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Fighting Adult Acne: Five On Friday!

Hello friends! Can you believe it is already Friday? I feel like this week flew by. We are aiming for one final weekend at the lake before summer officially comes to an end. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates! Usually I round up five different things in my Friday posts, but this week Beautycounter launched their Countercontrol line! Since it contains five products, I thought it lined up perfectly to share each item this week! For those of you that have followed Beautycounter, you may know that acne prone skin is the one that has had the fewest options. There have been individual products that are good at combating breakouts, but no committed line. This was frustrating for some, especially those fighting adult acne. All of that changed yesterday with the launch of Countercontrol!

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As a teen, I really always had great skin. I never had to worry much about breakouts, which I was always thankful for. Once pregnancy and nursing happened, my skin took a turn. At the age of (almost) 29, my skin is truly the worst it has been. My skin is more oily and prone to clogged pores than ever before. Fighting adult acne has been a big stressor for me. So, I did the happiest dance ever when this line finally launched! It is the lowest price point of all of the Beautycounter lines, making it perfect for teens, men, and anyone who suffers from breakouts or oily skin! Keep reading to see the five products in the regimen.

Clear Pore Cleanser

The cleanser is the first product in the regimen, which is used to wash your face every day. The main acne fighting products in this (and the rest of this line) natural salicylic acid from wintergreen and rosebay willow. The salicylic acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and also restores balance to bacteria on the face. The rosebay willow will help to reduce irritation and decrease sebum protection. The cleanser also has jojoba beads, which help to slough away dead skin while still being nourishing and gentle on skin! fighting adult acne

Instant Matte Toner

Toners are often overlooked, but are such an important part of any skincare routine. The instant matte toner helps to get rid of any dirt or impurities left over after cleansing. It also helps to control oil and minimize the appearance of pores! I think so many people skin this step in their routine, but it really is so important. You will be amazed at the difference a toner makes in your skin health!

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All Over Acne Treatment

The all over acne treatment is used on the entire face! It is applied after the toner, and is amazing for helping to eliminate oiliness and blemishes. It also helps to prevent future breakouts from forming. This is a great product for people who have consistent oiliness and breakouts throughout their face.

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SOS Acne Spot Treatment

This is the product that everyone needs in their arsenal, whether or not they have acne prone skin. The reality is that everyone has had a breakout at some point in time, and this spot treatment is perfect for treating on the affected area. If there is one product from this line that I would tell absolutely everyone to snag, this is it.

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Matte Effect Gel Cream

I seriously LOVE this gel cream. As someone who is prone to more oily skin, I know firsthand how counter intuitive it can feel to put moisturizer on. Here I am trying to reduce oiliness, why would I add moisture, right!? I think most of us know it is an important step, but for me it has always gotten inside my head. This gel cream still provides moisture, and helps to soothe and heal. But because it is a gel consistency, it is oil free and helps to maintain healthy moisture levels. And, it has actually been clinically proven to manage oiliness, for up to eight hours. I think this product is the perfect compromise for those individuals who want balanced skin, but have that constant fear of ‘over-moisturizing’.

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If you have any questions on these new products, please feel free to send them my way. I know that skin care can be difficult to figure out, so you can also take a quick skin assessment for my recommendations based on your skin type. You may not be fighting adult acne, but whatever your skin care needs are, I am happy to help you figure out the best option. And if you are nervous about investing in these products, Beautycounter has the BEST return policy. All orders come with a prepaid return label and are accepted for 60 days, no questions asked. So there is literally NO risk to giving them a try!

Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you are all soaking up these final days of summer!

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Friday Favorites: Weekender Bag and Beautycounter Eyeshadow

Hello hello my friends, happy Friday! We are extra happy today because we are headed to the lake for the weekend! It isn’t supposed to be very warm, but I am sure the boys will still be forcing us into the lake. One of the many joys of having your children, right?! 😉 Hopping right into my favorites for the week (including the BEST new Beautycounter eyeshadow), keep reading for all the details!

Beautycounter Eyeshadow

I have been sharing bits and pieces about Beautycounter recently, and I am absolutely in love with the new classics Beautcounter eyeshadow palette. Beautycounter recently launched a new line of powders with a brand new formula, and trust me when I say that they are GOOD. I am by no means a makeup pro, and do not claim to be. But this palette is on par, if not better than, the other designer palettes I have used in the past. There is also a romantic palette and a statement palette, and I honestly cannot decide which one I love most. Of course, my favorite thing about these powders is that they are SAFE and have over 1,500 ingredients that they DO NOT USE. I could shout it from the rooftops how excited I am to have found high performing makeup that is also 100% safe.

5 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Did you catch my post earlier this week with easy ways to simplify your life? I have been on a major kick of purging and getting rid of unnecessary things lately. I committed not only to cleaning out my closet, but to not refilling my closet! Womp womp. I love shopping, but just hate clutter and having too many things. I am thinking about looking into a ‘capsule wardrobe’ for fall/winter. Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? I have no idea how to begin!

Crocband Crocs

Okay, I did not purchase these for MYSELF. I just don’t think I can ever find a way for Crocs to fit into my style 😉 But we grabbed Jackson this pair of shoes last week, and I am honestly surprised by how cute they are, and he LOVES them. Of course, Mike discovered that the exact same pair comes in grown up sizes, so now he has a pair, too. SALE ALERT: the grown-up pair actually cost HALF as much as the kids sizes on Amazon and a fraction of what I have seen them for in stores! I will say that I love that they are easy to clean and are perfect for use during the summer months!

Tie Front Top

Yesterday I shared one of my favorite trends of summer. These tie front tops are my absolute favorite and are universally flattering on everyone. They are basically a top that was MADE to be worn with a cute bralette! You can check out the full post with all of the details here.

Lily Jade Weekender Bag

Look for a full review coming next week, but since we are all packed for the lake I couldn’t resist sharing my FAVORITE new bag. As I talk about capsule wardrobes, Lily Jade bags really fit the bill. They are of the absolute BEST quality and materials, and I have no doubts I will use them for YEARS to come. And the style is so classic, I don’t worry about it not being ‘trendy’ in a few years! Did I mention the weekender bag is HUGE and holds everything you could need, and more!?


I hope everyone has an amazing weekend-there aren’t many weekends left of summer, so make sure you make every last moment count!

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