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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

Take the “5 Things” Challenge

Today I issued a mini challenge over in my  Summer Style System program, and it is also the inspiration for today's Tipsy Tuesday - see below for the video.

Here was the prompt, and I encourage you to do this exercise as well: 

Day 19: Summer Style System - A Special Wardrobe Challenge

Today we're doing something different to help us stretch our formula-building muscles. Are you ready? Of course you are:

FIRST: Identify the 5 pieces you've worn most this SUMMER.

Take note of WHY you've worn them the most. OR do you just "default" to them out of ease and maybe even some laziness? We ALL do this - no judgment at all.

Are they very comfortable, versatile, flattering to you? Maybe write down what it is you love about the items and the next time you go shopping - keep these characteristics in mind. Is it the neckline, the rise or cut of the pants, the style of dress? The comfort-factor? The color or the way it makes you feel?  

Give yourself a few minutes to determine WHY you reach for these items time and time again. 

NEXT: Build an outfit using NONE of the 5 items you identified.

Was this difficult, or did it help you try different, neglected items?

Please feel free to share your findings over in our private group.

...And if you want a done-for-you formula to use with this exercise, just pick one of the 21+ formulas  in the program. 

Outfit with NONE of my Five Things, but with my EVERY.DAY sandals

Isla dress in blue or white

MY 5 most worn items
1. White Jeans: Mine are Paige Skyline Skinny, but they are pretty worn out and I am going to try these K from K boyfriends: http://bit.ly/33gVSBC
2. Isla Dress in Blue or White: ​https://www.discoverpeach.com/products/isla-dress?color=PACBLUE&stylist=bethr&taxon_id=470&utm_campaign=shared&utm_source=stylist
3. Denim Shorts (agolde, not aglode as I called them!): http://bit.ly/2XBD38k
4. Hoops: https://www.stelladot.com/shop/jewelry/earrings/hoops… I have small hammered oval hoops in gold and essential hoops in silver.
5. Gray Tee Dress (many colors): https://amzn.to/2HFSI1w

Bonus #6
6. My EVERY.DAY sandals: http://bit.ly/2XslXtm

Also...

Stella & Dot SALE/Clearance Items: https://www.stelladot.com/shop/sale?s=bethroy
I have the fleetwood fringe cuff, the Natia Necklace, Margeaux Clutch, Geometric Scarf...Also, check out the bell sleeve stripe top!

Now, go #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth

Change Your Pants and Change Your Life

“Change your pants and change your life.”

Beth

Ok, ok, I know that's hyperbole, but stay with me here.

When I work with my private clients, the first thing I have them do is show me their pants. This is not usually a popular request, but it's necessary.   Listen in to Tipsy Tuesday to learn more, and see some suggestions below.


Examples of the 4 Powerful Pants (from my closet): 

Thank for checking in...now go check your pants!  Need some help?  Message me or head over to my #justgetdressed Facebook Community for advice.

xo, 

Beth

Tipsy Tuesday: How to #justgetdressed when it’s HOT

SUMMER STYLE SYSTEM: https://bstyledbybeth.com/summer-style-system/

Gray T-shirt Dress (many color options: https://amzn.to/2lOCf2B (see below for pic)

Gold Choker: https://www.stelladot.com/p/gold-celestial-choker?s=bethroy

Go-to Sandals: https://shopstyle.it/l/5WxP

Turq bracelet/necklace: https://www.stelladot.com/p/hart-versatile-bracelet-turquoise?s=bethroy

Embroidered Top: https://amzn.to/2keQixO

All my shopping in picks: https://bstyledbybeth.com/lets-go-shopping/

Peach Site-Wide 20% Off including sale items. ...only happens 2x year...Black Ponte Blazer from Essentials Collection shown below: http://www.discoverpeach.com/s/bethr

Tipsy Tuesday: Jewelry Essentials

Just like I talk about the importance of your 10 Wardrobe Essentials, I also think there are basic jewelry essentials that you need to have at the ready, all year 'round.  

I also recommend having your jewelry (especially the Essentials) hanging in or near your closet, so you can grab it every day with ease.  It doesn't have to be an elaborate or expensive set-up either.  I bought these S hooks  for pennies and hang my necklaces on a rod in my closet similar to the picture below.  The easier it is to grab and put on, the more likely you'll do it and follow my "necklace-every day" rule;)   

UPDATE: I have a Stella & Dot on-line trunk show running through November 1, 2019.  You can shop all the items mentioned below and more here: www.stelladot.com/ts/sc864  Get 50% off any of these great items with a $50 order during August.  

My favs? I have the filligree pendant, the hoops (I have gold), convertible poncho, and my fav statement necklace - the fringe!  The studs are on my wish-list.


Summer Prep Challenge: Week Three – Skincare!

This week, the topic of our Summer Prep Challenge is SKIN!

The name of the game for summer skin is hydration, moisturizing and sun protection. 

 Chances are these are things you are already doing, so let's just make an effort to be more consistent and intentional about these healthy skin habits, ok?

1.  Drink your water!  This first habit we started  with a few weeks ago is so important for your skin too, so keep it - down the hatch!

2.  Exfoliate! Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your  skincare routine. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin. 

I use this body wash and this exfoliating wash cloth that I love (it's inexpensive, washable and makes it easy to reach your back and shoulders.) For a budget body wash, this Oil of Olay Age Defying Body Wash comes highly recommended too. 

3. Moisturize!  I learned about this moisturizer with 12% Glycolic AHA from Angie at Hot & Flashy (my favorite over 50 YouTuber) when researching what to use to help with crepy skin, especially on my legs.  I use it all over my body now and find it is really helping.  The key is to apply it right after you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.  During the summer  months when I'm showing more skin, I mix in a few drops of this oil for added moisture and a healthy glow.   

4.  I think we've all (hopefully) gotten really vigilant about using a quality sunscreen on our faces (I use this sunscreen under this  SPF make-up, and carry this stick with me everywhere.  I also occasionally touch up with this powder suncreen).

I confess though, in the past I have been less diligent about protecting my skin on my body.  I have fairly dark skin that doesn't burn easily but that is no excuse for being lazy or negligent with regard to sun protection.

I just ordered this tinted sunscreen:  the innovative formulations match a wider range of skin tones—and also help camouflage imperfections and even skin tone.  Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, these mists sit on top of the skin and bounce the sun’s rays away from the skin. (Plus, they’re air-powered—no aerosol!)

So as summer approaches,  along with the showing of more skin....let's work to protect and take better care of the skin we're in!  

And #justgetdressed!

Cheers!

Beth

Tipsy Tuesday: Mixing Your Metals

Break the rules, mix the metals and have fun when you #justgetdressed;)

This week's Tipsy Tuesday will show you how!

Links:

Riad 3 for 1 necklace; http://bit.ly/2lEtjJE $79
Essential Fringe: http://bit.ly/2EpuuGA $59
Engraved Disk Necklace http://bit.ly/2JIt1j6 $69
Amour Long Charm Pendant: http://bit.ly/2JIQDnw
Lariat Necklace in Hematite: http://bit.ly/2E5Kxas $99
Hoop earrings: http://bit.ly/2wfGzHt $39
Stackable Rings: http://bit.ly/2MeCpx7 $39

Amazon T-Shirt Dress: https://amzn.to/2HFSI1w $23.80




The Third Piece: Warm Weather Edition

This week's Tipsy Tuesday is the easiest way to use the Rule of Three or Power of the Third Piece - in warm weather.  

Links:

Black Tee: http://bit.ly/2Wlraqg

Camo Pants (similar): http://bit.ly/2JYd8UW

Necklaces: fringe statementLong PendantDelicate Short

Hoop Earrings: http://bit.ly/2JZIs5U

Amazon Earrings: https://amzn.to/2WgCzI5

Blue "Isla" Dress:  https://www.discoverpeach.com/products/isla-dress?color=PACBLUE&taxon_id=470

Cream Kimono:   http://bit.ly/2ECjsOH

Blue Sandals:   http://bit.ly/2EpvxX2

Thanks for watching and reading, and now go #justgetdressed.

Cheers! Beth

Summer Prep Challenge: Week Two – Nutrition

Welcome to week TWO of the 6 Week Summer Prep Challenge!

Each week we will build upon and add to the habits we started the prior week.  

Last week we started moving our bodies and working our arm muscles 3-4 times per week.   Click here for recap of the Week One Challenge.

How have you been doing with those habits?  

There was a great discussion about exercise over in my free private #justgetdressed Facebook group.  I encourage you to go check out this thread and feel to chime in, get support, find kindred spirits, and share experiences. 

This week we're focusing on NUTRITION and fueling our bodies in a way that supports our health and beauty goals.  

As I've said before, we are NOT talking about crash diets, or really any diets at all. 

Instead, the goal is to implement THREE simple (not easy, but simple) daily habits that are sustainable and reasonable, and that when done consistently, will lead to a healthier (and more beautiful) lifestyle.    

Are you in??  

You: "Yes Beth, I'm totally in." 

  1. Pay Attention to Portions:  Learn portion sizes. It's shocking what is often served vs. what a reasonable portion really is. 
  2. Mindful Eating: Don't do other things while eating, and no willy nilly snacking. (This is a biggee for me, and I'm committed to working on it, every day, all day.)
  3. Maintain healthy eating habits on the Weekends:  Don't go off the rails on weekends or vacations. (Another doozy for me.  I'm not saying to not have fun - God knows I would never say that - but weekends and holidays can wreak havoc on our otherwise healthy habits, so plan ahead -  and remember, everything in moderation;)

Later this week (hopefully Friday at 1:30pm EST),  I'll be going LIVE on Facebook with close friend, new neighbor, and nutrition coach to the stars;) - Robin Curley!  Make sure you like the page and get notificatons when I go live.  Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/bstyledpersonalstyling/

Robin is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Personal Trainer with a B.A. from Tufts University and Master’s from Columbia University. Founder of SmartShred Nutrition, Robin has helped dozens of clients  (including many of my friends and clients) reach and maintain their weight loss and body composition goals, achieve personal fitness records, and discover a new sense of confidence that comes with defining one’s best self.

In a nutshell, Robin is a rockstar, an inspiration, smart as all heck, and an all-around great friend.  You won't want to miss this one.  So if you can't catch our chat on Friday afternoon, be sure to watch the replay.

But, in the meantime, let's focus on our THREE habits that we will implement RIGHT NOW.  

Not tomorrow, not later today --- but right now.  So put down the bag of popcorn (I see you;) and let's do this.  

And don't forget to keep up your 30 minutes of movement and arm exercises 3-4 times per week, right?

Yes, you still need to do that.  Click here for a refresher on those habits. 

Also.... don't forget to #justgetdressed.  Why? 

Because it's MUCH more likely for us to eat nutritiously and mindfully  when we feel good in what we're wearing.  It's a proven fact.  Trust me. 😉 

xo,

Beth

P.S. Also, remember to join my free private Facebook group where we share tips and ideas regarding this challenge as well as personal style.  Click here to access the free #justgetdressed group.  

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!  

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