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...
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:...

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...

Get Naturally Beautiful in One Night (Plus 10% Off Silk Pillowcases Until December 31st)

I think it’s pret­ty safe to say that most of us prefer to have good things arrive quick­ly and stay forever. Nat­u­ral beau­ty is no dif­fer­ent — we desire it to be there our entire lives. It can be with us since birth, but leave quick­ly in our young adult years due to inter­nal and exter­nal neglect. Or it can come to us lat­er in life, when we first learn how to real­ly take care of our­selves and unleash the beau­ty that’s been hid­ing. Either way, one thing is eter­nal­ly impor­tant to nat­u­ral beau­ty: Sleep. Yes yes, you sleep by default, but sleep­ing prop­er­ly will bring you infinite­ly more ener­gy, health, and there­fore, beau­ty. We have all been taught to “get your 8 hours of sleep!” but with­out any decent expla­na­tion. Sleep is restora­tive to our brain and every cell in our bod­ies. Whether you are a monopha­sic or polypha­sic sleep­er, the amount of time you spend sleep­ing is a chance for your body to work on repairs and gen­er­ate an even chem­i­cal play­ing field for your brain. Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley and Har­vard Med­ical School have com­plet­ed stud­ies indi­cat­ing that a good night’s sleep reg­u­lates your mood and helps you cope with the chal­lenges of your wak­ing hours. Well-rest­ed peo­ple are hap­pier, less-stressed, and more con­sis­tent with their moods. They also tend to smile more, be friend­lier, and because their brains are bet­ter equipped to deal with stress, there is less silent impact on their cells (i.e. inflam­ma­tion, oxidation/free rad­i­cal dam­age), and there­fore their out­ward appear­ance is more nat­u­ral­ly beau­ti­ful. Oh, and I almost for­got to men­tion: less...