December 10, 2016

COOKING | VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES


It has been super cold here lately, so last night we decided it was the perfect opportunity to make some holiday sugar cookies. I used the recipe from Nerdy Mamma and these cookies were delish! 






YOU WILL NEED
  • 1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • Juice from one can of beans (about 1/2 cup) – I used pinto beans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspn vanilla extract (clear–please please use clear)
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
HOW TO
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream sugar and oil together.
  • Add bean juice and extract. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together well in a separate bowl.
  • Add flour/baking powder mixture to the sugar mixture in 1/3 increments.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Dough will be crumbly, but turn it out anyway and simply work with it the way it is.
  • Using a roller, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Do not work any thinner than that or the dough will crumble apart when you try to transfer it to the baking sheet.
  • Cut your cookies out and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. The cookies will not be brown, but you don’t want them to be. If they’re browned, they’ll be too crispy and they’ll fall apart when you try to ice them. So, just 10 minutes. Nothing more.
  • There’s an amazing twist to this recipe: you just feel free to eat them straight out of the oven. No need for cooling–other than to cool enough that they won’t burn you. But, these don’t need to cool to be stiff. So nice. Love it!




October 24, 2016

BEAUTY | KAPLAN MD - PERFECT POUT LIP DUO




Description:
"A travel-friendly duo featuring must-have lip treatments that instantly exfoliates dry, chapped skin while visibly plumping the lip contour for lips that are softer, smoother, and fuller-looking. "

Solutions for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dryness 

If you want to know more…
"As an antiaging expert, Dr. Kaplan understands that both men and women want fuller, more youthful lips without surgery. He created Perfect Pout as a natural alternative to visibly plump lips and smooth fine lines, while hydrating and protection against sun damage. LIP 20 Mask contains papaya enzymes, two forms of hyaluronic acid, and adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour. It gently exfoliates away dry skin for lips that are instantly softer, smoother, and more defined. LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes, and protects with SPF 20. Using a soothing blend of beeswax and sunflower seed wax, it gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 organic extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, maxi-lip, along with hyaluronic filling spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness. "

This set contains:
- 0.35 oz/ 10 g LIP 20 Mask 
- 0.17 oz/ 5 g LIP 20 Balm 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
Tips: "If you tend to get dry lips while you sleep, use this Lip Mask + Lip Balm Duo as a nighttime lip treatment. Simply spread a very light layer of LIP 20 Mask directly onto lips. Then, pat on a thin layer of LIP 20 Balm. Allow both products to stay on your lips while you sleep, and wake up to beautifully soft, hydrated lips. To treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the lips, and on the skin above the lips that cause lipstick to bleed, apply the LIP 20 Mask at least a half-inch beyond the lip line to treat the area. "






To use: Step one: you apply the mask all over your lips- let it set for 3-5 minutes and remove with a damp cloth. Step two: Apply the lip balm. 

My thoughts:
I love the simple and sleek packaging. I also love that it is travel friendly.

I don't normally use lip plumpers, my lips are naturally pretty good size. However, I always have dry lips, so I always have to exfoliate and use a lip balm. This lip duo exfoliates and makes your lips SO soft and smooth. I have been using the lip mask 2-3 times a week.  The mask feels really light on your lips, but you can really feel it working. It says it "smooths out fine lines" in your lips, and I did notice a pretty big difference with that (see below images). The lip plumping, for me, was just an added bonus. After the lip mask and lip balm, I did notice a difference in the size of my bottom lip and the very top of my upper lip . My lips feel smooth all day after I use this duo! 

I also just keep the lip balm in my purse for when I am out in the colder weather. I have also been transitioning into using makeup brands and skin care brands that are cruelty free, and these products do not test on animals. 




You can see the difference in my lips in the above pictures.  I am very satisfied with this duo. 
You can purchase this lip duo at Sephora for $24.


xx
Jacenda


September 30, 2016

COOKING | PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES- ORGANIC + VEGAN





It is here, pumpkin spice season, and we couldn't be happier about it at my house. I made these pancakes for my son and I to share recently, and we really enjoyed them. These pancakes are made with organic ingredients and are also vegan. I made a video for these delicious pancakes, but you can grab the ingredients from below also. 




1. MIX DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 C ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1/4 C WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • 1/4 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • 1/4 TSP CINNAMON
  • 1/8 TSP NUTMEG
  • 1/8 TSP ALL-SPICE 
  • 1/8 TSP GINGER
  • PINCH OF SALT


2. MIX IN WET INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 C  PUMPKIN PUREE
  • 1 TBSP  MAPLE  SYRUP
  • 1 C  ALMOND  MILK

*Makes about 6-7 medium pancakes. 


I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Don't forget to subscribe to my new YouTube channel.
xx
Jacenda

September 23, 2016

BEAUTY | MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION REVIEW


The original Make Up Forever HD foundation was one of my favorite foundations for the longest time. It was amazing coverage and looked great in pictures, on camera, and off. So, I was anxious to try out the new "Ultra HD" foundation. I was very curious to see how MUFE could make an even better version. 

Make Up For Ever describes this foundation as an ultra-lightweight texture that provides ultra flawless skin. Like the original, it was developed specifically for the film and TV industry's most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—in and out of the spotlight. Invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. This formula leaves your complexion with the same flawless results that you’d achieve with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion. It contains hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry and combination skin types, and it lasts all day, leaving a natural-looking finish. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, Ultra HD is the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion—and it doesn’t require touch ups.  

I applied this foundation (after shaking) with a flat top kabuki foundation brush (Sigma f80 brush) right after I applied my primer. Right off, I noticed it is a lot more light weight than the original. It was very easy to blend out. I found it to be very buildable. I did have totouch-up after 5-6 hours. However, like I mentioned, it is buildable. My skin type is on the "normal" side, but I did notice after 5-6 hours it started to look oily on my forehead and nose. I do like the way this foundation looks, but I would recommend it for a dinner date or an evening out etc. and not for all day wear unless you touch-up.


The packaging is almost the same as the original. I love foundations with a pump. I did notice that the cap is a little harder to pull off and snap back on compared to the original. Other than that, it is pretty much the same packaging. 

This foundation is $43 at Sephora.


I have never tried a foundation stick, but Make Up Forever recommends this for touch-ups and contouring. However, I have seen this being used a lot all over the face as you would a normal foundation. I would have to agree with MUFE. This was a little hard to blend out, it seemed to stay put when I applied it (even with primer). So, I would only use this as recommended. That being said, I did love the coverage and natural looking finish. It wasn't full coverage, but it was buildable. It did stay put longer than the foundation, and I did not have to reapply. I do have to say though, I think the price is pretty high for the amount of product you get.

This foundation stick is $43 at Sephora.


Products were sent to me for review by influenster. Thank you Make Up For Ever for the Ultra HD to try!


xx
Jacenda

September 8, 2016

HEALTH | MY DIET & CLEAN EATING


Earlier this year I made the decision to start living a healthier lifestyle. I had always been a pretty healthy eater , but I got really serious about my diet and the way I was eating. 

I have been doing more food posts on my Instagram lately and they have been getting a great response. So, I have decided to start incorporating more healthy meal ideas on the blog each week.  



I normally do smoothie bowls or just pain ol' smoothies for breakfast during the week, but these vegan waffles topped with raspberries and bananas were pretty yummy. I LOVE the 1915 drinks in the morning or with a mid morning snack. 1915 juices are totally organic and NON GMO. SO delicious. A lot of people were asking me where I get them, and I always find them at my local grocery store in the produce section on a shelf. 



These banana split smoothie bowls are my favorite! I blend up my smoothie just like I would for a normal smoothie bowl, but I half a banana and top with nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, coconut, and some fresh fruit. Amazeballs! 



My go-to snack a few times a week is super simple and healthy. I cut up some carrots and have them with a small bowl of hummus. 



I love rice and veggies. I had a left over veggie kabob from the weekend. It had zucchini, yellow squash, onion, red peppers, bell peppers, and mushrooms. I just cooked it up and placed it over rice with some homemade soy sauce. 



Friday dinners, if I am at home, will pretty much always be something a little more junky. I love Mexican food (I am from the west coast) . I made some vegan nachos with brown rice, beans, vegan "chicken" , corn, tomatoes, jalapeno's, avocado, and salsa. Still healthy, but not something I would normally eat during the week,  


I am starting a YouTube channel with healthy vegan meal ideas and healthy cooking.  I hope to have that up shortly. Hopefully my next post will have a video included. Thanks so much for viewing! 

XX
Jacenda

August 29, 2016

STYLE | MY LULU'S FALL PREVIEW PICKS

You guys, FALL is almost here! I am excited (as always). I am sure I'm not the only one looking at all the fall fashion previews. One of my favorite places to shop is, LuLu's online.  I loved so many looks from their fall preview, so I thought I would share on the blog today. 




I'm obsessed with this leather skirt.


This maxi dress is only $68







XX
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 2, 2015

BEAUTY | HONEST BEAUTY GEL CLEANSER



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.


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 3, 2015

BEAUTY | YVES SAINT LAURENT BLUR PERFECTOR & PRIMER



Happy Day! A few weeks ago, Influenster notified me I would be receiving the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Perfector and Blur Primer for review. I wanted to try them out for a few weeks before I did a post about them here on the blog. First off, I love YSL makeup, especially their Lipsticks. So, I couldn't wait to try them out.





This blur primer is fabulous. I apply this on my face with my fingers just before I apply my foundation, but it works just as great under a BB cream. It does exactly what it is suppose to do.  I was surprised when I applied it and felt how light it was. It was fast absorbing and the application was easy.  It blurred my pores and fine lines very nicely. A little went a long way, so it is definitely worth the splurge!



The Blur Perfector has been SO nice to have in my bag these passed few weeks with all the humidity and heat. When my face would start looking shiny or oily, I would get out the Perfector, pat it on my face twice a day, and it leaves my makeup looking matte and smooth. I love the packaging too, it is high quality and not cheap plastic. I highly recommend it!  

June 9, 2015

STYLE | JUNE ROCKSBOX


Hi ladies! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I received my June Rocksbox today and thought I would share on the blog. If you missed my post from last month you can check it out here if you are interested. Never heard of Rocksbox? 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 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 liking the jewelry you receive. You can also cancel at any time! Postage and packaging to send back is also covered by Rocksbox in your subscription price. Here is a peek into the box I received this month.






The Sophie Harper triangle necklace was on my wishlist, so I was super happy to see it made it in my box this month. Both the wrap bracelet and statement necklace were a total surprise and I LOVE them. I can't wait to style them with outfits this month. I very pleased with everything I got in my box this month.



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.