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 Happy New Year Lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely New Years celebration and are gearing up for a fantastic 2013! I wish you all the best this year with your goals and dreams and adventures in beauty and life!

I’m back again with another post in my top favorite beauty picks for 2012 mini series of posts ( I have a few more coming your way for skincare & body care so be sure to check back if you’re interested in those product recommendations!).

Primer: For primer, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the KORRES silicone fre primers and I’ve still been using those frequently as well, but I recently discovered this facial primer and brightener by Jane Iredale and it is AMAZING! I have been using it for special occasions when I’d like an extra soft airbrush type finish because it is a silicone primer so it definitely fills in pores and creates an incredibly even base to work with. The big difference for me with this silicone primer is that it does NOT break me out. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may know about my horrible luck with silicone primers and how they’ve broken my skin out a million and one times. This primer is NOT one of them! It works brilliantly and includes loads of botanical extracts in the formula to brighten and correct the skin while you wear it. Check out my full review on it here.

Liquid Foundation: I love the look of liquid foundations, but many of them do seem to break me out, make me look too oily or too dry, and just generally don’t work out for me. This foundation by Living Nature is absolutely lovely! It gives a decent amount of light to medium coverage (medium to full if used with the aforementioned primer!) and a very nice, soft velvet finish. It is super breathable, natural looking, and the formula includes manuka oil and other exotic botanical ingredients from New Zealand which work to heal, hydrate and protect the skin. You can see my full review on this (with swatches!) here.

Powder Foundation: I love all manner of loose powders, but I could never seem to find one that was both natural, non-cakey AND that gave my skin the coverage I wanted. This satin matte powder foundation by Alima Pure is all that and more! It has such a great finish which looks very natural, but covers redness and spots incredibly well while also letting the skin breathe. The major selling point for this one, in my opinion, is that not only is this natural mineral powder free of pore clogging elements like talc and bismuth oxychloride, but it gives the much-coveted medium to very full coverage similar to that of MAC’s Studio Finish powder, but without all the heavy ingredients. Check out my original review on this powder here.

Spot Concealer: This spot concealer is a dual ended concealer made to treat and cover blemishes, but I’ve personally found that there are a TON more uses for it on top of that. First, yes, one end has a treatment balm which you can use to treat blemishes and small spots before applying the concealer end and it works very gently over time to heal your skin. The other fantastic use I’ve found which is excellent for traveling is that I can apply this concealer in lines or dots to conceal bits of my entire face if I want to completely forgo using foundation or powder that day and it still looks great! My skin looks fresh, dewy (note – NOT oily!) and clear when I apply it like this and it does NOT break me out. That alone makes this a must-have. Check out my original review on this concealer here.

Under Eye Concealer / Brightener: I have been trying my damnedest to find a natural concealer which gives me the brightening effects and light, hydrating coverage of this under eye concealer for my dark circles, but I have yet to find one that doesn’t look entirely too heavy, cakey, orange tinted (yuck!), or that does not break out my under eye area. the RMS Un-Cover Up does hold some real potential (will have to try that this year!), but until then, this is my absolute favorite. It has salicylic acid in the formula so maybe that’s why it doesn’t break me out, but it also has a fantastic light-diffusing effect on my under eyes which brightens without looking white cast and it includes a hydrating eye cream formula AND sunscreen in the formula! This certainly makes a morning routine easier and quicker. Although I am not a big fan of drugstore products, this one is a keeper until I find a more natural option that gets the job done as well as this! Check out my original post on this here.

Eye Shadows: I LOVE eye shadows, but I have a difficult time finding loose mineral eye shadows that are both pigmented and soft, yet without being too heavy or cakey and without that ugly chalk look that some of them have. This Black Tie Gala for Eyes holiday collection by Alima Pure is absolutely lovely; I’ve been using the Minaudiere and Bijou quite a lot lately for light contouring of my eyes and highlighting the brow and inner corners of my eyes. It looks super natural, beautiful and not over done. They have some lovely eye shadows aside from this and they are definitely worth a try. You can check out my swatches for this collection here.

Eye Liner: Although I have not officially reviewed this liner, I did feature it in my favorites last summer and I’ve kept up using it all through winter as well. It’s not the most natural formula unfortunately, but it certainly works really well and looks beautiful on! It’s quite long lasting as well and creates a fantastic smooth line or cat eye with very little effort. I’m not too accomplished at eye liner application, but even I can do it with this so that’s saying something. Also, this liner doesn’t peel off like many of the liquid liners often do; instead it gradually fades after a few hours (around 6) which works for me! Check out more on this liner here.

Mascara: I have near constantly raved about this mascara I discovered in a Birchbox shipment last summer and which has really changed the look of my lashes entirely! Although I’d prefer a more natural formula, this one is out of this world in terms of lengthening, curling, and separating lashes to the point of near falsies. My boyfriend’s sister actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes once when I had this on and nope! Just this fantastic mascara at work! I do hope I can find a more natural one that’s comparable, but until then, this is definitely worth a go if you want a mascara that’s actually worth the steep price tag! Check out my original post on this mascara here.

 How was your New Years celebration?

Have you thought of any New Years Resolutions yet?

What Are Your Top Picks for Makeup for 2012?

Nature’s Difference: What Sets Storybook Apothecary Healing Powders Apart

Many major brand companies use a lot of harmful ingredients in their products, including in their so-called natural formulations and even in their mineral powders. I’m not exactly sure how they manage to sneak crappy, cheap and filler ingredients into powders, but they do it. That’s how nasty pore-clogging preservatives, useless fillers and superficial ingredients like talc, bismuth oxychloride, parabens, and other preservatives make it into your powders and other cosmetics all the time.

Why?

Because it’s cheaper for them and makes their company a LOT more money.

The mark up on these products is often times literally in the 1000%.

Can you imagine that ? 1000% profit?

This is “corporate America” for you at work, even on your face.

Cheaper ingredients allows for a higher mark up while preservatives give their products incredibly long if not indefinite shelf lives.

Imagine that, a face powder that lasts longer than you do! 😉

Now, I’m not saying every company does this because there are some reputable brands out there, but most drugstore brands including the supposed natural ones like Physician’s Formula sneak in artificial dyes, tons of preservatives and wasted fillers. Even higher department stores have similar and sometimes nearly identical formulas to their drug store brand equivalents, yet they are more expensive. Why? An incredible marketing plan with eye-candy packaging that is irresistible to the human eye. Even I fall victim to their clever marketing and breathtaking presentation which is why I avoid the cosmetics area of any store at all costs. Who doesn’t want the lovely makeup kit from Lancome or the adorable skincare set from Sephora? It’s the ultimate trickery, built to reel you in and hi-jack your wallet.

So, in all of that madness, why buy Storybook Apothecary makeup? Is there any brand you can trust?

Of course.

And of course I want you to buy my handmade cosmetic powders, but I am also not going to downgrade other companies in order to do that. There are tons, TONS and TONS of makeup companies on Etsy and online in general that offer great alternatives to  the mess that is the cosmetics industry. These companies work hard to have integrity and offer alternative ingredients to the synthetics offered in the mainstream.

Where and who you want to buy from are your business, your decision, so you decide and I’ll respect it.

Although there are a few things that I can say set Storybook Apothecary formulations apart from other powders on the market, even natural powders.

I’ve done a lot of research on what is actually IN a powder, whether it’s sold at Target, Nordstroms, Etsy or another online retailer and a lot of it includes the same basic formula: mica, some natural additives usually kaolin, rice powder, and aloe. Etsy and other natural retailers usually add in their own botanicals for added benefit while Target and Nordstrom brands usually add in preservatives and fillers where actual ingredients should be.

So herein lies the big difference between other brands and Storybook Apothecary.

At Storybook Apothecary, I make my own formulations on a calming base of colloidal oatmeal, kaolin, and rice powder with added natural plant and fruit powders for coloring and botanical benefits that can be customized based on your skin type and concerns. I can also add in some zinc for sun protection depending on what you want. I use very little and sometimes no mica at all.

Now, I know other companies offer a huge base in mica. There are some great benefits to using mica in formulations, but the  benefit to your skin is little while it does look great on your skin. The pluses to mica are that it can be shimmery, glittery or matte and looks very pretty. I utilize mica occasionally in bronzers or blushes where shimmer and glitter effects are wanted, but for the most part, my powders and blushes have a soft, natural look that function as both makeup and treatment all in one. I can add in some natural oils for those who need the extra moisture or want to soften fine lines, but it does shorten the life span of your powder.

This is why so many nature based companies opt to make small batches of products in order to offer fresher products to customers and reduce waste. It’s unlikely that you’ll receive a powder from me that has been sitting around for years and years, but you do get the added benefits from using higher quality ingredients that are fresher and more beneficial to your skin with no fillers, no harmful preservatives and no pore clogging ingredients, allowing your skin to heal and look its best at all times. I offer the powders in 20 gram sifter, twist and lock jars so you can use what you need and have little to no mess that usually accompanies loose powders.

So, after all that dense information, I would like to explain a bit more about why my formulations are made this way.

First, it spawned out of a personal desire and need for a powder that didn’t clog my pores every time I used it and that would offer ingredients that benefit my skin (as opposed to 1-2 beneficial ingredients and 5 fillers), antioxidant power, botanicals that would benefit and improve my skin while wearing it, and a calming base that would tame redness and any irritation.

Couple that with my skin care passion for natural, organic and wild crafted ingredients and my ideas for healing face and blush powders was born.

Although I can’t claim that the formulation nor the powders themselves are flawless, I can promise to use fresh, quality ingredients, offer a good amount, an affordable price and products you and I can stand behind.

Stay Beautiful

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 I’ll talk to you soon :]

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Coming Soon! Healing Face Powders, Blush and More!

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So, after finally establishing my shop on Etsy, I am now able to focus on expanding my line a bit from the 3 original serums.

I am very excited about the line of healing face powder foundation shades and blushes that I will be coming out with very shortly!

They will include a strong calming powder base with botanical powders and extracts. This is something I have never seen done much if at all and that is basically the use of all natural botanical powders in the powder formulation.

This means that your makeup will function as both a means to look awesome and offer color, but also as a treatment while you wear it as the botanical ingredients work to help soften lines, calm redness and inflammation and even help to clear breakouts.

This is something I have always wanted in a powder myself so I am extremely psyched to be able to offer it to my customers!

Not only will you be able  wear the powders as a powder foundation and a blush, but the formulations themselves are designed to improve your skin and not only cover up blemishes, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation, but also help to treat them!

These will be $25 for a 20 gram twist and lock sifter jar (saves product and great for travel!).

Only one size will be available initially, but I am thinking of  adding a 10 gram jar to offer a smaller trial type size for those who want to try it before buying the larger jars and also to make it more affordable to students, bargain hunters and the like who are on a budget.

^Let me know what you think! Do you want smaller jars to be available?

Aside from these awesome powders, I plan on also offering a line of face/eye creams to offer those who love the creamy texture of a face cream or eye cream over the texture of serums. These will include an acne, wrinkle and eye cream.
I may also add in a brightening cream in the future.

These will typically run the same prices as the serums, depending on size so about $15-$25.

Lastly, I will be adding concentrated creamy and gel facial cleansers. The gel cleansers will be more for brightening and blemish clearing while the cream cleansers will be more moisturizing and nourishing for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. In the beginning, I am going to offer these in smaller sizes, but they will last you a good amount as a little will go a long way. Later, I will add in larger sizes. Cleansers will be about $15-$25 as well.

That’s all for now!

I’m very excited about all of this and I hope you will leave me feedback on what your thoughts are.

Have a Nice Weekend!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll talk to you soon : ]

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