For the most part, I feel like I am fairly educated on how to be healthy/eat and drink well because of the bloggers I follow. Some of my main gals are Domesticate Me, who is seriously hysterical and tells me what salads to eat so that I look like Kate Moss in a bikini; The Whole Tulip, who shares some awesome healthy recipes that are cheap (love them); and then The Food Babe, who tells me that everything I eat and drink is going to give me cancer and scares the shit out of me daily. It’s a good balance of laughter and shock that inspires me to (mostly) be concerned with the things that I eat and drink.
So while that’s all fine and well, all of a sudden I’ve started hearing about Beautycounter – from the girly gossip that seems to follow me — which provides chemical-free makeup/skincare/etc.
“You know some sunscreens can lead to cancer,” a girl said to me as I smeared on SPF1000 on my face while at the pool a few weeks ago. “Really?” I inquired, wishing she would just shut up and pass the mimosas. “Yea apparently it has a lot of chemicals in it,” she replied. Well dang, I thought. Here I am trying to prevent myself from getting cancer but I could just be giving it to myself anyway.
Then a few weeks later another friend told me about Beautycounter at a bachelorette party a few months ago. “You haven’t heard of it?” she said, shocked at my lack of knowledge of the latest thing. No I haven’t heard of it, I just told you I hadn’t. Now just freaking tell me. She then proceeded to school me on the world of Beautycounter, how everything in our skincare and cosmetics is bad for you and has gross chemicals and that’s probably why I get sties every time I wear mascara. Well shit.
So when SST reader Jennifer reached out to me about doing a review of Beautycounter I was super excited to a) finally be in the know and b) try out some stuff that won’t cause an early death. Jennifer sent me a boatload of teeny little pots of samples and I tried them all out for a week to see if I could tell a difference — I wanted it to be a real review — and all of the products I LOVED. The best part? Not only are they not made with bad stuff, but everything is also pretty reasonably priced, mostly in the $20-$40 range for the skincare products. It’s comparable in my opinion to Clinique prices, which is doable for the good quality. There always needs to be a balance between price and quality.
Here’s the lowdown on my favorites:
1. Routine Cream Cleanser: thin, silky formula that left my skin super soft and squeaky clean. $24
2. Every Night PM Hydrating Cream: Ah this felt so good putting it on my face at night. The texture of a good sour cream, it goes on super smooth and my skin just drank it right up. In the morning I had a dewiness about me, and it wasn’t from night sweats, either. $44
3. Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: LOVE this stuff. Very light, not greasy, great coverage. I went out on a boat for half a day and got absolutely no sun on my face. $34
4. Any Time Eye Cream: I put this on after I washed my face every night and it felt so good to put on. Nice and cold on my puffy, dark-circled eyes. I’m so fan-cay… $32
5. Radiance Firming Complex: This stuff is fancy. I’m not even sure what it does, but I swear I looked better after putting it on. $60
6. Every Day AM Hydrating Cream: I loved the way this felt underneath my CC cream when I put on my makeup in the AM. It has a great orange-y smell… Reminds me of this orange Triaminic cough syrup that my mom used to give me growing up that I loved. I was not addicted to cough medicine as a child, I promise. $40
And because everyone should have the gift of a great face cream, Beautycounter is giving away a complimentary Every Day AM Hydrating Cream to a fortuitous SST reader. Enter to win by doing one or all of the things below. Freedom of choice, peeps.
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If you are interested in ordering any of the products from Jennifer, visit her website here or email her at email@example.com. She’s the bomb. She’s also offering 10% back on all orders through July 30, 2014 for all SST readers. Booyah. Happy Friday! Oh thank goodness it’s Friday. Someone give me a bottle of wine. **This post was sponsored by Beautycounter but all writing/thoughts/opinions/typos are my own. I wish I could blame any typos on them.