2013 Epic Beauty Awards — Best of Natural Beauty

2013 Epic Beauty Awards — Best of Natural Beauty

Welcome to the third year of the Epic Beauty Awards! Don’t see a cat­e­go­ry you want? Did I over­look a great pro­duct? Leave a com­ment so I know what cat­e­go­ry to add for next year and what prod­ucts to review that I may have missed. 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. Some affil­i­ate links or 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, but 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. 😉   WINNERS – MAKEUP Toggle the tabs to see all the winners. Best Foundation Vapour Atmos­phere Lumi­nous Foun­da­tion, $40 This foun­da­tion is per­fect for trav­el, creamy, non-dry­ing, and per­fect for near­ly all skin types (except oily and very oily, in which case W3LL Peo­ple Nar­cis­sist is a fan­tas­tic choice). Great cov­er­age for the full day with­out any orange-y oxi­da­tion col­or changes. Best Concealer W3LL Peo­ple Nar­cis­sist, $38 This foundation/concealer stick is pig­ment­ed enough to con­ceal dif­fi­cult under eye cir­cles as well as blem­ish marks with­out cak­ing or flak­ing. Best Eye Primer Vapour Stra­tus Soft Focus Skin Per­fec­tor, $54 This is per­fect for oily lids and keep­ing eye­shad­ow from creas­ing. This can also be used all over the face alone or under foun­da­tion for...

How to Get Thicker Hair

  Get­ting thick­er hair has been an obses­sion of mine for years. Every­one in my imme­di­ate fam­i­ly has fine hair – no one has a glo­ri­ous­ly thick mane (booo). For the past few months, my hair has been the thick­est it’s every been and every­one around me has noticed and asked what I’ve been doing. So I want­ed to share with you what I’ve been doing to thick­en my fine, nat­u­ral­ly curly hair. It has tak­en about 3–4 months to see a huge dif­fer­ence, but my hair has been very grad­u­al­ly thick­en­ing up for the past two years since I stopped being veg­an. 1. SHAMPOO. My hair is fine and nat­u­ral­ly curly, which is a dou­ble wham­my to devel­op­ing length and thick­ness to the hair. When hair is curly the cuti­cle does not lay flat and is prone to dry­ness and break­age. I have found the best sham­poos for me are Acure Organ­ics Sham­poo Pure Mint + Echi­nacea and Ama­zon Beau­ty Rahua Sham­poo. They leave my hair feel­ing thick­er and mois­tur­ized with­out weigh­ing it down. When I sham­poo, I also take the time to mas­sage my head. I will do a quick sham­poo, rin­se, and then sham­poo again where I mas­sage my head for a good 3–5 min­utes. Not only does it feel awe­some, but it’s also push­ing blood to your scalp and free­ing up any sebum (oil) that may be block­ing new hairs from com­ing through your scalp. 2. CONDITIONER. I use Cton­ics Elixir Blos­som Con­di­tion­er and Ama­zon Beau­ty Rahua Con­di­tion­er. I use the Cton­ics con­di­tion­er 1 or 2 times per week since it pro­vides a seri­ous thick­ness and vol­ume boost...

Skin Care Routine, Plus Hair Care & Makeup — April 2011

OCTOBER 2011 UPDATE ON THE WAY Hey every­one! I just updat­ed you on my skin care rou­tine in Jan­u­ary, but in March it start­ed to get warm (it’s in the high-80’s here already) so I need­ed to change some things and sim­pli­fy it a lit­tle bit. Thussss, I want to share what I am doing. I have also includ­ed what I use for hair care, as well as make­up on spe­cial occa­sions since I get a ton of requests for make­up rec­om­men­da­tions. {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. ARCONA Tri­ad Pads, $30, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with dai­ly use) A must-have. I use a pad in the morn­ing and a pad at night, after using an ARCONA Clar­i­ty pad. I use the scrub­by side for my face, then I turn it over and use the smooth side to wipe my neck and chest. It’s extreme­ly refresh­ing, smells deli­cious, and leaves your skin moist and glow­ing. Since I don’t wear make­up (except on my eyes) and I don’t live in a heav­i­ly pol­lut­ed area, the pads are an excel­lent replace­ment for wash­ing my face with a tra­di­tion­al cleanser. The pads are also use­ful if you are trav­el­ing, stay­ing in a hotel with chlo­ri­nat­ed water, or camp­ing. ARCONA Clar­i­ty Spot Repair for Face/Body, $28, 45 pads (lasts up to 45 days with dai­ly use) The­se pads are amaz­ing for pre­vent­ing hor­mon­al blem­ish­es wom­en tend to get around peri­od time, and excel­lent for pre­vent­ing razor bumps and ingrown hairs (face, legs, etc.). The smell is real­ly intense and makes my eyes water, and even though my skin is sen­si­tive, it does not irri­tate it what­so­ev­er and...

10 Best Natural Skin & Hair Care Products of 2009

Even though Epic Beau­ty Guide launched less than one week ago, I have sur­pris­ing­ly been receiv­ing quite a few emails regard­ing nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts. So I decid­ed to wran­gle up my Top 10 Favorite Nat­u­ral Skin & Hair Care Prod­ucts — and nooo, I’m not paid or spon­sored by any of them. Enjoy and Hap­py Hol­i­days! 1. 100% Pure. With such a deli­cious med­ley of fruit enzyme scrubs, lotions with mouth-water­ing scents like “Dark Choco­late Mocha” and “Hon­ey Almond,” and lus­cious body wash­es with equal­ly yum­my fla­vors, who could resist? Most impor­tant, their line is incred­i­bly clean and free of sneaky, unfriend­ly ingre­di­ents. A few of their prod­ucts (I believe it is just their body wash­es) con­tain less than 0.1% potas­si­um sor­bate, a food-grade salt preser­v­a­tive that pre­vents fer­men­ta­tion. This is an accept­able preser­v­a­tive, as it presents no car­cino­genic risk and is water sol­uble, so it is not stored in our bod­ies. Plus, their cus­tomer ser­vice is a dream and their own­er, Susie Wang, comes across very gen­uine and car­ing (and appar­ent­ly she’s going to start a nat­u­ral cloth­ing line soon — that’s going to be awe­some!). Oh oh, P.S. their facial mois­tur­iz­ers (love their Aqua Boost Hydrate Serum) will leave you with baby soft skin. 100% Pure is 100% Amaz­ing (cheesy, but so true). 2. Talu­lah. I am fair­ly new to this brand, but I’m already in love with their home­spun view on beau­ty and the tru­ly 100% nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents that go with it. Their founder/CEO, Nicole, is an estheti­cian and herbal­ist who for­mu­lates every pro­duct in the Talu­lah line. Every­thing from their lux­u­ri­ous cleansers to their nour­ish­ing facial...