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December 30, 2017

The Best of Lip Stains

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

It’s no secret that our entire team loves lipstick (join us at #BBlipservice)! Any why not? A quick pop of color on the lips is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your appearance. The right shade can go so far as to make your skin look more vibrant or help your teeth look whiter.  This season, however, we are really feeling lip stains. More sheer in consistency than lipstick but deeply pigmented with serious staying power, they’re he perfect foil for long days in the office and big nights on the town (hey NYE).

In our minds, the ideal stain adds a beautiful wash of color to lips, without leaving much visible product on the surface, allowing stains to look more natural, even though they might be a bright fuchsia or deep red. All lip stains are not created equal, and quite often brands label them as “stains” when they are really more of a balm (and vice versa). After some tedious trial and error we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to add to your lippie repertoire in 2018:

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets


BECCA Beach Lip and Blush Tint ($25) – BECCA cosmetics are formulated without parabens, and this multi-tasking stain provides water-resistant color for cheeks or lips. Plus, the tube seems to last forever.

Revlon Color Stay Balm Stain ($5.59) – This has long been a go-to favorite not only by the majority of our team, but by most of the beauty bloggers I know! And you can find it right in the beauty aisle of your local Target for a little more than $5. It also comes in a matte option, but we prefer the original formula.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain ($7) – This stain is currently 50% off (win!) which makes it a perfect time to give this crowd-pleaser a try! We love this stain’s ability to deliver color and moisture while still looking natural and not-sticky.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30) – fun fact: this product was originally created to tint the nipples of exotic dancers (what?!) and worked so well that women are still using it 40 years later. Just for, you know, more than their nipples.

Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain ($24) – We love this brand for their gorgeous nail lacquers, but couldn’t wait to take their lip stains for a test run! The formula inside is as stellar as the packaging, trust us!

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain ($18) – We love that this one not only has great color and trendy packaging, but the formula is vegan and filled with good-for-you goodness such as black currant and olive oil.

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets
April 14, 2017

Spring Fever

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 Season has 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!

May 17, 2016

Best of Tangerine + Coral Lips

Our Favorite Tangerine and Coral Lips | Beauty Bets

If you asked someone what my signature lip color is, a bright fuchsia would probably be their first answer, with a matte red coming in a close second. But truth be told, I really love to wear tangerines and bright corals, and probably own just as many variations. They’re surprisingly wearable once you find the formula and warmth that works with your skin tone (the super-brights and creamier nudes are the most fool-proof if you’re unsure). Without further ado, swatches of my favorites from left to right:

Our Favorite Tangerine and Coral Lips | Beauty Bets

1. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba – This seasonal stunner is the perfect orangey-red and as we’ve proven time and time again, it looks good on everyone. I’m on my second tube, and it can be hard to find, so when I see it somewhere I snatch it up instantly. 2. Kat Von D A Go Go – A true tangerine lip with serious staying power. 3. Yves Saint Laurent Extreme Coral – A radiant pinkish coral. 4. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral – Another coral that leans more towards the pink than the orange. 5. Revlon Colorburst Audacious – This lip crayon has a very matte finish, so you need to make sure your lips aren’t at all dry to really pull this off. But this shade is a fun electric coral that looks really striking! 6. Bare Minerals Light It Up – My favorite coral lipstick of all-time. It gets bonus points for it’s locking tube, which guarantees it never ends up all over the lining of your Kate Spade. 7. MAC Vegas Volt – A fun coral that leans towards pink. 8. Bobbi Brown Coral Nectar – The same amazing formula as Lady Ruba, but in a more coral, less tangerine color. 9. Make Up For Ever N41 – This is lightest, most nude coral I have found. The formula is glossy, so it has a beautiful sheen that keeps it from looking too light or cakey.

Our Favorite Tangerine and Coral Lips | Beauty Bets

The Best of Tangerine and Coral Lipsticks 2016 | Beauty Bets

February 18, 2016

Products We’re Loving: Dani

In my Bag with Danielle Bruflodt | Beauty Bets

She’s clever, creative and has that casually pulled-together style most of us would kill for. It’s no wonder Dani’s cool-girl good taste spills into her beauty must-haves.

(l to r) Davines Momo Shampoo + Conditioner ($25-29) – Obsessed with all Davines products but currently loving this variety formulated for dry hair. The combo as done wonderful things for restoring shine to my long locks. // Kendra Dandy Tinted Lip Treatment ($12) – The perfect pinky-nude for a totally natural lip that just improves your own color, adds shine, and TREATS. Plus, there are strawberries on the tube! // BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($29) – Totally evens out skin tone and corrects redness while still looking really dewy and fresh. I’m on my third tube. (Ed note: Bets is equally obsessed).

For more products we’re currently coveting, check out the entire In My Bag Series.

November 3, 2015

Four Berry Lip Shades for Fall

Berry Lips for Fall Blog Image 1

Although Bets is still hanging on to her spray tan for a few more weeks, I’ve officially made the lippie switch from summery corals and pinks to deeper berry tones. A Berry lip can be a little intimidating, but there are so many beautiful and subtle shades to choose from to suit your skin tone or desired level of color. These four shades are really beautiful and will give you that glowing fall look without being vampy. MAC Rebel ($17) and Bare Minerals Moxie in Lead the Way ($18) are both creamy and long-lasting, while Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Daredevil ($18) yields a bold glossy color without being sticky. If you’re a true natural, W3LL People’s Nudist Colorbalm in No. 8 ($19.50) is particularly flattering and super hydrating.


What’s your go-to lip color for fall?

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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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