Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Hey every­one! I’ve been com­plet­ing my hol­i­day shop­ping and I fig­ured I would do a lit­tle last-min­ute hol­i­day gift idea for those of you still stuck on what to get your fam­i­ly and friends. The­se are my favorites, and many hap­pen to be on sale or offer­ing spe­cial dis­counts. Hoorah! Here we go: (FTC: I was not paid or spon­sored by any of the brands or com­pa­nies men­tioned below. Enjoy!) 1. Skin Apotheke Ayurvedic Skin Care. A favorite skin care line of mine, hand­made and expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed. The Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me is my all-time favorite eye cream, and I’ve men­tioned it before (it was also on my must-have prod­ucts list in 2010). Right now all prod­ucts in the store are 10% off with coupon code HOLIDAY. 2. 23and­Me DNA & Ances­try Test. One of the coolest, most unusu­al prod­ucts out there. Nor­mal­ly $99 plus $9/month, it’s now on sale for $76. Just order a kit, the kit arrives, you spit in a lit­tle tube, send it back, and wait 2–6 weeks for your results! The test ana­lyzes your DNA for fun things like hair col­or and ear wax, as well as seri­ous things like health traits and dis­ease risks (which you have the option of view­ing or not). The best part for me was the health traits and ances­try test­ing, which shows your full genet­ic her­itage. 3. DoMatcha Green Tea.This dain­ty lit­tle can con­tains matcha, a pow­er­ful pow­der chock full of antiox­i­dants and amino acids. Plus, EGCG, which is respon­si­ble for help­ing with weight loss and can­cer pre­ven­tion, is 137 times more bioavail­able than reg­u­lar green tea. 4. Paleo Com­fort Foods:...

How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin — Plus, GIVEAWAY!

Hey every­one! As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Ayurvedic med­i­cine (and Ayurvedic prod­ucts like Skin Apotheke) as a tool for skin care, and it’s an excel­lent com­pli­ment to anyone’s skin care knowl­edge. Today I have a great guest post by Kris­ten Ma, author of Beau­ty Pure & Sim­ple: The Ayurvedic Approach to Beau­ti­ful Skin. Her book is an awe­some resource for Ayu­verdic tech­niques for skin care and beau­ty. Keep read­ing and don’t miss the bot­tom of the arti­cle, where I announce an awe­some give­away for 3 lucky win­ners. .…… The Three Faces of Eczema: Beauty Through Ayurveda (How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin This Winter) by Kristen Ma www.tibetconnection.org/administrator/sys/ With the win­ter weath­er approach­ing, our skin will get bat­tered and beat­en by the ele­ments. This makes our com­plex­ions vul­ner­a­ble to dehy­dra­tion, irri­ta­tion, and a vari­ety of skin ail­ments. One of the most com­mon win­ter-trig­gered beau­ty con­di­tions is eczema. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is one of the most mis­di­ag­nosed skin prob­lems due to the fact that it is also very mis­un­der­stood. From a der­ma­to­log­i­cal per­spec­tive, we don’t real­ly know what eczema is and have come to no con­clu­sions about its real cause. Usu­al­ly, a derm will send you home with a pre­scrip­tion for cor­ti­sone – which is a steroid that sup­press­es your immune respon­se and thins your skin over time. While this will calm the con­di­tion down tem­porar­i­ly, it does not take a long-term approach, leav­ing the root cause of your eczema untreat­ed. It is also a con­fus­ing con­di­tion because it is expressed in so many dif­fer­ent ways. Some of us are red, some itchy, some flaky, and...

Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Hey every­one! I get a lot of ques­tions relat­ed to under eye issues like puffi­ness and dark cir­cles, so I thought I would address the puffy issue since I have already cov­ered dark cir­cles. Here are some of the caus­es of under eye puffi­ness and how to treat them…Epic Beau­ty style. 😉 First, know that there are two types of puffi­ness. One is essen­tial­ly water (flu­id) – they are quite squishy and tend to fade or flat­ten out on their own as the day goes on. The oth­er type are actu­al­ly fat­ty deposits – they are hard and do not fade or flat­ten, and are usu­al­ly a result of not treat­ing under eye puffi­ness ear­ly on. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the fat­ty type is hard­er to get rid of and there are only two solu­tions I know of: 1. face mas­sage such as Tanaka, done dai­ly and con­sis­tent­ly to help remove fat from the area, and 2. cos­met­ic surgery. Of course, I rec­om­mend you try mas­sage first. Wait at least 2–3 months to see any change, though the time varies from per­son to per­son. If you have the watery type, keep read­ing. {Common Causes of Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags} Lack of sleep or qual­i­ty sleep Exces­sive sodi­um intake or sug­ar intake Stress and result­ing adren­al fatigue Over con­sump­tion of alco­hol and/or caf­feine Hor­mon­al changes or imbal­ance Changes in weath­er or tem­per­a­ture Sinus prob­lems or allergies Water reten­tion Med­ica­tion side effects Like all things in our lives, the above caus­es are inter­con­nect­ed. For instance, if you are stressed, your adren­a­ls become less effi­cient, which can lead to hor­mon­al imbal­ance, which can lead to water reten­tion and…dun...

WIN My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream — Plus, Vapour Giveaway Winner

Hey every­one! I have two items of “busi­ness” today. The first is… Win My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream Unlike past give­aways, this is more of a con­test instead of a ran­dom draw. One win­ner will receive all of the­se incred­i­ble hand­made Ayurvedic skin­care prod­ucts from Ria at Skin Apothke**: Ubtan Face Scrub (see my review here) Flow­er Pow­er Lotus Firm­ing Serum Vit­a­m­in C Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Balm (see my review here) Amla Hair Oil Gor­geous Hair Revi­tal­iz­ing Mask **Vis­it the Skin Apothke shop and get 10% off your pur­chase! Enter code WITHLOVE10 at check­out. {HOW TO ENTER} Leave a com­ment here with one beau­ty tip or recipe that you love and swear by for your skin or hair. My favorite will be cho­sen as the win­ner. For this con­test, the win­ner must have a Unit­ed States ship­ping address. The con­test clos­es Decem­ber 30th, 2010. .….….….….…. And the winner of the Vapour Elixir Lip Glosses is… Janey­pot­ter, who was ran­dom­ly select­ed out of all the YouTube and blog com­ments, and also was the first to com­ment (and leave a pret­ty epic poem). Con­grat­u­la­tions Janey! Thank you to every­one who left such love­ly com­ments, I read every one of them and appre­ci­ate you guys so much. ~Steph ...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incred­i­ble nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts this year, and I want­ed to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organ­ic Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used con­sis­tent­ly for almost a year. I love foam­ing wash­es, and foams are great for dry skin as well, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you are sen­si­tive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to con­tain wax­es that can eas­i­ly clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide vari­ety of foam­ing wash­es for all skin types, so if the laven­der hon­ey wash isn’t for you, try one of their oth­er face wash­es. A bot­tle lasts me about 2–3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfo­lia­tors over the years, and none have treat­ed my sen­si­tive skin the way it always want­ed to be treat­ed. You mix a lit­tle of the scrub with your choice of either water, organ­ic milk, or organ­ic plain yogurt and gen­tly mas­sage in cir­cu­lar motions for a min­ute or two. It effec­tive­ly pre­vents black­heads and leaves your skin soft­er, radi­ant, and pol­ished with­out feel­ing dry and irri­tat­ed. Though the price went up a few dol­lars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a sta­ple in my med­i­cine cab­i­net. 3. Arcona Tri­ad Pads, $23. I have been using the­se pads for ton­ing, remov­ing the last rem­nants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m trav­el­ing and don’t want to use chlo­ri­nat­ed water to wash my sen­si­tive skin. The­se...