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True Natural EyeBright Peptide Serum

Awhile back, this eye serum was sent to me from True Natural for review and I’ve really enjoyed using it.  A natural beauty brand, True Natural uses all natural ingredients in their product formulas so their products are often lightweight and gentle, but really effective.

I’ve been testing this serum out for a good few months now and it’s definitely improved the condition of my entire eye area. It utilizes a number of natural plant oils, extracts and super hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid in order to moisturize and brighten the eye area, thereby improving discoloration, under eye circles, dryness, and broken capillaries.

After using this for a few months, I don’t know that I saw a huge difference in my under eye circles. They are still present, but less so. Actually, the main reason I really like this serum for my eye area is because it’s not only super gentle and non-irritating, but it has definitely helped hydrate my often dry under eyes and it’s also seemed to improve the condition of broken capillaries I have in the inner corners of my eyes from rubbing them a bit too often. All this coupled together has made a big difference in the overall appearance of my eyes, lending them a more youthful and healthy look.

I do wish they had done more for my dark circles, but then I know the dark circles I do have are due, in large part, to my genetics so I realize there’s only so much improvement that can be made with topical treatments, but this certainly comes close and as a standard light eye serum, this is a great choice. I think those with oily skin will really benefit because it’s light enough that it doesn’t clog under eye pores, but nourishing enough that you’ll see a difference.

You can check out this eye serum on True Natural – here.

What’s Your Favorite Eye Serum or Treatment?

Do You Prefer Eye Creams or Serums?

I’d Love to hear your thoughts on this!

Korres - Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Concealer


I purchased this concealer awhile ago from Sephora (You can see the original post I did – here) and I meant to review it, but I’ve been super busy and just haven’t gotten around to it until now.

So, sorry for the long wait if you were waiting for the review, it’s finally arrived!

Anyway, I’ll just make this quite short and sweet.

I love Korres products, but I was so disappointed with this concealer. It’s really thick and pasty and quite difficult to blend. Aside from that, it actually sets into my barely existent fine lines and makes my whole eye area look dry. Gross. Plus, when I do wear it, it causes small dot mini breakouts under my eyes.

It works decently enough on spots, but does nothing to treat them and I know it’s not a blemish concealer, but I guess I was just disappointed it doesn’t seem to have healing capabilities despite the natural ingredients.

I actually feel pretty ripped off given this one cost me $22 and really hasn’t delivered. I prefer my original favorite – the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Concealer I reviewed ages ago. It’s more hydrating, gentle, brightening, creamy, easily blendable and cheaper. While the ingredients aren’t as great as what’s in the Korres, at least it’s more effective and doesn’t break my under eyes out.

As sad as it is, especially because I love Korres, this one just missed the mark for me. I think, maybe, if you have super normal skin, this could work for you. It might actually also be okay if you have oilier skin that doesn’t break out. Everyone else may want to steer clear.

You can find this concealer on Sephora for $22 – here.

What’s your favorite concealer?


My Favorite Drugstore Concealer for Sensitive Acne Prone Skin!

I have a really difficult time find concealers I like. Most of the time I just avoid them altogether because they tend to break me out with little zits under my eyes, worsen current breakouts or be too heavy, too cakey, or the wrong shade for my ridiculously pale skin. I decided to try the Neutrogena Healthy Skin 3 in 1 Concealer for Eyes when I found it at my local Target for the low price of $8.99 USD. I am so glad that I purchased this because it truly is a great product!

See how well this blends?

Not only does this fit my skin tone perfectly, but it’s light, it blends in like a cream so it feels AND looks like I’m not wearing anything at all, has sun protection of SPF20 and offers anti-aging benefits in the formula. Plus, it literally looks like I’m not wearing concealer, but it covers up my under eye circles really well, especially on mornings where I’ve gotten less than the necessary hours of sleep and I look like the crypt keeper. It has some light diffusing particles that really help to brighten up my whole eye area, leaving me with that wide awake and fresh look every girl wants. Not only that, but it has decent coverage on blemishes and doesn’t aggravate them at all. Plus, it has sunscreen which is great for protecting your eyes from developing fine lines and crow’s feet.

This concealer also comes in a really practical and easy to use squeeze tube with a pointed tip applicator so I don’t waste any product, I don’t have to stick my overly large fingers or nails into any unsanitary jars and I get the perfect amount that I need every time. The only drawback of this product is that it’s not the most natural product on the market, but it does include aloe vera and green tea extract in the formula so there’s something to be said for that. All in all, I’m really loving this concealer and until I find a more natural formula that works just as well or better, I will likely stick with it.

Check it out – here! 

Have you ever tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin line?

What’s your favorite product from them?

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

Snow’s Eternal Youth Diamond Eyes Serum

This eye serum embodies the youth, perfection and beauty of Snow White from Grimm fairy tales!

Created to keep the skin around your eyes looking young, smooth, and radiant, Snow’s Eternal Youth Diamond Eyes Serum includes a variety of organic oils, essential oils, and some actives designed to help with dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles as well as to calm and hydrate, smooth fine lines, keep your skin clear of dullness and brighten skin while softening and firming.

For use on all skin types!

Organic Evening Primrose Oil – Used since the 1930’s in skincare for its use on skin irritations such as eczema, evening primrose oil has great anti-inflammatory properties due to its high content of gamma linolenic acid which is known for its healing abilities. This oil helps to moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals while repairing any damage.

Organic Grapeseed Oil – Grapeseed oil is perfect for all skin types as it has non-allergenic properties and absorbs well into the skin without being greasy. Including the calming and nourishing aspects of grapeseed, this oil also contains vitamins, minerals and proteins that soften and hydrate the skin. This oil is especially great for those who have skin that has a difficult time retaining moisture as it is more easily absorbed into the skin than other oils.

Raspberry Seed Oil – A strong antioxidant-filled oil, raspberry seed oil is high in Omega-3 and mega- 6 fatty acids for skin building proteins, Vitamin A and a high content of Vitamin E which makes it an invaluable carrier oil in anti-aging formulations.

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.

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.

Lavender EO – Lavender is a calming anti-inflammatory that has softening properties and helps to reduce eye-puffiness. It is relaxing therapeutically and an antidepressant. Antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal, lavender can help to promote the healthy growth of new skin cells as well as healing burns, sun damage, scarring, acne, and other skin irritations.

Chamomile EO – Chamomile is a widely used healing antioxidant that can aid in a variety of skin issues including acne, irritation and skin regeneration as it assists in the healing of any skin damage and promotes cell turnover.

Vitamin K – A fantastic ingredient for diminishing dark circles.

Alfalfa Root – Alfalfa is rich in vitamin K, which is the only vitamin known to truly diminish dark circles. This plant also works as an antioxidant and helps to nourish the skin while protecting it from damaging free radicals.

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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