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Tan Organic - 1st Day of Christmas Giveaways - StorybookApothecary.com

It has begun!

The first giveaway of 12 in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Event!

If you missed my post, definitely click the link above so you can get the 411 on what brands are up for grabs!

I won’t be telling you which specific items are up for grabs until the giveaways go live because, well, I thought surprising you would be fun!

Definitely check back every day to enter a new giveaway for 12 days straight here on Storybook Apothecary – I’ll be giving away loads of amazing goodies from all my favorite brands!

Anyhow, onto today’s giveaway!

Today’s gift that’s up for grabs is the Tan Organic Natural Sunless Tanning Spray. You may remember me reviewing this lovely product over the past Summer. If not, check out my review for it here and then come back to enter once you see how brilliant it is!

If you want the gist on this amazing tanner, it’s an all natural, award-winning organic sunless tanning spray that hails straight from Ireland. It’s simple to use and gives a lovely, natural looking tan that is very easy to build up and looks so good, but without the sun damage!

Special thanks to Tan Organic for sponsoring this and sending me the item for giveaway – I truly appreciate it very much!

Sign up for the giveaway through rafflecopter – Enter Here!

Please Note – This giveaway and all the giveaways I’ll be holding every day for 12 days are Flash Giveaways – They will only be open for entries for 48 Hours so do Enter Right Away if you want a great chance at winning!

This giveaway closes December 7th, 2012.

Stay tuned here every day for 12 days straight for more chances to win great beauty (& a few jewelry!) items!

Get Tan Organic Sunless Tanning Spray FREE With Purchase Of OilArganic!

Tan Organic is having a special deal!

If you purchase their New OilArganic, a moisturizing complex of 8 plant oils and rose fragrance meant to condition hair, skin and nails while it also diminishes stretch marks and scars, you can get a Full Size bottle of Tan Organic FREE! If you haven’t yet discovered the awesome-ness that is Tan Organic, check out my original post on it – here!

Check out the special – Here!

I Love ILIA Beauty!

I was super lucky (and extremely happy!) to get a hold of these 2 samples for blog review recently and I am so excited to share them with you!

If you haven’t heard of ILIA Beauty, they are an ethical and sustainable beauty brand with a focus on combining organic ingredients with contemporary fashion. They use 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals in their beauty formulas so their products work to nourish your skin while you wear them.

I received one of their Tinted Lip Conditioners in Blossom Lady and a Multi-stick (Lip, Cheeks, Eyes, etc.) in I Put a Spell On You.

My thoughts on ILIA are they have seriously covered all the bases with their products, at least the two I’ve had the chance to try out. The formulas are extremely smooth and the Multi-Stick has just the right amount of shimmer without being glittery to give off a nice glow, but not exacerbate or give unwanted attention to breakouts or scarring. Also, unlike some multi-stick types, this works well as a cheek tint over face powder without giving your powder a caked over look when applied which I find seriously impressive! As a cream shadow, it looks pigmented, natural and pretty. It definitely requires a primer to avoid near instant creasing, but that’s to be expected with a cream type product in my opinion. As an eye shadow primer, it works great as well. It works nicely on the lips, though not as moisturizing as the lip conditioner, but still quite nice for an all-in-one type product and still beats most others I’ve tried.

The Tinted Lip Conditioner is SO creamy, subtle and lovely. It’s pretty much the exact opposite of your typical lipstick. It seriously offers some much needed moisture to my lips while lending a really natural color. It’s very wearable for day or nighttime and I’ve taken to keeping it in my makeup bag so I can reapply this throughout the day. I love that it’s pretty much a lip balm with color. It looks somewhere between a matte and a cream base and isn’t drying at all like most lipsticks tend to be.



Blossom Lady (Left), I Put a Spell On You (Right)

I highly recommend these two because they work well together, alone, or with other makeup products and they are made with a lot of integrity – sustainable, ethical and 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals in every product they release.

To see all ILIA Beauty products – click here!

Have you tried anything by ILIA Beauty?

What are your thoughts on these types of makeup products – Unnecessary or Awesome?

Get A Super Safe and Sexy Glow with Tan Organic’s 100% Natural Sunless Spray Tanner Review + GIVEAWAY !

A month or so ago, I was given the chance to try this incredible sunless spray tanner from TanOrganic, an Irish company that offers the first ever sunless tanning product made from 95% certified organic ingredients and is 100% natural. Created by one Irish woman’s quest for the most natural fake tan on the market, this has won many awards including the Irish Times Best Tan / Value Award for 2011. Check out what other awards they’ve won – here.  It comes in a very sturdy glass spray bottle and each order right now comes with a free TanErase Ultimate Exfoliator, a tool used to remove the tanner from your skin. Also, they offer a Tanning Mitt  (pictured below) you can purchase to help with the application of this sunless spray tanner, if you like. Personally, they didn’t send me one to use, so I just used those disposable latex gloves, but if you prefer to have your own dedicated tanning applicator mitt, theirs is decently priced.

Anyhow, on with the review! The texture of this spray is really very water, easily spreadable onto the skin and soaks right in with a bit of massaging. I actually find this to be a pretty fool proof product. Incredibly so, because I’ve tried many a drugstore fake tanner with disastrous results which is why I normally avoid a fake tan. They just make me look orange or, worse, dirty, but this one gives an amazingly realistic looking tan that I love!

First off, for application, I definitely recommend you either buy their tanning mitt or otherwise use some latex gloves to apply because it is a guarantee to stain your hands. That being said, it’s extremely easy to apply and you shouldn’t experience streaking at all as long as you spray an even layer thoroughly over your skin and massage it into your skin until it’s all soaked up. If you’re like me, prone to accidents and messes, you may want to consult their very helpful application demo video – here! It is also recommended that you apply it in circular motions, massaging it into the skin and then you have to wait 6-8 hours before rinsing it off. My advice – take a book or your laptop into the bathroom and hang out for a bit while you “tan” away. Once you’re done and all rinsed, be sure to use only gentle body and face washes as well as a lot of moisturizer to prolong the life of the tan.

All in all, this is a really great tan product!

I would actually go so far as to say this is THE BEST self tanning product I have ever tried.

It gives you a really natural and realistic looking tan without toxic or harmful ingredients and actually includes a lot of beneficial organic and natural ones – Aloe, Orange Peel, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ginger and Honey extracts among others which help to improve the skin’s condition while you achieve that perfect shade of Summer.

Plus, I really like that it comes out in a watery spray because its a lot easier to use than the mousse / cream / lotion varieties which seem to get onto every surface of my bathroom.

This is an especially awesome self tan product for those with fairer skin because it shows up. Often times, I’ve found that a lot of the self tanning products I’ve purchased in the past for “light” or “fair” tones just don’t show up at all and the “dark” tones make me look ridiculous. This one is just right and totally buildable if you’re on the darker side of things 😉 . I definitely recommend you check it out because it’s one of the safest ways to “tan” or even fake tan, is incredibly simple to use and has a lovely natural color for that Summer glow we all want without the damage.

Check it out – here! 

Learn more about TanOrganic – here! 

…And now onto the giveaway!

You have TanOrganic to thank for this, so please do show them love in the comments if you sign up because they have been extremely generous and sent me both a Full Sized bottle of TanOrganic Sunless Spray Tanner valued at $40 USD complete with a Self Tanning Mitt valued at $10 USD!

If you’re craving that Summer glow and you want a safer way to get that look, definitely sign up for your chance to win!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER For Your Chance to Win Your Own Tan Organic Spray Tanner and Tanning Mitt!

What do you think of Sunless spray tanners?

What’s your favorite tanning product?

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


Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser Review

I received this sample from Organic Pharmacy a few weeks back and truly have loved it.

It features a host of organic and natural ingredients that are very beneficial to the skin including Rosemary, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Sunflower Oil, and many more.

I actually tried this sample a few weeks back, but I just have not had a chance to write about it until now.

I really loved this cleanser, if you can call it that.

I do think that it must have cleansed my skin quite well because it cleared breakouts and did not cause new ones.

The formula itself is very gentle and softening to the skin.

It moisturized my skin as well and left it feeling very hydrated, but it hardly feels like a cleanser should feel in conventional terms.

As you can see, this cleanser comes in a jar and looks very much like a cleansing balm type.

It melts into an oil when rubbed between your fingers and then you can apply it to your face.

It literally feels like you’re applying some kind of thick oil moisturizer to your face when you use it, but not in a bad way, at least not in my opinion.

Although it did feel sort of strange to apply this cleanser to my face, it did cleanse well and once I rinsed my face, it felt very balanced and hydrated.

It does not foam or milk or anything, though, so if that’s something you must have in a cleanser, this one may not be for you.

 Also, if you are a hater of that “oily” feeling, you may want to avoid this, but if you can stand it, I definitely recommend you to give it a go.

Although the sample seems quite small, I was able to get about a week or so worth of use out of it.

I think any skin type could use this cleanser because it is really nourishing.

Drier skin types will need to follow with a moisturizer, but oilier skin types might be able to skip moisturizing altogether in the hotter months, if they like, because it is just that nourishing.

The only things I really don’t like about this hydrating cleanser are the price tag and the packaging.

Things that come in jars, unless they come with some sort of applicator tool, have a high rate of cross-contamination and bacteria spreading.

As much as I think it’s really beautiful, aesthetically, I just know it’s not very practical.

Also, this cleanser is very expensive, sitting firmly in the luxury skin care brand category, making it unlikely to be affordable to hardly anyone.

I think if you can afford it, then you should definitely try this out as it works very well.

It includes organic, natural, and top notch ingredients, but at nearly $64 USD, it is not realistically a plausible option for most.

I wish they sold smaller, more affordable sizes so their customer range could be more broad.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience with this unconventional cleanser and I really love the high quality organic ingredient list, but I cannot really justify the high price tag.

If you have cash to spare, definitely try this, if not, there are certainly more affordable organic options within your price range.

Check out the Carrot Butter Cleanser – here.

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 The Organic Pharmacy to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.