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TONS of Naruko Skincare Samples: Speed Reviews

{All Naruko Skincare Samples were Provided for Review by Naruko USA}

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Naruko skincare. Their favorite products are the night jellies that they offer, but they also have various lines of skincare for different skin types, issues and concerns and I was lucky this past winter/ spring season to be able to test out a few of them for a few months.

Here’s a look at everything I received for review. Naruko has been super generous to me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to try more of their products because they are a brand that I would purchase from no matter what. If you’re unfamiliar with this brand, Naruko is a Taiwanese beauty brand that mainly offer a variety of skincare products for all your skin concerns including acne, dry skin, discoloration or pigmentation, and more. The brand is known for selling products that are naturally effective and include a variety of all natural ingredients combined with some scientific research to ensure the best results for your skin.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream

The first item I tested out was their Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream. It comes in an air tight plastic container which dispenses the perfect amount of cream out of a hole in it’s center when you press down on the top. It’s really sanitary and effective way to keep your cream clean as well as keep it from oxidation which will make ingredients less effective over time so I really like the packaging for it’s practical function. Aside from the packaging, this is a great cream for those with dry skin or combination skin who are dry in the winter or spring seasons. I got really super dry skin this past winter and this was a really nice cream to keep my skin from dehydration.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask

I absolutely love sheet masks! They are super easy to use, effective and very mess-free. They come in rectangle envelopes with face shaped cotton masks that are pre-soaked in the mask ingredients so you literally just pull them out, place them on your face and relax for 10-15. A lot of them don’t even need to be rinsed off, though you can if you’d prefer to. This one is super hydrating and softening.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Foaming Wash

This face wash was hit and miss for me. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the gratifying peeling that happened when I used it. It basically lathers up really nicely and when you massage it onto your skin, it starts to peel the dead skin off your face to reveal brighter skin beneath and you can literally see the skin coming off in little pieces. It’s not painful and there’s very little to no abrasion going on so it’s done more chemically than anything. It doesn’t feel like a face scrub much at all so, if you’re not into scrubs, this doesn’t feel like that. Instead, it just massages dead skin off your face and reveals new skin after. I really liked the peeling bit of this face wash, but as for treating dryness, it was not nearly as much hydration as I wanted and needed in a winter cleanser. I actually think face balms work much better for me than this, which I found to be brightening, but still a bit drying. It may work better for others, but for me, it didn’t hydrate enough. This might be great for those who battle oily skin, but also have dryness.

Tea Tree Oil Out Peeling Gel

This is another peeling type product that’s super fun to use. It does feel more like a scrub as it has tiny little beads in the formula, but they aren’t rough at all to use. To use this, you apply a small amount to skin and massage it around your face gently (avoiding eye area) for a minute or so. You will see small pieces of skin come off in the same way as the face wash and you need to rinse after using this to get all the little pieces completely off. I liked this better than the face wash, but it still didn’t hydrate my skin enough. I really just enough the scent of the Naruko tea tree products, to be honest. This is a great one for acne prone skin types.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Eye Gelly

This hydrating night eye jelly is perfect for under the eyes. It’s super thick and goopy feeling, but it will soak in completely within an hour so that does go away eventually. It really does hydrate the eye area and protect it nicely. It didn’t cause breakouts on my skin at all so that’s a great bonus for those who have dry under eyes, but experience eye sensitivity and acne, because it’s very hydrating without being heavy or causing irritation.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Gelly

Although this hasn’t taken the place of my favorite night jelly, it’s still a really lovely Night Jelly and it’s especially beneficial for dry skin types or those currently experiencing dryness. It has a really lovely, yet subtle rose scent and feels hydrating, but light on the skin.

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator Seru

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator

This very hydrating, yet light serum has a high concentration of B vitamins and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate, plump, and soothe skin. I really like how light this serum is, despite the fact that it’s very moisturizing. I think this is perfect for combination and oily skin types who have trouble finding serums that both hydrate the skin and are not super heavy. This is a great one for those who have trouble with heavier moisturizers, but still want a hydrating serum to use.

Facial White Illuminating Cotton Pads

The last item I received is this box of texturized cotton pads that are unique to Naruko. They are dual sided with one side being very smooth and one side being cross-hatched for gently buffing the skin. These are fantastic to use with facial toners or to remove makeup because the cross-hatched side really buffs the skin clean and gently exfoliates while the smooth side polishes and smooths the surface. I really saw a huge difference in my skin with using these alongside a toner and I definitely think they’re worth the little extra cost.

Overall, these products from Naruko, unsurprisingly, were really awesome. They all work really well at hydrating the skin and putting some life into otherwise dry skin cells. I definitely had an issue with dryness this past season and these products all helped a lot. I don’t think there was anything I really loved out of this bunch, but they’re all pretty solid as good skincare choices in my book. I don’t think I’d use them in the Summer time really as my skin can’t really handle it and prefers oils to lotions. I know that sounds weird and backward, but that’s how my skin is. If I had to pick favorites, I would choose the Night Eye Jelly, the Tea Tree Peeling Gel and the Cotton Pads, but these are all worth a look if hydration is what you need so definitely give them a look!

Have You Tried Any of These Products from Naruko?

What Are Your Thoughts on Taiwanese & Asian Beauty Products?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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Summer Acne Breakout Savior – Naruko Tea Tree Night Jelly

Special 2 for $20 For Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders!

Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !

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!

Should Storybook Apothecary Make a Bronzing Oil? + A Fun Contest!

So, in this post, I am asking for your help!

I have been toying with this idea for awhile and it really started keeping me awake at night ever since I did this post and talked about my obsession with bronzing oils, multi-use oils and body oils such as the ones by Josie Maran and Nuxe.

Should I make and offer a bronzing oil or even a multi-use body oil at Storybook Apothecary?

Or otherwise, I can simply do a DIY post on it and teach you all how to make your own at home!

And if I should offer one, which of these bottles is prettiest to hold the lovely oil?

Best/Most intriguing/Hilarious / Witty Answer wins a free full size bottle of either the NEW Storybook Apothecary  multi-use oil/body oil/bronzing oil/ whatever or a full size of the DIY version that I decide to make in one of these pretty bottles!

Okay & Go!

Acne Breakout Savior: Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Night Jelly Review


I’m not sure why I haven’t written about this amazing night jelly until now ( or why I haven’t done any posts about the incredible world of night jellies in general), but this one is my favorite so better late than never, I suppose!

Night jellies are a type of skincare treatment that are very popular in Asia and many credit Naruko for being one of the first to offer Night Jelly type treatments, though I’m not sure if they were. There are also other treatments called “sleeping masks” or “sleeping packs” which, in my opinion, are basically the same as night jellies only more like thick creams instead of the light jelly consistency.

At any rate, they all have similar function – a treatment you put on at night last, after all your other product. It goes on thick though you don’t need a lot and it does not feel heavy, cakey or greasy. It just feels like a nice cold gel, like aloe vera in a way.

You leave it on like that when you go to bed and it does the work while you sleep!

Naruko offers a lot of night jellies with various function from whitening to anti aging and hydration and this one, my favorite, helps control oiliness and treat breakouts and irritation.

It harnesses the amazing powers of tea tree oil, but it does so in a very hydrating way.

It likely has something to do with the fact that this formula includes lots of beneficial botanical ingredients which is another reason to love this night jelly.

One thing I don’t like about a lot of tea tree oil products is that they tend to try the hell out of your face.

This does NOT do that.

It’s really soothing, it smells exactly like tea tree oil and relaxes me before bed.

What’s even more miraculous is the fact that my boyfriend, Mr. “I hate the nasty feeling of lotion and will never wear a face cream, barely wash my face anyhow,” actually likes this night jelly and lets me put it on him before bed.

So, don’t limit this product to women, the scent is really unisex and will work equally well for male skin!

I really enjoy using this for those days when I have stress or hormonal (you know) breakouts and my face just freaks out on me for no reason.

This night jelly calms my face down, literally, overnight.

I have combination skin so a lot of acne products will tend to worsen breakouts or cause redness or peeling because they are too drying or abrasive; this night jelly is so soothing and hydrating while it heals acne spots.

It really is a lovely product; definitely a favorite that I like to always keep around and, as you can see, I’ve pretty much hit pan and must re-stock soon!

I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone; it is gentle enough even for the most sensitive skin types.

It is very affordable at $20 for 60mL (about 2 Oz.) and since a little goes a long way, this will definitely last you awhile.

Check it out on the Naruko website – here. (US Residents)

There is also the Taiwan site – here.

Other than that, if you are located in another country, I think you should be able to find this on Ebay and Amazon.

Have you ever tried or heard of Naruko Skincare?

Stay tuned for a giveaway of deluxe Naruko samples coming in the next few days or so!

Stay Beautiful

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

New Photos for Storybook Apothecary’s Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder!

“Snow” Shade

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?

“Goldilocks” Shade

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)

“Chocolate” Shade

Luckily, I was able to borrow my mom’s amazing camera to take these with an awesome macro lens.

Better?

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!

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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May Gossip Girl Birchbox Review

So, I got my May Gossip Girl Birchbox today.

I have to say that as my first Birchbox, I was not really that impressed.

When I opened the box, this is what I saw.

Then this.

Then this when I opened up the box.

Cute wrapping.

These were in the box…

^ Can someone explain this to me?

I didn’t receive anything on this list above except the Twistband and the beautyblender cleanser so I don’t know if that means I’m missing things or what the purpose of listing these products like this is?

Confusion?

Okay, anyway, moving on…

Miss Dior by Dior

Mandarin Citrus, Jasmine & Patchouli Notes

You can really smell the jasmine in this.

Diorshow Extase Mascara by Dior

I really like the brush on this mascara.

Beautyblender Blendercleanser

I like that this is a soy based brush cleanser.

Twistband Headband

This looks so cheap.

It looks literally like a piece of elastic band with the ends tied in a knot together.

Pretty sure that’s what it is.

These retail at 6 for $20 (a little less than $4 each which is INSANE IMO)

Notecard and Envelope

I actually think this is adorable stationery and a lovely way to send a note.

So, that’s everything that was in the Birchbox.

 My favorite items are the soy-based brush cleaner by beautyblender and the Diorshow Extase Mascara.

I am not sure what I was expecting, but I feel that this box was a lot of fluff in packaging and very little product.

I previously said that MyGlam was a lackluster subscription, but now after trying Birchbox, I’d say that in MyGlam you get way more bang for your buck, but little to no designer products.

I think that overall, I expected a lot more given that Birchbox has a waiting list and they were so talked up by everyone.

I guess I felt that it was lacking product; not necessarily full size or deluxe size products, but even small foil samples would have added to the box a lot more than what was actually in this box.

Anyhow, that being said, the product that comes in this box was definitely high end product so if your thing is designer brands or more expensive products and that’s something you want to try before you purchase, the Birchbox may be something you want to try for a few months.

All in all, I will not likely continue my subscription.

I might try it for one more month to see the variation of their samples, but unlikely to last in the long term.

I recommend this to those who like/love designer brands and want to try a lot of different products.

I will update on each of the products I received in this box in a week or two after I’ve had time to do proper evaluation.

OVERALL RATING: 6/10

Has anyone else tried Birchbox and had similar or different thoughts?

Let me know your opinion on Birchbox below!

Hope this review was helpful and I will update on the product reviews so follow me and stay tuned for that!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk To You Soon! : ]

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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!

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That’s all for now.

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk To You Soon! : ]

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
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I’ll Talk To You Soon! : ]