What was in My October 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well, we are like half way through October which means that the year is starting to draw to a close which is absolutely crazy. The last 18 or so months since we have been in the pandemic haven’t felt real, like not real at all and now here we are in month 19 or something and it’s still a thing. 

            Both my Glam Bag and my Glam Bag Plus showed up in my mailbox the same day so that means that I will be writing these posts back-to-back. I am currently, as I write this, sitting at work waiting for the end of the day. I am very much ready for the end of the day. I did enjoy my GB this month, pretty much as much as I usually do. 

            Who doesn’t love spooky season? The theme this month for sure leaned into that idea I love spooky season and I plan on just watching a bunch of Halloween movies this weekend to catch up on the fact that I have almost two dozen to watch. None of them are scary because I don’t do scary movies, I don’t enjoy being scared. I went through a haunted corn maze as a kid and still have emotional scars from it. Like one of the high schoolers doing it pretending to be a dead football player had to take his helmet off and show us that he was really just a person in a mask. I love spooky season, but I hate being spooked. 

            So, let’s start with the bag, I love the design on it, the vampire lips, it’s so much fun. My one problem with it is that I wish that they were outlined in white, they just don’t stick out as much as I would like because it’s black lips on a black background and that makes them kind of hard to see. I still love the bag and I love the witchy aesthetic that comes with it. 

            On to what I actually got: the products.  

F.A.R.A.H. Short Shading Brush 45 E Rose Gold: 

            I have a lot of FARAH brushes and they are a good solid brush. I cannot complain about them and who doesn’t need a good short bristle shading brush. I also love rose gold, that is not even close to being a secret. I am not a huge fan of yellow gold (even though my computer is now gold) but I love a good rose gold moment. It’s a brush though and they work well so I don’t have much more to say about it. 

Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Yass: 

            The name is a lot of fun, that’s always a plus in my book. I like the shade and it looks like a good fall shade for the maybe three days a year that I actually wear lipstick. I love lipstick but wearing it to work is another story. I work with little kids and they are the first ones to point out that “Miss. Steele, your face looks funny!” and I really would like to avoid having a bunch of middle elementary grade kids all telling me that my face looks funny. Because no one can build you up and tear you down faster than a kid. 

Sur.Medic + Perfection 100 All in One Facial Eye Cream: 

            I have a few other products from Sur.Medic and they have all been pretty great. I cannot complain about them one little bit. I love a good eye cream even though I don’t use them as much as I should. I get good at putting it on and then I forget for a week and that is just a cycle that comes with my life. I am currently using a Purlisse eye cream and love it so I am looking forward to giving another one a try. 

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream:

            They gave me the option for Tatcha so of course I chose it because I love Tatcha. Their Water Cream is like the best moisturizer that I have ever used. I love all sorts of moisturizers, but Tatcha is amazing. I have been meaning to try this in general for a few years now so when given the option, of course I took it. I do hope that someday ISPY gets full sized Tatcha products because that would be amazing. 

Theorie Charcoal Bamboo Detoxifying Body Scrub: 

            I don’t do body scrubs all that often, I should do them more to get the dead skin off but I just don’t. I like Theorie though and it’s been a while since I have had anything from this brand so I am excited to give it a try here soon. I like Charcoal in some beauty products and the word “detoxifying” is one of my favorites. 

            Over all, I love the theme for October of being “Pretty Wicked”, I love spooky month in general so having a fun theme to go along with never makes me mad. I feel like I don’t really have much else to say about it besides I am looking forward to also diving into my GB+ this month which will be out one week from today and that means that Halloween is just a few short days away by the time that that post comes out.

            I am excited to see what the theme and bag will look like for November and in a few days, after this post comes out, I guess I will get to find out. Their theming this year has been kind of amazing and I cannot complain about that, some of my favorite bags have come out since January this year. The one from May was really cool, as was the one from September, and the one from April was really neat too. I might down the road just do a favorite Glam Bag’s post, but who knows. 

If you want to see what else I have gotten this year, you totally can! January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

            Well, I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I will be back on Sunday with another post! Until then though, I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy! 

            -MJ 

What Was in My April 2021 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Happy almost May everyone, I cannot believe that we are getting this close to May, after the 2020 that we had it feels like 2021 is just flying by. Also it is April 20th and it snowed in Arkansas today, yea that feels bonkers to me, but here we are.

            I got this in the mail several days ago but I just haven’t been writing as many posts ahead of time as I usually do, (it’s not a good choice but that is where we are at the moment, no matter how rushed and stressed it makes me feel.) so I am writing this on Tuesday night and posting it because that is my life. 

            I got my March bag as well so I will be sharing that here soon, I promise. This post probably will be pretty short because that’s what I am capable of tonight.

            As always the opinions in this post are mine, they always are but I feel like I need to say that and I don’t say it enough. 

The Bag:

            It is more of a canvas and I love the pattern, it’s probably in my top ten favorite overall patterns that I have ever gotten and I really want to find a use for this because I want to carry it with me everywhere. 

The Products: 

Pacifica Beauty Wild Hemp Eyeshadows: 

            I really like Pacifica when it comes to skin care, I used to use their makeup wipes all the time. I use a Makeup Eraser now but I have used them for travelling over the years. This is a great tiny travel palette because it is five shades and two of them are matte so it is a really good on the go type of palette and I always need one of those to go with me when I don’t want to take a full pan palette with me. They are all really pretty warm neutral shades and I am super jazzed about it. 

Pür Mini Fully Charged Mascara: 

            Pür is a brand that I really like as a whole and I had to throw away a tube of mascara yesterday because it was getting to the expiry point. (my right eye is really sensitive to everything and I wasn’t sure if it was the air in the building I work in or the mascara and I think it was a combination of both) So I am always in the market for a new mascara. My one thing about mascara is that I never know what to say about it beyond the fact that it’s great and makes my eye lashes look good when I don’t straight up sneeze while I am applying it. 

Saint Luxe Highlighter in Celestial:

            I think if you have been hanging around my blog for a while you know how much I love highlighters, if you haven’t welcome in, I love highlighters. I like the shade though, it’s a nice shade, a little coppery, it’s a little dark for my skin tone though if you really blend it out, it looks amazing. I think this would be more of a summer shade for me when I have even a slight tan. It is really nice though and I plan on adding this to my summer routine as we get toward that time of the year.

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum:

            I love Sunday Riley, that’s not a secret either. I wish I could get The Martian toner again because I loved that and now I can’t seem to find it. I would buy full sizes of the products but they are so expensive. I know I am paying for the quality but it’s just a little steep. Seriously, I got the eye cream last year, used it all and was thinking about buying it but it was like $65 dollars and I just couldn’t justify that when I get an IPSY Glam Bag Plus every month and they seem to just be sending me skin care. I am really excited to give this one a try because it’s Sunday Riley and they have such amazing products. 

Tatcha The Water Cream:

            I chose this one and I have chosen it in the past because I love it so much, this is one of those products were I keep saying that I am going to get a full size of it, it’s also really expensive but totally worth it because it’s amazing. This is probably one of my favorite IPSY samples ever, hence why I picked it again. If you want a good hydrating moisturizer, I would 110% suggest this one. I have combination skin but it does get oily and this is moisturizing without making my skin feel more oily and that is the best! If you want a holy grail item for me, Tatcha’s Water Cream is for sure one of them. 

            I loved my bag this month, it hit all the marks for me; which sometimes doesn’t happen, but this month it for sure did. I really liked every product I received in this bag and I am looking forward to next month. 

            I don’t really have much else to say about this one because I have nothing to complain about, it was a great bag and if you want to read my other bags this year, you can check those out: January, February, and March (when it gets published over the weekend).

            I hope everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

Until next time, 

            -MJ 

Updated Skin Care Routine 2020

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So last year I wrote a blog that talked about my skincare routine and a lot has changed since then and I mean a lot. I have been using different products and my current routine even with my recent add-ins has actually been really clear and my break outs are down so much. Usually that is my main concern and so that is the thing that I really monitor when I change anything in my skin care routine.

            There are no products that have carried over from my last routine from last year. That’s actually really crazy for me because I have had such a turnover of products and that means that I wasn’t a huge fan of them in the first place. I do also feel like my skin care routine is cyclical and so a lot of things change until I can find something that really works. As someone who used the same products for years and then branched out I guess I’m just trying to find that combination that really and truly works 

            My routines for morning and night are pretty much the same except for the lotion I use at night but other than that most everything is the same so let’s run through it. 

            Face Wash: I am currently using Tula Probiotic Skincare Purifying Face Cleanser and I actually really like it, it’s a rather thick cleanser but it does work and I really like it. Before that I was using the Paris Hilton Beauty face wash and that was actually pretty good too. I have been finding some pretty good facial cleansers after I finished off the Peter Thomas Roth cleanser late last year. The Tula cleanser smells like skin care should smell, I have no way else to describe it.

            Toner: This is really new, like I have only used it a handful of times and it has amazed me so far. I am currently using the Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner. It is a calming formula and it hasn’t been really adverse to my skin so I was really excited to even have a product that is kind of like that. I got this so recently, actually in my April ipsy Glam Bag Plus (spoiler alert that post comes out next week) but I have been using it since then. 

            Serum: I have been using The Better Skin Co, Epik C Serum, I got that in my spring fabfitfun box this year and I have been using it since. It is a pretty thick serum and it is probably the best I have tried so far and I am a huge fan of it. I have tried other serums and I have liked them but they broke me out more than I would like.

            Eye Cream: Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, this is just a sample size but I actually would purchase the full size of this product, my only issue with samples is they are just too small to actually get a good wear test out of them. However after my Mary Kay one went from being great to leaking out of the bottle like crazy. 

            Facial Moisturizer: 

            Day: Tatcha The Water Cream, this was for sure a sample as well and I got it last month and I have been using it since and I would consider buying a full sized version of this as well even though it is really expensive but so far it is completely worth it to spend money on good skin care. 

            Night: Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial, I have been using this for a while and I really like it and it smells amazing; this is another product that I would purchase again. I went through a lot of moisturizers that just made my skin retain its redness but with all of the changes in my routine I’m not as red as I used to be.

            Masks: I use Ahava’s Hydration Cream Mask about once a week or so and I leave it on all night instead of washing it off after a few minutes. I love it.

            I also still use sheet masks about once a week so I can get some extra skin care time in. 

            Overall there has been a bunch of changes and it’s a really great feeling to know that my new combination of skin care products is actually working for my skin and keeping all of my problems at bay. 

            I’ll see you all in another few days with another post, stay happy stay healthy.

            -MJ

What was in my March 2020 ipsy Glam Bag

Hey Hey, it’s MJ, 

            So welcome to April, I wrote this post at the latter end of March but let’s be real I didn’t have the energy to post it so there is going to be a lot of catch up in April for March and that’s okay because we are living in a pretty uncertain time. I have been dealing with a lot so I took all of February off (February kicked me in the stomach a couple times) so I took it off completely and I regret it but when you don’t feel like writing anything and you can’t string two words together it gets hard to write blog posts. So here I am trying to get something written, it probably won’t be my best but I’m working on it. 

            Alright so of course my first post, post hiatus is my ipsy Glam Bag this month, this month because it was the 100thGlam Bag we got an extra sample which is really cool and congratulations to ipsy for making it 100 months. 

            First of all, the bag is super cute I love the color scheme and the studded detail. It’s bright and springy and right now that’s something that I feel like we need. 

            On to the products,

            Ofra Cosmetics Bronzer in Americano

                        I am still pretty new to bronzer and I don’t wear it too often but this is actually a really good shade to match my skin tone. It does have a shimmer to it so it is better for summer than winter. It would also make a great eyeshadow color. (which is suggested on the card) 

            Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Pro Precision Tapered Brush

                        I have so many brushes now and I really like that but I need a bigger brush holder. It’s a really feathery brush which is great for powders but it’s a little too feathery for me and my normal routine. 

            Wander Beauty Eyeshadow in Bouquet

                        This is a beautiful and pigmented shade, I like all of Wander’s products that I have gotten to try. I did swatch this and I agree with the card where it says to put it on with your finger instead of a brush. This is one of those shades that’s good for day and night wear depending on whatever else you put with it. 

            Hanalei Company Kukui Lip Balm in Island Mint

                        Who doesn’t need more chapsticks and maybe I will actually get through one in my life time instead of having a half dozen of them spread out through their house but I am one of those people where I randomly find lip balms all over. I can read and understand almost all of the ingredients. I am not going to open this one up but I love a Hawaiian brand.

            Tatcha The Water Cream

                        I chose this one because I have heard so many good things about Tatcha and their creams so I had to try this one when I saw it as a choice. My skin is congestion prone and I have been told this is a pretty good cream for that. It’s one of those creams that everyone talks about but is really expensive so getting a sample of it helps make more informed decisions when it comes to purchasing a full sized product.

            Shaina B. Miami Highlight in Guava Glow

                        It’s a really pretty color and I love the flamingo’s pressed into the pan. I love cute pan pressings. It’s a really pretty shade and the pigmentation for a highlight/ multipurpose powder is pretty good. 

            So it’s a little bare bones, I’m getting back into the swing of things and it will take some time. When you’ve been in a creative slump it happens like that and with the quarantine it makes life just a little bit more lonely. I will see you all in a few days with another post and I am going to try really hard to keep to a good schedule in the coming weeks and months but I cannot make any promises to that fact. 

            Have the best week you can! 

            -MJ