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April 24, 2017

We Tried It: Kybella Double Chin Treatment

So how do I say this without sounding completely vain? Oh wait. This is a beauty blog . . . Okay, here goes. I AM AFRAID OF GETTING A DOUBLE CHIN. Or a wattle. Or whatever that fat pad is under chin #1 that I swear did not used to show up in photos of me laughing or smiling too wide. Ack! I hate it, and no matter how much I workout or eat right, which is not often enough but totally, like, B+ level, chin #2 is never going to go away. And I KNOW no one else sees it but me, but I see it! And that, my friends, is the fine line between loving yourself and making small tweaks to feel really effing good about yourself. I’m pretty sure that trying the newly FDA-approved Kybella injectable treatment for “submental” chin fat (read: unwanted) doesn’t cross that line. I tried it and reviewed it for the April issue of Mpls.St.Paul magazine, or you can read about my experience and results right here. I went back in last week for round two, when most patients really see a difference, so will let you know how that goes once the post-procedure puffiness subsides. Hoping for just one chin and a finely chiseled jawline.

P.S. Check out patient before and afters. I mean…when can I start shooting this stuff into my side-thighs?!

photo credit: Eliesa Johnson

April 19, 2017

3 Healthy Nail Polishes for Spring

3 Healthy Nail Polishes Perfect for Summer from Lauren B. Beauty, 100% Pure and Tenoverten! | Beauty Bets

A quick manicure my favorite way to feel instantly more pulled together (even when I might be a total mess)! I tend to go dark and dramatic with my nail polish in the winter, or stay in my comfort zone with my go-to mani color: red (you’re shocked, I know), but when the weather warms up I do my best to loosen up and lighten up.

While I will always love a gel mani, I keep my nails healthy by rotating in nail polish brands that are at least 5-free—meaning they’re free of commonly used chemicals like dibutyl phthalate (dbp), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene and camphor. A few favorites to try now:

(l to r) Lauren B. Beauty in Santa Monica Shutters is white without being harsh or chalky, due to it’s sheer, almost milky look with a slight pearl finish. So chic. // Tenoverten in Jane is an almost nude pink. It’s the perfect shade if you gravitate towards classic, clean nails but are afraid of a dated nude or one that pulls too pink. // 100% Pure Juice is a hybrid between hot pink and coral and the perfect alternative for you fellow red nail addicts. It’s a great pop of color for toes, too!

April 17, 2017

Healers Season One Wrap Up

Well friends, that is a wrap for HEALERS Season One! It’s only fitting that we end on woo-woo note about a dream I had recently…. Thanks to all of you who made it through 10 episodes, and to those of you just joining us: welcome! When I pitched this show to Podcastone nearly a year ago, they were expecting me to talk about beauty. That made sense, and would’ve been fun! But while I had been writing about outer beauty all of these years, I had been doing a near-obsessive amount of inner work. Not just because I’d spent my life depressed or anxious (though that was the initial motivation), but because every light worker I met opened a door into one more opportunity to heal. The more I allowed for a new way of thinking and being, the better I felt. There’s so much wisdom in the world, and inside of ourselves, that most of us don’t even know about. My hope is that podcast would be a safe and not too serious space for us to learn from those who have found the inner peace we are all searching for. What I didn’t expect is the energy that happens we heal together. It has made the journey that much more magical!

We are headed back into the studio for a couple of months to record Season Two but have a surprise or two up our sleeves. Be sure you’re subscribed to HEALERS on itunes or via the podcast app on your smartphone so you don’t miss any updates. I’ll also keep you posted on Instagram and with our newsletter. If you love the show, please support it going by leaving a rating or review here. Your feedback and personal breakthroughs make my day! Finally, if you’re a healer who’d like to appear on the show, or if you know a healers who has changed your life, say hello using our contact form.




April 14, 2017

Spring Fever

A full moon on Monday, Mercury in retro, a snowstorm mixed in there somewhere . . . I’m basically losing my mind. And taking a lot of baths. And breaking out. And eating ice cream?? If you’re feeling off or stuck or just plain funky, know that you are not alone. This is a weird energy, not YOU, and the best way to deal with it is to heal. Read Well + Good’s reasons why the retro is a good thing, then break out the journal, reflect on the stuff that’s coming up (I am sad about X, I hate my Y, I wish I could Z). You know the drill. It’s work but it’s also worth it. Because on the other side is freedom from whatever has been keeping you in a holding pattern. Also: try not to take it all so seriously. I know. I’m the WORST at this. But we have to get out of our heads sometimes and stop trying to save the world. So if I may, I’d like to head into the weekend with something light. Like panties. 

Ashley Barlow just through this Panty Party ($23) illustration up on Etsy and it is speaking to me. Can totally see this in a walk-in closet or girl powder room. The Sunny Side Up print is also super sweet and would look fab on an office gallery wall!

Another mood booster: Bobbi Brown’s new Havana Brights collection. So juicy. The Illuminating Cheek Palettes ($50) add a serious coral flush or shimmering bronze, making them super versatile (I always forget how handy a mixed-use palette can be). And the Art Stick Liquid Lip ($28), a sort of squeezable tube, has a creamy matte texture that stays put. Combined with the pops of color they are truly fresh for spring if you’re ready to put down the high-shine gloss.

Have you heard about Old Navy Rockstar Jeans?!  After years of being a slave to premium denim, I was unconvinced that anything under $150 was probably a waste of money. When you wear them every single day, jeans can make or break an outfit. But for months I’ve been hearing from everyone from budget bloggers to stylists friends that Old Navy Rockstars are everything—flattering, stay-put, don’t stretch—and, like $30. Or $17 if you can get them on sale. Here’s Annette at A Vintage Splendor rocking them while pregnant. After my girl Katie Jasper picked up three pairs last weekend (when was the last time you did that?), I got in my car and drove to Old Navy. And my god, everyone was right! The mid- and high-rise styles are such sweet relief if you are constantly pull up your waste, or afraid to bend over. And my thighs and butt have never looked better in a jean. l’m ordering a white pair right now.

Just when I snag a pair of New Balance for J.Crew sneakers, another color way comes out that trumps the last. Like this khaki + pink number that is so soft, so subtle it would make everything in my closet look sporty. Does this story sound familiar?! Also: does it count if they’re on sale? Right this way . . .

Speaking of sales, the Shopbop Event of the Season has been extended to until 11:59pm PST Sunday, April 14. All the more time to stock up on sandals! I basically wear whatever Grace Atwood tells me, and she’s had the Joie Banji Sandals on repeat. I love that they can hang with little red dress AND that pair of distressed jeans. My kind of shoe—and girl!

April 12, 2017

Dairy Free Yogurt Bowl with Protein

The world can never have too many fast, healthy breakfast options. I’m normally a savory girl, but when I wake up with a sweet tooth (usually hormone-driven), there’s nothing like a fast, healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert. This Dairy Free Yogurt Bowl has become my new go-to for satisfying the craving without the guilt. It is seriously so decadent, sometimes I imagine I am at a fancy spa hotel ordering my overpriced brekkie in bed. It takes mere minutes to make, so you can whip it up while the coffee percolates.

If you’re sensitive to dairy you must try it with coconut yogurt. You can amp up the protein level of any dairy-free alternative by simply by stirring in some chocolate protein powder. Two favorites around here for their low sugar content: Vital Proteins Cocoa Coconut Whey Protein and Burt’s Bees Protein Shake in Chocolate if you prefer soy and dairy free. I used strawberries in this recipe, but get creative with the toppings and try chia seed, shave coconut, sliced banana and/or nuts.

You’ll need:
–Yogurt of your choice like So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt
–1 scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
–Granola of your choice – I love Purely Elizabeth granola (it’s sweetened with coconut sugar, giving it a rich flavor and serious crunch)
–Sliced strawberries

Simply scoop out as much yogurt as you like into your breakfast bowl and stir in your protein powder until well combined. Top with granola and sliced strawberries! Eat up and run out the door.

Mix it up and enjoy!

  • 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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