Monday, August 22, 2011

Participation concours #2

Hey guys!
Here's my second entry for Laetipro's contest.
The original video is here:
It's all in French, but if you don't speak French, I think by just watching you could get the jist of it.

My cheeks are still really swollen from getting my wisdom teeth! Ahhhh!
Oh, and I promise I'm wearing clothes in this picture. Hahaha I'm wearing a strapless sundress.

Products Used:
  • Revlon PhotoReady foundation
  • ELF Complexion Perfection
  • NYX Tango with Bronzer Powder in When Leopard Gets a Tan
  • Loreal True Match Blusher in Baby Blossom
  • Shiseido Accentuating Color Stick in Champagne Flush 
  • ELF Mineral Eye Primer
  • NYX Single eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown, Asphalt 
  • ELF Mineral eyeshadow in Seduction
  • Bourjois Ombre à Paupières in Beige Rose
  • Clarion eyeshadow in Champagne Silk (This stuff is SOOO old, does Clarion even exist anymore?!)
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeliner in Blackest Black
  • ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner in Midnight
  • Revlon Grow Lush mascara (Just trying it out.. I kinda accidentally bought it)
  • ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Kiss, Honey Do (First I applied Pink Kiss for the color, blotted it, then put on Honey Do)

Comment and let me know what you think! I'm really loving this look, it's soo gorgeous! 

LOTD: Khloe Kardashian inspired

I'm looking at doing a series on all the different Kardashian sister looks. This was me experimenting on the Khloe one. I've seen her with a chocolate brown smokey. I mean, all the girls wear smokies on the reg, but she uniquely wears the brown, and the hot pink lips.

Please ignore the ridiculously swollen cheeks. I just got my wisdom teeth taken out. 

Comment and tell me what you think! 

And one with flash...
I hate flash, a lot. But I'm really in love with this look. My mom says everything is a "little too much". She says that about everything about me... my personality, my perfume, everything. 

Products Used: 
  • Revlon Photoready Foundation
  • ELF Complexion Perfection
  • NYX Tango with Bronzer Powder
  • ELF Natural Radiance Blusher in Bronzed
  • NYX blush in Pinched
  • ELF Eyeshadow primer in Golden and Pearl
  • NYX Runway Collection palette in Champagne and Caviar (I used several browns and golds and blacks)
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeliner in Blackest Black
  • Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
  • NYX Round lipstick in Shiva
  • NYX Megashine lipgloss in French Kiss

I've already done research for the rest of the Kardashian girls. I will be including Kris, Kendall, and Kylie. I'm so excited. But that will be after Laetipro's contest is over. I'll be posting new looks within the next few days while I have time before school starts.

Thanks guys for reading! Comment and tell me what you think! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

NYX Round Lipstick & Megashine Lipgloss Review

By now, you must know I'm the biggest NYX fan! And by far, my favorite product has to be the Round Lipstick.

So, NYX Cosmetics describes this product on their website as: "NYX Round Lipstick is our classic lipstick for all-year round. The mineral-based emollient formula offers a beautiful velvet texture, saturated color and it resists wear and smudging. It’s your go-to lipstick. From Pure Nude to Pink Lyric to Chic Red, Round Lipstick is available in a jaw-dropping 144 shades."

It retails at $4 but I've gotten it on and for $2 each. 

It comes in cute little packaging--a black plastic tube with the NYX logo on it and "Lip smacking fun colors" is also on the lid. And boy, is it true! How impressive, 144 different colors to choose from! The top of the lid has the name of the color printed on it, and the bottom gives you a clear little window to see what color the lipstick is.

These babies are just incredible. Words cannot describe how much I love them.


  • Longlasting. And I mean it. I can put it on in the morning, eat lunch, drink, eat some more throughout the course of the day, and it still looks good. My mom has even said how impressed she is with the lasting power (on me-she's never worn it).
  • Pigmentation. All you need is one swipe and you have rich, vibrant color that again, will last you the whole entire day.
  • Price. Hello! $4 for an amazing lipstick! (And I've gotten them for $2). What a steal for the amazing quality!
  • Texture. These lipsticks are so creamy and glide on so easily. (One thing, though. I don't know if they've recently changed the formula, but when I was swatching some of the brand new shades they came out with this summer, they didn't glide on as easily. Nonetheless, those colors still went on perfectly fine.)
  • Staining. The lipsticks are so pigmented that they will stain your lips. It's never been a problem for me, really, since I usually commit to one color for the whole entire day. But there was one instance where I was wearing my favorite red and the collar of my shirt accidentally touched my lips and now I have a permanent red lipstick stain. Oh well, gives me an excuse to always wear red lipstick with that shirt.
  • It's nonforgiving to those with chapped or dry lips. This is one of those where you need to moisturize and exfoliate before you put it on so your lips don't look all flaky and icky.
I could go on and on about these all day long. I love them. They make me look amazing, and REALLY pull together a look and make you look polished!

Let's go into the colors I have:
Without flash

And with flash

Six of these colors were from my most recent haul. That makes 10 in total. I think I might buy a couple more when I run my next Ulta errand. They gave me two coupons lately, so I'll be going soon :)

Lip du Jour is a very light, frosty pink. I didn't expect it to be this frosty, so I think I would definitely pair it with a gloss. It would go nice with a dark, matte smokey eye. 
Thalia is a beautiful rosy matte nude. It looks kinda brown in this picture, but it reminds me of my Clinique nude lipsticks (I have several!) and also my favorite Revlon nude lipstick (I forgot the name!) when I'm going for a gorgeous Kim Kardashian inspired dramatic smokey. This is probably going to become one of my new favorites. It's just such a gorgeous nude.

Paris! Oh là là, where do I start?! I originally bought it for the name, and because it was a pretty light pink. I love to wear this with a brown smokey, or any, for that matter. It's good for when you want to make a smokey a little more girly with a light Barbie pink, which is what it is essentially. It looks much brighter in person, but can be subdued with a little bit of gloss. (I felt so special wearing this color in Paris too!) Hands down, this is one of my favorite staples. Love it so much.

Louisiana is a gorgeous hot pink (moreso than in this picture). It's like something Katy Perry would wear. I bought it to wear for a pop of color, but I don't get much wear out of it, because it just makes my teeth look yellow. I really do want to wear this more often. It goes great with making a cat eye a little more modern--as opposed to wearing the classic red. 

Shiva and me--it was love at first sight. FYI: for the Jews out there, I'm pretty sure it was named after the Hindu god, not the Jewish period of mourning! (I was wondering, until I Googled the name. What a relief!). This is a bright shimmery fuschia. I've not worn it yet besides this swatch. I can't wait to play around and see what eye look it goes best with. Any suggestions?

I've been watching a lot of Keeping Up With the Kardashians lately. As you can tell, I'm a big fan. And what I've seen (and loved!) is Kourtney Kardashian wearing a red orange lip. As I was growing up, my bubbe (grandma) would always wear red orange lipstick and then get it all over her teeth and we would have to tell her. Crazy grandmothers. But I loved the way Kourtney wore it, so I decided I had to buy a lipstick like this. It is NYX Femme! It's just a matte red orange with a hint of coral. I can't wait to show you guys a look I do with this one.

I bought this color for its name. And it sure made me look chic! It's a true red with a hint of magenta. It reminds me of my Rouge Dior lipstick in Rouge Favori. Kind of like Crayola's red violet. I really love this color. I see it as a more modern take on the classic red lipstick.

This is just a true hot red. Perfect for any look you want with a red lip. Nothing more to really say about it.

This is another brand new one that I haven't worn except to swatch. It's like a true, pure red, but with a more brick-red hue to it. Just like Electra (they even look similar), it's good for any look that you want to pair a red lip with.

Snow White is one of NYX's best sellers. I bought it because I read a review that it was the classic kind of Hollywood red, which appealed to me. This has been my go-to red ever since I bought it. As you can tell, it's a much darker red. My math teacher told me it looks gothic--but it doesn't. I'm pale and have dark hair and eyes, so I guess I can pull it off. Next time I do a more old Hollywood glamour look, I'll post and show you. It's amazing!!! (This is also the one that stained my shirt). 

NOW, onto the lipglosses...
This is the first time I've bought the lipglosses, but it was love at first swipe. I am seriously in love with these. Everything about them is just so amazing. I really want to buy some more but I have so many lipglosses that I don't really want all the others to go to waste, but I'll probably buy more anyways.

So these glosses come in a tube, and there's a cute little plastic bow on the top of the lid, and it's just adorable. You also get a decent amount of product in the tube, compared to my Clinique and ELF glosses.

They retail for $5.50 but I got them for $3.75 each. Such a great deal.

I didn't think a lipgloss could be this good. I mean, come on, it's just lipgloss. But I heard so many good things about them out in the makeup community. So why not try. I bought them and one swipe was all I needed. When you first open it up, it smells strongly of children's cherry medicine, but it's not horrendous. I've gotten used to it. It goes on very smoothly. I love the applicator. It's a doe's foot applicator like most other lipglosses, but it's just a little longer, so it applies more evenly and more product to the lip at once. I don't know how else to explain it. It's very smooth. Like I said in a previous post, it's not too sticky, and not too liquidy. If there was ever a such thing as a perfect lipgloss, this would be it. It's pigmented, shiny, and makes my lips look phenomenal. As far as lasting power is concerned, it lasts a couple hours, but definitely fades with time. It will come off if you eat or drink, obviously.

This lipgloss changed my life and changed my perspective of lipglosses. 

I hope this helps anyone interested in getting some NYX lip products! These are two of my favorite makeup products of all times! I definitely look forward to buying more shades and updating some swatches!

Thanks so much for reading my blog! Don't forget to follow the blog, comment, or follow me on Twitter @jessiefrancaise! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

NYX Swatches!!!

Hey guys!
So I just got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday and I wish I could put on some makeup and post pictures of looks and all that jazz, but my face is sooo swollen!

Therefore, today, I swatched some of my new NYX goodies I got!
To start off, I'm sorry I just suck at taking pictures. Looking back at these pictures, I feel like a total noob. Whatever, I'll just blame it on the pain medication. I hope they're alright, if not, I can just do another round of swatches, no problem.

So here's the Runway Collection pallette in Champagne & Caviar. The colors don't have names.
That's the top row. The color payoff doesn't look amazing, but all of the colors are really light on the top row. Once I play around with this palette more, I'll do a review.

And there's the bottom row. The pigmentation looks much better on this row.

The other palette I got was the For Your Eyes Only Collection in Smokey Eyes
This is the top row. In comparison to the other palette, I think these shadows have a better pigmentation and color payoff, but in general, I love NYX shadows because of their rich pigmentation. These shadows were also REALLY silky while I was swatching them. Just so soft. BUT, I'll be doing a review later on.

And this is the bottom row. (Sorry for my ridiculously dark arm hair--I'm of Eastern European Jewish ethnicity, hence the dark hair). I love how gorgeous these colors are! The reason I got this palette is because of the color combinations and how many different smokey eyes I could create! The smokey is my favorite everyday go-to kind of look On a normal basis, I have a Kim Kardashian-esque look. 

Here are the blushes I bought. I've been wanting to try out the famous NYX blushes that Marlena raves about! I did not expect them to be THIS pigmented! It's amazing! These will last me forever! My mom has one in Pinched, which is the bottom one. She seems to love it, which is why I got my own. I read it's a dupe for Nars Orgasm? I don't know.. I've never owned Orgasm, but it's looks similar!

Another product that I've read a million good reviews about...

I've been wanting to try these forever. And now I got them. They smell like cherry medicine, which was gross at first, but I got used to it. It goes on smoothly and feels AMAZING! Like really, these lipglosses have changed my life. They don't feel sticky and aren't too liquidy. I can't wait to wear them more. I'll probably be getting more soon at Ulta. 

I also got some new lipsticks, but I will be including those swatches with a review on them and the lipglosses. Even though I already started raving about the lipglosses in this post.

Let me know what you guys think! And again, if the pictures suck, let me know, I'll redo them. 
Once I get more time to play with the palettes, definitely a review, and I'll post a million looks I made with them too! I'm so excited!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cherryculture: NYX Haul!!!

By far, NYX is my favorite cosmetics brand. Such high quality for a great price! I just celebrated my birthday last week and wanted to treat myself to some NYX! So I got on Cherryculture and got some things I've been wanting for a while :)

I was tracking it constantly on the FedEx website, and finally once I woke up yesterday and checked it, it was on the truck out for delivery! I was looking out the window every 5 minutes and listening for that dang truck! By around 4 pm, I was getting so impatient! My sister and mom wanted to go back to school shopping. Of course I wanted to go too! Shopping for school supplies is a blast! But I was so hesitant to leave the house because I was afraid Fedex would leave a note that said they took it back with them (they've done that to me before... like they must not leave packages on doorsteps? I don't know). I wrote the Fedex man a little note and taped it to the door, but it was useless. Right as I was walking out the door, the Fedex truck appeared! I ran over and got my package! :) I was the most excited girl in the world.

I had been talking about my smink for days! I speak Hungarian, too guys... So smink (pronounced SHMEENK) is the Hungarian word for makeup. I had it in the car with me and opened it and marveled.

With flash

And without flash

So here's everything I bought: Megashine lipglosses (French Kiss, Pink Frost, Salsa), Powder Blushes (Desert Rose, Pinched), Tango with Bronzer Powder (When Leopard Gets a Tan), For Your Eyes Only Pallette (Smokey Eyes), Runway Collection Pallette (Champagne & Caviar), Concealer Jar (Fair), Round Lipsticks (Shiva, Chic Red, Lip du Jour, Pure Red, Thalia, Femme)

Swatches and reviews should be coming soon!!!

Participation concours...

So, I'm fluent in French and I follow a lot of French makeup/beauty bloggers on Youtube. Among them is Laetipro! She's my absolute favorite! She just opened up a contest, and I decided to enter. For those of you who don't speak French, she also has an English channel (

My first entry in the contest is a recreation of her Arab-inspired makeup. Here's what I came up with:
Without flash

With flash

Closeup with flash

Full face. I kinda look like I want to kill someone in this picture, but I promise I don't! It's just my big huge eyeballs!

Products I used...
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation--003 Shell
ELF Studio Complexion Perfection
NYX Concealer in a Jar--CJ02 Fair
ELF High Definition Powder
NYX Tango With Bronze Powder--04 When Leopard Gets a Tan

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder--02 dark brown/brown
ELF Mineral Eye Primer--sheer
Wet n Wild Coloricon eyeliner--black black
Bourjois Ombre à Paupières--04 Noir Precieux
ELF Mineral eyeshadow--Royal, Celebrity, Seductive
Ulta eyeshadow--Iceland, Pink
Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

NYX Round Lipstick--Thalia

So there it is! Comment and tell me what you think! :)
I'll be posting more of these as I do more looks for the contest. 

FYI: This is pretty much an exact recreation of Laetipro's work. All props go to her.

First post!

Once upon a time, there was a two year old girl named Jessie who loved watching her mom do her makeup before going to work in the morning. She said "Mommy, why do you wear makeup?". Mommy replied, "Because mommy wants to be pretty!". Jessie says, "I want to be pretty, too!".

Here I am, much older. My mother created a monster. She put Clinique lipstick on me before preschool.

I've been wanting to make a beauty blog for about a year now, and finally just decided to do it!

So I'll be posting FOTDs, tutorials, reviews, everything.

Any questions or comments, just let me know! And follow me on Twitter @jessiefrancaise

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and supporting!
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