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My Current Beautycounter Regime

Happy Wednesday! Something a tad different today for you all ūüôā As you all know, a few months ago I started as a Beautycounter consultant not only for my love of the¬† products, but what the company stands for. And today I wanted to share a bit more about my personal skin case journey.

My skin has never been ideal but more roller coaster like with periods of great skin and periods of not so great skin. Pregnancy was too good to me, with 9+ months of truly glowing skin and no blemishes. Post-pregnancy, nursing, weaning hormones? Not so much. Saying that I can also say the last 2 years has been some of the most frustrating times with my skin. I literally tired anything and everything under the sun with no lasting results.

I always knew my skin was sensitive and took longer than most to see results but freaking out in no time at all at new products. But once I started using Beautycounter I just knew it was right for me. This is not because I saw immediate results – but because I truly believed it was harsh ingredients that was causing my skin issues. So today I wanted to share my current regime as well as some information on other regimes!

Oh and Beautycounter recently launched this skin care quiz to find out what products will benefit you the most! As well as this handy chart:

Back to my regime, so if I was to take the quiz my main concerns would be blemishes and dry/dull skin. I can honestly say the below products have changed my skin SO much. From my overall complexion, the texture and feel of my skin!

1 – Countercontrol Collection! This collection just launched last week, and is so exciting since it was the missing piece in our offerings! As well it was a line I was waiting for. The difference between this line and most acne products is that there is no Benzoyl Peroxide, Silicones, Harsh Surfactants, instead uses a complex of wintergreen and rosebay willow.

If I had to pick two items from this collection to use it would be the cleanser and SOS treatment.  I use the cleanser morning and night, the toner nightly and the SOS treatment as needed.

2 РBalancing Facial Mask. I was never a mask fan and usually found my skin to freak out the day after using one but this one I LOVE. It uses kaolin clay to deep-clean, balance, and draw out impurities. And you will be amazed at how soft your skin feels afterwards! I currently use it twice a week.

3 – Overnight Resurfacing Peel.¬†¬†I was most apprehensive on using this but after only hearing raving reviews I knew I had to try it – as well to know myself how well it worked! While called a peel – it really is not a “peel” because it is formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs,¬†formaldehyde-based preservatives often found in peels AND you leave it on overnight. For sensitive skin (or blemish prone) it will not cause irritation! Personally, this made a huge difference in my pores, overall complexion and fading of past blemish marks. Currently I use this 3-4 nights a week.

4 – Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizing Lotion. Little did I know that for years my breakouts were caused by dry skin. I had the old mentality of breakouts = oily skin so avoided moisturizers. BAD IDEA. In the past I have found few that I really loved until this one. This lotion works around the clock to keep your skin hydrated – giving it exactly what it needs and nothing more.

I use this morning and night along with the Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream every night.

5- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation.  As someone who did not love liquid foundations ever I will admit this had to grow on me. But I also saw a further improvement on my skin within a week of using this. The foundation is light-weight so that it is not cakey feeling Рalways what I hated with liquid foundations!

To be back at a point where I feel good in my skin as well as know that what I am using is safe, has no harsh chemicals and I can look up every ingredient to assure this makes me so happy. And that is why I love to share these products and company with you all.

To shop or learn more you can visit my personal website here. 

Lindsey

A Day in the Life

It has been far too long since I gave you all a peek into my every day life – which is always fun to do! Here we go – but don’t expect fancy photos!

5:15am – Alarm goes off! Truth – I never hit snooze (mainly for fear I would not get up again!). I shower, blowdry my hair and then get ready:

My Beautycounter makeup essentials for every day!

Which is basically the Flawless in Five set! I swap between the lip gloss in bare shimmer and lip sheer in rose. As well I have recently added the new luminous powder highlighter in halo Рwhich I LOVE and it doubles as my eyeshadow!

6:00am – On “lucky” days I can get ready before Chloe is up and even start breakfast. The calm before the storm:

6:30am – Breakfast (and coffee!) is ready:

I swap between smoothies, oatmeal and yogurt bowls for breakfast.

7:00am – Get the girls ready, wrestle Chloe down to attempt to do her hair. I am slowly learning how to do hair, even when it is while wrestling ūüėČ

7:40am – Off to work, with my essential bags – purse, workout gear and lunch:

8:00am – First one at work means coffee duty – the most important task!

8-11:30am – WORK! Nothing exciting to share here. Most days my work involves working with our agency, social media posts and replies, website updates and other random projects.

Noon – Spin class! I try and use 2-3 lunch hours a week to workout which I love. It frees up my evenings and gives me a mid-day boost.

1:00pm – Back to work. I eat lunch at my desk while catching up on emails.

2:00pm – Mid-day break for Miracle Treat Day at DQ:

2-4:30pm – More work – again, too boring to share ūüėČ

4:30pm – Head to pick up the girls, it was a hot one!

5:00pm – The only way I cook supper in peace and under an hour – TV:

6:00pm – Burrito Bowls for the win! Usually my goal is to have supper on the table by 6pm.

6:30pm – We head for a walk to enjoy the sunshine and heat:

7:15pm – Bath time:

7:30-8:00pm – Brush teeth, PJs, and read books before bed. A later bedtime than usual – but hey, it is summer!

8:00pm – Meal planning for Foodie Friday (post):

8:30-10pm – Watch TV with Chad before I hit the hay!

And that is a typical day for us!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

Today is actually my “Friday” as I am off for another three day weekend!

This week flew by, a few highlights of our week:

Chloe’s first haircut! She did great, despite looking less than impressed here:

She looks SO much older now!

The girls and their new sleeping bags for our first real camping trip this summer.

And last but not least we celebrated Chad’s birthday!

This week I am switching things up for meal planning. I am participating in a “Sugar Free Reset” for 5 days. My good friend, Heather, is a Holistic Nutritional Consultant with her company, Calluna Nutrition, and not only is she super awesome, but very knowledgeable and helpful. So when she shared her sugar free detox I thought “why not?!”. I mean, I eat fairly healthy but like most areas of our lives there is always room to improve and learn, so that is my goal next week.

Heather has a simple lotto of “eat better.feel better.live better” which I know is all too true, but we also have busy lives and let’s face it sometimes the first thing to go out the window are out eating habits. That is where Heather comes in, from her meal planning services¬†to personal coaching she can get you back on track and feeling better!

Saturday – Wedding – OUT

Sunday – Taco Salad

Monday РOne Pan Salmon & Asparagus with mixed greens (lemon and olive oil) РCalluna Nutrition 

Tuesday – Beef & Brocoli Stir-fry with quinoa (I will sub in chicken) –¬†Calluna Nutrition¬†

Wednesday – Lemon Basil Chicken with mixed greens –¬†Calluna Nutrition¬†

Thursday – Shrimp Asparagus Pesto Pasta –¬†Calluna Nutrition¬†

Friday – Mexican Chicken Bowl & cauliflower rice –¬†Calluna Nutrition¬†

This weekend is a busy one! Today I am helping out with Avery’s preschool field trip, and doing my long run this afternoon so that we can head off to Chad’s cousins wedding Saturday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lindsey

Currently

With the changing seasons (ahem – winter to summer!) it is time to share some of my “currentlys”:

Currently excited for…SUMMER!

In a few weeks time we went from winter & sledding to what feels like July, running through the sprinkler in bathing suits:

I was so excited I picked up the girls this and know they will have a blast this summer with it!

Currently eating…tofu

I have always liked tofu but never tried hard enough to bake it the way I liked it. The other week I finally did and am obsessed now. 450 for 15 minutes, flip and another 15 minutes. Before I tossed in olive oil and soy sauce then coated in corn starch. Such an easy thing to add to meals and the family loves it too.

Currently wanting...Birkenstocks.

For the past few years I buy rip off ones but realize they fall apart so easily and then I am replacing them every year. My brother pointed out spending the extra money on Birkenstocks in actually worth it for this reason.

Currently watching…Shameless.

I know, I am SO late to the game on this one but I finally gave in and love the series!

Currently training for… Stampede Half Marathon!

After a few months off training and running in general I am back in it with our first “long” run of 12km last weekend.

I am also running at lunch time with my coworkers in preparation for a local 10km we are doing and really enjoying lunch runs!

Currently planning…my garden & backyard projects!

We have some major landscaping to do this summer after getting a professional plan last summer. I have a love/hate relationship with landscaping but excited to get it done this year. We are hoping to plant our garden in a couple weeks so stay tuned for that post!

Currently hoping… Chloe kicks her cold soon!

Poor girl has had a cold for over a week! From congestion and now a bad cough she is not catching a break. I get spring colds (and have a bad cough too) but am so over it, with the cough comes bad sleeps too!

Lindsey

What are you currently excited for?

Foodie Friday

Short work weeks are the best! Well unless you have a sick kid! Miss. C is not feeling great – bad timing with it being her birthday! Poor kid.

Monday we a ‘fun’ day – I took C to the Dr after her breathing was a tad off, while there she ran into the counter and cut the corner of her eye. If it had been a millimeter over she would have needed stitches – OY. Then we ran to Chapters to grab a cookbook I wanted and she was trying to get a toy, it fell hit her in the face and she got a bleeding nose. So it was a Monday!

We did get out for coffee unharmed!

Early before all the mishaps we spent the time morning colouring and baking:

We had a little celebration Wednesday for her, she tried to grab the lit candle:

And took Chloe out for the supper of her choice, Subway!

I am excited for the meal plan this week thanks to my new cookbook – Vegan Comfort Classics!

Saturday – Black Bean burgers (Costco)

Sunday – Cheesy Pesto Bread Twists & See Food Chowder – Vegan Comfort Classics

Monday – One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Spicy Peanut Noodles – Vegan Comfort Classics

Wednesday – Turkey bacon BLTs & sweet potato fries

Thursday РEasy Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry РDamn Delicious 

Friday –¬†Blackened Shrimp Tacos – Budget Bytes

This weekend we are having a party for Chloe and that is it – I have been lacking motivation lately with this weather – hopefully spring finds us soon!

Lindsey