6 Beauty Favorites

From left to right:

beautycounter wash everyday body wash: This has been my favorite body wash since last fall—I've used it exclusively since then. It's creamy, lathers well, and never strips the skin of natural moisture because it has no sulfates in it. I never tire of the citrus mimosa scent because it's fresh, warm, and crisp at the same time—and never overpowering. Brandon even uses this wash and loves it! Best of all, it's totally nontoxic, which I can't say for the other body washes I used in the past, which have sulfates, fragrance, and sometimes parabens in them (ingredients that are linked to cancer and hormone disruption, among other terrible things). Right now through the 29th, this wash is buy one get one free! Such a good deal.

bareminerals gen nude matte liquid lipcolor in "slay": First, the color is great. It's a very wearable nude color that is perfect for day or night. I have darker pigmented lips, so it's the slightest bit lighter than my natural color. Next, the formula of this is creamy, but dries to a matte that is not drying at all! It wears so long and doesn't run or come off when you take a sip of something to drink. This stuff is so good—and it comes in lots of different shades, too.

cosmedix pure enzymes: I just discovered this mask and fell in love right away. It's made for dull, congested, dry, photo-damaged skin (um, hi!). It has Cranberry Extract and Lactic Acid to slough away dead skin + brighten, D-Glucuronic Acid to hydrate and give that dewy look we all want, and Chirally Correct L-Glutathione and L-Superoxide Dimutase to fight away free radical damage. Just leave it on for 3-10 minutes two to three times a week. I could tell a difference after the very first use. It's a great way to exfoliate without having to use abrasive scrubs!

unwash dry cleanser: hello, new favorite dry shampoo! This one has no harsh chemicals. It has volcanic ash, which is a natural ingredient that absorbs oil, vitamin e to condition the hair, and plant extracts for shine. You all know how I feel about my beloved batiste dry shampoo, but this one doesn't make my hair look as dusty as batiste—it gives my hair more of a "just washed" look. Plus, I don't feel like I have to use as much of it, which is great because the price tag is kind of a killer. (Mine has lasted over a month so far and plenty more to go.) Also, you brunettes will love this because it doesn't make your hair look white! 

arcona triad pads: These little babies really pack a punch. They cleanse, tone, hydrate, and infuse skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed. It has tons of good-for-your-skin ingredients in it like antimicrobial cranberry (clarifies skin!), vitamins, essential fatty acids, vitamin e, omegas, and rice milk. I really feel refreshed after using these and I love that it's another nontoxic company. I'm sure the directions say to use them morning and night, but I just use them at night. There is a deal going on right now through nordstrom where you can buy a bundle of two tubs at almost $20 off plus free shipping! I think I might load up on more for back stock. 

beautycounter citrus mimosa hand cream: I keep this stuff everywhere—in my bag, on my nightstand, in my car. It is super hydrating, but doesn't feel greasy. There's only one thing I can't stand more than dry hands and it's greasy hands that I feel like I need to wash right after putting lotion on them! Not only is it nontoxic (which is really important in a hand cream because I'm touching my baby all day and putting my hands around my face), but it also has the signature "citrus mimosa" scent that is amazing. Just like the Wash above, this is buy one get one free right now, too!

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