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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

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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.

Get Glowing Tan Ready Skin for Summer! DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Brown sugar scrubs are super easy to make.

The one that I made today is a bit more complicated, but it’s simply to show how diverse and creative you can get when you make your own body scrub at home.

The First thing you need is, of course, brown sugar.

I used normal kitchen type brown sugar because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use the more crystallized granular raw cane brown sugar if you want. It just depends on the type of consistency that you like.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

The amount of brown sugar that you use depends on your taste.

If you like a scrub that is more liquidy, I recommend you use 1/2 cup, but if you prefer yours to be more on the dry end then use 1 cup or even 1 1/2 cups.

I recommend you just play around with the amount as you go to get your desired consistency.

1 Tablespoon – Sake / Rice Wine

Many people are not familiar with the incredible brightening powers of rice wine AKA Sake. A very popular ingredient in Asian countries, rice wine and water have been used for centuries to achieve beautifully youthful white skin.

Apparently, it began when women who made sake in old times were discovered to have beautiful bright glowing skin on their hands.

Sake is great for its skin softening properties as well.

If you don’t have sake on hand, you can also use rice water. Simply soak a bowl of rice in water for up to 1 hour, sift out the rice and use the water. This will have similar effects, though no as potent as sake.

If you don’t have any rice or sake on hand at all, vodka may be a good substitute.

Natural Tinctures / Extracts

Natural plant and fruit extracts are also great for brightening the skin.

Just the same as they are used in facial beauty products, so too can they be utilized in your body scrubs.

I chose to use a few drops of the orange peel, papaya and licorice root extracts as all 3 are known for their natural brightening abilities.

If you don’t have any tincture / extracts on hand, feel free to substitute them for lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice for similar brightening effects.

1 Tablespoon Each – Natural Fruit Powders

I love using natural fruit and plant powders with my scrubs. They exfoliate gently without being too abrasive and a lot of them also have brightening powers. Raspberry and rose hips powders are both really great choices for brightening scrubs because they are high in vitamin C and other nutrients to help your skin look healthy and glowing. Other great choices include natural willow bark powder (for a more herbal scent!), alfalfa root powder, or rose flower powder.

1/4 – 1/3 Cup Olive Oil

After mixing all of the above ingredients together first, you will want to then add some kind of oil to the mix.

Olive oil is great for its moisturizing properties.

High in EFA’s, or essential fatty acids, olive oil helps to rebuild the skin and protect it from free radicals.

This will leave your skin feeling very moisturized and soft.

If you don’t like olive oil or don’t have it on hand, other choices include grape seed oil, rose hip oil, apricot kernel oil or rice bran oil.

Once you add your oil to the mix, you’re all done!

Be sure to keep this in an airtight container.

Small plastic or glass containers work well or otherwise recycling your old store bought scrub jars is a good idea as well.

This scrub works really well and is gentle enough for both face and body.

Just make sure you apply in gentle, circular motions and don’t press down as this can be too abrasive on the skin.

 

I hope you try and make your own body scrub!

They are surprisingly easy to make and fun to do with friends!

Have you ever made your own scrubs?

Did you find they work as well as store bought ones?

Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to follow my blog for more DIY recipes!

Happy Memorial Day! 

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Coming Soon! Organic Manuka Honey & Bee Venom Face Masks

Lately in the skincare world, especially in the world of high end high priced (or overpriced as I like to say), there has been a LOT of talk about Bee Venom masks, the  exotic benefits of Manuka Honey and the anti aging, anti acne, and overall skin health benefits this sort of mask can offer. Reviews are in for the Bee Venom mask by Manuka Doctor and people love it.

So I thought, why not offer a similar bee venom mask myself including certified organic manuka honey with bee venom, natural and organic oils, and natural botanical powders, clays and extracts that will give you the same benefits that the whopping $86 Manuka Doctor Bee Venom mask promises consumers without the hefty price tag.

After bouncing this idea off friends, family and customers, I have decided that this is definitely going to be something I want to offer customers, especially those who want a product that works just as well if not better than the high end, overpriced masks, but for a fraction of the price.

I will be doing a focus group trial run in the coming weeks to perfect a formulation so if anyone is interested in trying the product and answering questions for me, you get a free sample size amount of the product to test on yourself and then answer a questionnaire for me.

Feel free to email me at tiannasicilia@yahoo.com if you’re interested for more information.

Thanks!

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Belle’s Clear Beauty Anti-Acne Serum


This serum embodies the youth, beauty and clarity from the princesses of Grimm fairy tales!

Created to keep your skin looking young, fresh, and clear, Belle’s Clear Beauty Anti-Acne Serum includes a variety of organic oils, essential oils, and some actives designed to help clear acne while hydrating, brightening any acne scarring and toning the skin. wrinkles as well as to calm and hydrate, smooth fine lines, keep your skin clear of minor breakouts, and brighten skin while softening and firming.

For use on all skin types, especially sensitive, and/or oily types or those who suffer from frequent to severe breakouts. Great for combination and others in the summer time or oily year round, depending on how much moisture your skin needs.

Sea Kelp Ultramarine – Sea Kelp Ultramarine is a complex mix including organic chemicals and nutrients from the sea including iodine to nourish and hydrate the skin. Easily absorbed by the skin, this works well for oily types and in the summer as it has a light gel consistency without sacrificing moisture and hydration.

Licorice Extract – Licorice helps to naturally brighten and lighten the skin and evening out your skin tone while it diminishes scarring caused by acne. This extract helps to lend an overall glow and radiance to the skin.

Tea tree EO – Tea tree is known for helping to control oil and destroying acne-causing bacteria as it is antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It also lends a nice cooling effect and clean scent during use.

Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A) – The benefits of vitamin A are renowned in the skincare world for its efficiency at helping with both acne AND wrinkles while also evening out skin tone.

DMAE – This ingredient is the only known in the skin care world to help lift and firm the skin.

Active Aloe – Aloe is great for hydration and calming irritation in the skin. It is added as an extra hydration ingredient that works double time to calm redness, breakouts, and is easily absorbed by the skin so you are getting tons of moisture!

Lemon Peel Bioferment – Lemon naturally brightens the skin as it is a natural form of vitamin C. It can help to lighten scars and soften fine lines while lending antioxidant protection from free radicals.

Azeloyl Glycine – Derived from azelaid acid, this organic compound comes from wheat, rye and barely and helps to rid your skin of stubborn blackheads, white heads and other breakouts. It also helps to reduce scarring and inflammation.

EO Blend – This is a great antioxidant blend that will give your serum a nice and pleasant, yet unoffensive and natural scent while protecting your skin from free radical damage.

Bearberry Extract (Uva Ursi) – Bearberry extract is a powerful antioxidant that is best known for its brightening abilities. Often used in commercial brands in brightening formulations, bearberry helps to brighten hyper-pigmentation while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and healing facial scarring.

Disclaimer: This product is used at YOUR own risk. I am not responsible for any allergic reactions you may have to the product and upon purchase, you, the customer, assume all responsibility. Although much effort is put into ensuring the materials used in these items are safe for use and tested on humans, Storybook Apothecary is not responsible for any misuse of this product or any damages, losses or injuries caused directly or indirectly by this product.
It is advised that before using this product, you conduct a patch test to check for sensitivity to the product.
To conduct a patch test: Place a small amount of the product on the inside of your upper forearm. Leave for 10-15 minutes. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately and discontinue use. After 24 hours if there is no sign of irritation on the patch test area of skin, the product should be safe to use. If any irritation continues/occurs, discontinue use and seek the further advice of a physician. If you think this product may not be right for you, please consult your physician before using.

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