7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Hey every­one! Please excuse the short­er post today, as I just moved from Dubai to Hong Kong and am set­tling in nice­ly to my new home. Lots of new and awe­some arti­cles (and videos!) have been draft­ed and record­ed and I’ll be doing my best to get them into your hands and faces and eye­balls very soon. 😉 7 New Natural Skin Care & Makeup Must-Haves Behold! I wish to share with you my lat­est and great­est finds in nat­u­ral beau­ty for Fall and Winter…there are some seri­ous­ly gor­geous, high-per­for­mance prod­ucts on this list. Gres­sa Min­i­mal­ist Cor­rec­tive Serum Foun­da­tion, $48 Cau­tion: when you try this foun­da­tion, you will get hooked. This remark­able for­mu­la­tion is a serum with a built-in primer and cor­rec­tive min­er­al pig­ment for an incred­i­bly nat­u­ral, lumi­nous fin­ish. This mel­l­l­l­llts into your skin, leav­ing a seam­less look that doesn’t alert any­one to the fact that you are wear­ing foun­da­tion. You may also build the cov­er­age from light/medium to full if you so desire. (If you’ve been read­ing my posts for a while, you’ll know I don’t wear foun­da­tion, yet once in a blue moon when I want to gussy it up for a spe­cial event, I love to reach for a tint­ed mois­tur­iz­er – or now this serum – for a very pol­ished look.) May Lind­strom Skin The Jas­mine Gar­den, $60 There is no short­age of face mists and ton­ers on the mar­ket, yet there are very few that I have curat­ed as part of an admirable col­lec­tion of absolute­ly exquis­ite and effec­tive ton­ers. The Jas­mine Gar­den is the newest addi­tion to this incred­i­ble line-up and is the lat­est cre­ation from May Lind­strom, the wom­an who brought...
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...
June/July Favorites: Natural Perfume, Oil Cleansing Method, Ubtan Scrub, Vapour Illusionist

June/July Favorites: Natural Perfume, Oil Cleansing Method, Ubtan Scrub, Vapour Illusionist

It’s that time again! More good­ies that have delight­ed me with their effi­ca­cy, ingre­di­ents, and/or smelly smells. Read on! 1. Lau­ren Brooke Cos­me­tiques Organ­ic Per­fume Oil, $10. Nat­u­ral Joy Beau­ty sent me a bot­tle of LBC Per­fume Oil in Whim­sy, a light flo­ral blend with no sharp or spicy notes. The del­i­cate scent comes in a lit­tle roll-on con­tain­er that is easy to trav­el with (I have tak­en it with me on two trips), is easy on the nose, and is entire­ly nat­u­ral. Plus, this is going to last a loooong time. Arti­fi­cial scents tend to give peo­ple headaches, and this is like wear­ing flow­ers in your hair – just a light, love­ly scent all day, sans headache. In addi­tion to their love­ly per­fume blends, Nat­u­ral Joy car­ries an excel­lent assort­ment of tru­ly nat­u­ral cos­met­ics and skin care prod­ucts, and have extend­ed an exclu­sive dis­count code for Epic Beau­ty Guide read­ers — save 15% on any order (!) with coupon code EPIC15. The code expires 31st of July 2012, so go explore! 2. Skin Apotheke Ubtan Clar­i­fy­ing Cleans­ing Scrub, $16. This is my old stand­by that gets put on the back burn­er and is then revis­it­ed with much delight and deep self-actu­al­iz­ing ques­tions like “why did I ever stop using this??” With skin-nur­tur­ing, blem­ish-destroy­ing ingre­di­ents like san­dal­wood, rice bran, turmer­ic, and neem, this pow­er­house pow­der has done won­ders for my skin in a ridicu­lous­ly short amount of time. In only sev­en days, it is back to being radi­ant and black­head-free after a bad test­ing expe­ri­ence with a pore-clog­ging sun­block. Ah, the things I do for you. 😉 I first wash...
GIVEAWAY! $150 Skin Apotheke + $75 U.S. Wellness Meats Gift Certificates

GIVEAWAY! $150 Skin Apotheke + $75 U.S. Wellness Meats Gift Certificates

Today I have a special treat for everyone… I am combining two of my favorite companies in one superb giveaway: Skin Apotheke and U.S. Wellness. I am rarely loy­al to skin care brands, but Skin Apotheke is one of my rare excep­tions. Ria, the own­er and metic­u­lous cre­ator of this Ayurvedic good­ness, is not only a won­der­ful per­son with a gigan­tic heart, she is fan­tas­ti­cal­ly gift­ed at what she does. Her skin care line is at once sim­ple and expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed, and lends incred­i­ble results. Soft, dewy skin that enjoys the treat­ment, instead of look­ing pun­ished by it (red, irri­tat­ed skin after a mask, any­one? not the case here). One win­ner will get a $150 gift cer­tifi­cate to use on any of the prod­ucts in the Skin Apotheke online shop. Check out the­se best­sellers from Skin Apotheke: Organ­ic Radi­ance Ubtan Scrub Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me Ayurvedic Fresh Wild Rose and San­dal­wood Mask U.S. Well­ness Meats is my trust­ed source of grass-fed and, most-impor­tant­ly, com­pas­sion­ate­ly-raised ani­mal prod­ucts. As a teenager, I went veg­an for ani­mal rights rea­sons, not know­ing that oth­er facil­i­ties exist­ed besides dis­gust­ing feed­lots and cru­el slaugh­ter­hous­es. I learned while liv­ing in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia that there are farm­ers and ranch­ers that love their ani­mals and care for them prop­er­ly. I only pur­chase from U.S. Well­ness Meats and local humane farm­ers, and they are gra­cious­ly offer­ing a $75 gift cer­tifi­cate to one win­ner. Check out the­se best­sellers from U.S. Well­ness: Pas­tured, antibi­otic-free ground turkey 85% lean grass-fed ground beef Tri-tip grass-fed steak  GIVEAWAY DETAILS One $150 gift cer­tifi­cate to Skin Apotheke (e-gift cer­tifi­cate, not phys­i­cal gift card). One $75 gift cer­tifi­cate to U.S....
March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

Hey every­one! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fal­l­en in love/lurrrrve. Absolute must haves! In no par­tic­u­lar order, I give to you… 1. Lily Organ­ics Kukui Sen­si­tive Facial Oil Treat­ment (Unscent­ed), $28.99. I can sum this one up eas­i­ly: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2–3 months ago and noticed a dif­fer­ence after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehy­drat­ed eas­i­ly, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrin­kles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no dis­cernible scent. I like that it absorbs quick­ly, so as not leave any marks on my pil­low­case. It com­plete­ly hydrat­ed and smoothed out my dehy­dra­tion lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingre­di­ents are “clean” and sim­ple, and they make use of the nat­u­ral form of vit­a­m­in E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antiox­i­dant and skin lov­in’ hydra­tor. I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beau­ty Awards. 2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and San­dal­wood Mask, $15.50. You may be won­der­ing why Skin Apotheke keeps pop­ping up in my “favorite” prod­ucts lists and in my skin care rou­ti­nes over the past sev­er­al years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s own­er and skin care magi­cian). I just can’t help that this wom­an keeps churn­ing out mirac­u­lous hand­made for­mu­las. This mask is no excep­tion. One, I love the incred­i­ble deep red col­or of this mask. Two, I love the deli­cious, earthy rose smell. And three, I love...