It was time to start taking care of myself + my skin
Well. I’m about to be 26 years old and it is time to take care of my skin. It’s BEEN time. However, let me start this by saying I am not “crunchy.” Like, at all. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way towards people who have mastered that kind of thing because I think that’s an AMAZING skill requiring SO much intentionality. I’m just not there yet and I don’t want to fake you out and present myself like:
“Oh, I’m super ‘clean’ now, no toxins, whole food everything, don’t bring non-organic in my house or I’ll pray you away.”
That’s just not true and this journey is not even close to that deep, if I’m being REALLY transparent. I’m VERY “normal.” Whatever that is.
where I was at + why it was time.
- running low on all of makeup products
- experiencing dark circles, dull skin tone, dryness, feeling…blah
- tired of random breakouts (that I had no way of tracking the source of because everything in my makeup bag was the cheapest thing I found at my corner Walgreens, so that was a lost cause)
- ready to start taking care of my skin + and loving myself WITHOUT makeup.
I wanted some additional income
As a pretty transparent person, this was/is another main reason that I’m not trying to hide. Why wouldn’t I create an income while also getting my new routine down? Because I was going to spend the money anyway, I wanted it to be as beneficial for me as possible.
the ease of cheap stuff kept me stuck for too long, but it was hurting me in the long-run
It was now or never, sis. I had been “planning” to take care of my skin since high school and just never did. It took too much time, there were too many options, and mainly it was money I didn’t want to spend.
It was just easier to grab cheap stuff and not care. But I always regretted it when I noticed weird texture happening + felt kind of itchy or clogged + and just didn’t feel radiant when I washed it all off. I felt…blah.
Not to mention, each time a cheapo product made me breakout or feel dull, I had to spend more money on counteracting that with a blemish cream, or new acne wash, etc. It was a vicious cycle when I could’ve just spent that money on quality things to begin with. I didn’t want to chase my tail anymore.
& I’m like you: nervous I didn’t have the money for better makeup
After reflecting on this feeling, I did some rough-estimate math: I could keep getting drugstore stuff that didn’t last very long (which meant buying it more often) + caused untraceable texture/breakouts/dryness + have to get a round of skincare to TREAT those effects…
Alternatively, I could finally invest in my well-being + doing something my future self would be SO grateful for.
AND I could make money while doing all of this.
Beautycounter checked all of those boxes for me, and some.
- They’re leading the way in safer beauty. Simply put, their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. They create products that hold up to unparalleled standards of safety + PERFORM. It wasn’t one or the other with Beautycounter. (More on their mission here.)
- They have a “Never List” that is made up of more than 1,800 questionable/harmful chemicals that they NEVER use as ingredients. This includes the 1,400 chemicals banned in personal care products by the European Union + 400 more Beautycounter found for themselves to be of concern. So they’ve DONE THE WORK. And they’ve promised to never test on animals or ask others to.
- They will only partner with others that adhere to their 12 safety standards that span all the way from sustainable packaging to reducing their environmental footprint with each assessment.
- I saw that people I followed and trusted were using Beautycounter. Specifically people I knew were living authentically. I had been following Kezia with The Whole Food Diary— she was only ever honest, realistic, and transparent. I knew she wouldn’t promote something that wasn’t the real deal.
- I had a 60 day window to return anything I didn’t love. Of course, I took both leaps in the same swoop (consulting + buying product for the first time), but the fact that I had so long to decide if I liked it paired with all of the positive reviews I had heard really left me feeling pretty risk-free.
- Quality + performance was important to me if the entire purpose of this switch was to take better care of my skin. If I was really going to transform my skin, only the real deal would make sense. Beautycounter does not sacrifice performance for hippie-doesn’t-actually-work-clean-products. They have been awarded for best-in-class products with Allure’s Best of Beauty Award, Refinery29’s Editor’s Pick, Women’s Health Healthy Skin Award, and Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Award. Sounds good to me.
*And just a fun fact: I made back in commission what I spent to become an consultant within the first 3 weeks.
what I got:
I started with the Flawless in Five bundle because it’s honestly the best price for the amount you get. It comes with six products to do your entire face routine and is WAY cheaper than buying them each individually.
Foundation: you have the option between the NEW Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation (a buildable coverage with hyaluronic acid to visibly plump the skin) or the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (more sheet/lightweight + packed with glow-boosting ingredients + evens skin tone + mineral SPF 20 protection + a dewy, radiant finish). I went with the tinted moisturizer in Light and I WILL SAY– it is the smoothest, most satiny tinted moisturizer I have ever used.
*But I also caved and got the Skin Twin as well so I could have options. The formula of the tinted moisturizer gave me full faith that the fuller foundation would be just as mind-blowing.
Concealer: they match you to your concealer shade based on your foundation shade selection, so this is a no-brainer. My initial impression of the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen was that it WASN’T sheer– I want my concealer to CONCEAL + be opaque. No complaints here.
Blush: I grabbed the shade Date for my Satin Powder Blush option. This thing is PIG-MEN-TED. I don’t want to mash my brush into my blush– one lil tap and my cheeks were READY for a date, you know what I’m sayin?
Lips: I grabbed the Gloss in Bare Shimmer which was a perfect boost of my natural lip shade. LOVE that it’s not sticky + LOVE that it has no funky smell, just light vanilla.
To get myself a little taste of multiple things, I got a deal they were offering at the time that included the Counter+ No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil + Counter+ No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil + Counter+ No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil. So far, they are my favorite part of my day. So soothing + healing + effective.
Comparing what I used to use with it’s Beautycounter replacement and telling you ALL my thoughts + honest reviews!
If this helped give you more insight and details, AMAZING. If it was information overload (like it was for me) and you’re not exactly sure where to start, please don’t hesitate to message me on my page or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ! I’m here for you so don’t be shy!