GO HIPPIE CHIC THIS WINTER WITH TN BOTANICALS SEED SERUM

Winter is in FULL effect here in SoCal believe it or not and while I appreciate all the rain and cozy nights, my skin on the other hand does not! In fact my skin is so not used to this dry cold that it totally freaked out on me and started flaking awhile back, which I cannot remember the last time my skin flaked (cue crying emojis right now). As always my beloved True Nature Botanicals came to the rescue and sent me their limited winter release “Seed Serum” for me to try out on my parched skin. Let me tell you TN Botanicals can just do NO wrong ever!!! This super-concentrated face oil is built to relieve chapped skin during the harsh winter months, and I noticed the difference literally overnight.

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True Nature Botanicals Pacific Seed Serum: Ok so heres the deal with this liquid gold- it has Omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and vitamins which deeply fortify, hydrate and defy aging. Ingredients like green tea seed oil is a huge standout for me, and it is a super antioxidant that is part exfoliant and part lubricant so it reduces dry flaking while smoothing the skin- how amazing is that?? You also have carrot seed oil which is high in beta carotene that is a potent antioxidant which protects your cells from damage. Another standout ingredient for me is hemp seed oil which I cannot rave more about because it truly reduces inflammation of the skin and works wonders. If you have acne or redness, hemp seed oil truly is a magical oil for those skin woes. Chia seed oil is also another standout for me because this is what gives your skin that glow, its packed with omega-3 fatty acids which nourish your cells and enhances your skin’s protective barrier. Of course this gem is naturally scented with a beautiful blend of therapeutic essential oils including Frankincense which is known to relieve dry skin! I cannot recommend this enough for your winter skincare routine, it is imperative that you hydrate correctly in these dry, cold months so your skin remains balanced and healthy. In my opinion a face oil is the ONLY way to go to correctly hydrate, and the Seed Serum fits the bill perfectly! Retail: $125 for 1 oz. http://www.tnbotanicals.com

As always if you have any questions about this product or skin concerns in general, don’t hesitate to contact me! I love getting to the bottom of skin woes and helping establish new, healthy, nontoxic routines!! Happy Wednesday free birds!!

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GOING GREEN WITH GREEN PEOPLE U.S.

I decided to kick off the new year with a quick little review of a nontoxic brand I have grown quite attached to over the past few months, Green People. I would call Green People The Honest Company of the UK- they offer organic skincare, makeup, hair care, sun care, body care as well as baby products. The line is pretty extensive and has a lot to offer anyone looking to detoxify their household. I was thrilled and intrigued when they sent me some baby body care, hair care and skincare and I dove right in! Green People is the UK’s most loved organic skincare brand, and the have officially launched in the U.S. “Green People takes care to make sure that their products are safe and nurturing for even the most sensitive skin. We sell a range of products suitable for all skin and hair types, even the most sensitive or reactive. We have organic credentials from the leading European certification bodies including The Soil Association, Organic Food Federation and Ecocert as well as being registered with the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies.” So what did I think about these UK goodies? Find out below!

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Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo & Conditioner: Now when it comes to hair care I am quite the critic and very hard to please mainly because nontoxic hair care always seems to leave my hair feeling coated and filmy (aside from my beloved True Nature Botanicals). And I know this combination sounds like something your would find on your dinner plate instead of your shampoo bottles but trust me, this does your hair good just as it does your body good!! The scent is not offensive at all but rather fresh and earthy which I personally love. The quinoa protein in this not only nourishes but increases shine and it REALLY does!! The conditioner is light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy after I rinse it out but leaves my hair soft to my liking. I really, really liked this hair care combo and feel that it’s a great price for how clean and effective they are. The ingredients in these are super clean- no parabens, SLS, pthlalates, or synthetic fragrances. Retail: $26.50 for 200ml (smaller size offered at $17.50 for 100ml)

Organic Children Bath and Shower Berry Smoothie: Now I think this may have been my favorite of the bunch simply because I truly appreciate nontoxic products that really perform on my kids!! I also appreciate the fact that they have a baby AND a children’s line so you can differentiate for each kid and what they need! I use this gem on my four year old son and he loves the sweet berry scent (not synthetic) and I love how it lathers up! Before every shower he always asks me, “mom can I use the smoothie soap?”. Needless to say if a soap is making an impression on my four year old, that means it’s a good one. It’s a gel consistency which results in squeaky clean kiddos! They also sent me some samples of their baby products which I enjoyed equally. Retail: $16.00 for 200 ml

Fruitful Nights Night Cream: With winter in full effect here in SoCal makes for super dry, flaky skin that requires a lot of extra love and attention, and this gem did the job! I paired this with my True Nature Botanicals Facial Oil for my nighttime routine and my skin was immediately rehydrated. Compromised of organic rosehip, fruit extracts and hibiscus, this thick cream is suitable for all skin types but I would not recommend it for sensitive skin. It is made to soften blemishes and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. I used this sparingly at night and woke up with rather soft skin and was quite satisfied! For those of you with aging, dry skin this is for YOU!! Trust me, pair this with a face oil and your skin will be set for the winter! Retail: $28.00 for 50 ml

I love seeing these amazing brands from overseas make their was over to the U.S. for us to enjoy and it just gives us more amazing nontoxic options for our family which I definitely appreciate! But what I like the most is how affordable these products are, they make it easy for you to go green! Head over to http://www.greenpeoplus.com to browse the products featured above plus everything else they have to offer. Happy Wednesday and New Year free birds!!

 

 

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RELAX THIS SEASON WITH TN BOTANICALS SEA SALTS

Now that the holidays are in full swing I figured this would be the perfect time to share my favorite de-stresser and something that will make the absolute perfect nontoxic gift this season for your loved ones!! True Nature Botanicals has become one of my favorite, go-to brands for my skincare needs, but they have recently come out with haircare which I love and these amazing dead sea bath salts that have taught me how to relax all over again!! I mean it guys I am in LOVE with these bath salts, they are sooooo luxurious and the non-synthetic scents offer you a nontoxic, tranquil and dreamy bath experience!! I really hate to admit it but until TN Botanicals sent me these little gems a bath was the furthest thing from my mind! My life consists of a shower when I can squeeze it in between kids, work, play dates, nap times, dinner, etc. lol, so sad but true and hey it’s that #momlife right?! You guys these scents are so intoxicating it’s hard to believe they are coming from natural essential oils that are actually benefiting your skin, but they are!!

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So what makes these bath salts so special? Why are they a better option then any other bath salt you see pretty much everywhere? Well let me tell you…These salts are pure, raw and untreated unlike many common bath salts you see. There are zero toxins and no synthetic fragrances. These certified dead sea salts are harvested from the Southern end of the Dead Sea, where the mineral content of the water is the highest. These salts contain 21 essential minerals including magnesium, calcium and zinc to name a few and they moisturize, detoxify and enhance relaxation of the body.

There are three scents offered and I chose “Bliss” which is a lovely combination of rose, rose geranium and sandalwood essential oils. Rose is known to calm the spirit, rose geranium relieves tension and sandalwood (my all-time favorite scent)  calms with a sweet, rich, woody aroma. They also offer “Tranquility” which has chamomile, lavender, and jasmine and “Vitality” which has bergamot, neroli and ylang ylang. I am absolutely in love with my “Bliss” scent and it truly feels like a real deal nontoxic spa when you use these in a steamy bath. Make sure you take the time to soak so your body can absorb the goodness and give those salts time to detoxify your body with those essential minerals!! I like to dry brush beforehand which means extra detoxification!! Did I mention that these would be an amazing holiday gift?! I mean what is better than a gift that promotes relaxation, is completely nontoxic and under $50?! It’s seriously a no brainer guys!! Like I mentioned before, True Nature Botanicals offers amazing skincare, haircare and nontoxic solid scents which would also make great gifts this season! You can browse it all at http://www.tnbotanicals.com. Retail: $48 for 13.5 oz.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING WEDDING LOOK

So a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for my sister’s SoCal boho-esque wedding and may I just say I have been obsessing over the look I gave her ever since!! Her wedding fell on a warm summer (in October-blah) evening and there were so many gold and earthy tones coming from the sky and cascading through the palm tress that I knew I was going gold with her makeup! In her everyday routine my sister has a natural, earthy beauty so she wasn’t so comfortable with a “caked-on” makeup look which isn’t my style anyways, and it came together perfectly. I have received quite a bit of emails about the pictures I posted on my Instagram (@freelovebeauty) about this very look so I thought I would do a breakdown of the products I used to achieve it!

FACE: To prep the bride’s skin I used Blissoma’s Smooth A Serum which isn’t overly oily but still gives hydration. For full coverage that still allows the skin to breathe I used Beautycounter’s Tint Skin and built the coverage up with a blending sponge. To conceal I used RMS Beauty Un-cover up for underneath the eyes and 100% Pure long last concealer for any redness and blemishes. For events like weddings I like to keep the skin super-matte then highlight where I want a little glow, for professional pictures you do not want overly shiny skin!! So my absolute favorite powder to mattify the skin is RMS Un-powder because it actually keeps you matte all night long-it’s pure magic!! To keep with the golden tones I decided to only use bronzer and no blush. I used Jane Iredale “Bronze 2” to give her that classic California sun-kissed glow! To highlight I used Alima Pure “Glow” Pearluster eyeshadow which is  a m a z i n g, seriously THE best highlighter ever!! I gave all the high points of her face some highlight love so she would glow in all the right places when the sun hit her face just right, and it was perfect!! To set everything into place I like to use Jane Iredale’s Balance Hydration Spray, which is truly a must for weddings or any big event. Remember you MUST set that makeup in place guys!!

EYES: Ahhhhh my favorite part always!! The key to good eye makeup is to prime and I like Jane Iredale Lid Primer. Then I took Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in “Magnetic”, a gorgeous earthy brown with slight gold shimmer and swept it through the crease and smudged underneath the eyes, then blend, blend, blend!! The key to this look came in the next step when I took Jane Iredale 24 Karat Dust in “gold”, applied it wet and foiled it on her lids so it came off super metallic!! Since this dust is SO finely milled it doesn’t come off gaudy in any way, it’s an elegant sparkle that everyone always loves-promise!! I then highlighted the eyes with Alima Pure’s “Glow” again on the brow bone and inner corners. For weddings I always use a gel eyeliner because they don’t run if the bride cries which is super important! Jane Iredale makes a great jet black eyeliner that I love and stays put!! I also lined her waterline with Antonym’s black noir eyeliner which is the blackest black and the best of the best!! Always top it off with some lashes when your getting professional pictures taken!! Lastly, I coated all of her already long lashes with Antonym’s Lola Lash!

LIPS: My sister wanted NUDE lips so I went very nude because what the bride wants, she gets! I prepped her lips with RMS balm so there weren’t any cracks or dryness visible. I then lined and filled her lips in with Jane Iredale “Spice” lipliner and filled in with Honest Beauty truly kissable lip crayon in “Honey Kiss”.

This look is one of my favorites I have ever done because although it gave such a wow-factor, it was simply beautiful, just like my sister which is why I love it so! A few months before the wedding we focused on getting her skin balanced and prepped by doing bi-weekly aztec clay healing masks and keeping that skin hydrated! Boy did those small things make such a difference come wedding day, her skin was a soft and smooth canvas for me to work on! If you have an upcoming wedding or event in the SoCal area please CONTACT me with any questions or inquiries regarding my services!! All of the beautiful pictures taken above are by http://www.megankuethen.com, who I urge you to check out if you are in need of an amazing photographer!

***You can find Jane Iredale, Antonym Cosmetics, and Kjaer Weis at http://www.citrinebeauty.com. Find Alima Pure, RMS Beauty at http://www.thedetoxmarket.com. Shop all Beautycounter products at http://www.beautycounter.com. Blissoma at http://www.blissoma.com, and Honest Beauty at http://www.honestbeauty.com.

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PLANT APOTHECARY LOVE

So over the past couple of months I have had the pleasure of using Brooklyn-based PLANT Apothecary products for all of my bath and body needs and lets just say I’ve been extremely spoiled. From body washes and oils to face scrubs and masks this apothecary has anything and everything you could want to detoxify and simplify your beauty routine. This brand speaks to me and my style perfectly which is another reason I have grown to love it so much. Their motto is simply put, “wake up, get it on, get happy, calm down, be well.” Did I mention those are also the names of their products, the non-synthetic scents correlate with the names-and they are all botanical perfection.

Plant Apothecary offers “all-botanical, USDA Organic beauty, grooming and bath products that are free of petroleum, parabens, paba, sodium lauryl sulfate, silicone and all other synthetic nasties.” The packaging is clean and contemporary and all the products are unisex which I LOVE!! I have never really loved overly feminine scents so I definitely appreciate that this is something me and my whole family can use without question. I can only hope that someday there will be an abundance of Plant Apothecaries across the country so when my kids need simple bath and body products they can stock up there, instead of every time you go to the mall and run across the oh so familiar, ahem ahem….well I won’t mention the name but the shop where the toxic synthetic fumes can be picked up from next door. But for now we have to settle for it’s online goodness which is just fine with me! Aside from the amazing products the most amazing thing of all is that they are made in Brooklyn, New York with the help of adults with physical and medical disabilities at the BKLYN UNLTD workshop which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to give them work training and opportunities. I mean honestly how cool is that?! I love a brand with a mission and a purpose! So I want to share a few of the things I loved the most…

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note**items pictured are samples sizes, full size products prices and product amount are included below**

Wake Up Organic Body Oil: This may be my favorite of the bunch because I’m obsessed with body oils, but it’s not the easiest to find a good one. This is a good one. So the main ingredient in this is organic rice bran oil which I haven’t tried before but it’s full of antioxidants and I’m definitely loving it. The hydration is intense yet no greasiness is left behind whatsoever. The “wake up” scent is a light lemongrass and rosemary which actually does liven the senses. I also use this on my kids and their skin is soooooo buttery soft after using it, I haven’t even bothered with lotion lately. This is a definite repurchase! This oil also comes in two other scents as well. Retail: $38 (4 oz.)

Get it On Bodywash: Well the name says it all! Lol No but all seriousness out of all the scents this one is my favorite because its more sensual and different than what you usually see with naturals scents. They use sandalwood, cedar, and ginger essential oils and the super thick honey-like texture makes for the perfect body wash or bubble bath! I think this makes for a great gift too, maybe for a bridal shower or valentines day?! This also comes in three other scents. Retail: $20 (9.5 oz)

Match Antioxidant Face Mask: This mask combines organic fair trade matcha powdered green tea with white clay and organic chamomile essential oil which makes for a powerhouse mask! This mask soothes and purifies while providing your skin with a ton of antioxidants from the high quality green tea! Simply mix the powder with a bit of water to make a paste, let dry then rinse. The result is super soft, healthy skin!! Retail: $24 (2 oz)

Sea in a Scrub Organic Body Scrub: This gem combines Brazilian sea salt, healing sea buckthorn oil, the super moisturizing pumpkin seed oil and the mineral rich sea kelp to provide a super effective and luxurious body scrub. This stuff is the real deal and exfoliates the super rough areas like your knees, elbows and heels!! This is probably one of the more effective clean body scrubs that I have used, the Brazilian sea salt is the perfect consistency for those rough spots! Again I think this would make for a great gift- everybody loves a good body scrub!! Retail: $32 (16 oz)

I really, really enjoyed trying out these amazing products because though they seem basic enough, they really truly performed! PLANT Apothecary is living proof that simple is better and their use of high quality ingredients in bath and body care is setting the bar very high in the green beauty industry. You can purchase the products I reviewed and check out the rest of the products at http://www.plantbrooklyn.com.

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