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...
A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

Face and body oils are a centuries old beauty tradition. They are luxurious, antibacterial, protective, and highly moisturizing. In the recent past, oil got a bad rap and oil-free products reigned supreme. However, the oils that were causing all the trouble were (and still are) synthetic or unwholesome processed oils that can clog pores and unbalance the skin’s oil production. Now that people are starting to come around on the subject and learn the difference between good oils and bad oils, oil-based cleansers, moisturizers, and serums are making a huge comeback. The amount of face oils now on the market now is staggering, but a lot of them are the typical fluff in a pretty bottle. As usual, I am here to help you wade through the mishmash and make a great choice for your skin. *** Download the PDF Face Oil Guide Here Download the JPG Face Oil Guide Here *** Why Face Oils are Perfect Our skin loves fat. LOVES it. Which makes sense, since our skin produces its own fat (sebum) that acts to protect our skin from outside assailants (bacteria, fungi, funky weather). Oils are protective and help maintain the integrity of our skin’s acid mantle, which keeps out bad bacteria and prevents blemishes, dryness, and irritation. Keeping the skin hydrated and supple also speeds up healing, so if you have a breakout or a rash or dermatitis, a proper face oil will do wonders. Dewy, plump skin is a result of hydration, from both water and fatty acids. If you’ve ever made your own aromatherapy treatments, you may have heard the term “carrier oil.”...
Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Did you wake up this morning with some extra puff in your face? Never fear! I have compiled a few of my favorite tips to help you fix a puffy face quick, and of course, prevent it in the future. If you have a chronic puffy face, or tend to retain fluid in other parts of your body as well, see your physician, since you will want to rule out any issues with blood pressure, hormone imbalance, or any kidney or liver issues. ELEVATE. Sleep with two pillows (or use a special pillow – I use the contoured pillows from Sleep Innovations) so your head is slightly higher than the rest of your body. This discourages fluid from draining into your face and just “hanging out” there. MODIFY WHAT YOU EAT. Sodium, alcohol, and carbohydrates can all contribute to “puffy morning face syndrome” (ahem, yes, that’s the super scientific term). If you frequently have a puffy face in the morning, try this: for your last meal of the day, experiment with eating natural diuretics and/or potassium-rich foods like cranberry, celery, banana, cucumber, parsley, watermelon, or asparagus. Incorporate them into your dinner. Essentially, we want to ensure we get an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium, and potassium through our food to counteract the water-retaining traits of sodium. SUPPLEMENT. Apparently, a tall glass of filtered water mixed with 1-3 tsp. of acerola vitamin C powder (or a few acerola vitamin C capsules) taken before bed can help prevent a puffy face in the morning. I haven’t seen any studies on this, it’s just a tip I have heard and use myself. And if...
How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

Whether it is one pimple or ten, this is my down-and-dirty system for eliminating a sudden breakout caused by stress or a few bad eating days. This little system ensures that redness and inflammation cease within 12 hours, and any blemishes are completely gone within 24-72 hours. Your results might differ (hopefully for the better!), but give it a go and experiment to see what works best for you! 1. Focus on good food. The key here is to remove anything that is going to slow healing and cause further inflammation and add the things that are going to speed healing and stop inflammation. This means I really focus on excluding all grains (especially wheat) and sugar, and instead focus on eating super nutritious foods like oysters, berries, wild-caught fish, leafy greens, and easy homemade chicken stock or beef stock (a.k.a. bone broth). I also chow down on my grandmother’s traditional chopped liver recipe (read: grass-fed/pastured organic liver is extremely nutritious and no, it is not filled with toxins) or I mix finely ground liver into meatballs or hamburger patties. improve financial rankings slowly This influx of vitamins and minerals does wonders for quickly healing and calming the skin. Here is a recipe for “Multivitamin Meatballs” (a.k.a. liver meatballs). Do a Google search for more recipes! Oh, and this should go without saying, but be sure to drink a lot of filtered water. You should be doing this anyway, but pay attention to your water consumption to aid circulation of nutrients and speed healing. And please DO NOT drink unfiltered tap water (there are too many chemicals to count,...
CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

All done! 21 days complete. I feel great. My skin looks stellar. I learned that this was not just about the smoothies and a restricted diet. It became about remembering to breathe, to slow down (which I always confused with laziness), and to stop doing a million things at once. I relearned how to stop sacrificing the present moment for reviewing the lengthy to-do lists swirling in my head. I feel balanced, I feel calm, and my outward appearance is clearly reflecting that. I feel like I did a few years ago, before I had a bajillion projects. I feel like I had a major reboot. My final thoughts and post-cleanse plans In a word? A-friggin-mazing. This is the only cleanse I have really been able to stick to because it is super easy and I noticed a BIG difference within a matter of days. When something is simple and results-driven, it acts to motivate you to keep going. That is exactly what I needed, and that is exactly what I got. It has been about seven days post-cleanse and I have continued having a lovely smoothie for breakfast and a hearty salad with pastured organic chicken, wild-caught fish, or grass-fed organic beef for lunch. Dinner has been whatever I feel like – I have had smoothies for some dinners, and on other nights it has been a full meal, like a burger patty with a bunch of delicious toppers or chicken tikka from my favorite Indian restaurant. We’ll see how things go, but for now, I do not want to venture far off my EBG/Clean guidelines. Ah yes,...
Days 11-18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 11-18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

I am nearing the end of my clean cleanse (only 3 days left), and even though I’m loving it, I am looking forward to having a bunch of nigiri for my first post-cleanse meal. More results My skin looks the same from last week. I feel energized, my sleep is deep and refreshing, and I often wake up on my own without an alarm. Most importantly to me, my cognitive skillz are returning to normal. It was probably a combination of too much stress, constant computer and iPhone use, and multitasking that has lowered my attention span and ability to “be present.” I didn’t like feeling that way, and one of the results I am glad to be seeing with this program is a return to normal brain function. I have been taking it slower, enjoying a half hour or so of sunshine in the mid-mornings, and really focusing on the task or conversation at hand instead of thinking of multiple things at once. I’ve also been doing a free Chopra guided mediation, which is just super relaxing and an all-natural mood booster. (FYI! For pictures and daily updates, follow me on Instagram.) Post-cleanse plans For one thing, I will definitely continue to have at least one shake per day for a meal. I did green smoothies (water, greens, and fruit blended together) every day for several years, but I would find myself hungry again shortly after finishing one because there was no fat or protein to keep me sated. That wasn’t really a problem because I would just have a “real” meal afterward, but I prefer to just...