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NEW Stila Cosmetics – Illuminating HD Bronzing Beauty Balm, Glowing Lip Color, and More!

Lovely NEW Beauty Items from Stila Cosmetics! - Storybookapothecary.com

Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – PeriwinkleStay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – TurquoiseAfter Glow Lip Color – Rave RedAfter Glow Lip Color – Vivid Violet, & After Glow Lip Color – Party Pink.

I’m super excited about these lovely new items from Stila Cosmetics! They’ve recently come out with 3 new BB creams – an illuminating one, a bronzing one, and an HD type which I think is meant for photos. All of them are meant to be long lasting for all day wear. I love BB creams, but these seem especially nice for those who are going for specific effects on their skin whether that be glowing skin, bronzed skin or even picture perfect skin. I like that they are tailored to specific beauty effects as opposed to just being called “BB cream” or whatever.

A lot of cosmetic companies seem to be just re-branding their tinted moisturizers as BB creams and calling it a day which I kind of find irritating. I don’t think they really understand the meaning and purpose of Korean BB creams so they’re just trying to ride the BB fame tailcoat without fully comprehending the point, but that’s just me. I like that these BB creams have deviated from the typical western brand imitation pattern. I definitely think it makes these stand out from the massive wave of BB’s, CC’s & even DD’s that have come out recently.

Next, they’ve come out with 2 really lovely tinted waterproof liquid eye liners that are super whimsical and look like they’d be tons of fun to wear this summer! I love that both colors are very bright and that the eye liners are liquid and waterproof so they will last longer than typical color liners. Many colored liners that I’ve tried in the past usually have super light pigmentation, crappy color payoff or otherwise, they rub off in a few seconds so you can never get any good wear out of them. I’m hoping these have better pigmentation and the fact that they’re long lasting AND liquid ( will last longer on that alone ) sounds quite promising!

The last new items from Stila are the After Glow Lip Colors in Rave Red, Vivid Violet and Party Pink. What’s really fascinating about these is that they contain fluorescent pigments so when they are exposed to UV lights (aka black lights), they glow! They also claim that the colors will also be brighter in normal light due to the special pigments in the formula as well so that’s lovely! Other benefits include long lasting and super pigmented color pay-off that’s buildable, oat extract and sunflower oil to calm and hydrate lips, vitamins C & E for antioxidant protection and benefits, and delicious cherry flavor. I’m pretty excited for these lip colors because I love the 90’s rave girl look, personally, and I am really enjoying neon colors at the moment so this definitely appeals to me!

What New Beauty Products Are You Excited About?

When New Products Are Released, Do You Get More Excited for Skincare or Makeup stuff?

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

♥ Tianna

Gentle Face Cleanser + Exfoliant + Moisturizer + Face Mask : Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Facial Cleansing Balm & Muslin Cloth

If you’ve been following along for a bit, you may have seen my original post on Suti Skincare, but if not, you may have seen the reviews I did for their Peppermint Face Toner and Purity Balm Moisturizer, which I also featured as one of my June Beauty Favorites. If not, do check them out! I’ve become such a huge fan of Suti since first trying samples of their stuff a few months back. They are truly one of those organic beauty brands that offer quality products that are also very effective and that is something to be applauded. They’re already one a few awards for their efforts including Best Beauty Newcomer by Sublime Magazine for 2011 and it’s all very well deserved.

Their Organic Cleanse Balm is certainly no different than any of their products in terms of quality. Although you get a modest sized jar, I can fully attest to the fact that a little really actually does go a long way. This will last you several months. It’s a very compact balm in the jar and a dime sized amount easily melts in your hand and onto your face. This is a different kind of cleanser entirely to the typical foam and rinse types; it requires a bit more work, but the payoff is better. You really have to massage this kind of cleanser into your face really well to get the results you want, otherwise this is just oil sitting on your face being useless, albeit really high quality oils. In order to get the full effect, you must massage this into your skin for at least a minute and you can leave it on for 5-20 minutes if you want to get added mask effects. It really deep cleans the pores without being drying to the skin and, when used with the muslin cloth (free when you purchase the Cleanse Balm, BTW!), it exfoliates your skin in an extremely gentle way that doesn’t irritate, just brightens and tones. I really like their muslin cloth as well; it’s unbleached and natural and it’s really quite soft. This one is certainly higher quality than the one from Liz Earle, though both get the job done at any rate.

Aside from being an incredible cleanser, it also really hydrates the skin really well. Amid the scorching heat we’ve been enduring lately, I’ve been using this alone. I did test it with the Purity Balm on cooler days and it worked really well combined with that too, though a bit too moisturizing for the hot, miserably humid days we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 weeks (Ugh.)

The things I truly love about this cleanser are that it is very gentle and includes a lot of healing ingredients. On days when my skin just feels downright abused (like when I feel oily, dirty, but still dry – WTF?), this is an absolutely skin saver. It just feels so nourishing and the nourishing oils sink right into the skin, leaving my skin feeling super soft and supple. I have truly loved this on hot days (believe it or not) because it’s allowed me to combine cleansing with moisturizing and it leaves my skin feeling balanced because I can buff this off my face with warm water and the muslin cloth after massaging it into the skin.

This is definitely a more expensive cleansing balm, but as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best one I’ve ever tried and truly worth the price in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on skincare, but it’s something I think is truly worth investing in because your face is the only one you’ve got and it deserves the best.

Check out the Organic CLEANSE Balm – here!

Check out all Suti Skincare products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Suti Skincare for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Keep Cool In This Heat with Suti’s Peppermint Water Facial Toner

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll know how much I’ve come to love Suti Skincare. Ever since they sent me mini samples a few months ago, I’ve been a serious convert of their products. After all, they’re made with all natural and organic ingredients, quality packaging and their products are above all, effective.

So, when they agreed to send me more products for review, of course I said yes!

This is one of the awesome products they’ve sent me that has seriously been a godsend. I was actually complaining about the unbearable heat in an email to one of their lovely reps when she agreed to send this to me!

I cannot thank her enough! Seriously, this toner is so cooling given the peppermint in it, plus it comes in a very convenient spray bottle that I keep in my purse for every hour on the hour that I’m guaranteed to be sweating. Did I mention my office has no AC? We have a very large glorified fan that manages to cool down the hallway and little else, but this toner has been doing all the work to keep me from dying of heat overload. Not only that, but it helps to calm redness and irritation so I’ve been using it at night to help get rid of 2 spots that popped up when the weather took a turn for the worse (105 degrees F here today!). It’s meant for combination to oily skin types, but I actually think anyone with any skin type could use this one. It is gentle, calming and doesn’t have any added fragrance so the scent of peppermint is just barely discernible. The effects, on the other hand, are subtle yet immediately cooling and calming.

All in all, a seriously awesome product made with only the best ingredients – pure organic peppermint leaf water.

It’s pretty pricey at £18.00 (approx. $36 USD), but you do get a fair amount of product (100mL) and it really does last you.

Check it out – here!

See Suti Skincare’s full line of products – here!

You can also learn more about their ingredients – here.

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

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http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/07/08/suti-skincares-purity-balm-review/

Suti Skincare’s Purity Balm Review

So, not that long ago I reviewed some mini samples that were sent to me from Suti Skincare (see those reviews – here!) and I had tried the mini sample of this balm, but I just didn’t get the hype. That being said, I was only able to get like 3 uses out of the little jar they sent so of course I wouldn’t be able to get a good feel for something like this that effects the skin over time. That being said, apparently Suti reps agreed with this notion and decided to send me a full size of this one to try to get a better feel for it!

So yay! I am super happy I was able to try the full size of this because it has been amazing at calming my skin down on days when I’m just red and blotchy, dry or even riddled with breakouts for no damn reason. My skin has a mind of it’s own at times and just does whatever it pleases so this was great to have on hand because it actually does wonders at calming, nourishing and healing flare-ups of any kind whatsoever.

It feels really gritty straight out of the jar, but it melts on contact with the skin and soon turns into an oil type balm texture. I love the impressive ingredient list and the fact that it’s certified organic in the U.K. where certification requirements are much more strict than in the U.S. The main superstars in this are the calendula, chamomile and lavender which all work wonders to soothe the skin. Plus, this balm smells wonderful and really helps to relax me in the evenings before bed.

Ingredients: Vitellaria Niloteca (Shea Butter)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Tocopherol, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Limonene**

* Certified Organic  ** Naturally occurring in essential oils

The heavy jar packaging is really nice and classy looking and it comes with an odd plastic spatula thing meant to help scoop the balm out of the jar, but it’s so thin and has no actual spoon or anything on the end. I really felt it was quite useless and threw it away after getting frustrated trying to use it. I like the idea behind it, but the design of this is such crap and it’s confusing because the jar is really top notch quality. Anyhow, I just ended up using one of my spoons instead because I find it’s more effective than the crap stick they sent.

Okay so back to how amazing this balm is!

It feels really softening on the skin and it actually has similar effects on my skin that their cleansing balm did only without having to rinse. It is so protective as well, but it doesn’t feel at all heavy or thick. It didn’t make me break out; quite the opposite, this helped clear some breakouts I had going on.

I highly recommend this to any and all skin types. It is so great to use when your skin is out of balance or just freaking out for no reason which I think can happen to us all sometimes. It will work especially well for those with dry, sensitive or even acne prone skin types because it’s very hydrating, calming, and balancing. The soothing ingredients in this are great for all types and gentle enough for those who can’t use drugstore type products. The ingredients are truly top quality and beneficial for the skin. It is a bit expensive, but it’s completely worth it, in my opinion, because the quality and effects are amazing. As disgustingly marketing jargon this is going to come off as, it really does “feed your skin” as their slogan states and I really believe anyone could benefit from using this balm.

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Check it out – here!

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

Suti Skincare Mini Sample Reviews

If you’re unfamiliar, Suti Skincare is an organic natural skincare line from the UK that utilizes natural and organic vegetable oils, essential oils and extracts to improve the skin by treating blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and encouraging cell turnover with their simple line of products in order to improve the skin’s state of being in a natural way.

Their line is fairly simple, but after trying the following lovely samples, I can honestly say they are, for the most part, very effective and worth the investment!

Here’s the skinny on my experiences with them! 

Fabulous Foot Balm

So to keep this short and sweet, I really loved this foot balm.

I am not even really a foot balm sort of person, but hey, they sent it to me so I tried it and I really enjoyed it!

It smells really therapeutic and relaxing, but unfortunately the sample was literally only enough for one go of it and then it was all gone. 😦

It definitely softened my heels overnight in one application so I was super psyched by the effects!

This balm, like all of the Suti balms I received, looks super grainy, but once you rub it between your palms, it melts into an oil with no grains or anything in sight.

This works great; I definitely recommend it if you can get a hold of some!

Check out Suti’s Fabulous Foot Balm – here!

Cleanse Facial Cleanser

This was my favorite product of the lot.

It feels really sort of odd to apply.

The majority of their products look like grainy balms, but they all feel a bit different.

This one feels like a balm, but melts into an oil.

When mixed with water, it pretty much stays oily and has no lather at all, but melts into your skin and rinses easily offer after you massage it into your face.

It kind of reminded me of the Carrot Butter Cleanser that I recently reviewed by Organic Pharmacy (Check it out – here!) only, this cleanser gave me even better results than that and is nearly $12 USD cheaper!

I used this cleanser in the evening before bed and woke up with a nice glow, cleared breakouts and no redness or dryness.

It even seemed to smooth some of the fine lines I have!

All of these results in the little tiny sample that I used for only a week, so I was very impressed!

I highly recommend this cleanser for anyone with any skin type, especially if you’ve been doing the facial massage techniques I talked about – here – because it works really well to unclog pores, calm inflammation in the skin, and hydrate while smoothing the skin out overall when using this technique!

I actually think this is worth the money if you’re someone like me that has combination skin, battle dryness in the cheeks, oiliness in the T-zone and mild to moderate breakouts.

This will definitely work well against all of that!

Check out the Cleanse Facial Cleanser – here!

 

Purity Moisturising Balm

This balm was just so-so for me.

It looks near identical to the Cleanse facial cleanser and even the foot balm, but it didn’t impress near as much.

I think it was a bit too balmy for my skin type.

It has a really lovely scent, which I am quite sure is due to the Calendula, Chamomile and Lavender in the formula, but other than the relaxing scent, it just left me with the sense that I have used other moisturizing balms that worked just as well or better for less money.

I think that someone with a drier skin type than mine would likely love this though because it is nourishing, protective and calming if you experience a lot of dryness and/or redness.

Check it out – here!

 

The last product sample I was able to try was the Nourish Face Oil.

This face oil has a nice consistency, goes on smoothly and absorbs into the skin easily without much oiliness left on the skin.

I used it before bed for around 6 days and didn’t see too much of a result.

I think this is nourishing, it did moisturize my skin well, but other than that, there weren’t many other effects to be observed.

This has a distinct plant scent to it, but it wasn’t overpowering or too strong, just noticeable.

I just feel that I can get similar results from the serums from Rainwater Botanicals (Check out a review on them- here!), which is much more affordable than this line.

I think I may have seen more effects with longer use, but this is about how long the sample lasted so I don’t really have a conclusive opinion on this one.

Check it out – here!

Any experiences with Suti Skincare?

I’d love to hear about it!

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