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My BEAUTYCOUNTER Obsession – Safer Skincare & Better Beauty

When I was a teen my mom told me the #1 most important beauty secret was to moisturize. “This will prevent wrinkles from forming, and keep your skin young – which is easier than trying to reverse aging!” She said. Like all immortal 16yo I ignored her wise advice. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I adopted a natural beauty routine and noticed my mom’s skin seemed to be better than mine – even at her age – I realized I should have listened sooner.

Intro to Beautycounter on RealEverything

I was using coconut oil as my daily moisturizer, and frankly the residue left on my skin after removing my makeup wasn’t quite cutting it. At the time I tried a bunch of different solutions and decided a face balm made of Shea butter and fermented cod liver oil was my safest and best bet. So I put it on every night before bed. And while my skin did improve, the stuff was nasty. My poor husband…

And to make matters worse, while my overall skin improved, my forehead wrinkles were getting worse. That’s what drove me to look for something else recently; I’m turning 35 this year, and I don’t want to look it!

stacybeforeportraits on realeverything 

 I’m happy to report my beauty routine has kept me young –
compare these portraits- taken about 20 years apart!

So I started looking for something that could still be good for me and my skin, while also reducing wrinkles. My research told me about Countertime, a line of products made by Beautycounter. I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. A couple of my friends were using and loving this new brand of safer skincare & better beauty products that wasn’t around years ago when I first went “natural”. It was pricey, but supposedly the same quality as department store without the toxic ingredients. “It’s my face, if there’s a place to splurge in the budget – this is it.” So I tried the restorative day and night cream.

Safer Skincare on RealEverything

I wouldn’t be telling you this.
I wouldn’t have signed up to work with the brand.
I wouldn’t be obsessed if it weren’t for the results.

Within 30 days my wrinkles were fading. Seriously. This one above my eyebrow was starting to form a deep line and now it’s just a soft line. My big grooves across the forehead are shorter and more shallow (although they still exist, this IS real life). And best of all, my face became even more resistant to adult acne. My SUPER sensitive skin that always rejects everything was HAPPY.

Stacy Test 1 of BeautyCounter on Real Everything
Best of all, it didn’t smell like dead fish! For years I’d been putting on a cream that was the opposite of sexy every night. While I was mindful of the timing of when I’d put it on, I’d be lying to you if I said that my previous face cream hadn’t prevented a few make-out sessions with my hubby – it made for some awkward smooch sessions. And when I traveled I always ruined my hosts pillows with my stinky, oily face.

Stacy Test 2 of BeautyCounter on Real Everything

News flash – this new line is totes normal!

Beautycounter products smell and feel lovely. My skin feels sexy again. And Matt even noticed a couple of days in, “Are you wearing perfume? You smell different.” “Me, I’m using a moisturizing face cream in the AM. You don’t or do like the fragrance in it?” “Oh, I do!” *elicit grown-up married stuff ensues*

I had read about this brand. [Info on ingredients, results of people who use products HERE]. But honestly it all sounded like hype. I’m here to tell you it’s not. You know we are always REAL with you all. We’re into using real products, eating real food, and being open and honest with everyone – always. It’s why we’re going to be re-branding the blog to “Real Everything” in the near future. So it with sincerity that I tell you, I wouldn’t be promoting a product if I didn’t REALLY love and use it myself! In this case – I even tested it for 6 weeks before giving it a green light!

Kids Sun Stick on RealEverythingRemember when we went to Universal last month?
My kids used the Protect Sunscreen stick on their own faces everyday and never got sunburned!
When we use lotion or spray they FREAK OUT, but they don’t mind the stick at all ♥

What I Bought

I fell so in love with the moisturizing creams (and the results on my skin) that I ordered (yep, I PAID FOR out of my own pocket) and tried all of the following:

  • Cream stick blushers layered in both Hibiscus & Caramel (link to product here)
  • Lip sheer in Twig (link to product here)
  • Lip Shine – the BEST clear gloss – you MUST try it if you like shiny lips – and it tastes like candy!! (link to product here)
  • Dew Skin Tint Moisturizer – notice you can still see my freckles in Test 1, it’s a light coverage without powder (link to product here)
  • Mattifying Skin Finishing Powder, gives that “glow” like you’ve been air brushed (link to product here)
  • MASCARA! (this product is FREE with purchase today and tomorrow ONLY – link to product here)
  • Charcoal bar & mask, user favorites! (link to product here)
  • Sunblock sticks (link to product here)
  • Mimosa body wash & lotion, if you wanna smell so good you want to eat yourself – side note, I’ve given up toxic perfume b/c BC products smell so dang good! (link to product here)
  • Sea Salt hairspray – see curl pic below – I’m now ONLY using argan oil and then the salt spray on wet hair and my curls have NEVER been softer & prettier (link to product here)
  • Countertime Rejuvenating Radiance Serum & Restorative Night Creams are improving my skin quality like WOAH; they’re actually my favorite products – if something is going to shrink pores, reduce breakouts, and shrink wrinkles on my FACE that’s worth an investment IMO (link to product here and here)

Edited to add – the only non-beautycounter products I am currently using are:

That’s it. I am thrilled to have completely replaced my entire routine with products that are deemed “safe” by the EWG! Next up, switching over all the boys’ stuff!

Stacy Test 3 of BeautyCounter on Real Everything

I legit was resistant to change my beauty routine because a) I liked what I was using, and b) it didn’t seem real. But thankfully I was pushed into trying them by friends and now there is NO turning back! I LOVE how it looks, feels & tastes – but even better, it’s good for me! Honestly I LOVE the lip glosses MORE than my Sephora brands because they TASTE LIKE CHOCOLATE! I’ve been a Sephora VIP member for years, I spend so much there they put me in a special club. It feels bizare to be changing a habit I’ve had my whole life – but after weeks/months of using the products, I’m ready to officially let go of the toxic addiction and embrace a better beauty routine.

Here’s the thing – yes, I absolutely still keep the healthy nutrient-dense lifestyle I’ve always promoted. Excessive Vital Proteins collagen consumption also helps my skin, hair and nails healthy. But I want to embrace putting products on the outside of my body that are just as nourishing and non-toxic for me as the foods I put inside.

Why TODAY is the DAY to try it yourself!

And I can’t wait to tell you more about my favorite products, why I love them, and how to use them in future posts & reviews. But I needed to get the information out there immediately because TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY (8/23-24/16) you can get a FREE MASCARA ($29 value) with a purchase of $75 or more on ANY BeautyCounter products!

If you want an EVEN BETTER DEAL, if you sign up for the Band of Beauty membership (customer loyalty program) today you’ll get even MORE promotion deals! For $25 for an annual membership (less than the cost of the free mascara) as part of a qualify order you’ll ALSO get:

  • Member Travel Set, includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Bodywash, Lotion & THE BEST make-up bag (value $52, link to product here)
  • Balancing Face Oil (value $68, link to product here)

Gloss and Mascara Must Haves on RealEverything

It’s VERY rare there is a promotional deal of a freebie AND the new member Band of Beauty deals are ALSO included. I certainly wish I’d been able to get this deal when I started trying out their products months ago! If I were going to suggest for you to try something, it would be:

Lip Shine ($26) +
Sea Salt Spray ($26) +
Band of Beauty ($25,  includes mimosa body wash & lotion, shampoo & conditioner + face oil) =
FREE MASCARA + FREE SHIPPING + 15% back with BoB qualifying order!

Of course, you can buy ANY combination of ANY products totaling over $75 for the deal today and tomorrow, but if you’re struggling on what to choose that is a combo I LOVE.

Mascara + Band of Beauty + 15% back + FREE shipping = $168+ value for $25 cost of membership, not even including the future free shipping and promotion deals you will also get for a year! I’d HIGHLY recommend taking advantage if you’ve been thinking about trying Beautycounter. Get the details and take advantage of the offer now by following the instructions HERE (free mascara only valid 8/23-24/16)

More info on Better Beauty & Safer Skincare

If you still need more convincing on why what you put on the outside of your body is just as important as what you put inside it, here’s a couple of recent articles to read:

Teenage Girls Chemical ExposureNew study shows that after just 3 days of using makeup, shampoos and lotions free of hormone-disrupting chemicals, levels dropped up to 45 percent.

Is Your Lipstick Bad for You? European officials have restricted or banned more than 1,300 chemicals and groups of chemicals, experts say; the F.D.A. has prohibited 11 ingredients

Want to know what the rankings of YOUR current beauty products are? Look them up on Environmental Working Group’s site here.

And here is why I love Beautycounter – while they aren’t a 100% crunchy granola all-natural brand, they use only top quality ingredients, ensure they are non-toxic, and make the following commitment:

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I think I’ve spammed you with enough for you to understand that I’ve become personally passionate about safer skincare and better beauty products. For now… Look forward to lots of upcoming posts and announcements from us as we launch “Real Everything” – a new blog that introduces you to all facets of who we are: Real Food | Real Talk | Real Life. We will begin a new history and information based podcast by Matt & Cole, blog posts on de-bunking truths and myths floating around in our community, and more real food recipes – from the way our family now eats after 6 years of Paleo living!


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  • Erica Harris

    Hi Stacy- I’ve been wanting to try BC and this was just the incentive I needed. However, when I placed my order with the Band of Beauty membership included, there was no mention of the free face oil. I’m really upset about this as that was the main reason I decided to add on the BoB membership! What happened??

    • Erica, I just looked up your order and can see what happened. I’ll e-mail you directly 🙂

      • Heather Dodge

        Hi Stacy! I think I may have had the same issue on my order as well. Sorry to bother you! Could you take a look? My name is Heather Dodge.

  • The 4 products I still have in my makeup bag that aren’t BC are a Tarte highlighting blush (this cheek stain one: ), Jane Iredale foundation powder (for when I want a lot of coverage), and Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara & Primer. Tarte has changed it’s mascara line and it’s harder and harder to find – plus, those two products that I used to use everyday together also cost $21 for the mascara + $22 for the primer, which is significantly more expensive than the $29 mascara from BC.

    I appreciate your honesty about how you feel. I hope you take the time to fully read the post where I talk about how I purchased products with my own money and genuinely love them so much after using them myself for 6 weeks that I wanted to share how this healthy brand motivated me to actually join the company myself. That’s because I genuinely want to share how it can help people heal on the outside just like we encourage on the inside, too. I noted articles at the bottom of the post about how people’s health is being affected by over the counter beauty products, and these products have the power to heal people – legit. Here’s a testimonial someone JUST shared with me on social media when I posted about BC today:

    “i love this company so much. i’ve tried so many products throughout the
    years including bareminerals, using olive oil / honey, mary kay,
    proactiv, and then even splurged big $$$ on la mer. ALL made me break
    out worse so for the past couple years i gave
    up on the search and settled on cetaphil and jane iredale makeup which
    didn’t make me break out, but left my skin feeling and looking dry and
    sickly. on top of that…i couldn’t even use cetaphil moisturizer
    because i’d break out. i decided to try beauty counter even though i was
    convinced (like everything else) it wouldn’t work for me…and FINALLY i
    found something that works. after a month of using their basic cleanser
    and moisturizer without breaking out…i went back and bought the full
    line including the charcoal mask and face oils. now i’m about to buy all
    the makeup, too. i’m clearly a huge fan and obsessed as well 🙂 it’s worth every, single penny.”

    That said, as I noted in the post, we will be branching the blog out from being “the paleo people” because we don’t want to be put in a box like that. We’re a family who started a personal blog and we have many facets to who we are – we’re real about every single thing we do. For a long time that was being parents of young kids – who are now growing way too quickly! Then it was about food and Paleo. After 6 years, we’re more than just Paleo Parents. I hope you’ll understand as we start to share more than just paleo stuff, but if not and it’s not your cup of tea no hard feelings if you want to move on 🙂

    • Colleen

      Oh, I’m not going anywhere!! I appreciate all of the info you provide….and you are one of my idols:-) I just thought it was odd that this product has been discussed by so many bloggers in a similar circle!

      • Yes, it was off-putting to me too – but that’s what happens when we all genuinely love and believe in something we thing everyone can benefit from 😉

  • Deanna Wilcox

    I’m curious about your mascara usage…. I know you used to use Tarte. I purchased their mascara (not the primer) last year when I was seeking something new. I got a package of 3. I LOVE their mascara (except that sometimes it leaves black under my eyes….definitely not waterproof). Then I tried the BC mascara since everyone was talking about how wonderful it was and I was just about to start on my third Tarte mascara. I wanted time to decide which brand I’d go with next. The Tarte is an EWG 3 and BC is a 2. Not a huge difference probably. I just cannot get a good application of the BC mascara. It looks NOTHING like the Tarte (meaning it barely looks like I’m wearing mascara….it doesn’t want to stick to my lash tips). I find it sticky and hard to apply. And if you get some on your skin when applying, you can’t just use a moistened q-tip to get it off- you need something oil based. And then once you have coconut oil residue on your skin, you still get raccoon eyes with the BC. That being said, I look at your lashes and they look just as amazing with the BC (if that’s what you’re wearing vs Tarte). How do you do it?! How are you making it look so good?

  • Michelle

    Happily, Beauty Counter has set up a store for Canadians!!
    Often, many products I hear about on Paleo blogs and podcasts are only available in the US and have huge shipping costs to Canada so a Canadian store is great news for us north of the border. Sadly, the Protect Stick is not available here.