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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.

Swatches:

 

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.


 

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder

I am a huge fan of Juice Beauty products and this is one of my favorites in their line.

It is definitely my favorite blemish clearing powder on the market.

They may have been the ones to pioneer this type of powder, but I am really not sure as Bare Minerals and E.L.F. both have mineral powders that claim to do the same as this one, but which I tried and fell short in my opinion, though E.L.F. is definitely a cheaper option.

I tried this powder 2 separate times with various results, but I have used up both completely.

Application Instructions from Juice Beauty: 

The perfect addition to Juice Beauty’s Organics to Clear Skin regimen. For day wear, layer and finish with our Foundation or Powder. For night, use to calm and clear.

Product Claims :

 This on the spot Blemish Clearing Powder combines organic fruit extracts, minerals and bamboo powder to soothe, calm and clear blemishes, leaving your skin healed and concealed.

My Experiences: I tried this blemish clearing powder for the first time some time last year. I really loved it! It works well against breakouts, sets well over makeup, under makeup, or you can even wear this to sleep over your nighttime skincare. It is pretty light, but you can wear it alone if you want to go makeup free during the day as well. I love that it is made with mostly natural and organic ingredients, especially organic aloe powder and the various organic fruit extracts.This powder is really healing, not drying at all and has a nice finish to it.

My only real issue with this is that it is expensive ($29) for the amount you get, which is less than 1/2 Oz. It just was not cost effective for me to buy this every 2 months when I, inevitably, ran out. I do not mind dropping a large sum of money on my skincare or even makeup products when the product 1.) lives up to its promises and 2.) lasts a sufficient amount of time which, for me, is about 3 months. This powder lasts me like 1-2 months, if that, but if you can afford it, the powder is amazing. I would use it as a powder foundation, finishing powder and treatment for acne ALL THE TIME, but the size of this powder is just not economical for me.

Who It’s For: 

Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Powder is designed for oily, combination, and blemish prone skin types.

Blemished/Oily, Combination, Teen Acne & Blemishes, Adult Acne & Blemishes

Best Uses:

  • Worn over or under makeup or as a makeup replacement
  • Worn over nighttime skincare as a treatment
  • To Treat Occasional or Frequent Breakouts
  • As a Spot Treatment
  • To Heal and Calm Redness from Irritation or Rosacea
  • Blemished/Oily, Combination, Teen Acne & Blemishes, Adult Acne & Blemishes

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Organic Aloe Powder – Calms Redness and Irritation in Skin to help clear blemishes.
  • Organic Bamboo Powder – Soothes Irritation in Skin to clear breakouts.
  • Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil – Promotes Collagen Synthesis and Cell Turnover

Ingredient List: 

Organic powders of manihot esculenta (organic tapioca starch)*, zea mays (organic corn starch)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf powder)*, bambusa arundinaceae (bamboo powder), vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, tocopherol (vitamin E), ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil) May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides *certified organic by a USDA approved agency

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum
  • Alcohol (Except Denatured Alcohol)
  • Mineral Oil
  • Artificial Preservatives, Dyes or Fragrances

Product Pros:

  • Powder form is Easily Worn Under or Over Makeup or Alone as Makeup Replacement
  • Treats Breakouts, Spots, Redness and Rosacea, Calms Irritation and skin Inflammation.
  • Can be Worn Anytime – Night or Day
  • Calms Skin without Drying like many other powder treatments
  • Includes Natural & Organic Ingredients that heal the skin.

Product Cons: 

  • May be considered expensive to some
  • Small size (less than 1 Oz.) may not be considered economical

Final Thoughts:

I really love this powder. Not only does this powder clear my breakouts quickly and without causing any dryness, but the finish is awesome and matte, which I love. I love that the ingredients are natural and organic. The ingredients include organic aloe and bamboo, which I know help to calm redness and irritation. I also love that they include organic pomegranate seed oil to help with collagen synthesis because it means I’m getting both an acne and wrinkle treatment in this powder. I would permanently use it as a mineral foundation replacement if it came in a larger size, but unfortunately, it does not.

I really hate that this comes in such a small size (.35 Oz.) because it’s not economical for me. I wish that it was a larger size so it would last me a longer amount of time. Then I would be able to justify spending nearly $30 USD on it if it lasted me a few months. When I used this, it barely lasts me a month when I have bad breakouts and it lasts me about 2 when I spot treat. That being said, if you can afford it, it is SO worth it!

For anyone with occasional breakouts and spots, this is the perfect way to treat them! It’s not drying, irritating, and it won’t make you peel. I wore this over makeup, under makeup, as a makeup replacement, and to bed. It never broke me out, it looked great with my makeup, though if you don’t like a matte finish, you may not like it. For someone like me, especially in summertime when I’m battling oily shine, I love it.

Where to Find:

You can find Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder – here – on their website or otherwise at Sephora, Beauty.com, SkinStore.Com, or Birchbox.com.

OVERALL RATING: 9/10

Have you experienced Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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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.

My First Guest Post

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you guys that I’ve just done my first guest posting on my fellow blogger, Helene @HealthyFrenchie’s blog.

I am SO excited!

I hope you guys will check out my post on health and wellness on her page – here!

I hope you enjoy reading and be sure to follow her as her posts are always great as well!

That’s all for now.

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll Talk To You Soon! : ]

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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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