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For those of us who won’t leave home with­out our “faces” on, cot­tage week­ends, swim­ming pools, and the re­sult­ing makeup melt can pose prob­lems. The lat­est mas­cara from Rim­mel ac­tu­ally tints your lashes over time, so on days when wear­ing it sim­ply doesn’t make sense, you’ll never have to go bare. We can’t be­lieve no one thought of this sooner. Rim­mel Lon­don Vol­ume Colourist Mas­cara, $11. Con­sid­er­ing that the house­hold hair dryer has been around for a cen­tury, the ap­pli­ance has seen re­mark­ably lit­tle in­no­va­tion. (Ad­vance­ments have pretty much peaked at cold shot but­tons, and ionic tech­nol­ogy.) Dyson, the vi­sion­ary brand be­hind the bag-less vac­uum and blade­less fan, is con­quer­ing a new cat­e­gory with the Dyson Su­per­sonic—a qui­eter, lighter, and com­pletely reimag­ined hair dryer, four years and $100 mil­lion in the mak­ing. The ap­pli­ance is leaps and bounds ahead of the cur­rent hair dryer of­fer­ing. Heat safe­guards, strate­gic hair-smooth­ing air-flow an­gles, and a quiet mo­tor (one of its hum­ming tones was tweaked to a pitch inaudi­ble to the hu­man ear) are im­pres­sive, but it’s the ma­chine’s shock­ing light­ness and er­gonomic de­sign that have us ex­cited. Hold­ing the blow dryer is more like hold­ing an ice cream cone. Its up­right de­sign and cen­tral­ized mo­tor make our reg­u­lar top-heavy, boomerang-shaped mod­els seem pos­i­tively ar­chaic. We’re never look­ing back! The Dyson Su­per­sonic, $500, can be pur­chased in Au­gust. dyson­

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