July/August Favorites: Soapwalla Deodorant, Coolibar, Camellia Oil, Celsus Scar Cream, Propolis Toothpaste Reviews

July/August Favorites: Soapwalla Deodorant, Coolibar, Camellia Oil, Celsus Scar Cream, Propolis Toothpaste Reviews

Let’s jump right in! 1. Soap­wal­la Deodor­ant Cream, $12. I recent­ly post­ed an arti­cle on how to make your own nat­u­ral deodor­ant, and short­ly there­after I dis­cov­ered Soap­wal­la which quick­ly became one of my favorites. The ingre­di­ents are along the same lines, but with some added niceties like clay and essen­tial oils (plus it’s already made for you, if you’re not into DIY). It has a love­ly smooth tex­ture, a pleas­ant smell that both guys and gals can wear, and most impor­tant­ly it works. It does not have the unfor­tu­nate side effect of actu­al­ly mak­ing you smell bad, like many nat­u­ral deodor­ants tend to do. It won’t stop the sweat (you don’t want to do that any­way), but you will have total peace of mind know­ing you won’t stink. At all. For the whole day. Hoorah. 2. Coolibar UPF Cloth­ing, price varies. I have been mild­ly obsessed with UV-pro­tec­tive “stuff” late­ly, espe­cial­ly since I have total­ly given up on find­ing a sun­block that will a.) not clog my pores or b.) make me itchy and dried out. I can’t just go with­out sun pro­tec­tion though, so my solu­tion has been UPF cloth­ing, para­sols, big ass hats, and dark UV tint­ing on the car win­dows. I am all for get­ting that vit­a­m­in D pro­duc­tion in, but I am not about to sur­ren­der to UV-induced wrin­kles and sun dam­age. Coolibar’s selec­tion and qual­i­ty is pret­ty good, but their prices are a lit­tle high. I bought their crazy-look­ing face mask just for dri­ving and to pre­tend I was Bane. It’s a small, thin cloth mask rat­ed UPF 50 and very basic, with a...

I Heart Daily Beauty Interview

Hey every­one! Excit­ing news: I was fea­tured in today’s I Heart Dai­ly newslet­ter. 🙂 If you haven’t sub­scribed to them yet, def­i­nite­ly do so! I’ve been sub­scribed to them for over a year and they find the coolest stuff. Here is a lit­tle excerpt from their newsletter/website: Beauty Blogger: Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide 11–03-10: Stephanie Eliz­a­beth is the blogger/vlogger behind Epic Beau­ty Guide. She offers com­plete and infor­ma­tive advice on how to keep our skin healthy and hap­py by using nat­u­ral prod­ucts. In addi­tion to her site and YouTube chan­nel, she also has a book, The Real Guide To Flaw­less Skin. “I start­ed to get a lot of requests for a book on how to get rid of acne,” says Stephanie. “My goal was to make it very clear and uncom­pli­cat­ed, and a lot of the advice could be used to treat eczema as well since they are both inflam­ma­to­ry con­di­tions.” This lady knows what she’s talk­ing about (her skin is glow­ing!). Read on for some stel­lar beau­ty advice and tips! I Heart Daliy: What moti­vat­ed you to start your beau­ty blog? READ MORE… I hope you enjoy the arti­cle. :)) ~Steph ...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fash­ion and all the the­atrics that come with it dur­ing Fash­ion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after see­ing the flaw­less, air­brushed look of the mod­els on the run­way. I believe this is the first time I’m men­tion­ing make­up, but I get a lot of requests for nat­u­ral make­up and con­ceal­ing imper­fec­tions, so I fig­ured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flaw­less skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you look­ing gor­geous in the morn­ing (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the make­up part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use con­ceal­er). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretch­ing, yoga, and short car­dio cir­cuit train­ing are an excel­lent way to keep your skin glow­ing. The rea­son why is because cir­cu­la­tion is super impor­tant to keep­ing our skin nour­ished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few min­utes stretch­ing or yoga right after wak­ing up to get the blood mov­ing in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it ener­gizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organ­ic pro­duce over con­ven­tion­al pro­duce as much as pos­si­ble to avoid ingest­ing pes­ti­cides that will bur­den your liv­er and poten­tial­ly cause hor­mone imbal­ances. Choose organ­ic and/or grass-fed meats, and organ­ic dairy (or cut out cow dairy alto­geth­er). It’s a huge top­ic, and I sug­gest read­ing my oth­er arti­cles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flaw­less skin. In the morn­ing, drink a glass or two...

The Book is Available! 2 Day Sale!

{SALE HAS ENDED — Available for Regular Price} Hey every­one! The book is now avail­able! Sor­ry for mak­ing you wait. 😉 {OVERVIEW} The REAL Guide to Flaw­less Skin: Only 4 Weeks to Clear Skin For Life con­tains 7 Chap­ters and a Resource guide jam-packed with infor­ma­tion, all in an easy-to-under­stand for­mat so it’s not over­whelm­ing. Each chap­ter focus­es on a par­tic­u­lar aspect of get­ting rid of acne and achiev­ing flaw­less skin: Diag­nos­ing, Diet, Exer­cise, Skin Care, Mind, Heal­ing Acne Scars, and Trou­bleshoot­ing for Dif­fi­cult Cas­es. I give you a lot of guide­lines, but I also tell you exact­ly what you can do — so you can either pick and choose, or fol­low an exact pro­to­col, depend­ing on your pref­er­ence. I go into major detail on each sub­ject, more than I could ever do in one of my arti­cles, but I will always update the acne book con­tent on this web­site when new research and new prod­ucts come to light. Foods to eat and foods to avoid Sam­ple meal plan to get you start­ed Detailed skin­care and nat­ural make­up rec­om­men­da­tions My indi­vid­ual skin care, diet, and exer­cise rou­tine Foods and sup­ple­ments for glow­ing skin How to get rid of acne scars (and cov­er them up) Answers to fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions Learn to use your mind as a pow­er­ful tool for clear­ing acne Advanced help for dif­fi­cult acne cas­es Super sim­ple, super cheap DIY skin care for those on a tight bud­get Skin care ingre­di­ents to avoid (huge cheat sheet!) Free updates to the book via my blog {2 DAY SALE} After exchang­ing a few emails and mes­sages with some of you guys, I decid­ed to offer the book at $14.95. In order...

Top 5 Natural Scrubs & Exfoliators

Exfo­li­at­ing your skin on a reg­u­lar basis does won­ders for improv­ing its look and feel — you’ll wind up with smoother, soft­er skin, and if you’re prone to black­heads, you’ll have less of them. The trick is find­ing a qual­i­ty scrub or exfo­lia­tor that will do a great job, but doesn’t con­tain unsafe arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents and won’t irri­tate your skin in the process. The­se are my Top 5 picks for exfo­li­at­ing prod­ucts. {PICK #1} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub I am com­plete­ly hooked on this nat­u­ral, Ayurvedic herbal scrub. It is sooth­ing, anti-acne (and anti-black­heads), and imparts a gor­geous glow on the skin. Use 1–3 times per week depend­ing on your skin type. This scrub is best for all skin types, and sen­si­tive skin will espe­cial­ly appre­ci­ate it. The bot­tle may be deceiv­ing­ly small, but I’ve been using the Ubtan scrub for over 2 months, 1–3 times per week, and I still have half the bot­tle left! ($9, 2 oz., avail­able at Etsy.com) {PICK #2} Talu­lah Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser This vanil­la, rice, and sug­ar scrub is a great choice for those with oily, thick­er skin. Sen­si­tive, thin­ner skin should rub the scrub in the hands pri­or to apply­ing to the face, just to wear down the exfo­li­at­ing par­ti­cles a bit so it’s gen­tler. Smells amaz­ing, too! ($26, 4 oz., avail­able at talulahskincare.com) {PICK #3} Suki Exfo­li­ate Foam­ing Cleanser Organ­ic lemon­grass, sug­ar, and sooth­ing herbs make this lemon­ade-smelling scrub an excel­lent choice for acne-prone skin. How­ev­er, if you are aller­gic or sen­si­tive to chamomile (rag­weed fam­i­ly) or algae (sea­weeds) then you may not find the same pos­i­tive results with this scrub that...