If you know me this might be shocking, but truth be told, my haircare routine is quite low key these days. I’ve come a long way from black hair dye in my parent’s bathroom (sorry mom!). In fact, right before I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, I cut off all the dye out of the ends of my hair so I could start fresh. I was just so tired of spending time and money at the salon. Little did I know less than a month later I would be diagnosed and then begin dealing with chemo induced hair loss.
Luckily, I did not lose my hair during my chemo treatments. It did thin but I figured it was temporary and surely but slowly, my hair regained back its strength and length. I keep it simple these days with just a few products from a few brands I love!
This Innersense organic beauty scalp scrub is everything you need before a good shampoo! It’s tingly and minty and smells divine. We spend a lot of time and effort exfoliating everything from our faces to feet but never our scalp! It takes a few minutes to work into your scalp good but I try to do this treatment once a week, especially with all the dry shampoo I use!
Although I have been using Beautycounter for a few years now, I have to admit it took me a while to try the shampoo. I have used numerous clean(ish) drugstore brands but I always felt like they left my hair feeling on the dry side. I only shampoo my hair once or twice a week so honestly, I don’t go through these fast. They smell divine and leave my hair feeling super silky and soft. I often use the conditioner as shaving cream as well!
I will forever sing the praises of Primally Pure! I have loved every product I have tried from them and this dry shampoo is no exception. There is a shade for both light and dark hair colors. It’s just easy, it works and I know with this brand the ingredients are great as well!
I’ve also jumped on the no heat train as much as I can. My schedule these days, especially with grad school, means that I’m often showering and washing my hair at night. In the morning, I often throw it up in the sway (seriously, check this out if you haven’t) or in a bun with some hair elastics. This gets me through my morning workouts and then I work in the dry shampoo after my morning shower. It’s an always evolving process, am I right?
Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream – This night cream is super thick & indulgent. It’s from the Countertime line for antiaging. It uses a safer alternative to retinol, Bakuchiol. With continued use, you’ll wake up to more radiant, youthful-looking skin for sure. You can slather this cream on top of any other treatment creams you might use for spots or discoloration. It’s definitely one to check out if you are looking to add something extra to just boost hydration at night.
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – For your everyday, lasting hydration look no further than our Countermatch line. Perfect for sensitive skin, soaks in quickly, helps even out skintone. This entire line in the white bottles will deliver your skin so much goodness to keep it hydrated and supple. Just read the reviews.
Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm – This is another favorite for dehydrated skin! The uses are endless: it takes off makeup, use it to double cleanse, use on cuticles and elbows, lip balm before bed…
Last but not least do not forget about moisturizing your actual B O D Y! I’m telling you, from internally to externally, hydration is our biggest problem! No matter your preference, Beautycounter has a safer but luxurious and high performing option!
If I have to pick a favorite I would go with the hydrating body lotion, the newly relaunched packaging is refillable and it’s a great everyday staple to hydrate the skin! The luminous hydration body oil also goes the extra mile and is great to pat onto damp skin right out of the shower. Lastly, if you’re just looking for summer in a bottle, look no further than the melting body balm, it will quickly become your favorite with the scent of summer and a formula that melts as you apply!
Don’t forget to apply the 30% off code and you can scoop up a lot of these hydration stars for under $50! That is a great clean additional to your hydration routine!!
If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a fan of Beautycounter of course. Naturally a makeup and skincare junkie I truly did love and use the products first, then thought dangit, why can’t I build a business too? So slowly but surely I have done that. Don’t let anyone tell you selling skincare and makeup is silly! The market for clean beauty is literally exploding! Beautycounter has really capitalized on a movement of not only clean ingredients but full transparency in sourcing and production etc. They really do set the standards high for clean beauty. Some months this Beautycounter business has brought me as much as my part-time job does working 29 hours a week, that’s pretty good in my book!
So let’s break down the cleansers Beautycounter offers and I’ll give you my two cents on each!
Countercontrol– This cleanser is one of my go-to’s right now, especially as the months start to heat up and my garage workouts get a little sweaty! It’s deep cleaning, foaming, gentle, not overdrying, and exfoliating. Honestly a little goes a long way so the tube lasts a long time. I really need one to live in my shower and one on my counter, it’s definitely a regular in my routine these days!
Countermatch – Countermatch is the longtime favorite in our lineup! It’s balancing and hydrating, soaks in quickly, and is brightening. I guarantee if you regularly use this line you will see your skin tone balance out and brighten. I used this line exclusively myself for the better part of last year and it’s so great! If your skin is combo/normal or on the dry side, this is a great line! It’s luxurious and will really leave your skin soft.
Countertime – This is our newest line for aging skin. Formulated with a safer alternative to retinol, bakuchiol. This cleanser is oil-based as opposed to our other cleansers, and it helps to maintain the integrity of the skin’s moisture barrier. My best tip is to really rub it into the skin and then use a damp washcloth to wipe it all off. Double cleansing can also help you achieve that clean feeling if you’re not used to oil-based cleansers!
Speaking of Double Cleansing…
…don’t count it out! Especially once you’ve established a full skincare routine! There are benefits, especially done at night!
There are so many exciting things in the works this year to share!! I hope to ramp this blog up a lot to detail them all. Of course I always love to share my passion for clean beauty, but there’s more! I’ve also applied to graduate school! Are you shocked?! I think I have shocked myself by finding something I am actually interested in for a career…now if we can just help fund this little venture…
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So, Valentine’s weekend you can treat yourself with a face mask (honestly, you can easily get two uses out of this sample), followed by the resurfacing peel overnight, and then wake up to glowing skin with the Vitamin C serum! These guys are our best sellers for a reason! The charcoal mask and overnight peel work gloriously together to purify and clear up skin. You will not be disappointed! I promise…these products have an annoying cult following for a reason!
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In the spirit of sharing more clean hacks this year, I thought I’d share my favorite go-to hair products now! Cleaning up my products has been a journey and I’m certainly not perfect. I still use some that probably aren’t the cleanest but I’ve definitely cleaned up my hair act! I use products sparingly these days.
I dyed my hair for years going from blonde to black. Honestly, I probably should make a personal amends to my mothers bathroom cabinets for all the hair dye I inflicted upon them! Shortly before I was diagnosed with cancer, I decided I was over dying my hair.
It was so much effort, so much money and so much time when my time now is extremely limited after kids! I just couldn’t stand sitting in that chair! So. I chopped it all off! I chopped off all the dye left in my hair and started off with fresh virgin hair. I really do have fun with my hair and have embraced a lot of styles.
Here are my go-to’s in the hair department when it comes to cleaner products!
Primally Pure dry shampoo – clean, crisp and it works great! They have a version for dark & light hair. I guesstimate I wash my hair approximately once or twice a week. (Use code ‘wonderfully10’ to save 10% on your order!)
Less heat! I know we’ve all heard less heat is better but let me introduce you to The Sway. Yes, you need one now and if you have long hair, it is fabulous! I will add my hair is naturally on the thin and wavy side and does not typcially hold curl well. I have heard fabulous reviews on this working for thick hair too! I use this on both damp and dry hair. When I’m sleeping and I also wear this bad boy out because hello…it’s cute!
Beautycounter Shampoo and Conditioner – Ok I have to admit that hair is not my strong suit and I typically use just whatever cleaner drugstore shampoo I can find…typically Acure brand. Recently, Beautycounter had these full size on sale for $13 so you know I had to scoop them up! My hair has never been so soft! Honestly, I only wash my hair once to twice a week so it might not hurt to splurge a little more on my shampoo. The really fun thing about this is that Beautycounter has recently relaunched their entire body care line to include refillable and recyclable containers! They are aluminum which are easier to reycyle than regular plastic. The fillable part means you recycle your body container, keep the pump and reorder just a new can of product! Beauty should be good for you and the planet! You can check out the entire newly relaunched body line, including shampoo and conditioner, HERE!
I am not much for styling products at all, the only one I have reached for lately is the Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, this works amazing actually, I am going to upgrade to the full size for sure. It adds both texture and volume! Another great dry shampoo pick is this R+Co dry shampoo paste…if your hair is on the shorter side this is so great to add volume and texture! I use about a pea-sized amount and just rub into scalp.
What cleaner hair care products are you embracing these days??
Beautycounter has been running some killer deals lately in the skincare department! In honor of our upcoming flash sales all this week, I thought I’d detail my TOP 3 products from each skincare line at Beautycounter.
Skincare can definitely be a cocktail of different lines and products so it might take some time to nail down what works for you. Honestly, part of the fun of skincare for me is trying new things!!
Here are my TOP THREE from each line we carry:
Countercontrol is our line for acne or blemish-prone skin. This line is all about clearing up the skin without irritation while balancing skin. If you’re looking for the clean equivalent of the Clean & Clear Pore Cleanser, look no further! The Countercontrol Cleanser is where it’s at! This is an amazing, lightweight, exfoliating cleanser that is great for everyday use in the morning & at night. It has a great lather and just leaves my skin feeling fresh! I was slow to try this line because I thought I didn’t have oily skin but this has been a great addition to my routine every morning! It’s helped to clear up some small under the skin bumps I didn’t even think were an issue. Definitely a standout for me!
Countermatch is our line for more normal to combination skin that’s all about long-lasting (but lightweight) moisture and an everyday glow. Can’t argue with that! This Countermatch Overnight Recovery Cream is super rich and will leave your skin feeling ultra moisturized. You can mix this with our No. 1, 2 or 3 oil for even more hydration at night! Sometimes those nighttime cocktails are the best! I think we often underestimate how thirsty our skin is and this line is great at providing that rich moisture without feeling greasy! This has definitely been a constant in my routine ever since I got it a year ago. I have reordered it a few times!
Countertime is our anti-aging line made safer with the use of plant-derived Retinatural Complex. No more worrying about going out in the sun or harsh ingredients. This Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence is what you would use as your toner step. It’s honestly like botox in a bottle! (Ok, full disclosure, I’ve never had botox) BUT it does work to tighten skin, minimize pores, and prep the skin for the next step! It’s a different feeling product to apply than your usual toner but you can definitely feel a difference in your skin after applying! A small amount in your hand and press into skin…guarantee if you add this to your rotation it will quickly become your favorite! My bottle of this has lasted me a ridiculously long time as well, a little goes a long way!
What products have you been curious to try? You can take a skincare quiz here to find the line that’s right for you OR let me curate your cart for you!