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Product Review: Conair Xtreme Heat Rollers

Product: 6 out of 10
Packaging: 9 out of 10
Quality: 6 out of 10
 Overall: 6 out of 10
Price: $35-41 depends where you buy them (I got mine at Target)
 Model: Xtreme Instant Heat Hair Rollers

Disclaimer: All product reviews and honest opinions on this site are solely that of my own and I am not endorsed, affiliated, or paid for this review unless otherwise specified.  I bought this product with my own money.

From their website: Girls who love curls can get them in an instant with these hot rollers. The clips and rollers are both heated for extra hold, and infused with ceramic technology for better heat transfer. New Xtreme provides the fastest heat-up – 75 seconds!
  • 75 seconds – fastest heat-up for the perfect style
  • Dual heat comes from both the clip and the roller for extra hold
  • Ceramic technology – for better heat transfer and longer-lasting curls
  • 20 ceramic multi-sized rollers – for beautiful curls and volume
    • 8 jumbo rollers (1.25″)
    • 6 large rollers (1″)
    • 6 medium rollers (.75″)
  • 20 heated clips
  • Stay-cool end rings
  • Ready dot
  • On/Off switch
  • Power indicator light
  • 5-foot line cord
  • UL listed
  • Limited one-year warranty
My observations: The storage box with the rollers isn’t heavy, but is a bit too huge to take for traveling. Heat up time is pretty fast like they claim, and you can tell it’s ready when the red dot (see pic below) turns white, however the dot is only on ONE roller, not on all of them. The rollers themselves are like flocked velvet material, they have a slit in each roller to slide onto the metal plates in the heated box, they can get very hot, so I use my Kevlar glove to roll my hair to protect my hand from getting burned (it came with an Enzo clipless curling iron my fiance got me).

The clips heat up on the hot plate that’s also in the box for longer lasting curls, and you just keep adding clips onto the plates as you take one out (one in, one out). The heated clips help speed up the process, and help keep the curl so it lasts longer. It comes with 20 rollers total, and 20 clips. The rollers are different sizes, 8 jumbo rollers, 6 large rollers, and 6 medium rollers.

What I didn’t like about it? It curled my hair nicely, but because I have long hair, I had to re-curl a few sections a few times just to get it to even look like it was curled which probably takes longer for me than if I were to use an actual curling iron. The clips half the time, did NOT stay onto the rollers, they kept sliding off and my hair would unravel from the roller, and I didn’t even use a lot of hair where it would be too much for the roller and the clip. I could never even ‘tighten’ the roller so it stayed/felt secured on my head because the clip itself only encompasses half of the roller, so there was barely any comb left from the clip to hold onto my hair so it would stay close to my scalp. It would just sorta fall loosely which was annoying because after awhile the weight of having close to rollers on your head just starts to hurt since it sorta tugs and becomes uncomfortable. Also, the curls didn’t really last a long time, at the end of the night they lost it’s shape and just looked wavy, and that’s with hairspray.

PROS: 
– Heats up fast
– Clips heat up too which is nice to ensure a lasting curl
– Has a slit in the roller which I believe stores more heat in the ceramic plates as oppose to tradititional rollers

CONS:
– Clips would not stay on rollers, couldn’t clip it tight enough to roll it close to the top of my head
– Had to re-curl a few sections to get a decent curl
– Wish there were more large or medium curlers

Overall? I recommend it for gals with shorter and fine hair because I think it would work great for that type of hair. My hair is just too long and thick for these rollers so they just didn’t work out for me, even at the end of the night they were weighed down and went from curly to wavy. I am better off personally using a curling iron as it can give me my desired curl/look, and it seems a lot faster.

Review: Yuko Repair Through Spray for Hair

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $24 for 6.8 fl. oz, available on Yuko-USA, Amazon
Happy Monday dolls! This will probably be my only post this week since I am moving and don’t know when I will be getting my internet and cable setup, but have no fear, if all goes well I should be back in business next week *crosses fingers*. I love Japanese skin and haircare products, they are just so gentle and always seem to work well with me. I was in search for a new leave-in conditioner since my long hair can get unruly and dry, I like something that can keep my hair shiny and moisturized without weighing it down or making it feel like I have product in my hair; and was happy to try Yuko Repair Through Spray.  They also have shampoos and hair treatments on their online shop.
What it is: Leave-in conditioner which contains various kinds of amino-acid that protect hair from blow-dryer or ironing. 
What they say: Diminish damage from heat by excluding alcohol as ingredients. Moisture and moisten agencies penetrate into hair, protection agency covers cuticle with softness and anti-static. Leaves essential moissture in hair, protects from heat from blow-dryer or home care iron. Deeply revitalizes, detangles, and smooths the hair before styling prevents split ends and breakage. Makes the hair shiny, moist and light silky. 
Usage: Spray onto wet/damp hair before blowdrying.
PROS:
– No weird or funky smell like other products (Ojon works wonders but not a fan of the smell), so I like that this has a very light scent.
– Detangler is a bonus! Ladies with long hair know what I am talking about, but this definitely helped combing my hair after a shower a lot easier (and painless!)
– I felt my hair wasn’t as dry, felt more soft to the touch, and gave a nice sheen. 
– Pretty large bottle to last awhile.
CONS:
– Kind of pricey for a leave-in conditioner, although I have not used it long enough to see how long-term results are (to see if it may be worth it).
– Must purchase online rather than an actual store, some salons carry certain products according to their site/store locator, but not too many options available.
Overall: It seemed to do a good job at keeping the ends of my hair moisturized, since having long hair tends to dry my ends. My hair felt nice and soft after a few sprays, and it was easy to comb and style since it’s also a detangler. But $24 may be pricey for a leave-in conditioner for some (including myself), I currently don’t spend that much on hair products in general, but then again it’s because I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair in terms of curling, straightening, etc. So for those that care more for their hair than I do with mine, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Bornprettystore.com

Happy New Year ladies! Sorry i’ve been slacking this week in posting, everyone’s back from vacation so i’ve been busy catching up at work and because the fiance and I are moving next week (even though I feel like we just moved into our place!), but I am moving to be closer to work since the commute now sorta stinks. So I am sad leaving the home we had so many memories in, but looking forward to making new ones at our new place; which is going to cut my commute from an hour to less than 30 minutes! But I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with loved ones, and toast to the New Year! May 2011 bring lots of luck, happiness, good health, and of course more money wouldn’t hurt either! LOL.

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5

Anyway, I had an opportunity to try out a couple of 16 shimmer eyeshadow palettes from http://www.bornprettystore.com, as well as their sponge bun maker. When I first saw these palettes I was amazed at how colorful they are, and when I swatched them on my hand, they were so pigmented! I’ve seen random palettes from places that look bright and pigmented, but are far from it when you swatch them, and definitely not the case with these. I wish these palettes came in all neutral colors as well for everyday wear, or even a matte version to switch things up. They also come with sponge-tip applicators.

These are without a base, pretty pigmented!
Product: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5

Their sponge bun maker is so nifty and makes nice loose hairstyles in a jiff. My hair is long, thick, and heavy, so usually I can’t rock hair ‘do clips that make updo’s or buns because my hair just weighs it down and my head ends up feeling bruised at the end of the day, but because these are made out of foam, they are pretty comfy to sport and makes it easy to do a messy bun or chignon in seconds. Although I had to use some bobby pins to pin a few pieces since it wouldn’t hold all my hair together, it still came out great! It’s great for those of you with shorter hair, or fine hair as it will hold up really well, for us ladies with long and thick hair, it takes a bit of work and you may need some pins to keep it in place, but you can still make nice hairstyles.

From their website:

A loose chignon I did for a wedding:

Hair: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment

Thanks for all the comments on the last FOTD post! I’ll be answering your questions from my C-box later today as it’s almost 2am and I still have to wake up early for work in a few hours, but also I know many of you have been leaving comments without a blog so feel free to leave an email or an easier way to contact you. Many of you asked how I did my hair on my last fotd post, and I pretty much just do my hair the same each time. I just take a 1.5 ” curling iron (for bigger and looser natural curls) and just curl the bottom part of my hair or just the ends for a little curl and volume. I did a quick video awhile back on how I do it so you can get an idea. There’s really no special trick to it and it’s easy to do! :)

***And in case you are wondering what curling iron I use, it’s the Revlon Perfect Heat series, I also have one that’s 1 1/4″ barrel. You can find them at a great price at Target or Wal-Mart. Some people don’t really like Revlon curling irons, but it honestly works for me, and I’ve even tried other brands, Helen of Troy and Hot Tools, etc., but this one just works for me and it’s cheap!

Another little thing I love because it unfailingly brings my hair back to life as well as adding in any necessary moisture when my hair is thirsty for some; is the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I first introduced Ojon Products a few months ago when I first bought the Ojon Kit from a trade show and I have loved them ever since! They really help maintain the moisture and shine my hair needs, and doesn’t dry out my hair like other regular hair products because it doesn’t contain any alcohol in it- just natural oils.

The Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment is made out of palm nut oil and I describe it as a soft and paste-like; you scoop a little at a time with the natural spoon it comes with and place it on the palm of your hands and rub it together until the paste melts from the warmth of your hands into the oil and apply it on your hair (dry hair). You then leave it in for as long as you want (like half an hour, or 15 minutes, etc) and then rinse out when you take a shower and shampoo and conditioner as normal (I also use the Ojon Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner). For BETTER RESULTS, I like applying it before I go to bed, then place a shower cap to keep the moisture in (and to not make a mess on your pillow!) and then rinse off in the morning. This does wonders overnight and your hair is soft and shiny!

You can get it at Sephora, QVC.com, as well as other places that offer Ojon Products in addition to other hair brands. They have two sizes: 1.35 oz for $21, and the 5 oz. size for $55.

It smells natural, as in a peanut-type smell due to the natural palm nut oils, may not be a favorite smell to most, but you rinse it off anyway so it doesn’t really bother me, given that it actually does the job!

So how does this differ among many deep conditioners? It’s natural and contains natural oils that our hair needs. Next time you go to the store and look at the ingredients of regular conditioners, shampoos, like Pantene, etc., you will notice many of them have alcohol in it. And we all know that alcohol dries things out, we use it to press pigments, and alcohol definitely dries out the hair after awhile. Since this is pure palm nut oil, it really treats your hair to a nice and easy conditioning treatment that restores lost moisture and brings your hair back to life.

Product Review: Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask for Hair (BeautyChoice.com)

I get a ton of questions regarding my hair and how I keep it so healthy; and to be honest- I treat my hair like crap sometimes! When I go to work I am usually in a hurry so it’s either always tied in a ponytail, in a bun, or unbrushed! I am too lazy to straighten it or curl it on a regular basis (not to mention I try to avoid it altogether to prevent any damage), but occasionally I do use my flat iron or curling iron and when I do, I like to keep moisture in at the same time. In addition to heat sprays before you use a hot hair appliance, maintaining healthy hair starts with what you use in the shower. Whenever my hair feels dry, or brittle, I like putting in a ton of moisture in it to bring it back to life.

I had the opportunity to try this Moroccan Oil Hair Masque from BeautyChoice.com, and I was excited to try it because I love conditioning treatments! You leave them in for 3-5 minutes and your hair is so soft and smooth, making it a nice quick fix for soft healthy hair.

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $34.95 (8.5 oz., from Beautychoice.com
Would I buy again? YES!

Product Description: A rich, creamy treatment, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. With continued use, this highly effective mask revitalizes hair, restoring shine and manageability. To use: apply a teaspoon (more for longer hair) in the palm of your hand and distribute thoroughly through tower-dry hair, from scalp to ends. Leave in 5 – 10 minutes, rinse.

After shampooing, I left this conditioner in my hair for about 4 minutes and then rinsed like normal; after the shower and combing my hair, I can really feel the difference compared to how my hair felt before I got in the shower. It was soft, shiny, and smooth to the touch. It also made it easier to comb my hair. Since I have long hair, maintenance is tedious and brutal at times because there’s just so much product and time that needs to go into keeping your hair healthy and looking good. I go through conditioner and shampoo so quickly, and with this conditioning masque, you only need a little bit of product to get good results, and the fact that it has Moroccan Oil is probably the key ingredient as oils are always good in putting back in moisture; which is why Ojon hair products work so well for me- the oils it has.

PROS:
– Smells good
– Huge tub to last you awhile
– Really made my hair super soft and shiny

CONS:
– May be pricey for some…

Overall? I love this conditioner a lot, it really is nice to use like 3 times a week, or those moments our hair needs a “pick me up”. I know it may be pricey for some, but when it comes to my hair, I don’t mind spending a little more considering I personally have noticed the difference between drugstore shampoos and conditioners as oppose to the pricier ones. Pantene Pro-V as well as many other shampoos contain alcohol in it, further drying out my hair; Ojon and this Moroccan Oil masque contain natural ingredients and oils that bring my hair back to life and keeps it lush, soft, and shiny.

See how lovely this conditioner is?! So shiny! I also dyed my hair myself this time, Revlon’s #34 Deep Burgundy. :)

Product Review: H2PRO 1 1/4″ Ceramic Flat Iron from Misikko.com

H2PRO – Master Series Features:

* Temperature: Variable 140 to 450 Degrees F
* Ceramic Plate Size: 90mm x 32mm (3 1/2″ x 1 1/4″)
* Automatic Sense Recovery System: Quickly recovers heat to the ceramic plates
* Multi Functional Hair Styling Iron: Straightens, Curls, Flips, and capable of creating many different styles
* ON/OFF Switch with LED light
* Heat up time in seconds
* Efficient and cost effective to operate
* Swivel power cord will never tangle
* Power Consumption only 58 Watts
* 1 Year manufacturers warranty

It’s hard to find a really good ceramic flat iron that’s in a good price range and actually works. There are instances where the “you get what you pay for” rule applies, and when it comes to something delicate as your hair, you can’t just use anything. Cheap flat irons last for how many months, and don’t work very well. I end up buying different flat irons that the total amount I spent, I could have bought one that works the way I want it and lasts. Well look no more ladies! I introduce, the H2PRO Ceramic Flat Iron from http://www.misikko.com. It also comes with a FREE Heat-Proof Pouch for immediate storage. Check out the website for more product reviews from customers who also bought this!

I have tried a few flat irons in the past, all of them have been “drugstore” brands such as Revlon and Conair simply because I refused to pay a lot for a flat iron thinking they all worked the same, but boy was I wrong! My flat iron before trying the H2PRO flat iron was the Conair Wet/Dry hair straightener which damaged my hair leaving it still wavy, frizzy, and bone dry. I simply stopped using flat irons after that.

All my friends were getting the higher-end brands that both straighten AND curl your hair, so I was excited to finally try this out! It heats up quickly, thin enough to travel with and makes it easier to work with larger sections of the hair or “hard to reach” areas near the scalp; rather than the more square and wider flat irons. It also has a long cord which is a plus for me!

In just one stroke from my scalp to my ends, my hair is smooth and straight, and not at all dry; I don’t have to keep running the iron on the same section of hair just to get my desired result, it’s done in one sweep with the H2PRO. I love how it keeps my hair straight all day, even in change of weather! I had flat irons that kept my hair straight for a good hour, only to have my hair go back to being naturally wavy, basically useless and a waste of money. With the H2PRO flat iron I am never disappointed because it has an Automatic Sense Control System which provides you with consistent temperatures and instant heat recovery for continuous straightening, so you get the same result each time, and it leaves my hair silky smooth and shiny, and it has a long swivel cord so that you aren’t getting tangled! So you if you are still searching for a flat iron worth your time and money, definitely gives this a try! I know all my friends loved it when they tried mine.

HURRY! They have them on sale at Misikko.com for only $99.99 and it’s originally $159.99!

Find my YouTube demo on it: here.

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