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...
2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

This year I decid­ed to take my annu­al “must-have prod­ucts” round-up and punch it up a notch. Thus, I intro­duce to you…dun dun dun… The First-Ever…2011 Epic Beauty Awards. I know there will be some miss­ing cat­e­gories this year (i.e. foun­da­tion primer, lip pen­cils, lip stain, etc.). The only rea­son for this is that there are cer­tain cat­e­gories I did not try, and I did not want to put up any prod­ucts I haven’t per­son­al­ly test­ed. If you have any cat­e­go­ry or pro­duct sug­ges­tions, leave a com­ment so I know what to check out![/notification] FTC Disclaimer This should go with­out say­ing, but I’ll men­tion it any­way – no com­pa­ny can buy their way onto this list. Some prod­ucts may have been given to Epic Beau­ty Guide to review at some point, but this in no way favors the pro­duct to win an Epic Beau­ty Award. All prod­ucts have been orig­i­nal­ly pur­chased or repur­chased by me with my own cash dol­lahs. 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 Concealer RMS Beau­ty Un-Cov­er Up, $36 Best Under-Eye Concealer Jane Iredale Enlight­en Con­ceal­er, $29 Even though this is dark orange in the pot and I thought it would nev­er work with my fair skin, it turned out to be fan­tas­tic for cov­er­ing under-eye cir­cles (includ­ing the blue/purple type). I learned that a lit­tle goes a long way, and that it looks even more amaz­ing when...

Natural Beauty on a Budget

Hey every­one! I just post­ed about my per­son­al skin care and hair care rou­tine, and I want­ed to respond to one of the com­ments I received so it can help you guys out: …Do you have any sug­ges­tions or alter­na­tives for those of us look­ing to make our skin and hair care more nat­ural with­out break­ing the bank? –Pop­ple This is a great ques­tion. If you’re used to spend­ing $3 on a bot­tle of Suave or Pan­tene, then you hon­est­ly won’t find any­thing com­pa­ra­ble to that cost in the all-natural/organic mar­ket. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is more expen­sive to pro­duce healthy things, and until the cor­po­rate and eco­nom­ic envi­ron­ment shifts over to accom­mo­date low­er prices of nat­u­ral and organ­ic prod­ucts, con­scious con­sumers will have to pay more. Grant­ed, some of the­se nat­u­ral brands are bent on being a high-end pro­duct (in order to com­pete with high-end depart­ment-store type brands) and car­ry­ing a high price tag. It’s unfor­tu­nate, but you’ll find that with any pro­duct, nat­u­ral or not. It often becomes all about sell­ing an image and a per­cep­tion instead of sell­ing a qual­i­ty pro­duct that is tru­ly healthy for us, but that’s more of a philo­soph­i­cal and eth­i­cal dis­cus­sion, and I’m focused on what we can actu­al­ly do about it. Now, if you are accus­tomed to fork­ing over $20 or $30 (or more) per bot­tle for a fan­cy salon or depart­ment store pro­duct, then it makes sense to shift over to a nat­u­ral pro­duct in that gen­er­al price brack­et since you’ll find many of them there. It may also help to look at qual­i­ty, all nat­u­ral and/or organ­ic prod­ucts for how much they cost per...

Skin Care Routine, Plus Hair Care & Makeup — April 2011

OCTOBER 2011 UPDATE ON THE WAY Hey every­one! I just updat­ed you on my skin care rou­tine in Jan­u­ary, but in March it start­ed to get warm (it’s in the high-80’s here already) so I need­ed to change some things and sim­pli­fy it a lit­tle bit. Thussss, I want to share what I am doing. I have also includ­ed what I use for hair care, as well as make­up on spe­cial occa­sions since I get a ton of requests for make­up rec­om­men­da­tions. {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. ARCONA Tri­ad Pads, $30, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with dai­ly use) A must-have. I use a pad in the morn­ing and a pad at night, after using an ARCONA Clar­i­ty pad. I use the scrub­by side for my face, then I turn it over and use the smooth side to wipe my neck and chest. It’s extreme­ly refresh­ing, smells deli­cious, and leaves your skin moist and glow­ing. Since I don’t wear make­up (except on my eyes) and I don’t live in a heav­i­ly pol­lut­ed area, the pads are an excel­lent replace­ment for wash­ing my face with a tra­di­tion­al cleanser. The pads are also use­ful if you are trav­el­ing, stay­ing in a hotel with chlo­ri­nat­ed water, or camp­ing. ARCONA Clar­i­ty Spot Repair for Face/Body, $28, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with dai­ly use) The­se pads are amaz­ing for pre­vent­ing hor­mon­al blem­ish­es wom­en tend to get around peri­od time, and excel­lent for pre­vent­ing razor bumps and ingrown hairs (face, legs, etc.). The smell is real­ly intense and makes my eyes water, and even though my skin is sen­si­tive, it does not irri­tate it what­so­ev­er and...

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...

My Summer Skin Care & Beauty Favorites

Sor­ry it’s been so long! How is every­one? 😀 For my first post of June, I would like to share with you my favorite sum­mer skin care and beau­ty prod­ucts. 1. Trop­i­cal Tra­di­tions Gold Stan­dard Vir­gin Coconut Oil. This is my sta­ple, but I use it a lot more in sum­mer than I do in win­ter. If I go out and wear eye make-up, I use this to gen­tly remove it with­out sting­ing my eyes. I also use it to pre­vent black­heads and blem­ish­es, since coconut oil con­tains lau­ric acid, which is a pow­er­ful non-tox­ic fun­gus and bac­te­ria fight­er. I just keep a jar of this in my cup­board, and in the sum­mer it stays in a soft, semi-liq­uidy state so it’s easy to use a cos­met­ic spat­u­la, spoon, cot­ton bud, or cot­ton swab to scoop out some coconut oil. Then you just put it on your skin wherever you want. Some peo­ple use it in their hair, but for my fine, curly hair, I prefer to use pure­ly mois­tur­iz­ing oils (I list one below). 2. Best Bath Store Acne Treat­ment Gel. This stuff is amaz­ing. You can dab this on at night and it dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduces any pim­ple (and red­ness) to almost noth­ing by morn­ing. Bet­ter yet, you can also put it on in the morn­ing and no one will know. Oh! And it doesn’t dry your skin out at all. It has a funky herbal scent that I real­ly like, and the ingre­di­ents are pure and 100% nat­u­ral, of course. This gel will be espe­cial­ly use­ful if you work­out a lot and tend to get sweat-relat­ed blem­ish­es on ...