This post has been in-the-works for QUITE some time you guys.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a WHOLE bunch of Instagram stories a few months ago where I was testing out some natural, non-toxic beauty products. I asked you guys if this is something you wanted to hear more about since, you know, we usually talk about food, faith and fitness only.
And, well, the answer was YES.
Let’s back it up. Many of you may NOT know that I am actually a trained, and certified, professional makeup artist.
When I graduated high school, I had big dreams of becoming a celebrity makeup artist and traveling the world. So, I went to school to become a makeup artist. I even learned how to do special FX makeup!
Yes. I am awesome to have around on Halloween. ????
Obviously, I have a passion for makeup and skin care. Even though I don’t do it for a living, it’s still something that is near and dear to my heart as it something I am professionally trained in,
But, I need to be honest with you. I always LOVED wearing makeup, and doing makeup, but I NEVER once really thought about what is IN the makeup that I was spreading all over my face EACH AND EVERY DAY. You think I would, especially since your skin is your biggest organ.
Then, my friend Alyssa from The Everyday Maven showed me the “Think Dirty” app (download it here) which allows you to search any product and see all the toxins it has in it. It also gives it a rating of 1-5 based on how dangerous it is for you. I found out all my makeup was scoring 4 or 5 because of things like carcinogens and toxins that can disrupt your reproductive system. AND I WAS PUTTING THAT ON MY FACE.
Alyssa then Introduced me to Beauty Counter, and everything changed.
I am SO PUMPED to find a cosmetics company that has true integrity with the ingredients in their products. Beauty Counter use non-toxic ingredients and have a “never list” of ingredients that they will never use in their products.
Did you know that, over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.
Beauty Counter Offers ingredients that’s are sourced with a higher level of safety in mind and offers full ingredient disclosure! No secrets people! What you see is what you get – and it looks and feels great!
You can read more about their mission HERE.
I have been trying these products behind-the-scenes for the last few months, to make sure they are something I truly stand behind in the area of ingredients quality AND how they look and feel on the skin.
You guys. As a professionally trained make-up artist, after trying all these products, I can HANDS-DOWN say that they ROCK. They feel great, they look SO great and they go on smoothly, evenly and so beautifully.
My carcinogenic makeup is going IN THE GARBAGE.
For these reasons, I am partnering with Beauty Counter and will be sharing one “Swap Saturday” each month, looking at the differences between the makeup item I was using, and the Beauty Counter product that I switched it with. Also, keep your eyeballs out on social media because I plan to share Instagram Stories and Facebook Lives talking more about the products, and with fun tutorials on how to use them!
I am SO exceed to actually join my love of health and my training as a makeup artist by joining Beauty Counter and sharing it with you!
Also, make sure you’re on my email list, because I am going to offer awesome bonuses to people on it!
Before I go, here are my top 6 MUST HAVE, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT products that I’ve tried so far:
Makeup starts with great skin right? Well, I used to use a SUPER cheap cream to wash my face in the morning and night, and it always left my face feeling dry – even when I put lotion on after! I assumed that was just “normal.”
BUT, then I tried THIS wash and my face felt so SOFT and moist after. Not of that dryness. It also has a really yummy “orangey” smell that I love! Your face is gonna feel CLEAN and hydrated ALL at the same time!
The cleanser contains skin-toning witch hazel, plus hydrating coconut oil and soothing aloe!
Like I said above, my face felt great after using the cleanser. BUT, it’s still SUPER important to put cream on after. The one I used to use, never REALLY felt like it was super moisturizing, but I just went with it.
I now use THIS cream day AND night, and my skin feels SO soft and not dry anymore! Plus, the formula is really lightweight, so your face isn’t left feeling all greasy after you put it on…and, you only need a SMALL amount, so it lasts forever!
It’s unscented and contains a mix of organic coconut oil, safflower oil, and aloe to provide nourishing hydration, plus antioxidant-rich acai to protect against dry skin. Yes to superfoods on your skin!
You guys may have seen this on Instagram stories awhile back. Like we said above, if you want your makeup to look great, it’s important to start with your best skin. I never used to be a huge “mask person” but I was intrigued by it being made of charcoal.
You guys. After using this mask just once my skin felt like ALL the impourities were gone, and it felt all tight and firm!
This mask purifies pores and helps to clarify the skin, removes excess oils, refines and smoothes skin and improves skin clarity and tone!
You guys. I am a HUGE believer in wearing foundation. Think of foundation as the canvas for your makeup – it truly is what makes your makeup look even, flawless and perfect. Foundation also goes ALL OVER YOUR face, which I never really thought about before. But, this is why it’s definitely something that should be non-toxic!
You guys, Skin Tint Foundation it is SO light and I don’t even feel like I am wearing foundation. It’s also super even, moisturizing and makes the rest of my makeup go on great.
Instead of a bunch of weird chemicals, it uses Sodium Hyaluronate which supports the skin’s water retention and nutrient absorption, promotes smoother looking skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
I LOVE THIS CONCEALER. I WOULD SING IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS
Ok, so. There is only SO much that foundation can do, and some areas just need a little bit of love. Personally, I get some pretty big dark circles under my eyes pretty regularly, and had really struggled to find a good cover up. We learned about a lot in make-up school, but they were specialized and you could only find them at fancy makeup stores that sell special FX makeup.
This concealer covers ASs well as all the super expensive, hard to find Special FX makeup that I worked with in makeup school and it blends really well! I AM IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Instead of using something like BHT which causes cancer and hormone disruption, this concealer uses Knotgrass extract which helps to preserve skin elasticity; reduces the signs of photo-aging and fine lines. WINNER.
CLICK HERE to see a PDF about how to properly choose your shade for the foundation and concealer!
What I LOVE about this duo is that you get a darker color to act as a counter, and a lighter color to act as the actual blush. I think this color looks great on almost every skin color and it goes on SO smooth and evenly. You know when you put blush on and one random spot is darker and the rest is lighter because the powder is just so heavy and uneven? NOT HERE.
It uses Porcelain Flower Extract that comes from Thailand. In traditional medicine it has been known to have anti-inf lammatory effects, and has been used to treat skin irritations or wounds. The extract has antibacterial, soothing and moisturizing properties. Pretty legit for a blush!
Want to get involved with BeautyCounter? There are 3 ways:
- Become a customer – Use any of the shop links above to start switching your current beauty/skin products for safer, non-toxic options! There’s a 60-day return policy on all products, so if something doesn’t work out for you (wrong color, doesn’t feel right to you etc) you can easily send it back!
- Join as a “Band of Beauty Member” – For an annual fee of $29, your membership includes:
- 15% Product credit with every order
- Free shipping on orders over $100
- Complimentary gift when you sign up and make a purchase of $50 +
- Special offers exclusively for members
3. Join as a Consultant – Are you passionate about health? Do you want to be part of the beauty change towards safer skin care? Did reading about all the harmful chemicals in your cosmetics with very little regulation cause concern for you? Do you want your children to grow up in a world with safer, more natural products and less toxins?
If you answered yes, and you want to help spread the word of this change and get the message out about safer beauty, you can join as a consultant and SAVE 25% on your orders (except there is a much larger discount than 25% on your first enrollment purchase!), as well as take the opportunity to make additional income by educating others about our skin care industry, and how to make safer, non-toxic cosmetic choices!
Click this link and then click “Become a Consultant” on the upper left side, just under my picture.
- Click the square, blue “join now” button.
- Enter your email address and other required information to create your account. It will then say to “choose a mentor”, and “Taylor Kiser” SHOULD already be chosen. So click “choose this mentor.” You then will have to click “choose this mentor” again.
- If, for some reason, you don’t see me as your mentor, put my first and last name in and search for me.
- Fill out all the information requested.
- Add your Enrollment Kit into your cart. This is the package you are required to purchase to become a consultant. It includes all of the information and learning materials you need to get started with your business.
- You can also add one of the product packages at a discounted rate when you first enroll, or you can order specific products a la carte if you desire!
- Once you finish the enrollment page and complete your order, you’re in! I will be notified that you have enrolled as a consultant, and I will reach out to you, and be available for any help you need to get started!
I hope you guys are as excited about Beauty Counter as I am! Watch the new “Beauty” page (in the navigation bar) as I update what products I like…and even don’t like!