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February Favorites 2020


(upbeat music) – Hey everyone, it’s your girl Jenn, and February is finally over. Thank God. It was one of those
months where I just felt perpetually behind, just kind
of off, but you know what? I am finally up to speed. Let’s keep it popping, keep it positive, and let’s talk about my
favorites of last month. I feel like Kaja has been
around for several years on the internet and
they always have popped because they have such
unique and novel packaging. Out of everything that I’ve tried, my favorite has been
these eye shadows trios, specifically Glowing
Guava and Orange Blossom. I love the fact that
there are three shades in each little stack and
these have been incredible to travel with because
normally when I travel, I’ll pack like two or
three eyeshadow palettes and I realize at the end of
the day I’m probably only using like three to four colors. So, I thought that I would really minimize and so when I went on my trip
to Philly, I brought these. These trios have a great
mix of mattes and glitters and I would say Glowing Guava
is the one to splurge on because there’s just more variation of the type of eyeshadow
looks you can create with this and this is what I am
wearing on my eyes today and I love Orange Blossom because this one has a lot more glitter and I just love glitter,
there’s something about it. They’re so buttery and they
just make your eyes really pop and they’re just so stinking cute and the sound is really
satisfying when you close it. Sense my hair is shorter, I had to kind of
re-calibrate the hot tools in my haircare drawer. I had to get a new curling iron and I had to get a barrel that was smaller because now my hair is shorter. So, I did some research and
I got the Hot Tool curler in the .75 inch barrel. And this has literally
changed the game for me. I feel like I finally got
that effortless, beachy curl with this wand and it was very reasonable. I didn’t want to splurge and get like a super
expensive curling iron because my hair is just gonna get longer. I am gonna do a whole separate video on how I curl my hair probably on IGTV. But it is a new technique on how I curl it than my longer hair. So, this is how I’ll do it. I’m just gonna show you form this clip even though it’s not on. I’ll wrap it around my hair and then I’ll literally
drag it down like that. I guess that’s the whole tutorial. I just do that to my entire head and then it looks like this. This is currently day two hair, so it just looks a lot more lived in and it definitely holds
it’s curl, so love this guy. Next up I have got some book favorites. I’ve got a fiction and non-fiction, but I guess we’ll start
with the non-fiction. Here I have “Atomic
Habits” by James Clear. What can I say? I love me some self-development stuff. I mean it’s just like it’s
singing to the choir, I love it. I think the biggest takeaway
I got from “Atomic Habits” was just the power of a small change in your life everyday
that’s for the positive. It’s essentially like the compound effect, like if you get 1%
better every single day, during that day that
1% feels like nothing. However if you zoom out
and you realize you got 1% better everyday, in a year
you’re gonna be like holy cow. However the flip side is if
you get 1% worse everyday, which doesn’t seem like a lot, by the end of the year, you are like in the negatives. I feel like a good visual of
this is like a jelly bean. Imagine you have a big jar and everyday you put a jelly bean inside. I don’t know, after a couple of years, that jar is full. You are full with jelly beans. It just reminds me that even though a small thing that I’ve done that was good for myself may not feel like a big amount, I know
that I should be patient and that my small efforts
are being compounded. My next book is called “City of Girls” and I really wanna thank you guys for recommending it to me. You guys basically said
that because I enjoyed “Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” that I would love “City of Girls” and you hit the nail on the head. This book had all the qualities
I look for in a binge read. Number one, it takes
place in the 1920s, 1930s. For some reason I just am
obsessed with that time, especially in Hollywood, in old glamor. I know this one takes place in New York and even though there
was a Great Depression, it didn’t really affect
her because number two, she’s absolutely loaded,
her family’s very wealthy, and she’s just like a beautiful girl that just can’t really
get her shit together, so they just kind of send
her off to her quirky aunt that owns this theater and, number three, I love the fact that it
involves partying and decadence. She’s running around
hanging out with showgirls, hooking up with random dudes and number four, there’s a
lot of reflection involved because you basically
follow her entire life and when she’s old in the
last couple of chapters, just a lot of her life philosophies, I hope that, that type of mentality will sink into me by then. So, my next favorite is
something that I think everybody should have because who likes bad breath? Nobody. This is TheraBreath. I think this is the most effective mouth wash I’ve ever used. You just need to make sure that
you gargle it in your mouth and swish it around for like a minute and then another 30 seconds and it’s just like minty fresh until you eat something stinky
like red onion or something. I like to use this mouth wash on days where I know that I’ll be
around a lot of people. I like to use this before a night’s out or just if I’m on set and I have to be really
close to the makeup artist. I like to make sure that my breath is nice and fresh and not stale. So, this really does the trick. I’ve gone for the invigorating icy mint and it’s not like Listerine
where when you gargle it, you’re just in pain,
like clenching the sink. Like no, it’s a very pleasant experience. Like you just swish it, gargle it, and you spit it out and
you’ve got great breath. So, my final favorite is something that we’ve
been giving to Chiki. I have been very curious about Open Farm. I know Sophie uses it to feed Luna and Leo and it just looks like
such good quality food. I was putting this off
for the longest time because for years we thought that Chiki was allergic to every type of food because no matter what we were giving her, she was just itching. So, we had highlighted
beef, chicken, and then duck and then for a while
she was only eating lamb and then finally we
took her to another vet and they basically said, “Okay, you need to put her
on an elimination diet.” And then we put on this kibble
and she was still itching. So, the verdict is that Chiki is just allergic to air/pollen,
like it’s just in the air. We just have a special cream for her. So now we can just feed
her any food that we want. So, we just thought we would
give her some quality food. Food is a huge part of
my life, Ben’s life, and obviously Chiki’s life. She has been loving this. We give her the Surf and Turf
recipe and it’s just great because it’s ethically-sourced and I love the fact that
I can pronounce everything on the ingredients list, amazing. And then on top I splash in the Wild-Caught Salmon Rustic Stew. To be fair, I’ve never heard of a dog stew and I love stews and soups. So, I thought Chiki would
probably love it too. So, we just drizzle that on the top and it just makes her really happy. It’s been a good two weeks
since she’s eaten this food. Her poos are like nice and
healthy and she’s happy. Before I leave I have also made a Spotify playlist for February. I essentially just accumulated all of my favorite love songs from all different parts of my life and I put it into one playlist. So, I will leave that
in the description box. So, pop that open. I’m trying to make it a goal to make a playlist every
month and it’s been fun. Please send me any music recommendations down below and who knows? Maybe it will come up in
the next playlist of March. I wanna thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you guys in the next one, bye! (optimistic music)

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  • The jelly bean analogy reminds me of this old chinese childs story I heard, which if you're interested goes like this: this poor man did a favor or saved the life of the emperor, so the emperor granted the man a "wish". The man wished for one grain of rice to be doubled in quantity for every chess square on the chess board. For example, on the first square there's 1 grain of rice then on the second square there are 2 and on the third there are 4 and so on. Keep in mind that rice was scarce and the emperor was the only one bountiful in rice. The poor man just wanted food to sustain himself and his family and the emperor didn't think anything of it, so he agreed. By the last square (I forgot the exact amount) the emperor actually owed the poor man rice. So, in short, a little goes a long way.😁

  • Ahhh Jenn’s video makes me so happy! 🥰🥰 I am thinking of cutting my hair!! So tempting after seeing this video 🤍🤍

  • Even though its really random .. I been loving the ellis brooklyn west eau de perfume. Its smells so good, a citrus smell with a hint of wooden ( not really good at describing fragrances). I think u would love it !

  • You mentioned City of Girls in your last video, I happened to bookmark the Amazon page so I can buy it. I'm hoping to buy it soon 🙂

  • Love this 💖 I’ve recently just uploaded a new video on my channel 💕would LOVE If anyone reading this goes and has a look I’m a new YouTuber 🙏🏾

  • i love ur playlist for february 🌸🎐 i cant wait to listen to the march one 🥰 and i and totally reading those books!

  • What does your vet say about feeding grain free? My vet told me it’s linked to heart diseases in dogs and asked me to switch to something with grains in it. I’ve been feeding my pups grain free for the last 2 years and just don’t know what’s right lol. Obvs I should probs listen to my vet but there’s also dogs who eat completely raw and their coats are so beautiful. Just too much information haha would love to know your thoughts. Or maybe just a whole video on things pup related! 🐶

  • Hi Jenn! I'm a vet and I have a bichon. They do have atopy, and I would recommend you maybe an hypoallergenic or anallergenic food if her problems come back (from the vet brands Hills or Royal Canin, they are the most effective) . Food based on fish is a good idea, there is a brand called "Specific" that does only fish based kebbles.
    I hope she keeps getting better with her new food 🐩❤️

  • The habit/jelly bean example is a great tool to think about savings and investment! Save little by little, invest little by little….but consistently!

  • This is your friendly reminder to pick up that book you have been meaning to read. March is your month!

  • SONG: please please please listen to "BASS ASTRAL x IGO live act | WOULD cover | original by ALICE IN CHAINS | SPIRALA BOJLERUM" youll love it, theyre from Poland (my country) and are amazing!

  • jenn i am so so happy you are feeding your pup some quality freeze dry raw food!! it's actually insane and vets dont tell you this, but kibble is horrifying and has terrible disgusting ingredients that are terrible for dogs. it irritates their skin, gives them health issues, and you are essentially feeding your dog processed trash with no real nutrients. i converted to an all raw diet for my dog after 2 years of feeding him kibble and the changes in his health and mood have been insane. i'm not trying to attack anyone because honestly i wasn't informed either. i had to actively seek out information on raw food for dogs after my dog wasn't feeling so good. i really appreciate you taking the time to research and then spread awareness because you do have a huge audience and i hope anyone who sees this and has a furry friend who is having digestive or general health issues also considers switching to raw! also jenn, i highly recommend primal as well! i love open farm too though and use it often 🙂

  • It's that time of month again. Here's a round up all my faves in February. Also let me know any music recommendations here. I'll pick some out and put it in this month's playlist. n_n

  • 3:17 lol reminds me of that Einstein calm down meme that goes “if you improve by 1% everyday, within a year you will have improved by 365%”.

    But ya totally agree, change (for better or worse) doesn’t always make a dramatic entrance.

  • i'm recently obbessed with k-indie music and here's my current favorite song! L O V E & F A I T H – Winter Trip! hope you like it too 💛

  • You should compile a book recommendation video!! And so forth, just categorized favorites, like just book favorites, just makeup favorites, hair favs etc! Love you and your videos!

  • I love blush colors on the eye! Also, I am always interested in your book favorites. I read a lot and I'm glad you do too lol

  • Music recom's: Arjunadeep, Dermott Kennedy, Kehlani, Lil Simz, Maverick Sabre & Snoh Aalegra 🖤🇮🇪🇵🇷🇺🇸✌

  • Wow i read atomic habits last month too!!! it was a great read, a lot of ways to create and break down habits in logical and easy ways!! 10/10 one of my favorite books i've read so far!!!!

  • My dog is the same! He’s basically allergic to dirt, pollen, dust, etc. The vet gives him Cytopoint shots to relieve his itchiness and it does seem to make it better

  • Cool! I make a Spotify playlist every month too! Its been going on since November 2018. @Joanna Che. My song rec would be Unmanly Men.

  • Great video Jen!!! You were so right this month felt so long. Love those compact eyeshadows ! I just did a February favorites as well !

  • Omg I got served an Optimal Living Daily podcast ad before the monthly favorites started. Targeting so relevant & on point hahahaha

  • Hayley Williams from Paramore just released an EP a the beginning of February, and it's really good! Simmer and Leave it Alone are my favorites from it.

  • My two favorite songs right now that I can't stop playing are Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka and July by Noah Cyrus (ft. Leon Bridges)! SOO good, you'll love them! 🙂

  • Jenn! Please listen to Snoh Aalegra’s new album, “Ugh, those feels again.” So good for those smooth r&b sounds.

  • Yaaaay finally! I've always loved your songs in your vids and I think you have great taste in music. I'm so happy you are sharing playlists!! <3

  • Love your outfit and makeup those trios are perfect. Could you show how you got your makeup look today. This is Jenn

  • YAY IM SO HAPPY WITH YOUR PLAYLISTS 😀 I recommend Any Song by Zico ! It’s a very happy bop and you can also test your Korean listening skills perhaps? 😀

  • Love driving to Strange Froot by Tokimonsta and Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka cause I just binged Big Little Lies haha (throwing in that show recommendation)

  • Ohh the Kaja eyeshadows are my favorite too! 🙂 I can't get enough of the glittery shades in Orange Blossom! Have you tried their lip stain too? The color is amazing <3 Loved the video, Jenn! Happy March!

  • ever since Spotify uploaded a freaking Zodiac Playlist I've been listening to my Zodiac and its so funny since i actually liked a majority to them my Aquarius self felt attacked personally, but I really have been liking this artist called REI AMI her songs "Dictator" and "SNOWCONE" is such a bop i dance and get ready with these songs cause it gives off such "sassy, empowering, bad b$*tch vibes" but because her name is seperated from Rei & Ami I think these two songs also represent her well because of the two moods/personalities concept: the 1st half is bad b*tch vibes but then halfway into the songs its all calm and chill! highly reccomend !!

  • I’m definitely giving your playlist a listen! You have amazing taste! Here’s my recommendation, since their album just came out, and this song is the one that really got stuck in my head: “Geronimo” by DPR Live

  • omg, your intro…. wow. As a newly starting Youtuber, I learned how time-consuming making and editing videos are. And I think it's really admirable that you consciously find time to read several books a month. 💛 warm regards from Germany

  • Ahh making playlists on Spotify is serious so much fun! One of my new fav hobbies. Check out free “Ruthless” by the Marias 👌🏽

  • I saw someone mention hyukoh below but please try out jannabi too! It gives you such nostalgic vibes somehow and urghh my heart everytime I listen to it!! My mom has started reading atomic habits too and she liked it! I'll have to add it to my book list. It is getting so long 🤣 so many books to read!

  • favourite song rn is 'sunday best' by surfaces!! it just such a chill song to vibe to:))
    also LOVE YOUR VIDEOS JENN💜 can't wait for your next one

  • Hello 👋 I’m Japanese. I like your videos.
    I listened to your playlist. I was glad because there was Best Part on it. Best Part is my favorite song these days.

  • Jenn as someone who loves books i have to know. Do you have a community that you read with? It’s a lot more enjoyable for me to be able to discuss what I’m reading with others. I do this through Life’s Library, the vlogbrothers reading group. Do you have friends/family you talk about books with? Or are we your community? 🙂

  • Omg this girl is so cute. She just has this quirkiness to her that I definitely can appreciate. Love you Jen, keep up the good work!! 😉

    Also I’ve been watching her videos for years now and I feel like she’s more comfortable to be herself. Idk just my thought.

  • idk about cheeki but my dog nala would itch and vomit every single day for months, i spent hours and thousands on the vet before we managed to figure out that she's allergic to animal protein, maybe you could check if the problem in cheeki's diet isnt just the type of meat, but meat itself

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