my low maintenance morning routine

My morning routine is pretty simple. I’m not a super high maintenance girl. Mostly I just focus on my go-to beauty essentials so I can breeze out the door in 20 minutes or less. I’m pretty casual with my look, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a set routine! I’m always such a fan of those ‘make-up bag dumps’ that other bloggers do (I’m such a voyeur), so today I wanted to share one of my own!

Because I recently moved and changed climates completely, I had to revamp my entire morning ritual. Let’s just say my skin was less than thrilled about the change in climate… It was a trial and error process, but I’m really pleased with the results now that I’ve solidified my routine. I start with a a pore normalizing cleanser from Paula’s Choice, then once my skin is dry, I follow with a primer and tinted moisturizer. After that, I add a touch of bronzer because I’m pale and some cheek stain for a hint of color. I’m all about the natural look that stains give, so I also use a lip stain. As for my skin, I smooth on vitamin c body oil. I only use a few drops, keeping my skin moisturized and fresh all day. Another great secret are Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners — they offer a fresh feeling all day long. Then lastly, a spritz of my favorite perfume and I’m out the door. This simple beauty routine keeps me fresh and lovely throughout the day.

links: Smashbox primer / Laura Mercier tinted moisturizertheBalm stainiac / NARS bronzing powderPaula’s Choice normalizing cleanser / Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics vitamin c body oil / Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black / Tarte cheek stain / Carefree pantyliners

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Carefree and SheKnows. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

current beauty favorites

Every time I move to a new city, it feels like I have to reassess my beauty regimen. Different humidity levels, more time spent in the sun, heck, even different water quality — it all affects my skin and hair. I’ve been in San Francisco for about a month and I think I’ve come up with a beauty plan that is worth sharing:

L’Occitane Amande hand cream: Not only does this smell so freaking good, but it absorbs quickly. My hands feel incredible after I apply this. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this hand cream.

Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap: I’m obsessed with all things nautical, but even without the great packaging, I’d love this soap. The fragrance is pleasant, but not overpowering. Plus, there are exfoliating bits in the bar, perfect for elbows and knees.

Josie Maran bohemian waves argan hair mist: Finally, a salt spray that doesn’t dry out my hair and smell like coconut. This stuff is legit, guys. Totally worth the price, a bottle will go a long way. Just use it sparingly because a little goes a long way (my heavy-handed first use was not so great…).

Johnson’s No More Tangles: You can’t argue with a classic. This stuff helps a wide tooth comb glide through my waves without making me want to cry.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse: The smell of this alone is worth it… but the way just a few drops leaves your skin feeling is just out of this world. I also use it sparingly on my hair if I’m feelin’ frizzy.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana: Talk about signature scent… I’ve finally found it! I am totally addicted to this fragrance. It’s got notes of sandalwood and vanilla, so it feels a bit familiar, but also a bit sensual. I freaking love it.

Aveda Dry Remedy Masque: My hair is pretty dry lately, probably because I haven’t had a trim since summer (oops). This stuff smells awesome, sort of like tea, but then also makes my hair feel so much less crunchy.

If you’ve got any other beauty faves, I’d love to hear them!
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nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com

Ever since I got my most recent tattoos, I feel the need to take extra special care of my tootsies. With my schedule, I often don’t have time to spend at a salon, so I veer towards an at-home pedi frequently (especially during my weekend Netflix marathons…). Some of my favorite essentials: lavender scrub, a hearty pumice stone, nail files, and some quality nail polishes such the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection. This time I wanted to do something to match my recent tattoos, both in color and edginess, but still fairly simple because I’m not exactly Picasso over here.

nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com
I turned to my trusted friend, washi tape to help me get a geometric nail art design. Then, I picked my favorite bold and bright hues from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection: Kook a Mango and Wine Not (I use Plum’s the Word on my hands!).

nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com
To start, make sure your feet are freshly scrubbed with nails trimmed and filed. I love to treat my feet to a good soak in bath salts, especially with dried lavender, then to attack any calluses with a pumice stone.

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Edgy Nail Art Tutorial

  1. Paint all nails with the lightest color. In this case, I used Kook a Mango. Be sure to let the polish cure and dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Carefully apply washi tape across the nail, ensuring that you seal the corners well.
  3. Apply the second color. I used two coats to ensure deep, rich color and full coverage of the base color.
  4. Once the second color has dried and cured, carefully remove the washi tape… and voila!

nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com
nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com

Plus, receive a free Sally Hansen Salon Manicure nail polish when you buy U by Kotex at Target. Being real with you here, I like this brand because the packaging is graphic and bold… so much that so that I’m not afraid to keep them out on my bathroom vanity! I keep my U by Kotex in an old candleholder. (Offer available in all Target stores 12/29/13 – 2/22/14.)

nail art tutorial // www.jojotastic.com
Photography by Ashley Lynn Fry.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

holiday party essentials // www.jojotastic.com

I alway get pre-party jitters before I walk out the door for a holiday party. Am I overdressed/underdressed? Did I remember my lip gloss? That sort of thing. Well, this year I’ve decided to keep a clutch fully stocked with all of my holiday party essentials, so I can accessorize any look very easily. GiGi New York kindly sent me this gorgeous haircalf All in One clutch — perfect for an LBD or even jeans with a sparkly top. Made of Natural American Haircalf leather in Long Island, this clutch is totally one-of-a-kind and limited edition — aka it’s a real showstopper! I’m keeping my clutch at the ready with my favorite BaubleBar sparklers (also great with jeans and a fancy top), my signature fragrance, and a limited edition lipgloss aptly called Kiss This. With this fully-stocked clutch, I’m sure to be best dressed no matter the occasion.


Shop the GiGi New York haircalf collection here!

marc jacobs beauty

Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers. With his modern sensibilities and edginess, I am always excited to see what his collections will look like. With New York Fashion Week ahead of us, I’m practically chomping at the bit to see more. Lately though, I’ve tided myself over with the launch of Marc Jacobs beauty line. I don’t profess to know a ton about make up, but I do love a good pedi and soft lips. Thus, I gravitated towards toward the Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. I made my nail color picks based on what I thought would work best for fall. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Daisy (left): this color is pretty and pastel enough to wear every day. I like to think of it as the white tee of nail lacquers.
  • Jezebel (middle): a rich, sexy red for fall. I picture leather moto jackets, skinny jeans, and billowing scarves when I think about this saucy color. Aka, my perfect fall look.
  • Nirvana (right): this dark olive green feels like a new way to twist standard issue black nail polish this fall. Plus, the name appeals to my love affair with the ’90s in a BIG way.

marc jacobs beauty
I have to admit, the packaging is what initially captured my attention. I particularly love this sentiment on the inside of the moisture balm packaging — perfect for prepping those lips to be kissably soft!

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Jojotastic | hair tutorial with Goody

We all know that the key to perfect make up application and hair styling is natural lighting. Unfortunately, my bathroom only has fluorescent overhead lighting, so often I take to the floor and get ready in front of a giant mirror. Plus, it means Georgette can help me! On this occasion, I was joining friends for a garden party and felt like complementing my breezy, romantic ivory dress with some festive delphinium blooms.

Jojotastic | hair tutorial with Goody

Whenever possible, I incorporate fresh blooms into my hair styles. I find that it lends a certain air of romance to any look. Today I want to show you how to re-create my favorite ethereal, garden nymph-inspired hair style!

Jojotastic | hair tutorial with Goody

Also, GREAT NEWS: When you buy U by Kotex at Target, you’ll receive free Goody hair elastics (Only at Target)! You know, the tampons/pads in the little black box. Simply text ‘KOTEX’ to ‘TARGET’ (827438) to get your coupon! I especially love that Goody offers elastics that are close to my hair color.

Jojotastic | hair tutorial with Goody

helper kitty
See, someone loves to ham it up in front of the camera!

Photography by Claire Hudson for Jojotastic. Dress from Free People (past season).

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. However all opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

natural skin care from S.W. Basics

Turning 28 has been interesting… Aside from lots of life changes, my skin is also changing. I am much more prone to acne now, more so than ever before in my life. I dodged the bullet during my teen years, but it seems like now I’m discovering just how naughty my skin can be! I’ve done a fair amount of research and now know the importance of having a daily regimen of products I use. Also, whenever possible, I try to keep it organic and natural. I’m trying to save the planet here!

Enter my new favorite exfoliant, S.W. Basics Exfoliant. Made of only three, yes three, ingredients, this exfoliant is gentle, but scrubby. Aka just how I like my face to be polished. The three ingredients are organic oat flour, organic almond flour, and sea salt. This combination is powerful enough to scrub away my makeup at the end of the day, get down deep into my pores, and has a pleasantly light smell to boot. (Note, it is not fragranced, which gives this product extra credit in my book.) I swear, my skin positively glows after I use this product.

natural skin care from S.W. Basics
Also worth noting are S.W. Basics lip balms. Packaged in this adorable and reusable tin, each of the four beeswax-based lip balms is packed with cocoa butter and essential oils to keep your kisser soft and supple. My particular favorite is the cocoa one, which smells ever-so-lightly of cocoa butter (aka chocolate!).

natural skin care from S.W. Basics
While I don’t use this moisturizer on my face (it’s still a bit too heavy for my sensitive skin), I do love S.W. Basics Cream for any rough patch of skin or as an all-over softener. Ahem, elbows, I am looking at you! After a day at the beach, I smooth this super gentle and light body cream all over my limbs to quench my thirsty skin and help seal in my tan.

Wanna know more about S.W. Basics? Check out more reviews on The City Sage and Design Crush.

photos by me for Jojotastic

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review. However all opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

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