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

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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

Every Day Makeup Routine

I feel like I need to start this post with a disclaimer, I do not wear makeup every day. I do not have the time or the energy to put my face on every single day. Besides I think that after a straight week or two my skin would hate me so much it would go on strike and I don’t want to walk around faceless. Well that got a little dark, sorry. However, I do wear makeup frequently when I have to, I like looking nice but on days when it is about 100 degrees outside there is a point when it just becomes pointless to wear makeup that is either melting off, being sweat off, or clogging all of your pores because your skin is trying to breathe in the heat.

On days when I am outside and it is that warm I normally just stick with my No. 7 Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Fair, which is actually a little too dark for me most of the year but when I am tan it is fine. (Seriously, I went on a date in May and I wore that, concealer, mascara, and chapstick and it was fine.) Being outside most or all of your day means that you need to have something on your skin otherwise you could be doing significant damage to your skin in the long term.

On to my normal makeup routine though. I feel like a lot of these products are a repeat from my Makeup Bag Essentials post from a few months ago but I tend to keep the basic staples ready for my everyday look and add to it if I need to transition to a more formal or more fun look for the evening. (Let’s be honest, I don’t go out very often, I look forward to taking my makeup off at the end of the day.)

One of my friends refers to this as my “drug store” makeup because for the most part you could walk into a drug store and find most of the products that I have here, you could also walk into some Target’s and most Ulta’s and find everything that I am listing below. It keeps the price point down on most items and you could probably find dupes for the more expensive items (the foundation and concealer) in a drug store as well. This is for the most part also what I used in my 10 Minute Makeup Routine video on my YouTube channel. (Ignore the fact that it was like 20 minutes because I talk too much.)

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Primer is a must for me and I use NYX’s Photo Loving Primer in Green because I have a red undertone to my skin because rosacea is a pain in the butt to have because I always look like I am blushing, I am not. (Only sometimes.) I have found that it is a pretty good more cost effective dupe for Smashbox’s primer also in green, I would not say it was a perfect dupe it is a bit more of a thinner consistency than the Smashbox primer but there is also a large price difference, the Smashbox version will run you about $39 for a 1.0-ounce size and the NYX version runs about $13 for the same size. So this product has been a staple in my makeup bag for well over a year now because I prefer a colored primer rather than a colored concealer.

 

Foundation is something that I have to be careful of when I buy it because I have to use products that are for the most part non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog your pores. Now for the most part I use more of the high end foundations, well they are probably more mid-range normally I switch between Too Faced and Urban Decay, my current favorite and go to for my every day is Urban Decay’s All Nighter liquid foundation on the shade 0.5. (The only reason I am not using my Too Faced foundation is because it is a shade too dark for me and it has a very yellow undertone and I cannot wear it, it makes me look a little ill.) I have used more drug store brands in the past and while I have liked them for short term wear for long term wear I find that many of them break me out so I tend to only use them for short term applications.

 

Concealer now the only concealer that I have ever used is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in the shade Fair Neutral. I like using the same brand for foundation and concealer, maybe one day I will branch out to other brands but for now this is the concealer that I stand by for all of my makeup looks. Under the eyes, around the nostrils, and on any blemishes that I might have around my face, blending that all in with a blending brush so it doesn’t look too obvious against my foundation.

 

Eyebrows are something that I fill in pretty much regardless of what I am doing if I am wearing makeup, I didn’t do my eyebrows until I was out of college because no one told me that I needed to fill my eyebrows in so I didn’t have a nice blonde tint to my normally dark brown eyebrows. Now I used the ELF eyebrow products for quite some time and in a pinch I would go back to them because I prefer the gel and powder combination in the compact instead of in a pencil form. Now I use Rimmel Cosmetic’s Brow This Way in Medium Brown because I find that it is very easy to use, it looks nice and it doesn’t take a lot of time to apply it and still make it look good. This had been another staple in my bag for well over a year now, probably more like two or three because a few of the beauty guru’s I follow on YouTube suggested it at the time and I found myself going to three drug stores to find it.

 

Eyeshadow is something that some people I know don’t actually include in their everyday makeup because it takes too long but I do because it adds a pop of color to my eyes while still looking relatively natural. Normally I would go for less shiny or metallic shades but for simple looks I tend to actually like to have some metallic shades in the mix. Now for my every day look I tend to reach for my NYX Cosmic Metals eyeshadow palette, I use shade 1 all over my eyelid, 2 for the outer corner and underneath the eye below my lash line, 3 for the middle of the lid, and 1 again for the inner corner.

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Mascara what can I say about mascara? I tend to have several that I like but only use a few and for the most part I tend to have more travel sized mascara than full sized even though the one I use most often is a full sized and that is NYX’s Worth the Hype mascara, as soon as this one came out it replaced my favorite and that was Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, now it is not an exact dupe but it still lengthens the lashes and I love it so much. Other mascara’s that make appearances in my makeup routine are, Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, Tarte’s Maneater, and Benefit’s Roller Lash because I love all of them for very different reasons and sometimes you just want to have your eyelashes make different statements and having a variety of mascara’s assists with that.

 

Lips are normally the final thing that I do in my every day routine, now for the most part in my every day routine I do not actually wear lipstick. Normally I use an eos or Burt’s Bees, this one is the eos crystal because it is clear it has a bit more shine and I tend to use this in the morning and reapply as needed throughout the day. I prefer none tinted products in many cases for an everyday look but if I am going to need to look nice after my day is over I will carry around a liquid lipstick around with me. Normally it’s something from NYX and in a more nude or pink shade for this time of year.

What are your favorite products in your everyday makeup looks?

-MJ

Summer fabfitfun Unboxing

I was actually really excited to get this box because I was so pleased with my Spring box, I feel like I waited for this box for almost two months. Each box has options and I did actually choose one of the items in my summer box because I wanted a specific item choice. I am not going to tell you the retail value of my box but I really like having full sized products when it comes to beauty and lifestyle boxes. Reason being, you get a longer trial period when you have a full sized product.

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What was in my box:

  1. Summer & Rose Beach Towel: This was the item I actually chose, I needed a beach towel and I love pineapples because they just scream summer to me. It’s soft and a very large towel. I have already shoved in my beach bag that is in the back of my car at all times. (There are no beaches near me, just creeks but calling it a creek bag is weird when it comes to a Lilly Pulitzer beach bag.)

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  1. Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette: This was the one that I really wanted between the Tarte choice items that were included in the package. (it was either this or the Pro to go palette with liquid liner.) So bad at highlight and contour but I am now amassing highlight and contour products because I want to try them without having this fear of the “clown” contour elements of the past. I am on board for the more natural contour trend that is happening right now.

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  1. ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel: Okay so I have a confession to make, I have never done a peel in my life that has not left my skin irritated and burning, I have very sensitive skin so I am hesitant to even try this product. I am however hopeful for a better result with this because it is not only dermatologically tested but it is also a cream exfoliator so it may have less of a detrimental effect on my skin. The jury is still out but after I try it out maybe I’ll give it a review.

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  1. Minor History Post Script Wallet: It’s real cute, I saw it and instantly thought of how nice it would be to slip into a beach bag or just in your pocket if you don’t want to take an entire purse with you when you are going out to an event or a bar with friends. I am one of those people who carries around a backpack with about five items in it. I carry a large bag because you never know who is going to say, “Can you hold onto this?” and you just have to roll with it and add another pound to your already heavy backpack. I am a fan of the wallet though and cannot wait to use it.

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  1. Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar: That just sounds luxurious doesn’t it? Body caviarthat’s great to be honest. It has charcoal in it and that is such a trendy thing right now because of the benefits of charcoal and your skin. I must say I am excited to try it out and it smells different, it’s not a bad different I am just not sure how to quantify its smell. It smells like tea and honey which are ingredients as well as coffee and aloe vera, it makes for an interesting scent combination.

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  1. FOREO Luna fofo: This product was teased on the fabfitfun Instagram account and it is a smart facial cleanser, I still haven’t downloaded the app yet or for that matter used it, I really should because it seems like a really good idea because it allows you to connect via Bluetooth to the app and get all sorts of coaching on your skin and your girl really needs to do better with her moisturizing and skin care routine. It came in a variety of colors I got the fofo in Pearl Pink. Maybe this is just a good excuse for me to get better at my routine and how I view my skin, I am hopeful that it works as well as it promises. I downloaded the app and followed the directions, I must say after my first time using the cleanser my skin feels nice, I would like to give it some more time to really see if it’s just a placebo effect or actually helping me keep my skin moisturized and young.

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  1. COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer: So like I have said a million times, I have sensitive skin and my face is sensitive to just about everything so during the summer I bathe in sunscreen so having a facial sunscreen that not only smells good, doesn’t feel heavy, and is SPF 50 is a God send for the preservation of my skin.

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  1. Pier 1 imports Marble Ring Dish: This is just a cute little marble dish for rings or other jewelry, right now mine is sitting on my bar cart as if it is a decoration or a place to put spoons. I love little décor pieces that can be multifunctional but also very nicely designed and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

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Overall my impression of the box as with the spring box blew my mind, I have been thinking about starting to subscribe to this box for well over a year now and I finally did it. There is no part of me that regrets this purchase, I love the quality and the items that I receive in these boxes and I am looking forward to the next autumn box.

Did you get different items or the same? How do you feel about them?

-MJ

What was in my June ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

On to the bag!

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

The products:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

-MJ

 

What was in my May ipsy Glam Bag?

I feel like I have been on a hiatus for the last few weeks just because of all of the stuff that has been going on in my life but I am back! It has been a rough few weeks with a lot of changes in my life and all of that so I have been off of most of my social media channels for over a month now and that has not been too fun for me, but I digress.

I am still loving ipsy and the products they are sending me, granted this Glam Bag was from May and it is now July but I am going to be playing catch up to some things in the next few weeks when it comes to posting here. My YouTube channel is kind of under construction right now because of personal life stuff so that will come back hopefully before its first anniversary on July 29th.

Let’s get right into it shall we?

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I love the bag this month, it has a travel/postage seal theme and I was here for it. I like the fact that each month you get a new bag and everyone gets the same one but on the inside all of the products are different and catered to your style, skin tone, brand preferences, etc. Granted these are small bags, (you could not fit a full sized palette from a lot of brands in here.) but they seem more meant for travel or on the go with your everyday essentials when it comes to an everyday look as opposed to a more dramatic evening look. Now that being said, you could fit plenty of single pot eyeshadows or small palettes in here to transition your day look to a night look with a few swipes of a brush.

On to the products inside:

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  1. Lord & Berry Lipstick Crayon in Intimacy (P3405): Now I have never heard of Lord & Berry before and I think that is one thing that I really like about ipsy, they take your preferences and introduce you to new products. I think I own at most one other lipstick crayon and that is from Butter London in the shade Ruby Murray (it’s a deep autumnal red and I love it) but this is a beautiful mauve almost plum shade and I am a huge fan of those shades all year round because it can really make a statement in your look if you do a subdued eye but a more dramatic or drastic maybe experimental lip. I am really looking forward to actually using this shade because the swatch I did went on smooth and didn’t feel heavy or easily crackable, I am used to the crack in lipstick because all I have been using recently is liquid lipstick. I am hoping that it keeps itself up as a long wear lip product because I don’t want to have to reapply it every half an hour because it transfers to everything and wears quickly when you talk.

 

  1. Sur.Medic Pore-Less Carbonic-Peel: I love a good face mask, especially when it comes to a sheet mask. I don’t do them as often as I should because they make my skin feel amazing. Now this is a Korean beauty product (I am thankful that there is an English translation on the back) and I am looking forward to trying it out because it is carbonated water, I don’t know the full benefits of it but it says that it deep cleans pores. (Which I totally need at all times when I spend most of my days sweating and covered in dust, most of pores are probably so clogged.)

 

  1. Jivi Lavender Moisturizer with micro algae: I was a little surprised when I opened this moisturizer and it was grey, I was not expecting it to be grey. It smells so good though, just like lavender and it makes your hands really soft. Normally with lotions unless they are formulated properly their smells smell artificial and I have some sensitivity to heavy fragrances so I was happy when this didn’t give me a headache when I wore it on my hands all day. I really like how it made my hands feel though I am one of those people who has three to five lotions in my purse/backpack at all times because inevitably someone will ask me if I have lotion and then I can give them a selection. (This is what happens when you spend years as the mom friend in your friend groups.)

 

  1. Doucce Maxlash Maximizer Mascara: Now that is a mouthful but Doucce is a brand that I have heard of before, I have one of their palettes that was in the winter fabfitfun box. (at the time a family friend subscribed and she didn’t want hers.) I know that their products are usually something that I enjoy and I was really excited to get a mascara from them in my ipsy bag. The brush end of the wand is almost as long as the tube though so that is something that I have to deal with when I use it. It is one of those mascaras that with one coat makes you feel like you are wearing false lashes because it does give you so much volume. I love it so much because I normally have to use two or three coats to get the volume and separation that I got with this. Also I didn’t really have a clumping issue which made me so happy. It does take a little while to dry, not long but it also depends on how much you actually get on you lashes.

 

  1. Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder: Tarte is one of my go to brands, if you read my top five eyeshadow palettes you know how much I love my Tarte Trateist Pro eyeshadow palette. I also raved about it in my makeup bag essentials post. I am normally not one to use finishing powder or spray because I normally don’t wear my makeup long enough to need it. Though I will always love Tarte’s packaging and their quality. I am excited to have a need to wear a finishing powder so I can actually try it out.

 

Even though it is like a month and a half late there is what was in my ipsy Glam Bag in May. I still am a huge fan of the service because it is exposing me to so many new products that I don’t think I would find on my own.

Side note from MJ it is very hard to write a post all the way through when there is a poodle pawing at you.

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He’s cute though.

-MJ

April Beauty Haul

This month was kind of sparse on buying any new beauty products just because I have gone a little bit overboard in months past and I don’t need more makeup I just want more makeup. Sometimes self-restraint is good because we can’t always have everything that we want.

Really the only reason that I went into Ulta this month was because I had one of those email blast coupons for a sample of something that I have wanted to try for a while and that was the Hoola bronzer from benefit. Now normally I don’t wear a bronzer because I want to look like a vampire; like I have never seen the sun in my life. Though maybe this summer if I am spending time outside I will want to look a little bronzed over my very porcelain skin tone.

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Now this is my birthday month so I decided to buy myself a gift, last year it was the naked Smoky and Naked 3 palettes, this year it was the Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves palette. If you have read any of my other makeup posts you know that I am a sucker for good packaging and I really like Tarte as a brand. These shades are very highly pigmented and many of them are warm neutrals but there are three pretty crazy colors and they are pretty nice. An almost iridescent or multi-chrome feeling purple called “bubbles” a deep blue called “lagoon” and an iridescent green called “splash”. I am looking forward to using these shades in different looks. I mean the palette looks like a seashell, I have never been one of those girls who want to be a mermaid but I love the idea of using mythical creatures as inspiration for palettes and makeup collections. I also love how tarte’s palette’s smell, they always smell good, I guess that’s the clay they use.

I went into Marshall’s really early in the month and I have been seeing brush cleaning mats all over recently and I thought “I want to try one” so I grabbed on that looks like a cactus and I have used it a few times now, I really like it. It gets my brushes really clean and I don’t have to stand there with my hands under the water so they don’t get all pruned.

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I also bought a few more lipsticks, I have a problem but again all of them were NYX. I accidently bought a duplicate of one of the cosmic metals lip crèmes because I forgot I had one but it’s okay. I got three new for my collection. If you watched or read my ipsy glam bag opening, then you know that I got a NYX lipstick in there as well. Ulta was also running a promotion to get a free matte lip kit when you spent a certain amount in NYX products and if I even look at the brand case I will walk away with things that I do not need.

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  1. I have been seeing this online for like a month or so and that was the NYX powder puff lippie in the color “squad goals”. I have not swatched this yet because I didn’t want to have the powder puff ruined before I actually wanted to use it. The color I am really hoping looks as good as it did on the display.
  2. Last month I saw that they had come out with a Duo chromatic shimmer lip gloss, normally I am not a fan of lip gloss (not since I was in middle/high school) but I really wanted to try this I grabbed a tube in the color “Booming”, it is a pink and white chromatic iridescent shift. It looked very much like something that you would wear to a festival or a rave. It will take a certain look or maybe used as a lip topper for another color just to add some shine.
  3. The next was the Slip Tease full color lip oil in the color “Coy” it’s very pink but I really like it, it actually looks really pretty with the chromatic color I mentioned above. I hadn’t seen this product so I decided that I wanted to try it and see how I felt about it. I normally am not one for lip oil but I am here to give it a try.
  4. Next, I have been seeing this online for like a month or so and that was the NYX powder puff lippie in the color “squad goals”. I have not swatched this yet because I didn’t want to have the powder puff ruined before I actually wanted to use it. The color I am really hoping looks as good as it did on the display.
  5. Finally, in the lipstick department I grabbed a soft metallic lip cream from NYX in the color “Rome”. It is much more of a fall color than I was expecting but I am excited for it. It’s a deep color and it will take a certain look to look amazing and I am looking forward to figuring that look out.

I went into Sephora this month with one goal and that was to buy the daytime SPF companion of my Murad skin perfecting lotion. That I will get into in my April Favorites next week or the week after but I got the skin perfecting lotion in my fitfabfun box and loved it so much I went and purchased the Murad Oil Control Mattifier as well. Already a huge fan of it because I have been spending so much time in the sun.

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Did you buy any new products last month?

-MJ

 

 

What Was in My April ipsy Glam Bag

I am a huge fan of subscription boxes and in this case bags. I always have been, it’s the mystery of what you are going to get that amuses me greatly. I have been trolling around the internet looking for something new to subscribe to because the boxes I currently subscribe to are going to a retail format and away from the online only subscription service. So I decided that I would go more for beauty, lifestyle, and fashion as opposed to the geekier boxes I have gotten in the past.

I also subscribed to fitfabfun but got it about a month after it came out so unboxing it would have been pointless.

I had been seeing ads for ipsy on most if not all of my social media accounts and I had been thinking about it for quite some time so I finally decided to go for it.

I love the style and concern profile quiz that you have to take because it allows you to tell them what you like and what you want in regard to skincare, hair care, and makeup. It allows you to tell them what brands you like or use in your makeup routine and I think that is such a great tool to allow for a higher level of customization.

So MJ what was in your glam bag this month? If you want to watch the video, you can.IMG_7851.jpg

Let’s start with the bag itself it is faux leather, the front is white and printed with butterflies on it in shades of pink, purple, and a little blue, rose gold corners and zipper pull detail, and is an almost dusty lavender on the back side which is continued onto the inside of the bg. I love it, I don’t think I will ever have enough makeup bags but this is great size to just shove in your purse and go.

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  1. Now I had one item that was not in the bag and that was a Vasanti Cosmetic Concealer Buffer Brush. (I had to look on my ipsy dashboard to make sure I knew what it was.) I am always in the market for a good concealer brush, I use and ELF one now and it’s strating to wear on a bit. This brush is soft, the bristles are not packed too tightly and it is a nice shape, I am looking forward to using it.

 

  1. The next item was from a brand that I know very well, I think most if not all of my liquid lipsticks are from this brand; NYX Cosmetics, I got their soft matte lip cream in the color Stockholm. How would I describe this color? It almost looks like Arkansas red clay, it looks like a mix between red and orange with a little bit of brown mixed in. It’s a nice color a good spring to summer transition color. I have a very small size of this color from an advent calendar so I know what it looks like and I already liked it so I was happy to see a familiar brand in this bag.

 

  1. My next item was a single pot loose eyeshadow from Meech and Mia, I have never heard of Meech and Mia so I am excited to try this product out. I have also never used a loose eyeshadow like this, I am used to the pressed shadows that you get in palette form but I am up for the challenge and it is a copper shadow so that is right up my street.

 

  1. Two more items, the first was Trust Fund Beauty’s That Liquid Glo Tho liquid highlighter. I have only recently gotten into the world of highlighter and I have never had a liquid highlighter before. The website describes it as champagne, in my video I think I described it as rose gold. Either way it is a highly pigmented product and a little bit goes a long way to make you actually say, “look at that glow though.” I am looking forward to integrating it into a few makeup looks in the future to see how it looks with a full face on as well.

 

  1. The last item I got was the detoxifying hair mask from Theorie. Again Theorie is not a brand that I have heard of and I have never done a hair mask before but I am again very much looking forward to trying it out and being able to give a solid review of it.

 

Overall I was very pleased with what I received in my first ever glam bag from ipsy, it was full of products that I normally would not buy for myself and because everything is in a trial size it means that I get to try it and if I like it I can go back and buy a full sized product if I choose.

If you subscribe to ipsy, what did you get in your glam bag this month?

-MJ