Friday, November 21, 2014

KISS│InstaWave


 
Hey, dolls! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your day. I recently got the opportunity to try out what is the probably one of the coolest curling hair styling tools that I have come across-the InstaWave™ by KISS. I love checking out the latest innovations when it comes to hair tools and I gotta say, the InstaWave™ is unlike any other curler I have tried before. This revolutionary tool not only makes curling hair easy, it's also fun too.



The InstaWave™ is an automatic, tangle-free curling device that's comprised of ceramic technologies that give the hair a healthy and shiny look, while also reducing frizz and damage. The device has two heat settings (high/low) with the maximum temperature being 420° F. The curl dial feature is something that I think many will appreciate since it allows for left/right curling directions, thus resulting in more natural looking curls. The device also has an automatic 90 minute shut-off, which is great.





I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the InstaWave™ at first. I am accustomed to the more traditional curling irons, and I wasn't sure how this tool was going to fare up to them in terms of effectiveness and ease of use. Well, turns out I was concerned for nothing because I was surprised at how quickly I got the hang of the InstaWave™, which is super easy to use.

The device heats up fairly quickly, and it's not heavy to hold at all. I didn't experience any tangling or tugging during the process, and I found that for my thick shoulder length hair, 20 minutes was all it took to curl my whole head. Love that!

The end result I achieve with the InstaWave™ is just awesome. This tool makes my curls super bouncy, soft, and voluminous. My hair also looks shiny and healthy, to boot. My hair has the tendency of not holding a curl very well, but with the InstaWave™, my curls are still intact the next day.

How-To Demonstration:


Step 1: Hold the InstaWave™ vertically and place a section of hair on the curling rod.

Step 2: Press the dial switch button either left or right, and the barrel will start rotating automatically, catching and curling the hair. Keep pressing the dial switch button until the hair is fully wrapped around the barrel. Release the dial switch button and let the InstaWave™ heat hair for 5-10 seconds. If you want tighter curls hold for a bit longer. Hold less for looser waves.

Step 3: Once hair is curled, pull the InstaWave™ straight down to release hair section.

Step 4: Done! Break apart the curls with fingers for a more natural, tousled look. To maximize hold, spray curls with a bit of hair spray.


There were a few things I came across when using the InstaWave™ that I think are worth mentioning. First, when I first plugged in the device, I noticed a faint high pitched sound coming from it, that went on the whole time the curler was in use. It was definitely a concern for me but we were assured that there were no safety issues associated with it, and that the sound is caused by the circuit to drive the motor. Next, I think this device is a bit more effective for those who have medium-long hair lengths. I have shoulder length hair but I do have a few short hair pieces in the very back of my head, and I found that my hair would slip out of the device often when I would try to curl it with the InstaWave™. After a few tries though, I eventually got some curling action going on.

Overall
While there are a number of curling devices in the market, the InstaWave™ totally holds it's own. It's refreshing, effective, innovative, and easy to use. What could be better? This is definitely a tool that I am going to be reaching for often whenever I want to easily achieve beautiful, lasting curls.

Price & Availability: 
$59.99 / http://www.kissinstawave.com/


What do you all think of the InstaWave?


Disclaimer: This post has been powered by BrandBacker. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes. My opinions are always honest, never influenced, and my own.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Julep│November 2014


 
Hey, lovelies! I hope you are all having an awesome day. Today, I am going to be sharing with you what I received in my November Julep Maven box. This month I decided to go with the bombshell box which contained two gorgeous nail colors, a mascara, and delicious candies that made the box that much sweeter.

Check it out!



Fazia: How stunning is this garnet colored shimmer? It's just mesmerizing and I don't have anything like it in my collection. I have a feeling Fazia is going to be a major favorite this winter season.

Jessie: During the fall and winter months, hues like this one are all I sport. I am loving this rich, deep eggplant crème. So effortless.


Length Matters Wow Impact Mascara: I can't wait to give this mascara a try. It's paraben and sulfate free, and it promises to lengthen and define lashes without clumping, smudging, or flaking. The thin micro-bristle brush is sure to grab and coat every lash hair, and the formula looks super creamy and smooth.


Goetze's Caramel Creams®: These caramel treats are chewy, tasty, and really satisfying. Yum!


If you want to sign up for your own Julep Maven monthly subscription you can do so here.


What did you all receive in your November Julep Maven boxes?


Pregnancy Update: I am now a little over 26 weeks along and this little guy just amazes me everyday. He moves lots (especially after I eat, or if I lay down on my side), and his little kicks and wiggles are so precious. I had an ultrasound a couple of days ago and thankfully, everything is looking good. He is growing beautifully, and he already weighs 2 pounds!


Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Julep Maven subscription. This post contains referral links.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And Baby Makes Three (Update)!


image credit: zwani.com

Hello, lovelies! Long time no see. My apologies for not posting anything on here in awhile. Thank you all for bearing with me and being so patient. I seriously have the best readers! Over the Summer I received the most beautul surprise. My boyfriend Jonathan and I are expecting our first baby! I am 20 weeks along and we just recently found out that we will be having a sweet boy. I am so excited, I feel so blessed, and he is all I think about. I love this bundle of joy with all my heart, and I can't wait to meet him!

Since finding out I was pregnant I sort of had to put blogging on the back-end for a bit. My mind has just been so occupied with this little peanut and all that needs to be done to prepare for his arrival in February. Also, during my first trimester, I was constantly tired-all I wanted to do was sleep. Most of the time I had no energy to do anything. But now that I am in my second trimester, I am feeling way better-I see why they say the second trimester is the best one.

I am gradually going to begin blogging again, and getting back into the swing of things. I truly missed it and I have so much to share with you all, including this new and exciting part of my life. Along with beauty posts, expect some pregnancy updates as well, on here.


Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MAC Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne Collection│Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, and Dodgy Girl Lipsticks, Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

Hey, lovelies! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your day! Today, I am going to be sharing with you all a small haul from MAC's new Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne two-part collection, which is available online now and hits counters tomorrow. Kelly's part of the collection doesn't skimp on color, and three of the lipsticks quickly stole my heart at first glance. I had to make them mine. And from Sharon's more neutral-centric part of the collection, I got my hands on a mineralize skinfinish duo that does it all!

Before we get into the products, I just want to take a moment to talk about the fun packaging. Kelly's collection consists of violet packaging with her signature in red; and Sharon's collection is comprised of red packaging with her signature in lavender. Super cute and girly! Love!

L-R: Lipsticks in Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, and Dodgy Girl; Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

L-R: Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, Dodgy Girl

Strip Poker: I can never resist a good nude lip color, and Strip Poker is right up my alley. I like that it's not so light of a nude that it disappears on my lips and washes out my complexion. Although I really like the color, I am not really fond of the formula. This lipstick doesn't go on as smoothly as I would have liked, it settles in the lines on my lips, and it's not very long lasting even though it contains a matte formula. A little disappointing, but I am willing to work with it.

Kelly Yum-Yum: This bright, vivid pink was made to stand-out. Kelly Yum-Yum is perfection! The color punch is outstanding, the satin formula effortlessly glides on the lips, it feels comfortable on, and the lasting power is no joke. The color leaves behind a stain that isn't going anywhere for hours! If you only get one lipstick from the collection, let it be Kelly Yum-Yum. You won't be disappointed.

Dodgy Girl: I am so enamored with this lip color. Dodgy girl is a light lavender that contains a hint of soft pink. Aside from the stunning color, there is a reason why Dodgy Girl is one of the most coveted lipsticks in the collection. The matte formula and wear time are lovely, and the color is very wearable and flattering on. What's not to love?

Strip Poker

Kelly Yum-Yum

Dodgy Girl

L-R: Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, Dodgy Girl

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo: I am a huge fan of MAC's mineralize skinfinishes, and Refresh is no exception. This duo is comprised of a shimmered golden pink mineralize skinfinish, and a peachy-tan mineralize bronzer. The bronzer imparts just the right amount of warmth and color to the skin, and the shimmered mineralize skinfinish adds the perfect glowing finishing touch. The formula on these is fantastic. So smooth and creamy. In the pictures above I am wearing the mineralize bronzer on my cheeks and temples. I also used the golden pink mineralize skinfinish to highlight the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, and chin. I love how natural and effortless the outcome is. Refresh is going to be one of my summertime staples, for sure!

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo


Price
Lipsticks ($17.50 / Each)
Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33)

Availability


What do you all think of MAC's two-part Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne collection?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NYX│Macaron Lippies


When I saw that NYX came out with their super colorful Macaron Lippies, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I have to admit, most of the colors are a little out of my comfort zone; but since I have been craving to play up my lips with over-the-top bold colors, these Macaron Lippies were just what I had in mind to experiment with. I hauled seven of the colors that stood out to me most.

Take a look!

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet

L-R: Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender

To be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about these bolder lip colors from NYX. It wasn't that long ago when I began to slowly explore other lip color offerings, beyond my usual go-to neutrals, reds, corals, and pinks. MAC's Heroine lipstick was one of my first introductions to purple lip colors (review coming soon), and Maybelline's Color Sensational® Vivids lipstick in Electric Orange made me realize that orange is much easier to get away with than I thought.

Although the majority of the colors in NYX's Macaron Lippie lineup are a bit daring and out there, there are also wearable hues like a pretty pink, available. These lipsticks are super creamy and smooth. They glide on the lips without tugging, and they feel comfortable on. The pigmentation on these is nice, so I don't have to put much effort into building up the color. 

I was worried that these lipsticks would go on super patchy, being that they are so creamy and slippery, but I had no issues whatsoever. They each imparted pretty even results for the most part. These lipsticks do have a sweet, artificial fragrance to them. I am not the biggest fan of the scent, but at the same time it's not overwhelming either. The lasting power on these isn't anything to write home about. I get around 3 hours of wear time before a retouch is needed. Violet on the other hand, does leaves behind a stain.

Pistachio (mint green)

Earl Grey (light blue with a grey undertone), Lavender (purple lavender)

Black Sesame (light grey), Orange Blossom (tangerine)

Violet (violet purple), Blue Velvet (vivid blue)

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender


Overall
NYX's Macaron Lippies really surprised me. In a good way. The formula of the lipsticks wasn't so bad, the pigmentation didn't disappoint, and the affordable price point can't be beat. I found these lip colors to be quite easy to wear and dare I say, even a little flattering on? I would totally sport these out sometime. My favorites would have to be Orange Blossom, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, and Lavender. Love them! If you are itching to play with colorful lip hues that take bold to a whole new level, definitely give NYX's Macaron Lippies a try.

Price
$6.00 / Each

Availability


What do you all think of NYX's Macaron Lippies? Would you sport colorful lip colors like these?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.