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February 17, 2017

Eyebrow Microblading Review

Undercover Beauty: one of our beauty experts undergoes her first Eyebrow Microblading appointment to help shape and fill in her brows!

When I was in second grade I stood in the entryway of my house and shaved my eyebrows off with a pink Bic razor. I can literally remember the entire process of carefully thinning and shaping my brows, just like my mom and sister (for some reason I thought that’s what razors were for, nbd) and eventually got to a point of no return…my brows just got thinner and further apart until eventually I just shaved them off entirely and put on a hat.

Props to my mom who somehow managed to not obnoxiously laugh (or cry) in my face when she saw what I’d done, and also to my second grade teacher who let me wear a hat for the next two weeks.

And that, my friends, is where my story with eyebrows begins. Over the past 31 years they’ve been shaved off, over-plucked, cursed at, tinted, subjected to $8 wax jobs and then, thank god, totally rehabbed. They’ve come a long way, and I love where they are at now thanks to my eyebrow coach, Buttercup Beauty, who has spent the past 6 months swatting my hands away from the tweezer and lovingly whipping my brows back into shape. The first time she tinted, shaped and filled my brows nearly brought me to tears. I really had no idea the magic that a true brow technician can work (this is the part where I tell you that if you’re still paying your hair stylist $8 to wax your brows you need to upgrade that routine, stat). Before Microblading

Here’s where I’m at currently with my brows. On the left are my brows totally bare. Mind you that they haven’t been touched by Kylene in a good six weeks, so normally I’d have them tinted and shaped and they’d look a little better naturally. On the right is my regular day-to-day look, with a bit of brow powder added to fill them in and enhance the shape.

When Kylene got certified in Microblading I knew I’d be enthusiastically trusting her with my face! I’m excited to see what a little microblading can do to further fill in some of the spots that we haven’t been able to fix through regrowing or tinting.  I have a small scar in my left brow where hair doesn’t grow and an unruly arch that never matches the other, and although my brows are pretty thick at the beginning, they get sparse on the ends. These are things that microblading can help correct. So, now that you know why I’m opting to try microblading, let me tell you more about what it is!

Microblading is, in essence, tattooed eyebrows. But girl, these aren’t your mama’s tattooed brows! Erase that visual from your mind. Microblading, when done by a properly trained technician, is really more of an art form, where they carefully sculpt your brows using tiny, microscopic strokes. The initial appointment takes 2-3 hours and cost can range from $400-$1500 depending on where you go and the level of expertise of your technician. Careful placement and shading yields a very natural 3D effect and after a healing period and a touch-up appointment you get to wake up every day with perfect brows.  Just look at some of these before and afters!

Microblading Before and Afters by Buttercup Beauty

So, today’s the day that I go in for my first appointment for Microblading. Afterwards there’ll be a 1-week healing period where I have to keep my brows moisturized and avoid sweating, swimming, washing them, etc. After that I’ll wait another 4-6 weeks and then pop back into Buttercup Beauty for a touch-up appointment.

Horrified? Interested? Just really curious to see how this all goes down? Pop over to my Instagram Story, where I’ll be posting throughout the day with live updates on the procedure as well as the recovering over the next week! Check back in about 6 weeks for my final before and after!

 

 

February 15, 2017

Review: Function of Beauty

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In an age of subscription services that want to command your mailbox once a month with dozens of new products, businesses are hoping to stand out by offering personalized products specifically developed or formulated for your needs. One of these is Function Of Beauty. Answer just a few questions through the company’s virtual hair quiz about your hair type, texture, and goals, and a chemist will custom-make a set of shampoo + conditioner just for you. You even get to choose the color + scent (probably my favorite part) along with a personalized message for the bottles. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the formula should help you reach your personal hair goals by targeting concerns such as dryness, growth, color protection + more.

After realizing I was sensitive to sulfates (aren’t we all?) I began my search for the best sulfate-free shampoos. I’m happy to report that I’ve found many options that perform just as well as their conventional counterparts, Function of Beauty included. The company’s blends are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan!

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I loved my experience with Function of Beauty so much that I zoomed through my first two bottles and was putting a dent in my second set before I remembered to pause, review, and take some photos. Anyone who has switched to sulfate-free shampoo will tell you that it takes some getting used to. Sulfates, after all, are what make shampoo lather and bubble, so cleaning your hair with a sulfate-free formula is a different experience that can take some practice.

A word about sulfate-free shampoos: Think of them as something that is going to absorb all the oil off your scalp and hair, and help you transfer the oil to the area of your hair where you want it (your ends!). Traditional shampoo tends to pick the oils up and remove them from your head altogether when you rinse out the shampoo, but a sulfate-free shampoo should pick the oil up from your roots and disperse it throughout your hair, so that you still benefit from those beneficial oils. A rookie will massage sulfate-free shampoo into their scalp, rinse it off, and be furious when they blow dry their hair only to find their roots oily and heavy. Take the time to massage the sulfate-free formula into your roots to lift up and absorb the oil, then continue to work it throughout your hair all the way to the ends. Follow up by rinsing hair with conditioner and get ready to love your locks.

After several weeks of keeping the natural oils on your hair, you’ll notice a difference in the overall health. I feel like my hair has more natural shine and I love the added body created by having hair that isn’t squeaky clean. Leaving some of those natural oils not only benefit the health of your hair, but they also help add amazing lift!

Have you tried a sulfate-free shampoo like Function of Beauty? Will you add it to your ever-growing list of monthly subscriptions? 

February 13, 2017

ep. 2: Katie Jasper, Prescribe Nutrition

 

We all need healing, whether from a broken heart or a chronic health condition. Join self-help obsessed writer and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn, on a weekly spirit journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. These modern-day healers will change the way you view the universe—and your ability to heal yourself.

We are inundated with diets, detoxes and juice cleanses. But what we aren’t talking about is our relationship with food. How we it to self-medicate while it’s also the very thing that’s making us sick. Katie Jasper is a functional nutritionist, recovering anorexic and the co-founder of Prescribe Nutrition, whose mission is to help us feel better. It’s less complicated than you might think, but it starts with tuning in to the thing you’ve been neglecting: you. Other highlights from the episode: the booze blues, yeast infections, and the one thing we should stop eating. Katie was in the throes of a sinus infection when she joined me in-studio, a reminder that our bodies are always telling us what they need—and when to slow down.


NOTES FROM THE SHOW

Prescribe Nutrition
Whole 30
A Month Without Sugar (The New York Times)
The Insidious Yeast Infection We All Have and How to Treat it (GOOP)

Thank you so much for listening! If you loved this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes or share #healerswanted with your friends on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. Are you a healer who’d like to appear on our show or a business interested in sponsoring an episode? E-mail elizabeth@beautybets.com for more information.

 

February 8, 2017

A New Red Lippie to Love

Since my somewhat-obsessive quest a few years ago for the perfect red lipstick, I’ve been the unofficial spokesgirl for Bobbi Brown’s Lady Ruba. I carry a tube in every bag so I can make friends and near-strangers try it on. It seriously looks good on everyone. Since then, the limited edition shade has been discontinued (there’s always ebay!) and I have returned to trying on all of the new reds that land on my doorstep. And I’m so glad I did because NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita had me at hello.

First there’s the red on red on red packaging. Even the box is red. And that tube is heavy and luxe and a scandal unto itself. Then there’s the shade: not too pink, not too orange, and not too brown. This is the ONLY true red I’ve ever encountered. I know that’s dependent on your hair + skin tone, but I also made my blonde-hair-blue-eyed photog swipe it on and it stayed true on her, too. Finally, there’s the formula: rich and creamy with a hint of shine but pigmented enough to stay put. I usually apply, blot, then re-apply to really set it.

I’ll still be breaking out the more retro Lady Ruba come summer, but for now—and definitely for Valentine’s Day—NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita has a special place my heart. Just look at that toothy grin! Curious what other lipsticks you’re loving right now?

photos: Eliesa Johnson

February 6, 2017

ep 1: Stephanie Gailing, Astrologer

We all need healing, whether from a broken heart or a chronic health condition. Join self-help obsessed writer and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn, on a weekly spirit journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. These modern-day healers will change the way you view the universe—and your ability to heal yourself.

Welcome to Healers! I’m over the moon to kick off our very first episode with Stephanie Gailing. Stephanie isn’t your average astrologer. The Cornell and NYU educated healer has stellar insights that will change not only the way you read your horoscope, but how to apply what’s happening up there to your life down here. After this episode, you’ll know how to survive and thrive in 2017—regardless of who you voted for. You’ll also be prepared for Venus, who goes retrograde in March.


NOTES FROM THE SHOW

Stephanie Gailing
—Book a Stellar Guidance Session
Mercury Retrograde Mist
Stellar Kids book

Thank you so much for listening! If you loved this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes or share #healerswanted with your friends on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. Are you a healer who’d like to appear on our show or a business interested in sponsoring an episode? E-mail elizabeth@beautybets.com for more information.

Photo credit: Lou Daprile

 

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    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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