Fall Makeup Haul: 4 Clean Products To Try

Fall Makeup Haul: 4 Clean Products To Try

Getting into the spirit of fall can be fun, from cozying up in chunky sweaters to ordering pumpkin-spiced everything. But it’s also a great time to shake up your beauty routine and give some new clean makeup products a try.  

Each season brings the perfect opportunity to try new shades, products, and methods that capture the spirit of change. We’ve rounded up some of our top clean makeup essentials to work into your lineup, just in time for that fall refresh.  

Think Big All-In-One Mascara  

Fall brings the perfect weather to play with bold makeup looks—and big, voluminous lashes are essential to that. With a true black pigment that delivers rich color without the use of carbon black or PFAS ingredients, Think Big All-In-One Mascara is a safe choice any day. Pair it with Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – SPF 20 and Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick for a simple everyday look. 

Glow First Priming Serum  

Imagine the dewy glow you’d get on a tropical vacation…well, this is something like that in a bottle (without the flight). Glow First Priming Serum is a skin-care and makeup prep hybrid that will give your skin a hydrating boost—and help your makeup last even longer. No need to wait for that summer vacation when your fall glow is just as good. 

Lid Glow Cream Shadow  

Gloomy fall days call for a little extra shimmer, and Lid Glow Cream Shadow delivers just that. This buildable formula is perfect for fall cocktail parties or afternoon strolls; simply apply your favorite shade with your fingers, and you’re good to glow.  

Beyond Gloss  

Shorter days and longer nights call for a gloss that delivers high-impact shine and a range of colors to choose from—and Beyond Gloss is it. Go bold in the shade Black Plum on a night out with friends, or keep it classic with the shade Quartz Shimmer on a weekend coffee date. Fun fact: Beyond Gloss is made with responsibly sourced, ECOCERT-certified organic vanilla from Madagascar.  

New season, new you. And if you haven’t yet, now is the time to fall for clean. Our products are carefully formulated and tested to give you the best results—without harmful ingredients. Sounds like someone’s beauty cabinet might just be turning over a new leaf.  

6 Genius Beauty Hacks You Need to Try Now

6 Genius Beauty Hacks You Need to Try Now

We’ve all been there. That pesky flyaway that just. won’t. stay. put. The wave of panic when you realize you’re all out of dry shampoo right before your next Zoom meeting. 

But guess what? We’ve got a #betterbeauty hack for that. As clean beauty obsessives, we know every trick in the game. Our hacks are all winners, and best of all, they’ll actually help simplify your safer makeup and skin-care routines.  

Bonus: These have all been tested and approved by our team at HQ—seriously, you won’t believe how well Hack #4 works!  

Here are six handy beauty tricks that will get you out the door faster, make your products work harder (and smarter), and even save the day when you’re having a bit of a beauty emergency.  

Hack 1: 

The Better Blender to reapply SPF throughout the day  

Ah, sunscreen. It’s our #1 recommendation for beautiful, healthy skin. According to medical professionals, you should be reapplying your SPF every two hours*. But what if you’ve just applied the perfect cat eye/bronzer combo and don’t want to ruin that full face of makeup? Avoid budging your hard work by gently reapplying sunscreen with The Better Blender. Simply apply your favorite SPF (we recommend Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 – 6 oz.) to The Better Blender and dab where you need the most protection. Voilà! Your face is still in place. 

*Chien, Anna Lien-Lun. “Sunscreen and Your Morning Routine.” Johns Hopkins Medicine, 30 June 2020, http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/sunscreen-and-your-morning-routine. 

Hack 2: 

Counterman Soothing Shave Cream for unwanted hair, anywhere 

Our Counterman Soothing Shave Cream touts a conditioning formula and skin-loving ingredients like shea butter and aloe. But did you know its shaving superpowers work for every body? Got unwanted hair on your pits or gams? Try swapping out your usual shave cream for this soothing, safer alternative. Basically, it’s not just for guys.  

Hack 3: 

Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Bar to clean your Better Blender  

This hack is approved by our very own Chief Artistic Officer, Christy Coleman. She always gets the question, “How can I easily clean my blender?” And we’ve got your answer. Just reach for our Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Bar. For a quick and effective scrub session, moisten your blender and bar with water and gently rub your blender onto the bar’s surface. After getting a good lather going, rinse and repeat until the water absorbed by your blender runs clear. Pro tip: Do this hack once a week to keep your blender (and skin) clean and fresh.  

Hack 4: 

Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask as a quickie spot remedy 

Date night is on its way, and you’ve got a blemish on your chin that needs to make a quick exit. Don’t fret. Reach for Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask. Nutrient-rich kaolin clay and activated charcoal purify and balance skin by absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities. Just apply a dime-sized amount to the blemish with clean hands or a Q-tip and leave on for 10 minutes and soon you’ll be breaking up with that blemish.  

Hack 5: 

Brilliant Brow Gel in Invisible to tame flyaway hairs 

The secret to a stylish, slicked-back pony? Our Brilliant Brow Gel in Invisible. Groom wayward baby hairs and flyaways with this flake-proof and foolproof gel. The smaller wand size helps to easily target baby hairs and, as with all our products, it’s formulated with safer ingredients (so you don’t have to worry about applying so close to your crown). 

Hack 6: 

Mattifying Powder as dry shampoo  

When greasy roots just won’t do, and you’re out of your favorite dry shampoo, our Mattifying Powder comes in clutch. This smooth and translucent finishing powder blends invisibly into hair to absorb shine with zero white residue. Pro tip: Use a fluffy makeup brush to apply to roots, gently massage into hair, brush through, and you’re good to go.  

With these simple #betterbeauty hacks, you’ll help your products go the extra mile and get a major bang for your hard-earned bucks. If you try one of our tips, be sure to tag @beautycounter. Happy hacking!  

This One Product Hydrates, Brightens, and Sanitizes Hands

This One Product Hydrates, Brightens, and Sanitizes Hands

Opening. Closing. Holding. Scrolling. Steering. Typing. Cooking. Washing (and washing and washing—especially these days). It’s no surprise that our hands often show signs of wear, tear, and aging, even before our faces. With all that our hands help us do each day, it’s actually surprising that hand care isn’t already part of our daily routines. Sure, maybe we’ll slap some hand lotion on before bed, but that’s like downing three glasses of water after realizing a headache is due to dehydration. We felt it was time to treat these unsung heroes to some well-deserved TLC.  

That’s why we created Hand Savior Radiance Boosting Serum + Hand Sanitizer, a multitasking hand treatment that gives hands a dose of the kind of pampering that’s usually reserved for your face. Hand Savior hydrates skin with each use and, with daily use, brightens hands over time—all while killing 99.99% of bacteria—leaving you with happy, comfortable, and clean hands. It’s our clean answer to those drying, irritating, sticky-feeling, icky-smelling hand sanitizers you know and don’t exactly love. 

So how did we perfect this daily essential you never knew you needed? Here, Lindsey Rollin, our VP of Product Marketing, tells you everything you need to know. 

Q: What was the inspiration behind developing a product like Hand Savior?  

A: We started working on Hand Savior shortly after the pandemic began last year. We all started using hand sanitizer multiple times a day, and the biggest complaint was that it can cause seriously dry skin. Hands are exposed to a variety of environmental stressors, like sunlight and wind, every day. They’re also one of the first places to show signs of aging, so we need to care for them! We wanted to solve these problems by creating a hand serum and hand sanitizer in one, with hydrating and brightening skin-care benefits. The result is this super luxurious hand treatment experience that does double duty. 

Q: What makes Hand Savior so innovative?  

A: It’s made with the kind of skin-care ingredients you’d find in luxury facial skin-care products, like hyaluronic acid to hydrate and niacinamide to boost brightness. And the fact that it also sanitizes your hands with 60% alcohol derived from organic sugarcane? A bonus that makes Hand Savior a great multitasker.      

Q: Why did we choose hyaluronic acid and niacinamide as hero skin-care ingredients in Hand Savior? What are their main benefits?  

A: We chose them for their hydrating and brightening benefits. Hyaluronic acid can bind up to 1,000 times its own weight in water to create a moisture-locking barrier that leaves skin soothed and hydrated. Niacinamide, a synthetic, vegan form of vitamin B3 that’s majorly trending in skin care, is known to improve the appearance of dark spots, brighten, and improve uneven skin tone.  

Q: Why was it important to use organic sugar-derived alcohol in Hand Savior?   

A: Because that means the sugarcane used to derive the alcohol is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. With 60% alcohol content, Hand Savior meets the CDC guidelines for alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and it’s clinically tested to effectively kill 99.99% of bacteria. And bonus: Each batch of Hand Savior is tested for methanol and n-propanol impurities to ensure it complies with the safety standards outlined by industry guidelines for hand sanitizers.  

Q: What was the priority in terms of skin benefits? 

A: Firstly, we wanted it to be hydrating and brightening. Then, we wanted to make sure it didn’t leave a sticky residue, and that you could easily layer lotion over it for extra hydration.   

Q: What’s the application experience like?  

A: Hand Savior feels silky and lightweight, like a serum. It’s water-based, so it glides on smoothly and won’t leave hands sticky—just hydrated. And it smells light and refreshing with a citrus blend of orange Valencia, mandarin, and bergamot. Yes, please! 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Hand Savior? 

A: I really believe Hand Savior is one of a kind! I use it at home or on the go. My hands have never felt more hydrated or looked healthier.  

Long story short, Hand Savior is everything your hands need now—so run, don’t walk. Shop the hydrating, brightening hero that works as hard as your hands do. 

5 Easy Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Daily Routine

5 Easy Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Daily Routine

Here at Beautycounter, we’re serious about self-care. That’s why everything we make meets the highest standards when it comes to safety (but that doesn’t mean we compromise on effectiveness.).  

Beauty shouldn’t just do good—it should feel good, too. And that’s where self-care comes in. Weaving small (but effective) changes into your everyday routine can make a big impact on your body and mind, from head to toe.  

So, show of hands—who could use a little extra “me time”? Don’t worry, Beautycounter’s got your back. We tapped HQ’s OG Queen of Clean and self-care guru, Christy Coleman.  

Not only is she Beautycounter’s Chief Artistic Officer (hello, dream job), but she’s also the ultimate self-care devotee. Christy even credits her everyday beauty rituals for keeping her sane during the recent Texas ice storms (Christy hails from the Lone Star State.) “My One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes were my salvation,” she says. 

Here are Christy’s go-to tips for adding a boost of self-care to your everyday routine—all of which start right inside your own home. 

1. Reach for matcha instead of coffee—and your skin will thank you. 

Curious about matcha? If you’re looking for a pick-me-up without the jittery crash, try this antioxidant-rich coffee alternative.  

“I absolutely love the taste [of matcha]! It has wonderful antioxidant benefits, which help with skin renewal,” says Christy. “I make my own almond milk with the Almond Cow, which I sweeten with dates from Rancho Meladuco [in Coachella Valley, California]. Once you try these dates, you can never buy another brand.” 

2. Pare down your morning routine 

Got 10 minutes until your first Zoom call? Christy recommends these five products for making your morning a breeze: “Counter+ All Bright C SerumSkin Twin Creamy ConcealerColor Define Brow PencilColor Pinch Cream Blusher in Hibiscus, and Beyond Gloss in Clove. Ready, set, go!” 

3. Create the ultimate bath ritual.  

Even if it’s just once a week, indulge in a luxe bath or shower with all your favorite Beautycounter products. Here’s Christy’s take: 

“I start by filling the tub and adding a few pumps of the Luminous Hydration Body Oil directly into the water,” she says. “While the tub is filling with water, I exfoliate with the Sugarbuff Body Polish. I then slip into the tub and try to relax! I use this time to listen to a podcast or a bedtime story on the Calm app. I love Matthew McConaughey reading ‘Wonder,’ not just for his voice but also because I absolutely love the story. After I get out, I immediately apply the Luminous Hydration Body Oil to damp skin, then follow with the Melting Body Balm.” 

4. Learn to press pause. 

Everyone has those moments throughout the day where it feels like everything’s happening at once. Creating a mantra, meditating, or simply just giving yourself a minute can surprisingly work wonders.  

“I have a tendency to ‘never stop,’ so I am in a constant battle with myself to slow down,” she says. “I have found that going back to my breath is very helpful—I like to visualize taking a step back, and creating a ‘pause’ for myself. I do this about 10 times throughout the day. It allows me to catch my breath, literally.” 

5. Keep a clean house. 

Keeping potentially harmful ingredients away from your skin and body is a great start, but Christy takes it one step further in her home.  

“I have two Molekules: An Air Mini for my bedroom and the Air Pro for the house,” she says. “I also use lots of Dr Schulze Air Detox. I have used this product for about 15 years, and I literally can’t live without it. I spray my house, pillows, mattresses, and sometimes the bottom of my shoes!” 

Don’t have an air purifier at home? Try plants! Plants are an effective (and beautiful) way to keep your home clean, happy, and healthy (and here are some more ideas). Houseplants scrub the air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These hazardous compounds, like formaldehyde and benzene, are known to be potentially cancerous.  

Fun fact: In 1989, NASA conducted a study and found that indoor plants like ficus, peace lilies, and mother-in-law’s tongues, when placed in the same environment as VOCs, can reduce them by as much as 70%. 

With Christy’s simple approach to self-care, taking care of your body and mind doesn’t have to be just another chore—we already know how long your to-do list is. A dash of daily health and wellness adds up quick. So, go ahead and treat yourself! And make sure to tag @beautycounter to show off your self-care time. You deserve it! 

Banish Dry Winter Skin With This Hydrating Routine

Banish Dry Winter Skin With This Hydrating Routine

Unless you’re reading this from an ocean-side cabana (lucky!), you’re probably dealing with dry, parched winter skin. Cooler temperatures, strong winds, indoor heating, and less humidity can zap moisture, leaving skin flaky, irritated, and more likely to reflect the signs of premature aging.  Add in the intense effects of stress—and you have skin in need of some major TLC.  

Take Time to Treat Your Skin  

An indulgent night dedicated to pampering and hydrating your skin is a restful way to ease dryness and find a moment of zen. Treating yourself to high-quality, clean skin care is one of the best self-care choices you can make for yourself, your body, and the planet. This lineup of body and face products is packed with hydration and clean ingredients, because skin care shouldn’t stress you out. 

First, Set the Mood 

Whether that means drawing a bath or simply shutting the bathroom door, this first step is essential. We recommend queuing up our Songs to Soak In playlist or lighting a clean candle

Step One: Scrub Down 

Want to buff away the day? Look no further than our Sugar Body Scrub. Hop in the tub (or shower!) and get buttery, silky-smooth skin by sloughing off dull skin cells with this super-luxe scrub. Hydrate with sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils, and leave skin looking supple and smooth.   

Step Two: Lock in Moisture 

Apply our fast-absorbing Countermatch Adaptive Body Moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower. Formulated with buzzy beauty ingredient squalane (a super-moisturizer derived from olives), this rich lotion will reveal radiant, hydrated skin by your morning alarm. 

Step Three: Wash Away the Day 

The harsh ingredients in some makeup removers and cleansers can strip moisture from the skin. Our nourishing Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil is loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids to reinforce skin’s moisture barrier while melting away makeup. Gently massage onto skin, let your jaw relax, and slip into a bit of zen. 

Step Four: Take Down Dry Skin 

Continue your mini at-home facial with this moisture-boosting serum. Infused with two forms of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum belongs in every winter skin-care routine. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight texture—it packs a hydrating, antioxidant-rich boost that lasts. 

Step Five: Soften Up 

After just one use of Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream, you’ll wake up to radiant, moisturized skin, thanks to an indulgent blend of fermented sugars that optimize hydration. This supremely rich and hydrating cream deeply moisturizes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

Step SixUnwind & Indulge 

Complete the spa experience by massaging Melting Body Balm into parched skin. Argan and avocado oils hydrate and soften skin, while its intoxicating monoi scent will put you in vacation mode. You can even work it into tired soles that need serious soothing. Clean hack: It works wonders on hands and cuticles dried out by all that handwashing.  

Step Seven: Beauty Sleep 

All that’s left is getting a good night’s rest—and waking up revived, glowy, and deeply moisturized. So long, dry winter skin.