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How to Switch to Beautycounter on a Budget

Since joining Beautycounter about two years ago,  I’ve talked to a lot of people who want to make the switch from their products that are potentially harmful, but also want the most bang for their buck. I totally get it!

Beautycounter products are not cheap. They are comparable to department store prices, not Target. 

But you don’t need to spend a fortune and overhaul all your products at once. It’s a process, and I want to share some ways you can make the switch without breaking the bank..

When I first tried Beautycounter, I had a mish-mash of beauty products and didn't pay attention to ingredients at all.  

I was primarily concerned with anti-aging, so I had tried a bunch of  high-end moisturizers (that didn’t work),  but with the rest of my products, the cheaper the better. 

Then I met Meredith..(my Beautycounter mentor) at a time when a close family member was suffering with cancer. I started to educate myself more on ingredients and quality of the products I put on my skin. 

At that time, the Overnight Resurfacing Peel was getting a lot of great press and reviews so I decided to give it a try, although  with skepticism. 

Well, I was blown away and still use it religiously today.  The results were noticeable in just a few days. It has definitely reduced the size of my pores and improved the texture and brightness of my skin...with no dryness or irritation. 

Finally a product that actually showed results - quickly.  And because it worked so well, I was okay spending money on it. 

The fact that I knew it was safe and clean was an added and important bonus.  

I figured a quality nighttime moisturizer is a heavy-hitter too, so I added that to my regimen as well.

And you know I'm a lipstick girl and could totally buy into the importance of that being clean too. Now I'm a Beautycounter lipstick collector;) See my favorites here.

So maybe pick the area most important to you and zero in on products that address that - and start with one or two.  Beautycounter has a money-back guarantee too and returns are free and easy...even if you used the product. 

More Tips for Switching to Clean Beauty Products on a Budget

1. SWITCH OUT ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME

If you research the ingredients on your products (the Never List is a great resource for this) and realize a lot need to go, don’t panic. Start by switching out one or two products for safer alternatives. If you need help with this, let me know. A good rule of thumb is to either start with the product you can’t live without or the product you’re running out of. 

2. BUY COLLECTIONS

Beautycounter has collections for all categories, and they can be a great way to save money. When buying the collection over individual products, you’ll save anywhere from 10-20%. Beautycounter created a skincare quiz that will recommend 4 skincare products plus 2 additional products that meet your specific needs. When you buy the 4 skincare products through the quiz, you save 10%.

Some other sets worth noting:

  1. Flawless in Five – Complete everyday makeup set that only takes 5 minutes to do
  2. Get the Look – Four safer, high-performing products that take your every day look to the next level
  3. Countercontrol Regimen – My teen son was dealing with acne and we switched him over as well. What a difference! Acne creams and washes can be loaded with lots bad stuff, and his skin is so much better since making the switch. 

Consider signing up for a Band of Beauty Membership. It’s $29 for the year, and you get free shipping on orders $100+,  and 10% product credit for every dollar you spend.

*That means if you spend $100 on product purchases, you will get $10 towards your next purchase!

Plus, you'll receive a Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa ($25 USD value) as their gift to you when you become a member and spend $50+ in product purchases.

There’s no auto-ship to manage, just money-saving benefits that more than cover the fee. You can learn more about the membership and add it to your order here.

The best saving in my mind is to join  Beautycounter and become an advocate (that’s really what consultants are). As a consultant, you save 25% on products and earn 25-35% of what you sell. Plus, you’re helping bring about change in the beauty industry.

It can be as easy as sharing the information with your friends and family and helping them make the switch too. The cost is only $50 and entitles you to over 40% discounts on products when you join.  And I will be here to help you along the way (along with my mentor Meredith who has been with the company since the beginning and is so wonderful and supportive). 

As always, if you have any questions about Beautycounter products/ingredients, how to find safer products, or anything else, leave a comment or email me!

That's all for now... Remember -  keep in clean, and #justgetdressed;)

My Top 10 Go-To Beauty Products

Today we're talking all things beauty products!

When it comes to beauty products are you in a committed relationship, or do you tend to play the field?

I generally fall into the "jump around and play the field camp" (in the beauty product department that is;)  

I'm not loyal to just one brand, and I'm always on the lookout for new products. I also love learning from people like Angie from HotandFlashy about anti-aging skincare, but I try to balance that by trying to simplify things and get decent results with the fewest products. 

So while I am constantly changing things ups and experimenting there are a handful of products  I find myself repurchasing over and over. 

Today I'm sharing those top 10 go-to's...and many (5 out of the 10) are from Beautycounter, a favorite clean beauty brand that I represent.

 Currently they are having a 15% off Friends and Family sale too! 

My Top 5 Beautycounter Go-To's

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 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. They do occasionally have sales - like right now - so it's a great time to stock up or try the brand.  

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

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.  I wait 5 minutes after applying before adding my ​nighttime  moisturizer.

 If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

BeautycounterPeel

I've been all over the map with cleansers but have settled on this on as my favorite. The creamy foam gets your skin squeaky clean without , removes every trace of eye and face make-up and leaves your skin soft and smooth, not dry and tight.  And since I hit my 50's, I have really sensitive eyes, and this one does not bother them one bit. 

Countermatch Cleanser

I use this day cream, Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer every morning after the cleanser and after my  serums (numbers 6 &7 below) - and before my sunscreen (which I also love and get on amazon through subscribe & save). 

I use this night cream, Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream every night before bed. I even use it under my eyes in lieu of a separate eye product. It's deeply hydrating,  supports elasticity, and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Retinatural Complex: We took two of the most powerhouse plant-derived ingredients available and created a scientific breakthrough. Bakuchiol has been shown to provide skin-care results that are comparable to retinol—without harmful side effects such as skin irritation and increased sun sensitivity—and Swiss Alpine rose boosts the skin’s antioxidant defense.
  • Tetrapeptide: Helps increase skin elasticity, minimize the appearance of lines, boost visible firmness, and smooth skin surface.
  • Fermented Sugars (Biosaccharide Gum-1): This blend of fermented sugars helps soothe skin while helping slow the visible effects of aging by optimizing hydration for renewed skin.
BC day cream

4. EYE MAKE-UP

My eye-makeup collection is pretty minimal.  I a I use these three Beautycounter products:

  1. This is the only eyeshadow palette I own because the colors are so pretty, neutral and easy to use for a novice.  There are 4 options for palettes, so choose the one that suits you. And check out the Beautycounter tutorials here
  2. If I use an eye pencil (which I don't always do) I use this one in brown.
  3. I love this brow gel and use it to color, fill and shape my brows. (It's out of stock right now unfortunately,  but you can be notified when it's back. It's worth the wait!) 
beautycounter eyeshadow

5. Lippies! 

I absolutely LOVE 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 can use it as blush in a pinch;)

I use the lip gloss (love dahlia)) 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.

For a more intense color, I just got this one  -  I love the design on the tube - and the color is a vibrant pink, great for summer (I have B.Fearless, neutral pink). I also love the lip gloss (I use dahlia).

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BC_gloss
BC_roselip

More Products I Buy on Repeat

I use this serum each morning after cleanser - all over my face, and then down my neck, chest and back of hands.  I've been using it since March and notice an improvement in my skin. I use it daily and liberally, so this brand has been a big money saver too. I found out about it from Angie and it's formulated with the same exact ingredients as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic but with 20% pure L-Ascorbic acid making it more effective...at a small fraction of the price.

Vitamin C Serum

Next to the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel,  this serum is my other favorite heavy-hitter, result-producing product. There are so many serums and potions that Angie recommends layering on, but I like to use  this one for me is a single product with powerful ingredients and I've seen great results.  The EVER  line of beauty products is from our friends at Stella & Dot and recently they combined under the same umbrella, so it's another collection I can personally help you with. So far this is my favorite product I've tried - and it's a best-seller with proven results.  I've been using for 45 days and plan to re-order! You can save 10% by getting on auto-delivery too.   

I use it in the morning after the Vitamin C and before my moisturizer. I use it in the pm on the nights I don't use the peel, before I moisturize with the Beautycounter Supreme Cream

Youthful Serum

I've been using this foundation or the CC cream for years and keep going back to it. I use the oil-free bye-bye foundation when I want more coverage, and the illuminating CC cream on most other days.  You can buy it at Ulta, Sephora, etc...or QVC also has the CC cream  with a great brush and free shipping. 

9. Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer 

I forget who turned me on to this 2 in 1, clean mascara (from the company founded by Jessica Alba), but whoever you are - thank you! It's affordable, clean and it WORKS. I get it on amazon with subsubscribe and save so I don't forget to replace it. 

honest mascara

I DO know who turned me on to this secret weapon (thank you Carol Kolster)! This pencil in Stella is my "I got 9 hours of sleep" tool. She taught me to put it in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone. I even run it along my lower water line. The brightening effect is magical! 

There you have it - my top 10 beauty products I use on repeat.

Now, do tell! What products to you repurchase over and over? We'd love to hear what's working for you! Share below, or over in the private B.Styled Facebook Group!

Thanks for reading and remember to #justgetdressed;)