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What is Beautycounter?

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The Collection
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Our fifteen essentials. The Face and Body Collections, as well as all three Lustro Face Oils, and Lustro Body Oil. Lustro Face Oils help promote soft and nourished-looking skin. Collection includes three different face oils: Lustro Face Oil 1 – Calendula, Lustro Face Oil 2 – Jasmine, and Lustro Face Oil 3 – Ylang Ylang & Wild Chamomile. Glow Sugar Scrub refreshes skin and the senses with a natural, cleansing exfoliant and a refreshing lemongrass scent. A few drops of rosemary-citrus scented oil can be applied directly to your skin, or mixed into Hydrate body lotion for a silkier finish. A safe and luxurious beauty experience.

Face Collection

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The six products you need for your healthy daily skin care regimen. Routine Clean gently washes away impurities and makeup, morning and night. Rosewater Uplifting Spray refreshes skin. Depending upon your skin’s needs, follow with Every Day or Every Night creams. Use Any Time Eye Cream in the morning, at night, or throughout the day. Two or three times per week, replace Routine Clean with Gentle Exfoliator to reveal smooth, healthy-looking skin.

The Body Collection

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The four products you need to keep hair and skin looking clean, healthy, and beautiful. Clean shampoo removes build-up. Rinse conditioner helps restore luster. Wash body wash gently cleanses skin without over-drying. Hydrate is a lightweight moisturizer perfect for everyday use. All products are lightly scented with notes of citrus that enliven the senses at any time of the day.

Lustro Face Oils

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1. A luxurious blend of seven radiance-boosting oils—including organic argan nut, organic grapeseed, organic marula, meadowfoam seed, rosehip, rose otto and sea buckthorn—deeply nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins. This concentrated, yet lightweight elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into skin for lasting moisture (and making it the perfect primer for makeup). Calendula oil provides a warm, floral aroma, plus refreshing moisture that is excellent for sensitive skin.

2. A luxurious blend of seven radiance-boosting oils—including organic argan nut, organic grapeseed, organic marula, meadowfoam seed, rosehip, rose otto and sea buckthorn—deeply nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins. This concentrated, yet lightweight elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into skin for lasting moisture (and making it the perfect primer for makeup). Jasmine oil provides a sweet floral scent—plus it promotes the appearance of increased elasticity, and is excellent for dry or mature skin.

3. Liquid luminosity (with a touch of calming ylang ylang and wild chamomile). A luxurious blend of seven radiance-boosting oils—including organic argan nut, organic grapeseed, organic marula, meadowfoam seed, rosehip, rose otto and sea buckthorn—deeply nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins. This concentrated, yet lightweight elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into skin for lasting moisture (and making it the perfect primer for makeup). Ylang ylang oil provides a creamy, delicate aroma—plus it promotes more balanced looking skin. Wild chamomile soothes and improves the skin’s texture with a fresh herbal scent.

Kidscounter

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Beautycounter believes children deserve to be protected—which is why we’ve taken special care to create a bath collection that is pH-balanced and gentle on the skin (and smells yummy, too). Kidscounter Bath Collection includes Squeaky Clean Body Wash, Nice Do Shampoo, and Not a Knot Conditioner.

Protect All Over Sunscreen

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This broad spectrum all over sunscreen works on your entire body (and is safe for use on your entire family, too). Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, the lightweight, water-resistant formula sinks into skin without leaving white streaks or that tell-tale smell. PROTECT All Over’s non-nano UVA and UVB formula also includes aloe vera that hydrates skin and green tea and blood orange extracts that supply antioxidants. Wear PROTECT All Over Sunscreen from Monday to beach day, to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Protect Face Sunscreen

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This broad spectrum face sunscreen with powerful UVA and UVB blockers is lightweight yet deeply moisturizing, so much so that PROTECT Face can be worn alone as an everyday moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid and safflower oleosomes supply and retain hydration, green tea and geranium extracts soothe, calm, and balance skin, while non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide safe, mineral protection from UVA and UVB rays. Wear PROTECT Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face Sunscreen alone or under makeup to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Complete Lip Collection

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Everything you need for beautifully healthy, happy lips. Includes each of our six universally-flattering Lip Sheer shades, plus Lip Shine (for a clear, healthy dose of lustrous sheen and a hint of vanilla planifolia).

Safer Because: Our Lip Sheers get their soft touch from plant-based ingredients such as jojoba esters, and their light fragrance from real vanilla — not from synthetic flavors, or ingredients that are linked to health harm.

Countertime

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Our scientifically-proven line, Countertime, revolves around deeply hydrating, nourishing, firming, and lifting formulas that effectively fight the signs of aging. All six products are composed of powerful, natural, and botanical ingredients.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm

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100% OF WOMEN SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SKIN HYDRATION AFTER 8 HOURS, WITH AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 25%.*

Nourishing Cleansing Balm melts into your skin, while removing makeup, moisturizing as it cleanses. It can double as an overnight face masque for extra hydration. This comes with one cleansing cloth. Raspberry Seed Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil hydrate and revitalize the skin, while Vitamin C brightens skin tone.

Shave Shaving Cream

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This shave cream is specifically formulated at a milder pH than traditional shaving creams to minimize irritation and ensure a clean, close shave for both men and women. Ingredients like witch hazel minimize irritation and razor burn while emollient and fatty acid-rich coconut oil and shea butter condition and smooth skin.

Shine Collection

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Time to shine. What makes make-believe even more magical? A little play makeup, of course. At Beautycounter we believe in creative play — which is why our Kids Shine line is 100% safe and super-subtle (so it’s perfect for little ones). Includes a trio of kid-appropriate products sure to make dress-up time even more fun:

Shine Bright Lippy Gloss: A good-for-her gloss that lets her smile shine through.

Stellar Shine Nail Polish: A pop of glittery polish for itty-bitty fingers and toes.

Pearly Powder: A barely-there, shimmery, glimmery finishing touch.

For more information check out my Beautycounter website.

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Who knew safe, could be so beautiful?

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I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve done ‘Friday Favorites’, my apologies. If you know anyone or anything that you think should be featured let me know! Email me, Facebook me, Twitter me? (That last one sounds weird!)

Anyways, today I wanted to share with you something new that I am doing and much deserving of a ‘Friday Favorite’. I thought that I could come on here and just talk about what it is and who it is, but I thought that I should tell you my story. I wanted to share why I made this choice. Why I knew I needed to join this movement.

To be honest with you, it all happened kind of quickly. I had a friend who was very passionate about Beautycounter. She talked about it all the time, but I never really saw myself doing that ‘whole thing’, you know, working from home, trying to be a salesperson, (because I’m not. At all.) I just couldn’t see myself doing this, and trying to make a living off of it. It just wasn’t for me.

I was content already with my busy life. I had my own small business that was really starting to grow and demanded a lot of my time. I had just started working with my church and being in charge of Communications in The Women’s Ministry.  Not to mention my full-time job of being a mother to Jaxsyn and Adelaide. I mean, who was I kidding, I didn’t have the time to devote to something else. And especially something like, selling beauty products.

But then I received a call. I guess I could say now that it was a call that would change my life. I listened to a very nice, very personable lady describe all of her success doing this sort of thing. She had made a lot of money. She was passionate about her career choice. She was pretty inspiring. However, she was not from Beautycounter.

I had thought about what it would mean to sell Beautycounter. At first, I thought about doing it just for myself. Getting a little product for me was worth it. I wouldn’t make this a career, but I would make it a sort of ‘coupon’ way to buy what I wanted.

So then I started doing a little research. Now I know when people think of the word ‘research’ they think of some long, drawn out process, but that wasn’t the case at all. Just a little ‘googling’ and I learned all that I needed to know.

We have been deceived. Companies have broken our trust because of what they put into their products. As a culture, especially recently, we have noticed the trend of worrying about what goes in our food. We have been told over and over that what we eat is just ‘food-like product’, and while that is true, I’m afraid that we have been distracted by this idea that we have neglected to think about what we put on our bodies. 

And so I texted my friend, that night, and told her that I was going to make the commitment. She was thrilled. I ordered my starter kit and I was in, er, business.

I hesitate when I use that word, business. Not because what I do is not a business, but because it’s more than that. This is a movement. This is women standing up for themselves and saying ‘enough is enough’. And that is something that I will always have time for.

For more information or if you have any questions please make sure to follow me on Facebook: Lauren’s Beautycounter and visit my website http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com

Let me help you become a part of the movement. Because we deserve better.

 

He’s Been Trying to get Your Attention

There’s a blog circulating around on my Facebook page titled ‘God will give you more than you can handle: I guarantee it.’ It is by the author of lemmonythings.wordpress.com. Let me just say, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

This piece is perfect and it is exactly what I needed to read.

I was always the one telling people that God knew how much they could handle and that He wouldn’t give them more than they could handle, and until I read this piece I believed that. I mean, after all, our God loves us, so it was hard for me to believe that He would just sit back and watch us suffer, to the point of breaking, but then I read this piece and I realized I had been very wrong.

You see, God isn’t sitting back watching us suffer. He’s patiently waiting for us. All. Of. The. Time. Just waiting. I know my history with patience, and it’s never been a good one, so could you imagine, just sitting back watching your creation do all of it so wrong, just waiting for them to turn to you.

So this is why this piece spoke so clearly to me. As I’ve mentioned before a huge struggle for me in my walk with Jesus is giving up control. I really, really, really don’t want to give up control. I know that I could never handle anything like God and I know that it really is in God’s hands, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try to figure it out myself. So if the author is wrong (I don’t think so) then wouldn’t God giving us just as much as we can handle be playing into our own desire for control?

As I approach the 1 year anniversary of moving to Texas I really appreciate this piece because it makes everything clear. I’ve mentioned my struggles with the move, I’ve mentioned my feelings of loss, and hate, and sadness. But when I read this piece I experienced a new feeling. I experienced love.

I experienced love because I knew that God gave me more than I could handle when He moved us to Texas. How do I know this? Because I finally turned to Him and I admitted to myself that I needed Him in order to survive this chapter of my life. For those of you who struggle with control you know how hard it is to admit to yourself that you need someone else.

If I didn’t know how loving my God was, then I would struggle with the idea that He opened these doors out of love, but He had been patiently waiting for me, and He had given me ample opportunities before to surrender, but I wouldn’t. I needed something drastic and He knew that and, well, here we are.

And I’ve survived. Let me fix that sentence, I have survived only by the grace of God. He has been with me from the beginning. He has walked beside, walked behind, walked in front of me, but most of the time He carried me.

He gave me more than I could handle because He knew that was how He could get my attention. His timing was perfect. He gave me more than I could handle so that I would finally and completely turn to Him.

And He did all of this for me. Because He made me in His image. Because I am important to Him. Because He can use me. He did all of this for me because He loves me.

I don’t deserve it. Let’s be real honest, none of us deserve what God gives us. Even when we think that He has turned His back on us, and forgotten us. Even when we think our plate is too full. We don’t even deserve to be forgotten (even though He never forgets). My point is this, maybe It feels like He’s given us too much. Or maybe it feels like He’s nowhere to be found. Whatever the case may be, we just need to remember that He’s always there. He’s there, just waiting for us to need Him like He needs us. Wrap your head around that for a minute. Like He needs us.

So, friends, let me be the first to encourage you to watch your plate get full, feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, get ready to give up, but then remember He’s right there and then give it to Him. All of it. But most importantly, give yourself to Him. I mean, after all, He’s been trying to get your attention.

Time to Move On

I’m not sure what I expected when I made the move to Texas, as i approach the anniversary of the day that I knew I was moving, I can’t help but reflect on what’s happened this past year.

We all make promises to keep in touch. We are all guilty of it, and I believe our intentions are good. I believe that we absolutely mean that we will do our best to keep in touch, but then life happens, and keeping in touch isn’t as easy as we made it sound.

Yes, I have Facebook, and I am thankful I do because I am able to still kind of ‘peek’ into the lives of the ones I left, and I do my best to keep my Facebook updated so they can see what we’ve been up to, but if I can be honest, sometimes I don’t want to see. Sometimes I sit here with my feelings hurt because I know that things have changed, and I feel replaced.

You see, a few months ago, I still held on to the idea that I would go back home eventually. I didn’t believe for a second that Texas was it. That this was where my kids would grow up. I’m still not sure that they will grow up here, but I just don’t know that we will ever go back to NC. And so now, as I watch the change take place, it makes me sad.

It makes me sad knowing that it won’t ever be the same. It makes me sad knowing that people may be forgetting who I am or who my family is. It makes me sad seeing other people doing the things that I used to do.

And even if, and that’s a big ‘if’, even if we did go back to North Carolina, it wouldn’t be as we left it. Things have changed. People have changed. Everything has changed.

But we need change, right?

I can’t help but to think that I would have been content with my life the way it was. We didn’t have a lot, but we were happy. We had the things that mattered. And I know that we’re still new to Texas and I never expected to make the kind of friendships I left behind, quickly, and the truth is, I’m starting to make friends, and I’m starting to make good friends, maybe even great friends, but the more I do, the more distant I feel from the life I left behind just 10 months ago.

I know I could pick up the phone. I know that I could make more of an effort, but it makes me sad. It makes me sad having to say goodbye. It makes me sad listening to all the things that I’ve missed, and it makes me sad knowing that those phone calls won’t change anything. I’ll still be here and they will still be there.

And so I avoid. We avoid. We don’t talk about home as much as we used to. We don’t talk about going back as much as we used to. In fact, It seems that me and Justin are both on the same page, and North Carolina just isn’t.

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide.

Often times I have talked about struggle. For whatever reason, I thought that it would get easier, the more I believed. I believed that if my faith was strong enough that I could take on the world, and in a sense I can, but sometimes, and by sometimes, I mean, most of the time, I really just feel like hauling off and smacking people upside the head! They make me so angry. So, very, very, very, very angry.

I had participated in a conversation on a Facebook post and boy, was it a conversation. There were over 300 comments last I checked, and it wore me out.

I was strong enough to pull through, because there were times, lots of times, when I tried to just walk away, but I just couldn’t let them think that they had ‘won’. I mean, I was defending my God, my Lord, after all.

But their condescending remarks started to get to me. They couldn’t understand why I believed wives should submit to their husbands, they couldn’t understand why I would give God credit for the good in my life, but not blame Him for the bad. They kept coming and coming with their harsh words and LOL’s, and I kept my cool, but on the other side of the computer I was livid.

For a group that promoted openness and acceptance, I felt anything but accepted. Sure, there were no personal attacks. I mean, there were, but only a few of us picked up on it, and for most of the conversation, it was pleasant, but some of the things that came out of their mouths (or hands) I just sat and stared. I was blown away by their ignorance.

And I left last night tired and worn out. I was tired of defending myself. I was tired of responding to their double edge swords. And so I came home last night, and I prayed.

I went to bed afterwards. Still tired and drained. I knew God had heard my prayer, but I didn’t know what I was supposed to do next and so I went to sleep.

This morning, I woke up way too early. I am still sleepy and I’m hoping there’s a nap in my near future. (I was so tired, that I actually brewed an entire pot of sugar, yep, true story.) But I woke up spiritually refreshed. I knew that He was proud of me. I knew that He thought I did a darn good job of telling people about Him, and I knew that He was with me the whole time.

I know that there won’t be any knocks at my door to learn more. (They made that known) And I know that when they asked, they weren’t really interested in the answers, they just wanted to see why myself and a few others could be so weird, I get that, but what they don’t realize is that God has been revealed to them. God has shown himself. It might not have been the grand spectacle that they wanted, but He was there and now they’ve been introduced or re-introduced. (BAM!)

Just another reason why our God is so awesome. Even when people least expect Him, even when we don’t think He is close, He’s always there, just as He promised. And I’m sure He got quite the chuckle from my pot of sugar water.