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Rediscovering Old Favorites

What products have you found and fallen in love with all over again?

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv and T3 Bespoke Featherweight Hair Dryer are products I’ve recently used again, after prolonged periods of disuse, and I remembered how much I loved them when I first tried them… and was reminded how much I still love them.   I reviewed one of the creams from Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv line a few years ago (Ultimate Youth Creme), and I recently started using their Ultimate Lift Creme.  I’ve trialed many products between then and now, and I found myself still loving many of the qualities inherent in the Re-Nutriv creams (smell, texture, dry down, hydration levels).

The product that really inspired this post, though, was my trusty T3.  I have very long, thick hair and a whole lot of it, which means it takes far too long to dry, never wants to stay lifted, and generally, I skip the blow drying.  I don’t know why I loathe it so, because with the T3, it still takes just five minutes to go from wet to dry for me.  I use a large round brush and go for it, and I think I need to start taking that five minutes to blow dry rather than go to bed with damp hair!

I’d love to hear about your rediscovered old favorites! 🙂

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Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains multi-colored square (mostly) glitter suspended in a clear base color. The polish is thicker, not quite gel-like, but it’s thick enough that after two coats (which is what is shown here) that I wouldn’t go for a third and expect excellent wear. There are large, square-shaped glitter in greenish-teal, bluish-green, light-medium purple, and golden orange. There also appears to be hexagon-shaped glitter in the same golden orange color.

This shade could be used for layering, but I really liked it alone. It was fun and whimsical; not your most obvious choice for holidays, but it has a wintry vibe to it. I could see it seeming more appropriate for spring, because of some of the overall lightness in color, but I just keep thinking “winter wonderland.”

Though glitter polishes are often difficult to remove, this seemed extra difficult, so it will require patience and plenty of your favorite remover. The key is to let the remover soak through the layers of polish, which will make it easier to remove. Generally, I get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes with minimal tip wear. Nothing comes to mind as a dupe, but maybe Temptalia readers know of one to share! 🙂

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Stairway to Heaven

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How often do you use lip liner?

  • Never
    40%, 1,358 Votes
  • On special occasions
    36%, 1,213 Votes
  • Most of the time you wear lipstick/gloss
    15%, 518 Votes
  • Every time you wear lipstick/gloss
    7%, 238 Votes
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments!
    2%, 59 Votes

Total Voters: 3,412

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section! 🙂

Thanks to Caroline for today’s poll!

Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum ($100.00 for 1.7 oz.) is a new pillar of Tom Ford’s signature collection for women. It joins Black Orchid and White Patchouli. The notes include: violet leaf, Italian Mandarin, baie rose, Tuscan orris absolute, Tuscian orris butter, jasmine sambac, benzoin, cedarwood, Haitian vetiver absolute, musk, and soft suede.

It opened with strong burst of floral notes with a sweetened, fruit-laced edge over a backdrop of peppery greens. There was an inkling of the greenness from the violet leaf when it opened, but it quickly transitioned to fragrant, floral jasmine, which was the prevailing note on my skin for some time. The jasmine blended with the rooty qualities of the orris (iris root), so it was cool and just softer than crisp; like the first few days of fall, where the air coolly caresses and you realize the seasons have just changed.

I appreciated the damp, mustiness the orris notes imparted–they enhanced the depth and added another layer of nuance.  It made it distinctly autumnal for me and suitable as the weather slinks into sunny but cool afternoons.  Autumn is my favorite season, especially the precious few weeks, because it’s blissfully temperate with leaves just beginning to change and no fireplaces have been switched on.  It’s fresh and green and lovely.

Violet Blonde encapsulates some of those qualities–the freshness and green crispness of autumn–but it is more floral than anything else.  It never turned achingly sweet, which is a direction that tends to remind me of youthfulness, and instead, it evolved to an earthy jasmine with soft, creamy woods that took away some of the edginess of the opening of the scent but made it more wearable.  Violet Blonde reads elegant, polished, and subtly feminine–ultimately, a sophisticated, layered scent that’s not as heavy or as daunting as Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection, but in some ways, more refined.

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