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BeautyCounter Challenge – alyssa calbert

March 26th

My face is allergic to basically everything under the sun. In the last two years, I’ve been acne-free for maybe a total of 10 days. My mom told me about BeautyCounter — a company with a list of 1500 common chemicals found in makeups, face washes, etc. that they refuse to use in their products. The price is a little steep, but for the idea of clear skin, I find it a bargain.

In the next two weeks I’m meeting for portfolio reviews with some of the region’s best graphic designers, and thought about waiting to start this 30-Day Charcoal Challenge until after that is all said and done — you know, in case I’m allergic to this stuff, too! But, my skin is currently feeling the stress and is growing a few mountain ranges. I used the night cream last night after my normal skincare routine of my Clarisonic/Clarisonic face wash in the shower. Work up and my skin didn’t itch, so I think (knock on wood) I’m in the clear to give it a go!

Today is March 26th, and on April 25th I hope to have reached clear skin!


Nothing can make you feel gross quite like zooming in on a photograph of your chin zits and then posting the images on the internet.

April 3rd

It’s been just a little over a week, and my face still has zits. I’ve used the charcoal soap bar, rosewater spray and night cream everyday. I only had time for the charcoal, balancing mask on Sunday, April 2nd due to me traveling.

It’s only been one week, so I can’t really say whether or not the product is working yet. I did spend last weekend in Dallas, Texas at a conference and graphic design portfolio review. When I’m stressed, my face shows it, so I do believe that is some of the reason I still have more zits than I would like. I did notice they are no longer on my chin, but on my cheeks. That is probably due to the fact that I changed my makeup to a thicker, longer lasting foundation since I needed a full-face for many more hours than normal.

The charcoal mask was awesome to come home to on Sunday. This morning my face did seem less red and irritated, although I still have small bumps. The mask was tingly and did that cool thing where you can see all the oil it pulls from your blackheads and other acne areas.

Another thing I’ve noticed, is that the bar and cloth alone don’t clean my face — it’s almost like it just pushes everything around. I’ve started to use my Clarisonic brush with the soap to actually scrub off the makeup and dead skin.

As of now, the clothes seem like a gimmick and waste of 30 bucks. Just use a clean washcloth.

*** I did mention this to my mom, but she seems to love the clothes. She likes the smooth texture on her skin mixed with the Cleansing Balm. I haven’t tried that combination yet, but next time I’m home, I’ll be sure to raid my mom’s bathroom for a sample. ***

April 26th

I clearly didn’t do a great job of typing up my weekly thoughts for the last two weeks of this challenge. Yesterday was day 30! Woo. We made it, but I was busy/tired/it’s the end of the semester/I have no free-time.

But, back to the challenge. Do I think it works? Yes.

I can’t lie and say I actually washed my face everyday with this product, because when the house is cold and I’m tired, I will go back to my trusty cotton swab and the chemically, blue liquid that dries up my pores, but only does a half-ass job at removing the make-up. I did, however, do this face washing routine at least three to four times a week. But, I still notice a difference in my face.

My complexion is much more even. I do still have some chin zits, but that’s because I ate too many jelly beans around Easter and my skin is sharing its disappointment with me.  I washed my face pretty good last night, and my zits are much smaller this morning. I think one go-round with the Balancing Charcoal Mask, they’ll be cleared up. I’m also in the time of my cycle, that my face always sprouts a few fresh volcanos.

Speaking of the Balancing Charcoal Mask… IT IS SO AWESOME! Not only is it fun to see the oily specks of your pores, but it is incredibly refreshing and tingles like a crisp, fall morning. If Beauty Counter is something that interests you, but you don’t know where to start, I 100 percent recommend this being one of your first purchases.

Not only has BeautyCounter helped even my complexion, but my skin is more nourished, less dry and itchy, and I don’t feel near as oily as I use to. It’s really fixed a lot of my issues. Not to mention the list of 1500 chemicals and additives that BeautyCounter DOES NOT USE in their products. Like, why are more companies not doing this?

Next I want to try their foundations. I actually think that could help solve the remaining issues with my skin that I have. My current $6 bottle of foundation from Ulta is probably not the best thing to add to my skin. Maybe that will be my next challenge…

You’re probably wondering what exactly is the charcoal challenge. Well, here you go!

30 Day Charcoal Challenge

Here are links to the products I used:

Purifying Charcoal Mask
Nourishing Night Cream
Nourishing Rosewater Mist
Charcoal Cleansing Bar
Cleansing Cloths

Bonus: I’ve seen several YouTubers washing their makeup brushes with a charcoal bar. That is brilliant, and I can’t wait to try it.

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