Day 2: 30 Day Challenge

5 Aug

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

The meaning behind my username is really dumb, actually. Jennac0re was one of the many many screen names I had on AOL over the years. It dates back around 10+ years now! I was very involved with a few music and style message boards on AOL when I was younger, and it was a silly joke between a few of the regular members there. It was basically just a play on the word “hardcore” and isn’t meant to be taken seriously at all. It has sort of become a default username for me over the years, when I don’t feel like thinking up something new. I created my YouTube account many years ago, and had only joined to be able to comment, subscribe and save favorite videos. I most likely would have picked something different had I known I’d start making videos years later, but I’m stuck with it. That’s the not very interesting story behind my blog name.

Tomorrow should be a bit more interesting!

Day 1: 30 Day Challenge

5 Aug

Ahh! I can’t believe I almost screwed up this challenge before even starting it! it’s 11:46PM EST, so technically I got this. :)

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

My name is Jennifer, but the majority of the people in my life call me Jenna. I’m 26, married, and currently living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. You’ll learn enough about me in the facts, and in the next 29 days, so let’s move on and get this posted by midnight!

1. I have 3 cats. They all look the same, which makes sense when you find out that they are brothers/from the same litter!

2. I’ve always been really into art. I have a degree in graphic design, but decided I despised doing art as a job a few years into it. I’d love to go back to my college and teach someday though!

3. The only reason I ever got into makeup was because I moved to Texas and didn’t know anyone. Joining the makeup community on lj and then youtube, was my way of connecting with people when I felt alone. It made me a lot of really good, hopefully lifelong friends too. Thanks makeup!

4. I am irrationally afraid of making phone calls. Even though I know it won’t be so bad, and I’ll be so proud when I get it over with, I really have to work up the courage.

5. This is the longest my hair has been since I was 10 years old. I started chopping my hair off when I was 11, and kept it VERY VERY short all through high school and college.

6. I have always made up really ridiculous songs about whatever I’m doing around the house, or about my cats or whoever else is around. I only wish I could remember them later, I come up with some gems.

7. I still write snail mail letters to my favorite cousin. We’ve done this pretty much since we were able to write full sentences. Nothing makes me happier than opening my mailbox to see an unexpected letter from my cousin. No one is able to make me laugh as hard, and as much, as she can. We’re both ridiculous, that’s probably why.

8. I hate planes. I’m terrified of them, no matter how many people tell me how much safer they are than any other form of travel. Being up in the sky, and not in control, is scary!

9. I’m obsessed with the scent of lavender. lavender everything, please!

10. I still color in coloring books. I have a huge collection of crayola crayons, and tons of coloring books.

11. I played the flute in school. I still play it sometimes, but I typically only play Christmas songs. They feel so comforting. :)

12. I always tell people I don’t like Halloween, because I”m secretly creeped out by people in costumes. Especially masks. *shudders* Even little kids!

13. I think palm trees are the most beautiful tree on the planet. They were my favorite part about South Texas.

14. I’ve painted my last 3 bedrooms (that I was able to paint) the exact same shade of lilac. It instantly makes that one room feel like ‘home.’

15. My ultimate goal is to write a cookbook someday.

TWLOHA funraiser + giveaway

4 Aug

If you follow me on youtube or twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen this already. Today is the last day to donate and/or to comment on the video, to be entered into the giveaway! Anyone who donates, comments on the video or emails me will be entered.

Here is a direct link to donate, if you are able to: http://nicolesutherland.chipin.com/nicole

30 Day Challenge

4 Aug

I’ve been so unmotivated to do anything since Nicole died. I try to make videos, and just don’t have the drive or emotional energy to do it right now. The more I pressure myself about it, the more I feel like I’m unable to be productive.  I thought I’d try something a little different, and with much less pressure to hopefully get my brain back on track with updating my blog, and making videos again.

So, since this is my blog, and no one reads it anyway LOL, I’m going to attempt a 30 day challenge. It will remind me of filling out surveys in high school, and it will maybe show you guys another side of me.  Here’s a list of the topics for the 30 days, for my reference and in case any of you would like to do the challenge also.
Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What’s in your purse?
Day 23: Favorite Movie
Day 24: Something you’ve learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

Product Spotlight – Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush

20 Apr

Physicians Formula - Happy Booster Blush in Rose

Is this not one of the cutest blushes you’ve ever seen? I saw this when I was grocery shopping the other day, and had to have it! That doesn’t happen very often, because I try not to be an impulse shopper. I typically look up reviews and swatches of products for weeks or months before finally purchasing it. I’m really happy I grabbed this, because the quality is great too! It’s a beautiful rosey color, with a satin finish and very fine glitter particles. I don’t feel like I need to use a highlighter when I use this blush, because of the sparkles, so this is great if you’re in a hurry. I’m not sure if it actually boosts my mood or not, but it definitely gives me a pretty glow that lasts all day.

Downsides? I don’t understand why it is upside-down in the packaging. It has a compartment with a mirror and a brush, under the blush. The brush is cute but terrible, and I’d never use it to apply the product. The mirror is nice, and I guess would be good for someone on the go and I like that it won’t be covered in makeup residue since it’s separated. I’ll never use the mirror or the compartment though, so I’d prefer it to not be there. Just my opinion! :)

NOTD + Sally Hansen Polish Strips Review

20 Apr

Sally Hansen - Commander in Chic + Sally Hansen Polish Strips - Laced Up

If you follow me on twitter, you know I’ve been raving about these lately. I picked up this set a little over a week ago, not expecting much from them, but my curiosity was getting the best of me. I was shocked at how great they are! I only used it on one finger, my ring finger, as an accent. I had it on for 5 days, and only changed it, because I picked up a few more sets and wanted to try them out The nails the strips were on still looked as perfect as the day I applied them, while I had changed out the polish on the rest of my nails twice in those 5 days!

Sally Hansen Polish Strips - 360 Laced Up

The downside is that they can be sort of tricky to apply. You need to make sure that your cuticles are all pushed back and that you swipe each nail with polish remover, to remove any oils or dirt, before applying. The patterned ones are a bit easier to work with, because the pattern will hide any imperfections more so than the solid colors will. The biggest tip I can give you is to be patient while applying them! I know it’s hard, I am one of the most impatient people that I know! I also apply a topcoat, even though it doesn’t say to. I found a girl through google who said they lasted 4 weeks on her nails with a top coat! I doubt they’d last that long on me, but this is the first product to make it more than 2 days without chipping on me.

Zoya Remove Plus Review

29 Mar

remove+ next to faye for size comparison

I’m not going to front, I saw Tiffany D talk about this polish remover in one of her videos and had to have it. I am ashamed to say that I spent $10 on a plastic bottle with a really, really cool top. I am pleasantly surprised that I really like the remover and think it was worth the $10!

What supposedly makes this remover special is that it’s a 3-in-1 polish remover – nail cleaner – nail prep. It also claims to have an extended polish wear guarantee. I’m not sure there’s any product on the market, aside from acrylics maybe, that could help anything stay on my nails for more than a few days without chipping. My hands get a lot of abuse, so they are usually chipped within hours.

Now that we’ve gone over what Zoya claims are this removers best attributes, let’s go over what I think they are. I mentioned the bottle before, so we’ll start there. This bottle is SO NEAT! The cap is a pump. You simply press you cotton ball down on the pump, and coats it with the perfect amount of remover. GENIUS! With this bottle, you won’t have to pick the bottle up or fumble with the cap. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, the cap also twists to lock it into place, so that you can’t push the pump down.  Are you starting to see why I’m so pumped over a silly bottle? I’m thinking this would be an excellent gift for my bff who has small children. It prevents toddlers from spilling it, cats from rudely knocking it over, dog tails from whipping it off of the coffee table, and your elbows from tipping it over on your laptop.

The other thing I noticed about the actual remover is that it smells really good! I absolutely abhor the smell of nail polish remover, and how it lingers on your fingers even after washing your hands. While it doesn’t smell great when it’s wet, it dries to have a nice, subtle, fresh scent. It also leaves your nails very shiny and smooth, so I’m guessing that’s the effect of the “nail cleaner” and “nail prep” properties. It also took the nail polish off very quickly, but I’ve never really tried one that didn’t perform.

Edit: OMG I can’t believe I forgot one of the most important things! You can refill the bottle! Zoya sells massive bottles that you can use to refill it, or you can pick up any remover you would like to use. Cool, right?

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Zoya, and purchased this product myself. If you would like to check this product out for yourself, you can find it at the Zoya website. It’s the $9.99 – 8oz in Big Flipper, just fyi.