Gifting Ideas: Mama’s

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1. slipsilk pillowcase // 2. Vince Camuto Gigietta Bootie // 3. Counter+ Skincare Favorites // 4. T3 Singlepass Curling Iron 1.25 inch Barrel // 5. Orolay Down Jacket // 6. Lemongrass Body Set // 7. Quinn Weighted Blanket // 8. Kreafunk bGEM Wireless Headphones

It’s time to get gifting! The holidays will be here before you know it. I’ve put together eight items that any mom would love to receive.

The first gift is a silk pillowcase – I’ve tried other brands off of amazon and this is by far the best one. It keeps your skin from wrinkling and your hair neat while sleeping.

Number 2 – the best booties! They are so comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Every time I wear them I get so many compliments.

The third on the list is the Counter+ Skincare Favorites Set. This set was a favorite of mine last year and it’s quickly becoming a top seller. It’s still in stock for now, so don’t miss out on this one!

If I’m not curling my hair with my straightening iron – this T3 curling iron is my go to. It it so easy to use and gives the perfect beach wave curl that I’m always going for.

#5, This might only be for my mama’s in cold weather temps but it is GOOD! The coat runs true to size and for the price it is SOO warm. I ordered the beige color and have been loving it. Temps are dropping very quickly in Boston as of late!

The sixth on the list is the Lemongrass Body Set. The scrub has been one of my go-to’s in the shower for a while now. Having the body butter in the set has been sooo nice. The scent is perfect and it feels so luxurious.

Number 7 is a weighted blanket that I’ve had my eyes on for a while! Weighted blankets are used to reduce anxiety, calm and relax. Sign me up! The color is beautiful and I’m excited to try one to see if it lives up to the hype.

For the last and final item on the gift guide I chose a new pair of headphones. These were actually sent to me on accident, but they are so good! If you’re looking for something better than AirPods these are the ones. Put in the ears and tune out the toddler whining hahah!

Hope you enjoyed this gift guide! I’ll have a bunch more coming in the next few weeks. Happy Shopping!

xo,

Jacci

New Hair Products

New Hair Products

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Hello! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted anything on the blog. Feels good to be back!

I have a few new hair products that I’ve been loving lately and thought I would share! I’m in the weird in-between stage of wanting to grow my hair/wanting to cut it. I see all of the new blunt bob cuts and am in love, but I know the grass is always greener and I’ll want my long hair back ASAP.

Purple Shampoo: Redken Color Extend Blondage

I have the hardest time keeping the brassiness of out of my blonde. I’m not sure why, but I can never keep the silky, white blonde that I leave the hair salon with. This purple shampoo has been amazing! One of my friends recommended applying it while my hair is dry and leaving on for 5 minutes. It has been making the biggest difference to my color and I love it. I use it 2-3 times per week. After trying all of the purple shampoos under the sun I’m so excited I’ve found this one.

Hair “Mask”: Olaplex Hair Perfector

I’m calling this a mask because thats how I apply it but it’s technically a “hair perfector”. I don’t exactly understand the science behind it, but this product is able to strengthen hair and reduce breakage. Olaplex has a cult following and I can finally see why. I apply this 1-2 times per week as soon as I get in the shower and dampen my hair. The key is to apply it before you shampoo and leave on for 10 minutes.

Heat Protectant: Olaplex Bond Smoother

The Olaplex Bond Smoother is a game changer for your hair! I have been using more heat on my hair and needing a strong protectant before I blow dry or curl. This is the best smelling and protects my hair. I apply a small amount to the mid shaft and ends while my hair is damp. Then I blow dry and style my hair as normal.

Blow Dryer: Redken One Step Hair Dryer

It’s no secret that this is my favorite styling tool. I can fully blow dry and style my hair in 10 minutes or less. It leaves my hair so soft and silky. The key is to use it when your hair has been air dried/towel dried for a bit. I like to use the low setting to really perfect the style, but on high you can get it completely dry so quick. This has been a hot item on Amazon recently and is usually on sale!

Texture Spray: Davines This is a Dry Texturizer

Does anyone still use hair spray? I’ve found that I get an even better hold with a dry texture spray — especially this one! Every time I get my hair colored at Love and Mercy they finish it off with this magical spray. The smell alone will get you to buy it. It’s been a game changer for the hold in my curls and volume at the crown of my head.

Those are a few new things I’ve been loving! Is there anything you’ve tried lately that you love?

xo,

Jacci

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