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

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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!

Mexico Vacation | Aug. 2015

It has been a while since I’ve posted, I usually don’t like to give excuses but like I’ve mentioned in previous posts and videos, I have been finishing my Bachelor’s degree and enrolled in a few summer classes then after they finished I went on a family vacation for 7 days.

I wanted to document the entire trip since I absolutely love watching other people’s vlogs and blog post’s about their vacations. This was my first time ever vlogging so if you are interested in seeing what I did the whole vacation feel free to watch the video.

We were originally supposed to stay in a 3-star hotel and when we booked the hotel it looked beautiful in photos. Well, let me tell you, pictures lie. The hotel looked run down in person and we were a little disappointed but willing to make the best of it. While waiting for our rooms to be situated, we found out that there was a hostile take over happening in our hotel and they ended up transferring us to a beautiful 5-star hotel that was all inclusive. Honestly, this was the best thing that could have ever happened to us and I felt so blessed and so grateful. It made our trip so much better.

I absolutely loved my vacation, Mexico was beautiful and I would love to go back someday. It was definitely a very much needed vacation and I am so excited for you guys to be able to sort of come along with me by watching my vlog and seeing the photos.

Let me know if you like these types of posts and if you like vlog videos so I can continue to do them.

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Did you go on vacation this summer? Where to?

xo, Jess

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

 

Sephora VIB Haul ♥

We all know when this time of year comes around all of us makeup addicts get a little crazy! Thankfully, I had my head on right this time around and used my VIB discount at Sephora to only purchase items I needed or have been really wanting to try, no random items. I only purchased five things but I’m really excited about each one!

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation (Praline) – My Friend Recommended this product to me. I’ve actually never tried any Laura Mercier foundations so I am super excited to try this one as I’ve heard many good things about this specific one. Plus it’s one of her newest foundations!

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (Black Ink) – I feel like all of the black gel liners that I own right now still don’t look super black on me. I wanted to try this one since I see it being used over and over on Youtube and it looks super duper black. Let’s hope I love it!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – This is another YouTube favorite that I’ve been dying to try. I love experimenting with new primers to see if they help my makeup last longer and minimize my pores!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Opal) – This one I bought because my other one broke 😦 I couldn’t live without it and decided to take advantage of the 20%.

Cover Fx Bronzer (Sunset) – I needed a new bronzer and was stuck on my NYX Matte Bronzer for the longest time so I decided to step outside of my NYX box for a little while. I purchased the darkest color of the bunch so that I can use it for contouring.

Those were all of the items I purchased during the VIB sale. I’m very happy with the things I purchased and can’t wait to start using them!

 

What did you purchase during the Sephora VIB Sale?

xo, Jess ♥

Eyebrow Perfection ♥ Benefit Gimme Brow

We all know without perfect eyebrows, your entire makeup for the day can look a little off. Eyebrows help frame your face and usually they bring your whole makeup look together. I never filled in my eyebrows when I was younger and although it didn’t look terrible, it also didn’t look as crisp and clean as my face does now.

Recently, I have been using the exact same routine for doing my eyebrows. I love the way this routine leaves them and I am not complaining or looking to change it up anytime soon. I have a video showing you guys my full eyebrow routine, so check it out if you want to see what I do! The only thing I did not include in that video was my newest favorite little gem.

The Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. It’s perfection in a tube. I received this about a week ago from Benefit after winning a contest they were holding with Birchbox. I usually use my Sonia Kashuk clear brow gel and thought that was great, but once I tried this Benefit Eyebrow Gel for the first time, I instantly fell in love.

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Price: $22.00

Where Can I Purchase? Benefitcosmetics.com, Ulta, Sephora, Anywhere that sells Benefit Cosmetics.

Benefit Claims: “Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping. Available in two shades. Innovative Brush-On Fiber Gel is water resistant, long-wearing, natural-looking, buildable.” –Benefitcosmetics.com

Why I Love It: Since growing out my eyebrows and trying to reshape them, the struggle has been real. They have been a little sparse and a little wild at the same time. This product has definitely helped fill in those extra little spaces that my brow powder and brow pomade can’t seem to get. It also makes my brows look fuller and they stay in place all day long! I seriously cannot rave about this product enough.

I used to hear amazing reviews but never tried it because I thought it would make my brows look super dark (since they are already basically black) but the color of this product seriously matches with anyone’s eyebrows. It comes in two different shades but I promise one of those will work for you, whether you have super light hair or super dark hair.

 

Have you tried this product? What eyebrow products do you recommend?

xo, Jess ♥

bareMinerals : BareSkin Foundation: Review ♥

This foundation has been the talk of the town lately, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it when it first came out. bareMinerals is a brand that I don’t really have much of in my makeup collection. When I first started using makeup, I wasn’t sure what to use, and this happened to be the easiest and most natural brand that I had heard of. As I became better and more in love with makeup, I branched out to try other brands and bareMinerals sort of fell to the side. I’m not a huge fan of powdered or “mineral” products because in my opinion, they don’t really last all day, therefore, bareMinerals was not my favorite.

On the other hand, I do love natural finishes and “no makeup, makeup” which lead me to the reason why I love this product so much. When I heard that bareMinerals, the best of the best for natural makeup, was coming out with a liquid foundation I automatically knew I had to get my hands on it, and of course, I did.

I can honestly say that this has been my go-to foundation for the summer, but I won’t spoil the rest of the details for you! Watch the video to see what my overall opinion of this foundation was 🙂