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...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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...