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December 30, 2017

The Best of Lip Stains

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

It’s no secret that our entire team loves lipstick (join us at #BBlipservice)! Any why not? A quick pop of color on the lips is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your appearance. The right shade can go so far as to make your skin look more vibrant or help your teeth look whiter.  This season, however, we are really feeling lip stains. More sheer in consistency than lipstick but deeply pigmented with serious staying power, they’re he perfect foil for long days in the office and big nights on the town (hey NYE).

In our minds, the ideal stain adds a beautiful wash of color to lips, without leaving much visible product on the surface, allowing stains to look more natural, even though they might be a bright fuchsia or deep red. All lip stains are not created equal, and quite often brands label them as “stains” when they are really more of a balm (and vice versa). After some tedious trial and error we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to add to your lippie repertoire in 2018:

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

 

BECCA Beach Lip and Blush Tint ($25) – BECCA cosmetics are formulated without parabens, and this multi-tasking stain provides water-resistant color for cheeks or lips. Plus, the tube seems to last forever.

Revlon Color Stay Balm Stain ($5.59) – This has long been a go-to favorite not only by the majority of our team, but by most of the beauty bloggers I know! And you can find it right in the beauty aisle of your local Target for a little more than $5. It also comes in a matte option, but we prefer the original formula.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain ($7) – This stain is currently 50% off (win!) which makes it a perfect time to give this crowd-pleaser a try! We love this stain’s ability to deliver color and moisture while still looking natural and not-sticky.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30) – fun fact: this product was originally created to tint the nipples of exotic dancers (what?!) and worked so well that women are still using it 40 years later. Just for, you know, more than their nipples.

Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain ($24) – We love this brand for their gorgeous nail lacquers, but couldn’t wait to take their lip stains for a test run! The formula inside is as stellar as the packaging, trust us!

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain ($18) – We love that this one not only has great color and trendy packaging, but the formula is vegan and filled with good-for-you goodness such as black currant and olive oil.

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets
December 11, 2017

S3 Ep4: Kristen S. James, Sacred Esoteric Healer

If Kristen S. James weren’t the most calming, loving, kind soul I’d ever met, I’d probably hate her. Kristen is what I like to call a modern mystic: she’s one part goddess hair stylist, one part sacred esoteric healer. Her form of energy work is hard to put into words, though the type-A in me totally tries to in this episode. At its core is a belief that we are all already whole—just the way we are.

SHOW NOTES
Kristen S. James
Universal Medicine (find a practitioner near you)

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December 7, 2017

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Sets

Great Holiday Gift Sets under $10 at Walmart! Why we love this Burt's Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Set | Beauty Bets

My holiday shopping list always includes a handful of people who deserve a little something from yours truly—like freelancers I work with regularly, my hair stylist, our favorite dog walker—who I love and appreciate and want to remember during the holidays! This list seems to grow longer every year, and yet I don’t want the gifts to become less thoughtful.

For these little “I appreciate you” gifts, my go-to will forever be holiday gift sets from my favorite brands. It’s perfect when its a brand you love, and you’re able to let someone you care about try a little handful of their products for themselves. You can find a variety of perfect holiday gift sets at your local Wal-Mart or Walmart.com, this adorable set from Burt’s Bees included!

Great Holiday Gift Sets under $10 at Walmart! Why we love this Burt's Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Set | Beauty Bets

At a perfect price-point of $8.88, I was able to scoop up ten of these Burt’s Bees Essentials Holiday Gift Sets to have on hand this holiday season for that growing list of people in my life, as well as a couple extras to have as hostess gifts during our holiday travels! I love that this set has five wonderful products that are natural and filled with great ingredients, and is from a brand everyone knows and recognizes (guaranteed not to get tossed or re-gifted!)!  My favorite product in the kit is the Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, which is an absolute savior during our dry Midwestern winters, and I know the recipients will think of me every time they slather it on! The salve has a great herbal scent, and helps hydrate skin with botanical oils while preventing the loss of additional moisture with beeswax. Alongside the Hand Salve you’ll find four other Burt’s Bees all-stars in the Essentials Kit including:

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream: moisturizes your feet with coconut oil while rosemary and peppermint extracts soothe and refresh.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Balm: A long-time cult favorite, this balm delivers with a beeswax base loaded with Vitamin E and peppermint oil.

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion with Milk & Honey: The perfect all-over moisturizer for dry winter months, this combination of milk, honey, vitamin E, coconut oil and grape seed oil helps moisturize skin for 24-hours.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream: a gentle, natural cleanser that provides deep cleansing with the power of Soap Bark.

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

December 6, 2017

Live From New York


There are at least two things I never let myself dream about: finding the love of my life and moving to NYC. They were too big, too much to hope for, and I was content with my full, single-girl life in Minneapolis. Then, through a series of miracles big and small, I got both. A husband who makes everything make sense, who makes me make sense, and a cozy brownstone in Brooklyn we get to call home as of last week. The wedding, the decision to head East, and the move all happened within a matter of weeks, I’ve hardly had time to process let alone get a thoughtful blog post up! (You can, however, peek more wedding pics on Instagram by the crazy talented Woodnote Photography).

Now that we’re here, I’m looking forward to catching my breath, making a home from all the boxes, and exploring all of the adorable boroughs. Everyone asked if I feel overwhelmed by this place and surprisingly, the opposite is true. I’m so at peace and full of anticipation because I know this is where we are supposed to be! Where the next chapter of life begins! In fact, I have entire journals scribbled with stories of synchronicity, of magic, of signs from the Universe leading me to my Ty, to leave my job and start a podcast, and to our new home in a city that has long whispered to me.

There’s too much to share in one post, and so much is yet to unfold. But it’s a story I looking forward to writing when the time is right. For now, I’m here, I’m happy and I’m excited to see so many of you in NYC! Please comment below or drop me a line at elizabeth@beautybets.com with any healers I need to meet, spas I need to check out, or pizza I need to consume! 

Namaste,
Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

December 4, 2017

S3 Ep3: Jeanne Safer, Author, Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

New York City based psychotherapist and author of The Golden Condom, Jeanne Safer has spent more than 40 years going where no one wants to go with love and relationships: the toxic, the obsessive, and the heartbreaking. Her professional and deeply personal stories of love lost and found, as well as her refreshing viewpoint on keeping the peace in relationships polarized by political views, will leave you with a renewed sense of compassion and courage in matters of the heart.


SHOW NOTES

The Golden Condom and other books by Jeanne Safer
How to make a golden condom (video)
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: 16 Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids
–Prospective subjects for Jeanne’s forthcoming book Love You, Hate Your Politics can contact her at jeanne@jeannesaferphd.com

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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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