My 7 Green Beauty Must-Haves (Plus Some Awesome News!)

My 7 Green Beauty Must-Haves (Plus Some Awesome News!)

Hey everyone! Soooo I’ve been holding off since June on announcing a thoroughly epic secret. The news was revealed on Instagram and in a newsletter last week…I am now the Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Beauty Lounge, my favorite natural beauty haven and a long-time favorite of bajillions of people worldwide. I’m sure you’ve seen SBL in some fantastic magazines, like W, Marie Claire, Elle, or Organic Spa, or on hundreds of beautiful blogs, or you’re already a fan. Spirit and the team are some of the most fun, knowledgeable, innovative, and gorgeous people I have the pleasure of working and growing with. SBL was the very first green beauty retailer out there, and it is the only one truly curated by stringent principles that make it easy to shop because every single one of 60+ brands carried have to meet strict standards of quality, effectiveness, and safety. So as you can imagine I am thrilled to be part of the SBL legend, and more than excited about all the massive projects that we have begun creating for you. It’ll all be revealed in the next few months, and I know you’re going to love the sh** out of it. 😉 As part of the announcement, I was asked to highlight my 7 must-have green beauty products of the season. Click here or click the image below to see my picks!   Thank you everyone for all your support since Epic Beauty Guide began over 6 years (!) ago. As always, let me know if you have any questions or need help with your skin. There’s just so much to come and I can’t wait to share! ~Steph  x P.S. I’ve...
How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

I’ve been wanting to share this guide for a few months now, since I always get a lot of questions about blackheads, along with commentary about how annoying they are and how ugly they can be and why they just won’t go away foreverrrr. So here we go…solution time. Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments? Do you feel like you are constantly popping out tiny blackheads and watching them return over and over to your nose or chin or other areas? Then you may not have blackheads. I have to say that many people I talk to don’t really have a blackhead problem – they have what’s called sebaceous filaments. Here’s a quick way to know the difference: Blackheads are open comedones (a.k.a. pimples or acne). They are slightly raised and appear black. An extracted blackhead looks like a solid, usually yellow, wax-like plug with a black tip. It can also become infected. Sebaceous filaments are a bit like blackhead impostors. They are pin-like and come in a choice of colors: gray (not the dark black of a blackhead), tan, or skin/flesh-colored. The skin is not raised up around them. They can appear anywhere, but the nose, chin, and forehead are the most common. An extracted SF looks like a plain white or yellowish spike or string. They don’t get infected or inflamed and are natural to every single human. I put them side by side so you can see the difference (see below). See how the SFs are super tiny and dark, but not black, and how they have no raised or puffy skin around them? Now notice how the blackheads are truly...
Favorite Beauty Products + $400 Beauty Bundle GIVEAWAY!

Favorite Beauty Products + $400 Beauty Bundle GIVEAWAY!

[Closed – See Below for the Winner + Exclusive Coupon!] Hey everyone! Sooooo while I am busy writing 3 different articles at once for your future reading pleasure, I thought I would get together with my awesome team at Epic Beauty Bar to curate some of the year’s most-loved natural beauty products for a very rare occasion…an epic $400 giveaway! Just because. And because I really appreciate all of you for always being supportive and asking awesome questions so I can answer them in the hopes that it helps you get and keep beautiful skin. By the way, if you haven’t seen my new YouTube videos, you can watch them here. Lots more to come! Okay so more details on this rare giveaway: There are TONS of options for getting points in the giveaway by following the brands included in the giveaway, tweeting, etc. Don’t worry about feeling like you need to do all of the actions either, I think only 2 or 3 are required. The more points you get, the more likely you are to win (like hoarding a truckload of raffle tickets instead of just one). One Winner Will Get This Complete Bundle Worth $424 USD Rahua Jet Setter Kit CV Skinlabs Rescue-on-the-Go Kit Studio 78 Paris We Breathe Eyeshadow (winner gets their color of choice) May Lindstrom Skin The Clean Dirt Vapour Soft Focus Foundation (winner gets their shade of choice) Lina Hanson Global Body Serum La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Treatment RGB Nail Color (winner gets their color of choice) RGB Top Coat Enjoy and may the odds ever be in your favor (#sorrynotsorry couldn’t resist). P.S. The winner will be announced on 29 April 2015! Keep a look out for the...
MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review + 10% Off

MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review + 10% Off

I was first introduced to MUN in 2013, and I wrote my review of the now-renowned skin savior known as MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum (formerly labelled Nighttime Dream Youth Serum) back in May 2013. My love of MUN has held steady these last two years, as its proven itself over and over again as the ultimate superpower in face oils. Even people who have had the worst experiences with face oils will buy MUN Aknari in trepidation, then email me two weeks later enthusiastically exclaiming how their skin is now clear/plump/brighter/smooth/you name it. It’s just one of those products that if it ever ceased to exist, there would be a lot – and I mean kiloliters – of tears. When Munemi Imai, the beauty and brain behind MUN, told me of her plan last summer to launch a toner, I immediately knew it would be a stunner like its big sister. And let’s put it this way: I was sent a bottle for review and have since bought two more. Keep reading for all the details! MUN No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Review Years ago, I was not a fan of toners. I didn’t see the point. They dried out the skin, they were a tremendous waste of cotton balls, and they seemed like just another way to extract a few dollars from our pockets. I have since changed my mind. A real toner is meant to balance the pH of the skin, and work in tandem with your natural skin barrier to keep your skin smooth, hydrated, and free of infection and acne. A properly formulated toner is worth its weight in gold....