Amazon Prime Makes Following Keto, Whole30, and Paleo Diets a Breeze

Amazon Prime Makes Following Keto, Whole30, and Paleo Diets a Breeze

Sometimes it is difficult to find specialty ingredients in local stores (or when you do they are overpriced), which is one of the many reasons I love Amazon. I can find everything I need and have it on my doorstep in a day or two without paying for shipping!

AMAZON PRIME Makes living well and eating well so much easier. 

WONDERING IF AMAZON PRIME IS FOR YOU? HERE’S WHY I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD GET AMAZON PRIME AND HOW TO DO IT AS INEXPENSIVELY AS POSSIBLE!

I’m a proud Prime member because I love a good deal, I’ve come to hate shopping in stores because I often cannot find what I am looking for, and I love free fast shipping. It is so easy to order what I need from Amazon because of Prime as so many items qualify for Prime’s free two-day shipping.

I discovered Prime a few years ago when we were living in a very small town in rural Upstate New York. I found great deals on items I couldn’t get in stores near us for the holidays. And then I wondered, could I order specialty foods this way? We did not have access to health food stores and lived in a kind of food desert, so I was a member of a CoOp. I could get some of what I needed, but not all.

This was when I realized Amazon Prime was going to be a game changer for me!

Once I realized that the Amazon Prime program gives me free two-day shipping and offers access to the items I did not have easy access to in my hometown, I realized this was the answer. I could shop online, faster and easier, and it would show up on my doorstep two days later. I now order everything from appliances to spices on Amazon.

And because of the Prime free two-day shipping, I can order one item at a time without worrying about combining orders together to get the best deals on shipping.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! You can read my disclosure here.

How do you join Amazon Prime? It’s so easy.

Honestly, you just sign up for it at this link. Amazon makes it pretty easy. But keep in mind Prime is not free. Thankfully, they let you try it free to see if it will make sense for you like it did for me.

Yes, that’s right — they have a FREE ONE MONTH TRIAL! Use this link

Tip: Anyone with a valid .edu email address can sign up for a 6-month free trial for Amazon Prime Student here.

You can also save 40% on a one year plan. Learn more by clicking here.

I first got the trial, figuring I’d leave afterward. But when I realized how much money I was going to save on shipping, I kept it. Then I realized all the other amazing things I was getting and I was sold for years to come.

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Here are the best Amazon Prime deals for healthy living:

Amazon Fresh FREE TRIAL for grocery delivery. Click here

Get $30.00 off your first order here

Amazon Prime Pantry. Click here

Deep Discounts on Kitchen Items click here

MORE FUN Items on Amazon Prime

Most wished for items!

Gold Box; Editor’s Picks Click here

Gift Cards

Amazon Wardrobe- try before you buy! perfect for indecisive shoppers like me.

My Amazon Prime Collections: These make shopping even easier for you!

Shop my Amazon Prime Storefront here

Amazon Prime Keto Collection

Amazon Prime Paleo Collection

Amazon Prime Instant Pot Collection

Amazon Prime Whole30 Collection

There are many more, so feel free to check them all out!

Be sure to check out my Amazon gift guides as well, which also make shopping easier.

I hope you have a great time shopping on Amazon Prime and that this will help simplify your shopping and help you find a great deal or two in the process!

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Beauty Business Aids: Must Have Products for Direct Sales

Beauty Business Aids: Must Have Products for Direct Sales

To have a thriving beauty business it is a must to share products and get them into people’s hands. This involves offering samples and sharing products at socials or in one on one situations where people can see, touch, smell, and try the products before buying them.

I send out a ton of samples to potential clients, send samples of new products to existing clients, and host events where I display products, offer raffles, hostess gifts, and sometimes small gifts with purchase. I created a list of all the products I use regularly to share with my team but realized so many others could benefit from a list like this so I put together this post for you!

It is so handy having all of the beauty business aids I use together in one place.

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This beauty business aids collection is made up of everything from sample containers to shipping supplies, to display ideas for socials.

I am a senior manager with Beautycounter, so I have quite a bit of navy and white and teal represented here. There are other color options available for the products I have referenced.

All photos are clickable links that will take you directly to the items.

 

Beauty Business Aids for makeup and skincare product samples

Click on the photos to shop

 

Beauty Business Aids for creating quick and easy, cute gifts with purchase, raffles, and hostess gifts

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Beauty Business Aids for Socials: makeup and skincare display ideas

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Beauty Business Aids for product storage and transport

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Beauty Business Aids for Social Media: Photo and Video

 

Beauty Business Aids for The Girl Boss Home Office

I hope you will find something helpful here, as it is a diverse collection of Beauty Business Aids.

Looking for even more? Check out my ever-evolving Beauty Boss list here

You may like these lists, which I add to quite often:

The Ultimate Girl Boss List

 

Enjoy!

 

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How to Look Great Without Makeup in 5 Easy Steps

How to Look Great Without Makeup in 5 Easy Steps

Want to Look great without makeup?

Seriously. Who doesn’t? But

what often keeps us feeling less than confident and feeling like we don’t look great without makeup is:

  • uneven skin tone
  • breakouts
  • dryness
  • redness

Well, this is true for me, anyway.

Unfortunately, because there is so little regulation of the beauty industry, many popular products can actually make out skin issues worse!

Step 1: get your skin looking it’s best.

You need a chemical-free regimen to avoid irritation.

You need products that will work safely and effectively to soothe, nourish, and hydrate your skin to reveal your own natural radiance. This will allow you to look great without makeup so you will no longer need to hide your skin. On those days you choose to wear makeup you can do so to enhance your natural beauty rather than hide imperfections.

I’ve got you covered!

In my quest to live better with autoimmunity (in my case, rheumatoid arthritis) I have made a concerted effort to limit my daily environmental toxin exposure. Since 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed, I chose to swap out all of my toxic skincare and makeup products for the effective, yet safe, and environmentally responsible options from Beautycounter.

Since the swap, my skin has changed dramatically. The redness I used to mask with foundation and powder is greatly diminished and the dullness I used to combat with highlighters now has been replaced with a natural glow.

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Full disclosure: If you click on any of the links to read more about the products below you will be taken to my personal website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about Beautycounter or your skincare concerns).

I recommend finding a regimen of products that work for you, like the Rejuvenating Line I am currently obsessed with but the second best thing to that is one product that cleans, brightens, and moisturizes. 

The Cleansing balm is my desert island product. I love a serum, eye cream, mask, oil, mist, etc, but if I had to choose one product, The balm would be it. Hands down- best product around.

Read more about the one product I would recommend over any other to ensure you will look great without makeup:

cleansing balm link

Take my skincare survey here  I will help determine a regimen for you and will send you FREE customized samples based on your results. 

 Step 2: Naturally whiten your teeth.

Whiter teeth can not only improve your smile, it can actually make you look younger! Without the use of bright lip color to contrast your teeth enamel, it’s important to remove those stains for a brighter smile, naturally!

The healthiest (and actually quite effective) way to do this is with a charcoal whitener.

 I use this one and love it!

Pure Activated Charcoal Powder is a great alternative to harsh bleach or whitening peroxides; no harmful chemicals; RECOMMENDED USE 1-2 times per week. I mention this and the clay toothpaste I love here.

Step 3: Make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized.

Once you get those teeth brightened up it wouldn’t make sense to ignore your lips. Keep them exfoliated (you can use an old, soft-bristled toothbrush or a little baking soda) and apply a moisturizing lip balm or gloss. I don’t consider gloss makeup and it sure can make a big difference in one’s appearance. Just a little bit of color can brighten your whole complexion!

 

I use this lip conditioner. It is pepperminty, fresh, and super hydrating!

 

 

 

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  I use this lip gloss. It looks bright, but it is actually very subtle and sheer. This gloss is ultra moisturizing and divine.

 

 

 Step 4: Get your Glow On!

Once your skin is well-taken care of, hydrated and smooth, it won’t take much to enhance that natural glow (if you even need it). But sometimes, especially in winter, it’s nice to get a little help with a touch of color and a dewy glow.

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This is where the glow shimmer oil comes in. This stuff is like liquid gold! I use it alone when going makeup free and I add two drops to my skin tint on days when I wear foundation. It is glorious and smells delicious!

If you still like a little coverage with sunscreen, our Dewskin is perfect.

Dewskin is a tinted moisturizer that leaves skin with a luminous glow. Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 provides lightweight, sheer hydration that evens skin tone while protecting the skin from sun damage. Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while sodium hyaluronate promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin.

Check DEWSKIN out here.

 

Step 5: Own it!

Lastly, and most importantly, the best way to look great without makeup is to simply embrace your natural beauty with confidence and smile. It’s the very best way to enhance that newly acquired glow.

Here’s to better beauty and looking great without makeup!

 

 

 

Learn more about why and how I switched out my toxic products here.

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Better Beauty: How I Broke Up with My Toxic Makeup for Good

Better Beauty: How I Broke Up with My Toxic Makeup for Good

My Better Beauty Makeup Routine is a Perfect follow up to my Safer Skincare Regimine.

You can read about my safer skincare transition here!

Once I realized that toxins in the environment can negatively impact anyone’s health and mess with my already compromised immune system (rheumatoid arthritis is quite enough to deal with, thank you very much) I made the commitment to swap out our products containing dangerous chemicals for ones that have tested safe on the EWG database. You can check your products here. 

 

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I started my better beauty quest with a set to get a jump on my makeup overhaul.

I am not a patient person once I have made a decision, so I cannot adequately explain how freeing it was to toss out countless half-used toxin-filled products from my overflowing makeup drawer all at once!

 

I said goodbye to lead, heavy metals, parabens, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, and more and Hello, to REAL beauty with the Beautycounter Flawless in Five set!

You should know that I am a senior consultant with Beautycounter. This means that if you click on one of the blue links below it will take you to my personal website and you will be shopping with me. This also means you can reach out at any time with questions or product recommendations! I am passionate about carrying out their mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone. And not just our products- all products! We lobby for change in Washington to improve the beauty industry safety guidelines and standards.

The Flawless in Five set is perfect for anyone looking to streamline their routine.

 

 

My Five-Minute Face!

 

I liked the streamlined selection and color match process and am thrilled with my new five-minute better beauty morning routine

My better beauty products Listed in the order I apply. 

That’s it! It really couldn’t be any easier to embrace Real Beauty.

Ready to get real? I’m here to help.

 

 

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If you are interested in detoxing other products, you can read my post here for five quick ways to detox your personal care routine. 

 

 

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Safer Skincare: Why I Swapped out My Toxic Products

Safer Skincare: Why I Swapped out My Toxic Products

Environmental toxins and safer skincare weren’t always on my radar, unfortunately. 

I’ve been really careful about what I put into my body by selecting and eating healthy foods ever since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and I am painfully aware of how the chemicals in processed foods impact my autoimmune disease activity, so it’s ridiculous I haven’t been more careful about what I put into my body through the skincare products I use. Had I known what was lurking in my favorite soaps, hair gels, and deliciously scented lotions and the harmful impacts they were having on my health, I would have.

Toxic Sunscreen led to Safer Skincare Choices for us.

A scary article about toxins in sunscreens and the reactions these toxins have with chlorine brought this issue into focus for me. I was horrified that the products I was using to prevent skin cancer were actually doing more harm than good! I had been hosing my daughter and myself down with sunscreen for years. I had so much guilt but thankfully I found a safe, effective line of sunscreens so I can breathe easily moving forward.  I use this and feel so much better about going out into the sun now. 

From this experience, I went on to read more and learned that the beauty industry is woefully under-regulated. I had no clue. Zero. I figured that buying products labeled as natural would ensure that I was actually buying quality products, but this just isn’t the case: even some of the most well-known and trusted brands. It’s shocking. The following image says it all.

Did you know 70% of the chemicals we put on our skin are absorbed into our bloodstream within 26 seconds?

YIKES!

Take a minute to look up the products you’re using on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database with their free app. Just use the camera ton your phone to scan barcodes and immediately check the safety of products! I can guarantee you’ll be surprised to learn what’s in items you use and how they can harm your health. The daily products most of us use are filled with endocrine hormone disrupters, heavy metals like lead, chemicals with scientific links to cancer, and more terrifying toxins. It’s a crime, really.Most breast cancers are environmentally linked rather than genetically connected and autoimmunity is on the rise. We all deserve better!

I want to better manage my symptoms and My biggest fear is that my daughter will someday be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease so I am a mission to lower the toxins in our home.

 

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Now I am making a conscious effort to switch to less toxic cleaning products as well as in all of our personal and skin care products to keep my family safe and better manage my autoimmune symptoms.

In a different post, I will share how I am tackling the switch to safer cleaning products since the focus here is skincare.

Why Beautycounter?

Beautycounter has been the best and easiest way for me to tackle the personal care product transition. I love their products, and I don’t have to do any research since they have done it already and are completely transparent with their results: I know all their products are safe. And it’s not crazy expensive when compared to other products in the safer skincare realm or department store brands. Also, my daughter, who is fussy about fragrances, loves the shampoo, body wash, and body lotion: win. She was sold, but. . .

I worried safer skincare would equal less effective Skincare, but thankfully that is not the case.

Fine lines, deep wrinkles, super dry, dull  skin,  redness, brown spots, these are just a few of my skin issues, so as much as I wanted to be rid of chemicals,  I was afraid truly all natural safer skincare just wouldn’t cut it but with these products, my skin has actually improved! It turns out the products I was using were making my redness worse. I haven’t found anything I don’t like and actually became a consultant to support Beautycounter in their efforts to change industry standards (and to earn a 25% discount on my safer skin care products so that I could hoard mt lotions, serums, and oils without guilt-Ha!) but just using the products for mine and my family’s benefit felt selfish. I need to share this information and these products with everyone I know!  We should all be using safe products, right?

My Safer Skincare Routine: Here’s what I am using and loving now!

Click on the blue links to learn more about the featured products.

Below are the items I use on a daily basis for my safer skincare routine. Products are listed in the order I use them. I am obsessed with the ultra-moisturizing Countermatch line, as you will soon see. LOL!

Mornings

Evenings

I actually start with fractionated coconut oil and a little lavender oil to really rub my face down. This gets rid of my makeup quite nicely and sets the tone for sleep with it’s relaxing effect. I have a process I use that I documented in my FREE resource library. You can get the password here! I then follow up with this routine:

  • Charcoal face bar-I use this every night after my coconut oil. I can’t believe how much this has improved the texture of my skin. It’s great to help clear pores. It has also improved the redness I am typically plagued with.
  • Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream – this made a huge difference in my skin brightness!
  • Face Oil– This is a game changer for dry skin and dullness. I use #1 Brightening. This has also helped tone down my redness.
  • Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream– divine
  • Brightening Mask– I try to use this 2x a week. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to help with dullness and spots.

Body Care

This is my daily routine. I have a special dry skin treatment plan I am saving for an upcoming post! Stay Tuned.

 

 

 

Ready to start swapping out your toxic products for safer skincare?

This is the Never List: a list of the ingredients you will never find in a Beautycounter product!

If switching to safer skincare all at once seems daunting, start small.  Look-up your most toxic products on EWG’s Skin Deep Database, then prioritize swapping out as your products run out or based on what’s the worst rated and most toxic product you use. 

Start Here:

Click here to peruse the products (you will be shopping on my personal website) and get ready to fall in love.

 

Ready to Detox the rest of your Beauty routine?

Looking for more ways to swap out even more personal care products, like toothpaste? Read my post, Five Easy Ways to Detox your Beauty Routine, here.  

You can check out more of my recommendations for clean products here.

Need Help with product selection? I am ready to help!

Here’s to safer beauty for all!

 

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