Sunday, March 18, 2012

a little ulta, sephora, & drugstore haul (and a dior addict extreme rave)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, lovelies!! Well, technically, it ended an hour ago, but I know the partiers have a few more hours to go (at least!). I spend the day at home and at work, but don't pity me, I'm a total granny and I wouldn't have gone out anyways! ;)  Totally unrelated to St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share a few purchases I made last weekend. It was rainy and gloomy and Daylight Savings meant an hour of my weekend lost, so what better way to cheer myself up than with some new unnecessary (but totally necessary, right?) beauty buys? ;)

c.Booth Strawberry Fields body scrub & cleanser, c.Booth Ginger Sugar body scrub, Vitabath Cupcake Couture Heavenly Coconut Creme body wash

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser & Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare

Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in 336 Saint Tropez, Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson collection: Cartwheels on the Catwalk nail polish & lip print lacquer strips

Dior Addict Extreme 336 Saint Tropez (I seriously LOVE this! <3)

Dior Addict Extreme 336 Saint Tropez (outdoor lighting)

Dior Addict Extreme 336 Saint Tropez (indoor lighting, no flash)  

And I don't normally do this, but I've been wearing this color the last few nights I've worked, and check this out:

Dior Saint Tropez after six hours of wear (at work!)

That is about six hours after applying! Usually I reapply throughout the night, but I was so impressed that I felt like doing an "experiment" to see if it would dry out my lips.  As you can see, there are NO FLAKY BITS!! Hallelujah! It is definitely much drier than the initial application at this point (duh), but I love that the color seems to just fade down evenly and doesn't gather at the center of my lips (as SO MANY shades do - "so many" meaning all but like five I own...).

So, to answer questions about whether these are drying, I have to say my final verdict is NO. They don't dry out my lips during wear, and my lips don't feel dry after removing either. (I know some lipsticks don't have noticeable drying effects until the next day, but that's not the case here!)

I can see myself buying a second tube of this stuff, that's how much I love it. HG status, baby! <3

Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk

elf Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude and Coral

Dior Saint Tropez, elf Nearly Nude, elf Coral

I forgot to take lip swatch photos for the elf Matte Lip Colors. Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see lip swatches - perhaps I'll update this post with them later!

I also did a little video on this haul if you care to watch. Worst lighting ever, be warned!

Thanks for reading, watching, etc. You know I love you, right? Good. :)

<3 Jess

Saturday, March 17, 2012

two FOTDs + some crazy pastel nails

Blargh, I keep getting so backlogged on posts! I'm hoping to branch out into non-FOTD, haul, or favorites posts sometime soon. Wish me luck on that.. >_< Anyways, I thought I'd post these photos from the past two weeks. I did videos on both of these looks as well - if you're interested in my crap videos, they'll be embedded at the end of the post. :)


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24Hr foundation (140N)
Lancome Star bronzer in Sunshine (matte)
Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Peach Passion
TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
Clinique Airbrush concealer in Neutral Fair


MAC Nubile paint pot
NARS Lola Lola e/s
Laura Mercier Chocolate e/s
NARS Nepal e/s
Revlon Colorstay quad in Moonlit (white shade)
Stila Stay All Day liquid liner pen
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero on waterline *also forgot to mention...
Trish McEvoy 24Hr eye shadow/liner in Topaz
YSL Faux Cils Shocking mascara
Maybelline Master Shape Brow


Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink

and the other one...


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation
YSL Touche Eclat #01
Clinique Airbrush concealer #04 Neutral Fair
YSL Poudre de Soleil in Light Sun
Lancome Blush Subtil in Tangerine Tint
NARS blush in Sex Appeal
MAC Cream Colour Base in Seaside


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
LORAC Front of the Line Pro
NARS Larger Than Life liner in Rue Bonaparte
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Bourbon
YSL Faux Cils Shocking mascara
Maybelline Master Shape Brow in Soft Brown


Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in 336 Saint Tropez 
NOTE: I was getting a little "creative" (read: ridiculous) with the posing at this point. Oy.

Dior Addict Extreme 336 Saint Tropez

I was just playing with my nail polish this day, so pardon the sloppy paint job and grotesque cuticles!

(in order from thumb to pinky)
  • MAC Mischievous Mint
  • MAC Play Day
  • Sephora by OPI XOX Betsey (Betsey Johnson collection)
  • Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk (Betsey collection)
  • MAC Ice Cream Cake 

(in order from pinky to thumb)
  • Revlon Tropical Temptation
  • Essie Navigate Her
  • Essie Topless and Barefoot
  • American Apparel The Valley
  • Essie Knockout Pout

And before I go, a warning to all sinks in the Orlando area - be warned, a kitty takeover is in progress.

Get outta my sink, you!

And the crappy vids, as promised...

Thanks so much for reading! Love you guys!

<3 Jess

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

lip swatch overload!

These are the lip swatches that coincide with the lipsticks shown in this haul post. You can see why I didn't include them in that post - too damn many! >_< No swatch of the Caudalie lip conditioner, as it's totally clear! The rest are mostly in the same order that they're shown in the post, aside from MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj, which I swatched last, as it leaves a stain on the lips! I also didn't swatch MAC Watch Me Simmer, because I already featured a swatch in this post.

MUFE Rouge Artist Natural N40

MUFE Rouge Artist Natural N21
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited CR310

Wet 'n' Wild Megashield Lip Color in Within These Adobe Walls

Wet 'n' Wild 903C Just Peachy

Wet 'n' Wild 967 Dollhouse Pink

Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink
YSL Glossy Stain #18 Rose Pastelle

YSL Glossy Stain #19 Beige Aquarelle (I find it very difficult to apply this evenly!)

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj

Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions about any of the lipsticks shown (or about any lipstick period, really), please feel free to ask - as you guys know, I love talking about lipstick! ;)

Thanks for not running away scared at the influx of macro lip photos!! ;)

<3 Jess

stuff i've bought recently (w/swatches, etc.) + feb faves video

Forget intros, let's get straight down to business! 

Aveeno Smart Essentials moisturizer, got2b POWDER'ful back 2 bed texture powder, Ole Henriksen Nurture Me moisturizer, MAC Play Date nail polish, MAC Fix+ mini, L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil

Aldo bag <3 (looove their bags!)

Aldo wallet <3

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blushes in Peach Passion & Lover's Blush (stupid name!)

Lancome Blush Subtil in Tangerine Tint

Peach Passion, Lover's Blush, Tangerine Tint

Caudalie Lip Conditioner (to wear under lipstick - this is great for that!), Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural lipsticks in N40 (Satin Pastel Coral) and N21 (Satin Pastel Pink)

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in CR310

Wet 'n' Wild: Megashield Lip Color in Within These Adobe Walls (haaaate the packaging, looove the lipstick!), Mega Matte 903C Just Peachy, 967 Dollhouse Pink

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj, MAC Watch Me Simmer (swatched here)

(lipsticks swatched in the order they appear above)

YSL Glossy Stains #18 Rose Pastelle and #19 Beige Aquarelle

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 H (140 N), Burberry Lip Cover in Tulip Pink

spot the oddball in there?? o_O

Sonia Kashuk brush set ($14.99!!)

rabbit plate from Pottery Barn

cutest egg dish ever! (Pottery Barn)
 My little helper...

(I love his reflection in the mirror! KILLS ME! lol)

hmm.. what to have for dinner...?

Click here to see lip swatches of all the lipsticks shown in this post - this one was already so photo-heavy, I decided to post them separately!

And before I go, here's my February Favorites video:

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting, and all that jazz! Love you guys!

<3 Jess