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February 3, 2013

Now Taking Your Skincare Questions

After jet setting around the country for the last few years with her Air Force husband, our Natural Beauty expert Hannah has settled down in Sacramento and realizing her big dream of becoming an esthetician. We can’t wait to live vicariously while she geeks out over microdermabrasion and perfects her pore extractions.  Now, in addition to her popular DIY beauty ideas, Hannah will be taking your skincare questions in her new column, Ask an Esti. Whether you’re battling blemishes or befuddled by that fancy serum, no question is off limits for our resident expert. Leave them below in the comments section, or email Hannah anytime at –Bets

January 23, 2013

What Does Your Skin Say About You?


Thanks to the little visitor that appears on my chin every 28 days, I’ve always known that the skin is the window into our bodies and the health of our organs. But connecting the dots isn’t always easy, seeing as how I prefer to believe my insides are made of spun silk (weak stomach). This visual cheat couldn’t be handier—or more empowering. No more feeling clueless about your skin and disconnected from your body. Oh, it will still be frustrating as h-e-l-l, and you’ll probably want to find a good naturopath, energy healer, acupuncturist, or yoga class, but at least you’ll have a place to start!


P.S. Although nothing can do for your skin on the outside what you can do for it on the inside, I swear by One Love Organics Detox + Glow kit to balance troubled skin and restore radiance :


July 24, 2012

Indie Beauty Week: Stark Skincare

There’s something so joyful about Stark. I felt it in my first email exchange with founder Jessica Lafleur, who’s across between sunshine and wonder woman, what with her work in social sciences, herbalism, fashion marketing, environmentalism. I knew I was doing something good for my skin and my spirit when I tried the Montreal-based brand’s 100-percent-natural products. While I normally do the talking on this blog, Jessica describes her brand better and truer than I could’ve myself:
Stark is obsessively natural, simple without being boring, luxurious without being over-the-top, educates and empowers customers, and is made specifically for the needs of a city-dweller’s skin (and aesthetic). Oh, and the products had to look really great in their eco-friendly packaging, because why not make your everyday objects beautiful?

Yes! Yes they should. I also love the brand’s Skin & the City approach. It’s not only witty but incredibly relevant: arming the modern woman with naturally powerful remedies for the pollution, stress, late nights, poor diet and other land mines we face in the urban jungle.
Best Bet: If you have combination/oily skin, the Whole Shebang is where it’s at. Stark’s entire skincare regimen at a special price ($110) includes a box of soothing yet powerful delights: a grime-busting grapefruit cleansing balm, blemish-fighting and protecting toner, invigoratingly herb-y serum, and detoxifying green tea mask.
Where to get it:

January 9, 2012

Confirmed: Dairy and Sugar Cause Acne

Happy Monday, y’all! Is everyone sufficiently back in the saddle after last week?

I was still feeling a bit strung out despite a super relaxing holiday, so headed over to Spot Spa in NE Minneapolis for a Grounding Treatment ($60/1 hr): Foot soak, salt scrub, and a full 15 min of reflexology while lying on a bed of hot stones brought me back down to earth.

Confirmed: Dairy and sugar cause acne. Not that there was any doubt. (Well + Good NYC)

Dani chatted up Kate Walsh about her favorite fragrance and ours, Boyfriend.

Emma Stone makes me want red hair and a blue dress—bad. Also note how well the red lipstick works. (We Heart It)

Eye Candy: 2011 Red Carpet Hits and Misses (NY Times)

My horoscopes have never been so spot-on since stumbling upon the AstroTwins. Yes, I believe in this stuff.

FTW: It’s a Brad Brad World, tonight on Bravo. Brad and his gem of a partner Gary (an exec producer on Will & Grace, no less) banter like a witty old married couple.

Totes going to try Rachel McAdams’ easy, overnight trick for beach waves (US Weekly)

What happens when a style + body image expert, sex educator and wellness coach team up? Women take over the world. (Strong, Sexy, Stylish)

Further proof that the Clarisonic is da bomb, and those knock-offs are not (WSJ)

Here’s to more makeunders in 2012. (xojane)

December 1, 2011

A Foundation Transformation You Just Have to See

Has anyone seen this Youtube video? It’s the most thorough foundation tutorial I’ve ever seen, made by Bay Area teenager (and model!) Cassandra Bankson who suffers from disheartening amounts of acne.

I’m not only enthralled by the number of steps and products she uses (I lost count) to transform her face from enflamed to flawless, but her total fearlessness. She’s a doll—bubbly and down-to-earth and completely open about her insecurities. I have two major takeaways from this vid. First, I maintain my stance that makeup is empowering, not an anti-feminist movement. Second, I need to get over my minor breakouts and imperfections.

Smashbox Antishine Lotion
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in 125 and 120
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC 30
MAC NC5 Powder
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting in Light
Makeupforever Microfinish Setting Powder
Mac Fix Plus Spray

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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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