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May 6, 2010

Elizabeth Varghese, Picky Girl


Elizabeth Varghese (with little Harry!) is the proprietress of Picky Girl, one of the Twin Cities’ most beloved boutiques. She’s perky, petite, and has the most impeccable taste. As you can imagine, Elizabeth is also rather particular about beauty products—one of the many things I adore about her! Here are the ones that passed the test:


Coco Chanel ($95) – What can I say, this scent is lovely! It’s sexy, woodsy, and amber-filled. I try to save it for special occasions, but it makes it into the rotation quite a bit.

Clinique Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift ($53) – I used to wake up with ugly lines on my chest/décolleté (I sleep on my side), but since using the creme, I barely notice them! It is great for your neck and face too, and I also dab it around my eyes. Totally worth the price.

DuWop Venom Gloss ($18) – LOVE this gloss! I have used it for years and can’t live with out. It has skin-softening ingredients, plus green tea for soothing. On the rare occasion that I wear lipstick, I dab a bit this on top and it makes such a difference. My favorite shades are Lantana and Coral Tree.

Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Shampoo ($24) – If you know me, you know I have a TON of hair. It’s hard to maintain so I was so thankful when I was introduced to the Phyto line—it has saved my hair and my wallet! A small amount goes a long way. I can’t begin to tell you the difference this had made to my hair. It’s SO shiny and soft . . .people always ask me if my hair is real!

OPI Bubble Bath ($6) – You will rarely find color on my nails (although right now they are bright red, a little experiment) so this is my staple. It’s the PERFECT nude—not too pink, not too peachy. And best of all, they color stays true until you take it off.

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine ($20) -“Brilliantine is unique and hard to define. It gives hair polish and a sort of languid, slept-in, sexy look.” This is what the bottle say’s and this is exactly what it does! I apply it to my hair (which is wavy) when it’s wet and let it air dry. When it is completely dry, I put a touch more in to tame and add shine. This is the only styling product I use in my hair and will use it until they stop making it!

Nature’s Gate Colloidal Oatmeal Lotion ($7) – I have tried a variety of body lotions and this by FAR is my go-to. It’s extra-gentle and leaves my skin so soft. It NEVER gets dry!

Aveda Mosscara ($16) – A few years ago I noticed that my eye lashes were getting thinner. I assumed it was from using mascara all the time so I switched to Aveda’a Mosscara for a year and they became nice and full again!

Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth ($18) – I must admit, when I first tried out the product I did not care for it. But I kept hearing such great things about it! So I went back and asked the “pros” how it should be applied. I am now hooked! A little poof on my cheeks and across my forehead and I am good to go! It gives me a great sun-kissed glow all year round.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    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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