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.

Sure Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant

Sure Aerosol Antiperspirant

There aren’t many items out there under $5 that are incredible. At roughly $3 for a 6oz can, Sure Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant is one of them.

I typically wear deodorant free of antiperspirant.

Why?

  • I’m not terribly prone to sweating in the first place
  • Most stick antiperspirant/deodorants generally don’t play well with my body chemistry (ugh)
  • I hate marks on my clothing and
  • If can avoid using aluminum ingredients every single day, I want to

But…

Several of my work-appropriate, easy-to-care-for blouses and dresses consist of (at least in part) synthetic materials. Synthetics don’t breathe the same way cotton does (ugh). Even though I’m not terribly prone to sweating, my usual deodorant doesn’t always perform as well with those fabrics (double ugh). Add in wintertime layering or jackets with synthetic linings, and it can be worse than summer.

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Worth it? Color Switch by Vera Mona

I picked up the Color Switch by Vera Mona during the most recent BI sale. I find myself using the same few brushes again and again, even in the same look. Wiping brushes off on a tissue doesn’t do much, and although I love Cinema Secrets, I don’t want to use it in my brushes every day I wear makeup.

Okay, but what is it?

The $18 Color Switch is a tin filled with a disc-shaped, rough mesh sponge not unlike the material used in a bun ring . As bristles are drawn across the surface, product is jostled away and falls down into the cells of the sponge.

There is a slightly smaller $14 one as well.

Does it Work?

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This is a legacy post that I’ve given a facelift because who doesn’t want to be warned about shockingly bad foundation? Opinions are the same, but is formatted and edited for easier reading and flow.

I wore Nars Sheer Matte on my wedding day, and while it photographed beautifully, it was heavy. I felt it all evening. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation came out earlier this year (2015) and, as it often happens, the blogger and vlogger world was abuzz. I saw a lot of positive feedback about the product (go figure).

I didn’t put any stock in it because it seems when a notable brand comes out with something new, everyone is hyped over it. Oh, and unlike its sisters Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte it has a damn pump – so that’s nice. I hadn’t seen amazing results on other people, though, so I ignored it.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless FoundationNARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Skeptical Match

Fast forward to June, I had a wedding to attend to and a faux tan thanks to self-tanning…and no foundation that matched. I ventured to Sephora, did the silly ColorIQ thing and spent a lot of time with the ladies there trying to sort out my shade. I told them I prefer MUFE HD and UD, but could do NARS Sheer Matte. Instead, they matched me to NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation because I didn’t have a shade in the others. She assured me that it was fine for oily skin, can be applied with a brush or sponge without issue, photographs well, etc.

Application

I applied the product with a Sigma F80 flat-top kabuki on top of Benefit Porefessional; fairly standard procedure for special event makeup. I noticed that although it did not have the consistency of the Sheer Matte, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation was on the heavier side. It also required significant effort to blend…and like the Sheer Matte, I had to bust out a beautyblender to help me do so. I set with translucent powder (Rimmel Stay Matte, what I always use) and Urban Decay All-Nighter – again, standard procedure for me for makeup that needs to last.

Wear

The ceremony was outdoors at 5PM (about 15 minutes after I finished painting my face), and brief; the weather was pleasant, not raining or even stiflingly humid. My husband and I headed in for the cocktail hour and he noticed that the foundation was:

  • Breaking up at my jawline
  • Beaking up between my eyes and
  • that it was making a dry patch (that I usually have NO ISSUE with) near my nose awkwardly visible.

I checked it out, and it wasn’t looking good – all the things my husband noticed were definitely the case, and more; it had settled into my smile lines and the lines on my forehead. I tried to blot it, thinking, “Maybe I’m just a bit on the oily side today,” nope – I’m wasn’t, a ton of foundation smeared and lifted when I blotted. I remained blotchy. What the hell?!

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Lorac PRO Palettes, Compared

The Lorac PRO was my first palette. I still have it, and it is a workhorse. I loved it so much that I purchased, without question, Lorac PRO 2 and Lorac PRO 3, which later had posts.

I don’t own any of the Mega PRO palettes; I am more than a bit jaded on mega palettes and holiday palettes at this point. Now, I’ve owned all (regular) PRO palettes for a while and have had time to put them through their paces.

The Original, $44Lorac PRO Palettes, Compared

My first and for several months only palette once I got into makeup, the first Lorac PRO palette served me extraordinarily well. As a neutral, light-to-medium-at-most skintone, it had everything I needed to handle work, evening, weddings, etc. Garnet looks incredible applied with a wet brush.

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