April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

Holy cow. I have enough half-finished articles lined up to cause an interwebs meltdown. I have definitely been slacking on EBG, what with planning the wedding, university classes, and work. Whew. 😉 Here’s one hot off the presses. 1. SIRCUIT Skin Infusion-A Intensive Retinoid Serum, $80. For several years I have been waiting for effective retinoid products that are formulated in base of natural, “clean” ingredients. I was impatient and even considered starting a skin care line just to formulate those products, but SIRCUIT stepped up to the plate recently and introduced a natural-product-lover’s retinoid buffet. Imagine if you could use something as effective as a “traditional” retinoid without the petroleum derivatives, parabens, or side effects like peeling and flaking. In fact, if you could use just one topical anti-aging product, a retinoid would be it. And the younger you start using one, the better. Retinoids are one of the few anti-aging substances backed by strong scientific studies and show obvious clinical results of improved skin appearance (e.g. reduced wrinkles, improved elasticity, prevention of collagen breakdown, improved skin tone, reduction of age spots and sun damage, etc.). It especially exciting because it is excellent for everyone and effective on everyone – and if you can start using a retinoid in your early 20s (or even late teens), it will be your best topical defender against sagging, wrinkling, and sun damage. I am all about prevention, and your three best lines of defense against losing collagen (after all, it’s much easier to prevent losing it than trying to add it back in later) are: excellent diet, preventing sun damage, and...
March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

Hey everyone! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fallen in love/lurrrrve. Absolute must haves! In no particular order, I give to you… 1. Lily Organics Kukui Sensitive Facial Oil Treatment (Unscented), $28.99. I can sum this one up easily: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2-3 months ago and noticed a difference after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehydrated easily, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrinkles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no discernible scent. I like that it absorbs quickly, so as not leave any marks on my pillowcase. It completely hydrated and smoothed out my dehydration lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingredients are “clean” and simple, and they make use of the natural form of vitamin E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antioxidant and skin lovin’ hydrator. I have a sneaking suspicion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beauty Awards. 2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and Sandalwood Mask, $15.50. You may be wondering why Skin Apotheke keeps popping up in my “favorite” products lists and in my skin care routines over the past several years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s owner and skin care magician). I just can’t help that this woman keeps churning out miraculous handmade formulas. This mask is no exception. One, I love the incredible deep red color of this mask. Two, I love the delicious, earthy rose smell. And three,...

My Diet & Exercise Routine – June 2011

Hey everyone! This has been such a long time coming and I have received plenty of emails asking for an update on what I eat and what I do for exercise, and all kinds of details. So here it is! IMPORTANT! This is what I do for my body, and what I do may not necessarily be what is right for your body. Experiment, be smart, be consistent, and see what works best for you. Check with your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routines, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition. {MY DIET} Some things have changed since the last time I posted about my diet, and I go into those details in the next section. I used to be vegetarian…then vegan…then raw vegan, all for about 5 years. For the first 6 months being raw vegan, I felt amazing. However, this dietary lifestyle did not work for me in the long-run and I became lethargic, gained weight, my hair got thin, my skin was acting up, my blood tests showed that my cholesterol was too low (which is not good, especially since we need cholesterol to regulate our body systems, including hormones), and I was deficient in iron and B vitamins. My diet was totally “correct” according to a few vegan “gurus” and consisted of fruits, lots of veggies/leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and sea veggies. So I had to bite the bullet and re-evaluate my diet completely. I learned the hard way that not all dietary lifestyles work for all people. Here’s an interesting fact: indigenous cultures have zero incidents of acne and my...

How to Get a Model Body – Naturally and Healthily

Everyone has a different idea of the “perfect” physique – whether it is curvy, lean and toned, skinny and sinewy, muscular, or super buff. I find many types of bodies attractive, but for my own body, I like a long, lean, toned look – no added bulk, and definitely no bulky arms! “Bulky” also means different things to different people. When I hear fitness experts say it is impossible for women to get bulky, I just raise an eyebrow. Have they ever seen a woman’s fitness competition or some of the female Olympic athletes? Granted, it does take YEARS (and often some assistance from testosterone or steroid injections) and specific bulking routines to get like that. So what causes the bulky look versus the lean and toned look? While genetics play a role, it also depends on training and diet. There is no denying that different activities build different-looking bodies. You can always tell who is a swimmer, a power lifter, a ballet dancer, or a yogini. There is a correlation between how you want to look and what form of exercise you need to do to achieve it. So if you want to be modelesque (long, lean, and toned all over), then you need to know how to get there. Enter Justin Gelband, fitness trainer to Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated supermodels Irina Shayk, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, and more. We have all seen the long muscles and lean physiques of these women. Each one has worked hard to achieve that model body, and he is the designer behind them. Justin’s supermodel clients do...