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TONS of Naruko Skincare Samples: Speed Reviews

{All Naruko Skincare Samples were Provided for Review by Naruko USA}

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Naruko skincare. Their favorite products are the night jellies that they offer, but they also have various lines of skincare for different skin types, issues and concerns and I was lucky this past winter/ spring season to be able to test out a few of them for a few months.

Here’s a look at everything I received for review. Naruko has been super generous to me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to try more of their products because they are a brand that I would purchase from no matter what. If you’re unfamiliar with this brand, Naruko is a Taiwanese beauty brand that mainly offer a variety of skincare products for all your skin concerns including acne, dry skin, discoloration or pigmentation, and more. The brand is known for selling products that are naturally effective and include a variety of all natural ingredients combined with some scientific research to ensure the best results for your skin.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream

The first item I tested out was their Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream. It comes in an air tight plastic container which dispenses the perfect amount of cream out of a hole in it’s center when you press down on the top. It’s really sanitary and effective way to keep your cream clean as well as keep it from oxidation which will make ingredients less effective over time so I really like the packaging for it’s practical function. Aside from the packaging, this is a great cream for those with dry skin or combination skin who are dry in the winter or spring seasons. I got really super dry skin this past winter and this was a really nice cream to keep my skin from dehydration.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask

I absolutely love sheet masks! They are super easy to use, effective and very mess-free. They come in rectangle envelopes with face shaped cotton masks that are pre-soaked in the mask ingredients so you literally just pull them out, place them on your face and relax for 10-15. A lot of them don’t even need to be rinsed off, though you can if you’d prefer to. This one is super hydrating and softening.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Foaming Wash

This face wash was hit and miss for me. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the gratifying peeling that happened when I used it. It basically lathers up really nicely and when you massage it onto your skin, it starts to peel the dead skin off your face to reveal brighter skin beneath and you can literally see the skin coming off in little pieces. It’s not painful and there’s very little to no abrasion going on so it’s done more chemically than anything. It doesn’t feel like a face scrub much at all so, if you’re not into scrubs, this doesn’t feel like that. Instead, it just massages dead skin off your face and reveals new skin after. I really liked the peeling bit of this face wash, but as for treating dryness, it was not nearly as much hydration as I wanted and needed in a winter cleanser. I actually think face balms work much better for me than this, which I found to be brightening, but still a bit drying. It may work better for others, but for me, it didn’t hydrate enough. This might be great for those who battle oily skin, but also have dryness.

Tea Tree Oil Out Peeling Gel

This is another peeling type product that’s super fun to use. It does feel more like a scrub as it has tiny little beads in the formula, but they aren’t rough at all to use. To use this, you apply a small amount to skin and massage it around your face gently (avoiding eye area) for a minute or so. You will see small pieces of skin come off in the same way as the face wash and you need to rinse after using this to get all the little pieces completely off. I liked this better than the face wash, but it still didn’t hydrate my skin enough. I really just enough the scent of the Naruko tea tree products, to be honest. This is a great one for acne prone skin types.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Eye Gelly

This hydrating night eye jelly is perfect for under the eyes. It’s super thick and goopy feeling, but it will soak in completely within an hour so that does go away eventually. It really does hydrate the eye area and protect it nicely. It didn’t cause breakouts on my skin at all so that’s a great bonus for those who have dry under eyes, but experience eye sensitivity and acne, because it’s very hydrating without being heavy or causing irritation.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Gelly

Although this hasn’t taken the place of my favorite night jelly, it’s still a really lovely Night Jelly and it’s especially beneficial for dry skin types or those currently experiencing dryness. It has a really lovely, yet subtle rose scent and feels hydrating, but light on the skin.

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator Seru

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator

This very hydrating, yet light serum has a high concentration of B vitamins and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate, plump, and soothe skin. I really like how light this serum is, despite the fact that it’s very moisturizing. I think this is perfect for combination and oily skin types who have trouble finding serums that both hydrate the skin and are not super heavy. This is a great one for those who have trouble with heavier moisturizers, but still want a hydrating serum to use.

Facial White Illuminating Cotton Pads

The last item I received is this box of texturized cotton pads that are unique to Naruko. They are dual sided with one side being very smooth and one side being cross-hatched for gently buffing the skin. These are fantastic to use with facial toners or to remove makeup because the cross-hatched side really buffs the skin clean and gently exfoliates while the smooth side polishes and smooths the surface. I really saw a huge difference in my skin with using these alongside a toner and I definitely think they’re worth the little extra cost.

Overall, these products from Naruko, unsurprisingly, were really awesome. They all work really well at hydrating the skin and putting some life into otherwise dry skin cells. I definitely had an issue with dryness this past season and these products all helped a lot. I don’t think there was anything I really loved out of this bunch, but they’re all pretty solid as good skincare choices in my book. I don’t think I’d use them in the Summer time really as my skin can’t really handle it and prefers oils to lotions. I know that sounds weird and backward, but that’s how my skin is. If I had to pick favorites, I would choose the Night Eye Jelly, the Tea Tree Peeling Gel and the Cotton Pads, but these are all worth a look if hydration is what you need so definitely give them a look!

Have You Tried Any of These Products from Naruko?

What Are Your Thoughts on Taiwanese & Asian Beauty Products?

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

♥ Tianna

Related Articles:

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

Brand Spotlight: A Closer Look At Naruko

Summer Acne Breakout Savior – Naruko Tea Tree Night Jelly

Blogger Link Love - StorybookApothecary.com

Happy Blogger Link Love Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend.

My weekend will be filled with more Spring cleaning, especially my bathroom and we’re actually having a yard sale as well so that should be fun.

It’s that time again – Blogger Link Love Friday! – so here we go 😉

Caudalie Divine Legs – British Beauty Blogger

If you don’t follow the amazing British Beauty Blogger, go there RIGHT NOW and follow her! She is a maven and a veteran in the beauty industry who offers loads of priceless advice on navigating the beauty world as a blogger, consumer, etc. Plus, if you just want to know what’s new in beauty – she’s always the first to know!

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Pretty Little Purchases – Milk Bubble Tea

The lovely Milk Bubble Tea blog is one of those blogs that is just so pretty to look at! I can spend hours browsing the posts because everything is so shiny and lovely. This post she did recently on some adorable purchases she’s made is no different and look at that dressing table! I highly recommend her if you’re a fan of pretty things like me 🙂

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Megan Box Nails

I found this amazing nail blog, Megan Box Nails, awhile ago when Megan and I traded buttons and I’m so glad because she inspires me when I’m feeling especially nail inferior. Her designs are really fun, creative and well, amazing. She knows what she’s doing with lacquer ladies! If you’re a nail design fan, definitely check her out.

Cucumber Sparkling Water – Undressed Skeleton

You may already know about the incredible Undressed Skeleton tumblr blog, but if not, definitely check it out! Especially helpful if you’re into healthy eating, her blog is filled with healthy, low calorie, and simple recipes for those seeking a healthy lifestyle with food. She’s super creative in her ideas and I love looking through her recipe index for inspiration and ideas for meals and snacks.

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PB&J Smoothie – Keep Your Diet Real

I love smoothies and this one from Keep Your Diet Real looks amazing! Growing up, I was pretty obsessed with PB & J (Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, if you’re not in the know 😉 ), so much so that my mom claims I ate them every day for lunch for a few years, but that’s all hearsay. Anyway, this recipe looks fun and a bit different from many conventional smoothie recipes so I thought it’d be a fun one to try out. This blog has tons of great healthy food recipes for those who are keeping their diet ‘real’.

Shea Moisture NEW Olive & Green Tea Body Butter

Shea Moisture NEW Olive & Green Tea Body Butter – Organic Beauty Talk

The lovely Organic Beauty Talk blog is all about discussing non-toxic beauty and proving that you can be green and clean in beauty as well as stylish. She posts reviews on loads of natural beauty products which are always thorough and helpful when looking for new things to try. Definitely check her out if you’re into a natural beauty routine that’s not just for hippies, as the blogger and founder of OBT says 😛

And lastly, some awesome giveaways are going on this week on various blogs.

Check out the 3 below & definitely sign up to win some fantastic prizes!

Swirls & Scribbles X The Fashion Closet Giveaway

Swirls & Scribbles X The Fashion Closet Giveaway

Lou Loves Beauty Makeup Palette Giveaway

Lou Loves Beauty Makeup Palette Giveaway

Lauraxamy’s Spring Giveaway

Lauraxamy’s Spring Giveaway

So that’s all for this week’s edition of Blogger Link Love Friday.

Be sure to check out all the awesome blogs and sign up for the lovely giveaways for a chance to win some really great prizes.

What Are You Plans For the Weekend?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Have A Lovely Weekend!

♥ Tianna

Naruko Beauty Supplements!

More Naruko goodness!

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll have heard all about my love for Naruko Skincare. Otherwise, you can see an overview of the brand here and some reviews on their products here and here!

So yesterday, and you’ll know already if you’re following me on Instagram, I was at an actual Naruko Boutique in Rowland Heights, California, picking up night jellies and I stumbled across these skin supplement drinks they’ve come out with!  One is meant to be taken during the day while the other is meant to be taken at night before bed.

Of course I had to try them!

They are both skin supplement drinks that focus on repairing the skin and encouraging collagen production, but the daytime version focuses on brightening the skin while the nighttime version works to firm the skin while you catch some beauty sleep.  The day one is the Berry Brightening Collagen Drink – Day and the night one is the Lychee Firming Collagen Drink – Night.

I tried the night one last night because, like an overexcited 5 year old, I just couldn’t wait and then I tried the day one this morning.

Firstly, I have to say that the sales rep completely lied on these or she has heinously bad taste. When I asked her what they taste like, she just told me they taste great. Mind you, I’d try them anyway with hopes of boosting collagen, glow and firming my skin up, but these taste like crap. I mean, it may just be personal preference because these remind me of what energy drinks taste like except much more potent and I hate the taste of energy drinks. The taste makes me feel like I’m drinking healthy gasoline because the taste seriously smacks you in the face. It is NOT subtle!

That being said, I think I may invest in a few of these.

I know, I sound kind of like a masochist given I’ve just compared the taste to drinking gasoline, but the vitamins in these are beneficial to skin health and overall bodily health actually.

The day version includes a variety of vitamins, minerals, fruit extracts and brightening plant extracts while the night version includes a similar variety of vitamins, minerals, and berries along with CoQ10 and other plant extracts known to firm and tone the skin.

No real effects seem to be showing up just yet as I’ve only tried them in the past 24 hours, but I do sense a glow in my skin, though that may be due to the 100+ F degree weather we’ve been suffering through here in Cali.

All in all, I still think I’ll try these again as I’m a fan of natural supplements, especially where vanity and skin health is concerned (yeah, I’m shallow like that, problem?). Plus, in the end, I think I’m just like most everyone else when it comes to these miracle drinks – easily pulled in by the promise of eternal youth in a bottle. Then again, maybe I’m alone in this, but at $5 a bottle, it’s not hugely expensive to try a week’s supply and see if I feel, or look, any different. That being said, I think these must be very new because I cannot find them on the Naruko USA website. They only seem to be available in Asia at the moment so I don’t know how they were available at the Naruko Boutique, but if you’d like to try them, you can find a pack of this day + night supplement combo here!

What do you think of beauty supplements?

Are they too gimmicky or have you seen any effects from taking supplements like this?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased these products with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

A Closer Look At One of My Favorite All Natural Asian Skincare Brands: Naruko Skincare + A Surprise!

When people tell me they have never heard of Naruko, I get really excited telling them about one of my most favorite natural skincare brands from Taiwan.

Created by Niuer (or Niu Er), one of the most (if not THE most) trusted skin care professionals in Taiwan, Naruko was created with the most precise and natural ingredients. Many in Taiwan, China and other Asian countries refer to Nuier as the “Beauty King” because he is so well known as a skin guru and expert.

In fact, Niu Er travels globally to research and find skin care ingredients and find the most top quality essentials for his brand.

Even more amazing is the fact that all end product formulations are tested by Niuer himself for any allergic or negative reactions before being released for sale.

He is famous especially in Asia for his skincare brands’ attention to detail and effectiveness as well as a dedication to nature, even being praised and used by Asian celebrities.

As if their founder’s attention to detail isn’t enough, Naruko also has a dedication to using natural, but advanced and effective ingredients in their product formulations while also promoting ECO consciousness which is why all of the Naruko products include natural ingredients and many of them include boxed packaging that can be re-used and formed into small decorative boxes (patterns on inside can be cut out to form a box) to promote ECO conscientiousness.

I have been a huge fan of Naruko going on a few years now.

Originally I found out about them from all the YouTube beauty vloggers and, having never experienced a Night Jelly before, I opted to try them.

Since then, I have tried most of their night jellies, about 3 of their serums and a couple toners.

I really haven’t had one bad experience.

My favorites are definitely in the Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid Set, but I also really love the Tea Tree Oil line, especially that Night Jelly which is awesome for breakouts, skin irritations, and boyfriends who refuse to moisturize. It’s the only thing mine will tolerate me putting on his face. Read my review on the Tea Tree Oil Night Jelly – here.

Recently, I was so lucky to be sent a ridiculous amount of products to review by Naruko.

They have been so generous and helpful and it makes me love them even more!

That being said, I have been using their Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid Skincare Set for a few weeks now and I LOVE it.

Not only does it brighten my skin, it helps clear breakouts (not a single spot on my face at the moment!), and is hydrating, but not oily.

Read More On the Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid Skincare Set – here – where I’ve done a thorough review on the entire collection.

Anyhow, so back onto the fact that I have a lot of great Naruko samples.

Since I have a lot of samples, I have decided to give some away.

That being said, I will be giving away 3 small deluxe type Naruko samples, each from a different collection.

Check them out:

I will choose 3 winners; each will randomly be selected (out of a hat because I’m old fashioned like that!) and sent a random set to try.

PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is open to any of my subscribers anywhere in the world. Although I received these samples free from Naruko Skincare, I will be shipping them out at my own expense so please sign up! I am not rich, but I want to show my appreciation for your support and readership, and I promise you will enjoy these samples!

To Enter: 

  • Must be subscribed to this blog
  • Must follow me on Twitter @SApothecary and “Like” Storybook Apothecary on Facebook – here
  • Must “Like” Naruko USA on Facebook
  • Must comment below letting me know you’ve done all the steps and with which set you most want to win!
3 Winners will be announced here on 6/9/12
PLEASE NOTE: A winner will be chosen on the aforementioned date; if any winner does not contact me within a week of the announcement, another will be chosen in their place as an alternative and they will forfeit their winnings.
Good Luck! 
Stay Beautiful
&
I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]
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 Naruko Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Acne Breakout Savior: Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Night Jelly Review


I’m not sure why I haven’t written about this amazing night jelly until now ( or why I haven’t done any posts about the incredible world of night jellies in general), but this one is my favorite so better late than never, I suppose!

Night jellies are a type of skincare treatment that are very popular in Asia and many credit Naruko for being one of the first to offer Night Jelly type treatments, though I’m not sure if they were. There are also other treatments called “sleeping masks” or “sleeping packs” which, in my opinion, are basically the same as night jellies only more like thick creams instead of the light jelly consistency.

At any rate, they all have similar function – a treatment you put on at night last, after all your other product. It goes on thick though you don’t need a lot and it does not feel heavy, cakey or greasy. It just feels like a nice cold gel, like aloe vera in a way.

You leave it on like that when you go to bed and it does the work while you sleep!

Naruko offers a lot of night jellies with various function from whitening to anti aging and hydration and this one, my favorite, helps control oiliness and treat breakouts and irritation.

It harnesses the amazing powers of tea tree oil, but it does so in a very hydrating way.

It likely has something to do with the fact that this formula includes lots of beneficial botanical ingredients which is another reason to love this night jelly.

One thing I don’t like about a lot of tea tree oil products is that they tend to try the hell out of your face.

This does NOT do that.

It’s really soothing, it smells exactly like tea tree oil and relaxes me before bed.

What’s even more miraculous is the fact that my boyfriend, Mr. “I hate the nasty feeling of lotion and will never wear a face cream, barely wash my face anyhow,” actually likes this night jelly and lets me put it on him before bed.

So, don’t limit this product to women, the scent is really unisex and will work equally well for male skin!

I really enjoy using this for those days when I have stress or hormonal (you know) breakouts and my face just freaks out on me for no reason.

This night jelly calms my face down, literally, overnight.

I have combination skin so a lot of acne products will tend to worsen breakouts or cause redness or peeling because they are too drying or abrasive; this night jelly is so soothing and hydrating while it heals acne spots.

It really is a lovely product; definitely a favorite that I like to always keep around and, as you can see, I’ve pretty much hit pan and must re-stock soon!

I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone; it is gentle enough even for the most sensitive skin types.

It is very affordable at $20 for 60mL (about 2 Oz.) and since a little goes a long way, this will definitely last you awhile.

Check it out on the Naruko website – here. (US Residents)

There is also the Taiwan site – here.

Other than that, if you are located in another country, I think you should be able to find this on Ebay and Amazon.

Have you ever tried or heard of Naruko Skincare?

Stay tuned for a giveaway of deluxe Naruko samples coming in the next few days or so!

Stay Beautiful

&

I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this product with my own money out of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Sunshine Award Nomination!

So I was really pleasantly surprised when I logged on tonight to find that Helene AkA the HealthyFrenchie had nominated me for a Sunshine Award. I feel super honored because I am pretty new to blogging on here for Storybook Apothecary (my handmade fantasy-inspired skincare line) and it makes me really happy to be recognized for writing blogs that actually interest people. I really do put a lot of effort into my posts and trying to make them informative and helpful as well as interesting (you know, as opposed to super dull!). And although this blog initially began as a way to promote my skincare line, Storybook Apothecary, I really do try to help others on their quest for organic skincare options and great DIY fun they can do in their own homes as well as the value of organic oils and ingredients as opposed to mainstream skincare. Also, it’s my birthday today so thanks again to Helene for the best birthday gift I could ask for!

 It totally made my day!

Here are the rules:

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• Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog. • Answer 10 questions about yourself. • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers. • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated. • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

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I love how these “awards” enable you to nominate other bloggers and share the love.

Questions:

1. Favorite color? It’s a toss up between purple and green…and I am loving coral at the moment too!

2. Favorite animal? Dogs, esp. brussels griffons and bull mastiffs! Ooo and korgies, bulldogs, pugs, andddd yeah I love dogs haha

3. Favorite number? 7 and 23 !

4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink? Honey green tea with aloe.

5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.

6. My passion? Acting, Singing, Health & Fitness and Natural Skincare!

7. Prefer getting or giving presents?  I like getting gifts, but I definitely prefer to give them because I love surprising people with epic gifts, usually in stages that have a lot of meaning for us as friend or for them as people.

8. Favorite pattern? Navy and white stripes… fleur-de-lis…..lace flowers…

9. Favorite day of the week? Saturdays and Mondays. Saturdays I have off and go to Chinese school which is fun! Then Mondays I spend with one of my bff Stella.

10. Favorite flower? Roses, sunflowers, orchids (purple ones!)

Who I nominate:

  • Helene @ HealthyFrenchie – I know! She nominated me first, but I feel like she totally deserves to get a nomination back. She has really great posts and she also seems like a wonderfully brave person. She is so honest and open in her blogs with however her life is at that moment. I just think it’s so nice for someone to be so real with no motives to looking good or putting on airs. She’s great! Follow her!
  • Lil’ Miss Shanghai – She is just so much fun! She always has a lot of enthusiasm when she writes and she gets you excited about whatever she is posting. She’s also very nice and friendly! Plus she has cool posts on higher end skincare and makeup that I find really interesting to read.
  • The Classy Anarchist – She offers really great posts on green eco beauty among others, plus her posts always have a funny twist. I just feel that she is really good natured and witty and it’s a pleasure to read her posts. She just seems like such a bada$$ chick you know what I mean?
  • Karin @ Aspire Well Being – She just really relaxes me! I don’t know what it is, but it’s like her posts are the ones I want to read in the morning when I’m in a really crap mood because I know they will zen me out and rejuvenate me. Reading her blog posts are like visiting a spa or something, but they leave you calm, refreshed and ready to do some hardcore workouts or yoga. I love it!
  • Elena @ Love212 – This girl is so stylish and beautiful! Plus she has really fun posts about her adventures in cosmetics. I dunno, I just love how she blogs about how she ends up somewhere that happened to be this cool skincare shop which is cool because she’s been meaning to drop in! The way she writes just makes me think her life is this ultra interesting film; not a boring moment haha. AND she writes great reviews on a lot of beauty products which are very helpful!
  • Humaira @ Humaira Beauty – Humaira’s all around beauty advice and DIY fun projects are really creative and interesting. She takes things you wouldn’t think about and helps you find a way to reuse them for something beauty related. Plus she keeps you on the up and up about new products, fashion and style.
  • Ms. Em @ BeautyDepartment – Ms. Em is super nice AND her posts are extremely well thought out and fascinating. She takes health, fitness and beauty and combines all 3 in order to give great advice. Whether the topic is what your diet is healthwise for your skin or how much protein you should be intaking daily, her posts really open my eyes to the big picture of beauty, health and all around well being. Plus her travel photos are lovely!
  • Fani @ BeautyandI – Fani has really versatile posts about beauty. Whether it’s hair, skin, nails, or whichever, she always has an interesting post on it and it’s never boring.
  • The Awesome Family @ PutneyFarm – These bloggers are a family and they post amazing recipes for food dishes, cocktails and more. All of the photos are completely mouth-watering !
  • Kate @ SleepingBootay – This girl is hilarious! She always has funny posts about beauty and her own life antics. She’s very witty and always has great advice on beauty sites, products and more.