8 BEAUTYCOUNTER FAVORITES UNDER $30

I have to be honest with you – Beautycounter is my fav. It just is. 

I have switched over most of my personal care products and have zero regrets. Putting on makeup feels good, washing my hair feels good, washing and moisturizing my face at night feels good.

It's a 10/10 when it comes to the safety of the ingredients, the performance of the products and the integrity of the company. 

So, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite products under $30. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. 

1. Calendula Lip Conditioner - $22

A sweet treat(ment) for lips. Nourish and protect lips with this ultra-moisturizing lip balm, formulated with soothing and softening avocado oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and jojoba oil. It's also infused with calendula and chamomile oils, calming ingredients that help protect chapped lips and give the formula its subtly sweet scent.

A sweet treat(ment) for lips. Nourish and protect lips with this ultra-moisturizing lip balm, formulated with soothing and softening avocado oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and jojoba oil. It's also infused with calendula and chamomile oils, calming ingredients that help protect chapped lips and give the formula its subtly sweet scent.

This was the product that got me hooked on BC. Ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin, this detoxifying cleansing bar absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a clearer, smoother, and brighter-looking complexion. Made with purifying Japanese binchotan charcoal, antioxidant-rich organic green tea, and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.

This was the product that got me hooked on BC. Ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin, this detoxifying cleansing bar absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a clearer, smoother, and brighter-looking complexion. Made with purifying Japanese binchotan charcoal, antioxidant-rich organic green tea, and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.

Remove makeup and cleanse your skin in one step. Using a naturally derived micellar formula, each super soft wipe traps makeup, dirt, and impurities, then gently whisks it away with no need to rinse. Aloe Vera delivers hydration, while cornflower water soothes delicate skin. Gentle enough to use on face and eyes every day. These breakthrough wipes are also biodegradable - just dispose in your home compost.

Remove makeup and cleanse your skin in one step. Using a naturally derived micellar formula, each super soft wipe traps makeup, dirt, and impurities, then gently whisks it away with no need to rinse. Aloe Vera delivers hydration, while cornflower water soothes delicate skin. Gentle enough to use on face and eyes every day. These breakthrough wipes are also biodegradable - just dispose in your home compost.

Made with natural fibers, this advanced formula increases volume by 385% to create fuller, more dramatic-looking lashes. The hourglass brush curls, separates, and plumps for high-drama glam–without clumping, flaking or smudging. Cleaner, plant-derived ingredients, like carnauba wax and rice bran wax, replace harmful emollients, while bataua oil helps soften lashes.

Made with natural fibers, this advanced formula increases volume by 385% to create fuller, more dramatic-looking lashes. The hourglass brush curls, separates, and plumps for high-drama glam–without clumping, flaking or smudging. Cleaner, plant-derived ingredients, like carnauba wax and rice bran wax, replace harmful emollients, while bataua oil helps soften lashes.

This lightweight moisturizing cream hydrates and softens hands with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, organic sunflower oil, vitamin E, aloe, calendula, and chamomile. It massages on smoothly, absorbs quickly, and leaves a subtle, refreshing citrus scent.

This lightweight moisturizing cream hydrates and softens hands with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, organic sunflower oil, vitamin E, aloe, calendula, and chamomile. It massages on smoothly, absorbs quickly, and leaves a subtle, refreshing citrus scent.

6. Lip Gloss - $29

One swipe of this moisturizing gloss saturates lips in beautifully sheer color and high-impact shine. Infused with a delectable natural vanilla flavor and featuring a unique teardrop applicator, this formula goes on smoothly with no stickiness. My personal favorite is the shade  Dahlia .

One swipe of this moisturizing gloss saturates lips in beautifully sheer color and high-impact shine. Infused with a delectable natural vanilla flavor and featuring a unique teardrop applicator, this formula goes on smoothly with no stickiness. My personal favorite is the shade Dahlia.

7 & 8. Volume & Shape Shampoo and Conditioner - $26 each

SHAMPOO : This botanical-based formula utilizes the natural lifting power of hibiscus plant proteins to give hair a boost of weightless volume and exceptional fullness. Featuring breakthrough PureFoam Cleansing Technology, it delivers the rich lather you love without damaging sulfates.   CONDITIONER : Mineral oil- and silicone-free, this lightweight volumizing conditioner awakens flat hair with hibiscus plant proteins, while coconut oil protects each delicate strand. Natural conditioning agents give hair a healthy bounce without the buildup.

SHAMPOO: This botanical-based formula utilizes the natural lifting power of hibiscus plant proteins to give hair a boost of weightless volume and exceptional fullness. Featuring breakthrough PureFoam Cleansing Technology, it delivers the rich lather you love without damaging sulfates.

CONDITIONER: Mineral oil- and silicone-free, this lightweight volumizing conditioner awakens flat hair with hibiscus plant proteins, while coconut oil protects each delicate strand. Natural conditioning agents give hair a healthy bounce without the buildup.

See any you'd like try try? Click on the title or picture to order

AT WHAT COST?

 
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It's no secret that "choosing better" oftentimes comes at a price. 

Whole Foods is more expensive than Wal-Mart. 
Shopping local or organic often costs more. 
Even getting a salad at Wal-Mart costs more than hitting up the dollar menu. 

And sometimes it's not a financial price. Sometimes we sacrifice convenience or time. 

Choosing to go to the gym after work usually takes more willpower than going home to watch TV. 
Making recycling or composting a priority takes some extra effort. 
Cooking a meal at home takes longer than stopping by a drive-thru. 

While there are usually sacrifices, there's often a reward for choosing better, choosing healthier, choosing safer. 

So, what does this have to do with Beautycounter? This blog post idea was birthed from hearing/reading a few comments regarding our pricing. Things like:

"It's too expensive for me."
"Why are the prices that high?" 
"I don't want to pay that much for beauty products."

I'd like to use this space to speak into why our price point is what it is. 

INGREDIENT SELECTION PROCESS

At Beautycounter, we believe that scientists shouldn't be the only ones able to decipher the label on a personal care product package. Not only do we have an Ingredient Glossary listed online to share every single ingredient used in our products, we also have a groundbreaking, 5-Step Ingredient Selection Process with which we carefully assess and choose each ingredient for safety. This process includes: 

  • Sharing transparently. Every formula ingredient, including known components of fragrances, flavors, and intentionally added preservatives, are listed on our product labels or on Beautycounter.com. Click here to learn more about our health and safety achievements and other initiatives by reading our 2018 Social & Environmental Responsibility Report.

  • Sourcing responsibly. We choose the best organic, natural, sustainable, and synthetic ingredients that meet our standards. More than 80% of the ingredients in our products are natural or plant-derived.

  • Learning constantly. There are major data gaps on most cosmetics ingredients, so our team reviews emerging data regularly and even creates our own studies. In fact, we have partnered with Tufts University to learn more about the thousands of chemicals used in products that do not have any health or safety data. (That's scary.)

  • Screening rigorously. Using the best available sources, we screen every potential ingredient for information on specific hazards like cancer, developmental toxicity, hormone disruption, and infertility.

  • Banning intentionally. We have something called The Never List™– this is made up of approximately 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients we prohibit from our product formulations.

PACKAGING + SHIPPING

Beautycounter's mission doesn't stop at the products or ingredients. The vast majority of our product packaging, including all of our secondary packaging (i.e. cartons, shrink-wrap) and shipping materials (i.e. boxes, filler paper), is recyclable in most communities in North America. We do not use styrene-based (#6), PVC (#3), or polycarbonate plastics (#7), which are usually not recyclable and are known to include toxic chemicals.

We use FSC-certified paper for all paper packaging. Every powder compact is made from recycled paper.

We have listed all primary packaging information on our product web pages so you can better understand if the materials are recyclable in your community. Our team is researching the life cycle of some of our packaging materials and we're always looking for new and improved packaging options that fit our needs.

CONSULTANT SUPPORT

Part of our product cost is transferred to Beautycounter consultants. This is due to not putting a large portion of our dollars toward traditional marketing. The founder of Beautycounter, Gregg Renfrew, had a desire for our products to be sold through storytelling rather than just grabbing a product off a shelf. As a consultant, we believe in the products, adopt the mission as our own and share Beautycounter with our world. 

So, when you shop with Beautycounter, you're paying for more than just your product.

  • You're paying for better, safer ingredients.

  • You're paying for a company that spends time and money on rigorous screening to take careful consideration into what ingredients are being used on your skin.

  • You're paying for a brand that chooses to be completely transparent, a brand you can trust.

  • You're paying to support small business owners who have chosen to link arms with, not just a company, but a movement toward getting safer products into the hands of everyone.

I don't know about you, but that is a company I can get behind.

AT WHAT COST?

Now, believe me, I am not a stranger to careful budgeting and needing to be wise with money. I am well aware that drugstore mascaras and lip glosses are much more affordable.

But, at what cost? 

I encourage you to do your own research with the personal care products you use regularly. Your face wash, laundry detergent, liquid foundation. Your mascara, counter spray, baby lotion. Take a look at the ingredients listed and how they rank safety-wise. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) rating system is a helpful tool when it comes to researching products and ingredients. 

Choosing organic foods, safer products and a healthier lifestyle may be more expensive, but so are medical bills from long-term side effects when we don't choose the things that are good for us. It may require saving in another area or redoing your budget, but you have to remind yourself that it's worthwhile. One should never have to sacrifice health for beauty. 

I'll leave you with the words of Gregg Renfrew: 

"Companies are allowed to use harmful ingredients and make their own judgments about safety. And so I started Beautycounter, a company devoted to progress. Here you'll find a wealth of empowering information about ways we can all make the world healthier, along with safer products you can trust. Because we all deserve better. Our vision is bold; real answers are never timid. Help us put truth back in beauty."

 
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Hey there!  My name is Ashley and I have been a Beautycounter Consultant since January 2017. It's one of those companies that made my heart skip a beat – I couldn't ignore its engaging mission, dedication to transparency and high-performing products. My first taste was our Charcoal Cleansing Bar and I was hooked! 

Read a little bit more about why I joined. Ready to try these products for yourself? Click here to shop with me!

MY MAKEUP ROUTINE: THEN AND NOW

 

I wear makeup most days. Whether it be a tinted moisturizer and some lip balm before running errands on a Saturday or a full face of products before date night, it's safe to say that I wear makeup on the reg. 

Not only do I wear makeup often, but I've been wearing it for 10+ years. That's a whole lot of products my skin has absorbed over the years. 

But, my makeup routine looks a lot different now than it did 6 months ago.

After becoming a Beautycounter consultant, I began to research some of the products I had used on my skin for years. What I found shocked me. 

  • USE WITH CONCERN

  • ALLERGY

  • POTENTIAL NEUROTOXIN

  • HORMONE DISRUPTOR

  • POSSIBLE ORGAN TOXICITY

  • INFERTILITY

  • RESPIRATORY AND SKIN IRRITATION

  • POSSIBLE OVARIAN CANCER CARCINOGEN

  • KNOWN HUMAN CARCINOGEN

  • TOXIC TO REPRODUCTION

  • CONTAMINATION CONCERNS

  • POSSIBLE ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR

  • NO SAFETY DATA FOR SKIN

And these are just some of the words and phrases linked to the ingredients in my makeup. This list doesn't even include what I found out about my old laundry detergent, hairspray, shampoos, body lotions, etc. 

Now, I'm not writing this blog to reveal what I used to purchase or to bash other companies. That's not what Beautycounter is about, and that's not what I'm about. 

I'm here to tell you about what I'm using now. 

After I uncurled myself from the fetal position, it became my goal to completely switch my makeup products to safer. 

I started with my foundation and blush, which happened to be the most harmful, and kept switching from there. As I ran out of products, I began to replace them with Beautycounter.

As of 5 months ago, I have a completely new makeup routine and I'm absolutely in love with it. 

Don't worry, I'll share. 

Here's what's currently in my makeup bag: 

Of course, I do not use all of these products every day. My everyday go-to is: foundation, concealer, blusher, eye shadow and mascara. 

But, I truly enjoy putting on my makeup each morning because I know that I'm choosing safer ingredients for my skin. I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor by using these products. And, not only that, but I'm using less and it still lasts me all day. My Beautycounter makeup was truly an investment in my health. 

What is your makeup routine?
What safer makeup have you found that you love?

Maybe you haven't found any yet, but you're interested in switching to safer! Shoot me a message, let's chat!