September 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            How are we already this far into September? I cannot believe that we are already over a month into school. That is just so hard for me to wrap my head around. Seriously, now if only it would feel like it was later September and not still in the high 80’s at all times; that would be great. I am ready for more fall weather, I miss sweaters and I will not miss sweating. 

            So I got this bag in the mail a few days ago and I will say this, I didn’t feel like I had that many choices when I was doing my personalization. I had the standard number but I didn’t feel like I had any variety when it came to the content of the choices. I like variety and I love some of the brands that I get as samples but never see them as full sized. Seriously, if they just put out a list that said ‘pick three’ from all of the options for the month I would absolutely jump on that more than picking from four things and hoping that I like it because it was the most appealing even when I am not a huge fan of the choices. They have been doing this ultra-personalization for over a year now and I feel like they are getting to know me less and less because the options are just kind of blah sometimes. 

            I needed to get that out there because it’s just been something on my mind for the last several months and I feel like I haven’t brought it up in a while. I know that I am probably in the minority of people who have any adverse feelings about this but it’s how I feel and I can and am allowed to express my opinions on my own blog. 

So let’s get into the actual bag though: 

The Bag:

             I love this bag, it’s very school and for sure makes me think of Clueless, I have honestly never seen the movie it’s iconic enough that it’s one of those movies that makes sense to relate to it. I grew up on Mean Girls so there’s that. (I didn’t see that one until college and my sorority sisters were appalled that I had never seen it, so we watched it.) This bag though is for sure going down in my list of favorites for the GB+. It’s plaid, who doesn’t love a good plaid in the fall. I know I for sure do.

The Products: 

Aceology Overnight Lip Mask:

            I am not a huge fan of lip masks, usually they don’t feel like they do anything for me, but I have been wearing more lipstick and lip gloss as of recently so maybe having a new lip mask to try is going to be a good thing or my overnight beauty routine. It’s got a bunch of really good oils in it and I love anything with macadamia nut oil in it so here is hoping that I really like this product when I get a chance to try it, which might be the night I am writing this. 

Murad Clarifying Oil-Free Water Gel:

            If it is not clear already, I am a huge Murad fan. I have been using various products from the brand since like the summer of 2018 and I have never had one of them that isn’t amazing. During the summer I love a good gel moisturizer and there are even some nights in my beauty routine that I do a double moisturizer and usually the gel goes below the cream. That might not be the right order or even a good idea but sometimes my skin needs all the moisture it can get. I am not a super hydrated human. It’s non-comedogenic and that’s always the best because it won’t clog my pores and that’s pretty much all I need in life; not to clog my pores more than they already are. 

East 29th Vital Serum:

            I have been getting into serums in about the last year and I have been loving every single one. This one is clean beauty at IPSY and at this point I think that a lot of brands, if possible, will be shifting over to clean beauty. I know that clean beauty usually doesn’t affect my skin as much as others. It has a lot of good things in it and I am so excited to finish the serum I am currently using so I get to be one step closer to using this one. 

Mischo Beauty Sheer Lip Shine + Lip Balm in Ijama: 

            I had the choice for two lip products on this one and this was the one that matched my color palette more for fall so this was the one that I went with. I also really like sheer lip products sometimes if I want the benefits of having something on my lips but don’t want to deal with full coverage lipstick. I am so excited to use this and I plan on making it my staple color this fall. At this point why not, I started wearing highlighter again and lip products for reasons that I am not going to discuss, but here we are. 

Vegan by Happy Skin Original Skin Essence Toner: 

            I used to use toner when I was a teenager and it was whatever I got at Wal-Mart or Target and I couldn’t use it because it physically hurt. I started using toner again a little over a year ago and I have found that I can use it, just not the ones that you can get at chain stores. I mean that shouldn’t be shocking, I can’t use a lot of drugstore products on my face. My face will get almost immediately irritated. It’s vegan which is always a win in my book and it has aloe vera in it, which is amazing. I am so excited to gt to using this one. I am still using another one but this will be my next toner. I can’t put toner on every day, I will regret it so it’s every other day at most otherwise my entire face just gets tight and I don’t like it.

            Well I think that’s all I need to say about my GB+ this month, I am looking forward to seeing what they think I want next month. Here’s my thing, the more skin care I review the more they think that I want, but when that is the only thing I am being offered it’s not like I have a choice. It’s like getting stuck in a weird algorithm and I am not sure how to get out of it. 

            If you want to see what else I have gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

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

            -MJ 

What was in My August 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Busy week for me but I am writing this ahead of time because I wasn’t really sure when this package was going to show up. The USPS is great most of the time but when your packages travel through more than one delivery service things can get a little dicey and that always worries me. Also what worried me about this package was the fact that the guy delivering the mail to my apartment complex yesterday left all of the boxes open and left for a while. I don’t think that’s safe.

            But beyond that, I know I should not start a sentence with but, but here we are. Y’all I write for fun and I am a straight up teacher, I am a licensed educator and sometimes my grammar is a hot mess. I blame texting, I also blame social media for the loss of the ability to write properly, but here I am butchering the English language anyway, for fun. 

            That was not what this post was about, that I can promise you. I really cam promise that because the title of this has no bearing on my destruction of written English, whoops me bad. This post is about my Glam Bag this month, and it’s a pretty good one. This post is probably not going to be super long because I am having an allergy reaction in my right eye at the moment so I feel like I am being stabbed. It happened last August too and it’s just super weird. 

The Bag:

            I love a good little fold over moment and it’s alligator print is super cute. I like that it’s tan with that bright green interior like the GB+ this month, I like a contract when it comes to inner and outer colors. The snap on mine is a little stiff, but I think part of that was because the material on the outside got so hot that it just wasn’t stiff enough to manage having it open and close properly. Now that it’s sitting in my apartment hopefully opening and closing it will be a lot easier now. 

The Products: 

111Skin Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream: 

            111Skin is one of those brands that I get super excited about because I love them and they are so expensive I can feel my debit card quaking in my wallet. Like a full size of this one is $280 and that is just insane. Their products are really good though, but way too much for me to spend money on unless I get them in a box. I need a good night cream and I am hoping not to fall in love with this one because then I will have to purchase it and I just can’t do that. 

FARAH Concealer Brush 10 F Rose Gold:

            Who doesn’t love a brush, however I don’t think I have actually ever used a brush for concealer. I use the applicator from the concealer container and then a beauty sponge. Most of the time when I get a concealer brush it ends up being that I use it for eyeshadow because most of the time, a brush is a brush. The brush itself is soft and I love a good soft brush.

Feel Beauty Daily Hemp Oil Facial Cleanser:

            I actually just ran out of travel sized facial cleansers so that’s fortunate that I got one in this bag. According to the highlight ingredients it has anti-inflammatory properties and that is always exciting to see. Most cleansers I have gotten from IPSY don’t seem to effect my skin so I hoping that his product continues that trend. 

Marc Anthony Super Fast Strength Leave-In Conditioner: 

            I picked this one, I don’t do a lot with my hair. I wash it and condition it, sometimes I use a leave in conditioner as well and I figured why not give this one a try as well. I love a good leave in conditioner because then I can get an extra layer of protection on my hair from everything else I put it through. By that I mean throwing it up in a bun and rolling with it because while I know I shouldn’t sleep with my hair up in a bun, I do it every night. 

PÜR On Point Mascara with Hemp:

            Lots of hemp products this month which is interesting. I like hemp products, usually they are super moisturizing and I really like them. This is one of those mascaras that claim that it can do a whole bunch of things and I am hoping that it lives up to the hype. Pür mascaras are either really great or not so great and there is no in between. I am just hoping that this is one of the really good ones. I use so many different mascaras that at this point I can barely remember their brands anymore. I still love a good mascara though.

            So that’s my Glam Bag this month. It might get posted for tomorrow or it might get posted next week, I don’t know yet, I really don’t know at this exact moment. I know that I should know my schedule but this package came earlier than expected and that means now I have a few posts finished and ready to post. 

If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year in my Glam Bags, you can! January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.

            So whenever this post comes out I hope that everyone has a good few days until the next one, I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy and I will be back with another post soon. 

            -MJ 

What was in My July 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Sorry I have been a little MIA, I am just dealing with some stuff and it’s been hard to even sit down and write something. My last post, about my favorite comics was supposed to go up a week before it actually did because of my stress levels. I felt like things were finally falling into place and I was finding my way out of the woods and as it stands right now someone has taken me and thrown me back into the woods. So it’s hard to be peppy and happy on this platform because that’s not how I feel right now. 

            My brain is not functioning at the moment so there isn’t going to be much flourish for this, just a warning. 

            So let’s just get right into the bag and the products: 

The Bag:

            It’s a cute little gold top zip and the zipper pull is a sun with a blue gem in the center and stay golden on the side. I really like this bag, it’s simple and getting simple bags doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to. I also like the color composition of the gold and the deeper blue that is not only in the jewel and in the zipper surround but also on the inside of the bag as well. Super cute bag, love it.

The Products:

Neogen Dermatology White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop: 

            I got a Neogen cleanser in one of my pervious bags and I actually really enjoyed using it. I have a lot of serums now and I am not upset about that because they have so many different ingredients that do so many different things and have a lot of different benefits. I like testing different products out to see what ingredients and benefits are worth it to me. 

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer:

            First Aid Beauty is one of those brands that I pass by every time that I am in Sephora and I just kind of look at it longingly because I have heard such good things about it and it’s expensive. I like coconut in moisturizer and I am actually really excited to try it out, I feel like I say that a bunch, but this is a trial subscription so that makes sense. I try not to open these products until I plan on using them so they don’t go to waste and primers all go and live in my bathroom. 

Sophia + Mabelle Cleopatra Eyeshadow Quad:

            I chose this one, I am just hoarding tiny eyeshadow quads again because you can never have too many tiny eyeshadow quads that do the same duty as a full sized palette. I like the shades because they are a beautiful warm neutral that is easy to top in your handbag and go. I love a good eyeshadow quad and that will never change. 

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash:

            I don’t actually have a lot of travel cleansers any more so I am excited to use this one. I also love the packaging for this product and for me packaging is half the appeal. It has a lot of good ingredients and it’s vegan and never tested on animals which are both wins in my book. This is a brand that I have never heard of, but the beauty of this subscription service is getting exposure to all sorts of brands that I wouldn’t find on my own. 

Kokie Cosmetics Cover + Conceal Beauty Sponge:

            I started using beauty sponges in early 2019 or late 2018, I honestly don’t remember. There was a time that I rejected using beauty sponges and only used brushes or the silicon applicators because I liked them. I have been using beauty sponges exclusively since then and it doesn’t really matter what brand I use, usually I get them at TJ Maxx because I don’t want to spend $20 per sponge. It’s also purple and I am a huge fan of that. 

            So that’s my July Glam Bag this year, I liked it quite a bit. I know my sentences are short and they are not flowy and insightful like some of my posts are. It’s just, that’s where my head is at the moment so that’s what I’m working with. 

            If you want to read about what else I’ve gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, and June!

            I will be back later in the week with another post so I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week, stay happy and healthy. I hope all of the things that you are manifesting and the energy you are putting out in the universe starts to show itself, because sometimes we all need something good to happen. 

            -MJ 

What Was in My June 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well I took a week off because I was missing all of the things that I wanted to write about this month and I am finally in possession of all of those things, yay! I feel like there are probably things I am forgetting to mention, but happy official summer everyone. Here’s hoping that everyone is having a great time!

            So let’s get right into it, I am going to talk about the bag and then go into the products like I usually do in every other IPSY post that I have on this blog, there are so many that you can read up on if you really want to. 

The Bag:

            It’s a dusty pink almost salmon color and looks like it has stickers on it, it looks like some of the middle schoolers water bottles and it’s kind of a mood. I have been watching a lot of TikTok recently and it has taken over my life. It’s a problem, thus bag is super cute though and it’s going to go into the drawer that I have all the rest of my bags in. One day I will take a picture of that drawer and y’all can see how much of a small bag hoarder that ISPY has made me over the years since I became a member.

            So what did I get in the bag?

The Products:

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional: Super setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray:

            I picked this one because I am almost out of setting spray. I got a lot of setting spray this month though in different subscriptions so I am pretty set for now; I’m not upset about it though. I have heard really good things about this product over the years, so finally getting a chance to try it is really exciting. The last setting spray that I was using only worked when it felt like it, so I am going to give this one a chance tomorrow (today for y’all) because I have to wear makeup.

Evenprime Barrier Serum:

            Serums have become a new staple in my skincare routine. I have found so many good ones in the last year or so and this one claims to be really good at shielding your skin from all sorts of not so great things; even blue light. I feel like I should worry about blue light more, but I don’t. I am excited to give this one a try as well, it seems like it has all of those things that you want on your skin and all of the big words that mean beneficial things for your skin. 

Pretty Vulgar Undercover Concealer in 60:

            It’s a nice concealer, my problem with it is that it is too dark for me. I swatched it and it oxidized a lot darker than I would have wanted it to to be a concealer that I use on a daily basis. This one was for sure a miss for me, I am like really pale and that means that I tend to look for the lightest shade or the second lightest shade when it comes to concealer and this shade just doesn’t mesh with my skin tone. 

Mazi Balancing Multi-Effect Facial Cleanser:

            I like the packaging and I am always on the lookout for travel sized cleansers that I can take with me when I go places. I feel like recently that I have been bouncing around from cleanser to cleanser and I am still looking for my “holy grail”. I know eventually I will find it, or I will just keep changing when I run out of my current cleanser. 

Glow on 5th Rose Gua Sha:

            I had to get a replacement for this one because there is a crack in the one that showed up in my bag, it’s on its way to me and IPSY’s customer service is always amazing. I have been wanting a Gua Sha for well over a year now so having one will be super nice and make sure that I actually want to spend the money on getting a real quartz one. This one is plastic; which might be the reason that it cracked. I am all for helping depuff and help with lymphatic drainage in the face. I am so for giving all of these things a try. I have used this one even with the crack in it and I really like it already, I am just waiting for the non-cracked on to show up to my house. 

            Overall this bag was fine, there was some things that I was excited about and some that I wasn’t really too excited about. The concealer was a disappointment because it’s the wrong shade for me, not all products can be perfect though and each month you get to learn what you like and don’t like when it comes to products. 

            If you want to read about what else I have gotten in my Glam Bags this year, you can! January, February, March, April, and May

            Have a great rest of your week and I will see y’all over the weekend with another post!             -MJ

May 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            I just finished writing my May Glam Bag post, if you want to read that; go check it out. I am trying to get a number of posts written in one sitting so I don’t drift off the train again because one of my goals for this year was two posts a week and I haven’t kept that goal very well. I am going to try really hard, I promise. 

            So the story with this bag is crazy, I got it nearer to the latter end of May, which is weird because usually my GB+ shows up first. Last month it did not, clearly. So when I got it I opened it up and it only had 4 items in it, so I had to email them (which they are super nice like all the time) and asked them to send me a replacement for the eyeshadow palette I was supposed to get with my bag. It finally showed up on the 2nd (I am writing this on the 4th for context) to no fault of IPSY for the shipping, that’s always a crap shoot. 

The Bag:

            It’s a drawstring version of the Glam Bag and I am kind of loving the drawstring bags, I use several of mine for many different things around my apartment or in travel. I am babysitting my parent’s dogs (they actually get back the day this goes up) so I used one of them to carry all of my bullet journal pens and things. It worked out really well and that means I don’t have to carry several bundles of pens in my backpack. 

More importantly, what did I get? All of them were pretty much pink, which I don’t know if that was planned for mother’s day or not but I kind of loved the aesthetic of all of it. 

The Products: 

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream in Cactus Pink Pepper:

            I love Ahava, that is for sure no secret. The nail salon I worked in when I was in high school sold Ahava so I used it like all the time. I love their mineral hand cream and Frasier Fir was one of my fave scents back in the day. I was going to Google their old line up and I got a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with their products. This is why I don’t Google things. I do really enjoy their products and I am looking forward to using this one.

Shaina B Miami B Fab Brush Set:

            I love brushes but I am getting to the point where I have too many brushes, that is nothing against the brand. I like the brushes themselves but I have so many brushes. The brushes themselves feel amazing and I plan on leaving them at my parents place so I can use them when I come if I have to. I love the fact that they are hot pink and that the logo is flamingos because who doesn’t love a good flamingo? 

Violet Voss Windflower Fun Sized Palette:

            Whenever I hear windflower I think of mt Animal Crossing island, that was mt native flower so of course I like that. This was the product that was not in my bag the first time around so it had to be shipped to me. I love a good fun sized palette because they are great to travel with. I like the shades and the packaging is amazing, I am a sucker for good packaging on pretty much anything. That is really not a secret and I don’t think it’s ever been so we are going to roll with it. 

Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Blush in Rose:

            Who doesn’t love a good blush, this is a huge full pan of blush and the color is actually pretty good for my skin tom. I was excited about that because I picked this one. I just got to savor the peely on the mirror, there is just something so satisfying about that. I just had a tiny friend wake up and walk over to as I am trying to type this there is a poodle with her front foot on my leg. Just some context into my life at the moment. I have never been disappointed at an Ofra product and their highlighters are some of my favorites in my collection. 

Cleo + Coco Charcoal Deoderant in Great Expectations:

            It’s grapefruit and bergamot scented, I almost said flavored, I am not going to find out what it tastes like. I picked this one as well because the last time I used an aluminum free deodorant it didn’t work real well and it gave me a chemical burn (in all fairness it was because it wasn’t working so I put on my regular deodorant over it and it did not work out too well), not fun. I am looking forward to using this because I want to give aluminum free another chance. It has mixed reviews but I am hoping it works for me and doesn’t make me feel gross. 

            So there you have it, my May GB+, I really liked this month’s items when I got everything. I am looking forward to the June bag because it has some really promising products in it and I am really excited for it.

            If you want to read the rest of my GB+ posts from this year, you can! January, February, March and April!

            I will see everyone mid-week with another post, so until then, stay happy and healthy!

            -MJ

What Was in My May 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            Well I didn’t mean to take a month off, I really didn’t, but here we are either way. I had a weird May with the end of school and waiting for jobs to be posted, I am really hoping to get into the building I was in this year as a full time teacher. I really loved teaching middle school, who knew? Seriously, when I was getting my Master’s I thought that I wanted to work with little kids; I even student taught in 3rd grade, but this long term sub posting fell into my lap and I don’t want to be anywhere else. I found a family and I would really like to keep it. 

            So on to this since it’s kind of June, oops, my bad. It’s been a time y’all, a time. Here is May, June will be up when I get it in the mail.

The Bag:

            I loved the bags this time with the two tone pink flowers, this is for sure one of my top ten favorite bags and I have probably said that a good dozen times but that list does change more frequently than I would like to admit. My parents are actually on vacation and some of the bags I didn’t want any more are going to my cousin’s kids and I hope they like them. 

On to the most important part, what did I get?

The Products: 

Skin&Co Roma Citrus Amaro Hand Cream: 

            I love Skin&Co, I have a few of their products, or I have received them in the past and I have never been unhappy with them. This will probably be the hand cream that I stick in my purse and use on the go because I am a hand cream hoarder and I have to have one pretty much within arm’s reach wherever I am. I also love citrus scents in the summer so I am excited to give this one a try. I actually put some on and I have to say this, it smells amazing (not super overpowering), it goes on and it doesn’t make your hands feel sticky, and it’s not super greasy. So I am even more excited now than I was a few minutes ago. 

Looks&Meii Cosmetic Infinity Sleeping Lip Mask:

            I’m going to confess something, I have never used a lip mask; lip scrub is a more frequent fall and winter favorite so I am excited to see how it goes when I actually try this out, it might be tonight but who knows with me at this point. I hope it’s not sticky or anything like that. I do hope it’s more like a balm because I sometimes wear lip balm to bed but it’s not a frequent occurrence in my beauty routine. It’s made in Korea so I do hope that it is K-Beauty because there is so much great K-Beauty products out there. 

Context Skin Nail Lacquer in Body Talk:

            I was a secretary at a nail salon when I was in high school and so I was around a lot of nail polish like all the time. I don’t wear nail polish anymore, only on special occasions and to be honest; I didn’t really like this product. The color is fine and I did put it on to check it out but I didn’t like the application or the coverage. I love that it is free of some of the ingredients that you see in a lot of nail polishes but it’s just not for me because I don’t wear nail polish. 

Tula Skincare The Instant Facial Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads:

            I chose this one and I love Tula, I used their face wash for a significant part of last year and I loved it so much. I saw this one on IPSY’s Instagram and I knew immediately that I wanted it, if it was offered to me. Tula makes some really great skin care items and they don’t aggravate my skin (one of the products I’m using at the moment is really messing with my skin and I don’t know which one it is. Or it’s just bringing all the crap out of my pores and it’s going to look better soon, who knows.) I am really excited to give these a try when I get home next week. 

Item Beauty Lip Quip in Come Thru:

            I love the packaging, I kept it just because I wanted to take a picture of it for this post. I just read the card and it said it was from a TikTok star, I have recently downloaded the dreaded clock app and I have been losing hours to it. So this is fitting. I like a lot of the ingredients that are listed on the card because they are super moisturizing and there is a slight tint to it. Here’s hoping that I like it. It’s made without parabens and it’s vegan and you all by now know how much I like those buzz words on packaging. 

            For the most part the bag was good, I didn’t like the nail polish but everything else was cool. I am looking forward to my bag this month and I know that there are going to be four IPSY posts this month but let’s be real, June of 2018 was the same way because I took most of May off then too. I just haven’t felt creatively driven and for me, that’s super difficult to deal with because creativity on some days is the only thing that keeps me going. It’s been a challenge, but I’m walking out the other side stronger than before, so we good.

If you want to check out what else I have gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, or April.

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back on Wednesday with a post I wrote a good month ago because that was supposed to be my next post in May but then I never posted it. Stay happy and healthy!

            -MJ 

What Was Really in My March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            So I finally got this in the mail a few days ago, because the other one got lost. I didn’t get the same bag as the GB last month but it’s okay, I got a repeat from last summer. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if they didn’t even send a bag with a replacement, I know it’s expected but I would have been cool with it either way. If you want to see what the bag looks like you can check out my July Glam Bag post from last year

            I feel like I don’t have much to say before we get into the actual products, so let’s just roll right into them because this post is a month later than it should be and at this point; I’m over it. 

The products: 

            I think I got everything that was supposed to be in my March GB because in the email I got they told me that if something wasn’t available it would be switched out with something else so it’s not a big deal.

            I first want to say that I am thankful for the ‘past glam bag’ tab on the website otherwise there is a good chance I would not give all the proper names for these products, I apparently also can still review the items so that’s exciting. 

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara:

            It’s is no secret that I really like Benefit, their Roller Lash mascara is one of my holy grail items, I don’t actually have any at the moment but it is one of my all-time favorites. I really like the fact that they use silicon applicators instead of a brush applicator because to me it just gets product on better. You can disagree on that with me and that’s totally cool, we can have different beauty preferences. I just threw a tube of mascara away because it expired and my right eye let me know right away. I may have mentioned that in one of my other posts but at this point I don’t remember. I am excited to give this one a go though because a lot of the reviews say that it has some great benefits to your lashes. 

Clearly Balanced Days It’s The (Lip) Balm with CBD in Peppermint:

            I feel like there are so many products with CBD in them now and I am not upset about that because apparently it has some great benefits. I can read all the ingredients which makes me super happy, I am not a huge fan of lip balms that have ingredients that I can’t read, pronounce, or identify on sight. I have probably a good dozen lip balms scattered around my apartment, in my bags, and just in general around my life and I lose at least one or two a year and then find them a year or two later and have to throw them away. I have joked since college that I want to finish a tube of lip balm before I lose it and I still have yet to accomplish that goal. 

Eleman Beauty Eyeshadow Duo in Aerial & Luna: 

            A brand that I have never heard of before getting it in my Glam Bag but the shades and pigmentation are great so I am noy mad about it. I am always looking for mor brands to enjoy. They are both glittery and metallic which in certain looks are really cool so I am going to put this in my random eyeshadow box and use them when I have a reason to. They are really nice shades though and I want to incorporate them into a look sooner rather than later. I want to see what it looks like with long wear before I really say that I enjoy it but so far as just a swatch, I like it. 

F.A.R.A.H Pressed Powder Brush 620F:

            I am going to have a full collection of F.A.R.A.H brushes here soon enough because I have several of them. It’s a nice soft brush and it’s for powder, I don’t use a lot of powder because it’s never really been a thing that I do but it wouldn’t be a bad cheek brush as well. Let’s be honest with ourselves though, I don’t use all of my brushes for what they are supposed to be used for, one because I forget and just grab a brush, and two, it’s a brush that I can use on my face. 

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Werk:

            This is a little dark and orangey for me. I like Milk Makeup but this is not the shade for me. Alright, after actually putting it on my lips, it’s actually a really nice shade and I like it. Also the one I have is a little cracked. Not a big deal, I can still use it but I have to have the right look to go with it. There is also just something about a lip and cheek product that seems weird to me because I don’t like to use products that claim double duty, I will use it as one or the other, I fear contamination. As someone whose skin is sensitive to just about everything I am really careful about what I put where on my face. 

            Overall, I liked the Glam Bag, it was fine. Some hits and some that could be considered, not per say misses, but not hits. It was nice to finally get the bag though because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to. 

            If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can! January, February, and April. It’s so weird to write April on this post even though we are almost in May.

            I will be back later in the week with another post, so I hope that everyone has a great start to their week.

            Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

What Was in My April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Happy almost May everyone, I cannot believe that we are getting this close to May, after the 2020 that we had it feels like 2021 is just flying by. Also it is April 20th and it snowed in Arkansas today, yea that feels bonkers to me, but here we are.

            I got this in the mail several days ago but I just haven’t been writing as many posts ahead of time as I usually do, (it’s not a good choice but that is where we are at the moment, no matter how rushed and stressed it makes me feel.) so I am writing this on Tuesday night and posting it because that is my life. 

            I got my March bag as well so I will be sharing that here soon, I promise. This post probably will be pretty short because that’s what I am capable of tonight.

            As always the opinions in this post are mine, they always are but I feel like I need to say that and I don’t say it enough. 

The Bag:

            It is more of a canvas and I love the pattern, it’s probably in my top ten favorite overall patterns that I have ever gotten and I really want to find a use for this because I want to carry it with me everywhere. 

The Products: 

Pacifica Beauty Wild Hemp Eyeshadows: 

            I really like Pacifica when it comes to skin care, I used to use their makeup wipes all the time. I use a Makeup Eraser now but I have used them for travelling over the years. This is a great tiny travel palette because it is five shades and two of them are matte so it is a really good on the go type of palette and I always need one of those to go with me when I don’t want to take a full pan palette with me. They are all really pretty warm neutral shades and I am super jazzed about it. 

Pür Mini Fully Charged Mascara: 

            Pür is a brand that I really like as a whole and I had to throw away a tube of mascara yesterday because it was getting to the expiry point. (my right eye is really sensitive to everything and I wasn’t sure if it was the air in the building I work in or the mascara and I think it was a combination of both) So I am always in the market for a new mascara. My one thing about mascara is that I never know what to say about it beyond the fact that it’s great and makes my eye lashes look good when I don’t straight up sneeze while I am applying it. 

Saint Luxe Highlighter in Celestial:

            I think if you have been hanging around my blog for a while you know how much I love highlighters, if you haven’t welcome in, I love highlighters. I like the shade though, it’s a nice shade, a little coppery, it’s a little dark for my skin tone though if you really blend it out, it looks amazing. I think this would be more of a summer shade for me when I have even a slight tan. It is really nice though and I plan on adding this to my summer routine as we get toward that time of the year.

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum:

            I love Sunday Riley, that’s not a secret either. I wish I could get The Martian toner again because I loved that and now I can’t seem to find it. I would buy full sizes of the products but they are so expensive. I know I am paying for the quality but it’s just a little steep. Seriously, I got the eye cream last year, used it all and was thinking about buying it but it was like $65 dollars and I just couldn’t justify that when I get an IPSY Glam Bag Plus every month and they seem to just be sending me skin care. I am really excited to give this one a try because it’s Sunday Riley and they have such amazing products. 

Tatcha The Water Cream:

            I chose this one and I have chosen it in the past because I love it so much, this is one of those products were I keep saying that I am going to get a full size of it, it’s also really expensive but totally worth it because it’s amazing. This is probably one of my favorite IPSY samples ever, hence why I picked it again. If you want a good hydrating moisturizer, I would 110% suggest this one. I have combination skin but it does get oily and this is moisturizing without making my skin feel more oily and that is the best! If you want a holy grail item for me, Tatcha’s Water Cream is for sure one of them. 

            I loved my bag this month, it hit all the marks for me; which sometimes doesn’t happen, but this month it for sure did. I really liked every product I received in this bag and I am looking forward to next month. 

            I don’t really have much else to say about this one because I have nothing to complain about, it was a great bag and if you want to read my other bags this year, you can check those out: January, February, and March (when it gets published over the weekend).

            I hope everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

Until next time, 

            -MJ 

What was in My February 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            How is it already just days away from the end of February? I just don’t understand how this year has already started to fly by. Well I got this in the mail before the snow-pocalypse that we had in the mid-south last week and today it was 70 outside, I don’t know with weather anymore y’all I really don’t. I am just going to start writing this post though because my brain still isn’t fully back into this yet but it’s been that kind of month. February and March are usually my low months and I will eventually feel better and more creative but that day is not today.

The Bag:

            There were two different bags this month and I actually really wanted this one, it’s a fold over with a set of lips on top and on the back it looks like a letter and I actually really like the variety of bags when they just aren’t a top zip. It’s a super cute bag. 

The Products:

Basic Beauty Tweezers:

            I got tweezers in my Glam Bag Plus last month but having a second pair just means that I can have one in my bathroom and one for travel purposes so that’s kind of exciting. They are very pink, I will say that; I like pink but I do not have a lot of pink things around my apartment. They are a nice weight for tweezers so I am looking forward to putting these with the rest of my tools and using them as needed in my beauty routine. 

Haruharu Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner:

            I am still getting into toners and I am actually really jazzed about getting another toner to try out. When I got it, because it was so cold it was more gel than liquid but as it thawed it went back to liquid and I am hoping that it didn’t effect this product. I know that I will get around to using it sooner rather than later and I am looking forward to it. 

The Crème Shop Fusion Sheet Mask Duo:

            I love sheet masks, one of my goals this year was to meditate and do a sheet mask and to be honest, I haven’t actually done it once yet but I really need to get back into it because I need to take some time just to be one with my own brain and take time to just be for like a half an hour with a face mask on but I’ll get back to that soon enough. I like that these are like mash ups, so it has multiple benefits. I have a whole thing full of face masks in my fridge and I really need to use them so I should be doing it about once a week not once every couple of months. 

Thisworks In Transit Camera Close Up: 

            I had no idea what this actually was, but it’s a moisturizer. It’s also a primer and a mask all in one which is nice for traveling. I like Thisworks, I usually use their pillow spray which is really great but I am looking forward to giving this one a go. I don’t mind getting moisturizers because most of them don’t seem to really effect my skin, I know some that do and I do avoid those but the more I try the more I can rule in and out for my skin. 

YC Collection Loose Setting Powder in #117:

            Tiny setting powder, I don’t use setting powder very often. It’s just not part of my usual routine, I don’t mind using setting powder but it’s just not something that I usually use. IPSY sometimes picks some weird things for me which is fine because it’s to branch out but sometimes it kind of misses the mark when it comes to my specific beauty and skincare routine needs. 

            Overall I liked my bag this month, there are very few months when I don’t enjoy my bag so it’s not all that shocking I guess to say that I enjoyed this one. 

            So short and sweet because I am just not in the mood to write long form prose in blog form right now; which I don’t like but right now I have to deal with me and what’s going on in my brain. It’s a mess up there y’all, a real mess.

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

            Either way though I will be back this weekend with another post and I hope that everyone has a great and safe rest of the week until then.

            -MJ

What Was in My January 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So I wasn’t planning on having two IPSY posts back to back this month but I got this in the mail and figured, why not? 

            I actually didn’t know when this was showing up because the tracking number didn’t work so it just showed up in my mailbox and that’s about it. We are already more than half way through January which is insanity to be honest. I know that so much can happen in just a few days, if last year was any indication to that fact but I hope that everyone is having a good week. 

            I didn’t pick anything for this bag, I told them to surprise me because I didn’t really know what I wanted from the choices so this one is just IPSY picking stuff for me. 

The Bag: 

            It’s a mostly clear bag but it’s frosted with the word Dream again in dot matrix across it like the Glam Bag Plus. It’s a top zip with a clear blue ring zipper pull. I like it because it’s plastic and that’s better for any sort of travel purposes than some of the other bags in the past.

The Products: 

Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream in Sea-Kissed:

            This is the first repeat product I have ever gotten from IPSY I think, I know I got this in January of 2019 and I love Ahava so I don’t have any problem with getting another one. I don’t mind repeats of products I have gotten in the past and loved. It’s a good hand cream there is no doubt in my mind about that, if you want to feel really moisturized go with Ahava, all of their products are A+’s in my book. I have used Ahava for years and I am never upset about getting their products in boxes. 

Ciaté London Glow To Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker: 

            It’s a beautiful shade but I am not used to a blush being both pearlescent and glittery, it feels more like a highlighter than a blush. I like the shade though and that’s all that matters really. It has a pretty good pigmentation as well which is not always the case with blush. It’s a very summer shade to me though so it will be put away until the summer season hits if we are all allowed to leave our houses by then. Like seriously I only wear mascara, foundation, and concealers right now I would love to dive back into actually wearing a full face but with a mask that’s almost impossible, but mask up everyone, seriously. 

SLMissGlam P30 Angled Blusher Brush:

            This is the first glam bag I think I have ever gotten where I got a brush and the product that it’s meant to put on in the same bag. This brush feels really nice but to me as someone who has a lot of brushes this one is one that is not really me. I like the brush but the handle reminds me of those sets we got as kids, like a first makeup kit, a little juvenile. I normally don’t judge on looks and I still am trying not to because their brushes work really well it is just hard to clean with the rhinestones or whatever in the handle under the brush top. 

Soo’AE HangBang Sheet Mask Duo in Collagen and Hylaronic Acid: 

            Love me some sheet masks and I am really going to go through a lot of them this year, that is already a plan; get back into meditation with a sheet mask one at least once a week. I have not done it yet this year but I plan on actually doing one tonight. I really like Soo’AE as well, I have gotten products from this company in the past; cannot remember what but it’s not a brand that I don’t recognize. I will have to go through the archives and find out, I have their Rose water spray, that’s what it is. I love their rose water spray. 

 Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil:

            It has Maqui (which I had to look up because I have never heard of it before), Goji, and Acai berries in it plus prickly pear and it smells amazing. I cannot wait to give this a try because I have been getting more and more into skincare in the last few years and oils are a pretty new step in my beauty routine. Though there is some discourse on when to put it on. I have read that you put it on after toner and other places say to put it on closer to the end. I just kind of stick to doing it at some point before I moisturize because I feel like moisturizer should be the last step to seal everything in. I could be wrong but I am really looking forward to trying this one out. I love Youth To The People so I hope this works for my skin. 

            Overall I really enjoyed my Glam Bag, first one of 2021 and I am excited to keep unbagging them and telling y’all what I got. I am so used to listing out months here but I don’t have to. I think maybe at this end of this year I will do a top ten IPSY samples post if I remember because then I can go back and maybe suggest some of my favorites from the year.

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post and I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

            -MJ