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...
April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

Holy cow. I have enough half-fin­ished arti­cles lined up to cause an inter­webs melt­down. I have def­i­nite­ly been slack­ing on EBG, what with plan­ning the wed­ding, uni­ver­si­ty class­es, and work. Whew. 😉 Here’s one hot off the press­es. 1. SIRCUIT Skin Infu­sion-A Inten­sive Retinoid Serum, $80. For sev­er­al years I have been wait­ing for effec­tive retinoid prod­ucts that are for­mu­lat­ed in base of nat­u­ral, “clean” ingre­di­ents. I was impa­tient and even con­sid­ered start­ing a skin care line just to for­mu­late those prod­ucts, but SIRCUIT stepped up to the plate recent­ly and intro­duced a natural-product-lover’s retinoid buf­fet. Imag­ine if you could use some­thing as effec­tive as a “tra­di­tion­al” retinoid with­out the petro­le­um deriv­a­tives, parabens, or side effects like peel­ing and flak­ing. In fact, if you could use just one top­i­cal anti-aging pro­duct, a retinoid would be it. And the younger you start using one, the bet­ter. Retinoids are one of the few anti-aging sub­stances backed by strong sci­en­tific stud­ies and show obvi­ous clin­i­cal results of improved skin appear­ance (e.g. reduced wrin­kles, improved elas­tic­i­ty, pre­ven­tion of col­la­gen break­down, improved skin tone, reduc­tion of age spots and sun dam­age, etc.). It espe­cial­ly excit­ing because it is excel­lent for every­one and effec­tive on every­one — and if you can start using a retinoid in your ear­ly 20s (or even late teens), it will be your best top­i­cal defend­er again­st sag­ging, wrin­kling, and sun dam­age. I am all about pre­ven­tion, and your three best lines of defense again­st los­ing col­la­gen (after all, it’s much eas­ier to pre­vent los­ing it than try­ing to add it back in lat­er) are: excel­lent diet, pre­vent­ing sun dam­age, and...
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...
Beauty Blender Dupe — Super Inexpensive

Beauty Blender Dupe — Super Inexpensive

Hey every­one! Just a super quick “FYI” post today: I’m sure many of you have heard of the extreme­ly pop­u­lar Beau­ty Blender, which is a lit­tle pink (or black, or white) sponge that costs any­where from $19-$30 at Sephora and oth­er stores. This lit­tle sponge is amaz­ing for apply­ing make­up (i.e. liq­uid or cream foun­da­tions, loose min­er­al pow­ders and min­er­al foun­da­tions, etc.) with an air­brush-like fin­ish. Don’t get me wrong, BB is a great pro­duct, but there is a dupli­cate (a.k.a. dupe) that is almost iden­ti­cal and works just as well for half the price. I use the dupe to put tint­ed mois­tur­iz­er and bronz­er on my mum when I do her make­up, and to put con­ceal­er under my eyes if I had a crap­py night’s sleep. I bought mine for $10 and you can get your Beau­ty Blender dupli­cate right here – it’s latex-free and is a slight­ly dif­fer­ent shape than the BB, but it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance. So if you’re on a bud­get, this will save you about $10. Here’s the view from the top and bot­tom of the BB dupe: ~Steph ...

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 ...

Review: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush & Tips — Plus FREE Products

All right, so I final­ly record­ed a review of my Clar­ison­ic Plus skin care brush that I bought on Jan­u­ary 28th, 2010. As of today I have been using it every night (far more than the 3 times I men­tion in the video!) and I love this brush even more than I expressed in my video review. As you may know from ear­lier posts, I get real­ly dry skin in the win­ter and I had dry patch­es on my face and arms, which have 100% gone away since I’ve been using my Clar­ison­ic. It took about a week for them to dis­ap­pear entire­ly. My broth­er is prone to acne and his skin looks clear­er than it has in about a year. The red­ness on his cheeks is great­ly dimin­ished, and he hasn’t got­ten any new blem­ish­es in almost 2 weeks. I’m real­ly hap­py for him. So here we go! Video is below (sor­ry if I’m look­ing and act­ing tired…it’s because I was tired haha). Here is the link to my pre­vi­ous entry, where I announced my pur­chase and includ­ed a few details/video reviews from oth­er peo­ple: I Bought a Clar­ison­ic Skin Care Brush. {FREE CLARISONIC PRODUCTS} I men­tioned in the video that I do not use the Clar­ison­ic prod­ucts — so if you use them or are inter­est­ed in using them, let me know and I’ll send them to you. {MY 7 TIPS FOR USING THE CLARISONIC} If you’re on more of a bud­get, go with a Clar­ison­ic Mia ($149). You can still use it on your body, it will just take longer! Be sure to use a nor­mal brush head for...