2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

This year I decid­ed to take my annu­al “must-have prod­ucts” round-up and punch it up a notch. Thus, I intro­duce to you…dun dun dun… The First-Ever…2011 Epic Beauty Awards. I know there will be some miss­ing cat­e­gories this year (i.e. foun­da­tion primer, lip pen­cils, lip stain, etc.). The only rea­son for this is that there are cer­tain cat­e­gories I did not try, and I did not want to put up any prod­ucts I haven’t per­son­al­ly test­ed. If you have any cat­e­go­ry or pro­duct sug­ges­tions, leave a com­ment so I know what to check out![/notification] FTC Disclaimer This should go with­out say­ing, but I’ll men­tion it any­way – no com­pa­ny can buy their way onto this list. Some prod­ucts may have been given to Epic Beau­ty Guide to review at some point, but this in no way favors the pro­duct to win an Epic Beau­ty Award. All prod­ucts have been orig­i­nal­ly pur­chased or repur­chased by me with my own cash dol­lahs. Some affil­i­ate links are used when they are avail­able, which sup­ports Epic Beau­ty Guide as a free resource for every­one, but in no way effect the win­ner selec­tion. Thank you for your sup­port! WINNERS – MAKEUP Tog­gle the tabs to see all the win­ners. Best Concealer RMS Beau­ty Un-Cov­er Up, $36 Best Under-Eye Concealer Jane Iredale Enlight­en Con­ceal­er, $29 Even though this is dark orange in the pot and I thought it would nev­er work with my fair skin, it turned out to be fan­tas­tic for cov­er­ing under-eye cir­cles (includ­ing the blue/purple type). I learned that a lit­tle goes a long way, and that it looks even more amaz­ing when...

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...

What’s In My Cupboard?

I thought it would be kin­da fun to show you what I keep in my bath­room cup­board (i.e. med­i­cine cab­i­net), espe­cial­ly since I’ve been get­ting ques­tions on what I use for my skin­care and so on. I will be doing a few videos and posts on that, since I’ve been try­ing a lot of new things late­ly to fig­ure out what suits me the best. {Bottom Shelf} Aura Cacia Organ­ic Sweet Almond Oil ~ this replaced my jojoba oil when I ran out and I love that it’s very light and mois­tur­iz­ing Real Puri­ty Facial Masque Dehy­drat­ed ~ I like to use this on my hands and lit­tle dry patch­es Mex­i­tan SPF 50 ~ look for this pro­duct in my upcom­ing sun­block video/post! MyChelle Per­fect C Serum ~ I real­ly like this vit­a­m­in C serum, it’s gen­tle and def­i­nite­ly the best I’ve tried Talu­lah Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser ~ amaz­ing exfo­li­at­ing scrub, smells awe­some, I have about 3 back-up jars under my coun­ter so I nev­er run out JASON Pure Vit­a­m­in E Oil ~ a skin­care sta­ple of mine, I love it and only use this brand since I’ve tried oth­ers and this is the BEST 100% Pure Organ­ic Aqua Boost Serum ~ I love using this for my lotion masks (for more info on lotion masks, see Chizu Saeki’s book, The Japan­ese Skin­care Rev­o­lu­tion) Sophy­to Puri­fy & Ener­gise Super Bioac­tive ~ this pro­duct is a new favorite of mine and I’ve used it for my lotion masks and I am amazed! Smells like apple juice and works like a charm, I love it and I’m going to make sure I keep back-up...

Review: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush & Tips — Plus FREE Products

All right, so I final­ly record­ed a review of my Clar­ison­ic Plus skin care brush that I bought on Jan­u­ary 28th, 2010. As of today I have been using it every night (far more than the 3 times I men­tion in the video!) and I love this brush even more than I expressed in my video review. As you may know from ear­lier posts, I get real­ly dry skin in the win­ter and I had dry patch­es on my face and arms, which have 100% gone away since I’ve been using my Clar­ison­ic. It took about a week for them to dis­ap­pear entire­ly. My broth­er is prone to acne and his skin looks clear­er than it has in about a year. The red­ness on his cheeks is great­ly dimin­ished, and he hasn’t got­ten any new blem­ish­es in almost 2 weeks. I’m real­ly hap­py for him. So here we go! Video is below (sor­ry if I’m look­ing and act­ing tired…it’s because I was tired haha). Here is the link to my pre­vi­ous entry, where I announced my pur­chase and includ­ed a few details/video reviews from oth­er peo­ple: I Bought a Clar­ison­ic Skin Care Brush. {FREE CLARISONIC PRODUCTS} I men­tioned in the video that I do not use the Clar­ison­ic prod­ucts — so if you use them or are inter­est­ed in using them, let me know and I’ll send them to you. {MY 7 TIPS FOR USING THE CLARISONIC} If you’re on more of a bud­get, go with a Clar­ison­ic Mia ($149). You can still use it on your body, it will just take longer! Be sure to use a nor­mal brush head for...

I Bought a Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

I’ve been doing some hard­core research into the Clar­ison­ic skin care brush (<– I linked it up so you can see what I’m talk­ing about) late­ly because I have heard so many great things about it, and I am espe­cial­ly inter­est­ed in its appar­ent abil­i­ty to reduce dry patch­es and der­mati­tis. I am prone to get­ting dry, pink patch­es on my cheeks, and some­times my fore­head, and this always occurs in win­ter and/or when I eat choco­late haha. Bum­mer. So I decid­ed to plop down my dol­lars for a Clar­ison­ic Plus (and I got free ship­ping, woohoo), and we’ll see how it does with my dry patch­es. I’ll give it a week, and if my skin isn’t back to its hap­py self by then, I’m going to do a good old fash­ioned 3 day water and herbal tea fast. It’s so strange that even with a good, clean diet, dai­ly exer­cise (I do either pilates, yoga, or cir­cuit train­ing every day), lots of water, and so on, I will still get my ran­dom lit­tle dry skin patch­es because I live in a bone dry desert with blaz­ing hot house heaters. That’s what I get. 😉 By the way, I want to pur­chase a humid­i­fier — does any­one have a good rec­om­men­da­tion? I’ve been hunt­ing around for a decent one for what seems like forever. The ones I’ve seen all have reports of leak­ing and over­all cheap­ness of qual­i­ty. The­se two videos, in addi­tion to find­ing LOADS of inde­pen­dent reviews, are what con­vinced me to invest in this device. I embed­ded them here in case you want to watch. (Oh, and I...