7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Hey everyone! Please excuse the shorter post today, as I just moved from Dubai to Hong Kong and am settling in nicely to my new home. Lots of new and awesome articles (and videos!) have been drafted and recorded and I’ll be doing my best to get them into your hands and faces and eyeballs very soon. 😉 7 New Natural Skin Care & Makeup Must-Haves Behold! I wish to share with you my latest and greatest finds in natural beauty for Fall and Winter…there are some seriously gorgeous, high-performance products on this list. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, $48 Caution: when you try this foundation, you will get hooked. This remarkable formulation is a serum with a built-in primer and corrective mineral pigment for an incredibly natural, luminous finish. This mellllllts into your skin, leaving a seamless look that doesn’t alert anyone to the fact that you are wearing foundation. You may also build the coverage from light/medium to full if you so desire. (If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know I don’t wear foundation, yet once in a blue moon when I want to gussy it up for a special event, I love to reach for a tinted moisturizer – or now this serum – for a very polished look.) May Lindstrom Skin The Jasmine Garden, $60 There is no shortage of face mists and toners on the market, yet there are very few that I have curated as part of an admirable collection of absolutely exquisite and effective toners. The Jasmine Garden is the newest addition to this incredible line-up and is the latest creation from May Lindstrom,...
8 Best Natural Mascaras – No Flaking or Smudging!

8 Best Natural Mascaras – No Flaking or Smudging!

My hesitant usage of mascaras began with Dr. Hauschka nearly 8 years ago. It was my very first foray into mascara, and I remember that I loved the way my lashes stood out…and how my eyelids itched like hell. I then dove into my mom’s mascara supply, and was continually intrigued by the scary looking spines on skinny wands that you’re supposed to stick pretty effing close to your eyeball. While I certainly entertained and prided myself on my bravery, I didn’t appreciate how every single mascara either gave me that oh-so-desired raccoon look or elicited itchy eyelids. I figured I was destined to have blonde, mascara-phobic eyelashes for life. Then 3 years ago an amazing friend of mine started tinting my eyelashes black and bam! issue resolved. Eh not quite. While I am extremely grateful for having naturally long, curled eyelashes that allows the tint to give me a mascara-like effect on the daily, when I want to go all out and…(dun dun dun) put on eyeshadow and what not, then mascara is definitely in order. Thus I have personally investigated every known natural mascara on the market since 2010. That’s a pretty good gig. 😉 I present to you my favorite mascaras all neatly tucked into one place. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara $22 A relative newbie to the mascara scene. This mascara is fantastic for those that want length, separation, and rich color. W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara $23.50 The formula and wand are amazing on this mascara. It creates length, curl, and separation and doesn’t smudge or flake. ILIA Mascara $26 have either limited I prefer a slightly thicker, less separated look to my lashes,...

Skin Care Routine – January 2011

Hey everyone! I wanted to update you on my skin care products and routine, as I am extremely happy with what I have been doing for my skin these past few months. I also have some awesome updates on my nutrition and fitness regimen that I am excited to share with you guys soon. FTC Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or paid by any of the companies I mention in this article. In the past, I have been sent free products to try by Arcona and Skin Apotheke, and have since re-purchased everything on my own. Everything I have to say is my 100% honest opinion. PRODUCTS I USE… {CLEANSER} 100% Pure Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam, $18, 6 oz. I have been using this cleanser for at least a year and it’s my go-to product. I’m rarely loyal to products this long, and I think this will always be my cleanser if they don’t change any ingredients. Since it’s winter and I don’t want to dry my skin out, I use this cleanser once per day, at night. With this wash, I do not wet my face first since it’s a water-based foam. I just pump the dispenser once, spread the foam around my face, give a thorough wash (mostly on my T-zone), and rinse with warm (and then a splash of cool) water. {EXFOLIATOR} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15, 2 oz. Another product I have been loyal to for a long time – it’s been 7 months now (oooh!). I have found that this scrub is great for all skin types, even those that are prone...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incredible natural skin care products this year, and I wanted to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organic Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used consistently for almost a year. I love foaming washes, and foams are great for dry skin as well, particularly if you are sensitive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to contain waxes that can easily clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide variety of foaming washes for all skin types, so if the lavender honey wash isn’t for you, try one of their other face washes. A bottle lasts me about 2-3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfoliators over the years, and none have treated my sensitive skin the way it always wanted to be treated. You mix a little of the scrub with your choice of either water, organic milk, or organic plain yogurt and gently massage in circular motions for a minute or two. It effectively prevents blackheads and leaves your skin softer, radiant, and polished without feeling dry and irritated. Though the price went up a few dollars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a staple in my medicine cabinet. 3. Arcona Triad Pads, $23. I have been using these pads for toning, removing the last remnants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m traveling and don’t want to use chlorinated water to wash my sensitive skin....

Mini Post: Get Naturally Thick, Long Eyelashes

I recently received an email request regarding eyelashes and caring for them (thank you for the suggestion, Ewa!), so I’m going to cover that right about now. 😉 {THE PROBLEM} Using conventional mascara and eyelash extensions will weaken your eyelashes and make them more sparse. Eyelash curlers (if you properly use them and don’t yank your lashes) shouldn’t cause a problem. {THE SOLUTION} Treat your eyelashes with the same care and consideration that you use to treat your skin and hair. The same rules apply — wash, moisturize, and only use effective natural products that do not contain petroleum byproducts, parabens, and other carcinogenic or otherwise harmful ingredients. Use a natural mascara from a brand like Real Purity, Lavera, Nvey Eco, Living Nature, or Dr. Hauschka. My personal favorite is from Real Purity — it doesn’t dry my eyelashes out or flake off. At the end of the day, take off your makeup with coconut oil (your makeup will come right off) and proceed to wash your face with a good cleanser. Your eyelashes get washed when you wash your face, so no worries there. Once washed, moisturize your eyelashes with a quality oil — try grapeseed oil, coconut oil, or castor oil. My personal favorite is Home Health castor oil, which I apply to my eyelashes almost every night (on other nights, I use grapeseed oil). It keeps my eyelashes thick and strong, and you only need the tiniest amount since it’s so thick. I just take my ring finger and run the oil along my top and bottom lash line. You should see an improvement in the...

$110 Giveaway + 15% Off Vapour Organic Beauty Products

Hey everyone! You guys know I did a review of Vapour before (and a giveaway) and they are one of my favorite beauty brands with amazing beauty products. They recently just sent me all 5 shades of their new Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss to give away to one of you. 🙂 All you have to do is leave a comment on the video or this blog post (something more creative than “enter me” is always appreciated haha). {DISCOUNT DETAILS} Anywho, Vapour is also offering an exclusive discount to Epic Beauty Guide subscribers/readers only: 15% off your first purchase of Elixir Plumping Gloss,  Clarity or  Soft Focus Atmosphere, & Soft Focus Stratus. The coupon code is fallepic and it is good to use until October 31, 2010. They just came out with new eyeliners, new liquid foundation, new liquid Stratus skin perfector, and cheek/lip stains too, which I’m going to buy and try (I love lip stains). For more details, the video is below: FTC: Nope, I wasn’t paid to do the video nor do a review. I was sent free product to do this giveaway as a thank you to you guys. All opinions are my own and honest, as...