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Beautycounter Tint Skin Review

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, November 16, 2014

I really want to keep this review short and to the point.  I adore words, so this could be hard.  I also really adore this makeup, which makes me not want to shut up.  But here goes.

Tint Skin is Beautycounter’s new, and totally amazing, complexion coverage.  Maybe it’s a tinted moisturizer, maybe it’s a BB cream, maybe it’s a CC cream, maybe it’s a foundation.  I pretty sure I don’t really know and I am positive that I don’t care.  Call it what you want.  I call it brilliant.

This product is the brainchild of Beautycounter’s celebrity makeup artist, and my non-toxic makeup hero, Christy Coleman.  (Here is a link to Beautycounter’s YouTube channel where you can see Christy in action and get some awesome makeup tips!)  Tint Skin was years in the making and all that time has seriously paid off.  Never did I ever imagine loving this product so much but it is literally the best complexion makeup I have ever used.  I am happy that my friends and family and clients have taken my word for it and given it a try because they all feel the same way.  It is just that good.  Your skin actually looks better the longer you have it on.

One of the best things about this product is its versatility.  I thin layer will even out the skin beautifully and then you can apply more to areas that need more coverage.  You will still want to use the (also amazing) Touchup Skin Concealer Pen under your eyes but you really can get away with only using the Tint Skin everywhere else.  Plus the fact that a little goes a LONG way with this stuff.  I still end up squeezing out too much all the time.  It is also a great value at $38.  You are getting 1.35 oz. of product vs. the typical one ounce size for most foundations that also sport a higher price tag. 

Beautycounter has launched two brushes to apply this with.  The Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush and the Flat Complexion Brush.  Personally, I have always preferred a flat brush.  However, after trying all of the brushes and sponges in my kit, I have found that for the Tint Skin, using my fingers is actually my favorite way to apply. 

If you don't want to take my word for it, read what Self Magazine and Harpers Bazaar have to say about this non-toxic wonder.

Here are the shades, shown on the inside of my arm .  In the cooler months, I am Linen (second from the bottom), but if I have a tan I am Sand (third from bottom) or a mixture of Sand and Linen.

 Shades shown above, from top to bottom; Chestnut, Tan, Golden, Honey, Sand, Linen, Porcelain.

 Here is a little cheat sheet to help you choose your shade:

Do yourself a favor and try this gem on your beautiful mug.  Your skin will thank you, you will look absolutely flawless and you will be saving yourself from a boatload of nasty chemicals in the other brands you may be using.  It is a no-brainer.  Trust me.

 The Real Girl

 

 

 

 

Makeup and Image Seminar on Marthas Vineyard

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“Come to Martha’s Vineyard to talk makeup,” they said. “It will be fun!” they said.

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Well, yeah!  Of course it was! How could it NOT be? Talking makeup and image to a group of female business owners, like myself? What’s not to love? 

This event was the maiden voyage for the speaker series entitled Sustainable Marketing for the Small Business in the Modern Advertising Space. This is an educational initiative started by Tamar Russell Brown of Sitka Creations and The Martha’s Vineyard Guide to promote, educate and inspire Martha’s Vineyard business owners on various relevant topics including marketing, design, networking and our portion, which addressed personal presentation. I was invited to present this part of the series with another speaker, Susan Norton.

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Susan is a psychotherapist on the Island and she also created and markets her own skin care line called Sashabelle

Susan started us off by sharing her own story of how she came to the decision to create her own skin care products. As she became more educated about the many dangerous chemicals in the products she had been using, she felt inspired to create something she could feel good about putting on her skin. She spoke of an inner voice that was impelling her to pursue this path and how we need to pay attention to our own inner voice when we are being nudged towards change. It is always a treat to meet women who care about safe skin care as I do, especially when they are doing their part to make a change.

For my portion of the event I wanted to focus on the psychology of appearance; how the way you look affects how you feel, how the way you feel, in turn, affects how others perceive you and how a few simple changes using just a few products can make a big difference. Doing research for my presentation was fascinating. There is seemingly endless data regarding the effects of color, makeup, clothing and grooming in regards to the impressions one makes as a job candidate to a potential employer or as a business owner to a potential customer.  In any and every aspect of life, actually.

After Susan and I finished our speaking portions it was time for a makeup demonstration. We drew a name from the list of attendees to be our model. The lovely Nicole Friedler, a professional photographer from the Island, was chosen and I was able to show the ladies an easy, five-minute makeup application using just four products. This is a routine that everybody has time for and can really make a big difference in helping you look polished and professional. Here is what I used:

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation 

Beautycounter Every Day A. M. Hydrating Cream

Beautycounter Lip Sheer in Plum

Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara 

Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil 

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These are the core items you need for a simple look. I mixed the foundation with the day cream to make it even more hydrating and natural and buffed it into the skin with a foundation brush. You could use your fingers or a makeup sponge (I recommend the Beauty Blender). Then I used the amazing Plum Lip Sheer as a blush and lipstick. The color may seem really dark when you look at it, but the texture of these products is fantastic. They are sheer and buildable. So you can literally just swipe the tube on your cheeks and blend, add more as you want to intensify the color. Technically they are a lip product but they are the best cream blushes I have ever used. After you apply it as a blush, just sweep it over your lips.  Again, this product is buildable. Use just one layer for a soft wash of color or go over it again to make it deeper. They feel like heaven and smell like vanilla. As a side note, every shade can be used on the cheeks as well as the lips. Plum just happens to be a favorite of mine. 

I then lightly filled in Nicole’s brows with a brow pencil. My staple brow pencil happens to cost $2.99. Go figure. Let me use this as an opportunity to say that filling in your eyebrows is one of the simplest and most dramatic things you can do to bring structure to your face and attention to your eyes. It will seem “scary” at first but once you see how much better you look, it’s a step you won’t ever want to skip.  Everyone will notice how great you look but they probably won’t realize why. It might take some getting used to, but it is worth it.  Baby steps. Just do it.

Once Nicole’s makeover was complete, I had a blast color matching everyone for foundation and doing mini-makeovers on all of them! What a wonderful group of ladies.

Special thanks to Joanne Sardini and The Vineyard Square Hotel for hosting the event and allowing me to stay in one of their absolutely gorgeous suites. Between Joanne and the hotel and Chesca’s Restaurant I didn’t want to leave … so I made a weekend of it. What a fun time.

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Thanks also to Dawn Marie Temple of Bellaria Designs Photography for coming out to take these wonderful photos for us.

Great job, Tamar!  I hope we can do it again soon!

www.daniellebisbano.com

Who Needs Vegas?

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, December 30, 2013

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Okay, so I am usually one of those people who likes to share, especially when it comes to my beautiful brides.  I can keep a secret, though, and this was a big one . . . and a first!  Doing makeup for a bride who was eloping and I was on the very short list of people who actually knew about it.  No worries, Sarah, your secret was safe with me.  

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And now that the cat is out of the bag, here are some of the beautiful images from Sarah and Joe’s special day courtesy of Chad Hansen of First Mate Photo.  Sarah is so beautiful and her now husband loves her just the way she is so she opted for a "no makeup" makeup look.  It was just perfect for her.  Enjoy!

www.thedelbuonos.com

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Have I mentioned how much I love my job???? 

Sarah is a photographer herself!  Check out some of her work at  www.sarahharnedy.com

The Real Girl

Linger Magazine Photo Contest

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Put me in a room, or in this case a field, full of creative and talented people and I am one happy girl!  I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to work with Dawn Temple of Bellaria Designs Photography.  We have been trying for months to collaborate and we finally made it happen.  Dawn had a concept in mind for a shoot that she wanted to submit to a contest for Linger Magazine.  The winner would be featured in a ten page spread for an upcoming issue.  How fun! 

The team consisted of:

Dawn Temple, photographer, of Bellaria Designs Photography

Stacie Waleyko, model, of The Beauty Within Model Management

Regina Garnett, hair, of Faking it Salon

Candice Wu of Candice Wu Couture who made the amazing clothing which was complemented perfectly by the stunning pieces from House of Cach jewelry

After Dawn shared her vision I was thrilled that she gave me an opportunity to create my own concept for the makeup.  When I work with brides I get some creative license but not always; and certainly always within reason!  Often times on shoots, the photographer knows exactly what they want.  To be able to help create the image is a real treat.  I had been dying to create a look using just two colors; black and violet.  I have a violet pigment that I have been wanting to use forever and I had this idea in my head about a true violet blush.  Here is my face sheet for it (I saved it because I had a feeling this shoot was going to rock).

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The violet blush was something I hadn’t seen before and, in my head, I thought the shade would look perfect on Stacie’s beautiful face!  I was playing around with creating my own lipstick using the pigment but once I knew I would be applying it in the woods, I decided it was smarter to just go find the lipstick color I wanted.  To get more mileage out of the shoot, we did some of the shots with a neutral lip as well.

I evened out Stacie’s already flawless skin with Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, using lighter and darker shades for contour and highlight.  Dawn wanted a dark look for the eye, which I achieved using a combination of Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner, Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt and Inglot pigment in 88, a beautiful slightly sparkly black.  To complement the amazing House of Cach jewelry, I used a pair of jeweled lashes to bring just enough light to her eyes.  Finishing off the look I gave Stacie a strong, full, perfect black airbrush brow.  An absolute must for this look.  Her lips were finished in a true electric violet shade for one look and a nude, shimmer gloss for the other.  Stunning!

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I am so thrilled to have been given this awesome opportunity to do what I love with so many talented and passionate artists.  We beat out 75 other teams to win this contest and had a blast doing it.  We can’t wait to see the issue!  I will share it as soon as I can!

 The Real Girl

REAL Head Shots (finally!)

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It has been a long time coming but I finally made a plan to get some real deal photos done for my website.  As a consumer, I always prefer when I can actually see who I am considering working with.  I figure my clients might feel that way, too!

Liz (hair), Heather (massage) and I (makeup) had so much fun working with Amy at Olivia Greene Photography.  It was brutally hot  and humid out but I must say that everyone's airbrush makeup held up beautifully.  See why everyone wants this stuff?!  You can check out the rest of the images here.

We will be choosing our images from these photos that Amy picked.  Look for updates to my site very soon and let me know what you think!

The Real Girl

Beautycounter Every Day AM Hydrating Cream

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, June 28, 2013

There are like a gazillion face moisturizers out there, right? So how can it be so hard to find just the right one? I don’t know but it is! They are either too greasy or too heavy or too light or too sticky or smell like old perfume or make your face shiny, the list goes on and on. I have literally been searching for the perfect moisturizer for my kit for years. I needed one that would replenish and hydrate but also absorb completely without causing any irritation. It was harder than I anticipated.

The way I heard about Beautycounter was such a fluke. Talk about coincidence. Having an opportunity to actually try out the line was a gift. I was like a kid in a candy store. Real world testing with no strings attached. Perfect. Exactly what I needed for my seemingly never-ending moisturizer search. I have been a huge facial oil fan for years and I have oily skin so a “regular" moisturizer is my first item to skip on myself, for all the reasons listed above! When I tried Every Day I loved how it totally absorbed with no residue and made my skin so soft. It created an ideal base for my makeup and it has been absolutely perfect for my kit.

Every Day AM Hydrating Cream is also remarkably versatile! If you want a little extra moisture, you can mix it with a few drops of your Lustro facial oil or apply it after you have applied your facial oil. It also works great for making your own tinted moisturizer. Simply mix 1-2 pumps of Every Day with a small amount of your favorite foundation and you have a more lightweight and hydrating version of your makeup. I have already seen this product work wonders for people whether their skin is dry or sensitive or both. One try and you will see what makes this product so great. Just add it to the ever-growing list of products that I love in this line!

www.healthyskin.beautycounter.com

The Real Girl

 

 

Love the Skin You're In!

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You are what you eat.  How long has that phrase been around? A long time.  You know why?  Because it’s true!  The same reasoning goes for what we put on our skin.  Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it goes directly into our bloodstream minus the benefits and protection of our digestive system.  We really need to be aware of this and cooperate by making sure we are using safe, natural products whenever possible.   

Have you ever heard this one:  “Don’t put it on your body unless you can eat it.”  Great advice and a noble venture but it’s not entirely practical for a lot of women.  I like to pick my battles and here is how I do it.

As I started writing this, I realized that there are several factors that I consider every time I make a skin care, body care and/or cosmetics purchase whether I am aware of it or not.  The basic considerations are: surface area, duration and permeability.  Let’s go through them one at a time, shall we?

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 Surface area:  are we comparing a body lotion to a cuticle cream?  Let’s be realistic; it is much more important that what you are slathering over your WHOLE BODY be natural than something that covers three square inches.  I’m no math whiz but this is basic stuff.  This is the reasoning behind why I am more likely to use whatever eye shadow without obsessing but I probably won’t use a “junk” moisturizer on my whole face.

Duration: are we comparing something that you are going to be using every day or only once in a while.  How about how long you will have it on your skin?  Like the difference between a face mask that you wash off in 20 minutes versus a serum that you have on for 16 hours.  To me, it matters. 

Permeability: this one is really important to me.  It’s the products that I use in the shower that I am the most discerning about.  When you are in the shower or taking a bath, your pores are open and every square inch of you is getting washed with something (hopefully).  You really want to be careful here with soaps, body washes, shampoo and conditioner.  You’re like a little sponge soaking everything up and when you are taking a bath, it’s like your own private marinade.  Don’t use this opportunity to drown yourself in chemicals!  There are so many other options and they are all easily accessible.  No excuses!

With all of these factors, there is one more to consider.  It is what you do on a daily basis that really matters.  You don’t have to go crazy worrying about every little thing.  It’s all about balance.  On that note, do yourself a favor.  Buy yourself one bottle of natural body wash, shampoo and conditioner and you will give yourself months of chemical-free cleansing.  Want to do one better?  Do the same for a friend.  How easy is that?

Here are just a few products that I have tried and love.  No, I do not work for these people.  I’m just a happy customer.

Savannah Essentials:

Free shipping if you spend $75.  Treat yourself to deliciously scented body washes, soaps, lotions, bath salts and more.  These products are amazing!

John Masters Organics:

Salon quality natural hair and skin care products.  I have not tried the skin care products but I love the shampoos, conditioners and pomades. 

Beautycounter:

Okay, I actually DO work for these people now but only because I fell in love with the products first.  The most amazing, clean skin care line I have found.  The results are just phenomenal!

Oh, and tell your skin I said “you’re welcome” ;-)

The Real Girl


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