A NEW LOOK AT FLB POTIONS

A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to getting some shots of my illuminating potions working their magic in the California sunshine so I can give you babes a better idea of my favorite places to use them and why they blow your everyday lotion/moisturizer out of the water! 😉 I truthfully do not use ANY creams, moisturizers or lotions on my skin anymore at all. High quality oils have made my skin so healthy and youthful that there is no looking back now, and I highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon babes! Now I know that highlighters are all the rage and don’t get me wrong I developed my illuminating oils because I wanted to make something beautiful and sparkly to the eye, but the most important part of my potions are the oils I use in them. The oils I use are certified organic and serve major purposes. While they shimmer and sparkle, they also fight aging (big time), hydrate, refine, tone and restore your skin to the best it can be! Certified organic Grapeseed Oil hydrates and restores your skin while Organic Rosehip Oil is a dry oil which prevents your potion from feeling overly greasy and tones your skin as well! These oils are the power couple for my illuminating oils and your skin loves them!

Thanks to my photographer friend Maverick of @mavericksphotos on Insta (check him out!) and my bestie Cady we collected a few beautiful shots of how healthy my illuminating oils make your skin look- I always aim for a refined and wearable sparkle and glow! Pictured above is Wildchild which is a reflective turquoise sparkle and the sparkles are so fine that this potion also makes for a great primer before makeup or blending in with your favorite loose mineral foundation to make it your own dewy summery tinted moisturizer! My next post will show you exactly how to do that and the results are stunning!! As always be sure to prep your skin with a good sunscreen beforehand-super important babes!!

Above we used our warm Sunchild Illuminating oil and you can see the bronze cast it has on the skin, it’s truly THE summertime must-have beauty product! What is unique about this oil is that I use my own signature honey gold sparkle blend that not only illuminates but it also evens out the skin tone which makes for an ultra flattering result! Sunchild is still my best seller to date, it’s just so damn flattering. My mind is always working on new developments and my newest potion, Flowerchild, has been a  long time in the making. It’s my most bold and fun oil I would say and I’m so excited to finally share it with all you babes!

Flowerchild is a duo-chrome iridescent lavender gem that is just so much fun and gives so much impact when used on the cheekbones to highlight or the décolletage because the duo chrome just makes it so bold yet wearable at the same time. I’m in love with this gem and so excited to finally get it in the SHOP! Did I mention that ALL of our potions are now available in .25 oz. travel sizes so you can take your “glow on the go” with you! I’ve had so many inquiries about producing smaller sizes and I’m so happy to finally have them available for you guys. It truly is the best way to try a few different shades when your torn between which one to get and we’ve had such a great response with them! 🙂 Plus, they are just the cutest to throw in your makeup bag!!

I’m also currently working on how-to videos to show you babes my personal favorite ways to use my potions and keep you up to date on your newest releases! Ice Queen will be our newest release hopefully within the next couple of weeks and let me tell you it’s the most stunning cool-toned highlighter ever!! I’m also working on a possible limited edition oil and a super fun collaboration with Modern Minerals is right around the corner so stay tuned for that as well! I cannot thank all of you enough for all the support and love for my growing business, I put everything into making these the absolute best for you!! You can browse all of our full size and travel size potions in the SHOP now!! 🙂

 

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TRAVEL LIKE A NON TOXIC BOSS WITH TRUE BOTANICALS

If you have followed my blog and/or Instagram (@freelovebeauty) for awhile you know that True Botanicals is my go-to when it comes to skin care. For the past couple of years I have been a slave to their Pure Radiance Oil and more recently incorporated their Vitamin C powder and Cellular Repair Serum into the mix and my skin has never looked better. You can see my reviews of their skincare here and here. I’m also a fan of their hair care and body care products which I have mentioned here. So when True Botanicals sent me their travel set of their new travel line of hair and body products and their lotion in the new scent “Grove” I was beyond excited. True Botanicals always gets me pumped with their scents because they are completely clean and  always smell so earthy and fresh!

What I appreciate about the particular travel sizes above any others that I’ve tried is that they are super luxe and sturdy, which make them ideal for travel because they don’t leak and the sleek stainless steel packaging helps them withstand any bumpy travel conditions. Each are 2 oz. bottles of their Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, and their Nourishing Body Wash and Lotion.  Each bottle has a tight-fitting cap on them and you can seriously just throw them in your bag if you wanted to and they will NOT leak whatsoever which is an awesome plus for me. I have used all of these up until the last drop since I bounce around for my business and love my Palm Springs getaways with my girls ;). I just really love the fact that True Botanicals has made it so easy to stay clean and green when your on the go, and in the most chic way of course! Their travel sizes run $11 each which is a steal for how long they last. If you purchase them all together at once you are set for when you are due for a getaway!!

As for the Nourishing Lotion in “Grove”? Well it’s everything I could ever want in a body lotion with the cleanest of ingredients and the earthiest of scents. Described as a “light, woodsy, citrus scent” I would have to agree because it contains sandalwood and patchouli oils which are my absolute favorites!! No joke babes, I’m a total hippie at heart and these kind of scents are my jam! The bottle is 8 Oz. and comes in their standard sleek stainless packaging and the lotion itself is ultra-creamy and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. One thing I’ve learned about clean lotions is that you need to take the time to rub them into your skin since they don’t have any synthetic ingredients or emulsifiers they take a minute to rub in so just keep that in mind! 🙂 This gem retails at $42, and a little goes a long way babes!

If you search “True Botanicals” on this site you will see how much I truly stand by these products as I have tried almost everything in their line and adore it all. You can also head over to http://www.truebotanicals.com to shop everything I mentioned above and check out their amazing skin care products as well! Fell free to CONTACT me with any questions about True Botanicals. Happy Wednesday green babes!

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SPRINGTIME GLOW SHOW WITH ROOT & FLB

This is a post I have been working on for awhile because there is just so much goodness and glow to share with you all! First off if you are a green beauty fanatic and haven’t come across the Root beauty brand yet, then this will be a perfect introduction because they have absolutely everything to offer the nontoxic beauty lover on every level. If you follow my blog and Instagram, you know that highlighters and illuminators and the key to my makeup-loving heart (and the base of my own Free Love Beauty brand!)and Root was so kind to send me their “Rose Glow” and “White Gold” mineral illuminators to pair with my very own oils so we can show the extreme versatility these products have to offer. When teamed up together with my oils and these stunning illuminators turn into creams that I use on my lips, as a highlight, eyeshadow and blush! I have to say I have tried almost every highlighter out there, green and not, and these illuminators are on another level ladies!! I’ve been absolutely obsessed from the moment I received them and haven’t reached for anything else since, and I’m SO excited to show you how amazing they are!!

from left to right, Root “Rose Glow” and Root “White Gold”

Root “Rose Glow”

Root “White Gold”

I was truly blown away by the Root Illuminators, and the green beauty world needs these because they are true to form glowy highlighters that pack a punch. These babies prove that you don’t need toxic ingredients to make a mean highlighter and they truly deliver the goods! They offer two loose mineral shades; “Rose Glow” and “White Gold”. White Gold was the one I reached for first being a gold lover myself and this shade rivals some of the mainstream heavy hitter highlighters out there let me tell you.  When applied on my pale, neutral skin tone it comes off as a warm, bright champagne that is ultra-flattering. No glitter chunks here but it almost has a metallic look to it which is why it brings such a warm glow to the skin. As for “Rose Glow” at first I wasn’t sure if I would love it as much as the White Gold but boy was I mistaken, as this has become one of my top favorite highlighters of all time and I have never received so many compliments on a highlighter then I have while wearing “Rose Glow”. The truly amazing thing about these illuminators are that they are extremely versatile and I mixed them with all three of my very own Organic Illuminating oils to show you exactly what all of these amazing products can do together!

Root “White Gold” mixed with Free Love Beauty “Wildchild” Oil

As you can see above I simply use the cap of the illuminators to blend the products. I take a tiny amount of the illuminator and blend it with a tiny drop of my oil of choice until its a cream like consistency. The marriage of these two products creates a high impact cream highlighter that also adds hydration to the skin and anti aging properties from the illuminating oil. I wear this blend to highlight everywhere I want a high impact champagne glow. The addition of the oil gives the skin an extra youthful glow that makes it so wearable. I like blending the “White Gold” Illuminator with my “Wildchild” and “Sunchild” potions. All of those shades really compliment each other well and bring warmth to the skin.

Root “Rose Glow” Illuminator blended with “Lovechild” Oil

Above you see the absolute stunning results I achieved when blending the “Rose Glow” Illuminator with my Lovechild Illuminating Oil which is a rose gold shade as well. This blend was my favorite and I cannot get over just how flattering the results were. This blend can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow, blush but my absolute favorite use was as a lipstick!! This blend produced this most perfect warm, rosy nude lip I could ever hope for and it’s hydrating as well thanks to the oil! Throughout this past week I wore this blend as a monochromatic look and received endless compliments on how glowy my skin was, not to mention how many wanted to know what I was wearing on my lips and I loved telling them it was my own blend! It’s hard to find a good nude in the green beauty world so this was an exciting find for me!

Root “Rose Glow” blended with “Lovechild” Illuminating Oil on lips

All three of my Organic Illuminating Oils were absolute perfection to blend with the Root Illuminators, and the possibilities are endless with shades and tones while doing so.

The blend I’m wearing above is what I use often to highlight and thats Root “White Gold” with “Sunchild” Illuminating Oil. Sunchild is a straight bright bronze tone so it really brings out the warmth of the “White Gold”Illuminator and this blend is a MUST have for the upcoming summer months.

So if you haven’t already rushed over to Root’s website I would if I were you, they offer everything the green beauty babe could ever want and need! They have an amazing selection of high performance skincare, perfume, mineral makeup AND pressed makeup and I definitely appreciate the options! You can shop all of their goods at http://www.rootpretty.com and they offer free shipping on orders over $75! To see more detailed swatches of each shade of my Free Love Beauty Illuminating Oils head over to my SHOP where you can see the differences! I’m also offering a discount code for all my amazing readers and customers with code SPRINGGLOW15, you will receive 15% off your order which is good until April 7, 2017.

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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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