Rachel Awtrey


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The Skincare Regimen You've Been Needing

If you could try any Beautycounter product, what would it be? ORRR if you’ve already fallen in love with a product, which one is it?? Sooo curious!

For me, it’s the freaking Countermatch line. Always rocking my world and bringing the dewiness (minus the oils) to my face. It’s like an at-home facial! Soo obsessed with the whole Countermatch regimen! 🙌🏻✨

Making the Switch to Cleaner Beauty

I said it best in my Instagram Live today (still up it you wanna watch): “I just got convicted that my family and my body are to two of the best pieces of my life I could invest in. If I have this body for the rest of my life, I better start treating it that way.” 🖤
Good thing I don’t have to compromise performance for safe makeup 🙌🏻 💄
Wanna start the switch over to clean makeup? Maybe that looks like dumping out your makeup bag completely and starting new like several ladies have today. Maybe that looks like just replacing your shampoo. Let’s do it together.
Regardless, it’s bigger than using a different shampoo. It’s honoring your body by introducing clean products to your routine.
I’m on 🔥🔥🔥 about this, don’t try to stop me. Are you passionate about this to? What fires you up about living life fully?

Warm Eyeshadow Pallet + Other Current Makeup Faves

You asked so I’ll answer! Linking some of my favorite beauty faves below! They’re my tried and true!


 Tint Skin Foundation   // Eyebrow Pencil // Eyebrow Gel // Lip Stick // Eyeshadow Pallet // Blush

Wanna save some money and go all in? Try the Flawless in Five where you get:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  • Color Define Brow Pencil or Brilliant Brow Gel
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Satin Powder Blush
  • Lip Gloss
My Sephora Picks

It’s fun to go makeup shopping, looking at all the colors, sorting through the pallets, thinking through “what do I truly need/want.”

I’ve gotten to a point where my products, for the most part are “clean” and non-toxic. Surprisingly, there are some great non-toxic picks at Sephora that I cannot go without. Here they are! If I’m ever going into Sephora, I don’t ever exit with at least one of these!

What are your Sephora favorites?

My Current Skincare Routine
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I like to know my skin is taken care of when I sleep - there's a peace of mind knowing you're ending your day well with your body.

Rose Water Spray

I like to spray my face and fan it dry with my hands after my face is clean to give it the vitamins it needs and to take away any redness I might have after the day.

Charcoal Bar

I like to rinse off the day in a shower and I love using my charcoal bar. Charcoal acts as a magnetic and strips away the dirt from your pores, unlike any other soap. If you don't have one of these bars, it's a must!

Cream Exfoliator

My go-to facial cleanser!! It has tiny grains to help exfoliate your face but it's gentle and soft enough to use daily.


I love this moisturizer as my everyday moisturizer. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or combo, this is made for you. It adapts to what your skin is needing so I never feel too greasy or too dry after using this.

Ultra Moisturizer

If my skin needs extra attention in a certain area, I love using this moisturizer in lieu of the other one. Plus, it's more affordable so it's great for daily use without breaking the budget.

Eye cream

I highly suggest using an eye cream nightly! If you are 19+, it's time to start using eye cream. Not necessarily for anti-aging repair but to protect from aging. Just a little under your eyes adds the moisture your eyes need to stay glowy and bright.

Charcoal Mask

Every so often I treat myself to a charcoal mask and it is SO FUN. Not only do I enjoy the pampering but I love how I can actually see it working. After a few minutes, I can see holes in my skin (pores) becoming empty. It's easy to wash off! Love love love!

Summer Beauty Faves
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Tarte Pearl Glow

Great for an on the go whitening session. If you have a big date, a wedding to attend, maybe just to brush up after a coffee date with a friend, this is a great solution. Simply twist the bottom for the solution to be released onto the brush and swipe over teeth. It feels silly but you just have to smile until it dries (45 seconds - 1 minute) and then continue throughout your day. I like to brush my teeth afterwards because I don't like the texture but either with do!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I've been looking for a moisturizer that doesn't 1. sit on my dry skin and stay and 2. doesn't make my skin too greasy. I just need the right amount of hydration. I use Beautycounter's Countermatch moisturizer for my face but my forehead needs a little bit more attention,. This Repair cream works miracles! Truly! Also, it's super affordable!!

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I use this as lotion on the tops of my legs and near my "bum bum" to help tighten and firm. Seriously, I know it sounds a little nuts, I can see/feel the difference. Great to swipe on before the pool, lake or beach!

Rose Water Spray

Another great help for my dry skin out here in Northern California! I spray this on my fresh face after the shower, before applying makeup and after my nighttime routine. It's wonderful! The fresh smell of rose wakes me up! If you want to take it to another level, store it in the fridge to make it a fresh cool feel when you get in from the summer heat!

Highlighter + Bronzer Stick

I mean, a lifesaver when I want to either spend time doing my makeup or run out the door. I apply a little of the bronzer on the sides of my nose, the corners of my forehead and below my cheekbones and blend with my middle and pointer finger. For the highlighter, I apply it on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. If I'm wearing lip stick, I also apply it on my cupid's bow.


Skincare Routine Steps + Products

Over on Instagram, I shared my skincare routine and WOW. Y'all blew it up! I figured with all of the interest on Insta, it would probably be smart to have it all in one place with links, pictures and the facts that I shared, all in one place. So here!

I put the products in order of how I use them. Some of them I switch out every other day so make sure to read how I use them. 

Quick tip: I use them from least oily to most oily so that I'm not blocking my pores first thing from getting what it needs. For example, I'll use a mist before I use a moisturizer and a moisturizer before I use a cream and a cream before I use an oil. Hope that makes sense!


Face Wash

First, ya gotta wash your face. Make sure all the dirt is off and your face is clean before applying other products. This is my favorite because it's a gentle exfoliator so it's lifting dead skin as well as nastiness. Great for sensitive skin.


Face Mist

Sounds crazy but you really need a face mist a part of your routine. It preps your skin for the prepping. Crazy, I know. It wakes your skin up to get ready and recieve all of the moisture and nourishment it's about to recieve in your routine.


Face oil

Better than moisturizer. I promise! If you have oily skin, you need this. If you have dry skin, you need this. Seriously, putting oil on your skin tells it, "hey, here's the oil you need that you're either a) trying to produce or b) producing too much of." It helps regulate oil release. Amazing!



Not an oil fan? That's okay. This is for you! It's the greatest moisturizer on the market. Honestly. No matter your skin type, this bad boy can handle it. If you're too oily, it will control that. If you're super dry, it will brighten you right up. Also, it smells like cake.


Eye Cream

This eye cream is amazing for instant restoration. If you need tightness or just an everyday eye cream, this is the best I've found.


Anti-aging Eye Cream

I switch in between this and the other eye cream from day to day. This one is anti aging and will help restore your skin and prevent wrinkles.


Eye Masks

If you've never done an eye treatment, it's the most relaxing thing. These are easy to apply, it takes 5 minutes and instantly tightens and brightens under your eye



Matcha Stick

I carry this around everywhere with me (flights, groceries, in my purse) it's the best for quick hydration on your lips, dry spots or under the eyes. The matcha moisturizes super quickly!


Jade Roller

I mentioned on my Instagram stories wanting one of these to roll in the extra oils. I've heard nothing but amazing things and might order one to try!

What's in my Makeup Bag?
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I often get asked, "what do you use for your moisturizer?" "Have you found a favorite bronzer?" "Do you use a 'clean' deodorant?" and other similar questions and today's the day where I spill the beans and talk about what I keep in my makeup bag!

I normally keep my makeup in an acrylic drawer but when I travel, I love using this see-through bag to help me see what's inside so I don't dig for anything. I keep everything in there I may need - not just makeup.


Moisturizer // the best for any skin type - oily, dry, combination. It's considered a "bio-mimic" which means it fits the needs of any skin type.

Chapstick // I use this after I moisturize my face to prep my lips for color

Foundation // my favorite for light coverage but is great at evening out my skin tone. It's non-toxic, too!

Deodorant // This one is actually called "the healthy deodorant" because it does the job without all of the harsh chemicals other deodorant introduce to our bodies. I'm really careful with what I put around my chest area because of things that can easily lead to breast cancer. This one smells tropical, too!

Bronzer // This one is made with real cocoa so it smells like chocolate and is super pigmented + it's pretty clean, too!

Concealer // This concealer is super thick and can cover any area well

Dry Shampoo // I always carry around dry shampoo for days that my hair may seem oily but also for the days that I need a little lift

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Mascara // this one is super volumizing (I just have to use a few more coats than normal)

Eyebrow Pencil // Love this shade + the fact that there's a side for brushing your brows and a side for the color!

Eyeshadow Pallet // Super pigmented, the most fun colors for contouring but also more subtle colors for everyday use

Lipstick // So smooth, like butter. It hydrates my lips while also coloring them!


What are you "must haves" in your makeup bag?? I'd love to know and check them out!

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my makeup bag 

Bloggers Who Beautycounter + A Giveaway

If you're an old friend, you know how obsessed I am with Beautycounter and if you follow me on Instagram, you hear about it frequently. But, if you're new around here, welcome! I'm so glad you're here - especially today! I'm hosting a giveaway with some of my favorite women on this planet for several reasons.
One of the parts of Beautycounter that I've found to be my favorite is the team of women I work alongside! We have the ability to encourage one another, bounce ideas off of each other and propel each other's dreams. We decided to pair up to spread the mission: putting safer products in the hands of ever below!

A little bit about Rachel...

For all of my new friends over here, I'm Rachel! My husband, Thomas, my puppy, Remi, and I live in Birmingham, Alabama. But, we travel out west to California for the summertimes. I'm obsessed with all life hacks, new recipes, chai lattes and photographing our travels! You can find all of the adventures up on the blog with my new favorite trends, recipes, decor ideas while also snagging some tips for your creative heart from webinars and email classes! 

How did you first learn about Beautycounter?

The very first time I saw anything Beautycounter was in my stocking last Christmas. My mother-in-love is obsessed (now I see why) and gifted me with the Nourishing Day Cream and Nourishing Eye Cream. I used it in place of my moisturizer I was currently using. Wow - what a difference! At the time, I was a newlywed, I knew I needed to switch products but just needed an extra push. Unfortunately, my "push" was health concerns. My doctor encouraged me to consider which products I'm using and how to switch them out for less-toxic products.
*cue the eye roll* I knew I needed to make the switch to Beautycounter. I contact my friend, Mary Scott, who sells Beautycounter, and she told me about the business and how great of an opportunity this would be for me - so glad she did!!

Why did you join as a consultant?

After my conversation with Mary Scott, I realized that if I was going to make the switch, a little discount off of products would definitely help! On top of that, I loved being empowered to educate people about what they were using on their skin so they didn't end up in the unhealthy condition I was in. As if that wasn't good enough, I'm totally a people person and getting to form relationships with others on my team was an opportunity I was excited about! To know there was no mandatory large investment, I didn't handle my own inventory, and that Beautycounter did all the hard work was attractive - all I had to do was tell people about the products and then earn a commission if they decided to follow through. 

What is your favorite thing about being a Beautycounter consultant?

Besides the discount? KIDDING (kind of)! I've really loved getting to know my team and be encouraged by them and then go and encourage my team. I was so scared that this would be a lonely business. However, it has been quite the opposite! I've been able to get to know my mentor and the mentors above me, chat about the business and life in general, turn around and encourage women on my team with their life and business. It's just a cycle of inclusion and making sure that we're all thriving.

What is your current daily skincare routine?


I wash my face with the Exfoliator Cleanser when I wake up then moisturize with Countermatch. For makeup, I love the Flawless in 5! It's a quick set that Beautycounter put together to help with your routine plus if you buy it as a set, it's more affordable than buying each product separately. I start with the Tint Skin Foundation (in "sand"), I use the Concealer Pen underneath my eyes in the lightest shade (for contour, "fair"), I use the Eyebrow Pencil to define my eyebrows (in the shade "dark"), I give a little color to my face using the Blush duo Tawny/Whisper (it's the greatest deal because the duo is a bronzer tinted blush and a regular pigmented blush so you get bronzer + blush in one!) and then finish it off with a swipe of the Volumizing Mascara and Lip Gloss (loving the color "Fig" for fall!).

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What is your #1 favorite Beautycounter product and why?

My absolute favorite pick for Beautycounter is the Charcoal Bar - I recommend it to anyone that's interested in Beautycounter! It's such an easy switch! I use it as a bar of soap in the shower on the backs of my arms and my back after I workout to avoid acne from sweat (ew, sorry). It also can be used on your face to help with acne, redness, and rosacea. It's also super affordable and lasts me forever. 

Which Beautycounter product is on your list to pick up next?

HOLIDAY GIFT SETS!!!! Guys, I'm freaking out over here about all the newness Beautycounter has to offer just in time to snag something for my friends and family (and myself). I'm talking liquid eyeliner with the Nude Eye Trio, cream highlighter with the Illuminating Trio, pigmented lipstick in the Color Intense Lip Set, incredible eyeshadow pallets like the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Trio. I'm drooling, it's fine. I'm fine. This is a hard question...

Like I said, one of my favorite parts of this business is getting to know other women that are involved and invested in the mission of Beautycounter: to put safer products in the hands of everyone. So, we've paired up for a fun giveaway of your choice of a spa set (Brightening, Plumping or Balancing)! Each set comes with a mask, a face oil, and facial spray. All you have to do is enter below, for every way you get involved/follow or subscribe, your name gets put in once. For example, if you were to subscribe to my blog, someone else's and followed someone on Instagram, your name is put into the random generator 3 times! So, the more the merrier!

UPDATE: The winner is Traci Cooper!

Here are the other wonderful ladies I get the pleasure of working with! Check out their beautiful blogs + Instagrams!

Mary Scott Mercer | Blog + Instagram
Lisa Kirk | Blog + Instagram
Lauren Foster | Blog + Instagram
Amy Beth Campbell | Blog + Instagram
Terah Jones | Blog + Instagram
Catheryn Grivna | Blog + Instagram
Claire Ruskin | Blog + Instagram

"Must Have" Beauty Products for the Working Woman

For all my gals that are out and about working - this is for you. Those eight hour days don't always have to end with takeout and Netflix, treat yourself. Your makeup doesn't have to incrementally wear off the longer the day goes, your lips don't have to be dry and cracked from reapplying lipstick for all of those meetings and your feet definitely don't have to suffer after wearing heels all day. Oh no no no.

I put together a fun package for the working woman friends I have. 

1 // Charcoal Facial Mask

When the day ends, your face needs some treatment. Think about all the dust you've walked through, all the walks down the office or to lunch or a quick coffee run, the exhaust from cars in the parking garage, you name it. Your skin needs a quick detox and your Monday's don't have to be so dreary. How about treating yourself to a weekly face mask, one that brings your face back to balance. Charcoal face masks have become the new trend but be careful! Some of them have toxins that are added to your body when you use it to "detox." This one, however, is my favorite because of it's actual cleanliness - there's no toxins in this beauty.

2 // Mattifying Powder

I love a powder that takes away my shine, but if it keeps my makeup on longer, it's a double win. This mattifying powder is great to put on after your first and second coat of lipstick to keep it on all day long. 

3 // Sheer Lipstick  - not your regular lipstick

It's not sticky, it doesn't cause your lips to crack or dry out, hallelujah. The sheer lipstick comes in the perfect colors that match all skin tones. My personal favorite for the divas on the go is "currant." The reason why sheer lipstick is better than your everyday lipstick: it's perfectly professional for the work environment while still adding a fun pop.

4 // Sugar Body Scrub

When you come home from a long day, rub out those feet with this super citrusy smelling body scrub. It's made with brown sugar to buff away dull skin while providing your skin the nourishment it needs to be healthy. Don't let those heels kill ya.

5 // Concealer Pen

A little on the go touch up isn't so bad. This beautiful gold pen is perfect for your purse and to whip out in the restroom to touch up under the eyes or any redness that's appeared throughout the day. It has a cute little "click" feature - just like a pen, click the bottom to give the brush at the top a little more concealer to work with. How fun??


All of these products are Beautycounter products which means there are absolutely no toxins or any harmful chemicals for your skin. If you love any of these products, follow the links to buy them! They're a great addition to your skincare routine and awesome replacements for the toxic products that you may currently use!

When checking out the site feel free to include me as your "Consultant" and I'd love to help you through any process or questions you have about the products. 

"Must Have" Beauty Products for the "Girl on-the-go"
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I'm obsessing over these products because they're toxin-free and super super rejuvenating and healthy for your skin. Beautycounter is a line that I've been using and needed to share! I consider myself the "master of the to-do list." I guess this makes me a "girl on the go" so I listed the top 5 products for women like me, on a mission. 

If you love any of these products, follow the links to buy them! They're a great addition to your skincare routine and awesome replacements for the toxic products that you may currently use!

When checking out the site feel free to include me as your "Consultant" and I'd love to help you through any process or questions you have about the products. 

1. Brightening Facial Mist

I'm thinking that this mist was made my unicorns - it's that amazing. I use this on my busy days to prep my skin, again to set my makeup and throughout the day to keep my face look fresh and bright (hence the name, "brightening").

2. Lip Conditioner

I feel like when I travel a lot or when I'm constantly moving, running errands, and what-not, my lips start cracking and getting dry. I hate this feeling and sometimes find it a place of being a confidence drainer. Soooo, I use my lip conditioner as a pick-me-up. My favorite flavor is the peppermint flavor and it smells just like Christmas.

3. Lip Gloss

Hallelujah when we find a lip gloss that's not sticky, right?? This gloss goes on easily for a subtle shine throughout the day. My favorite color for most days is "Peony" - the perfect pink!

Also, check out a Lip Shine that gives your lip a great shine without the color (a great, natural look).

4. Beautycounter Body Wash

After a long day running errands and doing what I needed to do I feel yucky. I love to scrub off the day with this body wash by Beautycounter. I love it because I recently threw away my other well-known body wash because of its high content of toxins. I replaced it with this body wash, smelling like citrus mimosa, and am so so impressed. Yay for clean skin at the end of the day!

5. Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF 20)

Great makeup doesn't only enhance your skin's appearance, it protects it, too. This tinted moisturizer has great coverage while also being light and having SPF to protect you from that walk in the parking lot with the baking sun.