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 that is for­mu­lat­ed specif­i­cal­ly...
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 as your sta­ble...
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, the wom­an who brought...
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...