Today on the blog I wanted to share my skincare + an updated makeup routine for you guys. I’ve never shared my skincare routine on here because up until this year I never really found something that worked well for me. This is a routine that I’ve been using now for about 8 months and it has really, really helped my skin and hopefully you can add a few of these products to your skincare routine to help with any issues you might be having.

Let’s Talk Skincare

Growing up I never really had acne or any issues with my skin. In fact throughout high school I would wear foundation daily and not even wash my face before bed. Gross right? After I graduated I went to Cosmetology school and it was there that I started noticing acne popping up. This is where I started testing out skincare products to try to find the right fit for my skin.

I started using Aveda skincare because I went to an Aveda institute. I continued to have acne here and there and still wasn’t pleased with my skin. Being in the Cosmetology world and working at a few different salons and spas over the years I have tried a massive amount of skincare brands and products. I’ve tried Aveda, Skinceuticals, Hydropeptide, Tula, Hylunia, Dr Hauschka and the list goes on. I was never able to find a routine that worked well for my skin until this year.

I would label my skin as normal to oily and I am definitely more on the sensitive side. Bryson had been using CeraVe from the grocery store for a few months and was raving about it and suggesting I try it. I thought no way will this cheap grocery store skincare help me but I didn’t have much to loose. At the end of last year my skin was at an all time low and at the time I was using Tula. Needless to say I started using CeraVe cleaner and moisturizer about 10 months ago and I haven’t stopped. I was honestly surprised by how my skin reacted after using high end skincare for years. I guess the saying “less is more” can be true when it comes to skincare. Here is my current skincare routine.

Morning Routine:

I wash my face every morning with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. After I cleanse my face, I apply the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion with one pump of the Aczone gel (you do need a prescription from a dermatologist or doctor for this but it really has helped with acne breakouts). This is all I do before applying my makeup for the day.

Night Routine:

Before bed I wash my face again with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I actually wash my face 4 times if I wore makeup that day. I found that only washing my face 1-2 times still left makeup on my face and would cause breakouts. After I cleanse, every other night I apply Jan Marini Age Intervention Duality. This was another recommendations from my Dermatologist but it can be purchased online without a perscription. It works like a retinol cream and helps to diminish acne and acne scaring by promoting new skin production. I highly recommend this product if you have acne or acne scaring. I started by using it every 3-4 nights and worked it in to every other night as I am more sensitive. If I apply the Duality at night then that is my final step for my daily routine. If I do not apply the Duality I will apply the CeraVe Moisturizer again and hit the hay.

One last product I use as needed is End-Zit. This is something I started using a few years ago after a recommendation from SomethingNavy. Whenever I get the occasional zit which doesn’t happen often now, I apply this after cleansing at night and by the morning it is almost gone. I swear by this product for any breakouts it is literally like magic! These 5 products are the only products I am using on my skin. Again I think less is more. I was using masks, serums, oils, ect and my skin was only getting worse and worse. It was when I pulled back and started doing the bare minimum that I personally saw the best results in my skin.

A Few More Skincare Tips

  1. Be sure to drink a ton of water. All I really ever drink is coffee in the AM and water all day long. In reality you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily. This will really help to give your skin a healthy glow!
  2. I cut down on dairy and I really think that has helps my skin. I drink almond milk and only have dairy when I eat shredded cheese or sliced cheese with meals.
  3. See a dermatologist if you are having any issues with your skin like I was. By adding in Aczone and Duality which were both recommendations from my Derm I saw significant difference in my skin.

Let’s talk makeup

Like Skincare, I am a bit of a makeup junkie. I have tried tons of difference brands of makeup especially foundations. I’ve used drugstore foundation to Chanel and Dior foundations and my current routine is one I am really loving. After I wash and moisturize my face I always apply the Laura Mercier Protect Primer with SPF. This helps to even skin tone, protect your skin from the sun and prep for your foundation. Next depending on my day and what kind of coverage I want I will either use my It Cosmetics CC Cream (for a more natural + laid back day) or my Laura Mercier Flawless Foundation (medium-full coverage, flawless look). I really love both of these foundations and after trying tons of foundations, CC and BB creams these are my top two picks. I apply both products with my Tarte Airbrush Finish Brush and I think that really helps to get a smooth, flawless application.

After foundation I like to apply a powder to set the foundation. I’ve used the Makeup Forever Pro Powder for years and I love the coverage and how long it lasts on my face. It is more a matte finish but that is what I like. After powder I apply the Laura Mercier Bronzer to the outsides of my face and some contouring. Next depending on the day sometimes I will apply some Laura Mercier Highlighter for a glow or Benefit Boi-ing Concealer if needed under my eyes.

After most of my face makeup is applied I will add some color to my cheeks, a bit to my forehead and the tip of my nose using blush. I use either my Tarte blush or my Milani blush (a good drugstore find). For my brows I actually use my Naked2 Eye Shadow Pallet and I use the brown shade. I don’t typically wear a ton of eye shadow but this is the only pallet I use when I do. I love all of the colors and they’re perfect for everyday wear. I finish off my eye makeup with some Stila Liquid Liner (all time favorite liquid liner) and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I’ve used this mascara for years and love it. Lastly I finish off my makeup with a lip color. I love the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in the color #44 for everyday wear or the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in the color #55 Romance. I could write a whole post about lipsticks and color but I will save that for another day.

And that it for my daily skincare + makeup routine! I have been SO happy with how my skin looks not only without makeup but also with makeup. My skin looks more even and makeup sits better and lasts longer on my skin. I hope you guys liked this post and you are able to pick up a new product to try whether it is for your skincare of makeup routine. Shop all of my products via the images below. Thanks for stopping by! xx

A few days ago I posted this photo on my Instagram and I asked all of you what questions you have for me regarding hair. I get questions here and there about how I style, what products and tools I use, how I keep my hair healthy looking, ect. So I wanted to compile all of your hair related questions into one Q&A blog post to help make a reference guide for you guys to come back to. I am no hair expert although I do have my Cosmetology license and I spent 2 years working in a salon. These are just the tips and tricks that have worked for me along with some hair knowledge I have from my background. Lets jump into it.

Q: What do you use to protect your hair from tools and heat?

A: I actually shower at night and let my hair air dry before bed and while I sleep. I very rarely blow dry my hair (I’m talking maybe 5 times a year) so the only time I use heat on my hair is when I curl it which isn’t everyday. After I shower sometimes I will use It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner or I also love the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser Oil Primer + Heat Protector. Both products give you the effects of leave in conditioner + they de-tangle, strengthen and protect your hair. Lastly I just started using the Bumble and Bumble Does it All Hairspray which also has a mild heat protector. I will spray my hair when its dry before I curl it to give me some hold as well as protection.

Q: How do you control split ends?

A: Good question! I think this goes back to how you care for your hair in the first place. I strongly recommend using as little heat on your hair as possible and using a strengthening shampoo and conditioner as well as a heat protection like those I recommended above. As I said I very rarely blow dry my hair which I think cuts down on split ends. Try showering at night at least a few times a week to let your hair air dry. I also recommend getting a hair cut as needed – I cut my hair about 2 times a year. And DON’T pick or pull your split ends – It will only make them worse. Go see your stylist to get them taken care of!

Q: How do you curl/style your hair? What curling iron do you use?

A: I actually use a Marcel Iron for my everyday curls which is what we were taught to use in Cosmetology school but you can replicate the same waves with any wand or curling iron. I usually section my hair into two parts, the top and bottom and I start with the bottom section. Hold the curling iron or wand straight up and down and wrap your hair around the iron curling all curls away from your face. Leave about 1 inch of hair out at the ends if you want the beach, undone curls that I usually do. Continue to curl both sides of the bottom section and then move to the top doing the same thing. Once you’ve curled your entire head, let the curls cool before running your hands through them. Finish off with some light hold hair spray like the Bumble and Bumble Does it All or some salt spray. I use the Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion. Wah-lah! I hope that makes sense – if you need more help just ask!

Q: How do you keep your hair so healthy looking?

A: Honestly, I don’t do anything too magical. As I said before I shower at night and let my hair air dry and I think that really helps to keep it healthy. I only use heat when I curl my hair which again isn’t everyday. I take daily vitamins and drink a ton of water which helps with just about everything in your body and I try to eat as healthy as possible (most days). If your struggling with keeping your hair healthy I recommend Biotin vitamins which is really good for your hair, skin and nails. I also recommend trying to reduce heat and absolutely use a heat protectant when heat is necessary. Get hair trims regularly and ask for a deep conditioning treatment from your stylist which can be easily added onto your hair cut at the shampoo bowl.

Q: How often do you trim your hair?

A: I usually get my hair cut about 2 times a year and typically I get 1.5-2 inches taken off the ends. This routine has worked for me for probably the last 3-4 years ever since I started washing my hair at night. I can’t stress how much showering at night has helped my hair and has allowed me to go longer in between hair cuts.

Q: Do you wear hair extensions?

A: Nope! I actually wore clip in hair extensions from freshman or sophomore year of high school through my graduation because I got a bad hair cut and absolutely HATED my hair without the extensions. Once I started Cosmetology school I stopped wearing them and my hair grew long enough where I didn’t feel like I needed them anymore.

Q: What are your favorite tips for highlighting to minimize damage?

A: Good question! I recently started getting balayage done to my hair which is a highlight process that typically doesn’t require foils, doesn’t require heat to process and it doesn’t seem to use as much bleach. I honestly do not feel a difference in texture after I get my hair done and I think it is because the process of balayage isn’t as damaging as say a full head of foil highlights. Consider asking your stylist about this routine and the no-heat processing (meaning they don’t put you under a heat lamp to process your highlights). Also I strongly recommend a strengthening shampoo and conditioner if you do any type of lightening on your hair.

Q: Do you like wands or curling irons better? What brand iron do you have?

A: Honestly I like curling irons but more specifically my Marcel Iron the best. With wands I always tend to burn myself and I can get the same effects from my Marcel Iron so that just works better for me. I do have a Hot Tools curling wand and I don’t mind it but I usually stick to my Marcel Iron which is also by Hot Tools.

Q: How do you keep your curls intact throughout the day?

A: Hairspray! But also my hair has always held curls pretty well so that helps. But definitely use hairspray before and after you curl and that will help you keep your curls throughout the day.

Q: What kind of color do you request at the salon?

A: I usually book the appointment for a balayage or a full highlight. Once I get to the salon I always show my stylist at least 2-3 photos of the color I am looking to achieve and from there they typically just know what to do. From being both a hair stylist and a customer, I cannot stress how important having photos to show your stylist is. This will help put both of you on the same page for what you are expecting out of the appointment. I usually find my inspiration from Pinterest or girls I follow on Instagram.  If you see a hair color you like just save it to your phone for your next hair appointment!

I hope I was able to answer most of your questions! A lot of you had the same questions just asked in different ways. If you have one that I didn’t answer just send me an email to jennifer@jenniferxlauren.com or a direct message on Instagram and I will get back with you!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I would put together another handy gift guide to help with any Valentine’s shopping you might have. I’ve included ideas for both guys and girls to help shopping for moms, dads, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives or even your galentines that much easier. I’m personally the type that would prefer flowers and a date night out rather than anything but I mean I’m not going to refuse that Gucci belt either.

I hope you find this gift guide useful in shopping for your loved ones and thank you as always for stopping by!

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Pj tank – Madewell | Pj shorts – Madewell | Bralette – Melvina

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Hat – Lack of Color | Top – Sincerely Jules | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Sandals – Schutz

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Flats – Miu Miu

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Choker – Forever 21 | Tank – H&M | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – Forever 21 | Bag – Chanel

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Bag – Gucci | Card holder – YSL | Sunglasses – Dior | Perfume – Chloe

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Top – Forever 21 | Sunglasses – Dior | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – Forever 21 | Bag – Chanel

 Happy Monday loves! I hope you had a great weekend. We traveled to Houston on Saturday for Bryson’s nieces 2nd birthday party and it was so much fun and good to see his family. Sunday we spent relaxing and getting ready for the week.

I wanted to do a quick Instagram round up because I haven’t done one in a while and I’ve had a few questions about different items I’ve shared that have not been included in a blog post yet. I am obsessed with just about everything above but most importantly this new pj set from Madewell and these new Miu Miu ballet flats. I wore them for the first time today actually and I am even more obsessed than when I opened them.

I hope you all have a good week!

 

Shop the Nordstrom #nsale HERE

If you’ve been living under a rock you might have no idea that Nordstrom is having their biggest sale of the year. If you don’t live under a rock then you probably already knew and if you’re like me you’ve shopped it a few times this year.

Nordstrom has their #nsale once a year and the reason it is so great is not just because it is a sale, but because the sale items are new inventory that are marked down only until August 8th. Come August 9th these must have items will be back to their normal full price. This is Nordstrom’s way of saying thank you to their customers and we couldn’t be more thankful!

I went through the whole sale section and hand picked my favorite must haves from the sale. If you want to check the items out simply click on the black plus sign on the image above and that will take you to the Nordstrom site.

To check out the rest of the sale click HERE – Happy shopping!

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