Maybelline and Manny

Maybelline and Manny

A couple months ago, Maybelline, purveyors of my favorite (and therefore most-purchased and most-used) drugstore concealer, announced that MannyMUA as a new, “face,” of Maybelline.

What This Post is Not

This post is not commentary on the presence of men in the beauty community. It doesn’t bother me that some gentlemen enjoy cosmetics. That just means we have something in common. Manny Fans: If you’re reading, this isn’t a Roast of MannyMUA, but there is critical content. Keep the comments classy, thanks.

What This Post Is

The aim of this post is instead to comment on the judgment and business decision-making. The partnership between Maybelline and Manny was surprising to me. Although MannyMUA is a popular beauty YouTube personality, he has been embroiled in several incidents in the fairly-recent past.

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The Great Lie: Gel Nail Cleanser

The Great Lie: Gel Nail Cleanser

This is a legacy post that I’ve given a facelift because who doesn’t want to save money on manicure supplies? Opinions are the same, but is formatted and edited for easier reading and flow.

If you’ve ever gotten a gel polish manicure before, either salon or DIY, you know the final step consists of saturating a pad with gel nail cleanser and wiping off the tacky residue from the newly-cured nail surface. If you’ve done it in a salon, it might be in a nondescript bottle just like the lotions or scrubs may be. At home, it might be part of your gel starter kit. This is often the same solution used to clean the nail before the gel primer is applied.

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Z Palette Scandal

I own a Z Palette that I won in a contest a few years ago. Since then, I’ve made a few posts mentioning it, and some of their other products. No more. The recent Z Palette scandal resulting from their disgraceful PR-nightmare is too much for many former customers, myself included.  Z-Palettes will not be mentioned or featured on this blog henceforth.

I can empathize with the frustration that one would experience on the receiving end of criticism for a new product launch. After receiving some skeptical and critical responses on an Instagram post – not even on their OWN Instagram, mind you, but on TrendMood’s, ZPalette lashed out. The results were jaw-dropping.

The Unbelievable Z Palette Scandal

This is a screenshot of just SOME of the responses they sent to Instagram users on TrendMood’s post about their new Z Potter (overpriced induction) device. Instagram users had expressed a ton of thoughts ranging from excitement to uncertainty and skepticism to criticism. The job of a social media manager, however, is not to strike back with acidic replies:

Z Palette Scandal

These are fairly tame. The list of things they felt it appropriate to respond with included calling young ladies cheap dates, insulting people’s financials, or suggesting that they are somehow less evolved. Here’s some examples of the classy replies from the brilliant soul manning the Z Palette Social Media desk:

  • You look like a cheap date, but we’re not messing with you.😂”
  • “Listen to some Jim Rohn — it’s not that it’s expensive, it’s that you can’t afford it.”
  • “If that’s a stove to you, I wonder how big your kitchen is.”

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January 2017 Favorites

January 2017 FavoritesJanuary 2017 Favorites
CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, $9 / Sally Hansen Apricot Cuticle Cream, $5 /
Sure Aerosol Antiperspirant, $3 / Tree Hut Sugar Scrub, $7 / Vaseline Spray Moisturizer, $6

Yeah – I completely screwed up and forgot to write about my January 2017 Favorites. Oops. It’s a drugstore kind of month, in fact. Details after the jump.

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Signal Boost: Reviews.com Flat Iron Comparison

Hot Tools Digital Flat Iron with Titanium PlatesReviews.Com Best Budget Flat Iron
Hot Tools Digital Touch 1″ Flat Iron

It’s always nice to see your recommendations corroborated elsewhere on the internet. Not too long ago, I reviewed the flat iron I’ve used for over a year now, the Hot Tools Digital Touch 1” Flat Iron with Titanium Plates. It’s still going strong.

Just four days after my brief review went live, Reviews.com shared a comprehensive post on the BEST flat irons on the market. Over six weeks and 132 irons up for consideration, they narrowed it down to nine irons to exhaustively test at home, with stylists, and on multiple hair types. They even feature in-progress stills and animated gifs of some of the irons in use on different hair types! A lot of people worked together to bring their comparison post to fruition.

Best Budget Flat Iron

As it happens, my Hot Tools Iron was named Best Budget Flat Iron in the Reviews.com post (they show the pink one). Reviews.com’s findings with this iron mirror my own – and unlike me, they timed heat-up; only 33 seconds to reach 450. I was pretty excited to read that the iron I picked, am happy with, and reviewed myself, won a category.

If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, this is a post worth reading. Whether:

  • Your budget for heat styling tools differs from mine (whether you like the idea of $60 or if $250 sounds fair to you)
  • Your needs are different (different hair type, different damage level, etc)
  • You’re curious to see if your iron – or what you’re considering – made it to the finals or won

The Bottom Line

The Reviews.com Flat Iron post is not short, but it is worth your time; when you’re looking to shell out $60+ on a tool, you want the best for your money. When you consider that flat iron usage is a significant contributor to damage, you don’t want to risk spending an arm and a leg for something that is going to singe your locks.

In my opinion, the team that worked on this post did an outstanding job testing and compiling details in an easy-to-read, to-the-point fashion that saves you from reading thousands of anecdotal reviews on Ulta, Folica, Amazon, etc.