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Naruko Beauty Supplements!

More Naruko goodness!

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll have heard all about my love for Naruko Skincare. Otherwise, you can see an overview of the brand here and some reviews on their products here and here!

So yesterday, and you’ll know already if you’re following me on Instagram, I was at an actual Naruko Boutique in Rowland Heights, California, picking up night jellies and I stumbled across these skin supplement drinks they’ve come out with!  One is meant to be taken during the day while the other is meant to be taken at night before bed.

Of course I had to try them!

They are both skin supplement drinks that focus on repairing the skin and encouraging collagen production, but the daytime version focuses on brightening the skin while the nighttime version works to firm the skin while you catch some beauty sleep.  The day one is the Berry Brightening Collagen Drink – Day and the night one is the Lychee Firming Collagen Drink – Night.

I tried the night one last night because, like an overexcited 5 year old, I just couldn’t wait and then I tried the day one this morning.

Firstly, I have to say that the sales rep completely lied on these or she has heinously bad taste. When I asked her what they taste like, she just told me they taste great. Mind you, I’d try them anyway with hopes of boosting collagen, glow and firming my skin up, but these taste like crap. I mean, it may just be personal preference because these remind me of what energy drinks taste like except much more potent and I hate the taste of energy drinks. The taste makes me feel like I’m drinking healthy gasoline because the taste seriously smacks you in the face. It is NOT subtle!

That being said, I think I may invest in a few of these.

I know, I sound kind of like a masochist given I’ve just compared the taste to drinking gasoline, but the vitamins in these are beneficial to skin health and overall bodily health actually.

The day version includes a variety of vitamins, minerals, fruit extracts and brightening plant extracts while the night version includes a similar variety of vitamins, minerals, and berries along with CoQ10 and other plant extracts known to firm and tone the skin.

No real effects seem to be showing up just yet as I’ve only tried them in the past 24 hours, but I do sense a glow in my skin, though that may be due to the 100+ F degree weather we’ve been suffering through here in Cali.

All in all, I still think I’ll try these again as I’m a fan of natural supplements, especially where vanity and skin health is concerned (yeah, I’m shallow like that, problem?). Plus, in the end, I think I’m just like most everyone else when it comes to these miracle drinks – easily pulled in by the promise of eternal youth in a bottle. Then again, maybe I’m alone in this, but at $5 a bottle, it’s not hugely expensive to try a week’s supply and see if I feel, or look, any different. That being said, I think these must be very new because I cannot find them on the Naruko USA website. They only seem to be available in Asia at the moment so I don’t know how they were available at the Naruko Boutique, but if you’d like to try them, you can find a pack of this day + night supplement combo here!

What do you think of beauty supplements?

Are they too gimmicky or have you seen any effects from taking supplements like this?

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

Just thought I’d mention really quick! The lovely Courtney Leiva @TheDollhouseBlog recently reviewed Storybook Apothecary’s Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder and Snow’s Eternal Youth Elixir Serum!

Check out the review – here!

Also, definitely check out her other posts on health and beauty and follow her @CourtneyLeiva on Twitter for the latest in beauty, giveaways and more!

Thanks again Courtney!

AMPM Wakeup Skin Smooth Washing Powder Review

So if you’re read my recent posts, you know I have been testing out Naruko’s Apple Seed and Tranexamic Acid Collection

Check out the collection review – here.

This is the cleanser I used during the testing of that collection and it is no less impressive!

AMPM Wakeup Skin Smooth Washing Powder

This cleanser is unlike many other typical face cleansers because it comes in powder form.

When mixed with water, it quickly turns into a foaming wash and easily cleanses the skin.

It feels very toning, hydrating and cleansing and leaves the skin clean without drying the skin out.

It smells pretty much like rice, but it’s such a subtle scent that most will not even notice it.

It worked very well with the apple seed and tranexamic acid collection.

It comes out like a grainy powder and then mixes with water into a slightly foaming cleanser.

Although the powder is really grainy in its dry form, it is not abrasive or scratchy at all when you actually mix it with water and apply to your face.

There are not too many foam suds, it is a mixture between a foamy sud and milky type cleanser.

When first purchasing, be sure to remove the little plastic piece under the cap!

You have to remove the lid and pull out the plastic piece to use.

I think they include this for when you want to travel to prevent any powder from leaking out of the container as the pop top is not the most secure, but given that it’s dry powder, even if it did leak a little, it would not do much harm.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really like this cleanser.

As far as powder cleansers go, this is among one of my favorites that I have tried.

It feels very much like a hydrating cleanser, but it gives you the clean feeling without drying or making the skin feel tight.

It just feels very hydrating, cleansing and balancing.

I would recommend this to all skin types except super dry types.

Dry skin types may need something more nourishing than this.

Acne prone types will definitely benefit from this cleanser because it is so balancing and it does not dry the skin out.

At $20, this is so affordable.

A little powder goes a long way so the value for the money is great as it will last you a long time.

Check out this cleanser on Naruko’s site – here.

Have you tried any of the AMPM products from Naruko?

Sign up for the mini Naruko giveaway – here!

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

Healthy Green (Sort of) Berry Smoothie Recipe!

So, last night I was all about making the best smoothie recipes, especially green smoothies because I want to make sure I get all the greens and nutrients I need throughout the day for energy and immunity.

I adapted my own version of the Green Berry Smoothie I found over at JoyofSmoothies.

First off, I used organic frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries and blueberries mix). I used the whole pack that I had, but I think it was about 1-2 cups so it’s up to you how many you want to toss in. I love berries so yep!

If you want to or have them on hand, you can opt for fresh berries of your choice, but this is just what I had on hand.

Also, if you use fresh, you may need to use more ice/water than I did.

Next I added about 1.5-2 handfuls of fresh organic spinach leaves.

What surprised me about this smoothie is the fact that I cannot taste the spinach AT ALL.

I am not sure whether it’s because I used a lot of berries to balance it or what, but its awesome!

The last thing I added was 2 bananas which really added a bit of sweetness to the smoothie and helped to counteract any bitterness from the berries.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 Bag Organic Frozen Mixed Berries (1-2 Cups Fresh with 1 Cup Crushed Ice)
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Organic Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Bananas (Fresh or frozen; if frozen, try to freeze your own and use overripe ones as they are the sweetest!)

Directions:

  • Blend your berries first if you’re using the frozen kind, otherwise the order won’t matter. I spent a bit of time blending my berries first to break apart the pieces of frozen fruit that stuck together. 
  • After the berries are blended, add the spinach and blend.
  • Lastly, add your bananas in little chunks. I just broke them apart with my hand. This made blending a lot faster than if they were whole. 
  • That’s it!
All in all, I really like this smoothie.
I’m not a big fan of the weird “green” taste of most green smoothie recipes, but this doesn’t have any hint of what I like to call “grass taste.”
The original version of this added protein powder, but I only have chocolate whey powder at the moment and I thought that might taste funny so I skipped this ingredient.
This smoothie would work well for breakfast, a midday snack or even for pre or post workout meals if you want to add the protein powder from the original recipe.
Either way, I definitely hope you try it!
Don’t let the weird purple/brown color fool you; this smoothie is delicious!
What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?
Do you prefer all fruit, all vegetable or a mix of both?
That’s all for now !
Stay Beautiful
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NEW! Snow’s Fairest of Them All Brightening Beauty and Anti Aging Facial Exfoliant

Hi All!

I am so excited to release this new facial exfoliant from Storybook Apothecary!

It utilizes all natural ingredients such as organic papaya and licorice extracts in order to exfoliate dead skin cells, encourage cell turnover and collagen production, and reveal a brighter and more glowing complexion!

I created this exfoliant as an alternative to their more abrasive chemical lab counterparts like retinol (vitamin A derivatives) which doesn’t always work for everyone and often has side effects such as dryness and peeling of the skin.

Given that the natural ingredients I use in this exfoliant have the vitamins needed to slough off dead cells and encourage cell regeneration in their natural form, they will work just as well if not better than the synthetic lab forms of vitamin C or vitamin A used in many mainstream brands (papaya extract has natural vitamin C and Alfalfa Extract has natural Vitamin A).

I have also included Organic Manuka Honey UMF 12+ with Bee Venom for added hydration and antibacterial effects so it can help clear your skin of breakouts and hydrate while the extracts work to slough off dead skin cells. The bee venom is said to have a temporary tightening effect on the skin.

If used correctly, this facial exfoliant WILL NOT make your face peel. It will use nature’s ingredients to work to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores for a clearer, more vibrant complexion.

I really hope you guys will try my new brightening exfoliant and have great results!

Check out below for more information on the ingredients I use in this facial exfoliator.

Snow’s Fairest of Them All Brightening Beauty and Anti Aging Facial Exfoliant

Created to keep your skin looking youthful, clear and glowing from within, this natural facial exfoliator harnesses the botanical powers of organic licorice extract, papaya extract, fruit juices and soy rice peptides for a magnificent beauty that will surely have the mirror on the wall saying “You are the fairest of them all” !

For use on all skin types, especially acneic and dry skin.

Organic Licorice Extract – Known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, licorice is great for naturally brightening the complexion, calming redness and irritation and revealing a clearer complexion.

Organic Aloe Vera Juice – Organic aloe vera juice is a great calming base to use instead of just water. Incredibly hydrating, it helps retain moisture in the skin while the exfoliating extracts work their magic!

Organic Lemon and Apple Juice – These pure fruit juices help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells from your face to reveal a more fresh and glowing complexion beneath. They also offer great brightening and cleansing effects.

Organic Manuka Honey UMF 12+ with BEE VENOM – Perfect for locking in moisture and killing acne- causing bacteria, organic manuka honey is great to treat acne and other irritations while also locking in moisture to the skin as you exfoliate the skin. Bee venom is said to have a temporary tightening effect on the skin.

Organic Papaya Extract – Papaya is known to have great brightening effects to the skin and protection from free radicals.

Soy Rice Peptides – Soy rice peptides are great protein components that will help to encourage collagen and elastin production, improving cell turnover and regeneration. These peptides are also known to help in the reduction of dark circles and pigmentation in the skin.

ECO CERTIFIED Green Tea Extract – Green tea extract has incredible cleansing properties as well as offering a plumping affect to the skin given its caffeine content. It may also help to brighten the complexion, protect from free radicals and help soften fine lines.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Apple Juice, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Manuka Honey UMF 12+ WITH BEE VENOM, Organic Licorice Extract, Organic Papaya Extract, Soy-Rice Peptides, ECOCERT Green Tea Extract, Sea Fennel Extract and Alfalfa Extract.

Check out Snow’s Fairest of Them All Brightening Beauty and Anti Aging Facial Exfoliant Here!

Shop All Storybook Apothecary!

That’s all for now.

Stay Beautiful

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Top Foods for Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails

So, I have had an extremely busy weekend!

I take a Mandarin Chinese class on Saturdays and recently had a final so I was studying like mad and haven’t had time to blog all weekend.

That being said, I’m also busy catching up on all the housework I neglected all weekend since I was studying instead.

Here are some fun foods for great hair, skin and nails.

Enjoy !

Foods for Glowing Skin:

  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kiwis
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Yogurt
  • Avocadoes
  • Green Tea

 Foods for Strong Nails:

  •  Citrus Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Chicken & Turkey
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Cheese

Foods for Healthy, Shiny Hair:

  • Salmon
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Whole Grains
  • Carrots
  • Shrimp
  • Beans
That’s all for now lovelies!
Stay Beautiful
&
I’ll Talk To You Soon! : ]

My Latest Favorite: DIY Ginger & Kaolin Clay Face Mask

As you guys may have guessed, I love face masks!

Any kind really, but especially the ones that work miracles to clear breakouts and calm redness as I have really reactive skin.

This past weekend I discovered the miracle that is a ginger face mask!

This ginger mask was great as it really helped clear my pores and had a nice heating effect when left on my face for about 10 minutes while in the bath.

AND it is such an easy diy face mask recipe that anyone can make with very little ingredients and some can be substituted for things you have on hand as that’s all I did as well.

Sooo amazing!

Ingredients:

  • Organic Ginger Powder
  • White Kaolin Clay (may substitute for any clay you have)
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Directions: Mix 1 tbs of ginger powder and kaolin clay with juice of 1/2 lemon and enough water to form a paste. Apply to clean face and leave on for 2-10 minutes as desired. Rinse with warm water. 
This mask really left my face with a nice glow, noticeable (though likely temporary!) tightening effects, smaller pore visibility, and overnight effects helped to clear and diminish spots and blemishes.
I want to note that you don’t have to use all the ingredients here; the main important one is the ginger powder. All others can be substituted. For instance, if you have no clay on hand you can use uncoated aspirin (acne benefits) or honey (for more moisture). Otherwise you can use any other clay you have on hand. You can use another liquid in place of lemon juice, but I like it for the brightening effects. Other liquids you can use are milk (light exfoliant good for mature skin), apple juice (brightening like lemon, but not as harsh), or you can use just water if you like.
That’s all for now; I hope you enjoy this mask and try it for yourself!
Let me know what effects you get or your favorite mask recipes.
I’m always up to try new ones!
Stay Beautiful
&
I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]

My Old Blog Posts: What Vitamins Can Do For Your Beauty Regimen

This is probably one of my favorite posts from my old blog. It has a lot of really good information in terms of health AND beauty. The two can definitely work for you or against you, depending on both your eating habits and your skincare routine.

Enjoy!

(^the lovely Ashwariya Rai- doesn’t she have GREAT skin?)

Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy.

I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that it fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthens hair and nails, gives natural shine and gloss to hair, and helps to fight and prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A (natural forms – beta-carotene) are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil or Salmon Oil – available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables. You can also find natural supplements in the form of beta-carotene among others.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement, either natural (rose hips)  or synthetic.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna. 
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Grapes, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts, but there are simply too many to list here If you visit your local health and vitamin store, you may find yourself lost amidst the insanity of all the supplements you never knew you needed. Anything from joint pain to wrinkles is covered, but I find that most of these may be obtained through food sources and is usually the safer (AND easier) route to go, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

That’s all for now!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]

My Old Blog Posts: DIY Green Eco Beauty Face Masks

A few years ago, I attempted to start a blog called Beauty, Culture, World.

Long story short, it was pretty convoluted and not at all focused on any one topic.

It ended up being more of a random post blogs place for whatever was on my mind at the time and I eventually abandoned it…unfortunately 😦

FORTUNATELY (yay!), I was able to start this blog up recently and I’m super happy to say that this blog has kicked off to a much better start than that one.

That being said, I still had a lot of good posts on there that I think would be relevant to this blog and you may enjoy reading.

So, with that, here is an old post that I still think is pretty fun and informative for green beauty lovers.

More to come, but for now, enjoy!

DIY Green Eco Beauty Face Masks

         

I’ve had quite a passion for DIY beauty the past 2 years because it’s tons of fun, easy and quick, and much better for the environment than buying another product. Not to mention the fact that I already own way too many beauty products and have literally no more room (in my bathroom or budget) for even one more product.That being said, DIY beauty saves have offered me some of the quickest ways to cure that breakout, exfoliate your skin, brighten your skin tone and more.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Recipes:

  • Aspirin Acne Mask: Use 2-5 Uncoated Aspirin Tablets or Raw Willow Bark Powder mixed with your choice of water, witch hazel, vodka, milk, sake or champagne. Water is gentle, witch hazel helps absorb oil, vodka is astringent, sake brightens and lightens skin tone, milk exfoliates with lactic acids, and champagne brightens and feels luxurious while toning skin.
  • Raw Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Peel: Apply raw pumpkin in a thin layer over skin. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, depending on your sensitivity level. It feels just like a facial enzyme peel you would get at a spa only a little gentler given that it’s raw and natural. You can purchase raw pumpkin in a can at your local grocery store or, if pumpkin is in season, you may mash pumpkin yourself. You may also add a carrier oil (sweet almond, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) to dilute to active enzymes if you have very sensitive skin. Note: if going outside, rinse and apply sunblock.
  • Oatmeal Detox Face Mask: Mix equal parts oatmeal and honey (usually 1-2 tablespoons of each is enough) and apply. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse. Oatmeal absorbs oil and dirt while honey moisturizes and disinfects. Do this in the kitchen as oatmeal tends to flake off and get everywhere. It’s quite messy, but worth it!
  • Moisturizing Avocado Hair and Face Mask: Mix 1 avocado with your choice of milk, sake, natural oil (coconut or olive oil work well), or champagne. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse. If you are using by itself or with a natural oil, this can also double as a hair mask
  • Milk Toner: Use a small amount of milk on a cotton round and apply to face directly. Leave on until you feel it dry then rinse or leave on for continued exfoliation and brightening. Note: if going outside, rinse and apply sunblock.
  • Vodka, Sake or Champagne Toner: Use alone on a cotton round and apply to face as you would a normal toner. No need to rinse these. Vodka brightens and tones, sake brightens and whitens skin tone and champagne tones, brightens and firms skin.
  • Egg White Face Mask: Use the egg whites of 1 raw egg and apply a thin layer to your face, avoiding eye area. Leave on 10-15 minutes or until dry then either peel off or rinse off. This mask works to tighten and firm skin.
  • Natural Oils Hair Mask: Choose one or three natural oils in combination in any amount as needed and apply to hair. Leave on as desired or for 15-30 minutes then rinse. Be sure to shampoo after. This adds moisture, shine and gloss to hair.