May Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

So this is my second post of May, I have been sick for the last like week and a half and I have just been dealing with some things that have taken a front seat instead of letting them take a back seat even though I wish they were taking a back seat. 

            Okay on to this though, they opened up the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus last month and I jumped on it because I am a huge fan of ipsy’s service and I was really excited for the prospect of a full sized product box from this company. 

            Okay so honestly I didn’t really know what to expect in this box and I was pleasantly surprised and I must say for an initial box, I know that it will just get better as the service continues. 

            This post probably won’t be super long because I am just not in a great mood and I don’t want that to bleed into this post. 

            Yensa: Tone Up Primer Essential Glow: 

            I like it and it has really good essences in it so I am looking forward to seeing how my skin reacts to it, I have been having more breakouts recently because of stress so I am hoping that this product doesn’t make those worse. It goes on really smoothly and I am a fan of the packaging and the ingredients, it does give a very slight glow to the skin when it is put on but as it dries it sinks into the skin.

            Glam Glow Bubblesheet Sheet Masks (3):

            I got some of these in one of my FabFitFun boxes last year and I have used one or two now and I really like them already so getting more was a big plus in my book. They don’t bubble up a lot but it is still kind of odd to have something bubbling on your face, you don’t leave them on the length of time that you would with a regular sheet mask. These are more of a quick turnaround mask; this mask only stays on for 3-4 minutes unlike a regular mask which can stay on for 20+ minutes. 

            Kandee Johnson x pūrlisse Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butter: 

            I love the packaging and I am always on the lookout for good lotions and stuff, I hoard them and then don’t use them, to be honest and I love them. It smells amazing but I haven’t used it yet if we are being honest. I didn’t even know Kandee Johnson did a collab with Pūrlisse but here it is and I can’t wait to give it a try.

            Wander Beauty Wandress Seascape Eyeshadow Palette: 

            I have been following Wander beauty on Instagram for probably six months now but I have never purchased anything from them. So when I found out that there was a potential for a Wander Beauty product with the may Glam Bag Plus I was excited. I really like the colors in the palette, now I have swatched them and they are a little cakey but on a brush it may be a completely different story. I am not usually a wearer of blue eyeshadows, not for years now but the blue called Coastal in this palette is beautiful. It makes a nice little palette for travel if you took a matte single shadow to go with it. 

            Illamasqua Lip crayons in Media and Lust:

            I have really only dove into lip pencils recently and I don’t’ have all that many, I think I have two if we are being completely honest so I was actually really excited when I saw the lip pencils in this box. The colors are beautiful and they go on very smoothly. Media is a more pinky coral shade and Lust is a redder/berry shade so they would go with a bunch of different shades because they are more neutral when it comes to their specific colors. I am not saying neutral in general but a more neutral pink and red so they go with various shades of pink and red. 

            Overall it was a great first box and I am excited to see what is coming in the upcoming months, ispy continues to do a great and consistent job when it comes to their subscription services and their products. 

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product this month? 

            I’ll see everyone on Tuesday/Wednesday for another post! 

            -MJ 

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To Go Beauty

I wasn’t actually sure what to call this post, I was going between Travel Beauty, Weekend Getaway Beauty, Go Bag Beauty, and a host of others.

            Now I am going to preface this with, this makeup idea is not for a long extended trip, for that I suggest just buying an inexpensive concealer, foundation, and makeup wipes on the go unless you are checking a bag and then you can carry anything that you want. However, if you are only carrying a carryon bag, in the US for air travel you are only allowed a quart sized clear bag and nothing over 3 Ounces in the cabin of the plane. If you wear makeup that can get a little complicated. 

            So this is my version of on the go beauty, quick items or small items to carry with you for a weekend getaway or a short trip, maybe this isn’t a great idea but I am going with it. 

            Now I don’t travel as much as I would like to but that is not here nor there but normally when you travel at all unless you are traveling for a specific event you are not going to want to carry a lot of makeup with you. Travel and sample sized items are your best friends and usually where ever you go there is a drug store, a Sephora, or an Ulta so you can get anything that you forgot or didn’t think of. I know I went to Vegas while I was in college and I forgot both makeup wipes and mascara so I had to go and get some otherwise I would look exhausted and not able to take my makeup off very well. 

            Now I for sure wrote a post about this time last year where I talked about my makeup bag essentials and for sure when I take my full makeup bag those are my staples but if I am just going somewhere for the weekend with no concrete plans to have to look nice I only pack the bare minimum and by bare minimum I mean very few things. (As I typed that I looked over to my small pile of items that I will be talking about in this post and I realize my bare minimum is still like 14 or so items without any tools.) 

            My color choices may be completely different than yours and that is totally cool, you may not get ipsy or a lot of travel/trial sized items and that is totally cool too. Work things in that you have or smaller items that you can get when travelling. I picked some drug store items that could be found pretty much anywhere so you aren’t looking for a Sephora in the middle of nowhere. Everything you need can be found at a drug store (Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreen, etc.) or a super store of some sort (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) so use my tips with a grain of salt because they are just general ideas and things that have worked for me in the past that may not work for you in the present or in the future. 

Okay so base makeup is going to be up first:

            Primer, some people say you don’t need primer and that is completely up to you, I got this primer in my April Glam Bag and I love Tarte so this would be a good sample sized product for me to take with me on a short trip. It would be either this one or just forgoing primer. 

Foundation, now this is one of the only sample sizes I have and I don’t know if it matches my skin tone exactly so honestly I would want to make sure that I had the right shade and maybe get a container similar to this one and make my own DIY sample size. Like I said if it is for longer travel periods and you aren’t checking a bag, buy it where you are traveling to. 

Concealer, I just got this Colourpop concealer a few months ago and I have used it several times, it is an inexpensive concealer (it’s under $8) and it comes in a bunch of shades (30) and it’s just as good as some of the more expensive concealers I have used in the past, there is for sure a concealer I want to get my hands on right now but that isn’t in the cars at the moment because I love all the hype around the Magic Star concealer and I would love to see if the hype is actually true. Eventually I will get my hands on it but that day is not today. 

Cheeks: 

Bronzer, I normally don’t wear bronzer but when I do I go for Hoola from Benefit because it is the smallest bronzer that I own and it is my tried and true favorite because I hadn’t used all that many bronzers in my life.

Highlighter, this one depends on the season and what you are really going for with a look, I chose a Super Shock Cheek from Colourpop in the shade Might Be but any of their single pot highlighters would be amazing for an on the go makeup bag. 

Setting Powder, I don’t even know if they would let setting powder on a plane to be honest but I am not a person to usually use setting powder, though I do have Coty Air Spun in my collection and I chose to pull the Tarte setting powder I got from ipsy out of my ipsy samples box and add it into this mix because it is just a sample size. 

Lips: 

Lips, I usually carry two of these as well and this item is one of the easiest to replace on a trip if you don’t have a shade that is perfect for your look. I chose two traditional crème lipsticks because they are available everywhere. One was Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in shade 42 and the other was Rimmel shade 70 Airy Fairy, they are both more pinkie neutrals and those may not be the colors for you but those would be two that I would grab and go. 

Eyes: 

            Eyebrows, okay so I was caught between two different options, a brow shaping pencil or a more brow sculpting kit and I lean more toward the kit because it allows me to do multiple things with my eyebrows when I fill them in. Rimmel is the brand that I have reached for since I started filling my eyebrows in during 2015. I did go out and grab a Tattoo Studio brow product in deep brown from Maybelline and while it is different I actually really like it as well. 

            Eyelashes, I always carry more than one mascara, it is just the way that I roll and even with travel makeup that doesn’t change. I have been using Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang mascara for the last few weeks and I like it but it takes a while to dry. I also will carry around my Doucce mascara until I find something that I like better that comes in a travel size. Travel/trial size for me is usually the way to go for mascara so actually traveling with it is great. 

            Eye shadow, okay I have like three palettes sitting next to me while I decided which one I would take to the deserted island with me. None of the palettes that I have are actually made any more (I think) so you would have to find alternatives to the ones that I am mentioning. Now any small palette will work, I would go more neutral because a neutral eye goes with pretty much anything. If you really like glitter or shimmer you can repurpose your highlighter or you can buy a single pot shadow of your favorite pop color or tone. Now I have the Revolution #Selfie palette, it reminds me of the Urban Decay Smokey palette and it’s real cute. I also have a palette from The Balm (which I really should get rid of because I don’t remember when I bought it) and a NYX palette (which I should also probably get rid of because I got it in like 2015) I am such a hoarder of palettes and then I don’t get rid of them because they cost so much money. 

Tools: 

            Beauty Blender or a beauty sponge or whatever you use to put on your foundation and a brush set, I have a set from Crown Brush that I got in my fall FitFabFun box and it has all of the brushes I need for a quick and easy look. A set is a better bet though than buying the brushes individually if you don’t have a large selection of brushes because some of them come with their own case and because they are not liquid you can just put them in the suitcase without worrying that they are going to be strewn everywhere in your bag. 

            If you are not traveling by plane, I would suggest a small bottle of Micellar Water in a plastic bag all its own and some cotton pads or a travel sized bag of pre-moistened makeup removing toilettes to make your life just a little easier.

            Like I said up top, these are my tips and you can take them or leave them, that is completely up to you, that is the beauty of reading things on the internet. 

            Do you have any travel tips? 

            I’ll see everyone on more than likely Wednesday with a new post!

            -MJ 

April 2019 Beauty Haul

            I am going to be honest with you guys, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get a post up today, it’s been one of those weeks where I have felt really creative and great but I have also just felt like sitting on the couch and watching The Incredible Dr. Pol on Hulu, seriously all I have been watching lately and then I am going to move on to other Nat Geo Wild shows because when I watch TV it’s usually something like Science, Discovery and their family of channels, Nat Geo and its subsidiaries, and Animal Planet. I want to learn something while I am watching TV, I also understand now why people watch home improvement shows, I didn’t get it as a kid and now I’m like Look at that crown molding! I yell at home improvement shows like people yell at sports. 

            None of that is what this post is about but maybe someday I will reveal my Netflix and Hulu watch lists, that is not lifestyle or beauty but sometimes I like to deviate from my blog theme and just write whatever I want to. 

            So April I did buy some beauty products, I feel like most of them were necessities though so it wasn’t like I went hog wild and bought out Ulta or Sephora. (No matter how much I want to.) 

            I went to Sephora because it’s birthday month and I get a gift going there so I went and bought a replacement for my Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion because I love it so much and mine is almost empty. I need to get another tube of the Oil Mattifying Lotion as well but I think I am going to use my points at Ulta to do that. I went to Sephora for my lotion though because they have a great selection of prestige skin care and sometimes I like to look at it because it is really pleasing and I know that most of those products wouldn’t make my skin hurt or break out. I say look, not purchase, because usually what I want to try is very expensive. 

            I got up to the register and they put small products up there like candy so you make an impulse purchase, like seriously this is the candy shelf for adults, I picked up a small Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream. I have heard good things about their other lotion and I really like the coconut smell so I am going to give it a try. 

            The birthday gift I got was a sample of Drunk Elephant jelly cleanser and the polypeptide cream. I have yet to try it but I am hopeful that it doesn’t do me dirty. 

            Okay, onto Ulta, mind you I did this all in one day. It is super dangerous for me to walk into either of these stores and I walked into both on one day. I went in with the intention of purchasing some foundation for work, I have my Urban Decay foundation for more formal things but I use a cheaper for every day wear because I put it on at like 7 and take it off at 4:30 and I want something that lasts all day but does not cost 45 dollars. So I have been using Maybelline but I decided to try something else, this time I got Milani and I think I got their lightest shade. 

            I also got something that was not on my list and that was the Ulta Beauty Avengers palette, like it’s the Avengers and of course I am a sucker for collabs with pop culture things that I like, I bought the Cargo collab palettes with Star Wars and I also got the Colourpop Disney Princesses collab as well. I really want the villains Misunderstood palette as well but I do not need more palettes. Some of the shades in this palette were a little cakey and flakey but it was the top of the pan so I can’t fault them for that. The shades are nice; I am used to more color pay off but they will work. 

            I also got two more sheet masks, both were Tonymoly and those are usually the face masks I purchase, I got a replacement I’m Lemon and I also picked up the I’m Cactus, my lemon one was almost dried out when I put it on a week or so ago so I decided to get another one because I like the mask I just wish mine wouldn’t have been dryer, it is all my fault though because I have had it for a while. 

            So I got some good stuff in April even though when this goes up there are still a few days left in April but I am not planning on buying anything else. 

            Did you get anything good in beauty in April? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday, I am messing with my upload schedule to see if I want to switch it from Tuesday/Saturday to Wednesday/Sunday. 

Have a good rest of your week!-MJ

April Birchbox Unboxing

In the last month Birchbox has announced some changes, a price increase, more brands, and other things as the months move along. Now this month I got six things in my box, I do not know if that change is permanent but I suppose we will find out. 

            Let me start out with this, I am finding myself not enjoying Birchbox as much as I hoped I would, I am going to give it another few months because at the moment they are in a transition period and that means that things get crazy. I feel like I need to review more products because on both Birchbox and ipsy. I forget to review my products and that can change what they send you in the future, some of this is totally my fault and I know that but I’m still not feeling the personalization, yet. I am not throwing in the towel on Birchbox yet because while the products I got felt repetitive it doesn’t mean that in the future it will be that way.

            So first up of course like all of the rest of my unboxings I am going to talk about the box first. Now when I saw it on the website and in the email it looked like it was just a multi colored lid, no I was wrong, it is holo. That’s right, holographic, it’s really pretty and I am going to try and figure out something to do with it because it is really pretty. 

            On to the items, like I said there were six items this month and granted they were a bit repetitive I have done some reviews and hopefully that will help the algorithm figure me out. There was tissue paper in the box which to be honest, I was not a big fan of, it is aesthetically pleasing and reusable but it still adds to the packaging and it comes in enough packaging to begin with.

Juara Candlenut Body Crème: 

            I am all for a good moisturizer and I am excited to try it because it smells really good, this is a brand that I have never heard of but I am always up to try new brands to see if I can use them. Granted this is a sample so it will not last very long but that is sometimes a good thing because if you don’t like something you don’t waste your money but if you do like it you can purchase a full size. 

Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal:

            All of the people who name things in a lot of makeup companies have a great sense of humor and are super creative. Seriously, makeup shade names are normally really great, nail polish names are too. I worked in a nail salon in high school and into college and OPI always had the best shade names, so punny. Back to this product though, I really like the color and it goes on really smoothly, it is a pencil so I am hoping that I can sharpen it. (I have to purchase a sharpener though…oops.) I love the color, it is rose gold and by now I am known to love rose gold and copper so this is right up my street.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright and Plump Moisturizer:

            I love Peter Thomas Roth, my cleanser is from the same brand and I am such a big fan. It is a Vitamin C moisturizer so it is good for brightness and I am excited to give it a try. This is one of those products that in the future if I like it that I would spend the money on because it is a good brand.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil: 

            Again if they give me the option to have a Sunday Riley product sample I am going to take it, the facial oil I use now has blue tansy in it as does this one so I am hopeful that it doesn’t break me out. On the car it says start by using the oil twice a week and then work your way up and I wish that I had known that when I was using a facial oil twice a day and I was breaking out so bad. I am going to take the advice and hopefully my skin doesn’t react to this product. There is a lot of packaging with this one for the size of the bottle but the bottle is glass so it has to be protected. 

Marcelle City Multi-Protection Tinted Cream in Fair: 

            Okay this was one product that I honestly didn’t really like. I am really fair and I have pink undertones so I have to have cool toned everything when it comes to foundation, concealer, and tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately, this one is a little yellow for me, it’s not too bad but I rarely ever wear a tinted moisturizer, I wear sunscreen and lotion most of the time because usually tinted moisturizers break me out for some reason. I wish they didn’t but they do. I got a Marcelle product in my February Birchbox so I have seen this brand before. Also it comes in a lot of packaging and again, that’s not a great thing. 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: 

            I don’t use hairspray or texturizing spray, I don’t even like dry shampoo. I got this same product in my November ipsy Glam Bag last year so I have one already and I haven’t used it at all. Haircare spray products are not something that I use, I don’t even like blow drying or putting heat on my hair because I have spent such a long time getting it healthy after bleaching it and dying it a lot in high school. It Is fundamentally a dry shampoo and I use Batiste now, I am not a huge fan of how my hair feels with a lot of product in it so this was kind of a no for me.

            So I guess I liked four out of the six items more than I thought I did when I started writing this post, I am hoping that with consistent reviewing and the algorithm learning my preferences that it will get better and with the changes being made I am hoping that helps too. 

If you want to read January, February, and March’s unboxings click on the month to see them. 

Do you get Birchbox, what was your favorite product? How do you feel about the changes? 

Have a good weekend everyone! 

-MJ 

What was in my April 2019 ipsy Glam Bag ?

Well I have had ipsy for a year now so that means that I have to start putting the year on the post as to not confuse it with my April ipsy Glam Bag from last year. That’s right there is now a year’s worth of Glam Bag unbaggings here on the blog. That’s really hard to believe that I have even had my blog a year but I have, my blogiversary was in mid-March so happy one year to this mishmash of crazy!

            So what was in my bag? Well I will get to that in just one moment. First a side note, they lifted the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus and I jumped on it, ipsy is my OG beauty subscription so I have some loyalty to them and I like the idea of the Glam Bag Plus through them. My first one will be May so look forward to that when it is eventually posted it after I get it in the mail. 

            The card was back this month with a description of the products and I was really excited because I missed it a lot last month. 

            The bag, first and foremost just screams summer! at you and I was so happy when this bag design was announced. It has lemons on it with the outline and the coloring not matching up which is a really fun artistic choice.

            On to the products so I don’t drag this out for 3,000 words, it has happened before and it is destined to happen again. 

Doucce Punk Volumizing Mascara: 

            Doucce is one of my favorite mascaras and I have gotten a few in the past through ipsy the first one was with my May bag last year and again in the Holiday Collection, normally I don’t like repeats but I was excited to see the brand with a different kind of mascara and I hope that it holds up to the expectations that MaxLash set for Doucce mascaras.

Firma Beauty 103 Angled Contour Brush: 

            It’s been a while since I have gotten a brush in my glam bag, I think the last time was February, I honestly though it was a lot more time than that but I looked back and sure enough, it was February. I do not contour much but I love the brush and just because I am truly terrible at contouring doesn’t mean I shouldn’t practice and try to get better so this brush is a step in the right direction. I honestly don’t even think I have an angled brush and that is pretty hard for me to believe because of the flower pot full of makeup brushes I have in my bathroom.

In case you were wondering about the flower pot and yes all of my mascaras and eyeliners are in a beaker.

Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm: 

            The container proudly says it’s even okay for sensitive skin so that’s exciting, granted with lotion or moisturizer it is hard to see how your skin is actually going to react with such a small amount of the new product. I love watermelon so it’s exciting, it has Vitamins A, C, and E as well as aloe vera and cucumber so it is probably very soothing which I am really looking forward to actually giving it a go.

Tarte (Double Duty Beauty) Base Tape Hydrating Primer:

            If you have been around a while y’all know I love me some Tarte, it is a great brand and I have never had a problem with any of their products, I use Shape Tape concealer and the Tartist Pro palette is one of my all-time favorites. This is new so I am excited to see if it is worth its weight in actually doing what it says it does. It has jojoba oil in it so that means it’s super hydrating and I am on board for that. 

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment in Honeydew: 

            It’s beautiful, I am going to start out with that and at the moment because I just swatched it I am trying really hard not to get it on my keyboard as I type. It says that it can be used as an eyeshadow or a highlighter and it is popping so I would for sure test it out as a highlighter. The card in the bag says that it is coral pink but it looks more bronzy and rose gold/copper to me and I will never ever be upset about that shade. It’s really nice and it is a great shade for spring rolling into summer.

            Over all, loved the bag as I usually do, ipsy never fails to impress me, I have yet to be disappointed in any of my glam bags, there may be a product here or there that I am not a fan of but overall I always love getting the metallic pink package in my mailbox each month. 

If you want to check out the rest of my ipsy unmaggings from this year you can: January, February, and March.

            Do you subscribe, if you do what’s your favorite product you got? Got any tips for someone who can’t contour? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday because it’s birthday and Easter weekend and I don’t know how close I am going to be to my laptop. 

            Have a good rest of your week either way!

            -MJ

What was in my March ipsy Glam Bag

I was really excited to get this bag, as I usually am with my ipsy bag because for the most part the products are right up my street. I have been getting this subscription for almost a year now, April will be a year and I fall more and more in love with the service with every bag that I get. They are doing something right with their service and I have never had any problem with anything wrong with any of the process or the products. 

            There was no guide or insert in this month that told me about the products and I kind of missed that because it was so helpful last month and in January, I am hoping that it comes back next month. 

The Bag:

            I think this is one of my favorite bags that I have gotten so far, it’s this one, the one from October last year, the one from July, and the one from September of last year. It is rose gold with a blue zipper and on the front it says, “and off she went to change the world” and I know it’s for women’s history month and I love it. The zipper pull is a little star and it really pulls the rest of the bag together, literally and figuratively.

The Products: 

            Amazing range this month and I am excited to actually dive in and try things.

Yensa Color and Face BC foundation in Fair Cool:

            This is a brand I have never heard of but that is okay, it is safety sealed so I haven’t opened it yet because I don’t want it to go bad before I get a chance to try it out. It is fair cool and that seems like a pretty good match for me even though I haven’t seen the actual product yet. I actually looked on their website and it looks like a pretty good match and I really like brands that donate or ask their clients to donate (if they want) to a foundation, in their case it is Dress for Success. Their foundation is about the same price as a full size as what I pay now and if I like it maybe I will give a full size a try.

Skyn Iceland Berry Lip Fix:

            I got something from Skyn Iceland in my Gold Holiday Collection bag, then it was the under eye masks and I need to take a moment to pamper myself and actually use them. As I am writing this I put some on, it is really thick and it was a little hard to get out of the tube but as soon as I put it on it feels minty, I’m not upset by that because I like minty lip balms so I am hoping that it keeps my lips hydrated longer than other lip balms I have used in the past. 

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleaning Balm:

            I have never used a balm when cleaning my face but this is K-Beauty, so I think that is should be just fine. It smells so good, almost like a lime smell, it does have lime oil in as well as bergamot and orange so it smells like summer. (I took that cue from their website.) I am excited to try it because it seems like a really good product and it just smells so good. (The scent reminds me of Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush, but lighter.)

Ofra Highlighter in Star Island:

            I think this is a full sized highlighter and this is my first Ofra product even though I have been seeing it online for years now. I love the shimmery champagne pearl color of this highlighter, even though I am a fiend for highlighters I do not wear them in my basic everyday makeup routine for work because I don’t want to spend all day under florescent lights with my skin glowing. It is a really pretty color though and it’s not 
“blinding” so it can be used with all sorts of looks. I really like the pattern in the highlighter as well because I am a sucker for packaging when it comes to makeup. 

Seraphine Botanicals Curl Imperial Mascara:

            I have so many tiny mascaras but I am never upset about it, this is a botanical mascara which is a first for me and according to their website it has Queen of the meadow and Orchid extracts which is not something that I usually see in the ingredients in a mascara. It also has an hourglass shaped brush and I think I have only ever had one of those before, don’t ask me which brand that was but it’s an interesting shape for a brush.

            So that was what was in my March bag, if you want to read January or February go ahead. 

            Do you subscribe? If you do, what was your favorite product?

            See you all in a few days!

            -MJ

February Birchbox Unboxing

Guess who disappeared for a few weeks, I was out at my parent’s place for almost a week and then I didn’t have my laptop for the week after that. I had to get my keyboard replaced because of some issues with it. So I am a little late on this one, oops my bad. 

So I got my February Birchbox and to be honest, it was fine. It was not earth shattering or ground breaking because it didn’t feel super personalized to me. 

The box was super cute and I still don’t know what I am going to do with the boxes as I accumulate them. They may just be recycled because I can’t figure out a good way to upcycle or use them to DIY.

I’m going to dive right into the products because this is so late. 

Marcelle: City 24-hour Anti-Pollution Day & Night Moisturizing Emulsion

            I used to live much closer to a big city and there was plenty of pollution there, now that I have moved to more of the country I have noticed fewer problems with my skin. I am still excited to use this because I like the idea of it. It feels really good on the skin though so I am ready to try it. I am hoping that it doesn’t have any adverse effects on my skin but I guess we will see.

Number 4: Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm 

            My hair is pretty smooth to begin with so this one doesn’t feel too much like me. I will probably save it for use during the summer when the humidity takes my hair and makes it unruly. It smells really good but it just isn’t for me on a daily or even weekly basis year round.

Proenza Shouler: Arizona eu de Parfum

            It smells so good! However, a full sized bottle is $100, now I am not normally a perfume person, I don’t go out much and usually if I do put something on it is just a body spray not a perfume, because perfume it just really expensive. I like the citrus notes in this perfume because when I do use perfume I go for more floral, fresh, and fruity so this was right up my street. 

Stila Cosmetics: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Paradiso

            The insert said this was a cranberry shade, it looks more grape to merlot shade to me. It is much more of an autumnal shade. It is a really nice shade though. I haven’t had a chance to really try it on besides a swatch but it is really not a spring color to me so when it becomes more seasonally appropriate I will give it a shot.

Sunday Riley: Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

            This one I did choose when it gave me the ability to customize my box with a sample pick. I have been a far off fan of Sunday Riley for years, I have never had a product from that company before because it is really expensive but now that I am taking better care of my skin I have started to use an eye cream and I am looking for a different one as opposed to the one I am currently using. (check out my skin care routine to find that out) There is not much in the tube but it’s only a sample size so I cannot be upset about that. 

            So there was my box for February, it was fine, I cannot complain because it is only my second month getting the box and I can imagine as time goes on it will get better. There were some hits and some misses in this box but I can use everything, it does not mean that I will not use the products because after use I may love them so this is initial in my life, this is just an unboxing, this is not a full in depth review so take my opinions with a grain of salt. 

            Well I will see everyone in a few days, have a good rest of the week!

            -MJ

January Favorites

Been a while since I have done a favorites post and I feel like in January I had some actual new favorite things. I am going to try and keep this on the short side because I didn’t actually start writing this until about an hour ago, to be honest. It has been one of those weeks where I am working a lot on original writing and I have let myself take less time to write my blog posts which isn’t okay. 

            Most of my favorites were beauty related this last month because I actually really started to hit hard on my skin care routine. So that is where I am going to start.

Peter Thomas Roth: Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser 

            This was a late month purchase and then use, I love it so much because there is almost no fragrance and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, there are no microbeads in it like most of my pervious cleansers and I am happy to report that it is keeping my skin issues at bay. 

Lush Cosmetics: Karma Komba Shampoo Bar 

            I have been using the same Tea Tree shampoo for like two years now and I was finding that it just wasn’t doing the right things for my hair and scalp so I tried something different and I love Lush, I really do, their Outback Mate soap is my absolute favorite and their bath bombs are amazing. It lasts about the same length of time between washes as my other shampoo but I love the smell and how it makes my hair feel. I also like that it’s not in a bottle and I can put it in a tin that I have from Lush already so I don’t have to recycle another bottle. Small steps, right?

Hello: Activated Charcoal mouthwash

            Spoiler alert, it’s activated charcoal that mean when you spit into the sink it looks like you are expelling the foamy devil but I love it so much. To be honest I was not a huge fan of mouthwash because of how harsh it felt in my mouth, this one is not too bad on that, it might be because of the coconut oil but I am a huge fan of it. It’s vegan and they don’t test on animals so those are two huge pluses in my book! They have really simple packaging and if my Target would get them back in stock I would go pick another one up, I think I am going to have to go on the hunt for it before I run out.

Tarte: Shape tape in Fair

            So I finally got on the shape tape train, I have been using Urban Decay’s Naked Skin since about 2015 and I had to get another concealer and I have been hearing about this one for so long that I figured, why not. The first time I used it, it made my under eye area pretty tight, not going to lie but the second time I didn’t have that problem and every time since then I have not had any of those issues with it. I really like it, it does the job I need it to do when it comes to concealing. It has a much bigger applicator on it than I am used to so I am still learning exactly how to use it and that for me is very much just trial and error and then buffing and blending with my beauty sponge. That’s right, I gave the beauty sponge another try and I don’t hate it.

Okay this last one is not beauty related at all it is just a convenience related thing. I have been taking a lot of notes with my Professional Development and my required history hours for my license transfer. It is a long and tedious process of a lot of videos and then a quiz, you know as you do. 

Bic: Atlantis Pen in black

            It’s such a simple thing, it’s a pen but it has been my favorite pen for years now, I like how it fits in my hand and it writes really well. I have had other pens in the past that I have loved for years but they have been discontinued like the Bic Pro+ that I haven’t seen in years now so I had to switch and the Atlantis was the one that I picked up and have not put down since, I have like six around my desk, two in my back pack, and some strewn around my apartment for quick note taking or adding to my grocery list. 

So those were some of my favorite things from January, did you have any favorites? 

See everyone on Tuesday (I hope) with another post,

            -MJ 

What was in my February ipsy Glam Bag?

Okay so I have been MIA for the last week or so because I have been sick, that’s right I got the flu and some sort of repertory thing so I have been sitting on my couch watching Netflix for the last week or so trying to get myself to feel like a person again. It has not been fun and I do not like being sick (no one likes being sick) and I haven’t been sick since like 2016 so this one really knocked it out of me. 

            I got my ipsy bag in the mail Tuesday and I got the email on Monday and it showed up on Tuesday, it was a little odd to get the email like four days after I checked the tracking information on the website. I don’t know emails and tracking are crazy. 

            The bag:

                        So it’s cute, not my absolute favorite so far, it is very Valentine’s Day which I expected because it is February. It is covered in lips, which is a little much for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute but just not my favorite. 

            The insert this month was different than last month, this month it was a card instead of a pamphlet and mine got nice and crunched in the mail so honestly I liked the pamphlet better though I can assume that it might have just been for January for the new year or the printing of the pamphlets is just too expensive to do every month, which I get. I just wish that whoever was handling mine in the mail was a little nicer to it in transit. I still like having an insert of any sort in the bag because it gives me the information on the products instead of me having to go on the website and look. It’s purely a convenience thing and I am here for it. 

            The products:

Eyeko: Lash Alert Mascara

            I have never owned a mascara in a tube like this before I am used to the standard hard cylindrical tube that most mascaras come in. This however is almost like a squeeze tube and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It is a fibrous mascara which I am going to give a try but because of my sensitivity I am not sure if it’s going to be a product that I can use. Stand by for that one. It also has a curved brush which is also something that I have never really had before in mascara, the closest I have had is Roller Lash by Benefit which I love so I am hopeful with this one as well.

M.A.C Cosmetics: Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20

            I haven’t used powder foundation since probably 2009, I like M.A.C though so I am excited to give it a try and it seems like a pretty good shade match, maybe a little yellow but I can work with it. I will have to really think about how to use this because I am so used to having full liquid products for foundation and concealer that I am going to have to tread lightly when it comes to the mixing for powder and liquid in my base makeup routine when I try this product. I think that could also work as a powder that goes over foundation but to be honest I don’t know. 

Aisling Organics: Eco-Luxe Eyeshadow Brush

            It’s be a while since I have gotten a brush and this is a duel end, now I use my Urban Decay duel ended brush from the Naked Smokey palette all the time, it’s either that or the brush that came with my Lorac Brunch palette. I like the versatility of the duel ended brush when it comes to eyeshadow, in reality it’s because I’m lazy and I don’t want to clean several different brushes. The packer end of this brush was really stiff, I had to work with it for a few seconds to even get the bristles to move, I don’t know if I am having any bristle fall out but there might be a little already. It’s a pretty soft brush and I bet it will get the job done, the brand also gives to charity so I am very much on board with that. 

Glamglow: Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

            Glamglow is one of those brands that I follow on social media and covet but don’t own unless it’s in some sort of subscription box. I don’t know why but I find myself not knowing what to actually purchase from their line. Deep and several step skincare and all of that is still such a new world to me, so I am hesitant to purchase anything for my skin, for that reason and my skin sensitivity as well. I’m excited to try it because it’s Glamglow and I have heard only good things about them.

Meech and Mia: Pressed Eyeshadow in Caramel

            This is the second Meech and Mia product I have received in my Glam Bags since I started in March of last year, that’s right next month will be a year of me getting his product.  The first shadow I got from them was a loose pigment so I am really excited to try a pressed pigment from them. It is a nice almost orangey gold shade, with a name like caramel I hope it would be. It actually has a pretty good pigmentation and the pan size is pretty standard for a single pan shadow. I am excited to actually see what this looks like beyond just a swatch on my hand. 

            Overall I liked the contents of the bag, it was a pretty diverse set of samples and I am excited to really dive into all of them. Ipsy is such a great service and I love it more and more every month. I am not going to tag last year’s unbaggings but I will tag mine from January.

Did you get any great products this month?

See you all on Saturday!

-MJ

January Birchbox Unboxing

So I decided that I was going to subscribe to something new because I found myself down a subscription box after unsubscribing from Marvel Collector Corps and I have been seeing this one online for such a long time now. 

I want to pause a moment before I go on with my unboxing and review, I had a comment on my Marvel Collector Corps box that I have since deleted because I found it very triggering. It started out with “you people wouldn’t be happy if they hung you with a new rope” I have been thinking about that exact line for over a month now. With that being said, I understand that everyone on the internet is entitled to their own opinion, I use a platform to talk about my opinions all the time. That was not my issue with this comment, first of all you should never knowingly go on someone’s blog, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or any other social media platform and tell them that they wouldn’t be happy even being hanged with a new rope, there is a line there that is crossed the moment you make that suggestion. I shared my displeasure and disappointment with a box and a service and everyone’s experience may be different but malice filled comments like that aren’t welcome. 

The internet allows people this false sense of anonymity, it allows people to think that they can say hateful things or mean things and not make the person on the other side of the screen feel something about it. Even if you copy and paste a comment over and over onto multiple blogs or comment sections hoping to get a rise out of one person, for that person to comment back and start something; that’s just not right. We don’t need drama, we don’t need to be at each other’s throats all the time to get a reason to say something to someone because you don’t agree with them. We are allowed to have our opinions and guess what, we don’t have to agree at all that is the beauty of free will. 

Now away from the heavy stuff because I do not want to pollute my 2019 with negativity. 

I was expecting a little box to show up in my mailbox, it was a bubble envelope with a small box in it and within the small box was the actual Birchbox, it was a lot of packaging. Because I subscribed in January I got a bonus and it was on the outside of the box in the bubble envelope, making it necessary to have an extra layer of packaging. 

The box was super cute though and I absolutely love it. 

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara 

            This was the bonus for my January subscription and I have been seeing this product online for months now. Benefit Roller Lash is one of my all-time favorite mascara’s and I am hoping that when I actually get to play with this product in the future I feel the same way I do about Roller Lash. The packaging on it is crazy though, super cool.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Pinklite

            I think this is the first MAC product that I have ever owned, MAC is one of those brands that I would see walking through department stores and everyone always looked so professional and knew how to apply makeup so beautifully. From everything I have heard about the brand I am super excited to use this. It is an iridescent pink and it is actually a really pretty shade. According to the pamphlet it is green tea and vitamin infused so that means not only is it pretty but it is actually also good for your skin. I love multi-duty beauty products. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

            I got this product in my July ipsy Glam Bag and I am still no better at eyeliner, it has a really nice formula and is really pigmented but I still think that eyeliner is still a thing that I need to work on; like majorly work on. I cannot do a wing to save my life, it ends up wonky and stupid looking. My cat eye turns quickly into a raccoon the next morning after going out the night before, it’s a mess. Liquid eyeliner is like my White Whale; I may never be successful with it but I will continue to try. 

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

            I used Stila back in the day but it’s been a minute since I have used anything from the brand. I love mascara because honestly with how often you are supposed to throw away your mascara there is almost no point in buying a full sized product so having a trial or travel sized can make it a little easier to keep yourself honest and not keep a mascara for years on end; which I am for sure guilty of. It has a nice formula from the one time I have used it so far, I wanted to see what it did to my eyelashes and I am excited to wear it for a full day and see if it holds up. 

Winky Lux Strobing Balm in Radiant Pink

            A brand I have heard of and have been meaning to try, it is a beautiful color and the pigment is amazing with such a creamy formula. I am such a huge fan of highlighters and I think this is the first cream highlight that I have ever gotten. I swatched it and was absolutely in love with it. I am really looking forward to having a reason to wear this everywhere on my face. 

Minu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Serum

            The conditioner and the serum according to my insert pamphlet were bonuses but it is really nice to have the whole set to see how it works with my hair. I do color my hair, that’s not even a secret, I have for several years now and this shampoo is supposed to be safe on color and I am always looking for good shampoo that doesn’t strip my color out quicker than I want it to. The formula actually seems to be preserve color which is even more exciting. I have never used a hair serum but I am looking forward to trying it out.

            Like ipsy this box gets better and better as you review your products so they can get more in your head and learn your beauty and skin care preferences so I am excited to see how this evolves as the months go on. 

First impression: I like it so far and I am looking forward to seeing what comes next month. It may be kind of similar to ipsy but I really like both formats. If I would start getting a lot of duplicates then I would have to make some concessions on which one is more worth it but for now, I am just excited to see what I get next month.

            Do you subscribe? Any beauty tips? 

            -MJ