MJ’s Best in Beauty 2020

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Well we are now in 2021, I am still in 2020 writing this but maybe it’s suddenly all sunshine and rainbows, I doubt it. This post is a yearly thing and it is my best in beauty or really it’s my favorite beauty items of the year. This year it’s a lot of skin care more than makeup because this year has been one of those where I have not worn a bunch of makeup and that’s totally okay. 

            There aren’t many items and many of these have been featured in other posts, like my Updated Skin Care Routine, fabfitfun unboxings, my March Glam Bag Unbagging from last year, and two from my June Glam Bag of this year, and other posts. I have like 150 posts now so y’all are going to have to give me a break if I don’t exactly remember where I have put products before but none of these have been in Best in Beauty yet (you can read 2019 and 2018 if you want, just click on the years).

            This year has for sure also been a year where because I subscribe to IPSY I haven’t bought much makeup outside of the boxes and that’s totally fine because I don’t need more makeup. 

Makeup Eraser

            This is the best invention ever, I use it every day and it’s so good. I don’t have a picture of it now because it’s been a year of using and washing it so it’s not fresh and clean anymore. Though to cut down on makeup wipes this is a great $20 tool that really cuts down on the use of disposable wipes and I kind of like that idea because you can go through 20 wipes in a week and that gets expensive and it fills up your trash can real quick. I will eventually buy another because I love this one so much. 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

            This palette has been one of those that I love and use pretty frequently, well when I wear a full face of makeup which at work isn’t something I do very frequently and with wearing masks it’ almost pointless to put on a full face and I don’t go out, I play with makeup and now that I have a mirror I will probably play with it more. 

Ofra Highlights in Star Island and Covent Garden

            I usually mix these two actually I love the champagne (Covent Garden) and almost white gold (Star Island) shades can be a little much together. I love them separate but layering them with Star Island on top is really pretty and it’s a little blinding in highlighter terms. I am currently getting highlighter on my keyboard because I am swatching as I type to make sure that I am making sense. I mean I never make sense but I try. With Covent Garden on top it’s much more noticeable, Star Island makes it slightly more subtle. 

Sunday Riley The Martian Toner

            I ran out of this one and I threw away the container, I’m not even sure if they are making this anymore which makes me so sad because I loved this product so much. I used all of it and it was so good on my skin. I will have to really try and find a new toner after I am done with the one I have now. I don’t why they discontinued this but I love Sunday Riley and I have a bunch of products, all of them have been absolutely amazing for my skin. 

Tula Purifying Face Cleanser

            This was another that was in my updated skin care routine and I am almost out of it, I have been using my small sample ones lately because this one is at the end of its life, it’s getting too thick to get out of the container but my skin loved this cleanser this year and I would totally buy another one because of how good it was. If this was really more skin care it would just be all of the facial skin care I have been using this year but I’m limiting it to four. 

The Better Skin Co. Epik C Serum

            Serum is not something I had in my routine until this year and I love this one. I have a few others that I can’t wait to try and lately I have just been moisturizing and this is not the time of year to skimp on your skin care routine so I need to get back into it soon. I love this serum though. I noticed when I did do my full routine that my skin didn’t break out as much but right now with masks acne is no joke and I am getting sick of breaking out again.

Tatcha The Water Cream

            I got this one as a sample and I need to go and buy one but I have so many facial moisturizers that I just can’t justify the expense. I loved this one though while I had it and I will eventually purchase this and use it all the time. It left my skin feeling so moisturized and it was so light weight that I have not found one that I like as much as I liked this one. 

Colourpop Pretty Fresh Setting Spray

            This was a follow up to the All-Star setting spray that I loved and ran out of this year. I like this one but it’s not a good as the other one. It’s a pretty good setting spray and again with having to wear a mask to work every day I judge on how much makeup is in the nose bridge area of my mask at the end of the day, this one keeps it to a minimum but there’s none that are perfect.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

            This one I had a travel sized version of and oh my goodness this kept my makeup almost exactly where I applied it. I really liked this one but the price tag is just too much even though it’s amazing and it smells like cinnamon. I really did enjoy using this one and I am glad that I gave it a chance but I don’t know if I will buy it again. 

MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

            This is a sample size but I would pay the $24 price tag for this one. I know that I am saying that some things are worth and not worth the money but this one for is would be. I love this mascara it gives the length I like and the volume without clumping or flaking off throughout the day. You can touch the lashes and nothing comes off. It comes off really easily even though you will look like a raccoon when you take it off but I for sure have found a new favorite mascara to add to my favorite mascara pile. My plan for now is just to go through all of the samples that I have and use them until I find my new favorite because why not. 

            Alright I think that’s about enough for today, most of the pictures I am posting have already been on the blog because why take new pictures? 

            I will be back at mid-week with another post and hopefully it will be my 2021 goals post, if not it will be my favorite 2020 Bullet Journal pages but until then I hope you have a good start to the week!

            -MJ

Winter 2020 fabfitfun Unboxing

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            So I feel like first of all I need to address the elephant in the room, I don’t know when this post was going up, it might be going up just after Christmas or closer to New Year who knows at this point with the shipping of this box.

            Okay so this season is for sure absolutely insane with shipping and believe me I completely and totally understand because this usually is the largest shipping season of the year and this year I can imagine it has increased tenfold because of people wanting to send gifts to family members they can’t see and just all of the COVID restrictions that are in place and to that end I am going to say everyone is doing what they can to help everyone get their things shipped and delivered. So let me say my piece and that will be that from me on the issue.

            I got an email on December 1st saying that my box had shipped, well at least the label was created, it did not leave the shipping facility in California, (from a company I have never heard of until this instance) until the 15th. It went to Texas and that was on the 19th, I got no updates until the 22nd and it was still in Texas just finally accepted by the USPS. As of this moment of my writing this section of my post I have no idea when it will actually make it here because Christmas is in just a few days. 

            Normally I don’t complain but when it is something that I pay for an have never had a problem with in the past, including two other boxes that have shipped during the lockdown, it does get a little frustrating when there are few to no updates on something that I look forward to getting. 

            I have seen a lot of others in this same boat because of a variety of reasons all with similar and some more heightened frustrations, I didn’t order anything for anyone else for Christmas with this box, I wanted it to do my unboxing but I don’t have it yet. I look forward to getting these boxes every season and this year has made me want these treat myself instances because they make me feel like things are normal even though we are so far from normal and we are learning a new normal so I’m just a little frustrated by this situation. That however is all I am going to say about it, there isn’t anything I can do besides wait and that’s just what I am going to have to do.

            Well we are on the Monday after Christmas and my box has finally arrived and I have some thoughts before I talk about what I got which there are for sure some hits and misses with this box and for the most part I am not too jazzed about the box as a whole which makes me sad. The choices this time felt limited and while some of them were really nice some of them just felt cheap. My box only contained two large items and both of those were customizations, there was no packaging in the box like the little paper stuffing so things were moving around and I know that is in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint which I applaud them for but to that end I was afraid things would be broken when I opened the box. 

            All of these opinions are my own because I need to get this out because or me this box missed the mark and quality that I have come to expect from fabfitfun since I subscribed in 2018. I know there is a pandemic on and getting products is difficult so I cannot fault them for that but this box felt thrown together and not in a good way.

            Normally at the end of each section I would say what the other options were but in the last few boxes the choices have gone up so much that it just becomes an annoyingly long list at the end of each paragraph. I know I am sounding bitter about this but the box has changed over the last year and I’m not sure if it’s for the better, especially with this box. 

UnHide Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket

            So this was something that I chose because I didn’t want anything else from the first category and it’s my favorite thing in the box, I am already wrapped up in it as I am writing this post. It’s really soft and just a little heavy which I am not upset about. I like the fact that it is faux fur and that it’s a really nice neutral grey that will go well on my couch or the chair in my office or somewhere in my apartment. It’s a nice lap blanket size so curling up in it will cover your legs but it is not a full sized blanket. There were six other options in this category ranging from Vera Bradley to Summer & Rose, to Mobile White. 

Impressions Vanity Company LED Vanity Mirror

            I wanted this one, this is something that I need in my life, a vanity mirror because I am a glasses human and using a regular mirror means that I am far away from my face and I can’t see anything. I do have some issues with this product however, the arm on the back that allows the mirror to be adjustable is loose and that means that the mirror doesn’t stay in place where you put it unless it as at the very top or the very bottom of its swing. The batteries that were sent with the box don’t work, that might be because they got so cold but I put them in the mirror and got nothing, I plugged it into the USB on my computer and it finally lit up but why send batteries that don’t work? Other than that I like it, I will make it work but it should work out of the box. There were five other options in this ranging from Tula to Lilly Pulitzer, and Murad.

Dr. brandt skincare pores no more Pore Purifying Cleanser

            I love Dr. Brandt skincare and I have the pore no more primer and it’s pretty great, this was the other choice that I made because the other options didn’t fit my normal preferences. It’s a cleanser and I will be starting to use it soon because I am almost out of my regular cleanser so this came at a good time. I like the ingredients including tea tree, white willow, and salicylic acid which is pretty potent when it comes to skin care. I also just really enjoy the packaging, blue to white ombre is always cool. Other options in this category ranged from more dr. brandt and Laura Geller with five other options in total.

            From here on out the products were picked for me.

Kate Spade New York Workout Socks

            I love a good no show sock, these are barre socks and I have never owned barre socks, they are pretty comfortable, I put one on to see the fit. I will probably use these for yoga socks but I can’t imagine wearing them in shoes because they have grippy dots on the bottom of all of the choices these would have been my choice if I was an annual member. You get two pairs which is nice and they have a nice embroidered spade on each sock. There were four other options in this category and they ranged from Tula to Muk Luks.

Beautaniq Beauty Guardian Angel Revitalizing Eye Gels (set of four)

            They look like angel wings according to the magazine picture. Who doesn’t like a good under eye mask, I have many of them though and through no fault of the companies that are featured in this box this is where is starts to go downhill for me. I will be able to throw these in with my travel stuff when I eventually get to leave my house again but for now they will sit in the fridge with the rest of my skin care that’s waiting to be moved into rotation. 

Paradox Lucky Stars Blemish Patches

            It’s a sheet of star stickers that help with blemishes? I think? I honestly don’t know. They are cute and apparently help with break outs but I am not going to Coachella or a music festival and I am an adult so I can’t just walk around with star stickers on my face and that feels weird to put stickers on the face because knowing my luck I would end up being allergic to it and having a star irritated into my cheek. 

Daily Concepts Daily Facial Dry Brush

            Another facial care product that’s three in a row now. I do not dry brush my skin because I think that it would be too harsh for me. I will give it a shot when I have a chance but this product felt unmatched to a lot of the other product in this category which was a set of scrunchies, this whole category felt really thrown in at the last minute. Again not at fault of the company that produced it. 

Londontown Get Well Nail Recovery

            I don’t use a lot of nail products anymore and the outer plastic top came cracked so I had to be really careful when I opened it to not crack it further. It’s a nail strengthener which is great for people who do a lot more with their nails, I worked in a nail salon in high school and during that time this would have been great but now as an adult who takes hair, skin, and nail vitamins it’s different. Also anymore the smell of nail polish gives me a headache and this stuff really smells. 

            So overall, did it feel worth the price tag? Not really. Did it feel worth the almost month wait I had to get it? Not really. I won’t be unsubscribing, I am not that kind of person unless a number of boxes disappoint me, this year has been hard for a lot of companies and subscription services I have seen such an uptick in angry comments on social media and that’s what 2020 has been though, a dumpster fire and as I am writing my last post of 2020 I am allowed to say that. 

            I am hoping that the spring box not only comes in a more timely manner, the shipping timeframe on this one was crazy but also has more quality instead of the thrown together feeling I have right now with this box.

            This post is super long because I had some things that I needed to get out and say, I try really hard to not complain on the internet, I just complain on the phone to my mom but this was one of those things that did bother me because there was like 15 days where the box sat in a warehouse and I know I’m not the only one who’s been dealing with that. There is no reason for so many people to have products and packages lost through however they were shipped but here we are. 

            If you want to see what else I got this year you can! Spring, Summer, and Fall

            Well I will be back in 2021 with new posts and I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and socially distanced New Year’s Eve and Day! 

            -MJ

What was in My December 2020 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’ MJ, 

How is it already December, my Christmas break started on Friday afternoon so I am off for a few weeks and I was ready for a break. So here we are with the last Glam Bag unbagging of this year. I am looking forward to see what happens next year with IPSY’s offerings. I know they now have the Glam Bag X which is quarterly which will be interesting, I will not be getting it and I think it replaced the Glam Bag Ultimate which is fine, I didn’t get that one either.

            I feel like I don’t have so much to say at the beginning of this post just because I don’t have many thoughts in my head at this moment, it’s been a trying year y’all a trying year. I never thought that when I talk about a mask collection it would be anything besides sheet masks but here we are. 

The Bag: 

            It’s really cute and feels very different than the Glam Bag Plus this month, it feels more like I would expect it to feel by the pictures, honestly it feels like a dog toy that we had for our dog Duke, it was an elephant with almost a sheep like texture, I like the fact that it’s a blush pink almost crème but I am not sure how I feel about it being fuzzy. 

The Products: 

The Crème Shop Mask Duo:

            I chose this one because I like the Crème Shop when it comes to sheet masks and it came as a set of two one called A Snowman Story with a bunch of really good things that really help with skin hydration and lets be real this time of year with the cold and the wind you need all the hydration you can get. The second is called Deer Diary which is collagen and berry which is good for moisturizing and again at this time of year you need that. I love sheet masks and I need to get back into using them because I have several and I like using them but just finding 20 minutes to turn my brain off at this moment just isn’t something I can seem to do. 

Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser:

            I really enjoy Murad but I have never had one of their cleansers and I am really excited to try this one, I like trying new cleaners and moisturizers because it helps me find items that really work for my skin and I am hoping that this one works for my skin concerns and sensitivity level. I really don’t have much else to say about it because until I try a cleanser I don’t really know what it’s going to be like. 

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara:

            I got a mascara last month from Eyeko and I hated when I actually got to try it. I am working through all my mascara samples at the moment and I am using one from MAC and I would honestly buy a full size of it if it wasn’t $24 because that’s so much for mascara and I have like a billion sample sized products. I am excited to give this one a try because it has a long brush and according to the websites description it is volumizing which is really cool because that tends to be the mascara that I am drawn to. Also according to the description it has some really good ingredients in it that protect and nourish your lashes so I am for sure going to give this one a try but I have some other ones to try first. Some of the reviews say it clumps but let’s be honest I feel like most do or I’m just really bad at mascara. 

Beauty For Real Lip Gloss + Shine in Nudist

            I don’t like lip gloss, I wore a lot of lip gloss in the mid-2000’s because that was the style before liquid lipstick was really a thing to pre-teen and teenage me. This has some sort of mint in it because it tingles a little bit and that’s a little strange. I put it on just to see what it looked and felt like and it’s sticky and honestly for me it’s not as shiny as they claim it to be, it looks like I am wearing lip balm and not much else. There are a few makeup items that I rarely or never use and lip gloss is one of them. Some people love lip gloss on over a lipstick but I don’t like the feeling of it and that’s totally fine, if you like it we can agree to disagree. 

Lasting Smiles Peppermint Crème Lip Balm:

            I have like a thousand lip balms around my apartment but I am never mad about getting another one because I inevitably lose them and then get more and then find the one I lost. I like the fact that it’s organic and cruelty free, I am not going to open it yet because I already have several open but I am looking forward to using this one because tis the season for the need for lip balm not only because of the weather but also having to wear a mask all day at work. 

            So that’s the last Glam Bag for the year, this year has had so many great products that I have absolutely loved and some that have missed the mark but if you get 60 samples in a year it’s going to be almost impossible to get every single one be amazing. Overall I like this bag, except for the lip gloss but that happens. I am excited for next year and new products so here’s to 12 more posts next year.

            If you want to know everything I have gotten this year, except February because that was a lost month you can: January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back mid-week with another post. 

            -MJ

December 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            So I cannot believe that this is the last Glam Bag Plus post of the year, how has this year slipped by so fast but also felt like 350 years of history all in about 366 days and we aren’t even at the end of the year yet. 

            There are going to be six items in this because I redeemed points and got a really nice eye shadow palette, I have another form the same brand and I love it so much. So there will be more items in this one that usual, though there are half and half skin care and cosmetics in this. I chose most of the skin care and the value of my box was insane for a $25 plus tax price tag. 

The Bag:

            I expected it to be shearling feeling by the pictures on the website but it’s finer than that, I really don’t know how to explain it but it’s not fuzzy but it’s still really nice. I do like the Glam Bag Plus bags lately now that they are different than the regular Glam Bag bags. 

The Products: 

            So what did I get? I will say this first though, the choices this month were better than months prior and I think they are finally starting to find their groove with this new choice system. 

Doucce Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Palette:

            Doucce makes some amazing products, their mascara’s are some of my favorites ever and having another palette from them is always a great addition to the collection, I like their palette’s because the single pans come out so if you run out of one or want to switch up some colors you can with no problem, it also comes with a highlighter and I am a sucker for highlighters so having another one is pretty great over all. I also like that the matte shades and the shimmer/metallic shades are balanced four and four usually in a palette the balance shifts one or the other and that can make day looks more difficult. 

QMS Medicosmetics ACE Vitamin Day & Night Cream:

            I chose this one, I love a good day and night cream and I have been going though moisturizer a lot this year because well this year hasn’t been too nice to my skin between makeup and face masks and face masks while wearing makeup all day at work I have had more skin issues this fall than in months past so I chose this one in hope that I can get some really good moisture in my skin. Also this is one of those products that is luxury skin care that I would never buy at full price because of the price so being able to get it in a bag like this is amazing to me.

111Skin 3 Phase Anti-Blemish Booster

            I got two acne products in this bag, this one and the next one, I chose this one because I love 111Skin but it’s just out of my price range on a normal day but their products are amazing, I have a few of them stashed away in my fridge to keep them fresh and I am looking forward to being able to have another serum to try out.

Shaina B Miami Mini Miami Blush and Highlight Palette:

            I will never stop loving the flamingo logo’s in this brands pans, I chose this one as well and this was the last one that I chose this go round. I like the shades, the blush in shade Rosa is actually the right color for my skin tone Brickell is a little dark but I could almost use that as a contour shade so I’m not upset about it. Maybe it’ll look different on the skin than in the pan so who knows. 

Tula Skincare Go Away Acne Spot Treatment:

            I really like Tula as well, I have their cleanser and it’s one of my favorites so getting another Tula product is always nice. It’s another spot treatment and I think that I need to get back into using spot treatments again because again my skin is suffering from everything that’s been going on this year so I am really looking forward to adding this into my skincare routine to help combat my skin issues that have been cropping up a lot more recently. Like seriously I got my skin under control late last year and into this year and then well the world blew up and my skin has been suffering with the stress, masks, hormonal, and environmental stuff this year.

IL Makiage Color Boss Multi-Dimensional Eye Color in Eyes on the Prize:

            I am going to start off and say holy crap this is pigmented and so gold, I really like the shade and a little goes a long way. I love the packaging when I opened it I kept opening and closing the uni-carton because it was hinged and the packaging itself on the product is beautiful. The shade and pigmentation are great and I will find a use for this in looks in the future because it’s a great shade. 

            Overall my December Glam Bag Plus was a great way to end off the year with this service, I can’t wait to see what next year brings with the Glam Bag’s both the regular and the Plus but we will have to wait and see for what January will bring. 

            If you want to know what else I have gotten this year you can, January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.

            I will see all of you later in the week with another post so until then I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

            -MJ

November 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            So this showed up in my mail a few days ago and I am not going to ramble as much as I usually do at the beginning of a post, I feel like I don’t have anything else to say that I haven’t already said a dozen times in 2020 posts. I will say this though, if you are able to hug your loved ones, you never know when you won’t be able to do that anymore. Someone I know lost her husband in a car accident earlier in the week and we take even simple words to our family members for granted, tell you parents that you love them, hug your pets, and check in on family members virtually that you can’t see right now. I know we are coming into the holiday season and a lot of people aren’t going to be able to celebrate in person with their family this year but please everyone be safe. Wear a mask, social distance, and if possible avoid large gatherings. 

            That for sure brought down the mood a little bit but it needed to be said, please be safe and responsible this holiday season because cases are on the rise again.

            Right so onto the actual post, like a huge 180 from what I was talking about but I feel like it needed to be said because people aren’t being smart and it’s causing problems for others. 

The Bag: 

            It’s cute, I still don’t know how I feel about getting the bags, I like the little glam bags for the regular Glam Bag but the drawstring bag for this one is still going to have to grow on me. I like the color blocking though and it’s a nice light weight bag that seems like a breathable material so it might work for something that might be on the damp side, maybe mask storage? 

The Products, what did I get?

Violet Voss Coral Pop Eyeshadow Palette:

            This was one of the two that was picked for me and I think it was a pretty good choice on IPSY’s part. So for years I have honestly called Violet Voss Violent Voss because I apparently can’t read. All the colors are super nice and there is this beautiful pop of a coral red. This palette is mostly neutral and it is going to go in my travel pile of palette’s because it’s a cute little six pan palette. The pigmentation and the holding power of this shadow is actually pretty great and I am actually looking forward to dipping into this palette.

Girlactik 3-in-1 Lip Sparkle Balm in Twinkle and Periwinkle:

            This is was the other IPSY chosen product and I do not have a lot of lip crayon products, I also like Girlactik, I have one of their lip balms and I actually really like it so I am looking forward to giving these two a chance. They are both actually really nice colors, I thought that I was going to like Twinkle more just because of the shade on the packaging but I think that I like Periwinkle a little bit more. They are very sparkly so if you are into that, this product might be for you. Also I am always afraid of crayons to be honest because I am never sure how to sharpen them, I am afraid of ruining them in the process. 

Tula Skincare Eye Feel Amazing Colling & Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks: 

I love Tula, that is my current facial cleanser and I love the brand so when I saw a Tula product in my choices I wanted to so bad and that was one of my choices. I am really looking forward to this because I need to get back into meditation in the new year because I do miss taking a nice skin care break with a mask on or doing an eye mask because let’s be real I am tired like all the time and I would like to not look like I am super tired all the time. There are four in this set and I am really looking forward to using them, they are going in my fridge as soon as I am done taking a picture of them. 

Flesh Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm in Pinky:

            It’s kind of blinding y’all, I actually really like this even though you really don’t get much of it. I really love highlighters and that is not a secret, I should eventually do a new or updated highlighter round up but that will be for at some time next year. I feel like there are a lot of posts that I want to write next year. It a beautiful shade (seriously when I am writing these posts my hand is just covered in swatches) and I have seen Flesh before but I have never purchased anything from them, this might be my gateway product. 

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

            I see a Murad product and I jump at it, I love Murad so much and it’s just so expensive. Murad was kind of my gateway into good skin care products and I really like everything I have tried from them. I like the idea of a retinol night cream even though my skin is still pretty wrinkle free but that could change and this year has for sure added some small wrinkles to my face so I am really excited to give this one a try but I have some other that I need to use first that are hanging out in my fridge. I do love a good night cream though, I am still finishing off my Korres Wild Rose one and I love it so much.

            So overall this bag was kind of amazing, I loved it so much. I feel like maybe the Glam Bag Plus is finally starting to find its stride though I still think that giving more than four choices would be awesome but I don’t run the company. I really like IPSY and there is so much good about it, it for sure outweighs any of the problems. I am excited to see what my choices will be for next month, as long as it’s not eyeliner. 

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any really great products this month? 

            If you want to see what else I have gotten this year in my Glam Bag Plus’s, you can! January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October!

            I hope everyone has a really great rest of the week and I will see y’all over the weekend with a new post!

            -MJ 

What Was in My November 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            How is it November, how. I mean seriously 2020 had been like several years long but also like two weeks and it has been a mess all around but here’s looking forward to 2021 anyway. This is one o the last Glam Bags of the year and I honestly didn’t even get a tracking email for this one which is fine but I have a feeling I will get the tracking email like late this week with the last few months.

            So this probably will be a shorter post because that’s just where my brain is at the moment, I’ve been busier than normal and I kind of forgot that I needed to have a blog post ready for today, like I am writing this Tuesday night while watching Netflix, like I did almost an hour of yoga and now I’m tired but I promised myself I would post twice a week so here we are. 

            This month the descriptions of the products are back on the insert card again and I was so happy to see them! I missed the descriptions. 

So let’s go:

The Bag: 

            It’s a really cute bag and like something you would see on an outfit that someone would wear to Thanksgiving dinner, my only problem with it is that it smells like nail polish remover and something else that I cannot name but have smelled before. 

Context Skin Matte Lipstick in Sweet Emotion:

            I may or may not be humming Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith while I am writing this at the moment. I like the shade though it is a little too dark for me but I will give it a chance. It has a bunch of good things in it though like Vitamin C and E plus some other things that make your lips feel great and also moisturize and nourish them in the process. It’s a great deep fall into winter shade and I will give it a try. It says it’s a deluxe sample but it looks like a full sized lipstick to me so that’s fun.

Avette Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Cleanser:

            I love a good cleanser and if it claims to be mild it will probably be even better for my skin. It’s also a brand that is underneath Tonymoly which their face masks as my absolute favorite so I am really looking forward to trying it knowing that. Also it’s coconut and I really like the smell of coconut. If I like it I probably will buy a full sized of this one, I have been using Tonymoly for years now and it’s really cool to see a cleanser come my way from that brand. 

111 Skin Theorem Day Cream NAC Y(2): 

            I don’t know which key would make that Y squared but we are just going to go with it. I think I picked this one because 111 Skin is one of those brands that is really good but super expensive, a full size of this retails for $270 for 50 ml which is insanity.  I mean you should pay good money for good skin care but that just feels like so much money to me, though I have had their products in bags and things in the past and it’s worth it. 

Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara in Carbon Black:


            The brush on this one is super cool, I will say that for sure and the formula looks really nice just from looking at the brush. It says Beatnik Black on the tube but it doesn’t’ really matter the color name. It lengthens and volumizes and I really need to start using my mascara samples because I have several and I love trying out new mascara’s. I can’t really say much about mascara’s though because a lot of them in my mind are similar and I like most of them, there have been for sure a few that I have not liked at all but for the most part I have not met a mascara that I didn’t like. 

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Vitamin Enriched Face Base:

            Two Bobbi Brown products in two months, I have been hearing about this one for quite some time now and it’s one of those luxury brands that I see from a far but never buy. I love how it smells and I am really excited to give it a try, I am not a huge fan of primers but this one can double as a moisturizer in a pinch and I am excited to give it a try like I am for a lot of the products I get from IPSY.

            So there it is my November bag, my November Glam Bag Plus is on its way but it’s not here yet and I don’t expect it to show up until late this week or maybe early next week. Overall this bag was really skincare heavy which I’m not mad about and it was a really good bag over all and I am glad that even in the times of COVID and quarantine that these bags are still being produced.

            Want to see what else I have gotten this year? You can: January, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September

            I hope everyone has a good rest of their week and I will see y’all over the weekend with another post!

            -MJ                                 

What was in My October 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well we are about to say goodbye to October in a little less than a week and I have no idea how that is even possible, I just can’t fathom it. But here we are anyway moving through time at a million miles an hour and it’s never going to change. 

            Glam Bag time y’all because why not. 

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag Plus this month it features the all seeing eye on the front and embossed with “you’re magic” on the reverse. Unlike the GBP this is a pleather bag with a cute little star and moon zipper pulls and this is officially one of my favorite bag now. 

What products did I get?

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Smokey Eye Mascara in Black:

            I picked this on, I have been hearing the name Bobbi Brown for years now in cosmetics circles and videos so I was excited that this was one of my potential choices for my customizable choice item. The brush is huge and mine came bent so I had to bend it back to where it’s supposed to be but I love the shape of the inner brush beyond the bristles so I am really jazzed to give this one a try. 

Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter in 010 Popping Champagne:

            I love highlighter, I think it’s my inner crow I like shiny things and it’s a beautiful shade, though it is a shade that I have several of already but will that stop me from using it? No, the answer to that is no so I’m excited. I feel like I am excited about a lot of little things recently and I am totally cool with that. I will say this is a really subtle highlight, it will not blind you with its brilliance but that’s a good thing for everyday wear. 

Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Hoard:

            This is the teeniest eyeshadow I have ever seen, like it’s the size of my thumbnail and that’s such an odd size for a sample, I just think that the packaging is large and the pan is small which doesn’t make much sense. The pigment and shade on it are great though so I can’t complain too much. 

SLMissGlam P40 Round Blusher Brush:

            This looks like a brush I would have begged my mom for in like the 90’s and early 2000’s, there is glitter in it and it just reminds me of that time of my life but it’s a pretty soft and not super packed blusher brush which is something that I love with a blusher brush that it’s fluffy. I just think for me that I like a more sophisticated looking brush but if the quality is there that is really all that matters to me.

Smashbox Cosmetics Oil & Shine Control Primer:

            Smashbox’s green primer was the first primer I ever used and I loved it so much so I know that Smashbox has some great primers. I am eager to give this one a try because it’s been quite some time since I have had a Smashbox product in my makeup bag.

            Overall my Glam Bag was pretty good this month. I feel like this post is kind of short but I really don’t have much to say about this bag, I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to trying out the products in the coming weeks and months.

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any really cool products? Any that you weren’t super excited about? I would love to know, leave it in the comments!

            If you want to know what else I have gotten in my Glam Bags this year, you can! January, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

            I will see y’all later in the week with another post so until then I hope you all have a great couple of days! 

            -MJ 

October 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ.

            How is it already half way through October? There is no way that that is true but here we are and I mean this is my favorite time of year it starts to cool down and the leaves start to change, I know it’s like the most basic white girl thing to say that my favorite season is fall but it is. I also love Halloween but the not so spooky versions. 

            The choices this month felt more diverse so I am hoping that that trend continues as we move through the rest of the year and beyond. 

The Bag:

            On the front is like what I would call a zodiac wheel or an all seeing eye but it’s surrounded by makeup items and I really like it, I think that the Glam Bag is similar and I wasn’t sure if I would like the draw string bag but I actually am really liking it. 

            The back says ‘you’re magic’ and I thought that was the cutest thing. 

What did I get?

Lovecraft Beauty Basic Rituals Eyeshadow Palette:

            I love this palette it is the perfect Halloween palette for quite a few darker looks. I also love the packaging and the holographic moth on the front because it all feels very Halloween and I can get behind a brand that sticks to their theme. The pigmentation isn’t bad on any of the colors even the white which is not a shade that I have many of. So overall pretty great little six pan palette. This was their first choice for me, I didn’t even pick this and it’s great.

Tarte Shape Tape Setting Powder in Translucent:

            I just love saying “shape tape” in funny voices and I cannot tell you why but this was their other choice for me which is a pretty great product to get, I don’t use setting powder all that often because I just setting spray and go. I love Tarte though and that is really not a secret so having another option for when I do use setting powder is never a bad thing. 

The Balm Cosmetics Autobalm Grl Pwdr Cheek Palette:

            I need to stop swatching while I am typing because I am just covered in eyeshadow and cheek products. I like the two shades of blush in this and the bronzer, the highlighter is a little dark for my complexion but I am not complaining. I like The Balm and the pigmentation is pretty great on this one as well. I like the little travel palettes that I have been getting because it means that I can carry them a lot easier to travel with and still have choices on what I put on my face. 

Skin&Lab B Plus Calming Cream:

            K-beauty for the win, I picked this one because I have been focusing more on skin care in 2020 because I have had the time to do so, it only takes a pandemic to really develop good skin care routines. I can’t really tell you much about this one without trying it but it claims to use B5 vitamins to calm the skin and regulate sebum levels and that all sounds great to me. 

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Aurora:

            I love Thrive, their mascara is my favorite, there are plenty of posts on the blog about that one. I have one of the other eye brighteners and I really like it but that’s in shade Stella which is a lighter champagne this one is more of a rose gold champagne and it’s a beautiful shade. 

            Overall my Glam Bag Plus this month was amazing, I really enjoyed it after having like two months of just okay bags. I feel like this post is kind of short and I don’t know if that’s a good or a bag thing but here we are either way. 

            If you want to see what else I have gotten this year you can! January, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September!

            Hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will see y’all in a few days with another post!

            -MJ  

What Was in My September 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,  

            So getting this bag this month was an adventure, I know with COVID and everything else that’s going on shipping times are messed up which I get but my problem was that I got an update saying it was delivered after not having much to go on with tracking and so I went over to my mail box and it wasn’t there. Now this is not the first time this has happened because there is a building with the same number on the next street so my packages have sometimes ended up there when we get a new carrier. This was one of those times so I went to the post office, my local post office is great they are always really helpful (shout out to the Bentonville, AR post office!) and it was in my mail box the next morning. 

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag Plus this month it was a corduroy which again made me feel like I was in the nineties and I am never upset for a little bit of nostalgia, it was two tone one side the same maroon as the Glam Bag Plus and the other a mustard yellow which was giving me major 90’s vibes because I think I had a pair of pants this color in like first grade and the bag is nice and soft. Also it looks very much like Gryffindor colors so I wasn’t mad about it.

What products did I get? 

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Hydrate Primer:

            This product is one of those that people swear by, I like Benefit but I don’t buy a lot of it because it’s just one of those brands that I haven’t really explored, their Roller Lash mascara is one of my all-time favorites for mascara so I know that they make good stuff. Porefessional is just one of those products that I have heard about for years just never tried, so here I get to try this teeny tiny little sample and see what I think about it. I did try it out on my hand and it soaks in quickly and that part of my hand feels really hydrated so maybe I will start using primers again because of this product, who knows only time will tell. 

Pūrlisse Beauty Youth Glow Vitamin C CC Cream in Fair:

            Normally BB and CC Creams and foundations from subscription services are a crap shoot for me because my skin is so fair so when they say fair sometimes it’s still too dark or the wrong undertone for me. This one isn’t a terrible shade match but man under the flashlight from my phone it is shimmery, it’s almost like a highlighter, I know it is a “glow” product but it’s a little much for me. Maybe when applied and things go onto it it’s better but we’ll see.

Realher Confidence in My Glow Highlighter:

            It’s beautiful, I love the packaging and the shade, I have never heard of the brand but I love it so much and I have only swatched it once. It pigmented and I love highlighters so having one that I like as much as I like this one already it’s kind of great. I don’t know what else I can say beyond that because overall the effect of the packaging and the product has absolutely sold me on it. 

Tarte Big Ego Mascara in black:

            I don’t use a lot of Tarte’s mascaras, I have used Maneater and Lights Camera Lashes and they are both great. The brush is almost as long as the tube and figure eight shaped to an extent which usually tells me it’s volumizing so I will give it a try because I don’t think I have ever received or bought anything from Tarte that I don’t love. 

P/Y/T Beauty Day-To-Night Cool Eyeshadow Quad:

            I like the fact that there is a guide and the shade names on a plastic insert, normally with quads like this you don’t get those but it’s a great addition to tell your customer where they should put the shades for a day look and a night look. Most of the shades are decently pigmented, I feel like when I swatched the shade “coffee run” I didn’t get much out of it but it is the all over color so I wouldn’t expect a hugely noticeable color pay off with that because it is supposed to blend in a little more with the eye lid. The rest of the shades though are beautiful and lovely neutral shades that I really like. 

            So that was my bag for this month, I feel like my post for this one isn’t super informative but it’s been one of those months where I have been distracted by some things and I have been waiting for this bag to show up, literally I usually have it about a week before a post like this goes up but this one goes up on Sunday, I got the bag on Friday and I am writing it Saturday morning so it was cutting it a little close to me having to switch it with my other post for this month but here it is.

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any great products this month? General thoughts? Let me know in the comments. 

            If you want to read any of my other openings for my Glam Bag this year, you can! January, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

            I hope everyone had a great week and has a great start to almost October, I’ll see y’all with another post on Wednesday.

            -MJ

Fall 2020 FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            It’s that time of year again FabFitFun time and it’s a great time. I am pre-writing a lot of posts just because I have the time on my hands and maybe I still have some creative spark left in me because y’all the world is tiring. 

            I loved everything I got in this box, hands down one of my favorite boxes so far! I will say this first and foremost just to get it out of the way because it was on my mind, so in total you get 8 items and there were a potential of 38 items and that is a lot, there used to be a few items that everyone got and I kind of liked that, there was less choice and it was kind of nice to know that everyone got a few really cool things that were picked for everyone and there wasn’t a choice that you could have gotten instead, but things change and companies change so I cannot begrudge them changing and evolving to suit the needs of their fan base and customers. 

            Seriously though, that is my only complaint and the rest of it is amazing. They are moving to be more environmentally friendly with different box sizes and less paper and confetti that used to come in the box so again good for you triple F looking out for the planet. Also I love the box, the design and the fact that they are changing them to again be more environmentally conscious. 

My one complaint, the shipping label on the top so I don’t get the full nice box top, also I didn’t want to dox my own address so I blacked it out because, duh.

            This box was worth anywhere between $214-$544 and like usual I am not going to tell you the exact value of my personal box but it was up there so I was happy about that because who doesn’t love more bang for their buck?

            So what did I get? I will list all the choices at the end of the potential other items and let you know all sorts of things as I go because as always these are all my opinions and that’s how it always will be, so here we go. 

Botkier New York Trigger Backpack:

            I chose this one and I didn’t think about choosing anything else in this category, I love backpacks; I usually carry a backpack but sometimes it’s just too big. So having a mini-backpack to just carry around was right up my street. It’s a leather flap and an I think nylon bottom with cute little front zip pockets. I cannot wait to get around to using it for all of my daily travels (you know when we get to travel again) so this was the choice that fit my style the most. What were the other options that I could have chosen, Botkier New York Bond Tote, Foxybae 25mm Black Curling Wand, Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner and Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, Uncommon James Set of 2 Copper Canisters, Sachajuan Styling and Finishing Cream, Mila Mélange Foldable Cotton Basket. 

Soia & Kyo Woven Scarfigan with Fringe

            I chose this one too, scarfigan is just a really fun word to say and it’s so cozy and soft. I was wearing it around my apartment last night and I am already obsessed with it. I hope unlike the last cardigan that I got from one of these boxes it doesn’t shed to high heaven. It’s super cute and right now it’s sitting very dramatically on the edge of the chair in my office, I love it so much already because there was some pause about what to choose with this selection and this was the choice that just felt more right to me and I am so glad that I did. The other choices were the Beyond Yoga Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf, Glossmetics Hair Removal Device, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Rose Perfecting and Refining Serum, Volition Beauty Celery Green Cream, or the Erno Laszlo Pore Cleansing Clay Mask.

Jenny Bird Leana Pendant:

            This is was last thing that I chose and I was happy with this one as well, I like necklaces and this one is simple and I love it, it’s a double chain with a single silver pendant and it’s so up my street. I like jewelry but when you work with elementary aged kids their first instinct is to grab things that hang so I don’t wear jewelry very frequently and that’s okay because when I get to wear it some of the pieces I have gotten from FabFitFun are my go-to’s. Probably because they are simple and fun but also most of them I have chosen which is always a plus in my book. The pendant actually has a good weight to it and that is always good with jewelry; for it to not feel cheap and flimsy. The other options were the Jenny Bird Austin Cuff, Vitamasques Multivitamin Mask Set, Nectar Sunglasses Blue Light Blocking Glasses in Brown Tortiose, Beauty Bakerie Proof is in the Puddin’ Palette. (which I got in my winter box last year and love!)

Masontops Glass Water Bottle with Neoprene in Turquoise:

            I was hoping to get this one because I love reusable water bottles, I try really hard to not use single use plastic if I can, recycle if I cannot, and this water bottle is actually really cool. It’s also a two cup mason jar if you take the sleeve off and I love a multitasking item. There is of course a lot of sustainable drinkware out there but this one is super cool in my book. I feel like there isn’t much to say about it though, it’s a water bottle but also a mason jar and it’s as simple as that. The other options were the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream, Feel Beauty Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleaners, or the frank body Original Coffee Scrub.

NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil in Horchata: 

            In high school I worked in a nail salon and I for sure took better care of my nails, they are a mess now and it’s fine for me, but we are getting to the time of year where my hands will dry out and my cuticles will shred themselves so having this is actually really good for my cuticles moving forward into the fall and winter. I don’t know why it’s horchata scented, it’s not a bad smell but when I think of nail products I think of essential oils, lavender and things like that, soft spa scents. I like it though and it makes my cuticles feel nice and moisturized. The other options for this were the HIP cutlery Set, Likwid Rx Stress Reliever 100% Natural Ayurvedic Hair Oil, 8 Other Reasons Runway Clip Trio, Harper+Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Juice Cleanse. (I have this one I got it in my fall 2019 box and I like them) (In brief side note, I had to look up what post that was in and man my posts have become a lot different since then and I’m not mad about it, not one little bit.)

Voesh New York Pedicure in a Box Duo-Pumpkin Spice:

            I mean, I guess Pumpkin Spice everything really is a thing, now don’t get me wrong I love pumpkin spice but for a pedicure; sure why not? Again worked in a nail salon I used to get pedicures, I haven’t had a professional pedicure since the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012, it’s been a while y’all but having something where I can do a pretty good job at home is not a bad thing in my book. Like it sounds like it has a lot of boog vitamins and stuff in it so I am excited to give it a try. The other options were either The Laundress New York Crease Release or the Spongellé Boxed Flower in Sweet Cedarwood.

Stone Candles Room Spray in Santal Noir:

            I love room spray’s, there is no secret with that I have a bunch of them but let’s be real they are Glade and Febreeze so having a more boujee one is not a bad thing and it smells good with notes of sandalwood and cardamom. It’s beautifully simple packaging makes it something you could put in plain sight and unless someone was really looking at it they wouldn’t know it was room spray. The other options were the Stone Candle Room Spray in Pumpkin Spice (which would have been cool too), NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque, or the Hythe Tranquility Sleep Mist. 

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date:

            The packaging is a little milk carton with cow spots and I love it! Also the shade is beautiful a rose gold champagne and a little really goes a long way, I know I got a little more than planned when I was swatching it and it covered most of the back of my palm and three of my finger tips on the other hand so be careful with it. Seriously though, the packaging is next level and it’s some of my favorite packaging in a while with any products so congrats, I love it. The other options were either the Beauty Papier Golden Superfood Shower Gel or the ZiGi &MARAiS Pouch with Stripe. 

            Overall this box per usual blew me out of the water and I loved it, keep doing what you do FabFitFun because whatever it is, it’s working.

Wanna check out my other FabFitFun posts from this year, you can! They are pretty fun if i do say so myself, spring and summer for 2020.

            Do you subscribe? Did you like everything you got? Any products that you were over the moon excited to receive?

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until then, have a great week!

            -MJ