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My Afternoon at Charlotte’s Soft Surroundings – Beauty Products

Morning friends!

By now, I imagine you have heard of Soft Surroundings? I have collaborated with them before  HEREHERE, HERE  and  HERE. 

I love the philosophy of the brand. “that by putting yourself first, you can take better care of friends, family and community to live a happier, more fulfilling life.” Isn’t that the truth? I also love that Soft Surroundings has “softness ratings” 1-3, 3 being the most soft, and that is something I appreciate with clothing and bedding. I was invited by Soft Surroundings to check out the store in Charlotte, NC. This is a sponsored post for Soft Surroundings.

( Ruffled silk blouse -Ann Taylor via Poshmark,  textured pink pencil skirt- Ann Taylor- White ruffled jacket-White House Black Market via Poshmark, Betsey Johnson pearl sandals) 

( Believe me, after an afternoon of shopping and makeup, with EDS.. that bed looked preeeety tempting!)

Soft Surroundings

Upon entering I was greeted by Rachelle Campbell, the Beauty Manager of the store, with whom I was meeting, to take me through the beauty section and do my makeup using products from their line. Rachelle was very warm and seemed like a long-lost girlfriend that I had known for a while. Easy to talk to, and joke with, we hit it off straightaway.

When you enter the store you have a relaxed feeling, as the lighting is not harsh, and upon entrance, the bedding and robe section catches your eye.. Now, for me that could be dangerous having a bed in the middle of the store, as with my condition, shopping does wear me out! It looked very inviting!

The rest of the store has sections of beautiful Soft Surroundings clothing arranged by style, with the Fall colors and line making their way onto the racks. Wait until you see what I chose from their new pre-Fall line, c/o SS!


I would be heading to the back the store, where the Beauty department was  but first, we would talk about a product,  an alternative to fillers , without the use of needles, which is quite successful for the brand, called Fillerina. ( Do read more about it by clicking the link, explaining the molecules and how they help wrinkles or lack of volume) I personally don’t want fillers, so I was interested in hearing this alternative that is used at home. This product is award winning and interested me as something I may try in the winter months. If/when I do, you all will be the first to know how it went, as I will post on the blog!

According to the website- “Award winning Fillerina” is an at home alternative. Go 4 months wrinkle-free.
( from the Soft Surroundings Website*)
The at-home alternative to doctor’s needles. Breakthrough,Hyaluronic Acid wrinkle reducer is a 2-week treatment regimen that seamlessly fills in wrinkles and expression lines, plumps volume in cheeks, eyes and lips and firms contours for smoother, thicker skin that lasts up to four months.

· A NewBeauty® Beauty Choice Award Winner, Fillerina® is the first dermo-cosmetic replenishing gel designed for home use.
· Volumizes cheeks, lips and hollow areas under eyes
· Tightens and retexturizes sagging skin
· Fades furrows and marionette lines
· Contours and lifts brow and jaw
· 2-week treatment regimen includes Fillerina® Plus Replenish Gel, Nourishing Film and two applicators
· Fillerina® Replenish Gel features a high concentration of six different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid molecules that travel to different layers of the skin to fill lines and wrinkles and replenish lost Hyaluronic Acid (what gives skin its plumpness). Matryxil gradually, naturally, promotes skin’s rebuilding process

My afternoon of Beauty- 

Prior to going to the store, Soft Surroundings sent me some of the newly released Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Moist Lipstick in

Gwen- a cherry red. ( for me I need a blue red for my light complexion)

Molly- a neutral

Jessica- dark peach with red undertones. You know I HAD to try it! 🙂

I tried these prior to coming to the store and did love their moisturizing qualities. They also come in a beautiful gold case that is magnetic so it looks pretty when you take it out of your purse. My favorite out of the 3 is Jessica, ( no surprise!) and I find that nudes can be tricky, as I don’t want them too light and blend in with the skin.

The Jane Iredale Makeup line is known as “The Skincare Makeup.” Good for your skin.  “Originally sold only to physicians and aestheticians, her cosmetics are the gold standard in mineral makeup-a line so safe and beneficial for your skin that it’s recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists all over the world.”

I tend to choose more pinkish shades and needed a bold red to try out as well. These  lipsticks are long-lasting, don’t dry and are moist on the lips. Jane Iredale’s products are good for the skin as well. In the store, Rachelle also tried on the “Rose” shade which I loved, as I tend to steer in the rosy pink shades for lips.

I also received the product Wunderbrow. This is a gel formula that fills in any sparse areas  of brow. I don’t have a ton of sparseness, but ladies, I think we know what happens with Menopause? So, I love this! I use the Auburn which is for any redhead.

Rachelle and I talked comfortably and I really enjoyed my day at Soft Surroundings. She began my makeup session with these products-

Skincare and Makeup-

There are different lines of skin care in the store, depending upon your needs.

Rodial- Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel– ( Now isn’t the name very Rock and Roll?) “A revolutionary anti-aging gel that volumizes and defines facial contours by plumping sagging skin through stimulating the production of collagen to help skin appear firmer and more lifted.”

Primer- I always use a primer before foundation. This Jane Iredale primer was light and felt good on the skin, with a bit of luminescence. I joked with her saying that I absolutely must Illuminate! That buzz word gets me every time!

Jane Irredel Liquid Minerals- Which is a pretty package as it comes with mineral beads of foundation, then comes out as a liquid. For me, she used Light beige, which is “Fair to light with pink undertones.”

Jane Iredale Blush-cotton candy. A shimmery light pink

Long Lasting Luxe Lipstick in Rose– Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spray– a finishing spray that smells wonderful with pomegranate, White Tea and Rosemary extract.

What I learned about Jane Iredale’s products is that they are good for the skin, and have skin benefiting effects as well as providing a beautiful canvas and outcome. I also love that they are not tested on animals.

I had a wonderful time meeting with the staff, they were very accommodating . After my makeup and chat with Rachelle, I browsed around the store. Because of my EDS, I was exhausted, but I persevered! I chose a floral maxi dress with autumn colors, ( Anais with slip) complete with a lace trimmed slip dress underneath. You will have to wait for a seperate post for me to style it!

We did do a winged liner for my eyes with the Jane Iredale liquid liner, and i have to practice!

( One of the other treats Soft Surroundings gifted me was this amazing brush. Wonderful airbrush application for foundation, primer, concealer. see bottom for link. ) 

On the last note… I think I need these pillows.. now, where are the shih tzus?.. If you didn’t know Soft Surroundings has Bedding/Bath, Beauty, Shoes/Accessories and clothing.

If you haven’t been to Soft Surroundings, check them out! Id also love to hear if you have tried Jane Iredale’s makeup?

**Thank you to the Soft Surroundings in Charlotte, NC!! I had a great time!

This post – sponsored by  Soft Surroundings

  • All Gifted Items below. All opinions and writing are my own and truthful.

 Maxi dress c/o Soft Surroundings ( will style on another post)

Jane Iredale Long lasting lipsticks ( 3 lipsticks from above) c/o Soft Surroundings

Wunderbrow c/o Soft Surroundings

Cailyn O Wow! Brush c/o Soft Surroundings


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  • Katya
    Posted at 14:53h, 08 September Reply

    Wow, it looks like a kingdom of beauty products. It has everything that you need. Nice outfit by the way.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • blogthirtyminusone
    Posted at 15:27h, 31 August Reply

    Oh what fun, I love getting my make up done. And those lip colors that they sent you are so pretty.

    Xx, Nailil

  • Jessica
    Posted at 03:43h, 31 August Reply

    Lots of amazing choices of beauty products! Anyway, love your edgy and chic outfit dear. Such a beautiful combo of dress and jacket you have there.

    Jessica |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:39h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you Jess! There are some wonderful beauty products they sell. xx

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 13:20h, 30 August Reply

    Wow what wonderful fun you must have had – thanks for sharing on the #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • elise
    Posted at 13:02h, 30 August Reply

    I definitely want to try the Fillerina, sounds amazing!

    xx, Elise

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:41h, 30 August Reply

    What a fun way to spend the day- a little pampering is just what every girl needs! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 03:25h, 30 August Reply

    What a super pamper day, Jess. Loved your lipstick-link outfit too, Hugs, x.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you Mary! It was a lovely day .. love the store. 🙂 xx

  • Ava
    Posted at 06:32h, 29 August Reply

    I have tried many makeup brands and I love to write on them makeup brands. Jane Iredale is one of my most favorite brand.

  • Jill James
    Posted at 02:48h, 29 August Reply

    Sounds like you had such an enjoyable time being spoiled and trying many different products. The cushions would be a great home addition for any dog lover. Many thanks for hosting Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:59h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Jill, I did. It was a lovely afternoon. I know.. I am tempted by the doggy pillows too. xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:50h, 30 August Reply

      I did Jill! Thanks.. yes! Now to find that shih tzu pillow.

  • Laura
    Posted at 22:25h, 28 August Reply

    This looks like such a great place! Thanks for introducing it to us! I love all those lip colors on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:00h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Laura! The lipsticks are so moisturizing. xx

  • Ronnie
    Posted at 20:49h, 28 August Reply

    Jess, this was just so fascinating to me! To be honest, I knew very little about Soft Surroundings except that they do make some lovely clothing. I’d seen their catalog on a few occasions, but didn’t even realize they had brick and mortar stores! The make up is a total revelation – I had no idea they had a beauty line! But, I have to say what impressed me most was what you said in the beginning about their efforts toward actual “softness” in their products. I know I’ve mentioned my fibro and often clothing can be painful when I’m having a flare, so this is such a fascinating and interesting thing to hear. I’m certainly impressed and will be more inclined to look for their clothing line in the future. Thanks so much for the info!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:01h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment ROnnie. I Know for me, it is important to wear soft and find soft clothing. I used to not be able to wear jeans! Glad you enjoyed the article. xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 August Reply

    Looks like a fabulous store! I’ve never tried Jane Iredale products before but have heard good things about the brand. I love those dog pillows!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks Emma, it is .. very relaxing too! xx

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 August Reply

    Jess, wow, so many great things to try. I love that they carry, clothing, housewares and makeup. Thank you for sharing your day and for the link up!!


  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 15:40h, 28 August Reply

    We have one of these stores in STL, but it isn’t super close to my house. I do really enjoy it when I have time to go in there, though! I could spend a lot of time in store. How nice that you got to try new products and got your makeup done, sounds like the perfect day to me!


  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 13:26h, 28 August Reply

    I’ve never tried Jane Iredale, but I’ve heard such good things about it! Looks like you had a fun day of shopping and pampering!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:56h, 28 August Reply

    Wow looks like such fun! What a great store and you got your makeup done as well. And a lipstick named after you!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:10h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks Nora, the lipstick , Jessica was my favorite 🙂 xx

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 10:44h, 28 August Reply

    My favourite thing was those two pillows! Ha! Did that surprise you? I don’t think so ; P But they do need a pug.


  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 10:08h, 28 August Reply

    I love trying new products! The experience looked so amazing, I can’t wait to see a store near me!

  • carmen
    Posted at 09:57h, 28 August Reply

    Lovely store Jess! Nice that you got pampered! “Jessica” lipstick is made for YOU! Thanks for taking us with you and thank you for hosting another fun fashion party!


  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:04h, 28 August Reply

    Oh thanks for featuring me! How exciting! What a BEAUTIFUL store. Wow! Such a feast for the eyes. What a wonderful experience for you!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:37h, 28 August Reply

    I bet this was a fun filled day, Jess. I’ve tried Jane’s makeup once and really liked it, but I had no idea that Soft Surroundings was carrying it. And the filler product sounds very promising. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!!

  • Theresa Campbell
    Posted at 08:20h, 28 August Reply

    Have never been to their store, but have ordered plenty of their things online. It is quite beautiful and well merchandised. Nice to know about that skin care line. I’m always looking for good makeup not tested on animals. Looking forward to seeing the dress you got there!


    Posted at 07:44h, 28 August Reply


    Thank you for sharing your makeup experience at Soft Surroundings.
    I have used their skin care lines, Fillerina and Osmotics but haven’t tried the Jane Iredale makeup line.
    I will definitely try it the next time I’m in Soft Surroundings!


  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 07:41h, 28 August Reply

    Looks like an interesting store, similar to anthropology? I don’t think we have them in my area in PA.

    Posted at 07:41h, 28 August Reply


    Thank you for sharing your day at Soft Surroundings!
    I really enjoy that store and have tried many of their beauty products.
    I haven’t tried the Jane Iredale make up yet, but will be on my shopping list!


  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 07:36h, 28 August Reply

    What a fun day of shopping! 🙂 And yes, that Jessica lipstick was so made for you, even shares your name! My favourite of the three 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:05h, 28 August Reply

    Wow! What a fabulous day! That store looks amazing, too. Like an experience in and of itself.


  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:17h, 28 August Reply

    I liked both Molly and Jessica lip color. Those fillerina packs looks interesting. I know my mom talks about getting injections but perhaps I can convince her with these! It’s good to know that there’s a better alternative as I am not really a fan of needles. From your photos, this sounded like a great success and fun event. Looking forward to what you ended up picking up from the store!

    Maureen |

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:28h, 28 August Reply

    What a fun experience! I love the store – we don’t have one here (yet). I haven’t even tried any SS but I bet they are amazing. And you look just gorgeous in that pink – head to toe! I cannot believe you found all those great pieces on Poshmark!

  • Laurie
    Posted at 03:27h, 28 August Reply

    That bed does look inviting! I bet this was a wonderful day Jess. I love girlie days! I’m also a huge lover of the Jane Iredale products too. I trained with those at beauty college xx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:24h, 28 August Reply

    The Soft Surroundings shops seem like such a fabulous place to hang out! Full of a ladies favourite things! Those dog cushions are hilarious. Nice to see you had a lovely pamper Jess xx Maria

  • Meagan
    Posted at 02:43h, 28 August Reply

    I love makeup–it’s so much fun to try new products, especially lip colors! What a fun event!


  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:25h, 28 August Reply

    That looks like a great place to spend some time in! Those wrinkled products sound good.

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