February 26, 2013

Can’t Live Without My Key Pieces

Remember my hair extensions? When I first got them back in August at The Beauty Room, it was the closest thing to bombshell hair I’ll ever have. But even with only about 20 ‘key pieces’ (Mi Shaun has a way with words), my round brush would get snagged on them, making a proper blowout virtually impossible. Also, despite shamelessly flaunting a full set of lash extensions, I prefer the hair on my head to feel and look like my own—only better. So Mi Shaun has me down to about a dozen extensions total, concentrated around my face where hair tends to thin out thanks to those pesky ears. Here’s what they look like before getting cut to size.

And here’s what they look like after. I only take photos of myself in bathrooms that have pretty, flocked wallpaper that coordinates with my outfit, BTW. But seriously, a few key pieces go a long way to creating a fuller look. And these last a good four months, cost a reasonable $100-$150, and haven’t damaged my hair in the least. I told Mi Shaun to keep a box of them in back with my name on it, but I’m happy to share.



December 16, 2012

Holiday Makeup for Nerdy Glasses

When I was younger, braces (and paper-clip retainers) were way cooler than glasses. Now I can’t get enough of them—the bigger and nerdier the better. I am definitely not cool enough for the Vesper from Lookmatic but after trying them on virtually using Lookmatic’s nifty preview tool, it was all over. Now I’m experimenting with how to wear them while gussied up up for holiday parties. The thing about glasses like these is that they can take over your face if you don’t accentuate it with the right makeup. In the case of the Vesper, more is definitely more:

 For office parties, the theater and black-tie affairs I’m partial to a classic red-lip look. Throw out the rule about focusing on just one feature and play up your eyes, too, so they don’t disappear. 

1. My go-to retro red, MAC Ruby Woo, balances out the bold frames beautifully.  2. Don’t underestimate the power of false lashes. The pre-glued full fringes from Eyelure are a cinch (Full discloser: I have lash extensions, which give the same effect.)  3. A wash of pale shimmery shadow across the lid will make eyes pop, especially when you dot some in the inner corners, too. Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten is a classic.  4. Line the top lid with a stay-put black liner like Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Liner.  5. The next step is key: Dot the lower lid with Stila Kajal eyeliner in Tiger Eye, a soft brown pencil. Makeup artists swear by this trick because it creates a natural-looking line that really opens up eyes.  6. Finish with a pop of color on the cheeks. Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface is the perfect rosy red.

For a softer yet equally glamourous look, nothing beats a warm smoky eye and nude lip. I
t’s especially easy if you’re going from day to night—just add the darker shadow and layer on more blush. 

1. Start with falsies.  2. Prime lids with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray to to keep shadow in place. For a less harsh, more user-friendly smoky eye, try plums or browns.  3. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra in Prelude has everything you’ll need. Swipe lids with the bone shade, followed by the silvery taupe. 4. Line top and bottom rims with your soft brown pencil. Apply the dark brown shadow into lash line, outer corners and crease of lid. Smudge the same shadow to line lower lid to complete the smokiness. 5. Fake a winter flush with Bobbi Brown blush in Nectar, a coral-pink blush. 6. Finish with a creamy, peachy-nude lipstick like Ilia Nobody’s Baby—anything paler will wash you out. And we can’t have that during the most wonderful time of the year . . .

Any other makeup tricks for glasses wearers? Now through Dec. 31, treat yourself to 20% OFF a new pair of specs at Lookmatic.com! Enter beautybets20 at checkout. 

Happy holidays to all the beauty nerds out there!


October 21, 2012

Biggest, Baddest Lash Extensions Ever?

I’ve gotten an inordinate number of comments lately about my minkies. I would image it’s because they are looking SO good—long, thick, fluttery. I can’t take the credit. I don’t curl them, coat them or do much of anything except show up for my monthly maintenance appointment at Jett Makeup + Eyelash Bar. This weekend, Natalie really outdid herself. After three years with extensions, even I couldn’t help admire her handiwork.

April 17, 2012

My Last Five Beauty Treatments

After two weeks back in Minneapolis I’ve finally caught up on my beauty treatment to-do list. Let me tell you: Three months is way to long to go without a massage. Ha. But first stop was balancing facial and Sonja Eileen Aesthetics. Balancing was exactly what I needed after the shock of moving from misty Seattle to dry Minneapolis. She has that perfect touch with skin: soothing, intuitive and highly effective. Selfishly, I can’t get enough of the reflexology she offers with every facial! Sonja just opened her peaceful studio in the same charming South Minneapolis neighborhood as Turtle Bread. It’s the perfect spot for a spring day of shopping, strolling, and spa-ing with a friend.

Down that street at The Beauty Room, my Mi Shaun gave me a color gloss with a touch of Balayage. She finished with Bumble + Bumble’s new five-minute Color Minded treatment that promises to keep color pristine for up to 40 shampoos (ask for it!). Next, I got my minkies filled at Jett Makeup & Eyelash Bar, where the sweet and talented Natalie Soulek just joined the team. After rave reviews from our Beauty Thrifter, Meghan, I booked a heavenly 75-minute massage with Miki at Spot Spa in Uptown. Holy cow. I never saw her coming. Miki applies a combination of Shiatsu, rehabilitative massage, Thai yoga massage for some of the most therapeutic, releasing, out-of-body treatments I’ve ever experienced.

Final destination:  The Metropolitan for a long overdue and MUCH needed painless laser hair removal. I’m halfway through bikini and lower legs and have long forgotten that I ever shaved or waxed. I know I say it every time, but laser hair removal is the only way to go and The Met is the only place to get it (here’s a refresher). All packages are 40% OFF through April! Summer’s just around the corner . . .

February 29, 2012

Brow Chic Opens in St. Paul!

How cute is this new brow studio?! Brow Chic opened last month in St. Paul, offering facial waxing, brow shaping, eyelash extensions and airbrush makeup. I haven’t been able to stop in yet but luckily have readers readers who write in with recommendations!

Dinah—who I know has impeccable taste—says: ”Brow Chic is the CUTEST spot. Down a cobblestone alley, in a little building off Snelling & Selby. I had my brows waxed and tinted by Kae, the owner. She’s really terrific and experienced, and her lovely space alone is worth the trip!”

Some of you may know Kae Kozlowski from Estetica Salon, where she honed her down-to-the-last-hair skills. Kae also has a knack for sourcing under-the-radar gems like Julie Hewett (the lip and cheek shines are TO DIE.) There’s nothing I love more than seeing a new beauty business get it right, and I’m so looking forward to seeing Brow Chic bloom. Please stop in and show your support!

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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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