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.