Finally sharing my before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line! I’ve been using the products for several months now and wanted to share my results. This line really speaks for itself when it comes to giving your skin results. Using plant-derived retinols and peptides, plus potent antioxidants it delivers a serious dose of youthfulness to your skin.
The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves!
In the video I share:
What results I’ve noticed specifically with my skin since using the products for 2 1/2 months.
How long the products are lasting me.
What products you should invest in first.
My favorite products.
When I use certain products.
Check out the before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line below and let me know what you think! Also, if you want more information on the Countertime line, including what plant-derived retinols are, how they work and what specific ones are in the line, check out my blog post I did. I go in depth on what makes Countertime so unique compared to other skincare lines when it comes to anti-aging benefits.
Beautycounter must haves is here! In light of the 15% off sale happening at Beautycounter I had to share my favorites with you. I’ve been using Beautycounter now for 5 months and I’ve definitely found what products I love and can’t part with.I...
So excited to finally share my Beautycounter review! I’ve been wanting to share about the products since I joined but wanted to give it some time so I could really get a feel for them and give you some good feedback. I wrote a blog post sharing why I...
I’m so excited to share why I decided to join Beautycounter! This post has been a long time coming. If you would have told me 6 months ago that I was going to be joining Beautycounter I would have laughed. For those of you who have followed me for a long time this may come as a big surprise to you. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to share why I decided to join Beautycounter. To not only share why I changed my mind but also share more about Beautycounter and their mission- because they mission is great and something I had no idea about. I didn’t care to listen, read, or watch.If you don’t care about reading about why I joined and just want me to share my experience with the product- then scroll to the end! 🙂 I’ve got pics of me wearing the products! And my thoughts. Plus, don’t forget to shop right now! Beautycounter’s Black Friday Sale started today! They rarely have sales- like hardly ever, so this is pretty big. Shop 15% off sitewide plus, free shipping on orders of $50 or more! Shop here!
I didn’t like the MLM or direct sales model- whatever you want to call it. I’ve been pitched to about Beautycounter more than I can count. Some have been nice and thought out but others to be honest seemed really salsey and impersonal. It turned me off.
They had ingredients in their products that I thought were bad. Specifically talc and phenoxyethanol. I’ve since done a deep dive into both and I’m no longer fearful of either. I’ll share more about it this below.
All other green beauty bloggers around me were against it and so of course so was I. I guess you could say I followed the pack! Everyone has their standards and I can only make this decision for myself. It just feels good to make MY own educated decision though and have researched it. I think it’s easy to get swept up in things, and listen to what bloggers say as Bible. People think what I say is absolute all the time. I constantly want to encourage others to do their own research- us bloggers don’t know everything- far from it. We are all on a journey!
Overall, I didn’t give Beautycounter a chance. I didn’t read up on them, or even entertain conversations about them. I simply looked at some of their products on their site and that was it.
Ingredient Deep Dive- Phenoxyethanol and Talc
Phenoxyethanol- This is used as a preservative in products. If a product contains water or aloe, it needs a preservative otherwise mold, yeast and bacteria can grow. There is a lot of false statements about phenoxyethanol out there on the internet. Trust me- I’ve read them! Beautycounter uses a pure form of phenoxyethanol, which has been tested twice by Tufts University. They have also had 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide tested on their raw form and it came back negative. Phenoxyethanol is not bioaccumulative so it’s not something that builds up in your body like many chemicals can. Beautycounter only allows products to contain less than 1% of phenoxyethanol in all their products. They work with formulators to only use what’s absolutely necessary. I don’t know about you but I’ve had multiple green beauty products have mold in them! Preservatives have been made to be the villain. We need them in formulations. Obviously, there are good ones and bad. Would I recommend you use any brand that has a product that contains phenoxyethanol-no. It’s important to know the sourcing. I trust Beautycounter’s work and efforts to make sure they have a clean source and our third party testing to ensure it stays clean.
It’s also important to understand the studies done and the percentages used. Many people are citing studies that have used 100% phenoxyethanol! I don’t care what chemical you use, you’re going to have some negative impacts when used at that high of a dosage. Some reports also state irritation when using phenoxyethanol. I would say to check if the source is clean but to also see how much they’re using in a product.
Made Safe and EWG the two most credible third party non-toxic certifications enable phenoxyethanol to be used at less than 1%.
The thing I love and respect about Beautycounter is that they are constantly wanting to improve and find better solutions. They don’t claim to know it all! They are working with industry leaders to always find a newer list of preservatives to use. They have worked to create a Safer Preservative Challenge and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. I would also be cautious of new preservatives that have come out on the market that claim to be clean when no research has been done on them. Let’s always keep asking questions!
Talc- I had thought talc was a big no, no since I went green 8 years ago. But I’ve quickly learned I was wrong. Talc isn’t bad, it’s the by product of talc- asbestos and other heavy metals that can be the problem. Beautycounter works only with a certified company that is asbestos free and they don’t stop there, they then third party test all their talc to ensure there’s no contamination. Once again, Beautycounter always takes their efforts to the next level!
My biggest piece of advice as I preach all the time as a green blogger is to do your own research and be your own advocate! Don’t just believe everything you read, hear or see.
Fast Forward several months and now I want to share why I decided to join Beautycounter and why I changed my mind. I thought about this and it really boiled down to 5 main things.
Third Party Testing-
For those who might not be aware of what third party testing is, let me explain. Third party testing is an independent organization that tests the product to ensure it is what it’s supposed to be. They make sure it’s safe and has the ingredients it’s supposed to have in it. For ex. Beautycounter had to recall some of their face cream back in 2017 because of a failed preservative and microbial growth. I don’t know any green/natural beauty brands that are third party testing their products! The FDA is so loose on regulations for beauty products. A company could manufacture a product and list the ingredients on the label but the ingredients could be different then what’s actually in the label- and no one would know.
Beautycounter’s mission is to create laws that would force companies to be accountable. To be honest, I really didn’t fully understand this or think it was a big deal when it came to beauty until my own health journey with hashimotos. I learned that heavy metals could be a trigger for my thyroid condition! I also had a doctor share her own journey with heavy metal toxicity and an autoimmune condition. I’m not sharing this to bring fear but to be aware. I’ve been in this space for a long time and I wouldn’t have thought about heavy metals in products before. Beautycounter tests their makeup line three times for 10 heavy metals before they put it out for the consumer. Since natural makeup contains many minerals from the earth, even though they’re natural, they still can carry a load of heavy metals. If you’re using these consistently that can produce a heavy metal load. The fact that Beautycounter third party tests all their products is huge. I literally know what’s in each product!
They aren’t just third party testing for heavy metals but for common toxic ingredients like phthalates, formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, etc.
This coalition is pretty amazing! Beautycounter created this alliance of companies that supports the Personal Care Products Safety Act. If you’re not familiar with the bill it would require manufacturers to post complete label information about products online and force beauty companies to provide the Food and Drug Administration with information about the ingredients used in their products. The last time a bill was passed to regulate personal care products it was 1938! I think it’s time to start linking arms and make our voices heard.
Companies in the coalition are well known green beauty brands.
Vapour Organics, Annamarie Skincare, Follain, OSEA, Rahua, Silk Therapeutics, S.W. Basics, Vinter’s Daughter, and TenOverTen to name a few. Beauty Counter unified everyone and created something so much more impactful than if everyone was on their own. There are power in numbers! I love that Beauty Counter isn’t trying to bring other companies down but create positive change together. I love the quote from founder Gregg Refrew-
I set out to get safer products in the hands of everyone, not to get Beautycounter products into the hands on everyone.
Beautycounter is creating change and that’s something I want to be a part of!
Wearing Beautycounter’s BC Red Color Intense Lipstick, Satin Powder Blush in Guava and The Classic Eyeshadow Palette in Ivory, Sahara and Copper.
Beautycounter Spreads The Clean Beauty Message-
Isn’t that what it’s all about? Getting the clean beauty message out! Beautycounter is pioneering this. For so long I was against one of the companies making the biggest impacts in the natural beauty industry. Instead of linking arms to join in the support to raise awareness I was fighting it. They have the resources and have set it up where people are getting educated and empowered to make better choices for themselves and their families. I want to be part of a movement that is supporting the clean beauty movement and women in business.
The amount of work they are doing to clean up the industry is amazing. You can literally get email updates on their advocacy work by signing up here!
We can do more TOGETHER!
This is one of my favorite aspects of Beautycounter. The people you meet. Women seriously passionate about making a difference and sharing it with their friends and family. Beautycounter first and foremost wants to educate the consumer and the amount of materials and resources they share is amazing!
Learning from one another- that’s what it’s all about. Not, I know more than you, here’s what to think, but an open dialogue where we are always growing. People aren’t just detoxing their beauty but their lives. It opens up the conversation. When you have a community of women who are sharing together- good things happen. You can lean on one another.
Beautycounter Supports Women Building Businesses-
Ok, this point is one that I strongly believe in and I’m so passionate about. I love that women can create a business that fits their lifestyle. A business that can support their family. If you would have told me I would be in direct sales 6 months ago, I would have thought you were joking. But now I get it. When your passion lines up with it, it’s impossible to say no.
Gregg, the founder, set it up as direct sales because she wanted it to be personal and relational. She wanted to educate the consumer. She could have set it up to be a retail but she didn’t. She wanted consumers to know ingredients and to ask questions. That’s why she chose direct sales. The stories I’ve heard from women being able to support their families are definitely moving to say the least.
From being able to buy healthier food now for their family because of earning extra income through Beautycounter. To being able to take their family on a vacation or affording a mom to stay at home with her kids. Beautycounter has literally changed these women’s lives.
I recently watched a video where Gregg the founder shared why women need stop apologizing for being in direct sales. Why are we apologizing? Because we now can afford to live the lifestyle we want? To pay for those ballet lessons for our child or educate others about nontoxic products? It’s silly! We need to own it and realize the change we’re making!
Those are my 5 reasons why I joined Beautycounter. These are my why’s.
Beautycounter’s Classic Eyeshadow Palette, Guava Satin Powder Blush and Color Intense Lipstick in BC Red.
I also wanted to share with you some of the product I’ve tried and their bestsellers-
I’m going to be sharing my experience with other products too- follow me on Instagram to get the most up to date looks! Also, don’t forget to shop the Holiday Collection! From what I’ve been told, it’s a limited edition, and they only bring back a few select items. Shop Holiday here!
Organic Beauty Products- August is here! Is it just me or did summer fly by? As much as I love summer, I’m SO ready for fall and to meet this little babe! 6 weeks out- crazy.
So this month I have some new products and some old ones as well that I’m sharing with you. I should say I rediscovered some old products! I forgot how awesome they were. Trust me, it happens when you’re a clean beauty blogger!
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These new Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks are giving me all the feels!
This was an easy one to include in my organic beauty products- August roundup! These are a new product for Honest Beauty. They are highly pigmented like a lipstick, but go on similar to a gloss and come in a tube form. They give your lips some nice sheen too. I love how high impact they look on your lips! They come in 7 colors and are super hydrating too. I was really impressed by the longevity as well, they lasted for a good 6 hours on my pout! And the kicker? They’re $12.99!! I mean talk about a steal. Get them here!
Ok, I still get this question all the time- “What’s your favorite natural mascara?” I feel like a broken record but it’s Honest Beauty through and through. Why do I love it so much? It separates my lashes, gives them volume, and doesn’t smudge on me. I don’t have raccoon eyes by the end of the night and I get compliments on my lashes all the time- I’m telling you, this mascara doesn’t mess around! It has a primer on one end and the black pigment on the other. The primer definitely helps give your lashes some extra volume and length.
I also use this Beautycounter Mattifying Powder to give my lashes an extra boost of vavoom every now and then too. I just use an eyeshadow brush and apply it right on top of my lashes after I’ve applied a couple coats of mascara. Then I go back and apply more mascara on top to make them really stand out. This mascara is only $14.99! I guess maybe this August clean beauty roundup should also be called best budget clean beauty! Get the mascara here!
These new W3ll People Nudist Shadow Palettes are the perfect everyday eyeshadows.
These are a new release from W3ll People. They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors. I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them. Sometimes I’m feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up. One palette is violet hued and the other is taupe. Both equally gorgeous colors! I definitely am drawn more to the taupe palette. It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to take you from day to night. PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly! You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $25! I’m definitely hitting it out of the park this month when it comes to going easy on the wallet- your welcome! 😉 Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!Check out the palettes here!
I’ve been wearing this blush and loving it! It’s not a new find but one that I definitely can’t get enough of lately. It gives the perfect hint of blush color with some slight shimmer. I’m not talking teenage glitter makeup but a mature glow look. It’s so pretty even in the package! I love the color Lily, it’s the perfect punch of color without being too dramatic. No more dull, lifeless blush! This will make you glow from the inside out. Check it out at Pharmaca.com and save 20%! Get it here!
Some oldie’s but goodies- these two have been taking up residence in my makeup bag lately!
This is another oldie but goodie! First of all it’s pressed, which is nothing short of awesome- who wants to deal with bronzer everywhere. But it’s also a pretty taupe color and not orange. I’m partial to the Miami Beach color but it also comes in several other colors too depending on how dark you want to go. And get this, another budget find! I know it’s kind of awesome this month for saving a little money. Check it out here!
Best exfoliator in green beauty- active enzyme exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook!
Still my favorite exfoliator. Gets my skin super smooth and clean. Haven’t found anything else like it. This exfoliator uses a mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, and also an enzyme exfoliant. Not only does my skin feel smooth after but it looks brighter! It is chockfull of plant oils and active honey- a serious treat for the skin. I’ve tried to pinpoint the smell and I’ve come to the conclusion it smells like black licorice to me-which I love or used too…haha. I apply this to slightly damp skin and then I massage a small nickel size amount all over my face. I let it set for 15 minutes, I found that’s my sweet spot. But you can do it up to an hour. This is another must have! If you’ve been looking for an exfoliant that leaves your skin feeling smooth but also looking bright-this is it. Get it here!
Foot File And Pumice Stone
Ok, this might be random but this is something I use literally every time I shower and I realized I’ve never told you about it! Especially in the summer my feet can get pretty nasty. Being outside, and barefoot and just in elements can do a number on the feet. Before I get in the shower I’ll file down any calluses I have with the foot file and then once I’m in the shower I take the pumice stone and add some soap to it. Then I scrub the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone. I’ve found my feet will get rough and dirty and this helps to really smooth things out and keep them looking clean. I’m obsessed! If you have feet that could use a little tlc between pedicures this will be your best friend! Get the foot file here and the pumice stone here!
That sums up my organic beauty products- August edition! Want to see some of my past favorites from previous months? Check them out below!