Beauty Counter–My Honest Opinion

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Hello there! My first beauty product review coming rightttt up. Many of you have heard of Beauty Counter, and some of you haven’t! Basically, it is a nontoxic skincare/makeup brand that holds themselves to the highest standard with their ingredients.  They even use nontoxic packaging to prevent harmful leaching into their products, pretty awesome! I love brands that truly care about the health of our skin, and don’t just market terms like “glowy” and “healthy-looking,” without having the ingredients to back that up.

I learned about Beauty Counter through a good friend of mine who recently became a consultant.   She educated me a little bit about the lack of regulation in the cosmetic industry when it comes to what goes into our products (pretty scary).  Beauty Counter is working towards changing that, which is a wonderful thing for us all! They have a list of ingredients that they call the “Never” list.  This is a list of ingredients you should stay away from, and they are in many products on shelves everywhere.  I’ll put a picture of the list below, and you can see if your products pass the test!

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I’ll link their website here in case you’d like to read a little bit more about the company.

Now, I’ll tell you what I thought about the products so far! Are they worth the hype??

I used nothing but Beauty Counter creams, cleansers, and rosewater facial spray for a solid week.  Here’s a picture of the lineup: (Essential Nourishing Collection)

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What I noticed:

  •  My skin was so much more hydrated, and stayed that way throughout the day.  (I have VERY dry skin in the winter.)
  • The texture of my skin was smoother, and fine lines around my eyes were much less noticeable. My makeup applied better, and also looked smoother–no need for primer!
  • My skin had less redness, and looked brighter.  I got away with wearing less makeup for sure.

Since these products are definitely on the pricier side, I’ll let you know what I decided to purchase so far:

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  •  Sleep Cream – A step above the night cream that I tested originally (I felt like my skin could use the extra moisture this provides.)  I LOVE this product. I didn’t know how much my skin needed this–I wake up with my skin feeling much softer. Worth the money for sure.
  • Eye rescue cream –  Also a step above in hydration from the eye cream I originally tested from the nourishing line.  I’ve tried a lot of eye creams out there, and I honestly have to say this is my favorite so far.
  • Nourishing cream exfoliator – This stuff does a great job at getting rid of dead skin while still being emollient and not harsh.  I have been looking for a really good exfoliator safe to use multiple times a week, so this is perfect for that.

Overall, I am excited to add these products to my routine mainly because I am confident that every ingredient is healthy for my skin (no nonsense toxic chemicals).  At the end of the day, I believe that what we use to nourish our skin should be a priority over many other beauty products we get caught up in (makeup, tanners, lashes, etc.) Great skin = Wearing less of everything else. 🙂

I hope this helps those of you who are interested in trying Beauty Counter or any other nontoxic skincare!   As always, thanks for reading and talk to you soon.

Cheers,

Olivia

5 Nourishing Products for Winter Skin

I have been working mostly from home the past two days due to snow here in Apex (if you’re local, you know that everything here is shut down when it snows lol), and I thought I would write a quick post on winter skin care items that I have loved and used for years now!  I really enjoy posts about beauty products, and I hope y’all do too!

These products will all be great for winter time, or if you’re like me, you can use them year-round (I have very dry skin).  Also–I wanted to note that none of these products have ever broken me out!

  1.  CeraVe Lotion:  I have been using this for years now. It is what my dermatologist suggested when I told her I wanted something rich and nourishing without being heavy and greasy. I put this on my face and body every day.

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2.  Mario Badescu Facial Spray:  This product is so cooling and hydrating.  I spray this product after washing my face in the morning (before moisturizer), and throughout the day if I feel like I need it.  The aloe in it is very soothing as well. IMG_5716MB Facial Spray

3.  Smashbox Primer Oil:  Y’all, this stuff is so amazing.  It is so much more than a primer.  I mix a few drops of this with my cerave moisturizer morning and night.  I also pat extra product around my eyes to act as a serum/eye cream.  This stuff sinks in really well. I tested a different face oil in place of this when I ran out of it last month, and I noticed my skin was getting so dull and dry.  I repurchased this, and I will continue to do so!                                                                           IMG_5717   SB Primer Oil

4.  Bareminerals Complexion Rescue: This is not a tinted moisturizer or bb cream.  This is a hydrating tinted gel cream, and it is so good for your skin! It really does improve your skin’s hydration level, and makes your skin look so radiant!  I love to wear this on “no makeup” makeup days or underneath my powders as a hydrating base when I need it. It does give you a bit of coverage, and it also has spf 30! IMG_5714BM Complexion Rescue

5.  Vaseline Lip Therapy:  The most old school product on this list, and it works so well. I put this on my lips before bed because it is thicker than normal chapstick, and most lip oils I have tried are too sticky. I for sure cannot skip this during the winter, or my lips become so chapped. IMG_5718Vaseline Lip Therapy

Alright, those are my must-have products for the Winter time! I hope this helps y’all out with dry winter skin! Stay warm out there!

Cheers,

Olivia

My Must-Have Products for Healthy Hair

I have gotten manyyy questions over the years of what I use on my hair, and I thought that this post might be helpful to those of you who are looking for products to help keep your hair healthy and manageable. Personally, I love talking about anything beauty product related (especially hair), so feel free to leave me a comment below of your favorite products as well! I’m sharing absolutely every product I use in my hair from hair masks to dry shampoo, and I’ll try to keep it short lol!

To start, a little bit about my hair: I have very thick, sort of coarse hair.  I do highlight my hair, so that adds to the dryness.  I tend to gravitate towards products that add moisture back into my hair.  So, if your hair is more on the oily side, some of these products may not be the best for you.

 

Shampoo:  I have used this shampoo for years. I love to buy the huge bottle from Ulta, and it lasts me months and months.  I like that it is still moisturizing, as some shampoos in the past have left my hair incredibly dull.

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Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo

 

 

Purple Shampoo:  This of course is for blondes, to neutralize brassy tones.  If you’re looking for something extreme that’s going to give you a super cool-toned effect, maybe try leaving this product in a bit longer.  Personally, I just like to have a more neutral tone, so I leave it in for the normal amount of time. I have used other purple shampoos in the past that were pretty harsh on my hair. This one is perfect, and I have been through multiple bottles of it.

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Matrix So Silver Shampoo

 

 

Hair Mask: My FAVORITE type of hair product.  I do not use regular conditioners ever–only hair masks.  This has certainly been my go to hair mask for years (and I have tried a lot).  It gives my hair back so much life and shine.   My other go to’s are by It’s a Ten and Nexxus (I switch off and use these every so often.)

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Macadamia Hair Mask       It’s a 10 Hair Mask          Nexxus Hair Mask

 

 

Leave-in Product:  (For all hair types!!!)  I can thank my hair dresser for this one.  When I first started coming to her 10 years ago, my hair was a hot mess–I was that 14 year old girl who experimented and abused my hair (why was I so obsessed with flat irons???).    She suggested this product to me, and I’ve used it ever since.  I put this in my damp hair every time I wash it.  I have gotten every single one of my friends to use this as well.

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Redken Anti-Snap

 

Heat Protectant:  This is my newest product that I have added to my must haves, and omggg where has this been all my life?? Thank you Birch Box for sending this to me! I am for sure purchasing the full size.  I never thought I could blow out my own hair until using this. It makes your hair sooooo smooth, and no frizz at all.  Plus, it protects from the heat!!!

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Briogeo Heat Protectant

 

 

Argan Oil:  I love this line of pure oils from Ulta! This is pure organ oil–nothing added.  I put it on my ends day to day if I need added moisture (especially in colder months coming up).

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Pure Argan Oil

Pure Coconut Oil: The one product from this list that you can also cook with lol.  I put this in my dry hair right BEFORE washing it.  Do not put this in your hair as a leave-in product. You will totally be a grease ball.  This helps keep the moisture in my hair balanced before going in with  regular shampoo + purple shampoo.  You can buy this at the grocery store of course, or TJ Maxx!

Dry Shampoo: I don’t like washing my hair more than I need to, so anything that will prolong my hair style is good for me.  I’ve tried many dry shampoos, and this one is the best for the price. I buy mine at TJ Maxx (cheaper than Ulta.)

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Batiste Dry Shampoo   (This size is only $8.99 at TJ Maxx)

I do not have a hair spray/texture spray that I swear by.  I don’t use hair spray often, so I’d love to hear your favorites on that!

If you got to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! If you like posts like this, and want to see more like this in the future, please let me know!  Until next time, 🙂 .

 

-Olivia