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Meet the Beauty Industry’s Newest Game Changer- NipLips
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Houston’s Most Instagrammable Bar- Present Company
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The Golden Years Box – Lux Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women Over 50

Meet the Beauty Industry’s Newest Game Changer- NipLips

Renae Moomjian and her daughter Helena are the beauty industry’s newest game changers. Imagine- not having to walk into your neighborhood drugstore and spend countless minutes, waffling over the large variety of lipsticks, their ingredients, and trying to find your true lip match. I know that feeling all too well. Well, the time has come where you don’t have to do that anymore. Enter: Tucson-based clean beauty brand- NipLips. Renae and Helena perfected the ingenious way of finding your true lipstick shades, and that is through the color of your nipples, which you can scan through their app (the image is not saved, just the colors).

So here’s the story of how the idea came about… Helena was reading Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader one day, and was mulling over an article about a woman’s nipple color being the perfect color of her lipstick. So she told her mother about it, and they both agreed that it was pretty cool. The next day, they took pictures of their nipples and went to Walgreens, going through the lipstick aisle, and holding up the pictures to each lipstick. They each got five lipsticks, went back home and drew on themselves to see which one fits the best. After finding this idea beneficial, Renae then asked some of her girlfriends if they would go figure out what their nipple color is and lipstick, then try it on and see if it works? About 90% of them absolutely loved it. The people that weren’t so sure, their perfect color ended up being the next shade darker. The duo did more research, and found articles in Cosmopolitan, Allure, and The Doctors show that talked about the concept two years ago, but no beauty companies picked up on the idea. So that got Renae to thinking that there’s got to be a better way besides taking pictures of your nipples and wondering endlessly around the lipstick aisles, wasting money buying all these lipsticks trying to find a match. Then the idea hit her- let’s create an app where you can just scan the color, and then the colors translate to the lipsticks.

Renae comes from a 30-year background in the medical device industry, an industry that is mainly male-dominated. She also has had a medical device consulting firm for the last five years. “I am frequently the only female executive, and usually the only female in the boardroom during meetings. It’s great, but I have had to learn how to communicate like a man, and  it’s kind of a tough place to be. This is all about coming back to being able to communicate, and be who I am in whatever space I show up in. I’ve always tried to figure out ‘ok how do I need to say this so these guys can understand my point?’ I don’t want my daughter and all of you going through that, so if I have to step out of my industry and do something a little bit different in cosmetics to help people get more centered and focused on who they are, and feel strong about how they communicate and they can go back into those fields, then that would be great.”

The lipsticks are made in Tucson and manufactured by Sia Botanics. The current Desert Botanical Matte line is 84% organic, with zero synthetic chemicals. All the packaging is as sustainable as possible, with the tubes being bamboo. All the colorants are natural micas and oxides from Sonoran desert. “Part of our commitment to our customers is that they will always have vegan clean beauty formulations. As much as we can, we will package eco-friendly and sustainable, and we are committed to donating back to underserved causes. In the desert line, there’s jojoba seed oil, prickly pear seed oil, jojoba esters, and natural waxes. Even though they are a matte, they are lightweight and moisturizing. It’s all about looking to you to define your beauty. Your color that you put on your lips comes from you. It’s not like you’re looking at the latest celebrity trend, or what fashion week says I should wear. You’re defining it, which is a big part this brand too. It’s accepting yourself, and being true and authentic to who you are, and that’s important. We’re creating this amazing community of woman and men that just want to buy products that are clean and don’t have bad chemicals in them, that aren’t tested on animals, that are respectful of the environment, and also give back.”

When I first heard of NipLips, I thought, what a great concept! Who knew that the answer to finding your perfect lipstick shade, would be from one of your most important assets?! Normally, I’d go for a red hue when picking out a lipstick, but after scanning through the app, I realized that that may not always be the case. But Renae did mention that nipple colors do change due to hormone levels changing throughout the month, after a workout, etc. Every time I’m at one of their events, and I see the other folks wearing their color, it ALWAYS looked great on them; which goes to show you how well the concept works. I love supporting brands that empower women, care about the environment (while also providing helpful information about sustainable living and environmental issues on their social media), and are so clean that you can practically eat them!

Be sure to also look into getting a lip facial or buy the Lip Transformation Kit to do it yourself at home. I did a lip facial, and it was life changing! My lips were insanely dry and chapped, but after doing that, they were as smooth as butter. In fact, it’s been several months since the facial, and my lips still don’t get as chapped as before. It also only takes up to fifteen minutes. For a list of where you can find NipLips in Tucson, you can go HERE. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston’s Most Instagrammable Bar- Present Company

After seeing hoards of photos that were taken at a very colorful Palm Springs-esque bar in Montrose called- Present Company, I decided that I, too, MUST check it out. The 4,700 square foot place was re-imagined by Shawn Bermudez (Pistoleros and The Burger Joint) My gal pal- Shasie and I ventured over there one day from brunch. We went just as it opened, as I was hoping there wouldn’t be any crowds, because the more crowds = shitty photos, lol. Since Shasie had been there before, she was my tour guide, and showed me all the ‘grammable walls, neon signage, the cabana area on the second floor patio, and really cool multi-color cage chandeliers.  We had a great brunch there. I got the Impossible (meatless) Burger and Fries, which was really good, though filling. I recommend checking out the restrooms, as the women’s room ceiling has graphics of David Bowie (à la Ziggy Stardust), and according to Culture Map, the men’s has Farrah Fawcett graphics. The experience is a lot to take in, but it’s well worth it. I would recommend planning your trip (and outfit(s)) accordingly, and maybe plan on arriving when they first open. 

Present Company is located at:

1318 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77006

HOURS: M-T: 3pm-12am, W-Th: 3pm-2am, F: 12pm-2am, Sat: 11-2am, Sun: 11-12am

 

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Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Present Company, Houston, HTX, Montrose, bar

Have you gone to check it out? If so, what were your favorite walls, food? Let me know in the comments!

The Golden Years Box – Lux Monthly Subscription Boxes for Women Over 50

When my dear friend and vintage fashionista- Dawn Bell, announced that she was launching a luxury monthly subscription box for women over 50, I was intrigued. Sure, there are thousands of monthly subscription boxes out there, and they range from a variety of themes and such, but they all seem to be geared more towards a younger crowd. Dawn noticed that, and was casually talking to her sister about it one day. Her sister then replied with, “Let’s start one!”

Her other sisters, Darlene and Angel, thought it was a great idea, and insisted they start one. So they started researching products that were designed and generally catered to women over 50, and found that there were actually a number of things out there. “Each of us are over 50. We range from 54 to 72, so we have an idea of what kind of stuff women our age need,” Dawn said.

For months they researched, planned, and sorted out the beginning details of the company. Angel recommended it to be called The Golden Years Box. “Each monthly box has a different theme. That theme will support the changing needs of women. We have found that women over 50 begin to go through menopause, and your body starts to change. You don’t sleep anymore. So we have a theme that’s the ‘Sleep Box’ , which supports anything you need to get a good night’s sleep. For instance, there’s an eye mask, melatonin, lavender essential oils, an atomizer for beside your bed with lavender, ear plugs, etc. It’s all really pretty stuff. We thought that when you get older, you want a product that works for what you need, but you don’t lose your passion for wanting something fun and pretty. We specifically kept that in mind when shopping {for products},” Dawn explained. “There will be a ‘Bucket List’ travel box because a lot of women in our age range begin to work less and travel more. We have a ‘Garden’ box because over 50% of women our age garden, but it’s some things they can use even if they don’t garden. Then there’s a ‘Strength and Flexibility’ box that will include some exercise things, hand relief kits, a pretty knee or ankle brace, fish oil… So we try to include vitamins in every box, as well as an essential oil, a fun item… ”

Every box will have five to eight items, will be beautifully packaged, and a certain color, so that it’s visually appealing. While the brand is currently under a soft launch (as of August 4th, 2018), people can still go online and place an order. If you want to buy a one-time gift purchase box , it’s $39.95 , which includes the $7 shipping. If you want to buy month-to-month (cancel anytime), it is $38.95. If you want to buy a six-month pre-pay, it’s $37.95. A one-year pre-pay is $36.95. The ‘Welcome’ box has all gold products, as well as a set of reusable, eco-friendly metal straws and cleaners. Free shipping is offered within the U.S.

The sisters have been quite pleased with the traction that the brand has already received. They have also done their fair share of reaching out to the over-50 Instagram influencers. “We want to be apart of the age revolution that’s already happening with all these women that have Instagram accounts that are bloggers who have huge following.”

“Being a woman of 50 has been pretty inspiring. I don’t have to sit down and slow down. That was always a problem for me because I’m getting older, but I don’t really feel like it. I still have a lot of dreams and aspirations… Age shouldn’t stop you. It’s just a number…Why should I just retire and not do anything? I should do what makes me happy. My sisters and I are just all in that boat together.”

I’m so excited for Dawn, and am glad that her sisters and she are helping to defy the stigma that once you reach a certain age, you “must” retire, slow down, and dress down. Aging shouldn’t be scary, nor should you have to be left out of certain pretty or fun products just because you are over 50. It’s your life- LIVE IT!!

Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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