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 for...
The Best Acne Supplements for Clear, Flawless Skin

The Best Acne Supplements for Clear, Flawless Skin

I am fre­quent­ly asked if there are any pills or sup­ple­ments that can assist with get­ting rid of acne or help­ing your skin become glow­ing and flaw­less­ness. In short, the answer is yes. A study pub­lished in July 2013 by The Uni­ver­si­ty of Afy­on Kocate­pe in Turkey report­ed a cor­re­la­tion between acne and low serum (blood) lev­els of vit­a­m­in A, vit­a­m­in E, and zinc.¹ Fas­ci­nat­ing, right? Fur­ther­more, there are sev­er­al stud­ies (includ­ing this real­ly awe­some one) link­ing oxida­tive stress to acne, which means that coun­ter­act­ing oxi­da­tion (via antiox­i­dants) would be part of the log­i­cal course of treat­ment. Inflam­ma­tion and oxida­tive stress are the begin­ning of the acne cycle, so if we elim­i­nate those, we break the cycle and thus elim­i­nate acne. FIRST, MAKE NO MISTAKE – YOUR FOOD MATTERS. I’m not going to willy-nil­ly rec­om­mend sup­ple­ments with­out first remind­ing you of this impor­tant fact. Your food mat­ters. Chee­tos and bagels do not cre­ate healthy tis­sues. You can take all the sup­ple­ments you want, but if you’re chow­ing down on fast food and ice cream sev­er­al times per week, your skin (and most impor­tant­ly, your inter­nal organs) are not going to be healthy. This is not about becom­ing a strict, stressed out food nut. This is about mak­ing wise choic­es that will nour­ish and sup­port you phys­i­cal­ly, men­tal­ly, and emo­tion­al­ly. Since you want clear skin, strict­ly avoid the fol­low­ing for the next 4–6 weeks (you can always sneak them in lat­er and enjoy once in a while if you feel like it): Gluten. This means bread, bagels, pas­tries, cere­als, and oth­er processed foods that use wheat or gluten. Wheat and gluten are inflam­ma­to­ry...
How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

Whether it is one pim­ple or ten, this is my down-and-dirty sys­tem for elim­i­nat­ing a sud­den break­out caused by stress or a few bad eat­ing days. This lit­tle sys­tem ensures that red­ness and inflam­ma­tion cease with­in 12 hours, and any blem­ish­es are com­plete­ly gone with­in 24–72 hours. Your results might dif­fer (hope­ful­ly for the bet­ter!), but give it a go and exper­i­ment to see what works best for you! 1. Focus on good food. The key here is to remove any­thing that is going to slow heal­ing and cause fur­ther inflam­ma­tion and add the things that are going to speed heal­ing and stop inflam­ma­tion. This means I real­ly focus on exclud­ing all grains (espe­cial­ly wheat) and sug­ar, and instead focus on eat­ing super nutri­tious foods like oys­ters, berries, wild-caught fish, leafy greens, and easy home­made chick­en stock or beef stock (a.k.a. bone broth). I also chow down on my grandmother’s tra­di­tion­al chopped liv­er recipe (read: grass-fed/pastured organ­ic liv­er is extreme­ly nutri­tious and no, it is not filled with tox­ins) or I mix fine­ly ground liv­er into meat­balls or ham­burg­er pat­ties. improve finan­cial rank­ings slow­ly This influx of vit­a­mins and min­er­als does won­ders for quick­ly heal­ing and calm­ing the skin. Here is a recipe for “Mul­ti­vi­t­a­m­in Meat­balls” (a.k.a. liv­er meat­balls). Do a Google search for more recipes! Oh, and this should go with­out say­ing, but be sure to drink a lot of fil­tered water. You should be doing this any­way, but pay atten­tion to your water con­sump­tion to aid cir­cu­la­tion of nutri­ents and speed heal­ing. And please DO NOT drink unfil­tered tap water (there are too many chem­i­cals to count, and...
How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

This might be pret­ty obvi­ous from the cap­tion of this post, but I’m going to let you in on all my per­son­al secrets for hav­ing clear, healthy skin. (It’s not like I haven’t been telling you my “secrets” for the past 3 years or so any­way…) I have been receiv­ing more and more requests for all the nit­ty grit­ty details: my per­son­al diet, an updat­ed skin care rou­tine, what I take for sup­ple­ments, yad­da yad­da. While my per­son­al diet and skin care may not suit you, I will still share it because it may be help­ful. Just remem­ber to try things your­self and go with what works best for you. So with­out fur­ther ado, I give you my entire rou­tine. (This is an arti­cle series, and this is just the overview.) 1. I Keep Stress Lowww. Stress is gnarly. Pret­ty plain and sim­ple. I won’t go into the details, because if you’re any­thing like me, you will start to stress out about stress. I have recent­ly real­ized that for my body, keep­ing my stress super low is even more impor­tant than what I eat. I could be eat­ing my usu­al awe­some diet but let my stress get out of con­trol and I will get a break­out. I total­ly sound like a 4-year-old here, but I get crazy excit­ed about ran­dom crap, and my body mis­reads this as stress and acts accord­ing­ly. It’s ridicu­lous, but it has taught me how to avoid infor­ma­tion over­load and know­ing when enough is enough. More details in Part I here. 2. I Eat Well. I eat a lot of good, qual­i­ty fats to keep my skin...

Difficult Acne: The 3 Step Digestion Fix

Hey every­one! I’ve touched on this before in oth­er posts, but haven’t gone into the detail it deserves: Diges­tion. Poor diges­tion. The major­i­ty of dif­fi­cult acne cas­es I have helped with are solved with diet. Some­times we have to go a step fur­ther, espe­cial­ly if some­one is eat­ing healthy already (to Epic Beau­ty Guide stan­dards, not “oh I’m eat­ing Lite Ranch Dress­ing instead of the reg­u­lar” or “I only eat fast food twice per week now!”). When you’re eat­ing well but you do not digest your food prop­er­ly, you’re set­ting your­self up for a whole host of issues, one of which is acne, eczema, and oth­er inflam­ma­to­ry skin dis­or­ders. So if you’re still expe­ri­enc­ing acne (specif­i­cal­ly non-cys­tic acne on the fore­head or around the mouth/chin) despite mak­ing impor­tant pos­i­tive changes, then keep read­ing. Step 1. Eat tru­ly healthy. Make sure you have been eat­ing accord­ing to Epic Beau­ty Guide prin­ci­ples for at least 4 weeks. The vast major­i­ty of peo­ple will see a huge and/or com­plete improve­ment in their acne. I’ve laid out the prin­ci­ples in sev­er­al arti­cles and in my book. They’re real­ly sim­ple prin­ci­ples, but can take some get­ting used to if your cur­rent diet con­sists of most­ly pack­aged, processed, and fast foods. If you’ve already been fol­low­ing Step 1 for at least 4 weeks and you still have a lin­ger­ing prob­lem, con­tin­ue to Step 2. Step 2. Test your stom­ach acid. This is a sim­ple lit­tle exper­i­ment and doesn’t require a vis­it to a lab. Drink beet juice. If your pee comes out pink or red, like a beet, you have low stom­ach acid. Time to move on to...