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.

Away and Back
All of my Heart

No Longer Slaves - Bethel Music
Grande Amore - Il Volo

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. ♥

January Favorites!


January felt like a long month to me. I feel like the holidays barely ended and a new semester started way too fast. I was also cut my hair, which took a week for me to get used to but now I'm really glad I did it. The products I've been loving this month really helped to give my dull winter skin a healthy glow. 

NUXE Rêve de Miel lip balm 
This is my #1 lip balm. I went without it for a few months and since repurchasing it I see a huge difference in my lips. I slather this on every single night and I wake up in the morning with soft and hydrated lips. I also wear it on days when my lips are feeling particularly dry and since this drys to a matte finish you can apply your lipstick over it. You need this in your life especially during Canadian winters. It's about $17 but this will last you a long time because a little goes a long way. 

MAC Brave 
I gave into the hype and purchased this lipstick. I actually ended up buying the last one at the MAC counter and the sales girl told me that I was trendy. I blame Amelia Liana for this because it looked beautiful on her lips. MAC describes this shade as a pink-beige with white pearl. It looks shiny in the tube but don't see any pearl when it's on my lips. It's a satin finish and lasts around 6 hours on my lips. I would call this a MLBB shade as it looks like the color of my lips but a hint more nude and it makes my lips look so nice. It has surpassed Syrup and is now my favorite MAC lipstick. 

Tarte Amazonia Clay Blush in Exposed 
I finally jumped on the Exposed bandwagon. I tried to stay away from the Tarte blushes for as long as I possibly could because their foundation and I didn't get along. I ended up getting this blush because people were raving about it in their 2014 beauty favorites. It's described as a nude but it has a rosy tone. It gives a natural flush to the cheeks making it perfect for every day. I was afraid of wearing matte blushes because I always thought that they would look flat on my cheeks but this one has made me reconsider my original views because it manages to give me a healthy glow. It has also given a chance to experiment with highlighters. 

Lifestyle Favorites 

TV Shows
Parks and Recreation - this show is gold. You need to watch it. The first season which is only 6 episodes is a little meh but once you get to season 2 it starts to get amazing. Just the thought that this current season is their last makes me want to cry. The characters will quickly capture your heart. Ben and Leslie is my new otp. 

Call the Midwife - I've said it before and I'll say it again, this show is a gem. Every single episode makes me cry but I love it so much. There are also parts that will make you laugh, so the happy and the sad balance each other out. 


A Little Something Different by Sandy Hill - This is such a cute story about a boy and a girl who like each other told in the point of view of everyone that comes into contact with them. It's a really cute book, you can finish it in one sitting, and I definitely recommend it. 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler - This book has given me so much respect for Amy Poehler. Before reading her book I didn't know much about her. I only knew that she was an actress in comedy but I didn't know what a great person she is. Reading her book is honestly what made me watch Parks and Rec because there is a chapter where she talks about the show and her cast mates and she has so much love for them. 

A Little Salty to Cute the Sweet by Sophie Hudson - This book is simply amazing. Sophie Hudson takes you through stories about her family and she has such a good way with words that you feel everything you're reading. This book made me laugh and cry at the same time. I loved it and I've been recommending it to anyone who will listen. 

I've re watched two of my favorites this month: The Young Victoria and Pride & Prejudice.  
Big Hero 6 was amazing! 

To Leave It All Behind - Moriah Peters 
Greater - MercyMe
Nearness - Bethel Music 


Sincerely, JoJo.♥

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