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Sunday Link Love, Volume #121

Happy Sunday!

How are you? What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done this weekend (so far)? We had dim sum with my family yesterday!

In the spirit of holiday giving: The always-generous Brooke introduced me (along with the rest of her viewers) to the Family Giving Tree, which has a virtual giving tree. You can “sponsor this child” and provide the funds for a specific toy on their holiday wish list that FGT will purchase for them. The toys range from $20-30. This is a great 501(c)(3) charity that’s been around for over twenty years (see their profile on Charity Navigator).

Dusty actually tagged me in his last video, and for as much of a non-fan of December as he is, I’m a SUPER fan!

  1. What do you love most about December? I love the music, store displays, and all of the lights people put on their houses. I love seeing huge, two-story-tall trees lit up behind living room windows (and am terribly jealous I cannot have a 12 foot tree).
  2. What is your favorite perfume to wear with the holidays? Tom Ford Oud Wood, but it’s really just my favorite year-round. I don’t have a particular scent just for the holidays. I do very much love all things cinnamon and spice (or pumpkin and spice) for candles and body washes, though.
  3. Which 3 products can’t you live without this December? A warm, furry Mellan (keeps my feet warm), Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars (pure BLISS!), and our Christmas tree!
  4. What is your go-to look this month? Glowy, highlighted cheeks.
  5. What is your most favorite glittery product? I really digging Guerlain’s Liu shimmer spray in my hair. My hair twinkles!
  6. Show us your favorite ornament from your Christmas Tree! Here you go.
  7. Which candy are you going to eat too much of this month? If Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bar counts, then that. I’m not much of a candy eater (though I eat plenty of sweets, just not candy ones).
  8. What is your favorite December/Holiday related movie or TV show to watch? The Holiday
  9. What do you really hope Santa has wrapped in a present for you this year? A pile of Christmas (lab) puppies in Santa hats. Not joking, I might keel over from glee if that happened.
  10. The Holidays are all about sharing the love, who do you want to give a shout-out and why? Readers, friends, and family. The three branches of my ever-supportive tree.

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling, Shimmery Pink of a Gloss

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 MSRP for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with fuchsia and silver shimmer and sparkle. Burberry Hibiscus is similar in color but has no shimmer at all. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter and has finer shimmer (and less of it). MAC Radiant Jewels is redder with less sparkle. MAC Electric Fuchsia is lighter.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is supposed to offer eight-hour wear with sheer, luminous color. I wish they wouldn’t make such an extravagant claim, because eight-hours of shiny, glossy wear? is not something you find often, if at all. This shade wears well for five hours, but the glossiness fades after three and a half hours, though the sparkle does not travel. After eight hours, there are still a few bits of shimmer but the color is gone. The texture is thin but incredibly sticky. Dazzle Me is semi-sheer in color with enough sparkle to give lips a good shimmer and shine.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this gloss formula, because the shimmer they use sparkles beautifully, but the thin consistency means you can feel the grit of the sparkle. I noticed the grit of the sparkle less so in this shade than I have in others, and the scent was sweet and fruity but not medicinal (some of them are that way).  It comes with a tapered, angled doe-foot applicator (similar to Lancome’s Color Fever Glosses).

Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me

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