November 2016 Favorites

November 2016 FavoritesNovember 2016 Favorites
1. Blond Brilliance Conditioning Toner, $9 / 2. NARS Kohliner, $25
3. Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil, varies / 4. True Lime Packets, varies

Details on my November 2016 Favorites after the jump.

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DIY Hair Gloss – Updated

This is a legacy post that I’ve given a facelift because who doesn’t want shiny hair? I’ve done this four times now, including on my highlights – and it looks great. Opinions are the same, but is formatted and edited for easier reading and flow.

I shared a tutorial on how to DIY Hair Gloss in May 2014. It’s been a while, and it’s time to do it again – mostly to refresh the shine, and partially to make the process easier.

DIY Hair Gloss SuppliesDIY Hair Gloss Supplies

Supplies

Supplies needed are the same as before, with a couple additions:

I picked up a lot of this stuff from Sally Beauty when they had some sales and I had a 20% of, but a lot of that stuff can be found on Amazon, too. Instructions after the jump.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Full vs Travel

Last year, I won a travel sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (my post on it here) in Dim Light. I liked it so much that I splashed out for a full-size (on sale, of course). Sites obviously shares the volume of product in each, it can be hard to tell without a side-by-side. My local Sephora store, for instance, does not carry Hourglass – and when I have an idea that I think would have helped me, I like to share.

Side-by-Side

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Full vs TravelHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Full vs Travel

The difference is pretty comical – so to put numbers to that picture, the left is 0.35 oz (for $46); the right is 0.04 oz (for $22). You’re getting over 8x the product for just over twice the price…and with how long the tiny travel size has lasted me (barely looks used), that is going to last me sometime into the 22nd century.

The Bottom Line

Unless you need the tiny size for some odd reason, skip it – the value just isn’t there. The price-per-ounce is already painfully high in the full size (I keep reminding myself of the fact that this stuff is going to last 2/3 of eternity) at around $131. The travel size comes in at a crushing $550 per ounce. It’s sheer (ha) lunacy.

Sonia Kashuk No 4 Synthetic Flat Top Buffer

Sonia Kashuk No 4Sonia Kashuk No 4

Over the last two years years I’ve given my F80 quite the workout. It’s on its last legs, and could use replacing. I planned to. Then, Target offered 25% off all beauty products; I struck out and bought the Sonia Kashuk No 4 Synthetic Flat Top Brush (reg $16), which is widely suggested to be a dupe for the F80. I had my eye on it for a while, but with no reason to buy, I refrained.

Ergonomics

The No 4 features the same weird, ergonomic handle that many of the, “nicer,” SK brushes do. For some, that’s great – but unfortunately, this brush was awkward for my to hold and felt very unnatural. My hands are somewhat small, so your mileage may vary with the handle. I’m sure some people would find it comfortable to hold.

Bristles

This is the crucial part. So as you can see below, the bristles are different lengths (pardon the smudged eyeliner on my index finger)…

 

Sonia Kashuk No 4 Synthetic Flat Top vs Sigma F80

This isn’t a bad thing per se. Depending on the type of bristles and the rigidity with which they were bound, the length could be irrelevant. Here, however, it is not. Because more of the length is exposed, the bristles flex more during application. This impacts buffing and can, at worst, lead to streaks; at best, your application could take longer as you work to even out the product.

Like the Sigma F80, Sonia Kashuk No 4’s bristles are all synthetic (read: cruelty free). That said, there is a marked difference in texture. Compared to the F80’s Sigmax bristles, the Sonia Kashuk No 4 feels rough. It is not rough and does not irritate my skin; its bristles just seem so when compared with something softer.

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Covergirl So Lashy blast PRO Mascara

If you’re reading from the US, I hope you had a most excellent Thanksgiving. I have not compiled some magnificent Cyber Monday guide for you simply because there really aren’t any mindblowing Cyber Monday deals for beauty items. That said, regardless of what you’re shopping for, you should do so with eBates and get cash back on your purchases. With 6-12% cash back at a boatload of stores and with as much money as people spend between last Wednesday and today…well, you’re throwing away money if you don’t. You can sign up for eBates for free HERE, and you get a $10 bonus for signing up with my link. I get a small bonus, too.

Covergirl So Lashy blast PRO mascara
I recently received a tube of Covergirl So Lashy blast PRO Mascara free for testing purposes courtesy Influenster as a part of their Flawless Voxbox campaign. Unfortunately, the rest of the box was just underwhelming and not worth blogging about (lightly salted snap peas trying to be chips because #healthfood, ‘relaxing epsom salts’ that were supposedly eucalyptus scented but instead reeked of cheap cologne, a tacky nailpolish that Kylie Jenner made, some unfortunate tasting Yogi tea…).

But this mascara was.

Covergirl So Lashy ($9) is the latest in Covergirl’s Lash Blast line and…holy gimmicky wand, Batman, this is nonsense. Clump Crusher ($6) was such a hit (I haven’t tried it, but it’s definitely had a long and passionate moment), and this is so…foolish.

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