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Happy Friday Everyone 🙂 

I hope everyone’s had a lovely week up until now and is planning something fun for the weekend!

Personally, I will hopefully be going to see Silent Hill tonight (if not, it’s another awesome #ThankGrimmItsFriday! Lol) , to the farmer’s market tomorrow and dinner with my boyfriend Saturday night for our anniversary (:-)), and then Once Upon A Time sunday. I also want to try to fit in going to see Cloud Atlas. This is what happens when you spend the past 2 weekends staying home. It overloads into payday weekend haha.

Here’s My Week In Instagram Photos: 

^ the difference between me doing my own nails ( as shown above) and my friend doing my nails like a boss. It’s noticeable.

New Alpha-H products! The Blemish Control Spot Gel, Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Face Mask, and the Age Delay Facial Oil. Expect reviews on these in a few weeks!

A refill of one of my favorites – the Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. This is incredible for those who suffer from frequent breakouts, pigmentation, or dullness. I miss their old packaging (this is their new) frankly; before I got around 3 ish ounces. Now I’m only getting less than 2 ounces ? I’m happy the formula didn’t change and the new packaging looks nice, but I wish the amount that you get didn’t change by nearly an ounce worth.

The healthy version of deep dish chocolate chip cookie pie. It’s made without flour, sugar, or butter. Instead I used applesauce, garbanzo beans, hazelnut oil, and brown sugar splenda. Thanks ChocolateCoveredKatie! I altered her recipe a bit to suit what I had on hand, but it was delicious anyway!

This is an idea my boyfriend and I came up with in our efforts to max out our daily activity levels. Basically, the left side is where we take turns adding new exercises. For instance, I add the push -ups, later he added 10 crunches, etc. until the end of the day. So, every time we visit the bathroom, we do all the exercises listed plus we add one until the list is full. The right side is what we do before each shower/bath.

I love drinking things out of mason jars. I don’t really know why. I just feel like I’m cool or something. I know, way to be /hipster, but I like the look to it. It’s so shabby chic, if you will. This is my jasmine green tea. Yum! It’s from Twinings. They make lovely teas if you like the bag variety.

My boyfriend’s mom got me on yet another Korean soap. Omg, how they take over your life! So, last night, while we were watching another episode of Big , she made homemade popcorn! Yum! It’s such an awesome snack. Also, the show is pretty good as well. I mean, Gong Yoo is in it and anything he’s in is really well acted and…*ahem* he’s also super hot.

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I’m just saying, look at that face!

Have a Nice Weekend!

Feel free to follow me on Instagram @StorybookBeauty, if you like!

So, how was your week?

Any plans for the weekend?


Zhena’s Gypsy Tea – Tropical Organic Eco Green Tea in Mojito Mint Review

I recently purchased this tea at World Market (import type store) and I really love it! If you follow me on Instagram (@StorybookBeauty, if you care to join in!), you may have seen some iced tea I posted last weekend. Otherwise, you may have read this post from last Saturday where I also featured it. This is the tea I used to make that. It might be seen as kind of expensive to some ($7.99 USD for this tin), but I think the quality is really great and it’s organic and eco friendly. Also, even though it’s green tea, it’s pretty low in caffeine so I can drink it whenever without worrying about getting all twitchy. The ingredients are all organic and fair trade certified and the tea comes in very green (not literally) hemp tea sachets, which I love because with all the beauty products, my carbon footprint doesn’t need to be any bigger!

Anyway, check out the information this tea!

Just in case you missed it, here’s the tea I made!

I like things floating in my tea when it’s cold, preferably some fruit like lemons or strawberries or something and cucumber slices went nicely in this given the mint already infused in the tea itself. It was very cooling and refreshing given our 100+ F weather!

I love to make things like this in hot weather because tea is really flavorful without being too sweet or heavy and it’s totally guilt free! Plus, the health and beauty benefits of the green tea, lemon and cucumber as added bonuses for me!

How are you all staying cool this summer?

Is there a certain way you like to enjoy your tea?

Please feel free to share your tips, tricks and recipes in the comments!


Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.