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Apr 14, 2014

NOTD: OPI Cajun Shrimp


I love red nail polish. When Spring or Summer comes along I want something brighter and more cheerful than a deep red polish. OPI Cajun Shrimp is described as 'a spicy shade of coral'. It's a red with an orange/pink/coral tint making it perfect for the Spring and Summer months. It reminds me a little of Essie Ole Caliente from the brand's Spring 2012 Navigate Her collection. OPI has a more pink tone while Essie Ole Caliente has more of an orange red tone.
The formula of this polish is amazing! The color was creamy and opaque. I only needed 2 coats for maximum opacity.
OPI polishes typically last 3-4 days on my nails with minimal chipping.
I would recommend this polish to anyone who loves a red/coral polish. I will be wearing this all of Spring and Summer. I predict that I'll be wearing in on my toes a lot this Summer.

I paid $9.95 + tax for this polish from ObsessedCanada.com. They offer free shipping in Canada on all orders.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Apr 10, 2014

The Lipstick Tag!


1. How many lipsticks do you own?
I honestly don't keep track of how many lipstick I own. I'd say about 20 and counting.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?
I'm pretty sure it was an Elizabeth Arden lipstick called Sugar Plum Shimmer and I only remember it because I didn't wear lipstick very much until my last year in high school, before that it was always lip balm or lip gloss. I used to try on my mom's lipsticks when I was younger but I only wore it on special occasions. Now when I'm not wearing lipstick I'm wearing lip balm.

3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I don't have a favourite brand. The lipstick brands from my collection that I reach for the most are MAC and L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse.

4. What is your most worn lipstick?
I've mentioned this many times. MAC Syrup.

5. What is your favourite finish?
I like lipsticks that look subtle and are moisturizing. My favourite finish of MAC lipsticks is lustre.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?
The Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Keep Mauving.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
Four. Dior Addict Lip Glow, Covergirl Smoochies in #luv u, Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast and Maybelline BabyLips in Cherry Me.

8. What is your favourite red lip colour?
I don't really wear a lot of red. Sometimes Maybelline BabyLips in Cherry Me because it's very subtle. If I'm feeling bold I'll go for Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Raspberry Bite. It's a blue toned berry red so it's more flattering.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?
I keep them in an acrylic lipstick holder that I found at Winners. That lives on my vanity.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
I have a long list of MAC lipsticks that I've been wanting for quite some time. Recently I've had my eye on lipsticks from other brands like the Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose, Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Apr 2, 2014

NOTD: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Pinch of Punch


The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Pinch of Punch is a cool toned bright pink. I've had this polish in my collection since last summer but I never wore it before. I don't have any color like it. The color reminds me of Spring flowers. The color looks darker and more pink in person. The flash takes out a lot of the pinkness and makes it lean towards purple but in person it is very much pink. The formula of this polish is quite thick like the other polishes I've tried from this range. It's opaque in one coat although I applied two coats. It lasts about 3 days with minimal chipping. The price of this polish varies depending where you go. They're often on sale but even if they're not on sale they're very affordable.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Mar 31, 2014

March Favorites!


March has been a skincare month for me. I changed a lot of products in my skincare routine because my skin just went crazy.
For face cleanser, I've been loving the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. It's just a simple cleanser that is unscented. It's very gentle on the skin. After I use it my skin always feels soft and I don't get dry patches.
For taking off my makeup, I've recently started using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It took quite a while to track down this product because it was sold out everywhere. I ended up ordering it from the Clinique Counter in Hudson's Bay and they shipped it to my house. It's unscented, doesn't irritate my eyes or my skin and takes off all my makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and red lipstick.
For my blemishes, I've been using the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. It's just a clear gel that contains salicylic acid, clears acne and helps prevent future breakouts. It's small but powerful. You just need a tiny bit and it gets rid of acne in a matter of days. It absorbs quickly but it can feel a little drying when you first apply it.
For soothing and clearing my eczema, I've been using the Lush Dream Cream. The scent is not the most pleasant but it works really well. I have eczema on my hands and it's really annoying. It takes a long time to absorb but it feels very soothing and calms my skin. This works amazing on any irritated skin because it takes the itchiness away and feels calming.
Instead of foundation I've been using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It does a great job at evening out my skintone. It doesn't even feel like there's anything on my face when I wear it.
For lip balm my favorite has been the NUX Rêve de Miel lip balm. It's extremely hydrating and dries to a matte finish. 
Since Winter has been sticking around and overlapping into Spring I've been wearing pastel/bright nail polish to cheer myself up. I've been loving Essie's Mint Candy Apple, a blue-green mint color, and Rimmel Sweet Lavender, a lavender with pink undertones. These colors just make me happy and remind me of Spring. 

Music

Lord, I Need You - Matt Maher (I cry every single time that I listen to it.)
The Only Name (Yours Will Be) - Big Daddy Weave 
Oceans Acoustic - Hillsong UNITED 
K-Love Fan Awards: Songs of the Year 2014 Mash-Up - Anthem Lights 
Diana (One Direction Cover) - The George Twins 

Books

Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand 
Love and Misadventures by Lang Leav 

TV

Once Upon a Time 

Movies

Veronica Mars (Team Logan FTW) 

Recipes 

Donna Hay's Easy Vegetable Soup (The recipe calls for parsnips but I replaced it with potato.) 
Cauliflower Tortillas 
Banana-Zucchini Mini Crumb Muffins 

Youtube

ViviannaDoesMakeup's Ghana Blog 
emilynoel83's Easy Eyeshadow: The Sandwich Method 
Kissing in the Rain

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Mar 17, 2014

The Beauty Scenario TAG!


This tag was created by Lily Pebbles on youtube. Since I watched her video of the tag I've been wanting to do this. They're just fun questions that you normally don't even think about.

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?
High end: NARS Tinted Moisturizer
Drugstore: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
I wouldn't say anything because I wouldn't want to offend her.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?
MAC Syrup or Dior Addict Lip Glow

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?
For starters I would have worn waterproof mascara because my mascara ALWAYS smudged and second of all I wouldn't wear so much black eyeliner. I would have set my foundation in my t-zone with powder. For hair, I would have tied it in a bun more often and stopped worrying about the need for it to be straight.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.
I don't think that would ever happen to me because I've been going to the same hairdresser for years so she knows what I like. In the case that it would ever happen I would probably go with A. I wouldn't want to cause a scene or compromise the hairdresser's job just because I don't like a haircut. I would absolutely hate having a pixi cut because short hair doesn't suit me at all. My hair would eventually grow back, plus I could get hair extentions.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
The LORAC pro palette because I can create many different looks from matte to shimmer and day to night.

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?
My eyeshadow palettes and my NARS blushes.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven't noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs.
I would choose A. As much as I love makeup I wouldn't want to get into a fight with a friend over a product that I could just repurchase. I would probably be upset if it's something expensive or hard to find but makeup doesn't last forever. I would expect that someone would return a product to me in the same condition that it was when I lent it to them but it's not the end of the world if I have to get a new one.

If you're reading this I tag you to do this tag.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥