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Welcome to Your Custom Beauty

We’re so happy you stopped by!

If you’re on this page, you’re probably wondering what the heck Your Custom Beauty is all about and if you should stick around. Am I right??! 

I’m also going to assume you might be as frustrated as I’ve been in the past trying to figure out which are the best beauty products for your specific needs.  It really shouldn’t be so complicated!   But, with gazillions of beauty products on the market, along with some pretty far-fetched promises, even the most sensible of us start feeling a little confused.

So, whether you’re looking for the best anti-aging serum for combination skin, the perfect eyeshadow to make your hazel eyes POP, or the most effective way to manage your unmanageable frizz, we’ve got you covered.

Who are we?

I’m Vanessa Hathaway, the Founder of Your Custom Beauty.

I’m not a dermatologist, a makeup artist or a cosmetologist.  But I genuinely love researching and learning why and how different beauty product ingredients work (I’m a little nerdy like that...🤓).  And I’ve made it my mission to separate brilliant science from clever marketing (aka bullsh*t) within the beauty world.  I truly want to help you, and as many people as I can, LOOK AND FEEL YOUR VERY BEST.

Girl, I’m a beauty product junkie from waaay back.  When my sister and I were teenagers, we experimented with everything we could get our hands on.  From Nair hair remover to VO5 hot oil treatments to gooey paint-on/peel-off facial masks (yes, it was the ‘70s..).

v2But it wasn’t as daunting back then. There weren’t that many options.  As far as skincare, it was pretty much Noxema, Bonne Belle and Seabreeze.  Pond’s cold cream, Neutrogena and Oil of Olay.  Maybe a department store line if you could afford to cough up the cash.  

Nowadays, there are thousands upon thousands of cleansers, moisturizers, shampoos and foundations.  And, while it sure is nice to have options, it’s overwhelming at best… bewildering at worst.  

So, if you’re ready to find the very best, most effective beauty products for your individual needsRELAX, darling.  You’ve come to the right place!

What else are we ‘ABOUT’?

We all know that there’s much more to beauty than the physical, outward appearance. Your Custom Beauty is firm in our belief that beauty is about that undefinable combination of mind, body, and spirit.  And for that reason, we provide information and inspiration that nourishes your soul, as well as your mind and body.  

Ideas and articles that will guide you to living your fullest, happiest, healthiest life.  We want to help you be your very best self! 

I recently read a statistic that just about broke my heart…

Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful… (even though) 80% of these women agreed that every woman has something about her that is beautiful.  They just don’t see their own beauty”

So, I’m here to tell you something — Every feature, every (perceived) imperfection, everything you love and hate about yourself makes you, well… YOU!  There’s never been and never will be another human being exactly like you.  You’re one-of-a-kind.  Irreplaceable.  Uniquely beautiful.  Perfectly, flawlessly YOU.

Our mission at YCB is to help you discover all the beauty that lies within you.  To inspire you to look and, more importantly, FEEL as beautiful as you are.

How Does Your Custom Beauty Work?

A great way to describe what we do is this:  

It’s Match.com for beauty products!

Just complete our Skincare or Hair Care Profile/Quiz to get customized beauty product recommendations for YOUR particular needs.  Read reviews from women just like you who were fed-up with the trial-and-error method and have found the perfect products for their needs with a li’l help from YCB.

Love, love, love this site!

“This is such a great idea! There’s such a vast array of products these days… it’s overwhelming. I love that all the research is done for me and my product
recommendations have been great!”


Takes the guesswork out of my skin care routine!

“Taking the quiz really takes the guesswork out of finding the right products. And I love that I can use my Amazon Prime to get delivery the next day!”


“I really like that their products are a mix of known brands and from exciting up-and-coming brands. There’s products in every price range, so you can find great products that actually work and they’re affordable!”


“I’ve purchased so many products in stores and then get home and they just don’t work for me. Everything that has been recommended from this site has been a perfect fit for my skin, hair and makeup needs!”


“I’ve ordered multiple products from Your Custom Beauty! Love the recommendations so far!”


Love that I have a choice in price ranges!

“Your website is very intuitive and easy to use. The products that were suggested for me were spot on. I can tell that the recommended products were results of my quizzes. I especially like that I have a choice in price range.”


What makes Your Custom Beauty unique?

Your Custom Beauty is like no other beauty website you’ve experienced.  

  • Your Custom Beauty has spent thousands (seriously, thousands) of hours researching skincare, cosmetic and haircare product ingredients.  We know what works for who and why.
  • We apply this knowledge to determine the very best products available.  We scour the market to find those ‘holy grail’ items containing the most beneficial ingredients, without any of the unnecessary sensitizing crap that so many products contain.
  • Then we sample and read every user review we can find on these vetted products to determine which are the VERY BEST of the best.  Those are the only ones that make the cut with us.
  • Last, and most importantly, we take the information you enter while answering our straightforward, user-friendly quizzes and match that to our curated collection of products to provide you with the very best product recommendations for YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS AND CONCERNS.

We also look at the way products are packaged.  That may seem like a superficial detail. But, it’s actually critical in keeping the most important ingredients potent and effective.  So, yep, we factored that into our recommendations as well.  (Don't tell, but we’re a little obsessive like that...🤫)

So if you're ready to receive specific, customized product recommendations just for you, take the quiz now!

How are we different from all the other beauty websites?

This quote pretty much sums it up:

“There’s no traffic on the extra mile.”  

We’ve found that really is true.  That ‘extra mile’ includes all of the tedious, time-consuming work of researching the ingredients, the effectiveness, and the actual results of every single product we recommend.  

Then we assign values to our curated products in our database according to ingredients, benefits provided, potential allergens, and dozens of other attributes.

Now, let me tell ya, there were times when I thought, WTF??  Why am I killing myself doing all this?!  None of the other guys have gone to all this trouble!  

Then I remembered WHY that ‘extra mile’ has such little traffic.  And it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  

I sure hope you’ll stick around.  I think you’ll be glad you did! 😊

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, I’d sure love to hear from you!  You can reach me at email, facebook, instagram, twitter, LinkedIn

Take good care of your lovely self...  You deserve it!

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Vanessa Hathaway

Founder, Your Custom Beauty

(p.s. You can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter here.   Or you could go ahead and get your customized product recommendations by taking Your Custom Beauty Quiz right now.)

Your Custom Beauty has scoured the market, researched the ingredients, read the reviews, and sampled hundreds of products in all price ranges to determine the best products for your unique needs.

Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine ...let Your Custom Beauty help.

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