My New Makeup Set Up

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have any small space set up tips? 

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

            -MJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

July ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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

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

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

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

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist:

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

Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Waterful Glow Cream:

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

Huda Beauty 3d Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands:

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

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint: 

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

Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great rest of your week!

-MJ

What was in My July 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

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

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

            The bag:

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

            The Products: 

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

            Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon:

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

            Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara:

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

Mídflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask (set of 2): 

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

Phase Zero Make Up Blusher in Cotton Candy:

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

The Balm Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ooh La La:

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

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

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

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

            -MJ

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