This post has been sponsored by Beautycounter.
The world of clean beauty can be a bit intimidating, and even downright confusing at times. Between natural, organic, non-toxic, and other ‘buzzwords’ that get thrown around left and right, who can you really trust?
If you follow my blog, you’re probably well aware of some of my favorite clean beauty brands, but I have a new one to share with you today – Beautycounter. They initially peaked my interest for their work in the personal care industry where they advocate for better health-protection laws. In my mind, when a company is that proactive when it comes to educating consumers and working with the government to ban potentially harmful ingredients, that same passion and care is bound to reflect in their own product formulations.
“At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through “The Never List™” — all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.”
Not only does Beautycounter formulate their products to be free of those included on The Never List™, they’ve also designed them to be high-performing when it comes to color payoff, texture, longevity – you name it – making them a great alternative to the more mainstream (and not always so safe) beauty products on the market today. And what better way to try them out than through this year’s limited edition gift sets! Here are two of my favorites that are worth checking out…
Beautycounter Mini Color Intense Lipstick Vault
Beautycounter’s Mini Color Intense Lipstick Vault contains a full wardrobe of universally flattering lipstick colors – from easy everyday roses, pinks, and nudes for the office, to bold and bright date night-ready shades. It provides the perfect ‘sampling’ for you or a loved one to experiment with different colors, depths, and tones (and bonus – the lipsticks come in the perfect mini sizes for tossing in your purse when you’re on-the-go!).
My favorite part about these lippies? Their gorgeously smooth, satiny, hydrating formula that feels almost like a balm – only with excellent color pay-off. One swipe delivers rich color and near full coverage color that feels lightweight and breathable. They’re also fuss-free. For example, just today I tossed one of my favorites – Café – in my bag as I rushed out the door and was able to apply it on the train without a mirror. Apply one swipe, then press your lips together, and you’re set!
I also love the infusion of peppermint oil – it gives the lippies a subtle, refreshing scent and creates a slight cooling sensation on the lips (don’t worry, it’s not super intense or tingly!). Oh, and did I mention it comes in an elegant, and reusable gold-patterned gift box?! It makes for a pretty little accessory for a vanity!
Beautycounter Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Beautycounter’s Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette is limited-edition palette featuring 18 highly-pigmented, long-wearing shades, designed to flatter all skin tones. It covers everything from subtle neutrals to rich smoky shades. There’s also a nice balanced mix of matte, satin, and (very wearable) shimmer finishes, each with a buttery-smooth texture that makes it easy to apply using a brush, or even just your fingers.
In my opinion, it’s the perfect starter palette for beauty newbies who want to experiment with different shades and looks. On the flip side, the palette would be equally fun for someone who already owns several eyeshadow palettes – because sometimes it’s nice to have everything you need in one place to streamline a morning makeup routine or a travel bag.
Wearing Color Intense Lipstick in Café & the Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (Burgundy on lid, Suede in crease, & Smoke in outer V)
And one extra bonus? The palette comes with a (super soft and surprisingly high-quality) double-sized brush – which I find helpful when applying colors the crease and outer corner of the lids – along with a handy removable mirror. It also features a magnetic closure to keep everything secure (but also easy to access in a flash – not pesky snap closures here!). And to top it off, the gold-patterned exterior looks especially chic slipped inside a makeup bag or sitting on top of a vanity (and makes for gorgeous holiday gift packaging too!).
Available at Beautycounter
Have you tried Beautycounter’s clean makeup or skincare lines?