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...
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...

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...