According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Cosmetic chemicals enter the body through the skin, inhalation, ingestion and internal use, and pose the same risks as food chemicals. Of more than 10,000 chemicals used to formulate cosmetics, just 11 have ever been banned or restricted by the federal Food and Drug Administration. (I plan to break down this research from EWG at some point here, because, what?!)
Over the past 2-3 years I have switched to almost an entirely clean skincare routine, and it’s been worth it. Only in the past few months have I swapped my makeup for Beautycounter and I told my best friend the other day how fun it is to get ready for the day. I’ve reached nerd status. Add to that the fact that Beautycounter has committed to never using over 1,800 potentially harmful ingredients in their formulas? Yes, please.
A little fact about me: I’ve never worn a lot of makeup. Simple. Neutrals. The basics. That’s me. I still wear neutrals, but let’s just say the quality is a bit better than what college me used.
Now being home with Anna and a national pandemic, that routine is simpler than ever. But, it still makes me feel awake (and honestly, pretty) to put SOMETHING on. What about you?
When I need quick and easy, these are my go-to’s:
Truth #1: I don’t wear lipstick everyday. I’m not that saucy. But I do keep some color in my purse for the on-the-fly decisions.
Truth #2: If I’m staying home, it’s usually just a tinted moisturizer.
Truth #3: Some days, ‘quick’ and ‘simple’ are dear friends, and these 5 products throw ‘pretty’ in the mix.
Beautycounter has a 6-product bundle called Flawless in Five.
Basically, you go through a process on the website and choose a foundation, concealer shade, brow pencil or gel, mascara, blush and gloss. Separately, these products would total to almost $200. If you purchase the Flawless in Five bundle, it’s $150. (And right now, you’ll get 20% off of your entire order if you’re a first time BC buyer.) A neat thing about going through the Flawless in Five process is you are given options for shades based on the color you choose for foundation. Anyone else not entirely sure what blush or lip color looks best on them? Same. Here. Full disclosure: I haven’t purchased a Flawless in Five bundle myself because I had already accumulated the pieces individually.