Category Archives: Product Reviews

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 Folica.com.  T3 available at other retailers but I recommend QVC and Sephora.

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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!

Combat Oil and Signs of Aging with Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid!

8793_mdHelp oily skin find its balance while reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles with Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 15.  

 This lightweight day fluid absorbs quickly into the skin and contains an innovative patented ingredient, NeoGlucosamine™. This potent powerhouse is clinically proven to help reduce the look of discolorations and dark spots from acne and aging, while smoothing and evening out the skin’s texture and tone. Cellular turnover is increased, improving skin clarity and firmness gently, without irritation.

Phytotal® a botanical blend helps control oily skin, reducing excess oil production over time.   Enhanced with a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15, Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid also helps prevent against future damage by protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you have oily skin with signs of aging and are looking for the perfect daily base, this product is for you.

Clinically proven to moisturize and soften skin, improve radiance and reduce fine lines. After 4 weeks:
97% of users said their skin felt moisturized all day
87% of users enjoyed the lightweight texture
83% of users said it made their skin feel soft
73% of users noticed an improvement in radiance

$32 for 1.75 fl oz
www.exuviance.com

Self Tanner Tips and Tricks

Avoid self tanning trauma with these top tips from Self Magazine. By now we are all aware of the sun’s damaging rays and realize how extremely detrimental they can be to our skin; causing age spots and skin cancer. So much so that we would never (yes NEVER) leave the house without some SPF on. But can a girl still lose the pasty pale look without sacrificing the health of her skin?

Sure with self tanner. And I’m not talking that ancient orange glow from years back when you used to (OMG- ick!) put sun-in in your hair either. I’m talking a golden brown that give you that sun-kissed skin that’s perfectly divine. Self tanners have come a long way baby.

This video features Leah Wyar from Self Magazine talking about the self-tanners on the market. Here are her picks:

1. Neutrogena Sheer Body Tint, $10- body bronzer, washes off like makeup. * mousse consistency spreads easily.

2. Lancaster Silk Bronze Moisturizing Milk, $22- creamy consistency that goes on easily, has SPF 6. * not too dark, so it’s good for those with fair skin.

3. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, $29 – good for people with oily skin. * lightweight gel with quick drying time. One of my favorites too!

4. Sunfx Instant Spray-on Tan, $43 * aerosol spray is good for someone who wants to do the whole body. * has a “mystic tan” result for someone who likes a rich color.

5. Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, $8 * the gradual glow builds every day. * improves skin’s elasticity.

6. Estee Lauder Body Performance Golden Naturally Radiant Moisturizer, $35 * daily moisturizer with a low level of self-tanner ingredient, DHA. * citrus scent.

Leah also has tips for expert self-tanner application:

Feet and Hands: Moisture in advance to preempt overdarkening.on your ankles and knuckles. Coat finger/toenails with Vaseline to avoid stain. Always scrub palms afterward.

Knees and Elbows: These are naturally darker areas, so they pick up the color more intensely. Sloughing and extra moisturizing the day before will help. Use a gentle pumice.

Shoulders and Back: No partner? Buy a long-handled foam sponge to reach your back. This is a good time to use TINTED formulas so you can see what’s happening.

Are YOUR heels sandal-ready?

Ok, the warmer weather is FINALLY here, and ladies are your feet ready?  It’s time to say, uhm, what are you waiting for???  If you find yourself doing those last minute workouts and getting ready to show more skin, do NOT forget about those heels.  All you need is 3 weeks and some NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream.  This ultra thick, ultra smooth cream works wonders on thick, dry skin on elbows, knees and of course those heels!  It’s formulated with 20% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is fragrance-free.  Added Pro-Vitamin E and Maltobionic Acid which sounds impressive! and it IS!.  And hey, their pictures don’t lie…

Smooth & Sandal Ready!
Smooth & Sandal Ready!

Smooth & Sandal Ready

Are your heels ready??  They can be!

Miss Jessies Curly Buttercream

Miss Jessies Curly ButtercreamIf your curly hair is dry and overworked, you must, must, must try Miss Jessies Curly Buttercream. Of course I’d try anything that has buttercream in the title, and this stuff is absolutely delish for curls. Plus, it’s the only guilt free buttercream treat around!

This super softening hair souffle is luxuriously creamy and dreamy and has hints of invigorating, cooling peppermint to help refresh your strands and prevent those tiny tangles that you dread. Super hydrating the second you put it on, you just need a tiny dollop to tame those curls into silky submission.

Say goodbye to those dry crunchy curls, and hello to the soft curls you’ve been craving. All you need is a little buttercream from Miss Jessies!

The Benefits of Rare Minerals

If you love Bare Excentuals, by now I’m sure you’re wondering about Rare Minerals. But wearing face powder to BED? Hmm…maybe, if it transforms your skin overnight. According to the clinical studies, respondents reporting the following results:

  • 89% felt their skin was firmer and more resilient
  • 85% felt their skin texture had improved
  • 83% saw fewer imperfections and less visible pores
  • 82% saw clearer skin
  • 81% saw fewer discolorations
  • 68% saw a reduction in facial lines and wrinkles

Sure, studies are great, but will this night treatment work for me? I love Bare Minerals makeup so I thought I’d give this powder a try. To be honest, it was much more simple than my usual nighttime routine (bonus!) and the RareMinerals felt soft and light on my skin. It also made my skin look smooth and clear before bed (bonus #2!) Gotta love it when you look great before bed.

I’ve been using it for two weeks now and my skin feels and looks better. I notice a more even skin tone, less discoloration, and better clarity and texture. I feel I still need a light nighttime my moisturizer and an occasional blemish treatment for those pesky pores, but my skin is in much better condition since I’ve incorporated the Rare Minerals into my beauty routine. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way. Definitely a Style Do!