I recently wrote about a few of my favorite beauty routine products, aaaand then I discovered Beautycounter. Apparently everyone is doing beauty all wrong. Lead in your lipstick?! I’ll pass. This issue is definitely worth a second look. Explore some of the worst chemicals lurking in your beauty cabinet over at Positive Health Wellness. I’ve slowly experimented with some clean beauty brands and I’m already hooked.
Here is my honest review of all of the ones I have tested, and some I can’t wait to try (once I win the lottery, since completely changing up your beauty routine costs basically $4,936). Just kidding. Onward.
I did not partner with any of these companies for this post, I just wanted to share how they worked for me after purchasing on my own.
BeautyCounter Cleansing Balm I find it hard to spend money on hair and beauty. It’s not something I enjoy as much as other purchases, and it’s typically not cheap! But this – $80 for the jar – threw me for a loop. I would barely spend $12 on a lotion! But this – it is WORTH IT. I love it. If you want to grab lunch and pretty much talk about this the whole time, I’m down. It’s good stuff. It removes every bit of makeup (I massage in and wipe with a wet muslin cloth) and leaves your skin downright velvety. It can even be used as a hydrating mask.
Aztec Healing Clay Mask
Secondary only to my Cleansing Balm. A beautifully simple and effective product.
BeautyCounter Charcoal Bar
A more reasonably priced option from BC. This bar lasts for. ev. er. Detoxifies and absorbs impurities. It can be slightly drying, but not much, and leaves skin clean and fresh, but not tight. I love the simplicity of this bar and the ingredient list. It is a perfect staple item for your routine and is gentle enough when your skin is acting out.
BeautyCounter Nourishing Day Cream
Another decent staple for me. It doesn’t break me out, and it’s not heavy or greasy. Just light, clean, unscented and moisturizing. An easy favorite.
BeautyCounter Tint Skin
Love it! This is a light-medium coverage foundation with a dewy finish. I use it when my skin is happy and clear. If I’m breaking out, I need more coverage. It goes on well with a Beauty Blender. I use the Linen shade. I know this sounds strong…but I actually despise the BC foundation brush. Skip it.
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser
I keep this in rotation with my charcoal bar. Simple, gentle and leaves skin soft and clean.
Honest Beauty Lip Crayon
Blends well, great colors, and you can get a discount if you add it to a bundle. Love.
Acure Brightening Scrub
I have very sensitive skin so I avoided physical exfoliators for a long time. But I think I just was trying the wrong scrubs. I love this one! As long as I massage gently, it is not too abrasive, and very effective.
Honest Beauty Everything Primer
It won an Allure award and I like it a lot – but I’m not sure I love it? It is not silicone based like many primers (Smashbox, Benefit, etc) so it feels more like a strange moisturizer. But it does create a nice base. I use it, but could go without it.
Honest Beauty Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream
Love it. It is very hydrating…slightly heavy. Adorable packaging. I would not use this for daytime though. Too thick.
Honest Beauty Daily Shampoo+Conditioner
Love it! It has a light scent and my hair felt softer than usual after using.
Acure Pore Refining Mask
This feels great and leave skin soft and not tight or dry. Very strange smell, but doesn’t affect the super soft results!
Honest Beauty Acne+Wrinkle Free
I tried the sample pack which includes the moisturizer, night serum and face wash. I loved it! But when I used it everyday, my skin started to flake a bit. You would have to mix this in just a few times a week maybe.
EH. NOT FOR ME
Honest Beauty Hydrating Shampoo+Conditioner
This duo stinks so bad. So. Bad.
Acure Face Wipes
These are ok. Not bad, but pretty thin and just not enough oomph to be a necessity in my routine. I feel like they don’t remove anything…just refresh already clean skin, which isn’t really what I need.
Beautiful scent, but very watery and not nearly hydrating enough for anything but very thin, already-healthy hair.
BeautyCounter Nourishing Night Cream
The counterpart to the Day Cream, a fave. The night cream is just a tad too heavy for me. If you have oily skin, I would skip this one.
BeautyCounter Dew Skin
Awesome product that a lot of people swear by, but too dewy for my oily skin. I want a more matte finish.
They broke me out. Can’t blame it on them though – I’ve never had a sunscreen that didn’t cause breakouts on my sensitive skin. Back on the hunt…
I’d really like to find a natural foundation that has more coverage. Gressa looks awesome, but is pricey! I also really need a decent body wash. My sensitive skin certainly doesn’t stop at my face, and right now I am using baby soap, but I’d love an upgrade. Next on my list would also be a face oil. It’s so funny how I’ve always avoided oils, and now I have them in everything! Laura’s Natural Life blog has a great list of favorites to check out also!