Nov 1, 2014

October Favorites!


October has been a very busy month for me. I've been using products that have been working very well for me and most of them are included in my monthly favorites this month.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
The NYX Butter Glosses are my favorite lip glosses. I've been reaching for the shade Tiramisu a lot because it's deeper nude shade with a hint of pink so it's kind of like my lips but a little more nude. It's a great shade for an everyday makeup look because it looks natural even though it has shine. It feels very smooth on the lips and not sticky. I highly recommend the Butter Glosses and I would love to get my hands on more.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Vanille Clair 
I've been a huge fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation but I've been wanting to try the original Healthy Mix foundation to see how the two compare. I have to say that I love them both. The Healthy Mix foundation is a little more matte than the serum version but it has the same amount of coverage and lasting power on me. I feel like it has light to medium coverage that is easily blendable and it lasts all day when set with powder and a setting spray. The color is perfect for my skin tone. The only thing that bugs me is that my forehead and nose gets shiny throughout the day, but it's fine once I blot.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanille
This has become one of my favorite setting powders. It's extremely finely milled. You only need the tiniest amount. I find that my face gets less oily throughout the day when I use this powder. I also like that it has a slightly yellow undertone because it makes my undereye area appear brighter. It seems to make my makeup last all day. This powder is worth all the hype that it gets.

Gosh Natural Blush in 42 Melon
I've seen Gosh products at my local drugstore for years but never tried any of them. Their blushes are always talked about so I knew I had to try one. I've been wanting to try their blushes for a while but they were always sold out. I finally saw a fully stocked display and decided to go with the shade Melon because it's a peachy-orangy-coral color. It has a more matte finish than I'm used to but I love it. It looks really natural and makes you look awake and cheerful. Now I want all the blushes from their range.

Essie Merino Cool
This has been my go-to nail polish this more. The shade is described as mulberry. It's a beautiful shade that is perfect for this time of year. I love that it makes a statement but it's still a neutral.

Random Favorites 

TV Shows 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Peralta & Santiago is my new OTP)
Gilmore Girls (I love marathoning this show. It's like reliving my childhood.)

Music
You're Not Alone - Owl City ft. Britt Nicole
Help Me Find It - Sidewalk Prophets
Top of the World - Anthem Lights
Love You Like the Movies - Anthem Lights
Something Beautiful - NEEDTOBREATHE

Youtube
I Ship It (short film)

Oct 11, 2014

Dior Nail Glow: My Nails But Better?


Dior Nail Glow has been on my wishlist for the past year. I finally decided to pick it up a few weeks ago. According to Sephora this product is supposed to make the pinks of your nails pinker and the whites of your nails whiter. It's supposed to enhance your natural nail and give them a natural and healthy glow. I agree that it does in fact do exactly what it's described to do. My nails had a healthy and glowy appearance (essentially it was my nails but better). It almost looked like I got a french manicure. I loved it! My only issue is that it doesn't last long. I would say that your nails look really nice for about 3 days. After 4 days the polish starts wearing off and it starts looking patchy on some nails. For $26 CAD I was hoping that this would last for about a week. I know that chipping happens no matter how much you pay for a product. I guess I just had very high expectations for this product. I don't regret buying it because it's a great way have a polished nail appearance when you don't feel like doing a complete manicure. I will be using it when I need to dress professional or when I can't decide on a color to paint my nails (which happens often). This is a nice product to have if you're a nail polish addict like me but I wouldn't call it a must-have product. I mostly bought this as a treat to myself.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Oct 2, 2014

September Favorites!


I know everyone says that the past month went by so fast but it really did. So much has happened in September. School started, I went to my cousin's wedding and my other cousin's bridal shower, I started volunteering for a mentor program that I'm really excited about and I got sick. I don't have many beauty favorites this month because I didn't have time to really try a lot of things, but I really love the things that are included here.

Essie Ladylike
Described as a soft elegant mauve it is the perfect shade for any occasion, whether it's a wedding or just an ordinary day. It's a mauve version of a nude shade. It makes your nails look polished. I can't believe I waited so long to try it.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01
The cause of my purchasing this bronzer is the essiebutton effect. Estée has mentioned this bronzer a lot and it was always on my list of products to try. I'm so glad I did because it warms up my face without making it look orange. The actual bronzer looks a little orange in the pan and when you swatch it but once you apply it and blend it out it just makes your complexion look better. Before trying this bronzer I was never a big fan of bronzers because they were either too orange or looked muddy. This has become my favorite bronzer and I reach for it at least a couple times a week.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
There was a point this month where I had a really annoying cold and my skin was feeling and looking very dry. This got rid of my dry patches overnight. The product dries quickly so you don't think it's going to do anything but somehow it just works so well. I've been using this morning and night and my skin hasn't been dry. I also like wearing this under makeup. It seems to help my foundation apply more smoothly. It doesn't help in matifying my t-zone though but it helps when you have troubled skin.

Random Favorites

TV:
Red Band Society
Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Music:
Spotify (It's now available for everyone in Canada. I highly recommend that you download it.)
Love Too Much - Hunter Hayes
I Did With You - Lady Antebellum
Be With You - Anthem Lights (watch the video, it's awesome)
Boomerang - Anthem Lights
A Whole New World (from Aladdin) - Caleb + Kelsey

Food:
Roasted Tomato Soup (best soup ever)

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Sep 11, 2014

NOTD: Essie Ladylike


I've been wanting to get Essie's Ladylike nail polish for quite some time but it was either sold out or I would tell myself that I have too many nude polishes. I finally decided to get it because I wanted a pretty polish to wear to two formal events this past weekend. I got the nail look that I was looking for; a classic looking manicure.

Essie describes this shade as 'an elegant soft mauve'. I completely agree with that description. In some lights it looks like a taupe/nude but in natural sunlight it looks like a muted purple/mauve. It makes your nails look polished and classy. This could work for any occasion whether it's work, school, formal or casual.

The formula on this polish is really good. You only need two coats for full opacity. I did three coats even though I would have been fine with two. The polish lasts four days with chipping only visible on my thumb. I was very impressed but this polish and I could kick myself for not picking it up sooner.

Essie polishes retail for $7.99-$9.99 depending on where you buy them. I got mine at Target for $7.99. I think everyone should have this polish in their collection.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Sep 1, 2014

NOTD: Sinful Colors Starfish


Sinful Colors is a nail polish brand that I see at Target all the time but it looks me a long time to try it. I never found any shades stood out to me until I saw this one. Sinful Colors Starfish is a cool-toned pink shade. In some lights it looks like a muted pink, almost nude shade but in direct sunlight it looks like a brighter cool-toned pink. I don't have any colors like this in my collection. I'm not the biggest wearer of pink nail polish. I prefer a good nude or a red and even a blue from time to time. When I wear pink nail polish I tend to take it off after a few days.

The formula is pretty good. I was surprised by how easy it was to apply considering I paid $1.99 for this nail polish. It went on creamy for the most part. On some nails the first coat applied a little streaky but once I went in with a second coat it was opaque. I applied two coats on all of my nails but did three coats on my thumbs just to make sure everything was opaque.

It doesn't have the best wear time in my opinion. It looked perfect on the first day. On the second day I noticed some wear on the edges of my nails. It didn't chip but it was starting to fade on the very tips of the nails. One the third day I noticed some chipping on three nails and two nails looked like the polish had cracked on them.

Overall this is a beautiful shade and works well if you need your nails to look polished for a day or two. Considering that it costs $1.99 I'm not disappointed. I probably won't reach for this shade often but when I feel like wearing pink nail polish I'll definitely wear this polish again.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥