13 Reasons Why Season 4 Recap + Review

The final season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why came out on June 5th, and I just recently finished the series! I didn’t binge it like I am sure most people did, but I am now ready to talk season 4! As usual, if you have not watched season 4 of 13 Reasons Why, I recommend watching before reading this post. Spoiler warning!

At the end of season 3, I had made a few small predictions. I feel that many people probably had the same assumptions as me because they were somewhat cliffhangers. First, the bag of guns that was found in the river. I knew this would be an issue that would arise in season 4 and I was right. Tyler had said that they may be able to track the person who bought the guns and this worried Clay and Tony. Then, I mentioned that since Alex’s dad knew that his own son murdered Bryce, maybe he would get involved in some way. It seemed like Tyler and Alex’s dad were somehow working together. Something didn’t seem right, so I thought that maybe Tyler confessed everything to the police. And lastly, of course, Winston. I just knew he was going to cause trouble in season 4.

Early on this season, Winston made his first appearance at Liberty High. He transferred from Hillcrest for the spring semester of his senior year. It was clear from the beginning that Winston was trying to get close to Clay’s friend group; Tyler, Alex, and then Zach. It seemed obvious that he was only trying to get close to find out what they really knew about Monty’s death.  Winston and Alex seemed to have a romantic relationship blossoming but Alex quickly shut it down after finding out that Winston had an alibi against them. I was not exactly surprised to see that Alex was struggling a bit with his sexuality, but he was lucky to have supportive friends and family around him.

This season, Clay’s mental health was spiraling. Keeping such a big secret was really haunting him (literally). Monty and Bryce would appear throughout the season to talk to Clay. While we, as fans of the show, have not known Clay to be a very happy and optimistic guy, he is a lot angrier and a lot more frustrated this season. We can see that Clay began going to therapy and I have to be honest, any time I watch a TV show/movie with therapy scenes, I zone out a bit. These scenes are rarely entertaining to me personally. However, I was glad to see that Clay was getting help, although it didn’t really seem to be working at first.

I was surprised to find that someone had died this season. There were a few scenes that showed a funeral 6 months later, and then it would flash back to present time. I had no idea who it could be, but after watching a few episodes, my mom guessed that it may be Clay. I hoped that this wasn’t true, but episode after episode, it seemed like a real possibility. Especially since he was struggling with his mental health so much. There were times when we even questioned if some of the scenes actually happened or if he was remembering something that didn’t really happen.

We were introduced to Estella, Monty’s sister, this season. I made the assumption that because she joined HO, she may have been assaulted in some way. I also thought this because of the family that she’s from. Monty’s father was abusive, and of course, Monty was too. I had to wonder if anything happened to Estella and I questioned her relationship with her brother and how close they may have been. I guess I ended up being wrong because there really wasn’t much character development for her, though she and Tyler did get close this season.

During the camping trip, someone was messing with the scavenger hunt that they did. I thought it was the football team, but then I wasn’t so sure. I knew that they were upset because they lost their friend and teammate, but how far would they really go? Then I thought maybe it was Ani, but what would her intention be to do that? It confused me because in the next episode, it was as if all was forgotten. (This seemed to be a common theme. Each episode appeared to start from scratch.)

This season was kind of strange in my opinion. I felt that it was, in some ways, unnecessary and the creators seemed to include one TV high school cliché after another (a camping trip, a house party, prom, and a school “shooting”). I found myself wondering if certain scenes were all in Clay’s head or if they were real. For example, in the episode where Clay is driving Zach’s car after the party, they get in an accident. In the next episode, it seemed like the accident was forgotten about until we find out that Zach got hurt and Clay fled the scene.

I felt that the whole “school shooting” was a bit uncalled for. I don’t understand the intention behind the school. Why on earth would they do a drill and have actual gunshots go off? I don’t really see the point other than to scare everyone. I felt bad for Tyler in this episode because as soon as they heard “code red” Tony automatically assumed it was Tyler. While he was wondering where Tyler went, Tyler was sitting in the bathroom stall talking to Estella. The assault that Tyler went through is something he will never forget, but I am really glad that he is getting better. After worrying and worrying, Tony decided to show the Dean of Discipline Tyler’s photos of guns.

While I didn’t think that Tyler would do anything bad, I was curious as to why he seemed to be hiding something from everyone. It turned out that he was working with the cops. After the bag of guns was traced back to Tyler, the cops wanted him to help them catch the guy selling said guns. After being followed by Tony and Clay, Tyler was understandably frustrated as to why they didn’t trust him. I was upset for Tyler because at the end of season 3, it seemed that he got really close to Clay, Alex, Tony, and even Jessica.

This season, everyone really seemed to distance themselves from each other. I guess it was because they didn’t want anyone to find out what they were all hiding. Parents, teachers, and even the police officers felt that students were on edge and being secretive. This led to what a lot of students felt was an invasion of privacy. Cameras were put into the school and some parents were tracking their children’s cell phones. The students fought back by walking out of school and protesting to get their privacy back.

Since it was the end of their senior year, of course, college was an important topic to discuss. Pretty much everyone bombed their college interviews (or at least it appeared that way). One after the other, they just seemed to be giving up on their futures. I understand why Justin was struggling especially. He had just gotten news that his mother died (most likely from a drug overdose), so he was in a bad headspace. In the next episode we found out that Justin got accepted to a college, though this still didn’t help him with his sobriety.

As I watched each episode, I found that I had quite a few questions: who spray painted “Monty was framed” at the school? Who was messing with everyone on the camping trip? Who set the principals car on fire? All of these questions were answered in episode 7. It was Clay. I know this may have seemed obvious to some people but I wasn’t really expecting that! Apparently he didn’t remember doing any of it; proving how bad his mental health really was. Somehow in episode 9, Clay’s mental health problems seemed to disappear. He seemed to be doing much better all of a sudden. I don’t believe this was very realistic because in reality, it would take a while for him to be even close to ok.

The last episode was absolutely heartbreaking. While dancing at prom, Justin collapsed on the floor. To me, this was unexpected, but at this point I was pretty sure it was Justin who was going to die. We soon find out that Justin was diagnosed with HIV-1 and it quickly turned into AIDS. Justin got sick because of his past using drugs, sharing needles, and being involved in (unprotected) sex work. While he could have prevented his own death, he didn’t see the signs, and he didn’t get tested. Seeing him in the hospital broke my heart, and when Jessica and Clay spoke to him before his death, I just couldn’t stop from crying. I felt bad for Clay the most. He grew so close to Justin, and they truly became brothers rather than just friends. When they told each other “I love you” I just about lost it.

After Justin’s funeral, Winston spoke to Alex. He wanted to know why he killed Bryce. Alex explained everything, and Winston decided to let it go. I really did feel bad for Winston because I believe he really did love Alex, at least a little bit. Not only that, but he lost Monty too. I was happy to see Alex and Charlie happy together though. (I thought it was sweet that they were both prom kings and that others were so supportive of their relationship.) Also, Ryan and Courtney made an appearance in the final episode. Ryan and Winston seemed to hit it off immediately, so I hope that means that Winston got a happy ending too.

I was wondering what would happen with Bryce’s case. Sheriff Diaz really seemed to be working against Clay and his friends, and I thought that he would want them to come clean. Somehow, Sheriff Diaz knew that it was Alex who killed Bryce. In the scene when he was speaking to Officer Standall (Alex’s dad), it was clear that they both knew the truth, and they ultimately decided to permanently close the case. I had a feeling they would get away with it all, and this turned out to be what happened.

In the end, Hannah’s tapes were on Clay’s doorstep once again. I knew that Hannah had to be a part of this last episode somehow, and while I wish Katherine Langford came back for this final episode, they did show her ghost (a scene from a past season). Everyone came together to burry Hannah’s tapes in the spot where Clay first heard them. Everyone was going off to college and they were going to have a fresh start, which is what I think they all needed.

As for their futures, I really hope that Clay can help young people the way that his own therapist helped him. While he is most likely going to need to continue going to therapy sessions for a while, I hope that he can work on his mental health and strive for a better future. For Jessica, I hope that she will continue to speak up for and help those who have been sexually abused. This issue became very important to her, and it was obvious that she had leadership qualities.

I think bittersweet is the best word to describe an ending to any series. While I did feel that this season was not the best, I was sad to see the end of the series as a whole. I think the main point of this season was really to end the school year and say goodbye. Everyone pretty much got a happy ending, though some main characters lost their lives along the way.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this recap/review! I would love to know your thoughts on this season (and the show in general), so leave me a comment below and tell me what you thought!

What’s in my May Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my May glam bag with you all today! I feel like lately my glam bags haven’t been that great but I did enjoy this one a bit more, so let’s get into it!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to glow for magic hour, and I think that this is the perfect theme to start off the summer! I really love the bag this month. It is a beautiful ombré of pink, yellow, and orange, reminding me of a summer sunset. I rated the overall bag 4/5 stars. If there was a half star system I would have given it 3 ½ stars!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Thebalm Cosmetics – AUTOBALM ® Day 2 NITE in Wall St

I always love receiving eyeshadows in my glam bags and this one did not disappoint! I tend to go for browns, golds, and taupes when it comes to eyeshadows, so this one is perfect for me. I love doing very natural, glowy makeup looks. This shadow is a gorgeous champagne/gold color and it is very pigmented. This is the perfect everyday color. I rated this shadow 5/5 stars (though I would like to receive more browns in the future).

  • SLMISSGLAM – SS57 Brush

I never really care to receive makeup brushes because I already have quite a few. Though this was not needed, it is a cute makeup brush. I like that the handle is sparkly and pink with 2 small diamonds at the top. I’ve been using this brush to add shadows in my crease and it blends the colors beautifully. I rated this 2/5 stars (simply because I didn’t want the product but if you’re looking for a new crease/blending brush this one is great).

  • Pure Brazilian – Daily Anti-Frizz Serum

I was happy to see that this was in my glam bag because I always struggle with frizzy hair, but especially in the hotter months! I have a leave-in conditioner by Pure Brazilian and I love how smooth and shiny it makes my hair, so I was hopeful when trying this. The directions say to apply a quarter size amount onto towel dried hair from root to tip. I think I applied it while my hair was still too wet because it made my hair even more frizzy when I woke up the next morning! I tried using it again, but this time I waited until my hair was a bit more dry, and it still made my hair pretty frizzy. The only good thing about this serum is that it makes my hair softer.  I’m not sure if it didn’t work for me because of my hair type (wavy/curly) but I was disappointed in this product overall. I rated this 2/5 stars.

  • Purlisse Beauty – Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

I prefer wash-off masks over sheet masks (which I have a lot of), so I was ok with receiving this product. I like that it is a detoxifying charcoal mask because I have found that using products containing charcoal works pretty great for my skin.  As I was applying this face mask, I realized that it included tiny beads meant to exfoliate the skin.  I am always hesitant to try exfoliants because I had a bad experience when I tried exfoliating my skin a while ago. I don’t know if I was being too rough, or if I just wasn’t using the right products, but ever since, I’ve been a bit nervous to exfoliate. I tried to be super careful when applying this onto my face. I let it sit for around 10 minutes, and then I washed it off with warm water. I’d say that I didn’t really care for the smell, and I would like it even more if it were just a face mask and not a combination of a face mask and exfoliant! I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Tarte – SEA H2O Gloss Lip Gloss in Below Deck (my pick)

I absolutely LOVE the brand Tarte, so when I saw that I could choose this item for myself, I was excited! The color is absolutely stunning, and it is perfect for summer. The gloss is not too sticky, and it doesn’t have an incredibly strong scent. I typically go for lipsticks over glosses but because I love the brand, I wanted to try it out! The one downside to this product is the fact that it is a pretty small sample size! I rated this 4/5 stars.

Let me know what you received in your May glam bags in a comment below! As always, thank you so much for reading!

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My Thoughts on Hulu’s “The Act”

If you have not watched the show “The Act” on Hulu, I recommend watching it before reading this post! This show is based on a true story. Even if you know this story, I still recommend watching the show! (Spoiler warning.)

Like many people, I have a lot more free time right now. My family and I have been catching up on different TV shows lately, and we recently decided to watch “The Act” on Hulu. “The Act” came to Hulu in March of 2019. I remember thinking to myself that I really wanted to watch the show, but I never got around to it until now.

This show is based on a true story of a girl named Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Her mother had Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy, which is basically the need to care for somebody who does not need it. Gypsy’s mother made her sit in a wheel chair though she could walk. She shaved Gypsy’s head and told others that her daughter had Leukemia. She even had a feeding tube inserted because her mother would tell doctors that Gypsy could not chew her food. These are just a few of the ways that her overprotective mother controlled and manipulated Gypsy and those around them.

When I first heard about this story, I was completely shocked and disturbed. I felt a mix of emotions. I felt bad for Gypsy, but at the same time, I was frustrated with her choices. I was angry that a mother could do something like this, and to her own child no less. After watching this show and watching a ton of interviews as well as the documentary, I wanted to talk about this crazy story.

While watching this show, I questioned how much of it was true. I knew that since it is based on a true story, a lot of it had to be accurate, but I also understand that some things are dramatized for television. What I have found is that most of what I saw in the show was very accurate.

I first want to talk about the actor’s portrayal of these real life people. Patricia Arquette played Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy’s mother. Arquette was phenomenal, to say the least. I think that she was the perfect person to play this role. She made this character extremely believable, and I got chills watching her. She even won an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series, so I know I’m not the only one who admired her performance!

Then we have Joey King, who played Gypsy. Again, I think she was the perfect choice for this role, and she did an amazing job. I grew up watching Joey King. She is my age in real life, and I remember first seeing her in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Ramona and Beezus. While I am not too familiar with other roles she has played, I think that this one is probably one of the most challenging ones she has ever played; partly because she is portraying a real life person who is still alive today. She truly stepped into this character by shaving her head, wearing false teeth, and perfectly imitating Gypsy’s voice. King had many vulnerable scenes in this show, and I admire the way she handled them with grace and maturity. While I am unsure of who Joey was up against for the Emmy, I still think Joey should have won some award because she was incredible as Gypsy.

And then we have Nick, played by Calum Worthy. This character really creeped me out. It was very clear early on that he had mental health disorders, and since I had watched interviews and the documentary, I knew the way that each of these characters spoke. Worthy was spot on. He sounded just like Nick, and I felt that he got his mannerisms right as well. While I was not familiar with this actor before watching this show, I think he also did an amazing job, and I think that each of the actors for this show did their research.

I couldn’t believe the lengths that Dee Dee would go to manipulate and lie to her friends, family, and neighbors. She even tricked celebrities into thinking that Gypsy had all of these medical issues when in reality, she was perfectly healthy. It was really terrifying because Dee Dee had her own mental health issues, and it led to a very controlling and restrictive environment for Gypsy to grow up in. She would tell Gypsy not to speak at doctor’s appointments, and she turned Gypsy into a great liar and manipulator. It was truly an abusive home. Gypsy’s father was not exactly a part of the picture. At least from what I understand, he was really not around much, so he was fooled as well.

Because Dee Dee was able to fool everyone, she and Gypsy were given money and donations, free trips, and a house was built for them by Habitat for Humanity. I believe that Dee Dee not only loved the attention and sympathy, but she loved the fact that they were getting all of these nice things handed to them. One of the things that this show and this story has reminded me is the way that family can really shape who you are as a person, whether that is good or bad.

I found myself questioning the doctors so many times while learning about this story. I first thought to myself: how on earth did no one see that Gypsy was healthy? I then realized that even if the doctors would tell Dee Dee that Gypsy was completely fine, she would still tell Gypsy that she wasn’t.  I truly don’t know how she got away with this for so long, but it blows my mind that doctors couldn’t really do anything about it. A doctor in the documentary had said that he can report cases when he believes a child is being neglected, however Gypsy wasn’t exactly being neglected; she was being over treated. Essentially, all he could do was write down the fact that he believed Dee Dee had Munchhausen by Proxy. The way I see it, over treating someone is just as bad as neglecting them.

Since Dee Dee wanted Gypsy (and the world) to believe she was younger than she actually was, Gypsy really did have the interests of a little girl. Even into adulthood, Gypsy had a love for Disney princesses and fairy tale endings.

What seemed to be the breaking point for Dee Dee was when Gypsy got older. Gypsy began questioning a lot of things that I feel many people at her age would wonder about. Her neighbor in the show, Lacey (played by Annasophia Robb), was speaking to her about a Christian dating site. She told Gypsy about a guy she met on the site, and Gypsy was certainly intrigued. Their conversation was very quickly interrupted by Dee Dee, however Gypsy had already come up with a plan.

On this dating site, she met a guy named Nicholas Godejohn. They spoke for a few years before ever meeting in person. At night while Gypsy’s mother was asleep, she would walk around, eat sugary foods (that she was apparently “allergic” to), and she would Skype Nick.

The more Gypsy pushed for independence, the more controlling Dee Dee would get. She did not want Gypsy to grow up and start disobeying her. Plus, the older Gypsy got, the more likely she was to ruin what her mother had created.

Leading up to the murder scene in the last episode, I truly was on the edge of my seat. I was actually scared to watch the scene. When Nick texted Gypsy that he was at her house, she seemed a bit hesitant to let him in. She handed him the knife, and as he walked to Dee Dee’s room, Gypsy locked herself in the bathroom. I was completely freaked out at this point. Soon, Nick murders Dee Dee, and watching Gypsy cover her ears as she tries to block out her mother’s screaming, was chilling.

At first, I wondered how on earth they believed they could get away with doing something like this. Then I was reminded that they were both very childlike. When Gypsy posted on her and her mother’s shared Facebook page that Dee Dee was dead, Nick reminded her to turn off the location, though he was a little too late. This is ultimately how they were caught.

Since I knew how this story ended in real life, I knew what to expect while watching the show. Gypsy got 10 years in prison, while Nick got life. I am sure that the opinions differ widely, but for me personally, I think that 10 years is somewhat fair for Gypsy, however life for Nick seems a bit extreme to me. I do think that he should’ve spent more time in prison than Gypsy because he is the one who actually murdered Dee Dee, but it was honestly heartbreaking watching his interrogation. Nick’s behavior was very childlike and I think he truly did not understand the severity of what he had done. I felt like the fact that he had mental health disorders was not necessarily taken into account (though I am not exactly sure). As for Gypsy, it is hard to say what she really deserved because although she is the one that planned out the murder and in some ways, manipulated Nick into doing it, she went through so many years of abuse. I honestly don’t have a solid conclusion for this because there is so much that needs to be taken into account. It’s all very complex.

I do feel, however, that Gypsy and Nick need therapy and mental health counseling.  What she went through will affect her for life. If she wants to live a more productive and healthy life, mental health counseling or therapy could be very helpful for her. As for Nick, he may not be getting the help he needs in prison, which is sad. I think that he really should be in a hospital setting so he can get the help he needs while still taking responsibility for what he did. The same could be said for Dee Dee. She needed help, and if someone would have been more proactive in looking into this situation further, things could have ended differently for all of them.

It was very clear that Dee Dee had mental health issues. If you are unfamiliar with Munchhausen by Proxy, like I was at first, you may not understand what could cause a person to do such horrible things to her own daughter. Since her mother had this mental illness, one would think that it would drive her own child to go crazy. While I do think that Gypsy was mentally affected by the abuse, she seems to be very smart and she is much more aware of the world than even her mother realized. When it comes to Nick, his mother said that he was diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s. Nick himself mentioned that he has multiple personalities, and as an audience, we were introduced to Victor, his darker side (the side that murdered Dee Dee).

Something I questioned while watching the show was the relationship between Dee Dee and her own mother. In the flashbacks, we would see Dee Dee taking care of Gypsy, and then Dee Dee’s mother would interfere, telling her that she isn’t doing something right. Understandably, Dee Dee would get frustrated with her mother. She felt like she could handle it on her own. The relationship was obviously strained, but I was curious to know if this was what their relationship was really like in real life. I did not hear much about this in the documentary or other interviews I watched.

I also questioned the relationship between Gypsy and her father. In the show, it seemed that Gypsy was not very close to her father. When he came to visit her in prison, they almost seemed like strangers. It seemed as if she didn’t want to see him. In the documentary, Gypsy gave her father a hug, and she cried in his arms. They seemed to be a bit closer than what was portrayed in the show. I don’t think that Gypsy got to see her father very much, if at all once they moved out of Louisiana. (Also, can we talk about how much the actor who played Gypsy’s father looked like her real life father? That blew my mind!)

Of course, children are going to rely on and trust the adults in their lives, specifically their parents. This story shows what happens when the one person you think you should trust the most, does the unthinkable to you.

Though the story is a bit dark, I really enjoyed this show. The actors were phenomenal and as a viewer, I could see the amount of work that was put into the research behind the real life story.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts about this show! Let me know what you thought of “The Act” in a comment below. Thank you so much for reading (and send some Netflix/Hulu recommendations my way)!

You: Season 2 Recap + Review

Alright, I am going to be honest; this show is not my favorite, but it is definitely entertaining. In December of 2019, season 2 of “You” came out and everyone started talking about it. I had never heard of this show until this year, so once I saw it all over the internet, I was interested to see what all the hype was about. Basically, what I gathered from all of the memes was that Joe is a creepy stalker who is willing to harm anyone who hurts the people he loves. I know I’m a little late to the game, since this show actually came out in 2018, but I decided to start watching it anyway! This show is based on a book with the same title, written by Caroline Kepnes. I had not heard of this book previously, but it came out in 2014.

If you have not watched seasons 1 and 2 of “You”, I would recommend watching it before reading this post.  There are spoilers ahead!

This season takes place in sunny LA. Joe felt that he needed a “fresh start” after everything that happened in New York. Although he is running, he can’t seem to get away from his past. It continues to haunt him throughout the season. We come to find that he stole the identity of a man named Will, who he kept locked in “the cage” for part of the season. (I am going to continue to refer to him as Joe. Also I am going to refer to that thing as “the cage” because I am not really sure what it is).

At the end of season 1, Joe sees a woman walking through the bookstore only to find Candace standing right in front of him. I had assumed that he killed Candace, but then she started to pop up and I believe Joe was only imagining it. Then, we get to season 2 and find out that she is in fact alive, and she’s back to warn the Quinns. We were able to see that Joe did try to hurt Candace and when he thought that she had died, he buried her. Seeing Joe’s face when he saw that Candace was actually alive was priceless.

Joe gets a job at a store called Anavrin. He quickly spots a woman and one thing that ALWAYS gets me laughing is when we hear Joe say, “Hello, you”. While his narration is necessary, I also find it a bit annoying at times as well. He and Love immediately hit it off with their clear understanding of one another’s use of sarcasm.

I felt that this season, at least at first, just seemed like a complete repeat of season 1. It also seemed like each character from season 1 was simply replaced but the plot stayed the same. Beck replaced with Love, Paco with Ellie, Karen with Delilah, and so on. In my opinion, this season was not as entertaining until I got to episode 7. Once the characters started to figure Joe out, that is when it got interesting to me.

This season, Joe really seemed to want to do better and be a better person than he had been in the past. This was almost impossible, however, he did let Will go after locking him up, and he also planned on letting Delilah go. He did not harm as many people as last season either, which if I am honest, I think is what made this season a bit boring to me.

The way the audience feels about Joe is contradicting in that we are both rooting against and rooting for him at the same time. I found myself going back and forth a couple times during the season. Going back to season 1, Joe killed 4 people. In this season, he actually only killed 1 and it was (kind of) by mistake. Although I obviously know that he is crazy and unstable, there were moments where we would see a kind and caring man, rather than a psychotic serial killer. For example, the way that Joe cared about both Paco and Ellie was sweet, but this barely mattered when the crimes he was committing were atrocious. I also had to wonder if Paco reminded Joe of his younger self. I think that maybe he wanted to look after kids who seemed to be on a difficult path like himself at their age.

Throughout this season, we were able to see many flashbacks from Joe’s childhood whereas in season 1, I believe there were only a couple. This gave the audience some more insight to allow us to understand why Joe turned out the way he did. While it wasn’t a surprise, it was still upsetting to see his home life as a child. His mother was constantly in abusive relationships and she would always put Joe second. She would leave Joe without much care in the world, and this was heart breaking to see. Joe did not have someone to look up to, and he wasn’t loved the way a child should be loved. Joe was introduced to violence at an early age by watching his mother in these awful relationships, so it isn’t exactly surprising that Joe uses violence to solve his problems later in life. We ended up seeing that Joe, at 9 years old, shot his mother’s boyfriend. This led to Joe being sent to a group home for boys.

When Love explained her past marriage to Joe, and she mentioned that her husband got sick, my family and I actually thought that Love may have killed him. Something about her seemed off to us, and we ended up (almost) being right. While Love did not murder her husband, she did actually murder the family Au Pair for sexually abusing her brother, Forty. Love made it seem as if it was Forty who killed her (this flashback looked like a low budget horror film). Due to the family’s wealth they were able to get away with it, making it look like a suicide.

Love and her brother Forty had a unique relationship. They were very close, however the relationship was strained due to Forty’s drug addiction. Love was always the one looking out for him and taking care of him when he was struggling. The Quinn family was strange, to say the least. The parents were wealthy and they did not exactly have the best relationship with their kids, particularly with Love.

Candace (or Amy Adam) started dating Forty, who was unaware of Candace and Joe’s past relationship. It was clear she wanted him to get caught and pay for what he had done. Candace was able to warn Love about Joe and she told her everything from the fact that he tried to murder her, up to him killing Beck. This caused Love and Joe to break up, and they both “moved on”; Love with Milo and Joe with Delilah. The break up did not last long, and Love eventually forgave Joe for lying about his identity. I think that she didn’t want to believe that he murdered anyone. It was around this time that I realized that Love was not exactly sane either.

One night, Joe follows Ellie to Henderson’s house. While, again, his protecting of her is sweet in some ways, it is also creepy. He is concerned for her though, because he knows that Henderson was a child predator. Joe snuck into the house and watched as Henderson put something in Ellie’s drink. Joe threw something across the room to distract Henderson, and he was able to put a stronger dose of the same drug in Henderson’s drink. When Henderson wakes, Joe is somewhat interrogating him and trying to get him to admit that he has sexually assaulted young girls. Henderson eventually admits to this crime, but he tries to excuse the behavior by explaining that he was sexually abused by his stepfather when he was a kid. Henderson is able to escape and as he is running up the stairs, Joe tackles him. As Henderson falls down the stairs, he hits his head and dies.

Fincher, the police officer, calls Delilah when he realizes that Joe had murdered Henderson. He tries to warn her to stay away, but she doesn’t quite believe him. She ends up sneaking around Joe’s apartment to see if she can find anything suspicious, and she finds the keys to Joe’s storage unit. When Delilah goes to the storage unit where the cage is, I knew Joe was going to find her. After calling Fincher, Joe walks in to find Delilah in a panic. We then see Delilah wake up locked in the cage with a bandage on her forehead.

Joe asks Delilah to trust him, and he tells her that he is going to let her out. We see Joe buying a plane ticket so that he can escape before he lets Delilah out. Once the timer is up, the handcuffs will release Delilah and she can leave. Joe’s escape plan is almost ruined when Forty brings him to a hotel and keeps him there so they can work on the script for the movie that Forty wants to produce. The movie is based on the book that Beck wrote in season 1.

Forty and Joe end up at a bar, where Forty secretly put LSD in Joe’s drink. With both of them now on drugs, the rest of the night turns into a total blur. After Joe stops by Anavrin that night, he gets back to the hotel and heads to the bathroom. As he’s washing his hands, he looks down and sees blood all over them. He panics and wonders where else he went that night. He then speaks to Forty who also seems to be having an emotional breakdown. He walks over to him with a piece of glass in his hand, obviously intending on hurting him. Then, Forty talks about his guilt over killing the family Au Pair.

When Joe wakes up in the morning, he realizes that the timer on Delilah’s handcuffs is running out. He rushes back to the cage only to find Delilah lying in a pool of her own blood. When this happened, my family and I all tried to make a guess as to who killed Delilah. I guessed that it was Joe, which I know seems like it was the obvious first choice, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Other guesses included Milo and Forty. Joe goes around asking everyone where he went last night. He was worried about the fact that he had blood on his hands, and that he was out for around 3 hours before heading back to the hotel. Later, Ellie begins panicking when she realizes that Delilah may be missing.

Candace comes back and sneaks up on Joe to lock him in the cage. Candace texts Love to come to the storage unit and as they wait, Joe begins to think that this is what he deserves (which, he definitely does). Love shows up and is visibly upset, but she doesn’t believe that Joe killed Delilah. Although Joe doesn’t remember doing it, he admits that he murdered her. Love walks out only for Candace to follow her. Joe takes the spare key that he keeps hidden in the cage and he throws it so that he can’t get out. We then see that Love kills Candace, which actually surprised me.

When Joe finds that Love killed Candace and Delilah, Joe seemed shocked. It was clear that he didn’t really want to be with her anymore. Love tells Joe her plan to get Ellie in for questioning about Henderson’s murder. She would have the family lawyer to back Ellie up, and they would try to make it look as if Delilah’s murder was actually a suicide. Love lets Joe out only for him to begin to strangle her. Love quickly admits that she’s pregnant and Joe lets go. This really did surprise me, and at first I thought maybe she was only saying that so he wouldn’t hurt her. There are also some theories that the baby is not Joe’s which could possibly be true.

As the end of the last episode approaches, Love and Joe attend a friend’s wedding, where Joe starts to believe that he and Love are actually soul mates. He convinces himself that he loves her and that they should be together. He later meets up with Ellie and tells her that she should move away and he will send money for her.

After Forty comes back from speaking to Doctor Nicky, he is convinced that Joe is a murderer. He finds Love and tells her that she needs to stay away from him, but of course, she already knows the truth. As Forty holds a gun up to Joe’s head, Fincher rushes in and shoots Forty.

Some time has passed and now we see Joe and Love appear to be living a normal life. They bought a house in the LA suburbs, and Joe seems to be looking forward to meeting his daughter. All of a sudden, while he is sitting in his backyard, he hears a woman laughing. He takes a peek through the fence and sees a woman sitting in the sun with a stack of books next to her. Without even seeing her face, he is already trying to find a way to get close to her.

The end of this season was very different from the end of season 1. It almost looks like a happy ending. Although I knew a season 3 had been confirmed, I was still not expecting Joe to find a new “you”.  So, I guess in season 3, Joe and Love are going to have a daughter and Joe is going to be sneaking around with his neighbor. I have no idea what the rest of the plot will be like, but I am going to be watching season 3 when it comes out!

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you enjoyed this season, and if you have any Netflix recommendations since we’re all stuck at home! leave me a comment below!

What’s In My March Ipsy Glam Bag + Glam Bag Ultimate

Hey beauty lovers! Today I am sharing what is in my march Ipsy glam bag and glam bag ultimate! This month’s glam bag ultimate will be my last, but I still plan on receiving the regular glam bags every month.

This month, Ipsy celebrated their 100th glam bag! Ipsy decided to gift members with a $2 credit toward an add-on, and a personalized product in all glam bags! I love the bag this month! I think that the turquoise and lime green are a beautiful combination for the spring time, and the studs are a nice touch.

For my glam bag, I rated it a 4/5 stars! I liked many of the products I received this month.

Inside the glam bag:

  • Girlactik – Precise Marker Liner in Black Noir

I do not wear liquid eyeliner all that often (partly because creating the perfect wing can be a struggle at times), however I created a makeup look using this eyeliner this month. This product worked really well for me, and I found it to be very pigmented and easy to use. I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • FoxyBae – Replenishing Hair Mask

I was only able to use this a couple times so I can’t give a real in depth review of it right now, but I did notice that my hair felt softer after using it! I will hold off on rating this for now!

  • Ofra Cosmetics – Bronzer in Americano

I am such a big fan of Ofra Cosmetics! I do not wear bronzer very much but I was looking forward to trying this one. For some reason, I do not love the look of bronzer on me, but I do think this would be beautiful to wear in the summer time! I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Wander Beauty – Eyeshadow in Bouquet  (my pick)

I am in LOVE with this eyeshadow! I knew the second I saw it I was going to love it. The champagne color is stunning and can be included in many different makeup looks. I applied this all over my lids and then blended it up into my crease for a more natural/everyday look. I rated this shadow 5/5 stars!

  • Hanalei Company – Kukui Lip Balm in Tropical Citrus

The smell of this lip balm reminds me of something I used to eat from my childhood. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I am not mad at it at all! It smells tropical, which I really enjoy. While I do love hydrating my lips and using lip balms daily, I did not really need another one! I rated this product 3/5 stars.

  • Sugar Cosmetics – Uptown Girl Lengthening Mascara in Black

I really like trying out different mascaras though this one did not impress me. I felt that it did not give me the length or volume that I want, and it did clump my lashes a bit. I would rate this mascara 3/5 stars.

And now for my glam bag ultimate! I rated it 3/5 stars this month.

Inside the glam bag ultimate:

  • Pixi by Petra – Glow Mist Setting Spray

I was never really one to use setting sprays, however I really like this one! Thanks to ipsy, Pixi by Petra has become a favorite brand of mine. I spray this on my face after finishing my makeup and it gives me a subtle glow. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Go-To – Face Hero

I am always hesitant to try face oils. I have acne prone skin, so face oil is not necessarily something I like to use often. While I did not really like the smell of this product, I did use it a few times this month. I have to say, I have not noticed much of a difference with my skin just yet, but this may be the kind of product you need to use for a while before seeing results.

  • Dermadeli – Nourishing Eye Serum

As someone with dark under eye circles, I get really excited when I receive eye products! With this serum, a little goes a VERY long way! A small drop of this serum is plenty! I apply this all around the area of my eyes and gently dab it into my skin. I will continue to use this product and hopefully I will see a difference.

  • Hey Honey – Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold & Honey Beauty Mask

I love the fact that this mask is gold! It honestly looked like I brushed a ton of highlight all over my face! I only used it once, but I do really enjoy wash-off masks, so I will continue to use this! I rated this 4/5 stars!

  • 111Skin – Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Sheet Mask & Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask Set

I am really not a fan of sheet masks, so this was not my favorite product to try! I do like receiving eye masks but I haven’t had the chance to use this just yet!

  • Sunday Riley – C.E.O 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (my pick)

I have fallen in love with this serum! My skincare routine has been coming together lately and this product is now a favorite! It smells like oranges and makes me feel refreshed! I am going to continue to use it, but at this point I would like to rate it 5/5 stars (if this were to change for some reason, I will update).

  • Chella – La Vie Eyeshadow Palette Deluxe

This eyeshadow palette is absolutely beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and can be worn daily! The palette includes 2 matte shades and 2 shimmer shades. The shadows are very pigmented and I think that I will be reaching for this palette often! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

I had never used a product like this before! I replaced my usual shampoo with this. The first thing I noticed was the texture. It was very grainy and definitely felt like a scrub. Then, as I was using it, I noticed the scent. This smelled like men’s deodorant which is not my absolute favorite smell, so I didn’t love that! I feel like this is a product I would need to use more than once to see if I like it, so I will update if I end up really enjoying or really disliking it!

  • Library of Flowers – Honeycomb Handcreme

I do not use hand creams that much, so I did not really care to receive this product. It does smell nice and it made my hands feel very soft, so I will be using this product occasionally. I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Moon Oral Care – Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen in Vanilla Mint

If I am being honest, I am still hesitant to use this product. If I do, I will let you know what I think of it!

  • Complex Culture – Angled Foundation Brush

I prefer to use my hands or a sponge to apply my foundation, so this brush will probably not be used very often! I rated this brush 2/5 stars.

  • Illamasqua – Hydro Veil Primer

When I first received this product, I did not really know what it was. I read about it, and saw that it was a makeup primer. I applied this before applying my foundation. It was strange because I had never tried a gel face primer before. It almost felt like a moisturizer because it was hydrating!  I only got to use this a couple times so I am not sure if I should rate it just yet.

  • Youth to the People – Superfood Cleanser

I love trying out cleansers and this one did not disappoint! This product smelled and felt very clean. I don’t use it every day because I like switching out my products, but I did use this a few times this month and I really enjoyed it. I rated this 5/5 stars!

Thank you all so much for reading! I know that I have been doing these “what’s in my glam bag” posts for a while now, so I am trying to find a way to change it up for you all. This way, it won’t be too repetitive! I am open to any suggestions you may have, so leave a comment below!

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Healthy Hair for Spring: Artnaturals Argan Oil Hair Mask Review

Hey everyone! Today I NEED to talk to you all about this hair product because it has very quickly become a favorite of mine!

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with my hair. It honestly depends on the day… and the season. In the hotter months, my hair can get a bit frizzy and dry whereas in the winter I feel like I can tame it much easier.  My hair is a strange mix of wavy and curly. I try not to use too much heat on my hair to avoid damage, so I often leave it natural. If I brush my natural hair… well, I don’t even want to go there!

Let’s talk about the product! Last year, I was looking online for a decent hair mask to try. I was reading about a celebrity recommended hair mask, but of course, it was little expensive. I looked at the ingredients included, and found a hair mask that was much cheaper on Amazon, but it still included many of the same ingredients. This product contains natural and organic ingredients such as argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, and keratin. This hair mask claims to repair, hydrate, and moisturize your hair.

This the artnaturals Argan Oil Hair Mask ($11.90 on Amazon). To use this hair mask, you simply apply a quarter size amount onto your palm and distribute it throughout your hair (after using my fingers, I grab a comb and brush it through). When I use this product, I’ll typically wash my hair normally, using shampoo and then conditioner, and then I’ll apply the hair mask. The directions say to leave the mask on for 3-5 minutes or 20 minutes if you have damaged hair. I found that 10 minutes works best for me personally. While letting the hair mask sit for 10 minutes, I will shave my legs. Once the time is up, I simply rinse out the hair mask. After using this product, I don’t like to put anything else in my hair.

This mask smells so good! When I first started using it, I wasn’t sure if I would see much of a difference, but I was hopeful. What I quickly noticed is just how soft and silky it made my hair. I could easily run my fingers through my hair, and the texture was not dry, hard, or greasy. I also think that this product gave my hair some shine which was needed!

It has definitely taken me some time to learn how to manage my hair. I still deal with a bit of frizz, especially during the hotter months, but I have been trying out quite a few new hair products lately, so if I come across anything else that stands out, I will be sure to share it with you all! As for this hair mask, I highly recommend trying it out for yourself! If your hair is in desperate need of a revival after the winter months, this product is for you! Let me know if you try out this hair mask, and leave me a comment telling me what you think of it!

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!

What’s in My February Ipsy Glam Bag + Glam Bag Ultimate

It’s that time again! I can’t believe that next month will be a year that I became an Ipsy member! Once again, I will be showing you what I have received in my glam bag as well as my glam bag ultimate! Similar to last month, I will be reviewing many of the products, however I did not get a chance to use everything.  I will update as I use the rest of the products!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to feel the love, and with all of these new beauty products, I’m definitely feeling it! To be completely honest, the bag this month is not my favorite. I have definitely gotten cuter bags from Ipsy in the past! Despite this, I rated the overall glam bag a 4/5 stars!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Murad – Renewing Eye Cream

This is the product that I chose to receive in my glam bag this month. I have been in desperate need of an eye cream, so when I saw that this was one of my options, I chose it! I know I definitely don’t get enough sleep, and because I have big eyes, my under eye area has always been a bit dark. This is maybe the SMALLEST sample product I have received from Ipsy so far! I haven’t been using it long enough to rate it!

  • IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better Primer + Oil-Free Makeup-Gripping Base + Pore-Refiner & Hydrator

My gosh, that’s a mouth full! Anyway, I love receiving face primers because I really only started using them somewhat recently. I love the fact that it provides a barrier between my skin and my foundation, and it gives my foundation a smooth base. I have tried a few different products from IT Cosmetics before, and I enjoy them very much, so I was looking forward to trying this. This product seemed to work well for my skin. It kept my makeup on all day, and it definitely felt hydrating! Sadly, it is a small sample, so I’m sure I will be going through it pretty quickly. I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Half Caked – Super Glazed in Semi-charmed

Lip products are probably one of my favorite beauty products to receive and purchase. Although I prefer lipsticks or liquid lipsticks over glosses, this one did not disappoint! I absolutely love the color of this gloss. This gloss smells like candy, making you constantly want to apply more! It is also a full-sized product, so that made me very happy! I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Dr. Frog – Water Fullcharge All in One

I have really been enjoying moisturizers lately (probably because it’s winter, and my skin tends to get a bit dry), so I was hopeful when I saw this product. I did not necessarily need another moisturizer, however I wanted to try it out. This product makes my skin very soft and it keeps my skin hydrated. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • IBY Beauty – Radiant Glow Highlghter in Prosecco

Again, this is a product I did not necessarily need, but it is gorgeous, so I can’t complain! I love the beautiful gold color of this highlighter, and I think it will be perfect for the summer time! I have tried a few products from IBY Beauty before, and I like them a lot, so I was happy to receive this. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

I was actually not very impressed with my glam bag ultimate this month. There were many products I received that I did not care for. A few of the products are amazing, but most of the products were things that I did not want or need. I rated this glam bag ultimate a 3/5 stars.

Inside the glam bag ultimate:

  • Tokyomilk – Anthemoessa Handcreme

I do not really care to receive hand creams because I do not use them too often, but the packaging is very pretty and it smells nice.

  • Polaar – The Genuine Lapland Cream Lip Balm

I did not need a lip balm, but I actually really like this one. It doesn’t have the best scent, but it is very moisturizing and perfect for winter. This will probably be my go-to lip balm for a while! I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • Feel – Harmony Rose Petal Facial Mask

I have not had the time to use this product yet!

  • Doucee Cosmetics – Punk Volumizer Mascara in Black

I always get excited when trying out new mascaras and I love the red and black packaging of this one! The wand is pretty big, which I do not love because I feel that it makes applying the product a bit difficult and it can sometimes lead to clumpy lashes. This mascara did not clump my lashes, but it did not do an amazing job at separating or lengthening them. I feel like this is a good natural mascara that could be used for an everyday makeup look. It is easy to remove which is great, but I don’t see myself reaching for this product too often. I love some dramatic lashes! I rated this product a 3/5 stars.

  • Callyssee – Better Bean Clean Face Coffee Cleanser

I enjoy trying out new cleansers, but this one did not stand out to me! It’s alright! I rated this product a 3/5 stars.

  • Pacifica Beauty – Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes

I haven’t used these just yet because I plan on brining these with me on my trip to France! I will update once I try them.

  • Playa – New Day Mist

I really wanted to love this product because it is (apparently) great for refreshing your hair and smoothing frizz and flyaways.  I will not use this product because I cannot stand the smell. When I received my glam bag ultimate, the entire box smelled like this hair spray.

  • Skylar – Hydrating Body Lotion in Capri

I sound like a broken record, I know, but once again, I did not really need a lotion. I have so many, so this one will be added to the collection. It did smell nice, and it made my skin soft, so I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • Folly Fire – Matte Manipulation Creamy Matte Lipstick in Sunset Blvd

I am in LOVE with this lipstick! I absolutely love the color; I don’t think I have another lipstick in this shade. This was the perfect pink to wear for Valentine’s Day! It is long-wearing, and it is my new favorite. It is creamy and it applies easily. I highly recommend this lipstick! I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Makeup Geek – Champagne and Rose Eyeshadow Palette

This is the product that I chose to receive in this month’s glam bag ultimate. I think that the theme of this palette is so cute! A few of my favorite shades are, “Champagne”, “Rose”, and “Bubbly”. These shadows are very pigmented and easily blendable! I was not expecting to fall in love with this palette but I definitely did! I rated this palette a 5/5 stars!

  • Grace & Stella – Rose Quartz Facial Roller

I have been seeing these all over Instagram, and I never got my hands on one until now (thanks Ipsy)! At first, I was not quite sure what the point of this product was, but now I understand that it is used to massage your face, and it can help your skin absorb serums or moisturizers.  It can also help you reduce the puffiness of your skin, particularly in the mornings. Leaving it in the refrigerator overnight could also help (plus it will feel refreshing)! I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Shaina B – Eyes on Miami Brush Set

I have plenty of brushes, so I did not need more, but I actually like these brushes, and there are a couple that I did not own before. Although I didn’t need this set, I rated the brushes 5/5 stars and would recommend them if you’re looking for new eye makeup brushes!

Thank you all for reading! Next month’s glam bag ultimate will be my last, but I will continue receiving the regular glam bags every month! If you are an Ipsy member, let me know some of your favorite products that you have received this month!

Valentine’s Day Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I had so much fun creating this eye makeup look for Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to share it with you all! In my January Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate, I received a new eyeshadow palette by theBalm Cosmetics, and I have been obsessed with it! This is the “What’s the Tea?® Ice Tea Eyeshadow Palette” ($36). I decided that I could create the perfect V-Day makeup look using this, and that is what I am going to be sharing with you today! This is a somewhat natural eye with a pop of pink!

When I first saw this palette, I thought that the theme was adorable. The palette as well as the colors all relate to gossip. If I am being honest, I probably would not buy this palette if I were walking through an Ulta or Sephora because I do not typically go for bold colors. I definitely prefer browns, golds, or taupes. This palette includes three matte brown shades, and six shimmer shades. Although I would not buy this for myself, the different shades of pink and blue are gorgeous. If you have read a couple of my other makeup tutorials, you may know that I am a little afraid of using bold colors in my eyeshadow looks, but I’ve been trying to get more experimental, and I have actually been having a lot of fun with it! I used to do the same eyeshadow look every single day, but thankfully that is not the case anymore (thanks to Ipsy)!

The eye makeup tutorial:

  • I started off by applying the neutral eyelid primer that comes in this palette. I gently blended this onto my eyelids. You want to ensure that your eye makeup lasts all day and night for Valentine’s Day, so primer is essential! I also feel that primer makes applying eyeshadows a bit easier because it gives the color a smooth base to stick to!
  • The first color I took was this beautiful pink color in the shade, “The 411”. I simply applied this onto my eyelids. I was immediately impressed by the color payoff with all of the shades!
  • Then, I took the light brown shade, “Oh Snap” and blended this into my crease as a transition shade using windshield wiper motions.
  • I then took the middle brown in the shade, “The Run Down” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes. Make sure to blend out the shadows after this step. These shadows are incredibly easy to blend (with just a little bit of fallout when applying them).
  • The last step for the eyeshadow is highlight. I took the shade “He Said, She Said” and lightly applied this to my inner corners and my brow bones. In my opinion, highlighting these areas complete an eyeshadow look beautifully. It brightens up the eyes and makes you look more awake. I love this shade because it seems to be a mix of light purple and gold, making it more unique (and stunning).
  • Next, I lined the outer half of my lower lashline with “The Run Down”, and then lined the inner half of my lower lashline with “The 411”.
  • Next, I took my L’oreal Voluminous Lash Primer, and my Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara and applied a few coats. I love this mascara because it always does a beautiful job of lengthening and separating my lashes. If you prefer to wear false lashes, you can do this as well!
  • Lastly, I took my usual black eyeliner by Essence and lined my waterline and tightline. I do this pretty much every time I do my makeup because it adds a bit more drama to any makeup look, which I love!

Thank you so much for reading! I am so in love with this eyeshadow palette, and if you are interested, I highly recommend looking into buying it! Let me know how you’re planning on doing your Valentine’s Day makeup in a comment below!

What’s In My January Ipsy Glam Bag + Glam Bag Ultimate

Hey everyone! As you are probably aware by now, I have an obsession with Ipsy. I love sharing what I get in my monthly glam bags, and I love trying out new beauty products! This month’s post is going to be a little different! If you couldn’t already tell from the title, I am trying out the glam bag ultimate for a few months! Since I received so many products this month, I will not be reviewing every single one of them today. I will most likely update this post as I try out all of the products because it can take time to see if certain products work well for me!

For this month, Ipsy wanted its members to start the year off with a clean slate. I love that the theme is all about a fresh start (and fresh beauty products) for the New Year! This glam bag might be my favorite one I have received so far! I absolutely love the marble print with the pink detail. I rated my overall bag 4/5 stars! There was really only one product I felt that I didn’t need, but for the most part I love the products!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Bellapierre Cosmetics: Mineral Lipstick in Envy

I absolutely love this lipstick. It is a beautiful shade that is perfect for any day or occasion! I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Morphe: Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer in 1.55

I was thrilled to receive this concealer because Morphe is a very well-known and loved brand. The concealer is just a tiny bit light for me, but it should be ok for this time of year! When I first used this, I found it a bit difficult to blend. Once I got it blended, it seemed to cover my spots and my under eyes beautifully. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • Nomad Cosmetics: NOMAD x Marrakesh Medina Intense Eyeshadow in Desert Sands (my pick)

This is the product that I chose for this month. I love receiving eyeshadows, and although I love the color, it is a bit more orange toned than I thought it would be. It is very pigmented as well. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • H2O+: Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream

To be honest, I really haven’t had too much time to try this product out. I have used it a few times, and it seems to work well for my skin!

  • Cela: Seed to Skin Scrub Natural Grain Polish

I have never really tried many body scrubs, but it is safe to say I am in love! I used this product to exfoliate my legs and my legs were so smooth afterward! This scrub has a sweet smell to it, and hopefully I will be getting more body scrubs from Ipsy in the future!

If you are unaware of what the glam bag ultimate is, it is a new bag that Ipsy has created! Members can pay $50 a month to receive 8 full-sized products, and 4 deluxe samples at a $250 value! If I did my math correctly, the total of my bag comes out to about $300 which is insane! You can also choose 1 product each month just like you would for the glam bag and the glam bag plus!

For my glam bag ultimate, I rated it a 3/5 stars. I do update my beauty preferences often, but I felt that I received a few skin care/facial products that I did not necessarily want or need such as the face masks (I prefer wash-off masks, but I don’t use them too often).

Inside the glam bag ultimate:

  • Tarte: Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Front Row (my pick)

This color is perfect for the fall/winter time! I love trying out liquid lipsticks, and this one did not disappoint! It is very long-lasting. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • This Works: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I haven’t had too much time to try out this product, but I have used it two or three times already. I don’t really have trouble falling to sleep at night, so I am not too sure if this product works or not. It does have a very natural scent (it is made with lavender, and it is made with chamomile and vetiver) which is relaxing. I simply spray this a couple times over my bed and fall asleep.

  • Thann: Eden Breeze Body Butter

I did not necessarily need another lotion, but I have been enjoying this one. I like the smell, and I like to apply this after I shower at night. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • F.A.R.A.H Brushes: 160F Face Brush

I did not need another makeup brush, but I like that the brush matched the glam bag with the pink and marble print.

  • Pretty Woman: Nail Polish in Don’t Be Jelly

I really do not care to receive nail polishes very often because I prefer to get my nails done at a salon. I actually received a color very similar to this one in my April 2019 glam bag, so I will be giving this nail polish to my sister.

  • TheBalm Cosmetics: What’s The Tea® Ice Tea Eyeshadow Palette

I was SO excited to receive this! I was not expecting to receive a full sized eyeshadow palette! I’ve heard great things about TheBalm Cosmetics, and this is the first product that I tried from them! The palette is adorable, and the colors are stunning. I love that the names all relate to gossip! I plan on using this palette for an upcoming makeup tutorial, so be on the lookout for that! 😉 I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Sweet Chef: Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot

This was my first time trying out a serum. I am always nervous about trying new skincare products because I have acne prone skin. I tried out this product, and I don’t think I have been using it long enough to say whether or not it is working well for me. It hasn’t caused any breakouts and it does make my skin feel supple and hydrated, so I am going to continue using it!

  • Flesh: Touch Flesh Highlighter Balm in Pinky

I have never tried a cream highlighter before, so I was excited to see what this one was like! It is a beautiful rose gold shade, and I found that it was easy to blend. I just applied this above my cheekbones, and I love the glow that it gives me. I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Essenherb: Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

  • Ahava: Essential Day Moisturizer

I have been using this moisturizer since the day I got it, and I have been enjoying it a lot. I like trying out different skin care products and I mostly use this product at night after I shower. The best way I could describe the smell of this product is clean/fresh. I find that my skin feels softer in the mornings, and I am trying to get into the habit of moisturizing more often, especially during the colder months. I rated this product a 5/5 stars.

  • Hey Honey: Take Away The Drama Youth Boosting Honey & Copper Peel Off Mask

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

  • Avette: Daily Fresh Squeeze Sheet Mask Duo in Grape and Lycheee

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

Thank you all so much for reading! Getting my glam bags in the mail can always put a smile on my face, and I am always looking forward to receiving them. For the next couple of months, I plan to continue sharing the products that come in my glam bag ultimates! If you are subscribed to Ipsy, leave me a comment below and tell me what you received in your January glam bags! Until next time!