What Was in My January 2020 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

            So what did I get in my bag this month?

            Luxie Beauty- 560 Medium Fan Flawless Brush

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

            Context Skin- Liquid Lacquer in Mad Love

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

            Banila Co- Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm

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

            Pür- 4 in 1 Pressed Powder in shade Porcelain

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

            Too Faced- Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 

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

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

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

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

            Bye!

                        -MJ

January Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

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

Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

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

Hanalei Company Lip Treatment in Clear

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

Nature’s Cartel Lip Stick in 90’s Nostalgia

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

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

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

Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer

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

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

            Do you subscribe? Any thoughts? Let me know!

            I’ll see everyone soon with another post, 

                        -MJ

Top Beauty Products of 2019

Hey hey it’s MJ, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Did you guys have any favorites of 2019? 

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

            Bye!

                        -MJ

What Was in My December 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

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

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

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

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

Belif The True Cream-Moisturizing Bomb

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

Jolii Cosmetics Luxe Crème Matte in Lavanda

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

Phase Zero Make up Shimmer Eyeshadow in Nude Newbie

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

Glam Up Firming Pomegranate and Refreshing Peppermint Sheet Mask Set

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

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess

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

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

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

Happy New Year!

            -MJ

Winter 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ,

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

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

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

            So what did I get? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

October ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

            Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            I’m just going to dive right into this one, though I hope everyone is having a great week so far. 

            So this month is the first month where ipsy had included a bag in the Glam Bag Plus and now I am just getting two makeup bags a month. I kind of liked that I wasn’t getting a bag with the plus and now that I am, I am going to have to find new uses for them. This one is cute, I will not lie its black mermaid fabric (you know like the pillows and everything else where you can flip the sequins) with Betty Boop in silhouette on the reverse and a red heart zipper pull. They really went all in with the Betty Boop theme this month. It’s also only about an inch larger all the way than the regular bag.

            What did I get though?

            Jolii Cosmetics Spektra stick in Stella

            The packaging on this is the bomb dot com (yes that is a mid-2000’s saying that I don’t think I ever said then but I have heard more recently than I did in middle school) but seriously I LOVE the packaging, it looks like a lipstick tube and then you press on the bottom and then pull the tube itself out. The color is absolutely beautiful, I have already swatched it and it is just so pretty. They describe it as a rose quartz shade and I do not disagree though I would call it rose gold but they are about the same shade. I think this was my favorite product out of the whole bag and usually I can’t pick a favorite.

            Lovecraft Beauty Bronzer Palette

            This is a nice palette, I have swatched them as well and the darkest shade is a little too dark for my complexion, maybe during the summer not so much but for most of the rest of the year it would not work for me. The two other shades though I am totally okay with. I love the packaging, it’s really simple and really pretty and it’s called Lovecraft and all I think of when I see that name is H.P. Lovecraft and that’s just great. 

            Touch In Sol No Poreblem Priming Water 

            It’s rose based so that should be pretty great because I live with a rose water mist on my bathroom counter. I like Touch In Sol because it is a K-beauty brand and usually their formulas are amazing. I am looking forward to trying this but also a little hesitant because I have been burned (not literally) by primers in the past. 

            Betty Boop X Ipsy That’s So Betty Eyeshadow Palette

            I just want to audibly sigh at this one, I chose this product, I chose it and I regret it. It’s an 8 pan eyeshadow palette where only about four of the shades are pigmented, I was really disappointed by the pigmentation and the quality of the product. The shades that do have pigment are really pretty but I was unhappy with the other four shades two of which you can’t really see. There is a really pretty purple shade, it’s pretty in the pan but as soon as I swatched it, it’s just not there and I was so looking forward to playing around with that specific shade. Also there is one matte shade and the rest are shimmer shades which is a rally odd distribution in an eyeshadow palette, the packaging is really hard to open, and it just didn’t wow me. It claims to be a $30 palette and I think I could go buy a drug store palette for under ten with better quality than this. Normally I don’t have much negative to say about ipsy products but this one was a total dud, it may not be for some people but I have used enough eyeshadows that I know that the quality of this is just not there and it’s so disappointing. 

            F.A.R.A.H Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

            The brushes are gorgeous, the handles are built to be able to hold properly and rest while you work on your face. They are all face brushes, a cheek, buff, and stipple and apparently they are all in midnight blue instead of black and looking at them in the light that is super cool. I don’t have any dark blue brushes and I love them. They are nice and soft and I have several F.A.R.A.H brushes thanks to ipsy so getting a few more that are as beautiful as these are were actually really cool. 

            Well that’s it for this post and this bag was a little bit all over the place, I’m not unhappy about that because it means I have been exposed to things that if I was walking through a shop I may not have even given a second glance but might now.

            Do you want to know how I felt about the other months I have gotten this year and what I got? You can, just click on the month and you can read that rambling post like I hope you read this one, May, June, July, August, and September

            Have a great rest of you week everyone and I will hopefully see you Sunday with a new post! 

            -MJ 

What Was in My October 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

       Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            Guess who’s back, back again, MJ’s back, tell whoever you want. It’s been a while since I have actually posted anything and that’s my fault. I have been dealing with some stuff and I have been busy so I just haven’t had the motivation to write anything to post but here I am because I know that I need to. I want to post more but right now that is not something that I can do at the moment. 

            This is the first month with ipsy’s re-brand or brand update that included choosing items and new things going on with the packaging and the pricing on the Glam Bag. I honestly didn’t really notice a difference but I suppose it’s still a new roll out so I have to give it time. This month was also ipsy’s collaboration with Betty Boop which is a really interesting, they have had two collaborations this year which is a new thing unlike last year but they are branching out. 

            So the bag is first, it’s a close up of Betty Boop’s face and the skin almost just straight up looks like highlighter, the back is similar to the December bag from last year but in all black instead of gold. I like it but it’s not completely my favorite and that’s totally cool.

            What did I get though, that’s really the content here.

            Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black

            So Benefit’s Roller Lash is one of my all-time go to OG favorites and it pained me so much to throw my tube away recently because it was old, older than I would like to admit that I was still using it. The brush on this sample is massive, the ratio of tube top to brush is about the same and its absolute insanity. This mascara claims to do a lot of things that you want to do to your lashes to make them look like falsies. (I have never actually worn false lashes because I don’t want glue near my eyeballs.) 

            Betty Boop X ipsy Eye Brush

            The last time ipsy did a collaboration with someone I got an eye brush in that collection as well, I love brushes so I wasn’t mad about it. It is much more of a powder brush not a packer brush so it is for all over coverage of the lid. It’s actually a really soft brush and it looks nice but it is a really standard eye brush. 

            Kismet Buff Sugar Scrub in Bright & Bubbly

            It smells amazing and it is a great travel size for someone who wants to have a lip scrub on the go. I love a good lip scrub and its cruelty free so I’m down for it. It’s supposed to smell like pink champagne but all I smell is watermelon which I am a huge fan of. It’s a nice soft feeling scrub so that’s always nice because some of the lip scrubs I have used in the past are just hard almost balm like and those have not been my favorites. I am looking forward to carrying this one around with me though in my purse so I can lip scrub on the go if I need to. 

            Seraphine Botanicals Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer 

            You would not believe how many makeup words my word processor claims to not be words. In this case it was the word Luminizing, this is a primer that claims to reawaken your skin which is a pretty common claim with primers and again it’s an on the go size so if you need an afternoon pick me up while not wearing a full face of makeup this might be a great product.

            Space Case Cosmetics Highlighter in Seen From Space (1E) 

            It’s a nice highlighter, it’s not super blinding and there is nothing wrong with that. I actually like the shade but it’s a little powdery which I’m not used to anymore when it comes to highlighter. It is a light shimmer though not a really pigmented highlighter, like I said not blinding but that’s alright. It’s not my favorite but I am willing to give it a good chance.

            So that’s it for my bag this month, we are starting to close out the year on these so the list is getting longer and longer if you want to read the rest of the months this year: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September

            I’ll see everyone on Wednesday with another post! 

            -MJ 

September ispy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ!

            Well I am back again with another post, it’s a bit unboxing heavy this month, with my regular ipsy glam bag and my Fall fabfitfun box. Here I am with my third and final unboxing post of the month.

            Like I said in my ipsy unbagging a few days ago ipsy is making some changes to their subscription services, including a makeup bag in every Glam Bag Plus, I mean it’s fine; I like the glam bag bags but I kind of like not having a bag with my Glam Bag Plus, but times and services change so I can understand the need to not stagnant within the business. Beyond that I am still excited to see ipsy move into the future.

            So what was in my box this month? 

Paris Hilton Skincare ProD.N.A. Dual-Action Cleansing Gel

            So I grew up in the era of The Simple Life and the whole Paris Hilton hype of the 2000’s. I did not know that she had a skincare line. I am willing to give it a try because “that’s hot” is still a phrase that I associate with her. It’s cruelty free and claims to be gentle enough to use in the morning and at night so that’s a good thing. It has a laundry list of really good ingredients like pineapple, apple, and white tea. 

Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Intense Eyeshadow Palette

            So this palette has some amazingly beautiful colors, there is a design pressed into each pan and I have always loved the idea of that; depth in the pans themselves. The one problem with that is that I don’t want to ruin the design in the pans. (How many times can I use pan in this paragraph?) This is one of those palettes that has all of the neutral colors that you want in a full glam eye look but also the deep colors. It is a really punk palettes and I absolutely love it. The palette is actually quite sizable as well and with 15 shades it is a pretty standard number for a palette like this. Like I said I love the colors and the names of the shades though I am usually a sucker for shade names in eyeshadow palettes because usually they are topical or just funny. 

Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Cosmic

            I’ve gotten some Illamasqua lip liners in the past in my May Glam Bag Plus and I think that the shade Media I got then will be a great color to pair with this shade which I love. I love mauve shades when it comes to lipsticks and this one is a shade I don’t actually have, shocking, I know. I haven’t swatched it so I don’t actually know how it feels on the skin but I am hopeful that it’s nice and creamy because it is a crème lipstick. I usually go for liquid lipstick but some days you just need the traditional crème lipstick. 

Ciaté London Extraordinary Translucent Powder

            I only have gotten into setting powder in the last year or so. I like Ciaté London so seeing this setting powder in my box was really nice. I don’t really have much to say about setting powder until I actually try it for a while but you get a nice amount of product (.52 OZ) and the packaging is really simple but very cute. 

Ofra Cosmetics X Madison Miller Squad Palette

            I think that most boxes and Glam Bags this month included an Ofra and Madison Miller collaboration product, in my glam bag I got the blush and in this I got the squad palette which is two highlighters and a blush. I like the idea of a trio pan and they are beautiful shades. I am such a sucker for highlighters so seeing more in my life is great. The packaging is simple and while I love crazy packaging but I also am such a fan of simple packaging as well. 

            Well that was my Glam Bag Plus this month. Per usual ipsy has very few misses when it comes to things that I will like and this month is just another example of that. 

If you want to read about what I got in my other Glam Bag Plus boxes this year, you can! May, June, July, and August.

Do you subscribe? Did you get a product this month that you love? 

I’ll see everyone on Sunday with another post.

Bye!

-MJ 

What was in my September 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            So ipsy announced that next month they are making some changes to their services including a $2 increase a month. BirchBox did this earlier in the year and I understand this need to change and evolve with the times and with the market around your brand. I won’t be discontinuing my ipsy subscriptions, I am still in love with the subscription service so there will still be unbaggings and things. 

            If you are interested in seeing the changes or signing up then you can go check out their website. 

            This post contains only my opinions, as it always does. 

            The bag actually is one of my all-time favorites in the last 17 months since I started getting the glam bag. (I started in April of last year and if my math is right it is 17 months.) The bag is a salmon like color with constellations covering the front and the zipper pull is my favorite of all time, it’s a little crystal and I love it so much. 

            So onto the products, each month they usually do pretty well at curating things that I really enjoy and this month is no different. 

            Skin&Co. Roma Truffle Therapy Shimmering Oil

            I don’t hve a lot of facial oils because some of the oils are too much for my face and I break out more than I should, though I like Skin&Co. and I love it. It has truffle in it so from what I know about truffles they are good for your skin. I am always looking for a good moisturizer and I am willing to try pretty much anything. This product was probably the most left field thing that I got in my bag this month.

            Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation in 0.3 Neutral

            Smashbox is a great brand and I have loved them since I pretty much started wearing makeup but I have never used their foundation before. This is not a bad color match so I am actually really excited to give it a try. I have been finding that unfortunately I have to use a higher end foundation because in many cases drug store foundations (that I have tried) don’t seem to work with my skin and I have more breakouts as well. I don’t know what it is and I don’t know why but that is the trend that I have noticed. 

            Coola Mineral SPF30 Sun Silk Crème 

            So Coola is a brand that I am for sure aware of and really like, I have used their sunscreen before and its great. This even says that it protects against infrared and blue light which I didn’t even know was a huge issue when it comes to sun exposure. The more you know right? It’s a good travel size for facial sunscreen and because I have had experience with the brand before I know that it shouldn’t have any adverse reactions with my skin.

            IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet

            I love highlighters and anyone who is not new to my blog for sure already knows that. The color leans more toward the gold tones, the formula goes on pretty smooth and it is pretty highly pigmented. I have many highlighters and I’m going to be honest, do I need anymore? No, am I going to get more and love every single one? Yes, yes I will. I have a few travel sized highlighters and this is actually a similar shade that I wear pretty frequently so that’s always exciting because it means that on trips I don’t have to take a full sized product with me. 

            Ofra Cosmetics X Madison Miller Blush in Ollie Need is Love

            So last but not least this is full sized product and it is a beautiful almost coral shade, the insert calls the color a terracotta peach. Blush is a really subjective product, like foundation it takes certain skin tones and for me this would be more of a summer blush. I don’t wear blush very often as it is but I do really like the brand and the color. 

            That’s it for my bag and it was pretty great overall. I am excited to see the changes that come in the coming months when it comes to ipsy’s changes including new customization and a whole new box; I will be sticking with my glam bag and my glam bag plus and not going for the ultimate.

If you want to know what i have gotten in the rest of my Glam Bags this year you can, just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

            Do you subscribe to ipsy? What was your favorite product that you got in your bag this month? 

            I’ll be back on Wednesday with my Septmeber Glam Bag Plus unboxing and I can promise; the products are pretty great.

            Have a great rest of the weekend and the beginning of your week!

            See you next time,

 -MJ 

A Late Summer Makeup Look

I have been holding onto this post for a few weeks now and I don’t know why I just haven’t posted it. I have been in one of those moods where nothing creative is coming out of my body and while I want to post, I just don’t know some days what to post.  

            It’s hard to write a makeup look in a blog post, it really and truly is, this is one of those things that would be on YouTube but I haven’t posted on my YouTube Channel in over a year. I want to get back into that as well but I still have some things to work out before I do. 

            Now why did I decide to do a makeup look today in blog form? I don’t know I took over half an hour on a look so I figured why not now. It was a look that I was actually really proud of so I am going to share it. Is it going to have pictures? Maybe, one I am not good at makeup photography, not even a little bit and I didn’t take any pictures with really good lighting. 

            This is literally a post made to companion my Makeup Bag Refresh in a way because I used a lot of those products in my look. 

            Okay so what did I do, color correcting primer (NYX Photo Loving Primer in Green) as well as my usual basic foundation, (Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid in shade 0.5) I have found that more high end foundation doesn’t break me out, I also used concealer (Tarte’s Shape Tape in Fair) I did use a setting powder (Coty Air Spun in Translucent) 

            I did my eyebrows with Rimmel Born This Way in Medium, put on highlighter from Morphe in shade Extra if this was more of an evening look I would have used more highlighter but this was a day look so I played the highlighter down. I also used Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘?’ which was an exclusive in the summer mystery box. I don’t actually remember which mascara I used but I think it was Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara. As well as a setting spray which is one of my favorites at a really great price point Colourpop All-Star. 

            I feel like this eyeshadow look was what I was most proud of, I have gotten a lot better at eyeshadow over the last few years and this is one of those things that I have really tried to get batter at while I have gone on my makeup journey. Like it doesn’t look as good as it did in real life, the lighting is not great. I did use the Morphe Nature Glow palette (which I love). The one thing that I really love about this palette is that there is an insert with all of the shade names which makes it so much easier to use! 

It is a lot more saturated in real life but the lighting in my bathroom is awful, I need to get a better light but I didn’t have time after putting the look on to get the ring light out. Also I have no mascara on in the picture but it did go on afterward, I promise.

            I used six different shades, I used the shade Popular all over the lid and up toward the brow bone, it is a nice shade with a little bit of shimmer that is a good base. (I would use an eyeshadow primer for a more long wear application).

            Next I used shade Step Up on the outer two thirds of my eye and into the crease, I build up like that I know other people do their eyes different but this is how I do it. I followed that with shade Seriously on the outer third of the lid and also into the crease and under the lower lash line as well. I used the shade Power to darken up the outer corner and dragged it up into the crease on the outer side of my eyeball just a little bit.  

            I did a few glittery shades as well; I would wear this look anywhere because it is a great late summer early fall natural eye look. First glittery shade I used was Pop in the center of the lid, again I would use a little bit of concealer there and do a really nice cut lid next time I did it. I also popped shade Clear into the inner corner of both eyes and I called it a day. 

            I loved this look, I really like doing my makeup so I love the opportunity to be able to play with my makeup a little bit more than usual. When I wrote this post it was 105 with the heat index so I must say the makeup held up to the heat and I was really excited about it. 

            I’ll see everyone next week with another post, have a good rest of the weekend and great start to your week!

            -MJ