Monday, November 16, 2009

christmas shopping (for myself...?) + mascara comparisons + FOTD/NOTD

Hello again (from me and Sparky)!

Can I just start this blog by saying that I stopped at Starbucks today (this is not common - I don't drink coffee) and now I feel the need to rave about the pumpkin scone I add. TRIPLE YUM! And then there's my favorite, Caramel Apple Spice (if you're unfamiliar, it's hot apple cider with caramel and whipped cream). I looooooove that stuff! Speaking of food-stuff, I've been in the mood to bake lately, so I snatched up a box of Butter Pecan cake mix and some caramel frosting so I can bake cupcakes tomorrow.

Are you girls hungry yet? :D

Yesterday I did some Christmas shopping, and as it usually goes, I bought more for myself than anyone else (although I did get a good number of gifts too!). I went to Sephora and was THRILLED because a customer slipped me a 20% off coupon on her way out. Gotta love that holiday spirit! :) Of course, I bought some things I shouldn't have, but 20% off cosmetics just doesn't happen that often.

I won't tell you everything I got (some were gifts!), but here are a few of my faves:

**please note these are not my photos!**

Tarte Treasure Chest -- AMAZING!

Nars lipstick in Jungle Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jan

Make Up For Ever Star Powder in 955 (pigment)

I'm sure you'll see more of these products in blogs to come!


On to the mascara comparisons! First up is Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (ha! stupid name!) vs. YSL Everlong Mascara (Foo Fighters song?). YSL is on the left, Bobbi Brown is on the right. What do you think? (just washed my face, ack!)

Personally, I think both of good mascaras, but Bobbi Brown wins for me. YSL Everlong is a good natural-looking mascara that separates lashes well. But the length factor (that was two coats, I believe) disappointed. Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara just seemed to give my lashes more curl and volume, and BONUS, it is "all day buildable" which means you can add more without clumping all day if you want.

So, verdict: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara by a (lash) hair. ;)


This is getting to be a pretty beefy blog post, but I did want to do just one more thing today, my "FOTD" -- a "Face of the Day." :)

face: revlon colorstay foundation, mac buff blush (as bronzer), nars mata hari blush (on apples of cheeks), mac lightly flushed mineralized skinfinish (as a highlight over cheeks)

eyes: urban decay sin eyeshadow primer, make up for ever shimmering taupe eyeshadow pencil, dark purple and burgundy shadows from the tarte treasure chest, bronze-pink shade from the treasure chest as highlight under brows, make up for ever 955 star powder, wet 'n wild white pencil in inner rims of eyes, stila golden noir smudge pot (lined around eyes), lancome hypnose mascara, givenchy phenom'eneyes (top coat)

lips: shu uemura rouge unlimited lipstick in bg907, c.o. bigelow winter cordial hot buttered rum mentha lip shine (SOOOO YUMMY!!)

and the "Nails of the Day":

OPI Comet Loves Cupid

This was yesterday's F/NOTD (with the Nars Jungle Red lipstick! LOVE!).

Alright ladies, time to go watch "How I Met Your Mother" and fold laundry (fun!). I have a lot of posts planned for this week, though, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Allow me to introduce myself...

Hello, lovelies. I'm Jessica (never Jessie), and I'm (not-so-secretly) a beauty product addict. I've been following blogs and youtube video posters for some time now, and then it hit me: I could do this! I SHOULD do this!

There are so many products I'm geared up to review. I can't wait. :)

I guess I'll start with an introduction of sorts....

I'm 26. I live in Orlando, FL. I grew up in Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH. My dad is English, and even though I never lived there myself (and only have visited twice!), I've always felt connected to the culture. I'm the older sister of an awesome 22-year-old brother. I work at Disney. I have a yorkie named Sparky who I spoil ROTTEN. I'm very impulsive and I have an addictive personality (ya think??). Other things I love: dolls (especially Barbie and Blythe), fashion, breakfast food, Hello Kitty, Target. I love books and magazines. I want to kiss whomever invented the DV-R (I work at a dinner-only restaurant).

Favorite shows, currently airing: 90210, America's Next Top Model, Law & Order: SVU, Cold Case, The Soup, How I Met Your Mother, Degrassi, Wizards of Waverly Place, Medium

Favorite shows, oldies: Saved By the Bell, Full House, Jem & the Holograms, My So-Called Life, Sex & The City

Favorite movies: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (when will it be released on DVD again??), Love Actually, A Christmas Story, Fried Green Tomatoes, Amelie, Clueless, Empire Records, Barbie as the Princess & the Pauper, Some Like it Hot

(I could do more, like favorite bands, favorite books... but I have sooo many!!)

And, in keeping with the theme of the blog, here's a few links to beauty-related lists I made on Kaboodle:

Some of the makeup/beauty products I regularly use.

Some products I swear by (this list is a work in progress!).

And, lastly, some products that have disappointed me.

Now maybe you can tell me some things about YOU! I'd love to hear about things you like, dislike, or just anything you'd like to get off your chest (unless it's that you think I'm a dumb blonde whore, in which case please keep it to yourself, thanks!).

So I guess that concludes my first official beauty blog post. Thanks for reading, and I'm sure you'll hear from me again soon! :)