May Favorites!

The month of May has been a busy one for me. I'm actually surprised that I have beauty products to talk about because I wore the exactly same makeup for half of the month and rekindled my love for a beloved MAC lipstick. For the other half I discovered some new products.

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1
Living in Canada I didn't think I would find this palette at my local drugstore because new launches can take a little longer to get here. I'm glad I found this palette because it looks similar to high end palettes. I seriously think the texture of the eyeshadows and their performance is very similar to Urban Decay. There can be some fallout but once you tap your brush it's all good. The lasting power of these shadows is decent with a primer. It is pricy for drugstore but it's a fraction of the cost of a high end eyeshadow palette. I'm pleased with this palette.

Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose
I bought this blush purely based on the fact that it's in the shape of a rose. The colour is a neutral, subtle dusty rose shade. It's more pink than Tarte Exposed. It lasts all day on my skin. I find it to be a little powdery though. I like that it's matte but I think you need to wear a highlighter with this blush because it can give your cheeks a flat look. It's a good choice if you love neutral pink shades.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue
I've been stalking both of the Sephora stores near me for the past few months waiting for this product to arrive. Last week, I finally saw it in store and snatched it up. It gives a light coverage than can be built up to medium without looking cakey. It's a good base when you don't want to wear much makeup but want to even out your skin-tone. It has spf 30 which makes it great for summer. When I wear think my skin looks healthy and glowy. When set with powder it doesn't make me look oily. I got the shade Opal which seems to match me perfectly. It's really hard to find a good tinted moisturizer. I may have found a winner for me but we'll see how it performs for the rest of summer.

MAC Syrup
During my internship this month I wanted to wear the most natural makeup possible and I found myself reaching for Syrup most of the time. (When I wasn't wearing Syrup I was wearing Brave). What I love about this lipstick is that it's the perfect MLBB shade for me. It's a beautiful mauvy pink. It's like my lip colour but 10x better. It gives my lips some colour and shine without being bold. It's subtle but it pulls any look together. This is actually my second tube of this, which proves how much I love it. I still recommend it to everyone.

Lifestyle Favorites 

TV Shows:
Brooklyn Nine Nine (Full Boyle for Jake and Amy. That is all.)

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (It's a good light read.)

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

NOTD: Essie Topless & Barefoot

I've been MIA for the past month. That is because I was on an internship. It was a great experience and I'm glad I had this opportunity. I didn't have time to plan blog posts. Now that I have time to blog again I thought it would be a good idea to jump in with a NOTD because my love of nail polish is what prompted me to start my blog. 

Essie's Topless & Barefoot is describe's as 'a barely there soft beige pink.' It appears more nude in person. The flash of my camera picked up the pink undertones. This is one of the nudest nail polish shades that I own. I wore it during the first week of my internship and it went unnoticed. It made my nails look polished and put together, which is the look I was going for. This is the most appropriate work shade or for a professional setting. 

The formula is pretty good. You can get away with two coats. I added a third coat just to make sure it was completely opaque. If you're looking for a great nude or love nude polishes in general this is a perfect addition to any nail polish collection. This shade used to be limited edition but it was recently added to the permanent range. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

April Favorites!

April has been the month of lipstick for me. I've been switching up my daily lipstick to more spring-like shades and I've discovered many new shades. These are the three that stood out to me the most. 

Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush 
I've heard about this lipstick range when it first was released but I never got around to trying them. This particular shade was always one that I was meaning to pick up but it was always sold out so I forgot about it for awhile. This month I remembered to try them and got the shade Lust for Blush. It's a pale slightly cool toned pink, but because it's sheer it looks very natural on the lips and you don't need a mirror to apply it. After I bought it I read that it's a dupe for MAC Creme Cup and finding a MAC dupe is always a plus. This lipstick is basically a tinted lip balm because it's moisturizing and comfortable to wear with a hint of color. 

MAC Peach Blossom 
This lipstick has been on my wishlist for quite some time (blame ViviannaDoesMakeup). It's a peachy pink, more pink than peach, kind of a nude shade. It's a cremesheen which is not my preferred kind of MAC lipstick but this one feels different than cremesheens I've had in the past. It's quite sheer so it looks really natural. There is some shimmer in it but it goes unnoticed on the lips. The lasting power is about 3 hours but it's so pretty that I don't mind reapplying it. If you love MAC Patisserie you'll also love Peach Blossom. 

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Plum Pop 
For this lipstick purchase I blame lilypebbles  for wearing it in a blog photo and ViviannaDoesMakeup for saying it's similar to MAC Syrup (my all-time favorite lipstick). This lipstick is quite opaque. You can get away with only one swipe or two. I've compared it to MAC Syrup and it's more rosy and brighter. It's the perfect lipstick for people who want to try bolder lip but are afraid. I'd say it lasts about 4 hours till you need to reapply. It's a beautiful lipstick. 

Clinique Plum Pop, Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush, MAC Peach Blossom