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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.

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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.

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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.

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Living Nature Foundation Review

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!

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Living Nature Foundation

Today’s post features one of my first-ever natural liquid foundation reviews!

I had been obsessing over this foundation for ages and ages until Living Nature contacted me through Twitter, offering to send me one for review (Thank you so much again!), and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

I’ve been reviewing this one for over a month now and I’ve loved every minute of it!

(Left side of my hand is with no primer and looks more matter, right side is with the Smooth Affair primer from Jane Iredale – you can see it’s more soft and dewy) 

Not only does this foundation give solid medium coverage and a lovely finish, whether matte or dewy, it packs loads of valuable, beneficial ingredients such as manuka oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, and grapefruit extract. Plus, it’s certified organic! I love that it doesn’t irritate skin nor clog pores and I don’t have to feel guilty about wearing it because it’s all natural and earth friendly. I’ve had great results with both matte and dewy finishes. To get a matte finish, you simply apply this foundation as is after your moisturizer and to get a dewy velvety finish, use a primer. I’ve used the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Smoothing Primer and Brightener with great results. You can see my review for that – here.

I highly recommend this one as I feel it’s certainly well worth the cost given the benefits your skin will receive through using it, both for it’s anti-aging skin benefits the lovely effects it gives the skin.

Personally, I received Pure Taupe and I’m quite pale with neutral pink and yellow undertones, but they have several different shades for various different skin tone shades.

You can check out their various offered shades – here.

What is your favorite natural foundation?

Living Nature Radiance Night Oil Giveaway Winner Announcement!

If you’re following along, you may have read my original post on Living Nature products – here – and hopefully you entered the giveaway! If not, don’t worry there’s plenty more giveaways coming soon so be sure to subscribe so you can enter them all!

Without further delay, congratulations to Your Beauty Junkie!

I have notified you through email so please reply back asap with your mailing information. If there is no reply within 48 hours, you forfeit your winnings and an alternative winner will be selected.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, tweeted, followed and what have you, I really appreciate it very much and stay tuned for your chance to win more prizes!

If you didn’t win, cheer up, there’s many more giveaways on their way out.

If you had your heart set on the Radiance Night Oil, check it out – here – on the Living Nature website!

Heal Your Skin with Living Nature Skincare Skin Essentials Kit + GIVEAWAY!


I am so excited to tell you about this awesome Skin Essentials Kit I was sent by the incredible Living Nature Skincare! 

Hailing from New Zealand, their products are all 100% natural, including many unique ingredients that are found exclusively in New Zealand such as Active Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil, Harakeke Flax Gel, and Kumerahou.

To find out more about Living Nature, click here.

To find out more about their unique ingredients, click here.


 Anyway, so I was sent a Skin Essentials Kit for Normal to Combination Skin and the Radiance Face Oil about a month or so ago and I’ve been using it every day since to see the effects and I have to say, I am pretty impressed by this line!

First off, all the products in this kit are incredibly gentle, softening and nourishing. They also smell really pleasant in a calming, subtle sort of way! They come in a very handy travel case that rolls up and secures everything for travel. The products are nicely sized as far as travel sizes go and ergonomically shaped, making them very easy to pack away in a purse, carry on or suitcase.

The Vitalising Cleanser is an extremely gentle cleanser. It’s very creamy and I initially thought that it would make me break out because    of how moisturizing it is, but it didn’t, it just felt extremely softening, hydrating and gentle. If you’ve read my past reviews, you’ll know I have acne prone combination skin. I actually have very sensitive skin as well and I expected this to be really heavy, but it’s quite the opposite, much to my delight! It would work well for any skin type and those with sensitive skin or who suffer from acne, rosacea or another skin irritation would really benefit from this.

The Extra Hydrating Toning Gel is very light and soaks in immediately. The scent is something so subtle, yet lovely and I can’t quite place it though it’s incredibly nice to enjoy before bedtime. It’s a great moisturizer before bed that I used on nights when my skin was on the oilier side of things. When it needed a bit of extra hydration, I would layer the Radiance Night Oil over the top.

Which brings me to the Radiance Night Oil! This is extremely light, sinks in pretty instantly without clogging pores. It really softened my skin up a lot, including the appearance of fine lines. It has also helped to even out my complexion, fading small discolorations on my face and hands.

During the day I used the Nourishing Day Cream, sometimes over the Extra Hydrating Toning Gel, depending on how much moisture my skin needed. This day cream includes ingredients that are specifically meant to help defend the skin against free radical damage. It’s also really light, but still hydrating without making my skin look oily, even in this 100 degree weather we’ve been having which is certainly a feat in and of itself.

Lastly, I got a chance to try small samples of the Nourishing Night Cream and the Firming Flax Serum. Before getting into it too much, let me just say their samples are seriously brilliant! They look like ketchup packets, but snap in half at the center and squeeze out incredibly easily! The genius of this packaging impressed the hell out of me..just saying!

Anyway, the Nourishing Night Cream was incredibly thick and hydrating, but not heavy like I expected it to be. I’m sure it would be really great for extra dry skin types.The Firming Flax Serum worked incredible in only 3 uses! I was so amazed by this one, considering I only got a small sample of it, because I really feel it helped firm my skin up a bit, though I don’t know how temporary or permanent the effects are. It was very light, hydrating, firming and nicely scented as well.

My overall thoughts on this line are that it rocks!

All of these products are extremely gentle and nourishing and will work for any skin type in my opinion. If you have oily skin, you can still use this, but I recommend adding in another cleanser for a deeper clean, if you need it. This certainly cleanses, but it may not be enough for your skin.

I love that all of these products hydrate the skin, but are not oily at all. They sink in right away and truly help the skin heal. I didn’t break out at all while using this; on the contrary, my skin looks great – soft, supple and smooth! I also love the convenience of this kit because it’s heaven to travel with! Their is a nice amount of product for travel sizes and it would also work well for someone who wants to try a whole regimen of products from Living Nature without spending a whole lot. The kit does cost $79, but you get quite a bit for that price so I think it’s  definitely worth it. If you want to try a single product from this, they are decently priced as well.

Living Nature also carries a line of cosmetics, hair care, body care and even a line specifically for men! I think I would love to try out their body care and cosmetics next because I am in love with this line at the moment! I’m especially intrigued by the fact that they include the same skincare ingredients in their cosmetics so they are certainly worth checking out!

Check out the Skin Essentials Kit – here! 

Check out the Radiance Night Oil – here! 

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 

Yep, it’s that time again!

Living Nature has been so generous as to send me a full size Radiance Night Oil to give away to one lucky reader!

So hurry up and sign up now for your chance to win it!

Giveaway Ends Friday 7/20/12!

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