June 28, 2016

NEW DIRECTION

Thank you to everyone who have stuck by me and have followed along with this blog over the passed 7 years. I have hated not updating lately, but the truth is, I just haven't felt that inspired to post in a really long time. This blog is undergoing some changes that I am looking forward to showing, and will have new posts starting in August. I hope you will like the new direction of this blog. Look out for new posts early July. 
X-Jacenda

January 11, 2016

BEAUTY | DR. BRANDT FACE CREAM


Happy Monday Beauties! I hope your day is going great. Today I wanted to share a face cream that has quickly become a new favorite. It's called Xtend your Youth by Dr. Brandt. I had been on the hunt for a good day and night face cream, and I have been in love with this one since day one.


DESCRIPTION-

This antioxidant-enriched moisturizer provides the skin with 12 hours of protection, unveiling a luminous, healthy and youthful complexion. Formulated with Dr. Brandt’s revolutionary A3 power technology, a dynamic shield boosted with anti-oxidant, age defying and anti-stress ingredients. Day after day, skin looks rehydrated, smoother & softer.
  • helps smooth lines & the first signs of aging
  • softens & hydrates*
  • *moisturizes the upper skin layers




It is a pump bottle, which I love. I apply it in the morning after a shower or just after I have washed my face.Using a nickle size amount, I gently pat the cream onto my skin. I like to use the most around my problem areas like under my eyes and forehead. It is such a soft and light cream. Not oily. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin so soft and silky. Right away my skin looks hydrated and smooth. There is a scent, but it is very light, and I barely notice it. Right before bed I repeat the same process as I did in the morning. My skin feels so healthy and soft in the morning.  

I highly recommend this face cream. If you have sensitive skin like me, it is one you should try if you are on the hunt for a good face cream without breaking you out. It is calming and soothing on any breakouts you might have.

You can purchase the Dr. Brandt face cream for $59 on the dr. brandt website or at Sephora




November 19, 2015

BEAUTY AND STYLE | GIFTS FOR HER UNDER $50

Today I am sharing some gift ideas under $50 for HER. I cannot believe it is already that time again.These are some of my favorites.




Happy shopping! XX

November 2, 2015

BEAUTY | HONEST BEAUTY GEL CLEANSER



My husband and I have used the Honest company for our 10 month old son since he was born. We really love their baby products and diapers for our little guy. After I received a $20 coupon towards their new Honest Beauty line, I decided to give it a try. I used the coupon for their full sized gel cleanser, but I also got the sample box. The sample box comes with the gel cleanser, lotion and daily SPF 30 (you just pay the $5 shipping fee). Since I got the full sized cleanser, I gave the sample size to my mother.




GUARANTEE: NOT tested on animals and no animal by-products. Made without: SLS, SLES, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, or dyes.

INGREDIENS: Water (Aqua, Eau), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Abies Sibirica (Fir Needle) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil, Pelargonium Graevolens (Geranium) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Gluconolactone, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate




DESCRIPTION: Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser contains chamomile and calendula help to calm and soothe. Yucca root extract and saponaria provide a fresh and foamy experience to remove dirt and makeup without any harsh ingredients that can strip or over-dry skin. Now that’s refreshing. 




DIRECTIONS: 
Dispense 1-2 pumps of cleansing gel. 
With water, rub hands together to create a gentle foam. 
Massage onto wet face. 
Rinse and pat dry. 
Avoid contact with eyes. 

REVIEW:
I have been using the gel cleanser for a month now. To start with, I have "Balanced", but sensitive skin. I am really careful about what I put on my skin. I normally have an issue with a cleanser right off the bat until my skin gets used to it. With this cleanser, it didn't irritate my skin at all. It is very light and calming on my skin. It didn't dry out my skin or leave my skin feeling oily. The smell is pretty light and not overpowering. This cleanser does a good job of removing my makeup. It doesn't totally remove my mascara, but my mascara doesn't remove easily to begin with. I was looking for a light cleanser and I am really happy I found this one. It has been doing very well for me.




I love the clean packaging of the bottles, and the bag that comes with these samples is really cute! 




This daily beauty fluid (SPF 30 sunscreen) has a thicker consistency compared to the moisturizer, and takes a few seconds to absorb, but it isn't greasy. I like the light scent . 




This moisturizer is a lightweight formula and absorbs quickly. It has a natural, light scent.  It left my skin feeling moisturized, but not oily or greasy. I really like this one. I have the Honest lotion with one of my sons bundles and I love that one also. 


Click here to view the Honest Beauty website.


October 23, 2015

STYLE | MY OCTOBER ROCKSBOX


HAPPY FRIDAY! I think Friday has become my posting day.I feel like I just get the most time towards the end of the week. My son is almost 10 months now, and he sure keeps me pretty busy. Anyhow, I hope you ladies had a great week. I received my October Rocksbox. I thought I would share what all was inside and answer some f.a.q I get asked about the subscription. To check out my last box click here.

For $19, Rocksbox comes with 3 pieces of high quality designer jewelry . Every piece is selected by a stylist from items you place on your wish list (at the Rocksbox website.) You also fill out a survey, so that they can get a better feel for your personal style. You can wear the jewelry as much as you like, and when you are tired of wearing it you just send it back for another box of new jewelry. You also have the option of purchasing any of the items from your box (if you end up REALLY loving the jewelry you receive). You can also cancel at any time. They make it very simple. Postage and packaging is included in your box to send back your Rocksbox. One question I always get asked is "how to send it back". KEEP the packaging it comes in. There is a tab on the envelope to re-seal it. The label is in your Rocksbox. Simply place the label over the one on your envelope and place it in your mailbox.

 This month I asked for a silver set. I also asked for some dainty and delicate pieces,and this is what I received.


I LOVE the Kendra Scott necklace. I really love when they include something from Kendra Scott.This necklace was on my wishlist. I also really like the ring and it might just be my first purchase. I am not sure how I feel about the earrings, but that's OK. A slip comes in each box with the name of each piece and the price of each. You can also go on the Rocksbox website and leave your feedback (like, love , dislike) so that each box gets better and better.



If you would like to try out Rocksbox you can use my code and get your first box FREE! Just use code "JACENDABFF" at checkout. If you aren't impressed after that, you can cancel at any time. 


October 16, 2015

STYLE | THE HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE STATEMENT NECKLACE

Happy Friday! I hope you ladies have had a great week. Today I am so excited to share with you where I got this gorgeous statement necklace. The Happiness Boutique was so kind to send me over one of their necklaces for review. The Happiness Boutique carries a large selection of vintage inspired necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, clothing and accessories. All at very affordable prices. I love dainty and delicate jewelry, but it is fun to mix it up and throw in a statement necklace, especially with your favorite sweaters this time of year. 




I received the Princess Darling statement necklace. I love the mix of pearls and jewels. It is a very elegant necklace. Great for an evening out or an event somewhere nice. I am sure I will be wearing it through the holidays. There are so many different ways you can wear this necklace.



The quality was excellent, and the pictures just do not do this necklace justice. I love it!



Check out the Happiness Boutique online at www.happinessboutique.com  to view all of their gorgeous pieces. They also have a really great customer rewards program and free shipping worldwide. 



October 12, 2015

LIFESTYLE | HAPPY FALL

Happy October! I had to take a little break from blogging while my mother was visiting. I hope you ladies have been enjoying all the fall beauty and fun. Recently I took some photos of my guys surrounded by all the beautiful colors of October. I thought I would share some on the blog today. 




 I am having so much fun seeing this little guy experience things for the first time. 



These two melt my heart.




I have a lot of beauty and style post coming this week, but I just wanted to share a quick lifestyle post. Happy Fall! Xx


September 24, 2015

BEAUTY | YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE LIPSTICK



I received YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks - Rose Stiletto & Fuchsia from Influenster to try out. I had no idea I was going to be receiving them until a few days before they arrived in the mail, I love and own some YSL lipsticks , so  it was a nice surprise to find these in my mail box. 



I love the gold packaging on the YSL lipsticks, especially the Rouge Volupte lipsticks. 

Rose Stiletto is more of a shade I would wear for fall and Fuchsia is more of a spring and summer shade for me. 

 These lipsticks are always soft and creamy, but I have to reapply them after a few hours. YSL lipsticks are always worth the splurge if you find shades you wear often.


September 14, 2015

STYLE | JORD WOOD WATCHES REVIEW

 My husband and I were contacted by Jord  for an opportunity to review a watch of our choice. Jord offers a wide variety of men's and women's wood watches hand-made from koa, bamboo, rosewood, maple, zebra wood, sandalwood, black wood, purple heart, ebony and cherry. It took us some time to decide from all of their gorgeous pieces, but we came to a decision on the men's Dover koa + black and the women's Cora koa + rose gold.




MEN'S DOVER KOA & BLACK $295


FEATURES:
  • sapphire crystal glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 41mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 24mm
  • band length: 202mm

CARE:
The natural koa is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Dover is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM).


Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.


We were taken back by the stunning craftsmanship and attention to detail. The wood is just beautiful!The exposed gears add so much to the look of these watches.  I love the fact that these are automatic time pieces. My husband has a nice collection of watches, but he always puts off buying batteries for them when they run down, so this works out nicely. 





WOMEN'S CORA KOA & ROSE GOLD $275

FEATURES:

  • sapphire crystal glass
  • deployment buckle with push button
  • swarovski crystal markers
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 37mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 38mm
  • band thickness: 18mm - 22mm
  • band length: 211mm


CARE:
The natural koa is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Cora is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM).

Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.


All of my watches are made of heavey metal, so I noticed right away how lightweight and comfortable these are. They may be lightweight, but these watches are of very high quality. 



I tend to buy pieces that you can wear both dressed up or down, so I love that these are so versatile.
We have really been enjoying wearing these watches and highly recommend them.


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August 20, 2015

STYLE | AUGUST ROCKSBOX

 Happy day! I hope you ladies have had a wonderful week. I am a little late posting about my Rocksbox this month, but it did not disappoint! I requested a necklace, ring, and bracelet this time and they included just that in my box . To see what was in my last Rocksbox click here.


 The Kendra Scott necklace I got is ubber gorgeous! I cannot wait to style it! 

The stones in this ring match the necklace, so I could style them together. Cute, right!

This Bracelet has been on my wish list from day one. I was happy to see it in my box this time!I Love everything I received, but Rocksbox always sends me exactly what I would like to get in the next box. If you would like to receive designer jewelry every month you can use my code: JACENDABFF and receive your first box free, cancel at any time. 



August 14, 2015

BEAUTY | SINFULCOLORS BACK TO SCHOOL COLLECTION


Get ready to hit the books in style with the new SinfulColors back to school collection, Class Act. There are so many beautiful colors to pick from in the collection, but I have 10 colors swatched for you on the blog today. You can check out the SinfulColors website to view the full collection.

 Pink Punch Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 Spanish Peach - Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 True-est Light Purple - Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 Flash of Fuchsia - Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 Mist of MInt- Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


Pink that delivers 24/7 Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color. 


 Scrubs Blue Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 Blush of Red - Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.


 Shimmering Royal Blue Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color. 


School Blackboard - Limited Edition Demi-Matte Bold, Vibrant, Must-Have Color.



The Class Act collection is available at Walgreens and other mass retailers for August and September 2015. You can't beat the price at only $1.99 each.  I would love to see some of your nail art, so please tag Sinfulcolors to show off your creative mani or pedi. Check out the SinfulColors website to view more colors and collections. You can also follow with FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates and nail inspiration.