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



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. 


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 25, 2015

BEAUTY | SINFULCOLORS HAVING A BLAST COLLECTION


Hello ladies! Isn't it crazy July 4th is just over a week away already? I am looking forward to some time with the family, friends, BBQ, and festive cocktails. This is the first 4th of July for my son, so it should be a lot of fun! I am also all about festive nails, so I was super happy about this Sinfulcolors Having A Blast collection. It really is the perfect July 4th collection.  

From the Having a Blast collection I have included the following-
  • Ruby Ruby- The perfect July 4th red! 
  • Snow Me White- Very snow white! Perfect for creating those flag nail designs.
  • Hot Spot- Your classic all American navy blue.
  • Out Of This World- A pretty and shimmery silver.
  • Star Blast Off- A very festive accent polish with red, white, and blue flakes + stars.



The star blast off collection is available at Walgreens and other mass retailers for July 2015. You can't beat the price at only $1.99 each.  I would love to see some of your festive 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 Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram for updates and nail inspiration.






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. 




June 5, 2015

BEAUTY | MAY FAVORITES


Hi beauties! Happy Friday! Who else was a little sad to see May go? May really has such beautiful weather. I also had my first Mother's Day, so it was a little special for me. It has been a few months since I did my monthly favorites, but I thought I would share a few things I was loving all May long.






I received the "Intensify me!" liquid eyeliner with the "Super Sizer" mascara  in a package from Covergirl to try before it hit stores. I reviewed the mascara, but I didn't do a review on this little gem. I thought I would just stick it in with my monthly favorites. I didn't care for the mascara much, but I really loved this eyeliner. It is so easy to line the top of my eyes for a winged eye. It is also very black. I love my eyeliners really black. It stays put for about 8 hours after application. I will repurchase when this one runs out. 



 "Good morning hope" and the ever so popular "Mint candy apple" have been such favorites of mine for May. I love soft pretty shades in the spring.





I promise I wasn't trying to do a mint theme! I just LOVE anything mint or spearmint (not just in May). I also love Honest products. If you follow this blog, you know I use Honest for my son, but I have really been looking to try more products from them. This organic lip balm is perfect! Not only is it minty, but it isn't overpowering. I was impressed with how soft it keeps my lips. I am hearing good things about their organic deodorant, so I think that might be the next product I try from Honest. 





I always see this candle when I make my rounds at Bath & Body Works, but I haven't ever really picked it up...I honestly don't know why. I finally purchased it and I really love it! AGAIN, I promise it wasn't an intentional theme. This candle makes me happy and I love lighting it while I do my work.


What were you loving in May?


June 1, 2015

FITNESS & NUTRITION | EASY LOW CALORIE FROZEN YOGURT BARS


Hi friends, and happy Monday! I shared a picture on Instagram of these yummy frozen yogurt bars and a few people were asking how to make them. I thought I would do a blog post showing just how easy they are to make.  These make great summer snacks for kids also.  There are so many delicious things you can add in, but these are the ones I had made. 

I used an 8in pan and lined it with wax paper. Make sure to spread it pretty thick,


I used organic almonds, honey granola (I like the Kind brand for a healthier choice ) and cut up strawberries. There are so many yummy fruits and nuts you could add. Tweak to your liking. 

Just place them in the freezer until they freeze totally (for about an hour) 


Enjoy!

May 20, 2015

STYLE | REBECCA MINKOFF SALE

I always get asked about the pink and gold Rebecca Minkoff wallet I have been posting in some of my photos lately. I snagged it on the last 70% off sale not that long ago. Rebecca is having an up to 50% off sale right now, so if you didn't get in on the last sale, now is a great time to purchase. Here are some of my favorites.






May 10, 2015

LIFESTYLE | ALICE & IVORY

My home office has been undergoing some changes lately. I am still getting organized, but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite shops for cute prints. I got this adorable print from Alice & Ivory. If you haven't been to their shop you can click here. There is a sale every Monday and Tuesday. Cute totes, mugs and apparel are also available on the website at an affordable price. I am in love with this print and I think it fits in perfectly.









May 8, 2015

BEAUTY | COVERGIRL'S NEW THE SUPER SIZER MASCARA


I was excited to be one of the first few selected by Covergirl and Influenster to test out this mascara before it had hit stores. I am still on the hunt for that perfect drugstore mascara.

THE SUPERSIZER DESCRIPTION-
What’s different and unique about this mascara? The brush! Instead of a traditional mascara brush, The SuperSizer is the only mascara with an exclusive Lash Styler.  The Lash Styler looks very different from traditional COVERGIRL brushes - designed specifically to allow the maximum mascara-to-lash contact.  With a narrow core and shorter bristles, lashes get direct access to the mascara, for explosive first stroke impact.  The volumizing formula stays flexible long enough to play, sculpt and style lashes for 400% bigger, corner to corner volume.

Super Sizer Styling Tips:

  • Start by placing the Lash Styler right at the base of the lashes, use the flat side at the base - you will get an immediate (even shocking!) drenching of mascara
  • Then comb the volume through from root to tip, by twirling or rotating as you go. This will allow the shorter bristles to deliver maximum mascara while the longer bristles comb it through.  
  • Create your own style and technique by continuing to sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume. "




 I loved the idea of the twirling of the brush as you apply the mascara. This mascara does a pretty good job of coating the lashes as you twirl the wand. I went over my lashes several times and it took a long time before it started to clump, so it is very buildable. I love how good of a job it does combing through the lashes. I have very light lashes, so I like mascara brushes to coat every lash. It does as it claims with the length also. However, I am not a fan of the wand being so flimsy. 


The SuperSizer does what it says it is suppose to do and is also buildable, but I have thin lashes, so I like a mascara to give me a bit more volume, not just length. This mascara isn't waterproof either and I prefer a waterproof mascara, especially in the summer. Unfortunetly I wouldn't repurchase this mascara, but if you have thick lashes or prefer a mascara to provide length, then this mascara would be worth a try.


This mascara is available in drugstores now.