2014 Epic Beauty Awards – Best of Natural Beauty

2014 Epic Beauty Awards – Best of Natural Beauty

Welcome to 2015 – the fourth year of the Epic Beauty Awards! Check out the latest winners in natural beauty! Over the last year, I have tested dozens of products (and listened to all my amazing readers) from each category to bring you the very best in makeup, skin care, body care, and hair care. FTC Notice: 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 an Epic Beauty Award. All products have been originally purchased or repurchased by me. Affiliate links and links to my reader-requested curated shop (Epic Beauty Bar) are used when they are available, which supports Epic Beauty Guide as a free resource for everyone, and in no way effects the winner selection. Thank you for your support! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, article suggestions, product suggestions, etc. 😉 Did I overlook a great product or category? Leave a comment so I know what to add for next year. Enjoy! ~Steph  x WINNERS! MAKEUP BEST FOUNDATION Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, $48 The lovely Elizabeth of Beauty Bets said it best: “One part magical, multivitamin serum…one part powder mineral makeup, this weird-in-a-good-way gel-like foundation melts into skin and manages to perfect skin with just a couple of drops.” Win win win! The ingredients are wonderful for all skin types, even those that are prone to acne or clogged pores. Check out beautiful Lilly of Genuine Glow and her stellar before and after. BEST CONCEALER Studio 78 Paris Organic Dark Circles Concealer, $24 This is the first natural concealer I’ve found...
Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual

Hey everyone! I love taking your requests, and requests for a Winter skin care article have been coming in lately, so here it is! Always feel free to comment on articles here, on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tell me what you think, what you would love to know more about, any reviews or swatches you want to see… You name it, I’ll make it happen. 😉 P.S. I now carry and curate almost everything I personally use on Epic Beauty Bar, so it’s all in one place for you as many of you requested. Let me know if there’s anything you want to see! Transitioning to a Fall & Winter Skin Care Ritual Our skin’s needs change often based on hormone cycles, diet, sleep, and stress, yet sometimes the seasonal changes are the most obvious. In the summer people tend to sweat more and get oilier, thus requiring lighter, cooling skin care products. Now that we are living in cooler, less humid weather, we need to prepare our skin for the barrage of indoor heating, drier air, and cold temperatures. Of course, if you live in a tropical environment (or a hot, humid desert like Dubai) the seasonal changes are less extreme and therefore we can keep our skin care routines almost the same year round. My skin care routine changes pretty often due to the amazing new skin care products I am sent for review, as well as the changing needs of my skin seasonally. There is something to be said for consistency as well. Some products work better over time, others are so perfectly formulated for your skin that keeping them...
7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Hey everyone! Please excuse the shorter post today, as I just moved from Dubai to Hong Kong and am settling in nicely to my new home. Lots of new and awesome articles (and videos!) have been drafted and recorded and I’ll be doing my best to get them into your hands and faces and eyeballs very soon. 😉 7 New Natural Skin Care & Makeup Must-Haves Behold! I wish to share with you my latest and greatest finds in natural beauty for Fall and Winter…there are some seriously gorgeous, high-performance products on this list. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, $48 Caution: when you try this foundation, you will get hooked. This remarkable formulation is a serum with a built-in primer and corrective mineral pigment for an incredibly natural, luminous finish. This mellllllts into your skin, leaving a seamless look that doesn’t alert anyone to the fact that you are wearing foundation. You may also build the coverage from light/medium to full if you so desire. (If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know I don’t wear foundation, yet once in a blue moon when I want to gussy it up for a special event, I love to reach for a tinted moisturizer – or now this serum – for a very polished look.) May Lindstrom Skin The Jasmine Garden, $60 There is no shortage of face mists and toners on the market, yet there are very few that I have curated as part of an admirable collection of absolutely exquisite and effective toners. The Jasmine Garden is the newest addition to this incredible line-up and is the latest creation from May Lindstrom,...
5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

The weather is getting cooler and drier in many places around the world (even here in hot, humid Dubai) and it’s time to start shifting our skin care routines slightly. If you are prone to dry, itchy, or flaky skin in the colder months, then these all natural and organic beauty balms are your must-have heroes for keeping your skin protected and moisturized. Weleda Foot Balm, $14 This balm is less thick and slightly more oily than most balms and salves, and is quickly absorbed, even into the toughest of calluses. It contains olive fruit, myrrh, and calendula extracts to keep feet fresh, moisturized, and softened. This is ideal for swollen, red, tired feet. The slightly cooling and anti-inflammatory effects help your feet to recover quickly. Apply it generously, let it absorb, and pull on some warm, cozy cotton socks to hold in the soothing, softening ingredients overnight. Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm, $48 The texture of this slightly off-white balm is a bit drier and crumbly looking than others, yet once you put a tiny bit on your finger, it begins to melt into a richly moisturizing, silky, and skin nourishing potion. And I love the scent! It smells slightly sweet and faintly of flowers and licorice, which ever so slightly lingers on the skin (truly, it’s lovely). It contains organic shea butter and high concentrations of eyebright, pomegranate, ginseng, and licorice for moisturizing, brightening, and lightening under eye circles and sun damage. Organic fennel is also infused into this formula for its anti-inflammatory, anti-puffiness properties. Take a tiny bit onto your ring finger, press...