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One of My Favorite Affordable Naturally Brightening, Skin Smoothing and Blemish Clearing Exfoliation Treatments!

Papaya & Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator; $14.95

Happy Friday Everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know about this amazing skin exfoliator I have used that has a pretty natural ingredient list, an awesome price (see above), and really great results.

The Papaya & Willow Bark Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator by Claribel Skincare is ultra gentle and very effective. I purchased it off Etsy for only $14.95 USD, which is an incredible price, and I was very surprised at the results.

The formula is pretty simple and includes aloe vera, papaya enzymes and willow bark extract to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells off your face in only 2-10 minutes!

It’s a very watery type consistency, but it comes in a dropper bottle to ensure you get just the exact amount that you will need, which isn’t a lot by the way.

You apply a thin layer to your face and leave on for 2-10 minutes. You will feel a light tingling and sometimes a little of an itchy type sensation, but that’s supposed to happen. Obviously you want to wash it off right away if you experience anything more than that. It doesn’t really dry out or anything, it just feels a bit tingly and then you rinse after it’s been 2-10 minutes, no longer than that. It really is quite gentle as far as exfoliator treatments go, but see what time you’re comfortable with within the 2-10 minutes of recommended time. Everyone is different so you may find that you only need 2 minutes or you might need all 10. Your skin may change over time as well; just gauge it on how your skin feels and you’ll be fine.

Anyhow, so after I wash this treatment off my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth. I do experience a little bit of redness directly after using this, but it goes away within 30 minutes of washing this off and applying moisturizer.

What I love about this treatment is that there are “No Sulfates, Synthetic Preservatives, Petroleum, Parabens or Silicones.” Also, it’s gentle enough to use twice a day if you need it.

From my experimenting with this treatment, I have found that these are the best uses for it:

  • Acne Treatment
  • Blackhead / Whitehead Treatment
  • Pore Cleansing
  • Unclog Pores
  • Clear Dead Skin Cells
  • Slough Off Dry Skin / Flakes for Mature Skin
  • Regenerate and Stimulate Cell Regeneration
  • Get Healthy and Naturally Glowing Skin

I really love this product because it combines modern technology with natural plant power. I love natural and organic ingredients wherever possible, but I have found that when it comes to acid exfoliation, technology usually wins. Also, I hate purchasing a product that’s natural or organic and usually expensive only to find that it doesn’t work. I like the idea of Claribel Skincare taking the best of both worlds to offer affordable products that certainly get the job done, but without all the fillers and other unnecessary crap ingredients found in many mainstream brand products.

Check out this exfoliator – here!

Check out the entire Claribel Skincare line – here! 

What is your experience with exfoliation treatments?

Do you have any tips or tricks?

Please share in the comments!

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

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream Review

 So, recently, I was very lucky to receive a very generous sample from Egyptian Magic to review for this blog. I actually had written them because I have been wanting to try this cream for a long time. Given the huge reputation they seem to have among cult beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some to try so I could review it for you guys!

Product Claims : They have so many claims under their belt from celebrities, celeb makeup artists, etc. to testimonials of scar healing, wound healing, and the successful treatment of psoriasis and eczema, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream has been endorsed by celebrities, models and doctors alike.

…Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is made with the blessings and guidance of our ancestors and with the following pure ingredients: olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis and Divine love. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is sold through upscale health food stores, homeopathic pharmacies, and estheticians’ offices. In addition gynecologists, plastic surgeons, homeopathic physicians, chiropractors from all over the world sell Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice.”…

My Experiences: I really have my reservations about products like these. Yes, I was so excited to try it given the cult-ish type devotion some people have to it, but I was also worried I might be disappointed. That being said, when I received it, I dove right in! I can now say I AM A BELIEVER! I really love love love this cream! I have had chronic dry skin patches on my arms and neck and this really helps with the dryness! I don’t know if it will cure the dryness over time, but I definitely see a huge difference in such a short amount of time. Where most lotions will moisturize the patches for the moment and return to patchiness an hour later, or worse make me peel. This cream hydrates and protects long term and my skin looks better the morning after instead of returning to its previous dry state!

Also, I can use this cream anywhere. I have tested this on my body with great results as well as my face, hands and hair. If you subscribe, you know I have pretty reactive acne-prone skin. This did NOT break me out! This really surprised me a lot because the consistency of this cream looks and FEELS a lot like petroleum jelly, although without the left behind residue or annoying oily feeling. On the contrary, it helped clear some little breakouts I had and gave me a glow in the morning when I put it on before bed! I used it twice as a hair mask before showering and shampooing it out and I really felt that my hair was softer, more manageable (especially in the detangling area where I constantly battle breakage!) and more nourished. I even used this once as an overnight lip treatment to help with some chapped lips to great effect!

Lastly, it features a host of much better-for-you ingredients and a little bit goes a long way! I truly love this cream. I think I will permanently stock this cream in my medicine cabinet as a healthier petroleum jelly replacement. The one thing I did not particularly like about this cream is the odd olive/honey mixture smell. It is sort of off putting and strange to my senses, but honestly, with all the benefits that this cream offers, I really couldn’t care less about the smell. It goes away once this cream sinks in anyhow and since I mostly wear it at night for overnight repair, I really do not care at all!

Who It’s For: I truly believe anyone can use this. From babies to adults, those with sensitive acne prone skin, dry skin or whatever type of skin you have, I really think anyone could benefit from this cream. It has such basic, recognizable and natural ingredients that I  believe it can be safe for use on children and young toddlers.

Best Uses:

  • Overnight Repair Hydration Cream
  • Repair Moisture Barrier Cream
  • Petroleum Jelly Replacement
  • Cuts, Scrapes, & Minor Burns
  • Treatment for Chapped, Cracked Lips

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Honey – A natural humectant (attracts moisture), honey is beneficial for a host of skin and hair  concerns including acne, dry skin, hair damage and/or breakage and wrinkles. With its antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, it protects against unwanted acne-causing bacteria while treating breakouts and also helps to protect skin from free radical damage. Honey is great for hydrating thirsty
  • Royal Jelly –  Royal jelly, a natural secretion from worker bees, provides great health and skin benefits including supporting skin cell regeneration and tissue repair, wound healing, and balancing hormones (including during that time of the month!) in order to prevent skin emergencies like breakouts!
  • Olive Oil – Used for thousands of years for its hydrating properties, olive oil is high in EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which help to repair and nourish skin and hair. Also known for antioxidant powers, olive oil protects against premature aging and offers a small amount of sun protection (DO NOT USE AS A SUNBLOCK/SUNSCREEN REPLACEMENT! NOT ENOUGH PROTECTION TO BE USED AS A REPLACEMENT- STILL WEAR SUNSCREEN/SUNBLOCK THANKS!).

Ingredient List:

  • olive oil
  • bees wax
  • honey
  • bee pollen
  • royal jelly
  • bee propolis

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Preservatives
  • Parabens
  • Artificial Ingredients
  • Synthetic Ingredients

Product Pros:

  • All Natural & Recognizable Ingredients
  • All Purpose Cream Perfect for Cuts, Scrapes, Minor Burns, Damaged Hair, Split Ends Sealer, Lip Treatment, Dry Skin, Acne & Redness
  • Thick Balm-Like Formula – A little bit goes a LONG way
  • Loved & Used by Celebrities, Models, Doctors, Celeb Makeup Artists & Cult Beauty Enthusiasts Alike
  • Can Be Used As Natural Replacement for Petroleum Jelly

Product Cons: 

  • May be Considered Expensive to Some
  • Not Enough Size Variety (Only Available in 2, 4, or 8 Oz.)
  • Smell May be a turn off for some
Price:
  • $24.80 for 2 Oz.
  • $37.20 for 4 Oz.
  • They also have bi-monthly or monthly payment plans where you save a bit more if you go that route.

Final Thoughts:

I really feel that this cream lived up to my expectations and then some. Not only did it soothe the dry skin on my body, it also helped clear a breakout I had on my chin, healed my chapped lips, moisturized my hands, and nourished my damaged hair! I haven’t really had a chance to try it on any cuts or scrapes, but I have a feeling it would work great! I really love that this cream has a short list of ingredients that I can easily recognize. I don’t have to google anything on the list to figure out what it is and I love that because I really feel secure using this on myself and others, including when my younger brother visits and takes any one of his frequent falls during sports. I don’t have to think twice about using it. I actually already ordered a replacement jar of this cream – 1 to keep in my medicine cabinet for emergencies and 1 for the dry spots on my body. I highly recommend this cream to anyone and everyone, especially those who use petroleum jelly to try this instead as a healthier alternative!

Where to Find:

You can find Egyptian Magic Skin Creamhere – on their website. Otherwise, you can also find it on Ebay, Amazon, or at Vitacost.

OVERALL RATING: 10/10

Have you experienced Egyptian Magic Skin Cream?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

To Learn More About the History Behind Egyptian Magic Cream , Click Here .

That’s All for Now!

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

Easy Tips to Get Rid of Blackheads, Whiteheads and Breakouts!

If there’s one thing I absolutely despise, it’s breakouts!

Whether you have unsightly spots here and there or larger clusters in various parts of your face, it can really do a number on your self confidence, but there are several ways I wage war on breakouts when they show their ugly little faces on mine. I hope you find these tips helpful in your own quest to blemish free, flawless and glowing skin!

  1. Cleanse Thoroughly, But Gently. Whenever you have a spot or even if you just have annoying blackheads that refuse to go away, remember to cleanse well. Sometimes, people just get blackheads or whiteheads because they don’t properly cleanse. If you wear makeup or sunscreen, you should always be double cleansing, unless you own and cleanse with a Clarisonic. If you’re unfamiliar, double cleansing just means to cleanse 2X. If you own and use a Clarisonic, though, cleansing once is probably enough. Make sure that whatever cleanser or cleansers you use are not drying to your skin. You can check for drying ingredients on the ingredient list before purchasing. Look for ingredients that end in sulfate. Sulfate cleansing ingredients are basically cheap soap and can often be really drying to the skin. Avoid these! Some mild sulfates may be okay, but it depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, I would say to cleanse with oil or a soap free cleanser.
  2. DO NOT POP! I REPEAT, DO NOT POP! Seriously. I speak from experience when I say don’t do it! The only time there should be any extractions happening is when you’re at the dermatologist or facialist! They know what they are doing and how best to avoid scarring. As someone who now suffers from many little acne scars from my days of picking, scarring SUCKS! Prevent the annoying anguish by not picking or popping.
  3. Don’t Fear the Oil. A lot of women I know have an almost phobia-like paranoia about oils and it’s so unfounded! I think that more importantly than fearing oil, you should fear the wrong kinds of oils for your skin. Some may be too heavy for your skin type while others might not give you the moisture you need. Check out this article I wrote – here – for which oils are right for which skin types. When I get breakouts, redness or irritation, the first thing I do is cleanse my skin and then I do the second cleanse with some kind of oil or cleansing oil because a lot of times, my skin may be suffering from dryness or just needs the extra nourishment. In these cases, my breakouts and redness clear right up when I oil cleanse. This is also a great way to bring extra moisture to super dry skin, but without the oily feeling (if that’s something you dislike). I make my boyfriend let me do oil cleansing on his face whenever he breaks out because he hates using moisturizers. This allows me to help hydrate his skin without the feeling of a moisturizer that he doesn’t like affecting him.
  4. Exfoliate. Whenever I break out, I have a specific routine. Cleanse, oil cleanse,  and sometimes, if I am coming up on my weekly exfoliation, I will just exfoliate a day ahead of time. This is a bit precarious as over-exfoliation can do more damage than good. I only exfoliate 1-2 times a week, depending on how much my skin needs it. Doing it too much can cause your skin to become sensitive, dry, irritated and even worsen conditions like acne or redness that you are trying to treat so be careful!
  5. Put On A Mask! Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for my face masks. In high school, my whole skin care routine consisted of cleansing, moisturizing and face masks any and ALL the time! I think a big reason I had pretty good skin is because I used face masks for all my breakouts and I ate well as well as exercised. These are all really important when it comes to getting and maintaining healthy skin. But, I digress! Back to the face masks, I have all sorts. Masks for hydrating, detoxing, pore-shrinking, antioxidants, etc. Pick one that you like and that’s right for your skin type. Check out some fun DIY Mask Recipes here that I love to do when I don’t have any store bought masks on hand.
  6. Don’t Stress! I know this is a tough one, but try your very best NOT to stress! Stressing throws your hormones out of whack which in turn, throws your skin out of balance. Actually it throws your whole body out of balance, which can do a whole manner of more stressful things to you! So save yourself the stress and don’t. 

 I hope you find these tips helpful!

What do you do when you get a breakout or to rid your skin of blackheads?

I’d love to know your methods!

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Nature’s Difference: What Sets Storybook Apothecary Healing Powders Apart

Many major brand companies use a lot of harmful ingredients in their products, including in their so-called natural formulations and even in their mineral powders. I’m not exactly sure how they manage to sneak crappy, cheap and filler ingredients into powders, but they do it. That’s how nasty pore-clogging preservatives, useless fillers and superficial ingredients like talc, bismuth oxychloride, parabens, and other preservatives make it into your powders and other cosmetics all the time.

Why?

Because it’s cheaper for them and makes their company a LOT more money.

The mark up on these products is often times literally in the 1000%.

Can you imagine that ? 1000% profit?

This is “corporate America” for you at work, even on your face.

Cheaper ingredients allows for a higher mark up while preservatives give their products incredibly long if not indefinite shelf lives.

Imagine that, a face powder that lasts longer than you do! 😉

Now, I’m not saying every company does this because there are some reputable brands out there, but most drugstore brands including the supposed natural ones like Physician’s Formula sneak in artificial dyes, tons of preservatives and wasted fillers. Even higher department stores have similar and sometimes nearly identical formulas to their drug store brand equivalents, yet they are more expensive. Why? An incredible marketing plan with eye-candy packaging that is irresistible to the human eye. Even I fall victim to their clever marketing and breathtaking presentation which is why I avoid the cosmetics area of any store at all costs. Who doesn’t want the lovely makeup kit from Lancome or the adorable skincare set from Sephora? It’s the ultimate trickery, built to reel you in and hi-jack your wallet.

So, in all of that madness, why buy Storybook Apothecary makeup? Is there any brand you can trust?

Of course.

And of course I want you to buy my handmade cosmetic powders, but I am also not going to downgrade other companies in order to do that. There are tons, TONS and TONS of makeup companies on Etsy and online in general that offer great alternatives to  the mess that is the cosmetics industry. These companies work hard to have integrity and offer alternative ingredients to the synthetics offered in the mainstream.

Where and who you want to buy from are your business, your decision, so you decide and I’ll respect it.

Although there are a few things that I can say set Storybook Apothecary formulations apart from other powders on the market, even natural powders.

I’ve done a lot of research on what is actually IN a powder, whether it’s sold at Target, Nordstroms, Etsy or another online retailer and a lot of it includes the same basic formula: mica, some natural additives usually kaolin, rice powder, and aloe. Etsy and other natural retailers usually add in their own botanicals for added benefit while Target and Nordstrom brands usually add in preservatives and fillers where actual ingredients should be.

So herein lies the big difference between other brands and Storybook Apothecary.

At Storybook Apothecary, I make my own formulations on a calming base of colloidal oatmeal, kaolin, and rice powder with added natural plant and fruit powders for coloring and botanical benefits that can be customized based on your skin type and concerns. I can also add in some zinc for sun protection depending on what you want. I use very little and sometimes no mica at all.

Now, I know other companies offer a huge base in mica. There are some great benefits to using mica in formulations, but the  benefit to your skin is little while it does look great on your skin. The pluses to mica are that it can be shimmery, glittery or matte and looks very pretty. I utilize mica occasionally in bronzers or blushes where shimmer and glitter effects are wanted, but for the most part, my powders and blushes have a soft, natural look that function as both makeup and treatment all in one. I can add in some natural oils for those who need the extra moisture or want to soften fine lines, but it does shorten the life span of your powder.

This is why so many nature based companies opt to make small batches of products in order to offer fresher products to customers and reduce waste. It’s unlikely that you’ll receive a powder from me that has been sitting around for years and years, but you do get the added benefits from using higher quality ingredients that are fresher and more beneficial to your skin with no fillers, no harmful preservatives and no pore clogging ingredients, allowing your skin to heal and look its best at all times. I offer the powders in 20 gram sifter, twist and lock jars so you can use what you need and have little to no mess that usually accompanies loose powders.

So, after all that dense information, I would like to explain a bit more about why my formulations are made this way.

First, it spawned out of a personal desire and need for a powder that didn’t clog my pores every time I used it and that would offer ingredients that benefit my skin (as opposed to 1-2 beneficial ingredients and 5 fillers), antioxidant power, botanicals that would benefit and improve my skin while wearing it, and a calming base that would tame redness and any irritation.

Couple that with my skin care passion for natural, organic and wild crafted ingredients and my ideas for healing face and blush powders was born.

Although I can’t claim that the formulation nor the powders themselves are flawless, I can promise to use fresh, quality ingredients, offer a good amount, an affordable price and products you and I can stand behind.

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Coming Soon! Healing Face Powders, Blush and More!

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So, after finally establishing my shop on Etsy, I am now able to focus on expanding my line a bit from the 3 original serums.

I am very excited about the line of healing face powder foundation shades and blushes that I will be coming out with very shortly!

They will include a strong calming powder base with botanical powders and extracts. This is something I have never seen done much if at all and that is basically the use of all natural botanical powders in the powder formulation.

This means that your makeup will function as both a means to look awesome and offer color, but also as a treatment while you wear it as the botanical ingredients work to help soften lines, calm redness and inflammation and even help to clear breakouts.

This is something I have always wanted in a powder myself so I am extremely psyched to be able to offer it to my customers!

Not only will you be able  wear the powders as a powder foundation and a blush, but the formulations themselves are designed to improve your skin and not only cover up blemishes, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation, but also help to treat them!

These will be $25 for a 20 gram twist and lock sifter jar (saves product and great for travel!).

Only one size will be available initially, but I am thinking of  adding a 10 gram jar to offer a smaller trial type size for those who want to try it before buying the larger jars and also to make it more affordable to students, bargain hunters and the like who are on a budget.

^Let me know what you think! Do you want smaller jars to be available?

Aside from these awesome powders, I plan on also offering a line of face/eye creams to offer those who love the creamy texture of a face cream or eye cream over the texture of serums. These will include an acne, wrinkle and eye cream.
I may also add in a brightening cream in the future.

These will typically run the same prices as the serums, depending on size so about $15-$25.

Lastly, I will be adding concentrated creamy and gel facial cleansers. The gel cleansers will be more for brightening and blemish clearing while the cream cleansers will be more moisturizing and nourishing for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. In the beginning, I am going to offer these in smaller sizes, but they will last you a good amount as a little will go a long way. Later, I will add in larger sizes. Cleansers will be about $15-$25 as well.

That’s all for now!

I’m very excited about all of this and I hope you will leave me feedback on what your thoughts are.

Have a Nice Weekend!

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