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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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I’m SO excited for the upcoming Once Upon A Time episode this weekend that I couldn’t resist posting on it before this Sunday’s reveal of who the hell is Rumple’s son and, of course, is he Neal Cassidy as many of us have theorized?

I am dying for confirmation of this theory I’ve had since before the damn season started and I am so happy the moment has finally arrived, even if they reveal it at the last minute of the episode like my boyfriend thinks they will. ( You’re jerks, if you do that, OUAT writers! Lol )

So, with all the boiling over and my anticipation at a near all time high for this episode, I thought I would do a fashion inspired post on Baelfire, who I’ve never done surprisingly, in honor of the reveal so I hope you enjoy and enjoy Sunday’s episode if you’re a fan of the show!

Fairy Tale Fashion Inspiration - Baelfire - StorybookApothecary.Com

FORZIERI Dark Brown Leather Motorcycle Jacket, H&M White Button Down Collared Shirt, H&M Black Jeans, & H&M Casual Imitation Leather Shoes.

What do you imagine Baelfire’s grown up style to be?

Let me know in the comments! 

Also, if you care to obsess over the show as I’ve done, definitely check out TVLine’s OUAT page where they often have the first scoop on spoilers for future episodes, new characters and other theories for the show!

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Notecards by Mealisab on Flickr via Pinterest

Felicidades!

Or, Happy Día de Los Muertos!

It sounds sort of morbid to be saying that, but actually, Día de Los Muertos is quite a colorful celebration.

If you’re unfamiliar, Día de Los Muertos literally means the Day of the Dead. It comes from the Catholic tradition of All Souls Day and is celebrated on November 1st. It’s closely followed by All Saints Day (meant for children only who have passed on) which is celebrated on November 2nd. In Mexican tradition, the dead are honored and remembered for one day/night. Flowers (specifically orange marigolds), sugar skulls (literally), skeleton puppets and crafts, food, drinks, and altars featuring passed on loved ones are all a big part of the celebration. Actually, a lot of people even go to the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and leave that person’s favorite food, drinks, and other items at their tombstone along with marigolds and letters, pictures, lit candles, and other items held in remembrance. It may seem like a strange thing to do (or maybe not, if like me, you’re from California or another state that has a large Mexican population), but in Mexico, it’s common for whole families to be buried in the same cemetery and therefore makes sense for everyone to go to that one and remember them.

Anyway, so I’m not Mexican, but I grew up learning about this holiday in Spanish class and having many friends that do celebrate it so, of course, I’ve ended up being part of the festivities growing up.

If you’ve never experienced a Día de Los Muertos celebration, I highly recommend searching out local events online and attending one. You might think that because it’s a celebration of passed on loved ones that it’s a somber, dark occasion, but it’s actually really a joyful, colorful and lively way to remember the deceased, at least in my opinion.

So, with that, here’s some cool Día de Los Muertos images and things!

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Día de Los Muertos Makeup From ilooveu.wordpress.com via Pinterest

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Cemetery gatherings from Trinity.Edu via Pinterest

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Día de Los Muertos Wedding Cake From cakelava.blogspot.com.br via Pinterest

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Dia de Los Muertos Skull Crafts via Pinterest

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Marigolds from prosserpta.org via Pinterest

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Dia de los Muertos by Tracey-anne McCartney via Pinterest

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Dia de Los Muertos From whiteaurora.tumblr.com via Pinterest

Have you ever heard of or do you celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a nice rest this weekend and looking forward to a new week. I’ve just been relaxing all day and crafting some giveaways for the next 2 months so definitely stay tuned and subscribe so you’re the first to know about them! They’re going to be massive and, for one of them, you’ll have major input into the items up for grabs, but I don’t want to give away too much just yet! Rest assured, they will be awesome and lots of goodies will be in the pot. You can expect one of them to include items and brands I love and have reviewed on this blog, but the other giveaway will strictly include items you love and want to try so stay tuned!

Aside from that, I’ve been budgeting my own Christmas list and figuring out what things I want to gift to family and friends. I’ve been increasingly drawn to things I want to craft instead of purchase. I think it’s a fantastic way to save money and also personalize a gift to those you care for. You can see some great ideas for DIY gifts on Pinterest; that’s where I get the majority of my ideas anyway!!

So, with that, enjoy your Sunday and check out these posts you may have missed this past week!

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How’s your Sunday going?

Do anything fun this weekend?

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m back with another fun Halloween post! (Yay!)

This time, I’m posting on fun Halloween costume ideas that are also fashionable. Some are super simple, some are just accessories and some are full blown costumes, but I hope you enjoy!

[Please note – the links are from left to right, top to bottom]

For fun, I thought I’d show you all my Halloween costume from a few years back when I was Harley Quinn (Joker’s girlfriend in comic book). If you want more info on how to get this look, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to help you out!

So, are you planning to dress up this year?

If so, what are you going out this Halloween dressed up as?

So, I promised no more fairy tale fashion for at least a week and I think I’ve sort of been true to that(!), but I just couldn’t resist doing a few the day before episode 2 because I’ve been theory crafting all week like a manic fan and I found a lot of cool fashion choices. Today’s post is on Sleeping Beauty AKA Aurora and, although I really sort of hate the actress they’ve chosen for Aurora on Once Upon A Time, I really love the colors of Disney Aurora. That being said, I hope you enjoy the fashion picks and enjoy episode 2!

What do you think of Aurora AKA Sleeping Beauty?

Do you prefer the Classic or Modern style?

Image IS NOT MINE! Owned by ABC Studios

Okay, so I promise this will be my last post on this for at least a week or two. I know I’ve been obsessively posting on OUAT all week/end and I hope you’ve enjoyed it, at least a little bit!

Anyway, I am super excited for Season 2 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time (if you didn’t notice already!) and for my last post of the evening, I’d like to share some of my (and my boyfriend’s) predictions for this season. I hope you enjoy and definitely share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to theory craft with you!

  1. Henry’s Father Is Baelfire. My boyfriend and I have been on this one for awhile now. It only makes sense. He actually came up with it while we were theory crafting after having watched Season 1 for the second time, but all signs point to this. First, Emma says Henry’s father isn’t a good guy. My theory is that Baelfire came through to our world from Fairy Tale Land with a chip on his shoulder, having been dealt the ultimate betrayal from his father, Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold). I believe he’ll have grown up angry, alone, and jaded so it makes sense he would become an adult with a bitter resentment towards the world. At least, that’s my theory!
  2. The Queen of Hearts Is Regina’s Mother. This one is a bit far-fetched, but I feel it might have some ground because they purposely keep her face covered in the one Wonderland episode. Also, the whole keeping the hearts in boxes (for power, or you know, just because we’re creepy) idea that Regina also does may have come from her mother (if she is the QoH). If not, she’s definitely someone important otherwise they wouldn’t keep her face covered like that. Although, there are theories abound that she’s been beheaded herself and that’s why she’s covering it, but yeah, no idea and that would be awkward to see.
  3. Emma Has Special Powers. Okay, I know they’ve already pretty much said this, but I wanted to mention it because now that magic is in our world, it will come into play even more. Throughout Season 1 of OUAT Emma continually mentions she can tell when others are lying, but I feel like she has more powers than that. I think she may also have some sort of pure heartedness, despite her rough life, which may contribute to her ability to tell when others are lying or not. Also, I think she has more powers, but I don’t really know what they would be other than the aforementioned one.
  4. Daniel Is Still Alive .. Or Something. I know, I know, we saw him get his heart ripped out by Regina’s mother, Cora, but still. I just feel like something is missing from this story, whether they’re going to show that Cora knew about Regina and Daniel all along and reveal that to Regina in the present (since they’ve alluded she will come to Storybrooke in Season 2) or maybe Daniel is simply stuck in another world (or he was sent to ours). I have no idea. Maybe he really is dead, but I’m holding out for him being alive anyway so whateva!
  5. Jefferson / Mad Hatter’s Wife Is Alice. I think it would be awesome if Jefferson’s wife was Alice. Actually, he said she was dead, but then a lot of people keep saying their spouse or whatever is dead when they just left or something so I think it would be cool if she was either A. The QoH’s or B. Alice. Or maybe Alice became the Queen of Hearts. It’d be a nice twist. Either way, I feel like Jefferson’s daughter has a huge resemblance to what we all imagine Alice to look like, but that’s just me. I may be reaching on this one. Oh wellll.

I think I had a few more, but that’s all I can remember now I’m being put on the spot! I hope you enjoy this post and also if you’re tuning in tonight for the Season 2 premiere.

What do you think will happen in Season 2?

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So, this is my last fashion post before ABC’s Once Upon A Time Season 2 Episode 1 starts and I’m excited because Pinocchio, AKA August W. Booth, is one of my favorite characters. I really hope he made it into the second season! Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t watched the show, but seriously. He’s Italian so he’s even more important to me! LOL. (I’m Italian too!). Anyway, I love his character and they’ve given him an amazing sense of style that just breathes Italian. Italian boots, chic looking motorcycle, Italian leather jacket, Italian scarf bandana, etc. All the clues that he was Pinocchio was there in his fashion! I’m just saying! Anyway, so I really love the wardrobe choices that the costume designers picked for him. They were perfect. So, with that as my inspiration, I hope you enjoy my fashion picks and, if you’re a fan of the show, enjoy Season 2 Episode 1 tonight at 8PM!

Are you as excited for Season 2 of Once Upon A Time as I am?

What do you imagine Pinocchio / August W Booth’s character wearing?

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Emma Swan is another of my favorite characters from ABC’s Once Upon A Time because she is so brave, honest, and true. She isn’t afraid to stand up against tyrants, but at the same time, she has a innocence about her. Plus, I love her tough, but chic fashion sense so of course I wanted to do a post on her character! These fashion choices are pretty simple and straightforward, but really suit Emma, I think. I hope you enjoy!

What do you think of Emma Swan’s fashion?

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