Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hope you all are having a great time ringing in the New Year! Thanks for reading my blog and paying attention to my silly life =)

One of my favorite New Year's Eve movie scenes is from "When Harry Met Sally" and includes this memorable quote:

I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cutie Pie!

How cute is this kitty?!?!?!

Product RAVE!


I really love it with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and french bread. YUM. However, EVOO is an incredible beauty product.

Yep. Just plain extra virgin olive oil. The stuff you buy at the grocery store. The on sale discount stuff. It's all FANTASTIC for a myriad of beauty uses. Here's my list of my favorite uses for a product you probably have sitting in your cupboard right now:

  • Moisturizer - for face and body, EVOO is great. Paula Begoun recently discussed the benefits of olive oil as a moisturizer and offers some great information.

  • Conditioner - olive oil makes hair super silky! Sometimes I'll put olive oil in my hair, put it up in a towel, and hang out for a while before washing it off in the shower. It's a great way to add shine and softness to dry hair!

  • Anti-Frizz - Post-shower, applying a little olive oil to the ends of hair helps keep frizz away! Careful not to get it too close to the roots though!

  • Shaving Moisturizer - My skin is irritated by many shave gels and the whole shaving process, but olive oil is a great substitute! I'll rub some in to my skin before hopping in the shower and when it's time to shave, I don't have to apply anything else! My skin ends up silky smooth, soft, and I don't have to deal with the itchiness I sometimes face post-shave.

  • The Oil Cleansing Method - I can't explain this as well as the site I linked to here, but I will say that I LOVE oil cleansing. If you're feeling adventurous and want a totally new skin-cleansing experience, try it out!

While these are my favorite uses for olive oil as a beauty product, you can find a lot of other uses from the EVOO reviews at MakeUpAlley. (You may have to register to view the page, but registration is free!)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Work in Progress!

Hey everyone! I've been working a whole lot lately on getting things ready so that I can start an Etsy shop to sell some of my handmade creations!

I need to ask you friends and family to do me a few favors to help me get things going! Please go check out and bookmark my new craft blog over at and let me know what you think of the layout and the posts I've done so far.

The point of that blog is for me to gather some information so I can be more successful in marketing my products when I start selling things. Over time, the blog will probably become more of a showcasing point for current projects and other things that will soon show up for sale in my Etsy shop.

BTW, the only reason I'm not linking to said shop right now is that I haven't listed anything yet, so it's just a sad page with my very cool banner on it =)

I appreciate any help and support you're willing to lend, and I'll try to return the favor when needed. Thanks again!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Finally, these won't be spoiling anything!

As I warned everyone, I was pretty much giving only handmade gifts this year for Christmas. I didn't really plan well, so I have a few things I still have to finish before giving them to people, but here's the artsy stuff I gave people today that I want to document. This cartoonish fish painting was my gift for baby nephew M.

Here on the right is the painting I gave to niece Em. I think it matches some of the stuff in her room. That's what I was going for at least.
Last of the paintings (for now) are these little handprint canvases. I gave these to my sister and bro-in-law. I painted the patchwork background and then helped each of the kids get their handprints on them (counter-clockwise from the top: E, Em, and M). M was a little too young to get to not smear the paint, but I think it turned out cute lol.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I say it "Shamp-Oo"

Here's my current favorite shampoo and conditioner products. I'm including my favorite low-cost, drug store brand and a higher-end product for whenever we get out of this recession. =)

(P.S. the links will take you to the Makeup Alley review page for the product, just in case you don't trust me.) ;)

Aussie Moist
Shampoo and Conditioner
(Around $3/bottle, depending on where you shop)

I really love this stuff! It smells delicious, and even the shampoo helps detangle my hair from whatever mess I got it into since I last washed it. I'm one of those bad people who shampoos daily (don't hate), and this doesn't strip my hair at all. The conditioner is also great! It leaves my long hair well hydrated and easy to comb through. It's really important to me that I don't have to fight my products to get volume in my hair, and this doesn't weigh down or look greasy. And best of all, you can't argue with the price.

Aveda Dry Remedy

Shampoo and Conditioner
($22/bottle on

I've been a fan of Aveda products ever since I started going to an Aveda concept salon back in high school, where I found the best hair dresser EVER. As for the Aveda fragrances there's pretty much people who hate them, and people who love them. I LOVE them. And that's why, if I'm ever feeling rich, I splurge on Aveda. This shampoo and conditioner work just about as well as Aussie Moist, for about 7 times the price. The way I see it, it's paying 7 times as much for the smell. It's up to you if it's worth it. This shampoo and conditioner leave my hair shiny, lightweight, and untangled, and I haven't had a bad hair day on them yet =)

So there's my first review. How'd I do?!

Putting my limited knowledge to use...

I, JessicaMarie, am a cosmetics junkie.

But I'm not addicted. I could quit anytime, I swear.

As an avid cosmetics/hair/makeup/beauty collector, I recently decided that if I'm going to blog about stuff I know, I can safely review and recommend products that i've tried, just in case any of you care about my opinion or happen to be looking for something new.

Most of my friends and family already get doses of my opinion pretty much anytime they mention anything about makeup, their current skin malady, or some outrageously expensive product they just bought to make their dreams come true. I absolutely require of myself that I be an informed consumer for these things, because the truth is, there is a LOT of crap out there. And the crap can cost just as much or even more than the stuff that actually works. And even worse (as far as I'm concerned) is that products claiming to treat a problem can actually exacerbate the issue you're shelling out money to treat. LAME!

Oh, and by the way, when I talk about a product that "works", I mean that the product is effective for what you buy it for after your own investigation, not necessarily that the product does what it claims. For example, one product I use claims that it "is a nightly moisturizing cream clinically proven to start to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots in one week for healthier, younger-looking skin", and (doy) i'm not very wrinkly or age-spotted. Why do I use it? Because it has an effective amount of Retinol as an active ingredient, which helps me with my acne problems. Savvy?

Being an informed consumer of these specific products is very important because cosmetic companies can make all sorts of silly claims and show off results from their independent, clinical *coughsuper-biased* studies and nobody regulates them! The exception to this rule is products containing SPF. The sun-protective content has to be legit. But, that doesn't mean anything else they claim is backed by the FDA. Don't look at what the people who make money if you buy the product say. Look at ingredients and reviews from competent people who have actually tried the product.

Another important thing to point out is that these things can be CHEAP! There are only so many active ingredients that work for each condition, and they can mostly be found in just as many quality drugstore products as they can in department stores or higher-end shops. And, most of the department store brands out there are actually owned and manufactured by the same people who own those cheaper brands. So a lot of the time, the only difference between the products is the price while the formulations are almost IDENTICAL!

Anyway, how have I come to know all this information? I've read up on a few great websites and books. If you're interested in becoming more beauty-product-savvy, I suggest checking them out! One of the best ways I use my iPhone is checking every product out before I buy it to avoid having to return the dang thing (though I do like returning stuff, probably because of getting money back that I thought was gone forever).

Paula's Choice is where I got started with this whole shindig. Paula Begoun pretty much saved me from my struggle with acne for the past decade. Once you get to the site, the best place to start is under the "Learn" heading in the left sidebar. You can see how she rates products in her reviews, and she cuts through a lot of the ridiculous claims made by cosmetic companies. She has great information for people with all sorts of different skin issues and sensitivities. However, poking around this free site, you don't get to see her exhaustive collection of product reviews... for that, you need a subscription to Beautypedia. A subscription is currently $24.95/year, which is definitely worth it, as you can save far more than that by educating yourself before going out and impulse-buying products.

Makeup Alley has product reviews for just about anything you've ever seen at the store that might be used cosmetically. Membership is free, and you can post your own reviews for products, read other people's reviews, and even participate in Swapping products that you don't like for products that you do (GREAT alternative to throwing stuff out years after the fact). Also, because regular cosmetics junkies like me are the ones adding reviews, a product will often be reviewed very soon after hitting the shelves, which isn't necessarily the case with some of the other links I'm putting here. BTW, HERE is my personal MUA profile!

So, there you have it. Now you can expect to see more reviews and information as I actually get posting about these things! =)

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Stuff!

So, as many of you know, I did a little redesigning of the blog a little while back. Here's a little bit of info about stuff you'll see here, mainly in the sidebar over on the left.

First, I link to blogs of my family and friends. Doy. I think you get it.

Then, I link to other blogs that are on my google reader. The majority of these cater to the LDS people, women, or people interested in cool, cute, or funny stuff. It just so happens that I fit all of these categories.

Also, I have a link to the blog for my sister's store, Tender Cargo. You definitely should check it out if you shop for things relating to pregnancy, nursing, babies, etc. Not only would you be supporting a good company, but the stuff there is all way high quality.

Seriously, So Blessed is a hilarious blog. 'Nuf said.

Then I have two links to Paula's Choice, a company that sells GREAT skincare and makeup. I'm going to do a whole post about this soon, so check back for more info.

The rest is just stuff that offers a little insight on me, like my GoodReads widget, Amazon wishlist, etc.

That's all, just wanted to draw your attention over there! =)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I've been making changes to my Amazon wishlist. I'm changing most things related to an apartment to lower priority, cuz I'm probably going to be moving into a house with other girls who already have most of that stuff. I don't mind building a collection for when I need it, but it's just not as critical as it seemed originally. Anyway! Check it out =)