Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !
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Purchase 2 Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders for $20 – Here!
Hurry While This Offer Lasts!
Purchase 2 Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders for $20 – Here!
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!
So, yesterday, Storybook Apothecary was featured in an article on Sheckys.com!
Check out the article – here!
Then I was so grateful to see it repeatedly tweeted by the super nice Courtney Leiva, the very talented blogger and beauty editor.
Check out her blog – here!
I was so excited because it hasn’t been featured anywhere in anything yet so it was really flattering to see someone feature the Snow’s Eternal Youth Elixir Serum!
I am so ecstatic about this!
Anyhow, just thought I would share some newly updated photos of the Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder shades that I recently took!
What do you think?
I definitely feel it’s much better than the crappy photos I had before which were taken on my cell phone with the not so good camera.
(Droid X2, in case you were wondering)
Luckily, I was able to borrow my mom’s amazing camera to take these with an awesome macro lens.
Unfamiliar with these powders?
Learn More about them in a post I wrote awhile back – here.
Or check them out in my Etsy Shop – here.
Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement and support; I appreciate it!
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.
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.
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.
That’s all for now.
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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.
Foods for Glowing Skin:
Foods for Strong Nails:
Foods for Healthy, Shiny Hair:
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.
I love DIY beauty.
I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m really cheap.
I love a good bargain so if I can find a way to do something simple and get the same effect in my beauty routine, then I will definitely try it!
That being said, I have found there are some really easy DIY beauty recipes that I always go back to when either I run out of my store bought products (or more detailed self handmade items) or I don’t have the cash to re-purchase or make a more detailed item for my skin.
Green Tea All Purpose Toner
I love green tea! My favorite is jasmine, but I’ll drink it any time, any way, whatever. This recipe is super easy. All you need is green tea and a container! Simply steep your green tea for up to 30 minutes (if you want a good concentration) and then pour it into your desired container. It’s a very affordable toner that will cleanse, provide free radical protection, soothe dryness, smell pleasant, plump fine lines (due to caffeine content!) and calm any redness and irritation. Although it doesn’t last as long as store bought toner, it’s so easy to make that you can toss it out after a week or so when it starts to smell odd or lose its potency. Also, I like storing mine in the fridge in a spray bottle so I can refresh my skin whenever I think it looks tight, tired, dry or irritated. This is especially pleasant during the summer as I live in Southern California, USA and it can get extremely hot.
This toner can work for any skin tone including sensitive, acne-prone, mature/dry, and oily skin.
Other Green Tea Ideas: If you have the raw leaves, you can mix them up with warm water to create a paste and use it as a face mask. It works really well to calm under eye puffiness and redness in the face. Otherwise, you can mix natural clays such as kaolin or French green clay with green tea toner instead of using plain water.
*PLEASE DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO CAFFEINE!*
Honey & Lemon Brightening Acne Toner
This toner requires a little more effort, but not too much!
All you do is mix the juice of 1 lemon with 1 tablespoon of honey and then add enough water to it to fill up your container. Stir all ingredients together; the honey should dissolve easily once mixed with water. Andddd you’re done!
This toner may not work well for those with extremely sensitive skin, but should work for mostly everyone as it’s not harsh with only 1 lemon in it.
This works great as a brightening toner for those who often experience dullness and can also help to calm and dry up acne breakouts with the natural vitamin C content from the lemon and the soothing, healing properties of the honey.
Again, I like to keep mine in the fridge as it keeps fresher longer and feels awesome on my face when it’s really hot.
With this toner, I recommend you wear sunscreen during the day to avoid any photo sensitivity which can be caused by the natural vitamin C in the lemon. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you can cause hyper-pigmentation or irritation from the sun.
Other Lemony Ideas: I sometimes like to use lemon juice straight on my face by itself as a natural exfoliant. I simply use a cosmetic brush to apply the lemon juice to my face like a mask and leave on for 10 minutes. It works like a mini-peel without the extreme chemicals so you will experience some redness, but it really helps with dullness in the skin and any hyper-pigmentation or scarring if you use it over time.
*PLEASE DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO LEMONS OR HONEY!*
Rice Water Whitening/Lightening, Softening, Anti-Aging Toner
Extremely popular in Asia, rice water is often used in beauty products for it’s natural whitening abilities. It also helps to soften skin and fine lines while also calming any irritation.
This is easy super easy to make, but needs to be replaced often as it can start to smell funny after a week or so.
Simply put 1/4 cup of rice (any kind) in a bowl and fill with water until all the rice is completely covered with water. Stir until the water looks cloudy and leave for 15 minutes sitting in the rice.
Drain the water into a separate bowl and fill your container with the rice water.
That’s all you have to do!
Super easy and effective to use.
It works well for all skin types and can help improve a number of skin concerns.
If you want the benefits of rice, but don’t want the hassle of soaking water in rice, you can always use plain sake (rice wine) as it is fermented rice water and will offer the same effects and likely last longer due to its fermentation.
For all of these recipes, I recommend using only organic ingredients to avoid petrochemicals that are found in food.
There are so many options for easy at home toners!
Too many to list here, but some others include orange blossom water for all skin types, rose water mature skin, sage water for acne, and many others.
If you are someone who definitely will never make their own toners or beauty products, feel free to shoot me an email at TiannaSicilia@yahoo.com for a custom made skincare item or otherwise convo (conversation/message) me on Etsy an I can make you a custom listing for any item you would like! Convo me here.
That’s all for now!
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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.
(^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:
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!
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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: