MY MUST-HAVE HIGHLIGHTERS!!

Ok so it took me having two kids, and lots of lost sleep to realize how amazing highlighters are and that they really are necessary in a makeup routine, well mine at least! Now when I made my transition into the green beauty world I have to say I was skeptical about how good a non-toxic highlighter could really be, boy was I in for a surprise!! For those of you that are new to highlighters or don’t know what to do with them don’t fear, you are not alone. Basically a highlighter “highlights” your face, usually used on high points of cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corners of eyes, bridge of nose, basically where ever you want to GLOW! They make you look healthy, awake, radiant and can double as an eyeshadow which is why they are a must-have for me right now. Below is a list of my absolute favorite non-toxic highlighters, enjoy! 🙂

Swatches left to right: KW Radiance, RMS, W3ll People, Alima “Chai”, Alima “Paris

RMS Living Luminizer: Raw.Dewy.Supermodel glow. Think of a Victoria’s Secret Supermodel basking in sun with mist of the waves hitting her face, a slightly sticky, wet glow- in a very good way! Retail: $38.00 (tip: samples sizes are offered for this!)

Alima Pure “Paris” Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow: Perfect, multi-tasking, budget friendly, nude glow. It literally is the perfect beige shimmer, NO gold, NO pink, just beige perfection. Yes it’s technically eyeshadow but it really is so much more! Retail: $12.50 (a bargain for everything this does!) (tip: samples sizes are offered on website!)

Alima Pure “Chai” Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow: This is going to do the exact same things “Paris” does but this gives the most gorgeous Rose Gold Glow!! My favorite thing to do with it on a night out is mix it with my bronzer and the result is a gorgeous pink golden sunset (does that make sense?!) Retail: $12.50 (tip: samples sizes are offered on website)

Kjaer Weis “Radiance”: I don’t even know where to begin with this but I will start by saying this is the most stunning makeup product I have ever owned, packaging and all! It is described in many ways but on me is a beautiful pearly beige, and gives off a true airbrushed look. I have literally had people stop and ask me if I airbrush my makeup everyday when I wear it! I treasure this so much and I have say is my favorite. Price tag is steep but it is completely worth it! Retail: $56.00 (tip: there is a refill system for this brand and retail is $32.00)

W3ll People Bio Brighter Stick: I recently received a sample of this and so glad I did. I think of a Moon Queen when i wear this. I know that sounds crazy but it leaves you with this striking glow that really accentuates your features! I will be buying the full size, and I like that it comes in a stick form, very convenient!! Retail: $34.50 (tip: W3ll people offers samples on their website!)

**You can find these products at http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com, http://www.alimapure.com, http://www.w3llpeople.com, http://www.ecodivabeauty.com

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BEAUTYCOUNTER FAVORITES!!!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Beautycounter brand yet I am here to fill you in! After lots of research and trying a handful of their products I decided to become a consultant, and for very good reason! Beautycounter is on a mission, and that mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, which I can definitely appreciate! While researching, I have learned through Beautycounter that “companies are allowed to use known toxins, ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone disruption without telling us.” There is so much wrong with that the fact that companies can do this, so the fact that Beautycounter is completely non-toxic, safe, and effective made it easy for me to decide to represent this company! Below are some of my Beautycounter must haves! Enjoy!

Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream: A good exfoliator is a must for me and this one is loaded with jojoba beads(no nasty plastic beads here!)organic coconut oil, aloe and a mix of botanical extracts. And that light citrus scent is courtesy of essential oils, no synthetic fragrances!! It’s gentle enough for everyday use for me! Win win! Price: $30

Rosewater Uplifting Spray: I spray this on my face after I cleanse for a refreshing boost for my skin. It consists of organic rose essence and purified water and gives my skin a fresh glow. I keep it in my bag so I have it throughout the day! Price: $32

Countertime Radiance Firming Complex: a creamy serum that combats wrinkles and discoloration. My grandmother is obsessed with this and uses it day and night. Standout ingredients are ginger root extract to fight redness and irritation, hydrolyzed algin, chorella vulgaris and algae marine to hydrate. Perfect for those who want to start an anti-aging routine naturally! Price: $60

Protect SPF 30 All Over & Face Sunscreen: BEST sunscreen ever. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide (no oxybenzone here!!) and includes aloe vera to hydrate and green tea extracts to supply antioxidants. Many sunscreens are ridden with chemical and toxins such as oxybenzone that may cause more harm then good. Protect SPF is an absolute must have for me and my family!! Price: $26 (all over), $34 (face)

“Twig” Lip Sheer: Is a best seller and a perfect wearable nude lipstick. It doesn’t make you look washed out and instead of nasty synthetic fragrances or petroleum, it consists of plant based ingredients like jojoba esters and is fragranced with natural vanilla extract from Madagascar!! Price: $28

If you have any questions about Beautycounter products or if you would like personal recommendations from me based on your skin type, just click on CONTACT and send me and e-mail or fill out the message box! Beautycounter also offers face and body oils, bath, body, shave cream and bath products just for kids as well!! Or, you can shop freely at https://laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com/Home

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THE REAL DEAL DEW.

Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as a licensed esthetician I have seen and worked with

A LOT of products and alot of ingredients. Some that give so-so results and some that are life changing. Well the Antioxidant Dew by Kypris, is life changing. I mean there is a reason this product has a waiting list, it really is that good. On their website Kypris is described as, “a luxurious line of holistic, high performance skin care boasting organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and Beauty-full experiences.” The Antioxidant Dew is designed to “restore strength, vitality and radiance to the skin with three distinct forms of antioxidants and a host of nourishing botanical love. May be used as a lightweight multi action moisturizer or as a potent layering piece in your skin care wardrobe.” My skin type is combination and I use this as my only moisturizer and it works just beautifully.

I have been using this gorgeous bottle for 10 days now along with Kypris Clearing Serum and my skin has truly transformed. The dew has a light, milky softness that literally melts into my skin. Absolutely NO greasy or oily residue!

I use this twice a day and it works great even under my makeup. Some stand out ingredients in this beauty are *Phospholipids and herb-derived antioxidants- the combination of these reduce environmental damage.

*Hawaiian Sea Algae- hydrates without clogging pores.

*Rose Extracts- for soothing and toning.

After using this for over a week on my hormonal acne combo skin I can easily recommend this for all skin types! Dry/mature skin may want to use this with another one of their popular beauty elixers for added hydration! For acne/oily/combo skin this works amazingly well with their clearing serum.

Bottom line: it balances, calms and gives your skin a glow from within, it just makes your skin look healthy….naturally!!!

Retail for this gorgeousness is $60 and worth every cent!!! Find it at http://www.kyprisbeauty.com

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WELCOME FREE BEAUTIES!!!

I am sooo excited to finally share my blog with you all! I have put my heart and soul into this and am so looking forward to building connections and frienships within this amazing industry, I have already met some amazing people on Instagram! A quick background on me, I am a wife, mom of two, licensed esthetician and non toxic makeup artist. Click on “MY STORY” for a little more background on me and my life!

Last year my son, Landon, was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called OMS and he is my inspiration for starting Free Love Beauty. The sudden illness of my son has made me determined to create the most non toxic lifestyle as possible. I am learning so much about the “green” world and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and learning more from others in this beautiful and positive industry. On that note I just want to take a moment to remind everyone that this blog is a positive space and I want everyone to uplift, empower and share their knowledge with eachother! Please no negativity here!

My goal as a licensed esthetician is to address questions and concerns about individual skin types, give in depth product reviews and show that non toxic and organic beauty can be just as effective (if not more effective) then mainstream products ridden with chemicals!! I will also throw in some lifestyle and nutrition, and some slices of my son’s journey with OMS to help raise awareness about this rare neurological disorder.  Now, lets begin…..to free, love and nourish your skin!! Nice to meet you FREE BEAUTIES!!!!

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