8 Best Natural Mascaras – No Flaking or Smudging!

8 Best Natural Mascaras – No Flaking or Smudging!

My hesitant usage of mascaras began with Dr. Hauschka nearly 8 years ago. It was my very first foray into mascara, and I remember that I loved the way my lashes stood out…and how my eyelids itched like hell. I then dove into my mom’s mascara supply, and was continually intrigued by the scary looking spines on skinny wands that you’re supposed to stick pretty effing close to your eyeball. While I certainly entertained and prided myself on my bravery, I didn’t appreciate how every single mascara either gave me that oh-so-desired raccoon look or elicited itchy eyelids. I figured I was destined to have blonde, mascara-phobic eyelashes for life. Then 3 years ago an amazing friend of mine started tinting my eyelashes black and bam! issue resolved. Eh not quite. While I am extremely grateful for having naturally long, curled eyelashes that allows the tint to give me a mascara-like effect on the daily, when I want to go all out and…(dun dun dun) put on eyeshadow and what not, then mascara is definitely in order. Thus I have personally investigated every known natural mascara on the market since 2010. That’s a pretty good gig. 😉 I present to you my favorite mascaras all neatly tucked into one place. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara $22 A relative newbie to the mascara scene. This mascara is fantastic for those that want length, separation, and rich color. W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara $23.50 The formula and wand are amazing on this mascara. It creates length, curl, and separation and doesn’t smudge or flake. ILIA Mascara $26 have either limited I prefer a slightly thicker, less separated look to my lashes,...
How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “how do I know the right skin care products for my [insert skin type or condition here]?” Never fear! I’ll help you conquer the confusion, and if you still have questions, leave them in the comments. First, an important lesson in Skin Care 101: Be honest about your skin type and condition. Avoid selecting products for imaginary skin conditions or issues. We can be very critical of ourselves, and this can prevent us from making an honest assessment of our skin. Selecting an incorrect product for a nonexistent condition (or one that is not as critical as you might think) can actually result in a skin condition. For example, don’t run out and buy a strong glycolic acid serum made specifically for those with mature and sun damaged skin if your skin has only been around for 21 years and you have a few freckles. That is not mature, sun damaged skin. See the difference? I’ll give you an example of something I see an awful lot: someone gets a small breakout caused by stress or a bout of questionable food choices. The person then freaks out and treats the breakout with harsh, drying acne treatments. The skin becomes dry and sensitive, which compromises skin barrier function and sends the skin into protection mode. Translation: redness, inflammation, and excess oil production. The result? A cycle of dryness, sensitivity, and more breakouts. The solution from the very beginning would have been to use hydrating, moisturizing treatments that speed healing, reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from damage. So instead of “attacking” the issue,...
Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

I know we all tend to love a little instant gratification, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips for achieving beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in just 1 minute (plus some bonus treatments that take a bit longer). Have fun! 1 Minute to Beautiful Skin One of the most common things I see is that people think they are washing their skin well, when in fact, they’re only taking maybe 15 seconds to haphazardly mush some foam on their face. I invite you to use a timer and cleanse your skin for a full minute. That is thorough enough to remove excess sebum, dirt, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin so as to prevent rough skin texture, dullness, flakes, blackheads, and pustules. Better yet, use a Clarisonic, which gives a gentle yet deep clean and times the cleansing for you. I use the Clarisonic Mia (with the softest sensitive brush head) with a few different incredible cleansers that I keep in my beauty cabinet on rotation. My favorites to use with the Clarisonic are Kahina Cleanser, One Love Organics Easy Does It, and SIRCUIT Supermild. assets biz2credit sayseasy personal loans no credit check Ice and green tea are my favorite do-it-yourself tools for eliminating puffiness, redness, and inflammation. For a pimple, apply an ice cube or a cold spoon (put a metal spoon in the freezer) for 1 minute directly to the pimple (if your skin is sensitive, wrap the ice cube or spoon in a tissue). Cold constricts blood vessels, and in the case of a pimple, it reduces inflammation, thereby shrinking the pimple. To reduce overall redness, shrink a pimple, or...
2013 Epic Beauty Awards – Best of Natural Beauty

2013 Epic Beauty Awards – Best of Natural Beauty

Welcome to the third 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 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. Some affiliate links or 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, but 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. ;)   WINNERS – MAKEUP Toggle the tabs to see all the winners. Best Foundation Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation, $40 This foundation is perfect for travel, creamy, non-drying, and perfect for nearly all skin types (except oily and very oily, in which case W3LL People Narcissist is a fantastic choice). Great coverage for the full day without any orange-y oxidation color changes. Best Concealer W3LL People Narcissist, $38 This foundation/concealer stick is pigmented enough to conceal difficult under eye circles as well as blemish marks without caking or flaking. Best Eye Primer Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector, $54 This is perfect for oily lids and keeping eyeshadow from creasing. This can also be used all over the face alone or under foundation...