Since my somewhat-obsessive quest a few years ago for the perfect red lipstick, I’ve been the unofficial spokesgirl for Bobbi Brown’s Lady Ruba. I carry a tube in every bag so I can make friends and near-strangers try it on. It seriously looks good on everyone. Since then, the limited edition shade has been discontinued (there’s always ebay!) and I have returned to trying on all of the new reds that land on my doorstep. And I’m so glad I did because NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita had me at hello.
First there’s the red on red on red packaging. Even the box is red. And that tube is heavy and luxe and a scandal unto itself. Then there’s the shade: not too pink, not too orange, and not too brown. This is the ONLY true red I’ve ever encountered. I know that’s dependent on your hair + skin tone, but I also made my blonde-hair-blue-eyed photog swipe it on and it stayed true on her, too. Finally, there’s the formula: rich and creamy with a hint of shine but pigmented enough to stay put. I usually apply, blot, then re-apply to really set it.
I’ll still be breaking out the more retro Lady Ruba come summer, but for now—and definitely for Valentine’s Day—NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita has a special place my heart. Just look at that toothy grin! Curious what other lipsticks you’re loving right now?
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.
Welcome to Healers! I’m over the moon to kick off our very first episode with Stephanie Gailing. Stephanie isn’t your average astrologer. The Cornell and NYU educated healer has stellar insights that will change not only the way you read your horoscope, but how to apply what’s happening up there to your life down here. After this episode, you’ll know how to survive and thrive in 2017—regardless of who you voted for. You’ll also be prepared for Venus, who goes retrograde in March.
Cockadooodledooooo! On January 28, 2017, we entered the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology. After the intense, competitive, trickster Year of the Monkey, this birdy will be a welcome change—but not without intention and effort on our part. The Rooster is crowing, sounding the alarm for us wake up and take positive action for ourselves and the planet. It’s going to be a year of balancing our own needs and desires with the collective, and that starts with setting intentions for higher good. More insight from the experts to help light the way forward:
The motto for the year of the Rooster 2017 should Keep It Simple and don’t take offense at the slightest provocation. There’s a Chinese saying that if you take a step back, you will find the sea and the sky is boundless. Remember, good values never go out of style, no matter how hard it may seem to apply them. –Astrology Club
Fine-tune your daily routine. In the animal kingdom, the rooster rises before the sun to act as everyone’s alarm clock. You may find you’ve got an extra helping of get-up-and-go this year, too. –Well + Good
“So whatever feelings you may have about the upheaval created in the Monkey year, the qi will now support you to focus and apply yourself to the task at hand with discipline and diligence. Set aside your emotions and focus on long term goals. Stay focused. That’s right, see beyond the current situation and keep your eye on whatever it is that you value in the long run; just keep chipping away without wavering. Apply yourself. That’s what this year is all about. –Narrye Caldwell
Known for its cocky, self-assured demeanor, the rooster is no stranger to dramatic entrances. This zodiacal sign is known for its ability to work hard and never give up. The rooster isn’t afraid to be loud, bombastic and outspoken. As nature’s alarm clock, the rooster is also in charge of waking us up. Whether we appreciate the call to action or not, the alarms will be sounded and our ability to rise to them accounted for. –Chani Nichols
Good old-fashioned hard work—with some feathery, Rooster-style flair—will rule the roost in this Chinese horoscope year. The rooster rises with the Sun, so get an earlier start to your days. Create a morning ritual and become mindful with your money. This is not the year to rush ahead without a solid plan. Good habits and regular exercise will also keep us productive during potentially uncertain times. –Astro Style
“Trump was born in year of the dog,” said Chen Shuaifu, a feng shui master and chairman of the Chinese Feng Shui Association, which has 50,000 members. “The Year of the Rooster will be difficult for him. He might be forced to resign if the worst-case scenarios happen.” Chen also said that, as a politician with no experience in public office, Trump should listen to his team and pay attention to “other professional opinions” on policy-making. –NBC News
I’ve told you I’ve been working on a new project. I’ve even made a few of you hold my hand virtually as I face-planted into new territory. And today I’m equal parts scared and excited to introduce you to HEALERS. It’s a podcast! And a heart project, as my friend Liz refers to something our soul calls us to do even when our ego is saying “Wait, what? That’s crazy! There are enough podcasts in the world!” And you do it anyway.
I can remember when it seemed like everybody was starting a blog and I didn’t want to miss out. I had to see for myself what it meant to buy a URL (a who?), build a website, and share opinions and stories with total strangers knowing that they may not ever read them. If you’re reading this, you know how that story ended.
Then came podcasts. Suddenly, everyone had a podcast. What exactly is a podcast and do I want one? Do I need one? Ugh, I’m tired.
When Podcast One approached me this summer about creating a show, I had my answer. There was just one thing: I didn’t want to do a podcast about beauty, at least not in the traditional sense. I didn’t want to talk about lipstick and DIY face masks and hair color trends, as much as I love those things and they have loved me back. The only thing I could comprehend talking about week after week was the thing that I talk about day after day, that has become not just my favorite topic but a way of life: Healing.
I’ve spent the last decade, professionally as a writer and personally as a hot mess, exploring every healing modality that would have me. I’ve tried Ayurveda and acupuncture, crystal therapy to equine therapy—and that was just last week. KIDDING! Sort of . . . But what started as curiosity completely changed my life for the better. HEALERS is my love song to the guides and gurus who have dedicated their lives to transforming ours. Who are using their gifts to help us heal ourselves.
Season 1 of HEALERS launches February 6. In the meantime, listen to the preview episode here and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes or using the Podcast app on your smartphone so you don’t miss an episode! Your love + support make this all possible and I’m beyond grateful.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine. PHOTOS // Eliesa Johnson
It’s no secret that eating a wholesome breakfast is essential for brain function, not to mention regulating blood sugar and jump-starting your metabolism. When I get on a breakfast kick I definitely feel the difference: more energy, fewer coffee-induced jitters and I’m definitely able to concentrate better—a serious bonus in a social world that’s short on attention span. But it can’t just be any breakfast. I need something that packs a serious protein punch if I’m going to make it to lunch. BURT’S BEES just launched several protein shakes that I swear were made for me and that I know you’re going to LOVE.
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I’ve been making my morning smoothies with the PROTEIN + HEALTHY RADIANCE VANILLA, made with whole fruits and vegetables and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E for a healthy glow (I’ll take all the help I can get…). The vanilla flavor tastes creamy and real—it’s lovely with berries and unsweetened coconut milk (my go-to dairy alternative). And although I had my doubts, unlike other pea-based powders I’ve tried, this collection isn’t gritty AT ALL.
Breakfast isn’t my only sacred morning ritual. I’ve also made an intention to start the day with meditation and reading something just for me—not for work. Magazines, self-help books, inspirational passages I’ve bookmarked…setting aside time for this kind of self-care first thing grounds me and sets the tone for my entire day. BURT’S BEES™ PROTEIN SHAKES are available at amazon.com.
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.