Makeup Monday: Breast Cancer Awareness

Happy Monday, friends!

I am so excited to tell you about some pretty awesome things I have happening in October with Beautycounter for Breast Cancer Awareness month. These are all things that I am personally doing with my business and are not affiliated with anyone else. :)

  1. I will be donating a portion of proceeds from the month of October to Breast Cancer Awareness (shop HERE). I have gotten a few organizations that are wonderful to donate to, but if you have one you love please share below!

  2. I am giving away a perfectly pink package to one of you! That’s right if you shop the month of October you will be entered to win a blush + lipgloss + mascara of your choice!

  3. I have been asked for a way for others to give back directly and have put together the same Perfectly Pink Package to donate to breast cancer patients, directly in your name. If you would like to donate a blush + lipgloss + mascara to a patient leave me a note and I will get more details to you. I will be placing all orders by the end of the month!

I am so blessed to have a “side hustle” or more of a passion project as I like to call it where I can give back to causes and organizations through safer beauty.

With parabens having been found at the center of cancerous breast tissue I love that I can say that Beautycounter is a company that does not have parabens in our products. Many other beauty companies do, but with Beautycounter leading the movement (along side some pretty awesome companies that value safe ingredients) to safer beauty I am excited to not only be a part of the movement, but to give back as well!

I can't un-know what I now know

Yes, I said that correct. I can’t un-know what I now know.

By no means does that mean that I know everything, but what I am slowly starting to open my ears and eyes to is decades of our nation growing, but not following along with laws and regulations.

I never thought I would be a “crunchy” mom.

It’s a huge responsibility to raise a little one and when I learned that our bodies absorb 60% of what we put on it - did you know your skin is your largest organ - directly into your blood stream it gets you thinking.

So why should I put harmful things on him, or myself when I cuddle him as much as I can, if I can avoid it.

Here are just a few things that I can’t un-know:

  1. Did you know the word “fragrance” or “perfume” is an umbrella for over 4,000 ingredients?* This means that any company can put ANYTHING in to a product and label it as “Fragrance” - the kicker is they can keep said ingredients secret because that umbrella allows for “proprietary information” to be housed under it.
    One of the MANY ingredients that can be used includes methylene chloride - a known carcinogen, and banned by our own FDA in the late 1980s, but no regulation exists due to the fragrance umbrella term. What do you think about added “fragrance” now?

  2. Did you know that the FDA hasn’t passed a law governing the health and beauty industry since 1938. That bill is also only 2.5 pages long… I know for a fact there’s not enough in those 2.5 pages to keep up with the industry today.

  3. Did you know there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many of them do not have any safety data - most specifically those used in the health and beauty industry.

  4. The kicker, and maybe worse of all. Did you know that the FDA does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products that we put on our bodies and the bodies of our babies. Even if they found out what ingredients were hidden in products they couldn’t do anything about it!

  5. How about the fact that the European Union bans close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products, plus regulates the levels of another 250 products. Canada has banned close to 600 and the United States has banned thirty - three zero - from the products we absorb in to our blood stream day after day.

There is more, much more, but to me these are the biggies. The lack of regulation is the root of the problem and something that I am committed to helping change.

This is the biggest reason I believe in Beautycounter. We are a company founded on a mission, we don’t have a mission just because it’s cool. We believe in education first before producing products. However, I am 100% confident in the products we produce because not only are they well performing, but they are safe.

Beautycounter has prohibited the use of more than 1,500
questionable and harmful chemicals in our products.

The Never List is our list of ingredients that you will never find in our products. I have the coolest story about our process to confirm this, but will have to save that for another post. :)

Beautycounter B Corp
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In addition to creating standards for ourselves Beautycounter is being recognized industry wide. We are proud to have been recently re-certified as a B Corporation with a score of 95—our highest rating ever and a 14-point jump from two years ago.

The B stands for Benefit, and it means that, unlike the traditional corporate structure, we consider people, the planet, and profits equally. We use the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems by voluntarily meeting rigorous standards of transparency, accountability, and performance. Becoming a Certified B Corporation is a difficult accomplishment, and we did it right from the very beginning.

To be certified as a B Corporation, a brand must meet high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We are pleased to participate in this growing community of more than 2,000 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward one unifying goal:

to redefine success in business.

I could talk all day about the amazing things that Beautycounter is doing for the industry, but for now what can I help with? Are you ready to switch over your beauty products in your home? Are you curious about how to get involved with our movement and mission? What questions can I answer for you? I am here to help, educate and cheer as we join together to change one law at a time.

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Baby Frederick: What’s in a Name

Oh my goodness! How in the world has it been one month since our sweet little guy entered the world? I feel like there are so many blog posts I wanted to have up and posted by now, but let’s be honest life happens. Between little man barely sleeping and us figuring out this new normal I haven’t had the brain power to write or publish any blogs, until today! 

So, what's in a name you ask? 

It turns out the pressure of naming a child is pretty crazy. When we found out we were having a boy we knew that we wanted a strong name, but also wanted it to be special. We wanted it to have meaning.

We knew we had a middle name, so we started there. Blair’s father passed his middle name, Allen, to his eldest son, Blair’s middle brother passed his middle name, Jade, to his eldest son so it only seemed appropriate for Blair to pass his middle name to our first born son. Michael it was. 

Of course we knew the last name so then it was a matter of finding the perfect first name, that didn’t create a ridiculous monogram, to fit the rest of his name. The more we thought about it we decided to go with a B name so that our little man and his daddy could share initials too. 

Do you know how tricky it is to find a good B name that has character, but isn’t trendy. A name that can stand alone, but isn’t boring (for lack of a better word). After a lot of thought and research we ended up with three names that we kept tossing around, but when it came to Barrett it fit. It just felt right.

What sealed the deal is the fact that Blair is my Blair Bear so the sound of Barrett lending itself to bear was another nod to my sweet husband. A nickname that carries with it the heart of a gentle giant that truly gives the best hugs. Since Blair was getting his mini-me my monogram loving, family picture coordinating heart was falling in love even before we met our little bear. :)

We hope that our little BMF will grow up to have so many of the wonderful qualities and characteristics of Mr. BMF. Most importantly we hope that he finds his place in this big crazy world. A place of comfort and grace that is at the same time courageous and brave. We hope that he always remembers his roots, but spreads his wings. Blair and I pray for a heart that serves the Lord and a tongue that speaks kindness. Above all we pray that we fill his little soul with a love that is greater than we are.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ...And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, 13

Barrett Michael Frederick we love you so very much. 

Back to School or Christmas in August?

Today is the LAST day for the 20% off sitewide sale at BeautyCounter and because I am a planner at heart I have some ways for you to better prepare for the school year and the holidays! So, I have decided to call the last day the call is what you want sale! Back to School, Christmas in... August or just a chance to treat yourself? You only have until tonight! 

BeautyCounter Sale

With school starting wouldn’t you love to win parent of the year by supplying soap and lotion for the classroom sink that is free of parabens and toxins? What is your kiddo lathering up with at school? I bet it's not as safe as you think it might be.

citrus mimosa hand soap and lotion

With the first day of school near it’s just a matter of time until the holidays are here! Why not grab a few holiday gifts early at a discount! 

Speaking of teachers I think our lip gloss in bare shimmer is the perfect thank you! It’s moisturizing and not sticky! If your child’s teacher isn’t the lip gloss type our lip conditioner will last all year and not only nourish, but protect while that favorite teacher is on bus duty.

lip gloss in bare shimmer
lip conditioner

For your spunky younger sister our new velvet eye shadow palette is perfect for her holiday glam looks and paired with our BC Red color intense lipstick she will have the perfect look for that big New Years Eve Party she’s attending! 

velvet eye shadow palette
BeautyCounter Red Lipstick

Your mom will love you when our daily cleansing balm lands in her stocking and your dad will be presently surprised by the charcoal cleansing bar. I promise this is one piece of coal he will approve of in his stocking! 

cleansing balm
charcoal cleansing bar

Our one-step makeup remover wipes are perfect for your tennis partner, or even for you to have in your purse for after your teens football game - these aren't just for makeup with infused aloe vera for hydration. 

one-step makeup remover wipe

If you are looking for something more specific, or have any questions, let me know! You can comment on this post, or contact me HERE!

To shop CLICK HERE and enter "LOVE" at check-out! 

 

 

Life: An update on Baby Frederick

Talk about the most amazing weekend! It was such a joy to be surrounded by friends, family and the most talented creatives I know to shower sweet baby Frederick. While I have so much to say, and so many to thank, for our Houston shower that is coming in a later post. 

Today, I wanted to share an update for everyone not in Houston on little (or not so little) baby Frederick! 

It's hard to believe I will be 30 weeks tomorrow! Our sweet baby remains in the top 95% of the height and weight scales and because I have had a little extra amniotic fluid we have been blessed with more ultrasounds than usual to see our sweet babe! Each time everything looks perfect! My favorite line from our ultrasound technician may have been, "baby is definitely big, not huge, but definitely big." He's been checking up on babies for over 35 years and is the sweetest man and always so kind to try and snap a picture of a sweet little face... no such luck. Baby likes to have it's hand on it's face or turn and leave us nothing but a shoulder and back image. 

I'll have to be honest that it's been fun keeping sweet baby to Blair and myself. We didn't tell the world about our precious miracle until a little after 17 weeks and the honest truth is we have known the gender of sweet baby since week 10. You may remember our announcement photos by Courtney Brown of Courtney Leigh Photography, but what you may not have known that the same day we actually took gender reveal photos. :) It's funny to look back on my almost non-existant bump!

In a world of social media and so many things assumed as public knowledge, it's been sweet to hold our sweet baby so close to our hearts as our little secret going in to this thing called parenting, but Blair and I both know there is a time and a place for everything. So here you go...

Baby Frederick is a boy! 

Do you all have any idea how hard it is to hold big, letter balloons still and forward facing? Our sweet baby will most definitely not have "ONE" letter balloons at his first birthday... or maybe any birthday after the laughs we got out of taking these photos on film! 

This weekend we knew that we would have all of the closest people to our hearts in the same place and it was such a joy to share our precious secret with them face to face!

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For months I have had nearly everyone guess that baby is a girl, with only a handful of guesses as a boy. Now that I am "all baby" as Blair says everyone is switching their vote to align with the fact that I am all belly and carrying "more like a boy." I'm not sure if there is any truth to all of those myths and old wives tales, but I will tell you the myth that you're only really sick when carrying a girls is most definitely not true!

The one truth that I will hold to is that the CL Mascots still don't know what is coming and are growing ever so suspicious about the increased time Blair and I are spending in the nursery and why they can't play with the new toys. 

Courtney Leigh Photography 

Courtney Leigh Photography 

Thank you to all of you who have spoiled sweet baby, loved on Blair and I and have sent prayers of love and wisdom to cover our next chapter as parents. We are living proof that it takes a village and your prayers and gifts from a far mean more than you know! 

xo Christina 

Why BeautyCounter? My new business as a BeautyCounter consultant!

I'm back! Wow has a lot happened since my last post! Yes, my baby bump is growing, and as much as I would love to share a baby Frederick update with you today I want to share another piece of my heart. 

If you read THIS POST you know that our journey took a few years and while it was tricky to be in that season I will forever be grateful for it.  

You see, without that part of our journey I wouldn't know what I know now when it pertains to safer beauty products.

Let's rewind 3 years, better yet to my 6th grade year of grade school. That's the year it all started; acne, cramps that lead me to miss school and yes my doctor placing me on birth control to try and contain most of that. I remember crying to my mom that I didn't want people to think I was a slut and she assured me that no one would have to know. We got most of the cramps under control, but the acne never really went away. 

Five years ago I jumped on a very popular bandwagon with products that were being sold by independent distributors or consultants and what miracle products those were. For a year and a half I was an avid, twice a day, user of said products and then with a simple question from my doctor it all changed. 

"Christina, what daily products are you using?" 

My initial thought was why does my facewash, shampoo, lotion, you name it matter? Well, because your skin is your largest organ and what you put on your body ends up in your body. 

When I told her what I was using she simply cautioned me to do some research and look in to alternatives. When I began educating myself on what I was putting on my body I was shocked! 

I was slathering my skin every day with ALL of the following by only using the two lines of products I had:

  • Benzalkonium chloride - a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. 
  • BHA and BHT - synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. Studies have shown they are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. 
  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) - a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. Studies have shown toxicity to organs. 
  • Formaldehyde - used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present in the following ingredients: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. 
  • Hydroquinone - a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation.
  • Methylisothiazolinone - chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies.
  • Oxybenzonergies - sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption.
  • Parabens  (methyl-, propyl-) (found 50 times on said company's website product list) - a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies.
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds) (found 27 times on said company's website product list) - PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) - SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.
  • Synthetic flavor or fragrance (multiple leads to this being present in the company's said products, but when you search the ingredient list the result reads "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt") - an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed.
  • Toluene - a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. 
  • Triclocarban (multiple leads to this being present in said company's products, but when you search the ingredient list the result reads "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt") - antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems.

NOTE: These ingredients are all part of BeautyCounters "Never List." The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

I also found that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938!

Y'ALL! My jaw hit the floor. I was so ashamed at the fact that I had no earthly idea what harm I was doing to my body. I quickly started to do research on well preforming products that were clean.

I quickly threw away hundreds of dollars of products, some of which were brand new and unopened, and got in to contact with the one person I knew was a consultant for BeautyCounter.

For two years I have been an avid user of these amazing products, have become an ambassador for safer beauty and have learned more than I ever thought when it comes to words like "natural," "clean," "organic" and yes even "safe."

Yes, we have now reached the part where I tell you that I am so excited to now be a consultant with BeautyCounter!

You see after two years of watching this amazing company grow, head to Capitol Hill to lobby for better regulations and appear on the Today Show I couldn't sit back any longer. The BC mission is to "get safer products into the hands of everyone" and I couldn't be more excited to be part of just that. 

If you only read one part of this post please read this.

Do your homework. Look at the ingredients that you are putting on your body, your spouses body and the skin of your children. 

The Environmental Working Group is a great advocate for safer products and a great source to check in on what is happening in the beauty industry. I have this page tagged as one of my favorites and have been surprised to read facts and learn things that I didn't know before. 

Of course, if you are curious about BeautyCounter I would love to chat! From skincare and makeup to sunscreen for the summer I now have access to it all. I am learning more and more each day and would love to help equip you with better knowledge and products for your home and the people that you love. 

Check out my new website: HERE

Or send me a message: HERE

 

Life: An update from Blair and I

Let's just say I have written and rewritten this post more times that I would like to admit, so here it goes. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
Jeremiah 29:11

The truth is that I knew when I created this website that this blog would eventually be used for more than just glimpses of my work, my heart for the organizations I volunteer for or things I advocate for. I knew it would eventually be to share more of my family; I just didn't know how long that journey would take (which is a big reason to why this website has been in the works for a few years). 

Courtney Leigh Photography 

Courtney Leigh Photography 

If you know me you know that I have two fur babies (the CL Mascots as we call the goldendoodles) and am married to the most amazing man! I know that every wife says that about her husband, but I truly mean it. When we got married 1,971 days ago I thought I loved him with all of my heart. Fast forward to our third year of marriage we both knew our love had grown as we started really visiting the idea of babies and a family outside of our four-legged children. Fast forward, yet again, to today and I truly understand that love knows no bounds and is bigger than I have yet to experience.  

However, the one thing we didn't know when we began that conversation was just how long God had our journey planned for. With more bumps in the road than I like to admit after more than 1,050 days something was different. Although we had been to this place before it wasn't until December 6, 2017 that it became more of a reality than the times before. 

With us taking things a little slower than others may have I am beyond blessed and incredibly humbled to share that Blair and I will welcome the biggest blessing we could ever comprehend this July. The amazing Courtney Brown of Courtney Leigh Photography captured all of these amazing images that Blair and I will be forever grateful for! Including a tiny baby bump we have been praying over for 17 weeks!

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Courtney Leigh Photography 

The honest truth is that while we are beyond ecstatic to share our news my heart also goes out to those in the midst of this journey. While we don't know what your individual story might be, we do know what its like to love something so much and never meet. We know what its like to be asked when were going to jump on the baby train (to which my husband will tell you we may have very easily been the conductor - his ability to make me laugh may be one of my most favorite things about him) and what it's like to see baby announcement after baby announcement, or what it seems. 

Please know that if you're in the middle of a journey, confused or discouraged that God is with you. If you need someone to talk to, or someone to pray for you I am more than happy to, and I'm happy to share more of our story.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

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To each of you who have shared in our journey, who have prayed over this precious baby or have loved on us and our marriage - we are so grateful for you and can't thank you enough! We would love for continued prayers as we begin an entirely new chapter and welcome baby Frederick this summer. 

For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart. 
1 Samuel 1:27

With Love, Christina and Blair Frederick