Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready With Health & Fitness Blogger Jessica Parrino

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Welcome Back!

For this months interview, I chose someone who inspires me on the daily. I met Jess in person at her sister(and my good friend)'s wedding this past October and we talked all things social media. I could tell right away that we would get along, as she is super kind, determined, strong, and most passionate about her side hustle. Keep reading to see how she fits a beauty routine into her busy schedule!


Hi, I'm Jessica! I'm so excited to be here :).  I am a young professional working in the healthcare industry (Revenue Integrity) and I have an online health and fitness coaching business when I'm not at my full time job! I'm a dog mom to my little beagle mix, Wade Wilson, and I'm married to a NYS Trooper, so life is pretty hectic.  I am always looking for ways to better myself - mind, body, and spirit, so it's fun connecting with like-minded women like Becca who inspire other women to gain confidence and embrace the beautiful women that they are!

What is your every day beauty routine (AM/PM)?

In the morning, I wake up and workout, so afterwards it's time for the whole routine! I shower, wash my face and hair, put on moisturizer.  Depending on how much time I have before I have to leave, I may or may not do much of anything with my hair, but there's always time for makeup! My makeup routine only takes about 10 minutes (in this order) - 
Liquid Foundation: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Luminous Makeup
Powder: PUR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation
Blush: I don't stick to a certain brand for blush - this is one area where I'll pick a drugstore brand that is on sale :)
Brows: L'Oreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Eyebrow Pencil (I used to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and found this pencil to be a good substitute when trying to save a couple bucks!)
Eyeshadow: Any palette from LORAC or Too Faced - I'm not afraid to use color and shimmer!
Eyeliner: LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner
Mascara: L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening 2 Step Mascara
Lips: Senegence Lipsense, color varies daily but my favorite right now is Girlfriend.

Basicallyyyy I wash my face with Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash and put on lotion - Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer

What is the one product you could never live without?
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner
I don't think I will ever use another liner.  This comes with a brush rather than a felt tip and it stays on ALL DAY no matter what!

Lipstick, or Lipgloss?
Both! I use Senegence Lipsense which is basically a lip stain with a lip gloss over it.  They have a lot of fun glosses too - including matte, glossy, iridescent, rose gold, you name it!

Liquid or Powder foundation?
Both - but powder only if I'm in a hurry! I hate when my face looks shiny.

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?
Liquid - see above :)

Falsies or Mascara?
Mascara daily - but if it's a special occasion I love falsies! I get the Ardell Demi Wispies and use Duo glue. I'm not a pro but getting better with practice!

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone?
Figure out a routine that makes you feel beautiful and make time for it daily! I used to skip makeup on weekdays sometimes and I never felt as confident without it.  It really can make a difference in your day.

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup?
I remember Bonnebell lipsmackers and having alll the flavors. And scented kid-friendly nail polish. Ohhh the 90's.

What is your favorite part of your routine?
I'd have to say my lip color.  I don't feel myself anymore unless I have some sort of lip color! I purchase Lipsense through a close friend of mine, @megyocation (Instagram) and it has truly taken me out of my comfort zone but I feel amazing every day! I want all the colors!

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose?
Honestly I've never thought about this because I've loved my makeup anytime I've had a makeup artist do it! But I just looked up some famous ones and I'd love to see what Hrush Achemyan could make me look like - she does the Kardashian/Jenner makeup and they always look like goddesses.

I was so happy when Jess said yes to participating in this month's interview. Go give her a follow on IG (@jess_parrino) to learn more about her day to day life, and all things wellness. 

As always, thanks for reading.


Full Face Of Makeup Under $50 | 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Welcome Back!

For this post, I teamed up with Taylor Flynn from Succulents and Sunnies to bring you guys a super fun read! Taylor and I met up at Target and put ourselves to the test. As you can tell by the title, I chose to do the "Full Face Under $50" challenge. I've seen a ton of other bloggers, and vloggers try this challenge with good luck, so I decided to give it a whirl!

Taylor chose to do a full skincare routine, as she is not one to wear a ton of makeup daily. All of the products that she chose, were all under $15 with exception to one splurge. Together, we trudged through the Target makeup aisles to try to find the best products to share with you guys, all while staying within budget.

Here's what I picked up:

Maybelline Super Stay Foundation in Natural Ivory ($9.99)

If you've been following LBB for a while, you have seen me talk about this guy here many times. This is hands down my favorite drugstore foundation. This is a full coverage, long lasting formula that literally does not budge. I wore this ALL summer long through my sweaty 12 hour shifts, and it still looked gorgeous at the end of the day without any need for touch ups. (Because who wants to worry about that?) I only need about a pump to cover my whole face sometimes less, so it should last you a good 4-6 months with every day use. It leaves you with a glowing natural finish, and perfect base for the rest of your products. 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair ($5.89)

I have been using a high end concealer for years now, and admittedly haven't dipped into the world of drugstore concealers, ever. It's very easy to get caught up in the beauty community's newest releases, and the shiniest, most expensive products. The drugstore brands have really really stepped it up, and I was super impressed with this one here. It has a dewy finish, and has medium to full coverage, as it is buildable. The only thing I wasn't super in love with was the applicator. It is pretty small compared to others I have tried, and didn't exactly apply it evenly. With that being said, that's something I'm willing to look past if the actual product does its job, and does it well!

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in Light (5.89)

This powder is amazing! In the winter I have very dry skin, and this did not cling to any dry patches, nor look heavy or cakey. I'd say it gives a satin matte finish, and DOES provide a tiny bit of coverage due to the pigment in the powder. There are 8 shades total, which I was pretty happy to see coming from a drugstore brand. Inclusivity is key ya'll. This color ended up being a bit too dark for my liking and ended up making my foundation look a TAD muddy in places, but that has nothing to do with the formula. I tried it with just a primer, and it looked beautiful while providing that little bit of coverage for a natural no makeup look. I will definitely be saving this powder for the summer months, and will be dropping down a shade to match my basically translucent skin tone. 

E.L.F Contouring Blush and Bronzer Powder in "Fiji" ($4.00)

This pick up was essential while trying to stay on budget. This little duo saved me probably fifteen dollars or so. If I were to buy a blush and bronzer separately it would have cost me double for just one of the products. I love the color of these two equally as much. They are both on the warmer side, so I like to use a light hand with them. (No one likes to look too orange).

Wet n' Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in "Precious Petals" (4.69)

I went into Target with this product in mind so I was very pleased to see they had it in stock. I have heard mounds of good reviews about these highlighters, so I knew it had to make it into this haul. This is extremely intense, and I tend to lean toward a more natural "glow from within" highlight, so I use a super light hand with this one. I ended up loving it soooo much that I already went back and bought another shade which I will share with you guys in my next blog post. 

Wet n' Wild "Walking on Eggshells" Eyedshadow Quad ($2.89)

These quads are an OG favorite of mine. When I first started really wearing makeup in 2013, these were an obvious pick up for me; someone who didn't have the money for high end shadow. This quad in particular, I remember buying and being obsessed with it. I love that it tells you where to apply each shade, as it can be super helpful for a beginner. I mean, you can't pass up three dollars for a full eye look either. They have tons of different color palettes to choose from, so you can go as neutral or as bold as you would like!

Maybelline Snapscara ($5.99)

This was the only product I picked up that I wasn't super into. The brush is a curved natural bristle brush, so I figured I would really like this one. The commercials with Gigi Hadid are what got me. (I'm low key obsessed with her). It claimed to give intense volume which is what I look for in a mascara. This ended up being so watery and thin that my lashes couldn't even hold a curl. This was a no for me dawg.

Wet n' Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable Brow Pencil ($2.89)

This was the best pick up from the trip hands down. I bought this on a whim because the shape of the pencil tip itself reminded me of the Benefit Goof Proof pencil that retails for $24. I wouldn't say that it is an exact dupe, but its pretty damn close. This one has a bit more of a creamy formula where the benefit pencil is a bit more waxy. The waxiness helps the staying power of the product. I don't know about you guys, but I love the savings of $21.11 each time I refill my brow product. We all know how fast we go through them!

***Disclaimer: I also spent $2.68 on a Burt's Bee's lip oil that I unfortunately could not find at the moment to photograph. It was a decent product. I probably would not repurchase as it didn't moisturize my lips at all ***

After about an hour of Taylor having to deal with my head (and body) going in a million different directions, we finished out strong and both achieved the challenge! I ended up spending a total of $48.84 including that lip oil I lost. I wanted to do this challenge to show you guys it IS possible to glam on a budget. Go ahead and click on the link below to see Taylor's take on our challenge!

As always, thanks for reading!


Add Something Different To Your Wardrobe | JORD Watches | 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Welcome Back!

If you are reading this, you probably already have seen me ranting and raving about all things Jord Watches. I recently received their SIER watch in the mail, and I HAD to share all of the details with you guys here as I am completely in love with this company, and their quality products!

For me, 2019 is all about vamping up my style. I love to have stand out accessories that I can wear daily, and that are eye catching and unique. I personally like to keep things super simple and natural, but most importantly versatile. With Jord Watches, that task is super simple to achieve. Compared to others I've seen this watch stands out in terms of quality, craftsmanship, AND style.

When Jord Watches reached out to hold this giveaway for my followers, it was a no brainer. I have been eyeing them for years. I love that Jord is super versatile, and has many different styles to choose from. Since receiving my watch in the mail, I have worn it almost every day. It fits perfectly into my seemingly neutral wardrobe while adding a pop of class with this rose gold finish, and marble face. Not only does my SIER watch come with a casual leather strap, but it also includes the rose gold metal band to be easily switched out for a more elegant look. Every time I wear this watch, I get loads of compliments on the quality alone. I even had a friend force me to take it off, so they could try it on! 

Added Perks:

Every watch comes with a one year warranty and options for return or exchange if you aren't completely satisfied with your watch (which I strongly believe will not be the case). Most of their back plates can be engraved at no extra cost, which makes them great for gifting! They also offer custom sizing to ensure the best fit for your wrist, as well as customization (mixing and matching faces, and woods!). 

You may have seen on my Instagram that I have recently teamed up with Jord Watches to curate a giveaway for my followers. When entering, you will automatically receive a discount code sent to the email provided, for 10% off of their website. 

One lucky winner will be receiving a 100 dollar gift code to their site toward one of their beautifully handcrafted wooden watches. The giveaway will be open until March 10th 2019, and will close at 11:59pm that Sunday night.

Click the link below to enter to win!

As always, thanks for reading, and GOOD LUCK!


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