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 ...
Mini-Post: Quick Tips for Not Getting Sick This Winter

Mini-Post: Quick Tips for Not Getting Sick This Winter

Hey every­one! I want­ed to get this post up in the hopes that it will help you dodge a cold or flu this sea­son. I’ve been using the­se quick tips for a looooong time and have not been sick with a cold or flu for 4 years (knock on wood har har). Here we go: 1. Nix the sug­ar. Sug­ar comes from sev­er­al sources, includ­ing refined white or brown sug­ar, raw sug­ar, grains, breads, pas­tries, and sug­ary fruit. Sug­ar is inflam­ma­to­ry and feeds path­o­gen­ic bac­te­ria and yeast, which also dis­rupts your healthy gut flo­ra that con­tributes heav­i­ly to the health of your immune sys­tem, there­by mak­ing your immune sys­tem weak­er and more sus­cep­ti­ble to sick­ness. Focus on eat­ing more healthy pro­teins and more healthy fats this sea­son, and you will find that you’ll nat­u­ral­ly eat less sug­ar when your plate is filled with a nice fish filet or grass-fed steak, and veg­gies. Now is a great time to eat an Epic Beau­ty Guide-style diet of grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish, veg­gies, and some low-sug­ar fruits like berries and green apples (no grains, little/no dairy). Your skin will also reward you with a pim­ple-free, glow­ing com­plex­ion. 2. Keep calm and car­ry on. Stress is an immune sys­tem neme­sis, but don’t stress about being stressed. Just take a moment to breathe, relax, read or watch inspi­ra­tional and stress-reduc­ing books or quotes or videos. What helped me change from a stressed out wor­ry­wart to a more calm, take-it-in-stride per­son? Yoga, books by Byron Katie and Eck­hart Tolle, and (inter­est­ing­ly enough) Steve Job’s Stan­ford com­mence­ment speech. Now I just do what needs to get done...

Tasty Skin-Clearing Green Drink

Hey every­one! I have always been impressed with the ben­e­fits of green tea, but could nev­er stand the taste of it plain. I would always order it and then some­one would say, “but Steph, remem­ber you don’t like green tea…” Oh yeah. Until I dis­cov­ered matcha. Matcha green tea is the dried, pow­dered ver­sion of green tea. It is grown in the shade (and/or moved to the shade for a few weeks pri­or to it being har­vest­ed), mak­ing for a sweet­er taste and more amino acids. Matcha con­tains a bevy of ben­e­fi­cial sub­stances, includ­ing the amino acid l-thea­nine, which has a calm­ing effect and mit­i­gates the effects of stress and cor­ti­sol on our bod­ies. Fur­ther, matcha low­ers cho­les­terol lev­els and pre­vents gly­ca­tion, which is respon­si­ble for loss of elas­tic­i­ty (wrin­kles, sag­ging) in our skin and dam­age to our organs. In 2003, researchers at Uni­ver­si­ty of Col­orado deter­mined that the “con­cen­tra­tion of epi­gal­lo­cat­e­ch­in gal­late (EGCG) avail­able from drink­ing matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG avail­able from Chi­na Green Tips green tea, and at least three times high­er than the largest lit­er­a­ture val­ue for oth­er green teas” (empha­sis mine). In case you’re won­der­ing, EGCG is the can­cer-inhibit­ing, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, neu­ro­pro­tec­tive antiox­i­dant that com­pris­es 60% of matcha. When you pur­chase matcha, make sure it’s cer­e­mo­ni­al grade because you will get the most bang for your buck – the most amino acids, the most EGCG, the best and sweet­est fla­vor, etc. Matcha has a great taste on its own, but my favorite way to con­sume it is in the form of a deli­cious lat­te. Check out my very own EBG green lat­te...

Talking Beauty with Sarah Fragoso + Cookbook GIVEAWAY! (Closed)

Hey every­one! Today I have an awe­some inter­view with Sarah Fragoso, author of the super pop­u­lar Every­day Paleo web­site and Every­day Paleo cook­book. She is one of my favorite paleo folks – she’s a work­ing, trav­el­ing, super busy mum of 3 boys and main­tains a fan­tas­tic diet and exer­cise rou­tine for her­self and her fam­i­ly. Her cook­book is also an excel­lent tool for any­one want­i­ng to fol­low an Epic Beau­ty Guide-style diet for clear skin, since her recipes are quick and tasty. Annnnd…we’re giv­ing away a copy of her cook­book! Keep read­ing… 1. Your cook­book is a favorite in my house­hold col­lec­tion. How long did it take you com­pile this tome and what was your favorite part of cre­at­ing it? It took me almost a year to cre­ate and com­pile Every­day Paleo.  My favorite part of cre­at­ing it was the sim­ple fact that this was a fam­i­ly project.  My hus­band and my chil­dren were all extreme­ly involved, inter­est­ed, and hon­est through­out the process and I could not have done it with­out their lov­ing sup­port. 2. If you could pick one recipe from Every­day Paleo, which one would you say is your favorite? My per­son­al favorite would have to be the Steak Chile Rel­lenos but my fam­i­lies absolute favorite is hands down the Every­day Meat­loaf. 3. You have three adorable sons and are in great shape. Could you tell us how you got fit post-preg­nan­cy? Chang­ing my eat­ing habits was num­ber one in my phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. For fit­ness I worked out twice a week at Nor­cal Strength and Con­di­tion­ing under the guid­ance of Robb Wolf and his amaz­ing wife Nicki Vio­let­ti. I...