July 12, 2013
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A North Shore Weekend

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Mr. Bets and I are headed Up North for a long weekend at the family cabin, which I have a tendency to turn into a makeshift destination spa. If there’s room in the car, there’s no limit on how many lotions and potions or bottles of bubbly I can bring! Happy Friday!  –Elizabeth

Fun in the sun means sunscreen galore. I always lug up a tote filled with my current favorites for the whole family.

A big pot of coffee and a few spritzes of Soapwalla’s cooling, skin-brightening Essential Facial Toning Mist ($38) are the perfect start to a cabin day.

Nature is really no place for much makeup. Kiehl’s BB Cream has SPF 50 and just enough skin-perfecting tint.

Have you seen the newest fabrics and patterns from LiveSavvy headbands? So pretty and so functional for traipsing along the shore.

Meow Meow Tweet All-Natural Insect Repellent ($18) is a must on hikes. I’m really digging the use of essential oils as an alternative to chemicals and the  lavender and rosemary in this Brooklyn-made spray smell unreal.

Speaking of bugs, they won’t have anything on the pretty Illume Starlight citronella candle that will double as a hostess gift.

One post-kayak lunch will have to be Ambitious Kitchen’s Mango and Avocado Black Rice Salad—especially if it’s anything like her Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad.

After a steamy sauna and lickety-split dip in Lake Superior, I like to exfoliate head to toe. The cedar-rose scent of Caudalie Divine Scrub ($38) puts the luxury in Up North.

Chilled rosé is requisite for cocktail hour on the deck. We always bring up a few bottles to find a new favorite.

Nothing is more refreshing before my head hits the pillow than Pacifica Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($5). They even smell like coconut!

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!

July 19, 2011
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How to Soothe a Sunburn

You guys, I did something unforgivable. Something that I give other people SUCH a hard time for. I got sunburned. UGH! Just typing those words make me hang my head in shame. There is no excuse!! Except that I was on vacation and the sun felt so good and despite wearing sunscreen I got my you-know-what kicked. Basically, I’m totally out of practice when it comes to being out for more than 20 minutes. I’ve also become a sun phobe and my skin is that much whiter and more vulnerable for it. So, I humble myself with this confession. I’m sorry if I’ve ever scolded one of you for getting burned, and I hope that this serves as a gentle reminder to protect your beautiful skin no matter what. Should you still fall victim, I highly recommend popping a few ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation, and slathering on the Shea Cream. I promise this isn’t a shameless plug! Nothing soothes and helps heal a burn faster than shea butter. Even the Mayo Clinic has been known to use it on burn victims. So cool.  xoxo —Elizabeth

July 20, 2010
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Summer’s More Fun with SPF 30!

Have you heard? When it comes to SPF, 30 is the new 15. I’ve been saying it ever since my freckles went from seasonal cuties to year-round age spots, but dermatologist Jaime Davis of Uptown Dermatology recently confirmed it. In case, like me, you’re secretly confused about the actual difference between 15 and 30, Dr. Davis explains: The higher the SPF, the longer the protection (SPF 15=it will take 15 times longer for you to burn, SPF 30=30 times longer, etc.).

She has also declared that “physical is the new chemical”—because physical sunblocks, like mineral powders and zinc or titanium dioxide, break down less quickly. The good news is that unlike the lifeguard-white sunblocks of yore, the latest formulations absorb quickly and don’t leave that filmy residue. My go-to all summer has been Supergoop! The gold standard for active, waterproof sun protection, the entire line was recently reformulated without parabens, fragrance, proplyene glycol, or oxybenzone—a common ingredient that the Environmental Working Group recently cited as potentially cancer-causing (for the full study and the EWG’s list of “safe” sunscreens, read on). I’ve taken to toting around every from Supergoop—the moisturizing Lotion, chunky Quickstick for lips and face, and the handy dandy towelettes—perfect for travel or swiping on the go.

June 8, 2010
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Bare Escentuals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen

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I never jumped on the Bare Minerals bandwagon, though not for lack of watching the infomercials repeatedly in an entranced state. I couldn’t find a shade that matched my skin tone, and I prefer a sheer, dewy finish to the rich, powdery coverage synonymous with mineral makeup. Ironically, I’m crazy about the Bare Escentuals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen ($28). For one thing, the powder has a built-in twist-up brush—an engineering feat I’ve always yearned to experience. For another, who wants to schmear a fresh coat of sunscreen over her makeup every recommended 4 hours? I’d much rather pop this sleek bullet into my handbag for touch-ups throughout the day. The micronized titanium dioxide mineral powder not only physically shields against UVA/UVB rays (a great alternative to anyone who is sensitive to chemical sunscreens) but sets makeup, blots oil, and has just enough tint to even out skin tone. On hot summer days it’s all I’ll be wearing on top of a light-weight moisturizer, which is about as low-maintenance as I get. Have you tried a powder sunscreen? Do share.

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    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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