Aug 22, 2014

Curl Cream: A Revolution for Curly Hair

A few months ago I was reading a magazine and there was a page about styling curly hair. I'm always interested in articles like that because I have extremely curly hair and it's quite a task to find products that work for me. I spent many years hating my curly hair and doing everything to make it straight. I still prefer it straight but I've learned to embrace the curls. A large part of embracing the curls is because of my discovery of curl cream.

Before going on vacation this summer I was browsing through the travel section of Target and I found the Marc Anthony Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream. I decided to try it because I figured it would come in handy when I left my hair natural (which I did the entire time I was in Florida). The product specifies that has a humidity shield. It really does. I followed the instructions on the back of the tube that say to apply it on damp hair from root to tip and either let it air dry or dry it with a diffuser. I let it air dry. When I usually let my dry naturally I end up with giant frizzy curls that make me look like a poodle. When I use this curl cream I get controlled curls. This gives me a messy I woke like dis type of curl. There is no frizz and lots of shine. I've also been using this product when I dry my hair straight because of its humidity shield. It seems to work well as a heat protectant spray and makes my hair look shiny and not frizzy which is what I want especially when I straighten my hair. The product also has a nice scent. I'd say it has a subtle citrus scent, possibly lime. Overall, the only thing you really need to know is that it works like a charm.

Curl cream is my new favorite hair care product and I think anyone with curly hair should try it. This travel size Marc Anthony one was about $2-$3. This is actually my second tube of the travel sized version. When I run out of this I will be purchasing the full sized product. I wish curl cream was around when I was in high school because it would have spared me from putting so much mousse in my hair that it became crispy and unpleasant to touch.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Aug 14, 2014

Twenty Beauty Questions...

1. What is one product you'd grab if your house was on fire?
My Lorac Pro Palettes. I can't get them in Canada so I would be very upset if I lost them.

2. Which beauty blogger would you want to do your makeover?
Lisa Eldridge. She's extremely knowledgeable about makeup and beauty. All her videos are extremely detailed and she would create a beautiful look. Talking to her would be amazing as well.

3. What celeb do people think you look like?
I honestly don't think anyone has told me I look like any celebrities. In high school my friend once told me I looked like Blair Waldorf because she said I dressed like her. I went through a phase where I always wore headbands.

4. What beauty product do you save for date night?
I don't save a certain product. I just spend more time blending to ensure that everything looks natural and that I have a flawless base.

5. Which of your guy friends take longer than you to get ready?
I don't know. I don't have many guy friends.

6. If you could create your own miracle beauty product what would it be?
It would be a product that instantly gets rid of all blemishes on your face. The second you apply it to a blemish it will go away and it would make your entire face clear of any zits, blemishes or redness.

7. What's your best beauty tip?
Use an oil or a cleanser to take off your makeup. A wipe is not enough to get everything off. You really need to cleanse the skin and make sure that there is no makeup left before you go to bed.

8. What beauty products do you love to splurge on?
Blush and concealer. I love my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Every concealer that I've tried after using this one is just not good enough. Once you've tried the best of the best nothing compares to it. I'm always looking for the perfect blush that will last all day and be flattering for my skin-tone and I find myself trying out a lot of blushes.

9. Which beauty bloggers would you bring on a shopping spree?
ViviannaDoesMakeup, Amelia Liana and Sarahbelle93x

10. What is your signature scent?
It's either Marc Jacobs Daisy or Bath & Body Works Forever Red.

11. I am on an endless quest for the perfect...
Moisturizer and foundation. I'm always looking for a moisturizer than will balance out my skin, be non-greasy, take away my oil but also hydrate my dry patches and not break me out. I'm always on the hunt for a foundation that will look like a second skin.

12. How many beauty products does it take to get you ready?
I would say 6-8 products. On an everyday basis I usually use foundation or tinted moisturizer, concealer, powder, blush, mascara and lipstick. Sometimes I apply a primer, eyeshadow and eyeliner.

13. What lipstick/lipgloss is in your purse right now?
Dior Addict Lip Glow, Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil and Lemon and NYX round lipstick in Thalia.

14. Who is your celebrity beauty icon?
Lauren Conrad, Lucy Hale, Sophia Bush, and Blake Lively.

15. Name the beauty brand you'd most love to be a spokesperson for?
NARS. I would buy all their products if I could. It's a brand that I know won't break me out and I've loved every product I've tried from them.

16. What's your current nail polish?
I currently don't have any nail polish on my nails at the moment. I almost makes me sad to say this.

17. Fave mascara right now?
L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof mascara. (It was a ViviannaDoesMakeup enabled purchase.)

18. The last thing you bought at the drugstore?
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] and the September issue of PeopleStyleWatch.

19. I try never to bee seen without wearing...
Concealer. It just takes away the darkness under my eyes so it looks like I got enough sleep even when I didn't and I feel like that just brightens up my whole face. It also covers any redness and unwanted blemishes that tend to pop up.

20. What's one beauty product you'd always recommend?
The Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliners. They're some of the best eyeliners I've found. They don't smudge or irritate my eyes, they're waterproof, and they're really affordable.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Jul 31, 2014

July Favorites!

It seems like July went by way too quickly. That's probably because I was in Florida for half of it. I love Florida. It's the third time I go on vacation there. I love waking up early and watching the sunrise over the ocean, seeing palm trees everywhere, going for a walk on the beach and dipping my toes in the water, the breeze from the ocean making the heat bearable, and going swimming every day. Now that I'm back home I miss all those things. There's no doubt in my mind that I will revisit Florida someday. Now onto the favorites.

NYX Butter Gloss
I'm probably the last person to try these glosses but that is because I've never seen them in Canada. I could have bought them online but I'm not the biggest fan of lip gloss so I waited until I could see them in person. Now I understand what the hype is all about. I got the shades Tiramisu, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Parfait. Tiramisu is the perfect nude in my opinion because it's a darker nude that it becomes a MLBB shade.  I honestly bought it because I'm Italian and Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. Angel Food Cake is basically MAC Syrup in the form of a lip gloss therefore it's my ultimate favorite. Starwberry Parfait is a beautiful bright pink. These glosses glide on like butter. They feel smooth and creamy. They feel a little sticky when you first apply them but the stickiness goes away quite fast. They actually have great pigmentation for a gloss. They look beautiful both alone and over a lipstick. The only lip glosses that I wear are from NYX and I highly recommend them.

Real Techniques Blush Brush 
I've seen this brush in countless youtube videos and lots of people love it. I went to ULTA for the purpose of buying this brush. I already love my other Real Techniques brushes so getting the Blush Brush was a no brainer for me. This brush is so soft. It's unlike any other brush that I own. It's great for both contouring and applying blush because it's rounded and kind has a tip at the top. It's a great brush and Real Techniques do amazing brushes.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Nude
Last month I was obsessed with the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral and this month I love the one in Nude. While the Coral one is more of a bronzer/blush/highlighter in one the Nude one is more a highlighting blush. On my cheeks it comes off as a pale pink with a cool toned champagney color highlight. I really like how shimmery it looks and it just makes me look glowy.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
I've heard some things about these eyeshadows and I knew I wanted to try them. They're $3.99 each. I go the shades Bella Champagne, a beautiful shimmery rosey champagne shades and Bella Cappuccino, a satin matte mid-tone brown. Bella Champagne looks best applied with your fingers. If you use a brush you just get shimmer. When you use your fingers your get the most beautiful color. It's great at brightening your eyes and I find that it makes me look more cheerful. Bella Cappuccino works well applied with a brush. It's very subtle but it gives a nice shadow to your crease. If you don't like wearing dark colors in your crease but you want some definition I recommend trying this shade.

Random Favorites 

TV Shows: 
Girl Meets World

The Memory Book

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My Story - Hillsong Worship
One Last Dance - R5

Sweet Potato Pie
Honey Pecan Chicken Salad
Starbucks Passion Iced Tea Lemonade

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Jul 24, 2014

Beloved Blushes: Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral

I love blush and I never pass up the opportunity to try a new one. The Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral is beautiful. I would describe the shade as a shimmery terracotta color. I wouldn't call it coral because the appearance is a golden orange. I bought this blush because I saw how beautiful it looked on Karen from makeupandbeautyblog. She has a darker skin tone than me but I still decided to give this a try and I loved it from the moment I applied it on my cheeks.

When I first swatched it I thought it would look too orange on me but it really doesn't. On my cheeks it seems to act as a blush/bronzer/highlighter all in one. It defines my cheeks, adds a nice healthy glow and it looks natural. I apply it by swirling all the colors together and blending it out a lot. Sometimes I go back in for the lightest shade and add it to the high points of my cheekbones just to give it an extra highlight.

I personally think that the lasting power of this blush is all day for me. I also think that the pigmentation is great as well. The price is a little high for the drugstore. I've seen it from $9.99 to $12.99. I ended up paying $7.49 for this one because it was on sale at Target. I think that it's worth the price because the product itself reminds me of high end blushes. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great drugstore blush. I would love to try more of the blushes from this range.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

Jul 21, 2014

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

I've never been a big fan of primer because I didn't think they did much.  I use an eyeshadow primer whenever I wear eyeshadow because I have very oily eyelids but face primer never seemed important to me. I don't use face primer on a daily basis because I feel like my makeup lasts for a decent amount of time.There are some days when I need to make sure that my makeup lasts all day and that's when I use a primer. I also think using a primer is summer is good because it ensures that your makeup will stay in place therefore, you don't have to worry about it slipping off your face.

The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is the first high end primer I ever tried. I bought it back in December but it took me a while to develop an opinion about it. I think it's a good all around product. It seems to be a great fit for my combination skin. Sephora describes it as "a mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application."

Pros: It feels gentle when you apply it, gives your skin a smooth texture, makes your makeup last all day long, controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores and a little goes a long way.

Cons: The price. The 0.33oz bottle that I bought is $21CAD. The 1oz bottle is $60CAD. The fact it's in a glass bottle worries me a little because it can break if you drop it.

Overall this is a great face primer. It's pricey but you're paying for the quality of this product. The small one is lasting a long so I don't think it will be finishing any time soon. I would repurchase this product but I would like to try some other ones first.

What's your favorite primer?

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥