What I Got In My Sephora PLAY! Subscription

Sephora PLAY! July Subscription bag
1. IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
2. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off Treatment
3. Atlier Cologne-Orange Sanguine scent
4. Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
5. Bareminerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color SWAG
6. Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick (which isn’t numbered by is right next to the liquid lipstick in the photo)
1.IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Mascara
This Mascara I have had a sample of before. I didn’t take a picture of the wand because I have so many other mascara samples that I want to use before opening this one, but from what I can remember for such a basic wand it does give my lashes both the length and volume that I love.
2. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off Treatment
Now this one I have tried already two times since I have received the bag. The first time I didn’t know what it was really supposed to do, and I kind of created it like a wash-off mask where you leave it on for maybe a minute or two and wash it off, which was not what I was supposed to do because if you do that you don’t get the full benefits of this charcoal mask. The second time that I tried applying the mask to my face, I looked up the instructions, which were to leave the charcoal mask on for 15-20 minutes. I did that and I noticed that it dried down very nicely on my skin, and it wasn’t a hassle to wash-off like some face masks are. I noticed immediately after washing off the mask that my skin was smoother (even in the areas of my face where there is some significant texture). According to the Sephora Website, the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding is a “black and white charcoal blend [that] absorbs impurities and reduces the appearance of pores”. Which I have to attest to because my face felt so soft after taking off the mask, and I would definitely repurchase once the sample size is done.
3. Atelier Cologne- in orange sanguine scent
This perfume is awesome! It makes you smell like oranges and does last for quite a bit. The only down-side to this perfume sample is that it has a stopper on it and when i went to open it up, my hands were practically covered in the perfume. Other than that though I love the scent.
4. Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
This spray smells so good! I used this in my hair as a leave-in conditioner before I brushed my hair out and it left my hair smelling so good. According to the Sephora website the leave-in conditioner “is a plant-based leave-in conditioner that nourishes hair without weighing it down” which with my thick coarse hair worked, because it does not take alot of product to have my hair feeling heavier than it already is. 
5. Bareminerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade SWAG
This liquid lipstick smells so good! It does not smell like vanilla like most liquid lipsticks now all seem to smell like, but it smells like chocolate. I tried it on my lips and it did not dry them out like some liquid lipsticks seem to do, but when I was putting this away I immediately noticed a drugstore dupe that I have for this shade of liquid lipstick, which is Wet n’ Wild’s Catsuit Liquid Lipstick in the shade in Rebel Rose.
 6. Milk Makeup Cooling Water
It’s a hydrating gel stick that you can use before your makeup or just on your bare skin to help provide hydration to it. Now I have not tried this yet, but on based on the amount of Sephora reviews and review of the product on youtube, that it really does work to hydrate the skin and works underneath makeup.




Makeup That I’ve Been Loving For The Summer

So Since’s it’s mid-July now, I thought I would share some of the makeup products that I’ve been using for the last two months that have lasted in the hot, humidity that is Southern California.

I always start with a primer, since I do have combo skin, and some texture, and I don’t want my makeup coming off in the first hour. I usually use an elf primer because it’s cheap and gets the job done, and creates a nice layer for foundation or bb cream to stick to.


 This mascara, what can I say. I haven’t been using anything else really for months. It has fibers in it, so it gives the appearance of wearing false lashes without having to. Bonus: it comes in a waterproof formula as well!

BB Creams

I have been wearing these two bb creams since the heat started up in SOCAL. It really depends on the type of coverage that I’m looking for. If I know it’s really going to be hot out, I usually wear the Maybelline BB Fresh because it gives me an even skin tone. But if I’m going for more coverage, I wear the Covergirl BB Cream and let me tell you, I’ve gotten so many compliments when I wear that BB cream because it gives medium-full coverage and it lasts all day.
Right now I’m working off a sample size that I got through an Ipsy Subscription months and months back, which tells you how full-coverage this is and it does give illumination like it says on the bottle. It’s awesome and I would repurchase it, once I get through the sample size, because it lasts all day, even in the heat.

 Liquid Lipstick

I can’t say enough about this liquid lipstick! I mean it’s wet n’ wild, so it’s affordable, at $4.99 in some places and it’s also being sold as low as $2.99 in some drugstores. It wears all day, doesn’t transfer (because of course, the first thing I tried after it dried was the coffee mug test) it doesn’t leave my lips feeling dry, and I don’t have to keep reapplying like I would have to with regular lipsticks. And it comes in so many colors!
I use the elf contour palette to set my under eyes when I get done with my concealer with the shade that is on the upper left and then set my whole face with the powder to the upper right. Then I use both of the lower shades to bronzer and contour my face. It’s awesome, helps my makeup last all day in the heat, gives some color to my face (since I’m super pale), and it’s drugstore, what could be any better!
Second to last step in my summer makeup routine is to set my brows, I use the elf clear brow and lash mascara. I mainly use the clear brow to set my brows (since I have thick brows I don’t really use brow powders).
The last step, like always is to set my makeup. I have used luxury brand setting sprays before but this gives the same lasting effect, it calms the powdery look down, and is only $6.
So, that’s it for my summer makeup! If you have any products that you recommend th that will last during a hot day, leave them in the comments section, and I’ll see you next week!
xoxo Jessica
college · university

What I Learned About University vs. Community College After My First Year In University

So I know what your thinking, it’s not your first year at university. Well, technically I did just finish my first year at university because I am a transfer student that transferred to California State University of Fullerton from a local community college. This idea for this post came about a couple weeks ago when I was thinking about the differences that I’ve come across with the transition from being at a community college and transferring to a University. So, without further ado, let’s get into the comparisons!

1. The Campus
Now this is more based on my own experience so yours is probably a lot different, but coming from my community college to CSUF, there was a huge difference in the campus, and not just the size. The first time that I walked onto the CSUF campus I was kind of let down by it. This is because the community college that I came from was smaller but every building had the same architecture style, and was absolutely beautiful. Coming onto the CSUF campus, yes the campus is old but the community college that is near it that I came from is older, and they still managed to match the architecture style of the buildings that are over 100+ years old by now. Also, something that I want to point out, my first semester at CSUF I was walking through the business building to get to my Political Science class and looked up at the ceiling as I was waiting for the class before mine to let out, and there was dirt literally on the ceiling everywhere. Now, again I know that it’s a big campus, but that’s something that we are breathing in, ugh ok story time done. That just really bugs the crap out of me that they can’t take the time to clean the damn ceiling. Another point that I would like to make is something that I’ve already repeated, campus size difference. This makes sense because the Cal State serves over 40,000+ students so it makes sense that the campus is big. But, I really don’t have to worry about running around campus, because being a transfer student I’ve already completed all of my GE classes so I just stay near the social science/ humanities building for all of my classes (because if you didn’t know yet, I’m a history major).
2. The Advisors
This of course is going to be different as well because I was apart of a transfer program where I met with counselors to the program each semester to keep up with my progress and to help me choose the classes I would be taking that next semester. Going into university, I felt and still feel like I have on one like that, someone to talk to that knows me. The only time that I have time to see an advisor now is during the summer, where I come in with a printout of all my completed classes and they just check off categories I’ve completed and tell me what I have less to take.
3. The Professors
Now, coming from community college I felt like the professors actually cared, and was open to discuss things about the classes, and even would stay after class to talk to those that weren’t able to make it to the professors scheduled office hours. The same can be said about university professors, in some sense at least. It really depends because I have had some part-time professors that don’t even have an office at the university that will take time and stay to answer questions, and then I’ve had some that seem like they don’t even want to be there and just talk about the books they have published, and let me tell you I’ve had that also a community college which to me is an immediate turn-off for me, where I loose respect for that professor, I might be harsh when it comes to that but if you keep on bringing up your books all the time during lecture like it’s a paid infomercial, I’m going to just not listen to you talk end of story.
Now, like I’ve said there are teachers that are pretty much there for the money, and for the time to write books about their specialty area of knowledge. And then there are those teachers that go above and beyond what is expected of them as a professor. I’ve had countless professors in community college that were very passionate about their field and it showed, and really made me interested in the subject and actually care about it. I have also had some great experiences in this last year with some great professors that aren’t there to line their pockets but are passionate in what their subject is and take the time to talk to us as students to make sure we understand the material. (and it also helps when they constantly are using different teaching methods so we don’t get bored, and that one teacher I had during spring 2017 history class that would always bring candy into class, your the real mvp girl!)
4. The Food
This is where both community college and at least CSUF are both the same, which is pretty awesome! they both provided and array of food, but I have to say CSUF gets more ahead in my book because they have 2 Starbucks on-campus.



So, since this week, being the first official start of the summer, I want to share with you guys the books that I want to try and read during these couple months that I have off from University.

Glass Castle by Jeanette Wall is a book about her own life as a child, moving from place to place with her parents. Now, I have actually already read this, but I added it to the list because i thought someone might be interested in it. I will at some point write a book review on this book because it is a very, very interesting take on this woman, who is now successful, who practically came from nothing. Like, I’m not kidding her parents at one point decided that it would be easy to be homeless than to actually take care of their kids, who mind you, all left them right out of high school and moved up to live in New York City. I know, it’s crazy! Which is why i read this book so quickly, because I’m messed up and love reading books about people’s messed up lives, and who ended up 
pursuing their dreams.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, this book I’ve been wanting to read for years but just recently purchased due to a youtuber that has a book channel (as well as a beauty channel) that talked about the book, and yes another dystopian one. It’s about a fundamentalist group that kills the president and suspends the constitution. The first thing they do, when they are in power is to take away all women’s rights, for instance women aren’t allowed to read. Which i find ironic but you know whatever. The story is told in first-person by a handmaid, which in this society is women that are used for reproductive purposes only since in teh time that this is set, birth rates are down, which again, like of course they are your limiting women’s rights, like HELLO! But yeah that’s just a little bit about the book, which i really do want to read next since I do have one that I’m working on right now, but this one is definitely going to be read next.

What can I say about this book? The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo is something that I’ve started to read through Audible. I mainly turn it on when i go for my morning walk for about 40 minutes. Listening to her read this book while I am walking makes the walk go so much faster. She just goes through her life and her struggles of being a female comic. Now, if it bugs you when people don’t go through events in chronological order, because that is a pet peeve of mine when reading an autobiography, well this really wasn’t a problem for me because I wasn’t technically reading it, I was listening to Amy Schumer reading the book to me, which i must recommend for any autobiography, because they you get their voice talking to you. All in all, I’ve liked this book so far even if some of it isn’t quite what I expected, but what else was I suppose to expect when this is Amy Schumer. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just watch the leather special on Netflix, it’s funny and quite inappropriate at times.

How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo. This one, is something that I bought in paperback form and when i had the chance also got the audiobook version to listen to when i was making that 20 minute walk to campus everyday during my first year in University. This is a book I’ve been trying to read for months and I really do want to sit down and read it from what I’ve heard through the audiobook version. This book goes through four different women’s ways of how they cope with being single. It’s quite funny and if you want the audiobook I recommend it because it is quite hilarious. And trust me when I get done with this book, I’m definitely going to be watching the movie, because two word Rebel Wilson, like yes, cause she is absolutely hilarious!

A Dog’s Purpose, is mainly one that I bought from target (which i do recommend for some titles because you do save quite a few bucks on the actual price). I bought this because well there was a movie adaptation of this book, but after that whole scandal I knew I wasn’t going to support the movie, even if the trailer made me tear up a bit. But with seeing the trailer I knew that I would love reading this book. This is another one that I tried to start (some advice, don’t try and start a book when your also starting off a new semester in university because you’ll be too busy reading textbooks to even have any time to read for yourself) but from what i can remember from the couple chapters that I have read of this book, it’s from the perspective of the dog that keeps on getting reincarnated into other breeds of dogs. Plus, like it’s about dogs and who doesn’t love dogs right?

11/22/63 my first stephen king novel. I know right? like why did it take me so long? Well, in all honesty, I don’t think I would ever read one of his novels when its starting to get dark, because I hate hate hate horror movies. But this one, is something right up my alley. Because if you don’t know I am a history major and one of my obsessions is JFK. Don’t ask me why, I mean it might be the accent, or his looks, I don’t know. But what I do know is that this novel is set around time-travel, where this teacher goes back in time a couple years before the assassination of John F. Kennedy and tries to stop it. I’ve started this one a couple weeks ago and even though it starts out slow, I’m loving it! Especially all the details that Stephen King gives to the environment, so then you can easily picture it in your head. I recommend it, not because it’s about JFK but because the print of the book is quite large.
So, that’s it for my books that I want to read this summer, if any of you have any book suggestions, let me know in the comments!