Hello friend! Fall is officially here, and we are just shy of the busiest time of year in the clean beauty world as the holiday hauls and reveals are quickly approaching.
(Can you believe it?!)
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If switching over to safer is something new to you, see my Clean Beauty page for a rundown of the brand and background of why I’m so passionate about it.
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Now let’s get to my top must-have better-for-you beauty products for Fall! Don’t miss the bottom of the post where I share some tips on how to save the most on your purchases, too.
Here’s a look into what I’d recommend for the season ahead. And, – wink wink – you might even see some of these products pop up in an upcoming holiday set or two!
Focus: Extending the Summer Glow
All Bright C Serum
If you aren’t using a Vitamin C Serum yet, what are you waiting for? It is amazing for brightening, treating dark spots, and protecting against environmental stressors. This All Bright C Serum uses two forms of Vitamin C and is tied for FIRST on my list of must-haves for all seasons with the Overnight Resurfacing Peel. (below)
Vitamin C is an incredibly powerful antioxidant, and it helps to immediately increase the amount of radiance and glow that you see in your skin. Over time, it will increase collagen production, elasticity in your skin, reduce fine lines, wrinkles and give you a more even skin tone. It’s meant for every day morning use, after you cleanse and before you moisturize. I just love the bright yellow color and fresh scent from the tumeric and camu camu extracts!
Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel
This one is perfect for those who want to lighten age or sun spots, correct melasma, even skin tone/coloring, turn dull skin into radiant skin, lessen fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate, minimize pores … I mean, it basically does it all! It’s a treatment step that nearly everyone can benefit from to smooth skin, improve dullness and give your face a fresh glow.
The Overnight Refurfacing Peel is what I like to call “magic in a bottle” and can be added into any routine after a cleansing step and before your moisturizer. You can use it as an overnight treatment up to 3-4 times per week, and you’ll see the best results when paired with the All Bright C Serum (above).
Counter+ No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil
Facial Oils are like a secret weapon that not many people know about!
Add your favorite (Beautycounter has No. 1 for brightening, No. 2 for plumping and No. 3 for balancing) to your morning and/or night routine with a few drops on their own after or even mixed in with your moisturizer or sunscreen. It really makes a big difference in cooler climates, and the bottles last forever. I take a break from the oils in the summer, but start using them once a day either in the morning or at night around this time of year. I tend to double up and add it both morning and night in the winter time for extra hydration.
My favorite is the No. 1 for an instant glow and radiance boost, but I also use No. 2 when I want to feel a little extra tightening. No. 3 is perfect for anyone who is trying to fight breakouts or balance their combination oily and dry skin. You can also use them on dry spots and on your cuticles!
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
A good moisturizer is a must in protecting and conditioning your skin.
Ideally, you’d have a daytime and a nighttime moisturizer, but the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion can do it all, if needed. The Countermatch line is great for almost anyone, and specifically those with normal or even combination skin (oily + dry spots). It’s hydrating and helps to brighten your skin.
Countermatch also has age-preventative benefits, but is different than the anti-aging line (Countertime) in that it doesn’t do any age-reversal. I personally love to mix and match those two lines when I’m not using the full Countertime Collection during the winter months. (I started switching over to safer skincare with the Countermatch Collection and then switched over to Countertime for more anti-aging benefits.)
I can answer any specific questions you might have on the difference, just know that this moisturizer is fantastic, is for most skin types, and has won several awards.
Focus: Creamy + Conditioning
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
This is a sheer tinted moisturizer with minimal coverage, but it has a SPF 20 built right in. I wear the Light shade almost every day, and I love how it provides an extra moisturizing layer with a little color (and mineral sunscreen!). The Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer gives a dewy finish with glow-boosting ingredients – black currant seed oil, peony root extract, and vitamin C for increased appearance of firmness and radiance over time.
It’s perfect for everyday wear for me paired with the Skin Twin Creamy Concealer and Mattifying Powder, but if you’re looking to medium to full, buildable coverage, you might like the Skin Twin Featherlight Foundation better.
Lid Glow Cream Shadows
These silky cream shadows come in ten different shades and can go from subtle to dramatic, depending on application. Lid Glow Cream Shadows are fun to use, and you can pick one or blend them together using an eyeshadow brush. It’s easy to do! Each shade is conditioning with ingredients like cucumber and chamomile extract, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba, sunflower and mimosa waxes, and a botanical polymer blend. They’re formulated with a unique blend of responsibly-sourced micas for color that’s glowy, not glittery. Learn more about our sourcing transparency and our practices here.
Think Big All-In-One Mascara
It’s been seven years in the making, and Beautycounter’s Think Big All-In-One Mascara is finally here! This beauty debuted recently (along with the cream shadows above), and I am obsessed with the upgrade. It is a completely new formula, designed to bring the best results from the former volumizing and lengthening mascaras into one. It conditions, and it works – leaving the appearance of longer, fuller, stronger-looking lashes.
Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick
This one surprised me in the best way and comes in ten shades!
It’s a creamy, buildable lipstick with the nourishing benefits of a balm. Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick delivers a sheer wash of color and light-catching sheen. A blend of botanical waxes give this formula a luxe, yet weightless feel while conditioning lips and sealing in moisture in every swipe. This lipstick features responsibly sourced, certified organic vanilla that gives the formula its sweet scent. I love the colors and wear the Terra: Earthy Pink shade most days.
Glow First Priming Serum
Primers are great for prepping the skin for even makeup application, improving foundation wear, hydrating the skin, boosting skin radiance and more. This brand-new Glow First Priming Serum additionally protects against pollutants and skin-drying environmental stressors. It also enhances your complexion with skin-smoothing, light-defusing effects from responsibly sourced mica.
It’s a lightweight, breathable gel-serum, and the jojoba esters infuse skin with hydration to plump and smooth —instantly creating an ideal canvas for makeup and supporting a healthier-looking complexion over time.
I had to include this one, as it’s highly talked about and loved by consultants and clients right now. Full disclaimer, however, I haven’t personally tried it – which is why it gets an honorable mention. I would love to hear your honest thoughts and review if you have!
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- New to Beautycounter? Get 20% off your first purchase. You can still save 20% on your first purchase any time by using the promo code CLEANFORALL20 – just note that full regimens and select products are excluded.
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- Interest-free Payment Plan (Klarna) – Beautycounter offers a payment plan that splits your cart into four interest-free payments! Anyone is eligible with orders between $35 – $999, before taxes and shipping. You’ll know if this applies to you, because the option will be presented at checkout on the website (this offer is not valid on the app). Klarna is completely safe to use and requires a few extra security steps. If you decide to use the payment plan, your order will be split into four equal payments, with the first due upon purchase. The remaining three payments will be automatically charged to the card you select every two weeks.
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