Essential Skin Care Steps Everyone MUST Do

I often get asked “what steps do I absolutely have to do in my skincare routine?”  I think this is such a great question.  It’s not uncommon for most of us to not want to spend a lot of time, or spend a lot of money on skincare products, or maybe you just don’t know where to begin.

Taking excellent care of your skin is SO important. Your face is your first impression. And you want to always give good face! Whether you are just starting a skincare routine, or looking to revamp your current one, here are my must do skincare steps that I recommend every single person should be doing.


  • Cleanse your face every morning and every night. Your skin rejuvenates and replenishes itself while you sleep.  Because of this, it’s absolutely key to cleanse all of the makeup, dirt, and oil off prior to enjoying your sweet slumber. Cleansing first thing in the morning is equally as important too! While the skin is rejuvenating at night it will push toxins, free radicals, etc to the top of the skin. Washing your face in the morning will get all that crud off. You can cleanse using a clarisonic or with your hands. My all time favorite cleanser is Purity by Philosophy because it really gets everything off without a fuss, and leaves my skin prepped for my current 4-step Regimen.
  • Use a Toner.  I have to admit this is something that I’ve never been a huge fan of because my skin is so hyper sensitive to the majority of products, and toner just makes my skin feel like it’s on fire.  Once I started using Rodan + Fields products I immediately fell in love with the Reverse Intensive Brightening Toner.  I know the word “Intensive” sounds a little scary, but, I promise you it’s absolutely wonderful.  I have noticed a HUGE difference in the natural luminosity in my skin, and my freckles/sun damage is pretty much nonexistent.  Toner is a great way to ensure that you not only get any residual oils and dirt left on your skin after cleansing, but, a great way to prep your skin for moisturizer.  It’s important to use toner morning and night for best results.
  • Moisturize after cleansing. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Even if you have oily skin you don’t want to “dry your skin out.” If you have oily skin try to use an oil control lotion moisturizer, or an oil free moisturizer.  My personal fav is the Rodan + Fields Oil Control Lotion.  For those with dry skin, moisturizing is SO important!  I cannot stress this enough.  Coming from somebody that has naturally dry skin – Dry skin = fine lines, wrinkles, dull complexion.  Investing in a good moisturizer and keeping your skin hydrated and plump is essential.  I recommend the Rodan + Fields Moisture Replenishing Cream.  It’s perfect for sensitive skin, and works amazingly well for those of us with super dry skin.  Using a moisturizer morning and night is recommended.
  • Use eye cream every morning, and every night. The first place our wrinkles will show up is around the eye area. Every time we smile and squint we are cementing those crows feet even further.  If you are young, eye cream is preventative. If you are middle age or older, eye creams can be used to reverse wrinkles and dark circles while preventing any new aging. You are never to young to start using an eye cream.  Apply an eye cream every night after cleansing and before your put on your moisturizer.  My absolute must have eye cream is the Rodan + Fields Triple Multi-function Eye cream.  It reverses the signs of aging, gets rid of puffiness, and banishes those pesky dark circles.  It’s so amazing it’s already sold out this year!  If that doesn’t make you want to get your hands on this little miracle in a jar, then I don’t know what will!  Matter of fact…it comes back in stock today so comment below to get your hands on some before it sells out again!
  • Exfoliate at least once a week. The skin is constantly generating new skin cells, pushing the old ones to the surface. Once the skin cells reach the surface they are dead, dull and flat. If they continue to sit there they will clog pores, cause texture and give the overall complexion of the skin a dull look. Exfoliating at least once a week (as much as 3 times a week, but, no more than that) will get all the dead skin cells off.  This simple step will reveal new, healthy glowing skin cells. Exfoliating will keep the skin looking fresh and prevent clogged pores and break outs.  My favorite exfoliator can be found here.
  • Use sunscreen. The sun is the MOST aging/damaging to the skin.  Always wear sunscreen when you are going to be outside.  I’ve had two bouts of Squamous Cell Carcinoma on my body that have both resulted in fresh new scars on my face and leg.  When I was younger I didn’t take very good care of my skin, so now this is unbelievably important for me, and should be to you as well.  Sunscreen should be applied at least every few hours, and better yet, every hour when you’re playing in the water.  Keep in mind that the hottest hours of the day are between 10AM and 2PM, and these are the hours you should focus on using the sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses, finding shade, or staying in doors if possible.  My favorite sunscreen can be found here.
  • Water, water, water and more water. Water is so important not only for the body but also for the skin. Water flushes out toxins from the skin. It also hydrates from the inside out. Drinking enough water will give a more “plumped” look to the skin on top of all of the other health benefits it gives the rest of our body.

What are some of your skin care essentials?

Summer Glow

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post and this post last week announcing that May is the 1 year Rodanniversary Month!  I will be doing weekly specials, offers, and incentives for these award winning products and company – so if you’ve ever wanted to give these products a try, or are interested in starting your own Rodan + Fields Business now is the time to start!!  It’s now the second week of my 1 year Rodanniversary! That means another SPECIAL is in store for you!!

Call me crazy, but I used to always get jealous of my friends with their awesome tans and bronzed bodies during the Summer. I hated that they got to get a nice summer glow while I walked around with pasty skin. Well not anymore!!!

The Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tanner is seriously one of the BEST sunless tanners around. This tanner gives me such an awesome, even color and it smells great. Plus, my favorite part – you don’t have to wear gloves or worry about it staining your clothes! I love this amazing alternative to tanning beds or baking in the sun because with my history of skin cancer I don’t have to worry about sun damage or further causing more skin cancer scares!

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Allure Magazine had this to say about it!
“Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tan: This foam… prolong[s] color by decreasing cell turnover… the color lasted a full five days.”

Due to the overwhelming response for our sunless tanner these tanners have been SOLD OUT for the past 6 WEEKS! Guess what?? THEY ARE BACK! When coupling this amazing tanner with the Body Micro-Dermabrasion Paste you’re sure to get yourself a killer tan with the smoothest skin around! Everyone that places an order for these two peas in a pod will automatically get a FREE Body Moisturizer from me as a thank you! If you become a Preferred Customer in the process you will automatically get your name placed into a drawing for a Starbucks Gift Card!

It’s time to rock that beautiful glowing skin with a delicious Frappuccino or Tea Lemonade in hand just in time for Summer! If you’d like to get your hands on this tanner (before it sells out again), and the Body Micro-Dermabrasion Paste at a HUGE savings, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at beginwithjenn[at]gmail[dot]com! With a 60-day money back guarantee on these awesome products there’s literally ZERO risk involved!

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

It’s no secret that I love my Crockpot.  With Summer rapidly approaching I will get a TON of use out my little BFF for sure!
My family is full of chicken eaters and we absolutely love Rotisserie Chicken for many reasons.  I love it because it’s such an easy way to make multiple meals after doing the work once!  It’s delicious on it’s own, or in your favorite creamy casserole.  Today I’m bringing you my version of my favorite Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken!  In just a few minutes of prep, an all-in-one spice, and a handful of hours you’ve got yourself a tasty protein!



Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Serves 4
This delicious all-in-one meal is
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 hr
  1. 1 5-6 lb. Rotisserie Chicken
  2. Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute
  1. 1. Clean and pat the skin of the chicken prior to placing in the crackpot. If there are any gizzards or liver etc. inside the chicken you can either discard or save for stock (do not use the liver for stock because it will provide a very bitter taste).
  2. 2. Sprinkle the Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute all over the chicken.
  3. 3. Place the chicken into the crockpot breast side down. At this point you can either place the chicken directly onto the crockpot surface or use a rack or rolled up foil if you prefer to not let the chicken sit in it's own grease during the cooking process.
  4. 5. Cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or low and slow for 8 hours.
  2. The chicken should be falling right off the bone when finished. ENJOY!
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Once your chicken is finished, shred that baby and you can either put it into portioned out servings for future meals, immediately slap some onto a Whole wheat bun with a little ranch and cheese, or (if you’re anything like me) sneak a few bites during the shredding process.  What can I say?  It’s delicious!
What are some of your favorite crockpot recipes?


Two – Step Smokey Eye

There are days when I literally have a handful of minutes to get out the door.  From waking up early for work, rushing around to get both of the littles ready for the day, or running errands, time management can be stressful sometimes.

I hate going out in public without looking and feeling put together.  I’ve always been that way.  I love that over the years makeup companies have designed quick and easy options for Women on the go.  Shadow Sticks are a HUGE favorite of mine.  From shadow bases to all over the lid color these little gems are such a life saver!  NARS has some of my absolute favorites!  They’re long wearing, blend easily, and they have 11 different shades to choose from!

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I decided to design a tutorial around those crazy days that we all have.  This is a simple two-step smokey eye that will take you literally less than 5 minutes to do, will leave you feeling put together, and will last all day long!

Products used in the tutorial:
NARS Aigle Noir
NARS Skorpios 
Maybelline the Falsies Mascara

As always please comment below with any requests for future tutorials!  Enjoy!

I am linking up with Lauren of Style Elixir!!


GRWM – It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette

Happy Wednesday, Loves!  I’m back with another makeup look for you!  I have been loving my It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette a ton lately!  It can create SO many different looks!  I love that you can create a completely matte makeup look, or transform those shadows into a satin/shimmer shadow instead!



I decided to do this one a little bit quicker in the get ready with me style.  I’m trying to get a feel for what you like better because let’s face it, you’re my audience :).  Let me know if you like talk through videos, get ready with me videos, or videos that have a description in the corner of the products used as opposed to only putting the products in the description.  Enjoy the video, and be sure to leave comments below with any makeup looks you’d like to see in the future!

Products used:

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
Sigma E25 Blending Brush
Sigma E15 Flatliner Brush
Sigma E30 Pencil Brush

MAC Eye Kohl in Costa Riche


MAC Lipglass in Angel

I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy today!!