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Obaz Retro One Piece Swimsuit – Marc Jacobs?

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

Mine has been really hot – we’re having upwards of 100 F degrees here in California, at the moment, and it’s been less than pleasant!

Normally, I enjoy this weather, but as I currently live in an area without a pool or beach nearby, it is kind of horrible.

That being, it’s led to fantasies about swimming and, of course, swimsuits!

There seem to be so many amazing styles floating around this season and I really think there is something for everyone. I’ve tried to do a good mix of plus and straight sized styles so everyone has something lovely to pin to their Pinterest “wish list” boards! 😉

I hope you enjoy my current lust list of swimsuits!

Strappy Add-2-Cups Push-Up Halter Top – Victoriassecret.com

GabiFresh for SwimSuitsForAll Lime BH Yoga Bikini Full

L*Space Swimwear Black Neo Bandeau Bandeau Bikini by L*Space 2013 | The Orchid Boutique

St. Maarten Colorblock Bandeau Plus Size Swimsuit w/ Detachable Strap- Black Multi – Swimwear – Monif C

Forever Sexy Ruched Halter One-piece – Victoria’s Secret

Kiyonna Summer 2012 Collection

Motel 50s Style Halter Swimsuit With Padded Cups | ASOS

ASOS Contrast Padded Longline Bikini Top | ASOS

IRON FIST Caged Swimsuit

Nike Bondi Bikini Top & Bottoms | Nordstrom

hococat Scoop One Piece Swimsuit – Forever21

Ted Baker London Bikini Top & Bottoms | Nordstrom

Sugar Skull Calaveras Swimsuit from Picsity

Basta Surf Zunzal Coral Bikini – Anthropologie

Mechanical White Ribs Swimsuit – Black Milk Clothing

Zinke Katie Bikini – Anthropologie

Gamer Turquoise Swimsuit – LIMITED

Cherry Blossom Black Cap Sleeve Swim

Are there Any Swimsuits You’re Loving Right Now?

To see more of my swimsuit style picks and other Spring & Summer fashion trends I’m loving lately, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Spring & Summer Fashion board!

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Beauty Essentials for Summer

ECO Swimwear I’m Loving Right Now!

Beauty Essentials for the Summer!

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It’s nearly Summer and with the sunshine and heat comes a need for certain beauty essentials in order to maintain a fresh face, bouncy healthy hair, glowing skin and all the other looks we like to rock in this fun-filled season.

Here’s What You Need To Make That Happen! 😉 

Astara Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash

In order to look your best this Summer, you will need to keep your skin in tip top condition! My favorite way of doing this is by using both a hydrating, yet cleansing body wash and a nice body scrub to keep my skin bright and smooth. My favorite body wash for summer is the Astara Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash which is both cleansing and hydrating all at once. It’s not stripping of the skin so you won’t experience dryness like some other body washes. Instead, the subtle scent is really pleasant and the wash itself is very calming and moisturizing. It’s even safe for those with dry or sensitive skin as it’s free of detergents and other drying irritants that most conventional body washes use.

DIY Sugar Scrub for Face and Body

Another thing I like to use in the Summer is a good body scrub. There are a TON of nice body scrubs you can buy out there, but I personally prefer to make my own because that’s the one I get the best results from. I also really like that I can customize the ingredients to what I want or what my skin needs. To get my body scrub recipe and step-by-step directions, check here.

Another thing I sometimes struggle with in the summer is oily roots and for this, I actually use a dusting powder from Lush in Coconut, but you can use a dry shampoo if you prefer that. I found that this powder smells really lovely and works just as well, in my opinion, than any dry shampoo I’ve tried. I also have a ton of ideas for making your own dry shampoo which you can find here.

 

This beauty essential is an absolute MUST HAVE for me! I have a few that I really love, but this The Good Stuff Radiance Oil by May Lindstrom is my current favorite for getting naturally golden glowy skin. It’s a high quality body oil that you can use on your face, body and hair which includes a variety of plant oils and mica shimmer to give your skin a subtle glow. I really like it because it doesn’t just give your skin a shimmer – the all natural ingredients actually condition your skin for the better. Another one I really enjoy using is the Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter in Sun Kissed Glow. It’s very affordable for a small tube which will last you quite a long time and it smells deliciously like coconut! Im not sure how much they cost now, but I originally got a small tube of this at Sephora for only $5! Another DIY option is to make your own bronzing oil which is pretty easy to do and looks really nice as well. I’ve done a post on my own DIY Bronzing oil which you can see here.

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra Natural Sunscreen SPF40

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra Natural Sunscreen

If you’re going to be out in the sun, you absolutely need sunscreen! Not only will it protect you from burning and skin cancer, it will also protect you from premature aging. I prefer a more natural formula like this Vive Sana Natural Sunscreen, but it is rather thick so check out this tip for using natural sunscreens that will make using a natural option more blendable! If you want a natural sunscreen that’s more spreadable and blendable straight out of the bottle, this Eco Logical Sunscreen  is the best one I’ve found, though oily skin types will need to set it with a setting powder or blotting papers (you can make your own blotting papers with this DIY tutorial – here!)  as it’s very hydrating and might give you a bit of an oilier appearance. If you don’t care about natural sunscreens, this Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Sunscreen will give you sun protection and a nice shimmery glow all at once!

Tan Organic Sunless Tanner Spray

While I do think it’s very important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, I do understand the want and need for a tan which is why I really love using sunless tanners in summer. Unfortunately, a lot of them are really difficult to use, turn my skin orange sickly colors, and have other harmful ingredients I’d rather not put on my body. Thankfully, last year, I discovered this really awesome organic sunless tanning spray by Tan Organic which works very well at giving my skin a bronze color without looking unnatural in the slightest.

 

If you’re like me, you might struggle with breakouts and troubled skin in the Summer, but no worries, I have 2 really awesome products which help keep my skin totally clear. First, the most natural one I’ve found is the Troubled Skin Facial Serum by Rainwater Botanicals. It’s super affordable at only $9 for a small bottle and it works brilliantly and gently! The second option is much more potent, but the results are more immediate and it’s the Alpha-H Balance Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. I don’t recommend it for sensitive skin types, but it’s great for those who can handle it because the results are consistent and noticeable over time!

Messy Twisted Braid – Long Hair Style How To

With all the swimming in pools and the ocean, my hair can tend to take a beating during the Summer so it’s really important to treat it with the right products. My favorite shampoo + conditioner is the Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue line which features nearly all plant ingredients and 0 fillers. It naturally improves and heals the hair while strengthen the hair shaft and follicle. Aside from that, I’ve been loving this DIY hair treatment that is super simple, cheap and effective! It also naturally highlights hair so, if you want that beachy sun kissed hair look, I highly recommend it.

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For me, Summer is all about a vibe. I feel like everything needs to be fresh and a little sweet, fun and full of sun. That rhyming was totally unintentional. Anyway! Scents and fragrances, for me, have a huge impact on my summer beauty and style. I think they can really set the mood for your day. In Summer, I really enjoy coconut and vanilla as well as more zesty scents that include citrus and floral notes as well. My current fave is the one pictured above from Beauty Habit – Parfums de Nicolai L’eau a La Folie. It’s lime and coconut with other hints of sweetness in it. For some lovely scents for Spring, check out this post I did on it here.

 

I’m not a huge nail polish fan, mostly because I am just not very good at doing my nails, but my love for nail lacquer and art has certainly grown in the past year and I find it a lot of fun to wear polish, especially in the summertime, when I’m in a bathing suit a lot and not really wearing many other accessories. They really help brighten up a look poolside or at the beach. I have 2 favorites from last year (and will hopefully get new favorites this Summer!) by Karma Organic Spa, who offer 3 free non-toxic nail polish in tons of colors at really good prices.

So those are my Beauty Essentials for Summer – What Are Yours?

What Beauty Items Do You Absolutely HAVE to Have for Summer?

Please share your tips and favorite products in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Natural DIY Hair Mask Recipe_StorybookApothecary.com

I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

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.

What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Glowing Skin?

Let Me know in the Comments!

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Eco Baby

Happy Tuesday All!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far!

I just wanted to take a moment to announce the winner for my Eco Logical Sunscreen Giveaway so Congrats to Nizy!

I’ve contacted you through email already so enjoy your prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up and commented and I will try to do more giveaways in the next few months – feel free to let me know if you have any items you’d like to be up for grabs in the future!

Also, you all have 1 more chance to win currently so be sure to sign up for the O.N.E. Skincare Giveaway!

As for my other O.N.E. Skincare giveaway, you’ve all got less than 2 days to sign up and enter to win a full sized Olive Oil All in One Nourishing Treatment from O.N.E. Skincare and you can Sign Up Here

Good Luck & Have a Great Day!

Anyone doing any awesome giveaways currently or sign up for a great one recently?

I’d love if you shared the links in the comments!

Eco Baby

Eco Baby Sunscreen

I recently did a review on the Eco Logical Skin Natural Sunscreens for Baby and Body (see the review – here) and I’m so thrilled to announce they are sponsoring a giveaway for Storybook Apothecary readers, allowing you the chance to try one for yourself!

That’s right ( 😉 ), one lucky reader will win a full size Eco Baby Natural Sunscreen and enjoy their fantastic formula first hand!

The giveaway ends this coming Monday so Hurry & Sign Up while you still can!

Good Luck!

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

Giveaway Ends March 4th, 2013!

eco BABY

When it’s so cloudy and cold out, we often times think that we don’t really need to apply sunscreen, but that couldn’t be further from the truth because, in fact, most sun damage and cancer causing rays penetrate through clouds and will still do a number on your skin if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your skin from aging and pigmentation as well as skin cancer. So, with that being said, protect your skin and do it daily, not just at the beach, and onto my review! 😉

I’ve recently been testing out this new 100% natural sunscreen for the past month or so and I really like it thus far.

Previously, I had been using Vive Sana (for that review, check here), but I ran out of it and haven’t really had the time or money to re-purchase it. To be honest, I really like both of them and they both have their pros and cons.

First of all, the Eco Logical Skin Sunscreens are really lovely. Unlike most natural sunscreens, these aren’t overwhelmingly thick and actually spread really well. They take a minute or so to set into the skin and the white cast is not so glaringly obvious, but there’s none of the struggle I usually experience when using most naturally sunscreens. This one actually fades a bit once it’s massaged into the skin. As I said, you do have to let it sit for a minute and then the white cast fades out, but be careful not to over apply because then you will have a white cast. I did that the other day and it left too much white sunscreen cast in my brows. Ew. My B.

Eco Baby

Anyway, the formula has little to no scent and none of the chemically sunscreen smell I remember from my childhood (which I am hopelessly fond of due to nostalgia LOL). It’s really inoffensive and I think, for this reason, it would be fantastic for sensitive skin and babies. It also hasn’t made me break out at all which some sunscreens have done to me in the past and that’s certainly something I can appreciate.

Where this line of sunscreens really shine is in the hydration and spread-ability department because nearly all natural sunscreens I’ve tried have been seriously difficult to spread onto skin and even harder to blend. This one is really not at all difficult to apply. It spreads really easily onto skin and soaks in reasonably quickly, though the minimal white cast takes a minute or so to go away as long as you don’t over apply.

Eco BODY

Also, these sunscreens are super hydrating to the skin because they include lots of beneficial plant oils including avocado and jojoba oil. The only thing I consider a somewhat con to these sunscreens is that they are not organic or GMO free and that’s kind of an important factor to some. If you want an organic sunscreen, check the link above to my Vive Sana review. If you just want the sunscreen to be 100% natural and made from beneficial ingredients, then this is a fantastic, solid line of sustainable and eco friendly sunscreens. They don’t include chemical sunscreens like conventional sun protection products, only a high concentration of zinc oxide (22%) . They are broad spectrum ( UVA / UVB ), water resistant, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic ( will not clog pores ).

Learn more about Eco Logical Skin as a company – here.

You can check out their line of natural sunscreens – here.

If you wish to purchase these, they are carried in a number of retail locations around the world. You can locate a store near you with their locator – here.

Quick Tip for Those Using Natural Sunscreens!

I have been loving this sunscreen from Vive Sana (see review for it – here!), but I actually have a special way of applying my natural sunscreens which I thought that maybe not a lot of people thought about and which I think makes using natural sunscreens a hell of a lot easier than straight out of the bottle. Though, if you can manage it and the consistency doesn’t bother you, then that’s cool too.

You see, a big issue a lot of people have with using natural sunscreens is that they often times are extremely thick, leave a white cast, and can be really difficult to spread on the skin so it’s no wonder that many avoid using them.

That being said, using a natural sunscreen is worth it in the long run to avoid unnecessary chemicals, pesticides and preservatives from causing bodily harm so what I do to counter balance the aforementioned problems with using natural sunscreens is I like to mix them with a nickel size amount of serum or natural vegetable oil to help them spread more evenly on the skin, dim the white cast and even last me longer.

Many people don’t know that there are natural vegetable oils that actually offer natural SPF protection. That’s not to say you should replace SPF with a vegetable oil because the protection of natural vegetable oils is too low to offer sufficient protection in such a hot climate, but it certainly does help and works well for spreading my sunscreen out!

Here are some favorites that I like to use either alone or sometimes mixed together:

  • Olive Oil (lower than SPF 4)
  • Jojoba Oil SPF 4
  • Macadamia Oil SPF 6
  • Soybean Oil SPF 10
  • Wheatgerm Oil SPF 15 – 20
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 28 – 50
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Essential Oil – this must be mixed with a carrier oil such as soybean or olive – DO NOT USE UNDILUTED!) SPF 38 – 40

I hope these tips help you in your quest to an all natural lifestyle!

Natural Sunscreen That Protects and Improves Your Skin While You Wear It!

I’ve been searching for the perfect natural sunscreen for ages and it’s not as easy as it may seem. Companies boast a “natural” formula that’s usually anything but or it’s natural yet gives me a horrible white cast and a greasy residue of a face when applied. I’m so happy to report I finally found one that ticks off all the right boxes in all the right places!

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra SPF40 Sunscreen is everything I ever I wanted in a natural sunscreen and more:

  • 70% Certified Organic, 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Broad spectrum mineral-based UVA/UVB Protection
  • Phthalate-Free, Paraben-Free, PABA-free, Petroleum-free
  • Sustainable US packaging
  • Healing, Hydrating and Gentle Ingredients that Benefit the Skin

Included in this formula are also a host of natural sun and free radical fighters such as Green Tea and Raspberry seed as well as other more skin calming ingredients like chamomile and oat to soothe the skin. Aside from that, beneficial vegetable oils such as apricot, safflower, jojoba, avocado and olive all work to condition, soften and hydrate the skin and, of course, percentages of 8.5% titanium dioxide and 3.5% zinc oxide help shield the skin from UV damage. Also, it does not include water in the formula so this will last a lot longer for you and your family and is more concentrated than cheaper mainstream sunscreens that are made with water as the main base ingredient.

What I love about this sunscreen is not just that it’s all natural, though that certainly is a huge plus, but I love that it is pretty much skincare built into a high SPF sunscreen. One thing I will say about this that is kind of annoying is the fact that the formula is really thick and it comes in a tube with a small little hole to get the product from, but it’s so thick the product is a pain to squeeze out. Also, it’s pretty thick so I like mixing it with my Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear, which I use as a primer, in the morning to give it a bit more slip and it spreads super easily that way and leaves no white cast on my face as so many other natural sunscreens have in the past. Also, there’s none of that typical chemical type sunscreen scent which I find repulsive; in fact, there’s hardly any scent at all. I also received a small sample of the Solar to Polar Baby SPF42 Sunscreen which I kept in my purse for re-applying throughout the day and it was actually much smoother to apply than the Ultra, but other than that, they are basically the same.

I highly recommend Vive Sana sunscreens because they are natural, green, and potent for sun protection from UVA and UVB rays. The fact that they include natural ingredients to help protect your skin as well as other skin beneficial ingredients makes this sunscreen that much more awesome!

Also, Storybook Apothecary readers get a special discount if they purchase anything from Vive Sana’s website within the next 2 weeks and use Coupon Code – Storybook20; they will receive a whopping 20% off their order so hurry on down and pick yours up at this great low price!

Check out the Solar to Polar Ultra – here!

Check out the Solar to Polar for Babies – here!

How do you feel about natural sunscreens?

Do you prefer natural or chemical sunscreens to protect your skin from harmful UV damage?

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