What Was in My January 2022 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

The Bag: 

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

The Products: 

Amorepacific The Essential Crème Fluid: 

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

Roze+Quartz Hair Mask:

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

Complex Culture Rosy Outlook Eyeshadow Palette: 

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

MOTD Cosmetics Dab and Tap Makeup Sponge:

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’ MJ,

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

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

Clarity RX Daily Dose Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum:

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

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer: 

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

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner Duo in Fuerte + Honest:

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

111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster Serum: 

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

Neogen Dermatology A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser: 

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

What Was in My December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturizer:

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

LYS Beauty: Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil: 

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

Law Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in 2PM Wine:

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

SLMissGlam BB5 Powder Brush: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

November 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

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

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

The Bag: 

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

The Products:

Best Face Forward Balancing Serum: 

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

Il Makiage Dirty Talk Matte Lip Color in Elwa:

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

Mintbiology Rejuvenating Face Masks (5):

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

Uvé Beauty Makeup Blending Trio:

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

Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Flush in Tiara: 

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

What was in My November 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Sorry I took a week off, I got a cold and I got a job, well full time instead of subbing anymore, so here we are. I am officially in a district and I am so thankful and happy. I am also sick with a cold though so my whole body is just hating me at the moment. I should be over it soon, you know just in time for a week off of school. 

            I got my Glam Bag and my GB+ both in a few days and that was well over a week ago, I should have written these posts last weekend but I was not feeling well at all and I just couldn’t bring myself to write them. I have to allow myself time to recharge and make sure that I can function like a person at work. 

            Onto the post though because I need to get it all out there and just be done with this and the GB+ here soon. 

The Bag:

            I know the theme this month is “Royal Treatment” and I like the green velet feeling bag, it’s nice and basic. 

The Products: 

Belle An Argent The Secret Power Concealer Brush:

            I rarely use a brush to do concealer, I usually just use my beauty sponge and so this one will just become am eye brush or maybe I will try and figure out how to use it as a concealer brush. I love a good brush and this one seems pretty good, it’s vegan and cruelty free which are both wins in my book. 

Dito Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara in Black:

            Okay so I don’t actually know how the brand name is pronounced but my entire thought when I read it was Ditto, you know the Pokémon, because that is where my brain goes. You want weird references, come find me and I will dazzle you with my obscure pop culture references. I love mascara, I have so many and I love all of them. I am using the Beauty for Real one at the moment and there was for sure a learning curve with it because it doesn’t dry as fast as a lot of the others I have used. So, I am really excited to give this one a try after fighting with the one I am currently using. It’s got a curved brush and for the most part I have found those are usually really amazing, so here’s hoping. 

Naturecan Restore CBD Hand Cream:

            Well, I can tell you that I will use this because tis the season for dry hands all the time. Plus, all the hand sanitizer that we use in school my hands get super dry this time of year. The lotion I have on my desk at the moment is Hempz so it has hemp seed oil in it as well and I love how it makes my hands feel. I am really looking forward to trying this hand cream because it has cocoa butter and hemp seed oil in it is as well. 

Origins Cheeks and Balances Frothy Face Wash:

            I love Origins, it’s one of those brands that I see all the time but never buy. I also like that this is clean beauty; I love clean beauty because usually it doesn’t seem to affect my skin like other products do. I am hoping that this one doesn’t have an adverse effect on my skin because it does have mint essential oil in it and that can be touch and go for me when it comes to facial wash. 

Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer: 

            I like the mane of the brand, that’s really fun. I don’t really wear primers though, I should more often but I have a really strict makeup routine every day and this looks to be a tinted primer, I am hoping that it really isn’t because I cannot use tinted primer, they are usually too warm toned for me. I am hoping that it works out for me because maybe I should add a primer to my daily makeup routine. 

            Well, that is it for my Glam Bag this month, it was a lot of skin care, which I am totally okay with but there wasn’t any stand out winner in this bag. Really run of the mill for me, which is totally fine. 

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

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

            -MJ

October 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I am writing this about fifteen minutes after writing Sunday’s post so here we are again. I am back, back again. Still really tired. 

            We are so close to Halloween and the end of the month which is crazy sauce, I cannot believe in less than a week we will be in November, I don’t want to be this close to the end of the year yet, but here we are.

            I never got a tracking email on this one, which is always a little weird but it showed up the same day as my GB so it was two rocks with one bird. 

            I feel like this is going to be a short one specifically because my brain is not rolling at 100% right now, I have been up for almost six hours and it’s only 8 AM. This post is going to be fun because my last post was more on the serious side and life it too short to be serious all the time. 

            Let’s get right into it then, let’s talk about my October GB+

The bag: 

            I love this one, I love the lips and the fangs. The color choice is amazing and what is different between the GB and the GB+ is that the lips on the GB+ are outlined in white which makes them stick out a little more which makes them look even cooler. The lime green drawstring was a great design choice and I want to find a reason use this again because it’s so fun.

The products: 

            I want to preface this with I have six this month because I redeemed points this month so there will be six items instead of the usual five. I was not sent an extra item by mistake; I used my points to get it. 

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream:

            I love this, I actually just threw my last one away because it was empty. This is one of my fave moisturizers that I currently have. I bought this one as a replacement for the one I just finished. Normally I don’t buy products as a replacement, but this one is totally worth it. This is one of those products that I have become one of my holy grail products and I really like this moisturizer. 

Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter in OMG:

            I have been using highlighter daily now because I like to glow a little with all of the gloom in the world. That sounds too motivational for me, I love highlighter though, it’s the crow part of my brain that is just screaming for shiny things. The color is gorgeous and it really doesn’t take much and all of a sudden they might be able to see you from space.

Dermalect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum:

            I love a good serum, who doesn’t? I feel like serums have become such a big part of my skin care routine over the last year and maybe because I’m getting older and I care more about my skin now, or maybe because skin care has become such a big thing over the last few years. It smells pretty good and I am looking forward to give it a chance when I am done with the rest of my serums. I could use multiple serums at the same time (well not together, just on different days) because they are for different things, but I stick with things until they either effect my skin or I run out. 

Aracelli Ojos Perfectos Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Black and Rose Gold: 

            I don’t wear eyeliner but I chose these because I used to use pencil eyeliner all the time, well gel liner. I don’t like liquid liner but I love a good gel liner. I need to get back into wearing eyeliner and I figured that getting some gel liner would be a good first step. I cannot wear eyeliner like I used to back in my emo days. I am a professional adult now and that just wouldn’t be a good look anymore, so here we are with these ones. 

Wander Beauty Staycation Hydrating Mask:

            It can be a wash off mask or it can be a moisturizer so that’s great because I usually like to leave these things on overnight. I am almost out of my Ahava mask so I am looking forward to having another mask that I can put on a few times a week and get all of the benefits of a really good moisturizer.

Doucce Posh Powder Palette: 

            This was my points redeemed item, I love Doucce and I haven’t gotten any Doucce products in my Glam Bags in well over a year. I love their mascara, their eye shadow is amazing, and I am looking forward to giving this palette a try because the shades are stunning. Their packaging is simple and classic and the product is amazing, it is a little on the pricey side though, so when I get the opportunity to get their products, I jump on it. 

            So, there is my Glam Bag Plus this month, it was a good bag over all and I am looking forward to seeing what will be my options in my November bag. 

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

            I will be back later in the week with another post so get excited! So until then I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy! 

            -MJ 

What was in My October 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well, we are like half way through October which means that the year is starting to draw to a close which is absolutely crazy. The last 18 or so months since we have been in the pandemic haven’t felt real, like not real at all and now here we are in month 19 or something and it’s still a thing. 

            Both my Glam Bag and my Glam Bag Plus showed up in my mailbox the same day so that means that I will be writing these posts back-to-back. I am currently, as I write this, sitting at work waiting for the end of the day. I am very much ready for the end of the day. I did enjoy my GB this month, pretty much as much as I usually do. 

            Who doesn’t love spooky season? The theme this month for sure leaned into that idea I love spooky season and I plan on just watching a bunch of Halloween movies this weekend to catch up on the fact that I have almost two dozen to watch. None of them are scary because I don’t do scary movies, I don’t enjoy being scared. I went through a haunted corn maze as a kid and still have emotional scars from it. Like one of the high schoolers doing it pretending to be a dead football player had to take his helmet off and show us that he was really just a person in a mask. I love spooky season, but I hate being spooked. 

            So, let’s start with the bag, I love the design on it, the vampire lips, it’s so much fun. My one problem with it is that I wish that they were outlined in white, they just don’t stick out as much as I would like because it’s black lips on a black background and that makes them kind of hard to see. I still love the bag and I love the witchy aesthetic that comes with it. 

            On to what I actually got: the products.  

F.A.R.A.H. Short Shading Brush 45 E Rose Gold: 

            I have a lot of FARAH brushes and they are a good solid brush. I cannot complain about them and who doesn’t need a good short bristle shading brush. I also love rose gold, that is not even close to being a secret. I am not a huge fan of yellow gold (even though my computer is now gold) but I love a good rose gold moment. It’s a brush though and they work well so I don’t have much more to say about it. 

Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Yass: 

            The name is a lot of fun, that’s always a plus in my book. I like the shade and it looks like a good fall shade for the maybe three days a year that I actually wear lipstick. I love lipstick but wearing it to work is another story. I work with little kids and they are the first ones to point out that “Miss. Steele, your face looks funny!” and I really would like to avoid having a bunch of middle elementary grade kids all telling me that my face looks funny. Because no one can build you up and tear you down faster than a kid. 

Sur.Medic + Perfection 100 All in One Facial Eye Cream: 

            I have a few other products from Sur.Medic and they have all been pretty great. I cannot complain about them one little bit. I love a good eye cream even though I don’t use them as much as I should. I get good at putting it on and then I forget for a week and that is just a cycle that comes with my life. I am currently using a Purlisse eye cream and love it so I am looking forward to giving another one a try. 

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream:

            They gave me the option for Tatcha so of course I chose it because I love Tatcha. Their Water Cream is like the best moisturizer that I have ever used. I love all sorts of moisturizers, but Tatcha is amazing. I have been meaning to try this in general for a few years now so when given the option, of course I took it. I do hope that someday ISPY gets full sized Tatcha products because that would be amazing. 

Theorie Charcoal Bamboo Detoxifying Body Scrub: 

            I don’t do body scrubs all that often, I should do them more to get the dead skin off but I just don’t. I like Theorie though and it’s been a while since I have had anything from this brand so I am excited to give it a try here soon. I like Charcoal in some beauty products and the word “detoxifying” is one of my favorites. 

            Over all, I love the theme for October of being “Pretty Wicked”, I love spooky month in general so having a fun theme to go along with never makes me mad. I feel like I don’t really have much else to say about it besides I am looking forward to also diving into my GB+ this month which will be out one week from today and that means that Halloween is just a few short days away by the time that that post comes out.

            I am excited to see what the theme and bag will look like for November and in a few days, after this post comes out, I guess I will get to find out. Their theming this year has been kind of amazing and I cannot complain about that, some of my favorite bags have come out since January this year. The one from May was really cool, as was the one from September, and the one from April was really neat too. I might down the road just do a favorite Glam Bag’s post, but who knows. 

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

            Well, I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I will be back on Sunday with another post! Until then though, I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy! 

            -MJ 

What Was in My September 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well, here we are near the end of September, how are we already almost at the end of September? I just don’t understand and this was going to be Sunday’s post, but I hadn’t actually written today’s post…so here we are. Plot twist, it’s still Sunday’s post because last week kicked it out of me and I just couldn’t seem to find the motivation to take the pictures for this post until yesterday, so here we are. 

            This week has been a challenge and I don’t see it getting any better as the rest of the week progresses so I don’t have the emotional or mental capacity to really get all up into writing anything at the moment. Which for me, is not great. Writing keeps my mental health in check but I have cried twice this week so it’s not going well fam, it’s not going well. 

            That is not what this post is about though, it’s about what I got in my September IPSY GB, I just posted the GB+ so if you want to read that you can go ahead and click that link to head back to that post or just like scroll down a little bit; it’ll be there.

The Bag: 

            Again, like the GB+ this bag is giving me Clueless vibes and I am here for it. I love the tartan plaid and the brown faux leather flap; it reminds me of a really cute school bag and I love it. I really like the snap closure on some of these bags recently. I like the different options that we are seeing in bag styles. 

The Products: 

BRTC Vitamin B5 Velvet Mask and Vitamin A Velvet Mask Duo: 

            I love sheet masks, I have so many and I need to start using them because they will go bad and I don’t want that to happen. I have enough going on in my life I don’t need the sheet masks to go bad too. That would just add insult to injury and we don’t need that. I love a good sheet mask. I like the benefits of a good sheet mask and I need to start using them again. 

M2Ü NYC Eye Primer:

            I don’t really use eye primer as much as I should so here’s hoping that I like this one enough to keep it in my stash. It’s a brand I have never heard of so I don’t know much about them beyond the description on the IPSY website. It’s vegan and cruelty free which is always a great sign and something that I like to see. 

Shades by Shan Highlighter in Irma:


            This one looks like a lot of fun; I have a whole collection of highlighters because I have a problem. I like shiny things, like a crow, seriously y’all like a crow. I have never heard of the brand before but that something that IPSY is really good for; helping me find brands that I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. I like the variety of items that we get in the glam bag more than I like the variety of items we get in the GB+, but the GB+ is all full sized and it’s easier to have a variety of items in sample size rather than full size. I totally understand that, I just wish that the variety would level out a little bit on the side of more to choose from and enjoy. 

Tatcha The Rice Wash:

            I picked this one because I like Tatcha so much, spoiler alert for next month I have already chosen the Tatcha product that was offered to me as a choice item for my Glam Bag. It’s no secret that I really enjoy Tatcha products and I don’t pass them up if given the chance because they are amazing but so expensive. I wish that this brand was one of the ones that I could get in the GB+, that would be the ultimate goal at this moment. Give me Tatcha in my GB+ options. 

TheBalm Cosmetics Bronzilla: 

            This one is a little too dark for me, which happens. I am pale enough that a lot of bronzers are too dark for me. I love The Balm as a brand this one is just a little off the mark for me, also the packaging is a little weird. I love the fact that it’s recyclable but I don’t like how it opens and closes. I will be taking it out of the packaging and putting it in my magnetic palette as soon as I get a chance because that seems like the best option at the moment. 

            Well, there you all have it my Glam Bag for September, I liked it. Don’t get me wrong, but I am wondering where the algorithm is taking its information from. I think that it’s for sure gotten a little less accurate over the last few months. I get that supply chains are an issue right now and they may not be able to get all of the product that they want. I just think it’s strange that the algorithm seems to be becoming more and more geared toward things that I don’t really have super positive reviews on through the website as well as my beauty profile. 

If you want to see what else I have gotten this year with my GB’s, you totally can! January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August!

            I think I will leave this here because it’s long winded and kind of dumb but this is the capacity that I have today for a post. My fabfitfun post will be up soon and that one promises to be an adventure, it is just a lot and it’s not a great thing. 

            I hope that the beginning of the week goes by well for everyone, I hope that every stays happy, healthy, and safe and I will be back on Sunday with another post. 

            -MJ 

September 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            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?

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            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