From the Sephora.com webpage, this blow dryer promises that “this lightweight Buttercup Blow Dryer features an ultrapowerful motor to get the job done fast and efficiently, and conditioning nano beads to seal cuticles, leaving hair noticeably silky, smooth, and frizz-free. NanoIonic™ minerals hydrate and condition hair while negative ions naturally cleanse and freshen. ”
First the backstory on why I bought a $200 blow dryer. When my Chi dryer stopped heating up, I was in the market for a new dryer. Part of me said just go down to Walmart, buy a $20 dryer and be done with it. The other part of me said to remember my promise to my hair to start taking better care of it. Hence my search began. You would have thought I was researching biochemistry or rocket science with how much time I put into reading reviews of several different dryers eventually settling in on the Buttercup. What a great decision. Honestly…I never thought I would be this happy and excited about a blow dryer. The dryer has 2 speeds and 3 heat settings and comes with 2 attachments and dries my hair much faster than my old Chi did. My arm also doesn’t grow tired while drying due to the lightness of the dryer. While it isn’t feather-light, the Buttercup is light enough to not tire out my arm while drying. The end result is hair that is so soft I cannot believe it is mine. My hair has never felt or looked healthier months after a trim ever. Yes…EVER. The frizzy parts near my forehead are less frizzy which is great as they are not easily tamed. I cannot recommend this blow dryer enough. While the price tag is steep for a blow dryer, the results are well worth the price.
A drawback of having pale skin is that any sort of irritation or redness shows up and shows up in a major way. The Ambient lighting powder from Hourglass has several different colors that range from mimicking a moonlit glow to covering redness to creating a candlelit light effect, to even a subtle sun-kissed warmth to the complexion. To be honest, I want all of them (I saw at one point there was a palette with all of them but I missed out on that). Seriously they all look like fun and powder is such a great medium for these effects. Unlike a liquid formula that could look horrid if blended wrong or too much was put on, powder is easily blended and you can add a lot or a little easier than a liquid without the heavy feel of a liquid. Due to the redness in my skin, I purchased the Diffused Light that promotes itself as a “soft, warm, pale yellow powder that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.” The powder also has a special brush that you buy separately, but I decided to skip this as I have powder brushes that I can already use (and I am glad I did skip purchasing the brush as the powder worked just fine with my normal powder brush).
This powder did a great job of making the redness that seems to creep up on my nose much less red and kept shine at bay for well over 4 hours. Did the redness totally disappear? No but it did appear much less significant after using the powder. The powder also made my complexion look overall just better. It is hard to explain, but my face just appeared to be more clear and radiant without sparkle (which is important because in my 30s I do not need glitter on my face). I just wish the redness cover-up lasted longer (like throughout the work day), but I am pretty satisfied with the results this powder gives. Just if you use, make sure you use the one that suits your needs; not every person will look great with every powder and start with a little bit of powder then gradually build up to the coverage you desire.
Yet another splurge! I was (and still am) in the market for a great nude or neutral lipstick that doesn’t wash my face out or make my lips look super pale and pink. I am sorry but the super pale babydoll pink lipstick look kills me. Literally a little part of me dies inside when I see this. Since my lips already are pretty pink to begin with, I am having a heck of a time finding a great nude or even neutral color that does not make my lips look babydoll pink or washed out so if you have ideas…please let me know!
This was yet another splurge. Unless it was the Holy Grail of lipsticks, I would not purchase this again due to the $35 price tag. There are so many other lipsticks that are as good or even better for much less. When Googling “perfect nude lipstick for fair-skinned people” this was a brand and color ( 6 Rouge Bergamasque ) that came up repeatedly. Rouge Bergamasque is described as a delicate nude pink. I had high hopes for this lipstick! Alas, upon receiving the color was a very pale pink with a very slight tinge of salmon color on (this is not a full coverage lipstick but provides a medium coverage color). Far from the delicate nude pink in the description. Again I add the disclaimer that my lips are already very pink to begin with (I know everyone has pink lips, but I have been asked what color lipstick I have on when in fact all I have on is Chapstick). As far as the lipstick formula is concerned I found it to be hydrating for a few hours before needing to reapply. I gave this lipstick a 3 because while the color was way too light on me, the formula itself was hydrating and lasted after mid-day.
In my never ending quest for the Holy Grail of mascaras, I decided to take the plunge and cross off one of the brands I had been wanting to try but was leery due to the price. I have always eyeballed this YSL mascara but always talked myself out of purchasing it due to the $30 price tag. However I decided to splurge and purchase the mascara in the Fascinating Violet color. Since I have green eyes, purples make the green stand out more.
I was extremely impressed with the intensity of the purple color in the tube, on the wand, and initially going onto my lashes. It was knock your socks off wow purple which is good since that is what I wanted. Eventually this dries down and looks like a maroon/blackish mascara unless you are in direct sunlight or are super close to the person’s face who is wearing it which is also good because screaming purple lashes would be frowned upon at my place of employment. While the color is fantastic, the formula is meh. On the positive side, the mascara does not budge while wearing meaning I get no raccoon eyes. On the negative side, this mascara does not do a thing for my lashes; no curl, no volume, no length. It simply goes on (kind of clumpy I might add) and stays there. Some people may like this, but I want my mascara to do something besides just provide color, especially if I am paying $30 for a tube. Not a bad mascara at all if you want to try a fun color as the color is highly pigmented and the formula doesn’t smudge, it just doesn’t do anything else but sit on my lashes.
I decided finally to take a few baby steps into the hair care realm. I usually leave my hair to survive on its own with whatever random shampoo and conditioner is on sale when I need it at my local grocery store. However, lately I have noticed my hair just not looking happy (flat, frizzled, damaged) and decided that my hair should get the same love as my face since ultimately hair frames the face. I honestly chose Bumble and bumble simply because it was a brand I recognized and they sold it at Sephora where I had a gift card. This past Ohio winter wrecked havoc on my already dry and flaky scalp so I was looking for a product that would soothe the situation. The Tonic lotion touted that it ” tames tangles, refreshes your head, feeds your hair, and soothes your scalp ” with ingredients such as tea tree oil which I knew was promoted to help with flaky scalps.
It should be noted that this product is not a lotion in the sense of the lotion you put on your legs after a shower. This is like a spray- on leave-in conditioner that is marketed to male clients (just skip that part..if it does what you need or want it to do who cares if it is meant for men or women). I appreciated that the spray is sold in a travel sized bottle for sample usage before committing to a full sized bottle. After combing out my hair, I sprayed the Tonic lotion onto my scalp primarily but also throughout the hair shaft. The smell is pleasant and the spray is not sticky or heavy. While the product did leave my hair soft and untangled like a pro after drying upside down, I did not notice any benefits to my scalp which is one of the reasons why I purchased it in the first place. However, it did not make my scalp more itchy or drier than what it was. The mini bottle lasted me easily 20+ washings which is a good value. I’m not sure I would buy this again based on the premise that I wanted it to soothe my scalp and flakes and it did not. It did make my hair soft, helped knocked out tangles much easier, wasn’t sticky or heavy, and had a pleasant smell. If I was looking for a detangling product, I would buy this again but if you want something to soothe flakes, I would look elsewhere.