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My Top Beautycounter Picks

I am excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands,  Beautycounter.  I've been a long time customer and now I am also a consultant so I can share the products with you.

I always (naively) assumed that  "someone" was insuring that the stuff in the products our family puts on their skin and in their mouths were tested for safety. However, the amount of chemicals in some of the products  we use daily is shocking. Since learning more, I have made an effort to move my family over to  more safe products, especially the things I use on my skin daily, like these products.

Like many premium, high-quality brands, Beautycounter is not "discount-happy", meaning the price is the price, and the value is there, and you won't see a lot of crazy promotions.  When they do have a sale a couple times a year, I'll be sure to let you know!

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

OVERNIGHT RESURFACING PEEL –

This peel is a game changer.  You put it on before you head to bed and it helps bring your dull skin back to life and shows almost immediate results (unusual, I know, but true).  You will feel this peel when you put it on; I use it at least 3 to 4 times a week.  If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

This new line was of interest to me because of my interest in retinol products to reduce lines and wrinkles. However retinol is an ingredient on the Beautycounter Never List

Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)
Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may result in adverse health consequences like lesions and photosensitization. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations.

I started using the Countertime serum (am and pm) and the (amazing) Supreme Cream at night.

I have continued using the No.1 Facial Brightening Oil (see below) in the morning (before the serum), and the Resurfacing Peel (above) every other night (instead of the serum). 

 I love the results I've had from this routine.   I'm going to add the Countertime cleansing oil and hydrating essence as well. Unfortunately Countertime products are not included in the 15% off sale.

I’m a huge fan of using vitamin C on my face, and this stuff is so good! I use it every morning under my Countertime serum and daily moisturizer.

I've been using this now for almost a year and  I really love it.   I use it 2 to 3 times a week to deep-clean. It absorbs excess oil and draws out impurities. Even at my age I tend to have enlarged pores and even get zits and this has helped tremendously.  Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation.

Lipsticks!

I'm obsessed with Beautycounter lipsticks.  The fact that something going so close to my mouth is safe is obviously important, and I also love the way they glide on, how they taste and smell, and the colors!   If I could only have one type of make-up, I'd pick lipstick.  I feel naked and washed out without it (and you an use it as blush in a pinch;)

 I use the lip gloss (love dahlia), the color intense duo (longer lasting, bolder color - 2 universally flattering colors that I layer or wear alone) and the Sheer Lipstick is what I have in my pocket and in my car at all times (usually in Rose), but I'm a lipstick fanatic so I have several shades.

These are just my standout favorites for today, but some other products that I use daily include the dew skin (shade 3 and 4 in summer) and tint skin (sand) - I use a dab of both and combine.  I also love the blush (sorbet), this eyeshadow palette (Romantic) and this brow pencil

The Romantic eyeshadow palette has 2 dark colors that can be used easily to line as well. I just dampen a thin, angled brush - slowly but surely am getting the hang of it! 

A new feature on the Beautycounter website is #betterbeauty School with easy-to-follow videos to help us with make-up application.  I just watched the brow tutoial...boy, was I doing it wrong!  Live and learn!  https://www.beautycounter.com/products/beauty-school

Again, if you're interested in trying Beautycounter or restocking your favorites, this Friends and Family Sale is the time to do it!  Let me know if you need any help or recommendations! 

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  I appreciate your time and support so much!  Cheers,

Beth

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

Tipsy Tuesday this week is all about spring and summer shoes.  As I mentioned in the video, I'm not telling you to go out and buy all new shoes!  Far from it!  I show you all MY Spring/Summer shoes  (only 3 pairs are newish) and the rest are at least a year or two old.  Here's the video, and below I  provide links to the shoes I mentioned IF you need to shop.  

And here's a catalog of COMFORTABLE and good-looking sandals to help in your search. Click here to access it.  

UPDATE 7/12:  In the video I mention my beloved Havianna flip flops...Well, I'm proud to let you know that I'v grown up and retired them (they broke;) and replaced them with these similarly styled but podiatrist-loved fit flops: https://amzn.to/2jIHikg.  And I also mention the new athletic sneakers I was getting to replace my black.  I got these in blush and love them: https://amzn.to/2l8tBLQ.  And last but not least, after trying a ton of "every day" neutral sandals, I ended up getting these platform sandals and I've worn them walking and biking all over Newport this summer with no foot issues. Yay! http://bit.ly/2XG4dQg

Head over to the free private #justgetdressed Facebook group to share your shoe woes and we will help; I promise!  

My Amazon Picks and Advice


My elevated Peach sweatshirt is still available - limited quantities though.

Click HERE to join my free #justgetdressed Facebook group and get tips and advice.

Now that you've heard my Amazon shopping lecture and tips, here's a preview of  some of my favorite finds that I've either read about and researched, or own myself.  

Click HERE to access the entire catalog of picks,  and bookmark it as I will update it frequently.

There are  five questions I recommend we  ask ourselves  before items from the Amazon box get put into our closet (or better yet, before we click "buy now":)

1. Do you LOVE it....I mean does it really resonate with you, or to quote Marie Kondo,, "does it spark joy?"

2. Do you have at a minimum of 3-4 ways to wear/style the item?  Think outside the box...dress it up, dress it down. 

3.  Are you sure you don't have anything just like this or similar in your closet?

4.  Would you really want to buy this item even before knowing the Amazon price on it? This is an important questions to ask...and it's the one I forgot in the video.  How often do we click "buy now" just because the price is so good...without enough thought??

5.  When you try it on, take a mirror selfie (I swear it's a better way to evaluate than just looking in the mirror).  Do you LOVE the way it makes you look and feel?

There you have it!  Just remember to buy with thought and  a plan, and eliminate the impulsive "buy now" clicking.  

And one last piece of advice...Take it from me, do not drink and Amazon shop. They do not mix 😉   

Cheers!

xo, Beth

Jeans – Spend vs. Splurge

This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale.  In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)

That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans.    I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge.  I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul.   Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive.  But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).

I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).

As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar.  I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.

The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.

 

So, you’re  dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right?   Well just  to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which.  He, of all people, nailed it, noticing  a clear difference,  and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better.  Go figure.

So, here you have it:

  1.  Splurge:  AG The Legging, Raw Hem Skinny Jeans Retail $225, #NSALE $149.90
  2.  Save:  American Eagle Denim X Jegging  Sale $39.99, buy one get one 50{4459afbc2bae7cce36afa98505acda452d7cfe9eff579bae0d40077b3c526282} off

Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist.  However…

I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.

  • They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
  • I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties.  The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
  • I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip.  I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others.  These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
  • Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view.  I think AG has pocket placement down –making for  more flattering hiney on the AG’s.

I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back.  They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag.  But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).

Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week.  Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public –  and when all the Early Access returns start coming in.  Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.

My Verdict and Links:

Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one.  This new version is cut differently (slightly so) .  I like it a lot but don’t love it as much.    Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan  in cream and hope that comes back in stock.  This one going back…

Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.

Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves.  Plus, could wear it all year ’round.  What to do?  Update:  Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style.  As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.

Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby.  I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System.  I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.

Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale.  It’s still available too.  I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it.  Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets.  Update:  Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time.   Hmmmmm.

Caslon U-Neck T-shirt  My favorite tee is baaack,  and on sale  – too good not to stock up.  I already own 2 of these tees in white  (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it).  I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long.  I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50).  They even come in petite!  The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces.    It has great shape without clinging.  Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked.   I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.

Blondo Booties  These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets.  They are on-sale now with stock available.  They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter).  They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke.  They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”.   I highly recommend this color over black.

The last link is the AG Jeans  that I am still “sleeping on” –  but think I’ll  end up keeping.  I’m wearing them in all the pics above.  To justify the splurge,  I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly.  I’ve had great luck selling on the  Poshmark app.  If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.

I hope this rundown has been helpful.  If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking.  But remember,  popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)

Again,  If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  check out my live video about it here.

Finally, one important note.  I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission.  When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies.  My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop.  Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.  

Oh, and speaking of my programs…..I am working on Early Access to the Fall Style System…so make sure you are on my list and following me on Facebook, and in the private Facebook Group for all the information when it becomes available in the next few days.

The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:

 

 

  • Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs.  I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
  • A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons.  These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
  • An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
  • Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing:  make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips!  You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women.  Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer.  The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and  no more talk of Fall for a little while;)

    Cheers!
    Beth