As many of you know, I’ve been swapping out all of my beauty products for healthier choices since I had a health scare involving an adexnal mass. I use the ThinkDirty app to test my products and don’t use anything toxic. But, I’m also a makeup snob and like products to be good. I’ve outlined my very favourite, use-every-day products below.*
Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil ($82 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Lightweight and silky smooth, our proprietary blend of seven natural oils moisturizes, smooths, and helps even skin tone. Softening meadowfoam seed oil restores balance, while wild chamomile calms and soothes skin. Perfect for all skin types and those concerned with skin clarity, calming, and balancing.
Review: This is, hands down, my favourite product. If I could bathe in it, I would. It balances my combination, hormonal-breakout prone skin, and smells amazing. I wear it day and night.
Beautycounter Cleansing Balm ($94 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Cleansing Balm melts into your skin to hydrate while it cleanses, removing makeup and other impurities but never stripping away moisture. With vitamin C to brighten the appearance of skin and raspberry and cranberry seed oils to hydrate, the formula can also be used as an intensely nourishing face mask. Bonus? You also get our reusable 100% muslin cloth, softer and easier on skin than a traditional washcloth.
Review: This product scared the heck out of me before I used it. I’m prone to breakouts and this has the consistency of thick vaseline. Ahhh! But I’m so glad I tried it. It smells amazing, removes every lick of makeup and does not break you out. I use it as a lip balm too. Total Holy Grail product for me. The key is to use the accompanying wash cloth and use very warm water. It makes makeup removal into a spa-like treatment!
Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($19.90 for 500 ml)
Description: The cleansing and make-up removing water in Canada that respects the fragility of sensitive skin. Best for sensitive to intolerant skin. #1 micellar water in Canada!
Reviews: I like a micelle solution to make my skin feel squeaky clean, so I sometimes use this along with the beauty balm. It’s a 4 on the ThinkDirty app which is quite good (the non-pink products in the Bioderma line are not as toxin-free.)
Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil ($82 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: This citrus-scented facial oil quickly absorbs and penetrates skin to awaken and replenish. Lightweight and silky smooth, our proprietary blend of seven natural oils moisturizes and improves radiance. Omega-rich marula oil provides intense hydration while antioxidant vitamin C brightens and evens skin tone. Perfect for all skin types and those concerned with dull, uneven skin tone.
Review: I struggle with hormonal melasma and YAG laser treatments made it worse. And I won’t go near hydraquinone anymore. This product makes my skin look brighter and more even. And it does not break me out. Allure Magazine crowned it a winner too.
Beautycounter Red Color Intense Lipstick ($40 retail, up to 25% discount available. Save $10 if you buy 2)
Description: In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, we are proud to introduce a bold new lipstick that embodies our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Perfect for all skin tones, this safer formula delivers vibrant red color and a satin finish with a touch of fresh peppermint flavor.
Review: This is a lovely clear red with slightly orange undertones. It’s not drying as many reds are and it’s non-toxic (red tends to be the most toxic colour based on the colorants used.) Bonus: it makes your teeth look whiter. I wear it with minimal makeup to get that J. Crew model look I adore.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage ($56 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Our tinted moisturizer leaves skin with a luminous glow. Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 provides lightweight, sheer hydration that evens skin tone while protecting the skin from sun damage. Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while sodium hyaluronate promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin.
Review: I love love love this. It’s sheer coverage and acts as a sunscreen. It’s like an Instagram filter in a bottle.
Beautycounter Cream Blush ($46 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Cream Blush brightens cheeks with natural, dewy colour. Jojoba ester and carnauba wax condition and hydrate skin, making the smooth, non-sticky formula easy to apply on the go.
Review: I love this on cheeks and lips. It’s perfect to throw in a travel bag or a purse and you don’t need any makeup brushes. It’s not quite as smooth as the Chanel stick, but I like that this is a healthier option when worn on the lips. My go to colour is Hibiscus.
Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara ($36 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Newly reformulated for easier removal and zero flaking. Add alluring length and definition without the harmful ingredients. Smudge-proof, this new formula stays put all day, yet can be removed in the blink of an eye. Nourishing botanical ingredients such as organic bataua oil and carnauba wax help condition lashes. The unique precision brush perfectly separates, defines, and coats each lash. Color: Black
Review: Ever since my messed up lasik (and follow-on PRK), I’ve been careful with eye makeup. I wear one contact (!) and need a mascara that won’t irritate my eyes. I love the lengthening mascara. The brush is one of the best. I bring my own mascara whenever I’m getting my makeup done in studio and the makeup artists like the fineness of the brush. Winning!
Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick ($38, up to 25% discount available)
Description: This silky-smooth formula is lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing for the perfect mix of sheer color and polished sheen. Every shade was color-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones. Plus, there’s no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of vanilla planifolia. Layer Sheer Lipstick to intensify the color, or try it under Lip Gloss for a more lustrous look.
Review: Smooth, pretty colours, and smells lovely. It’s not super long lasting (because smooth!) but has a long term moisturizing effect. I adore Rose, Tawny, and Twig.
Beautycounter Lip Gloss ($36, up to 25% discount available)
Description. A moisturizing Lip Gloss that goes on smoothly—with no stickiness. Its unique teardrop applicator delivers the perfect amount of sheer, infinitely wearable colour and subtle shine.
Review: A moisturizing, non-sticky lipgloss with so many pretty shades. Dahlia is my current go to.
Native Deodorant ($12)
Description: Native Deodorant is made in the United States. We never test on animals, except humans. Native Deodorant fights odors and wetness, and is made without aluminium. Native Deodorant is made with ingredients you can pronounce, and is paraben-free.
Review: This is the real deal. A natural deodorant that works. And the scent is heavenly (Coconut Vanilla is my favourite.) If you buy through this link, you get a free mini for travel!
John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer ($38, but look for sales of up to 25% off at well.ca or Whole Foods)
Description: A unique combination of 17 certified-organic herbs and essential oils helps improve the health of the scalp by promoting nutrient intake, stimulating circulation, balancing sebum production and eliminating free radicals. Select ingredients work to enhance hair volume and shine. Safe for color-treated hair.
Review: I have used this for years and think it helps my prone-to-thinning hair look fuller. It smells good and rates well on the ThinkDirty app.
Beautycounter One–Step Makeup Remover Wipes ($25 retail, up to 25% discount available)
Description: Remove makeup and cleanse your skin in one step. Using a naturally derived micellar formula, each super soft wipe traps makeup, dirt, and impurities, then gently whisks it away with no need to rinse. Aloe Vera delivers hydration, while cornflower water soothes delicate skin. Gentle enough to use on face and eyes every day. These breakthrough wipes are also biodegradable – just dispose in your home compost.*
Review: I’m not a huge fan of wipes, but when I’m flying somewhere and can’t bring liquids in my luggage, these are perfect. They are also good for those nights when you are tempted to drop into bed without removing your makeup. And – bonus – they will not end up in a landfill!
Sun Bum Sunscreen ($18)
Description: Sun Bum is a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida that started by making products for their friends and family. The Sun Bum SPF Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging. Made in USA. Non-Comedogenic. Cruelty Free. 100% vegan. Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free, PABA free.
Review: I adore this sunscreen. My kids adore this sunscreen. It smells good. It has an adorable monkey on it. It rates a 7 on the ThinkDirty app and I’d rather use a safer Beautycounter option (theirs ranks a 5 – a lower number is better), but since my kids will happily use this sunscreen, it’s worth it, in my opinion. Note that this is a heavier cream. I use Beautycounter Dew Skin on my face and my kids use the Sun Bum sunscreen stick.
Beautycounter Volume & Shape Collection ($90 retail, up to 25% discount available)
• Volume & Shape Shampoo: Gives hair exceptional fullness and features our breakthrough PureFoam Cleansing Technology that delivers the rich lather you love without damaging sulfates.
• Volume & Shape Conditioner: Helps awaken flat hair with natural conditioning agents that give a healthy bounce without the buildup.
• Volume & Shape Volumizing Mist: instantly lifts roots and gives hair long-lasting fullness and touchable texture.
Description: Reveal beautiful body and enviable oomph with this collection for fine hair featuring hibiscus plant proteins to give a boost of weightless volume. All products are lightly scented with fresh citrus and are safe for color treated hair.
Review: I love this shampoo, conditioner and volumizer mist. I love the fresh smell. A little goes a long way. And the volumizer works well with blowdrying or air drying. It’s spendy, but I switched from the Kérastase line so I’m actually saving money.
*Note: These are affiliate links. I am a Beautycounter Consultant because I love so many of their products.