Monday, October 31, 2011

BOO! it's october favorites time! beauty, books, barbie, etc.

Hello lovelies! Happy Halloween to you all. :) Sorry for my absence the last two weeks or so.  To be honest, work's been very stressful and when I'm home, I just want to sleep! I have sooo many photos ready for posts I have yet to do, it's overwhelming! I have a Lush haul, new lipsticks post, makeup storage post, what's in my bag post, updated skincare routine, etc. If there's one you'd particularly like to see first, please let me know!

Anyways, as it's the very last day of October and all, I thought I'd go ahead and post my October Favorites - some of which I haven't gotten around to posting about until now, ack! 

  • Love & Beauty Cream Cheek Color in Pink & Coral (Forever21)
  • MAC Ice Cream Cake nail polish
  • OPI Rainbow Connection nail polish
  • Bare Escentuals Round the Clock waterproof eyeliner in 5 PM
  • MAC Let's Skate paint pot
  • Lush Day of the Dead fragrance
  • Benefit Watt's Up
  • YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in #9 Cool Guava and #10 Tangy Mandarina
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate body lotion (I use this as a hand cream)
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creamsicle
  • MAC lipstick in Patisserie
  • Smith's Strawberry lip balm (HG material!)

the lipsticks: Patisserie, Creamsicle, Cool Guava, & Tangy Mandarina

swatched in the same order (top to bottom)

MAC Patisserie

Revlon Creamsicle

You can see me wearing YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Cool Guava and Tangy Mandarina here.

Benefit Watt's Up, Love & Beauty Pink, Love & Beauty Coral

Benefit Watts Up, Love & Beauty Pink, Love & Beauty Coral (blended)

I meant to take lip swatches with the Love & Beauty cream blushes, too, as they actually work REALLY well on lips, too! However, I forgot. If you'd like to see lip swatches, please let me know, and I'll add them into this post later.

  • Chanel Beige Lame
  • NARS Lola Lola
  • Chanel Tweed Brun Rose blush
swatched in the same order

MAC Let's Skate paint pot on its own (top)

Chanel Beige Lame over Let's Skate paint pot

  • Tokidoki x Barbie tote 
I do have a Barbie collection, and I was thinking of asking for the Tokidoki Barbie doll for Christmas (should've bought it then, but I wasn't expecting it to sell out so quickly!), but when I saw that there were other products in the collection, I was like a giddy schoolgirl! I *had* to have this tote. I bought it from (Tokidoki's official website) and it came with a bunch of Tokidoki stickers and two massive Tokidoki catalogs, too, which I loved looking through. Not sure if I'll actually ever *use* this tote (I don't want to ruin the lining!), but I love looking at it displayed in my room!

the lining is what really sold me -- LOVE. IT!

As for what I've read this month...

Let's just say it wasn't the most uplifting reading month.  I know some of you may already know about Jaycee Dugard from the news or what-have-you, but the news can't begin to cover her story as she tells it in her memoir. I read A Stolen Life in one sitting (I was up until 8 AM reading it!). It just completely destroyed me - the fact that this is nonfiction, that all these things really happened to her. I couldn't handle it. It's not the type of book that you can just read a chapter of and then go off and do something else. The more I read, the more I thought, "Okay, I have to get to the end.  I have to see things get better for her."  And, I'm not kidding, I had a nightmare after reading it, and continue to think about it every day. 

I know you might be thinking, "Well, there's something I'm NOT going to read," but even though this really shook me up emotionally (I cringed, squirmed, cried, etc.), it was absolutely worth the read. It opened my eyes to things in the world that maybe I didn't want to acknowledge, but now I feel stronger because of it.  If you still don't want to read it, but you're interested in her story (as told by others instead of by her), you can always Google "Jaycee Dugard" -- but be warned, what comes up may upset you just as much.

I've had Room on my bookshelf since it first was released, but I hadn't been up to reading it.  However, I thought, "if I can get through A Stolen Life, I can get through Room." Room is another story of abduction, albeit a very different one. It's fiction, and it's told by Jack, the five-year-old son of "Ma," who was kidnapped at age 19. Both live in a shed in the backyard of her abductor. Having it told in the boy's perspective is what made it so interesting to me.  I'll say this, though, the middle of the book was the best part, and the last hundred pages kind of dragged on in comparison.  

Room was a good read, and I'd definitely recommend it, but if you're choosing between Room and A Stolen Life, I'd go for the latter, without question.

What I'm loving on TV right now:

  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Ringer
  • Modern Family
  • Happy Endings

my Halloween NOTD, using Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips :)

Of course I can't leave you without some kitty photos!

All aboard the kitty train!

Look at how I found them sleeping the other night!!


You can't read your Sephora holiday catalog until you give me treats!

As always, thanks so much for reading (seriously, as I type this I'm at 399 followers - I'm FLOORED! Thank you guys!).

Hope you all have a safe and unhealthy (duh!) Halloween! See you soon! :)

<3 Jess & her silly kitties


  1. Those nails are so cute! I love your lipstick picks :)

  2. Those cats are so adorable!
    And Revlon Creamsicle looks really nice :)

  3. I was just going to say that I love the look of Revlon Creamsicle as well!
    Have you used Benefit's Watt's Up on your face yet? let us know how you get on, i'm contemplating buying it :)

  4. brun rose looks so pretty. i havent dabbled in chanel at all yet but i really want to try out one of the tweed blushes. i think ill wait until limited edition colors come out. i will have to look for a stolen sounds so interesting and heartbreaking. i love books that bring out emotions. i enjoyed room too, and i agree that it dragged a bit towards the end.

  5. Wow brilliant favourites :) I wish I had all those products! xx

  6. Room is an amazing book, I was so gripped! x

  7. Thanks for your comments ladies!

    Tamara - I use it on my cheeks, inner corners, and under my brows, too. The stick applicator is so simple, and I can just throw it in my bag. I need to use my finger to apply it under my brows and in my inner corners, so I'm not sure how totally sanitary it is, but I still love it! It reminds me of TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer (my fave) in stick form. :)

    Kellyyes - Not positive, but I think Brun Rose is limited edition. It just came out with Chanel's holiday collection. I like Brun Rose LOADS more than the permanent shades I've tried. I like that the brush is in the compact, too, so I can throw it in my bag to reapply if necessary.

  8. So happy you're loving Patisserie, Jess!

    ♥ Jessica

  9. I've missed you!! Lol I'm always hoping you will post everyday! Lol...great post today!

  10. Love the lipsticks, the Barbie bag and the Halloween nails, but those cute kitties definitely steal the show!

  11. Jess - Thanks for the recommendation!

    Bethers - Aw, thank you!! I've missed blogging, too - I hate when I don't get at least two posts in per week! I just pre-wrote three posts for this week, though! :D

  12. Brill favs I love your nails :) hadn't heard of them I'm going checking them out xx

  13. Great favs! Thanks for the recs! Oh my goodness...the Barbie tote is adorable! The lining! Ahhh~ so cute! And aw...your kitties are adorable. :]

  14. Awesome favorites!
    I'm still waiting for those two YSL colors aah. Toki Doki Barbie!!! <3 thanks for mentioning where you got it from since it's apparently sold out in stores everywhere now.

  15. Ok.. so I got too excited and didn't realize what you just said about the Barbie :(

  16. 1. I'd love to see a what's in my bag post first
    2. I think I need Creamsicle in my life now...
    3. Love that kitty train pic ^___________^ haha cats are so funny

  17. Funny story about your Oct. faves...I OWN MOST OF THEM NOW! Lol. Your enabling abilities are quite impressive, I must say. Also, I can't believe how grownsss up your kitties are! Cute cute cute. :D <33 xxx

  18. MissLyndsey - the ghost pair were from a limited edition display of Halloween-themed nail strips, but I've seen a new display of winter holiday-themed ones at Target recently! I don't think they have the greatest lasting power, but I love how easy it is to peel them off (no nail polish left behind!).

    Nora - Did you order them? They're so pretty! I'm definitely regretting not getting the Tokidoki Barbie when I had the chance. $400 on eBay? Forreals??

    Amy - I'll have the WIMB post up this week for sure! :)

    Rachel - HA! SUCCESS! And about the kitties - I know, right?? They've become quite the little chunk nuggets. They still like to try to snuggle in my lap at the same time, though (Sammy's in my lap right now, actually). They're always up for a challenge!

  19. I love that Tokidoki-Barbie collaboration! I wouldn't want to hurt the lining, either :)

  20. Call me weird, but I love seeing someone actually make a dent in blush, like that Chanel Tweed one. Good for you, girl ;)

  21. Well now of course I need to get Beige Lame.... curse you!!! ;)

  22. I love the inside of the Barbie bag! x