Sunday, November 23, 2014

For the hair styling impaired: as close to idiot-proof as it can get

*Disclosure: I received a free sample of the Kiss InstaWave Curling Iron in exchange for my honest review: all thoughts, ideas, and pictures are my own.

I'm one of those hair style impaired people. My usual style is a pony tail or messy bun because they're just about the only hairstyles I can manage to do without hurting myself. I am, however, related to the hair queen who manages to actually style her hair on a daily basis. I don't know whether this fact should make me proud of my baby sis or annoyed that I didn't inherit that gene and she did. Either way, she was psyched to help me with this review and I was hoping just to escape with all my hair intact since my experience with curling irons consists of multiple burns, smoking hair (and not in a good way), and that horrible yanking that you have to do when you manage to tangle a huge chunk of hair all over the place and you're pretty sure you're about to burn it off. Yeah, I'm that person. 

According to the product description "The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro)." Good thing, since I'm clearly not a pro.

Abby came over last Saturday, and we decided to break this bad boy out of it's package. Please note that she did her hair, to come to my house to do her hair... I'm not even sure I showered that morning. Are we really related? We plugged it in... and it made a weird noise. Like a high-pitched buzzing noise. Weird, but Kiss says it's the circuit that drives the motor and isn't a safety issue. Good to know, still kinda weird. 

We tested it out on my hair first, since, you know it can't look much worse. There was a final check of directions. There are two heat settings, with the curler heating up to 420 degrees. We did it on the higher temperature, but I honestly don't know the difference between the two settings.

A few seconds of panic, and then Abby went to it. She, of course, had no issue with it and was able to curl my hair with ease.

And check out that belly- seriously
And then I tried it myself. The first couple of times I got it all tangled up, but once I got the hang of it, it was really simple to use. How the wand vertically next to your head, put a strand of the hair on the curling rod, hit the left or right Curl Dial direction and the wand automatically winds the hair into place. Even if you mess it up, it can get the hair back in place for you to create effortless curls. Hold it for 5-10 seconds, the longer you hold it, the tighter the curls.Then you just pull the wand down vertically and, done! 

The final results.
 After I did it on my own hair, Abby got brave and let me curl her hair too. Not going to lie, I did a pretty awesome job! The curls lasted all day, and I've even used it on my own a couple of times before work this week. While I'm still getting the hang of it, I actually really like it! The Kiss Instawave retails for $59.99 and can be found at Target, Ulta, and I'm not a hundred percent sure I'd spend almost $60 for a curling iron, just because I don't usually style my hair much, but the ease of this actually makes it worthwhile. If I were someone who regularly did my hair, I'd probably have an easier time spending the money on it. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

25 Weeks pregnant with Boo #2

I keep meaning to do a side-by-side comparison of pix from this time compared to last it will probably happen when this kid is 2. 

  • I've already explained the epic fail that was this week- all of which just lead to more exhaustion than I was already experiencing. Needless to say I feel like a zombie, but the second I lay down in bed at night, I can't sleep. It's a great combination.
  • Heartburn has been rearing it's fiery head on a daily basis now. It's worst around dinner time and when I'm trying to fall asleep, Tums are my new after-dinner snack.
  • Speaking of snacks, I want snacks all the time, but I don't really want meals... little bits of food throughout the day just make me feel better, but is sometimes hard to manage. 
  • 99.9% positive we have a name for this little bugger. While I've been calling him Teddy since I was about 6 weeks pregnant, he now has an official name... first AND middle... but we're not spilling yet :) Mostly because we got too many comments and suggestions about Fynn's name when we made that public.
  • This week little Boo is the size of a cauliflower this week, measuring at 13.6-14.8 inches long and 1.5-2.5 pounds of baby goodness. 
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