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.

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

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 ♥

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 ♥

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 ♥

Bold Spring Makeup ♥

Spring is Finally here in NY, or so it feels like it. It’s been a rough Winter, so I’m sure we are all ready for some warmth 🙂 To celebrate the beautiful weather, I decided to create a bold, colorful, Spring look. I hope you guys enjoy it!

PRODUCTS USED:

♥ M.A.C. Paint Pot (Painterly)
♥ Makeup Geek E/S ( Crème Brulee, Chikadee, Mermaid)
♥ Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (Heroine, Alchemy, Alien)
♥ Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste (Medium)
♥ Urban Decay Concealer (Medium Dark)
♥ Ben Nye Banana Powder
♥ Urban Decay Oz Palette (Magic)
♥ Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Eyeliner (Onyx)
♥ Sonia Kashuk Liquid Line Precision Marker (Onyx)
♥ Maybelline Falsies Volum Mascara
♥ Benefit Hoola Bronzer
♥ Cover FX Bronzer
♥ Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush (Flushed)
♥ Too Faced Candlelight glow Highlighter
♥ L’Oreal La Laque (Pink Orchid)

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xo, Jess ♥

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation | First Impression

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If you’ve watched my recent drugstore beauty haul video, you know that I purchased two new foundations. I wanted to try these out for you separately and then compare them to eachother. I know that with drugstore foundations it can be difficult to decide what is best for your skin. Especially since you can’t really get a sample to try before actually buying the product. I decided to start with the Matte & Poreless version of the Maybelline Fit Me foundation since it was the newest out of the two.

Price: $5-$10 (Depending on where you buy it)

Where Can I Purchase? Most Drugstores – Rite Aid, Walmart, CVS, Target, Ulta.com, Drugstore.com

Maybelline Claims: “Fit Me!® Matte + Poreless from Maybelline New York goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit.While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish.” –Maybelline.com

Packaging: Honestly, The bottle is cute. It’s a small glass bottle. My only downfall about this is that it doesn’t have a pump, and this is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to foundation bottles.

Consistency: At first when I poured it onto my hand it felt a little thick, once I applied it to my face with a damp beauty blender it went on extremely smooth and blended out easily. I would definitely recommend using a damp beauty blender since the dampness of the sponge helps sheer out the foundation just enough to not look cakey.

Finish: This foundation is definitely a Matte finish. Even though it is a Matte foundation, I still like to set it just to make sure it stays in place.

Overall: When I first applied this foundation I loved the way it looked on my skin, especially on camera. It looked flawless and it matched my skin perfect. As the day continued, I felt the foundation to be a little thick and it didn’t look as flawless. It wasn’t anything amazing but it’s a nice foundation just to have, especially considering how inexpensive it is. If you’re looking for an inexpensive Matte foundation this a great choice, especially if you don’t plan on wearing it all day long. I have combination skin and I felt like it would stick to my dry patches but if you have really oily skin I definitely think you will love this.

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xo, Jess ♥