I Need Your Help Picking a Winner!

Hey everyone! I’ve got so many updates and new things for you guys…I’ll be posting a lot of stuff soon, so look out for it. I have been going through all the tips you have posted and I am so impressed. I love all of them, and as a result I am having such a problem picking the winning tip. I would love to have your help in selecting the winner. I have selected my 12 favorites and posted them below. I tried to pick the tips that were the simplest and easiest to do (and I also liked the ones I never heard of before). Everyone’s tips were amazing, so please don’t be offended if I didn’t select your tip. You can vote by reading the tips below and then voting on the poll by selecting the person’s name. The poll is closed. {VOTE RESULTS} I understand that some people were not happy about the voting and think I should pick the winner. All 12 contestants could have won – that’s why I selected them, that’s why I had trouble choosing my favorite, and that’s why I thought I would create a poll – for fun. So I’m not going to let this become some dramatic situation with cheating accusations and crap, because that doesn’t fly with me.  I have deleted all comments related to the cheating babble and I don’t want to see anyone making any more comments about this. It’s done, it’s all good, let’s worry about stuff that’s more important, shall we? Below are the results. Congratulations to Brynne (please send me your mailing address)....

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....

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...

DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY beauty/handsomeness recipe, so I thought it would be nice to post one today. Like most of my skin care recipes, this one is easy – it’s only two ingredients and will give you a smooth and moist skin with a nice rosy glow. This will be a great mask to use in the upcoming fall and winter months, when dull, dry skin starts creeping back into our lives. 😛 {APPLE MASK INGREDIENTS} 1/2 any kind of organic apple (leave the skin on) 1 Tbsp. raw honey, or raw manuka honey (UMF 16+) Optional: Try adding 1 egg yolk (from an organic egg, the darker orange the yolk, the more rich and healthy that yolk is) for further moisturization. It will also help reduce and prevent acne breakouts due to the vitamin A present in the yolk, which helps balance sebum production for both oily and dry skin. {REASONS & RESULTS} Apples have a very cooling, slightly exfoliating effect on our skin due to the mild acids in the fruit. When applied to the skin, apples bring circulation and nourishment to the skin. And honey is a no-brainer! It is a well-known, ancient natural beauty product. It is antibacterial, a powerful humectant, and very soothing. If you have very sensitive skin or are sunburned, try a small amount of this mask on your neck or cheek first. Depending on the variety of apple, you may or may not be sensitive to the mild acids in the fruit. FYI, green apples contain less sugar and slightly more acids than varieties like Fuji, Pink...

Top 5 Natural Scrubs & Exfoliators

Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis does wonders for improving its look and feel — you’ll wind up with smoother, softer skin, and if you’re prone to blackheads, you’ll have less of them. The trick is finding a quality scrub or exfoliator that will do a great job, but doesn’t contain unsafe artificial ingredients and won’t irritate your skin in the process. These are my Top 5 picks for exfoliating products. {PICK #1} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub I am completely hooked on this natural, Ayurvedic herbal scrub. It is soothing, anti-acne (and anti-blackheads), and imparts a gorgeous glow on the skin. Use 1-3 times per week depending on your skin type. This scrub is best for all skin types, and sensitive skin will especially appreciate it. The bottle may be deceivingly small, but I’ve been using the Ubtan scrub for over 2 months, 1-3 times per week, and I still have half the bottle left! ($9, 2 oz., available at Etsy.com) {PICK #2} Talulah Vanilla Bean Rejuvenating Cleanser This vanilla, rice, and sugar scrub is a great choice for those with oily, thicker skin. Sensitive, thinner skin should rub the scrub in the hands prior to applying to the face, just to wear down the exfoliating particles a bit so it’s gentler. Smells amazing, too! ($26, 4 oz., available at talulahskincare.com) {PICK #3} Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser Organic lemongrass, sugar, and soothing herbs make this lemonade-smelling scrub an excellent choice for acne-prone skin. However, if you are allergic or sensitive to chamomile (ragweed family) or algae (seaweeds) then you may not find the same positive results with this...