Jul 31, 2014

July Favorites!

It seems like July went by way too quickly. That's probably because I was in Florida for half of it. I love Florida. It's the third time I go on vacation there. I love waking up early and watching the sunrise over the ocean, seeing palm trees everywhere, going for a walk on the beach and dipping my toes in the water, the breeze from the ocean making the heat bearable, and going swimming every day. Now that I'm back home I miss all those things. There's no doubt in my mind that I will revisit Florida someday. Now onto the favorites.

NYX Butter Gloss
I'm probably the last person to try these glosses but that is because I've never seen them in Canada. I could have bought them online but I'm not the biggest fan of lip gloss so I waited until I could see them in person. Now I understand what the hype is all about. I got the shades Tiramisu, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Parfait. Tiramisu is the perfect nude in my opinion because it's a darker nude that it becomes a MLBB shade.  I honestly bought it because I'm Italian and Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. Angel Food Cake is basically MAC Syrup in the form of a lip gloss therefore it's my ultimate favorite. Starwberry Parfait is a beautiful bright pink. These glosses glide on like butter. They feel smooth and creamy. They feel a little sticky when you first apply them but the stickiness goes away quite fast. They actually have great pigmentation for a gloss. They look beautiful both alone and over a lipstick. The only lip glosses that I wear are from NYX and I highly recommend them.

Real Techniques Blush Brush 
I've seen this brush in countless youtube videos and lots of people love it. I went to ULTA for the purpose of buying this brush. I already love my other Real Techniques brushes so getting the Blush Brush was a no brainer for me. This brush is so soft. It's unlike any other brush that I own. It's great for both contouring and applying blush because it's rounded and kind has a tip at the top. It's a great brush and Real Techniques do amazing brushes.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Nude
Last month I was obsessed with the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral and this month I love the one in Nude. While the Coral one is more of a bronzer/blush/highlighter in one the Nude one is more a highlighting blush. On my cheeks it comes off as a pale pink with a cool toned champagney color highlight. I really like how shimmery it looks and it just makes me look glowy.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
I've heard some things about these eyeshadows and I knew I wanted to try them. They're $3.99 each. I go the shades Bella Champagne, a beautiful shimmery rosey champagne shades and Bella Cappuccino, a satin matte mid-tone brown. Bella Champagne looks best applied with your fingers. If you use a brush you just get shimmer. When you use your fingers your get the most beautiful color. It's great at brightening your eyes and I find that it makes me look more cheerful. Bella Cappuccino works well applied with a brush. It's very subtle but it gives a nice shadow to your crease. If you don't like wearing dark colors in your crease but you want some definition I recommend trying this shade.

Random Favorites 

TV Shows: 
Girl Meets World

The Memory Book

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My Story - Hillsong Worship
One Last Dance - R5

Sweet Potato Pie
Honey Pecan Chicken Salad
Starbucks Passion Iced Tea Lemonade

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Jul 24, 2014

Beloved Blushes: Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral

I love blush and I never pass up the opportunity to try a new one. The Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral is beautiful. I would describe the shade as a shimmery terracotta color. I wouldn't call it coral because the appearance is a golden orange. I bought this blush because I saw how beautiful it looked on Karen from makeupandbeautyblog. She has a darker skin tone than me but I still decided to give this a try and I loved it from the moment I applied it on my cheeks.

When I first swatched it I thought it would look too orange on me but it really doesn't. On my cheeks it seems to act as a blush/bronzer/highlighter all in one. It defines my cheeks, adds a nice healthy glow and it looks natural. I apply it by swirling all the colors together and blending it out a lot. Sometimes I go back in for the lightest shade and add it to the high points of my cheekbones just to give it an extra highlight.

I personally think that the lasting power of this blush is all day for me. I also think that the pigmentation is great as well. The price is a little high for the drugstore. I've seen it from $9.99 to $12.99. I ended up paying $7.49 for this one because it was on sale at Target. I think that it's worth the price because the product itself reminds me of high end blushes. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great drugstore blush. I would love to try more of the blushes from this range.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

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.