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Today’s post is focused on how to get you the best skin possible without using products. I definitely think products can help skin out, but getting nice dewy and healthy skin, in my opinion, is easiest to create when following a healthy diet, utilizing a few beauty tips and DIY recipes. You’ll be surprised at how effective some of these really are. so without further delay, here are some tips on how to get flawless skin naturally. 

EAT HYDRATING FOODS FOR GLOWING SKIN

Achieving glowing skin can seem impossible at times, and yes you can always fake it with makeup, but to get authentically glowing skin, I highly recommend a diet high in fruits and veggies, especially berries. They have very high concentrations of antioxidants, help keep your body hydrated (which in turn, hydrates your skin), and they are high in vitamins and nutrients essential to repairing and maintaining healthy skin. To learn more about the benefits of berries for your skin, check out the original post I did on this here. Aside from berries, there are a ton of hydrating foods you can consume to up the hydration of your cells and therefore your skin. Check out a list I’ve made of these foods – here.

 

DIY TONERS TO CALM REDNESS & INFLAMMATION

I used to think I needed some kind of magical product to fix my skin, but after much experimentation, I find that a nice DIY recipe works just as well, if not better, and I am left with a lot more cash in my pocket at the end of it all. One thing that I definitely deal with a lot, especially in the Summer time, is redness. The most effective treatment for this, by far, are toners and you can make a number of them with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Check out the DIY toner recipes – here.

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SUPPLEMENT FOR GREAT SKIN

Although we can do everything right, including eat well, sometimes I think it’s still pretty difficult to get all the nutrients our skin and body need to function at optimal levels. Because of this, I think supplements can be very beneficial to our systems, especially in resolving skin problems such as acne, dry skin, redness, and other issues. For a list of essential supplements for beauty and health, check here. There are many benefits to be gained from taking supplements, especially for preventing premature aging and treating existing issues. To see the beauty benefits of vitamins, check here.

 

PLANT OILS IN SKINCARE

You’re probably really familiar with the idea of using plant oils in skincare as many brands have begun to utilize these in their product formulations, but did you know that they can be just as beneficial used on their own? Some of you may still be wary of using oil on your skin, but don’t be. Choosing the right oil for you skin type, which you can do – here – is all you need to find the perfect plant oil that will benefit you the most. There are tons to choose from for any skin type from dry to sensitive to oily. To learn more about using oil in skincare, check out this post and if you’re unsure about how to use natural plant oils for the best results, you can get more information in this post that will help you.

I hope these tips were helpful to you in your quest for skin perfection!

What Are Some Simple Tricks or DIY Recipes You Use At Home To Treat Your Skin?

I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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!

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.

Astara Skincare Activated Sea Mineral Mask Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: the Radiance Renewal Moisturizer (see review here), this lovely face mask (as seen above), and the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

Rich in oligoelements and oxygenating, remineralizing exfoliating, and nourishing botanicals from the sea and land, this activated mask restores clarity, and vibrancy to dull and tired skin.

My Experiences:

This mask is really thick! A little bit goes a long way so although it does cost $30, I think it’s a good value because you don’t need very much of it. I don’t like the scent of this very much, but I really like the scrub + mask idea because I love multi-use products. I did like how clean my pores looked after using this mask, but I am not a big fan of menthol as it tends to dry my skin out and I don’t like the cooling effect. That’s just a personal preference; I know others who may love it. I made my mom try this, for instance, and she totally loved it and didn’t know what I was on about when I said I didn’t like the cooling effects. That being said, there are a LOT of beneficial ingredients in this mask from oatmeal for calming the skin to sage for breakouts and irritation and coupled with vitamin A, squalane and others to help encourage cell turnover and collagen production. It would be very beneficial for firming, anti-aging treatment or prevention, and as a nice spa treat. Wearing it certainly feels very luxurious. My only peeve about this is the use of D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which I feel is just unnecessarily, but again, a personal preference. Other than that, this mask has a lot to offer in terms of beneficial ingredients, therapeutic benefits, and pore cleansing abilities.

Who It’s For: 

Although it’s recommended for all skin types, I would recommend this more to those who are 30+ just because I think they will benefit more from this than someone younger. That is not to say that if you are younger, you can’t use this. You totally could and would likely benefit from it, but I just think this is more geared toward more mature ladies. Although I think it may be beneficial for those with acne, the menthol in this may be drying to some. It may work well for those who struggle with redness and/or rosacea.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Oatmeal – Calms redness, inflammation and breakouts.
  • Sage Extract – Beneficial for breakouts, calms inflammation and redness, and provides a tingling cooling effect.
  • Citrus Bioflavinoids – Brightens dull complexion and helps assist with cell turnover and repair scarring.
  • Squalane – Similar to natural skin oils and is readily accepted by body, hence making it an effective skin moisturizer

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Nice Tingling Effect
  • Detoxes the skin nicely while also exfoliating gently with jojoba beads (Scrub + Mask in 1)
  • Calms Inflammation and Redness
  • Cleans pores out
  • Encourages Cell Regeneration and Turnover

Product Cons: 

  • Black Licorice type scent may be a turn off to some
  • Formula includes Menthol Crystals, D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which may be unfavorable to some
Price: $30-$44

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I like this mask. It’s definitely not a favorite for me, but I can see how a lot of people would love this. I know so many people who love masks that are cooling (note : my mom is one of them!), but I am just not that into it. That being said, I love the pore cleansing powers this mask has and I may use it just for that alone. It would likely combat breakouts really well and the ingredients are promising to prevent premature wrinkles or treat any lines or sagging issues with aging skin. I also think it would calm redness a bit as well. I love that the mask includes beads so it’s a mask + scrub in one. I just like this sort of thing as I feel it adds value for the money spent. All in all, a pretty decent face mask for all types, but with emphasis on more mature skin.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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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 Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Astara Skincare Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: this moisturizer (as seen above), the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here) and the Activated Sea Mineral Mask (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

The richest and most concentrated of our replenishing moisturizers, this triple-action treatment simultaneously stimulates cellular regeneration, protects against free radicals, and intensely hydrates to restore youthful suppleness and radiance to mature and very dry skins.


My Experiences:

I really enjoy the texture of this cream a lot. In fact, I was bummed when I discovered this is likely too rich for my skin type, at least at my age. As a girl in my 20’s with oily combination skin that is very acne prone and reactive, this was just too rich for me. It gave me 2 spots during my trial run with this which I was pretty bummed about. My mom, on the other hand, loves this cream and finds it gives her a next day glow if she uses it at night. I think it should mainly be used by those with more mature skin types or otherwise those with dry or combination to dry skin types. These are the types that will get the most out of the fantastic ingredients in this formula. There are lots of plant extracts that work to brighten the complexion while shea butter and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) work well together to hydrate and firm the skin as they protect from free radicals. It is a very nourishing cream, though it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on the skin either. It is absorbed right away. I just wish my skin could handle it!

Who It’s For:  

It says it’s for all skin types, but I would recommend this more for combination to dry, dry, and mature skin types.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Wild Yam & Evening Primrose – Very soothing, both of these ingredients are calming and nourishing to the skin. They also help with hormonal balance which is especially helpful during that lucky time of the month or those going through the change of life (menopause). Evening primrose is also known to brighten the complexion.
  • Shea Butter – A very hydrating ingredient, shea butter helps lock in moisture to the skin. It is very rich and provides protection against free radicals.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Also known as hyaluronic acid, this ingredient is naturally occurring in the body and helps to moisturize skin without being overly greasy or heavy. It helps regenerate cells, encourage collagen production, and is very easily absorbed by the skin.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Dyes and Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Includes many nourishing ingredients in the formula for optimal hydration and suppleness.
  • Many plant extracts brighten and tone the skin for overall radiance
  • Evening primrose calms hormonal outbreaks while also moisturizing and calming the complexion.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) helps hydrate skin, assist with cell turnover, and encourage collagen production.
  • Light, Pleasant Scent
  • Creamy Smooth Texture

Product Cons: 

  • Too Rich for Oily, Oily/Combination or some reactive acne prone skin types
  • May be Expensive to Some
Price: $53-$79

 Final Thoughts:

All in all, this cream is really great, just not great for me. Clearly it will do worlds of good for someone who has more mature skin or drier skin. If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, I would go with something a little lighter than this cream as I really feel this is much too rich for oilier skin types. It did make me break out a little during my testing (2 weeks), but it was not an allergic reaction and other than the 2 spots, there really was no irritation caused by this. I really wish that this would work with my skin because the consistency of this cream feels very luxurious and smooth, but thankfully, my mom now has a new cream and mask that she won’t stop raving about.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

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To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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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 Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder

I am a huge fan of Juice Beauty products and this is one of my favorites in their line.

It is definitely my favorite blemish clearing powder on the market.

They may have been the ones to pioneer this type of powder, but I am really not sure as Bare Minerals and E.L.F. both have mineral powders that claim to do the same as this one, but which I tried and fell short in my opinion, though E.L.F. is definitely a cheaper option.

I tried this powder 2 separate times with various results, but I have used up both completely.

Application Instructions from Juice Beauty: 

The perfect addition to Juice Beauty’s Organics to Clear Skin regimen. For day wear, layer and finish with our Foundation or Powder. For night, use to calm and clear.

Product Claims :

 This on the spot Blemish Clearing Powder combines organic fruit extracts, minerals and bamboo powder to soothe, calm and clear blemishes, leaving your skin healed and concealed.

My Experiences: I tried this blemish clearing powder for the first time some time last year. I really loved it! It works well against breakouts, sets well over makeup, under makeup, or you can even wear this to sleep over your nighttime skincare. It is pretty light, but you can wear it alone if you want to go makeup free during the day as well. I love that it is made with mostly natural and organic ingredients, especially organic aloe powder and the various organic fruit extracts.This powder is really healing, not drying at all and has a nice finish to it.

My only real issue with this is that it is expensive ($29) for the amount you get, which is less than 1/2 Oz. It just was not cost effective for me to buy this every 2 months when I, inevitably, ran out. I do not mind dropping a large sum of money on my skincare or even makeup products when the product 1.) lives up to its promises and 2.) lasts a sufficient amount of time which, for me, is about 3 months. This powder lasts me like 1-2 months, if that, but if you can afford it, the powder is amazing. I would use it as a powder foundation, finishing powder and treatment for acne ALL THE TIME, but the size of this powder is just not economical for me.

Who It’s For: 

Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Powder is designed for oily, combination, and blemish prone skin types.

Blemished/Oily, Combination, Teen Acne & Blemishes, Adult Acne & Blemishes

Best Uses:

  • Worn over or under makeup or as a makeup replacement
  • Worn over nighttime skincare as a treatment
  • To Treat Occasional or Frequent Breakouts
  • As a Spot Treatment
  • To Heal and Calm Redness from Irritation or Rosacea
  • Blemished/Oily, Combination, Teen Acne & Blemishes, Adult Acne & Blemishes

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Organic Aloe Powder – Calms Redness and Irritation in Skin to help clear blemishes.
  • Organic Bamboo Powder – Soothes Irritation in Skin to clear breakouts.
  • Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil – Promotes Collagen Synthesis and Cell Turnover

Ingredient List: 

Organic powders of manihot esculenta (organic tapioca starch)*, zea mays (organic corn starch)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf powder)*, bambusa arundinaceae (bamboo powder), vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, tocopherol (vitamin E), ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil) May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides *certified organic by a USDA approved agency

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum
  • Alcohol (Except Denatured Alcohol)
  • Mineral Oil
  • Artificial Preservatives, Dyes or Fragrances

Product Pros:

  • Powder form is Easily Worn Under or Over Makeup or Alone as Makeup Replacement
  • Treats Breakouts, Spots, Redness and Rosacea, Calms Irritation and skin Inflammation.
  • Can be Worn Anytime – Night or Day
  • Calms Skin without Drying like many other powder treatments
  • Includes Natural & Organic Ingredients that heal the skin.

Product Cons: 

  • May be considered expensive to some
  • Small size (less than 1 Oz.) may not be considered economical

Final Thoughts:

I really love this powder. Not only does this powder clear my breakouts quickly and without causing any dryness, but the finish is awesome and matte, which I love. I love that the ingredients are natural and organic. The ingredients include organic aloe and bamboo, which I know help to calm redness and irritation. I also love that they include organic pomegranate seed oil to help with collagen synthesis because it means I’m getting both an acne and wrinkle treatment in this powder. I would permanently use it as a mineral foundation replacement if it came in a larger size, but unfortunately, it does not.

I really hate that this comes in such a small size (.35 Oz.) because it’s not economical for me. I wish that it was a larger size so it would last me a longer amount of time. Then I would be able to justify spending nearly $30 USD on it if it lasted me a few months. When I used this, it barely lasts me a month when I have bad breakouts and it lasts me about 2 when I spot treat. That being said, if you can afford it, it is SO worth it!

For anyone with occasional breakouts and spots, this is the perfect way to treat them! It’s not drying, irritating, and it won’t make you peel. I wore this over makeup, under makeup, as a makeup replacement, and to bed. It never broke me out, it looked great with my makeup, though if you don’t like a matte finish, you may not like it. For someone like me, especially in summertime when I’m battling oily shine, I love it.

Where to Find:

You can find Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder – here – on their website or otherwise at Sephora, Beauty.com, SkinStore.Com, or Birchbox.com.

OVERALL RATING: 9/10

Have you experienced Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder?

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That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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

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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