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Battle of the Vanities: Beauty Bets vs. Trop Rouge

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Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets (left); Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge (right)

There are few things that we love more than sneaking a peek into the beauty routines of our favorite people. This week, we scored an insider’s look at the gorgeous vanities of two very stylish bloggers: Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets and Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge.

Not only did these two lovely ladies tell us their favorite product picks, they also shared some of their primping secrets—which we’re stealing and adding to our own routines posthaste. Read on to find out their (and soon to be your) must-haves!

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Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets Shares Her Holiday Gift Picks
Ah, the holidays—the greatest gift-giving time of the year. We know how tough it can be to come up with the perfect present for every friend, acquaintance, co-worker, and loved one in your life, which is why we’ve turned to our favorite tastemakers to tell us what they’ve got their eye on this season. This week’s trendsetter: Minnesota-based beauty enthusiast and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn. 
1. Paper goods ranks a close second to beauty products in my world, and no one does them better than Sugar Paper. Plus, I like any excuse I can get to combine stripes, bows, and gold foil.
2. Mine is an old-school whiskey-drinking kind of family—mint juleps in the summer and Manhattans in the winter. Bulleit is the best.
3. More stripes and gold foil! I can’t get enough. And what girl wouldn’t want this French Annick Goutal votive on her desk or vanity?
4. Pop these wooden toothbrushes in your weekender as a cute hostess gift. Or hand them out to your own overnight guests along with a tube of Marvis toothpaste.
5. My brother is getting this felt Old Calgary wallet for Christmas. Like his Minnesota-raised sister, he has a thing for heritage design with a North Woods vibe.
6. Best. Hand cream. Ever. Rodin Olio Lusso Crema is as rich as its price tag, yet miraculously non-greasy. For the girl—or the boss—who has everything.
7.  A rose body oil by any other name would not smell as real or as heavenly. Plus its formula is all natural, just like everything else in One Love Organics’ life-changing skincare line.
8. And speaking of life-changing: J.Crew vintage pajama sets are the best gift I’ve ever received. This year, I’m asking Santa for the short-sleeved version.
9. No style blogger can seem to get enough of Clare Vivier’s clutches or her modern use of bright colors with soft, neutral leathers.
10. There’s something incredible satisfying about scribbling on a thick, white notepad. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ooh and ahh over my stack of from Russell + Hazel.  
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Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets Shares Her Holiday Gift Picks

Ah, the holidays—the greatest gift-giving time of the year. We know how tough it can be to come up with the perfect present for every friend, acquaintance, co-worker, and loved one in your life, which is why we’ve turned to our favorite tastemakers to tell us what they’ve got their eye on this season. This week’s trendsetter: Minnesota-based beauty enthusiast and founder of BeautyBets.com, Elizabeth Dehn. 

1. Paper goods ranks a close second to beauty products in my world, and no one does them better than Sugar Paper. Plus, I like any excuse I can get to combine stripes, bows, and gold foil.

2. Mine is an old-school whiskey-drinking kind of family—mint juleps in the summer and Manhattans in the winter. Bulleit is the best.

3. More stripes and gold foil! I can’t get enough. And what girl wouldn’t want this French Annick Goutal votive on her desk or vanity?

4. Pop these wooden toothbrushes in your weekender as a cute hostess gift. Or hand them out to your own overnight guests along with a tube of Marvis toothpaste.

5. My brother is getting this felt Old Calgary wallet for Christmas. Like his Minnesota-raised sister, he has a thing for heritage design with a North Woods vibe.

6. Best. Hand cream. Ever. Rodin Olio Lusso Crema is as rich as its price tag, yet miraculously non-greasy. For the girl—or the boss—who has everything.

7.  A rose body oil by any other name would not smell as real or as heavenly. Plus its formula is all natural, just like everything else in One Love Organics’ life-changing skincare line.

8. And speaking of life-changing: J.Crew vintage pajama sets are the best gift I’ve ever received. This year, I’m asking Santa for the short-sleeved version.

9. No style blogger can seem to get enough of Clare Vivier’s clutches or her modern use of bright colors with soft, neutral leathers.

10. There’s something incredible satisfying about scribbling on a thick, white notepad. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ooh and ahh over my stack of from Russell + Hazel.  

Need the perfect gift for anyone on your list? We recommend the Birchbox Home box!

Elizabeth Dehn Vows to Juice: New Year’s Beauty Resolution

Here comes the New Year! The end of 2011 means we can start thinking about all the exciting things we want to add to our lives (new shoes!) and all the resolutions we have for the next 12 months (get more sleep!). With that in mind, we asked some of our favorite people in the industry to tell us what their beauty/health/wellness resolutions are for 2012. They gave us a peek into how they’re planning on sprucing up their routines. 


This year I vow to partake more regularly in the ultimate beauty treatment: SLEEP! I also plan to juice more. There’s nothing like a big glass of greens to make your skin glow.

Elizabeth Dehn, Founder of Beauty Bets

Beauty Trippin’ in Minneapolis

True story: I fell in love with Minneapolis during the dead of winter. I was there for three days, during which time the temperature stayed emphatically below zero. But no matter — I bundled up, and kept warm with phenomenal culture (the Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater, to start) and fantastic food (112 EateryHell’s Kitchen, and more). And, naturally, I made a trip to the flagship Target store. I’ve had a soft spot for the city ever since.

But don’t take my word for it — read this month’s Insider Guide, our new feature about fun destinations around the world. And who better to give us the deets than Minneapolis native, Elizabeth Dehn, founder of Beauty Bets and By Elizabeth Dehn?

Ok, enough chatter. Read all about Minneapolis and why it’s the place to be…even in the winter.

—Mollie

Guest Blogger Beauty Bets’s Last Word of Hair Wisdom

Elizabeth at the salon, post-color. Very excited, as you can see.

It’s the last day of Beauty Bets founder Elizabeth Dehn’s series of hair-tastic guest posts. We’re sad to see her go but hopefully we can convince her to come back and visit soon. For now, check out her blog (yesterday’s Six Simple Acne Solutions is a must-read). Here’s her last tip on resurrecting dry or chemically treated tresses (it’s a surprising one):

Color Your Hair. I realize that sounds like adding insult to injury, but getting your hair did with a semi-permanent—not permanent—color will help restore luster and shine. If you don’t want to change your shade, ask your colorist for a clear gloss and you’ll get the same benefits. (Read her post on coloring her hair for the first time.)

Read all of Beauty Bets’s fantastic hair-saving tips here.

Try Oscar Blandi’s Salon Glaze, our favorite at-home treatment.


Guest Blogger Beauty Bets Shares Her Must-Have Styling Tool

This week’s guest blogger, Beauty Bets, is helping us tame and revive dry hair, one easy trick at a time. Today’s tip is for all your styling tool addicts — read on and blow dry wisely.

Ionic Hairdryer. If you must use heat-styling tools, make it something with tourmaline technology. I didn’t believe the hype until I tried a T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight dryer and emerged a sleeker, frizz-free version of myself. If you have a ton of hair, you’ll especially love how lightening-fast these dry it.

Watch our video on how to get the ultimate at-home blow out.

Read all Beauty Bets guest posts here.

Guest Blogger: Beauty Bets (Really) Easy Dry Hair Fix

Photo: Blow Dry Beauty.

This week’s guest blogger is Elizabeth Dehn, the founder of Beauty Bets. She’s an expert on everything from drugstore finds to wellness, but this week she’s focusing on hair — curing over-treated, dry hair, to be exact. Lazy girls, you’re going to love today’s tip.

Air Dry. I never thought I’d utter those words after a lifetime of blowouts, but when your hair has texture one of the best things you can do is WALK AWAY. A little curl cream or leave-in conditioner is fine, but then it’s hands off. Your hair will dry into something soft and beachy—as long as you don’t touch it! 

Try Phyto 7, our favorite daily leave-in. Smooth it in, and leave it alone!

Pick up more hair tricks in the Haute Box, including tips from the gurus at Blow NY.

Guest Blogger: Beauty Bets’s Favorite Tamer

This week, we have beauty writer extraordinaire Elizabeth Dehn (aka Beauty Bets) chiming in with her best hair tips. After giving her previously straight and silky hair to a Body Wave (ie perm), Dehn has been on an ongoing search for products to resurrect her now-fried tresses. Here’s today’s trick.

MoroccanOil

There’s fine line between smooth hair and greasy hair, and I have crossed it many times with the wrong serums and pomades. MoroccanOil is almost impossible to mess up. Work in a few drops before you blow dry or use it to tame frizz and flyaways on styled hair. Either way, it’s worth every penny. 

Read all our guest blogger posts here.

Shop our favorite hair styling aids in the Birchbox Shop.

Guest Blogger: Beauty Bets Tames The Wave


We’ve had a major girl crush on Elizabeth Dehn, founder of Beauty Bets, since we first stumbled across her elegant site. The Minneapolis-based blogger and beauty writer adheres to the quality over quantity rule of thumb, which means that her posts are always thoughtful, info-packed, and useful. You might find handy her round-up of the seven best eye creams or enjoy her honest account of the HCG diet she did (brave soul). Whatever the topic, she is always witty and honest — a woman after our own hearts. Plus, she loves face oils just as much as we do. We’re excited to have her on board for a series of posts about how she tamed her body wave-ed hair. Read on for tip #1!

I used to have long, lustrous, manageable hair. It’s still long, but I made the mistake of one day going to a hair salon to get The Body Wave—and what I ended up with instead was dry, dull, and definitely NOT hot mess hair. The stylist had promised me Blake Lively waves, but what I got was a crash-course in caring for chemically treated tresses. As a beauty writer, I had the unfair advantage of trying literally dozens of tactics to restore my hair to its original health. Here’s what actually worked:

Sulfate-free shampoo. The lathering agent that yields that squeaky-clean feeling is actually incredibly adept at stripping hair of moisture. If you can part with the suds, you’ll be rewarded with a more hydrated, manageable mane. Sojourn, the new collection from Vidal Sassoon’s son, Elan, is the best I’ve tried and has something for every hair type. 

Check back tomorrow for hair taming trick #2, plus more hair product picks!

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