What was in My October 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well we are about to say goodbye to October in a little less than a week and I have no idea how that is even possible, I just can’t fathom it. But here we are anyway moving through time at a million miles an hour and it’s never going to change. 

            Glam Bag time y’all because why not. 

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag Plus this month it features the all seeing eye on the front and embossed with “you’re magic” on the reverse. Unlike the GBP this is a pleather bag with a cute little star and moon zipper pulls and this is officially one of my favorite bag now. 

What products did I get?

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Smokey Eye Mascara in Black:

            I picked this on, I have been hearing the name Bobbi Brown for years now in cosmetics circles and videos so I was excited that this was one of my potential choices for my customizable choice item. The brush is huge and mine came bent so I had to bend it back to where it’s supposed to be but I love the shape of the inner brush beyond the bristles so I am really jazzed to give this one a try. 

Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter in 010 Popping Champagne:

            I love highlighter, I think it’s my inner crow I like shiny things and it’s a beautiful shade, though it is a shade that I have several of already but will that stop me from using it? No, the answer to that is no so I’m excited. I feel like I am excited about a lot of little things recently and I am totally cool with that. I will say this is a really subtle highlight, it will not blind you with its brilliance but that’s a good thing for everyday wear. 

Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Hoard:

            This is the teeniest eyeshadow I have ever seen, like it’s the size of my thumbnail and that’s such an odd size for a sample, I just think that the packaging is large and the pan is small which doesn’t make much sense. The pigment and shade on it are great though so I can’t complain too much. 

SLMissGlam P40 Round Blusher Brush:

            This looks like a brush I would have begged my mom for in like the 90’s and early 2000’s, there is glitter in it and it just reminds me of that time of my life but it’s a pretty soft and not super packed blusher brush which is something that I love with a blusher brush that it’s fluffy. I just think for me that I like a more sophisticated looking brush but if the quality is there that is really all that matters to me.

Smashbox Cosmetics Oil & Shine Control Primer:

            Smashbox’s green primer was the first primer I ever used and I loved it so much so I know that Smashbox has some great primers. I am eager to give this one a try because it’s been quite some time since I have had a Smashbox product in my makeup bag.

            Overall my Glam Bag was pretty good this month. I feel like this post is kind of short but I really don’t have much to say about this bag, I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to trying out the products in the coming weeks and months.

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any really cool products? Any that you weren’t super excited about? I would love to know, leave it in the comments!

            If you want to know what else I have gotten in my Glam Bags this year, you can! January, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

            I will see y’all later in the week with another post so until then I hope you all have a great couple of days! 

            -MJ 

What was in my September 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            So ipsy announced that next month they are making some changes to their services including a $2 increase a month. BirchBox did this earlier in the year and I understand this need to change and evolve with the times and with the market around your brand. I won’t be discontinuing my ipsy subscriptions, I am still in love with the subscription service so there will still be unbaggings and things. 

            If you are interested in seeing the changes or signing up then you can go check out their website. 

            This post contains only my opinions, as it always does. 

            The bag actually is one of my all-time favorites in the last 17 months since I started getting the glam bag. (I started in April of last year and if my math is right it is 17 months.) The bag is a salmon like color with constellations covering the front and the zipper pull is my favorite of all time, it’s a little crystal and I love it so much. 

            So onto the products, each month they usually do pretty well at curating things that I really enjoy and this month is no different. 

            Skin&Co. Roma Truffle Therapy Shimmering Oil

            I don’t hve a lot of facial oils because some of the oils are too much for my face and I break out more than I should, though I like Skin&Co. and I love it. It has truffle in it so from what I know about truffles they are good for your skin. I am always looking for a good moisturizer and I am willing to try pretty much anything. This product was probably the most left field thing that I got in my bag this month.

            Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation in 0.3 Neutral

            Smashbox is a great brand and I have loved them since I pretty much started wearing makeup but I have never used their foundation before. This is not a bad color match so I am actually really excited to give it a try. I have been finding that unfortunately I have to use a higher end foundation because in many cases drug store foundations (that I have tried) don’t seem to work with my skin and I have more breakouts as well. I don’t know what it is and I don’t know why but that is the trend that I have noticed. 

            Coola Mineral SPF30 Sun Silk Crème 

            So Coola is a brand that I am for sure aware of and really like, I have used their sunscreen before and its great. This even says that it protects against infrared and blue light which I didn’t even know was a huge issue when it comes to sun exposure. The more you know right? It’s a good travel size for facial sunscreen and because I have had experience with the brand before I know that it shouldn’t have any adverse reactions with my skin.

            IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet

            I love highlighters and anyone who is not new to my blog for sure already knows that. The color leans more toward the gold tones, the formula goes on pretty smooth and it is pretty highly pigmented. I have many highlighters and I’m going to be honest, do I need anymore? No, am I going to get more and love every single one? Yes, yes I will. I have a few travel sized highlighters and this is actually a similar shade that I wear pretty frequently so that’s always exciting because it means that on trips I don’t have to take a full sized product with me. 

            Ofra Cosmetics X Madison Miller Blush in Ollie Need is Love

            So last but not least this is full sized product and it is a beautiful almost coral shade, the insert calls the color a terracotta peach. Blush is a really subjective product, like foundation it takes certain skin tones and for me this would be more of a summer blush. I don’t wear blush very often as it is but I do really like the brand and the color. 

            That’s it for my bag and it was pretty great overall. I am excited to see the changes that come in the coming months when it comes to ipsy’s changes including new customization and a whole new box; I will be sticking with my glam bag and my glam bag plus and not going for the ultimate.

If you want to know what i have gotten in the rest of my Glam Bags this year you can, just click on the month, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

            Do you subscribe to ipsy? What was your favorite product that you got in your bag this month? 

            I’ll be back on Wednesday with my Septmeber Glam Bag Plus unboxing and I can promise; the products are pretty great.

            Have a great rest of the weekend and the beginning of your week!

            See you next time,

 -MJ 

March Birchbox Unboxing

It’s March and for sure a few posts ago was my February Birchbox unboxing, I am watching my parent’s dogs over Spring Break while they are out of town visiting family and friends back where we used to live so I have some time on my hands. I have had this box for a few days. 

            This box is a lot better than my February Box, granted I did like the February box but this one is a lot better. It is much more to the caliber of the January Box.

            The box itself is really cute, it is covered in blue flowers outlined in pink with red centers, like my last two boxes, I don’t know what I am going to do with them. I may just end up recycling them for now until I have a better idea on what to do with them. 

On to the items: 

[Comfort Zone] Active Pureness Fluid:

            It’s a moisturizer that is mattifying as it works into your skin. I am really excited to try it and see how it works on my skin, it can be used as a primer too though so that is really nice because I have a love/hate relationship with primer. It is made in Italy and has Vitamin C in it so I am hoping that my skin doesn’t have an adverse reaction to it. 

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask:

            Where I used to get my hair done they used amika so I was really excited to see this in my box. Since I have had exposure to this product before as a shampoo and conditioner I am excited to try a hair mask. I usually don’t do hair masks but I know the quality of this product. It smells really good and I think it made the rest of my box smell but I was not upset about that. I can’t wait to try it out and see what is does to my hair.

Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Bang Mascara:

            I got the deluxe sample with my January box and like I said then Roller Lash is one of my favorite mascaras, there will be a post soon with my five favorite mascaras so I will link that when it’s out. I haven’t actually used my other tube of BadGal Bang but I am still really excited to try it because of how much I like Roller Lash.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            My first foundation primer was Smashbox primer in the green for color correcting so I know how I feel about this primer, I used it for a really long time so I am hoping that they haven’t changed the formula much since like 2013. When I finally ran out of my primer the first time I looked for dupes because a full size product is expensive and they don’t have the push pump bottle anymore which was what I had and liked, I find that NYX’s color correcting primer is still pretty good on a budget. 

ThisWorks Deep Sleep pillow spray:

            I already use a lavender pillow spray to help me sleep but I like having a travel size because traveling with my larger bottle is almost impossible and I don’t want all that oil all over my bag when I travel. I am excited to try it and make sure that it doesn’t give me any sort of reaction, though I wish that the ingredients were on the packaging so I could actually know what’s in it without having to look online. 

            Well that’s it for my March box, much more custom feeling to me but I am really happy with this box overall.

            Do you subscribe to Birchbox, if you do what’s been your favorite from this month? 

            I’ll see you guys soon!

            -MJ