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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LETS CLEAR THINGS UP…THE GREEN WAY

So over the past couple of months I have gotten a ton of emails with questions from readers inquiring about my favorite face oils/serums that will clear up skin woes and bring back the glow. This is by FAR the most common question I get as an esthetician, everyone wants that magical potion that will do it all. So I thought I would do a quick little rundown of my top, absolute go-to, nontoxic skin clearing products that have done some serious damage control on my skin, and the skin types I think they may work the best for! When I go through my emails the underlying trend I notice is that many are still wary or undecided when choosing a nontoxic skincare product and I totally get it. I mean, before embarking on my green beauty journey the only products I thought would clear my skin were one’s filled with chemicals because what other options did I have?! Well there are some absolutely amazing nontoxic options out there now and it makes my heart happy to be able to help clear up skin woes and steer your skin in the cleanest and greenest direction!!

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Kypris Clearing Serum: This gem was the first EVER nontoxic skincare product I tried and my love for it was immediate. My skin at the time was in desperate need of something to bring it back to life. My skin was congested, dull and the most broken out it had been since I was pregnant! I started to panic because nothing was working, until I did some major research and came across some stellar reviews of this baby, but Kypris was relatively up and coming at that time so I was skeptical. Nevertheless I was desperate so I immediately ordered it and the results were so fast I was crying happy tears within the first few days (no joke!). What I love and appreciate about Kypris is that they use 30 active natural ingredients with quite different ingredients you don’t commonly hear of such as chaparral which is a desert shrub that is commonly used a an herbal aid and lilac leaf stem cells which benefit break out prone skin or skin recovering from break outs. This serum is the real deal; it is crafted (literally a work of art) to tame inflammation, aid healing and balance even the most stubborn skin. If you have acne prone, aging/acne prone, combination and sensitive skin this serum is for you. The milky texture is light and fresh on the skin and gentle enough to use twice a day, which is exactly what I did after cleansing and toning. It also wears well beneath makeup. Retail: $62 http://www.beauteabar.com

True Nature Botanicals Pacific Balancing Face Oil: I will keep this rather short since I have mentioned this little love a million trillion times over the past few months, but it is true perfection. An absolute nontoxic, acne fighting, luxurious little work of art. After I finished my bottle of Kypris this is what I moved onto because I like to try new things to review for you guys but also because I wanted something that was going to boost up the age fighting process as well. Not only is this face oil packed with luxurious  anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial oils to fight acne, but it also has potent marine antioxidants that replenish the top layers in aging skin! I mean, this baby was the answer to my prayers, a nontoxic acne product that also slows signs in aging?! Truthfully this product delivered on every level and left me with balance, hydrated, clear, plump and healthy skin. If you have acne prone, aging, and combination skin then this gem is for you. Retail: $110 http://www.tnbotanicals.com

Blissoma Smooth A + Correcting Serum: This serum was a pleasant surprise to me, I ordered it on a whim after I finished the bottle of my Pacific Balancing Oil. Like I mentioned before I’m always trying new products so I can give my readers options for their skin types, so as much as I love my pacific oil, I need to try new things to review for you guys! So, like I said this gem was a pleasant surprise and it’s claim to fame is to moisturize while combating acne with powerhouse ingredients such as rose, organic coriander, fennel and yarrow which cleanses and calms pores. This isn’t going to give you that crazy hydration that a face oil provides but if you are on a budget, and you want a nontoxic acne fighting serum this is a great option!! It truly has kept my skin clear and smooth and I will probably always keep this on hand since it’s so affordable!! This gem is ideal for those with super oily and acne prone skin types. Retail: $ 25.99 http://www.blissoma.com

So I hope these options give you all some clarity on what can help clear your skin for your specific skin type. Also keep in mind to switch things up every few months, as your skin gets used to products and becomes somewhat immune after awhile. As always I have to remind you that drinking a ton of water, green tea, keeping towels and pillowcases clean, and washing your makeup off before bed also assists in keeping the skin super clear!! Please contact me with any acne related questions or questions about these amazing products! Happy Thursday free birds!!

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TRUE HAIR LOVE WITH TRUE NATURE BOTANICALS

This post is quite new and not typical for me since I have never been too into hair, and since embarking on my quest for all nontoxic products I had yet to find quality shampoo and conditioner that I loved. But I was immediately intrigued when True Nature Botanicals sent me their newest creations, an ultra luxurious pair of nontoxic shampoo and conditioner. I was intrigued but also skeptical, I mean as much as I love nontoxic makeup, I found myself using my kids’ random clean and green shampoos and conditioners because I was just over spending serious cash on nontoxic hair products that wouldn’t lather at all, or were stuffed with secret synthetic ingredients. So I had to try them right away, and I was immediately shocked at how well the shampoo lathered, and the intoxicating citrusy floral scent was a pleasant surprise! True Nature Botanicals never ceases to amaze me though, and the thing I love and appreciate most about them is how high quality their ingredients are and how they strive for absolute premium perfection, and I’ll explain just how they did that with these products! The best part as always, their products have NO harsh surfactacts—Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), or Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS). No synthetic fragrances. No toxins.

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True Nature Botanicals Shampoo: This gem was made to cleanse, hydrate and strengthen your hair, and it truly does just that! The ingredients are absolute perfection; green tea oil which is rich in antioxidants, meadowfoam seed oil hydrates, aloe leaf powder balances and soothes, and cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is a naturally derived mild surfactant from coconut which give the shampoo its luscious lather! It’s really challenging to create a nice lather in a shampoo naturally so I commend TN Botanicals for doing this and they really hit it out of the park on this ingredient combination!!It doesn’t take much to create a good lather which I appreciate, and the scent is their signature scent of citrus peel oils and flower extracts and it’s a perfectly fresh, citrusy delight. The scent sticks with me even after my hair has dried which is a HUGE plus for me!! Win, win!! This is a holy grail product for sure!! Retail: $30 for 8 oz. http://www.tnbotanicals.com

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, water, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, camellia oleifera (seed) oil*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, citric acid, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, TNB Signature ScentTM [citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, viola odorata (sweet violet) flower/leaf extract, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract], phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexyglycerin *organic

True Nature Botanicals Conditioner: Made to nourish, moisturize and restore shine to your hair, this gem lives up to the hype because it’s made with luxurious premium oils and antioxidants! A good conditioner is imperative in my hair care routine because I have naturally super curly hair at my roots, and I am constantly dealing with tangles and frizz, so I need something that will contain the frizz but keep my hair healthy and moisturized!! This fits the bill for me, and a couple of pumps is enough for my medium length hair and after leaving it on for a couple of minutes my hair rinses silky smooth and I can actually run my fingers through!! I LOVE this conditioner, it really does tame my crazy frizz, my hair dries much smoother and I NEVER have any feeling of heaviness or weird residue like you get with some hair products. Also made with their beautiful signature scent, shea butter, aloe powder which is a natural humectant that traps in moisture, and green tea and macadamia seed oils. Another holy grail hair product for me!! Retail: $32 for 8 oz. http://www.tnbotanicals.com

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, cetearyl alcohol, water, TNB Signature ScentTM [citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, viola odorata (sweet violet) flower/leaf extract, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract], cetrimonium chloride, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, camellia oleifera (seed) oil*, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, panthenol, gluconolactone, biotin, dimethyl sulfone, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, equisetum arvense extract, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, ascorbyl palmitate *organic

Good hair products can be really hard to find and to be honest I was starting to get fed up with what was on the market, until I tried this shampoo and conditioner. I don’t find the price tags to be too high for the high quality ingredients and sleek stainless steel packaging they come in!! I like to describe TN Botanicals’ products as simple luxury because they aren’t  stuffed with a bunch of yuck; their products offer simple, organic ingredients yet are exquisitely luxurious at the same time-VERY hard to pull off!! If you have any questions about these products or True Nature Botanicals, please contact me or email me, I always love spreading the word about such amazing product lines!!! Happy Thursday free birds!!

 

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