And then I reviewed the Spiral Wand, a magnificent option for ‘S’ waves:
One more excellent texture wand possibility is the Ribbon Wand ($120) for looser, vintage-looking curls. I know there is a Verge One Wand for you, read on to find out which one(s) you need.
The Ribbon Wand has the same great features as the other texture wands by Verge One.
It has Ceramic NB Technology that heats the hair evenly and leaves it healthy and manageable. It instantly heats to 410 degrees, and has the same ‘cool tip’ that makes the wand easy to use. Plus it has the same tangle-free 360° swivel cord.
What makes it different is the shape of the barrel. The Bubble Wand has a series of ‘bubbles’ that give the hair a rounder curl. The Spiral Wand has spirals through the barrel that give the hair an S-shaped wave. And the Ribbon Wand has a distinctive flatter barrel, giving hair a ribbon-shaped wave.
See how the barrel is sort of flat? It creates an interesting, flatter-shaped curl than the other wands, so it can either be a curl or else it can be brushed out into more of a wave.
The clip on the bottom looks the same as the other Verge texture wands. It’s a short clip, you put the end of the hair section into it then roll the hair away from the face. The only difference I found was that the Ribbon Wand seems to clip a little looser, which isn’t a big deal unless you have thin or extremely fine hair. If you have either of those issues, then go for the Spiral Wand. Any of the three wands work well for shorter hair, although those with very short layers wouldn’t be happy. You need to be able to wind your hair around the wands to get the effects.
After waiting about 30 seconds, you release the clip and get a curl that looks like this:
You can leave the curl as is, or you can run your fingers through the curl for a more dramatic, piecey look.
Sometimes I like to run my brush through the curls, which really gives a rather vintage looking wave that is soft and pretty.
It probably takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to style my hair with the Ribbon Wand. I separate out sections and pin them up, then curl working from the bottom sections up.
While the other two texture wand options give a tighter curl, I love the looser, more casual wave from the Ribbon Wand.
So which one is my favorite, the Bubble Wand, Spiral Wand, or Ribbon Wand? That is like asking which one of my children is my favorite. They are all unique, and they all get the same amount of love from me. It’s truly fantastic to have such a wonderful variety from which to choose. I feel very lucky to have all three texture wands, and if it fits your budget, investing in all three would be something to consider. – Lisa
I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results. Here’s what I used:
For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas. After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.
On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE. I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease. I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid. Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid. I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.
I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.
Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair. Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day. I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped! – Lisa
*some items received from PR
It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists! Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists. Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow.
Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here! I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.
Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines
Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more. I am very, very excited about this line.
Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb. If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.
Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines
Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without.
It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line. There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love. I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.
Dan Read Cosmetics - another line that never lets me down. I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself. I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic. Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year. He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.
Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season? I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever. Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.
Best skin care
Reviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.
StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.
Creation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle. If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!
Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is. I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’. I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked. She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!
Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used. I say thank you for this every day.
Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow. If you don’t have this — you need it.
Best hair care
Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.
Cristophe – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.
Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing. So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!
Biggest personal influences in 2012
Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012. The first is Verge One. Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair. Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it. The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!
Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash. I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash. WOW. My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day. This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!
HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions. I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions. Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.
My top product picks
OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012. The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron. And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – first-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment. This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.
Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique! One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry? Fantastic.
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes. It’s pretty amazing.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte. This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies. It’s a total winner.
3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there. Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.
CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray. I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.
Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.
If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to. 2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about. Life is good! – Lisa
Every once in a while, something comes along that is a total game changer for me. I wore my mid-back length hair perfectly straight for a long time – I would blow it dry straight, and if I wanted to really get serious I would follow that with a flat-iron. Well, Verge One has given me a new outlook with their ‘texture’ wands. I previously reviewed the Bubble Wand, which you can read HERE, and I will be reviewing the Ribbon Wand in a future post. But today I want to tell you all about my current love, the VERGE™ Spiral Wand™.
The latest craze in hair styles is the ‘S Wave’. I’m not talking about these S waves:
The S wave is the latest trend that you will find all kinds of celebrities embracing, like Sarah Jessica Parker -
or Taylor Swift -
or Emma Stone.
You certainly don’t need a stylist to get fabulous S waves like these stars. All you need is a Verge One Spiral Wand ($120). All of Verge’s texture wands have Ceramic NG™ (Nano Gold) Technology, which means perfect, even heat every time that really locks in the curl. When I use a Verge texture wand, the curls last for three days with no problem. It also means that hair moisture is ‘locked’ in, so there’s no heat damage like with other styling tools.
What else is great about the Spiral Wand? It heats up instantly to 410 degrees. It has a ‘cool tip’ at the top of the curler that stays cooler so it’s easy to use. And it has a tangle-free 360° swivel cord.
It could not be easier to use this wand. In fact, I think it’s even easier than using a regular curling iron. The clip is small and at the bottom of the wand:
You put the end of a section of hair into the clip, the roll the wand away from your face. Your hair automatically curls around the wand and goes in between the spirals.
Then, just hold the wand for a minute or so. I find the longer I hold the wand, the stronger the curl, although you never need more than about 45 seconds even for very thick coarse hair.
Then, release the clip, and voila – a gorgeous, perfect curl. To get that S wave, just run your fingers through the curl and here’s what you get:
It works perfectly every time. Here is my daughter Marina’s hair before we use the Spiral Wand:
And here she is after:
Absolutely perfect, gorgeous S wave curls – and it was so easy it’s unreal.
I can’t even tell you how much I love my texture wands from Verge, and the Spiral Wand is exactly on trend right now. Is it worth the $120? YES. Yes, yes, yes, and about a thousand more affirmatives.
I absolutely love my Spiral Wand and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You need one of these!!! – Lisa
Remember spiral perms? Or any sort of perm? We all dreamt of beautiful, perfectly imperfect curls that looked ever so bouncy and wavy and effortless. And we all ended up with this.
Yup, I had about ten straight years of this look myself. I never gave up on my quest for the perfect curls, as unattainable as it seemed I kept my dream alive. And every once in a while, dreams do come true. The Verge Bubble Wand ($120) has been a life changing answer to a dream for me. I cannot rave enough for this amazing innovation in hair styling tools, and I hope you take my advice and buy one of these. It will change your life too!
The Bubble Wand is a texture curling iron that is designed to give you imperfect curls that look natural.
This is a ceramic wand that doesn’t do heat damage like other types of curling wands. Ceramic wands are better because they minimize heat damage by producing the least amount of heat necessary for curls, at the same time releasing negative ions that fight heat damage. The ions don’t strip moisture from the hair, so hair is left looking healthy without split ends and frizz.
The wand instantly heats up to 410 degrees, and the heat is even throughout the wand. There is a ‘cool tip’ at the end of the wand, but you don’t want to touch it without a glove on because it does still get hot. It also has a counter rester, and a swivel cord that doesn’t get all tangled up.
Styling, believe it or not, is really easy. I will do my best to describe it, but there is also a wonderful short how-to video you can watch right here.
First, section your hair and, with the clamp facing your mirror, clip the very bottom of the section. Then roll the hair around the wand, rolling away from the mirror. I tried it both going towards and going away from, and I got the best, most natural looking results rolling the hair away from the face. Although I have to say curling under is a fun change every so often, too.
For each section, once the hair is wound around the wand and the wand is close to your head, you just leave it there for about 30 seconds. Release the clamp, and you have what initially looks like a perfect barrel curl. I leave it alone to cool, moving on to the next section, until I have them all done. It takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to do my whole head.
After all the curls are done, I take a small pick and separate the curls. They look spectacular!!!
Here’s the back of my head – not an easy thing to photograph by yourself! Normally I can style the front sides, and the back is always a pretty poorly executed semi-attempt at a style. But with the Bubble Wand, the back of my hair looks just as great as the front of it.
What I can’t get over is how long the curls stay. Right after I pick out the curls, I spray on a little hair spray and a little frizz control. Then I never even have to brush my hair again all day. The second day, I brush it out with a paddle brush, and I get the most beautiful wave, almost like a 1930′s wave. And I can even get away with 3rd day hair, it still looks so good.
I get comments on my hair every single day. My husband raves about it all the time and is constantly trying to take my picture. I have had total strangers stop me and actually write down the information about the Bubble Wand. I went to a dermatologist appointment, and the moment my doctor walked in she immediately asked how I did my hair like that, and had her assistant write down the information for her.
I think a lot of people shy away from a bubble wand because it looks tricky. But here is what my 13-year-old did with her hair. I showed her how to do the first section, and then let her go to town. Above is a picture when she was half way through.
And here is the back of her hair after – can you believe it?? Pictured below is her hair after she finished. She was pretty ecstatic and now all she wants for her birthday is The Bubble Wand.
I don’t know how this would work for someone with shorter hair, and I would say it’s also probably not great for those with seriously layered looks. But if you have shoulder length or longer hair with long layers, you need a Bubble Wand. Trust me on this one. Get yourself a Verge by One Bubble Wand. It is an A+++++ hair tool and you NEED this! - Lisa
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