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 😦 )

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!

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

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation | First Impression

Recently a co-worker of mine kept mentioning that she wanted to find a good full coverage foundation that would last her all day while at work. I had always heard good things about Kat Von D’s beauty line and so many people have raved about her foundation. I personally never tried it because I was too afraid that it would be too full coverage for me. When I recommended this foundation to my co-worker and chose the color for her, she came in the next day with it on and her face looked amazing. It didn’t look too cakey or powdery, the color matched perfect, everything just looked flawless on her!

After seeing how amazing the foundation looked on her, I had to try it myself. Watch my First Impression video below to see how it applied and what it looked like before and after the application.

Price: $35

Where Can I Purchase? Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com (& store locations)

Kat Von D Claims: “One little pump is all it takes to even out discoloration, stop shine and hide blemishes! The coverage is AMAZING, whether you apply with a brush or a sponge. And it’s so long-wear, we can go a full 24 hours without touching up or re-applying (Kat herself has put this to the test)…Formulated with 21% pigment, our powerful potion is loaded with proprietary pigments plus an exclusive blend of siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters which bind the formula, so your foundation stays fade-free and transfer- proof…The bottle features an innovative airless chamber design that prevents contamination and maintains Lock-It’s rich consistency. That means you get a fresh, precisely measured dose with every pump!” -Katvondbeauty.com

Packaging: To be honest, when I first saw the packaging on this foundation I wasn’t impressed. I am not a huge tattoo person so the packaging to me was neither here nor there. After I purchased the foundation I realized how useful the packaging really is! According to the website, the design prevents contamination and maintains the foundation’s consistency. Also, when you pump (which of course is a plus too) it is supposed to dispense the perfect amount of foundation needed to complete a full coverage application.

Consistency: This foundation has a creamy feel to it. It is definitely a bit on the heavier side of consistencies compared to most of my other foundations. I did notice that when applied it blended out easily but also dried quickly so it is a product that you have to work fast with. I also thought that using a beauty blender or a damp sponge helped with the thickness of the foundation when it came to blending and dispersing it throughout the face.

Finish: The finish of this foundation was matte. I still set it with a tiny bit of powder just because that’s what I always do with all my foundations but I did notice it looked a little heavy afterwards, so I used a setting spray to sort of help the product settle into my face and not look so matte/powdery.

Overall: I loved that this foundation does exactly what is says it does. It is full coverage and when I say full coverage, I mean it. It covers literally everything. It also lasts extremely long. Hours later, it looks like you just applied your makeup, which is amazing. I do think that the foundation itself felt heavy on my skin at first but throughout time I think the natural oils in my skin helped with breaking down the thickness of the foundation. I believe this is one of those foundations that actually look better with time as it settles perfectly into the skin. I would say if you have dry skin, you probably will not like this foundation because it is super matte. Also, if you are someone who isn’t used to full coverage foundations, this may not be for you either. I recommend this for anyone who is taking photos, video, loves their full on everyday glam or wants their foundation to last them all day. I also think the price is perfect for what you are getting. It is right in the middle of the foundation spectrum, not too expensive but not super affordable either.

 

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts/experiences?

xo, Jess ♥

 

 

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.

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

Tarte Tartelette Palette | Review

Although I own tons of neutral eyeshadows when I saw Tarte’s Tartelette palette I was so drawn to it! I own one or two tarte palettes and I enjoy them alot so since everyone was raving about this one I decided to pick it up on a trip to Ulta.

I know, I know, better late than never, right?

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Price: $44.00

Where can I purchase: Ulta.com, Sephora.com, Tartecosmetics.com, and anywhere else Tarte is sold.

Packaging: Tarte did such a great job with this palette’s packaging, I absolutely love it! It is so durable and comes with a huge mirror that is perfect when you are traveling. Also, the size of the palette itself is perfect to take it with you on the go.

Consistency: These eyeshadows like most of Tarte’s eyeshadows are very smooth but not powdery. They blend out perfectly and are packed with pigment.DSC03587

Overall Thoughts: This palette has become pretty much my every day go to palette. The colors are perfect for everyday use. I specifically love using these shadows for day time looks. They are the perfect combination of neutral colors and the consistency of the shadows makes it so easy to apply and to blend. I recommend this palette to anyone who doesn’t already own a neutral eyeshadow palette because it will definitely become your most used palette.

Do you own this palette? What are some other palettes you recommend?

xo, Jess