My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care rou­tine changes often due to all the love­ly skin care prod­ucts I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beau­ti­ful­ly for­mu­lat­ed, they are bet­ter suit­ed to oth­er skin types or con­cerns. Thus I am fierce­ly loy­al to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the prod­ucts that are most effec­tive for me and that I come back to con­sis­tent­ly. Over the years and with much tri­al and error, I have put togeth­er a skin care rou­tine that suits my skin per­fect­ly. It has given me clear and radi­ant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eat­ing food that my body hasn’t expe­ri­enced in years (choco­late-inject­ed crois­sant, any­one?). Sure I get the occa­sion­al pim­ple, but the over­all qual­i­ty of my skin is due in part to this sim­ple and stel­lar rou­tine. HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remem­ber that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Exper­i­ment, but give prod­ucts a solid chance to work. It can take about 2–4 weeks for the skin to become accli­mat­ed to a new skin care pro­duct. Light­en­ing or cor­rect­ing skin care treat­ments require about 12 weeks to prop­er­ly eval­u­ate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for pro­duct sug­ges­tions for each skin type and skin con­cern. If you don’t spot your skin type or con­cern, leave a com­ment on this post so I can add it. Most of the links below will take you to my new curat­ed col­lec­tion shop, Epic Beau­ty Bar. I was get­ting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all my...
Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Hey every­one! I’ve been com­plet­ing my hol­i­day shop­ping and I fig­ured I would do a lit­tle last-min­ute hol­i­day gift idea for those of you still stuck on what to get your fam­i­ly and friends. The­se are my favorites, and many hap­pen to be on sale or offer­ing spe­cial dis­counts. Hoorah! Here we go: (FTC: I was not paid or spon­sored by any of the brands or com­pa­nies men­tioned below. Enjoy!) 1. Skin Apotheke Ayurvedic Skin Care. A favorite skin care line of mine, hand­made and expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed. The Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me is my all-time favorite eye cream, and I’ve men­tioned it before (it was also on my must-have prod­ucts list in 2010). Right now all prod­ucts in the store are 10% off with coupon code HOLIDAY. 2. 23and­Me DNA & Ances­try Test. One of the coolest, most unusu­al prod­ucts out there. Nor­mal­ly $99 plus $9/month, it’s now on sale for $76. Just order a kit, the kit arrives, you spit in a lit­tle tube, send it back, and wait 2–6 weeks for your results! The test ana­lyzes your DNA for fun things like hair col­or and ear wax, as well as seri­ous things like health traits and dis­ease risks (which you have the option of view­ing or not). The best part for me was the health traits and ances­try test­ing, which shows your full genet­ic her­itage. 3. DoMatcha Green Tea.This dain­ty lit­tle can con­tains matcha, a pow­er­ful pow­der chock full of antiox­i­dants and amino acids. Plus, EGCG, which is respon­si­ble for help­ing with weight loss and can­cer pre­ven­tion, is 137 times more bioavail­able than reg­u­lar green tea. 4. Paleo Com­fort Foods:...

25% off Vapour Organic Beauty Products — Ends Sunday May 22nd

Hey every­one! Just a quick heads up: Alex + Von is hav­ing a lit­tle spe­cial this week­end. 25% off Vapour Organ­ic Beau­ty prod­ucts. Ship­ping is also *free* when you buy $50 or more of Vapour prod­ucts. easy pay­day online The sale ends this Sun­day (May 22nd) at mid­night (Paci­fic Time). No pro­mo­tion code is required. Enjoy! I’m going to stock up on some Mezmer­ize Shim­mer Eye Treat­ment sticks and a Halo Body Spot­light. I love good deals, yee­haw. 😉 ~Steph ...

Sigma Brush Giveaway (WINNER ANNOUNCED!)

Hey every­one! I want­ed to let you guys know that I was con­tact­ed by Sig­ma a few days ago to do a give­away of one brush from their awe­some pro­duct line (I per­son­al­ly use and love Sig­ma brush­es because they’re inex­pen­sive and high qual­i­ty). So of course I said yes and am announc­ing a lit­tle give­away of the fol­low­ing Sig­ma brush: Sig­ma E30 Pen­cil Brush “Pre­cise appli­ca­tion of col­or on the crease, out­er cor­ner, and upper and low­er lash line. Also ide­al to smudge out pen­cil lin­er. Nat­u­ral bristles.” been refused a loan To enter, sim­ply leave a com­ment on my blog and the win­ner will be cho­sen ran­dom­ly on Feb­ru­ary 14th, 2011. Good luck! ~Steph  x And the Winner by Random Selection is… Olga (d********2@yahoo.com) per­son­al loan advice...

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...