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 . . .
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.
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!
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:
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?!
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.