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 Seasonhas 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!
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:
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.
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.
Pretty pink blush? Lay it on me. The newest, all-the-rage concealer? Come to mama! Ever since I was young enough to play with my mother’s lipstick, I’ve always been a fan of makeup. Sure, there’s the immediate pep in your step after you swipe on a coat of cherry red lipstick, but what I really love is the confidence boost makeup gives me—there’s really no denying that the right products have the special power to make you feel beautiful. When Bets discovered that NEUTROGENA® has been one of my favorite makeup lines for years, she asked me to share all of my go-to’s that make me feel beautiful because of their skin-enhancing benefits.
On those mornings when I just can’t, NEUTROGENA® SkinClearing® Blemish Concealer ($9.99) is my early morning bestie. It’s the ultimate multi-tasker, brightening undereye circles and covering pesky blemishes while clearing them up. I HATE concealers that look like concealers and this one looks flawless and natural. The added benefit of fighting those blemishes with salicylic acid doesn’t hurt either.
My other NEUTROGENA® necessity: MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($5.99). You know, the yummy pencils that twist up, no sharpener needed. So good. I keep a stash in my desk drawer for afternoon pick-me-ups—right around that time I’m looking for coffee #3. These sticks are a little affordable luxury—moisturizing and conditioning while giving a low-maintenance sheer wash of color.
Asking me to choose a favorite shade is equivalent to picking a favorite child, but lately I’ve been sporting Soft Raspberry (#60) and Bright Berry (#40) as my wardrobe becomes a bit more moody and neutral in the fall.
Have any NEUTROGENA® products that you love? Share with me and @Neutrogena what makes you feel #BeautifulBecause!
These products were provided to me by NEUTROGENA®. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.