Friday Favorites – Hello Beautiful!

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Happy Friday and hello beautiful! I see you…Eyes too tired to open all the way, bags under your eyes dragging you down, in need of a little (or a lot) of facial “firming.” Well lucky YOU. You hit the blog jackpot because today is all about Beautycounter! Remember when I swore off products in one of my past posts? While it’s true I’m a self-proclaimed non-product user, I might just be singing a different tune after a few days of trying and sampling the BeautyCounter Countertime line from my sweet friend Tracy. Ever heard of the app “Think Dirty” or “Skin Deep”? It’s turned me into a somewhat panicked Mom, wondering what in the world am I putting on my body as well as my family. You may want to head on over to your Apps and download them both. Warning: You may develop a trigger happy finger once you start scanning and seeing how “toxic” some of your products are. Having heard someone describe the BeautyCounter line as Chanel meets Whole Foods makes complete sense.  Warning: Prepare yourself for a few startling facts below. Take it or leave it, but now you can say you’ve been informed! It’s so shocking to me that companies in the US are allowed to use known toxins-ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption – all without us knowing. The nerve!

 So below… I tried several products and below I’ve listed a few of my favorites.

A few facts worth hearing:

  • There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
  • Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
  •  The Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.
  • The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938
  • The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.
  •  Beauty counter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients.

 

ONE

Nourishing Cleansing Balm – This feels like butter on your face. The Balm is the Bomb. Yep! It melts into your skin moisturizing as it cleanses and removes makeup. It’s also made without “fragrance” a much used moniker that may contain dozens of toxic ingredients. Bottom line: I put this on my face (dry, and over make up and all) rub it in, get in shower and let it steam while I wash my hair, etc. Then wipe it off with a wash cloth. Works like a charm and serves as your PM face wash.

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Soothing Face Wash – A few days was all I needed with this gem. This one was a wake-up call for me. I’ve been using Aveeno face wash for as long as I can remember and when I scanned it in the “Think Dirty” app, it had a high rating of toxicity which blew me away. Yikes!

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THREE

Radiance Firming Complex – Like a serum, but richer and creamier. It hydrates, while combatting wrinkles and discoloration. Let’s be serious, we could all use a little firming in our lives. And if you think you don’t, well I guess you’re already botoxed up so you may exit the conversation now. #byefelicia {Not hating on the botoxers, I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but I’m sure it’s in the cards} Most of us are 30 plus and our skin has seen better days. I curse the careless sun-hungry twenty something that I used to be!

Bottom Line: I put this on AFTER I wash my face with the balm and BEFORE the restorative night cream. Wah-lah!

 

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FOUR

Restorative Night Cream – This silky smooth moisturizer can be applied AFTER the Firming Complex. Bottom line: It’s a moisturizer and we all need moisturizing, it’s a no brainer.

Scary fact: This cream is formulated without butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), a toxic ingredient commonly found in anti-aging products that is linked to cancer. BHT is found in everything from nail polish to pain thinner.

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FIVE

Lustro Sugar Scrub – I put this organic brown sugar scrub on every evening in the shower. It makes my skin feel so soft when I get out. It buffs away dull skin cells while leaving a smooth and healthy finish.

No chemical fragrance here! The scrub uses real organic sugar and pure essential oils to exfoliate skin for a healthy glow.

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BeautyCounter Bottom Line —-> To get safe products into the hands of every person. I’m guessing by now you guys think I’ve turned into the all-natural everything, hippie loving Mom and NO that’s not the case. I will however do whatever I can to protect myself and my family against the harmful toxins that I know are out there.

**OH! And if you want to try out (why wouldn’t you) any of the products above (or any of the other BC products), head on over to my friend Tracy’s BeautyCounter page, she’s got you covered.

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Truth!

That’s all for this week! Have an awesome (all-natural) weekend! 🙂

As always I’ve linked up with Momfessionals and ALizAdventures for the FF’s!

xx-jv

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