May 27, 2013
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Kusmi BB Detox Tea

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Welcome to the week—so glad it’s a short one! I spent my misty Memorial Day curled up with Oliva Pope (can you stand that season finale!? Dad?!) and a cup of Kusmi’s new BB Detox Tea. First came BB creams, now beauty beverages. This one detoxifies skin just like a French tea should by releasing excess fluids and toxins with maté, green tea and liver-cleansing dandelion. What I didn’t expect was the rich grapefruit scent and flavor, like fresh zest. Intoxicating while detoxifying. My kind of beverage!

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March 17, 2013
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I Heart This Detox Tea

Try as I may—and I did try on that detox, dammit!—I just don’t love green tea. I KNOW it’s fabulous for your metabolism and I see Nicole Kidman on the pages of People sipping her venti green tea and she makes it look so easy, so chic! Alas. I’d rather do a shot of wheat grass or apple cider vinegar. Maybe it’s the exotic packaging, or the fact that it’s French, but Kusmi I Heart My Detox tea may be the exception. A blend of Chinese green tea and maté, it tastes less grassy, more earthy, and detoxifying lemongrass gives it a nice kick. It doesn’t hurt to admire the muslin bags while you sip, or to consider the loose-leaf option if that’s more your style—just look at this tin! I have NOT tried any of the other varieties but I am coveting on of these gorgeous assortments big time. Cheers!

February 8, 2013
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We Heart Valentine’s Day

Forget roses and chocolate. Give me pretty paper, impossibly glamorous pillar candles and aphrodisiac tea on Valentine’s Day. Wait. Give me those every day!  xoxo –Bets

You couldn’t pay me to be a teenager again, but Maybelline Baby Lips ($4) tinted balms take me right back to passing time and after-school dances.

Anything Kate Spade loves, I want. Including this girly coffee table book ($40) and most definitely that striped settee.

Grown-up hair ties two ways: Rock Solid studded hair elastics by Ban.Do ($20 each) . . .

 . . . and sweet heart elastics by Emi-Jay ($6.50/set)

Oh sweet, sweet Sugar Paper, you’re killing me softly with this darling gold embossed confetti card ($6).

For anyone who’s too cool for Vday school, there’s Rodin Olio Lusso’s scented candle. It smells like jasmine and neroli, burns for 85-hours, looks like a work of modern art, and costs a very pretty penny ($125). I’ll take two.
I’m officially on a tea kick, and Kusmi is next. More than one reader has sung its praises, and now I hear its the drink of choice at NYFW. Sweet Love increases physical and mental alertness and packs a pink-pepper punch of antioxidants. Spicy!
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    ABOUT BETS
    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 as a way to share candid product reviews and real beauty advice for smart women everywhere. When she’s not test-driving the latest beauty treatment (bee venom facial, anyone?) or serving as the beauty editor for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and ClementineDaily.com, Elizabeth can be spotted running the Minneapolis Lakes with her white lab, Molly Thomas, or sipping champagne on a killer patio. Pass the sunscreen.
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