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. (I don’t have the product on hand at the moment, it’ in my apartment, I will check back when I get home and I will update this.) 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 

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February Birchbox Unboxing

Guess who disappeared for a few weeks, I was out at my parent’s place for almost a week and then I didn’t have my laptop for the week after that. I had to get my keyboard replaced because of some issues with it. So I am a little late on this one, oops my bad. 

So I got my February Birchbox and to be honest, it was fine. It was not earth shattering or ground breaking because it didn’t feel super personalized to me. 

The box was super cute and I still don’t know what I am going to do with the boxes as I accumulate them. They may just be recycled because I can’t figure out a good way to upcycle or use them to DIY.

I’m going to dive right into the products because this is so late. 

Marcelle: City 24-hour Anti-Pollution Day & Night Moisturizing Emulsion

            I used to live much closer to a big city and there was plenty of pollution there, now that I have moved to more of the country I have noticed fewer problems with my skin. I am still excited to use this because I like the idea of it. It feels really good on the skin though so I am ready to try it. I am hoping that it doesn’t have any adverse effects on my skin but I guess we will see.

Number 4: Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm 

            My hair is pretty smooth to begin with so this one doesn’t feel too much like me. I will probably save it for use during the summer when the humidity takes my hair and makes it unruly. It smells really good but it just isn’t for me on a daily or even weekly basis year round.

Proenza Shouler: Arizona eu de Parfum

            It smells so good! However, a full sized bottle is $100, now I am not normally a perfume person, I don’t go out much and usually if I do put something on it is just a body spray not a perfume, because perfume it just really expensive. I like the citrus notes in this perfume because when I do use perfume I go for more floral, fresh, and fruity so this was right up my street. 

Stila Cosmetics: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Paradiso

            The insert said this was a cranberry shade, it looks more grape to merlot shade to me. It is much more of an autumnal shade. It is a really nice shade though. I haven’t had a chance to really try it on besides a swatch but it is really not a spring color to me so when it becomes more seasonally appropriate I will give it a shot.

Sunday Riley: Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

            This one I did choose when it gave me the ability to customize my box with a sample pick. I have been a far off fan of Sunday Riley for years, I have never had a product from that company before because it is really expensive but now that I am taking better care of my skin I have started to use an eye cream and I am looking for a different one as opposed to the one I am currently using. (check out my skin care routine to find that out) There is not much in the tube but it’s only a sample size so I cannot be upset about that. 

            So there was my box for February, it was fine, I cannot complain because it is only my second month getting the box and I can imagine as time goes on it will get better. There were some hits and some misses in this box but I can use everything, it does not mean that I will not use the products because after use I may love them so this is initial in my life, this is just an unboxing, this is not a full in depth review so take my opinions with a grain of salt. 

            Well I will see everyone in a few days, have a good rest of the week!

            -MJ

January Favorites

Been a while since I have done a favorites post and I feel like in January I had some actual new favorite things. I am going to try and keep this on the short side because I didn’t actually start writing this until about an hour ago, to be honest. It has been one of those weeks where I am working a lot on original writing and I have let myself take less time to write my blog posts which isn’t okay. 

            Most of my favorites were beauty related this last month because I actually really started to hit hard on my skin care routine. So that is where I am going to start.

Peter Thomas Roth: Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser 

            This was a late month purchase and then use, I love it so much because there is almost no fragrance and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, there are no microbeads in it like most of my pervious cleansers and I am happy to report that it is keeping my skin issues at bay. 

Lush Cosmetics: Karma Komba Shampoo Bar 

            I have been using the same Tea Tree shampoo for like two years now and I was finding that it just wasn’t doing the right things for my hair and scalp so I tried something different and I love Lush, I really do, their Outback Mate soap is my absolute favorite and their bath bombs are amazing. It lasts about the same length of time between washes as my other shampoo but I love the smell and how it makes my hair feel. I also like that it’s not in a bottle and I can put it in a tin that I have from Lush already so I don’t have to recycle another bottle. Small steps, right?

Hello: Activated Charcoal mouthwash

            Spoiler alert, it’s activated charcoal that mean when you spit into the sink it looks like you are expelling the foamy devil but I love it so much. To be honest I was not a huge fan of mouthwash because of how harsh it felt in my mouth, this one is not too bad on that, it might be because of the coconut oil but I am a huge fan of it. It’s vegan and they don’t test on animals so those are two huge pluses in my book! They have really simple packaging and if my Target would get them back in stock I would go pick another one up, I think I am going to have to go on the hunt for it before I run out.

Tarte: Shape tape in Fair

            So I finally got on the shape tape train, I have been using Urban Decay’s Naked Skin since about 2015 and I had to get another concealer and I have been hearing about this one for so long that I figured, why not. The first time I used it, it made my under eye area pretty tight, not going to lie but the second time I didn’t have that problem and every time since then I have not had any of those issues with it. I really like it, it does the job I need it to do when it comes to concealing. It has a much bigger applicator on it than I am used to so I am still learning exactly how to use it and that for me is very much just trial and error and then buffing and blending with my beauty sponge. That’s right, I gave the beauty sponge another try and I don’t hate it.

Okay this last one is not beauty related at all it is just a convenience related thing. I have been taking a lot of notes with my Professional Development and my required history hours for my license transfer. It is a long and tedious process of a lot of videos and then a quiz, you know as you do. 

Bic: Atlantis Pen in black

            It’s such a simple thing, it’s a pen but it has been my favorite pen for years now, I like how it fits in my hand and it writes really well. I have had other pens in the past that I have loved for years but they have been discontinued like the Bic Pro+ that I haven’t seen in years now so I had to switch and the Atlantis was the one that I picked up and have not put down since, I have like six around my desk, two in my back pack, and some strewn around my apartment for quick note taking or adding to my grocery list. 

So those were some of my favorite things from January, did you have any favorites? 

See everyone on Tuesday (I hope) with another post,

            -MJ 

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

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 January ipsy Glam Bag?

Welcome to 2019 everyone! Back at it with another unbagging, per usual I am a fan of the bag that I got, I knew about half the brands in the bag so that was exciting. Ipsy per usual blew it out of the park. Also this year they added in a pamphlet with all of the products in it instead of looking online this time around. I really like the little pamphlet because it puts everything in one place. 

The bag was really cute but felt almost really summery, love it so much. I really do like getting a makeup bag every month because it means that I not only have a growing collection of bags for makeup but also for other things and I am absolutely loving the selection that I am amassing.

Jeju:en Sheet Mask Set

            This Sheet is Bananas

            You Can’t Handle This Sheet

I love the names of the sheet masks, it’s ridiculous and I am such a fan. More face masks, just to add to my collection. The “This Sheet is Bananas” has hyaluronic acid which helps with hydration. The “You Can’t Handle This Sheet” has volcanic ash in it which helps purify the skin. Per usual I am a sucker for sheet masks and I have a small crate full of them in my bathroom. I should use them more because I love the idea of a sheet mask but I I never feel relaxed enough to have a nice time with a mask on my face.

Ittsē Eyeshadow Single in Boho

            I got an ittse eyeshadow product in the Gold Holiday Collection and I really like the very dusty pink shade that this single pan eyeshadow. I feel like I am quite the eyeshadow hoarder because I have so much. Having a single pan that is already magnetic is great when it comes to putting it in a magnetic palette. 

AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream in Sea-Kissed

            I am a huge fan of AHAVA, I used it when I was in high school because the nail salon that I worked at carried it. I was a huge fan of the Frasier Fir scent as well as some of the scents that I don’t even think they make anymore. AHAVA has such a good formula and I have always loved it. I am really looking forward to having this either next to my desk or in my purse for quick hydration on the go. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Sand

            I just got on the Shape Tape train because I have been seeing it for years now but I just tried it for the first time a few weeks ago. I have never tried their foundation but I have good things about their Amazonian Clay foundation in the past. Now this shade may actually be a little bit too dark for me because I have really fair skin, however it is close enough that it should work though so I am excited to try it. 

Belle En Argent Lip Luire Lip Gloss in Bored Now

            I have never heard of this brand, I am also not a huge fan of lip gloss, I was in the mid-2000’s when that was exclusively what I wore. Now it is something that is just sticky and I am not a huge fan. I have gotten so used to using matte lipsticks so I’m used to everything drying down. However, I really like the color and for a special occasion I will be more than happy to try it out. I love the packaging, it is so sleek and pretty that I am a fan of it just because of how it all looks together. 

            My bag was pretty good, I love ipsy and am excited to see what else they do this year! 

            Do you subscribe? Did you get anything you can’t live without this month?

            -MJ

MJ’s Top 12 Beauty Products of 2018

2018 was a crazy and intense year for beauty for me. I amassed so many beauty products in 2018 and it’s a lot you guys, a lot. I got introduced to a lot of new brands because of ipsy as well as FabfitFun and I found a lot of things that I really liked because of those subscription boxes. 

All of these opinions are my own per usual.

NYX Worth the Hype mascara

Why I love it: This one of my early purchases this year and it is a pretty good mascara at the price point. (it retails for $8.00 on the NYX Cosmetics website) You get pretty good volume that doesn’t look super fake even with a few coats. This was my go-to mascara for the first half of the year, it came out really early in 2018 and it was my absolute favorite for such a long time this last year. It lasts all day, it doesn’t irritate my eyes unlike some mascara’s because I have super sensitive everything and I was a huge fan of it.  

Artic Fox Hair Color in Wrath

Why I love it: So I got my hair colored professionally for a long time, I am not naturally a red head but I love the color that I have had since probably 2013. It became for feasible for me to dye my own hair and Artic Fox was one of those brands that I had seen online before so I knew what it was. It is a beautiful color and everyone loves it, I am still trying to get better at dying my own hair because it’s hard you guys I always miss spots. It was something like $16 at Sally Beauty and that is a lot cheaper than having it done at a salon. The dye is also vegan and cruelty free which I am always really excited about when it comes to beauty products. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in shade 0.5

Why I love it: Urban Decay was the first prestige foundation I ever got when I was younger when everyone was still using powder foundation, I talked about that in one of my haul posts when I bought the product. It doesn’t break my skin out, it isn’t super heavy, and it looks amazing. (It retails for $40 at Ulta) It is more on the pricy side so I find myself subbing it out with less expensive foundations for my everyday just going to work wear. It doesn’t clog my pores though and every time I wear it I fall in love with it over and over again.

Foreo Luna Fofo

Why I love it: I got this in my summer fabfitfun box and I use it all the time. It makes my skin feel great. (It retails for $89 on the Foreo website) I would for sure buy from their skincare range in the future. It is on the pricy side but I was lucky enough to get it in a subscription box, seriously one reason that I am always so hyped about getting the fabfitfun box four times a year. 

Colourpop All-Star Setting Spray

Why I love it: I am not a person who usually uses a setting spray but I got this one on a whim (honestly it was to qualify for free shipping because I am one of those people) but I actually really like the product. 

Murad Skin-Perfecting Lotion

Why I love it: Again another gem from one of my fabfitfun boxes from last year, I use it every morning and it makes my skin feel so good. I am already planning on buying another tube when I run out of this one. (It retails for $40 on their website as well as other beauty retailers.) 

Soo’AE Rose Mist

Why I love it: I used this for the first time over the summer when I burnt the crap out of myself and it was just a little extra hydration for my skin and it really helped out. Now I use it whenever my skin feels dry or tight because even just that little bit helps out so much. Now that we are in the winter months it is so dry outside and a mist is so useful. (It retails for $14 on their website, I got it at Wal-Mart for about the same price.) 

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water (for waterproof makeup)

Why I love it: MJ has really sensitive skin and therefore I have to take extra care when I choose the products that go on my face and that includes what I use to take my makeup off. I used the micellar wipes for a long time but this seems a little better because it is used with cotton pads instead of the pre-moistened sheets. (it retails for $6.59 through Target.)

Coty Airspun Face Powder

Why I love it: This last year has been the year where I discovered a lot about beauty and makeup and setting powder is a thing apparently. I have used it a few times and I really like how it works and it just smells good. So I really like it. (It retails for $7.99 at Walgreens) 

Tree Hut Sugar Lips sugar scrub

Why I love it: It’s so great. It leaves my lips feeling moisturized and not rough. This was another product mentioned in one of my monthly hauls and I use it a few times a week when my lips feel dry and gross. It smells good and it is easily transportable because it is in such a small container. (it retails for $5.99 at Ulta which is where I purchased it.) 

Colourpop It’s a Princess Thing eyeshadow palette

Why I love it: I didn’t really include much makeup on this list and I just kind of realized that, I have been a fan of Colourpop for a few years but never bought anything from them. One of my friends shared the Disney Princess collection with me when it was announced and I had to have this palette. I love it, the pigments are great, and the color names are amazing. (It retails for $20 on the Colourpop website.)

Cactus brush cleaner

Why I love it: It’s really nice to be able to clean brushes on this, it was an impulse buy at the time but I am such a huge fan of it. It cleans my brushes really well and it is rubber so it is really easy to clean after each brush cleaning session. I got it so long ago at Marshall’s so I don’t remember what the price was, nor do I know the exact brand. 

            Did you have any favorite beauty items in 2018?

            See you all on Saturday!

            -MJ

What was in my December ipsy Glam Bag?

This is still one of my favorite monthly repeating posts, I am writing this on Tuesday and it’s going up on Saturday. I should be at work right now but guess who screwed up their back moving furniture on Sunday, it was me so my back is killing me. I do this about once a year and so right now I am sitting at my desk with a heating pad on trying to get my muscles to cooperate so I can go to work tomorrow. I’m already scheduled somewhere Thursday so I have to be better tomorrow. Finally putting my new teaching license to good use and subbing! (personal opinion: all teachers should sub for at least a while, but that is not what this post is about at all.) 

            No this post is about my December ipsy Glam Bag! Get excited! Because of the huge influx of things being shipped this time of year my bag shipped on the 7thand didn’t get here until the 17th that was a really long span of time and there were very few updates in tracking, not the first time and it’s not a big deal because I knew it was on its way and would get here in due time. I can’t even imagine the volume increase of packages traversing their way across the country right now. To all of our postal and parcel carriers, I applaud the work that you do. 

            Now onto the good stuff, first and foremost; the bag.

            This bag is super cute and they have been knocking it out of the park on bags lately, I love the sequins and the gold, they suggest using it as a clutch for holiday parties and New Year’s parties, if I was going to any of either of those I would so take this with me. I love the littler tassel on the zipper closure and the black faux leather back it all ties in really well together to make it look elegant. 

            The Products:

Ciaté London Glitter Flip Glitter Liquid Lipstick in Infamous

            This is the perfect color for this time of year a rich berry shade that apparently transforms from the metallic matte that it looks like in the tube to a glitter in a few minutes. I like the shape of the doe foot applicator and the color is gorgeous. I like the consistency and the pigmentation, this is the second product I have gotten from Ciaté in my Glam Bag and I am a fan of it. I swatched it to see if the claim was true that it would take a few minutes to go from a metallic matte to a glitter and maybe on the hand it doesn’t work the same as on the lips but I for sure saw a lot of glimmer in this shade as it did dry down. 

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Taper Blending (35F)

            First impression this brush is so soft! I love the handle of it because it has groves near the top for your fingers to hold almost like a pencil and that is really innovative because I feel like I don’t have many brushes that do that so I am excited to add it to my brush collection.

Katherine Cosmetics All over Powder in Siena 

            It is a really sheer almost golden/rose golden shimmer, for me it would make a great subtle highlight, or if you just want to sparkle a little bit. I went into the pan to swatch it and when I swatched it on my hand it virtually disappeared just leaving behind a little glitter in its wake. I like it, do not get me wrong but I am so used to the dramatic highlighters that this was a shock. I like it for the less dramatic though because sometimes you only want a little highlight and this is buildable according to the description so the more you put on the better it looks.

The Balm Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow in Bootylicious.

            Gotten a lot from The Balm in the last few months I feel like but I love the color and the pigment is great. The eyeshadow feels super creamy and it goes on really well. It’s a nice pan size and I really like the shade because it is a shade that I will actually use.

The Crème Shop Limited Edition Holiday Sheet Mask Trio in:

            Let it Glow! Jojoba oil for dry, cracked winter skin

            Oh Deer! Detoxifying Lemon for inflammation reduction

            Clarifying Peppermint Cocoa for acne prone skin.

            I feel it needless to say that I am always excited about sheet masks and ipsy knows that apparently. I need to use more of them because I love the idea I just don’t like the application because I am a glasses wearer and that means for the time I have the sheet ask on, I can’t see and that means laying somewhere with a sheet mask on my face staring up at my phone hoping I don’t drop it on my face, thank goodness for PopSockets! The packaging is real cute and I have used products from The Crème Shop in the past but don’t ask me what they were.

One final thing that was a bonus this month because it is the holiday season and that was the: 

            Kiss and Smink The Everything Stick in Tulum 

            It’s a really pretty metallic pink shade and it can be used everywhere, as a lip color, crème eyeshadow, and a blush I like the idea of an all over stick but I also have some hesitation with the cross contamination of the product when using it over multiple areas of the face. I mean I like the color and it would make a really nice lip color so that is most likely what I am going to use it for because otherwise I would have to designate a brush to it to make sure that I didn’t cross contaminate it. 

So that was my ipsy Glam Bag this month and I say this most months but I will say it again, ipsy knocked it out of the park with this one and I am excited to receive my January bag and that’s not for another month. 

            If you want to read all of my other months they are going to be linked right here, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November, as well as the bonus of the Gold Holiday Collection.

            Do you subscribe? If you do what did you absolutely love out of your bag this month? 

            -MJ

Winter fabfitfun Unboxing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See y’all on Tuesday! 

-MJ

Was Getting ipsy’s Gold Holiday Collection Worth It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Makeup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Front Row from the left!

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

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

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

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

Skincare: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So do you think it was worth it? 

See y’all Tuesday with another post!

-MJ