Beauty Content – Spa Day At Home

I recently fell in love with Beautycounter – have you heard? My girl Gwyneth Paltrow first introduced me, then I heard some more about it from JCrew (you can always count on Jenna Lyon!) . Their mission is simple – To get safer products into the hands of everyone. Their products though? cult following, and as I recently discovered, for good reason!

I have a terrible history with extremely dry and sensitive skin that is highly allergic & reacts with eczema. OHSOFUN. I stopped wearing all eye makeup 1.5 year ago because it got to the point where everything caused a reaction. Eczema on your eyes – not fun folks! Before Beautycounter I was down to 2 brands of cleansers & moisturizers that I could use safely – both unsurprisingly from Europe where they have MUCH higher standards for ingredients than we do in North America (and here then Canada has higher standards than the USA). Beautycounter has a Never List of 150+ ingredients that they will NEVER use in their products – making them so much safer for all.

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They are extremely new to Canada, so when my girl Allison over at City Mama Style first signed up as a Beautycounter consultant I was quick to host an online pop up shop. My first order was the sheer lipstick in Fig, and that was all it took to get me hooked. The perfect natural enhanced nude colour, moisture that lasted half the day without leaving my lips high and dry afterwards. Instant brand loyalty in one cute gold lipstick case.Before I knew it I was ordering more and more and then I realized I really need to just become a consultant as well.

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Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Fig – is that the perfect nude or what? (

This past Sunday I found myself with a few hours of serenity in the late afternoon, my daughter was napping and Mr Content was catching up on work in his home office. I took the time to do a quick scrub with the charcoal cleansing bar (I only use it here and there to control the odd hormonal breakouts, Mr Content has more oily skin and uses it more regularly). And then I filled my sink with steaming hot water and held my face over top for a few minutes to loosen everything up and then i applied my new Purifying Charcoal Mask, laid back in bed and read my book in compete silence. HEAVEN.

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A simple and quick treatment, although very lux for a Sunday afternoon for this mama. “Mineral rich with Kaolin clay and charcoal to draw out impurities, gently exfoliate, and soothe skin.”

This mama gives it two thumbs up! I didn’t need a lot of product to get even coverage so the tube will last me quite a while. It washed off easily afterwards and left my skin feeling fresh, smooth and taught but not dry. Follow up with your favourite moisturizer. I definitely plan to use this for spot treatments as well, when needed.

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Pregnancy Product Love

Two of my favourite products that you really need to know about;

Sudocrem – this is a diaper cream that kicks all other diaper creams’ buts! I kid you not. I’ve been using it for years because what most people don’t know is that it’s amazing for so many other ailments other than diaper rash. More than anything I use it as a zit zapping cream –  zinc is a natural acne-bacteria fighting substance, and it won’t dry out your skin while zapping your pimple. And now that i’m preggo this is my absolute favourite ‘tool’ in my bathroom, because you just never know when your hormones are going to kick into high gear and you’ll wake up with a break-out. And you know it’s safe for baby unlike many acne medicines. Further to that I use it on razor burn, insect bites, and most minor skin irritations. It’s not nearly as ‘sticky’ as most other diaper creams which makes it easy to apply and rinse off.

Sudocrem is also my favourite add-on for a baby shower gift because a lot of new moms don’t know about it. 250gm for no more than $14, it’s not exactly a bank breaker.

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Now this is the single most-used gift I received this past Christmas. My sister put this in my stocking and at the time I was only 13 weeks pregnant and had no idea how much I’d use it in the weeks to come.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, I have used this every day from week 13 until now (24.5 weeks) and have already stocked up on a second bottle because I don’t want to run out! With the start of my third trimester only 9 days away I know all the stretching and growing I’ve been doing is about to be amped up and this lotion keeps my skin soft, supple, and comfortable. It battles the itch of the stretch, and so far no stretch marks. (I realize this may change in a very short time). But should they appear this lotion is also packed with Vitamin E so it will help with the healing of them and reduce scarring. Plus it smells delicious! My husband likes to talk to the baby through my belly and is always telling him/her how ‘great mommy’s belly smells!’. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. FYI it’s Hypoallergenic & Paraben Free, a 250gm bottle should run you less than $10.

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