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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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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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SteamCream Xmas Tins

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week & on to another fabulous weekend!

For some reason, I’ve just been exhausted this week and staying up a bit too late doing random things like attempting to make ice cream (weird for winter, I know) and creating a yogurt pie (because it needed to be done).  So I’ll be pulling the covers over my head til Sunday, getting in some much needed sleep this weekend, but on to today’s post!

Joy to The World

Joy to The World

I’ve been in love with the beautiful tins from Steamcream ever since they sent me a sample of Chagrin earlier this year (see my review on that – here) and I’ve been fawning over their Christmas themed tins along with all of their other tin designs which are all brilliant and uniquely scented! Their creams are very precisely steam-infused with a variety of essential oils, natural plant oils and a calming infusion of oatmeal which offers a very unique cream for even the most sensitive skin types. What I really love about their tins (other than their impressive ingredients) is that they have lovely designs on them that are cute, unique and fun and the tins screw closed instead of most creams which come in a tin that you have to push together and which become harder and harder to open as time goes on. Their tins shut tightly and can safely roll around in your bag without worry of them spilling everywhere.

Chagrin  and Brugge Gift Set

Chagrin and Brugge Gift Set 

Single Steamcreams would make lovely stocking stuffers and they also offer a number of adorably designed gift sets for those looking for a fully fledged gift. Aside from that, they are also eco friendly, made with sustainable ingredients, and they are vegan, cruelty free, and use recycled materials for their packaging. As if that’s not enough, they also hand craft their Steamcreams fresh in the UK and Japan with minimal preservatives for the most body friendly skin emulsion that’s instantly absorbed into the skin!

Some of their tins and gift sets seem to be on sale at the moment so definitely take advantage of that while you can!

They offer tons of uniquely designed tins in their online shop – here.

If you’re in the US, you can also get them from Beauty Habit, if you like – here.

Have you tried SteamCream?

What are you getting your friends and family for Christmas?

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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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.

Naruko Beauty Supplements!

More Naruko goodness!

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll have heard all about my love for Naruko Skincare. Otherwise, you can see an overview of the brand here and some reviews on their products here and here!

So yesterday, and you’ll know already if you’re following me on Instagram, I was at an actual Naruko Boutique in Rowland Heights, California, picking up night jellies and I stumbled across these skin supplement drinks they’ve come out with!  One is meant to be taken during the day while the other is meant to be taken at night before bed.

Of course I had to try them!

They are both skin supplement drinks that focus on repairing the skin and encouraging collagen production, but the daytime version focuses on brightening the skin while the nighttime version works to firm the skin while you catch some beauty sleep.  The day one is the Berry Brightening Collagen Drink – Day and the night one is the Lychee Firming Collagen Drink – Night.

I tried the night one last night because, like an overexcited 5 year old, I just couldn’t wait and then I tried the day one this morning.

Firstly, I have to say that the sales rep completely lied on these or she has heinously bad taste. When I asked her what they taste like, she just told me they taste great. Mind you, I’d try them anyway with hopes of boosting collagen, glow and firming my skin up, but these taste like crap. I mean, it may just be personal preference because these remind me of what energy drinks taste like except much more potent and I hate the taste of energy drinks. The taste makes me feel like I’m drinking healthy gasoline because the taste seriously smacks you in the face. It is NOT subtle!

That being said, I think I may invest in a few of these.

I know, I sound kind of like a masochist given I’ve just compared the taste to drinking gasoline, but the vitamins in these are beneficial to skin health and overall bodily health actually.

The day version includes a variety of vitamins, minerals, fruit extracts and brightening plant extracts while the night version includes a similar variety of vitamins, minerals, and berries along with CoQ10 and other plant extracts known to firm and tone the skin.

No real effects seem to be showing up just yet as I’ve only tried them in the past 24 hours, but I do sense a glow in my skin, though that may be due to the 100+ F degree weather we’ve been suffering through here in Cali.

All in all, I still think I’ll try these again as I’m a fan of natural supplements, especially where vanity and skin health is concerned (yeah, I’m shallow like that, problem?). Plus, in the end, I think I’m just like most everyone else when it comes to these miracle drinks – easily pulled in by the promise of eternal youth in a bottle. Then again, maybe I’m alone in this, but at $5 a bottle, it’s not hugely expensive to try a week’s supply and see if I feel, or look, any different. That being said, I think these must be very new because I cannot find them on the Naruko USA website. They only seem to be available in Asia at the moment so I don’t know how they were available at the Naruko Boutique, but if you’d like to try them, you can find a pack of this day + night supplement combo here!

What do you think of beauty supplements?

Are they too gimmicky or have you seen any effects from taking supplements like this?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased these products with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Sequoia Beauty Samples Review UPDATED!

UPDATE!– I recently spoke to owner Laurel about her items and she said that she does not dilute any of her products with water. Since they are all concentrated, they are meant to be mixed with water when you are ready to use them so when you read this review, I think it’s safe to say that any of them would now be safe to use on ANY skin type as long as you dilute them (if you’re a bit more on the oily/combination side). Otherwise, you could probably use them as is as well and that won’t hurt you either unless otherwise noted.

Good Luck!

Recently, I was sent some small samples from Sequoia Beauty to try out. If you’re unfamiliar, Sequoia Beauty is an organic natural skincare company based in California, USA, that focuses on utilizing organic flowers and herbs in their skin care products in order to heal and nourish your skin in the most natural and body-friendly way possible. With an emphasis on buying local ingredients to support the community and green living, Sequoia Beauty offers products that are free of chemicals, parabens, artificial fragrances and anything of synthetic nature.

Hydrate and Renew Cream Cleanser

This cleanser is seriously super gentle! It doesn’t foam at all; instead, it feels like a really super light cleansing lotion or even serum that you massage into the skin and then rinse off. It leaves your skin really soft and calm. My only qualm with this one is that it may be too moisturizing for oily skin and might make someone feel too oily if they have combination skin and use this in the summertime. I was okay using this on a cold day, but when we had a hot day I noticed I got oilier quicker. My advice if you want to benefit from the awesome ingredients in this without the oiliness : double cleanse with a gel cleanser or something beforehand and then use this cleanser. If you have super oily skin, you might be able to skip using a moisturizer. Otherwise, anyone can use this year round as a very gentle makeup remover; it is amazing for that!

Check this cleanser out – here!

Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

This face mask was just okay for me. As a young woman in my 20’s, I just don’t think my combination – oily skin will benefit from this kind of mask. I did see that it somewhat brightened my compexion, but other than that, I prefer clay and gel masks to this type. Plus, it was very sticky and messy to use. It literally felt like putting pure honey on my face, but I suppose if you’re into that or willing to suffer through it for the nice effects, it may be worth your pain! Also, it really does smell amazing. Just like berries and honey and I was pretty tempted to eat it at some point using this. If you have a drier skin type or even a more sensitive skin type that can’t handle regular type exfoliants, this may benefit you. It does feature some great ingredients for brightening and moisture including honey (obviously) as well as organic strawberries and blueberries.

Check out this mask – here!

Sun Damage UV Repair Serum

This was my favorite sample of the three. It feels really nice and smooth going on the skin, but it’s not heavy at all. It just feels like a nice light facial oil that the skin absorbs immediately. It actually feels a little bit like the Elemeni Face Oil I recently reviewed from Max Green Alchemy (see that review – here!) except the scent is a bit different.  I think any and all skin types would benefit from using this serum, especially if they have spots from sun damage or any kind of hyper-pigmentation or discoloration on their skin. Even someone who experiences blotchiness on the skin may benefit from this serum because it really seems to help even out the skin tone overall.

Check this serum out – here!

Overall, I really like what Sequoia Beauty stands for in terms of sourcing locally harvested ingredients, nourishing and healing the skin through nature, and promoting sustainable living through eco friendly practices and green packaging.

Check out the entire Sequoia Beauty line – here!

Have you tried Sequoia Beauty products?

What are your thoughts on skincare made with organic locally sourced ingredients?

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

Just thought I’d mention really quick! The lovely Courtney Leiva @TheDollhouseBlog recently reviewed Storybook Apothecary’s Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powder and Snow’s Eternal Youth Elixir Serum!

Check out the review – here!

Also, definitely check out her other posts on health and beauty and follow her @CourtneyLeiva on Twitter for the latest in beauty, giveaways and more!

Thanks again Courtney!

If you’ve been reading along (which I hope you are!), you’ll know all about my new found love for all the Max Green Alchemy products I ever tried.

(You can see my previous MGA reviews – here and here!)

So, skeptic as I am, I didn’t really think that even their skincare would be so awesome as well, but I am happy to say that it totally is!

I recently tried the Elemeni Radiance Face Oil for Oily Prone Complexions and I was surprised that after about a week of continued use, my skin appeared clearer, calmer and more radiant as promised.

I really shouldn’t be surprised, though, because their ingredient list truly is impressive!

Ingredients
Olea Europaea* (Olive) Oil, Rosa Moschata* (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Simmindsia Chinensis* (Jojoba), Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress), Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose Otto), Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender), Citrus Nobilis* (Mandarin), Santalum Album^ (Sandalwood), Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense), Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester).
* Organic + Wildcrafted ^Plantation Grown

Impressive, right?

That’s what I thought too!

And I know, I know, $29.99 seems like a bit to drop on a small dropper bottle, but you truly only need a few drops daily for face and neck to see the effects.

I’ve been using it for around nearly 2 weeks and I still have 3/4 of the bottle left.

Definitely recommend this one for anyone battling oiliness in this summer’s heat or anyone  who consistently battles oily skin in any climate – this definitely works to balance the complexion and hydrate without drying out your skin.

Check it out – here! 

If you have a drier or more normal skin type, not to fret! Max Green Alchemy carries this face oil for your types as well. Check out the entire Elemeni Face Oil line – here!

What’s your take on facial oils?

Do you have a personal favorite?

Do share your thoughts!

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

My Top Organic Natural Mascara: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Black Tea Mascara Review

Okay, so for some reason I just never thought to do a review on this mascara even though I really love it.

It’s certainly one of the best natural mascaras I have ever tried.

So, yesterday I was reading a review on the 100% Pure Eye Balm on SkinGoodness (see that review – here! ) and I remembered that I love this mascara and use it a lot.

I don’t know why I’m that absent minded, but I guess I’ve just been scatter-brained lately so there it is.

Anyhow, on with the review!

This mascara is made by 100% Pure, a natural cosmetics company that focuses on keeping their products 100% pure.

Awesome Product Features:

  • NO fillers
  • NO synthetic preservatives
  • NO harsh detergents
  • NO chemical preservatives
  • NO artificial fragrances

Instead, they focus on putting massive amounts of antioxidants in their products to improve the condition of your skin without harming your body.

They include a lot of fruit pigments in their products, especially their makeup, so naturally their mascaras are made with either Black Tea, Blackberry, Dark Chocolate, and Blueberry respectively.

The one that I own is the Black Tea Mascara.

The ingredient list alone is pretty impressive:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cera Alba (Honey Beeswax), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract (Blackberry Extract), Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (Blackcurrant Extract), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry Extract), Hydrolyzed Oat Protein (Oat Protein), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Wheat Protein), Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Seaweed Powder), Coconut Stearic Acid (Coconut Acid), Mica, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Pearl Powder, Oryza Sativa Germ Powder (Rice Powder), Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Powder), Coffea Arabica Seed Extract (Powdered Coffee Beans), Mel (Lavender Honey), Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract (Oregano Extract), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract (Thyme Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary Extract), Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Lavender Extract), Hydrastis Canadensis Extract (Goldenseal Extract)

I really love this mascara because I feel so confident that it won’t damage my eyes and the ingredients are natural and beneficial to the skin and body.

The Black Tea Mascara has a nice satiny black pigment that coats my lashes very evenly and doesn’t clump at all!

Although it isn’t waterproof, it works very well, doesn’t have much bleed (unless I sobbed hysterically, then it might!), and curls and lengthens lashes pretty well also.

I haven’t tried any other colors, but I really love this one and at only $18 for a full sized mascara, it’s really budget friendly! You can even get the mini version for $12 if that is too price is too steep!

They also have a nice line of skincare products that I have been dying to try, but haven’t gotten around to doing so.

Check the full size mascaras – here!

Check out the mini mascaras – here!

Have you ever tried any 100% Pure beauty products?

What are your experiences with natural and organic mascaras compared to conventional types?

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

BTW, be sure to sign up for my current beauty giveaways – Here and Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this product with my own money and of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.