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April 16, 2018

Spring Beauty Guide + Nordstrom Trend Show

Every New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom goes backstage to assess the biggest beauty trends and then brings this intel back for customers at the retailer’s Spring Beauty Trend Event. I’ve been to several over the years and they’re so much fun—what’s not to love about getting to see all of the season’s freshest trends up-close along with insider tips, runway shows, free samples, mini makeovers and demos, and GWPs?! You know you need to stock up on bronzer and sunblock anyway! And it’s FREE! To find and RSVP to a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event near you, click here. For a sneak-peek of all the trends, click here (hint: It’s all about luminous skin and hi-definition lips).

To whet your whistle, I’ve rounded up some of my own picks for spring below, all available at Nordstrom! 

Clockwise:  R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder ($36) – when the weather heats up, you need to up your dry shampoo game. Powder formulas like R+Co’s work overtime, especially when shaken in at the roots before bed! // Shiffa Jade Roller ($63) – Old as time yet suddenly all the rage, jade rollers stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and impart a natural glow. Jade is a healing stone and a symbol of purity and tranquility. I like to use them to apply my serum or a mask, to really help it absorb. // Kypris Antioxidant Dew ($72) – My new favorite treatment product for A.M. this refreshing serum hydrates, protects, and perfects with 26 natural active ingredients. Layer it under your favorite moisturizer for all-day dewiness. // Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow ($40) – The self-tanner you’ve been waiting for! One part hydrating mask, one part facial faux glow, this genius lotion works wonders while you sleep.  // RMS Beauty Lip Shine ($25) – An oldie but goodie lipgloss pot that I rediscover every spring. Moisturizing, sheer yet stay-put, all-natural and in the most soft, beautiful hues. // Arcona The Solution Pads ($50) – Here come the sun spots . . . and there they go if you use these exfoliating pads a few times a week. They also give skin that smooth, taut texture that only a peel can do! // Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara ($31.50) – Now that I’m off eyelash extensions (sniff), I’ve been experimenting with every kind of mascara I can get my hands on. Including what’s in my sister-in-law’s makeup bag. She swears by Trish and it’s definitely one is the most lengthening, glossiest, smudge-proof formula I’ve tried—and never heard of. // NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer ($40) – Across between a finishing powder and a bronzer, this newish invention from NARS is so light and lovely it’s made for bronzing beginners as well as this time of year when you don’t want to overdo it, snooki-style. // Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream ($22) – Sometimes, I just want to scrub my face. Like, really get in there. My roommate in college used this classic 20 years ago and a friend recently brought it along on a ski trip. Maybe it’s time I buy my own tube. // SuperGoop CC Cream ($32) – Trends come and go but CC cream is here to stay. This one’s my favorite of the bunch. Think of it as a tinted moisturizer with benefits—like SPF, a built-in primer, and pore smoothing skin diffusers.


April 14, 2017

Spring Fever

A full moon on Monday, Mercury in retro, a snowstorm mixed in there somewhere . . . I’m basically losing my mind. And taking a lot of baths. And breaking out. And eating ice cream?? If you’re feeling off or stuck or just plain funky, know that you are not alone. This is a weird energy, not YOU, and the best way to deal with it is to heal. Read Well + Good’s reasons why the retro is a good thing, then break out the journal, reflect on the stuff that’s coming up (I am sad about X, I hate my Y, I wish I could Z). You know the drill. It’s work but it’s also worth it. Because on the other side is freedom from whatever has been keeping you in a holding pattern. Also: try not to take it all so seriously. I know. I’m the WORST at this. But we have to get out of our heads sometimes and stop trying to save the world. So if I may, I’d like to head into the weekend with something light. Like panties. 

Ashley Barlow just through this Panty Party ($23) illustration up on Etsy and it is speaking to me. Can totally see this in a walk-in closet or girl powder room. The Sunny Side Up print is also super sweet and would look fab on an office gallery wall!

Another mood booster: Bobbi Brown’s new Havana Brights collection. So juicy. The Illuminating Cheek Palettes ($50) add a serious coral flush or shimmering bronze, making them super versatile (I always forget how handy a mixed-use palette can be). And the Art Stick Liquid Lip ($28), a sort of squeezable tube, has a creamy matte texture that stays put. Combined with the pops of color they are truly fresh for spring if you’re ready to put down the high-shine gloss.

Have you heard about Old Navy Rockstar Jeans?!  After years of being a slave to premium denim, I was unconvinced that anything under $150 was probably a waste of money. When you wear them every single day, jeans can make or break an outfit. But for months I’ve been hearing from everyone from budget bloggers to stylists friends that Old Navy Rockstars are everything—flattering, stay-put, don’t stretch—and, like $30. Or $17 if you can get them on sale. Here’s Annette at A Vintage Splendor rocking them while pregnant. After my girl Katie Jasper picked up three pairs last weekend (when was the last time you did that?), I got in my car and drove to Old Navy. And my god, everyone was right! The mid- and high-rise styles are such sweet relief if you are constantly pull up your waste, or afraid to bend over. And my thighs and butt have never looked better in a jean. l’m ordering a white pair right now.

Just when I snag a pair of New Balance for J.Crew sneakers, another color way comes out that trumps the last. Like this khaki + pink number that is so soft, so subtle it would make everything in my closet look sporty. Does this story sound familiar?! Also: does it count if they’re on sale? Right this way . . .

Speaking of sales, the Shopbop Event of the Season has been extended to until 11:59pm PST Sunday, April 14. All the more time to stock up on sandals! I basically wear whatever Grace Atwood tells me, and she’s had the Joie Banji Sandals on repeat. I love that they can hang with little red dress AND that pair of distressed jeans. My kind of shoe—and girl!

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


  • 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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