I was recently asked to try and review a skincare line by someone I have known for many years. Now of course, we’ve all had a friend who sells Mary Kay or Arbonne – but this is something different. Here’s the backstory. When Shanna asked me to try her skincare line and give her my honest feedback, I couldn’t have been more excited and happy to do it. I know the WHY behind Shanna’s decision to sell this line, and it’s very special. Shanna’s sister, who was a friend to my family, especially my mom, recently ended her brave battle with cancer. She fought the good fight, and spent a lot of time bringing awareness to the disease. And she was always interested in finding products that were good for you, that didn’t have a bunch of junk in them, to anything that would promote a sense of health and well being as she fought for her life. In order to continue that search, Shanna has become a consultant with the company Beautycounter. Their mission? To get safe products into the hands of everyone.
According to the Beautycounter website, they have a list of 1500 ingredients that are banned from their products. They also claim that they will tell you exactly what is in every product, and exactly what is not. In fact, you can go to the website and find what they call the “never list”, or the list of ingredients that you will never see in one of their products. Also on the website is a ton of information about how they choose their ingredients and the standards they have set for themselves as a company, and also why they have chosen to take this approach.
I was able to try the entire Face Collection in the skin care line. It includes a cleanser, a moisturizer for day and one for night, a face oil, exfoliating cream, eye cream, and rosewater spray. The standouts in this line for me are the cleanser, face oil, and the rosewater spray. The cleanser is awesome. Period. It smells like oranges, it completely takes off your makeup, and I have to admit, it’s the only thing that I’ve ever used that rivals Philosophy Purity, which is a cleanser I use and love. There’s no toner because the cleanser already has those properties built in, and your skin just feels completely clean and refreshed. The Lustro Oil for the face was something new for me. I have oily skin, so the word oil by itself literally frightens me. I picture myself rubbing Crisco on my face and waking up to zits everywhere. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I mixed it with the moisturizers and it was lovely. My skin was soft, but never greasy. The oil truly made the moisturizers feel so much more luxurious. Just dreamy. The rosewater is something I was anxious to try, because like all good MAC girls, I love my Fix Plus. I own it, use it, love it, and of course any time I have ever worked a shift at MAC, I have sold it like it was going out of style. And this seemed like it might be very similar. It was. The smell was different, but not in a bad way. It was just unlike anything else I’ve ever smelled. And it feels wonderful on the face. It’s a quick boost of hydration and perks up the skin just like Fix Plus does. Overall, I enjoyed using the products and I think they would work well for a variety of skin types. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about them. I don’t think the eye cream, moisturizers, or exfoliator are particularly different from most, but they are certainly not bad and they complement the other products very well. But if you were just looking to try a product or two, the cleanser, oil, and rosewater spray would be my must-have recommendations! Below is what the skincare set looks like. (photo taken from the company website)
Shanna is only the second person in Oklahoma to sell Beautycounter products, so this line is not something most of my readers will be familiar with, but I encourage you to check out the website and learn more! Go to www.shanna.beautycounter.com to see the entire line, learn more about the mission of the brand, and place an order. And just to clarify, I was not paid for this review, I didn’t get free products to keep, I get absolutely no kickbacks for doing this. I was asked to be completely honest, and that’s what I’m doing. I do not represent this brand as a consultant and any additional questions can be addressed directly to Shanna via her page above – I know she would be absolutely glad to help you!
This post is dedicated to the memory of Cindy Lawson Teel. A wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, and all around cowgirl who showed others what it meant to be brave, fight hard, and live by faith. You will always be missed.
Until next time – life is short, tell someone you love them!