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Before And After Using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

Before And After Using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

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.  

Check out my before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line here!

 

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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.  

Check out the blog post here.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used the Countertime line and what your thoughts are!

Stay tuned- I’ll have another video for you this Friday!

Before and after using Beautyocounter’s Countertime Line below!

Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Excited to share with you my full review of Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick!  This is a new product for Earth Mama and one I couldn’t wait to use.  I’m always up for trying a new sunscreen stick, especially because they’re so easy to use.

*This post is sponsored by Earth Mama Organic’s, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Plus, it’s summertime and I could use all the sun protection I can get- especially on my face.  If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m pretty diligent about keeping my face shielded from the sun.  That’s the best anti-aging treatment for avoiding sun spots and aging.

I love Earth Mama Organic’s focus on pregnant moms and postpartum.  The founder is Melinda Olson, a mother and nurse whose passion for herbs and helping others rid their lives of toxins led her to create Earth Mama.  She began making salves, teas and tinctures in her garage.  Eventually she outgrew that space and so many others in her house and moved into a full blown facility.  Thus Earth Mama Organics was born.

What’s even cooler?  20 years later Melinda still makes the formulas, is the head of Earth Mama Organics and still loves herbs!

I love the whole approach to Earth Mama Organics and how they are raising the standard when it comes to creating effective and safe products for mama and baby.

When they sent me their new Lady Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick I couldn’t wait to use it!

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Earth Mama Organic’s new tinted mineral sunscreen stick is so easy to use!

What makes the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick unique?

Well for starters it’s tinted!  They offer a light/medium tint and a medium/dark tint.  The colors are buildable depending on what kind of coverage you want.  Plus, the colors can be used with various skin tones.  The tint offers just a hint of warmth and glow to the skin.  It’s like getting a tan without actually getting a tan- pretty awesome!

It also has a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 40 & water-resistant(up to 40 min.), which I was excited to see.  Often a lot of sunscreen sticks don’t offer that much SPF.  Plus, Earth Mama’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick uses mineral non-nano zinc for the sun protection.  No nasty chemicals!  It’s also the only tinted sunscreen stick to be third party certified through NSF/ANSI 305 organic standard.  Oh and it’s reef friendly!  I love how they go the extra mile to ensure a product is not only clean, but effective and safe for the environment.

This is one sunscreen you don’t have to think twice about using when pregnant and breastfeeding too!  It is completely pregnancy safe.  It’s so nice to be able to pick up a product and know that it’s been tested and approved for use in pregnancy.  So many products I always have to double check, research, which that can take a lot of time.  Knowing that I can easily pick up Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick and recommend it without thinking twice is huge!

It also rates a 1 on EWG and has been dermatologist tested for irritation.

 

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Wearing nothing on my skin before applying Earth Mama Organic’s tinted sunscreen stick.

So what did I think of Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick?

I was super impressed!  I love how it can be worn alone or underneath makeup.  I would apply my moisturizer or oil first and then the sunscreen stick.  The formula glides on so smoothly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy at all.  I find some sunscreen sticks in the past have left my skin feeling greasy or just a little too shiny.  Not the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen.  It left a semi-matte finish that really pulled my whole look together.

I loved being able to just apply the mineral tinted sunscreen stick quickly and still feel put together if I wasn’t doing a whole makeup look.  Especially for the days when I was going to be at the pool or outside with my kids.  It’s SO easy to use!  Plus, I noticed how easy it was to travel with.  I would just throw it in my purse and I didn’t have to worry about it leaking or spilling out.  Something I love!

 

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Wearing the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick in medium/dark.

 

Not only did I feel put together with just the stick but also loved knowing I was getting some good sun protection with the SPF 40.  No sunburns here.  The best of both worlds!  In addition, my skin looked like it already had a little tan, something I’m all about!

Earth Mama Organics really hit it on the head when they created the Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick.  It performs so well, while at the same time is completely nontoxic and safe during the pregnancy and baby years.

 

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This is what it looks like swiped on the skin before rubbing in.

 

I’ve also been loving their Belly Oil, Belly Butter and their Third Trimester Tea as I’m well into my third trimester.  I rub the  belly oil on everyday, and use the belly butter after I shower.  The Third Trimester tea is so soothing and calming.

Check out Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen here and the rest of their products!  This is one brand you don’t have to think twice about when looking for a safe option for pregnancy and baby.

Have you used Earth Mama Organic’s products?  What’s your favorite?

 

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August Natural Beauty Box Roundup

August Natural Beauty Box Roundup

It’s time for the August Natural Beauty Box Roundup!  Each month I pull back the curtain on the best of the best in clean beauty when it comes to monthly or bi-monthly beauty boxes.  I was excited to share this month because there were so many good beauty products.  New brands and some brands I’ve experienced and I was elated to see they were in one of my favorite natural beauty boxes.  Especially because natural beauty boxes always offer a huge savings on the products.  So you get to try them for a fraction of the cost- pretty cool!

Get ready for some serious clean beauty goodness in this month’s August Natural Beauty Box Roundup!

Don’t forget to check back for the box releases of:

Beauty Heroes August Discovery: Maya Chia

 

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What a treat to see Maya Chia in this month’s Beauty Heroes box!

 

Before I even dive into the Maya Chia review I first must tell you what makes them SO special. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil.  Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega’s- a skin’s dream team!  You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Check out my full review on Maya Chia I did last year to learn about how they extract the chia oil!  Read about it here!

I love hearing how a brand gets started and Maya Chia has quite a story.  The founder Suzanne Norwitz went from the corporate ladder to pursue her passion in creating the best quality skincare.  She was also interested in the Mayan people, that began with her father.  He is a surgeon and would go to Guatemala to operate on Mayan’s with clef lip palates.  She even has two step children now that were both born in Guatemala.  Her love for the culture grew and she discovered the power of chia in the Mayan culture.  Thus, Maya Chia was born!

Refresh Mint Resurfacing Moisture Mask- This mask is one of the newest products to hit Maya Chia’s line.  To try a Maya Chia product is to love it!  They perform so well.  So when I was sent the newest Refresh Mint Mask, I basically had to hold myself back from using it the minute I got it.  This is unlike any mask I’ve used before in natural beauty.

It’s a resurfacing moisture mask.  It takes a drab complexion and instantly awakens it and gives it a glow.  If your skin is feeling less than, this mask is for you.  It uses 4 different types of acids, enzymes, moisturizers to help slough off dead skin cells, hydrate and give you your glow back.  A little magic potion in a bottle.  I apply it to dry clean skin.  Once applied I let it sit on my skin until its dry.  Then rinse off with warm water.  My skin is left with a glow, and smoothness that makes your skin look radiant!  I’m so excited to keep using it and see my skin improve overtime.

The Optimist-  This gem is housed in a dark glass bottle, preserving every last drop of goodness.  Smells divine with hints of neroli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang.  The formula itself feels so hydrating on the skin and refreshing with white tea, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients- just to name a few.  I can’t forget the actual spray function.  It works so well!  I know it might sound funny, but after trying hundreds of mists in my day, the spray function is actually quite important.  You don’t want the mist to feel like it’s attacking your skin or spraying you in the eye!  The Optimist sprays so well all over the face.  The founder Susanne nailed it!

This Beauty Heroes August Discovery is going to go fast!  A definite must for the August natural beauty box roundup. If you’re wanting to snag this, hop on it.  This discovery is valued at $97 but you can get it for $58.95!  A huge savings. Get it here!

Boxwalla: The Secret Symphony Of Skincare

 

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This month’s Boxwalla’s box is definitely a show stopper! I have fallen for Heart Of Gold!

 

I love when a Boxwalla box shows up on my doorstep.  It’s like getting a very special skincare gift delivered right to me. I also love that this box is a bi-monthly box versus a monthly box.  It really makes me savor the skincare products and not get overwhelmed.  This month is totally special and of course had to be added to my August natural beauty box roundup.

The founders of Boxwalla do such a great job of picking the best of the best when it comes to skincare.  They really do the research when it comes to finding unique green beauty skincare products.  This month is no different!  Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to Boxwalla’s box but it’s because they always deliver every other month.

Sea Change Cleansing Balm- This product is so lovely.  It comes in a glass jar and comes in a cream texture.  I take a small dime size amount and apply it to dry skin, rubbing all over my skin.  This helps to loosen the dirt and makeup from the day.  Then it turns into a milky consistency when I rinse my face with water.  I love how it comes off so easily with water.  My skin is left feeling so hydrated and clean but not stripped.  I’ve been especially loving this in the morning.  It really gives my skin an extra boost of hydration before I apply my makeup.

Modern Love Gommage Gel- This is a unique skincare product.  It comes in a glass jar as well and in a green gel like formula. It smells like jasmine.  It’s an exfoliant, but different than a traditional skincare exfoliant.  I massaged this into my skin and then waited for 1 minute before it’s almost dry and then started to massage my skin again.  This creates small peels and helps to peel off the dead layer of skin and the gel.  Your skin is left feeling refreshed and smooth.  I noticed immediately a glow from using this product.  My skin was definitely happy!

Sweet Briar Hydrating Nectar- This is a serum and moisturizer in one.  It not only has the powerful skin benefits of a serum that helps to calm redness and soothe the skin but it also moisturizes similar to a lotion.  This is perfect for the warmer summer months when you might not want a heavy moisturizer on your skin.  I applied this to my skin after the gommage gel.  My skin still needed a little more hydration after applying the serum/moisturizer.  So I would apply my favorite day time lotion if it was daytime or an oil at night.  I was excited to learn you could also use this as a mask too!  Double duty!  You just leave it on for 10 minutes.

This whole skincare ritual by Heart Of Gold is so special and unique!  The value is insane too.  You can get all of this for $49.95 and the value is $180.  Get the Boxwalla August Box here!

Stay tuned for more in the August natural beauty box roundup!  As the boxes roll out I’ll be sharing my faves.

 

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Natural Lipstick Color

Natural Lipstick Color

I’ve got my best natural lipstick color options in honor of National Lipstick Day!  Switching from mainstream lip products to cleaner versions is a big deal!  I mean, don’t get me wrong, you should definitely switch all your makeup over from mainstream products, but the lips are especially important.  Why??  Well, for starters studies show that women re-apply their lipstick/lip product at least 5 times a day…so that’s a lot of toxins  (more…)

Clean Beauty Faves For June

Clean Beauty Faves For June

Sharing my clean beauty faves for June on the blog!  I’ve got some new skincare faves that are safe for pregnancy, a new natural shampoo I can’t stop using, a staple deodorant that is keeping me smelling fresh and so much more.  Keep reading to check out all the goodness!

 

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Odacite’s new Blue Aura Cleansing Water is so good!

 

Odacite Blue Aura Cleansing Water-

This is Odacite’s newest product and I was so jazzed to try it!  It’s like a micellar water but even more effective.  It was created to make cleansing super easy and effective.  It’s a no rinse cleanser.  So you apply some on a cotton round, wipe all over face to clean and that’s it.  For me personally I like to use it as a second cleanse and tone.  So essentially after I cleanse my skin I love wiping my skin with this cleansing water.  It acts not only as a second cleanse but also my toner and mist.  

It really makes my skin feel extra clean especially with the extra heat as the summer months come.  It is filled with Ayurvedic herbs like Holy Basil, Neem, and  Tumeric.  I LOVE it particularly in the mornings.  I don’t wash my face with a heavy duty cleanser in the mornings but I love to get the night grime off and wake it up with a toner.  This is perfect!  It wakes my skin up but also makes it feel clean and ready for the day.  Definitely a unique product for clean beauty!  Get it here!

 

Primally Pure’s Baby Oil-

I know it might seem weird to put a baby oil in here but I couldn’t not!  It’s been hard to find a clean baby oil that would be safe for my whole body and growing belly as I’m pregnant but I found one.  Primally Pure’s Baby Oil is not only safe for moms to be but also for baby!  I rub this all over my body after showering and my belly too.  I love knowing what I’m putting on my body is safe and that I’m helping prevent the beloved stretch marks from forming.  

Plus, it’s in glass which I love!  I always get weirded out when oils are in plastic containers.  It makes me think they’re soaking up all the plastics!  They also have a baby balm too that I rub on my belly as well.  Check out the baby oil here!

 

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This Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen from Beautycounter is one of my fave products for summer!

 

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen-

This has changed my life- no joke.  I did a whole IGTV video all about it here.  You know how self tanners take a good 4-6 hours to process?  I mean who has time for that right?!  With this new tinted mineral sunscreen it literally acts like a self tanner and sunscreen in one.  You apply it to your skin just like you would sunscreen.  But get this…it’s tinted so you not only see exactly where you are applying it but also get a tan in seconds.  Plus, it gives you sun protection of SPF 30.  Best of the both worlds!  

I’ve been applying this to my face as foundation and can’t get enough.  I look like I have a nice glow and I’ve got my face protected from the sun.  I’m addicted!  If you haven’t snagged a bottle- do it here!

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This shampoo is so unique but has stolen my heart!

 

GOOP Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo-

Whoah…this shampoo is unlike anything I’ve used.  First it comes in a round jar- not a bottle.  I didn’t even realize it was shampoo at first but then I read the label and was very intrigued.  Of course I had to get it!  It’s not even a liquid in texture but feels more like a facial exfoliant in texture.  It has tiny pink Himalayan salt crystals in it too. Plus, it has cold-pressed moringa oil, and rose hip oil.  I literally just thought how it this going to clean my hair?

But it did!  And so well.  You want to make sure your hair is completely damp and then apply some of the product onto hair and massage in.  It forms a great lather.  Your hair and scalp feels squeaky clean afterwards.  It smells minty fresh with peppermint, orange and geranium.  I love it!  It really is such a revolutionary product.  Plus, how awesome for travel?!  You wouldn’t even have to put it in your checked bag.  Just throw it in your carryon.  Get it here!

 

Natural Deodorant-

So the sun is out, which also means the sweat comes!  Warm sunny days are awesome but smelling is not.  I finally found a deodorant that I absolutely am crazy about, and guess what?!  So is my hubs!  

Primally Pure Deodorants take the cake when it comes to formula and effectiveness.  They go on so smooth, keep me fresh all day long and give me no irritation.  My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant and I love the Blue Tansy.  Stop smelling and get them already!

 

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So glad I can have clean skincare but also effective skincare when I’m pregnant.

 

True Botanical’s Calm Oil Pure Radiance Oil, Vitamin C Booster and Nutrient Mist-

Once I found out I was pregnant I was on a hunt for the best natural skincare that not only was safe but also effective.  I didn’t want to just start slathering coconut oil on my face since I was expecting- and all the mamas to be said amen!  I wanted my products to still be working and giving me the antioxidants my skin needs.  In comes True Botanical’s!

I love that they have a pregnancy safe line that they have vetted for safety but also effectiveness.  I use their Calm Pure Radiance Oil as not only a moisturizer but also to help smooth fine lines and combat redness.  I tend to get even more redness when I’m pregnant. I also love their Nutrient Mist.  It smells so good, but not overly potent. I find I’m sensitive to scents when pregnant and this is the perfect subtle scent.  I spray this on my skin after cleansing before oils.  I also use their Vitamin C Booster.  A powerful combination of Vitamin C powder that isn’t activated until you add water.  I mix it with my Nutrient Mist and then apply to my skin.  I follow with Calm Pure Radiance Oil.  I love knowing my skin is getting active antioxidants even when I’m pregnant.  

If you’ve been looking for safe skincare that still packs a punch when pregnant then I would recommend True Botanical’s!  I love them even when I’m not pregnant but so great knowing I can still use them when I am.  Get their products here!  Also, check out my full True Botanical’s review here.

 

Dry Brushing-

I’ve dry brushed for years but I’ve really gotten more into it since being pregnant.  It can help increase blood flow and be great if you tend to swell.  Some even say it can help prevent stretch marks.  I dry brush before I shower.  I also love it for the added exfoliation.  It really gets my skin glowing more than anything!  I tend to swell in my pregnancies and didn’t dry brush with my last two and so this has been a game changer.  It also just wakes up my whole body too in the mornings.  Really getting my system moving.  If you haven’t tried it yet, do it!  Such a good way to detox your body.  

I have two different dry brushes.  This one and this onethis one does shed from time to time.  I like them both.  The longer handle is nice for reaching my back.  This is also a great video of dry brushing if you’ve never done it before! 

 

See anything you’ve been eyeing?  What are you loving right now in clean beauty?  

 

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