Remington Pearl Curling Wand Review

During Christmas, we traveled to Houston to visit some family, and I noticed one of my 17-year old cousins using a curling wand..and her hair looked great! I asked her to give me a little tutorial on it but we got caught up in the holiday madness and never got around to it. I had been searching for a good wand ever since and noticed that the Remington Pearl Curling Wand made InStyle Editor’s Pick for 2011 and the price was pretty nice.

 

Here is some info about it: Curl your hair with less frizz and more shine using the T-Studio ultimate ceramic with real pearl for the smoothest salon finish ever!  Professional styling wand features 15X more ceramic and 8X smoother glide.  1″ to 1/2″ styling wand creates professional tight & loose curls.  Includes heat-resistant glove to easy styling.  410F salon high heat, automatic shutoff, precise digital controls.  4 year warranty. PETA approved. Colour Safe. Paraben, PABA & salt free. 100% guaranteed.

I ordered mine from Amazon at $29.97 for the one and half-inch wand. It got here in 3 days…love Amazon! I started playing with it after watching a few tutorials on YouTube, this one was helpful:

I followed the instructions and put the temperature on 410,  it warms up in 30 seconds! Slipped my hand into the glove and started curling. It took me 20 minutes to get all my hair done…not bad. I had to get used to the glove though…and I did get a burn on my elbow (I really don’t know how that happened) but it was well worth it. I know that my second use will be better = less burns and less time!

I really like this wand because its light, quick, easy to use, gets really hot and is pink! I’ve  tried getting beachy waves before but it never looked right…I think I finally found my secret weapon 🙂
Here is a look at my hair.

Here’s a picture of the back (sorry it’s not the greatest pic)

I curled each strand of hair for about 15-20 seconds and I did large sections…my curls lost some oomph by the end of the day although I didn’t put any product in it whatsoever. I’m going to try tighter curls and add product next time to see how it looks.  I give this product a 4.5 out of 5. Great purchase!

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Tutorial: Anthropologie-inspired letters

Anthropologie has unique and creative home decor…the zinc letters are drool-worthy but I didn’t want to spend $18 a letter! So I decided to make some myself!

The letters were on sale for $2, paint was $1.39 each and I already had a brush and the hanging strips. I spent around $9 total for this project.
But you could easily finish this project in less than $15 for all supplies and 3 letters…thats if you plan on spelling EAT like me 🙂

Supplies
12″ Paper mache letters from Joann
paint brush (a good brush helps!)
Black acrylic paint
Aluminum acrylic paint
3m hanging strips

I put down a few paper towels, got out my supplies and started painting the letters black (not the backside). Then I painted them silver but tried to make it look ‘worn’ so I brushed it lightly up and down to give it that vintage look. Then I just let them dry for a few hours and attached them to the wall using the hanging strips. The letters are very light so I didn’t need to use nails.

Here is what Anthro’s look like:

Here is my version:

This is what it looks like when I started:

A few other angles:

 Love the end result!

Black and white Layout

This has to be one of my favorite layouts, titled You are the footprint of my heart. Probably because of the simplicity of the colors and the footprints of my son.  I started with a blank white 12×12 paper..then I started layering gray and black papers on top of one another and even used a sheet of paper from a notebook I had. From there, the layering continued with the footprints, photo and embellishments. There is something so pure about black and white…I love it.

I was psyched about the tiny pieces of ribbon, choo-choo train chipboard and the stamped feathers.

Here is a closer look:

Supplies used: doily, wood bingo motifs, farmhouse sew brads,  toy box chipboard, washi tape Studio Calico, blank smash pad, love struck stamp, silver flower, black clip, grey journal page ornate, ticket stub, transparencies, black and white layered flower embellishment, Le pen black, rub ons, buttons, white paper.

Thanks for looking!

Superbowl Sunday

Like many others, we too are attending a Superbowl party this Sunday. I have been contemplating what type of dish I should bring…and so here are a few choices I rather like. Not too hard or time-consuming which is perfect with the little one around and many of these are different then your average cheese dip!

I’d like to mention that I am not a big football person…I tend to enjoy the million-dollar commercials more. So far, I have to say I really love the Ferris Bueller one, seriously awesome movie. Wanna see the commercial, watch it here:

Football Oreo Trufflesfootball oreo truffles | bakerella

football pizza 1 Football Pepperoni Pizza football pizza | babble

 hot corn dip | our best bites

 Mojito Jell-o Shots Food Network

 Mini Corn Dog Muffins…too cool! Iowa Girl Eats

 New York Soft Pretzel Cary Citizen

2012’s newest nail trend!

I’ve been experimenting with nail color but pistachio? At first I was a little hesitate but after reading this post I was in love! I like the Essie green the best. Here I come Ulta!

 

“2012 is all about the color green,” says Essie founder Essie Weingarten. “There’s something really special about it, so you’re going to see a lot of it.” Unlike last season, where we saw tons of hunter hues, spring’s iteration is pretty pistachio. Look for polishes that have creamy undertones and lots of opacity — you want the color to really stand out on your nails.
Above, from left: Essie Nail Polish in Navigate Her, $8, available in February at Essie; Priti NYC Nail Polish in Dusty Miller, $12.50, available January 20 at Priti NYC; Yves Saint Laurent Duo Manicure Couture Nail Polish Set in Edition 7, $30, available at Yves Saint Laurent; RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish in Dew, $16, available in March at RGB.