January 7, 2013
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The Best of Beauty 2012

Late! I’ve been so busy with my detox and finding new + exciting things to do with KALE that this list didn’t come together quite as timely as I’d hoped. But the best of the best don’t expire! I give you my absolute most favorite, life-changing products of 2012. What were yours?

Skincare obsession: Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads: If I have a big event. If my skin is PMS-dull. If I’m traveling with TSA-approved products. This is the treatment I reach for time and time again. It leaves my face smooth, shiny and taut—just like post professional peel. And it takes, like, 60 seconds. I’m sort of at a loss for words!

Haircare: We’re all enamored with Aveda’s new Invati line, which Danielle credits for her epic hair regrowth. I just appreciate how thick and full and healthy my hair feels when I use the shampoo and conditioner. Addictive Aveda scent included.

Mind-blowing makeup: Most BB creams are made for girls with oily skin, which I am not. So it was with skepticism that I tried Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream. Result: totally glow-y skin that stayed that way all day. The secret is in a sheer yet waterproof finish, and the bonus is SPF 25.

Red lipstick: My search for the perfect matte, not too orange, not too pink red lipstick officially ended. Behold: MAC Ruby Woo.

Sun Protection: It’s about time, people. A broad-spectrum, mineral facial sunblock that has it all: high SPF, water-resistant, paraben-free, residue-free, faintly tinted to (no, really) match all skin tones. Ladies and gentlemen, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50!

Handiest tool: Have we talked about Q-tips? I mean, really talked about them? I can’t live without. And if I accidentally travel without, it’s the first call I make to the front desk. For my Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner just doesn’t come off without a Q-tip or look as nearly as neat without ye old cotton swab. The new Q-tips Precision Tips make all this and more wildly more enjoyable and definitely more precise. (Total Beauty editor agree so I can’t be too cray cray)

Nail polish: Butter London anything. One coat often does the trick and stays put. Plus, the chemical-free hues keep getting better (currently obsessed: Royal Navy).

Surprise hit: DevaCurl Flexible Hold Hairspray. The only hairspray I’ve ever written about, because it’s the only one that keeps a blow-out fresh and waves in place all day—without that awful sticky, crunchy nonsense—AND doubles as a root booster in a pinch. Don’t even get me going on the lavendar scent . . .


 

December 2, 2012
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Holiday Gift Guides 2012

Hello lovelies and hello December! It’s high time we got the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide party started. You can look forward to plenty of pretty ideas sprinkled throughout our usual posts, plus more inspiration on our holiday Pinterest board. Time is running out to scoop up one of my personal favorites:

The limited edition butter LONDON and goop lacquer set ($36). This brilliant trifecta of bespoke non-toxic lacquer includes an edgy moss, a vampy red and the perfect true nude to carry you through the soiree season. It’s available exclusively as part of The goop Collection on goop.com. Might have to keep this one for myself!

March 27, 2012
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Big Deal: Butter London

A deal on Butter London is right up there with a deal on premium denim or designer handbags. It just doesn’t happen. But I recently discovered that The Best Polish I’ve Ever Used offers its Tops and Tails set for only $25 (a $36 value). Included in that pretty box: Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, which keeps color in place and also looks like a cool, creamy neutral on its own; and Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat, a fast-drying, ultra-glossy finish. Butter London lacquers are shiny and stay-put on their own, so I can only imagine what this pair can do for my mani. The best part: All of the brand’s formula’s are free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.

November 23, 2011
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Beauty Bets: Black Friday Edition

Surprise, surprise—I don’t do Black Friday. Never have, probably never will. I like to shop on Tuesdays, at 10 am, when it’s just me and a bunch of marked-down, freshly folded merchandise. But here we are, less than two days before THE day, and I just know that some of you are plotting your routes, setting out your cute-but-comfortable flats, and filling up your water bottles. So I peeked at the sales, and I jotted down a few that are, admittedly, kind of amazing—including my own. Yes, I’m just full of contradictions. Blame it on Mercury being in retrograde.

Arcona
November 25
An INSANE 40% off all purchases of $100 or more, plus free shipping on all orders $200 or more. If I had to use one skincare line for the rest of my life, this would be it. And it NEVER goes on sale.
Enter code ‘black’ to receive discount

Bloom.com
November 29
I had never heard of this “social” beauty site, but on Cyber Monday you’ll receive 40% back on all purchases, in the form of BloomDollars that can be used toward future purchases. Unlike many big retailers, there are no brand or product exclusions, and the list includes both drugstore and high-end lines so it’s definitely worth taking a gander. Also, free shipping on purchases of $49 or more.

By Elizabeth Dehn
November 24–27
BOGO 50% off the Serum! One for you, one for someone else who deserves super dewy skin. Truly magical stuff.
Discount automatically applied at checkout

Butter LONDON
November 28–30
A whopping 30% site-wide discount on the most divine lacquers, like my beloved Yummy Mummy.
Enter CELEBRATE11 at checkout

Bobbi Brown
November 22–29
Free standard shipping on all orders + 3 Best-Selling Treats. I’ll be picking up a new pot of longwear gel eyeliner in espresso ink. It draws the cleanest, prettiest line.
Enter HAPPY12 at checkout
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November 23, 2011

Beauty Bets: Black Friday Edition

Surprise, surprise—I don’t do Black Friday. Never have, probably never will. I like to shop on Tuesdays, at 10 am, when it’s just me and a bunch of marked-down, freshly folded merchandise. But here we are, less than two days before THE day, and I just know that some of you are plotting your routes, setting out your cute-but-comfortable flats, and filling up your water bottles. So I peeked at the sales, and I jotted down a few that are, admittedly, kind of amazing—including my own. Yes, I’m just full of contradictions. Blame it on Mercury being in retrograde.

Arcona
November 25
An INSANE 40% off all purchases of $100 or more, plus free shipping on all orders $200 or more. If I had to use one skincare line for the rest of my life, this would be it. And it NEVER goes on sale.
Enter code ‘black’ to receive discount

Bloom.com
November 29
I had never heard of this “social” beauty site, but on Cyber Monday you’ll receive 40% back on all purchases, in the form of BloomDollars that can be used toward future purchases. Unlike many big retailers, there are no brand or product exclusions, and the list includes both drugstore and high-end lines so it’s definitely worth taking a gander. Also, free shipping on purchases of $49 or more.

By Elizabeth Dehn
November 24–27
BOGO 50% off the Serum! One for you, one for someone else who deserves super dewy skin. Truly magical stuff.
Discount automatically applied at checkout

Butter LONDON
November 28–30
A whopping 30% site-wide discount on the most divine lacquers, like my beloved Yummy Mummy.
Enter CELEBRATE11 at checkout

Bobbi Brown
November 22–29
Free standard shipping on all orders + 3 Best-Selling Treats. I’ll be picking up a new pot of longwear gel eyeliner in espresso ink. It draws the cleanest, prettiest line.
Enter HAPPY12 at checkout
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    Hello lovelies! I'm Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty writer + lifestyle editor who's equally fanatical about lip gloss as juice cleansing. I live in Minneapolis with Mr. Bets and our white lab, Molly Thomas.

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