Category: The Beauty

My Big Fat Brewpub Wedding

My Big Fat Brewpub Wedding

Well, it wasn’t big or fat, but it was at a brewpub and it was magical. This past weekend, Grizz and I, after like a 3 year engagement, finally got married at our favorite brewpub, Flossmoor Station!

If you don’t know, Flossmoor Station is a repurposed train station in Flossmoor, IL. It’s been a staple for us and our friends for some time. Great beer, great food (the fried pickles are to die for) and a cute atmosphere. Everything is train themed, including a lot of the menu. After talking to one of the fabulous staff members serving us for the night, I learned we were the first people to get married there.

The Station has a “Caboose Deck” for events. There’s a caboose on the back deck that is actually an ice cream shop. The wedding itself was held on the caboose steps. The groom entered the area from the street while the bridal party was staged inside the restaurant. When the music (Within You from my favorite movie, Labyrinth) began to play, the party joined Grizz on the deck. Each couple walked in; the gentleman in black, each wearing bow tie with a different color of the rainbow and the ladies in black holding respective flowers. The music switched to “As The World Falls Down” (also from Labyrinth) as I entered with my dad. The ceremony was short and sweet, performed by one of our best friends, Barry. When we were finally pronounced Mr. And Mrs. we walked out to Here’s to Us from Halestorm and were greeted with personalized drinking horns, a gift from Barry, engraved by best man, Shaw. They were already filled with our favorite beer, The Pullman Brown. Definitely a must have, if you’re into the dark beers, brewed with the sweeter flavor profile, such as caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

Then it was time for dinner. If you have never eaten at Flossmoor Station, you absolutely must. There is not a single thing I’ve tried that I didn’t like. For the wedding we had, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, Mac and cheese, and green beans, and fresh fruit. And of course, even though it wasn’t part of the menu option, a plate of fried pickles (seriously the best I’ve ever had) appeared before me. Perks of being the bride, I suppose. Strawberry cheesecake and cookies and brownies were served for dessert, and it was time for dancing.

Grizz and I danced to a version of “Fly Me to the Moon” that resembles the ending to Evangelion (his favorite anime) the most. Grizz and his mom danced to “Tennessee Waltz” which they always danced to when he was a baby. My dad and I danced to “The Best Day” from Taylor Swift, since the first time I heard that song I played it for him and told him whenever I get married, we’re dancing to this. Then, the floor was open to everyone!

I danced the night away, drank delicious beer, and hung out with the best people on the planet.

It was small, it was intimate, it was the freaking hottest day of the year to have a wedding outside.

And it could not have been more perfect.

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Some Updates

Well friends, I’m back. For now anyway. If you’ve been around for awhile you might have noticed some things have changed around here.

I made an update to the About me page, but I’m going to go ahead and copy it here because I feel like it explains a lot. This page is getting a makeover, but if beer and beauty are not your thing and you were just here for my photos, don’t worry you can still find them here.

So anyway, here’s what’s up:

 “I created this blog because I’ve always loved blogging, but I can never settle on a subject to write about.

For awhile, this was a place for me to upload photos because my passion is photography. Well, it was. Not saying I don’t love it still, but now that it’s my job, it no longer feels like a hobby.

So, I still wanted to write about something I’m passionate about. And that’s beauty! Or… beer! Or how about both! That’s right, I’ve decided to combine my love of  both beauty and beer, and hopefully it becomes something worth sharing. I can’t guarantee I’ll update every week, but I’m planning to update every time I check out a new brewery or I find something in the beauty world worth mentioning. I’m looking forward to revamping this blog, and hopefully falling in love with blogging again.

I hope you enjoy! Cheers!
♥ Jessa”

Battle of the Liquid Lips

Hey friends!

I know I disappeared again. Let’s not talk about it.

Over the summer, I talked about these lip colors from Wet N Wild. I did swatches and reviews of each color that I had. You might know, that liquid lipsticks became a game changer in my makeup life. Before then I didn’t wear lipstick because I had the tendency to rub my lips together and rub them off very quickly. Since then, I have tripled my lipstick collection and I wanted to talk about the other ones I got and how they compare to the Megalast Liquid Lips.

For awhile I was content with my six shades I had until… I saw an Instagram video of the Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuits. The colors available were so stunning that I was on a hunt for them. I ended up with another six shades when all was said and done.

Since I’m being as lazy as humanly possible doing this post, above is the my collection from that line. I have Nudie Patootie, Rebel Rose, Pink Really Hard, Coral Corruption, Give Me Mocha, and Goth Topic. As it says in my pictured Instagram post, I don’t like Nudie Patootie. It doesn’t work with my skin tone. I’m pale so this color just makes me look like a corpse. I love all the other colors though.

So, if you recall I mentioned the Megalasts are definitely long-wearing. However, if you do need to reapply, you  need to be very careful as they do get clumpy. But they don’t transfer and they don’t fade quickly so you may not even need to.

Well. The Catsuits work a bit differently. I will say this. They are not as long-wearing even though they’re technically part of the MegaLast line. They’ll last for awhile but they do fade, and their weakness is totally food and drink. The trade-off here is that they reapply really well. When you go to touch them up, they don’t go on clumpy and they’re nice and even. I almost kind of prefer that. Not sure why. The color selection is this line is amazing too. There’s a good range of color between nude to bold to choose from. I think they are only a dollar more than the original Megalasts which still puts them around $4.

Next up, I really wanted to try the liquid lips by ColorPop. I found a mini set of the Ultra Matte Lips called “Foxy” for $18. If I’m being completely honest, I would not buy a mini box set again because they are really tiny for what you pay. Especially considering a full sized one is like $5 (maybe 6?) so you might as well just buy the full sized ones. The set came with 5 mini Ultra Matte Lips.

I have Clueless, Tulle, Creeper, More Better, and Beeper, as it says above. All of them are really pretty colors. But I think Tulle is pretty close to Give Me Mocha from the Catsuits so I usually reach for Give Me Mocha instead. I love Clueless as a natural lip and I would totally buy the full size if I run out. The minis are difficult to work with because the wand is so small. I added all of these to my “emergency makeup kit” which is the upside of having the minis. More Better is really unique, and is what drew me to the set to begin with. I would definitely look into getting more of these in the future, maybe not right now. The formula seems to have the best of both worlds from my two different Wet N Wild ones. They’re quite long-wearing, but they also reapply smoothly. Some colors passed the kiss transfer test and some didn’t, I don’t really remember which ones were which.

And now it’s time for me to disappear into the night for another two months. I mean, I’m really going to try not to, but we all know I will.

What’s your favorite affordable liquid lipstick?

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The Elusive Wet N Wild Rainbow Highlight

Hey! Hello! I’m trying to do the blogging thing now that I’m not working, but with the holidays coming up (and the fact that we’re hosting 3 of 4 parties) it’s been hard to do/come up with stuff.

I was going to do this differently. There were going to be swatches. But I think it might be difficult to do. Now instead, it’s just a quick review. Well anyway.

Remember on Instagram when everyone was going crazy for the rainbow highlight? There were videos of people dipping it into their brushes and then you can see the rainbow powder on your brush? Yeah, those. They were magical. They were impossible to acquire. They were expensive. Well, Wet N Wild Beauty jumped on that cash train and made their own. I see after another Instagram search that many brands are creating their own. That’s really cool.
But one super awesome thing about Wet N Wild is their price point. Beauty on a budget is my game and they’re the best at it, in my opinion. So their rainbow highlight is a whopping $5.

It’s no wonder these FLEW off the virtual shelf. That’s right, an online exclusive. Every time they updated their Instagram to say they were back in stock, they’d be gone by the time I got to it. So it took awhile but I finally snagged it.

I wanted to give this a fair shot before I came on here to review it, because it wasn’t all that impressive at first. So I’ve worn it a few times. So I think I have a nice fair opinion of it now. I’ve worn it on my bare skin, I’ve worn it with a primer, I’ve worn it with foundation.

I will say this much, if you are expecting this to be “BAM, rainbow on my face!” you will be disappointed. I’ll admit, I was at first. But if you really think about the practicality of wearing a straight up rainbow on your face, it’s probably a good thing.  My goal in life is to be a rainbow, so I guess I forget sometimes that you can’t walk around with a rainbow on your cheekbones. Anyway, if you dig deep enough you can do that cool thing with the rainbow powder on your brush. But you probably don’t want to dig around in your highlight for days.

Now as a highlight itself, this is a really great product. I’ve always heard good things about their color icon blushes and highlights and this lives up to it. So, girl, if you want your highlight to be seen from the heavens, this will do it. If you want a subtle rainbow pigment to your highlight,  you can make it happen but it requires digging and scraping, and that’s just too much.

But overall, I give it two thumbs up. It definitely works well as bright highlight, so if you wanna glow it will do the trick for sure. If you want to be a rainbow, I’d look at other options.

Be sure to follow my Instagram if you’re into this blog. Because, what I lack in keeping up with blogging, I make up for in posting makeup and dog and cat photos on Instagram.

So yeah. If I don’t post before then (which I probably won’t let’s be real, I’m the worst) have a safe and happy holiday!

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Updated Brush Washing Routine

Updated Brush Washing Routine

A couple years back I discovered the best way to wash my makeup brushes so I started getting into the habit of cleaning them on a regular basis. Since then, I’ve learned new things and I’ve updated my routine.

Now it’s even easier than before. So I decided to make this post to show you my new and improved routine.

As you can see here, I collect all my brushes that are on deck to be washed in this separate cup so I know which ones I was planning to wash.Brushes-1

First step is to take a little bit of baby shampoo and deposit it into a small dish. Brushes-2I got this plastic one for like 70 cents at Target. Brushes-3I have baby shampoo because it’s gentle for washing synthetic wigs and hair extensions, so I figure it would be just fine for synthetic brushes as well. (All of mine are cheap, synthetic brushes, I don’t buy anything expensive when it comes to makeup) I find that baby shampoo is much milder on the brushes and still gets them clean, so I no longer need to use a dish soap and olive oil.

Then, I wet the brush of choice and dip it into the dish.Brushes-4Brushes-5

Next, I take this super nifty brush egg and use it to scrub the dirt and makeup off. This thing is so cool. KathleenLights  mentioned this thing in her brush washing routine and I can’t believe how awesome it is. I got it on Amazon for less than a dollar, although I think it’s gone up since then. But even still, a couple of bucks for something so useful. It’s like a little wash board for your brush. It really helps get a nice deep clean very quickly.

Obviously I can’t do this one-handed. I was shooting this by myself so I had to take it like this.

Then, I rinse them off. Here’s the really helpful thing about this brush egg: I had a lot of trouble with not rinsing some of my brushes properly. I’ll come back to check on them in a few hours and realize I’ve left a lot of suds on there. And this really helps with that because you can keep scrubbing under the running water until it comes back with no suds. Then you know it’s finally rinsed! Brushes-7

When they’re all done I put these brush guards over them, leaving a couple inches of room so they can be dried upside down in the cup. I got mine at Icing in the mall, but I see they’re also on Amazon, so I’d suggest getting them from there. Icing always overcharges for stuff.Brushes-9

So I leave them upside down for awhile and I check on them later. If they’re pretty dry I’ll put them back with the others!Brushes-10

Since changing my routine, I’ve saved a lot of time and therefore have started cleaning them as often as I should and I’ve cut down on wasting paper plates, red solo cups, paper towels, and olive oil. And all the things I use can be stored together very neatly. Brushes-12

How often do you wash your brushes? What brush cleaning technique changed your routine?

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Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color Review + Swatches

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color Review + Swatches

Alright, I don’t think I’ve done anything like this on my blog but I’ve been getting a little more into lip products so I thought I’d talk about a recent discovery here.

As I was wandering around CVS one day, picking up a last minute wedding card (last minute, story of my life) I came across the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color. The lipsticks I use are by Wet n Wild and I’ve always thought they were just okay. I mean, they were good for being 99 cents, but they really didn’t last long. Especially for me, since I have a bad habit of rubbing my lips together and biting them a lot. For that reason, I don’t really wear lipstick all that much anyway.  But I saw these and remembered hearing pretty good things about them. And they were on sale. So I grabbed a couple. Apparently they’re not really found anywhere other than CVS, at least not as far as I’ve been able to tell. Since I don’t really frequent CVS, that’s probably why I’ve never seen them before.

I am obsessed. I’m sure that there’s better ones out there but those were the ones I wanted to try since the price point is phenomenal. And I love them! I now have six shades so those are the ones I’m going to talk about. I went with a pretty decent range of colors, so I don’t necessarily see the need to get any more just yet, but who knows. It’s not like they’re terribly expensive. But these are the ones I have right now so they’re the ones I’ll swatch and talk about.

First off, let me just talk about them as a group. The application is just like a lip gloss, which might turn most people away but I like it. It actually gives me more control. It feels really glossy at first but it dries pretty quickly and then it looks beautiful! The only problem I’ve had so far is when you try to touch them up they can get kind of clumpy. You really have to work it out and be careful.  Other than that, they last a long time without having to touch them up, and they don’t smudge off. I was super excited when I gave Grizz a big kiss on the cheek and it didn’t rub off!

So next, the shades.

First up is “Raisin the Roof.” Megalast-2

This one is my darkest shade and it has a slight shimmer to it. It looks like a dark red in the tube, but I guess by the title it’s supposed to be like a raisin color, so maybe a dark purple? That’s not really what it looks like to me when I wear it, but it does show through in the swatch.  I really like this one. I was going for a rock star look last weekend so I paired it with a deep smokey eye and it looked stunning!


The next one is “Cherry on Top”Megalast-4

and as you could probably guess, it’s a bright cherry red. It’s definitely one that’s only good with specific looks, but it’s really pretty.Megalast-5

Next, I got “Red My Mind”Megalast-6

because I really love to do a very natural face with a classic red lip once in awhile.  Something about it looks really fresh and classic. There’s nothing much to say about this shade other than it’s perfect for that. The swatches of “Cherry on Top” and “Red My Mind” look pretty similar, but “Cherry on Top” is definitely more vibrant on my lip.  “Red My Mind” just looks way more classic. Megalast-7

Now for my favorite, “Pocketful of Roses.”Megalast-8

This one is just a very nice pink. It’s not a nude or natural sort of pink, it has a little bit of a pop but it’s still super subtle. I actually ended up wearing this one to the wedding I was talking about. And for most makeup looks, I find myself reaching for that one the most because it’s just so perfect for almost everything.Megalast-9

Okay, so on to “Click on My Hyperpink”Megalast-10

This is a really bold pink, really bold. I think it’s just something nice to have in the collection in case you want a bold look. The swatch and the tube color remind me of “Pink Ice” from their dollar collection which was my favorite shade from there, but when I wear it on my lip it is WAY more bold. I’ll probably save this for a super specific occasion, it’s honestly a bit much.



This one is “Pink Perfection”Megalast-12

and it’s a very nude pink. It’s very, very sheer and has a nice shimmer to it. I really like this when I want a bold eye look so I don’t want my lips to be doing too much. This is definitely something that can be used for a nice every day look as well.Megalast-13

All in all, I find these to be wonderful for the price point, which I believe was around $3 a tube, maybe less. They were buy 2 get 1 free at CVS when I first picked them up which really made them worth it for me. I think some shades are a little harder to work with than others, so I will say to watch out for that. Like, when I was saying they can get kind of clumpy when you reapply, I feel that was more true for “Pink Perfection” and “Click On My Hyperpink” than the others. I’m not sure why that is. I feel that may be a dealbreaker for some people but it didn’t really bother me, it just meant I had to take an extra second to make sure I smooth it out nicely. So, despite all that, this was actually a game changer in my makeup routine because it really made me want to actually wear lip color!

Do you have these Megalast Liquid Lipsticks? What’s your favorite shade? What’s one makeup item that completely changed the game for you?

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Camping “Beauty” Essentials

Camping “Beauty” Essentials

Once in awhile I like to unplug for a weekend and go camping. I wouldn’t say I “rough it” but I’m not sleeping in a portable house either. Something about day drinking in the woods, sitting around the campfire with some tunes in the background, and just being with friends and family for a weekend feels like a little mini vacation without spending too much money.

Now, I love makeup but I’m not the type of girl that can’t be caught dead without. When I go camping, I’m not concerned about my appearance, I just want to be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean I completely abandon my routine. I have a travel bag all made up that’s ready to grab and go whenever I’m going somewhere. Now, I’m going to show you everything that’s in there, but that doesn’t mean I use it all when I go camping for a weekend trip.


Let’s get into the the products!


Rusk 12 in 1 TreatmentIMG_9626

This is something I make sure to have in my kit just in case. I hate the way my hair feels after I get it wet but don’t condition it. So, this is a must have for me in case I go swimming wherever I am.






IMG_9621Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo

Usually when I’m just taking a weekend trip, I wash my hair right before I leave and then I wash it whenever I get back. But just in case I get extra sweaty or greasy, I keep this  handy little guy with me.







IMG_9630Hair Brush and Hair Ties

Even though I’m camping, I still gotta brush my hair. And it’s super important to me to keep my hair off my neck so I don’t feel too hot. I love these ribbon hair ties because they’re gentle on my hair and they look like a cute bracelet when I put them on my wrist if they’re not in use!





IMG_9620Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub

It may not be my normal face wash but it’s something. I just like to start my day by washing my face and when I’m camping that’s no exception!







IMG_9619Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Actually, I’m not dead set that it has to be this particular moisturizer, just something with SPF. It’s very important when I’m spending a lot of time in the sun to keep my face (and the rest of my skin for that matter) protected. I use a moisturizer as opposed to sunscreen on my face because it feels a lot better. Less greasy, and nice and smoothing.






IMG_9618Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Okay, so these are in there as a travel essential, and not a camping essential since I don’t wear makeup camping. But there’s no point in taking them out just because I’m not going to need them. And if I do happen to get my face extra dirty, they’re still good to have in this case!




General Hygiene

IMG_9628Gotta have my toothbrush, some mouthwash, toothpaste and deodorant, no matter what!






IMG_9629If I’m on a weekend camping trip, I will shower, wash my hair, and shave before I leave and I’ll be just fine waiting until I get back to do so again. But if it’s a longer trip, I will definitely need these. I have my travel shampoo and conditioner, my little baby Bath and Body Works body gel, and a travel razor.

No shaving cream. I don’t use it in general. I have a smoother shave and better luck not cutting myself without it. Go figure.




IMG_9633Again, loofah for the longer trips, only needed if I end up taking a shower during the trip.






Camping Musts

IMG_9631Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen

Gotta have sunscreen if I’m spending time in the sun. Duh. I use the children one because I have sensitive skin.







IMG_9632Repel 100 Bug Spray

Bug spray is definitely a must when camping! I tend to get eaten alive by mosquitoes so I for sure need. I recommend this one in particular because it doesn’t have a god awful smell. If anyone else can recommend one that smells pretty decent, let me know.



And I throw everything into a pouch and I’m ready to go.  I have a couple more bags that can be added to it if I’m going on an actual trip (not camping) and I do wanna bring my makeup with. And even then, I will only pack what can fit in there. The entire set was by Modella, and I think I found it at Target.

What do you do to unwind?

What sort of beauty essentials do you pack when traveling?

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P.S. Here’s what’s to come!