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...
How I Got Thicker, Stronger, Healthier Hair

How I Got Thicker, Stronger, Healthier Hair

I was born with naturally fine, curly hair. Hairdressers always told me to be grateful I had “body” from the curls because my hair looked and felt thicker. During my vegan days, my hair was incredibly thin. It was limp, broken, and all around unhealthy. It took a few years, but my hair has come back thicker and shinier and more awesome than ever. This is how I got healthier hair, and this is how you can strengthen the strands you have and encourage faster and healthier growth. Best Foods & Supplements for Hair Protein. Omega 3s. Zinc. B vitamins (Biotin in particular). These are all present in a healthy diet, yet you would be surprised how little of these nutrients people (especially women) consume daily. Wild-Caught Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids, of which salmon is an excellent source, are important to a healthy scalp. Salmon (I only choose wild Alaskan salmon) is also a great source of protein. A tip for those who don’t like or have easy access to wild fish: try a high-quality fish oil supplement like Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Carlson Cod Liver Oil, or Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil Capsules. Vegetable oils like flax or vegetable oil blends are incomplete, as they do not contain DHA and they have low levels of EPA – both important omega 3 fatty acids present in fish and krill oils. Be aware that vegetable oil manufacturers or proponents may state that ALA (present in veggie oils) will convert to EPA, but what they may not mention is that less than 5% of ALA gets converted to EPA¹. I want you to be informed...