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June 23, 2015

#FauxGlowWeek Giveaway: Aesthetica Contouring Palette + Brush

Enter to win our favorite contouring kit + double-ended brush!

Not long ago we shared this awesome before & after featuring the Aesthetica Contouring Palette. It’s one of our favorite ways to fake higher cheekbones and a summer glow, and now it’s even easier to apply thanks to a fancy new brush. The angled fibers help create a sculpted look, while the alternate ends offers powerful buffing and blending.


In honor of #FauxFlowWeek the folks over at Aesthetica have offered to giveaway a Contouring Palette and Double-Ended Brush to one lucky BB reader. Enter below, contest will end on June 29th! Best of luck!

Contest is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older only.

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June 10, 2015

8 Summer Beauty Steals for Under $5


Summer isn’t even here yet and our lovely friends at Sally Beauty are having a flash sale to help you stock up on the season’s essentials. From June 9-11, get thee to a store near you or shop online for 50% off select beauty must-haves. I’m all about all-American face for summer: glowing protected (!) skin, a dash of eye-brightening navy for day AND night, and a nude on lip. Don’t forget to pop a few flares into the corners of your lash line for a little Brigitte Bardot glam. Individual lashes are SO easy you’ll never leave the house without them once you get the hang of it. Here’s your shopping list—everything is under five dollars! You’re welcome.

Get Rosy Lip & Cheek Stain ($4.99) // 2. Femme Couture Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($3.99) // 3. Femme Couture Smokin’ Eye Shadow Crayon in Marine ($2.99) // 4. Femme Couture Lightning Lash Mascara ($3.99) // 5. Femme Couture Velvet Eye Color in Velvet Pearl ($2.99) // 6. Paladio Herbal Lip Slix in Champagne ($3.99) // 7. Andrea Perma Lash Flair Kit ($2.99) // 8. Get Luminous Face & Body Luminizer ($4.99)

April 1, 2015

Spring Beauty Steals for Under $10

Spring Beauty Steals: fabulous products under $10 to brighten your beauty routine for spring!One of my goals this year is to flex my drugstore beauty chops. Sometimes out of sheer habit I forget that there are amazing beauty deals out there and I only have to pop into Sally Beauty to be reminded! In my first foray into spring makeup I nabbed all seven of these goodies for less than $50. Do you know what that would buy you at the department store beauty counter?! This particular look is one of my favorites: an all-American combination of navy eye (trust me), a peachy-nude lip, lightly bronzed skin, and coral nails. It’s nautical with a glamorous finish. Just add yacht or backyard cocktail party! While you’re getting your spring on, pop some popcorn + tune into Younger, a witty new show on TV Land that just goes to show we are ALL young at heart. Catch it Tuesdays at 10/9 Central!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Collins Ave. ($9.49) is the perfect poppy pink-red that I plan to wear on both my fingers and toes.

For a fresh twist on the smoky eye for spring and summer, swap out gray for navy. It’s more playful and really makes eyes pop. Smudge the top lash line with Smokin’ Eye Shadow Crayon in Marine ($4.89). This creamy pencil adds emphasis and really makes eyes pop. Then, apply Real Colors Matte Shadow in Midnight Express ($4.49) over your whole lid, taking it just above the crease.

No smoky eye would be complete without a nude lip! Super Juices lip gloss in Champagne ($4.99) is beautiful on its own and adds a pop of playful shine to your favorite nude lipstick for night. If you’re feeling really daring, try Femme Couture Shiny Crayon in Flushed ($5.99). This juicy hue can be dabbed on like a tinted balm or layered for when you want a more dramatic punch. Don’t you just love a good crayon?

It’s never too soon to start dusting on the bronzer! A little glow will get you in the spring spirit. I like Real Colors Bask Illuminating Bronzer ($9.99) because it’s so hard to find a non-orangey shade for paler skin. This one is golden and the perfect transitional shade. Buff it into cheeks, across forehead, nose and chin using Face Secrets Kabuki Brush ($7.99), which makes for a flawless, even finish.

Note to self: Sally Beauty is partnering with Younger on TV Land Tuesdays at 10/9 Central for the Tune In To A Younger You Sweepstakes, where one $100 gift card to Sally Beauty will be award daily from April 1 – 30, 2015. Enter online at OR enter in-store automatically with every purchase at Sally Beauty using your loyalty card


March 10, 2015

It’s Never Too Soon for Self Tanner

In the fall, you practically have to pry the self-tanner from my hands before I’m willing to embrace the pale. So now that spring (or at least spring break) is within sight, I’m ready to go. Bring on the bronze! I’ve been testing out a few new finds in preparation and Sally Beauty’s Tanwise line has already risen to the top.

tanwise group

Doesn’t the clean packaging alone make you want to line your bathroom shelf with the stuff? I’ve tried dozens of self-tanner formulas but always come back to the ones that are easy to use, produce the most naturally golden glow, and actually smell nice (there are some doozies out there). Tanwise’s Sunless Tanning Lotion ($10.99) does all that, moisturizes with coconut oil, AND develops beautifully in just three hours. That, my friends, is spring break on demand.

tanwise face

My favorite from the line, however, is the Self-Tanning Face Gel ($6.99). I’ve found that gels in general work best and this one does not disappoint. Tinted to ensure even application, it’s ideal for all skin types because you can layer under your moisturizer and/or makeup. Use it in the evening and you’ll wake up with a totally believable bronze glow. Who needs spring?

The Tanwise line is available year-round at While you’re shopping, check out more award-wining beautiful finds at beautiful prices, hand-picked by my fellow beauty bloggers!

January 21, 2015

Channeling Kim Kardashian: Aesthetica Contouring Kit


Contouring is one of those things that most of us are scared to try….but once we do we have a hard time living without it. I’m not talking about the Kim K type of contouring, that stuff is for photoshoots and magazine covers. But we can all learn to appreciate a bit of natural, everyday contouring and I’ve found that the Contouring Kit from Aesthetica ($60) makes it super simple. The Aesthetica Contouring Kit comes with six colors for contouring + highlighting as well as super simple instructions for how the shading should be placed depending on your face shape and what you want to accomplish. Don’t worry, not all six shades go on your face! You simply test them out to determine which shades create the most flattering, natural effect on your face, then consult the diagram below to determine where the color should be applied.


I love the dark bronze shade in the lower right of the palette (I’m already wearing a hole in mine!) it’s the perfect matte brown that pops cheekbones while adding a healthy glow. As the diagram suggested, I applied this color all the sides of my face in the shapes of a “3” and backwards “3” and lightly along the sides of my nose using an angled brush. Then I used my favorite fan brush to lightly apply the highlighter (I like the top middle highlighter) to the center of my nose, the arches of my brows, and lightly in the center of my forehead. I think the before/after photo speaks for itself, my face has so much more dimension!

Contouring should help bring a healthy glow of color back into your skin without looking caked on or overwhelming, this palette definitely takes the guesswork out of the entire process and I’m excited to share a special offer with you from Aesthetica. Now through Valentine’s Day (gift to yourself? gift to your girlfriends?) you can get 50% off your entire order at Aesthetica with code BB50 at checkout. Hustle over, because if the Contouring Kit is sold out it’s probably my fault.

  • 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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