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My 5 Favourite Beautycounter Products + 3 Holiday Collection MUST HAVES

My 5 Favourite Beautycounter Products + 3 Holiday Collection MUST HAVES

Safe, effective and beautiful.

Those three words epitomize what I want from my skin care and beauty products. Why? Because, I’ve realized that if I was learning what food was best to put into my body, I needed to know what ingredients and products were best to put on my body too!

For the past 15 years, my chronic illnesses journey has seen me try various diets and medications. This has all led me to read food labels carefully, research ingredients, be careful what I put into my body and ultimately make changes in my diet to live a healthier life. Many of you know I have a love for skin care and even worked in the skin care industry on and off for 5+ years. This led me to develop a deep knowledge of what goes into our skin care and beauty products.

So, a month ago I became a Beautycounter consultant because Beautycounter sets itself apart. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Currently, the EU has banned or partially restricted 1400 ingredients from personal care products. Here in Canada that number is less than 600 and in the U.S. it’s 30.

But now you have the option to swap your skin care and beauty products for safer versions with Beautycounter.

Beautycounter has The Never List™, which includes over 1500 ingredients they will not produce their products with. They go above and beyond by screening each potential ingredient for its ability to cause cancer or toxicity in the body and disrupt hormones. They also test each ingredient in a product TOGETHER to ensure no harmful substances develop. Amazing, right? 80% of the ingredients are organic or plant-derived. (PS – Natural doesn’t always mean good for you!)

Since joining, I’ve been able to try many of the products (the product line keeps growing!) and have developed a few favourites which have now become staples of my skin care and beauty routine. Plus, the Holiday Collection just launched so I’ll list a few of my most-wished-for gifts!

My Top 5 Favourite Beautycounter Products

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This mask was #1 on my must-try list from Beautycounter when I joined the company. After 2-3 uses, it literally pulls blackheads out of your skin Dr. Pimple Popper-style. The Charcoal Mask is, in my opinion, the BEST charcoal mask on the market right now. I've been using it for 3 months and have seen a dramatic reduction in my pore size and blackheads on my t-zone. It absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores via its two main active ingredients: binchotan charcoal from Japan and salicylic acid. The salicylic acid and lactic acid also help to gently exfoliate. Bonus: You can use it as a spot treatment on blemishes too! ($55 CAD/$48 USD)

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I call Cleansing Balm Beautycounter’s #1 multi-tasking product. Why? It’s one product with over 10 uses! Cleansing Balm can be used as a face wash, makeup remover, overnight mask, or as a treatment for rosacea, acne, eczema, burns, stretch marks, dry knuckles/cuticles/heels, and as a preventative for wind burn. It’s able to do all these things because it’s formulated with vitamin C to brighten, cranberry and raspberry seed oils to hydrate, and mango seed butter for even more hydration. All you have to do is massage an almond-sized amount into dry skin. To remove (if you’re using it as a face wash or makeup remover), dampen the included 100% muslin reusable cloth with warm water and gently wipe off balm in upward strokes.  ($94 CAD/$80 USD)

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Oh my gosh will this face oil ever knock your socks off! It was recently named one of Allure’s Best of Beauty 2017 winners, and for good reason. The No.1 Brightening Oil contains Beautycounter’s blend of seven natural plant-based oils (all the face oils contain these – NO synthetic or mineral oils here!) plus vitamin C for brightening, avocado oil for intense moisture and vitamins B, D and E, and black currant oil, which is a source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids aka radiance boosters. You’ll feel an instant change in your skin with the first 4-5 drops you use! The best part? Right now, if you join Beautycounter’s Band of Beauty membership program, you’ll receive a full-size bottle for FREE with a $75CAD purchase. This is the BEST Band of Beauty offer I’ve ever seen and it won’t last for long! ($79 CAD/$68 USD)

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I started using an eye cream the day I turned 25. Why? The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, meaning it’s the first place you’ll show signs of aging. I love the Rejuvenating Eye Cream because it decreases the appearance of dark circles (a major bonus for a migraine-sufferer), diminishes fine lines and reduces under-eye puffiness through algae extracts, caffeine and vitamin C. It also contains jambu extract — a Brazilian plant extract that increases your skin’s resiliency and firmness. I apply a pearl-sized amount around my eyes on my brow bone both morning and night. ($69 CAD/$58 USD)

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The Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation was the first ever Beautycounter product I tried — and one of the first I bought a full-size of (My shade is linen). Although it feels lightweight, this liquid foundation builds and blends with little effort to cover blemishes and even skin tone. It only enhances the visible glow you’ll already be rocking from your Beautycounter skin care routine. I love that it contains hyaluronic acid that holds 1000 times its water weight, releases moisture all day and helps retain your skin’s natural barrier. What more could you ask for out of a foundation? ($51 CAD/$41 USD)

3 Holiday Collection Must-Haves

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If I hadn’t already bought myself a set, the Multi-Masker Set would be at the top of my wish list. This set includes all three of Beautycounter +’s kaolin clay based masks: No. 1 Brightening Mask (for illuminating), No. 2 Plumping Mask (for hydrating and youthfulness) and No. 3 Balancing (Charcoal) Mask (for drawing out impurities and excess oil). It comes with a brush to target the masks where you need them most and in a beautiful tin that will come in handy as your Beautycounter collection grows. ($82 CAD/$68 USD — but valued at $134 CAD/$105 USD)

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Highlighters are 2017’s must-have beauty product and Beautycounter’s Illuminating Trio makes A) gifting them easy and B) using them easy. The three shades: Pearl Glow (best for cheekbones, brow bones etc.), Bronze Glow (use it to contour) and Rose Glow (a light pink perfect for cheeks) are all sheer yet buildable and work with every skin tone. ($68 CAD/$55 USD — but valued at $138 CAD/$111 CAD)

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Glow and Go Mini Oils

This holiday collection item makes my heart sing. When you buy a Glow and Go Mini Oils trio, a set will be donated to cancer patients at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre. If that’s not enough to make you fall in love with this trio of oils, the oils themselves will. With three try-me sizes of the face oil collection, you’ll be able to mix and match and meet your skin care needs no matter the day. We’ve already talked about the No. 1 Brightening Oil above but this set also includes the No. 2 Plumping Oil which contains argan and jasmine oils for anti-aging, and the No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil which features ylang ylang flower oil and chamomile to calm and nourish your skin. ($34 CAD/$28 USD — but valued at $60 CAD/$51 USD)

If you’re ready to make the switch to healthier skin care and beauty products, I’m here to help. I can put together a personalized skin care routine, or help you replace your beauty products one-by-one. Shop online or send me a message at laura@alushlife.ca with any questions you might have! 

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