Ipsy: August Glam Bag


It’s Ipsy time! According to this months Glam Bag, It’s also time to go back to school. The “Beauty Schooled” bag arrived a couple days ago and I’ve had a little bit of time to play with the products so I can tell you what I think.

The bag this month is a rubber white and orange dotted pencil case. It’s kinda cheesy, but I like it and will definitely use it at school. The products were a great mixture of things every girl can easily use. Here is what I received:

I got a deluxe sample of Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. This is definitely the sample I was most excited for this month. I do really like the formula, it gives you “bigger, blacker and badder” lashes. I really like it, but I’m not sure whether I like it more than any of my other mascaras. I’m going to keep playing with it before I buy a full size.

Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara

The Coastal Scents blush duo actually surprised me! I was thinking it would be chalky and poorly pigmented, but its quite the opposite. The formula is very creamy and the color is gorgeous. I really like the more orange shade. The only issue is that no where does it tell me the names of the shades I was sent. With the 25% off discount code, I wish I knew the name of the blush I would order!

Coastal Scents – Forever Blush

The Paula’s Choice Mattifying Fluid will definitely be given away. For my dry skin, a formula that is basically watery chalk does absolutely nothing for me. I’m sure it would be fantastic for someone with oily skin, it’s just not for me.

Paula’s Choice – Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+

I live for Lip Balms, I feel like you probably know this by now. Toss me an organic lippy and I am sold! This one is technically a “Lip Conditioner” and I am a fan! You can actually read all the ingredients on it and it tastes like mandarin, orange and ginger. I love this and it officially has a home in my handbag.

Jersey Shore Sun – Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Conditioner

Lastly, I received a black kohl eye pencil from Lord & Berry. I think its a great silky formula with such dense pigments! If your looking for a deep black eye pencil, this is for you. The only issue is that is really smudges, but if you want to smoke out an eye with liner, reach for this little guy.

Lord & Berry – Black Silk Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner #1001

Overall, I like this months bag and I am happy with the products I received. If you aren’t an Ipsy member already, I highly recommend it. If you are a member, let me know what your favorite product was this month! I love hearing from you guys!

The September Theory


Was the Vogue September Issue leaked on twitter?

Nico Bellay (@IAMFASHION) took took to twitter and leaked this image of what seems to be the infamous september issue. In lieu of the distaste from loyal Vogue readers recently for supporting the celebrity culture over fashion (Kimye cover), it seems as  they might be trying to get back in our good graces. The cover in question features three of the most talked about supermodels of this past year: Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss.

The cover reads “Instagirls: Models of the moment in the clothes of the season.” If you ask me, that title sounds a little more like something say Lucky Magazine would put out. It doesn’t have that classic Vogue allure, but we can look past that. The question here really is, is this the real cover? New York Magazine reached out to Vogue for a comment, but has yet to get anything in return.

Could this be the resurgence the fashion industry has been waiting for? We have long swooned for the days when the models graced the covers instead of celebrities. Back when fashion was about glamour and making a statement, not what Kate Winslet likes to wear.

I swore off American Vogue until a change was made. I’m really over how the fashion industry is helping to make stupid people famous (I think you all know who I’m talking about). There are alternative Vogues for those of us who support the old school idea of fashion, even with our more relaxed modern trends (Australian Vogue is my personal favorite).

Like I said before, is Anna Wintour and her team trying to get back in our good graces? Or is someone out there just trying to stir up hype for next months fashion bible? If the latter is whats happening, let me say this now. I will not purchase the September issue if another celebrity is on the cover. My money will not go to a magazine that acts like a trendy People. But, If Anna chose to make a stand and put models back on her cover, well then I might just change my mind and reinstate my subscription.

Who do you want to see on the cover? Sound off in the comments!

Second Monday: August


Once again, it is the second monday of the month. If you guys don’t know what that means yet, you will soon. Every second monday instead of my post being here on Hometown Heroine, it will be on Live The Life You Dream About. Since I happen to be a beauty contributor for Sarah Sarna, check out her blog. It’s chalk filled with fantastic posts.

If your interested in looking at todays post, heres the down low: I got inspired by my new makeup bag and decided to create a simple makeup routine for all of us busy students and working ladies. Please head over there and check out the most versatile and simply gorgeous products in my collection.

Also as a side note, I’m active everyday on my Instagram account (@jennlieskovan). Whenever I get new likers or followers, I always check them out! If your interested in seeing more outfits and what goes on in my daily life, head over there!

Have a great monday pretties!



Naturally Chic


Want to know what made me loose my mind this morning? When I went to check my Yahoo account, there was an interview with Jennifer Aniston. I started reading and I thought it was odd how much the interviewer was swooning over Aniston, then boom! I realized who the interviewer was. Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown was interviewing Jennifer Aniston! I mean whats better than that?


I had absolutely no idea that Bobbi Brown had become the editor of Yahoo Beauty. Am I the only one who missed that golden nugget of information? Anyways, after they both gushed about how they are huge fans of each other (Jennifer is Bobbi’s style icon and Jennifer wants Bobbi to do her makeup) they got down to the nitty gritty.

To start, Brown asked Aniston how she always looks so put together in just jeans and a tee shirt. Her secret? The woman tailors her tees! BOOM! Mind blown. For tee shirts and tank tops, Aniston cites Theory and James Perse as having the best. For jeans she grabs Genetic, Helmet Lang and Hudson (which she removes the pockets from). When Bobbi jokes that her stylist Christopher McMillan must live with her, she laughs it off and says she’s just learned good tricks from him.

They then start talking about Jennifer Aniston’s line of hair care products: Living Proof. How genius is it that the woman who brought us ‘the Rachel’ is now making hair products?

BB: Tell me about the Living Proof products. They are absolutely amazing; my hair got really dry from going in the ocean and honestly, they saved me. They’re excellent!

JA: Have you discovered the restore mask yet? That’s a game changer. I do it every Sunday because I do highlight my hair. The one thing with hair, as we get older, is it doesn’t necessarily react as beautifully as it used to when we were in our 20s, which I never knew. Did you know that, that hair ages?

BB: I am learning that now unfortunately. It grows thinner.

JA: [Laughs.] It loses weight.

BB: Your body doesn’t get thinner, but your hair does. That’s how I know God is not a woman.

The two continue to joke around like old pals. They discuss that a healthy diet and exercise are important aspects in keeping gorgeous skin. Aniston says her diet is all about balance; so she only eats things like bread on the weekends. Whatever she is doing is clearly paying off.

JA: There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face.

BB: Yay!

JA: No honestly, I see them and my heart breaks. I think, “Oh god if you only know how much older you look.” They are trying to stop the clock and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age. I also have a fiancé; who will put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way.

BB: My husband is the same way. When I feel that I am not looking as young and fresh as I like—usually after a night of tequila and bread—I will put extra moisturizer and face oil on my skin so that whatever lines are in my face look better. It is just about being hydrated; that has been my secret.

JA: Well, that’s true, it’s hydration, and there are also so many things that women can do today with technology in terms of LED light therapy, good lasers that tighten the muscles, and massages for your face—and don’t forget great creams. I think that’s the route to go. I also understand that age is kind of awesome. I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it! You know, to each their own; I don’t judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face.

BB: I think we should encourage women to just be happy with who they are and look in the mirror less.

If you want to check out the full interview, click the link here. But if not, just remember these simple commandments from  these two gorgeous women: Tailor your shirts, keep you hair happy, stay hydrated, and don’t put “s**t” in your face.



Getting Inspired: Books

There are very few things I love more in this world than a fantastic book. The majority of my collection is kept in my bedroom back in my hometown and on my iPad Mini in my handbag. There are a few hard copies though that I keep here in my San Francisco apartment. These aren’t the types of books that will take you to some far away place, but they really can help you learn some new beauty and style tricks as well as inspire you to push your stylistic boundaries.

Here in San Francisco, we don’t have any of the huge book stores like Barnes and Nobel. Instead, we have these adorable hole in the wall stores that have been here forever. My personal favorite (and where most of these books came from) is Green Apple Books in the outer San Francisco area. This store is the warmest most welcoming place. Plus, their fashion and beauty selection is phenomenal. Check out there website here.


When I first started getting truly interested in makeup, I ran into this on the shelves at Green Apple Books. At the time all I knew about Bobbi Brown products was that they were absolutely stunning. While standing there flipping through this book I realized she had not only an amazing backstory (she originated the more natural looking makeup styles we wear today), but that she had some great tips as well!


Whether you are interested in what to eat to keep your skin healthy, what lipstick shade you should wear or even how to clean and care for your brushes, Bobbi covered it in this book. Whenever I’m wondering how to do something, instead of logging onto YouTube to watch a tutorial, I will generally just flip through this beauty bible.

Bobbi Brown – Makeup Manual: For Everyone from beginner to pro $32 (hardcover) $22 (paperback) $9 (kindle)


I know I outed myself recently as being a Lauren Conrad super fan, but trust me that isn’t the only reason I love this book. Like the Bobbi brown book, she gives tips on how to create a gorgeous makeup routine, but she also includes hilarious what not to do pages. She expands though by telling you how to keep your hair and skin beautiful from the inside out and also teaches us some cute nail art techniques.


Unlike the Bobbi Brown book, Lauren gives us hair. She not only has a tutorial on how she achieves her famous relaxed waves, but also how she styles her hair for different occasions. My favorite is of course her party hair, which is a simple loose pony tail. I think I’m going to wear this style later in the week!

Lauren Conrad – Beauty $22 (hardcover) $11 (kindle)


If you don’t follow Scott Schuman’s blog The Satorialist, do it now. He travels all over the world taking photos of beautifully fashionable men and women from all walks of life. Some are people in the fashion industry and some may be from a small village in a distant third world country. It’s a great way to get inspiration for street style from all over the world.


Although I can log onto his website whenever needed, I still grabbed his book. I like knowing its sitting on my desk and I can quickly flip through it to get inspiration. The diversity of style is impeccable and the images themselves are so wonderful to look at. I can literally get lost in this book. There is more than one Satorialist book, but I have yet to hunt down the others. These books do tend to be fairly rare, so if you can get your hands on one, don’t think twice.

Scott Schuman – The Satorialist $30 (paperback)


I have had this book since High School when it first came out. Like her second book Beauty, this one gives fantastic tips and tricks for leading a stylish life. Whether she dishes on what style jeans to wear for different occasions, what items are worth splurging on or even what to wear on a plane, this girl will give it to you. Although she is known for having a “basic” style, anyone can really get tips on how to dress from this book. I know my style quickly changed for the better once I picked this up.


Lauren really knows how to rock the girl next door style, and she really shows how one splurge like a nice little black dress can be transformed using more inexpensive items into completely different looks. I know I’ve taken note of this page. I mean, who couldn’t wear all of these looks? My favorite is the bohemian outfit.

Lauren Conrad – Style $30 (hardcover) $12 (paperback)


I can honestly say this is the biggest book I own. I bought this because I am a fashion student and there is a lot of times where I have to find old editorial images. This gives me a good resource to make sure I’m getting the correct information on photographers and Vogue editors. This book is honestly swoon worthy. People always ask to borrow it, but i don’t allow it outside of my room.


What’s wonderful about this book is that it goes through every big Vogue Fashion Editor starting with Babs Simpson (Editor from 1947-1972) all the way to Camilla Nickerson (1992-2005 2010-present). My favorite chapter is of course Grace Coddington (my favorite editorial image styled by here above). But even if your interested in photography, this book holds all the greats: Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Annie Lebovitz, David Sims and so many in between.

Vogue – The Editors Eye $75

If you have any books not listed above that you think I would be interested in, please let me know in the comments! If you have read any of these and love them (or not so much) let me know too. I really enjoy hearing from all of you. It makes my day a little brighter.



Trend Analysis: Double Denim


I have been running around like a crazy person this past week. With work and finals, my mind has not been into blogging. I hate to say it, but its true. Instead of creating a new post for you today, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone. This is actually a final for my Fashion Editing class. I had to pick a trend and tell the history of it. I of course picked the look I’ve been obsessed with lately, double denim. Check out the slideshow! By clicking the speaker in the upper left corner, you will hear my commentary. I hope you enjoy it and I promise I will get back to blogging as usual wednesday!



A Few Of My Favorite Things: July

I seriously can’t believe July is over. I have a few products for you guys that I bought towards the beginning of the month that I have been using and loving the past couple weeks. I tried to create a good mix of products in this months favorites. If you guys have been loving any of the products I mention, let me know. Also, if there is anything you think I would love, let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you all.

JulyFav1So I have been loving lipsticks again during July. I don’t like the feel of heavy products on my lips, so I always try to reach for light and glossy formulas. In the past month, I have added two fairly natural shades to my collection. One is the YSL lipstick in Caress Pink and  one of the limited edition Loreal lipsticks. Loreal teamed up with a group of celebrity women to create shades for their coloring. These women include Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Frieda Pinto. The formula on both lipsticks is incredibly light and creamy. The YSL, of course has a much stronger staying power and feels so smooth on your lips. But for a drugstore lipstick, Loreals formula is seriously hard to beat.

JulyFav3Both shades look pretty natural when I actually apply them to my lips. The YSL lipstick (top) hasn’t left my handbag since I purchased it just because I feel like its the most beautiful neutral for my skin tone. Because it is a little darker and has mauve tones, it fits so well into the whole Kylie Jenner 90’s inspired makeup trend. They do market it as a ‘muted raspberry pink,’ put I would say its much more pink when your natural lip color shines through underneath. I’m totally in love with it. For the Loreal lipstick (bottom), they were out of the Jennifer Lopez shade when I went into the store (my match) and I checked out the two above and below which looked awful with my coloring (Eva and Frieda). Instead, I dropped down to the second fairest; Julianne’s color. It’s just a fresh berry pink that gives your makeup a chic summer pick me up.

Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Volupte in ‘9 Caress Pink’ $35

Loreal – Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes in ‘Julianne’ $8.99

Summerhaircare3In the second week of July I colored my hair using this product. It was super easy to use and if you take your time (and don’t use the applicator) it will give you lovely and natural looking effects. I had never used any type of color or bleach on my hair before this, so it was a little nerve racking but I do believe I’m going to continue using it. I personally used it by saturating the tips of my hair and then taking the color up in a highlighting type pattern. I did have someone help me to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Overall, people seem to be shocked when I tell them I ombred my own hair because it does look like I got it done in a salon. If you want to switch your color up, or you have just super dark hair like me, check this out. Its inexpensive, easy to use and gives a really pretty result.

Loreal – Superior Preference Ombre Touch ‘Dark Brown Hair’ $12.99

Julyfav4I have seriously never talked about a product like this with you before, so I guess theres a first time for everything. Heres the thing, I love having white teeth, but I hate white strips. I don’t like that I have to wait around with them on and honestly I don’t think they are very good for us. When I went to grab a new tube of my Crest 3D Glamorous White toothpaste, this was sitting next to it. It claims to polish and boost the whiteness of your teeth. I figured I’d give it a shot and see how I feel about it. I have been using it every morning along with my regular toothpaste and I can really see the results. But not only are my teeth whiter, they feel cleaner and my breath stays minty for a much longer time than usual. If I’m not in a hurry, I will brush normally then go back in with this. But on the days when I want to just get out the door I will pile the two onto my toothbrush. This product does not have any cleaning properties, it only whitens and freshens, so please do not replace your paste with this. But if you want a little bit more of a glowing smile, check it out.

Crest – 3D White Brilliance Boost $7

Julyfav5When I purchased the hair color, Ulta was running a buy one get one 50% off deal on Loreal products. Since I was nervous about attacking the tips of my hair with bleach, I figured I needed something to hydrate my hair more than normal. I figured it would be like every other deep conditioner I have used in the past, but it seriously isn’t. It claims to repair a year of damage in one use, big words for such a small bottle. After coloring my hair I did have a few split ends so I went in with this and no joke, all the split ends were gone! Since I only wash my hair every four days, by the last day my hair feels really brittle (expessially with the ombre effect). I traded my normal conditioner for a bit of this and my hair has been on point! I’m definitely going to repurchase this one.

Loreal – Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm $6.99

JulyFav6Last but certainly not least is this little fella. I may or may not have a mild obsession with highlighters. Out of the ones I have, this is by far my favorite. I used to own the High Beam illuminator, but I didn’t really care for the white pearly shade on my skin. I felt that it looked a little too artificial. I went into Ulta one day to pick up a few things and I saw this one. Sun Beam is the exact same formula, but it has a gold tone and is meant for giving a glowing tan look. Perfect! All I do is dab the liquid formula over my cheek bones, under my brows, on the tip of my nose and on my cupids bow and it gives such a gorgeous light catching look. If I’m doing a fuller face of makeup, I do apply this on my forehead too. Honestly, this is the easiest highlighter to use and gives the most natural results.

Benefit - Sun Beam $26