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. ♥

Aug 29, 2014

August Favorites!


I honestly can't believe that it's already the end of August. I feel like my summer just flew by.  Here is what I've been loving this month.

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon 
I found myself reaching for this blush a lot. The texture and wear time of the blush reminds me a lot of the MAC Mineralize Blushes. This color is a shimmery nude shade. When I first saw it I didn't think it looked like much but when I swatched it I loved it. It gives a subtle polished look to any makeup look. It's perfect for every day and an occasion in my opinion. I've also been told that I have nice skin while wearing this blush. I highly recommend trying the NYX Baked Blushes.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation & Powder Foundation
This foundation feels really light on the skin yet it gives medium to full coverage. When combined with the powder foundation you get a flawless coverage. When wearing these two products together I've been told that I have flawless skin which made me laugh because I was wearing this in the middler of a very visible breakout. The foundation seems to be best applied with fingers and blended in with a brush. The powder works well with a brush but the little puff that comes with it is good for touch ups or making sure you cover specific areas like the redness on my nose. The products are amazing and so is the price.

Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon
This has been my lip balm of choice for the past month and a half. I bought it in Florida and loved it so much that I bought a backup as well. I'm so annoyed that I can't get this here. It's so moisturizing on the lips. The scent takes a bit of getting used to but the product is amazing.

Bite Beauty Lumious Crème Lipstick in Musk + Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist 
This has been my favorite lip combo. Bite Beauty Musk is described as a pink brown. The formula is creamy and it just glides onto your lips. It's not matte but it's not too shiny either. All the hype about the Bite Beauty lipsticks is true and well deserved. The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist is a sheer pinky nude that just adds shine and a subtle nude hint to your lips. I like wearing this on top of the Bite Beauty lipstick because it makes the shade look less brown on my lips and it gives it a nice shine.

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon, Bite Beauty lipstick in Musk, Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist


Random Favorites 

Books:
On the Fence by Kasie West
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Magnolia by Kristi Cook
A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

Movies:
Chef
Belle
No Reservations

Music:
Somebody to You - The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato
Echo - Colton Dixon
Through All Of It - Colton Dixon
I Choose Jesus - Moriah Peters

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥