Top Beauty Products of 2019

Hey hey it’s MJ, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Did you guys have any favorites of 2019? 

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

            Bye!

                        -MJ

A Late Summer Makeup Look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

Makeup Bag Update/Refresh

So I posted a blog post a little over a year ago with my makeup bag essentials or my wedding makeup go-to’s and I have since updated what I carry around. Now I have also done a travel or To-Go beauty post and that can be subbed in as well if you don’t want to check a bag if you are flying to an event. Some of the things have remained the same, I am not that versatile but I have found new things over the last year or so that I have swapped older products out for and I think that a refresh on your makeup bag is necessary every so often. As seasons and styles change you need to move with them also it depends on what you are wearing to the event, I am going to say that usually I go for a neutral/natural look when it comes to eyeshadow when I am going to events that are more professional or even personal, I am not going to a club I do not need neon eyeshadow no matter how much I want to wear some acid green eyeshadow like the Tokidoki one I had back in the day, legit it was their shade called I think Soya and I remember loving that brand so much back in the mid to late-2000’s. I saved up for it so I could buy it at Sephora and I don’t know why I picked that shade because I didn’t wear it very often. 

            Seriously for events that don’t involve a lot of glitter avoid a lot of glitter!

            So let’s dive right into the bag then, I am not going to talk about tools because those haven’t really changed and let’s be honest everyone uses their makeup brushes for what they want and they have their favorites so if you want to know about my tools, they are in my makeup bag essentials post. 

            I am going to start with base makeup, my foundation hasn’t changed it is still the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in shade 0.5, I really want to try their new Stay Naked foundation and eventually I will because I feel like Urban Decay is my go to for foundation and it has been since I started wearing makeup. (I like Makeup Forever as well but I haven’t used it since I was in college and I dropped it on the floor in my apartment. It went everywhere luckily the bottle was mostly empty.) 

            My primer also hasn’t changed I still use NYX’s photo loving primer in green to balance out the red in my face, though the All Nighter does cover the red really well. 

            The things that I have switched out are concealer and I have added setting powder, the setting powder I have is Coty Air Spun but for a makeup bag I use Tarte’s setting powder that I got in my May Glam Bag last year. I have used it in the past when I had no idea how to use makeup so it was a natural choice to include here. 

            My concealer game has changed, I still love my Naked Skin concealer but that is up in my makeup bag at my parent’s place, I have moved on to Tarte Shape Tape, like the rest of the internet. I will say this it does make my face a little tight in the application areas but it makes your skin look great. I also have been using Colourpop’s No Filter concealer and I have been absolutely obsessed because it is under $10 and it works so well.

            On to face so blush bronzer and highlighter, my bronzer still hasn’t changed, I am still working with Hoola from Benefit because I don’t wear a lot of bronzer but when I do I put it on in all the wrong places and then look stupid. 

            Blush has changed though, I got an Anastasia blush trio last year and I have found that I like having multiple choices for blush or the option to mix two different shades and get a great look out of it. 

            Highlighter has also changed, I still would probably bring my Urban Decay highlighter quad but I also like the single pan options as well and I have Morphe’s highlighter in the shade Extra and Colourpop’s highlighter in the shade Might Be because I like them both and again like having options when it comes to my look.

            Eyes is probably the area that has changed the most and that’s understandable because eye trends change so quickly and there are always new eyeshadow palettes and mascaras coming out.

Eyeshadow is one of those things that you can love one day and hate the next but I found that having a larger palette with a lot of neutral shades has done me really great so I switched to the Morphe Nature Glow palette because it’s 35 shades and you can add in pops of color from other palettes if you want or bring a few single pan shades from your favorite brands to add some variation to your look. I also usually include the Tartelette Toasted Palette as well because it is a smaller version of a neutral palette and I have been loving it for years.

            Mascara, I still like to carry two around with me but this year it is too travel sized items, Doucce’s Maxlash and Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang which I found myself using a lot this year. Bad Gal Bang though takes longer to dry that I have noticed so be careful. Still wear glasses so I don’t wear eyeliner and also I don’t want to look like a death metal raccoon by the time I’m done trying to get the wings even.

            Eyebrow products are still the same, I found Rimmel’s Born This Way years ago and I haven’t been brave enough to really try anything else. 

            Lips are easier for me in a way because I just pick a few nude shades and run with it, one of them I just got but it has already found its way into my makeup bag and that is the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour liquid lipstick in shade ‘?’ it came exclusively in the summer mystery box and I am obsessed with it. The other shade is Eddie Funkhouser Twisted Kisses in the shade Kiss Me Twice and I got this one in my November Glam Bag last year. I also carry around a lip scrub and I have one from Tree Hut Beauty that I have been loving for the last year so it was the natural choice. 

            Last is setting spray, I have two or three that I use but this is a travel size of the All Nighter setting spray from Urban Decay and it so good. Believe the hype, it’s great if you want a matte look all day. Colourpop’s All-Star is also great if you are looking for a more budget friendly option! 

            So that’s my update, my refresh, and my current makeup bag collection. 

            Do you have any holy grail products that never leave your makeup bag? I would loe to know about them!

            I will see everyone about mid-week with another post!

            -MJ 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Summer Mystery Box, Was it Worth it?

Hi, how are ya? (Yes those are my opening remarks and I am sticking with them!) 

So I have been a Jeffree Star fan since the MySpace music days, I know that he can be a bit controversial but I have never really seen him that way, I was in middle school when I found out who he was and somehow it was totally okay with my mother for me to listen to him no matter the content of the Plastic Surgery Slumber Party album. I have been coveting his makeup brand for a few years now and I finally pulled the proverbial trigger and got one of his mystery boxes. He has done a few mystery box launches this year and I have been holding out on it. I decided that as I moved into a new place and a new chapter in my life, same book, feel like the same chapter some days, but I am trying to be positive. I decided it was time to dive into a mystery box and hope that I would love whatever I got since I have no products of his and I have just been watching launches go by and drooling over every single one. 

It took only a week to get here and that was such a great turnaround time even with the sheer volume of orders that I can almost guarantee came through their warehouse in that span of time, God Bless the warehouse team, you guys are rocking it.

So what mystery box did I get? I got the deluxe, you know go big or go home right? That was the largest box and according to his Twitter and Instagram those sold out in 15 minutes, I was cleaning my old place so I set an alarm and waiting until they went live, like I was anxious about it, seriously. 

            I was really interested to see the mystery box exclusive liquid lip stick that was in the Deluxe and the Premium boxes and I can for sure say that it does not disappoint. The shade is just called ‘?’ and I kind of love that. It adds this air of mystery that I love about the mystery box trend. I am going to say this right here right now; I love the color. It is stunning and I am a huge fan of pinky nude shades and so this one is right up my street. One of these days I will purchase one of the crazy shades from his collection because they are just really nice shades and I love the formula.

            So in total it was a lot of lipstick, which I was expecting and I wasn’t upset about it because it meant that I got some really interesting shades to add to my lipstick hoard. I did swatch them all with their color names, that’s right your girl swatched and is posting it on a blog instead of just saying “I swatched it” and then nothing, I am getting better at this, I promise. 

            Next shade I got was Mannequin, it is a really nice taupey nude shade and it is a nice shade for more autumnal look, I like the shade because again, I tend to lean toward more nude shades when it comes to lipstick so having another one in my collection I am not upset about.

            Third shade was Diva and I think this was the shade that was named after his dog, Diva, I am such a sucker for dogs and the Pomeranians are so cute, like I watch his Insta Story and love seeing the dogs every time they are on. Back to the lipstick though, I love the shade it is beautiful and pink so I am excited to have a reason to wear this, or no reason at all besides I feel like it. 

            Final lipstick was Poinsettia and I think besides ‘?’ this was my favorite shade I got, I love a metallic lip and this shade is amazing, I didn’t know it was metallic until I opened the packaging and I just grinning for a solid thirty seconds because it was so pretty. This for me is also a more autumnal and winter shade and let’s be real, I will be wearing this shade a lot this fall and winter because it is so pretty. 

            Last swatch on there is a lip pencil in the shade Allegedly, I have about five lip pencils and I will say I think this one is my favorite, not only because the component itself reminds me of Sailor Moon or a magic wand but because it is so creamy going on, it is soft but it was also traveling across the country during like the hottest week so I can’t complain. If it supposed to be that soft then cool, it’s beautiful. 

            So that was it for the lipsticks, I also got a Supreme Frost highlighter in Hypothermia and let me tell you, it’s so cool, really glittery and has a really nice purple/green shift in the glitter with a copper undertone or base and I was digging it, it would probably look a lot better on a full face of makeup instead of just on my hand so I decided against posting that picture. 

            I also got a Velour lip scrub in Strawberry Gum, I am going to confess something; usually I hate the smell of artificial strawberries but this didn’t bother me, I have actually opened it up a few times just to smell it and that for me is a rare occurrence with anything that smells like fruit and isn’t the actual fruit and some perfumes. I did try the product and my lips felt really smooth so it did its job. 

            Okay so beyond makeup what did I get? I got some accessories as well beyond the makeup and I really do wish that there would have been a star mirror involved somewhere in the box because that would have been amazing. 

I got a tee-shirt which is so soft and so cute, I love it and I could have ordered a size down, it’s the signature “Hi, how are ya?” In a florescent yellow with the logo on the front so it looks subtle from the front and then turn around and bam! Really cool back to the shirt. 

            I also got a Popsocket in just about the same shade of orange as the box which was really cool, I would love to see the swappable Popsockets come out like this though because I wirelessly charge and my case doesn’t allow for charging without a swappable Popsocket. It’s really cute though and I can’t wait to be able to put it on my phone at some point. It’s not in the featured picture because I put it under some things while I was taking pictures and I couldn’t find it for like an hour. 

            There was also a metal straw as well, now I have been using metal straws for almost a year now and I eventually want a Final Straw so I can whip it out at restaurants and maybe save one turtle. I love the fact that it is a bent straw though and it feels really cool, almost matte and I love the Jeffree Star signature pink color. 

            So overall, would I suggest it? Yes, I would if you are just starting out your collection or wanting to grow your collection and you have the money it is worth it. Some people may disagree and would I have loved to have seen a palette or a mirror in here? Yes, I would have but that’s the fun of a mystery box, you never know what you are going to get. Like I said above I have been a fan for years but have been holding off on purchasing the makeup and now that I have some of the Star cosmetics in my makeup collection there is a good chance that I will purchase more or at least more mystery boxes as they come out in the future. 

            If you could get a mystery box from any brand what would the brand be and what would you really like to see in the box? 

            I’ll see everyone at some point around mid-week with another post. I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend and a great start to the week!

            -MJ