October ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

            Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            I’m just going to dive right into this one, though I hope everyone is having a great week so far. 

            So this month is the first month where ipsy had included a bag in the Glam Bag Plus and now I am just getting two makeup bags a month. I kind of liked that I wasn’t getting a bag with the plus and now that I am, I am going to have to find new uses for them. This one is cute, I will not lie its black mermaid fabric (you know like the pillows and everything else where you can flip the sequins) with Betty Boop in silhouette on the reverse and a red heart zipper pull. They really went all in with the Betty Boop theme this month. It’s also only about an inch larger all the way than the regular bag.

            What did I get though?

            Jolii Cosmetics Spektra stick in Stella

            The packaging on this is the bomb dot com (yes that is a mid-2000’s saying that I don’t think I ever said then but I have heard more recently than I did in middle school) but seriously I LOVE the packaging, it looks like a lipstick tube and then you press on the bottom and then pull the tube itself out. The color is absolutely beautiful, I have already swatched it and it is just so pretty. They describe it as a rose quartz shade and I do not disagree though I would call it rose gold but they are about the same shade. I think this was my favorite product out of the whole bag and usually I can’t pick a favorite.

            Lovecraft Beauty Bronzer Palette

            This is a nice palette, I have swatched them as well and the darkest shade is a little too dark for my complexion, maybe during the summer not so much but for most of the rest of the year it would not work for me. The two other shades though I am totally okay with. I love the packaging, it’s really simple and really pretty and it’s called Lovecraft and all I think of when I see that name is H.P. Lovecraft and that’s just great. 

            Touch In Sol No Poreblem Priming Water 

            It’s rose based so that should be pretty great because I live with a rose water mist on my bathroom counter. I like Touch In Sol because it is a K-beauty brand and usually their formulas are amazing. I am looking forward to trying this but also a little hesitant because I have been burned (not literally) by primers in the past. 

            Betty Boop X Ipsy That’s So Betty Eyeshadow Palette

            I just want to audibly sigh at this one, I chose this product, I chose it and I regret it. It’s an 8 pan eyeshadow palette where only about four of the shades are pigmented, I was really disappointed by the pigmentation and the quality of the product. The shades that do have pigment are really pretty but I was unhappy with the other four shades two of which you can’t really see. There is a really pretty purple shade, it’s pretty in the pan but as soon as I swatched it, it’s just not there and I was so looking forward to playing around with that specific shade. Also there is one matte shade and the rest are shimmer shades which is a rally odd distribution in an eyeshadow palette, the packaging is really hard to open, and it just didn’t wow me. It claims to be a $30 palette and I think I could go buy a drug store palette for under ten with better quality than this. Normally I don’t have much negative to say about ipsy products but this one was a total dud, it may not be for some people but I have used enough eyeshadows that I know that the quality of this is just not there and it’s so disappointing. 

            F.A.R.A.H Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

            The brushes are gorgeous, the handles are built to be able to hold properly and rest while you work on your face. They are all face brushes, a cheek, buff, and stipple and apparently they are all in midnight blue instead of black and looking at them in the light that is super cool. I don’t have any dark blue brushes and I love them. They are nice and soft and I have several F.A.R.A.H brushes thanks to ipsy so getting a few more that are as beautiful as these are were actually really cool. 

            Well that’s it for this post and this bag was a little bit all over the place, I’m not unhappy about that because it means I have been exposed to things that if I was walking through a shop I may not have even given a second glance but might now.

            Do you want to know how I felt about the other months I have gotten this year and what I got? You can, just click on the month and you can read that rambling post like I hope you read this one, May, June, July, August, and September

            Have a great rest of you week everyone and I will hopefully see you Sunday with a new post! 

            -MJ 

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What Was in My October 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

       Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            Guess who’s back, back again, MJ’s back, tell whoever you want. It’s been a while since I have actually posted anything and that’s my fault. I have been dealing with some stuff and I have been busy so I just haven’t had the motivation to write anything to post but here I am because I know that I need to. I want to post more but right now that is not something that I can do at the moment. 

            This is the first month with ipsy’s re-brand or brand update that included choosing items and new things going on with the packaging and the pricing on the Glam Bag. I honestly didn’t really notice a difference but I suppose it’s still a new roll out so I have to give it time. This month was also ipsy’s collaboration with Betty Boop which is a really interesting, they have had two collaborations this year which is a new thing unlike last year but they are branching out. 

            So the bag is first, it’s a close up of Betty Boop’s face and the skin almost just straight up looks like highlighter, the back is similar to the December bag from last year but in all black instead of gold. I like it but it’s not completely my favorite and that’s totally cool.

            What did I get though, that’s really the content here.

            Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black

            So Benefit’s Roller Lash is one of my all-time go to OG favorites and it pained me so much to throw my tube away recently because it was old, older than I would like to admit that I was still using it. The brush on this sample is massive, the ratio of tube top to brush is about the same and its absolute insanity. This mascara claims to do a lot of things that you want to do to your lashes to make them look like falsies. (I have never actually worn false lashes because I don’t want glue near my eyeballs.) 

            Betty Boop X ipsy Eye Brush

            The last time ipsy did a collaboration with someone I got an eye brush in that collection as well, I love brushes so I wasn’t mad about it. It is much more of a powder brush not a packer brush so it is for all over coverage of the lid. It’s actually a really soft brush and it looks nice but it is a really standard eye brush. 

            Kismet Buff Sugar Scrub in Bright & Bubbly

            It smells amazing and it is a great travel size for someone who wants to have a lip scrub on the go. I love a good lip scrub and its cruelty free so I’m down for it. It’s supposed to smell like pink champagne but all I smell is watermelon which I am a huge fan of. It’s a nice soft feeling scrub so that’s always nice because some of the lip scrubs I have used in the past are just hard almost balm like and those have not been my favorites. I am looking forward to carrying this one around with me though in my purse so I can lip scrub on the go if I need to. 

            Seraphine Botanicals Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer 

            You would not believe how many makeup words my word processor claims to not be words. In this case it was the word Luminizing, this is a primer that claims to reawaken your skin which is a pretty common claim with primers and again it’s an on the go size so if you need an afternoon pick me up while not wearing a full face of makeup this might be a great product.

            Space Case Cosmetics Highlighter in Seen From Space (1E) 

            It’s a nice highlighter, it’s not super blinding and there is nothing wrong with that. I actually like the shade but it’s a little powdery which I’m not used to anymore when it comes to highlighter. It is a light shimmer though not a really pigmented highlighter, like I said not blinding but that’s alright. It’s not my favorite but I am willing to give it a good chance.

            So that’s it for my bag this month, we are starting to close out the year on these so the list is getting longer and longer if you want to read the rest of the months this year: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September

            I’ll see everyone on Wednesday with another post! 

            -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 

What was in my August 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

            This package got lost in the mail for almost a week which happens sometimes and it made it to my apartment okay so I can’t be upset that it went from Memphis, nothing for five days, and then it was at the post office in my city suddenly. 

            I love the bag design though, it looked black on the website and in some pictures but I am pleased to say that it is a dark hunter or forest green and it is giving me major mid-2000’s emo studded belt vibes which I love because that was my aesthetic during that time. Seriously I was a pre-teen and into my teenager years during that period so I approve. This is also my mother’s favorite bag of all of the Glam Bags I have gotten and she usually judges me for how many makeup bags I am now hoarding. (They are great for moving!) 

            So what did it get? 

            All of these thoughts are my own, per usual, I am just putting in full sized prices (if I can find them) in this one because it’s information for me as well as for you. 

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer-Matte 

            This is a really small sample but it is K-beauty so I am hopeful that it won’t react with my skin. I like the simple packaging and it is a nice size to throw in a makeup bag fro after the gym or when you want to throw on a more natural makeup look while protecting your skin from some of the environmental elements. A full size is $20 on her website and it comes in matte and illuminating. 

Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Blending Brush 

            I got a Luxie brush in my September bag last year (It was my old format for posting photos so it will look different than my posts now.) Their brushes are really soft and actually according to the Luxie website I think this is part of the Dreamcatcher collection, you can no longer buy the single brush anymore but the rose gold in the same style (237) retails for $12. They have a nice selection of brushes on their website and I am always in the market for new good brushes. 

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Moisture Cleansing Foam

            There is Korean on the front and usually to me (in my experience and opinion) that usually makes it a product that is great quality, it seems when it’s a K-Beauty brand it doesn’t seem to affect me in the same way that other cleansers do. A full size is $15 on their website and according to the website it has things like honey, sage, rosemary, and royal jelly extracts in it. Their webpage listing gives a lot of information on the product as well if you want to know more. 

Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Body Cream

            I already have this product and I love it! Sol De Janeiro has such a great product line and their scents are all amazing. This is such a cute little container and since I have the small size of the full size product I am really excited to use this for travel and refill it as necessary. The small regular size (75 ml.) retails for $20 on their website and the larger size (240 ml.) retails for $45. This size actually is available as well and it retails for $10. I love the scent already but they have recently improved the scent as well and I am so excited to smell the new and improved scent as well. 

Suva Beauty Eyeshadow in Tumeric

            According to the insert in the bag it is a cream/powder hybrid and I must say first of all, the color payoff is great and the shade itself is absolutely gorgeous. I cannot wait to actually put this in a look. It is a more orange gold not a yellow gold and it looks so nice. I wish I would have gotten this shade in like May because it is a very summer-centric color. This shade was in their eyeshadow palette called Saffron so you can’t buy a single pan eyeshadow pan of this one but their single shadow pans go for $11 and the Saffron palette (which is beautiful) retails for $35. I mean for the color pay off on one swatch that price point makes sense. 

            So I loved this bag, it has for sure been one of my favorites of the year because not only the products but the bag as well. If you want to read the rest of my Glam Bag unbaggings for the year you can click on the month and go and read them! January, February, March, April, May, June, and July

            I will see everyone during the week with another post!

            -MJ 

August ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

I should stop missing a full week when it comes to posting because I have been promising myself since January but it’s been one of those years.

            I got my Glam Bag Plus a few days ago and I have been sitting on writing this post since then, I loved my box this month though so let’s dive right in. 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer in Fair

            I was a little skeptical about anything that is “foundation” or in this case a tinted moisturizer because the shade I use is usually the lightest most brands make because I have really fair skin. I also have found that I need a cool or neutral undertone because I have more of a red undertone. This shade is not a bad match; I have had worse but it is a little too yellow undertone for me but because it is a tinted moisturizer it can be used more sparingly unlike a full coverage foundation.

Tarte Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette

            I wanted this palette so bag when it came out and I never bought it so having this come in my glam bag was really great. It is going to replace my To-Go palettes because it is a nice small neutral palette and like most of Tarte’s palettes it smells great and I cannot describe why or what it smells like. Tarte has some of my favorite palettes even though I don’t have many but the Tartest Pro palette is one of my all-time favorites. 

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Show Me Magic Eye Brush Set

            Okay, these brushes look like crystals on the bottom and I love them so much, I don’t need more brushes really but I love brushes. This set is made up of various eye brushes so that’s really nice and they are so interesting looking that I can’t resist them. They are super soft and I have another F.A.R.A.H brush that I got in a glam bag last year and I really like that one so I can’t imagine that these will be any different. 

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask

            I got this product in my Winter FabfitFun box and I love it, I have used it a few times now and my skin loves it. I put it on right before bed and leave it on all night. You should only use it once or twice a week according to the packaging so it is not and every night moisturizer. If you want to read more about my feelings about this product click the link above in the paragraph for my initial opinions. 

Pūrlisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

            I got three different kinds of moisturizers in this box but I am not upset about it, Pūrlisse is a brand I only know for skin care and I have so far liked the skin care products I have tried from this brand. I don’t want to rip open the foil seal to actually smell it but I Googled what it should smell like and it came up with “fruity” so I guess we will see when I actually open it. I really hope it doesn’t have a strong smell because I don’t like strong smells in skin care. 

            The box overall was great and I love having the ability to try out new things and also get these items at a really steep discount. If you want to read about the other Glam Bag plus boxes I have gotten since May, you can! Just click on the month: May, June, and July

            I will see everyone on Saturday! 

            -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 

My New Makeup Set Up

The title tells you exactly what this post is about I promise, I moved two weeks ago today which is crazy to me and I have been trying ever so desperately to get my life back together in a new apartment. The one thing that I lost in the move was storage space, like 75% of it. I went from a bunch of kitchen space to almost none so I have been figuring that out first and foremost. The other space where I lost the most storage was bathroom so that meant that my makeup could no long be stored within the space that it had been in previously. (As I am writing this I am tired and I think it sounds like I am trying to get over the word minimum for a university paper or you know Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove “the poison, Kuzko’s poison, the poison for Kuzko” and all that.) In losing that space though I had to come up with a new system and that meant going back to the system that I had when I was still living with my parents. 

This post into going to be super long just because it doesn’t need to be, you can deep dive into my makeup posts to see a boarder view of my collection in several posts which I will link in this section here before we get into the meat of it. My Top five fave eyeshadows, more eyeshadows, and the newest; eyeshadows I’m digging right now. If you are more into other things you can check out my blush, bronzer, highlighter, and contour round up, my top five fave mascaras, and my go to lipsticks. I might do some updates on some of those as well in a single post format soon but I don’t know yet because some of those categories have been expanded or my tastes have changed. 

On to the set up though, now I have had this three tier cart for several years now and I used it originally for makeup so it was no stranger to being loaded down with eyeshadow palettes; the top is solely dedicated to them after all. The second basket has blush, bronzer, contour, and highlighters as well as some tools and some extras that I didn’t know where to put but use frequently, the very bottom is also extras but they are more replacements for things I already have as well as other things. 

That is one half of my new set up the other is a good sturdy table that my great uncle built in the late nineties I think, according to the stamp on the bottom it was built in 1999 so it’s almost as old as me, I was about 7 when it was finished. It was my TV stand in my old place but it made more sense in the new place to use it as a vanity table instead. On the table is my brushes, still in their flower pot, my mascaras and lip liners, still in their beaker, and my vast assortment of lipsticks, mostly liquid and about half of them are NYX, I also have my foundations, concealers, every day applicators, and setting powder and spray as well as my lip scrubs. I wanted to keep the space mostly clean so I could sit and experiment with makeup once I get a better mirror or rather any mirror at all. 

It’s a new set up with a new learning curve so I am still perfecting it and tweaking it as I go but for now this is what I have and this is what is working for me. Like I said, not a long post; unlike most of my others. 

Do you have any small space set up tips? 

I will see everyone over the weekend with a new post and I hope everyone has a great close out to our current week.

            -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

July ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Y’all, this post, I wasn’t even sure if it was going to happen. I am not being dramatic and nor is this a “story time” but there was some drama with this package. If you are reading this on Wednesday when it’s published I am moving to my new place and I don’t even have a wi-fi plan yet so you are all going to have to work with me as I get back into the swing of writing posts twice a week since I have been super neglecting it with the moving that is going on. The drama though, I got a notification that this package was delivered to my mailbox on Thursday, at my new place, so I go and I check. There is no key in my box and my package is in one of the parcel lockers but the key is in the wrong mailbox. I go to the post office and let them know, wait for the key, check the next morning, my regular Glam Bag is in the mailbox but no key to be found, I go to the post office again, and miraculously by about 1:30 the key is in my mailbox. It was just a little stressful and I know that it’s just a package but when it says it’s delivered but to the right building on the wrong street you get a little nervous that the person who had my key in their mailbox might have decided not to be kind and keep my package but it’s all sorted to it’s fine. 

            Okay so beyond that because I don’t like to be one of those bloggers who take paragraph upon paragraph of exposition to get to the meat of the post, like seriously when you are posting a recipe I don’t want to read about it before I actually get to the thing that I went to the post to look at. I saw one blog where at the top there was an option to skip to the recipe and bless that blogger for understanding. 

            I’m still listening to the Pop Punk playlist I mentioned in Sunday’s post and I have heard Fall out Boy, Mayday Parade, Good Charlotte, and AFI all in the last half an hour and I am still living for it! (not sponsored, ha ha, that’s funny, but I am really enjoying it.) 

So what did I get in my July ipsy Glam Bag Plus, while my upstairs neighbors have a rave:

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist:

            I have been getting a lot of Pixi products in my Glam Bags in the last few months and I am not complaining about it. Though when it comes to facial mists because it does have oil in it I have to be really careful or I will break out, so this wilpl be an over makeup only product. It smells like good skin care products should smell; not artificial. All of the oils are natural essential oils and I am always happy to see that because I am pretty particular when it comes to what I put on my face. Excited to give it a try though but maybe more in the fall when I want my skin too look dewier if it would look dewy now in the 90-degree heat it would just look like sweat and that is not a look.

Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Waterful Glow Cream:

            Again something that smells like good skin care. I love the K-Beauty trend that is still taking over the world. I love the packaging, the box is purple holo and I could not be much more excited about that. It’s so pretty and the product itself is also packaged so simply and it’s amazing. I am really looking forward to giving this a try because for the most part higher end skin care products don’t seem to affect me as much as products I have used in the past have. 

Huda Beauty 3d Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands:

            Holy pan size Batman! The pan sizes on this product are some of the largest pan sizes for a multi-pan highlighter palette I have ever seen. I don’t know much about Huda Beauty but I have seen lots of people love it so I am excited to add yet another highlighter to my collection, I have a problem when it comes to highlighters they are shiny and therefore some of my favorite beauty products to hoard. You know, like a dragon. The shades are beautiful and they all seem to be a good match to my skin tone so I am excited. 

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint: 

            I have been seeing this product in Ulta and Sephora since I can remember, it’s been around for a while but I have never been a “stain” sort of person, I am more than willing to give it a try because it leaves a nice shade on me so maybe this will be my gateway product into “stains” when it comes to makeup. To be honest I thought it was nail polish when I saw the bottle and applicator from first glance. Also I am not about the contamination life, if I use it for cheeks it will just be for cheeks or if I use it for lips it will just be for lips and that is just a me thing to which you don’t have to agree with.

Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn:

            I got a Thrive product in my Winter FabFitFun box and I love it, I love their packaging I love the fun messages on the inside of the cardboard wrappers and the component, the tube, it’s so heavy. I could throw it at someone and do some damage, it’s probably the heaviest mascara tube that I have ever owned. It is a fiber mascara so I will have to be careful with it, my eyes hate me most of the time and getting fibers in them will not make them like me any more than they already do. The component itself is simple and beautiful I love the silver and teal that I have seen from Thrive before and I am excited to give this a try as well. 

            I feel like I say I am excited to try every product and that is a truthful statement, I do look forward to trying everything I get even if it sits in my collection for a while. I am always looking for my next “holy grail” product the one that I use for years and years before finding something that I like better and having these subscription services gives me a chance to find those products that maybe I wouldn’t reach for in a store and it gives me the ability to save some money on them to try out and then if I love it to go purchase it and support the brand again. 

If you want to read the rest of my Glam Bag Plus Unboxings you can! Check out May and June for more content!

            I will be back with another post over the weekend but I don’t know what it’s going to be yet so look forward to that. 

            Do you subscribe to the Glam Bag Plus? If you do what was your favorite product this month?

Do you have any “holy grail” items in your beauty collection? I would love to hear about them!

Have a great rest of your week!

-MJ

What was in My July 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

I have been super MIA for the whole beginning of July and for that I apologize, I am in the process of moving, as in from when this post goes up, like 72 hours. It’s not like I’m moving cities or states, I am only moving a few miles away from where I currently live but it’s still been an eventful process that has had me up in the air for the last month or so. 

            I am going to say one thing before I get into it, I am writing this post Saturday night at like 9 PM listening to the Pop Punk Powerhouses playlist on Spotify, currently Fall Out Boy and I am living my middle and high school musical memories right now and living for it. Nothing else about middle or high school was that great but that music shaped me to the person that I am today and I just needed to comment on that before moving into what is usually a really happy and positive post. If you like what we considered to be “mid-2000’s emo and punk music” I highly recommend giving it a listen. 

            Now I was looking forward to getting this bag as I always do and I was not disappointed, as I am writing this ispy is down in Miami and I am getting travel envy from their Instagram story. 

            Onto to the bag and the products though because I want to actually write my thoughts and not paragraph upon paragraph about nothing at all. 

            The bag:

            Okay I love this bag; my mom thinks that getting a new makeup bag every month is ridiculous but in moving let me tell you something they are great to have around for all sorts of things! I organized my whole makeup and beauty collections into my past glam bags and I have never been able to do something like that before. This bag though is super cute I love the monstera leaves and the palm fronds on it with that beautiful I want to call it salmon background and bag lining. I love that aesthetic of big tropical leaves and this bag does not disappoint but their bags usually don’t disappoint. 

            The Products: 

            Again I am always thankful for the little insert and the one good thing that Birchbox did was give you a price for a full sized product right on the insert but different companies do different things. 

            Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon:

            This stuff smells amazing! I am not kidding I opened it and gave it a good sniff and I fell in love, I used to use hemp based lotion when I was in high school and into college because it was a bit of minor rebellion to have a marijuana leaf on something that I owned. I know from past experiences that hemp lotions (that I have tried) are usually really moisturizing and they leave your skin feeling really soft. I am so looking forward to throwing this in my purse (with the other six lotions I have in there, oops) and use it on the go.

            Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara:

            No joke this is one of my favorite mascaras, I even included it in a blog post on my favorite mascaras but I have never had a trial or travel size of it and my last tube sadly has found its way to the trash because it was getting dangerously old. So seeing this in my box made me smile because I have a new one to play with. I am going to tell the story of how I found this product in the first place, in probably late 2015 or early 2016 I was watching a British beauty influencer who I used to watch all the time and she recommended it and because I am easily influenced I went out and purchased it even with the price tag associated with it and let me tell you, I have never looked back. 

Mídflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask (set of 2): 

            I have been using more and more face masks this year because I have been putting one on and listening to a guided meditation. I find it to be really relaxing to do that because it’s just a 20-minute self-care break from life when the rest is complete chaos. Hyaluronic Acid is (or has been) becoming a big thing and I have seen more and more masks advertising this ingredient. The card says this is a biodegradable mask and I am so excited! I try my best to cut down on my trash and knowing that this product will naturally break down makes me feel a little better about using it, the packaging however is not so it is a double edged sword. 

Phase Zero Make Up Blusher in Cotton Candy:

            Love the packaging and the color of the blush, it is really pinky and that is right up my street. I love the compact because there is a mirror in the product and usually on small products you don’t actually get a mirror so this is a great one to take in your handbag for touch ups during the day or to check and make sure that your makeup is still holding strong. Blush is probably the thing I have least of, that and bronzer because those are newer things that I have been adding into my beauty routine when I go full glam which is not very often. I am looking forward however to actually giving this product a good test out. 

The Balm Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ooh La La:

            I don’t think I will ever get over The Balm’s packaging, it is always so creative and consistent across all of their products and launches and I just think that it allows for people to focus on the product more than the packaging it comes in because I am a sucker for packaging but there are plenty of brands who when they release a collection do very different style and themes. The Balm keeps that same consistent thematic overtone so you can always recognize a product from their brand. I love the matte brown shade; it is a great neutral for the outer corner or crease of your eyelid or sweeping it below the lash line to give your eyes a more dramatic effect. 

            Over all I loved my Glam Bag this month! Come back mid-week for my Glam Bag Plus and my saga with the post office over it. If you want to read how I felt about the rest of the bags this year you can go and read those posts, January, February, March, April, May, and June. One of these days I will make it so you can click on one and get all of my past posts, I am working on it.

            I will see everyone on Wednesday (which is my move day) with another post, I hope everyone has a great beginning of the week!

            Do you subscribe, if you do what’s your favorite product this month? 

            -MJ