Scroll a little farther down if you don’t have time for the backstory. :)
In 2014, an Ask Pastor John listener posed a question, and what John Piper said planted a seed:
What you want to pursue — what we all want to pursue — is being a kind of person, not presenting a kind of persona. What a tragedy to give our lives to painting a mask, a persona, and neglect the person that is inside and real… It is an awesome thing to be a person — a person in the image of God.VIA
When I listened to that podcast, I was months away from my college graduation and an expert at “the persona.” Being confident in my own skin was always eclipsed by a need to be accepted. I made more choices in deference to others or for fear of rejection than I did my own conviction. I then began a journey with the Lord: What kind of person do I want to be? What kind of person does He want me to be?
A few years later I dove into the world of Beautycounter. I have slowly grown my collection of products and now at least 70% of what I use is BC. Here’s why:
- Simple: they smell amazing and flat out feel good on. These products are the only ones in the 15 years I’ve been using moisturizer and makeup I believe are making an actual difference to my face. (Overnight Resurfacing Peel, Countertime Hydrating Essence, Skin Twin Foundation, Lip Conditioner, No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, Body Balm, Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation, All Things Citrus Mimosa)
- I’m down for their mission: Formulate, advocate, & educate—that’s our motto for creating products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety. (via)
- Having a baby, it sparked a fresh desire to be thoughtful about what I put on my skin, because little girl is CONSTANTLY near or kissing my face, haha. Beautycounter is setting the bar of safety incredibly high with their ingredients. They omit 1,800+ questionable ingredients in their product formulations that are currently used in the industry—called The Never List™.
- I have long been a thrifty spender. But for me, thriftiness equalled excessive. Seeking a low price tag created a habit of buying accessories, clothes and products, only to have them unravel, collect dust or under-deliver. Then I realized my purchasing decisions, large and small, could be arenas for wisdom. Now, I spend a little more money, less often, on items that serve me or our family in a healthy way instead of our being enslaved to them. (Check out other companies with missions and products I really like.)
- With simplicity comes freedom. These products have made such a difference for my skin I feel comfortable going out with barely any makeup on! (College Chelsea is losing her mind right now.) This is the only skin I’ll ever get. Using Beautycounter, I believe I’m caring for my body well, and I find rest there, which frees up more mental and emotional energy for what’s important to me.
I want myself, all the women I know and my daughter to be a different kind of woman. A woman humble, courageous and kind. A woman free of the world’s trappings. A woman whose beauty is lit up by wisdom and strength. A woman who spends more time cheering than comparing. A woman at peace with the way she uniquely images God.
Beautycounter has made a small, ordinary part of life a help, not a hindrance, to my flourishing as a wife, mom, friend and disciple of Jesus.
I first heard of this company from my dear friend Lauren. Who knew when she first told me about her interest in the company in 2014 that I would become such a fan or BECOME A CONSULTANT MYSELF.
Yes, friends, you read correctly. If you’ve ever been curious about Beautycounter or your skin could use some TLC, I would really enjoy helping you find products that make a positive, enjoyable, confidence-building difference for you.