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Hello: Peru

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Queso, Queso!" a little girl shouted as we were taking a photo together. Bernie and I spotted the two cutest girls in traditional Peruvian attire holding goats. Right before we took the photo, they two girls leaned forward at the same time to hand the goats to us. "No thanks," we both said. I'm all for pets but I don't have a desire to hold a goat. She was saying Queso, Queso - the same way little kids say "cheese" when they take a photo in America, how cute. 

I loved Peru! We had such a great time there. We flew from New York to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and then on to Lima, Peru where we had the longest layover ever. We caught a flight on LAM to Cusco early the next morning. My greatest fear headed into the trip was the altitude. I did so much research. Nothing worse than getting a headache while on vacation. Prior to the trip, I went to the doctor and got a prescription for altitude medication. It worked like a charm! We started at the top - Cusco, which had the highest elevation. Later during the trip, we went to Machu Picchu which had a lower elevation. Lots of people told us to do the opposite, work your way down and then up but I think what we did was better. By the time we got to Machu Picchu we were fully adjusted to the altitude. We just took it slow on Day one in Cusco, drank a lot of coco tea - took our prescription and chilled. 

When we arrived at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco we were blown away at how beautiful this hotel is. The staff was amazing, the service was amazing; upon arrival we were introduced to coco tea (optional) and ushered over to the buffet for some breakfast while we waited for our room. 


Our room was modern, spacious and had a great review of the main courtyard. The hotel had a spa/pool, it was was often empty and we would go there to relax after wandering through the streets of Cusco all day. Our days were filled with tours and shopping! Before you book a trip to Lima, I highly suggest researching the weather. We went in May and the weather was up and down. In Lima the weather was hot, in Cusco the weather was super cold and in Machu Picchu the weather was really hot. Super confusing! My birthday had just passed and Bernie's birthday was quicking approaching, the hotel surprised us one night with a birthday card and a delicious cake! 

The U.S dollar goes a long way in Lima, I felt like a baller! I was ordering all the seafood I wanted, pisco sours, and more. Food was cheap, the tours - not so much. We booked directly with the hotel to make sure the transfers were reliable. The entire trip felt like one big work out. Bring your best sneakers! We did a ton of walking and climbing. 

To travel to Machu Picchu we took the train. We didn't have enough time to backpack the route like a lot of people do. We traveled by cab to Ollantaytambo station, from there we took a Peru Rail train to Machu Picchu station. The ride was lovely. It reminded me of Amtrak. You could choose what type of train car you wanted, they played smoothing music along the way and offered you beverages and snacks. Once you reached Machu Picchu station, you had to take a bus up the mountain. Once you got to the top, you reached the entrance. The line wasn't too bad when we went but we also went very early. We found our tour guard Moses when we arrived. He was excellent. I definitively recommend paying for a tour guide to better understand exactly what you are seeing once you get inside. If you do it on your own, you'll just be starring at a bunch of rocks and will have no idea what you're looking at. The larger the group, the cheaper the guide. Unfortunately, when we went their weren't too many English speaking tourists (mostly Spanish) and we had to do a private tour. It worked out for the best, the tour went by faster and we were able to ask Moses a lot of questions on our own. He also served as our photographer and took a bunch of photos of us. 

Heads up, they only allow a certain amount of people inside a day. Book your entrance tickets early, months early! Then book your train tickets (if you aren't climbing). You can book your bus tickets once you arrive at Machu Picchu station. Staying overnight in Machu Picchu is optional. It really depends how much time you want to spend there. We spent one fun night at the El Mapi Hotel, probably the most modern and affordable hotel there. Our hotel accommodations came with free breakfast and dinner! Not bad right? 

The walls are thin. I could literally hear everyone in the hall but it did it's job, it was meant to be a one nighter hotel - not long term. 


Machu Picchu is rich with fascinating history and boy it's exhausting. If you have a bad knee, foot, leg, forget it. All this climbing is a workout, parts of it can be quite dangerous because you are climbing down rocks so it's important to stay safe. I saw a lot of people with small children and I was wondering how those kids handled it but they managed. I'm not sure if I would bring small children younger than ten if I were to go again. 


I can say it took us a while to find food we liked. In New York we have a restaurant called Pio Pio. It's famous for Peruvian chicken and rice and green sauce. I guess I thought I would find a ton of places like that in Cusco, I was wrong. (later I learned spots like that, more modern, can be found in Lima). Cusco is a lot more traditional Peruvian cuisine mixed with (are you ready for this?) Italian! Yes, Italian. It was literally everywhere! Tons of pasta and pizza. I thought to myself, how good could this be? But honestly, it was delicious. One day we caved in and ate dinner at La Bodega. Not only was it cheap but it was delicious! By far, our favorite places to eat were two seafood restaurants: Limo (in Cusco, Peru) and Cala (in Lima). If I went back, I'd just eat there the whole time. We only spent 24 hours in Lima on our last day so I have to go back and experience it again. I can't wait! Perhaps in 2017! I have a lot of places on my list. 

Where am I off to next? Stay tuned! Follow my adventures on Instagam @jetsetjonesy and snapchat @luvjonesy 

La Prairie Skin Care Review

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It was a Friday and I was at work on my birthday. A few of my coworker-friends gave me beautiful flowers and a tasty slice of cake! Later a birthday package arrived from another friend. I opened the box and inside was a bottle of La Prairie luxe cream! Cool, I thought. I have to be honest. I have never heard of La Prairie before. (unlike the popular La Mer) The words "skin caviar" definitely caught my eye. My coworker Chelsea ran over to see what the fuss was all about. She had never heard of it either. I put the box away and quickly got back to work. My mornings are usually super busy.

Moments later I heard ... 'oh my god that cream is $400' what the ...

Chelsea googled it. Stunned, I decided to google it too. Sure enough, oh my god that cream is $400. What in the world does it feel like to put a $400 facial cream on your face that's equivalent to a round trip ticket from New York to Los Angeles? A first class upgrade fee? A hotel stay at a four or five star hotel? A six course dinner at a nice restaurant? or VIP seats to see Beyonce?

I will say this. A little goes a long way so although the price seem a bit much, trust me it will last for a very long time! Now, lets get back to the cream. Yes, I have a very generous friend who thought I would fully appreciate this and boy did I! The first night, after I washed my faced I couldn't WAIT to slap this on. What in the world was it going to do to me? Here's what it says online:

This lavish cream by La Prairie is legendary. It is a lifting and firming phenomenon infused with caviar extract to help support natural contours, profoundly improving the appearance of skin's elasticity and tone. Unique proteins create a transformative satiny smoothness and a silken texture, while the brand's exclusive Cellular Complex allows skin cells to become rejuvenated and thrive. Skin is firmed and lifted.

It a nutshell, it makes your skin feel hella smooth and look crazy flawless. You wake up, flawless / Post up, flawless / Ride round in it, flawless / Flossin on that, flawless…

Now sometimes when you buy something new, especially a skin cream, it's really hard to see what a difference it's making right away. Sometimes I don't realize how wonderful a product is until I stop using it. Same goes with this product. After weeks of using it, I would look at myself in the mirror and think ... "does my skin look any different than it did a few days ago?" I wasn't sure until I went to work one week. I was walking down the hall and I ran into someone I knew who complemented my skin. Later on that day, someone else complemented me saying that my makeup looked so nice and that I was "glowing." I've been wearing this same foundation I wear all the time (which is amazing by the way) but on this day, I was glowing. You know why? That damn skin cream that's why! It had to be the reason because other than that I wasn't really doing any different.

So, in closing ... is it worth purchasing? Sure, if you have $400-plus to spare why not. If you want to tell your husband, boyfriend, wife, girlfriend to splurge on you, why not. Is it life changing? I don't know. But, it's definitely an investment in your skin. Like I mentioned, a little goes a long way. This product will last you a very long time.

Have you tried this product or know of something similar? Comment below and let's chat about it! 

M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Monday, August 29, 2016

So, back in college I thought foundation was meant to cover ALL your imperfections so I purchased products that were very heavy - dare I say cakey? Products that would give me a ton of coverage. The problem was, these products often made me look like I had a pound of makeup on, it wasn't flattering and didn't give me a natural look.

Now that I'm older, I've learned a lot more about makeup, makeup application techniques and I take better care of my skin. I also eat a lot healthier. The more you can make your foundation look like skin, the better. This is one of the reasons I absolutely love the M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (NC 45)  - it looks like your skin! A little goes a long way. You don't have to apply very much. I mostly use this product to even out my skin tone. Honestly, you can't really tell that much of a difference from when I'm wearing it and when I'm not wearing it. It just makes my skin appear even, smooth, and a little more flawless.

Did I mention it's waterproof? This is especially important in the summer when you sweat! This means you won't be sweating your makeup off. I recently did a volunteer event with my job and we had to build a brand new playground in under three hours on the hottest day in Boston. It was HOT! I looked around and my coworker is literally dripping in sweat. I was hot too, trust me. She turned to me and said "How the hell is your make up still holding up in this weather? You literally look like you did this morning before we got here." meanwhile I was working my tail off trying to put this slide together under the beaming sun. It was the foundation. It's just that good - it held up! I'm sold. I've been wearing it for about a year now and it's my favorite.

The only con to this makeup is that sometimes it transfers especially if you don't set it. It's creamy! It's similar to the consistency of a tinted moisturizer but with better coverage.  Set this ish or else! Once it sets, however, transfer is rare. If you don't set it well enough, you might find some of it on your collar which is the most annoying pain so just make sure to use a great setting powder. Once I'm done applying it (usually with a beauty blender sponge) I like to use the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Fix + to set it and forget it.

What's your favorite foundation? Let's chat about great setting powders too! Comment below. By the way, you can check out my makeup for yourself. Follow me on instagram @JetSetJonesy and on the Snap @LuvJonesy

Travel Bucket List: Hello Barbados (50 Shades of Blue)

Monday, August 15, 2016
The luxury of Barbados brings many tourists to the Caribbean every year, and with its colorful culture and foodie scene, Barbados offers a lot more than beautiful blue waters. Did you know? Barbados gets many of its traditions from West African and British cultures. Your Barbados adventure will begin at Grantley Adams International Airport. From there, look forward to festivals, sporting events, and much more! 

When I arrived to Barbados, I couldn’t wait to check out my room at the Coral Reef Club, an intimate, tropical paradise spread across 12 acres of flower-filled gardens. Talk about luxury! This family- owned, five-star resort is located on the west coast of Barbados, merely a 30 minute drive from the airport.

When I wasn’t spending my day lounging by the pool or beach, I was enjoy pampering at the resort spa, which offers a variety of spa services including massages and facials. On my very first day, I enjoyed lunch at the restaurant on the property for a delicious West Indian meal and a cool glass of rum punch! Seriously, the best rum punch I’ve ever had.

The next day, I took a tour of St. Nicholas Abbey, one of the most historical landmarks in the Western Hemisphere. The 400 acre plantation has over 200 acres of sugar cane fields. I saw so many beautiful antiques, some dating back to the 1800s, still preserved in the home. To learn more about the home you can take advantage of a complimentary guided tour (subject to availability) which includes a short film on its history.

The best part of the tour – the rum!  If you didn’t know, Barbados is world- famous for its rum and St. Nicholas Abbey is the place to sample it because it has a long tradition of producing it. While I was there, I had a chance to explore the distillery where they create the rum. The most interesting fact I learned about St. Nicholas Abbey is that they use a traditional distillation process on the rum, the same process they’ve used for more than 300 years – wow!

If you’re visiting Barbados, you must visit Hunte’s Garden, aka the best location for an engagement proposal (just sayin!) I got a chance to meet with the owner, Anthony Hunte, a really interesting British man who made his home in Barbados. We talked about everything from rum to Rihanna! When you arrive to his garden, he has a sign on the chair that says "Please Ring the Bell." Once he hears the bell, he magically appears out of nowhere and greets you! I’m sure he heard me loud and clear because I didn’t realize the bell was so heavy and I dropped it. Luckily, it stayed intact. 

The best part of my trip was lunch at the Cliff Beach Club. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Do you hear me! I thought I was in the South of France. The beautiful view, the vibe, the food, the people! Just amazing. 

I started with the lobster bisque, which was poured table-side, served with a ciboulette cream! To be honest, I had no idea what ciboulette cream was but I figured it had to be good and it was delicious. Next, the spicy spaghetti vongol, which was prepared using fresh local seafood. My waitress was awesome, she warned me about the spice so I put it to the side and boy am I glad. It was super spicy! 

Later that evening, I went to Mullins Beach Bar & Grill to listen to live music! Kevan Sahai, a local musician who plays at the bar, reminds me of a mix between Bruno Mars and John Mayer. He’s amazingly talented! I could only hope whoever found Rihanna, discovers him too because what a talent. I danced all night long singing songs and mingling with a diverse crowd of locals and tourists. 

I didn’t have a chance to jump on the Jammin Catamaran Cruise the following day, instead I had to jump on a flight off to my next adventure. I’ll definitely go back to experience this because what better way to enjoy the beautiful waters of Barbados than by boat? Since I arrived on Saturday, I missed the Friday night fish fry at Oistins, another must on my list!

Oh Barbados, you’ll forever be one of my favorite destinations. 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A few weeks ago I booked an appointment at the Mario Badescu Salon after my friend raved about the treatments there.I didn't realize that they offer one of the best facials in New York City. Mario Badescu's spa may not be as 'posh' as Bliss but the facials are outstanding. Don't expect quiet quarters, champagne, and zen music but do expect to walk away with beautiful skin.

I booked an early appointment - 9am! I was stunned at how many people were already there so early and 60 minutes later when I walked out, the place was PACKED with women and men, old and young, ready to get their skin care on! This must be the best kept secret ever. While you're paying $100-plus for a facial at a high end salon, you can get a facial here for only $65. Of course, the additions are extra but the basic facial is a wonderful affordable price. The best thing about starting with the basic facial is that you're able to get a clear idea on what treatments you should book in the future.

The skin specialists wear white coats similar to doctors and really know what they're talking about. They can also recommend what's best for your skin and won't try to up sell you just to get a dollar. After your appointment, you're whisked off (this is optional) to a room filled with products. Another skin specialist will suggest a variety of products that you should try based on your skin examination. She filled up a bag (FILLED IT UP) with all of the products in a sample size that she recommended for me to try. I had at least a month worth of samples and I couldn't wait to test them out. A few weeks after my appointment, I got a letter in the mail from the spa thanking me for my service and they even included a discount for my next visit.

I'm interested in trying The Glycolic Acid Treatment. This treatment is an all-natural, rapid exfoliating treatment that stimulates cellular turnover to help you regain a healthy, smooth, and even complexion. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane that works to loosen the bond that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them to slough away revealing fresh, new skin underneath. The spa offer 6 treatments for $250.

Regular glycolic treatments will result in:
  • Minimizing pore congestion and blackheads
  • Minimizing discoloration from old acne and sun exposure as well as softening the look of fine lines and dull skin.
Now, that my breakouts have stopped thanks to the Murad Pure Skin Supplements (read my review here), I look forward to removing minimal discoloration and any dullness in my skin. Do you have a favorite Mario Badescu product? Comment below! I'd love to hear about it. 

Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement Review

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm back and I discovered the best dietary supplement for radiant clear skin! I was on Snapchat one day (follow me at: luvjonesy) and I was watching one of my favorite YouTuber's talk about her skin. Lately, her skin has been looking amazing! I wondered what her secret was and she revealed it one day - Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement. I've tried every lotion and potion but never could really get my skin to completely calm down at certain times. I have really good months and then some bad. This summer, my skin was amazing! I hardly wore makeup but then after I started a new job my skin started to change. I was getting more breakouts than normal and I wasn't quite sure why or what to do. I consulted a new Dermatologist and even tried some new products. It seemed to help a little but during that time of the month (when you are more hormonal) I'd still get breakouts. That's when I discovered Murad and decided to try them out. I went to Sephora and was told they were SOLD OUT! Wow, these must be good. I remember walking, determined to get to another location 10 blocks away to pick up a bottle. 

I started by taking two pills in the morning and then two at night. I did this for a month and I noticed amazing results right away. No more breakouts, my skin looked radiant and I was well on my way to recovery. I purchased my bottle at Sephora for $43 but you can also purchase the pills on the Murad website which offers an auto-delivery option (save 20% off) and guarantees you'll never fall behind. To save money, I decided to reduce my intake from four pills a day to only two. Since I didn't suffer from bad acne, I decided that four wasn't all that necessary to get the results I wanted. I suggest starting your first month with four but eventually testing it out to see if you can reduce it down to two. 

Side effects? I didn't really experience any except that your urine will turn a bright yellow color. This caught me off guard but it's definitely not the end of the world. 

Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement is suggested for people looking to:
• Have clearer, healthier-looking skin
• Help prevent clogged pores
• Enhance internal defense against acne

Well all know that clogged pores is a cause of acne and if you've suffered from cystic acne (which is the worst if you ask me) it can be quite difficult to find a facial wash or topical treatment that will rid of it. That's why skin supplements are such a great option. If you suffer from cystic acne I definitely recommend this product. It's been about 3 months and I can't remember the last time I had one pimple. Amazing right? To make my skin even more fantastic I've been getting facials at the Mario Badescu Skin Center in New York City. 

Have you tried these pills and did you like them? Comment below. Stay tuned, I will be doing another full review of this product as well as other products I love for the skin on my YouTube Channel (subscribe here)

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