Saturday, March 9

REVIEW: Hot Tools Curling Iron

When I was younger, I would never curl my hair. There was no point in curling it when it would fall flat 30 minutes after being curled. I've always had really thick, hard to curl hair.

After hearing about how thicker hair needs a hotter temperature to manipulate hair, I knew I needed to find a better curling iron. I also knew that I'd probably have to spend a little more to get exactly what I wanted.

The brand Hot Tools had been talked about every now and again on YouTube. I figured I would do my research before I spent nearly $50 on a curling iron. After reading reviews, the good outweighed the bad--so I bought my first Hot Tools curling iron.


Because my hair has gotten so long, I decided on the Nano Ceramic 1 1/4 inch curling iron (black & white). I cannot find a link to it on Ulta.com, so they might not sell it anymore. I love it. It's great for loose waves.

Although I love my 1 1/4 inch, I wanted a smaller barrel for tighter, more defined curls. I convinced my mom to buy one for herself...5/8 in Gold Curling Iron (not pictured). This one obviously gives tight, bouncy curls. Love it, but I wanted something a little looser than the 5/8 inch curls.

I hinted to the boy that I wanted a standard 1 inch for Christmas...I ended up getting it for my birthday. I LOVE IT. It's perfect for everyday curls, and I use it the most out of the three.

What I love most about this brand--which shouldn't be a surprise because of their name--is that it get very hot. They're perfect for my thick hair. They have a dial on the side where you can indicate how hot you want it to heat up. I wouldn't recommend using it on it's hottest temp if you have fine hair. You don't want to end up like that girl in that viral video. I hardly ever use hairspray anymore. I don't need to.


They claim that it "Get's Hot...Stays Hot", and it's 100% true. I never have to worry about waiting for the iron to catch back up. 

Other things that make this product amazing...

Dial heat control
Heats up fast
On/Off Switch
8 ft swivel cord
Long thumb grip
Long cool tip
Thinner handle for easier grip

The only things that I don't like--it doesn't have an automatic shut off. It's not a big deal because I am pretty good about unplugging my hair tools, but I know I've slipped and left it on at least once already...

Out of all the curling irons I've bought from a drugstore--nothing compares to Hot Tools! They range from $30-50, and most of the time I've browsed them at ULTA, they were having some sort of sale. I think they're definitely worth the hype and the price. I know I will have mine for the rest of my life. I cannot wait to expand the collection a little more--maybe with their clipperless wands, roller sets, and hair dryers!

As usual, let me know what you think!?

Hope everyone is having a great week!

♥b


Wednesday, March 6

February Favorites 2013

I never have a lot of favorites. I try not to repeat products from past favorites posts, so usually it's only a handful of products. I also try hard not to include products that I've rave about in a review...this month I failed at both. I know I've reviewed 3/4 of these products, but I hope you enjoy!



Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette--You already know how much I love this palette. If I have to choose one of the Naked palettes to have for the rest of my life--this is certainly it! Perfect, everyday colors.If you want more information about this palette you can check out my review HERE.

NARS Deep Throat blush--I don't wear a lot of blush, but when I do I've been reaching for this one. I use the tiniest bit. It's such a pretty color. If you want more information about this palette you can check out my review HERE.

REVLON Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious (050)--These have revolutionized lip stains! Love them. For not being much of a lip product wearer--these are perfect! I just did a full review of this product, and you can check it out HERE.

One 'N Only Argon Oil, Oil Treatment--I don't think I've ever talked about this before on my blog. I got this a little over a year ago. I use this after I've straightened or curled my hair. I put the smallest amount in the pal of my hand, rub my hands together really fast to warm it up, and then distribute it through the ends of my hair. It makes my hair soft and shiny. It's one of my favorite 'shine serum'.

Those are my February favorites. What do you think of these products? what are your favorites? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

♥b

Tuesday, March 5

2013 Sigma Beauty Wishlist

Lately I've been finding myself really discouraged with my makeup brushes. I've started to save up for some new ones...and I just wanted to do a quick post on a couple brush sets I have in mind from SigmaBeauty.com.

Like I said this is just a quick post. All of the photos will be linked to their website in case you're interested in their products as well.

The only Sigma brush I own is a F82 Round Kabuki, and I LOVE IT for applying my foundation. You can find the review I posted HERE. I want to get the rest of the Professional Sigmax Brush Kit, and the other synthetic eye makeup brushes.


In general, all of my brushes need to be tossed out. I think the Mr. Bunny Essential Kit would be perfect for the kind of makeup I apply.


I've also had my eye on a few of their palettes--I've heard such great things about them. Although they're not as popular as the Naked palettes, I'd love to give them a try. The Paris Palette is absolutely gorgeous.


Out of the other palettes from Sigma, I think I would get a lot of use out of the Flare Palette.


Let me know if you have any of these products and what you think of them!

Sigma is running a 10% off your purchase throughout March with the code: SAVE2013 


Hope you enjoyed is post--I love seeing wishlists! Let me know what you'd love to try out from Sigma!

♥b

All photos from Sigmabeauty.com!

Monday, March 4

REVIEW: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

 Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain--Precious (050)

It's very rare that you would ever see me post about lip products...I hardly ever wear them. Judging by the drawer full of lip products, you'd probably expect me to always be wearing something on my lips but NOPE.

To me they always get in the way. I am constantly bitting and rubbing my lips, so I can't be always wondering if I have lipstick on my teeth or if it smudged. The boy isn't a fan of me wearing lip products either--not because it doesn't look good...it just gets in the way. He's not the kind of guy that particularly loves wearing lipstick! ;)

A couple months ago I bought one of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I was really hesitant about it because of my past purchases with lip stains. I wasn't too fond of the Cover Girl Outlast lip stains. They were bad and sucked all the moisture out of my lips. Not to forget that they made it look like you just drank a gallon of Koolaid.

These balm stains from Revlon are really nice, and certainly didn't suck the moisture from my lips. I picked up one in the color Precious (050). I'm not one that will wear bright colors on my lips...I'm more of a neutral kind of girl. This color was perfect. It was a couple shades darker than my natural lip color. Of course, it was a little out of my comfort zone, but I have grown to love it!

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The packaging is convenient. There's no sharpener required. The bottom silver cap twists so the product comes out almost like a chapstick. Although the product isn't the full length of the tube, you get just as much as you would in a lipstick. I love that the color is indicated on most of the packaging and not on a little circle like the end of a lipstick. It's much easier to detect which shade you're reaching for.


I don't like spending a lot of money on lip products just because I usually never wear them...but I can justify spending $8-10 on these! The 'balm stain' idea is genius--why didn't I think of that!? I think Revlon has done an amazing job recreating the lip stains.

I first tested this product at the end of last year when the boy and I took a road trip.The balm feeling wore off about an hour and a half of applying it, but the color still looked just as good as it did when I applied it. The color started to look splotchy after 3 total hours of wear, so I applied another layer. The color then lasted me throughout the rest of the day. I do want to mention that we were eating and drinking the whole day as well. The only thing that transferred to the glass was the balm when it was present--none of the color. After convincing the boy that he wouldn't get any on him, he let me kiss him...and to my surprise none of the color transferred!

Even if I have to reapply after a couple hours, it sure is better than constantly worrying about it smudging.

I cannot wait to pick up more shades from this collection. I am also interested in comparing them to the other 'balm stains' other companies like Covergirl and Elf have come out with.

Let me know if you've tried these! Which colors have you tried? Do you love them? Hate them? I'd love to know your thoughts!


♥b

Sunday, March 3

Most Worn Polish: February 2013

 Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear--Brick Wall (20)

If I had to choose just one polish to wear for the rest of my life...this would probably be the one I'd choose. Although it took my a couple years to find the perfect red, I finally found it in a clearance polish. By the time I realized how much I loved the color and how great it looked with my skin tone, it was discontinued. My mom picked it up for me for Easter one year, and I haven't seen it in store since!

If I could get my hands on this polish in store again, I would buy whatever they had in stock! I love it. It's the perfect blood red, and to top it off it's a gorgeous jelly finish.



You most likely think of reds and pinks when you think of Valentine's day, so I couldn't resist wearing it for the occasion. I didn't think that I would be wearing it the rest of the month or be featuring it in my most worn polish post for February. I hesitated because it is a discontinued polish, and I wouldn't want to send my readers on the hunt for something they couldn't find.

Because I wore it most of the month, I just had to show it. Even if you can't find it in store, maybe some of you have it. The brand alone is very popular, so who knows. Maybe some of you know of some dupes for me?

Sally Hansen is probably one of the most popular nail polish brands from the drugstore. Let me know what you think of this polish and the brand. I would also love to know what you wore for Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

♥b