NONTOXIC LASH & BROW LOVE WITH PLUME SCIENCE

It’s no secret that big lashes and big brows are back big time. I mean everywhere you look there is a new lash serum or someone is getting eyelash extensions, or brow tattooing. Honestly the possibilities are endless nowadays, but that doesn’t mean all these options are non-toxic. I am so excited to finally share my newest nontoxic lash serum obsession, Plume Science Lash and Brow Serum! Not to mention be sure to check out the end of this post for details on a really amazing giveaway we have teamed up for!!

Plume Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum: Ok, I have tried this over a span of three months consistently so I can give you guys a real accurate review. A serum like this takes time to work it’s magic and for me personally a month just doesn’t cut it! So it’s safe to say at this point that this amazing nontoxic, luxe serum actually works- and works very well!

To give you a quick background on this company, founder Lauren Bilon suffered from significant hair and eyelash loss after the birth of her first child and although her eyelashes grew back with the help of a pharmaceutical serum, she endured crazy side effects such as blurred vision and burning skin. Her vision was to “collaborate with Mother Nature to create a safe way for women to enhance and protect their lashes.” She then partnered with a lead organic cosmetics formulator Irene Schnell to create the all-natural, long-lasting, preservative-free, safe, and effective formula.

So the photos above are after about a month and half of using Plume Science Serum on my lashes AND brows and the results were truly amazing. My lashes are thicker, longer and all around healthier. My brows have always been an issue for me and I love a more “drawn in, precise” look to them but I have always just wanted them fuller. Well this serum did the trick for that too and I couldn’t be happier! After washing and gently drying my face at night I simply applied the serum on my eyelids as I would an eyeliner, I also gently swept it on my brows in upward strokes. You can honestly feel how gentle the serum is on your lashes which is the soothing organic aloe vera working it’s magic. I have used a pharmaceutical lash serum in the past and it just doesn’t compare to how soothing and effective Plume Science is- I’m officially obsessed!! Did I mention that this gem is also really affordable?! Take it from someone who used to pay over $150 for pharmaceutical serums or the high price tags for a full set of lash extensions, THIS serum is an easy investment to make for what you get! You can also find this magical serum at Nordstrom now which is huge for the green beauty community, simply amazing!! Retail: $95 for 5 mL, find at http://www.plumescience.com.

Full List of Ingredients:
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Honey Extract, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Tropaeolium Majus (Indian Cress) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Coleus Forskohlii Root Oil, Carya Ovata (Hickory) Bark Extract.

Now for the exciting stuff, Plume Science and I have teamed up to do an amazing **GIVEAWAY** of one of their full size Lash and Brow Serum’s ($95 value!!). You don’t want to miss out on this awesome chance to give your lashes and brows a nontoxic boost, so head on over to my Instagram on the full details on how to enter @freelovebeauty.

 

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HEALTHY SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

As much as I adore makeup, as a licensed esthetician my first love and priority is skincare and keeping it healthy in the most nontoxic way possible. I’ve been wanting to write a post for the longest time about how I keep my skin healthy from the inside and some of my secrets that give me some serious glow. A few weeks ago I turned 31 and I must say, I get compliments on my skin daily about how glowy it is and am often told I look like I’m in my twenties. Now I’m not saying that to be conceited by any means (though I do take great pride in my skin), I’m telling you this because the tips I am about to give you are easy to achieve for the everyday woman. Healthy, glowing skin is NOT just about slapping on the most expensive serum you can find and calling it a day. Healthy skin is a lifestyle, a balance you must find with the food you intake, the supplements you may try and the water you drink- it all plays a vital role in your skin’s health. For me, I noticed the biggest change after I started juicing.

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To be quite honest juicing was always intimidating to me. I mean, who has the time for all that? I found myself spending $30-$40 a week at my local health food store on organic juices because my body just started craving them and it became a way of life for me. Hey, it’s SO much better then spending money on a daily coffee right?! Still though I knew I had to make a change and start juicing at home for my kids too. So we swooped up a much more affordable option (Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor) in case we found ourselves not using it or not liking it, then I figured we can always step it up when we want. Needless to say so far I LOVE it, and it’s the perfect starter juicer for me. The reason I highly suggest juicing to achieve your healthiest skin is because fresh juice is the best form of much needed antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that protect your skin from inflammation, aging and assist in detoxification in your body which leads to that glow we all desire! I must emphasize that FRESH juice has the most potent amount of vitamins and nutrients, the organic bottled juices you often see are great options, though not as potent as fresh juice!! My favorite fruits and veggies to juice are beets, apples, ginger, lime, lemon, kale, carrots, parsley, celery and many more! The possibilities are endless with the combinations you can make and your skin will LOVE you for it!!

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Water is an obvious essential for healthy, hydrated skin and we use this filter and love it. This type of filter is actually an alkaline reverse osmosis filter and “guaranteed to remove up to 99% of all contaminants, such as chlorine, taste, odor, toxic fluoride, arsenic, lead, and chromium. ” Now I know there always seems to be controversy with water filters and alkaline water etc. etc but I personally have had this filter for almost 3 years and love it. If your not into the whole alkaline water thing I also like Berkley Water Filter Systems, I have their shower filter and love, love, LOVE it!! Water filters are an investment that are 100% worth it, and in order for your skin to look and stay youthful, hydration is key!!

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3600_7-baseNow supplements are a touchy subject sometimes but again, this is what works for me and my skin and perhaps your skin too! I’ve definitely seen results in my skin by taking Wild Salmon Oil. My skin is plumper and has a healthy glow rather then when I don’t take it. I know a lot of people take some type of fish oil but I must remind you to check your labels. My favorite brand for my salmon oil is New Chapter because, “our whole fish oil is 100% Sustainably Caught Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil that is fresh-pressed—no isolating of single Omegas, no fractionation and no heavy or high heat processing.” I also like the small caplets for easy digestion. I also take probiotics just to keep my gut healthy and I firmly believe a healthy gut assists in balance throughout your entire body including the skin, and Garden of Life Women’s RAW Probiotic is my favorite. Lastly, taking Collagen Peptides for healthy skin, bones, hair and nails is widely popular now and I must say I jumped on that bandwagon and am loving the results!! Collagen makes your skin plumper and is meant to make everything a little stronger from your immune system to your nails and hair! I love it and you can find my favorite brand here, it’s the cleanest I have found.

Now it goes without saying that a clean diet and exercise assist in maintaining healthy and youthful skin, my tips are simply extra things I do that seem to make a huge difference in my skin’s appearance and my overall health! Simply said, I want to age gracefully and naturally, fillers and botox aren’t on my agenda while trying to maintain a nontoxic lifestyle. So for now, I’ll chug my juices and pop my salmon oil. 🙂 Any questions on these products I mentioned please feel free to contact me.

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FLB BIRTHDAY MONTH FAVORITES!!!

In a few short days I will turn 31. That’s right I will officially be in my thirties instead of on the brink but thats ok, I’m handling it well, especially since I have a arsenal of powerhouse products that are making me look and feel younger than ever! This post may be a little lengthy because I’m breaking down the products that have significantly made a major impact on my hair, skin, and makeup routine. Getting older doesn’t have to suck when all these amazing green beauty brands are knocking it out of the park with seriously amazing products!!

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SKIN FAVORITES: About a month ago I began to notice my skin was suffering, big time. I was starting to develop under the skin bumps again and it just didn’t seem very refined or glowy. My problem is that I need to learn to incorporate different products into my routine every few months, but I’m a creature of habit and love what I love. So my go-to line True Botanicals was super sweet to send me their Cellular Repair Serum and Vitamin C Booster and all I can say is WOW, I mean, WOW. Within a day my skin was significantly healthier, glowier, and smoother. You guys I am in LOVE!! I am convinced the cellular repair serum is the game-changer. I mean, I am faithful to my Pure Radiance Oil- Clear, but it’s all about incorporating new products to keep your skin rejuvenated!! This serum delivers hydrated, plump, smooth and clear skin within a week of using it, and the best part is when I add the Vitamin C booster to it three times a week the extra glow comes along!! This gem is designed to go beyond the surface level of skin with the highest concentration of super potent free radical-fighting ingredients. I’m telling you, as long as I have True Botanicals, aging is a walk in the park! Retail Cellular Repair Serum-RENEW: $140.00, Vitamin C Booster: $90, find at http://www.truebotanicals.com

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left to right: RMS swift shadow “Sunset Beach”, Fit Glow Beauty “Sculpt”, Bite Beauty Multi Stick “Blondie”

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SKIN FAVORITES: Coola Daydream Mineral Primer with SPF 30 was an impulse purchase when I did an event at my favorite shop Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries in Orange County. So far I have absolutely been loving it. It’s weightless, preps your skin for flawless makeup application and gives you the ultimate mineral protection with SPF 30. Retail: $42, find at http://www.enkelnontoxicluxuries.com. Elde Cosmetics sent me some goodies awhile back and I mentioned their lip and cheek rushes my last post, but their Eye Cream has been a major standout for me, honestly the best I have used to date! It’s extremely creamy, nourishing, lifts the eye area and smooths fine lines. This Norwegian brand has stolen my heart with their beautiful minimalistic packaging and “cocktails of advanced neuro-cosmeceuticals, peptides, proteins and botanicals that makes anti-ageing as easy as 1, 2, 3.” Trust me, it’s worth the higher price tag. Retail: $75, find at http://www.eldecosmetics.com.

MAKEUP FAVORITES: My longtime favorite RMS Beauty have finally released powder pressed swift eyeshadows and I was ecstatic since their cream shadows just don’t really work for my oily skin. I immediately swooped up the golden shade ‘Sunset Beach” and haven’t stopped using it. It’s very reflective, no glitter or frost here which I actually like. I’ve been using it to highlight the inner corners of my eyes, cheekbones and cupid’s bow and it really enhances my features while warming up my complexion. I really want to swoop up a couple of more! Retail: $20, find at http://www.rmsbeauty.com. Another new gem I snagged at Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries was Fit Glow Beauty’s “Sculpt” which is a major multi-tasker. I use this to contour my cheeks and eyes and it even matches my brows so this is a new favorite of mine. It’s slightly cooler toned which is perfect for fall and winter, blends like a dream and extremely pigmented! Retail: $36, find at http://www.enkelnontoxicluxuries.com. Bite Beauty isn’t the cleanest and greenest but it isn’t the worst either, and their new multisticks intrigued the hell out of me so I swooped up the nude shade in “Blondie” and I have been reaching for it often when I don’t have a ton of time in the morning. It gives me some warmth and definition in a flash and for a cream finish, has some decent staying power. These come in a wide range of shades to, they are definitely worth checking out! Retail: $24, find at http://www.sephora.com.

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HAIR FAVORITES: The Innate Life is an indie green beauty hair care brand that I have completely fallen in love with. They so generously sent me their Rose Hair Elixir and Scalp Treatment for hydration repair and hair growth and let me just say, I’m usually not a hair kind of gal but these products have made a major impact on me. The Rose Elixir is divine, it smells insanely beautiful, like fresh roses and I can’t get enough. I apply a couple of drops (it’s very concentrated) to my damp hair after a shower focusing on the ends and the gorgeous scent remains while providing heat protection and adding shine. The scalp treatment is unlike anything I’ve tried, it’s thick and filled with gorgeous shea butter and oils. I massage this on my scalp once a week during a shower, leave on for five minutes,  and shampoo TWICE afterwards. You are left with some seriously silky, shiny, healthy feeling hair, it’s genius! The Innate Life is also so generously offering my readers 15% off their order with code “FREELOVE15” in honor of my birthday weekend, so I would definitely take advantage of that! 🙂 Retail: $15 for Rose Elixir, $18 for Scalp Treatment, find at http://www.theinnnatelife.com.

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Last but not least I cannot forget to mention my newest FLB Illuminating Oil release, WILDCHILD!!! I’m so excited to finally get this in the shop, it’s a beautiful reflective turquoise sparkling oil with the amazing organic rosehip and grape seed oils that tone and hydrate the skin. Head over to the shop to check it out, this gem is definitely for the adventurous dreamer!! I also wanted to thank all of my amazing readers, followers and customers for supporting this blog and my new business, you are all appreciated beyond words! Love my free birds!!

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BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY- MOM STYLE!

It’s that time of year, we are starting to get the ever so slightest glimpse of fall here is SoCal, and school has officially started! Well, for my little man it doesn’t start for a couple more weeks but I am in total school shopping mode and getting everything ready for the busyness to kick in. Besides doing a crazy amount of shopping for my little dude, Landon, I’ve been trying out new morning makeup routines that are much more simplified, yet still polished. I also have my eye on a couple of products I want to swoop up that I think will boost my confidence in the early morning school mom game! lol So I’m sharing my top nontoxic makeup picks below for moms on the go who don’t want to be a total hot mess in the morning, maybe just half a hot mess! 😉

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Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzers: So these are one of the products on my wish list and I’m pretty sure I’m going to swoop up “Moonglow” because it has those warm tones I love so much. But after reading my girl Taylor’s review from http://www.mylucitedreams.com, I’m pretty sure I HAVE to have one. These are multi-tasking at it’s finest because you can use them as a contour, blush, highlighter and eyeshadow, which is perfect for women on the go in the morning! Just sweep and go! They have two other shades called “Sunbeam” and “Rose Dawn” that provide a more rosy finish. Retail: $44 for refill, add $18 for compact. Find at http://www.citrinenaturalskin.com

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From left to right: “Peach”, “Impulse”, and “Opaque”- hard to capture the lighter tones!

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top “Peach”, left “Impulse”, right “Opaque”

Elde Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Rush: These little gems were sent to me to try out and boy am I glad that they were! These are the perfect product for a busy mama on the go! Ok, so these are sheer, very sheer but they give you a dewy glow with a hint of color that just works when you need that “I’m awake” look in the morning! I’m partial to the “Peach” shade because it’s a nude and makes your lips look oh so dewy and plump! “Opaque” is a sheer but wearable light pink shade that would work for anyone. “Impulse” is a darker, burgundy shade that is perfection for fall and shows up the most out of the three I tried. The texture has a slight stickiness to it but that is what gives the dewy effect and I like that in the morning- it works! Lip & Cheek Rush’s are “free from perfume, essential oils, toxic chemicals, parabens, phenoxyethanol!” These are the perfect choice for the minimalistic mama!! Retail: $26, find at http://www.eldecosmetics.com

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Bite Beauty Multi-stick: Now I know that Bite Beauty isn’t necessarily the cleanest and greenest, but it’s clean enough for me and easily accessible to women since you can buy at Sephora which I appreciate. These aren’t  officially released (August 19th is the official date) but their Instagram has me seriously swooning over these. Described as “a multistick that applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application—just apply with your finger, a brush, or a blender on the eyes, lips, and cheeks.” Being a nude lover I have my eye on “Blondie” and “Creme Caramel” and let me just say if these live up to the hype, the will be the busy mama’s dream!! I mean- lips, cheeks AND eyes?!? And you guys know I LOVE me a monochromatic look so I will be ordering these asap! Did I mention these won’t break the bank either?! Retail: $24, find at http://www.sephora.com once released.

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FLB Sunchild Illuminating Oil: Last but not least I had to throw in my very own Sunchild oil, simply because I actually do use this every single morning. I mix this in with my tinted moisturizer for more of a glow and also mix it in with my body lotion to give my skin a healthy sheen. I know I may be biased but I just love this potion, it’s a tasteful sparkle that just makes your skin look healthy, awake and gorgeous!! I also use Organic, unrefined Rosehip Oil in this which gives a natural glow to the skin as well, without feeling greasy! This oil is a MUST for busy mama’s that want to maintain a youthful glow! Retail: $28, find at http://www.etsy.com/shop/freelovebeauty

So I hope this roundup gives all my fellow mamas out there some hope when it’s time to hustle in the morning. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to be rocking my “mom bun” and yoga pants but hopefully at least my skin will look flawless! lol Any questions regarding skincare or the products featured please feel free to contact me! Happy end of the weekend free birds!!

 

 

 

 

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MY NONTOXIC ANSWER TO ACNE AND AGING

So in a couple of months I will be 31, and we can cue the melancholy music and ominous tones cuz I’m not too thrilled about it. Am I being dramatic? Of course but needless to say 31 isn’t a super exciting age because you are officially in your thirties, I mean you aren’t even close to 29 anymore!! But embarking on your thirties means new adventures and an entirely new, powerful skincare routine to keep your youthful glow going, and to prevent the aging process. I am telling you ladies I have finally mastered an amazing skincare routine that is keeping my breakouts (yes I still get breakouts) at bay while combatting the aging process at the same time. Finding a regime that tackled both of my skin woes was becoming challenging for me because certain anti-aging products would cause me to breakout, but then some acne products I was using didn’t have any anti-aging benefits either. I really was determined to develop a regime that tackled both without using an army of product, and boy do I have some amazing finds to share with you free birds!! Get the deets of my full routine below!

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Erin’s Faces Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser: Erin’s Faces is a rather new line to me, and this is the first time trying her products and I am in LOVE!! This Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser has been a game changer for me when it comes to really giving my skin a deep cleaning. The main ingredients are charcoal, organic maple sugar, orange, cranberry, tea tree oil and lavender to name a few and the gel base makes your skin feel super clean but not stripped of it’s natural oils which I appreciate. If you are battling acne this is the cleanser for you. I use this morning and night along with my clarisonic or cleansing grains for exfoliation which is really important as well for acne prone skin. The price tag on this is kind of steep for a cleanser but you get a big 8 oz. bottle which will last you awhile for sure, a little goes a long way with this baby. Retail: $30 for 8 oz. find at http://www.erinsfaces.com.

Erin’s Faces Clarifying Serum: This magical elixir is seriously my new favorite find. Finding a serum that fights acne and aging simultaneously is sometimes near impossible but this gem does just that, while keeping my skin super soft and hydrated! With a “Think Dirty” rating of 0, this serum is packed with organic green and white teas, hyaluronic acid, organic aloe, tea tree oil and more and it really performs. My skin is smoother and clearer for sure, and it’s gentle enough to use twice a day, which I do. It also applies beautifully underneath makeup. I have just fallen completely in love with this brand as a whole and once you check out everything her website has to offer, you will be hooked too! Retail: $60 for 2 oz., find at http://www.erinsfaces.com

True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil, Clear: So my beloved True Botanicals have renamed all of their beautiful products but have kept the same high performance, luxurious nontoxic ingredients we all know and love! This oil is formerly known as their “Balancing Facial Oil” and this is my third bottle of it. This truly is liquid gold and I know I have featured this oil many times on the blog but I just can’t get enough. I get compliments on my skin all of the time and I know this oil is to thank. I no longer bother with face creams because this oil does what face creams do not. This oil strengthens the skin’s barrier function, calms inflammation, fights free radical damage, and hydrates much deeper then the surface skin cells. I gently apply this oil after cleansing and applying my serum and vitamin C treatment at night. For a dewy effect, you can apply a few drops on skin before makeup in the morning also. Standout ingredients for me are organic hemp seed, grape seed and pumpkin seed oils. If you are battling acne and aging, this oil is the KEY to youth, I’m telling you free birds!! Retail: $110 for 2 oz., find at http://www.truebotanicals.com.

True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster: This is a newer product I have incorporated into my routine but now an essential one. This is the freshest form of Vitamin C you will find for topical use. It is in powder form and made to be mixed in with a serum. This booster stimulates collagen production, firms and repairs skin, fights wrinkles, and brightens aging skin. I like to mix 2-3 shakes of this with my Erin’s Faces Clarifying Serum I mentioned above until dissolved, then apply all over my face and neck. As we age, Vitamin C should be an essential component in our skincare routines. I use this at night only because you should always avoid sun exposure when you have topical vitamin c on your face, it makes it ultra sensitive!! You will notice an immediate different in your skin tone after using this, I highly highly recommend adding this gem to your anti-aging routine!! Retail: $90 for 0.49 oz., find at http://www.truebotanicals.com.

I hope these recommendations help you navigate a new skincare regime to conquer those skin woes we all know and hate too well. As an esthetician I take my skincare extremely seriously and only write about products I know and love, and that are safe and healthy for your skin. If you have any questions about skincare in general or these products featured don’t hesitate to contact me! Happy weekend free birds!!

 

 

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