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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Beauty Without Cruelty Cosmetics Review

I was so happy to receive these 3 products for review from Beauty Without Cruelty!

They are all really high quality natural cosmetics that have many great features.

If you’ve never heard of Beauty Without Cruelty, you should check them out for the sake of all beauty things cruelty free and vegan.

Made in the UK,  these top quality beauty products redefined natural beauty before anyone else, or so it seems, as they began back in 1963!

To learn more about Beauty Without Cruelty’s goals and humble beginnings – click here!

Plus, their products are very good; they work well without sacrificing quality or harming animals in their manufacturing process and are completely vegan. You’ll be glad to know they also make their products without a lot of harmful ingredients!

Straight out of the gate, I love this nail polish! It’s a nice orange color which I find to be very suitable for Summer and it’s 3 free – No formaldehyde, toluene or PEG in sight! I know my nails look like crap; I’m just not good at doing them. I’ve done my best for you all, but alas, nail painting is not one of my high points so there.

Hopefully some of my friends read this, take pity and come do my nails so mine don’t have to consistently look like utter .. yep.

Until then, this is the best I can do!

Anyhow, back to this awesome polish. I love the packaging for this polish; it’s so chic and simple. The polish stays on fairly well and looks really flattering and happy. I like it a lot and find the color is nice and vibrant, even when dry. It certainly made me look more put together to have them painted on days when I went without makeup and it added a fun pop of color to my wardrobe of endless black and grey. I know, I need to incorporate more color into my closet, but it’s a process!

Check out this awesome polish – Here!

Check out their whole line of nail colours (it’s UK made so I feel obligated! LOL. Maybe I should have written this post in Brit English?)- Here!

Next up is this Cream Concealer Pencil in Fair. This was a favorite for sure! I will certainly be purchasing this one once I run out because it’s so handy to use. It really takes the guesswork out of using concealer which, to be honest, I have always had trouble with. I always end up looking pasty and cakey when I wear most concealers which is why I normally avoid them altogether, but this one is simple, easy to use and blends in very naturally with the skin.

 I used it to highlight my under eyes and also spot conceal some small blemish spots that I had going on with much success. It is really easy to use, covers decently and does not break me out which is a big one for me. A lot of concealers are often so overbearing and heavy that, when I use them, have a tendency to break me out worse when I try to conceal spots so rather than the spot healing, it just aggravates the situation more. This is so light and breathable on my skin while also concealing spots, but it doesn’t break me out further which is a huge bonus for me.

Random fact – apparently this one is made in Germany.

Check it out – here!

Check out their line of concealer pencils – here! 

Likely my favorite from the products I was sent, this naturally infused lipstick is a lovely coral color that includes jojoba oil, castor oil, and vitamin E in its formula for highly moisturized and soft looking lips.

It really does hydrate my lips while giving them a nice bright Summer splash of color!

As you can see, the color is a perfect coral tint and it has a tiny bit of shimmer in it, though not too much to be distracting or dramatic. It wears well with day and night looks alike and is a nice change to many conventional lipsticks. This certainly is a cut above those because of the infusion of vitamin E and vegetable oils that work to hydrate, plump and soften the lips while you wear it.

I definitely want to expand my collection of these lipsticks – very flattering and hydrating!

Check out this Coral shade of naturally infused lipstick – Here!

Check out the whole line of naturally infused lipsticks – Here! 

Awesome Features of Beauty Without Cruelty Products:

  • No Animal Cruelty – Leaping Bunny Certified
  • No Animal Ingredients
  • No Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Formaldehyde,  Toluene, or PEG
  • No Gluten
  • Imported from the UK
  • Vegan Friendly – Certified

My final thoughts on this brand are that they have a nice line of products that are very good quality, extremely affordable and attainable for those who want a conscience friendly brand. They are vegan and cruelty free certified and feature natural ingredients in their cosmetics which is a big plus for someone like me who is always on the hunt for multi-tasking products. They also offer a line of skincare, body care and hair care products as well so you can get all your needs met in one fell swoop!

Check out the entire Beauty Without Cruelty shop – Here! 

How do you feel about brands that go cruelty free?

Does this matter to you in a cosmetics brand?

Have you tried Beauty Without Cruelty?

Your thoughts are totally welcome!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Beauty Without Cruelty for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.