September Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites!

September has felt like a really long month for me. School and reading has taken over my life. I've been spending any of my free time watching Asian dramas. I haven't had much time to discover many beauty products because I've been wearing the same makeup almost everyday. Here are my September favorites.

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Adrienne 
This lipstick is probably the most luxurious lipstick purchase I've ever made. I 100% blame Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup for this purchase. It's basically the more sophisticated version of MAC Patisserie. While Patisserie is more pink under toned,  Adrienne is has a peach undertone. It's a perfect everyday nude lipstick. I would say that the shade would be in between MAC Patisserie and Velvet Teddy because it's similar to Patisserie but it more warm toned but it's not as dark as Velvet Teddy. The formula is creamy but sheer. I find that it wears well on me. The only issue I have with it is that it has a light floral scent. It's not overpowering but no one mentions that this lipstick has a scent. It can be a little drying on the lips too. If you love MAC Patisserie but want to go a step up you should definitely try Adrienne. This is a pricey lipstick, but I justified it because it's a shade that I can wear for any occasion.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed 
I basically wear this blush every single day because it's easy. You can just slap it on even when you're in a hurry and it looks good. It's the perfect neutral blush. It's not too brown and not too pink. It's matte and lasts all day. It's the perfect blush for people who are afraid of blush. It's also great when you need a little wash of color so that you don't pale like a ghost. It's very pigmented so you only need a tiny amount. I think this blush is worth the price and it's a shade that everyone should have in their collection.

Lifestyle Favorites

TV Shows

She Was Pretty Yes, I'm continuing the theme of being obsessed with k-dramas. I started watching it because the plot sounded interesting and it was all over tumblr. I just hate that I have to wait for new episodes ever week. Choi Siwon's character is my favorite. He's the reason I keep watching it. The actual story is giving me anxiety. Kim Hye Jin's first love Ji Seoung Jun doesn't know that she's his childhood best friend because she made her best friend, Min Ha Ri pretend to be her because she doesn't think that she's pretty anymore and she didn't want to deceive his image of her. But then he ends up being her boss. He's starting to notice that her behaviour is similar to the his first love and the girl that he thinks is Hye Jin has the complete opposite personality as the Hye Jin he knew. So he's confused. And then, in yesterday's episode (episode 6) Ha Ri did something that basically violates the best friend/girl code.

On the Wings of Love
I found out about this show on tumblr. It's a filipino teleserye. It's very hard to find the episodes with english subtitles and I have to wait a long time for them. Anyways, the story is about a girl named Leah who goes from the Philippines to San Francisco. When her visa is about to expire she has a green-card marriage to Clark, her ex-boyfriend's cousin. At first Leah and Clark hate each other but then they become friends and start to develop feelings for each other. I ship Leah and Clark so much. The story is realistic because everything that happens is something that can actually occur in daily life. They said it would be a light series. They lied! Every episode breaks my heart into a million pieces for these two characters. P.S. Jigs is the most annoying character ever written! Every time he speaks I'm annoyed with him.

Per te ci sarò - Il Volo (probably the best song they've ever sung)
Tornerà L'Amore - Il Volo (simply a beautiful song)
Il Volo released a new album at the end of the most, well three versions of it (Italian, Spanish and international versions), which basically means I have three times the songs to be obsessed with. Any song that they sing sounds amazing. I really want to see them in concert.

Radio - CNBLUE It's Korean. I don't understand most of the words but their sound is amazing and Jong-hyun is probably the best guitar player I've ever heard. It also helps that all four guys are really good looking.

Butternut Squash and Pancetta Penne Gennaro Contaldo is one of the most entertaining people to watch. His recipes are so simple but extremely delicious.  I love pasta, I love pancetta and I enjoy butternut squash.This pasta dish is one of the best things I ever ate. I can't even describe how good it is. All I know is that you NEED to try it.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

August Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites!

The month of August flew by. Then September came and school started, and I forgot about my monthly favorites.

MAC 217 Eyeshadow Brush
I've heard about this eyeshadow brush ever since I first started watching beauty videos. This brush gets so much hype and many brushes are comparable to it. I was always hesitant about buying it because it's not cheap. I also hesitated to buy it because it's not the softest brush out there. Now that I own it I understand why this product gets so much recognition. I think it's the best eyeshadow brush I've ever used. It makes blending eyeshadow extremely easy. It's almost effortless because it feels like the brush does the work for you. You can just lightly swirl it around and it blends your eyeshadow so fast. My eyeshadow turns out looking better than it does when I don't use this brush. This has proved to me that MAC brushes are worth the investment.

Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose 
This is one of the first blushes I ever bought. It's always had a special place in my heart.  I love this blush because it looks so natural but it brightens your complexion. I would describe the shade as a pale peach. For a long time I couldn't get a hold of this blush and I was so upset about it. I ended up buying from FeelUnique because this particular shade seems like it's no longer available in Canada. If you can get your hands on it buy it.

Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner
I've always used Dove soap to clean my makeup brushes because it always did a good job of cleaning them. I always thought that specific crush cleansers would have the effect as my Dove soap. I heard a few rave reviews on the Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner. At first I thought $17 was too much for a soap to clean my makeup brushes. I decided to try it because it's formulated with argan oil. Once I used it I realized that the hype surrounding this product are accurate. It makes cleaning my brush so much faster than usual. I also feel like it helps my brushes to dry faster.  I like that it comes with a little silicone disk that helps with the washing of the brushes. I'm quite happy with this purchase.

Lifestyle Favorites

I've spent my summer watching a lot of K-dramas. I don't understand Korean but I decided to watch Secret Garden after hearing my friend rave about it. It was on Netflix and I ended up marathoning it. Since then I've become obsessed with K-dramas. My favorites at the moment are: Secret Garden, Tomorrow's Cantabile, Witch's Romance, and Sensory Couple. They're highly addictive. Once you start watching one you can't stop.

My Everything - Owl City
Listen To My Heart - Melody Day
You've Fallen For Me - Jung Yong Hwa

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

July Beauty Favorites!

I honestly can't believe that July is already over. It feels like the month just started. This summer is going by way too fast for my liking. Anyways, here are some products that I've been loving this month.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
I've heard about this product for years. I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has tried this product and I'm probably the last person to try it. I was hesitant about trying this dry shampoo because I heard it leaves a white cast on dark hair. It can leave a white cast but I use it at night and I don't notice any white cast in the morning. This is the best dry shampoo that I've ever tried because it instantly makes my hair look like it's been freshly washed. I'm extremely happy with the results of this dry shampoo.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Between The Sheets 
I was never a big fan of creme blushes because they always look like they never set on me. The Colourpop blushes are amazing because they're kind of like a creme to powder product. Once the product sets it's not going anywhere and lasts all day. When I take off my makeup after a long day of wearing this blush it still looks like I just applied it. A little goes a very long way because it is extremely pigmented. I like applying it with a stippling brush or a beauty blender. Between The Sheets is a neutral pink shade. I wish I could buy every single shade in the range.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer
This highlighter has been raved about all over youtube and beauty blogs for years. I was always afraid to try it because it's an intense highlight. I'm so glad that I tried it because it looks beautiful when worn. All the hype surrounding this product is true. I would describe the colour as a champagne gold leaning more towards gold. I like to wear it as a highlighter and eyeshadow. When worn as eyeshadow it just pops on your eyelids. It's so pigmented and you need to use a light hand with it, especially if you're fair like me. I don't know why I went this long without having this product in my makeup stash.

Sincerely, JoJo.♥

July Lifestyle Favorites!

I know I posted about my lifestyle favorites less than two weeks ago, but I have more things that need a mention.

Erin Condren Life Planner
I've always loved planners. There something special about writing down things that you need to accomplish and then ticking them off once they're done. What I love about the Erin Condren planners is that the covers are customizable, which allows you to have a personalized planner. I chose the vertical layout because I like the idea of organizing my day in a sort of list form. I've had it for a little over a week now and I'm already having a great time decorating the pages. I've found that decorating and planning my days out has become therapeutic for me, and I enjoy doing it at night. I'm so excited to use it for school. If you would like one click here for $10 off your first purchase. They ship internationally. Their shipping to Canada is almost $20 so the $10 off really helps.

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
I love Becky Wade's books. From the moment I finished her first book My Stubborn Heart (which I think everyone needs to read) I knew that she was an author that would produce great things. I've read all of her books so far and I've loved every single one. You can tell that she writes from the heart. Every character was carefully crafted and you instantly love them. This book is the third book in her Porter Family series and it doesn't disappoint. A Love Like Ours is the story of Jake and Lyndie. They were childhood best friends. Jake always protected Lyndie and went along with all her wild ideas. They got separated because Lyndie moved away. Years later they meet again and everything is different. Throughout the entire story you find yourself rooting for them. This book made me laugh, cry, angry, and joyful. If you like a good love story and this book is one to read.

Every Giant Will Fall - Rend Collective
Rend Collective is one of my favorite bands. Their music speaks to your soul. Their latest single Every Giant Will Fall is simply amazing. Though there's pain within the plan / There is victory in the end / Your love in my battle cry. I can't even describe how wonderful it is. Just go listen to it.

I'm still loving Teen Wolf. Liam and Hayden is my new OTP. They're just adorable!

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam This jam is really good, you only need three ingredients and doesn't take long to make. If you love strawberries, chia seeds and honey or maple syrup you'll definitely want to try this.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

June Lifestlye Favorites

I meant to post this 2 weeks ago but I painted my room and got a new bed. Long story short, I wasn't living in my room for 3 weeks. Now this has turned into things I've been loving in June, which will include some things from July as well. Now, onto the favorites.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
I really enjoyed this book. If you're a fan of John Green you will love this book. I would describe this book as The Fault in Our Stars meets Looking for Alaska. It's about teens that have a fictional form of tuberculosis and are sent to this sanatorium to get better. Lane is an overachiever who has planned his whole life, and this was not part of his plan. Sadie is living in the moment. She and her friends know how to get around the rules of Latham House and Lane is fascinated by them. He befriends them. Lane and Sadie embark on an adorable love story. I won't say more because I don't want to give anything away. This book will make your emotions go on a roller coaster. You'll laugh, cry, be angry, sad, and hopeful. All I'm saying is you have to read it. I recommend that you check out the book trailer here because that is what convinced me to go out and buy it.

In the month of June I watched the highly anticipated Pitch Perfect 2 and Inside Out. I loved both of them and I would definitely recommend them. I also watched A Gift of Miracles, which was a very nice Hallmark movie.

For the past month I've been loving My Kitchen Rules. The new season premiered a little over a month ago here. If you live in Canada and have the channel Gusto you will most likely know about this. If you live in Australia you know this show. It's a cooking competition where they're looking for Australia's best home cooks. It's probably my favorite reality TV show. From watching this show I've learned a lot about the geography of Australia and Australian cuisine. I blame this show for the fact that I desperately want to visit Australia.
The next show I have to mention is Suits. I never miss an episode. This season doesn't disappoint. I really feel for Harvey at the moment. I'm not liking Louis this season. Donna will always be my favorite.
I also have to give a shout out to Teen Wolf because it feels like I've been waiting for season 5 for a long time. There has been so much Stydia buildup in the promos of this season and I'm going to be livid if they don't deliver.

Glorious - BJ Putnam 
I Was Made For Loving You - Tori Kelly ft. Ed Sheeran 
Verge - Owl City ft. Aloe Blacc
Here Now (Madness) - Hillsong United 
Where It All Begins - Hunter Hayes ft. Lady Antebellum 

I have to mention this Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce. I love it because it tastes just like a traditional Alfredo sauce but it contains no heavy cream. It's a lighter version of a well-loved classic. 

If you have any book, movie and/or tv show recommendations please let me know. 

Sincerely, JoJo.♥