Sunscreen Review Part. 1

Sunscreen Review cover photo
Sunscreen Review cover photo

Sunscreen is one of the number one things you should be packing for on the go daily! Of course getting some of that summer sun is nice, but not all the sun’s rays are safe for us. I’ve had lots of questions asked about which sunscreen to use under makeup, which to use daily, and which one I like overall. I tested each sunscreen below for a week and here’s my conclusion in comparison to their description!

Cocokind Daily SPF

Cocokind Sunscreen

Price: $24.99

Rating: 1.5/5

Skin Type: Great for dry skin!

Site Description: “Cocokind’s Daily lightweight, mineral-based SPF 32 uses reef-safe zinc oxide, blue phytoplankton and microalgae to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays, blue light and pollution damage.”

My Review: After testing it for a week, I found this sunscreen isn’t sweat-proof or water-proof so I would not recommend wearing this one if you plan to be active or are going through menopause, but it does a good job as a daily SPF under your makeup. It does not smell the greatest so that was definitely undesired. It does go on pretty white and is a much thinner consistency however it takes a lot of rubbing in before it absorbs into your skin. Overall, this one gets a 1.5/5 from me!

Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crème

Coola Sunscreen

Price: $42.00

Rating: 1/5

Skin Type: Better for Dry Skin

Site Description: “COOLA’s Full Spectrum 360° Mineral Sun Silk Crème SPF 30 is an oil-free, airy-light formula that gently glides on to form a transparent veil to protect against the sun, digital and environmental pollution.”

My Review: I was super excited for this sunscreen because I love that it comes in a recyclable glass bottle and I love their self tanner as well! Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of my least favorite sunscreens. It is vegan and cruelty free and goes on like water but after applying it, the COOLA soon felt gritty. After rubbing the mineral sunscreen in and giving it plenty of time to absorb, it still left white streaks on my skin which is something I try to avoid with daily SPF. The consistency was pretty watery but it does thicken as you rub it in. It isn’t water-proof or sweat-proof either so it isn’t made for a day swimming or being active!

Biossance Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Biossance SPF

Price: $42.00

Rating: 3/5

Skin Type: Normal to Dry skin

Site Description: “Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, non-toxic SPF 30 zinc mineral sunscreen protects even the most sensitive skin like you’ve never seen—now also in jumbo size, 2x the size with a better value. This lightweight, deeply hydrating clean sunscreen lotion blends in for all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish.”

My Review: This sunscreen truly has a lightweight finish on the skin. It is not too thick or thin of a consistency and a little bit goes a long way for sure with this one. I honestly did not love it, but I did not hate it either which is why I give it a middle rating. It smells like your typical everyday sunscreen and wears well under makeup for daily use! I did really like this one, but when I went to Texas I found it is not a great sunscreen to wear under makeup in humid weather. That being said, it would do better for normal/dry skin in that insta

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF

Elta MD SPF

Price: $37.00

Rating: 4/5

Skin Type: Acne-prone, Rosacea, & Hyperpigmented skin

Site Description: “Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone. Choose from tinted and untinted formulas for use every day.”

My Review: EltaMD is definitely a thicker consistency than the others. This sunscreen starts out thick however it does absorb in well compared to the others I tested. This one does smell a little bit like horse sweat – maybe a lot a bit –  but it has been recommended to me so many times by both customers and estheticians! I would recommend this for either dry or oily skin as it’s sheer and truly lightweight but really anyone struggling with skin issues needs this one as it’s professional grade sunscreen.

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Price: $44.00

Rating: 4.5/5

Skin Type: Normal to Oily

Site Description: “This oil-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types. Micro-sponge technology absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application.”

My Review: If you know me, you know IMAGE is my absolute favorite! It smells great, kind of like fruit loops, and even men love this one. It leaves a great matte finish and doesn’t go on leaving you slimy or oily. If you’re on the really dry skin side, this one wouldn’t be the best option as it is mattifying. This sunscreen blends in quickly and does not leave me feeling greasy whatsoever. It has a great lightweight finish which is a must for daily wear under makeup! I have heard that the company changed their formulas as a whole and I’m a little nervous to give it a full 5 star rating due to this but I do recommend this sunscreen over any other!

So there you have it! My favorite suncreen tested out of these 5 was definitely the IMAGE Protection + but for sure check the ingredients for any allergies you may have before purchasing! Remember that it is SO important to wear sunscreen daily and give your skin that tender loving care it deserves. I will be coming out with another sunscreen review here soon so stay tuned loves! Be sure to check out my other blog posts (click here) with lots of awesome tips and tricks for you!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Can you believe Mother’s Day is going to be here in less than a week?! Where has the time gone? Lucky for you, I’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts to give to the special women in your life. Back in December I made a gift guide for the Holidays and this time I’ve got your back with the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Below you’ll find some of my absolute favorites from Amazon, Amanda Deer, and even my shop, Joce by Design, to name a few. I got your back covered, from jewelry to household items to organization tools – these are some boss Mother’s Day gifts for the important women in your life!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

A few of the products listed are my favorites from Amanda Deer – be sure to use my code JOCELYN for a discount on your purchase! 

I have met so many incredible women while building my business over the last few years. They have been such incredible examples and motivators, women who deserve the world! This Mother’s Day, I hope we all truly show our love and appreciation for the amazing women surrounding us. From mothers to cousins, aunts to grandmothers, and all the incredible friends in between – we celebrate you this coming Mother’s Day! 

Gua Sha & Jade Rolling: How This Could Help You

Gua Sha and Facial Roller
Gua Sha and Facial Roller

Gua Sha is an ancient tool of Chinese medicine that has recently been trending all over social media. The results of using this facial tool have varied from person to person but the underlying benefits are no joke! Not only does Gua Sha help relieve tension in facial muscles, it also promotes lymphatic drainage and boosts blood circulation. It may seem new for some but it’s actually been around for a very long time and I want to share some awesome benefits to using this technique!

Another popular tool used alongside Gua Sha is the Jade Roller. Used together, these can babies can work wonders for your skin. Rollers are also used to improve blood circulation in the face just as the Gua Sha however it’s recommended to use it as the last step. You may have seen these tools trending online and you can get them in many different colors! I’ll be sure to share a link below to what I use!

Black Gua Sha

I highly recommend storing both of these skincare tools in a cold place such as a freezer or refrigerator. The reason for this is that the cold stone can help to reduce or restrict the blood flowing in areas on your face. While doing this, the act of rolling the cold stone outwards pushes lymph, a fluid under the skin, towards your lymph nodes. When this happens, the lymph nodes will then work to break down toxins found within. Here are some benefits to both: 

Jade Rolling:

    • Improve headaches
    • Decrease puffiness of the lowers eyelids
    • Lessen sinus pressure
    • Calm the mind
    • Soothes the skin
    • Keeps wrinkles at bay
    • Allows other skincare products to fully absorb into your skin

Gua Sha:

  •  Promotes blood flow & circulation in the face
  •  Relaxes the facial muscles
  • Can be used on other muscles to alleviate pain
  • Helps reduce neck pain 

While this technique may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I would say it’s definitely worth trying at least once! Make sure to use with a face oil and not against dry skin as that can irritate it further. Click here for the link to the tool duo that I use and recommend for others! I hope this was helpful for all you lovelies and for sure leave a comment letting me know what you think! 

5 Favorite Skincare Products

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Let’s talk skincare products sista! I have been asked time and time again about my skincare routine, products I use, and what I recommend for others. Here are 5 of my favorite skincare products that are tried and true, and have been absolute game changers for myself!

Cure Gel Exfoliator

The name of this baby is so fitting as it truly is a cure for so many! I love how soft this stuff is on your skin and unlike so many other exfoliators, it isn’t abrasive when it does the job. Cure doesn’t feel harsh and my skin isn’t left feeling super dry after it’s used, one reason why it’s one of my favorite skincare products! I use it 1-2 times weekly on dry skin, massaging it into my skin in circular motions. I follow up by rinsing with water or wiping my skin with a damp/wet washcloth. When I say this product is a must have for my skin, I mean it – get yourself some sista!

Prevention+ by IMAGE Skincare

If you know me and have been watching me for some time now, you know how much I stress the importance of protecting your skin. Sunshine is beautiful but it can also be harmful and have lasting damage to our skin! Prevention+ by IMAGE skincare has got to be one of my favorite skincare products for sure. I have tried so many sunscreens in my day and one thing I cannot stand is the smell so many of them carry. You know how mineral sunscreens can be so white and smelly? That isn’t this one! It contains Zinc, cleaner ingredients than most other sunscreens, and it’s more of a matte finish – even my hubby likes it (he won’t admit it but at least he wears it!). Take care of your skin sista – you’ll thank me in the long run!

A couple of my favorite skincare products are by The Ordinary and this is one I just HAD to share! This at-home chemical peel is so awesome for the working woman or busy mom who just don’t have the time or resources to head to an esthetician regularly. Your kids and significant other might ask why you look the way you do after but it truly wakes up your skin. This baby is a pH balanced solution used to deeply exfoliate the surface level of skin, improve uneven texture, clear your pores, and more! I absolutely love it; I’ve used it for a long time now and every time I use it, I remember why I keep using it. This may be one of my favorite skincare products, but make sure not to use it too often – once a week is plenty and be sure to test it on an area of skin first!

Seint Creme

If you REALLY know me, you’ve heard me talk about Seint’s Creme (formerly known as Milk moisturizer) to no end. I truly cannot stress enough how good this stuff is and the fact that it’s great for just about any skin type just makes it that much better! My skin has never looked better after using this golden creme! It’s best used on dry, clean skin and a little trick I like to use is at night, after applying my creme, I go over it with a little bit of Vaseline or Aquaphor in those super dry spots to really hydrate them. You need this creme, even if you don’t think you do – haha it’s THAT good girlfriend!

Needle-less Serum by DRMTLGY

I use this serum along with a Vitamin C serum prescribed by my dermatologist and I feel like my skin looks so rejuvenated and happy when I wake up! The name is fitting as I don’t want to look like I’m aging (does anyone?) and the way my skin feels using this is just incredible. It’s meant to be used twice a day and it targets fine lines/wrinkles while re-hydrating your skin. One of the best parts about the Needle-less Serum is that it doesn’t leave you feeling oily or greasy like other serums can! It’s currently DRMTLGY’s best selling product and I can honestly say they truly outdid themselves with this one – it’s so good sista!

The biggest secret of all....WATER!

My most favorite skincare product of them all – WATER!! I can’t tell you how often we look to cremes, serums, face masques, etc. but we forget just how beneficial drinking water is for us. Our bodies need it and the biggest tip I can share here is to DRINK MORE WATER! One of the best ways to up my water intake I’ve found for myself is by carrying a water bottle or tumbler everywhere I go. It’s truly one of the best investments you can make in yourself and if you can find one with the straw, even better! You’re more likely to drink water from a bottle with a straw than from one you have to uncap – click this link to find some amazing ones by SimpleModern and find the perfect water bottle for you!

From Maskcara to Seint

cover photo for Seint blog
Seint blog post cover photo

Recently, Maskcara Beauty has made a pretty significant change to the company; they have officially moved on from Maskcara to Seint. With their upcoming birthday (January 15th) right around the corner, they finally revealed the surprise we have all been dying to hear. That being said, I have been receiving so many questions about this big change – why, when, who, etc. So keep reading to hopefully answer what you’ve been wondering!

Why Did They Change the Name?

Maskcara Beauty will always be a beloved part of our story. As the brand has grown, we have seen some issues with the name Maskcara; that the story of Cara’s blog gets lost, that we don’t actually sell mascara, that we don’t believe that makeup is a “mask,” and perhaps most importantly that this isn’t just Cara’s story. We wanted a name that Artists particularly could connect to and feel a sense of ownership of. Recognizing and enhancing the beauty that already exists in every face has always been our inspiration, so we are changing our name to better reflect our mission.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! A huge part of Maskcara has always been the Artists. While it is a direct sales company, the Artists are intended to be there for their customers every step of the way, not just for sales. They are, in a sense, your personal makeup artist, answering any questions you might have and helping you recognize the beauty that’s already there. In addition, the decision to say goodbye to Maskcara and introduce Seint is one Cara felt represented the company better than it’s former name. Seint no longer associates itself with just one woman, but with many, especially the Artists who connect women to each other!

What Does "Seint" Mean?

Maskcara or Seint makeup application

Our brand is about bringing beauty to the world and enhancing the beauty in every face. We believe there is a truth and a wholeness in beauty, and that concept kept bringing us back to beauty being divine and holy. We wanted a name that embraces the idea that beauty can stand on its own. The name is inspired by our belief that seeking, experiencing, and cultivating beauty is a sacred work; the work of saints. Saints aren’t made or created; they are simply recognized for the good they bring to the world. In a similar way, we believe that we don’t make or create beauty; we recognize, nurture, and preserve it.

“Seint” is the traditional French spelling of the word “Saint” and it’s perfect to describe the work of Artists, helping women recognize the beauty they have and enhancing it. I have always loved Maskcara because the makeup isn’t meant to hide your true beauty compared to other brands. Instead, it helps you see the beauty that’s  there and bring it to light!

Have the Products Changed?

Brushes, perfectors, palettes, and the skincare line are all getting an updated look, but the functionality of the product will stay the exact same. You will notice a very subtle change with the Seint rebranded tins.​

Seint has updated all of their product packaging to reflect the name change and let me just say how gorgeous all of it is! The former Maskcara makeup brushes have also received a gorgeous update to both the look and the names. You can read more about them here!  Shown below are some of the updated packaging/products in addition to the new makeup bag, travel case, and brush holder. Even though the packaging has changed, the HAC (Highlight and Contour) method is still the same, tried and true. The tools are even more beautiful now to use as you apply your makeup!

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Most products have received an update while others will be discontinued once their current stock is sold out. Those are: 

  • Milk Creme (Tidal)
  • Milk Toner (Tidal)
  • Milk Cleanser (Tidal)
  • Stay Setting Spray with SPF
 Any products that are limited edition/seasonal items will also be discontinued once they have sold out so make sure to go grab some of those goodies while they last! 

Overall, this company truly impresses me time and time again. The purpose, products, and Artist program have been an incredible experience to be a part of and I can’t wait to see how far it will go! I love being an Artist with this company and I have been one for going on 4 years now. The name Maskcara will forever hold a special place in my heart but I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Seint! Stay tuned for more and new products to come because there will be new eyeshadows, new foundation colors, and a brand new product ready to shine!

The BEST Fitness Program!

Happy New Year!! With 2021 finally here, I’ve gotten asked so many times about my fitness regime and so on. The BEST fitness  program to date has to be from my girl Jessie Hilgenburg!

I found Jessie  over five years ago and her approach to fitness. As someone who has always had stomach issues, I had a hard time gaining weight. I spent a lot of time looking for the right personal trainers for me. So many of these trainers would just talk about losing weight but I needed somebody that could actually understand gaining weight. I’m sure the other trainers did, they just didn’t talk about it. My very first time meeting Jessie, I traveled from Texas to Boise on my first solo plane ride. She was teaching a group of amazing women all about form, nutrition, macros, and her fitness plans. I hadn’t ever tried one of her plans but once I met her, I could never go without her programs. I haven’t done any other programs by trainers ever since. Jessie has completely changed my world!

I bought the Muscle Building 1 program to begin with. I felt like a beast, but I was ready to try a different program after some time and so then I tried the Home Edition program and fell in love. I’ve completed all of her programs except the Prenatal Edition, which I wish I had during my childbearing years. A fitness lifestyle is just that: it’s a LIFESTYLE. It’s not a short term gimmick and it is utilized forever.

I went into Jessie’s fitness programs planning on just working out and instead became a whole new person. The whole reason behind what I do and who I am right now is because of what I learned throughout the process of being a “Jessie’s Girl.” She has taught her girls well; not only did I receive amazing fitness programs, I realize now that it’s okay to have the snacks that I want to have. I can STILL get amazing results as long as I’m paying attention to what I’m doing. This truly is the best fitness program!

Jessie's Fitness Plans

I wanted to give you a bit of info on the programs she has now. I do have a code she has graciously shared and it allows you to receive $10 off any program which is an amazing deal. There are a total of 9 programs to choose from and they’re ALL truly the best fitness program you’ll find. I want to share what my favorites have been so keep reading to find out more! **I haven’t yet tried the Foundations training but I’m stoked to soon!

Muscle Building 1 & 2 – If you’re looking to cut out those fad/cookie-cutter diets, this program is amazing! Jessie teaches how to burn fat and gain muscle while letting you choose what to eat based on a nutritional macros guide. You will train and build lean muscle the right way in this 12-week edition. This program is great to train you how to fuel your body in all the right ways!

Home Edition – This is seriously the best at-home guide you can get! If you can’t get to the gym but you still want to get that workout in, this is for you. The program also includes a nutritional guide to go along with the workout plan. It lasts 12 weeks and is her most popular edition yet! Don’t be fooled though – it may be a home edition, but it’s just as intense as the rest of Jessie’s programs!

JG40 Gym & Home – I love this program because it includes workouts for at the gym AND for at home. What’s more is these workout can be done in just 40 minutes! The JG40 program lasts 12 weeks and focuses on both muscle building and fat burning. It’s the perfect program for those with a busy schedule and you only work out for less than 3 hours a week. You can’t beat that, right??

Bodyweight Beast – The Bodyweight program is amazing because you need ZERO equipment. It can be completely done at home and lasts just 4 weeks. It includes a nutritional and macros guide while teaching you to workout using only you body weight as resistance. This is great if you’re looking to switch up your training style between programs!

Foundations – I haven’t yet tried this program but after looking it over let me just say I can’t wait to! Jessie always stresses the importance of form and used to hold camps teaching all about it. This program can last 6-12 weeks and you’ll gain knowledge needed to squat, deadlift, overhead press, perform pull ups confidently and so much more – it’s amazing!

Again, my code is Joce10 to get that $10 discount off any program. Check out Jessie’s Instagram below as well to keep up with her and the Jessie’s Girls community! If you aren’t ready to commit to a workout program, make sure to check out Jessie’s Girls Daily. This offers online gym and home workouts as well as exclusive access to the Jessie’s Girls Facebook group! 

 

I can’t say enough about Jessie Hilgenburg and the journey that she had before creating her business and what she has always wanted to help women see. She continues to teach them to love who they are, take care of who they are, eat all the food, and work your butt off! If you or someone you know is looking for the best fitness program out there, Jessie is your girl! 

10 Books Recommended by You!

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You asked and so I am delivering! I’ve had so many people reach out for book recommendations and so I asked you all for some of your favorites to share with each other. Here’s a list of some of those awesome recommendations you gave – take a look and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share some of your favorites too not included! 

#1 Fail Until You Don't: Fight, Grind, Repeat by Bobby Bones

This one is solid gold and my personal recommendation for all! Bobby is a best selling author (if you haven’t read any of his works, look them up!) and this book was actually #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. In this specific Book, he tells some of his own personal experiences of failure, success, and what drove him along the way and he also includes stories of his own close friends as well as their successes.

#2 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book is everything in the title: the light and happiness that comes with living in the now and what it means to do so. This book is great for anyone on a path of self discovery or someone with anxiety. Seriously – it’s great for teaching you to let go off the stresses around you and live in the moment!

#3 The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

This is a must read for those who love the heart-wrenching true stories of the Holocaust. Recounted by Corrie ten Boom, a member of the ten Boom family, she tells of the families who were hidden during Nazi invasions and the role she played. Due to their help, all of the ten Boom’s Dutch family faced death in a concentration camp – all but Corrie who lived to tell their legacy.

#4 The Shack by William Paul Young

This book has been recommended by so many and is a must read for those who enjoy spiritual journeys and self awakening. After his daughter is kidnapped and evidence comes to light that she may have been brutally murdered in the Oregon wilderness, a father experiences meeting God in a few different forms and is taught hard lessons like forgiveness, love, and believing that you are not alone. It was recently developed into a motion picture however many readers will tell you that it just cannot compare to the book! The book truly tackles the question: Where is God when there’s so much pain in this world? Get ready to laugh, cry, and learn!

#5 Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Dr. Eggerichs and his wife give couples all the help they need to maintain a happy marriage throughout this book. They ask all the important questions and cover important issues that are common and can arise while showing the possibility of still giving love and respect to each other. The give the answers to all the questions you might have about why your spouse may be reacting negatively to different situations and how to respond and be there for each other in a healthy way!

#6 The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

This is a series full of historical fiction with adventure, romance, and more. Set in the 1940s, this tale is about a British ex-combat nurse named Claire Randall who, while on her honeymoon, discovers a portal that takes her back in time to the 1700s where she is forced to marry a Scots warrior in order to survive. From there, the adventures soar and the story has become an award winning series with seven books telling of Claire’s travels.

#7 Atomic Habits by James Clear

A self help book that changes your perspective and includes true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award winning artists, business leaders, and more. This book teaches you how to create new habits, motivate yourself, create an environment for success, and to get back on the path of getting down to business. Great for anyone from business owners and entrepreneurs to the stay at home parent.

#8 The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabille

If you’re into Enneagrams, this book is for you! Enneagrams are an ancient personality typing system that helps to describe how humans are wired in every way, both negatively and positively. In this book, authors Stabile and Morgan Cron take a different approach to explore Enneagrams and Christian spirituality to find a deeper knowledge of ourselves and our relationship with God. Not only does this book help you see yourself differently but it also brings perspective of how others see the world around you. 

#9 The Chimp Paradox by Prof. Steve Peters

If you know me, you know I talk about mindset a lot! This book has been recommended by so many for just that – mind management! If you need to find that motivation and that drive that you’re lacking, it could all be about changing that mindset first and foremost. Dr. Peters goes into depth to explain this, how to increase your happiness, build confidence, and bring about success.

#10 Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

 Another great self help book and the Washington Post quotes “memoir, motivational tips, Bible quotations and common-sense girl talk” all rolled into one. Rachel Hollis has created a novel that is funny, honest, and to the point helping women all over to remember their worth and who they are. She talks lies that she believed about herself for so long and how she overcame them and how you too can overcome the challenges you face and believe about yourself.