Jul 21, 2014

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

I've never been a big fan of primer because I didn't think they did much.  I use an eyeshadow primer whenever I wear eyeshadow because I have very oily eyelids but face primer never seemed important to me. I don't use face primer on a daily basis because I feel like my makeup lasts for a decent amount of time.There are some days when I need to make sure that my makeup lasts all day and that's when I use a primer. I also think using a primer is summer is good because it ensures that your makeup will stay in place therefore, you don't have to worry about it slipping off your face.

The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is the first high end primer I ever tried. I bought it back in December but it took me a while to develop an opinion about it. I think it's a good all around product. It seems to be a great fit for my combination skin. Sephora describes it as "a mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application."

Pros: It feels gentle when you apply it, gives your skin a smooth texture, makes your makeup last all day long, controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores and a little goes a long way.

Cons: The price. The 0.33oz bottle that I bought is $21CAD. The 1oz bottle is $60CAD. The fact it's in a glass bottle worries me a little because it can break if you drop it.

Overall this is a great face primer. It's pricey but you're paying for the quality of this product. The small one is lasting a long so I don't think it will be finishing any time soon. I would repurchase this product but I would like to try some other ones first.

What's your favorite primer?

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Jul 18, 2014

What's in My Travel Makeup Bag / Travel Essentials

As you're reading this I'm on vacation and probably getting ready to go to the beach or pool. I thought I'd share the majority of the products that I've brought with me.
I found this makeup bag at Target. It fits pretty much everything that you need when you travel.

The whole bag feels like really good quality and it seems like it would be really easy to clean by wiping it. It has three different sections. The top and bottle compartment have a almost mesh-like cover and the middle one has a plastic cover. Each section  zips open and closed but the actual bag snaps shut with hidden magnets. It also has a hanger hook at the top so you can hang it up.

This first section is what I'm calling the skincare section but with some added things.

Bobby pins and hair ties are important for me because I use them every day and I don't want the bobby pins stealing fairy to take my bobby pins when I'm not looking so I come prepared.
Aspirin (just in case).
Bioderma Sensibio Light a light and soothing face moisturizer
A tiny travel sized container with Lush Dream Cream the best thing for my hands
CeraVe Hydrating Face Cleanser I love using it in the morning
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Face Wash great for breakout-prone skin and it doesn't dry out your skin
My glasses cleanser: I'm very OCD about my glasses. I can't stand it when my glasses have the tiniest speck on them. They lenses need to be clear all the time or else it bothers me so much.
The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care I'm honestly just bringing this because it's in a tube but it's pretty good.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm in stick form it's not as moisturizing as the original but it gives your lips a matte appearance
Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel you never know when you're gonna get a zit and this is already travel sized.

For makeup I really tried to limit myself. First of all because I'm going to be at the beach and pool so I don't really need makeup but I might want to put on some makeup when I go out. Second of all I'm probably going to buy quite a bit of make up. (I'm in Florida I'm excited to go to Ulta.)

MAC Syrup my all-time favourite lipstick
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska it has SPF in it, evens out your complexion and doesn't feel heavy
NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eye Base this is the only primer that controls my oily lids and doesn't crease on me
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla my all-time favourite concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent it controls oil and is translucent
Maybelline Master Hi-Light Highlighting Blush in Coral it's a great blush/highlighter/bronzer hybrid and lasts all day
Essence Silky Touch Blush in Sweetheart a nice peachy pink shade if I want a natural look
L'Oreal Colour Rich Quad in Cuppa Joe a great matte palette
Covergirl Eye Enhancers Trio in Shimmering Sands great every day shades and used with the other palette will be perfect
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light it has a weightless feel, it's easy to apply and it's one of my favorite drugstore concealers
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Nude it brightens up my lower lash line and gives me an appearance of being awake. The fact that it's waterproof is also great.
Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara once it's on it ain't comin' off.
A sharpener. It was in the Essence display and was $1.99.

Jul 14, 2014

What's in My Carry On Bag

I'm going on vacation to Florida. This is what I'm taking with me on the plane. 
  • I'm taking my Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote in Navy. This will also be my pool/beach bag. 
  • Hat: Lauren Ralph Lauren Signature Fedora. It looks more like a panama hat than a fedora though.
  • Flip flops: Target 
  • Glasses: Tom Ford. I can't go anywhere without my glasses.
  • Wristlet: Coach. I use this as my wallet and I can attach my keys to it so that they don't get lost in my bag. 
  • The pink makeup bag was from an Estee Lauder gift with purchase. That bag holds all my chargers and ear buds.
  • The clear makeup bag was a Bioderma gift with purchase that holds all my purse essentials
  • Scarf: H&M. I bought this 2 years ago I believe
  • Sunglasses: Forever 21. They're from last summer. 

  • This is everything I have in the clear makeup bag.
  • Wet Ones because you never know when you'll need a wipe. 
  • Tissues 
  • A hairclip aka da clip with some hair ties
  • Oil blotting sheets 
  • A mini Bioderma Photoderm SPF 60 to apply to my face before getting off the plane
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive hand cream. It's not my favorite but it was the only travel sized hand cream I had. I like the vanilla and apricot scent but I don't think it's the most moisturizing hand cream. 
  • Dior Addict Lip Glow. I never leave the house without it so naturally it's coming with me. 
  • Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast. It has SPF 15 in it. 
  • A pen. Sharpie pens are my favorite. 
  • A nail filer
  • A compact mirror 
  • Band-aids 
  • A pair of earrings in a little baublebar pouch 
  • Gum 

Finally I have my tablet, portable charger, tablet charger, camera battery charger and ear buds. I'll also be bringing my camera and snacks. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

P.S. at the time that this goes up I will already be in Florida. 

Jul 9, 2014

The Summer Lovin' Tag

Whenever I see a new tag I just have to do it. I've always loved answering questions where I get to share my opinion. Maybe it's the teacher in me. Anyways Fleur DeForce created this tag and here's my take on it.

1. Summer lipstick you're loving?
The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist. It's a glossy lip balm. The color is my lips but a little more nude. It looks really natural, it's sheer and it's so easy to apply that you don't even need a mirror. It also doesn't feel sticky on the lips.

2. Summer nail polish you're loving?

Essie Urban Jungle for my nails  and OPI Cajun Shrimp for my toes.

3. Bikini you're loving this summer?

I don't wear bikinis because I'm too self-conscious but I love a good tankini. My favorite is from Nautica. I bought it 4 years ago so you can't get this exact one but they do really nice bathing suits. Now I like navy more than I did when I bought it. 4 years ago black was the color that I wore excessively and this was out of my comfort zone but now I'm glad to have it. Since then I've started incorporating more color in my wardrobe.

4. Favourite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks?
I really like the Green Tea Frappuccino but if I would be at Starbucks right now I would get the Iced Oprah Chai.

5. Favourite fake tan?
I don't really use fake tan. I like the Jergens one because it gives a gradual tan and looks natural.

6. Favourite summer song?
I'm not quite sure. I have a lot of favorites. Right now I'm loving Forever - Alex Goot  and More of You - Colton Dixon .

7. Favourite summer accessory?

This hat. It's by Lauren Ralph Lauren. It's called the signature fedora but it looks more like a panama hat than a fedora. I love that there's a bow on the side. I love that it's just white with a black ribbon because it goes it any outfit. I feel very fashionable when I wear it. My best friend said that I look like a fashionista in it.

8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume?
Malibu Heat from Bath & Body Works. I was obsessed with it for the past 2 summers so summer is just associated with that scent for me.

9. Summer book you're loving? 
I just finished reading The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider and I thought it was amazing. If you're a fan of John Green you will be a fan of this book. I also think anything by Sarah Dessen is a great summer read. My favorite books of her's are The Truth About Forever and Along For the Ride.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer? 
I'm going on vacation to Florida in a few days. I can't wait to walk on the beach and go swimming every single day. When I'm on vacation you'll find me in the water 95% of the time. Swimming is one of my favorite activities to do. I am not a land shark at all. I never come back from vacation with much of a tan because I don't like to sit there tanning. The water is where it's at for me.

If you do this tag please let me know. I'd love to see it.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Jul 7, 2014

My Favorite Worship Songs

I saw a few people on tumblr post lists of their favorite worship songs and it inspired me to do the same. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I've been singing in church for as long as I can remember. Whenever I'm having a bad day worship songs and inspirational songs get me through the day. This is in no particular order. I could add a ton more because there is a lot of great music by Christian artists that deserves to be praised but these are some of  the songs that have inspired me. These songs are not only to listen to they're to sing as loud as you can and to believe in the lyrics with all your heart. When you hear them with an open heart they really will speak to you.

1. Breathe On Us - Kari Jobe 
The first time I heard this song and sang it in church I cried. Kari Jobe is an amazing woman of God that has shared her gift of music to minister to people. This song is about us allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and lead our path. You just want to shout out the lyrics of the bridge. Like a rushing wind send your Spirit here. Breath of heaven breathe on us... Lift up your hands and shout. The Lord is with us now. Lift up your voice and sing. He is holy. 

2. God I Look to You - Bethel Music.
This is the kind of song that makes you want to shout the lyrics as loud as you can and cry at the same time. It just touches your soul and fills your heart with joy. I never get tired of this song. Give me vision to see things like you do... Give me wisdom, You know just what to do... Hallelujah our God reigns

3. It Is Well - Bethel Music
This song just speaks to my soul. It reminds me that God is always with me. He will never leave me. He will never give me anything that I can't handle. The melody is also calming and after I listen to this song I instantly feel better. Through it all, through it all my eyes are on you and it is well with me. 

4. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong United (the acoustic version is amazing as well)
This is one of those songs that you need to listen to with your eyes closed because that's when it becomes life changing. You just focus on the words and it feels powerful. It's comforting and inspiring and just makes your day brighter. This song gives me peace.
You've never failed and you won't start now.

5. I Surrender - Hillsong Live
This song is about surrendering it all to God, giving him every part of your life and knowing that everything will be okay because your life in His hands. This is the song that you want to make your prayer. Like a rushing wind Jesus breathe within. Lord have Your way, Lord have your way in me. Like a mighty storm stir within my soul. Lord have Your way, Lord have your way in me. 

6. Lord, I Need You - Matt Maher 
This song is the best song to listen to when you're having a bad day and things aren't going your way because it's a reminder that we need God every second of every single day. You can try getting through life on your own but without God in your life, without knowing Jesus as your Savior you won't be as happy as you could be. When you know Jesus you'll be thankful in any situation because you have that hope keeps you going.
Without You I fall apart. You're the one that guides my heart. 

7. Create In Me - Rend Collective
Right now I'm having a moment with any song by Rend Collective. This album The Art of Celebration is a gem. You need to listen to all of it. This song in particular spoke to me because it reminds me that God is not finished with me. It's a comfort to know that He's constantly at work in my life and that He's not leaving. This song also reminds me of "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10 NIV Create in me a miracle. Something real and something beautiful. You're not finished with me yet. 

I hope these songs inspire you. Have a blessed day.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥