Saturday, June 29th, 2013

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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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184
MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184

MAC Illustrated Bags (2013 Edition) ($36.00 each) were designed by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 (each with two bags). For more background, see the original press release. Each bag is 8″ wide and 6″ tall with a 1″ depth. They felt like vinyl/plastic on the outside, and still like vinyl but not as plastic-like on the interior, which is lined with a different pattern.

The bags designed by Anja Kroencke are black and white drawings, and the interior is the same for both bags. The bags designed by Indie 184 are in “graphic street style,” and each bag as the other bag’s exterior as its interior (which I thought was cool). They’re large enough to hold your lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, quads, and some of the shorter-handled brushes. The size of these would work best as a makeup bag inside a purse for everyday or as one of many makeup bags for travel.

These will MAC stores (not counters) on July 11th, international stores in August, and will be online on July 2nd.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror
Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror ($20.00) is a limited edition compact mirror featured in Disney and Sephora’s upcoming Ariel collection. It’s a heavy, metal compact that opens by pressing on the circular knob on the side. The top has a metal overlay and a faceted clear top, and underneath the clear top is a melange of green and blue with Ariel and Eric in a boat on the water.  It feels sturdy and well-made, but it is metal, so you may find it can scratch.  When it arrives, the back has a clear plastic protector to minimize scratching to you (so you can do the scratching and wear and tear!).  I have my Cinderella mirror in my purse, and it doesn’t look any worse for the wear since I’ve had it, though.

The collection is slated for June online, August in-stores, but there has been some confusion regarding exactly when and if it is still releasing this June.  The mirror is limited edition, and of all pieces in the Disney collaborations, the mirrors have become the most collectible.  As soon as I’m aware of it being online, you’ll see me tweet and post on Facebook (and likely on the blog, too).

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush
MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush ($34.00) is a limited edition brush designed to help blend out products used on the face. It is gently curved along the edges but has a rather flat, only slightly domed, shape overall. It’s fairly dense with bristles with some give, so it is movable but not floppy. The bristles felt soft against the skin. I liked it best for use for all-over face powders or bronzers, as well as blending and fading out blush and the like.

I reviewed it here previously (which I recommend reading for a more in-depth review). My original review stands and is the same for this one. Despite the fact that my original brush has the designation “SH” (for short-handled) and this one is marked as “SE” (for special edition), I didn’t notice any differences in bristle density, shape, cut, or texture.  The biggest difference is how they look, as this has black bristles and a bronze-hued handle.

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Baking Beauties Brushes
MAC Baking Beauties Brushes

MAC Baking Beauties Brushes include two styles: 252SE Large Shader Brush ($31.00) and 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($35.00). Now, the first thing I noticed was that both brushes are listed as SE and are printed with “SE” on the brushes themselves. This distinction is important or, at least, curious, because in the past, MAC has used “SH” to denote a short-handled brush that is still made in the same fashion as their full-sized brushes, while “SE” has been used to denote special edition brushes that are machine-made (as compared to handmade). The majority of the brush sets MAC puts (think Nordstrom’s anniversary sale and the holiday kits) are SE, and SE brushes can have great inconsistencies in quality–from density to the way the bristles are cut (and shaped) to quality of the bristles themselves.

I really hope that they are, in fact, made the same way the full-sized brushes are, because you’re paying the same price as you would be for the long-handled versions that are available permanently. (You can even purchase a short-handled version of the 129 brush, actually.) Both my full-size 252 and 129 were manufactured in Japan, as indicated by the imprinting on their handles, and I’ve had both for a few years now.  The handles of the SE brushes from Baking Beauties has “China” imprinted. Several of MAC’s more recently launched full-sized brushes have also been stamped with China, so MAC may have moved some of its production to China. There were some minor shape differences I noticed, but the density, fullness, softness (or lack thereof), and so forth were consistent with my full-sized versions.

The densities seemed about the same across these limited edition brushes and my full-sized ones. What I noticed was that my full-sized 129 brush had a more dome-like shape and wasn’t as wide as this 129SE, and then the 252SE had more of dome-like shape than my full-sized 252, which was slightly less curved on the edge.  The SE brushes are both very light, which is somewhat expected, given they have a lot less handle–but they did feel lighter than they looked.  I’m not in love with either brush, period, full-sized or not, because the 129 is one of MAC’s scratchier face brushes, and the 252 is really large. If you have normal or smaller eyes, it’s not the most versatile brush, and it can be a little scratchy at times.  I’d recommend MAC’s 116 instead of the 129 and MAC’s 242 in place of the 252.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Disney Jasmine The Palace Jewel Compact Mirror
Disney Jasmine The Palace Jewel Compact Mirror

Disney Jasmine The Palace Jewel Compact Mirror ($20.00) is just as well-done as the Cinderella compact mirror.  The moment you slip it out of its packaging, you can feel the heft and real weight of it, because it’s made out of metal.  It’s not flimsy, thin, or lightweight at all.  It’s cleverly designed, suits the theme of the collection, and functions well. It opens up and has a mirror on each side, and one mirror also has, “Shut your eyes and take a chance,” written on it.

I’ve kept my Cinderella mirror in my purse since I bought it, and I’ve had no trouble with it popping open on its own, nor have I felt like the hinge has weakened over time, and mine seems to be in the same condition as it was when I bought it.  I also appreciate that Sephora applies a clear plastic covering over the back of the compact to minimize scratches prior to its arrival.

It’s currently out of stock online, and being limited edition, I’m not sure if and when Sephora will restock it.  I haven’t received an official press release, and the collection’s currently available to beauty insiders online–so I haven’t heard whether this is truly an online exclusive or if it’s just an online exclusive at the moment.

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