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Get A Natural Glowing Makeup Look With Alima Pure’s Delicious Summer Collection!

Delicious Summer

Alima Pure Delicious Summer Collection

I was super excited when I received some press samples of the new Delicious Summer Collection from Alima Pure the other day for review.

This collection seems to be a bit more simple than other collections, but, somehow, it’s my favorite one yet because of the lovely colors included in it!

Included in this Collection: 

  • Milkshake Eyeshadow is almost-matte, but the creamy beige is punctuated with scattered silver sparkles.
  • Coffee Frappé Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow is a medium golden brown, loaded with golden shimmer.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Luminous Shimmer Blush is a peachy-pink with a whisper of shimmer.

Swatches of the Collection:

@AlimaPure Delicious #Summer Collection #swatches! Top to bottom - Coffee Frappe, Milkshake, & Blush in Strawberry Lemonade. All limited edition coming out early June! Stay tuned at StorybookApothecary.com to find out more! #makeup

From Top to Bottom: Coffee Frappé, Milkshake, & Strawberry Lemonade.

What I really love about this collection is that all the colors are very natural looking and I think they would be super flattering on any skin tone or type. They’re very soft pigments and the 2 neutral eye shadows – Milkshake and Coffee Frappé are both very natural looking, yet the colors have a lot of dimension to them so, together, they actually give eyes a lot of depth and shape. The colors look great during the day or at night as well and you can easily keep the colors very natural during the day and then layer some of the Coffee Frappé shadow a bit heavier for a more smokey night makeup look.

The peachy pink blush, Strawberry Lemonade, looks very glowy and soft, but not glittery. I’m not a fan of too much glitter or overdone sparkle. In the swatches, the blush looks more matte than it actually is on the skin. On the skin, it looks more glowy and soft as opposed to matte, even though the color isn’t super shimmery. Alima Pure have a way of doing just that right amount of shimmer in their blushes to create the perfect look that everyone wants in a blush. It doesn’t look overwhelming or plastered on – it just gives a natural flush to the cheeks which is quite lovely.

I was going to post an Instagram photo on here of me wearing all these in a makeup look, but I can’t get it off instagram for some reason so, if you want to see that look, check out my Instagram page – here.

Overall, this collection is really beautiful for Summer, especially if you want that very natural, subtle glow makeup look. It’s great for those who like the “no makeup” makeup look or anyone who enjoys glowing skin, neutral eyes, and colors that will suit anyone really well.

You can check out this collection on Alima Pure – here.

What Do You Think of This Collection?

Have You Tried Any Of the Alima Pure Seasonal Collections Before?

If yes, which is your favorite of them?

If no, what are your favorite makeup items to use in Summer?

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

♥ Tianna 

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

Image Source: TravelBlahBlah.com via Pinterest

Summer is right around the corner so I thought I’d share some posts I’ve done recently (and some not so recently) to help you prepare for this super fun season!

Some people buy new clothes and makeup for summer while others get super fit for “bikini season.” Others do nothing at all and simply enjoy the weather.

How Do You Prepare for Summer?

What’s Your Favorite Part of Summer?

♥ Tianna

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You won’t believe what I’ve been using as an all natural deodorant!

It’s not any particular product you can buy because, despite how much I like natural deodorant in the winter, they are not effective enough to use in the hot California summer.

I’ve been using lemons! I know the photo is of limes, but that’s because my BFF (AKA best friend FOH-EVA) recommended that I try limes. The thing is, I only had lemons on hand so I used those instead and they work just as well.

How Does This All Work?

Easy!

You simply cut a small slice of lemon or lime, whichever you have on hand, and rub it lightly in your under arm area. Let it dry for a few seconds and then go on your way!

That’s LITERALLY it and it TOTALLY WORKS!

I didn’t believe it either when she told me, but suspend your judgment until you try it for yourself.

It’s super cheap, eco and really surprisingly effective! 

The natural benefits of this are that the citrus absorbs all of the bacteria in your under arm area ( which is what makes you smell bad, by the way ) so you don’t have a particular scent, but you definitely don’t smell AT ALL.

I wore this for literally 10 hours and did not smell in the least. Then I went to the gym after work for an hour and did intense circuit training and, despite being drenched in sweat, I STILL did not smell!

This definitely works and some other benefits you will see over time are lighter under arms  because the citrus will lighten the discoloration conventional deodorants have caused you over time, clear pores and smoother skin in this area, and a cleaner shave because of your smoother under arm skin!

The price of this deodorant method is less than $1 so definitely try this out – You can afford it!

Definitely let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this insanely effective and surprisingly simple “DIY” deodorant method or try it and let me know how it goes!

What Do You Think of DIY Deodorants? 

♥ Tianna

Real Techniques Core Collection

{ This is NOT a sponsored post. I am not affiliated or associated with this company at all. I purchased these makeup brushes of my own free will and with my own money. As always, all opinions stated in this and any of my posts are completely my own. }

Everyone in the “blogosphere” has raved on and on about these incredible brushes from YouTube E-famous Pixiwoo’s Samantha Chapman – the Real Techniques makeup brush line – and after long last I have finally been able to get hold of some to see for myself!

I picked up their Core Collection and Expert Face Brush from Ulta and the first thing that really impressed me are the prices of these brushes. They are along the same price point of Eco Tools ( a big favorite of mine ) – around $8-$10 for a single brush and around $20 for a set of 3-4 brushes. The brushes alone look to be of very high quality and after using them, I find them to be very durable with little to no shedding from the bristles. The bristles are very soft and fluffy, but super dense and compact.

Included in the Core Collection: 

  • Detailer Brush – Awesome for using eye shadow in crease, with cream eye shadow, or to conceal spots on the face. Although they market this as a concealer brush mainly, I wouldn’t use it to conceal under my eyes. I tried it and found it to be way too small and left the product looking streaky.
  • Pointed Foundation Brush – Although they market this as a foundation brush, I am not a huge fan of typical foundation brushes. I preferred to use this as an under eye concealer brush and it worked fantastically for that purpose.
  • Buffing Brush – This is a great multi-purpose brush for bronzer, blush or mineral foundation powder. I have used it for all 3 of these and it has worked really well. My only advice for using this with bronzer or blush is that you don’t need a massive amount of product. This brush is really good at utilizing a small amount of product for just the right amount of color payoff so there’s no need to pick up a ton of product because it will end up packing on way too much. This is also brilliant for full coverage powder foundation application – I used it with my Alima Pure Mineral Foundation and it came out really nice.
  • Contour Brush – This is one of the main brushes in this set that I was pretty excited to try out. It actually works just as they advise. It works great for contouring on the face and only a little bit of product is needed to create a nice diffused look. I really love it! Now all I need is a good contour powder! Any recommendations? Please leave them in the comments below!!
  • Panoramic Brush Case + Stand – This case is surprisingly nice and simple, but multi-functional. I was really surprised because it’s a simple fold up makeup case for the brushes, but one end can be flipped back which turns the case into a little stand for the brushes. It’s really quite a nice touch and it gives good value to this set.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

The other brush I picked up was their Expert Face Brush which has gotten really great reviews for it’s application of face products, in general, but namely liquid and cream type foundations. I haven’t used this for liquid foundation yet, but I have used it loads of times now with my RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up which gave me great results.  This brush is quite short, but the bristles are super densely packed so you have a lot of control. I find that with longer bristle face brushes, it’s really easy to feel like you don’t have much control because they are easily bent every which way. This one makes application easy, seamless and streak free without much effort or skill.

Overall, I really love these brushes. They are super unique in design, in my opinion, because they are made to help everyday makeup users such as myself apply products with ease and they definitely succeed in that. A lot of times, makeup brush brands generally all look the same and have the same function, but I really love that these brushes deviate a bit and offer brushes that are easy for the everyday person to use. I think these would be fantastic for anyone who is new to using makeup and makeup brushes because they are super easy to use and they are very affordable. They are sold in a number of places online, including on their own Real Techniques home site and even now Walmart’s online shop even offers them.  I’m not sure if Walmart has them in store yet, but you can find them in Ulta or Boots, if you have those near you.

What do you think of makeup brushes?

Do you use them or do you prefer using your hands or Q-tips?

Have you ever tried these Real Techniques brushes?

If not, what’s your favorite makeup brush brand?

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

♥ Tianna

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!

Check Out More Summer Picks Here!

Fun in the Sun Fitness: AquaCycling

Summer Fashion Finds

10 Styles I’m Ready to Rock for Spring & Summer

Beauty Essentials for Summer

ECO Swimwear I’m Loving Right Now!

What Happens When Skincare + Foundation Have A Baby? – RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Review

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RMS Un-Cover Up – 11

{This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this item with my own money of my own free will. I am not associated or affiliated with anyone mentioned in this post, other than Beauty Habit, who I occasionally get sent samples from for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and completely my own.}

I recently picked the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Cream Foundation + Concealer in shade 11 at Beauty Habit and I am loving this!

One thing I really love about it is that, for being totally natural and organic, it has fantastic coverage, finish and it actually benefits the skin while you’re wearing it.

First off, if you’re unfamiliar with the RMS Beauty brand, it is a totally organic and natural beauty brand that offers pretty synergistic products. Some are simply skincare types while others are makeup products infused with skincare benefits. They mainly utilize the brilliance of organic coconut oil to offer tinted balms, concealer + foundation, lip and cheek tints, and cream eye shadows.

RMS Un-Cover Up Impressive Ingredients List:
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499].

The Un-Cover Up is a product I have been wanting to try for ages, but it is a little price for a small pot of it ( $36 ) so I wanted to wait for a special occasion and I finally got it for my birthday!

I was really skeptical when I first received this in the mail because #1 I had never actually tried a cream foundation before and I was worried it might break me out and #2 It was pretty expensive and while my expectations were high due to the hype surrounding this product, so were my doubts.

I am so thrilled this actually turned out to be a fantastic base product and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants natural looking, but decent coverage in a foundation that will benefit your skin over time and has minimal ingredients.

The finish of this is very smooth on the skin and surprisingly hydrating. It seems like it would be oily on the skin, but it actually only looks dewy if you apply a few layers. If you apply a thin layer, it dries down to a soft focus, almost matte finish. I think this would be awesome for any skin type and it won’t clog pores or irritate skin at all. It can be used with or without a separate concealer – I’ve used it alone and with another concealer without any trouble and both looked really nice.

Overall, I really love this product!

It’s great for days when I really don’t want to wear makeup, but still want to look put together.

I love that it is capable of full coverage, but will let my skin breathe and I love that it has minimal ingredients. Lastly, I really love that it has a base of coconut oil which hydrates and conditions the skin while I wear it. If you want a makeup base product that is organic, has minimal ingredients, and will benefit rather than harm your skin in the long run, it’s absolutely worth a try. My only major complaint for this product is that the shade options are minimal and they don’t have any options for darker skin tones so it’s not really suitable for women of color or who have dark tans. I really hope they come out with more shades so everyone can give this a go because it’s fantastic!

Here Is A #NoFilter Photo of What It Looks Like On My Skin In Natural Light: 

#Makeup look of the day - Cat eye liner, bronze shadow and my favorite @Karen_Murrell lipstick!

Makeup: RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up in shade 11, Jane Iredale Blemish Concealer in Z1, Cargo HydraBronze, Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Black Sands, Becca Cosmetics Balearic Love Palette (brows only), Clio O’Tank Volume Mascara, and Karen Murrell Lipstick in Carnation Mist.

You can learn more about and purchase this on Beauty Habit – here.

Have You Ever Tried RMS Beauty Products?

What do you think of cream foundation or makeup products that have skincare benefits?

♥ Tianna

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 

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

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