Beautycounter Makeup Review – Everyday Makeup

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In today’s post I am reviewing all of the Beautycounter makeup products that I’ve tried. I am sharing what I have loved and what I have not. When it comes to my everyday routine I keep it pretty simple. With that said, even if I am staying home, I like to have a little makeup on. Look good, feel good is my motto in this area. My everyday routine includes concealer, bronzer, blush, brow gel & lip gloss. When shopping for makeup I look for products that last all day, have buildable coverage (or pigmentation) and can be multipurpose. I also try to opt for “cleaner” and “safer” ingredients. If you’re in the market for new makeup or are looking for “cleaner options,” keep reading!

Over the last two years I ended up transitioning almost all of my makeup to Beautycounter. I have also made a point to declutter my makeup drawer and only keep the products that I love. Beautycounter is really transparent about its practices, values and ingredient lists. The company has over 1,500 ingredients on its “never list.” Beautycounter also advocates and lobbies for legislative changes that will make beauty products “clean for all.” The company is trying lead positive changes for the beauty industry as a whole and not just itself. These are some of the reasons I was drawn to Beautycounter in the first place. I have been really impressed with this makeup and can confidently say that others should give it a try too.

Skin Twin Creamy Concealer: This product was launched in fall 2020 and I could not be happier that it did. It’s a big improvement over BC’s original Touchup Skin Concealer Pen which I have also tried. Like its name implies, the Skin Twin Concealer is creamy. It also provides really good coverage that lasts all day. I have seen some bloggers say that this concealer rivals Tarte’s Shape Tape coverage. Although I know that concealer is a cult favorite, I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say for sure. I usually only wear concealer (no foundation), so finding a good one is important to me. This concealer covers darkness under my eyes, uneven skin tone and blemishes. The coverage is so good! I apply this with a damp beauty blender and it lasts all day.

My shade is Light 1.

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF: This was the first BC product I tried. Unfortunately it was a huge miss for me. It made my skin dry, flakey and irritated. The consultant I purchased through at the time said zinc may have caused my skin to react poorly. I am so impressed by the Skin Twin Concealer that I would recommend trying the Skin Twin Foundation before Dew Skin.

My shade is Light.

Stain Powder Blush: This blush has great pigmentation that allows you to build up as much or as little color as you like. I have this in two shades which I use everyday and they barely look used. I have had one shade for over a year too. This is a great blush and that fact that it has lasted so long really makes me feel like I am getting my monies worth.

My shades are Nectar and Guava (my fav).

Radiant All Over Bronzer: My thoughts on this bronzer are similar to the blush. This product is buildable, lasts all day and will last you a long time. I have also had this bronzer for over year and it’s still kicking. I use it everyday too!

Tip: Get more use our of your bronzer by using it on your eyes. I like to blend a little bronzer into the crease of lids for a little sun-kissed color.

My shade is Dune.

Color Pinch Cream Blusher: The name may imply blush, but you can use it on your eyes, lip and cheeks. This color is great for giving your cheeks a bronze-y glow or adding a little definition to the crease of your eyelids. Pair it with lip balm and it’s a perfect sheet neutral on your lips.

My shade is Caramel (on my lips I think this similar to the Lip Sheer in Twig).

Velvet Eyeshadow Palette: My eyes are so sensitive that they often get swollen, red, flakey and tear uncontrollably from eye makeup and skincare; it’s the worst! I have tired so many eyeshadows that cause irritation. This palette has yet to bother my eyes and I’ve had it for a year. It comes in 3 color palettes, but I think the bronze-y neutrals of the classic palette are perfect. A great swap for the Tarte eyeshadow palettes (which are great, but bother my eyes).

My shade is the Classic Palette.

Lengthening Mascara: Sadly this is a Beautycounter product I would recommend skipping. The wand and brush are thin and flimsy. Even after multiple coats, there is still very little product on my lashes. I am still on the hunt for a great “clean” mascara.

Beyond Gloss: My #1 makeup suggestion from Beautycounter is the lip gloss. I LOVE this stuff. It’s moisturizing, not sticky and lasts for a few hours. If you are trying to make the change to “cleaner” beauty, lip gloss is a good place to start because we actually ingest most of our lip products. This gloss comes is a lot of different shades now too!.

Shades I’ve purchased are Spice, Bare Shimmer, Blush Shimmer, Rosewood and Fig.

Beautycounter makeup that’s on my list to try next: the Brow Gel, Powder Highlighter, Skin Twin Foundation and Mattifying Powder!

While I am rounding up Beautycounter makeup, I thought this would be a good place to explain the Band of Beauty membership. Think of it as Amazon Prime for Beautycounter. You pay $29 to join and in return you receive welcome gift (when you spend $50+ on when enrolling — often valued at more than $29), earn a 10% credit on your orders and unlock free shipping on order of $100+. The membership lasts for 1 year. If you plan to order from Beautycounter more than once a year, I think it’s a good option to consider, especially for the free gift.

If you really enjoy using Beautycounter you may want to take the next leap and become a consultant. There are some costs to enroll, but being a consultant provides you access to exclusive products and a discount on your own purchases. Earlier in the year, Beautycounter offered a great deal for new consultants, so I decided to go for it. You can also earn a commission if others purchase through you. If you don’t meet the minimum sales requirements, you will be bumped down to a Band of Beauty membership – which is what will probably happen to me :). For more info on this, you can checkout the website or follow two of my favs on Instagram @afoodiestaysfit and @espressoandcreamblog — the first two Beautycounter gals I ever followed!

First Aid Beauty Review

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As someone who has battled sensitive skin and blemishes for as long as I can remember, I have come to really value a good skincare routine. It is super important to me that I find products that keep my skin looking and feeling its best. Whenever possible I also try to opt for “cleaner” and “safer” ingredients. Three of my favorite tried and true skincare brands are First Aid Beauty, Beautycounter and Origins. I have re-purchased products from these brands repeatedly over the last four years.

In today’s post I am reviewing all of the FAB products I have tried over the years. I tend to call this brand “the plain Jane,” but for good reason! FAB products are made with sensitive skin in mind, so the ingredients are extra gentle; just what I like. The company is transparent about its ingredients too. FAB has over 1,300 ingredients on its “no-no” list, is cruelty free, dermatologist tested and always free from artificial fragrance (read more here). Many of the FAB products also earn the “clean at Sephora” label. Some products are great options for eczema and redness too. If you’re looking for gentle, hydrating and effective products, keep reading. You can still get 30% off your order and free shipping as part of their Cyber Monday sale with code Cyber30.

Pure Skin Face Cleanser: This cleanser is one of my most repurchased skincare products ever. It is gentle, fragrance free and takes off the majority of my makeup. I first started using this cleanser about 4 years ago when I was looking for a good cleanser to pair with my Clarisonic. Even without a cleansing brush it works up to a good lather and leaves my face feeling clean, but not tight or dry.

Ultra Repair Cream: This moisturizer has a light, whipped consistency and it really packs a punch in the hydration department. It can be used from head to toe, which initially made me skeptical of putting on my face, but it is an excellent facial moisturizer. Depending on the season/weather and the other products I am using, I can use this both morning and night for my moisturizer. Its great for soothing dry, chapped or irritated skin and is also a great option to have on hand as a nighttime moisturizer.

Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum: This serum is super hydrating thanks to hyaluronic acid and a few other super star ingredients. It is also non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) which I perfect for me because I have dry, blemish prone skin. It can be a challenge to find products that are very hydrating yet don’t cause breakouts. I can use this product all year-round, but I especially love it in the winter months.

Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer: This is a great daytime moisturizer or if you are looking for something lighter than the Ultra Repair Cream. This moisturizer is hydrating and non-comedogenic; another great option for dry breakout prone skin. I often use this during warmer and more humid months.

Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Night Cream: I was drawn to this night cream because it’s non-comedogenic and claims to combat signs of aging. It does its job as a hydrating cream, but I can’t say this particular product wowed me or actually combated aging. Although I have purchased it more than once, this would not be the first FAB product I recommend.

FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum: In the “cleaner beauty” world, retinol has a bad reputation, but if you do some research you’ll also find that retinol is a often hailed as a must-have to combat fine lines and wrinkles. I was prescribed retinol by dermatologists as a teen to fight breakouts, but it was way to harsh on my skin. Since I love FAB so much and know their products are gentle, I gave this serum a try. I tried incorporating it 1 day per week for a few weeks, but this product was still too much for my skin.

FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid with 10% AHA: This product is similar to a serum and is one of my FAB favorites. It’s gentle enough that I can use it every night, but I may rotate it with another product depending on what else I am using. After using this for a weeks I definitely felt that my skin was brighter, smoother and more even toned. It helped to fade dark spots left behind from pimples and my breakouts cleared faster too.

FAB Pharma White Clay Acne Treatment Pads with 2% Salicylic Acid: I don’t use these pads regularly, but I have used these to clear stubborn breakouts when my skin has been in a funk. I use them in place of a toner and have found them to be effective, yet gentle on clearing up my skin. I definitely recommend these if you’re struggling with breakouts. Note: The last time I purchased these the packaging was different. I am hopeful that the ingredients are still the same. Update 5/5/21: FAB confirmed on an Instagram post that these are the same formula as the original. Only the packing was updated.

Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream: This is a great oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. It’s soothing and hydrating too. If you’re breakout prone or just looking for a something light weight, this is a great option.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer: This moisturizer helps to “blur the appearance of pores and imperfections” gives your skin the prettiest glow. It can be worn alone or under you makeup as primer and has a light coconut scent. I love the look and feel of this product on my skin, but each time I’ve tried it, I felt that it lead to a breakout. Don’t rule this one out due to my finicky skin though, it’s definitely still worth a try.

Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask: This mask is great for soothing and nourishing dehydrated skin. I love to use this when my skin is feeling dry and/or irritated. I have purchased it multiple times too.

10 Day Trial Kit: FAB always has great kits, but I especially love this small kit for travel. It lets me bring all my basics without having to bring my full size bottles. It’s also a less expensive option if you want to try a bunch of the products I’ve included in this post.

Shop Local | Made on Long Island

Hi friends! Over the last year I have discovered a few small businesses that I want to share with everyone. I have purchased multiple items from each local Long Island business, and all are women-owned too. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a gift, I think these businesses have something you will love. Let’s get to it!

Love Struck by Two

I first discovered Love Struck by Two a year or two ago on Instagram. This business is run by Sheri-Lea Schultz, who is a wife, mom and teacher on LI. I instantly fell in love with the catchy tees, tanks and hats. The signature statements “Island Vibes” and “Raised On An Island” featured on their clothing totally spoke to the Long Island girl in me.

To date, I have two of each of the baseball hats, tees and sweatshirts. The quality of these pieces are excellent. The t-shirts and sweatshirts are buttery soft and run true to size. Earlier this summer I bought the new denim style hat; I’ve been wearing it constantly. It quickly became a summer staple. The signature styles are always in stock, but I especially love the seasonal pieces “Love Struck by Two” features throughout the year like the summer koozies pictured below. Last Christmas I was able to snag one of her limited additional 631 Christmas sweatshirts – I set a reminder on my calendar to be prepared! Other popular seasonal items include denim jackets, tie dye and flannels. The shop also has really cute tees and sweatshirts for Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day.

Two Bridges Handmade

I discovered Two Bridges Handmade (formerly known as Emily Makes) a few years back at a local market. My husband and I were walking through the market when a burlap clutch caught my eye. Around this time, I had actually been looking at similar clutches online for an upcoming trip. With the clutch in hand, I got my payment out and when I looked up I realized I recognized the gal behind the table. This small business is run by local Long Islander Emily Spada. Emily and I grew up in the same neighborhood and were in the same girl scout troop in elementary school. Emily’s girl scout craftiness is clearly still shining bright!

Two Bridges Handmade features a collection of hand-sewn pouches, bags, yoga mat bags and now face masks. Emily’s high quality pieces are top notch, and both products I own stand out for being meticulously crafted with neat finishes. You can tell Emily has a great skill and keen attention to detail. My mom was equally impressed when I showed her my most recent purchase. I have a envelope style burlap clutch and a pouch with a zipper that I am keeping in my everyday tote bag. I think it is so cool that these pieces are handmade, but even more so because I grew up in the same neighborhood as the woman who created them. Emily’s pouches are a great price point for gifts too. Be sure to keep her in mind next time you need a gift idea!

Madison’s Niche

Madison’s Niche is a Long Island boutique for women’s clothing, home decor, furniture and more. This business is owned by Karen McAvoy and now has stores in Huntington Village, Garden City, Sayville, and Stony Brook Village. You can also shop Madison’s Niche online. I love that Madison’s niche has so many great pieces for the kitchen; from serveware and dining to home decor. I recently purchased really cute wooden salt and pepper mills which I personally think look really cute on my counter. Although it is really easy to run to HomeGoods when you need to grab a gift, I think Madison’s Niche is a great alternative and you can support a local business instead. It’s the perfect place to find a special gift for housewarmings, holidays and hostesses.

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