Dec 18, 2014

UPDATED 2014 Beauty Goals

At the beginning of the year I made myself a list of four beauty goals that I wanted to accomplish throughout the year, which you can see here. Since we are coming to the end of 2014 I thought it was time to look back through them and see whether I've achieved them.

My first beauty goal was to find a tinted moisturizer that would even out my skin tone and last all day. I really enjoyed the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer but it needs to be worn over a primer or else it slips off my face. I couldn't wear it in the warmer months because it would slide off my face even with primer underneath. It would be great for people with normal to dry skin because it gives your face a beautiful glow. I will conclude that my goal of finding the perfect tinted moisturizer is still in progress.

My second goal was to find a good face primer. The best primer that I tried this year was the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It does everything I want in a primer but the downside of this product is the expensive price tag. This goals has been achieved, however; I'm still looking for a more affordable primer to use daily.

My third goal was to find a moisturizer that would take care of my sensitive combination skin. I believe I found that in the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra. It's lightweight but very moisturizing. It works well under makeup and is also good to use for nighttime. My skin seems to like the products from La Roche-Posay. Every product that I've tried from this range doesn't break me out. That's a win in my book.

My final beauty goal of 2014 was to consistently was my makeup brushes once a week. That was a complete fail. I washed my makeup brushes on Monday after not washing them for a month. I know that I need to wash the makeup brushes that I use on a daily basis way more often because it's better for my skin. I need to work on that.

Overall, I think doing this was a good idea as it got me to think about what I really wanted to focus on beauty-wise this year. I'm glad I found a moisturizer that I love. I will keep my unachieved goals in mind in 2015.

If anyone knows of a great tinted moisturizer or foundation for combination to oily skin please let me know. 

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Nov 29, 2014

NOTD: Essie Jump in my Jumpsuit

I love a good red nail polish especially during the Holiday season. I picked up Jump in my Jumpsuit from Essie's latest collection. It's a classic red and perfect for this time of year. The formula is pretty good. You would be able to get away with one coat but I noticed a few nails that needed a little but of an extra coat so I ended up doing two coats. This polish wears for about three days on my nails. I noticed some chipping on the second day. I don't expect a nail polish to last a whole week on my nails without chipping but I at least expected there to be no chips for at least two days. I'm just being picky here because I'm comparing it to my favorite reds from OPI. It's a really pretty color and probably the most Holiday-like shade in Essie's Winter collection )apart from Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low which I am thinking about picking up.) 

What's your favorite red nail polish?

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Nov 27, 2014

November Favorites!

November is one of my favorites months of the year. I know that I say that every month flew by but I feel like November went by so fast. I feel like November just started and now it's the end of the month and the end of the semester. November was a very eventful month for me. I went to New York/New Jersey for my cousin's wedding, it was my birthday and the holiday/Christmas season began at my house. Lots of school work and projects were done as well. I don't have many favorites this month because I've been using the same makeup products every day, there are just some cheeky additions.

YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Gloss Balm in #5 Mouthwatering Berry
I have no excuse for spending a ridiculous amount of money on a lip product. All I can say is that it was my birthday and Sephora was having their VIB sale so it was a birthday present to myself. I swatched it, walked around the store and kept going back to it so I just had to have it. (Also I saw Amelia Liana haul this and it made me even more excited about getting it.) I'm actually obsessed with this lip product. I'm not usually a big fan of reddish lips but because this is sheer it looks amazing and works with any look whether it's casual or dressy. It's described as a reddish berry.  It just makes my lips look so nice and I love it. It looks beautiful with minimal makeup and a full face of makeup. This is obviously a product that needs reapplying throughout the day as it is sheer and a glossy balm product. Be aware of that and you won't be disappointed. It fades away evenly so you never get that weird patchy looking lip. I also find that it leaves a hint of a stain on your lips. The packaging is beautiful. In my opinion if you only buy one YSL product get this one. (P.S. I think the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me is a good alternative if you want a shade like this without spending the money on the YSL one. MAC Plumful also has a similar appearance on my lips.)

Essie Jump in my Jumpsuit
I love a good red nail polish. This one is what I would call a true red because it's a mix of warm and blue tones and leaning towards being more of a cherry red which is the red I prefer. This is the only shade in Essie's Holiday collection that I thought was appropriate for the holiday season. This requires 1-2 coats for full opacity. I say 1-2 because some nails looked fully opaque after 1 coat but others needed 2 coats so I ended up doing 2 coats on all my nails. The wear time isn't that long. By 3 days quite a few of my nails were quite chipped. I would say this is perfect if you want a red nail polish for an event.

Pearl Earrings
I got these as a gift for my birthday and I just love them. I keep finding an excuse to wear them. I've been wanting pearl earrings for a while now and I'm so glad to finally have a pair.

Random Favorites 

The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Christmas Shepherd

What A Glorious Night - The Sidewalk Prophets
We Have A Savior - Hillsong Worship
The First Noel (Holy Is the Lord) - Hillsong Worship
I Lived (One Republic cover) - Caleb + Kelsey

velvetgh0st (Gabriella)

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Nov 2, 2014

NOTD: Essie Merino Cool

I love me so Essie nail polish. Merino Cool is a really pretty shade. It's described on essie's site as a sensuous autumn mulberry. I'm not entirely sure what that means but it's a perfect shade for autumn. It's a deep taupe shade with grey and purple undertones. In some lights it looks more purple. The formula is pretty good. Two coats is opaque enough but I did three coats because I felt like some nails needed a little extra. I would definitely recommend this shade because I own nothing like it in my collection and I think it's pretty unique. Essie polishes typically last 3-4 days on my nails with minimal chipping. The prices vary from $7.99-$9.99 depending on where you buy them but you can find it on sale at Target sometimes.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Nov 1, 2014

October Favorites!

October has been a very busy month for me. I've been using products that have been working very well for me and most of them are included in my monthly favorites this month.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
The NYX Butter Glosses are my favorite lip glosses. I've been reaching for the shade Tiramisu a lot because it's deeper nude shade with a hint of pink so it's kind of like my lips but a little more nude. It's a great shade for an everyday makeup look because it looks natural even though it has shine. It feels very smooth on the lips and not sticky. I highly recommend the Butter Glosses and I would love to get my hands on more.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Vanille Clair 
I've been a huge fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation but I've been wanting to try the original Healthy Mix foundation to see how the two compare. I have to say that I love them both. The Healthy Mix foundation is a little more matte than the serum version but it has the same amount of coverage and lasting power on me. I feel like it has light to medium coverage that is easily blendable and it lasts all day when set with powder and a setting spray. The color is perfect for my skin tone. The only thing that bugs me is that my forehead and nose gets shiny throughout the day, but it's fine once I blot.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanille
This has become one of my favorite setting powders. It's extremely finely milled. You only need the tiniest amount. I find that my face gets less oily throughout the day when I use this powder. I also like that it has a slightly yellow undertone because it makes my undereye area appear brighter. It seems to make my makeup last all day. This powder is worth all the hype that it gets.

Gosh Natural Blush in 42 Melon
I've seen Gosh products at my local drugstore for years but never tried any of them. Their blushes are always talked about so I knew I had to try one. I've been wanting to try their blushes for a while but they were always sold out. I finally saw a fully stocked display and decided to go with the shade Melon because it's a peachy-orangy-coral color. It has a more matte finish than I'm used to but I love it. It looks really natural and makes you look awake and cheerful. Now I want all the blushes from their range.

Essie Merino Cool
This has been my go-to nail polish this more. The shade is described as mulberry. It's a beautiful shade that is perfect for this time of year. I love that it makes a statement but it's still a neutral.

Random Favorites 

TV Shows 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Peralta & Santiago is my new OTP)
Gilmore Girls (I love marathoning this show. It's like reliving my childhood.)

You're Not Alone - Owl City ft. Britt Nicole
Help Me Find It - Sidewalk Prophets
Top of the World - Anthem Lights
Love You Like the Movies - Anthem Lights
Something Beautiful - NEEDTOBREATHE

I Ship It (short film)

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥