Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hair Dryers are HOT

With breakthrough technology and lots of power, you’ll be blown away by these hair dryers! Chances are you already have a hair dryer, and it’s probably pretty good. Maybe you purchased it at your local drugstore or your favorite mass-market retailer and I’m sure it works fine. But have you wondered why are there hair dryers on the market today that retail for more than $100 a pop? Are they really different or are they just blowing a bunch of hot air?

Rusk CTC LiteRUSK CTC Lite Professional Dryer (1900 watts)
Super hot, super quiet, and super hard on your wallet, I’ve seen this baby on sale for over $250. Now, that being said, it’s a great hairdryer. The Rusk CTC Lite features unique ceramic and titanium technology that allows you to add mega shine with a continuous flow of negative ions.  With 6 heat/speed settings, this dryer features the ultimate control over airflow and temperature and comes with a perfectly engineered diffuser and a slide-on concentrator to really deliver results. This blow dryer left my hair shiny and volumized in just minutes. Plus, its airflow blows the competitors away.  I’m not sure I really need that much power, but it sounds great, doesn’t it?

Metropolis Z-Ion Zirconia Ionic Dryer (1800 Watts)
With a promise to cut drying time up to 50%, I’m instantly intrigued, but is it worth the $210 or so dollars I have to spend (ok, $150 on sale)? Being one of ‘those’ people who spends a good 25-30 minutes of not-so-quality time with my current hair dryer everyday, I’m pleasantly looking forward to getting at least 10 minutes of my morning back. After one use I h
ave determined that the Metropolis Z-Ion Zirconia Ionic Dryer is not only a great looking hair dryer, it’s a loaded with benefits. The far-infrared technology is supposed to dry your hair from the inside out, and the special zirconia ceramics fused into the heating element are supposed to conduct negative ions directly to you hair leaving it soft and shiny. Today my hair does seem to have less frizz and more shine. I’ll take that any day. “Lighweight” is really true at a little over 1.5 pounds, and the sleek white body has major counter appeal. I will think about how great it looks as I enjoy the extra 13 minutes of sleep I will have tomorrow morning because this dryer is fast, fast, fast. Bonus: This Metropolis hair dryer carries a 10 year limited warranty, so you know they stand by what they make. I say go for it.

X5 Superlite Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer (1875 Watts)
I am usually very skeptical when people say words like “amazing” when they talk about a hair dryer. Come on, all it does is blow hot hair, and sometimes it’s not even that hot, so I was very anxious to try the X5 Superlite. Many, many people have told me that this is the favorite among favorites, and I can almost see why. First of all they weren’t kidding when they named it Superlite, it really lives up to its name. Almost to the point where you really think it won’t work that well because it feels a little cheap. But turn this baby on, and out comes the power. The X5 SuperLite is an amazing professional Tourmaline + Ionic Ceramic 1875 watt hair dryer from X5. Because the X5 is manufactured with the highest level of workmanship and care it carries a full 48 month limited warranty.  Not bad for a dryer under $90.

Elchim Uragano Ionic DryerELCHIM Uragano Ionic Dryer
Touted as a new way of treating hair, and around $100 makes it an inexpensive choice on this list! Elchim’s Negative Ion Generating System produces a continuous stream of ions, so drying time is reduced by 50%, while hair remains smooth and shiny. Again, drying time reduced by 50% is 15 minutes longer in bed in the morning! This unit produces twice the Negative Ions of conventional dryers. The negative ions reduce the size of the water molecules. This allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. It also allows your hair to dry in half the time. The negative ions smooth down the cuticle. This allows for a greater shine on the hair. This also removes the “frizzies” from the hair. Tons of tech talk but it’s Made in Italy. Ciao Bella!

Note, I have intentionally left off the t3 hairdryer.  It is one of my all time favorites and deserves its own blog post which is in the works.  If you are planning on buying a t3 make sure you purchase it directly from either Sephora or QVC to get the manufacturer warranty.

Products mentioned are available at  T3 available at other retailers but I recommend QVC and Sephora.


Lollia Breathe Perfume

Lollia Breathe Eau de ParfumSome women like wearing a signature scent, a perfume they won’t leave home without wearing, leaving a scented reminder of themselves like an olfactory calling card that lingers for a few seconds after they have left the room. Other women prefer wearing many different fragrances according to their mood, the weather, the occasion, or the time of day. Being part of the latter group, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve rarely met a perfume I didn’t like, and that I have many, (MANY) bottles of splashes, scents, and sprays to choose from as I get ready for work every morning.
With my willingness to sample many different perfumes, I often find myself layering various scents together, creating my own new concoctions on a pretty regular basis, but I have certain favorite fragrances that I go back to time and time again, and one of them is Lollia Breathe Eau de Parfum.Presented in a pretty glass bottle silk screened with a delicate peony design on the front and trimmed with a pale satin ribbon adorned with a hanging cut-glass crystal, Lollia Breathe Eau de Parfum smells as feminine and delicate as it’s presented. This light, floral scent is a beautiful mixture of white lily and peony with top notes of orange, grapefruit, and hints of additional fresh green notes.
Never overbearing and absolutely appropriate for every occasion from a trip to the grocery store to a hot date, this soft scent is definitely on my list of must-haves, and if you are looking for a light, girlie fragrance, this spray should be on the top of your list also, especially for the spring and summer!