Better Beauty Products Buying Guide

Healthy skin is important to overall health.

    • In fact, your skin tells you a lot about what is going on inside your body. This guide is intended to help you focus on what you’re putting on your skin.

 

You can watch these videos and read these blogs for more information:
Your Skin Issues May be Rooted in a Bacterial Imbalance
The Safest Beauty Products for Your Skin

Here are some of my favorite products for keeping your face healthy and glorious in any season:

 

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SKIN

Sunscreen

For Summertime, you will want to have the perfect sunscreen to keep your skin healthy while also keeping that sunkissed glow!  I recommend the Suntegrity Golden Light SPF 30 – tinted sunscreen as well as Beauty Counter Sunscreen- SPF 30 for the face.  The Suntegrity Sunscreen not only acts as a sunscreen, but a moisturizer and foundation!  It will give the perfect golden color to dull skin while also neutralizing redness.  Suntegrity Sunscreen also has many awesome shades to match each person’s beautiful, unique skin tone.  Including Golden Light, they have Suntegrity – Light, Suntegrity – Medium, and Suntegrity – Fair.  Beauty Counter Sunscreen is made out some wonderful natural ingredients that your skin craves!  It has Aloe which will keep your skin hydrated as well as greet tea and blood orange extract free radicals. There is also a range of sunscreens that might be right for you at Beauty Counter – SPF 30. I have all of these and especially love the chapstick sunscreen. Annmarie Gianni Skincare makes a fantastic sunscreen, as well. You can sample Sun Love or purchase the full sized bottle.

LIPS

Chapstick and Lip Gloss

Lips are made to be luscious and the only way to do that is to make sure they’re moisturized!  I recommend Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Vanilla Honey Chapstick for a chapstick on the go as well as Beauty Counter Lip Gloss or Lip Shine for a night out on the town.  Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Chapstick not only has a bunch of amazing flavors (vanilla honey is definitely my favorite!), but it made with some incredible natural ingredients like Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E to give your lips the plump they deserve!  When you’re getting dressed up for a night out, Beauty Counter Lip Gloss gives you a subtle shine without the stickiness.  They have so many colors to choose from to ensure you’ll get the perfect color to match your lovely skin tone!

 

EYES

Eyeshadow and Blush

When it comes to eyeshadow and blush, you can never have too many awesome shades!  That’s why it can be difficult to stick to only naturally produced products because you feel limited.  However, I have discovered a wonderful eyeshadow and blush assortment called Beauty Counter Desert Sunrise Eyeshadow and Blush Collection.  It has a palette that truly does capture the beautiful colors of a desert sunrise, and is made with Porcelain Flower Extract, a Thai bloom with antioxidant and moisturizing benefits that will keep your face looking fantastic! This product is out of stock right now, but you can get their Color Shade Eye Duo in many colors. These are the same great formula, just different colors.

Mascara

When it comes to Mascara, most mainstream brands are made with oils and preservatives that can actually be super harmful to the growth of your eyelashes instead of giving them the boost they deserve!  The are often irritating to the eyes and constantly exposing your eyes to harmful chemicals. Because of this, I have looked far and wide to find a mascara that will enhance my eyelashes to their fullest!  Mineral Fusion Mascara and Ecco Bella Mascara are both fantastic mascaras for this purpose.  Mineral Fusion Mascara not only has 100% pure mineral pigments, but contains all natural ingredients that are gluten-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic making them completely safe for the eyes and skin!  Ecco Bella Mascara is also made with all natural ingredients that are both vegan and gluten-free.  They choose to leave out the lacquer, shellac and alcohol and incorporate natural clay and flower wax coated iron oxides leaving those lashes stunning all day long!

 

Body Products

The face isn’t the only part of the skin we have to worry about though, the rest of the body is important as well!  I have compiled another list of some of my favorite body products to keep your overall Skin Microbiome at it’s best!  For more info, Watch the Video Here.

Deodorant

I don’t know about you, but I have tried almost every natural deodorant out there! Sadly, most of them barely work.  So when I found one on the popular TV show Shark Tank, I knew I had to try it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Piper Wai Naturally Deodorant  was the best natural deodorant I have ever tried!  It’s made with activated charcoal which can absorb 1000x its weight in moisture while keeping dry with no stains on your clothing.  It creates a pH balanced environment that keeps you smelling fresh and ready to beat the heat!   

 

HAIR

Shampoo and Conditioner

Beauty Counter Shampoo and Conditioner has quickly risen to my favorite shampoo and conditioner for my hair.  Both are made with pure plant botanicals that infuses strands with moisture and shine with a lovely citrus scent.  The shampoo breaks down build up without ever making your hair dry, while the conditioner help nourish your hair with marula and mongongo oils.  Making your hair healthier and stronger than ever!

Dry Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner

When you’re busy and on the go, dry shampoo and leave in conditioner are musts!  Acure Dry Shampoo contains all natural ingredients without using any of the toxic ingredients other dry shampoos do.  It’s also 100% biodegradable!  How great is that?!  Acure Leave-In Conditioner contains argan oil + argan stem cell with provitamin B5 + CoQ10 to keep your hair looking fabulously fresh!

 

SKIN

Lotion

Most people don’t even use lotion, but this is one of the most important body products you could use for keeping your skin healthy!  Beauty Counter Hydrating Body Lotion is my favorite for keeping the skin smooth and hydrated.  It contains a moisturizing blend of marula, mongongo, and safflower seed oils, plus shea and jojoba butters. Rich in antioxidants and amino and fatty acids, these ingredients ensure your skin stays smooth and supple all day long!

Unrefined Shea Butter

Health and Beauty’s Unrefined Shea Butter is the best I’ve ever tried!  Loaded in Vitamins A, E, F and antioxidants, Unrefined Shea Butter  is the most Popular, natural and effective skin super-food.  Antiaging Properties found in Shea butter have been used for centuries as a wrinkle reducer. Shea butter contains essential fatty acids, along with vitamins A and E, which are imperative to maintaining your skin’s elasticity and suppleness!  I use this on my face with no issues and found it to be a lifesaver when I was skiing. I applied it every night before bed and never got windburn on my face. I use it on any skin issues and they go away quickly.

Julva

Julva is a gynecologist formulated cosmetic cream for the delicate, vital tissue of the vulva!  Yes, that’s right, don’t be shy.  The Vulva is another important part of every woman’s body!  This cream is meant to enhance your lushness, increase moisture and deepen your passion, sensation, and excitement.  This is an excellent product for women who have hormone imbalance or those who struggle with low libido..

Along with all of the other wonderful products listed above, I also have others that you might want to try from a few of my favorite cosmetic producers:

 

BEAUTY COUNTER

When purchasing Beauty Counter Products, you’ll be required to enter the name of your consultant. Please list my name, Summer Bock, when you place any orders with them using these special links below.

Beauty Counter Body Butter

Beauty Counter Body Butter is a rich body butter that absorbs easily without feeling greasy, perfect for very dry skin. Shea butter and mongongo oil hydrate and nourish skin, while organic sunflower oil, aloe, and chamomile soothe and smooth.  Their body butter doesn’t contain synthetic fragrance ingredients, many of which are linked to health issues like allergies, asthma, and hormone disruption. Instead, they use natural citrus fruit oils and peppermint to lightly scent this nutrient-rich butter.

Beauty Counter Sugar Scrub

Polish your skin to a healthy-looking glow with Beauty Counter Sugar Scrub, made with brown sugar to buff away dull skin, and mineral-rich evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils to leave skin looking supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich acai berry supports the appearance of healthy skin, and a mix of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leaves a fresh and invigorating scent.

Beauty Counter Shimmer Oil

Beauty Counter Shimmer Oil is a luxurious dry-oil formula, made with nourishing jojoba, grape-seed, and sesame oils, absorbs immediately into your skin to deliver a radiant, sun-kissed glow. Use it from head to toe for a beautiful bronzed effect and just a hint of shimmer.

Beauty Counter Soothing Face Oil

Beauty Counter Soothing Face Oil  is lightweight and silky smooth. Their 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.

Beauty Counter Nourishing Night Cream

Beauty Counter Nourishing Night Cream is a hydrating night cream that nourishes skin while you sleep. Organic coconut oil and aloe hydrate while geranium and green tea protect against dryness.

Beauty Counter Soaps

All of the Beauty Counter soaps are awesome!  They have many different ones to choose from including a charcoal bar, body bar or hand bar. The Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion.  Infused with a classic, clean Citrus Mimosa scent, their luxurious Body Bar contains organic shea butter and antioxidant-rich organic marula and mongongo oils. Their Rose Neroli Hand Bar gently cleanses your hands without over-drying them, leaving behind a fresh floral scent. The finely milled formula features hydrating, organic shea butter and antioxidant-packed organic marula and mongongo oils.

Beauty Counter Massive Starter Pack

This was my first Beauty Counter purchase. To purchase this you must become a consultant, which means you get 15% off all orders from that point forward. You also get a $100 credit applied to your account immediately and if you want, you can share these products with your friends, which will give you more credit towards your purchases. This is by far the best deal if you fall in love with these products as I have. There is a less expensive starter kit, but I bought this one because it includes all the essentials for replacing all the products in your shower, under your cabinet, and in your bathroom drawers with safer products. To become a consultant and get the discounts, credits, and commissions visit www.beautycounter.com  and click on “Become a Consultant” in the top left corner on the page. Use my name, Summer Bock, as the consultant that recommended you when prompted

 

THE VITAL IMAGE

Natural Skin Cleanser

The Vital Image Natural Skin Cleanser is the BEST body cleanser I have ever used!  Not only does it smell fabulous and feel fantastic on your skin, but it’s also made from 100% natural ingredients.  The ingredients include: purified water, COPS, vegetable glycerin, almond oil, castor oil, rosemary, aloe vera, rose, alfalfa, kelp, sea weed, organic flax oil, horsetail and walnut oil, acrimony, borage, catnip, chamomile, chervil, comfrey, fennel sweet, and feverfew.

 

THE SPA DOCTOR, DR. TREVOR CATES

Glow Boost

Trevor Cates’ Glow Boost is step 4 of her 4 part skin collection.  It’s the perfect finishing touch. It hydrates with a beautiful blend of natural organic plant oils (such as cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry seed oils). These contain high amounts of skin-loving fatty acids and powerful antioxidants and we add Vitamin E, CoQ10 to ensure your skin is fully enhanced. It helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We call it liquid gold because of its look and feel. In one of the videos, I mentioned that I didn’t love her cleanser, but I did a consult with her and she told me to start using a washrag to wipe it off and it changed the game! Now I love it.

 

ANNMARIE GIANNI

These are some of my favorite Annmarie Gianni products. I highly recommend starting with their sample kit and getting a $10 off coupon right off the bat to use for your future purchases. It’s the best deal.

Aloe Herb Cleanser

Cleanse and lift excess oil with this pH-balanced, aloe vera-based cream cleanser. Infused with healing herbs and a light blend of natural oils containing essential fatty acids, to keep your skin naturally hydrated. Gently removes makeup and impurities without drying or leaving any residue. Leaves your skin feeling nourished, soft and beautiful.

Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Eyes look rested and more beautiful with this luxurious eye cream containing soothing herbs and active plant cells. Antioxidant-rich green tea and goji berries reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while cucumber extract and the herb eyebright temporarily ease puffiness.

Honey Coconut Mask

Nourish your skin with this unique, vitamin-rich mask formulated with pure Colorado mountain wildflower honey. Live enzymes and amino acids keeping skin looking smooth and plump. Coconut oil, high in lauric acid, soothes sensitive skin.

Purifying Mud Mask

Firm and tighten the look of your skin naturally with this powder-to-paste clay mask. Rhassoul clay, exclusive to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is rich in the minerals silica and magnesium. Chlorella algae provide phytonutrients, while rose clay absorbs excess oil. Each use will leave your skin feeling renewed and fresh.

Sun Love Tinted Sunscreen
Anti Aging Facial Oil
Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin
Neroli Toning Mist

Kaolin Micro Exfoliant

QUICK LIST OF ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE

 

Beauty Counter products are some of my favorites:

 

These are some of my favorite Annmarie Gianni products. I highly recommend starting with the sample kit and getting a $10 off coupon right off the bat to use for your future purchases. It’s the best deal.