Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fresh New Hair for Fall (whenever it decides to arrive in Texas)

One of my early and favorite posts on Beautypendence was about my longtime hairstylist, Mark. I created a super cool collage of my hair over the past 10 years. Per the historical record, I’ve been wearing my hair fairly long since about 2009. This summer I cut a few inches off, but the weekend before last, I was ready for major change.

I’ve always been attracted to short hair. Short hair is so chic and stylish, two qualities I really felt my long hair was lacking. I’ve always communicated to Mark that I want my hair to be a little sexy, and a little rock and roll. Versatility is also important to me. I get bored wearing my hair just one way all the time.

While the runways continue to parade models with long hair, Hollywood has definitely jumped on the short hair train. Think Ginnifer Goodwin (so fierce), Emma Watson (tres chic), and my current hair inspiration, Michelle Williams. Her recent ad campaign with Louis Vuitton is so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I brought these photos in to show Mark. (Hairstylists love it when you bring them photos!)

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton ad campaign Continue reading

Jenn’s Skincare Regimen

It’s now been two years since Beautypendence launched in September 2011. Wow! In that time, not only have I partaken in wonderful spa treatments and tried on A LOT of makeup, but I have learned tons about skincare. More specifically, I’ve honed in on what works best for me. We are all unique and different, so each of us requires a customized routine.

I have dry skin, fairly sensitive with mild rosacea. My skin responds better to gentle treatment. The more I do to my skin, the angrier it gets at me. All in all, I count myself lucky. (Thanks for the good genes, Mom!) But don’t you doubt for a second that I work at maintaining my healthy complexion. Here’s a look into my current skin regimen, day and night.


Jenn's nighttime regimen: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover, Naturopathica Oat Facial Polish, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Hard Night Good Morning Daytime Moisturizer Continue reading

Judicial Review: Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #6

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in boxThe makeup experts say that if you have dry skin, then cream blush is a better option over powder blush. And if you read the reviews on Beautypedia, Make Up For Ever has one of the best-rated cream blush options. Many times I’ve tested their HD Microfinish Blush at Sephora, and the strong pigmentation scared me off every time. Last fall, at the Make Up Bag Remix event, I finally received proper instruction direct from the source, and now it’s a favorite item in my makeup kit. Don’t worry, I’ll share with you the trade secret to using this fabulous cream blush.

HD Blush comes in 14 shades, and per the website, “Its mattifying and light-reflecting pigments were specifically selected for a perfect application.” The shade I bought was the one the Make Up For Ever artist used on me – 6 “Quickie”, a salmon pink shade. Paraben free, dermatologist tested, all that good stuff. Continue reading