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Happy Friday Everyone!

We’re officially a week away from Black Friday!

If you haven’t yet signed up for my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway, you may want to do so SOON as time is running out!

 I know a lot of you either can’t go out for Black Friday because you’re in another country and there may not be many deals going on locally or otherwise because you’re smart and want to avoid the insanity that comes with this crazy day and that’s totally understandable, but why should you miss out on the deals?

So, for that reason, today’s post is some awesome Black Friday beauty sales that will be happening online and which you can take advantage of despite not being in physical stores. I may post more on this as the sales are released, but here are some exciting ones to put on your list for next week & even an EXCLUSIVE coupon code for Storybook Apothecary readers!

Read On for the Deals!

NARS Cosmetics – Here’s one I’m really excited for! The entire NARS website will be 20% OFF! Awesome, right? I’m currently testing out a sample of their Sheer Glow Foundation – so far so good – review soon lovelies so stay tuned!

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Alima Pure –  I believe there will be some other specials going on as well (don’t quote me on this!) , but I do know they will be doing a GWP* for all purchases of $45 or more which is fantastic! I wonder what the gift is! Unfamiliar with their lovely line? Check out my posts on them – here. 

(GWP = gift with purchase*)

Max Green Alchemy – All the lovely people at MGA are capping shipping costs at $5 for ALL orders (free for orders over $150) from Black Friday to Cyber Monday! Spend your money on all their fantastic goodies & save big on shipping! Unsure what they have to offer? Check out my reviews – here.

The Body Shop – Although some restrictions apply, for Black Friday ONLY (Nov. 23rd), their entire site will be 3 for $30!! Obviously not everything is included in the deal, but STILL!

Folica – From Nov. 21-25, use the code TURKEY to get $25 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping. From Nov. 26-28, get $25 off of $75 and free shipping with the code TURKEYDEAL.

Smashbox – From November 22-25th, they will be holding their friends and family sale so you can get 20% OFF their entire site!

Bambola Beauty – Get 30% OFF everything at Bambola Beauty when you use coupon code: Super at checkout! Valid through December 1, 2012. Check out my review on Bambola Beauty – here.

Rainwater Botanicals – Take 15% OFF your entire order this Black Friday! From Midnight to Midnight PST. Use the Coupon Code “BLACK” to redeem + Free Shipping on U.S. orders of $200 or more and $10 off shipping on International orders or $200 or more. This sale is good in our Etsy store only. Shipping charges will be refunded for orders or $200 or more. If you’re unfamiliar with Rainwater Botanicals, check out original my post on them – here.

Hip Apotheca – Get 15% OFF when you use the coupon code – “HOORAY.” They carry some awesome natural brands such as Antipodes, Figs & Rouge, Mai Couture, One Love Organics, Pai Skincare, Revolution Organics & Mbeze.

Vive Sana – Get 25% OFF when you use the EXCLUSIVE Storybook Apothecary coupon code – “storybook25”. Offer expires December 3rd, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar, check out the review I did on their amazing sunscreen – here.

I’ll keep an eye out for more online Black Friday sales & post on them as they come, but definitely take advantage of these ones! I know I will be shopping online while I wait in line haha.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

What Sales Are You Most Looking Forward To This Black Friday – If you do plan on shopping in physical stores, that is?

I’m sooo excited for Christmas!

I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but I just get more jazzed about Christmas than Thanksgiving for some reason and it probably has a lot to do with all of the Christmas themed beauty sets they come out with around this time that get me into the spirit!

You know, and all the fireplace scent in cold air, candy canes, tea, and all that jazzy stuff too!

So, with that, here’s 20 of my favorite gift sets, collections, etc. that would make lovely gifts for someone this holiday season!

Give Me Some Lip Sephora Favorites; $25

e.l.f. Nail Polish Cube - 14 pc

 

E.L.F. Nail Polish Cube; $10

 

Soap & Glory Shower Trip Set; $36

Burt's Bees Head to Toes

 

Burt’s Bees Head to Toes; $12.39

Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set; $54

Rosehip 3-Step Facial Set - Limited Edition

 

Pai Rosehip 3-Step Facial Set – Limited Edition; $40

 

Fresh Sugar Berry Merriment Set; $28

The Serenity and Relaxation Kit

 

Dr. Hauschka The Serenity and Relaxation Kit; $29.95

 

Disney’s Cinderella Collector’s Set; $125

24 Days of Christmas with Liz Earle

 

24 Days of Christmas with Liz Earle; £100

 

Josie Maran Moroccan Bazaar Argan Skin & Hair Best Sellers Set; $39

Nourishing Facial Care Kit

 

Rainwater Botanicals Nourishing Facial Care Kit; $47

Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection; $42

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Paul & Joe – Limited Edition – Makeup Collection 2012 – Frozen Lilac; $65

 

Stila 5 Piece Christmas Brush Collection; $29.98

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Sara Happ – Red Velvet Gift Set; $40

 

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty; $44.98

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Smith’s Luscious Layers Gift Tin; $16

 

Macadamia Natural Oil Travel Set; $54.23

 

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Box; $90

What’s On Your Christmas List?

Be Sure to Sign Up for My Black Friday Beauty Giveaway Before It’s Too Late – here!

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a lovely week thus far and enjoying some cooler weather now November is here.

Personally, I’m super anxious about the election, but I’m happy as I’ve jumped back on the wagon that I fell off last week (see my post on it – here) and have happily ended last week and also started this week off fantastically with both healthy meals and workouts! So, I’m super thrilled on that end of things.

Anyway, so today’s post is all about being thankful. I am so super thankful to everyone who has supported this blog, especially the readers, but also to my fellow bloggers which brings me to the topic of today : blogger appreciation.

I know that I would never have been able to grow this blog and have such great experiences in blogging if it wasn’t for my fellow bloggers who guest posted here, allowed me to guest post on their blog, commented, encouraged me, gave tips and advice, and shared their experiences and expertise. I simply wouldn’t be where I am without them so, with that, I would like to give back a bit this month by promoting them on my Pinterest page!

So, if you’re a blogger and you have a favorite post you want to promote that has a photo on it, please comment below with your link and I’ll pin your blog to my Pinterest this November!

Otherwise, I’ll be going around all month long pinning some of my favorite blog posts from my fellow bloggers as well.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beauty blogger or some other kind of blogger, as long as you’re a follower of this blog and you have one yourself, link me below and I’ll pin you to a brand new Pinterest board on my Pinterest page which I’ll be calling “Blogger Love.”

You can follow me at StorybookBeauty on Pinterest, if you like, otherwise, just link below and thanks so much for all of your amazing support.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a nice rest this weekend and looking forward to a new week. I’ve just been relaxing all day and crafting some giveaways for the next 2 months so definitely stay tuned and subscribe so you’re the first to know about them! They’re going to be massive and, for one of them, you’ll have major input into the items up for grabs, but I don’t want to give away too much just yet! Rest assured, they will be awesome and lots of goodies will be in the pot. You can expect one of them to include items and brands I love and have reviewed on this blog, but the other giveaway will strictly include items you love and want to try so stay tuned!

Aside from that, I’ve been budgeting my own Christmas list and figuring out what things I want to gift to family and friends. I’ve been increasingly drawn to things I want to craft instead of purchase. I think it’s a fantastic way to save money and also personalize a gift to those you care for. You can see some great ideas for DIY gifts on Pinterest; that’s where I get the majority of my ideas anyway!!

So, with that, enjoy your Sunday and check out these posts you may have missed this past week!

Fun & Fashionable Halloween Costume Ideas

Easy & Cheap Halloween Decor Idea

Fun Fall Recipes to Try

My Hate for Cheap Drugstore Cleansers + Some Affordable Alternatives

Friends & Fans Sale At Alima Pure!

Unique Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired By TV, Films & Pop Culture

Beauty Products That Don’t Live Up to Their Hype

Peach & Lily Change the Way You Shop Asian Beauty

How’s your Sunday going?

Do anything fun this weekend?

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m back again with my favorites for winter, but this time it’s for beauty, and I’m featuring another one of my favorite blogger’s picks as well!

I hope you enjoy!

[Please Note – Click the product name links for full reviews]

Suvana Honey and Paw Paw Balm 

This is an amazing balm for healing, but I love it for healing and hydrating chapped lips! Organic and filled with top notch ingredients, this one is a must-have for me when the weather turns windy and cold.

Suti CLEANSE Organic Balm

love this cleansing balm! I am pretty sure it’s my favorite one…ever. It’s very hydrating, but it doesn’t leave any oily feeling onces rinsed off and dried. Your skin will simply feel renewed, hydrated and soft. Something to keep in mind with this one is that you’ll get more out of it if you massage it into your face for about a minute or so before rinsing.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

I recently discovered this one, but my love for Alpha-H has been plastered across this blog since I discovered them a few months ago! They seriously are amazing and super effective! This product is no different. It applies like a toner. You use a cotton pad to apply and leave on overnight. You only use it once every other day, but when you do, you use it alone. Using other products with it will diminish it’s effectiveness so if you can’t resist, try to apply it right before bed so you can just go to sleep right away. It’s totally worth it because your skin will look brighter, clearer and more even toned over time when you use this consistently.

And Now…

My Featured Blogger for Ask A Blogger:

Meet D from SweetJellyBean!

[Side Note – LOVE this photo of her! So artsy :-D]

Here Are Her Top 3 Beauty Essentials For Winter!

[For D’s full product reviews, click the links below]

Suti CLEANSE Organic Balm 

Suti Cleanse Balm (recommended by Tianna) is perfect when you have sensitive skin as its very gentle and nourishing, not to mention how lovely the smell is.

Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

Klairs Toner is a winner for me due to the fact that it has this cooling effect and makes your skin feel refreshed without drying it out.

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum

Now this is a one of a kind serum, since it looks like water with much thicker consistency and it’s not greasy. It’s also very moisturising for a serum so it’s a big plus since sometimes I use it on its own.

What are your Beauty Essentials for Winter?

Awards : One Lovely Blogger + Very Inspiring Blogger!

Yay! More Awards!

Thank you so much to SkinGoodness for these awards!

I really appreciate it and I always feel honored and special when another blogger recognizes me. It’s always nice to know people actually read my posts and enjoy them so thanks for that as well!

 

The Rules for these Awards are as Follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 7 bloggers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Nominate 8 for the One Lovely Blog Award… and leave a comment on their blog to let them know.

7 Random Facts About Me:

  1.  My favorite colors are purple and green.
  2. I have a champion line AKC Brussels Griffon named Yoshi no Samurai, or just Yoshi
  3. I have a level 80 Warlock in World of Warcraft. Yep.
  4. I am 5’6″ in height. 
  5. Due to an obsession with the Daughters of the Moon series (see them – here!) and the fact that one of the girls in the series had my name, I spent the better part of 6th grade trying to convince people I was psychic and had premonitions. Nerdy to the max lol. Don’t you judge me!  
  6. I own an Alienware laptop; a gift from my boyfriend
  7. I wear glasses now due to too much time spent on the computer. Hoorah! 
Nominations for Both One Lovely & Very Inspiring Blogger: 

June Beauty Favorites!

I can’t believe July is already here!

June went by so incredibly fast and I have been so busy that I haven’t even had time to blink and notice that we are already knee deep in Summer weather!

I apologize for the delay on this; I wanted to get some of these reviews out before I posted my favorites so you all would be able to go and have a look if it any pique your interest so without further delay, here’s my favorites for June!

CARGO HydraBronze Powder

This bronzer has been amazing to use! I absolutely love it for contouring my cheek bones and it works great for a light bronze that doesn’t look too dark. I also love that they’ve included hyaluronic acid in the formula because it’s never drying to my skin; it just looks super soft and amazing!

Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil

I’ve truly loved this Natural Glow Cleansing Oil by Antonia Burrell because it feels amazing, smells great and is really hydrating. It was perfect to alternate using this with the Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser (read the full Alpha-H Reviews – here! ) because some days, my skin needed a more hydrating cleanser and this was just the thing! It features a host of awesome ingredients and feels great to use in a deep cleansing facial massage without being drying. Definitely worth a try for any skin type!

I Profumi di Firenze in Pleniluno Fragrance

I have been wearing this scent all month long! It smells amazing and is nice and light; perfect for the summer time! I am not a fan of fruity scents, but this has the perfect balance of fruitiness and musk so it just WORKS! It smells completely intoxicating and I will definitely buy the full size when I run out the of the small sample.

Alpha-H Gentle Balancing Moisturizer with 10% Glycolic Acid

This stuff is seriously one of my new holy grail products! It has been amazing at clearing up any breakouts that I have and brightening up my skin so that it doesn’t look dull and lifeless. It is a bit intense to use and may not be suitable for very sensitive types, but it is amazing for acne prone skin types and it may also be awesome for those experiencing dullness, hyper-pigmentation or dryness frequently. It has a slight tingling sensation due to the high content of glycolic acid so it should be used once every other night or even only a few times a week to get the effects, but it really does the trick!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Tinted Moisturizer in Adansonia

This tinted moisturizer has a lot more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer and I really like the soft finish! It blends nicely and looks natural and fits easily into my makeup bag with it’s thin design! I’ve been using it on regular work days when I want a bit more than a simple powder!

Suti Skincare’s Organic Purity Moisturising Balm

This balm has been amazing at calming my skin when it freaks out for no reason! I’ve loved using it, especially at to help heal breakouts, calm redness and hydrate any dryness I experience. I totally recommend this to anyone with easily irritated skin!

Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

I received this eyeliner in my June Birchbox Review and I’ve pretty much been using it ever since! The felt tip on this is so easy to use and create thick or thin lines on my eyes. Plus, I love the change of pace with this deep purple color when I feel like black would be too harsh. It’s been a nice change for summer!

ECO Tools Bath & Shower Gloves

I mentioned these awhile back in my Target Beauty Haul post. I am so glad that I purchased these! They are amazing to use in the shower with any soap or body wash because they help massage the ingredients into your skin while at the same time gently exfoliating so when you’re done, your skin is SO SOFT! My skin is always so incredibly soft when I step out of the shower now and it’s given my skin a nice glow which is awesome for the summertime! Plus, they were so cheap at $2.99 USD so you can’t beat that!

That’s all my June beauty faves! I hope you enjoyed!

What are your beauty favorites for June?

REMINDER! Last Week to Enter the Mystery Box Giveaway!

 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO ENTER THE MYSTERY BEAUTY BOX GIVEAWAY!

That being said, if you haven’t yet done so, I encourage you to follow my blog AND comment on the original giveaway post – Here! – to enter to win a Mystery Beauty Box.

One lucky subscriber will win a beauty box chock full of some of the products I make at Storybook Apothecary, but also some of my favorite products around including natural, organic and maybe some that are not, but still really great items.

PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ORIGINAL POST!

DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS POST TO ENTER

YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED IN THE GIVEAWAY IF YOU DO!

Enter for the Giveaway – HERE

And remember that you also have to be a subscriber for it to count as an entry!!

Thanks & Good Luck!

Giveaway ends next Monday on May 28th, 2012. 

I will announce the winner here on my blog so stay tuned!

Late Night Formulating

So this is kinda a crappy photo, but hey, I have a Droid X2 and it’s not known for it’s picture taking abilities.

Anyhow, this is a picture of a custom serum I made really quick for myself.

This is just a bit to give you an idea how I can make a custom serum for you and your skin needs.

It’s just to give you an idea of how my acne formulation could look (the one sold here), depending on what you want. I can also make acne serums in a more creamy opaque formula, but I personally prefer gel type serums to creams as I find creams can be heavy and, with summer coming, my oily to combination skin doesn’t need a heavy cream or oil.

This serum is in a base of sea kelp ultramarine, honey and aloe so it’s very hydrating and calming, but without being overly oily or heavy.

I’ve gone ahead and added organic botanical extracts such as Eco Certified Green Tea Extract and Eco Certified Sea Fennel Extract as well as an herbal extract blend for oily acneic skin that includes burdock root among others for added antioxidant benefits meant to help clear skin by calming irritations and slough off dead skin cells to increase cell turnover which not only helps to detox clogged pores, but also helps to generate collagin and elastin.

All in all, I’ve basically created a light night serum that will help to brighten my skin by lightly exfoliating my skin, hydrating and calming irritations and encouraging cell regeneration in order to prevent and treat fine lines and any free radical damage on my face.

Super tired so goodnight for now!

Stay Beautiful

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