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January 1, 2017

Recovery Smoothie Recipe

Recovery Smoothie Recipe | Beauty Bets

Is it really a party without bubbles? Hardly. In fact, 25 percent of yearly champagne sales are made between Christmas and New Years. We indulge even though we are old enough to know that a few too many glasses of the good stuff will leave us feeling anything but bubbly the next day. I get tired, cranky, and yes…even hungover. Sometimes my skin even gets dry and dull looking. Enter my secret weapon: the Recover Smoothie.

Sure, it sounds like a post-workout bevvie, but it’s actually a lifesaver for beating the booze blues. Simply blend the ingredients together, toss it into a pretty glass, and sip on the couch with your latest Netflix-binge-of-choice (we can’t stop talking about The Crown). While you relax, this little elixir works it’s magic. It’s chock-full of superfoods that help you heal from the inside out, including dates, cucumbers, ginger and coconut water.

Ginger aids digestion and can soothe any lingering nausea. The banana energizes with healthy carbohydrates and a dose of potassium to calm muscle contractions. Cucumber is a fast and powerful way to rehydrate the body, and coconut water packs an electrolyte punch. Lastly, adding a teaspoon or two of seeds (pumpkin, flax, hemp or sunflower) will add fiber to help extract extra toxins and support digestion. Remember: This too shall pass!

Recovery Smoothie Recipe | Beauty Bets

5 ice cubes
½ banana
½ cucumber
1 in. knob ginger
1-2 tsp. ground seeds (I used sunflower)
¾ cup coconut water (I used Vitacoco)

Recovery Smoothie Recipe | Beauty Bets

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and enjoy!

Cure your New Years Eve Hangover with this Recovery Smoothie! | Beauty Bets

December 6, 2016

Dani’s Pick: BareMinerals Gen Nude Lipstick Collection

BareMinerals launches new GEN NUDE Collection: 60 shades of nude lipstick, gloss and liner.
Just because you’re no longer sporting a spray tan doesn’t mean that nudes are of limits. In fact, they offer a subtle relief from the big reds and berries of the season. In the past, the scope of nude hues has been very limited—ie not flattering for all—so its nice to see brands expanding their collections to provide nude products for a broader spectrum of skin tones! Tru-Colour Bandages, for example, offer bandaids in darker and lighter shades than your traditional bandages. Christian Louboutin recently launched a collection of nude shoes in 7 shades.

And BareMinerals is right there, too, with its new Gen Nude, a 60-shade collection of nude lip products that consists of 15 shades of their Gen Nude Butterceam Lipgloss and 20 shades of their Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, 20 shades of their Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor and 5 shades of their Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner.

BareMinerals launches new GEN NUDE Collection: 60 shades of nude lipstick, gloss and liner.

Each product in the collection has the quality and performance that we’ve come to expect from BareMinerals (we’re longtime fans), and we’re thrilled to see them reaching women who might have previously felt unable to wear a nude lip, due to lack of options. Their collection is certainly one of the most extensive on the market, and we hope it inspires other brands and industries to follow suit with their offerings. My favorite shades from the collection were Crave and Karma from the Radiant Lipstick Collection and the Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag (image above, from left to right, is Crave, Swag and Karma). Swag, along with some of the darker options, are perfect for achieving the popular matte-mauve lip made popular by the likes of Kylie Jenner.

BareMinerals launches new GEN NUDE Collection: 60 shades of nude lipstick, gloss and liner.

If you’re in the market for a great nude lippie, or if you feel like you’ve never found the perfect shade for you, be sure to pop over and check out the entire Gen Nude Collection to see all 60 available shades.

BareMinerals launches new GEN NUDE Collection: 60 shades of nude lipstick, gloss and liner. Here's our review of the collection! | Beauty Bets
November 4, 2016

Broiled Pineapple with Honey, Ricotta, Cinnamon and Blueberries

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Broiled Pineapple with Honey, Ricotta, Cinnamon and Blueberries | Beauty Bets

Nothing says good morning like a giant stack of pancakes. And nothing quite says regret the same way, either. While I don’t mind diving into a carb-y plate of syrup-covered cakes every now and then, they definitely aren’t on my regularly breakfast menu. This broiled pineapple, however, is working it’s way into the rotation and satisfying my morning sweet tooth.

Broiled pineapple is SO simple to make, and I love how healthy and sophisticated the final dish can be. One cup of fresh pineapple contains over 105% of your daily Vitamin C, plus loads of manganese, B6 and B1. Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble antioxidant used by our body. As you know, antioxidants help your body defend against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. Vitamin C is also vital to the health of our immune system, making this a perfect dish as we enter cold & flu season. This dish also packs additional body-boosting goodness in the local honey, fresh ricotta, cinnamon and blueberries!

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Broiled Pineapple with Honey, Ricotta, Cinnamon and Blueberries | Beauty Bets
To make this breakfast of champions simply follow the steps below.

2 slices of Pineapple – 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons local honey
1/8 cup fresh whole milk ricotta
1/8 cup fresh blueberries
Ground Cinnamon

Preheat the broiler on your oven and move your top rack up, about 6-10 inches from the broiler unit. Cut one or two 1″ thick slices from your pineapple, cut around the edges to remove the rind. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes, flipping once. When finished, remove and allow to cool for a few minutes, and the slices are no longer steaming. Place on a plate and top with two generous dollops of ricotta cheese, drizzle with local honey, sprinkle with blueberries and finish with a dash of ground cinnamon. Enjoy!

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Broiled Pineapple with Honey, Ricotta, Cinnamon and Blueberries | Beauty Bets
October 5, 2016

The Best Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon | Beauty Bets

Makeup brushes are one of those products that vary so drastically in price. You can easily drop $50-80 on one high-quality professional brush, but you can also find something similar for a few bucks. So what’s the deal? Are the more expensive versions worth the splurge, or can the average make-up queen get by with a value set? I don’t know about you, but I love crowd-sourcing beauty advice from Amazon, where the masses literally share thousands of reviews for products they love. So, what magic can Amazon produce when it comes to high-quality, low-cost makeup brush sets? Here are four that are worth your consideration.

The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon | Beauty Bets
BS-MALL 10-piece Makeup Brush Set
($9.66) – 
With 4.5 stars and nearly 6,000 customer reviews, this set lives up to the expectations you have for the average makeup brush. If you apply foundation on the daily, you’ll love the assortment of face brushes offered in this set. I love using the tapered brush for getting my mineral foundation under eyes and around my nose.


The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon | Beauty Bets

Emax Design 12-piece Makeup Brush Set ($9.34) – The variety! Love that this set includes a couple short kabuki brushes along with a double-sided lash and brow brush. And how about the fact that the handles on this set are crafted from bamboo rather than plastic? Lovely.The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon | Beauty BetsEMaxDesgin 20-Piece Makeup Brush Set ($6.99) – Do you love liquid foundation or just in need of an excessive amount of eyeshadow brushes? This set might be up your alley. While it lacks any of the big, fluffy face brushes, it does have a couple flat brushes that are great for expertly applying moisturizer, primer, BB cream and foundation.

The Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon | Beauty BetsEmaxDesign 8 Piece Oval Makeup Brush Set ($14.99) – Oval makeup brushes with a toothbrush style handle seem to be all the rage. Professional sets can be priced quite highly, so I love exploring this innovative design with a set that is priced so reasonably. The idea of blending in my favorite tinted moisturizer with one of these babies makes me all kinds of happy.

Had any earth-shattering beauty discoveries on Amazon? We’re all ears!

Beauty Steals! Four of the highest-rated makeup brush sets avaialable on Amazon.
August 31, 2016

My Year Without Nail Polish

My Year Without Nail Polish: why I quit the salons, went bare, and uncovered the healthiest nails of my life.

I went the last year without nail polish. I know, it’s weird to hear someone who is admittedly quite smitten with all beauty products say that, but it happened. Previously, I kept them constantly painted and was no stranger to monthly shellac appointments. Stopping polish cold turkey was a big step for me. So why the Lack of Lacquer movement? Here’s a shortlist of the reasons that led me to go bare:

  1. Like our skin, our bodies can absorb toxins through our nails.
  2. The EWG reports that as much as 50% of all 3000 nail polishes in its database have been found to contain triphenyl phosphate, or TPP, though they suspect even more contain it but do not disclose it.
  3. TPP is known to cause hormone disruption, and various studies show that women who paint their nails have high levels of TPP in their urine.
  4. Technicians in many nail salons work in conditions that are unsafe, often unregulated, expose them to high levels of toxins and often receive unfair wages. It’s important to do your research and go to a reputable salon if possible.
  5. Contrary to popular opinion, nails don’t “breathe”. They actually receive nutrients from the bloodstream, not the air.  However, prolonged use of polish can cause your nails to develop hard white ridges, dryness and peeling as a result of constant contact to chemicals. Plus, every time you remove polish (especially shellac or gel) you risk having the top layer of nail cells ripped off, further damaging your natural nail.

Given all of that information, I decided that not painting my nails was a small sacrifice that could have a big impact on my health. In my quest to remove toxins from my routine, this one has by far been the easiest. The only product I currently use is Studio Aroma Holistic Essentials Cuticle Oil (I received it in my Laritzy Box), and a nail file to shape and shorten them.

My Year Without Nail Polish: why I quit the salons, went bare, and uncovered the healthiest nails of my life.

What has occurred in the past year? The health of my nails has drastically improved. They were never naturally pretty, and they would constantly break or peel. I can say that right now my nails are the longest, strongest and healthiest they have ever been! I also feel a sense of freedom by not constantly monitoring how much my shellac manicure has grown out, and how many more days I have until I need to spend an hour (or more) at the salon.

Admittedly (I’m only human), I haven’t been able to stop painting my toenails. However, I’ve been doing it far less (once every 1-2 months) and have been doing pedicures at home following One Love Organics’ at-home pedicure tips and using Jenna Hipp polish, which is made with good-for-you-ingredients.

From time-to-time I glance at my hands and miss seeing each nail thickly glazed in candy apple red. My Instagram posts would probably be prettier if my nails were painted. But, the quest to live healthier is about making small changes to our daily habits, and this was one that I could live without.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    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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