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February 15, 2017

Review: Function of Beauty


In an age of subscription services that want to command your mailbox once a month with dozens of new products, businesses are hoping to stand out by offering personalized products specifically developed or formulated for your needs. One of these is Function Of Beauty. Answer just a few questions through the company’s virtual hair quiz about your hair type, texture, and goals, and a chemist will custom-make a set of shampoo + conditioner just for you. You even get to choose the color + scent (probably my favorite part) along with a personalized message for the bottles. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the formula should help you reach your personal hair goals by targeting concerns such as dryness, growth, color protection + more.

After realizing I was sensitive to sulfates (aren’t we all?) I began my search for the best sulfate-free shampoos. I’m happy to report that I’ve found many options that perform just as well as their conventional counterparts, Function of Beauty included. The company’s blends are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan!


I loved my experience with Function of Beauty so much that I zoomed through my first two bottles and was putting a dent in my second set before I remembered to pause, review, and take some photos. Anyone who has switched to sulfate-free shampoo will tell you that it takes some getting used to. Sulfates, after all, are what make shampoo lather and bubble, so cleaning your hair with a sulfate-free formula is a different experience that can take some practice.

A word about sulfate-free shampoos: Think of them as something that is going to absorb all the oil off your scalp and hair, and help you transfer the oil to the area of your hair where you want it (your ends!). Traditional shampoo tends to pick the oils up and remove them from your head altogether when you rinse out the shampoo, but a sulfate-free shampoo should pick the oil up from your roots and disperse it throughout your hair, so that you still benefit from those beneficial oils. A rookie will massage sulfate-free shampoo into their scalp, rinse it off, and be furious when they blow dry their hair only to find their roots oily and heavy. Take the time to massage the sulfate-free formula into your roots to lift up and absorb the oil, then continue to work it throughout your hair all the way to the ends. Follow up by rinsing hair with conditioner and get ready to love your locks.

After several weeks of keeping the natural oils on your hair, you’ll notice a difference in the overall health. I feel like my hair has more natural shine and I love the added body created by having hair that isn’t squeaky clean. Leaving some of those natural oils not only benefit the health of your hair, but they also help add amazing lift!

Have you tried a sulfate-free shampoo like Function of Beauty? Will you add it to your ever-growing list of monthly subscriptions? 

November 5, 2015

Don’t Buy Another Shampoo Until You Try This One

ACV Shampoo | Beauty Bets

We’ve long sung the praises of apple cider vinegar here at Beauty Bets. First there was the revelation that something as simple and natural as a few gulps of ACV (the unfiltered kind) could clear up skin and aid in digestion (ahem)—practically overnight. Then there was this DIY recipe for super shiny hair that still gets gobs of hits. Now I’m a few months into using dpHUE’s ACV hair rinse ($35) and still pinching myself that bouncy hair could be so easy. Swapped for your daily shampoo (trust me), DpHue ACV removes buildup, restores pH balance, locks in color, and gives locks serious gloss. So much more than supermarket ACV, it’s artisanal-sourced and contains moisturizing argan oil plus a hint of lavender extract so you don’t smell like salad dressing. Note: Directions say to condition afterward if desired, and I find that I do for detangling purposes and to head off static. I am super committed to Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner because it does all that without weighing down my long, fine hair. Who’s in?!

Available at dpHUE, 4944 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-922-0049, and


June 3, 2015

The Love List // June


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.

April 3, 2014

Spring Trends: From Runway to Reality


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.

ED P&G Spring Trends HAIR
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?

ED P&G Spring Trends HAIR2
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.

ED P&G Spring Trends LIPS

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).

ED P&G Spring Trends_lipcolor

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?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but opinions, as always, are my own.


March 11, 2014

Yarok Sulfate-Free Volumizing Shampoo

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.

yarok volumizing sulfate-free shampoo
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.


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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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