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Kill Black/Brown Waterproof Brush Liner and Mascara Set

Congratulations to Denise Harajuku Girl FL!

You have won 3 lovely Clio Makeup products, brought to you by Peach & Lily!

I have emailed you, but if you didn’t receive that, please shoot me an email at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com ASAP with your post information.

Thanks to everyone who entered, followed and tweeted – more giveaways and chances to win coming soon! 

Special thanks to Peach and Lily for providing these awesome makeup products for giveaway.

Check out their lovely site – here.

♥ Tianna 

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Lovely and Long Lasting Natural Korean Beauty Products – A CLIO Makeup Review {GIVEAWAY} !

Kill Black/Brown Waterproof Brush Liner and Mascara Set

{ These items were provided for review by Peach and Lily as were the giveaway items! }

I’m so excited to finally review these products I received for review from Peach & Lily! If you don’t know already, I love Asian beauty products and Korean beauty is often the height in cutting edge beauty products because they are always coming out with great new products that do insane, yet amazing things for you beauty-wise whilst still managing to look natural.

Clio Makeup has definitely held up to this ideal when it comes to Korean makeup products. 

The first item I received is a 2 piece set with the Clio O’Tank Volume Mascara in Black and the Clio Waterproof Eyeliner in Kill Brown. Both are equally amazing! The color for both is very pigmented and lasts all day long without smudging, creasing or fading.

The mascara has this well-designed curved mascara wand which helps to curl lashes during application and it works incredibly well. Although I have naturally long lashes, they tend to point down and fall down by the end of the day. I actually think this mascara has taken the place of my favorite Dior Extase Mascara and that’s saying something!

The liquid eyeliner is super easy to use for getting a very thin or thick line, whatever you like. It has that felt tip marker design to it so it’s application is simple, even for newbies to liquid liner. I love that this lasts for hours and hours because I have pretty oily eyelids which tend to crease, smudge and fade any eye makeup within an hour, but this actually lasts all day long. Another thing is that, although the color is a natural brown ( I personally prefer black liners ), it’s still really pigmented and a very rich dark brown color. It looks intense while still looking natural enough for daytime makeup.

You can check out this set on Peach and Lily – here.

Friday Glow Liquid Shadow

The last item I received was this Clio Friday Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Deepen Brown. I’ve never tried a full on liquid eye shadow before so it was fun to try out something entirely new  and this did not disappoint! It’s incredibly pigmented, but you can apply small amounts of it if you want a lighter color payoff so it’s very customizable for different color intensities. I used it once for a lighter brown color and simply used less of the liquid on my eye and patted it in. I also tried the more intense full color which was very rich in color, but still pretty natural looking. I don’t think the full color could be worn during the day, but definitely would work well for neutral looks in the evening. It comes with an easy to use applicator that applies to the eyes easily without much difficulty. My only advice is to use less at first then build because the color payoff is really shockingly bold, despite being a natural shimmery brown color.

You can check out this Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow – here.

Here Are Some Images What Everything I Received Looks Like: 

Some Swatches:

…And Now…

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

One lucky reader will receive these 3 lovely products from Clio Makeup!

It’s your chance to try out some lovely quality Korean beauty products, especially for those who have never tried any Korean beauty items before!

Entering is super easy with tons of options for gaining bonus entries!

Hurry, though! This giveaway is only open until Monday, May 13th, 2013.

The winner will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday or Wednesday.

GOOD LUCK!

Sign Up for the Clio Makeup Giveaway Now!

Have You Ever Tried Korean Beauty Products Before?

Have You Tried Clio Makeup Before?

What do you think of Korean Beauty Brands V. American, British or other Western Brands?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

All-in-One Snail Repair Cream

The winner of the Mizon Snail Repair Cream Giveaway is Asha! Congrats!

Please email me at StorybookApothecary@Gmail.com with your postal information so I can send your prize out to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up and tweeted, followed, liked, etc. – I really appreciate all of you following my blog and stay tuned for more giveaways coming very soon!

Special thanks to the awesome ladies at PeachandLily.com for sponsoring this giveaway

♥ Tianna 

All-in-One Snail Repair Cream

All-in-One Snail Repair Cream – peachandlily.com

{Disclaimer – This cream was sent to me for review from PeachandLily.com}

This is going to sound bizarre to those of you who haven’t heard the latest Korean beauty craze.

That’s right, I’m talking snails.

Okay, not snails, but snail extract on your face.

{ I’ll give all you newbies a second to let that sink in… }

Yep.

Don’t you dare click away and let me cope with this weirdness on my own! 

If you’re completely new to this Korean beauty craze, then let me enlighten you all to a whole new world of beautiful strangeness. The Korean beauty industry has recently released a host of creams from various brands featuring an odd new ingredient – you guessed it – snail mucus extract. According to those headlining this new beauty trend, they claim that the mucus from snails has the power to heal, rejuvenate and hydrate skin in a powerful way.

Anyway 🙂

So, it’s my very first “snail cream” beauty experience and, as much as I seriously hate admitting to it, it’s been awesome! First of all, I just want to clarify a bit for those of you who might think there is straight up snail mucus or ground up snail shell in this cream because that’s definitely not the case. It’s actually all very scientific. The cream simply includes a 92% concentration of “snail extract” which is from the mucus of snails (gross, at first look…), but is dried, purified and turned into a powdered extract before it ever gets near your finished cream so I suppose it’s not all bad once you get down to it.

Is it weird? Only when I think about it.

I was actually expecting this cream to have a bizarre scent or texture ( or maybe bits of snail residue in it ), but this cream is seriously nice and also, thankfully, pleasantly scented in an inoffensive way. In many ways, this cream feels much like any other when applied, though it is seriously hydrating without being heavy and sinks in near instantly. It does have a slight stickiness to it, but that goes away in 30 minutes or less after the cream sinks into the skin. Once it does, there’s no residue left behind or anything.

Once you get passed to fact that this includes snail mucus in the formula, it really is lovely. The cream itself comes in a very luxurious glass jar and a little bit of this cream goes quite a long way. Although it’s marketed as a repair cream for aging and things, I really think any skin type could use this safely, even sensitive and acne prone skin types. My advice is to exfoliate properly before applying this and to only use it at night as it may cause a bit of oiliness if you have oily to combination skin.

I’ve been using this cream for nearly a month now and I can honestly say it’s improved my overall skin texture, smoothed some fine lines, improved the hydration levels of my skin, and even diminished some acne scarring. I don’t think it does anything for acne, really, but it doesn’t exacerbate any existing blemishes nor does it cause any new ones so that’s a major plus for me when it comes to creams. I highly recommend this cream as one to consider if you’re new to this whole snail cream phenomena and you want to give it a go.

You can check out this Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream at Peach & Lily – here.

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY TIME!

The lovely ladies of PeachandLily.com have very generously sent me an extra jar of this Snail Repair Cream by Mizon to offer up for giveaway so any one of you can get the chance to try it out for yourself and get in on this Korean beauty craze!

The giveaway is open to all subscribers of Storybook Apothecary so you have to be a follower via email, bloglovin’ or wordpress. It’s open internationally so anyone can enter, wherever they are in the world, as long as they follow my blog.

This giveaway ends on April 23, 2013 ( this coming Tuesday ) and I’ll announce the winner here on the blog.

Hurry & Enter while you can!

Sign Up for the Giveaway & Enter to Win Your Very Own Snail Cream!

Good Luck!

♥ Tianna

My Crazy Weekend + Lovely Duchess Marden Mini Sample Reviews

I just wanted to apologize again for having an absolute repeat of the silence and crickets of last weekend. I know, I know, I can’t believe I managed to completely ignore blogging all weekend, but the thing is that I just moved and it’s just been ridiculous having to clean and move everything in and I’ve been exhausted, for lack of a better word.

So my apologies for another quiet weekend!

I actually have quite a bit of reviews and things lined up to share with you all, but I’ve had little time to tally up the goodness and add photos and things so I can publish so instead I’ve a million and one drafts sitting in queue waiting to be shown some proper attention before being pushed out into the world!

So, anyhow, once I have a chance (hopefully in the next day or so), I will certainly update and publish the many many awesome posts so please stay tuned!

 I was recently sent these lovely samples from Duchess Marden and I really quite enjoyed them. If you’re unfamiliar with Duchess Marden skincare, it began with one woman’s trip to Southeast Asia and her discovery of pure rose water there. From then, she decided to harness the healing and regenerating powers of rose in her skincare line and thus was beginning in the creation of the very luxurious Duchess Marden products. To read more about it, check here.

I don’t know that this line is really aimed at my age group or my skin type, but the products are certainly gentle enough to be used on any type regardless. The Face Creme Cleanser and Face Creme both have a jasmine/rose type antique smell which, if you’ve been following along for a bit, you all know I’m not immensely overjoyed by. I suspect this is due in part to the rose water they include in the majority of their products which is great for the skin, but not a scent I’m particularly fond of.

Aside from that, this cleanser + face creme duo is quite nice. They both are very gentle, clearly aimed at those with dry or sensitive skin and yet, even with my acne prone combination skin, they were still very pleasant to use. Gentle, effective at cleansing without drying out the skin, and very nourishing and hydrating, I would certainly recommend these two for anyone with a lot of skin irritation, especially rosacea types, or anyone with dry to mature or otherwise sensitive skin. They are both very gentle and calming and work well together.

Check out the Creme Cleanser – here!

Check out the Face Creme – here!

Second on the list is the Neck and Decollete Serum which was one of my favorite items from the lot!

I really love the consistency of this serum! It’s very nourishing, it looks a bit like a runny creme, but it feels like a serum and hydrates the neck and decollete very well. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and I like that they offer a product like this. Too often, we forget about our neck and decollete areas and think to treat everything else, but then the signs of aging tend to show up on the neck, decollete and hands when neglected so I think this is a really great product and it works well for this area. It’s not too heavy, but just right and very lovely to use!

Check it out  – here!

This line would be incomplete without their 100% Pure Rose Water! I think it’s important to mention that, although I am not a fan of the rose scent, I love this rose water. Derived from steam-distilled fresh pink Damask rose petals, it’s really refreshing and the scent is not overwhelming at all. Instead, the scent is pretty subtle, but it feels very nourishing and calming. It really helps to calm redness and breakouts and I love it even more so now because it is really refreshing in this hot-as-hell Southern California weather! Add to that the pH balancing, antibacterial and pore tightening abilities and I am pretty sold on this one!

Check out it out – here!

The Body Serum in this line is really great because it’s oil based, but it isn’t oily. It’s not heavy, it has a nice subtle scent that isn’t rose (thank you! LOL), and it is actually very hydrating to the skin. I really enjoyed this serum. I don’t think it’s nourishing enough for someone with severely dry skin, but mildly dry to normal skin would really benefit from this serum.

Check it out – here!

The last in the line of samples that I received is the Damascena Anti-Wrinkle Serum. I really like the lightness of this serum. I don’t know that I really experienced any anti-wrinkle effects, but then I don’t have many wrinkles yet. Aside from that, I did feel like it helped firm my skin a bit and it was very hydrating, calming, and toning to the skin.

 Check it out – here!

Other Features to Love About Duchess Marden Products:

  • Hydrating and Calming Ingredients
  • Naturally scented
  • Utilizes 100% Pure Rose Water
  • NO fillers, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens or chemical preservatives
  • Luxurious and Relaxing Vibe to all products and lovely presentation
 Check out the entire Duchess Marden line of products – here!

Has anyone ever tried the Duchess Marden line before?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Duchess Marden Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners + A Surprise!

So, my apologies for this rather late announcement.

You see, I had planned to announce the winners at midnight, but then I fell asleep and yeah.

Then today I spent all day at a local lake with friends, got sunburned and yep.

So, I am making up for this!

Without further delay, Here are the Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners:

HealthyFrenchie

Wendy Kroy

AJ’s Mom 

To make up for the late announcement and the fact that I’m feeling quite generous lately, plus the fact that everyone is so keen on trying a night jelly, as a happy surprise, please email me @ StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with a mailing address to claim your mini Naruko samples and let me know which night jelly you most want to try from Naruko.

I know some of you don’t get it in your country so I am going to go to the local shop and get you each a full size night jelly of your choice. Please let me know which one you want to try when you email me your mailing information!

So congrats to the winners of this mini giveaway and stay tuned for the winner of the Rainwater Botanicals giveaway!

If you haven’t signed up for that one yet, you can do so – here!

Night All, I’ll be nursing a sunburn now!

Please Sign Up for My Giveaways!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Now, I know I write a lot of reviews because I go out of my way to seek out companies that I like so I can review samples from them or otherwise purchase their stuff out of pocket to test and review them here on this blog.

Other posts I do try to include are a lot of DIY because it’s something I love and think is tons of fun as well as healthy beauty food recipes because I believe beauty is from the inside out!

That being said, I do put a lot of effort into my posts and I hope that it reflects in the posts I do.

I recently started 2 mini giveaways – one for Naruko and one for Rainwater Botanicals.

Although I was sent the samples for free from each company, I will be shipping these out to the chosen winners at my own expense.

They are both available to any of my readers, anywhere in the world.

This is my way of showing appreciation for your support so please sign up for them!

Sign up for the Naruko Mini Giveaway – here!

(Ends June 9th, 2012)

Sign Up for the Rainwater Botanicals Mini Giveaway – here!

(Ends June 12th, 2012)

I hope you will all sign up for these mini giveaways for the chance at trying some product samples from some truly amazing natural skincare companies!

Thanks & Have a Nice Weekend!