Happy spooky season y’all, by the time this goes up it will be November 1st so after spooky season so welcome to 60% off chocolate season leading into Thanksgiving season but that is not what this post is about. This is about a really cool service and the fact that they make reading experiences immersive and who can be mad about that. All the opinions in this are my own I’m just willing to support brands and services that create things that I enjoy.
I found Once Upon A Book Club well over a year ago and my first box I purchased was their Sweet Halloween box last year and that book was Housewitch by Katie Schickel which took me a long time to read because last October and November was difficult for me, let’s be real all months are hard for me but I’m still kicking. But I loved that book when I got into it and the gifts were perfect, a pink scarf and mud mask and I have enjoyed both.
This year I decided that I wanted to write a post on the book I got this year which was 15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher which is the third in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries and if you think that I am not purchasing the first two you are wrong. (I will probably have them by the time this post goes live if I am lucky.) I devoured this book it was so good. I am a sucker for a cozy mystery and the story in this weaving Nantucket history and current affairs on the fictional version of the island. I loved it so much and I am excited to see the beginnings of Stella Wright in the first two novels and all of the rest that will eventually come out in the series.
Because this was the third in the series I did feel like I was missing some things so I want to rea the other two though I am no stranger to reading mystery series out of order I read like the 19th book in the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews first and then the 16th before I read the first one so I understand reading it out of order and needed to go back and meet the characters for the first time.
So what was the book about? The lead up to Halloween, a skeleton found in a wall of a 19th century chandlery, a murder near an old well, a mysterious map, a more mysterious map, and trying to unravel a mystery that happened over a century ago.
It is for sure worth a read just in general, I will put this one my list for my Books Read This Year Part 4 which I expect to come out at the end of the year because I finished this book just a day after I posted the last one, (you can check out 1, 2, and 3.)
I don’t want to give too much away about the book but I will tell you about the gifts. On the page where you are to open your gift is a sticky note and it’s important not to open your gifts until you get to those pages and they were all late in the book so I had to wait to get them.
The first gift was a candle clock with a prominently featured throughout the book and it’s a really interesting concept so I am excited to actually give it a try, but I live in an apartment at the moment and I can’t burn candles so it will just have to wait until I get a more permanent place.
The second gift was a cup that has to do with a cup in the book and I kind of love reusable coffee mugs and this one has books on it so I cannot be mad at all about it.
The last gift was my favorite, in the book the group of women that come to the main character’s candle classes are called The Candeleer’s and they made cobwebs for the Halloween Haunts event and for the “cobwebs” it is a beautiful spiderweb shaped table runner which will fit perfectly on my bistro table next year when I have a chance to put it out before Halloween and I am so jazzed to have something really cool and kind of spooky to put on my table next year.
So I think that this Halloween box is going to be a yearly tradition for me because I love the idea of this whole Once Upon a Book Club idea, eventually I would love to subscribe to their regular box or get their Advent Box one year but this year is not that year for either of those things. It’s such a fun concept and I love the suspense of waiting to open a gift that goes along with a book that I am reading.
If you like cozy mysteries give this one a read because it is totally worth it and I know that I am going to sink my teeth into the first two as soon as I can.
I hope everyone had a really Happy Halloween if you celebrate it and I hope y’all have a great start to November and I will see y’all mid-week with a new post.
So I am late to the party, I have been walking around like a zombie for a week or so now but I did manage to binge the entire limited series Good Omens on Amazon Prime. I feel like I am making my blog what I want and sometimes that’s not just beauty, sometimes it’s really interesting things that I watch on TV and Good Omens was amazing. I am not the first to review it, there are probably better, more put together, and more insightful reviews other places on the internet but this is my review and I’m sticking to it.
I mean, it’s going to have spoilers, if you haven’t seen it; don’t read it. If you don’t plan on watching it or you don’t care I will see everyone on Sunday with a different post.
I have been waiting for its Amazon release for a while now and I was so happy when it came out that I didn’t waste any time watching it. Now I didn’t watch all six episodes in one night, I stretched it from Friday night to Sunday night because I wanted to savor the story. I am going to say this right here right now, I have not read the book yet; I own it but I have yet to read it and since I am packing to move it’s going to be at least another month before I can sink my claws into the novel.
The show itself is quirky and the characters are very well played by their respective actors. I mean I now want a 1930’s Bentley that survives on sheer power of will and only plays Queen. It interweaves so many overlapping storylines and brings all of them to a crescendo so beautifully.
I am a huge Doctor Who fan so having one of my favorite doctor’s playing a slightly annoyed at all times demon was such a win in my book.
The dynamics of heaven and hell play off each other so well in this series that is the lead up to the apocalypse, both sides wanting a war and only two celestial beings, a band of children, a witch, and a witch finder can seem to solve.
Now I am not going to make comments on the similarities and differences from the book to the live action adaptation because I cannot make those connections, maybe one day I will do an in depth read through and watch over comparison but at this moment, I sadly am unable.
I loved all of the Easter Eggs throughout the show that harkened back again to Doctor Who, many have been pointed out on Tumblr and more than likely many other social sharing platforms, I really enjoyed the small Easter Egg of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods novel being read in the series as well.
Cinematically is was stunning, blending so many different settings, time periods, styles, and characters into this fully amazing and realized tapestry of a masterpiece.
There is quite a bit of swearing, some violence, and some mildly explicit content so if you have aversions to any of those things, this may not be the show for you, I am going to give you that warning on the show right here and right now.
So what’s it about? For those of you who might be a little interested but aren’t convinced yet:
Good Omens follows an angel (Aziraphale) played by Michael Sheen and a demon (Crowley) played by David Tennant in the bringing and the coming of age of the anti-Christ, they are a bit bumbling at their jobs because they have both been on Earth since its beginning and 6,000 or so years is a long time. It follows them from the bringing to the week of the child’s 11th birthday, the whole show pretty much is contained in that one week in the lead up to the apocalypse. There are tangents showing the building of Crowley and Aziraphale’s relationship. (I will leave that up to interpretation.) Now as the time counts down heaven and hell are both on edge for a fight while our heroes? Anti-heroes? Saboteurs? I don’t know what you want to call them try and prevent the end of the world. They are not alone in the quest to make sure that the world doesn’t end but they are also opposed by the four horsemen (who ride really awesome motorcycles if I do say so myself) and the powers that be in their respective dimensions of the heavens and the underworld. As the boy comes into his power he starts to create things, things from his imagination come into being and it begins to start a global panic. While the main characters are trying to find the boy, there is a witch who goes to the village where he lives and tries to find him because of prophesies written some 400 years prior and a witch finder looking for her as well as the boy, that was a great sub-plot over all I must say. I’m not going to spoil the ending, except to say, when in hell ask for a rubber duck.
It’s a fun watch and something that keeps you riveted from the first moment of narration to the very end frame and I will be watching it again at some point soon. (I also binged both seasons of Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency this weekend so I was on a books made into shows kick. Such a good show, so short lived, can we get that back for the not so large audience who wants to know what happens next and see the rest of the Black Wing associated projects. Like I am raising my hand hoping beyond hope that someone picks it up even though it’s been off for two years and now I am rambling in a sidebar instead of finishing my review, my bad.)
Back to what I was saying, Good Omens was a great show, it really and truly was. I am not a critic so I don’t try and find fault in shows I sit, I watch, and I enjoy. It is one of those shows that you could watch over and over again and catch new and different things and because it is based off a book I now have the opportunity to go and read the book as well so I get even more insight and understanding into maybe some of the things that I didn’t fully understand from the show.
So if I have convinced you to give it a chance, awesome, I hope that you are not disappointed. If you don’t like my opinions, awesome, that’s why we have opinions. If you have already seen it, awesome, I want to know your thoughts!
Anyone have any suggestions on shows I should binge watch or just casually watch?
I’ll see everyone Sunday with another post, I hope everyone has a great end to this week and I will see you then!
Guess who disappeared for a few weeks, I was out at my parent’s place for almost a week and then I didn’t have my laptop for the week after that. I had to get my keyboard replaced because of some issues with it. So I am a little late on this one, oops my bad.
So I got my February Birchbox and to be honest, it was fine. It was not earth shattering or ground breaking because it didn’t feel super personalized to me.
The box was super cute and I still don’t know what I am going to do with the boxes as I accumulate them. They may just be recycled because I can’t figure out a good way to upcycle or use them to DIY.
I’m going to dive right into the products because this is so late.
Marcelle: City 24-hour Anti-Pollution Day & Night Moisturizing Emulsion
I used to live much closer to a big city and there was plenty of pollution there, now that I have moved to more of the country I have noticed fewer problems with my skin. I am still excited to use this because I like the idea of it. It feels really good on the skin though so I am ready to try it. I am hoping that it doesn’t have any adverse effects on my skin but I guess we will see.
Number 4: Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm
My hair is pretty smooth to begin with so this one doesn’t feel too much like me. I will probably save it for use during the summer when the humidity takes my hair and makes it unruly. It smells really good but it just isn’t for me on a daily or even weekly basis year round.
Proenza Shouler: Arizona eu de Parfum
It smells so good! However, a full sized bottle is $100, now I am not normally a perfume person, I don’t go out much and usually if I do put something on it is just a body spray not a perfume, because perfume it just really expensive. I like the citrus notes in this perfume because when I do use perfume I go for more floral, fresh, and fruity so this was right up my street.
Stila Cosmetics: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Paradiso
The insert said this was a cranberry shade, it looks more grape to merlot shade to me. It is much more of an autumnal shade. It is a really nice shade though. I haven’t had a chance to really try it on besides a swatch but it is really not a spring color to me so when it becomes more seasonally appropriate I will give it a shot.
Sunday Riley: Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
This one I did choose when it gave me the ability to customize my box with a sample pick. I have been a far off fan of Sunday Riley for years, I have never had a product from that company before because it is really expensive but now that I am taking better care of my skin I have started to use an eye cream and I am looking for a different one as opposed to the one I am currently using. (check out my skin care routine to find that out) There is not much in the tube but it’s only a sample size so I cannot be upset about that.
So there was my box for February, it was fine, I cannot complain because it is only my second month getting the box and I can imagine as time goes on it will get better. There were some hits and some misses in this box but I can use everything, it does not mean that I will not use the products because after use I may love them so this is initial in my life, this is just an unboxing, this is not a full in depth review so take my opinions with a grain of salt.
Well I will see everyone in a few days, have a good rest of the week!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year because I got my winter box! Seriously if you can afford it and you like beauty, fitness, lifestyle, and skincare get on it and subscribe to this box. I will have it for a year in the spring and I have never regretted getting it. It is a little pricy $50 a season but for the full sixed products that you get it’s totally worth it. This box in particular was worth anywhere between $290-$335 and that is some pretty good math for only spending $50 to get the box itself. Per usual I am not going to tell you what the value of my particular box was but it was on the higher end of that price range from above.
As always the views I put on here are my own, I just really like the box.
So what did I get in my box you may ask? Well I’m going to tell you all about it in just one second. But first I want to take a second and talk about the magazine that comes in every box. Since I started receiving my boxes in the spring they have gotten better and better, I prefer the smaller magazine than the one that I got in my spring and summer boxes which were rather large like a newspaper. They are also getting more pages and more things to read like a traditional magazine and I am here for it. I really like that the company pairs with a charity for every box because to me that is really important, charitable foundations and charities are something that have always been close to my heart and knowing that a company that I support supports others it’s great.
Now the bulk of this and I promise it is not going to be long and rambling like some of my recent posts, but it’s not going to be short because I have some things to say about this box.
I’m going to start with what was in every winter box:
Thrive Cosmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”- So I have never had a stick highlight like this, nor have I ever had a highlight that is meant specifically for your eyes and if you guys read my Blush, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up you know how much of a highlighter fan that I am. On the inside of the uni-carton it says “leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and I love that quote.
It’s vegan and cruelty free which I am always excited about and it has a beautiful champagne shimmer and a built in sharpener, I love a multipurpose beauty product. I tore open the box to show you the quote inside. (don’t worry I’m going to recycle it) I love the packaging, the product, and I am excited to add it to my collection.
Ahava Hydration Cream Mask- I have loved Ahava for years, the nail salon I worked for in high school carried it and their Frasier Fur scent is still one of my favorites, I don’t even know if they make it anymore but I loved their scents and how they felt on the skin so I am excited to be able to rediscover this brand. You can wash it off or leave it on all night and it is approved for sensitive skin so that is a huge plus in my beauty book. Again the packaging is simple and I am a huge fan. It doesn’t really have a fragrance to it, at least not a strong one it just smells like good skin care.
Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid- It has activated charcoal and hyaluronic acid?! Count me in! It comes with five sets of eye masks and I have never done the gel masks under my eyes before but I am hoping that they don’t have some adverse effect, though nothing I have gotten from Fabfitfun in the past has really ever affected me in a negative way when it comes to skin care. I mean we try to detox everything else so why not our under eyes too. I’m excited to try it and I will hopefully follow up with how they worked eventually.
The next set were choices that all members could make and therefore some of these items I chose over another item that was offered.
Bearpaw Headband and Pop-Top Glove Duo- It was either this option of a treatment mask for your hair and for my needs where it is cold but not super cold I chose the glove and headband set. I love floppy hats during the winter but I don’t have any headbands and I always lose my mittens so I figured this would be a better choice for me personally. I probably should have gotten the other because my hair is always a mess but for my winter needs I chose the gloves. I think during the spring, summer, or autumn I would have chosen the other option.
Lele Sadoughi Sliver Circle Necklace- I am a huge fan of understated jewelry, I don’t like things that are too flashy or trendy, I want to be able to wear my jewelry for the next ten years not the next ten minutes when the trends change. This necklace is beautiful and understated so it is perfect for any sort of occasion with any outfit. I can’t remember if I chose this item or said surprise me but either way I am really excited for it. The packaging it came in is super simple and also really elegant. The necklace itself comes on a good length chain and the end of the chain has more loops for the clasp so you can make it longer or shorter depending on occasion and preference. The other options were either an H Halston jewelry portfolio or an Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, I actually got an Oribe trial size texturizing spray in my November ipsy Glam Bag so I am at least familiar with the brand.
Pür Be Your Selfie Palette- I can hear everyone sighing from here, I didn’t need another eyeshadow palette but I could not pass it up, it was really pretty and I don’t have anything from Pür Cosmetics. I love the compactness of the palette and the fact that it is only nine shades. It is not something that I would walk into a store and purchase myself because it is kind of expensive for nine shades, though who am I kidding a Naked palette is $54 for 12 shades and I have purchased those in the past. If the quality is there I am going to be super excited. I love the colors in the palette because who doesn’t need 15 neutral palettes, the shade distribution is pretty even four mattes and five shimmers so that is pretty average for a palette like this. You do get a higher payoff with the darker shades but overall when swatched they feel creamy and look pretty pigmented with some nice warmer neutral tones. The other options for this were the Richer Poorer Reina over the knee socks or the Sherrie Matthews Jade Stone Roller.
These last three were customizable for the select members, I am not a select member though one day I hope to be.
Okay so this next one, there was a note in my box saying they weren’t happy with the quality of the coaster’s that are pictured in the magazine and in their place was going to be a mystery item. So I got the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator, now I looked on the Dr. Brandt website for a price and I was blown away, guys good skin care is so expensive! I mean, I am excited to try it out and see if my skin can handle it but I bet it can because it seems like a pretty good formulation so I am pretty excited to try it. The other options besides the coasters were Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in “Meringue” or the Brooke Burke Body Sliders.
Way of Will Elevate Essential Oils: Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus- I love essential oils, I have a diffuser in my bedroom and my favorite combo is lavender and bergamot now normally I am not a fan of orange smells because they are too sweet, too strong, and too artificial smelling for me but this sweet orange actually smells like oranges and I really like it. I know they will both smell better in the diffuser, I don’t put essential oils on my skin it is just a me thing but I am looking forward to everything around me smelling like eucalyptus and sweet orange. (not at the same time) The other option for this was the Anthropologie X Mer-Sea & Co Sea Whip Body Cream in Coconut Sugar.
Last thing in the box! Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw in Natural/ivory, the other option was the same through but in a different color way, gray/ivory. I really like the gray/ivory one but I think this one will go better with my décor. It is apparently a Williams-Sonoma Brand and this girl loves her some Williams-Sonoma. When I lived in Indiana the closest one was in Chicago, well in the suburbs of Chicago, now where I live my closest Williams-Sonoma is like and 15 minute drive! It’s so exciting! It’s really soft and it’s just the right size for curling up on the couch with it. I don’t know where it’s going to live in my apartment yet but I really like the throw.
So that’s all for my box this winter, I am already looking forward to the spring box and that is three more months away, that’s the hardest part really, waiting for the next box. If you guys subscribe what did you get? What was your favorite thing? Is there something that you didn’t get that you really wanted?
Okay so on Black Friday I decided that I was going to give into marketing and order the 22-piece set, now if you have read any of my ipsy unbaggings you know how much I enjoy having an ipsy subscription and let’s be real if I could afford to shell out $25 a month to get the glam bag plus when it becomes available for the general public I would because I love getting and trying new beauty products.
So was it worth it? I think so, yea. I like what I got and I only got two repeats from what I have gotten in other glam bags this year and a repeat product from the Summer Fabfitfun (which I will be able to type one day without going back and making sure that I have the three F’s in the right order, today was not that day.) box but I like the product so I wasn’t too upset that I got another full size of it in this bag.
Waiting for this bag was a pain in the butt because it was delayed at least three times, I understand that this time of year because there is such a high volume of things being shipped because it is something called the “holiday season” I get it. I was just a little worried with the fact that I had no tracking information for days at a time before I finally got it on Tuesday of this week. (Unlike the last thing I unboxed I was not disappointed by this package.) Now this wasn’t like a usual ipsy unbagging because I knew what I was getting, it was all listed and pictured on the website when I bought it. I mean it would have been really cool to have the option to have a mystery 22-piece set as an option as will but this makes sure that when you order it you know you are not going to feel as if you have been gypped (who picked the spelling for that word, I want to talk to them) with the products that were included in the bag itself.
After three paragraphs of exposition lets dig into the bag, it’s about two times larger than a standard bag and I am a huge fan, when I saw it on the website I thought it had gold feathers on it, I was wrong it is many gold eyelashes and that makes more sense than feathers for a beauty company. Gold interior and it is a nice tan light canvas, I really like the bag and wish that all of their products came in bags this bag but five little products would get lost like Hermione’s bag in Harry Potter or Mary Poppins purse and so it wouldn’t really make sense for five trial sized products to go in a bag this large.
Two items were on the outside of the bag and that was the Coola sunscreen and the Ouai Memory Mist which is a spray to make your hair more resistant to heat when styling and I am completely for that because I color my hair so when I do straighten it I worry that because of the combination of dye and heat that my hair is just going to start snapping off. It won’t happen like that but it is always a fear.
Now what was in the bag you may ask, I split this up between makeup, skin care, and misc. After I took all of the packaging off of the products everything fit into the bag, with the exception of the single pan blush and eyeshadow I got because I didn’t want to have loose eyeshadow and blush rolling around in my new bag to damage the bag, the other products, and the original products. I am not going to write a bunch about each product because this post would be so long and after my last post which was like 2600 words I don’t think I need to write another one that is quite that long.
Most of the products that were in the makeup category were from brands that I recognized and I was very pleased with what I received. Let’s go from left to right, back row first.
Doucce Maxlash Mascara- I got this one in one of my first Glam Bags and I am a huge fan of Doucce with the products I have tried which is this mascara and one of their eyeshadow palettes and its kind of nice to have a backup travel size of this product.
Eyeko Eye Do Liner- I got a different Eyeko liner in my July ipsy glam bag and I normally am not a liner wearer because by the time I’m done fixing my wings to be even I look like I just walked out of a coal mine. Though I have heard really good things about Eyeko as a brand and the liner that I got in July did go on nice and smooth even though my wing was crooked. I don’t know if this is a different formula but I am hopeful that it is roughly the same.
Lorac Pro Satin Lip in Blush- I love Lorac as a brand but this is my first one of their lip products, the color is really nice and I am excited to actually have a reason to do more than just swatch it.
So Susan Liquid Lipstick in Pumpkin- I expected it to be orange, it is not orange and it is actually a rather pretty late autumnal shade which will take a look to go with but I am excited to have a look to put with it. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t orange or had more of an orange tone to it, it’s more of a burnt dark orange with red tones as well. Super pretty, in my opinion.
Pacifica Nebula Highlight- Okay this highlighter is beautiful. I know Pacifica for their skin care, I used their makeup wipes for years and they smelled like coconut and were great before I discovered micellar water and have not looked back (sorry). I swatched this and I want to bathe in it, it’s a beautiful iridescent and I can’t describe it any other way, the packaging is amazing and I love it. If I like it as much as I did swatching I see a full sized product in the future.
Front Row from the left!
Helios (I love that name) eyeshadow in Pinky Up!- It has so much glitter in it with a rose gold base, it’s not super pigmented but that is okay because there is so much glitter in it that it makes up for it pretty well.
Ittsē single eyeshadow in metamorphosis- It’s super pretty and with the eyeshadows I found a theme, rose gold/copper/gold was the tones for all of the shadows in this bag, I like the shadow and it was already magnetic so it went into my magnetic palette right after I took the picture, the pigment is so-so but I feel like with a lot of single shadows it is like that for many brands that I have encountered because of my ipsy bags.
Space Case Eyeshadow in Love Potion No. 3- I loved the outer packaging on this one because it was so cool, really hard to open but so cool. I really like the shade and while I would not pair these three shadows together in one look in their own individual looks they would be great.
Lottie blush in Zayn- It’s a nice pinkie blush with pretty good pigment, went right in the magnetic palette because it came as just a pan in a bubble plastic with a small outer box. The packaging on this one was great too, I cannot get over the packaging for so many brands, they always seem to find a way even with simple packaging to blow me away.
This was the largest category and I split it up between products and masks so products first. From left to right.
Pūr-Lisse Lip Nourisher- Not a brand I have heard of but that clearly means nothing. It has mango and shea-butter in it so I know that it’s going to be pretty great and we are getting into the season of dry and cracking lips so having something to protect them makes me very excited.
Barefoot Venus (another great brand name) Lemon Freckle Hand Cream- First impression, it smells like lemon pound cake or lemon meringue pie and I am not mad about that. It is thick and moisturizing. I am one of those people who loves lotion but hates the feeling of it on the skin because most of the time it’s greasy; this one actually isn’t too bad and it smells great both in the tube and on the hands. It’s been about 10 minutes since I put it on and my hands feel really silky and there is no more greasiness so that is a super plus in my book.
Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint moisture rich hydrating balm- I prefer natural scents when it comes to any kind of mint if I can get it, I prefer natural scents for a lot of products but that is for another time. I am one of those people who have 7-10 tubes of chapstick or lip balm around, none of them are finished, and I can only find two so having another one is not a bad thing.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer- I have used one primer for years now and one other before that, both are green tinted because of a skin condition that I have that leaves my cheeks red and ruddy, though I am willing to give anything with it comes to beauty a try so I am excited to try this as well. I would open it while I am writing this but I have lotion on my hands and the cap is on really tight.
Dermadeli Pumpkin Seed Serum- I am not a user of serums (that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be) but I am really excited to try this because according to the ipsy description of this product it can help with inflammation of acne and help prevent it in the future and as someone who used to struggle with more breakouts than I do now this is a product that I probably should have been using for years and I hope that it does help with those things as I give it a good test in the next few weeks.
Youth to the People Adaptogen Moisture Cream- I am excited to use this, I have sensitive skin and according to the description on this one it soothes that kind of thing.
Timeless Beauty Bar sheet masks in Up in the Clouds and Glam and Glow- Okay I love sheet masks, I don’t use them as often as I should and I have a collection of them but I love the packaging on these two, it gives you a “best for” situation on them and I love that, it also tells you what it is meant to do, for example the Up in the Clouds one is hydrating and refreshing and best for frequent flyers. I love the packaging it is classy and very informative while still being modern, love it looking forward to using them.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels- Again something that I have thought about purchasing in the past, maybe not this specific brand but the idea behind them is pretty cool. I am excited to try them, maybe they will help me look less tired while I walk through life trying to look less tired.
Last section! I promise and this is miscellaneous, things I didn’t really have a category for and it’s only three things so bear with me just a little longer.
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo- I am usually a user of Batiste dry shampoo but I am always in the market for something different or something that will work better with my hair so I am excited to try this and see if I like it better.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Lacquer (or polish) in Kiss Kiss, Darling- To be honest from the packaging I thought this was soap, it didn’t say nail polish anywhere in English. I mean I love the color but the packaging had me confused.
Slmissglam R60 Blending Brush and R61 Angled Eyeshadow Brush- Love new brushes and everyone knows it. I love the color of the synthetic hairs on the brush, I love the tiny jewels on the metal part of the handle, I am hoping those don’t come off when I wash them. I am excited to give them a try one of these days.
First and foremost because this is a Marvel post, RIP Stan Lee, thank you for bringing so many influential characters into my life that have shaped me since I was a child. You will be missed by so many but your influence will live on with every fan whose heart you touched with a character, a comic book strip, or a delightful cameo in a film that made everyone wonder “when is Stan Lee coming in?” The first film without one of your cameos will be difficult, thank you for everything.
Per usual, all of these views are mine and I’m not holding back on this one. This is no shade to Funko or their very creative staff who create some of the coolest and most fun collectables that I own. I am talking very much about the quality of the box as well as the confusion I am feeling for the execution of the theme within this box.
This post is going to be super long so grab some popcorn or a snack and dig into this with me.
Now onto the box itself, I feel like I have no words for how I feel about this box. I had to stop and write my thoughts down on how disappointed I am with this box. I was so hopeful that after the Venom box being so much better than the Deadpool box that the Marvel Studios 10 Year box would be super cool because 10 years is a big deal for a lot of fans. I expected a nice spread that was representative of the first 10 years, 20 movies, and countless characters that have changed the lives of so many people both from the comics as well as the feature films. The box contained four items, I am going to say this right here right now, I miss the pin, patch, and comic book; I know that I have said that before but I feel like I need to say it again louder for the people in the back. It took some of the magic of the box away when they got rid of so much of what made the box so cool to get every other month.
The emotion I am tying to this box is confusion, there are no other emotions that I can tether to this in this moment beyond utter confusion as to the choices and the items within the box itself. I feel like I need to do a show and tell with the items before I actually explain why I am so confused with the whole thing.
The box was pretty standard but it came inside an Amazon box, granted I am going to use the outer box again but I thought it was kind of pointless to ship a box in a box when in the past it has never come in a second box; unless they had a rash of thefts with other boxes, if that is the case then it is understandable but then why put a Collector Corps box on the inside, just ship it in an Amazon box and put a card in it that explains things and some themed tissue paper.
The contents of the box were underwhelming, I even texted a picture to my mom and she said she was unimpressed and she used to think these boxes were really neat, they aren’t neat anymore.
The first item I pulled out of the box was a Hulk Pez dispenser, the Hulk was from Thor: Ragnarok and I was confused as to why they chose something from Thor: Ragnarok and not a more recognizable Hulk from any of the other films that The Hulk has been featured in like one from one of the Avengers films? I just found it odd that using the Hulk with the battle helmet was their choice, it is also gold. It makes the character not less recognizable but less detailed than it would have been with the traditional coloring of the Hulk.
The next item was a movie moment which is a pretty new series from Funko and the movie moment was the fight between Whiplash and Tony Stark (Iron Man) in Monaco on the race track from Iron Man 2. It’s pretty cool and it was the highlight of the box. I am again confused why that was the movie moment that was chosen to be featured, I can think of many others that would encompass the first ten years of Marvel Studios better than this one. I was one of the few people I know who actually like Iron Man 2 but it is my least favorite Iron Man solo film, I would go even so far as to say that it is my least favorite movie with Iron Man in it. Like I said highlight of the box, it was the only thing that wasn’t gold. I would have liked to have seen a movie moment from one of the ensemble films because I feel personally that would have been more representative of the magnitude of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to the impact of the first 10 years of Marvel Studios.
I feel like there was a very King Midas moment with this box, everything but one thing was gold. Like I said with the Hulk Pez, it makes them much less detailed. The last two items in the box were two pint Sized Heroes in Thanos and Thor from Thor: Ragnarok. I am going to start with Thanos because I need a moment before I go into it about the tiny Thor.
I understand why Thanos made it into the box, he was the foreshadowed ultimate villain, the final boss if you will for much of the first 10 years but again, he’s gold. I can understand one gold item but not three, on the card in the box it said gold was chosen to represent the magnitude and the weight of the first ten years so one item, sure, but not three. Give me something that I can’t go and buy in a store and spray paint myself. Give me something that actually has some weight to it. Thanos is cute, Thanos should not be cute.
Now on to tiny Thor, again this is from Thor: Ragnarok so half of the items in this box were from one movie. One movie, let that sink in; out of 20 movies in the Cinematic Universe they chose two items from one film, a film that came out last year. When I first saw it on the card insert I thought it as Mordo from Doctor Strange which confused me even more but seeing that it is Thor on the packaging I was a little less confused; just a little. It’s gold, I didn’t know who it was until I looked at the packaging because when you make something all one color it makes it harder to know what it is on a figure that is small and not as detailed as a regular Pop! Figure.
Now onto the fun part (not really more of the review of the tape after a losing game), my full and honest review and why I am cancelling my subscription. This box was in a word disappointing; I have no other adjective to describe it. Maybe in a few days I will but at the moment I was just incredibly disappointed in the quality of this box and the lack of quality in the last two out of three boxes that I have received. I want to break this down into a few categories as I go through this, the content, the reasons I am unsubscribing, and everything else.
This box was supposed to be a representation of the first ten years of Marvel Studios, it was supposed to encompass 20 films, it encompassed two and a general character. I was shocked to see nothing from Guardians which is a major part of the Cinematic Universe, I was really shocked to not see anything that was Captain America themed, that is one character who is a huge part of the franchise, he was the “First Avenger” after all and it was just so odd to not see anything in this box that featured him. There were so many characters that could have made appearances in this box and they didn’t, pick a villain that people love to hate, Ultron, Ulysses Claue, The Mandarin, Loki, (don’t come after me, I like Loki but in the beginning he went from misunderstood to trying to rule Earth, redemption was great but come on.) Red Skull, heck Ego. Give me the heroes that we all love, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, The Falcon, War Machine, and so many others that are huge parts of our popular culture.
There were only four items in the box where when it was under the Funko umbrella it was usually more and the quality of the items and the theme was more cohesive. They could have picked a different movie moment it would have had more impact if it would have been from a more popular Marvel film or a more memorable moment, it was not groundbreaking to me. I want to know how they chose this moment out of thousands that were more impacting on the franchise. Heck Black Widow flipping Happy Hogan would have been more memorable, or Rhodey and Tony in the botanical garden after the Hammer expo and that is two in that film alone, I mean if it was possible doing the moment of Tony sitting in the donut with Fury and Black Widow looking on would have been cool too, or even Coulson telling Tony if he left he would tazer him and sit and watch Super Nannyand all of those moments are from Iron Man 2, Tony next to the car holding the door after Whiplash took it off, that would have been cool too. I understand that they have to keep it on the simpler side because it is so much work that is put into even creating one of these let alone many but in my opinion this was not really a good representation of the magnitude of the first 10 years.
Everything else was gold, I am not going to get into that again, I already did that above, but I would have preferred to see my favorite characters looking like themselves instead of spray painted. Also with the pint Sized Heroes, I think it would have been cool to have a certain number that were gold and then that would have made it super special for some people.
On the card in the box it said they chose three distinctive Funko styles, movie moments came out either earlier this year or last year, the Pez is something that I don’t personally collect and I don’t know many people who do, Pint Sized Heroes are cute but they were underwhelming. Putting a Pop! Figure in here, putting in a keychain, putting in a tee-shirt or a wearable, putting in something from the homeware collection, putting in a plush, or putting in something that you can use like stationary. They had so many options and one I get, two not so much.
Reasons I am Unsubscribing:
In the last three boxes since Amazon took over the subscription service two have been confusing and underwhelming, they have not upheld the quality and the content that I came to expect when it was under the Funko umbrella. The Venom box was pretty cool, there was a variety of things in that box that made me think that maybe they were getting their feet under them, that they were listening to the feedback from people from the comments on their website. Then this box came out and it was just them throwing some stuff in a box and shipping it out, that’s how it feels; disjointed. If you have a theme I love themes but for the collector these boxes are fine, they are not great, they are not groundbreaking and you can disagree with me, I have no issue with that. I didn’t like it, I gave it two chances and now I am just sitting here disappointed that it wasn’t all that I hoped it would be. Before you come after me read the other two reviews, they will be linked somewhere in this post, go on Amazon and read some of the reviews for the Deadpool box like I did after I got it. I can imagine that there will be some reviews for this one as well. It seems that the first two boxes focused on one character one they did really well one they did poorly, I gave them the benefit of the doubt after the Deadpool box that it would get better; it was the first box, they are still figuring it out. I can’t do that anymore, I can’t wait and hope that the next box in January will be better, I can’t justify spending money on these when I am going to like one or two items in it. It is not worth the price tag if that is the case.
There is just too much missing from the original Funko boxes that I loved so much, I loved getting them in the mail and unboxing them; it was so much fun to see all of the collectables that I couldn’t get anywhere else. It didn’t feel like I was forcing myself to like them then, now I feel as if I am lying to myself trying to give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe in six months I might try again and see if the quality has improved and maybe at that time I will resubscribe. This isn’t the first box I have unsubscribed from because it was no longer something that brought me joy or there were more items that I didn’t really like opposed to the items that I absolutely loved. So for now I am going to say goodbye to a box that I have subscribed to since February 2016, that may not be a long time in the grand scheme of things but it became a part of my life, my routine, and added some really cool things to my collection. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend, someone who used to bring you joy and has slowly changed to a point where you two no longer see eye to eye. I know that is a really heavy metaphor for just unsubscribing to a box but that’s about the thin and thick of it, I don’t want to spend money to be disappointed in this box anymore. I miss when it was still a Funko held box, when it was coming directly from them because the moment it stopped coming from them it was like the other side of the coin and it went from a nice shiny quarter to play money.
Okay, that’s it for me, a lot of things and if you have a different opinion; you know what, that’s super cool. If you subscribe are you loved the box I am happy for you, it just maybe isn’t for me anymore. If you do subscribe what are your thoughts?
Have a good week and see y’all Saturday! (That’s right I am actually going to try and keep to my intended blog schedule for the first time in months!)
This is Amazon’s second attempt at replacing the Funko Subscription Box, Marvel Collector Crops and after the last box I was almost sure that this would be my last even though I was a loyal subscriber since mid-year one of the original Funko subscription service. Now I will say that they stepped up their game on this box as opposed to the Deadpool box from a few months ago.
Now before I start the unboxing, I do not have a huge knowledge base when it comes to Venom, I understand who he is as a character and I know they are pushing this because the movie just came out. I have not seen it and I don’t know if I will to be honest. The last Marvel movie that saw was Avengers: Infinity War and that was in May so I am two or three movies behind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Marvel tie in films. This box was all Venom themed so I was not expecting any different and I am basing my review off the box itself not the character it represented.
This box was for sure different than the last one, it was smaller and more compact and I went into it with an open mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed because I had expectations on it like I did with the previous box. Amazon is finding its feet with this box and I am happy to say it was a lot better than the first one. (After reading reviews of the Deadpool box on Amazon it seemed like a lot of people agreed with me about the box and its quality.)
On to what was actually in the box itself. I still miss the pin and the patch that you got with the first few years of the Collector Corps boxes. I also miss the comic book but that I will save for another day. This box unlike the last one at least had a listing of the items but again I still miss the product card that had the design inspiration and insights into the products but again, Amazon is finding their feet with this service.
Now there was something in this box that I have never seen in one of these boxes before and that was rather exciting because it was a break from the normal box format that I have come to expect and that was a car decal of Venom in silhouette. Now all of the windows of my car are tinted so there is a good chance that I will not be putting it on my car but I know people who would love it so someone is getting this little decal.
Of course there was a Pop! Involved because if there wasn’t I think that I along with many other collectors would question it. This month was a leaping Venom Pop! It is actually a really cool Pop! The detail on it is pretty great, tongue out and everything. I really liked all of the Pops! That came out for this film because it was the Venomized versions of some of the Marvel characters and they were all kind of great.
This was another item that broke away from the normalcy of the box itself and that was a squishy Venom stress toy, it’s great I was really happy to get that because sometimes you just need a stress ball that doesn’t form back right away. The last stress toy they had was in the Hulk box last December I think but that was a traditional stress toy that wasn’t the squishy texture that the Venom one is.
Two more items in the box and they were pretty great, first let’s talk about the tee-shirt, now in the Deadpool box there was no wearable item which was odd for this service, in this box however there was a tee-shirt. (I think in the November box there isn’t going to be a wearable either but I am unsure.) It is just about the same quality as the shirts were from the original subscription service so I was happy to see that as well. I actually really like the shirt because it is simple but different from those tee-shirts of boxes pervious.
Last item, a tiny pint sized hero, which you can’t tell by the picture but it is slightly translucent, it is also so cute; which is an odd word choice when it comes to Venom but this pint sized hero, like most pint sized heroes are meant to be really cute. I have a Red Skull one from one of the boxes last year, it was the Superhero Showdowns box from I think February of 2017 (I don’t remember) and it was also cute. They take these character who aren’t supposed to be “cute” and make them real cute.
Overall, this box was a lot better than the Deadpool box and I am pleased to say that the next theme has been revealed to be 10 Years of Marvel and I am super excited for it. I was glad to see an improved box from the box previous and I will continue to subscribe because it is something that I enjoy.
Did you get the box? Do you have thoughts on it? Share them in the comments below!
I feel like I have been putting off this blog post for quite some time and I don’t actually know why. It was not a hard process but I will say if I was to do it again, I would just use my actual face but my skin has been so bad for the last few weeks that I didn’t want to subject the internet to that visual.
You may be thinking to yourself as you read through this post, why are the balloons blue? Because I like blue and as I was running out of Target they were the first ones that I saw when I was in there the other day, I went in for the balloons and coffee creamer and still almost forgot both of them. That’s what happens when you go on a Target run, you get 17 things that were not on your list and you also forget the one thing that you go in for. I have done it so many times and then I have to stop somewhere else on my way home and get that one thing because it is just embarrassing to walk back into the Target for that one thing.
Okay disclaimer time, these are my personal opinions, believe me this was a learning experience for me too as I put foundation on balloons on a Thursday morning in my bathroom hoping that no one was going to judge me.
A tip for washing makeup brushes, I have found that using dish soap really helps; it cuts through grease so you know it will get things clean. I use Dawn and water and it makes my brushes feel soft, clean, and actually smell really good. You do need to make sure that they are cleaned and rinsed thoroughly because otherwise you will just have soap in your brushes when you go to clean them. Also when it comes to cleaning invest in a brush cleaning mat, mine looks like a cactus and I found it at Marshall’s, it has really helped me get my brushes clean and make sure that I am getting all of the makeup out of the bristles so I can feel good about them not being germ ridden nightmares next time I am trying to do my makeup.
The foundation I used was Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless in the shade 110 (I think it is one of their lightest if not their lightest) I got this one because I have heard good things about it and I got it in my shade so I can still use it even after this post. I think it would be really wasteful if I bought it just for this post and then let it sit in my makeup collection collecting dust. I also got this one because it is a drug store brand, it can be found in many places and it is not $40 like my Urban Decay foundation.
Application Method One: A beauty sponge.
All images show the clean applicator, the balloon, and then the applicator after the application process is over.
This is not a Beauty Blender, that is a specific brand this is a beauty sponge and I got it last month in anticipation for this. If you want to see how I felt about it when I got it go check out my July Beauty Haul post. Now I tried the application both with the sponge dry and with the sponge damp.
Looking at the pictures I hope that it is pretty clear that a damp beauty sponge in this case worked a lot better. Now my one issue with this is how much product that you lose in the process of using a sponge; a sponge is used to soak things up and even though this sponge is pretty high density foam it still soaked up quite a bit of product. I have only used a beauty sponge a few times because I have heard from several people that you have to throw them away pretty frequently because of the potential of bacteria build up and I really don’t want to add to my skin problems.
Final Verdict:Would I use this applicator again, yes, I would. I liked the buffing effect I got with it and because it is egg shaped like the Beauty Blender so you can use it for foundation, concealer, and powder.
Application Method Two: A silicon beauty applicator
I feel as if I need to disclose that this is the application product I use on a regular basis; I am a huge fan of the silicon applicator. I find that it puts my foundation on pretty evenly as well as being a little easier to hold than a brush or a beauty sponge. I actually used too much product so I had to put some back in the bottle because I am still used to having use a lot of product when it comes to foundation using a brush so I had to take some off. Does it buff as well as a beauty sponge, no, not really.
As you can see by the picture it did have a pretty even coverage across the balloon, I used a little bit too much so it does look a little like frosting on a cake but I tend to reach for this when I am applying foundation. It doesn’t soak in the product and all that you have to do is wash it off at the end of your makeup application and it is ready to use again. Because it does not soak anything in I feel more comfortable about it not harboring germs that could later go onto my face.
Final Verdict:I use this product most frequently since I got it a few months ago, I find that it gets the job done and I enjoy using it because it doesn’t waste a lot of product which means that you use less and therefore can save some money over the life of the bottle of foundation that you are using.
Application Method Three: Oval Mermaid Brush
So I lived by the mermaid brush for well over a year. I am a huge fan of it but it is really hard to clean. This is actually my second or third mermaid foundation brush because with the last one I had I broke the brush part while washing it. RIP that brush. I like that it buffs in well and it makes the foundation look pretty good, it can get a little streaky because it is indeed a brush. I prefer the mermaid brush to a paint brush shape because it is denser and therefore it is easier to work with.
This brush does soak up some of the product and can be interesting to clean out because it is so dense but it is a great brush when it comes to making your foundation look amazing. Again, it’s a balloon there are limitations to it exactly looking and acting like skin.
Final Verdict:I have been using a mermaid brush for a long time; at least three years and it is something that I reached for every time before I got my silicon applicator and I know that it is a staple in my makeup bag because it is something that I like to use when doing foundation.
Application Method Four: Brush
I don’t know what else to call this, it is a traditional paint brush shape and for me like I can expect many others this was the type of brush we all had as our first liquid foundation brush. You felt like you were putting extreme brush strokes on your face and if you were like me you didn’t notice or at the time how to fix it to make it look like it wasn’t just painted onto your face like you were painting a wall.
I got this brush in Sephora probably 10 years ago when I really started to do my makeup when I was in high school. It was my first foundation brush so it did its job for several years; it has been semi-retired since then because I find that I like it least, I don’t like feeling like I am physically painting my face on. I have never liked that feeling, buffing with the brush for me is almost an impossibility so therefore I would be streaky and uneven when I had foundation on and that was pretty common for years.
I finally retired it after I was done with university a few years ago and I made sure to still keep it around but it is there are a treasure to be the probably last of my first products from Sephora that I still own.
Final Verdict: I don’t use this brush much anymore, it did its job when I was learning to wear makeup and it is a tried and true brush for me. Times have changed in my makeup bag and it will always remain as part of my all-star collection that reminds me of my makeup applications of time past. It is probably however my least favorite foundation application method.
So what are your favorite things to apply foundation with? Do you have any suggestions of methods that I should use in the future?
Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers, all views and opinions are my own.
I am going to be honest, I have some mixed feelings about this box. I have been a Collector Corps subscriber since February 2016, my first box was their box for Deadpool when the movie came out. This box is the first box since Amazon took over the subscription service for Marvel under the Funko umbrella. I have almost 150 Pop! Figures in my collection. (I had more but about 30 of them were stolen from my apartment, I am still salty about that and it’s been almost a year.) So I have been an avid collector for years now. I was a huge fan of the subscription box when it was still a Funko only subscription. I subscribed to Disney Treasures (My pioneer member gift got lost in the mail and I am still upset because they didn’t forward it to my new address) and to Collector Corps. I will get more into my mixed feelings after I do the unboxing reveal.
First thing in the box that I got was Deadpool on a unicorn, I love it, it’s so cute and very on brand for the character of Deadpool. I can’t really say much about it beyond the fact that now the little Deadpool on the unicorn Pop! Figure is sitting on my bar cart in the kitchen as its tiny protector. To be honest, I could not think of a better place for it to live right now and I thought that was rather fitting.
Next was a little Deadpool bath time keychain, I always have a Pop! Keychain on my keys, I had Iron Man from Age of Ultron for years, I had Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween two years ago, and I just retired my dancing baby Groot from the original Guardians of the Galaxy movie because his eyes were starting to rub off. Now I have Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them and he is about 99% of the reason I can find my keys in the endless abyss that is my backpack. Ironically because Niffler likes to steal things.
Next was a Deadpool luggage tag, I feel like I have three or four luggage tags now, two are from Funko subscription boxes. I like the luggage tag idea but I don’t travel by air all that much so I feel like this item may not appeal to the whole audience but a smaller portion of it who likes novelty luggage tags and travels by air on a frequent basis.
The last thing in the box baffled me, I was not sure what this was for the longest time, I made suggestions to myself of a file holder, something for pencils, a general holder of things but I could not for the life of me figure out that this taco truck was for what I am now thinking to be, actual tacos. I am not one of those people who puts tacos in holders I put them on a plate and that is about as far as they get because no one has time for a taco holder. This was the think the most odd and disappointing thing in this box and I am still confused as to its actual use.
This box was for sure different than the boxes that I have become used to in the past, when they were under Funko you got a pin and a patch to go with every box (even though they started phasing that out near the end), as well as a single issue comic book (which they phased out half way through last year), you also received a card in each box that told you the process and design behind everything that went in the box and I loved that because it gave me a chance to read about the products that were in the box. I have no idea if the taco truck thing in this box is a taco holder, I don’t know. It took me twenty minutes to even come to that conclusion because I was on the phone with a friend and that was the suggestion that she made.
I feel like I got used to the quality in the Funko box that the Amazon box just isn’t bringing. When I got the email that they were phasing the subscriptions to other retailers I was crushed, I was skeptical on how good they were going to be without being I guess curated by someone at the company, if they still are I feel like in 2018 they were phoning it in. (I’m sorry to say, but that is how I feel.) I am going to give the box one more time so the next theme is Venom and I will get that but if I am still not feeling it there is a chance that I will unsubscribe and that isn’t something that I look forward to.
I feel like I have lots of thoughts, opinions, and feelings about this box in general but some that I am still working through because it was not up to par with the Collector Corp’s boxes of the past, if you want to watch any of those you can go check them out on my YouTube channel, I unboxed quite a few there over the last year.
If you subscribe or subscribed in the past what are your feelings with this box or the whole turn over to other retailers when it comes to the Funko subscription boxes?