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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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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

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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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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I get a lot of questions from readers asking me what cleansers would work best for their skin type so I thought I would post a few of my favorites that will work for one or more skin types so there are multiple options to choose from. I tried to keep everything on the affordable side, though some are more pricey. I hope you enjoy!

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Original Konjac Sponge; $9

ALL SKIN TYPES, EVEN SENSITIVE

This is a great one for all skin types! It’s super gentle, mildly exfoliating and non-irritating even for those with sensitive skin. You can even get these with different clays in them, if you like, depending on your skin type. Check those out here. This is a great cleansing tool + cleanser in one if you like to keep your routine simple, yet effective. Check out my review on this original sponge here!

Suti CLEANSE Organic Balm; £26.00

ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY DRY, SENSITIVE, ACNE PRONE & ROSACEA TYPES

This is seriously one of my favorites! I think this could also work for any skin type as well. It’s a bit more on the expensive side of things, but it works incredibly well and is worth the price to me. If you have oily or combination to oily skin, you’ll want to use this with the muslin cloth to get more exfoliation and cleansing action, but if you’re more on the dry or sensitive side of things, you can simply massage this into your skin and rinse with warm water then pat dry. Check out my full review here.

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; 24.50

ALL SKIN TYPES EXCEPT DRY & HYPER-SENSITIVE TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR ACNE PRONE & OILY SKIN TYPES!

Another new favorite, this one is great for all skin types, though I don’t recommend it to anyone who has a sensitivity to essential oils or to someone with dry skin. This is really cleansing and creamy, but it’s not super nourishing so if you need that extra moisture, it’s better to go with the Suti CLEANSE, the AB Cleansing Oil or LN Vitalising Cleanser (see below). This one works especially well for those with combination to oily or oily skin and is really effective for those with clogged pores or acne. This gentle cleanse + exfoliate combo is great for clearing the skin. Check out my full review on this here. 

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Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser; $35

ALL SKIN TYPES, EXCEPT SUPER OILY TYPES.

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES!

This is a really nourishing cleanser! It’s super gentle so it would be great for those with dry skin, sensitive skin or combination skin in the winter. I also find it’s nice to use when my combo to oily skin is looking particularly red or irritated because it helps to calm things down a lot. The scent in this is super subtle and there’s no sulfate or foaming; it actually just feels like a light, easily absorbed lotion only you rinse after. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and hydrated. See my full review here.

Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil; $102

ALL SKIN TYPES

If you’ve been following for awhile, you may know about my love for cleansing oils. If not, well, I love them! They are great for all skin types most of the time and they work so well at balancing the skin out, whether your problem is dryness, oiliness, clogged pores or redness. I love cleansing oils for when my skin is just completely out of whack and off balance. It’s a great way to balance everything out and calm any irritations. Plus, cleansing oils, a lot of the time, are easily absorbed into the skin and help to cleanse the skin without stripping anything from it. Also, they work well as an all-in-one type makeup remover and cleanser. Just be sure to do it 2x! See my full review for this cleansing oil here.

AMPM Wakeup Skin Smooth Washing Powder

NARUKO AMPM Wakeup Skin Smoothing Washing Powder; $14

OILY TO COMBINATION SKIN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH ACNE PRONE SKIN

NOT FOR DRY OR SENSITIVE TYPES

I love to use washing powders during hot, humid months when my skin is super oily and has a tendency to get congested. This is a great way to gently exfoliate the skin without being harsh while getting a good cleanse in. Plus, this one is only mildly foaming so it’s not as harsh as the OTC drugstore acne cleansers that can do more harm than good with their crap ingredients. This one includes rice powder and other ingredients to gently cleanse, smooth, and brighten the skin. See my full review on this here.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser; $15

ALL SKIN TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

GREAT FOR MAKEUP REMOVAL

This is an old favorite! It’s really great for any skin type, but it works especially well for those with sensitive skin or if you like to use a separate cleanser for makeup removal, this is a nice one. It smells really super fresh (actually true lol) – just like cucumbers. It’s very mild and more milky than foamy so it’s non-stripping to the skin. This is a really nice gel type textured cleanser and is great if you’re someone who doesn’t want to strip the skin of it’s natural oils, but also hates the oily feel of cleansing oils or balms. This one is a nice middle ground that will leave your skin cleansed, but not tight or dry. See my full review on this here.

What’s your favorite go-to cleanser?

New Gift Sets At Max Green Alchemy!

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Max Green Alchemy, especially their lovely Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner (Click Here for that Review!) which are incredibly effective, gentle and made with all plant-derived ingredients. That being said, I’m very close to running out of both of these and I discovered some brand New kits being offered over on MaxGreenAlchemy.Com at great prices, allowing you to try the shampoo and conditioner as well as your choice of Skin Rescue Shower Gelee or Scalp Rescue Styling Gel. One kit features these in trial type travel sizes and the other in all full sizes at really great prices.

Check them out! 

Natural Care Travel Gift Bag; $15.49 – $15.99 USD

Natural Care Gift Box; $46.99 – $48.99 USD

Definitely pick up one of these sets to try out their products if you haven’t already, otherwise the full sized gift box is a great way to get them at awesome prices! I’m certainly going to purchase one by the end of today as I really need to stock up!

To Shop All Max Green Alchemy products, Click Here!

Have you tried any Max Green Alchemy products?

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I post sales, specials and other promotions as a way to pass on the beauty goodness to readers, nothing else. My opinion and posts are always 100% honest and my own.

Nourish Your Skin with Metamour Skincare

I was recently able to get my hands on some samples from Metomour  Skincare, a natural cruelty free skincare brand based in Santa Barbara, CA.

I was able to try this lovely Creme Cleanser from the Imortelle line and I was very impressed by the gentle, healing properties of this cleanser . It feels a lot like a creamy lotion and you have to really massage it into the skin to reap the benefits of this, but it works quite well to leave you with hydrated, supple and glowing skin. I highly recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin, sensitive skin or rosacea irritations. For those with combination skin, I would recommend this only when your skin is on the dry side or if you live in a reasonably cool climate. I used it for about a week and it worked well for me when my skin was on the drier side and actually left me with a beautiful glow, but when it got hotter later in the week, it made me break out. It is important to note that I live in Southern California where we are currently having extremely high temperatures of 90-100 F every day. I think this cleanser works really well, but in this heat, it’s too much for my skin. So for those of you with very oily skin, you may want to avoid this in the summertime in you live in an extremely hot climate like I do, otherwise you should be just fine. In the Winter, I think this would work well for any skin type.

Check out the Immortelle line – here! 

I was also able to try the Botanique Antioxidant Serum as well which is safer for all skin types, including those with oily skin. This comes in a really adorable cardboard tube that is super cute! It is meant to help heal, hydrate, and protect against UV damage and premature aging. I definitely like the texture of this serum, it feels really hydrating and light, but still very nourishing. You really have to massage this into the skin, but it feels really nice and has a pleasant, but not overwhelming scent to it. I recommend this to those with normal to dry skin and combination skin during winter. It does feel a bit much when it’s very hot like it has been, but very gentle. I would not recommend this to those with acne prone skin and those with oily or combination acne prone skin types may find this to be a bit much, especially in the Summertime, but it depends, again, on the specific climate you live in. It is possible that some may be able to hand this in the Summer and especially in the winter, but for my acne prone sensitive skin, it was a bit much. Others may be suited to this skin if they have oily or acne prone skin, but not sensitive skin like me. If your skin will tolerate it, it has amazing abilities to hydrate, heal and lend that beautiful dewy glow we all want for our skin! I seriously wish my skin would obey my wishes, but alas, you can’t win them all. Thankfully, my sister has been testing this alongside me and loves the glow she’s getting from using it so I’ll be passing it along to her!

Check out the Botanique 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 Metamour Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

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.