Why Use Safer Skin Care and Cosmetic Products? And why I’m selling Beautycounter now!

(I’m wearing Beautycounter Satin Powder Blush in Passion Fruit above)

What is so important about safer and less toxic beauty products?

You may know that our skin is the largest organ of the human body.  That’s why it’s critical to take care of it in a way that is healthy and nourishing just like we do for the rest of our body.  What we put on our skin not only may soften, tighten, or heal, but the products we use can also be absorbed into the bloodstream, reaching the internal organs of the body. If we’re not using high quality and non or less toxic products, we can seriously affect our health.

So because of this, I try to avoid conventional body and hair care as much as possible, instead using things like coconut and castor oil, castile soap and little to no makeup.  With a little patience (and some great essential oils) you can switch over to making really great and effective natural personal care products for yourself. I also like to support local businesses that make handmade skin care products when I can.

But let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t have the time or patience to make fresh aloe vera shampoo every week or handmade goat milk soap lol!  I’ll admit that I have tried making organic beet powder lipstick and it doesn’t stay on for long lol!! Since I really need to watch my toxic load because of cancer, I needed quality less toxic cosmetics that I can feel comfortable using that work well at the same time.

Over a year ago started researching some of the companies that provide safer options for cosmetics and body care.  I wanted to find a company that I could market through my website and not have to reinvent the wheel doing it.  After procrastinating for a long time, and honestly because Covid really hurt us financially, I knew I needed to bring in more income so we wouldn’t have to dig into our life savings to pay for my cancer treatments. 

So I chose Beautycounter, they have an excellent selection of safer. less toxic skin care and makeup products, there are also a few choices for my vegan friends! They are truly concerned about getting quality cosmetics to people and have a great business model.  It also helped that my natural living hero- Kelly Moeggenborg of Kelly the Kitchen Kop https://kellythekitchenkop.com/ has been working with Beautycounter for some time, and I have been trusting her recommendations for years!  She is now my Beautycounter mentor and I couldn’t be more excited to work with her!

KELLY MOEGGENBORG, Author of Real Food For Rookies
Blogger – Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Beautycounter’s mission:

“… To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day.” (Beautycounter.com, accessed December 2020)

Clean Beauty

Beautycounter products certainly don’t come cheap, I was used drugstore cosmetics but their quality is excellent.  The products I use the most are the basics: lipstick, blush, and mascara.  I love their sunscreen and facial cream for daytime. I still like to use this castor oil https://amzn.to/3gNGvrn and rosemary essential oil at night.  I have been trying more and more products as I go and will share the results with you.

This is me wearing the Beautycounter Color Intense lipstick in Girls Night. https://www.beautycounter.com/beckybarranca?goto=/products/makeup (It happens that I was on Date Night with hubby this time lol!) I love that this lipstick has a fresh peppermint scent and is super creamy and hydrating.

Beautycounter also has a special membership plan called Band of Beauty available that affords you several different perks:

  • Free Shipping on Qualifying Orders of $100+
  • 10% Product Credit on Applicable Orders
  • A welcome gift when you spend $50+ on products when enrolling
  • Members receive exclusive offers

So I invite you to join me on this new adventure and consider becoming a Band of Beauty member and treat your body’s largest organ to a high quality, less toxic product! Click this link to get more details: https://www.beautycounter.com/beckybarranca?goto=/member-program

And if you’re not a big makeup artist like me, let’s learn together.  While I wear lipstick and blush just about everyday, I haven’t done any fancy makeup for ages! There are some great tutorials and makeup ideas available! 

I would also like to ask a favor – if you find that these products just aren’t in your budget at the moment, please consider supporting my small business by liking my Facebook @BeckyBLivingFree and IG @BeckyBarranca pages and giving me a like and/or comment here and there, it really helps me get more exposure! 

And again, here is my the link to my Beautycounter site : https://www.beautycounter.com/beckybarranca?goto=/ Please do check it out and see the great array of clean beauty products available to you! Thank you for all of your support!

Have a wonderful day, be blessed, and be you!


What is Your Plan in Times of Covid?

Me spending too much time in from of the computer trying to navigate Sars Cov 2 information

Times are scary and confusing right now. So many paradoxes. But, do you have a plan? 

We don’t know what to think

We are seeing Covid numbers increasing in Arizona and other states. Sadly people are dying and healthcare workers are severely overworked. Yet in many areas we see deaths decrease or stay steady on average.

We are fiercely concerned for our loved ones but at the same time we see that survival rate averages more than 99%.  We hear of hospitals invoking their own Do Not Resuscitate policies without the patient’s consent due to age and or fragility. On the other hand we hear of 100 year old patients recovering fully.

A ton of new cases appear but we have heard top medical “czars” say that testing may be only 50% accurate in some cases.

Medical and other workers are asked to repeat testing over and over, with some occurrence of same individual’s positives being counted as new cases. News of unconfirmed cases being counted as positives. We are told that asymptomatic cases spread disease, then experts state that there are very few asymptomatic cases.

Cheap antimalarial drugs approved for decades are banned for Covid use yet many doctors have prescribed them to Covid patients with great success. Ii is said that community spread comes from highly sanitized health clubs (where the majority of patrons are extra healthy), but not from riots where there is no social distancing..

We are told by government leaders not to wear masks,

To wear masks,

To only wear masks when you can’t social distance,

To now all being mandated to wear masks.

Hospitals getting full, yet many hospitals have recently increased scheduled surgeries and are releasing hundreds of recovered Covid patients.

So many scientific studies to review and consider.

CDC making mask recommendations citing studies that mention nothing about masks.

Public calling 911 to report non mask wearers and taking up operator’s minutes when true emergencies are happening.  

Native American communities are severely affected, yet are receiving food boxes full of sugary cereals, pop tarts and processed snack foods and juices. Elevated blood sugar levels are especially prevalent in our native communities.

Government food box contents

News reporters solemnly declare death rates in the first half of their broadcast and then later joke about how much junk food they have been eating since quarantine started.  How can that be funny during what is called a pandemic, when we know for a fact that sugars and processed food damage the immune system?

I find all of this overwhelming!

Mask Mania!

We have a civil right to choose to wear a mask or not. At the moment I know of no STATUTORY LAW requiring masks. The current narrative seems to make one believe that a mask is the only way to protect ourselves from Covid. We’re not really even talking about hand washing anymore. Yet in wearing masks, let’s not get complacent and have a false sense of security. Have we ever considered that we aren’t using masks properly, that most are not disposing of or changing their mask every few hours as recommended by experts?   I asked a grocery store worker how often they changed their disposable masks and he responded, every 3-4 days.  What? 

Dirty masks and long-term use gloves are providing a perfect bacterial breeding ground host for a virus to catch on to and thrive, and subsequently be breathed in or out.  

Many studies have shown that while cloth masks will block respiratory droplets within the mask, they do not prevent the airborne spread of virus particles because of their miniscule size and the fact that cloth coverings have several openings.  Even while blocking droplets, virus molecules can still pass through a cloth mask to another person. So while we may think that we covered, are we still breathing out germs? What about when someone sneezes? Where does the mask go then?  Are we carrying several extra masks around with us at the stores? I would submit to you that most are not. Maybe we should be carrying extra heavy duty tissues for those cases.

These mask do not claim to filter virus particles

What is one to do?

As a cancer patient, I simply cannot rely on my or anyone’s mask to protect me or my loved ones from a virus.  So, I needed to figure out what to do for ourselves. Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, I have spent many (TOO MANY in fact) hours researching data and facts and trying to discern what is real and what is not. What are politics, money makers and narratives with an agenda and what are not. But thankfully in the time since March I’ve strengthened what I have already known about immune system building and natural antiviral/antibacterial methods and had the chance to talk with health professionals about Covid. 

Organic garlic, nature’s antiviral and antibacterial

I’ve come up with a daily protocol to help protect myself and my family from viral and bacterial infections.  It does take some  work, and can be tedious but it is worth it. It includes a no processed sugar/food diet, tons of garlic and onions and herbs, specific herbal tinctures, and internal and external cleansing.  As a family we make sure we are eating healthy, exercising, taking supplements and using essential oils daily. I also have an emergency plan for what to do if I or a family member were to contract Covid.

This is one of my medicine cabinets, the other is full of dried herbs

So now, why don’t we stop the debating, arguing and name calling and get to work on a time-tested solution against sickness? Which is – A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM

A strong immune system is key. There are so many methods to build your immune system, if you follow me here or on Facebook you may have seen some of the posts I have made with tips to stay healthy.  These are my basic tips:








Recently, while having an intravenous Vitamin C drip I had the opportunity to talk with an RN who has dealt with several Covid cases. I asked her what could I do to stay out of a hospital if I contracted Covid. Her response was simple and easy to do, some of the things she mentioned were:

-Drink lots of hot fluids

-Take Vitamin C several times throughout the day

-Take Zinc and Vitamin D

-Be sure to get out in the sun.

Most importantly, she emphasized that Covid patients need to keep moving, (which will help the circulatory system) for example walking, and to sleep sitting up.

I have a lot of other things I would do on top of that, but I wanted to share her advice with you.  Check with your medical professional if you are sick as to what is the proper protocol for you.

What is your plan to stay healthy and to try to stay away from the hospitals if you contract Covid? 

We need to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR HEALTH and OUR HEALING. We cannot solely count on government mandates and differing experts to keep us safe. I recommend that you research to find out which protocols may work best for you and your family.

Check with your doctor to see what supplements will be right for you.  Start using the supplements now so that your body is used to them and wouldn’t be a change to your system when you are sick.   

Make bone broths, and freeze them, have electrolytes like coconut water and trace minerals on hand. Always keep fresh organic garlic and onions available.

Have a plan in place that is simple to follow and prepared ahead of time.  The human body is an amazing system, fortify it and let it do its job!