March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well here we are again, another month another IPSY unboxing post. I don’t feel like I have all that much to say with this to be completely honest, not up here in the beginning anyway. Normally I have a lot to talk about before I actually get into the post, like those recipe blog posts that take five hundred words to actually get to the point of the post. Today is just one of those days and we only have a few days left until spring break (when this comes out, it’s a week for me as I am writing this on Sunday, if you are reading this go check out Sunday’s post a new look into my highlighter collection.)

            Also for some reason my tab key isn’t working too great and that’s annoying so I feel like the less tabbing I do the better off I am going to be so let’s just get into it.

The Bag: 

            Because it’s Women’s History month this month’s theme was Stronger Together which is a good theme for any month because in general we are stronger together rather than apart but tis not here nor there. On the inside of the bag is red and it says “confidence comes from within” and I am a sucker for motivational quotes written on the inside of things.

The Products: 

It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin, Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704:

            It’s a skin care infused brush, that’s interesting. I feel like I don’t use as many brushes as I used to but I have so many, though this one is different from pretty much all of my other brushes because of this added element. Also the brush bristles are super soft and really densely packed so that’s a good thing when it comes to complexion brushes in my book. They chose this one for me so here I am rolling with it. 

Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara in The Heights:

            Very 80s from what I understand of the 80s because I was not born until the 90s. I was just thinking to myself before this bag was revealed to me that I haven’t gotten mascara in a few months and that’s odd for IPSY, they really like to send out mascaras and I am getting a mascara in my regular Glam Bag as well when that shows up who knows when. I like the more gel consistency of this one as opposed to some of the more paste like mascaras that I have and am using at the moment. This kind in my experiences usually does take longer to dry and if you sneeze while applying it, it will go everywhere. 

Complex Culture Good Lighting Highlighter Duo in Lucid + Afterglow

            I just wrote an entire post on highlighters and I didn’t mention this one because this post hadn’t been written yet so here we are with another highlighter to add to my already large collection. I did choose this and I am happy that I did. I love Complex Culture brushes because I have gotten several and their style of grey and gold is so classy and all of their packaging is sleek and minimalist and I love it. The pans in this dup are huge which is great and I love the differences in the shades. Afterglow is more of a champagne gold and Lucid is more of a copper gold and they are just really nice shades. Looking forward to not only adding these to the collection but also using them, though their highlighter brush is one of the brushes that I am missing. (I have other highlighter brushes but I do love me a good CC brush.)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in Taupe:

            I picked this one as well but it was more of a, ‘this was the only one that I was remotely interested in’ as opposed to ‘I need it!’ kind of mindset for this one. I love Anastasia and I have used brow products from this brand in the past so I know pretty much what I am getting myself into. It might be a little light for my eyebrows because they don’t give you a choice on color. That is one thing that irks me about the GB+ if they offer complexion products or products that need to match something give people the choice to pick their shade or at least have the option to pick a different shade if necessary. 

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette:

            I chose this one as well, again because it was the only one I was interested in when given the choices that I had. They are all metallic shades so while it is a cute palette with good shades, in my opinion for an overall look, this palette wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. The shades are beautiful, but there are no neutral or transition shades unless you want an all metallic eye and as someone who lived through the 2000’s an all metallic eye look is no longer in my purview. That is my only complaint though, I would have liked to have seen like one matte shade because then it would be able to stand on its own in my mind. 

            Overall I liked my GB+ this month, I am just abbreviating it because I don’t feel like writing it out anymore and at this point if you don’t know what GB+ is on this blog, just go back and read the title. (don’t mean to sound sassy, just being honest) There is a good chance that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag but at this point who knows. I never know with how the mail works anymore so we are just rolling with it, which has kind of been my mantra for the last year. 

If you want to read the rest of my GB+ unboxing so far this year, you can: January and February.

            Well I will be back over the weekend with another post so until then I hope that everyone has a great second half of the week, stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

Updated Highlighter Collection

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I didn’t really mean to miss Wednesday this week but it was a rough week all around for me. Like really rough at work so I just kind of let Wednesday’s post pass by me. It was actually going to be this one but let’s be real it’s Saturday and again I am writing my blog post of tomorrow. Whoops, my bad. I have Spring Break starting after school next Friday (3/19) so I plan on getting a lot done over break because I need to. I am a mess of a human being this week and I’m trying to pull myself out of a funk that has been brewing for a while, my whole world fell apart on this day last year (3/13) as did a lot of people’s when the pandemic became a thing. It’s been a year, I cannot believe that. 

Beyond that though, that’s not what this post is about, not even a little bit because I have been meaning to write this post for at least a few months now because my highlighter collection has grown a lot since I did my blush, bronzer, and highlighter round up like two years ago. I also feel like I haven’t had a makeup post in a while and it’s time. Buckle in, this might be a long one. 

I am omitting any that were in the original post and sets that are more than just highlighter because some are in sets with blush and bronzer and for the purposed of this post I just want highlighter. Go and read the original post if you want what else I have in my collection. I have for sure gotten rid of some makeup in the last few months so even since I decided that this post was going to be a thing I have gotten rid of things. 

Also with this post just a warning or an FYI throughout, I will be linking to other blog posts that mention these products because most of them have come in ISPY boxes or fabfitfun boxes. Also the photos are mostly reused because I don’t feel like taking a bunch of new photos for products that I have already written about. I rarely have to purchase makeup because I get subscriptions that provide them to me. I have one in this month’s Glam Bag Plus and that post will go up next week at some point so look forward to that. 

Aight, let’s get started:

Liquid and crème highlighters:

            This list is a little shorter than the powder section so roll with me.

Ciaté London Dewy Stix in Glow:

            I wasn’t really sure if I should include this one because it’s not really a true highlighter but it’s a really subtle highlight if you want something like that. It spreads and diffuses really easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy because it is a crème texture. It just makes things a little shiny without adding a lot of pigment to it. I got this at some point but I cannot find the blog post that mentions it. I’m losing my mind y’all my entire mind. 

Jolii Cosmetics Spektra stick in Stella:

            This packaging on this product is for sure still one of my favorites I got it in my October Glam Bag Plus in 2019, I hoard makeup no one should be surprised by that anymore. It’s just really cool and I love the shade, it’s really pigmented and for a highlighter that is important. I haven’t gotten another Jolii product since about that time and I would love to get more with my GB+ but I don’t know if I will. 

Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Celestial: 

            This is pretty new to my collection, I got it in my January GB+ this year so I haven’t really gotten a chance to really try it out but I love the shade. I chose this one so I always kind of hope that I like what I chose because if I don’t that’s kind of disappointing with something that you pay for sight unseen (except a picture) until you actually get the products in the mail. 

Flesh Cosmetics Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm in Pinky:

            I love a good rosy gold highlighter and this is for sure one of those, it also diffuses out really nicely. We all saw this for the first time in my November GB+ from last year. I need to use it more (just like everything else on this list) because I do really like the shade. It’s also small enough that it could fit into pretty much any makeup bag and still give you a great pay off. 

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date:

            A little of this one goes a long way that’s for sure but it’s a good color for my skin tone. It came in a milk carton and again the packaging on this one was for sure one of my favorites that I have ever gotten. I got this in my fabfitfun box last fall and it was part of a really great box to be honest. I should be getting my Spring 2021 box in the mail here shortly so we will see how that goes. 

Powder Highlighters:

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Duo in Lunch Money and Might Be: 

            These were some of the first highlighters I bought when I moved and I love Colourpop. (even though they got rid of the concealer and setting spray that I like from my Ulta) It is one of those brands that are priced really well and has really great pay off in the long run. Lunch Money is a champagne color and Might Be is more of a copper because I cannot get away from the rose golds and coppers to save my life. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Supreme Frost in Hypothermia:

            I got this one in the summer mystery box two years ago and I still want to buy more cosmetics from him but that’s not in my cards at this moment. This shade gives me like mermaid vibes and I can’t explain why. The packaging is hot metallic pink and I can’t be mad at that, not even a little bit. 

OFRA Highlighter in Star Island:

            I have mentioned this one twice actually, when I got it in my May 2019 IPSY GB and a second time when it hit my Best in Beauty for 2020. It’s a real light champagne gold. It’s not super blinding but I am a huge fan of a subtle highlight for just normal days. I can’t really say much about it that I haven’t already said so if you want to read more about it click on the other posts. 

OFRA X Talia Mar Highlighter in Covent Garden:

            Between the two OFRA highlighters I have, I like this one better and guess what shade it is, it’s rosy and of course it is. This one also made two appearances, when I got it in my June GB+ last year and again in my Best in Beauty for 2020. I feel like I am running out of words to day about highlighter but here we are, pressing on.

The Palettes:

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sands Edition:

            I like this palette, I have had it for a while it’s one of the oldest highlighter palettes I have, I got it in my July GB+ in 2019, that was when I was just moving into the apartment I live in now so it’s been in my collection for a while. I like the shades and the pans are huge compared to some of the other highlighters I have so I can’t be mad about it. I need to use it more but again with wearing a mask everywhere and every day why wear a highlighter when it will all come off anyway. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit:

            I got this as a Christmas present from my cousin this last Christmas and I have the other Glow Kit so it’s nice to have the set. The colors are a lot different than the other shades that I have and I cannot complain about that. I actually like having some out there not traditional shades to play with when it comes to highlighters. 

Nomad Cosmetics Sydney Bathers Highlighter Palette:

            This is the last one and I really like that Nomad uses different countries as inspiration, I have an eye shadow palette that’s inspired by Germany. This one does have one bronzer pan but I really enjoy the palette as a whole, I got this one in my GB+ last May so because of quarantine I haven’t gotten to try it much so here’s hoping that eventually that changes.

            Overall I have so many highlighters and I love all of them. This post has been on my mind for months now and it’s nice to finally get it out. I will see everyone later in the week with another post which I plan on writing at some point this weekend so I will be back on Wednesday with another post. Until then I hope everyone has a great start the week. Stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

October Beauty Haul

 

How is it already November, but really also how has 2018 lasted for six and a half years? I swear it feels like this year flew by but also has been going in reverse. October was pretty good for makeup even though I didn’t get all that much. Still one of my favorite posts to write each month because I am apparently a makeup hoarder and I need help.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Pink Passion

Okay so I put this in my Blush, Bronzer, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up so I have already talked about it. I do not have enough blush in general but when I saw this, at TJ Maxx, maybe I should change this to “MJ walked into a discount store and went a little crazy” or “MJ blacked out in Marshall’s and walked out with six things he didn’t need: a series.”

With that tangent laid down in front of me I must say, I love the colors in the trio and I am looking forward to actually using them as winter sets in and everyone is just pale. Spoilers, I am usually really pale so this might help or it will make me look like I am in stage makeup, one of the two and no in between.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

I have also discovered that I am a lipstick hoarder along with eyeshadow palettes, those are clearly my weaknesses when it comes to what my makeup collection is made up of. I need more lipstick storage, that is the conclusion I have come to in the last several weeks as I do not have enough slots in the storage area to hold all of the lipsticks that I own. Someone send help.

This color is really nice I love a good nude lip and this nude liquid lip shade has an almost pinky but also slightly rosy undertone (I am writing this sentence while half asleep so if it doesn’t make sense, I’m sorry.) For the most part most of my lipsticks are nude shades but I will say I also love a good pop of color.

Colourpop It’s a Princess Thing eyeshadow palette

I have been waiting for this palette since someone shared it on Facebook and I went on Colourpop’s website and entered my email to be notified when it was available. I have swatched this palette and I am in love with it. I am so pleased with the first Colourpop product that I have ever bought even though I have been a fan of them for a long time but finally took the plunge to purchase something from them and I will say this with absolute certainty, I will be purchasing from them again. The colors are highly pigmented and very pretty. I am a sucker for packaging as well as color names and I must say this one has some great ones. I love the breakdown of the palette with the number of shades that are matte, metallic, and glittery. There are some palettes at are too metallic heavy for me but this has a really nice balance that can be used to create a number of stunning looks.

The one drawback of this palette is that it doesn’t have a mirror, now I have other palettes that don’t have mirrors and it’s not a big deal but this palette is nice and compact so having a mirror with it for traveling purposes would have been nice.

I think that you can still snag this palette on Colourpop’s website and it really is worth the price point that it is at.

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Colourpop All Star Setting Spray

Okay this was a purchase to get my order over the threshold for free shipping because I am a terrible person like that but to be honest I have been seeing so many beauty gurus talking about “setting spray” for months now. Full disclosure, I have only used setting spray once and that was at an outdoor wedding in June of 2017 in the very south of Louisiana and I didn’t want my face to melt off. I don’t even remember what brand it was because I borrowed it. I like the idea of setting my face so everything stays in place because in the last few months I have learned a lot from beauty guru’s and sharing some of their wisdom when it comes to my makeup routine makes me feel at least a little useful.

Love the packaging, nice and summery even though we are facing toward the bleakness of winter, it’s simple and I am looking forward to actually having a reason to use it to actually test it out.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Look! More setting spray! This was a sample and I have been seeing so many people using this setting spray but to be honest I didn’t want to drop that much money on a spray bottle full of…I don’t actually know what’s in setting spray, if it’s like hairspray I still think it is just mostly aerosolized glue and there is a part of me that doesn’t like that.

I am again really excited to see if this product works for me like it works for so many others. If I like it who knows maybe I will buy a full sized bottle in the future, we’ll see.

Too Faced Beauty Daydreamer Holiday Gift Set

Holiday packaging! Too Faced is one of those brands that I get every year around the holidays and I have been for something like four years now. This is where I get my travel sized Better Than Sex mascara every year because it is still one of my favorites and something that I always reach for and take with me in my makeup bag. Their holiday packaging seems to get better and better every year and this year with the Beauty Daydreamer set it was a palette with 16 eyeshadow shades and four cheek shades as well as a travel Better than Sex mascara and a Bunny Kisses lip gloss. I am normally not a fan of lip gloss but this one isn’t too bad I have tried it I have swatched it and granted it is a little sticky is it nothing like some of the glosses of my past. It is a nice nude shade that I feel like would look good on a wide range of skin tones and I can’t wait to actually get a chance to wear it for a longer length of time than just seeing what it looks like on.

Let’s talk about all of the things you get in this separately. Again I am a palette hoarder, no I am not throwing the word hoarder around loosely I have a lot of palettes and I continue to buy more even though I really don’t need them. Palette first though, the first color that caught my attention was “Resting Grinch Face” I laughed out loud in the Ulta, people looked at me funny. I love the shades, for me I have never had a problem with Too Faced products and I continue to love them with every new item that I add to my collection.

The bag has bunnies on it and I absolutely love it, I am a sucker for makeup bags as well if you check out any of my ipsy posts you will know that. It is nice and I think that Too Faced is stepping up their holiday packaging more and more every year. Kepeign it fresh and all of that.

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Coty Airspun Transparent Loose Face Powder

Okay so I started watching a beauty guru on YouTube and when I get interested in someone’s channel I tend to binge their videos and I found myself two days later with a list of makeup I needed to buy, though your girl cannot afford some of the really high end stuff no matter how much she dreams about it. I can still window shop even though I can’t afford $100 foundation or really expensive makeup products. My mom remembers using this powder so I feel like is a good barometer of their quality. Now I walked through Walgreen’s for five-eight minutes looking for this and not asking for help because I wanted to prove to people that I don’t need help…I needed help because it was in a place in the makeup aisle that didn’t make any sense to me, it was by the lashes. Now on first impressions, I actually really like the smell of it, I don’t know why there is just something really nice about it. I like the smell and for some reason it’s kind of nostalgic. I don’t know where I have smelled it before but I am a huge fan of it.

Again beauty guru’s told me that I need to set my concealer, I have never done that before and I am still trying to figure out why, I get it; it’s to make sure nothing moves and nothing creases. When I first heard someone use the term “baking” I was so confused because you don’t “bake” anything in the traditional sense with or on your face. It took me months to figure out why people were “baking” and what it actually was as well as its benefits.

 

Two more months in 2018 you guys, we got this!

Is there anything that y’all got in October that you are loving? Is there anything that you are super excited for as the holiday season rolls around? Let me know in the comments!

-MJ

Blush, Bronzer, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up

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Well here we are again with another makeup related post, some of my favorite posts to be honest because I get to go through my collection and actually look through what I have. I have discovered new favorites as I go through the posts like this and it has for sure made me realize that some of my collection has the potential to be retired because of age or condition. I have mostly purged my collection, there was a trend on YouTube of “doing my makeup with products I don’t like” and it made me go through and get rid of some things that I either haven’t used in a long time or really just didn’t like because of quality. My makeup collection at the moment seems to be a nice balance of quantity and quality though I don’t need to buy anymore for a long time, does that mean I won’t? No, it just means that I will think about my purchases a little bit more before I walk into Ulta and start singing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Because let’s be real if it was socially acceptable, I probably would.

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The Blushes:

  1. Too Faced-Love Flush in Baby Love

This was my first high end blush, I want not really a wearer of blush until a few years ago, this is in my Makeup Bag Essentials so I have talked about it before but it is a softer pink and it goes on really well with not a lot of effort, it is a little dusty, particles do tend to fly more with this one when it comes out of the pan than some of the others that I have had in the past but it is still one of my favorites for many reasons, the color, the pigment (light without being overbearing), the packaging, and even the design on the blush pan itself. (so much attention to detail)

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills-Blush Trio in Pink Passion

Now I got this one this month because I needed more blush. (I didn’t but I did) You are actually going to see this later in the month in my October Beauty Haul post so spoilers I guess. One deeper pink, one pastel pink, and one dusty pink make up this palette and I must say all of the colors are nice. Anastasia is a newer brand for me to get into. My first Anastasia product was the Prism eyeshadow palette and I have loved the quality ever since.

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The Bronzers:

Just a lovely army of one here.

  1. Benefit-Hoola

I got this as a sample and for the summer it is amazing, I think in the winter I would switch to Hoola Lite to be honest because for the most part I am very pale and if I am going for a natural look there is a good chance I am not going to bronze very much. I got really tan this summer from being outside so when I did wear makeup I did need to bronze and somedays it just feels nice to have a little bit of bronze. This was a sample I got a few months ago, check the April Beauty Haul post or my Makeup Bag Essential’s post for all the rest of my thoughts on this product.

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The Contour Kits:

Something I realized when I was taking pictures for this post; I sure do have a lot of contour palettes for someone who doesn’t contour much. I started buying the palettes when that over exaggerated contouring was popular because everyone was doing it. Now as soon as I started trying to figure out how to do it a more natural contour look came around and I found that I preferred that. I still want to try that “clown” contouring trend from a few years ago but let’s be honest in my opinion some of that was just for clicks on social media and on YouTube. It looked fun but not something that you would ever really want to do in a regular everyday makeup routine, unless you want to spend three hours doing your makeup and I know very few people in their real lives who have time to do that.

  1. NYX- Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

This was my first contour palette because of its price point. It is a solely powder based product which for the most part I love; I haven’t really experimented much with crème products even though I have a few but I feel those are more in my higher end brands like the other two in this section. I will definitely say that this product has a great range of shades for multiple skin tones even though I have a very fair complexion so some of the shades aren’t for me but having more comprehensive shades in this palette is great.

  1. Tarte Tartist Pro Glow

I got this in my summer fabfitfun box and I have only used it a handful of times but I have gotten some good results. I am still working on being able to “chisel” my face like I am made of marble. Maybe I just wish that I had higher cheek bones, maybe that’s it. I love all of Tarte’s products that I have tried and this is no different. It is a mix of powder and crème shades and it great. Like the rest of Tarte’s clay based products it smells amazing! I like the more natural scent then a chemical scent that some companies end up having when they try to make things smell good. (Too Faced can pull that off too, their peach scented things actually smell like peach.)

  1. Urban Decay- Naked Skin Shapeshifter in Light-Medium Shift

I can say so much about this palette I got it in March, check the haul post. I really like that it is half crème and half powder, it comes in a nice slim package, and it has a mirror on both sides, like a mirror sandwich. I haven’t used this one as much as I should but I love the Naked Skin line from Urban Decay, it is the only concealer that I use and I love that too.

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The Highlighters:

  1. Becca- Shimmer Skin Perfector in Opal

This was a sample that I also got in March because it was an email blast and I love those for samples because sometimes you don’t want to buy a full sized product because you don’t know if you are going to like it. I love this one it is a great highlight when I am going for a subtler highlight and that is most of the time. It’s a great shade and I have used it on multiple occasions when I want to shine just a little brighter.

  1. Morphe- High Impact Highlighter in Extra

I got this in August, again you can read about it more in my August Beauty Haul post. I love the color and Morphe to me always has really good stuff at a really fair price point. It has a high end feel and effect without the high end price tag and that is something for me that is really important. I love my higher end brands don’t get me wrong but if I can find a great product for under $10 that is a huge thing. I need to use it more, that’s the bottom line.

  1. Urban Decay-After Glow Highlighter Palette

This was my first highlight palette and is my go to for a lot of things, like one of the products that is ever present in my makeup bag. I love having four shades to play with where the colors are rather unique and can be used for various looks and layer amazingly. Urban Decay seems to never disappoint (at least for me) with their products and packaging and this palette is just another example of that.

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Aurora Glow Kit

Last one! This palette has some really unique colors but I haven’t really gotten to play with it much because I got it in July and I haven’t been wearing like any makeup since then. I have swatched all of the colors and they are a little dramatic and sometimes you need to switch things up and have a more dramatic look. Again Anastasia tends to be the brand that is one of my go to brands when it comes to more daring things.

Well there it is, the round up. I have linked what feels like half of my blog posts into this post because I feel like that is what a round up is for in a way. These views are all my own. I hope you guys all enjoyed the post since I took like a week hiatus to write it.

What are some off your favorite bronzers, blushes, highlighters, and contour items? Let me know in the comments below, is there anything that I should try or should avoid?

-MJ

July Beauty Haul

I wasn’t really expecting to be doing this post this month because I honestly didn’t think that I would be buying many beauty items this month and then…I did. Well let’s get into it then. MJ bought more than she was planning on this month and that’s okay because sometimes that happens.

I only went to two places for beauty this month and that was Ulta and then Marshall’s. (A place that I went to for a purse but walked out with makeup instead.)

Let’s run through Ulta first.

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I went into the store early in the month and picked up the Urban Decay Born to Run palette because I saw it on Instagram and I wanted it so bad because he had some interesting colors in it and Urban Decay always not only has great packaging but also their pigmentation is amazing, if you have read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes posts you know how much I love Urban Decay, I feel like one of their palettes was in my Makeup Bag Essentials also. I love the color spectrum in this palette because the colors are so vibrant and so unique so I knew that I had to have it and I love it.

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A few years ago I got a NYX advent calendar and I finally ripped all of the little boxes that had the pans of eyeshadow apart and I purchased this tarte magnetic palette (1) to house them. I am a fan of the depotting things trend so I needed a place to put all of my depotted things. I still need to get magnets to put on the bottom of the pans to make them stick to the new palette but that is something that I am still working on.

I got an email telling me that a Morphe palette was on sale I went and jumped on it, it was the Natural Glow palette (2). I am a huge fan of Morphe and this palette seems like a great neutral palette, also it looks like a great autumnal palette so I am excited to actually use this. Morphe changed their packaging again and they now have the plastic insert with the shade names and I was excited because it makes it so much easier to talk about the colors with a name attached to them.

I have never been on the setting powder train but I have been watching a lot of YouTube beauty guru’s in the last few weeks and so I figured, why not try it. I bought the Revolution Luxury Baking Powder (3) because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I may not enjoy using. I got it in the shade ghost which is white, it looks like straight talcum powder, (yes talc is an ingredient but still) like I feel like if I put it on I am going to look like a real ghost.

The last thing I got at Ulta was a RealTechniques 300 powder brush (4), I don’t actually have a loose powder brush, I don’t know why but I do not so I found myself needing one. I know that you can use a beauty blender to put your setting powder on, I don’t know I will try both. I love the coloring of the brush because it is an ombre pink and purple and that’s amazing.

 

Marshall’s is not a place I usually look for makeup but I was wandering around there and I found some really good items.

Now I was a little shocked to see some of the items that I did there this time because normally the makeup that you find at Marshall’s is from brands that I have never heard of but this time was different. Maybe it’s because I moved and there is a different selection here then there was in Northern Indiana.

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I have been thinking about getting a beauty blender sponge quite a bit recently because I am eventually going to do a foundation application blog post, granted I did not buy a beauty blender brand sponge because they are expensive. I bought a knock off and these pictures are damp (right) and dry (left). The rose water bottle is just for scale, though the rose water was in my Current Favorites video so if you want to check that post out; go ahead. I went and purchased a second one of these because you are supposed to get rid of them after a few months because of the potential for bacteria build up.( Yes I know that the pictures are at slightly different angles, it was hard because it took the sponge quite some time to fully dry and get back down to its original size because I didn’t think about taking the comparison photo until after I had run it under the tap. When damp it is probably almost double the size it is when dry.)

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The next item was something that I have been thinking about again for a while, I have been seeing the trend of magnetic lashes (1) online recently and I have never used fake lashes anyway but the magnetic ones seemed really interesting so I am looking forward to trying them out.

These next three I was really shocked to see there because they were all designer brands.

I found an Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (2)  and I was shocked to see it there. I finally swatched the colors and I was blown away, I feel like most of my current highlighters are all peachy or golden hues but these are more interesting and variable and I am a huge fan of that glow pop they give. Super looking forward to incorporating them into a look or more than one look because they promise to be very beautiful.

I found a Lorac (3) crème lipstick in the color Girl Next Door, I am not a big user of crème lipsticks anymore but I feel like the colors that I have in crème lipsticks are all more on the pink side of the spectrum than my liquid lipsticks.

The other lipstick I found was an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick (4) in the color “Stripped” it is amazing and yet another nude lipstick to add to my collection. I am looking forward to using this as well.

I went a little crazy in the makeup and beauty buying department this month but that was okay because I got some great products and some great deals out of the equation.

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty products this month? Did you add anything new to your beauty routine?

 

-MJ

MJ’s Top 5 Go To Eyeshadow Palettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Tarte- Tarteist Pro Palette

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

 

  1. Too Faced- Sweet Peach Palette

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

 

  1. Urban Decay-Naked Smoky Palette

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

 

  1. Morphe – Fall Into Frost (35F)

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

 

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Prism Palette

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

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

-MJ

February Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

In case you don’t believe me:

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

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

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

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

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

 

-MJ