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August 1, 2012

Summer Beauty Steals

Our favorite frizz-fighting, statement-making, skin-softening essentials of the season—or what’s left of it—for $15 or less. What are yours?

(clockwise)  Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition “Bright Idea” 4-piece brush set ($15) – Sonia keeps stepping up her game, pairing her award-winning budget makeup brushes with the prettiest colored handles and now this Palm Beach-y rattan case that could—and should—double as a clutch.  Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray ($13) – A light leave-in moisturizing spray that seals split ends, tames frizz and protects hair from the heat. I’ve been spritzing it in before blow-drying or letting my hair air dry into Kate Hudson-style tousled waves.  Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel ($5) – Meghan’s secret to great legs and shoulders. Lends a sexy sheen without leaving an oil slick in its wake.  Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition “A Powerful Punch” mini nail set ($10) – A poppy coral, tropical teal, perfect fuchsia, and deep nude in dainty, stashable bottles are all your fingers and toes will need now and into fall.  The Wet Brush ($15) – While it’s not much to look at, and no Mason Pearson, this ingenious brush detangles even the thickest, most unruly hair when wet without damaging it. Stylists are singing its praises (and your kids will too after bath time).  Burt’s Bees Honey and Shea Sugar Scrub ($13) – I’ve got a shower full of fancy scrubs and this is the one I reach for. It exfoliates like nobody’s business and feels like a real spa treatment.  Yes to Cucumbers Calming Night Cream ($15) – Everyone at BB swears by something from the Yes to line. The aloe in this lightweight lotion cools and hydrates skin post-sun and the grape seed oil helps repair it while you sleep.
  • Elizabeth Dehn
    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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