Okay, we’re publishing Thursday’s post a littttleee early today because there is a big sale on one of my favorite clean beauty brands–Beautycounter! It unofficially begins today and I’m letting you in on the secret before all the best products get snapped up (it’s not marked on the website yet. But if you enter code LOVE at checkout, you’ll get the discount!)
If you aren’t familiar with Beautycounter, it’s one of my favorite clean beauty brands. They are extremely strict with what they put in their products and don’t use any ingredients that could be considered harmful–going well beyond what regulated by the United States government.
Scary fun fact: The US actually hasn’t actually passed a major federal law pertaining to the safety of ingredients in personal care products since 1938. (To put into perspective how absurd that is, remember that women were granted the right to vote in 1920–18 years earlier!!)
Over the past two decades, our friends in the EU have banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States? We’ve only partially banned 30 to date.
There is a growing amount of research showing that chemicals we repeatedly are exposed to daily through our personal care products can lead to chronic disease and even infertility. So, the founder of Beautycounter decided to do something about it, and create a company where women could buy anything they wanted without fear of exposing themselves to products with unknown harmful side effects.
After learning more and more about clean beauty a year ago, I’ve made an effort to switch my personal care products to “safer” alternatives when I’ve been able to find a comparable solution that works just as well as my existing products. I focus on skincare first and foremost, because skin is our largest organ and our skincare products are obviously what our skin is exposed to most often! Think about it. It’s the first layer you put on your skin, morning and night. Makeup comes secondary. (Also I’m a makeup SNOB so it’s been harder to find comparable products, if we’re being honest!)
Before you have a panic attack about everything in your medicine cabinet, I will assure you that I do follow the 80/20 rule.
For example, I have truly loathed every *super clean* foundation and concealer I’ve ever tried. So I look for makeup brands that are free of the worst stuff–mainly “parabens”. Even though they might contain some obscure ingredient that MIGHT be thought to be harmful. (For the record, this foundation by Bareminerals is my go-to!)
Moral of the story… My philosophy is don’t lose sleep, but do what you can. That’s why I love these products from Beautycounter. You can rest assured that everything you buy from them is super safe and the following products I love even more than their “non-clean” counterparts.
ANYWAY. I am babbling.
How to save: What you need to know is that currently Beautycounter is running a sale through 8/13 offering 20% off almost every product!
Right now though, this isn’t public knowledge. You won’t see this listed on the site anywhere, but when you use code LOVE at checkout, 20% will be knocked off! Huzzah! This NEVER happens. So I suggest jumping on this if you’ve been wanting to try some Beautycounter products, or stock up on your existing favorites!
Want free shipping and 15% back every purchase? If you’ll be purchasing more Beautycounter products throughout the year, it’s definitely worth it to become a “Band of Beauty” member (a $25 fee) where you get free shipping and 15% of your subtotal put toward your next purchase every purchase! That means if you spend $100, you’ll get $15 in credit applied toward your next purchase! (It’s not a credit card or anything like that, it’s really easy!) You can sign up for that right here!
I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner for more than a year now and I absolutely love it! It’s sulfate free and of course has none of the bad stuff. It is very gentle and easy on your hair, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! I like that a little bit goes a long way with both. It’s hard to find a good sulfate-free shampoo that lathers like a regular shampoo and this one does the trick!
Also, I love their Citrus Mimosa bodywash! It leaves your skin feeling super soft and doesn’t give it that “stripped” feeling that a lot of bodywashes and soaps do! It has a really light citrus scent that isn’t too overpowering (Neal uses it sometimes and doesn’t complain about feeling like he’s using “girly soap” 😂)
This is definitely one of my very favorite Beautycounter products of all time! I use it every day when I air dry my hair and it’s been a total game-changer. It gives it the right amount of texture without making it feel crunchy or gross. Plus, it’s really affordable!
Read the post: How I air dry my hair for the perfect beach waves!
Here’s another all-time favorite beauty product. Their rejuvenating eye cream! It has caffeine in it so it really helps perk up your eyes even if you’ve pulled an all-nighter! I like to apply it and let it sink in, then follow with my jade roller (extra plus if you’ve put it in the fridge for added de-puffing!) It’s like a mini spa treatment!
Read the post: My two favorite under-eye weapons you need right now
Sheer lipstick: If you’re one of those girls who hates the feeling of having something heavy on your lips, and thus, tends to avoid lipstick as a result. You will LOVE their sheer lipsticks! They come in lot’s of pretty colors (here I’m wearing “coral” which is a great daytime color!). They’re super moisturizing too and won’t flake off if your lips are feeling dry!
Matte lipstick: If you want a bold lip, I also love their “Color Intense” lip color! It’s more of a matte formula but it doesn’t dry your lips out like so many other of my favorite matte lipsticks!
My best friend Tasha (remember the one who I was visiting in Cincinnati?) swears by the Charcoal cleansing bar. She says it’s really helped balance her skin and reduce breakouts! She convinced me to buy it and I love it as well! This is also a great product for your husband because it’s just about as “unfussy” as they come (i.e. he won’t feel un-manly using it :-P) but it’s really amazing for his skin!
I always thought all face wipes were created equal and honestly only bought these on a whim because I was going on a trip and I prefer traveling with wipes instead of facewash–but then I used them for the first time and OMG I’m obsessed. These are the only wipes that actually lather like a facewash–so they really do clean your face in addition to removing makeup–but you don’t have to rinse afterword! They’re amazing, and they don’t leave your skin feeling oily OR stripped dry.
Like wipes, I really thought face lotion was all created equal. I’ve used Cereve (the drugstore brand) for years and loved it. It’s unscented and amazing for sensitive skin, but then I realized it actually isn’t clean–which was a shock to me! So I decided to try the Countermatch lotion instead and it was a GAME-CHANGER. It’s the perfect amount of moisture without being greasy and leaves your skin incredibly soft. It feels like a luxury face lotion but it’s $49!
In an independent consumer study, after two weeks of use, 93% said it provides instant and long lasting hydration, 93% noticed skin feels smoother, 90% said skin looks and feels healthier.
I was very apprehensive about trying this because I feel like so many anti-acne products just dry the hell out of my skin but these definitely do not. I am obsessed with the face wash, all over acne treatment and spot remover! It’s especially helpful for eliminating those annoying little bumps you get on your forehead and around your hairline!
Beautycounter products that are next on my list:
I’ve heard so many people rave about this cleansing balm! Blair in particular swears by it and says it cleans her face better than anything else she’s tried! Apparently it comes with a cleansing cloth as well that really power-cleans all the makeup off your face!
Speaking of, you can buy the cleansing cloths separately. I want to give these a go with both my existing cleanser (I swear by CereVe–which is a drugstore buy–and I love Fresh’s cucumber face wash, too!). If you don’t want to splurge on the cleansing balm but the idea of these cleansing cloths intrigues you, you can buy them in a pack of three!
I love Supergoop’s sunscreen mist (it’s also a super clean sunscreen brand) but I’m curious to try Beautycounters new competitor to see how it measures up! I can’t stand old fashioned cream sunscreen (I know, bad, I know it has better coverage than a mist, but–I am who I am) so a clean mist product is always the biggest winner in my book. Bonus: It comes in a travel size too if you’re carrying-on!
This is one of their newest products I’ve been hearing a TON of buzz about. It’s a very gentle overnight peel that you’re supposed to use several times per week at night–it’s said to even skin tone, lighten dark spots, and target fine lines. Blair raves about it!
How to save during the sale:
Remember, right now, the sale isn’t advertised publicly yet! You have to enter code LOVE at checkout to receive the 20% off discounts!
Exclusions: Discount applies to most, but not all products (all sets are also excluded from the sale.)