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, the wom­an who brought...
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, and this rich­ly...

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 to red­ness and irri­ta­tion. For...

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. The­se...

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 strength and thick­ness...

$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...