Recent Skincare Changes and My Thoughts on Beautycounter

I can’t believe I’m about to type these words, but here goes nothing: I have become a Beautycounter consultant!  Believe me, no one is more shocked than I am.  Despite the preconceived notions I had because I didn’t think safe beauty products could actually be effective, I am officially now a huge fan! 

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Beautycounter is a safe skincare and makeup company that prohibits the use of over 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients when formulating their products.  (You can view The Never List here.)  Up until recently I figured that safe meant that all of the ingredients that make a product work must have been taken out.  Now, after using a few Beautycounter products for a while now and being happier with my skin than I’ve ever been before, I realize that that’s not the case at all.  I’ve now learned that lots of the products I’ve been using include chemicals banned in Europe and generic terms like “fragrance” often mean that the scent has been engineered.

Truthfully, I have always been skeptical of MLM (multi-level marketing) companies but in the recent months I’ve realized that my snap judgement was unfounded on many levels.  So long story short, here is how I learned about the company: a friend who is a consultant sent me some Beautycounter samples and out of sense of obligation I figured I should order at least one thing since she went to the trouble of sending me samples.  I am so glad I did!
I decided to try out Dew Skin first, which is a tinted moisturizer.  I rarely wear foundation here in Hawaii but I do need a little coverage, so a tinted moisturizer with SPF is my typical go-to.  The Philosophy stuff I had used previously was discontinued so I figured it was time to try something new.  Well, I’m hooked!  I wear shade no. 3 and mix it with a little Olay daily moisturizer to thin it out a bit.  (I’ll try swapping out my old Olay go-to once I use up this current bottle, I don’t want to waste perfectly good face lotion.)

Dew Skin was the only Beautycounter product I used for about 4 months, until I ran out of my drugstore eye cream and night cream.  I decided to splurge and see if safer products without dangerous chemicals actually worked.  Beautycounter products are on the pricier side but as I’ve entered my 30s (I’ll be 32 next month) I’ve realized that good skin care truly is a worthy investment.  So for my second order I decided to try the following products:

I’ve been alternating between using either the peel or the oil every night for about a month now.  Well let me tell you, after 2 weeks of using these skincare products at night I started receiving DMs on Instagram asking for my new makeup routine…yet nothing in my makeup routine had actually changed!  In fact I’m actually wearing less makeup than I did a few months ago (here is a blog post where I share my newer beauty habits and here is a blog post where I share the makeup I currently wear).  My face is simply brighter, my melasma has faded a bit, and I honestly feel like I’m glowing.  All with safe products I can use while still nursing my 13 month old.

I have yet to try any Beautycounter makeup but ordered a couple items to try and they should be arriving in the mail any day now.  I’ll share what I think once I get a chance to use them!  It looks like there are so many beautiful options and they all seem to get really great reviews.

So here is my plan: I’m going to continue using the non-Beautycounter products I currently have and then will try a Beautycounter swap once I run out of each item.  If one of my “non-safe” products works better then I will happily continue using it, but if a Beautycounter product works just as well or better I’ll report back here to let you know what I think.  In my opinion safe products are only useful if they actually work, so I plan on being totally honest and transparent with you all. 

Ok so all of that said, if you think it’s time for you to try Beautycounter I’d love to be your consultant!  Feel free to leave a comment here, shoot me an email at or you can shop on the website using any of the links I included in this post.  I’m still learning but would be happy to answer any questions you have.  Sharing things I love with you all is one of my favorite thing about blogging, so that’s the reason I signed up to be a consultant. 

If you can only try one product (and if you want to look a little more fresh-faced)…I would absolutely recommend trying the Overnight Resurfacing Peel.  You put it on a few minutes before your eye cream and night cream and you don’t have to wash it off.  So simple!  You use it 3-4 times a week and it has seriously worked wonders on my face.  Even Tom thinks my skin looks brighter, and it takes a big change for a male to notice something like that haha 🙂     

Do you use Beautycounter already?  Do you have any must-try products?  Please let me know because I’m officially hooked!

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Katie Vail
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  1. October 26, 2018 / 6:36 am

    I've been using the Nourishing Cleanser and the day and nigh moisturizers since June, and it has made a HUGE difference in my skin. I was really struggling with (what I thought was) hormonal breakouts, and that has pretty much gone away.

    Now I'm trying the foundation and the peel you suggested, and I chose you as my consultant. 🙂 Thank you for the suggestion! It makes me feel better to try their products knowing I can send them back for a refund if they just aren't right/work out.

  2. October 26, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Hi Holly, I'm so glad Beautycounter has helped you with your skin problems! I haven't tried the nourishing line yet but it sounds like it works wonders. You will LOVE the peel, it truly makes your skin glow in the morning. I've been using the foundation for over a week now too and really like the finish and that I don't get as oily as I do with typical foundation. I really appreciate you choosing me as your consultant, and please let me know if you need any help on my side! Thanks Holly!

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