Winter fabfitfun Box Unboxing

It really is the most wonderful time of the year because I got my winter box! Seriously if you can afford it and you like beauty, fitness, lifestyle, and skincare get on it and subscribe to this box. I will have it for a year in the spring and I have never regretted getting it. It is a little pricy $50 a season but for the full sixed products that you get it’s totally worth it. This box in particular was worth anywhere between $290-$335 and that is some pretty good math for only spending $50 to get the box itself. Per usual I am not going to tell you what the value of my particular box was but it was on the higher end of that price range from above.

As always the views I put on here are my own, I just really like the box. 

So what did I get in my box you may ask? Well I’m going to tell you all about it in just one second. But first I want to take a second and talk about the magazine that comes in every box. Since I started receiving my boxes in the spring they have gotten better and better, I prefer the smaller magazine than the one that I got in my spring and summer boxes which were rather large like a newspaper. They are also getting more pages and more things to read like a traditional magazine and I am here for it. I really like that the company pairs with a charity for every box because to me that is really important, charitable foundations and charities are something that have always been close to my heart and knowing that a company that I support supports others it’s great. 

Now the bulk of this and I promise it is not going to be long and rambling like some of my recent posts, but it’s not going to be short because I have some things to say about this box. 

I’m going to start with what was in every winter box: 

Thrive Cosmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”- So I have never had a stick highlight like this, nor have I ever had a highlight that is meant specifically for your eyes and if you guys read my Blush, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up you know how much of a highlighter fan that I am. On the inside of the uni-carton it says “leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and I love that quote.

It’s vegan and cruelty free which I am always excited about and it has a beautiful champagne shimmer and a built in sharpener, I love a multipurpose beauty product. I tore open the box to show you the quote inside. (don’t worry I’m going to recycle it) I love the packaging, the product, and I am excited to add it to my collection.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask- I have loved Ahava for years, the nail salon I worked for in high school carried it and their Frasier Fur scent is still one of my favorites, I don’t even know if they make it anymore but I loved their scents and how they felt on the skin so I am excited to be able to rediscover this brand. You can wash it off or leave it on all night and it is approved for sensitive skin so that is a huge plus in my beauty book. Again the packaging is simple and I am a huge fan. It doesn’t really have a fragrance to it, at least not a strong one it just smells like good skin care. 

Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid- It has activated charcoal and hyaluronic acid?! Count me in! It comes with five sets of eye masks and I have never done the gel masks under my eyes before but I am hoping that they don’t have some adverse effect, though nothing I have gotten from Fabfitfun in the past has really ever affected me in a negative way when it comes to skin care. I mean we try to detox everything else so why not our under eyes too. I’m excited to try it and I will hopefully follow up with how they worked eventually. 

The next set were choices that all members could make and therefore some of these items I chose over another item that was offered. 

Bearpaw Headband and Pop-Top Glove Duo- It was either this option of a treatment mask for your hair and for my needs where it is cold but not super cold I chose the glove and headband set. I love floppy hats during the winter but I don’t have any headbands and I always lose my mittens so I figured this would be a better choice for me personally. I probably should have gotten the other because my hair is always a mess but for my winter needs I chose the gloves. I think during the spring, summer, or autumn I would have chosen the other option. 

Lele Sadoughi Sliver Circle Necklace- I am a huge fan of understated jewelry, I don’t like things that are too flashy or trendy, I want to be able to wear my jewelry for the next ten years not the next ten minutes when the trends change. This necklace is beautiful and understated so it is perfect for any sort of occasion with any outfit. I can’t remember if I chose this item or said surprise me but either way I am really excited for it. The packaging it came in is super simple and also really elegant. The necklace itself comes on a good length chain and the end of the chain has more loops for the clasp so you can make it longer or shorter depending on occasion and preference. The other options were either an H Halston jewelry portfolio or an Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, I actually got an Oribe trial size texturizing spray in my November ipsy Glam Bag so I am at least familiar with the brand.

Pür Be Your Selfie Palette- I can hear everyone sighing from here, I didn’t need another eyeshadow palette but I could not pass it up, it was really pretty and I don’t have anything from Pür Cosmetics. I love the compactness of the palette and the fact that it is only nine shades. It is not something that I would walk into a store and purchase myself because it is kind of expensive for nine shades, though who am I kidding a Naked palette is $54 for 12 shades and I have purchased those in the past. If the quality is there I am going to be super excited. I love the colors in the palette because who doesn’t need 15 neutral palettes, the shade distribution is pretty even four mattes and five shimmers so that is pretty average for a palette like this. You do get a higher payoff with the darker shades but overall when swatched they feel creamy and look pretty pigmented with some nice warmer neutral tones. The other options for this were the Richer Poorer Reina over the knee socks or the Sherrie Matthews Jade Stone Roller.

These last three were customizable for the select members, I am not a select member though one day I hope to be. 

Okay so this next one, there was a note in my box saying they weren’t happy with the quality of the coaster’s that are pictured in the magazine and in their place was going to be a mystery item. So I got the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator, now I looked on the Dr. Brandt website for a price and I was blown away, guys good skin care is so expensive! I mean, I am excited to try it out and see if my skin can handle it but I bet it can because it seems like a pretty good formulation so I am pretty excited to try it. The other options besides the coasters were Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in “Meringue” or the Brooke Burke Body Sliders. 

Way of Will Elevate Essential Oils: Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus- I love essential oils, I have a diffuser in my bedroom and my favorite combo is lavender and bergamot now normally I am not a fan of orange smells because they are too sweet, too strong, and too artificial smelling for me but this sweet orange actually smells like oranges and I really like it. I know they will both smell better in the diffuser, I don’t put essential oils on my skin it is just a me thing but I am looking forward to everything around me smelling like eucalyptus and sweet orange. (not at the same time) The other option for this was the Anthropologie X Mer-Sea & Co Sea Whip Body Cream in Coconut Sugar.

Last thing in the box! Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw in Natural/ivory, the other option was the same through but in a different color way, gray/ivory. I really like the gray/ivory one but I think this one will go better with my décor. It is apparently a Williams-Sonoma Brand and this girl loves her some Williams-Sonoma. When I lived in Indiana the closest one was in Chicago, well in the suburbs of Chicago, now where I live my closest Williams-Sonoma is like and 15 minute drive! It’s so exciting! It’s really soft and it’s just the right size for curling up on the couch with it. I don’t know where it’s going to live in my apartment yet but I really like the throw. 

So that’s all for my box this winter, I am already looking forward to the spring box and that is three more months away, that’s the hardest part really, waiting for the next box. If you guys subscribe what did you get? What was your favorite thing? Is there something that you didn’t get that you really wanted? 

See y’all on Tuesday! 

-MJ

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Was Getting ipsy’s Gold Holiday Collection Worth It?

Okay so on Black Friday I decided that I was going to give into marketing and order the 22-piece set, now if you have read any of my ipsy unbaggings you know how much I enjoy having an ipsy subscription and let’s be real if I could afford to shell out $25 a month to get the glam bag plus when it becomes available for the general public I would because I love getting and trying new beauty products. 

            So was it worth it? I think so, yea. I like what I got and I only got two repeats from what I have gotten in other glam bags this year and a repeat product from the Summer Fabfitfun (which I will be able to type one day without going back and making sure that I have the three F’s in the right order, today was not that day.) box but I like the product so I wasn’t too upset that I got another full size of it in this bag.

            Waiting for this bag was a pain in the butt because it was delayed at least three times, I understand that this time of year because there is such a high volume of things being shipped because it is something called the “holiday season” I get it. I was just a little worried with the fact that I had no tracking information for days at a time before I finally got it on Tuesday of this week. (Unlike the last thing I unboxed I was not disappointed by this package.) Now this wasn’t like a usual ipsy unbagging because I knew what I was getting, it was all listed and pictured on the website when I bought it. I mean it would have been really cool to have the option to have a mystery 22-piece set as an option as will but this makes sure that when you order it you know you are not going to feel as if you have been gypped (who picked the spelling for that word, I want to talk to them) with the products that were included in the bag itself. 

            After three paragraphs of exposition lets dig into the bag, it’s about two times larger than a standard bag and I am a huge fan, when I saw it on the website I thought it had gold feathers on it, I was wrong it is many gold eyelashes and that makes more sense than feathers for a beauty company. Gold interior and it is a nice tan light canvas, I really like the bag and wish that all of their products came in bags this bag but five little products would get lost like Hermione’s bag in Harry Potter or Mary Poppins purse and so it wouldn’t really make sense for five trial sized products to go in a bag this large. 

            Two items were on the outside of the bag and that was the Coola sunscreen and the Ouai Memory Mist which is a spray to make your hair more resistant to heat when styling and I am completely for that because I color my hair so when I do straighten it I worry that because of the combination of dye and heat that my hair is just going to start snapping off. It won’t happen like that but it is always a fear. 

            Now what was in the bag you may ask, I split this up between makeup, skin care, and misc. After I took all of the packaging off of the products everything fit into the bag, with the exception of the single pan blush and eyeshadow I got because I didn’t want to have loose eyeshadow and blush rolling around in my new bag to damage the bag, the other products, and the original products. I am not going to write a bunch about each product because this post would be so long and after my last post which was like 2600 words I don’t think I need to write another one that is quite that long.

Makeup:

            Most of the products that were in the makeup category were from brands that I recognized and I was very pleased with what I received. Let’s go from left to right, back row first. 

Doucce Maxlash Mascara- I got this one in one of my first Glam Bags and I am a huge fan of Doucce with the products I have tried which is this mascara and one of their eyeshadow palettes and its kind of nice to have a backup travel size of this product. 

Eyeko Eye Do Liner- I got a different Eyeko liner in my July ipsy glam bag and I normally am not a liner wearer because by the time I’m done fixing my wings to be even I look like I just walked out of a coal mine. Though I have heard really good things about Eyeko as a brand and the liner that I got in July did go on nice and smooth even though my wing was crooked. I don’t know if this is a different formula but I am hopeful that it is roughly the same. 

Lorac Pro Satin Lip in Blush- I love Lorac as a brand but this is my first one of their lip products, the color is really nice and I am excited to actually have a reason to do more than just swatch it. 

So Susan Liquid Lipstick in Pumpkin- I expected it to be orange, it is not orange and it is actually a rather pretty late autumnal shade which will take a look to go with but I am excited to have a look to put with it. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t orange or had more of an orange tone to it, it’s more of a burnt dark orange with red tones as well. Super pretty, in my opinion.

Pacifica Nebula Highlight- Okay this highlighter is beautiful. I know Pacifica for their skin care, I used their makeup wipes for years and they smelled like coconut and were great before I discovered micellar water and have not looked back (sorry). I swatched this and I want to bathe in it, it’s a beautiful iridescent and I can’t describe it any other way, the packaging is amazing and I love it. If I like it as much as I did swatching I see a full sized product in the future.

Front Row from the left!

Helios (I love that name) eyeshadow in Pinky Up!- It has so much glitter in it with a rose gold base, it’s not super pigmented but that is okay because there is so much glitter in it that it makes up for it pretty well.

Ittsē single eyeshadow in metamorphosis- It’s super pretty and with the eyeshadows I found a theme, rose gold/copper/gold was the tones for all of the shadows in this bag, I like the shadow and it was already magnetic so it went into my magnetic palette right after I took the picture, the pigment is so-so but I feel like with a lot of single shadows it is like that for many brands that I have encountered because of my ipsy bags.

Space Case Eyeshadow in Love Potion No. 3- I loved the outer packaging on this one because it was so cool, really hard to open but so cool. I really like the shade and while I would not pair these three shadows together in one look in their own individual looks they would be great. 

Lottie blush in Zayn- It’s a nice pinkie blush with pretty good pigment, went right in the magnetic palette because it came as just a pan in a bubble plastic with a small outer box. The packaging on this one was great too, I cannot get over the packaging for so many brands, they always seem to find a way even with simple packaging to blow me away. 

Skincare: 

            This was the largest category and I split it up between products and masks so products first. From left to right.

            Pūr-Lisse Lip Nourisher- Not a brand I have heard of but that clearly means nothing. It has mango and shea-butter in it so I know that it’s going to be pretty great and we are getting into the season of dry and cracking lips so having something to protect them makes me very excited.

            Barefoot Venus (another great brand name) Lemon Freckle Hand Cream- First impression, it smells like lemon pound cake or lemon meringue pie and I am not mad about that. It is thick and moisturizing. I am one of those people who loves lotion but hates the feeling of it on the skin because most of the time it’s greasy; this one actually isn’t too bad and it smells great both in the tube and on the hands. It’s been about 10 minutes since I put it on and my hands feel really silky and there is no more greasiness so that is a super plus in my book. 

            Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint moisture rich hydrating balm- I prefer natural scents when it comes to any kind of mint if I can get it, I prefer natural scents for a lot of products but that is for another time. I am one of those people who have 7-10 tubes of chapstick or lip balm around, none of them are finished, and I can only find two so having another one is not a bad thing. 

            Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer- I have used one primer for years now and one other before that, both are green tinted because of a skin condition that I have that leaves my cheeks red and ruddy, though I am willing to give anything with it comes to beauty a try so I am excited to try this as well. I would open it while I am writing this but I have lotion on my hands and the cap is on really tight. 

            Dermadeli Pumpkin Seed Serum- I am not a user of serums (that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be) but I am really excited to try this because according to the ipsy description of this product it can help with inflammation of acne and help prevent it in the future and as someone who used to struggle with more breakouts than I do now this is a product that I probably should have been using for years and I hope that it does help with those things as I give it a good test in the next few weeks.

Youth to the People Adaptogen Moisture Cream- I am excited to use this, I have sensitive skin and according to the description on this one it soothes that kind of thing. 

Timeless Beauty Bar sheet masks in Up in the Clouds and Glam and Glow- Okay I love sheet masks, I don’t use them as often as I should and I have a collection of them but I love the packaging on these two, it gives you a “best for” situation on them and I love that, it also tells you what it is meant to do, for example the Up in the Clouds one is hydrating and refreshing and best for frequent flyers. I love the packaging it is classy and very informative while still being modern, love it looking forward to using them. 

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels- Again something that I have thought about purchasing in the past, maybe not this specific brand but the idea behind them is pretty cool. I am excited to try them, maybe they will help me look less tired while I walk through life trying to look less tired. 

Last section! I promise and this is miscellaneous, things I didn’t really have a category for and it’s only three things so bear with me just a little longer.

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo- I am usually a user of Batiste dry shampoo but I am always in the market for something different or something that will work better with my hair so I am excited to try this and see if I like it better. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Lacquer (or polish) in Kiss Kiss, Darling- To be honest from the packaging I thought this was soap, it didn’t say nail polish anywhere in English. I mean I love the color but the packaging had me confused. 

Slmissglam R60 Blending Brush and R61 Angled Eyeshadow Brush- Love new brushes and everyone knows it. I love the color of the synthetic hairs on the brush, I love the tiny jewels on the metal part of the handle, I am hoping those don’t come off when I wash them. I am excited to give them a try one of these days.

So do you think it was worth it? 

See y’all Tuesday with another post!

-MJ

What was in my November ipsy Glam Bag ?

The Bag:

            The bag this month was pretty understated, I had a very zebra moment with it; is it black with white stripes or white with black stripes. The bag is not black and white or striped but it is a navy blue with black hearts, I do wish the hearts were the proper way round though, but overall still really cute. I just have decided that I need to start carrying one of the many makeup bags I have gotten from ipsy around in my purse for miscellaneous things that I don’t want to lose at the bottom. (Ground breaking I know! How didn’t I think of that sooner? I did I just keep putting it off and then regretting it as I have to shove my entire arm in my handbag like I am Mary Poppins trying to find something in the abyss.) 

The Products:

            I am going to say this before I go into the break down, this month in my opinion my glam bag was above and beyond, all of the products were a slam dunk and I am in love with all of them It was a great mix of brands that I have heard of and those that I nowwas to explore. So great job ipsy love you much. 

(1): Eddie Funkhouser Twisted Kisses Matte Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Twice 

I have never heard of this brand but I LOVE the packaging if you have font on your packaging that is reminiscent of KISS I am probably going to be a fan no matter what. I am such a fan of ipsy because it gives me an excuse to look up more makeup brands that I don’t know but might love. The shade is an almost perfect nude for me and with nude shades I have been trying to find a shade like this for a long time; clearly I have just been looking in the wrong places. Honestly I can’t wait to use it more. 

(2): The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Dewmanizer Liquid Highlight 

So I am a sucker for highlighters even though I didn’t have them in my makeup routine until about a year ago but I have fallen head over heels for them since then. Liquid highlighters still scare me a little bit so I do tend to stick with powder but this liquid highlight has a great color pay off and it’s a deeper shade of gold than most of the other highlighters I have. I have been a fan of The Balm for years now, I have one of their old school eyeshadow quads that I just can’t bear to part with because I don’t think that they make it anymore and it is a great little quad. (After looking on their website, I was right it isn’t made anymore) I feel like I don’t appreciate this brand enough with how much I love them and have loved them over the years so getting this little highlighter and a bronzer in my ipsy bag in October was a gentle reminder on how much I enjoyed them when I was younger. 

(3): Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara

I have a confession to make on this one, I have been a silent fan of Ciaté for years and I have been pronouncing their brand name wrong the entire time, I feel so bad for that, I thought honestly that it was pronounced like Kate not c-ya-tey until I heard someone pronounce it and I felt like my life was a lie! But on from my embarrassment, I am really excited to give this a try because even though I have been a fan I have never actually had any Ciaté products before so there is a first time for everything, right? I love mascara, it is one of those parts of a makeup routine that even if you are going for a natural look and only slap on foundation or a tinted moisturizer and some mascara at least you look half put together. Their packaging is simple and elegant and I am a huge fan of that too. 

(4): Oribe Hair Care Texturizing Spray 

I got an email from ipsy that I was getting an aerosol product and I was a little hesitant because I am normally not a user of many aerosol products, I don’t like hairspray, I only use dry shampoo when I have to, and I was unsure of what other aerosol that they would send my way. It was a texturizing spray which is from what I understand hairspray but not hairspray and I was willing to give it a shot. I haven’t tried it yet but maybe for Thanksgiving I will give it a go. 

(5): Juno & Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge

Second confession in this blog post; I almost bought this sponge a few weeks ago after seeing a review of it on YouTube. I was aware of Juno & Co. at the time but hadn’t thought about them in a while. I am so excited to add this to my every growing basket of beauty applicators and I hope that my experiences with it are as nice as the reviews I have seen. I think this was the most exciting thing for me in the bag because it is actually something that I wanted and almost purchased for myself rather than letting fate decide on what I was getting in my ipsy bag this month. 

            Overall like I said, this bag knocked it straight out of the park with all of the products within it. I promise I will figure out how to make an ipsy unbagging folder so I don’t have to link all of the past months like I am about to do but here they are: April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

            If you could have one beauty product show up in your ipsy bag what would it be? 

            If you are an ipsy subscriber what was your favorite product you got this month? 

            -MJ 

Go-To Lipsticks

I feel like I am going through my makeup collection slowly but surely through my blog and I am not really all that upset by it because it is giving me an excuse to go through my collection with more of a critical eye and maybe downsize (okay that’s funny) a little bit, though to be honest I have already downsized this year and I don’t think I want to do it again at the moment. 

            I have been thinking about the lipsticks that I gravitate toward no matter the season as well as the lipsticks that I only reach for seasonally and I have a feeling that is how this post is going to be split up. Year-round and Seasonal.

            Per usual all opinions are my own. 

Year-Round

            To be honest this section is mostly just NYX Lip Lingerie shades because most of the time if I am just reaching for a liquid lip or a lip at all it is usually a nude shade because nude goes with everything. I have pretty fair skin so most of my nudes have a pinkie hue to them and I have found some that are just too pink for me so these are what I reach for, someone with a different skin tone may not reach for them ever because they are the wrong shade of nude for them to wear. 

(From left to right)
Shade 1: Lip Lingerie 03 Lace Detail
Shade 2: Lip Lingerie 07 Satin Ribbon
Shade 3: Lip Lingerie 11 Baby Doll 

Seasonal

            Like the last section it’s mostly NYX lipsticks because I find they aren’t super expensive so they don’t break the bank and they have a pretty good quality to them. Granted for me a few touch ups during the day is a norm so I don’t really take into account the long wear properties with an everyday application like I would a long day or a formal event. Granted I have worn NYX lipstick to formal events and guess what; it lasted the whole time without a lot of wearing (this is what happened to me, it may not be the case for everyone.)

            Spring:

                        If fall and winter are made for berry and deep shades spring is made for pink! (in my book anyway).

Shade 1: (NYX) Liquid Suede 09 Tea & Cookies

            It’s pink, it’s pretty, it’s springy. I feel like I am an infomercial some days but I really do like this shade and it is just the right shade of pink for a nice spring day with a nice neutral look. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 33 Buzzkill

              A bit daring for spring, I will say that. I love this metallic pink though, it is the closest thing to what I consider to be a “Barbie” pink that I own and with the metallic tone to it, it makes for a great lip color with a not so daring eye look. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream London

            A tanner neutral for those days when it is half between winter and spring and you don’t want to really go too much too quick as the seasons change. 

Shade 4: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream Milan

            Another lighter toned pink that has more of a red undertone than tea and cookies that has an almost white undertone, this is a great shade and yes I do have it in a tiny travel size, I just haven’t gotten around to getting it in a larger size, if that even exists. 

            Summer:

                        The bright and the bold, with some classic shades thrown in. 

Shade 1: (Soap and Glory) Sex Mother Pucker Rosy Chic

           So I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory when it comes to skin care and I have seen some reviews online that their makeup just does not hit the mark, I beg to differ on this shade. Their lipstick isn’t too drying and it looks beautiful. 

Shade 2: (Rimmel) Lasting Finish Lipstick 070 Airy Fairy

            I still go for the neutrals and the pinks in the summer because you will probably not find me out at night because it is so hot and makeup just melts off down here y’all. I still reach for the lighter shades for that reason. I love this shade and since it is a crème lipstick it does provide some protection to your lips against summer. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream Morocco

             Probably the brightest shade I own, it takes a lookto go with but when you have that look and a nice place to go it works. It is an orange toned red so it is not a true red and I think that’s why I love it. Whenever I put on a red lip I channel my inner Sanderson. 

            Autumn: 

Shade 1: (Rimmel) Lasting Finish by Kate 107

             I went to like eight stores looking for this lip color because it was so popular when I bought it, I used it twice and smashed the tip of the lipstick into the top of the bottle, it is a beautiful color and if I am going out in the fall there is a good chance I have it in my purse. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 30 Bella

             Copper is one of my favorite shades but I will say this; it takes a certain look to pull off, I can only do it with certain eyeshadows and because it is a metallic shade you have to be careful if wearing it during the day, it is for sure more of an evening shade for me personally. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Cosmic Metals Lip Cream 08 Speed of Light

            This one also takes a look because it is a metallic and shimmery copper, I love it so much and it was the first shade I bought in the Cosmic Metals line because I loved the shade. It is a really cool color especially for more Halloween looks and I would recommend it. 

Shade 4: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 39 Modern Maven

               Another deep red shade, sense a pattern here; warm tones. I love this color as well it is not too red and it is one of those shades that works with so many looks. 

            Winter:

                        Still reach for the Autumnal shades above but a few more get added as time goes on.

Shade 1: (Butter London) Lippy Lip Crayon Ruby Murray

               The nail polish of the same name is also my favorite this crayon is no longer on their website and I think that it has been sadly discontinued. You can still get the lipstick and the liquid lip though, maybe that will be a purchase in my future. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Cosmic Metals Lip Cream 15 Retro Harmony 

              For parties and beyond! 

          

  Do you have any go to lipstick faves? 

            -MJ

October Beauty Haul

 

How is it already November, but really also how has 2018 lasted for six and a half years? I swear it feels like this year flew by but also has been going in reverse. October was pretty good for makeup even though I didn’t get all that much. Still one of my favorite posts to write each month because I am apparently a makeup hoarder and I need help.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Pink Passion

Okay so I put this in my Blush, Bronzer, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up so I have already talked about it. I do not have enough blush in general but when I saw this, at TJ Maxx, maybe I should change this to “MJ walked into a discount store and went a little crazy” or “MJ blacked out in Marshall’s and walked out with six things he didn’t need: a series.”

With that tangent laid down in front of me I must say, I love the colors in the trio and I am looking forward to actually using them as winter sets in and everyone is just pale. Spoilers, I am usually really pale so this might help or it will make me look like I am in stage makeup, one of the two and no in between.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

I have also discovered that I am a lipstick hoarder along with eyeshadow palettes, those are clearly my weaknesses when it comes to what my makeup collection is made up of. I need more lipstick storage, that is the conclusion I have come to in the last several weeks as I do not have enough slots in the storage area to hold all of the lipsticks that I own. Someone send help.

This color is really nice I love a good nude lip and this nude liquid lip shade has an almost pinky but also slightly rosy undertone (I am writing this sentence while half asleep so if it doesn’t make sense, I’m sorry.) For the most part most of my lipsticks are nude shades but I will say I also love a good pop of color.

Colourpop It’s a Princess Thing eyeshadow palette

I have been waiting for this palette since someone shared it on Facebook and I went on Colourpop’s website and entered my email to be notified when it was available. I have swatched this palette and I am in love with it. I am so pleased with the first Colourpop product that I have ever bought even though I have been a fan of them for a long time but finally took the plunge to purchase something from them and I will say this with absolute certainty, I will be purchasing from them again. The colors are highly pigmented and very pretty. I am a sucker for packaging as well as color names and I must say this one has some great ones. I love the breakdown of the palette with the number of shades that are matte, metallic, and glittery. There are some palettes at are too metallic heavy for me but this has a really nice balance that can be used to create a number of stunning looks.

The one drawback of this palette is that it doesn’t have a mirror, now I have other palettes that don’t have mirrors and it’s not a big deal but this palette is nice and compact so having a mirror with it for traveling purposes would have been nice.

I think that you can still snag this palette on Colourpop’s website and it really is worth the price point that it is at.

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Colourpop All Star Setting Spray

Okay this was a purchase to get my order over the threshold for free shipping because I am a terrible person like that but to be honest I have been seeing so many beauty gurus talking about “setting spray” for months now. Full disclosure, I have only used setting spray once and that was at an outdoor wedding in June of 2017 in the very south of Louisiana and I didn’t want my face to melt off. I don’t even remember what brand it was because I borrowed it. I like the idea of setting my face so everything stays in place because in the last few months I have learned a lot from beauty guru’s and sharing some of their wisdom when it comes to my makeup routine makes me feel at least a little useful.

Love the packaging, nice and summery even though we are facing toward the bleakness of winter, it’s simple and I am looking forward to actually having a reason to use it to actually test it out.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Look! More setting spray! This was a sample and I have been seeing so many people using this setting spray but to be honest I didn’t want to drop that much money on a spray bottle full of…I don’t actually know what’s in setting spray, if it’s like hairspray I still think it is just mostly aerosolized glue and there is a part of me that doesn’t like that.

I am again really excited to see if this product works for me like it works for so many others. If I like it who knows maybe I will buy a full sized bottle in the future, we’ll see.

Too Faced Beauty Daydreamer Holiday Gift Set

Holiday packaging! Too Faced is one of those brands that I get every year around the holidays and I have been for something like four years now. This is where I get my travel sized Better Than Sex mascara every year because it is still one of my favorites and something that I always reach for and take with me in my makeup bag. Their holiday packaging seems to get better and better every year and this year with the Beauty Daydreamer set it was a palette with 16 eyeshadow shades and four cheek shades as well as a travel Better than Sex mascara and a Bunny Kisses lip gloss. I am normally not a fan of lip gloss but this one isn’t too bad I have tried it I have swatched it and granted it is a little sticky is it nothing like some of the glosses of my past. It is a nice nude shade that I feel like would look good on a wide range of skin tones and I can’t wait to actually get a chance to wear it for a longer length of time than just seeing what it looks like on.

Let’s talk about all of the things you get in this separately. Again I am a palette hoarder, no I am not throwing the word hoarder around loosely I have a lot of palettes and I continue to buy more even though I really don’t need them. Palette first though, the first color that caught my attention was “Resting Grinch Face” I laughed out loud in the Ulta, people looked at me funny. I love the shades, for me I have never had a problem with Too Faced products and I continue to love them with every new item that I add to my collection.

The bag has bunnies on it and I absolutely love it, I am a sucker for makeup bags as well if you check out any of my ipsy posts you will know that. It is nice and I think that Too Faced is stepping up their holiday packaging more and more every year. Kepeign it fresh and all of that.

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Coty Airspun Transparent Loose Face Powder

Okay so I started watching a beauty guru on YouTube and when I get interested in someone’s channel I tend to binge their videos and I found myself two days later with a list of makeup I needed to buy, though your girl cannot afford some of the really high end stuff no matter how much she dreams about it. I can still window shop even though I can’t afford $100 foundation or really expensive makeup products. My mom remembers using this powder so I feel like is a good barometer of their quality. Now I walked through Walgreen’s for five-eight minutes looking for this and not asking for help because I wanted to prove to people that I don’t need help…I needed help because it was in a place in the makeup aisle that didn’t make any sense to me, it was by the lashes. Now on first impressions, I actually really like the smell of it, I don’t know why there is just something really nice about it. I like the smell and for some reason it’s kind of nostalgic. I don’t know where I have smelled it before but I am a huge fan of it.

Again beauty guru’s told me that I need to set my concealer, I have never done that before and I am still trying to figure out why, I get it; it’s to make sure nothing moves and nothing creases. When I first heard someone use the term “baking” I was so confused because you don’t “bake” anything in the traditional sense with or on your face. It took me months to figure out why people were “baking” and what it actually was as well as its benefits.

 

Two more months in 2018 you guys, we got this!

Is there anything that y’all got in October that you are loving? Is there anything that you are super excited for as the holiday season rolls around? Let me know in the comments!

-MJ

Top Halloween Movies

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Happy Halloween everyone! I wasn’t sure what I was going to write for my Halloween blog post but I figured, I am a fan of movies and maybe some of you needed a last minute not so scary movie to watch on the big holiday. I am not a fan of scary or horror movies so know that this list is pretty family friendly when it comes to movies.

This year I am not planning on dressing up, today is my parent’s move in day to their new house and it has been a long process so that is where I will be all day and probably into the evening. By the time I get back to my apartment I may put on my devil horns and crack into a couple of Reese’s on my couch while contemplating when it is appropriate to start putting up my Christmas decorations. (Now don’t worry, they won’t go up until probably mid-November and the Christmas music won’t start until probably the week of Thanksgiving but I am preparing.)

Behind Christmas Halloween is my favorite holiday, it appeals to my inner goth and I want nothing more to appease her on most days. Well, this got a little weird so I guess without further ado, here are some of my ultimate go to Halloween movies.

All the movies pictured above are movies that I own and have access to so it is not all ten movies, some of them I watch on Netflix and some are still packed so I don’t have access to them at the moment.

Ghostbusters

I will watch both the original and the one that came out a few years ago, I like them both so don’t come after me. The original at the time was so groundbreaking and I didn’t see it until probably 2015-2016 just because I had never gotten around to seeing it. I feel like Ghostbustersis one of those movies that is such a cult classic that everyone needs to see it at least once in their life.

 

The Covenant

This one is one of my favorite movies ever, it to me is really underrated and most people I talk to say it is terrible. It might be but I love it. It has some really memorable lines and some questionable scenes for it just being a group of teenagers, who of course were played by adults but still teenagers in the film. This movie may not be for everyone but there are some actors in it who were favorites in other TV shows and movies who you may recognize if you get it a watch.

 

Halloweentown

Like every 90’s kid with cable I grew up watching Disney Channel and I watched all of the Disney Channel Original Movies probably until I was in high school, I looked up a list one day or there was a Buzzfeed quiz (I don’t remember Buzzfeed has so much content anymore) that made you check off all the ones that you had seen and I checked off a good chunk of them. Halloweentonwas one of those movies that I looked forward to watching every year as well as many of its sequels, provided they kept the original cast. When the original actress who played Marnie wasn’t in the fourth one I don’t think I actually watched it. It’s such a good movie about accepting who you are and who your family is and I would highly recommend.

 

Beetlejuice

            Again Beetlejuiceis such a cult classic and now I can’t say the title again in fear of summoning him. Haha, movie humor. It’s a good movie, some parts are a little questionable but overall it is one of my favorites to watch at this time of year. Everytime I hear Day-O by Harry Belafonte I automatically think of the dinner party scene in this movie when they all start dancing. I feel like this movie is also a cult classic, I watched the animated series growing up when it was I think on Nickelodeon, I only saw it in rerun form because it aired before I was born but I remember watching it but I didn’t see the film until I was in college because my best friend loves Tim Burton so much.

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

            Okay, this one is probably the most risqué one on my list. I started watching this one when I was probably in high school, how my parents let me I will never know but I did. Whenever someone mentions Tim Curry this is the first thing I think of, followed by a whole host of other roles that he has played over the years. Every time I hear Time WarpI want to do nothing but dance and if I am alone I do because it is just so catchy. I was in a radio production of this when I was in university and I played Janet so this movie will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

Nightmare Before Christmas

This is one of those movies that I watch near Halloween and near Christmas because is first of all just an all-around great movie and second of all it is one of those movies that is debatable whether is it a Christmas or a Halloween movie. I feel like this movie, like many of these films, is a cult classic or has a cult following now. You can’t escape seeing someone with Jack Skellington’s face on it this time of year.

 

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This is my Halloween night movie; I don’t know where my copy is this year because of the move so I will have to skip my tradition this year. It’s just one of those shows, I don’t know if this one counts as a movie because it’s only half an hour long but I am counting it anyway. I loved the Peanutscomics as a kid and the Peanutsare such recognizable characters, I actually have a day calendar this year that is Peanutscomic strips. It’s a cute little movie that like most of the Peanutsanimations is nice.

 

Corpse Bride

Look another Tim Burton film! Again it has catchy songs and amazing Claymation stop motion. There is so much work that goes into a film like this and it is such a good movie. One year for Halloween I would love to go as the corpse bride, makeup and all, I’ll do it eventually but it is a dream. Good movie, not scary though murder is a central theme.

 

Coraline

A word to the wise, the end of this still scares me. It’s a great film again Tim Burton kudos on the stop motion and the story line, catchy music from mice. This movie I think appealed to my escapist tendencies but it is a good film. It has a lot of interesting characters and some scenes that are interesting maybe not appropriate for young children. It’s worth a watch though if you get around to it, it’s not based around Halloween but I still feel like because it’s Tim Burton and some of the themes and scenes from the film it does have a Halloween vibe.

 

Hocus Pocus

I was so scared of this movie as a kid and truthfully I didn’t watch it all the way through until I was out of college. There are some things in this movie seeing it as an adult that I do question how they got into a movie meant for children. It’s good and one of those movies that has such an obsessive following. Though every time I put on a red lip I think that I am channeling my inner Sanderson.

 

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies to watch to get you in the spooky mood?

 

-MJ

Blush, Bronzer, Contour, and Highlighter Round Up

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Well here we are again with another makeup related post, some of my favorite posts to be honest because I get to go through my collection and actually look through what I have. I have discovered new favorites as I go through the posts like this and it has for sure made me realize that some of my collection has the potential to be retired because of age or condition. I have mostly purged my collection, there was a trend on YouTube of “doing my makeup with products I don’t like” and it made me go through and get rid of some things that I either haven’t used in a long time or really just didn’t like because of quality. My makeup collection at the moment seems to be a nice balance of quantity and quality though I don’t need to buy anymore for a long time, does that mean I won’t? No, it just means that I will think about my purchases a little bit more before I walk into Ulta and start singing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Because let’s be real if it was socially acceptable, I probably would.

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The Blushes:

  1. Too Faced-Love Flush in Baby Love

This was my first high end blush, I want not really a wearer of blush until a few years ago, this is in my Makeup Bag Essentials so I have talked about it before but it is a softer pink and it goes on really well with not a lot of effort, it is a little dusty, particles do tend to fly more with this one when it comes out of the pan than some of the others that I have had in the past but it is still one of my favorites for many reasons, the color, the pigment (light without being overbearing), the packaging, and even the design on the blush pan itself. (so much attention to detail)

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills-Blush Trio in Pink Passion

Now I got this one this month because I needed more blush. (I didn’t but I did) You are actually going to see this later in the month in my October Beauty Haul post so spoilers I guess. One deeper pink, one pastel pink, and one dusty pink make up this palette and I must say all of the colors are nice. Anastasia is a newer brand for me to get into. My first Anastasia product was the Prism eyeshadow palette and I have loved the quality ever since.

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The Bronzers:

Just a lovely army of one here.

  1. Benefit-Hoola

I got this as a sample and for the summer it is amazing, I think in the winter I would switch to Hoola Lite to be honest because for the most part I am very pale and if I am going for a natural look there is a good chance I am not going to bronze very much. I got really tan this summer from being outside so when I did wear makeup I did need to bronze and somedays it just feels nice to have a little bit of bronze. This was a sample I got a few months ago, check the April Beauty Haul post or my Makeup Bag Essential’s post for all the rest of my thoughts on this product.

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The Contour Kits:

Something I realized when I was taking pictures for this post; I sure do have a lot of contour palettes for someone who doesn’t contour much. I started buying the palettes when that over exaggerated contouring was popular because everyone was doing it. Now as soon as I started trying to figure out how to do it a more natural contour look came around and I found that I preferred that. I still want to try that “clown” contouring trend from a few years ago but let’s be honest in my opinion some of that was just for clicks on social media and on YouTube. It looked fun but not something that you would ever really want to do in a regular everyday makeup routine, unless you want to spend three hours doing your makeup and I know very few people in their real lives who have time to do that.

  1. NYX- Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

This was my first contour palette because of its price point. It is a solely powder based product which for the most part I love; I haven’t really experimented much with crème products even though I have a few but I feel those are more in my higher end brands like the other two in this section. I will definitely say that this product has a great range of shades for multiple skin tones even though I have a very fair complexion so some of the shades aren’t for me but having more comprehensive shades in this palette is great.

  1. Tarte Tartist Pro Glow

I got this in my summer fabfitfun box and I have only used it a handful of times but I have gotten some good results. I am still working on being able to “chisel” my face like I am made of marble. Maybe I just wish that I had higher cheek bones, maybe that’s it. I love all of Tarte’s products that I have tried and this is no different. It is a mix of powder and crème shades and it great. Like the rest of Tarte’s clay based products it smells amazing! I like the more natural scent then a chemical scent that some companies end up having when they try to make things smell good. (Too Faced can pull that off too, their peach scented things actually smell like peach.)

  1. Urban Decay- Naked Skin Shapeshifter in Light-Medium Shift

I can say so much about this palette I got it in March, check the haul post. I really like that it is half crème and half powder, it comes in a nice slim package, and it has a mirror on both sides, like a mirror sandwich. I haven’t used this one as much as I should but I love the Naked Skin line from Urban Decay, it is the only concealer that I use and I love that too.

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The Highlighters:

  1. Becca- Shimmer Skin Perfector in Opal

This was a sample that I also got in March because it was an email blast and I love those for samples because sometimes you don’t want to buy a full sized product because you don’t know if you are going to like it. I love this one it is a great highlight when I am going for a subtler highlight and that is most of the time. It’s a great shade and I have used it on multiple occasions when I want to shine just a little brighter.

  1. Morphe- High Impact Highlighter in Extra

I got this in August, again you can read about it more in my August Beauty Haul post. I love the color and Morphe to me always has really good stuff at a really fair price point. It has a high end feel and effect without the high end price tag and that is something for me that is really important. I love my higher end brands don’t get me wrong but if I can find a great product for under $10 that is a huge thing. I need to use it more, that’s the bottom line.

  1. Urban Decay-After Glow Highlighter Palette

This was my first highlight palette and is my go to for a lot of things, like one of the products that is ever present in my makeup bag. I love having four shades to play with where the colors are rather unique and can be used for various looks and layer amazingly. Urban Decay seems to never disappoint (at least for me) with their products and packaging and this palette is just another example of that.

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Aurora Glow Kit

Last one! This palette has some really unique colors but I haven’t really gotten to play with it much because I got it in July and I haven’t been wearing like any makeup since then. I have swatched all of the colors and they are a little dramatic and sometimes you need to switch things up and have a more dramatic look. Again Anastasia tends to be the brand that is one of my go to brands when it comes to more daring things.

Well there it is, the round up. I have linked what feels like half of my blog posts into this post because I feel like that is what a round up is for in a way. These views are all my own. I hope you guys all enjoyed the post since I took like a week hiatus to write it.

What are some off your favorite bronzers, blushes, highlighters, and contour items? Let me know in the comments below, is there anything that I should try or should avoid?

-MJ

What was in my October ipsy Glam Bag?

I was a little surprised this month to get my Glam Bag so early, normally it comes from about the 17th-22nd and this month it came on the 12th. I know it is the 16th but I have been a little busy and not super inspired to write anything in the last few days. (sorry my bad!)

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Onto the bag, as I was walking from my mailbox to my apartment I could not remember if I had seen what the bag actually looked like. Once I opened the neon pink packing bubble envelope I remembered seeing it, now this bag is solid red with the embossing of an opera mask on it and guys, I love it. It was very masquerade to me and one of these days it is your girl’s dream to go to a masquerade party. Granted I wear glasses and hate contacts but I would suffer if I got to wear a fancy dress and one of those opera/masquerade masks.

 

The Products:

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(1): City Color Glow Pro Stellar Pressed Highlight in Nebula.

This was actually featured on the card inside as a part of a Halloween makeup look. It is a beautiful iridescent blue and it does pop quite a bit. I loved that it was called Nebula and it was a blue tone because that reminded me of Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy, don’t ask me why but that was my first thought when I saw it was called Nebula. It goes on really smoothly and the color payoff is great. Looking forward to having a reason to wear this highlighter because I think it’s going to look real cool.

(2): The Balm Take Home the Bronze Bronzer in Oliver.

Now I have a few of The Balm’s products already but I do not have any of their bronzers. This is depotable to put in a Z palette which I probably will do eventually with some of the products from my Glam Bags. Now this bronzer is a nice subtle bronze and it looks pretty good with my skin tone so I probably will wear it throughout the winter during the months when there is no such thing as sun and your tan completely leaves your body.

(3): Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Shade R230.

I’m going to start out by saying this is not the right shade for me, it’s an okay match if I am tan but you guys know if you have been reading my blog for a while that I have really fair skin and this one is a little too much of a red undertone for me. Now let me tell you guys something else, this foundation was my first ever liquid foundation. I used Make Up For Ever foundation all through college and even after I graduated, I switched to a more cost effective and found that my skin did not like it so I switched back to Urban Decay for long wear applications and use a drug store brand for short term wear. I think that my shade in Make Up For Ever was either 110 or 115. I cannot actually remember and I can’t tell from the website, I would have to see it in person. Love the foundation though so I am excited even to have a mini size of it to try again.

(4): K Voss NYC Strawberry Peppermint Lip Balm.

Never heard of this brand and normally I am not a fan of glossy lip balms because it makes everything sticky, that is part of the reason I don’t wear lip gloss anymore. I was a teenager of the mid to late 2000’s and we all went through a lip gloss phase. There were a lot of beauty and fashion nightmares of my age group, sorry world. I will give this a chance; I don’t know how I feel about the scent combination either but I am going to give this a try because how can you say you don’t like something if you have never tried it.

(5): INMO Eyeshadow Brush

It’s the same every time I get a brush, I love brushes and this one is really cool it has a very interesting handle that actually makes it easier to hold so I am really looking forward to trying this one out as well. I don’t know if there is much else I can say about it beyond, per usual I love brushes.

 

Overall like last month I loved the bag. It was fun and it had a lot of products that I am excited to try in it. If you want to read my other unbaggings for April, May, June, July, August, and September click on the month!

One of these days I am going to do two things, one, do a full face look with all of the products that I have gotten and two, create a whole folder just for ipsy because this is like a quarter of my posts on this blog currently.

Do you subscribe? What did you get in your bag?

-MJ

Fall fabfitfun Unboxing

 

Well I got this box almost a month ago and I have been in another world when it comes to actually writing and posting the blog itself. My bad, I loved the box itself and I must say these boxes do not disappoint, if you want to read what was in my Summer Box, you can read that by clicking on the link. Like the last unboxing I am not going to tell the value of my box but the box is valued at anywhere between roughly $286-$376 dependent on the selections and items in the box that you receive. This box runs $50 each season and getting full sized products is great because it gives you a chance to try the beauty items for an extended period of time and enjoy some really cool things that aren’t per say beauty related.

 

IMG_8304.jpegThere were a few things that I chose for this box because of my personal preferences. I will get to those later though, first of all was a set of Glam Glow Bubble Sheet Masks, now I have been meaning to try out Glam Glow products for a while now and I feel like sheet masks are such a good way to go when you want to test a brand for their skin care products. Because I have such sensitive skin sometimes that is how I test brands and I have found in the past that it works pretty well. Trial sizes or travel sized products work as well to get the same effect because you can see if your skin has a negative reaction to something without purchasing a full sized product and then not being able to use it.

 

 

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Next was the Skin & Co. Blue in Capri shower gel, it smells great and I am a hoarder of shower gels and soaps. If it goes in the bathroom and makes things smell nice I hoard it. I have never heard of Skin & Co. before but I am excited to use it because I love the smell. It is a very light almost floral scent. According to the fabfitfun magazine the scent notes are wild sage, lemon, and alpine rose, so it is a light scent that has an undertone of freshness as well.

 

 

 

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Now this is something that I kind of touched on in my Foundation Application post from a few months ago where I said I didn’t want to spend $20 on a Beautyblender and then in this box there was a beautyblender and I was actually rather happy for that because it gives me a chance to have my first ever on brand beautyblender. I am actually not going to even open it at the moment because I have other beauty sponges that I already have open. I however am excited to use this to see if it really is worth all of the hype that beautyblender gets from fans.

 

 

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The last item that was in every box was a set of tea towels in a modern geometrical grey and white from Simply Whimsical and I love tea towels, these are already in my kitchen, they are currently in a drawer but they are so cute. I really like getting homeware items in these boxes beyond the beauty items as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the items were choices or options where some boxes had certain items and others had the other options, I don’t know how else to put it. Two of the following options I chose and the others were picked for me.

 

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I have the iPhone X and so I do not have a headphone jack on my phone and that means that either I have to have wireless headphones or I have to use the adapter that came with my phone to actually use headphones. Well in this box one of the options was either an umbrella or wireless headphones and I left it up to chance on what I got. I was happy to get the Cylo Cobra wireless headphones because I really wanted the headphones, they are white with a rose gold ring on the ear bud and I have used them already and loved them.

 

 

 

Next choice was either a Vince Camuto tote bag or a set of six brushes from Crown Brush and for my lifestyle the set of brushes from Crown Brush was a better option for me, I actually did choose this option because I have enough bags to last me a life time and I am always on the hunt for good brushes. The woman who used to do my eyebrows when I still lived in Indiana used Crown Brushes in her makeup business so I knew about them through her and I was excited when they were presented as a choice item in this box. It is six brushes in a handy carrying case in either all black handles and rose gold writing or in silver and I got the all black. They are amazingly soft and I am a huge fan of them already.

 

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Two more items, the first one is from Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant, all of the items in this category were from Grown Alchemist. I will have to do a patch test on this product because of my skin but I am hoping that I don’t have an adverse reaction to it because for the most part the products that I have gotten in these boxes have all been gentle enough to work with my skin.

 

 

 

 

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One last item and this one I was actually really happy to get it and that is the Cuccio Somatology Yogahhh! Detox Bath, I am a huge fan of baths even though I don’t seem to have time to take a bath over a shower, I am exciting to try it though because a skin detox sounds really great right about now.

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the box, it was amazing and every box seems to impress me more and more with each season and each box. I think that subscribing in the spring was one of the best ideas I have had this year. These products and boxes are curated to such a high quality that I never worry about not liking the box or having items that are not good quality. I cannot speak more highly about this subscription service.

 

Do you subscribe? What did you get? What did you enjoy most?

 

-MJ

Marvel Collector Corps Venom Unboxing

This is Amazon’s second attempt at replacing the Funko Subscription Box, Marvel Collector Crops and after the last box I was almost sure that this would be my last even though I was a loyal subscriber since mid-year one of the original Funko subscription service. Now I will say that they stepped up their game on this box as opposed to the Deadpool box from a few months ago.

Now before I start the unboxing, I do not have a huge knowledge base when it comes to Venom, I understand who he is as a character and I know they are pushing this because the movie just came out. I have not seen it and I don’t know if I will to be honest. The last Marvel movie that saw was Avengers: Infinity War and that was in May so I am two or three movies behind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Marvel tie in films. This box was all Venom themed so I was not expecting any different and I am basing my review off the box itself not the character it represented.

This box was for sure different than the last one, it was smaller and more compact and I went into it with an open mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed because I had expectations on it like I did with the previous box. Amazon is finding its feet with this box and I am happy to say it was a lot better than the first one. (After reading reviews of the Deadpool box on Amazon it seemed like a lot of people agreed with me about the box and its quality.)

 

On to what was actually in the box itself. I still miss the pin and the patch that you got with the first few years of the Collector Corps boxes. I also miss the comic book but that I will save for another day. This box unlike the last one at least had a listing of the items but again I still miss the product card that had the design inspiration and insights into the products but again, Amazon is finding their feet with this service.

 

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Now there was something in this box that I have never seen in one of these boxes before and that was rather exciting because it was a break from the normal box format that I have come to expect and that was a car decal of Venom in silhouette. Now all of the windows of my car are tinted so there is a good chance that I will not be putting it on my car but I know people who would love it so someone is getting this little decal.

 

 

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Of course there was a Pop! Involved because if there wasn’t I think that I along with many other collectors would question it. This month was a leaping Venom Pop! It is actually a really cool Pop! The detail on it is pretty great, tongue out and everything. I really liked all of the Pops! That came out for this film because it was the Venomized versions of some of the Marvel characters and they were all kind of great.

 

 

 

 

 

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This was another item that broke away from the normalcy of the box itself and that was a squishy Venom stress toy, it’s great I was really happy to get that because sometimes you just need a stress ball that doesn’t form back right away. The last stress toy they had was in the Hulk box last December I think but that was a traditional stress toy that wasn’t the squishy texture that the Venom one is.

 

 

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Two more items in the box and they were pretty great, first let’s talk about the tee-shirt, now in the Deadpool box there was no wearable item which was odd for this service, in this box however there was a tee-shirt. (I think in the November box there isn’t going to be a wearable either but I am unsure.) It is just about the same quality as the shirts were from the original subscription service so I was happy to see that as well. I actually really like the shirt because it is simple but different from those tee-shirts of boxes pervious.

 

 

 

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Last item, a tiny pint sized hero, which you can’t tell by the picture but it is slightly translucent, it is also so cute; which is an odd word choice when it comes to Venom but this pint sized hero, like most pint sized heroes are meant to be really cute. I have a Red Skull one from one of the boxes last year, it was the Superhero Showdowns box from I think February of 2017 (I don’t remember) and it was also cute. They take these character who aren’t supposed to be “cute” and make them real cute.

 

 

Overall, this box was a lot better than the Deadpool box and I am pleased to say that the next theme has been revealed to be 10 Years of Marvel and I am super excited for it. I was glad to see an improved box from the box previous and I will continue to subscribe because it is something that I enjoy.

Did you get the box? Do you have thoughts on it? Share them in the comments below!

 

-MJ