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!

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

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette | Review

I am a sucker for fun eye shadow palettes. It is so rare for me to buy separate eye shadows because I can never decide what colors to purchase, so when I see that there is a new palette out with colors I don’t own I automatically have to have it. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette was one of those. I waited a bit after it came out to purchase it because I wasn’t sure if the hype was real. When I went to swatch it at Ulta, I instantly fell in love! I had to have it!

– Now I know this is a limited edition palette so I do apologize if you can’t get your hands on it but it is still out for sale, I have seen it. So if you want it go get it soon before it sells out!IMG_3566

Price: $30.00

Where Can I Purchase: Ulta, Sephora.com (I checked the ABH website but they are sold out).

Anastasia Claims: “This limited-edition, fashion-forward eye shadow kit is the ultimate makeup artist’s palette. Twelve heavily-pigmented shades ranging from a neutral dusty rose to a dramatic emerald green—deliver smooth, intense color so you can create an endless array of looks.” – Anastasiabeverlyhills.com

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Packaging: The packaging is so fun and summery. It definitely does look artistic, hence the name of the palette. It has a magentic close just like all of her other palettes. For the most part it’s sturdy and it is small enough to travel with.

Consistency: The eye shadows are so soft and buttery but pigmented at the same time. Usually I find that eye shadows like these end up being chalky, but that was not the case with this palette.

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Overall Thoughts: If you’re looking for a fun summer palette that has a variety of colors definitely pick this one up. There aren’t many neutrals or crease colors, but there is a good variety of matte and shimmery shadows. I personally did not own any colors like the ones in this palette so for me it was definitely a good buy. The shadows aren’t unique per say, but if you’re like me and don’t own many loose shadows then you probably want a palette like this. They are pigmented but buttery and blend so easily! Also, many eye shadows crease on me and these don’t do it as much. I have been loving this palette this summer and I think you guys will enjoy it as well!

 

What are your favorite summer palettes? Do you own this one? thoughts?

xo, Jess

Special Occasion Makeup Feat. ABH Artist Palette

Wedding season is right around the corner. I have been invited to two this month and I will be doing makeup on brides and bridesmaids for both! I decided to create a look that I would wear to a wedding or special occasion.

I was so excited to play around with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette and I love the way the look came out!

Let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to share and subscribe if you liked the video!

PRODUCTS USED:

  • M.A.C Paint Pot (Painterly)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette (Buttery, Dusty Rose, Punch Fuchsia, Unicorn)
  • Violet Voss Glitter Glue
  • Violet Voss Glitter (Holy Grail)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro-matte Foundation (Creme Caffe)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid (Opal)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Medium Dark Neutral)
  • Ben Nye Banana Powder
  • Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Glow Powder
  • Makeup Geek Cosmetics E/S (Glamorous, Bleached Blonde)
  • Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Liner (Onyx)
  • Inglot Gel Liner (#77)
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
  • Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer (Goddess)
  • Benefit Bronzer (Hoola)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Memorable)
  • M.A.C Mineralize Bronzer (
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (Lovely)

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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