Make-up Meets Technology

Having trouble matching foundation to your skin color?  Then this is a perfect match for you.  Your color changes with each season, so this company does the work for you! So easy to do right on your phone!  Yes, on your phone with their app!  As you can see below, I did it.

 

I got my custom match and the bottle even came with my name on it!  Check out the picture.  It was a perfect match!

 

 

 

How does this all work?

Our hyper-intelligent technology takes five skin scans, analyzes your skin tone, and then blends a perfectly matched all-in-one foundation just for you. Each bottle is personalized with your name and the date that it was made. – MatchCo.

And now, this company has also partnered with Bare Minerals to make their products that much better (see the email ad I received below).

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It’s All About Those Brows

Follow these steps for fuller looking and more defined eyebrows:

Natural eyebrow
Draw a clean line under brow.
Draw a clean line over arch.
Take the brush end of brow pencil and comb upwards to distribute product through brow to ensure a natural looking eyebrow.
Eyebrow picture
Add highlighter under eyebrow to add more definition to brows. Voila!

Here’s the recommended tool and brow pencil in one – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer:

 

Beautycounter – Skincare Without All the Chemicals

We’ve all heard it before – the skin is our largest organ.  So, it’s imperative to protect it from the damaging rays of the sun.  But, what about protecting it from the products we use everyday, maybe even multiple times a day?  Have you ever really looked at the ingredients on the label of your favorite face cleanser, moisturizer, or even make-up?

Let’s start with some shocking information.  According to the FDA website, “Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market.” – SAY WHAT???

Apparently the onus is on us….OR a conscientious company like Beautycounter.

Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar
Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar

According to Amy McNamara, Senior Manager at Beauty Counter, “Beyond offering high performing and lux products (we have partnered with Goop, J Crew and others), we won’t compromise on the safety of our ingredients. No one should have to choose between safety and beauty. In case you are not aware, the FDA bans just 30 ingredients from personal care and cosmetic products. In the EU, they ban over 1,400 ingredients from use!  As such, we have created a never list that includes over 1,500 ingredients that Beautycounter will intentionally refrain from use in all of our products. This list includes carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, allergy irritants or simply those that haven’t been tested for safety. ”

So naturally, when Amy asked if I’d be willing to sample some of the Beautycounter products, I jumped at the chance.  I currently am using the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator and Rejuvenating Day Cream and couldn’t be happier.  The products smell wonderful and they are making my skin look bright and refreshed.  I will be definitely be trying more products from Beautycounter in the future!

Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfoliator

Don’t just take our word for it, read the Goop article,  “The Dirty on Getting Clean”.

And, if you’ve tried Beautycounter products, be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts on the product.  Remember sharing is caring!

Gift for T(w)eens – Wink Wink

 

Kylie lip gloss and liner

Ever have that feeling like you shouldn’t be shopping for yourself in a store because they mainly market/sell to teens?  Well, here’s a product you can purchase online and no one needs to know it’s for you….I mean, of course its for your t(w)een!

What do we (my tween and I) love about this product?  This product smells great, it goes on matte without drying out your lips, and its easy to take off.  Plus, it gets five stars for awesome packaging, which includes a personal note from Kylie Jenner (see below).  A great gift idea for any teen (wink, wink).

 

 

Self-Tanning – It Doesn’t Have to be so Hard

Interested in tanning yourself without all the headache?  I have tried everything under the sun.  I mean that sincerely.  You see, I have vitiligo so I am constantly trying to find ways to camouflage it.  Sunless tanning helps even out my skin.  It’s very tough to find just the right one.  Until now.

 

Tan Frenzy self-tan spray
Tan Frenzy Bronze For Blondes Instant Self-Tanning Elixir (also available for Brunettes)

I can’t say enough great things about this GEM of a product by Tan Frenzy.  They focus on developing sunless skincare products using gentle and organic ingredients that give gorgeously bronzed, natural looking results.  Ingredients are sourced from Paris, France –  so you know you are getting an instant self-tanner that is locally made, while using the finest ingredients available world-wide. 

Much time and care has gone into making it.  It smells good, easy to apply, wears evenly and comes off even too!

image of brunette model with self-tan

Let’s talk about the color.  This is by far the best.  It has colors for brunettes (that’s me) and colors for blondes.  It comes with a mitt to apply which is great, but I like to apply it with this cool thing by Bare Minerals (see pic below).  I’m sure Ali is working on getting this to her customers soon too.

Bare Escentuals Tan Brush
Bare Escentuals Tan Brush

Get yourselves tan everyone, its summertime and the sun is not that good for you.  So fake it till you make it!  NearlyAllThings subscribers get a 25% discount by using promo code “nearlyallthings”. Pretty darn good discount if we don’t say so ourselves 😉

I’ve always had a passion to cultivate a business culture where women help other women create independence, confidence and happiness. 
 Being fulfilled in what we do while making the money necessary and having the flexibility needed to raise our children is difficult. I want to be there as room mom if I choose while still working to remain independent and fulfilled. I want to give other women the opportunity to do that too. Casey Radomsky is a business partner and mom of three- and she’s been integral to our business growth- balancing work and family harmoniously. I hope to grow Tan Frenzy so that we can work and partner with women nationwide supporting the work/life balance that is important to so many of us. – Ali Bunch, CEO Tan Frenzy.

Tan Frenzy is a leading sunless tanning manufacturer with a national distribution of self tanning solutions, retail products and equipment. Their best selling product is a luxury line of instant self-tanning elixirs… custom designed for blonds and brunettes to enhance the individual features of each.

 

RapidLash for Longer Eyelashes

I am always skeptical of products that claim to lengthen or thicken. But, when my mother-in-law told me about a product that made her eyelashes return to the length of her childhood, I had to try it. Rapidlash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum actually lengthened my eyelashes!

Image RapidLash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

Follow directions for the product and you will start to see broken eyelashes improve after 2 – 3 weeks.  At 4 weeks, you will notice your eyelashes have lengthened.  Sounds like a long time, but the process is super simple.  Afterwards, you will need to continue use to keep your eyelashes looking great.  You do not need to be as consistent at this point, but I have included this in my nightly routine most nights of the week.  This product is worth it!

I should note that I did not notice any thickening of the individual lashes (see post “Mascara that Lengthens and Thickens” to improve appearance of thicker lashes).

As of today, this product is available through Amazon Prime for $31.25 and at Ulta for $49.95.  My bottle lasted 60 days, but I only applied it to my eyelashes.  The product can also be applied to your eyebrows.