I have something exciting to share today! But first, let’s back up a little bit.
Charlie is in a funny stage right now where he either can’t sit still (not crawling yet, but any day now) or he isn’t content unless he’s being held. As a result, he is in my arms a LOT. A few weeks ago, I was snuggling him and realized some of my makeup had rubbed on to his little cheek. My mind immediately went into overdrive thinking back on what I had used on my face that morning, and I was eyeing his cheek for the rest of the day in case his skin had a weird reaction to it.
And then, it hit me–if I’m so concerned about the products I use getting on my baby, why am I perfectly okay with willingly putting them on myself every day?
For a few years now, I’ve tended to opt for more natural products and have had some wonderful results (switching from 10% benzoyl peroxide Clean & Clear face wash to my beloved One Love Organics face wash and experiencing much clearer skin as a result comes to mind). Recently, I’ve been doing a bit more research, and have been blown away by the fact that companies include so many chemicals that are known to be harmful in their products–including ones that have been linked to heartbreaking things like cancer and infertility.
That’s what led me to Beautycounter. I first looked into them a little bit a few months ago when I saw their collaboration with Target, and remember being impressed by their dedication to safer ingredients (they ban the use of over 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients that are frequently used in personal care products), their transparency, and the variety of products they offered–from skin care, to makeup, and even to baby/kid products.
I turned to Instagram to connect with a consultant and sample some products (including all of the ones pictured in this post!)…at this point, loving their mission, but not planning on being anything more than a customer. Well, to put it frankly, I loved each and every one of the things I got to try. I’ll be the first to admit, Beautycounter is on the pricey side (comparable to the mid-range lines you can find at Sephora, like Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown), and if I was going to pay those prices, I needed to be REALLY impressed. And I honestly and truly was.
I felt a little pull on my heart to get more involved, especially when a bunch of women who saw my initial Instagram messaged me to ask me to share how I liked the products I tried. Dave and I talked about it, I prayed about it, and ultimately, I decided that I wanted to be part of sharing this important mission of safer beauty AND help get really high-quality beauty products that I love into the hands of people I care about. It sounded like a win-win!
A few things I want to promise you, because I know I personally have a bit of a stigma about “direct sales” companies, and I’m committed to doing this my own way–a way that feels authentic to me. With that in mind, I promise:
1. Not to promote Beautycounter just for the sake of promoting Beautycounter. Just like everything I blog/share about, if I’m promoting something, it’ll be because I personally use it and love it, or it’s something I genuinely want to try. I’ll also be 100% honest if there’s anything I use that I don’t particularly like. Additionally, while I’m going to be exchanging many of my products for Beautycounter for the reasons I mentioned above, there are still clean things from other brands (like One Love Organics) I already used and loved that I don’t plan to switch at the moment–I’ll always be honest with you about that too.
2. To limit beauty content on Something Pretty to twice a month. I’ve always blogged about things I’m passionate about, and this has certainly become one of those things, but I know it’s not the only thing you want to read about! It’s not the only thing I want to write about either :)
3. To do the best I can to be a trustworthy resource to you if you’re interested in Beautycounter or have any questions about the mission, ingredients, products, etc. You don’t have to order via a consultant–something that I think sets Beautycounter apart in a good way–but I would, of course, be grateful if you did :) I’m not an expert, but I’m learning a lot and am soaking up all of Beautycounter’s resources so that I can share the best info I can with you.
Thank you so much for your support of this new venture, friends! I’m incredibly excited to be a small part of this company and to share it with you. I’ve added a Beautycounter page to the menu at the top of the blog for easy access to my Beautycounter consultant page, more information about the company, my testimonials about the products I’ve tried, and more, if you want to take a peek!