By Why This Is (More or Less) a Beauty Blog

When I started blogging, way back when, I started for many reasons. I used to be an aspiring web designer, so it was another way to be connected to the internet. I suffered from anxiety problems and I wanted a way to vent once in awhile. Many of my real life friends didn’t follow my blogs, so it was a nice way to talk about things I didn’t want to bother my friends with. 

While I still struggle with issues with anxiety, my days of posting anything and everything about my life are over. There’s something to be said about venting to strangers, but at the end of the day, that’s not me anymore. 

It’s probably a good thing. I used to be an extremely negative person. I’ve come a long way since then. Now, when I blog, I just like to share things I’ve found or that I like. But I’ve noticed that I tend to post a lot about beauty on here. I don’t know who I have as followers at this point, hell, I don’t know if anyone even comes back to read my posts. And that’s fine. I am still going to blog, because I like it and I’ve always liked it. It’s not about collecting followers to me, I’d probably still blog if no one read it. 

But if you want to know why it’s very beauty heavy these days- here’s why. Makeup has without a doubt become my hobby. When my hobby, photography became my day job, it became less and less a hobby every day. I tried to avoid it at first. I tried to do a photo diary so I could still work on my own personal photos outside of work. I’m not saying I hate it now, because that’s not true at all. I still LOVE photography. Nothing compares to the overwhelming feeling of pride and happiness I feel when I create a photograph from start to finish. From the concept to the final edited product. And I probably will once in awhile get the urge to create a piece. But plain and simple, it doesn’t feel like a hobby anymore. I never wanted that to happen, but it’s okay that it did. I love what I do, I just don’t always enjoy doing it “just for fun” anymore. 

What do I like to do for fun? Watch makeup videos. Practicing different looks. Practicing different techniques. I love the versatility of makeup; how I can do a subtle look one day and turn around the next day and do a full glam look if I want. I’ve gotten better over the past few years and it’s just fun for me.

I’ve stopped doing my makeup every morning for work, but sometimes if I have the day off I’ll do a makeup look even if I’m not going anywhere. In fact, if I’m not going anywhere it’s the perfect time to practice something new! 

I love blogging. I love makeup. I love blogging about makeup. I’ll still stand by the fact that this blog will just be about whatever I feel like talking about from makeup to gaming to photography to music… But most days, I feel like talking about makeup. 

So that’s why you’ve seen a lot of “beauty guru Jessa” over the past few months. She’s probably here to stay, at least for awhile. 

I’m not sure why I felt the need to make a whole post about this? I don’t know, I just haven’t written in awhile and I wanted to, I guess.

What would you like to see more of on here? Do you care? 😁 

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♥J

P.S. I post on Instagram almost daily, so if you want to keep up with me, follow me there. (It’s very clear that I’m still pretty obsessed with taking pictures lol)

2017, Here I Come

Oh 2016. The year that took way too many celebrities. Including my goblin king. 😦

We certainly are happy to see you go, 2016.

For me personally, 2016 wasn’t all bad. After months of waiting Grizz and I finally bought our house this year so that was pretty awesome. And NYE was great as always. It was actually super relaxing to be able to ring in the new year with my close friends. I love them all and they make my heart happy. ❤

Last year, (I think) I broke my habit of not making New Year’s resolutions and made five. I only kept one. I promised myself anytime I would buy new clothes I would donate others that I don’t use. And while I didn’t do a whole hell of a lot of clothes shopping this year, I did that. The only exception is when I bought a set of cardigans, mainly for work. Because I really needed those. But I’m putting together a Good Will box, mostly with toys and stuffed animals, but clothes as well. So I’ll be making up for that anyway.

I had also promised myself to designate time to practice Photoshop, be more organized, and be better about cleaning, and blog more.  The Photoshop thing happened at first, but once my winter break was over, it went out the window. And everything else, I was just kidding myself. I mean, I’ll try again with that stuff but my main goals for this year are a little more vain. I mean, they may seem that way.

I’ve learned a lot about makeup over that past few years, and I’ve definitely branched out from where I started. My goal is to save money and treat myself to more high end products. Actually my goal is to be better about saving money in general. For one thing, this time next year I want to feel better about the winter break. So I want to  make an effort to really save enough to help supplement during that time. But also, I want to be able to really work on a wardrobe that suits me. A few years ago, I wanted to start following a pastel goth style and I never really did. But starting now I want to really involve myself in making my style be what I want it to be. Albeit, it’s probably not really pastel goth I want to chase anymore. I just want a style that outwardly reflects my personality. I just want to learn how to really be me, inside and out.
I really wish I took the time to photograph my look for NYE. I did a pretty eye look that turned out amazing. Maybe I’ll recreate it for something.

My photo goals are still the same. I would really like be great at Photoshop and work on shooting projects for myself. All that stuff has been neglected so I really want to take some time to practice my skills again.

As for blogging more, it is what it is.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a frequent blogger. So. That’s fine.

Anyway. How was your year? Are you happy it’s over? What did you do for NYE?

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♥J

P.S. Are you interested at all in what I got for Christmas? Those kinds of things seem kind of braggy, but if anyone wants to see, I would do it. Lots of Pokemon related things happened.

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.
LOOK AT MY BABIES:

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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♥J

Moving, Weddings, And a Cat’s Stupid Adventure

I’m long overdue for a post. The reason I’ve been away for so long is because….

Grizz and I bought a house! It finally happened. We waited a long time to get this house, but we’re finally in.
We’ve been busy getting things in order and it’s coming along. I have things I want to blog about, and I’m really excited because I have a studio now, so I’ll have room to shoot photos for things. It’s my goal now that I have the extra shooting space to plan more Outfit of the Day things. I even may do the holiday look book again, although I may try and do it a little differently. The wig collection is something I’m finally going to be able to get started on.

We were also busy with his sister’s wedding. Which was incredibly cool to be a part of it. It even ended up making the news! They got married on a moving “L” train in Chicago. It caught fire with the news, the even went on live TV!
Here’s one of the articles and the interview with Windy City Live is at the bottom of it.

I’m like, hey, I know them! ^_^

We threw a couple of parties here already, which is so exciting now that we have the room for it. Grizz’s birthday is coming up and we’ve been having an unseasonably warm fall, so we’re having another party that hopefully we’ll get to have a fire. 🙂

We have a few things we’re not used to having to do all the time, like double checking our doors. Last night our back door was not only unlocked, but as Grizz discovered when he got up for work this morning, it wasn’t even latched. The door was wide open for who knows how long. My first instinct was to jump up and look for Demon, our cat, who’s been obsessed with trying to sneak out whenever the door is open. As I expected, he was nowhere to be found. Grizz was already looking outside for him. I went down the block but didn’t see him. I was so heartbroken, and I remember shutting off the lights in the kitchen but I didn’t check the door so naturally I was blaming myself. And I was so worried about him. He’s so dark so he’d be hard for people driving in cars to see…
As we were admitting defeat and heading inside, something told me to ask Grizz to shine his flashlight under the deck. When he did, there was a set of glowing eyes looking at us. Luckily for us, he’s very food driven. So opening his can of cat food was all we needed to do to coax him out.

Stupid cat. Scared the shit out of me. I’m really glad that he didn’t get that far. I suppose if anything this whole experience will make me obsessed with checking to make sure the doors are locked.
I don’t even like cats… how did this little jerk claw his way into my heart?  It’s also been a small challenge trying to get him to get along with our dog, Eva. She’s used to cats because she’s lived with them almost her whole life. So she really doesn’t care at all about Demon. Like, she’s far to busy begging people to throw her ball and climbing into everyone’s lap even though she is far too big to be a lap dog. Demon, however, has never seen a dog. So, he took a bit longer to adjust. He’s still not a huge fan of her, but they coexist. And they’ll both snuggle me, so that’s all I wanted out of the whole arrangement.

Yay!

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So that’s what’s been going on lately.

I want to get back on track blogging-wise so I’m trying to plan simple things I can do for right now.
I think the next thing I do will be a makeup thing. I ordered an eyeshadow palette that was a collaboration with Morphe and KathleenLights on YouTube. I’ve been wanting to buy a YouTube collab, but this was the first one that was affordable so I went for it. It should be here Friday so I think I’m going to do a first impression or something like that over the weekend.  I literally just found out (like, I’m watching her October favorites right now and she JUST said) it’s sold out already. It released a week ago and it’s limited edition and it’s already gone. I’m glad I got it right away. It’s kind of the reason I want to do a lookbook again because I’m already thinking of cute holiday makeup looks.

Anyway, I think that’s it for me. I’ll talk again soon. 🙂
Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!

What did you dress up as?

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♥J

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.

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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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♥J

I have four pride bracelets left! Get one before they’re gone! All proceeds will be going to Equality Illinois.

Random Faves: April 2016

I got things. And stuff. I don’t know. Once in awhile I get the urge to try out different products, so I picked up a couple things. It’s only been a few months since I did one of these. Since the last time before that was almost a year apart, I guess I’m stepping up my makeup game a bit? Anyway, here’s what I’ve been trying lately. I’m gonna start with the dislikes this time. I’m gonna call it negatives, though because there’s nothing from this list that I dislike, just a couple things I don’t love. When I say negatives, in this case, I really mean things that were just okay, not bad. I think that’s the case with both products in the “dislike” section.
I have a lot to say about everything, so bear with me if it gets a little long. Let’s get into it…

 

Negatives

Garnier Micellar Water –  I have a love-hate relationship with Garnier skin care because I’m into their cream moisturizer but their gel one is a complete fail. I’m also really careful about switching up skin care products because I am prone to having allergic reactions to things like that. I’ve heard a lot of talk about this product, and I knew Garnier didn’t really mess with my skin so I wanted to try it. I got the one that targets waterproof makeup since whenever I wear waterproof mascara I always have a hard time getting it all off. I figured if I bought this, I wouldn’t buy my night time face wash or makeup removing wipes anymore. So, you know, two birds… one stone. It does do an amazing job of getting all the makeup off, even waterproof so I like it for that. But I’ve noticed my face breaking out a little since I started using it. I don’t really like the way my face feels after I use it too. Even though it says it doesn’t contain oil, it gives me the feeling that my face is oily.  I don’t wear waterproof makeup very often, so I think I’m going to stick with my previous routine, and only use this stuff when I need to take off waterproof makeup.
Wet n Wild Color Correcting Palette – Color correction is where it’s at right now. I love the concept of using opposite colors to neutralize issues with the face. It’s like… applying art to your face. Which is the main reason I’m into makeup at all. I love art and I like… putting it on my face. So this is a little wheel that has a yellow, purple, green, and white pigment in it. You’re supposed to apply yellow to things like under-eye bags since to help calm them down. If you have like a bruise that looks a little yellow you can apply purple to help with that. Green can be applied to red areas to help with that. And white can be used as a highlight, anywhere you’d want to use one. I got this because Wet N Wild is always an affordable, yet good, brand so it would be a good place to start trying. Once again, I found this to be just okay. The difference it makes is so incredibly subtle. I wanted it as a supplement to my under-eye concealer because those bags really need help (I don’t think I get enough sleep) so it would be something I’d incorporate into my every day look. But it’s not worth the extra step, when I need to be running out the door. HOWEVER if you are going for a more flawless look, where every step counts (and once in awhile, albeit rare, I do) this does help.

Positives

Maybelline: The Blushed Nudes – A palette line that’s tried and true for me, I couldn’t resist getting their Blushed Nudes. It’s been out for awhile. But I love their palettes, as you may know. I loved their recent The Rock Nudes and I love The Brights. So I picked this up. I don’t really need to get into detail here. If you wanna know why I love them check out the other two. I got this one because I do a lot of neutral looks for work and this has some beautiful shades that work well on their own but would also be amazing paired with other shades, even from other palettes. Another win from the Maybelline palette.

Maybelline: Fit Me Concealer – Is this new? I’ve been hearing a lot about the Fit Me line lately, like all of a sudden. So just to give you a little insight to my normal routine, I use Maybelline’s age rewind concealer on the under-eye area because it just works really well for that area. Prior to that I was using Revlon’s Photo Ready concealer stick and I’ve really find that I don’t like concealers in stick form, especially for the under-eyes. So I’ve really only been using the stick on “full make up” days. I ran out, so I was ready to find something else. I got this and I really like it. It’s a liquid and it comes with a wand which I love. I still only use it for spot treating on more “full make up” days but it’s really blendable and brightening so I’m a fan. I may try the foundation when I run out of mine.

Wet n Wild Pink Brushes – That’s right! I finally snagged a couple. I heard amazing things about these and they’re so pretty and cheap that I’ve been really wanting them since I first saw them on Instagram. After running to a couple different Walgreens in my area I found out they only have four different kinds of these brushes, with no immediate plans to have more. At first I was mentally cursing Walgreens for not having them but I realized that Wet N Wild has the others listed on their website as “online only”. Boo! Hiss! Come on, Wet N Wild. No way do I want to pay for shipping on these brushes, the idea is that they’re really cheap. Why triple the price with shipping? Curses. Anyway, I ended up with the flat top brush which is absolutely perfect for applying foundation. Never will I use any other brush for that. And I got the large eyeshadow brush. It works really well for my every day look because I just apply one color of eyeshadow. So this helps get the shadow on there and then you can use it to blend out really nicely. I really want at least the fan brush, since I don’t have one yet but I hear it’s nice for applying highlight. I don’t know if I’ll ever get it. Probably if they start selling these brushes in the stores. They’re really great quality brushes so it may be worth it. But, I don’t know if I want to give in, just on principle.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer – I’ve saved this one for last because it’s the one that surprised me the most. Holy goodness have I heard a lot of talk about this one, and I’ve often heard it being comparable to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. If you know how well this works, then you know how bold of a statement that is. I’ve resisted high-end make up. Because budget. When Tiffles gifted this stuff to me I realized that it might just be the one thing I’d have to seek high-end. I wanted to conserve it so much that I only used it for my full face days or weekend looks, or whatever you want to call it. Basically, not every day. I stuck with the e.l.f. primer I talked about in the last post for every day. But honestly. I was being too nice when I said that primer was okay. It’s garbage. ANYWAY. More to the point. I wanted something that would be good enough for every day so I wouldn’t have to use my UD one up really quickly. So I picked up this Milani one that I’ve heard so much about. It’s about half the price and it seriously is JUST AS GOOD.
I have a tendency to want to talk about something on my blog before really getting a chance to see how well it works and I wanted to talk about this instantly. But I decided to put it to the test by wearing it for a full day at work, and let me tell you that was the perfect day. I struggled getting my equipment up a really steep ramp with a ledge at the top so I was sweating up a storm. And crying because no one was there to help me.  And hey, no smudges, no creases. It’s brilliant. The one thing that’s keeping me on the fence of repurchasing UD when I run out is the application. The one I have has a wand (I think some of them don’t I’m not sure), which I prefer and the Milani one comes in a squeeze tube so I usually use a little brush to spread it evenly. It’ll probably be awhile before I have to think about that. And one thing I do have to see before I get too excited is how long the Milani one is going to last with every day use. You know, I like when I am able to make a product last a long time, especially when it’s a higher price.

And that’s it. So those are all the new things I’ve been trying out, and so far liking.
I know I talked a bit about my every day look vs my weekend or special occasions, which kind of got me thinking I may want to visit that topic in a future blog. My every day routine is pretty much the same all the time, but I have a lot of different looks for otherwise which can range anywhere to very light coverage but with a bright colorful eye look, to a flawless look, to absolutely no makeup at all… so maybe I’ll sit down and shoot some photos of these different looks. We’ll see.  I have a hard time photographing my make up looks. You’d think a photographer would do a better job…
Eh. I ramble.

I hope this helped anyone who might have been looking into any of these specific products. 🙂

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♥J

P.S. I’m gonna post my cosplay shoot I did with my friend from work very very soon. I honestly don’t know why it’s taking me this long.

Photo Diary: Morning Routine

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Sometimes you put your bluetooth speaker next to your makeup brushes and then decide you need take a photo. Ya know, no big deal.  But yeah, this is what a typical morning looks like for me. Just thought I’d share.

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♥J

P.S. I got a couple new products so I may put together another review post soon.