July 25, 2013

Why I Can’t Stop Reading YouBeauty.com

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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.


July 23, 2012

Indie Beauty Week: Belmondo

I’m dedicating this week to the indie beauty brands that have slowly yet surely been taking over my vanity. They’ve managed to elbow out some pretty big names—and rightfully so. I couldn’t ask for anything more when it comes to ingredients, efficacy and packaging. I do a little happy dance every time I stumble upon one of these gems. They’re raising the bar on beauty by getting back to basics. It’s a beautiful thing!  –Bets

Brand We Heart: Belmondo
Have you ever seen such killer packaging?! I love that modern yet homey chalkboard thing, plus those luxe frosted containers. It’s no wonder Anthro picked up this small-batch, hand-crafted line. Esthetician Daniela Belmondo was inspired by the gorgeous olive oil used in her native Italy, but she’s done equally amazing things with exotic floral essences and essential oils.

Best Bets: The Cloud ($52) face cream is impossibly velvety and imparts the perfect amount of dewiness. It’s dreamy. I’m also enthralled by The Rain ($33), an herbal facial cleanser that you apply with a cotton ball, toner-style. Once you get used to the apple cider vinegar (a natural exfoliant/wonder drug), and water-free approach, it’s so refreshing to swipe over your skin in the morning.

Where to Get it: Belmondo.ca and Anthropologie

June 18, 2012

Face Spray Fans, Rejoice!

Ever since I had to discontinue my skincare line, I’ve been searching for alternatives. The Face Spray, may she R.I.P., has really given me a run for my money. Most of the hydrating mists I’ve tested are either rife with synthetic preservatives or smell way too fake/strong/perfume-y. Meanwhile, my private stash has been dwindling away. Then  a package magically arrived from a new line, and inside the first product worthy of standing in for Face Spray. Blissoma Intense Hydration Tonique ($22) is not only 100-percent natural, but contains a the sort of skin-energizing blend of essential oils that a girl like me can only dream of: bergamot, holy basil, rose geranium, honeysuckle. It reminds me of a minty herbal tea, which is exactly what I want to spritz my face with all summer!

Blissoma is available online and in the Twin Cities at Nature of Beauty.

April 12, 2012

Mario Badescu. That is all.

You may know her as the brilliant, sassy girl behind Nelle Handbags, but Laura Nelli is actually a world-class product junkie. She may even hold some sort of record. (Naturally, I love her.) So when Laura says she’s found THE BEST SKINCARE LINE EVER—I completely ignore her. We’ve been down this road before. But this time is different! she protested over French martinis. This time she’s been using the brand for two whole months, no cheating. One look at Laura’s dewy, soft, shiny cheeks and I know she’s telling the truth.

A New York City institution and favorite of Martha Stewart’s, Mario Badescu is best known for its pimple-eradicating pink Drying Lotion. Now that it’s readily available at Nordstrom and Ulta—and a crazy good price—I have a feeling we’re going to see a big resurgence. Laura swears that Mario has transformed her dry, sensitive and red skin into peaches and cream. It’s really quite dreamy. Here’s what she uses:

Keratoplast Cream Soap ($10) – cushiony, moisturizing
Aloe Vera Toner ($15) – gentle, soothing, alcohol-free
Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 ($22) – A.M., lightweight yet deeply hydrating
Control Cream ($30) – P.M., calms L’s redness and rosacea!
Hyaluronic Eye Cream ($18) – plumps up wrinkles, the first eye cream that doesn’t irritate L’s eyes
Calma Mask ($22) – once weekly, leaves L’s skin “velvety”

Have you used anything from Mario Badescu? Do tell. And be sure to check out Laura’s brand new and super pretty Nelle Handbags site, then join in on her sweet Pinterest contest. Who doesn’t want FIVE sparkly new clutches?!

November 28, 2011

Free By Elizabeth Dehn Face 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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