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...
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...
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,...
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...

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...