What was in my February 2022 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products:

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

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask:

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

MAC Prep+Prime Fix +:

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

Peek Beauty Eye Will Say eyeshadow in Wednesday:

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

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

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

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner in Royal:

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

February 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

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

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

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

The Bag: 

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

The Products: 

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

Byroe Fig Renewal Oil:

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

Glamlite S’mores Highlight and Contour Palette: 

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

111Skin Cryo Pre-Activated Toning Cleanser:

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

Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster:

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

Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Mauve:

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

January 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

111Skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster: 

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

Róen Beauty Cake Mascara in Black:

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

Realher Power Wear Ombre Bronzer in You Are Golden:

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

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

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

Hipdot All in One 4-piece brush set:

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

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

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

            -MJ

What Was in My January 2022 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

The Bag: 

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

The Products: 

Amorepacific The Essential Crème Fluid: 

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

Roze+Quartz Hair Mask:

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

Complex Culture Rosy Outlook Eyeshadow Palette: 

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

MOTD Cosmetics Dab and Tap Makeup Sponge:

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’ MJ,

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

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

Clarity RX Daily Dose Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum:

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

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer: 

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

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner Duo in Fuerte + Honest:

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

111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster Serum: 

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

Neogen Dermatology A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser: 

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

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