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Hello Kitty Velcro Hair Bows – 3 Pack

Over my birthday weekend back in April, I went for a little shopping at Sephora and picked up these super cute Hello Kitty velcro hair bows.

If you are unfamiliar with what velcro hair tools are, they are basically a simple alternative you can use to hold your hair back instead of using bobby pins or hair bands. These are most commonly used to hold hair back while washing your face, but you can use them as you like. I personally use these to hold my hair up when I can’t find a hair band or when I wash my face. It may seem really odd to put velcro in your hair, but they are super handy and they’re surprisingly a lot gentler on hair than hair bands and pins which tend to pull and tug on hair and can cause headaches. These stay in place really well without any of the tension and pressure of other hair accessories which I really love.

Also, if you have a fringe or bangs or short layers, these are actually a lot more effective at keeping hair off your face when you’re cleansing or applying makeup.  In fact, I think that may actually be what they were initially marketed for in Asia, but don’t quote me on that!

I’ve used hair velcro tools before so I was excited to find these really adorable bow shaped velcros from HK and I’m excited that they seem to be going more mainstream since HK is offering them in Sephora now. I previously purchased my rectangle hair velcros by Japanese company Dariya from Asian beauty sites, Ebay or Amazon because they used to be the only ones who offered this sort of thing, but it is really cool to see they are more readily available to US consumers now as I find these hair velcros to be cute, fun and very useful!

If you are interested in purchasing these hair bow velcros from Hello Kitty, they are available at Sephora, but it looks like their online site is currently sold out of them. The only other places I can find them online are on Amazon or Ebay, but if you have one near you, I’d get them at Sephora as they are a lot cheaper (around $15, I think, for the pack) whereas they’re around $20 on Ebay and Amazon. If you don’t really care for the shape of the velcros, you can get rectangle shaped hair velcros or simple bow shaped ones on Amazon & Ebay for $2-$3.

What Do You Think of This Odd, But Useful Hair Tool?

Do You Use Hair Velcros? 

Would You?

Also, What Strange Beauty Tools Have You Tried? 

♥ Tianna 

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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

Hot Cleansing Oil

I’ve been meaning to review this cleansing oil for some time as I’ve had it and been testing it in various ways, on and off, since December. I know, I know, that’s a crazy long time, but I’ve just had so much stuff to review, it’s been overwhelming to test everything properly and review them in good time so I hope you’ll forgive me 😛

Anyway, this cleansing oil was sent to me for review from the lovely people over at Gold Sakura, a beauty shop which exclusively offers natural Japanese beauty products, and I was thrilled because I love Asian beauty products! If you haven’t experienced Asian beauty products yet, you really ought to. This particular cleansing oil is the Moist Hinoki Deitanseki Hot Cleansing Oil which is a naturally formulated cleanser from Japan that utilizes honey, yogurt filtrate, castor oil and Japanese cypress oil also known in Japanese as Hinoki.

This cleansing oil is perfect for all skin types, especially acne prone, because it really heats up when you use it and clears out pores, unlike some cleansing oils which can feel leave a heavy oily residue, this one feels heavy while you cleanse your skin, but it deep cleans and rinses completely off so there’s no film left on the skin when you’re done and your skin still gets completely clean. Another thing I really love about this cleansing oil is the hinoki ( Japanese cypress oil ) in it because it makes the oil feel almost cooling to the skin while you massage it in and leaves the skin feeling really fresh and clean like a more stripping cleanser would, only without the stripping or the harsh ingredients.

This is great for removing makeup and its super gentle, yet effective. I highly recommend this for those struggling with acne who also battle dryness because this hydrates without irritating or clogging pores. All other skin types could probably benefit from using this as well, though I think it’d be most beneficial for dry acne prone skin types. The cooling, refreshing effect of it really does feel like a Japanese hot spring or something and I’ve quite enjoyed trying it out!

You can learn more about and purchase this cleansing oil from Gold Sakura – here.

What’s Your Favorite Cleansing Oil?

Have You Ever Tried Japanese Beauty Products? 

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts & Recommendations in the Comments!

Related Articles:

My Top 10 Favorite Asian Beauty Products

A Closer Look At My Favorite Taiwanese Beauty Brand – Naruko 

Get Naturally Clear Skin with Naruko’s Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Line

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I’m really excited about this recent collaboration of Wishtrend.com & Hope In A Blog’s first ever blogger event which celebrates both the Asian Lunar New Year AND Valentine’s Day, both of which land in February of this year.

The Dragon represents Wishtrend while the Cupid represents Hope In A Blog.

The Dragon represents courage, power – and the cupid represents love, passion.

The Dragon represents the East, the Cupid – the West.

The Dragon is a symbol of the Asian Lunar New Year, while the Cupid is, of course, the symbol of Valentine’s Day.

This year, they both fall on the same month – in February – and to celebrate this special double occasion – Wishtrend and Hope In A Blog are collaborating on a special box and a special event and competition for bloggers WORLDWIDE to join us in celebrating these two important days!

…And what do these two celebrations have in common ? The color RED !

Wishtrend will be releasing a special box – which comprises of all RED items to beautify yourselves in these two occasions. If you are a blogger, you will be able to have a chance to test this box out yourself FREE OF CHARGE – Post a photo – and WIN a grand prize! Create your best ‘RED’ look with the items in the box and let your creativity take over!

Open to bloggers WORLDWIDE.

How To Enter ?

1. Create a new post on your blog and copy and paste this entry.

2. After creating the post , email the URL/Website to jwzs@wishcompany.net.

3. Selection process will begin and bloggers selected will receive an email. Red Box will be delievered on 2nd week of January with tracking number.

4. If selected, the Special Box will be mailed to your address.

5. After 2 weeks, Blogger is required to review and post a photo using all the items in the box. Dateline : 31/01/2012. Please mail the blog link to jwzs@wishcompany.net to validate your entry.

6. Wishtrend and Hope In A Blog will pick a blogger with the most creative photo and blog post ( make good use of the items and create your best ‘RED” look! )

P.S : IF You are not chosen as a WIshtrend blogger, but have purchased the Red Box on your own, you can enter this competition as well by sending us the link of your blog post with review and photo to jwzs@wishcompany.net

PRIZE :

Winner will have their photo posted on the main page of the Wishtrend site as well as the Wishtrend Facebook Page with their Blog site. With over 40,000 likes on Facebook and more than 100,000 clients all over the world – this will give your blog a huge push!

Winner will also win a $30  $50 coupon from Wishtrend.com