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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!

It’s crazy how fast October has come and gone!

I’m shocked it’s already November, actually, but alas.

So, with the end of another month, it’s time again for monthly favorites!

  1.  Living Nature Radiance Night Oil. I’ve been a fan of this one for awhile, but I haven’t really appreciated it fully until now because the weather’s finally changed and I actually need the extra nourishment. This is a lovely facial oil for night skincare. You can see my original review on it – here
  2. Jane Iredale Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer. I actually just received this one for review and I normally wouldn’t jump the gun like this, but I’m shocked I actually like this! One end is an acne treatment balm while the other is a concealer. Review for this one coming soon!
  3. Living Nature Foundation. Although the coverage isn’t full really, I do like the light to medium coverage of this foundation. I love the ingredients in it that work to improve your skin while you’re wearing it and it has a lovely finish when used with primer! Review coming soon!
  4. Ambrosia Foods Olive Body Oil. I mentioned this body oil earlier in the week when I spoke about oil cleansing for the body. Again, I know it must sound strange, but it actually does work and this has been amazingly cleansing and softening for my skin. Check out the post on it – here. 
  5. Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. This has been a favorite for awhile now and I’d actually run out of it, but I just got some more recently and I’ve been loving it more than ever! It’s perfect for breakouts, dullness, hyper-pigmentation, scarring, oiliness, dry skin, etc. It’s my favorite moisturizer for day and night at the moment. I love love love it. You can see the original review for it – here.
  6. Pai Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream. This eye cream is slowly, but surely becoming my favorite eye cream. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I love it, especially now that my eyes actually need the extra hydration right now. It’s super light, fast-absorbing and it really does seem to have an effect on fine lines! Check out my original review on this – here.

What are your beauty favorites for October?

If you’re following me on Instagram (@StorybookBeauty), you may have seen this post showing what I purchased from Beauty Bay recently. I was super excited to try both of these as I’ve been obsessively eyeing them online for ages. I was especially excited to try out this eye cream by Pai Skincare and it did not disappoint!

Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream

If you’re unfamiliar with Pai Skincare, they are a UK beauty brand with all natural, organically certified (UK Soil Association), cruelty free (Jumping Bunny), and vegan skincare products for all skin types with an emphasis on creating products that will work even for the most sensitive, allergy prone skin without causing irritation.

One thing I absolutely love about Pai is that their products are not simply milled out on the assembly line like a lot of larger companies. They manufacture and create their products in the UK with lots of research and development so you are getting a top notch product. I also love that they don’t include any synthetic preservatives or chemical ingredients in their formulas because I don’t have to worry about using this product and wreaking bodily harm on myself or the environment.

Aside from their incredible standards, natural certifications, and dedication to quality products without harmful ingredients, this eye cream actually works!

That’s right, despite being made of all natural loveliness, it is actually having an effect on my eyes that I, even at 23, can see.  Personally, I think this is nothing short of amazing given my track record with eye creams and the fact that I don’t even have a huge amount of fine lines to contend with!

In the past, I have had a lot of trouble finding a nice eye cream because of my skin type. With combination skin, either the product is not hydrating enough thereby making my eye area dry or the product is too oily or includes cheap silicone types which acts as fillers (makes it look like there’s a difference when there isn’t!) and effectively break my under eyes out in little white and black heads (EW. Gross AND annoying!).

This eye cream has a lovely consistency! It is pretty thick and very spreadable so a little goes a long way, but contrary to most thick creams, this does not break my under eyes out or cause any irritation at all. Using my ring finger, I take one half dime sized dot of cream for both of my eyes and gently pat it into the skin above and below my eyes. Although I don’t have deep set wrinkles, I do notice definite fine lines setting in and the beginnings of crow’s feet (and yes, I’m panicking about them!).

In the short time I’ve been using this eye cream (nightly only for 2 weeks), I’ve seen a subtle difference in softness of my under eye skin as well as less noticeable fine lines and an overall plump and hydrated look to the entire eye are. Also, I have small dots (broken capillaries) under my eyes, mostly on the inner corners, from rubbing my eyes too much when I was younger and they are actually diminishing! I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to try an eye cream with a more natural and ethical conscience, but that is also super effective. I think women in their 20s+ will definitely see a big difference using this!

Check it out – Here!

Do you use eye creams?

If so, which is your current favorite?

Natural Beauty and Balance with Simply Divine Botanicals!

Simply Divine Botanicals is a lovely skincare company that handcrafts chemical free products with your mind, body and soul encompassed in each of them. Made with what Master herbalist and healer, SDB Founder Barbara Rogers, calls complete and unconditional love and gratitude as well as all natural ingredients. I was recently sent a massive and incredibly generous amount of samples from the lovely Simply Divine Botanicals, so much so that I cannot really review them all at once, though I am likely to review more in the future as I go through them. That being said, here are a few of my favorite so far!

Feet Treat Foot and Leg Cream – A Stimulating Experience! – This one I only received a small sample of, but it really helps to take the stress out of my feet! I am on my feet a lot of the time and there’s a lot of pressure in them by the end of the day so this truly relaxes and takes the pressure off of them. It has a semi-medicinal smell to it and feels very balmy and  nourishing. I like to massage it in a bit and it really feels hydrating to my heels and relaxing to my muscles and mind!

You’re My Everything! Beautify – Detoxify – Energize – Nourish – This is an all natural supplement made with all natural greens, activated Barley, Spirulina blue green algae, Cayenne pepper and MSM meant to give you more energy, vitality, beauty and health. I have experienced more energy throughout the day using this than any other supplement! The only thing is that it literally smells like hamster food and has that green sea taste. It’s masked a bit when you mixed it with a bit of juice or in a smoothie, but honestly, I down it like a shot to avoid tasting it because the results are totally worth it to me!

Keeping Abreast Of It! Lymphatic Drainage and Circulatory Breast Cream – This cream is very hydrating and nourishing, but the real benefits come when it’s that time of the month! I don’t know the mysteries behind this one, but it really helps with soreness in the breast tissue. Also, if I’m feeling sore in the breast area even from working out, this seems to really help. It also seems to help with neck soreness as well!

Crystal Ally Body and Foot Spray Deodorant – I want to make a point of saying that this spray is not an antipersperant. It will not stop you from sweating like a conventional drugstore deodorant. What it does do is utilizes zinc and silver to neutralize body odor, which it does very well! I was still sweaty when I used this on an extremely hot day, but I smelled like pleasant citrus instead of B.O. which is fine with me! This is a really pleasant and super light spray that I have been keeping in my bag for super hot days when I know I can’t really stop the sweat, but I can control the odor. Yeah, it’s gross, but hey, this helps, even in 100+ F heat!

You Glow Girl! Glitter Butter – This is a really softening body butter that includes glitter in the formula to give you a nice shimmer perfect for Summer days. It really looks nice; it’s not too over the top in appearance and the formula includes hydrating oils, butters and essential oils for a moisturizing butter that offers a simple natural fragrance and perfectly toned, shimmery skin.

How Now Brown Cacao Body Butter – This body butter is seriously lovely! It smells delicious, literally want to eat it, because it smells just like chocolate. Do NOT eat this even though you’ll want to when you smell it! It is incredibly softening, hydrating and absorbs really well into the skin. Also, the chocolate smell is apparent when you’re applying, but once dry, someone will only be able to smell it if they’re right up in your personal space.

 

Gypsy Rose Tea Toner – This is a lovely tea toner that I have been spraying on my face any chance I can get throughout the hot weekdays. It doesn’t have an extremely strong smell, but the hint of apple cider vinegar is definitely apparent. It goes away once dry, though. I found this toner is great for calming redness and helping keep oily skin free from bacteria.

 

 

Pack Your Bags, They’re Leaving! Eye Gel – This eye gel is so hydrating and cooling! It includes cucumber and vitamin E to help moisturize and de-puff your under eyes. It definitely works well for me on mornings when I’ve gotten less than the desirable amount of beauty sleep!

Plump Up the Volume! Facial Mist – This mist utilizes the powers of seaweed to hydrate and plump the skin throughout the day. It really seems to work because I notice when I use this my skin looks firmer, more supple and soft than usual.

 

Face the Day! Firming C-Weed Serum – This serum has a large amount of seaweed in it to help your skin hold moisture, firm the skin and prevent and treat UV damage while also aiding your skin in becoming more tolerant of the sun. I love using this in the morning along with my sunscreen! It has a great texture, a pleasant citrus-y scent and does actually feel very hydrating and firming.

Honey I Shrunk the Pores! Biologically Active Skin Polish and Face Mask – This awesome face scrub and mask combo works really wells to gently slough off dead skin cells, fend off bacterial and free radicals, and also brighten and even out the skin’s tone by harnessing the power of fruit enzymes. It smells a lot like berries and honey, but spreads great and it works well as both a scrub and mask. It helped clear up a few breakouts in about 3 days, but it instantly made my skin look clearer and more radiant!

Have you tried any products from Simply Divine Botanicals?

How do you feel about creating products that affect the mind as well as the body?

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

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.

Lust List / 15 Natural Beauty Products That I Recently Discovered and I’m Dying to Try!

I recently discovered a bunch of new products and brands that I really find intriguing! Here are some of the most notable items I came across!

Firming Eye Cream from Grown Skincare

 

Leif Products Botanical Body Cleanser

BECCA Cosmetics Luminous Skin Colour

Terre D’Oc Radiant Face Serum

Terre D’Oc Anti-Pollution Natural Foundation

The Leakey Collection Pure Marula Oil

She Essential Organic Herbal Lip Balm 

 

Soleil Organique 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF45

Soleil Organique Environmental Defense Eye Therapy SPF15

Tsi-La Organics Ilang Ilang Eau de Pafum Mini

Belocq Tea – Jasmine Green Tea Blend

 

Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation

 

In Fiore Veloutee Multi-Purpose Balm for Lips and Eyes

 Terre D’Oc Eye Khol Liner

 

Kae Beaute Scintillante Illuminating Argan Oil

 What do you guys think?

Ever heard of or tried any of these?

What were your experiences?

I’d love to hear about it !

Sjal Skincare Samples Mini Reviews

Sjal Skincare is a fairly new luxury skincare company whose samples were sent to me for review.

I was pretty intrigued by this company because their goal in offering skincare products is to “…encompass luxury, cosmeceuticals and spirituality…”

They incorporate “an eastern infusion of precious minerals and gemstones” such as gold, silver, ruby and amethyst which they claim will provide many benefits to the skin including “skin clarity, cellular productivity, and micro-circulation.”

Light Cellular Renewal Creme; $155

This cream includes a blend of licorice, oligo- and penta-peptides and bisabol in order to even out skin tone, promote cellular renewal, and fight photo aging (sun damage).

I really like the consistency of this cream; it is very light and absorbs right away. That being said, I didn’t observe any of these effects really. It may be because I had one tiny sample foil and the effects increase over time with continued use; I’m not sure. To me, this is just a nicely made cream that any skin type would be okay to use. It is gentle, has a subtle and pleasant scent, and it didn’t cause any breakouts.

Other than that no other effects could be observed except maybe a slightly more even tone.

This is certainly a luxury at $255 so, if you have the cash to spare, it may be worth a try, but if not, I would pass on this.

I wish I had been able to try a larger size in this because trying a small foil of a product like this just seems useless to observe effects which are likely seen over time.

That being said, it is a really nice cream, but as for the effects, I can’t attest to it as I was not able to test this for a long enough period of time.

Check it out – here!

Eye Contour Creme; $175

This eye cream is meant to reduce puffiness, fatty deposits, wrinkles and dark circles.

This is a really nice eye cream. Although I didn’t see any of the anti wrinkle effects, it is gentle enough to be used on any skin type. I often experience little whiteheads or breakouts whenever I try eye creams, but this one was really calming and didn’t irritate my skin at all and for that, I think it’s pretty note worthy.

Other than that, it did reduce puffiness a big and hydrated my under eyes pretty well.

Over time, I think I would’ve seen the wrinkle and fatty deposit effects, though I am not really sure what fatty deposit even means in terms of my under eyes?

If you know, by all means, please let me know in the comments!

Check it out – here!

Liquid Vitamin Lift Serum 1; $255 

This was my favorite product from Sjal Skincare!

It feels a lot like putting really hydrating water on your skin because this serum is SO light, but it’s super hydrating at the same time.

It feels really nice to put on, it has a transparent sort of blue tint to it (which I just thought was entertaining), and nice subtle scent that seems familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

It certainly felt like it had a lifting effect to it and it was very hydrating and brightening.

Out of all these super luxe products, this is the only one that I would seriously consider dropping $255 for.

It really feels quite effective.

If you have buckets of cash, I highly recommend this one!

A little bit goes a long long way given the consistency and it definitely seems to live up to its claims.

Check it out – here!

Perfecting Mask; $150 

This face mask is meant to lift, firm, calm, hydrate, regenerate and minimize pores in the skin.

It includes botanical plants and herbs as well as silk proteins, healing oils and other elements.

This mask is not your typical face mask.

I didn’t sense any clay in this mask at all; in fact, it has more of a gel consistency and a blue tint to it.

It goes on pretty transparent, again a little goes a long way, and it seems to work pretty well.

It calmed some redness I had going on midway through the week and did seem to be firming to the skin.

I’m not sure if it helped repair DNA or improve cell turnover, but my skin appeared a lot brighter and clearer after using this mask.

All in all, it’s a decent face mask, but I feel I would’ve gotten more results over time.

Again, if you have the cash to spare, check it out.

Check it out – here!

Check out the entire Sjal Skincare line – here!

Have any of you ever tried Sjal Skincare?

Any thoughts on using precious metals and gemstones in skincare?

Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to hear your take on this!

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 Sjal Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Get Your Custom Skin Care Items Handmade by Storybook Apothecary

At Storybook Apothecary, I hand craft a variety of skin care products including serums, creams, cleansers, toners, treatments, and healing facial powders for all different skin types and concerns, but did you know I also make custom items on request?

Per your request, I can make any number of formulations for a variety of issues and concerns including wrinkles, anti-aging or wrinkle prevention, moisturizing and hydrating, healing damaged skin, repair UV damage, hyper-pigmentation, acne, irritation, redness and a host of others.

I can do a skin consultation either through email or by phone where I would ask a series of questions regarding your skin type, concerns and issues for whatever custom item you want made. You can even specify which functions you would like the item to have and I can do my best to fulfill those requests.

All you have to do is ask and I will do my best to make a formulation that you will be delighted with!

Below are just a few examples of what I can make custom upon request:

  • Cream & Gel Cleansers
  • Cleansing Oils
  • Cream & Gel Serums
  • Eye Serums & Creams
  • Hand Creams
  • Gentle Hand Washes
  • Body Washes
  • Body Lotion
  • Chest & Breast Nourishing Cream
  • Foot Creams
  • Toners

…And More!

Request A Custom Item Through Etsy Here

or

Shoot me an email at TiannaSicilia@yahoo.com

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