The Beauty Buzz: April 2014

Hi Beauties! I purchased a ton of new beauty products earlier this past month that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying playing with!  A lot of my new things have now become staples in my beauty routine.  I share my favorite beauty products from the past month in the video below, including makeup, nail polish, and hair care:

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I wanted to share some of the It Cosmetics love this month. The April Beauty Buzz Giveaway will run until Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 6 PM CST. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. There will be TWO winners! Each will win an It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eye Shadow Palette. You can enter the giveaway by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the two winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!


Congrats to Elisa and Crystal on being selected as the winners of the April Beauty Buzz Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *How many eye shadow palettes do you own?* out of 1479 entries:

One to Three (689) 47%
More than Five (351) 24%
Three to Five (311) 21%
None (128) 9%

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I would love to know what some of your go-to beauty products were last month if you care to share! :)
* Post contains affiliate links. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


47 thoughts on “The Beauty Buzz: April 2014”

  1. Why are you writting the same thing on your blog than we can watch on your videos… I don’t what to be mean but I’d prefer find original content here…

    1. My favorites posts on my blog is where I can best provide links to products. Also, I like to update with each of my YouTube videos on my blog so people who like to follow all of my content in just one place can find it here and not have to go to several other urls to find things I post.

      1. I really enjoy that you do a coordinating blog post with every video. Sometimes I want to know what tips you have or know more about a certain project you’re working on… But I’m not in an appropriate spot to watch a video (like when I’m nursing my baby back to sleep, or my husband is trying to fall asleep).

        1. I agree! It’s nice especially if you don’t have time to watch the video twice if you missed something!

  2. I don’t see the link to participate in the giveaway BUT, I still love your videos AND The CC Cream also cleared out my completely crazy acne skin and I have been 4 months clear so far 🙂

  3. Hi Jen!! Great video. I’ve been using the 10 products for over a year now and my hair loves it too :). So happy you shared the makeup skin basics. I have a problem with oily skin. Loving the eye pallet. Thanks for a chance to win it. Hugs, T

  4. I totally love your VLOGS. I hope this gets me in the drawing for your gifts. Also I have the name Ross in my family tree, I thought we could be related, but our Ross family tree is Austrian. Thanks for reading.

  5. Hi I really enjoyed your favorites video! I came to your Blog to see how to enter the contest for the It cosmetics palate but I don’t see any instructions on how to enter. ? Not sure what to do or where to look??

    1. I’m sorry, I had somehow forgotten to insert it! If you check the post now it should be clear how to enter.

  6. Hi Jen, another great video, thanks for sharing! I am loving all of your channels. I was wondering if you might do a new video sometime soon on your current favorite teas? I’m looking for some new ones to try, especially from Teavana or any organic ones that you might like. I just recently watched your old tea series of videos from a couple of years ago…..really good!
    p.s. You mentioned a contest for an It pallette in your April Beauty Buzz video but I am not seeing it here on your blog.

    1. I’ll probably do another tea update in a couple of months for summer. So sorry about the confusion with the giveaway. It is up now!

  7. Hi Jen

    Not sure how I enter the giveaway. I’ve never entered one before but this is one I don’t want to miss out on a chance to win. We don’t have IT cosmetics in England and I’ve been eying up its gorgeous mattness since seeing it on Tiffany D’s channel!!!

    Thanks for being such a fabulous you tuber and being my little bit of relaxation every day ( I’m working through all your old posts on all the different channels:-) ).

    Jayne x

  8. I don’t wear make up, but my daughter does. Love that you really try the products out before “endorsing” it.

  9. Hi, Jen, I don’t see your giveaway for the makeup palette! Am I looking in the wrong place? I was just on your main page. Hope all is well with you, love, Shelley

    1. You’re in the right place, I just failed to include it! I am sorry for the confusion. It’s up and running now 🙂

  10. I’m only just getting into makeup myself thanks to you and your videos Jen, just trying to build a little collection to give me some options. Loving I can try out these tutorials from the comfort of my own home, I was always intimidated by make up counters. Happy I found you.

  11. Hello from California!! I so agree about the “it” CC foundation, loving it! the eye shadow palette looks amazing!!! I think im going to try its a 10 hair line, I too have fine hair, most products make my hair feel so heavy. thank you for all your great videos and blogs~

  12. So I know this isn’t really a “beauty” product in the sense of makeup, but I am loving kerasal foot ointment for getting flip-flop summer ready feet.
    I run and tend to hideous heels as a result of the friction. They look nice after a pedicure, but that lasts a hot minute and then they are back to gargoyle status. This product has revolutionized my feet. Just put a tiny amount on at night, after shower/bath, to dry feet, cover with white cotton socks. AFter using it for 4 days, my feet are callus/crack free.

  13. Hi Jen your makeup looks so pretty. I find it funny how you learned to put on makeup by watching Youtube and I learned by watching you. Do you have any suggestions for your top favorite high end makeup products. I see you talk about so many but I am on a limited budget and I wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks a lot and as a side note I loved last weekend’s day ate. I can tell the difference between you vlogging now and 4-5 monthlies ago. You just seem to have a new spark in you

    1. I really like the Hourglass palette and the CC Cream I talked about in this video. I think you can find great bronzers, blushes, and eye makeup in the drugstore section. If I were on a budget I’d pay up for some nice makeup brushes since they will last if you take care of them.

  14. I absolutely love your favorites videos Jen! And your blog posts are very well written. I really admire your website and how it’s latest out. You are such an inspiring woman and role model and I’m so glad you are out there creating great content! I’d be honored if you checked out my website/blog. The site is up but I am currently working on getting my website totally redesigned and I am so excited to have something that looks exactly how I want it to.
    Thank you Jen!

  15. Your new face base routine is Spot On! ..Accidental-pun haha…Love it. Your complexion is perfection, oh bother, what a geek I am. Didn’t mean to rhyme. It’s glowing,and smooth, yet not greasy.Flaws are covered.I too, have been using the new It CC cream & Love it. I got mine with the QVC todays special value, so it came with their brush…I wish Benefit still made the Powderflage , I never got a chance to try it. I have been using Laura Geller wonder wand eye brightener ,with the brush in my Ipsy bag,Mirabella Eye Blender Brush.The sponge tip that came with it, is to much IMHO. I use the Maybelline Brightener, in that v-shape, then tap, like you do, with a concealer type larger brush. Then the LG & wow, what a difference! 🙂 So excited that you found some Great things!

  16. Loved a heap of the products in this video, that palette from IT looks stunning! being a woman who went from wearing heaps of makeup in highschool to none at all! I am just rediscovering the fun things about makeup again!

  17. Hi Jen I’m Pooja Nilmani here from India. .I love your videos on YouTube specially on travel bags and cases ..I learned a lot from you. ..

  18. Hey Jen! Another Jen(nifer) here 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway as I literally gasped when you showed that stunningly beautiful palette!! So so so pretty and I’m excited for the chance to win one to try out for myself. Your makeup and hair have looked fantastic this spring and I love hearing all of your secrets since I, too, have baby fine hair and oily skin. Keep up the great work!

  19. Hi Jen! Okay so I had the same issue with my hair as far as not wanting to spend the time and money for a pro cut because I have straight fine hair, no layers and just needed a blunt trim. Totally feel you on that whole situation. Here is what I found…go pro. Maybe you will have better experiences than I did but I have tried three separate places that offer low cost haircuts and they really just do not cut your hair very well! I had slight split ends from waiting so long and I walked out after a haircut with those same split ends. Its weird. I see them cutting my hair. I see the hair on the floor. But when I leave I see no actual difference in my hair. So yeah, as silly as it seems to pay $55 to cut hair like ours that my husband could probably cut (lol) it appears to be worth it because those other places just do not cut it. (haha get it? Im such a dork)

    1. I used to go to those lower cost places too years ago and had a similar experience. Someone suggested trying out Ulta which is mid-range for price, so I might do that!

  20. Aloha Jen! I’m excited to try out the It CC Cream and the Anastasia brow wiz! Loved the video as always and really appreciate the coordinating blog post so I can enjoy the video without having to rush to write stuff down! I know it’s a lot of work for you.

  21. Jen, I so look forward to your vlogs!
    You have re-kindled my interest in organization and beauty products! I lost my husband unexpectedly a couple years ago and kind of lost interest in everything, not to mention being so busy doing the kinds of things he used to do (yardwork, gardening, a lot of the the cooking etc.). I am finding my strength once again and you have been a big part of it! Thank you!

  22. Hi Jen! I was wondering if you have ever done a post on how you organize all of your beauty products? As I accumulate things this is something I always struggle with – how to keep things organized but also accessible so I’m not spending a lot of time searching through boxes and drawers each morning. Any tips?

  23. My go to beauty products for last month were the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette, Tarte Amazonian Clay eyeliner (glides on so smoothly!), Glow Pore Minimizing blush in Petal Pink from Julep and Lancome Lip Lover in 332 Beige Adage.

    Thanks for sharing your favorites from last month! I love watching your videos and reading the coordinating blog posts.

  24. Finally had a chance to watch this video – thank you so much!
    And as always, thank you for the coordinating blog post! I really appreciate being able to come here and see all the products listed with links! I definitely learned about a few new products from your video that I would like to try out too!

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