April 2012 Beauty Favorites

7:47 PM

I'm very excited to say that it's time for another monthly favorites video! This past month, the weather has gone from mild to HOT so my favorites have adjusted to the change. I've been less interested in covering every last flaw up and turning more toward my skincare routine to give me a healthier canvas to work with. Because of this, I have a couple new skincare favorites and my new favorite warm-weather essentials to share with you!

Check them out below, as well as the announcement for my giveaway winner!


Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
Mario Badescu Healing Cream
Stila Bronzing Powder in 01
Lash'em lashes in M6
Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Color in Lovechild
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo
Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals (Also in silver/Womens Gigi in Rose Gold, Saddle Leather, and cute patterns)


Dress is from H&M (similar for $15/similar/similar romper)
Earrings are from Hautelook (my invite)
Nail polish is OPI Breathe Life (my swatches here)

Congrats to lnm145 for winning my 250k subbies giveaway and thank you to everyone who entered!

I was super overwhelmed/delighted by the entries and your feedback really helped and encouraged me so much. I want to especially thank my blog readers since I had quite a few of you enter on the video, then ran out of space so you wrote more in the comments here. I can't tell you what that means to me and I really believe that my blog readers know me better than anyone online, so the meaningful comments here really touched my heart.

I'm going to have to apologize about not highlighting some of the products in the video this month for the blog, but there have been some personal things clouding my mind lately. I recorded the video a few days ago so truthfully, my heart is in a different place. My husband's grandfather, whom we are very close to, is in the final stage of battling cancer and we visited him in the hospital today. I don't mean to end on a terribly sad note since I don't usually like to send my personal burdens out on other people, but I know several of you have gone through the same thing so any prayers would be appreciated.

I'm sending my love and prayers out to those of you who have battled cancer, know someone who is battling cancer, or have lost someone to cancer. Life is too short, so remind your loved ones how much you love them.


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  1. hello jenn! is there supposed to be a video? :) also, i don't know if you have read my previous entry for the give-away, but i just wanted to say thank you for showing how to apply makeup for monolids. I am getting married this year and am doing my own makeup. (or at least, attempt to!) and I plan on studying very hard from all your tutorials!!! thanks again! :)

  2. yay a new video! you look beautiful as always.

    Please check out my blog. I just posted about mother's day last minute gifts!

  3. Now I really want to try the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colors! (: Also, I'm loving the new blog layout, it's so cute~


  4. Hi Jen~
    My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.


  5. Hugs Jen! I know what you are going through. Lost my father to cancer after a short 5 month battle. Although it was so quick, in many ways it was a blessing because we know he did not suffer for very long. This was 15 1/2 years ago and it still hurts a bit, although time has helped. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  6. Hi Jane! I am your royal fans. I have read all your posts. Thanks for your makeup lesson.

  7. i love Mario Badescu! and its all thanks to you! i use their Vit. C serum! I have the night cream and also i love the face lotion with SPF.

    I hope your apt gets fixed soon!

    I just posted on color blocking! please support!


  8. Thank you Jen! I hope your grandfather will be ok <3

  9. yay congrats to the winner

  10. Thanks, Jen! I will pray for you and your family-much grace to all of you at this time.

  11. My prayers to you and your family! And you're looking beautiful as always Jen!


  12. God bless to you and your family. My father was diagnosed with cancer some time ago, and although it's slow growing at the moment, we worry about it progressing. I don't know exactly what you guys are going through, but I know the fear of having a loved one struggling with cancer. I hope you all are doing well, and hope that your grandfather-in-law gets better.

    Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring Youtube videos. :)

    - Esther

  13. Hope your husband's grandpa will recover soon. My mum is currently battling cancer as well, she's getting better, and I can understand the pain families go through.

  14. Congrats to the winner! You're looking beautiful as always. Hope your grandfather will be ok.


  15. aww.. I'll include him and your family in my prayers Jen. My sister went through Chemo last year and now she's very healthy. I know it's hard having someone special fight cancer. Cancer really sucks but it just makes us stronger. Not just the person with cancer but everyone who's been their with that person. It's a tough road, but whatever happens, I know God has a plan and it's always for the best.

  16. You are so beautiful, haha it's not fair! Your makeup in the video looks flawless x I will be praying for you and your family <3

    Love, Ana

  17. Jen.. My prayers are with you and the family.. Be strong!! It's not easy to see someone you loved dearly suffers but in the same time it is not easy for them to see you guys sad.. Spend every cherish moments with him with smiles.. That's what is important and the families that surrounds him.. He needs a full support! In my job everyday I see people come and go.. I hope this will help.. God bless.. My prayers are with you and the family..

  18. Jen, my prayers are with you and your family. Please, keep strong! Lots of love

  19. I'm so very sorry to hear about your husband's grandfather, grannys and grandpas are the best so whatever time we get to spend with them is so very precious, I totally understand because I lost my grandpa to cancer and it's no fun. I think this is your blog and you're more than welcome to share whatever is that's troubling your heart, I'm sure I'm not alone here when I say you have our full support, and that not all of us who read your blog are here just for beauty related things. Big hug and huge kiss for you and hubby Ben.

  20. my prayers are with you jen. i hope everything works out soon!!

  21. Prayers for you and your family!!!!!

  22. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's grandfather :( peace & blessings for you & your families.

  23. Love your blog, love the new look of the website. The lashes look great, but if they're really made from mink fur......I won't go further, and I'll try not to preach. They do look great, but just think about it....... Love your blog lots, and please don't take offense. It's all meant in kindness :)
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, being an oncology and hospice nurse and having lost my dad to cancer, I know how hard it can be. Lots of hugs.

  24. blessings to your family in this time. thanks for sharing your favorites with us, i'd like to try that shampoo!

  25. Not easy to writte in english, but there is a things I've learnd with cancer (saloperie de maladie)... it's that the men who has this illness ... muss have the heart of life... and believe that friends and familly are here. It's better. It would receive the good spirits... it can play feel better... the father of a friend has believe its was the last years a stay in the earth, and he is on the earth since 6 years, not dead... only beacause he was a good things....
    Give at this grand-father thes good things.
    Sorry, for my bad english

  26. Hey Jen,

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather; it's always hard to have a loved one sick or in pain.
    My mother died from stage 4 lung cancer many years ago, when I was about 9; she had been at war with the cancer for 3 years... She was my best friend, confidant, and most of all, my mom. However, my grandfathers both had cancer, and they lived to be over 80-something!
    I wish the best of luck to you and your family - you deserve the best. Our thoughts are with you.


  27. Great favorites!

    xo Jenn


  28. I love those sandals. I tried out a BB cream in your review and I really loved it.

    I wish the best for you and your beloved.


  29. Hi Jen! I'm a first time post-er, long time follower. Sorry to hear about your husband's grandfather. Hang in there and be strong! I love these monthly favorites videos. You've gotten me obsessed with many products and I thank you for that! Quick question, have you ever tried using eyelash primers? I have super short, thin eyelashes and have been wanting to spruce them up with something. Do you have any recommendations?

  30. Hey JEN! I really hoe your grandfather-in-law will have a quick turn around and I wish you the best. Cancer is a pretty touchy topic, my aunt actually was diagnosed with breast cancer a while back. But luckily she was able to pull through chemo and she's doing fine now.
    What is your skin type btw? Do you know any good drugstore eye creams for dry/normal skin types. I realised I have some tiny wrinkles on the corners of my eyes, and it's kind of alarming as I'm only 20. But that may have been because I wasn't exposed to skincare when I was younger and I live in a tropical climate.
    I'd love to hear back from you!


  31. i love Stila bronzing powder too! looking forward for your May Fav video :D

    christanath's beauty blog

  32. I am unable to watch the video in your blog with this new layout. Check to see if there's a bug or something?

    I really hope your grandfather will be alright.

  33. Tu es trop belle ! je découvre ton blog et j'en suis ravie !

  34. Hey Jen what an awesome vid! I've just found an online store that ships free worldwide and stocks Mario badescu I'm very excited about the couple of products I'll be trying soon! I battle with all different annoying types of acne and have horribly oily skin so thank you for your suggestions I look forward to trying the brand out. Also I'd like to thank you for introducing me to be creams I've never felt more natural without worrying about blemishes and irregular skin tone in my life so thank you for opening that door in beauty products for me :)

  35. Hi Jen, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope he feels better soon and you guys can spend a lot more time together and cherish those times with photos and memories. God bless you & your family!!

    on another note.. I love those sandals! I have those in a diff. color. :)


  36. Hey Jen, may I know what kind of lipstick do you use on this video? I've been looking for this natural color, lip color lipstick for long time, but i just couldnt find something that fit my skin color. i thought your skin color slightly like mine, and this color looks pretty on you.

    you look so beautiful here ^-^

  37. I think i've found the answer for the next few minutes, i was just too excited on the color and quickly write the comment before watching this done.
    it's right that it's hard to find the right pink without looking too dull or too overwhelm. i'm gonna try this product.

    Thanks Jen, and keep being pretty!

  38. You always look so fresh and beautiful. Keep strong Jen!

  39. hi jen..hope you already read my msg via fb. still you look fab..i love this look..can you make a video on this make up..plus i cant leave a comment to your videos on youtube, though i already subscribe. do i need to have a youtube account? i just sign in with my gmail..well i guess there's something wrong..

    anyways thanks again for your tutorials..more power..God bless always..^___^

  40. Thank you for sharing I will definitely give these a try. :) Much Love

    ~~Cherry Berry

  41. Hi Jen.. I saw this on Hautelook today and reminded me of your review for Mario Badescu.. just an FYI if you haven't saw the sale yet :)


  42. Those sandals are adorable!

  43. hi Jen, where could i buy the eyelash on your april's fav?

    1. You can find them here: http://www.lashemlashes.com/product_p/d7.htm
      I also linked it below "Products Mentioned" in the post. :)

  44. Hi Jen,
    Could you please do the make up tutorial of this look you have here? It is very simple everyday look yet very chic and soft. This is the look I want to do as my everyday makeup. Thanking you in advance.

  45. Hi Jen, wondering have you used Clinique anti blemish spot treatment gel before? Mario badescu is better compare to that?

    1. I actually have been using the Clinique anti blemish recently and I like it too! It's less trouble since you don't need a cotton swab to apply it, but maybe slightly less effective than the Mario Badescu.