Best Tuesday surprise EVER! ??
You guys know Beautycounter is my #1 favorite beauty brand–they rarely ever do discounts or sales, but today, they launched their biggest sale since Black Friday! They’re offering 15% off site-wide!
Why I love Beautycounter so much? The first thing that got me hooked on the brand was honestly convenience and time–because I’ve been transitioning my products over to cleaner versions and they make so many different things, that simply ordering the Beautycounter version when my current “non-clean” product runs out has become my go-to routine. (It saves so many headaches and TIME that I would’ve had to spend scouring so many product labels!)
I really trust their products because they’re extremely strict with what they put in them, and they don’t use any ingredients that could be considered harmful–going well beyond what regulated by the United States government. Plus, they actually WORK! (I don’t care how “good” for me something is–if it doesn’t work–I’m not switching to it ?)
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, that was during the Great Depression–remember that women were granted the right to vote in 1920–only 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 of those same ingredients to date!
There is a growing amount of research showing that certain chemicals we repeatedly are exposed to daily through our personal care products can lead to chronic disease and even infertility. So, 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.
ANYWAY–let’s dive into my favorites so you can stock up on the best BC buys before they run out!
First–are you on my Clean Beauty email list?
Subscribers get exclusive access to deals, specials, samples, and more! (Beautycounter rules are such that I cannot provide my own specials publicly, therefore, you need to sign up for my private email list to get them!) Click here to sign up! There may be something cool happening right now, but I can’t tell you what unless you opt in! ?You will definitely want to do that before you buy anything!
Where to start? Skincare Regimens:
Note: it looks like regimens aren’t part of the sale because they are already always discounted (you save by buying the set) but I definitely recommend starting here anyway. If you’re new to clean beauty, and you’re wondering which products to switch over first, I highly recommend starting with a skincare regimen for a couple reasons:
1. Because skincare products should be the cleanest–they soak into our skin, stay on all day, and we apply them twice per day. That’s a LOT of exposure and it adds up over time!
2. Like with any skincare line, each product is designed to work in tandem with the others–so you’ll get the best results by starting with a regimen.
3. It’s way easier than picking and choosing and fretting over choosing a bunch of different products.
4. You get cost efficiencies when ordering a regimen vs ordering each individually!
Which to order? I would highly recommend taking their Skincare Quiz to help you figure that out, because everyone’s skincare needs are so different–what I use isn’t what everyone should use! However, I do use the products from the Countermatch regimen and I find that’s what I recommend to the majority of my peeps! It’s great for dry, normal, or combination skin! This was my first Chicago winter using it and I can’t tell you what a difference it made in keeping my usually super dry/flaky skin hydrated and smooth!
Here’s what I use from the Countermatch Regimen:
I love that this lotion really does what it says–it adapts to the level of moisture your skin needs and provides all-day hydration. (I thought it was a total crock when I read this on the website, but now I’m a believer! ) If you’re one of those people whose skin gets drier throughout the day, especially in the winter (like you look in the mirror at 3pm and your making up is flaking off–UGH) then you’ll love this lotion.
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. SOLD.
OK I don’t know why I didn’t feel pulled to try this serum before, but I am OBSESSED. I weirdly think it not only has improved how it looks overall but I feel like it’s really helped restore it’s moisture barrier and therefore has helped with breakouts too. (I honestly don’t KNOW if this is the case, I’m just guessing–because it dramatically improved when I started using this AND when I went to Montana, I was the only one of my friends who wasn’t complaining of how parched her skin was!)
- Hyaluronic Acid: One of the most effective hydrating ingredients, it delivers moisture without clogging pores.
- Vitamins C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) & E (tocopherol): Energize skin and provide antioxidant protection to help fight free radicals.
- Arginine: Found naturally in beet root, it provides nutrients and energy for vibrant, healthy skin.
From a Beautycounter customer panel, 96% said skin looked brighter and healthier, 93% said skin felt firmer and the appearance of fine lines is reduced, and 93% said skin tone appeared more even and product improved skin radiance!
Other Skincare Favorites:
The FULL LINE is great for people with TRUE oily skin (however, those that do NOT have true oily skin should not use the whole line–it will be too much for you!!) It’s too much for my skin, so I only use certain products, not all of them!
I was very apprehensive about trying these products because I feel like so many anti-acne products just dry the hell out of skin but these definitely do not. I love the face wash (I used it a lot last summer, but I don’t use it a ton during winter because I don’t tend to get as many hairline-related breakouts–you know, sticky sweat related. Fun) and also the spot remover! It’s especially helpful for eliminating those annoying little bumps you get on your forehead and around your hairline! Does this remove super stubborn cystic hormonal acne? No–but if you’re the person who always has a couple random breakouts and or is trying to control oil, you will love this.
This is one of their newest products that has received a TON of buzz for really good reason. It’s a very gentle overnight peel that evens skin tone, lightens dark spots, and targets fine lines. It’s still pretty potent, so you’ll want to start just using it once or twice a week and then gradually work your way up! You’ll wake up with a glowing complexion! I love it so much I dedicated an entire blog post to it right over here!
This multi-purpose cleansing balm is pure magic–it’s a makeup remover and cleanser all in one, and can also be left on clean skin as an overnight mask. You apply it dry, smear it around and then let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe it off with a warm cloth. Great for dry skin! I also will apply it on my cuticles and even my lips at night if they’re insanely dry! It’s super soothing for breakouts (at least in my experience) and it’s super popular with those with eczema–I even put it on mosquito bites and it’s helped IMMENSELY with itching and healing them!
This was one of my most popular reader favorite products, so I definitely wanted to try it out–it didn’t disappoint! Great for controlling breakouts, drawing out impurities from your pores and clearing up excess oil! Use this once per week!
My best friend Tasha swears by the Charcoal cleansing bar so she’s the one that got me to try it. She says it’s really helped balance her skin and reduce breakouts! I keep it in my shower and it’s great for body as well, especially if you struggle from post workout breakouts. 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, haha!) 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.
Big disclaimer: I have eyelash extensions, so I don’t wear mascara. I’ve recently heard from some people that these wipes aren’t great for removing mascara, so if you wear a lot of mascara and don’t want to add the step of removing it with makeup remover, maybe don’t buy these. I will have to try them when I don’t have lash extensions and report back! I LOVE how well they remove face makeup though!
My #1 most recommended reader favorite! ??This facial oil smells SO. GOOD. Like biting into a fresh orange! It’s also one of the only oils I’ve ever used that soaks in quickly and doesn’t make your skin feel super greasy and gross. It brightens your complexion, helps to even skin tone–I love mixing it with my moisturizer to lock in hydration even more!
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!) or ice roller (I keep mine in the freezer and I’m obsessed) It’s like a mini spa treatment! Hack: I also put it on my forehead lines, too! It’s really effective at reducing those as well!
Read the post: My two favorite under-eye weapons you need right now
An awesome everyday face wash for everyone– it’s less than $30 and a little bit goes a long way–it’s insanely gentle on your skin (so good for those with sensitive skin or eczema), is very moisturizing and doesn’t ever leave it feeling stripped.
If you missed my recent post on clean sunscreen, definitely go give it a read! Beautycounter makes some of my favorite sunscreen products–I’ve tried their body mist, sunscreen stick (this is a game-changer to stash in your pocket when skiing or in your beach bag! So easy to apply and great for kiddos!) and their Dew Skin SPF tinted moisturizer and would highly recommend all of them!
Need help finding a shade for Dew Skin? **Find your Beautycounter shade with this chart here!
This set is an absolute STEAL–valued at over $132–this set includes some of their best-selling products, ALL of which are listed above! (I use them all!) This would be an awesome gift for yourself or any woman in your life, especially for BC newbies who want to test out a few different products at a great discount!
Set includes: cleansing balm, countermatch adaptive moisture lotion, charcoal mask, brightening facial oil.
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!
Note I don’t ONLY use Beautycounter products (but mostly!) You can see the full list of all products I use here, but for this post, I’m highlighting the BC ones that are on sale!
Flawless in Five everyday makeup set:
This is always the starter set I recommend to those who are looking to get the most bang for their buck with makeup AND people who are looking for a really simple routine that can get them out the door in five minutes!
The set includes foundation, blush, mascara, brow gel or pencil, concealer and lipgloss! (Note this set isn’t discounted further during the sale because you already get price efficiencies from buying the set, but if you buy the products individually those are discounted if you’d rather pick and choose!) Here are more details on those:
This is one of my most popular reader favorites, but I didn’t think it had enough coverage for me until I used it with a foundation brush (my brush is old from Sephora but this one is similar! Beautycounter also makes one but I haven’t used it personally!) instead of my fingers or a beauty blender! It’s definitely buildable and can be light or medium coverage. It’s great for all skin types! I wear shade “Linen.” I would say this is light to medium coverage.
If you prefer a tinted moisturizer to foundation, their Dew Skin SPF tinted moisturizer is also awesome–it gives you the best dewy glow (although, very light coverage). Note: I would recommend the Dew Skin tinted moisturizer for everyone except for those with super oily skin, as I think it will make you too shiny! (OR just make sure you put powder over it!)
Need help finding a foundation shade? **Find your Beautycounter shade with this chart here!
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. (Above top photo 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!
Color intense 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! (Above bottom photo I’m wearing “9 to 5” which is probably my #1 most worn color!) I would say this formula looks like a matte lipstick in color, but feels WAY more moisturizing and never flakes if your lips are dry.
Blair got me hooked on this bad boy! If you’re really into NARS “The Multiple” stick–this is a great clean dupe! It’s not quite as “creamy” but I think it goes on more subtly. I have it in the clear (? Is that what they call it? ?) but they have it in a bronze and blush version! I love sweeping it on my under eyes under my concealer too for extra brightening power!
In “Classic” colors–I rarely ever find a shadow palette where I like and use every single color, except for this one! Each color is absolutely stunning and perfect for someone who wants their eyes to pop but still look natural. I use these during the day and mix and match them for a more dramatic or smokey effect at night. This palette is the only one I use for eye makeup–I use the darker brown colors as liner with a liner brush as well! I would mostly closely equate this to a Charlotte Tilbury palette! (Which is what I used to use religiously as well!)
Want free shipping and 10% 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 ($29 per year) where you get free shipping, a free product as a gift when you sign up, and 10% of your subtotal put toward your next purchase every purchase! That means if you spend $100, you’ll get $10 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! You might want to sign up for my email list though *cough cough* before you add this…?