As a health conscious consumer who cares about beauty, and beauty products , I like to know what is in my creams and lipsticks. I know that the lotions are not magic, but I have seen some good results with many brands.  I was glad to attend a party with Kitty, hosted at my sister’s house where I learned some illuminating and important information.

Kitty Blincoe was able to show me the wide array of beauty products from BEAUTYCOUNTER. I learned that  BEAUTYCOUNTER’S mission  is ” to get safe products into the hands of everyone.” I knew before I met with Kitty, that skincare products were not strictly regulated,  but I did not know that-

 Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption—without telling us.

Cancer rates are alarmingly high . Both my brother and my father died from cancer. My mother died of an autoimmune disease very similar to mine . So this is personal to me, and to you – I am sure. Did you know that one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in the US? We know so little about the causes of cancer and autoimmune disease,  but avoiding known toxic carcinogens would be a great place to start. This is where BEAUTYCOUNTER excels.  Kitty discusses these issues.

Serious health issues are on the rise in the US.  Cancer, diabetes, asthma, infertility, and autoimmune diseases are gaining traction;  even in a country that is relatively well educated.  Kitty tells us that more than 80,000 chemicals are on the market today.  Many don’t have any safety data. I will repeat that, many chemicals on he market have NO safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. Further , Kitty explains:

Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and onto the skin of our children.  “Our skin is or largest organ” Kitty reminds us, and what we apply gets absorbed into out blood stream. I personally think that we often do not make that connection, although we are careful with the food that we eat, and the air that we breathe.

I mean really, would we knowingly eat food that is harmful?   Bologna please, on leaded rye.   Salad, too, please, with vinegar and formaldehyde, but just a drizzle, on the side. We have a right to know what is in our food and in the products we ingest!

BEAUTYCOUNTER has banned more than 1,500 chemical ingredients in their products,. That is a new and unrivaled health and safety standard. Did you know that The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, while the US has only banned 11 to date? This puts the burden on we consumers to do some research,  and to choose wisely. Know what is in your skincare and cosmetics!   Some shots from the social:

The skincare and cosmetic products of BEAUTYCOUNTER, as presented by Kitty Blincoe
The skincare and cosmetic products of BEAUTYCOUNTER, as presented by Kitty Blincoe
  I love the design of these compacts, and they are ergonomically correct, too!
  I love the design of these compacts, and they are ergonomically correct, too!
 Luxurious products that are safe. Beautiful packaging too. Every detail is well thought out.
 Luxurious products that are safe. Beautiful packaging too. Every detail is well thought out.
            My TWIN, keeping track of the orders. She hosted this amazing party!
            My TWIN, keeping track of the orders. She hosted this amazing party!

My favorite products are the Radiance firming complex, the COUNTERTIME cleansing balm, and the Color Sweep Blush Duo with porcelain flower extract. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. But there will be a donation made for each purchase to the foundation of my autoimmune disease, Relapsing Polychondritis. For information about my rare disease and the foundation, click here.

To learn more about BEAUTYCOUNTER  or to shop, click  Here

To remark on how much I look like my twin, go to the comment section!  To comment on my eclectic tulle and plaid ensemble, with my vintage brooch attached to the knot of a floral tie, well, perhaps wait until that outfit post is up, which will be soon.

Splendid Times!

XX, Elle







  1. Excellent Post, my friend. So glad I took the time to read through this and carefully at that. It was not only an eye opener but so informative as well. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. First of all , Elle, I apologize for not visiting sooner. I absolutely LOVE your new blog look! The interface and look is clean and stylish! I enjoyed reading about this company and did not know all of this about makeup. Will read more. thanks friend! jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    1. I am so glad, it was bit of work…I do love this company, and I think you should look into it also, with your EDS. Be well friend!xx, Elle

  3. I always try to stay away from toxins Elle but to tell you the truth it’s not that easy. I even read that some chemicals in nail polish make you gain weight. I checked out the site and it’s great. I wish they had worldwide shipping. It’s true you and your sis resemble each other very much. Have a happy weekend!

    1. Yes, so true. Avoiding all chemicals is impossible . First one would have to quit breathing..I do love this site, and their products. I am sorry that they do not ship outside the US. Maybe one day they will.Enjoy your weekend, too!xx

  4. Great informational and educational beauty post, Elle. I haven’t heard of this before, thanks to you, voila!! Have a lovely weekend, Beautiful.


  5. Wow I had no idea you had this, and yes you are right there is so much that goes in to our cosmetics, food and water. And those statistics are staggering. 1300 banned in Europe and only 11 in the US. Wow. This makeup looks and sounds great.

    Allie of ALLIE NYCallienyc.com

    1. Allie,I was pretty dumbfounded about this, especially US standards vis a vis other nations. The products are really nice and effective. One of the reasons I blog is to distract myself from my illness, it has worked a bit, and I am pretty ok… no worries. see you soon, I hope.xx, Elle

  6. A very informative post, Elle. I hadn’t heard of Beautycounter. But then again, I don’t wear much makeup. Like you, I’m very cautious about what I put on my skin. I stick with organic products usually purchased from the whole foods/organic grocers. I never really got into cosmetics. I enjoyed the video too. It’s always fun to hear other bloggers voices 🙂

    It is such a travesty to learn of the ingredients allowed in products. Sickening for sure. It doesn’t make any sense.

    1. I am glad you liked it and learned about the topic. It is a travesty- good word. i do not use much make up either, but I do use cleansers, lotions and concealer… So far I love these products!Yes, i know I was thrilled to hear your vice, when I catch you on Periscope!xx, Elle

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