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I’ve gone through a bit when it comes to the whole Beauty Box subscription service thing.

I really love the idea of it, but I feel like, most of the time, the value just isn’t there.

I realize the price is quite low, but I’m a thrifty gal who wants her money’s worth and if the product is good, I’ll buy a full size.

Also, I’ve often times found myself subscribed to services which I mostly like, but which mostly seem to offer samples of products I’m not that interested in.

Aside from that, I’ve been wanting to subscribe to a new beauty box subscription service which offers natural products that are also appealing and fun to try.

The Conscious Box seems to be a really great deal, though it is slightly more expensive than others I’ve tried ( $20 / month , and it seems to have more value to it.

That being said, I’d love your feedback on this if any of you currently subscribe or have subscribed to the Conscious Box in the past – I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with the service!

Learn more about the Conscious Box Mission & How it Works.

Otherwise, you can Subscribe to the Box – here.

If you’ve never tried Conscious Box, I’d love to know what your favorite subscription box service is, whether beauty or otherwise, and why in the comments!

Thanks for your help!

JENNIFER

I’m so excited to share these lovely lovely boots with you today!

I first discovered Kamik on a blog earlier this year and they were rolling around in my mind for a few months before I contacted them about their boots. I was then very lucky to be sent these incredibly lovely Kamik Jennifer Rain Boots in Plum for review. Kamik are a very earth friendly company with many green initiatives and accomplishments which manufactures all different types of boots for various types of work and weather for both adults and children in the USA and Canada.

A big reason I’ve been so intrigued by these is that they have an incredible award-winning eco-friendly plan for all of their boots, including these, which involves recycling them and the fact that all of their boots, including this pair, are made up of recycled materials and their very own rubber.

In their own words:

“RubberHe is Kamik’s own made-in Canada innovation. It’s a recyclable PVC-free synthetic rubber that’s 50% lighter than natural rubber and 30% lighter than other synthetic rubbers. Flexible, super-comfortable, extremely durable and abrasion-resistant, RubberHe gives you great traction and a light step any weather.”

The fact that their synthetic rubber is PVC is a big deal for those who would worry about carcinogenic plastic products and their effect on the body. Aside from that, there are so many more reasons to love Kamik!

First off, I’ve had to wait a bit to post on these ones as it really hadn’t rained yet and the one day it did, I forgot to wear them!

So, I’m really excited to finally feature these as I’ve pretty much been wearing them everyday since the rain has come here in Cali and loving every minute of it!

Hell to the yeah! Received @Kamik Eco friendly rain boots! Post on these lovelies coming soon at http://storybookapothecary.com (Taken with Instagram)

This is what they first looked like when I received them in the mail. As you can see they have a beautifully sleek design that’s perfect for protecting your feet from the rain and keeping them dry all day long.

In the beginning, I had some trouble with how tightly these boots fit as I have wide calves and they fit a tiny bit too tight for comfort. I quickly remedied this issue by blow-drying the inside of these boots for a few seconds and then putting them on which helps to stretch them out so they form to your shape. This works like a charm! If you have wide calves or anything and have trouble with high boots fitting you, this is a great way to remedy them if they are made of rubber or leather. The mild heat softens the material and makes it more malleable so you can stretch them a bit.

@KamikOutdoor Jennifer Rain Boots in plum. Hasn’t rained yet, but I love these! Review coming soon at StorybookApothecary.com!

So once I stretched these out a bit, they fit me snug, but perfectly and are very comfortable now!

The shoes themselves fit my feet perfectly and are very cushioned for all day traipsing around. I didn’t have any foot soreness or anything in these – the quality of these boots is definitely there. I’ve worn other cheaper rain boots before and these absolutely beat all the other rain boots I’ve tried before as the build quality just feels more durable and comfortable. They do very well in the pouring rain – we had near flooding in my area over the past weekend and my feet stayed dry and toasty in these boots with no issues. I’ve also been wearing them quite frequently for over a week and there are little to no signs of wear so I can tell they will last me quite awhile.

Aside from the fact that I absolutely love how they fit and look, the fact of their manufacturing here in the states and in Canada, supplying local jobs and supporting the economies is another reason I’d buy these over a cheaper pair. I feel great knowing these are made by a family run company which is supporting American and Canadian jobs and I’m thrilled I can promote them!

Other reasons to love them include their eco consciousness, the fact that their company uses hydro-generated power in their factories and no fossil fuels are used, and the general overall minimal earth footprint, but huge economical impact they make by doing business in the way that they do it.

Big Reasons to Love Kamik Boots:

  • “Kamik makes over two million 100% recycled boots per year

  • Kamik boot liners are manufactured using recycled polyester and polypropylene fibres

  • Every product that we make in our injection molding plants in Montreal, QC and Littleton, NH is 100% recyclable

  • Kamik’s injection molding plants use hydro- generated power to run the machines. No fossil fuels are used

  • The machines are cooled with recycled water. A cooling tower on the roof of our plant has a closed-loop distribution system where the water is collected, distributed and recycled and reused

  • Oil used in the hydraulic pumps is filtered, recuperated and reused

  • Boot scraps are collected and reused. Nothing goes to waste”

I wholeheartedly endorse these boots as they’re not only very affordable considering their environmental friendliness and small carbon footprint, but they also support my country (and our lovely northern neighbors!) so I feel really proud wearing them.

To learn more about Kamik the company, check here. 

To learn more about the technology behind their boots, check here.

To learn more about their recycling program, check here.

To check out the boots I’ve reviewed above, check here.

To shop all Kamik Boots, check here.

Today I’m reviewing a lovely natural loose powder foundation by Priori Skincare.

This natural foundation utilizes seriously minimalist, but awesomely natural ingredients: natural minerals from the earth (iron oxides, zinc oxide, mica), natural coffeeberry extract, and that’s it! There’s no harmful, pore-clogging talc included in the formula so this powder foundation is super gentle. The added benefits of coffeeberry include brightening, softening of fine lines and potent protection from free radical environmental damage to the skin. Aside from that, another cool feature of this product is that the powder is packaged in biodegradable plant plastics which I think is pretty fantastic!

Here Are Some Awesome Features of This Foundation Powder: 

  • 100% Natural Minerals
  • Anti-Aging.
  • Highest, natural free-radical protection with CoffeeBerry® extract
  • Broad Spectrum UV Protection: SPF 25, UVA 10, PA+++
  • Skin Cancer Foundation seal ofrecommendation
  • Earth conscious, Eco friendly, Environmentally safe
  • Eco-friendly packaging made from biodegradable plant plastics
  • Paraben Free
  • Clinically tested
  • No animal testing
  • No animal derived ingredients
  • Eco-friendly, cruelty free brushes
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Non-Acnegenic

Packaging: The packaging is quite nice. The box it comes in is sleek and earth friendly, while the powder sifter itself is a smooth sleek plastic. You get a seriously good amount of powder so I really think there is a lot of good value there. The powder brush that comes with this foundation is horrible. It feels cheap, synthetic (not in a good way though), and doesn’t hold powder well. I binned it.

Product Effectiveness: I really enjoyed this powder foundation! It has quality ingredients that are gentle and protective on the skin while excluding those that might harm or irritate it. It also has a nice amount of coverage and a decent soft finish to it. The only thing I really didn’t like about this powder is the fact that even though I received the lightest shade, it was still pretty dark. It actually worked for me for awhile given I had a mini tan from Summer still, but now that my skin is going back to its usual paleness, this is simply too dark. I think it’s a great option for Summer or if you happen to be darker in skin tone, this would be a nice option. For Winter, I’ll be going back to my usual Alima Pure. Other than that, I do like that this didn’t break me out nor did it irritate my skin in any way. I love that it includes a natural sunscreen within the formula so I can be a little more lax on my sunscreen application and that it includes coffeeberry to protect my skin from premature aging.

Overall: This is a really decent powder foundation. The finish is a nice, soft and velvety one and it gives really decent amount of coverage. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, actually, and that’s great as it’s hard to come by in a powder foundation. Personally, the lack of shades for lighter skin tones put me off a bit, but I do think the quality of ingredients and the eco friendly green approach in their packaging is fantastic and, if you’re in the mid to darker shade of skin tone, definitely worth a try.

You can learn more about the CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals – here.

You can locate stores near you (USA and internationally) that carry Priori by using their locator here.

What do you think of this eco friendly powder foundation?

Do you prefer liquid or dry powder foundations?

Nothing Nasty Touches My Lips With Karen Murrell!

These are my new lip favorites!

SERIOUSLY. They are capitial A-mazing.

Created by Karen Murrell (of course), she sought to offer the world a beauty brand with all the lovely aesthetics and appeal, but without the guilty conscience.

Not only are they certified organic by New Zealand beauty standards, they are also cruelty free, not tested on animals, near vegan with the exception of cruelty free honey and beeswax, made with ingredients that are locally sourced and traceable, free of harmful and toxic ingredients, and super sustainable from the ground up.

I am so happy I have had the opportunity to test these lovelies from Karen Murrell out because I will forever be purchasing these lovely lippies from this moment on.

They are perfect in almost every single way and they have all the makings of a perfect lipstick + healing balm in one.

These little cannisters are made from a very special and sustainable material – polylactic acid – a corn resin based material that begins to dissolve back into the earth within 100 days. They’re also greenhouse gas neutral so they don’t contribute to emissions or global warming. Aside from that, the boxes they come in are made from 100% recycled and renewable sources using New Zealand paper and soy inks. All their packaging is also ECOCERT.

With a host of natural and organic ingredients, they also have a plan and philosophy to be completely ecologically sound. This means cruelty free, sustainable, mostly sourced locally and always traceable ingredients, and packaging that won’t make you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Check out the Lovely Swatches!

( From the Left – Carnation Mist, Coral Dawn & Sand Storm )

(Wearing my favorite shade – Carnation Mist)

So after all the technical talk, though I do think they have some impressive stats, I just want to mention that these lipsticks are beautiful to use as well. Not only are they beautiful to the earth, they look great on. They are really pigmented, hydrating and lovely. They look great and the colors are very lively and vibrant. They last a long time on the lips and smell so heavenly – just like cinnamon! It’s not overwhelming, but it’s such a pleasant surprise! No nasty wax taste or feel, these really moisturize your lips while looking fabulous. I’ve already converted a few people to these little lovelies!

So you see, it’s true, “nothing nasty touches my lips” with Karen Murrell.

Check out their line of lovely lip products – here!

Find out more about their incredibly eco clean green beauty process and philosophy – here.

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Karen Murrell for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Go Green with EkoMiko Luxury Intimate Massage Candles!


I was contacted by the very gracious Bradley from EkoMiko Candles about doing a review on these and, at first, I was a little hesitant. After all, it’s an intimate massage candle so I didn’t know how up my alley that would be, but I am very glad I decided to give it a go and was able to receive this lovely candle with an impressive message!

First off, it’s seriously so much more than just a luxury candle.

It’s made of 100% natural coconut butter wax and other natural, organic and eco certified ingredients to nourish and feed your skin for massage or as a hand / body balm.

Check here to read more about the ingredients.

The candle wax is a lot softer than your typical candle. Actually, it feels more like a body balm than a candle. I used a bit to moisturize my hands and it worked really well, whether the candle was lit or not. The candle I received, EkoHeroine, has a very feminine floral scent that is really nice and uplifting. They also have EkoHero, a scent that seems to be aimed more toward men and/or as a night time scent, that I received a small sample of and which is much more musky and masculine (obviously) than the EkoHeroine scent. I actually prefer the EkoHero scent, to be honest, but they are both really well-scented nonetheless.

The box packaging itself is seeded, meaning it can be planted directly into the ground and wild flowers will grow from it!

How cool is that?!

As if that wasn’t enough, the jar is made of recycled wine bottles, with a thin wood wick, and something I’ve never heard of before; the leaflets that come with this candle are made not from paper, but stone! It’s pretty shocking when you actually get to feel the little fold out leaflets because they are really glossy and very soft. Nothing about it says stone at all. Technology has come a LONG way if this is what they can make with stone!

That’s right; ^ this paper is made from stone!

Crazy, right? I thought so too!

I really love the overall message of this product. It really seems to promote a healthier, greener, more earth-friendly lifestyle and I love that. I only used this once for massage, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, and only for his hands, but I felt the effect was really nice. I feel like this is literally a body balm in candle form. The fact that it’s meant for couples’ type massage is really awesome, but I love that the massage itself helps your skin soak up the impressive ingredients and the scent allows for a totally relaxing experience.

Although I think that $59 USD is extremely steep for any kind of candle, I do feel that this candle certainly offers more than your typical candle in every aspect. It’s truly an all-inclusive earth friendly product that I really love with a scent I will continue to enjoy during bath time and relaxing evenings at home without worry of inhaling unfriendly chemicals, damaging the ozone, endangering plants or chopping down many trees.

The price truly is the only drawback to this candle…other than their really awkward demo video which I can’t wrap my head around; it just seems bizarre, creepy (especially the staring bit), and a bit ludicrous that a woman would be like that in any situation, ever, and I really hope it’s supposed to be funny. Otherwise, if you are marketing to women, I just don’t really get it. (sorry! Lol. It made me giggle, but then maybe I’m just immature like that.)

I feel like a demo video would be better served if you highlighted the incredible nature that is encompassed in this product as opposed to random chick moisturizing in a suggestive way because, in my opinion, that only works for adult and lingerie type retail sites. I get that it’s an intimate massage candle, but it just seemed a bit off point to me.

Okay, rant over and out!

 Anyway, that aside, I do love the candle and the incredible feat they have achieved with their completely green, packaging and paper included, luxury massage candles that are definitely worth checking out.

Learn more about their message of No Guilt with these luxury eco candles- here! 

Check out the EkoMiko Candles blog – here!

To purchase one of these incredible candles – click here! 

Have you ever experienced these candles from EkoMiko?

How do you feel about eco friendly green luxury products?

What did you think of the video?

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