September ispy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ!

            Well I am back again with another post, it’s a bit unboxing heavy this month, with my regular ipsy glam bag and my Fall fabfitfun box. Here I am with my third and final unboxing post of the month.

            Like I said in my ipsy unbagging a few days ago ipsy is making some changes to their subscription services, including a makeup bag in every Glam Bag Plus, I mean it’s fine; I like the glam bag bags but I kind of like not having a bag with my Glam Bag Plus, but times and services change so I can understand the need to not stagnant within the business. Beyond that I am still excited to see ipsy move into the future.

            So what was in my box this month? 

Paris Hilton Skincare ProD.N.A. Dual-Action Cleansing Gel

            So I grew up in the era of The Simple Life and the whole Paris Hilton hype of the 2000’s. I did not know that she had a skincare line. I am willing to give it a try because “that’s hot” is still a phrase that I associate with her. It’s cruelty free and claims to be gentle enough to use in the morning and at night so that’s a good thing. It has a laundry list of really good ingredients like pineapple, apple, and white tea. 

Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Intense Eyeshadow Palette

            So this palette has some amazingly beautiful colors, there is a design pressed into each pan and I have always loved the idea of that; depth in the pans themselves. The one problem with that is that I don’t want to ruin the design in the pans. (How many times can I use pan in this paragraph?) This is one of those palettes that has all of the neutral colors that you want in a full glam eye look but also the deep colors. It is a really punk palettes and I absolutely love it. The palette is actually quite sizable as well and with 15 shades it is a pretty standard number for a palette like this. Like I said I love the colors and the names of the shades though I am usually a sucker for shade names in eyeshadow palettes because usually they are topical or just funny. 

Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Cosmic

            I’ve gotten some Illamasqua lip liners in the past in my May Glam Bag Plus and I think that the shade Media I got then will be a great color to pair with this shade which I love. I love mauve shades when it comes to lipsticks and this one is a shade I don’t actually have, shocking, I know. I haven’t swatched it so I don’t actually know how it feels on the skin but I am hopeful that it’s nice and creamy because it is a crème lipstick. I usually go for liquid lipstick but some days you just need the traditional crème lipstick. 

Ciaté London Extraordinary Translucent Powder

            I only have gotten into setting powder in the last year or so. I like Ciaté London so seeing this setting powder in my box was really nice. I don’t really have much to say about setting powder until I actually try it for a while but you get a nice amount of product (.52 OZ) and the packaging is really simple but very cute. 

Ofra Cosmetics X Madison Miller Squad Palette

            I think that most boxes and Glam Bags this month included an Ofra and Madison Miller collaboration product, in my glam bag I got the blush and in this I got the squad palette which is two highlighters and a blush. I like the idea of a trio pan and they are beautiful shades. I am such a sucker for highlighters so seeing more in my life is great. The packaging is simple and while I love crazy packaging but I also am such a fan of simple packaging as well. 

            Well that was my Glam Bag Plus this month. Per usual ipsy has very few misses when it comes to things that I will like and this month is just another example of that. 

If you want to read about what I got in my other Glam Bag Plus boxes this year, you can! May, June, July, and August.

Do you subscribe? Did you get a product this month that you love? 

I’ll see everyone on Sunday with another post.

Bye!

-MJ 

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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 

Fall 2019 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey it’s MJ, I do hope that everyone had a nice week, I had a week I can’t qualify it as good or bad so it was just a week. 

            I got my fall fabfitfun box in the mail on Friday, it was pouring rain all day and that is for sure all this girl can ask for, I really like rain. I like overcast days, calm rain, a good book, and tea no matter how cliché that sounds. In all seriousness though we needed the rain it’s been so hot here and we haven’t had the rain we need as farmers get hopefully their final cutting in for hay for the cows this winter. Side note: I grew up surrounded by corn and bean fields (sometimes there wasn’t much more than corn in Indiana.) but now where I live it’s a lot of livestock and not a lot of crops so it’s a completely different kind of farming and I have learned a lot about it. Okay back off the side note and into the box.

            Like always these views are my own, I promise. 

            I am going to start off with an audible sigh and I will explain why. This box was not a diverse as boxes have been in the past. Granted some of that was because of the customization options that I chose and because it is a subscription box with a mystery component not every box can be a winner. With that in mind I love all of the products that I received it was just a little heavy in skin and body care items. 

            Let’s get into the break down, again like usual the box is $50 four times a year (March, June, September, and December) and the value of this box was between $211-345.99, I am a seasonal member so I have more limited customization options than someone who is a select member has, one day I will go select but that day is not today. Also per usual I will not be telling you the exact value of my box but let’s say it is about in the middle of that range somewhere. 

            For my first custom option I didn’t really have strong feelings about any of the options given so I chose the mystery item so I didn’t know what I was going to get at all with this one. I did receive the Dr. Brandt Clean Biotic pH-Balanced Yogurt Cleaner with chlorophyll and the Dermelect Runway Ready Luxury Foot Treatment both of which sound pretty great. I think getting these two did give me a little bit less for a diverse spread. The other options were the Plush Ultra Plaid Scarf, (I have like 100 scarves and I don’t need more) Anthropologie Travel Yoga Mat (I have two yoga mats and I don’t think I would need another), the Amika Strand Perfect Styler (again I already have a hair straightener), or the Mobile White Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit.

            The next customization option I chose the Kate Spade Lunch Tote, I still like lunch boxes and they are great for work and also it’s Kate Spade so I of course gravitated toward that. It’s a nice tan with black polkadots and it says “out to lunch” on the front. It’s really cute and more functional for me than some of the other options. The other options were the NassifMD Detox Pads, Kut from the Kloth slim striped wallet. Or the Twine cheese board with plate.

            The last customization option for seasonal members my choice was the Baublebar Farah Ear Crawlers, I love earrings and I loved the idea of ear cuffs when I was in high school but all of the ones that I had never fit right so here’s hoping that these ones because they are crawlers and go in the hole in my ear will give me that effect but still work. The other options were The Better Skin Co. Lava Magik or Cosmedix Pure C. 

            So the next two are customizable for select members. 

            I got the Skinvolve Body Boost Gel, it’s a pre-workout cream to tighten skin and it’s formulated with menthol and green tea. I don’t know how I feel about this one but I think I need to know more about it before passing any real judgment on it. The other options were the Eparé Dual Salt and Pepper Mill, Afterspa Hair Towel Wrap, or the Tréstique Mini Eye Essentials (set of 4).

            The next customizable for select members and just random for everyone else, I got the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask (6 Pack). So this I was really excited about I got into under eye masks earlier in the year and they are pretty great for anyone who has under eye issues (like bags) and needs some extra nourishment and hydration there. These have aloe peel extract and lavender oil so I am hopeful that they will be pretty great. The other options were the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roller Ball or the Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner.

            These next items were in every box so there was no customization in these.

            Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, okay confession time, I probably need this product more than I would like to admit, my hair is damaged to high heaven, I stopped getting it professionally dyed over a year ago but my ends are still pretty fried so I am actually really excited about this product being in my box. 

            Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Juice Cleanse, these smell amazing first of all. I don’t exfoliate very frequently because my skin is sensitive and that means that most exfoliating products are a little too harsh for my skin so I will be trying it out to see how my skin reacts to them. Like I said though, they smell absolutely amazing.

            The last item is the Human + Kind Body Soufflé and it is sealed so I am not going to open it but I am always for a good body lotion, do I use them as often as I should, no, but do I like them and think that I need more? Yes, yes I do. 

            Overall, I mean, I like the box; I don’t love the box. I saw some comments online to that same tone and I can agree with them now. Fabfitfun is one of the OG boxes like this and I have loved every other one I have received so it’s not a make or break sort of thing. Some of the lack of product diversity is my fault but it was just really skin and body care heavy this time around. 

            Well that’s it for me and I will see everyone mid-week with another post. 

            Do you subscribe, did you get anything in this box that you can’t live without? Let me know down in the comments. 

            Until next time, 

            -MJ 

August ipsy Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

I should stop missing a full week when it comes to posting because I have been promising myself since January but it’s been one of those years.

            I got my Glam Bag Plus a few days ago and I have been sitting on writing this post since then, I loved my box this month though so let’s dive right in. 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer in Fair

            I was a little skeptical about anything that is “foundation” or in this case a tinted moisturizer because the shade I use is usually the lightest most brands make because I have really fair skin. I also have found that I need a cool or neutral undertone because I have more of a red undertone. This shade is not a bad match; I have had worse but it is a little too yellow undertone for me but because it is a tinted moisturizer it can be used more sparingly unlike a full coverage foundation.

Tarte Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette

            I wanted this palette so bag when it came out and I never bought it so having this come in my glam bag was really great. It is going to replace my To-Go palettes because it is a nice small neutral palette and like most of Tarte’s palettes it smells great and I cannot describe why or what it smells like. Tarte has some of my favorite palettes even though I don’t have many but the Tartest Pro palette is one of my all-time favorites. 

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Show Me Magic Eye Brush Set

            Okay, these brushes look like crystals on the bottom and I love them so much, I don’t need more brushes really but I love brushes. This set is made up of various eye brushes so that’s really nice and they are so interesting looking that I can’t resist them. They are super soft and I have another F.A.R.A.H brush that I got in a glam bag last year and I really like that one so I can’t imagine that these will be any different. 

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask

            I got this product in my Winter FabfitFun box and I love it, I have used it a few times now and my skin loves it. I put it on right before bed and leave it on all night. You should only use it once or twice a week according to the packaging so it is not and every night moisturizer. If you want to read more about my feelings about this product click the link above in the paragraph for my initial opinions. 

Pūrlisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

            I got three different kinds of moisturizers in this box but I am not upset about it, Pūrlisse is a brand I only know for skin care and I have so far liked the skin care products I have tried from this brand. I don’t want to rip open the foil seal to actually smell it but I Googled what it should smell like and it came up with “fruity” so I guess we will see when I actually open it. I really hope it doesn’t have a strong smell because I don’t like strong smells in skin care. 

            The box overall was great and I love having the ability to try out new things and also get these items at a really steep discount. If you want to read about the other Glam Bag plus boxes I have gotten since May, you can! Just click on the month: May, June, and July

            I will see everyone on Saturday! 

            -MJ

What was in My July 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

I have been super MIA for the whole beginning of July and for that I apologize, I am in the process of moving, as in from when this post goes up, like 72 hours. It’s not like I’m moving cities or states, I am only moving a few miles away from where I currently live but it’s still been an eventful process that has had me up in the air for the last month or so. 

            I am going to say one thing before I get into it, I am writing this post Saturday night at like 9 PM listening to the Pop Punk Powerhouses playlist on Spotify, currently Fall Out Boy and I am living my middle and high school musical memories right now and living for it. Nothing else about middle or high school was that great but that music shaped me to the person that I am today and I just needed to comment on that before moving into what is usually a really happy and positive post. If you like what we considered to be “mid-2000’s emo and punk music” I highly recommend giving it a listen. 

            Now I was looking forward to getting this bag as I always do and I was not disappointed, as I am writing this ispy is down in Miami and I am getting travel envy from their Instagram story. 

            Onto to the bag and the products though because I want to actually write my thoughts and not paragraph upon paragraph about nothing at all. 

            The bag:

            Okay I love this bag; my mom thinks that getting a new makeup bag every month is ridiculous but in moving let me tell you something they are great to have around for all sorts of things! I organized my whole makeup and beauty collections into my past glam bags and I have never been able to do something like that before. This bag though is super cute I love the monstera leaves and the palm fronds on it with that beautiful I want to call it salmon background and bag lining. I love that aesthetic of big tropical leaves and this bag does not disappoint but their bags usually don’t disappoint. 

            The Products: 

            Again I am always thankful for the little insert and the one good thing that Birchbox did was give you a price for a full sized product right on the insert but different companies do different things. 

            Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon:

            This stuff smells amazing! I am not kidding I opened it and gave it a good sniff and I fell in love, I used to use hemp based lotion when I was in high school and into college because it was a bit of minor rebellion to have a marijuana leaf on something that I owned. I know from past experiences that hemp lotions (that I have tried) are usually really moisturizing and they leave your skin feeling really soft. I am so looking forward to throwing this in my purse (with the other six lotions I have in there, oops) and use it on the go.

            Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara:

            No joke this is one of my favorite mascaras, I even included it in a blog post on my favorite mascaras but I have never had a trial or travel size of it and my last tube sadly has found its way to the trash because it was getting dangerously old. So seeing this in my box made me smile because I have a new one to play with. I am going to tell the story of how I found this product in the first place, in probably late 2015 or early 2016 I was watching a British beauty influencer who I used to watch all the time and she recommended it and because I am easily influenced I went out and purchased it even with the price tag associated with it and let me tell you, I have never looked back. 

Mídflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask (set of 2): 

            I have been using more and more face masks this year because I have been putting one on and listening to a guided meditation. I find it to be really relaxing to do that because it’s just a 20-minute self-care break from life when the rest is complete chaos. Hyaluronic Acid is (or has been) becoming a big thing and I have seen more and more masks advertising this ingredient. The card says this is a biodegradable mask and I am so excited! I try my best to cut down on my trash and knowing that this product will naturally break down makes me feel a little better about using it, the packaging however is not so it is a double edged sword. 

Phase Zero Make Up Blusher in Cotton Candy:

            Love the packaging and the color of the blush, it is really pinky and that is right up my street. I love the compact because there is a mirror in the product and usually on small products you don’t actually get a mirror so this is a great one to take in your handbag for touch ups during the day or to check and make sure that your makeup is still holding strong. Blush is probably the thing I have least of, that and bronzer because those are newer things that I have been adding into my beauty routine when I go full glam which is not very often. I am looking forward however to actually giving this product a good test out. 

The Balm Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ooh La La:

            I don’t think I will ever get over The Balm’s packaging, it is always so creative and consistent across all of their products and launches and I just think that it allows for people to focus on the product more than the packaging it comes in because I am a sucker for packaging but there are plenty of brands who when they release a collection do very different style and themes. The Balm keeps that same consistent thematic overtone so you can always recognize a product from their brand. I love the matte brown shade; it is a great neutral for the outer corner or crease of your eyelid or sweeping it below the lash line to give your eyes a more dramatic effect. 

            Over all I loved my Glam Bag this month! Come back mid-week for my Glam Bag Plus and my saga with the post office over it. If you want to read how I felt about the rest of the bags this year you can go and read those posts, January, February, March, April, May, and June. One of these days I will make it so you can click on one and get all of my past posts, I am working on it.

            I will see everyone on Wednesday (which is my move day) with another post, I hope everyone has a great beginning of the week!

            Do you subscribe, if you do what’s your favorite product this month? 

            -MJ

What was in My May 2019 ipsy Glam Bag?

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

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

            The Bag:         

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

            The Products: 

            BelláPierre Cosmetics Translucent Finishing Powder: 

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

            Pixi by Petra H2O Skindrink: 

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

            Naked Cosmetics Loose Pigment in Naturally Nude #02: 

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

            Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha:

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

            Preventive Measures 101 After Hours Hemp Infused Lip Balm: 

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

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

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

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

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

-MJ 

May Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

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

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

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

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

            Yensa: Tone Up Primer Essential Glow: 

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

            Glam Glow Bubblesheet Sheet Masks (3):

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

            Kandee Johnson x pūrlisse Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butter: 

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

            Wander Beauty Wandress Seascape Eyeshadow Palette: 

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

            Illamasqua Lip crayons in Media and Lust:

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

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

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

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

            -MJ 

Marvel Collector Corps Marvel Studios The First 10 Years Unboxing

First and foremost because this is a Marvel post, RIP Stan Lee, thank you for bringing so many influential characters into my life that have shaped me since I was a child. You will be missed by so many but your influence will live on with every fan whose heart you touched with a character, a comic book strip, or a delightful cameo in a film that made everyone wonder “when is Stan Lee coming in?” The first film without one of your cameos will be difficult, thank you for everything. 

            Per usual, all of these views are mine and I’m not holding back on this one. This is no shade to Funko or their very creative staff who create some of the coolest and most fun collectables that I own. I am talking very much about the quality of the box as well as the confusion I am feeling for the execution of the theme within this box. 

            This post is going to be super long so grab some popcorn or a snack and dig into this with me.

Now onto the box itself, I feel like I have no words for how I feel about this box. I had to stop and write my thoughts down on how disappointed I am with this box. I was so hopeful that after the Venom box being so much better than the Deadpool box that the Marvel Studios 10 Year box would be super cool because 10 years is a big deal for a lot of fans. I expected a nice spread that was representative of the first 10 years, 20 movies, and countless characters that have changed the lives of so many people both from the comics as well as the feature films. The box contained four items, I am going to say this right here right now, I miss the pin, patch, and comic book; I know that I have said that before but I feel like I need to say it again louder for the people in the back. It took some of the magic of the box away when they got rid of so much of what made the box so cool to get every other month. 

The emotion I am tying to this box is confusion, there are no other emotions that I can tether to this in this moment beyond utter confusion as to the choices and the items within the box itself. I feel like I need to do a show and tell with the items before I actually explain why I am so confused with the whole thing.

The box was pretty standard but it came inside an Amazon box, granted I am going to use the outer box again but I thought it was kind of pointless to ship a box in a box when in the past it has never come in a second box; unless they had a rash of thefts with other boxes, if that is the case then it is understandable but then why put a Collector Corps box on the inside, just ship it in an Amazon box and put a card in it that explains things and some themed tissue paper.

The contents of the box were underwhelming, I even texted a picture to my mom and she said she was unimpressed and she used to think these boxes were really neat, they aren’t neat anymore. 

The first item I pulled out of the box was a Hulk Pez dispenser, the Hulk was from Thor: Ragnarok and I was confused as to why they chose something from Thor: Ragnarok and not a more recognizable Hulk from any of the other films that The Hulk has been featured in like one from one of the Avengers films? I just found it odd that using the Hulk with the battle helmet was their choice, it is also gold. It makes the character not less recognizable but less detailed than it would have been with the traditional coloring of the Hulk.

The next item was a movie moment which is a pretty new series from Funko and the movie moment was the fight between Whiplash and Tony Stark (Iron Man) in Monaco on the race track from Iron Man 2. It’s pretty cool and it was the highlight of the box. I am again confused why that was the movie moment that was chosen to be featured, I can think of many others that would encompass the first ten years of Marvel Studios better than this one. I was one of the few people I know who actually like Iron Man 2 but it is my least favorite Iron Man solo film, I would go even so far as to say that it is my least favorite movie with Iron Man in it. Like I said highlight of the box, it was the only thing that wasn’t gold. I would have liked to have seen a movie moment from one of the ensemble films because I feel personally that would have been more representative of the magnitude of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to the impact of the first 10 years of Marvel Studios. 

I feel like there was a very King Midas moment with this box, everything but one thing was gold. Like I said with the Hulk Pez, it makes them much less detailed. The last two items in the box were two pint Sized Heroes in Thanos and Thor from Thor: Ragnarok. I am going to start with Thanos because I need a moment before I go into it about the tiny Thor.

 I understand why Thanos made it into the box, he was the foreshadowed ultimate villain, the final boss if you will for much of the first 10 years but again, he’s gold. I can understand one gold item but not three, on the card in the box it said gold was chosen to represent the magnitude and the weight of the first ten years so one item, sure, but not three. Give me something that I can’t go and buy in a store and spray paint myself. Give me something that actually has some weight to it. Thanos is cute, Thanos should not be cute.

Now on to tiny Thor, again this is from Thor: Ragnarok so half of the items in this box were from one movie. One movie, let that sink in; out of 20 movies in the Cinematic Universe they chose two items from one film, a film that came out last year. When I first saw it on the card insert I thought it as Mordo from Doctor Strange which confused me even more but seeing that it is Thor on the packaging I was a little less confused; just a little. It’s gold, I didn’t know who it was until I looked at the packaging because when you make something all one color it makes it harder to know what it is on a figure that is small and not as detailed as a regular Pop! Figure. 

Now onto the fun part (not really more of the review of the tape after a losing game), my full and honest review and why I am cancelling my subscription. This box was in a word disappointing; I have no other adjective to describe it. Maybe in a few days I will but at the moment I was just incredibly disappointed in the quality of this box and the lack of quality in the last two out of three boxes that I have received. I want to break this down into a few categories as I go through this, the content, the reasons I am unsubscribing, and everything else.

      The Contents:

            This box was supposed to be a representation of the first ten years of Marvel Studios, it was supposed to encompass 20 films, it encompassed two and a general character. I was shocked to see nothing from Guardians which is a major part of the Cinematic Universe, I was really shocked to not see anything that was Captain America themed, that is one character who is a huge part of the franchise, he was the “First Avenger” after all and it was just so odd to not see anything in this box that featured him. There were so many characters that could have made appearances in this box and they didn’t, pick a villain that people love to hate, Ultron, Ulysses Claue, The Mandarin, Loki, (don’t come after me, I like Loki but in the beginning he went from misunderstood to trying to rule Earth, redemption was great but come on.) Red Skull, heck Ego. Give me the heroes that we all love, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, The Falcon, War Machine, and so many others that are huge parts of our popular culture.

There were only four items in the box where when it was under the Funko umbrella it was usually more and the quality of the items and the theme was more cohesive. They could have picked a different movie moment it would have had more impact if it would have been from a more popular Marvel film or a more memorable moment, it was not groundbreaking to me. I want to know how they chose this moment out of thousands that were more impacting on the franchise. Heck Black Widow flipping Happy Hogan would have been more memorable, or Rhodey and Tony in the botanical garden after the Hammer expo and that is two in that film alone, I mean if it was possible doing the moment of Tony sitting in the donut with Fury and Black Widow looking on would have been cool too, or even Coulson telling Tony if he left he would tazer him and sit and watch Super Nannyand all of those moments are from Iron Man 2, Tony next to the car holding the door after Whiplash took it off, that would have been cool too. I understand that they have to keep it on the simpler side because it is so much work that is put into even creating one of these let alone many but in my opinion this was not really a good representation of the magnitude of the first 10 years. 

Everything else was gold, I am not going to get into that again, I already did that above, but I would have preferred to see my favorite characters looking like themselves instead of spray painted. Also with the pint Sized Heroes, I think it would have been cool to have a certain number that were gold and then that would have made it super special for some people. 

            On the card in the box it said they chose three distinctive Funko styles, movie moments came out either earlier this year or last year, the Pez is something that I don’t personally collect and I don’t know many people who do, Pint Sized Heroes are cute but they were underwhelming. Putting a Pop! Figure in here, putting in a keychain, putting in a tee-shirt or a wearable, putting in something from the homeware collection, putting in a plush, or putting in something that you can use like stationary. They had so many options and one I get, two not so much. 

      Reasons I am Unsubscribing: 

            In the last three boxes since Amazon took over the subscription service two have been confusing and underwhelming, they have not upheld the quality and the content that I came to expect when it was under the Funko umbrella. The Venom box was pretty cool, there was a variety of things in that box that made me think that maybe they were getting their feet under them, that they were listening to the feedback from people from the comments on their website. Then this box came out and it was just them throwing some stuff in a box and shipping it out, that’s how it feels; disjointed. If you have a theme I love themes but for the collector these boxes are fine, they are not great, they are not groundbreaking and you can disagree with me, I have no issue with that. I didn’t like it, I gave it two chances and now I am just sitting here disappointed that it wasn’t all that I hoped it would be. Before you come after me read the other two reviews, they will be linked somewhere in this post, go on Amazon and read some of the reviews for the Deadpool box like I did after I got it. I can imagine that there will be some reviews for this one as well. It seems that the first two boxes focused on one character one they did really well one they did poorly, I gave them the benefit of the doubt after the Deadpool box that it would get better; it was the first box, they are still figuring it out. I can’t do that anymore, I can’t wait and hope that the next box in January will be better, I can’t justify spending money on these when I am going to like one or two items in it. It is not worth the price tag if that is the case. 

            There is just too much missing from the original Funko boxes that I loved so much, I loved getting them in the mail and unboxing them; it was so much fun to see all of the collectables that I couldn’t get anywhere else. It didn’t feel like I was forcing myself to like them then, now I feel as if I am lying to myself trying to give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe in six months I might try again and see if the quality has improved and maybe at that time I will resubscribe. This isn’t the first box I have unsubscribed from because it was no longer something that brought me joy or there were more items that I didn’t really like opposed to the items that I absolutely loved. So for now I am going to say goodbye to a box that I have subscribed to since February 2016, that may not be a long time in the grand scheme of things but it became a part of my life, my routine, and added some really cool things to my collection. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend, someone who used to bring you joy and has slowly changed to a point where you two no longer see eye to eye. I know that is a really heavy metaphor for just unsubscribing to a box but that’s about the thin and thick of it, I don’t want to spend money to be disappointed in this box anymore. I miss when it was still a Funko held box, when it was coming directly from them because the moment it stopped coming from them it was like the other side of the coin and it went from a nice shiny quarter to play money. 

            Okay, that’s it for me, a lot of things and if you have a different opinion; you know what, that’s super cool. If you subscribe are you loved the box I am happy for you, it just maybe isn’t for me anymore. If you do subscribe what are your thoughts? 

Have a good week and see y’all Saturday! (That’s right I am actually going to try and keep to my intended blog schedule for the first time in months!) 


-MJ