Five Favorite Beautycounter Products

Beautycounter kicked off their Labor Day sale today! When you spend $150 you get a free Citrus Mimosa Body Butter ($39 value). This is a great product to share as a gift or hold onto for winter when skin is super dry and cracked! The scent is amazing – it’s also the scent in the body wash that I love! It was announced this week that the Counter+ line has an upgrade! The packaging has been changed for these products and looks more like the Countertime line. I narrowed down a list of my five favorite products right now. This is VERY difficult for me to do considering I have almost every product. I use 8-10 on a regular basis daily haha!

Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel

This peel is a GAME changer for all skin types. The word peel can be confusing and throw some people off – is my skin going to peel? Does it burn? What does it do? Well, it’s only going to do good! I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t love this product. The peel should be applied after you remove makeup and wash for your face before bedtime. It’s ideal for dull, tired skin and will give a glow first thing in the morning.

Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream

This has quickly become one of my favorite products! It’s technically for people with oily and blemish prone skin, but it’s a great primer. It’s oil free and applies SO smooth under make up. It contains a tiny amount of salicylic acid which helps blackheads and clogged pores. I keep it in my makeup bag and apply under my dew skin or tint skin.

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Do the Dew! The dew skin moisturizers are a top seller for Beautycounter. It has just the right amount of coverage with a dewy finish to leave your skin glowing. There’s also an SPF 20 so you don’t have to layer up with an extra product. I wear this moisturizer daily in the number 2. It’s great for moms or people on the go that only have a few minutes to apply makeup in the morning. You can also purchase the dew skin as a part of the Flawless in Five – six steps for a full face of makeup in less than five minutes. There’s also a 20% discount when you purchase this collection.

Counter+ No1 Brightening Facial Oil

I get so many questions on a Vitamin C serum and this is it! This serum gives a boost of radiance and can be worn alone or under your day or night cream. It’s ideal for drier skin and gives an extra layer of moisture. This was a product I swore by for months and once Countertime came out I stopped using it. I just reordered a new bottle and am excited to keep using it through winter when my skin gets dull.

Sheer Lipstick

These lipsticks are BY far my favorite. They have a subtle tint of color and come in eleven shades. They apply similar to a chap stick but have a nice vanilla smell. My go to color for day to day is Twig, but I’ve been wearing Lily and Rose a lot for summer. If you’re looking for something without a color – check out the new Pearl option.

When you spend $150+ you get a free product! This sale runs through Labor day weekend. The other ongoing promotion is our Band of Beauty program. When you sign up for $29 and spend more than $50 you get a free Hydrating Body Lotion. Other perks of Band of Beauty are: 10% credit on all orders and free shipping on orders over $100.

I am also sending a mini lip gloss to you for any friend you refer that spends over $50. If you’re interested in samples be sure to fill out my request form and I’ll drop them in the mail!

xo,

Jacci

 

Countertime Review

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Ok!! LONG awaited Countertime review coming at ya! I have the full Countertime Collection and have been using the products off and on for about six weeks. It’s also worth noting that I have had botox before in between my eyes and over the fine lines on my forehead. I get about 30 units from Boston Plastic Surgery every 4 months or so. That’s a totally different conversation and I’m happy to answer any questions about my experience with it.

Countertime is Beautycounter’s newest line directed at people with mature skin or dry skin. I fall into the dry skin category, but of course, I am interested in a line that can help with my fine lines, age spots, etc. Who wouldn’t be! The active ingredient in Countertime is Bakuchiol – pronounced Ba-cu-CHEE-Yall. It’s a part of the Retinatural complex that Beautycounter has created and has results comparable to Retinol. Retinol is an ingredient that has been on Beautycounter’s Never List. The line is safe for pregnant or nursing women, but always consult with your doctor before starting a new regimen!

Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil

I always thought that a cleanser needed to foam and lather well to remove makeup, but boy was I wrong! This cleanser is an oil that is applied to dry skin. It removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. I can already tell that this is going to be a great product in the colder months because my skin feels super moisturized! My recommendation for oilier skin is to use the charcoal bar immediately after to remove any of the leftover oils.

Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence 

Essence? What’s that? I like to compare it to a toner, but with more benefits. It’s necessary step to prep the skin for treatment. I like to pour a small amount into the palm of my hand then press directly on to my face and neck area. If you’re skeptical about an essence, I’d say this could be the step you’d skip, but going from cleansing directly into treatment is a shock for your skin – the essence step helps bridge that gap.

Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum

Time to treat! This is the secret weapon in the Countertime collection. If you’ve been a fan of the Overnight Resurfacing Peel this is going to be one to add to your routine! This serum was created to improve fine lines and wrinkles, improve radiance and firmness. I’ve seen great results from this serum. When I’m feeling lazy before bedtime I ALWAYS make sure to apply this before my night cream.

Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream

There is nothing better than slathering on a thick night cream before bed… in my opinion 🙂 This night cream is definitely at the top of my list on the Beautycounter site. It is going to be a game changer during winter when my skin begins to crack and wither away. This cream can also be worn during the day if you need an extra layer of moisture. The only word that I can use to describe this one is luxurious. For an $89 night cream it delivers 100%. I’ve switched from using the Recovery Sleeping Cream to using this on a nightly basis. If your skin is oily I’d recommend skipping this one!

Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

I hate to say it, but this one gets a thumbs down from me. The first time I put it on my under eyes got red and puffy. My eyes are more sensitive than most, but this one was too much for me. I also am not able to use the Rejuvenating Eye Cream, so I’m still in the market for a good one! I definitely don’t recommend this one if you have sensitive skin or eyes, but there is a 60 day return policy if you want to give it a try for yourself.

Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream

It was very tough for me to try a new day cream, especially because I love the Countermatch one, but I was pleasantly surprised. This moisturizer is for day use and is not greasy plus works great under makeup. I use 1-2 pumps on my face and neck area and have been loving the results. I’ve had no breakouts from this one which is a major bonus!

When starting a new collection I usually recommend starting slow. Switch your day or night cream or add in the Tripeptide Radiance Serum. Switching everything all at once could be a shock for your skin for a couple of weeks resulting in breakouts.

Overall, I have been very impressed with this new line. It looks amazing on my bathroom counter as well! For traveling I recommend getting a padded makeup bag because the products are all glass. The travel size/sample size portions should be released in the next few months.

If you have any questions on the Countertime line or any other Beautycounter products, let me know!

xo,

Jacci

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on May 12th this year. The key to giving the mom in your life the best day is breakfast in bed and a great gift! I’ve put together five gift ideas from Beautycounter to make the day extra special for the lady in your life.

Transforming Lip Duo

 

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Transforming Lip Duo

This was a HIT during the Holiday season and was quick to sell out. It’s been offered in a beautiful pink box for the Mom’s this time around.

Our universally flattering Transforming Lip Tint instantly delivers the perfect shade of sheer, customized pink color for her unique complexion. Layer it with Crystal Lip Gloss to give her lips gorgeous shine and a flawless finish.

Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass

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This body scrub screams luxury! It’s great for exfoliating after a workout or pool day and has a light lemongrass scent. It pairs really well with the Body Butter and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated.

Attain a healthy-looking glow and silky-smooth feel with this polishing, perfecting scrub. While brown sugar buffs away dull skin, hydrating sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils and mineral-rich evening primrose leave skin looking supple and smooth. Lastly, a blend of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leaves a fresh and invigorating scent.

Overnight Resurfacing Peel

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Why not turn the clock back a few years with the overnight resurfacing peel. It is a one step face refresher — You will wake up with a glow, a more even skintone, and reduction of fine lines and pores.

Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. Glycolic, lactic, and malic acids clear away dull surface skin cells, while hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.

Flawless in Five

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Six steps to effortless beauty with five products. You get to choose your shades based on the experts recommendations. This is the best set to switch your beauty products over to safer! Moms barely have 10 minutes in the morning to get ready and this kit helps cut down time without sacrificing quality!

INCLUDES SIX SAFER, HIGH-PERFORMING PRODUCTS:
  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  • Color Define Brow Pencil or Brilliant Brow Gel
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Satin Powder Blush
  • Lip Gloss

Best of Beautycounter Set

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Another best selling set for the mom’s interested in skincare. You get four of the top travel sized products that Beautycounter has to offer in a beautiful gift box.

The set includes the #1 selling cleansing balm, No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer, and No. 3 Balancing Face Mask.

Why I Switched to Safer…

Did you know the average woman uses NINE skincare/makeup/beauty products per day? On an average day I use between fifteen and thirty!! That number blew me away and I became determined to figure out what exactly was in my powders, lotions, and face washes. I started by using the EWG Healthy Living app on my phone – this app helps guide your exposure to harmful chemicals in your products at home. I started scanning away…. and was horrified by the results. Some products that I had been using for years and years were coming up with a rating of 10! (Ingredients are ranked in the app 1-10 with 10 being the highest for cancer concern, allergy concern, and developmental concern). I challenge you to download the app to see what harmful ingredients are in your home products.

Then I was introduced to Beautycounter! Not only are the ratings the lowest of any makeup and skincare line on the market, but the products are high quality and high performing. I was nervous to switch to a safer makeup line and not have full coverage or high pigmented colors, but I was blown away!

Now, I use Beautycounter make-up, skincare, body care, and hair care DAILY! Until August 13th Beautycounter is offering 20% off with the discount code: LOVE. This is unprecedented for the company, so I encourage everyone to to take a look and take advantage of this great sale!

Full Face of Beautycounter products:

Foundation // Concealer // Blush // Bronzer // Eyeshadow // Lipstick

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My Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions

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When I was pregnant with Everly I began getting eyelash extensions. Now, one and a half years later I consider myself somewhat of an “Eyelash Extension Pro”. I’ve experienced :::almost::: everything in these bad boys. I get asked about them almost daily, so I decided to come up with a list of pros and cons.

Pro: They finish your face.

Eyelash extensions are the only thing I wear (makeup wise) four or five days of the week. They are perfect for busy moms, in that regard. If I don’t feel like applying any makeup, I still feel somewhat put together to go out of the house. I don’t ever have to wear mascara when I do apply makeup, so that’s a plus!

Con: They come with a cost.

Eyelash extensions can be expensive and time consuming. To maintain them you should get a fill every three to four weeks. The first set takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to apply and each fill takes around an hour.

Pro: Eyelash extensions are safe.

Each individual false lash is glued to your natural lash. As long as you are going to a professional for them, they are very safe. Who knows what’s in lash extension products that you are applying directly to your eye! It’s very rare, but you could have a negative reaction to the glue. I have sensitve skin and have never had an issue.

Con: You can’t rub your eyes.

You are probably reading this thinking whoooo cares! BUT I have not fully rubbed my eyes for over a year… that’s insane. You have to be careful about maintaining your false lashes. They are more susceptible to fall out if you are rubbing your eyes. When you wash off any makeup, I would recommend using a washcloth and being very careful around your eye area.

I also have a hard time wearing certain pairs of sunglasses. If you wear glasses or contacts I would recommend talking with your optometrist first.

Pro: They look very natural.

They come in different lengths and can look very natural or dramatic, depending on the look you are going for. I started out with a longer length and now have been getting a medium length for the past 6+ months.

Con: A professional should remove them!

Maybe you’ve decided that eyelash extensions are not for you. It’s very tempting to rub them off/pick them off. DO NOT do it! I would highly recommend going back to the technician who applied them to get them removed. If they are removed incorrectly they can damage your natural lashes.

Have you ever had eyelash extensions or used a lash boosting serum? What are your tips for false lashes?

xo,

Jacci

 

5 Step Daily Makeup Routine

5 Step Daily Makeup Routine

When I was working as event planner in Boston (pre-baby) I would take between 1-2 hours to get ready for work each day. I looked at it as a hobby, carefully picking out outfits and jewelry. Now it’s more of a chore to get ready for the day…

I’ve narrowed my makeup routine to five simple steps in order to look appropriate enough to leave the house. All of the beauty and skincare products that I am currently using are from Beautycounter. Let me know if you have any questions about their brand or products.

Always start with a freshly washed and moisturized face!

1. Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer: Depending on the coverage I need for the day, I use either a tinted moisturizer or a foundation. My current tinted moisturizer has an SPF 20, is lightweight, and leaves my skin with a dewy glow. The Tint Skin Foundation has better coverage and I always apply with a foundation brush!

2. Bronzer/Blush: Using palettes/duos are the most practical thing you can do to save time and space in your makeup bag. I swipe bronzer on my hairline, cheekbones and jawline to give a glow. Then apply blush to your cheeks in a sweeping motion away from your face.

3. Concealer: Dark circles are the death of me. I wear concealer every single day to cover up these bad boys. I get about 8 hours of sleep a night but my dark circles are here to stay. Apply concealer under eyes in an upside down triangle shape and use for any blemishes. I also swipe a line down the top of my nose.

4. Eyes: I have been getting eye lash extensions for the past year and a half and have loved every second of not wearing mascara. I might add a little eyeshadow depending on how much time I have, but this is when you’d add mascara or even a swipe of eyebrow gel.

5. Lips: No matter what time of year or how much water I’m drinking I have pretty dry lips. I wear a sheer lip tint that feels like chapstick. It gives a pop of color, has a light vanilla smell, and moisturizes my lips.

Enjoy your freshly dolled up face!