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!!

 

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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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EYES WIDE OPEN TO TRUE BOTANICALS EYE SERUM

So turning 30 last year made me really wake up when it came to my skincare routine, and I knew I HAD to pay more attention to my eye area. As an esthetician, I feel like I’m pretty spot on for what works for my skin, and staying ahead of the game when it comes to the whole anti-aging process, but I knew I had to start looking for something pretty potent when it came to my eye area. Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of brands I really love for eye creams and gels like SkinOwl and Bottega Organica, but a serum is going to be the most concentrated and effective above anything else when it comes to ultimate hydration and ingredients!! So when I found out True Botanicals (yup they have a new name!) was launching a brand new eye serum I was over the moon to try it out!!

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Pacific Eye Serum by True Botanicals: Ok so this gem has some SUPER potent ingredients that are made to brighten tired eyes, reduce puffiness and dark circle with anti-inflammatories, increase microcirculation, and tighten skin. The reason why this serum is so much more effective then traditional eye creams you come across is because most of the time eye creams are stuffed with fillers and don’t contain much of the nutritive oils and nutrients that our skin loses as we age!! Pacific Eye Serum contains tuberose stems cells which reduce puffiness, crow’s feet and wrinkles on the eyelids. They also use cucumber seed oil which moisturizes, soothes and aids in wrinkle reduction (think about putting a much more effective cucumber on your eyes area!!). It also contains phytosterols which are known to strengthen the skins lipid barriers and improving skin’s elasticity! Carrot seed oil is used to rejuvenate and regenerate skin tissues and is stuffed with Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F to nourish and tighten your eye area!! Evening Primrose Oil (a favorite of mine) is full of fatty acids which reduces inflammation. Those are the really standout ingredients for me and I love telling you guys WHY True Nature’s products work so well, it all comes down to the highest quality ingredients that they use!! I simply apply a thin layer to my clean eye area at night before bed and I promise you, your eye area will never feel this hydrated!! This eye serum is A M A Z I N G, and nothing beats knowing it’s 100% nontoxic AND anti-aging!! I highly recommend this serum for all skin types, it’s never too early to start taking care of your delicate eye area!! The price tag on this is high- but remember it’s super concentrated so a little goes a VERY long way and the ingredients are the absolute best you can put on your skin!! Retail: $90 for 0.5 oz. http://www.truebotanicals.com

As always, any questions about this product or your own skincare routine don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!! Happy Wednesday free birds!!

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LEAHLANI SKINCARE LOVIN

It’s really no secret how much love I have for Leah and her amazing brand, Leahlani Skincare. Since coming upon her Instagram awhile back I knew I had to reach out to her. Her positive energy, sweet soul and relentless motivation is absolutely contagious and I had the pleasure of interviewing her and really getting to know her about a year ago. Since then, despite both of us being insanely busy and living a vast ocean away from each other, we have managed to become friends and her products are always an absolute constant in my skincare routine! Many avid green beauty geeks are very familiar with her crazy popular “Mermaid Mask”, but she has most recently revamped her line and has added some beautiful new gems to lineup that are SO, SO, SO good. I mean, Leah is a beautiful Hawaiian holistic skincare genius and I am thrilled to finally share the goods with you guys!!
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Aloha Ambrosia Elixir: This lightweight, nourishing elixir is full of vitamins and antioxidants built to hydrate and balance your skin. This is such a lovely product and it’s obvious that Leah really takes the time to find what ingredients work together as a team to give the absolute best results for your skin- it’s just magical. Made with organic olive squalene, organic jojoba, mangosteen oil (a true superfood), and other powerhouse oils, it truly just melts into your skin leaving you feeling clean, hydrated and healthy! Did I mention the gorgeous light jasmine signature scent?! There isn’t anything I don’t love about this elixir!! Retail: $52

Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner: So every time I use this I selfishly feel like Leah made it just for me because I’m obsessed with good toners AND she puts a real rose quartz gemstone in every bottle that emits a strong vibration of love, healing and warmth!! I mean, come on that is amazing and I have to say this is the BEST toner I have ever used in my life!! That is saying a lot because as an esthetician I have come across many but this is pure Hawaiian spring water infused with lavender, blue tansy and rose geranium essential oils made to balance and reduce inflammation. There is also organic hibiscus and with hazel to help tone the skin. This sounds kind of crazy but I also LOVE the bottle it comes in and the way it sprays, it disperses evenly and sometimes I have to stop myself from spraying over and over again! LOL. Do yourself a favor and swoop this fast because there is nothing else like it as far as toners go!! Retail: $32

Bless Beauty Balm: Made with organic shea and cocoa butters, this buttery balm literally melts into your skin leaving you feeling as hydrated as you can possibly imagine. You can use on your hands, lips, face, the possibilities are truly endless with this versatile product!! The light pink shade along with the light orange blossom and blue tansy scent are inviting and intoxicating. Your mood immediately brightens every time you open the jar. It truly is a beautiful product, and a must on my nightstand very night before I go to bed!! Retail: $48

You can shop all of these beautiful gems at http://www.leahlaniskincare.com. Also be sure to follow Leah on Instagram @leahlaniskincare get your daily dose of Aloha and beautiful energy!! Happy Wednesday free birds!!

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GLAM, GLOWY & GREEN WITH RMS MASTER MIXER

Even though I have a few reviews piling up right now I simply could not wait to get a quick little review out of this gorgeous new product from RMS Beauty! The Master Mixer is a stunning new addition to the RMS lineup, the same formulation as the cult favorite “Living Luminizer” except with a warm rose-gold hue that brings a natural yet almost un-human glow to your complexion. I personally never loved the luminizer simply because it is more cool toned which doesn’t agree with my complexion, and I have always anticipated that RMS would develop this exact product so needless to say I was over the moon when I heard about it!For those unfamiliar with RMS Beauty, it is probably the most clean and green of all the nontoxic beauty products I have come across in the industry. The base of all their products is organic coconut oil and these products are made to simply enhance your natural beauty instead of caking on and covering up- I have always adored their concept! I have made my love for the master mixer very clear on my Instagram (@freelovebeauty) and for good reason, this product literally gives you a flawless complexion in seconds- it’s insane!! The rose-gold hue illuminates your skin giving you an airbrushed look. To me, the master mixer is slightly more refined then the luminizer because the result isn’t quite as raw and dewy as the luminizer, it’s much more polished and flawless which I LOVE. This has become an everyday staple for me and in my makeup kit and the best part is that you can layer this gem over eyeshadows and lipstick, you name it! This is literally a “master” at multi-tasking!! My favorite way to wear this beauty is on my cheekbones, inner corner of my eyes, and cupids bow. I have received endless compliments and my skin even looks healthier when I wear it. I highly recommend swooping up one of these gems with spring and summer around the corner this is a MUST-HAVE!!! Retail: $38 http://www.rmsbeauty.com

Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Silica, Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Mica and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499]
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC

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