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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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For you lovely British readers out there, this might be totally old news, but as an American, I’ve just discovered the incredible BBC show The Misfits and it is AMAZING!

I just discovered it through a friend who had watched it on Hulu. If you’re unfamiliar with Hulu (if you’re not American or perhaps, been living under a rock), Hulu is an online streaming service that mostly offers TV shows to be streamed online, but there are some films and a few documentaries as well. I personally have Hulu Plus, the paid premium service, but you don’t need Plus to watch this fantastic show.

The plot is basically, in my opinion, a more urban, gritty and realistic version of NBC Heroes mixed with a more modern, grunge style of the Breakfast Club … or something.

It’s kind of a bit difficult to describe, but it’s about a group of kids in their late teens who all show up on their first day of Community Payback (community service to us Americans) only to be caught in a freak thunder/ice/ hail storm where they are promptly struck by lightning.

Shortly after, they discover they’ve all acquired different super powers since the storm. You follow them through their everyday community payback antics and not so everyday insanity where trouble seems to find them at every hilarious and somewhat disastrous turn.

Lastly, and as a random side note, I just want to say how education this has been for me, as an American girl, to learn more British slang and how fantastic that has been. I doubt I’ll be using them much as they sound like they’d be pretty offensive in most conversations, but still really interesting to know and hilarious to hear my boyfriend try to add them into his everyday vernacular.

Some Brit Slang I’ve Learned & Their USA Equivalents:

{hope I don’t offend anyone!}

  • Chav – American equivalent of calling someone trashy, tacky or ghetto I think.
  • Wanker – Idiot or Moron.
  • Slag – Whore or Slut.
  • Bloke – A Guy or Man.
  • Arse – Ass.
  • Cheers – Goodbye or Thanks or as a toast when drinking.
  • Twat – Idiot.
  • Taking the Piss – Making fun of someone, mocking or messing with them.
  • Fanny – Vagina.

If you want to check out the serious awesomeness that is BBC’s The Misfits, you can watch all of the seasons for free online on Hulu – here.

You can also see their direct website – here.

Have you ever heard of the Misfits?

Are you a huge fan or not so much?

Oh! And if you’re from UK, definitely let me know if I’ve gotten the slang right or wrong!

Let me know your thoughts on this!

♥ Tianna

It’s an understatement to say that I am seriously excited for Season 2 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time so, in honor of the new season, I’ll be doing a few of these posts for the characters from the show. This post is on the Evil Queen AKA Regina Mills. I love Regina’s character; she’s so bold and provocative, but it comes out in different ways, whether in Fairy Tale Land or our world. In Fairy Tale Land, she’s sexy and bold and awesome. Still awesome in our world, but more business woman chic and power suit status, Regina a bit more subtle and grown up. Either way, I love her sooo much and here are my fashion picks for her; one for FTL and one for our world.

I hope you enjoy!

What do you imagine Regina wearing?

Which Regina do you prefer, Fairy Tale Land or Our World?

Are you excited for season 2 of Once Upon A Time?

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Book Favorites: Some Oldies, Some Newbies, All Hopefully Goodies!

(These are from left to right, top to bottom)

Originally, I was going to post separate reviews for some of my favorites, but I decided this is more efficient as I simply have too many books that I love and I don’t want to bore you to death with so many book reviews as this isn’t really a book review blog. That being said, I still love to read and recommend my faves to anyone and everyone who will listen so I hope you will check some of these out and love them as much as I do!

  1. Secrets of a Former Fat Girl – This is technically a diet book, but I really liked the way it was written. Even though she certainly offers up a lot of diet and exercise tips that helped her along the way to a healthy body, I really loved that it tells the story of a girl who was perpetually overweight, even in childhood, and who works really hard to be healthier and more confident over time. I think it’s really inspiring to hear this from someone who has been there as opposed to someone who is already very fit and always has been.
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – You may have seen the animated kids film for this, but let me tell you, this book is way creepier than that. Neil Gaiman is such a great writer and he truly knows how to creep the reader out. I read this on a plane, coming home from a trip and it creeped me out on a plane surrounded by people. Even though it’s written for children, I think this would weird anyone out, but the story is a really great sort of modernized grimm tale type.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I won’t say too much on this one, but check out the review I did for this here if you’re curious. It’s better than Hunger Games!
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Divergent!
  5. Gemma Doyle Series (A Great & Terrible Beauty ) by Libba Bray – Based in Victorian England, the story starts with the mysterious death of Gemma’s mother. Shortly after, she is sent to an all girls’ boarding school in the English countryside where strange things begin to happen to her. Really great series if you love both fantasy and period dramas, which I do!
  6. Harry Potter Series – Seriously, if you haven’t read this yet, you really should. This book actually taught me so much about life. It’s just good. Even if you have seen the films, but never read them. They offer much more in regard to the details of the story , characters and events that the movies don’t really express.
  7. Interworld by Neil Gaiman – Ever wondered what it would be like to jump dimensions and discover parallel versions of yourself existing all at once, but all entirely different? Really good read!
  8. Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) by Stieg Larsson – This is a great series for anyone who believes in women rights, wants to be a bada$$ prodigy ( or meet one) , or all of the above. It’s a seriously great story that I often refer to as my “grown up harry potter.” Not because it’s anything like HP, but because my obsession with this series actually rivaled that one .. for a few months anyway.
  9. Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld – Everything freezes in this tiny town in Oklahoma for everyone except 4 kids who were born at exactly midnight. For one hour, they each have special powers to fight what comes out of the darkness and into the midnight with them.
  10. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – If you live under a rock and don’t know what this is about, it centers on the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in a world in which there are 12 districts all ruled by one capitol. Since the 12 districts rebelled against the capitol years ago, all children 12+up from each district are forced to enter their names into a bowl. One boy and one girl are picked randomly from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games as punishment for their districts past uprising.
  11. Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld – Set in a futuristic society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 which fixes all of their flaws (symmetrical face, eyes, cute nose, etc.) so they can become pretty, Tally is just an ordinary girl eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so she can leave her ugly self behind, get the operation to become pretty, and cross the river to live with the other pretties. Everything changes when she meets Shay, a girl who not only doesn’t care or think that she’s ugly, but doesn’t want the operation and wants to stay as she is.
  12. Violet on the Runway series by Melissa Walker – Every girl wishes that they could be plucked out of their small town by a modeling agent to become a top runway model and for Violet, that’s just what happens. A really good series about one girl’s journey from awkward to confident. the ugliness of the model world and finding yourself.
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Very similar to the film that came out with the same title, but I really enjoyed this book a lot. Geishas and the like really interest me so if they interest you as well, definitely check it out!
  14. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – Written in the 50’s ( I believe), this tells the story of a scientist – Robert Neville – who is the last man on earth after a virus turns everyone into vampires. Although there is a film out of this same title and based on this book, the book is entirely different and the ending and vampires especially are completely different.
  15. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson – I read this book because I really loved the film of the same title, but the book itself is completely different. It’s more or less about existentialism and what happens after we die – where do we go, what do we do, who do we meet, etc.
  16. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare – I started reading this series because I really loved the Mortal Instruments series by the same author, but this series is actually better than TMI series in my opinion. Even though it’s technically a prequel series to TMI, you don’t have to read the Mortal Instruments series to understand the story, though you will get more character references and things if you read TMI first. I really love this series because it’s based in Victorian England and is very steam punk influenced, which is something I really love. I love fantasy fiction so if you’re into that genre, you’ll probably like this one!

That’s all for now; What are your current book favorites?

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


I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]

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.


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!