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INTRODUCING MY VERY OWN, FREE LOVE BEAUTY OILS!!!

I’m literally bursting with excitement right now, I mean I wish I could really explain just how hard I have been working on this. It really explains my absence from the blog itself and why I go MIA for periods of time on social media. I have truly poured everything into developing my products and my business, along with balancing raising two amazing kids and waitressing in a restaurant 4 days a week!! I’m totally exhausted but it’s a good exhausted that’s fulfilling!! Just to kind of recap you guys I’ve been a licensed esthetician for about 5 years now, and have always had a true passion for skincare and makeup. But it wasn’t until my son got sick when he was two that made me change my thinking and really start questioning ingredients in our skin and body products, leaving me to start making my own concoctions. You can read more about my little dude’s illness here. (Btw, he’s doing amazing!) Anyways I have spent a few years now blending oils and working with different ingredients, sourcing out of my mind trying to find the absolute best of the best! Now that I feel like I have FINALLY made my best potions, I can share them with all of my amazing readers and followers, and it feels SO good. The photos below are from an amazing photo shoot I did with my good friend Ericka of Ericka G Photography in Palm Springs and I really wanted to showcase my oils in my favorite environment. I absolutely love the way the gleam in the somewhat dreary desert light!

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MOONCHILD RESTORATIVE OIL: I honestly made this gem well over a year ago now specifically for my daughter. When she was six months old I noticed she was developing really bad eczema on her thighs and arms and I had literally tried everything from coconut oil to nontoxic lotions and creams and nothing worked. I thought screw it I’m going to make my own blend and with my background in skincare and all the knowledge I developed about oils I already knew what oils I wanted to use. You can read all about Moonchild ingredients here! This potion calmed her skin almost immediately and I was so pleased I started using it for other things. Moonchild is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way and it’s a MAJOR multitasker, I specifically made my potions to be blended with your fellow skin and beauty products to give them an added boost! Some of my favorite ways to use Moonchild is adding few drops to damp hair after an evening shower, mixing with my body lotion before bedtime for the calming lavender scent and major antioxidant properties of organic pomegranate oil. I still to this day massage it on my daughter’s thighs and arms before bedtime. It’s truly the last thing I put on before I sleep, I rub a few drops on my hands and massage gently into my neck and decolette to prevent aging and I also massage it into my nail beds to keep them healthy!! The possibilities are endless with this and it’s an absolute MUST on my nightstand! Retail: $28, you can purchase here. 

SUNCHILD ILLUMINATING OIL: My obsession with the glow this baby gives is serious, I mean this honey golden shade is the business!! It took me quite awhile to find and perfect the in between shade of bronze and gold that would not only obviously give a good sparkle, but also slightly even out the skin tone by adding a slight layer of color to the skin. Now keep in mind this potion is also highly concentrated with a TON of sparkle and is best used with other products such as lotions, balms, oils, etc. Don’t get me wrong you can use it on its own but the sparkle level will be high. My favorite way to use this is mixing with my lotion which give the perrrrrrfect honey bronzy glow, adding a drop or two to my beauty balm for a dewy bronzy highlighter, or adding a few drops to damp hair for a golden sheen. The possibilities are endless; just mix, blend or add Sunchild wherever your want a healthy, California girl-type of honey golden glow!!! You can read all about Sunchild ingredients here.  Retail: $28, you can purchase here.

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I handcraft my potions with SO much peace and love and I hope you all feel that when you use them. As for right now there are only two but come fall I will be adding two more oils to my collection so definitely stay tuned for that! My vision for these was to keep them relatively simple but the highest quality, which truly represents who I am in everyday life. I will also be doing special tutorials on the blog of my favorite ways to use my potions, there are so many more exciting things to come! A HUGE thank you to all of my family, friends, and readers who continue to support and motivate me, that is why I love my green beauty community- SO much love!!! xoxo

SUMMER GLOW WITH BLISSOMA SKINCARE

Summer is pretty much here in SoCal and in my world that means making sure my skin has that extra glow to it! Getting that perfect glow isn’t just about slapping on that perfect highlighter and calling it a day, it’s about really maintaining your skin and prepping it correctly for the new season, and in my book that all begins with exfoliation. In my past I’ve always relied solely on my Clarisonic to exfoliate, but as soon as Blissoma Skincare sent me their Glow Good Earth Exfoliant Powder I just couldn’t get enough! It truly is the most natural way to exfoliate your skin, as they use high performance ingredients like organic oat kernel powder, bentonite, and organic brown rice ground up into a grainy powder. This gem is an absolute must in your summer rotation!

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So you simply mix with a bit of water or your favorite cleanser and gently massage into skin to get the blood circulating, slough off the dead skin and really open up those pores!! Skin will be slightly red after you rinse but thats a good thing, it means the powder is doing its job and thats what is going to bring the glow! I recommend this powder for all skin types except broken skin or cystic acne because that can aggravate it further, but this is amazing for congested skin and especially those dealing with blackheads!! You can use this 2-3 times a week but I honestly use it once a day, I’m a huge advocate of keeping your skin exfoliated correctly so your face oils and creams can hydrate efficiently, which makes for a perfect canvas for makeup application. This gem retails for $40 and you can shop all Blissoma products at http://www.blissoma.com. You can also check out more Blissoma reviews of mine here.

To celebrate the start of summer Blissoma is having their biggest sale of the year and are offering my followers and readers a major discount code, all you have to do is sign up here today, to receive the code via email and shop away!!

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Meeting Mandee of Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries

Recently I had the absolute pleasure of reconnecting with an old beauty school friend who is also paving the way for herself in the green beauty community. Mandee Gutierrez is a real life boss lady and the mastermind behind Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries, Orange County’s newest and most adorable brick and mortar shop full of the most amazing options of nontoxic beauty goods!! Mandee is extremely hard working and such an inspiration to me as a fellow female entrepreneur that I thought sitting her down for an in depth interview so my readers could get the inside scoop to her success was imperative!! Mandee and I go way back and it’s honestly been such a fun and exciting time hanging out and working together again. She is so down to earth, so knowledgable and kind and I can’t wait for you all to see the exciting things we have in store for you in the near future!!

FLB: Give us a quick little personal background on yourself! hubby? kids? dogs? Lol

MG: I have been married to my super supportive husband for five years now! Time has just flown by! Together we have a very full, all boy house! Two step-sons, baby boy twins and my wiener dog, Bosco. When people ask, they are shocked that we are hoping to expand on that one day. I need a little princess in my life, that or I am going to have to settle for another puppy, but a female one this time! Our lives are hectic but family is what it is all about and the chaos makes for great memories!

FLB: What experience and background do you have in the beauty industry?

MG: I have had a passion for products and makeup my whole life and decided to change my career path in 2009. I became a licensed esthetician in January of 2010 and been working in salons and with products since then.

FLB: I think it’s so amazing how you and I have reconnected after all these years following similar passions in the green beauty industry. What first inspired you to start Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries?

MG: Yes! Who know we would separately embark on journeys so similar without even knowing it? I am so happy to reconnect and share our experiences!

Well, background information. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2011. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune thyroid disorder, and as you know the thyroid is responsible for regulating our hormones. It is not the most detrimental diagnoses I could get but it is definitely a frustrating one because as women we can have a difficult time with our hormones regardless. Although it was under control with daily medication, I still never felt “normal.” I changed my diet, was very careful about what I put in my body, and exercised regularly but how I felt wasn’t good enough. In speaking to clients, I discovered that a lot of people have thyroid issues, but why? Why is it so common? I decided to do some research and that is when I discovered just how bad the products are that we are putting on our skin (our largest organ, that doesn’t have a filtration system to keep the bad stuff out). I then sought out products but had to purchase items online or drive to Los Angeles since there wasn’t anything available locally. After money wasted on products I didn’t love, or shades that didn’t work for me, I realized that there was a need in Orange County for some green beauty. I decided to start Enkel so that I could share my experiences and make safer products available to my local community.

FLB: You have done an amazing job at selecting a wide range of nontoxic beauty brands at Enkel, can you tell readers some of the brands you carry? Why is brand selection so important to you?

MG: Gosh, we are up to about thirty different brands with more on the way! We carry some very small brands and some very large ones. I think it is important to support small business but also we want some of the industry’s most popular brands as well to have everything under one roof. Brand selection is key and so is variety, which is why we have something for every aspect of one’s beauty routine such as makeup, hair care, nail care, body wash, etc. We try to find products that are so effective, that it takes the worry out of whether or not they are going to be comparable to what they are using now. We want products that look, feel, and act like what our client’s are using but without all of the harmful ingredients.

FLB: What are you top five must-have products from your shop?!

MG: Piperwai because lets face it, no one wants to stink and this stuff works great for men and women.

Fitglow Sea Toning Mist – it’s calming and so refreshing!

Suntegrity Primer with SPF, a daily must whether I am wearing make up or not.

Indie Lee Brightening cleanser, which has totally helped even out my skin tone and feels as beautiful as the packaging.

Aila Base/Top coat (that’s two products but you have to use them together!). My mani’s never lasted so long!

FLB: You really are the jack of all trades in the beauty industry and I see that you now offer organic spray tans at Enkel!! Can you tell us a little more about that?? A true organic tan is actually really hard to find!!

MG: Ha! In our local area there aren’t a lot of people offering spray tans, and even the ones that claim to be organic do not disclose their ingredients. I just saw a need and luckily we already carried Eco Tan so it only made sense to offer a brand of solution that we already, know, trust, and love! Its great to be able to offer clients body washes and Eco Tan’s Winter Skin to extend the spray tan as well.

FLB: What is the best advice you could give an up and coming “boss lady” entrepreneur wanting to embark on starting her own business?

MG: Just do it! No risk means no reward and you’ll never know until you try. You are the one that has to create your happiness and a life that you love so do what makes you happy! I never in a million years saw myself as an entrepreneur but I have followed my heart and this is where it led me.

FLB: Coffe or tea?

MG: Both! Did I mention I have twins? I need all of the help I can get! I’m more coffee in the morning, tea at night.

FLB: Top five music artists/bands of all time?!!

MG: Bob Marley, Tupac, Journey, Usher, Sugarland

FLB: Where do you see Enkel at one year from now?

MG: We want to just continue offering the best of green beauty by continually adding new products to our store. I hope that Enkel can continue to grow so that we can expand not only in locations, but services as well.

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I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Mandee!! And be sure to check out Enkel Nontoxic Luxuries in the Orange County area for all of your nontoxic beauty essentials!! If you aren’t in the SoCal area, you can also shop all of their products at http://www.enkelnontoxicluxuries.com

GO GREEN FOR SPRING WITH SAISON BEAUTY

For some reason springtime is just not my friend at all. My allergies, my skin, everything just goes haywire and it’s actually my least favorite season. Though on a positive note, Spring leads to my most favorite season ever, Summer!! And thankfully my beloved Saison Beauty sent me their entire Spring skin care line to try out and my skin has been loving it!! My favorite thing about Saison is that their develop their product lines based on the seasons, so it takes all the work out of trying to figure out an entire new skin care routine when the weather changes and your skin goes crazy like mine!! You can check out my review of their Winter skin care line here, which I really enjoyed. Saison Beauty is perfect for those wanting to detox their skincare all at once, they have everything you need and use amazing organic ingredients. Their Spring collection is built to give you a hydrated, dewy and bright complexion.

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Spring Cleansing Oil: Made with a gorgeous blend of organic green tea oil and organic apricot kernel oil, this gem is the real deal when it comes to gentle but super effective cleansing! Cleaning oils may sound scary but they are the best at really getting those impurities off of the skin, without stripping the skin and making it dry. I’m pretty acne prone and this didn’t irritate my skin at all!! I apply the oil to dry skin, massage into skin, then massage more with a bit of water, then wipe off with a clean washcloth.  Retail: $45 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Botanical Lotion Spray: After cleansing I mist this all over my face. Made with gorgeous botanical extracts of organic cucumber, basil, lavender and lemon balm, this spray is much more than your typical toner. I find it to hydrate a lot more and is perfect when your skin needs a mid-day boost! Did I mention their spring scent of lavender ylang-ylang is divine?! Retail: $40 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Moisturizer: So I really, really love this moisturizer. They are using their organic green tea and organic apricot kernel oil blend to deliver beneficial antioxidants and minerals to the skin, I’m a huge green tea fan! This gem is super light and gives the perfect amount of hydration. It’s truly is a spring moisturizer because the texture is super lightweight, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin but leaves you with a slight dewiness, and it also has their signature springtime scent which I like- though it may be a bit strong for those who aren’t fans of fragrance (it’s an essential oil blend). Highly recommend this for the warmer weather! Retail: $55 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Cleansing Grains (not pictured): I like these type of exfoliators, I feel like it’s a quick way to exfoliate or make any cleanser an exfoliator! All you do is add some water to make a paste of your desired texture and it gently sloughs off the dead skin and leaves you feeling balanced and smooth. The gran blend is organic rice and milk, and natural clay and honey powders which make for a really gentle exfoliation. Retail: $35 for 3.52 oz.

Like I said before, if you are looking for a high quality, no-brainer, step by step nontoxic skincare routine then I highly recommend looking into Saison Beauty!! If you swoop these up now, I can easily see these formulas working well in the Summer season as well! You can shop all of these products at http://www.saisonbeauty.com and they are SO generous to offer my readers 20% off of your entire order with code FLB20, which is good through the weekend!!! Feel free to contact me with any skincare or Saison related questions! Happy Earth Day free birds!!

 

BE A VANA BODY BABE THIS SEASON

There is nothing like a good indie brand being sent my way to brighten my day, so when the sister duo from Vana Body sent me their goods I was ecstatic to try everything out! Franziska and Betti are sisters who are on a mission to create a clean simple collection of plant-based self-care goods for your body to love. They use vegan, organic, cold-pressed, virgin oils, botanicals and clays for their naturally healing properties. Of course these gems are formulated without any parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances and are super gentle on the skin! I personally am a HUGE fan of simple, minimalistic products so these agreed with me right away. Their product line is not overwhelming but offers something for everyone which I appreciate. I also love the variety of masks they offer at super affordable prices, you really can’t beat trying something from Vana Body because you can’t go wrong!

Vana Body Rosemary & Cedar Cleansing Oil: There isn’t anything that will clean your skin better than a cleansing oil, truly. It is the best way to remove all of the impurities while keeping your skin super soft and nourished at the same time. Sometimes cleansing oils will make me break out but so far so good with this one, which I attribute to the rosemary essential oil which is a wonderful antimicrobial oil to use for acne prone skin like mine! I simply massage the oil into dry skin then lay a warm damp cloth over my face until it cools, then gently wipe the rest of the oil off. Your skin will be left feeling super soft and healthy!! This is an absolute MUST for the with dry/aging skin!! Retail: $18 for 2 oz.

Vana Body Geranium & Aloe Toning Mist: I LOVE toners and I’m slightly addicted!! Not sure why but I just love how refreshed they make your skin feel, and how they prep your skin to soak in all the magical serums and oils!! Anyways this toner is a great one for those who have acne prone skin because of the addition of witch hazel which tightens skin and minimizes pores. The aloe is a wonderful addition because it soothes and calms while still moisturizing. This is a beautifully balanced toner at a super affordable price! Retail: $16 for 2 oz.

Vana Body Bergamot & Tea Tree Facial Oil: As much as I love face oils they still make me nervous since I have always had problematic skin!! The only face oil that has ever been a miracle worker for me is True Botanicals Balancing Face Oil, so needless to say I’m always apprehensive when trying a new one!! This gem was made to heal and balance using hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and golden jojoba oil which together improves skins texture, fights acne and reduces wrinkles! I actually liked this face oil and think it’s a nice affordable option for those who don’t want to break the bank on the more luxurious high-end oils!! You really can’t go wrong with this price tag! Retail: $22 for 1 oz.

Vana Body Rose Clay Mask: This mask is lovely! It’s super gentle but tightens pores and eliminates the toxins and impurities! It’s perfect for sensitive skin and really leaves you with a gorgeous glow! Made with white and rose kaolin clay, this is the perfect mask for those who don’t want anything too intense, yet something effective!! Retail: $22 for 2 oz.

You can find all of the Vana Body products at http://www.vanabody.com and as always, any questions regarding this brand or skincare routines please contact me anytime!! Happy Thursday free birds, and don’t be afraid to shop indie!! 🙂

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