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April 14, 2016

Calyx Makes a Comeback

Calyx Makes a Comeback | Beauty Bets I am so not a fruity perfume person, which is odd considering I came of age in the mid-aughts, when fruity-floral-shampoo fragrances were all the rage and we doused ourselves in body splashes that smelled of synthetic green apples … or the way someone imagined a green apple should smell, which is apparently redolent of a Jolly Rancher. I thought my generation’s penchant for these sorta-basic perfumes turned me off of fruit-based fragrances for good. That is, until I met Calyx.

Calyx was a super-popular scent in the ‘90s, which is why I have no familiarity with it, considering I spent the ‘90s in elementary school. It was originally produced by Prescriptives, which went under for awhile. Calyx didn’t die, though, because Clinique picked it up and brought it “back,” which is how I discovered it. Oh Clinique, I just love you! Calyx captured my heart despite the fact that it is a big, bright, juicy bouquet of a fragrance, with a grapefruit and mandarin top note that screams “I’m your summer fragrance!” However, sandalwood and vetiver, along with a very subtle lily note, keep it smelling fresh and green instead of syrupy and sweet. (Thank god.) It’s not my usual jam, which is probably why I love it. I feel like I’m doing something super unexpected when I wear Calyx. Hey, they said the ‘90s are back.

April 5, 2016

The New Dry Shampoo You Need to Try

Dry Shampoo You Have to Try | Beauty BetsBefore we start, I have to preface this by saying I do work with Aveda, but I’m pretty picky about dry shampoo so please remove all thoughts of bias from your lovely brains. As someone with hard-to-manage wavy, damaged hair, I try to shampoo as little as possible and have been known to stretch a blowout to almost two weeks. I’ve found that using a few dry shampoos together gives me the best results, and since Aveda FINALLY has a dry shampoo it makes my life that much easier! After countless pleas from the masses, Aveda released Shampure Dry Shampoo ($30) a few months ago to a ton of excitement. I loved watching it in action backstage at Congress 2015, where it was one of the star products. Shampure Dry Shampoo has been one of my go-to products to add texture and that heavenly Shampure scent to my hair, no matter how long I’ve gone between washes. The bottle is non-aerosol so it isn’t damaging to the environment, and it’s really fun to apply. All you gotta do is tip the bottle, shake it gently and pouf! a little bit of that lovely powder into your style. If you’re an Aveda junkie, you need this stuff. I mean, come on – everyone loves that smell!

March 24, 2015

Chopping it Off: Kara Gets a Bob


“Every time we see you, you’ve done something new with your hair!” said one of my coworkers last week. Since I’m only in-office once a week, she’s not wrong. I can’t help it; I’m addicted to changing it up.

In the past few months alone I’ve gone from platinum to rose gold to a light brown to wheat blonde. It’s kind of exhausting, really. I love the boost a new hair color gives me, but I’m happy where I am on the blonde spectrum right now. So when I got the itch to change it up again, I just chopped it all off instead of highlighting and bleaching the way I usually would.

Yep, I fell hard for the bob trend. My hair was around collarbone-length before I hacked it off, and I have this many regrets: ZERO. My hair hasn’t been this short since I was ten years old, and I love it. I can’t pull it back into a pony, but it’s so much easier to style and deal with now that it’s short. I don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago.

Of course, with wavy, temperamental hair like mine, I DO need a little help. I now refuse to live in a world without my beloved Naturally Straight styling crème from Aveda, which helps my hair dry faster and smoothes out the frizz and wonky waves, leaving me with easy, tousled sexy hair. I’m always recommending it as a leave-in for my curly-haired friends.And when I want to go straight? It’s so much easier with my new ghd Eclipse flatiron, which heats up in literally seconds and adjusts its temperature to your hair texture to reduce damage. I’m so obsessed with it that I’m even trying to get my brother to let me straighten his curls. Plus it’s black, so it matches all my outfits – it’s practically an accessory!

October 16, 2014

The Lipstick You’re Going to Want to Collect


At this point in my life, I think you could probably call me a certified Lipstick Expert. I’ve worn lipstick pretty much daily since I was a teenager and my collection of colors totals … oh, a kabillion. (Seriously, they’re all over our house. I can’t even count ‘em). My standards are pretty high by now, so believe me when I say that Estee Lauder’s new line of lippies, Pure Color Envy, is one of the best I’ve ever used. Ever. I practically mauled my UPS man to get my hands on them, and once applied, I was bowled over. I’ve long been an Estee lipstick fan, but these are something else entirely. The Pure Color Envy lipsticks are highly pigmented, delivering full color in one creamy swipe. It’s intense, but wearable. I love that they’re the perfect mix of textures; they last like a matte, hydrate and plump like a cream and have a subtle sheen. I’ll be wearing the rich, deep Red Ego and magenta/berry Insolent Plum (above) all fall. That’s a pretty big statement from a true addict like me.




September 17, 2014

A Fragrance for the Bombshell in Us All


I was never a big fan of Tom Ford’s much-lauded Black Orchid fragrance. I had friends who wore it and I adored it on them, but on me, it fell flat. I’m a big fan of “loud” perfumes that linger throughout the day and make your presence known in a room after you’ve left it, so I was bummed that Black Orchid and I just didn’t jive. I did, however, love the sophisticated black Art-Deco bottle and the super-sexy campaigns.


Tom must have read my mind (he’s so handsome and talented why wouldn’t he also be able to read minds of adoring blonde strangers?) because he released Velvet Orchid, a companion “flanker” that smells similar to Black Orchid, but a bit more ladylike. It’s not QUITE as in-your-face as Black Orchid, but it’s no wilting flower either. Notes of rum and honey keep Velvet Orchid sweet without being cloying, and a bit of citrus lifts it up at first spray. It’s a scent the classic Hollywood beauties would reach for; It’s Elizabeth Taylor bottled, all curves and romance with a sassy backbone. If you need a sexy but incredibly romantic and feminine scent for your next big date night, black tie affair, trip to Paris—or Vegas, which is where I’m taking mine—Velvet Orchid is the one.


  • 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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