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.

Guest Post: Dear Breastfeeding Mama

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By |  Laura Cooper 

New breastfeeding moms: you’re doing it right. Sore, milk-spraying-across-the-room, cracked, “are these even mine?” boobs and all: you’re doing it right.

A lactation consultant’s help doesn’t mean you’re failing. Pumping when you never thought you would, tube feeding, spoon feeding, supplementing with formula; it doesn’t mean you’re failing.

You’re fighting to give your baby what you think is best, and make it work for you. Breastfeeding can look 100 different ways for 100 different moms and babies. I wish I knew that before I started.

For me, it looked like 10 weeks worth of lactation consultant bills, nipple balms, shields, different types of bottles, and a perma-puddle of tears at my feet as I nursed and tried to teach my little one to feed well. It looked like guilt in those early days, self-doubt, and extra weight on my postpartum shoulders that should have solely been for cuddling a tiny little boy. (He still won’t take a bottle, but, pick your battles: I picked to fight to make our breastfeeding relationship a strong one. I wouldn’t change that for a movie out or a beer downtown…the movie theatres will still be there when my little peanut is grown up.)

I’m sorry, new mom, that no one was able to warn you about the emotional struggle that would come with breastfeeding. It’s hard physically, but a good diet, rest, lots of water, and time will fix those nursing problems (and for all others, we thank our lactation consultants!) But no one was able to tell you that something so “natural” would be so hard to figure out mentally.

Don’t get caught up in that: you aren’t doing anything wrong if it doesn’t click and come natural at that first latch. Or the second, or fiftieth. Just because that mom who became Facebook famous for breastfeeding while doing yoga handstands has it in her upset-down bag, doesn’t mean that struggling to make the football hold work on your couch means you’re failing.

I’m sorry, new mom, that you feel pressure to introduce a bottle, when you fear nipple confusion, or a tongue for formula over breastmilk. I’m sorry that others just don’t get it: that switching to a bottle doesn’t take off that anxiety, that pressure, for everyone. I’m sorry that you aren’t told enough that you’re doing the healthiest, best thing for your baby and you should be proud of your decision! I’m sorry that in others’ advice and tips you find insults, guilt, and mom-shaming.

I’m sorry, new mom, that you weren’t prepared for how lonely breastfeeding can be. That sitting alone in a dark room at 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. trying not to make noise, with one arm trapped under a tiny little head is lonely. I hope you can find a tribe of mamas that you can text in the middle of the night and answer back and forth when your babes wake. I’m sorry that glaring eyes in public make you feel like you need to hide under a cover, or a whole blanket, or in a bathroom, or in a back corner. That your pride of figuring out breastfeeding and nourishing and nurturing your precious, sweet babe is squashed on by comments to cover up, or eyes that don’t speak — but that don’t need to.

I’m sorry that the stress of returning to work, or even wanting a night out, means sitting hooked up to a pump that might make you feel like a cow. That you’ll hydrate, and eat healthy, and sit and pump, and only get half an oz of that liquid gold. That you’ll re-enter all those feelings of what’s wrong and wonder if your breastfeeding journey is coming to an end — because no one told you that your body reacts perfectly for your sweet babe and different to a pump.

Normal might not mean easy, and it doesn’t have to. You’ll make your own normal, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not just that: yours.

New mom, you’re doing amazing. Whether you breastfeed for 5 days, or 5 weeks, 5 months, or 5 years: you are providing your baby with the best. Whether your breastfeeding looks like a breeze, or is a long-fought bottle, or whether it means exclusively pumping, or topping up with formula…Mama, you are killing it!


Laura Cooper is a first-time mom of a busy little boy, and wife to a PhD student. A displaced Maritimer and a travel writer by trade, she now calls Hamilton home.


 

The perfect and non-toxic Valentine’s Day look with Beautycounter

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Get all ready for Valentines or Galentines with these amazing products! Both limited edition and on for an amazing price! All ingredients are rigorously tested and certified to be safe for humans! We are EWG certified and ingredients are Beautycounter’s #1 priority!

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

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Beautycounter’s high-shine Lip Gloss in Ruby pairs up perfectly with côte’s safer Nail Polish in shade B6 for an exclusive Valentine’s Day Duo every woman will love.

  • Beautycounter’s moisturizing Lip Gloss goes on smoothly with no stickiness. Its unique teardrop applicator delivers the perfect amount of sheer, infinitely wearable color and subtle shine.
  • All of côte’s polishes and treatments are free of the major harmful ingredients often associated with nail polish, so you get all the chip-resistant, long lasting shine without sacrificing your health.

This safer set of irresistibly flattering shades make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Set includes:

Color Sweep Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip

• Delivers the perfect amount of healthy-looking, luminous color. These satiny powders contain Porcelain Flower Extract (a Thai bloom known for its antioxidant benefits) to help moisturize the skin, blending seamlessly. Two complementary shades—one slightly deeper than the other—can be worn alone, layered, or even mixed together.

Sheer Lipstick in Rose (My personal fave)

• This silky-smooth, long-lasting formula is lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing, for the perfect mix of sheer colour and polished sheen. Every shade was colour-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones. Plus, there’s no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of vanilla planifolia.

My favourite local small shops for baby

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Bandana Bib from CD & Bree 

There are a million and one options when it comes to items for baby! The baby product industry is HUGE and all of the options can be so tempting. With all the cute items in big box stores there are endless choices but, there are other options! I love shopping locally and supporting local entrepreneurs, many of who are moms, by shopping through them. Not to mention SO many of the items are unique, well made and beautiful. I thought I would do a quick round-up of my favourite local shops for baby.

  1. CD & Bree

This local shop provides organic cotton and other luxurious fabrics in high quality baby and children’s handmade clothing items. She has everything from pants to bandana bibs and gorgeous slouchy hoodies. I am super stoked about this cute puppy dog pattern that I am considering for my babes first birthday party!

 

2. Comfy Cubs Boutique 

A local online shop bringing a variety of Canadian local shops right to you! Great cloth diaper options, grow with me pants and so much more! I love all of the gorgeous prints to choose from in every line, hand picked by a local mama! Check it out on Facebook! 

3. Miss Monkey Family Boutique

This online boutique provides teething accessories that are great for babies while being safe and adorable! Handcrafted with love in Kamloops, the colour combinations on these items is great! Definitely check them out when you need something unique and special for a teething baby in your life!

4. Paisley’s Pants

A local baby and children’s clothing shop that provides a variety of styles of clothing including maxaloons! I love all of the prints and the quality of these items is second to none! Fabrics are so soft and well made! A great one-stop shop for quality children’s clothing!

What are your favourite local shops? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

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.

Introducing Beautycounter’s Desert Sunrise Collection

 

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I am so excited to introduce you to the desert sunrise collection! This collection is perfect to brighten up these cold winter days and get us all through to springtime. Bright pinks and warm browns brought to us by the palm desert are pretty on any skin tone. Paired with the pop of sheer pink on the lip and it’s sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Capture the warmth of the desert in morning light with this exclusive collection pairing the Limited Edition Desert Sunrise Palette with two totally new Lip Glosses. Use the universally flattering shades of the palette to create enchanting day-to-night looks with a mix of eye and blush colors. Each satiny powder is made with Porcelain Flower Extract, a Thai bloom with antioxidant and moisturizing benefits. Complete the look with a contrasting pop of coral or sheer pink on the lips. Both moisturizing Lip Glosses go on smoothly, without feeling sticky. Their unique teardrop applicator delivers the perfect amount of sheer, infinitely wearable color every time.


Collection Includes:

Desert Sunrise Palette

Pearl (opalescent white)

 Champagne (illuminating gold)

 Dove (luminous rosy brown )

 Khaki (golden olive) — New

 Bark (metallic copper) — New

 Pinot (burgundy with a subtle sheen)

Tawny (warm tan with a hint of peach)

Bloom (cool pink)

 Flamingo (vibrant coral)

Two Lip Glosses

Beeblossom (sheer pink-coral with golden shimmer) — New

Coralbell (vibrant coral) — New


Get the entire collection for $108 for a limited time! Also, when purchased today, you receive a free all-over eye brush, today only!

Order HERE

Best part: all made with safe ingredients! #betterbeauty

Get it before it’s gone!

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