December 27, 2017

Beautycounter Winter Sale – 30% Off Faves + Free Shipping on Me!

Hi friends!

I hope you’re cruising through this week after the holidays after a nice, relaxing few days off. I’ve extended my vacation a bit to ride into the New Year refreshed and ready to rock 2018. Cannot wait!

Last year I made a goal to focus more of my skincare and beauty routine to safer products. Enter Beautycounter. I’ve been using these products since March and not only do I feel better about what I’m putting on my skin, it shows! I have little to no breakouts, my skin is significantly clearer and more even-toned, and yes, brighter! And while I have to be honest in that I don’t 100% use all Beautycounter products, I use a lot and truly love what I do use.

The good news is that you can start 2018 on the right track with Beautycounter’s Winter Sale. Until 1/7, the following products are 30% off with the code WINTERSALE. But do not wait until January – products sell out fast when they’re on sale. Trust me! To sweeten the deal, for anyone who uses my link and spends $50+, I’ll reimburse you for shipping. Here’s what we’re playing with…

What I use and love out of these:

Color Pinch Cream Blusher: I rave about these blush sticks to everyone. I use the Hibiscus on my cheeks (trust me, this shade works well on anyone!), and the Caramel as a bronzer and contour. Use them together! I love that the colors seriously work on anyone, they’re buildable, and you don’t need a brush to use them. You can use your fingers to rub it in or an applicator if you’d like.

Matte Bronzer: Grab a bronzer brush and swipe this over your face for a nice glow. Crucial during these winter months.

Sheer Lipstick: This comes in the prettiest shades. They’re super hydrating, even during winter, from the castor oil. They’re more sheer than highly pigmented — great for those going a more natural route. But this is great for when you get a little smudge off your lips. Not so noticeable! Personal faves are Petal and Coral.

Lip Gloss: A non-sticky and hydrating lip gloss? You got it. Opal is one of my very favorites — clearish pink, soft and romantic. Ruby is also on sale for those who want bring in the new year with a pop of red. It’s actually very pretty and not too bright.

Eyeshadow Duo: There’s a shade combo for everyone here. Go Pearl/Champagne, Shell/Malt for a daily look, Peach/Bronze for a Spring/Summer look, Oyster/Amethyst, Fawn/Night for an evening look, and Slipper/Slate for a very romantic look.

I haven’t bought them, but the Ocean & Pacific Palette and the Winter Jewels Palette are so pretty! They’re a great idea for a 5-min makeup day or travel, with everything being set in one case.

Shoot me an email or comment below if you have any questions!


December 18, 2017

My Favorite Beauty Products in 2017

This week I’m going to do a roundup of my favorite products of 2017. These are all things I’ve either discovered or used this year and truly love. Y’all know I can’t be schilling crap I don’t like so I’m keeping it real here. Let’s pinch those pennies and only buy stuff that comes highly recommended or you just cannot go with out. Let’s start with beauty!

  1. Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner – I can’t even remember when I started using this because it’s been so long. When I went from blonde to brunette back to blonde in, um, a 10 day span, my hair needed help. While I know shampoo can’t recover damaged hair, this stuff worked to smooth out my locks to not appear so dry and brittle. I have continued to use this and the Perfect Hair Day line and love both depending on the season. PHD is great in the summer and Restore works well during the dry winter season.
  2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate – Ok, I’ve had puffy eyes since forever due to allergies and my love for high-sodium products like pickles and olives. This stuff is my jam. Use it at night and your eyes will be normal by morning. It truly does work and I’m probably on my 6th or 7th tube over the past 4 years.
  3. Johnson & Johnson Baby Bedtime Lotion – I’m sure you’re thinking wth? right now, but yes I use baby lotion every single day. The smell is really light and soothing and it does a great job of moisturizing. And it’s hella cheap for a big bottle. Bonus if you have kids and y’all can share. 
  4. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray – I have no idea why this stuff has so many names, but after seeing it in a bajillion magazine reviews I gave it a try. Truth is, it works. It holds style without a crunchy, sticky feeling. I buy the unscented because I don’t want it to overpower my favorite perfume, which is…
  5. Fresh Sugar Lychee Perfume – I’ve always been really sensitive to perfumes so finding one that doesn’t throw me into a sneezing fit is great news. And everyone loves this scent! Citrus, juicy lychee, and mango, grapefruit, Italian lemon and lime blossom,  freesia, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber. Side note: why do perfume descriptions have a minimum of 20 scents? Just trust, it’s delicious.
  6. Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – There are days when I hate the idea of putting foundation on my face. Most days I don’t wear anything at all (insert horror face here), but when I want a little somethin’ somethin’, I use this magical stuff. It’s got SPF 20 so you can use it in place of your daily moisturizer if you plan on wearing it, and just enough coverage to smooth out your face and cover any minor flaws. It’s buildable too! My only warning is that because it does contain sunscreen, my god do NOT rub around your eyes!!!! I wear shade No. 2.
  7. Beautycounter Color Pinch Cream Blushers – While the above product is my #1 favorite from Beautycounter, the blush sticks are easily #2. I use the Hibiscus on my cheeks (trust me, this shade works well on anyone!), and the Caramel as a bronzer and contour. Use them together! I love that the colors seriously work on anyone, they’re buildable, and you don’t need a brush to use them. You can use your fingers to rub it in or an applicator if you’d like.
  8. Beautycounter Lip Gloss – Might as well knock out all my favorite products in a row. Side note: I am a Beautycounter consultant if anyone has questions! I love this gloss because it’s medium pigmented, the right amount of shine, and never sticky. They smell nice too. My favorite shades are: Bare Shimmer for a daily neutral, Peony for a pop of pink (I use this the most), Dahlia for a bit more color, and Opal for a slight opalescent shine.
  9. MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara – Ladies, believe me when I say I have tried them all. Drugstore to high end, volumizing, lengthening, curling. This does it all. I’ve been using this tube for many years and cannot give it enough compliments. Read more about my favorite mascaras here.
  10. Essence Eyebrow Pencil – You guys can go on and on with your love for the Anastasia products, but sorry I just cannot justify spending $12052052 on my brows. This pencil right here is like a BUCK. I lied, it’s two. I use shade 04 Blonde.
  11. Gel nails – Ok, can’t link ya here, but switching over to gel polish was one of the smartest decisions I’ve made — as far as beauty goes, obviously – ha! I am really rough with my hands, as well as super clumsy, so a regular manicure chips on me after like a day. I wish I was kidding. Gel nails, if they’re done right, will truly last up to or beyond 2 weeks. Things to look for in a gel manicure: make sure they really clean the nail bed, use alcohol pads before applying polish, use a bonder (crucial!), and that they allow your nails to dry for a least 1 minute per coat. 2 for the top coat!!! A lot of salons will gip you on dry time which I find incredibly annoying and only leads to chippage sooner than later. Also – DO NOT peel your nails. If they start to chip and it bugs you that bad, just go get them fixed. And if you have a chip within a few days of your manicure, do not be afraid to go back to the salon to get one or two fixed. They’ll happily do it and if they don’t, find a place that cares.
  12. Coconut oil – No need to link this because you can find it anywhere. I’m partial to the $5.99 organic jar from Trader Joe’s so you might as well go there. What do I use it for? Oh, everything. Lip conditioner, eye makeup remover, dry skin during the winter, COOKING (I use a diff jar for sanitary reason), face mask, hair mask, wound salve, sunburn healer, cuticle oil…the list goes on. It’s basically the equivalent of Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Ok ladies and gents, tell me your favorite beauty products of 2017 in the comments below. I want to try some new things!!

November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Deals from Beautycounter

Happy Cyber Monday everyone! I know I just posted about Beautycounter on Friday, but there are more (new!) deals to share. TODAY only, Beautycounter is offering up the following:
Countermatch Discovery Set for $48. You get the Intense Moisture Serum, Eye Rescue Cream, Adaptive Moisture Lotion, and Recovery Sleeping Cream. Countermatch is the newest skincare collection powered by Bio-Mimic Technology. What’s that you say? The product exactly matches the composition of your skin and gives it what it needs. Read more here.
Next up, hair products! Both travel-sized haircare sets are $22. This is a great way to test out the products for a lower price point than buying the full sizes. The two sets are Volume & Shape and Smooth & Control. Both are silicone and sulfate free.
Last but not least (!), spend $175 and get a free full-sized Citrus Rosemary Body Oil.
And don’t forget to check my post from Friday that details some of my favorite holiday gift sets. Happy shopping!
November 24, 2017

Beautycounter’s Black Friday Deals Are Not To Be Missed!

I had all intentions of sleeping in this morning, but I think my body woke me up knowing it was time to shop. 😉 There are 31 days left until Christmas. Let that sink in for a second.

Ok, now wake back up, it’s time to snag some deals! Here’s what’s in store (pun intended) for Beautycounter’s holiday specials.

For anyone who has been wanting to try the extremely popular cleansing balm, but gasps at the $ price tag, here’s your chance to snag one for a deal. It’s slightly smaller but it’s a great way to test out the product and/or have a travel-sized option. By the way – Beautycounter has a no questions asked 60-day return policy. So basically what are you waiting for?

beautycounter black friday deals

Next up is the Lash Power Couple. Cute name, cute branding, GREAT product. The curved wand boosts those lashes and when you’re ready to take the day off, the makeup remover wipes the mascara off with ease.

There are also a TON of holiday deals. My favorites are the Illuminating Trio (GET THIS!!), the Perfect Pout Trio of pink glosses, the Winter Jewels Palette, and the Clean Slate Charcoal Duo.

Now if you make it to the $250+ mark, you get a FREE Beautycounter+ Spa Set.  Each spa set includes a MASK, MIST and and OIL. They are designed to BRIGHTEN, PLUMP and BALANCE the skin. Choose from:

🍊#1 BRIGHTENING COLLECTION – Infused with multi-source VITAMIN C complex, BRIGHTENS dull skin and boosts radiance. Helps MINIMIZE DARK SPOTS for a more even complexion and radiant glow.

🌸#2 PLUMPING COLLECTION – Formulated with powerful peony and jasmine essences to RESTORE and FIRM moisture-depleted skin. Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines

🖤#3 BALANCING COLLECTION – Infused with ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and ylang ylang to gently refine oily, uneven skin. Charcoal removes excess oil and impurities. This collection works great for ACNE and BREAKOUT PRONE SKIN.

beautycounter black friday deals

Don’t fret if you can’t get to $250+. After $100+ you get free shipping! As always, if you have any questions, shoot me an email: christinaorso@gmail.com Happy safer beauty shopping!!!