Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Hey every­one! I love tak­ing your requests, and requests for a Win­ter skin care arti­cle have been com­ing in late­ly, so here it is! Always feel free to com­ment on arti­cles here, on Insta­gram, Face­book, or Twit­ter and tell me what you think, what you would love to know more about, any reviews or swatch­es you want to see… You name it, I’ll make it hap­pen. 😉 P.S. I now car­ry and curate almost every­thing I per­son­al­ly use on Epic Beau­ty Bar, so it’s all in one place for you as many of you request­ed. Let me know if there’s any­thing you want to see! Transitioning to a Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual Our skin’s needs change often based on hor­mone cycles, diet, sleep, and stress, yet some­times the sea­son­al changes are the most obvi­ous. In the sum­mer peo­ple tend to sweat more and get oilier, thus requir­ing lighter, cool­ing skin care prod­ucts. Now that we are liv­ing in cool­er, less humid weath­er, we need to pre­pare our skin for the bar­rage of indoor heat­ing, dri­er air, and cold tem­per­a­tures. Of course, if you live in a trop­i­cal envi­ron­ment (or a hot, humid desert like Dubai) the sea­son­al changes are less extreme and there­fore we can keep our skin care rou­ti­nes almost the same year round. My skin care rou­tine changes pret­ty often due to the amaz­ing new skin care prod­ucts I am sent for review, as well as the chang­ing needs of my skin sea­son­al­ly. There is some­thing to be said for con­sis­ten­cy as well. Some prod­ucts work bet­ter over time, oth­ers are so per­fect­ly for­mu­lat­ed for your skin that keep­ing them as your sta­ble...
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...
5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

The weath­er is get­ting cool­er and dri­er in many places around the world (even here in hot, humid Dubai) and it’s time to start shift­ing our skin care rou­ti­nes slight­ly. If you are prone to dry, itchy, or flaky skin in the cold­er months, then the­se all nat­u­ral and organ­ic beau­ty balms are your must-have heroes for keep­ing your skin pro­tect­ed and mois­tur­ized. Weleda Foot Balm, $14 This balm is less thick and slight­ly more oily than most balms and salves, and is quick­ly absorbed, even into the tough­est of cal­lus­es. It con­tains olive fruit, myrrh, and cal­en­du­la extracts to keep feet fresh, mois­tur­ized, and soft­ened. This is ide­al for swol­len, red, tired feet. The slight­ly cool­ing and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effects help your feet to recov­er quick­ly. Apply it gen­er­ous­ly, let it absorb, and pull on some warm, cozy cot­ton socks to hold in the sooth­ing, soft­en­ing ingre­di­ents overnight. Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Active Mois­ture Vit­a­m­in E Eye Balm, $48 The tex­ture of this slight­ly off-white balm is a bit dri­er and crumbly look­ing than oth­ers, yet once you put a tiny bit on your fin­ger, it begins to melt into a rich­ly mois­tur­iz­ing, silky, and skin nour­ish­ing potion. And I love the scent! It smells slight­ly sweet and faint­ly of flow­ers and licorice, which ever so slight­ly lingers on the skin (tru­ly, it’s love­ly). It con­tains organ­ic shea but­ter and high con­cen­tra­tions of eye­bright, pome­gran­ate, gin­seng, and licorice for mois­tur­iz­ing, bright­en­ing, and light­en­ing under eye cir­cles and sun dam­age. Organ­ic fen­nel is also infused into this for­mu­la for its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, anti-puffi­ness prop­er­ties. Take a tiny bit onto your ring fin­ger, press...
How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

One of the most fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions I get is “how do I know the right skin care prod­ucts for my [insert skin type or con­di­tion here]?” Nev­er fear! I’ll help you con­quer the con­fu­sion, and if you still have ques­tions, leave them in the com­ments. First, an important lesson in Skin Care 101: Be hon­est about your skin type and con­di­tion. Avoid select­ing prod­ucts for imag­i­nary skin con­di­tions or issues. We can be very crit­i­cal of our­selves, and this can pre­vent us from mak­ing an hon­est assess­ment of our skin. Select­ing an incor­rect pro­duct for a nonex­is­tent con­di­tion (or one that is not as crit­i­cal as you might think) can actu­al­ly result in a skin con­di­tion. For exam­ple, don’t run out and buy a strong gly­col­ic acid serum made specif­i­cal­ly for those with mature and sun dam­aged skin if your skin has only been around for 21 years and you have a few freck­les. That is not mature, sun dam­aged skin. See the dif­fer­ence? I’ll give you an exam­ple of some­thing I see an awful lot: some­one gets a small break­out caused by stress or a bout of ques­tion­able food choic­es. The per­son then freaks out and treats the break­out with harsh, dry­ing acne treat­ments. The skin becomes dry and sen­si­tive, which com­pro­mis­es skin bar­ri­er func­tion and sends the skin into pro­tec­tion mode. Trans­la­tion: red­ness, inflam­ma­tion, and excess oil pro­duc­tion. The result? A cycle of dry­ness, sen­si­tiv­i­ty, and more break­outs. The solu­tion from the very begin­ning would have been to use hydrat­ing, mois­tur­iz­ing treat­ments that speed heal­ing, reduce inflam­ma­tion, and pro­tect the skin from dam­age. So instead of “attack­ing” the issue, change your mind­set to...
May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

I first heard about May Lind­strom and her apt­ly named skin care line, May Lind­strom Skin, in June of 2012. I researched the line fur­ther and was deeply impressed with May’s skin care phi­los­o­phy. Her firm focus on sim­plic­i­ty, results, and the expe­ri­ence of rit­u­al have com­bined to form a fine­ly edit­ed, high-end organ­ic skin care range. All the prod­ucts are made in small batch­es by May her­self, using her own care­ful­ly devel­oped for­mu­la­tions. Since May has extreme­ly sen­si­tive skin that reacts poor­ly to harsh ingre­di­ents and syn­thet­ics, she devel­oped the line with sen­si­tive types in mind. Some of the ingre­di­ents had me wor­ried at first (with all the spices and so on) but I should have feared not. My skin pos­i­tive­ly rel­ish­es her prod­ucts. “I have tru­ly poured my heart and soul into deliv­er­ing a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence with this line. I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial — gor­geous potions that feel incred­i­ble to use and provide an excuse to cel­e­brate your­self every morn­ing and night. I insist on prod­ucts that deliv­er seri­ous results. The bot­tles are love­ly, but what’s inside is remark­ably pow­er­ful.” –May Lind­strom Obvi­ous­ly, I had to con­tact her, and it turns out May is even more awe­some than I expect­ed (and I was already expect­ing a high lev­el of awe­some­ness). May grew up in the woods of Min­neso­ta and began con­coct­ing skin potions (mud? water? check!) as a lit­tle girl. She is down-to-earth, gen­uine, and full of heart. She puts all this good­ness into her prod­ucts and makes a con­cert­ed effort to assist oth­ers in their skin care jour­ney. Not only is she a delight­ful, kind...
2012 Epic Beauty Awards

2012 Epic Beauty Awards

Welcome to the second year of the Epic Beauty Awards! Don’t see a cat­e­go­ry you want? Did I over­look a great pro­duct? Leave a com­ment so I know what cat­e­go­ry to add for next year and what prod­ucts to review that I may have missed. FTC Disclaimer Some prod­ucts have been given to Epic Beau­ty Guide to review at some point in the past, but this in no way favors the pro­duct to win a 2012 Epic Beau­ty Award. All prod­ucts have been orig­i­nal­ly pur­chased or repur­chased by me. 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! WINNERS – MAKEUP Toggle the tabs to see all the winners. Best Foundation Vapour Organ­ic Beau­ty Soft Focus Foun­da­tion, $48 My vol­un­teer pro­duct testers loved how creamy and non-dry­ing this foun­da­tion was – all report­ed great cov­er­age for the full day with­out any orange-y oxi­da­tion col­or changes. Best Concealer Mon­ave Con­ceal­er Pen­cil, $11.50 Works per­fect­ly to con­ceal blem­ish marks with­out cak­ing. Best Under-Eye Concealer Jane Iredale Circle/Delete in Peach #2, $25 Excel­lent for con­ceal­ing dark cir­cles caused by thin­ner skin and under-eye veins. If you have blue, green, or pur­ple under-eye cir­cles, this con­ceal­er is fan­tas­tic. Best Eye Primer All Nat­u­ral Face Mag­ic Eye Shad­ow Primer, $7 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 Eyeshadow Tarte Call of the Wild Ama­zo­ni­an Clay Eye Shad­ow Palet­te, $36 Tarte’s eye...