2014 Epic Beauty Awards — Best of Natural Beauty

2014 Epic Beauty Awards — Best of Natural Beauty

Welcome to 2015 — the fourth year of the Epic Beauty Awards! Check out the lat­est win­ners in nat­u­ral beau­ty! Over the last year, I have test­ed dozens of prod­ucts (and lis­tened to all my amaz­ing read­ers) from each cat­e­go­ry to bring you the very best in make­up, skin care, body care, and hair care. 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. Affil­i­ate links and 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, and 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. 😉 Did I over­look a great pro­duct or cat­e­go­ry? Leave a com­ment so I know what to add for next year. Enjoy! ~Steph  x WINNERS! MAKEUP BEST FOUNDATION Gres­sa Min­i­mal­ist Cor­rec­tive Serum Foun­da­tion, $48 The love­ly Eliz­a­beth of Beau­ty Bets said it best: “One part mag­i­cal, mul­ti­vi­t­a­m­in serum…one part pow­der min­er­al make­up, this weird-in-a-good-way gel-like foun­da­tion melts into skin and man­ages to per­fect skin with just a cou­ple of drops.” Win win win! The ingre­di­ents are won­der­ful for all skin types, even those that are prone to acne or clogged pores. Check out beau­ti­ful Lil­ly of Gen­uine Glow and her stel­lar before and after. BEST CONCEALER Stu­dio 78 Paris Organ­ic Dark Cir­cles Con­ceal­er, $24 This is the first nat­u­ral con­ceal­er I’ve found that is for­mu­lat­ed specif­i­cal­ly...
My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care rou­tine changes often due to all the love­ly skin care prod­ucts I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beau­ti­ful­ly for­mu­lat­ed, they are bet­ter suit­ed to oth­er skin types or con­cerns. Thus I am fierce­ly loy­al to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the prod­ucts that are most effec­tive for me and that I come back to con­sis­tent­ly. Over the years and with much tri­al and error, I have put togeth­er a skin care rou­tine that suits my skin per­fect­ly. It has given me clear and radi­ant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eat­ing food that my body hasn’t expe­ri­enced in years (choco­late-inject­ed crois­sant, any­one?). Sure I get the occa­sion­al pim­ple, but the over­all qual­i­ty of my skin is due in part to this sim­ple and stel­lar rou­tine. HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remem­ber that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Exper­i­ment, but give prod­ucts a solid chance to work. It can take about 2–4 weeks for the skin to become accli­mat­ed to a new skin care pro­duct. Light­en­ing or cor­rect­ing skin care treat­ments require about 12 weeks to prop­er­ly eval­u­ate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for pro­duct sug­ges­tions for each skin type and skin con­cern. If you don’t spot your skin type or con­cern, leave a com­ment on this post so I can add it. Most of the links below will take you to my new curat­ed col­lec­tion shop, Epic Beau­ty Bar. I was get­ting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all my...
March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

Hey every­one! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fal­l­en in love/lurrrrve. Absolute must haves! In no par­tic­u­lar order, I give to you… 1. Lily Organ­ics Kukui Sen­si­tive Facial Oil Treat­ment (Unscent­ed), $28.99. I can sum this one up eas­i­ly: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2–3 months ago and noticed a dif­fer­ence after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehy­drat­ed eas­i­ly, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrin­kles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no dis­cernible scent. I like that it absorbs quick­ly, so as not leave any marks on my pil­low­case. It com­plete­ly hydrat­ed and smoothed out my dehy­dra­tion lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingre­di­ents are “clean” and sim­ple, and they make use of the nat­u­ral form of vit­a­m­in E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antiox­i­dant and skin lov­in’ hydra­tor. I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beau­ty Awards. 2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and San­dal­wood Mask, $15.50. You may be won­der­ing why Skin Apotheke keeps pop­ping up in my “favorite” prod­ucts lists and in my skin care rou­ti­nes over the past sev­er­al years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s own­er and skin care magi­cian). I just can’t help that this wom­an keeps churn­ing out mirac­u­lous hand­made for­mu­las. This mask is no excep­tion. One, I love the incred­i­ble deep red col­or of this mask. Two, I love the deli­cious, earthy rose smell. And three, I love...

My Skin Care Routine — November 2011

Hey every­one! I did two oth­er posts on my skin care rou­tine back in Jan­u­ary and April, and I fig­ured it was about time to do anoth­er one since some things have changed. Since stick­ing to a 100% paleo/primal foods for about 4 months now (instead of half-ass­ing it for the 2+ years), my skin has become even eas­ier to man­age. As a result, I don’t do as much to my skin, and my rou­tine is more casu­al. Good times! (By the way, are you on the Epic Beau­ty Guide Face­book page yet? I post exclu­sive tips and info on there…just so you know…nudge nudge.) {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. Fil­tered water, $ for the fil­tra­tion sys­tem** A must-have. Peo­ple with sen­si­tive skin may find that water irri­tates their skin or makes their face red – how­ev­er, it is not the water itself, it is the chlo­rine and all the bits of allow­able chem­i­cals (VOCs, THMs, pes­ti­cides, etc.) in city tap water. Chlo­rine dries out the skin, makes hair brit­tle, and can exac­er­bate asth­ma and eczema. So I show­er in fil­tered water, I drink fil­tered water, and I use fil­tered water to wash my face.** I soak a soft face cloth in warm water (def­i­nite­ly warm, almost hot) and press it on my face for a min­ute or so, then gen­tly wipe my face with the same wet tow­el. I don’t scrub. Not only does it feel good and is super relax­ing, it also gen­tly removes any dirt and any excess oil. I have found that water is all I need (note that I don’t wear make­up — if you wear make­up,...

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...