The Change I Made for Safer Skin Care


If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to take care of my skin. Growing up and in my 20s, I always had clear, glowing complexion. You don’t think about aging in your 20s, and I definitely didn’t take good care of my skin.

In my 30s, I’ve tried to make up for that lost time by trying a melange of product. Basically, if someone said something “worked” on them, I was ready to try it, without giving much thought to what might be in it, so long as it would make me look good. (Hey, I’ve never been anything but honest.)

But then my mom got diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2015, and of course I started freaking out about carcinogens and what I was putting in my body. I’d heard of BeautyCounter a bit through the internets, but it wasn’t until I went to an Uplift event that I really understood why what they do is so important. Besides, after adopting healthy eating and exercise habits, this was the logical next step. 

Did you know that there are 1400 banned cosmetic ingredients in the EU, and only 11 in the U.S.? That’s messed up, y’all. Here’s some of the top dangerous ingredients banned in the EU but not here. A great way to check if your cosmetics use safe ingredients or not is this tool from the EWG.

I don’t want to get into politics on here, but it’s pretty scary to me how under-regulated our beauty industry is and the dangerous ingredients we’re putting on our skin just in the name of looks. 

I’ll admit, I was pretty naive and had no idea about any of this, but I think what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our mouths (insert awkward joke here), so I decided to become a Beautycounter consultant so I could share this with all of you.


My Personal Faves

Here’s what I love and personally use every single day. I’m still in the process of transitioning some of my color cosmetics over, but my skincare is all Beautycounter now:

Nourishing Cream Cleanser: Legit, this is the best face wash I’ve ever used. It is so gentle, and my face feels soft and clean after I use it. I used to exfoliate the crap out of my face, using a scrub every day, but now I’m much much more gentle on my skin.

Nourishing Night Cream: I’m 34. Must. Use. Night. Cream. This one is rich and nourishing (hence the name!), but not so heavy that I feel all oily getting into bed. 

Rejuvenating Day Cream / Tint Skin Foundation : My days involve lots of sweating, so my day face products need to be light so my pores don’t clog.

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen: I have awesome dark circles to begin with and insist on wearing purple eyeliner and rubbing my eyes, so a good concealer is super important to me, and this one is light and effective, and also, the pen format is fun to click because I am 34 going on 4.



Best of Beautycounter

Right now, they’re running a deal on their best of products — their most popular products. Included in the deal is a free gift: you can choose from lip conditioner, lengthening mascara or lip balm. My own deal: Spend more than $60, and I’ll give you this cute brush bag. Spend more than $100, I’ll throw in a free charcoal cleansing bar or sunscreen. Spend more than $200, and I’ll throw in both!

What questions do you have for me? How have you made health changes beyond just what you eat and how you work out? 



If We Were Having Coffee (I Mean, Wine) Together Right Now…

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I’ve written about the Instagram effect before — of feeling like your life doesn’t measure up to someone else’s because they (and most of us, really) just post the highlights on social media.

I’m going through some real-life lowlights right now (and no, not the “make me a little less blonde for fall” kind) that I’m not ready to write about publicly (though I’m journaling about it in case I ever do). I’m not going to pretend things are “normal” right now, but I’m going to try to keep this space as normal as possible for now.

So in that spirit, here’s some random stuff on my mind lately:

Off the shoulder tops — yay/nay? I kind of like this one but I still don’t get the cold-shoulder top trend.

desperately need to do a closet clean, and am planning on listing a bunch of stuff on Poshmark. (If you use this link, we each get $5.) Unsurprisingly, there will be a bunch of Lilly.

LOVE this post from Jess about taking time to reflect — alone. I’m great at sharing my feelings in therapy or with friends, but spending time alone reflecting is different and, frankly, scary. I say I treasure my alone time — and I do — but I either spend most of it still busy (I make to-do lists for home before I leave work that, realistically, I could never get through) or completely depleted on the couch. Like Jess, I love baths, but I’m usually bringing something to read in there…or, my phone, despite knowing really well that I shouldn’t be doing that.

I need to get my cashmoney flow in order. Asking you: how do you budget? Paper and pencil? Excel? Some fancy program?

I’ve had some complaints from my neighbors (one cranky neighbor?) about Bailey barking. I just bought him a ThunderShirt to try/swaddle — any of you have experience with these helping your dogs?

I saw Boston: The Documentary, a documentary on (yeah you guessed it) the Boston Marathon, tonight in the theater. The movie examines the history of the storied race, weaving it in with the story of the 2013 bombings and the 2014 redemption year.

Boston Marathon Shalane Flanagan

The movie is directed by Jon Dunham, who also directed the Spirit of the Marathon movies, narrated by Matt Damon, and the score is recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. All this to say: it was exceptionally well done. Even though we all knew Meb won the 2014 running, we were on the edges of our seats.

It’s a good thing I stalk IG stories, because last night I saw that Iliza Schlesinger, one of my favorite comics, was playing at Gotham Comedy Club, just blocks away from me. (She’s who I saw for my birthday at Foxwoods!) She will have her own show, starting next month, which I’m really excited for.