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 Seasonhas 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!
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!
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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.
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!
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 Youngeron 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 SallyBeauty.com/Younger OR enter in-store automatically with every purchase at Sally Beauty using your loyalty card
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.
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.
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 SallyBeauty.com. While you’re shopping, check out more award-wining beautiful finds at beautiful prices, hand-picked by my fellow beauty bloggers!
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.