A Change I Made for My Health

I’ve aligned with a skincare and cosmetics company that I’m genuinely passionate about, and I’m excited to share all of the details with you. 

As you guys know, I’m not really an “absolutes” type of person. I used to try to follow stringent eating and exercise rules, until I realized that life is much happier lived dancing in the grey area, not in solid black or white. This is also when I finally achieved the fitness goals I’d set for myself. Turns out I just needed to relax a little bit. 🙂 It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and it shouldn’t be if you want to feel balanced.

Even so, I’m always about learning as much as I can about health and fitness, and making smarter choices when I can for myself and my family. It’s not about being “perfect,” but about creating steps for a better, happier, healthier life.

Paying Attention to What Goes in My Body

When I first became pregnant with Liv, I became acutely aware of everything I was putting in and onto my body. I wanted to give her healthy food to thrive (with the necessary cheesecake and pizza in there), and also avoid toxic chemicals whenever possible.

I already read food labels fairly thoroughly, so I started doing this with my skincare and cosmetics while I was pregnant. Some of the things I thought were clean still contained pretty icky ingredients, and I became more interested in seeking out alternate brands and homemade skincare options.

Natural skincare ingredients like coconut oil and almond oil

Some of my favorite homemade goodies are this rose facial spray, homemade lip balm, bath bombs, and body scrub.

Something I never quite mastered: making my own night cream or facial cleanser. While homemade variations of my favorite products worked fairly well, they never felt luxurious or spa-like. Also, as much as I love DIY beauty, I find that I don’t have as much time to experiment as I used to. A lot of the *natural* or organic brand products I’ve tried in the past don’t work. When you read the bottle you’re like, “YES!” but when you try it at home, you’re like, “Oh noooooo.” 

Beauty and Skincare Without Harmful Toxins

Beautycounter! Excited to learn more about this amazing skincare and cosmetics line

Well, my friend Jodi introduced me to Beautycounter a few months ago, and the products and company are pretty amazing. They don’t use any harmful toxins, don’t test on animals, and are lobbying to change the cosmetics industry as a whole. Similar to food, the US uses cosmetics ingredients that are banned in Europe. There are 1,400 chemical ingredients commonly used in US skincare products that are banned in the European Union. We haven’t had a cosmetics reform in 70 years. WHAT. What did they even use for skincare and makeup in the 1930s?! 

How’s this for light reading?

1.5 - The number of pages of federal law used to regulate the $200 Billion cosmetics industry

The best part: Beautycounter products are amaaaaaaazing. Their ingredients are stellar and the products actually work.

I use the cream cleanser, exfoliator, nourishing rose spray, and the night cream mixed with a couple of drops of the face oil. I’m a huge fan of plain oils for my face (like Argan, coconut, or rose hip), but the BC face oil is so thick, moisturizing, and smells fantastic. It’s a mix of plant oils and essential oils.

Lustro face oil

(They’ve rebranded, so the new bottle looks like this! I’ve been using the Hydrating face oil.)

Since using these products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my sleep-deprived skin, and am excited to support a company that is working to make clean cosmetics and skincare mainstream. Toxic chemicals can disrupt hormones and have been linked to various types of cancers, so if we can get them removed from conventional products, I would be pretty stoked about that. I haven’t been this excited about skincare in a long time.

Beautycounter products

Researching Personal Care Products

Over the past few months, I’ve been doing more research into the products I have and use at home. I downloaded the EWG Healthy Living app, which includes safety ratings for food, as well as cosmetics/personal care items. I get a kick out of surprising myself while scanning items.

EWG scan results

Some of the things I had on hand with great ingredients:

Products with good ingredients

(Also there are some not-so-clean products that I won’t give up and still use occasionally, like nail polish! Like I mentioned before, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.)

Because I love the Beautycounter products so much, I signed up as a consultant to get a discount (25%) and share it with others.

Sea salt spray

I’m not going to spam you guys or anything like that (I wanted to let you know I’m a consultant for full transparency, but things will always be low-key around here), but just wanted to give you a heads up about these amazing products and the company’s mission. As you guys know, I’m very particular about the brands I choose to promote on the blog, and will only feature products I know, use, and love. If you’d like to check out the shop, the link is here. Also, if you think you may be interested in consulting or would like to host an online social, let me know. I’d be happy to help you out or point you in the right direction.

What’s your favorite DIY skincare or beauty product? Any favorite brands you’d love to share?



*For all orders over $55 placed from now until Friday night, I’ll send you a makeup brush bag or sunscreen stick. 🙂 Just email me (fitnessista at gmail dot com) with your order #, shipping address, and whether you would prefer a sunscreen stick or makeup brush bag.


Other changes I made for my health:

Quitting gum

Getting better sleep

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  1. Emily Anderson on July 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Are these safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    Also, have you tried Wundabar Pilates in San Diego? I used to go to their location in Pasadena, CA before I moved and I love it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Juliana on July 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Where in San Diego is it?! I’ve been looking for a Pilates studio here as well 🙂

  2. Sharon on July 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I love Trader Joes tea tree face wash, Witch Hazel for toner, and Evening Primrose Oil at night. I also love your lip balm recipe – I make it regularly and share with friends!!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 12, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I’ll be honest, I don’t use a ton of facial creams and soaps. I had someone the other day ask me what my face routine was because I’m almost 40 and they said I look more like 30. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that. I haven’t heard of this brand, but would be interested in checking out a face lotion.

  4. Nikkola H @ Flimsy Lion on July 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I’m always looking for good natural products that actually work, I have yet to find a natural deoderant and shampoo that works well for me. For nail polish have you looked at the 7-free and 5-free brands? Obviously they still use chemicals but they eliminated what was found to be the worst offenders. Brands like Zoya, Deborah Lippman, and Essie are pretty good.

    • Rebekah on July 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

      I started using Native deodorant a couple months ago and have been really pleased with it. I sometimes have to reapply in the evening if we’re going out, but it performs very well for me through the day or at the gym.

      • jennifer letendre on July 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

        I’m in the same boat with the deodorant, I developed an allergy and figure the regular ones are bad anyway. my issue is I have an allergy to aloe which 9 times out of 10 natural ones use it. I have found with natural there ok in mild heat but in the hot summer don’t work so great. I have heard people say the Native deodorant is good, so think I’m going to order one to try, if not I will look into making my own.

        • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

          i also don’t like that you have to buy a full one to know if it works. i have so many random deodorants that did not work at all haha
          i’ve been using the tom’s one in the blog post pic, but have to reapply especially if i went to the gym that day

      • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

        a few people have recommended that one- i need to try it!

        • Amie on July 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm

          I found a natural deodorant that works!!!!! It’s incredible!! (And I’ve tried all of them). It even beat the stink while I was breastfeeding and pregnant. (I don’t work for this company or anything)

          • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

            what scent did you get??

          • Amie on July 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

            I got the summer rain scent

          • Amie on July 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

            Also, I buy my body soap from that company, Chagrin Valley. Their honey beer soap makes my skin feel like BUTTER. Love it.

  5. Milania Dela Cruz on July 12, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I love this!! i’m definitely going to try! i use a whole bunch… kiehl’s, aveda, jojoba oil, castor oil, accure eye cream, .. but i love when you post things about facial stuff. my faves!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

      i think you would love it! <3

  6. Amie on July 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Sooooo, I bought the lustro face oil per your recommendation and I loved it. However, after about a week daily use, I developed huge (the diameter of a penny) painful cystic pimples. Three of them. I NEVER get pimples. And this was he only thing in my beauty routine I changed. I’m incredibly disappointed and have no idea why my skin reacted like this as I have used other face oils in the past without a problem.

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

      That is such a bummer!!! Contact customer service- they have a 60 day return policy. Let me know if you need help

      • Amie on July 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

        I know! The oil is so nice and gives me that dewy glow. So bummed about the breakouts. I do plan on returning it.

        • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

          i’ll send you a couple of samples of other goodies to try and hopefully these will be better for your skin (will grab your address from your order if that’s ok?)

          • Amie on July 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

            That’s cool! Thanks so much!

  7. Alexis caldwell on July 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I am wanting to try beautycounter! Have you tried their shampoo and conditioner or their kids line? Also where did you purchase the label m hair line? I saw they are a UK brand. Thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

      i haven’t used it yet, but my friend loves it for her 3 girls
      they sent it to me a few weeks ago! if you can find it, it is AMAZING. it smells so so so good

  8. Linda @ The Fitty on July 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Do they have makeup as well and how natural is their makeup!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

      yep, they totally do! eyeshadow, lip sheer, lip gloss, mascara (everyone raves about it so i just ordered some), tinted moisturizer, tons of stuff. their stuff isn’t completely natural, but they only use safe synthetic ingredients. they try to use organic and plant-based materials whenever possible

  9. Sarah on July 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I am so excited to try!!! Thanks for introducing me Gina!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

      <3 <3 !!

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I’ve heard amazing things about Beauty Counter!! I really need to try them!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

      i think you would love it!!

  11. Anna on July 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been really wanting to try Beauty counter products. I’ve heard the mascara and the charcoal face cleanser is amazing! Have you tried them?

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

      i’ve heard awesome things about the mascara, so mine is on the way! my eyes are really sensitive so i’m excited to try it
      the charcoal face cleanser is fantastic.

      • Anna on July 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

        Wonderful! Thanks for the info

  12. Monica on July 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I love Beautycounter! I’ve been using their products for 2 years and my face has never been better. I’m also a consultant (purely for the discount). The company has such a great mission, too! Glad you are spreading the word!

  13. Juliana on July 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Ooh neat I’ve been meaning to try Beautycounter for a long time. I have heard great things!

    One of my all time skin faves is SEA BUCKTHORN OIL!!! I got introduced to it through Living Libations Best Skin Ever (so amazing!) but it is quite expensive so I just pick up the Weleda pure sea buckthorn oil at Whole Foods. It’s still amazing! I also recently tried the face ritual from Bodycherish which was again quite expensive to ship from Canada but HOLY COW was it worth it. Also, clean beauty is one of my favorite topics and I’d love to see more posts about it!

  14. Jess @ Keeping It Real Food on July 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Love this! I’ve been making my own body scrubs for a while now with sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils. I’m in that “contemplation” stage as far as cleaning up my skincare routine. I’m happy with how my skin looks and feels but have been really curious about cleaner products.

  15. Bethany on July 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Love this! I also need to stop with the gum! It’s a huge issue for me when I am stressed I turn into a chain chewer! haha
    Now going to order and hoping they ship APO!

  16. GBear on July 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I love products from Emu Oil Well (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shampoo-Conditioner-Thinning-Emu-Oil/dp/B00AME9D3O) as my scalp is horribly sensitive. Their ingredient list isn’t too large and it is very gentle. Only available in the UK so I’ll have to make my own now, probably following most of their main ingredients. Tried Burts Bees as they are supposed to have “healthier” products but they still have some harsher ingredients in them. I would avoid shampooing every day to help my scalp but I have very fine hair so it just looks gross 😛

  17. Elle on July 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I love the Skindeep app, but I’m always bummed when I find out something I have on hand has a high number… especially the expensive stuff :/

  18. Lara on July 13, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I am very sensitive to scents so I’ve been loving the products from this small company in Pittsburgh, Lovett Sundries. Their products are so simple and natural and they don’t use any scents or dyes! My favorite is the shampoo bar http://www.lovettsundries.com

  19. Chrissy on July 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love the idea of and behind beauty counter, but as a stay at home mom, I just can’t afford it! It’s great that they are trying to make a change, but I wish a company would step up and make affordable, safe, quality products for the masses. It’s hard to actually get behind a company that is so far out of my reach.

    • Chrissy on July 30, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I should say that I’m sure lots of stay at home moms CAN afford it, it is just not even close to our personal budget.

  20. Emily on March 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I have been wanting to try Beauty Counter! Do they sell sample sizes of products so I can make sure they work and are the right shades? I especially want to try the dew tinted moisturizer!

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

      they don’t sell them on the website, but i’d be happy to send you some samples. or if you place and order and don’t like it, they have a 60-day return policy

      • Emily on March 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

        Samples would be great! Let me know what I can do to order them from you. 🙂

        • Fitnessista on March 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm

          send me an email and we can figure it out! gina @ fitnessista.com

  21. Jessica H on March 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Hi Gina! After waiting for my current products to run out, I am excited to buy my first Beautycounter products. I have quite a few items in my cart but I noticed they still charge for shipping. Any tips or promos they are offering that you might know about?

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      are you a band of beauty member? it’s $29 but then you get 15% in product credits and free shipping over $100 🙂

      • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:23 pm

        u also get a free gift when you sign up; i think it’s the nourishing night cream this month

        • Jessica H on March 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

          Great, thanks Gina!

  22. Jessica on April 12, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Would you have any recommendations as a “starter set”? I’m really wanting to update my minimal beauty routine and make it worth it! It’s so hard though to pay so much for something with no clue if you’ll like it or not. I want to try their hydrating foundation but it’s hard to pick the right tint online. Does that have the same return option? Thanks!!

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