Review: Rodan and Fields Mini Facial

I was recently able to try the Rodan and Fields products thanks to my friend Sarah. I had not previously heard of this brand but I did a little bit of research and it looks like a brand I could really get behind.
Sarah sent me a mini-facial kit. I was extra excited when the products arrived because she put them in the cutest packaging. Basically after I post this I will be doing a google so that I can find out where to buy similarly cute packaging.

 

First I unpacked the products. I loved the way that they sent the samples. The tiny capsules are a good way to not waste a ton of plastic/paper on packaging and I found that all three of the products were very easy to open and dispense. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a step by step guide that told me what the products were and how to use them.
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The microdermabrasion paste (step 1) was very interesting – I don’t usually use scrubs so this was a new experience for me. I did not really care for the smell (it wasn’t scented, just chemically) and while I was using the paste, some got in my mouth and it tasted salty. I was also a little worried when I read the directions because it said not to use on sensitive skin. I can never figure out what the blanket “sensitive skin” statement means, but it usually concerns me given that my skin is quite acne prone.
The paste itself did a great job. I massaged it into my face for about 1min 30 seconds (I like to get what I can out of a sample, lol) and when I rinsed, my skin felt very smooth and moisturized.
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Next I took out the blue capsule, which was Night Renewing Serum. This product also worried me because it didn’t come with information and I am genuinely terrified that things will have acne triggers. However, my fears went out the window as soon as I put the liquid on my fingers and applied it to my face. This product is amazing. It spreads quickly and has a matte texture after use. It felt very luxious and fancy. I would likely buy this product if I could confirm that it would not make my skin breakout. I definitely wish there would have been more of this because I absolutely loved the way it felt.
Afterwards I used the lip treatment which had a vanilla scent/taste. I did not think that the lip treatment was any better than the night time lip treatment that I currently use. There was a bit too much of the product so I overapplied and felt a little gooey. But lets be real – that was more of a personal problem than a product problem. I don’t think that I would purchase this product because I’m not the biggest fan of vanilla lip treatments and I prefer the flavor of the product I am currently using. However, if you’re looking for a good lip treatment with vanilla flavor, this might be a good option for you.
All-in-all this was an enjoyable experience. Of the three, I would be most likely to purchase the middle product. I did start to experience a breakout the next day, but my skin is so unpredictable that I can’t say for sure whether it was because of the Rodan and Fields products or for some other random reason. I know that the company has products that are ok for acne so I will look into those.
If you’re interested in receiving a sample kit so that you can try these products, please send me an email and I will connect you with Sarah. You can also check out her R&F website.
Have you ever tried these products? What are your favorites?

Nighttime sheet mask routine

I have not been using sheet masks much in 2017 but I recently started using a retinoid and thought my skin could use a boost. I like sheet masking because the different sheet masks have different benefits and can be useful when other products cause irritation. Right now my skin is a little bit irritated and super dry, so I decided to go with the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack.

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If I sheet mask I always do it before bed. Naturally the first step of this routine is washing my face. Tonight I used the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, which is my go-to face wash when I’m not in the shower. I love this face wash because it has a balanced ph and doesn’t dry my skin out. It is super neutral and also doesn’t have any acne triggers. It would be my holy grail if it didn’t seem to always get ruined in the shower.

After washing my face I spray Dear by Enprani Moistful Booskin all over my face. This is my all-time favorite asian beauty product and I’ve been going nuts lately because I can’t find a full-size bottle online for an affordable price. Moistful Booskin is a moisturizing toner which works to hydrate your face and prepare it for whatever comes next. This particular product smells like roses and is perfect. I decanted it into this spray bottle so I could get full, all-over coverage without wasting a drop.

After the booskin, I use an active. Since I’m working on adding the retinoid into my routine most nights, I used Stridex in the red box tonight. I don’t remember why at this point, but red box is the only one that you should use. This is one of the very best products for actually fighting acne out there – I highly recommend it. Since it can be a bit drying, I always follow up with a face lotion or a hydrating sheet mask.

Now, the sheet mask. As I mentioned, I used the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack tonight. I love this mask – it’s one of the first asian beauty products that I bought and I try to always have one on hand. They’re super soothing, smell good, don’t have acne triggers, and my skin always feels perfectly hydrated the next day. I figured it would be good since my skin is breaking out a little bit from the retinoid, and the moisturizing aspect is desperately needed right now. I have a dozen other masks that I’ll use if I’m feeling adventurous or experiencing a bad breakout, but this is a nice go to when my skin needs a pick-me-up.

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So there ya go! My nighttime sheet mask routine. What is your routine? Any favorite products? Any recommendations?

Did you read all of this but you’re not exactly sure what sheet masking is? Check out this past post for more info.

Review: Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

Listen. I don’t usually like to latch onto a trend on day three, but my friend dragged me into Starbucks and what else was I supposed to do?

I do have to admit that I felt ashamed of my actions. There was a giggle of teenage girls also in Starbucks, and not a single of them walked out of the shop with a unicorn drink.

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We tried really hard to get a cute selfie with our unicorn drinks. The wind was not participating.

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It’s definitely as pretty in real life as it is on the internet. I was a little mad that the barista didn’t add more of the blue to mine, but it was enough. I loved the pink and was especially in love with all the glittery stuff on top of the whipped cream.

The flavor was really just as boring as everyone has said. It definitely tastes like a creamsicle, but without the orange flavor. It’s just cream. And then while you’re drinking it, you get tinges of sweet and sour. There is no actual flavor to point to, which made the drink itself quite bland.

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I was excited to get to the bottom of the drink so that I could at least enjoy the whipped cream.. But the colorful sprinkles on top were very sour. It was hard to enjoy the cream while cringing.

Fortunately, the topping was the prettiest part so at least there was a lot of enjoyment to be had from looking at it.

All in all, I would not recommend actually purchasing/consuming the unicorn frappuccino at Starbucks. However, go ahead and click on hashtags and look at pictures, because it’s very beautiful, colorful, and hey, UNICORNS.

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I may have tried to hide the drink inside my purse while walking around the square.

Recipe Review: Unicorn Bars

I received a recipe for unicorn bars in my email last week and figured I should try it out. The internet keeps telling me that unicorns are a thing and who am I to pass up a delicious, colorful treat?

I shared the recipe with a friend and we decided to try it out during our monthly cooking date. We had originally planned to make a sweet chili tofu recipe but ended up going in completely the opposite direction health-wise due to time constraints.

We started making the bars after 9pm and it was probably one of the latest cooking parties I’ve ever attended. We didn’t buy any sprinkles specifically for this project but instead used a pre-mix of colorful sprinkle balls that my friend had on hand.

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The beautiful mixture was a nice prequel of the cuteness to come.

After everything was mixed, we put it in the pan. It was very difficult to spread, so we had a nice shake shake shake dance party and there were some heavy pounding noises.

We cut the bars into pieces that would be big enough for the frosting – they turned out super adorable.

We used the frosting recipe that was included and added in blue food coloring. We only needed one tablespoon of milk, and the frosting turned out perfect and delicious.

After we were done decorating our goodies, we took a few selfies before diving into the required taste tests.

If you’re looking for a delicious treat that is 100% a wonderful addition to a selfie or your Instagram account, unicorn bars are a definite option. I personally did not love the sugar load, but they were super tasty and would definitely cure any sweet tooth needs. However, keep them safe if you have any men around. 2/3 of our unicorn bars were devoured by the men in our lives. Without permission.

Ready for the recipe? Here it is (from dearchrissy.com)

INGREDIENTS:

For the bars

  • 1 Box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding (just pour the powdered mix in your bowl)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons sprinkles

For the frosting

  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • assorted sprinkles of your choosing!

DIRECTIONS:

For the bars

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs, chips and sprinkles in large bowl. I used a wooden spoon to stir.
  3. Pour the batter (it’s going to be thick) into a 9×13 pan lined with foil and sprayed with non- stick cooking spray.
  4. Bake your bars for 20-30 minutes (I took mine out at 25.) Bake just until the middle isn’t wobbly and edges are golden brown.
  5. Cool completely then lift out of the pan using the foil.

For the frosting

  1. Using an electric mixer beat together the butter and powdered sugar until well blended and smooth. Beat in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. If necessary beat in  the remaining milk a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Add several drops of gel food coloring to frosting and stir.
  3. I piped some frosting on the middle of each bar, but, you could alternatively spread onto the cooled bars and decorate with additional sprinkles.

Interested in trying this out yourself? Let me know how it goes! I want to see your color combinations and decorating skills.

 

I finally purchased jenrazzle.com!

Good news! I finally decided to purchase my own domain and am now the proud owner of jenrazzle.com!! I decided to purchase this domain for a number of reasons, but mainly because it’s a firm commitment toward continuing to grow my blog.

Why Jenrazzle? Because it’s been my username since I started using the internet and brings up lovely memories of Jenrazzle + Kandazzle. Since my name is so common, it’s really nice to have a unique username that allows me to find myself on the internet.. and doesn’t cause me any struggle whenever I need to try to remember a log in. If you do a google of jenrazzle you’re going to find links to all of my things. Fortunately, I learned at an early age that everything is saved on the internet, so nothing too embarrassing is linked to a search of jenrazzle. Let me know if you find anything good. Maybe don’t go through my reddit history. I promise not to go through yours.

Why blogging? Why not. I have a lot of time to kill, I like things, I like sharing my opinions, and I love getting feedback/recommendations based on my current interests. Blogging is a great way to do all of the above. It’s also a great side-hustle and registering a domain is a key step in monetizing a blog. While I don’t plan to make a ton of money, it would be nice if blogging became a habit that could support itself.

So what did I spend? I did very little research and ended up buying the wordpress.com premium package which includes a domain name for $99/year. I have no idea whether or not it will be worth it, but I now have a goal of making $99 through my blog in 2017.

Registering my domain/creating a premium account did give me the option of enabling “wordads.” I don’t know what this is, but I chose to enable it to see what kind of profit it will generate. If you happen to notice it and think it’s annoying, please let me know so that I can reconsider.

Mostly this has been on my mind, but I did not put a lot of thought into it. If anything, I spent $99 that I won’t get back and crossed something off my bucket list.

Have you ever thought about starting a blog or registering your own domain? Have you already done so successfully? Please pass along any words of wisdom on this topic or feel free to ask any questions that you might have.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the homepage of my blog in order to get a list of my general interests.

 

 

Product Review: HiSmile Day 1

Man, it really sucks when you see a picture of you and a friend and your eyes are drawn to the fact that their teeth are noticeably whiter than yours. I have never been able to whiten my teeth. I remember buying Crest white strips for the first time as a teenager, and leaving them on even though it felt like I was chewing on tinfoil. I wasn’t brave enough to continue to regimen, so my teeth never got whiter, but every few years I would try them out again with the same results.

I haven’t heard much about HiSmile but a couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend who mentioned that they were good for sensitive teeth. Later that night Kylie Jenner posted on SnapChat that the product was 50% off, so I decided to buy a kit.

The package showed up in the mail yesterday. It took about two (maybe three) weeks to get here. I think it came from Australia? Not 100% sure because I had someone else do the ordering for me, but it says AirMail. I was super amused to see that I am apparently a company called “What Up Jenn” in 2017.

The kit comes with three pens full of gel, a mouth piece, and a UV light. It also comes with a “how it works” note that explains how to use the product and a tool that allows you to measure the shade of your teeth before starting use.

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I think my teeth are about a seven. This isn’t the best light, but the photo is unedited.

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After measuring my tooth color, I pieced together the product and put it in my mouth. I pushed the button, and voila! It wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out, and the product wasn’t strange to use. I waited the full ten minutes and could see a bit of a shade difference immediately after, though not anything significant. I could definitely see the calciums in my teeth that had whitened up.

While it wasn’t pain free, the pain was only on the top of my two upper front teeth and was gone before bedtime. I am a little nervous about that and I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse as the week goes on.

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Selfie! I was simultaneously wearing a charcoal nose strip which was terrible and not at all worth reviewing.

Please let me know if you have any questions! I’m not sure if there are any referral bonuses for this product, but if you decide to buy let me know so I can look. It’s always nice for us all if we can get discounts!

Beauty Review: Kylie Jenner Lip Kits

Let’s be real, in 2016 Kylie Jenner is half the reason that I go on Snapchat and I love the emphasis she puts on showcasing her products. I don’t love being sold to all the time, but it’s cool to see behind the scenes of how the products are created and get lots of info on how to use the products. The only beauty skill that I learned from my mom was how to brush my hair, so I really appreciate the opportunity to see how things are used.

So I went a little hard and hauled three different products.

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I ordered the Naughty gloss from the holiday collection, Kristen matte, and KoKo K gloss.

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Of the three, KoKo K is my favorite. It’s a beautiful color and doesn’t make me feel self conscious when I’m in public (namely, at work.) The brush is similar to a kids paint brush, so it’s a different experience when you’re putting it on then most glosses that I’ve used in the past. The flavor is VERY vanilla cake mix, so if you were a fan of vanilla Smuckers back in middle school, you’re in luck.

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KoKo K Gloss

I don’t have a favorite between the Naughty gloss and the Kristen Matte, mostly because I haven’t worn either too much. Naughty is super gorgeous, is a heavily pigmented red and I personally think that it looks great on me. I love that I can apply it once and have it stay on for a couple of hours – with most reds, I have to reapply every half hour or so. I have never tried a red gloss before (I usually do a red lipstick) so this was a first, and it was definitely a win. The smell/taste are the same as the KoKo K gloss.

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Naughty Gloss

Kristen is absolutely beautiful! This was the first shade that I wanted to order. I saw a picture of Kylie wearing it and fell in love. It is my second matte lipstick and to be super honest, I’m not a huge matte fan. I would have ordered this in gloss if it had been available, but I went with the matte since I wanted to try it. I haven’t worn this outside of my initial trial, but look forward to trying it out.

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Kristen matte

 

Here are the three shades side by side..

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All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase. While they’re all a little pricey, the shades are gorgeous and the pigmentation is no joke. If you have a shade that you’re interested in, I highly recommend trying it out.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products, I’m happyt o answers!

 

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Bonus pic of the Naughty gloss ornament hanging from my Christmas tree!

My Favorite Podcasts: Summer 2016

I have to be honest with you all. Before this year, I really didn’t know what the podcast hype was all about. Sure, I listened to Serial (because who didn’t) and once I listened to a podcast when a friend was a guest, but besides that, I had little to no podcast knowledge. It actually took me several attempts to figure out how to use the Podcasts app and I initially downloaded so many episodes of random podcasts that I had no space left on my phone. Fortunately I was able to work through the struggle and I’ve discovered some real gems.

#3 Stuff Mom Never Told You

I love this podcast because I can really relate to the title. My mom and I have had fairly open communication my entire life (single mom) but we have very different personalities and interests. There have been various moments throughout my life where I have had to have other people (usually via the internet) explain things to me that other young women learn from their mothers. A classic example – during my sophomore year of high school, my face was so dry that my skin was literally flaking off. I couldn’t get it under control and it got worse and worse. Finally a friend noticed and offered me lotion and my face has been flake-free ever since. I’m sure this is a normal situation that occurs and that most people’s parents notice and help the kids find a solution, but my mom a) never noticed and/or b) had no idea how to fix the situation.

While this podcast is much more interesting and better researched than my friends suggestion to put lotion on my face, the general vibe of the podcast really matches how I felt in that situation. I love learning about things that my mom and I never talked about, whether she was uncomfortable, wrong, or just didn’t know much about the topic.

Favorite Episode: It’s really hard to pick a favorite episode of this show because almost every episode is relevant to my life, since I’m, y’know, a woman. One particularly interesting episode was “Librarians” which spends quite a bit of time delving into the fact that Dewey from the Dewey Decimal system was a gross pervert.

#2 Guys We F****d

Literally whats not to love about a podcast called Guys We Fucked? I personally love this podcast because it explores sexuality in such a frank way. The guests on the show talk about their early experiences, current experiences, regrets, and fantasies. It is fascinating to hear about these private moments and thoughts and really goes to show that YOU ARE NORMAL. I AM NORMAL. WE ARE ALL NORMAL. Whatever the story of your sexuality is, it’s completely normal. There is also nothing better than doing data entry at work while listening to an explanation on how drag queens tuck their dicks into their but tholes.

I had an “AHA!” moment recently when I was watching a TV show and thought to myself, “If she hadn’t been such a ho, her best friend would still be alive!” – but then I realized that exploring sex and having your first sexual encounter as a teenager is NORMAL, does not make her a “ho” and that I still personally have a lot of work to do in regards to sexual acceptance.

Favorite Episode: You’ve Given Abortions to Pro-Life Women?? This episode isn’t as sexually explorative as the others, but it does a damn good job of talking about abortion. I highly recommend that you and any anti-choice individuals in your life have a listen.

#1 My Favorite Murder

When I heard about this podcast I was super into the idea, but I deleted all of the episodes from my phone after I tried to listen to it the first time. Why? Because if you start on episode 15, the first thing you hear is 20 minutes of two random girls talking about nothing and its hard to get into. I gave it another shot a few months later and started with episode one, and then I fell in love. This podcast satisfies every inch of my brain. I’m also really interested by the connection that they’ve made on multiple episodes – many of the cold blooded killers that have been referenced had childhood head traumas. I’ll be working really hard to keep the kids I babysit from hitting their heads because I’m not trying to be responsible for someone becoming a serial killer. I also recently shouted a serial killer fact from the podcast across my office, and I’m sure that everyone appreciated learning about that side of my personality.

I still find the chatter a bit annoying, especially when they give away TV show spoilers, but some of it is relevant and they’ve helped me expand my true crime interests. This is definitely my top podcast right now, though I hope they’ll work on cleaning up the structure and presentation a bit!

Favorite Episode: Twenty-Nein This was the first full episode that I listened to and I was hooked right away. The way that John List’s actions were described really stuck with me, and I’ve repeated it to friends and family multiple times. It’s definitely worth a listen.

In addition to my top three, I’m also currently subscribed to: 2 Dope Queens, Dear Sugar, Presidential, Grammar Girl, With Her, Sooo Many White Guys, Anna Faris is Unqualified, & Modern Love.

What are you listening to? What are your favorite podcasts? What do you recommend? Why don’t I have a podcast?