TATCHA Review (a.k.a. How to Get Flawless Porcelain Skin)

TATCHA Review (a.k.a. How to Get Flawless Porcelain Skin)

If you are not famil­iar with geisha or their beau­ti­ful porce­lain skin, have a quick look: This lev­el of clar­i­ty, smooth­ness, and even tone is usu­al­ly seen on only two types of humans: 1. babies and 2. geisha. So unless you are a baby, a geisha, or some­one who abides by Epic Beau­ty guide­li­nes, chances are, you have some things you’d like to bright­en or blem­ish­es you’d like to ban­ish or fine lines you want gone. Clear, glow­ing skin is not some hairy-fairy wish­ful think­ing day­dream. It is true that no one has total­ly pore­less air­brushed-look­ing skin with­out make­up, but smooth, dewy, bright, blem­ish-free skin is our birthright. (We are all born with that kind of skin, after all.) Thus, I present TATCHA. After inter­view­ing Vic­to­ria Tsai, TATCHA’s founder extra­or­di­naire, I received a smat­ter­ing of TATCHA prod­ucts to review. This was back in July. Yes, it has tak­en me this long to write a review. The rea­son? This line is real­ly, real­ly frig­gin spe­cial. I need­ed to do it jus­tice.   While TATCHA does not present itself as a nat­u­ral brand, it fits the bill in terms of for­go­ing the use of known and sus­pect­ed tox­ic ingre­di­ents. All the prod­ucts in the line are for­mu­lat­ed with­out any of my arch-neme­ses (yes, that’s plu­ral): min­er­al oil, syn­thet­ic col­ors, fra­grances, sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fates and oth­er sneaky sul­fates, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, urea, DEA, TEA, or phtha­lates. What’s more is that TATCHA makes uses of recy­clable and sus­tain­able mate­ri­als in their pack­ag­ing. Their blot­ting papers are encased in Japan­ese base­board print­ed with soy ink, and a label print­ed in a car­bon-neg­a­tive (trans­la­tion: they off­set...

I Heart Daily Beauty Interview

Hey every­one! Excit­ing news: I was fea­tured in today’s I Heart Dai­ly newslet­ter. 🙂 If you haven’t sub­scribed to them yet, def­i­nite­ly do so! I’ve been sub­scribed to them for over a year and they find the coolest stuff. Here is a lit­tle excerpt from their newsletter/website: Beauty Blogger: Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide 11–03-10: Stephanie Eliz­a­beth is the blogger/vlogger behind Epic Beau­ty Guide. She offers com­plete and infor­ma­tive advice on how to keep our skin healthy and hap­py by using nat­u­ral prod­ucts. In addi­tion to her site and YouTube chan­nel, she also has a book, The Real Guide To Flaw­less Skin. “I start­ed to get a lot of requests for a book on how to get rid of acne,” says Stephanie. “My goal was to make it very clear and uncom­pli­cat­ed, and a lot of the advice could be used to treat eczema as well since they are both inflam­ma­to­ry con­di­tions.” This lady knows what she’s talk­ing about (her skin is glow­ing!). Read on for some stel­lar beau­ty advice and tips! I Heart Daliy: What moti­vat­ed you to start your beau­ty blog? READ MORE… I hope you enjoy the arti­cle. :)) ~Steph ...

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...

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...

Get Flawless Skin With No Makeup — Part II

If you haven’t read Get Flaw­less Skin With­out Make­up — Part I, I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend you read that first. 🙂 So now that you’ve read STEP #1 and are ready to incor­po­rate some Flaw­less Skin Foods into your dai­ly rou­tine, I have 5 more help­ful tips to get you on your way to soft, smooth, dewy skin. {STEP #2} Move Your Body. “Exer­cise” is a dirty word to many peo­ple, but mov­ing your body is going to keep you young, healthy, and ensure you have love­ly skin. The key is mov­ing dai­ly. Every­one has time to exer­cise 15 min­utes per day, and your body will begin to crave the move­ment. Your cir­cu­la­tion will improve, your skin will receive nutri­ents much faster, and you will have that healthy glow. Just get start­ed! Exer­cise Can Mean Many Things Walk for 30 min­utes out­side Do a 15–20 min­ute car­dio work­out (I love doing Zuzana’s work­outs at BodyRock.tv) Take a yoga class Take pilates class, or check out Kristin McGee’s DVDs Swim Bike ride Horse­back ride {STEP #3} Get Some R&R. Rest­ing and relax­ing is some­thing we don’t do much of any­more, but it’s extreme­ly impor­tant for the health of our skin. It seems every­one is stress­ing out about some­thing — and then their skin breaks out. I used to be pret­ty wound up about every­thing, eas­i­ly stressed, lit­tle things would wor­ry me, blah blah blah. So below I wrote what real­ly helped me to become some­one who is relaxed, rel­a­tive­ly wor­ry-free, and enjoy­ing the health and skin ben­e­fits that go along with it. Stress Less Check­list Know that it’s okay to do noth­ing — the world is not going...