Safe And Effective Skin Care And Make Up —Beauty Counter

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Living a toxin free lifestyle is an extremely high priority for me. After watching my husband suffer through an environmental  cancer, non Hodgkins lymphoma – twice – I learned the importance of what we put on our bodies and how much it impacts our health. Skin care and make up that was safe and effective was really hard to find. 

The problem I’ve had over the years is that the natural or toxin free makeup never seemed to perform the way I wanted it to. Trust me when I tell you that I have done my research and due diligence on this because I’ve experimented, tested, and spent more money than I care to divulge.  I’ve been living a green lifestyle since 2006 – and a very long time before the green beauty movement hit it’s stride. 

Here was my beef with natural and toxin free makeup; lack of staying power. 

If I’m going to spend a small fortune on high quality make up, it better stay on my face ALL DAY LONG. It was a challenging conquest to say the least. My workaround to this was to carry my makeup bag with me to work and reapply throughout the day which I felt was a little bit of a pain. And don’t even get me started on mascara. I have never, ever, ever, found a natural mascara that didn’t have me looking like a sad clown by the middle of the day. And if I laughed too hard or cried a bit, I became a Tammy Faye Baker knock-off in 15 seconds flat. This was at the time Klink was pretty sick with Cancer #2 so needless to say — I was crying a lot.

This was also about the same time that the EWG Skin Deep Database closed up shop. This was upsetting as it was the ONLY way of measuring the toxicity of a beauty or personal care product and I used it faithfully. Eventually, and thankfully, the database was up and running again and has now become the gold standard for those of us searching for safer beauty products. The database is also responsible for emerging beauty companies wanting to formulate with high quality and safe ingredients which, undoubtedly, created a virtual boom in the industry. 

Even with all the emerging brands,  I still wasn’t impressed with any makeup I tried. Thrive Causmetics, Jane Iredale, RMS, Pacifica, Mineral Fusion.

No staying power. 

High performance and safe shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Technology in manufacturing has grown by leaps and bounds the last few years and a chemist can now extract components from coconuts to create lather, turn cabbage into smoothing agents, and make mascara that stays put. Sometimes we need the combination of natural ingredients and safe synthetics in order for a product to perform and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Now, I know there’s a lot of purists out there that will balk at that statement, but as a former green beauty manufacturer, I can promise you that many synthetic ingredients are not only safe, but sometimes more effective than their natural counterparts. Why you may ask? Better absorption and penetration of active and natural ingredients, less chance of allergic reactions or skin irritation (think nut allergy), and longer shelf life. 

Enter…Beauty Counter. 

I’ve been watching this company grow since it’s inception—cautiously optimistic about the performance—and hoping it would survive. When my husband, Klink, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015, I was spending my days working from home so  I could be with him. I was only wearing makeup on occasion at that time and only for a few hours, so the performance of the natural brands didn’t bother me as much as it had in the past. But now? That’s all changed again. As my grief subsided, my social life improved. I started a new business and had more meetings outside the home. Then I sold my home after 25 years and started a new life on the road. I like the feeling of wearing makeup and always feel at my best when I have a little on. Even if it’s just to drive to the next campground!

The main reason I hadn’t signed on with Beauty Counter is because I’m not a big fan of network marketing. It’s just not my jam. I get it as a business model and I love that other people have found success with it, but again, it’s just not my thing. I like to build my own businesses and have control of my decisions.

But last fall, my friend Jennifer had a Beauty Counter party and I immediately fell in love with the efficacy of these products. The ingredients, the fact they use the safest ingredients, that’s a no brainer. They have the highest standards in the U.S. and their ingredient safety testing is, by far, the best I’ve come across. But what hit home for me was the performance. 

Beauty Counter has staying power.

For the first time in over a decade, I can apply makeup and have it LAST ALL DAY. I can finally wear a “clean” mascara and not ever worry about looking like a raccoon after a few hours. And the lipsticks are amazing! Plus I feel good knowing none of the ingredients are compromising my health. This was a BIG win for me. I absolutely loved the makeup and I want to be able to share clean make-up with others. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love the skin care as much as I did. Another thing I also love is that I can get everything in one place. This is a bonus for me because being on the road full time, shipping can become a problem.

Another big sell for me was the packaging. Super innovative and thoughtful, allowing less preservatives to be used, while also eliminating the overuse of product. A little bit goes a looooong way.

So I caved. I signed up. And I’m super glad I did. 

Beauty Counter is set up in a way that doesn’t force me to sell, recruit and/or build a team unless I choose to. I can simply share my love for the products and offer them to my peeps. No pressure. No hard sells. That totally fits my style. 

Here are a few of my favorites and why I love them.

In the Makeup category and in no particular order:

Lipsticks: Both of these for different reasons. I am a huge lipstick junkie and typically won’t go anywhere without something on my lips. I’ll even wear it just hanging around the tiny house (Just for me:) They last longer than any other brand I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a LOT) and they don’t ever dry out my lips. The first image is the Sheer Lipstick and is great for daytime. The second image is Color Intense Lipstick and is more of a traditional lipstick and more opaque. Perfect for a night out on the town. 

Lip Gloss: Gives just a kiss of color and stays on for hours and hours without needing to reapply. I ran out recently and while waiting for my shipment, I bought another brand. Wasted my money. Reapplied every 15 mins. Threw it out. This lipgloss is what got me hooked on this line. I use Rosewood. 

Brilliant Brow Gel: Best. Invention. Ever. Finally – a product that colors the HAIR and not the SKIN. Genius. Goes on like a dream and gives those of us with fine, light brows some definition and color while still looking natural. I use Light Neutral Beige which looks completely natural on my fine-haired, light brows. 

Bronzer: This is a beautiful color and has no orangish tint whatsoever. It’s more of a cool tone. (I use Surf.) If I am not wanting to wear makeup I always put a little of this on my cheekbones, eyes (lightly!) add some lipgloss and out the door I go!

Mascara: Total score here. Goes on DRY – not wet like many vegan/natural brands. I need to curl my eyelashes and because it applies dry, my curl doesn’t wilt when I apply it. It stays on all day and I NEVER have to check the mirror to see if it has smudged under my eyes. Two types – Lengthening or Volumizing. I’ve used both and like them equally. 

Foundation: Even the cleanest foundations make my skin breakout. The coverage on this product is fantastic, my skin can breathe and it lasts all day. A little bit goes a really long way and it looks as natural as can be. The color I use is Sand.

In the Skin Care category and in no particular order:

Cleansing balm: This and the Overnight Resurfacing Peel (below) are my two favorite skin care products in this line. I apply it to my face, smooth it around with my fingers, then remove with a wet muslin cloth (provided). It cleanses without stripping my natural oils and I have even applied it as a leave-on after a sunburn or if my skin is really dehydrated. Bonus if you are camping or traveling because you need minimal water to use it.

Overnight Resurfacing Peel: In my opinion – miracle product. The peel exfoliates the outer layer of your skin while you sleep and leaves you with a fresh and rosy glow in the morning. I noticed my skin was firmer and smoother within the first few days and I had less flaking.  If using in the morning, make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re going outside. 

Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream: Light yet totally effective. My eye area always feels a bit brighter and much more hydrated after I use this. Morning and nighttime application. 

Rejuvenating Day Cream: This is a fantastic moisturizer for under your foundation. Glides on smoothly and gives so much moisture without any heaviness. One pump is all you need!

Calendula Lip Conditioner: Incredibly nourishing and uber calming for dry, chapped lips. Calendula is a healing plant and used in many healing balms. I use this morning and night and my lips are never dry.

So those are my very favorites from Beauty Counter! If you want to learn more about these fabulous products – CLICK HERE!

***GIVEAWAY***

I have some free FULL SIZE product bundles to giveaway!! Simply leave a comment about why it’s important for you to use safe beauty and which package you would love to win in the Comment section below and your name will go into a drawing to win ONE of THREE packages! 

Drawing will be held Monday June July 15th, at 6PM MST and the three winners will be posted here and notified via email. 

 

**WINNERS** Lauren, Beverly and Carol! You will get an email shortly!

Breathe Deep & Live Well, 

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I’m Lorri — The Nomadic Health Coach! I’m an Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, foodie, writer, and widow of a three-time cancer hero. I learned how to Live Well during my 10+ years as a caregiver to my late husband Klink, and want to share healthy living advice, tips and tricks so you can live a more sustainable and happy life.

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16 Comments

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    Blair July 16, 2019 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Hey lorri!

    I am super passionate about safe beauty because we all deserve to know what we are putting in and on our bodies! I’m a breastfeeding mama to a one year old so I’m always trying to be as mindful as possible to use clean ingredients for the both of us! I’m hoping for #1 🌟

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    Eden July 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    This looks like a fantastic product line. I am looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for the information!

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    Beverly Stahl July 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I like using cleaner products cause as a hairstylist I bathe in products all day long. The less chemicals in the product the better! Giveaway 3 please 😀

    • Lorri Weisen
      Lorri Weisen July 8, 2019 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Amen to that sister. You hairstylists have such chemical overload! Thanks for entering the contest and good luck!

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    Bobbi Beberg July 8, 2019 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Hi Lorrie,
    I’ve felt your influence to be and live healthier since we met! Not testing on animals is a must for me and as I age my fear of cancer grows and I hate the addition of chemicals and additives I can’t pronounce nor know anything about! I’m going to check out all the products!

    • Lorri Weisen
      Lorri Weisen July 8, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks for entering the contest Bobbi! Oh – you will love this line. And yes to no animal testing too! Good luck!

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      Rachel Burbul July 9, 2019 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      #1!
      Clean beauty is important to me for the future of my health and the health of our planet. I plan to live for a really long time still, and I want the journey to be the best it can be.

      • Lorri Weisen
        Lorri Weisen July 9, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        I would like you to live for a very long time too! You are a smart girl starting such good habits when you are young. Less repair work later:)

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    Lauren Johnson July 8, 2019 at 9:16 am - Reply

    #1 package
    These natural products are very important to me as I am a four time cancer survivor and I’m very conscious about what is going into my body internally as well as externally. I am so excited to hear about these as I have just been reading also about the dangers and toxins that mascara causes for all of us . This is an awesome find!

    • Lorri Weisen
      Lorri Weisen July 8, 2019 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Laurie! Four times now!? WTH? What a helluva journey for you my friend. You are amazing and strong and braver than hell. I wish I could hug you in person right now. These products are really amazing and so safe. I am really impressed by this company – and that doesn’t happen often! Good luck with the drawing!! XXOO

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    Carol Hastings July 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I have to use safe beauty because most ingredients that are on the NO list irritate my skin. My skin turns bright red and remains irritated for more that 10 days. I would like to win Giveaway #2.

    • Lorri Weisen
      Lorri Weisen July 8, 2019 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carol! Yes – so many harsh chemicals in skin care. Good luck with the drawing!

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    Marykay Kelley July 7, 2019 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Lorri…so nice to hear how you are doing…as you know I am a huge fan of amazing you!
    I am fully retired now…no more retail. No more airport!
    I am intrigued by the Beauty Counter products…I loved your haircare line and trust your recommendations.
    I just had my second skin cancer surgery in 9 years…I get my precancerous looking spots checked often, so I am always on the look out for a natural yet effective skin regimen. That is so important to me as I age and my sunburn past is coming to haunt me. I like Products #1.
    Take care, be safe and be happy!
    Mkk

    • Lorri Weisen
      Lorri Weisen July 8, 2019 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Marykay! SO good to hear from you and thanks for the kind words! I’m sorry to hear about your second skin cancer surgery. I hope they were able to take care of it?? You would really love this line. I am so impressed with the safety testing that is done and really trust the brand. I haven’t found anything like it in all of my years of being “green”. Good luck with the drawing – I’ll post winners next week!

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        Susan Roethke July 16, 2019 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        The older I get, the more sensitive my skin becomes, and the more aware I am about using pure products. I loved your haircare line. I’d love to try Giveaway #1!

        • Lorri Weisen
          Lorri Weisen July 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

          I agree about the sensitivity. Glad you are aware of pure ingredients! Good luck!

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