MJ’s Top 5 Go To Eyeshadow Palettes

I feel like I am always in the market for new eyeshadow palettes because they have a slightly different shade that I don’t already have in my collection of probably 20+ eyeshadow palettes. (I counted, I actually have 27 palettes in my everyday use collection.)

In recent memory I don’t think I have bought a single pan eyeshadow because in many cases those are sometimes harder to find than buying a palette with several different shades. I also find myself trading out older more inexpensive palettes for more expensive higher quality ones as I continue to grow my makeup collection.

There are several things I look for in a palette of eyeshadows, the most important is pigmentation. If the pigmentation isn’t all that great, then I am going to have to apply more product to my eyelids and I don’t want to do that. I also look at packaging, I am a sucker for good packaging; you want me to buy your product put it in some fancy packaging and I am going to be more likely to look at it and then try to find the swatches online before I purchase it. I also look for value and quality; these are both very important; though I feel like quality goes hand in hand with pigmentation but for the most part I am going to shy away from a palette that costs more than $50. Granted, I have bought a few that were over $50 but I have to really think long and hard about those.

These palettes are in no particular order in my top 5 but these are pretty much the 5 palettes that I find myself reaching for on a consistent basis.

Again this is my opinion, no one is telling me to put these eyeshadows in this post, all of it is my thoughts and opinions.

Here is a picture of them all together, each number corresponds with the number of the explanation below:

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  1. Tarte- Tarteist Pro Palette

Why: When I was younger all I wanted was glittery or metallic eyeshadow, as I have grown up I have switched to more matte shades in more natural colors and I have found that my Tartist Pro palette is one of the best for those shades. The pigmentation is great in every color and you know what, the palette itself smells amazing. I love playing with the colors in this palette and it has been one of the staples in my makeup bag ever since I purchased it. I love that it has a full mirror in it as well because that tends to be the palette I grab for when I need a large mirror when doing makeup not in my bathroom. I did drop it recently and took a good chunk out of one of the pigments which I was not happy with myself for. I can see this palette continuing to be a staple for the foreseeable future.

 

  1. Too Faced- Sweet Peach Palette

Why: Too Faced always has great packaging, and also this palette smells like peaches! I love the color names and the pigmentation as well as the variety of colors within the palette itself. I have used my Sweet Peach palette for well over a year now and it has yet to disappoint when it comes to its hold and how nice the colors look throughout the day. I think having a metal case on it has kept me from breaking it a few times because I am clumsy and until recently I didn’t really have an area to put my makeup on in my bathroom which caused some interesting counter arrangement.

 

  1. Urban Decay-Naked Smoky Palette

Why: Okay so I coveted the Naked palettes for years, and I have no shame about it so last year for my birthday I bought the Naked Smoky and the Naked 3 palette’s and I have not looked back. The Smokey palette has been another staple in my makeup bag since it was purchased because it is what I need when I want to attempt the perfect smoky eye (it’s always terrible but I still try). I wore it to a wedding last summer and the hold was amazing for several hours even without an eyeshadow primer on underneath. Urban Decay was one of the first brands that I ever bought as Sephora so I will always have a soft spot for the brand no matter what.

 

  1. Morphe – Fall Into Frost (35F)

Why: When Morphe finally came to Ulta I went to three different stores trying to find this palette because I had been seeing it online for months. I cannot get over how nice of a palette it is. Again like the rest of these palettes the Fall into Frost palette has been an absolute necessity in my makeup bag since last fall. It is for sure one of my favorites to use on a daily basis for just day eyeshadow looks but also is great for more daring looks that you want to experiment with. My only problem with this palette is the lack of a mirror but that con does not even make a dent in all of the pros of having this palette in your collection.

 

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Prism Palette

Why: So if you watched or read my February Favorites then you will know what I had to say about this palette. I always want something daring in my makeup collection, I have always played it safe with my makeup since I got out of high school. I used to want to wear only crazy makeup and now that I am an adult I really don’t think that I can do that anymore. This palette though is really a mix of everything I would have wanted back in the day but also everything that I want in a palette now. It is daring but it is also something that stands on its own when it comes to how nice of a palette it is. I have used it a few times recently and I have not been disappointed at all with anything I have tried out of the palette. Still need to find a way to use the color Sphere but I am working on it.

Do you have a favorite or go to palette when it comes to eyeshadow?

-MJ

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What Do I Do for Fun?

Recently people have been asking me what I do for fun and in many cases I have stumbled over my words wondering which of my various hobbies would be socially acceptable for the situation. Most people look at me like I am crazy when I say I don’t drink because that seems to be a hobby that most people find acceptable, I come from a family where alcoholism is a very real thing and I don’t want to risk another facet of my already addictive personality becoming activated. Granted, I may have one drink once in a while but I don’t go to bars, I don’t enjoy parties where other people are drunk; I don’t even like drunk Snapchats and text messages.
Like I said, normally I just stare at the person and want to start screaming, “I don’t do anything fun I am not really a fun person to be around!” Because I would rather sit in my office, on my laptop, with my headphones on crafting a world out of thin air or getting so lost in watching YouTube videos that I lose hours on end unintentionally. I like spending time to be with just me, I don’t like big social gatherings, I don’t like crowds, and I do not really like interacting with people that I don’t know or don’t know very well. Yes, I do suffer for social anxiety and I know that; some days it takes me hours to even leave the house and then hours after I get home going over every conversation that I had while I was out and overthinking every moment of human contact I had coming up with things that I could have said differently or responses to questions that I could have had instead of staring blankly trying to think of an answer.

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New Infinity War Trailer Thoughts

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of comic books and the entire Marvel Cinematic universe, not a secret at all. Superheroes have helped me through quite a lot in my life so with the release of the new Infinity War trailer I have had some thoughts and some reactions. If you haven’t seen the new trailer it’s amazing, go watch it.

I was texting a friend earlier and she gave me her reactions first after I sent her the trailer so I responded with mine. I gave her a very brief reaction but I would like to expand on some things.

These are MY opinions and you can disagree with me all you want but these are my thoughts on the new trailer.

My overall first reaction was: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! But there were no clear thoughts there so here are some clear thoughts.:

  1. I am not prepared to see this movie.
    1. I love all sorts of superheroes and Marvel has come out and said that we will lose a few in this film and I am not ready to let go of any of these characters who have shaped much of my teenage and adult life.
  1. Oh my goodness
    1. The trailer was amazing, I am excited to see the cinematography for it and it looks so good but so scaring. Like I was excited and nervous for it before but now I need a time machine so I can go into the future and see it, right now.
  1. Gamora is such a bada**
    1. Gamora is probably one of my favorite characters in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and her introduction of Thanos just cements how much of a bada** she truly is. I am looking forward to seeing how they develop her character’s relationship with her adoptive father in the film. I hope she throws her shoe at him.
  1. Grape looking motherf**ker (thank you Tumblr for making me only think of him as a grape now)
    1. We are supposed to hate Thanos and let me tell you, I really don’t like him. I am however looking forward to finally seeing a character that we have been exposed to in limited form in his grand role of the big bad guy in Infinity War.
  1. The protection of the remaining Infinity Stones.
    1. Spoiler; both Vision and Dr. Strange harbor an infinity stone (mind and time respectfully) and there was a moment in the trailer between Wanda and Vision that made me very anxious for what is going to happen in the film in regard to how Thanos obtains the Infinity Stones.
  1. Everyone going to Wakanda
    1. I mean there is not much to say about that, it looks like much of the battle will be fought there or so the trailer makes it seem and I am on board with seeing what Wakanda has to offer after what we saw in Black Panther.
  1. Peter Quill & Tony (the sass!)
    1. I am so excited to see some of the interactions between different teams and characters who we haven’t seen interact before. Just that brief moment about a plan between Peter Quill and Tony had me laughing.
  1. What are you doing to Thor grape?
    1. This is what makes me think that Loki isn’t really on Thanos’ side, even though there have been reports of that. Thor (spoilers if you haven’t seen Thor Ragnarok) already lost his eye, his hair, his dad, and his home planet can we just let him live?
  1. Was that Voldemort?
    1. I think in all honest it was something like a Chitari but it looked 100% like Voldemort and I had a moment to laugh at that.
  1. The look in Steve’s eyes (when he’s facing down Thanos)
    1. It was determination and I think a touch of fear and I don’t know if any of us who think Captain America is pretty great will be prepared for what might happen next.
  1. Peter (Parker) & Dr. Strange
    1. “oh we are going with our made up names” and the look on Dr. Strange’s face like, “no that’s my real name” I had a flash back to the scene in Doctor Strange when he and Kaecilius have a similar encounter.
  2. Wait a minute we are missing some characters.
    1. I am still wondering where Hawkeye is and I was surprised not to see Falcon in this trailer as well. There are so many characters in this film but there are a few who just seem to be missing from the trailer footage and I am really wondering why.

Overall I am feeling a sense of dread but also absolute excitement, I can’t wait to see it even though I will be out of town on opening weekend at a wedding so I will have to avoid the ENTIRE internet until I actually get a chance to see it. I would go opening night but I just don’t think that will be able to happen.

Are you excited?

-MJ

5 Things I Have Learned in the First Few Weeks of Being on My Own

Some days you wake up ready to take on the world, you go through them as if nothing and no one can get in your way. You are on a mission, a quest to be your best self and prove to everyone that you are strong and independent and you can do anything. There are also some days where you wake up and just want to roll over and not ever leave your bed. You are helpless, you feel like you can’t do anything and who let you become an adult; like a real adult. Seriously who authorized me being an adult? I think a mistake was made, who do I talk to about that? There are ups and downs for sure and moving and being away from everything that you know can be very overwhelming. (I know; I have had a very overwhelming feeling for about three weeks now) I digress, though I don’t want to; I have learned quite a bit out here in the real world; well in a real enough world for now.

Here are five things that I have learned in my three weeks so far of being an actual real life adult:

  1. Apartments can be terrible.

The building I live in is super nice, like beyond nice; all the amenities that you could ever want, but it has of course it’s downfalls (doesn’t every place?) I love my apartment, it’s amazing I have a balcony, I have a nice 9-foot ceilings, (high ceilings for the win) and a tub that I could fit about three people in but there are still some things that I am adjusting to living in a shared communal type space. (I lived in an apartment in college but this is a very different experience.)

  • My neighbors.
    • Now don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was signing up for when I moved into an apartment. But I didn’t know that I was signing up for walls so thin I could almost see through them. My neighbors on the other side of my office like to blare their TV and have sing-a-long’s late on all sorts of nights. Normally that wouldn’t really bug me because, well, that’s why they invented headphones but there is a limit on how much I can take because I have work I want to get done on my computer and it’s very distracting when you can hear people through the wall. The girl who lives upstairs from me walks around like she is constantly angry; I mean the girl stomps all over her apartment and okay I understand, your floor is your floor but it is also my ceiling and I understand that in turn my floor is also someone else’s ceiling and I don’t want to be a terrible upstairs neighbor so I am tip-toeing around up here trying not to bother him.
  • Parking
    • Now MJ has a designated parking spot, it’s lovely and covered and I love it. There are however, not enough spaces in the parking lot for everyone who lives here, plus guests that come and spend the night or hang out with residences. So people park in parking spots that aren’t theirs or make up their own parking spots because there is nowhere else to park. This creates a difficult objective when I am trying to get my car in and out of my spot because someone is parked very close to my car in a spot that they have created for themselves. This all just seems to be poor planning on the part of the person or people who designed the complex.
  1. I don’t like being alone as much as I thought I did. (Or Solitude is not for everyone.)

If you know me in real life, (I am not as cool as I think I am so you aren’t missing much if you don’t actually know me) then you probably know how much I like to be alone. I am an introvert and I have no problem with being by myself most of the time. I can handle about an hour or two of large scale social interaction before I want to crawl out of my skin and leave, but living by myself 700 miles away from everything I know has been an adjustment. Granted it’s not like I will be permanently alone but for the moment I am and I am realizing that I don’t like the solitude as much as I thought I would. Sometimes you crave human connections and even if that is talking to someone at the check-out in the grocery store or smiling when someone is nice to you it’s still something that every human needs. I have found myself wanting to be in the sunshine more, I want to be outside; maybe not with people but somewhere green and inviting, still quiet, still solitary but also surrounded by things that are living. I got plants because I was going stir crazy, I have even named them because someone told me to talk to my plants and I figured a name would be nice too, if you want to see them you can on my Instagram. I desperately miss my pets, but I cannot feasibly have a dog yet even though I really want one to keep me company, sit on my lap and bark at the neighbor’s dogs; it would be grand.

  1. Get to know the area around you.

I am from a small town in Indiana, I moved to a slightly larger town in Arkansas, if you want to know where Wal-Mart’s headquarters is I could about throw a rock to it. I feel like I am living in the Wal-Mart capital of the world (I probably am) but I have been taking time to venture out and learn my surroundings. Even if that means taking a drive to the grocery store and taking a different way home, getting desperately lost, and having to beg Siri to get me home. That’s one thing that I cannot stress enough moving to a new place; learn your surroundings. If you like certain things see where they are, you like hot yoga find the nearest studio, you like fresh pressed juices find the nearest juice bar, you really like cultural events and museums find some locally. Do yourself a favor and find the things that you like; it will save your sanity in the end. If you like to be around a lot of people find places where you can do that or make friends with your neighbors. (Awkwardly my parents know all of my neighbors, I have met like one and a half of my neighbors.) Acclimate yourself to everything around you because unless you moved for a job or university there is a good chance you are going to be sticking around for a while.

  1. Find a routine that works for you.

When I get anxious I make lists, I organize to the point of disorganization, I get overwhelmed easily and I can make a mountain out of a mole hill rather easily. I spend a lot of my time full of anxiety for various reasons but I have found that I can make a routine that works for me and I don’t drive myself absolutely bonkers. I also write, I would like to publish eventually but I have found that allowing myself to write and to find time to do that helps with everything else around me. Not everyone wakes up at the crack of dawn and goes for a run. (If you do I admire your dedication.) Some people stay up late and play video games or make videos on the internet which I do, you can find that link here . Find something that helps you get out of bed in the morning or keeps your sanity because I can promise everyone who moves they experience that momentary panic of “what do I do now that I am living my life surrounded by boxes?” or my personal favorite, “Where is that thing that I need?” and in my case the answer many times has been, “Oh it’s still at my parent’s house in Indiana, great.” And I have to make another list of things that I still need.

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Find things that you enjoy to do. Make yourself learn new things every day, give yourself new experiences whenever you can. Live the life that makes you look back one day and say “Wow, I did that. Look at all of the things that I did.” I don’t want to look back with regret for the what if’s, the why didn’t I’s, the where would I be today’s. I don’t want any of those things to haunt me somewhere down the line. Sometimes things get in the way of your plans, that’s life and sometimes it’s complicated and strange but it always finds a way of working itself out, everything comes out in the wash so to speak. Take time to make yourself happy before trying to make anyone else happy, because if you aren’t happy with your life and your choices than what is the point?

-MJ

February Favorites

I feel like this is one of my favorite series over on my YouTube channel. (Same name as the blog I am just a little lame and I really like to match.) Because it allows me to reflect on what I have been using or really rather enjoying over the last month or so, if you want to see the more condensed version with my face than you can watch the video, here. That being said here are most if not all of the things that I loved in February that were newer to my collection of possessions or things that I just found myself reaching for more than others.

Now what is really sad is I had to go back and watch through my video to make sure that I actually could remember all of the products.

So first up is a painting that I found at Home Goods probably last fall and it has been sitting in a corner covered since then because I was in the process of moving at the time and now that I have moved I still can’t hang it because I don’t want to get fined for putting holes in the wall so it is leaning against the wall in my bedroom while I stare at it.

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I love England, it is very much on my bucket list of places to go in my life time, I would actually really like to live there, but that is beyond the point. This print was one of those things that I didn’t know that I needed until I saw it, I am a huge fan of all artwork but I find myself drawn to pen or ink drawings quite frequently because they are normally in a monochrome and they are simple but very elegant when hung on a wall for the world to see. Every artist approaches art a different way, for example when I paint I listen to music and normally my song choices influence what my painting looks like, and most of mine are very abstract and pretty much just for my viewing because they are not very good. Back to the painting though, it is nice and simple but still is recognizable and makes me quite happy when I look at it because it reminds me of a place that I have wanted to visit since I was little. (True story, I am still kicking myself for not studying abroad during my undergrad.)

My beauty favorites tend to flocculate from month to month because I will go and spend too much money on makeup that I only wear for videos. (I should make my face look nice more often but I think that I am self-sabotaging enough that I think everyone around me will judge me for wearing a full face of makeup and I also think I would draw attention to myself and I for sure do not want to do that.)

The first beauty item that I loved during February was one that actually came out in February, I think, don’t quote me on that. That product was NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype mascara and let me tell you, it is for sure worth the hype.

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Normally, because I have sensitive eyes (and skin, and emotions, and feelings) I can’t use certain kinds of mascara for a long wear day. I love my expensive mascara’s believe me I do but I found myself really wanting to try this product because kept seeing it on Instagram (I wholeheartedly blame that website for how much money I spend at Ulta) so I decided to go and buy it actually right before I packed my bags and moved mid-month. I cannot say enough about it, one coat and that is all you really need for a day look, two coats and boom your eyelashes are into the next county; I love it, it adds volume and even as it dries it doesn’t flake off as much as other mascara’s that I have used in the past. I can definitely say that it will be a repeat purchase when I get around to needing a new tube of mascara. Great for everyday wear and from my (limited) experience it does have good long wear sustainability.

Next beauty item, so this is the first ever Anastasia Beverly Hills product I have ever owned, even though I have been drooling over the brand for years. The Prism eyeshadow palette, I am a hoarder of eyeshadow palette’s because they all have slightly different shades and even though I have something similar I do not have that shade and I need it.

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The colors in this palette however were not close to many of the other shades that I had and I think that is why I am always circling back to look at the Anastasia palettes, they have very unique shades that you normally don’t see in most eyeshadow palette’s. In this one specifically there is an almost acid green and I looked at it for a solid three minutes before I purchased the palette and tried to figure out how I would integrate it into a look. (I still have not managed that, but I will. I think it requires a special event or occasion and I don’t have any of those right now.)

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I wanted something daring in my makeup bag and this palette has very much provided that for me. The shades are lovely, the pigments are great, and it was something that I found myself reaching for so much during February, maybe it is all the jewel tones and I just wanted to liven up the very bleak weather that was around me.

The final beauty item is by a brand that I have been absolutely in love with for a few years now, Soap and Glory. I actually found out about them from a British YouTuber that I watch and have watched for quite some time but it was a favorite of hers and at the time they had started to carry the limited original collection at Ulta (yes, I spend a lot of time there, don’t judge me) so I went and I bought the shower gel, body lotion, and travel sizes as well because you can never have enough travel or trial sized products.

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The scent was something that was so fresh and refreshing that I found myself actually using lotion and moisturizing, my skin was very happy with me for that. I always have one of their lotions in my backpack because I don’t want my hands to feel dry and then people ask me what the brand is and I tell them. (I have gotten so many people hooked to it I’m not even mad.) The brand as a whole is some of my favorite skincare, hands down, and the lotion is just one part of my everyday routine so why wouldn’t it be a favorite?

 

Three more things, I find myself normally shying away from food items in favorites videos for personal reasons but I find that sometimes I just want to scream from the rooftops when I have a food product that I love.

The first isn’t really food though, it is tea. I have so much tea, I have a three tiered cart in my kitchen full of tea, I have a sloth tea infuser, I have infuser mugs, and a fancy infuser steeper thing and so much tea (bagged and loose leaf) I never need to buy more but I always will because tea is important.

In case you don’t believe me:

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My best friend’s older sister introduced her to David’s Tea and in turn introduced me as well and I am a huge fan of loose leaf teas so of course I bought tea there, I have bought several teas’ there and I have never had one that I didn’t like. I even went so far last year as to have the tea advent calendar and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Their Honey Black tea is some of my favorite tea, it smells like honey so how could you be mad at it?

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I find myself, when I am feeling just overwhelmed by everything reaching for tea and in February I reached over and over again to make the honey black tea because there is just something about it that I find intensely comforting. If you live in Canada, I am jealous of you because you have David’s Tea without having to order it but I will suffer through the shipping process if that means that I can get my favorite teas no matter where I am.

So this is the actual food item, I am one of those people who will see something that looks good on the internet and I want to try it, well digestive wheat biscuits are for sure one of those things. I could get them up north at a few different stores because I lived pretty close to a rather large city and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get them down here, well guess what; I can. I like McVitie’s biscuits, probably because that is the only ones that I have ever had but they are great with tea or for just a slightly sweet snack. I feel like I don’t have much to say beyond the fact that I rather enjoy them and I was happy to be able to find them here.

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Last thing, so many words, so much repeating myself, seriously the video is much more concise (I promise) but kudos to you if you have made it this far.

My last favorite of February was Marvel Studios Black Panther, I am a huge superhero fan and I am much more of a Marvel fan than DC even though I grew up on DC cartoons (Sorry DC). Black Panther was one of those movies that just sticks with you, you think about it and you want to see it again, you want to talk to people about it, you want to see the influences that it will have or is already having on our culture. It’s important, for so many reasons and it quickly cracked the top three of my favorite Marvel Studios movies because it is a story that has implications for people all over the world and it shows that no matter who you are or where you are from you can be whatever you want and be strong. It is a movie that I loved and I think that Marvel one ups themselves every time they release a movie and I am excited for Infinity War one because it’s Infinity War and two because I am going to get to see most of my favorite superheroes all in one place.

 

-MJ

A New Adventure

There are moments that define who we are, these moments can happen every day and we ignore them; I’m choosing not to ignore this moment.

Hey hey, it’s MJ and I have decided to add to the rest of my social media outlets with a blog! Something I have been thinking about for a while now as a supplement to my YouTube channel, by the same name, or by clicking here. I’m new to blogging in this format so give me some time to work out all the bugs.

-MJ