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May 9, 2017

Healers Handbook: Season One

Hello friends! It’s only been a few weeks since we wrapped up Season 1 of HEALERS and already I’ve been missing it—and you. When I conceived of a podcast where people could reconnect with their higher self, guided by light workers who’ve dedicated their lives to helping us heal ours, I wondered: Was the world ready for a show about the things so many of us struggle with but never really talk about? The answer was a resounding YES. In fact, you wanted to know how to apply all of this wisdom to your life. You wanted a call to action. I couldn’t ask for more inspiring feedback! In response, I created an e-book of simple exercises, journaling suggestions and guided meditations to help you go deeper with each episode. Do one, or do them all. Just promise me you won’t judge yourself along the way! This handbook is my gift to all of you for opening your minds + hearts, and to all of the wise ones who so generously shared their gifts with us this season. Here’s a peek of what’s inside:

The handbook is free and available to you whenever you need it. Simply complete the form below. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and discoveries! And of course, to returning soon with more healing inspiration in Season 2.

Namaste,
Elizabeth

 

May 5, 2017

Why You Need a Pre-Serum

This conversation is brought to you in partnership with Shiseido. | Photos: Eliesa Johnson

You already know what a HUGE proponent I am of self-care. You can’t take care of business if you don’t take care of yourself first! I’ve learned the hard way that having a morning and an evening routine just for me is a must. If I don’t start and end the day with something good for my mind, body and spirit, I get out of sorts—fast. Now, instead of checking my email, I take a few moments to meditate or journal and allow ample time for my skincare routine. It doesn’t take much, but it’s a moment that I look forward to every day. I’ll be 40 this summer (!) so have been taking extra care to protect my skin from environmental and life stressors—not to mention that screen I stare at constantly!

Products have gotten so smart lately. I’ve been nerding out with Shisiedo’s new Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, a “pre serum” that in addition to defending skin against dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture, helps boost the effectiveness of your other skincare products. This lightweight pre-treatment is ideal for all skin types, thanks to a blend of Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme that maintain a healthy skin surface and protect against impurities.

After using this silky pre-treatment for a few weeks my skin looks glow-y and feels so soft, And the delicate Bulgarian rose scent is divine! I feel like I’m staying at a fancy five-star hotel spa whenever I use it.

At night, I’ve been following Ultimune with a serum and Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24. You’re always asking me for night cream recommendations and this one is wonderful! it’s luxurious, ultra-rich and incredibly moisturizing—even for the driest skin and climates (I feel your pain!).

The potent WrinkleResist24 formula helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles while Super Bio-hyaluronic Acid minimizes keeps your skin hydrated and dewy. You’ll see when you wake up! Using Ultimune as a pre-treatment only further boosts the benefits of WrinkleResist24 and my entire skincare regimen. It’s a beautiful combination that protects and nourishes my skin no matter what the day brings. And that, my friends, is good for the soul.

 

May 2, 2017

Two Natural Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies: how Nettle Leaf Tea and Local Honey can help cure you, naturally! | Beauty Bets

Spring is glorious, especially now that it’s stop raining. We’re finally seeing signs of life! Every simple pleasure from the chirp of a bird to the bud of a tulip can make me smile ear-to-ear and I don’t care how cheesy that sounds. It’s the time for fresh starts. But first: seasonal allergies. Another of my least-favorite parts of #adulting: itchy, watery, puffy eyes, waking up congested, sneezing uncontrollably, and don’t even get me started on the post-nasal drip… I used to rely on prescription steroids and over-the-counter meds, but that never felt right. Why not treat nature with nature? I’ve come to appreciate these two natural allergy remedies, among others that I’m testing as I type. Start here, add a little patience, and remember: summer is right around the corner!

 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies: how Nettle Leaf Tea and Local Honey can help cure you, naturally! | Beauty Bets

Nettle Leaf Tea  I swear, it tastes a lot better than it sounds. Okay, so it tastes a little like hay, but it is quite mild and oddly refreshing. You’ll definitely feel like you’re sitting in a medicine woman’s hut while you sip it. And the benefits are worth going woo woo for: Nettle is a natural antihistamine and can affect allergy receptors quickly if used at the first sign of symptoms. I like to drink a cup or two daily during allergy season (grab some on Amazon).

Local Honey – The International Archives of Allergy & Immunology did a study on local honey’s effect on allergy symptoms. Patients that consumed local honey had better control of their symptoms than the patients who took allergy medication. Turns out, honey that is local to your area contain the exact pollen that causes your allergy symptoms. I generally ingest a tablespoon or two a day during allergy season for relief. Even better: stir it into that tea!

Any natural or homeopathic remedies that you swear by for allergies? P.S. Don’t forget to neti pot!

April 28, 2017

Viva La France!

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve had French everything on les brain with the election . . . why don’t we vote on Sundays anyway? A few finds to lighten the mood. Have a dreamy weekend! 

I obviously have a thing for mint but for some reason never use it to decorate. Maybe because it normally has a retro feel. Yet this French apartment bath is so light and rich at the same time. Those floor and that burnished chandelier really give it depth. Dreamy. {via Glitter Inc.}

I spend an inordinate amount of time in the cereal aisle scrutinizing bags of granola. How much protein? Why so much sugar? Is it stupid to spend $7 on six servings when I could make a pound of it at home wish as many nuts as I want?! Don’t get me started on toothpaste shopping . . . My point is that there is granola and then there’s granola. If I’m going to top my fruit and yogurt with it and call it breakfast it better be better than avocado toast. She is French granola is that good. Maybe too good. Gluten-free, full of all the yummy, chunky things, not too sweet and a little bit salty, and laced with extras like anti-inflammatory turmeric and anti-aging matcha. Plus, it’s made by a Frenchie living in NYC and we like supporting women-owned small businesses! You can even get a weekly granola subscription!

Loving Maya’s spring staples. Cream + black + a blush bag = tres chic. I always forget about this combo and it’s such a delicate way to wear black pants this time of year. I would definitely pair that jacket with jeans and white tee, too, for a dressed down Chanel-inspired vibe.

I overdosed on French manicures in high school but could get behind this toasty nude and gold metallic number via Lauren Conrad! You?

Are French fries even French? I feel like I should know that by now . . . Regardless, someone in my house as a serious thing for potatoes so I find myself looking for healthy-ish ways to use them. Ambitious Kitchen’s truffle-laced oven fries will definitely be making it on the dinner menu soon. Like once I find a new hot dog recipe to try.

April 27, 2017

Spring Self-Care 101

This post is brought to you in partnership with Skintimate®. As always, all opinions are my own.

Winter has its benefits: cozy sweaters, curling up with a stack of juicy novels, Netflix and chill without the guilt, not shaving your legs . . . Yes, even I get lazy in that department! But come spring, I’m also the first one to throw open the windows, break out the patio furniture and treat myself to a day of self-care. There’s something about starting fresh each season that makes me feel like anything’s possible!

I’m so into baths lately. The tub is my favorite place to shave my legs after I’ve given them a gentle dry brushing with a softening soak in the water. It feels like less of a chore in there, as does using a really good shave gel like Skintimate® Trust me—if you’ve gotten into the habit of reaching for a bar of soap or your body wash, you’re missing out.

Taking a bath literally rinses away the cares of the day and might just be the least expensive form of therapy! I light a few candles, sprinkle in some bath salts and essential oils, and take a journal and some crystals in there with me in case inspiration strikes.

For one thing, your legs deserve the same amount of care as your face. This time of year, my alligator legs are begging for Skintimate® Ultra Sensitive formula. It’s dye-free, hypoallergenic, and formulated with colloidal oatmeal to protect and condition sensitive skin. I don’t even need lotion after using it! Using Skintimate® Shave Gel also means you never miss a spot because the rich lather lets you see exactly where you have shaved and where you haven’t—no do-overs required. This is key when you’re about to slip on that skirt or romper for the first time.

I know that taking the time out for a fresh start—and swapping that soap for shave gel—feels like a luxury, but it’s how you put your best leg forward!

 

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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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