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...
June/July Favorites: Natural Perfume, Oil Cleansing Method, Ubtan Scrub, Vapour Illusionist

June/July Favorites: Natural Perfume, Oil Cleansing Method, Ubtan Scrub, Vapour Illusionist

It’s that time again! More good­ies that have delight­ed me with their effi­ca­cy, ingre­di­ents, and/or smelly smells. Read on! 1. Lau­ren Brooke Cos­me­tiques Organ­ic Per­fume Oil, $10. Nat­u­ral Joy Beau­ty sent me a bot­tle of LBC Per­fume Oil in Whim­sy, a light flo­ral blend with no sharp or spicy notes. The del­i­cate scent comes in a lit­tle roll-on con­tain­er that is easy to trav­el with (I have tak­en it with me on two trips), is easy on the nose, and is entire­ly nat­u­ral. Plus, this is going to last a loooong time. Arti­fi­cial scents tend to give peo­ple headaches, and this is like wear­ing flow­ers in your hair – just a light, love­ly scent all day, sans headache. In addi­tion to their love­ly per­fume blends, Nat­u­ral Joy car­ries an excel­lent assort­ment of tru­ly nat­u­ral cos­met­ics and skin care prod­ucts, and have extend­ed an exclu­sive dis­count code for Epic Beau­ty Guide read­ers — save 15% on any order (!) with coupon code EPIC15. The code expires 31st of July 2012, so go explore! 2. Skin Apotheke Ubtan Clar­i­fy­ing Cleans­ing Scrub, $16. This is my old stand­by that gets put on the back burn­er and is then revis­it­ed with much delight and deep self-actu­al­iz­ing ques­tions like “why did I ever stop using this??” With skin-nur­tur­ing, blem­ish-destroy­ing ingre­di­ents like san­dal­wood, rice bran, turmer­ic, and neem, this pow­er­house pow­der has done won­ders for my skin in a ridicu­lous­ly short amount of time. In only sev­en days, it is back to being radi­ant and black­head-free after a bad test­ing expe­ri­ence with a pore-clog­ging sun­block. Ah, the things I do for you. 😉 I first wash...

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...

Banish Dark Circles for Good! Part II

This is the third and final step of my guide to ban­ish dark cir­cles: how to hide your cir­cles while they’re dis­ap­pear­ing from your love­ly face! So hope­ful­ly you have already read the first part of the guide. If not, I high­ly sug­gest you read Dark Cir­cles — Gone for Good! Part I first, as it will explain how to get rid of cir­cles with­out hav­ing to dis­guise them every­day. PICKING A QUALITY CONCEALER This real­ly depends on your pref­er­ences. I like cream con­ceal­ers because they’re easy to apply and they just glide nice­ly over the del­i­cate skin of the under eye area. I have also just start­ed using min­er­al pow­der to con­ceal the area and I actu­al­ly like it just as well. Late­ly, if I’ve skimped on prop­er sleep or green veg­gies and need a lit­tle cov­er­age for my bluish-pur­ple cir­cles, I’ll use Ali­ma Pure Sat­in Mat­te Foun­da­tion min­er­al make­up in Neu­tral 01 ($1.50 for a gen­er­ous sam­ple, $20 full-size) and fol­low it up with a light dust­ing of their Sat­in Fin­ish­ing Pow­der in Yuki ($1 for a sam­ple size, $15 full-size). I’ve also tried using 100% Pure’s Fruit Pig­ment­ed Con­ceal­ers in Cre­me and White Peach ($20 and $21) under­neath the min­er­al pow­ders, and that works well — I found that I get less creas­ing that way (I tend to smile a lot, and I’m not going to stop just so I get less con­ceal­er creas­es haha). I rec­om­mend you look up some qual­i­ty, nat­u­ral con­ceal­ers from 100% Pure, Ali­ma, nveyE­CO, Dr. Hauschka, Liv­ing Nature, Suki, or The All Nat­u­ral Face (I can’t wait to try some her of stuff)....

Banish Dark Circles For Good! Part I

I start­ed seek­ing an under-eye cir­cle solu­tion as soon as I was old enough to real­ize I had the­se hered­i­tary lit­tle nuggets. At age 15, I start­ed wear­ing con­ceal­er and if I didn’t, I would invari­ably get a ques­tion like, “Oh my good­ness, are you sick?” No, but thanks for the con­cern, that’s just the veins show­ing through my incred­i­bly pale, thin under-eye skin thanky­ou­very­much! Then at 19, I dis­cov­ered that der­ma­tol­o­gists and plas­tic sur­geons were able to cor­rect cer­tain types of under-eye cir­cles with lasers. I went for a few con­sul­ta­tions, and one doc­tor want­ed to inject ass fat under my eyes to thick­en the skin a bit. No thanks. Anoth­er doc­tor sug­gest­ed Resty­lane to fill in the area just above the veins so they wouldn’t show through. Uh, no again. Espe­cial­ly since the injec­tion meth­ods would have been risky to my eye­sight (the needles are fine and can acci­den­tal­ly be inject­ed into a vein, which could lead into your eye, which could cause tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent vision prob­lems). So I final­ly set­tled on my der­ma­tol­o­gist, who was reg­u­lar­ly using laser to close off lit­tle veins. I was her very first under-eye cir­cle patient. Now, there are many veins sur­round­ing the eye, and I want­ed to get rid of the more obvi­ous ones so that I didn’t appear sick or beat-up. What the laser would accom­plish is clos­ing off the more obvi­ous veins, where­upon they would re-route them­selves deep­er under the skin. The laser pro­ce­dure was pret­ty sim­ple. In the room were two assis­tants, my der­ma­tol­o­gist, my mom, and, of course, me — lay­ing quite still on the reclin­ing...