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...

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...

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...

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....

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...