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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.

 

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!!

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!!

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

 

TRUE BOTANICALS SUMMER GIVEAWAY!!!

With it being the Fourth of July today I thought it would be fitting for me to do a quick little post on the importance of antioxidants in your skincare routine after sun exposure AND True Botanicals and I have teamed up once again for an amazing summertime giveaway for you guys so stick around for details on that!! So I think we are all very well-informed about the importance of sun protection and chemical free sunscreens, but how much are you’re focusing on your skin AFTER the sun?? It’s absolutely imperative that you incorporate a treatment that is packed full of antioxidants to help repair sun damage and brighten aging skin, and True Botanicals Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment does just that!

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Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment contains the freshest form of I-absorbic acid (Vitamin C) and since our only source comes from our diet, a topical treatment is essential so the skin doesn’t get neglected. This works in combo with ferulic acid and doubles the photo protection of your skin when used together. Lastly, licorice root is a powerful plant antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory benefits and brightens and lightens your skin, I have always been a huge fan of licorice root!! The result of these powerhouse antioxidants equals firmer, brighter skin and fewer wrinkles! This is an absolute MUST have in your rotation in the summertime, because protection just isn’t enough, you must repair!! Retail: $65 http://www.truebotanicals.com

Active ingredients: l-ascorbic acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, ferulic acid. Inactive ingredient: tapioca starch

Like I mentioned above, True Botanicals and I have teamed up for one our readers and followers to win a Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment ($65 value!). Head on over to my Instagram @freelovebeauty for all of the details and to enter today!! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July free birds!

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