Current Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites + A Quick Update.

It has been a long time since I did a favorites video because for the most part I have been sticking to the same products for the past few months. I realized that some of those “same” products that I have been using non stop, I actually have never talked about on here or on Youtube. Therefore, I decided to film a current favorites video. The difference between this one and all of my other favorites videos is that I included lifestyle favorites as well.

As I mentioned previously on this blog, I am incorporating more lifestyle and hopefully fitness to my blog and Youtube channel so I am excited to finally start putting my words into action!

Watch my video to see what products I have been loving recently. Please don’t forget to subscribe!

Products mentioned (Clickable links not affiliated or sponsored):

Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadows
Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette
MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Skin Finish – Beaming Blush
Estee Lauder Highlighter – Heat Wave
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer
Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer
Maybelline Big Shot Mascara

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Moisturizer
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil
Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Gel
Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer
Cerave Foaming Cleanser
Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish

Khloe Kardashian – Strong Looks Better Naked

Perfect Protein – Vanilla
Perfect Fit Multivitamin (not sure if it’s discontinued, it’s not on the website anymore 😦 )


Wedding Planning: How I Stay Organized

I have two months left until my wedding! I can’t believe how fast this time has passed by. Since I am almost nearing the end of my wedding planning, I wanted to let you guys know how I stayed organized. Organization is key to life for me, I feel that when you are organized there is no reason for stress. That goes for planning events and life in general. If you can keep yourself and your surroundings as organized as possible, I guarantee it will make life so much easier!

I also show you guys sneak peeks of my save the dates & my wedding invites so definitely watch this video if you want to see!

Youtube Video Catch Up!

I know I have been a little MIA from the blog  but I just wanted to catch you guys up on what I have been up to! If I am not posting on here definitely make sure to check out my Instagram @xoitsjess, Twitter @xoitsjess_ (I’m ALWAYS on Twitter btw) and of course Youtube! I have been trying to consistently post one video at minimum a week so definitely always check there if you want to keep up with me 🙂

I am posting some of my more recent videos down below in case you missed any! I have so much more planned once school is over (July 1st, YES!) so follow me on social media to keep up!

Where Have I Been!? Life Update

I know I have been gone for quite a while. Well, let me explain.

I don’t like to make excuses for being absent from my blog, youtube, or social media in general because at the end of the day I choose to make certain things a priority and this blog, unfortunately, has not been one of them. When I first started my blog, I wanted to create an outlet where, if I wasn’t in the mood to film a Youtube video, I could come to my blog and just write about it. It ended up making things stressful because I felt that I was only posting the same things I was making videos about. After continuously doing that, writing these posts started to feel like a chore and I wasn’t into it. I didn’t know what else to write about, and it seemed like I never had the time to create more content. So, I gave myself a little (very long) break.

I never want to feel discouraged or forced to do something and that is why taking a break from my blog was the best decision. I was able to focus on my Youtube channel a little more and I finally hit 1,000 Subscribers!!! — I do want to thank all of you who not only follow my blog but also subscribed and watch my Youtube videos because without you, 1,000 subbies wouldn’t have been possible. I know it seems minuscule in comparison to other Youtubers  but to me, it is a huge deal. It took a very long time to get to this place and I don’t plan on stopping. I want to grow my channel and my blog, as well as my other social media platforms because I truly love doing this.

On top of focusing on my Youtube, I was able to focus more on school too. I am finally one semester away from graduation! Yayyyy. For those of you who don’t know, my college journey has been a crazy one (possible video or blog idea?). There were times where I felt like a failure and didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to finish my education, so the fact that I am one semester away from graduation is such a blessing. I can’t wait to finish school, so that I can have some more free time to do the things that I love, including putting more focus into this blog.

I’ve also been planning my wedding as you all know, I got engaged last October and am planning a wedding for this September. I have done a few videos on my wedding planning process but overall, I planned everything so quickly that I didn’t really have much to talk about in videos. I plan on doing an update filling you guys in on what I have planned so far (which is basically everything, but ya know, who doesn’t love wedding videos?).

So that’s pretty much what has been going on in my life right now that has been keeping me so busy. I hope that you guys are still interested in my blog because now that I am back, I have so many ideas brewing.

I want this blog to be more than just beauty because my Youtube is mostly about beauty at the moment (eventually, I want to dive into lifestyle and fashion on there too, but that’s another story and blog post). In this blog, I want to be able to share my opinions on topics, no matter what the topic is. I want to be able to share my travels with you guys, the books I read, and just daily tips and tricks, recipe’s, etc. Anything that comes to mind that I think is a part of me and my life, I want to share with you guys. I want this blog to be more than just a beauty blog. I guess what I am saying is, I want this blog to be more about my lifestyle. I want to open up more with you guys and I want you to get to know who I am in all aspects of my life.

I am excited for this new journey and the changes that I plan on making to my blog because I have been looking forward to this for a while. Keep an eye out for changes coming in the next few months and also, I hope that you stick with me and enjoy my new posts! If you have any ideas of what type of blog posts you would like to see definitely leave me some comments below and let me know what you want to see! I love you guys, thank you for all your support and for sticking with my even when I am not giving you my best. I appreciate all of your support and I hope we can continue on this journey together.

xo, Jess

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? DIY Bridesmaid Boxes

For my wedding series I decided to film what I did to ask my girls if they would like to be a part of my wedding. I made DIY Boxes full of goodies for each one of my bridesmaids. They all loved it and said yes! If you are planning your wedding, let me know what you did to ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding. I hope this video was fun and helpful as well.

Please don’t forget to subscribe and thumbs up the video if you found it helpful and fun!

Pink & Burgundy Makeup Tutorial | Feat. M.A.C Liquid Lipstick

I recently purchased a few Colourpop cosmetics eyeshadows and I was also able to get my hands on one of the new M.A.C Liquid Lipsticks in the color High Drama. I wanted to use it so bad in a tutorial that I decided to create something with the lippie and the new eyeshadows I purchased. I hope you guys like this tutorial, please subscribe if you do. Also, let me know if you guys want a review on the M.A.C Liquid Lipstick.


M.A.C Paint Pot in Painterly

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eyeshadow Palette ( Sytry)

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette (Underhand, Framed)

Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow (Bubbly)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette (Deep Plum, LBD)

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

Sonia Kashuk Eye Liner

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

NYX Dark Circle Corrector

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Ben Nye Banana Powder

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder (NW35)

NYX Matte Bronzer

M.A.C Prolonger Blush (Stubborn)

Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Highlight (Champagne Pop)

YSL Babydoll Mascara

Ardell Lashes (Demi Whispies)

M.A.C Eyeshadow (Nylon)

M.A.C Lip Liner (Nightmoth)

M.A.C Liquid Lipstick (High Drama)


What other videos would you guys like to see from me?

xo, Jess

Get Ready With Me Feat. KathleenLights x ColourPop

I wanted to use the KathleenLights x Colourpop Cosmetics eyeshadows that my friend just purchased. They looked so beautiful I just had to borrow them to film a video haha. I decided instead of doing a tutorial, I wanted to switch it up a little and just do a get ready with me. Let me know if you like these types of videos or if you prefer the good ‘ol tutorial instead.

P.S – Don’t forget to share, subscribe and thumbs up my video if you liked it!

xo, Jess