A Natural Approach

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Over the past few weeks my daily makeup has taken a more natural appearance. I've been going for the no-makeup-makeup look. I've been going for a flawless/natural base with a nudey pink cheek and lip. I love it.

I start off with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to give my face a smooth canvas for my foundation and to make sure my makeup lasts all day on those long days. For foundation I go for the Bourjois Healthy Balance Foundation in the shade 51 Vanille Clair. It can easily be applied with fingers or a brush and does a great job at evening out my skin tone. It feels like a tinted moisturizer with more coverage. For concealer I've been using the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light under my eyes and around my nose. It's really light weight and since the shade is yellow toned it gets rid of any redness. To set my foundation and concealer I've been reaching for my beloved Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in the shade 52 Vanille. It has a slight yellow tone so it brightens up my under eye area. It also leaves my skin looking glowy while being mattefying at the same time. For blush I've been loving the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed to give my cheeks some color while still being neutral. I like this blush because I can skip bronzer and my cheekbones still get some definition. For lipstick I've been choosing MAC Brave instead of Syrup. I'm obsessed with it. It's like my lips but more nude. The color is beautiful and since it has a Satin finish it lasts a long time. I would say that the lipstick lasts about 6-8 hours on my lips. For mascara I've been reaching for the waterproof version of the CoverGirl Clump Crusher (not pictured) to enhance my lashes. For my brows I just brush through them with a spooly brush.   

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

An Ode to Lush Dream Cream

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In the colder winter months I get eczema on my hands. I've struggled with this since I was about 12 years old. Over the years I've tried many products to get rid of it, even prescription products and I've found that Lush Dream Cream is the one product that helps the most. I started using this last winter and I've never looked back. It's the only cream that use on my hands all year round. The thing I love most about Lush is that their products mainly contain natural ingredients so you know exactly what you're putting on your skin. It's main ingredients of oat milk, lavender and chamomile sooth sensitive skin. Oats have been used for centuries to sooth ezcema and sensitive skin. Many over the counter creams targetted to treat ezcema contain oats in some form. It also contains olive oil and cocoa butter to help dry skin. There's also rose essential oil in this which is said to be calming to irritated skin.

I didn't think that all these ingredients together would work but somehow it does. I slather this on my hands every single night and it instantly feels cooling and soothes my skin. When I first started using it the scent bothered me but now that I'm used it I don't even notice it anymore. It's not going to get rid of eczema overnight but it will make it bearable. It take a few weeks to completely get ride of my eczema but with prescription products it used to take months and multiple tubes. With Dream Cream one pot lasts me almost a year. This product is $26.95 but it's really worth the money.  

It's also a good moisturizer for dry or itchy skin. I've used this on mosquito bites and sun burns and it takes away the itchiness and uncomfortable feeling. I also use this at night when I get dry patches on my face and in the morning my skin is back to normal. I would recommend this to anyone who struggles with eczema and/or dry and sensitive skin. I will always have a pot of this on my vanity. I just works so well.  

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

2015 Beauty Goals

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I like setting Beauty goals because they give me chance to think about different things that I want to add or change in my daily makeup and skincare routine. This is a great way for me to keep track of what I want to achieve throughout the year. I did this last year and I really enjoyed it. So... I decided to set some new beauty goals for myself this year.

1. Lipstick Lover
I would like to venture out of my lipstick comfort zone aka MAC Syrup (which is great for every day and professional settings) and explore other shades. I would also like to try a bold lip (I'm looking at you Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Matte in 107). I've been afraid of bold lips in the past but I think it would be fun to make my lips the star of a makeup look as opposed to my eyes as I usually do.

2. Under Eye Affection 
I'm determined to find a hydrating eye cream that will help my dry and dehydrated under eye area. Since I'm 22 I think it's time to start taking care of my under eyes because preventing fine lines is always a good idea.

3. Face Mask Time
I want to find a face mask that is safe for my sensitive skin. A lot of face masks that I've tried in the past make my skin feel tight or are too harsh for me and then break me out.

4. Nail Treatments 
I have an obsession with nail polish but I need to find a good base coat and top coat that will make my nail polish last longer (my favorite ones from Revlon seem to have disappeared from my local drugstores which makes me think they're discontinued.)

If you're reading this and have any product recommendations please let me know.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Happy New Year!

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Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you. Where you are is where you’re meant to be. May this year be full of joy, love and laughter. May you get all that you wish for. To me a new year means a new beginning, a chance to stop worrying, letting go of the past and keep moving forward. Don't let the past keep you from moving on and making the most of the new year.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 
Let go of the past and enjoy where you are now. Don't worry about that the future holds.

This year I vow to let go and let God. I put the entire year in His hands and I know that everything will work out perfectly because He is in control.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Best of Beauty 2014

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This year for my favorite beauty products of the year I decided to narrow it down to one things from each category to have a best of the best. I've looked through all my favorites throughout the year and picked my favorites. Here are my favorite beauty products of 2014.

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation I've been using this every day for school and going out. It feels light on the skin, lasts all day and looks natural.

Powder: Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (not pictured because it broke last week) It's pretty pricy for a drugstore product but it's worth it. It adds extra coverage while keeping the oils at bay. At the end of the day my face never looks as oily as it does when I use other products. It's so finely milled and a little goes a long way.

Face Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (not pictured because I used it up) I haven't found anything that works better than this. It makes my skin smooth which allows better makeup application and helps it last all day.

Blush: NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon This reminds me of the MAC Mineralize blushes but it a fraction of the cost. The Chiffon shade adds brightness and makes me look more awake. It's a nude shade but there's a hint of pink. It may not seems like an exciting color when you look at it but it really defines the cheekbones and gives you a healthy glow.

Bronzer: The Body Shop Honey Bronzer I love this bronzer. It's very subtle but it really defines your face. It makes everything look better. It never looks muddy or orange. It's matte which I love. It looks very natural. It works to warm up the face and contour as well.

Eyeshadow: LORAC Pro Palette I love that this palette is half matte and half shimmer because it's the best of both worlds. You can create many looks with it and it works for any occasion. The shadows are so smooth and easy to blend as well. It's really sad that I can't purchase anything from this brand in Canada.

Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Best primer ever! It goes on clear. It enhances and brightens the eyeshadow color, doesn't crease and lasts all day. This is definitely worth the price.

High End Lip Product: YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Gloss Balm in 05 Mouthwatering Berry It's just a beautiful color. It's hydrating and feels good on the lips. It's not the most long wearing product but it fades off evenly and leaves a bit of a stain. If you buy one YSL lipstick I highly recommend this one.

Drugstore Lip Product: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu and Angel Food Cake This is the only lip gloss that I like. It goes on like butter, isn't too sticky and feels nice on the lips. The colors are pretty pigmented for a gloss and really make your lips look amazing.

Lip Balm: Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil and Lemon I'm so sad that I can't buy this in Canada. It's very moisturizing and hydrating and an all around good lip balm.

Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara This is not waterproof but it doesn't smudge on me. Once it's on it's not going anywhere. It's easy to get off though. It makes my lashes look voluminous and adds length without being clumpy.

Nail Polish: Essie Ladylike This is a great nude that's not a traditional nude. It looks like a mauve, taupe, light purple color. It makes my nails look polished and I just love it so much.

Face Moisturizer: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra I love using this in the morning and at night. It sits well under makeup and absorbs quickly. It provides enough hydration for my skin to feel comfortable and it doesn't irritate my skin.

Hand/Body Moisturizer: Lush Dream Cream This is basically my skin saviour. I slater this on my hands every night especially in the winter when I get eczema on my hands. It's the only thing that works for me. I also use this on my body when my skin feels dry or itchy and it works right away. I always have a tub of this on hand.

Body Wash: The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel This is a gently body wash with a subtle mango scent. It doesn't irritate my skin and it's nice to use. I think any of The Body Shop shower gels are good. The mango one is just my favorite scent.

Face Wash: Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit This is an old favorite. I used it back in high school. I had a lot of breakouts this summer so I just went back to it and it really helped.

Hair Product: Marc Anthony Curl Cream I discovered this product during the summer. It tamed my frizzy, puffy curly hair in Florida so I knew it was good. I use this after I wash my hair and when I straighten my hair it helps it stay straight with no frizz.

Hair Tool: Vidal Sassoon Pro 2-in-1Styling Iron This is the best straightener I've ever tried. I haven't tried it for curling my hair because I bought for straightening.

Hope you have a healthy and happy new year.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

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