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Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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Before I get into my latest face mask favorite, I should probably tell you a bit about my history with face masks. You see, back before I knew anything about anything where beauty is concerned – you know, back in the days when makeup meant black eyeliner and skincare meant any face moisturizer – I solved all of my beauty problems with face masks. Literally. If I had a blemish, I popped on a face mask. If I had dryness, same thing. If I had any problem at all, I popped on my favorite face mask of the moment and they were usually very cheap varieties that were mediocre at best, though I still really love the Queen Helene line of masks, probably for nostalgia alone, and it’s with this history of my face mask obsession that I introduce to you a face mask that has pretty much restored that face mask devotion that I once had and taken it to an entirely new level!

So, on with the review…

I was recently very very lucky to be sent out this face mask from the lovely and most down to earth skincare maven, May Lindstrom, who has an incredible collection of all natural luxury skincare products. She very kindly sent me her Problem Solver Face Mask for review and I am SO glad she did because I think it might just be the best face mask I’ve ever tried. ever. 

I received this amazing box from her about a week and a half ago – doesn’t the wrapping look lovely? I really felt like I was getting such a treat – almost like someone sent me a belated Christmas gift really, only nicer.

Included in the lovely wrapped box was the very large glass jar of the Problem Solver face mask which comes in a dry powder form, a really beautiful handmade mixing bowl and a small sample of her Youth Dew serum. Both the glass jar for this face mask and the mixing bowl that comes in this miracle set are of such high quality so you really feel like you’re treating yourself to something luxurious, special and zen-like, and believe me, you ARE!

To use this face mask, you mix 1 tablespoon of the powder with equal parts water. It fizzes and bubbles when you mix it with water and forms a soft moussey, muddy texture. It smells really lovely – chocolatey and earthy – all at once, but don’t get too close while mixing this powder with water as I think I accidentally got too close and inhaled a bit of the powder which was not too pleasant. It resulted in a ridiculous sneezing fit for like a minute so yeah, try to keep your distance from the powder until it’s been thoroughly mixed with the water before you apply it or get too close!

Once you apply the face mask, it feels quite muddy and exactly like you’re applying mud on your face, though it smells really pleasant and quite relaxing, and the entire experience is a bit more intense than if you slapped on some dirt, surely, though I’ve never done that so I can’t comment too much! Back to the face mask – it feels quite intense once applied – you can feel your entire face heat up, though not like a burning sensation or anything – more like a warming heating sensation with tingling action than anything. Enriched with raw cacao, Fuller’s earth clay, Morrocan Rhassoul red clay, Red Sea salt, Bamboo Charcoal, Lavender, Cinnamon, Nutmeg & even Cayenne, it’s no wonder really about the warmth this face masks brings and though I will say the first time you use this might be a bit uncomfortable, the end result is ABSOLUTELY worth the minor, temporary discomfort! After trying it a few more times, I can say the intensity has lightened a bit now that my skin is a bit more acclimated to the feeling as well.

That being said, the end result leaves your skin looking incredible. Breakouts will clear nearly overnight, overall skin tone is even, your entire face will look clarified and pores look barely visible, scarring is less noticeable, skin texture is smoother and softer, and every serum you apply after using this mask will absorb more effectively and do it’s job better than usual. I used this mask again just last night and applied the Youth Dew sample directly after and a few other moisturizers over as I’ve been quite dry. I awoke this morning to incredible looking skin and small breakouts were nowhere to be seen!

This face mask is seriously a MUST HAVE for me now that I’ve tried it. I was really quite hesitant, at first, because the initial cost for this face mask is quite expensive ($90), but for the whopping amount of dry face mask powder that you receive coupled with the lovely mixing bowl – this mask will last you a very long time and the results speak for themselves.

On a side note, the small sample of the Youth Dew is really lovely when paired with this face mask. It goes on really nicely after using this face mask and smells great as well. I can’t say much for the effects of using it over time as I’ve only been able to get around a week’s worth of uses out of it (I like to test serums for a month or two), but it is a fine serum all the same without knowing long term benefits of using it and will go nicely if you plan on purchasing the face mask. I will also say that they are obviously made in synergy and meant to be used together.

To learn more about the Youth Dew, check out this video with May Lindstrom demonstrating how it should be used – here.

All in all, I think this face mask by May Lindstrom might actually beat out my original face mask favorite – Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Face Mask – and it’s a much more natural alternative to that one as well.

You can see a full video of May Lindstrom, herself, using this face mask – here.

You can see May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver Face Mask on her site – here.

You can see her entire skincare collection – here.

It is also available for purchase on various natural beauty sites online, including the Spirit Beauty Lounge.

What is Your Current Face Mask Favorite?

Let Me Know in the Comments Below!

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* As a side note, I meant to post this up last night, but in my exhausted state, I stupidly saved it as a draft instead of scheduling it so I’m really sorry if anyone waiting up for the results and then didn’t get them because of my error  – I promise to get more sleep! *

Before I go ahead with announcing all the winners, I just want to say thanks so much to everyone who signed up for all the giveaways – the event was super successful so thank you so much to everyone who tweeted, re-tweeted, commented and generally participated in each and every one of the giveaways. You all contributed to it’s success and it’s meant a great deal to me! 

Okay, I’m done rambling on now – Here are the winners!

{Please Note – each number corresponds to the giveaway day. For example 1 = On the first day of xmas giveaway, etc. }

  1. Lisa Shen  – You’ve won the Tan Organic Sunless Tan Spray + Mitt!
  2. Nizy – You’ve won the Max Green Alchemy Shampoo and Conditioner Set!
  3. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won 2 Rainwater Botanicals Face Serums!
  4. Ashley L – You’ve won 3 Living Nature products in their NEW True Colours packaging!
  5. Hannah Ackroyd – You’ve won 1 Liz Earle Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser!
  6. Naomi Willett – You’ve won 1 Alpha-H Tinted Moisturizer!
  7. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won a Massive pot of Sample minis!
  8. Sophie G – You’ve won 2 Naruko products!
  9. Kimberly Laymon – You’ve won the Jane Iredale Simply Magical Collection!
  10. Lisa Shen – You’ve won 3 Bella Graciela Accessories!
  11. Marcella Tam – You’ve won a $50 e-gift card for BeautyHabit.com!
  12. Brittany Carson – You’ve won the Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection!

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Please contact me through email at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with your mailing information so I may ship your packages to you. Please keep in mind that it’s unlikely I’ll have a chance to ship out your prize to you until after Christmas as I’m quite tapped out until then!

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Hello Everyone!

So, we’ve finally reached the end :-‘( of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event and I’m quite thrilled (LOL) as planning this event was pretty hectic what with all of the posts and things and getting all the items together PLUS my own Christmas to – do list, but it has actually been a lot of fun to do besides the stress of it as I find I work quite well under pressure and have managed to get all the posts out without too many snags. PLUS I really have enjoyed seeing all of the amazing comments and tweets, re-tweets, and everything it has been tons of fun and very exciting for me all at the same time so thank you so much to everyone who has participated thus far and if not, you still have time to participate in this last hoorah giveaway!

Today’s prize is the KORRES Goddess Beauty Color Collection which I personally picked up from Sephora. I thought it was only right I should be the last sponsor as it’s my giveaway and all and I hope it’s just as amazing as the others, if not a bit more so, you know, because it’s from me 😉 .

I went with this lovely gift set because it was within my budget and because I love KORRES and I have been raving on about their primers since the inception of this blog so I thought it was pretty fitting!

Also, if you want to know the winners of this giveaway, check back in 3 days and the post for who won which prizes will be up!

Anyhow, I hope you’ll all sign up for this last giveaway and I hope you have a lovely holiday, whatever you have planned – stay safe and happy.

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Hello Everyone!

Today’s prize is especially juicy and it’s sponsored by one of my absolute favorite online shopping sites – BeautyHabit.Com!

One lucky winner will get a $50 E-Gift Card from them to use in their online shop – Amazing right?!

I’m actually really jealous of you guys as I can’t sign up to win (obviously), but I’d love to! ~le sigh~ LOL.

Anyway, so there’s only a few days left in this 12

Days of Christmas Giveaways event and I’m so thrilled I’ve had an amazing turnout for the giveaways so thanks so much for signing up for them!

Also, I’ve had some people contact me asking when the winners will be announced and I just wanted to let you know that I will be announcing all the winners in a single post (to make my life a bit easier!) the day after the last giveaway ends which will be on December 18th so mark your calendars and be sure to check on that day to see if you’ve won!

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Today’s giveaway is a bit different than the others, though still really awesome!

Obviously today’s giveaway is for jewelry, but I think the items up for grabs are really lovely and I’ve thought to include them as the company offering them up is ran by my mom (and I occasionally help her out with blogging and the like ;-)).

She’s very kindly given me these 3 pieces from her Amazon shop for giveaway, but she carries loads of other items including ear cuffs, wraps, necklaces, earrings, and other unique items! The name, Bella Graciela, is named for both of my grandmothers and I think it rolls rather nicely off the tongue, don’t you?

Anyway, up for grabs is a cell phone dust plug which is an adorable rhinestone studded kitten, a porcelain ceramic guitar necklace which is both handmade and hand painted by students, and adorable fashion vintage style earrings!

I hope you’ll all sign up and, as always, you have 48 hours to do so!

Special thanks to my mom (Hi Mom!) & Bella Graciela for sponsoring this giveaway!

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So, it’s another day of giveaways in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event and from today on, the giveaways seriously just keep getting better and today’s prize is awesome – the Simply Magical Collection by Jane Iredale!

It includes 2 lovely lip colors, eyeliner and highlighter stick, an eyeshadow trio and 2 blushes!

  • Montreal Just Kissed Lip Plumper
  • Venice Just Kissed Lip Plumper
  • Smoky Quartz Mystikol
  • Sundown Triple Eye Shadow
  • Whisper PurePressed Blush
  • Barely Rose PurePressed Blush

If you’re unfamiliar, Jane Iredale is a natural cosmetics company which seek to offer skincare benefits through utilizing natural ingredients in their products. They have fantastic products and this collection has beautiful colors that are perfect for the fall/winter season.

You don’t want to miss this giveaway so hurry and sign up right away!

Special thanks to Jane Iredale for sending this lovely collection for the giveaway!

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    Hello Everyone!

I’m back again (yay!) with another giveaway sponsored by yours truly. I got these free full sized products when I spent a certain amount at my local Naruko Boutique and I had been saving them for giveaway purposes so this is what is up for grabs today – 1 Narcissus Total Defense Night Brightening Serum & 1 AmPm Skin Wakeup Hydra Refresher. I personally have not tried either of these as of yet, but I absolutely love Naruko products and haven’t had one bad experience with them. I’ve done many many posts on their products, but you can learn more about the brand (if you’ve never heard of it) by checking out a post I did on it here. If you want to hear about my specific experiences with several of their products, you can read this post here.

If you want the short story and prefer not to read any posts, Naruko Skincare is a beauty brand from Taiwan which utilizes natural essential oils and extracts in order to heal and revitalize the skin. They have many different lines which focus on various skin types, though I’ve found many products from various lines have worked for my skin even if they aren’t specifically marketed to my combination to oily type. The Narcissus line is marketed to normal skin, but their serums are quite good for almost any skin type, in my opinion. I haven’t tried a whole lot of their AmPm line, but it’s more anti-aging oriented and will aim to assist with wrinkles, fine lines, collagen rejuvenation and the like.

Something I really love about this brand is the fact that the founder himself is a scientist and expert in essential oils and natural plants and tests all products on himself personally for the ultimate in product quality, effectiveness and safety.

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Zap Hide Blemish Concealer

I was recently sent the Jane Iredale Zap and Hide Blemish Concealer for review and I am so glad because this is certainly one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried and even better than most because it treats blemishes while concealing them!

First off, this mineral stick concealer is not irritating in the least. It doesn’t aggravate spots or cause more breakouts like many concealers I’ve tried. It is dual ended – one end is a treatment balm and the other end is the stick concealer. It is quite handy for on-the-go touch ups and I really love that the concealer is creamy and non-drying. My favorite part is that it’s non-drying and also seems to be healing my blemishes! Though it is creamy, it does stay in place for a good amount of time and it’s very versatile. I’ve used this concealer as just a blemish concealer, but I’ve recently been using it as a concealer to touch up all imperfections on my face and then setting everything with powder for a really light makeup look and I’m surprised by how naturally flawless my skin looks! I’m actually getting similar results with just using this concealer and a bit of Alima Pure powder foundation dusted of the top than I would using a liquid foundation which is pretty incredible to me! To apply this foundation, you first use the treatment balm end over blemishes and then tap the concealer end over the top of that and pat it into the skin to blend. It’s very easy to blend into the skin and it never looks cakey, ever. As a regular concealer on the face, I skip using the treatment balm and just use the concealer end which works really well. I don’t use this on my eyes as I find they need more hydration and so I opt instead for the Neutrogena Heathy Skin 3-in-1 Concealer  as I find it to be more hydrating.

The only think I’m not too keen on with this concealer is the fact that the treatment balm does not last very long. It melts on contact with skin and therefore seems to not last too long. I don’t know if I was just using way too much at first ( could be) or what, but it’s gone way down in comparison to the concealer end which lasts quite a bit. I’ve been using it over a month now and it still looks like I barely touched it and the treatment balm end looks half gone so use a light hand if you decide to purchase this one and want it to last. All in all, a seriously great blemish concealer and the best one I’ve found so far for those with sensitive, reactive, or acne prone skin types. This is definitely a must-have!

You can check out this concealer – here. 

Otherwise, shop the entire Jane Iredale line of products – here. 

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Hey everyone, I’m back again with another giveaway today in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event. and today’s prizes are numerous, though smaller than the others. No full sized products today, but tons of sample minis and deluxe minis from loads of brands.

I did my best to get everything in a photo so you can see, but I can’t remember if this is everything or not. Sorry if it seems a bit stilted today – my family dog was just put down this morning and I found out about an hour ago so I’m a bit out of sorts right now and quite sad at the moment so I apologize if my spirit seems out of it.

Anyway, here is what you stand to win, for the most part – I may throw in a few more samples or so, so keep that in mind.

TONS of Sample Minis are up for grabs soon at StorybookApothecary.com!

As you can see, you do stand to win quite a bit of samples!

Although not everyone gets jazzed about samples, I think they’re awesome for traveling and trying out new brands and products that you’ve never tried before without the immense cost so I hope you’ll all sign up to win these!

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