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Burt's Bees Favorites Skincare Set

Burt’s Bees Favorites Skincare Set – Target

I know a lot of people often think that you can only get natural and organic beauty products if you pay a lot of money, that they aren’t convenient and that you can only get them at specialty type stores, but the truth is that it can be super affordable and simple to get a hold of great products, even at your local drugstore. I have tons of favorite products that I love from various natural and organic drugstore brands so I thought it would be fun to share my favorite brands that you can easily get ( at least in USA, not sure about other countries sorry!) at your local drugstore.

1. Burt’s Bees. I love Burt’s Bees! They have tons of great skincare and body care products, but my favorite are their lip tints. They have really natural tints that are very wearable for every day and super nourishing on lips. I love them so much and they’re super affordable. You can get them at almost any pharmacy or drugstore like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid or Target.

Pacifica® Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette

Pacifica® Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette – Target

2. Pacifica. If you’re familiar with Pacifica, you might have seen their products at Sephora, but I was SO excited to see they are now being stocked at Target! Man, how I love Target and this only makes my love grow stronger. They sell a variety of lovely natural body, fragrance, and even some natural cosmetic products like the above eye shadow palette I’m currently lusting after. The photo doesn’t do it justice though. It looks WAY better than that in store and it’s only $11.99! I think that Pacifica has actually lowered their price point to fit in with what Target customers are willing to pay so WOOT! Oh, and they also carry amazingly nourishing body lotions; I especially love their shimmery body lotions which smell incredible. 

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap - Lavender (16 oz.)

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Target & CVS

3. Dr. Bronners. These are not necessarily my favorite products, but they are really great basics to have on hand and they get the job done in a natural, eco sustainable and fair trade kind of way which I really love. Their products are gentle and smell really lovely, but inoffensive. Also, the value for what you pay is amazing as you can get these huge economical sized bottles for under $20. 

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes - 30ct.

Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes – Target or CVS

4. Yes To… Although they have other lines ( Blueberries, Carrots, etc.), my favorite of the lines is the Yes to Cucumbers line. It just smells really refreshing and calming and their face towelettes are lovely for carrying around in my purse whenever I need freshening up! Their products are super affordable and diverse, but nearly all skincare products. I haven’t done much experimenting with their Carrots/Blueberries products, but the Yes to Cucumbers are all pretty amazing. 

Willa Girl Cucumber Face Mask - .33 oz

Willa Girl Cucumber Face Mask – Target

5. Willa Naturals. Although this is technically a beauty brand for girls, I have no shame in admitting that their products are awesome and, why yes, I use them quite faithfully! My favorite of their items is this Cucumber Face Mask which is both refreshing, detoxifying and cleansing. It’s a great simple clay mask to have on hand for weekly pampering or fighting breakouts and the brand is SUPER affordable for teens and adults alike.

Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask - 5.3 oz.

Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask – Target or CVS

6. Dead Sea Essentials. I actually discovered these by winning a mini spa pack at my sister’s baby shower a few months ago and I was really surprised to actually like their body products. Their body lotion and scrub are both really nice, gentle and calming while their hand cream is super nourishing and smells really pleasant without being too overwhelming. 

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil - 3.4 oz.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil – Target, CVS, Walgreens

7. Weleda. Weleda is a fantastic brand for body products, especially natural body oils, bath oils and hydrating creams. Their bath oils are really calming and their creams are great for calming irritation or helping with severe dryness in skin.

Avalon Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer - 2.0 oz.

Avalon Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer – Target, CVS , Walgreens

8. Avalon Organics. Avalon Organics is a lovely skin care line for brightening and simple basic face moisturizers. I really love their Vitamin C range and that’s mostly the products I’ve tried from them, though they do offer other types of products as well and are all affordably priced.

Eco Tools 5-pc. Brush Set

Eco Tools 5-pc. Brush Set – Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart

9. ECO Tools. I absolutely love the ECO Tools brand for makeup brushes and shower tools. They offer great quality makeup brushes that last a super long time and are made with sustainable materials at a very decent price point. Plus, they are stocked at tons of places so you can get them virtually anywhere. Plus, their shower gloves and bath sponges are also lovely and very affordable as well.

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Physician’s Formula Mood Boosting Powder – Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart

10. Physician’s Formula. This is a really lovely cosmetics brand that is offered nearly every pharmacy as well as at Walmart and Target. They are super affordably priced and they offer some fun products like this line of blushers and bronzers that are scented and actually smell really lovely, but are meant to boost your mood. I don’t know if I believe all the mood boosting crap, but it does smell really nice and the designs of these are so cute!

So, those are my favorites; What Are Yours?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

DIY Bronzing Oil

Happy Saturday!

I hope you’re all enjoying a nice relaxing day off! I always feel like Saturdays are the perfect time for DIY or some kind of project or beauty indulgence session which is why I thought I’d share some DIY projects I’ve done in the past here on the blog with all of you so I hope you enjoy and do let me know how it goes if you decide to try them out for yourself!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Project or Recipe?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Have A Great Weekend!

 

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TGIF!

I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend 🙂

I went to the Host midnight showing ( which was actually shown at 10 PM for some reason…) last night and it was tons of fun!

Highly recommend the book as well, but the film was also really good, though the beginning is like an overload on the awkward voice overs.

Also, tried out this incredible dark chocolate from Lindt – it’s the Sea Salt Caramel one. OMG ! SO GOOD. And, why yes, I did sneak it into the theater in my purse last night at the premiere. Even those who don’t normally like dark chocolate will like this . It’s my new indulgence – highly recommend!!

It’s that time again for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday so without delay, here are some of my favorite posts from the week!

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Minestrone Soup Recipe – Undressed Skeleton

I really love Undressed Skeleton, a tumblr blog, which focuses on healthy eating and fitness. She always posts amazing recipes and really creative ways to make things more fun and healthy to eat, but also taste great. I can’t recommend her blog enough if you’re into smoothies and healthy eating!

Non-Muji Makeup Storage – Hello, I’m Terri Lowe

I follow this awesome blog, Hello I’m Terri Lowe,  via Bloglovin’ and she’s really great! She always does really fun and interesting posts in a unique way that never seems like it’s been re-hashed from somewhere else. I highly recommend this one as a great read!

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7 Tips to Make Sure Your Post Actually Gets Red – HeartIFB

If you’re a blogger and you don’t already follow HeartIFB, then GET ON IT RIGHT NOW! They have the most helpful information for bloggers, in my opinion, of most blogs out there on the topic. They focus mostly on tips and tools for fashion bloggers ( IFB = Independent Fashion Bloggers, after all ), but much of their advice could be applied to any blogger across the board. They are amazing and they’re my #1 source for helpful information on blogging.

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Holi Nails – Enamel Online

I really love these super festive nails from Enamel Online – I think they’d be amazing for Easter or just Spring, in general, plus I love the fact that the design is not beyond my ability…as I’m still pretty nail inferior.  She does a lot of amazing nail designs and has loads of posts featuring creative nail art so I highly recommend her if you’re into nail beauty and trends.

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11 Good Carbs That Help You Lose Weight – Skinny Ms.

Skinny Ms. is such an amazing website for all things health, fitness and weight loss with a strong focus on women. I love that they always feature articles, like this one, that list a variety of ways to get your greens in or otherwise the various benefits of certain foods. The posts are always easy reads, but they almost always feature valuable and helpful information on how to be more fit and healthy.

Beauty Giveaways to Sign Up For – Flawless Beauty

Flawless Beauty by Glory Chen always features a variety of fun posts on Asian beauty products which I love, but she also does really nice posts like this one where she lists a variety of current beauty giveaways she’s signed up for that you can sign up for too. Thanks for sharing the love girl! 😉

So That’s It for Blogger Link Love Friday; What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please Share Them In the Comments!]

Have A Great Weekend! ♥

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Happy Friday All! 

It’s time for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday so without delay, here are some of my favorite posts from the week!

22 DIY Spring Tees – Shelterness

I follow Shelterness on Bloglovin’ for the awesome DIY ideas they frequently post and this post was especially awesome because it features how to make your own Deathly Hallows Tee – need I say more?! If you’re not down with HP, they have loads of other amazing DIY ideas and projects to try.

Travel Makeup Bag – A Little Boat Sailing

This lovely post from A Little Boat Sailing  features a bunch of her travel makeup items which I thought was such a fun post for makeup items! She features tons of fashion and beauty posts so definitely check her blog out if you’re into all that!

Tropical Green Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

Tropical Green Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

As we get closer to Summer, I find myself drinking and loving smoothies more and more and Averie Cooks is always coming up fantastic recipes for them! I featured another of her smoothie recipes in a previous Link Love post and really, they’re that awesome so do check out her blog!

MAC Giveaway! – Tara’s Treats

Tara’s Treats is doing a lovely MAC Giveaway so you have the chance to win your choice of a MAC Lipstick or Eyeshadow. Tara features lots of lovely beauty posts from skincare to makeup and more so definitely check out her blog for well thought out, informative posts on all things beauty related and be sure to sign up for the MAC Giveaway – Only 22 Days Left!!

Makeup Collection & Storage – Islaay

I love posts {and videos!} where people showcase their beauty obsession. I like to show the videos to my boyfriend as proof that I’m not alone hahah. Islaay is a lovely UK beauty & style blog which features tons of fun posts on both. I really enjoy how pretty her posts are and they’re always a good read so do check her blog out!

How to Spring Clean In One Day – The Glitter Guide

If you’re unfamilar, you really ought to check out The Glitter Guide! From home design, DIY, beauty, style and fashion, I feel like this site has it all and is a fun read if you enjoy lots of slideshow type posts, which I do, because I have quite a short attention span! I love this Spring Cleaning post they did, complete with awesome infographic, on how to get all your Spring cleaning done in 1 day!

That’s All for Blogger Link Love Friday – Do Check Out the Blogs & Please Link Me to Posts You’re Loving This Week In the Comments!

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And Now, It’s Time for the Blogiversary Beauty Giveaway Winner Announcement!

With that, the Blogiversary Giveaway Winner is Stefanie Gladden!

Please email me StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with whether you’d like me to shop for you at Sephora or if you prefer a straight $50 gift card.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and tweeted, pinned and facebooked and especially those who just follow my blog and read my posts on the daily. It means a lot so thanks so much! I look forward to doing more giveaways as we go into Spring & Summer so stay tuned & have a lovely weekend!

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I was recently sent a sample of this Intensive-C® Vitamin C Face Radiance Peel by Murad Skincare from The Beauty Box, a lovely online beauty retailer, which sells a number of popular and unique niche indie beauty products at great prices. I really love the site’s wishlist function which, once you set up an account, allows you to save the products you want to a wish list for later. I’m kind of obsessed with wish lists because they’re handy for keeping track of all the things I want, especially when it comes to beauty things.

Anyway, I was super excited to try this out as I’ve been praising Dr. Murad and his skin philosphies on this blog since the early days. If you weren’t with us yet, do check out this post and this post to learn more about Dr. Howard Murad’s awesome views on beauty and health. Otherwise, try out this delicious smoothie recipe from his book.

So, since receiving this from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Box a few weeks ago, I’ve tested it out several times and I am really happy to report back to you that this face peel works really well and surprisingly fast. It comes out of the squeeze tube easily enough and you can control how much comes out given it’s in a tube which I really like as I hate to waste product. It looks pretty much like a face lotion and you apply a thin layer to your face after cleansing. Then, you leave it on for up to 10 minutes and rinse off with a warm wash cloth. The feel of this isn’t nearly as noticeable as the Liquid Gold from Alpha-H which has a noticeable tingle to it. I don’t know if this will offer similar long term results to that, but it’s certainly a more gentle option for those who can’t bear the tingle of Alpha-H’s glycolic acid products. If you prefer a more natural peel option, check here.

This peel, as many of the products in the Intensive-C® line from Murad, utilizes a number of beneficial ingredients for the skin including glycolic acid and vitamin C which work to slough off dead skin cells and fight off free radical damage brought on by stress, pollution and UV rays to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion. They also utilize a variety of natural essential oils, plant extracts, clays and amino acids to help heal and encourage cell turnover and collagen production.

The difference between before and after using this is like night and day for me. I tried it a few weeks ago, for the first time, not thinking it’d be too effective, but I was really surprised that the effects seemed so immediately noticeable on my skin. After I rinsed the peel off, my skin looked instantly brighter, clearer, and felt softer and smoother. I’m not sure how they’re doing it all, but it really does work time and again as I’ve now used it several times and can attest to the consistent results this delivers. Not only that, but I do think it has actually improved my skin for the better and would certainly recommend it to those battling dullness, acne scarring or hyperpigmentation or brown spots, and other discoloration. Although I wish this was a more natural formula, the results are undeniable.

You can check this peel out at The Beauty Box – here.

Have You Ever Tried A Face Peel Before?

What Are Your Thoughts on At=Home Peels Vs. Spa Type Peels?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts on this!

Happy Sunday! 

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and enjoyed some down time and laughs.

I’ve just been hanging out, working out and reading the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness. It’s pretty good if you’re into witchcraft, magic, and the South. I like it, anyway 🙂

While you’re lounging about, Here’s some Posts You May Have Missed This Week!

March Goals

Gold Sakura Moist Hinoki Deitanseki Hot Cleansing Oil Review 

Acure Organics Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Kanti Organics Body Oil Review

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TGIF!

Man, today felt ridiculous, what with the “Spring Forward” time change. It really murdered any attempts I made at getting up at 4 AM this week, but at least I still made it to the gym a few times anyway and I’ll go on the weekend as well. My eating was spot on this week, though, so that makes me happy! Tomorrow is my blog birthday – can you believe it?! Anyone have any ideas how that should be celebrated? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Anyway, onto today which is Blogger Link Love Friday! I hope you enjoy all the featured bloggers and discover some new bloggers to love ❤

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Romantic Thoughts – Little Fashionista on the Prairie

I love this awesome outfit collage from Little Fashionista on the Prairie, especially the skirt and those earrings! It’s really spot-on romantic and lovely. There are always fantastic fashion posts going on this blog so I highly recommend checking it out for great style inspiration!

Roman Holiday – Audrey Hepburn – I’m Cool Ok

I really enjoyed this Style Icon post from I’m Cool Ok because I love Audrey Hepburn! She has so many great quotes {and outfits!} and her philosophy on life is really admirable. This was a fun post on her film, Roman Holiday, and why Audrey is awesome. Which she is. This blog is always featuring fun fashion posts, often inspired by celebrities and things, which I think is a lot of fun to follow.

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March Popsugar Must Have Box – Adventures In Polishland

This fun post from Adventures In Polishland features what’s in the March Popsugar Must Have Box. It looks like a fun box to receive, peeps and all so definitely check out her post to see what she got! She also does frequent nail art posts and they are amazing!

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How to Wear Polka Dots – Fancy Francy

I love this fashion blog, Fancy Francy, because the fashion is really wearable and always looks effortless. They also feature style and beauty posts and I find them to be really fun to read. I love this one on how to wear polka dots fashionably!

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Grocery Shopping in Japan – Mrs Gaeul

This post that Mrs. Gaeul did on her grocery shopping experience in Japan was SO COOL to see! I’ve never been to Japan so I find it really interesting what with my being a huge foodie and all. I think this blog is really fun and humorous to read as Autumn, the blogger behind this brilliance takes us on all of her life’s adventures in beauty, fashion, fitness, and travel! Plus, I think she’s really unique in that she’s a Muslim American woman and I really haven’t seen many women like her in the blogosphere, but I am loving it!

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Closet Staple: Black Skinny Jean – With Love, Shmon

I really enjoyed this post With Love, Shmon did on black skinny jeans. I totally agree with her that they’re a total closet staple and super easy to style. She always has awesome style posts and blogs a lot on fashion and beauty. I find her blog to be really simple, cute and fun!

Sugarpill Cosmetics – La Belle Dame Sans Merci

I absolutely love La Belle Dame Sans Merci blog! She always has awesome beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts that feature awesome products and honest reviews. This post on Sugarpill Cosmetics was a fun read and the colors look fantastic! Definitely check out some of her great posts.

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Posts From This Week?

Have a Great Weekend Lovelies!

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Happy Friday!

I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend!

For some reason, this week was so difficult to get through. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but the week felt like it just dragged on forever. I couldn’t summon the willpower to get up at my usual 4 AM at all this week so I guess my body is in need of down time and just forgot to tell me. Or this is her way of telling me haha. So, instead, I’ve gone a few times less than usual this week in the evenings, but I’ll likely go all weekend to make up for it!

Anyway, back to the post! Today is Blogger Link Love Friday! If you don’t know already ( you probably do 😉 ), every Friday I’ve begun a feature where I do a post on my favorite bloggers’ posts that I’ve seen and loved this past week so I can share the love and pass on the goodness to all of you so I hope you enjoy!

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DIY : Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant necklace – Cinnamon Spring

First up is this brilliant DIY post from Cinnamon Spring where she teaches you how to make your own version of the Michael Kors Leather Nugget Pendant Necklace and it’s a brilliant tutorial! I absolutely love her blog because she’s always featuring amazing DIY fashion tutorial posts that are super easy to follow and do yourself at home. I highly recommend her blog as one to follow!

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Dreamcatcher Nails – RaRa Reid

I absolutely love RaRa Reid‘s blog for all things nail design because she has the most creative, artistic and lovely nail designs I’ve seen! I mean, Look at that feather! I just think it looks like actually painting and it’s really inspiring to someone as nail art inferior as me!

DIY Image to Canvas Tutorial – Confessions of a Small Town Girl

This awesome DIY tutorial from Confessions of a Small Town Girl is really easy to follow and what a great end result! I had no idea you could DIY this, but it’s definitely on my list of things to try now! She mostly does fashion and beauty type posts, but I really enjoyed this one.

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How to Customize Your Facebook Page – Sweet Jelly Bean

D @ SweetJellyBean is mostly a beauty and lifestyle lovely mommy blogger, but she does the most amazing tutorials! They’re always easy to follow and understand and very helpful if you’re new to blogging, social media, and the like. I highly recommend hers as one to follow – her posts are always a fun read and I’m always learning new things from her!

Amarya Beauty Box – Juicy Satsuma

I love the Juicy Satsuma blog! She’s a lovely cruelty free fashion and beauty blogger who always has fun posts on both which are entertaining, helpful, thorough and great to read. I always see cool new products I’d love to try or fun fashions that intrigue me!

Almond Breeze Tropical Sunshine Smoothie Recipe – Baked Bree

 For some reason, it’s beginning to seem like it’s mandatory for me to feature some kind of food post in these link love posts. Maybe it’s because I am such a foodie I can’t resist or maybe it just shows the ridiculous amount of fitness and food blogs I follow. Anyway, Baked Bree is up there with the best of them! Her photos are incredible and her recipes are even better! She always features delicious looking food and drink and I am constantly drooling as I trawl through her blog – it’s ridiculous. This smoothie recipe looks SO GOOD! I will be trying this as soon as the weather warms up a bit – maybe sooner.

So, that’s all for this week’s Blogger Link Love Friday – I hope you enjoyed and found some new blogs to follow and love as much as I do!

What Are Some of Your Favorite Posts from the Week?

Link Me to Them in the Comments!

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Last week, I did my first ever Blogger Link Love Friday and featured articles I’d recently seen from some fellow bloggers that I loved and wanted to share with you all. I decided to make this a permanent feature on Storybook Apothecary so I hope you enjoy these link love posts and check out all the lovely blogs!

Basic Outfit of the Day – The Urban Umbrella

I love this super simple outfit from The Urban Umbrella, a lovely UK fashion blog! She kind of looks somewhere between a sailor and a school girl, only more modern. I love the look and she has tons of other fun fashion posts. You can see this post – here.

February Favorites – Lauraxamy

This fun February Favorites post from Lauraxamy was a great read! I definitely want the Embroyolisse cream now! She always has fun fashion and beauty posts to check out so I highly recommend her blog as one to follow!

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) averiecooks.com

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) – averiecooks.com

This Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe from Averie Cooks looks amazing! I follow tons of food blogs as I’m a big foodie, healthy food nut at heart and this one sounds lovely! There are always great recipes popping up on this blog as well as other healthy living and wellness tips, but this post is current and looks amazing. Trying it ASAP as it’s high in vitamin C which actually helps encourage collagen production (wrinkle fighter – yes!).

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Spring Fashion – The Crown Wings

The Crown Wings is a lovely fashion and beauty blog hailing from UK and she’s always featuring beautiful collages on the latest trends like this one, shown above, where she discusses upcoming trends for Spring & Summer. I am loving these colors!

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Fashion Fun – Dreaming of A Little Sunshine – Travel Lady with a Baby

I love Travel Lady with a Baby, not because I have a baby ( because I don’t haha ), but because she gives great tips on how to be stylish while traveling and she highlights some of the coolest things to do in various places around the world that she’s traveled to. She gives great travel advice, especially to moms traveling with young ones, and is always a great read! This post is a fashion related one on sunshine fashion – loved it!

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Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox – The Crystal Chronicles

I loved this post that Crystal of The Crystal Chronicles did recently on her Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox. It always interests me to see what different themed boxes Influenster comes out with and this one looked like a lot of fun with cool items in it, especially the Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hair Spray. Crystal always does fun posts on beauty, health and the life of a mom and makeup artist.

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Lush Mask of Magnaminty Review – Keeping Up With Kelly Amanda

Keeping Up with Kelly Amanda is a fantastic blog which mostly features beauty and style type posts and very thorough and fun reviews. I love this recent one she did on Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty which is one of my favorites! I highly recommend checking out her review if you haven’t tried Lush face masks out. This is one of their best ones, in my opinion! She also has other equally awesome reviews for beauty so definitely have a look.

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American Apparel Nail Polish in Mannequin Review – All in the Blush

All in the Blush is a fantastic beauty blog which does tons of great reviews and the photos are also really amazing. I really loved this AA nail polish review  she did recently! The pink nude tint is lovely and her nails look amazing!

What Blogs Are You Loving Lately?

I’d love to know in the comments!

Have a Great Weekend! 

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I have been meaning to review these mini samples I received from Face Atelier, a really nice Canadian makeup brand, a few months ago, but I literally have not had the time to do so until now so I hope you’ll forgive me!

To give you a bit of back ground, if you’re unfamiliar, Face Atelier is a Canadian makeup brand which seeks to allow every woman to look the best version of themselves and does so really effectively. They are PETA approved cruelty free and promote using ingredients that give you the look you want when you want it. One of my favorite things about this brand is their tagline:

“Face Atelier…because looking good is the best revenge!” 

I absolutely loved trying out these mini samples and I found that each one of them offered something fun and unique for any young girl or woman’s makeup look.

I tried out a few of their lip products and enjoyed each of them in turn. Cool Coral and Coral Reef Lipsticks were very similar, though they were different, if not in a very subtle way. The Cool Coral lipstick was a bit more peachy pink beige whereas the Coral Reef shade offered a bit more pink in its shade. I also tried one of their Lip Glazes in Primrose, which is a berry tint. I really love the name as I’m a big HG fan, but the glaze I found to be really nice. It looks like it might be sticky at first, but it goes on really smooth and glossy and there’s no stickiness. I really enjoyed using it as a top lip coat over other colors. I also tried out another lip product called Pout which is a clear sort of gloss and works really nicely as a lip base or top glossy coat. I don’t find it particularly hydrating to lips one way or the other, but it looks really lovely on.

The next few products I tried out were all for the face and I really enjoyed the finish of all of them. I tried the Ultra Foundation first in Porcelain and found that it goes on very smooth, the coverage is light to medium and looks very natural, but still offers more coverage than tinted moisturizers. I really like the color as it suits me quite well in the winter, but I think it’d be a bit too light come summer. The loose powder I tried out in Light and Translucent.  Light really helped to mattify my skin, but it didn’t feel like I was wearing a mask nor did it make my skin look ultra chalky, like some do. It just looked really nice whilst allowing my skin to show through which I loved. The translucent loose powder was great as a setting powder and did actually help my foundation last longer. Lastly, I tried their Ultra Camoflauge Duet in Light  and I was pleased at how well this one does at covering spots and dark circles. My only complaint is I don’t think it’s quite creamy enough for drier skin types and therefore isn’t really a universal formula in my mind because of that.

Overall, I really think that Face Atelier is a great makeup brand for those who want all the basics to be covered. They don’t do anything that’s particularly astounding, in my opinion, but their products are really solid and they do look really nice on the skin. I wish they were a bit more natural and skincare oriented, but then, that’s my own personal preference. Aside from those, I really think anyone would love this brand. The products didn’t irritate my skin or anything and I really liked that because many products which are not necessarily natural often do. I think my favorite of the products I tried were probably the 2 coral lipsticks and the lip Pout which I found to be really wearable and fun for everyday. I also really like the fact that they promote female empowerment and looking your best instead of promoting an unrealistic beauty ideal.

You can learn more about Face Atelier and their products – here.

Have You Tried Face Atelier Makeup?

What do you think of makeup brands which offer great products, but aren’t natural?

Let Me Know in the Comments!