Sep 11, 2014

NOTD: Essie Ladylike

I've been wanting to get Essie's Ladylike nail polish for quite some time but it was either sold out or I would tell myself that I have too many nude polishes. I finally decided to get it because I wanted a pretty polish to wear to two formal events this past weekend. I got the nail look that I was looking for; a classic looking manicure.

Essie describes this shade as 'an elegant soft mauve'. I completely agree with that description. In some lights it looks like a taupe/nude but in natural sunlight it looks like a muted purple/mauve. It makes your nails look polished and classy. This could work for any occasion whether it's work, school, formal or casual.

The formula on this polish is really good. You only need two coats for full opacity. I did three coats even though I would have been fine with two. The polish lasts four days with chipping only visible on my thumb. I was very impressed but this polish and I could kick myself for not picking it up sooner.

Essie polishes retail for $7.99-$9.99 depending on where you buy them. I got mine at Target for $7.99. I think everyone should have this polish in their collection.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Sep 1, 2014

NOTD: Sinful Colors Starfish

Sinful Colors is a nail polish brand that I see at Target all the time but it looks me a long time to try it. I never found any shades stood out to me until I saw this one. Sinful Colors Starfish is a cool-toned pink shade. In some lights it looks like a muted pink, almost nude shade but in direct sunlight it looks like a brighter cool-toned pink. I don't have any colors like this in my collection. I'm not the biggest wearer of pink nail polish. I prefer a good nude or a red and even a blue from time to time. When I wear pink nail polish I tend to take it off after a few days.

The formula is pretty good. I was surprised by how easy it was to apply considering I paid $1.99 for this nail polish. It went on creamy for the most part. On some nails the first coat applied a little streaky but once I went in with a second coat it was opaque. I applied two coats on all of my nails but did three coats on my thumbs just to make sure everything was opaque.

It doesn't have the best wear time in my opinion. It looked perfect on the first day. On the second day I noticed some wear on the edges of my nails. It didn't chip but it was starting to fade on the very tips of the nails. One the third day I noticed some chipping on three nails and two nails looked like the polish had cracked on them.

Overall this is a beautiful shade and works well if you need your nails to look polished for a day or two. Considering that it costs $1.99 I'm not disappointed. I probably won't reach for this shade often but when I feel like wearing pink nail polish I'll definitely wear this polish again.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Aug 29, 2014

August Favorites!

I honestly can't believe that it's already the end of August. I feel like my summer just flew by.  Here is what I've been loving this month.

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon 
I found myself reaching for this blush a lot. The texture and wear time of the blush reminds me a lot of the MAC Mineralize Blushes. This color is a shimmery nude shade. When I first saw it I didn't think it looked like much but when I swatched it I loved it. It gives a subtle polished look to any makeup look. It's perfect for every day and an occasion in my opinion. I've also been told that I have nice skin while wearing this blush. I highly recommend trying the NYX Baked Blushes.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation & Powder Foundation
This foundation feels really light on the skin yet it gives medium to full coverage. When combined with the powder foundation you get a flawless coverage. When wearing these two products together I've been told that I have flawless skin which made me laugh because I was wearing this in the middler of a very visible breakout. The foundation seems to be best applied with fingers and blended in with a brush. The powder works well with a brush but the little puff that comes with it is good for touch ups or making sure you cover specific areas like the redness on my nose. The products are amazing and so is the price.

Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon
This has been my lip balm of choice for the past month and a half. I bought it in Florida and loved it so much that I bought a backup as well. I'm so annoyed that I can't get this here. It's so moisturizing on the lips. The scent takes a bit of getting used to but the product is amazing.

Bite Beauty Lumious Crème Lipstick in Musk + Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist 
This has been my favorite lip combo. Bite Beauty Musk is described as a pink brown. The formula is creamy and it just glides onto your lips. It's not matte but it's not too shiny either. All the hype about the Bite Beauty lipsticks is true and well deserved. The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist is a sheer pinky nude that just adds shine and a subtle nude hint to your lips. I like wearing this on top of the Bite Beauty lipstick because it makes the shade look less brown on my lips and it gives it a nice shine.

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon, Bite Beauty lipstick in Musk, Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist

Random Favorites 

On the Fence by Kasie West
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Magnolia by Kristi Cook
A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

No Reservations

Somebody to You - The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato
Echo - Colton Dixon
Through All Of It - Colton Dixon
I Choose Jesus - Moriah Peters

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

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. ♥