Feb 11, 2016

NOTD: OPI Amore at the Grand Canal

I love a good red nail polish. When I'm looking for a red polish I look to OPI because they have the largest selection of reds. I think all their collections have a red. Amore at the Grand Canal was part of their Venice collection. The main reason I bought this shade was the name. I though it was really cute. The shade is a classic blue-based red, the type of red I think everyone should have in their collection. It's a shade that can do no wrong. Every other red shade that I own is either lighter and brighter (OPI Cajun Shrimp) or deeper (OPI Quarter of a Cent-Cherry) than this one. It's opaque in two coats, although you can get away with one if you're in a rush. It lasts for about 4 days with minimal chipping. OPI is one of my favorite brands. This is a great addition to my nail polish collection.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Feb 4, 2016

NOTD: Essie Angora Cardi

I've seen this nail polish shade every time I passed an Essie display. For years I thought this shade was interesting. I always picked it up and looked at it, but I never bought it. Until... this past fall when I saw that it was on Amelia's nails a lot. Every time I liked the colour on her nails I would check the description box and she would be wearing this shade. That convinced me to buy it. It's become a favorite of mine. Essie describes Angora Cardi as, "a creamy, dusty rose." I would call it a muted berry. It's unique in the fact that it's neutral but it has that berry tone that makes it noticeable. It's not as bold as the plum and berry shades that everyone loves to wear. If you're afraid of the bolder berry shades this would be a good gateway shade into the world of berry polishes; or if you're tired of wearing the typical berry shades this one is a nice change. The formula is great and it's opaque in two coats. It lasts 4 days with minimal chipping. Give it a go. You won't be disappointed. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Feb 1, 2016

January Favorites!

January has been the month of trying out new makeup products. New year new makeup?

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights in Opal 
I got this in a giftset along with a travel sized Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, which fell out of my hands and shattered into a million unsalvageable pieces. I'm still upset about it because it was so beautiful. Anyways, the liquid version is amazing. I like to apply it after my foundation and it just gives you a lit from within type of glow. It's stunning. Becca highlighters are definitely worth the hype. (Still mourning the loss of the pressed version).

Covergirl Trunaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes
This palette is basically a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I think UD eyeshadows are slightly superior; however; these shadows are actually good. They have great pigmentations for drugstore shadows. This palette is great for an everyday look and I enjoy using it. You definitely need to use a primer if you want them to show up as beautifully as they look in the pan. I love that more drugstore brands are coming out with great palettes.

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara
My perfect mascara needs to give me length, volume, no clumps, and most importantly it needs to be waterproof because no one wants racoon eyes. This mascara ticks all the boxes for me. It makes my lashes look amazing. Once it's on it's not going anywhere. Bioderma doesn't even get rid of it all; you need an oil-based product to take it off. The only thing that makes me sad about this mascara is the price. If anyone knows of a drugstore equivalent of this mascara let me know.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #11 Rose Ashes
I've heard a lot of hype about this product. I was hesitant about trying this product because liquid eyeshadows kinda scared me. Applying this product is a breeze as long as you do one eye at a time. The color reminds me a little of MAC Rubenesque (which is a longtime favorite) but more gold, shimmery and pigmented. I would say the Eye Tints are worth the hype.

YSL Volupté Tint in Oil in #4 I Rose You
I got this for Christmas. It's a pretty pink shade. I love using this on no makeup days because it moisturizes my lips while giving them a hint of color. The shade  on my lips reminds me of the Dior Addict Lip Glow but more glossy. I like that when the glossiness wears off it leaves a stain and just makes my lips look healthy.

Aqua Di Gioia
This fragrance was never on my wishlist. I was just browsing the travel sized perfumes at Sephora and this one smelled amazing. I'm very picky with scents because I don't like anything that's too strong or floral. This one is a light, fresh scent that is perfect for everyday. It's not overpowering. It's probably a summer fragrance but I'm just going to wear it all the time.

Jan 25, 2016

Feelin' Fresh in Just 3 Steps | AD

I received these products from the L'Oréal Paris Hydra-Total 5 range to test out for free. These 3 products are geared towards normal to combination skin. They're designed to be used together in a 3 step skincare regime. Each product has 5 skincare benefits and is designed to have you feeling fresh after use. I've been trying out these products for the past week and I think this is a good range. I have combination, dehydrated, sensitive skin. I also gave all these products to my mother who has oily skin and she loves them. #beyondhydration #5works

The Ultra-Fresh Gel Cleanser is designed to cleanse, remove impurities, refresh, tighten pores and brighten the skin. It does a good job at cleansing your skin. Because it's a gel-based cleanser it doesn't dry out the skin. It has a citrus scent and can sometimes cause any redness on your skin burn for a few minutes. I don't think it's best for sensitive skin because of that. My mother uses this every night and finds that it's refreshing.

The Ultra-Fresh Toner tones, removes impurities, tightens pores and smoothes. I'm not the biggest fan of toner. I've used Bioderma for years in place of a toner. This one feels refreshing to apply and your skin feels cool and clean afterwards. I like to apply it on my t-zone because that's where I tend to get oily. My mother applies it all over her face and likes the refreshing feeling that it provides.

The Ultra-Fresh Cream-Gel Moisturizer provides all-day moisture, revitalizes the skin, refreshes, softens and tones. This is my favorite product from the range. The packaging is a glass jar and I think it looks luxurious. It's the first gel-base moisturizer that doesn't break me out. It feels so refreshing to apply this to your skin. It absorbs quickly but still makes your skin feel hydrated. It gives it a smooth feeling and isn't sticky. I think this would be prefect to use in the summer when your skin still needs moisture but also needs to feel cool and refreshed after being outside in the heat. My mother loves this stuff because it moisturizes her oily skin without feeling too heavy.

Overall, I think this is a good line of products. I plan to continue using them.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Jan 21, 2016

2015 Lifestyle Favorites

Top 5 Books I've Read:
  1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hill
  2. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson
  3. Home is Where My People Are by Sophia Hudson
  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  5. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
Top 11 K-Dramas I've Watched + 1 Taiwanese & 1 Thai:
  1. Sassy Go Go/Cheer Up!
  2. Mrs. Cop
  3. Sensory Couple/The Girl Who Sees Smells
  4. Reply 1988
  5. Splash Splash Love
  6. Falling for Innocence 
  7. Oh My Venus 
  8. Oh My Ghost
  9. She Was Pretty
  10. Late Night Restaurant
  11. Healer 
  12. Love Cuisine (Taiwanese)
  13. Kiss Me (Thai)
Top 5 TV Shows I've Watched:
  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. The Office
  3. Brooklyn Nine Nine
  4. Girl Meets World
  5. Call the Midwife
Top 3 Reality Shows:
  1. Running Man
  2. We Got Married
  3. My Kitchen Rules (Australia and New Zealand)
Top 5 Movies I've Watched:
  1. Big Hero 6
  2. The DUFF
  3. Cinderella
  4. Pitch Perfect 2
  5. Inside Out
Top 5 Songs I've Listened to:
  1. Tornerà L'Amore - Il Volo
  2. Per te ci sarò - Il Volo
  3. One Thing - Hillsong Worship
  4. You Carry Me - Moriah Peters
  5. Rise As One - TVXQ!
Top 5 Apps: 
  1. Dropbox
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Pinterest
  5. Spotify
Sincerely, JoJo. ♥