Wednesday, January 8, 2020

5 Best Beauty/Health Finds

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Happy 2020 friends!  To kick off my first Rachael's Radar of the year, I thought I'd share some of the beauty and health products that I've been using for a while, and absolutely love!  

1. Gimme Beauty Hair Ties: These hair ties are the best! I was introduced to them by another blogger, and they've since become my favorite.  Not only do they have a strong hold, but they don't slip, leave kinks, or snag the hair.  They come in different sizes to support different hair types, and a few color options to match your hair.  I started with the Fitting Kit to try them out, and now mostly use the thick size hair bands and any sized hair bands.

2. Tinkle Razors: After hearing many great reviews about these tiny facial razors, I decided to give them a try myself.  All I can say is, why didn't I try them sooner?!  They easily remove any peach fuzz that's on the face, leaving the skin smooth and silky.  Plus, they're great for the removing hair from the upper lip and around the eyebrows.  An added bonus is they also help to remove dead skin cells.  By shaving off the dead skin (similar to exfoliating), your skin care and anti-aging products are able to seep deeper into your skin, thus helping them to work better.

3. Dr. Brandt No More Baggage:  I have to be honest, when I first used this product, I wasn't very impressed.  After a couple weeks of use, and not seeing the magnificent results that it claimed to have, I tossed it aside for my beloved SeneGence eye cream.  Fast forward a year later when I heard one of my favorite blogger rave about how this is a great product for de-puffing under the eye, I decided to give it another try, and was surprised to see how well it worked.  When I was previously using the product, I was getting plenty of sleep, which means my eyes were well rested and in not need of removing any baggage or puffiness.  Lately, with trouble sleeping, my eyes are pretty swollen when I wake up, and this product was been a miracle worker.

4. Thieve Roller: A year ago, when my son (then 4yo) was diagnosed with a chronic illness, I decided I wanted to try some essential oils, especially Thieves oil, which I had heard great things about.  Thieves is said to boost the immune system, can act as an antimicrobial, and promote cardiovascular and respiratory health.  When put in a roller with a carrier oil, you can rub this on certain parts of the body, to help support the immune system.  Since September, I have been consistently rubbing this on the bottoms of both mine, and the twins feet before bed, and so for (knock on wood) we have not been sick this school year.  In fact, my husband ended up getting the flu, and none of us caught it from him.  Coincidence? Perhaps.  But I'll keep on using it and see how the rest of the school year goes!  

5. Hask Dry Shampoo:  I know I've raved about this dry shampoo in the past, but wanted to share it again as it's still my favorite drug store find.  Not only does this dry shampoo work just as well (if not better) than my high end ones, but the coconut scent smells so good!  Now, I've only used the coconut formula, so I can't speak for how the other Hask dry shampoo options work, but if they're anything like this one, then they've got to be good!

I'd love to know, what are some of your go-to beauty products?  Let me know in the comments!

XO Rachael

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Warm Wishes

Green Blouse
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Happy Holidays friends!  I can't believe that Christmas and Hanukkah have arrived, and that we're so close to ending the year.  My little family and I will be having Christmas morning at our house, then heading up to Vermont for the rest of the week to celebrate with the whole family.

As another year comes to an end, I've been doing a lot of reflection on what I want for this space in the new year.  The main thing I want to provide is value.  When you visit Threads for Thomas, I want you to leave feeling happy and inspired.  Going forward, you can expect more content that teaches in both styling and beauty.

This year has been full of change, and I've been figuring out which direction I want to take my career. Because of this, I haven't been consistent with my posting.  For those of you who have stuck with me, and are still following along, I want to say thank you!  The fact that you come to visit my little space here on the Internet means so much, and I am beyond grateful.  Wishing you and your families a very happy new year.

Dressy Blouse

Is this blouse not perfect for the holidays?  The green color is beautiful, and I love the lace detailing.  I decided to style it with my black jeans for a semi dressy holiday outfit, but you can also pair it with a skirt for a more formal look.  I finished my outfit with my studded heels, and the cutest pearl headband.  I found it on amazon and love how it elevates the look.  It actually comes in a pack of 5 for under $15.  Stay tuned. I'll be styling this top with light jeans and little booties for an everyday look!

Easy Holiday Style

Lace Trim Blouse
Blouse c/o | Jeans | Heels | Headband | Earrings

XO Rachael

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

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NuFace Fix Set:  This has been on my wish list for a couple of months now and would make a wonderful gift for any woman over thirty.  I've heard great reviews as it helps plump, smooth, and tighten the skin within minutes.  I'm loving this limited edition shimmer set that is available for the holidays.

Sigma Makeup Brushes: Sigma is my go-to brand for quality makeup brushes.  Not only do they give a smooth application, but they last making them my favorite brushes to invest in.  I use both brushes in this set on a daily basis, and highly recommend them.  If you're looking for a larger brush set to give, then this set makes a great option.

Face Sheet Masks: I recently ordered these sheet masks for myself, and as gifts for my beauty customers, and have been loving them!  Although I haven't been using them long enough to see a major difference, they leave my skin feeling smooth and hydrated after each use.  Plus they have amazing reviews!  Give one lucky lady (or lad) the entire package of 16, or divide them up for friends, teacher gifts, and stocking suffers!

Silk Pillowcase: Are you using a silk pillowcase?  If not I highly suggest one!  No only do they help prevent wrinkles while sleeping, but they're also great for the hair.  No more getting tangles, matted hair are knots in the middle of the night!  This one has excellent reviews and comes in many color options.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer: I'm sure you've heard me talk about this hair dryer before, but I love it!  Not only does it add more volume to my hair, but it cuts down my drying time by a couple of minutes.

LipSense: If you've been following for a while, then you know I'm a huge fan of LipSense, the long lasting lip color, by SeneGence.  In fact, I love it so much, that I have been selling it for the past three years.  The fact that you can put lipstick on in the morning and still have it on come evening, without reapplying is purely amazing and bound to make any woman happy.  Not to mention that it doesn't transfer on your coffee mugs, wine glasses, teeth, clothes, children or significant others!

5 Minute Makeup Set: Along with LipSense, SeneGence also has long wearing makeup that actually has skincare in it.  So not only are you enhancing your features as you wear it, but it's protecting the face, and reducing the signs of aging as well!  I know many women who like minimal makeup that can be applied in 5 minutes, and these two products (the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and Bronze Dust Powder) are just for that.  Message me to learn about some holiday specials!

Makeup Train Case: I have the larger size of this makeup case that I have been using for years.  The compartments store my makeup neatly, and there is even a space to hold brushes.  Not only is this great for traveling, but it's also ideal for everyday makeup storage!

Jade Roller: If you know someone who doesn't own a jade roller yet, then this will make an amazing gift!  Jade rollers are known to reduce dark circles and puffiness under eyes, help reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin, stimulate blood flow, and give a healthy glow.  All of that for under $25, yes please!  This one has amazing reviews.

XO Rachael