Under the Christmas Tree

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Holidays, holidays, holidays… where is the time?! From buying presents at the busy shopping malls to eating dinner at different houses (the positives when having a boyfriend during the holidays). I’ve barely been home since December started and for the next two weeks my boyfriend’s niece and nephew will be staying with us for their winter break. I’m super stoked to be a kid again and I know Broyce is excited to have someone to play with.

I wanted to dedicate today’s blog post about B-E-A-U-T-Y. Specifically, I’ll be writing about my addiction with lipsticks or “lippies”. Yes, my name is Joanna and I have an addiction. Ever since I started paying close attention to make up artists and the lipsticks they wear, I fell in love. I cannot stop buying them! I used to be addicted to Dutch Bros (they will need their own post because, well, because they do) and I now use those $5 to buy a lipstick from NYX instead. Okay, to be honest I still am addicted to Dutch Bros but not as much as I used to be because lipsticks have taken over my entire LIFE (and check).

Currently, I am dying over NYX, Essence, Rimmel, and Sonia Kashuk. WARNING! I am not an MUA or anything of that sort but I do make reviews for beauty products because everyone deserves the truth. I have made some reviews so far and have posted pictures on Instagram (username: jlizette). Stop by and say heeeeeey, how you doin’ (Joe’s voice from Friends).

Some of my posts will be short and sweet, just depends. Today’s will be short but I am including pictures of the lippies I have bought so far. I have focused more on winter colors or some that fit my skin. Also, I follow tons of beauty gurus on Instagram so, that is where I get my ideas from. The brands I also have been focusing on are Sonia Kashuk (found at Target), NYX (found at Ulta), Rimmel (found at Ulta), and Essence (found at Ulta). If any of you have recommendations of lippies let me know! I am always open to try new colors and go beyond my comfort zone.

Hope you guys like them and let me know what you think of them!!

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Top Row: Roseberry (86) and Spiced Berry (97)

Bottom: Lip liner in Rosewood

Rimmel

Coffee Shimmer (264)

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Top Row: Matte Butter (MLS21) and Matte Sable (MLS29)

Middle Row: Simply Vamp Enamored (SV01), Wicked Lippie Cold Hearted (WIL11), and Soft Matte Lip Cream Zurich (SMLC14)

Bottom Row: Essence Lip Liner’s in Satin Muave (06) and In the Nude (11); NYX Lip Liner’s in Cabaret (SPL804) and although it may sound weird I use an eyebrow pencil Light Brown (904) to mix it in with other lippies.

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Here they are all beautifully put together! ❤ (Sigh) Aren’t they beautiful?! Alright, well hopefully after all this holiday craziness I will have new additions. Also, in the next few days I will do my best to post more!

– xoxo jojo ❤

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Introduction: Part Two

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Hey everyone! I apologize for the delay with my second part of my introduction. I have been getting stumped by finals and it has been stressful. Just one more week and I’ll be done! 😀 Alright, so I am currently typing from my Craigslist couch while Broyce is chewing on his new bone that we bought him from Petco. He loves it and whenever I go near him, he picks up his bone and runs away. Can you believe that? The nerve of this kid!

Anyways, to continue with my part two, I want to begin with my goals and aspirations for my life.

Every year, every day, every hour is different from the last.

Experiences and even people can change a person in an instant. Lately, I have been going through some phases. First of all, I have figured out that fashion and writing are two things I love learning about and experiencing. I am a beginner with fashion so do not think I will be posting about Paris Fashion Week or what an actress wore (maybe a few times). I will be writing about finding your own style and how to be comfortable in your own skin. My goals are to graduate from ASU (I plan to return in the fall of 2015). Then, begin my own company of stylists and perhaps a clothing line. I want to be a personal stylist of either famous or ordinary people from around the globe. This way, I will be hitting two birds with one stone, as the saying goes. I love to travel (I will go into detail in a later post) and I will be styling people from around the world. Moving on.

I want to also have my own coffee shop (yaaassss). I LOVE coffee, say it with me. I LOVE COFFEE!! Okay, okay, I’ll calm down. So, I definitely want to open up my very own coffee shop here in Arizona. Then, if my coffee shop becomes a great hit, I will expand all around the world. While being a stylist and a coffee addict, I plan to create an outreach program for high school’s. I want to inspire people because the world isn’t what it seems. I am not saying I am an expert about life, at least not just yet. What I am trying to say is that I want to make high school students realize that it is okay entering college and not knowing what you will do with the rest of your life. Because no one knows.

After I have marked off these three goals, then I can lay back and relax. Well, I won’t relax because running two businesses and a program will be CAARAAAZYYYY. It’s okay though, because it will all be worth it. I know I will not hate waking up in the morning because I have to drive in traffic for 45 minutes and then work from nine to five. To some it doesn’t seem like a bad day but it does get tiring when you work hard in order to pay your bills and have nothing left in the end. It is not okay.

Enough ranting for one night.

As I go along, I will be posting blogs about fashion, college, makeup, and family in general. I will also throw in some life lessons from personal experiences. I want to make it clear to everyone that I am not an expert in the fashion and makeup fields. I am not a MUA or a fashion guru but I do have my own style which everyone will get a chance of seeing. I will post about recommendations and reviews about beauty products and clothes. If you do not realize by now, I love shopping. So, I will try my best to let you know about sales and other miscellaneous things relating to makeup and fashion.

One last thing before I go. Lately, I have been paying more attention to my surroundings for a reason. I have no idea why but I have this feeling inside me that good luck is coming my way. I was at a baby shower and I saw three little girls playing on a small, one foot brick wall (yes, there are one foot brick walls). A five year old girl was walking on it, putting one foot in front of the other. The other five year old was helping the three year old learn to walk but the three year old was having trouble. Then, the five year old became bored and let her go to play with the other five year old. I could tell the three year old was scared of falling but she seemed determined to master the skill of walking on a wall. After many times of falling, she finally learned to balance herself. After a while, she had mastered it! She smiled and from that moment I realized that was me.

Since I had started college, one downfall became ten major downfalls. I let  life defeat me. It had won. But I knew there was something telling me to keep going. To keep going and to begin living my dreams. My life was being run by money. That is when I came to the conclusion that I had to get my mind out of negativity and do what I please instead of pleasing others. Believe it or not, I changed my mindset on the same day I created my blog. So there you have it. Once again, welcome to my blog and an insight of my world. New adventures will be coming my way and don’t worry, you will be there too.

– xoxo jojo ❤

P.S. – I have attached a few more photos.

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One of the many pictures I took when I went to Chicago. I fell in love and knew that is where I belonged but then again, that is how I feel when I travel to another city. ❤

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It was such an amazing experience. I was able to go for free because I received a summer internship and the conference was held in Chicago. I also have friends that live there because of a few classes I took at U of A over my junior year of high school.

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My aunt (left) and my mom (right). I love them will my entire heart and would do anything for them. I can be hard to handle sometimes but I know they are my true best friends that will be by my side no matter what.

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This is my second family. Top row: Nancy (Vic’s sister), Vic, and then his mom. The bottom two munchkins are Vic’s nephew and niece, Alex and Amanda. I love them all with my whole heart. They always have welcomed me with open arms and they are seriously my second family. I am truly blessed to have met Victor and had my family grow by more kind people. ❤

Introduction: Part One

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Hey everyone! I wanted to make my first and ever blog post an introduction into my life. A little about myself: I am twenty years old, I live with my boyfriend and ten month old dog (or should I say pup), and I currently attend Mesa Community College. I have a full time job at a law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona and I am a legal assistant there. Right now, I am currently typing from my free couch that I found through Craigslist. It is a Friday night and I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Talk about #fbf (flash back Friday). Anyway, the reason I am typing in detail is because that is who I am. I like everything a certain way and I pay attention to detail. I want to be as descriptive as I can be in order for my readers to be able to close their eyes and imagine the world I see through my eyes.

I was attending Arizona State University (ASU) for two years, (GO DEVILS). Then, I was kicked out due to poor grades and personally no ambition. I went into college believing I wanted to be a lawyer so I could be rich and travel the world. I realized throughout my Spring semester of my sophomore year that I had wasted my time and money at a university. There was no way I was going to become a lawyer because I disliked the classes and they were boring to me. I had a hard time finding a major that best suited me and that led to me being disqualified from ASU. Now, I am at MCC and basically starting over with a $20,000 debt from the loans I had to take out.

Slowly, I am beginning to learn my likes and dislikes. I am realizing who I want to become.

Enough about college, I will give more insight on that later. I am an only child with divorced parents. I haven’t seen my dad in over a year, nor do I wish to see him (another story for a later day). Now, being in a household where my mother taught herself everything and so did my aunt was pretty tough for me. I had to be a straight A’s kind of girl and not depend on anyone. I mean sure it is great and all but when you tell your mom the news about being disqualified from a university, well, let’s just say it didn’t go well. Anyway, I let my mother and aunt down from their perspective but in my eyes I am beginning to bloom. I am taking off my layers and finding the real me. When I set my eyes on something or decide I want something, I go for it. No one or anything will get in my way. Maybe my boyfriend will but in a sweet kind of way.

I apologize for the long post but there is so much to say that I could keep typing and typing.

Great, now Broyce (my pup) has decided to start playing with the ornaments! Thank you once again for taking the time to read my post and hope to see you come back again for my part two of my introduction!

 

– xoxo jojo

P.S. – The following are a few photos of my little family. ❤

Victor and I

We met at a party through mutual friends. The both of us never thought we would end up together but here we are, passionately in love.

Broyce

He was my birthday present from Vic. He was the cutest thing and still is. I treat him as my child even though he is growing so fast. He will almost be one (in human years).

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Our very first REAL Christmas tree in our very first home.