Hi Friends! I’m back today with a Beautycounter update. I don’t do these too often, but when the information is this good I feel like it’s unfair not to share. I think my last Beautycounter post was back in November. I know I’ve shared a few of my favorite products in my monthly “faves” posts, but I haven’t done a full blown round up in a while. And, trust me, you are not going to want to miss this news.
For a limited time only, Beautycounter is running a Friends and Family Sale with a 15% Off sitewide (there are a couple of exceptions, mostly kits and collections which are already discounted). If you are a Beautycounter fan, you know how rare this is. Other than some special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal I think out last sitewide sale was last summer. So if you are thinking about making a switch to safer cosmetics there is no better time than now to give us a try. Oh, and just so you know, there is absolutely no risk involved because Beautycounter offers a 60-day return policy, no questions asked.
And if you aren’t sure where to start, let me make a few recommendations:
Daily Skin Care:
Even though I am well into my (ahem) forties, I still suffer from sensitive skin and struggle with breakouts in my t-zone. So I recently experimented with our Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser, our daily exfoliating cleanser for oily and blemish-prone skin that effectively removes oil, makeup, and other impurities without harsh surfactants. It’s infused with an energizing citrus scent, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and balanced, not dry or irritated. But, because I am a woman of certain age, I like to alternate with the Nourishing Cream Cleanser.
This Beautycounter workhorse soothes and nourishes skin as it washes away makeup and impurities. The lightweight, creamy formula can be massaged onto wet or dry skin and is safe for the delicate eye area, too. Made without harsh surfactants or sulfates, it also tones skin with witch hazel and hydrates with coconut oil and aloe.
After years of using and loving the Nourishing Night Cream as my daily moisturizer I finally decided to give Countermatch a try. And let me just tell you I am in love. This lightweight lotion helps skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of modern life. Not only does it provide up to 24-hours of hydration — it actually adjusts hydration levels throughout the day for a smooth look and feel and radiant glow and gives our skin exactly what it needs. As such, it’s perfect for combination skin – which is why I made the switch.
I’ve written about this product before. I’ll write about this product again. This product is probably my current favorite on the line. Formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids that hydrate, replenish and protect skin, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and formaldehyde-based preservatives commonly found in peels. I use it every day immediately after cleansing.
Okay, friends, I’ve got to be honest. We offer three different face oils: #1 Brightening Face Oil, #2, Plumping Face Oil and #3 Balancing Face Oil and I use and love them all. Depending on the specific needs of my skin I’m just as likely to reach for the Balancing or Plumping, but our Brightening Oil is Number One in more ways than one. It’s an Allure Beauty Award winner and customer favorite. Just a few drops of this citrus-scented oil leaves skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. Learn more about our amazing face oils here.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our bestselling Charcoal Cleansing Bar. This detoxifying bar absorbs impurities in you skin without drying it out and resulting in a clearer, smoother, and brighter-looking complexion. It’s made with purifying Japanese binchotan charcoal, antioxidant-rich organic green tea, and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and, many of my clients also love to use it on their body.
Five Minute Face:
For someone who sells cosmetics I honestly don’t where a lot of make-up. And a make-up artists I am not. Fortunately, with just a few Beautycounter products I can look put together and presentable in just five short minutes.
Tint Skin – This lightweight, creamy foundation is actually the product that hooked me on Beautycounter. And it’s one of my clients’ favorites too. It goes on seamlessly and blends beautifully, leaving you in complete control of your coverage. It leaves skin looking smooth and feeling hydrated. And it’s available in ten shades so you can find your perfect match.
Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage – On days when I don’t need or want as much coverage, aka most days, I use this dew skin tinted moisturizer. It provides a hint of sheer coverage for a luminous dewey glow and contains SPF 20. Win, win!
Touch-Up Concealer Pen – Since I wasn’t born with perfect skin, I use this concealer daily to cover-up under eye circles, mask blemishes and generally improve the overall color of my skin. In addition to providing flawless coverage, it’s formulated with knotgrass extract to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and photoaging—so skin looks firmer, brighter, and instantly more even. The click-pen design and brush applicator make it easy to apply just the right amount exactly where you need it.
Color Define Brow Pencil – The first time I got my eyebrows waxed I was about twenty years. And scared to death. (So silly). I asked my mom if she ever got her eyebrows waxed and her answer was no, “Because as I’ve gotten older my eyebrows have gotten sparser.” At the time I though this was the craziest thing I ever heard. More than two decades later I understand what she was talking about. I am still blessed with pretty thick brows, but I can see the bald spots creeping in. And my arches aren’t what they used to be either. This easy-glide pencil goes on smoothly to even out my brows and finish my make-up look.
Satin Powder Blush – I love this blush. It adds just the right amount of color. My go-to color is Nectar, but I also love Guava if I am feeling “pink.”
Volumizing Mascara A quick swipe of this long-lasting volumizing mascara really makes my lashes pop.
We have three amazing choices for lip color and I alternate between them. I’m just as likely to wear a color intense lipstick to run errands as I am to wear a lipgloss to work. All three formulas are lovely and it just depends what I’m in the mood for.
My favorite lipgloss is Blush Shimmer in the spring and summer and Rosewood in the fall and winter.
My favorite sheer lipstick is Terra
And my favorite color intense lipsticks are 9 to 5, and Boardwalk, which is only available in this Limited Edition Color Intense Lipstick Duo, which is valued at $68 and available during the sale for only $41.65!
On those days when I have a few more minutes to get ready or want to look a little bit more professional or, dare I say it, glam, I’ll add some eyeshadow and sweep on some highlighter and bronzer to really highlight my features. I have also just started using our Brow Gel to set my eyebrows, and I kind of like it a lot.
Velvet Eyeshadow Palette – I adore these eye-shadows. The formulas are specially designed for rich color payoff and long-wearing performance. It glides on silky-smooth, lays down evenly and blends seamlessly. And the collection of pinks and purples in the Romantic palette have my heart.
Illuminating Cream Highlighter – I like to sweep this highlighter stick on the tops of my cheek bones, under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose for a healthy, dimensional glow. We also have a powdered highlighter if that’s more your thing.
Radiant All Over Bronzer – During the summer I dust this bronzer on my cheekbones and nose for a hint of shimmer and a natural-looking healthy glow. In the winter I use it to contour for special events.
Brow Gel – This is a relatively new product on our line and a very new product to me. I didn’t think I needed it, because I had my beloved brow pencil. But this little tube is filled with a light-hold formula that grooms brows and provides a natural tint for thicker, fuller, natural-looking brows. I didn’t know I needed it until I tried it, but this is quick making it into my regular make-up rotation.
Bath & Body:
Hands down, my favorite bod product. I love the invigorating scent and the gentle exfoliation of this scrub, which leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s like a mini vacation in the shower.
Of course, our best-selling Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa is a great choice too. I may sell more of this product than anything else. Extremely gentle and non-drying this refreshing, citrus-scented body wash has a creamy texture and contains hydrating oils that help soften and protect skin.
Our richest skin conditioner, Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa is my go-to moisturizer. I have very dry skin and this rich body butter featuring shea butter and mongongo oil is perfect for dehydrated skin. Its thick, buttery formula melts into skin and absorbs easily without feeling greasy.
Perhaps a bit of indulgence, but what better time to stock up than during our Friends & Family Sale, this intensely moisturizing, nourishing blend of 13 botanical oils absorbs instantly and leaves skin smooth, silky, and luminous. And the smell is amazing! Hints of grapefruit, sweet orange, and rosemary create a beautifully complex yet subtle scent. I like to massage into damp skin after my shower to lock in moisture.
I use this purifying shampoo multiple times a week, I love that it gently breaks down buildup leaving my hair shiny and clean. I follow it up with this creamy rich conditioner, working it into the ends of my hair to keep it healthy and strong.
I love the safe sun protection afforded by this lightweight, water-resistant, non-greasy lotion. Formulated with non-nano zinc and antioxidant-rich California Poppy, this physical formulation provides an effective shield from skin-aging rays, while being gentle and pleasant feeling on the skin. Smooth, nourishing formula blends evenly onto skin with limited white residue.
If you’ve got kids, you know applying sunscreen can be a real struggle. And most conventional spray sunscreens are chock full of ingredients that are bad for us and our planet. Enter Beautcounter’s Mineral Sunscreen Mist for the win. This innovative, continuous mist sunscreen is with non-nano zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich California Poppy, to provide an effective shield from UVA, UVB & Blue Light rays, while still being gentle and pleasant feeling on the skin. Sprays on white to help guide application, blends in easily, and dries quickly without an oily residue. Try it and you’ll be hooked.
I think I sell this product to everyone. And yes, I mean everyone. Don’t let the name fool you – this all-purpose nourishing balm is the ultimate hydrating and comforting multitasker. Its soothing blend of organic shea butter and jojoba oil provides a layer of protection from head to toe. It’s great for eczema, burns, breakouts, dry skin and more.
Another fan favorite – this lightweight moisturizing hand cream is a treat for hardworking hands. It hydrates and softens hands with a refreshing citrus scent. It massages on smoothly, and absorbs quickly, leaving you ready to tackle your next task.
And of course we can’t forget the guys. In January of this year Beautycounter launched our Counterman collection – a specially formulated collection of skin care, beard care and body products.
Band of Beauty
Our customer loyalty program, Band of Beauty, is not discontinued. But it’s still a great deal. For $29 you get a free welcome gift (currently a travel-sized cleansing balm), plus free shipping on all orders over $100, 10% product credit to use on a future order and additional BoB only specials throughout the year. If you plan on ordering more than once, this program is a no-brainer. The free gift itself is valued at more than the cost of the program.
But Why Should I “Switch to Safer”?
I know this has turned into a marathon post, and I promise I’m almost done. But I did want to take a quick second to explain why I chose Beautycounter and why you might want to too.
- The U.S. hasn’t passed any laws in the cosmetic industry since 1938.
- The E.U. has banned or restricted over 1400 ingredients. The U.S. has banned or restricted only 30.
- Companies are generally allowed to use harmful ingredients and make their own judgments about safety
- Recently, asbestos was found in cosmetics sold by Claire’s and Justice and marketed to young girls.
Many of the ingredients used in traditional products are known endocrine disruptors that can lead hormone disruption, fertility issues and so much more. If swapping out our products for safer ones means we’re exposed to less toxins on a daily basis, why would you not want to?!
Beautycounter products are formulated without 1500 known or potentially dangerous ingredients (known as our Never List). And yet, the highly-effective, quality products work VERY well! If you’re still not sure, reach out to me and I will get some full-sized samples into your hands. Try them for a weekend and see for yourself.
Finally, one of the things I love mot about Beautycounter is our mission: to get safer product in the hands of everyone. This does not necessarily mean getting Beautycounter into the hands of everyone. There are other amazing, safe products out there. I use them, and recommend them to my clients. My end game is to increase awareness about the important
You can shop with me directly through this link or contact me for help in selecting the products that are just right for you. Don’t forget, our 60-day return policy ensures you’ll love it, or get your money back.