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3 Makeup Essentials to Keep You Fresh & Bright This Summer!

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Every season it's nice to freshen up your makeup variety to go with the trends of each season, but it is always necessary have a few basics that are your makeup bag constants. Smashbox has a variety of both trendy beauty and the basics, which I love! My makeup bags contains about 50% Smashbox products I use daily and I have never been disappointed by any of the products I have purchased or received for consideration to write about for this publication. 

Smashbox Photo finish color correcting primer 6.19.2013

I have 3 faves in particular that I turn to for simple, day makeup for work or if I want to wear a bold lip and neutralize the rest of my makeup. I always start with a foundation primer! In the past I never used primers because I didn't see a purpose, but now there are a variety of them that can correct skin issues or hide flaws even before you apply foundation or concealer. Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer is my #1 product I apply before any makeup! Green color is made to offset red, uneven tones in the skin's pigment so it can look even. It also helps to minimize pores and wrinkles for a smooth, flawless "canvas" to "paint" on :) It goes on silky with no greasy feeling at all, and the lightweight formula blend in easily. It also has the added benefit of antioxidants with vitamins A & E so your skin can maintain health while looking amazing. 

Another Smashbox essential buy is the Love Me Eye Shadow Palette in Admire Me which is a nude palette for warm tones. It also comes in Entice Me which is a fashion palette for more dramatic, cool color tones. I adore the Admire Me because it has all of the basics one would need to create a nude eye that enhances the eyes way more effectively than just doing nothing at all. I always advise against doing nothing at all if you are a makeup person to begin with because what is the point of doing a whole foundation, flawless face look without accenting your facial features?? But that's just me :)

smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palette Admire Me beauty reviewThis palette is crucial to me because it perfectly gives me enough of all of the color which are broken up in a gorgeous design for the Love Me artwork created by NY graffiti artist Curtis Kulig. I love how the middle, designed piece can move up and down along with the cover to either help protect the shadows from mixing. I also found out it is great when dropped because even though my cover broke the Love Me design was intact and saved the shadow from breaking and becoming useless! Colors include: Champagne, Matte Nude, Soft Shimmering Coral, Bronze, Deep Golden Brown. I should also add that I do not like shimmer shadows but lately I have been drawn to the look of them and they have come a long way since I was in high school. Shimmers always seem so cheesy and immature to me, but once again my mind has been changed! The lesson would be to give makeup you once hated a second chance, hah. 


An amazing new discovery I tested out from Smashbox is the Halo Long Wearing Blush in the color In Bloom. I am a new fan to this perfectly packaged blush and the design is just genius because it is basically a hard clump of  pink color that gets shaved off as you turn the dial, grinding off the perfect amount of color needed for your cheeks! Like all makeup, start light and build it up until it is to your liking. Blush is a tricky thing, too much looks terrible so don't over do it! It comes in 6 colors and I used the In Bloom which I loved! The color is a beautiful pink and I can build on it depending on what look I am trying to achieve. If I do bold eyes then I will use light blush and if I go neutral then I will add a little more rosy color and add a pink lip. This product won the 2013 Spring Makeup O-Awards for The Oprah Magazine. I think it is very innovative and forward thinking for a blush, so bravo Smashbox!

 That is my Smashbox makeup must haves! What's your fave Smashbox product?? 

Until next time...Keep On Being Beautiful You!

xxoo Jessica

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Jessica is a lifelong beauty product aficionado and the Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S resident trend-hunter. As a social media maven and actress, she maintains a constant awareness of the ever-evolving beauty industry.  Jessica has held various community relations positions in the United States Air Force, and was tasked with boosting base morale and hosting distinguished visitors during her Middle East deployment and also worked in the Guest Relations department for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, one of the largest complexes of its kind in the country.  Her weekly trend updates are as varied as she is and register with women from all walks of life.

SKIN TYPE: Combination/ T-Zone Oily

HAIR TYPE: WAS very long…NOW it is a super pixie short cut! Thick, dry, wavy/frizzy

HAIR COLOR: WAS very black…NOW platinum blonde. My natural color is a medium brown brunette J

COMPLEXION TYPE: Fair with pink undertones. Prefers Cool Color Pallets for Makeup.


ADDICTION: Carmex Lip Balm, CoverGirl lash blast mascara in Very Black, J.R. Watkins Lemon Cream Lotion, PUR Minerals Foundation, CVS Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Gel, Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment, Too Faced: Pretty Rebel Makeup Palette, DDF Revolve features Jessica Jacques as a beauty advice presenter in a series of web videos! Watch the videos by clicking HERE!



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