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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

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

All-in-One Snail Repair Cream – peachandlily.com

{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

Happy Sunday! 

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and enjoyed some down time and laughs.

I’ve just been hanging out, working out and reading the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness. It’s pretty good if you’re into witchcraft, magic, and the South. I like it, anyway 🙂

While you’re lounging about, Here’s some Posts You May Have Missed This Week!

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Acure Organics Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Kanti Organics Body Oil Review

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

50ml

If you’ve been following a long, you’ll know about my love for the New Zealand beauty brand, Living Nature. If you’ve tried them yourself, you’ll know exactly why I love them so much because, not only are the ingredients upheld to the highest standards, but the products themselves are also quite effective in doing what they claim to.

This past December, I was lucky enough to receive this Nourishing Night Cream along with their Nourishing Hand & Body Cream
( see that review – here ) and Vitalising Cleanser ( see that review – here ) and have been testing it out since then ( for almost 2 months ). It has a similar texture to their Vitalising Cleanser, though obviously without being a cleanser. The cream is super hydrating and nourishing without feeling heavy or greasy at all. There’s no reside left behind on your skin as it totally absorbs within 5 minutes. I love the smell which is pleasant, yet not overwhelming. It carries the same scent that seem to be signature of most Living Nature products and which I’ve come to identify many of their products with which I really like. Their products certainly work synergistically, but will also be just as well when used with other brands. I love that this cream is hydrates so well without being overly greasy or leaving an oily residue behind because I have oily to combination skin so sometimes that kind of texture in a cream will make my skin breakout. Thankfully, this one is super gentle and effective. It hasn’t done much by way of wrinkles or maybe I just don’t have enough for it to show the difference notably, but it certainly helps heal broken capillaries around the eyes and nose and hydrates really well so it effectively calms redness, inflammation and dullness all in one go. The ingredients are effective, yet natural at the highest standard, and they really work to improve the skin noticeably. I highly recommend this for anyone who combats dryness, dullness, irritation, redness, inflammation, fine lines, and broken capillaries or scarring as I think these are the areas it’s been most effective in improving.

You can check out this Living Nature Nourishing Night Cream – here.

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Living Nature Skin Essentials Kit Review 

Living Nature Nourishing Hand & Body Cream Review

Living Nature Liquid Foundation Review

Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser Review

Over the winter break, I was sent some Living Nature products for review, including this lovely Nourishing Hand and Body Cream. I didn’t really think much of it, but after I ran out of the body lotion I was using in December, I quickly began using this one daily and I’ve really loved it!

It’s formulation includes various plant oils including macadamia and avocado as well as active manuka honey to lock moisture into the skin and nourish it from the inside out. What I really love about this lotion is that it’s super hydrating without being greasy or oily. I love using body oils and more intensive body treatments during the night, but this is the perfect thing to use during the day. It soaks into the skin immediately and so there’s no waiting around for everything to dry before getting dressed. The scent is really pleasant, but not overwhelming or too strong, just refreshing. I actually ran out of face moisturizer for a few days and was so desperate for hydration that I did (GASP!) use this once or twice on my face and ‘lo and behold – no breakouts! That being said, it might be a bit too hydrating in summer for oily to combination skin types, but dry skin types might like this as an all around useful cream and men may enjoy it for it’s multi-function as well, though the scent isn’t particularly masculine. I highly recommend this cream to anyone and everyone who needs hydration and balance for their skin as it will hydrate you, quite literally, all over.

You can check out this Living Nature Nourishing Hand and Body Cream – here.

Related Articles:

Living Nature Skincare Essentials Kit Review 

Living Nature Liquid Foundation Review 

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll know all about my love for Living Nature products. I had first done a review on their Skin Essentials Kit which you can see here, if you care to, and loved their Vitalising Cleanser as much as the Summer as I have done now using it again in Winter time. This time, with a slightly larger bottle, I’ve been using the lovely Vitalising Cleanser for over a month and a half and really loving it all the more!

As with all Living Nature products, the Vitalising Cleanser is made with all natural, skin nourishing, and exotic ingredients native to New Zealand (where the brand comes from) and leaves out all the nasties such as parabens, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients. Instead, this cleanser features avocado oil, macadamia oil, active manuka honey, and various plant essential oils and extracts to nourish, calm and cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.

It is recommended for normal to dry skin, but I think if you have combination skin, it may do you some good, especially in the winter, as this cleanser has really helped keep the chapped redness at bay for me. Especially in those typical spots where dry, chapped skin tends to show up like around the nose, this cleanser works wonders. Aside from it’s ability to calm and moisturize, it is great at cleansing the skin without that tight, dry feeling and brilliantly removes makeup without irritating. I can massage this right over my eyes, lips and entire face to remove my makeup and it does a great job at getting rid of every bit of it. If I really want a more intense clean, I find that using this cleanser with a clarisonic or a muslin cloth ( remove cleanser with cloth in warm to hand hot water ) really helps the benefits of this cleanser to be absorbed by the skin and helps the skin feel and look smoother and softer!

I highly recommend this cleanser as a perfect staple for those who deal with dryness and/or irritation and redness either during the Winter or at any time. It is just the thing to bring skin back to a calm, revitalized state.

 You can check out the Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser – here.

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Living Nature Foundation Review

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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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!

Bestcleansers2012_StorybookApothecary.Com

I’m so thrilled to begin a new series of posts today for the next week or so on all my top picks in beauty – skincare, makeup, hair, nails, tools, and body care products for the year 2012!

I’ve done a ton of reviews this year and sorted through the crap to bring you all the best products with the most effective, natural ingredients in their formulations so I hope you enjoy this series and leave your thoughts in the comments along the way!

Today’s post is focusing on the best facial cleansers of 2012 and if you’ve been following along for any measure of time, you won’t be surprised at my picks which I’ve spoke about again and again and again because they are my go-to cleansers.

First in the list is Antonia Burrell’s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil which is fantastic for any skin type, but will do especially well for those suffering from congestion, dullness, acne breakouts, skin that feels both oily and dry, and just generally imbalanced skin. That is not to say that other skin types won’t benefit, though, because this cleansing oil is really lovely and includes lots of potent plant extracts and oils which work to heal the skin from the inside out. It truly works and you will see incredible improvements in your skin in very little time, especially if you’re battling skin issues. To see my original review on this cleansing oil, check here.

Second in the list is Suti Skincare’s CLEANSE Organic Balm which I have raved and raved about. This has certainly been another of my go to cleansers for when my skin is out of balance, especially when it just feels drier than usual or tighter than usual or if it’s feeling red and inflamed. This is the best thing to calm skin down! I really love it as a massage balm to cleanse skin, especially as an all-in-one cleanser + makeup remover because not only does it get the job done, but it leaves my skin super soft, clear and hydrated without a moisturizer. Also, since they include a natural muslin cloth with the cleanse balm, you get a bit of gentle exfoliation if you use the cloth to remove the balm and there’s no oily residue (for those who dislike that!). I’ve enjoyed this one both in Summer and Winter months with great success. I think those with sensitive, dry, and mature skin will really enjoy this one a lot, but I also think there can be some benefit to those with other skin types as well, especially if you’ve had issues with skin that just seems to be out of sorts. The ingredients in this are amazing, natural AND effective all at once. You can see my original review on this cleanse balm here.

Third on the list is another cleanser that I’ve just talked and talked about over and over again and that is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which is brilliant for oily, acne prone skin types! I think it will work for other skin types as well, though very sensitive and dry skin types may want to tread carefully as this includes a strong amount of acne fighting essential oils which may irritate or dry your skin depending on your skin type. For those who have oily, combination or acne prone skin, though, this one is absolutely amazing! It works a lot like my childhood favorite Noxzema (and smells like it too!) though with a host of natural ingredients instead of harmful ones to clear pores out, balance oil production, calm breakouts and redness, and mildly exfoliate all at the same time. It works much like an old fashioned cleansing creme because you use 1-2 pumps which you massage all over your face including on eyes and lips to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. Then, you rinse the cloth in warm to hand hot water and use it to buff the cream off of your face. It really softens the skin, clears out dead skin cells and pores, and helps to combat breakouts. I love this one as a staple, especially in the Summertime. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

Lastly, there is Living Nature’s Vitalising Cleanser which I really love for all skin types as it is gentle enough for even the most sensitive, but will also benefits those with oily, combination or dry skin as well. I think that someone with breakouts may also benefit, but depending on your skin, you may need something more cleansing. This is a great one for if your skin is irritated or just feels dry or dull as it’s very hydrating to use. It feels a bit like using a very moisturizing lotion on your skin and it smells wonderful all while gently cleansing and nourishing the skin. I think those with dry and sensitive skin will really see a lot of benefit with this one because of the botanical ingredients and hydrating oils in the formulation. Also, if you have any kind of damage on your skin, this one is lovely for healing gently without causing any irritation or being too abrasive. It’s just a lovely, calming, gentle cleanser and it works very well in the Winter especially when your skin needs more hydration and nourishment. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

So, those are my picks for the best face cleansers of 2012 – What Are Yours?

Stay tuned all week for more of my top beauty picks for 2012!