Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rose A. Powell

Yes, I'm shamelessly plugging my sister's online Avon site. She's an awesome young lady who loves to help people find what they want or need! Please shop through her site!

Avon - Rose Powell

Avon is always having sale after sale after glorious sale! LOL! And the minimum purchases for free shipping are always reasonable, AND, are often lowered, too! If nothing else, you absolutely MUST try their eye liners, lip products and nail polish!

And check out this CUH-RAZY deal right here, which will allow you to try several products at once for a great price:

GORGEOUS TO GO: This seven-piece collection features two Anew skin care must-haves, two nail enamels, a Glimmersticks for Eyes, a Glazewear Sparkle Lip Gloss and a practical hanging makeup organizer, all for only $14.99 with each $10.00 brochure purchase. A $55.00 value!

You won't be able to see the deal online, but if you contact her directly, she can put in the order for you!

Happy shopping!!

Until next time,

XOXOXO - Jessika

Monday, July 15, 2013

Avon! Avon! Avon!

Hey! My sister is selling Avon! For those who don't know, I'm a bit of an Avon Addict and have tried a LOT of their products, most of which I can personally RAVE about! Please visit her site:


There's a promo going on for free shipping with just a $10 purchase! Check out the outlet section and the awesome sales on makeup and hair care!

My personal picks/recommendations:

Cosmic Nail Polish $3.49!
Glazewear Lip Gloss $2.49!
Irresistibly Sexy Lip Gloss $1.99!
Eye Liners 2 for $6.99!
Glazewear VitaLuscious Lip Color $2.25!
Shine Attract Lip Gel $2.99!
Outlet Sale on Makeup! 
Nail Experts Smooth Beginnings Base Coat $6.50!
Outlet Sale!!!
ADVANCE TECHNIQUES 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner $2.99!
Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion $4.00!


If you are thinking about buying something, and want to know if I've tried it, please let me know. I don't wear foundation and have never tried their pressed or loose powders or concealers (except for this one, and I didn't much like it because it didn't really cover or brighten on me; it kind of just disappeared into my skin: Avon Brightening Concealer). If you try nothing else, you absolutely MUST try their nail polishes, lipsticks, lip glosses, and eye liners!!! Plus, their shampoos and conditioners are great!!!

Until Next Time,

XOXOXO - Jessika

Monday, July 8, 2013

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum - A Random Review

I bought this serum approximately two months ago because I haven't been happy with the fullness of my eyebrows. I didn't care much about whether or not this worked on my lashes because that's what mascara is for, right?

I was never one to use eyebrow pencils and whatnot, but in the past few months, I have indeed jumped on that train and started filling in my brows. Some days, I've nailed it, others, not so much. It just feels ridiculous to me that I'm coloring in my brows when I was the girl who used to rock a bushy near-unibrow that I HATED...now I don't have enough brows to confidently go out in public without penciling them in? It just felt unnatural!

However, it felt even more unnatural for me to go out looking all sparse-browed and whatnot...so again, I was penciling them in. When I first started using the serum, I couldn't quite tell that anything was growing in, but I did feel like my eyebrow hairs were "fatter" if that makes any sense. While it didn't look like more hairs were growing, they still appeared fuller - and they were a lot stronger, too. I used to have eyebrow hairs falling out nearly every time I makeup-wiped my face. When I started using the serum, however, I rarely saw any fallout.

About three weeks ago, I stupidly combed my eyebrows up and then cut them with scissors because hey, that's what you're supposed to do to keep your eyebrows looking nice and neat! BIG mistake. It appears that some of my longer hairs were covering up a bald spot on my left eyebrow and I felt sick with regret. I'd been using the serum off and on for a few weeks before this, but, having a very noticeable bald spot now, I'd made it a point to use the serum every single night before bed. This morning, I realized that the spot is almost completely covered back up! I was so satisfied with how my eyebrows looked that I left the house without putting ANYTHING on them! 

To be fair, I have been able to do this a few times before the brow-cutting mistake, but only if I've been CONSISTENT about applying the serum for at least a week before doing so. As for the effect it's had on my lashes, I can only say this: I don't think they're any longer or thicker, however, they are more manageable in that they respond extra fabulously to my good mascaras: Avon Super Shock (LONG TIME FAVORITE!!) and Revlon Lash Potion (works GREAT but is a little irritating to my eyes, so I've had to apply eye drops more often:().

The packaging says you can use it under your mascara and wear it on your brows during the day, too, but I tried that and I don't recommend it. It flakes up and sometimes looks like you've got dried up snot on your brows/lashes, so I'd only do that if you were going to be home all day, not to be looked at by anyone!

I don't usually do reviews, but I know that the eyebrow thing is a big deal these days and I thought it might be helpful for people to know that there is something out there that just might work. Depending on where you get it, it can run you between $8 to $10.

Until next time,

XOXOXO - Jessika

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Coconut Oil Experiment

So, I have a huge jar of Coconut Oil that lives under my bathroom sink. I like to scoop out a few tablespoons to be put into a smaller container for easy access when needed.

If you want to know a little about the benefits of coconut oil, start here:

Coconut Oil Skin Benefits

I personally like to use it on my face to heal occasional dry patches and/or the occasional acne breakout. It's quite effective!!!

I decided to do a little experiment today by using nothing but coconut oil under my arms in place of my deodorant. The theory is that the lauric acid in it fights bacteria, which can cause odor. The idea came to life the other night after shaving. I exfoliated my freshly shaved underarms with Qtica's Lime Zest Sugar Scrub and got the urge to put coconut oil on them after drying them thoroughly. Let me tell you, my armpits never looked or felt better!!!!

The experiment: I applied the coconut oil at around 5:45 a.m. while getting ready for work. I scooped it out of my smaller container with cotton swabs and then spread it around with my fingers. I went to work and checked my underarms around 10 a.m.: they were still completely odorless. After a full day at work and my commute home (three trains a couple of blocks of walking and a short drive to/from the lot by my house), I checked them again (6:45 p.m.). This makes no sense, but my right underarm was STILL COMPLETELY ODORLESS!!!, however, my left one had just started to get a bit stinky. I wonder why that was...perhaps I inadvertently put more of the oil under my right arm than I did on my left; or maybe I'm just naturally more stinky on the left side of my body! Ha!

The oil didn't stain my clothing by the way. I think I'll do it again tomorrow, this time with a bit more oil under both arms. If I decide to stick to this, I may even decide to bring a little of it with me every day in case I need some extra product to take me through an extra long or extra sweaty day...

This was pretty brave of me if I do say so myself. I mean, it's hot and humid as a mug outside and I'm a bigger girl prone to sweating easily in this kind of weather. The real issue, however, is that my arms are practically never raised, and I keep a jacket on in my office all day because it's cold. Even when I'm cold, my underarms are still prone to sweating a little bit because I pretty much never let them breathe!

Now, I've heard the rumors about how terrible the aluminum in deodorant can be for you, - I've done ZERO research - but, I kind of adore the idea of smelling naturally clean without too much help from deodorant. And recently, I've really hated putting deodorant on after my nightly shower just before bed.  Sometimes I like to stretch my arm out under my head and I really hate when the deodorant gets on my sheets/blankets when wearing sleeveless shirts.

Hey, my deodorant is 110 percent effective; there's no doubt about that, but I wonder if continuing with coconut oil will have lasting underarm skin benefits. Time will tell!!

Now if I could only get the FULL benefit of coconut oil by actually cooking with it and/or finding ways to actually EAT IT....

Here's some more info on the health benefits and MANY uses for coconut oil:

Health and Other Benefits of Coconut Oil

Until next time,

XOXOXO - Jessika

Monday, July 1, 2013


I feel inspired to write because my husband just got around to reading The Blessed Throw Up and he said he thought it was funny. It made me happy inside:).

This morning didn't start out so well for me. It appears I had much more fun this weekend than I thought, because I forgot the password to my work computer. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, so I decided to use the "new feature" we just got to obtain self-help on our password resets. This made me happy because the old way of resetting your password required a call to the help desk to get a ticket put in so that an admin can send an email to your SUPERVISOR with your temporary password to then be given to you by said supervisor. So I go about getting the automated process started, and the reset screen takes 300 seconds to load. Finally, I put in my user id and the system tells me my user id does not qualify for self help so I need to use another one or call my system admin...


I called the system admin and asked him why the automated system didn't work. His only answer was, "Sometimes you still have to call us because it doesn't work." Mmmk....as an added bonus, neither of my supervisors were in yet, so I let the super-loud admin person know that. He happily stated that my request would be marked urgent and sent to my local admin person to be completed faster "so you can be happy." Ok...

An HOUR later, I still  haven't received any help. Tired of twiddling my thumbs and playing with my phone, I call them back and let them know I'm still locked out. This different admin says he can send an email to one of my colleagues - great! Why didn't the other guy suggest this???!! I asked one of my office besties if I could use her email and she said yes. Not 10 seconds later she gets the email and is printing it out for me. Interestingly, five minutes later, I got a call from the "local" admin telling me that "all I have to do to get a new password..." (his words being translated here...) is basically leave the lazy comfort of my office chair, go to the sixth floor of my building and pick one up. :/ Thank GOD I was already helped because I was ready to do all kinds of complaining. I told him his assistance was no longer needed, but thanks.

I allowed this silly situation to annoy me so when my hubby called me from my fave breakfast place near our office to ask what I wanted, he could tell I wasn't feeling too great. However,  In the time it took him to order our breakfasts and walk down the street to our office, I had already watched this: BET Awards Performance: Tribute to Charlie Wilson, was on my second listen while working and grooving in my seat, smiling! 

Music really is a sort of magic...

Needless to say, I've been feeling pretty good all day. I've watched the above performance like 10 times, plus I listened to a bunch of non-offensive Charlie Wilson songs on YouTube all day.

How was YOUR day?

Until next time, 

XOXOXO - Jessika