What Was Really in My March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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

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

The products: 

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

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

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara:

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

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

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

Eleman Beauty Eyeshadow Duo in Aerial & Luna: 

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

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

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

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Werk:

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

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

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

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

            Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

What Was in My April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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

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

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

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

The Bag:

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

The Products: 

Pacifica Beauty Wild Hemp Eyeshadows: 

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

Pür Mini Fully Charged Mascara: 

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

Saint Luxe Highlighter in Celestial:

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

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum:

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

Tatcha The Water Cream:

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

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

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

            I hope everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

Until next time, 

            -MJ 

A Cute Spring DIY

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            So I love décor, that is literally not a secret if you have read my blog for any length of time. I enjoy making DIY projects and I love and I mean really love arranging flowers. I have done a number of arrangements for my mother, my grandmother when she was still alive, and myself as well. Some of my craftiness started in college, when you are in a sorority you just learn that you have to be crafty and creative. Though I feel like that just expanded my want and ability to craft, to be honest. 

            Like I said, I really enjoy flower arranging and I have done that for years now. The last one I did was for my mom at Christmas and I am super proud of that one. This project isn’t a flower arrangement though, it’s a door decoration. I have been seeing premade flower arrangements on floral hoops a lot lately and a lot of them are expensive. All and all I think mine was about $20 considering all of the flowers I bought but didn’t actually use. (I got them 40% or 50% off at Hobby Lobby) That’s the secret to buying flowers to make any sort of arrangement, wait until you can get them on sale at a craft store. The hoops I bought in a four pack from Amazon, I’ll link that here, it’s not affiliate coded or anything it’s just general information. 

            Let’s get into the DIY though:

Materials: 

            Flowers of your choice (pick colors or flowers that will look cool together, just walk around the fake flower aisles holding all of them, it’s fun.)

            Floral hoop (can be any metal or size, mine are 14” but you can do bigger or smaller depending on your space and desired use)

            Floral wire (I stole mine from my mom but you can buy it at pretty much any craft store)

            Pilers (just in general, own pliers) 

            Time (this took me probably 45 minutes to do so give yourself some time, listen to a podcast or some music and hang out.)

Steps (procedure, directions, whatever you want to call it):

1.   My first tip is usually, gather all the materials and that’s pretty much what it is. Make sure that you have everything that you need to make this project. It’s not like cooking so it’s not time sensitive but if you want to just get it done then you need to make sure you have all of your materials. 

2. I cut all of the flowers off that I think I wanted to use with my pliers, most fake flowers have a wire through them under the plastic and to get a nice clean cut you need to snip them. 

3. I stripped all of the ends down to the wire and this for sure was what took me the longest because with thicker stems you have to take a portion of the plastic and then strip them in sections. Give yourself the time to do this carefully so you don’t accidently nip through the wire because then you may not be able to use that bloom.

4. This is the fun part, after you strip them then you just go to town putting them onto the hoop. It’s a lot of floral wire and thinking about what would look good where and trying to get everything secured to the hoop. I didn’t take any pictures of this portion because I was in the zone and when I get in the zone I forget that I should be taking pictures for the post. 

5. When you are happy with it, stop. I am serious, once you are happy with it and it looks good to you don’t add any more. I know that seems odd but don’t overdo it. I love a simple design on things like this. You can add more than I did, it is to your level of how you like it. If I make another one (which I plan to) I want to do more flowers and brighter colors but for a first attempt kind of thing I am really happy with it. 

6. Find a place to hang it, you can hang it on a ribbon or cord or you can just hang the hoop on a command strip. Mine at the moment is hanging on a command strip but I want to get it on a ribbon so I can change the positioning of the flowers. 

7. Enjoy. That’s it, just enjoy what you created. 

            It’s not a hard craft, it’s just gathering the materials and having the time to do it. You can buy stuff like this, I see that stuff everywhere but if you do it yourself you have control over the placement and the flowers that you want on it. I know that for some people they don’t want to do it themselves, they just want to buy it and that’s fine, roll with it. I personally like having control over things like this and now I have a cool thing to hang up in my apartment. 

            I will see y’all later in the week with another post. By the time this comes out it will be my last day of spring break so back to work tomorrow and I am excited to get back. I hope that everyone has a good start to the week though, stay happy and healthy and I’ll be back soon with another post! 

            -MJ

MJ’s 2021 Bullet Journal Update #1

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            Last year I did this post every four months and I think it was just a lot so I am going to do three months this year and see how I feel about it. Maybe I am just grasping for content but I also want to do some different things this year. As I have said before this year, roll with me. 

            This year I themed my bullet journal like I did last year, (you can check those posts out if you want to 1,2,3) well not exactly the same this year is just straight up Disney things and maybe next year will be Marvel but I don’t know yet. I like theming but I also kind of want to go back to just making things that strike my fancy when it comes to my monthly journals but who knows. 

            I did all of my base pages for 2021 last year so all I have to do this year is the time consuming creative part and I have been meaning to do May since February but I just haven’t been in the mood, that is my goal for spring break; get May finished. 

            I am not going to show any of my lead up pages because those will end up in my ‘favorite pages of the year’ post. (you can see my faves from my 2018, 2019, and 2020 BuJo’s if you want to.) So I am just going to lead off with January. 

January: Alice in Wonderland

Cover: So I love the Cheshire Cat, I have a human in my life who I call the Cheshire Cat because of the grin so that will always have special significance to me. I feel like some of my covers are on the simple side and this for sure, while time consuming, is one of the more simple ones that I have done so far this year. (mind you I have only done until April so far)

Mood Tracker: Who doesn’t love the caterpillar and I was quite proud of the free hand I did to a reference photo of the caterpillar. I write a list out of themes for each month as well as what the habit tracker is going to be and I thought of about four for this month, originally it was going to be tea cups like the scene with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare but this made more sense in my brain. 

Last Page: I cannot draw people all that well, I really did try but Alice looks a little Tim Burton-esque if the live action movies would have been animated. I tried like really hard though and while it’s a lot I am still going to share it because there is a lot of art that isn’t great so I can add my depiction of Alice to it. 

February: Beauty and The Beast

Cover: It took me a good two and a half or three hours while watching old episodes of The Great British Baking Show to actually complete this and I did trace the figures because again, I am not good at drawing people, I try a lot but I have never gotten the hang of it. 

Mood Tracker: The rose, of course I had to do the iconic rose and as I turned it while I am writing this post I realized that I never filled in the 28th of the month so I had to do that real quick. I could not get though Beauty and The Beast month without putting the rose in multiple places and of course doing the mood tracker was right up my alley for this one. 

Last Page: It’s simple and I love the idea of just something really simple at the end of some of my months and I really like dandelions in the wind so I went with a really simple black ink drawing and a quote because the next pages are a lot so not having a bunch of colored pencil transfer was a goal of mine. 

March: Tangled

Cover: This took me forever to do but I am really happy with how it turned out, I tried y’all I tried but I am not great at depth perception in art, converging lines and all that. I love art, I am not half bad at it but I have been out of practice for a long time and my bullet journal proves that to me every month. 

Habit Tracker: The exploding sun is a theme throughout the movie and this was another tracker that I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. Originally it was going to be lanterns but with those on the cover I figured that I didn’t want to be repetitive and so I went with this instead. 

Last Page: The tower, the beginning of the film and I really enjoyed doing this page and even the background because I wanted to do something fun and something that I knew was iconic to this movie. I was going to have Rapunzel’s hair cascading out of the window but I changed my mind because I thought that just the tower was cool enough to hold its own in this drawing.

            So that’s my Bullet Journal so far this year, I know that I have more pages and eventually I will have more to show you as the year goes on. Hopefully in June I will be making the second installment in this post series because I made a promise to myself last year that I would bullet journal all year again this year and that is a promise that I plan on keeping. 

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until then, I hope everyone has a good, safe, and healthy week! 

            -MJ

Spring 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

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            Alright so let’s get this started. I have some things that I need to say but I will wait those until the end of the post because I want to get through what I got before I have my words. Some of them are not so great. 

            This season they didn’t give a price range which is the first time in I think the history of my subscription that they haven’t had the price points on the inside of the magazine with all of the options, maybe I am just not reading closely enough but I can’t find it. So I will tell you that my box is worth over the $250 mark. I could do the math for the upper and lower limits of the box but I don’t want to do that much math today, I’m on spring break and I don’t want to. 

            As usual all opinions are my own and I doubt any of my opinions will ever be influenced by anyone else so I’m not too concerned but really, it’s just me sitting in my apartment writing this post.

            I want to say one thing before I start with what I got, I miss when there were like four options for things, like for this one; the first customization for all members had 9 items to choose from. I also am not a huge fan of the bringing back old choices from pervious boxes but that is just me. There were forty potential items in this box and that is just a lot, I feel like I have been complaining a lot about this box but 2020 made me a little more cynical so it is what it is.

Tech Candy UV Sanitizer: 

            This was the only thing that I really wanted, it was either this or an indoor planter and I don’t have the room for that in my apartment. My kitchen is very small so having an indoor herb garden, while super cool, is not something that I can feasible swing right now. I know that your phone is like the dirtiest thing you touch during the day and I figured that this would be a good thing to have because I live on my phone, I know that is such a cliché millennial thing but I do. I take my phone everywhere with me and I work in a school so you never know what’s floating around there. I have used it and I like it so far. Just set your phone in it and forget it because it turns itself off after five minutes. Usually here is where I would tell you the other options but there are eight and I don’t want to. 

Gaiam Ultimate Core Toning Kit:

            This was the second choice that was given to all members and this category unlike the last one only had seven options which was still too many for me. This has really been the only fitness item I have seen in the box in a long time. I am trying to get better with my fitness and adding more equipment to my home workout area is never a bad thing. Also if someone comes over and ticks me off I can throw the tiny exercise ball at them. I am excited to give them a try in the coming weeks as I swing myself back into the workout groove because it’s finally nice enough outside to actually do things again. 

Joy Dravecky Chloe Ring:

            It says “adjustable” it’s not, not really (ring size 6-8), it’s just cute out in the back but if you try to move it, it makes a noise like it’s going to crack so I have a cool pinky ring. It’s a really cute ring I will for sure say that and I really like how it looks as I sit here writing this post with it on my pinky. I don’t know, I chose this one because all of the other choices weren’t things that I actually wanted. I like it and that’s really all that matters. I’m just confused on how it’s “adjustable”? There were only five in this category but I am still not going to list them.

Sorbus Makeup Organizer: 

            This was the first thing that was picked for me because I am not an annual member. I prefer to choose my own makeup storage options and for some reason this gave me like 2008 Delia’s vibes. I just don’t know how the product buyers over at fff are choosing products right now because this one feels really juvenile. In the magazine it says that they “choose the best option for you” and I am trying to figure out how that fits in but fine, it is what it is. I’m going to use it for organizing sewing stuff. There were six items in this category and none of them actually got me excited at all. 

Pur Cosmetics Iconic Glow Illuminating Face and Body Dry Oil:

            I was on the phone with a friend when I was opening my box and my first thought was “2005 called and they want their body glitter back”. I feel like I am just complaining and I don’t like that feeling but again, like the last one I am trying to piece together what the method is for their choices of products. I am not a product buyer, I am nowhere close but I am confused at how they are making the choices on what is actually going in their boxes. This whole section of the box confuses me in general. I like Pur Cosmetics, it’s a good brand but a face a body oil is just not for me, I was a teenager when Twilight came out and I think that we should have left sparkly skin back there. 

Human + Kind Hand Scrub Elderflower + Raspberry: 

            We are coming out of winter so a hand scrub is never a bad thing and I like Human + Kind, their body lotion is great and I love the one I have. This only had three options and I don’t really know what else to say about it. It’s a scrub, their packaging is fun and cool which is nice so this product is fine and I am looking forward to giving it a try. 

Pink Sky Cactus Sipper Cup: 

            I have some concerns about this cup and one of those is the fact that arms are hollow so cleaning the inside of them is not going to be fun, also the lines on the lid don’t watch up with the rest of the cup and that’s annoying. I am going to use it as a vase, I just have to get some fake flowers first because the less water I can get anywhere near it, the better. 

Saie Reusable Beauty Rounds: 

            I love my Makeup Eraser that I got in Winter 2019. I use it pretty much every day so I am trying to figure out how to use these and all that stuff. I will work on it and I will be throwing them in the washing machine this weekend to see how they hold up. I will let you know. I am so hopeful because I love reusable beauty products that help me cut down on waste so here’s hoping. Of the two options this was the better for me because the other was nail polish and I haven’t worn nail polish in almost a decade so it is what it is. 

            So here it is, you got to see what I got. This is the second box in a row that has overall underwhelmed me. I don’t like to be negative, I really don’t enjoy finding faults in things but no matter the price point of this box, do I feel like I got my money’s worth? Not really, if we are being brutally honest. This box missed the mark for me with the quality of boxes in the past. I know that we are still in the throes of a pandemic and sourcing things is difficult but I would rather see a paired down box with fewer better quality options than a large potential catalogue with items that I feel have lesser quality. 

I know that this is not the first time I have expressed concerns with my box, the shipping time, and even the quality of the items. I have never had a problem with the company and I doubt that I will, and if you got this box you may have loved it and I hope that you do. I know that I shouldn’t compare this box to boxes past but I will because I have been subscribed since like March of 2018 and I loved it when I felt there was more diversity in the types of products we received. Now it is a lot of similar products and that has been a problem for the last year or so. 

So what does that mean for the future of my fff unboxing posts? I don’t know at the moment, I am going to wait to see what the choice spoilers are for the summer box and hope that they are amazing or at least worthwhile for me to keep my subscription or I may be finding an alternative. I used to look forward to receiving my fff boxes each season but now I just wonder what sort of “stuff” I will get to find alternate uses for or just find a place to store it. 

I am glad that they are getting rid of products that have 12 different harmful or not so savory chemicals in them, that is such a step in the right direction but I would also love to see more lifestyle, fitness, and just general quality décor items instead of just beauty and skin care. I subscribe to IPSY so I get enough in those. I want to see more fun in my fff box.

This is such a stupid problem to have, I don’t like the things that I get in a box that is a luxury to even be able to have and I know that. I know how whiny I sound but I still pay for this box four times a year and I want to feel like I am getting really cool things because we used to in these boxes. I don’t want to complain, but I want to give my honest opinion; no sugar coating because if you are considering getting this box I want you to be informed no matter how I feel about it. I want people to make informed decisions on what they spend their money on, especially now in the times we are living in at the moment. 

I think I need to be done because the more I say the more annoying I sound. So I will be back mid-week with another post that promises to be a lot more fun, who knows I haven’t written it yet but if everything shows up like it’s supposed to it’s going to be a fun spring DIY, if not it’ll be my first Bullet Journal post of the year so either way I’ll be back Wednesday with another post. 

So until then be happy, stay safe and stay healthy,

-MJ

March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            Well here we are again, another month another IPSY unboxing post. I don’t feel like I have all that much to say with this to be completely honest, not up here in the beginning anyway. Normally I have a lot to talk about before I actually get into the post, like those recipe blog posts that take five hundred words to actually get to the point of the post. Today is just one of those days and we only have a few days left until spring break (when this comes out, it’s a week for me as I am writing this on Sunday, if you are reading this go check out Sunday’s post a new look into my highlighter collection.)

            Also for some reason my tab key isn’t working too great and that’s annoying so I feel like the less tabbing I do the better off I am going to be so let’s just get into it.

The Bag: 

            Because it’s Women’s History month this month’s theme was Stronger Together which is a good theme for any month because in general we are stronger together rather than apart but tis not here nor there. On the inside of the bag is red and it says “confidence comes from within” and I am a sucker for motivational quotes written on the inside of things.

The Products: 

It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin, Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704:

            It’s a skin care infused brush, that’s interesting. I feel like I don’t use as many brushes as I used to but I have so many, though this one is different from pretty much all of my other brushes because of this added element. Also the brush bristles are super soft and really densely packed so that’s a good thing when it comes to complexion brushes in my book. They chose this one for me so here I am rolling with it. 

Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara in The Heights:

            Very 80s from what I understand of the 80s because I was not born until the 90s. I was just thinking to myself before this bag was revealed to me that I haven’t gotten mascara in a few months and that’s odd for IPSY, they really like to send out mascaras and I am getting a mascara in my regular Glam Bag as well when that shows up who knows when. I like the more gel consistency of this one as opposed to some of the more paste like mascaras that I have and am using at the moment. This kind in my experiences usually does take longer to dry and if you sneeze while applying it, it will go everywhere. 

Complex Culture Good Lighting Highlighter Duo in Lucid + Afterglow

            I just wrote an entire post on highlighters and I didn’t mention this one because this post hadn’t been written yet so here we are with another highlighter to add to my already large collection. I did choose this and I am happy that I did. I love Complex Culture brushes because I have gotten several and their style of grey and gold is so classy and all of their packaging is sleek and minimalist and I love it. The pans in this dup are huge which is great and I love the differences in the shades. Afterglow is more of a champagne gold and Lucid is more of a copper gold and they are just really nice shades. Looking forward to not only adding these to the collection but also using them, though their highlighter brush is one of the brushes that I am missing. (I have other highlighter brushes but I do love me a good CC brush.)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in Taupe:

            I picked this one as well but it was more of a, ‘this was the only one that I was remotely interested in’ as opposed to ‘I need it!’ kind of mindset for this one. I love Anastasia and I have used brow products from this brand in the past so I know pretty much what I am getting myself into. It might be a little light for my eyebrows because they don’t give you a choice on color. That is one thing that irks me about the GB+ if they offer complexion products or products that need to match something give people the choice to pick their shade or at least have the option to pick a different shade if necessary. 

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette:

            I chose this one as well, again because it was the only one I was interested in when given the choices that I had. They are all metallic shades so while it is a cute palette with good shades, in my opinion for an overall look, this palette wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. The shades are beautiful, but there are no neutral or transition shades unless you want an all metallic eye and as someone who lived through the 2000’s an all metallic eye look is no longer in my purview. That is my only complaint though, I would have liked to have seen like one matte shade because then it would be able to stand on its own in my mind. 

            Overall I liked my GB+ this month, I am just abbreviating it because I don’t feel like writing it out anymore and at this point if you don’t know what GB+ is on this blog, just go back and read the title. (don’t mean to sound sassy, just being honest) There is a good chance that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag but at this point who knows. I never know with how the mail works anymore so we are just rolling with it, which has kind of been my mantra for the last year. 

If you want to read the rest of my GB+ unboxing so far this year, you can: January and February.

            Well I will be back over the weekend with another post so until then I hope that everyone has a great second half of the week, stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

Updated Highlighter Collection

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I didn’t really mean to miss Wednesday this week but it was a rough week all around for me. Like really rough at work so I just kind of let Wednesday’s post pass by me. It was actually going to be this one but let’s be real it’s Saturday and again I am writing my blog post of tomorrow. Whoops, my bad. I have Spring Break starting after school next Friday (3/19) so I plan on getting a lot done over break because I need to. I am a mess of a human being this week and I’m trying to pull myself out of a funk that has been brewing for a while, my whole world fell apart on this day last year (3/13) as did a lot of people’s when the pandemic became a thing. It’s been a year, I cannot believe that. 

Beyond that though, that’s not what this post is about, not even a little bit because I have been meaning to write this post for at least a few months now because my highlighter collection has grown a lot since I did my blush, bronzer, and highlighter round up like two years ago. I also feel like I haven’t had a makeup post in a while and it’s time. Buckle in, this might be a long one. 

I am omitting any that were in the original post and sets that are more than just highlighter because some are in sets with blush and bronzer and for the purposed of this post I just want highlighter. Go and read the original post if you want what else I have in my collection. I have for sure gotten rid of some makeup in the last few months so even since I decided that this post was going to be a thing I have gotten rid of things. 

Also with this post just a warning or an FYI throughout, I will be linking to other blog posts that mention these products because most of them have come in ISPY boxes or fabfitfun boxes. Also the photos are mostly reused because I don’t feel like taking a bunch of new photos for products that I have already written about. I rarely have to purchase makeup because I get subscriptions that provide them to me. I have one in this month’s Glam Bag Plus and that post will go up next week at some point so look forward to that. 

Aight, let’s get started:

Liquid and crème highlighters:

            This list is a little shorter than the powder section so roll with me.

Ciaté London Dewy Stix in Glow:

            I wasn’t really sure if I should include this one because it’s not really a true highlighter but it’s a really subtle highlight if you want something like that. It spreads and diffuses really easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy because it is a crème texture. It just makes things a little shiny without adding a lot of pigment to it. I got this at some point but I cannot find the blog post that mentions it. I’m losing my mind y’all my entire mind. 

Jolii Cosmetics Spektra stick in Stella:

            This packaging on this product is for sure still one of my favorites I got it in my October Glam Bag Plus in 2019, I hoard makeup no one should be surprised by that anymore. It’s just really cool and I love the shade, it’s really pigmented and for a highlighter that is important. I haven’t gotten another Jolii product since about that time and I would love to get more with my GB+ but I don’t know if I will. 

Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Celestial: 

            This is pretty new to my collection, I got it in my January GB+ this year so I haven’t really gotten a chance to really try it out but I love the shade. I chose this one so I always kind of hope that I like what I chose because if I don’t that’s kind of disappointing with something that you pay for sight unseen (except a picture) until you actually get the products in the mail. 

Flesh Cosmetics Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm in Pinky:

            I love a good rosy gold highlighter and this is for sure one of those, it also diffuses out really nicely. We all saw this for the first time in my November GB+ from last year. I need to use it more (just like everything else on this list) because I do really like the shade. It’s also small enough that it could fit into pretty much any makeup bag and still give you a great pay off. 

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date:

            A little of this one goes a long way that’s for sure but it’s a good color for my skin tone. It came in a milk carton and again the packaging on this one was for sure one of my favorites that I have ever gotten. I got this in my fabfitfun box last fall and it was part of a really great box to be honest. I should be getting my Spring 2021 box in the mail here shortly so we will see how that goes. 

Powder Highlighters:

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Duo in Lunch Money and Might Be: 

            These were some of the first highlighters I bought when I moved and I love Colourpop. (even though they got rid of the concealer and setting spray that I like from my Ulta) It is one of those brands that are priced really well and has really great pay off in the long run. Lunch Money is a champagne color and Might Be is more of a copper because I cannot get away from the rose golds and coppers to save my life. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Supreme Frost in Hypothermia:

            I got this one in the summer mystery box two years ago and I still want to buy more cosmetics from him but that’s not in my cards at this moment. This shade gives me like mermaid vibes and I can’t explain why. The packaging is hot metallic pink and I can’t be mad at that, not even a little bit. 

OFRA Highlighter in Star Island:

            I have mentioned this one twice actually, when I got it in my May 2019 IPSY GB and a second time when it hit my Best in Beauty for 2020. It’s a real light champagne gold. It’s not super blinding but I am a huge fan of a subtle highlight for just normal days. I can’t really say much about it that I haven’t already said so if you want to read more about it click on the other posts. 

OFRA X Talia Mar Highlighter in Covent Garden:

            Between the two OFRA highlighters I have, I like this one better and guess what shade it is, it’s rosy and of course it is. This one also made two appearances, when I got it in my June GB+ last year and again in my Best in Beauty for 2020. I feel like I am running out of words to day about highlighter but here we are, pressing on.

The Palettes:

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sands Edition:

            I like this palette, I have had it for a while it’s one of the oldest highlighter palettes I have, I got it in my July GB+ in 2019, that was when I was just moving into the apartment I live in now so it’s been in my collection for a while. I like the shades and the pans are huge compared to some of the other highlighters I have so I can’t be mad about it. I need to use it more but again with wearing a mask everywhere and every day why wear a highlighter when it will all come off anyway. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit:

            I got this as a Christmas present from my cousin this last Christmas and I have the other Glow Kit so it’s nice to have the set. The colors are a lot different than the other shades that I have and I cannot complain about that. I actually like having some out there not traditional shades to play with when it comes to highlighters. 

Nomad Cosmetics Sydney Bathers Highlighter Palette:

            This is the last one and I really like that Nomad uses different countries as inspiration, I have an eye shadow palette that’s inspired by Germany. This one does have one bronzer pan but I really enjoy the palette as a whole, I got this one in my GB+ last May so because of quarantine I haven’t gotten to try it much so here’s hoping that eventually that changes.

            Overall I have so many highlighters and I love all of them. This post has been on my mind for months now and it’s nice to finally get it out. I will see everyone later in the week with another post which I plan on writing at some point this weekend so I will be back on Wednesday with another post. Until then I hope everyone has a great start the week. Stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

Some of My Favorite Funko Pops!

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So this week was one of those weeks that started out pretty okay, it was just running really slow. Then about mid-week and the rest of the week wasn’t so great or reasons that I cannot specify, but it isn’t not great, nothing for me personally but something that is going to affect me. I have been sitting in an anxiety attack for pretty much all of today which isn’t fun. I made like eight pages of lists in my writing notebook all about Animal Crossing because my brain needed to focus on something but I am for sure feeling a lot of stress in the pit of mt stomach. Normally February and March are my low months and I was hoping to avoid that as much as possible this year because things are going okay but this is just one of those things that will change things and it’s in my periphery at the moment. 

            I needed a list kind of post today, it’s Saturday and this goes up on Sunday so that’s just where my headspace is at the moment. I’m a little foggy at the moment and sometimes my anxiety does that, I can’t focus on anything and it’s not fun but it is what it is and this me sharing it with you all at the moment. Spoiler alert: I took a break yesterday and now it’s Sunday morning and this post is going to go up at noon so there’s that. 

            I think that my first one was one of the Iron Man variants from Iron Man 3, I think, it could have been sooner than that. I know that my first was an Iron Man because I saw it at Barnes and Noble and decided to get it. I have been collecting since 2013 so as you can imagine I have a pretty large collection. I have many many more than I actually have at my house. I don’t have an actual count, well I do it’s 164 overall but because some were stolen from my old place and I am still a little salty about that because some of them are not replaceable or too expensive to replace. It’s been almost 4 years and I am still not over it because no one should feel the right to take things that don’t belong to them. 

            So here are just a few of my favorites! Let’s be real it’s most of the ones that I have in my apartment at the moment, the rest as in a box at my parent’s house. One day I will have all of them displayed somewhere but today is not that day. I have not only Pops! but Dorbz, Rock Candy, and a few other of their series that have come in subscription boxes that I used to get. I used to subscribe to their Marvel Collector Corps box and the Disney Treasures box until they gave those to other companies and I had to say goodbye. 

Rosie the Riveter: 

Excuse my grammar book.

            I got this one a few years ago and it was in my Anatomy of a Creative’s Desk post, some of these have been in that post as well. I have always loved the mystique and the power behind the figure of Rosie the Riveter.

Hulkbuster: 

            This was one of the really cool parts of Age of Ultron, which is not a bad movie but the Hulkbuster armor was for sure really cool. This was a Collector Corps exclusive and I got this box after I subscribed because they used to sell the older boxes that didn’t sell out and I really wanted this one. It used to sit on my desk when I still lived in Indiana and now it sits by my front door. 

Smaug (both of them):

            I love the golden one, I wanted it to eventually go on my desk at work so people would know when I was upset and that still might happen when I have a permanent desk. I got the second one so I would always have it at home. They both sit on the same bookcase and the golden one actually sits with all of my Tolkien books, my illustrated Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy is off the shelf at the moment flattening out another book that got all crinkled up in the move and then was lost for almost three years so it was a mess. 

Labyrinth: 

            I have all of them but Ludo and I have him in my Amazon cart and have since they came out, I don’t know why I never ordered him but eventually, right? I haven’t bought many Pops since I moved but it is what it is. The Jareth in white was a Hot Topic exclusive, I think. It’s my favorite movie so where is the shock that I have all of them except one. 

Horton:

            I think this Horton is actually technically a Dorbz XL but I love him so much, he’s just really cute. I know that I say that about a lot of things but he just looks so happy and I like having him in my living room. 

Sylvester and Tweety: 

            My mom’s nickname for me has always been Tweety so I knew that when these came out I needed them and again I was buying a lot more a few years ago when I still lived in Indiana, things have changed since then but I still like having them out because I smile everytime I see them. 

Groot: 

            Another Dorbz, well Dorbz XL, I think this was a con exclusive in like 2015 or 16 and it was at Barnes and Noble, I honestly can’t remember, I got it on sale and I had plans for where it was going to live but things changed and I moved here so it sits with my comic books because I cannot think of a better place for it to sit. 

Adipose: 

            I have a funny story about this one, one of my only Doctor Who Pops to actually survive because he wasn’t in the box that was taken, there is a book called The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend and the main character looks like an Adipose with a crown on, he used to have a crown but that has been lost to the ages but I can’t see an Adipose without thinking of Beekle, that’s what happens when you work in an elementary school. 

Sailor Mars:

            I grew up on Sailor Moon that was one of the first anime that I ever saw and Mars was always my favorite, so when they came out with the Sailor Moon collection this was the one that I really wanted though I regret not getting the rest of them. 

My Desk Fellows:

            They are on a bookshelf right now because I needed more room on my desk for other things and less things to knock over and I talked about them in my Desk post so I am not going to really talk about them again besides the fact that I waited for the Coca-Cola one for like six months, totally worth it.

The Random Group:

            To be honest I didn’t want to take four individual pictures so what’s pictured?

Chewbacca, I got into Star Wars late with the new trilogy actually no matter how people felt about it, it was my gateway into enjoying Star Wars.

Stitch, Lilo & Stitch is one of those movies that I loved growing up, my Godfather took me to see it when it came out and he passed away in 2019 so whenever I see that movie I think of him so having Stitch out makes me think of him. (I can’t watch Moana without crying either because it came out less than a year after my grandmother died.)

The Eleventh Doctor: Another survivor even though I lost many of them, this one, the Adipose, my TARDIS, and maybe one or two others are actually still in my possession but the Eleventh Doctor is my favorite so of course I have to have him out. 

The Winter Soldier: This is the one from Civil War, I have two others and I pre-ordered one where he’s holding Captain America’s shield and I think that one comes out in May.

Porg: 

            To be honest the best thing to come out of the new Star Wars trilogy, I love it so much. I feel like I have been saying that about a lot of them but that’s (1) where my brain is at the moment and (2) true because these are the ones that I have displayed in my home. 

            I have over 100 of these between my apartment and a box in my parents basement so there would be no way for me to share all of them with y’all. This post has been on the books more than once but I never got around to writing it, I figured out last year that this was my blog and I could post what I wanted to so here is me, posting what I want to post. 

            I hope that everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back on Wednesday for another post. I think it will be my updated highlighter collection post but who knows at this point, there is no space in my brain at the moment for anything but lists so roll with me. 

            Seriously, I hope everyone has a good start to the week! Stay safe, stay healthy.

            -MJ  

Wall Décor Tour

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            It’s March, I think March of 2020 was like a week ago but here we are in March 2021 and I cannot believe that, but here we are no matter what. 

            I am super kitschy when it comes to art on my walls that I didn’t create, I love things on the walls though and I need to put more stuff up but I am waiting to move into a place that is larger than my apartment, like a house but that is just not in the card at the moment. Most of it I found at random stores; like Hobby Lobby, Target, and At Home. I know that there are probably thousands of people who have this same picture but that’s never really bothered me because it’s my style and while some it is unique I am still sometimes a basic white girl.

Llama(?) picture:

            It might be an alpaca and I really do want a black and white photo of an alpaca for my wall but again that will be eventually because I have not found one that I like on the internet or in a store to this point so eventually but not today. I found this one at At Home when I moved to Arkansas so it’s almost three years ago now and I really love seeing it every time I walk out of my bedroom. 

Quote 1:

            I also got this one at At Home and it’s on the wall directly across from my bedroom door so I see it literally every time I walk out of my bedroom and I love it, it just says ‘Don’t tell people your dream, show them’ and some days I need that affirmation.

Quote 2:

            This is in my office and it says ‘messy bun, getting stuff done’ I am a huge fan of typography in general and I found this also when I moved down here at Hobby Lobby and I have seen other people with the same sign. It doesn’t really matter if someone else has it because that’s how mass produced art works. 

London Skyline:

            I got this from Etsy several years ago, from a shop called artPause, in late 2016 because this came down from Indiana with me and I love it so much because London is one of the places that I desperately want to go. I wholeheartedly regret not going abroad in college, but here we are. The shop still exists so if you want to check it out go ahead because I really love the piece. I would for sure buy more art from Etsy because some of it so cool. 

            Small pause, I would put my diplomas here as well but there is some wall art that I won’t be sharing, my diplomas included and a poster or two that I have around my apartment because I don’t have to share everything.

Mask:

            My parents got this in New Orleans in 2015 and I love masks, my graduation party from high school was Mardi Gras themed and I have a bunch of masks tucked away in boxes all over the apartment and I have a few that I want to put up but they have to be shadow boxed and that hasn’t happened yet because I need help making the shadow boxes, this hung up in my room in Indiana as well and it is one of my favorites. I got one in New Orleans when I was there in 2017 that’s half metal scroll work and that one for sure will be up eventually but it really needs to have something around it that protects it.

            I have a few things around the apartment that are supposed to be on the wall but are on the floor because they are heavy and I cannot pound nails into the walls of my apartment so all of my honor cords, tassels, and graduation caps from undergrad will go up eventually but not now.

            Can we count things on my doors as wall décor? I’m going to anyway. I have a little banner on my office door and my bedroom door, the one on my bedroom door says ‘Follow your heart’ and it’s for sure for Valentine’s Day but it stays up all year except for Christmas and the one on my office door says ‘Heck yes’ and that also comes down at Christmas. I am working on one for my office closet door but that is a DIY kit from Target and I am going to be working on that at some point this week.

            I feel like I have more pieces but I don’t have to share all of them, some of them are my personal art, posters, and even my old cork octagons that used to hang above my desk, I moved my desk and they stayed so they are above the side piece that holds all of my book binders and things. I have a few prints from the Art Institute in Chicago but they need frames and that’s a project that I have asked my dad to help me with but that is an eventually thing.

            I have a lot of things on the wall, I used to have more including my Instagram pictures, an inspiration wall of quotes and stuff, and other things but that was in Indiana and times have changed since then. Décor is amazing and I really like some classy stuff and also some really not so much. I have things that need to be put up a London skyline that actually fell off the wall because it was too heavy for command strips, art that I have created, things that have been given to me, and other that I cannot hang at the moment, I will eventually but right now that’s not in the cards so what I have or now, will have to do. 

            Alright I will see everyone later in the week for another post so until then I hope that everyone has a great week!

            -MJ 

February 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            So this month has been crazy, we have had a week and a half of remote learning because of snow and ice which is not a usual thing in the south. I took some time off because I needed it and I could really take another week or two off and still feel like I still needed more time but I’m doing this anyway because I enjoy writing posts and hanging out on here but at the moment I am just tired. I know everyone else is just as tired or more tired than I am but we are all living through back to back to back historical events and it’s all just a lot to handle. 

The Bag:

            The drawstring bags are really starting to grow on me and to be honest I love the metallic lips all over the bag. I feel like I can’t say much about the bag this time because the products are more important than the bag itself even though it’s still pretty cool. 

The Products: 

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer:

            I got a Goldfaden product last month and I really am enjoying it. I am using it as setting spray and it actually seems to work really well. My one problem with this is it’s for uneven skin tone, I don’t have uneven skin tone. I do like Goldfaden products so I am hopeful that this one, even if uneven tone isn’t one of my skin concerns, I still like it when I actually get around to using it.  

The Crème Shop Ethereal Glow Ampoule Serum:

            Serum’s are not something that I am used to but I have been using them for a little over a year now so getting another one isn’t a bad thing for me. It smells really good and I am hoping that it works well when I actually get to use it. My thing about serum’s is that sometimes they are a little too oily for my skin type and I am hoping that this one isn’t super oily because otherwise there is no way I can use it because too much oil really likes to break my skin out. 

Glow on 5th Bye, Bye Puffy Eyes:

            Eye creams are amazing and I really enjoy them so I am looking forward to actually having a full sized eye cream again, I usually use sample sizes because that’s what I have. I am really looking forward to integrating this into my beauty routine. I feel like I am saying actually a lot but that’s where I am right now as I am writing this. Anyway, I am really excited to use this. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation in 120W:

            I wish if they offered foundation they would let you choose the shade. This one is fine, it’s about the right shade but I could have used a shade lighter. That is my one complaint about foundations through ISPY is they decide the shade for you in the choice menu, let me choose my shade. I love Anastasia though so I was excited for this to be one of my choice items. 

F.A.R.A.H Rendezvous Brush Set:

            I love brushes and I don’t have many brushes like these so adding these to my collection. I feel like there isn’t much I can say about brushes besides they are soft and I hope they are effective. I love the shape of the contour brush and I am always a fan of a fluffy highlighting brush for a more diffused glow highlighter look so adding this set to my collection is great. 

            Overall this month I didn’t feel like I was given many choices but I liked everything that I got in my bag. I know that this post is shorter than usual just because I need to get back into the groove of writing blog posts and finding my voice again. Also I am distracted but that is my own fault, it’s been that kind of week. 

            I have a feeling that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag for February so look forward to that later in the week.  If you want to check out what I got in January, you can!

            I hope that everyone has a great start to the week and a safe time out there because it’s been crazy weather these last few weeks. 

            -MJ