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!