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...

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...

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...

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...