April 2017 Favorites

April 2017 Favorites
GVP Compare to Clairol Shimmer Lights
, $10 / Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream, $5 /
Tarte Shape Tape, $25 / L’Oreal Sublime Glow, $9 / Febreze One, $6

I made a typo when I was writing out the title of this post – I accidentally wrote, “April 2015 Favorites.” Yeah, right.

I’ve moved on from Blond Brilliance. Priced similarly for way more product, Sally Beauty’s GVP line has what is apparently an excellent dupe of Clairol Shimmer Lights. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t tried Shimmer Lights, but what I do know is that this stuff is glorious for preservation of blonde.

It’s back! My cuticles are a mess since the manicure that blew my no buy. They did a fairly shoddy job, and now my fingers are worse off than before. This is the universe’s way of getting me back, ha. To help protect them, I’ve been slathering the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage cream into them a couple times a day. I’m almost all fixed up.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Shape Tape is a really great concealer. It isn’t some godly ambrosia perfect for every situation as the masses on YouTube would have you believe, but it is pretty solid.

I’m using Cabana Tan on my legs, but my arms (which take color at a comically rapid rate and do not suffer aggressive exfoliation from shaving) are getting a gradual sunless tanner for now. I’ve used Jergens with success but wanted to try L’Oreal Sublime Glow for fun and bought it over the winter – I like how it smells a bit more than the Jergens, and it seems as effective. Bonus? This has a small bit of fun, non-distracting, non-tacky shimmer – just enough to highlight the skin ever-so-faintly and give it a bit more life. I use medium. Note: This isn’t Sublime BRONZE, which is their more aggressive sunless tanner. This is the gradual one!

I’ll be the first to admit I have a Febreze problem. I have since as long as I can remember. Back in the day, it was Meadows and Rain. Then, Thai Dragonfruit, Allergen Reducer (smells surprisingly nice and I still use it). Next (and also currently), the Tide scented one since that’s my husband’s laundry detergent preference. I’ve tried and liked many more. Then, Febreze came out with their refillable Febreze One product and I immediately purchased it. It’s a fabric refresher and air freshener in one. It’s non-aerosol, and you can buy refill cartridges rather than whole new bottles. The Bamboo scent reminds me of something between Tide and Meadows and Rain – it’s clean, but not nauseatingly so. There’s a distinct, crisp Ozone note that I can’t.get.enough.of (its what I love about Yankee’s Margaritaville Mother Ocean candles!) Anyway, then BzzAgent sent me the other two scents which are quite lovely as well. I love that they’re lower-waste and that it’s a multi-use product. Couch? Curtains? Bathroom? Office? Handled.

Why You Should Wait to Shampoo after Color

Have you ever gotten your hair colored only to wonder why your stylist warns against washing your hair the next morning? Her instruction to wait to shampoo after color isn’t an arbitrary edict.

There are plenty of valid reasons not to shampoo daily for those who don’t meddle with chemical services. Scalp health, keeping oil production under control, damage reduction (due to drying less often), and time-saving are all reasons for anyone to skip a day or two.

If you do color, however, you should heed your stylist’s advice.

The Recommendation

Conventional advice suggests waiting 48 to 72 hours after any chemical service before lathering up. This gives your hair time to settle down and get back to that normal state before hitting it with something

Why You Should Wait to Shampoo after Color

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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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February 2017 Favorites

February 2017 FavoritesFebruary 2017 Favorites
1. Old Spice Bearglove, $4 / 2. Les Mirages Antibacterial File, $1.20 /
3. Vaseline Spray Moisturizer, $6 / 4. Shave Secret, $4

I’ve been coasting along between being busy and unadventurous and being on a no-buy. Like last month, all my February 2017 favorites are drugstore (or drugstore price-point) finds. Easy to find, easy on the wallet, and worth your bother.

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.