared to some of the other highlighters I have so I can’t be mad about it. I need to use it more but again with wearing a mask everywhere and every day why wear a highlighter when it will all come off anyway. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit:

            I got this as a Christmas present from my cousin this last Christmas and I have the other Glow Kit so it’s nice to have the set. The colors are a lot different than the other shades that I have and I cannot complain about that. I actually like having some out there not traditional shades to play with when it comes to highlighters. 

Nomad Cosmetics Sydney Bathers Highlighter Palette:

            This is the last one and I really like that Nomad uses different countries as inspiration, I have an eye shadow palette that’s inspired by Germany. This one does have one bronzer pan but I really enjoy the palette as a whole, I got this one in my GB+ last May so because of quarantine I haven’t gotten to try it much so here’s hoping that eventually that changes.

            Overall I have so many highlighters and I love all of them. This post has been on my mind for months now and it’s nice to finally get it out. I will see everyone later in the week with another post which I plan on writing at some point this weekend so I will be back on Wednesday with another post. Until then I hope everyone has a great start the week. Stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

What was in My February 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            How is it already just days away from the end of February? I just don’t understand how this year has already started to fly by. Well I got this in the mail before the snow-pocalypse that we had in the mid-south last week and today it was 70 outside, I don’t know with weather anymore y’all I really don’t. I am just going to start writing this post though because my brain still isn’t fully back into this yet but it’s been that kind of month. February and March are usually my low months and I will eventually feel better and more creative but that day is not today.

The Bag:

            There were two different bags this month and I actually really wanted this one, it’s a fold over with a set of lips on top and on the back it looks like a letter and I actually really like the variety of bags when they just aren’t a top zip. It’s a super cute bag. 

The Products:

Basic Beauty Tweezers:

            I got tweezers in my Glam Bag Plus last month but having a second pair just means that I can have one in my bathroom and one for travel purposes so that’s kind of exciting. They are very pink, I will say that; I like pink but I do not have a lot of pink things around my apartment. They are a nice weight for tweezers so I am looking forward to putting these with the rest of my tools and using them as needed in my beauty routine. 

Haruharu Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner:

            I am still getting into toners and I am actually really jazzed about getting another toner to try out. When I got it, because it was so cold it was more gel than liquid but as it thawed it went back to liquid and I am hoping that it didn’t effect this product. I know that I will get around to using it sooner rather than later and I am looking forward to it. 

The Crème Shop Fusion Sheet Mask Duo:

            I love sheet masks, one of my goals this year was to meditate and do a sheet mask and to be honest, I haven’t actually done it once yet but I really need to get back into it because I need to take some time just to be one with my own brain and take time to just be for like a half an hour with a face mask on but I’ll get back to that soon enough. I like that these are like mash ups, so it has multiple benefits. I have a whole thing full of face masks in my fridge and I really need to use them so I should be doing it about once a week not once every couple of months. 

Thisworks In Transit Camera Close Up: 

            I had no idea what this actually was, but it’s a moisturizer. It’s also a primer and a mask all in one which is nice for traveling. I like Thisworks, I usually use their pillow spray which is really great but I am looking forward to giving this one a go. I don’t mind getting moisturizers because most of them don’t seem to really effect my skin, I know some that do and I do avoid those but the more I try the more I can rule in and out for my skin. 

YC Collection Loose Setting Powder in #117:

            Tiny setting powder, I don’t use setting powder very often. It’s just not part of my usual routine, I don’t mind using setting powder but it’s just not something that I usually use. IPSY sometimes picks some weird things for me which is fine because it’s to branch out but sometimes it kind of misses the mark when it comes to my specific beauty and skincare routine needs. 

            Overall I liked my bag this month, there are very few months when I don’t enjoy my bag so it’s not all that shocking I guess to say that I enjoyed this one. 

            So short and sweet because I am just not in the mood to write long form prose in blog form right now; which I don’t like but right now I have to deal with me and what’s going on in my brain. It’s a mess up there y’all, a real mess.

            If you want to see what I got in January, you can! Just click on the month.

            Either way though I will be back this weekend with another post and I hope that everyone has a great and safe rest of the week until then.

            -MJ

February 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So this month has been crazy, we have had a week and a half of remote learning because of snow and ice which is not a usual thing in the south. I took some time off because I needed it and I could really take another week or two off and still feel like I still needed more time but I’m doing this anyway because I enjoy writing posts and hanging out on here but at the moment I am just tired. I know everyone else is just as tired or more tired than I am but we are all living through back to back to back historical events and it’s all just a lot to handle. 

The Bag:

            The drawstring bags are really starting to grow on me and to be honest I love the metallic lips all over the bag. I feel like I can’t say much about the bag this time because the products are more important than the bag itself even though it’s still pretty cool. 

The Products: 

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer:

            I got a Goldfaden product last month and I really am enjoying it. I am using it as setting spray and it actually seems to work really well. My one problem with this is it’s for uneven skin tone, I don’t have uneven skin tone. I do like Goldfaden products so I am hopeful that this one, even if uneven tone isn’t one of my skin concerns, I still like it when I actually get around to using it.  

The Crème Shop Ethereal Glow Ampoule Serum:

            Serum’s are not something that I am used to but I have been using them for a little over a year now so getting another one isn’t a bad thing for me. It smells really good and I am hoping that it works well when I actually get to use it. My thing about serum’s is that sometimes they are a little too oily for my skin type and I am hoping that this one isn’t super oily because otherwise there is no way I can use it because too much oil really likes to break my skin out. 

Glow on 5th Bye, Bye Puffy Eyes:

            Eye creams are amazing and I really enjoy them so I am looking forward to actually having a full sized eye cream again, I usually use sample sizes because that’s what I have. I am really looking forward to integrating this into my beauty routine. I feel like I am saying actually a lot but that’s where I am right now as I am writing this. Anyway, I am really excited to use this. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation in 120W:

            I wish if they offered foundation they would let you choose the shade. This one is fine, it’s about the right shade but I could have used a shade lighter. That is my one complaint about foundations through ISPY is they decide the shade for you in the choice menu, let me choose my shade. I love Anastasia though so I was excited for this to be one of my choice items. 

F.A.R.A.H Rendezvous Brush Set:

            I love brushes and I don’t have many brushes like these so adding these to my collection. I feel like there isn’t much I can say about brushes besides they are soft and I hope they are effective. I love the shape of the contour brush and I am always a fan of a fluffy highlighting brush for a more diffused glow highlighter look so adding this set to my collection is great. 

            Overall this month I didn’t feel like I was given many choices but I liked everything that I got in my bag. I know that this post is shorter than usual just because I need to get back into the groove of writing blog posts and finding my voice again. Also I am distracted but that is my own fault, it’s been that kind of week. 

            I have a feeling that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag for February so look forward to that later in the week.  If you want to check out what I got in January, you can!

            I hope that everyone has a great start to the week and a safe time out there because it’s been crazy weather these last few weeks. 

            -MJ 

January 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            First Glam Bag Plus of the year! So 2021 has been a little crazy so far but I feel like that’s just the tone of the time we are living in right now but I didn’t expect anything to change when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. 

            Right so this Glam Bag Plus though, so when I was given my options it was a lot of skin care, which I am fine with but I didn’t feel like I really had a variety of options. I feel like the “ultra-personalization” can be really hit or miss with this bag and it has been since August of last year. Seriously just give me all of the options for the bag and let me pick three, I think that would be such a better idea. 

The Bag: 

            I like the bag it’s a powder blue and says dream over and over again in what I want to call an old school news wire because we used something like that at the radio station at my high school, it’s a dot matrix printer apparently; I Googled it. I like the bag, I am actually really enjoying the draw string bags because they are larger and sometimes when you are taking things places a bag like this is actually more convenient than the regular Glam Bags that have the zipper. 

The Products: 

What was chosen for me: 

Billion Dollar Brows Best Brow Tool Kit Ever:

            I have only gotten brushes in the way of tools from IPSY so this a kind of unexpected but I am not mad at it. I have been doing my own eyebrows for years now and actually having brow scissors is actually really convenient so this was a pretty good pick because it’s something that I can use for years and not have to replace unless something breaks. I will probably end up making a case/bag for them or using one of my older glam bags because I agree with some of the reviews that for travel and storage purposes it would be nice if they came in a case. 

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Serum: 

            I haven’t tried it yet but my glass dropper came bent so hopefully after straightening it out by hand it still does what it’s supposed to do and doesn’t leak. It’s got some really good things in it like jojoba oil and aloe vera so I am excited to give this one a try when I work myself through some of my other serums that I already have in the collection. I have had some mixed reactions to Pixi in the past so who knows with this one I guess we will find out eventually. 

What I chose: 

Goldfaden MD Mist RX Daily Nutrient Facial Mist:

            The only facial mists that I have are rose water so having a facial mist is actually something pretty cool in my brain and I am excited to try it out with the rest of my skin care routine. It says I can also use it as a setting spray and I might actually try that and see if it holds my makeup on longer under my mask than my Colourpop one does. We will see if it really is a “spray-on multivitamin”. 

Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Celestial: 

            The only makeup product that I got actually. I like Cover FX, it’s one of those brands that I don’t buy for myself because it is on the pricier side but it’s a beautiful shade and man is it pigmented. You could see this glow from space if you wanted to but it’s a crème highlighter so you probably diffuse it out a lot more than I did when I swatched it on my hand. It says it’s “eyeshadow” but I will use it more as a highlighter than anything else so I am excited to actually use this one. 

Callyssee Whipped Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin:

            It apparently has green coffee in it and aloe again so I am hoping that it is really moisturizing like it claims to be. It’s vegan and cruelty free which makes me happy as always and I am looking forward to using this because why not. I am seeing some complaints in the comments and reviews about it being not as moisturizing and it smelling funny but I usually don’t care about the reviews because everyone has a different skin type and has different skin concerns, that being said if the reviews are overwhelmingly poor I do avoid those products but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. 

            Lot’s a skin care, maybe because of the New Year maybe for other reasons, my Glam Bag Plus this month was fine, I can’t complain about it. I just feel as if their choice system needs to be changed because I don’t feel like the Plus since the change have been super personalized like they claim them to be and I know that you cannot please everyone. That being said, I am paying for this allow me to have more choice if you want it “ultra-personalized” give me the entire product range available for that month and allow me to choose the three things I want most, don’t give me a multiple choice test on the products that you think I might like. 

            I will see y’all later in the week with another post, I hope everyone has a great start to the week though!

            -MJ