What was in My July 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

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

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

            The bag:

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

            The Products: 

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

            Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon:

(I forgot to take a picture of it, I took pictures of everything else but not this one… so when I do I will update it!)

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

            Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara:

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

Mídflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask (set of 2): 

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

Phase Zero Make Up Blusher in Cotton Candy:

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

The Balm Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ooh La La:

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

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Summer 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

Good day everyone, 

                        I hope that everyone’s week went great and if it was just okay, I’m sorry and I hope that next week is better.

            I think I am finally moving on the upswing of my funk and I really happy for that knowing that maybe my posting schedule will actually remain consistent. I try to keep everything light and fun on the blog so I have been dealing with some things behind the scenes that have really been taking it all out of me and I am getting better and some days that’s all you can hope for. I feel like I have been saying that in almost every post for the last month because it’s been a hard time for me recently and I have been letting it get the best of me. That however is not what this post is about and I don’t want it to be about that because I don’t want to bring others down with my problems. So here we are almost into July. (what?) 

I am moving in July and then again in September or October, the apartment I am waitlisted for should be available in that time frame and my lease in the dumpster fire I live in now is up in the middle of the July so I am going to stay with my parents and the poodles for a few months in the meantime. So if my posting is a little sporadic, you know unlike my usual schedule, I mean really, it’s because I am in the process of moving my entire life and then moving back again in a few months. It’s going to be a time y’all, it’s going to be a time. 

So onto the actual content of this post, I got my summer FabFitFun box on the same day I got my July Glam Bag from ipsy but that post was just easier to write because it’s a rather quick process that I have gotten used to now. 

            This box felt a little different than boxes in the past and I think that was because I didn’t pick any of the larger items and I felt like there was actually more in the box because of it, that could just be me and my experience but I was not unhappy about it. The value was anywhere between roughly $270-$468 and like usual I am not going to tell you the value of my box because I think that is tacky but I will say mine was on the higher end of the spectrum there. 

            What was in the box?

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream & Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel

            I chose this one because I bought the Coconut Cabana cream a few months ago and I have been seeing this Brazilian Bum Bum cream for years now so I figured, when given the choice I chose this one. The smell is amazing and it came as a set with the Bum Bum cream and Shower Cream so I was really excited to get this in my box. The lotion feels really moisturizing and a little bit goes a long way, and my hands smell amazing. This is the smaller size cream (2.5 fl oz or 75 ml for the rest of the world), you can also get a larger cream (8.1 fl oz. or 240 ml) at places like Sephora or the Sol De Janeiro website. The shower cream-gel is 13 fl oz. or 385 ml and is sulfate free and according to their website they do not test on animals and they are vegan (accept for a few products) which everyone by now should know I am a huge fan of! I love the packaging of both products I their general color scheme is orange, teal, and white and it’s simple but it’s so recognizable. The other choices for this option were a travel blow dryer from Sutra Professional, a kimono robe from Spiritual Gangster (great name!), and a lotus towel from Vix Paula. 

111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask (Set of 5)

            This right here is the reason that my box was on the higher end of the price spectrum, this set of five is valued at like $160 and that is absolutely insane! Like I looked up the brand and I can understand why they are so pricy and I love me a good face mask, I normally however buy ones that are under about $5 so having the option to pick this I jumped on it because I am sucker for good skin care. I haven’t even opened the box yet because I feel like when I do angels will pop out and sing to me because they are so boujee (that is never a word I thought I would type out in my entire life outside of a fictional novel, like never in my real life but here it is.) I am excited to give them a try and because I have sensitive skin I am hoping that they are as good as the price point claims them to be. The other options for this were the tie-dye bowls from West Elm (I have so many bowls, though they were super cute!), the XO, Sienna felt letter board, or the Summer and Rose navy diamond tote (summer and rose had the beach towel from last summer). 

Jennifer Zeuner Star Double Necklace

            This was another choice product but for this one I didn’t make a selection I don’t think I said just pick one for me but I got the Star Double necklace from Jennifer Zeuner and it is so delicate and beautiful. I do not wear much jewelry but whenever jewelry comes in my FabfitFun box I usually love it because it is just really simple and beautiful. It has four length options, the smallest fits very much like a choker on me and it just gets longer from there. I will say this, because it is a double chain you have to be really careful to not get it tangled and because of that, for now it is going to stay on the cardboard it came on so it doesn’t get ruined in my moving process. The other options for this were the Burn 60 Resistance Bands, and the Odeme What a Pair set of silicone wine glasses. 

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

            I have heard of this brand for years now but I have never had anything from it before because it is on the pricier side but I have heard really good things about it. I will say this the packaging is simple and it smells great. It claims to block humidity and where I live we are now into the throws of summer where humidity is a thing at all times. The other options that were available for select members to choose from and just chosen for everyone else were the Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner or a mystery item.

Coola Organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray

            Coola is a brand that has been in my life for about a year now and I really like it. I have gotten into setting sprays as well so this is just another thing to add to my collection. It is vegan and cruelty free so again a fan of it. It is SPF 30 so it will protect your skin and I am excited to give it a real chance as a setting spray in the future. The other options for this were the Doctor Rogers Restore healing balm or the Intelligent Nutrients Refining Micro Polish.

Invisibobble Original Duo Pack

            From here on out all of these products were I can only use half of these because I am not blonde, I will probably give the blonder tone ones to my mom. I used one just to see if it really didn’t pull any hair out, it did pull some hair out because I know that I use a hair tie all the time and I grew up in the 90’s so these ponytail holders were a thing that I saw a lot as a kid but all I remember was the fact that all they did was rip out hair.

Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask

            It’s purple, like that is something that is just really impressive to me, purple is my favorite color so having a purple, almost violet clay mask is just really cool. I am hoping that because it is clay that it doesn’t affect my skin like clay masks in the past have. 

Grace & Stella Rose Facial Spray

            Rose water is just something that I always have on my bathroom counter because I use it quite frequently, I have been using Soo’AE’s for about the last year so I to get this I was actually really excited to have it around. I don’t know what else to say about this one but I’m exicted.

Whish Exfoliating Foot Mask

            Foot mask, now that is something that is interesting and something I have never done, now this one doesn’t smell the best but I feel like foot creams don’t. I am intrigued to try this and its vegan and cruelty free so that’s always a plus. 

            Overall I really like the box and I feel like I don’t need to say much else, I am always a fan of getting my FabFitFun box so this is just another pretty positive review for this box. If you want to see what was in the Spring box this year, you can!

            Do you subscribe? What was your favorite product? 

            I’ll see everyone mid-week with another post. Have a great start to your week!

            -MJ

What was in My June 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Look at me actually being on my posting schedule, I mean let’s see how long this lasts. I got my June Glam Bag in the mail today, yesterday by the time this is posted. Like the Glam Bag Plus this month it was themed with a collaboration between ipsy and Tetris and it’s a really cute collaboration.

            The bag:

                        I think there were five different bags this month that corresponded with the colors of the Tetris blocks like purple, yellow, green, orange, red, dark blue and light blue. I liked the fact that there was a variety of bags offered this month it even gives you a little bit more customization because of the bag that you get. 

            My bag was red and has a lightning bolt (I don’t know what else to call it a funny z?) piece as the zipper pull, I hope that all of the other colors had their corresponding piece as the zipper pull. The bag itself is detailed with the shape represented from the Tetris game. I like the multi-tonal monochrome palette on the bag itself.

            The Products: 

                        I am going to start out with this, it is a lot of masks, that’s pretty odd for one of my bags because it is literally all facial skin care, no makeup which for one of my bags is a rarity. 

            TETRIS X ipsy Blending Brush

            This was the only non-skin care product I received in my bag, from what I understand about the collaboration there were five brushes and this is a fluffier blending brush more than a packer brush or a crease brush, it’s synthetic which I feel like most brushes are any more. 

            First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer

            First Aid Beauty is one of those luxury brands for me and I have been a fan from a far for years now, I really like their products even though I have only used one or two because they don’t seem to have any adverse effects on my skin and that is always something that I look for in anything that gets near my face when it comes to skin care and even primer and foundation. It smells like cucumbers and I am really excited to give it a try. 

            Hey Honey Sweet Treat Wild Berry & Honey Yogurt Recovery Mask.

            I am so used to sheet masks than masks like this, I like the idea of just a cream mask and I am looking forward to trying it out. On the insert card it says that the mask is pink and I am a fan of that because you know, it’s pink. It says it helps restore elasticity and helps restore the appearance of dull skin because of the environment.

            Pixi by Petra Glow Mud Cleanser

            I have used a mud cleaner before and it did not work real well with my skin, now I don’t know if this one will be different just because it’s a different brand and maybe the ingredients will be different so it won’t affect my skin as much as the one that I tried before. 

            Soroci Lycomoto Super Restorative Sleeping Mask

            I am a new fan of sleeping masks and for the most part I have found them to be lovely, this one is made with tomato extract which helps with moisture and brightening so I am excited to give this one a try as well. 

            Well my bag was really skin care heavy this month but I wasn’t super upset about it, I think that the products that they curated into this box are things that I like or will like even if the bag was very skin care heavy. Overall I liked the bag so I am not complaining about it. 

            If you want to see what I got in my other Glam Bag’s this year just click on their month! January, February, March, April, and May. If you want to read my Glam Bag Plus openings you can from May and June!

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product this month?

            I’ll see everyone over the weekend! Have a good rest of the week!

            -MJ 

What was in my April 2019 ipsy Glam Bag ?

Well I have had ipsy for a year now so that means that I have to start putting the year on the post as to not confuse it with my April ipsy Glam Bag from last year. That’s right there is now a year’s worth of Glam Bag unbaggings here on the blog. That’s really hard to believe that I have even had my blog a year but I have, my blogiversary was in mid-March so happy one year to this mishmash of crazy!

            So what was in my bag? Well I will get to that in just one moment. First a side note, they lifted the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus and I jumped on it, ipsy is my OG beauty subscription so I have some loyalty to them and I like the idea of the Glam Bag Plus through them. My first one will be May so look forward to that when it is eventually posted it after I get it in the mail. 

            The card was back this month with a description of the products and I was really excited because I missed it a lot last month. 

            The bag, first and foremost just screams summer! at you and I was so happy when this bag design was announced. It has lemons on it with the outline and the coloring not matching up which is a really fun artistic choice.

            On to the products so I don’t drag this out for 3,000 words, it has happened before and it is destined to happen again. 

Doucce Punk Volumizing Mascara: 

            Doucce is one of my favorite mascaras and I have gotten a few in the past through ipsy the first one was with my May bag last year and again in the Holiday Collection, normally I don’t like repeats but I was excited to see the brand with a different kind of mascara and I hope that it holds up to the expectations that MaxLash set for Doucce mascaras.

Firma Beauty 103 Angled Contour Brush: 

            It’s been a while since I have gotten a brush in my glam bag, I think the last time was February, I honestly though it was a lot more time than that but I looked back and sure enough, it was February. I do not contour much but I love the brush and just because I am truly terrible at contouring doesn’t mean I shouldn’t practice and try to get better so this brush is a step in the right direction. I honestly don’t even think I have an angled brush and that is pretty hard for me to believe because of the flower pot full of makeup brushes I have in my bathroom.

In case you were wondering about the flower pot and yes all of my mascaras and eyeliners are in a beaker.

Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm: 

            The container proudly says it’s even okay for sensitive skin so that’s exciting, granted with lotion or moisturizer it is hard to see how your skin is actually going to react with such a small amount of the new product. I love watermelon so it’s exciting, it has Vitamins A, C, and E as well as aloe vera and cucumber so it is probably very soothing which I am really looking forward to actually giving it a go.

Tarte (Double Duty Beauty) Base Tape Hydrating Primer:

            If you have been around a while y’all know I love me some Tarte, it is a great brand and I have never had a problem with any of their products, I use Shape Tape concealer and the Tartist Pro palette is one of my all-time favorites. This is new so I am excited to see if it is worth its weight in actually doing what it says it does. It has jojoba oil in it so that means it’s super hydrating and I am on board for that. 

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment in Honeydew: 

            It’s beautiful, I am going to start out with that and at the moment because I just swatched it I am trying really hard not to get it on my keyboard as I type. It says that it can be used as an eyeshadow or a highlighter and it is popping so I would for sure test it out as a highlighter. The card in the bag says that it is coral pink but it looks more bronzy and rose gold/copper to me and I will never ever be upset about that shade. It’s really nice and it is a great shade for spring rolling into summer.

            Over all, loved the bag as I usually do, ipsy never fails to impress me, I have yet to be disappointed in any of my glam bags, there may be a product here or there that I am not a fan of but overall I always love getting the metallic pink package in my mailbox each month. 

If you want to check out the rest of my ipsy unmaggings from this year you can: January, February, and March.

            Do you subscribe, if you do what’s your favorite product you got? Got any tips for someone who can’t contour? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday because it’s birthday and Easter weekend and I don’t know how close I am going to be to my laptop. 

            Have a good rest of your week either way!

            -MJ

Some Birthday Soap

These all come from Simply You Soap and Candle Co. 

            So I got these as an early birthday present and I could not help but write a post about them. I don’t even think I can use them because they are so pretty, this isn’t going to be a long post but I just want to touch on the artistry of the person who made these soaps because they are truly works of art. Also they smell absolutely amazing and I can’t get over the fact that some of them look good enough to eat. 

            This is not sponsored, none of my content ever is, if it was I would let you know. I just got these as a birthday present and I wanted to share because they are really cool. Like I said they all come from a place called Simply You Soap and Candle Co. in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. My dad’s family is from around that area so this was my cousin’s idea of a perfect gift and she was correct. I really like artisan soaps and products like that so this was a really thoughtful gift.

            Four of them currently are not on their website but the other two are as well as a variety of other products. Three of them are bar soaps and three are more decorative and the decorative ones might be in store only (so if you find yourself in Western Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh area, stop in.) I do want to visit there myself because their website makes the store look really cute.  

            The decorative soaps I plan on buying a bell jar or a cake plate for so I can display them and make it look real cute.

            I honestly thought with the unicorn rubber duckie soap was really a rubber duckie stuck into the top of some rainbow soap; it was and I was so happy about it. It smells like grapefruit, and I don’t even think I will be able to bring myself to use it and ruin how cute it is. 

            The other two decorative soaps are cheesecake pieces one is raspberry and I think the other one is a salted caramel chocolate but I don’t actually know because they aren’t on the website and no one provided me with the information on what it actually is. They smell like I said, amazing and they look almost good enough to eat even though they are clearly labeled with Do not ingest. Which is super important because it’s soap and you do not want to eat soap. Yes, I put them in a pie plate because I thought that was clever.

The actual soaps that I got are also really pretty and smell amazing, how many times can I say those things in one blog post, I guess we will see.

So the ones you can actually get on their website as of the time of writing this is the Black Raspberry Vanilla which I love so much, it smells like it should with those notes without being artificial, it reminds me of walking into a bakery and smelling a blackberry pie which I am never mad about. 

The next one that can be found on the website is Love Spell which has notes of orange, peach, cherry blossom, and white jasmine and the orange is probably the most powerful note which I am not unhappy about, the smell is pleasant. I wish that the internet had like smell-o-vision or something so I could actually demonstration how good these smell.

The last one is called Watermelon and it is scented like, as you guessed it, watermelon. It is for sure a really summery scent and I love it, I also really like the fact that the soap looks like a slice of watermelon. It like the rest of them doesn’t smell artificial and it is simply beautiful.

Just a soap appreciation post, that’s it. I love all the hard work that goes into creating things like this because the attention to details is phenomenal and I could not be happier that I got to experience these soaps first hand. You can check out their website and see all of the other products they sell at http://www.simplyyouscc.com

I’ll see everyone hopefully Tuesday, if not it’ll be Wednesday with another post!

-MJ

March Favorites

Sorry I disappeared again and missed an upload, my space bar stopped working last weekend so I had to take it to get fixed for the second time in a month…so much fun. That meant however that I didn’t have the ability to post on my usual day because I didn’t have my usual computer.

            Though guess who’s back, back again, MJ’s back, tell your friends. No seriously though, I am hoping for no more laptop issues so I can actually have a routine posting schedule. I’m trying, I really am.

            March favorites though, I had a few not as many as usual but still some great items that I found myself reaching for a lot in the month of March. 

            My parents were gone for a little over a week in March visiting family in the north and I was tasked with poodle care, they are both cute and I love them even though they were both pains in my butt for different reasons. It was nice just hanging out with them for such an extended period of time. By the end of it I was just really excited to go home and sleep in my own bed, alone, with no poodles in sight. They lived with me last year while my parent’s house was being finished so I spent a lot of time with them from May to the end of October when they moved about half an hour north west from where I live, it’s only like 15 miles but because the roads are so twisty it takes a lot longer to get there. 

            One thing for sure that was one of my favorites in late February and early March, even into this month was my Chromebook, I had a rocky start with it because I was sold a piece of software I couldn’t use and that was a mess but I am over it. The store I bought the computer from I probably won’t step into for a while because they made me feel like I had been had. It really came in handy when I didn’t have my regular laptop and I am a huge fan of it because I can use it as a laptop and a tablet. So convenient, I have been a Mac user for over a decade now but it’s kind of nice to have a second operating system on hand just in case. 

            Next was my facial oil, now I don’t use it every day because my skin is pretty acne prone and I noticed that when I add more oil to it I have a lot more breakout days. I was using Derma Deli’s Pumpkin Seed oil but it was too much for my skin even using it once every other day. So in February I switched over to Pacifica’s Super Flower, I do like it more it is not as oily as ones I have used in the past and I can use it slightly more often as long as I mix it in with my moisturizer. I know that’s not what you are supposed to do but that seems to be the only way that it will work and I don’t have major breakout issues. 

            I am trying to eat better this year, some days are easier than others in that department but I am also a person who snacks, I don’t know why but I do, stress eating and all of that. I found however that I really like prepackaged seaweed snacks and I am lucky enough to have an Asian market within 15 minutes of where I live. They are crunchy and not too many calories so it’s like chips but not as bad for you. You for sure have to like the taste of seaweed though and I know people who don’t so if you like seaweed I suggest you find some, I usually get mine at Wal Mart or Target but the Asian market has a much bigger selection of brands. 

            Last but not least, I have been on a cozy mystery kick this year, they are the only books that I have actually read, I’m on my 11thbook of the year and they have all been by two authors. The one that was one of my favorites last month was Carol J. Perry, I finally caught up with her Witch City Mysteries series and I couldn’t put them down, they are really fun and easy to read and they keep you guessing on “who done it” it adds an element of magic and witchcraft in a beautiful way where it’s not overbearing on how magic it is but it is used as a tool to help solve crimes. I just really enjoy the series, her main character is fiery and multi-talented with a cat sidekick and I love it so much. 

            If you are looking for cozy mystery recommendations I would suggest the Meg Langslow series from Donna Andrews, they are bird themed titles and that’s hilarious, or the Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke and they are all baking themed, that is the series that I am currently reading. Though I need catch up with the three or four new books from Donna Andrews. I like reading cozy mysteries because they make great beach reads or reads during a break in your day, I read them while I am on the stationary bike and I find that when I get to the “good part” at the end of the book where the heroine or hero is in danger that I get my best workout times.

            I have so many books to read but I am on my mystery kick at the moment, a few years ago it was post 1900 pre World War 1 British period literature so I get on kicks and read ten or 15 books in the same vein and then get sick of them. 

            So that’s it for my March favorites, nothing really all that groundbreaking but I enjoyed them.

            Did you have any favorites in March? Got any book suggestions? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday for a new post!

            -MJ

Spring 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

I feel like I have been waiting for this box since December when I got my winter box because this subscription box is probably my favorite ever, I love the other boxes I get but nothing can beat full sized items and the brand named items in the box are always really great quality. By the time you are all reading this I have had the box for at least a week, I have been a little busy and I had some posts scheduled ahead of time so this is a little later than I wanted it to be. 

            Seriously, this box was amazing, like usual I am not going to tell you how much the total of my box was because that’s just a little odd for me, the box is $50 four times a year or $180 once a year to be a select member, I will probably upgrade to that at some point because it allows for more customization options and early access to the edit sales and customization as well as an earlier ship date. I feel like in my past unboxings I have kind of glossed over this portion of the subscription service. 

            Like I said this box is $50 a quarter and this box was valued between $226.99 and $314 dependent on the customizations and the options that were available to potentially be in this box. Really, this box is worth over four times what you pay and that is such a good return on your investment. The only thing I am going to say about the value of mine was it was in the upper mid-range of those prices. If you really want to you can do the research and look up the prices of the items to see an exact figure.

            Per usual all of these opinions are mine, as they always are. 

            Okay, enough exposition, now onto the real stuff; what did I get? I am going to start out with the items that I had the ability to customize and I will tell you the other options that I opted not to get, what I didn’t get may be something that you love but what I chose I wanted more. 

            Deux Lux Demi Backpack: I am a sucker for backpacks because I screwed my shoulders up when I was in high school carrying heavy one shoulder bags to class so I have carried a backpack since late 2015 and I have not looked back. This is a smaller and more versatile than the faux leather backpack that I carry usually. It is pretty light weight and it is canvas and vegan leather, (according to the care instructions) it seems like it would be great for anything really, dates, music festivals, hanging out with friends, going to the park with your dog. It is a really great backpack and it comes in a protective sleeve so it will be stored in there for now. The other two options were a Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe, I didn’t choose this one because I am not a robe person. The other option was the Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser, this would be a great thing to use the Way of Will Essential Oils from the Winter Box, but I already have a diffuser so I didn’t want to get a second one. 

            Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: Now that is a mouth full, I really like Korres I got their body lotion in my spring box last year and it is so nice. It is moisturizing and it smells amazing. I have really been getting into skin care this year so when this was one of the options I jumped on it. It smells amazing and I am really excited to try it and see how it does with my skin, it is dermatologically tested to that usually means that I can use it without any adverse effects. According to the packaging it has over 90% natural content so I should be just fine. The other options were one of two pairs of Quay Australia sunglasses, they are really cute but I wear glasses and I have prescription sunglasses so they wouldn’t work for me. The other option was the Sunnylife Lovers Picnic Set, again really cute but not something for me, I don’t think I have ever been on a picnic in my life.

            Makeupdrop Silicon Beauty Applicator: If anyone read my foundation application post you know how much I love my Ulta brand silicon applicator and I am looking forward to trying this one as well. This one was a mystery item, I kind of liked having a bit of mystery even with the customization options, sometimes it is a way to get rid of excess stock and I am totally okay with that. The other two options were a set of Giadzy measuring spoons, I have a set of measuring spoons and I am not a huge fan of plated items because that starts to come off and it gets harder to use the item. The other was a bottle of Lavido body lotion in Mandarin Orange and Bergamot, I have so much lotion that I don’t need any more no matter how much I love Bergamot. 

            These next two items were customizable to select members so I had no option on what I got here and I was not upset with what I got.

            Sip by S’well: It’s an insulated travel water bottle and I have been eyeing a S’well water bottle for years now and I was really hoping to get this option because I am a hoarder of water bottles, as I am writing this I am still mourning my Kate Spade travel tumbler that I dropped on my bathroom floor yesterday (last Thursday for you) and broke, for some reason I break my favorites that I can’t replace and I don’t know why. I really like the fact that it’s covered in triangles for reasons of my own. This is a hand wash only but most water bottles and travel tumblers are so that wasn’t too shocking. The other two options were a bar necklace from The2Bandit’s, which is also really cute or the Ciaté London setting powder, I like Ciaté so I would have been okay with any of the options that were within this category. 

            Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Again I have been getting into skin care and I have a pretty good skin care routine going on but I am always willing to try something new. It is probiotic skincare so I am hopeful that I don’t have a reaction to it, I like the packaging it’s nice and simple so I see nothing wrong with that. I can’t really say much else because I haven’t tried it yet to see how my skin reacts to it. The other options were either the Daily Concepts detoxifying brush or the Eleven by Venus (yes, that Venus, the tennis star) jump rope. 

            These last three were in every box, so every subscriber got all of these items. 

            Ouai Leave in Conditioner: Ouai is a brand that I am familiar with because of ipsy and it’s a really nice brand. I have pretty dry ends of my hair so having a leave in conditioner is something that I need but I don’t actually have. I am excited to add this into my hair care routine. 

            Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel: Another mouth full to say, it is red so it color corrects for dark spots but I put it on my hand to see it’s consistency and once it sunk in my skin was so smooth and it was amazing. I really like Dr. Brandt so having more good skin care is for sure up my alley. I got a Dr. Brandt product in my winter box as a surprise and I can say, it’s pretty great.

            Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: Champagne and Charcoal, sign me up. I am cool with body scrubs; I should use them more because I love how my skin feels like after I wash all of the grit off. I love the packaging, rose gold lid, simple label with a pink and rose gold marble detail around the bottom, it’s so nice. It is a really large jar too, it’s about 18 oz. so for a body scrub that is on the large side from what I have seen. I am excited, pre usual, to give this one a try and really see what it smells and feels like. 

            So that was my spring box and I am already waiting for the summer box and its accompanying spoilers and customization options. I’m excited for it already. 

            If you subscribe what did you get? Did you have a favorite this month? Did you not get any of the items that you wanted to get? Let me know in the comments! 

            -MJ 

Top 5 Favorite Mascaras

I have used plenty of different mascaras over the years since I started wearing makeup and felt comfortable enough to get near my eyes with a wand of black death. Like everyone else who has used mascara before I have poked myself in the eye with the wand and then gotten the mascara all over my face. 

            I am a wearer of glasses so I would probably be able to see the results better, as would the people around me if I wore contacts but that’s never going to happen. I have also never worn false lashes; (I know shocking) so I don’t know their benefits either because I am afraid of my eyes reaction to the lash glue. 

            I have used mascaras in the past that I used once and never used again because it either gave me some sort of reaction or it didn’t do what it was advertised to do. I have worn mascaras for short times that I loved but when it came to long wear they flaked way too easily and irritated my eyes so these mascaras in this post represent my five favorite in the last few years but mostly within the last year because I have begun to diversify what kind of mascara I get because of my ipsy and now Birchbox subscriptions. 

            Let me tell you all about my eyelashes because what I use may not work for everyone, everyone has different lash issues as well as different sensitivities and lash wants and needs so what I like you may really not and that is totally cool because we can all have opinions, isn’t that a beautiful thing? 

            These are not in any particular order; I don’t have a number one favorite of these five because they all do the job that I want them to do while making my eyelashes look great. 

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash

            I have been using this mascara for years and it has never disappointed me. It is on the pricy side but it is worth it if you wear mascara every day. I really like the curved brush because I feel like it really makes my eyelashes pop and look amazing even with just one coat. It can get clumpy but I think that is more user error rather than product error because granted I love mascara I am still not perfect at putting it on even though I have been wearing it since like 2007. I used to be able to get away without it but I don’t wear eyeliner anymore so I have to wear something around my eyes. 

NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype

            I have been loving this for a good year now and I don’t see me ever feeling any different about it. If you read my February Beauty Haul you know that I had to buy a new one so that’s why this one isn’t open. I am going to try and finish off some other mascaras I already have in play before I start this one. I love the way it makes my lashes look so this is automatically one of my favorites and one of the only non-prestige items on this list. 

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

            This is a newer mascara in my makeup bag, I got a sample in my May Glam Bag from ipsy last year and I raved about it then and I had only worn it once. I still really love it because it does give you the volume of false lashes with one coat. (I imagine they feel like my eyelashes do when coated in this mascara.) It doesn’t flake which is so great and it’s only a trial size so I can use a lot more of it in the window of time when it is still good. I got a second sample in the Gold Holiday Collection and that made me really happy because it’s nice to have a backup.

Too Faced Better Than Sex 

            Okay so the name is funny, I have been getting travel sizes of this product every year around Christmas since probably 2015, it was one of the first prestige mascaras that I ever owned and so it is one of my favorites. Now I don’t even remember what mascara I used to buy when I started to wear makeup, I could not tell you now. This is one of those products that I always have in my makeup bag because it is a staple for me. It is a go to for me because I know what it’s going to look like. It’s a good mascara with a really great name so I can’t be upset about it.

Tarte Maneater

            This I use whenever I am up at my parent’s house because it’s in my makeup bag there, now this has a really long applicator and it really is a great mascara even though I don’t wear it as often as the others on this list. I love the packaging and I’m not actually sure if they still make this but I would buy it again if they did. I think at one point in the past I had Tarte’s lights, camera, lashes mascara so I like their formula and I know Tarte’s quality and this product is no different.

            It’s been a while since I have done a top five for my makeup and it was nice to be able to go through my collection again and actually think about why I like the products that I like. 

            Do you have a favorite mascara? 

            -MJ 

March Birchbox Unboxing

It’s March and for sure a few posts ago was my February Birchbox unboxing, I am watching my parent’s dogs over Spring Break while they are out of town visiting family and friends back where we used to live so I have some time on my hands. I have had this box for a few days. 

            This box is a lot better than my February Box, granted I did like the February box but this one is a lot better. It is much more to the caliber of the January Box.

            The box itself is really cute, it is covered in blue flowers outlined in pink with red centers, like my last two boxes, I don’t know what I am going to do with them. I may just end up recycling them for now until I have a better idea on what to do with them. 

On to the items: 

[Comfort Zone] Active Pureness Fluid:

            It’s a moisturizer that is mattifying as it works into your skin. I am really excited to try it and see how it works on my skin, it can be used as a primer too though so that is really nice because I have a love/hate relationship with primer. It is made in Italy and has Vitamin C in it so I am hoping that my skin doesn’t have an adverse reaction to it. 

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask:

            Where I used to get my hair done they used amika so I was really excited to see this in my box. Since I have had exposure to this product before as a shampoo and conditioner I am excited to try a hair mask. I usually don’t do hair masks but I know the quality of this product. It smells really good and I think it made the rest of my box smell but I was not upset about that. I can’t wait to try it out and see what is does to my hair.

Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Bang Mascara:

            I got the deluxe sample with my January box and like I said then Roller Lash is one of my favorite mascaras, there will be a post soon with my five favorite mascaras so I will link that when it’s out. I haven’t actually used my other tube of BadGal Bang but I am still really excited to try it because of how much I like Roller Lash.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            My first foundation primer was Smashbox primer in the green for color correcting so I know how I feel about this primer, I used it for a really long time so I am hoping that they haven’t changed the formula much since like 2013. When I finally ran out of my primer the first time I looked for dupes because a full size product is expensive and they don’t have the push pump bottle anymore which was what I had and liked, I find that NYX’s color correcting primer is still pretty good on a budget. 

ThisWorks Deep Sleep pillow spray:

            I already use a lavender pillow spray to help me sleep but I like having a travel size because traveling with my larger bottle is almost impossible and I don’t want all that oil all over my bag when I travel. I am excited to try it and make sure that it doesn’t give me any sort of reaction, though I wish that the ingredients were on the packaging so I could actually know what’s in it without having to look online. 

            Well that’s it for my March box, much more custom feeling to me but I am really happy with this box overall.

            Do you subscribe to Birchbox, if you do what’s been your favorite from this month? 

            I’ll see you guys soon!

            -MJ 

February Beauty Haul

So it’s been awhile again, I am at my parents babysitting the dogs while they are on vacation, and I still will be when I post my next post, (which I have already written.) so my opening paragraph may be similar. 

            I didn’t buy anything in January and I only bought a few things in February, I wasn’t planning on buying anything but then my mascara went bad and almost gave me an eye infection, it was red for like two days so I threw it away and bought a new one. Well while I was there I got a few things. This is not going to be a long post because it was only three new things and a tried and true favorite. 

            I am just going to briefly mention the tried and true favorite, it is also the thing that expired and made me look like I had pink eye for a day and a half. My NYX Worth the Hype mascara, I still love it because normally I am not a person who will purchase a full sized mascara anymore, if it is a prestige brand I tend to lean toward the travel sized products just because once you open a mascara they have such a short shelf life before they go bad and when you spend so much money on a product you can only use for a few months. 

            Next, onto the new things, so Colourpop is now in my Ulta and I am excited to be able to see the products in person instead of looking online and hoping that I get colors right. So I got Colourpop’s No Filter Concealer in I think the shade Fair 02. I have heard mixed reviews on their concealer but I like the shade range because the shade that I got is lighter than most of the concealers that I have seen on the market. 

            A few months ago I got a sample size of the All-Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay and they have a display of them on the counter in my Ulta so as am impulse buy I purchased the travel size because I really enjoy the setting spray. I don’t wear setting spray every day but when I do I reach either for that one or for my Colourpop All-Star Setting Spray.

            Last but not least I have been experimenting with facial oils and I decided to pick up another one to try out. I have very sensitive combination skin and I always have to be really careful with the combination of products that I put on my face but I like Pacificia, I used their makeup wipes for quite some time while I was in college so when I saw their Flower Power Rapid Response facial oil. It has rose and blue tansy and I know that my face doesn’t react to rose and I was excited to see that. I can only use it about once a day or sometimes even once every other day because of my skin but it has been a really great addition to my skin care routine.

            Did anyone else get anything new in beauty in February? Is there anything you are currently coveting when it comes to skin care and beauty? 

            I’ll be around with another post Saturday, so I’ll see everyone then!

            MJ