Friday, September 14, 2012

Favorite Beauty Products

A friend recently shared with me about Kelly’s Korner Blog and suggested that I link up to an upcoming Show Us Your Life link up day. I thought I’d go ahead and give it a test run today because the theme is “Your Favorite Beauty Products” and I have certainly been through my share of trials and errors when it comes to beauty products. My name is Brooke and I am a reformed beauty product junkie.

Just to give you a little insight, in my former life I would read InStyle Magazine from cover to cover and make a list of the latest products and promptly go to Sephora (yes, I was a Sephora Beauty Insider) and stock up on makeup, hair care, nail polish, lotions, potions and the like. I even changed my nail polish on a daily basis if necessay to match my outfit. Praise the Lord, He changed my perspective about all of this! I have a much more simple approach when it comes to personal care products these days.
In my mid-twenties I began to have some seriously scary scarring acne which led me on a hunt through just about every product, from the cheapest to the most expensive, from the drug store to high-end department stores, which claimed skin beautifying and most importantly clearing benefits. What I learned has forever changed my perspective with regards to truly healthy skin.
Beauty comes from the inside out. Glowing, clear, healthy skin starts with what we eat. A clean diet of organic fruits and vegetables, wild caught salmon, free range chicken and eggs, green-fed beef, and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, are the foundation of good skin and good health.

The most inexpensive beauty product is sunshine. A few minutes in the sun each day really brightens the skin and gives a nice glow.
The skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body and every pore is an escape route for waste. Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals (that are linked to cancer and reproductive/developmental disorders) that are absorbed into the body through the skin. Rather than eliminating toxins, we may unknowingly be actively putting more toxins in our bodies through the use of these products and quite often we are paying a pretty penny to do so.
In my search to clear my skin and find a truly healthy beauty routine, I did a complete overhaul and cleared out old products, these are just a few:

And I found that some of the most beneficial products could be found right in my kitchen. For example, apple cider vinegar is very effective at clearing up break outs and if used very diligently a couple of times a day, can reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Just dampen a cloth with water, then pour on some apple cider vinegar and rub over any trouble spots.

A great way to moisturize is with coconut oil which also contains natural anti-bacterial properties. Just a dab goes a really long way and it smells so good too without any harsh fragrances like most beauty products.

Although it has been a couple of years since the worst of my beauty plight, I had not found easily accessible, toxic free, organic facial cleansers, lotions, shampoos, etc. until just this week. Beyond Organic has launched a skin and body care line of products that I am more than excited to get my hands on! Finally, clean skin care that will ship right to my front door…it doesn’t get much easier than that. Through September 16th, each of the product lines is available for Mission Marketers and Preferred Customers with a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE promo. (Not a Mission Marketer or a Preferred Customer? That’s easy, just sign up here, then log in for this great savings) or beginning Monday, September 17th these products will be available at regular retail and wholesale prices.

Advanced Anti-Aging System

Set Includes:
·         Botanical Cleanser 4.0oz/120ml
·         Neroli Toner 4.0oz/120ml
·         Radiant Serum 1.0oz/30ml
·         AM Moisturizer 1.0oz/30ml
·         Replenishing Night Cream 1.0oz/30ml
·         Eye Cream 0.5oz/15ml
·         Lift Serum 0.6oz/18ml
·         Acai Exfoliator 2.0oz/60ml
*Plus you get a 2nd set for Free.
Retail Value for 2 sets: $750. Yours today for only $300.

Beyond Body Care System

Set Includes:
·         Sweet Orange Shampoo 8.0oz/240ml
·         Sweet Orange Conditioner 8.0oz/240ml
·         Clean Citrus Shower Gel 8.0oz/240ml
·         Hand and Body Lotion 8.0oz/240ml
·         Botanical Hand Wash 8.0oz/240ml
·         Pomegranate Berry Lip Balm .25oz
·         Triple Mint Lip Balm .25oz
*Plus you get a 2nd set for Free.
Retail Value for 2 sets: $205. Yours today for only $82.

Having shared all of this, I believe the most important beauty product ever is the Bible. True beauty is something that radiates from the inside out and from a life well-lived in The Word.
Moses may seem like an unlikely beauty mentor, yet he experienced a supernatural beauty treatment when he sought the Lord: his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. – Exodus 34:29
I’d say Moses had a healthy glow.


  1. Brooke, I think your "test run" is excellent!


  2. Thank you Rita! It was super fun to write and link up :-)

  3. I have to say, I totally agree with you on your all natural products! Altough, I'm not familiar with the Beyond Organics line, we use ACV and coconut oil on everybody in the house!
    Great post for the link up ;)