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

Sweater – Free People | Jeans – GRLFRND Denim | Slides – Gucci | Bag – Gucci

Happy September guys!

Last week Bryson and I were in Michigan for my brothers wedding and let me tell you – it gave me all of the fall feelings. I love the weather up there right now, the changing leaves, the crisp air. I was finally able to bust out a pair of jeans (my new favs above) and I think I wore sweaters 95% of the week we were there. Totally my favorite season + time of year no questions asked!

Today I wanted to share 7 of my favorite fall staples with you guys. In order to do fall correctly (in my book) you need to have one of each of the following in your closet;

A favorite go to sweater

A statement jacket

A good pair of jeans

A sweater dress

A favorite pair of boots

A pair of flat shoes

Fall accessories

I hope you guys liked these fall staple picks. Stay tuned for more fall style posts coming soon!

 

Shop my top picks via the + icon next to each item above!

Happy day one of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (if you’re a Nordstrom card holder, if not don’t worry you can shop the sale starting the 21st). I am ashamed/proud to say I already have a large cart full of goodies waiting to checkout. There are SO MANY good things on sale from clothes to shoes to beauty and home decor. Above are my top picks and some of the things I am checking out with. These are also the things I think will sell out the fastest.

I plan to share what I am purchasing plus my top beauty and home decor picks as the sale progresses so stay tuned for that! You can also shop ALL of my Nordstrom Sale Picks at the very top of my website under the Nordstrom Sale Picks tab.

As always if you have any questions about the sale feel OR if you just want advice on a certain item – I’m your girl! Shoot me an email to jennifer@jenniferxlauren.com. Happy shopping!

Dress – For Love and Lemons

The above photo is an actual shot of me running to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! 🙂

But on a serious note – the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my form of Black Friday but 100x better because the sale actually includes things I want/need. If you’ve never shopped the upcoming NSale before or you don’t understand what all the hype is about don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! I’m here to share my insights about the sale and why it truly is a must shop sale. I also plan to share my favorite sale picks in upcoming posts later this week so stay tuned for that!

What Is the NSale and Why Should I Shop It?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or NSale is the sale of all sales. Why? Because most of the time retailers are putting items on sale that they are looking to get rid of. That’s not the case for the NSale. This sale includes new inventory for the fall/winter and is NOT the items Nordstrom is looking to get rid of. These are NEW items that are only marked down for the time limit of the sale and then they go back up to full price for the remainder of the season.

If you’re needing new designer jeans (or just want to splurge on some because hey they’re finally discounted) this sale is the time to shop them. Need some new boots for the fall/winter? Shop them during this sale! Always wanted a nice designer handbag but you haven’t been able to bite the bullet on the price tag? Buy that bag during this sale and save some $$! I promise you, you do not want to miss this one.

When Does This Sale Start?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public July 21st – August 6th. If you are a Nordstrom card holder you get EARLY ACCESS starting this Thursday July 13th. The best things tend to go early (duh) so if you are a card holder be sure to take advantage of those 8 days where you get first pick! All of the sale items go back to full price on August 7th.

You can shop the sale both online and in store. I prefer to shop online and do in store pickup if the item I am shopping for is available at my local Nordstrom.

If you want early access and do not have the Nordstrom card yet you can still sign up > here < I did it just to have access to the sale. You know I can’t miss out on the early deals!

What Should I Buy?

I personally recommend investing in those items that you’ve had your eye on that are now on sale OR those splurge items you wouldn’t normally want to pay full price for. Last year I bought a pair of jeans, some shoes, some workout clothes + I got Bryson a whole new update on his wardrobe. He got everything from jeans, to shoes to Calvin Klein underwear and a Topman bomber jacket. So maybe you don’t really need anything (who are you kidding?) but maybe your spouse or kid needs a wardrobe update. Perfect time to do this!

The items that go fastest are the shoes, bags and jeans so if you’re in need of one of those definitely shop them first. I plan to break down my favorite from each category late this week so stay tuned for that OR if you need personal shopping help send me an email to jennifer@jenniferxlauren.com and I would be happy to help pick some goodies for you!

I hope this information has got you excited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and as always if you have any questions feel free to email me! Don’t forget EARLY ACCESS starts this Thursday the 13th if you have the Nordstrom card. Stay tuned for my favorite sale picks coming in the upcoming posts later this week.

 

Hat – Forever 21 | Top – Rails | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Shoes – Converse

This year has been my busiest year ever for travel. I have been in and out of the airports at least once a month this entire year going mainly from California to Texas and up to Michigan. Now that might not be a big deal to some but for me that’s a lot of traveling. All this flying and travel has helped me master not only tips on how to fall asleep on a plane (I used to be too nervous to even sit still) but more importantly how to pack and stay organized on trips. I thought I would share my top 5 travel tips with you guys today!

5 Tips for Travel

  1. Pack in outfits – This tip is a big one for me. I used to be that girl who just threw in my favorite pieces from my closet in hopes to make outfits when I got to wherever I was headed. Now I have learned to only pack in outfits (with a few additional loose items if needed) to avoid over packing and to make life easier on the go. I will usually try my outfits on before I pack them to ensure I have everything I need for that look from strapless bras to the right pair of shoes. Once the outfit is together I pack it close together in my suitcase.
  2. Roll your clothes – Some of you might be familiar with this tip but if you aren’t this is a huge space saver and anti-wrinkle trick for ya! Roll all the items you can in your suitcase into a small hotdog shape and pile the rolled clothes together like logs in your suitcase. This helps big time with space but I’ve also found it helps keep some items from getting wrinkled as easily. Try it once and you will never be folding clothes into a suitcase again.
  3. Bring a steamer – My $35 Conair steamer is a life saver and I do not travel anywhere without it. Its a handheld and easy to pack steamer that can literally make any clothing item look fresh and ironed. I have had 2 of these steamers over the course of the last 4 years and I use them nonstop. Even if I am going somewhere for the night or the weekend I throw this baby in my bag because there is always that one top or dress that you wish you could steam the wrinkles out of. I swear by this steamer and have turned so many people onto it.
  4. Unpack when you get there – No matter if I am going to a hotel or an Airbnb I always utilize the closets and the drawers in our room. This helps me space out what I brought so when I go to get ready I can see what I brought instead of trying to dig through my suitcase and remember what outfits and such I have. I HATE living out of a suitcase so I always try to unpack as much as possible wherever I am to help me feel more organized.
  5. Know your trip – This might sound like a “duh” tip but it really helps me. I try to plan out as much as possible before going on the trip so I know what I will need while I am away. Check the weather so you know what kind of clothes to pack. Try to plan activities or get a good idea of what you will be doing before you leave so you know what kind of shoes, ect you will need. If you know you’re going to Disneyland for example you will know to pack some comfy shoes and your Minnie Mouse ears!

I hope these tips helped you! If you have any good travel tips for me send them on over. Thanks for stopping by and shop my look below.