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...
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...

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....

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...

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...