NOT because I enjoy body hair (one gift I wish the universe phase out), but because it can be such a chore. In the past, I’ve kept busy because it made me feel important or distracted me from what I was really feeling. Whether it’s flattering remains to be seen, and I would probably wear it with pearls or chambray, not a boyish top, but I have my eye on you, Club Monaco Plumina Plaid Skirt!

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May 9, 2016

The Shave Cream for People Who Hate to Shave | Beauty Bets

May 6, 2016

One of my goals this spring is to de-clutter–my daily routine, my home, and this blog. Along with getting more focused with the content itself, I’m hoping committed to sticking to more of a posting schedule. it’s all too much.

The Shave Cream for People Who Hate to Shave | Beauty Bets

The Shave Cream for People Who Hate to Shave | Beauty Bets

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The way we define beauty is changing, and for the better! Join me this Sunday from 11-1pm at Mall of America for brunch + conversation about body image, self-care, and embracing who we are, not who we think we should be. Sickness literally stops us in our tracks and forces us to cut back to the bare minimum. I love the classic styling with a twist, easy throw-on quality, and the prices point–my goodness. I’ve also never been sick so frequently despite my usual precautions of hand-washing, flu shots and exercise. We all thought spring would put an end to the madness, but we’re all sick all over again. Here’s to less is more! Happy Friday. 

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The Shave Cream for People Who Hate to Shave | Beauty Bets

In fact, eos is so moisturizing you can shave wet or dry–a necessity for those of us who put off shaving until it’s go-time. The added aloe and oat extract to help prevent nicks and razor bumps also mean I’m in my shirtdress and out the door before you can say eos ultra moisturizing shave cream.

My biggest grocery-store gripe: hard-as-a-rock avocados. Lately though I’m testing a theory that if I put my relationships, health (both mental and physical), and the things that make me genuinely happy ahead of this imaginary need to stay productive and get ahead, I’ll wind up exactly where I’m meant to be.

I’ve been seeing and trying a lot of “overnight facials” or “sleeping masks” that promise all kinds of benefits while you get your beauty sleep. Why three things? Because I get overwhelmed with all of the needs + wants we are constantly bombarded with on the Internet so I imagine you do, too. And the flared midi cut so unexpected. I’ve never seen anything like it. New Orleans has been on my bucket list for an embarrassing duration. I need more gingham in my life like I need more stripes. Ah cacao nibs, I haven’t seen you since my hippie childhood days at the co-op. Now if I could actually figure out how to get more sleep . I know that germs and bacteria are a real thing, and that I have zero scientific data to support this, but I have to think that we are all more susceptible to sickness because we are simply doing too much. . That’s a tall order, considering that I definitely don’t wake up like this, but for the past few weeks I’ve been applying Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial under my One Love Organics Skin Savior and without fail see more glowing, even-toned skin in the AM. So why are we killing ourselves? Or, as my father asked me not long ago: What is the point of all of this work? What exactly are you working toward?

P.P.S. I’m always a bit wary of brand-funded testing, but that “women saw 40% dramatically improved skin radiance after just one night” using this product doesn’t surprise me one bit. The only thing that makes shaving enjoyable, if not practically spa-like, is eos ultra moisturizing shave cream.

Oh no no no. So I keep going, with short, designated breaks for relaxation. Which led me to wonder whether this was more of a marketing tactic than a shiny new concept. .

3. Especially when the sign says they’re RIPE! What’s a girl to do when she needs guac now, or avocado toast for breakfast? Stick your avocado in the oven. And I don’t just mean working. What you won’t find me doing very often is shaving. In fact, I worry more that if I stop, everything will come crashing down–my career, my following, my reputation, my relationships. But it’s a good one at that–who doesn’t want to wake up looking like she just had a facial?! I do, I do. My friend + fellow editor Allison Kaplan will be moderating so expect real talk. They might be beauty, but food, fashion, travel and decor will also make regular appearances. Combined, these high-functioning ingredients deliver 24 hours of skin-softening moisture (particularly important as we head into summer leg-bearing season!)

I opened and closed my mouth a few times and couldn’t answer. . Sickness is the final straw when we haven’t been paying attention to other signs, like being irritable or lonely or anxious. But sweet jesus this skirt is spectacular. While there’s no shortage of beauty topics we could cover here at Beauty Bets, I’m committed to writing about the ones that get me out of bed in the morning (colonics YES, hair-braiding tutorials NO). I mean everything: Thinking, worrying, stressing, talking, traveling, coming, going . I tested these simple directions from Pure Wow last week and they worked! Next up: bananas.

You’re undoubtedly familiar with the brand’s adorable egg-shaped lip balms, but have you tried its skin-loving sisterfriend? Packed with my favorite natural moisturizer, shea butter, eos ultra moisturizing shave cream feels far fancier than it’s itty bitty $3.49 price tag would have you believe.

May 10, 2016

How to Wake Up With Better Skin | Beauty Bets

I’m as guilty as they come and I don’t even realize it half the time because I believe that this intensity is completely normal. No, really. Leave it to Sassy Kitchen to resurrect them for her Banana, Coconut & Cacao smoothies. No shade for the green stuff, but frankly I’m ready for breakfast to taste like dessert again–at least once in a while.

This past winter I watched in horror as normally healthy, resilient friends + co-workers succumbed to a string of illnesses, from bronchitis to pneumonia to mystery stomach bugs. So I kept going until I found one that really, truly seems to make my skin look better in the morning. And it takes a lot to impress me. It takes getting sick, as I have been these past few days, to snap out of my ineffectual, unsustainable way of being.

1. Leave it to an Axel Rose appearance in July to light a fire. I call it hurry-up-and-relax time. At which point I always realize, with a mixture of relief and unease, that no one REALLY needs me at work and I don’t REALLY need to respond to every single email and Instagram will still be there when I return. With all of the summer vacas already on the books, we’ll be needing this handy dandy guide from Yes and Yes (also yes: oyster po’boys).

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May 16, 2016

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Well hello there, and welcome to my shower. You don’t have to be a mom to appreciate Sonnet James, the new line of modern, durable, machine-washable dresses designed for work + play. I’ll be stocking up to wear now and well into fall!

P.S. Even goals like promotions or more money aren’t reason enough if they only lead to more doing and consuming, less freedom and inner peace. According to Ren (who is not paying me to say this!), the facial occurs in three phases while you sleep: Phase one exfoliates using lactic and glycolic acids to repair uneven texture and hyperpigmentation; Phase two massages the skin with omega oils to energize, revitalize, and heal; Phase three plumps and deeply hydrates the skin. But all of those massages, bubbly-laden nights out and weekend getaways are really just a very concentrated last-ditch effort to avoid collapse. I was so surprised by the immediate results that I went back to the product description and ingredients list to see what was really going on here. There’ll be mimosas! And some kick-ass panelists including reality TV darling Courtney Kerr and award-winning makeup artist Julie Swenson, who taught me everything I know. It’s noticeable, y’all. This is where I do some of my best work, from testing volumizing shampoos to slathering on more body scrubs than one human should have in her possession. I know what you’re thinking and no, this stuff won’t clog your razor like other shave creams.

May 13, 2016

Three Things - Pulmina Plaid Skirt - Beauty Bets. . Fridays will be reserved for a weekly edit of the things that I would be talking about with friends over bubbly, even if I didn’t have a blog. They’re touted as being more potent or active than a typical nighttime moisturizer or serum, but some of them do nothing more than, well, a typical moisturizer or serum. All of the scents are a dream, but Vanilla Bliss is the best!

In addition to the shea butter, eos shave cream contains vitamins B3, C & E, green tea and grape seed extract to brighten and even skin tone. Yes, there are times when life gets crazy and we can’t control all of the jobs/kids/activities we need to attend to, but if the most tangible outcome of all that doing is stress and sickness, then we are doing something wrong. Oh god, just typing those words makes my heart skip a beat. Tickets here! 

Our bodies always know, and when they don’t like what they know, they shut down

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