Everyday Beauty Blog: Best of Beauty 2014!

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Can you believe that 2014 is ALMOST over? This year really has just gone by super fast for me. Well, I’ll take that back… The last couple of months have gone by fast! I’m not going to lie, the beginning of the year was not the best for me, but I persevered and I am in a much better place now. For me 2014 was filled with beauty busts but the beauty champs reigned supreme for me. In lieu of a “December 2014” favorites, let’s take a look back at some of my absolutely FAVORITE products of 2014. Introducing: Everyday Beauty Blog Best of 2014!

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5.) Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks ($21.00 each) – When I reviewed these fabulous liquid lippies I raved about the wear time, how they felt on my lips, the packaging ,etc. and I ragged about the shade selection. I am happy to report that Too Faced has added quite a few new shades and the line stands at a whopping 18 shades in under a year. That’s how you know a product is great: rapid line expansion. The Too Faced Melted line sports an impressive shade selection that even features a new vampy bluish, purple shade shade: Melted Villain, which is new for their Spring 2015 collection. The Too Faced Melteds are my pick for Best of Beauty 2014 Lippie!

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4.) DermOrganic Shine Spray Therapy ($19.99) – I literally just received this product two weeks ago and this leave in spray is hands down the absolute BEST I have ever tried. It is one of the few products that actually does everything it claims to: seals the cuticle, provides heat protections, adds softness and shine, etc. If you try anything from DermOrganic snag this. My hair is ridiculously shiny, soft and manageable now that I am using it. It also has a very sweet, almost candy like fragrance that I love. The DermOrganic Shin Spray Therapy is a must have, Best of Beauty 2014 Hair Product!

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3.) Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadows/Blushes (Price varies starting at $21.00) – 2014 saw a TON of eyeshadow releases but my pick for shadows of the year goes to Make Up For Ever and their relaunched line of powder shadows and blushes. There is an INSANE amount of shades and finishes. The quality is there on 95% of the Artist Shadows/Primer. Can’t commit to a few full sized colors? Nab the Make Up For Ever Artists’ Shadow Palette. It’s a great starting point to get you hooked on the rest of the line! The Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadows earned Best of Beauty 2014 Eyeshadows!

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2.) T3 Single Pass Compact Iron ($79.00) – I spent most of 2013 and 3/4’s of 2014 searching high and low, far and wide, for the best flat iron for my tresses. And I finally found it in late August! The T3 Single Pass Compact Iron is everything  need to tame my locks and get them pin straight. Combined with the DermOrganic Shine Spray Therapy, I am flaunting shiny, straight hair for days on days. I use the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron more than any other beauty tool I own earning it Best of Beauty 2014 Beauty Tool.

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1.) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44.00) – How could this awesome foundation stick not be number one? Reformulated and relaunched for Spring 2014, Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is EVERYTHING you want in a foundation. It wears phenomenally on it’s own, plays well with primers and powders, covers well and it looks like skin. If you have to tried this yet, you have to for 2015. This power house foundation has been a recurring favorite for me since I purchased it. Was there ever any real clear cut winner for me this year? The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is definitely Best of Beauty 2014 for me.

I am looking forward to 2015 for SO many reasons: fabulous new beauty products, wonderful opportunities and of course our TWINS! Happy New Year my dear readers. I hope and pray that 2015 is a happy, prosperous and joyous year for all!

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T3 Single Pass Compact Iron

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The T3 Single Pass Compact Iron is a compact, travel friendly flat iron that promises to deliver “healthy, radiant results in one smooth glide”. It retails for $79.00 and it is a staple of the T3 displays at T3 retailers nationwide. I have been a DIEHARD CHI fan for like ever but I’ve noticed that I’ve had to go over my hair multiple times and I was often left with frizzier results. Did the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron convert me OR did I go back to my beloved CHI? Let’s check out the “official” product description courtesy of T3 via Sephora:

This iron combines T3® Tourmaline-infused, ceramic plates with superior digital heating technology to seal the hair cuticle and reduce frizz, delivering healthy, radiant results in one smooth glide. From straightening to curling, the SinglePass® Compact offers full styling capability in a portable size with the added convenience of a heat-resistant cap for safe storage and travel capability. Just over eight inches (20.3 cm) from end to end, this styling companion can be stored at the office for quick touch-ups or inside your purse, gym bag, or carry-on luggage ensuring your tresses stay perfectly styled no matter where your busy schedule or travels may take you.

This T3® SinglePass™ Compact Iron features:
– T3® Tourmaline-infused 0.8 inch/2cm ceramic plates
– Digital heating 410°F/210°C
– Ceramic heating element
– One-hour auto shut-off
– 8-ft/2.4m professional swivel cord
– Heat resistant cap
– Auto world voltage (100-240V)
– Two-year warranty

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I have to say all I have enjoyed my T3 Single Pass Compact Iron more than ANY CHI I have ever owned.  It heats up super fast, it gets perfect results in one or two passes, I’m relatively frizz free if I take my time and straighten my hair correctly, it’s super lightweight so my arm does not get tired and it’s compact which makes for easy storage. For me personally, the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron has been a lifesaver! I love that it is smaller and it makes straightening my bangs and the layers around my face a breeze. Even though it is smaller than my older CHI it takes me the same amount of time to do my entire head and my hair is very fine and prone to frizz/wave but also long and layered. I ask found that instead of the bone straight look I was able to flip my ends under easier with the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron.

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All of the goodness aside, the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron is not for everyone. It has one heat setting so if you have fine, fragile hair the 410 degree temp might be too hot for your tresses. The compact size also means that if you have long, mega thick or beyond curly hair than it’s going to take you a while to do your entire head.  A heat protectant is a MUST when using this product. It is also prone to “denting” your hair if you press too firmly with the handle.

Call me a smitten T3 kitten right now! I am not going back to my CHI ever, if anything I am more anxious to try a full sized offering from T3 to see how it compares to their T3 Single Pass Compact Iron and maybe a curling iron or two. I used to love my beachy waves but now that I have my T3  I have been opting for a straighter, sleeker look. Have you tried anything from the T3 line before? Let me know in the comments below.