Every Day Makeup Routine

I feel like I need to start this post with a disclaimer, I do not wear makeup every day. I do not have the time or the energy to put my face on every single day. Besides I think that after a straight week or two my skin would hate me so much it would go on strike and I don’t want to walk around faceless. Well that got a little dark, sorry. However, I do wear makeup frequently when I have to, I like looking nice but on days when it is about 100 degrees outside there is a point when it just becomes pointless to wear makeup that is either melting off, being sweat off, or clogging all of your pores because your skin is trying to breathe in the heat.

On days when I am outside and it is that warm I normally just stick with my No. 7 Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Fair, which is actually a little too dark for me most of the year but when I am tan it is fine. (Seriously, I went on a date in May and I wore that, concealer, mascara, and chapstick and it was fine.) Being outside most or all of your day means that you need to have something on your skin otherwise you could be doing significant damage to your skin in the long term.

On to my normal makeup routine though. I feel like a lot of these products are a repeat from my Makeup Bag Essentials post from a few months ago but I tend to keep the basic staples ready for my everyday look and add to it if I need to transition to a more formal or more fun look for the evening. (Let’s be honest, I don’t go out very often, I look forward to taking my makeup off at the end of the day.)

One of my friends refers to this as my “drug store” makeup because for the most part you could walk into a drug store and find most of the products that I have here, you could also walk into some Target’s and most Ulta’s and find everything that I am listing below. It keeps the price point down on most items and you could probably find dupes for the more expensive items (the foundation and concealer) in a drug store as well. This is for the most part also what I used in my 10 Minute Makeup Routine video on my YouTube channel. (Ignore the fact that it was like 20 minutes because I talk too much.)

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Primer is a must for me and I use NYX’s Photo Loving Primer in Green because I have a red undertone to my skin because rosacea is a pain in the butt to have because I always look like I am blushing, I am not. (Only sometimes.) I have found that it is a pretty good more cost effective dupe for Smashbox’s primer also in green, I would not say it was a perfect dupe it is a bit more of a thinner consistency than the Smashbox primer but there is also a large price difference, the Smashbox version will run you about $39 for a 1.0-ounce size and the NYX version runs about $13 for the same size. So this product has been a staple in my makeup bag for well over a year now because I prefer a colored primer rather than a colored concealer.

 

Foundation is something that I have to be careful of when I buy it because I have to use products that are for the most part non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog your pores. Now for the most part I use more of the high end foundations, well they are probably more mid-range normally I switch between Too Faced and Urban Decay, my current favorite and go to for my every day is Urban Decay’s All Nighter liquid foundation on the shade 0.5. (The only reason I am not using my Too Faced foundation is because it is a shade too dark for me and it has a very yellow undertone and I cannot wear it, it makes me look a little ill.) I have used more drug store brands in the past and while I have liked them for short term wear for long term wear I find that many of them break me out so I tend to only use them for short term applications.

 

Concealer now the only concealer that I have ever used is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in the shade Fair Neutral. I like using the same brand for foundation and concealer, maybe one day I will branch out to other brands but for now this is the concealer that I stand by for all of my makeup looks. Under the eyes, around the nostrils, and on any blemishes that I might have around my face, blending that all in with a blending brush so it doesn’t look too obvious against my foundation.

 

Eyebrows are something that I fill in pretty much regardless of what I am doing if I am wearing makeup, I didn’t do my eyebrows until I was out of college because no one told me that I needed to fill my eyebrows in so I didn’t have a nice blonde tint to my normally dark brown eyebrows. Now I used the ELF eyebrow products for quite some time and in a pinch I would go back to them because I prefer the gel and powder combination in the compact instead of in a pencil form. Now I use Rimmel Cosmetic’s Brow This Way in Medium Brown because I find that it is very easy to use, it looks nice and it doesn’t take a lot of time to apply it and still make it look good. This had been another staple in my bag for well over a year now, probably more like two or three because a few of the beauty guru’s I follow on YouTube suggested it at the time and I found myself going to three drug stores to find it.

 

Eyeshadow is something that some people I know don’t actually include in their everyday makeup because it takes too long but I do because it adds a pop of color to my eyes while still looking relatively natural. Normally I would go for less shiny or metallic shades but for simple looks I tend to actually like to have some metallic shades in the mix. Now for my every day look I tend to reach for my NYX Cosmic Metals eyeshadow palette, I use shade 1 all over my eyelid, 2 for the outer corner and underneath the eye below my lash line, 3 for the middle of the lid, and 1 again for the inner corner.

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Mascara what can I say about mascara? I tend to have several that I like but only use a few and for the most part I tend to have more travel sized mascara than full sized even though the one I use most often is a full sized and that is NYX’s Worth the Hype mascara, as soon as this one came out it replaced my favorite and that was Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, now it is not an exact dupe but it still lengthens the lashes and I love it so much. Other mascara’s that make appearances in my makeup routine are, Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, Tarte’s Maneater, and Benefit’s Roller Lash because I love all of them for very different reasons and sometimes you just want to have your eyelashes make different statements and having a variety of mascara’s assists with that.

 

Lips are normally the final thing that I do in my every day routine, now for the most part in my every day routine I do not actually wear lipstick. Normally I use an eos or Burt’s Bees, this one is the eos crystal because it is clear it has a bit more shine and I tend to use this in the morning and reapply as needed throughout the day. I prefer none tinted products in many cases for an everyday look but if I am going to need to look nice after my day is over I will carry around a liquid lipstick around with me. Normally it’s something from NYX and in a more nude or pink shade for this time of year.

What are your favorite products in your everyday makeup looks?

-MJ

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Summer fabfitfun Unboxing

I was actually really excited to get this box because I was so pleased with my Spring box, I feel like I waited for this box for almost two months. Each box has options and I did actually choose one of the items in my summer box because I wanted a specific item choice. I am not going to tell you the retail value of my box but I really like having full sized products when it comes to beauty and lifestyle boxes. Reason being, you get a longer trial period when you have a full sized product.

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What was in my box:

  1. Summer & Rose Beach Towel: This was the item I actually chose, I needed a beach towel and I love pineapples because they just scream summer to me. It’s soft and a very large towel. I have already shoved in my beach bag that is in the back of my car at all times. (There are no beaches near me, just creeks but calling it a creek bag is weird when it comes to a Lilly Pulitzer beach bag.)

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  1. Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette: This was the one that I really wanted between the Tarte choice items that were included in the package. (it was either this or the Pro to go palette with liquid liner.) So bad at highlight and contour but I am now amassing highlight and contour products because I want to try them without having this fear of the “clown” contour elements of the past. I am on board for the more natural contour trend that is happening right now.

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  1. ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel: Okay so I have a confession to make, I have never done a peel in my life that has not left my skin irritated and burning, I have very sensitive skin so I am hesitant to even try this product. I am however hopeful for a better result with this because it is not only dermatologically tested but it is also a cream exfoliator so it may have less of a detrimental effect on my skin. The jury is still out but after I try it out maybe I’ll give it a review.

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  1. Minor History Post Script Wallet: It’s real cute, I saw it and instantly thought of how nice it would be to slip into a beach bag or just in your pocket if you don’t want to take an entire purse with you when you are going out to an event or a bar with friends. I am one of those people who carries around a backpack with about five items in it. I carry a large bag because you never know who is going to say, “Can you hold onto this?” and you just have to roll with it and add another pound to your already heavy backpack. I am a fan of the wallet though and cannot wait to use it.

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  1. Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar: That just sounds luxurious doesn’t it? Body caviarthat’s great to be honest. It has charcoal in it and that is such a trendy thing right now because of the benefits of charcoal and your skin. I must say I am excited to try it out and it smells different, it’s not a bad different I am just not sure how to quantify its smell. It smells like tea and honey which are ingredients as well as coffee and aloe vera, it makes for an interesting scent combination.

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  1. FOREO Luna fofo: This product was teased on the fabfitfun Instagram account and it is a smart facial cleanser, I still haven’t downloaded the app yet or for that matter used it, I really should because it seems like a really good idea because it allows you to connect via Bluetooth to the app and get all sorts of coaching on your skin and your girl really needs to do better with her moisturizing and skin care routine. It came in a variety of colors I got the fofo in Pearl Pink. Maybe this is just a good excuse for me to get better at my routine and how I view my skin, I am hopeful that it works as well as it promises. I downloaded the app and followed the directions, I must say after my first time using the cleanser my skin feels nice, I would like to give it some more time to really see if it’s just a placebo effect or actually helping me keep my skin moisturized and young.

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  1. COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer: So like I have said a million times, I have sensitive skin and my face is sensitive to just about everything so during the summer I bathe in sunscreen so having a facial sunscreen that not only smells good, doesn’t feel heavy, and is SPF 50 is a God send for the preservation of my skin.

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  1. Pier 1 imports Marble Ring Dish: This is just a cute little marble dish for rings or other jewelry, right now mine is sitting on my bar cart as if it is a decoration or a place to put spoons. I love little décor pieces that can be multifunctional but also very nicely designed and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

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Overall my impression of the box as with the spring box blew my mind, I have been thinking about starting to subscribe to this box for well over a year now and I finally did it. There is no part of me that regrets this purchase, I love the quality and the items that I receive in these boxes and I am looking forward to the next autumn box.

Did you get different items or the same? How do you feel about them?

-MJ

What was in my June ipsy Glam Bag?

So I feel like I just published my May Glam Bag unboxing? Unbagging? I don’t know. Oh wait, I did earlier in the week. Here is me, MJ, trying to play catch up and get back into the swing of actually actively blogging and being back into the social media sphere.

So June is now over and I cannot believe that we are already into July, that means that this year (2018) is over half over and that is actually insane to me because I feel like it was just January about 25 minutes ago. Alas that also means that we are in the heat of summer down here in Arkansas and I was not prepared for the summer down here and from what everyone tells me it still gets worse. Your girl is from northern Indiana, though it is apparently this hot up north as well but I digress this is a new summer for me and I can understand why people spend so much time in the water or in the air conditioning down here. Wish me and my now very bronze skin luck, I am seriously tanner than I have ever been in my entire life.

On to the bag!

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So the bag this month was pretty subdued and I was actually a huge fan of it was three shades transitioning from red to pink, it was a very simple design and it just reminded me of watermelon without the rind and I was here for it.

The products:

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  1. Rounded Soft Blend brush by Mint Pear: I am always on board to get brushes. I am a huge fan of brushes in general and I don’t think I actually own a rounded blending brush like this one, so when I opened it I was excited to get a second brush. It is extremely soft and just densely packed enough that it will be able to blend makeup out really nicely. I got another brush in my April Glam Bag as well and that was a blending brush also. Maybe ipsy knows that I am living without blending brushes or they know that most of the brushes I have are terrible. Memo to you if you are going to buy brushes, don’t skimp on the price you pay for a brush. I have bought so many $1 brushes that I have had to get rid of in 3 months but my more expensive brushes because they are a better quality have lasted me for years. Do not skimp out on your brushes because spending $20 on a brush may hurt when you get it but spending $4 on a brush that you have to buy over and over again because the quality isn’t there hurts a little more.

 

  1. Feel Pure anywhere balm: I was for some reason not expecting it to be minty. Don’t ask me why but when I opened the seal I was almost shocked that it was indeed minty. It reminds me of a Victoria Secret lip gloss that I had back in high school but a better quality. It is not sticky and can be used on your lips, eyes, and cheeks (according to the packaging). Now personally I will not be using it anywhere besides my lips because my eyes are sensitive as is my skin so it does make a great lip balm. It is a bit tingly I can for sure say that but no more than chewing mint gum, it is not a lip plumper so it doesn’t feel like you are on literal fire. It does feel very moisturizing on the lips and I have been using it for a few days now and my lips are less parched in this heat so I have been rather happy with it so far.

 

  1. Finding Ferdinand lipstick in Flaming Fuchsia: There is no lie in that color name it is a bright fuchsia color and it would require a very bold look to work with me. I am much more of a nude lip or a light pink lip because I tend to stick with a more dramatic eye look. It however is a beautiful color on and maybe with a shiny clear coat over it or something with a little sparkle it would make a really good look because it does have a slight shimmer to it. I have never heard of this brand before so I did some research on my own with it and I must say I am very impressed with their makeup offerings and brand as a whole. I am excited to find a reason to wear this lip color because it is highly pigmented and I love the fact that it is a travel or mini size just to slip in a bag. The packaging is beautifully simple and I am always very impressed by that.

 

  1. Natural-Tox Apple Sheet Mask by the SAEM: I love face masks and this is another Korean beauty mask, if you read my May Glam Bag unbagging you know that I got a mask there as well. This is an apple mask and I didn’t know the benefits of apple when it came to skin but apparently it’s benefits are smoothening and brightening. Now I don’t have dull skin for the most part but I am excited to try this mask in general because I don’t think I have ever had a sheet mask that I haven’t enjoyed. I just have a drawer full of sheet masks in my bathroom so it’s very clear that I need to start using them.

 

  1. Natural Acai Berry Mask Sheet by the SAEM: I was a little shocked to get two sheet masks in the same glam bag. I don’t actually know how I feel about that; it is no fault of the people who hand-picked my products it is just a hang up of mine. Like I just mentioned, I love sheet masks and this is a firming mask. Now I have pretty firm skin still because my skin is not that old (at least I hope not) but I am up for trying anything once when it comes to beauty. Okay, that’s a lie, I am up for anything that won’t make my very sensitive skin hate me for a week.

 

  1. M.A.C Prep+Prime Skin Primer: I was not expecting a sixth item in the bag but according to the card in the bag it was an extra for everyone if I remember correctly, I have since lost the card. (my bad) I normally use a color correcting primer because I have a red undertone but I was really excited to try this out because I swatched it on my hand to see how it felt on my skin and it made my hand feel silky so I am actually really looking forward to using this on my face to see how my skin reacts to it. As someone with sensitive skin (which I have mentioned three dozen times in this entry) I have to be careful what products I put on my skin and I am hoping that I do not have a reaction to it.

 

As I am writing this I actually just got an email that my July Glam Bag is being prepared and per usual I am not going to see what products are going to be included in my bag because that would ruin the surprise and when it comes to these almost mystery subscription boxes I actually really like the mystery element.

-MJ

 

What was in my May ipsy Glam Bag?

I feel like I have been on a hiatus for the last few weeks just because of all of the stuff that has been going on in my life but I am back! It has been a rough few weeks with a lot of changes in my life and all of that so I have been off of most of my social media channels for over a month now and that has not been too fun for me, but I digress.

I am still loving ipsy and the products they are sending me, granted this Glam Bag was from May and it is now July but I am going to be playing catch up to some things in the next few weeks when it comes to posting here. My YouTube channel is kind of under construction right now because of personal life stuff so that will come back hopefully before its first anniversary on July 29th.

Let’s get right into it shall we?

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I love the bag this month, it has a travel/postage seal theme and I was here for it. I like the fact that each month you get a new bag and everyone gets the same one but on the inside all of the products are different and catered to your style, skin tone, brand preferences, etc. Granted these are small bags, (you could not fit a full sized palette from a lot of brands in here.) but they seem more meant for travel or on the go with your everyday essentials when it comes to an everyday look as opposed to a more dramatic evening look. Now that being said, you could fit plenty of single pot eyeshadows or small palettes in here to transition your day look to a night look with a few swipes of a brush.

On to the products inside:

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  1. Lord & Berry Lipstick Crayon in Intimacy (P3405): Now I have never heard of Lord & Berry before and I think that is one thing that I really like about ipsy, they take your preferences and introduce you to new products. I think I own at most one other lipstick crayon and that is from Butter London in the shade Ruby Murray (it’s a deep autumnal red and I love it) but this is a beautiful mauve almost plum shade and I am a huge fan of those shades all year round because it can really make a statement in your look if you do a subdued eye but a more dramatic or drastic maybe experimental lip. I am really looking forward to actually using this shade because the swatch I did went on smooth and didn’t feel heavy or easily crackable, I am used to the crack in lipstick because all I have been using recently is liquid lipstick. I am hoping that it keeps itself up as a long wear lip product because I don’t want to have to reapply it every half an hour because it transfers to everything and wears quickly when you talk.

 

  1. Sur.Medic Pore-Less Carbonic-Peel: I love a good face mask, especially when it comes to a sheet mask. I don’t do them as often as I should because they make my skin feel amazing. Now this is a Korean beauty product (I am thankful that there is an English translation on the back) and I am looking forward to trying it out because it is carbonated water, I don’t know the full benefits of it but it says that it deep cleans pores. (Which I totally need at all times when I spend most of my days sweating and covered in dust, most of pores are probably so clogged.)

 

  1. Jivi Lavender Moisturizer with micro algae: I was a little surprised when I opened this moisturizer and it was grey, I was not expecting it to be grey. It smells so good though, just like lavender and it makes your hands really soft. Normally with lotions unless they are formulated properly their smells smell artificial and I have some sensitivity to heavy fragrances so I was happy when this didn’t give me a headache when I wore it on my hands all day. I really like how it made my hands feel though I am one of those people who has three to five lotions in my purse/backpack at all times because inevitably someone will ask me if I have lotion and then I can give them a selection. (This is what happens when you spend years as the mom friend in your friend groups.)

 

  1. Doucce Maxlash Maximizer Mascara: Now that is a mouthful but Doucce is a brand that I have heard of before, I have one of their palettes that was in the winter fabfitfun box. (at the time a family friend subscribed and she didn’t want hers.) I know that their products are usually something that I enjoy and I was really excited to get a mascara from them in my ipsy bag. The brush end of the wand is almost as long as the tube though so that is something that I have to deal with when I use it. It is one of those mascaras that with one coat makes you feel like you are wearing false lashes because it does give you so much volume. I love it so much because I normally have to use two or three coats to get the volume and separation that I got with this. Also I didn’t really have a clumping issue which made me so happy. It does take a little while to dry, not long but it also depends on how much you actually get on you lashes.

 

  1. Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder: Tarte is one of my go to brands, if you read my top five eyeshadow palettes you know how much I love my Tarte Trateist Pro eyeshadow palette. I also raved about it in my makeup bag essentials post. I am normally not one to use finishing powder or spray because I normally don’t wear my makeup long enough to need it. Though I will always love Tarte’s packaging and their quality. I am excited to have a need to wear a finishing powder so I can actually try it out.

 

Even though it is like a month and a half late there is what was in my ipsy Glam Bag in May. I still am a huge fan of the service because it is exposing me to so many new products that I don’t think I would find on my own.

Side note from MJ it is very hard to write a post all the way through when there is a poodle pawing at you.

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He’s cute though.

-MJ

Social Media Burn Out

I feel like I go in cycles of what social media websites that I frequent. Maybe that’s just me, maybe it isn’t but here are some of my thoughts and observations.

One month I may spend hours on Pinterest scrolling through categories until I am hungry and have 30 new books to read. I pin things like crazy adding to boards that I may not look at very often. The next month however I may log into Pinterest only to get the little notification pop up next to the app to go away.

This is a common thing to happen to me on multiple sites, Tumblr is another really good example of this; there are months when I do not log in at all and some months I am on the website everyday reblogging and liking pictures that I will go back and scroll through my blog and laugh about over and over again.

YouTube is one of those rare websites that I will find myself on all the time, but what I am watching and consuming on the video sharing website can shift so drastically. Sometimes I watch daily vlogs, sometimes it’s Beauty and DIY, sometimes it’s Vine compilations because I need to laugh. I have so many people I subscribe to on YouTube but there are times when I am just not in the mood to watch their videos and other times I cannot get enough.

Twitter I can ignore for months on end, not tweeting not knowing what is going on in that space and not really letting that bother me. Facebook is the same way; I get on Facebook to merely look at those people that I know or knew in the past to see what their lives are like today.

The only difference with Facebook is that I don’t have the app on my phone anymore and I have found it to be very liberating.

I have a theory about my social media use and I wonder if it is the same way for other people. There are some days when I don’t go on social media, I am productive, I am busy, and for the most part I am happy. Then there are some days when I spend my whole day scrolling, I don’t feel those days are often but many of them are not happy days because I spend my time comparing my life to other people’s lives, why did they get more likes than me? How could I ever get to their popularity level? Why don’t I have more followers? I spend my time on social media on those day’s playing a game of “woe is me” and I hate that.

Social media burn out is a real thing in my mind, we sit and scroll looking at other people’s lives, pets, food, experiences and we sit and look at ourselves and try to figure out why that can’t be us. I could be alone in this but I have a feeling I am not. When we spend our lives online and allow that to control everything we are, everything we do, everything that we buy we don’t look at social media as being fun anymore and I would prefer my social media experience to be fun; not a chore.

Thoughts?

-MJ

MJ’s Makeup Bag Essentials

I feel like every time I turn around I am purchasing something new to put in my makeup bag, but I am thinking of these products specifically that I take with me to special events or make sure I have with me on vacation.

Some of the brands of products may change depending on what I have at my disposal at the time but for the most part my makeup bag essentials stay pretty constant.

Now I also call this my “wedding bag” makeup, this is my normal routine when it comes to going to a wedding. There may be some variance when it comes to what eyeshadow palette I take because I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder and I have a problem. This is also true with lipstick because lipstick colors really depend on what season it is. Spring is light colors or subdued nudes, summer tends to be brighter colors or more pink nudes, fall tends to be deeper colors and a mix of metallic shades, as does winter but winter also tends to circle back to the more subdued nude shades. This is all for me, this is how my lipstick palette shifts through the seasons.

 

 

I am going to divide this into two sections; Section 1: Tools and Section 2: Productions.

Let’s dive right in, shall we!

Here is an overall shot of all of the products that are actually in my bag.:

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Section 1:

I don’t actually use many tools if we are honest because I don’t wear all that much makeup, granted when I have to go to an event I do wear a considerable amount of product on my face and I can’t wait to scrape it off at the end of the night.

 

Foundation Brushes: Now I have found recently (since I took this picture) I have been using a silicone beauty blender to put my foundation on. I purchased the applicator at Ulta and it was their brand so it wasn’t that expensive and I am not wasting any product when it comes to applying my foundation. I also tend to favor the paddle brush (I have also heard it called a mermaid brush) when it comes to applying my foundation because I find that it applies more evenly than it does with a flat brush.

 

Concealer Brushes: Again I started this post over a month ago and then I had some more products added to my arsenal, my normal go to for concealer is the ELF concealer brush but I got the Vasanti concealer buffer brush in my April ipsy Glam Bag and I have been using that exclusively since then. I do prefer a round tipped brush when it comes to concealer application because it provides a better blending ability.

 

Eyebrow Brush: Now I have only been filling my eyebrows in for about a two and a half years or so, I was watching a YouTube video and the person said that they didn’t understand why people didn’t fill in their eyebrows and I had never thought about that possibility before so I started to do it. I have gotten considerably better since then. I use the it cosmetics number 12 brush which can be either and eyeliner or eyebrow brush. (I don’t wear eyeliner anymore, I haven’t since I used to wear too much in middle school.) I find that it picks product up well and allows for precise movement through the eyebrow itself while still allowing it to be easily shaped. I have used the brush that comes provided in my eyebrow product and it’s just too small to handle so I prefer having a standard sized brush for application.

 

Cheek Brush: I didn’t really start my foray into cheek products (blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc.) until about a year ago because I prefer looking like I have never seen the sun in my life. Like if I go outside I am going to burst into flames or I will be so blindingly pale that people will have to look away from me for fear of burning out their retina’s. (Y’all can’t see me but I am laughing right now.) I bought this brush because I had purchased Real Techniques brushes in the past and they have never disappointed me. This instapop cheek brush was no different. Highlighter has become a standard in my makeup bag, I also carry blush to special events and since very recently bronzer as well. I like the angle on the brush for going over different contours of the cheek and it provides relatively even coverage where you need it.

 

Eyeshadow Brush: The eyeshadow palette in this post has a brush with it but some of my palettes didn’t come with a brush so I tend to carry an eyeshadow brush for that specific reason. I tend to reach for my Lorac Cosmetics double ended brush, one end has a very fluffy brush and the other a more densely packed smaller more circular brush. I use the fluffier end for most of my eyelid and use the smaller end for under the eye and the inner corner. I really like having a dual ended brush instead of carrying around a number of brushes because my makeup bag is already bulky enough.

 

Section 2:

This will be in order of application rather than just a list like the tools.

Primer: First and foremost, I always start with a primer, I have a red complexion because I have rosacea which is a dermatological condition that makes your skin complexion much more red so I have to wear a green tinted primer. I live in this primer whenever I have to look nice for something. I used Smashbox for years but I found that NYX for me also does the job even if the coverage isn’t as complete.

 

Foundation: Now my foundation rotates to be honest, sometimes I don’t want to spend $40 on foundation but I find that my skin also doesn’t react as adversely with more expensive foundation than it does with more inexpensive brands. I have sensitive skin so I have to be so careful with what I put on it. Currently I use the Urban Decay All-Nighter (Waterproof Longwear Liquid) Foundation in the shade 0.5 (That is the lightest color it comes in and I still think it’s still just a little too dark for my actual skin tone.) It covers really well though and I am in love with it.

 

Concealer: This is the only concealer that I have ever used and that is the Urban Decay Naked Skin (Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer) in the shade Fair Neutral. It provides enough color that I don’t use blush and stuff, which is not a good excuse not to use blush and bronzer because I look a little dead if I go without something on my cheeks. It’s easily blendable and it provides pretty solid coverage for long term wear.

 

Eyebrows: Again, this is the only product I have used on my brows in recent memory, when I first started filling in my eyebrows I used ELF’s eyebrow gel and I switched to Rimmel well over a year ago, pictured in the spread is my new one (which I still haven’t opened) because my other one is down to the pan in some places but I don’t want to throw away the rest of the product. I find that I prefer using the gel to the powder in my eyebrows so I have found that Rimmel’s Brow This Way in medium brown is perfect for my needs and my brow color.

 

Cheeks:

  • Highlighter: This is a staple in my normal routine because it provides just enough color that it does the job I want it to. I use the Urban Decay After Glow palette and I think this is the original After Glow and I almost bought the other palette but decided on this one and I haven’t looked back. Highlighter is a pretty new concept to me even though I have always liked how it looked.

 

  • Blush: So blush is something I wear rarely because I always have red cheeks and I don’t want to emphasis that when I am wearing a full face of makeup. I do use very light colored blush when I do wear it and I normally reach for my Too Faced Love Flush (long lasting 16-hour blush) in the shade Baby Love. It’s not a pigmented and for me that is something amazing because it still has a nice color and provides a rosy tint without being overbearing. Whenever I see overbearing blush all I can think of is a little one who gets into their mother’s makeup and has a grand old time.

 

  • Bronzer: Bronzer is something that I have worn only a few times but I tend to (and it’s not pictured here) to use the Hoola bronzer from benefit. This is a super recent thing for me, if you read my April Beauty Haul then you know that I got it last month and I have been using it ever since. It provides just enough color that I don’t shine in the light with how pale I am.

 

Eyes:

They are going to get their own section because this is where I spend most of my time when I do any makeup application.

  • Eyeshadow Primer: Now I only use eyeshadow primer when I have the need to wear eyeshadow in a long wear fashion but for the most part I use Lorac Cosmetics Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer and I love it. I wore it to a wedding recently and my eyeshadow was on lock from about 1PM to midnight and I was very pleased with it. No smudging, no cracking, no nothing and I was very happy with it.

 

  • Eyeshadow: Now my palette changes depending on the season as well but there is a good chance that the palette I have in my bag is all neutral colors because normally to weddings you don’t want to look too crazy when it comes to makeup. The wedding I went to in late April I wore a Lilly Pulitzer outfit and it’s loud enough that I wanted to do a very understated makeup look and I was very pleased with it overall. The palette pictured is the Urban Decay Smoky palette which is one of my absolute staples when it comes to a look. My Tartist Pro palette is another, if you read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palette’s post this is not news to you. When you are going to a formal event you don’t want to look like it is just a stop off before you go out to a club so neutral for me is a must when it comes to eyeshadow.

 

  • Mascara: Now When I travel and I don’t check a bag (aka I am driving, not flying) I bring two mascara’s I normally take my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and it is my absolute go to when it comes to mascara, I cannot tell you how many times I have reached for other mascara’s and I find myself coming back to this one. I always bring a second tube of mascara with me because it is habit and I tend to gravitate toward my Roller Lash from benefit. I also in recent memory have carried around NYX’s Worth the Hype because it is a much less expensive alternative to some of the other one’s that I have used. Both provide length and volume and they both came with me to the wedding.

 

Lips: Final thing, now like I said above my lipstick color palette changes with the seasons, normally in my bag (depending on the season) is a nude shade that goes with the feel of the season, a full color liquid lip that also goes with the season and normally a metallic shade. Because who doesn’t love a little bit of drama in the makeup bag and also allows some versatility in case you have to attend a second event or something that you didn’t plan in your original look, like going to an after party or club or bar.

What are the essentials in your makeup bag?

-MJ

April Beauty Haul

This month was kind of sparse on buying any new beauty products just because I have gone a little bit overboard in months past and I don’t need more makeup I just want more makeup. Sometimes self-restraint is good because we can’t always have everything that we want.

Really the only reason that I went into Ulta this month was because I had one of those email blast coupons for a sample of something that I have wanted to try for a while and that was the Hoola bronzer from benefit. Now normally I don’t wear a bronzer because I want to look like a vampire; like I have never seen the sun in my life. Though maybe this summer if I am spending time outside I will want to look a little bronzed over my very porcelain skin tone.

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Now this is my birthday month so I decided to buy myself a gift, last year it was the naked Smoky and Naked 3 palettes, this year it was the Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves palette. If you have read any of my other makeup posts you know that I am a sucker for good packaging and I really like Tarte as a brand. These shades are very highly pigmented and many of them are warm neutrals but there are three pretty crazy colors and they are pretty nice. An almost iridescent or multi-chrome feeling purple called “bubbles” a deep blue called “lagoon” and an iridescent green called “splash”. I am looking forward to using these shades in different looks. I mean the palette looks like a seashell, I have never been one of those girls who want to be a mermaid but I love the idea of using mythical creatures as inspiration for palettes and makeup collections. I also love how tarte’s palette’s smell, they always smell good, I guess that’s the clay they use.

I went into Marshall’s really early in the month and I have been seeing brush cleaning mats all over recently and I thought “I want to try one” so I grabbed on that looks like a cactus and I have used it a few times now, I really like it. It gets my brushes really clean and I don’t have to stand there with my hands under the water so they don’t get all pruned.

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I also bought a few more lipsticks, I have a problem but again all of them were NYX. I accidently bought a duplicate of one of the cosmic metals lip crèmes because I forgot I had one but it’s okay. I got three new for my collection. If you watched or read my ipsy glam bag opening, then you know that I got a NYX lipstick in there as well. Ulta was also running a promotion to get a free matte lip kit when you spent a certain amount in NYX products and if I even look at the brand case I will walk away with things that I do not need.

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  1. I have been seeing this online for like a month or so and that was the NYX powder puff lippie in the color “squad goals”. I have not swatched this yet because I didn’t want to have the powder puff ruined before I actually wanted to use it. The color I am really hoping looks as good as it did on the display.
  2. Last month I saw that they had come out with a Duo chromatic shimmer lip gloss, normally I am not a fan of lip gloss (not since I was in middle/high school) but I really wanted to try this I grabbed a tube in the color “Booming”, it is a pink and white chromatic iridescent shift. It looked very much like something that you would wear to a festival or a rave. It will take a certain look or maybe used as a lip topper for another color just to add some shine.
  3. The next was the Slip Tease full color lip oil in the color “Coy” it’s very pink but I really like it, it actually looks really pretty with the chromatic color I mentioned above. I hadn’t seen this product so I decided that I wanted to try it and see how I felt about it. I normally am not one for lip oil but I am here to give it a try.
  4. Next, I have been seeing this online for like a month or so and that was the NYX powder puff lippie in the color “squad goals”. I have not swatched this yet because I didn’t want to have the powder puff ruined before I actually wanted to use it. The color I am really hoping looks as good as it did on the display.
  5. Finally, in the lipstick department I grabbed a soft metallic lip cream from NYX in the color “Rome”. It is much more of a fall color than I was expecting but I am excited for it. It’s a deep color and it will take a certain look to look amazing and I am looking forward to figuring that look out.

I went into Sephora this month with one goal and that was to buy the daytime SPF companion of my Murad skin perfecting lotion. That I will get into in my April Favorites next week or the week after but I got the skin perfecting lotion in my fitfabfun box and loved it so much I went and purchased the Murad Oil Control Mattifier as well. Already a huge fan of it because I have been spending so much time in the sun.

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Did you buy any new products last month?

-MJ

 

 

What Was in My April ipsy Glam Bag

I am a huge fan of subscription boxes and in this case bags. I always have been, it’s the mystery of what you are going to get that amuses me greatly. I have been trolling around the internet looking for something new to subscribe to because the boxes I currently subscribe to are going to a retail format and away from the online only subscription service. So I decided that I would go more for beauty, lifestyle, and fashion as opposed to the geekier boxes I have gotten in the past.

I also subscribed to fitfabfun but got it about a month after it came out so unboxing it would have been pointless.

I had been seeing ads for ipsy on most if not all of my social media accounts and I had been thinking about it for quite some time so I finally decided to go for it.

I love the style and concern profile quiz that you have to take because it allows you to tell them what you like and what you want in regard to skincare, hair care, and makeup. It allows you to tell them what brands you like or use in your makeup routine and I think that is such a great tool to allow for a higher level of customization.

So MJ what was in your glam bag this month? If you want to watch the video, you can.IMG_7851.jpg

Let’s start with the bag itself it is faux leather, the front is white and printed with butterflies on it in shades of pink, purple, and a little blue, rose gold corners and zipper pull detail, and is an almost dusty lavender on the back side which is continued onto the inside of the bg. I love it, I don’t think I will ever have enough makeup bags but this is great size to just shove in your purse and go.

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  1. Now I had one item that was not in the bag and that was a Vasanti Cosmetic Concealer Buffer Brush. (I had to look on my ipsy dashboard to make sure I knew what it was.) I am always in the market for a good concealer brush, I use and ELF one now and it’s strating to wear on a bit. This brush is soft, the bristles are not packed too tightly and it is a nice shape, I am looking forward to using it.

 

  1. The next item was from a brand that I know very well, I think most if not all of my liquid lipsticks are from this brand; NYX Cosmetics, I got their soft matte lip cream in the color Stockholm. How would I describe this color? It almost looks like Arkansas red clay, it looks like a mix between red and orange with a little bit of brown mixed in. It’s a nice color a good spring to summer transition color. I have a very small size of this color from an advent calendar so I know what it looks like and I already liked it so I was happy to see a familiar brand in this bag.

 

  1. My next item was a single pot loose eyeshadow from Meech and Mia, I have never heard of Meech and Mia so I am excited to try this product out. I have also never used a loose eyeshadow like this, I am used to the pressed shadows that you get in palette form but I am up for the challenge and it is a copper shadow so that is right up my street.

 

  1. Two more items, the first was Trust Fund Beauty’s That Liquid Glo Tho liquid highlighter. I have only recently gotten into the world of highlighter and I have never had a liquid highlighter before. The website describes it as champagne, in my video I think I described it as rose gold. Either way it is a highly pigmented product and a little bit goes a long way to make you actually say, “look at that glow though.” I am looking forward to integrating it into a few makeup looks in the future to see how it looks with a full face on as well.

 

  1. The last item I got was the detoxifying hair mask from Theorie. Again Theorie is not a brand that I have heard of and I have never done a hair mask before but I am again very much looking forward to trying it out and being able to give a solid review of it.

 

Overall I was very pleased with what I received in my first ever glam bag from ipsy, it was full of products that I normally would not buy for myself and because everything is in a trial size it means that I get to try it and if I like it I can go back and buy a full sized product if I choose.

If you subscribe to ipsy, what did you get in your glam bag this month?

-MJ

March Favorites

March was a pain in the butt for me so I didn’t have too many ground breaking favorites but if you would rather watch the video on my YouTube channel you can. This like my February Favorites is a more expanded version than my video. Though this month’s favorites video had a bit of a rambling edge to it (I cut almost 15 minutes from it and it’s still a 22-minute-long video) because I have been so out of it. Though that is a story for another time.

Without further ado, here are my favorites for March.

Frist up, literally rain boots. There is nothing special about them, I will eventually be in the market for some Hunter rain boots but not yet. I got these at one of the local farm stores where I am now living and I have been wearing them every time I have to go up to the build site because it is quite squishy because I moved down here in the middle of monsoon season. (apparently) They have saved all the rest of my shoes to which I am very thankful.

Next, I have had one of those months that has just been difficult and I have been in an extreme funk so I started watching comedy specials on Netflix and they have helped boost my mood considerably, I found Iliza Sleshinger through her joke about Pinterest a few years ago and I finally got around to watching the rest of her specials, I also bought her book because I enjoy her brand of humor. All of my roommates’ senior year of university were obsessed with Gabriel Iglesias and so I ended up watching him as well and his specials also helped me cheer up. It’s the small things, right?

So if you read my March Beauty Haul then you saw that I bought foundation last month and I have been using is so much because it is actually the right shade for my skin tone, it’s been months since I have had a foundation that actually matches my skin tone. For the last several months I have been balancing a foundation that was about a shade and a half too dark with my concealer and after a while that becomes a straight up pain. I love Urban Decay, again it’s their quality and packaging; the perfect storm when it comes to makeup and I love Urban Decay so it was almost only natural that I got their foundation next.

Next, Soap and Glory is clearly one of my favorite skin care brands on the market right now, it has been for quite some time. I feel like I feature them in my favorites every month and I am always excited to see the new stuff that they come out with. I have liked sheet masks for a while now and I wanted to try a peel off mask; the mask is PINK and it’s really fun. I didn’t put on a thick enough layer but I really enjoyed the product and it left my skin fresh and feeling so good. I would highly recommend this product.

Do I really need to tell you all about my love of Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles, I sometimes feel like when I tell people that I play Sudoku and do crossword puzzles they look at me like “you are in your 20’s but you act like you are about 85.” and for the most part that’s true. I enjoy letting my mind gain more knowledge, I enjoy brain teasers. (even though I am AWFUL at them) They keep my brain active and engaged so sometimes to wind down I do Sudoku puzzles and get mad when I can’t figure out one number and then realize that one of my boxes has four 3’s in it and I have to stop look at the book, shake my head, and move on to the next one.

Let me preface this, I am not a vegan, I aspire one day to be one for many reasons; but that hasn’t happened yet. I do however like vegan cooking, I am already non-dairy because my body HATES dairy so I avoid it at all costs if I don’t have my Lactaid with me because otherwise I will be sick all day. I had Vegan Comfort Classics, by Lauren Toyota (Hot for Food) suggested to me by a bunch of people that I follow online and I thought you know what, why not? I haven’t seen many vegan cookbooks that actually have comfort food that I enjoy in them. I looked through it and was drooling the entire time, I am excited to make every dish in this book because I can’t decide what I want to make most. I am super excited to make the dishes and see how they actually are and if I can manage to cook vegan food without failing and having to get takeout. (Wish MJ luck!)

One final thing, I have wanted a record player since at least 2011 and I finally got one! I was excited because it was just one of those things that I have wanted but kept forgetting about whenever someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas because I cannot be put on the spot when it comes to gifts and actually come up with a coherent thought. Like Raphie in A Christmas Story when he goes to see Santa to ask for the Red Rider but blanks and says yes to a football instead. That’s about how I feel when someone asks me what I want. I also got the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, Panic! At The Disco’s Pretty Odd and the soundtrack from The Labyrinth, if you roll over to my YouTube channel you can watch my Top 10 Favorite Movies video where that is heavily featured because it is my favorite movie.

This month’s favorites were much different from last month’s favorites specifically because March was a blur for me. I spent a lot of time hanging around a build site and dealing with boys who sometimes forget that I am in fact a lady, a lady who does not really want to hear some of the things that come out of their mouths.

Did you have any favorites in March? Tell me about them!

-MJ

March Beauty Haul

There is a good chance that in any given month I am going to walk into Ulta a couple of times, wander around for ten minutes, and leave with makeup that I hadn’t planned on buying because everything in the store I look at and say, “I need this.” The voice in the back of my head disagrees but there is another, louder voice saying “yea you do!”

This month was no different in that department, I was really looking forward to a few items that I don’t have yet because my store was out of them and I refuse to order makeup online. (I have had things come broken and I am too socially anxious to complain.)

So my first haul happened about the beginning of the first full week of March because I have control issues when I walk into the store. I went in for a fan brush and came out with a fan brush and a few other items.

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The fan brush I bought was a Morphe M310 brush (1), I really like Morphe as a brand. (I have a few palettes as well.) The fan brush is really simple and I want to use it for highlighting, which in the last three months or so I have actually started to do when I do an actual full face of makeup.

Next was something that I actually needed, I have been living with the wrong shade of foundation for quite some time. I love the foundation that I have (Too Faced Born This Way) but it’s difficult to use because the shade is the wrong one for my skin tone. I spent a good 15 minutes looking between three or four different brands and I finally decided on Urban Decay’s All Nighter liquid foundation (2) in shade 0.5. (I am super pale.) I haven’t actually tried it yet but I am hopeful for it to be a much better match for my skin tone. I really like Urban Decay’s foundation products because the only concealer that I use is their concealer and I have loved it since the moment I started using it well over two years ago. I actually just had to replace my tube because I ran out.

In most cases it is the packaging that gets me and for sure Urban Decay always has some great packaging.

The next two things I saw in an email first and then I wanted to try them. Normally I am not a fan of glosses when it comes to lips because they stay sticky, I have been on the matte liquid lipstick train for quite some time now. NYX is normally my favorite brand for lipsticks so I decided to give the Strictly Vinyl lip gloss.

The deep purple is called Night Walker (3) and it actually looks pretty great.

The more mauve shade is called Baby Doll (4) and it also looks pretty great.

The final item I bought was the Lorac Pro 3 Palette (5). I feel like Lorac is a relatively newer brand to my makeup collection, I think the first palette I bought from Lorac was the California Dreaming palette and I love that palette so I have gone back and bought other things from the brand because I loved the quality of that item. I went with this specific palette because the shades are more attuned to my personal style when it comes to what I put on my eyelids. I am looking forward to using this product as well for more everyday looks.

 

Also in March I went into Sephora, which I do not do very often. Don’t get me wrong I love Sephora but it also has more designer makeup that I want but cannot afford so I avoid it and avoid the temptation as well (my wallet thanks me).

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I went in with the intention of purchasing, to try, the Dr. Jart Shake and Shot mask (1) because I had seen a lot of people trying it online and I wanted to see if it was worth the $12 price tag of a one-time use mask. (I’ll let you know) I feel like the reviews of it are already played out but you know what I want to do it anyway. Also the fact that the top is a baby’s face is a little off putting but I still think it is an interesting marketing technique because it makes you think about it and it is a conversation piece.

 

The second thing I purchased was something that I saw on Instagram. (shakes fist at Instagram for making me want things that I don’t need!) The Kristen Leanna and Urban Decay collaboration eyeshadow palette Kaleidoscope Dreams (2). I swatched the shades and I already love all of the shades, again I wanted something that was a bit more daring in my makeup collection and this was definitely a showstopper of a palette. I am absolutely in love with the Leo + Brixton shade because it is iridescent and it’s amazing. I am looking forward to actually using this palette in small quantities for nice pops of color in my eyeshadow looks.

 

Very late in the month I walked into Ulta with the intention of buying some skincare items (and a free sample of a highlighter), they did not have them in the store so I walked around and got myself into some trouble. Ulta is nearing the end of their 21 days of beauty event and those deals suck me straight into the store.

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I purchased the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter highlight and contour palette in light/medium (1). It has four powder shades and five crème shades and I am terrible at contour I never got on the heavy contour train but I would like to be able to make myself look like I actually have cheekbones. It was half off so I decided that now was the time to purchase it and experiment with some contouring. Big fan of the two sided mirror in the packaging though.

I also got as a sample a Becca highlighter in the color Opal (2), it’s a beautiful golden color and I am looking forward to an event where I need to wear a highlighter so I can rock this color.

The last thing that I got at Ulta this month was a silicone beauty blender (3), I want to do a comparison of foundation application tools and I have seen this silicone applicator rolling around the internet for a while now so I’m going to give it a try. I will let you know how it goes.

 

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty items this month?

 

-MJ