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Winter Sale

January 2, 2017

The Beautycounter Winter Sale has some great deals available so I snagged the purifying charcoal mask and another bottle of the hydrating oil during the first day of the sale so it would get here in time to start the 30-day #BCSpaChallenge.

I absolutely can't live without the hydrating oil and the sale price is better than my consultant price so I signed Matthew up to get the deal on the oil and the $16 lipgloss!  The oil makes my face so velvety smooth; I put it on morning and night and over my makeup for an afternoon pick me up!  BUT, as much as I love the hydrating oil literally every single other person whom I've shared the oils with to try out swears by the Soothing Oil.  Just wanted to put that out there.

At Beautycounter we put the mission of awareness and change in the beauty industry in the forefront.  As consultants we are not trained on how to sell the products but rather we are encouraged to educate and empower women and to help lead the way for changes in Washington.  The products speak for themselves so we use our facetime to talk about the broader issue of safety.  We have to look out for each other and share the truth about what's in the food we eat, the cleaning products we use in our homes and the products we put on our bodies and our children. That being said, when my girlfriend first started talking to me about BC I was intrigued by the company and it's mission and it's pretty packaging and I jumped down the rabbit hole online trying to educate myself as much as possible about it's claims. There are lots of reviews and pictures of models with perfect glowy skin and a host of youtube videos featuring pretty girls teaching you a trick or two about different looks you can create with beautycounter makeup.  But what I wanted to see but couldn't find were good old fashion before and after shots.  Like, okay I'm listening; this face stuff is good for me and what I've been using is bad for me but does it work? 

I decided to put my walk where my talk is and bare my face, my bare face, to give you a little before and after eye candy this morning.   I took a picture of myself before doing a charcoal mask and following up with the hydrating oil and then another picture after to show you just how much my skin improved in less than 20 minutes.  The mask removed toxins and cleaned out my pores and the hydrating oil restored my skin's natural glow.

 First, I washed my face with the Nourishing Cream Cleanser.  Then I applied the Purifying Charcoal Mask and let it dry and sit on my face for about 10 minutes or so.  Then I washed it off with warm water and followed up with the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator.  I gave my face a spritz with the Rosewater Spray (a free gift when I signed my husband up with a band of beauty membership) and then liberally applied the Hydrating Oil all over starting on my forehead and then each of my cheeks and working my way out and down my face.  I finished with a pump of the Nourishing Night Cream because it was bedtime.

BEFORE (Image on the left):  Not bad y'all.  Especially considering I'm 35 and used to bake myself in the sun for a decade.  But you can see freckles and slight wrinkles stretching all across my forehead.  The skin on my forehead and cheeks looks parched and a bit rough and appears to be sagging down just a bit.  I had some blemishes on my chin that are red and angry.  Even my lips look a bit dry.

AFTER (Image on the left):  Not perfect, but dang the lines on my forehead are basically gone.  My freckles are still there but they're lighter and my pores are much smaller and less noticeable.  My cheeks are bit more plump making my face appear lifted and my lips look fuller (from the rehydration of the oil).

You can actually see all the little tiny black dots all over my nose and forehead and chin.  Those are my pores letting the charcoal in to detox and pull out dirt and impurities and toxins.  You can also see in the image on the right how the mask is literally pulling my skin taught as it dries.  Amazing.

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Pretty Dresses All Around

December 31, 2016

I've had the best time shopping for dresses recently.  I'm such a jeans girl but every time I need a dress for a special occasion I head to Nordstrom and I remember why I love them so much.  I can pop into the store and typically find something for any occasion in my price point.  Our store is small and doesn't have a large dress department but thankfully I can hop online and with free two-day shipping still get an awesome dress even when I've waited until the last minute to shop!

I wore this stunner one-shoulder long black dress to a family wedding a few weeks ago.  It's perfect for a winter wedding or gala when you want to look glam but not totally bare.  Y'all, I cannot say enough good things about this pretty dress.  LOVE this dress so very much and I got so many compliments on it!  It also has a little bit of a train in the back which makes it super fun for dancing.

What a beautiful wedding; if only I could have stayed all night enjoying it.  My mistake for bringing kids to an evening wedding.  Maybe we'll try again when the next cousin gets married :)

I am also so excited about this floral dress I found at Nordstrom yesterday!  It's perfect for two wedding showers I have coming up this winter; both of which I needed something pretty and feminine and slightly dressier than my typical go-to sweater dress and boots outfits.  I typically think of summer when I think about dresses but I love a good moody bolder floral to brighten up the cold weather.

They didn't have my size in the store so we clipped the back a bit to see how it would look with a more fitted middle true to the silhouette.  You can see some bunching in the top that should go away with the size down.



You really can't have too many little black dresses and I'm 99% sure I'm going to go back and buy this one.  It's just too pretty to leave behind. And it fits so dang well.  The material is thicker so it's smooths it all out and has pockets.


Oh, and this dress.  Oh, this dress.  Its full on glitter and sparkles from afar in a way that you just can't imagine from the picture.  I have absolutely zero place to wear it or reason to buy it.  I'm picturing it for my enganged cousin.

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.

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Dressing Room Diaries

December 30, 2016

Y'all, how is everyone doing?  I didn't mean to be gone so long, but life got in the way again.  I can't believe Christmas has come and gone already.  It felt fast this year; too fast.  Did everyone have a good holiday?  We've been sick over here.  I got strep throat just in time for Christmas and several friends got hit with the stomach bug and random fevers.  Such a bummer to feel so yucky but at least we could all hole up in the house with new toys.

I ventured out of the house for the first time since Monday doctors appointments and immediately went to scope out the after Christmas sales and check out all the new merchandise being unleashed.  So much goodness!  I thought I would take one for the team and risk awkwardness on the internet so show you how a few of my favorite things I found look off the hanger.

Not surprisingly, I was able to find some awesome winter outfits at Nordstrom that help conceal the holiday calorie splurge I've been on since November.  Ha!

A field jacket is a great way to casual up a look without compromising style.  I personally suggest splurging for a barbour jacket if you can because they are incredibly well made and will never go out of style.  Twenty years from now you'll still be pulling it out of your closet.  But, it that's just not in the budget there are lots of great less expensive options that give you the same look! 

Both pairs fit really well.  I will say I'm a loyal and devoted Rag&Bone fan.  They fit like a glove and make my thighs look smaller.  They're comfortable and never lose their shape.  That being said, I think the kut from the kut version are every bit as comfortable and cute.  Just make sure you size down at least one size because they stretch.

The website says it runs large and to order a size down but I disagree.  I'm usually a small or extra small (probably closer to a small these days) and I'm wearing the medium here and it fits really well.  

   OFF THE SHOULDER SWEATER || JEANS (look for less) top + left || JEANS right + bottom

RUFFLE SWEATSHIRT || BARBOUR JACKET (similar, can't find exact one online) || JEANS (look for less)

Also, don't forget to check out the amazing and incredible deals found in the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.  Best way to spend that Christmas Money.  Holla!

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post!  And thank you to my readers for bearing with me in the awkward dressing room selfies in the name of finding good clothes that fit!

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