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Obaz Retro One Piece Swimsuit – Marc Jacobs?

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

Mine has been really hot – we’re having upwards of 100 F degrees here in California, at the moment, and it’s been less than pleasant!

Normally, I enjoy this weather, but as I currently live in an area without a pool or beach nearby, it is kind of horrible.

That being, it’s led to fantasies about swimming and, of course, swimsuits!

There seem to be so many amazing styles floating around this season and I really think there is something for everyone. I’ve tried to do a good mix of plus and straight sized styles so everyone has something lovely to pin to their Pinterest “wish list” boards! 😉

I hope you enjoy my current lust list of swimsuits!

Strappy Add-2-Cups Push-Up Halter Top – Victoriassecret.com

GabiFresh for SwimSuitsForAll Lime BH Yoga Bikini Full

L*Space Swimwear Black Neo Bandeau Bandeau Bikini by L*Space 2013 | The Orchid Boutique

St. Maarten Colorblock Bandeau Plus Size Swimsuit w/ Detachable Strap- Black Multi – Swimwear – Monif C

Forever Sexy Ruched Halter One-piece – Victoria’s Secret

Kiyonna Summer 2012 Collection

Motel 50s Style Halter Swimsuit With Padded Cups | ASOS

ASOS Contrast Padded Longline Bikini Top | ASOS

IRON FIST Caged Swimsuit

Nike Bondi Bikini Top & Bottoms | Nordstrom

hococat Scoop One Piece Swimsuit – Forever21

Ted Baker London Bikini Top & Bottoms | Nordstrom

Sugar Skull Calaveras Swimsuit from Picsity

Basta Surf Zunzal Coral Bikini – Anthropologie

Mechanical White Ribs Swimsuit – Black Milk Clothing

Zinke Katie Bikini – Anthropologie

Gamer Turquoise Swimsuit – LIMITED

Cherry Blossom Black Cap Sleeve Swim

Are there Any Swimsuits You’re Loving Right Now?

To see more of my swimsuit style picks and other Spring & Summer fashion trends I’m loving lately, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Spring & Summer Fashion board!

Check Out More Summer Picks Here!

Fun in the Sun Fitness: AquaCycling

Summer Fashion Finds

10 Styles I’m Ready to Rock for Spring & Summer

Beauty Essentials for Summer

ECO Swimwear I’m Loving Right Now!

Eco Baby

Happy Tuesday All!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far!

I just wanted to take a moment to announce the winner for my Eco Logical Sunscreen Giveaway so Congrats to Nizy!

I’ve contacted you through email already so enjoy your prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up and commented and I will try to do more giveaways in the next few months – feel free to let me know if you have any items you’d like to be up for grabs in the future!

Also, you all have 1 more chance to win currently so be sure to sign up for the O.N.E. Skincare Giveaway!

As for my other O.N.E. Skincare giveaway, you’ve all got less than 2 days to sign up and enter to win a full sized Olive Oil All in One Nourishing Treatment from O.N.E. Skincare and you can Sign Up Here

Good Luck & Have a Great Day!

Anyone doing any awesome giveaways currently or sign up for a great one recently?

I’d love if you shared the links in the comments!

Eco Baby

Eco Baby Sunscreen

I recently did a review on the Eco Logical Skin Natural Sunscreens for Baby and Body (see the review – here) and I’m so thrilled to announce they are sponsoring a giveaway for Storybook Apothecary readers, allowing you the chance to try one for yourself!

That’s right ( 😉 ), one lucky reader will win a full size Eco Baby Natural Sunscreen and enjoy their fantastic formula first hand!

The giveaway ends this coming Monday so Hurry & Sign Up while you still can!

Good Luck!

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

Giveaway Ends March 4th, 2013!

eco BABY

When it’s so cloudy and cold out, we often times think that we don’t really need to apply sunscreen, but that couldn’t be further from the truth because, in fact, most sun damage and cancer causing rays penetrate through clouds and will still do a number on your skin if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your skin from aging and pigmentation as well as skin cancer. So, with that being said, protect your skin and do it daily, not just at the beach, and onto my review! 😉

I’ve recently been testing out this new 100% natural sunscreen for the past month or so and I really like it thus far.

Previously, I had been using Vive Sana (for that review, check here), but I ran out of it and haven’t really had the time or money to re-purchase it. To be honest, I really like both of them and they both have their pros and cons.

First of all, the Eco Logical Skin Sunscreens are really lovely. Unlike most natural sunscreens, these aren’t overwhelmingly thick and actually spread really well. They take a minute or so to set into the skin and the white cast is not so glaringly obvious, but there’s none of the struggle I usually experience when using most naturally sunscreens. This one actually fades a bit once it’s massaged into the skin. As I said, you do have to let it sit for a minute and then the white cast fades out, but be careful not to over apply because then you will have a white cast. I did that the other day and it left too much white sunscreen cast in my brows. Ew. My B.

Eco Baby

Anyway, the formula has little to no scent and none of the chemically sunscreen smell I remember from my childhood (which I am hopelessly fond of due to nostalgia LOL). It’s really inoffensive and I think, for this reason, it would be fantastic for sensitive skin and babies. It also hasn’t made me break out at all which some sunscreens have done to me in the past and that’s certainly something I can appreciate.

Where this line of sunscreens really shine is in the hydration and spread-ability department because nearly all natural sunscreens I’ve tried have been seriously difficult to spread onto skin and even harder to blend. This one is really not at all difficult to apply. It spreads really easily onto skin and soaks in reasonably quickly, though the minimal white cast takes a minute or so to go away as long as you don’t over apply.

Eco BODY

Also, these sunscreens are super hydrating to the skin because they include lots of beneficial plant oils including avocado and jojoba oil. The only thing I consider a somewhat con to these sunscreens is that they are not organic or GMO free and that’s kind of an important factor to some. If you want an organic sunscreen, check the link above to my Vive Sana review. If you just want the sunscreen to be 100% natural and made from beneficial ingredients, then this is a fantastic, solid line of sustainable and eco friendly sunscreens. They don’t include chemical sunscreens like conventional sun protection products, only a high concentration of zinc oxide (22%) . They are broad spectrum ( UVA / UVB ), water resistant, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic ( will not clog pores ).

Learn more about Eco Logical Skin as a company – here.

You can check out their line of natural sunscreens – here.

If you wish to purchase these, they are carried in a number of retail locations around the world. You can locate a store near you with their locator – here.

Tan Organic - 1st Day of Christmas Giveaways - StorybookApothecary.com

It has begun!

The first giveaway of 12 in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Event!

If you missed my post, definitely click the link above so you can get the 411 on what brands are up for grabs!

I won’t be telling you which specific items are up for grabs until the giveaways go live because, well, I thought surprising you would be fun!

Definitely check back every day to enter a new giveaway for 12 days straight here on Storybook Apothecary – I’ll be giving away loads of amazing goodies from all my favorite brands!

Anyhow, onto today’s giveaway!

Today’s gift that’s up for grabs is the Tan Organic Natural Sunless Tanning Spray. You may remember me reviewing this lovely product over the past Summer. If not, check out my review for it here and then come back to enter once you see how brilliant it is!

If you want the gist on this amazing tanner, it’s an all natural, award-winning organic sunless tanning spray that hails straight from Ireland. It’s simple to use and gives a lovely, natural looking tan that is very easy to build up and looks so good, but without the sun damage!

Special thanks to Tan Organic for sponsoring this and sending me the item for giveaway – I truly appreciate it very much!

Sign up for the giveaway through rafflecopter – Enter Here!

Please Note – This giveaway and all the giveaways I’ll be holding every day for 12 days are Flash Giveaways – They will only be open for entries for 48 Hours so do Enter Right Away if you want a great chance at winning!

This giveaway closes December 7th, 2012.

Stay tuned here every day for 12 days straight for more chances to win great beauty (& a few jewelry!) items!

Get Tan Organic Sunless Tanning Spray FREE With Purchase Of OilArganic!

Tan Organic is having a special deal!

If you purchase their New OilArganic, a moisturizing complex of 8 plant oils and rose fragrance meant to condition hair, skin and nails while it also diminishes stretch marks and scars, you can get a Full Size bottle of Tan Organic FREE! If you haven’t yet discovered the awesome-ness that is Tan Organic, check out my original post on it – here!

Check out the special – Here!

Get A Super Safe and Sexy Glow with Tan Organic’s 100% Natural Sunless Spray Tanner Review + GIVEAWAY !

A month or so ago, I was given the chance to try this incredible sunless spray tanner from TanOrganic, an Irish company that offers the first ever sunless tanning product made from 95% certified organic ingredients and is 100% natural. Created by one Irish woman’s quest for the most natural fake tan on the market, this has won many awards including the Irish Times Best Tan / Value Award for 2011. Check out what other awards they’ve won – here.  It comes in a very sturdy glass spray bottle and each order right now comes with a free TanErase Ultimate Exfoliator, a tool used to remove the tanner from your skin. Also, they offer a Tanning Mitt  (pictured below) you can purchase to help with the application of this sunless spray tanner, if you like. Personally, they didn’t send me one to use, so I just used those disposable latex gloves, but if you prefer to have your own dedicated tanning applicator mitt, theirs is decently priced.

Anyhow, on with the review! The texture of this spray is really very water, easily spreadable onto the skin and soaks right in with a bit of massaging. I actually find this to be a pretty fool proof product. Incredibly so, because I’ve tried many a drugstore fake tanner with disastrous results which is why I normally avoid a fake tan. They just make me look orange or, worse, dirty, but this one gives an amazingly realistic looking tan that I love!

First off, for application, I definitely recommend you either buy their tanning mitt or otherwise use some latex gloves to apply because it is a guarantee to stain your hands. That being said, it’s extremely easy to apply and you shouldn’t experience streaking at all as long as you spray an even layer thoroughly over your skin and massage it into your skin until it’s all soaked up. If you’re like me, prone to accidents and messes, you may want to consult their very helpful application demo video – here! It is also recommended that you apply it in circular motions, massaging it into the skin and then you have to wait 6-8 hours before rinsing it off. My advice – take a book or your laptop into the bathroom and hang out for a bit while you “tan” away. Once you’re done and all rinsed, be sure to use only gentle body and face washes as well as a lot of moisturizer to prolong the life of the tan.

All in all, this is a really great tan product!

I would actually go so far as to say this is THE BEST self tanning product I have ever tried.

It gives you a really natural and realistic looking tan without toxic or harmful ingredients and actually includes a lot of beneficial organic and natural ones – Aloe, Orange Peel, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ginger and Honey extracts among others which help to improve the skin’s condition while you achieve that perfect shade of Summer.

Plus, I really like that it comes out in a watery spray because its a lot easier to use than the mousse / cream / lotion varieties which seem to get onto every surface of my bathroom.

This is an especially awesome self tan product for those with fairer skin because it shows up. Often times, I’ve found that a lot of the self tanning products I’ve purchased in the past for “light” or “fair” tones just don’t show up at all and the “dark” tones make me look ridiculous. This one is just right and totally buildable if you’re on the darker side of things 😉 . I definitely recommend you check it out because it’s one of the safest ways to “tan” or even fake tan, is incredibly simple to use and has a lovely natural color for that Summer glow we all want without the damage.

Check it out – here! 

Learn more about TanOrganic – here! 

…And now onto the giveaway!

You have TanOrganic to thank for this, so please do show them love in the comments if you sign up because they have been extremely generous and sent me both a Full Sized bottle of TanOrganic Sunless Spray Tanner valued at $40 USD complete with a Self Tanning Mitt valued at $10 USD!

If you’re craving that Summer glow and you want a safer way to get that look, definitely sign up for your chance to win!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER For Your Chance to Win Your Own Tan Organic Spray Tanner and Tanning Mitt!

What do you think of Sunless spray tanners?

What’s your favorite tanning product?

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