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May Lindstrom – The Good Stuff Radiance Oil 

I recently review May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil and really have loved it so much I’m likely to purchase it once I run out of it because it’s so lovely. Aside from it’s naturally nourishing ingredients, it includes golden mica in the formula which lends a golden glow to my skin whenever I apply it. I really love the mini faux glow it gives my skin because I don’t have to sit 5 hours waiting for it to develop like I would with a self tanner. Granted, I don’t get a deep tan with this, but it’s a nice and simple way to get glowing Summer type skin without putting too much effort in and the ingredients in this all over Liquid Sunshine Oil looks great on my face and body.

I really enjoy wearing it when I don’t feel like wearing any makeup, but still want to look somewhat put together because it gives my skin a golden glow and dewy healthy look that allows my skin to shine through and look beautiful while doing it.  You still need a sunscreen when you go out as this doesn’t include SPF other than what’s naturally in plant oils ( no higher than SPF 5, if that ) , but it looks great by itself on makeup free days or beach days for that added golden glow on any skin tone or type.

You can see my original review on The Good Stuff Radiance Oil – here.

You can purchase it from May Lindstrom – here.

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Let Me know in the Comments!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways 2012 - StorybookApothecary.com

* As a side note, I meant to post this up last night, but in my exhausted state, I stupidly saved it as a draft instead of scheduling it so I’m really sorry if anyone waiting up for the results and then didn’t get them because of my error  – I promise to get more sleep! *

Before I go ahead with announcing all the winners, I just want to say thanks so much to everyone who signed up for all the giveaways – the event was super successful so thank you so much to everyone who tweeted, re-tweeted, commented and generally participated in each and every one of the giveaways. You all contributed to it’s success and it’s meant a great deal to me! 

Okay, I’m done rambling on now – Here are the winners!

{Please Note – each number corresponds to the giveaway day. For example 1 = On the first day of xmas giveaway, etc. }

  1. Lisa Shen  – You’ve won the Tan Organic Sunless Tan Spray + Mitt!
  2. Nizy – You’ve won the Max Green Alchemy Shampoo and Conditioner Set!
  3. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won 2 Rainwater Botanicals Face Serums!
  4. Ashley L – You’ve won 3 Living Nature products in their NEW True Colours packaging!
  5. Hannah Ackroyd – You’ve won 1 Liz Earle Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser!
  6. Naomi Willett – You’ve won 1 Alpha-H Tinted Moisturizer!
  7. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won a Massive pot of Sample minis!
  8. Sophie G – You’ve won 2 Naruko products!
  9. Kimberly Laymon – You’ve won the Jane Iredale Simply Magical Collection!
  10. Lisa Shen – You’ve won 3 Bella Graciela Accessories!
  11. Marcella Tam – You’ve won a $50 e-gift card for BeautyHabit.com!
  12. Brittany Carson – You’ve won the Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection!

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Please contact me through email at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with your mailing information so I may ship your packages to you. Please keep in mind that it’s unlikely I’ll have a chance to ship out your prize to you until after Christmas as I’m quite tapped out until then!

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Hello Everyone!

So, we’ve finally reached the end :-‘( of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event and I’m quite thrilled (LOL) as planning this event was pretty hectic what with all of the posts and things and getting all the items together PLUS my own Christmas to – do list, but it has actually been a lot of fun to do besides the stress of it as I find I work quite well under pressure and have managed to get all the posts out without too many snags. PLUS I really have enjoyed seeing all of the amazing comments and tweets, re-tweets, and everything it has been tons of fun and very exciting for me all at the same time so thank you so much to everyone who has participated thus far and if not, you still have time to participate in this last hoorah giveaway!

Today’s prize is the KORRES Goddess Beauty Color Collection which I personally picked up from Sephora. I thought it was only right I should be the last sponsor as it’s my giveaway and all and I hope it’s just as amazing as the others, if not a bit more so, you know, because it’s from me 😉 .

I went with this lovely gift set because it was within my budget and because I love KORRES and I have been raving on about their primers since the inception of this blog so I thought it was pretty fitting!

Also, if you want to know the winners of this giveaway, check back in 3 days and the post for who won which prizes will be up!

Anyhow, I hope you’ll all sign up for this last giveaway and I hope you have a lovely holiday, whatever you have planned – stay safe and happy.

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Hello Everyone!

Today’s prize is especially juicy and it’s sponsored by one of my absolute favorite online shopping sites – BeautyHabit.Com!

One lucky winner will get a $50 E-Gift Card from them to use in their online shop – Amazing right?!

I’m actually really jealous of you guys as I can’t sign up to win (obviously), but I’d love to! ~le sigh~ LOL.

Anyway, so there’s only a few days left in this 12

Days of Christmas Giveaways event and I’m so thrilled I’ve had an amazing turnout for the giveaways so thanks so much for signing up for them!

Also, I’ve had some people contact me asking when the winners will be announced and I just wanted to let you know that I will be announcing all the winners in a single post (to make my life a bit easier!) the day after the last giveaway ends which will be on December 18th so mark your calendars and be sure to check on that day to see if you’ve won!

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Today’s giveaway is a bit different than the others, though still really awesome!

Obviously today’s giveaway is for jewelry, but I think the items up for grabs are really lovely and I’ve thought to include them as the company offering them up is ran by my mom (and I occasionally help her out with blogging and the like ;-)).

She’s very kindly given me these 3 pieces from her Amazon shop for giveaway, but she carries loads of other items including ear cuffs, wraps, necklaces, earrings, and other unique items! The name, Bella Graciela, is named for both of my grandmothers and I think it rolls rather nicely off the tongue, don’t you?

Anyway, up for grabs is a cell phone dust plug which is an adorable rhinestone studded kitten, a porcelain ceramic guitar necklace which is both handmade and hand painted by students, and adorable fashion vintage style earrings!

I hope you’ll all sign up and, as always, you have 48 hours to do so!

Special thanks to my mom (Hi Mom!) & Bella Graciela for sponsoring this giveaway!

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So, it’s another day of giveaways in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event and from today on, the giveaways seriously just keep getting better and today’s prize is awesome – the Simply Magical Collection by Jane Iredale!

It includes 2 lovely lip colors, eyeliner and highlighter stick, an eyeshadow trio and 2 blushes!

  • Montreal Just Kissed Lip Plumper
  • Venice Just Kissed Lip Plumper
  • Smoky Quartz Mystikol
  • Sundown Triple Eye Shadow
  • Whisper PurePressed Blush
  • Barely Rose PurePressed Blush

If you’re unfamiliar, Jane Iredale is a natural cosmetics company which seek to offer skincare benefits through utilizing natural ingredients in their products. They have fantastic products and this collection has beautiful colors that are perfect for the fall/winter season.

You don’t want to miss this giveaway so hurry and sign up right away!

Special thanks to Jane Iredale for sending this lovely collection for the giveaway!

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Zap Hide Blemish Concealer

I was recently sent the Jane Iredale Zap and Hide Blemish Concealer for review and I am so glad because this is certainly one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried and even better than most because it treats blemishes while concealing them!

First off, this mineral stick concealer is not irritating in the least. It doesn’t aggravate spots or cause more breakouts like many concealers I’ve tried. It is dual ended – one end is a treatment balm and the other end is the stick concealer. It is quite handy for on-the-go touch ups and I really love that the concealer is creamy and non-drying. My favorite part is that it’s non-drying and also seems to be healing my blemishes! Though it is creamy, it does stay in place for a good amount of time and it’s very versatile. I’ve used this concealer as just a blemish concealer, but I’ve recently been using it as a concealer to touch up all imperfections on my face and then setting everything with powder for a really light makeup look and I’m surprised by how naturally flawless my skin looks! I’m actually getting similar results with just using this concealer and a bit of Alima Pure powder foundation dusted of the top than I would using a liquid foundation which is pretty incredible to me! To apply this foundation, you first use the treatment balm end over blemishes and then tap the concealer end over the top of that and pat it into the skin to blend. It’s very easy to blend into the skin and it never looks cakey, ever. As a regular concealer on the face, I skip using the treatment balm and just use the concealer end which works really well. I don’t use this on my eyes as I find they need more hydration and so I opt instead for the Neutrogena Heathy Skin 3-in-1 Concealer  as I find it to be more hydrating.

The only think I’m not too keen on with this concealer is the fact that the treatment balm does not last very long. It melts on contact with skin and therefore seems to not last too long. I don’t know if I was just using way too much at first ( could be) or what, but it’s gone way down in comparison to the concealer end which lasts quite a bit. I’ve been using it over a month now and it still looks like I barely touched it and the treatment balm end looks half gone so use a light hand if you decide to purchase this one and want it to last. All in all, a seriously great blemish concealer and the best one I’ve found so far for those with sensitive, reactive, or acne prone skin types. This is definitely a must-have!

You can check out this concealer – here. 

Otherwise, shop the entire Jane Iredale line of products – here. 

Liquid Minerals A Foundation

 

Hello Lovelies!

Today’s post centers on another liquid foundation I’ve been testing out for over a month now that I really love. You may remember my review on the Living Nature Foundation (If not, you can read the review – here) which I loved as well, but this foundation by Jane Iredale is a bit different, though nonetheless fantastic!

First off, if you’re unfamiliar with Jane Iredale, it is a natural beauty brand that offers a range of natural cosmetics that function as both makeup AND skincare. This is why they refer to their brand as “Skincare Makeup” because their products often have dual functionality for both aesthetics (looks) and the skin (anti-aging, anti-acne, etc.) effects that they claim come from wearing their cosmetics over an extended period of time. Their products are cruelty free and this foundation, in particular, is vegan and gluten free as well.

 

I was lucky enough to be sent this foundation with both their foundation brush and their Balance Hydrating Antioxidant Spray. The foundation brush is quite standard as far as brushes go. It’s a nice quality foundation brush, but for me, I prefer applying my foundation with a buffer brush or beautyblender type sponge so this didn’t get much use. I really dislike applying with this kind of brush and then having to smooth out the inevitable streaks so unfortunately, this brush didn’t get much use. Though I will say, if you enjoy using this kind of brush, the brush is a nice quality, there’s been absolutely no shedding at all, and it’s made of taklon nylon so it’s cruelty free and vegan.

Their Liquid Minerals A Foundation is very unique in that it is formulated with a calming base of aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerin which suspend liposomes (they look like little liquid capsules in the bottle) which encapsulate many active ingredients and serve to penetrate your skin and help it absorb all of the benefits of these ingredients most effectively.

So, when you use this foundation, you’re not only meant to have a great finish, but also skin benefits over time and through continued use. Their formula is calming, lightweight, and includes a number of beneficial ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate (hydration), oat extract (calms irritation, redness), willow bark extract (acne, balances skin sebum), and many other extracts which are said to work to improve your skin from the inside out while providing an outwardly beautiful look.

But do their claims live up when tested? Personally, I think so! Although the coverage isn’t full, it is a nice moderate to medium soft finish. Since it’s water based, it won’t irritate skin or clog pores and it has not made my skin break out at all. I did find it quite weird to use at first because the pigment capsules are suspended in aloe gel and when you first pump the liquid out, the first few pumps come out clear, but after the first time, it’s fine to apply and the liquid comes out in a fairly even consistency.

This formula does fill in pores, though it’s not mask-like or heavy at all. In fact, it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all. Strangely enough, I find this to be more like a complexion enhancer than anything, but it does dry down to a semi-matte type light to medium coverage despite not feeling like it’s heavy or cakey. The coverage is even more so when applied using their Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener (You can see my review for that – here) and the staying power is much more polished with the primer than without.

I have been really enjoying using this foundation with their Balance Antioxidant Hydrating Spray as a setting spray – it gives a lovely dewy finish and I’m really loving that natural look this winter, especially because my skin can actually tolerate that look when it’s colder so I’m taking full advantage while I can!

I love the scent of this spray – it’s very natural, pleasant and light. There’s nothing at all overbearing about the scent like some other sprays / toners can sometimes be and it seems to be nicely hydrating without feeling oily or like there’s a residue on the skin so I love that for my skin.

Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray

 

Overall, this is a really solid natural foundation! I love the idea of there being skincare benefits to wearing foundation, though I didn’t see a huge improvement in my skin that was seriously noticeable in the month and a half I’ve been using this. That being said, I love that their formulation is, for the most part, a very natural, gentle one that won’t irritate sensitive skin or clog pores for those with problem skin either. It doesn’t give a full coverage, but then, if you’re using natural, you can’t expect a hugely full coverage as it’s meant to accent your skin and even it out, but not cover it. The antioxidant spray was a nice addition to using this foundation – I highly recommend it for those who want that dewy natural finish. If not, this foundation dries down to a semi-matte or matte without it, depending on your skin type and what moisturizer you use. The foundation brush was good quality and build, but at $41, it’s not cheap and as someone who isn’t into that kind of brush, I’ll be passing it on to my sister who can get more use out of it than me.

Check out the Liquid Minerals Foundation – here.

Check out the Antioxidant Spray – here.

Check out the Foundation Brush – here.

Otherwise, shop the entire Jane Iredale line of products – here.

Have you tried Jane Iredale Cosmetics?

If so, what is your favorite item from their line?

What are your thoughts on using natural foundation as opposed to conventional types?

7 Essential Skin Supplements of Youth & Vitality According to “The Water Secret” by Dr. Howard Murad

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m looking forward to honoring the US soldiers in my life this weekend and BBQ, of course!

(If you’re confused, this weekend is Memorial Day in USA when we honor the past and current military)

If you’ve been following me then you’ll know that I have recently begun reading The Water Secret:The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Howard Murad of Murad Skincare (Read my initial article about it here! or check out this awesome smoothie recipe from the book here!). As I’ve been reading along, I’ve been dutifully taking notes for myself and I thought, why not share some of the goods?

That being said, Dr. Murad gives some really helpful and knowledgeable advice on which supplements are the most important in looking and feeling your best. As someone who is pretty vitamin-obsessed, there were 2 that even I have been missing from my diet!

Check out the List:

  • Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement. Dr. Murad advises to select a formula that “includes at the major vitamins, minerals and trace minerals”, but he recommends that those who are postmenopausal opt for iron-free formulas. These are everywhere, but I’d opt for a more natural multivitamin type like these from NOW, New Chapter, or another brand that offers many vitamins from natural sources as opposed to synthetic ones. Vitacost.com has a lot of affordable options.
  • Antioxidant Supplement Formula. These antioxidants are, he says, most important to look for in the formula: Vitamins A, C, & E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Poria Cocos, Milk Thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Yellow Dock Root, Quercetin, Curcumin AKA Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba, Selenium, and Coenzyme Q10. He also says not to try and count the milligrams of your intake, but instead to just focus on getting as many of these as possible. As opposed to trying to ingest a million and one pills, I recommend picking one or two of your favorites or otherwise, there are a LOT of antioxidant blends that include many of these in one capsule. Easier to swallow, right? I am NOT a fan of gulping down a crap load of pills. Hints of awful.
  • High Potency B Complex Supplement. He recommends you pick one of these up that includes “all 8 Essential B Vitamins – B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid), B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and B7 (Biotin)”. These are really important for energy. They even have B vitamin complexes that come in chewable form and actually taste okay if you’re not the pill swallowing type, which I’m not. These really help me feel energized in the morning and throughout the day. I find when I pass on taking them on any given day, I feel much more sluggish and slow than I would if I had taken them so they definitely make a huge difference for me!
  • Essential Fatty Acid Supplement. This supplement is important and needs to provide omega-3 fatty acids. He says this may be any any various form: “fish oil, flaxseed oil, or ground flaxseeds added to food or in capsule form.” He says a good vegetarian option is to add a “micro-algae-derived DHA supplement” to their diets. This supplement should involve at least 500mg of Omega-3. In order to get my omegas, I take 2 fish oil capsules daily, but I also eat a lot of fish because I know that when my body gets it from a natural food source, it’s always better absorbed than taking a pill. You can avoid the whole fish taste burping experience, which is totally gross speaking from experience here, by taking them on an empty stomach.
  • Lecithin Supplement (2,000 mg). This supplement is one that I was definitely missing in my diet, but I easily found granules at my local health food store. You can find this in powder, capsule or granular form. He advises that 1 tablespoon daily is enough if you opt for powder or granules. I like to add the granules to my shakes and smoothies; it’s pretty tasteless so it doesn’t bother me. 1 Tbs= 1,725 mg Lecithin.
  • Glucosamine Supplement. Personally, I’d never heard of this supplement before reading this book. I was all, gluco- what? And the kicker is, after reading about it, it’s one of the more important supplements because glucosamine is one of the building blocks that are needed to repair connective tissues throughout your body, that have sustained damage.
  • Calcium Supplement for Bone Health (w/Vitamin D- 1,000-1,500 mg). This is especially important as we currently get way below the needed amount for optimum health. Dr Murad advises to get a calcium supplement with at least 1,000 mg of vitamin D included or otherwise to ingest a separate vitamin D supplement with that amount to get the necessary amount.

Dr. Murad recommends some really great supplements and I have already noticed a big difference in taking them. Other supplements I recommend for those who have specific issues they are concerned with or those in a specific age group that may also have some benefit.

Wild Yam or Evening Primrose. This is beneficial for women who are menopausal or perimenopausal or those suffering from hormonal imbalance. You may also benefit from this if you take it during your time of the month for mood stability or if you get a lot of hormonal acne breakouts.

Licorice Root Extract. I really love this extract. It helped me get over a cough really quickly and especially helps with the throat bronchial irritation that is often felt when you’re sick. When I have a cough, I just add it to my tea with some manuka honey and echicacea; it works really well. Aside from that, licorice root, on general term, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a big part in the cause of many diseases and illnesses. I really enjoy including this as I feel it tempers any inflammation going on in my system that may be harmful. According to my nursing friend, it’s also beneficial for fighting ulcers!

Disclaimer: Please note that this is for informational purposes only. What has been helpful for me may not necessarily be good for you. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements if you are unsure whether or not they are right for you.

What supplements do you take daily?

Are there any in particular that you have found beneficial?

Remember to sign up for my giveaway – here – a winner will be announced on May 28, 2012! (Memorial Day if you’re in the USA)

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Coming Soon! Organic Manuka Honey & Bee Venom Face Masks

Lately in the skincare world, especially in the world of high end high priced (or overpriced as I like to say), there has been a LOT of talk about Bee Venom masks, the  exotic benefits of Manuka Honey and the anti aging, anti acne, and overall skin health benefits this sort of mask can offer. Reviews are in for the Bee Venom mask by Manuka Doctor and people love it.

So I thought, why not offer a similar bee venom mask myself including certified organic manuka honey with bee venom, natural and organic oils, and natural botanical powders, clays and extracts that will give you the same benefits that the whopping $86 Manuka Doctor Bee Venom mask promises consumers without the hefty price tag.

After bouncing this idea off friends, family and customers, I have decided that this is definitely going to be something I want to offer customers, especially those who want a product that works just as well if not better than the high end, overpriced masks, but for a fraction of the price.

I will be doing a focus group trial run in the coming weeks to perfect a formulation so if anyone is interested in trying the product and answering questions for me, you get a free sample size amount of the product to test on yourself and then answer a questionnaire for me.

Feel free to email me at tiannasicilia@yahoo.com if you’re interested for more information.

Thanks!

Stay Beautiful

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