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IpsyOS Events Part 1: Intro & Dermalogica

IpsyOS Events Part 1: Intro & Dermalogica
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Did you know that Michelle Phan (co-founder of the uber popular subscription service Ipsy which has well over 1.5 million monthly subscribers) opened up her dream studio for up and coming beauty content creators last year? And that those creators could use that space for free?!?

No, you hadn’t?

Well, guess what?!?

I applied to and was excepted into IpsyOS

When I opened that email and saw that it said, “Hello Beautiful, Congrats” I seriously full on squealed!! (you know, like out loud) I was amazed that they thought my little piece of the internet was worthy.

And since I was accepted I have had the honor of attending 3 #ThirstyThursday events, 1 #WorkoutWednesday event, 1 #Cocktail Party for GenBeauty LA, and was given a complimentary #BeautyGuru #VIP pass for #GenBeauty LA!!

So just after a month after I was accepted into IpsyOS I attended my first event AT IpsyOS in Santa Moncia! This event was sponsored by Dermalogica and featured their new #CharcoaltotheRescue Charcoal Masque.
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We were able to learn about how to use the other featured products and how often to use each based on our individual skin types. There was wonderful catered food and plenty of champagne, well the event IS called a #ThirstyThursday! [SIDE NOTE: Because I strongly believe in safe driving, I. Will. Never. Drink. One, Sip. Of. Alcohol. When. Driving. NOT EVER!]
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Dermalogica also had the incredibly talented @persianpainter at the event to create gorgeous charcoal drawings of us. I still need to get a frame so I can better display this near my vanity. I cannot remember ever having a portrait/caricature drawn of me where the artist spent that amount of detail!

Towards the end of the event we were each given a generous goodie bag that contained ALL of the products that were being featured! Included in each attendee bag from Dermalogica was their Pre-Cleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Charcoal Rescue Masque, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Skin Hydrating Masque and the cutest grey headband perfect for keeping my hair out of my face while washing my face for applying makeup!
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I am so appreciative to Dermalogica for putting on such a fun evening. I was a bit nervous with this being my first event, but the majority of attendees and all of the IpsyOS and Dermalogica staff that I met were amazing!

Have you used Dermalogica? If so, what is your favorite product? And if not, what product would you want to try most?

All the best,
~Jaclyn~

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Tutorial: Spring Eye Makeup Look with Lashem, Starlooks, & Measurable Difference

Tutorial: Spring Eye Makeup Look with Lashem, Starlooks, & Measurable Difference
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Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to my very first tutorial! I was contacted by Chrislie Formulations (the company that makes both Lashem and Measurable Difference products) about posting an eye makeup tutorial and I agreed! So when I received my April Starlooks’ Starbox and saw the 5 eyeshadow palette in Toyko I immediately knew what look I’d do.

I’ve never tried taking photos of my own eye while step wise putting on makeup, so please excuse any less than perfect pictures. If you like the idea of me posting more tutorials please let me know in the comments as I have a lot of ideas of tutorials from everyday looks I’ve been wearing. This look isn’t one I’d wear everyday, but it is one I have worn several times in the last week or so. It is perfect for a colorful, yet wearable spring look. Although if you live in Southern California then it is much more like Summer than Spring.

Without further ado, my very first tutorial featuring products from Lashem, Starlooks, and Measurable Difference!
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Here is a list of all the products I’ll be using:

Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer
Measurable Difference Lash Amplyfying Liquid Eyeliner
Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extension Mascara
Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear
Starlooks Small Precsion Brush 813
Starlooks Medium Precision Brush 812
Starlooks 5 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Tokyo
Starlooks Eyebrow Quad
Starlooks Starbox (Please consider using my link as it’ll help me to be able to bring you more reviews and tutorials! Thanks so much!)

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Starlooks 5 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Tokyo


I always start with a clean face. I then went ahead and did my brows. If you’d like a post with several of the different ways I do my brows including more details on the way I mention briefly below, let me know in the comments.
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I started by applying Lashem’s Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer to my entire face and eye area.
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I went ahead and filled in my brows by using Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear as a base to which I added the dark brown and a touch of the black shades from Starlooks’ Eyebrow Quad that was sent in the May 2013 Starbox.
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Then I prepped my eyelid with Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear which you can see I’m almost out of. Of ALL the various eye primers I’ve tried, I reach for this one the most. It is also great to use on your brows as a base for brow powder. It works great! I find it is easiest to apply using a small concealer brush.
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Then I used my Starlooks Medium Precision 812 brush to pack on the light golden shade (far left #1) in the Tokyo palette in the corner of my eye through first third of my eye lid and along the first third of the lower lash line.
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Next using the same brush to sweep on the light green (middle shade #2) along the rest of the eye lid (below the crease).
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After that I used the Starlooks Small Precision 813 to just pick up a little of the darker green shade (second from the left #3) as it is very pigmented and lightly sweep along the crease and in the outer V which provides some depth to the look. I also swept a little down onto the lower lash line.
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Lastly, for the eyeshadow portion, still using the 813 brush to pick up a bit of the matte cranberry shade (far right #4) to place in the corner of the out V on top of the darker green shade. I also continued the cranberry shade down to the lower lash line.
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I then used Measurable Difference’s Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner (in black) to line the upper lash line. I don’t tend to line my lower lash line with anything other than shadow very often as I find it makes my eyes look even smaller than they already are.
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Then I finished by adding Measurable Differences Instant Lash Extensions Mascara. This awesome mascara really does add length and volume to my lashes. The process is a bit more time consuming than just a quick swipe of mascara. To start you first apply a coat of the mascara as a base. Then you add a coat of the white fibers which are what truly add all the length and volume. I added a very generous coat to more dramatically show the difference. Afterwards, follow up with another coat of the mascara side of the dual ended wand.
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There you have it! I’d LOVE to hear what you think in the comments!

~Jaclyn~

**Disclosure: One or more of the products listed above have been sent by the manufacturer or PR rep for the purpose of review. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.**

Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

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Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Fractured Truth (book 3)

Purchase on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble

Fractured Truth concludes Rachel McClellan’s trilogy about teenaged Aura Llona who as light personified is constantly in danger from Vykens (evil) who killed her parents as her mother was also an Aura. I’ve enjoyed reading Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series since I reviewed Fractured Light in December 2011. On top of loving all of her books, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Rachel McClellan as well.

While I’ve been looking forward to this book for over a year, its bittersweet as the trilogy has now come to an end. But I look forward to McClellan’s next novel. When readers last left off with Fractured Soul, Llona had transferred to the Auran academy that her mother’s sister, Sophie works at, Lucent Academy along with her best friend (who happens to be a fury) May.

Unfortunately, Llona realizes that something very bad is happening at Lucent and she IS going to get to the bottom of it. Luckily May and her former guardian, Christian, are right at her side to help. When Fractured Soul ends, aunt Sophie has been taken by the evil headmaster, corrupted guardians, and Vykens.

In Fractured Truth a LOT happens in a relatively short amount of time which makes reading both book 1 and 2 a MUST to fully enjoy all the complexities of this conclusion. Fans of McClellan’s will not be disappointed in all of the action book 3 packs in. Truly, my ONLY negative is that this is the last novel in the trilogy. I don’t want the story of Llona, May, Christian and the rest to end. I’ve enjoyed this journey of reviewing McClellan’s novels so very much. I love the style in which McClellan writes, and can’t wait to see what she does next.

I really do NOT want to reveal too much story-plot line for those who have not had the pleasure of enjoying this awesome series. I will say that Rachel McClellan’s Fractured Light series is on my short list of favorite novels I’ve read since starting this blog. She is also on the top of favorite authors to work with.

If you enjoy YA Dystopian novels, you will enjoy the Fractured Light series!
Who are some of your favorite authors and their books? I’d love to hear in the comments. And if you’ve read any of this series I’d love to hear what you thought!

~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

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Read my reviews of Fractured Light and Fractured Soul by clicking on the title under the cover image!

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Fractured Light (book 1)

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Fractured Soul (book 2)

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

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Hi Lovelies!
Recently my sister and I made our own lipsticks mostly using readily available household items. Thanks to a craft supply sponsorship from Wholeport.com we had empty chapstick type twist up cylinders to use. We also used empty sample containers from Sephora.

I highly recommend ONLY using Crayola crayons as they are completely non-toxic with numerous studies done that prove that on average a toddler will consume upwards of 2 crayons a month with no ill effects. There have also been studies done that show that women who wear lipstick daily consume upwards of 2-3 whole lipsticks a year!

That is enough reason to make sure that my lip products ONLY contain ingredients that are suitable for ingestion. So I’d been seeing many posts and videos online of others creating their own lipsticks using crayons as their pigment (and wax blend) and had been wanting to try it.

We decided to use a combination of coconut oil, 100% vanilla extract, and/or honey. One advantage of making our own lipsticks was that we could choose what ever color or blend of colors available in a standard box of 64 Crayola crayons! I will say that in the future, I’d use a higher ratio of crayon to lipstick base and experiment with using other oils, waxes, and/or pre-made bases.

First step: Wash all containers to be filled with 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol and allow to air dry. The higher the concentration, the faster it will dry!

Second step: Unwrap crayons to be used and assemble base ingredients.

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Third step: Set up a double boiler by placing a metal bowl into a pot of boiling water.

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Fourth step: Add base (coconut oil, vanilla extract, and/or honey) ingredients, we used approximately 1 TBS coconut oil per lipstick with vanilla and/or honey added for flavor.
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Fifth step: Melt crayon (break each crayon into several pieces first to speed up melting) We used approximately 1 whole crayon per lipstick, but I’d use closer to 2 crayons per lipstick next time for higher opacity.

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Sixth step: Pour into container then carefully place in the refrigerator for at least 10+ minutes until firm.

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Seventh step: Enjoy your new custom made lipstick!!

I wanted to say THANK YOU to Wholeport.com for sponsoring me and providing the twist up containers. Want to order some of your own? Click HERE to be taken to the page where you can purchase the same containers I used in this tutorial.

I’m going to be trying to post a new craft every month (or two) using supplies I receive from Wholeport.com

Have you tried making your own lipstick or other cosmetics? I’d love to hear about your crafty cosmetics escapades in the comments below!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from Wholeport.com as part of a craft sponsorship program in hopes that the supplies I receive will be used in craft projects mentioned on this blog. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Going to IMATS

Hi Lovelies,
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!

IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.

I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.

The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.

In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.

I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?
~Jaclyn~

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