2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

This year I decid­ed to take my annu­al “must-have prod­ucts” round-up and punch it up a notch. Thus, I intro­duce to you…dun dun dun…

The First-Ever2011 Epic Beauty Awards.

I know there will be some miss­ing cat­e­gories this year (i.e. foun­da­tion primer, lip pen­cils, lip stain, etc.). The only rea­son for this is that there are cer­tain cat­e­gories I did not try, and I did not want to put up any prod­ucts I haven’t per­son­al­ly test­ed. If you have any cat­e­go­ry or pro­duct sug­ges­tions, leave a com­ment so I know what to check out![/notification]

FTC Disclaimer

This should go with­out say­ing, but I’ll men­tion it any­way – no com­pa­ny can buy their way onto this list. Some prod­ucts may have been given to Epic Beau­ty Guide to review at some point, but this in no way favors the pro­duct to win an Epic Beau­ty Award. All prod­ucts have been orig­i­nal­ly pur­chased or repur­chased by me with my own cash dol­lahs. Some affil­i­ate links are used when they are avail­able, which sup­ports Epic Beau­ty Guide as a free resource for every­one, but in no way effect the win­ner selec­tion. Thank you for your sup­port!

2011 Epic Beauty Awards – Makeup


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Best Concealer

Best Under-Eye Concealer

Jane Iredale Enlight­en Con­ceal­er, $29

Even though this is dark orange in the pot and I thought it would nev­er work with my fair skin, it turned out to be fan­tas­tic for cov­er­ing under-eye cir­cles (includ­ing the blue/purple type). I learned that a lit­tle goes a long way, and that it looks even more amaz­ing when you add a lit­tle Jane Iredale Active Light on top of it (I use col­or #3).

Best Eye Primer

Tarte Lift­ed Eye­lid Primer, $20

This was the only paraben-free, non-tox­ic eye primer I tried that felt great, allowed eye­shad­ow to blend, and did its duty of com­plete­ly pre­vent­ing creas­ing.

Best Foundation

Real Puri­ty Healthy Foun­da­tion, $24

I test­ed this as a con­ceal­er on my cheek and since it’s not meant to be a con­ceal­er, it was not very opaque, mak­ing this an excel­lent light-to-medi­um cov­er­age foun­da­tion. It has a nice tex­ture, was a great col­or match (mine was Hon­ey Beige), and didn’t dry my skin out. See their col­or chart here.

Best Eyebrow Pencil

Tarte emphasEYES Ama­zo­ni­an Clay Water­proof Brow Pen­cil, $19.50

I have it in medi­um brown, even though my brows are red-blonde, they are thick and don’t need any “fill­ing in.” I want­ed some­thing just to col­or my exist­ing brows dark­er for a bit of added def­i­n­i­tion. Looks nat­u­ral, easy to apply, doesn’t smudge or flake off.

Best Mascara

Real Puri­ty Mas­cara in Black, $13

Great col­ors and no flak­ing.

Best Lipstick

Best Lip Gloss

100% Pure Fruit Pig­ment­ed Lip Gloss, $14

Sev­er­al great shades from which to choose.

Best Eyeliner

Jane Iredale Eye Pen­cils, $11

I have them in a few col­ors. I like to round the tip and get it start­ed by warm­ing it on my hand first before apply­ing it my water­line and lash­line.

Best Brushes

Sig­ma Beau­ty, $9 and up

The­se are my go-to brush­es. Excel­lent qual­i­ty and super inex­pen­sive.

Best Highlighter

Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust in Cham­pag­ne, $12

Use it wet or dry for an awe­some shim­mer any­where.

2011 Epic Beauty Awards – Hair Care


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Best Shampoo

Acure Organ­ics Sham­poo Pure Mint + Echi­nacea Stem Cell, $12.99

Great for all hair types, par­tic­u­lar­ly fine hair.

Best Conditioner

Ama­zon Beau­ty Rahua Con­di­tion­er, $34

Best dai­ly con­di­tion­er I’ve ever used. Doesn’t weigh the hair down yet deeply mois­tur­izes. Plus, a bot­tle will last me at least 6 months.

2011 Epic Beauty Awards – Skin Care


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Best Cleanser

ARCONA Cleans­ing Bars, $38 each

The­se last forever­rrrr (a bar will eas­i­ly last you a year). I have tried the Rasp­ber­ry Bar and Kiwi Cream Bar – both smell amaz­ing and are won­der­ful cleansers.

Best Cleansing Pads

ARCONA Tri­ad Pads, $30

Great for cleans­ing, espe­cial­ly if you don’t wear make­up. Also per­fect for trav­el, camp­ing, and pre/post-gym clean up.

Best Spot Treatment

ARCONA AM Acne Lotion, $38

One lit­tle dab in the morn­ing and at night, and your spot is gone.

Best Exfoliating Scrub

Skin Apotheke Ubtan Scrub, $15.95

A long-time favorite and turn­ing out to be quite irre­place­able. Super sooth­ing, super gen­tle, and is a seri­ous weapon again­st black­heads and blem­ish­es. In love.

Best Exfoliating Mask/Peel

Natur­o­path­i­ca Pump­kin Puri­fy­ing Enzyme Peel, $56

The best exfo­li­at­ing peel I’ve used so far – no irri­ta­tion, no red­ness, and when it’s all washed off, no more flakes! Yum yum.

Best Eye Cream

TIE: Skin Apotheke Vit­a­m­in C Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me, $6.50 and up & Natur­o­path­i­ca Vit­a­m­in K Bright­en­ing Eye Serum, $72

I tried many eye creams this year, and the­se two were the cream of the crop (har har pun intend­ed?). I have seen sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment of under eye cir­cles (I have the type that comes from the show-through of veins under the eye). Skin Apotheke’s is bet­ter under eye make­up. Naturopathica’s is great if you are for­go­ing any con­ceal­er, or are going to wait a while before apply­ing it.

Best Moisturizer

Face Nat­u­rals Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er, $17.95

They have sev­er­al vari­eties to suit dif­fer­ent skin types, such as Puri­fy for oily skin and Soothe for sen­si­tive.

Best Sunblock

Marie Veronique Organ­ics Mois­tur­iz­ing Face Screen SPF 30, $40

Comes in three tints and does not con­tain tita­ni­um diox­ide, which is irri­tat­ing and dry­ing to my skin.

Best Anti-Aging Treatment

ARCONA Youth Serum, $87

Evens out skin tone, helps reverse sun dam­age, and gives you a porce­lain look. It also leaves a nice sub­tle sheen on the skin for a beau­ti­ful bare-faced look.

Best Scar & Pigment Treatment

Tril­o­gy Rose­hip Oil, $24

This gor­geous rose­hip oil sig­nif­i­cant­ly fad­ed a 3-mon­th-old pink scar on my cheek in only 1 week, and total­ly removed it by the 4th week. I found that it’s also great for mois­tur­iz­ing around the eye area and get­ting rid of dehy­dra­tion lines/fine lines.

2011 Epic Beauty Awards – Body Care


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Best Body Wash

Every­day Shea Mois­tur­iz­ing Body Wash Unscent­ed, $10

I add a few drops of laven­der essen­tial oil for some scent and it’s per­fect – great tex­ture, per­fect for all-over wash­ing or just the pits, and per­fect­ly priced.

Best Body Lotion

100% Pure Nour­ish­ing Body Cream Hon­ey Almond, $15

Comes in a vari­ety of deli­cious scents. Vanil­la, hon­ey almond, and cof­fee are my favorites.

Best Self Tanner

Choco­late Sun Cocoa Glow Sun­less Tan­ning Cream, $40

Smells like choco­late-vanil­la-sug­ar good­ness and leaves a com­plete­ly nat­u­ral, build-able tan. No orange, no streak­ing.

Best Body Scrub

Tril­li­um Organ­ics Body Pol­ish Organ­ic Warm­ing Cin­na­mon and Clove, $19

The laven­der gera­ni­um scent is also amaz­ing.

Best Deodorant

Ele­gant Rose Bou­tique, $8.25

Lots of scent options, which last all day. My favorite is pep­per­mint vanil­la.

2011 Epic Beauty Awards - Beauty Tools


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Best Skin Cleansing Brush

Clar­ison­ic PLUS (for face and body), $225

For those in the UK, check out the Clar­ison­ic here.

Best Blemish Tool

Tweez­er­man No-Slip Dou­ble End­ed Extrac­tor, $10

Squeez­ing your skin with your fin­gers to pop a pim­ple is a recipe for scar­ring and fur­ther break­outs, since bac­te­ria can go deep­er and trav­el into the neigh­bor­ing pores. Yum. An extrac­tor tool has been in my “toolk­it” for over 10 years, and this is the best one I’ve used.

Best Hair Removal

TRIA Hair Removal Laser, $395

Just. Frig­gin’. Bril­liant. Great if you tend to get razor burn or have dark hair that still shows up as black dots when shaved.

Best Hair Treatment Tool

Hair Ther­a­py Wrap, $25

The eas­i­est thing I’ve used for deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments. Just throw the whole wrap in the microwave and go about your per­son­al spa day.

Best Free Tool

Tanaka Mas­sage

Use your own hands to de-puff your face and bring a nice glow to your skin.

2011 Epic Beauty Awards Winner - Beauty from the Inside


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Best Tea

DoMatcha Green Tea, $17 and up

I have been drink­ing 1–2 cups of matcha tea every day for 2 months and it not only tastes amaz­ing (not bit­ter at all), but it has reversed sun dam­age and con­tribut­ed to a porce­lain look in my skin even when I have a late night work­ing or lit­tle sleep. Comes in organ­ic and non-organ­ic ver­sions. I have a sub­scrip­tion to have it deliv­ered once a mon­th so it’s only about $17 per tin. Each tin lasts about a mon­th.

Best Cookbook

Make it Paleo, $22

This tome con­tains over 200 amaz­ing­ly deli­cious recipes that are easy to pre­pare and sup­port the Epic Beau­ty Guide clear skin dietary rec­om­men­da­tions.

Best Water Filter

Essen­tial Three-Stage Fil­tra­tion Sys­tem, $344

You all know by now that I rec­om­mend a healthy diet and fil­tered water as a cor­ner­stone to nat­u­ral beau­ty. I love this fil­ter – super high qual­i­ty, and pumps out total­ly clean, deli­cious water. Def­i­nite­ly not the cheap crap you see that requires replace­ments every 3 months. This one gets a replace­ment once a year.

Best Workout

Kun­dalini Yoga Ulti­mate Stretch Work­out, $15

This yoga work­out is just one part of a great work­out rou­tine you can make for your­self. This work­out is relax­ing and keeps your entire body flex­i­ble. When blood flows eas­i­ly and tis­sues are soft and pli­able, your body and skin will look healthy and glow­ing.

Best Free Workout


I love Body­Rock and have incor­po­rat­ed the rou­ti­nes into my work­out reg­i­men since ’09. They’re fast and dif­fi­cult, and will whip you into shape incred­i­bly fast. Work­ing out like this, in addi­tion to yoga and/or Pilates is amaz­ing for the skin and over­all beau­ty.

[noti­fi­ca­tion type=error]I’d love to hear what you think about the Epic Beau­ty Awards! Any sug­ges­tions for next year? Post ‘em below.
~Steph  x[/notification]

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