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...
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...

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...

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...