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You may recognize this beauty from your TV screens- Jen Stagg is well known in the news & media world, especially here in Utah. She's an accomplished reporter and anchor, but she's also a new momma and the voice behind the blog withHeart. I first discovered her blog when I came across this nursery photo online while I was looking for ideas for my own little cuties' nursery.

I LOVE photo walls, and this one really grabbed my attention. Anywho, I wound up on Jen's blog and immediately felt inspired by it.  The voice behind the stories is genuine and offers a welcome breath of fresh air in the sometimes-stuffy world of blogging. You can see the rest of Jen's nursery here.

I've always been fascinated with on-camera beauty. It is another world that most of us will never experience, but it's fair to say that we have all seen some not-so-good hairstyles and eye shadows on TV at one point or another! Luckily Jen has got it all figured out- so I wanted to ask her about her tips and tricks for looking flawless even at 4am!

M- What is your beauty mantra in five words or less?
J- Classic, modern, simple, pulled together

M- Your routine usually starts WAY early in the morning (or late at night!) on news days- do you have any time saving tips for getting ready quick?
J- It's an odd thing to put on full makeup at either 4 in the morning or 10:00 at night, and I usually have only a few minutes to get ready before it's time to step in front of the camera.  I think it's important to start with a fresh palette.  In the morning, I always wash my face with a gentle cleanser.  Believe it or not, Oil of Olay is my fave.  And it's cost friendly, which is great.  If it's night time, I use a rice paper to get rid of extra oil and dirt.  I think great makeup brushes also help with quick application.  A quality foundation brush is a must.  Mine is from Chanel.

M- What are your must-have on the go mommy products that we would find in your purse?
J-You'll always find chapstick on me!  I can't stand dry lips.  My favorite is Burt's Bees.  I also always keep a hair elastic.  I'm pretty low maintenance when I'm not working.  I believe in natural beauty.

M- On Camera vs. Off Camera- what are the differences in your beauty routine?
J- Off camera, I usually wear moisturizer, some powder, a little mascara, and some lip gloss, unless I'm going out.  It always feels so good to do less.  When I'm working, I still keep it fairly simple, but add blush, eyeshadow, and some eyeliner.  It's important to know which products work for you every time.  Shimmers and sparkles are a no-go for on camera.  I want people to pay attention to what I'm saying, not wondering what the weird glow is on my eye lid.

Shampoo and Conditioner: J- Bumble and Bumble.  I love love love the way it smells and I always have a good hair day when I use it.

Perfume:  Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue.  It is so fresh and has a hint of citrus.  It's a happy scent.

Lip stick/gloss:  Nars Up All Night.  Goes with everything, and lasts a long time

Flat iron/curling iron:  I use Hot Tools.  It heats up quickly and does the trick.

Mascara:  I've tried a million and I always come back to Loreal Voluminous.  It thickens and lengthens, and it's cheap!

M- Any other tips/tricks or favorites you want to share with our readers?
J- I try to just enhance what the good Lord blessed me with, rather than changing the way I look.  My hair is black.  My skin tone is what it was meant to be.  I've embraced these things about myself, and I believe in celebrating our differences in appearance.  Can you imagine me as a blonde?  Gasp!


Isn't Jen's approach to beauty refreshing? I love that she knows herself and decides to enhance rather than change. I made this same New Years Resolution this year and challenged you guys to do the same, read about it and join the movement here.

Thank you Jen for taking us behind the scenes with you! Be sure and check out her blog, you will not be disappointed. Do you have any on-camera beauty products that you love? Let me know in the comments below, and follow along so we can stay in touch.

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