Welcome to June! I’m so glad it’s here. All things pink and black and gold and good are filling my beauty troughs. A few favorites for the dreamy days ahead: 1. Rifle Paper “Bobbi Pins” ($24) – Love the feminine yet graphic lines of this print for a closet or powder room! // 2. One Love Organics Coconut + Salt Mineral Body Lotion ($25) – I don’t say this lightly or impartially: Velvety and rich thanks to organic coconut oil and scented faintly of summer, this is the best body lotion I’ve ever used. // 3. Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer ($38) – Primers can be a bit meh at times but this one really works to keep skin pristine and oil at bay when the humidity kicks up. In that respect it’s for all skin types this time of year! // 4. Deborah Lippmann in A Fine Romance ($18) – Nudes were big last spring/summer and I’m loving the blush and bashful twist. Not as harsh as white but more opaque than the usually pale pink suspects! // 5. The New Bohemians ($27) – I’d like to think that I’m a bohemian at heart, even if that only manifests in taking inspiration from this color and texture bomb of a book from celebrated blogger + designer Justina Blakeney. // 6. The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Cellulite Soap ($7) – Black soap = hook, line and sinker. But the combination of seaweed, coffee and cinnamon make this an extra awesome all-natural spa experience. // 7. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42) – There is nothing like a GOLD encased multitasker to give me pause. One part creamy, pink blush, one part dewifier, this glamorous tube now goes with me everywhere. // 8. Mr. Smith Shampoo + Conditioner ($30 each) – Again with the packaging! You should see this against my subway tiled shower. But truly, one of the best sulfate-free haircare lines I’ve used—the shampoo actually lathers.
After years of watching the runway like a hawk, I’ve learned to take it a bit with a grain of salt. Meaning, no matter how many magazines are RAVING about slicked back ‘dos or neon eye shadow, if it’s not going to work with what I’ve got, I’m happy to skip a particular trend. The looks I am excited about channeling this season are vibrant, shiny hair, soft, tousled waves and orange lips. Even though there’s still snow on the ground here for crying out loud, I’ve been practicing in preparation for the day I can actually wear them.
I usually keep my hair color pretty simple, but I’m totally tempted by Vidal Sassoon Pro Series’ new London Luxe collection ($10). Inspired by the runway, theses bold, fashion-forward hues are vibrant and super-pigmented. How do you think I would look as a redhead?
To coax the natural wave out of my hair, I always reach for a hydrating shampoo that won’t weigh my hair down. Herbal Essences NAKED Moisture Cleansing Conditioner ($7) is perfect for this as it gently deep cleanses while protecting and moisturizing strands. Even better that it’s paraben- and sulfate-free! For natural-looking, tousled waves, keep it simple: a few passes with a curling iron alternating away and toward the face and you’ll like you won’t look like you were trying too hard.
I’m easing into the orange lipstick thing with coral. Although orange can get dicey on pale skin or anyone with pink in their skin, coral looks good on just about every skin type. It looks even better with a bit of bronzer. I’ve been rocking CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Coral ($10).
CoverGirl refreshed its famous 16-hour formula with brighter hues, a shea butter-infused top coat and waterproof finish—take a look at the whopping 47 shades if you haven’t in a while!
What beauty trends are looking forward to trying this spring?
Big hair, Brad Pitt . . . not fair. Pretty sure if I had my choice I’d pick the former. Though mine will never look like Angelina’s, I HAVE found a sulfate-free shampoo that’s actually volumizing. That’s a rare breed, my friends, so take note.
I’ve been using Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo ($30) ever since I met the charming founder of this Brooklyn-based brand. Mordechai Alvow has the most amazing hair, and such a commitment to bringing luxury to the organic scene, I couldn’t help but develop a beauty crush on him. To seal the deal, his naturally foaming shampoo has this tangy-herbal aromatic blend that leaves my fine hair shiny and full and bouncy, unlike most sulfate-free formulas that weigh it down. I also love the mousse ($23) for a tousled look or if I’m planning to curl my hair. Eat your heart out, Angelina.
I’m no shopaholic, but my heart races every morning when the latest flash sales hit my inbox. There’s the thrill of the hunt, the speed of the purchase, and the virtual competitive spirit among those of us who all want the same Kate Spade handbag or Jonathan Adler throw pillows. When the buyers at MyHabit asked me to host a summer beauty sale, let’s just say my heart most definitely skipped a beat. For the next three days you’ll have to act fast to scoop up some of my must-have bronzers, scrubs and shampoos for song—plus a few lovelies I’ve been dying to try, like Dayna Decker’s uber luxe body care line. There are also some awesome gift ideas for the guys, just in time for Father’s Day.
Friends, the search is over. I repeat—over. After countless bad hair days and near daily inquiries from readers, I can finally recommend a 100% sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with enthusiasm. Rahua isn’t just sulfate-free good, it’s one of THE best hair care lines I’ve ever used good—even better than my chemical-laden go-tos. It’s also made with 100% natural, 100% vegan, certified-organic rainforest-grown ingredients. After experimenting with the Jet Setter Kit, a combination of the Voluminous Shampoo + Conditioner (not voluminous—too lightweight turned out to be the ticket. My hair has never looked better. Even Mr. Bets commented, then helped himself to the Rahua buffet in the shower.
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.