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Healthy Beauty

So, I posted a few months ago about making some changes in my life. In November 2017, I started with workouts and shakes. Then in January 2018, I switched my hair care over to safer hair products to help my hair grow healthy and strong. Now I’m on a mission to protect my skin with better, healthier, and safer products.

I had the realization the other day that I am 32. For better or worse…I’m 32. It’s not a bad thing, I’m a young mom of 2 kids ages 3 and 2 with another on the way, in God’s timing through our adoption process. But, I’m 32…I’ve had 32 years of choosing to (or not to from ages 12-18) put sunscreen on, and face moisturizer, and washing my face daily (wait? I’m supposed to do that? Those little makeup wipes don’t actually count!!!???). I mean who has time to do that?! But, all joking aside, I have worked really hard in recent years to narrow down my beauty routine. I have searched high and low for the perfect colors to compliment my skin tone as well as products that are quality. I no longer wanted drugstore makeup that looked caked on and didn’t provide the ease of wearing makeup I desired. You see, I love wearing makeup…admittedly, I find it really satisfying to put it on. (I know…I’m “roll your eyes” weird!) I’m an artist…I see a blank face as a canvas –something to transform it…not to something new…no, just more awake and alive. Something to enhance and bring to life! Yeah…for me, it’s fun! But here’s the deal, though I had figured out the colors for my skin — THE LOOK, I had also found makeup that would last throughout the day without using 1/2 the bottle up –THE QUALITY, but what I didn’t know, was that makeup could make my skin FEEL good –THE HEALTH. I had the first 2 down pat, but my skin was breaking out, and in some areas it even felt bumpy…I was seeing fine lines and what some call reptile skin (really tiny bumps and dry patches)…WHAT?! No thank you.


Beautycounter a is skin care and makeup brand on a mission! They are fighting on the front lines to get better restrictions on what goes into the products we put on our faces, on our bodies, and in our hair. In other European countries they have 1,400+ ingredients that they do NOT allow in their beauty products. Beautycounter has taken that list, added another 100+ to it and prevents over 1,500+ ingredients, chemicals, and preservatives from ever being put into their products. Guess how many of those 1,500 are banned from our everyday beauty products by the FDA? (answer at the bottom of the post;) ) To give you a hint though…we are WAY behind!

Before Beautycounter…I did not know that skin care & makeup could have THE LOOK, THE QUALITY, AND THE HEALTH my skin needed. I have been time and again impressed with this company! From the start I just added a few of their items into my beauty routine and found within DAYS huge results. My skin felt smooth and those little lines I was seeing were dissipating! I don’t know what it is, but I actually feel CONFIDENT in my skin! So here’s the deal. I fell in love with this company after using 5 products: Rejuvenating Night Cream, Eyeshadow Palette, Countermatch Adaptive face Lotion, Balancing Charcoal Mask and the Dew Skin Tint moisturizer and SPF. Each and everyone of these products are so different and yet, they provided the foundation(pun intended!) for what I knew my beauty routine would need. Ultimately I believe your routine can be whatever you want it to be…but for those who don’t want to wear makeup because they are nervous it will make their skin break out, there is a solution! A clean, healthy solution that won’t make your skin worse with negative and harmful ingredients, but something that will lead to rejuvenated skin that feels healthy and free from the junk drugstore makeup contains!

I know this is a lot to take in, but this is a HUGE passion of mine. Just the other day, I helped a bride ready her face for her wedding. She was worried about the breakouts she was having…after a week of using the mask mentioned above, her breakouts were healed and any others threatening to come were kept at bay. I love the idea of helping find healthy solutions that actually attack the problem, not just covering the problem, but actually restoring the skin to its healthy and natural state. Your skin may be your first line of defense, but that’s why we should protect it, take care of it, and nurse it back to health where it needs aid. Your skin is also your largest organ so…here’s to drinking more water to hydrate from the inside, and using healthy, clean and safe products to protect it from the outside!

If you have questions about Beautycounter or your own skin care/cosmetic needs please don’t hesitate to email me! Or you can head on over to my website: BEAUTYCOUNTER.COM/KELSEYMERRILL.

**Please also note I began working for Beautycounter as a means to earn more money for our adoption. We are still over 1/2 way there when it comes to our adoption fund. Our fundraisers have made a great dent, but the road is long and this Beautycounter job can help as well. Thank you for your support.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you have a fantastic day!


Currently the FDA has banned 30 ingredients from being used in our everyday products. Before Beautycounter was on the scene that number was ZERO. It has been over 80 years since our cosmetic industry has been turned inside out and really scrutinized. That’s super scary…let’s do something about it!

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