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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!

50ml

If you’ve been following a long, you’ll know about my love for the New Zealand beauty brand, Living Nature. If you’ve tried them yourself, you’ll know exactly why I love them so much because, not only are the ingredients upheld to the highest standards, but the products themselves are also quite effective in doing what they claim to.

This past December, I was lucky enough to receive this Nourishing Night Cream along with their Nourishing Hand & Body Cream
( see that review – here ) and Vitalising Cleanser ( see that review – here ) and have been testing it out since then ( for almost 2 months ). It has a similar texture to their Vitalising Cleanser, though obviously without being a cleanser. The cream is super hydrating and nourishing without feeling heavy or greasy at all. There’s no reside left behind on your skin as it totally absorbs within 5 minutes. I love the smell which is pleasant, yet not overwhelming. It carries the same scent that seem to be signature of most Living Nature products and which I’ve come to identify many of their products with which I really like. Their products certainly work synergistically, but will also be just as well when used with other brands. I love that this cream is hydrates so well without being overly greasy or leaving an oily residue behind because I have oily to combination skin so sometimes that kind of texture in a cream will make my skin breakout. Thankfully, this one is super gentle and effective. It hasn’t done much by way of wrinkles or maybe I just don’t have enough for it to show the difference notably, but it certainly helps heal broken capillaries around the eyes and nose and hydrates really well so it effectively calms redness, inflammation and dullness all in one go. The ingredients are effective, yet natural at the highest standard, and they really work to improve the skin noticeably. I highly recommend this for anyone who combats dryness, dullness, irritation, redness, inflammation, fine lines, and broken capillaries or scarring as I think these are the areas it’s been most effective in improving.

You can check out this Living Nature Nourishing Night Cream – here.

Related Articles:

Living Nature Skin Essentials Kit Review 

Living Nature Nourishing Hand & Body Cream Review

Living Nature Liquid Foundation Review

Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser Review

Over the winter break, I was sent some Living Nature products for review, including this lovely Nourishing Hand and Body Cream. I didn’t really think much of it, but after I ran out of the body lotion I was using in December, I quickly began using this one daily and I’ve really loved it!

It’s formulation includes various plant oils including macadamia and avocado as well as active manuka honey to lock moisture into the skin and nourish it from the inside out. What I really love about this lotion is that it’s super hydrating without being greasy or oily. I love using body oils and more intensive body treatments during the night, but this is the perfect thing to use during the day. It soaks into the skin immediately and so there’s no waiting around for everything to dry before getting dressed. The scent is really pleasant, but not overwhelming or too strong, just refreshing. I actually ran out of face moisturizer for a few days and was so desperate for hydration that I did (GASP!) use this once or twice on my face and ‘lo and behold – no breakouts! That being said, it might be a bit too hydrating in summer for oily to combination skin types, but dry skin types might like this as an all around useful cream and men may enjoy it for it’s multi-function as well, though the scent isn’t particularly masculine. I highly recommend this cream to anyone and everyone who needs hydration and balance for their skin as it will hydrate you, quite literally, all over.

You can check out this Living Nature Nourishing Hand and Body Cream – here.

Related Articles:

Living Nature Skincare Essentials Kit Review 

Living Nature Liquid Foundation Review 

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll know all about my love for Living Nature products. I had first done a review on their Skin Essentials Kit which you can see here, if you care to, and loved their Vitalising Cleanser as much as the Summer as I have done now using it again in Winter time. This time, with a slightly larger bottle, I’ve been using the lovely Vitalising Cleanser for over a month and a half and really loving it all the more!

As with all Living Nature products, the Vitalising Cleanser is made with all natural, skin nourishing, and exotic ingredients native to New Zealand (where the brand comes from) and leaves out all the nasties such as parabens, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients. Instead, this cleanser features avocado oil, macadamia oil, active manuka honey, and various plant essential oils and extracts to nourish, calm and cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.

It is recommended for normal to dry skin, but I think if you have combination skin, it may do you some good, especially in the winter, as this cleanser has really helped keep the chapped redness at bay for me. Especially in those typical spots where dry, chapped skin tends to show up like around the nose, this cleanser works wonders. Aside from it’s ability to calm and moisturize, it is great at cleansing the skin without that tight, dry feeling and brilliantly removes makeup without irritating. I can massage this right over my eyes, lips and entire face to remove my makeup and it does a great job at getting rid of every bit of it. If I really want a more intense clean, I find that using this cleanser with a clarisonic or a muslin cloth ( remove cleanser with cloth in warm to hand hot water ) really helps the benefits of this cleanser to be absorbed by the skin and helps the skin feel and look smoother and softer!

I highly recommend this cleanser as a perfect staple for those who deal with dryness and/or irritation and redness either during the Winter or at any time. It is just the thing to bring skin back to a calm, revitalized state.

 You can check out the Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser – here.

Related Articles: 

Living Nature Foundation Review

Marie's Original Poison Ivy Oak SoapI trialed this a few months ago, but I just hadn’t had time to post on it until now.

Personally, when I was first sent this soap a few months ago, I thought, What do I need this for? as I obviously don’t have poison oak or poison ivy and felt I had no need for it, nor could I properly test it, but after using it for over a month, I’ve decided I really do like this soap as it actually helps calm skin irritations as well.

I’ve written a bit about my own skin issues and I occasionally get really itchy, dry skin, especially in the winter months due to the climate change and more extreme weather and I’ve found that this soap really does help calm the irritation. It’s formula includes oatmeal which has been known to aid in calming skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis and you can even see the little pieces of oatmeal as you use it. What I like about that is that it offers some very mild exfoliation while calming and healing the skin with sassafras, white willow, noni, olive oil, and green clay. This soap is meant to treat poison ivy/oak as well as minor skin rashes and irritations and I truly think it works. Not only is it effective, but it’s also super affordable – you can get 1 bar of this awesome soap for only $7.99!

You can find out more about how this soap is made and how it helps to treat poison ivy and other skin irritations – here.

You can purchase the soap itself – here.

MINI GIVEAWAY TIME!

I have TWO (count them) of these bars to give away to some lucky readers so comment below answering the following question(s) to enter to win!

{ US READERS ONLY – Sorry International Lovelies! }

Questions to Answer: Do you deal with skin irritations? If so, what do you use to treat them?

Have you ever had poison ivy / oak / sumac?

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Living Nature - StorybookApothecary.com

It’s that lovely time again!

Today’s giveaway is a big one as there are 3, count them, THREE Full Sized products up for grabs from the much-loved New Zealand beauty brand, Living Nature!

You may remember me reviewing their travel essentials kit and night face oil in the past summer both of which were amazing to use. If not, you can see my original review on some of their products here. The kit included the Vitalising Cleanser which is up for giveaway today and it’s just a brilliant cleanser. Super gentle, extremely softening and great for any skin type, even the most sensitive types. I’ll be doing a review on these 3 in more depth when I have time so stay tuned for that, but so far, they are all incredible! The Nourishing Hand Cream is super hydrating and softening and the bottle is actually quite large – nearly 7 ounces – which is HUGE for a hand cream. I’ve actually been testing it as a body cream as well because it’s so huge. The Nourishing Night Cream is also brilliant thus far – super moisturizing and it is quite thick, but not heavy and absorbs instantly.

After celebrating their 25 years anniversary offering these lovely natural products, they’ve updated their packaging to a “True Colours” range of colors that look super classy, but really stand out as natural, eco and body friendly. Plus, the new packaging is out just in time for the holidays!

This is what the new packaging looks like : 

So these are exactly what’s up for grabs and you can see they’re quite large sizes!

Have a Great Saturday & Good Luck!

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Sole Rescue Foot Balm

I’ve been testing out this Sole Rescue Foot Balm from Max Green Alchemy for a few weeks now. It was sent to me for review and, originally, I thought I wouldn’t care for it. Not that I thought I wouldn’t like it; anything by Max Green Alchemy is pretty much gold in my eyes and that’s been plastered across my blog posts since the beginning, but I simply thought, what am I supposed to do with a foot balm? 

I mean, I don’t really use them at all in everyday life, but now that I’ve had the chance to try this one, that may change! The amazing formula of Max Green Alchemy is simple, yet effective, and, of course, all natural.

This balm really does soften feet, especially rough heels, and it does so with an all natural, organic, and steroid free formula that the Skin Deep EWG Database even approves of!

Nearly all of their products have a 0-2 rating which, in EWG language, means that the risk of using their products is extremely low.

You can see the risk ratings for all of their products here or by visiting EWG.Org/SkinDeep and typing in the company’s name to see the risk of using their products.

I am seriously impressed by the Max Green Alchemy risk ratings, which are very low, and also by the effectiveness of their products. They are one of the few brands that truly have my total and utter stamp of approval in every area, from effectiveness to naturalness, and they’re absolutely worth a look!

Their products range from skincare to hair care, styling products, nail care and yes, foot care.

You can check out the awesome Sole Rescue Foot Balm – Here!

Check out their entire line of products – here.

I am sooo excited to be reviewing this incredible Marula Oil today for you!

I have been drooling over this stuff through my laptop for months and months and months. Not only is this face oil absolutely amazing, but there is much to be said for what’s behind the production and sourcing of this face oil.

The Leakey Collection was started by the Leakeys in 2002 as a way to help local Kenyans get sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities. With the idea of bringing the powers of pure marula oil to  women around the world, they’ve been able to give many Kenyans an ethical source of income that does not interfere with their life or culture. To learn more about their amazing journey and collaboration with Dr. Ashton Kaidi, read more here. You can also learn more about the harvesting process here.

Aside from their incredible program, their pure Marula Oil is truly amazing.

I normally wouldn’t review a product before using it for at least a few weeks, but after using this for nearly a week, I already notice the incredible hydrating properties of this lovely oil. It’s unlike any other oil I’ve ever tried because it’s extremely moisturizing without being the least bit oily. It soaks into the skin straight away and leaves no residue behind. Plus, unlike a lot of oils I’ve tried, this one has a really nice subtle scent. It’s like a very soft citrus smell or something, but it’s not overpowering; it’s just calming and beautiful. I noticed that even after only a week my skin was more hydrated without being super oily and not a breakout in sight! I also feel like this face oil lends a bit of soft vibrancy to my skin. It’s also really great as a primer if you want your foundation to look velvety and a bit dewy.

This is definitely one to check out, not only for it’s great beauty benefits, but also for the humanity and sustainability behind the product and company itself.

You can buy Marula Oil – here.

Suvana Beauty Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm

 

I had never heard of this Paw Paw & Honey Balm by Suvana Beauty, but when I got a sample of this lovely piece of heaven, it was seriously love at first sight!

This stuff is worth it’s price completely, which is $14 USD by the way, because it absolutely nourishes, softens, hydrates and heals my lips and you get a really good amount for what you pay given this is a balm and you need less than half a dime’s worth each time. I think you can use this for other things, but I’ve only been using it on my lips with seriously fantastic results as it’s not only healed my chapped lips, but also kept my lips really soft and supple.

Some really great things about this balm are it’s certified organic ingredients which include  healing paw paw and without chemicals, preservatives and other nasties. Also, they use really sustainable and eco friendly methods as well as recycled packaging so that’ just more reason to love this, in my opinion!

Other Awesome Features of Paw Paw & Honey Balm:

• Certified Organic.
• NO petroleum jelly – unlike most leading lip balms.
• NO synthetic chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains Paw Paw, known for its healing properties.
• Can be used on lips, bites, scratches, itches, cracked skin/nipples – anywhere on your body!
• Handy 25 gm tube.
• Bright Yellow Packaging – truly a handbag essential.
• 100% Natural.
• Contains NO parabens or sulphates.
• Contains NO mineral oil or petroleum by-products.
• Contains NO harmful chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains NO animal derivatives and is not tested on animals.
• NO artificial fragrances or colors.
• All packaging is recyclable and manufacturing methods are environmentally sound.

I will definitely be purchasing this one after my little sample runs out!

Check it out – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Beauty Habit for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Gentle Face Cleanser + Exfoliant + Moisturizer + Face Mask : Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Facial Cleansing Balm & Muslin Cloth

If you’ve been following along for a bit, you may have seen my original post on Suti Skincare, but if not, you may have seen the reviews I did for their Peppermint Face Toner and Purity Balm Moisturizer, which I also featured as one of my June Beauty Favorites. If not, do check them out! I’ve become such a huge fan of Suti since first trying samples of their stuff a few months back. They are truly one of those organic beauty brands that offer quality products that are also very effective and that is something to be applauded. They’re already one a few awards for their efforts including Best Beauty Newcomer by Sublime Magazine for 2011 and it’s all very well deserved.

Their Organic Cleanse Balm is certainly no different than any of their products in terms of quality. Although you get a modest sized jar, I can fully attest to the fact that a little really actually does go a long way. This will last you several months. It’s a very compact balm in the jar and a dime sized amount easily melts in your hand and onto your face. This is a different kind of cleanser entirely to the typical foam and rinse types; it requires a bit more work, but the payoff is better. You really have to massage this kind of cleanser into your face really well to get the results you want, otherwise this is just oil sitting on your face being useless, albeit really high quality oils. In order to get the full effect, you must massage this into your skin for at least a minute and you can leave it on for 5-20 minutes if you want to get added mask effects. It really deep cleans the pores without being drying to the skin and, when used with the muslin cloth (free when you purchase the Cleanse Balm, BTW!), it exfoliates your skin in an extremely gentle way that doesn’t irritate, just brightens and tones. I really like their muslin cloth as well; it’s unbleached and natural and it’s really quite soft. This one is certainly higher quality than the one from Liz Earle, though both get the job done at any rate.

Aside from being an incredible cleanser, it also really hydrates the skin really well. Amid the scorching heat we’ve been enduring lately, I’ve been using this alone. I did test it with the Purity Balm on cooler days and it worked really well combined with that too, though a bit too moisturizing for the hot, miserably humid days we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 weeks (Ugh.)

The things I truly love about this cleanser are that it is very gentle and includes a lot of healing ingredients. On days when my skin just feels downright abused (like when I feel oily, dirty, but still dry – WTF?), this is an absolutely skin saver. It just feels so nourishing and the nourishing oils sink right into the skin, leaving my skin feeling super soft and supple. I have truly loved this on hot days (believe it or not) because it’s allowed me to combine cleansing with moisturizing and it leaves my skin feeling balanced because I can buff this off my face with warm water and the muslin cloth after massaging it into the skin.

This is definitely a more expensive cleansing balm, but as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best one I’ve ever tried and truly worth the price in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on skincare, but it’s something I think is truly worth investing in because your face is the only one you’ve got and it deserves the best.

Check out the Organic CLEANSE Balm – here!

Check out all Suti Skincare products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Suti Skincare for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.