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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ipsy Samples I Love

Ipsy is a $10 per month beauty subscription service that I have been using for about 2 1/2 years. I love how much it has helped my makeup collection grow! With each product, there are usually 5 makeup or grooming sample products within each bag, you can review the product of there website, get points and later redeem the points for more beauty samples. You can sign up here! (Note: This link is my personal referral link and using it does benefit me with extra points.)
I like to research everything before I make a decision. Thus I watched Youtube video after Youtube video before making my decision. While I still watch these videos, one thing I hear time after time is "I'll let you know if I like this product" or "I'll let you know how it works." I never see these follow-ups unless one product is used in another tutorial. With that being said, I decided to share my favorite products that I have received since I first started paying for my Ipsy bags! To keep this post from being a mile long and within reason, I am organizing it by category! Enjoy!

Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner: I personally love felt-tip liners and was thrilled to receive this one! I have had for quite some time and only of recent has it begun to run out. It provides color effortlessly and I will definitely miss it when the liner finally gives out.

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar: The color payout for this is fantastic! I mean, I really have to be careful when I use it, but it's really wonderful. I have been longing for this full palette for quite some time and was thrilled to even just receive a single sample of it... (BTW I have no idea what happened with the spacing here, nor do I know how to fix it.)

theBalm Cosmetics Nude Dude Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Flirty: This shade is not nearly as bright as the Meet Matte one, but that's how it supposed to be. Similar in color, though, it's so pretty. 
Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara: This is my go to for  mascaras. When I use this, I feel like it transforms my eyes into red carpet eyes. Or it looks like I'm wearing falsies, but that's almost the same thing. 
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: This was one of the first mascara samples I ever received and I thought it was great. (I still think it's flawless!) Recently I had the option of getting another sample of it with a Sephora purchase and I almost cried I was so happy.  
Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara: This mascara is so lengthening and pretty. I love the brush (spoolie, applicator, whatever...). 
Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment: I have yet to make a mess with this - maybe that's why I like it so much. It's really simple and just helps brighten my eyes on days I maybe don't want a full makeup look. 

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow: Okay, so I know it's in the name, but this blush is perfect for Autumn and fall. I don't contour all the time, so it's perfect when you want to warm up your face without using thousands of products. 
Pandora's Face Blush in Pink Carnation: this matte blush is so perfect and pretty and ah I love it! It's such a nice pretty color. On my skin tone, I think it looks perfect. 
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Primer: Fun fact: I've never actually purchased the full size of this. I have received this multiple times, but I like it so much I'm not gonna complain.
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels: First of all, these liquid suede lipsticks are fantastic, and in this color, I'm in love. 
treStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig: Such a beautiful color! This is actually what I wore for Sweet Sixteen last spring. Also, can we talk about the packaging??

Organic Surge Daily Care Perfecting Face Polish: This smells incredible and my skin feels sooo soft after I use it!
eva-nyc Get Glossed! Hair Serum: I love using this on my hair when I style it. I used for homecoming this year when I straightened my hair, and it made it so soft and, well, glossy. 
Naobay Natural & Organic Oxygenating Moisturizing Cream: This is a light nice moisturizer that I like when my skin feels particularly dry. It's very soft and and silky and great and aahhh...
J'orel Parker Classico Rollerball: This smells so fresh and floral. (Do those things go together?) Whenever I wear this I get a thousand compliments. Because it's so small, I usually bring it with me and my friends are always dying to borrow it. 
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Gels (not pictured): I loved these when I use them. It was a cool winter night and I loved how they felt on my skin, which was so dry and warm from the heaters! Unfortunately, I don't have a photograph anymore as I used them about a year ago. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Im Kind of a Big Deal: This color is such a gorgeous, basic color. Anyone who doesn't know what to wear needs a color that is simple as such. 
Ciate London Paint Pot in Spinning Cups: This color is perfect for spring! And while this is slightly irrelevant, but this reminds me of Alice in Wonderland and Melanie Martinez. Thought that has nothing to do with the polish, I will say that this gorgeous color also got me lots of compliments. 
Aila Cosmetics Luxury Nail Lacquer is Mister Pookie: This color is one that's perfect for fall and winter. It's a deep purple that I AM IN LOVE with.    

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush: I had never really had a true highlighter brush before this, but I was not disappointed. It deposits the highlight perfectly and evenly with a light touch. Not to mention, this brush looks gorgeous.
Luxie Large Angled Face Brush: This brush, just like the last is not only beautiful, but works great in regards to evenly distributing the product. It's dense but not too dense in that it causes issues.
Beau G√Ęchis Eye Shadow Brush: I'll be honest and say that I use this almost every day. It is honestly  my go to.
Beau G√Ęchis Blending Eye Shadow Brush: I love brushes like this. I use them for my creases
Crown Brush C413 - Brow Duo Brush: I hate it when you get (or buy or whatever) a brow brush and it just doesn't last. This one has lasted me a good while and I also love it.

Just as a couple side notes: First off, I apologize for not having washed my brushes before having taken the photos. Secondly, I did not edit any of these photos, which I usually don't any way. Just in general the photos could have been a lot better. I promise though I got a new camera, so better pics should be coming!

Much Love, Jac

Sunday, December 25, 2016

25 Days of Sockmas

This year I decided to do something new... And I'll be honest, I did it solely because of this blog, but it turned out to be good for me in the long-run. I decided to wear a pair of Christmas socks everyday during the month of December to prepare myself for Christmas. This turned out to benefit me because this year was crazy. 
This year was crazy in that we barely decorated, as it is we only decorated our tree a week ago. I had the flu and was out sick fro a week. I ended the quarter/semester cramming so much in that it's no wonder I got sick in the first place. I have been so tired, but now that Christmas is done, I can rest. Wearing the socks allowed me to celebrate by myself everyday despite my inability to outwardly celebrate. 
Just in case you were curious, I got most of my socks from Target (the dollar section is my favorite!), T. J. Maxx, Marshalls, Joanns, Michaels, and Nordstrom Rack. And again, in case you were curious, my favorite pairs are the ones with the fuzzy Mrs. Claus outfits, the Santa sock monkeys, and the Christmas light. But that's enough about the socks. 
My other no-fail way of getting in the festive spirit involves watching Christmas movies. While I didn't watch too many ( I was too busy binge-watching Jane the Virgin), I did watch the following:
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
A Cinderella Christmas
A Madea Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Anyway, I refuse to keep you any longer and have one last Christmas movie to watch. I'm thinking I'll watch Scrooged. I hope you all had a wonderful, joyful time with you family and loved ones. If not, please know that I love you, I am praying for you, and I wish you a Merry Christmas. 
Much Love, Jacquelyn

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Break to New Orleans

Denim Dress: Thrifted // Vintage Studio
Denim Jacket: Thrifted // Lee's Denim
Boots: Shoe Station 
Blue Jeans: Old Navy 
Black Purse: Kate Spade 

This past weekend provided a lovely little adventure to New Orleans. I love New Orleans, and I will use any and every excuse to get there - including a high school football game. I mean I really do enjoy going to my school's football games, but I will be going to a the football game of a college I can't stand just to go to New Orleans so... 
But anyway, we packed up Friday morning (after I went to Goodwill!), and headed East. Luckily our team won for the first time in history! I was so excited but so exhausted after the ending of the game. We kept it simple that night and went to our favorite pizza place by the Superdome, Reginelli's. I love their calzones. Like I said, we kept it simple. 
The next morning, however, we get up a little later and went to New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. It may not be Cafe DuMonde, which I've never actually been to, but it's the best I know. Following breakfast, we forced my brother to come with us to Lush before heading home. Which if I might add, I spent way too much there!
Like I said it was a quick trip. Part of the reason being that I had so much homework and my brother hates New Orleans. But please enjoy the few photos I took and look forward to some fun posts coming up!
Much Love, Jac 

P.S. A HUGE S/O goes to my great friend Liv who took some of these pictures of me!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

California Dreaming...

The last time I was in California, I was about 6 years old and it was in the dead of summer. Because it was the middle of the summer, it was upwards of 100 degrees outside. Going back for a second time was definitely an adventure now that I am old enough to know and understand some of the history and have a more adventurous side that I lacked ten years ago. 
We got there Saturday morning, and started as soon as we left the airport. Our first stop was to Venice beach so we could "see the weirdos" (as my cousin put it!). There weren't that many "weirdos" that I could see, but a definite expression of personal styles. I loved Venice Beach for the beauty of the water and differences between each beach house that lined the coast. As we walked down the pier, there was people everywhere and some guy even recording a music video! You don't see that in Lafayette! I was amazed and loved it, despite a strong dislike of the beach! (Side Note: I didn't actually go down to the beach, I only walked on the side walk and down the pier.)
Following this, we went to Abbot Kinney Street to try some restaurant my cousin loves. Unfortunately, we didn't stay to eat there because there was nothing on the menu my younger brother would eat, or even try to eat. He's a little less adventurous than I. We did, however, walk along the street. I fell in love with the murals and graffiti and little shops and Oh! There was so much to see! Though I've never actually been, the atmosphere (or vibes) reminded me of maybe what New York City is like. There were so many colors and things to see, I wish I could show the world. I hope to one day maybe live in an area like that, where there's always something to see and do. We also stopped and Lemonade, where we got so lemonade, naturally, and cookies before going to our hotel and then seeing a movie at the Chinese Theater.
Now, the hotel. My family and I don't typically stay in really fancy hotels because they can be very pricey, and when we were younger, it was troublesome and such. Also, on the more practical side of things, the main point of the vacation isn't the hotel, but what you do outside of the hotel. This hotel, however, was a four-star hotel right in the middle of everything. You walk out and you are standing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We stayed of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I thought it was so lovely. The people there were very kind and the view was amazing! And this may seem random, but the shower was so fancy and large and different. (I know, random, but I really liked it.) While I mentioned before that the focus shouldn't be on the hotel because you (we) normally don't spend too much time here, we actually spent quite a bit of time in the room in between our mini adventures. 
For the sake of not boring you with a century long post, I'm not going to go into too much detail about the rest of the trip. (Honestly, the first day was my favorite!) The next day it was raining! This rarely happens in California, yet it happened while we were there - just our luck... Because of the rain we just kind of relaxed and took it easy for the day. We went and saw Dodger's Stadium and drove around Beverly Hills. Monday, first thing, we went on a tour of Warner Brother's Studio. I really enjoyed the tour despite it not being overly exciting. One exciting thing that did happen, was that I saw Julianne Moore while we were touring! Later we went to what is my new favorite place - the Griffith Observatory. While the Observatory itself was closed, the view was amazing. We got there just in time for the sunset and I don't think I've ever been more in love. Well, maybe I have, but the view was incredible. 
We then drove to Lompoc, stopping in Santa Barbra, to see my aunt. We spent Thanksgiving Day with here driving up the coast to see the sights. We stopped at Pismo Beach to see the Monarch Butterflies, Morro Bay to see some sea otters, and then just past San Simeon to see the elephant seals. 
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as we packed up and left on the Friday. Almost the whole trip I was afraid I would close my eyes and wake up back home. With this most recent trip I have only one regret: we didn't go to Disneyland. 
Some advice I have for those planning to go to California, or Los Angeles specifically:
- Because California is in such a drought, naturally, it is very dry. Don't forget to bring lotion and stay hydrated. 
- Be careful walking down Hollywood Blvd at night because there is a large section where there isn't anyone and I felt a little unsafe. 
- Because it is a very different lifestyle in California, don't forget to check the menus before picking your next meal. 
- Finally, either bring your own plastic/reusable bags to stores or be prepared to pay for the grocery sack. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready for the upcoming holidays! I think I might post something later on how I wrap my gifts and I have a little project I'm working on right now that, if it works, I will be really excited to share it with you! 

Much Love,

P.S. Just a reminder, that I posted twice as many photos from my trip on my VSCO account, in case you want to see more!