December 11, 2012
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Giveaway! Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford

It’s hard to believe that my 30 days of Meaningful Beauty are up already! I may not look like Cindy, but I sure feel like superwoman after a month of channeling her mission of living with meaning. It’s amazing how simple life becomes when you take care of yourself and those you love! For the final week I’m hauling myself through the snow to the ‘burbs to have birthday dinner with one of my best friends and the funniest guy I know, my dad, then will be spending the weekend painting the living room and drinking wine with the best mother-in-law on in the world. And for you, dear readers, I’m giving away on one but THREE Meaningful Beauty 30-day anti-aging kits! To qualify, you’ll need to pony up a meaninful activity of your own and leave it below in the comments section.

For anyone who has been hard-pressed to get on a skincare regimen, this is for you. Not only is it straight-forward and easy to follow, but covers all the steps that are tempting to skip—like SPF! The kit also includes a surprise bonus that I added into my routine last week, the Glowing Serum. Dr. Sebagh calls it his “model secret,” previously available only to his exclusive clientele. Well dahling, it most definitely adds that subtle glow we can all use.

 So who’s in? Excited to hear what good you’ll be doing! I’ll select a winner at the end of the week—good luck!

November 27, 2012
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Meaningful Beauty Week 2

Hey y’all! Back in the saddle after a lovely, leisurely holiday. It’s officially been a week since I started using Meaningful Beauty’s anti-aging system and I am thorough enjoying my little kit. What is it about using only products from the same line that feels so luxurious? Maybe it’s my otherwise schizophrenic beauty habits (research has its price), but it’s wildly satisfying seeing every bottle neatly lined up in my medicine cabinet, looking all matchy-matchy. As for the products themselves, it’s too soon to give a full report but I can tell you this much: My skin feels comfortably hydrated all day—and that is saying something for the single digit temps I enjoyed over the weekend. Moisture is my main skincare concern this time of year and so far so good with the Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20. It also delivers that instant dewiness upon application that makes me extremely happy.

I’m also rather pleased with my meaningful activities. Specifically, that I’ve made it to THREE spin classes. That’s three times that I’ve gotten out of bed before 6 a.m. Do you know how dark it is at 6 a.m.? This week I’m switching gears (ha) and doing something for someone else. First up: calling a friend I haven’t spoken to in months. Not for any other reason than I’m a workaholic. Although my friends and family are truly the most important and most favorite things in my life, I can easily become completely obsessed with my to-do list to the point that everything and everyone else fades to black. I know this, so I have to make a conscious effort to take breaks from the work that I love to focus on the people I love. Also to sleep, work out, do the laundry . . .

Second meaningful activity this week: Volunteer my time on the annual campaign drive for Wilderness Inquiry, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit that provides outdoor experiences for people who may otherwise not have the opportunity. The great outdoors have enriched our lives so deeply, supporting this organization is second-nature for Mr. Bets and me. Have you found a cause that you feel truly connected to? Today’s’ the day to get involved! Check out GivingTuesday.org for volunteer ideas and inspiration in your community.

March 6, 2012
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Our Current Skincare Routines

This week at Beauty Bets we are doing something we should’ve done LONG ago: sharing our skincare regimens. Thank you, Meghan, for the brilliant suggestion! Since each of us has different skin types + challenges (guess which one of us is older than the others), we hope there are products that resonate with all you. I’m going to kick things off. Keep in mind that a) I’m constantly testing new products so these aren’t necessarily my all-time favorites; and b) this is my winter/spring regimen. We can refresh our lists come summer, if you like? –Bets
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Name: Elizabeth (aka Bets)
Skin Type: normal/dry, aging

I don’t normally wash my face in the morning this time of year, but at night Nude Cleansing Oil ($24) takes the day off, including makeup, while leaving a trace of moisture behind. Oil attracts oil so it’s surprisingly effective but gentle. Speaking of oil, I’ve been searching for one to replace my serum. Darphin Organic Orange Blossom Aromatic Care ($80) isn’t as moisturizing but it is slowly but naturally fading my sunspots while adding a dewifying boost under my daytime moisturizer, Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 ($90). There’s a lot to love about this velvety cream, from the sun protection to the high shea butter content, but it’s not as rich as I would like—especially for the price. On the other hand, Tammy Fender’s Spontaneous Recovery Creme ($165) is arguably worth every penny. I press it into my skin at night and wake up with the sort of well-rested, glowing skin normally not possible with product alone. Two to three times a week I use a retinol instead of moisturizer. Right now I’m testing PCA Skin Retinol Renewal ($88), but I can already tell you that it’s not as effective or natural as Arcona’s Vitamin A Complex, so go with that if you’re looking for an anti-aging, line-smoothing, super exfoliating treatment. To prevent future damage, I start the day with Prevage Advanced Anti-Aging Serum ($159), an antioxidant powerhouse that both my mother and derm swear by for changing skin tone and texture. My latest love, however, is Kahina Eye Serum ($78). The cooling, de-puffing gel wakes me up every morning, keeps my undereyes hydrated all day, and manages to erase dark circles overnight, and does so using a commendable list of eco-certified ingredients. Finally, when my skin needs a pick-me-up, I reach for one of these five intensive facial treatments.

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    ABOUT BETS
    Hello lovelies! I'm Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty writer + lifestyle editor who's equally fanatical about lip gloss as juice cleansing. I live in Minneapolis with Mr. Bets and our white lab, Molly Thomas.

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