January 27, 2017

Friday Favorites: Safer Beauty Edition

This last week, I made the decision to start a brand new adventure. Ever since I set out on a mission to clean up my life in 2014 (read more about that here), I have been learning about chemicals in the products in our house. That includes cleaning products, but more importantly, the stuff we put on our skin and faces every day. I'm sure it's not news to a lot of you that the beauty industry in the US doesn't have many regulations, so you have to be really careful what brands you are shopping to keep the bad stuff to a minimum.

It's not the easiest journey. I have read a lot of books and talked with lots of people. I have had a few major fails (like Tom's deodorant) but I've had lots of awesome discoveries. One of those is a company called Beautycounter. You may have seen them during one of their collaborations with Target, J. Crew or Goop.

I have been using some of their products for about a year and a half now and I keep expanding my collection as they keep coming out with more stuff. I made the leap this week to sign up to help spread the word on their mission and introduce even more people to this responsible and super awesome brand. I love that they share and promote "The Never List" which is a quick reference to questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use in their ingredients.


In honor of Friday Favorites, I want to share with you my five favorite products from them.

1. Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary - I don't know how my skin survived the winter before using some kind of oil. I ordered this because so many of my friends raved about it and it's a staple in our bathroom now. It just takes a little bit after the shower and it smells really good.

2. Cleansing Balm - I got a tiny sample of this when I first started using Beautycounter and then I bought some and forgot about it. When we moved, we pulled it out and put it in the rotation and I love it. We both put in on a few minutes before we hop in the shower or in place of face wash at the end of the day. A little goes a long way with this. We've been on the same jar for a few months now and still have quite a bit left.

3. Purifying Charcoal Mask - I don't know about anyone else, but I like to do a face mask once a week at least. It makes me feel fancy, plus I'm hoping it makes up for the lack of skincare in my early twenties. This was something I picked up during the Target collaboration and I rotate it in with others. It's easy and effective and takes 10 minutes. They have a charcoal cleansing bar that lots of people rave about too, but I haven't used it yet.

4. Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass - I'm a big fan of scrubs ever since I got suckered into one of those mall kiosks where they were selling real Dead Sea Salt for what felt like one million dollars but you save two million dollars. Once I ran out of that stuff, I looked around for something that wasn't too girly smelling so we could share. This stuff wins for me. I still rotate in a few others, but I love the lemongrass smell.

5. The Desert Sunrise Palette - I'm going to be honest. I'm not a huge makeup person. I wear mascara and eye liner when I'm "trying." I bought this because the colors were so pretty and it's pretty much all I have for eye shadow and that works for me. There are 6 shades of earthy tones and then 3 blush tones which I don't use on my cheeks - they are rosy enough already. This is just a limited release, but they do have a few other palette options if you are into that.

Also, I wanted to let you all know that this weekend, they are running a few really good promotions, but the best one includes one of my favorite items.

If you spend $200, you get the Winter Hydration Duo for FREE. It is the two items shown above which is a $97 value. Go visit the site and check it out.

And if you want a little more background on Beautycounter, I've included the video I watched recently when I was doing more research before joining them.

If you have any questions, want to host a social, learn more about the company or you want to sample something, comment below or email me - steph@insertclassyhere.com and I'd be happy to help! I'm pretty excited to share some of my favorite stuff and help this company continue to fight in Washington DC for safer products for everyone. Let me know if you've tried anything from them and what you thought.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you haven't already done so, check out the action items from the Women's March and share your postcard pics with me. Here is the link for the 10 actions in 100 days.


  1. i JUST found out about this brand; my good friend is a sales associate and she's hosting a social for this in early feb! i have a few samples and so far, i really like them.

  2. I hardly ever use the eyeshadow palettes I own, but the colors in that one are so pretty!

  3. 'plus I'm hoping it makes up for the lack of skincare in my early twenties' hahaha. for real though. i am trying to clean up my act with products i use as well, i have heard of beautycounter but haven't tried any of their stuff.


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