What Was in My March 2022 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I have been putting off writing this post for weeks now. I didn’t mean to and I have a bunch of posts to post this week, there is going to be a solid week almost of posts so I can catch up for all the ones that I didn’t post in March, whoops my bad. 

            Honestly March got away from me which was a problem, I had so many plans for the month and then I didn’t get like any of them completed, it’s not great, but it happens. 

            So, let’s move on to the meat of this post, I liked my bag for the most part and I for sure liked the bag itself.

            I don’t think this post is going to be super long because my brain is tired and I don’t actually have the products in front of me as I write it, I have stashed them somewhere in my office and I am not going to go hunting for them, I do have work in the morning. 

The Bag: 

            Super cute and there were a few designs, two I think, I got this one, obviously. Power Moves, who doesn’t love that phrase, maybe not on a makeup bag but that’s cool too. I like the color scheme, but IPSY’s bags are usually super cool and well thought out pattern wise. 

The Products: 

Beauty Vaulte Bubbly Beverly Lip Set: 

            It’s a liquid lipstick and a lip liner, I love the shade and I am looking forward to giving it a try. I do not have a lot of lipliners so having another one is never a bad thing. I am so bad at using lipliner though, I am going to try my little heart out though and I am glad that I chose this one because it seems super fun and the shade is nice. 

First Aid Beauty Hydrating Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid: 

            I love First Aid Beauty, it’s one of those brands that I see all over the internet and like but never actually buy because it is on the more expensive side. I love a good eye cream as well so I am hoping that this one makes a good show at being what I need for my under eyes. 

Half Caked In Bloom Powder Blush in Soft Serve:

            I have had a few Half Caked products in the past and I liked them, the lipstick I got was not my shade so that went in the trash, this blush looks like a pretty good match for coming into spring and summer so that’s exciting. I don’t wear a lot of blush but I think for this one I can make an exception because it looks like a really nice shade. 

Refreshments Luscious Hand Cream in Coconut Colada: 

            This is IPSY’s brand and it’s already on my desk at work. I like how it feels but the scent is a little strong for me. It’s a nice hand cream though and I cannot complain about it because I am now using it daily. I like it, I just wish that the scent was a little more muted, it smells good but I feel like I am at a tiki bar every time I put it on my hands and that’s just a little weird for me.

Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Mask: 

            I thought that it was Emu and Apple but apparently the Emu Apple is a thing, I learned something new today. I like masks as much as anyone thought I have not been using them as much as I should, I really should be using them more because they have so many good things in them. I do prefer a leave on mask though, I don’t like to set timers and then rinse off the masks. It’s just not something that I personally enjoy. 

            Well, there you have it, my March Glam Bag, only a few weeks later. I liked the bag overall I feel like sometimes they are a bit hit and miss and I know that I shouldn’t feel that way because I am getting exposed to brands that I might not have seen otherwise, but it can be a little annoying to get a product that you can’t or won’t ever use even after saying that on the beauty quiz. 

            If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can: January and February!

            I will be back really soon with another post, so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ

Spring 2022 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            At the exact moment I am writing this I am sitting at my cousin’s house in Western Pennsylvania, we have been traveling on and off for days now. By the time this goes out I will have stopped in Ohio and I am in Indiana for a few days. My body does not like traveling but here we are. Now as I post this I have been home for almost a week and I wrote that almost two weeks ago, oops. 

            So, I got my fabfitfun box well over a week ago with the full intention to write this post a week ago, I didn’t though because my last week of school before spring break was a lot and I just needed some time off from trying to write blog posts. I wrote other things, but I didn’t work on my Bullet Journal or blog posts. 

            This box was fine, it wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst. Most of the items were nice and I really like there, there are a few though that are strange and fine, but not something I ever would have picked out for myself. They were surprise items, that is such a weird option and it wasn’t like there was a bundle this month, I am just a little confused about their choices and things. Also, the problem with the surprise items is they just show up in the list on the app as “surprise me” I don’t have all the packaging so if I want to know exactly where they are from or what they are I don’t have that information. 

            There is no particular order to this because I don’t remember all the choices or the products that I chose so I am just going to toll through it. 

L*Space Coastal Cooler:

            Chose this one, it is nice and I am excited to actually have a chance to use it because I needed a smaller cooler that I can take to the store with me. I got an email saying that my box might be delayed, it wasn’t but that might be because I bought an add-on. I love the color and how summery it looks; I am looking so forward to getting home and being able to take this to the store with me. 

Summer & Rose Celine Crossbody:

            This was my add-on, I couldn’t choose between this and the L*Space Cooler, I really like Summer & Rose, I have a few of their products at home and this crossbody is super cute. I like that it’s a flap cover instead of a zipper or open. It’s really cute and I cannot wait to have a reason to use it. It will make a good date night bag and let’s be real, I have a few really cute date night bags, I just don’t have a date. I love the metallic shade of this bag, the strap needs to straighten out and I like that it can be a clutch or a crossbody with the removable strap. 

Ban.do Stemless Wine Glasses: 

            I probably won’t use these as wine glasses, they are just glasses for me and I know that pretty well, they can come out if I have people over who drink. I think these are super cute as well and I think that I chose these as well. I honestly don’t remember at this point. I feel like I should, but it’s been a long time since I made the choices. They are cute and a confetti theme so I am excited to use them, just not for alcohol as I am not a person who makes the choice to drink wine, I drink so rarely I basically don’t drink at all. 

London Town Cuticle Cream:

            This was one of the surprise things, it’s fine. I don’t really used cuticle cream, I should but I don’t. I haven’t gotten a chance to try it, I will give it a chance when I get home, but that is not at this current moment. I understand the want and necessity of a cuticle cream. I spend a lot of time picking at my cuticles, it’s an anxiety thing, so maybe using this will help with that issue. 

Winky Lux Lip Oil:

            I think it’s called In The Stars, I am not 100% sure because I had to look it up on the Target website, I only brought pictures of the products with me, not the packaging or I wouldn’t be getting this post out until I got home and at this point I haven’t posted in like two weeks and that’s always a mess. I don’t really use lip oil, I use lip balm, lip stick and lip scrub, and sometimes even lip masks and lip gloss but lip oils I don’t use almost at all if ever. I cannot tell you the last time I used one. Maybe this one will be the one that gets me to change mt tune on that but I don’t know. I like the packaging and the gold flakes in the tube, but I didn’t get a chance to try it before I left home. 

MantraBand Cuff Bracelet:

            I love my Zox bracelets, and this to me feels very much like that, but fancier. The band says ‘she believed she could, so she did’ and I love that phrase. I have already tried it on and it fits which is a lot of fun. I cannot wait to wear this like everywhere I go because it means a lot to me as a phrase. I think I picked this one, I really do and I was so glad that I did. It’s slightly adjustable so I can bend it a little so it fits a little better, but I don’t want to bend it too much because that wears out the metal faster. 

Kate Spade Mini Square Earrings in Opal Glitter:

            I love Kate Spade, I really love Kate Spade, her designs were so classic but also really fun and I am in love with these earrings. They are a super fun color and I love opal as a gemstone. I also usually only wear one pair of earrings and they were like my second pair, so I have had them since my freshman or sophomore year of high school; they are small and have a ruby in the center, very understated. I need to diversify again, though I wear these because I never take them out. I have let my holes almost close enough times to know that I need to keep earrings in at all times or I will forget to put them in for six months and then I have to shove an earring through my ear and that doesn’t seem like it’s a really safe option. 

Hair Clips:

            I don’t have the packaging and again, this was an item that wasn’t shown to me in my box on the app. I don’t know what brand they are and I don’t feel great about that. I could scroll back through fff’s Instagram and try to find them but I think I would be searching for a while. I love them, I have been wearing the tortoise shell one for almost a week now on and off and it’s so comfortable and it keeps my hair where I want it to be kept. I have problems with clips more frequently than I would like to admit, but I really like these ones. 

            Overall, I liked my box, fff has been really hit or miss for about the last year and a half and like the rest of my posts I will say I am going to wait for the spoilers for the summer box to see if that is something that I want to get. I probably will because I like being loyal to companies. I liked most of the items in the box and I know that the pandemic has caused issues, I just feel like I used to get more bang for my buck with fff and they raised prices this year so who knows. 

            Well, I am sitting in my uncle’s house in Ohio finishing this post off in the dark because no one else is awake and it’s not like I can wander the house, I would alert my furry cousin and he likes to bark and whine, so I’m just quietly hanging out in a bedroom waiting for signs of life so I can get up.  Below is the furry cousin in question

            I am going to start writing Sunday’s post here at some point on our drive to Indiana today. By now we have driven something like 1,400 miles in 5 days. My spring break has not been very much of a break if we are being honest and that’s no one’s fault but mine because I said yes to coming on this trip during my break. Should have asked to postpone it until after school was over. Like the week back was conference week so I have been tired since March 17th, it’s April 1st.

            I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and I will be back later in it with a new post and until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

What was in my February 2022 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Here we are nearing the end of February and I cannot believe that, it’s been a crazy long month even though it is the shortest month of the year. 

            I don’t really have much to say before this post because I do one every month, literally every month and I have already posted my Glam Bag Plus which if you want to read just click on the words. 

            Whirlwind month has been a whirlwind so let’s just jump right on in. 

The Bag:

            It is the opposite colorway of the GB+ with a red background and blush pink hearts and the heart zipper pull. All of that is super fun and adorable, who doesn’t love holiday branding? 

The Products:

            Alright before I get into this, this month kind of missed the mark for me in products so just bear with me as I run through them. This is not going to be as optimistic a post as my usual IPSY posts. I mean, they can’t all be winners. 

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask:

            This is one product that I am super interested in, I love a good sleeping mask. I really just love a good moisturizer, especially this time of year when everything is super dry and the wind is a thing that makes your skin feel like sandpaper. I like the fact that it’s an overnight mask 

MAC Prep+Prime Fix +:

            I have heard really good things about MAC’s Fix+ so this one is another thing out of my bag that I am interested in. I like a good setting spray and maybe this will convince me that I need to go buy actual setting spray, I doubt it because I usually just get setting spray in my Glam Bags. I wear makeup daily so a good setting spray is always something that I need in my makeup arsenal. 

Peek Beauty Eye Will Say eyeshadow in Wednesday:

            The color is nice, the packaging is a little weird, it’s a fun shade though so I can’t fault the packaging too much. I have a lot of single eyeshadows now and I don’t think I have any that are this color. So that’s a plus in my book, do I wear a lot of eyeshadow? Not as much as I used to, the pandemic changed my beauty routine and how much money I spend on makeup, I enjoy it still but it’s not a fixture in my life the same way it was before 2020. 

Three Ships Dew Drops Mushroom Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Serum:

            I have so much serum, like so much serum. I like a travel size though and I’ll find a use for this one. I promise. I don’t really like I have much to say about it though, I want to say more but it’s a serum and most serums are nice, but I can’t tell the difference between them in my beauty routine. Sorry, I just don’t. 

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner in Royal:

            It’s blue eyeliner, the 90’s called, they want their liner back. I will never use this, flat out never, a blue eyeliner is just not up my street; not even a little bit actually. That is nothing against the brand, it’s just not a product that I will use. Will I keep it for the next few years because I feel bad about throwing it away? Yes, I will but it will never be something that I reach for unless I am doing a Halloween look. I don’t reach for eyeliner though so that’s always fun. 

            So, there were some hits and misses in this bag and that’s expected, not every bag can be perfect. I just wish that on their beauty quiz or something you could say I don’t want this kind of product. There was a survey a few years ago where that was a question asked and then nothing came of it. I would love to say no to a few things because I don’t use them and I feel like if I am never going to even give them a try it is a waste for me. It could go to someone else who would actually use it and make it look amazing. 

            If you want to see what I got in January, you can, just click on the month. 

            I will be back later in the week with another post so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ 

February 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Well, here we are like most of the way through February and I am not sure how that actually happened. I got this package in my mailbox like a week and a half ago and then my life got busy. When this goes out, I am not even home, I post everything scheduled but I’ll actually be out with people. What?! MJ has a social life? No, well not really, maybe eventually I will. 

            I am just going to roll into this post though because I don’t know what my Sunday is actually going to look like because I am writing this on Wednesday and I still have two days of work and Saturday that separate me from that. 

            I hope everyone’s having a good week and had a pleasant Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate. 

The Bag: 

            It’s hearts and an exact opposite color way of the Glam Bag which will be the next post that comes out, I think. I don’t remember but I think so. I like the red hearts on the blush pink; it’s really cute. Not my favorite bag of all time, but still really cute. 

The Products: 

            I don’t remember which ones were chosen for me and which ones I chose and I didn’t get an email this month with a condensed look at my products. I also don’t think I rated products last month…oops. 

Byroe Fig Renewal Oil:

            I am still getting into facial oils and when I saw this, I thought it was perfume and I thought that was a fun new thing that ISPY was carrying. I was incorrect and it is a facial oil. I do not like how it smells, like it does not smell good and I know that good skin care shouldn’t be heavily perfumed but this one does not smell good. Also, with oils I prefer a dropper instead of shaking the product out of the bottle, it’s a little weird. Let’s hope the skin benefits outweigh both of those things. One more note, for the price point of this product at retail price, it’s really small.

Glamlite S’mores Highlight and Contour Palette: 

            I love the packaging and the idea. My one issue with it is that the bronzer contour shade is way too dark for me. I like the other two shades but Chocolate is so dark and I would look very odd with a tone that dark on my face. So this one kind of missed the mark for me just for that contour color as someone who is on the pale side. 

111Skin Cryo Pre-Activated Toning Cleanser:

            I picked this one, I looked on the website and it tells me what I picked which is really convenient. I love 111Skin it’s one of those brands that if I couldn’t get it in a subscription box, I wouldn’t buy it because it is just so expensive. I am really looking forward to giving this one a try because I am just about out of cleanser and I am all for a new one. 111Skin is just one of those brands that I really enjoy because it was developed by a doctor and usually those brands don’t break me out and that is all I want some days. 

Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster:

            I picked this one too because the choices were not that great and I have so many serums now. I think I am going to give this one to my mom so she can try out serums as well. I love the brightening benefits that this one claims, but I just have so many. The benefits of this one for sure sound more up my mom’s street than mine so I will probably pass this one on to her which I am totally cool with.

Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Mauve:

            I like the packaging and I am hoping that this one isn’t super glossy. I picked this one because it was the only one that I even considered wanting. I am wearing it at the moment because I do that with glosses when I get them to see how sticky they are to make sure that I want to even keep it. It’s a pretty sheer shade and I like that about it and it isn’t super sticky so that is really exciting for me because I used really sticky gloss in the 2000’s and I am still reeling from how much gloss I used as a pre-teen and a teenager because it was such a bigger thing then. 

            Well, there you have it. This was my February GB+ and it was pretty good. I still wish that ultra-personalization was different but I think I might be in the minority on that one. 

If you want to see what I got in January, you totally can, just click on the month!

            I don’t really have all that much to say and that’s totally okay at the moment because this post is just about what I got and how I feel about it, I don’t have to have a bunch of exposition. 

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until then, I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ 

January 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Here we are with my first GB+ of the year. I know that my last post was my Glam Bag for the month and I don’t like doing a back-to-back like this but I am still trying to figure out what is going to go in my Best in Beauty for 2021, I really don’t have many things that were amazing to me in 2021 but we will find some things. Spoiler, this is going out a lot later than I planned because I was sick so I kind of missed some posts, whoops. 

            So with my first bag of the year, I am going to just say, again, this ultra-personalization does not feel real personal, I don’t want to switch to a different beauty subscription but I feel like I am not getting a variety any more. I could redo the beauty quiz but I feel like nothing is going to change. Again, if you as a brand and company want to know how people feel beyond your social media comments send out a survey to everyone because we are paying to be a part of the community and we would like a voice beyond the standard form letter in social media comments. 

            I know that the pandemic has messed so much up and we are still dealing with it, that I get and I understand, it’s just getting to a point where I don’t feel like as a member I am appreciated. 

The Bag:

            I love the bag, I love the smiley face theme this month and the pastel watercolor pattern on this and the Glam Bag this month, it’s super fun and I am loving the drawstring bags that come with the GB+ now. I don’t feel like I have much to say about it though, I really like the bag this month.

The Products: 

111Skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster: 

            111Skin is amazing, I love their products and I love a good hyaluronic acid treatment and I need to use my serums more again while trying to find one that I have that I can give to my mom because she wants to see what the hype is with serum. I need a good hydrating serum this time of year because my skin is dry. I need to buy a tiny humidifier because my apartment is super dry and I need more hydration. Seriously, the winter takes everything out of my skin and now that I am back to wearing a mask full time it makes it a little bit more complicated. 

Róen Beauty Cake Mascara in Black:

            The applicator on this is HUGE! I mean it’s so big and I love the sleek look of the packaging. I just opened a mascara so this one will go into the collection until I get a chance to give it a try. It says it doesn’t flake, I always put that to the test because when it says that usually by the end of my school day I am getting mascara in my eyes. So I’ll be putting that to the test soon enough. 

Realher Power Wear Ombre Bronzer in You Are Golden:

            I love this shade! Normally when I get bronzers, they are too dark for me and this one is a perfect shade for me and my skin tone. I am so excited to give this one a try, not right now because it’s the middle of winter. It’s also clean beauty which I am a huge fan of and I am glad that we are getting more clean beauty brands making it to the main stream. I love the packaging and I cannot wait to give this one a try and hopefully absolutely love it. 

Context Skin Tinted Lip Balm Duo in All or Nothing and Hard Time:

            The shades are beautiful and I cannot wait to give these a try, I like tinted lip balm all the benefits of lip balm and the color and fun of a lipstick. All of the packaging in this bag is super simple and I love all of it. I tend to go for either the ones that are completely out there or the ones that are nice and simple and these are beautiful shades, a little more fall toned but I will give them a try here soon enough. 

Hipdot All in One 4-piece brush set:

            Who doesn’t need another set of eye brushes? I love a good eye look and this was the only option for this selection that I even thought about wanting or needing. I like the fact that I can just take a few brushes and finish an eye look. A good multipurpose eye brush. They are brushes, I like the handles because they are super cool, but they are brushes and most of the time most brushes are pretty similar for me. 

            Well there you have it, my GB+ for January 2022, I cannot believe we are already writing another year’s worth of these. There are no other ones to check out at the moment, you can read my regular Glam Bag post for January if you are interested in it. 

            I will be back with another post later in the week, hopefully I will have figured out what my top in beauty for 2021 is and I will be posting that, spoilers, I didn’t. So until then I hope that everyone has a good rest of the week and stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

What Was in My January 2022 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Here we are with in 2022 and we are here with another year of IPSY unbaggings, we’re in for a treat, I think. I don’t know anymore because well it’s only the first one of the year. I have been sitting with this bag for like 24 hours so far and I just needed to get the post written and it’s snowing outside so I can’t leave my house. It’s nasty outside and snow in Arkansas means that I might as well stay home and avoid the roads. 

The Bag: 

            Super cute pastel muted moment and I really like it. It’s a good first showing for the bags this year. The tab on the zipper has as smiley face on it! I love that little detail, it’s super cute. 

The Products: 

Amorepacific The Essential Crème Fluid: 

            I had no idea what this was until I looked on the email that IPSY now sends to tell you what you are getting instead of including it in the little pamphlet that comes in the bag itself. It’s a moisturizer which is really cool especially this time of year when literally everything is super dry. I cannot seem to get my skin hydrated which is annoying no matter what I try so just adding another thing to it is not a bad thing. It had green tea extract and that’s a cool ingredient that I don’t get to see very often. Hoping this can do everything it claims that it will do for my skin. 

Roze+Quartz Hair Mask:

            I have never used a hair mask before, well no, that’s a lie, I have used one once and it was a little weird so here I am ready to try something new for my hair because why not. Maybe 2022 will be the year that my hair does all the good things that I want it to do. This claims that it will help with breakage and split ends and that is my entire life. I take pretty good care of my hair. Up until college I didn’t use conditioner and that was probably not a great thing so here, we are now moving quickly toward 30 in just months and I am taking better care of my hair and skin. Adding a hair mask once a month is probably not a bad choice on my part. 

Complex Culture Rosy Outlook Eyeshadow Palette: 

            It’s so little! With really nice pink and berry shades and it made me think of Valentine’s Day, I don’t know why but it’s a really nice little palette. I like the shades and I really like Complex Culture’s brushes so I am excited to give this formula a try. I need to get back into wearing more makeup in 2022 because let’s be real the last time I put on a full face of makeup was like March of 2020 when the world fell apart because why would I put on a full face when I have to wear a mask. (I still am wearing one because it’s still a thing, really still a thing.) 

MOTD Cosmetics Dab and Tap Makeup Sponge:

            I use a makeup sponge every morning before work. I love a really good makeup sponge and this one looks a little smaller than the ones I usually use so that’s fun. I love the color and I am always on the lookout for a good makeup sponge. I buy mine from like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because I refuse to spend $20 on a Beauty Blender. It for sure says to use the pointed end for hard-to-reach places, I use mine to take the mascara out from underneath my eyes because I am a mess. I love the color too because it’s a nice pastel and it’s very on theme for this time of year. 

Sophia + Mirabelle Small + Mighty Extreme Volume Mascara in Black:

            It’s a nice size product and I like the applicator for this one, it’s a unique shape and I am looking forward to using it since I just opened up a new tube of my favorite mascara, this one will get used eventually. It claims to not flake or smudge so that’s always exciting because I spend a considerable amount of time trying to make sure that my mascara doesn’t flake into my eyes by the mid-afternoon because then it’s an automatic throw away in the afternoon when I get home. I do not have time to use mascara that spends all day flaking and making my eyes hurt. I work with kids all day; I don’t have time to deal with my mascara and them as well. 

            Well there it is, my first Glam Bag of the year and it was a pretty good one. I really enjoyed this bag and it’s a strong start for 2022. Here is hoping that there are some other really good bags this year. 

            I will be back later in the week with another post so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ 

December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’ MJ,

            This post was supposed to be like a week and a half ago but my box shipped on the 7th and then there was nothing until like the 23rd I think. So, I thought for a while there I was just going to have to email, for the second time this year, and tell them it was lost. 

            I get it, this is the worst time of the year for shipping, it’s painful. I know I ordered something in August expecting it in October but they were waiting on something for the box and it’s shipping at some point this week. Woo. 

            Let’s just roll right into it because I don’t really have much else to say. 

The Bag:

            I love the blush pink with the gold stars and accents, the gold drawstring is also really cool. This is for sure one of my favorite GB+ bags this year and I cannot wait to find a reason to use it. I will, y’all mark my words. 

The Products: 

            I actually took pictures of my choices; I don’t think I am going to post them but they feel really limited. I know it’s “ultra-personalization” but I wish they would send out a survey or something because I have some things that I would like to say and it’s very clear that none of them read my blog. All I’m really getting is skin care products and if that keeps up, I am going to cancel, it’s that simple. I can find another box that I want or I can save money too, it’s just becoming annoying. I love skin care and I can get some really good skincare cheap through IPSY, but I miss the variety of the boxes. 

Clarity RX Daily Dose Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum:

            I am drowning in serums, I am going to give a few to my mom because I love serum, but I have a lot of them and I need to get rid of some of them. Like this is expensive, super expensive actually so here we are. This is the season for a hydrating serum because it’s dry outside and cold, so I am looking forward to trying it out. 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer: 

            I love Kate Somerville; her moisturizer was some of my favorite this year. It’s so good and I am really looking forward to actually using this one. All of her products smell good, I cannot describe them, they just smell really good and they make my skin feel amazing. 

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner Duo in Fuerte + Honest:

            That’s right, I chose liners, I don’t really wear liner, but with a more pencil feel maybe I’ll get back into liners. Also, one is black and the other is a bronze and I really want to give them a try. Look at me branching back out into makeup, look at me. Maybe 2022 will be the year I bring back liner in my routine.

111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster Serum: 

            I know there are two serums in this bag and I was complaining about serums, but 111Skin is amazing and I love it so much. It’s just one of those brands that you cannot pass up if given the chance. Their products are so good and I am using one of them right now and it’s doing some great things to my skin because I was using another moisturizer and it was drying my entire face out so much that I was peeling. So, I needed a refresh and 111Skin came to my rescue. 

Neogen Dermatology A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser: 

            I love Neogen, I got a sample size of their products last year or earlier this year and it was such a good little cleanser, so I am really excited to give this one a try because I am running out of cleanser. I like that the product is dermatologist tested which usually means that my skin doesn’t react to it and that is so exciting. It has a bunch of good cleansing agents in it so I am going to look forward to getting a chance soon to use this one. 

            Well, that’s my bag, very skin care heavy because that felt like all of the options I had, and that’s probably because I rate skin care well, because that’s all I get. It’s becoming a vicious cycle and it’s starting to get annoying. 

            If you want to see what else I have gotten this year, you totally can; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.

            I will be back later in the week with my last book post of the year, if you are into that it’s going to be a long one. So, until then I hope everyone has an amazing end to 2021 and I will see y’all in 2022, I hope that you stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ 

Winter 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

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            Normally my fff box doesn’t show up this early, but I ordered an add on and an extra so it showed up super early. This post doesn’t even come out for a few weeks after I am actually physically writing it, I am getting it done though because I need to. I am going to preface this entire post with: most of it was good, some of it was not so good. I feel like the boxes have been such a mixed bag and this one was for sure better than a few I have gotten this year, but one thing was a repeat from my summer box and that’s disappointing. 

            Like I said I bought an add-on this time and that was a new Makeup Eraser in Chill Blue because I love my Makeup Eraser so I figured having a backup that wasn’t the normal $20 was a good thing. I also had a $15 credit on this box so I didn’t feel too bad buying something or rather two somethings extra.

            The other thing that I got as an extra was another Unhide Marshmallow Blanket in Rose, I live underneath my one from last year when I am reading and it is so soft and I love it. I wanted one for my classroom so I could be warm while I’m hanging out at my desk and that was 95% the reason that I purchased another one. Like eventually I want to get one the big blankets but they are on the expensive side so I am just going to have to wait. 

            So, moving right along I am going to talk about what I got in my box but take a brief pause here to say one thing, I don’t really like that they don’t have all the options in the magazine anymore. I liked being able to check off the things that I got; I can see it in the app but that’s just not the same. I know that companies are always trying to change and innovate, I just personally miss seeing all the products that maybe I might want to look into in case I didn’t choose them or didn’t have the choice. I will have another thing at the end to say that I’m not the biggest fan of, but I feel like a lot of my fff posts this year have been very Debby Downer and I don’t like that, but I am violently myself so my opinion is my own and that’s okay. We can all feel different about things and still get along. 

            What did I get though? 

Herschel Supply Co. Mica Tote:

            I love this, I saw this in the spoilers and I had to have it. It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be. Like I will be able to carry so much in this! Like it fits my laptop with no problem and I could probably put a protector over my laptop and still have room from side to side. I love the color and this for sure was my top choice in this category. (This was also the category that the Unhide blanket was in, so I got two in this one.) It has a zipper which is really great was a tote because that means that it’s not as accessible to anyone that isn’t you. I don’t remember the other customization options, that is for sure a huge reason I miss it in the magazine, I used to be able to list what I chose over what I missed. 

Sur La Table 4 Piece Silicone Utensil Set in Grey:

            I have been in a Sur La Table store once; it was in Illinois and that store was overwhelming. All of my kitchen utensils are all hand-me-downs from my mom and grandma so now I have my own set and I really like them. They seem really well made; the only problem is because they have a wooden handle that means that I have to hand wash them. I am going to leave them in the box because eventually when I move into a house, they will make their debut there. It’s a spatula, a turner (which I also call a spatula), and two spoons one slotted and one solid. I am super happy with this choice as well because this was another customization option that I got to choose. 

Michael Kors Beanie with Pom: 

            I love Michael Kors, it’s all so classic and just really refined. I love a good hat and this one fit so I’m good. Sometimes beanies don’t fit me, it’s super weird. I love the color and the pom is a lot of fun, it got a little squished in the bag so I will have to fluff it up later. It’s also a nice neutral color which means that it will go with everything and that makes me so happy. Michael Kors is one of those designers where if I am given the option that is usually what I pick. The only real pair of wedges I own are Michael Kors and they are, for heels, super comfortable. 

Briogeo Curl Charism leave in defining cream: 

            I am one of those people who has wavy hair and would like nothing more than to have curly hair. I curl my hair and it falls out in literal minutes. I have heard about this product line for years though and I am excited to actually give it a try. Maybe keep the waves in my hair a little longer without a lot of product because I am not a huge hair product person. This was my last category to have a choice in and this was the only one that I really wanted. 

Vahdam Teas Recovery Sampler:

            I love tea, that is not a secret. I like the idea of a tea sampler and I had to make sure that there were some ingredients that aren’t in it because I cannot have them. I get a little sick from some of the ingredients in tea so I have to be super careful. Licorice Root upsets my tummy, so I avoid it. I love a good chai tea, most of these have black pepper in them and I don’t know how many times in my life I have had black pepper in tea so this is going to be interesting. 

            The next three were the bundle. I mentioned last time that I didn’t like the bundle, I still don’t and there was a straight up repeat in this that I got in my last box so that I am not too happy about. 

Barefoot Scientist Pedicure File: 

            I got this in my summer box, I have used it once and I’m not a huge fane so now I have to figure out what to do with a second one. If you want to know my first impressions of this product, check out my summer 2021 Unboxing. It’s fine, it’s just getting a second one is annoying.

Bennkai Chocolate Bomb Maker:

            If they were bigger, it would be fun to make tiny chocolate covered cakes, they are small though and I know they are for hot chocolate bombs which are super trendy right now. I have never wanted to make one, I’ll find a use for them I guess but I feel like these uber trendy products don’t have much lasting power and that’s just my opinion, maybe hot chocolate bombs will be here to stay. 

Aesthetica Liquid Eyeliner: 

            I don’t use liquid eyeliner. I don’t use much eyeliner at all. I was part of that emo scene when I was in middle and high school so I wore a lot of eyeliner, I have grown out of that phase of my life and because I wear glasses doing a wing is pretty pointless for me.  

            Here’s the other thing that I am going to say, the bundle, it’s not good. I feel like it’s just a bunch of random products that they cobble together and none of them have overwhelmed me. That’s a personal opinion and again, that’s fine if you disagree with me, that is totally cool. I just don’t think that the bundle is a great option. 

            This box was probably the best one that I have gotten this year and I feel like that is saying a lot because I have done a lot of complaining about them throughout the year. I am hoping that this box is the upward trend where the boxes go back to being super cool and fun. 

            I feel like I need to stop because I loved most of my box, there was some misses in this one. (The bundle is going to be the surge of my existence, isn’t it?) Overall though, this box was amazing and all of the rest of the things that I got in my box fit into the Herschel tote so that’s fun! 

            If you want to see what else I’ve gotten this year, you can brave those posts if you want to, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

            I will be back on the day after Christmas with another post, (that’s also already written because I have a problem and try to front load writing a lot of my posts when I can.) so until then I hope that everyone has a great holiday if you celebrate and stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ 

What Was in My December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

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            So here we are, I only have a few more days of school for the year which is absolutely insane to even think that we are already done with a semester…well almost done, two more days. In fact, when this goes up, I will be on a field trip and that’s such a weird thing to say. Last week was rough but that is not a story for here, it’s not really a story for anywhere, it just is what it is. 

            I got this in my mailbox yesterday, I didn’t actually go and get it until this morning, it’s Sunday for me. When this goes up it will be Wednesday. I am just trying to get things written sooner rather than later because I have the time now. 

            So, this one for sure, in general, missed the mark for me. I didn’t really like the contents of this bag; it just wasn’t my scene and that happens. If you don’t want to read about the things that I really didn’t like, cool I will see you with the next post because this is going to be a lot of ‘I don’t use it and I don’t like it.’ 

The Bag:

            I love the bag itself though, it’s described a blush with gold accents, I would call it rose gold specifically because of that and I really do like the bag. Usually, December’s bags are very New Year themed, not holiday themed which I really like. The bag’s in December also almost feel like you could just take them to a party as a tiny clutch and that’s a lot of fun as well. 

The Products: 

First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturizer:

            While I really like First Aid Beauty, but my one problem with this product is that I don’t really have oily skin, I have dry to combination skin so I don’t really need an oil control moisturizer. The only place on my face that actually gets oily is my nose and that is about it. I think the moisturizer I’m using right now is an oil control and it has been making my face super dry and that’s not fun for me either. 

LYS Beauty: Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil: 

            I don’t like lip gloss so a lip treatment usually isn’t up my alley. I am all for clean beauty, I really am, but this one isn’t for me. I just don’t like lip glosses and that is nothing against the company, that is just a personal preference and that’s okay. 

Law Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in 2PM Wine:

            So, I don’t polish my nails, I don’t like how it feels. I have never rated a nail polish on IPSY well, ever. I also do not like the name, 2PM Wine, are we promoting day drinking? This is for sure the third product in this bag that I won’t use and I only have three items on the list. It’s also clean beauty which is amazing for a nail polish! 

SLMissGlam BB5 Powder Brush: 

            It’s a brush. This brush is a little juvenal for me as someone who is almost 30. I also just have a thousand brushes that I don’t use very frequently and this will just be added to that list. I don’t mind brushes I just don’t like the decorations and glitter in this brush and again, that is a personal preference and choice. I know there are people who love these brushes, and more power to them. 

The Crème Shop Holiday Sheet Mask Duo in ‘Tis the Season To Be Lovely & Baby It’s Gold Outside:

            I chose this one, I love a good sheet mask and this was the best thing I got in my bag. I tend to get The Crème Shop sheet masks every year in my December Glam Bag and I love them so much. I like the ingredients in them and I need to get back into doing sheet masks more often because I need to get back into doing more than just my basic skin care routine. 

            I was not really a fan of this bag, and that’s okay, not everything can be a winner. It just really missed the mark for me and that’s okay. I am really looking forward to the Glam Bag Plus, even though I felt like my choices there were not that great either. 

            Well, if you want to see what else I have gotten this year you totally can, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until they I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ

November 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            I am literally and legitimately writing this a few hours after writing my last Glam Bag post, I just felt like writing it now because why not. Get it out of the way and then I can work on another post later. I honestly have no idea what my other post will be, but here we are. 

            I don’t really feel like I have much to say before I start going through what was in the bag so I might as well just get into it. 

The Bag: 

            I like this one better than the regular Glam Bag, I like the color and the tiny golden designs that are printed on it, this bag does feel a little bit more regal. I really do like the drawstring bags that we have been getting with the GB+. 

The Products:

Best Face Forward Balancing Serum: 

            I am currently using their face wash and it is amazing, I am really enjoying it and I am hoping that this one is just a good. I love a good serum even though I have only been using a serum with any sort of regularity for about the last year or so. I moisturize every time I wash my face, but I am less regular when it comes to everything else like serum, eye cream, and toner. I try really hard to have those in my routine frequently but sometimes I just don’t feel like doing a million steps after I get out of the shower. 

Il Makiage Dirty Talk Matte Lip Color in Elwa:

            I really like this lipstick; I need to see it on to know if it is a shade that I can actually wear. I love the detail on the lipstick itself, it’s super cool. I do like the shade in the tube, but that doesn’t really mean much to me if I don’t know what it looks like on. I would have swatched it while I was writing this part, but alas, I am not home at the moment so as soon as I get home I will swatch it and give my final verdict on whether or not it’s a shade for me. The tube itself is also magnetic which is amazing, I do like the shade with the right rest of the face, I would call it a little terracotta which I like. 

Mintbiology Rejuvenating Face Masks (5):

            I love sheet masks, I have not been using them as much as I did in the past so I have a small crate full of them in my fridge because that’s where I store a lot of my skin care that I am not currently using or have unopened because I want to use them, I just can’t find the inner peace to actually lay on my bed and meditate with a face mask on. I just can’t find that sen space that I used to be really good at finding. I probably should go looking for it again. 

Uvé Beauty Makeup Blending Trio:

            Who doesn’t love beauty sponges? I do not throw mine away as often as I should, which is a problem but I now have plenty of them to keep me in beauty sponges for at least another several months if not a full year or more. I like having extras and backups because I do go through them and I don’t want to pay $20 per like you would with a brand name Beauty Blender. I also feel the desperate need to have a beauty sponge washer, they are so cute and so kitschy but they look like they actually do a pretty good job cleaning the sponges because I am terrible at it.

Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Flush in Tiara: 

            I had to go on the website to remember if this was a highlighter or not, I chose this one as well as the last two and I love a good highlighter. I need to swatch this one as well because usually I use a powder highlighter not a liquid highlighter but I am all for change and trying new products. Also, it is no secret that I have a vast collection of highlighters that I don’t use enough. I am currently hitting pan on an Ofra highlighter at the moment and I am loving it. 

            Well, there it is, my November Glam Bag Plus. I am excited to see what December will bring because this one, like the Glam Bag, was very middle of the road for me. I still feel like the choices I am getting when it comes to the personalization are not really things that I want. I have been reaching for straws lately for things that I actually really want when I am given the choice, I don’t feel like the choices fit me all that well and while that’s fine, it’s also kind of annoying because I pay for this every month. 

            If you want to know what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can! January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October

            Alright, that’s it for me for this post, I will be back later in the week with another post so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ