How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

As we prepare to deep clean our spaces and tackle those back corners of our cabinets and closets, we’re reminded of another area that could use some serious spring cleaning TLC — our beauty products.

It’s easy to forget that our favorite makeup and skincare collections also need a refresh every now and then, for both organizational maintenance and for our health!  We’ve asked our lovely friend and Beautycounter consultant Amy Gallagher to help shed some light on how to (spring) clean our favorite and most often used beauty products to keep things feeling fresh, clean + Practically Perfect!  

Take it away, Amy…

XOXO
Joni + Kitt

Photo by Unsplash – Diana Kavedra

Like Practically Perfect #momtrepreneurs Joni and Kitt, I’m also a mother of three.  The health and safety of my family is my number one priority.

In addition to energizing our home organization for the year, spring cleaning is also a time for us to reevaluate the products that we’re using in our home.  And as a Beautycounter consultant, skincare and makeup are among the first categories that I think to clean up and out.

So let’s get started on my tips for your beauty care spring cleaning!

CHECK EXPIRATION DATES

This one is an easy one to miss!  Each skincare and beauty product has a little expiration symbol on the back – pictured below:

Treat your beauty products like you would your pantry goods… follow that expiration date!  If you have a substantial collection, consider creating a spreadsheet for yourself — or simply label each product with the date you opened it.  Remember that what you put IN your body is just as important as what you put ON your body.

DEEP CLEAN

Makeup brushes, wands and sponges all need weekly sanitization.  You can use a clean dish soap like Better Life (EWG.org has a full list of clean products!) or any of Beautycounter’s liquid washes. Make sure to lay them flat to dry.

Spring cleaning season is also a great time to wipe down your bags and containers.  Give everything in this area of your home a little bit of love!

CONSIDER + RECONSIDER

It’s easy to get into a groove of either (a) buying the same products again and again or (b) sampling a ton of new products each time you need to restock.

Use this time to reflect on the products that you have and consider which ones you really love. Is there anything you’re using solely out of habit? Anything that you’re keeping as a back-up, even though your skin doesn’t respond extremely well to it?

Recommit to buying only what you love and need.  Bonus = this will make your spring cleaning even easier in future years!

REMOVE THE WORST OFFENDERS

If you’re struggling to let go of some beauty products, changing how you view them may help. The ingredients in the products that we use really do affect our bodies!

I’m extremely excited about our Beautycounter Clean Swap Campaign, which is encouraging people to consider the ingredients in their makeup and skincare collections (check out our Never List).

I always want my clients to have safe, high performing products so that they can feel confident in their daily routine.  So here’s my list of the top offenders in skincare and makeup, along with a sampling of a few of my favorite options, if you’re ready to switch it up!

Eye Creams

Many creams are made with preservatives, which can potentially release formaldehyde and cause your immune system to not perform as it should. Get an eye cream that your eyes will truly love.

Face Masks

Traditional facial masks can be formulated with PEGs, which are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners or solvents.  Your masks should have nothing to hide! Check this one out instead!

Body Lotions

Skin is your body’s largest organ.  It is porous and absorbs whatever you put on it.  So it makes sense that body lotions offer the most exposure to potentially harmful ingredients. Let your skin breathe easy.

Lipstick

Since lipstick is applied on your mouth, it’s no surprise that we ingest what we put on.  Keep that in mind the next time you pick the perfect shade!

Mascara

Carbon black, a pigment used in mascaras to create the deep black color, has been linked to a range of adverse health effects. Find a mascara that you feel good about, inside and out!

Sunscreen

With summer fast approaching, think about all the time you’ll spend outside and get prepared! My must-haves are the Countersun line (which Kitt’s kids will be slathered in this all summer long!) and my everyday SPF Moisturizer (Joni never leaves the house without applying this to her face + neck!)

I hope you’re feeling empowered to kickstart your spring cleaning and tackle your beauty products.  Just a few quick steps can help you to feel good about your system and your collection overall.

(SPRING) CLEAN YOUR ROUTINE

Want to see all the products Beautycounter has to offer?  Find them here. And when you use this website to make a purchase, you’ll also be getting a free gift, so make sure you’re shopping with me, Amy Gallagher.  Here’s to #betterbeauty!

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Family Fun For The 4th

2 (treats) + 2 (ingredients each) = 4 (th of July)

Summer is in full swing, which likely means you’re gearing up to host or attend a 4th of July celebration very soon.  Hopefully your plans include getting outdoors and soaking up some sunshine.  If so, we’ve got a few cool and refreshing crowd-pleasing treats that couldn’t be easier to make.  We love both of these holiday-themed goodies because they are incredibly easy to make.  Each treat only has two ingredients — and they can be prepared and assembled in about two minutes each, as well.  They’re kid and parent approved on all counts: the little ones can essentially assemble them on their own, they’re undeniably delicious, and one of them is even nutritious!  We’ve prepped a shopping list here for you – so that’s even one less step…  Need we convince you any further to make both of these right away?

Here’s hoping that these help you to stay cool and add a little fun to your 4th of July celebration!

Sprinkled Sandwiches

Shopping List

ice cream sandwiches – we used Julie’s Organic
red/white/blue sprinkles

Assembly

Spill some festive sprinkles onto a plate.

Unwrap ice cream sandwiches and dip each side into the sprinkles.

Tip: don’t allow the ice cream sandwiches to sit outside the freezer very long, as they will become soft and will be more likely to break.

Place these colorful creations onto a platter and return them to the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them.

Star Wands

Shopping List

watermelon
blueberries
bamboo skewers
star-shaped cookie cutter

Assembly

Slice the watermelon into 1″ thick pieces. *This step is for adults only, please!
Press the star cookie cutter into watermelon slices.

Tip: plan ahead before inserting the cutter so that you can get as many stars as possible from each slice.

Cut up extra watermelon “scraps” to enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later.

Title

After washing blueberries, slide them onto the bamboo skewers. Use your own creative eye to determine how many you’d like — but be sure to leave some space on the bottom for holding the wands.

Tip: large blueberries work best!

As a finishing touch, attach one watermelon star to the top of each skewer – and enjoy!


Fashion Must-Haves To Make Your Summer Wardrobe A Breeze

Ah, Summer. The glorious months we wait all year for – an entire season of carefree days full of sun, fun, family, and friends! Whether you find yourself on staycay or vacay, these practical fashion faves will ensure that the hardest decision you’ll be making will be where to rosé all day. Now let’s hook you up from head to toe with three closet additions that will make you wonder how you ever survived summer without.

THE PACKABLE SUN HAT

Whether you’re gallivanting the globe or chillin’ close to home, you’re bound to be out in those fabulous summer rays from time to time. What’s not fabulous though is skin damage. Or bouffant beach hair. Sun hats are like your best friend – dependable, protective, and a fantastic self-esteem boost for those days when you’re just not feelin’ it. Buying a designated packable sun hat will free you from the hassle of carefully carrying it around (and most likely leaving it somewhere) and guarantee that it won’t be a misshapen pancake when you retrieve it from your bag.

Eric Javits designs brilliant hats that are tested to block out 95% of UVA/UVB rays and provide the highest rating of 50+ UPF. Fashion and function, now that’s what I’m talking about! Squishee® is the brand’s proprietary technology that allows for hats to be rolled up for completely damage free travel! Investing in a high-quality sun hat is key for protection, so don’t skimp and save money on this purchase – save your skin! With endless style and material options, selecting the perfect hat comes down to personal preference – simply pick the one that makes you feel most like a fabulous lady of leisure, dahling.

This classic fedora with a modern feel is a no-brainer and will go with absolutely everything in your closet.

‘Phoenix’ Packable Fedora Sun Hat

THE CULOTTE JUMPSUIT

Now don’t get your panties in a bunch right off the bat, ladies. It’s time to drop your preconceived notions about jumpsuits! Yes, the number one complaint I hear from clients when I suggest this style is comfortability: long torso + one piece = wedgie. The runner-up is fear of looking like a disco queen. It was only a few short weeks ago that I personally sparked up my own love affair with a super sweet jumpsuit – black ribbed cotton with a wrap front halter top and delicate bow at the waist. I would have never imagined that this jean-wearing babe could feel so chic in a onesie! The best part? Worrying about what to wear on the top or bottom is completely irrelevant because, well, it’s already ready already!

To really lock in on the style that works best for you, I suggest trying on at least a handful to test compatibility with your curves. There are quite a few variations, such as off-shoulder, strapless, spaghetti-strap, halter neck, traditional tank… choose the one that highlights your favorite upper-body feature, be it bust, shoulder, or arms. Remember that solid colors tend to extend the vertical line of your body, while patterns may require belting to create a waistline. Vertical stripes are flattering on most body types because they create a long and lean illusion with less focus on the silhouette!

Vertical stripes blend seamlessly with solid staple pieces (like the sun hat and slides we paired them with) to channel summer city to beach chic in a second! Here are two of our faves!

THE SLIDE

In my humble opinion, the slide is absolutely the shoe of the season! From athletic to dressy, flat to wedge, rubber to leather, there are so many awesome options you’ll probably need a few. (And they’ll be worth every penny.) There’s nothing better than slipping your freshly pedicured tootsies in and out of a slide for maximum summer ease – keeping things simple is definitely my M.O. They’re a space-saving dream to pack, super-versatile to style, and pretty much perfect for a stroll to the local coffee shop. Whether you choose pool, platform, plain or pretty, these sandals are sure to provide you plenty of summer mileage.

For a chic twist on a basic go-to, I have to admit I’m emotionally tied up with this one right now.

Zara Leather Slide with Knot Detail

Remember, fashion should be fun. Gather up a few girlfriends and hit the shops together! And don’t forget the most important tip I share with my clients: Always be true to yourself and your own unique personal style because that is sure to make you the life of any party this summer.

Kristin Bjorge is a commercial stylist, self-image coach, and energy therapist based in West Hollywood, CA. Find out how she can assist you in healing and transformation, on the inside and out!

www.thenewnewstyle.com

 www.whitenoisehealing.com


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Clearly Contained

We love the style and functionality of food storage containers.  And if it’s a Pinterest perfect pantry design you desire, they are a must!  But it’s important to understand that maintaining a pantry with this aesthetic is a commitment requiring an extra step when you put your groceries away.

As organizing experts, we’re fans of these containers because they allow you to see how much of each product you have left.  We’re proponents of anything that reduces over-buying and eliminates wasting of food.  So in our minds, you’re winning on two counts — form and functionality!

We suggest labeling the not-so-obvious items (sugar vs. salt; gluten free crackers vs. glutinous).  Feeling inspired to get started?  You can shop for some of our favorite food storage containers right here…  Happy Pantry Organizing! 

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