We haven’t done a love list in awhile! And by the looks of the half-empties in my bathroom, it’s high time I fill you in on the things that have been getting me through winter and combatting the beauty blahs—dry skin, dull hair, general boredom from being stuck indoors. But these will all carry you into spring, too. I did notice that most are on the pricey side . . . not something I factor in when testing, which means they’re worth every penny! We do have a Target beauty buys post in the hopper if that’s more your jam! –Elizabeth
(clockwise): Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Balm ($22) is shiny, sticky in a stay-put way, and comes in that chic white pot. I ration it out, I love it so much. // 2. Ever since I started using Rhonda Allison Synergy A ($125) a couple months ago, people have commented how good my skin looks. I use it every night, sometimes topped with a moisturizer, and wake up with a smooth, fresh glow. Better than retinol! // 3. My nightstand is littered with essential oils but Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment ($80) is the most soothing—I roll it on before bed or before a moment of meditation when I need to calm the eff down. // 4. Clarins Instant Light Lip Protector in Plum Shimmer ($26) is the perfect sheer berry, but I also j’adore the formula for shine and moisture, and feel French every time I take out the sleek tube. // 5. Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash ($35) detoxifies product build-up without stripping and leaves my hair big and bouncy. Think of it as your Sunday shampoo. // 6. I always have concealer on hand for quick touch-ups to dark circles and imperfections. Rodial Instaglam Magic Pen Corrector ($26) super easy to use (while NOT driving) because it doesn’t require a brush, layers over other concealers, won’t spill in your bag, and doesn’t budge. // 7. Votary Toning Serum ($118) is one of the products that seems totally unnecessary (what exactly IS a toning serum anyway?) and yet is the thing I look forward to apply most—in the morning, right after I’ve cleansed, before face oils or creams. It wakes up my skin and gives it a refreshed look. // 8. I’ve been teasing GOOP by Juice Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facial ($125) on instagram so here’s the official word: the most luxurious yet natural at-home peel I’ve used. It’s also part microderm, so you get that satisfying scrub. If you’ve tried a lot of active exfoliants, you won’t notice different results with this, but I guarantee you’ll swoon over the experience. The subtle scent, cream texture, heavy jar, Gwyneth’s font . . . it’s basically skincare porn.
We all need healing, whether from a broken heart or a chronic health condition. Join self-help obsessed writer and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn, on a weekly spirit journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. These modern-day healers will change the way you view the universe—and your ability to heal yourself.(more…)
I’m in the market for a new makeup bag, which is not a decision I take lightly. My current bag, a monogrammed Chinoise number from a San Francisco brand whose label has since fallen off, has held up around the world for nearly 10 years. The next bag I choose needs to be just as lovely to look at, roomy enough to hold all of the essentials (and there are a lot), and easy enough to wipe down after a tinted-moisturizer or translucent powder explosion. I scoured Shopbop this week because the big sale is on! It’s my go-to site for under-the-radar designers—and fast, free shipping and returns. The more you spend, the more you save so pick up some new spring sneakers while you’re there! (from top): Tori Burch Pom Pom Cosmetic Case ($125) // Deux Lux Biscayne Train Case ($60) // Samudra Baby Pouch ($46) // Jadetribe Valerie Makeup Bag ($90) / Samudra Ocean Pouch ($68) // Marc Jacobs Extra Large Cosmetic Case ($150)
We all need healing, whether from a broken heart or a chronic health condition. Join self-help obsessed writer and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn, on a weekly spirit journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. These modern-day healers will change the way you view the universe—and your ability to heal yourself.
Natalie Davis is the butt of a lot of jokes. A former candida sufferer, she saw five different doctors before finding relief with colon hydrotherapy. Now the founder of Move Colonics, Davis administers warm water using a really big tube to help people flush out the toxins that can cause everything from bloat and constipation to acne and autoimmune diseases. It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine. | Photos by Eliesa Johnson
Does this scene look familiar? I multitask so often I don’t even realize I’m doing it! Working from home most days doesn’t help either, what with distractions like laundry or our sweet yellow lab lurking around every corner! The upside is that when those 3 o’clock hunger pangs hit, I’m able to fix myself a healthy snack.
When the sugar cravings strike, instead of reaching into my co-worker’s bottomless candy bowl or eating a day-old donut from the break room (who, me?), I’ve been whipping up a wholesome “milkshake” with BURT’S BEES™ Protein + Healthy Radiance Shake in chocolate. One of my food peeves are products that pretend to be something they aren’t (sorry, no, those dates do NOT taste like pecan pie), but this protein powder actually tastes like chocolate because it’s made with cocoa powder.
I’ve sung the praises of BURT’S BEES™ Protein Shakes before, as my go-to protein powder for morning smoothies because of it’s made with 70% organic ingredients, plant-based protein sources that require fewer natural resources for production and have a less harmful impact on nature, plus none of the things my body doesn’t love, like gluten, soy or dairy.
I like to add banana or even an avocado—trust me—for creaminess, plus a little ice and coconut milk. It’s like cheating! Only it’s not just because you’re getting the protein needed to make it to dinner, but you are also getting 25 percent of your daily values of Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, Biotin, and Pantothenic Acid.
Fun fact: BURT’S BEES Protein Shakes can also be simply stirred into water or your favorite dairy alternative for a quick shake, no blender required! I will definitely be doing this when I’m short on time or need an energy boost during a workout.
Taking a break is so underrated in our always-on work culture. Making an afternoon snack, taking a quick walk, or even calling a friend, requires me to slow down, get present and just breathe. Even a fifteen-minute pause refuels me both physically and mentally so I can be productive the rest of the day. I wish you all a moment of peace in your day, whenever you decide to take it!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.
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.