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beauty + beautycounter

I recently went to a benefit with my parents (I'm so social!). Add a silent auction with a couple of glasses of wine, and I came home with a complete package of Beautycounter's best-selling skincare products.

For those of you who haven't heard of Beautycounter, here's what you need to know: It is a completely safe beauty and skincare brand that follows a strict "Never List" of questionable or harmful chemicals that they will not put in their products. Literally 1,500 chemicals.

Basically, the United States hasn't passed a major federal law regulating what ingredients can be used in personal care products in almost 80 years. Beautycounter uses their “Never List” as a guideline based on what other countries have banned, as well as through their own personal research. According to their website, “over 80% of the ingredients in their products are organic, natural, or plant-derived.”

I am the first to admit it; I am not super diligent with making sure the ingredients in the beauty products I use are "healthy." And by super diligent, I mean at all

Obviously we should be careful about what we put in our bodies (y’all have read my anti-sugar rants), but I often overlook what I put on my body.

I have recently been so stressed that I was breaking out (and that’s pretty rare for me), and I’ve been trying to figure out ways to get my skin back on track. First off, I quit my job. That cleared up my skin right away. But to keep it fresh and blemish free, a balance of diet, exercise, and a proper skin care routine is key.

I love makeup, and I wear it every day, but I am not the most dedicated with skincare. I use basic products, and honestly now that I think of it, I probably do more for my skin than most, but I really want to be more skincare-responsible.

In the Beautycounter package I received were the following products: Nourishing Cream CleanserCleansing BalmSoothing Face OilNourishing Day CreamRejuvenating Eye Cream and Lip Conditioner.


I have been using Proactiv for about 4 years now, mainly out of habit. I will say their products, while effective, are fairly harsh on your skin. I have switched my daily exfoliating facewash with Beautycounter’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser. I use it twice a day, once with my Clarisonic and once without.

I’ve only used the Purifying Charcoal Mask twice, but I’m already in love with it. You apply a fair amount and leave it on for 10 minutes, and by the end you can literally see your pores getting cleared. It’s kinda freaky but at least I know it’s working!

Something that I think I like but I haven’t decided yet is the Cleansing Balm. You apply this balm to your face, and then wipe it off with a warm, damp cloth. The website says that it "hydrates while it cleanses" and removes makeup. It also can be used as a face mask. We shall see. I haven't decided my thoughts on this product yet.

My skin gets really dry in the winter, and now that it’s officially freezing (snowed on Sunday, come on), I have to take the proper precautions so my face doesn’t dry out and make my face makeup look bad. I’ve been using a couple drops of the Soothing Face Oil at night so it can really soak in overnight. It doesn’t make my face break out (hallelujah), and I can even add a drop or two to the daytime moisturizer if I need an extra kick of moisture.

Speaking of the daytime moisturizer, I’ve tried the Nourishing Day Cream a few times since I received the Beautycounter package. I really like it, although I am attached to my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It’s definitely comparable in moisture renewable to the Kiehl’s version, particularly when paired with the oil.

I have been using the Rejuvinating Eye Cream off and on…I really like my eye cream from Clinique already, and wasn’t exactly looking for a new product. I do really like Beautycounter’s version, though!

My least favorite product is probably the Lip Conditioner. Doesn’t really feel like it’s doing anything at all. But really, out of seven products, it’s pretty impressive that I like the majority!

Have any of y’all used Beautycounter before? A couple of representative actually came to my sorority’s chapter meeting when I was in college, so I had heard of the brand before this silent auction. I know they sell select products at J. Crew, as well.

So, in my absolute honest opinion, I give Beautycounter a 10/10. I will never put anything on this blog without giving my honest opinion, and y’all know that, and I really think that this brand lives up to it’s core promise. I’m starting to get really freaked out about the amount of chemicals and additives in everything nowadays, and I’m glad I now have these products!
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