July 2021 Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I really am trying to write posts right now, but there is just some block in my brain that is really not allowing me to do so with the frequency and clarity that I would like to. It’s just a lot going on outside of me writing these posts. I am trying and it’s just difficult. 

            I also just realized that I have not rated anything I got this month on the IPSY website and now I am going to pause writing this post to do just that. I know I am not funny, but if I don’t do it now; I will forget. I literally just rated 10 different things by saying that I liked them, not love, just like. It’s that kind of day y’all, that kind of day. I didn’t get really excited about anything I got this month and that’s okay, I don’t have to be excited about everything and some days I have to remind myself of that. It’s okay to be honest, you can like something and not love it. I feel like I am just waiting for a product to blow me away though and that just hasn’t been happening lately. I also feel really bad rating things poorly because I know how hard people and creators work on products. 

The Bag: 

            I really like this bag actually, it’s super cute. I love it. The sun with the eye in the center and the phrase Stay Golden, whenever I hear that phrase I always think of The Outsiders, ‘stay gold, Ponyboy’ and I am thrown back into middle school. 

The Products:

            This month I got six because I redeemed points last month, so there will be six this month. The first two were chosen for me, the next three I chose, and the last was my points redemption item. 

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores no More Pore Purifying Cleanser:

            This is a repeat for me, I have gotten this product before in one of my fabfitfun boxes so this is now the second one that I have. I do like this cleanser though, I used it most of last month while I was at my parent’s house and now this one will replace it when I am finished with that one. There is some sort of residue on it, but I can wash that off and it’ll be no big deal. It’s a good cleanser though and I would recommend it. 

IL Makiage Black Card-Lift, Curl, and Lengthening Mascara: 

            I like mascara’s, this one has an interesting brush on it and it’s a silicon applicator so those are usually really nice. I am looking forward to actually using it in the future, but I do have some in the queue in front of it. Most of the mascara’s that I have tried feel roughly the same unless they are not great. I don’t spend money on mascara, because my NYX one works just as well as some $30 ones. 

Zoe Ayla Satin Pillow Case in Champagne:

             This was the first time I was offered a non-skin care or beauty item through ISPY, so I figured why not? I have heard the benefits of satin pillowcases and it seemed like a cool idea. I so have to wash it first before I let it go anywhere near my bed, I just have to figure out how to wash it beforehand so I don’t do the dumb thing and ruin it before I even get to use it. I think it might be hand wash only, so that’s going to be fun.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncuffed:

            This color gives off boss babe vibes and I am here for it. I also have been meaning to try Fenty since it was released and I just haven’t yet. I like the color it’s a little dark when I am not wearing any makeup, but I do like it. I also love the packaging and the formula felt pretty good when I applied it. It smelled a little chemically when it came out of the bottle, but it’s summer and product can take on a different smell. I love ethe fact that it is in a glass bottle, that is genius. I am looking forward to wearing this with a full face and actually seeing what it looks like there. 

Beauty for Real Golden Hour Mango Butter Eyeshadow Palette: 

            This palette is really pretty. I love the pop of blue shade among all of the neutrals that make up the rest of this eight pan. The pigmentation is really pretty good, which I am glad to see. I have gotten some palettes in the past where they looked visibly very beautiful but did not swatch well, or really have any sort of hold to them. It’s a 5/3 break down with five of the shades being metallic and three being mattes, that’s pretty good for a palette this size. My mother keeps telling me I need to use my eyeshadow palettes and I know I do, but I am afraid of losing my fave shades and never being able to use them again. I need to get over it, but it’s a permanence thing; I can’t even put stickers on things because I think I might hate their placement down the road and can’t change anything about it. 

The Crème Shop Mask Fusions in Rose & Gold and Coconut & Chia:

            I got a set of these masks a few months ago in my February Glam Bag, so getting a few more doesn’t hurt. I need to start using sheet masks again because I have a lot and I just need to, again it’s a permanence thing and I usually do one while I meditate and I haven’t meditated in months. I need to get back into that too, I just haven’t. I needed to redeem points because some of mine were expiring last month and these were what I chose, I don’t regret it.

            So that was my Glam Bag Plus this month, it was a pretty solid bag this month. I am looking forward to seeing what the choices are for my August bag in the next week or so, whenever they release the choices. 

            I don’t really have much else to say so I hope that everyone has a great few days until I am back with another post, I am not exactly sure when this is going up so I don’t want to say have a great start to the week or a great rest of the week because I don’t know which one it will be. 

            If you want to know what else I have gotten this year, just click on the month and you can find out: January, February, March, April, May, and June

            I hope everyone stays happy and healthy and I will be back in a few days with another post! 

            -MJ

What was in My July 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Sorry I have been a little MIA, I am just dealing with some stuff and it’s been hard to even sit down and write something. My last post, about my favorite comics was supposed to go up a week before it actually did because of my stress levels. I felt like things were finally falling into place and I was finding my way out of the woods and as it stands right now someone has taken me and thrown me back into the woods. So it’s hard to be peppy and happy on this platform because that’s not how I feel right now. 

            My brain is not functioning at the moment so there isn’t going to be much flourish for this, just a warning. 

            So let’s just get right into the bag and the products: 

The Bag:

            It’s a cute little gold top zip and the zipper pull is a sun with a blue gem in the center and stay golden on the side. I really like this bag, it’s simple and getting simple bags doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to. I also like the color composition of the gold and the deeper blue that is not only in the jewel and in the zipper surround but also on the inside of the bag as well. Super cute bag, love it.

The Products:

Neogen Dermatology White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop: 

            I got a Neogen cleanser in one of my pervious bags and I actually really enjoyed using it. I have a lot of serums now and I am not upset about that because they have so many different ingredients that do so many different things and have a lot of different benefits. I like testing different products out to see what ingredients and benefits are worth it to me. 

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer:

            First Aid Beauty is one of those brands that I pass by every time that I am in Sephora and I just kind of look at it longingly because I have heard such good things about it and it’s expensive. I like coconut in moisturizer and I am actually really excited to try it out, I feel like I say that a bunch, but this is a trial subscription so that makes sense. I try not to open these products until I plan on using them so they don’t go to waste and primers all go and live in my bathroom. 

Sophia + Mabelle Cleopatra Eyeshadow Quad:

            I chose this one, I am just hoarding tiny eyeshadow quads again because you can never have too many tiny eyeshadow quads that do the same duty as a full sized palette. I like the shades because they are a beautiful warm neutral that is easy to top in your handbag and go. I love a good eyeshadow quad and that will never change. 

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash:

            I don’t actually have a lot of travel cleansers any more so I am excited to use this one. I also love the packaging for this product and for me packaging is half the appeal. It has a lot of good ingredients and it’s vegan and never tested on animals which are both wins in my book. This is a brand that I have never heard of, but the beauty of this subscription service is getting exposure to all sorts of brands that I wouldn’t find on my own. 

Kokie Cosmetics Cover + Conceal Beauty Sponge:

            I started using beauty sponges in early 2019 or late 2018, I honestly don’t remember. There was a time that I rejected using beauty sponges and only used brushes or the silicon applicators because I liked them. I have been using beauty sponges exclusively since then and it doesn’t really matter what brand I use, usually I get them at TJ Maxx because I don’t want to spend $20 per sponge. It’s also purple and I am a huge fan of that. 

            So that’s my July Glam Bag this year, I liked it quite a bit. I know my sentences are short and they are not flowy and insightful like some of my posts are. It’s just, that’s where my head is at the moment so that’s what I’m working with. 

            If you want to read about what else I’ve gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, and June!

            I will be back later in the week with another post so I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week, stay happy and healthy. I hope all of the things that you are manifesting and the energy you are putting out in the universe starts to show itself, because sometimes we all need something good to happen. 

            -MJ 

Summer 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

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            I am writing this post directly after I have written Sunday’s post so the energy might be the same, still at my current moment at the Ford dealership. I am going to preface this post with good news about the box. After the last few that have been extremely underwhelming I can say that this one was great! I loved most everything that I got so I am really happy to still be on the fff train. 

            I am probably going to get right into it, but this post is going to be a little different than posts in the past. Because of all the customization options I am not going to list them at the end of each paragraph because it’s just a lot. That is one things that I would like to see changed, don’t overwhelm with a billion customization options. Giver three or four that are mind-blowing and cut it off there. 

So what did I get though? 

Virginia Wolf Multi Wear Warp:

            I am going to use it as a tapestry to hang above my bed, but I absolutely love it. The pattern on it is amazing and it doesn’t feel strange which was one of my concerns when ordering a wrap in my box. I might wear it as a wrap when I get a chance because it is super cute and this was the product in this category that I was most excited about. I love monstera leaves and big tropical patterns. I just have to get this ironed and get it hung up, I have to figure out how to actually achieve that goal, I’ll figure it out and maybe I’ll have an update picture someday.

Rae Dunn by Magenta Guac/Salsa Bowls:

            Rae Dunn is one of those grands that you see everywhere now. I don’t have any, I think it’s cute but it’s also become such a cult decorative want. These are really cute, I don’t really see the full appeal though to having a bunch of it in my apartment. They will be cute for entertaining, which is what I feel like they are really for. Of all of the products that were offered this was my favorite. I would have gotten the obé resistance bands but I didn’t want the six month subscription, I would have wanted the trigger point ball but that was only available in the UK version. 

Corkcicle 12ox Wine Tumbler and Silicone Straw:

            I didn’t know that this one was a blue holographic! It’s really cute! This was the only one I really wanted in this customization option but seeing it in person made it so much better. I like stainless steel tumblers, I don’t drink a lot of wine so I will probably use this for other drinks. I am really excited to actually get to use it though, and it’s dishwasher safe (on the top rack). I have heard really good things about the brand of corkcicle, so I am hopeful that it is as good as people say it it. 

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Setting Spray:

            I was just writing about another Ciaté setting spray that I got in my Glam Bag Plus and so now I have two Ciaté setting sprays and I am excited to use them both. I love a good setting spray and I really like the Watermelon Burst line that Ciaté has out. I have several items from the range and I have never been disappointed in any of them. So I am hoping that this one is just as good as setting sprays that I have used in the past. 

MineTan Body Skin Recovery After Sun Gel:

            I don’t go out in the sun much, I am very pale so being outside for even fifteen minutes can give me a nice not so healthy sunburn. I do use an aloe lotion after I am out in the sun but as a kid I spent lots od night’s during the summer soaking in vinegar like I was a salad marinating so the sting would go away. I also have gotten burns so bad I blistered because I was young and stupid and I didn’t want sunscreen. I am looking forward to giving this a try though at some point soon because inevitably I will be out in the sun at some point this summer and like an idiot not have any sunscreen on so I will need it afterward.

So with the last category in the magazine it was several items thrown into a bundle, I’ll talk about the three that I got.

Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick: 

            It came with a sharpener and everything, I am used to eyeliner and lipliner pencils coming like this where you physically have to sharpen it when it gets dull. I am not used to having that in a eyeshadow, do I have other eyeshadows like this? I think so. I love the shades though so I am looking forward to figuring out exactly how to use this product. 

Barefoot Scientist Pedicure File:

            I use a pumice stone on my feet when I want to smooth everything out but I think that this is going to make that process easier. I know you have to be really careful with them because they are files and I don’t want to cheese grate my feet. We all want smooth feet during the summer with sandal season.

Aria Beauty Reusable Makeup Swabs: 

            I don’t feel like I have much to say about this one, I am going to have to figure out exactly how to use these, I thought they were just straight up cotton swabs like Q-Tips. I like the little case they came in but I am going to just have to figure out exactly what they are for and how to use them.

            Overall this box has been the best one that I have gotten in a while and I am really excited about that. I feel like the brand as a whole listened to some of the complaints that people were giving them over the last several boxes. I am looking forward to seeing all the spoilers for the fall box which should start in August? I actually don’t know, it might be sooner than that but that’s okay. If you want to see what I got in my Spring box, you can just click on the hyperlink. 

            I will be back later in the week with another post, I know what it’s going to be and I am looking forward to getting it posted. So until then I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend for my American friends, I have no plans except to avoid all the fireworks. (I don’t like loud noises, I never have.) 

            -MJ

June 2021 ISPY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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            I feel like I need to change the title of this post series because it’s not a box anymore. It’s in a bubble mailer and a drawstring bag, not a box, but I am a creature of habit and I want to still have the differentiation between this and my regular Glam Bag posts because I do have two a month. At my present moment I am sitting at my local Ford dealership (shouts out to them) getting my oil changed, like 2,000 miles late, oops. Get your routine maintenance done y’all, just get it done. I have also been meaning to write this post for days and just haven’t because I am a scattered human being. I am not going to do a bunch of exposition because I did that I lot when I started the blog and I don’t want to continue to ramble on about nothing. So let’s just get into the post itself.

The Bag: 

            Like the Glam Bag bag this month it looks like it’s covered in stickers and I am a fan. Scrolling through TikTok I see a lot of small business sticker creators and if I had the disposable income I would buy all the stickers and then just have them in a pile to stare at because I cannot actually commit to putting stickers on anything.

The Products: 

111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster:

            This brand is one of those brands that is ridiculously expensive so when I see it in my bag I get very excited. I have a few of their other products and I love all of them. The brand is super boujee, but I can’t complain because it’s worth the price point for how good it actually is. This 20 ml bottle is $135 so that’s absolutely insane, but as someone who actually has seen a difference in their skin since using better products I cannot complain. I know part of that may be in my mind because I know how expensive the product is, but it’s also scientifically backed and I love that.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream:

            Everyone should know about my history with Ahava by now, if you don’t you can read my GB+ post from last month because I for sure wrote a whole paragraph about it. I like their products and I have been using them on and off for over a decade now. I love a good moisturizer and I have their day cream, night cream, hydration mask, and now this so I am excited to actually give it a try. Again, in real life outside of a box it’s expensive but, I worked at a salon in high school so I have watched this brand and change over the years. 

Ciaté London Everyday Vacay Coconut Dewy Setting Mist: 

I picked this one because I ran out of setting spray, I got setting spray in my Summer fabfitfun box (that’s a spoiler because that post doesn’t come out until Wednesday) and in my regular Glam Bag this month. So now I am set on setting spray. I liked my old one but, even though it was from the same brand as my fave setting spray (which they don’t make anymore) it just wasn’t the same. So I am on the hunt for a new setting spray. I love the Porefessional one I got in my Glam Bag and I am looking forward to giving this one a try when I am wearing makeup more in the fall. 

Best Face Forward Purifying Cleanser: 

            I could pretty much do an entire skin care routine out of this bag; which is actually pretty cool. I like trying new and different cleansers because I am never really sure if the cleanser is really great unless I have like 15 to compare it to. In the description it says it’s good for blemish prone skin and that’s me so I am excited to give this one a try. Though since I have started to change my diet I am seeing less and less breakouts which is super cool. I love the packaging and I am so ready to be able to give this one a try. 

Viseart Petit PRO Deux: 

            Well Viseart is one of those brands that you hear about from influencers and makeup artists all the time and a normal 12 pan palette from Viseart can go for $80+, so when this was offered as one of my options I jumped on it. I love the shades, it’s the perfect balance of summer warm shades and I am so excited to actually sit down and swatch this palette. I know it’s a mini palette, but that doesn’t really matter to me. I can take it traveling because it would be something really small to pack into my suitcase or makeup bag and just go with it. 

            So overall my bag this month was great. I am excited and looking forward to the bag choices next month, I will find out next week what’s going to be in my August GB+ and I am hoping that I have more amazing products to share with you then. 

            I will be back on Wednesday with another post as we ramp up into the Fourth of July weekend for my American friends. I hope that everyone has a happy and healthy start to the week and I will see y’all soon with another post!

            If you want to read about what else I have gotten this year, you can! January, February, March, April, and May

            Seriously, I hope everyone has a good last few days of June!

                        -MJ

What Was in My May 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            Well I didn’t mean to take a month off, I really didn’t, but here we are either way. I had a weird May with the end of school and waiting for jobs to be posted, I am really hoping to get into the building I was in this year as a full time teacher. I really loved teaching middle school, who knew? Seriously, when I was getting my Master’s I thought that I wanted to work with little kids; I even student taught in 3rd grade, but this long term sub posting fell into my lap and I don’t want to be anywhere else. I found a family and I would really like to keep it. 

            So on to this since it’s kind of June, oops, my bad. It’s been a time y’all, a time. Here is May, June will be up when I get it in the mail.

The Bag:

            I loved the bags this time with the two tone pink flowers, this is for sure one of my top ten favorite bags and I have probably said that a good dozen times but that list does change more frequently than I would like to admit. My parents are actually on vacation and some of the bags I didn’t want any more are going to my cousin’s kids and I hope they like them. 

On to the most important part, what did I get?

The Products: 

Skin&Co Roma Citrus Amaro Hand Cream: 

            I love Skin&Co, I have a few of their products, or I have received them in the past and I have never been unhappy with them. This will probably be the hand cream that I stick in my purse and use on the go because I am a hand cream hoarder and I have to have one pretty much within arm’s reach wherever I am. I also love citrus scents in the summer so I am excited to give this one a try. I actually put some on and I have to say this, it smells amazing (not super overpowering), it goes on and it doesn’t make your hands feel sticky, and it’s not super greasy. So I am even more excited now than I was a few minutes ago. 

Looks&Meii Cosmetic Infinity Sleeping Lip Mask:

            I’m going to confess something, I have never used a lip mask; lip scrub is a more frequent fall and winter favorite so I am excited to see how it goes when I actually try this out, it might be tonight but who knows with me at this point. I hope it’s not sticky or anything like that. I do hope it’s more like a balm because I sometimes wear lip balm to bed but it’s not a frequent occurrence in my beauty routine. It’s made in Korea so I do hope that it is K-Beauty because there is so much great K-Beauty products out there. 

Context Skin Nail Lacquer in Body Talk:

            I was a secretary at a nail salon when I was in high school and so I was around a lot of nail polish like all the time. I don’t wear nail polish anymore, only on special occasions and to be honest; I didn’t really like this product. The color is fine and I did put it on to check it out but I didn’t like the application or the coverage. I love that it is free of some of the ingredients that you see in a lot of nail polishes but it’s just not for me because I don’t wear nail polish. 

Tula Skincare The Instant Facial Dual-Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads:

            I chose this one and I love Tula, I used their face wash for a significant part of last year and I loved it so much. I saw this one on IPSY’s Instagram and I knew immediately that I wanted it, if it was offered to me. Tula makes some really great skin care items and they don’t aggravate my skin (one of the products I’m using at the moment is really messing with my skin and I don’t know which one it is. Or it’s just bringing all the crap out of my pores and it’s going to look better soon, who knows.) I am really excited to give these a try when I get home next week. 

Item Beauty Lip Quip in Come Thru:

            I love the packaging, I kept it just because I wanted to take a picture of it for this post. I just read the card and it said it was from a TikTok star, I have recently downloaded the dreaded clock app and I have been losing hours to it. So this is fitting. I like a lot of the ingredients that are listed on the card because they are super moisturizing and there is a slight tint to it. Here’s hoping that I like it. It’s made without parabens and it’s vegan and you all by now know how much I like those buzz words on packaging. 

            For the most part the bag was good, I didn’t like the nail polish but everything else was cool. I am looking forward to my bag this month and I know that there are going to be four IPSY posts this month but let’s be real, June of 2018 was the same way because I took most of May off then too. I just haven’t felt creatively driven and for me, that’s super difficult to deal with because creativity on some days is the only thing that keeps me going. It’s been a challenge, but I’m walking out the other side stronger than before, so we good.

If you want to check out what else I have gotten this year, you can! Just click on the month, January, February, March, or April.

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back on Wednesday with a post I wrote a good month ago because that was supposed to be my next post in May but then I never posted it. Stay happy and healthy!

            -MJ 

What Was Really in My March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

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            So I finally got this in the mail a few days ago, because the other one got lost. I didn’t get the same bag as the GB last month but it’s okay, I got a repeat from last summer. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if they didn’t even send a bag with a replacement, I know it’s expected but I would have been cool with it either way. If you want to see what the bag looks like you can check out my July Glam Bag post from last year

            I feel like I don’t have much to say before we get into the actual products, so let’s just roll right into them because this post is a month later than it should be and at this point; I’m over it. 

The products: 

            I think I got everything that was supposed to be in my March GB because in the email I got they told me that if something wasn’t available it would be switched out with something else so it’s not a big deal.

            I first want to say that I am thankful for the ‘past glam bag’ tab on the website otherwise there is a good chance I would not give all the proper names for these products, I apparently also can still review the items so that’s exciting. 

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara:

            It’s is no secret that I really like Benefit, their Roller Lash mascara is one of my holy grail items, I don’t actually have any at the moment but it is one of my all-time favorites. I really like the fact that they use silicon applicators instead of a brush applicator because to me it just gets product on better. You can disagree on that with me and that’s totally cool, we can have different beauty preferences. I just threw a tube of mascara away because it expired and my right eye let me know right away. I may have mentioned that in one of my other posts but at this point I don’t remember. I am excited to give this one a go though because a lot of the reviews say that it has some great benefits to your lashes. 

Clearly Balanced Days It’s The (Lip) Balm with CBD in Peppermint:

            I feel like there are so many products with CBD in them now and I am not upset about that because apparently it has some great benefits. I can read all the ingredients which makes me super happy, I am not a huge fan of lip balms that have ingredients that I can’t read, pronounce, or identify on sight. I have probably a good dozen lip balms scattered around my apartment, in my bags, and just in general around my life and I lose at least one or two a year and then find them a year or two later and have to throw them away. I have joked since college that I want to finish a tube of lip balm before I lose it and I still have yet to accomplish that goal. 

Eleman Beauty Eyeshadow Duo in Aerial & Luna: 

            A brand that I have never heard of before getting it in my Glam Bag but the shades and pigmentation are great so I am noy mad about it. I am always looking for mor brands to enjoy. They are both glittery and metallic which in certain looks are really cool so I am going to put this in my random eyeshadow box and use them when I have a reason to. They are really nice shades though and I want to incorporate them into a look sooner rather than later. I want to see what it looks like with long wear before I really say that I enjoy it but so far as just a swatch, I like it. 

F.A.R.A.H Pressed Powder Brush 620F:

            I am going to have a full collection of F.A.R.A.H brushes here soon enough because I have several of them. It’s a nice soft brush and it’s for powder, I don’t use a lot of powder because it’s never really been a thing that I do but it wouldn’t be a bad cheek brush as well. Let’s be honest with ourselves though, I don’t use all of my brushes for what they are supposed to be used for, one because I forget and just grab a brush, and two, it’s a brush that I can use on my face. 

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Werk:

            This is a little dark and orangey for me. I like Milk Makeup but this is not the shade for me. Alright, after actually putting it on my lips, it’s actually a really nice shade and I like it. Also the one I have is a little cracked. Not a big deal, I can still use it but I have to have the right look to go with it. There is also just something about a lip and cheek product that seems weird to me because I don’t like to use products that claim double duty, I will use it as one or the other, I fear contamination. As someone whose skin is sensitive to just about everything I am really careful about what I put where on my face. 

            Overall, I liked the Glam Bag, it was fine. Some hits and some that could be considered, not per say misses, but not hits. It was nice to finally get the bag though because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to. 

            If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can! January, February, and April. It’s so weird to write April on this post even though we are almost in May.

            I will be back later in the week with another post, so I hope that everyone has a great start to their week.

            Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            We are already most of the way through April which is insanity to me. This week coming up is birthday week, it’s not like I am celebrating it because let’s be honest…I don’t really celebrate, I’ll be at work all day and then maybe dinner with my parents. When this post comes out I will have already had my first does of the COVID shot, say what you will about it, get it, don’t get it, that is completely up to you and your choice. I work in a school, I work around kids, and I finally was able to get an appointment to get one so I am. For my health and the health of everyone I care about. I want to be able to hug people again without the fear of transmitting this virus. 

            Right, so, my Glam Bag Plus because that’s what this post is about. I am still waiting for my regular Glam Bag from last month, they are replacing it and it is on its way, so at this point it is just a waiting game. I want to say something about the “ultra-personalization” again this month. It was mostly skin care, I love skin care, but there is only so much you can get and use. I wish they would give me the options for more cosmetics and things like that. It’s just irksome that I don’t really feel like I have choices that I want, they say the items are personalized to me and I am really wondering where they are getting my options. Literally every category I had there was a serum, no one needs that much serum.

The Bag: 

            I absolutely love the bag this month, it’s so springy and fun. I am actually really liking the drawstring bags that they are coming out with in the Glam Bag Plus. 

So what did I get? I am going to share first what was chosen for me and then go on to what I chose. 

Dr. Botanicals Lemon Superfood all-in-one Rescue Butter:

            It’s a face and body cream which I am not mad about and I love the smell of lemons. It has a bunch of oils in it which usually are amazing for moisture in your skin. I love a good moisturizer, there is nothing wrong with a good moisturizer in the beauty routine. Especially if you can use it on your whole body. I don’t think I will use it on my face but I will for sure use it everywhere else. I think putting that many oils on my face would break me out too much so hand and body cream application for this product will be better for me personally. 

Beau Gâchis No. 7 Collection:

            I like makeup brushes but I have a lot of them and not a lot of space for storage right now. I like that there is a spooly in here though because I do not have enough of them. I like a good all over brush set and a set like this I can take when I travel or when I have to not be at home and I want to put on a full but simple look. I opened the bag and it smelled like nail polish remover and I am hoping that if I keep them out of the bag for a while they won’t smell like that. I do like the feeling of the brush though so I am looking forward to giving them a try.

Now on to what I chose, which I have said I feel like I don’t have much choice every month on what I actually get. 

The Nue Co. The Pill All-in-1 Serum: 

            The first of two serums that I chose because I didn’t like any of the other options. I like that this one is a pump and I am excited to eventually give this one a try. For now it will go into the storage in my fridge because I need to keep it fresh until I run through all of the other serums that I have. It has some really good ingredients in it and that is the best. I want my skin care items to have good ingredients and as few artificial ingredients as possible, this one has no fragrance which is actually really nice because I have never been a fan of fragrance in my skin care. 

Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drop:

            I never thought I would be able to say that I had a skin care product with cabbage in it. I love the fact that it is actually purple (even though the picture online is blue) and the packaging is beautiful. It is apparently very gentle which I am really excited about and it’s K beauty, I think, so I know that it will be okay for my skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and that is always really good for all the problems that my skin has. I think I am more excited to try this one than the other serum that I chose. 

Avant Skincare Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Éclat Primer: 

            Avant is one of those brands that I would never buy for myself because it’s expensive. I think I already have one of these, I checked, it’s not the same but it is similar. Really though at the moment that’s okay because I kind of need to start using a primer when I put on my makeup. I like the idea of having more collagen in my skin care. It’s really expensive, for 30 ml it’s $122 retail and that is just insane so the only place I get them is through IPSY because while I love good expensive skin care, it’s not something I can actually afford to splurge on very frequently. 

            Overall I am not upset about what I got but I still wish there was more of a balance between skin care and cosmetics because I just feel like there isn’t really that “personalization” that they have been trying to do since like August of last year. I kind of miss just picking one product and they pick the rest because what I am offered is a lot of products that I don’t really want or need. I know that is the issue with subscriptions. I still think that if they gave us all the options and said “pick three” it would be better because then there wouldn’t be this weird limit on choices. I don’t want a multiple choice test I want to be able to choose from a pool of things. I know that is something I complain about every month but I feel like nothing is changing and I wish that they would do something to change it. 

            So that was my GB+ this month, you can check out all of my other months for 2021 if you want to, you can read more of my complaining there too, I promise. Just click on the month, January, February, and March.

            I hope that everyone has a great start to the week and my Glam Bag will be my post for Wednesday because I have it and that’s about all I can manage this week. 

            Stay happy and healthy,

            -MJ 

Spring 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Alright so let’s get this started. I have some things that I need to say but I will wait those until the end of the post because I want to get through what I got before I have my words. Some of them are not so great. 

            This season they didn’t give a price range which is the first time in I think the history of my subscription that they haven’t had the price points on the inside of the magazine with all of the options, maybe I am just not reading closely enough but I can’t find it. So I will tell you that my box is worth over the $250 mark. I could do the math for the upper and lower limits of the box but I don’t want to do that much math today, I’m on spring break and I don’t want to. 

            As usual all opinions are my own and I doubt any of my opinions will ever be influenced by anyone else so I’m not too concerned but really, it’s just me sitting in my apartment writing this post.

            I want to say one thing before I start with what I got, I miss when there were like four options for things, like for this one; the first customization for all members had 9 items to choose from. I also am not a huge fan of the bringing back old choices from pervious boxes but that is just me. There were forty potential items in this box and that is just a lot, I feel like I have been complaining a lot about this box but 2020 made me a little more cynical so it is what it is.

Tech Candy UV Sanitizer: 

            This was the only thing that I really wanted, it was either this or an indoor planter and I don’t have the room for that in my apartment. My kitchen is very small so having an indoor herb garden, while super cool, is not something that I can feasible swing right now. I know that your phone is like the dirtiest thing you touch during the day and I figured that this would be a good thing to have because I live on my phone, I know that is such a cliché millennial thing but I do. I take my phone everywhere with me and I work in a school so you never know what’s floating around there. I have used it and I like it so far. Just set your phone in it and forget it because it turns itself off after five minutes. Usually here is where I would tell you the other options but there are eight and I don’t want to. 

Gaiam Ultimate Core Toning Kit:

            This was the second choice that was given to all members and this category unlike the last one only had seven options which was still too many for me. This has really been the only fitness item I have seen in the box in a long time. I am trying to get better with my fitness and adding more equipment to my home workout area is never a bad thing. Also if someone comes over and ticks me off I can throw the tiny exercise ball at them. I am excited to give them a try in the coming weeks as I swing myself back into the workout groove because it’s finally nice enough outside to actually do things again. 

Joy Dravecky Chloe Ring:

            It says “adjustable” it’s not, not really (ring size 6-8), it’s just cute out in the back but if you try to move it, it makes a noise like it’s going to crack so I have a cool pinky ring. It’s a really cute ring I will for sure say that and I really like how it looks as I sit here writing this post with it on my pinky. I don’t know, I chose this one because all of the other choices weren’t things that I actually wanted. I like it and that’s really all that matters. I’m just confused on how it’s “adjustable”? There were only five in this category but I am still not going to list them.

Sorbus Makeup Organizer: 

            This was the first thing that was picked for me because I am not an annual member. I prefer to choose my own makeup storage options and for some reason this gave me like 2008 Delia’s vibes. I just don’t know how the product buyers over at fff are choosing products right now because this one feels really juvenile. In the magazine it says that they “choose the best option for you” and I am trying to figure out how that fits in but fine, it is what it is. I’m going to use it for organizing sewing stuff. There were six items in this category and none of them actually got me excited at all. 

Pur Cosmetics Iconic Glow Illuminating Face and Body Dry Oil:

            I was on the phone with a friend when I was opening my box and my first thought was “2005 called and they want their body glitter back”. I feel like I am just complaining and I don’t like that feeling but again, like the last one I am trying to piece together what the method is for their choices of products. I am not a product buyer, I am nowhere close but I am confused at how they are making the choices on what is actually going in their boxes. This whole section of the box confuses me in general. I like Pur Cosmetics, it’s a good brand but a face a body oil is just not for me, I was a teenager when Twilight came out and I think that we should have left sparkly skin back there. 

Human + Kind Hand Scrub Elderflower + Raspberry: 

            We are coming out of winter so a hand scrub is never a bad thing and I like Human + Kind, their body lotion is great and I love the one I have. This only had three options and I don’t really know what else to say about it. It’s a scrub, their packaging is fun and cool which is nice so this product is fine and I am looking forward to giving it a try. 

Pink Sky Cactus Sipper Cup: 

            I have some concerns about this cup and one of those is the fact that arms are hollow so cleaning the inside of them is not going to be fun, also the lines on the lid don’t watch up with the rest of the cup and that’s annoying. I am going to use it as a vase, I just have to get some fake flowers first because the less water I can get anywhere near it, the better. 

Saie Reusable Beauty Rounds: 

            I love my Makeup Eraser that I got in Winter 2019. I use it pretty much every day so I am trying to figure out how to use these and all that stuff. I will work on it and I will be throwing them in the washing machine this weekend to see how they hold up. I will let you know. I am so hopeful because I love reusable beauty products that help me cut down on waste so here’s hoping. Of the two options this was the better for me because the other was nail polish and I haven’t worn nail polish in almost a decade so it is what it is. 

            So here it is, you got to see what I got. This is the second box in a row that has overall underwhelmed me. I don’t like to be negative, I really don’t enjoy finding faults in things but no matter the price point of this box, do I feel like I got my money’s worth? Not really, if we are being brutally honest. This box missed the mark for me with the quality of boxes in the past. I know that we are still in the throes of a pandemic and sourcing things is difficult but I would rather see a paired down box with fewer better quality options than a large potential catalogue with items that I feel have lesser quality. 

I know that this is not the first time I have expressed concerns with my box, the shipping time, and even the quality of the items. I have never had a problem with the company and I doubt that I will, and if you got this box you may have loved it and I hope that you do. I know that I shouldn’t compare this box to boxes past but I will because I have been subscribed since like March of 2018 and I loved it when I felt there was more diversity in the types of products we received. Now it is a lot of similar products and that has been a problem for the last year or so. 

So what does that mean for the future of my fff unboxing posts? I don’t know at the moment, I am going to wait to see what the choice spoilers are for the summer box and hope that they are amazing or at least worthwhile for me to keep my subscription or I may be finding an alternative. I used to look forward to receiving my fff boxes each season but now I just wonder what sort of “stuff” I will get to find alternate uses for or just find a place to store it. 

I am glad that they are getting rid of products that have 12 different harmful or not so savory chemicals in them, that is such a step in the right direction but I would also love to see more lifestyle, fitness, and just general quality décor items instead of just beauty and skin care. I subscribe to IPSY so I get enough in those. I want to see more fun in my fff box.

This is such a stupid problem to have, I don’t like the things that I get in a box that is a luxury to even be able to have and I know that. I know how whiny I sound but I still pay for this box four times a year and I want to feel like I am getting really cool things because we used to in these boxes. I don’t want to complain, but I want to give my honest opinion; no sugar coating because if you are considering getting this box I want you to be informed no matter how I feel about it. I want people to make informed decisions on what they spend their money on, especially now in the times we are living in at the moment. 

I think I need to be done because the more I say the more annoying I sound. So I will be back mid-week with another post that promises to be a lot more fun, who knows I haven’t written it yet but if everything shows up like it’s supposed to it’s going to be a fun spring DIY, if not it’ll be my first Bullet Journal post of the year so either way I’ll be back Wednesday with another post. 

So until then be happy, stay safe and stay healthy,

-MJ

March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well here we are again, another month another IPSY unboxing post. I don’t feel like I have all that much to say with this to be completely honest, not up here in the beginning anyway. Normally I have a lot to talk about before I actually get into the post, like those recipe blog posts that take five hundred words to actually get to the point of the post. Today is just one of those days and we only have a few days left until spring break (when this comes out, it’s a week for me as I am writing this on Sunday, if you are reading this go check out Sunday’s post a new look into my highlighter collection.)

            Also for some reason my tab key isn’t working too great and that’s annoying so I feel like the less tabbing I do the better off I am going to be so let’s just get into it.

The Bag: 

            Because it’s Women’s History month this month’s theme was Stronger Together which is a good theme for any month because in general we are stronger together rather than apart but tis not here nor there. On the inside of the bag is red and it says “confidence comes from within” and I am a sucker for motivational quotes written on the inside of things.

The Products: 

It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin, Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704:

            It’s a skin care infused brush, that’s interesting. I feel like I don’t use as many brushes as I used to but I have so many, though this one is different from pretty much all of my other brushes because of this added element. Also the brush bristles are super soft and really densely packed so that’s a good thing when it comes to complexion brushes in my book. They chose this one for me so here I am rolling with it. 

Half Caked Totally Tubular Mascara in The Heights:

            Very 80s from what I understand of the 80s because I was not born until the 90s. I was just thinking to myself before this bag was revealed to me that I haven’t gotten mascara in a few months and that’s odd for IPSY, they really like to send out mascaras and I am getting a mascara in my regular Glam Bag as well when that shows up who knows when. I like the more gel consistency of this one as opposed to some of the more paste like mascaras that I have and am using at the moment. This kind in my experiences usually does take longer to dry and if you sneeze while applying it, it will go everywhere. 

Complex Culture Good Lighting Highlighter Duo in Lucid + Afterglow

            I just wrote an entire post on highlighters and I didn’t mention this one because this post hadn’t been written yet so here we are with another highlighter to add to my already large collection. I did choose this and I am happy that I did. I love Complex Culture brushes because I have gotten several and their style of grey and gold is so classy and all of their packaging is sleek and minimalist and I love it. The pans in this dup are huge which is great and I love the differences in the shades. Afterglow is more of a champagne gold and Lucid is more of a copper gold and they are just really nice shades. Looking forward to not only adding these to the collection but also using them, though their highlighter brush is one of the brushes that I am missing. (I have other highlighter brushes but I do love me a good CC brush.)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in Taupe:

            I picked this one as well but it was more of a, ‘this was the only one that I was remotely interested in’ as opposed to ‘I need it!’ kind of mindset for this one. I love Anastasia and I have used brow products from this brand in the past so I know pretty much what I am getting myself into. It might be a little light for my eyebrows because they don’t give you a choice on color. That is one thing that irks me about the GB+ if they offer complexion products or products that need to match something give people the choice to pick their shade or at least have the option to pick a different shade if necessary. 

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette:

            I chose this one as well, again because it was the only one I was interested in when given the choices that I had. They are all metallic shades so while it is a cute palette with good shades, in my opinion for an overall look, this palette wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. The shades are beautiful, but there are no neutral or transition shades unless you want an all metallic eye and as someone who lived through the 2000’s an all metallic eye look is no longer in my purview. That is my only complaint though, I would have liked to have seen like one matte shade because then it would be able to stand on its own in my mind. 

            Overall I liked my GB+ this month, I am just abbreviating it because I don’t feel like writing it out anymore and at this point if you don’t know what GB+ is on this blog, just go back and read the title. (don’t mean to sound sassy, just being honest) There is a good chance that my next post will be my regular Glam Bag but at this point who knows. I never know with how the mail works anymore so we are just rolling with it, which has kind of been my mantra for the last year. 

If you want to read the rest of my GB+ unboxing so far this year, you can: January and February.

            Well I will be back over the weekend with another post so until then I hope that everyone has a great second half of the week, stay safe and stay healthy.

            -MJ

What was in My February 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            How is it already just days away from the end of February? I just don’t understand how this year has already started to fly by. Well I got this in the mail before the snow-pocalypse that we had in the mid-south last week and today it was 70 outside, I don’t know with weather anymore y’all I really don’t. I am just going to start writing this post though because my brain still isn’t fully back into this yet but it’s been that kind of month. February and March are usually my low months and I will eventually feel better and more creative but that day is not today.

The Bag:

            There were two different bags this month and I actually really wanted this one, it’s a fold over with a set of lips on top and on the back it looks like a letter and I actually really like the variety of bags when they just aren’t a top zip. It’s a super cute bag. 

The Products:

Basic Beauty Tweezers:

            I got tweezers in my Glam Bag Plus last month but having a second pair just means that I can have one in my bathroom and one for travel purposes so that’s kind of exciting. They are very pink, I will say that; I like pink but I do not have a lot of pink things around my apartment. They are a nice weight for tweezers so I am looking forward to putting these with the rest of my tools and using them as needed in my beauty routine. 

Haruharu Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner:

            I am still getting into toners and I am actually really jazzed about getting another toner to try out. When I got it, because it was so cold it was more gel than liquid but as it thawed it went back to liquid and I am hoping that it didn’t effect this product. I know that I will get around to using it sooner rather than later and I am looking forward to it. 

The Crème Shop Fusion Sheet Mask Duo:

            I love sheet masks, one of my goals this year was to meditate and do a sheet mask and to be honest, I haven’t actually done it once yet but I really need to get back into it because I need to take some time just to be one with my own brain and take time to just be for like a half an hour with a face mask on but I’ll get back to that soon enough. I like that these are like mash ups, so it has multiple benefits. I have a whole thing full of face masks in my fridge and I really need to use them so I should be doing it about once a week not once every couple of months. 

Thisworks In Transit Camera Close Up: 

            I had no idea what this actually was, but it’s a moisturizer. It’s also a primer and a mask all in one which is nice for traveling. I like Thisworks, I usually use their pillow spray which is really great but I am looking forward to giving this one a go. I don’t mind getting moisturizers because most of them don’t seem to really effect my skin, I know some that do and I do avoid those but the more I try the more I can rule in and out for my skin. 

YC Collection Loose Setting Powder in #117:

            Tiny setting powder, I don’t use setting powder very often. It’s just not part of my usual routine, I don’t mind using setting powder but it’s just not something that I usually use. IPSY sometimes picks some weird things for me which is fine because it’s to branch out but sometimes it kind of misses the mark when it comes to my specific beauty and skincare routine needs. 

            Overall I liked my bag this month, there are very few months when I don’t enjoy my bag so it’s not all that shocking I guess to say that I enjoyed this one. 

            So short and sweet because I am just not in the mood to write long form prose in blog form right now; which I don’t like but right now I have to deal with me and what’s going on in my brain. It’s a mess up there y’all, a real mess.

            If you want to see what I got in January, you can! Just click on the month.

            Either way though I will be back this weekend with another post and I hope that everyone has a great and safe rest of the week until then.

            -MJ