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"Hi! My name is Jenna Inzitari (@thebookofjennasis) and I live in White Plains, NY. I'm an avid lover of turtlenecks—my friends call me Steve Jobs—and I work as an AP Coordinator at Donald J. Pliner. My job requires me to be heavily focused and organized at all times and that can be stressful. However, we do get quite a lot of nice perks, including free shoes!
Because I’m constantly looking at numbers all day I like to get a little R&R in when I get home. The one thing I’ve really tried to stick to is doing yoga everyday—HUGE shoutout to Yoga with Adriene. There’s something about taking time for yourself that makes a total difference. In addition to that I love taking baths. I run the water super hot and add Dr. Teals Coconut Oil Bath Soap. Bubble baths will never go out of style.
I started experimenting with beauty in middle school. I remember making a concoction of lemon juice and orange juice that I discovered on Yahoo! Answers to use as a toner. To tell you the truth, I have no idea where that curiosity came from. What I can say is that a lot of my beauty advice comes from my dad. He works for a beauty company and what always stuck with me—even if I resisted it when I was younger—was 'your face should always match your neck.'
I think beauty routines should be simple and effective but also therapeutic. I love doing masks because you can relax while they’re on—I love Skinfood's Egg White Pore Mask. When it comes to makeup I will always love the 'less is more' approach, but sometimes I really just want to go all out with eyeshadow and eyeliner and chunky mascara.
In the morning my routine is simple because I often wake up far later than I should. I soak a cotton pad with Bioderma Sensibio H20 followed by Pixie Glow Tonic and the Cosrx Snail Mucin. I use Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich in the winter as well as Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70.
For a night out, I start with the Illuminating Primer by Cover FX. Then I use my fingers to apply Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland as a base. This is one of my favorite products I've gotten this year—the shade is perfect, it's got SPF 30, and it's exactly 'my skin but better.' Next, I use a Beautyblender to apply Maybelline's Master Conceal in Light/Medium under my eyes and wherever I have redness. This is the one concealer I keep buying. It's definitely thicker than others but it doesn't look caked on and has such a nice, smooth finish when it's applied. To play up the eyes and the lips, I use Bite Beauty's Multistick in Cashew and sometimes I'll smudge a bit of NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows in Fireball under my eyes, although, I'm always complaining about my dark circles. Next I do a cat eye with Tom Ford's Eye Defining Pen in 01 Deeper. Now hear me out—I know the price tag on this is insane, but it is hands down the best liquid eyeliner pen I've ever used, and no I'm not just lying to myself to justify the price. The first night I got it I did a perfect cat-eye on the first try. Let my garbage can that is normally full of eyeliner-mistake cotton swabs be the witness that this never happens anymore. Mascara is ever changing for me but I currently love L'Oréal Lash Paradise. Next, I apply Glossier’s Boy Brow in Clear which is another one of my holy grail products. I love that the formula isn’t thick and it does a great job shaping and holding the shape of my brows. Finally I apply Becca's Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal to my cheekbones and Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer where needed. Last but not least I spray my face with Urban Decay's All Nighter setting spray.
This definitely isn't a secret but I think tight-lining the eyes with eyeliner makes a huge difference. To do it, I'll close my eyes and run the eyeliner across my top lash line. There's just something about it that makes the eyes pop. Try it, but don't poke your eye out. Oh, and Fanola No Yellow purple shampoo is worth a mention. This saved my bleached locks and turns my tub purple. What more could you want?"
—as told to ITG