07 December 2011


Check this out:

Funbi of DatFunkyFRO and OMO OGO Naturals is hosting a Christmas giveaway!

She is giving away natural hair products that OMO OGO Naturals sells including a Black Soap Shampoo, Shea-Cocoa Butter and (the one I want) Avocado Butter!

All her stuff is around 15.00, so its pretty affordable, but free.99 is better :)

I'm entering, and I hope y'all will too.


06 December 2011

No pants for today!


tunic, leggings, and cami: Forever 21  Boots: Dolce Vita via Endless.com

Today was one of those days where I just didn't want to wear pants. Instead,  I chose leggings (2 layers of them). And it was great :)

05 December 2011

Ms. Prof

top: forever 21, jeans: forever 21, shoes: dirty laundry via DSW 

When I got this sweater, I knew I'd want to wear it to work (I tutor), so I could feel all professor-ly.
(It worked)

03 December 2011

Jesssimae's last goodbye!

The last video I'll post under the name jesssimae:

BeautyLit on Youtube

Here is the trailer for my new youtube channel, BeautyLit!

I am no longer going to use my jesssimae channel, I just wanted the black and vlog to share the same name.

30 November 2011

Naked Palette 2 Update!!


Apparently this is a pic of the NEW naked palette. Again taken form the UD facebook. It's BEAUTIFUL. And I was wrong, its not cool toned! Here are the shades and my descriptions, based on the picture.

1. Foxy- Buttery Vanilla highlight
2. Half Baked- high shine yellow gold
3. BootyCall- light champagne-ish highlight
4. Chopper- bronze
5. Tease- Teak medium brown (matte)
6. Snakebite?- looks like smog, medium brown shimmer
7. Suspect- lighter peachier med-brown
8. Pistol- interestng grey/brown/ silver...kinda taupe-ish
9. Verve- white silver
10. YDK- looks like sidecar
11. Busted??- purple brown
12. Blackout - black-black (matte)

It looks like 12 shades (WITH A BLACK!!!) with AT LEAST 2 re-promotes.

Im Juiced :)

Do you think you'll buy??

******UPDATE AGAIN******
more swatches on the UB facebook



I saw yesterday on Urban Decay's Facebook  that they are releasing a new Naked palette. As of now there is no official name for it . But I'm guessing Naked Palette 2. No one know much about it but they did release 3 swatches. I speculate that this palette will contain 12 or so COOL TONED shades, since the original palette was mostly warmer colors. How FUN! 

Are you into cool toned eyeshadow? Will you be the first to pick this up?
Click the link above for more info on their FB page.  


26 September 2011

Friday Night Nail Art :)

Hey Y'all,

Friday night I went over to my friend Jasmine's room. Usually on Friday nights she comes over and we watch a movie and paint our nails. This week I went over there (to the other side of campus) and we had a little nail shop party with some scotch tape.

This is a non_tutorial because I got the idea from this nail blogger for a checkered Mani so if you want more details go check out her blog.

When I saw the picture of this manicure I texted it to Jasmine and she was like "OMG Steelers colors, I want that!!!"

I dont associate colors with football teams, but it made her happy so I went along with it.

1. Paint nails the base color and let dry.
2. Get tape and stick it to your hand a coupleb times so its not extra sticky.
3. Tape off nails in a 90 degree angle so that 1/4 of the nail is showing
4. Paint the quadrant and remove the tape right after, you don't want the polish to dry to the tape and peel right off.
5. Apply top coat and let dry (all the way) before applying tape to start the other side.
6. Repeat step #4

21 September 2011


Hey everybody,

I hope you all are doing well. This semester started off HECTIC! But I’m trying to stick in there and get my self organized enough to deal with it all J

I have a lot of ideas for blog posts and youtube videos but the first thing I have to do is schedule my butt off, I’m talking every minute (ok maybe not) but seriously I’m going to get there….Eventually.

I’ll start off with a good ol’ fashioned outfit of the day.

This was from the first day of class…which is already about a month ago smh. 

                 Dress: F21 Heritage 1981/ Top: Dots/ Sandals: Payless/  Earrings: Street Vendor 
aaaand it was a good hair day!

How's your September/ Fall Semester been?

25 July 2011

New Natural Hair Regimen?

frizzed out hair after mini-braids
Hey everybody!

I've been watching a natural youtuber called cynthiarf. She has the same curl patterns as me but her hair is probably 2x as thick as mine! She has a method of caring for her hair where she co-washes daily, shampoo/clarifies every 7-10 days and uses 0 combs!

From what I can gather her method works by finger-detangling to remove tangles and shed hairs. This method also allows her curl pattern to form and become prominent. Basically her wash-n-goes look like she applied gel, even when she didn't.

after the wash
I want to try her method for a few reasons.

1. I know I comb my hair waaaaaay too much, and thats not good because I get fairy knots, tangles and I remove too much hair every time.

2. My ends are mangled, even though I trimmed well in March.

3. My curl pattern looks busted after all of that "protective styling," hopefully all that conditioning helps me out.

4. It seems low maintenance and simpler than what I was doing before...


shrinkage that I will have to learn to live with

11 July 2011

Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?


Happy 7-11 y'all :)

I'm so excited for this post! I love makeup and I was going to go all out and makeup my face and tell y'all what products I love wearing, but i woke up with 3 zits in the middle of my face for no reason...so now I won't even bother :(

Lets see if I have pics of everything on the list!

#1 Eyeliner Milani Liquify-Eye in Black

I love this product, its like a gel/creme eyeliner in a pencil form the advantage of this is that it doesn't get all dry and goopy. I take a eyeliner brush & swipe it on the pencil to apply.

#2 Cover girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound
lipstick poppin, liner flyin...
 This is the first lipstick I fell in love with. The color is bold and the formula doesn't make my lips look dry! I always have chapped lips but this one doesn't show it off almost at all. Always look online for Kmart coupon codes before you buy.

#3 MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC50

I've been using this product for a year and a half now (same pot) and it works well. It brightens my under eye and lid area and sometimes I only use this and lip gloss.  I have to watch it though, because it can get a little yellowy on me. I need a better setting powder for it I believe.

concealer, highlight, liner

#4 Maybelline Colossal (Yellow and purple tube) Blackest Black

This is a really good mascara. It was one of the first I liked and I keep repurchasing. It gives me a lot of dark color to my lashes which makes them look longer and thicker but not too spiky. I have to be careful because I often rub my eyes and that equals flakes

#5 MAC Fleur Power Blush (Soft bright Pinkish-Coral)

blush!!! after coming from MAC, highlight still shinin' hours later
This is my first blush! The MAC artist suggested it to me when I went there for my birthday (then proceeded to load it onto my face) because it asked for a peachy looking blush. I was skeptical but I bought it anyway, and I'm surprised how much I reach for it. Its not loud and obnoxious at all unless I put too much on. I put on 2 layers for each cheek, tapping my brush in 1x for each pass. It gives a nice liveliness to the face and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy everyday blush thats beginner proof. It is for me! I admit, I have big chipmunk cheeks that I was afraid to emphasize and this
 blush doesn't do that it just warms and enhances.
everything but with a different lippie

#6 NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha (Metallic light Taupe color) as Eye Highlight

I started using this pencil this spring after it was sitting in my makeup caboodle for a full year. I never liked it as a base for eyeshadow (like I do for my other ones) because it was too light. But then I discovered it as the perfect highlight for my inner corners and I haven't looked back since. This is a must have.

Whats in Your Makeup bag? Would you like more pics/reviews of any of these products? Lemme know!

hugs, Jessica

10 July 2011

Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.

I would like to say that this blog challenge is hard...but its not. I have just found that I dont actually feel like doing it everyday. Shame on me, lol. I'm new to this, so I forgive myself.

The last item I purchased was hot pink wayfarer shades from Charlotte Russe in Arundel Mills.

they make me wanna pull this face 
The friends I  was shopping with didn't like them much but I really loved them. Few sunglasses actually fit my face and sit symmetrically, so I never buy them. (These are my only pair.) I've found that strongly shaped/squarish ones work best, plus these were 5 bucks!

Have you ever been shopping with friends and went against their advice? This was my first time.

luv jessica

08 July 2011

2011 Goals

This page will be a collection of my goals, interests and wishes. :)

School Goals
✓ create a calendar and organize my assignments in my planner
✓  Organize a large event and bring Awkward Black Girl to Campus
- Get an A in Shakespeare ;)

Hair Goals
✓  Find a good twisting aid for my hair in its current state
- Figure out a routine  for when I will have time to do the steps in my regimen

Body Goals
- Fitness schedule
- Go to gym 2-2.5 hours a week

Wardrobe Goals
- Find alternatives to jeans
- Avoid bootcut "dress pants" for my student teacher wardrobe
- Find versatile tops that aren't just tees


Day 8 – A song to match your mood.

lol remember when RhiRhi looked like this?

My pick for today is Hate that I Love you by Rihanna and Ne-yo. I'm a big Rihanna fan, in fact in the 11th grade I thought I WAS her a little bit....anyways, thats a story for later. 

For me this song symbolizes the way I feel sometimes in my relationship. It's about those moments where you realize that love often means giving up your own power and self control to, I guess, coexist. This is a big thing for me because, as a poet/writer, I get to control how much I reveal and how personal I get. Even if its really, really personal its okay because I deliberately chose to make it that way. Sorry to be sappy, but you can't do that with love. In my relationship, I'm ALL in and its scary and I kind of hate that it has to be this way sometimes. But at the same time I love him and he deserves...everything IMO ☺

Anyone ever felt this way? Hate Rihanna? Love Ne-Yo? Lemme know:)

love jes 

06 July 2011

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

Perhaps, subconsciously I was fearful of starting a blog is because most bloggers are obsessed with animals. Pets are a common interest that people relate to and bond over. I was never one of those people. Animals kind of freak me out, honestly. Yea, they are cute and loving and blah, blah, blah, but I’ve never had much of an interest. Growing up my mother never allowed any kind of pet (not even a fish) because it would cost money so I really just dropped the idea. Maybe I’ll get my kids a puppy… when I have them…a long time from now.

This one'll do...lol

05 July 2011

Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.

Two years ago today.... I had just graduated high school and cut off all of my hair. I believe that on July 5th 2009 I was getting ready for my freshman orientation and I was mad excited! At the same time, I was afraid because there was no way for me to know how my hair was received. I don't think people treated me any differently. The black kids I saw were so happy to see someone like them, they didn't even notice my hair and sometimes they even complemented it. White people either complement or dont comment at all. No stares... I made friends quickly at school and even though I was nervous and awkward, my hair didn’t necessarily add to or cause that. 

04 July 2011

Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend

I have more than one best friend because I’m lucky like that….But If I had to pick one to feature right now…
I would pick Tyshanda, we have know each other since 4th grade which is over half our lives! She is one of the most valuable people to me in my life because she understands me better than anyone. A phone call with her is more beneficial than a year of therapy, I swear. I hope everyone has someone like her in their life.

this is how we felt right before graduation :)

03 July 2011

Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.

I never really thought of what my idea of a perfect first date would be. I think it really depends on the couple and how well they know each other. If it is a situation where two established friends are becoming more than friends, I think it would be ideal to do something together that they haven’t done together before. I would sat not to go to the same restaurant you’ve been to a million times together or go out in your friend group. In that case you need to create romantic memories instead of buddy-buddy ones.

If I didn't know a guy I would want to go to some sort of show/movie/play with dinner/dessert afterwards. That way there’s no pressure to talk and afterwards you have a built in conversation piece. I tend to be shy so I guess that’s what I would want on a first date. 

Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.

Day 2 was yesterday....I need to get better at this :(
I ate some Burger King nuggets. They tasted ok, and I'm glad they aren't shaped like crowns anymore...those crowns were stupid. However I feel some kind of way about eating them now because I'm reading the book 'Skinny Bitch' by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and its really getting to me. If you thought Fast Food Nation was bad, that was nothing compared to this! I'm seriously contemplating my life right now. 

02 July 2011

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.

this is an old photo b/c im starting the challenge one day late :)

I regret starting this challenge off on a bad note but yesterday was a hard day for me. I had a fight with my boyfriend. What made it worse is that I’m visiting my boyfriend and his family right now so I’m living at their house. The fight was because I did something he didn't like so he was mad at me, but I was trapped in his vicinity while he was freezing me out.  I’m the type of person who wants to be far away from people who aren’t happy with me because it makes me anxious and I just want to escape all the negative feelings, however as you may have guessed, I had nowhere to go.

After hours of uncertainty and my brain spinning horrible scenarios of how I would have to walk back to Virginia, I confronted him about it. By the end of I night I couldn’t breathe because I had cried so much but we successfully talked it out. Relationships are hard but worth it. 

30 Day Challenge!

I saw on scandalous beauty's twitter that she was doing a blog challenge and I decided to join in :) So here are rules:

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently. A letter to someone who broke my heart.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of youself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.

Anyone can join in so yeah! 

18 June 2011

my cousin's graduation

Friday night was my little cousin Angelique's graduation from my alma mater, ARGS. She is two years younger than me, so it felt weird seeing her in the exact same place I was in 2 years ago because I  know I'm so far from that now. So many things have changed in my life since I graduated from that wonderful place (no sarcasm, my high school was amazing).  Tomorrow is her Grad Party and my aunt asked me to say a couple words, I'm not sure what I'm going to say yet though.

Probably something about their lives starting now. One of the main things that I've been learning, is that the future  I've always thought and dreamed about is already happening to me. I'm living my life right now. Theres no more waiting for it to start. I can either go with it or let it go past me. Theres nothing stopping me, or them at this point from being the person/grownup/young adult they've always wanted to be. Thats sounds corny but its the truth, you know.

What do you guys think I should say? What would be in your graduation speech?

My Outfit: I'm actually proud of it, I felt like I dressed to the occasion well. I paired my lavender $4 lack back top with a sweater I got last year  form Delia's clearance sale. I kept on my Forever 21 jeans that I had on all day and added my dollhouse platform wedges. I accessorized with pearl earrings & stacked pearl bracelets.

13 June 2011

What to Bring to College! (And what not to bring.... )

So here are some things that I suggest having for your dorm room. 
Most dorms have unique rules on what you can and can't have so check your school's website.
Before you get started, contact your roommate. See who has a TV, a fridge, a rug ect. Agree whether to share or not. 

Step #1: Think of everything you do on a regular day to get ready for school and bring all of that stuff.

Step #2: Pack the clothes you need, based on your circumstances. For example, If you are going to school close to home, there's no ned to bring 100% of your wardrobe. Or if you are going to Montana, don't bring a bunch of shorts.

Step #3: Storage solutions: Hanging closet things, bed risers, storage cubes, sacks. If you know you have a lot of something, think of a way to store it.

Step #4: Don't worry about forgetting something, wherever you are going has stores too.

Step #5: Try to pack as compactly as possible. If your family has a hand-truck, bring it. Move-in day will be crowded and hectic you want to make as few trips up and down stairs as possible.  

My freshman year dorm room.
Notice the orange shower caddy& purple "file cabinet" 
Bed set with 2 sets of sheets and a mattress pad

Alarm clock*
Trash can
Desk lamp
Computer and charger
Assorted storage
Cleaning products
Your ID, Social security card, birth certificate, insurance info and bank info 
*(your phone can serve as an alarm clock,  you can buy food when you get there)

*(these can be bought when you get there, but if you like a particular brand you may want them ahead of time)
Pouf/bath gloves (no wash cloth)
Large bath towels (and or) Robe*
(2 Bottles each) of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors and body lotion. 
2 toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss.
Face wash and moisturizer.
Hair products including styling products, tools, accessories (hair ties), and deep treatments.
Cotton balls, makeup remover swabs/Q-tips, nail care, etc.
Perfume/Cologne/Body spray
2-3 Deodorants
A shower Caddy and 1 storage bin to hold them all
(in a co-ed dorm, anyone could be on your hall when you get out of the shower, so it’s a good idea to be covered up )
Sophmore year, my bed is on the right. 

(all of these can be bought on arrival)
Your favorite non-perishable items
Something to eat/drink them out of
Box of plastic spoons & forks
A Brita pitcher

Storage Suggestions
My food bin & my hair bin on top of my fridge.
Pink storage unit under the bed 
1 bin for extra toiletries
1-2 for food and Cups, plates ect.
Closet hanging shoe/jeans rack
An under bed unit. Plastic or cloth*
A large duffel bag/suitcase/ can act as a storage unit too*
A large nylon laundry bag *
(depending on how many/few clothes and shoes you are bringing, don't buy suitcases unless you are going on a plane)

Desk organizer
Filing system
Pen holders
Dry Erase board

Laundry detergent
Iron & mini board
A fan
A fridge
TV w/ cable cord
Ethernet cord
A printer
DVD player and dvds
Gaming Console and controllers
Band-Aids & Neosporin
Scissors and tape

Drawer organizers
Bed risers
Shoes under
Laptop locks
Large shoe racks
All your clothes/shoes/accessories
Anything expensive/irreplaceable

5 and below
Dollar stores

06 June 2011

(Fashion) ootd summer trends

Hey Y'all,  I'm finally back. :-)
This simple outfit actually was a long way coming. The Forever 21 coral top was the perfect match with the H&M shorts because neon, coral, and animal print are all hot summer trends.   


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