March Favorites!

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March was a both long and short month for me. I don't have many beauty favorites because my daily base makeup doesn't change often. I've been having a moment with MAC products, and two products really stood out to me this month. 

MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
When I bought this shade I was afraid it would look too orange on me but it really doesn't. It gives a natural sheen to my cheeks and warms up my complexion. This blush is perfect when I'm in a rush to do my makeup because it's kind of like a blush/highlight/bronzer hybrid. MAC describes this shade as a "mid tone beige with gold pearl." It's golden and bronzy and gorgeous. I think it would look beautiful on a lot of different skin tones.

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie 
This lipstick has been on my wishlist for the longest time and for that I blame ViviannaDoesMakeup. Whenever Anna recommends something you know it's going to be good. After trying this lipstick I understand why she loves it so much. It's a MLBB shade. On me it's my lips but a little more nude. MAC describes this as a "sheer creamy neutral pink". I would say it's a pinky nude shade with a hint of peach and it has shimmer in it but it's not noticeable on the lips. When I don't know what lipstick to wear I seem to gravitate towards this one. It's must-try in my opinion. 

COLAB dry shampoo
This dry shampoo has a lot of hype. I was so glad when it finally made its way to Canada. I love it because it does exactly what a dry shampoo is supposed to do and it doesn't leave a white cast in my brown hair. I've tried both London and Rio (the only shades that made it to Canada) and I personally love the scent of Rio. My hair always looks good after I use this. 

Lifestyle Favorties

TV Shows:
The Office - I watched this show occasionally while it was airing but I was never really invested in it except for the fact that I shipped Jim and Pam. For the past 2 months I've watched the entire series and it has become one of my favorite shows. I had wanted to watch it since I read Mindy Kaling's book last year and I'm glad I finally did. Now that I've finished the series I don't even know what to do with myself. 

Movies:
The DUFF - I've read the book and didn't understand how they could make a movie about it but the movie pleasantly surprised me. I know people were thinking it would be the next Mean Girls and it's not. It's about self-acceptance, bring comfortable in your own skin and not letting anyone else define who you are. I really liked it. 

Cinderella - I loved this movie so much that I watched it twice. I'm sure most people are familiar with the story of Cinderella and this live action version doesn't disappoint. A stunning cast, beautiful costumes, and a classic story, it was everything I was expecting it to be. Richard Madden *sigh*. It was so nice to see him acting in something since GoT. 

Books:
Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson - I love her first book so I knew I needed her second one. Just like her first book it's a memoir. Sophie has a wonderful way of putting words together where you really feel like you know her as you read through the pages. It has reminded me that the people in your life are important and really do have an impact in your life, and that God has placed you where you are for a purpose. I highly recommend both of her books. 

Music:
I Am They - I discovered this band by browsing through iTunes. Their self-titled album is simply amazing. I've been listening way too much this month. My favorite songs are Your Love is Mine, We Are Yours and Amen. I told my best friend about them and she really loves them as well. I highly recommend that you check them out. 

Youtube:
Simone Scribes - Simone is a blogger/vlogger living in Dubai. I've been obsessed with her vlogs. It's really interesting to see what life in Dubai is like and I really love her personality. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

P.S. If you know of any TV shows similar to The Office and/or Parks and Rec please let me know. 

15 Things That Make Me Happy

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There are some days where I get in a rut and feel unmotivated. I tend to forget all the little things that bring happiness to my day. This is a list to remind me that there is something good in every day.

  1. Listening to music, specifically Anthem Lights
  2. Conversations with my grandfather
  3. The smell of freshly baked cookies
  4. Reading a good book
  5. Buying a new lipstick
  6. Feeling the warmth of the sun
  7. Knowing that everything will work out because God is in control
  8. Going for a walk
  9. Gelato
  10. When the bus comes on time
  11. A cup of tea
  12. Coffee 
  13. Painting my nails
  14. Getting a package in the mail 
  15. Catching up with friends 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

February Favorites!

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I don't have many beauty favorites this month. I've been using most of the same beauty products for the past 2 months and nothing that I haven't mentioned before stood out to me. Here are the products that I've loved this month. 

The Beauty Blender 
This is the best beauty tool that I own. I repurchased one this month after not having it for almost a year and I'm so glad that I have it again. Any foundation that I apply with this looks amazing on my skin. Concealer blends in seamlessly with this. I even tried applying powder with it and it looked flawless. I've tried dupes for it any nothing ever measures up to the original. I know it sounds crazy to spend $26 for a sponge but once you try it you can't be without it.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light
I've tried to original version of this but it was too heavy for my face and I ended up using it for my hair. I decided to try the light version for my face. It was amazing! I use it at night. It cleared up my skin and made the oily parts of my face less oily. It's not the most moisturizing oil on my dry patches so I need to use it under moisturizer.

Tweezerman Tweezers
I've heard many rave reviews about these tweezers but I never believed the hype. I always thought that any brand of tweezers would be the same. I mean they're tweezers, they all do the same thing. Now that I've tried Tweezerman ones I understand why people love them so much. They work so well and quickly. They pick up every single unwanted brow hair, even the stubborn ones. Using these has made my like my eyebrows. The last time I was pleased with my eyebrows I got them threaded and now I don't think I need to get them threaded because I have these little gems.

TV Shows:
Parks and Recreation - I've mentioned this last month and I have to mention it again. The series finale was this past week and it was amazing. Every character got the ending that they deserved. The finale made me laugh and cry, and I loved every minute of it. This show will always have a special place in my heart.

Cristela - This is a comedy show that is actually funny. Whenever I watch this it makes my day better.

Movies:
Away and Back
All of my Heart

Music:
No Longer Slaves - Bethel Music
Grande Amore - Il Volo

Food:
Lemon Polenta Cake

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

NOTD: Essie Mademoiselle

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Last week I saw pictures of on Instagram the nail polish that was used on the runway for NYFW and I saw that Essie Mademoiselle was used in the Dion Lee fashion show (here). Since I had this shade in my collection I decided to try it and I really loved it. Essie describes this shade as "the most classic grown-up pink." I never thought that I would like wearing sheer nail polish but this one is just my nails but better. It just enhances your nails and makes it look like you're wearing a french manicure. I did two coats just to make sure my nails were fully covered but I think one coat was used in the photo from the fashion show. I would say that this polish lasted 3 days on my nails because on the fourth day I found that the colour was fading. This is a great polish if you're looking for a sheer pink. This is a shade of nail polish that would look great for any occasion whether it's formal, professional or casual because it's a noticeable colour. It's just makes your nails look flawless. I will definitely keep wearing it. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

The Me-Time Tag

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What do you watch or read during me-time?
I usually watch my favorite show of the moment or I catch up on Youtube videos. I’ve been watching Parks and Rec for the past month, and I started watching Parenthood yesterday. Before that I re-watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls. I usually read any book that sparks my interest. The last book I read and loved was Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Sometimes I watch a movie. My Sunday night me-time currently consists of watching Call the Midwife while straightening my hair.

What do you wear during me-time?
The comfiest clothes I own which is usually yoga pants and a comfy sweater or my pajamas.

What are your me-time beauty products?
NUXE Rêve de Miel lip balm and Lush Dream Cream.

Current favourite nail polish?
Essie Merino Cool is the polish I’ve reached for the most in the past few months.

What do you eat/drink during me-time?
Tea because it relaxes me. Sometimes I’ll have some chocolate or a cookie or anything else that I’ve baked.

Current favourite candle?
Autumn from Bath & Body Works was my favourite but I used it all up and now I’m mourning the loss of it till next Fall. I also love to burn candles that have a wooden wick because they crackle while they burn and it has the illusion of sitting by the fire.

Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
No. It’s super cold right now. Sometimes in spring or early summer when there’s a cool breeze in the evenings I like going for walks and seeing the flowers in bloom.

Would you ever go see a movie alone?
Yes. I’ve never done it but I would like to.

Favourite online shop?
I like browsing Etsy, Feel Unique, Sephora and Forever 21.

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
I like to bake. It takes away all my stress and makes the whole house smell good. I also like listening to music to de-stress as well.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥
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