Spring 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

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

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

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

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

Tech Candy UV Sanitizer: 

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

Gaiam Ultimate Core Toning Kit:

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

Joy Dravecky Chloe Ring:

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

Sorbus Makeup Organizer: 

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

Pur Cosmetics Iconic Glow Illuminating Face and Body Dry Oil:

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

Human + Kind Hand Scrub Elderflower + Raspberry: 

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

Pink Sky Cactus Sipper Cup: 

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

Saie Reusable Beauty Rounds: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-MJ

What was in My December 2020 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’ MJ, 

How is it already December, my Christmas break started on Friday afternoon so I am off for a few weeks and I was ready for a break. So here we are with the last Glam Bag unbagging of this year. I am looking forward to see what happens next year with IPSY’s offerings. I know they now have the Glam Bag X which is quarterly which will be interesting, I will not be getting it and I think it replaced the Glam Bag Ultimate which is fine, I didn’t get that one either.

            I feel like I don’t have so much to say at the beginning of this post just because I don’t have many thoughts in my head at this moment, it’s been a trying year y’all a trying year. I never thought that when I talk about a mask collection it would be anything besides sheet masks but here we are. 

The Bag: 

            It’s really cute and feels very different than the Glam Bag Plus this month, it feels more like I would expect it to feel by the pictures, honestly it feels like a dog toy that we had for our dog Duke, it was an elephant with almost a sheep like texture, I like the fact that it’s a blush pink almost crème but I am not sure how I feel about it being fuzzy. 

The Products: 

The Crème Shop Mask Duo:

            I chose this one because I like the Crème Shop when it comes to sheet masks and it came as a set of two one called A Snowman Story with a bunch of really good things that really help with skin hydration and lets be real this time of year with the cold and the wind you need all the hydration you can get. The second is called Deer Diary which is collagen and berry which is good for moisturizing and again at this time of year you need that. I love sheet masks and I need to get back into using them because I have several and I like using them but just finding 20 minutes to turn my brain off at this moment just isn’t something I can seem to do. 

Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser:

            I really enjoy Murad but I have never had one of their cleansers and I am really excited to try this one, I like trying new cleaners and moisturizers because it helps me find items that really work for my skin and I am hoping that this one works for my skin concerns and sensitivity level. I really don’t have much else to say about it because until I try a cleanser I don’t really know what it’s going to be like. 

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara:

            I got a mascara last month from Eyeko and I hated when I actually got to try it. I am working through all my mascara samples at the moment and I am using one from MAC and I would honestly buy a full size of it if it wasn’t $24 because that’s so much for mascara and I have like a billion sample sized products. I am excited to give this one a try because it has a long brush and according to the websites description it is volumizing which is really cool because that tends to be the mascara that I am drawn to. Also according to the description it has some really good ingredients in it that protect and nourish your lashes so I am for sure going to give this one a try but I have some other ones to try first. Some of the reviews say it clumps but let’s be honest I feel like most do or I’m just really bad at mascara. 

Beauty For Real Lip Gloss + Shine in Nudist

            I don’t like lip gloss, I wore a lot of lip gloss in the mid-2000’s because that was the style before liquid lipstick was really a thing to pre-teen and teenage me. This has some sort of mint in it because it tingles a little bit and that’s a little strange. I put it on just to see what it looked and felt like and it’s sticky and honestly for me it’s not as shiny as they claim it to be, it looks like I am wearing lip balm and not much else. There are a few makeup items that I rarely or never use and lip gloss is one of them. Some people love lip gloss on over a lipstick but I don’t like the feeling of it and that’s totally fine, if you like it we can agree to disagree. 

Lasting Smiles Peppermint Crème Lip Balm:

            I have like a thousand lip balms around my apartment but I am never mad about getting another one because I inevitably lose them and then get more and then find the one I lost. I like the fact that it’s organic and cruelty free, I am not going to open it yet because I already have several open but I am looking forward to using this one because tis the season for the need for lip balm not only because of the weather but also having to wear a mask all day at work. 

            So that’s the last Glam Bag for the year, this year has had so many great products that I have absolutely loved and some that have missed the mark but if you get 60 samples in a year it’s going to be almost impossible to get every single one be amazing. Overall I like this bag, except for the lip gloss but that happens. I am excited for next year and new products so here’s to 12 more posts next year.

            If you want to know everything I have gotten this year, except February because that was a lost month you can: January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will be back mid-week with another post. 

            -MJ

December 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So I cannot believe that this is the last Glam Bag Plus post of the year, how has this year slipped by so fast but also felt like 350 years of history all in about 366 days and we aren’t even at the end of the year yet. 

            There are going to be six items in this because I redeemed points and got a really nice eye shadow palette, I have another form the same brand and I love it so much. So there will be more items in this one that usual, though there are half and half skin care and cosmetics in this. I chose most of the skin care and the value of my box was insane for a $25 plus tax price tag. 

The Bag:

            I expected it to be shearling feeling by the pictures on the website but it’s finer than that, I really don’t know how to explain it but it’s not fuzzy but it’s still really nice. I do like the Glam Bag Plus bags lately now that they are different than the regular Glam Bag bags. 

The Products: 

            So what did I get? I will say this first though, the choices this month were better than months prior and I think they are finally starting to find their groove with this new choice system. 

Doucce Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Palette:

            Doucce makes some amazing products, their mascara’s are some of my favorites ever and having another palette from them is always a great addition to the collection, I like their palette’s because the single pans come out so if you run out of one or want to switch up some colors you can with no problem, it also comes with a highlighter and I am a sucker for highlighters so having another one is pretty great over all. I also like that the matte shades and the shimmer/metallic shades are balanced four and four usually in a palette the balance shifts one or the other and that can make day looks more difficult. 

QMS Medicosmetics ACE Vitamin Day & Night Cream:

            I chose this one, I love a good day and night cream and I have been going though moisturizer a lot this year because well this year hasn’t been too nice to my skin between makeup and face masks and face masks while wearing makeup all day at work I have had more skin issues this fall than in months past so I chose this one in hope that I can get some really good moisture in my skin. Also this is one of those products that is luxury skin care that I would never buy at full price because of the price so being able to get it in a bag like this is amazing to me.

111Skin 3 Phase Anti-Blemish Booster

            I got two acne products in this bag, this one and the next one, I chose this one because I love 111Skin but it’s just out of my price range on a normal day but their products are amazing, I have a few of them stashed away in my fridge to keep them fresh and I am looking forward to being able to have another serum to try out.

Shaina B Miami Mini Miami Blush and Highlight Palette:

            I will never stop loving the flamingo logo’s in this brands pans, I chose this one as well and this was the last one that I chose this go round. I like the shades, the blush in shade Rosa is actually the right color for my skin tone Brickell is a little dark but I could almost use that as a contour shade so I’m not upset about it. Maybe it’ll look different on the skin than in the pan so who knows. 

Tula Skincare Go Away Acne Spot Treatment:

            I really like Tula as well, I have their cleanser and it’s one of my favorites so getting another Tula product is always nice. It’s another spot treatment and I think that I need to get back into using spot treatments again because again my skin is suffering from everything that’s been going on this year so I am really looking forward to adding this into my skincare routine to help combat my skin issues that have been cropping up a lot more recently. Like seriously I got my skin under control late last year and into this year and then well the world blew up and my skin has been suffering with the stress, masks, hormonal, and environmental stuff this year.

IL Makiage Color Boss Multi-Dimensional Eye Color in Eyes on the Prize:

            I am going to start off and say holy crap this is pigmented and so gold, I really like the shade and a little goes a long way. I love the packaging when I opened it I kept opening and closing the uni-carton because it was hinged and the packaging itself on the product is beautiful. The shade and pigmentation are great and I will find a use for this in looks in the future because it’s a great shade. 

            Overall my December Glam Bag Plus was a great way to end off the year with this service, I can’t wait to see what next year brings with the Glam Bag’s both the regular and the Plus but we will have to wait and see for what January will bring. 

            If you want to know what else I have gotten this year you can, January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.

            I will see all of you later in the week with another post so until then I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

            -MJ

July 2020 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            Well so July is pretty much over which is still crazy to me because I feel like it was just February but let’s be honest with ourselves time isn’t real anymore and I just don’t think the concept of time is something that defines us right now. 

            So the Glam Bag Plus is changing next month with three customizations, three of the five products rather and that’s insanity to me, I know it’s to give more customization to the members. I like the idea of more customization but I don’t know what next month will bring because the customization doesn’t open until the beginning of August so I will have more information and insights next month on what I personally think of the new service. 

            The bag like the regular Glam Bag this month was plasticky which is fine and I know the bag will be changing next month, again I will let you know. The bag is cool though it’s purple and teal with wanderlust written on it, again, very 80’s to me and I still love it. I like this one more than the regular glam bag this month but purple is my favorite color so that makes sense. 

Products: 

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer: 

            I got a Ciaté watermelon product in my regular glam bag though, it was a lip oil and I wore it the whole time I was writing that blog post (which for me was yesterday but several days ago for you guys) and I actually really liked it. So this is a primer and I have so many primers now because of IPSY, like I like primers but let’s be honest you only need like two I have a good dozen and I have a lot of primers. I wish I used primers more but I don’t know how I feel about a watermelon primer but it says it’s really hydrating and that is something I for sure always need no matter what because I live in the south and it’s hot during the summer. It’s also silicone free and pore refining so I am going to give it a try.

Awake Glow Pill Super Serum:

            Two of my favorite things to see on packaging is cruelty free and vegan which is always great but I am for sure getting more and more into serums, I am currently loving the Better Skin Co. Epik C Serum and it has done so many good things for my skin. I remember a time when I just had to like rinse my face and it was fine now I have like an eight step skin care routine, you can check that out if you want. Back to the serum though it has B vitamins in it and it helps hydrate so it sounds like all good things and the packaging both on the cardboard outer sleeve and the component itself so I can’t wait to try this out (for now it’s going to go in fridge so it stays fresher longer) I really do need a skin car fridge and at this point with the amount of skin care I have now I really need like a dorm fridge for all of it. I mean really. 

Complex Culture Contour • Blush Brush:

            I have one other Complex Culture brush and I kind of love it but this brush looks so cool! I can for sure say that I do not have any brushes that are shaped like this so it will for sure go into my main brush holder. I like how it feels and I actually redeemed my IPSY points to get another brush from this same company because I like their brushes. It is a brush and a good brush is a good brush.

Tarte SEA Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara:

            I love Tarte and that is no secret but I have never actually had a full size of their mascara, sample sizes sure but never a full sized so I am intrigued to use their mascara and this is a pretty new formula, I think. The packaging is nice and simple and it also has some of my favorite words, cruelty free and vegan. I am looking forward to getting to try it because again right now since no one is doing anything why am I going to use it and waste it so you know I will use it eventually. 

Pūrlisse Beauty Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer: 

            I really like Pūrlisse and I have been using it a lot recently and I am a huge fan of a lot of the products I have gotten to use from them and I know that I will more than likely like this one as well because it’s green tea and green tea is a great moisturizer and a lot of their products have white tea in them which is great for sensitive skin so I’m excited about it. Their blue lotus eye cream is my current favorite so I am excited to have the opportunity to try more products.

            Overall it was a great bag, lots of skin care like mostly skin care but next month seems to present an interesting challenge and opportunity so I will report back on that next month. 

            Wanna see what else I’ve gotten this year? January, March, April, May, and June!

            Hope you have a good week and I’ll see y’all with another post soon!

                        -MJ

Summer 2020 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Back at it with another unboxing, every four months that becomes half of my posts and I am not super mad about it. I got my box a few days ago and I was so excited to get it, I watched it through the tracker for a week and a half and I was so anxious to just get in my hands on it. 

            I cannot believe that it’s almost July, I feel like it was March like a week ago but also a decade ago with quarantine and all of the crazy going on right now.

            All views and opinions in this are all my own, like they always are and always will be no matter what. 

            So what did I get? As usual I am not going to tell you the value of my box (it was between $225.50-$477 dependent on what you got in your box) also I am going to start with the items that I chose or had a choice for in my box.

Dapper James Straw Bag with Floral Scarf:

            It’s a real cute summery bag and I really like Dapper James because Reese Witherspoon is amazing. I chose this one because of all of the options this one fit my desires best for the moment, I like bags and this one is open at the top with a snap so it’s good to take around during the summer and maybe when the world opens back up (safely) I will actually get to use it but it may be a next summer thing and I’m not too mad about it because it is neutral enough to cross years not just be in style for one season and then it doesn’t match the times anymore. The other options were the Pottery Barn Mason Ceramic Diffuser in Solstice, the Do Not Age with dr. brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream, the L*Space Tie Dye Towel, the Yumi Kim Wireless Charging Pad (which is super cute!), or the LashesMD Eyelash Conditioner. 

Business & Pleasure Co. Cooler Bag:

            Again a really fun summer thing, this season the seasonal feel was really evident and I really liked the idea of a larger cooler bag in my life but not one that is a full sized cooler, my dad got me a Yeti cooler bag for Christmas and it’s huge and bulky so having something nice and small is nice when you don’t need the giant cooler to accompany you somewhere. It is a really cute thing, my only problem with it is there is separation in the fabric on the top but I can sew it back in at some point. In the picture I stuffed it with stuffing so it would actually stand up and not collapse back down on itself. The other options were the Michael Kors Bedford Travel Passport Wallet (If it had been in black I would have gotten that), the HydroPeptide Moisture Reset Face Oil, the Isaac Mizrahi Blue and White Kimono, or the R+Co Television Perfect Hair Shampoo+Conditioner.

The Giving Keys Mini Key Necklace:

            It’s very small and delicate but according to the packaging the company supports a good cause, ending homelessness and I am completely behind that message. The key says believe on it and I cannot wait to wear it because it’s just a little thing that has a strong message behind it. I prefer silver jewelry to gold so this one was a pretty good choice on my part. The other options were two Coola products the Mineral Face Organic Matte Finish Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 or the Mineral Face Matte Finish Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, the TOMS Sydney Sunglasses (if I wasn’t a prescription glasses wearing human I would have gotten these), Blaq Peel off Mask+ HydroGel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid (Set of 5) (I have these and they are amazing but I don’t do peel off masks), the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream (this was a throwback and I got this one in my Winter 2019 box), or the Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler (got this on in my Winter 2019 box too).

Terre Mère Aloe and Tea Tree Toner:

            Toner is pretty new in my life and this was the first product on this list that I didn’t have a choice in and I am totally fine with the option I got. It’s a glass bottle y’all, a glass bottle. I really like toners now and I am glad that they have come back into my life since the toners of the mid-2000s that my skin absolutely hated. I am about halfway done with Sunday Riley one so having one in the wings is going to be great. The other options were the Zoë Ayla Ice Roller, or the Silked Satin Pillow Case.

The Lifestyle Co. Beach Mist: 

            It’s aloe, mint, and lavender. It’s supposed to be an after sun spray I think but let’s be honest, my skin sees the sun so rarely that I will use it as a facial refresh spray like I do rose water. I love the packaging and I am excited to have it in my beauty arsenal. The other options were the Isaac Mizrahi Loves xo, Sienna Vase, the amika Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray, or the Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum.

The next three were picked by fabfitfun out of seven potentials as their picks so I will list the four I didn’t receive first, the Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil, Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask, 6 pack (which I think I have already), the Murad Essential-C Cleanser, and the Spongella Coconut Verbena Hand Cream (which I am glad about because I am not a huge fan of the smell of verbena.)

Riddle Oil Original Roll On:

            This is one of those perfumes that matches your body chemistry to produce a scent and mine is lightly floral, I tried it on the day I got the box and it lasted for hours! I even took a shower and I could still faintly smell it even afterward. I am a huge fan of this product because I don’t wear a lot of perfume but this one is really nice. 

Cali Cosmetics Foot Cream with Menthol in Tarocco:

            To be honest I thought the brand name was Tarocco, just an FYI to start this out with. It summer so foot cream is an essential because sandals and things. I am excited to give it a try because I try to moisturize my feet after every shower, I sometimes don’t succeed but I still try. 

MakeupDrop Hybrid Makeup Applicator:

            It’s a sponge and a silicon applicator that’s like the best of both worlds and I really like MakeupDrop, I have one of their silicon applicators and it’s really nice so having another product from them is pretty cool and I love the concept of having a multipurpose tool like this in my makeup bag.

            Overall, per usual, I loved my box there was a lot better balance of products than in boxes past though I still miss the fitness items but as a company grows and changes it makes sense to source a more diverse selection of items that your members want.

            Want to know that I got in my Spring box this year, you can, just click on it!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get an item you really loved or not so much? Let me know in the comments! 

            See everyone later in the week with another post, 

            -MJ

What was in my May 2020 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey, hey it’s MJ, 

            I am trying to keep a schedule on blogging, as we can all see from my posts this month it’s not going well. I am trying, I really am but let’s be real life is crazy at the moment. 

The Bag:

            Like the Glam Bag Plus this was also an ombre, this one however was a pink to yellow and much larger than the one in the Glam Bag Plus (it would have made more sense in my head if they switched them but I’m not in charge of things). I do like the bag though, it’s pretty basic with a top zip but I like it. 

The products:

Yensa Skin on Skin BC Concealer in Fair Cool:

            When I opened this it almost pressurized on the inside so a bunch of product just kind of leaked out so I got to try it without really having a choice to do so. It’s about the right shade though it is just a little dark for me, so hopefully during the summer it might be close to the right shade because even though it’s a cool tone it is still a little too yellow for me. I love the packaging though so that is one upside to it, I like concealers but they are hard to match in a subscription service like this. 

F.A.R.AH Brushes Long Blender (25EL) Brush: 

            I like how the brush looks but I am at this point of, do I need any more brushes? The answer to that is no, I know that it’s easy to throw a brush in and call it done. It’s an IPSY exclusive which is cool but it’s a basic eyeshadow brush. Cruelty free and vegan so I can’t be mad and it’s a nice brush to shove in a makeup bag to go because it’s decently packed but not too fluffy and not too dense. 

First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask:

            I like First Aid Beauty it’s a great brand that I don’t use very often but probably should use it more. It is an anti-inflammatory mask so that is exciting for me. It’s a leave on mask so that is also exciting because at this point the only masks that I really want to take the time to remove are sheet masks. It has a lot of benefits that I am all for in a facial product so I am excited to give it a try. 

TheBalm Cosmetics AutoBalm Pic Perf in St. Charles Ave: 

            I have an AutoBalm palette and I really like it, this is not a shade I already have so that was exciting and it’s a nice neutral brown so I was excited about that. I have a problem with single shadows though for the sheer reason that I have to remove them from their packaging to put them in something else if I don’t want to carry around a bunch of tiny shadow containers. I wish that companies would put them in containers that are easier to remove the product from because with this one I will have to do some major excavation and hope not to break the shadow pan if I ever want to take it out. I like the shade though and that’s really all that matters. 

Tarte SEA Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask in Strawberry Jelly:

            It smells like strawberries and it is very small. I like the packaging but I rarely ever use lip treatments, some sugar scrub here and some lip balm there but pretty much nothing else. I also don’t like the feeling of jelly like items on my lips I avoid lip gloss (I did not before college but I do now) I don’t like when my lips stick together or feel sticky, it’s not a feeling that I like. I will give it a chance because I love Tarte but this was kind of the odd outlier in my bag this month. Maybe I’ll like it, who knows.

            Overall I liked the bag this month, it wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst so I don’t have much to complain about. If you want to see what else I have gotten this year check out January, March, and April

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any favorite new products this month?

            I’ll see everyone in a few days with a new post!

            -MJ 

May 2020 ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So another month and it’s just about the middle and I am FINALLY posting something, I had so many plans for this month but my life again decided to kick me a couple of times. But that is not what we are here to do! Bright spot in what is kind of an interesting time in the world.

            I am excited to talk about what I got in my glam bag plus this month because it was actually a really cool box.

            One thing that I need to say is that this month it came in a larger box than usual, see the photo and you’ll understand. Last month it came in a bubble mailer and I liked it but this month they chose the box again and I don’t know why they changed it or what the next month’s shipping container will look like. 

            I love the bag, it’s blue to yellow ombre and I am such a huge fan of ombre. I love the little tassel zipper pull and the bag shape. I am liking the variety of bags they are coming out with in recent memory and the inside of the bag is yellow with what looks like gold confetti and I love it!

            What did I get though? Let’s talk about the products that I received. Again I miss the little card that talks about the products

Beauty For Real Hi Def Mascara in Just Black:

            I have never seen a mascara wand that is this little, I don’t mind it but it’s mascara and I like mascara that’s pretty well established. It goes on pretty well and it does collect on the lashes really easily. My only complaints are that it is a little clumpy but let’s be real there is a good chance that is used error and it takes a long time to dry. It doesn’t take a lot to take off though so that in my book is not a bad thing. I am excited to actually give it a nice long wear test to see how it does in that regard.

Coloured Raine Cosmetics Mimosa Moment Palette: 

            Cute little to-go palette and I was looking for a new to-go palette to carry around with me and I really like the colors in this one it’s a nice balance between matte and shimmer shades and for a palette this size it has a really nice mirror. The shades are actually pretty pigmented which I am really thankful for. It is an ipsy Glam Bag Plus exclusive and I am glad that it is better than the last Betty Boop exclusive palette from last year. 

Sugar Rush sugar Coat Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Cupcake:

            Sugar Rush reminds me of Wreck-it Ralph but it is a tarte brand and I am a huge fan of tarte. It smells like frosting which I cannot be mad about. This shade though for sure is a fall/winter shade not a spring/summer shade so I will try to rock it again in the fall. It goes on smooth and doesn’t dry down too quickly which is nice for a liquid lip and it doesn’t make your lips feel dry after application which I have had in the past with liquid lipsticks and it’s never fun to have to reapply a liquid lip several times throughout the day. Seeing it in the picture description and in the tube I thought it was going to be too dark in general but it’s actually not to bad so I am pleasantly surprised. 

Nomad Cosmetics x Sydney Bathers Kiss of Sun Palette:

            I really like it, I don’t want to ruin the designs in the pans though so I haven’t really tested yet. (I was really careful and touched the center of the pans so I didn’t ruin the designs just yet.) It is super pigmented and the shades are really nice. I love highlighter so this palette is just another amazing addition to my highlighter collection. All the shades are named after Sydney beaches and I kind of love that idea, I have a Germany themed palette from them and well and I love the themed palettes and collections like that.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: 

            Sunday Riley, this was my choice because it was Sunday Riley, I have not met a Sunday Riley product that I don’t like. I have never done a lactic acid treatment so I am looking forward to trying it. I am still getting more and more into skin care and complexion products. It smells like the inside of a Lush store so I am really excited to actually try it on my face and the spot where I put it on my hand is nice and shiny so I am hopeful this does wonders for my face.

            Overall it was a great Glam Bag plus and I loved every product and I am looking forward to next month!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get a favorite product this month? 

            I’ll see everyone later in the week with another post!

            -MJ

What Was in My January 2020 ipsy Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I still can’t believe it is already 2020 and because I am not sure when this post is going up, hopefully it is still January when this actually goes live, (by my calculations it should be unless something goes wrong.) but I am here to open and give my thoughts on my first Glam Bag of the year, my Glam Bag Plus post is already live if you want to see how I felt about that; let’s just say that I was more excited about my Glam Bag than its larger offering this month. 

            I loved the bag, this is now one of my favorites because it is marble and almost feels like a pleather or vinyl and I really like the bag over all. I will say this ipsy has six or seven bag styles and continues to make really cool new options using the same templates. I love the combination of the white and grey marble and the pink hardware, great combination.

            In a side note about this bag I for sure got the tracking email after the bag was already in my possession, I don’t know what’s going on with their tracking email system but that’s ridiculous. 

            So what did I get in my bag this month?

            Luxie Beauty- 560 Medium Fan Flawless Brush

            So I have a few Luxie beauty brushes and I like them well enough, I am hoping that this fan brush is better than some that I already have, I don’t think you need more than one but I find myself now owning like half a dozen, in most cases that wouldn’t bother me but some of them just aren’t all that great for what I want them for. I am hoping that this one is different. With this one the brush guard is hard to move which in most cases again, great, but not when you are wanting to get it off. The brush feels nice, not to stiff and not too flimsy so I am hopeful on this one.

            Context Skin- Liquid Lacquer in Mad Love

          Confession time, I am not a huge fan of lacquer products because like glosses they can be sticky, and this one while on the sticky and kind of heavy side; I’m not mad at, it doesn’t seem to be like cement, (I know, it is five AM and I have lip lacquer on as I write this post) which I am thankful for. It’s actually a really nice shade as well, in the tube I wasn’t sure about it but on the lips I kind of love it. It does dry down a little bit which I think helps it out a little bit more in my book because it does decrease the sticky feeling just a tad as well.

            Banila Co- Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm

        Alright, so with this one. It is a rarity that I use a “cleansing balm” and I am not sure how I feel about the idea of a cleansing balm in general so I will for sure give this one a try but I can’t guarantee that I will enjoy it as much as I enjoy a regular gel or cream cleanser but I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and maybe I will find my new favorite cleanser. Who knows.

            Pür- 4 in 1 Pressed Powder in shade Porcelain

            I was shocked that this one was actually a pretty good color match to my skin tone, it is a little on the yellow side so I would have to use it as a pressed powder not a powder foundation but it’s a relatively nice size for a purse even though I already carry one that matches my foundation in my work bag but this one would work in a pinch. 

            Too Faced- Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 

         I like Too Faced though I haven’t bought many of their products in the last year or so, but I have been seeing this primer in Ulta and Sephora for at least a few years now (I can’t actually remember when it came out) and being someone who doesn’t wear a lot of primer I am excited to try it, again I never know if one of these products will find itself at holy grail status after giving it a try. My one issue with this is the sample size, I know it is a sample but something just slightly larger would be better because then you could give it a full week or more trial to make sure you actually liked it before committing upwards of $30 to a product that isn’t what you want.

            So overall I really liked my Glam Bag this month, I am hoping that next month the trend continues, I really hope that my Glam Bag Plus next month is on the upswing as well but only time will tell so until next time if you want to read any of my other Glam Bag posts just click on the ipsy hashtag or the ipsy glam bag hashtag down below!

            Do you subscribe? Did you get any amazing products this month? Tell me about it! 

            I’ll see everyone in a few days with a new post, so until then I hope your next few days are great!

            Bye!

                        -MJ

Winter 2019 FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            Happy almost official winter everyone, I hope that everyone has survived thus far in the most hectic month of the year. I swear that people lose their minds during December and it is insanity, I feel like I have been almost hit a dozen times while on the road since about Thanksgiving and I don’t even live in a place where it snows. (frequently, we may have half an inch a year or so) 

            I was really excited to get this box after seeing spoilers on social media and I was waiting for it to ship, well last Friday I finally got the shipping confirmation so I checked it because I was at work expecting to get it sometime this week or late next week with the holiday and at the top it said “delivered” so it was outside my door when I got home. I was a little confused as to why I got an email on the 14th and it shipped on the 2nd or so. Who knows. 

            I feel like there were less items in this box than in boxes prior and there were more choices under each category, for instance instead of three choices there were some that had four or more and that to me is too many to choose from. But I liked this box for sure more than I liked the fall box, hands down.

            So what did I get? 

            First up was something that I did in fact choose, because I am a seasonal member I have the option on most boxes to pick three items or let them surprise me but I feel like allowing me to choose makes sure that I like what comes in my box and for the most part I am not let down. The item that I chose was the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream. Kate Somerville is one of those brands that I have heard about for quite some time now but have never ventured into buying because of the price point, it’s a little out of my regular every day budget so I like getting good skin care items in boxes like this because it gives me a chance to try them without sinking the full purchase price into them. I don’t know how to describe the scent of skin care products very often, they just smell like good skin care should and I cannot put an exact fragrance on that. It has jojoba and avocado in it and I am hoping that I enjoy it as much as I hope I will. The other options were the Unhide Lil’ Marshmallow faux fur blanker, R+Co Television Perfect Shampoo and Conditioner, the Johathan Adler Fleur De Sel Ceramic Candle, or the Rebecca Minkoff Marbled Beanie and Armwear Set. 

            Next up was again another choice that I made, the Ban.do Bluetooth Shower Speaker, yes it is as loud and ridiculous as the concept of a shower speaker is. I have yet to charge it and try it out but I am hopeful that it sticks to my shower wall and works because I used to listen to music in the shower all the time. Many a bathroom dance party almost ended in tragedy because dancing and a wet floor never go together. It has a really loud pattern and Ban.Do is pretty much known for their loud patterns so I wasn’t shocked but it actually is a really nice looking speaker over all. The other options on this one were the LashesMD Eyelash Conditioner, the PJ Salvage Faux Fur Cable Slippers, or the Erno Laszlo Pore Cleansing Mask.

            This was the final item I chose this time because three is the limit for seasonal members, the Adore by Swarovski Organic Circle Bracelet in Rose Gold. I am one of those people who loves rose gold and it was probably because it was so trendy for years but I like copperier tones anyway and I am not a huge fan of yellow gold to begin with so I have a quiet/not so quiet love of rose gold. I like the bracelet it’s really simple and really could be worn either way either with the crystal out or the smooth side out. It is a really delicate chain which isn’t ideal when you have broken most of your nails in the last week or so, stupid winter. It’s really beautiful though and I really like it. The other choices were the Battington Lashes Monroe 3D Silk Lashes and Glue Kit, Karuna Face for All Face and Eye Mask Set, or the Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops.

            This next item I was so excited about when I saw it online, I have been following Beauty Bakerie for well over a year now and every time I walk passed their display in Ulta I think Today is the day but it never is. I love their products and the creativity of the brand itself, so inventive with their product packaging and their products themselves. This is the Proof is in the Puddin’ Eyeshadow Palette and I am so happy to have it! I love a good neutral palette even though I have so many of them but this one has such a good balance between mattes and shimmers which is sometimes hard to find with nine pan shadow palettes. Five mattes and four shimmer and I am excited to give it a try. The other options for this were the Lxmi Pure Nilotica Melt, Vooray Sidekick Crossbody Bag, Paper Source 12 Month Rose Floral Planner.

            Next, I got the Vera Mona Color Switch Solo which is a brush cleaner, to help switch between eyeshadow colors without having to wash the brush out. I am notorious for using the same brush and just letting pigment build up which makes it a little harder to clean so this is actually a pretty cool product and it’s washable just like you would wash makeup brushes so that’s really cool over all. I feel like I am just saying everything is cool but this box really brought it. The other options for this were the Ahava Salt Bag ir the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub.

            One more choice kind of item and that was just between two items, I got the Inc.Credible Nailsinc Thirsty Hand mask Duo, I have never done a hand mask, I have a foot mask and I am too afraid to try it because it is one of those baby feet things that peel everything off but these look really interesting, they are gloves and they contain plant extracts, shea butter, and vitamin E so they are good for your skin so I will for sure give them a try. The other option was the Cuccio Somatology Calm+Clean Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash.

            The final two things in this box were in every box and I love both of them. The first was the Drybar Prep Rally Prime and Prep Detangler, again Drybar is one of those places that I think is super boujee so I don’t think I have ever owned any of their products before but I have wanted to understand the hype around them so having even just a detangler from them might open my eyes to a whole new world of hair care because I have for sure been getting into more nad more hair care because my hair is a mess. (Hasn’t been cut in a year, I stopped dying it by accident and it’s just a travesty. It looks good and it’s longer than it’s ever been but I have for sure recently been taking more time to make sure it’s treated properly. 

            The last item in the box made me grin for a solid minute while I unboxed it because I have coveted this item for well over a year and I never bought one because I just didn’t and that is the Makeup Eraser in the original pink. I almost bought one and I am so glad I didn’t because I saw people were posting that this was in the box and I was ecstatic because that means I get to cut down a little bit more on single use items like makeup wipes! I love the idea of it and finally owning on is like an early Christmas present! It’s so soft and I am hoping that it works as well as I have seen online.

            After the semi-disappointment of the fall box in my opinion FabFitFun really brought it with the winter box, lots of choices which is nice but it’s also a lot. Maybe putting one more item in the box and taking one of the choices out would have been really cool. I love my winter box and I cannot wait for spring!

            If you subscribe what was your favorite item from this time around? If you don’t what would you like to see them come out with? 

            I’ll see everyone over the weekend with another post!

            -MJ

December ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ,

            So it’s been a while, my bad. I felt like I needed a hiatus and that’s alright because I had a lot going on outside of my online life and that meant that I just didn’t have the creative impulse to write blog posts.

            Also my glam bag and glam bag plus last month were both a little disappointing and I was hopeful that this month would be better and for the most part, my plus was a little better.

            I have had this sitting on my desk for a few days now so bear with me while I unpack what I received this month.

            Let’s talk about the bag first off, I remember saying that I would love a bag in my Glam Bag Plus several months ago and now that we are getting bags in every box I am on the fence about it, granted I like it but it’s not big enough to actually fit the full sized products you receive and there is a part of me that actually really liked not getting a bag in my plus every month. This bag is silver, pleather looking, and a front zip not a top zip. (I think that the regular Glam Bag is a top zip, I haven’t gotten mine so when I do I will let y’all know.) I can’t say it’s one of my favorite bags, but not every bag can be a winner.

            On to what I got I suppose. I was happy with about half of the items and I feel as if the beauty quiz algorithm for the plus products either isn’t all that great or because it is still a program that is less than a year old they don’t have the selection and range that would allow for a more personalized approach. One of the new features is picking a product and I chose to let them surprise me and I wish there was a feature that would show you your matches and let you switch a product instead. 

Complex Culture Press & Set Bronzer Brush

            It’s a nice brush but it’s just that; a brush. It’s soft and vegan and cruelty free but it is just a brush. I think it’s interesting that according to the card insert it is meant for pressed powder and bronzer which is such an odd combination, usually you see a blush and bronzer brush but not a powder and bronzer brush but who am I. It’s a sleek and minimalist design which I like but I am getting to the point where I think maybe ipsy just really likes to give out brushes because it counts as an item no matter what. 

Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner

            This was the most disappointing match I had this month, not because of the brand I like Illamasqua, I have gotten products from their brand several times in the past and I haven’t had any problem with them. However, I do not wear eyeliner I haven’t in years and that was for sure a thing in my beauty quiz so they saw that I liked the brand and didn’t think to check or cross check with my preferences to see that eyeliner is not something that I use. Will I attempt like I have for the last several years to perfect that winged eyeliner look, probably but am I super jazzed that I received this, not so much.

 Ittsē The Van Ness Eyeshadow Quad

            Okay so I love me some good eyeshadow and everyone knows that, I have gotten ittsē single shadows in the past and they make pretty good shadows and this idem is super cool, you can remove the inner portion and it becomes a small magnetic palette which is great for travel and for on the go situations. I can’t be upset with this product because the shades are beautiful and I love a good neutral quad in my life and it’s vegan leather according to the packaging so there is always that. 

Évolué Skincare Hydrating Serum

            It’s currently in my refrigerator because the tip was that it will do better there and I have been coveting a skin care fridge for the last several months because I have become that basic. I saw a few people on social media saying that it smelled terrible but luckily mine smells like it should, it smells like a good skincare product should. I am excited to give this a try because I am always on board to try skin care and see how it reacts with my skin. What I like about this one as well was that tit didn’t come with a cardboard unicarton it just came in the box. I have been recycling and there is so much cardboard that comes with boxes like this that it’s insane. Beauty and skin care brands, is there any way to cut down on the cardboard and paper waste? 

111Skin Cryo Activating Hydra Gel

            This product alone is worth 8 times the cost of my box, I love 111Skin I was introduced to their products through FabFitFun in the summer box and they are a really prestige brand so seeing this product in this box was shocking to me. The brand was started by a doctor and usually that means that their products are absolutely amazing but also come with a hefty price tag so to get this is like an early Christmas present to me, it will also be going in my fridge for now until I can talk myself into ordering a stupid tiny skin care fridge for my incredibly small bathroom. Pray for me being the most basic white girl ever.

            So over all I was happy with more than half of my products to be honest and ipsy is still figuring things out since their expansion of the brand earlier in the year. If you want to know what I have gotten in my other Glam Bag Plus’ over the year you can click on their month! May, June, July, August, September, and October. I did not write out November so sorry about that!

            I hope everyone has a great start to the week and I will see everyone somewhere around mid-week with another post.

            -MJ