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!

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!

Spooktacular Halloween Banner

I’ve seen some amazing Halloween banners online lately and I was inspired to create my own. So I gathered my supplies and got into the spooky spirit! Here is how you can make your very own spooktacular bunting:

Supplies:
black crepe streamer paper
scrapbook paper (I used 6×6 pads of Apothecary Emporium & Mischievous)
white cardstock
orange cardstock
paper glaze or glitter glue
black glitter
black ribbon
2 3/8 Stampin Up scallop circle punch
3.5 inch scallop circle punch
1.5 inch circle punch
Black ink
hole punch
foam squares
Stapler
Adhesive tape

Cut 12 banner pieces out of scrapbook paper. Then ink the edges with black for a vintage look.

Next, create crepe paper rosettes using your hands and a stapler: Basically you just fold the crepe paper in your left hand (if you’re right-handed) into small, angled pleats. Holding the pleats down, keep going until you have formed a circle, try to keep it even. Stop and trim extra crepe paper when you have a circle then staple the middle of the rosette so it doesn’t unravel…you may need to staple a few times. I stapled each one three times just to make sure! 

Next punch twelve 3.5 inch scallop circles out of white cardstock, then twelve out of orange cardstock using the smaller scallop punch.  Rub black ink on all the edges.

I made a template for the letters using Photoshop, I printed them on white cardstock, and punched them out using a 1.5 circle punch and then used paper glaze om each letter so that the black glitter would stick. I let those dry for about 30 minutes.  (See below for a free printable of the letters I created!)

To assemble: Use an adhesive roller to attach the orange scallop circle to the black crepe rosette to the white scallop circle and onto the banner. Use foam squares to attach the glitter letters to the top. Finish by punching holes in the top of each banner piece and string them together using ribbon.

Now sit back and enjoy the wicked view!

Free Printable: Spooktacular banner letters PDF File. Use a 1.5 circle punch for letters.