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June 27, 2017

We Tried It: The Drugstore Moisturizer That Beat Out a $440 Face Cream

Today we’re here to answer the age-old question: Is there really a difference between drugstore face moisturizer and ones that cost hundreds of dollars? If it costs that much money, it has to be worth the investment, right?


I’ve been convinced for many years that for a beauty product to work, it has to be a splurge. I’ve saved up for trendy serums, lip plumpers that celebs swear by, and even face masks that are made of actual gold. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve probably spent on products that were just so-so, even though they promised to be the fountain of youth. I probably could have bought that designer bag I’ve been dreaming of for years (at least a few times!) if I had kept myself from pressing the “buy” button on my skincare shopping cart too many times.

In an attempt to be more mindful with my beauty spending without sacrificing my skin, I decided to do a little more research on what products are affordable and actually work. And I found that when it comes to anti-aging creams, Olay Regenerist Mico-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams (including one that’s a whopping $440!) according to a recent study by the Good Housekeeping Institute. I was completely floored. Olay’s cream only costs $26.99 so I knew I had to give it a try. Guess what?

The hype was totally justified.

I could see a difference immediately with Olay Regenerist Mico-Sculpting Cream. My skin looks plumped and dewy every time I use it. It definitely hydrates better than most anti-aging creams I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tested my fair share over the past few years!). I’m not alone: In Good Housekeeping Institute’s test, participants saw that Olay’s cream moisturized 400% better than a cream almost 18 times it’s price.

As for fighting wrinkles and fine lines, I can already see them beginning to soften. I’ve been integrating Olay Regenerist Mico-Sculpting Cream into my daily beauty routine both AM and PM, putting on a thick layer before bed to treat my fine lines and apply under my makeup each morning to keep my complexion hydrated and fresh. My skin is usually crazy dry, but Olay’s Regenerist cream doesn’t seem to quit!

Clearly, I’m a big fan of Olay Regenerist Mico-Sculpting Cream and had to share. It just goes to show that you don’t always need to spend the big bucks to find a product that actually works…and one that works better than you ever imagined!

I partnered with Olay on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own #ageless #ad.

June 26, 2017

Fourth of July Packing List

This post is brought to you in partnership with Skintimate® Shave Gel. All opinions are 100 percent my own.

And just like that, Fourth of July is nearly upon us! I normally stay in town for the holiday, enjoying a few leisurely days when the city empties out, but not this year! Ty and I are extending an engagement party in Connecticut to an impromptu New England vacation along the coast with a final stop in NYC to see friends and beauty colleagues. Whew! It’s one of those trips that requires strategic packing. First thing into the suitcase: Skintimate®!

I’m going to need flawless legs at all times for the chic and easy dresses I’ll be relying on to take me from day to night Skintimate® shave gel has been saving me all season from missing a spot (hello ankles and knees!), while keeping my skin looking healthy and hydrated. By mid-summer it’s so parched from the sun and heat, soap and water just won’t do.

I’ve switched to Skintimate® Dry Skin formula for its moisturizing lanolin and Vitamin E. Not only does the rich, creamy lather give me a smooth, nick-free shave but I can skip the lotion. That’s one less thing to pack!

I’m also bringing along a few essential summer accessories: a matte bronzing powder for a shimmer-free glow; nude nail polish and lippie; a gingham makeup bag that doubles as a clutch; sunnies and a wide-brimmed hat for the beach; a few sparklers to dress up any outfit; and my wedding planning binder. The countdown is on . . . Happy Fourth, friends, wherever the holiday takes you!

June 23, 2017

Have a Happy & Healing Friday!

Happy Friday, friends! I, for one, am glad it’s here. June has been a jam-packed month and I have a feeling that July is going to be even hotter. It’s the prefect weekend to stay close to home and bask in the glow of the new moon in Cancer. Astrologer Chani Nicholas has affirmations for making the most of this healing passage. No matter what your sign, expect flashes of insight on what kind of nourishment you need, emotionally and spiritually, that you haven’t been getting—or giving yourself. If you’re new to moon cycles, this guide from sstones is captures them beautifully:

Howling at the moon is always more effective when you’ve got a face mask going on. This easy blueberry-oatmeal-honey face mask from our friends at Prescribe Nutrition is exfoliating and hydrating. Also: did you know their 20-day program is now FREE?!

Prescribe also revealed their top foods for glowing skin. Go on, have another avocado.

But first, it’s Friday—have a cocktail! Charmingly Styled’s got two featuring rosé that made my heart beat a little faster:

Rose Blackberry Fizz

Rosemonade (yep, it’s a thing)

June 21, 2017

3 Healthy Lipsticks For Summer

3 Healthy Lipsticks to try for Summer: CRUNCHII, Honest and Nudus | Beauty Bets

Pink lipstick may not be my go-to shade (I’m kind of a red gal), but it just feels right to pull out the pink now that the Solstice has arrived. From delicate pinks that are barely there, to hues so bold we can’t help but stare, there’s a perfect shade for everyone. We took it one step further and kept our picks au natural so you can apply with abandon. Let’s paint our pouts and cheers to summer, shall we?

3 Healthy Lipsticks to try for Summer: CRUNCHII, Honest and Nudus | Beauty Bets

My current favorites are:

Nudus Lipstick in Ruby Rose is a bold raspberry pink, made with luxury oils, ayurvedic pigments and organic ingredients. The finish is creamy without looking flat or shiny. (This product is free from parabens, petro-chemicals, lanolin, hydrogenated oils, fd&c and lake dyes, nano-particles, gmo, pesticides and fungicides. Not tested on animals. Gluten free.)

Honest Beauty Lip Crayon in Peony Kiss is a bright, nearly baby pink without feeling too precious. The unique Demi-Matte formula feels silky smooth on the lips while looking nearly matte. (This product is made without: parabens, paraffins, silicones, talc, petrolatum, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances.)

Crunchi Date Night Lipgloss is a neutral, my-lips-but-better pink and is a wearable shade for all. The pigmentation is between a typical lipgloss and a liquid lipstick. It also has a beautiful vanilla scent. (this product is thoughtfully produced, consciously packaged, made with certified organic iangredients, vegetarian, gluten free, non-gmo, toxin free,cruelty free, andmade in the USA.)

June 15, 2017

The Best Bronzers For Every Skin Tone

This post originally ran in June 2015 but still holds true! These are the bronzers we reach for again and again. –Elizabeth

Bronzers are truly the easiest and fastest way to add a touch of sun. I know they scare the capris off some of you so let’s keep it super simple. I’ve done enough trial + error for the lot of us, as it were. These three are completely foolproof, as long as you choose the bronzer that’s best for your skin tone and don’t go overboard. No one want’s to look like Snookie. Okay, maybe I sort of do . . .


FAIR: You know who you are! And I know you’re the least likely to attempt bronzers but the one who will benefit most. That’s why I was thrilled to discover Clinique Sculptionary Defining Palette in Defining Nudes ($32). It’s PERFECT for pale people in terms of both the light shades you swirl together and the subtly pigmented formula. The rest of us can and should enjoy this gem in winter months when we need a little pick-me-up.

MEDIUM: This is the bronzer so many makeup artists reach for because it’s one of the only truly neutral shades on the market. Notice the cool undertone versus the usual orangey suspects on the market. A sure-thing regardless of whether you’re more pink or golden. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural ($40).

DARK: If you have more warmth to your skin, or are already tan or using a self-tanner (hola!), try BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in The High Dive ($24). This is a major bronzer and I love it for the matte finish and water resistant formula. Both are necessary when the humidity can cause makeup meltdown.

Now for the technique. Using a big powder brush, dust a little bit onto cheekbones, forehead, and the bridge of your nose. You don’t want to bronze your entire face or you’ll lose definition and feel like you’re wearing a mask. Once you’ve made sure to blend well, take a look. You can always add more but remember: you can’t take it away! 

  • 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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