April 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well, well, well, here we are almost at the end of April and that’s so hard to believe, I am going to preface this post with some stuff. April is birthday month my birthday is on a certain day this month that makes a lot of people want junk food. So here we are and there are fer things in this bag that have that vibe, those were the choices I was given and here we are. 

            So, my bag got here a few days ago and I have been putting off writing this post and my regular Glam Bag posts because I have been trying to write a bunch of other stuff and my blog posts kind of get shoved for my books, they take priority so here we are. I am writing this alone in my apartment on a Saturday night because I don’t have much of a social life and that is 100% my choice. 

            I liked the bag though so let’s get right on into it. 

The Bag: 

            It’s super cute with daisies on it, who doesn’t love daisies and it feels like it’s made out of a water-resistant material, that’s what it feels like, I don’t know if it is or not. It’s a really cute bag though and I like the texture; it’s very spring all around.

The Products: 

F.A.R.A.H 4pc Complete Face Set:

            Leaning into the flower power theme is this brush set. I have a few sets of F.A.R.A.H brushes and they are all amazing, I like the handles on these ones, not just because of the daisy design but because they are a solid thing to hold onto, I have some brushes where the handle is what makes it hard to use, these are for sure not going to fall into that category. The brushes themselves are soft and well-made and they all came in netting so the bristles weren’t everywhere which was really a great choice on their part. 

Kimchi Chic Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set & Bake Setting Powder in 03 Translucent:

            Now that is a long name. Here is where I started to see a theme with the products this month. I love a good setting spray and the packaging on this one was amazing. The powder puff is nice and the holes in the powder itself is in the shape of a heart and that is super cute. I feel like I should have more to say about this one, but I can’t really pass much judgement until I actually give it a try, it’s super cute though and I am excited for it. 

Kopari Beauty CBD Recovery Balm:

            I picked this I think and that was because it’s a recovery balm. My shoulders hurt all the time and I need something to try and dull that pain away so I am so for trying this one out. I think that CBD has a lot of benefits. I need an anti-inflammatory and that’s about all it is. I just need something to bring the pain down a little bit because I carry all of my stress in my shoulders and my left foot so I am just trying to find something that will help. I for sure will not be able to use this and then go to work, people will think I am smoking something. Like I don’t know if I am placeboing it but it made my neck feel better. 

High High Expectations Cannabis Facial Oil:

            I didn’t know that this was a thing to be honest, I usually stray away from things like this, again, birthday, sense the theme here. I can for sure say that this one does not smell like it is the thing that it is, which is super cool. I am all for using products that help, I don’t know much about a lot of them but here we are. 

Lilly Lashes Level Up Lash Enhancing Serum:

            I love the packaging, it’s super cool to be completely honest and I love cool packaging, it should shock no one. I have pretty good natural lashes but after years and years of mascara they are not as nice as they used to be so I am hoping that maybe this will help a little bit, who knows. I have never used a lash serum so we are going to try it out and see how it is.

            Well, there you have it, sense the theme that I somehow got with this bag. It’s a really good bag over all and I am excited to see the choices for next month because I have no idea what they are going to be. I’ll find out eventually. 

            If you want to see what else I have gotten this year; you totally can, January, February, and March.

            I will be back later in the week with a new post so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy!
 

            -MJ

March 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Well, here we are with another post because I let March absolutely get away from me with no remorse at all. I feel like we are still at the beginning of March, it is for sure not, I am writing this on April First, AKA April Fool’s Day and I am trying not to get pranked by my class. 

            I don’t feel like I have much to say before I actually get into the meat of this post, I don’t really want to say much, I just want to get this written at this point. That’s not the kindest thing to say to a thing that I enjoy doing. I love blogging, it just bogs me down sometimes. Maybe it’s the content, maybe it’s the schedule; I really don’t know but somedays it’s just hard to write anything for this place that I like. 

The Bag:

            I like this one a lot better than the Glam Bag this month. I think it’s the all over patterning, I like all over patterning and this is just another example of IPSY doing a great job at that and the strings say “Power moves only” and this think this is the first time that the strings have had anything printed on them and that is super cool. I like the geometric pattern on this one as well, I know I am repeating that word a lot, but it’s true. Overall super cute bag that I cannot wait to find a reason to use. 

The Products: 

Freck Beauty Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer: 

            Who doesn’t love a product with a funny name? I mean I love catchy names when it comes to products. That is one reason why I love Sunday Riley so much, also their stuff is amazing. I have never heard of this brand, I don’t think anyway, it is entirely possible that I have seen it before while scrolling through the internet and I just don’t remember it. I love a good moisturizer and I am always excited to try and new one. Okay, I have heard of the brand, they made the freckle pen, that’s why it was familiar. It’s got some really good ingredients in it so I am excited to give it a try when I run out of the other moisturizers that I have waiting in my fridge for their time to shine. 

Seoulkleen Probiotics Balancing Cleanser: 

            It’s K beauty from what I can assume with their name, I went to their website and confirmed my suspicions. K Beauty is one of the very few things that I can say with almost 100% certainty that I won’t have a reaction to. I am so excited to try this one out because I just opened up my last cleanser, even though collecting these beauty boxes makes me feel like a hoarder sometimes, so I am excited to be able to give this one a try as well. Also, the buzzwords of vegan and cruelty free will always get me interested. 

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Marbleized Blush in Tropic Hues: 

            I chose this one, I am still trying to get into blush, it’s working slowly but surely and then I fall back into my normal routine of foundation and concealer and maybe, if I’m feeling it, a couple of coats of mascara. It’s a really nice shade and I will feel like I am in the mid-2000’s with a marble blush, don’t ask me why, but I will. It’s clean beauty which is also really nice and it’s baked for 24 hours apparently. My dumb self didn’t think they actually baked the blush, I feel kind of dumb now. Can’t wait to have a reason to use this one though because it truly is a beautiful shade. 

Karmela Cosmetics The Defiance Palette: 

            This is what I would wear if I was planning a heist, I think it’s the name to be completely honest. It’s a nice neutral shades palette that’s not as large as some of my other neutral shade palettes. I love a good neutral shade though, I have not swatched these yet so I don’t know how the pigmentation is or the powder factor, I have no idea at the moment. I am going to judge the product by its package for a moment and say that it looks cool and fun. People on the IPSY reviews page have mixed feelings about this one so I can only imagine that it’s a little polarizing when it comes to what people want in an eyeshadow. I have been watching someone on TikTok make eyeshadow palettes into watercolor paint and that is super cool! Not going to do that, but it’s just worth mentioning that the clock app has taken over my life. 

Chella Good Drama Mascara in Black: 

            It’s mascara, I feel like I want to talk more about it, but it’s mascara and to me most mascaras are about the same. I know that some of them promise to make your lashes as big as the moon, but there are some that are $50 and some that are $7 and they do the same thing. Also, you have to throw them away after a few months and so it’s just not worth it, right? It’s water resistant so getting this one off is going to be an adventure, not my first rodeo and I am willing to look like a raccoon for a few minutes, just hope it’s worth the trouble in the end. 

            Well, there you all have it. My IPSY Glam Bag Plus from March, I am a little behind and I am in the middle of what I am calling “catch up post-mageddon” I just need to get things posted so I am not pulling out my own hair trying to move things around throughout the month when I can just have a few days where I post every day because it’s my blog and why not? 

            If you want to see what I got in my January or February bags you totally can, just click on the month and you can go over there and read them.

            I will be back I think tomorrow with another post, so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy! 

            -MJ

What Was in My March 2022 IPSY Glam Bag?

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I have been putting off writing this post for weeks now. I didn’t mean to and I have a bunch of posts to post this week, there is going to be a solid week almost of posts so I can catch up for all the ones that I didn’t post in March, whoops my bad. 

            Honestly March got away from me which was a problem, I had so many plans for the month and then I didn’t get like any of them completed, it’s not great, but it happens. 

            So, let’s move on to the meat of this post, I liked my bag for the most part and I for sure liked the bag itself.

            I don’t think this post is going to be super long because my brain is tired and I don’t actually have the products in front of me as I write it, I have stashed them somewhere in my office and I am not going to go hunting for them, I do have work in the morning. 

The Bag: 

            Super cute and there were a few designs, two I think, I got this one, obviously. Power Moves, who doesn’t love that phrase, maybe not on a makeup bag but that’s cool too. I like the color scheme, but IPSY’s bags are usually super cool and well thought out pattern wise. 

The Products: 

Beauty Vaulte Bubbly Beverly Lip Set: 

            It’s a liquid lipstick and a lip liner, I love the shade and I am looking forward to giving it a try. I do not have a lot of lipliners so having another one is never a bad thing. I am so bad at using lipliner though, I am going to try my little heart out though and I am glad that I chose this one because it seems super fun and the shade is nice. 

First Aid Beauty Hydrating Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid: 

            I love First Aid Beauty, it’s one of those brands that I see all over the internet and like but never actually buy because it is on the more expensive side. I love a good eye cream as well so I am hoping that this one makes a good show at being what I need for my under eyes. 

Half Caked In Bloom Powder Blush in Soft Serve:

            I have had a few Half Caked products in the past and I liked them, the lipstick I got was not my shade so that went in the trash, this blush looks like a pretty good match for coming into spring and summer so that’s exciting. I don’t wear a lot of blush but I think for this one I can make an exception because it looks like a really nice shade. 

Refreshments Luscious Hand Cream in Coconut Colada: 

            This is IPSY’s brand and it’s already on my desk at work. I like how it feels but the scent is a little strong for me. It’s a nice hand cream though and I cannot complain about it because I am now using it daily. I like it, I just wish that the scent was a little more muted, it smells good but I feel like I am at a tiki bar every time I put it on my hands and that’s just a little weird for me.

Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Mask: 

            I thought that it was Emu and Apple but apparently the Emu Apple is a thing, I learned something new today. I like masks as much as anyone thought I have not been using them as much as I should, I really should be using them more because they have so many good things in them. I do prefer a leave on mask though, I don’t like to set timers and then rinse off the masks. It’s just not something that I personally enjoy. 

            Well, there you have it, my March Glam Bag, only a few weeks later. I liked the bag overall I feel like sometimes they are a bit hit and miss and I know that I shouldn’t feel that way because I am getting exposed to brands that I might not have seen otherwise, but it can be a little annoying to get a product that you can’t or won’t ever use even after saying that on the beauty quiz. 

            If you want to check out what else I’ve gotten this year, you totally can: January and February!

            I will be back really soon with another post, so until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ

Spring 2022 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            At the exact moment I am writing this I am sitting at my cousin’s house in Western Pennsylvania, we have been traveling on and off for days now. By the time this goes out I will have stopped in Ohio and I am in Indiana for a few days. My body does not like traveling but here we are. Now as I post this I have been home for almost a week and I wrote that almost two weeks ago, oops. 

            So, I got my fabfitfun box well over a week ago with the full intention to write this post a week ago, I didn’t though because my last week of school before spring break was a lot and I just needed some time off from trying to write blog posts. I wrote other things, but I didn’t work on my Bullet Journal or blog posts. 

            This box was fine, it wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst. Most of the items were nice and I really like there, there are a few though that are strange and fine, but not something I ever would have picked out for myself. They were surprise items, that is such a weird option and it wasn’t like there was a bundle this month, I am just a little confused about their choices and things. Also, the problem with the surprise items is they just show up in the list on the app as “surprise me” I don’t have all the packaging so if I want to know exactly where they are from or what they are I don’t have that information. 

            There is no particular order to this because I don’t remember all the choices or the products that I chose so I am just going to toll through it. 

L*Space Coastal Cooler:

            Chose this one, it is nice and I am excited to actually have a chance to use it because I needed a smaller cooler that I can take to the store with me. I got an email saying that my box might be delayed, it wasn’t but that might be because I bought an add-on. I love the color and how summery it looks; I am looking so forward to getting home and being able to take this to the store with me. 

Summer & Rose Celine Crossbody:

            This was my add-on, I couldn’t choose between this and the L*Space Cooler, I really like Summer & Rose, I have a few of their products at home and this crossbody is super cute. I like that it’s a flap cover instead of a zipper or open. It’s really cute and I cannot wait to have a reason to use it. It will make a good date night bag and let’s be real, I have a few really cute date night bags, I just don’t have a date. I love the metallic shade of this bag, the strap needs to straighten out and I like that it can be a clutch or a crossbody with the removable strap. 

Ban.do Stemless Wine Glasses: 

            I probably won’t use these as wine glasses, they are just glasses for me and I know that pretty well, they can come out if I have people over who drink. I think these are super cute as well and I think that I chose these as well. I honestly don’t remember at this point. I feel like I should, but it’s been a long time since I made the choices. They are cute and a confetti theme so I am excited to use them, just not for alcohol as I am not a person who makes the choice to drink wine, I drink so rarely I basically don’t drink at all. 

London Town Cuticle Cream:

            This was one of the surprise things, it’s fine. I don’t really used cuticle cream, I should but I don’t. I haven’t gotten a chance to try it, I will give it a chance when I get home, but that is not at this current moment. I understand the want and necessity of a cuticle cream. I spend a lot of time picking at my cuticles, it’s an anxiety thing, so maybe using this will help with that issue. 

Winky Lux Lip Oil:

            I think it’s called In The Stars, I am not 100% sure because I had to look it up on the Target website, I only brought pictures of the products with me, not the packaging or I wouldn’t be getting this post out until I got home and at this point I haven’t posted in like two weeks and that’s always a mess. I don’t really use lip oil, I use lip balm, lip stick and lip scrub, and sometimes even lip masks and lip gloss but lip oils I don’t use almost at all if ever. I cannot tell you the last time I used one. Maybe this one will be the one that gets me to change mt tune on that but I don’t know. I like the packaging and the gold flakes in the tube, but I didn’t get a chance to try it before I left home. 

MantraBand Cuff Bracelet:

            I love my Zox bracelets, and this to me feels very much like that, but fancier. The band says ‘she believed she could, so she did’ and I love that phrase. I have already tried it on and it fits which is a lot of fun. I cannot wait to wear this like everywhere I go because it means a lot to me as a phrase. I think I picked this one, I really do and I was so glad that I did. It’s slightly adjustable so I can bend it a little so it fits a little better, but I don’t want to bend it too much because that wears out the metal faster. 

Kate Spade Mini Square Earrings in Opal Glitter:

            I love Kate Spade, I really love Kate Spade, her designs were so classic but also really fun and I am in love with these earrings. They are a super fun color and I love opal as a gemstone. I also usually only wear one pair of earrings and they were like my second pair, so I have had them since my freshman or sophomore year of high school; they are small and have a ruby in the center, very understated. I need to diversify again, though I wear these because I never take them out. I have let my holes almost close enough times to know that I need to keep earrings in at all times or I will forget to put them in for six months and then I have to shove an earring through my ear and that doesn’t seem like it’s a really safe option. 

Hair Clips:

            I don’t have the packaging and again, this was an item that wasn’t shown to me in my box on the app. I don’t know what brand they are and I don’t feel great about that. I could scroll back through fff’s Instagram and try to find them but I think I would be searching for a while. I love them, I have been wearing the tortoise shell one for almost a week now on and off and it’s so comfortable and it keeps my hair where I want it to be kept. I have problems with clips more frequently than I would like to admit, but I really like these ones. 

            Overall, I liked my box, fff has been really hit or miss for about the last year and a half and like the rest of my posts I will say I am going to wait for the spoilers for the summer box to see if that is something that I want to get. I probably will because I like being loyal to companies. I liked most of the items in the box and I know that the pandemic has caused issues, I just feel like I used to get more bang for my buck with fff and they raised prices this year so who knows. 

            Well, I am sitting in my uncle’s house in Ohio finishing this post off in the dark because no one else is awake and it’s not like I can wander the house, I would alert my furry cousin and he likes to bark and whine, so I’m just quietly hanging out in a bedroom waiting for signs of life so I can get up.  Below is the furry cousin in question

            I am going to start writing Sunday’s post here at some point on our drive to Indiana today. By now we have driven something like 1,400 miles in 5 days. My spring break has not been very much of a break if we are being honest and that’s no one’s fault but mine because I said yes to coming on this trip during my break. Should have asked to postpone it until after school was over. Like the week back was conference week so I have been tired since March 17th, it’s April 1st.

            I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and I will be back later in it with a new post and until then I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ

February 2022 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ, 

            Well, here we are like most of the way through February and I am not sure how that actually happened. I got this package in my mailbox like a week and a half ago and then my life got busy. When this goes out, I am not even home, I post everything scheduled but I’ll actually be out with people. What?! MJ has a social life? No, well not really, maybe eventually I will. 

            I am just going to roll into this post though because I don’t know what my Sunday is actually going to look like because I am writing this on Wednesday and I still have two days of work and Saturday that separate me from that. 

            I hope everyone’s having a good week and had a pleasant Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate. 

The Bag: 

            It’s hearts and an exact opposite color way of the Glam Bag which will be the next post that comes out, I think. I don’t remember but I think so. I like the red hearts on the blush pink; it’s really cute. Not my favorite bag of all time, but still really cute. 

The Products: 

            I don’t remember which ones were chosen for me and which ones I chose and I didn’t get an email this month with a condensed look at my products. I also don’t think I rated products last month…oops. 

Byroe Fig Renewal Oil:

            I am still getting into facial oils and when I saw this, I thought it was perfume and I thought that was a fun new thing that ISPY was carrying. I was incorrect and it is a facial oil. I do not like how it smells, like it does not smell good and I know that good skin care shouldn’t be heavily perfumed but this one does not smell good. Also, with oils I prefer a dropper instead of shaking the product out of the bottle, it’s a little weird. Let’s hope the skin benefits outweigh both of those things. One more note, for the price point of this product at retail price, it’s really small.

Glamlite S’mores Highlight and Contour Palette: 

            I love the packaging and the idea. My one issue with it is that the bronzer contour shade is way too dark for me. I like the other two shades but Chocolate is so dark and I would look very odd with a tone that dark on my face. So this one kind of missed the mark for me just for that contour color as someone who is on the pale side. 

111Skin Cryo Pre-Activated Toning Cleanser:

            I picked this one, I looked on the website and it tells me what I picked which is really convenient. I love 111Skin it’s one of those brands that if I couldn’t get it in a subscription box, I wouldn’t buy it because it is just so expensive. I am really looking forward to giving this one a try because I am just about out of cleanser and I am all for a new one. 111Skin is just one of those brands that I really enjoy because it was developed by a doctor and usually those brands don’t break me out and that is all I want some days. 

Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster:

            I picked this one too because the choices were not that great and I have so many serums now. I think I am going to give this one to my mom so she can try out serums as well. I love the brightening benefits that this one claims, but I just have so many. The benefits of this one for sure sound more up my mom’s street than mine so I will probably pass this one on to her which I am totally cool with.

Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Mauve:

            I like the packaging and I am hoping that this one isn’t super glossy. I picked this one because it was the only one that I even considered wanting. I am wearing it at the moment because I do that with glosses when I get them to see how sticky they are to make sure that I want to even keep it. It’s a pretty sheer shade and I like that about it and it isn’t super sticky so that is really exciting for me because I used really sticky gloss in the 2000’s and I am still reeling from how much gloss I used as a pre-teen and a teenager because it was such a bigger thing then. 

            Well, there you have it. This was my February GB+ and it was pretty good. I still wish that ultra-personalization was different but I think I might be in the minority on that one. 

If you want to see what I got in January, you totally can, just click on the month!

            I don’t really have all that much to say and that’s totally okay at the moment because this post is just about what I got and how I feel about it, I don’t have to have a bunch of exposition. 

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until then, I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ 

December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’ MJ,

            This post was supposed to be like a week and a half ago but my box shipped on the 7th and then there was nothing until like the 23rd I think. So, I thought for a while there I was just going to have to email, for the second time this year, and tell them it was lost. 

            I get it, this is the worst time of the year for shipping, it’s painful. I know I ordered something in August expecting it in October but they were waiting on something for the box and it’s shipping at some point this week. Woo. 

            Let’s just roll right into it because I don’t really have much else to say. 

The Bag:

            I love the blush pink with the gold stars and accents, the gold drawstring is also really cool. This is for sure one of my favorite GB+ bags this year and I cannot wait to find a reason to use it. I will, y’all mark my words. 

The Products: 

            I actually took pictures of my choices; I don’t think I am going to post them but they feel really limited. I know it’s “ultra-personalization” but I wish they would send out a survey or something because I have some things that I would like to say and it’s very clear that none of them read my blog. All I’m really getting is skin care products and if that keeps up, I am going to cancel, it’s that simple. I can find another box that I want or I can save money too, it’s just becoming annoying. I love skin care and I can get some really good skincare cheap through IPSY, but I miss the variety of the boxes. 

Clarity RX Daily Dose Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum:

            I am drowning in serums, I am going to give a few to my mom because I love serum, but I have a lot of them and I need to get rid of some of them. Like this is expensive, super expensive actually so here we are. This is the season for a hydrating serum because it’s dry outside and cold, so I am looking forward to trying it out. 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer: 

            I love Kate Somerville; her moisturizer was some of my favorite this year. It’s so good and I am really looking forward to actually using this one. All of her products smell good, I cannot describe them, they just smell really good and they make my skin feel amazing. 

Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner Duo in Fuerte + Honest:

            That’s right, I chose liners, I don’t really wear liner, but with a more pencil feel maybe I’ll get back into liners. Also, one is black and the other is a bronze and I really want to give them a try. Look at me branching back out into makeup, look at me. Maybe 2022 will be the year I bring back liner in my routine.

111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster Serum: 

            I know there are two serums in this bag and I was complaining about serums, but 111Skin is amazing and I love it so much. It’s just one of those brands that you cannot pass up if given the chance. Their products are so good and I am using one of them right now and it’s doing some great things to my skin because I was using another moisturizer and it was drying my entire face out so much that I was peeling. So, I needed a refresh and 111Skin came to my rescue. 

Neogen Dermatology A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser: 

            I love Neogen, I got a sample size of their products last year or earlier this year and it was such a good little cleanser, so I am really excited to give this one a try because I am running out of cleanser. I like that the product is dermatologist tested which usually means that my skin doesn’t react to it and that is so exciting. It has a bunch of good cleansing agents in it so I am going to look forward to getting a chance soon to use this one. 

            Well, that’s my bag, very skin care heavy because that felt like all of the options I had, and that’s probably because I rate skin care well, because that’s all I get. It’s becoming a vicious cycle and it’s starting to get annoying. 

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

            I will be back later in the week with my last book post of the year, if you are into that it’s going to be a long one. So, until then I hope everyone has an amazing end to 2021 and I will see y’all in 2022, I hope that you stay safe, happy, and healthy.

            -MJ 

Winter 2021 fabfitfun Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            Normally my fff box doesn’t show up this early, but I ordered an add on and an extra so it showed up super early. This post doesn’t even come out for a few weeks after I am actually physically writing it, I am getting it done though because I need to. I am going to preface this entire post with: most of it was good, some of it was not so good. I feel like the boxes have been such a mixed bag and this one was for sure better than a few I have gotten this year, but one thing was a repeat from my summer box and that’s disappointing. 

            Like I said I bought an add-on this time and that was a new Makeup Eraser in Chill Blue because I love my Makeup Eraser so I figured having a backup that wasn’t the normal $20 was a good thing. I also had a $15 credit on this box so I didn’t feel too bad buying something or rather two somethings extra.

            The other thing that I got as an extra was another Unhide Marshmallow Blanket in Rose, I live underneath my one from last year when I am reading and it is so soft and I love it. I wanted one for my classroom so I could be warm while I’m hanging out at my desk and that was 95% the reason that I purchased another one. Like eventually I want to get one the big blankets but they are on the expensive side so I am just going to have to wait. 

            So, moving right along I am going to talk about what I got in my box but take a brief pause here to say one thing, I don’t really like that they don’t have all the options in the magazine anymore. I liked being able to check off the things that I got; I can see it in the app but that’s just not the same. I know that companies are always trying to change and innovate, I just personally miss seeing all the products that maybe I might want to look into in case I didn’t choose them or didn’t have the choice. I will have another thing at the end to say that I’m not the biggest fan of, but I feel like a lot of my fff posts this year have been very Debby Downer and I don’t like that, but I am violently myself so my opinion is my own and that’s okay. We can all feel different about things and still get along. 

            What did I get though? 

Herschel Supply Co. Mica Tote:

            I love this, I saw this in the spoilers and I had to have it. It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be. Like I will be able to carry so much in this! Like it fits my laptop with no problem and I could probably put a protector over my laptop and still have room from side to side. I love the color and this for sure was my top choice in this category. (This was also the category that the Unhide blanket was in, so I got two in this one.) It has a zipper which is really great was a tote because that means that it’s not as accessible to anyone that isn’t you. I don’t remember the other customization options, that is for sure a huge reason I miss it in the magazine, I used to be able to list what I chose over what I missed. 

Sur La Table 4 Piece Silicone Utensil Set in Grey:

            I have been in a Sur La Table store once; it was in Illinois and that store was overwhelming. All of my kitchen utensils are all hand-me-downs from my mom and grandma so now I have my own set and I really like them. They seem really well made; the only problem is because they have a wooden handle that means that I have to hand wash them. I am going to leave them in the box because eventually when I move into a house, they will make their debut there. It’s a spatula, a turner (which I also call a spatula), and two spoons one slotted and one solid. I am super happy with this choice as well because this was another customization option that I got to choose. 

Michael Kors Beanie with Pom: 

            I love Michael Kors, it’s all so classic and just really refined. I love a good hat and this one fit so I’m good. Sometimes beanies don’t fit me, it’s super weird. I love the color and the pom is a lot of fun, it got a little squished in the bag so I will have to fluff it up later. It’s also a nice neutral color which means that it will go with everything and that makes me so happy. Michael Kors is one of those designers where if I am given the option that is usually what I pick. The only real pair of wedges I own are Michael Kors and they are, for heels, super comfortable. 

Briogeo Curl Charism leave in defining cream: 

            I am one of those people who has wavy hair and would like nothing more than to have curly hair. I curl my hair and it falls out in literal minutes. I have heard about this product line for years though and I am excited to actually give it a try. Maybe keep the waves in my hair a little longer without a lot of product because I am not a huge hair product person. This was my last category to have a choice in and this was the only one that I really wanted. 

Vahdam Teas Recovery Sampler:

            I love tea, that is not a secret. I like the idea of a tea sampler and I had to make sure that there were some ingredients that aren’t in it because I cannot have them. I get a little sick from some of the ingredients in tea so I have to be super careful. Licorice Root upsets my tummy, so I avoid it. I love a good chai tea, most of these have black pepper in them and I don’t know how many times in my life I have had black pepper in tea so this is going to be interesting. 

            The next three were the bundle. I mentioned last time that I didn’t like the bundle, I still don’t and there was a straight up repeat in this that I got in my last box so that I am not too happy about. 

Barefoot Scientist Pedicure File: 

            I got this in my summer box, I have used it once and I’m not a huge fane so now I have to figure out what to do with a second one. If you want to know my first impressions of this product, check out my summer 2021 Unboxing. It’s fine, it’s just getting a second one is annoying.

Bennkai Chocolate Bomb Maker:

            If they were bigger, it would be fun to make tiny chocolate covered cakes, they are small though and I know they are for hot chocolate bombs which are super trendy right now. I have never wanted to make one, I’ll find a use for them I guess but I feel like these uber trendy products don’t have much lasting power and that’s just my opinion, maybe hot chocolate bombs will be here to stay. 

Aesthetica Liquid Eyeliner: 

            I don’t use liquid eyeliner. I don’t use much eyeliner at all. I was part of that emo scene when I was in middle and high school so I wore a lot of eyeliner, I have grown out of that phase of my life and because I wear glasses doing a wing is pretty pointless for me.  

            Here’s the other thing that I am going to say, the bundle, it’s not good. I feel like it’s just a bunch of random products that they cobble together and none of them have overwhelmed me. That’s a personal opinion and again, that’s fine if you disagree with me, that is totally cool. I just don’t think that the bundle is a great option. 

            This box was probably the best one that I have gotten this year and I feel like that is saying a lot because I have done a lot of complaining about them throughout the year. I am hoping that this box is the upward trend where the boxes go back to being super cool and fun. 

            I feel like I need to stop because I loved most of my box, there was some misses in this one. (The bundle is going to be the surge of my existence, isn’t it?) Overall though, this box was amazing and all of the rest of the things that I got in my box fit into the Herschel tote so that’s fun! 

            If you want to see what else I’ve gotten this year, you can brave those posts if you want to, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

            I will be back on the day after Christmas with another post, (that’s also already written because I have a problem and try to front load writing a lot of my posts when I can.) so until then I hope that everyone has a great holiday if you celebrate and stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ 

What Was in My December 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            So here we are, I only have a few more days of school for the year which is absolutely insane to even think that we are already done with a semester…well almost done, two more days. In fact, when this goes up, I will be on a field trip and that’s such a weird thing to say. Last week was rough but that is not a story for here, it’s not really a story for anywhere, it just is what it is. 

            I got this in my mailbox yesterday, I didn’t actually go and get it until this morning, it’s Sunday for me. When this goes up it will be Wednesday. I am just trying to get things written sooner rather than later because I have the time now. 

            So, this one for sure, in general, missed the mark for me. I didn’t really like the contents of this bag; it just wasn’t my scene and that happens. If you don’t want to read about the things that I really didn’t like, cool I will see you with the next post because this is going to be a lot of ‘I don’t use it and I don’t like it.’ 

The Bag:

            I love the bag itself though, it’s described a blush with gold accents, I would call it rose gold specifically because of that and I really do like the bag. Usually, December’s bags are very New Year themed, not holiday themed which I really like. The bag’s in December also almost feel like you could just take them to a party as a tiny clutch and that’s a lot of fun as well. 

The Products: 

First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturizer:

            While I really like First Aid Beauty, but my one problem with this product is that I don’t really have oily skin, I have dry to combination skin so I don’t really need an oil control moisturizer. The only place on my face that actually gets oily is my nose and that is about it. I think the moisturizer I’m using right now is an oil control and it has been making my face super dry and that’s not fun for me either. 

LYS Beauty: Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil: 

            I don’t like lip gloss so a lip treatment usually isn’t up my alley. I am all for clean beauty, I really am, but this one isn’t for me. I just don’t like lip glosses and that is nothing against the company, that is just a personal preference and that’s okay. 

Law Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in 2PM Wine:

            So, I don’t polish my nails, I don’t like how it feels. I have never rated a nail polish on IPSY well, ever. I also do not like the name, 2PM Wine, are we promoting day drinking? This is for sure the third product in this bag that I won’t use and I only have three items on the list. It’s also clean beauty which is amazing for a nail polish! 

SLMissGlam BB5 Powder Brush: 

            It’s a brush. This brush is a little juvenal for me as someone who is almost 30. I also just have a thousand brushes that I don’t use very frequently and this will just be added to that list. I don’t mind brushes I just don’t like the decorations and glitter in this brush and again, that is a personal preference and choice. I know there are people who love these brushes, and more power to them. 

The Crème Shop Holiday Sheet Mask Duo in ‘Tis the Season To Be Lovely & Baby It’s Gold Outside:

            I chose this one, I love a good sheet mask and this was the best thing I got in my bag. I tend to get The Crème Shop sheet masks every year in my December Glam Bag and I love them so much. I like the ingredients in them and I need to get back into doing sheet masks more often because I need to get back into doing more than just my basic skin care routine. 

            I was not really a fan of this bag, and that’s okay, not everything can be a winner. It just really missed the mark for me and that’s okay. I am really looking forward to the Glam Bag Plus, even though I felt like my choices there were not that great either. 

            Well, if you want to see what else I have gotten this year you totally can, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

            I will see everyone later in the week with another post so until they I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy. 

            -MJ

October 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

            I am writing this about fifteen minutes after writing Sunday’s post so here we are again. I am back, back again. Still really tired. 

            We are so close to Halloween and the end of the month which is crazy sauce, I cannot believe in less than a week we will be in November, I don’t want to be this close to the end of the year yet, but here we are.

            I never got a tracking email on this one, which is always a little weird but it showed up the same day as my GB so it was two rocks with one bird. 

            I feel like this is going to be a short one specifically because my brain is not rolling at 100% right now, I have been up for almost six hours and it’s only 8 AM. This post is going to be fun because my last post was more on the serious side and life it too short to be serious all the time. 

            Let’s get right into it then, let’s talk about my October GB+

The bag: 

            I love this one, I love the lips and the fangs. The color choice is amazing and what is different between the GB and the GB+ is that the lips on the GB+ are outlined in white which makes them stick out a little more which makes them look even cooler. The lime green drawstring was a great design choice and I want to find a reason use this again because it’s so fun.

The products: 

            I want to preface this with I have six this month because I redeemed points this month so there will be six items instead of the usual five. I was not sent an extra item by mistake; I used my points to get it. 

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream:

            I love this, I actually just threw my last one away because it was empty. This is one of my fave moisturizers that I currently have. I bought this one as a replacement for the one I just finished. Normally I don’t buy products as a replacement, but this one is totally worth it. This is one of those products that I have become one of my holy grail products and I really like this moisturizer. 

Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter in OMG:

            I have been using highlighter daily now because I like to glow a little with all of the gloom in the world. That sounds too motivational for me, I love highlighter though, it’s the crow part of my brain that is just screaming for shiny things. The color is gorgeous and it really doesn’t take much and all of a sudden they might be able to see you from space.

Dermalect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum:

            I love a good serum, who doesn’t? I feel like serums have become such a big part of my skin care routine over the last year and maybe because I’m getting older and I care more about my skin now, or maybe because skin care has become such a big thing over the last few years. It smells pretty good and I am looking forward to give it a chance when I am done with the rest of my serums. I could use multiple serums at the same time (well not together, just on different days) because they are for different things, but I stick with things until they either effect my skin or I run out. 

Aracelli Ojos Perfectos Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Black and Rose Gold: 

            I don’t wear eyeliner but I chose these because I used to use pencil eyeliner all the time, well gel liner. I don’t like liquid liner but I love a good gel liner. I need to get back into wearing eyeliner and I figured that getting some gel liner would be a good first step. I cannot wear eyeliner like I used to back in my emo days. I am a professional adult now and that just wouldn’t be a good look anymore, so here we are with these ones. 

Wander Beauty Staycation Hydrating Mask:

            It can be a wash off mask or it can be a moisturizer so that’s great because I usually like to leave these things on overnight. I am almost out of my Ahava mask so I am looking forward to having another mask that I can put on a few times a week and get all of the benefits of a really good moisturizer.

Doucce Posh Powder Palette: 

            This was my points redeemed item, I love Doucce and I haven’t gotten any Doucce products in my Glam Bags in well over a year. I love their mascara, their eye shadow is amazing, and I am looking forward to giving this palette a try because the shades are stunning. Their packaging is simple and classic and the product is amazing, it is a little on the pricey side though, so when I get the opportunity to get their products, I jump on it. 

            So, there is my Glam Bag Plus this month, it was a good bag over all and I am looking forward to seeing what will be my options in my November bag. 

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

            I will be back later in the week with another post so get excited! So until then I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy! 

            -MJ 

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