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June Product Reviews

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I ordered a box of five new goodies in early June (I seriously love mail a little too much), and I am finally ready to share with you my thoughts on each product! 

brighteningcleanser_indielee_608819407210_front_copy_grande-2Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32) – I first used this cleanser several years ago when I switched to safer beauty products. I loved it then and love it equally as much now! The smell reminds me of  fresh strawberries! It has an awesome texture when it comes out of the bottle and lathers onto your skin with ease. The glass bottle packaging is also beautiful. My preference is the use this face wash only in the morning. I don’t love it as much for removing makeup, but it’s lovely for giving you a glowing start to each morning! It can also be used as a mask if you let it sit for 5-10 minutes on your face. Be careful, though, the product comes out of the bottle super fast!

Untitled_design_81_grandeCommon Goods Lavender Linen Water ($7) – Ironing is one of my least favorite chores (can I get an amen?), but this linen water makes it so much more fun. The smell is subtle and just enough to put a smile on your face rather than making you want to seek cover from some sort of fragrance bomb. I spray it on our clothes before ironing them, on our sheets a few times a week, and often on my clothes I wear for the day. It’s a happy, delightful way to spring some lavender into your life!

Untitled_design_26_a5f6b5ef-12b0-46ae-aad3-b7e9a38c23e6_grandeOne Love Organics Cleansing Sponge ($10) – This is a product I could take or leave. My biggest issue is consistently using a cleansing sponge. I’m definitely in the routine of using my hands to wash my face. This sponge dries hard but softens as your run it under the water. It does a good job when it comes to removing makeup and leaving your skin feeling super clean. If you love sponges, this is an affordable and decent one to try! And, seriously, the heart shape is a cute added bonus!

 

mediterranean_largeVapour Mediterranean Artist Eye Palette ($46) – I’ve used individuals eye shadows
from Vapour, but this is my first palette. I love the color combination and the texture of the eyeshadows. The palette is a little smaller than I expected, but the shadows seem to last a long time. It’s also super easy to pack when traveling. My favorite thing about the cream eyeshadows by Vapour is that they are basically foolproof. You can have zero skill and make these shadows look great! The colors are subtle once applied and last most of the day. The pink shade is definitely my favorite out of the three colors.

CC_2016_Product_grandeConscious Coconut Oil ($16) – I’m going to be completely honest here…I will not be purchasing this product again. It’s likely user error, but I’ve had the toughest time with the coconut oil in the tube. I am sure it’s wonderful for people who travel a lot or don’t like the idea of dipping into a jar. For me, I really struggled to use the tube. I ran it under hot water, squeezed it, and a forceful amount of coconut oil came out and ended up all over my bathroom. I decided to give it another try and the exact same thing happened. I haven’t been able to get anything out of the tube without warming it up, but I fail each time to warm up the entire amount inside, which create a strange amount of pressure in the tube. I love the company and the idea of the product, but it’s just not for me!

Questions? Feel free to comment below!

-Jess

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Giveaway Time

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June 15 was a super exciting day for Beautycounter. A brand new product was released — the Countermatch Adaptive Lotion. This lotion, using Bio-Mimic Technology and harnessing the unique life-giving properties of plants, adjusts hydration levels throughout the day for a smooth look and a radiant glow. In short, it gives your skin precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t! This breakthrough beauty product SOLD OUT before the day was done. Due to the overwhelming popularity, I’ve decided to host a product giveaway for one of my lucky customers. Luckily, I ordered an extra bottle just for this purpose 🙂 Here’s what you need to do to be eligible for the giveaway:

  1. Visit www.beautycounter.com/jessicadeems 
  2. Make a purchase of any amount by June 30 and email me a copy of your confirmation to –> prettywellblog@gmail.com. 
  3. I will hold a drawing on July 1 to select the winner of the Countermatch Adaptive Lotion & then send it your way! 

I want everyone to try this awesome product but, for now, I will get to connect one lucky person to it! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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10 Safer Beauty Favorites Under $30

Beauty and personal care products can be pricey, but you don’t have to break the bank to begin making changes. I’ve rounded up 10 lovely items from two of my favorite places to purchase safer products– Fig & Flower and Beautycounter.

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Pinkerton_480_1024x1024_f1a28e5d-4dac-40cd-b056-88e51806be6c_grande100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish ($12)

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Indie Lee Blemish Lotion ($26)

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Suntegrity Mineral Sunscreen for Body ($24)

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BC Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa ($24)

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BC Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa ($20)

 
 
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Quick & Easy Natural Makeup Look

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I am all about effortless, quick, easy, and light makeup routines. There was a time in my life when I wore heavy foundation, which always felt more like I was wearing a mask. If my eyes ever ran water or shed tears, it looked like the Red Sea had parted down my cheeks. I’ve also had seasons of contouring and attempting the great smokey eye, which looked more like a black eye. I’m not knocking it. I just don’t have the skills and the vast majority of women do not either. My sister, though, is a makeup prodigy, and she does amazing things with makeup on a daily basis. If you need some tips and trips on taking it to the next level, I will give you her contact information! If you are just trying to make it through a day of work looking put together and without melting down, then I am your girl!

This is an actual picture from this morning. Hello, Friday and long weekend! I go through various makeup routines from time to time, but this has been my go-to look for the past two weeks or so. I’m using a lot of Beautycounter products right now since I am a consultant. I’m really trying to decide which products will become staples in my own routine, but I am loving everything so far. Here is what I used!

Note: Just click on the product names for direct links to the products.

Foundation and Concealer: Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Light, Tint Skin Foundation in Linen

Setting Powder: Mattifying Powder 

Eyes: Eyeshadow Duo in Shell/Malt, bareMinerals Pink Eye Color in Finesse, Color Outline Eye Pencil in Violet, Tarte Lights/Camera/Lashes Mascara

Blush: Color Sweep Blush Duo in Flamingo/Apricot

Lips: Lip Sheer in Rose, Lip Gloss in Opal

Setting Spray: Balancing Facial Mist (this stuff is seriously the bomb!)

That’s it! 11 products for a quick and easy, natural makeup look.

I hope you enjoy your long weekend with family and friends. As a military spouse, I will be holding my husband extra close and remembering his friends who are no longer with us. Thank you to all of our Veterans and their families for your service.

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Lip Perfection

I haven’t always been a fan of lipstick. Typically, I would put it on first thing in the morning and then forget to reapply during the day. All of that changed as I transitioned to cleaner products. I now actually enjoy wearing lipstick. Here are some of my favorites!

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  1. Lip Sheer by Beautycounter
    • Don’t let the name fool you. There is no shortage of color here! I have a major love for this lipstick right now. I like it so much that I’ve purchased it in three colors (Twig, Plum, & Rose). It’s silky soft, fun to wear, and the color selection is awesome! I can’t wait to collect them all. It’s one of the first lipsticks I actually reapply throughout the day!
  2. Lip C.P.R. by Suntegrity
    • Lip color plus sunscreen? Sign me up! This lipstick helps reduce the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles while protecting you from the sun!
  3. Lip Glaze by 100% Pure
    • This was my first clean lipstick product and it’s still a favorite. I used the same tube for an entire year! I’m not even sure that you’re supposed to do that. It’s nourishing and easy to apply!

What are some of your favorite clean lipsticks? If you haven’t tried any, these are a great place to start!

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Foundation Swaps

Let’s talk foundation. I posted some of my favorites in a previous blog post, but I’ve since found a few new ones I really like! Foundation is such an important part of a makeup routine. My favorites were always Makeup Forever and Double Wear by Estee Lauder. They did not measure up when it came to clean ingredients, though, and I had to make a change. The great news is that I have had great success finding replacements. There truly are tons of cleaner foundations out there these days.

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1. Tint Skin by Beautycounter ($41): A great foundation for everyday use and all ages. It’s a staple in my makeup drawer. The coverage is blendable so you can use it for both lighter and heavier makeup looks. The best part, this foundation promotes smoother-looking skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Shop Beautycounter Here

2. Atmosphere Luminous Foundation by Vapor ($44): This foundation is best for those with older skin that may also tend to be dry. It’s super hydrating and will definitely leave you with a refreshing glow.

Shop Vapour Here

3. Vita-Active Foundation by Fitglow ($55): This foundation goes to work while you wear it. It contains ingredients that increases collagen production and boosts skin’s ability to diminish spots, freckles, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage. It’s sure to be a favorite.

Shop Fitglow Here

4. Zero Gravity Foundation by auNaturale ($38): The auNaturale booth was jam packed at the Indie Beauty Expo. This is definitely the “it” up and coming brand. The foundation goes on like a nourishing creme but finishes like a weightless powder. They just rebranded so you can find this foundation in the old packaging for a portion of the price right now.

Shop auNaturale Here

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Redefining Beauty

My history with beauty hasn’t always been clean.

I held my breath as the doctor approached my forehead with a syringe. The waivers were signed. The possible outcomes were understood. Today was the day I would say goodbye to that pesky line between my eyebrows. I was 23 years old and a few years of looking at the computer screen and thinking too hard were beginning to show on my face…specifically right between my eyes. The line had become a catch-all for my makeup and a source of insecurity. I was much too young for this, and I knew there was already a solution in place. So, I called up my esthetician and scheduled a consultation and then an appointment. Within a few days, I walked out of the office with a shiny new forehead.

As I went to sleep that night, I felt a wave of panic come over me as I realized I could not exactly move my forehead. The connection between my brain and muscles had ceased, and it freaked me out! While I spent the next few months more confident in my looks (goodbye forehead crease!), I promised myself I would never go through the process again. I started to ask why this was the latest beauty craze. Sure, we want to look young. Sure, it can help with headaches. But, there was something that was now missing from me..from who I am…my ability to express myself felt completely stifled. Some people are perfectly okay with that, but I was not ready to let it go.

Today, my forehead line has returned. It’s a little deeper than before. I know that no cream or natural remedy will fix it. I even went through a few nights of trying to use wrinkle tape to help smooth it out. Lately, I’ve really been working through accepting the aging process and focusing more on self-care and wellness rather than just outward appearances. Putting something on my skin that is toxic simply is not worth it. I’m already dealing with a compromised immune system, and I am on a mission to give my body the best chance to be healthy.

And, the reality is, this injection was not my first attempt to look better. At a young age, I started having chemical peels and going through Retin-A treatments. I had acid applied to a scar on my chin to help it heal again in a less noticeable way.  My chemical peel journey ended after the peel refused to settle down…leaving me with the worst feeling face ever. All of these moments…all of these instances…made me look at myself and question the underlying insecurities.

What is beauty? Why is our society pushing so hard against the aging process?

And, you may ask, what is the difference between injections and simply using a natural cream with promises of brightening your skin? Honestly, I do often ask myself this question. Isn’t the motivation ultimately the same?

I think the difference ultimately lies within the risks we are willing to take in the name of beauty. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel prettier but…what happens when prettier means taking major health risks?

What is the definition of beauty? What value has our culture placed on that definition?

For me, I am in the process of redefining what beauty means to me and how I perceive beauty in others. I want to tell young girls that makeup does not define them. That perfectly shaped eyebrows and smooth skin are not necessary. I want to tell them that they are enough, and they are beautiful.

The quest for perfection is trickling down to younger and younger generations. It has to stop somewhere and it’s going to take a generation of young women standing up and saying…

“I’ve got some lines and that is just fine. My skin is not perfect, but I will not sacrifice my health in the name of beauty.”

No one will ever be perfect on this journey. I am surely not. What can we do? We can begin to redefine beauty, and we can begin to encourage our mothers and sisters and friends to trend toward wellness and health. One step at a time.

 

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Eyeshadow Favorites

Let’s talk about eyeshadow. Eye shadow is one of my favorite beauty products. It’s versatile, affordable, and really sets the tone of a makeup look. I can barely walk away from a beautiful pink or gold shimmer. I had a nice collection of colors from one brand that I ended up setting aside for cleaner alternatives. I thought it would be hard to replace them, but I quickly found new favorites. The best part? The new ones do not bother my eyes! Ever. I am sharing with you my three favorite eyeshadows to date.

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RMS Beauty Eye Polish

This eyeshadow is creamy and full of pigments. A little goes a long way, and it’s super easy to apply even with your fingers. The end result is a subtle, glossy look that leaves your eyes looking fresh rather than heavy. The best part? It pulls double duty and moisturizes the eyes while being worn to help fight aging! If you do have oily skin, just make sure you use a minimum amount rather than using a normal amount. This product lasts forever!

Favorite Shades: Lunar, Myth

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100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Eye Shadow

This eyeshadow is most similar to the one I said goodbye to for a cleaner alternative. So easy to apply and blend. You really can’t mess up the application process. Plus, it stays put all day. There is a great selection of shades to choose from…all free from synthetic dyes!

Favorite Shades: Star Bright, Sugared

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Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color

The first day I wore this eyeshadow a coworker stopped me and said, “Your eyes look amazing today! What did you do different?” Well, the difference was the mesmerize eye color. It’s fantastic. It’s creamy but it also reminds me of a powered eyeshadow. It does not crease or run like your typical cream. The pigments in the product are truly amazing, and you are guaranteed to have a twinkle in your eyes! Fig and Flower has an awesome eye palette available with three awesome shades to get you started.

Favorite Shades: Sugar, Firefly

I hope you are able to find a clean shadow for your makeup collection. I think you will be happy with any of these!
-Jess