Winter fabfitfun Box Unboxing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See y’all on Tuesday! 

-MJ

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November Favorites

Okay, so I was wrong; this was supposed to go up yesterday but after work on Monday I came home and felt really ill so I didn’t get a chance to write the post. I spent most of yesterday (Tuesday) in bed because I felt really poorly, I don’t know if it was because I got a little dehydrated on Monday, I had a weird eating day, I was getting a little sick, or I was just overly tired that made me feel really run down. So here I am on my couch watching The Muppets Christmas Carol and writing out this post which I am hoping to be rather short. 

In November I feel like I didn’t have a lot of physical favorites my favorites were more getting my apartment back. My mom and the puppies finally moved out at the very end of October after living with me since the last week in May because my parents new house was finally finished. So getting my apartment back under my control was really nice. 

I feel like most of November was working on getting my place back to being my place but guess who got their office back? I know if it wasn’t me it would be rather sad. It was me, I got my office back and now I have been in a more creative mood because I have that separation back within my apartment. They tell you not to work where you sleep and I had to do that when I lived at my parent’s house and then for several months while they finished off the house. (It took quite a bit longer than originally expected, sub-contractors are so fun to deal with! I’m kidding, but you can’t read sarcasm through the internet.) I was really happy to get my office back but I didn’t have a desk until probably the week before Thanksgiving so I have been able to get back on track with writing novels and blog posts while also working on my Bullet Journal and everything else I do in my office. I got a new across the hall neighbor who talks loudly on his phone and a new upstairs neighbor who tromps around just as loudly as the woman who used to live above me, but this is not a blog post to complain because I feel as if I have been doing that more frequently recently and I don’t like what kind of person that makes me. Here is what my desk currently looks like, it is just a lot of organized chaos at the moment, lots of notebooks, Christmas cards I have send out, stuff for other blog posts, and my computers. Ignore my garbage can and the mess under my table, it is just how life works. 

            Next favorite, so I have been using Micellar cleansing clothes for almost the entire year when it comes to taking off my makeup but I recently purchased a bottle of cleansing water from Garnier and you soak cotton pads and then take your makeup off that way. Now I don’t know if it’s better for the environment but it seems more economical to buy a bottle of cleansing water and cotton pads rather than the wipes. I am a huge fan of it because it does a really good job taking off makeup even the stubborn eye makeup that normally is what gets me every time. 

            I got my office back but I also got the rest of my place back and I have been able to get it back in order so it makes my life a little less chaotic and I have been loving getting everything back where I want it.

            Okay, so I have a confession to make. I am one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas early in November so my apartment was fully decorated well over a week before Thanksgiving. Now I did not light my tree until after Thanksgiving so it wasn’t too bad. All the pictures of that are up at the top, I grew up in a house that had many many Christmas trees so I have four in my apartment, one is not pictured but it is really small and next to my bed.

            Last favorite, I got a new piece of artwork at Hobby Lobby and it is my entire life, it says Messy Bun and getting stuff done and that has been my life motto long before I had ever heard the phrase. When it got around time for finals in university my hair was up in a bun and I had a look on my face that said leave me alone so that has translated into my adult life as well. Graphic artwork with catchy phrases are some of my favorites even if they are mass produced. (Ignore my hand in the picture, I am still figuring out how to photograph reflective surfaces!)

            So did any of you have any favorites in November? 

            See y’all on Saturday!

            -MJ

What was in my October ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

 

The Products:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(5): INMO Eyeshadow Brush

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

 

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

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

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

-MJ

What was in My September ipsy Glam Bag?

I know it is October and I kind of disappeared last month, again, my bad. I have been dealing with some things over the last couple of months in my personal life that have prevented me from producing the content that I really enjoy producing and creating so I am hopefully back with my head on straight ready to put some great content out this month.

First up this month something light hearted and fun: My ipsy Glam Bag from last month!

 

I think this bag is my favorite one that I have gotten since I started receiving the glam bags, it has closed eyes on it and on the inside it says ‘Rules were made to be broken’. Now per usual I love the bag design and I still really like having all of these different bags, this is more of a canvas bag than anything else with a champagne pleather bottom panel on the front. Love it.

Now onto the items in the bag.

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1: Luxie (140) Detail Taper Brush

This is a collaboration with the Wonder Woman film that came out last year and I love the brush itself. I love brushes so much and I find myself really liking getting brushes in these packages. I have actually had to change out some of my brushes in my brush holder because I ran out of room because I have been getting more and more brushes lately trying to replace old brushes or brushes that I don’t use anymore. So it’s really nice to get brushes that I will actually use in my makeup routine.

 

 

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2: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Liplocked Priming Lip Wand in Belle

I have never heard of this brand before and I feel like that is a pretty common theme with this bag in particular, in this one I have never heard of any of the brands that were represented in my September bag, I am not unhappy about that because it just means that I am getting exposed to new brands every time I open up one of these Glam Bags. I have swatched it and it is a nice deep berry tone perfect for this time of year and I am not unhappy about it. I am looking forward to integrating it into looks in the coming months.

 

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3: Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix

I am always a little wary on products for my hair, I have enough problems with it to begin with but this product seems to be very useful for a number of hair issues such as tangles and flyaways as well as heat styling according to its description on the ipsy website. I am for sure excited to try it when my hair needs to look it’s best.

 

 

 

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4: MPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal

Loose eyeshadow pots and I do not usually get along but I am willing to give this one a go. I love the color, it is almost a light rose gold, with a lot more rose than gold but it is still really pretty. Let’s be honest with ourselves, the photos on ipsy’s website for this product are a lot better than mine but I didn’t want to pull the protective seal or the shaker top off because then I probably would have had powder all over my bathroom and who has time for that?

 

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5: BRTC Velvet Mask Duo in Vitamin F and Vitamin C

I have enough sheet masks to last me for the next year, I really need to start using them because they are so good for your skin. I have gotten over half a dozen from ispy alone. It’s another K-beauty brand and I love K-beauty as much as the next person because it is such good skin care. The vitamin C mask helps with dull skin to help brighten and the vitamin F mask helps prevent fine lines. I refer to the ipsy website for all of this stuff because again they probably give a better description than I do.

 

Overall I was very pleased with the contents of this bag, if you want to read my April, May, June, July, or August unbaggings, click on the month!

Well that is it for my glam bag, if you guys subscribe what did you get in September? (even though it is October)

 

-MJ

August Beauty Haul

How is it the end of August y’all, when the heck did that happen? I swear it was just January like a week and half ago, this year is just flying by and I am not sure how I feel about it.

 

I feel like this is one of my favorite posts to write, I would love to make more videos on things like this. (and I hope by the time you guys are reading this I have actually restarted my YouTube channel as it has been on hiatus since May and I am ready to actually get back in front of the camera. It’s looking more like September now but you can go and watch all of my old videos on WaitIt’sMJ in the link here.) That however is not what this post is about. No, no it’s about what I bought when it came to beauty this month that I probably didn’t need. Okay some of it I actually needed but most of it was “oh, I love that, I need it.” I get need and want confused sometimes in my brain, I need to work on that. I would say my voice of reason could help me avoid this but normally she is the one going, “Girl those colors are just slightly different from all of the other palettes you have, you should get it.” And then I walk out of Ulta with a bag that I didn’t walk in intending on purchasing. Seriously I went into Ulta for a Morphe fan brush a few months ago and I walked out with foundation, (which in truth I needed) two lipsticks, and another eyeshadow palette. You can refer to my March Beauty Haul for those items. It’s like passing out and waking up in an Ulta with a bag full of items that you don’t remember picking up. I need someone to go with me every time I walk into that store and keep me on task because I clearly should not be trusted to walk into that store by myself. Sephora, yea because some of those brands are amazing but when you see a single highlighter for $60 or so you kind of put things in perspective that you can find a cheaper dupe for that and not spend $60 on one highlighter.

 

Rant over and now to the products:

 

I have found myself walking into some very random stores in the last few months and one was TJ Maxx, I don’t think I have actually ever been in one even though Marshall’s and Home Goods are places that I frequently frequent. (Yes, that is just as ridiculous to read as it was to write.) My Marshall’s back in Indiana never had designer makeup. (want to see what I found there last month, click here.) I walked into TJ Maxx looking for a smaller bag because I have a backpack and I would sometimes prefer not to carry it. I did not walk out with a purse, I walked out with a pair of tongs (which I did need), a pass port cover (it’s holo and I love it.), and two Kat Von D products.

 

IMG_8270.jpgNow one of these products I contemplated buying at Sephora a few months ago but my store at the time did not have the product but it was there at TJ Maxx and I was all for it. It was her Shade + Light eye palette in Sage. Now back in the day I had several eyeshadow quads, I have since graduated to palettes and most of my quads have gone into the trash because they were old but there are sometimes when I just want to do a simple look or just have a more compact and travel sized palette that I can still do a few looks with and this palette is much more of my 2005 emo/scene phase color palette and I was there for it when I picked it up. Now I have green eyes, I should have gotten this product in plum because it would have worked a little better with my eye color but I love the dark shade in this little palette.

 

 

IMG_8268.jpgNext Kat Von D product was her Studded Kiss Lipstick in the shade Coven, who knew I needed a lavender lipstick, Kat Von D did, she knew that out there somewhere would be someone who needed lavender lipstick and it was in this case me. Her packaging is to die for, I love the studded lipstick cover, again my 2005 emo self is quaking because it is amazing. The pigmentation is amazing and I cannot wait to find an occasion, or make an occasion to wear this lip color because your girl is excited for it.

 

 

IMG_8264.jpgNext up, so I have been watching a lot of beauty guru videos in the last few weeks because they have been providing me with so much joy. I love watching people who are passionate about things be able to do the things they are passionate about. Well one of the videos I was watching talked about lip scrub and I am one of those people who has done a sugar scrub about once in my life but would like to do it on a more regular basis. I went to Ulta and I bought the Tee Hut Sugar Lips Sugar Scrub and first of all, it’s amazing. It’s minty and it left my lips really soft, I wanted one where you could just ingest the sugar where as some of the ones I was looking at were more for lip exfoliation so they had pieces of things in them that were not edible. 10/10 would recommend.

 

IMG_8267.jpgSo this next item was something that has been on my wish list for a few months now but every time I walked into my Ulta it was out of stock and that was the Morphe High Impact Highlighter in the shade Extra. (That’s a great color choice name.) I love Morphe and I was so happy when Ulta began carrying the brand, though of course I wish they carried what the Morphe stores carried but at this time they do not. There are a few brands that they have online and in other stores but not in my store and it makes me rather sad. Back to the highlighter though, it is a champagne gold shimmer and it does pop which I am always looking for. Again I have been told by YouTube beauty gurus that my highlight should be blinding and I am still working on it.

 

IMG_8269.jpgI went and got more lipstick, don’t ask me why, I don’t have many non-NYX lipsticks so getting another Kat Von D lipstick made me happy, this time it is in the shade Homegirl and it is a beautiful berry color and I am a huge fan of it because it is going to be a nice autumnal shade to add to my collection as we creep closer and closer to those fall months. Who else is excited for leaves changing and pumpkin everything? Because I for sure am and have been since last fall.

 

 

 

IMG_8271.jpgRemember how I said maybe I would go back and buy the Plum shade in the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette, well when I went back to TJ Maxx it was gone. I was in Marshall’s later in the month and I was wandering around and I saw it and I snatched it right up because I had thought about it for almost three weeks. I was excited to see it on the shelf though and I was happy with the colors and again, I love eyeshadow quads because those were where I started when I was beginning to wear and purchase makeup. I feel like this shade will make my eyes pop and I am excited because for a long time all I wore was shades of purple and this is just a throwback to my original style in a way.

 

IMG_8272.jpgThis will probably be my last item of the month and it was an item that I was not expecting to purchase. Urban Decay put on their Instagram that they were discontinuing the original Naked palette and I have been coveting the whole Naked palette line for years now. I got the Naked Smoky and Naked 3 palettes for my birthday a few years ago and so when Urban Decay posted that the palette would be half off while supplies lasted I jumped at it, it’s normally a $54 palette and granted I would spend that much on it because I have been a fan of Urban Decay since I started wearing makeup. I think my original powder foundation was Urban Decay so I have been loving them for a long time now. I actually had to Google Image what it was called and after scrolling for a few minutes I found it, it was the Surreal Skin Mineral Foundation and I think I had it in the lightest shade they made. Memories, y’all, memories, but back to the present and this palette. This palette was always kind of a game changer in the makeup world and that view is strengthened because of how people have been reacting since the announcement, they even held a funeral for it and that is so extra, I love it. When I was buying mine at Ulta one of the girls who works there said that this palette was her first palette and I think a lot of people shared that sentiment over all. This is not my first palette but it will go down as one of my favorites. The packaging is something that I have always loved from Urban Decay, this palette feels like a velvet on the outside and the colors like the rest of Urban Decay’s collections are amazing. The original Naked palette is something that I am going to love playing with in the coming months as we move into autumn.

Did you get any new products in August?

-MJ

July Favorites

I have had a weird few weeks so my blog upload schedule is a little off and I must apologize for that. Sorry, my bad. It’s been an adventure y’all, an adventure.

It’s still weird even though I have been doing favorites videos and posts for a year now to still say that the post is for July even though it is the middle/end of August. I don’t know it’s just something that has always struck me as odd.

I feel like I needed to write something that wasn’t ground breaking, and for sure my first thought was, favorites post. I love favorites posts because sometimes that is how I learn about new things so I enjoy watching favorites videos on YouTube and reading other people’s recommendations for the things that they have been loving over the month prior.

I feel like I didn’t have too many favorites in the month of July just because my last several months has been spent on a house build and that means that I spend my days with construction workers and I haven’t been too adventurous with as many beauty products recently because it is hot as heck outside and makeup melts in this kind of heat, my pores are already clogged with saw dust and Arkansas red clay so I don’t want to do more to my skin.

IMG_8240.jpgThis kind of leads into my first favorite of July, my Luna Fofo from Foreo, I got this in my Summer Fabfitfun box and I have used it so much in the last month or so. I love it, I cannot praise it enough, they recently updated the app and it has made it so much easier to use than it was with the old app. It gives you a personalized skin routine and analyses your skin moisture and that is so great because I live pretty much dehydrated all the time because it is just so hot around here. It gets really deep into the pores on your face and it has definitely helped my skin feel cleaner and less dull. I really do need a better skin care routine, does anyone have any suggestions for sensitive skin? Leave it in the comments below, I would love some suggestions from people who actually have sensitive skin.

Next thing that was a favorite last month, I finally got a monthly planner, I didn’t want a daily planner; I have a Bullet Journal for that, (I do plan on doing a review of my favorite pages so far in the coming months and what I wish I knew before I started and what I will be doing different next year) and I wanted a more condensed schedule so I could plan my blog posts in advance and eventually when I get my YouTube channel back up and running it will house those video schedules and ideas as well. This planner only has a monthly view instead of monthly and weekly and it has made things a lot easier while I am planning out my posts for the next month or the next few months. I have some place to write things down so I don’t forget an idea for a blog post. I had a weekly and monthly last year and I only used the month view and I realized why buy one that is monthly and weekly when I just needed and used the monthly spread. I think in my Bullet Journal next year I will include a monthly spread, but that I will get to in another post.

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I found myself in July listening to a lot of podcasts, I tend to catch up in waves with the podcasts that I listen to. I have been listener of the Jenna & Julien podcast for almost three years now but I find myself liking to watch those podcasts on YouTube but in February when I moved and it was a 12-hour drive that was all I listened to on my way down laughing the whole time. I also have been a listener of Welcome to Night Vale since about 2013 or so and have loved it ever since. My undergrad is in Communications and I spent a lot of time behind a radio microphone and listening to this podcast about a weird little town that sucks you in from the beginning has been one of the staples on my phone and in my podcast feed for such a long time now. I love the show so much and it is so unique for the modern age we live in. I have probably listened to the series twice or three times over the last few years and every time I hear it I love it just as much. It allows you to paint this picture in your head without giving you any actual visual details and that is a mark of great storytelling. A newer podcast that I have started listening to is Good Morning Night Vale which is a recap show with a few of the cast members reviewing and talking about the show as a whole and it is so insightful, like listening to the director’s commentary on a movie and it brings a whole new level of understanding to the show as a whole. Because of Welcome to Night Vale whenever something odd happens I want to say, “and now the weather.” Do you guys have any podcasts to suggest?

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Because of all of the podcasts I listened to I found myself actually needing to carry around my Mophie charger, I have had it since college and I don’t use it all that often but when I am using my phone a lot (thanks Pokémon Go) I need to carry it around with me, even with a new phone. It is not an everyday need but it is nice to have around when I do actually need it.

Just a few favorites in the last month and that is okay. Did you have any new favorites this month? I would love to hear about them.

-MJ

What Was in My August ispy Glam Bag?

Here it is again, MJ opens up her glam bag. I had no tracking information for this so I had no clue when it was going to show up at my apartment so that is why this post is a day later than I expected it to be. If you want to read my other entries for Glam Bags here is April, May, June, and July.

 

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The bag itself almost feels like a thin canvas in orange with yellow piping, yellow zipper and zipper pull. It reminds me of a cantaloupe to be honest and I think that is the perfect close out to summer.

 

 

 

Now why don’t we talk about what was in the bag itself. Spoiler alert, it did no disappoint!

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(1) Bang Beauty- Smokey eye shadow quad

This is the smallest eyeshadow quad I have ever seen. I love the colors within the palette because they are all very pigmented and the metallic colors in it all work together with the matte shade. This seems like it will be great for travel because it is so compact. I have never heard of Bang Beauty but I am really happy with my first brush with their products.  I swatched this product and I was so happy with the pigmentation and how the colors played next to one another, I am so excited to use these in my makeup looks in the future.

 

(2) Pixi by Petra- Blush in BeachRose

I have been meaning to buy Pixi products for almost a year now ever since I started seeing them in Target but I always find myself walking away and not actually buying anything. I have swatched this and I love how it feels on my skin as well as how it comes out of the pan. I love the mint and copper packaging and I am really looking forward to adding this into my collection of blushes.

 

(3) Caité London- Glow-To Highlighter in shade Moondust

I love a good highlighter; it has become a staple in my beauty routine only in about the last year or so. This is a single pan highlighter in what I can only describe as a plastic bubble packaging, I don’t know what to call it. The outer box came a little damaged but there was nothing wrong with the product itself. I plan on popping it out of the plastic casing and putting it in my magnetic palette so it has a more permanent home in my makeup collection. It is a beautiful medium gold and looks amazing on the skin. I have heard of Caité before but there are not many places around me that actually sell it in the store and I like to be able to swatch things before I purchase them.

 

(4) Answer From- Black Volume Gold Radiance Cream

It has blackberry extract in it and according to the ipsy website it helps with hydration, brightening (the blackberry) and firming (gold pearl). So that sounds great, I am a huge fan of skin care but I don’t have a dozen steps in my routine, I probably should have more and do it more consistently because my skin is not getting any younger. I still really like getting the sample size bottles in my ipsy bag because if it doesn’t react well with my skin I am not getting rid of a full sized product because my skin is so sensitive. I will let y’all know how it goes when I actually try it.

 

(5) Lab for You- Juice Up Face Masks in Kale and Blackberry

I will have enough face masks to last me for a year by the time I am done with getting face masks from ispy, don’t’ get me wrong I love a good sheet mask but I have gotten quite a few of them over the course of the last few months. This is another K-beauty sheet mask and they are known for their skin care so I am excited to try it and I have never had a blackberry or a kale sheet mask, I had to look up the benefits of each mask on the ipsy website. The kale mask helps with redness (which is right up my street) and the blackberry helps with brightening. So I got two blackberry products within this glam bag, I love blackberries so I am really excited to try this mask.

 

I want to do a full face of makeup with all of the products that I get from my ipsy bags so I am slowly collecting the items, I know that foundation and concealer will be something that I probably will never get because those are so subjective to each person’s skin tone so that would make it difficult to send out in the bags which I understand because you don’t want to send someone the wrong shade or the wrong undertone because then they are not going to use it.

Do you subscribe to ipsy? What did you get in your August Glam Bag?

 

-MJ

July Beauty Haul

I wasn’t really expecting to be doing this post this month because I honestly didn’t think that I would be buying many beauty items this month and then…I did. Well let’s get into it then. MJ bought more than she was planning on this month and that’s okay because sometimes that happens.

I only went to two places for beauty this month and that was Ulta and then Marshall’s. (A place that I went to for a purse but walked out with makeup instead.)

Let’s run through Ulta first.

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I went into the store early in the month and picked up the Urban Decay Born to Run palette because I saw it on Instagram and I wanted it so bad because he had some interesting colors in it and Urban Decay always not only has great packaging but also their pigmentation is amazing, if you have read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes posts you know how much I love Urban Decay, I feel like one of their palettes was in my Makeup Bag Essentials also. I love the color spectrum in this palette because the colors are so vibrant and so unique so I knew that I had to have it and I love it.

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A few years ago I got a NYX advent calendar and I finally ripped all of the little boxes that had the pans of eyeshadow apart and I purchased this tarte magnetic palette (1) to house them. I am a fan of the depotting things trend so I needed a place to put all of my depotted things. I still need to get magnets to put on the bottom of the pans to make them stick to the new palette but that is something that I am still working on.

I got an email telling me that a Morphe palette was on sale I went and jumped on it, it was the Natural Glow palette (2). I am a huge fan of Morphe and this palette seems like a great neutral palette, also it looks like a great autumnal palette so I am excited to actually use this. Morphe changed their packaging again and they now have the plastic insert with the shade names and I was excited because it makes it so much easier to talk about the colors with a name attached to them.

I have never been on the setting powder train but I have been watching a lot of YouTube beauty guru’s in the last few weeks and so I figured, why not try it. I bought the Revolution Luxury Baking Powder (3) because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I may not enjoy using. I got it in the shade ghost which is white, it looks like straight talcum powder, (yes talc is an ingredient but still) like I feel like if I put it on I am going to look like a real ghost.

The last thing I got at Ulta was a RealTechniques 300 powder brush (4), I don’t actually have a loose powder brush, I don’t know why but I do not so I found myself needing one. I know that you can use a beauty blender to put your setting powder on, I don’t know I will try both. I love the coloring of the brush because it is an ombre pink and purple and that’s amazing.

 

Marshall’s is not a place I usually look for makeup but I was wandering around there and I found some really good items.

Now I was a little shocked to see some of the items that I did there this time because normally the makeup that you find at Marshall’s is from brands that I have never heard of but this time was different. Maybe it’s because I moved and there is a different selection here then there was in Northern Indiana.

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I have been thinking about getting a beauty blender sponge quite a bit recently because I am eventually going to do a foundation application blog post, granted I did not buy a beauty blender brand sponge because they are expensive. I bought a knock off and these pictures are damp (right) and dry (left). The rose water bottle is just for scale, though the rose water was in my Current Favorites video so if you want to check that post out; go ahead. I went and purchased a second one of these because you are supposed to get rid of them after a few months because of the potential for bacteria build up.( Yes I know that the pictures are at slightly different angles, it was hard because it took the sponge quite some time to fully dry and get back down to its original size because I didn’t think about taking the comparison photo until after I had run it under the tap. When damp it is probably almost double the size it is when dry.)

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The next item was something that I have been thinking about again for a while, I have been seeing the trend of magnetic lashes (1) online recently and I have never used fake lashes anyway but the magnetic ones seemed really interesting so I am looking forward to trying them out.

These next three I was really shocked to see there because they were all designer brands.

I found an Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (2)  and I was shocked to see it there. I finally swatched the colors and I was blown away, I feel like most of my current highlighters are all peachy or golden hues but these are more interesting and variable and I am a huge fan of that glow pop they give. Super looking forward to incorporating them into a look or more than one look because they promise to be very beautiful.

I found a Lorac (3) crème lipstick in the color Girl Next Door, I am not a big user of crème lipsticks anymore but I feel like the colors that I have in crème lipsticks are all more on the pink side of the spectrum than my liquid lipsticks.

The other lipstick I found was an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick (4) in the color “Stripped” it is amazing and yet another nude lipstick to add to my collection. I am looking forward to using this as well.

I went a little crazy in the makeup and beauty buying department this month but that was okay because I got some great products and some great deals out of the equation.

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty products this month? Did you add anything new to your beauty routine?

 

-MJ

Some Current Favorites

Well it’s been some time since I have actually done a favorites post and I kind of missed it. I feel like I have not had too many favorites in the last few months just because my life has been a little busy.

 

So these favorites are over the last few months (April, May, and June) I did do an April Favorites video over on my YouTube channel but I never actually wrote a blog on it (oops, my bad.)  Also, to be honest May and June got away from me. I feel like most of them are beauty related because those are what I have been using and that is why I remember them.

 

First thing is first, this product was in my spring fabfitfun box, the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I use this product every day, I love it so much, there are very few lotions and skin care products so when I find one that doesn’t make my skin irritated I cling to it. I cannot say enough nice things about it, I actually bought the Oli-Control Mattifier lotion as well which is also a sun screen so it has really been saving my skin and I love that just as much. Seriously one of my favorites for the last few months.

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This was one of my favorites throughout April and into the summer months and that is my Lorac Malibu palette, it is four eye shades and two cheek shades, I normally don’t use the cheek shades when they are included in an eye palette but I have found myself using them throughout the summer because I actually have a tan. I love the summery and more neutral colors of the palette, it stays on pretty well and I found myself reaching for it over and over again when I just wanted to do a normal simple every day look when I don’t use my NYX Cosmetic Metals palette. If you want to read my normal makeup routine, you can, here.

 

I not only got tan this summer but I also burned, that is my usual summer plan, burn, and then back to being translucent. I had a friend tell me to use rose water on my burn to rehydrate my skin. It helped so much and I also use rose water with my moisturizer and the one that I have been using is the Soo AE Revitalizing Rose Mist and I have been using it religiously because I do not hydrate my face enough. It for sure helped my burn though and I am happy to say it did tan out which was the hope.

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I am one of those people who keeps lotion everywhere no matter what because I always need it because my hands are always dry, I think part of it is the air conditioning and I have been spending a lot of time outside in the hot. One brand that I can only get in limited form is Zoella Beauty, I have been following her channel on YouTube for quite some time now and I have not been without a tube of Wonder Hand in a while now and it is one of my favorite lotions at the moment.

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So I bought a CD in June that I loved and have been waiting for the release of for quite some time was the new Panic! At The Disco album Pray for the Wicked. I listened to it three or four times on release day and I love its sound. I can’t ever describe Panic! At The Disco’s sound because it has evolved so much since their first album that I listened to in middle school. I have grown up with Panic and I am always happy to hear new music from them, it’s a new sound, it’s a good sound, and I was here for it.

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One final thing in my current favorites. I had to get a new pop clip for my car, I have one so I can put my Popsocket into a holder in my car. I had one that was adhered to my dashboard but in early May it came off my dash. Well when I was in Indiana in May I got a new pop clip that is fitted into the vent in the car instead of sticking to the dash and I have found it so much easier and so much nicer to use because my phone screen is actually visible instead of being toward the sky. I am a huge fan of the pop clip and because I spend so much time in my car it has really saved my sanity in the car, I listen to a lot of music in the car so it’s nice to be able to have a better control over it when I am at stop lights without moving it from its holder.

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There were some of my current favorites, I am hoping that for this month (July) I will have more to share next month (August) when I actually post that blog post.

 

Do you have any favorites this month that you can’t find yourself living without or find yourself reaching for over and over again?

 

-MJ

 

What was in my July ipsy Glam Bag?

It’s that time again, I got my July ipsy Glam Bag in the mail yesterday and I could not wait to rip into it and see what I got. I must say the tracking information on this package was sparse and normally it is not, it also took a really long time to get to my apartment but I am not blaming that on anyone, just making an observation. I will have posted three Glam Bag unbaggings this month but hopefully in the foreseeable future I will only be posting one a month, because let’s be real three is a lot to post in one month. I unbagged May and June earlier in the month, if you want to read those you can click on the month and read them for yourselves.

 

Moving on from that though, I was so excited for this bag the moment I got the email that it was on its way. I just wish, this is my only complaint with ipsy’s emails, that they wouldn’t show you the items so close to the top of the email in case you want to be surprised by it. I like the surprise aspect of it all and I knew one of the items I was getting long before I got it. I like being able to make the informed decision whether or not to have what’s in my bag spoiled for me but sometimes the formatting of their emails don’t really give me a choice but to be partially spoiled.

 

On to the bag, first of all I love this bag. I think it is my favorite so far it is blue holo. (Yes it is holo, it gives off rainbows in the light don’t come for me.) The picture doesn’t really do it justice though; it is much prettier in real life. From the picture online I just thought it was a shiny blue, I honestly thought it was going to be plastic but it’s a soft almost pleather feeling material. I love getting a bag every month because it just adds more bags for me to use when I need to take the small essentials with me on trips.

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On to the items that I got in the bag this month.

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1: IBY Beauty Eyeshadow Fluff Brush: I will say the same thing every time I love getting new brushes, I never know when to buy new brushes nor do I know what to buy so I like having someone pick brushes out for me. It is a synthetic brush that is vegan and cruelty-free according to the description on the ipsy website. I am looking forward to using this brush, it is nice and soft which I am a huge fan of.

 

2: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner: I am so bad at eyeliner, like I would love to do a wing and not have it everywhere on my face by the time I am finished. I used to use a crayon liner before liquid liner was popular and to me that was so much easier to use than a liquid liner. I have not worn eyeliner since about 2008, it’s been like ten years because I cannot do it to save my life, I keep trying to do it properly but to be real, I need professional help in that department. I like eyeliner, I used to wear a lot of it so it would be nice to do it again, though I wear glasses so eyeliner normally goes unnoticed. I don’t know how people can do a perfect wing every time, I applaud you.

 

3: Pure Heals by Nature Village Pore Clear Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask: I have never done a peel off mask beyond pore strips for your nose. I have been wanting to try a charcoal peel off mask for over a year now since it has been such a trend all over the internet. They are so good for your skin from what I have heard. This product is from a brand that I haven’t heard of but I am excited to try it. From the description on the ipsy website it is a K-Beauty brand which again K-Beauty is becoming/ has been a huge trend for quite some time now and I am here for it.

 

4: Half Caked Lip Fondant in the shade Girl Crush: Wow is this red! It’s so red you guys, it may not be a color for me but I am excited to try it to see what I think of it. To be honest I am not a huge fan of the color, it’s a bit too loud for me and I swatched it and it’s so bright. It will take a certain makeup look and even a certain skin tone, my skin is pale enough that it would almost look like those candy lips you get at Halloween. The brand seems really interesting; I love the packaging but the color just isn’t for me. I will keep it in my collection for now for maybe more intense and crazy looks, maybe Halloween. I think this is the first product that I haven’t liked from my ipsy Glam Bags since I started getting them in April. Granted I know that not all products are going to hit the marks and this was definitely one of those products.

 

5: Ella Eden single pot eyeshadow in the shade Harmony:  This is the last product, I love the color I can almost equate it to a rose gold or a peachy rose color and it looks amazing. Again, I swatched it and I am looking forward to using this shade it is very summer and I am excited to actually use it in a makeup look. I still don’t know how I feel about single put shadows because I have bought so many palettes in recent memory, but I can understand the need of them for travel purposes and also for sample products because if the product is good then there is a good chance that other products will be purchased from the company. (How many times can I type product in a sentence before it gets annoying? Three, then it gets annoying.) I’m excited to try it out though and see if it as long wear as some of the other shadows that I have.

 

For the most part I loved all of the products that I got in this month’s Glam Bag. I am looking forward to using the products as well as looking forward to what I will get in my bag next month.

 

If you subscribe what did you get this month and what did you think?

-MJ