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All-in-One Snail Repair Cream

The winner of the Mizon Snail Repair Cream Giveaway is Asha! Congrats!

Please email me at StorybookApothecary@Gmail.com with your postal information so I can send your prize out to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up and tweeted, followed, liked, etc. – I really appreciate all of you following my blog and stay tuned for more giveaways coming very soon!

Special thanks to the awesome ladies at PeachandLily.com for sponsoring this giveaway

♥ Tianna 

All-in-One Snail Repair Cream

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{Disclaimer – This cream was sent to me for review from PeachandLily.com}

This is going to sound bizarre to those of you who haven’t heard the latest Korean beauty craze.

That’s right, I’m talking snails.

Okay, not snails, but snail extract on your face.

{ I’ll give all you newbies a second to let that sink in… }

Yep.

Don’t you dare click away and let me cope with this weirdness on my own! 

If you’re completely new to this Korean beauty craze, then let me enlighten you all to a whole new world of beautiful strangeness. The Korean beauty industry has recently released a host of creams from various brands featuring an odd new ingredient – you guessed it – snail mucus extract. According to those headlining this new beauty trend, they claim that the mucus from snails has the power to heal, rejuvenate and hydrate skin in a powerful way.

Anyway 🙂

So, it’s my very first “snail cream” beauty experience and, as much as I seriously hate admitting to it, it’s been awesome! First of all, I just want to clarify a bit for those of you who might think there is straight up snail mucus or ground up snail shell in this cream because that’s definitely not the case. It’s actually all very scientific. The cream simply includes a 92% concentration of “snail extract” which is from the mucus of snails (gross, at first look…), but is dried, purified and turned into a powdered extract before it ever gets near your finished cream so I suppose it’s not all bad once you get down to it.

Is it weird? Only when I think about it.

I was actually expecting this cream to have a bizarre scent or texture ( or maybe bits of snail residue in it ), but this cream is seriously nice and also, thankfully, pleasantly scented in an inoffensive way. In many ways, this cream feels much like any other when applied, though it is seriously hydrating without being heavy and sinks in near instantly. It does have a slight stickiness to it, but that goes away in 30 minutes or less after the cream sinks into the skin. Once it does, there’s no residue left behind or anything.

Once you get passed to fact that this includes snail mucus in the formula, it really is lovely. The cream itself comes in a very luxurious glass jar and a little bit of this cream goes quite a long way. Although it’s marketed as a repair cream for aging and things, I really think any skin type could use this safely, even sensitive and acne prone skin types. My advice is to exfoliate properly before applying this and to only use it at night as it may cause a bit of oiliness if you have oily to combination skin.

I’ve been using this cream for nearly a month now and I can honestly say it’s improved my overall skin texture, smoothed some fine lines, improved the hydration levels of my skin, and even diminished some acne scarring. I don’t think it does anything for acne, really, but it doesn’t exacerbate any existing blemishes nor does it cause any new ones so that’s a major plus for me when it comes to creams. I highly recommend this cream as one to consider if you’re new to this whole snail cream phenomena and you want to give it a go.

You can check out this Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream at Peach & Lily – here.

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY TIME!

The lovely ladies of PeachandLily.com have very generously sent me an extra jar of this Snail Repair Cream by Mizon to offer up for giveaway so any one of you can get the chance to try it out for yourself and get in on this Korean beauty craze!

The giveaway is open to all subscribers of Storybook Apothecary so you have to be a follower via email, bloglovin’ or wordpress. It’s open internationally so anyone can enter, wherever they are in the world, as long as they follow my blog.

This giveaway ends on April 23, 2013 ( this coming Tuesday ) and I’ll announce the winner here on the blog.

Hurry & Enter while you can!

Sign Up for the Giveaway & Enter to Win Your Very Own Snail Cream!

Good Luck!

♥ Tianna

I was recently sent a sample of this Intensive-C® Vitamin C Face Radiance Peel by Murad Skincare from The Beauty Box, a lovely online beauty retailer, which sells a number of popular and unique niche indie beauty products at great prices. I really love the site’s wishlist function which, once you set up an account, allows you to save the products you want to a wish list for later. I’m kind of obsessed with wish lists because they’re handy for keeping track of all the things I want, especially when it comes to beauty things.

Anyway, I was super excited to try this out as I’ve been praising Dr. Murad and his skin philosphies on this blog since the early days. If you weren’t with us yet, do check out this post and this post to learn more about Dr. Howard Murad’s awesome views on beauty and health. Otherwise, try out this delicious smoothie recipe from his book.

So, since receiving this from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Box a few weeks ago, I’ve tested it out several times and I am really happy to report back to you that this face peel works really well and surprisingly fast. It comes out of the squeeze tube easily enough and you can control how much comes out given it’s in a tube which I really like as I hate to waste product. It looks pretty much like a face lotion and you apply a thin layer to your face after cleansing. Then, you leave it on for up to 10 minutes and rinse off with a warm wash cloth. The feel of this isn’t nearly as noticeable as the Liquid Gold from Alpha-H which has a noticeable tingle to it. I don’t know if this will offer similar long term results to that, but it’s certainly a more gentle option for those who can’t bear the tingle of Alpha-H’s glycolic acid products. If you prefer a more natural peel option, check here.

This peel, as many of the products in the Intensive-C® line from Murad, utilizes a number of beneficial ingredients for the skin including glycolic acid and vitamin C which work to slough off dead skin cells and fight off free radical damage brought on by stress, pollution and UV rays to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. They also utilize a variety of natural essential oils, plant extracts, clays and amino acids to help heal and encourage cell turnover and collagen production.

The difference between before and after using this is like night and day for me. I tried it a few weeks ago, for the first time, not thinking it’d be too effective, but I was really surprised that the effects seemed so immediately noticeable on my skin. After I rinsed the peel off, my skin looked instantly brighter, clearer, and felt softer and smoother. I’m not sure how they’re doing it all, but it really does work time and again as I’ve now used it several times and can attest to the consistent results this delivers. Not only that, but I do think it has actually improved my skin for the better and would certainly recommend it to those battling dullness, acne scarring or hyperpigmentation or brown spots, and other discoloration. Although I wish this was a more natural formula, the results are undeniable.

You can check this peel out at The Beauty Box – here.

Have You Ever Tried A Face Peel Before?

What Are Your Thoughts on At=Home Peels Vs. Spa Type Peels?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts on this!

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!

Happy Friday Lovelies! 

 Today’s post focuses on my top picks for facial masks. This is one area which was a bit of a no brainer for me because I have a clear set of masks that just do the trick for my trouble at any given moment and these are it. Highly recommend them, definitely read my original review(s) for those interested, and I hope it helps keep your skin in great shape in 2013!

First on the list is the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Face Mask. This face mask is incredible for TONS of skin issues including but not limited to acne, dullness, fine lines, dry skin, scarring, and pigmentation (brown spots). I don’t recommend using this anywhere near the eyes so make sure there is a wide berth from your eyes and the face mask as the skin on your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face and is more likely to suffer from irritation. This mask is seriously potent so I don’t recommend this for sensitive skin as it has a very noticeable tingle to it! If your skin can handle it, it is well worth the temporary discomfort, though, because it feels a bit like a mini peel in that your skin feels instantly softer, clearer, cleaner and brighter after using this face mask. Like many of the Alpha-H products, this utilizes the magic that is glycolic acid at a substantial 15% and is used for exfoliating dead skin cells and encouraging cell turnover while  manuka honey, lavender and vitamin E which work to protect, hydrate and calm fresh cells.

I highly recommend this one for those with trouble skin or those battling dullness, pigmentation or scarring. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s well worth it, in my opinion!

You can check out my original post on this face mask here.

Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

Next on the list is the Wei Beauty Purify Chi Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. This mask is fantastic for those with clogged pores, acne, dry skin, and oily skin. It does wonders for me in hot weather when I’ve been oilier than usual and have a few spots. It definitely has a bit of that tingling sensation, though not nearly as intense as the Alpha-H one. Also, the mask itself is formulated with many natural botanical extracts including Golden Root, Chrysanthemum, and Reishi Mushroom to brighten, purify and de-clog pores. Als, these little pots of face mask will last for about 2-3 face masks each so it does last quite a long time, even if you like to layer it on. I love that applying this mask feels like your very own mini day spa and it works at a level of intensity that most skin types can handle and that is much less intense than the Alpha-H. I don’t know that I’d recommend it for sensitive skin types; if I were you, I’d try to see if you can get your hands on a sample and do a patch test first. You can see my original post on this mask here.

dairyface

This is probably one of the more unique natural beauty brands I’ve reviewed this past year and with good reason! Dairyface use totally fresh ingredients to keep your face, body and everything else in tip top shape! Their products are all made with a natural base of yogurt cultured from milk produced by grass-fed cows in order to offer your skin an optimal level of omega 3’s, probiotics, prebiotics, and other vitamins. This base in then blended with various herbs to treat different skin issues including redness, irritation, acne, dryness, clogged pores, and dull skin. I love how gentle, yet effective these products are as face masks! Plus, since they have to be refrigerated, they offer instant relief to skin suffering from irritation, redness or dryness. The lactic acid in the milk gently exfoliates skin while also calming it with herbs and using the proteins in the milk to plump and hydrate cells. I think this type of product is perfect for any and all skin types (do a patch test first if you’re unsure!) and one that anyone can definitely benefit from. I have also used these products as a body mask and a hair mask which really softened and hydrated both my hair and body. My only recommendation is be sure to use another body wash and shampoo after these to rinse Dairyface full out otherwise you’ll smell later and have dried milk around on your skin and hair! To see my original post on this, click here.

suticleanseorganicbalm

This last one is one of my favorite all around multi-use beauty products of 2012. It is just such a seriously fantastic product that does so many things and would work for nearly any skin type, including sensitive and acne prone types. It is first and foremost an organically certified cleanse balm which includes many hydrating oils and valuable essential oils which work to cleanse, calm, rejuvenate and moisturize the skin all at once. Since it is also quite hydrating, it can work as a cleanser & moisturizer in one and since it comes with a natural muslin cloth, you can actually get mild exfoliation when you use it to remove the cleansing balm. Aside from that, this balm also works as a face mask and definitely helps to hydrate dry skin. When my skin gets that ugly, tight and dry feeling, I just literally pop a thin layer of this on and my skin instantly feels fuller, smoother, softer and yes, more hydrated. I love this cleansing balm for everything and IT WORKS . Try it, you won’t regret it. To see my original post on this cleanse balm, check here.

Stay tuned for a few more of these “Best of Beauty 2012” posts as I’ll be doing a few more for body and nails.

That’s all for My Favorite Face Masks of 2012 – What’s Yours?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a Great Weekend!

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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.

Remember to Hurry & Sign Up Right Away!

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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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