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Essie Naughty Nautical & More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark green-teal with soft, white sparkle. MAC Ocean Dip is darker, no shimmer. Illamaqua Venous is more muted, no shimmer. Zoya Zuza is more shimmery. See comparison swatches. The formula was good; the color was mostly opaque after two coats with the barest bit of the nail line coming through when there was a lot of light in the room. It dried down to a glossy shine, and the sparkles are still somewhat visible even at a distance. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying even layers of the polish. I normally get seven days of wear with minor tip wear with Essie’s formula.

More the Merrier Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a cream finish. L’Oreal New Money is more muted. Illamasqua Radium is greener. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Def Defying is darker, greener. See comparison swatches. Though there seemed to be good pigmentation, the formula was off, which resulted in a streaky, uneven application. Even the consistency was a little thick, so the polish pooled towards the edges of the nail.

Essie Nail Lacquer Naughty Nautical
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer More the Merrier
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

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T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer Photos & Quick Review

T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer
T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer

T3 Featherweight Luxe Hair Dryer ($220.00 regularly, $149.60 today) is available in pink, purple, silver, and black. So last year, I posted about a pink Featherweight 2 a lot of readers were interested, but it sold out relatively quickly. It’s QVC’s TSV, and it is the slightly higher end model of the T3 Featherweight, which has cooling, high/low, and three heat settings, priced at $149.60 for today only. The new colors (all but the black) are QVC-exclusive until October 2013.

I fell in love with T3’s Featherweight blow dryer all the way back in 2008 (I encourage you to read my original review), and my original T3 is still blowing (that’s five years!). For me, it was a life-changing product, because it takes my hair from soaking wet to barely damp within a few minutes, and I can get to dry (and I have a LOT of hair) right now in about seven minutes (my hair is particularly long right now).  I used this one last night, and I still achieved my typical–phenomenal–results that I always have with the T3.

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Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #519 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy finish (with no shimmer). I couldn’t think of too many shades that might compare with this one, and the closest was MAC Star Quality which is a bit lighter and not as pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is noticeably lighter. See comparison swatches.

It has a very juicy, watermelon-like coloring and feel to me, and it looks like summer. It had rich color and applied with full color coverage. The finish is high-shine with a glossiness that makes lips look fuller. The texture of the Flash Lip Lacquer formula is very interesting, because it feels gel-like and almost like a silicone-based primer (but slicker). It’s not too thick, but it’s not a thin gloss, though it doesn’t feel heavy (or goopy or anything like that) on. It’s very smooth and slightly velvety with a slight bit of tackiness but not enough to describe it as sticky. What’s really great is how long the shine lasts along with the color, as often pigmented glosses lose their shine as they wear on, even if the color persists. I didn’t notice any scent or flavor, and it lasted five hours on me–and was hydrating to boot!

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #519
#519
#519
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 10 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm, medium golden bronze with a very fine shimmer–reads more as a sheen than a shimmer. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more pigmented, warmer. Burberry Copper Glow is darker, browner, matte. MAC Gold Deposit is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Honey is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Blazing Haute is lighter, more orange. All of the possible dupes I came up with are blushes/bronzers, so they were all more pigmented. If your coloring is medium or deeper and you’re looking for a bronzer, you might want to consider one of the dupes, as this is designed to be sheer and is very much so. For something more similar in type of product, MAC Golden Elixir, which is more bronze, and MAC Sun Rush, which is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I think the finish is spectacular; it’s beautifully glowy on the skin while adding a golden warmth, and it never looked shimmery–just slightly dewy with a natural sheen. With my medium complexion, I can mix this with my foundation to use all over or even just pat this onto bare skin. The consistency is thin, so it ends up being rather sheer and spreads out easily. It also mixes readily with liquid foundation and moisturizer. It lasted well both mixed with foundation as well as patted on cheeks alone; gradual fading started just after eight hours of wear, and my foundation didn’t wear away any sooner than it normally would with this mixed in. For any warmer-toned complexion looking for a golden glow, No. 10 is worth checking out to see if it’s a good match for your skin tone.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10
No. 10
No. 10
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, shimmery pink with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned on me, but it has a cotton candy-ish coloring overall). NARS New Order is lighter and more glittery. Lancome Moonlight Rose is lighter. powder. Illamasqua Lies is similar–a little warmer, less pink. Chanel Brompton Road is more matte. MAC Pink Buttercream is lighter and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

If No. 04 was too weird for you, and No. 06 was too intense, No. 08 is subtle but still delivers some color on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it gave me a very, very faint pink coloring but primarily a dewy, glowy look that was lovely–healthy, natural, but not oily and didn’t emphasize pores. Even over drier skin, it doesn’t cling to the skin in a way that looks patchy or uneven. This shade is also sheer and subtle enough that it could be mixed in with foundation or moisturizer as a shimmered base. Depending on the ratio, it never reads too glittery or sparkly, but I’d experiment and see what level of shimmer you like most. It has a thin, liquid consistency that’s easy to stretch and blend on the skin, as well as with other products.  As a blush/highlighter, it lasted eight hours well with minimal fading but no patchiness.  Mixed with foundation, I didn’t notice any breakdown of my foundation (lasted as long as it the foundation would on its own).

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75. I’m trying to get through all the shades I have before the sale is up–two more to test (today and tomorrow)!

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 08
No. 08
No. 08
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil (Melted Caramel Flame, Ashen Glow Flame)

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is subdued, subtly warm-toned medium-dark brown with a frosted bronze and gray shimmer. Disney Palace is slightly warmer. Disney Les Poissons is similar. Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Juju is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Heavenly Bliss is similar but a powder product. Chanel Raffinement #3 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown is a powder product. See comparison swatches.

Ashen Glow Flame (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is dirty, green-ish pewter with gold sparkle. MAC Greenluxe #3 is lighter, powder. Chanel Moon River is a bit warmer. MAC Hazy Day is less shimmery, powder. MAC ANtique Diamond is more metallic. MAC Modern Pewter is darker, powder. Benefit Skinny Jeans is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

There’s a light cooling sensation when these hit the skin, which doesn’t last for long, but it definitely feels cool and almost a little wet. They both glided on fairly well, but they’re semi-sheer at best. I was able to build up somewhat; with Melted Caramel Flame to mostly opaque color, while Ashen Glow Flame wasn’t as creamy, so it tended to stick and set, which resulted in semi-opaque color that was a little chunky and uneven. I wore these two shades together, and I only had some trouble with Ashen Glow Flame, which had slightly creased and faded away after seven hours of wear and had significant fall out–the other shade seemed just fine after eight and a half hours (no primer). These will require sharpening, so if you prefer twist-up pencils, you’ll want to pass on these. They also seemed a bit smaller than other jumbo pencils, so they didn’t quite well into my sharpeners for jumbo pencils.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Melted Caramel Flame (350)
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Ashen Glow Flame (335)
C-

Permanent

6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

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