Archive of ‘Skincare’ category

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!

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”

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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!

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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.

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.

 

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.

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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