5.18.2019

Peach Almond At-Home Manicure | Nails of the Week | Self-Care

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My self-care manicure series continues with today's beautiful peach almond manicure. Peach, because we are using the color Peach Please by Londontown (who make beautiful, long-lasting 9-free nail polishes) and almond, because I'm using L'Occitane's supple skin almond oil (I'm also linking a less pricey almond oil here) and hand cream in the process.



I start my manicure by trimming my nails and cleaning up any hang nails with clippers. Then I file them in a short, rounded square shape with a nail file. After that, I soak them in a mixture of warm water and the almond oil, orange essential oil, and peach rose petals.



After soaking my nails, I apply an almond cream and give my hands a light massage. If you push your cuticles back, now would be the time to do it, by wrapping a manicure stick tip in a cotton round and gently pushing them back.



Finally, before applying polish, rub nail polish remover over your nails to prepare them for polish application.



I use Londontown's gel genius base coat, followed by one coat of Peach Please, and then the gel genius top coat. Use code JenniferS along with my links for 25% off from Londontown polish.


I hope you enjoy today's video. Tag me with pictures of your manicures with the hashtag #dailyconnoisseur

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and I'll see you on Monday!

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5.17.2019

Shimmery Watercolor Le No Makeup Look + New Osmosis Makeup Brushes

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I'm trying out a shimmery eye and a watercolor cheek in today's le no makeup look tutorial.



I frequently get requests to share what makeup brushes I use. The brushes I've collected over the years had been from all different collections and they were starting to get old. Osmosis sent me their entire makeup brush line to use and review for you. The brushes are very high quality and are all available on Amazon luxury. I've been using the brushes for a few weeks now and am very impressed with their quality. Each brush has a specific job and does it well.





Kabuki Brush Small but mighty, this brush delivers medium to full coverage with a soft and luscious dome-shaped head that’s compact enough to travel with you anywhere you go! Because of its fullness, a little bit of product goes a long way with this brush, start small and build up as necessary.



Base Brush This flat top, synthetic vegan brush serves as the perfect partner to either your mineral powder and liquid Base products to promote seamless application with generous coverage in one easy step.




Dome Powder Brush
The full, rounded shape of this brush head makes it your go-to makeup multi-tasker. Touch up a light layer of base with the outer sides, or softly contour by sweeping on blush or bronzer using the tip of the brush.



Full Face Brush Luxurious and plush, this mega brush was designed for the perfect even light application of pressed and loose powders, illuminators, and bronzers. Its size also makes it a wonderful blending tool.



Large Accent Brush Use this large duo fiber brush to apply soft layers of liquid or powder foundation with ease, or create texture on the face with this ultimate blending tool. This hybrid brush has both synthetic and animal hair making it the perfect tool for a lightweight, airbrushed application for liquid, cream, and powder formulations.



Medium Accent Brush This hybrid brush has both synthetic and animal hair making it the perfect tool for a lightweight, airbrushed, application of liquid, cream, and powder formulations. With a medium sized head this brush is ideal for applying and blending blushes, bronzer, and highlighting.



Small Accent Brush This hybrid brush is made of both synthetic and animal hair, making it the perfect tool for a lightweight, airbrushed application of liquid, cream and powder formulations. Its tapered tip is ideal for pin-point concealing, setting powder to small areas and applying and blending color on the lids.



Angled Blush Brush Perfectly designed for precise blush, contour, and highlighter application, this brush flaunts dense bristles that are ideal for blending as you apply.



Blender Brush This full and fluffy brush head serves as a universal blending tool for any look. Ideal for both creamy and powder formulations, this go-to brush helps smudge eye looks, buff out creases or lines, and blend precise areas.

Osmosis Skincare Contour Shadow Brush

Contour Shadow Brush Effortlessly add dimension and definition to your eye look with the pencil-like shape of this brush head that caters to both precision and blending.



Crease Brush While this brush is optimal for applying and blending shadow in the crease to create dimension and contour, its soft and versatile brush head can also be used for the full lid or precision highlighting.



Concealer Brush With minimal product absorption, this is the perfect tool to achieve a smooth application in small, precise areas of the face such as under the eyes, sides of the nose, or pinpoint concealing.



Foundation Brush This flat-faced, synthetic brush will deliver smooth application of liquid base products with no absorption so you can achieve a flawless finish.
Eyeliner/ Brow Brush This dual-ended brush is a must-have for your makeup bag. Use it to line the lips, eyes, or brows to create a clean, put-together look in a flash.



Oval Shadow Brush Designed to help you effortlessly apply eye shadow like a pro, its flat, oval-shaped brush head adds versatility to your makeup game. Sweep a base shadow over the full lid, contour the crease, or add highlights to the brow bone or lower lash line.



Retractable Lip Brush This lip brush is compact and retractable for convenient, effortless application anywhere! Its soft, synthetic bristles deliver even color distribution and promote precision-lining and contouring for a full, non-feathering look.



You could most likely create this look with the makeup you already have. For those of you who would like to know what I use in this video I am linking the makeup below:



Osmosis CC Cream in warm


translucent finishing powder

highlighting quad

The eyeshadow palette I use in the video is no longer available, but the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is similar.

Chanel les beiges cream blush in no. 21

My earrings are by Ana Luisa Jewelry Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off your order

On my nails, Londontown Peach Please Use code JenniferS for 25% off your order


L'oreal mascara primer

L'Oreal burgundy mascara

On my lips I'm using MAC's Grand Dame shade, which is no longer available. I am linking a similar shade here from Osmosis. and Emile Cordon miracle lip balm in powdered rose.


I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Unknown writes, "Hi, Jennifer! I was listening to a podcast about anxiety with my husband last night. He's a counselor and I have a business helping families simplify at home, so this is a topic we both share a great interest in. The discussion included ways to take your body from the sympathetic state (fight or flight) to a more relaxed parasympathetic state. One of the ways was through listening to music with seventy beats per minute, such as classical music. In fact, studies show that your heart will beat in time with classical music! It's that fascinating?! It made me think of your classical music advocacy. :) "

Unknown, that is fascinating! I knew that Classical music was calming and a stress reducer for me but it's fun to hear the science behind it too. I will mention your comment in an upcoming video I am doing on stress. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed today's makeup look. I would love to hear any makeup tips you have been enjoying this spring. I'll see you soon!



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5.15.2019

Chic Assignment Check-in May 2019

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in for May! I am loving this month's assignments and have so much to discuss with you in today's video.



For the original May Chic Assignment, visit this link.

🎵 I am enjoying listening to the Satie Gymnopédies during the chaos of our kitchen renovation. They are truly counteracting the craziness and upheaval of our home life right now.

My two-year-old thought the pieces were "sad". Some find them depressing. Others find them to be remarkably beautiful.

Regarding The Satie Gymnopédies, Frenchcaligirl writes, "I recognized the musical piece immediately, especially the first part of it. Have heard it countless times, just never knew what it was called or who composed it. I agree that it’s not upbeat but don’t find it depressing either. The mood of it has an introspective quality to it."

I agree! They certainly have an introspective quality to them.

🖼 Renoir is one of my favorite artists and it was difficult to choose my favorite piece from him. I am very fond of the Young Girls at the Piano because it reminds me of my own daughters.


image from Wikipedia

Here are links to all of the prints from Art.com, if you'd like to have these in your own home.

Luncheon of the Boating Party print

Ball at the Moulin de la Galette print

Girls at the Piano print

Here is a link to The Ambleside podcast on how Atmosphere sets Affections

💍 Regarding jewelry, I share a story from the beginning of our marriage with Mr. Connoisseur. By the way, today is also our 13th wedding anniversary! Time has surely flown.


💅 I have been recording my manicures for you (see here) and I hope they are proving an inspiration for you to do your own at-home manicures. I find them to be great for not only saving money, but for a relaxing self-care routine too.


Regarding pedicures, here is the pedicure foot tool This is the best foot file I have ever used (and I have used a lot of them). It's only $8.99 on Amazon.

I purchased the Sam Edelman leopard sandal to add some interest to my summer footwear. Pedicure season truly is here!


Also mentioned/ featured in today's video:

📍The faux flowers in my background are from Horchow

📍 The Worshipful Lucia & Trouble for Lucia are the final two books we will be reading in the Mapp & Lucia book club, coming to you this summer.


📍The Daily Connoisseur blog has many talented readers. Here are two authors who have just published books. Both ladies are fans of The Daily Connoisseur and Madame Chic. Congratulations, Amanda and Jodie!


Amanda Dykes Whose Waves These Are


Jodie Alexander Frye Questions at the School Gate

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Comment of the Week
PenelopesMom writes, "Hello Jennifer I recently came across your YouTube channel and am completely loving it! I am a stay at home mom to a fourteen month old daughter and have struggled to keep up my appearance. You are inspiring me! In the past two weeks I have been working on creating my ten item wardrobe and taking a few extra minutes a day to brush my hair, put on a little makeup and just look more presentable. It's actually not difficult at all and I am feeling so much better! I'm excited for my first Chic Assignment as well. I have already given myself a manicure and pedicure while the baby napped yesterday, and today I plan on wearing a beautiful statement necklace to a birthday party. Thank you so much for all you do, I am looking forward to reading and learning more!"

Welcome to the blog, PenelopesMom, and thank you for joining in on The Chic Assignment. Having your first baby is a wonderful time but it can also be challenging as you adapt to your new routine and life. I'm so happy you are finding refreshment here!

Thank you for joining us for The Chic Assignment check-in. I would love to hear from you. How is your assignment going this month? What are your findings? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur!


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5.13.2019

What I Look Like at the Beginning vs. the End of the Day | Jennifer L. Scott

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I hope you had a great Mother's Day! My daughters gave me a foot massage while I read Victoria Magazine. Does it get better than that?

Life with four young children is never dull and often physically exhausting. Sometimes I walk past a mirror in the evening and just have to laugh at how disheveled I look. Has that ever happened to you?



I tried an experiment this past week... I filmed myself at the beginning and the end of the day. Raw. Realistic. You will see messy hair, smudged makeup and stains, but most important, you will see real life. The real life of a mother of four young children. I know that this is just a phase in my life and that it won't always be this way. I won't always be dead tired at the end of the evening with messy hair because my toddler likes to rub my head before he goes to bed :)

It won't always be this way, so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts. Even though my days are long and exhausting, this is deeply satisfying work. I hope you enjoy this twist on my outfit of the week video.

Here are my morning and evening pictures, coupled with links to the outfits I'm wearing on those days.


Grey cardigan, Lands' End seafoam fit and flare dress, demi-camisole, Okabashi slippers.


Red floral blouse (linking similar), jeans (these run big and stretch... I'm looking for new jeans), Sam Edelman sandals


Garnet Hill sweater, denim skirt, fleece-lined tights, Trench (linking similar), rain boots (linking similar)


floral maxi dress (please note: I found the exact one I have on Amazon!), white leggings, Sam Edelman sandals

Also mentioned in today's video: my rebounder, the nail polish I'm wearing (use code JenniferS for 25% off), Ambleside schools (atmosphere sets affections).

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Comment of the Week
On last week's laundry post, Anon writes, "Here's a discovery I made after a laundry pod failed to dissolve and hardened into a lump of plastic after a trip through the dryer. I tried a number of things to get it out of my clothes, but finally resorted to Dawn dishwashing liquid. It worked! Then I tried it as a last resort on some old stains that seemed beyond hope. It worked on those, too.

Just put it on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash the item in your regular detergent in the washing machine.

I'd love to know if this trick works for others. The idea came to me because this is how to get tempera paint out of clothing (a tip from kindergarten days)."


Hi Anon, thank you for that tip. I'm sure that will come in handy for many people!


Thank you for watching today's video. I hope it gave you a laugh and also gave you some encouragement. You are not in this alone. We are all in it together— messy hair at the end of the day and all!

Love,

Jennifer

See you in my next video for The Chic Assignment Check-in! I would love to know... what do you look like at the end of the day? Tag me with your photos #dailyconnoisseur or #jenniferlscott

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