The Interview — Kathleen Jennings, Founder of Kathleen Jennings Beauty
Meet Kathleen Jennings (@kathleenjenningsbeauty), a beauty guru who is dedicated to providing honest reviews about beauty products and services to her followers. She's a 38-year old former attorney, mother of three, makeup nerd and skincare fanatic. Kathleen founded the BeautyNow app for booking beauty appointments, certain assets of which were acquired by Groupon, Inc. in 2016. Now she focuses on her beauty blog, Kathleen Jennings Beauty full time (well, when she's not cleaning up spit up and driving carpool, as Kathleen would put it).
For more on Kathleen, be sure to check out her Instagram to discover the best beauty tips and secrets, as well as snippets of her daily life!
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How did you get started in your career:
After graduating law school and moving to Houston, I practiced law at a big law firm downtown for five years. In 2013 I founded BeautyNow (a beauty appointment app) and started a beauty blog to drive traffic and downloads to our site. I’ve always been passionate about beauty, and now what was once the side hustle has become my main focus!
What do you love most about your work:
Post-BeautyNow, I knew I had to find the right work-life balance for me, which means keeping it simple: no employees, no investors, no customers. It’s just me taking selfies, trolling obscure skincare message boards, and trying products.
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One piece of advice you would give your 18-year-old-self:
Don’t pluck your eyebrows and learn how to code.
Describe your personal beauty routine:
Lots of masking! Every morning I assess my skin and apply a mask to address any skincare concerns such as hydration, plumping lines, congested pores, etc.
What’s a beauty trend you predict will catch on this year:
Everyone needs to join the #carpoolmasking movement! Pretty soon you are going to look weird if you DON’T have a face mask on during your commute.
What apps and gadgets you can't live without:
At-home beauty devices have come a long way! I have four that I use regularly: the NuFace (microcurrent to combat sagging), the gloPRO (microneedling to boost collagen), the Dermaflash (for that peach fuzz we get on our faces as we age), and the me Bright Eye Illuminating Device (radiofrequency and LED light for dark under eye circles)
Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur which was discontinued circa 2007 and I’m sadly on my last bottle.
Where does your credit card get the most use:
Amazon times 1000.
Your current Netflix addiction:
My husband says I always want to see some “hee hee ha ha” at night after the kids go down. My recent faves have been Derry Girls (a hilarious series about Irish schoolgirls in the ‘90s, trust me here). Also I have watched all the John Mulaney comedy specials a million times.
What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:
I’m probably supposed to answer something about my children, but I’m pretty jazzed about our home renovation right now! We have been working with Eleanor Cummings who designed our previous home, but this time we are going in a more modern direction.