January Birchbox Unboxing

So I decided that I was going to subscribe to something new because I found myself down a subscription box after unsubscribing from Marvel Collector Corps and I have been seeing this one online for such a long time now. 

I want to pause a moment before I go on with my unboxing and review, I had a comment on my Marvel Collector Corps box that I have since deleted because I found it very triggering. It started out with “you people wouldn’t be happy if they hung you with a new rope” I have been thinking about that exact line for over a month now. With that being said, I understand that everyone on the internet is entitled to their own opinion, I use a platform to talk about my opinions all the time. That was not my issue with this comment, first of all you should never knowingly go on someone’s blog, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or any other social media platform and tell them that they wouldn’t be happy even being hanged with a new rope, there is a line there that is crossed the moment you make that suggestion. I shared my displeasure and disappointment with a box and a service and everyone’s experience may be different but malice filled comments like that aren’t welcome. 

The internet allows people this false sense of anonymity, it allows people to think that they can say hateful things or mean things and not make the person on the other side of the screen feel something about it. Even if you copy and paste a comment over and over onto multiple blogs or comment sections hoping to get a rise out of one person, for that person to comment back and start something; that’s just not right. We don’t need drama, we don’t need to be at each other’s throats all the time to get a reason to say something to someone because you don’t agree with them. We are allowed to have our opinions and guess what, we don’t have to agree at all that is the beauty of free will. 

Now away from the heavy stuff because I do not want to pollute my 2019 with negativity. 

I was expecting a little box to show up in my mailbox, it was a bubble envelope with a small box in it and within the small box was the actual Birchbox, it was a lot of packaging. Because I subscribed in January I got a bonus and it was on the outside of the box in the bubble envelope, making it necessary to have an extra layer of packaging. 

The box was super cute though and I absolutely love it. 

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara 

            This was the bonus for my January subscription and I have been seeing this product online for months now. Benefit Roller Lash is one of my all-time favorite mascara’s and I am hoping that when I actually get to play with this product in the future I feel the same way I do about Roller Lash. The packaging on it is crazy though, super cool.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Pinklite

            I think this is the first MAC product that I have ever owned, MAC is one of those brands that I would see walking through department stores and everyone always looked so professional and knew how to apply makeup so beautifully. From everything I have heard about the brand I am super excited to use this. It is an iridescent pink and it is actually a really pretty shade. According to the pamphlet it is green tea and vitamin infused so that means not only is it pretty but it is actually also good for your skin. I love multi-duty beauty products. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

            I got this product in my July ipsy Glam Bag and I am still no better at eyeliner, it has a really nice formula and is really pigmented but I still think that eyeliner is still a thing that I need to work on; like majorly work on. I cannot do a wing to save my life, it ends up wonky and stupid looking. My cat eye turns quickly into a raccoon the next morning after going out the night before, it’s a mess. Liquid eyeliner is like my White Whale; I may never be successful with it but I will continue to try. 

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

            I used Stila back in the day but it’s been a minute since I have used anything from the brand. I love mascara because honestly with how often you are supposed to throw away your mascara there is almost no point in buying a full sized product so having a trial or travel sized can make it a little easier to keep yourself honest and not keep a mascara for years on end; which I am for sure guilty of. It has a nice formula from the one time I have used it so far, I wanted to see what it did to my eyelashes and I am excited to wear it for a full day and see if it holds up. 

Winky Lux Strobing Balm in Radiant Pink

            A brand I have heard of and have been meaning to try, it is a beautiful color and the pigment is amazing with such a creamy formula. I am such a huge fan of highlighters and I think this is the first cream highlight that I have ever gotten. I swatched it and was absolutely in love with it. I am really looking forward to having a reason to wear this everywhere on my face. 

Minu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Serum

            The conditioner and the serum according to my insert pamphlet were bonuses but it is really nice to have the whole set to see how it works with my hair. I do color my hair, that’s not even a secret, I have for several years now and this shampoo is supposed to be safe on color and I am always looking for good shampoo that doesn’t strip my color out quicker than I want it to. The formula actually seems to be preserve color which is even more exciting. I have never used a hair serum but I am looking forward to trying it out.

            Like ipsy this box gets better and better as you review your products so they can get more in your head and learn your beauty and skin care preferences so I am excited to see how this evolves as the months go on. 

First impression: I like it so far and I am looking forward to seeing what comes next month. It may be kind of similar to ipsy but I really like both formats. If I would start getting a lot of duplicates then I would have to make some concessions on which one is more worth it but for now, I am just excited to see what I get next month.

            Do you subscribe? Any beauty tips? 

            -MJ 

What was in My January ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

Jeju:en Sheet Mask Set

            This Sheet is Bananas

            You Can’t Handle This Sheet

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

Ittsē Eyeshadow Single in Boho

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

AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream in Sea-Kissed

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

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

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

Belle En Argent Lip Luire Lip Gloss in Bored Now

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

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

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

            -MJ

MJ’s Top 12 Beauty Products of 2018

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

All of these opinions are my own per usual.

NYX Worth the Hype mascara

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

Artic Fox Hair Color in Wrath

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

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in shade 0.5

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

Foreo Luna Fofo

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

Colourpop All-Star Setting Spray

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

Murad Skin-Perfecting Lotion

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

Soo’AE Rose Mist

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

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water (for waterproof makeup)

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

Coty Airspun Face Powder

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

Tree Hut Sugar Lips sugar scrub

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

Colourpop It’s a Princess Thing eyeshadow palette

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

Cactus brush cleaner

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

            Did you have any favorite beauty items in 2018?

            See you all on Saturday!

            -MJ

Was Getting ipsy’s Gold Holiday Collection Worth It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Makeup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Front Row from the left!

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

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

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

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

Skincare: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So do you think it was worth it? 

See y’all Tuesday with another post!

-MJ

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