Friday Favorites August 22

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1.) John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush I purchased this as a replaced to my Conair Infiniti Pro Hot Air Spin Brush that was on the verge of dying. Drying my hair was not something that I did very often. If I wear my hair down I straighten it because it is very frizzy and wavy making me look like I should be in an 80’s hair band. I usually would just let it air dry and then use a straightener (I hate the word flat iron) to smooth it out. Then the whole blow out thing became popular and I saw this on Pinterest from Lauren Conrad’s website. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the actual tutorial on her site or Pinterest. Using a round brush and hair dryer at the same time was too difficult for me so, I figured I’d try out the Conair. This thing is definitely worth the investment! Not only is it a blow dryer, but with a push of a button it rotates itself. By sectioning my hair off and taking my time I am able to get a very smooth blow out looking. If it is done correctly, you will not need to use a straightener afterwards. I had the Conair for 3 years or so and used it on a regular basis. I could tell that it was going to die soon as it wasn’t as powerful with the spinning. The John Frieda brush does not rotate, but it is just as great as the Conair. With this one you have a little bit more control and because it is smaller its possible to get closer to the scalp.

2.) Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat Protection Spray This stuff is about $7 or $8 at Sally Beauty. It is the only heat protection spray that I’ve used for the past several years. Other sprays always left my hair feeling dry or too greasy. I tried several different high end brands and had no luck. I randomly picked this up one day to try and loved it. Out of everything I’ve tried I feel this one seems to offer the most protection, isn’t greasy, and leaves my hair feeling smooth.

3.) Apple Magic Trackpad I’ve had my eye on this thing for awhile. Since I have spent the last 15+ years on a computer most of the day, I developed wrist problems. Even with taking frequent breaks and doing some stretches I have wrist pain. This mouse only works with apple products, but unfortunately we use Dell computers at work. For school work I need to use a Mac so I purchased it anyway. It definitely is easier on my wrists, but a bit tricky to use as I have not gotten the hang of it yet.

4.) Urban Decay Perversion Mascara This month I had a really disappointing Ipsy box. This was the only product sample that I’ve used consistently since I received the box. I have a big issue with both mascara and eyeliner. My eyes are super sensitive, so I never really wear eyeliner. Otherwise my eyes get all watery and itchy. Certain mascaras have the same effect. My other issue that lies with mascara is the fact that I buy waterproof and it’s not waterproof. After a few hours I see little flakes or residue of mascara underneath my eyes and it appears I have a black eye. Anyway, this mascara is not irritating or clumpy. Once it is applied you can definitely notice a difference.

5.) Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Naked While on the search for the perfect bronzer for contouring I picked up this product. I have fair skin and many of the shades were too dark and made me look like I was dirty. This particular shade of bronzer is noticeable on my skin, but not dramatic. I don’t use the blush often because I prefer blushes that are coral colored. The compact would be convenient to travel with since it combines 3 products into one.

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