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An Incredible All-In-One Beauty Product: Olive Oil Nourishing Treatment by ONE Skincare + Your Chance to Win One!


I honestly don’t know how this product has gone so long without being raved about!

I feel so privileged to have been able to test this amazing oil out as it has hydrated my skin in such a small amount of time ( about a week and a half ) and it has so many endless uses!

Created by one woman in her kitchen searching for the ultimate beauty product, this product includes very simple, easy to pronounce ingredients such as olive oil, sunflower, vitamin E and lavender.

I was sent this product to review and I feel so grateful for it because it literally has helped my skin SO much.

First, I used it as a body oil with great hydrating results including a nice body glow, small dry patches have diminished and this in combination with Max Green Alchemy’s Skin Rescue Cream (See the Review for that – here! ) has saved me from a brutal sunburn that I got last week!

Aside from it’s uses as a sunburn treatment and body oil, it works well as a hair serum, preventing frizziness and moisturizing my super dry ends. I don’t think oilier scalps can handle using it directly on the scalp other than as a mask that is rinsed out after a time, but drier hair types suffering from damage and breakage will certainly benefit from this.

As a skin serum oil, I didn’t really enjoy it much. It was a bit too heavy on my reactive acne prone skin, but I think sensitive, dry, and combination to dry skin types will benefit from this a lot. I think that my skin will benefit from this in the winter time a lot more than summertime, which is in full swing here in Southern California.

That being said, this also worked great as a moisturizing hand and cuticle treatment and soothed my dry heels.

 I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to simplify their beauty routine or desires an all-in-one product that is easy to travel with and has many, many uses.

It is definitely a green organic beauty product that includes easily recognizable ingredients that are effective, yet simple.

At $30 a bottle, this will last you a couple months and is well worth the money if you plan on using it for all that it is capable of – which is a lot by the way!

Check out this awesome product – here! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. 6/20/12

And Now for Another Awesome Giveaway – Brought to You by ONE Skincare!

Enter for a Chance to Win a Full Size All In One Organic Olive Oil Nourishing Treatment!

I will be randomly selecting 2 winners from the entries!

PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is open to any of my subscribers anywhere in the world. Although I received these samples free from Naruko Skincare, I will be shipping them out at my own expense so please sign up! I am not rich, but I want to show my appreciation for your support and readership, and I promise you will enjoy these samples!

To Enter: 

  • Must be subscribed to this blog
  • Must follow me on Twitter @SApothecary and “Like” Storybook Apothecary on Facebook – here
  • Must “Like” ONE Skincare on Facebook
  • Must comment below letting me know you’ve done all the steps and why you want to win this treatment from ONE Skincare
2 Winners will be announced here on 6/20/12!
PLEASE NOTE: The 2 winners will be chosen on the aforementioned date; if any winner does not contact me within a week of the announcement, another will be chosen in their place as an alternative and they will forfeit their winnings.
Thanks to ONE Skincare for holding this giveaway and allowing 2 lucky readers the chance to try this incredible all in one product!

Astara Skincare Activated Sea Mineral Mask Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: the Radiance Renewal Moisturizer (see review here), this lovely face mask (as seen above), and the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

Rich in oligoelements and oxygenating, remineralizing exfoliating, and nourishing botanicals from the sea and land, this activated mask restores clarity, and vibrancy to dull and tired skin.

My Experiences:

This mask is really thick! A little bit goes a long way so although it does cost $30, I think it’s a good value because you don’t need very much of it. I don’t like the scent of this very much, but I really like the scrub + mask idea because I love multi-use products. I did like how clean my pores looked after using this mask, but I am not a big fan of menthol as it tends to dry my skin out and I don’t like the cooling effect. That’s just a personal preference; I know others who may love it. I made my mom try this, for instance, and she totally loved it and didn’t know what I was on about when I said I didn’t like the cooling effects. That being said, there are a LOT of beneficial ingredients in this mask from oatmeal for calming the skin to sage for breakouts and irritation and coupled with vitamin A, squalane and others to help encourage cell turnover and collagen production. It would be very beneficial for firming, anti-aging treatment or prevention, and as a nice spa treat. Wearing it certainly feels very luxurious. My only peeve about this is the use of D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which I feel is just unnecessarily, but again, a personal preference. Other than that, this mask has a lot to offer in terms of beneficial ingredients, therapeutic benefits, and pore cleansing abilities.

Who It’s For: 

Although it’s recommended for all skin types, I would recommend this more to those who are 30+ just because I think they will benefit more from this than someone younger. That is not to say that if you are younger, you can’t use this. You totally could and would likely benefit from it, but I just think this is more geared toward more mature ladies. Although I think it may be beneficial for those with acne, the menthol in this may be drying to some. It may work well for those who struggle with redness and/or rosacea.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Oatmeal – Calms redness, inflammation and breakouts.
  • Sage Extract – Beneficial for breakouts, calms inflammation and redness, and provides a tingling cooling effect.
  • Citrus Bioflavinoids – Brightens dull complexion and helps assist with cell turnover and repair scarring.
  • Squalane – Similar to natural skin oils and is readily accepted by body, hence making it an effective skin moisturizer

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Nice Tingling Effect
  • Detoxes the skin nicely while also exfoliating gently with jojoba beads (Scrub + Mask in 1)
  • Calms Inflammation and Redness
  • Cleans pores out
  • Encourages Cell Regeneration and Turnover

Product Cons: 

  • Black Licorice type scent may be a turn off to some
  • Formula includes Menthol Crystals, D&C Green #5, FD&C Yellow #5 which may be unfavorable to some
Price: $30-$44

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I like this mask. It’s definitely not a favorite for me, but I can see how a lot of people would love this. I know so many people who love masks that are cooling (note : my mom is one of them!), but I am just not that into it. That being said, I love the pore cleansing powers this mask has and I may use it just for that alone. It would likely combat breakouts really well and the ingredients are promising to prevent premature wrinkles or treat any lines or sagging issues with aging skin. I also think it would calm redness a bit as well. I love that the mask includes beads so it’s a mask + scrub in one. I just like this sort of thing as I feel it adds value for the money spent. All in all, a pretty decent face mask for all types, but with emphasis on more mature skin.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

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To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Astara Skincare Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: this moisturizer (as seen above), the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash (see review here) and the Activated Sea Mineral Mask (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

The richest and most concentrated of our replenishing moisturizers, this triple-action treatment simultaneously stimulates cellular regeneration, protects against free radicals, and intensely hydrates to restore youthful suppleness and radiance to mature and very dry skins.


My Experiences:

I really enjoy the texture of this cream a lot. In fact, I was bummed when I discovered this is likely too rich for my skin type, at least at my age. As a girl in my 20’s with oily combination skin that is very acne prone and reactive, this was just too rich for me. It gave me 2 spots during my trial run with this which I was pretty bummed about. My mom, on the other hand, loves this cream and finds it gives her a next day glow if she uses it at night. I think it should mainly be used by those with more mature skin types or otherwise those with dry or combination to dry skin types. These are the types that will get the most out of the fantastic ingredients in this formula. There are lots of plant extracts that work to brighten the complexion while shea butter and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) work well together to hydrate and firm the skin as they protect from free radicals. It is a very nourishing cream, though it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on the skin either. It is absorbed right away. I just wish my skin could handle it!

Who It’s For:  

It says it’s for all skin types, but I would recommend this more for combination to dry, dry, and mature skin types.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Wild Yam & Evening Primrose – Very soothing, both of these ingredients are calming and nourishing to the skin. They also help with hormonal balance which is especially helpful during that lucky time of the month or those going through the change of life (menopause). Evening primrose is also known to brighten the complexion.
  • Shea Butter – A very hydrating ingredient, shea butter helps lock in moisture to the skin. It is very rich and provides protection against free radicals.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Also known as hyaluronic acid, this ingredient is naturally occurring in the body and helps to moisturize skin without being overly greasy or heavy. It helps regenerate cells, encourage collagen production, and is very easily absorbed by the skin.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Harmful Dyes and Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Includes many nourishing ingredients in the formula for optimal hydration and suppleness.
  • Many plant extracts brighten and tone the skin for overall radiance
  • Evening primrose calms hormonal outbreaks while also moisturizing and calming the complexion.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) helps hydrate skin, assist with cell turnover, and encourage collagen production.
  • Light, Pleasant Scent
  • Creamy Smooth Texture

Product Cons: 

  • Too Rich for Oily, Oily/Combination or some reactive acne prone skin types
  • May be Expensive to Some
Price: $53-$79

 Final Thoughts:

All in all, this cream is really great, just not great for me. Clearly it will do worlds of good for someone who has more mature skin or drier skin. If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, I would go with something a little lighter than this cream as I really feel this is much too rich for oilier skin types. It did make me break out a little during my testing (2 weeks), but it was not an allergic reaction and other than the 2 spots, there really was no irritation caused by this. I really wish that this would work with my skin because the consistency of this cream feels very luxurious and smooth, but thankfully, my mom now has a new cream and mask that she won’t stop raving about.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

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To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Astara Skincare Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash Review

Recently, I was very fortunate to receive 3 samples from Astara Skincare to try and review for you guys: the Radiance Renewal Moisturizer (see review here), this awesome body wash (as seen above), and the Activated Sea Mineral Mask (see review here).

I hope you enjoy!

Product Claims : 

Formulated in a sulfate-free base of Aloe Vera, Sea Kelp and essential oils, the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash gently cleanses the skin of impurities, leaving it balanced, refreshed and energized.

My Experiences: 

As someone with really dry skin (on my body, that is), this body wash was a godsend. It is so gentle, but with a nice lather and really hydrates my skin as it cleanses. It smells pleasant, but not overpowering and comes out feeling like a smooth aloe vera gel type liquid that moisturizes without being oily or leaving any kind of residue. I also used this in my bath a few times and the experience was very pleasant. The scent was very relaxing and I felt the bath helped detox, yet moisturize my skin during the soak so that when I was finished, my skin felt really nice and clean without feeling dry. This was truly my favorite item out of the 3 Astara Skincare samples that I received and I would definitely purchase this item in the future.

Who It’s For: Anyone.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Aloe Vera provides profound moisture and soothing properties
  • Kelp has iodine to deliver maximum vitamins and minerals to skin
  • White Tea extract is teeming with antioxidant polyphenols to neutralize free radicals.
  • Organic essential oils of lavender, rosemary, sweet basil enliven and revive the spirit.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Artificial Colors, Dyes or Harmful Preservatives

Product Pros:

  • Soothing Aloe Vera Base is very gentle, hydrating and calming so anyone can use it
  • White tea extract protects the skin from free radicals
  • Body wash is sulfate free so it’s not drying or stripping your skin of natural oils
  • Can be used for bubble bath or normal body wash which adds multi-use value to product

Product Cons: 

  • May be Considered Expensive to Some
Price: $22-$38

Final Thoughts:

This is truly one of the nicer body washes I have ever tried. I actually have a problem finding body soap/wash/whatever a lot of the time because most are too harsh for my skin. Either they include some artificial fragrance or dye or include drying sulfates so I end up not being able to use them no matter how much I enjoy the scent or lather. This is a nice sulfate free body wash and it still has a nice lather as opposed to some sulfate free products that just feel like they sit on your skin and rinse off and never absorb into it. It smells nice, but it’s not overwhelming and I love the idea of the hydrating aloe vera juice base. I will likely purchase this again in the future.

Where to Find:

You can find Radiance Renewal Intense Moisturizer on the Astara Skincare website – here.

OVERALL RATING: 10/10

Have you ever tried Astara Skincare?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

To Learn More About Astara Skincare, Click Here.

That’s All for Now!

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Astara Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream Review

 So, recently, I was very lucky to receive a very generous sample from Egyptian Magic to review for this blog. I actually had written them because I have been wanting to try this cream for a long time. Given the huge reputation they seem to have among cult beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some to try so I could review it for you guys!

Product Claims : They have so many claims under their belt from celebrities, celeb makeup artists, etc. to testimonials of scar healing, wound healing, and the successful treatment of psoriasis and eczema, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream has been endorsed by celebrities, models and doctors alike.

…Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is made with the blessings and guidance of our ancestors and with the following pure ingredients: olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis and Divine love. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is sold through upscale health food stores, homeopathic pharmacies, and estheticians’ offices. In addition gynecologists, plastic surgeons, homeopathic physicians, chiropractors from all over the world sell Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice.”…

My Experiences: I really have my reservations about products like these. Yes, I was so excited to try it given the cult-ish type devotion some people have to it, but I was also worried I might be disappointed. That being said, when I received it, I dove right in! I can now say I AM A BELIEVER! I really love love love this cream! I have had chronic dry skin patches on my arms and neck and this really helps with the dryness! I don’t know if it will cure the dryness over time, but I definitely see a huge difference in such a short amount of time. Where most lotions will moisturize the patches for the moment and return to patchiness an hour later, or worse make me peel. This cream hydrates and protects long term and my skin looks better the morning after instead of returning to its previous dry state!

Also, I can use this cream anywhere. I have tested this on my body with great results as well as my face, hands and hair. If you subscribe, you know I have pretty reactive acne-prone skin. This did NOT break me out! This really surprised me a lot because the consistency of this cream looks and FEELS a lot like petroleum jelly, although without the left behind residue or annoying oily feeling. On the contrary, it helped clear some little breakouts I had and gave me a glow in the morning when I put it on before bed! I used it twice as a hair mask before showering and shampooing it out and I really felt that my hair was softer, more manageable (especially in the detangling area where I constantly battle breakage!) and more nourished. I even used this once as an overnight lip treatment to help with some chapped lips to great effect!

Lastly, it features a host of much better-for-you ingredients and a little bit goes a long way! I truly love this cream. I think I will permanently stock this cream in my medicine cabinet as a healthier petroleum jelly replacement. The one thing I did not particularly like about this cream is the odd olive/honey mixture smell. It is sort of off putting and strange to my senses, but honestly, with all the benefits that this cream offers, I really couldn’t care less about the smell. It goes away once this cream sinks in anyhow and since I mostly wear it at night for overnight repair, I really do not care at all!

Who It’s For: I truly believe anyone can use this. From babies to adults, those with sensitive acne prone skin, dry skin or whatever type of skin you have, I really think anyone could benefit from this cream. It has such basic, recognizable and natural ingredients that I  believe it can be safe for use on children and young toddlers.

Best Uses:

  • Overnight Repair Hydration Cream
  • Repair Moisture Barrier Cream
  • Petroleum Jelly Replacement
  • Cuts, Scrapes, & Minor Burns
  • Treatment for Chapped, Cracked Lips

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Honey – A natural humectant (attracts moisture), honey is beneficial for a host of skin and hair  concerns including acne, dry skin, hair damage and/or breakage and wrinkles. With its antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, it protects against unwanted acne-causing bacteria while treating breakouts and also helps to protect skin from free radical damage. Honey is great for hydrating thirsty
  • Royal Jelly –  Royal jelly, a natural secretion from worker bees, provides great health and skin benefits including supporting skin cell regeneration and tissue repair, wound healing, and balancing hormones (including during that time of the month!) in order to prevent skin emergencies like breakouts!
  • Olive Oil – Used for thousands of years for its hydrating properties, olive oil is high in EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which help to repair and nourish skin and hair. Also known for antioxidant powers, olive oil protects against premature aging and offers a small amount of sun protection (DO NOT USE AS A SUNBLOCK/SUNSCREEN REPLACEMENT! NOT ENOUGH PROTECTION TO BE USED AS A REPLACEMENT- STILL WEAR SUNSCREEN/SUNBLOCK THANKS!).

Ingredient List:

  • olive oil
  • bees wax
  • honey
  • bee pollen
  • royal jelly
  • bee propolis

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Preservatives
  • Parabens
  • Artificial Ingredients
  • Synthetic Ingredients

Product Pros:

  • All Natural & Recognizable Ingredients
  • All Purpose Cream Perfect for Cuts, Scrapes, Minor Burns, Damaged Hair, Split Ends Sealer, Lip Treatment, Dry Skin, Acne & Redness
  • Thick Balm-Like Formula – A little bit goes a LONG way
  • Loved & Used by Celebrities, Models, Doctors, Celeb Makeup Artists & Cult Beauty Enthusiasts Alike
  • Can Be Used As Natural Replacement for Petroleum Jelly

Product Cons: 

  • May be Considered Expensive to Some
  • Not Enough Size Variety (Only Available in 2, 4, or 8 Oz.)
  • Smell May be a turn off for some
Price:
  • $24.80 for 2 Oz.
  • $37.20 for 4 Oz.
  • They also have bi-monthly or monthly payment plans where you save a bit more if you go that route.

Final Thoughts:

I really feel that this cream lived up to my expectations and then some. Not only did it soothe the dry skin on my body, it also helped clear a breakout I had on my chin, healed my chapped lips, moisturized my hands, and nourished my damaged hair! I haven’t really had a chance to try it on any cuts or scrapes, but I have a feeling it would work great! I really love that this cream has a short list of ingredients that I can easily recognize. I don’t have to google anything on the list to figure out what it is and I love that because I really feel secure using this on myself and others, including when my younger brother visits and takes any one of his frequent falls during sports. I don’t have to think twice about using it. I actually already ordered a replacement jar of this cream – 1 to keep in my medicine cabinet for emergencies and 1 for the dry spots on my body. I highly recommend this cream to anyone and everyone, especially those who use petroleum jelly to try this instead as a healthier alternative!

Where to Find:

You can find Egyptian Magic Skin Creamhere – on their website. Otherwise, you can also find it on Ebay, Amazon, or at Vitacost.

OVERALL RATING: 10/10

Have you experienced Egyptian Magic Skin Cream?

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To Learn More About the History Behind Egyptian Magic Cream , Click Here .

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free sample that was sent to me from Egyptian Magic to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

The Best Face Primer for Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin: Korres Vitamin E Silicone Free Mattifying Face Primer

For the longest time, I never used makeup primers because all the ones I tried would break me out.

I have VERY reactive skin.

My skin breaks out if I look at it the wrong way.

Seriously.

Anyway, so I have tried a LOT of makeup primers with such horrible results.

Sure, they looked great on, but within a day or even a few hours I was combating a bad breakout or at least one or two painful spots. Even the primers that claimed to be anti-acne or infused with some acne treatment formula still made my skin freak out.

Finally, after much facial pain and suffering, lots of lost cash, and 5 unused re-gifted primers later, I found the perfect face primer: Korres Vitamin E Silicone Free Mattifying Face Primer with Pomegranate.

Application Instructions from Korres: 

Apply a pearl-size amount to face before applying foundation.

Product Claims : 

If your symptoms are visible pores, unwanted shine, and an overall makeup meltdown, then Korres has the remedy for you. This clinically proven, universally nude Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. The 94% natural, non-comedogenic formula is water-based so it allows skin to breathe and never clogs pores.

My Experiences: 

I have had nothing but good experiences with this primer. I originally bought it from Sephora after the Cover FX Anti Acne Primer broke me out really horribly. What I initially loved about this primer is that it is silicone free so it is much less likely to clog your pores as other makeup primers might. Many makeup primers include silicone because it fills in your pores, but it also blocks them in turn, and can create a lot of skin issues for you if you are sensitive to ingredients as I am.

When I first applied this primer, I was surprised that it has such a nice finish. It really makes your skin look more even toned, vibrant and hydrated. Makeup goes on great over this primer as well and, even though it touts itself as a mattifying primer, it is not drying to the skin in the least. Another thing I love about this primer is that it is made with natural ingredients, some of which include great benefits to your skin while you wear it. I feel like it works much like skincare, but with makeup functionality.

The formula includes pomegranate extract which is rich in vitamins A, C & E so you get antioxidant protection from pollution and other free radicals as well as skin nourishment. It also includes 5% willow bark extract and 5% witch hazel flower water, both of which are known to help with breakouts, irritation and oiliness.

Who It’s For: 

In my honest opinion, this primer is for anyone, but those who will benefit the most are those with oily, acne prone, reactive, or sensitive skin types. This primer will NOT break you out or irritate your skin. One of the main reasons why is because it is silicone free, an ingredient often included in primers to “fill” pores (or block them, as I see it!) which can break a LOT of people out. If you have large pores, though, there is good news. According to Korres, you, too, should use this primer if you have enlarged pores!

Best Uses:

 I have experimented loads with this primer. I think it works really well as intended as a makeup base primer, but it also works well to seal in your nighttime skincare products, especially as it has beneficial ingredients in the formula and it won’t irritate your skin.

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Pomegranate Extract – Rich in vitamins A, C & E. Provides antioxidant benefits and Korres says it will “tighten pores” as well
  • 5% Willow Bark Extract – Balances the skin and treats breakouts
  • Rice Starch – Absorbs excess oil and softens the skin
  • 5% Witch Hazel Flower Hydrosol Water – “Mattifies and tightens the skin without stripping natural oils”

Ingredient List: 

Water Dicaprylyl Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water, Cetiaryl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Nylon-12. Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Benzyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cellulose Gum, Lactic Acid, Tocopheral, Sodium Phytate, Maltodextrin, Punica Granatum Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica.

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Petrochemicals
  • Phthalates
  • GMOs
  • Triclosan

Product Pros:

  • Silicone Free – Will Not clog pores
  • Ingredients are Beneficial to Skin as well, especially vitamins A, C & E
  • Great Finish Mattifies Skin without being drying
  • Smells like Grapefruit
  • Has a Nice Finish
  • Evens Skin Tone

Product Cons: 

  • May be Considered Expensive for Some
  • May Not be Mattifying Enough for Very Oily Types
  • Some May not Like Scent of Product

Final Thoughts:

In summation, I am really glad a primer like this is available. That I know of, it is the only silicone free primer on the market, or at least the only one that advertises as such. I really love that I can still get a nice matte, yet hydrated and even finish from this primer without harmful, pore clogging ingredients. I love that it includes skin beneficial ingredients that will improve my skin in the long term. Although it does cost $33, which may seem like a lot for some, I have had mine for about 6 months and I am barely running out now so, for me, it is  good value for the money.

Where to Find:

You can find the Korres Vitamin E Silicone Free Primer on the Korres website if you are not in the USA or at Sephora (where I bought mine).

OVERALL RATING: 10/10

Have you ever tried any Korres products?

What are your favorites?

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

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.

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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!

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