Beautycounter: My Skin Care Solution

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So, I started using Beautycounter a little over six months ago as I was on a search for better skin care. I wanted something that felt natural while still being a high performing product. I’ve always used pretty standard face wash (Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Biore, etc.) for as long as I can remember and it always did the job, well at least I thought it did. My skin’s never been awful but as I started to gain more of an interest in make up, I realized that it goes hand-in-hand with skin care. 

My mother has always had very sensitive skin and has never really found a product that has consistently worked for her so I was very motivated to find a product that could work for anyone. I attended a Beautycounter social this past June and was very surprised as to how little I actually knew. FIRST OF ALL, did you guys know that the United States hasn’t passed a law to regulate skin care since 1938???? Because I sure didn’t. Europe has banned over 1,300 harmful chemicals in formulas of personal care products and the U.S. has only partially banned 30.

Here’s a quick little science lesson from what I remember from high school anatomy: your skin is your body’s biggest organ. The outermost layer is called the epidermis and everything that comes in contact with your epidermis is absorbed and brought into your bloodstream. So if you really think about it, what’s really the difference between eating or drinking something that’s not good for you and putting harmful products on your skin? Either way, it’s all still being absorbed and potentially harming you in many ways.

I mean I know our country probably has a lot bigger problems to deal with right now but anyone else still slightly worried about how little we actually know about the kind of chemicals we’re putting into our or your kids’ bodies and the fact that the FDA (food and drug administration) hasn’t passed any major laws regulating skin care in almost 80 years? Yep, well I am.

Beautycounter has taken matters into their own hands and banned the use of over 1,500 chemicals that could be either questionable or harmful to our bodies through the use of their Never List.” Some of the effects of some of these chemicals that we don’t even realize we subject our bodies to everyday are so surprising (not in the good kinda way).

While at my first Beautycounter social, I was very interested in the message that the brand was trying to send but of course I was skeptical of whether the product actually performed. I mean what are the odds that it could be that good for you and actually get the job done? So I decided I would give it a shot and buy the two simplest items: the Daily Cream Cleanser and Facial Oil.  

I loved the way my skin looked and felt after only a couple of weeks of using it. My make up was going on so much smoother and my skin maintained the perfect amount of moisture – I was worried that the oil was going to make my skin shiny but it’s so light and its smell is so soothing. AND GET THIS: my eyelashes have grown so much since! I used to have the stubbiest little eyelashes, I was on the verge of getting extensions because I was so self-conscious about them but I started putting the Facial Oil and coconut oil on them every night and I can’t believe how much longer they are now. Miracles do happen!

I now own more than half of the entire product line and swear by it. I converted all my roommates and my family and they love it too! 

I encourage all of you to try this product whether it’s because you’re just looking for better skin care or whether you’re actually trying keep harmful chemicals out of your or your children’s lives or maybe you don’t really care about any of this but just want to try something new. I don’t care, I would recommend it for anyone and everyone!

Take a look yourself and do some research, that’s what I did and my skin couldn’t be happier 🙂 Here’s my link and if you have any questions at all, I’m here to answer all of them! 

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10 Things I Learned After College

 

And I wish I knew before I graduated! Everything leading up to and shortly after graduation can be so stressful (trust me, I thought my life was falling apart at one point). It’s been almost a year and a half since I graduated and I’ve learned a few things that I wish I had realized beforehand for the sake of those sleepless nights that turned into awful hair days:

  1. No one actually has any idea what they’re doing with their lives.
    • I used to think that I needed to know what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to go and where I was actually headed by the time I received that college diploma. It didn’t take much for me to realize that no one really knows the answers to all those questions, even those who have established careers and much more experience than I do. I mean, my parents are still figuring it out!
  2. 90% of people don’t love their first job.
    • When I was applying for jobs and trying to figure out which one to choose or what direction to take I was so desperate to just find anything that I didn’t really care about whether I actually had an interest in what I was applying for. All everyone ever talks about nowadays is how hard it is to find a job right out of college so I was honestly just grabbing on to whatever I could.
    • I have found it very rare to find others my age that actually enjoy their first job. I’ve realized that your first job is mostly just to gain confidence and some experience dealing with the real-world. It’ll test your ability to solve real problems and challenge your ability to grow. So don’t panic if you’re really bored or just absolutely miserable in your first desk job – it’s just a stepping stool!
  3. Building your resume and networking is a lot more important than your GPA.
    • I’M NOT SAYING GRADES ARE NOT IMPORTANT – especially if you plan on going to grad school. It’s still super important to keep your grades up because you never really know if you’ll want to go back to school later on. And as my dean once said, “GPA is forever.”
    • But for those like myself who don’t really plan on going back to school, I found it so much more important to put myself out there and lunge towards any opportunity that I could to meet and talk to new people. It might feel a bit uncomfortable at first but you honestly never know who you’re going to meet! Plus, I never got asked about my GPA in any of my interviews, just saying. 
  4. Learn how to talk to people face-to-face.
    • This is sooooooo important! Our generation is so glued to our phones and social media that it is so blatant how socially inept many of us are – especially when searching for jobs. Employers actually appreciate those that can hold a conversation!
  5. Try and narrow down your interests ASAP.
    • PREFERABLY before you start applying for jobs. Or at least try and have it somewhat narrowed down after your first entry-level job. It really sucks spending so much time every single day on something that you don’t find enjoyable or have any interest in. I’ve always found it hard to stay driven when the task at hand is something that I don’t enjoy so if I’m going to be at work all day every day, it better be something that I love to do.
  6. ASK QUESTIONS.
    • I think I asked everyone that I met a million and one questions when applying for jobs (and I still do, oops). I was so lost and just needed all kinds of answers and I found it very comforting when I realized that everyone else was still searching for those answers too, they just had a head start. Plus, finding mentors is always a good form of networking.
  7. Even those that look like they have it all figured out, probably don’t.
    • They may have it a bit more figured out than you, but definitely not all of it.
  8. The people that are worth continuing to be a part of your life, will be.
    • Any kind of relationship at this age should not be another full-time job. Life is already stressful enough and your main focus should be on your career and goals. Those who matter, will continue to matter regardless of distance and time.
  9. I should’ve traveled more.
    • I’m actually really bitter about this point. I had absolutely no reason for not studying abroad while still in school and I just chose to stay in Boston the whole time. Huge regret. Now I’m trying to play catch up with all the places that I’ve always wanted to go to but it’s so hard to do when you have real-world responsibilities.
  10. Only surround yourself with people that support you and your dreams.
    • No matter how crazy they may be! There is 7.6 billion people in this world – why surround yourself with the ones that don’t push you to be the best version of yourself? Life is wayyyy too short to have people in your life that just bring you down.

Just some food for thought for a lazy Sunday 🙂 Enjoy!

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Plum Lips in Platform Booties

The beginning of a week can be such a drag sometimes. Somedays no amount of coffee makes getting out of bed any easier and this gloomy weather definitely isn’t helping either. BUT getting up for 6am spin class this morning definitely helped put some pep in my step 🙂
 
I realized I was dressed in all black as I was about to leave my apartment this morning (maybe matching my mood today???) so I decided to add some flare to my outfit with this vest. It’s an older Calvin Klein purchase from last year but I added a similar suggestion below.
 
I’m a HUGE fan of anything and all platform booties right now. They give me a bit more of the height that I was not blessed with and I just love the way the round toe looks on these Steve Madden booties! I bought these at the Steve Madden outlet in Assembly Row and was unable to find the exact ones online but I added a few pairs below that are very similar. Such a good fall/winter essential!
 
I got my clutch at Aldo on sale and it was so inexpensive I got it in two colors! It’s such a good size and I love that it can be a clutch and a cross-body.
 
I’ve gotten quite a few emails asking about my lipstick choices recently and if you all couldn’t tell, I usually stick to nudes! I went a little darker plum today because it’s fall so why not?
 
Hope you all are having a good start to your week!
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