Life Update & IECSC Haul


It’s been ages, I know. I’m sorry! As always, my life has been super busy lately despite me getting nothing of substance done – I went back to school on weekends while still working full-time during the week, so pretty much everything fun in my life has been put on the back burner ): So I haven’t really had much to blog about, and though I do have tons of drafts sitting in my Evernote (I like to type them up during my commute, it gives me strength haha), since my job involves staring at the computer for seven and a half hours a day, it’s hard to find the motivation to open Photoshop when I’m at home. But I definitely miss posting, and am trying to carve out some time to work on this blog some more! I just don’t want to post once and then disappear for three years x: so I’d rather be inactive for a while and get myself together.

So last year I decided to become a licensed esthetician – skin care/makeup of course are major interests in my life to the point that I don’t really talk about anything else hahaha. Classes started in January, and since I’m only going part-time, I’m in class all day on weekends and won’t be graduating/ready to take the licensing exam until November .——–. But I love it so far! My teacher is amazing and the class is small enough that everyone gets a little individual attention, and my classmates are all super chill. It sucks dealing with weekend public transportation schedules (the subway line I take is notorious for breaking down and being slow and not even announcing it) and waking up at 6am all the time, but it’s worth it.

And a huge perk of being “in” the beauty industry is access to trade shows, like the International Esthetics, Cosmetics, and Spa Conference that took place last week! Being able to see all the latest products and machines in action, especially as a student, made me really excited about the future. Oh and then I bought stuff :B

Eminence AHA Fruit Pulp Treatment
Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque
Eminence Bearberry Eye Repair Cream
Baby Foot Peels
Morphe Brushes

The Eminence booth was definitely the most popular one on the show floor! If you haven’t heard of them, they are an organic spa-exclusive line from Hungary. They were doing demonstrations behind the sales booth, and I got picked to be a model! The esthetician who performed my facial had the most amazing technique and she is now my role model for life. I ended up buying a few of the things she used on my skin, and I actually had to get them the morning of the second day because it was so crowded the first day! It was almost impossible to approach the testers, and there was a 60-90 minute wait for your order to be filled; I felt so bad for the people working the sales booth. But their stuff is amazing; for my facial she mixed a whole bunch of products together to customize the routine, and afterwards I felt fantastic and my classmate kept telling me my skin looked so good *______*

The Baby Foot peels I was really excited for, I first read about Baby Foot on Cheesie’s blog a couple years ago and was kinda bummed that it was so hard to find online at the time, and of course it was right after I’d come back from Singapore, haha. It was a pleasant surprise to see they have a US distributor now! I can’t wait to try it out (I actually bought the second one for a friend).

Morphe is one of those wholesale cosmetics brands similar to Coastal Scents and Crown Brush (who also had a booth, I think their brushes are exactly the same? Looked like it anyway), and their brushes were super cheap and my classmate was recommending them so I grabbed a few. It was nice to see them in person because I have some rather small eyes, and I’ve purchased crease brushes online before that ended up being too large for me to use. I also wanted a new eyebrow brush, because while I love the Etude House one I’d been using, I had to throw away the first one because the ferrule kept coming off the handle despite me gluing it back together multiple times. I do have another one that I bought off eBay later on, that doesn’t have that tapering at the end of the handle before the ferrule, so it looks like they’ve upgraded the design and it holds together better now. Anyway, the Morphe brow brush is a little thicker than the Etude House one, but still tapers to a pretty fine point and I think it’s a good alternative.

Geez this was a long post. I guess I missed blogging more than I thought tongue I will have more to say soon I promise!! How have you all been?

♥ Jessica

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