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Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you’re all doing well today :-]

I’m super excited today to share another fantastic serum with you and it’s especially great not only because of it’s ingredients, but also because the ideals and integrity behind them.

I’ve been using this serum for about a good month now and I’m really impressed, but before I get into that, I wanted to talk about Lina Hanson – the woman behind this lovely serum.

Lina Hanson is a celebrity makeup artist who is originally from Sweden and began her brand as a way to offer the best ingredients for your skin to all ages, with any skin type, of any ethnic background, anywhere in the world.

With that philosophy in mind, Lina set about formulating a simple, yet effective serum with carrier and essential oils from all over the world in it’s formula. From Morocco, South Africa, and India to Tunisia, Peru and Japan, she’s utilized potent anti-aging oils that have been used and loved in various cultures around the globe for centuries in order to offer these beauty benefits to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

I was so thrilled to receive a bottle of this lovely oil!  It comes in a lovely dark glass bottle that feels really high quality and luxe.

First off, it has kind of peculiar scent that was hard to ignore. It’s not that it’s particularly strong, but it just smelled odd to me. I know that it’s my own personal preference because when I asked my boyfriend, he looked at me like I was trippin’ and said it just smells like flowers. So, there you have it. It smells of flowers.

Aside from the odd scent, this serum is super nourishing, but surprisingly not heavy on the skin at all. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and leaves no residue behind.

It is quite expensive at $85, but it includes a high concentration of top quality oils such as argan oil, baobab oil, and marula oil for their hydrating and healing properties.

After using this for nearly a month, I can attest to this serum’s effectiveness as I’ve seen a higher clarity in my skin, minimal breakouts, faster healing in spots, and a more even toned complexion.

Although this serum seems high priced, it’s for a great cause. With it’s use of sustainable, eco friendly, and naturally effective ingredients, this is a serum that is quite effective without harming the environment or your body. At the same time, it’s made in the USA so it helps support our economic growth. Lastly, as if that’s not enough, the Lina Hanson brand donates a portion of their profits to a different charity every 3 months as a way of giving back.

To learn more about this Global Face Serum or purchase a bottle for yourself, check here.

Have You Ever Heard of the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts in the Comments!

 

I’ve gone through a bit when it comes to the whole Beauty Box subscription service thing.

I really love the idea of it, but I feel like, most of the time, the value just isn’t there.

I realize the price is quite low, but I’m a thrifty gal who wants her money’s worth and if the product is good, I’ll buy a full size.

Also, I’ve often times found myself subscribed to services which I mostly like, but which mostly seem to offer samples of products I’m not that interested in.

Aside from that, I’ve been wanting to subscribe to a new beauty box subscription service which offers natural products that are also appealing and fun to try.

The Conscious Box seems to be a really great deal, though it is slightly more expensive than others I’ve tried ( $20 / month , and it seems to have more value to it.

That being said, I’d love your feedback on this if any of you currently subscribe or have subscribed to the Conscious Box in the past – I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with the service!

Learn more about the Conscious Box Mission & How it Works.

Otherwise, you can Subscribe to the Box – here.

If you’ve never tried Conscious Box, I’d love to know what your favorite subscription box service is, whether beauty or otherwise, and why in the comments!

Thanks for your help!

Eco Baby

Happy Tuesday All!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far!

I just wanted to take a moment to announce the winner for my Eco Logical Sunscreen Giveaway so Congrats to Nizy!

I’ve contacted you through email already so enjoy your prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up and commented and I will try to do more giveaways in the next few months – feel free to let me know if you have any items you’d like to be up for grabs in the future!

Also, you all have 1 more chance to win currently so be sure to sign up for the O.N.E. Skincare Giveaway!

As for my other O.N.E. Skincare giveaway, you’ve all got less than 2 days to sign up and enter to win a full sized Olive Oil All in One Nourishing Treatment from O.N.E. Skincare and you can Sign Up Here

Good Luck & Have a Great Day!

Anyone doing any awesome giveaways currently or sign up for a great one recently?

I’d love if you shared the links in the comments!

Eco Baby

Eco Baby Sunscreen

I recently did a review on the Eco Logical Skin Natural Sunscreens for Baby and Body (see the review – here) and I’m so thrilled to announce they are sponsoring a giveaway for Storybook Apothecary readers, allowing you the chance to try one for yourself!

That’s right ( 😉 ), one lucky reader will win a full size Eco Baby Natural Sunscreen and enjoy their fantastic formula first hand!

The giveaway ends this coming Monday so Hurry & Sign Up while you still can!

Good Luck!

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

Giveaway Ends March 4th, 2013!

Annie Tevelin – the Skin Owl

SkinOwl

I recently discovered a new beauty brand called SkinOwl – a beauty brand created by the Skin Owl herself, Annie Tevelin. After years of working in the beauty industry and experiencing the empty promises of many over priced and often ineffective cosmetic brands, the Skin Owl (Annie’s alter ego)  was created as a way to fight off Annie’s skin problems in a natural, yet effective way that was affordable, honest and simple. The goal is for SkinOwl to be a voice of truth in the beauty industry. I was very lucky to be able to pick the Skin Owl’s brain and share a bit of her brilliance and philosophy on beauty – Read on for my interview with her!

Argan Infusion: Lavender

Argan Infusion: Lavender

How did you first get into beauty?

 I was so enthralled with skincare and makeup as a child. Every time I went shopping with my mother I would wander off to the cosmetics department. The women were so pretty, so put together. They were my first beauty mentors. I would go from counter to counter asking for tips and tricks and I was no more than 10! I was a sponge, taking everything in at such a young age. All the colors and textures. I was enamored. I’m convinced makeup taught me what color was way before Crayola. It wasn’t until I turned 25 that I decided to change careers and take a risk on a long-lost dream.

When did you create your alter ego, the Skin Owl, and what is the meaning behind the name itself?

SkinOwl was created in 2011 and was born to fill a void in the cosmetics industry. Like many of my clients, I spent a lot of money on products and treatments that didn’t work. Dermatologists cost me a lot of money and most of what they prescribed irritated my skin in the long run. When I thought about all of the women who might feel overwhelmed or lost when shopping for products, and with so many products available to them, I knew I had something to offer them with my experience. It just made sense for me to help people the best I could to look and feel their most beautiful. SkinOwl defines beautiful skin, wisdom, and truth as one entity.

Argan Infusion: Clary Sage

I’ve done a bit of reading about your products and I know that they include what you call the Argan Infusion. What exactly is the Argan Infusion and why is it so beneficial to skin?

Argan Infusion is a luxurious facial oil that can be used as a treatment or moisturizer on the face, nails and body. It comes in three infusions, Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage, each of which cater to different skin concerns. I’m not interested in creating “fluffy” products. I only want to offer healthy ingredients in products that work & Argan Infusion is a prime example of that. The anti-inflammatory properties are noticed after one day. The skin’s luminosity and radiance is restored in less than a week. And within a month, most people claim that they’ve never seen their skin look so youthful and balanced. It’s exciting to watch!

Argan Infusion: Geranium

Why is beauty integrity so important to you, not only as a person, but as a brand?
Integrity is the most important thing a person can have. It makes or breaks a person’s character. I’ve always wanted my personal life to mirror my professional life. I can’t imagine seeking a healthy lifestyle, having a positive outlook, and trying to achieve balance in my personal life without wanting the same for my company. SkinOwl has allowed me take what I find important and apply it elsewhere, so that it hopefully brings out the best in others.
And finally, please describe your idea of true beauty in one word or phrase. 
“True beauty has nothing to hide. Feeling beautiful, not looking beautiful, is the key. “
– the Skin Owl

Thanks so much to the Skin Owl for her lovely and honest interview!

Stay Tuned for My Review of SkinOwl Argan Infusions Coming Soon!

To find out which Argan Infusion is right for your skin, check here.

Have You Ever Heard of the Skin Owl or Her Products?

What Do You Think of the Skin Owl’s Beauty Philosophy?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

eco BABY

When it’s so cloudy and cold out, we often times think that we don’t really need to apply sunscreen, but that couldn’t be further from the truth because, in fact, most sun damage and cancer causing rays penetrate through clouds and will still do a number on your skin if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your skin from aging and pigmentation as well as skin cancer. So, with that being said, protect your skin and do it daily, not just at the beach, and onto my review! 😉

I’ve recently been testing out this new 100% natural sunscreen for the past month or so and I really like it thus far.

Previously, I had been using Vive Sana (for that review, check here), but I ran out of it and haven’t really had the time or money to re-purchase it. To be honest, I really like both of them and they both have their pros and cons.

First of all, the Eco Logical Skin Sunscreens are really lovely. Unlike most natural sunscreens, these aren’t overwhelmingly thick and actually spread really well. They take a minute or so to set into the skin and the white cast is not so glaringly obvious, but there’s none of the struggle I usually experience when using most naturally sunscreens. This one actually fades a bit once it’s massaged into the skin. As I said, you do have to let it sit for a minute and then the white cast fades out, but be careful not to over apply because then you will have a white cast. I did that the other day and it left too much white sunscreen cast in my brows. Ew. My B.

Eco Baby

Anyway, the formula has little to no scent and none of the chemically sunscreen smell I remember from my childhood (which I am hopelessly fond of due to nostalgia LOL). It’s really inoffensive and I think, for this reason, it would be fantastic for sensitive skin and babies. It also hasn’t made me break out at all which some sunscreens have done to me in the past and that’s certainly something I can appreciate.

Where this line of sunscreens really shine is in the hydration and spread-ability department because nearly all natural sunscreens I’ve tried have been seriously difficult to spread onto skin and even harder to blend. This one is really not at all difficult to apply. It spreads really easily onto skin and soaks in reasonably quickly, though the minimal white cast takes a minute or so to go away as long as you don’t over apply.

Eco BODY

Also, these sunscreens are super hydrating to the skin because they include lots of beneficial plant oils including avocado and jojoba oil. The only thing I consider a somewhat con to these sunscreens is that they are not organic or GMO free and that’s kind of an important factor to some. If you want an organic sunscreen, check the link above to my Vive Sana review. If you just want the sunscreen to be 100% natural and made from beneficial ingredients, then this is a fantastic, solid line of sustainable and eco friendly sunscreens. They don’t include chemical sunscreens like conventional sun protection products, only a high concentration of zinc oxide (22%) . They are broad spectrum ( UVA / UVB ), water resistant, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic ( will not clog pores ).

Learn more about Eco Logical Skin as a company – here.

You can check out their line of natural sunscreens – here.

If you wish to purchase these, they are carried in a number of retail locations around the world. You can locate a store near you with their locator – here.

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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Today’s post is centering on my top hair care products of 2012 and this one is a serious no brainer!

I’ve had such issues this year with my hair being too dry, breakage, fall out, you name it, it’s been an issue for me. The only time I found I truly loved my hair’s look, feel and health was when I used this shampoo and conditioner from Max Green Alchemy (sadly, I’m out of it and too broke to replenish my stock just yet!). This shampoo and conditioner duo is AMAZING. Not only does it hydrate, detangle and bring lots of volume to my hair, it does so without the use of harmful, artificial ingredients!

I will definitely be replenishing my stock of this set ASAP ( you know, when I’m no longer broke) because it softens locks, encourages hair growth, hydrates really well and gives tons of body to my hair where other products have left it flat and lifeless.

I love that their formula is SO clean and green, steroid free, cruelty free, made with 100% plant ingredients AND it’s both sulfate and paraben FREE.

This is worth a look if you have frequent hair troubles like I did and the price is great for the value.

You can see my original review for this set – here.

What was your favorite hair care product(s) for 2012?

Let me know in the comments!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways 2012 - StorybookApothecary.com

* As a side note, I meant to post this up last night, but in my exhausted state, I stupidly saved it as a draft instead of scheduling it so I’m really sorry if anyone waiting up for the results and then didn’t get them because of my error  – I promise to get more sleep! *

Before I go ahead with announcing all the winners, I just want to say thanks so much to everyone who signed up for all the giveaways – the event was super successful so thank you so much to everyone who tweeted, re-tweeted, commented and generally participated in each and every one of the giveaways. You all contributed to it’s success and it’s meant a great deal to me! 

Okay, I’m done rambling on now – Here are the winners!

{Please Note – each number corresponds to the giveaway day. For example 1 = On the first day of xmas giveaway, etc. }

  1. Lisa Shen  – You’ve won the Tan Organic Sunless Tan Spray + Mitt!
  2. Nizy – You’ve won the Max Green Alchemy Shampoo and Conditioner Set!
  3. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won 2 Rainwater Botanicals Face Serums!
  4. Ashley L – You’ve won 3 Living Nature products in their NEW True Colours packaging!
  5. Hannah Ackroyd – You’ve won 1 Liz Earle Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser!
  6. Naomi Willett – You’ve won 1 Alpha-H Tinted Moisturizer!
  7. Fiona Naughton – You’ve won a Massive pot of Sample minis!
  8. Sophie G – You’ve won 2 Naruko products!
  9. Kimberly Laymon – You’ve won the Jane Iredale Simply Magical Collection!
  10. Lisa Shen – You’ve won 3 Bella Graciela Accessories!
  11. Marcella Tam – You’ve won a $50 e-gift card for BeautyHabit.com!
  12. Brittany Carson – You’ve won the Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection!

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Please contact me through email at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with your mailing information so I may ship your packages to you. Please keep in mind that it’s unlikely I’ll have a chance to ship out your prize to you until after Christmas as I’m quite tapped out until then!

JENNIFER

I’m so excited to share these lovely lovely boots with you today!

I first discovered Kamik on a blog earlier this year and they were rolling around in my mind for a few months before I contacted them about their boots. I was then very lucky to be sent these incredibly lovely Kamik Jennifer Rain Boots in Plum for review. Kamik are a very earth friendly company with many green initiatives and accomplishments which manufactures all different types of boots for various types of work and weather for both adults and children in the USA and Canada.

A big reason I’ve been so intrigued by these is that they have an incredible award-winning eco-friendly plan for all of their boots, including these, which involves recycling them and the fact that all of their boots, including this pair, are made up of recycled materials and their very own rubber.

In their own words:

“RubberHe is Kamik’s own made-in Canada innovation. It’s a recyclable PVC-free synthetic rubber that’s 50% lighter than natural rubber and 30% lighter than other synthetic rubbers. Flexible, super-comfortable, extremely durable and abrasion-resistant, RubberHe gives you great traction and a light step any weather.”

The fact that their synthetic rubber is PVC is a big deal for those who would worry about carcinogenic plastic products and their effect on the body. Aside from that, there are so many more reasons to love Kamik!

First off, I’ve had to wait a bit to post on these ones as it really hadn’t rained yet and the one day it did, I forgot to wear them!

So, I’m really excited to finally feature these as I’ve pretty much been wearing them everyday since the rain has come here in Cali and loving every minute of it!

Hell to the yeah! Received @Kamik Eco friendly rain boots! Post on these lovelies coming soon at http://storybookapothecary.com (Taken with Instagram)

This is what they first looked like when I received them in the mail. As you can see they have a beautifully sleek design that’s perfect for protecting your feet from the rain and keeping them dry all day long.

In the beginning, I had some trouble with how tightly these boots fit as I have wide calves and they fit a tiny bit too tight for comfort. I quickly remedied this issue by blow-drying the inside of these boots for a few seconds and then putting them on which helps to stretch them out so they form to your shape. This works like a charm! If you have wide calves or anything and have trouble with high boots fitting you, this is a great way to remedy them if they are made of rubber or leather. The mild heat softens the material and makes it more malleable so you can stretch them a bit.

@KamikOutdoor Jennifer Rain Boots in plum. Hasn’t rained yet, but I love these! Review coming soon at StorybookApothecary.com!

So once I stretched these out a bit, they fit me snug, but perfectly and are very comfortable now!

The shoes themselves fit my feet perfectly and are very cushioned for all day traipsing around. I didn’t have any foot soreness or anything in these – the quality of these boots is definitely there. I’ve worn other cheaper rain boots before and these absolutely beat all the other rain boots I’ve tried before as the build quality just feels more durable and comfortable. They do very well in the pouring rain – we had near flooding in my area over the past weekend and my feet stayed dry and toasty in these boots with no issues. I’ve also been wearing them quite frequently for over a week and there are little to no signs of wear so I can tell they will last me quite awhile.

Aside from the fact that I absolutely love how they fit and look, the fact of their manufacturing here in the states and in Canada, supplying local jobs and supporting the economies is another reason I’d buy these over a cheaper pair. I feel great knowing these are made by a family run company which is supporting American and Canadian jobs and I’m thrilled I can promote them!

Other reasons to love them include their eco consciousness, the fact that their company uses hydro-generated power in their factories and no fossil fuels are used, and the general overall minimal earth footprint, but huge economical impact they make by doing business in the way that they do it.

Big Reasons to Love Kamik Boots:

  • “Kamik makes over two million 100% recycled boots per year

  • Kamik boot liners are manufactured using recycled polyester and polypropylene fibres

  • Every product that we make in our injection molding plants in Montreal, QC and Littleton, NH is 100% recyclable

  • Kamik’s injection molding plants use hydro- generated power to run the machines. No fossil fuels are used

  • The machines are cooled with recycled water. A cooling tower on the roof of our plant has a closed-loop distribution system where the water is collected, distributed and recycled and reused

  • Oil used in the hydraulic pumps is filtered, recuperated and reused

  • Boot scraps are collected and reused. Nothing goes to waste”

I wholeheartedly endorse these boots as they’re not only very affordable considering their environmental friendliness and small carbon footprint, but they also support my country (and our lovely northern neighbors!) so I feel really proud wearing them.

To learn more about Kamik the company, check here. 

To learn more about the technology behind their boots, check here.

To learn more about their recycling program, check here.

To check out the boots I’ve reviewed above, check here.

To shop all Kamik Boots, check here.