There’s no way to say this without sounding old: back in the day I used to keep up with all the popular cosmetics. My disposable income was for me (not 3 insatiably hungry boys) and I loved belonging to all the groups for make-up tutorials and even belonged to a “swapping” club to make things more affordable.
Admittedly, my love of playing with make-up hasn’t completely disappeared. I still love to try out new things and play with my appearance. However, my priorities have changed: I want things to be worth the money I spend, and I don’t want them to be filled with toxic chemicals. Don’t miss the end of the post where I tell you how you can save money and better your health by switching, too!
I’ve shared before about how much I’ve been loving finding a safer skincare & cleaner cosmetics company, and after nearly a year of playing with their products I thought it’d be fun to share what I recommend as “swaps” to what the good ol’ interwebs led me to believe are the latest and greatest popular products. You know, ’cause I’m really an 80 yo woman quite clueless about all the “cool” stuff without Mr. Google helping me out ♥
Love this? —–> Swap It for this Non-Toxic Cleaner Cosmetic!
Urban Decay eye palette –> Ultimate Nudes Palette from BC
Lancome High Def Mascara –> BC’s Lengthening Mascara (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)
Dior Show Maximizer 3D lash primer–> Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Primer
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation –> Tint Skin Foundation
IT Cosmetics or Lush BB Cream –> BC Dew Skin with SPF 20 (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil –> BC Mattify Skin Finishing Powder
Stila Powder Foundation –> Jane Iredale Powder Foundation
Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Nars Orgasm Blush –> Ocean & Pacific Palette Blush & Bronzer
Benefit Hervana –> BC Color Sweep Blush Duo in Bloom Tulip
Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer –> BC Color Contour Matte Bronzer No.1
Nars The Multiple –> BC Color Pinch Cream Blusher
Dior Addict Lip Glow –> Perfect Match Lip Set (Twig Lip Sheer is Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)
Nars Lip Stick –> BC Lip Sheer (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)
Buxom Lip Cream –> Lip Gloss by Beautycounter
Love this? —–> Swap It for the non-toxic Safer Skincare version!
Lancome Bi-Facil double action eye makeup remover —> Beautycounter’s Soothing Baby Oil
Clinique Take the Day Off Balm –> BC Cleansing Balm
Fresh Soy Face Cleaner –> BC Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Josie Maran Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment –> BC’s bestselling Balancing Facial Oil
Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion –> BC’s Texture Sea Salt Style Spray for hair
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask –> BC Detoxify Purifying Charcoal Mask
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair –> BC Rejuvenating Night Cream
Guerlain Abeille Royale 1-month Youth Treatment –> BC Rejuvenating Radiance Serum
Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar –> BC Detoxifying Charcoal Cleansing Soap
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops –> BC Lustro Shimmer Oil
L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub –> BC Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass
philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Shower, Bath & Shave Gel – BC Citrus Mimosa Body Wash
If you don’t believe me that these natural cleaner-ingredient non-toxic products could actually perform like the ones listed in the top product listings on Sephora or beauty magazines, I’m not the only one who thinks so! I personally didn’t even want to try these products, after trying out so many that left me feeling like a dirty, patchouli-wearing hippy – but I assure you, these are the real deal. Look, even Allure Magazine has awarded Beautycounter “Best of Beauty” three years in a row!
- 2014: Twig Lip Sheer
- 2015: Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (with natural & safe SPF)
- 2016: Mascara: Lengthening & Volumizing
- 2017: No. 1 Brightening Oil
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If you’ve been looking for incentive to replace all your products, read this article on why it’s SO important and then if there are a number of items you’ve been wanting to “swap” out of your routine, here’s what I recommend:
- Look up your current products on EWG’s Skin Deep Database to determine the level of risk associated with the products you already use. then rank the items in order of important to swap.
- Use this list to determine what products you may want to replace your favorites with. If you want to know what I use and love, I’ve put that all in the FAQ here. Or e-mail me and we can figure out exactly what will work for you, together!
- Join my Safer Skincare e-mail list and Healthy Inside & Out Facebook group to make sure you don’t miss when I offer free gifts with purchase!