Friday Faves: Beautycounter

**This post contains a product review, while we were given the product, our opinions are all our own.**

I’ve heard a lot of talk about many different cosmetic companies, so I was hesitant to try another, I don’t have a great skin care routine (or any skin care routine if we’re being honest) and I’m really bad about self care.  Just like many moms, I’m the last one I think about.  So when a friend introduced me to beautycounter, I had my reservations.   Boy was I wrong.

Let’s talk about the company first.  By now, I think you have a good idea for who Sherrie and I are, we like to save money, we like to buy natural when we can, reduce our carbon footprint, and we’re very hesitant on what we put in and on our and our little ones bodies.  Beautycounter is the perfect cosmetic line for us for these reasons alone!

The beautycounter mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.   They’re not in your face, they’re not obnoxious with their marketing, they simply say, the health and beauty industry isn’t regulated like others and they will do something about it.  Pulled directly from their website:

“We deserve better, and we’re doing something about it.

At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our “Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.”

Also, browsing their site, I noticed that corporate social responsibility is really important to them.  They have three trusted charitable (non-profit) partners that are working towards similar missions, they’re listed front and center and they call out how they’d like you to support them.  For us mamas who like to give back, this is huge.

So let’s talk about the product.  Before I dove in, I wanted to get my feet wet with one simple product.  A friend is a consultant and she suggested I start with a face wash.  Now this is going to sound gross, but I don’t have a special face wash, frankly, it’s a miracle if I take my makeup off at the end of the night.  I usually just wash my face with my washcloth in the shower.  But, knowing I’m nearing the age of 30, it may be time to pay more attention!

I was so excited to receive this face wash in the mail, I immediately tried it out.  What I noticed as I started to use it was how light it was, you don’t need a ton, and it doesn’t fluff up in a huge lather like others I had used.  It’s light, feels awesome, and really works.  It scrubs away the grossness, and when you rinse and dry it feels like you’re touching brand new skin.  No film or residue leftover like I’ve had previously with some of the name brands.

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I then went about my day, later on I took a selfie to send to my husband who was away and drill and I was blown away by how great my skin looked!! Seriously, it never looks this good!

Lesson learned, I’m a convert.  I love the way my skin looks and feels using the cleanser, and I love even more that there are no chemicals or harmful products!  Jen, my consultant knew exactly what to recommend, and I know she’ll have the best products for you all as well- so head on over to her Facebook page, like it, and be sure to reach out to get your own skin care routine set up- trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Friday Faves: Mom Products!

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend we thought it would be fun to ask other awesome Mom Bloggers to share with us what their favorite Mom products are. We asked, what products helps you out as a Mom? It could have be anything – we set no boundaries. We wanted their honest answers!

For us, hands down our favorite has to be the Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag. As nursing moms, the stress of having to pump at work, or anywhere that isn’t the comfort of your own home, can take a toll on your supply. Let’s not forget that carrying around a breast pump is not high on our list of fun things to do. Sarah Wells designed special bags specifically to transport breast pumps that allow for ease when it comes time to pump. The pumparoo that goes with is also great for carrying and storing your parts in between pumping sessions.

Pumping Bag- Sarah WellsBag for Pumping at work

Here are 12 Mom Products other Moms like us can’t live without!

1. Katie from My Joy in Chaos
Mom Favorite: Sweaty Band

This is the only headband I’ve found that stays in place, even while doing intense workouts, and looks great. I wear one nearly every day to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the classic mom bun as well as wearing one with my hair down for an added pop of color and style. I can be practical and a little stylish with the variety of colors and patterns. I wrote a longer review of them here. You can buy them on amazon.

2.  Maria from I, Mommy
Mom Favorite: Laneige – Lip Sleeping Mask

This is one of my most favourite lip care since buying it at Sephora in January. I suffered from super chapped lips especially during the winter months. I’ve tried so many products to help and it never quite got the job done. I love this product and recommend it to anyone who has the same issues.  I love this because I don’t really have the time in the morning to do my regular face routine with helping my skin throughout the day. So I have time just to wash, and moisturize. With three kids, my time to care for my skin is at night time. Applying a small amount of this at night or morning helps hydrate my lips all day. It also lasts a while. I’ve had it for three months and have yet to use half of this 20g bottle.

3. Jessi from The Coffee Mom
Mom Favorite: Ergo Carrier

For both of my kids, my one must have was my Ergo. It let me get everything done while still technically holding my clingy babies. Especially with two kids, it is important to have free hands for the 4 year old, but still hold the baby. It makes everything easier from house work, grocery shopping, and family trips! No stroller for me, the Ergo is so much easier and convenient. I got mine on sale on Zulilly.com, and they go on there often!

4. Kayla from Adventures of a Young Mother
Mom Favorite:  Mama’s and Papa’s Baby Snug Seat

I’m a new Mom still doing a lot of experimenting to figure out what works for not only me, but my little man! He’s only a 4 month old baby so he’s just discovering all that he can do! Recently he’s started holding his head up extremely well, and has been sitting in his Mama’s and Papa’s Baby Snug seat. It’s been beneficial for him as he’s beginning to sit up unassisted but also such a lifesaver for me, I’m able to prop him in his chair, put a few toys on his tray and get what needs to be done around the house DONE. He’s able to sit right next to me as I do dishes, prepare meals, or even sit on my laptop and get some blogging done. There’s also an added activity play tray that you can purchase, it’s basically a tray that sticks to the tray below, with tons of toys attached to entertain! We were given ours at our baby shower but it was on our registry at Target. I know you can also purchase them at Toy’s R Us, Walmart, and Buy Buy Baby. You can also purchase them online on Ebay. From what I’ve seen, they run from about 44.99 to 63.99, depending if you purchase the activity tray with the seat.

5. Meghna from Life Little One
Mom Favorite:  Uppa Baby Vista

My favorite Mommy Product, without a doubt, is the stroller we invested in. It’s called Uppa Baby Vista. It is the SUV of the stroller if you may. We bought it during my babymoon at London, UK and lugged it all the way to Muscat, Oman since it was not available in the country 2 years back. The stroller comes with a bassinet, so this was my infant’s first ride. She is 2.5 years old and she still sits on it every single day as I take her in her Uppa Baby stroller to her nursery. This stroller is a bit heavy but it is so sturdy and spacious and useful that we have taken it with us to all the trips we have taken with our little one which covers 5 countries and 3 continents, and Uppa Baby has been a dependable travel partner.  Here’s the link to the site to read about it and buy. It is now available in the USA, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East too.

6. Crystal a.k.a. The Messy Mommy from The Messy Truth of Motherhood
Mom Favorite:  Bubula

If you use disposable diapers, there’s really no way to keep your typical plastic diaper pail from smelling like crap.  That’s why I LOVE my Bubula. (Bubu-wha? Bubula.) It’s a stainless steel and aluminum diaper pail with an air-tight lid (i.e., nearly odorless). It’s 50 percent larger than standard diaper bins, and you can use tall kitchen garbage bags in it. Because of it’s size and quality, I only have to change the bag once per week, and my daughter’s room always smells fresh.  The important thing to know about Bubula is that the company’s customer service is stellar. The lid on mine broke after six months, and Bubula shipped me a new one — no questions asked — within a day. For free. The company’s vice president even emailed me to make sure I received the replacement. You can’t beat that kind of care. Bubulas, which cost about $90, can be purchased on Amazon.com and at Babies/Toys R Us.

7. Dâmares from  How to Marry a Millionaire
Mom Favorite: Diaper Bag from Hema

I actually don’t have a favorite product, or one that would make my life more practical or easier, but I thought of my diaper bag (from Hema) that I take with me everywhere (just as my daughter 🙂 ). It carries not only her necessary things but also all my things, while still having enough empty space and not being heavy. It’s black, of a good quality and it fits our lifestyles, which I have to say wasn’t that easy to find… in the midst of so many plastic colourful bags. I like it ’cause it doesn’t even look a baby’s bag.

8. Kali from Oak City Mama
Mom Favorite: Organic Cotton Nursing Pads & Anvy & Me Diaper Changing Clutch

Maybe it’s just me, but I leak breastmilk constantly. I have to wear nursing pads at all times so that I don’t soak through my shirt. I’ve tried several different kinds, and these Organic Cotton Washable Nursing Pads are my favorite. They are really soft, so they don’t cause extra irritation like the terry cloth ones do. I bought them at Babies-R-Us, but you can also get them on Amazon. I think most diaper bags come with changing pads, but mine didn’t. The first time we tried to leave the house with Beckett, I realized we had nowhere to change him. Oops! I like the Anvy & Me Diaper Changing Clutch that I found on Amazon because it has a place to store diapers and wipes, which makes it really easy to grab and know that you have everything you need.

9 .Cat from Mommy is Exhausted
Mom Favorite:  Munchkin Diaper Bag Dispenser

One of my absolute favorite mom items is the Munchkin Diaper Bag Dispenser.  I know, it probably seems really insignificant but it makes my life so much easier.  It is only 3.99 and comes with lavender scented, baking soda infused bags.  It is a clip on diaper disposal bag dispenser!  I did an entire post on it because I love it so much.  It is so convenient since it clips right on to the diaper bag and I always have a place to dispose of dirty diapers.  I can tie them up and throw them out and no smell lingers.  An advantage over throwing them in a plastic store bag.  I ordered mine from Amazon.  It is also available at Target!

10.  Christine from Nigel’s Village
Mom Favorite: Sound Machine by Rohm

My “Mom Favorite” has to be the portable sound machine by Rohm! We travel a lot with our baby, Nigel, and find that it helps him sleep uninterrupted, whether it be in our hotel room or in the car or even in his stroller. It packs a punch for being so tiny. You can visit my YouTube channel to get more details! I bought mine on Amazon.

11. .Rio Steven from This is the Mama Life
Mom Favorite: Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding System

My mom favorite is hands down The Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding System! It completely eliminates a lot of breastfeeding hassles. The breast milk storage bags can be attached directly to your pump so you don’t have to worry about transferring your milk, and possibly spilling that liquid gold! Once you’re ready to feed your little one, you just pop on a nipple and you can feed right from the storage bag. They are easy to freeze or store in the fridge with the breast milk organizer as well. The Kozii Breast Milk Warmer in this set is amazing! You can warm the milk in the storage bag, or in any bottle. It can be used to heat baby food, making it an item you will use as your baby grows and explores purees. This set takes the guesswork out of heating milk and baby food, no need to worry about getting the temperature just right. It saves you time when pumping and preparing bottles, and you just toss the storage bags when baby is done! Minimal clean up! Now that is a beautiful thing. I personally bought my set at Amazon, but it is available at Target, Toys R Us, and Bad, Bath and Beyond. Read more about my review on my blog here.

12.  Anitra Elmore fromThe MamaZone
Mom Favorite:  Grove Collaborative Subscription

My favorite thing right now is my Grove Collaborative subscription. Grove sells amazing health and beauty products from all my favorite brands. I know it’s not necessarily a “thing,” but it’s making my life super simple these days. I love that I can get our cleaning and beauty products delivered to our door like clockwork each month. And, the biggest bonus is that there’s a great referral program, so we’re getting free products as well. 

13.  Melissa from Mrs. Jackson Tells
Mom Favorite: Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo

My mommy favourite would be the fisher price Rainforest Jumperoo. I got it from Argos in the UK for my then 6 month baby boy. For me It’s a favourite because before getting this toy, Eli wasn’t interested in any other toy and so he only played with me, which I loved, but it meant that I wasn’t able to get much done around the house, something I believe all mummies know about. After we bought it, Eli loved it and would spend 10-20 mins playing on it before he wanted off, that’s 10-20 mins I didn’t have before. Plus it meant that I didn’t feel like I wasted a lot of money on something else that was going to just sit around like his other toys.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms reading this! Perhaps you want to treat yourself to one of these products! 😉 A special thanks to all the Mom Bloggers for sharing their favorites with us! 🙂

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