5 Minute Face

 

Having been a professional makeup artist for over 8 years now, I have to say that over the years I’ve come across some great products, and some not-so-great products. I thought that after using certain “vegan-friendly” brands, I would never find any better… but I did.

We were raised on a farm, many farms, and at times we didn’t have running water or plumbing. We had no idea what we were missing out on when bathing in the rain. No, I am not making this up – and I will tell you that to this day during a summer storm, I’ll throw on a swimsuit and wash my hair in the rain. You will have a hard time finding your hair to be softer than it is after a rain wash. Anyway, back to the point – we were raised using homeopathic remedies, natural “cures” and growing up being aware of what we put into our bodies. I went into college to study biology, with a focus on cosmetic chemistry because I loved it so much. I couldn’t find a course at the school I went to, so I bought the textbooks used online to study up.

Fast-forward to me now as an adult and mother of two. I just had my eyes opened, and I mean WIDE opened, by a girlfriend that started talking about the ingredients in skincare, makeup, and body products. She listed several I was using by name (the ones that are “vegan” and supposed to be the best for your skin!).

For example: did you know that tear-free children’s shampoo and body wash actually use an ocular numbing agent to NUMB YOUR CHILD’S EYE?! This ingredient can, and has been known, to cause damage! It isn’t tear-free at all!

How about that lovely matte red lipstick stain? Do you kiss your babies with that mouth? Yes… yes I did. The FDA just did a study and 100% of the 100’s of lipsticks tested contained no small amount of lead – WHAT?! – yes, lead. This includes the “natural” brands like Burt’s Bees, and Avon. And of course the high-end brands like Dior and M.A.C., then the average woman’s go-to’s from CoverGirl to Revlon.

Okay, this is just the tiny chip of the tip of the iceberg that is American beauty product hazards, so I am going to tell you about this new American brand that is the ONLY one in the country that has even stricter standards than Europe. They ban 1500+ harmful ingredients from being used… USA only bans 11 as of 2017.

It’s called Beauty Counter

I decided to try out some of their makeup. Using only 5 products, could I get results as good as the leading brands with the small amount that Beauty Counter claims you only need to use?

Check out the results in my 5 Minute Face Using 5 Products makeup tutorial.

5 Minute Face – Beautycounter Flawless in Five

Stephanie Clarke, Beauty Contributor

Join the Southern Bride Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest from Southern Bride every week.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR INBOX NOW TO COMPLETE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION REGISTRATION...