March 2020 ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I promised myself I would write this like a week ago but we are all still on quarantine and I haven’t had the creative energy to actually sit down and write a blog post but I got the email today with the spoilers for my April Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus so I figured now was the time to actually get this written and done and over with. 

The bag:

           It’s a cute little fold over with a snap and on the inside of the flap it says “unstoppable”, again the color scheme like the Glam Bag this month is actually really nice. This is I think the first bag I have gotten that doesn’t have a zipper on it and I like the change in style. 

The Products: 

The Coffee Scrub Coconut Body Scrub:

            It’s a rarity that I use body scrubs but I am willing to try most beauty products once and if I don’t like it, I don’t like it. I understand the need to get rid of dead or dry skin and it is helpful to do that every once in a while so maybe this would be really good for just a nice day of self-care. (which with what’s going on right now, we all need a little bit of self-care.) But it’s a pretty basic thing in general so there isn’t all that much to say about it. I did open it and it is a super strong smell and as soon as I opened it the zipper on the inside broke so that was a bummer moment. 

TheBalm Cosmetics AutoBalm Day 2 Night:

            I chose this, I really did and it’s a pretty interesting product and I like the pigmentation, I actually just put it on with my fingers and got a pretty good really quick eye look. There are a lot of metallic shades in it though so it doesn’t quite make a full look if you want matte shades mixed in.

Phase Zero Make Up Matte Liquid Lipstick in Undercover:

            I don’t mind this shade and it goes on pretty well. I’m not sure if I am insane because of being at home all by myself but I think it smells good. It’s a rosy shade which is great for occasions year round. 

Malin+Goetz Revitalizing Eye Gel:

            I have used this a few times now and I actually really like it. I don’t have a lot of undereye products even though I know that I should and I really want to put it in my fridge and actually get those benefits as well. 

Seraphine Botanicals Luna Liner Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner in Black:

            Three out of the last four months I have gotten an eyeliner, I do not wear eyeliner and in April I’m getting one as well. Something I will never use and I am really still upset about it because that is a waste of a product for me. I don’t understand why, when I review a product poorly they still send it to me. They sent out a survey asking subscribers if there was a pause feature on certain products what we would think and I said I would pause eyeliner indefinitely because I don’t use it. It’s a good liner but I do not use eyeliner. I also like the brand and I am not saying anything against them, it’s just a product that I don’t use in my makeup routine.

Complex Culture Precision Concealer Brush:

            I mean, it’s a brush. I like the shape and the bristle packing, it is rare that I use a brush when I put on concealer anymore, I haven’t since I started using a beauty blender but I’ll give it a try. 

            Overall I liked my Glam Bag Plus this month except the eyeliner and that is becoming a common trend and I am not super excited about that but not everything can be a win. 

            Here’s hoping that the world gets less crazy in the coming weeks and I hope everyone is happy, safe, and healthy.

I’ll see everyone in a few days with another post,

            -MJ

Spring 2020 FabFitFun unboxing

Hey Hey, it’s MJ,

Welcome to the first fabfitfun box of 2020 and it feels like I should be on my third box of the year because March has taken a good six months to get through and February felt just as long for different reasons. This box was a bright shiny spot in my life right now, so I am going to go through it. This box was a little different than boxes in the past because it had the option for “throwback” items which was interesting but a little strange. I don’t disagree with bringing back fan favorites after a few years so people can rediscover past favorites. It was also different because almost all if not all of the items had multiple choices instead of there being items that were in every box. 

So what did I get? The first three items I chose so we are going to go through those first. 

Revive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Light Device

            Infrared light therapy is a really interesting thing, granted I don’t have a lot of wrinkles yet, I am only in my late 20’s (it’s so weird to say that). Preventative measures are always a good thing because I do try really hard to take better care of my skin and if reducing fine lines and wrinkles from laughing and smiling that is not a bad thing to look out for. It’s a three minute treatment and it shuts off after the three minutes so that’s nice that it gives you that time frame and understanding on how long you need to have it on your skin in a stationary position so you don’t do damage to your skin. The other options were the Donni: Ribbed Sweater Coat, the Caravan Diamond Woven Rug, Summer & Rose Navy Diamond Tote, the West Elm Indigo Tie-Dye Bowls, or the Elemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream.

Calpak Set of 3 Packing Cubes in Sorbet (or Tutti Fruity, I don’t remember) 

            I don’t travel much but I want to, I have always liked to travel and I love to keep things organized so having something to pack into my suitcase so I don’t actually just shove everything I’m taking with me just haphazardly into the bag and hope for the best. That is my normal trick, stuff everything in to the suitcase and hope for the best. They are mesh fronted so they have a little give to them and I am really excited to eventually have a chance to use them. The other options for choices were the Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, Shoshanna Umbrella, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer, Tarte Tartist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette (which I got in one of my first fabfitfun boxes), or the 111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster.

Wei Two in One Purify and Glow Mask Collection

            Do I need any more masks, probably not but I chose this one anyway because I liked the look of it. I like that you get four treatments out of it with an exfoliating brown sugar exfoliating mask and then a golden root purifying mud mask. I like the brush too it feels really nice. I am excited to give it a try because I don’t have a lot of mud masks, I am much more of a sheet mask kind of human but with skin care and beauty I am willing to give like I’ve said most things a try at least once. The other options for this was the Amber Sceats Double Coin Necklace, Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask, Cosmedix Pure C, Green Goo Hibiscus Plant based Body Scrub.

Next are the set of items that are only choices for select members, one day I will do that but that day is still not today.

Stone Cole Fox Tea Towels

You can’t ever have too many tea towels, right? Well these ones are super simple in the best way, a nice clean design and a nice material that I can’t wait to wash an put in my kitchen. I really like versatile household items and having a non-beauty or skin care item is really great and something that I have missed in past boxes. The other options were the Aria Beauty Luxe Detangling Electroplated Brush, Jaboneira Marianella, Imperial Jade Body Oil, or the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. (which I have and I love!)

The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Epik C Serum Power Trio Complex

            This was a surprise item in my box and it was a mystery so I was totally cool with getting a mystery item. I don’t use a lot of serums and many that I have used just aren’t compatible with my skin so I am excited to give this one a try. I love the packaging on The Better Skin Co.’s items and it looks like a pretty thick serum. It smells really good and a little really does go a long way. I used it on my hand first to test it out and it melts into the skin so I am hopeful that maybe this will be a serum that I can use and not have the same adverse effects that I have had with some in the past. The options in the magazine were the AG Hair Fast Food Leave-on Conditioner, Smith French Dublin Aromatic Hand Wash in Fresh Green Leaves, Lovescript Body wash, Speaqua Cruiser Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner, or the Eparé Dual Salt and Pepper Mill.

This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon 

            I don’t want to break the seal on it because I don’t want it to go bad but I really hope that it smells like lavender or something to that end, some nice relaxing calming scent so I’m just going to have to Google it and find out, it does and I am excited it smells like lavender, chamomile, and vetiver and those are all nice calming scents and my regular night time body lotion from Bath and Body Works, which they have now discontinued is lavender based so this is still exciting to have a new lotion to try with my nighttime routine. The other option was the Whish Beauty Blue Matcha Restoring Mask.

Chic & Tonic Silicone Straws

            I actually really like reusable straws, I have tried really hard to cut down on my use of single use plastics that aren’t recyclable. It’s four straws and a small pill shaped silicone carrying case. These are foldable so they are easier to take into public and use instead of a standard metal straw. The other options were the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara, or the Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffer in “Black Orchid”. 

Pūrlisse Watermelon Energizing 2 Minute Polishing Peel

            I love watermelon scented things and Pūrlisse has some great watermelon smelling things in their product lineup. I will have to spot test this one because it is a polishing peel but I am hopeful that it doesn’t irritate my skin. I don’t know what else to say about it until I actually get a chance to try it out. The other options were the Winky Lux Rainbow Lip Balm or the Avéne Thermal Spring Water. 

            I really liked my box this season even with all of the options, in this time of uncertainty having something like this in my life brings a smile to my face. 

I’ll see you guys later in the week so have a good few days!

            -MJ 

What was in my March 2020 ipsy Glam Bag

Hey Hey, it’s MJ, 

            So welcome to April, I wrote this post at the latter end of March but let’s be real I didn’t have the energy to post it so there is going to be a lot of catch up in April for March and that’s okay because we are living in a pretty uncertain time. I have been dealing with a lot so I took all of February off (February kicked me in the stomach a couple times) so I took it off completely and I regret it but when you don’t feel like writing anything and you can’t string two words together it gets hard to write blog posts. So here I am trying to get something written, it probably won’t be my best but I’m working on it. 

            Alright so of course my first post, post hiatus is my ipsy Glam Bag this month, this month because it was the 100thGlam Bag we got an extra sample which is really cool and congratulations to ipsy for making it 100 months. 

            First of all, the bag is super cute I love the color scheme and the studded detail. It’s bright and springy and right now that’s something that I feel like we need. 

            On to the products,

            Ofra Cosmetics Bronzer in Americano

                        I am still pretty new to bronzer and I don’t wear it too often but this is actually a really good shade to match my skin tone. It does have a shimmer to it so it is better for summer than winter. It would also make a great eyeshadow color. (which is suggested on the card) 

            Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Pro Precision Tapered Brush

                        I have so many brushes now and I really like that but I need a bigger brush holder. It’s a really feathery brush which is great for powders but it’s a little too feathery for me and my normal routine. 

            Wander Beauty Eyeshadow in Bouquet

                        This is a beautiful and pigmented shade, I like all of Wander’s products that I have gotten to try. I did swatch this and I agree with the card where it says to put it on with your finger instead of a brush. This is one of those shades that’s good for day and night wear depending on whatever else you put with it. 

            Hanalei Company Kukui Lip Balm in Island Mint

                        Who doesn’t need more chapsticks and maybe I will actually get through one in my life time instead of having a half dozen of them spread out through their house but I am one of those people where I randomly find lip balms all over. I can read and understand almost all of the ingredients. I am not going to open this one up but I love a Hawaiian brand.

            Tatcha The Water Cream

                        I chose this one because I have heard so many good things about Tatcha and their creams so I had to try this one when I saw it as a choice. My skin is congestion prone and I have been told this is a pretty good cream for that. It’s one of those creams that everyone talks about but is really expensive so getting a sample of it helps make more informed decisions when it comes to purchasing a full sized product.

            Shaina B. Miami Highlight in Guava Glow

                        It’s a really pretty color and I love the flamingo’s pressed into the pan. I love cute pan pressings. It’s a really pretty shade and the pigmentation for a highlight/ multipurpose powder is pretty good. 

            So it’s a little bare bones, I’m getting back into the swing of things and it will take some time. When you’ve been in a creative slump it happens like that and with the quarantine it makes life just a little bit more lonely. I will see you all in a few days with another post and I am going to try really hard to keep to a good schedule in the coming weeks and months but I cannot make any promises to that fact. 

            Have the best week you can! 

            -MJ

What Was in My January 2020 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I still can’t believe it is already 2020 and because I am not sure when this post is going up, hopefully it is still January when this actually goes live, (by my calculations it should be unless something goes wrong.) but I am here to open and give my thoughts on my first Glam Bag of the year, my Glam Bag Plus post is already live if you want to see how I felt about that; let’s just say that I was more excited about my Glam Bag than its larger offering this month. 

            I loved the bag, this is now one of my favorites because it is marble and almost feels like a pleather or vinyl and I really like the bag over all. I will say this ipsy has six or seven bag styles and continues to make really cool new options using the same templates. I love the combination of the white and grey marble and the pink hardware, great combination.

            In a side note about this bag I for sure got the tracking email after the bag was already in my possession, I don’t know what’s going on with their tracking email system but that’s ridiculous. 

            So what did I get in my bag this month?

            Luxie Beauty- 560 Medium Fan Flawless Brush

            So I have a few Luxie beauty brushes and I like them well enough, I am hoping that this fan brush is better than some that I already have, I don’t think you need more than one but I find myself now owning like half a dozen, in most cases that wouldn’t bother me but some of them just aren’t all that great for what I want them for. I am hoping that this one is different. With this one the brush guard is hard to move which in most cases again, great, but not when you are wanting to get it off. The brush feels nice, not to stiff and not too flimsy so I am hopeful on this one.

            Context Skin- Liquid Lacquer in Mad Love

          Confession time, I am not a huge fan of lacquer products because like glosses they can be sticky, and this one while on the sticky and kind of heavy side; I’m not mad at, it doesn’t seem to be like cement, (I know, it is five AM and I have lip lacquer on as I write this post) which I am thankful for. It’s actually a really nice shade as well, in the tube I wasn’t sure about it but on the lips I kind of love it. It does dry down a little bit which I think helps it out a little bit more in my book because it does decrease the sticky feeling just a tad as well.

            Banila Co- Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm

        Alright, so with this one. It is a rarity that I use a “cleansing balm” and I am not sure how I feel about the idea of a cleansing balm in general so I will for sure give this one a try but I can’t guarantee that I will enjoy it as much as I enjoy a regular gel or cream cleanser but I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and maybe I will find my new favorite cleanser. Who knows.

            Pür- 4 in 1 Pressed Powder in shade Porcelain

            I was shocked that this one was actually a pretty good color match to my skin tone, it is a little on the yellow side so I would have to use it as a pressed powder not a powder foundation but it’s a relatively nice size for a purse even though I already carry one that matches my foundation in my work bag but this one would work in a pinch. 

            Too Faced- Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 

         I like Too Faced though I haven’t bought many of their products in the last year or so, but I have been seeing this primer in Ulta and Sephora for at least a few years now (I can’t actually remember when it came out) and being someone who doesn’t wear a lot of primer I am excited to try it, again I never know if one of these products will find itself at holy grail status after giving it a try. My one issue with this is the sample size, I know it is a sample but something just slightly larger would be better because then you could give it a full week or more trial to make sure you actually liked it before committing upwards of $30 to a product that isn’t what you want.

            So overall I really liked my Glam Bag this month, I am hoping that next month the trend continues, I really hope that my Glam Bag Plus next month is on the upswing as well but only time will tell so until next time if you want to read any of my other Glam Bag posts just click on the ipsy hashtag or the ipsy glam bag hashtag down below!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any amazing products this month? Tell me about it! 

            I’ll see everyone in a few days with a new post, so until then I hope your next few days are great!

            Bye!

                        -MJ

January Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Welcome to my first unboxing of 2020, first time I typed that sentence I typed 2002 and I had to take a moment to realize that in 2002 I would not have been allowed to have a blog because I was in 4th and 5th grade so it would have been kind of frowned upon at that time. But beyond that this is my first unboxing of 2020 and I am going to be honest, I was not super happy with it. 

            I have been seeing a lot of complaining on social media for a number of beauty subscription boxes and I am not one nor will I ever be to comment under a brands post to complain, that’s not my style and it never has been. I usually keep a lot of my thoughts and views to myself but with the outlet of a blog I can give you my opinions and not feel bad about it because there is a different kind of engagement on a blog than there is on an Instagram comment section. 

            Let’s start with the bag, it’s really cool, that I will say and I can see myself using it because it has a wristlet strap on it which means that I could feasibly carry it that way. It’s a really nice marble and pink and I really like that.

            Now on to the products, I am going to start with the fact that in a way I felt like this was just any other glam bag with the amount of product received. I am not complaining but I am a little unhappy with my selections this month, I looked and spoiled it to myself what I was getting and even though I have a beauty quiz on file and have recently updated it I feel like some of the products just aren’t of interest to me, don’t get me wrong for the most part the box was fine but it wasn’t knocking it out of the park like some in the past have been. Let’s dive into it and I will give more through answers as we go here.

Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

            Okay this was one of the products that I was actually kind of excited about, I like eye creams and serums but I don’t use them enough so having one on hand from a brand that hasn’t done me dirty in the past makes me really excited to try it, I think that I got the facial cream of this same scent a while back so having both will actually be really nice for my skin care routine this year because I am planning on getting back into skin care like I did during the first part of last year. (I really want a skin care fridge but that is super boujee.)

Hanalei Company Lip Treatment in Clear

            It’s a Hawaiian brand and Hawaii will always hold a special place in my heart. This product is interesting to me and pretty timely because it is supposed to help with chapped lips and we are in the dead of winter where everything is just dry. It is thick and I mean thick but it’s not sticky and it feels really nice on the lips, I decided while I was writing about it to try it and so far so good. 

Nature’s Cartel Lip Stick in 90’s Nostalgia

            I like the packaging, I love the color name as a child of the 90’s but here’s the thing. The color is just too dark for me, I put it on and it’s just too much, too brown for my particular skin tone so this one unfortunately was a miss, which is super disappointing. I do not wear a lot of brown toned lipsticks because that has never been a shade that works for me, for other’s it probably looks amazing but it’s not something that I can pull off. 

Sugar Cosmetics Wingman Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 I’ll Be Black

            So last month I got an eyeliner as well and last month I reviewed it on both the blog and on ipsy’s review system saying that eyeliner wasn’t for me, it’s not and it hasn’t been since I wore a lot of like crayon eyeliner in the mid-2000’s at the height of the emo trend. I don’t wear eyeliner, I can’t do a liquid because I can’t get the wing no matter how hard I try. So getting it two months in a row was really disappointing. 

Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer

            I was excited about this one as well, I love Ahava and have for years ever since I worked in a nail salon in high school and the woman who owned it carried Ahava’s lotion and shower stuff. I use my intense hydration mask all the time so I know that their skin care is amazing so I am really excited to add this into my beauty routine in the coming weeks and months.

            So there you have it, how I felt about my Glam Bag Plus this month, I liked it but I felt like someone really phoned it in this month. I know their theme is clean slate or whatever but actually make sure that it is a clean slate, this just felt like the clearance bin after a holiday sale, “you get what’s left over” and that’s not a good reflection on how a company should be viewed, this is one time, there is no such thing as a perfect record but November and January were both not super great. Here’s hoping that February gets better. 

            Do you subscribe? Any thoughts? Let me know!

            I’ll see everyone soon with another post, 

                        -MJ

Top Beauty Products of 2019

Hey hey it’s MJ, 

            Welcome to 2020 all, I can’t believe that the 2010’s are over I did so much growing up during that decade, graduated high school at the beginning, two Bachelor’s degrees by the middle and a Masters closer to the end. It’s been a crazy decade of ups and downs and moments that I can’t forget while some I would like to. One thing that I really got into in the 2010’s was beauty, skin care, makeup, and the lot. I did a top beauty of 2018 so I figured I would continue the trend again this year. 

            I made a promise to myself to be more accountable with content this year but some days it is harder than others to come up with content when your brain is pulled into 37 different directions but I’m trying, I really am.

            Disclaimer: If the photos look familiar, I took them from my other posts if they have been in posts previously! 

            So what were my favorite beauty products of the last year. 

            Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara: This has been my go-to mascara for the last several months, I love it so much! I can’t speak more highly of it, it sticks to the lashes and it doesn’t flake off. It has been my holy grail mascara in the latter half of this year. It’s a little on the pricy side but it is so worth it! 

            Colourpop No Filter Concealer in shade Fair 02: I have gone through so many concealers in the last few years since concealer came into my life, this one is both cost effective and absolutely amazing, I really enjoyed it throughout the year because it has pretty great coverage and lays down really well over foundation. I have already bought a new one and I just finished my other tube so I am looking forward to cracking open the new one when I am finished with my Shape Tape

            Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: I got this in a FabfitFun box this year and I use it all the time, it smells amazing and keeps my face feeling moisturized and hydrated. I am a huge fan of it, this is for sure something I would buy again because it seems to get along really well with my skin.

            Ahava Hydration Cream Mask: I got one of these in a FabfitFun box and an ipsy box, one I sent to my best friend because I loved mine so much that I wanted to share the love. I really like Ahava and I have for years. This is one of those masks that you can either wash off after a few minutes or leave on all night, I prefer to leave it on all night for some intense overnight hydration.

No joke as I was about to take this picture I spilled my entire essential oil diffuser all over a bookcase so that was fun.

            Love Beauty and Planet Sea Salt and Bergamot Shampoo and Conditioner: I found this really late in the year and not only does it make my hair smell amazing but it also has left me feeling like my hair stays cleaner longer and I have been through so many different kinds of shampoo over the last few years. 

            Tarte Shape Tape in Fair: So this was the other concealer that I tried this year, I really like this one as well though it is of course more expensive than others I have tried in the past. It has great coverage and staying power so it is something that I use most days now that I have run out of my Colourpop concealer.

            Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lip in ‘?’: Summer mystery box exclusive and I love the color and the formula is so great. I feel like I didn’t have a lot of cosmetics products this year but this is for sure one of those products that I love. I don’t know what else to say about it that I haven’t said in a few posts this year including its unboxing and my late summer makeup look

            Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream: I got this in my summer Fabfitfun box but it was a late year favorite as well, I have been using this and my hair feels so much better, like so much better over the last several weeks. It also smells absolutely amazing and doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy or dirty. 

            Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair: Again another hair product that I loved this year and received in a Fabfitfun box as well. I kind of gave my hair the year off from everything, I didn’t dye it much and I didn’t get it cut either in all of 2019. (yes I know that’s not great for my hair to not have it cut or trimmed but life got in the way.) But this is a really good product for damaged hair and I find myself reaching for it after every time I wash my hair.

            I am looking forward to new beauty products in 2020, I actually already have my list started for next year because I know there were other products I loved but I didn’t write those down so I don’t make the same mistake moving forward through 2020.

            Did you guys have any favorites of 2019? 

            I’ll see everyone next week (hopefully) with another post or two! Have a good weekend!

            Bye!

                        -MJ

2019 Bullet Journal Roundup

Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            Welcome to 2020 everyone, I have been rather busy this week so I have been putting off writing this because this was the first week back to school and that meant I was busier than usual. It’s been really busy because yesterday we were under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings and today it’s sleeting and snowing, it’s bananas. (So I wrote this intro paragraph almost a week ago, almost two weeks back to school now and still just as busy!)

Though I did a post like this last year with my 2018 bullet journal, well I did some things different in 2019 and I am doing even more things different in 2020. I still can’t believe that this is already 2020, it’s bonkers! 

            Year two of bullet journaling is done now and I am on year three and learning new things all the time. I love the evolution of what I can/am doing with a bullet journal rather than a traditional planner or journal.

            So this is really my favorite pages from last year and I am so excited to show some more of my creative pages from last year, granted I did miss November again this year because the latter half of last year was really difficult for me. I am hoping for a much better and more productive 2020. 

Monthly Covers: 

 March: I really let my creativity run with March and I know this was in my Bullet Journal Update post from earlier in the year but it’s still one of my favorite covers for the year. 
May: May was still Star Wars themed and this year I am doing themes more so May will still probably be Star Wars so I am hoping that I get a little bit more creative this year with the cover and the month over all.
June: Again I really took the time on my covers this year and used more than just markers, I actually pulled out my big colored pencil set this year and it really helped me with more depth and creativity.
 July: I think this is my favorite from this year, I spent hours on it and I loved working on it so much. 
August: Was probably one of my other favorites from this year, it was just one of those pages that I would go back and look at throughout the rest of the year because it was something that made me so happy.
September: Loved this one as well, I spent so much time on my covers last year and I am already spending so much on my covers this year as well so seeing the progression of my cover pages throughout the last two years is crazy.
December: What can I say, I didn’t do October or November for covers or November at all so I had to end the year with a good one, I think this one was pretty good. 

Mood Trackers:

January: I love dreamcatchers and I still want to make one or buy one for my apartment because there are some really beautiful ones out there so recreating something that I enjoy in my bullet journal last year was really cool. 

February: A jar of hearts, I really liked this one as well but I was sick most of February so it was a little more subdued than January but I still really enjoyed it.
April: This was another page in my Bullet Journal Update from earlier in the year but again like I said Edison bulbs are amazing and I have always loved the idea of them so being able to recreate them in my bullet journal was a lot of fun.
May: I liked the crystals, I would make them bigger if I ever did this again, I don’t know if it fit into the Star Wars theme but I tried.
 June: It’s a doughnut! I love it!
August: I see enough paper planes being in a school setting but having them in my bullet journal was much less aggravating than having to deal with them in real life.

Monthly Calendars: 

May: Return of the angry porg! I am still really upset that the porgs didn’t make much of an appearance in Rise of Skywalker, they were the best.
October: I didn’t do the cover for October but the calendar was cute.
December: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown is one of my favorite Christmas specials so being able to put Snoopy in my bullet journal was great.

Random Pages: 

 Books Read Page: I love having a bookcase in my bullet journal to chronical all of the books I have read in any given year. Last year my goal was 35, I actually read 32 and 12 of those were in December. 
Movies to see: I didn’t see all the movies that I wanted to but that’s okay, I loved the ones I did see which was two of the seven that I wanted to. 

            My 2019 Bullet Journal was different from 2018 and even 2020 has been different than 2019. Bullet Journaling is such a freeing concept because you can do what you want with your pages and your inspiration throughout the year and even throughout a given month. Last year when I posted this I was going to be working on February and that is one of my plans for this weekend (it will be last weekend by the time this comes out) but I am so excited to see where my bullet journal takes me this year! 

            I hope that everyone has a good week and I will be back later in the week with another post!

Bye,

                        -MJ

What Was in My December 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So it’s almost New Year and I cannot believe that the year and decade is coming to a close. It’s so hard to even fathom that this year has gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye, this will hopefully not be my last post of the year but I am preparing myself for the upcoming 2020’s.

            Now like I said in my Glam Bag Plus unboxing I wasn’t super jazzed about either of my bags last month and I took a much needed hiatus to get my head on straight. 

            Onto the main purpose of this post though, what I got in my December ipsy Glam Bag. First lets discuss the bag, it is very similar to the Glam Bag plus but this one features a top zip but is the same material as the plus was. Silver, nothing too amazing or mind blowing and that is fine. 

            What did I get though, that is probably more interesting than the bag it all came in. 

Belif The True Cream-Moisturizing Bomb

            Not a brand I have heard of to be honest, though that is one of the reasons that I love ipsy, it introduces me to new brands and I have been exposed to some great ones over the almost two years I have been subscribed. I am looking forward to giving it a try, it claims to be a light weight moisturizer that lasts for 26 hours, that is quite a claim and I don’t know if I will ever be able to test it but here’s hoping.

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Crème Matte in Lavanda

            Normally this shade would not be something that I would like from looking at the tube but wearing it, it is so pretty. I am always looking for a good matte liquid lip even though I have so many already. I don’t exactly when I am going to get a chance to use it but I am hopeful that it will be soon. 

Phase Zero Make up Shimmer Eyeshadow in Nude Newbie

            This is an amazing shade; it already is something that I know will look good in the inner corner of the lid and according to the insert it can also be used as a highlighter which I can understand because it is the same shade or something very close to some of the high lighters that I already own and it comes in a nice condensed little package. 

Glam Up Firming Pomegranate and Refreshing Peppermint Sheet Mask Set

            I love sheet masks though I haven’t done one in a few months now and I need to get back into doing them because I miss my skin feeling the way it did after I was finished with them. I have had a pomegranate mask before but peppermint promises to be a new experience and I am looking forward to it when I eventually get around to using them in the hopefully next several weeks. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess

            I love Tarte, I have loved Tarte for years, they have some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes and their formulas are great. I have never used one of their bronzers before though so I am really hopeful with this product and it’s actually the right shade for my complexion especially as we enter the cold harshness of the winter months. I am always on the hunt for good bronzers that are the right shade for me and this one has me hoping that it is everything that I am used to with Tarte’s products. 

            So last Glam Bag of the year and that is also hard to believe. I really enjoyed all of the products in my Glam Bag and I can’t wait for what comes with the new year and ipsy. If you want to read about the rest of my Glam Bags this year, you can, that is the beauty of a blog! January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. (sorry there is no November)

            I will see everyone with my next post in a few days and i hope everyone has a great end of the year!

Happy New Year!

            -MJ

Winter 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            Happy almost official winter everyone, I hope that everyone has survived thus far in the most hectic month of the year. I swear that people lose their minds during December and it is insanity, I feel like I have been almost hit a dozen times while on the road since about Thanksgiving and I don’t even live in a place where it snows. (frequently, we may have half an inch a year or so) 

            I was really excited to get this box after seeing spoilers on social media and I was waiting for it to ship, well last Friday I finally got the shipping confirmation so I checked it because I was at work expecting to get it sometime this week or late next week with the holiday and at the top it said “delivered” so it was outside my door when I got home. I was a little confused as to why I got an email on the 14th and it shipped on the 2nd or so. Who knows. 

            I feel like there were less items in this box than in boxes prior and there were more choices under each category, for instance instead of three choices there were some that had four or more and that to me is too many to choose from. But I liked this box for sure more than I liked the fall box, hands down.

            So what did I get? 

            First up was something that I did in fact choose, because I am a seasonal member I have the option on most boxes to pick three items or let them surprise me but I feel like allowing me to choose makes sure that I like what comes in my box and for the most part I am not let down. The item that I chose was the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream. Kate Somerville is one of those brands that I have heard about for quite some time now but have never ventured into buying because of the price point, it’s a little out of my regular every day budget so I like getting good skin care items in boxes like this because it gives me a chance to try them without sinking the full purchase price into them. I don’t know how to describe the scent of skin care products very often, they just smell like good skin care should and I cannot put an exact fragrance on that. It has jojoba and avocado in it and I am hoping that I enjoy it as much as I hope I will. The other options were the Unhide Lil’ Marshmallow faux fur blanker, R+Co Television Perfect Shampoo and Conditioner, the Johathan Adler Fleur De Sel Ceramic Candle, or the Rebecca Minkoff Marbled Beanie and Armwear Set. 

            Next up was again another choice that I made, the Ban.do Bluetooth Shower Speaker, yes it is as loud and ridiculous as the concept of a shower speaker is. I have yet to charge it and try it out but I am hopeful that it sticks to my shower wall and works because I used to listen to music in the shower all the time. Many a bathroom dance party almost ended in tragedy because dancing and a wet floor never go together. It has a really loud pattern and Ban.Do is pretty much known for their loud patterns so I wasn’t shocked but it actually is a really nice looking speaker over all. The other options on this one were the LashesMD Eyelash Conditioner, the PJ Salvage Faux Fur Cable Slippers, or the Erno Laszlo Pore Cleansing Mask.

            This was the final item I chose this time because three is the limit for seasonal members, the Adore by Swarovski Organic Circle Bracelet in Rose Gold. I am one of those people who loves rose gold and it was probably because it was so trendy for years but I like copperier tones anyway and I am not a huge fan of yellow gold to begin with so I have a quiet/not so quiet love of rose gold. I like the bracelet it’s really simple and really could be worn either way either with the crystal out or the smooth side out. It is a really delicate chain which isn’t ideal when you have broken most of your nails in the last week or so, stupid winter. It’s really beautiful though and I really like it. The other choices were the Battington Lashes Monroe 3D Silk Lashes and Glue Kit, Karuna Face for All Face and Eye Mask Set, or the Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops.

            This next item I was so excited about when I saw it online, I have been following Beauty Bakerie for well over a year now and every time I walk passed their display in Ulta I think Today is the day but it never is. I love their products and the creativity of the brand itself, so inventive with their product packaging and their products themselves. This is the Proof is in the Puddin’ Eyeshadow Palette and I am so happy to have it! I love a good neutral palette even though I have so many of them but this one has such a good balance between mattes and shimmers which is sometimes hard to find with nine pan shadow palettes. Five mattes and four shimmer and I am excited to give it a try. The other options for this were the Lxmi Pure Nilotica Melt, Vooray Sidekick Crossbody Bag, Paper Source 12 Month Rose Floral Planner.

            Next, I got the Vera Mona Color Switch Solo which is a brush cleaner, to help switch between eyeshadow colors without having to wash the brush out. I am notorious for using the same brush and just letting pigment build up which makes it a little harder to clean so this is actually a pretty cool product and it’s washable just like you would wash makeup brushes so that’s really cool over all. I feel like I am just saying everything is cool but this box really brought it. The other options for this were the Ahava Salt Bag ir the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub.

            One more choice kind of item and that was just between two items, I got the Inc.Credible Nailsinc Thirsty Hand mask Duo, I have never done a hand mask, I have a foot mask and I am too afraid to try it because it is one of those baby feet things that peel everything off but these look really interesting, they are gloves and they contain plant extracts, shea butter, and vitamin E so they are good for your skin so I will for sure give them a try. The other option was the Cuccio Somatology Calm+Clean Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash.

            The final two things in this box were in every box and I love both of them. The first was the Drybar Prep Rally Prime and Prep Detangler, again Drybar is one of those places that I think is super boujee so I don’t think I have ever owned any of their products before but I have wanted to understand the hype around them so having even just a detangler from them might open my eyes to a whole new world of hair care because I have for sure been getting into more nad more hair care because my hair is a mess. (Hasn’t been cut in a year, I stopped dying it by accident and it’s just a travesty. It looks good and it’s longer than it’s ever been but I have for sure recently been taking more time to make sure it’s treated properly. 

            The last item in the box made me grin for a solid minute while I unboxed it because I have coveted this item for well over a year and I never bought one because I just didn’t and that is the Makeup Eraser in the original pink. I almost bought one and I am so glad I didn’t because I saw people were posting that this was in the box and I was ecstatic because that means I get to cut down a little bit more on single use items like makeup wipes! I love the idea of it and finally owning on is like an early Christmas present! It’s so soft and I am hoping that it works as well as I have seen online.

            After the semi-disappointment of the fall box in my opinion FabFitFun really brought it with the winter box, lots of choices which is nice but it’s also a lot. Maybe putting one more item in the box and taking one of the choices out would have been really cool. I love my winter box and I cannot wait for spring!

            If you subscribe what was your favorite item from this time around? If you don’t what would you like to see them come out with? 

            I’ll see everyone over the weekend with another post!

            -MJ

December ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            So it’s been a while, my bad. I felt like I needed a hiatus and that’s alright because I had a lot going on outside of my online life and that meant that I just didn’t have the creative impulse to write blog posts.

            Also my glam bag and glam bag plus last month were both a little disappointing and I was hopeful that this month would be better and for the most part, my plus was a little better.

            I have had this sitting on my desk for a few days now so bear with me while I unpack what I received this month.

            Let’s talk about the bag first off, I remember saying that I would love a bag in my Glam Bag Plus several months ago and now that we are getting bags in every box I am on the fence about it, granted I like it but it’s not big enough to actually fit the full sized products you receive and there is a part of me that actually really liked not getting a bag in my plus every month. This bag is silver, pleather looking, and a front zip not a top zip. (I think that the regular Glam Bag is a top zip, I haven’t gotten mine so when I do I will let y’all know.) I can’t say it’s one of my favorite bags, but not every bag can be a winner.

            On to what I got I suppose. I was happy with about half of the items and I feel as if the beauty quiz algorithm for the plus products either isn’t all that great or because it is still a program that is less than a year old they don’t have the selection and range that would allow for a more personalized approach. One of the new features is picking a product and I chose to let them surprise me and I wish there was a feature that would show you your matches and let you switch a product instead. 

Complex Culture Press & Set Bronzer Brush

            It’s a nice brush but it’s just that; a brush. It’s soft and vegan and cruelty free but it is just a brush. I think it’s interesting that according to the card insert it is meant for pressed powder and bronzer which is such an odd combination, usually you see a blush and bronzer brush but not a powder and bronzer brush but who am I. It’s a sleek and minimalist design which I like but I am getting to the point where I think maybe ipsy just really likes to give out brushes because it counts as an item no matter what. 

Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner

            This was the most disappointing match I had this month, not because of the brand I like Illamasqua, I have gotten products from their brand several times in the past and I haven’t had any problem with them. However, I do not wear eyeliner I haven’t in years and that was for sure a thing in my beauty quiz so they saw that I liked the brand and didn’t think to check or cross check with my preferences to see that eyeliner is not something that I use. Will I attempt like I have for the last several years to perfect that winged eyeliner look, probably but am I super jazzed that I received this, not so much.

 Ittsē The Van Ness Eyeshadow Quad

            Okay so I love me some good eyeshadow and everyone knows that, I have gotten ittsē single shadows in the past and they make pretty good shadows and this idem is super cool, you can remove the inner portion and it becomes a small magnetic palette which is great for travel and for on the go situations. I can’t be upset with this product because the shades are beautiful and I love a good neutral quad in my life and it’s vegan leather according to the packaging so there is always that. 

Évolué Skincare Hydrating Serum

            It’s currently in my refrigerator because the tip was that it will do better there and I have been coveting a skin care fridge for the last several months because I have become that basic. I saw a few people on social media saying that it smelled terrible but luckily mine smells like it should, it smells like a good skincare product should. I am excited to give this a try because I am always on board to try skin care and see how it reacts with my skin. What I like about this one as well was that tit didn’t come with a cardboard unicarton it just came in the box. I have been recycling and there is so much cardboard that comes with boxes like this that it’s insane. Beauty and skin care brands, is there any way to cut down on the cardboard and paper waste? 

111Skin Cryo Activating Hydra Gel

            This product alone is worth 8 times the cost of my box, I love 111Skin I was introduced to their products through FabFitFun in the summer box and they are a really prestige brand so seeing this product in this box was shocking to me. The brand was started by a doctor and usually that means that their products are absolutely amazing but also come with a hefty price tag so to get this is like an early Christmas present to me, it will also be going in my fridge for now until I can talk myself into ordering a stupid tiny skin care fridge for my incredibly small bathroom. Pray for me being the most basic white girl ever.

            So over all I was happy with more than half of my products to be honest and ipsy is still figuring things out since their expansion of the brand earlier in the year. If you want to know what I have gotten in my other Glam Bag Plus’ over the year you can click on their month! May, June, July, August, September, and October. I did not write out November so sorry about that!

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will see everyone somewhere around mid-week with another post.

            -MJ