Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar Review

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     If you have been active on social media lately, you have probably heard about Beautycounter.  If you have not heard of it, Beautycounter is a skincare and cosmetics brand in the U.S. that creates safer products while also educating and increasing awareness about toxic chemicals in the skincare and cosmetics we use.   Their mission is “to get safer products into the hands of everyone.” More than 80% of their ingredients are organic, natural and plant-based, which I love!  If you would like to learn more about them click here. )

The U.S. has not passed any major federal laws to regulate the safety of ingredients that are used in personal care products since 1938!  That’s insane!  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and you would think there would be more regulations put into place regarding what we put all over our bodies and what gets absorbed into our body by our skin.  Beautycounter bans 1, 500 questionable and harmful chemicals; 1,400 of which are banned or restricted already in Europe and Canada.  I have made the change to use products and cosmetics that are cruelty free but did not put much emphasis on all of the other chemicals that are actually in them; until I came across a post by one of my friends on Facebook.

Just like apple cider vinegar and coconut oil are all the rage, so is charcoal.  Some of the benefits of charcoal:

1.     Absorbs excess oil and dirt from your skin

2.     Draws impurities away from your pores and prevents product build-up

3.     Aids in the treatment of acne and removing toxins

4.     Makes skin firmer and tighter;  stops premature aging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

5.     Suitable for all skin types:  It moisturized and nourishes dry skin while also extracting oil from oily skin and treating skin allergies and redness.

6.     Treats psoriasis and eczema, dry, cracked skin and helps prevent dandruff

     Some of the products can be a little pricey, so I decided to start small with one of their most popular products;  the charcoal cleansing bar (pictured above).  It’s $24 and is about the same size as your standard bar soaps.  I have had mine for three months now and the bar is almost the same size it was when I got it and I use it one to two times per day.  The “B” logo on the bar of soap is still visible, if that tells you anything.  All you need is a tiny bit of water to get a little lather on the bar.  I wash my face in the morning using just the bar and I love it.  My skin literally feels squeaky clean, but doesn’t get dry or oily.  I have combination skin so parts of my face are dry and certain parts are oily;  so this bar is perfect for absorbing the oily parts, but moisturizing the dry parts.  After using it for three months, I am happy with the results the bar gives me and love that just a little bit goes a long way and the bar is holding up very well.  I didn’t know how I would like using a bar soap, but it really hasn’t bothered me.  Beautycounter carries numerous cosmetics and skincare for all skin types and skincare needs and even has a line for babies.  I highly recommend checking them out, if you haven’t already.  If you have used any of their products, I would love to hear which ones you have tried and which are your favorites!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Photo credit: Beautycounter.com

It’s Time For a Change

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     I have been in my current profession in healthcare for almost ten years now.  It took me until just recently to realize that this is not where I belong in my career.  I always knew that something was missing and I was never really fulfilled in my day-to-day life.  After working with patients (most of them sick and in pain), I have realized that I am too unhappy in my career to stay in it and it is time for a change.  It pains me to say it, but people have made me bitter in my job.  There are some very angry, rude people in this world with no respect for others, especially those that are trying to help them.

Some of you might be thinking “Great, go for it!”  The only problem with that is that I don’t know what it is that I should be doing.  I was never that person who always knew what they wanted to be when they grew up;  I am envious of those of you that were.  There are so many things that I am interested in and that I enjoy doing.  While I don’t know what path I want to choose, I do know that I want it to be in the art / creative field.  I have always been drawn to art and creating and designing things and wish I had pursued that before I got so far into school and turning back to start over didn’t seem like a wise decision.  Looking back on that, I wish I had made that choice to pursue my own happiness rather than not wanting to go further into student loan debt.

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     Currently, I love to paint, but I don’t feel like that would be enough for me.  I want more than that.  I want to create things.  I love interior decorating and designing spaces and wish I had my own place to redo and decorate.  The number of home decorating Instagrammers that I follow is borderline ridiculous.  At the same time, I love all things fitness and health related; from workouts to healthy recipes to natural skincare products.  While I cannot control some things in my life, I have become enthralled in the things that I can create, like what goes into my body (I chose to go vegetarian, which might be another post entirely) and what I use on my body.  So you can see my dilemma currently.  It’s time to make a change in my life.  The problem now is deciding what that change will look like.  When I have a more definitive idea of where I will be heading, I am thinking about making my blog a more permanent fixture that goes right along with my chosen profession and making a living off that or just for some disposable income.  The sky is the limit!!  Let’s be honest, what I would truly love to do is what Joanna Gaines does with Magnolia Market and their blog or Liz at LizMarieBlog and The Found Cottage.  If you haven’t checked her out, you totally should.

Have any of you made a career change into a completely different profession?  If so, I would love to get in touch with you to talk about your transition and how it worked out for you.  Please leave me a comment below so we can connect.

As always, THANKS FOR READING!

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(Photo credit to Zooll.com)