March 10, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

July 24, 2014

Lauren of La Petite Fashionista


Back in the day, when Beauty Bets was young and sunspot-free, I regularly featured our friends and fellow bloggers. It was so much fun to have a peek inside their makeup bags, and even more fun to support these amazing women. I’ve been missing that community thing for awhile so, thanks to Maya’s encouragement, we are hereby reinstating our Real Beauty column. First up, the lovely Lauren of La Petite Fashionista spilling her pink picks, plus how she maintains that sun-kissed glow while living in the Midwest! Isn’t she ADORABLE?

(clockwise)  BareMinerals Blush in Aphrodisiac – This is the perfect light pink shade for highlighting cheeks. // BareMinerals Ready Powder Bronzer – I love having more of a glow in the summertime. Growing up in Florida is definitely responsible for this! This feels light and not too caked on. // Buxom Lashes – Some people have gorgeous full lashes. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people! This mascara is one of the only products that makes them feel long & luscious. // Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette – I’m obsessed with this palette. The shades can easily take you from day to night. I even use the darkest colorway as eyeliner with an angled eye brush.  // Maybelline ColorSensation Lipcolor in Fuchsia Flash – I love bright pink lips! This is a gorgeous pop of color when I want to go for statement lips!  // Urban Decay “Naked” BB Cream – Works wonders for making make-up stay on all day long and gives it a smooth appearance. // Essie Mod Squad – I told y’all, I have a thing for pink! This is the most perfect of pinks. // Not Your Mother Beach Babe Texturizing Spray – I’m totally low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I love beachy, surfer girl waves. A couple of spritzes and voila: instant summer hair!  // MoroccanOil – Seriously moisturizing & seems to magically repair hair that’s taken a beating from blowdrying and curling irons.


May 21, 2014

Multi-Tasking Summer Beauty Finds


It’s that time of year: The sun is shining but I’m holed up inside with a blanket, bottle of Pinot and a remote, glued to the TV for season finales. I’ve screamed my way through the finale episode of Scandal, sobbed through Grey’s, and am now preparing for the Modern Family wedding and whatever maddening surprises await us on Mad Men. During these marathons, I tend to stay up way too late, making a multi-tasking morning beauty routine all the more essential.


I’ve rediscoverd CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation ($10), a drugstore darling that’s been smartly reformulated to give skin for more flexible and forgiving coverage if, like me, you vacillate between varying degrees of faux glow all summer. I also appreciate that it’s oil-free but leaves me looking fresh-faced.

PG-BronzerAnother multitasking must: the new CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector in Sunkisser ($11). I’m normally such a powder bronzer person, but this sheet balm is the bomb dot com. I love wearing it alone if I’m having a really good skin day, or swiped on top of foundation along cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of my nose for a sheer, natural-looking sun-kissed look.

PG-hairsprayVidal Sassoon ColorFinity Hairspray ($4) has the lift and staying power of a Betty Draper-sized bouffant, providing extra-strong hold for up to 24 hours without being sticky weighing hair down. It also keeps the humidity, the bane of my hair existence, at bay. Do tell: What beauty multi-taskers have you discovered this season?

This post brought to you by P&G but, as always, all opinions are my own.


January 15, 2014

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Collection


Ummmmm, what? Just when I find myself stifling a yawn over Katie and her collab with Bobbi she goes and looks like this. Glow doesn’t really cover it, does it? I want to reach through my MacBook and caress her dewy, cloud-like softness. I am, in fact, blinded by the etherealness of it all. If I had to guess, those gorgeous Brightening Finishing Powders ($50) are the key to this look, followed by that shimmering, taupe-y Lip Sheer in Pink Gold ($25). Just what we need to make it through until spring!

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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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