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April 11, 2018

Shopbop Sale: Six Sporty Spring Picks!

Spring style is all about simplicity and practicality for me. It’s finally warm enough not to cover your entire outfit beneath a butt-length puffer coat, but still cool enough that you can layer a few cute pieces together. It also means mobility, and selecting pieces that get you ready and out the door quickly while ensuring that you are comfortable and ready for anything. These are the six style pieces that I’m most excited about for spring 2018, and you can find them all included in the Shopbop Spring Sale!  (use code Event18).

Crew Necks – Am I the only person who wants an entire collection of short and long-sleeved crew-necks this season? Give them to me in all the neutral colors, including stripes (stripes are the best neutral, IMO). I’m loving this one from Rag & Bone with it’s classic navy stripes and contrasting neck.

High-waisted Denim – Putting on a pair of high-waisted denim was pretty life-changing for me. Not only are they pretty damn flattering, they’re comfortable and they hug your curves in a way that low-rise denim just can’t. For spring I’m eyeing ankle length high-waisted denim, such as this pair from Habitual, which pair great with all my favorite flats.

A Sporty Jacket – Adding a bomber jacket to my wardrobe transformed how I was putting together outfits, and made me feel instantly chic for a quick errand run or walking the dog. I might have more navy in my closet than any other color, but this Splits59 Jacket had to join the team.

Cross-Body Bags – Warmer weather brings farmers markets, outdoor concerts and choosing the scene route over public transit, which means it’s also high time to clean out your shoulder bag and side down to a simple cross body bag that you can easily carry during long walks or bike rides. Tory Burch hasn’t failed me yet, and I definitely have my eyes on her Georgia Cross Body Bag in Navy.

White Sneakers – Does anything say “Spring” quite like a fresh pair of white kicks? I got a pair of these Superga 2750 Cotus last year and cannot wait to bust them out for a fresh season! They have just thick enough of a soul to offer some height, but are still comfortable enough for my long city walks.

Round Frames – While I love a thick, tortoise frame, I’m also a bit smitten with the look of round frames. I wear this Barton Perreira pair with red lipstick and a top-knot and call it a day.

December 30, 2017

The Best of Lip Stains

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

It’s no secret that our entire team loves lipstick (join us at #BBlipservice)! Any why not? A quick pop of color on the lips is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your appearance. The right shade can go so far as to make your skin look more vibrant or help your teeth look whiter.  This season, however, we are really feeling lip stains. More sheer in consistency than lipstick but deeply pigmented with serious staying power, they’re he perfect foil for long days in the office and big nights on the town (hey NYE).

In our minds, the ideal stain adds a beautiful wash of color to lips, without leaving much visible product on the surface, allowing stains to look more natural, even though they might be a bright fuchsia or deep red. All lip stains are not created equal, and quite often brands label them as “stains” when they are really more of a balm (and vice versa). After some tedious trial and error we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to add to your lippie repertoire in 2018:

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

 

BECCA Beach Lip and Blush Tint ($25) – BECCA cosmetics are formulated without parabens, and this multi-tasking stain provides water-resistant color for cheeks or lips. Plus, the tube seems to last forever.

Revlon Color Stay Balm Stain ($5.59) – This has long been a go-to favorite not only by the majority of our team, but by most of the beauty bloggers I know! And you can find it right in the beauty aisle of your local Target for a little more than $5. It also comes in a matte option, but we prefer the original formula.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain ($7) – This stain is currently 50% off (win!) which makes it a perfect time to give this crowd-pleaser a try! We love this stain’s ability to deliver color and moisture while still looking natural and not-sticky.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30) – fun fact: this product was originally created to tint the nipples of exotic dancers (what?!) and worked so well that women are still using it 40 years later. Just for, you know, more than their nipples.

Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain ($24) – We love this brand for their gorgeous nail lacquers, but couldn’t wait to take their lip stains for a test run! The formula inside is as stellar as the packaging, trust us!

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain ($18) – We love that this one not only has great color and trendy packaging, but the formula is vegan and filled with good-for-you goodness such as black currant and olive oil.

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets
December 7, 2017

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Sets

Great Holiday Gift Sets under $10 at Walmart! Why we love this Burt's Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Set | Beauty Bets

My holiday shopping list always includes a handful of people who deserve a little something from yours truly—like freelancers I work with regularly, my hair stylist, our favorite dog walker—who I love and appreciate and want to remember during the holidays! This list seems to grow longer every year, and yet I don’t want the gifts to become less thoughtful.

For these little “I appreciate you” gifts, my go-to will forever be holiday gift sets from my favorite brands. It’s perfect when its a brand you love, and you’re able to let someone you care about try a little handful of their products for themselves. You can find a variety of perfect holiday gift sets at your local Wal-Mart or Walmart.com, this adorable set from Burt’s Bees included!

Great Holiday Gift Sets under $10 at Walmart! Why we love this Burt's Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Set | Beauty Bets

At a perfect price-point of $8.88, I was able to scoop up ten of these Burt’s Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Sets to have on hand this holiday season for that growing list of people in my life, as well as a couple extras to have as hostess gifts during our holiday travels! I love that this set has five wonderful products that are natural and filled with great ingredients, and is from a brand everyone knows and recognizes (guaranteed not to get tossed or re-gifted!)!  My favorite product in the kit is the Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, which is an absolute savior during our dry Midwestern winters, and I know the recipients will think of me every time they slather it on! The salve has a great herbal scent, and helps hydrate skin with botanical oils while preventing the loss of additional moisture with beeswax. Alongside the Hand Salve you’ll find four other Burt’s Bees all-stars in the Essentials Kit including:

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream: moisturizes your feet with coconut oil while rosemary and peppermint extracts soothe and refresh.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Balm: A long-time cult favorite, this balm delivers with a beeswax base loaded with Vitamin E and peppermint oil.

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion with Milk & Honey: The perfect all-over moisturizer for dry winter months, this combination of milk, honey, vitamin E, coconut oil and grape seed oil helps moisturize skin for 24-hours.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream: a gentle, natural cleanser that provides deep cleansing with the power of Soap Bark.

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

August 16, 2017

How to Detox your Armpits

I feel like I’ve been trying to switch to natural deodorant for the past 3 or 4 years. I’d find or hear about a natural deo that sounded promising. I’d buy it. I’d start using it. I’d get sore armpits or a rash and switch back to my conventional deodorant for a few months. Repeat.

Are you stuck in this cycle, too? It seems we aren’t alone, because I recently saw an online thread where many women were lamenting about the struggle to make the switch, with all of us having the same symptoms. That’s when someone suggested giving your armpits the same grace you give your face, and recognizing that after years of slathering them in toxic ingredients they’ll need the same detox process that your face needs when you switch to cleaner skincare or makeup.

I’ve been through those processes already (annoying, but so worth it), but never really thought about the rashes or stinging in my armpits as being signs of detox. I started thinking about how I could help them out and care for them through the process so that I could, for once, make the switch permanent.

For ten days I tried a very simple Armpit Detox using the following rules:

  1. I wore deodorant as rarely as possible, but used Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream when I couldn’t do without for events or important meetings. 
  2. I wore natural-fibered tops (they’ll help keep you naturally cool and dry).
  3. I stayed hydrated (dehydration can lead to stronger body odors). 
  4. At night I applied Thayer’s Witch Hazel to both armpits using a cotton pad (keeping a few witch hazel soaked cotton pads or paper towels in a ziplock bag in your purse is also a great way to get through those deodorant-free days).
  5. Every 5 days I applied a Betonite Clay Mask for 15 minutes in the morning (this one is available at Whole Foods but this one on Amazon is also great). I recommend doing this in the morning, drinking 16 oz of water while the mask is on, and trying to get at least 80-100 oz of water in throughout that day. The water will help aid in the detox process by flushing your system. I prefer this over putting on the mask and then going to sleep.

After this 10-Day Armpit Detox process you should have managed to avoid the worst of rashes or stinging armpits and hopefully made a permanent transition to a healthy deodorant. But try not to stop the pit pampering there—exfoliate them, apply natural oils or moisturizers to them before bed. Keep up with an occasional bentonite clay mask.

A slight rash or some discoloration could still occur while your armpits detox, but this process will hopefully help speed up the process while providing a very thorough detox that help improve the condition of your precious little pits and prep them for a lifetime of safe, natural deodorant. I’m on my 3rd week of au naturale and loving it (highly recommend that Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream)!

August 4, 2017

5 Ways to Have a Happier Morning

5 Ways to Start your Day Happier: how could you change your routine to mix in more happiness? | Beauty Bets

I start my days pretty early — like at the computer by 5AM kinda early — and people seem pretty curious about what my secret is. I think I made it through 4 years of college without ever having a class before 10AM, so I can pretty confidently say that I am not, by nature, a morning person. But, when one of my client’s required early morning work, I obliged, and six years later I am still at the computer editing and sending thousands of newsletters by 6AM, M-F. And so, I guess, I have developed a bit of a secret over the years and the secret is this: I have a morning routine that I love and enjoy. When my alarm goes off my first thought isn’t “Nooooo, just ten more minutes.” My mind is usually flooded with positive thoughts: what podcast will I listen to while I’m getting ready? What should I make for breakfast? And I am instantly motivated to get out of bed and start my day. Below are my five fool-proof ways to have a happier morning.

  1. Drink a Glass of Water. Water is important throughout the day, but research shows that drinking 8-12 oz within 10 minutes of waking up can make a significant impact on your health. Water helps wake up your system and helps get your digestive system moving. It can also help boost your metabolism, allowing you to naturally burn more calories throughout the day. Starting your day hydrated can also help you feel more alert!
  2. Listen to something while you get ready. A lot of us spend a good chunk of time getting ready, 30 minutes or more is not unusual. Is there a way that you could make those 30 minutes more meaningful or enjoyable? Maybe use that time to listen to a favorite podcast, get in a chapter from an audiobook, or listen to a new playlist or station.
  3. Spend 5 minutes planning out your day. The best thing that has ever happened to my morning routine was taking an active approach to planning out my days using The Daily Page (available as a notepad or instant download via Etsy). Spending 3-5 minutes to fill out this 1-page planner while the coffee is brewing or breakfast is cooking helps me prioritize my day and hit the ground running. It provides space for a to-do list, schedule events, plan meals, track hydration, record workouts, start shopping lists and more. Try a planning page, a simple to-do list, or any organizational apps to help remove information from your already overloaded brain and you’ll start your day with more clarity and focus.
  4. Have one morning ritual that is special. Is there a small luxury that would help get you out of bed in the morning? Maybe you treat yourself to a luxurious body oil, put an energizing essential oil in your diffuser, or keep fresh eucalyptus in the shower. Reminding ourselves of these little luxuries that await us can help get us out of bed and start our day feeling valued and loved.
  5. Nourish your body with breakfast. Cooking in the morning seems impossible for most of us (myself included), but I’ve found that between prepping meals, overnight oats, yogurt bowls or healthy grain bowls with avocado and poached eggs, I can whip up a healthy breakfast in a matter of minutes while also giving myself time to plan my day (see #3!).
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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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