Join Beautycounter in April, get great rewards!

 

If you’ve been thinking about joining Beautycounter for a while now, April is definitely the month to do so! Becoming a Beautycounter Consultant is so much more than great products (they are really great), it’s about sharing information and working towards a larger goal of safe products for everyone. The way I see it, we are voting with our dollars. Every purchase we make has an impact! When you purchase Beautycounter you are standing up for safe products and industry regulation! By sharing our mission as a Beautycounter Consultant, you are helping to create change in the beauty industry while sharing amazing products and helping people get great skin all with safe ingredients first and foremost!

If you join Beautycounter in the month of April for $80 (seriously amazing deal to start your own business) and you sell 500 QV plus recruit another consultant and they also hit 500 QV you will earn a Colour Portfolio and also get a $100 product credit! This is a huge incentive and one that you don’t want to miss! This is in addition to the regular perks of being a consultant which include a sweet product discount and the ability to earn commissions on anything you sell!

JOIN HERE

There is no time like the present! Join my team today! This incentive is on for the month of April so the sooner you get started, the better!

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/join/

Introducing Beautycounter +

As you all know I am obsessed with Beautycounter! I haven’t found anything this good and made with safe ingredients, ever. When I decided to become a consultant I was happy to share with others because I just loved the products so much! Many of the people I have been sharing the products with love them too.

It is always exciting when Beautycounter comes out with new products! Beautycounter + is no exception. I was excited to get my hands on these items as they are treatment products designed to complement the already amazing skincare lineup.

Each collection is wonderful but, my favourite one is the Brightening + vitamin c. This collection uses vitamin c complex and enhances dull skin while boosting radiance. Great for age spots and good to create an all-around brighter complexion! The mask smells divine and the mist is so refreshing!

The balancing + charcoal is familiar but the addition of the mist takes it up a notch. The Beautycounter charcoal products are definitely items you want to have on hand weather you need help with acne or just want to keep blemishes at bay. These charcoal products have been incredible helpful to my combination skin.

What you may not know about your personal care products

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I have been on a personal mission for years to clear my life of as many toxins as possible. It is no easy task between the greenwashing of products with labels like “all natural,” or “green” meaning absolutely nothing, and the lack of regulation in the industry.

Did you know?
  • “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to disclose what it is. Usually, it is a synthetic concoction that includes phthalates and synthetic musks, which are hormone disruptors, as well as chemicals that are allergens and neurotoxins.
  • Some chemicals are not intentionally added to products but are the result of chemical reactions happening inside the bottle of product (such as formaldehyde in shampoo) or during manufacturing (such as 1,4 dioxane in moisturizers or heavy metals in color cosmetics).
  • When manufacturing companies buy bulk ingredients from ingredient suppliers (aloe vera gel or grapefruit seed extract), they are often getting an already-preserved raw ingredient (aloe vera gel with added phenoxyethanol, or grapefruit seed extract with added methlyparaben). But the end product does not have to list these preservatives, so a product marketed as “preservative-free” or “paraben-free” may contain those chemicals after all.
  •  The European Union (EU) bans close to 1,400 ingredients from cosmetics. The federal Canadian government currently prohibits less than 600 substances for use in cosmetics through Health Canada. The Office of the General Auditor in Canada announced in the spring of 2016 that Health Canada, “…does not regularly test cosmetic products to verify the accuracy of product labels or to check for the presence of prohibited substances, microbial contaminants, and heavy metals.”
    Source: Beautycounter

I had dabbled in safer products for years, testing out various brands and finding some success and some failures. I used many products that I thought were safe but upon further research, they included many harmful ingredients – marketing, am I right!?

I had sworn off makeup in pregnancy and it wasn’t until I discovered Beautycounter that I felt more comfortable to use more products again. There are a ton of safer beauty brands on the market and many are totally awesome! It is all dependent on what works best for you! For me, and many others, that has been Beautycounter! Beautycounter has a never list of 1500 potentially hazardous ingredients that they will NEVER use in any of their products! Beautycounter rates highly (EWG Certified or 1-3 on the EWG Skin Deep database) that’s good!

To learn more about why I choose Beautycounter, watch this video:

Why I choose Beautycounter from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Tint Skin Foundation

Beautycounter Skin Tint from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Favourite products:

Beautycounter from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Why you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

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I had tried out some of the Beautycounter products a few months back. I had used so many better beauty products that weren’t full of chemical crap in my quest to live my life as toxin-free as possible. I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because I had tried so many safer products and had been disappointed. There were a handful I liked and some I loved but I couldn’t find a brand that I found I consistently loved. Well, I have to say that I was BLOWN AWAY by the performance, quality, and lack of toxins that are in these products. They are luxurious yet rate extremely high on the EWG! I love every product and in a few short months, these products have helped to dramatically improved my skin.

The makeup is high performing, I am still shocked it is actually good for my skin!! I love, love, love the Tint Skin Foundation – this is my absolute favourite product, as I have spoken about on here before. 

I loved the Beautycounter products so much that I decided to jump on board and sell these products because I love them that much!

Now is a great time to jump in as a Canadian Beautycounter Consultant because Beautycounter just launched in Canada and we need more people to help spread the mission of Beautycounter. Sharing the mission is all part of it, Beautycounter is an education first company. As consultants, we are not only selling products, we are sharing information about harmful toxins in every day items while offering people an amazing safer alternative!

 

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Want to join the movement? Now is a great time to join and to help launch Beautycounter in Canada – It’s brand new here!

Those who know me know I am extremely concerned about eating quality foods as well as the quality of the products that I put on my skin. I have finally found a company that I can truly say I love the products and I believe in their values and mission. These products are extremely high quality and completely safe! I feel extremely confident recommending these products to everyone and I am so excited to share this mission with anyone who wants to join! It’s a fun time.

The power of grey: beautycounter charcoal bar and mask

Personal Mission: Beautycounter

BEAUTYCOUNTER | Better products for the busy mom

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You can build the business how YOU want! You get a product discount, training, commission, chances to earn trips and incentives… Yes you can! All while helping people make the switch to safer beauty!! Message me for details! $85 gets you signed up!

 

The power of grey: beautycounter charcoal bar and mask

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I have been using charcoal and clay in my skincare and even in my dietary routine for some time now. The Beautycounter Charcoal Bar and Purifying Charcoal Mask are amazing for acne prone skin. These products purify your skin while smoothing and enhancing your complexion. You can use the Charcoal Mask as a spot treatment as well. I find that both of these products work to prevent my breakouts while balancing my complexion and minimizing the look of my pores and scarring. My skin feels renewed and refreshed after each treatment.

Charcoal Bar
Our Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.
Purifying Charcoal Mask
A mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, Purifying Charcoal Mask works to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities, and soothe. The formula helps improve skin’s overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. Offers a purifying treatment for congested skin and a 10-minute spa-grade facial. For the deepest clean, prep skin with Charcoal Cleansing Bar.

Results* 10 minutes after first application:

90% reported skin feeling clean and renewed
B87% reported instantly refined and smoothed skin
Results* after two weeks of use:
90% reported skin feeling clean and renewed
94% reported that the mask absorbed excess oils
97% reported refined and smoothed skin
*Conclusions based on consumer perception study conducted with 31 female subjects 10 minutes after first application and after use twice a week for two weeks.

To order go to: Beautycounter.com

More on why I love this company: 

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/shannongalley/social/127469?goto=skin-care.html

 

Personal Mission: Beautycounter

 

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Do you know what you are putting on your skin day in and day out? Our skin is our largest organ and therefore what we put on it goes in it and is absorbed rapidly! Because some products have harsh chemicals that can be absorbed into our bodies, they can cause our health harm by causing toxicity. Our bodies can become burdened  (body burden) with toxins resulting in potential illness.

 I made a personal commitment a long time ago be educated about what I was eating and what products I was using on my body. It has been a very trial and error processes and a huge learning experience! I have found some amazing products and some that didn’t do my skin any favours even though they were safer. As I have posted on this blog I have a few favourites but, nothing compares to Beautycounter. I have never come across a line of beautiful products that are also made safe!

Beautycounter is committed to quality products while keeping their commitments. They have a never list of ingredients that will never be found in their products, products that fair well on the EWG’s skin deep database, a B corporation with a commitment to people and society and a mission of education about harmful chemicals in everyday care products.

It is because of all of these points that I found that Beautycounter really represented what I am all about so, I have decided to join the safer product mission!

These products are not only safer, they perform really well! The Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation is my absolute favourite but all of their products are second to none in quality and performance.img_7113

I would be happy to help you get safer and beautiful products into your hands. Beautycounter offers skincare lines, makeup, and Kidcounter which is their line for children. I am so thrilled to share in this mission as it is my passion and one that affects all of us! Join me on this journey! To learn more visit

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/shannongalley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven “crunchy” mom things

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While I hate labels, I would consider myself a relatively “crunchy” mom. That said, there are different levels of “crunchy” moms in my opinion and I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, I think? Of course anyone can adapt crunchy tendencies or take on some granola mom ideals or habits. But, to be a truly “crunchy” mom you probably need to put at least 4 of these seven things into practice regularly. However, I don’t think there is a specific definition. I would also argue that how “crunchy” I am depends on my mood so maybe I am not all that authentic, haha! And, while I am sure this list could be extremely long, here are my top 7 “crunchy” mom things!

  1. Using food grade or more natural and organic soaps and lotions on yourself and baby

When I was pregnant, well even before I was pregnant but emphasized when I was pregnant, I used all products without harsh chemicals or toxins. I even brought my own soap to work because I didn’t want to wash my hands in toxins like triclosan! I also barely wear any makeup and I am extremely conscientious about the types of products used in our household. Our skin is our largest organ and therefore whatever we put on our bodies we also put in them, and I am so not comfortable smearing myself or my child with unnecessary toxins. We also look for better disposable diapers and wipes such as Naty, Earths Best or Seventh Generation.

Some of my favourite “better” brands include:

2. Cloth, cloth and more cloth

This is one of my halfsies “crunchy” mom things. I cloth diaper and cloth wipe part-time. I also used some reusable bamboo cloth breast pads for a time as well. Cloth diapers have so many benefits from cost to environmental, and they definitely contain the poosplosions way better! I would highly recommend delving into this world. It’s a lot to learn but definitely worth it, mostly for the poosplosions.

3. Himalayan Salt lamps in every room

This one is super laughable to some but, I can dig it. I love the ambiance and their supposed health benefits are great! Because these salt lamps are negative ion generators and all of our electronics and other pollutants are positive ion generators, the idea is that these negative ions from the salt lamp are able to neutralize the positive ions to purify and clean the air. Associated with this is my concern with frequencies and radiation from cell phones, and wifi boxes so, I try to turn it all off or put everything on airplane mode at night (my hubby thinks this is ridiculous). You can read more about salt lamps in this great article from Wellness Mama. 

4. Essential oils, I put that shit on everything!

Ah yes, the world of essential oils! These things are true life savers! I used many of them for my labour and delivery and swear by their benefits! I had a completely unmedicated and short labour! You can read more about some of the oils I used, in my birth story.  I find they have so many great uses from stress relief to energy and mood boosting, cleaning purposes, pain and tension release, soothing inflammation, immune boosting, cleansing, the list goes on and on! Our favourite is to use diluted frankincense as our “magic potion” on the bottoms of our feet to help us not get sick! I used this on my newborn’s feet to boost his immunity protection out of the womb as well!

5. Define treat…

So, a treat in our household mostly means an energy ball, a green smoothie or beet juice, all organic of course. I know, I know, I sound like I deprive children. I am also all about moderation but sugar is mostly for really special occasions or if mommy really wants some ice cream… Now, obviously these are things that children can have regularly but we call them our treats and we get really excited about our treats! Our baby has been introduced to organic veggies and fruit and some, because I am lazy sometimes, organic pouches from Love Child. We watch out for food dyes, no pop, and eat mostly organic whole-foods. We also love the farmers market!! Oh, and cupcakes are an exception to this rule!

6. Babywearing

Anyone can baby wear, you don’t have to be “crunchy” for that! But, “crunchy” mamas tend to accumulate a stash of baby wearing items, mostly wraps. While I am a newbie to the baby wearing world, I can see how it becomes addicting. Beautiful organic cotton or wool wraps, cute babies being carried around and insta-calm, what could be better!?

7. Researching the potential harmful effects of everything

Okay, maybe this isn’t crunchy but rather my anxiety and OCD… theres more on that in this blog. This one can get taken to an extreme. Everything really is out to kill us but some things you just can’t avoid. I try to be aware of what I can and then weigh my options. I literally read every label, google the shit out of what the numbers on plastics mean, only use glass bottles, and limit plastic as much as possible. I google how bad certain foam mats can be for your health, flame retardants on furniture, chemicals in clothing and blankets, you name it, I looked it up… some would call that crazy but, I just like to call it hyper-informed. Now, money is a big factor in this one because most of the non-toxic, organic and all natural alternatives are more expensive so, the bottom line is you gotta pick and choose based on what you know and what works best for you and your family!

In closing, I just want to say that no one is 100 per cent and to me it’s about balance. Some days all we eat is mac n’cheese while watching TV but, I prefer to be more “crunchy” than less!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. All opinions are my own.

What are your”crunchy” mom things? Let me know in the comments below!