August 1, 2014

Summer Beauty Shortcuts + Giveaway!  

PG-foundation Just when I think I know almost everything there is to know about beauty products, something comes along and completely surprises me. I had been to Sally Beauty back in high school, for my favorite Queen Helene Mint Julep mask, but knew from our resident Beauty Thrifter and Sally die-hard, Meghan, that it was time to re-acquaint myself. You guys. We have been missing out! Sally Beauty carries everything you need for a spa day at home (foot detox, anyone?), legit dupes of high-end haircare lines, and professional mani/pedi supplies galore (I’m dying to try this cuticle remover!). It was a revelation. Or a shopping spree. I came home with this haul and life has been easier ever since—especially because during the month of August you’ll receive a FREE tote bag when you buy $45 worth of product at Sally Beauty. I’ve been using my gold one for weekend jaunts to the farmer’s market! sallybeautysummerproducts (clockwise) Power IQ Round Wood Brush ($5) – A round brush is essential for achieving a proper blow-out at home. The combination of bristles and sturdy wooden handle (hard to beat for the price!) makes for easy wielding through all hair types. // Femme Couture Super Juicies in Creamy Pink ($5) – The perfect pale pink gloss. Dab on a little for a neutral daytime shine or layer on over your favorite nude lipstick and pair with a smoky for one of summer’s favorite looks. // Ardell Individual Flares ($5) – Once you get the hang of individual lashes, you’ll want to wear them every day. Ardell’s are super-natural looking, especially in the short length. Apply just in the corners for a subtly glamorous, eye-opening effect. // Miracle 7 Finishing Spray ($11) – I rarely meet a hairspray that I love (who wants sticky, crunchy strands?!), but this one sealed the deal when it kept my hair smooth and frizz-free on a humid day. Miracle indeed. // Vintage Glam Texturizing Powder ($8) – One part dry shampoo, one part volumizer, this magical powder in the pretty canister gives my long, fine hair instant lift when rubbed in at the roots.//Femme Mattifying Powder ($11) – I like dewy skin as much as the next girl, but only when it’s well placed. Worn alone or over tinted moisturizer, a dusting of this translucent powder on the t-zone keeps skin flawless for hours. So good, right?

Sally Beauty is hooking up one BB reader with her very own $45 shopping spree, with personalized recommendations from yours truly. Simply leave your name and why you are in need of a virtual makeover in the comments below! 
P.S. Sally Beauty is hosting a Pinterest contest! Five Prize Winners will receive a $45 Sally Beauty gift card! To enter:

- Follow Sally Beauty on Pinterest
– Create your “Sally Beauty Boho” board
– Repin the contest image
– Add $45 worth of product from to your “Sally Beauty Boho” board
– Email Pinterest board to by August 29, 2014

Contest live through August 29, 2014. Visit Sally Beauty for official rules.  

June 25, 2014

Have a Beautiful Summer!

SummerBeauty Summer has officially arrived! Before it passes us by (as it is wont to do), get out there and soak it up right with our summer beauty rules to live by:

1. Include an SPF in your daily beauty routine. Keep skin looking it’s best by applying an SPF moisturizer to your face every day. This summer I’ve been loving Bare Minerals SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizer ($30).

2. Declare “no shower day” at least one day per week. Give you hair—and hot tools—a break and use dry shampoo instead. Our favorite tip: spritz into roots at night, wake up with cleanish hair!

3. Ditch the lotion and switch to a body serum. If you’ve never used a body serum or oil, then you’ve never known true hydration. Body oils moisturize deeply and leave skin soft, dewy and lightly scented. Naturally we love  One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil ($58)and the new Gardenia Body Serum ($39).

4. Spend less time blow-drying and embrace fun accessories, braids, and hats. Both Forever21 and H&M overfloweth with cute and affordable hats, wraps, turbands and headbands.

5. Stay hydrated, especially when in the sun or at an outdoor event. If you struggle to get in enough water, try flavoring it with watermelon, pineapple, mint, basil, berries or citrus fruits!

6. Take advantage of the season’s locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits. They’re good for your glow! Locate your nearest farmer’s market and stock up on your weekly produce there to not only help your diet, but help you glow from the inside out!


P.S. We never get tired of a maxi dress or this orange + pink combo!


June 8, 2014
beach style

Packing List: The Southern Shore

beach style

Hallelujah I am off to the beach! This is a vaca in the truest sense of the word: eight days with the people who know + love me best on an island off the coast of North Carolina, a state where my soul always feels right at home. Kings of Leon Back Down South is queued up on the iPod and my belly is ready for BBQ and seafood. Shopping was an adventure since I haven’t worn a bikini since, oh, 2005, but I got a spray tan, a stack of magazines, and a month’s supply of sunscreen on my side. I also brought along a few laid-back seaside essentials that I’m excited to have a chance to break out. And yes, I’m checking my luggage!

beach-packing-list1. Just the right about of prep, that’s how I feel about Tortoiseshell, plus these Rowley Eyewear No. 3 ($109) shades offer more coverage than my Ray Bans.  //2. Earth Tu Face Rosemary + Salt Body Lotion ($38) smells like the ocean at dusk, when it’s cooled down a bit. Herbaceous and invigorating. //3. I never met a clutch or a stripe I didn’t like. BeautyCounter’s ($30) canvas pouch goes perfectly with my entire suitcase!  //4. When I really want to treat myself (or pretend I belong in St. Tropez), I break out the Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse ($43). This one has SPF and something fancy called Mirabelle oil so you can rationalize the investment.  //5. In case you blinked and missed it, Bobbi Brown came out with a Nectar + Nude collection this spring that is off the charts, particularly the pale peach and pink lip glosses ($25) that set off a faux tan beautifully.  //6. I have been waiting for the day when One Love Organics would dabble in haircare, but this all-natural, gardenia-scented dry shampoo (coming June 16!) and its handy travel size are more than I could’ve hoped for.  //7.  It took about 72 bikini try-ons but I finally landed on a navy combo from J.Crew. Classic and practical.  //8. No more face in the sun for this girl. Was thrilled to stumble upon this big, floppy, boho number at Target ($15).  //9. Between my hat, sunglasses and Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43, which beats out any BB or CC cream for being water-resistant, my skin will be amply protected and near flawless.

February 20, 2013

Win a Trip to Fall NYFW!

NYFW may have come to an end, but now’s your chance to get in on the fall shows! During the month of February, when you buy two TRESemmé products at Walgreens (I recommend the Fresh Start Dry Shampoo), you’ll receive a code to enter here for a chance to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The grand prize includes:

  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week access
  • Round trip airfare for two
  • Hotel stay for 3 nights/4 days
  • $1,000 spending money (hey now)
  • Gift card to a New York salon
  • 20 first prize winners will also receive $250 Walgreens gift cards (yes, please)

Although we can’t all be winners, behind-the-scenes videos are the next-best thing. I lose hours, slack-jawed, watching these—especially the beauty ones. Forget the outfit changes, I don’t know how the stylists turn out the seemingly endless parade of updos.

I’m loving the sweet buns with a retro twists for spring. They’re that perfect combo of romantic and modern. Just add an orange-red lip and flirty dress.

Any spring beauty trends you’re looking forward to? Until then, get thee to a Walgreens, snap up two TRESemmé products, and head on over here to enter. Good luck!


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August 13, 2012

A New Use for Blotting Paper

I don’t know where I read this—Lucky or Elle—but I like it: Swipe your scalp with a sheet of blotting paper to soak up oil and freshen up your ‘do without shampooing. I doubt this technique is as powerful as dumping in dry shampoo, but for primping in a pinch it’s brillz. If you don’t already keep blotting paper in your clutch or makeup bag, I implore you to pick up a pack. Tatcha ($12) makes my favorite because they don’t leave behind a powdery finish, but if you’re extra-shiny try Sonia Kashuk Matte Blotting Papers ($7).

Any other dry shampoo alternatives we need to know about?

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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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