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TONS of Naruko Skincare Samples: Speed Reviews

{All Naruko Skincare Samples were Provided for Review by Naruko USA}

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Naruko skincare. Their favorite products are the night jellies that they offer, but they also have various lines of skincare for different skin types, issues and concerns and I was lucky this past winter/ spring season to be able to test out a few of them for a few months.

Here’s a look at everything I received for review. Naruko has been super generous to me and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to try more of their products because they are a brand that I would purchase from no matter what. If you’re unfamiliar with this brand, Naruko is a Taiwanese beauty brand that mainly offer a variety of skincare products for all your skin concerns including acne, dry skin, discoloration or pigmentation, and more. The brand is known for selling products that are naturally effective and include a variety of all natural ingredients combined with some scientific research to ensure the best results for your skin.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream

The first item I tested out was their Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Cream. It comes in an air tight plastic container which dispenses the perfect amount of cream out of a hole in it’s center when you press down on the top. It’s really sanitary and effective way to keep your cream clean as well as keep it from oxidation which will make ingredients less effective over time so I really like the packaging for it’s practical function. Aside from the packaging, this is a great cream for those with dry skin or combination skin who are dry in the winter or spring seasons. I got really super dry skin this past winter and this was a really nice cream to keep my skin from dehydration.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask

I absolutely love sheet masks! They are super easy to use, effective and very mess-free. They come in rectangle envelopes with face shaped cotton masks that are pre-soaked in the mask ingredients so you literally just pull them out, place them on your face and relax for 10-15. A lot of them don’t even need to be rinsed off, though you can if you’d prefer to. This one is super hydrating and softening.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Foaming Wash

This face wash was hit and miss for me. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the gratifying peeling that happened when I used it. It basically lathers up really nicely and when you massage it onto your skin, it starts to peel the dead skin off your face to reveal brighter skin beneath and you can literally see the skin coming off in little pieces. It’s not painful and there’s very little to no abrasion going on so it’s done more chemically than anything. It doesn’t feel like a face scrub much at all so, if you’re not into scrubs, this doesn’t feel like that. Instead, it just massages dead skin off your face and reveals new skin after. I really liked the peeling bit of this face wash, but as for treating dryness, it was not nearly as much hydration as I wanted and needed in a winter cleanser. I actually think face balms work much better for me than this, which I found to be brightening, but still a bit drying. It may work better for others, but for me, it didn’t hydrate enough. This might be great for those who battle oily skin, but also have dryness.

Tea Tree Oil Out Peeling Gel

This is another peeling type product that’s super fun to use. It does feel more like a scrub as it has tiny little beads in the formula, but they aren’t rough at all to use. To use this, you apply a small amount to skin and massage it around your face gently (avoiding eye area) for a minute or so. You will see small pieces of skin come off in the same way as the face wash and you need to rinse after using this to get all the little pieces completely off. I liked this better than the face wash, but it still didn’t hydrate my skin enough. I really just enough the scent of the Naruko tea tree products, to be honest. This is a great one for acne prone skin types.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Eye Gelly

This hydrating night eye jelly is perfect for under the eyes. It’s super thick and goopy feeling, but it will soak in completely within an hour so that does go away eventually. It really does hydrate the eye area and protect it nicely. It didn’t cause breakouts on my skin at all so that’s a great bonus for those who have dry under eyes, but experience eye sensitivity and acne, because it’s very hydrating without being heavy or causing irritation.

Rose & Snow Fungus Classic Hydrating Night Gelly

Although this hasn’t taken the place of my favorite night jelly, it’s still a really lovely Night Jelly and it’s especially beneficial for dry skin types or those currently experiencing dryness. It has a really lovely, yet subtle rose scent and feels hydrating, but light on the skin.

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator Seru

AMPM Super Triple HA Skin Hydrator

This very hydrating, yet light serum has a high concentration of B vitamins and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate, plump, and soothe skin. I really like how light this serum is, despite the fact that it’s very moisturizing. I think this is perfect for combination and oily skin types who have trouble finding serums that both hydrate the skin and are not super heavy. This is a great one for those who have trouble with heavier moisturizers, but still want a hydrating serum to use.

Facial White Illuminating Cotton Pads

The last item I received is this box of texturized cotton pads that are unique to Naruko. They are dual sided with one side being very smooth and one side being cross-hatched for gently buffing the skin. These are fantastic to use with facial toners or to remove makeup because the cross-hatched side really buffs the skin clean and gently exfoliates while the smooth side polishes and smooths the surface. I really saw a huge difference in my skin with using these alongside a toner and I definitely think they’re worth the little extra cost.

Overall, these products from Naruko, unsurprisingly, were really awesome. They all work really well at hydrating the skin and putting some life into otherwise dry skin cells. I definitely had an issue with dryness this past season and these products all helped a lot. I don’t think there was anything I really loved out of this bunch, but they’re all pretty solid as good skincare choices in my book. I don’t think I’d use them in the Summer time really as my skin can’t really handle it and prefers oils to lotions. I know that sounds weird and backward, but that’s how my skin is. If I had to pick favorites, I would choose the Night Eye Jelly, the Tea Tree Peeling Gel and the Cotton Pads, but these are all worth a look if hydration is what you need so definitely give them a look!

Have You Tried Any of These Products from Naruko?

What Are Your Thoughts on Taiwanese & Asian Beauty Products?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you’re all doing well today :-]

I’m super excited today to share another fantastic serum with you and it’s especially great not only because of it’s ingredients, but also because the ideals and integrity behind them.

I’ve been using this serum for about a good month now and I’m really impressed, but before I get into that, I wanted to talk about Lina Hanson – the woman behind this lovely serum.

Lina Hanson is a celebrity makeup artist who is originally from Sweden and began her brand as a way to offer the best ingredients for your skin to all ages, with any skin type, of any ethnic background, anywhere in the world.

With that philosophy in mind, Lina set about formulating a simple, yet effective serum with carrier and essential oils from all over the world in it’s formula. From Morocco, South Africa, and India to Tunisia, Peru and Japan, she’s utilized potent anti-aging oils that have been used and loved in various cultures around the globe for centuries in order to offer these beauty benefits to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

I was so thrilled to receive a bottle of this lovely oil!  It comes in a lovely dark glass bottle that feels really high quality and luxe.

First off, it has kind of peculiar scent that was hard to ignore. It’s not that it’s particularly strong, but it just smelled odd to me. I know that it’s my own personal preference because when I asked my boyfriend, he looked at me like I was trippin’ and said it just smells like flowers. So, there you have it. It smells of flowers.

Aside from the odd scent, this serum is super nourishing, but surprisingly not heavy on the skin at all. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and leaves no residue behind.

It is quite expensive at $85, but it includes a high concentration of top quality oils such as argan oil, baobab oil, and marula oil for their hydrating and healing properties.

After using this for nearly a month, I can attest to this serum’s effectiveness as I’ve seen a higher clarity in my skin, minimal breakouts, faster healing in spots, and a more even toned complexion.

Although this serum seems high priced, it’s for a great cause. With it’s use of sustainable, eco friendly, and naturally effective ingredients, this is a serum that is quite effective without harming the environment or your body. At the same time, it’s made in the USA so it helps support our economic growth. Lastly, as if that’s not enough, the Lina Hanson brand donates a portion of their profits to a different charity every 3 months as a way of giving back.

To learn more about this Global Face Serum or purchase a bottle for yourself, check here.

Have You Ever Heard of the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum?

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

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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Living Nature Foundation

Today’s post features one of my first-ever natural liquid foundation reviews!

I had been obsessing over this foundation for ages and ages until Living Nature contacted me through Twitter, offering to send me one for review (Thank you so much again!), and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

I’ve been reviewing this one for over a month now and I’ve loved every minute of it!

(Left side of my hand is with no primer and looks more matter, right side is with the Smooth Affair primer from Jane Iredale – you can see it’s more soft and dewy) 

Not only does this foundation give solid medium coverage and a lovely finish, whether matte or dewy, it packs loads of valuable, beneficial ingredients such as manuka oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, and grapefruit extract. Plus, it’s certified organic! I love that it doesn’t irritate skin nor clog pores and I don’t have to feel guilty about wearing it because it’s all natural and earth friendly. I’ve had great results with both matte and dewy finishes. To get a matte finish, you simply apply this foundation as is after your moisturizer and to get a dewy velvety finish, use a primer. I’ve used the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Smoothing Primer and Brightener with great results. You can see my review for that – here.

I highly recommend this one as I feel it’s certainly well worth the cost given the benefits your skin will receive through using it, both for it’s anti-aging skin benefits the lovely effects it gives the skin.

Personally, I received Pure Taupe and I’m quite pale with neutral pink and yellow undertones, but they have several different shades for various different skin tone shades.

You can check out their various offered shades – here.

What is your favorite natural foundation?

I am sooo excited to be reviewing this incredible Marula Oil today for you!

I have been drooling over this stuff through my laptop for months and months and months. Not only is this face oil absolutely amazing, but there is much to be said for what’s behind the production and sourcing of this face oil.

The Leakey Collection was started by the Leakeys in 2002 as a way to help local Kenyans get sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities. With the idea of bringing the powers of pure marula oil to  women around the world, they’ve been able to give many Kenyans an ethical source of income that does not interfere with their life or culture. To learn more about their amazing journey and collaboration with Dr. Ashton Kaidi, read more here. You can also learn more about the harvesting process here.

Aside from their incredible program, their pure Marula Oil is truly amazing.

I normally wouldn’t review a product before using it for at least a few weeks, but after using this for nearly a week, I already notice the incredible hydrating properties of this lovely oil. It’s unlike any other oil I’ve ever tried because it’s extremely moisturizing without being the least bit oily. It soaks into the skin straight away and leaves no residue behind. Plus, unlike a lot of oils I’ve tried, this one has a really nice subtle scent. It’s like a very soft citrus smell or something, but it’s not overpowering; it’s just calming and beautiful. I noticed that even after only a week my skin was more hydrated without being super oily and not a breakout in sight! I also feel like this face oil lends a bit of soft vibrancy to my skin. It’s also really great as a primer if you want your foundation to look velvety and a bit dewy.

This is definitely one to check out, not only for it’s great beauty benefits, but also for the humanity and sustainability behind the product and company itself.

You can buy Marula Oil – here.

Special 2 for $20 For Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders!

Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !

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Purchase 2 Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders for $20 – Here!

Get Glowing, Youthful, and Hydrated Skin with Intrinsic Organics + GIVEAWAY!

     

So I recently discovered Intrinsic Organics, a natural, organic and handmade line of skincare and body care products. I was sent the following products and I am officially a convert of all three of them, especially the body lotion!The first item I was able to try was the Almond and Oatmeal Sugar Body Scrub. This feels lovely scrub is gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin, but gets some great scrubbing action so that it actually is effective for body exfoliation. It smells just like almonds and oatmeal and sugar (not surprisingly), which I love, because I find it really delicious! There are no oatmeal pieces in the scrub that I could see, even though I expected there to be for some odd reason. Instead, there are sugar granules and pieces and a strong almond scent that I really like. This works really nicely to exfoliate dead skin cells off your body without feeling too abrasive, hydrates the skin and smells lovely. The only drawback of this was that ants seemed to really like it as well so it attracted a decent amount of them all around the jar (though thankfully not inside it!). So, just as a hazard or warning, if you have any hint of a tendency toward ants in the Summer, you may want to hold off on getting this til winter, otherwise, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator when you aren’t using it. The fridge bit does make the scrub even more pleasant!

The second product I was able to try was the Hydrating Bergamot Blend Body Lotion, which is seriously one of the best lotions I’ve ever encountered. This doesn’t have the soothing feel of my favorite Skin Rescue Cream, but what it does have is the impressive ability to really hydrate the skin. If your issue is not with irritation, but with combating dryness, this would certainly benefit you. It feels like a cross between a creamy cream lotion and an oil type runnier lotion, but it really doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all. It’s a bit hard to explain the texture of this suffice to say that it works, it really does. It soaks in right away and just leaves the skin looking more nourished and glowing. I absolutely love this and will definitely purchase once I run out of the sample.

The last item I was able to try was the Chocolate Mint Chapstick Lip Balm. This is a really nice lip product! It doesn’t have a tint or anything, but the hydrating abilities of this are similar to the lotion in that it just melts into the lips without being too oily or greasy. It just feels lovely on the lips and very softening. I’m normally not a fan of chocolate type lip products, but this wasn’t so overwhelmingly chocolate that it bothered. Actually, I hardly notice the chocolate mint except in scent alone; the mint I do feel a bit because this is a little cooling on the lips, but mostly just super moisturizing and awesome to use.

Check out the entire line of Intrinsic Organics products – Here!

CLICK HERE to Enter For a Chance to WIN YOUR OWN Body Scrub and Lotion from Intrinsic Organics! HURRY! GIVEAWAY ENDS MONDAY 7/30/12 !

Have you tried Intrinsic Organics products?

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

New Gift Sets At Max Green Alchemy!

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Max Green Alchemy, especially their lovely Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner (Click Here for that Review!) which are incredibly effective, gentle and made with all plant-derived ingredients. That being said, I’m very close to running out of both of these and I discovered some brand New kits being offered over on MaxGreenAlchemy.Com at great prices, allowing you to try the shampoo and conditioner as well as your choice of Skin Rescue Shower Gelee or Scalp Rescue Styling Gel. One kit features these in trial type travel sizes and the other in all full sizes at really great prices.

Check them out! 

Natural Care Travel Gift Bag; $15.49 – $15.99 USD

Natural Care Gift Box; $46.99 – $48.99 USD

Definitely pick up one of these sets to try out their products if you haven’t already, otherwise the full sized gift box is a great way to get them at awesome prices! I’m certainly going to purchase one by the end of today as I really need to stock up!

To Shop All Max Green Alchemy products, Click Here!

Have you tried any Max Green Alchemy products?

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I post sales, specials and other promotions as a way to pass on the beauty goodness to readers, nothing else. My opinion and posts are always 100% honest and my own.

For Healthy Even Toned Skin, Opt for Kanti Organics’ Rejuvenating Serum!

I feel really lucky when I receive samples for review and this one was certainly a treat!

It’s crazy because it actually reminds me of this serum from Rainwater Botanicals in almost every way except it’s effects. I would use the one from RB for a subtle hydrated glow and this Rejuvenating Serum instead really helps to literally rejuvenate my skin when it’s suffering from immense dullness, which I was until I began using this a few weeks ago. I love that this serum smells incredible and, because I’m all about getting the most out of my products, I also began using this on my neck and décolleté to great effect! It really made the whole of my chest, neck and face look supple, hydrated and even toned. I highly recommend this for those battling dull, dry skin or dullness due to too much oil production as well. This seems to really help my skin even things out. Plus, the prices are pretty reasonable and come in fairly economical sizes that will last you awhile.

Check it out – Here!

Check out all Kanti Organics’ products – Here!

Have you tried anything from Kanti Organics?

What’s your favorite product to battle dull skin?

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

Natural Beauty and Balance with Simply Divine Botanicals!

Simply Divine Botanicals is a lovely skincare company that handcrafts chemical free products with your mind, body and soul encompassed in each of them. Made with what Master herbalist and healer, SDB Founder Barbara Rogers, calls complete and unconditional love and gratitude as well as all natural ingredients. I was recently sent a massive and incredibly generous amount of samples from the lovely Simply Divine Botanicals, so much so that I cannot really review them all at once, though I am likely to review more in the future as I go through them. That being said, here are a few of my favorite so far!

Feet Treat Foot and Leg Cream – A Stimulating Experience! – This one I only received a small sample of, but it really helps to take the stress out of my feet! I am on my feet a lot of the time and there’s a lot of pressure in them by the end of the day so this truly relaxes and takes the pressure off of them. It has a semi-medicinal smell to it and feels very balmy and  nourishing. I like to massage it in a bit and it really feels hydrating to my heels and relaxing to my muscles and mind!

You’re My Everything! Beautify – Detoxify – Energize – Nourish – This is an all natural supplement made with all natural greens, activated Barley, Spirulina blue green algae, Cayenne pepper and MSM meant to give you more energy, vitality, beauty and health. I have experienced more energy throughout the day using this than any other supplement! The only thing is that it literally smells like hamster food and has that green sea taste. It’s masked a bit when you mixed it with a bit of juice or in a smoothie, but honestly, I down it like a shot to avoid tasting it because the results are totally worth it to me!

Keeping Abreast Of It! Lymphatic Drainage and Circulatory Breast Cream – This cream is very hydrating and nourishing, but the real benefits come when it’s that time of the month! I don’t know the mysteries behind this one, but it really helps with soreness in the breast tissue. Also, if I’m feeling sore in the breast area even from working out, this seems to really help. It also seems to help with neck soreness as well!

Crystal Ally Body and Foot Spray Deodorant – I want to make a point of saying that this spray is not an antipersperant. It will not stop you from sweating like a conventional drugstore deodorant. What it does do is utilizes zinc and silver to neutralize body odor, which it does very well! I was still sweaty when I used this on an extremely hot day, but I smelled like pleasant citrus instead of B.O. which is fine with me! This is a really pleasant and super light spray that I have been keeping in my bag for super hot days when I know I can’t really stop the sweat, but I can control the odor. Yeah, it’s gross, but hey, this helps, even in 100+ F heat!

You Glow Girl! Glitter Butter – This is a really softening body butter that includes glitter in the formula to give you a nice shimmer perfect for Summer days. It really looks nice; it’s not too over the top in appearance and the formula includes hydrating oils, butters and essential oils for a moisturizing butter that offers a simple natural fragrance and perfectly toned, shimmery skin.

How Now Brown Cacao Body Butter – This body butter is seriously lovely! It smells delicious, literally want to eat it, because it smells just like chocolate. Do NOT eat this even though you’ll want to when you smell it! It is incredibly softening, hydrating and absorbs really well into the skin. Also, the chocolate smell is apparent when you’re applying, but once dry, someone will only be able to smell it if they’re right up in your personal space.

 

Gypsy Rose Tea Toner – This is a lovely tea toner that I have been spraying on my face any chance I can get throughout the hot weekdays. It doesn’t have an extremely strong smell, but the hint of apple cider vinegar is definitely apparent. It goes away once dry, though. I found this toner is great for calming redness and helping keep oily skin free from bacteria.

 

 

Pack Your Bags, They’re Leaving! Eye Gel – This eye gel is so hydrating and cooling! It includes cucumber and vitamin E to help moisturize and de-puff your under eyes. It definitely works well for me on mornings when I’ve gotten less than the desirable amount of beauty sleep!

Plump Up the Volume! Facial Mist – This mist utilizes the powers of seaweed to hydrate and plump the skin throughout the day. It really seems to work because I notice when I use this my skin looks firmer, more supple and soft than usual.

 

Face the Day! Firming C-Weed Serum – This serum has a large amount of seaweed in it to help your skin hold moisture, firm the skin and prevent and treat UV damage while also aiding your skin in becoming more tolerant of the sun. I love using this in the morning along with my sunscreen! It has a great texture, a pleasant citrus-y scent and does actually feel very hydrating and firming.

Honey I Shrunk the Pores! Biologically Active Skin Polish and Face Mask – This awesome face scrub and mask combo works really wells to gently slough off dead skin cells, fend off bacterial and free radicals, and also brighten and even out the skin’s tone by harnessing the power of fruit enzymes. It smells a lot like berries and honey, but spreads great and it works well as both a scrub and mask. It helped clear up a few breakouts in about 3 days, but it instantly made my skin look clearer and more radiant!

Have you tried any products from Simply Divine Botanicals?

How do you feel about creating products that affect the mind as well as the body?

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