An Honest Review of Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Mask

As you may know from reading my review of Beautycounter’s face makeup, when I first tried Beautycounter, I wasn’t so thrilled with how the makeup looked and stayed on my skin. That was 2 years ago and I’ve been wary of trying any of their other products since then, especially since I’ve been using other natural skincare products that I absolutely love.

After seeing many more of my colleagues jumping on board with Beautycounter over the past 2 years, and realizing that the other natural foundations and concealers I’ve tried were just as bad, if not worse, on my skin than Beautycounter’s (at this point the only time I wear foundation is for special occasions, and I use the bad stuff from Olay because it has great coverage), I decided to give their skincare products a try.

My friend Caroline, who is a consultant, sent me samples of the Cleansing Balm, Balancing Charcoal Mask, Brightening Mask, Countermatch lotion, and the Charcoal Bar to try and I was super excited – especially for the charcoal bar and mask!

I tried the Cleansing Balm, Charcoal Bar, and Charcoal Mask so far, and fell in love after just one use! I noticed an immediate difference in my skin, and my skin looked even better in the morning when I woke up. 

This was by far the best charcoal mask that I have ever tried, so I went ahead and purchased one for myself. I immediately noticed my skin looked “cleaner” and my pores were smaller. By morning, my face had a fresh glow and looked much more youthful and less blotchy. I have acne-prone skin, and noticed my acne was reduced as well – and this is all after just one time!!! I can’t wait to see how my skin improves when I begin using this mask 2x per week!

I am super excited to try the Brightening Mask also and I will let you know what I think about that one as well.

 

Do you use Beautycounter? What are your favorite products? Any thoughts to add? Leave it in the comments!

 

 

See Also:

An Honest Review of Beautycounter Face Makeup
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall LookCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Running Errands Look

This look is a neutral, pink/mauve shade. It’s not too dark, and creates a natural look. It’s one of the new fall releases from 100 Percent Pure. This look can be worn as either a professional or casual look. It’s a neutral shade perfect for work or running errands!

My Running Errands Look: 

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Winecup

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Holiday Gift Ideas – 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and so is the hunt for the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a parent, significant other, in-law, brother/sister, co-worker, client, host/hostess – you want to show up with the perfect gift. Well, don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered with 20 gift ideas right here – and if that’s not enough, I have links to my past holiday gift idea posts for even more ideas at the bottom!

Non-Food Gift Ideas:

  1. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System: This coffee brewing system makes single-serve coffee as well as carafes. It makes hot coffee as well as over ice coffee. The carafe is made of stainless steel. It makes specialty coffees as well as regular. This is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life! 
  2. Multi-Use Crockpot: This crockpot is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, saute, & steamer in one! It’s made of stainless steel and perfect for the cooking newbie as well as the cooking veteran in your life.
  3. SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker: Make your own sparkling water! I love sparkling water & carbonated beverages, so this would definitely be a gift I’d love. This is perfect for the sparkling water lover in your life! 
  4. Ninja Mega Kitchen System: This is a blender, food processor, & blender cups. This is perfect for making smoothies, shakes, and sauces. This is a great gift for the health conscious person in your life. 
  5. Memory Foam Pillow: This pillow is adjustable for a custom pillow each time. Memory foam helps proper proper alignment and a more restful sleep. This would be a great gift for anyone in your life. 
  6. Philips MultiChopper: This machine makes chopping vegetables so much easier! It can chop either coarse or fine. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook but likes to spend less time in the kitchen. 
  7. Titan Fitness 5 lb to 40 lb Adjustable Kettlebell: The weight of this kettlebell can be adjusted to 6 different weights. This is perfect for different workouts and/or being used by different people. This is a great gift for the strength training enthusiast in your life. 
  8. Himalayan Salt Lamp: This lamp is made from 100% pure Himalayan rock salt crystals. The lamp comes with a dimmer switch and helps purify the air. This is great for the holistic health enthusiast in your life. 
  9. Kitchen Tool Set: This set includes: flexible turner, 12-inch tongs, square turner, spoon, slotted spoon, grater, swivel peeler, ice cream scoop, potato masher, can opener, balloon whisk, spatula, meat tenderizer, pizza wheel, & the holder. This gift would be great for the cook in your life and/or anyone who recently moved into a new place. 
  10. Cuisinart Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Traditionally, cold brew coffee takes 12-24 hours to brew. This coffee maker can make cold brew coffee in just 25 minutes! Cold brew coffee is made using cold water for much less bitter and less acidic coffee. Cold brew coffee has a smooth taste and higher caffeine content than traditional hot water brewed coffee. This gift would be perfect for the cold brew enthusiast in your life. 

 

Food Gift Ideas:

  1. Know Gluten Free Donuts: These donuts are paleo and keto friendly & would be great for an office gift. 
  2. Primal Palate The Food Lovers Pack of Seasonings: New Bae, Amore, and Jerk. I just love those names! The New Bae is a fiery blend that is good on anything from seafood to potatoes. The Amore is an Italian seasoning blend. The Jerk is good for chicken and pork dishes. This gift would be a great stocking stuffer for the cooking newbie as well as the cooking veteran in your life. 
  3. Hu Chocolate Variety Pack: Hu Chocolate is sooo delicious and made only with good-for-you ingredients! This variety pack would make for a great office gift. 
  4. Eating Evolved Coconut Butter Cups Variety Pack: These coconut butter cups are also super delicious and only made with good-for-you ingredients! These would also make for a great office gift or as stocking stuffers. 
  5. Bare Coconut Chips Variety Pack: These coconut chips are a great office gift, host/hostess gift, and/or stocking stuffer!
  6. Vital Proteins Gingerbread Collagen Creamer: This collagen creamer is sugar free and Whole30 approved. It makes your coffee super creamy while nourishing your body, giving you healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints! This is a great host/hostess gift. 
  7. Not Ketchup 5-Pack Paleo Sauce Sampler: These paleo friendly sauces are made from fruit and only sweetened from fruit. They’re also vegan and Whole30 approved. They’re great for grilling, marinating, roasting, glazing, dipping, and. simmering. They’re great on all types of meat, seafood, and potatoes. This would be the perfect host/hostess gift! 
  8. Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings: These salad dressings are also paleo and Whole30 friendly and would make a great host/hostess gift. 
  9. Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce: This sauce is comparable to a healthier version of McDonald’s Big Mac sauce. This would be another great host/hostess gift or an office gift. 
  10. Coconut Secret Asian-Style Sauce Pack: This sauce pack includes Coconut Aminos (soy-free replacement for soy sauce), Garlic Sauce, and Teriyaki Sauce. All of these Asian-style sauces use coconut sap instead of soy. This would be another great host/hostess or office gift. 

 

Need more ideas? See previous years posts:

 

Christmas Gift Ideas – 2016 Edition
Holiday Gift Ideas – 2015 Edition
Paleo Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Ruby Red Lips Look

One of the new fall lipstick shades from 100 Percent Pure is a bright red shade. I wore this look to the rehearsal dinner for my cousins wedding. Red is a bold, yet neutral shade that can be worn pretty much anywhere. Red lips are ideal for work, for a night out, for date night, for weddings, and for anytime you want to feel bold & sexy!

My Ruby Red Lips Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Nopal

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My “Red Lips” Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fall Party Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Everyday Fall Look

100% Pure recently released a bunch of new colors for fall & I bought 3 of the colors for myself! I love wearing neutral brown shades and this one is perfect for everyday wear in the fall. It’s a darker brown than the shade I had previously been wearing to work, and I am loving it. This shade is great for wearing to work, to a coffee date, or for a night out at a local bar with friends – it’s perfect for everyday wear.

My Everyday Fall Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Cacti

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fall Party Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fall Party Look

This lipstick color is bold and dark. It’s a deep purple that is great to wear in fall and winter. I wore this look when I went out to Eastern Long Island to the wineries. This look would also work for a fun night out with friends or to a fall or winter party!

My Fall Party Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick and the shade is Hyacinthus 

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

 

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Girls Night Look

I am in love with this new color I bought. It’s perfect for girl’s night out, date night, going to a concert or whenever you’re feeling fun and flirty. It’s a deep, but bright pink in a long lasting matte lipstick. This is a very girly shade to bring out your feminine side.

My Girls Night Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick and the shade is Marrakesh

 

I am also wearing the Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara in Black Tea

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

 

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fun Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My “Red Lips” Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My “Red Lips” Look

Every lipstick-wearing woman needs a red shade! Red lips are bold and sexy – perfect for a date night, girls night, or even to work! Red lipstick, although bold, is actually neutral since it can be worn anytime and always looks good. Red lips can be intimidating and may take some getting used to on yourself, but once you do, you’ll be feeling confident and sexy.

When I first starting wearing red lipstick, I felt self conscious when I went out and wanted to take it off, because I was not used to wearing such a stand-out shade. I liked how it looked before I left the house, but I would second guess myself as soon as I left. However, I always got compliments on the red lipstick and now I always feel confident and sexy when I wear it.

My “Red Lips” Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick and the shade is Dahlia. This lipstick is extremely long lasting, even through eating and drinking. 

 

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fun Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: Another Work Look

I’ve been wearing this darker shade to work since the weather got a little cooler and I am so in love! I love this work look for the fall and I’m really into the matte look right now. This shade is still tame and professional, but it gives me a confidence boost and makes me feel pretty for my work day.

My Fall Work Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick and the shade is Sandstone. Show your lips some love with these non-toxic, long lasting lipsticks!

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Work Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fun Look

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Fun Look

My fun look is what I wear when I’m doing something fun (obviously), and when I’m feeling bold and bright. So far I’ve worn this look to my sister’s graduation party, brunch with the girls, and Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour.

My Fun Look:

 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick and the shade is Prickly Pear. I love this lipstick! It makes me feel very girly and pretty and it’s very long lasting.

Have a comment? Leave it below!

 

See Also:

Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Sultry Look
Fruit Pigmented Lipstick: My Work Look
Does Alcohol Have a Place in a Healthy Lifestyle?

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through those links, I will be compensated. Please know that I only recommend products that I personally use (or would use) and that I love. Purchases through these links helps to cover costs to keep this website running, so that I can keep delivering information to you all. Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com