Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag July 2021

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Glam Bag July 2021!

So, last week I got my Ipsy Glam Bag and glad I did since this tends to be later than usual. I was glad to get it early and was able to use some of the items. This bag is $12 a month and you get five deluxe size items to try out. Also, some full-size ones. Let’s see what I got!

Add-Ons: Let’s start with add-ons. It’s been a while since I got anything from this category and went with the Foxaby Marble Flat Iron which usually retails around $100 but got it for half off. I’ve been in the market finding a new flat iron since there are times when I straighten my hair it goes back to wavy the next day. This happened at our place but it did hold for the next morning at our newer place since we live in a cooler area. I will have to see how this goes since there were reviews saying that someone with thicker hair had some trouble while others had an easy time. I will have to see how well it works on my hair. It did also come with a finishing cream to keep the frizz out. Since I did purchase this, I also got an extra which is the F. A. H. R. A. tweezers which are double ended ones that can be used for applying lashes and pulling hairs. As you know I don’t wear lashes so I used these to help with my chin hairs.They’re not that bad, just a little hard to grip the hairs sometimes but they pull pretty well. Not bad as a freebie so I will keep trying them out!

Bloom Daydreamer Gentle Ultra Hydrating Facial Cleanser: First up is a facial cleanser. It’s been a few years since I received a cleanser in my Glam Bags and this was a new one. I have been using this in my shower to clean my face off since I use the Tony Moley AM Gel Cleanser when I wake up. This did sting a little since it’s a new product for my skin and sometimes that does happen when introducing a new item to your routine. It is meant for sensitive skin and supposed to add hydration, however my skin doesn’t feel it and the smell is weird. I don’t think I will purchase a full-size one since I already use some beloved products.

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Priming Smoothie Moisturizer: Next up is a product from First Aid Beauty and it’s their Hello Fab Coconut Priming Smoothing Moisturizer. I did use this up since it was a pretty small sample size.This is a moisturizer that helps with fine lines and wrinkles and prep the skin for makeup. I didn’t know about the primer part since I did use this both night and morning since I do use moisturizers both morning and night. At least it did prime my face for the sun screen since I had hardly worn any face makeup to work. I found this product to be okay though. I did enjoy the First Aid items I have tried so far and I have primers I haven’t used yet and some I have purchased and need to use them. I don’t think I will get a full-size either but at the same time there are times where the sample doesn’t justify the experience. I may see about getting the full-size when it goes on sale to give a better try-on.

Kaleido Cosmetics Lip Mask Gel Conditioning and Repairing Lip Mask: Next up is another lip mask from Kaleido Cosmetics. This is a tinted lip mask that helps rehydrate the lips and it contains watermelon seed oil, jojoba, rose hemp oils and other oils to help the lips. I need to get into the habit of using these to help my lips since they tend to get dry from some lip products and other factors. I will have to see how it goes.

MOTD Lighting Crew Brush: Next up is another brush and this time it’s from MOTD which I have been enjoying their brushes so far. This brush has very flexible bristles that let someone be able to blend any loose or pressed highlighters on the high points of their face. I was expecting a fan brush since sometimes highlighting brushes take on that shape but this was a rounded brush. I will have to try this out when I put highlighter on.

Real Her I Am Radiant Lip Gloss: Final item in the bag is another item from Real Hear. This lip gloss is a nude brown that has a non-sticky formula and can be worn either alone or over other lip products. I haven’t tried it yet but will when I have to reach for a nude lip gloss while at work. I have gotten products from this brand. I don’t give it much love. I should do a post on brands I haven’t given much love to in a while and should do that in a little while. Glad to try another product from this brand.

That finishes this post! I am still currently waiting on my Glam Bag Plus since they had an extra and added some products I can’t wait to try. Next month will include my next Glam Bag X. ALso, I just re-subscribed to Allure Beauty Box. After unsubscribing from BoxyCharm, I felt that Allure may have gotten better so I will be giving it another chance to see how well they redeemed themselves. They also rose their price so see what they started including this time around.I’m supposed to be getting this month’s box despite it being the end of the month. I do have to say that this bag did stick to the essentials pretty well and can’t wait to see what else they will include in my bag since I did choose my item yesterday. Let’s see what happens. Next post will be items I’m not missing. Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique

Cosmetic Controversy: Toxic Sunscreens?

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Disclaimer: THis post is based on research I looked at on my own. What I say is based on the info I found, I am not a dermatologist, a scientist, nor agree with the Environmental WOrking Group, please respect my thoughts, observations, and opinions I present in this post.

Sun Screen Toxic?

I know this seems a bit of a stretch but it is a good topic for the summer since I have been wearing more sunscreen on my face lately. I usually have some sensitivity but I found something I can wear without spending a lot of money either, which the Murad one is something I like but can only get during the 21 Days of Beauty from Ulta if I’m lucky! Reason for this is that I saw on MakeUp Awesomeness that someone was looking for a sunscreen that was not toxic. Me and other people posted our comments saying there is not a real definition of what’s toxic and non-toxic with sunscreen. Like the no real definition of clean beauty, it goes the same way with sunscreen because of how Dermatologists are the real ones people should be listening to rather than the Environmental WOrking Group.

I bet you’re wondering why not listen to EWG when they provide vital info? Some information from different places may be helpful but I have heard that they bring fearful information that can cause more harm than good and we have to watch out when it comes to it. As in, don’t always believe everything you see or hear. That is why I was skeptical of Gwenyth Paltrow after her video earlier this year talking about non-toxic skin care and how tos stay away from moisturizers with “antifreeze.” I may have to do a post on the truth about moisturizers since there is no real truth about it since there is a difference in ingredients but I am focusing on sunscreen here. Again, we can’t say that chemicals that are used are regulated since the Food & Drug Administration has put proposed rules for brands who have been making their sunscreens with Oxybenzone and a few other chemicals should have more studies towards them since they are seen as endocrine and hormone disruptors and coral reef bleaching agents. I will talk about the coral reef bleaching and the truth behind it later here, but the thing is that people should still put on sunscreen whether with these ingredients since they are known for absorbing UV Radiation but can cause irritation. The FDA also suggests using sunscreens containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, which are in more mineral based sun screens. It’s hard to say which ones to avoid, however this past week, Johnson & Johnson did recall aerosol based sunscreens due to having Benzene which is said to cause Leukemia and other blood cancers. Now, that’s a scary thought! If I were anyone, I would stick with the mineral based since some ingredients still need to be looked at. I even researched into the FDA’s regulations for sunscreens and the last one I’ve seen was dated back in 2012 when we’re halfway through 2021 already.

What about coral reefs? EWG and some other sources have said that chemical sunscreens cause coral to bleach except it’s not the real cause. The real cause behind this is climate change. Yes people it’s real! As the earth warms up so do our oceans and in some areas it’s warmer than others which causes an uptick in the temperature. Also, the rising waters can be a factor with the stresses since I saw one video where they talked about how islands are sinking and talked about top five islands and one of them happened to have bleached coral reefs. I bet you’re wondering, what is the significance of coral? They protect land from hurricanes and rising sea waters that cause erosion and that’s a problem for us now since a lot of land is sinking. Not only that, human waste, also known as pollution, contributes to the problem of coral bleaching since there is so much of it happening where plastics and other trash is being tossed into the sea. There is even a floating island of trash from when I read one book a while back. I bet you’re wondering, The only way of reducing the coral reefs from bleaching is by reducing our pollution, including carbon pollution which could be catastrophic over the coming years even to the middle of the century. After a big bleaching event, it takes time for the coral to recover but if conditions improve then it would get better., I think that is it for this post. I feel that there is no real idea of a toxic sunscreen, it’s just the chemicals that we need to watch out for and glad that Johnson & Johnson is taking the first steps with one set of aerosol ones. If you guys are concerned, just go with a mineral one with Zinc and Titanium Oxide rather than a chemical one, and of course if you are still concerned, there are always the dermatologists out there that would help. I suggest watching Cassandra Bankson on YouTube and other skin related ones are the Style and Beauty Doctor and James Welsh since they have a lot of information about skin care and sometimes talk about sun screens. Also check out the resources I have below. I’m still waiting on my Glam Bag and GB Plus at the moment, I am going to do a post on things I don’t miss to lighten up mood!

Beauty Quadrant: Beauty Items Over MLM Items

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Drugstore Products Better Than MLM Ones

This feels a bit different with this post but I feel like doing this. I was inspired after being at a makeup panel during one of the online NFB State Conventions and it featured two people from two MLMs, as in Multi-Level Marketing companies. These companies are pyramid schemes that focus on creating up lines but also have some products. The products, from my experiences, aren’t great in quality and expensive, except one which had more drugstore pricing. As you can probably tell, I am anti-MLM since I haven’t been liking Avon and had bought a Mary Kay lip gloss before and was not that great either. As someone who has been buying items in both prestige and in drugstores, and also had beauty subscriptions on top of it, I have used better items. Let’s see what I feel in each category! I do have a disclaimer though!

Disclaimer: This post includes products I believe are better quality and can be purchased at a better price. Please, if you are in an MLM, don’t think I’m just bashing you as a person but understand that there are better products out there and I have seen the videos on the different brands in MLMs and heard how poor quality most items are but I am focusing on beauty.

Hair Products: I think I should start off with hair products. I know for one thing that a lot of us women and men pride on our hair. We do sometimes put it through so much, as in dying, priming, straightening, and sometimes people do have different conditions that cause fall out, which I do feel bad for them. I have heard that Monat, which is a brand that prides itself on hair products, such as their shampoo and conditioner, except people had lost their hair because of how they are made. Even though some reps say that the hair is the-toxin from all of the items that were used in the past. Um, hair doesn’t work like that. I remembered when Fox Kids did have facts and mentioned how hair tends to grow and I believe that and can grow fast depending on the person. RJ’s hair does grow faster than mine. When it comes to hair products being better than Monat, I do love some from Herbal Essences in the shampoo and conditioner department. Not only do they have the markings on the bottles but they smell really good! Plus, they help keep my hair moist. I do enjoy the mango shampoo and conditioner. While styling items are a mixture of prestige and drugstore and they include the Garnier Sleek & Shine Frizz Control Serum, sometimes if I get my paws on it, some items from Marc Anthony, R&B from Lush which I loved since it first came out, and do use items from Ipsy. I also sometimes get hair items in bundles with hair stuff in their offers section. With dry shampoo, I do love Dove’s dry shampoos and now love leave-in conditioner sprays. In the end, you have a lot of items to choose from. Plus, they don’t cost an arm and a leg since I hear the prices for Monat products are out there. One example is the Monat Renew Shampoo for $30 when you can get a bottle of shampoo from Lush for $24 or a bottle of Suave for$5. And of course your hair won’t fall out.

Face Masks: Next up is skin care but focusing more on face masks. I do enjoy a sheet mask sometimes since there are times where I love to pamper myself. One MLM I seem to run into when it comes to skin care is Mary Kay. Remembered when I mentioned the lip gloss above? Well, the day I got that gloss was when a rep was invited to my job to talk about makeup and had some people try a charcoal mask. I didn’t try it on my face since I had a doctor’s appointment and didn’t want to appear with a half face of makeup. I did try it on my hand though. One thing I did not like the feel because muy sensitive skin can’t handle concentrated charcoal and this mask was made of that and what miffed me was when the rep said that charcoal was good for all sensitive skin types, except my hand where the mask was patch tested on was tingling too much and had to ask for the wet rag to take it off. I will disprove the charcoal claim that this rep had made. I researched it and the snippet says that “Charcoal is best for oily skin and can remove excess oils.” I have sensitive skin and dry skin on top of it so I can’t use charcoal thank you very much but the sheet masks with it do feel good I felt that this representative didn’t do her research, from all the videos I’ve watched of people working at Sephora and Ulta, with all these videos and most of them talking about skin care is that they have to research to get to know about the ingredients. Heck, even employees at Lush have to research ingredients to make sure they match the products to customers, goes the same way with Ulta and also have to do the same thing. If they give the wrong item, then they would have an unhappy customer. One best thing if you’re a beginner is researching your skin type or see your dermatologist about what skin care is right for you and what skin type you have because it would help you with what you need to look for. When it comes to cheaper skin care items, I suggest Tony Moly since they’re a well-known K Beauty brand. You can also take a look into other K Beauty brands. HEMPZ is also another pretty good skin care brand since they have hemp seed oil in their skin care and hair care, which I could have mentioned but never tried with their shampoo or conditioner. Also Good Molecules are rising in popularity since you can find them through Ulta, trust me their Hyaluronic Acid Serum is pretty nice if you dry skin and they are great for all skin types!

Eye Shadow: I’ve only really tried Avon eye shadows in the past and was not a fan. Although they have drugstore prices, I’ve tried better to be honest. I even remembered having issues knowing the darker and lighter shadows apart in the duos I had my dad tell me which one was which and knew it may be an issue once I lived on my own. The lady at the flea market, which is where I went to purchase these alongside a trio and a blush, which I will get to later, chose based on what she thought would be best for my eye color. I do admit I liked nude shades and agreed that purples and blues fit well, I felt the shadows would be better. I did see reviews about Avon quads having reviews that they take more than one application to be visible. I did see one review on MakeUpAlley that someone who was very fair had issues with colors not fitting her skin tone. Another thing I had issue with besides the color match is how small the space is to fit your brush. The duos I picked up were hard to fit my favorite brushes into the space to grab the color. Even the trio had that same issue as well and I felt I hit the pan a bit too easy. Speaking of size, Mary Kay also has the same issue too. I will be hitting this in lip glosses but what you pay for is pretty small. I read people’s reviews on Amazon for the chrome shadows and they pay $13 for a shadow the size of a postage stamp. If you want something bigger that is worth your buck, the Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows fit that bill. I have enjoyed these a lot over time and they are very pigmented as well. Not only that, the single pans they sell which are $5 a piece also have decent sizing. I would suggest Coastal Scents but they recently went out of business. I still love their Hot Pots and they are pretty good for what you pay for when they are around. If you want a pallet that would be better for your budget, Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics alongside the Mini Naked Heat and the Mini Naked Honey also have decent sized pans you can fit your brush in. If you want singles, Mac also has really good shadows despite being in the range of $15 to $20 but you can fit your brush into the pot like Colour Pop.

Lip Gloss: Here we go! I love a good gloss like anyone and some of my favorite brands for lip glosses include NYX, MAC, Dose of Colours, and Jeffree Star. (I know the last one is not everyone’s favorite brand but I admit the glosses are good!) Like I said above, Mary Kay’s lip glosses are also small for what you pay for. Remembered when I mentioned that rep above? She was selling some items and there is one item I will mention later and that is more of a DIY item. I only bought the gloss since I did have to pay my copay for my doctor that afternoon and when I got the gloss I was surprised that it was small for $16. Even though MAC did have slightly smaller tubes back when I first got into them, they have improved and gave them better packaging. Plus, the Butter Glosses from NYX are $4 for the size I got the Mary Kay one, seriously it was the same size as a Butter Gloss. The formula was not my favorite either! It was too sticky! I hear people say that glosses tend to be pretty sticky depending on who you get it from. My tip is of course to use a tissue to dab off excess. This was beyond sticky even after the tissue and I just left it in my desk drawer at work because I’m not wearing it anymore. Plus, I’d rather have my lips comfortable with my favorite lip products, thank you very much!

Nail Strips: I rarely wear these but I feel like mentioning them since one of the reps that were invented during that panel came from Color Street. I felt throughout the panel they were pretty over hyped and ironically enough they were mentioned in one of the Illuminati’s videos the Monday after. I was surprised with what I found out about them, that the guy not only has two different nail strip companies in Ulta and WalMart but Color Street had issues with not sticking to fingers. I do notice how people say it’s easy to stick on but the claims of it staying on for two weeks can be a bit tricky. When you look at these they are made of actual nail polish and nail polish does chip. I just watched a video of someone who used to work as a rep and talked about how their nails chipped within a week and a half and she tends to do a lot with her hands, which I admit I tend to have that happen too and my nail polish does chip right away or not. I even remembered when I wore Kiss nail wraps in tye dye and they chipped pretty fast too. I am willing to give strips another chance but I am thinking of going with Dashing Diva since they have gotten a good review. I even have a set of blue ones I’m eyeing on!

Blush: Another item I feel like other stores have better items happen to be blushes. I have loved Mac’s blush line the most since they are very blendable and have a lot of colors to choose from. Heck, I got one based on a recommendation for my skin tone all thanks to And That’s Jacob. I do love Warm Soul the most out of Mac’s entire collection of blushes. I also do enjoy some of the Wet N Wild ones too since they are really pigmented and pretty. I wished the one I tried from Avon fit more with my skin tone, like I said with the shadows the lady at the flea market who was selling the items fit me with a very deep one and that is mauve. I do enjoy a rose toned blush but I felt that this mauve was way too deep for my skin tone and would stand out too much on my cheeks. I wished I asked for something lighter like a pink or a lighter rose tone but stayed with this one. I tossed it though since I felt it didn’t fit me nor my skin. I did forget to mention that E. L. F.’s Primer blushes also are really good along with Cover Girl and Milani. I would say check them out if you are curious about better formulations.

Brushes: Next up are brushes.  It’s hard to find any bad reviews on the Mary Kay brushes at all but I do have to say that there are many brush brands that are comparable to them. I even remembered commenting in the chat about other brands during the panel but it was ignored. As a makeup user who is visually impaired, I have used brushes from many brands and retailers over the years. I even get brushes through Ipsy and have found pretty good brands. I even found great brushes through QAmazon for the most part and before they went out of business, Coastal Scents was also big with their brushes. Most of my collection include Coastal Scents, rest in peace, SL Miss Glam, F. A. R. A. H., Complex Culture, I did just get one from NYX, and a few others. To me with brushes, if my makeup is able to blend well, even in the eye shadow department, then it’s a pretty good brush. Another important thing to note is after washing will it fray?I haven’t seen any complaints about Mary Kay brushes fraying while cleaning them but the biggest culprit in this department happens to be Morphe. I am not a fan of Morphe brushes, I still have my vegan set and one brush I got in Allure Beauty Box but I do believe the quality is okay, not my favorite and I’ve seen people talk about how their brushes fray while cleaning, especially a couple in the Jacqueline Hill set years ago.As long as you clean your brushes you will have them stay in good condition for a long time and after having all of my brushes for many years even from Ipsy and Coastal Scents they have stayed together pretty well and I still do reach for them. Will I run out for the Mary Kay ones though as a brush collector? The only thing I am worried about is that after using the small lip gloss will they also be small? I know one brush company that tends to print where the brush goes, I forgot which one it was, their eye brushes I got through BoxyCharm as a set was pretty small but I do use them for concealer and powder or even for the crease sometimes but looking at the price of the Mary Kay set for $55 I think they may be as small as their makeup products when I can get a set from Amazon for $20+ or under for a decent size. Plus, I remembered someone bought a foundation and it was pretty small which would not fit a brush possibly in that small container either. I would even imagine a powder pan too. Again, I’d rather go to my usual favorite places for brushes. If you are a beginner, I would say try out Ipsy for single brushes, it would help build your collection and if you subscribe to Glam Bag Plus or GB X then you could get a set that way or wait for it to show up in the Ipsy Offers area. If you don’t want to go that route, talking to workers who work at different stores like Mac, Ulta, and NYX would also help.

Empty Pallets: Final item is those magnetic pallets where people love to put makeup pans in. What got me interested in the Mary Kay thing from the start was that the rep was selling new empty pallets but seeing them in person made me say no to them. They were small and the pans they were selling with them were charged separately. Also, one had a small mascara included. I felt the pan and it felt small too. Like with the shadow pans above, I’ve seen bigger pans like with Coastal Scents when they were still around and Colour Pop has really decently sized pans for their shadows where your brush can fit easily. These magnetic pallets are not worth the $18 to $20 because I’ve seen better and bigger ones for that price range. Perfect example is the Ulta Z Palette in large is $20 and I can fit a plot of pans into something that big. I had to do that by replacing my magnetic palette from Coastal Scents by getting this one myself and they fit perfectly. I even got a small Z Palette from Amazon years back for $5 and was able to fit nine pans from Colour Pop. Again, better to go with these and just get the Colour Pop pans, also any other brands that offer shadow and blush pans for these magnetic pallets for less than what Mary Kay would offer. I also have gotten makeup pans from Ipsy where I attached included magnets to the back to place into these and gave it a convenient look. And with the mascaras, I love the idea of travel size ones to sample new ones that I got through Ipsy but the one that was going to be included felt small if it was full size, just saying.

Well, that is it for this post. I may have ticked off some MLM reps on here but I feel that there are better products and cheaper ones when we are in person. I rather use the brands I’ve known and loved over the years and if you have a favorite product that you trust and love you should keep using it. Plus, the eye shadow pallets and pans we see from Ulta or Sephora or even Mac have better sizes alongside the lip products. I can’t say much towards Color Street but nail polish does chip and of course press on nails do chip too or fall off.

What is next? Since we are going through summer, it is time for the talk about sunscreen!!!