10 Beauty Insider Tips from Jessica Concannon behind Westmount Fashionista

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1. What are your makeup staples?

My makeup staples are pretty basic, I stick to a few high quality basics that are easy to use and are very gentile on my skin. I love Jane Iredale’s pressed powder for flawless all over coverage, it’s so gentile on the skin and since it’s mineral based there’s no worry of clogged pores. To make my eyes pop, I use Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner to achieve the perfect cat eye and the Phenomen’Eyes mascara by Givenchy. As for lipstick, it’s either Fresh’s Sugar Rose Lip Treatment for a pretty natural lip or Nars ‘Manhunt’ for a more dramatic red lip.

2. What are your favorite skin care products and why?

I swear by the French line Biologique Recherche for all of my skin care needs. I was introduced to the line by my esthetician and it’s totally transformed my skin. The line takes a really clinical approach to their products as well as only utilizing pure, highly concentrated, and raw ingredients. My fiance sits on the other end of the couch when I do a face mask since there’s no artificial scents to mask the natural ingredients, but it’s so worth it! I also use the Clarisonic Mia, it’s almost like an at home facial!

3. Which beauty products do you splurge on and which ones do you save on?

Anything skin related I splurge on. Your skin is with you for life and you need to take good care of it. I don’t want to look like a weathered leather handbag later in life! As for saves, I stick to drug store nail polishes for the most part.

4. Do you have any favorite DIY beauty products?

It may sound crazy, but I occasionally do wash my hair with beer! Between the shampoo and conditioner, I pour a can of beer over my hair as a rinse. It’s supposed to be good for blondes and good for softening your hair if it’s getting a little dull or fried from styling.

5. Which are your favorite beauty blogs that you read?

There’s only one beauty blog I read http://ommorphiabeautybar.com/ is my one stop reading destination for all things beauty related. Eugenia offers the best tips, reviews, and beauty related info. I have turned into a nail polish junky because of her!

6. What are your favorite hair products and why?

L’Oreal Professionnel and Matrix can do no wrong in my book. Especially the new L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, it’s great for leaving your hair super shiny and silky.

7. What is a beauty product every girl should have in the bathroom cabinet?

A good face wash. Be it tonic, soap, wash, or milk, you need a quality cleanser to get rid of your makeup and the dirt that accumulates during the day to keep your skin healthy and fresh.

8. What is your secret to flawless skin?

Lots of water, good products, sunscreen, and facials. Also, I never tan. I’m that girl on the beach who’s wearing the highest SPF I can get my hands on, in a big hat, oversized sunglasses, and sitting under an umbrella. I might look ridiculous, but like I said…no looking like a leather handbag for me!

9. Who is your favorite beauty icon?

Hands down, Grace Kelly. She’s was a Philadelphia girl like me (I’m originally from the States, I only moved to Montreal a little over a year ago) and always exuded grace, style, beauty, and elegance.

10. What is your best beauty insider tip?

I guess my best beauty insider tip is to take the time to find the right range of products that work best for your skin. It might take a few tries but it’s worth the wait. Flawless skin never goes out of style.

A big thanks to Jessica for taking the time to answer these beauty questions and giving us great tips and advice on how to stay as beautiful as she does. Don’t forget to check out her fabulous blog called Westmount Fashionista HERE!

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