Saturday, May 27, 2017

Trust the Timing of Your Life {Beautycounter}

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “Trust the timing of your life,” and, boy, does it hold true. When I first learned about the movement toward non-toxic beauty products, like those at Beautycounter, I really wasn’t all that interested. Sure, it was something that I preferred in my beauty products, but it wasn’t a top priority for me. Well, fast forward to when my LEAP food sensitivities test revealed that I had a TON of chemical sensitivities – so much that I was actually a little freaked out about it.

Arsy from Rubies & Radishes contacted me a few times in the past about joining her Beautycounter team, but I was always a little hesitant. Did I really want to add something more to my plate? But after I realized just how many chemicals were swimming in my body, joining her team finally made sense! I figured Beautycounter would be a great place to start with getting some of that icky stuff out of my life. And, of course, fast forward again to me absolutely LOVING the products, and I was totally on board!


Why You Should Care About What’s in Your Beauty Products

If you’re at that point in your life, like I was, where I didn’t worry all that much about the ingredients in my makeup and skincare products, let me throw some facts at you.

The last time the U.S. passed a law regulating what can go into your cosmetics was in 1938. In the United States, 30 harmful chemical ingredients have been banned from use in beauty products – compare that to the European Union, which has banned more than 1,300 ingredients. Yep, that means that some of the stuff you’re putting on your skin is illegal in Europe! Yikes.

Since WWII, we’ve introduced about 80,000 chemicals into our environment and only about 10% have any human safety data available at all. As just one example, researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in many popular brands of lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. Now is a great time to take control of your beauty products!

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Why Choose Beautycounter?

I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Beautycounter before I even purchased my first products from them. (My friend Marisa has used their products for years now and always raved about them.) Beautycounter has personally banned more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals from their products, and each formula is tested rigorously, so that all their products are high performing and absolutely luxurious – not to mention so much safer!

Beautycounter knows what they’re doing – and they do their research. Their ingredient selection process is the most thorough I’ve ever seen. They’re on top of the constant influx of information being released about cosmetic ingredients, and they even commission their own studies. Every potential ingredient is screened for specific hazards like cancer, hormone disruption, and infertility, as well as a host of other problems linked to toxic beauty products. And even with all this work and research, the ingredients in Beautycounter products are still more than 80% natural or plant-derived and the rest of the ingredients all have human safety data.

Beautycounter is on a mission not just to provide a safe, clean alternative to conventional cosmetics – they want to educate and empower consumers. Their goal is to inspire other beauty companies to follow suit; as more and more consumers ask for stricter guidelines on their cosmetics, the beauty industry will have to adapt.


So, now that I’ve told you why I love Beautycounter, let me introduce you to some of my favorite products:

Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – I mentioned the Dew Skin in a blog post a couple of weeks ago (btw, THANK YOU to those of you who decided to try it), and I truly love this moisturizer! It hydrates the skin while protecting with SPF 20, and the tint helps to maintain an even skin tone. It’s a lotion, sun block, and bronzer all in one!

No.1 Brightening Facial Oil – Obsessed. I have combination skin with dry patches here and there, so I love using this oil before bed. I wasn’t sure if oil would jive with my skin, but it’s been amazing – no breakouts whatsoever! The omega-rich oil provides some serious hydration while antioxidant vitamin C brightens and evens skin tone. It’s perfect for all skin types and those concerned with dull, uneven skin tone. This citrusy formula is just what I need to refresh and replenish my skin. My face instantly feels healthier after using it!

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask – I love my vitamin C! I’ve used this mask consistently for a few weeks now, and I absolutely notice my skin being smoother, softer and more even toned – lessening dark spots and adding a healthy glow!

I’m so excited about Beautycounter, and I want you to be excited, too, so…

Promo time!

If you spend $55 (before tax and shipping), you’ll get a free Sunscreen Stick (Face) – an $18 value! This sunscreen stick is perfect for summer. It’s super easy to apply (just roll it on!), is water-resistant, and great for kids (remember – no crazy chemicals!). It blends really well with your skin so you’re not left looking pale next to the pool, and it’s compact (a perfect fit for dad’s pocket!).

beautycounter sun stick

All you have to do is:

  • Step 1, shop via my link.
  • Step 2, forward your order confirmation to

*For US residents only. Will be shipped separately from order.

*** IN ADDITION to my sun stick promo above, Beautycounter is having a special Memorial Day promo good now through Monday. If you spend $150 (before tax and shipping), you can choose a FREE full-size body butter (which is amazing!), nourishing eye cream, or nourishing day cream, which means you can double-up on my sunscreen promo and this one to get TWO free gifts! Oooh, baby, now that’s a good deal! 🙂

And if you’d like to join my team and make a significant social impact, while you are financially rewarded (plus, save 25% off your own purchases!), follow my link and scroll down to “Join the Mission: Become a Consultant” to sign up.


*If you sign up as a consultant, you still qualify for the sunstick promo!

Please reach out if you have further questions about any of the products or the consultant opportunity!


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Instant Pot Lamb and Sweet Potato Stew

PrimalThe Instant Pot is a perfect appliance for stew, coaxing flavor and tenderness out of meat and vegetables in a short amount of time. Instead of the typical beef and white potato stew, this recipe uses lamb and sweet potatoes, plus a bunch of spices, for a richly flavorful and comforting meal.

The sweetness of the potatoes is perfect with the slightly gamey flavor of lamb. After a short time in the Instant Pot, both the meat and sweet potatoes melt in your mouth like butter. Cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic and ginger all punch up the flavor but don’t overwhelm the dish.

This lamb and sweet potato stew doesn’t need anything more to be a full meal. However, roasted cauliflower and sautĂ©ed greens are nice sides.

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour

Servings: 4


Step 1

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (15 ml)
  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt (7. 5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (2.5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (5 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander (10 ml)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 inches (5 cm) ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (15 ml)
  • 1 cup bone broth (240 ml)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled (1.2 ml)
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish



In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. Rub spice mixture all over the lamb. Let the seasoned lamb sit out while you chop and prep the other ingredients.

Press the “sautĂ©” button on the Instant Pot. Add coconut oil. When oil is hot, add lamb in two separate batches and brown on all sides, then remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Lower the sautĂ© heat and add onion (add more coconut oil if the pot seems dry). SautĂ© 3 to 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add garlic, ginger and tomato paste. SautĂ© about 1 minute, mixing constantly.

Add bone broth and cinnamon stick. Add meat back to the pot. Seal and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.

Let the pressure release/vent naturally. Open the lid and add the sweet potatoes (and saffron, if using).

Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes. This time, activate the quick release the valve.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

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