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):

BEAUTY
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

SKINCARE
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

LIFESTYLE
Khloe Kardashian – Strong Looks Better Naked

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

The Power of Makeup

When I was younger, confidence was something I knew nothing about. I looked up to my family members who mostly consisted of women, and thought that they were so beautiful and that I could never compare. As the years went by, I struggled with my self-esteem and confidence all throughout Middle school and High school. Although it may have seemed like I was a happy-go-lucky teenager, behind closed doors I was really struggling to find myself. Eventually, I started watching YouTube videos and would see girls applying their own makeup and looking so confident while doing it. I began to play with makeup myself and liked the way it made me feel.

Makeup was a way out for me. It was the blanket that covered all of my insecurities for a very long time. It got so bad that I would never leave the house without it on. I ONLY felt comfortable with myself when I had makeup on.

As I got older, through many meltdowns and mental breakdowns, I finally became stronger. I started seeing myself in a different light and I knew that in order for me to be successful and actually make a difference in my life, I was going to have to change something. I wanted to be happy and at that moment I knew what had to change. I started watching many self-help and inspiring Youtube videos, I would go to my local bookstore and for hours read self-help books, and eventually I saw small changes in me.

Now, I can proudly say that although I have my off days, I am more confident than I have ever been. Makeup is no longer necessary for me. I wear it because I love it and because I enjoy it, NOT because I need it to feel comfortable anymore.

I hope that this inspires you all to be confident with or without makeup. We all have struggles and we all go through hard times, but never forget that the real beauty comes from the person you are within.

Sephora & Ulta Haul

I haven’t been makeup shopping in a very long time and I was running out of a few necessities so I decided to take a trip to Ulta and purchase some goodies. Makeup shopping is seriously like an addiction so of course, I had to pick up a few goodies at Sephora as well.

Watch the video to see what goodies I picked up 🙂 Let me know if you have any recommendations that I should try out!

 

xo, Jess

 

May Beauty Favorites | 2015

I have finally been able to upload my May favorites! I apologize for uploading it so late. I promise my June favorites will be on time haha. I had a few good items in this favorites video so make sure you check it out!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

What were your favorites for last month? Any recommendations?

xo, Jess ♥

April Beauty Favorites | 2015

Once again, another month has come and gone. April was fun for me because I was able to attend IMATS and buy new makeup. I haven’t been purchasing too much new makeup lately because I don’t have enough storage space. Don’t worry though, I am working on that! I can’t wait to one day have my own beauty room/office space. I digress..

I hope you guys enjoy this video. If you have any recommendations on new products for me to try let me know below in the comments. As always don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, like, share, and comment if you enjoyed my video 🙂

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • Murad Blackhead Remover
  • First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream
  • Smashbox Primer Water
  • M.A.C Fix+ Setting Spray
  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer
  • Sonia Kashuk Liquid Line Precision Marker
  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
  • Makeup Forever Instant Brush Cleanser
  • Formula X For Sephora Top Coat
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara

What were your April favorites?

xo, Jess ♥

IMATS NY Haul | 2015

IMATS was this weekend and I had so much fun! This year I was super excited because there were certain brands that I had been eyeing for a while, that weren’t there last year, that ended up being there this year! For Example, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dose of Colors, & Tarte.

I was able to purchase lots of goodies, so make sure you watch to see what I got!

I also met a few of my subbies! Thank you guys for taking the time out to come up to me and say hi. It meant the world and more to me. You have no idea how exciting it was to put a face to my subscribers, it was truly amazing! I wouldn’t be making these videos and posts if it weren’t for you guys, so thanks again.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Creme Contour Kit (Medium)
  • Dose Of Colors Mate Lipsticks ( Berry Me, Purple Rain, Merlot, Pinky Promise)
  • Violet Voss Glitter (Holy Grail, Megan, Holo Smokes, Siren Fantasy)
  • Velour Lashes (Whispie Me Away, Complete Me)
  • Ardell Lashes
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (Persimmon, Lovely, Sweet Talker)
  • Inglot Duraline
  • Inglot Gel Eyeliner #77
  • Tarte Fresh Eye Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Tarte Eyelash Curler
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 3-in-1 Mascara
  • Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer ( Medium Tan)
  • Tarte Etch And Sketch Double Ended Bamboo Liner Brush
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Gel Liner
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Captivating, Exposed, Fearless)
  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hr Protecting Primer
  • Coconut Water Makeup Remover Pads
  • Velour Lashes Lash Stick
  • Violet Voss Loose Pigment & Glitter Adhesive

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

xo, Jess ♥

Current Favorite Nail Polish Top Coats ♥

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It has been a while since I actually painted my nails. Long story short, I got a new job and they only allow nude or pink nail polish. Like, how boring can you get? To rebel, I decided not to paint them at all. That is until I started feeling like a little boy.

I decided to take advantage and just use up all the pink and nude nail polish that I own. The good thing is that Pink is actually my favorite color, so I have tons of Pink nail polish.

I recently purchased these two top coats and I have been loving them! I wanted to tell you guys a little about them.

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FORMULA X FOR SEPHORA SHINE TOP COAT:

Price: $10.50

Where can I Purchase? Sephora, Sephora.com

This has become my go-to top coat. I heard about it from Makeupbytiffany on YouTube a while back and decided to pick it up while on a trip to Sephora. It’s supposed to give you high intensity shine and look almost Gel-like. I haven’t stopped using it since I purchased it. It brings all of my nail polishes to life and definitely gives them intense shine. Even as the days pass by the shine does not go away. As for chipping, I use my hand a lot throughout the days and weeks and I noticed it didn’t really start to chip until after a week or so. For those of you who like to switch up your nail polish very often, this is a good thing!

I definitely recommend this top coat if you love intense shine and gel like nails. It is also made without any parabens so that is an added plus!

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SALLY HANSEN BIG MATTE TOP COAT

Price: $5.99

Where Can I Purchase? Any Drugstore, Ulta (In Store & Online)

I wasn’t a huge fan of matte nail polish when this trend came out. Recently, my co-worker let me try one of her new Essie Cashmere nail polishes, which dry matte. I decided to add a top coat to protect the polish and prevent it from chipping, so I purchased this Sally Hansen one and I fell in love! It’s not super matte, where your nails feel rough. There is still a slight shine to it but not as shiny as a regular top coat.

I recommend this top coat for sure if you’re like me and you want to try matte nail polishes without it feeling rough and dry.

What are your favorite Top Coats? Anything I should try?

xo, Jess