Everyday Makeup Routine For Work ♥

Although I love trying out colors and different looks when it comes to makeup, we all have days where we like to keep it neutral. For me, this is everyday. I work in a retail store and am not allowed to wear a full face of makeup. At first I wasn’t sure how to keep it at a happy medium where it was enough makeup for my liking but not too much where it was inappropriate for work. As I played around with different neutral styles I came to terms with this one and it’s pretty much what I wear everyday.

Keep in mind this is a full coverage look. I contour and highlight because that’s my preference. You don’t have to do that at all, especially if you don’t have the time.

I hope you guys enjoy this look. Subscribe, Like, and Share if you do!

PRODUCTS USED:

  • M.A.C Paint Pot (Painterly)
  • Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral – 02 Matte Eyeshadow Palette
  • Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation (Classic Tan)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Medium Dark Neutral)
  • M.A.C Prep + Prime (Bright Forecast)
  • Ben Nye Banana Powder
  • Sonia Kashuk Liquid Line Precision Marker
  • Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Liner
  • Maybelline Falsies Volum Express Mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Cover FX Bronzer
  • M.A.C Prolongwear Blush (Stubborn)
  • The Balm Betty Lou-minizer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
  • M.A.C Prolongwear Lip Liner (Soar)
  • Em Cosmetics by Michelle Phan Lipstick (Nude Lace)
  • Bite Beauty Lip Gloss (Rambutan)

xo, Jess ♥

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St. Patrick’s Day Makeup + Giveaway!

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner – Actually it’s tomorrow haha. I decided to do a fun makeup look using Green eyeshadows in light of the holiday. It’s very wearable for day time which is great for those of you who want to rock some color but still have it look neutral.

Also, I decided to do a small giveaway for my subscribers! I finally reached 500 subbies on Youtube and to me it’s such a milestone that I decided to celebrate with a giveaway to thank you guys!

Youtube is a big deal to me. I enjoy making these videos and helping you guys out. Knowing that 500 of you watch me because you want to, makes me happy and keeps me motivated to continue. Someday I hope to do this Full Time because I really do love it. So thank you guys for your support, your likes, your comments, and your kind words. I love you all!

GIVEAWAY RULES:

  1. Must Be 18 Years Or Older. ( *Must have Parental Consent If Younger)
  2. Must Be Subscribed To My Youtube Channel. (* Subscribe Here if you aren’t already)
  3. Must Live Within The United States.
  4. Leave A Comment On My Video Telling Me What Your Favorite Beauty Products Are For Spring.

* Have Fun. Good Luck. & Thank You!

 PRODUCTS USED:

  • M.A.C Eyeshadows (Soft Brown, Chill, Humid, Naked Lunch)
  • Lancome Eyeshadow (Splurge)
  • Sonia Kashuk Matte Eyeshadow Palette ( Black)
  • Benefit Erase Paste (Medium)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Medium Deep Neutral)
  • M.A.C Prep + Prime Highlighter (Bright Forecast)
  • Sonia Kashuk Liquid Liner
  • Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Cover FX Bronzer
  • M.A.C Prolongwear Blush
  • The Balm Mary-Louminizer
  • M.A.C Lipstick (Peach Stock)
  • NYX Lip Butter

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xo, Jess ♥

Valentine’s Day Night Out Makeup ♥

Valentine’s day is not only about spending the day with your significant other but also the night. Who doesn’t want to have some fun with their night time makeup? I decided to use a bright pink and some black to create a fun smokey night time appropriate look. Let me know if you guys like this!

PRODUCTS USED:

♥ M.A.C Paint Pot (Painterly)
♥ BhCosmetics Party Girl Palette
♥ Urban Decay Smoked Palette (Kinky)
♥ Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
♥ Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Foundation (Praline)
♥ Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer (Medium/Deep)
♥ M.A.C Prep + Prime (Bright Forecast)
♥ Dior Diorshow Mascara
♥ Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer (Goddess)
♥ Benefit Hoola Bronzer
♥ M.A.C Prolongwear Blush (Stubborn)
♥ Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Opal)
♥ Lime Crime Velveteen (Cashmere)

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xo, Jess

Quick & Easy Fun Summer Makeup ♥

The warm, sunny days have finally arrived here in New York and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Summer is my favorite time of year because of the beautiful weather and of course the fun, bright colors we can wear (especially with makeup)!

For this look, I decided to keep it very simple but still fun and bright for the summer. I definitely think it is perfect for a summer day look, I got so many compliments that day while out and about. It’s seriously so easy that anyone can do this!

I hope you guys enjoy it, if you do please subscribe to my channel, like my video, comment & share it as well. Thanks a bunch!

 

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PRODUCTS USED:

♥ M.A.C Paint Pot (Painterly)
♥ NYX Jumbo Pencil (Milk)
♥ M.A.C Eyeshadow (Gorgeous Gold)*
♥ M.A.C Eyeshadow (Soft Brown)
♥ Pacifica Eyeshadow Duo*
♥ Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Eyeliner (Onyx)*
♥ L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black
♥ Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

♥ Covergirl TruBlend Foundation (D4)
♥ M.A.C Prolongwear Concealer (NW30)
♥ Urban Decay Naked Skin ULtradefinition Loose Finishing Powder (Medium Dark)
♥ Ben-Nye Luxury Banana Powder
♥ NYX Matte Bronzer (Medium Deep)
♥ Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer (Goddess)*
♥ Korres Zea Mays Blush (21 Rose)*
♥ Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color (Pink Punch)*

xo, Jess ♥

Products marked with (*) have been gifted or sent to me. Opinions on these products are my own.

Long-Lasting Makeup 101 – Foundation ♥

If I had a Nickel for every time someone asked me how to make their foundation or makeup in general last longer, I would probably have enough money to own my own private island. No, but seriously. It took me forever to figure out how to make my foundation last all day, and even now I am still learning different techniques to use. The fun thing about makeup is that it is an ever-growing thing. There isn’t just one way of doing things or just one product to use for things. You can play around and make it your own. With that said, I figured I would write this post and try to explain how I make my makeup last, the things that I use, and little tips that I’ve learned along the way. Keep in mind, I am in no way an “expert” I don’t believe any makeup artist is, because like I said before, Makeup is an ever-growing thing. You make it your own with whatever works for you. These are tips and tricks that I use and have worked for myself and some friends and family,  so feel free to try these products, tips, and tricks, and let me know if they worked for you!

Skincare.

First and Foremost, Skincare is the most important part of makeup application. Just like an artist, you want to have an even blank canvas that you can paint on easily. Throughout the years I have noticed that when I wasn’t taking care of my skin, it would become either extremely oily or extremely dry depending on the weather/season. Now, for most of us that is normal, for me on the other hand, it was not. I would have little bumps all over my face, and a lot of the time my foundation would stick to dry patches but then slide off my face in other areas. With that said, I learned along the way that skincare was extremely important for makeup application, it just makes things so much easier and things look so much smoother.

Once you figure out whether you have oily, dry, or a combination of both skin types, your life gets that much easier. Trust me. You want to make sure that the face washes you are using are made for your skin type because many times it can dry out your skin, make it oily, give you acne, rashes, etc. So you definitely want to make sure you are using the proper type of face wash. Same goes for toners and moisturizers. If you have oily skin you still must moisturize just as much as us dry skin folks. If your skin is hydrated it is easier to apply makeup and have it last all day.

*Oils and serums can be your best friend as well, especially if you leave them on overnight. They can help repair the skin and help with hydration, wrinkles, collagen, etc.

I Use:
Murad Essential-C Cleanser
Murad Blackhead Remover
Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night Moisturizer
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Moisturizer
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil & Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

* My Skincare routine is not a set in stone routine, a lot of times your skin gets accustomed to the same products so I like to switch it up and see what works in the moment.

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Primer.

Before I get into the actual foundation process I want to quickly touch on primers. Some people don’t like primers and that’s fine, but for me I think it works wonders. I have very large pores so when I apply foundation you can pretty much see those pores right through any foundation, even if it is full coverage. When I apply a primer underneath my foundation not only does it help smooth my skin texture, but when using the right primer, it can help fill in pores and also help my foundation last longer. There are so many different primers out in the makeup world so try some out and see what fits best with your skin type. As of now, I can’t say I have any holy grail primers, but I do have a few favorites that I tend to go back to from time to time.

I Use:
Too Faced Primed & Poreless (Perfect for those of you with large pores, it minimizes them)
Sonia Kashuk Mattifying Primer (For those of you with oily skin, this is a must try)
Benefit Porefessional (Great for those with large pores, also helps with long lasting foundation & smooth skin).

*Primer is applied after moisturizer but before foundation.

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Foundation.

There’s this misconception out in the makeup world that says any foundation is supposed to last all day with no touch ups. False. You’re going to have to touch up at least once and not all foundations are long wearing foundations. For those of you who want long-lasting foundation, you have to look for anything “long lasting” or “longwear”. Most foundations that I have personally tried don’t last more than 4-5 hrs without needing a touch up or just fully sliding off my face. When I do need a long lasting foundation I make sure to use the ones that are meant for that purpose.

I Use:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation (My first and forever love of foundations, literally stays on all day)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Perfect for photos and video)
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (or any MAC foundation in this case, they’re so great for full coverage long lasting foundations)

* Start with a light coat of foundation and gradually add more as needed to amp up the coverage. (If already full coverage foundation, be careful you can look cakey if you continue to add more to your first coat). Patting your foundation using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender rather than swirling it around with a brush helps the foundation settle into skin and helps get rid of any excess foundation that lays on top of your skin (also helps give you an airbrush finish).

Setting Powder.

Last but definitely not least, you want to finish your foundation application by setting it. Setting your foundation can also help make your foundation last longer, especially if you have oily skin. You can use a powder foundation (loose or pressed) or a translucent powder. If you want that little bit of extra coverage a powder foundation would be the way to go, if you feel you have enough coverage with your foundation alone then a translucent powder will work best.

I Use:
Urban Decay Ultra definition Loose Setting Powder (This stuff is amazing, I have a whole blogpost about it here)
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder (Translucent, great consistency, blurs pores and fine lines!)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long -Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Best setting spray ever).

* lightly sweep the powder over your face with a large powder brush. A little goes a long way, you do not want to look powdery or cakey. Spritz a little setting spray to get rid of that powdery look and to also help set everything in place.

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These are basically all of my little tips and tricks and some of the products I’ve been using to keep my foundation lasting all day. I hope this was helpful and if you want to see a video of my foundation routine click here. (I have switched up a few products here and there but hopefully this helps).

xo, Jess♥

 

 

California OOTD – Day 3 ♥

The third day in California was one of my favorite days, ever. We got to go to one of the happiest places on earth. Most people get to experience this place when they are younger and it’s usually with their families. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I can say, that I am fortunate enough to even have had the experience at all, but a part of me wishes I was able to go when I was younger with my family, like most people. You guys are probably wondering what I’m talking about…right? Two words. DisneyLand.

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Now, most of you may be saying to yourselves, “Isn’t she Twenty-Three years old?” yes, I am. I am indeed Twenty-Three and a hopeless romantic who still enjoys Disney for what it is. I was never able to experience this with my parents like so many children have. One thing I always told myself I would do before I had children of my own, was to go to Disney. Now although I don’t plan on having children any time soon, I wanted to take the opportunity to experience the joy that so many people my age have already experienced.

It was everything I imagined and more. Magical. Refreshing. Inspiring. I just keep thinking, if this is what DisneyLand is like then I can only imagine what DisneyWorld will be like (I do plan on going to Disney World sometime in the near future).

Disney to me is more than just Mickey and Minnie. It is more. So much more. Let me first start off by saying that the simple fact that Walt Disney himself was able to create this whole world of magic, as he would like to call it, is just crazy to me. How can someone’s imagination run so free and so wild? Besides that, I have always been a hopeless romantic and true believer of true love and happy endings. I truly believe that everyone can have it all, just like the Disney Princesses. We can all have our own happy endings as long as we believe. Everyone is meant to have a happy ending, but it all come downs to knowing what truly makes you happy and what you consider to be your happy ending.

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The outfit.

Haha. I can honestly say this outfit was not thought about before actually wearing it. I did not mean to wear a  shirt that had a mouth with its tongue sticking out on it, to Disney. Going back and looking at the pictures I thought it was hilarious that in some pictures it looked like my shirt was licking the Disney characters. Other than that. I loved this outfit. It was so comfortable and free, perfect for the weather too. Throughout the day I had to put on a cardigan because it got chilly after the sun went down.

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After Disney, we decided to head to downtown Long Beach. We had been staying in that area but only got to explore a little on our first day there. We sat by the pier and just enjoyed the view. Like everywhere and everything in California, it was beautiful and breathtaking.

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Outfit Details:

Shirt (Cotton On – here)
Leggings (Cotton On – here)
Cardigan (Forever 21 – old)
Sandals (mom gave them to me, not sure from where)
Sunglasses (Ray-ban – here)

Hoodie (Purchased at the Santa Monica Pier the night before)

xo, Jess ♥

Foundation Routine ♥ Application, Contour, & Highlight

Hey Loves!

My foundation routine is something that has been asked about continuously even before I had a youtube channel or a blog. Now it is asked about even more because my friends and family know I am constantly trying out new foundations and products.

For a while I was set on the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and was loving every single bit of it! It was for sure my holy grail foundation, especially during the hot summer days! Once the summer was over, my skin did a major 180 change and went from being super oily to super dry. I still get oily from time to time on my T-Zone but for the most part if I don’t moisturize you will deff. know! Since my skin had changed so drastically the foundations that I was using were not working well. They looked extremely matte and cakey. No one likes cake face so something had to change.

I ended up picking up the Neutrogena Healthy Skin and for a while that was working perfectly! I was using this everyday in combination with my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and it was the perfect combo.

Once I began interning for Sonia Kashuk I was able to try a few of her products. One of those products was her Perfecting Luminous Foundation. Let me tell you… This has legitimately been my obsession ever since! It leaves my skin glowing! It’s the perfect amount of coverage, full coverage of course, but my skin still peeks through for a sort of natural finish. I honestly have been recommending this foundation to every one I know because I cannot get enough of it!

I decided to film my Foundation Routine so you guys are able to see how the foundation applies and also so you can all see how I contour and highlight as well. I get a ton of questions always asking me what products I use for my face, not including eyeshadows and lipsticks.

So alas, here is my foundation routine! I hope you guys enjoy it & if you find this helpful please like, comment, subscribe to my channel, and of course share with your friends! love you ♥

PRODUCTS USED:

♥ Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Vitamin-Rich Primer
♥ Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation { 06 Camel }
♥ Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer { Neutralizer }
♥ MAC Prolongwear Concealer { NW 35 }
♥ Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder { Medium Deep }
♥ Anastasia Beverly Hills Countour Kit { Havana, Fawn, Banana }
♥ Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush { Pink }
♥ Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighting Powder

xo, Jess ♥