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August 17, 2017

Wedding Skincare Prep with SK-II

Friends, our October wedding beauty countdown is officially ON. Never have I been more conscious of how I’m caring my skin—and that’s saying something considering I was already obsessive about it! I have many wishes for the most beautiful day of my life, and one of them is to look as radiant and joyful on the outside as I feel on the inside. To ensure that wedding-ready glow, I’ve embarked on a #OneBottleAwayFrom journey with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

I’ve been giving my skin the royal treatment in preparation: drinking more water, staying out of the sun, and treating it to the best products. I remembered that a wedding makeup artist friend, Hannah (who’s also contributed to this blog, so you know she means business), swears by SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and decided to incorporate it into my routine. It also didn’t hurt that Cate Blanchett swears by this “miracle water” and you know how flawless her skin is . . .

SK-II is one of those rare brands that combines luxury and science to skin-transforming effect. With Facial Treatment Essence you’re not just investing in a gorgeous bottle (though there’s that), you’re feeding your skin with more than 90% pure Pitera™, a very special ingredient discovered in Japan 37 years ago and derived from a unique yeast strain from a natural sake fermentation process. Pitera™ promotes skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process and balances the moisture barrier. Translation: smoother texture, more even skin tone (so long, sunspots), and more hydrated, radiant skin.

I can’t help but feel like a million dollars when I’m pressing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence it into my skin morning and night (after cleansing and before moisturizing). It’s a moment of zen, a reminder to slow down amidst the excitement of party planning and monogramming anything that will sit still. And my skin has never looked better—or more bride-like.

P.S. You don’t need a wedding to transform your skin! Take SK-II’s #OneBottleAwayFrom journey and experience the beautifying benefits of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

This post is sponsored by SK-II.

February 11, 2016

Products We’re Loving: Hannah

In my Bag with Hannah | Beauty Bets

A product recommendation from our favorite redhead Hannah is like gold. A mother + makeup artist, this beauty doesn’t mess around. I’m already plotting how I can justify everything on her list! 

(l to r) Tatcha Dewy Skin Face Mist ($48) – The ultimate luminous face spray. It is a personal favorite as well as a staple in my professional kit. I use it to set makeup for all over glow, or on clean, bare skin for radiance no-makeup look. // Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick ($30) – The whole range is gorgeous, but my favorite shade, Role Play, is the perfect my-lips-but-better color. The formula glides on silky-smooth and keeps my lips hydrated. I cannot be without this lipstick! // Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes – As a makeup artist, my tools are just as important as the products I use on my clients. These brushes are incredible. Handcrafted in Japan and cruelty-free, they are definitely an investment but worth every penny. They are so soft and blend makeup effortlessly.

For more products that team BB is loving right now, check out these posts

November 30, 2015

Love, Love, Love: 25% Off One Love Organics!


It wouldn’t be the holidays without a rare sale from One Love Organics! From now until Tuesday, December 1 at 11:59 PM EST we are treating you to 25% OFF all orders! Simply enter code merryolo25 at checkout and we’ll do the rest. It’s almost too good to be true . . . almost. If I can be so bold, here’s how I would work your shopping list:

Vitamin C Serum ($75): She totally wants to look younger but has no idea what to buy. This will give her the moisture her skin craves, plus a brightening boost. She’s worth it.

Vitamin E Eye Balm ($49): Because this one little luxe jar does it all. De-puffs, firms, soothes, brightens. And triples as a lip balm and cuticle cream. She’ll feel fancy showing it to all her friends.

Vitamin B Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover ($42): If they aren’t addicted already. This is our fan favorite for a reason! It’s made for beauty fanatics but completely fool-proof for those who hate to wash their face.

Vitamin C Body Polish: No matter what her skin type or how you feel about her, this creamy, tropical sugar scrub will win over the most discerning hearts and score you major points.

Vitamin D Moisture Mist ($39): Soothing post-shave, protective before a wintery stroll, and the perfect pick-me-up before holiday happy hour, our beloved spritz makes everyone happy. And fits nicely in a stocking.

Any questions? Happy to play personal shopper!

October 7, 2015

We Tried It: Japanese Skincare + the Perfect Sunscreen for Fall

I don’t know about you, but every time fall rolls around I feel a little more inspired to give my skin some well-deserved TLC. Between one too many patio happy hours over the summer and now-fluctuating temps, finding the right skincare products in the new season is always at the top of my to-do list—including my ongoing search for the perfect sunscreen. Yes—sunscreen! It’s a year-round thing.

Japanese Skincare

A few weeks back I stumbled across Equitance, a new-to-me Japanese line whose “Bihada” approach (the belief that beautiful skin comes from thoughtful skincare practices and eating/living well) totally resonated. Equitance has built a brightening skincare line rooted in powerful plant-based ingredients, including Vitamin C and one I hadn’t heard of: linoleic acid, extracted from safflower oil. All of us at BB are so big on preventing and minimizing sun damage as naturally as possible and no one has cornered that market better than the Japanese. In a clinical study, Equitance users reported a nearly 30% decrease in dark spots after using the regimen for four months. I believe it: I’ve already seen a noticeable difference in mine!


Like any good skincare line, each product works better when they’re together. To really get to know the brand, I hopped right on the whole regimen to see if this stuff was really as life changing as the reviews said (spoiler alert: it was everything, and more). Now, I start my mornings with the Brightening Foaming Cleanser, which has become my go-to for silky smooth, squeaky-clean skin. Not only does the cleanser eliminate my dull, tired skin cells, but it also leaves my skin brighter and more radiant than before – double bonus! Next, I reach for Equitance’s Brightening Toning Lotion that’s known for helping your skin better absorb moisturizer. It’s the perfect base pre-makeup application, and it smells extra delicious to boot, which everyone can get behind. For my blotchier, red skin areas (no shame ladies, we all have it!), the Brightening Serum has become my new favorite product to even out my skin tone. I then make sure to grab Equitance’s luxurious Hydrating Brightening Cream, known to protect against environmental stressors and restore radiance. If you’re a big city gal like me, you know how much pollution and the harsh environment can test your patience, and your skin – so this lotion a must have if you’re looking to give your skin (and confidence) a much needed radiance boost. Lastly, I’ve been taking Equitance’s Skin Radiance Dietary Supplements and I’ve seen visible effects in the last few weeks in improving my skins appearance and overall radiance. If you’re new to the vitamin and supplement skincare scene, definitely give these a try!

Japanese skincare

To top it off, I make sure to put on a few drops of sunscreen before I head out the door. As a sunscreen aficionada, I’m always looking for a light, effective and purse-sized lotion that will protect me from the sun, and I loved Equitance’s Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 lotion. After seeing the insane number of positive customer reviews on this product, I took it out for a spin last weekend while out on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan. As you’d expect, my blonde hair, blue eye combination makes me a magnet for even the weakest rays. Rather than tanning as much as I did in my early 20’s, I’ve happily taken a step back, fully embracing my porcelain skin. Believe me, in the long run, pasty’s where the party’s at. Although I adore all the products, the Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 is easily one of my favorite sunscreens I’ve tried. Equitance uses a mix of scientific and all-natural botanicals to give your skin the best of both worlds: brightening and moisturizing in addition to major sun protection. That is no small multi-tasking miracle in my book. I love using the purse-sized lotion whenever I find myself unexpectedly out in the sun for too long, or as a protecting primer before putting on my makeup in the morning.

Japanese skincare

Have you tried Equitance yet? We are officially curious about Japanese beauty!

July 25, 2013

Why I Can’t Stop Reading

cindy crawford big hair | beauty bets

When Dr. Oz and his partner-in-crime Dr. Michael Roizen debuted their healthy living site YouBeauty a couple of years ago, I took note. Finally! A beauty + wellness destination built on smart science and common sense, not superficial fluff or heavy green washing. Since then,  YouBeauty has become my go-to resource for feel-good beauty tips, cutting-edge ingredients, and self improvement from the inside out. It doesn’t hurt that YouBeauty‘s intelligently curated ecommerce site BeautySage is just a click away with some of the best natural beauty around. Read on . . .

How to get big, 90s supermodel hair like Cindy Crawford. Hint: I’m reconsidering mousse.

Is your lipstick laced? Don’t be a metal mouth.

New research: Wear Makeup, Look Younger (hello!)

benefits of the mediterranean diet

Is the Mediterranean diet the best diet ever? I’m a believer.

Go three days without shampooing using a few ingenious products that even I had never heard of.

The scary number of people who don’t wash their face + why you really, REALLY should.

low cal cocktails

Low-calorie summer cocktails. Cheers!

Speaking of which, wine boosts your brain power.

Why fat talk is bad for your friendships. Also: Should you toss your skinny jeans?

cucumber rosewater toner

These DIY Summer Fruit Treatments have me reaching for the produce.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Botox but were afraid to ask.

I knew there was a reason I liked avocados so much.


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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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