SKIN CARE: Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection

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Beautycounter recently launched a new skin care collection to their lineup titled Beautycounter+.
Beautycounter+ is a collection of targeted treatments formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regiment. The new line features three separate collections to suit different skin types. Each collection contains a facial oil, mask and mist. Beautycounter+ includes the Brightening Collection, Plumping Collection and Balancing Collection.

We had the opportunity to test out the Plumping Collection. Both of us love all things skin care and do our best to take care of our skin. So we were pretty excited to try out the new Beautycounter+ line! We have written a few features on Beautycounter’s products on our site previously. We absolutely LOVE Beautycounter. Every product we have tried from them we both have loved and would actually repurchase. (Their lip glosses are amazing! Non-sticky and long lasting.)

However the main reason we love Beautycounter is because of their philosophy and what they stand for. Beautycounter promotes clean beauty and only use safe ingredients in their products. They have tested and banned over 1,500 harmful ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic brands! When you purchase a Beautycounter product, you can be assured that you are not putting any kind of harmful ingredient on your body.

The Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection does not disappoint. Formulated with peony and jasmine essences, the Plumping Collection is designed to restore and firm moisture-depleted skin. This collection is absolutely perfect for any one who suffers from dry skin (like myself) and needs a boost of hydration.

I was really impressed with the quality of each product in the collection (facial mask, oil and mist). Each product does what it claims and adds moisture to your skin. When all three products are used in conjunction, it really does make a huge difference. I’ve used the three products for the past week and a half and my skin seems firmer and more hydrated. I don’t feel the need to use as much moisturizer at night now. The stand out product in the collection for me was the No.2 Plumping Facial Oil ($68). It is by far the best facial oil I have ever used! I have dry skin but also get occasional breakouts/redness and have found that a lot of oils make my skin break out. I was pleasantly surprised with Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil. It is lightweight and not greasy at all. The facial oil contains seven natural oils and smells absolutely divine due to the fragrant jasmine oil! Contains no synthetic or mineral oils and can be worn day and night. The oil has made a noticeable different in my skin tone and I will continue using the Plumping Oil in my skin care routine. My mom (Laura) is more of an oily skin type but she also uses and likes the Plumping Facial Oil. It works with all skin types.

Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection:
No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
No. 2 Plumping Face Mask
No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist

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Have you tried Beautycounter’s products? Let us know!

’til next time beauties…
Natasha & Laura
(written by Natasha)

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise

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Beautycounter’s new Limited Edition Desert Sunrise Eye & Cheek Palette was inspired by the majestic shades of the desert. Gregg Renfrew, (Beautycounter Founder & CEO) wanted to celebrate the spirit of California with this palette. The Desert Sunrise collection captures the essence of California perfectly with it’s rich, warm hues. Very reminiscent of all that California embodies.

Featuring 6 eyeshadows and 3 blushes in universally-flattering shades, you can easily transition from a more neutral daytime look into a more dramatic look with this palette. 

We have never tried Beautycounter’s eyeshadows before and were blown away by the quality and pigments. They are silky smooth and feel like satin. Each powder is made with Porcelain Flower Extract which provides natural moisturizing & antioxidant benefits.

We have talked previously about Beautycounter on our site (see here) and how they only use safe, clean ingredients in their products. All of their products are safely made, non-toxic and have gone through a rigorous ingredient screening process. You can read more about their amazing story here

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Also available from the Desert Sunrise collection are two brand new lip glosses, ‘Beeblossom‘ (soft light pink), and ‘Coralbell‘ (a bright coral).

The two new shades are absolutely gorgeous. My (Natasha’s) favourite is Coralbell. I almost always wear coral/red shades over pinks so I was very happy that Beautycounter included a coral lip gloss in this collection. It is pigmented enough to wear alone for a beautiful coral shine, or over top of a lipstick for even more colour. 

We adore Beautycounter’s lip glosses for many reasons. They are moisturizing and not sticky at all. 

Definitely would recommend Beautycounter’s lip glosses to anyone who suffers from dry lips as they hydrate as well as provide a beautiful shine.

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Until next time beauties!
Natasha & Laura
(Written by Natasha)

Beautycounter Everlasting Summer

beautycounterAs you may know, we are huge beauty fanatics. 😉 We are also very health conscious and mindful of the environment. Even though we obviously are not perfect or 100% at either, we do try to be aware as much as possible. Practice makes perfect right? So anytime we come across brands that put health and well-being first, we take notice and try to learn from them.

Beautycounter is a California-based cosmetic/skincare/hair company created by Gregg Renfrew. Being a mom she realized that a great number of personal care products such as sunscreen, creams and beauty products that she was using on herself and her children were not safe or healthy at all. She found out that only 10% of 10,000+ chemicals found in products have safety information. Beautycounter has banned more than 1600 ingredients that are commonly used in most cosmetics. All their products are safely made and non-toxic. Each ingredient goes through a 5-step Ingredient Selection Process ensuring only safe, high quality ingredients are used. 

Beautycounter was first launched in 2013. Some exciting news for our fellow Canadian beauties – Beautycounter is now available in Canada!

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BEAUTYCOUNTER BODY OIL in Citrus Rosemary ($89/80ml

It’s like they made this body oil just for us. 😉 I mean, it’s exactly everything we absolutely love in a body product. You just have to look at the ingredient list and it’s love… from grapefruit, orange, sweet almond to rosemary.  It’s made with 13 botanical oils in total. Don’t worry, it doesn’t actually leave your skin feeling oily. I know some people still hear the word oil and immediately think ‘greasy’ or oily feeling.  

It’s super hydrating, nourishing, smells fabulous and leaves your skin glowing and luminous (most gorgeous on tanned legs!). Best used right after a shower/bath, on damp skin to help lock in moisture. This is definitely going to be a repeat body product for us.  

Beautycounter Bronzer
BEAUTYCOUNTER MATTE BRONZER ($48)

This matte bronzer is honestly smooth like silk to touch. So smooooth.  
We are two pale skinned girls so bronzers have never been a hot ticket item for either of us. It doesn’t mean that we just sit by and watch all the bronzed skinned beauties walk by and not wish we could rock that glowy look too. We keep trying. We’ve come to the conclusion that we can still join the bronzed girls party, but we gotta keep it more low-key. Apply it with a very light hand and use a bronzer that is not too dark. That’s why this one got an A+++ from both of us. It is the perfect bronzed tone for a natural, contoured, non-shiny, radiant, sun kissed look. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to look in the first place? I think so.

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Nothing is worse than a thick sticky lip gloss, especially during the summer. We fell in love with Beautycounter’s lip gloss because it is NOT STICKY at all! It’s very moisturizing and provides a really pretty subtle sheen. The shade pictured above (Peony) is a beautiful soft pink. It’s the kind of colour you can easily wear everyday. – Natasha

Ingredient List:
Polybutene
, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin,Carmine*Organic

Some lip glosses are made with butylated hydroxytoluene, or BHT, a toluene-based preservative and fragrance ingredient that is linked to cancer and organ toxicity. BHT is on our Never List.’ – Beautycounter Website

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Have you tried any Beautycounter products? Let us know!
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)