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T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer in Hot Pink!

T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer
T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer

Hot Pink Hair Dryer? By T3? I’m There!

I’m a huge, long-time fan of T3’s Featherweight hair dryers (it’s a three-time Editor’s Choice Award winner). I actually have my original one, still, that’s almost four years old, along with the travel-sized version and the Evolution. I gave my mom a Featherweight 2, which she loves and probably uses hers more than I do.  For me, this product completely changed my willingness to blow dry my hair and solved a lifelong problem I had.  My hair is long, thick, and there’s just so much of it, and blow drying would take upwards of an hour or longer (at which point, I’d give up).  With the T3, I’m ready to go in 10-15 minutes. You can read my original review here.

So, when I received the T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer in glorious HOT PINK, I couldn’t wait to share photos. It’s SO pink. Even the buttons are pink! It’s QVC’s TSV, so for today, you can pick up the Featherweight 2 (normally $200.00) plus two brushes (Antigravity Barrel Brush and Paddle Brush, $50 if purchased separately) for $149.76.  If you’re not in love with the hot pink, it is also available in white at the same price.  The hot pink coloring is exclusive to QVC until March 2013.

I’m as smitten with the Featherweight today as I was four years ago!  It’s almost like it was made for me — in Temptalia pink. 🙂

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Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Underneath the Moon, You’ll Glow Pink

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder ($42.00 for 0.18 oz.) is supposed to “give the skin a light-reflecting, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, warm-toned pink with a fine, frosted shimmer that sheers out easily when applied. If applied with a damp brush, it will take on a more metallic finish. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose has a finer shimmer that turns to a sheen, so it is subtler on the skin; there’s also a slight golden tint that Lancome’s dosen’t have. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is slightly warmer, but it’s incredibly similar. MAC Light Sunshine is less shimmery, paler.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that makes for effortless blending during application.  Though very soft and the shimmer is fine, it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks very slightly.  I think the luminous, lit-from-within result is worth the trade-off, as the emphasis is subtle.  Moonlight Rose wore well for seven hours, and after eight hours, there was a touch of fading along the inner edge where I applied it.  This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.  For paler complexions, it might show up as a very soft tinge of pink as well.

Lancome Illuminating Powder Moonlight Rose

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro

A Beautiful, Deep Red

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a subtly blue-based, deep red. This is darker, less pink, compared to Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro, which I reviewed previously. Dior Diorling is a bit bluer-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is bluer-based, a bit brighter. Guerlain Luxure is a bit browner. MAC Runaway Red has a pink-y edge to it. Chanel Dragon is very similar, but it has noticeable shimmer. It is the closest I’ve come to duping Dragon, and at a stretch, #400 is slightly less blue-based and doesn’t have the same shimmer, but it’s hard to tell if you aren’t looking close-up.

The formula is fully opaque in a single pass–a little goes a long way–and it is a very long-wearing shade that’s comfortable to wear from start to finish.  The Red lasted seven and a half hours on me with extraordinary color, and it lingered into the ninth and tenth hours with 70% or so color remaining–it had a slightly faded, almost stained-like look.  It has a velvety texture and if you’re familiar with silicone-based primers, it also has that feel, too.  Very smooth, and the consistency is thin and glides on, yet it adheres well without being clingy or drying.  It seems glossy close-up, but from a normal distance, it has a modern matte finish–not flat but not glossy.  The best part about this long-wearing formula is that it wears (and feels) like a lipstick; so it doesn’t flake or peel off at all and fades naturally and evenly over time.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro The Red (400)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer

Hey, Emerald! It’s Going to Be Your Year!

China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cilantro green shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, brightened emerald green with light and dark emerald green glass flecks of shimmer/sparkle. Zoya Holly is darker. Sinful Colors HD Nails is similar in color, just sheerer and it has much finer shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch is a bit darker and has finer shimmer.

Heavy on the shimmer, Running in Circles had an interesting finish–there was something about the base color that almost looked jelly-like.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges.  This shade is definitely fitting for the holiday season, but it’ll also work on other occasions, because of its brightness.  Plus, it is the color of the year for 2013, so you can be on-trend before the 31st!  I’m sure by this time next year, we’ll all have half a dozen emerald green polishes and may even start looking a little green around the cuticles 🙂

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Running in Circles
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

Does This Polish Contain It’s a Trap-eze?

China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “white cream base with multi-glitter.” It has a cool-toned, milky white base with large, hexagon-shaped glitter in pink, light-medium blue, yellow, green, orange, and white, along with smaller glitter in the same colors. I don’t know of any dupes at this time, but I’d love to hear from any of you that may! The whole combination reminds me of confetti birthday cake.

I tried one coat layered over China Glaze Escaping Reality as well as two coats of the polish on its own. It had a streaky base–just as milky lipglosses tend to streak and settle into lip lines, so did the polish. Whether worn on its own or was layered, you could see a streakiness that made it look uneven. The consistency of this was incredibly thick–nearly goopy–and it was difficult to apply in even layers. Because it is so thick, each layer had quite a bit of glitter, but the glitter particles didn’t spread evenly. I think this would be best over a white base with one or two coats of glitter, and if you don’t like the feel of glitter on your nails, you’ll need a really thick top coat or two layers of your regular top coat. I wanted to love this one so much, because everyone else was raving about it but I couldn’t get past the thickness of the formula.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer It's a Trap-eze
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total

Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream Review

Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream
Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream

Just Hydration — by Lancome

Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream ($45.00 for 1.70 oz.) is supposed to have 24-hour hydration with a greaseless formula and contains SPF 30. For sun protection, the active ingredients are Avobenzone 3.0% (UVA I) Octisalate 5.0% (UVB), and Octocrylene 7.0% (UVB), so the formula does not protect against the UVA II portion of the spectrum.

I tested this moisturizer out, because I was looking for something with sun protection (ideally, you’d get full coverage across both UVA and UVB ranges, but many sunscreens miss UVA II part of the UVA range) and didn’t want a juiced-up, hopped-up, anti-aging-injected moisturizer.  I just wanted something that would 1) hydrate and 2) offer sun protection.  I’ve really tried to reduce the amount of skincare products I accept for testing, particularly those that are high in price and (supposedly) high in anti-aging benefits, only because I don’t feel I can adequately test the efficacy of most anti-aging products to ever justify a three-digit price tag. Check back with me in a few years 🙂

It’s a thicker cream, but I felt like it was rather airy–so it didn’t feel too heavy in the jar, and it had great spreadability on the skin.  It took about fifteen to twenty minutes to absorb and really sink in, but after that, it didn’t feel greasy or look oily.  I wore it under makeup numerous times, and it did not interfere with the longevity of my foundation, blush, and the like.  It hydrated incredibly well; my skin never felt dry or parched in the evening, and some lighter-weight moisturizers can leave me anxious to take off my makeup and apply my night cream.

The elephant in the room is the amount of fragrance Lancome puts into their skincare range.  Bienfait Multi-Vital was tamer compared to other Lancome moisturizers I’ve tried, but it was still heavily scented with a nondescript floral perfume.  Because of the scent, amount, and that it’s not a scent I want to tolerate, I wouldn’t purchase a jar.

I only tested this product for three weeks or so, because Shaun was also using this (mostly) daily in the morning as well–much to my dismay, of course.  If I don’t give him his own moisturizer, he will steal whatever is my section of the bathroom counter!  I did ask him for feedback, and he didn’t have much, other than it has a strong scent but otherwise worked well for him.

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