What was in my February ipsy Glam Bag?

Okay so I have been MIA for the last week or so because I have been sick, that’s right I got the flu and some sort of repertory thing so I have been sitting on my couch watching Netflix for the last week or so trying to get myself to feel like a person again. It has not been fun and I do not like being sick (no one likes being sick) and I haven’t been sick since like 2016 so this one really knocked it out of me. 

            I got my ipsy bag in the mail Tuesday and I got the email on Monday and it showed up on Tuesday, it was a little odd to get the email like four days after I checked the tracking information on the website. I don’t know emails and tracking are crazy. 

            The bag:

                        So it’s cute, not my absolute favorite so far, it is very Valentine’s Day which I expected because it is February. It is covered in lips, which is a little much for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute but just not my favorite. 

            The insert this month was different than last month, this month it was a card instead of a pamphlet and mine got nice and crunched in the mail so honestly I liked the pamphlet better though I can assume that it might have just been for January for the new year or the printing of the pamphlets is just too expensive to do every month, which I get. I just wish that whoever was handling mine in the mail was a little nicer to it in transit. I still like having an insert of any sort in the bag because it gives me the information on the products instead of me having to go on the website and look. It’s purely a convenience thing and I am here for it. 

            The products:

Eyeko: Lash Alert Mascara

            I have never owned a mascara in a tube like this before I am used to the standard hard cylindrical tube that most mascaras come in. This however is almost like a squeeze tube and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It is a fibrous mascara which I am going to give a try but because of my sensitivity I am not sure if it’s going to be a product that I can use. Stand by for that one. It also has a curved brush which is also something that I have never really had before in mascara, the closest I have had is Roller Lash by Benefit which I love so I am hopeful with this one as well.

M.A.C Cosmetics: Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20

            I haven’t used powder foundation since probably 2009, I like M.A.C though so I am excited to give it a try and it seems like a pretty good shade match, maybe a little yellow but I can work with it. I will have to really think about how to use this because I am so used to having full liquid products for foundation and concealer that I am going to have to tread lightly when it comes to the mixing for powder and liquid in my base makeup routine when I try this product. I think that could also work as a powder that goes over foundation but to be honest I don’t know. 

Aisling Organics: Eco-Luxe Eyeshadow Brush

            It’s be a while since I have gotten a brush and this is a duel end, now I use my Urban Decay duel ended brush from the Naked Smokey palette all the time, it’s either that or the brush that came with my Lorac Brunch palette. I like the versatility of the duel ended brush when it comes to eyeshadow, in reality it’s because I’m lazy and I don’t want to clean several different brushes. The packer end of this brush was really stiff, I had to work with it for a few seconds to even get the bristles to move, I don’t know if I am having any bristle fall out but there might be a little already. It’s a pretty soft brush and I bet it will get the job done, the brand also gives to charity so I am very much on board with that. 

Glamglow: Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

            Glamglow is one of those brands that I follow on social media and covet but don’t own unless it’s in some sort of subscription box. I don’t know why but I find myself not knowing what to actually purchase from their line. Deep and several step skincare and all of that is still such a new world to me, so I am hesitant to purchase anything for my skin, for that reason and my skin sensitivity as well. I’m excited to try it because it’s Glamglow and I have heard only good things about them.

Meech and Mia: Pressed Eyeshadow in Caramel

            This is the second Meech and Mia product I have received in my Glam Bags since I started in March of last year, that’s right next month will be a year of me getting his product.  The first shadow I got from them was a loose pigment so I am really excited to try a pressed pigment from them. It is a nice almost orangey gold shade, with a name like caramel I hope it would be. It actually has a pretty good pigmentation and the pan size is pretty standard for a single pan shadow. I am excited to actually see what this looks like beyond just a swatch on my hand. 

            Overall I liked the contents of the bag, it was a pretty diverse set of samples and I am excited to really dive into all of them. Ipsy is such a great service and I love it more and more every month. I am not going to tag last year’s unbaggings but I will tag mine from January.

Did you get any great products this month?

See you all on Saturday!

-MJ

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January Birchbox Unboxing

So I decided that I was going to subscribe to something new because I found myself down a subscription box after unsubscribing from Marvel Collector Corps and I have been seeing this one online for such a long time now. 

I want to pause a moment before I go on with my unboxing and review, I had a comment on my Marvel Collector Corps box that I have since deleted because I found it very triggering. It started out with “you people wouldn’t be happy if they hung you with a new rope” I have been thinking about that exact line for over a month now. With that being said, I understand that everyone on the internet is entitled to their own opinion, I use a platform to talk about my opinions all the time. That was not my issue with this comment, first of all you should never knowingly go on someone’s blog, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or any other social media platform and tell them that they wouldn’t be happy even being hanged with a new rope, there is a line there that is crossed the moment you make that suggestion. I shared my displeasure and disappointment with a box and a service and everyone’s experience may be different but malice filled comments like that aren’t welcome. 

The internet allows people this false sense of anonymity, it allows people to think that they can say hateful things or mean things and not make the person on the other side of the screen feel something about it. Even if you copy and paste a comment over and over onto multiple blogs or comment sections hoping to get a rise out of one person, for that person to comment back and start something; that’s just not right. We don’t need drama, we don’t need to be at each other’s throats all the time to get a reason to say something to someone because you don’t agree with them. We are allowed to have our opinions and guess what, we don’t have to agree at all that is the beauty of free will. 

Now away from the heavy stuff because I do not want to pollute my 2019 with negativity. 

I was expecting a little box to show up in my mailbox, it was a bubble envelope with a small box in it and within the small box was the actual Birchbox, it was a lot of packaging. Because I subscribed in January I got a bonus and it was on the outside of the box in the bubble envelope, making it necessary to have an extra layer of packaging. 

The box was super cute though and I absolutely love it. 

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara 

            This was the bonus for my January subscription and I have been seeing this product online for months now. Benefit Roller Lash is one of my all-time favorite mascara’s and I am hoping that when I actually get to play with this product in the future I feel the same way I do about Roller Lash. The packaging on it is crazy though, super cool.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Pinklite

            I think this is the first MAC product that I have ever owned, MAC is one of those brands that I would see walking through department stores and everyone always looked so professional and knew how to apply makeup so beautifully. From everything I have heard about the brand I am super excited to use this. It is an iridescent pink and it is actually a really pretty shade. According to the pamphlet it is green tea and vitamin infused so that means not only is it pretty but it is actually also good for your skin. I love multi-duty beauty products. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

            I got this product in my July ipsy Glam Bag and I am still no better at eyeliner, it has a really nice formula and is really pigmented but I still think that eyeliner is still a thing that I need to work on; like majorly work on. I cannot do a wing to save my life, it ends up wonky and stupid looking. My cat eye turns quickly into a raccoon the next morning after going out the night before, it’s a mess. Liquid eyeliner is like my White Whale; I may never be successful with it but I will continue to try. 

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

            I used Stila back in the day but it’s been a minute since I have used anything from the brand. I love mascara because honestly with how often you are supposed to throw away your mascara there is almost no point in buying a full sized product so having a trial or travel sized can make it a little easier to keep yourself honest and not keep a mascara for years on end; which I am for sure guilty of. It has a nice formula from the one time I have used it so far, I wanted to see what it did to my eyelashes and I am excited to wear it for a full day and see if it holds up. 

Winky Lux Strobing Balm in Radiant Pink

            A brand I have heard of and have been meaning to try, it is a beautiful color and the pigment is amazing with such a creamy formula. I am such a huge fan of highlighters and I think this is the first cream highlight that I have ever gotten. I swatched it and was absolutely in love with it. I am really looking forward to having a reason to wear this everywhere on my face. 

Minu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Serum

            The conditioner and the serum according to my insert pamphlet were bonuses but it is really nice to have the whole set to see how it works with my hair. I do color my hair, that’s not even a secret, I have for several years now and this shampoo is supposed to be safe on color and I am always looking for good shampoo that doesn’t strip my color out quicker than I want it to. The formula actually seems to be preserve color which is even more exciting. I have never used a hair serum but I am looking forward to trying it out.

            Like ipsy this box gets better and better as you review your products so they can get more in your head and learn your beauty and skin care preferences so I am excited to see how this evolves as the months go on. 

First impression: I like it so far and I am looking forward to seeing what comes next month. It may be kind of similar to ipsy but I really like both formats. If I would start getting a lot of duplicates then I would have to make some concessions on which one is more worth it but for now, I am just excited to see what I get next month.

            Do you subscribe? Any beauty tips? 

            -MJ 

What was in my June ipsy Glam Bag?

So I feel like I just published my May Glam Bag unboxing? Unbagging? I don’t know. Oh wait, I did earlier in the week. Here is me, MJ, trying to play catch up and get back into the swing of actually actively blogging and being back into the social media sphere.

So June is now over and I cannot believe that we are already into July, that means that this year (2018) is over half over and that is actually insane to me because I feel like it was just January about 25 minutes ago. Alas that also means that we are in the heat of summer down here in Arkansas and I was not prepared for the summer down here and from what everyone tells me it still gets worse. Your girl is from northern Indiana, though it is apparently this hot up north as well but I digress this is a new summer for me and I can understand why people spend so much time in the water or in the air conditioning down here. Wish me and my now very bronze skin luck, I am seriously tanner than I have ever been in my entire life.

On to the bag!

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So the bag this month was pretty subdued and I was actually a huge fan of it was three shades transitioning from red to pink, it was a very simple design and it just reminded me of watermelon without the rind and I was here for it.

The products:

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  1. Rounded Soft Blend brush by Mint Pear: I am always on board to get brushes. I am a huge fan of brushes in general and I don’t think I actually own a rounded blending brush like this one, so when I opened it I was excited to get a second brush. It is extremely soft and just densely packed enough that it will be able to blend makeup out really nicely. I got another brush in my April Glam Bag as well and that was a blending brush also. Maybe ipsy knows that I am living without blending brushes or they know that most of the brushes I have are terrible. Memo to you if you are going to buy brushes, don’t skimp on the price you pay for a brush. I have bought so many $1 brushes that I have had to get rid of in 3 months but my more expensive brushes because they are a better quality have lasted me for years. Do not skimp out on your brushes because spending $20 on a brush may hurt when you get it but spending $4 on a brush that you have to buy over and over again because the quality isn’t there hurts a little more.

 

  1. Feel Pure anywhere balm: I was for some reason not expecting it to be minty. Don’t ask me why but when I opened the seal I was almost shocked that it was indeed minty. It reminds me of a Victoria Secret lip gloss that I had back in high school but a better quality. It is not sticky and can be used on your lips, eyes, and cheeks (according to the packaging). Now personally I will not be using it anywhere besides my lips because my eyes are sensitive as is my skin so it does make a great lip balm. It is a bit tingly I can for sure say that but no more than chewing mint gum, it is not a lip plumper so it doesn’t feel like you are on literal fire. It does feel very moisturizing on the lips and I have been using it for a few days now and my lips are less parched in this heat so I have been rather happy with it so far.

 

  1. Finding Ferdinand lipstick in Flaming Fuchsia: There is no lie in that color name it is a bright fuchsia color and it would require a very bold look to work with me. I am much more of a nude lip or a light pink lip because I tend to stick with a more dramatic eye look. It however is a beautiful color on and maybe with a shiny clear coat over it or something with a little sparkle it would make a really good look because it does have a slight shimmer to it. I have never heard of this brand before so I did some research on my own with it and I must say I am very impressed with their makeup offerings and brand as a whole. I am excited to find a reason to wear this lip color because it is highly pigmented and I love the fact that it is a travel or mini size just to slip in a bag. The packaging is beautifully simple and I am always very impressed by that.

 

  1. Natural-Tox Apple Sheet Mask by the SAEM: I love face masks and this is another Korean beauty mask, if you read my May Glam Bag unbagging you know that I got a mask there as well. This is an apple mask and I didn’t know the benefits of apple when it came to skin but apparently it’s benefits are smoothening and brightening. Now I don’t have dull skin for the most part but I am excited to try this mask in general because I don’t think I have ever had a sheet mask that I haven’t enjoyed. I just have a drawer full of sheet masks in my bathroom so it’s very clear that I need to start using them.

 

  1. Natural Acai Berry Mask Sheet by the SAEM: I was a little shocked to get two sheet masks in the same glam bag. I don’t actually know how I feel about that; it is no fault of the people who hand-picked my products it is just a hang up of mine. Like I just mentioned, I love sheet masks and this is a firming mask. Now I have pretty firm skin still because my skin is not that old (at least I hope not) but I am up for trying anything once when it comes to beauty. Okay, that’s a lie, I am up for anything that won’t make my very sensitive skin hate me for a week.

 

  1. M.A.C Prep+Prime Skin Primer: I was not expecting a sixth item in the bag but according to the card in the bag it was an extra for everyone if I remember correctly, I have since lost the card. (my bad) I normally use a color correcting primer because I have a red undertone but I was really excited to try this out because I swatched it on my hand to see how it felt on my skin and it made my hand feel silky so I am actually really looking forward to using this on my face to see how my skin reacts to it. As someone with sensitive skin (which I have mentioned three dozen times in this entry) I have to be careful what products I put on my skin and I am hoping that I do not have a reaction to it.

 

As I am writing this I actually just got an email that my July Glam Bag is being prepared and per usual I am not going to see what products are going to be included in my bag because that would ruin the surprise and when it comes to these almost mystery subscription boxes I actually really like the mystery element.

-MJ