After years of being on beauty companies mailing lists — I’ve accumulated a TON of beauty products over the years. I do my best to give away as much of them as I can but sometimes I think I’m going to use something and then I never do, but I’ve stored it for 6 months and just the mental weight of it being there and taking up physical space in my small home weighs on me.
Recently I just couldn’t take it anymore and I got rid of probably 75% of my beauty products by giving them away on Instagram, donating them, or giving them to friends and family. I still receive products in the mail constantly (many times I don’t even know they are coming) but now I’m better at giving them away immediately.
I’m also trying to clean up my beauty products meaning I want to use as many “clean” products as I can. My friend Tara owns Follain — the clean beauty company — and I always have her in the back of my mind when I’m using beauty products. Would Tara approve this? You know she approves anything on her site.
In the vein of clean beauty today’s Beauty Dossier features all clean beauty products.
This product was sent to me and I’ve been using it every day and night since I got it so I already ran out and purchased another one! It has kept my eye area extra moisturized during the dry winter months! It also makes my concealer go on very easily and smooth. I have nothing but great things to say about it. For an extra cooling feel, keep it in your fridge!
This cleanser has a very slight exfoliation, but I just wasn’t really a fan of the cleanser in general. It has great reviews so maybe I’m either missing something, didn’t give it enough of a shot, or it’s just not for me. It wasn’t a contender to beat my favorite cleanser — One Love Organics Easy Does It.
I’m actually quite skeptical of mists. While I LOVE the feeling of them, especially in the hot months, I heard that they actually make your skin more dry unless you spray them after you put moisturizer on to lock the moisture into your skin. Basically, spraying them on dry skin isn’t necessarily helpful.
My skin is usually pretty moisturized so I don’t have that problem. And I love a good mist. I spray it on after I do my makeup, or if I just need a quick pick-me-up during the day or right before a workout, I find it wakes me up a bit with a quick spritz to the face. I really like this mist!
The gals at Follain sent me a sample of this and it was so amazing I already purchased the regular size for myself. It’s so moisturizing but sinks into your skin so quickly and doesn’t look greasy. I was an immediate fan of this product and if you are looking for a new moisturizer, give it a shot. I have dry skin in the winter and I loved it.
I wanted to like this deodorant so badly and while it does a fine job of deodorizing, the formula is too thick for me and clumps up. Clumpy pits — not a good look in my workout class unfortunately. So I wear it at home when my pits aren’t on display but I won’t be repurchasing it unless they adapt the formula.
I am super picky about hand cream. I don’t like my hands to be greasy because I’m touching computers and phones and my face all day and I can’t stand to have my palms and fingers greasy. Sometimes in the winter my hands and fingers start to crack and bleed because I wash my hands a lot and don’t apply hand cream often enough. So finding hand cream that I will apply during the day is really hard, but this Beauty Counter Hand Cream is great. I could put it on during the day but most often I just leave it on my nightstand and put it on right before I go to sleep.
This Body Butter is super moisturizing in the way that you can’t put on tight pants right afterward, so it’s definitely the type you put on when you’ll be at home in loose sweatpants. In the winter my legs get really dry so this is perfect for that. You do need to warm it up in your hands and a little goes a long way! I put it on before I go to bed — no more itchy legs!
Some of these products were sent to me for review, I was not paid to include any of them in this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Photo by Meg Biram.