Marvel Collector Corps Venom Unboxing

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

-MJ

 

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Foundation Application Tool Comparison

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.

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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?

-MJ

Marvel Collector Corps Deadpool Unboxing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

-MJ