Summer 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

Good day everyone, 

                        I hope that everyone’s week went great and if it was just okay, I’m sorry and I hope that next week is better.

            I think I am finally moving on the upswing of my funk and I really happy for that knowing that maybe my posting schedule will actually remain consistent. I try to keep everything light and fun on the blog so I have been dealing with some things behind the scenes that have really been taking it all out of me and I am getting better and some days that’s all you can hope for. I feel like I have been saying that in almost every post for the last month because it’s been a hard time for me recently and I have been letting it get the best of me. That however is not what this post is about and I don’t want it to be about that because I don’t want to bring others down with my problems. So here we are almost into July. (what?) 

I am moving in July and then again in September or October, the apartment I am waitlisted for should be available in that time frame and my lease in the dumpster fire I live in now is up in the middle of the July so I am going to stay with my parents and the poodles for a few months in the meantime. So if my posting is a little sporadic, you know unlike my usual schedule, I mean really, it’s because I am in the process of moving my entire life and then moving back again in a few months. It’s going to be a time y’all, it’s going to be a time. 

So onto the actual content of this post, I got my summer FabFitFun box on the same day I got my July Glam Bag from ipsy but that post was just easier to write because it’s a rather quick process that I have gotten used to now. 

            This box felt a little different than boxes in the past and I think that was because I didn’t pick any of the larger items and I felt like there was actually more in the box because of it, that could just be me and my experience but I was not unhappy about it. The value was anywhere between roughly $270-$468 and like usual I am not going to tell you the value of my box because I think that is tacky but I will say mine was on the higher end of the spectrum there. 

            What was in the box?

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream & Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel

            I chose this one because I bought the Coconut Cabana cream a few months ago and I have been seeing this Brazilian Bum Bum cream for years now so I figured, when given the choice I chose this one. The smell is amazing and it came as a set with the Bum Bum cream and Shower Cream so I was really excited to get this in my box. The lotion feels really moisturizing and a little bit goes a long way, and my hands smell amazing. This is the smaller size cream (2.5 fl oz or 75 ml for the rest of the world), you can also get a larger cream (8.1 fl oz. or 240 ml) at places like Sephora or the Sol De Janeiro website. The shower cream-gel is 13 fl oz. or 385 ml and is sulfate free and according to their website they do not test on animals and they are vegan (accept for a few products) which everyone by now should know I am a huge fan of! I love the packaging of both products I their general color scheme is orange, teal, and white and it’s simple but it’s so recognizable. The other choices for this option were a travel blow dryer from Sutra Professional, a kimono robe from Spiritual Gangster (great name!), and a lotus towel from Vix Paula. 

111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask (Set of 5)

            This right here is the reason that my box was on the higher end of the price spectrum, this set of five is valued at like $160 and that is absolutely insane! Like I looked up the brand and I can understand why they are so pricy and I love me a good face mask, I normally however buy ones that are under about $5 so having the option to pick this I jumped on it because I am sucker for good skin care. I haven’t even opened the box yet because I feel like when I do angels will pop out and sing to me because they are so boujee (that is never a word I thought I would type out in my entire life outside of a fictional novel, like never in my real life but here it is.) I am excited to give them a try and because I have sensitive skin I am hoping that they are as good as the price point claims them to be. The other options for this were the tie-dye bowls from West Elm (I have so many bowls, though they were super cute!), the XO, Sienna felt letter board, or the Summer and Rose navy diamond tote (summer and rose had the beach towel from last summer). 

Jennifer Zeuner Star Double Necklace

            This was another choice product but for this one I didn’t make a selection I don’t think I said just pick one for me but I got the Star Double necklace from Jennifer Zeuner and it is so delicate and beautiful. I do not wear much jewelry but whenever jewelry comes in my FabfitFun box I usually love it because it is just really simple and beautiful. It has four length options, the smallest fits very much like a choker on me and it just gets longer from there. I will say this, because it is a double chain you have to be really careful to not get it tangled and because of that, for now it is going to stay on the cardboard it came on so it doesn’t get ruined in my moving process. The other options for this were the Burn 60 Resistance Bands, and the Odeme What a Pair set of silicone wine glasses. 

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

            I have heard of this brand for years now but I have never had anything from it before because it is on the pricier side but I have heard really good things about it. I will say this the packaging is simple and it smells great. It claims to block humidity and where I live we are now into the throws of summer where humidity is a thing at all times. The other options that were available for select members to choose from and just chosen for everyone else were the Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner or a mystery item.

Coola Organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray

            Coola is a brand that has been in my life for about a year now and I really like it. I have gotten into setting sprays as well so this is just another thing to add to my collection. It is vegan and cruelty free so again a fan of it. It is SPF 30 so it will protect your skin and I am excited to give it a real chance as a setting spray in the future. The other options for this were the Doctor Rogers Restore healing balm or the Intelligent Nutrients Refining Micro Polish.

Invisibobble Original Duo Pack

            From here on out all of these products were I can only use half of these because I am not blonde, I will probably give the blonder tone ones to my mom. I used one just to see if it really didn’t pull any hair out, it did pull some hair out because I know that I use a hair tie all the time and I grew up in the 90’s so these ponytail holders were a thing that I saw a lot as a kid but all I remember was the fact that all they did was rip out hair.

Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask

            It’s purple, like that is something that is just really impressive to me, purple is my favorite color so having a purple, almost violet clay mask is just really cool. I am hoping that because it is clay that it doesn’t affect my skin like clay masks in the past have. 

Grace & Stella Rose Facial Spray

            Rose water is just something that I always have on my bathroom counter because I use it quite frequently, I have been using Soo’AE’s for about the last year so I to get this I was actually really excited to have it around. I don’t know what else to say about this one but I’m exicted.

Whish Exfoliating Foot Mask

            Foot mask, now that is something that is interesting and something I have never done, now this one doesn’t smell the best but I feel like foot creams don’t. I am intrigued to try this and its vegan and cruelty free so that’s always a plus. 

            Overall I really like the box and I feel like I don’t need to say much else, I am always a fan of getting my FabFitFun box so this is just another pretty positive review for this box. If you want to see what was in the Spring box this year, you can!

            Do you subscribe? What was your favorite product? 

            I’ll see everyone mid-week with another post. Have a great start to your week!

            -MJ

What was in My June 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Look at me actually being on my posting schedule, I mean let’s see how long this lasts. I got my June Glam Bag in the mail today, yesterday by the time this is posted. Like the Glam Bag Plus this month it was themed with a collaboration between ipsy and Tetris and it’s a really cute collaboration.

            The bag:

                        I think there were five different bags this month that corresponded with the colors of the Tetris blocks like purple, yellow, green, orange, red, dark blue and light blue. I liked the fact that there was a variety of bags offered this month it even gives you a little bit more customization because of the bag that you get. 

            My bag was red and has a lightning bolt (I don’t know what else to call it a funny z?) piece as the zipper pull, I hope that all of the other colors had their corresponding piece as the zipper pull. The bag itself is detailed with the shape represented from the Tetris game. I like the multi-tonal monochrome palette on the bag itself.

            The Products: 

                        I am going to start out with this, it is a lot of masks, that’s pretty odd for one of my bags because it is literally all facial skin care, no makeup which for one of my bags is a rarity. 

            TETRIS X ipsy Blending Brush

            This was the only non-skin care product I received in my bag, from what I understand about the collaboration there were five brushes and this is a fluffier blending brush more than a packer brush or a crease brush, it’s synthetic which I feel like most brushes are any more. 

            First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer

            First Aid Beauty is one of those luxury brands for me and I have been a fan from a far for years now, I really like their products even though I have only used one or two because they don’t seem to have any adverse effects on my skin and that is always something that I look for in anything that gets near my face when it comes to skin care and even primer and foundation. It smells like cucumbers and I am really excited to give it a try. 

            Hey Honey Sweet Treat Wild Berry & Honey Yogurt Recovery Mask.

            I am so used to sheet masks than masks like this, I like the idea of just a cream mask and I am looking forward to trying it out. On the insert card it says that the mask is pink and I am a fan of that because you know, it’s pink. It says it helps restore elasticity and helps restore the appearance of dull skin because of the environment.

            Pixi by Petra Glow Mud Cleanser

            I have used a mud cleaner before and it did not work real well with my skin, now I don’t know if this one will be different just because it’s a different brand and maybe the ingredients will be different so it won’t affect my skin as much as the one that I tried before. 

            Soroci Lycomoto Super Restorative Sleeping Mask

            I am a new fan of sleeping masks and for the most part I have found them to be lovely, this one is made with tomato extract which helps with moisture and brightening so I am excited to give this one a try as well. 

            Well my bag was really skin care heavy this month but I wasn’t super upset about it, I think that the products that they curated into this box are things that I like or will like even if the bag was very skin care heavy. Overall I liked the bag so I am not complaining about it. 

            If you want to see what I got in my other Glam Bag’s this year just click on their month! January, February, March, April, and May. If you want to read my Glam Bag Plus openings you can from May and June!

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product this month?

            I’ll see everyone over the weekend! Have a good rest of the week!

            -MJ 

June ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

I got it in the mail yesterday and I just didn’t open up my laptop with the intention of writing a blog post so I am writing it the following morning, it’s Thursday for me and by the time y’all read this it’s going to be Sundaday just because I have still been dealing with things that have been sapping my creativity and focus so bear with me some more while I deal with those things. 

            I love this box even more than I loved last month’s box, I think though in my opinion that they should think about changing the name from “glam bag plus” to “glam box” because it comes in a box not a bag, I know that is stupid because most beauty “box” subscription services have “box” in their title so ipsy is still keeping it original. So never mind, scrap my idea and keep doing you ipsy, never change. 

            This moth ispy rolled out their collab with Tetris for Tetris’s 35thanniversary with two eyeshadow palettes, a brush set, three lip balms, two lip glosses, and a highlighter. It’s a really cool collection as someone who spent quite a bit of time in high school playing Tetris on the internet while sitting in study hall. 

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

            Okay when I saw I was getting this I was over the moon, I am a huge fan of Sunday Riley and I am really excited to actually get into using this product. It smells amazing and the packaging is so simple and so recognizable it’s amazing and because it is prestige beauty it is not an inexpensive product so I was really happy to see this in my box. 

F.A.R.A.H Brushes 5-piece Eye Perfection Set

            I have gotten a F.A.R.A.H brush before in my December Glam Bag and I was happy to see this set in my Glam Bag Plus, I saw on social media that some people got the Tetris brush set and that would have been cool too. These are all eye brushes so you could go for a complete eye look with just these five brushes, they are like the other F.A.R.A.H brush really soft and they are very simple, which I like when it comes to brushes. 

Pixi by Petra LashLift 188

            Everyone knows how much I like mascara but I have never used a Pixi by Petra I have also never used a dual tipped mascara and I am looking forward to giving it a try but I won’t be until after I move, I don’t want to open it up, use it once and then have it packed for two months and then have it go to waste. It claims to be smudge proof so I am hoping that it can live up to that claim. 

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up

            The only Ciaté products I have I think are lip products, I may have one mascara from them but I don’t remember. I like the color, it is much more of a fall or winter shade not really for summer but I am already looking forward to using it later in the year. 

TETRIS x ipsy Game On Eyeshadow Palette

            So this is really cool, like I said I spent many days in high school playing Tetris on the internet, I am not the best at it but I still played it quite a lot. It comes with six shades and I really like all of the shades except game changer, it’s a little too orange for me but I am willing to give it a chance to put it in a look. The pan sizes are actually really large for normal eye shadow palette pans.

            Second month of getting the Glam Bag Plus and I am as I usually am with ipsy loving it even more this month than I did last month. All of the products this month seemed to really be things that I will use and I am looking forward to giving all of the products a fair shake. If you want to see what I got in my Glam Bag Plus last month, you can. 

            I’ll see everyone with a new post at some point around mid-week, I am just dealing with some things and I haven’t been in the mood to actually write anything creatively let alone for the blog so I’m trying to get back to a normal schedule and have good quality content so bear with me.

            Do you subscribe? If you do, what was your favorite product this month? 

            Have a good beginning of your week everyone!

            -MJ

What was in My May 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

It’s that time again! Ipsy unbagging time. I feel like most of my posts this month have been unboxings and things just because I took half of the month off because of sickness and stress. So I’m getting back into it. I’m trying y’all, I’m really trying. 

            I’m going to get right into it because I don’t want to have three or four paragraphs of exposition before I actually get into the meat of this post.

            The Bag:         

Okay so it is what I would describe as pink/rose gold holographic and I really like it, again when you see the bags online the pictures don’t do them justice so I was pleasantly surprised with this incredibly shiny bag. 

            The Products: 

            BelláPierre Cosmetics Translucent Finishing Powder: 

            It’s vegan so I am excited about that, I have really only diving into finishing powder for maybe the last six or so months, I have a tub of Coty AirSpun and I love it so I am excited to try this one out, this would be great for travel and I wish I had this one before I posted my Travel Makeup post but I have it now so I can’t wait to see if it is a good setting powder. 

            Pixi by Petra H2O Skindrink: 

            I have never really used a gel moisturizer and I am willing to give it a try to see how my skin takes it. I like the tip they give on the insert card about putting it in the fridge over night, I plan on trying that out. I am looking forward overall to try it out.

            Naked Cosmetics Loose Pigment in Naturally Nude #02: 

            Everyone by now should know how much I like a good rose gold/copper shade, and this is a really nice shade. I know that I have so many eyeshadows and I will continue to hoard them like a dragon hoards gold. I am not used to loose pigment I am more used to pressed pigments but it’s a beautiful shade and I am looking forward to integrating it into looks in the future. 

            Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha:

            Beautiful color, seriously. I got my first Ofra product in my glam bag in March, I like the brand but I have very few products from them. It claims to be smudge proof and transfer proof so I would like to try it out for a long wear day and see if those claims are true.

            Preventive Measures 101 After Hours Hemp Infused Lip Balm: 

            Still one of my goals in life is to finish a full tube of lip balm and it has yet to happen. I think of all of the products this is the one I am least excited about because I do have so many lip balms already, will that stop me from using it halfway, losing it, and then finding it again in a year or so? No it will not, I am excited that it’s made with hemp oil and according to the insert card really good for hydration because everyone tells me that lip balm only dries out your lips and I think that seems a bit odd. 

            Overall, I’m excited about the bag like I always am. Ispy seems to be sticking to their formula and it’s working so I hope they continue to do what they do moving forward for a long time.

Want to read my other posts for my ipsy bags this year? Click on a month and go check them out, January, February, March, and April. Want to check out my Glam Bag Plus impression, you can click on the link there too!

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product of the month? 

            I’ll see everyone this weekend for another post, I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend and into the week! Happy Memorial Day also hope that if you have a three-day weekend you are enjoying it. 

-MJ 

May BirchBox Unboxing

Okay so I am trying to get back to my regular posting schedule and let’s be real, sometimes that works better than others. I got my Birchbox last week and I have been having mixed feelings about it. 

            I already reviewed my box on the website because I honestly wasn’t feeling this month’s box. I know I have been saying this for the last few months and I feel like I am starting to sound like a broken record but this may be one of my last boxes. I am going to get June’s box and see if their algorithm has changed at all with my added reviews from this month. 

            I am going to dive straight into the products, I liked the box it was nice but I am more focused on the products this month. It was six items again this month but I still had NO tracking information to know when my box would be at my apartment.

            Arrow Enhance Waterproof Eye Brightener:

            I don’t wear eyeliner, I haven’t since about 2008 at the end of my emo phase. I have never put any eyeliner in my waterline because I have a thing about getting pointy things close to my eyes. I can imagine using this for a wing if I could do those either but I cannot. I think that eyeliner is great but it’s just not for me. So this product was a no for me.

            Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle: 

            I rarely put any product in my hair besides shampoo and conditioner because I don’t like how my hair feels when it is full of product. My conditioner does a great job of detangling my hair so I just don’t use products like this. Again, this was kind of a no for me, I just don’t feel as if this one was relevant to me.

            Coola Classic Moisturizer:

            I have a full sized Coola sunscreen; I actually have two. I like the brand I like the product but I already have so much of it that this was kind of a letdown for me. I like that it’s fragrance free and it would be good for travel but other than that I don’t mind this one.

            Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain: 

            It adjusts to your skin and it turns into a nice shade so I don’t mind it but I am not usually someone who uses a multi-purpose stain or even stains in general, they are just not up my street. Nice shade and would love some lipstick this color so this is a maybe at most for me. 

            MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Mascara:

            I love mascara but I have so much of it, I feel like in most of the subscription beauty I get there seems to be a lot of mascara involved and I know that is partly because there is a lot out there and I am looking forward to trying it because I like MAC but I haven’t gotten to use much of it. Again a maybe from me. 

            Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads: 

            I have gotten into eye masks recently so I was actually really excited to get these, I think this was the highlight of my box. I am looking forward to trying them out, this was the only product in the box that I was presently surprised with. 

            Well that’s about it for this one, I am taking stock of this service and I have been mildly disappointed in it for a few months now, I know they are making changes to the service and maybe I just need to put this on pause for right now while they work out their service and get everything going with their new changes and new products. 

Want to read my last couple of reviews for Birchbox? Click on the month you want to read, January, February, March, and April !

            Do you subscribe? Did you have a favorite product this month? How are you feeling about the changes?

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday, I hope everyone has a great week!

            -MJ

May Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

So this is my second post of May, I have been sick for the last like week and a half and I have just been dealing with some things that have taken a front seat instead of letting them take a back seat even though I wish they were taking a back seat. 

            Okay on to this though, they opened up the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus last month and I jumped on it because I am a huge fan of ipsy’s service and I was really excited for the prospect of a full sized product box from this company. 

            Okay so honestly I didn’t really know what to expect in this box and I was pleasantly surprised and I must say for an initial box, I know that it will just get better as the service continues. 

            This post probably won’t be super long because I am just not in a great mood and I don’t want that to bleed into this post. 

            Yensa: Tone Up Primer Essential Glow: 

            I like it and it has really good essences in it so I am looking forward to seeing how my skin reacts to it, I have been having more breakouts recently because of stress so I am hoping that this product doesn’t make those worse. It goes on really smoothly and I am a fan of the packaging and the ingredients, it does give a very slight glow to the skin when it is put on but as it dries it sinks into the skin.

            Glam Glow Bubblesheet Sheet Masks (3):

            I got some of these in one of my FabFitFun boxes last year and I have used one or two now and I really like them already so getting more was a big plus in my book. They don’t bubble up a lot but it is still kind of odd to have something bubbling on your face, you don’t leave them on the length of time that you would with a regular sheet mask. These are more of a quick turnaround mask; this mask only stays on for 3-4 minutes unlike a regular mask which can stay on for 20+ minutes. 

            Kandee Johnson x pūrlisse Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butter: 

            I love the packaging and I am always on the lookout for good lotions and stuff, I hoard them and then don’t use them, to be honest and I love them. It smells amazing but I haven’t used it yet if we are being honest. I didn’t even know Kandee Johnson did a collab with Pūrlisse but here it is and I can’t wait to give it a try.

            Wander Beauty Wandress Seascape Eyeshadow Palette: 

            I have been following Wander beauty on Instagram for probably six months now but I have never purchased anything from them. So when I found out that there was a potential for a Wander Beauty product with the may Glam Bag Plus I was excited. I really like the colors in the palette, now I have swatched them and they are a little cakey but on a brush it may be a completely different story. I am not usually a wearer of blue eyeshadows, not for years now but the blue called Coastal in this palette is beautiful. It makes a nice little palette for travel if you took a matte single shadow to go with it. 

            Illamasqua Lip crayons in Media and Lust:

            I have really only dove into lip pencils recently and I don’t’ have all that many, I think I have two if we are being completely honest so I was actually really excited when I saw the lip pencils in this box. The colors are beautiful and they go on very smoothly. Media is a more pinky coral shade and Lust is a redder/berry shade so they would go with a bunch of different shades because they are more neutral when it comes to their specific colors. I am not saying neutral in general but a more neutral pink and red so they go with various shades of pink and red. 

            Overall it was a great first box and I am excited to see what is coming in the upcoming months, ispy continues to do a great and consistent job when it comes to their subscription services and their products. 

            Do you subscribe? If you do what was your favorite product this month? 

            I’ll see everyone on Tuesday/Wednesday for another post! 

            -MJ 

April 2019 Beauty Haul

            I am going to be honest with you guys, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get a post up today, it’s been one of those weeks where I have felt really creative and great but I have also just felt like sitting on the couch and watching The Incredible Dr. Pol on Hulu, seriously all I have been watching lately and then I am going to move on to other Nat Geo Wild shows because when I watch TV it’s usually something like Science, Discovery and their family of channels, Nat Geo and its subsidiaries, and Animal Planet. I want to learn something while I am watching TV, I also understand now why people watch home improvement shows, I didn’t get it as a kid and now I’m like Look at that crown molding! I yell at home improvement shows like people yell at sports. 

            None of that is what this post is about but maybe someday I will reveal my Netflix and Hulu watch lists, that is not lifestyle or beauty but sometimes I like to deviate from my blog theme and just write whatever I want to. 

            So April I did buy some beauty products, I feel like most of them were necessities though so it wasn’t like I went hog wild and bought out Ulta or Sephora. (No matter how much I want to.) 

            I went to Sephora because it’s birthday month and I get a gift going there so I went and bought a replacement for my Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion because I love it so much and mine is almost empty. I need to get another tube of the Oil Mattifying Lotion as well but I think I am going to use my points at Ulta to do that. I went to Sephora for my lotion though because they have a great selection of prestige skin care and sometimes I like to look at it because it is really pleasing and I know that most of those products wouldn’t make my skin hurt or break out. I say look, not purchase, because usually what I want to try is very expensive. 

            I got up to the register and they put small products up there like candy so you make an impulse purchase, like seriously this is the candy shelf for adults, I picked up a small Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream. I have heard good things about their other lotion and I really like the coconut smell so I am going to give it a try. 

            The birthday gift I got was a sample of Drunk Elephant jelly cleanser and the polypeptide cream. I have yet to try it but I am hopeful that it doesn’t do me dirty. 

            Okay, onto Ulta, mind you I did this all in one day. It is super dangerous for me to walk into either of these stores and I walked into both on one day. I went in with the intention of purchasing some foundation for work, I have my Urban Decay foundation for more formal things but I use a cheaper for every day wear because I put it on at like 7 and take it off at 4:30 and I want something that lasts all day but does not cost 45 dollars. So I have been using Maybelline but I decided to try something else, this time I got Milani and I think I got their lightest shade. 

            I also got something that was not on my list and that was the Ulta Beauty Avengers palette, like it’s the Avengers and of course I am a sucker for collabs with pop culture things that I like, I bought the Cargo collab palettes with Star Wars and I also got the Colourpop Disney Princesses collab as well. I really want the villains Misunderstood palette as well but I do not need more palettes. Some of the shades in this palette were a little cakey and flakey but it was the top of the pan so I can’t fault them for that. The shades are nice; I am used to more color pay off but they will work. 

            I also got two more sheet masks, both were Tonymoly and those are usually the face masks I purchase, I got a replacement I’m Lemon and I also picked up the I’m Cactus, my lemon one was almost dried out when I put it on a week or so ago so I decided to get another one because I like the mask I just wish mine wouldn’t have been dryer, it is all my fault though because I have had it for a while. 

            So I got some good stuff in April even though when this goes up there are still a few days left in April but I am not planning on buying anything else. 

            Did you get anything good in beauty in April? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday or Sunday, I am messing with my upload schedule to see if I want to switch it from Tuesday/Saturday to Wednesday/Sunday. 

Have a good rest of your week!-MJ

April Birchbox Unboxing

In the last month Birchbox has announced some changes, a price increase, more brands, and other things as the months move along. Now this month I got six things in my box, I do not know if that change is permanent but I suppose we will find out. 

            Let me start out with this, I am finding myself not enjoying Birchbox as much as I hoped I would, I am going to give it another few months because at the moment they are in a transition period and that means that things get crazy. I feel like I need to review more products because on both Birchbox and ipsy. I forget to review my products and that can change what they send you in the future, some of this is totally my fault and I know that but I’m still not feeling the personalization, yet. I am not throwing in the towel on Birchbox yet because while the products I got felt repetitive it doesn’t mean that in the future it will be that way.

            So first up of course like all of the rest of my unboxings I am going to talk about the box first. Now when I saw it on the website and in the email it looked like it was just a multi colored lid, no I was wrong, it is holo. That’s right, holographic, it’s really pretty and I am going to try and figure out something to do with it because it is really pretty. 

            On to the items, like I said there were six items this month and granted they were a bit repetitive I have done some reviews and hopefully that will help the algorithm figure me out. There was tissue paper in the box which to be honest, I was not a big fan of, it is aesthetically pleasing and reusable but it still adds to the packaging and it comes in enough packaging to begin with.

Juara Candlenut Body Crème: 

            I am all for a good moisturizer and I am excited to try it because it smells really good, this is a brand that I have never heard of but I am always up to try new brands to see if I can use them. Granted this is a sample so it will not last very long but that is sometimes a good thing because if you don’t like something you don’t waste your money but if you do like it you can purchase a full size. 

Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal:

            All of the people who name things in a lot of makeup companies have a great sense of humor and are super creative. Seriously, makeup shade names are normally really great, nail polish names are too. I worked in a nail salon in high school and into college and OPI always had the best shade names, so punny. Back to this product though, I really like the color and it goes on really smoothly, it is a pencil so I am hoping that I can sharpen it. (I have to purchase a sharpener though…oops.) I love the color, it is rose gold and by now I am known to love rose gold and copper so this is right up my street.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright and Plump Moisturizer:

            I love Peter Thomas Roth, my cleanser is from the same brand and I am such a big fan. It is a Vitamin C moisturizer so it is good for brightness and I am excited to give it a try. This is one of those products that in the future if I like it that I would spend the money on because it is a good brand.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil: 

            Again if they give me the option to have a Sunday Riley product sample I am going to take it, the facial oil I use now has blue tansy in it as does this one so I am hopeful that it doesn’t break me out. On the car it says start by using the oil twice a week and then work your way up and I wish that I had known that when I was using a facial oil twice a day and I was breaking out so bad. I am going to take the advice and hopefully my skin doesn’t react to this product. There is a lot of packaging with this one for the size of the bottle but the bottle is glass so it has to be protected. 

Marcelle City Multi-Protection Tinted Cream in Fair: 

            Okay this was one product that I honestly didn’t really like. I am really fair and I have pink undertones so I have to have cool toned everything when it comes to foundation, concealer, and tinted moisturizer. Unfortunately, this one is a little yellow for me, it’s not too bad but I rarely ever wear a tinted moisturizer, I wear sunscreen and lotion most of the time because usually tinted moisturizers break me out for some reason. I wish they didn’t but they do. I got a Marcelle product in my February Birchbox so I have seen this brand before. Also it comes in a lot of packaging and again, that’s not a great thing. 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: 

            I don’t use hairspray or texturizing spray, I don’t even like dry shampoo. I got this same product in my November ipsy Glam Bag last year so I have one already and I haven’t used it at all. Haircare spray products are not something that I use, I don’t even like blow drying or putting heat on my hair because I have spent such a long time getting it healthy after bleaching it and dying it a lot in high school. It Is fundamentally a dry shampoo and I use Batiste now, I am not a huge fan of how my hair feels with a lot of product in it so this was kind of a no for me.

            So I guess I liked four out of the six items more than I thought I did when I started writing this post, I am hoping that with consistent reviewing and the algorithm learning my preferences that it will get better and with the changes being made I am hoping that helps too. 

If you want to read January, February, and March’s unboxings click on the month to see them. 

Do you get Birchbox, what was your favorite product? How do you feel about the changes? 

Have a good weekend everyone! 

-MJ 

March Favorites

Sorry I disappeared again and missed an upload, my space bar stopped working last weekend so I had to take it to get fixed for the second time in a month…so much fun. That meant however that I didn’t have the ability to post on my usual day because I didn’t have my usual computer.

            Though guess who’s back, back again, MJ’s back, tell your friends. No seriously though, I am hoping for no more laptop issues so I can actually have a routine posting schedule. I’m trying, I really am.

            March favorites though, I had a few not as many as usual but still some great items that I found myself reaching for a lot in the month of March. 

            My parents were gone for a little over a week in March visiting family in the north and I was tasked with poodle care, they are both cute and I love them even though they were both pains in my butt for different reasons. It was nice just hanging out with them for such an extended period of time. By the end of it I was just really excited to go home and sleep in my own bed, alone, with no poodles in sight. They lived with me last year while my parent’s house was being finished so I spent a lot of time with them from May to the end of October when they moved about half an hour north west from where I live, it’s only like 15 miles but because the roads are so twisty it takes a lot longer to get there. 

            One thing for sure that was one of my favorites in late February and early March, even into this month was my Chromebook, I had a rocky start with it because I was sold a piece of software I couldn’t use and that was a mess but I am over it. The store I bought the computer from I probably won’t step into for a while because they made me feel like I had been had. It really came in handy when I didn’t have my regular laptop and I am a huge fan of it because I can use it as a laptop and a tablet. So convenient, I have been a Mac user for over a decade now but it’s kind of nice to have a second operating system on hand just in case. 

            Next was my facial oil, now I don’t use it every day because my skin is pretty acne prone and I noticed that when I add more oil to it I have a lot more breakout days. I was using Derma Deli’s Pumpkin Seed oil but it was too much for my skin even using it once every other day. So in February I switched over to Pacifica’s Super Flower, I do like it more it is not as oily as ones I have used in the past and I can use it slightly more often as long as I mix it in with my moisturizer. I know that’s not what you are supposed to do but that seems to be the only way that it will work and I don’t have major breakout issues. 

            I am trying to eat better this year, some days are easier than others in that department but I am also a person who snacks, I don’t know why but I do, stress eating and all of that. I found however that I really like prepackaged seaweed snacks and I am lucky enough to have an Asian market within 15 minutes of where I live. They are crunchy and not too many calories so it’s like chips but not as bad for you. You for sure have to like the taste of seaweed though and I know people who don’t so if you like seaweed I suggest you find some, I usually get mine at Wal Mart or Target but the Asian market has a much bigger selection of brands. 

            Last but not least, I have been on a cozy mystery kick this year, they are the only books that I have actually read, I’m on my 11thbook of the year and they have all been by two authors. The one that was one of my favorites last month was Carol J. Perry, I finally caught up with her Witch City Mysteries series and I couldn’t put them down, they are really fun and easy to read and they keep you guessing on “who done it” it adds an element of magic and witchcraft in a beautiful way where it’s not overbearing on how magic it is but it is used as a tool to help solve crimes. I just really enjoy the series, her main character is fiery and multi-talented with a cat sidekick and I love it so much. 

            If you are looking for cozy mystery recommendations I would suggest the Meg Langslow series from Donna Andrews, they are bird themed titles and that’s hilarious, or the Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke and they are all baking themed, that is the series that I am currently reading. Though I need catch up with the three or four new books from Donna Andrews. I like reading cozy mysteries because they make great beach reads or reads during a break in your day, I read them while I am on the stationary bike and I find that when I get to the “good part” at the end of the book where the heroine or hero is in danger that I get my best workout times.

            I have so many books to read but I am on my mystery kick at the moment, a few years ago it was post 1900 pre World War 1 British period literature so I get on kicks and read ten or 15 books in the same vein and then get sick of them. 

            So that’s it for my March favorites, nothing really all that groundbreaking but I enjoyed them.

            Did you have any favorites in March? Got any book suggestions? 

            I’ll see everyone on Saturday for a new post!

            -MJ

Spring 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

I feel like I have been waiting for this box since December when I got my winter box because this subscription box is probably my favorite ever, I love the other boxes I get but nothing can beat full sized items and the brand named items in the box are always really great quality. By the time you are all reading this I have had the box for at least a week, I have been a little busy and I had some posts scheduled ahead of time so this is a little later than I wanted it to be. 

            Seriously, this box was amazing, like usual I am not going to tell you how much the total of my box was because that’s just a little odd for me, the box is $50 four times a year or $180 once a year to be a select member, I will probably upgrade to that at some point because it allows for more customization options and early access to the edit sales and customization as well as an earlier ship date. I feel like in my past unboxings I have kind of glossed over this portion of the subscription service. 

            Like I said this box is $50 a quarter and this box was valued between $226.99 and $314 dependent on the customizations and the options that were available to potentially be in this box. Really, this box is worth over four times what you pay and that is such a good return on your investment. The only thing I am going to say about the value of mine was it was in the upper mid-range of those prices. If you really want to you can do the research and look up the prices of the items to see an exact figure.

            Per usual all of these opinions are mine, as they always are. 

            Okay, enough exposition, now onto the real stuff; what did I get? I am going to start out with the items that I had the ability to customize and I will tell you the other options that I opted not to get, what I didn’t get may be something that you love but what I chose I wanted more. 

            Deux Lux Demi Backpack: I am a sucker for backpacks because I screwed my shoulders up when I was in high school carrying heavy one shoulder bags to class so I have carried a backpack since late 2015 and I have not looked back. This is a smaller and more versatile than the faux leather backpack that I carry usually. It is pretty light weight and it is canvas and vegan leather, (according to the care instructions) it seems like it would be great for anything really, dates, music festivals, hanging out with friends, going to the park with your dog. It is a really great backpack and it comes in a protective sleeve so it will be stored in there for now. The other two options were a Show Me Your Mumu Brie Robe, I didn’t choose this one because I am not a robe person. The other option was the Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser, this would be a great thing to use the Way of Will Essential Oils from the Winter Box, but I already have a diffuser so I didn’t want to get a second one. 

            Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: Now that is a mouth full, I really like Korres I got their body lotion in my spring box last year and it is so nice. It is moisturizing and it smells amazing. I have really been getting into skin care this year so when this was one of the options I jumped on it. It smells amazing and I am really excited to try it and see how it does with my skin, it is dermatologically tested to that usually means that I can use it without any adverse effects. According to the packaging it has over 90% natural content so I should be just fine. The other options were one of two pairs of Quay Australia sunglasses, they are really cute but I wear glasses and I have prescription sunglasses so they wouldn’t work for me. The other option was the Sunnylife Lovers Picnic Set, again really cute but not something for me, I don’t think I have ever been on a picnic in my life.

            Makeupdrop Silicon Beauty Applicator: If anyone read my foundation application post you know how much I love my Ulta brand silicon applicator and I am looking forward to trying this one as well. This one was a mystery item, I kind of liked having a bit of mystery even with the customization options, sometimes it is a way to get rid of excess stock and I am totally okay with that. The other two options were a set of Giadzy measuring spoons, I have a set of measuring spoons and I am not a huge fan of plated items because that starts to come off and it gets harder to use the item. The other was a bottle of Lavido body lotion in Mandarin Orange and Bergamot, I have so much lotion that I don’t need any more no matter how much I love Bergamot. 

            These next two items were customizable to select members so I had no option on what I got here and I was not upset with what I got.

            Sip by S’well: It’s an insulated travel water bottle and I have been eyeing a S’well water bottle for years now and I was really hoping to get this option because I am a hoarder of water bottles, as I am writing this I am still mourning my Kate Spade travel tumbler that I dropped on my bathroom floor yesterday (last Thursday for you) and broke, for some reason I break my favorites that I can’t replace and I don’t know why. I really like the fact that it’s covered in triangles for reasons of my own. This is a hand wash only but most water bottles and travel tumblers are so that wasn’t too shocking. The other two options were a bar necklace from The2Bandit’s, which is also really cute or the Ciaté London setting powder, I like Ciaté so I would have been okay with any of the options that were within this category. 

            Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Again I have been getting into skin care and I have a pretty good skin care routine going on but I am always willing to try something new. It is probiotic skincare so I am hopeful that I don’t have a reaction to it, I like the packaging it’s nice and simple so I see nothing wrong with that. I can’t really say much else because I haven’t tried it yet to see how my skin reacts to it. The other options were either the Daily Concepts detoxifying brush or the Eleven by Venus (yes, that Venus, the tennis star) jump rope. 

            These last three were in every box, so every subscriber got all of these items. 

            Ouai Leave in Conditioner: Ouai is a brand that I am familiar with because of ipsy and it’s a really nice brand. I have pretty dry ends of my hair so having a leave in conditioner is something that I need but I don’t actually have. I am excited to add this into my hair care routine. 

            Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel: Another mouth full to say, it is red so it color corrects for dark spots but I put it on my hand to see it’s consistency and once it sunk in my skin was so smooth and it was amazing. I really like Dr. Brandt so having more good skin care is for sure up my alley. I got a Dr. Brandt product in my winter box as a surprise and I can say, it’s pretty great.

            Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: Champagne and Charcoal, sign me up. I am cool with body scrubs; I should use them more because I love how my skin feels like after I wash all of the grit off. I love the packaging, rose gold lid, simple label with a pink and rose gold marble detail around the bottom, it’s so nice. It is a really large jar too, it’s about 18 oz. so for a body scrub that is on the large side from what I have seen. I am excited, pre usual, to give this one a try and really see what it smells and feels like. 

            So that was my spring box and I am already waiting for the summer box and its accompanying spoilers and customization options. I’m excited for it already. 

            If you subscribe what did you get? Did you have a favorite this month? Did you not get any of the items that you wanted to get? Let me know in the comments! 

            -MJ