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Today I’m reviewing a lovely natural loose powder foundation by Priori Skincare.

This natural foundation utilizes seriously minimalist, but awesomely natural ingredients: natural minerals from the earth (iron oxides, zinc oxide, mica), natural coffeeberry extract, and that’s it! There’s no harmful, pore-clogging talc included in the formula so this powder foundation is super gentle. The added benefits of coffeeberry include brightening, softening of fine lines and potent protection from free radical environmental damage to the skin. Aside from that, another cool feature of this product is that the powder is packaged in biodegradable plant plastics which I think is pretty fantastic!

Here Are Some Awesome Features of This Foundation Powder: 

  • 100% Natural Minerals
  • Anti-Aging.
  • Highest, natural free-radical protection with CoffeeBerry® extract
  • Broad Spectrum UV Protection: SPF 25, UVA 10, PA+++
  • Skin Cancer Foundation seal ofrecommendation
  • Earth conscious, Eco friendly, Environmentally safe
  • Eco-friendly packaging made from biodegradable plant plastics
  • Paraben Free
  • Clinically tested
  • No animal testing
  • No animal derived ingredients
  • Eco-friendly, cruelty free brushes
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Non-Acnegenic

Packaging: The packaging is quite nice. The box it comes in is sleek and earth friendly, while the powder sifter itself is a smooth sleek plastic. You get a seriously good amount of powder so I really think there is a lot of good value there. The powder brush that comes with this foundation is horrible. It feels cheap, synthetic (not in a good way though), and doesn’t hold powder well. I binned it.

Product Effectiveness: I really enjoyed this powder foundation! It has quality ingredients that are gentle and protective on the skin while excluding those that might harm or irritate it. It also has a nice amount of coverage and a decent soft finish to it. The only thing I really didn’t like about this powder is the fact that even though I received the lightest shade, it was still pretty dark. It actually worked for me for awhile given I had a mini tan from Summer still, but now that my skin is going back to its usual paleness, this is simply too dark. I think it’s a great option for Summer or if you happen to be darker in skin tone, this would be a nice option. For Winter, I’ll be going back to my usual Alima Pure. Other than that, I do like that this didn’t break me out nor did it irritate my skin in any way. I love that it includes a natural sunscreen within the formula so I can be a little more lax on my sunscreen application and that it includes coffeeberry to protect my skin from premature aging.

Overall: This is a really decent powder foundation. The finish is a nice, soft and velvety one and it gives really decent amount of coverage. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, actually, and that’s great as it’s hard to come by in a powder foundation. Personally, the lack of shades for lighter skin tones put me off a bit, but I do think the quality of ingredients and the eco friendly green approach in their packaging is fantastic and, if you’re in the mid to darker shade of skin tone, definitely worth a try.

You can learn more about the CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals – here.

You can locate stores near you (USA and internationally) that carry Priori by using their locator here.

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Honeybee Gardens Party Girl Face Palette Review + GIVEAWAY!

I was so happy when Honeybee Gardens sent me this palette for review and I’ve been trying to post on it for ages! I’d actually done some looks with it awhile ago and I was all set to post on it and show you all the fun looks I created with these shadows when, like a complete idiot, I deleted them off my phone without thinking. Then I had to move so it’s all been one thing after another! So, I apologize for the delay on this because I have been wanting to show it to you for awhile now and I finally did some brand new looks for it! I hope you enjoy!

I think this palette is fantastic because it has such vibrant colors for the Summer that anyone can wear and look great. The number one thing I love about this eye shadow palette is the ingredients. It includes a lot of natural ingredients in these eye shadow colors such as kaolin clay, vitamin E, roman chamomile, cucumber, and aloe. Plus,  these colors are totally customizable and can be toned down or built up for eye-catching makeup looks that work well for day and night.

This palette features 4 extremely pigmented and bright colors – Velour (deep purple), Mojito (mint green), Cupcake (soft pinkish violet) and Shipwreck (deep blue). It also includes a really nice quality dual ended eye shadow brush made of bamboo which I found to be really handy to use when I was out an about.

One thing I really love about Honeybee Gardens in general is their commitment to natural beauty and this palette truly highlights that with the fact that their ingredients are natural and skin beneficial as well as being eco-friendly AND cruelty free!

A Closer Look At The Colors:

Makeup Look With Cupcake and Velour: 

For this look, I’ve added a color shimmer shadow over the top as these pigmented colors are basically matte with a very subtle shimmer and for some reason, I’m all about gold lately! I’m also wearing the Eyeko eyeliner I got in my June Birchbox (see that review – here!). I wore this look for a subtle evening type makeup look as I was going to the movies with my boyfriend!

Makeup Look with Shipwreck: 

 

See what I mean about the gold obsession?

Sorry for my crazy eye look haha. I don’t know why I’m squinting my eye so much; I think I must be trying to “aim” my eye at the camera, but that’s just ridiculous and obviously didn’t work out to well for me. Anyhow, just avoid trying to stare at my random crazy eye too long and focus on the eye shadow! LOL.

I feel like it goes really nice with those glowy dewy type looks and I’ve really enjoyed wearing it especially with the CARGO HydraBronze Powder I recently bought because it just feels really Summer-y! So this look also includes the gold because I’m just that obsessed with gold at the moment, but I also added some nude shimmer and beige colors  because I’m spontaneous like that.

Makeup Look with Mojito:

 So this is the last look and my favorite! It’s pretty sea and mermaid inspired and I really like the way it turned out. On the inner third of my eye, I’ve used gold shimmer shadow (of course!) and then the mojito in the center and then a deep bronze shimmer shadow on the  outer third of my eye. It looks a bit strange in the photo, but in person I promise it looks very ethereal and mystic! It’s a really pretty look, though I didn’t actually wear it anywhere. I just sort of played around with it a bit and had some fun. I think this would work well for something theatrical like a Halloween costume look or a fairy whimsical look. I feel like it totally embodies Summer though and I hope you like it!

I really love this eye shadow palette and I’ve been using it a lot for creating fun looks for when I’m out and about on the weekends. Honeybee Gardens carries a number of other equally lovely shadow palettes and they’re all very affordable and have really cute themes for each season and every look. If you’re not too deep into makeup, they also carry a number of awesome skincare, body care and even a men’s line of products!

Check out the Party Girl palette – here!

Check out their entire line of makeup – here! 

Check out all Honeybee Gardens’ products – here! 

PARTY GIRL PALETTE GIVEAWAY!

The lovely people at Honeybee Gardens are offering Storybook Apothecary readers a chance to win their very own Party Girl palette! Yay!

To enter, click the link below!

A winner will be chosen this Tuesday so hurry up and enter!

You’ll have multiple chances and ways to enter to win so good luck!

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED.

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Honeybee Gardens for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Get A Customized Sun-Kissed Look + Natural Sun Protection With Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer!

Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer

I was so happy to receive this for review from the lovely Susan Posnick because I have read so many reviews on the ColorFLO Face Mineral Powder Foundation and I was impressed by the high level of natural sun protection her line of mineral makeup offers and the natural ingredient list that includes vitamins A and E for skin benefits while you wear it!

This bronzer is super easy to use and, although it comes in only one shade, it is easily customized to your skin tone, the desired amount of coverage and cosmetic use.

It comes in a tube with an attached brush and pump so you can easily apply this loose bronze powder wherever you are. I should mention that a little bit goes a long way with this powder so don’t click the pump too many times. It comes out and seems like it’s not much, but the color is very pigmented and you may end up with more mineral bronzer than you want on your cheeks. The benefit of this is that once you get the hang of how to control the application of this bronzer, you can build the coverage from a light glowing flush of color to a full color pigmented bronzer all over, as desired.

I’ve tried this in a number of ways: as a light flush of color on the top of my cheek bones without any other makeup, as a contour bronze in the hollows of my cheeks, and as an all over bronzer when I felt like looking particularly sun-kissed and beach ready. Be careful not to use too heavy a hand because it can have disastrous effects; a light hand provides sheer, glowing skin effects that look awesome so tread lightly!

Lastly, I love the vitamin benefits and natural sunscreen properties in this because my skin is both protected from free radicals and damaging UV rays all in one fell swoop. It’s perfect for lazy summer days when I don’t feel like applying a million and one skincare layers just to protect my skin from everything under the sun (literally and figuratively!).

I definitely recommend this for the Summer because it’s so easy to use and very versatile.  The soft milled powders look really natural, softening fine lines and minimizing pores. The only downside to this is the price; at $64 USD, it’s sitting firmly in the luxury cosmetic category. If you have the money to spare, it’s definitely worth a go given the natural and skin beneficial ingredient list. I’ve been carrying it around with me for days when I look particularly tired or pale to give my skin a nice glow or for poolside days when I want to look sun-kissed!

Check out the ColorFLO Bronzer – Here! 

Check out the entire Susan Posnick line – Here! 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Susan Posnick Cosmetics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.