The Choices We Make Today Matter Tomorrow

Today, as I celebrate my one year anniversary with Beautycounter I wanted to share with you some of the first products I got started with when I first decided to make the switch!

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love our entire line and use everything all of the time, but these few products really are what our brand is built on, I think.

Remember you can shop online on my Beautycounter website and have the products shipped directly to you for $5 flat. Or message me to find out how you can get FREE shipping!

Don’t forget that we offer a 30 day 100% money back guarantee. So no more wasting money on products that don’t work. (Although, I’ve been in business for an entire year and have never had anyone return anything except one person preferred a different shade of concealer, just saying!)

I have been so incredilby blessed with this business and I would love to share more with you! Feel free to email me any questions you may have. Who knows? Maybe this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

XXOO!

‘Truth is Inside’ Pouch,$32
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Love this pouch. I use it to hold my makeup and my other products. And I even use one as my purse because it’s just so cute and it goes with basically anything.

The Body Collection,$82
Lustro Body Oil,$68
Peppermint Lip Balm,$18
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There is no better way to start making safer choices than by tossing out the old with a shower purge. Choose safe for the whole family. My shampoo lasted 8 months! The value is incredible and it’s been an entire year dandruff free! And if you’re looking to treat yourself, you’re going to want this oil and this lip balm. Keep your entire body looking great with these basics!

Face Collection,$185
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What do I really have to say about this? Have you seen my skin?! If you want great looking skin. If you are tired of always breaking out from other products. If you are sick and tired of throwing your money away because you aren’t getting the results these companies promise, try this. Add a Lustro Face Oil for the ultimate skincare collection. I promise you will see results. And this could be what you’ve been looking for this entire time!

Lustro Face Oil,$175 for the collection, or $64 each.
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I started with number 3 and then I realized just how incredible each of these oils were. Specifically designed for target skin problems or concerns these will turn your gorgeous skin into luxurious skin. They are perfect for balancing our skin and they are the perfect primer to use with our Tint Skin.

Kidscounter,$42
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And for those of you who have children. This collection is amazing. Even the kids love how good it smells and you can feel good knowing that you are making bath time completely safe for the ones we love the most. Gluten free, Nut free, this collection is a must-have in every home.

Remember, it’s never about perfection, it’s about progress. The choices we make today matter tomorrow.

Photo Credit: Lauren Falber

Exposed

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Starting this one tomorrow!

From tainted pet food to toxic toys, Americans can thank the successful lobbying efforts of the U.S. chemical industry for the secret ingredients in everyday products that have been linked to rising rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer.

While the U.S. Congress stalls in the face of these dangers, the European Union has chosen to act. Strict consumer-safety regulations have forced multinationals to manufacture safer products for European consumers, while lower U.S. standards allow them to continue selling unsafe products to Americans. Schapiro’s exposé shows that short of strong government action, the United States will lose not only its ability to protect citizens from environmental hazards but also, as economic priorities shift, whatever claim it has to commercial supremacy. Increasingly, products on American shelves are equated with serious health hazards, hazards that the European Union is legislating out of existence in its powerful trading bloc, a lead that even China is beginning to follow. Schapiro illustrates how the blowback from weak regulation at home carries a steep economic, as well as environmental, price.

In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, investigative journalist Mark Schapiro takes the reader to the front lines of global corporate and political power, where tectonic battles are being waged that will determine the physical and economic health of our children and ourselves.

Available here!**

**There is an updated version available.

I Did it for Me

I celebrated 30 days wheat free last Sunday. 30 days. Even my mind is blown.

I have never felt so good in my life. You guys, I feel pretty. Like actually, pretty. I can look in the mirror and finally, after 31 years, I finally like what I see. Nope, I love what I see!

Am I skinny? No way. But something else that changed when I lost the wheat, skinny no longer meant pretty. Healthy is pretty. Taking care of myself finally after many years of neglect is pretty!

Pretty can be any size.

But my belly is vanishing. I can see my feet. I don’t have to wear my spanx everyday. And this is the first year I have EVER been excited to go bathing suit shopping!

I am so proud of myself. I am so grateful that God heard my prayer and changed my entire attitude about food.

And I am so grateful that I can see the results myself and know that my hard work is paying off.

Don’t think you can do it? Just try. Take it one step at a time. If not one day at a time, try one meal at a time.

This decision changed my life. I am not wanting for anything. I don’t feel deprived. In fact, I don’t really pay attention to the things I can’t eat I talk about the things I can eat.

No more paying attention to calories. No more feeling guilty if I want a bowl of ice cream. Food doesn’t control me anymore. It does it’s job. It nourishes. I’m in control of the rest.

But there’s more. My skin glows. Now, I love Beautycounter and I do give most credit to Beautycounter because it really has changed my skin, but there is definitely a perk from not eating wheat. (And drinking lots of water!)

I sleep better. I’m not bloated. I’m generally in a better mood with no more mood swings. I just feel good. It’s like I’ve been crouching for so long and now I’m finally standing up straight.

This is how you should feel.

But the best part about this entire journey?! I did it for me. Do it for you. You’re worth it, I promise.

March Forth

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I’ll hope you’ll join me on 3-4-15 where I will be sharing everything I’ve learned about this industry and I will share how you can make safer, healthier choices while we also reach out to our representatives and demand better from Washington. I’m hosting two live socials that day. One at 10am and one at 4pm. I will also be hosting an online event (7pm-8pm CST) for those of you who aren’t able to attend the in-person events. Join me and let’s ‘March Forth’ together. This mission matters because YOU matter.

Message me for details!

http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com

The Only Answer We Need

I’m not even sure where to start. So much has been happening. I have been a mess. I have been angry. So. Very. Angry.

I knew the day I found out that my husband had cheated on me that it wasn’t going to be an easy road to healing. I knew that. What I didn’t know was that it would be the longest road I have ever been on with no end in sight.

While I have made huge improvements, there are a lot of times when I just fall on the ground in pure moments of defeat.

My theme for the last few weeks, (months, probably, if I’m being honest) ‘But why God?’ Now just say that in your best 31 year old high pitch whine. Yep, there it is.

Shouldn’t I be better now?!

Yesterday marked one year since me and the kids had been in our accident. After an entire year it has only been the last few weeks that I can get into a car and not be as afraid. I’m still a little nervous, but have you seen Houston drivers?! However, I’m not afraid because I don’t think I could die, but rather I’m okay if we do. I’ve put my full trust in God, well, when it comes to the car.

I want to be okay when it comes to this marriage and I want to let Him have complete control, but you know what that means, it means I give up that control.

But God why?

Now for those of you who may not believe that God is listening, He is. Always. The question is, are we? Because looking back I see where God repeatedly answered me, but it wasn’t what I wanted to hear and so I kept asking until I was finally able to listen.

I prayed for weeks. What should I do? Tell me what to do. I’ll do whatever it is, I just want to be healed.

I struggle with trust and betrayal. I sit at home and I question every thought I’ve had. I can drive myself pretty crazy with all of my questions. And I was furious when I couldn’t get the answers I wanted.

But God why?

So then, still not listening, I asked God to fill me with His Holy Spirit and lead me to His word so that I can have the answers I need. That’s what the people do at church or the ones who I really think have got their walk together. They always find the answer in the bible. I’m never really sure where to look. Sometimes I just wish the bible would flip to the page supernaturally just so I know where to start, but I’m still waiting for that to happen. ;)

But immediately, I was reminded of a familiar story. Jesus’ life. Especially, you know, that part where He was betrayed?!

A huge struggle for me has been the isolation I have felt because of this affair. No one knows what I’ve been through. They try, but they have no clue. The pain is raw. I lost something very close to me. I was betrayed by someone I never would have expected to betray me. And it’s something I have to deal with and experience every single day of my life.

Yep, there it is.

I’ve always been reminded that Jesus feels what we feel because He experienced all of it when He died for our sins, but in my case, Jesus actually knows a thing or two about betrayal, right?

And what did He do? Nothing. He knew He was going to be betrayed and He just went with it because He also knew to trust His father.

He trusted God so much that He was SILENT about His betrayal and betrayer. Silent! I can’t even imagine.

The thing is when you’re being betrayed or you think you’re going to be betrayed the last thing you want to do is be silent. No, you want to do something, say something, stand up for yourself, something, but Jesus did nothing.

So as I’m asking God what to do and He is being blatantly obvious with His answer and I can’t help but realize as much as I have thought that it was up to other people for me to heal, it wasn’t. It would not have anything to do with anyone else, but rather it would have everything to do with me and my relationship with God.

And honestly, it would have nothing to do with my husband. (Much to my surprise!)

There was the answer.

Nothing. Do nothing. Just trust God.

But. God. Why.

Don’t you think I should say something? Do something?

Jesus sat with his betrayer. He was friends with his betrayer. He loved his betrayer. And His was the ultimate betrayal. So God knows betrayal. Jesus knows every emotion I feel when I think about it. I’m not actually alone. In fact, I would say it’s the complete opposite. I have an expert in the field.

I have spent so much time searching for answers. Was it me? Was it worth it? Why him? Why her? What were you thinking? Was I not good enough? Why would you do this to me? What did I ever do to you?

But none of that matters. Those answers won’t heal me.

Actually, because God is so good, I have this example, this detailed outline of what to do. I don’t have to do it by myself.

And now I have the only answer I need, actually the only answer any of us will ever need, Jesus.

Thank you Lord for sending your son to die for me and for us. Thank you that we have the answers we are looking for in and through you. Thank you that you love us enough to never make us do this on our own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“But It Says It’s Natural…”

This is SUCH a priceless explanation. Don’t believe everything you see. Companies that claim to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ just throw those words around because there is no one telling them they can’t. This industry is so unregulated they can pretty much get away with anything.

Don’t forget– we tell you EVERYthing. 100% transparency. Does your beauty brand promise that?

We have set a new standard both in the quality and performance of our products and in the way we do business. We are committed to getting safe products into the hands of everyone. We’re on a mission to change this industry. And it starts by educating you, the consumer. Speak with your dollars and demand better. These same companies that refuse to get rid of the toxins here in America have reformulated their products so they meet the European Union’s high standards. Because the E.U. has banned around 1,300 ingredients. The U.S.? 11. Beautycounter? 1,500.

This isn’t about everyone switching to Beautycounter. While that would be great, we realize it isn’t realistic. This is about safety. This is about doing better for our children. This is changing the world so they can be protected.

It takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb what you put on it. So my question is, do you know what you’re putting on it?

Safety and Sourcing Explained: A Note from Mia Davis, our Head of Environment, Health and Safety

Our mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. We do not sacrifice on product safety or performance, and that is what sets us apart.

We get a lot of questions about ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”

“Safety” is about health. Does the ingredient or product in question have the potential to harm a person’s health, and if so, in what way and at what levels? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not define “safe” for cosmetics ingredients or products, so it is currently up to companies to determine what “safe” means to them. Most companies start and stop with acute reactions (e.g. irritated skin as a result of using a product or ingredient).

At Beautycounter, we take the concept of safety much further. We research what is known about every single ingredient we consider using in our products; we look for toxicological information and evaluate potential long-term health effects. Most ingredients have big data gaps, meaning that there is a lack of information—they’ve never been assessed for their potential to cause cancer, reproductive harm, brain or organ toxicity, and more. When a chemical is understudied, that doesn’t mean it is safe. It just means that we don’t know about its potential effects.

We try to give preference to ingredients with safety data over those without it, and we use comparative analysis of similar chemicals to determine whether we’ll allow an ingredient with a data gap in our products.

“Source” is about the origin of the ingredient or product. Is it a natural ingredient, meaning it was produced by nature without human intervention? Is it synthetic and was therefore made in a lab?

The source of the ingredient does not necessarily determine the safety of the ingredient. There is a lot of overlap between natural ingredients and safe ingredients, to be certain. But not all natural ingredients are safe, and not all synthetic ingredients are unsafe.

Lead, for example, is a naturally occurring metal that is harmful to human health. It’s ubiquitous in the environment, and even though it was banned from gasoline and paint decades ago, it is still commonly found in the soil and dust of many U.S. homes and businesses. It’s also frequently present in natural, mineral-based cosmetics, even though lead and other heavy metals do not appear on ingredient lists and cosmetics companies do not have to test for the presence of these compounds. Lead is natural, but it is not safe.

On the other hand, dimethicone, a silicone that is a synthetic chemical, is a large molecule that sits on the skin or hair, and has a very low hazard profile. Scientific evaluation indicates that its use in cosmetics poses little-to-no potential harm to people’s health. Some people have skin sensitivities to this ingredient, but no more than other ingredients, including natural ones. After reviewing a comprehensive toxicological review of the ingredient (which Beautycounter commissioned before we decided whether we’d use this ingredient), I believe it is safe for use in cosmetics.

The vast majority of synthetic chemicals come from oil or gas (depending on your definition, some can come from wood pulp and other natural sources). As an environmental and public health advocate, I will not unconditionally defend the petrochemical industry, which is often responsible for creating huge toxic messes in the ecosystem and in our own bodies. But to say or imply that natural ingredients are inherently safe and synthetic are inherently dangerous is worse that an oversimplification—it just isn’t true, and it serves to confuse the issue and actually put consumers’ health at risk.

If a cosmetics user is concerned about the safety of her products (and most of us are—I mean, who wants a carcinogen in baby shampoo?), she should ask the company what they are doing to ensure she’s getting the safest product possible. The naturalness of the ingredients may or may not play into the real safety of the products.

Original Credit: Beautycounter

http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com