Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson SupersonicDyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399

I believe in investing in quality products that will last. Not just trivial beauty products, but anything; if I buy a coat, I don’t want to have to replace it in at least five years. My time is worth a lot to me; I don’t relish having to spend my time to replace things when I could spend a bit more and have it last. Then, net-of-the-net is that I’ve spent less time AND money on that particular purchase.

In short, I’m comfortable with higher up-front investments (within reason, of course – price does not equal quality). Some believe the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is just that.

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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.

Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium Plates

Hot Tools Digital Flat Iron with Titanium Plates

Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium Plates

In winter 2015/2016, I bought a new flat iron – a Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium plates (they have a few other digital models, so the distinction is important). I don’t heat style my hair all the time because:

  1. I am lazy and
  2. It’s just better for your hair not to.

The idea of taking 20+ minutes to fully dry my hair and then style it with an iron is pretty far from my idea of a good time. That means I need an iron that can kick ass and take names on blow-dried and air-dried hair alike.

Heat Up

Powering on isn’t casually tapping the power button. This iron is looking for a long press to confirm that you indeed intend to power it on. The Hot Tools Digital Iron is speedy, going from off to 400 degrees in under one minute. Its temperature range is up to 450, but I do not need that. I probably don’t need 400, but…did I mention that I am lazy?

In reality, the adjustable thermostat is a huge plus. A super-popular brand that makes irons with all sorts of whimsical and fun designs doesn’t offer adjustable heat – which is crazy to me, for how much they cost!

Ergonomics & Design

There isn’t much to talk about on this front – it’s a fairly standard flat iron. Reasonably comfortable to hold and use. The exterior has a soft-touch, velvety plastic coating that feels nice in the hands and enables a better grip.

Swivel cords are commonly considered a ‘luxury’ featured in styling tools, but in my view they’re a no-brainer. The cord moves with you so you don’t have to extricate your arm when you switch sides.

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2016 Favorites

I’m sticking to last year’s annual favorites format because it worked well.

2016 Favorites - Garnier & Simple Micellar Water

Garnier Micellar Water, $7; Simple Micellar Water, $8

If I had to pick a single type of product to name as a favorite in 2016, I’d have to say micellar water is it. I like both of these and purchase whichever is a better value at the time. I’ve totally given up makeup wipes in favor of using this with cotton pads or a reusable makeup removing cloth.

Pantene Pro-V Stylers Mousse, $6

This mousse is my, “daily driver.” Out of the (average) 135 days per year I blow-dry my hair, this product is in my hair at least 95 of them. (The remaining ~40 is either hyper-lazy, product-free, or calls for the big guns.) It is accessible, inexpensive, and reliable – and it works well on my hair.

Gimme Brow

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Foolproof Beauty Gifting (Last Minute!)

I’m moving Wednesday’s post to Tuesday due to its urgent nature. Did you wait until zero hour to accomplish your holiday shopping? Or did you maybe think you were done only to realize, “Damn! I forgot someone,” where that someone happens to be a beauty enthusiast? You’re down to the wire.

Buying foundation or concealer for your recipient is generally a bad idea unless you know their EXACT shade or unless you leverage an e-Gift feature like Urban Decay’s that let’s the recipient pick their shade. Lipstick can be equally challenging because subtle nuances can take a product from wearable to NOPE pretty easily (but this 4pc Clinique Honey, Honey set [$25] is a safe bet!).

I got you. In addition to the guide I did a couple weeks ago, I’ve put together a foolproof beauty gifting guide. Most of these products can be purchased from retails offering shipping in time for Christmas to save your ass, and the ones that aren’t are available at retailers. Buy online and pickup in store where possible to save your sanity, and to also reap the benefits of eBates.

Mascara

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