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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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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!


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!


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?

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Have A Great Weekend! ♥

COR Silver Soap – The Beauty Box

Having acne freaking SUCKS.

As someone who suffers from frequent breakouts, blackheads and often troubled skin, I can totally relate which is why I’m super excited to share this amazing facial cleansing bar with you all today.

If you have acne prone skin, especially if you deal with oily to combination skin, this is a great facial soap bar to have on hand.

First off, special thanks to The Beauty Box for sending over the small sample of this amazing soap!

If you’re unfamiliar with COR Silver Soap, it’s not just any soap bar.  Formulated with patented ingredients and delivery system, this soap includes a variety of powerful ingredients such as their patented CSC compound (Collagen, Sericin, & Chitosan) , Vitamins A & E, various nourishing oils such as jojoba and avocado, hyaluronic acid, and, of course, Silver. Known for it’s use in medicinal healing of burns, silver blocks the survival of bacteria in cell walls because it prevents oxygen from being transferred to it, thereby stopping it and essentially killing acne causing bacteria in your skin. It’s patented delivery system allows the nourishing ingredients such as vitamins A & E, hyaluronic acid and nourishing plant oils to be absorbed into the skin while silver-silica help kill bacteria and ensure absorption of the beneficial ingredients this soap has to offer.  Their patented CSC compound – Collagen, Sericin & Chitosan is specially developed using Japanese advanced skin technology. Collagen is derived from sustainable marine collagen and helps add a more youthful appearance to skin while sericin, a natural protein derived from silk, helps to form a protective layer on the skin that works to protect the skin from the effects of the sun, and chitosan, a natural fibre, works to even out skin tone and balance skin’s oil production.

Their super high tech science aside, this is likely the best facial cleansing bar I’ve ever tried. I really am not a huge fan of using bar soap, generally, because most of them include harsh detergents and very little beneficial ingredients so all they do is strip the skin of it’s natural oils and protective layer. Many of them can actually cause more acne or worsen preexisting acne, but this facial cleansing bar is one of a kind.

When I use this to wash my face, I do so after I’ve already oil cleansed any makeup or sunscreen off my face so it’s the second stage of cleansing for me, but you can use it as it suits you. The bar lathers really nicely, but feels more creamy and clarifying instead of stripping like most soap bars. Sometimes I leave it on for 5 minutes to let the ingredients absorb into my skin a bit more, but you don’t need to do that. It’s just a step I do when I want my skin to be extra clean without the hassle of a face mask or any extra work. When rinsed off, this doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry, just clean and supple. I actually notice a huge difference in my skin after using this for a few weeks. My skin looks clearer and even toned, I’ve experienced less breakouts, and my blackheads actually seem to be diminishing slowly which is a huge selling point for me! I don’t know about you guys, but nothing gets my blackheads to even budge so that really impresses me a lot!

Overall, this is a solid cleansing bar that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of because it’s that awesome. I highly recommend this to anyone suffering from acne, especially if your complexion is really oily or just really imbalanced, going from dry to oily. I have acne prone combination skin that is often sensitive and this doesn’t dry me out or irritate my skin. It cleanses really well without stripping my skin and definitely helps clear my pores out. Although I’m still partial to cleansing balms, this is definitely something I’d incorporate into my weekly skin regimen or even just keep on hand for when my skin breaks out because you can see the results overnight where breakouts are concerned.

Learn more about & purchase the COR Silver Soap at The Beauty Box – here.

Thanks again to the lovely people at The Beauty Box for sending this soap to me to test and review!

Have You Ever Tried The COR Silver Soap?

What’s Your Favorite Way to Fight Acne?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts On This!

Skin Owl Argan Infusions

Back in late February, I wrote this post introducing Annie Tevelin, AKA the Skin Owl, and interviewing her on her lovely line of minimal, but nonetheless effective Skin Owl Argan Infusions. I’ve been testing out 3 samples that she sent me, 1 of each type of Argan Infusion available, of these lovely skin treatments and I’m happy to report back that these are just as awesome as they sound!

First off, they come in 3 different variations – Lavender, Clary Sage and Geranium. Although they are said to be suited for all skin types, each has a focus. For instance, lavender is said to be most beneficial for sensitive, oily, and acne prone skin while clary sage is said to be best for dry, mature skin types. Geranium is said to be best for combination skin types and those battling dullness. That being said, they are all safe for use on all skin types and I can attest to that because I’ve used all 3 of them on my sensitive, acne prone, combination skin with lovely results.

Argan Infusion: Lavender

They all come in lovely, yet simple dropper bottles and each has a different, but pleasant scent. My favorite is the lavender because I find it really relaxing and I got the best results with it, given it’s most recommended for my skin type. That being said, the others worked well also, but the results were less noticeable.

These all absorb almost immediately into the skin, leaving no residue behind, though a slight after thought of their given scents remain for a bit then fade after 30 or so minutes. Overnight, the results are pretty noticeable. Acne looks calmer and more diminished, redness and pigmentation look more calm and even which gives the skin more clarity, and the skin just looks much better on the whole.

One thing I will say is that if you have very dry skin, I would recommend this be used in conjunction with a more intense moisturizer or balm like Suti’s Organic Purity Balm or something as this is not moisturizing enough, in my opinion, for dry patches. I do think it’s plenty enough for combination to oily skin types, though, especially in Spring and Summer months. For dry skin types or in the Winter if you’ve experienced patchiness, you will need to layer a cream or balm over this. That being said, the results will still be apparent as I’ve used these both alone on the skin and underneath a skin balm with the same results.

Aside from use on the face, this can also be used to treat dryness  on the body, decollete and hands, though, again, you may need to layer a heavier balm if you’re battling serious dryness. For simple things like elbow patchiness, though, this will do fine alone. I had the best results with the Geranium Argan Infusion for skin dryness, but I think any one of these would work well. I also used the Clary Sage Argan Infusion on the ends of my hair which helped tame some flyaways really nicely and on the bottom of my feet. No idea if it had much effect on my feet, but the scent and feeling of it was nice and relaxing before bed! You’ll likely get best results on your feet is you apply a few drops and then put on socks before bedtime. I also used the Lavender Argan Infusion to heal some little cuts and a small oven burn I’d gotten on my hands and it really helped them to heal and diminish a LOT faster than if left to heal in their own time.

Overall, these Argan Infusions work superbly {yep I said that} and I’d highly recommend them to anyone and everyone who has skin concerns that need tending to – these are just the treatments to get the job done!

Check them out at Skin Owl – here.

See My Interview with the Skin Owl, herself – here.

Have You Ever Tried Any Skin Owl Argan Infusions?

What Are Your Thoughts On These?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

May Lindstrom – The Good Stuff Radiance Oil 

I recently review May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil and really have loved it so much I’m likely to purchase it once I run out of it because it’s so lovely. Aside from it’s naturally nourishing ingredients, it includes golden mica in the formula which lends a golden glow to my skin whenever I apply it. I really love the mini faux glow it gives my skin because I don’t have to sit 5 hours waiting for it to develop like I would with a self tanner. Granted, I don’t get a deep tan with this, but it’s a nice and simple way to get glowing Summer type skin without putting too much effort in and the ingredients in this all over Liquid Sunshine Oil looks great on my face and body.

I really enjoy wearing it when I don’t feel like wearing any makeup, but still want to look somewhat put together because it gives my skin a golden glow and dewy healthy look that allows my skin to shine through and look beautiful while doing it.  You still need a sunscreen when you go out as this doesn’t include SPF other than what’s naturally in plant oils ( no higher than SPF 5, if that ) , but it looks great by itself on makeup free days or beach days for that added golden glow on any skin tone or type.

You can see my original review on The Good Stuff Radiance Oil – here.

You can purchase it from May Lindstrom – here.

What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Glowing Skin?

Let Me know in the Comments!

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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!

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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 ❤


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.


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!


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!

Kanti Organics Body Oil has the right balance of natural moisture for the rejuvenation of your skin.

Kanti Organics Body Oil

One of the great things about being a smaller beauty blogger such as myself is that I get to review more small business beauty brands and, often times, find out that I can get a great product for much less than higher end designer brands would offer it for.

Kanti Organics is one such small, but nonetheless awesome beauty brand!

They offer a small range of natural and organic skincare products for face, body and even babies. Their Restoring Body Oil is the second product I’ve tried from their lovely range of products and it’s been just as lovely as the first! I had first tried their Rejuvenating Facial Serum which I highly recommend. Both smell similar and AMAZING as well as being effective in hydrating, softening, and brightening skin.

The scent of this body oil is similar, as I said, to their Rejuvenating Facial Serum, but it’s a bit more subtle. It includes tons of natural and organic plant oils such as grape seed, coconut, apricot, and olive as well as other healing essential oils which give this oil it’s relaxing, intoxicating scent. It’s super hydrating and softening and works well straight out of the shower when skin is still damp. It also works fantastic when you add a few pumps to your bath to soften and moisturize skin, especially if you’re the type of person who hates applying and massaging in body oil – you will get similar benefits from the oil using it this way.

Really, I can’t recommend this enough as a body oil for anyone and everyone. It’s really lovely in scent without being overpowering so you can wear it with perfume or body spray and it’s super effective at hydrating and softening skin without too much fuss. It’s a solid body oil at a very affordable price so do check it out!

You can learn more about the Kanti Organics Restoring Body Oil – here.

What’s Your Favorite Body Oil?

Do You Prefer Body Oils or Creams?

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts in the Comments!

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