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My Top 10 Favorite Asian Beauty Products!

I’m not sure how obvious it is, but I love Asian beauty products.

I love all other kinds of beauty as well, but Asian beauty has a special place in my heart.

Often times, I feel that Asian beauty brands offer interesting products that are a lot of fun to use and they usually feature a host of natural ingredients for skin beauty benefits, whether in makeup or skincare.

That being said, here are some of my all-time favorites!

Skin79 Hot Pink Triple Function BB Cream SPF25 PA++

This is the first BB cream I ever tried! That was nearly 3 years ago and this is still my favorite. It has a nice shade matching ability that I love, it soaks into the skin and makes my skin look like I’m not wearing any makeup at all. It has never caused any breakouts, but actually improved the texture of my skin over time. I love that the formula includes both sunscreen and a host of beneficial skincare ingredients. Plus, it’s a mid-range BB cream at around $30 and it lasts forever so it’s great value. An oldie, but a goody! I’m currently testing out this one by Skin79.

Comed Cosmetique C+M Oil Control Blemish Defense Serum

 This is one of my all-time favorite acne spot treatments! It’s pretty natural and includes plant extracts to fight breakouts. Plus, I bought it on SASA.Com at an incredible price : $2.80 USD! Okay, so now you know I’m extremely cheap, but seriously, this works! The bottle is pretty small, but the needle nose type applicator is perfect for squeezing out the tiniest amount to spot treat blemishes. I can’t recommend this enough and, at such a low price, it’s practically risk-free to try!

Komenuka Bijin Whitening Face Serum

This is such an effective serum! I’m not too into “whitening” my skin, but this works great to brighten and even out discolorations on my skin tone!  It’s made with all natural ingredients with an emphasis on high concentrations of rice bran, natural acids, proteins and does not include damaging hydroquinone like many Asian brands do. That being said, at $60 USD, it’s pretty expensive, but well worth the price in my opinion.

Kai Eye Mascara Guard

I purchased this originally off Ebay for like $3, but SASA is selling it for around $4 USD. It’s a really handy tool you can use to prevent mascara getting on your eyelids or smearing your bottom lashes. I find it to be super helpful because I am constantly messing up and getting mascara on my lids! It’s so annoying, but this prevents that from happening and helps to evenly coat your lashes so you experience little to no clumping.

Kai Eyebrow Comb Scissors

This comb / scissors combo for eyebrows is awesome and such a time saver! I hate sitting there with a little comb trying to trim my super long bushy brows and this really cuts down on the time, frustration and simplifies everything for me. Just comb and cut and you’re done. Super easy and it’s under $10 USD.

Naruko Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing Night Gelly

Even though this is just one night jelly, I think it’s safe to say I pretty much love them all. They are so light, pleasantly scented and effective and they include a huge amount of natural ingredients that work to heal your skin as you sleep. I absolutely love these and I buy them all the time because they relax me before bed and they work really well.

See reviews on some Naruko Night Jellies here and here!

Komenuka Bijin Facial Washing Powder

These are a little on the expensive side for around $40 USD, but they last FOREVER! They are basically a set of 30 packets of rice powder type face wash that gets milky when you mix it with water and wash your face. It’s actually very similar to the one I recently reviewed by Naruko (See that review – here!).They work really well and one single packet has enough powder to last you a week if you use dime size amounts daily, which is really all you need. This cleanser works really well, it’s gentle and non-drying and made with all natural ingredients. I first discovered this brand when reading a magazine around 3 years ago where Liv Tyler stated how much she loves their products.

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Face Mask Sheets

This is a box of 10 sheet masks that help to brighten up tired, dull skin. Made with natural plant extracts, most notably onion, the mask helps to hydrate, revitalize and calm your skin. I really love the face mask sheets from My Beauty Diary! They work really well and you can get a lot of uses out of one sheet mask. There is usually product left over in the little packet that each mask comes in so I like to squeeze it out and use it as a hand treatment while I let the mask do it’s work. This isn’t really an ordinary face mask because it’s a sheet mask which is made of woven type cotton that is soaked in the mask ingredients. There are holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and you place it onto your face for 10-15 minutes. I love that if you lie in front of a fan while wearing one of these, the mask becomes super cooling on your face. It’s very relaxing, quick and effective to use these. Don’t freak out if it’s your first time using one though, you may look a bit like a feminine Michael Myers while wearing this, but it’s totally worth it. At around $15 USD for the 10 pack, it’s a great deal and I only use them when I really need a pick-me-up.

Komenuka Bijin Shampoo and Conditioner Set

This shampoo and conditioner set is made utilizing the powers of rice bran to repair dry, damaged hair. It’s very moisturizing and softening to use on the hair and I love the nice subtle scent, but it’s a bit on the expensive side for some at $60 USD for the set. It really does work well though and the natural ingredients are very gentle and hydrating.

Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Soothing White Serum

If you’ve been following along, you’ll have read my review on Naruko’s Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid collection (Check that review out – here!). I really love all the products in their line, especially this collection, but this was my favorite product of the bunch other than the night jelly. It’s very light and feels like velvet going on the skin. It soaks up immediately and leaves no residue behind and it helps to calm redness, discoloration and other skin irritations. It’s pretty affordable at $26 USD – Now on sale at Naruko.Us for $23 though!

 That’s all for now!

Do you like Asian beauty products?

What are some of your favorites?

Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners + A Surprise!

So, my apologies for this rather late announcement.

You see, I had planned to announce the winners at midnight, but then I fell asleep and yeah.

Then today I spent all day at a local lake with friends, got sunburned and yep.

So, I am making up for this!

Without further delay, Here are the Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners:

HealthyFrenchie

Wendy Kroy

AJ’s Mom 

To make up for the late announcement and the fact that I’m feeling quite generous lately, plus the fact that everyone is so keen on trying a night jelly, as a happy surprise, please email me @ StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with a mailing address to claim your mini Naruko samples and let me know which night jelly you most want to try from Naruko.

I know some of you don’t get it in your country so I am going to go to the local shop and get you each a full size night jelly of your choice. Please let me know which one you want to try when you email me your mailing information!

So congrats to the winners of this mini giveaway and stay tuned for the winner of the Rainwater Botanicals giveaway!

If you haven’t signed up for that one yet, you can do so – here!

Night All, I’ll be nursing a sunburn now!

Please Sign Up for My Giveaways!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Now, I know I write a lot of reviews because I go out of my way to seek out companies that I like so I can review samples from them or otherwise purchase their stuff out of pocket to test and review them here on this blog.

Other posts I do try to include are a lot of DIY because it’s something I love and think is tons of fun as well as healthy beauty food recipes because I believe beauty is from the inside out!

That being said, I do put a lot of effort into my posts and I hope that it reflects in the posts I do.

I recently started 2 mini giveaways – one for Naruko and one for Rainwater Botanicals.

Although I was sent the samples for free from each company, I will be shipping these out to the chosen winners at my own expense.

They are both available to any of my readers, anywhere in the world.

This is my way of showing appreciation for your support so please sign up for them!

Sign up for the Naruko Mini Giveaway – here!

(Ends June 9th, 2012)

Sign Up for the Rainwater Botanicals Mini Giveaway – here!

(Ends June 12th, 2012)

I hope you will all sign up for these mini giveaways for the chance at trying some product samples from some truly amazing natural skincare companies!

Thanks & Have a Nice Weekend!