Does Bed Head Curlipops Spiral Styling Iron give me yummy hair?

1980s-hairBack in the ’80’s we never went anywhere without meticulously curling-ironed hair (the wooden dummy was optional). Then in the ’90’s we wouldn’t go near a curling iron. These days, I don’t just have one curling iron, I have many – each giving me a different version of the long, beachy curls that I love. My philosophy is I can never have too many curling irons, so I was happy to add a new type of curling to the mix when Bed Head sent me their BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1″ TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON ($24.99) to test.  BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRONBED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON
The packaging is super cute – while the wand is a spiral wand, the package looks like a lollipop. Very clever. What makes this spiral curling iron different is that it has no clamp, so you use your fingers to hold the hair in place. I have to admit, I was a bit flummoxed at first…there was a learning curve to figuring out how to curl hair without a clamp. Luckily, a glove is included so there was no danger of burning my fingers.BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON
I eventually figured out I needed to section my hair, then take about a 1 inch section, twist it into a rope, and wrap it around the wand, holding the end in place with my gloved hand. At first it seemed more time intensive than a traditional iron, but then it got super easy and didn’t take any more time at all. The big payoff is that there is no ‘crimp’ from a clamp, so the curls are true throughout.
bed-head-curlipops-ceramic-spiral-styling-ironBED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON
I also found that this iron creates those curls very quickly – faster than any other iron I have. And the curls last all day long without the help of hairspray. In fact, my latest bout with the Curlipop gave me curls that lasted for three days!
hair done with BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRONhair done with BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1" TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON
Here are the specs:
  • Tourmaline ceramic technology on barrel
  • High heat up to 400 F
  • On/Off switch
  • Dual voltage
  • Cool tip
  • Includes heat protective glove
  • Clamp free wrap and go design
  • Tangle free swivel cord

So, while it took me about half a head of hair to get used to the curling iron the first time I used it, I ended up getting the hang of it and definitely loving the results. If you want yummy hair, you can pick up the BED HEAD CURLIPOPS 1″ TOURMALINE CERAMIC SPIRAL STYLING IRON at Ulta.  – Lisa

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Glossybox April 2013 brings you a “natural day”

Glossybox for April 2013

Glossybox for April 2013

The subscription box fanatic is back with another report. This time it’s my April 2013 Glossybox. I’ve been subscribing to Glossybox since the very first box. Some boxes are great, some fall in the not so great category. Let’s see where this one falls on a scale of 1 to 10.

Work that Beauty with Glossybox

Work that Beauty with Glossybox

The first thing I noticed when I opened April’s Glossybox is that the Glossy Magazine wasn’t there. Personally I don’t care about the magazine so I didn’t mind at all and when I read the reason why, I liked that even better. In honor of Earth Day they decided to keep the magazine online only for April. I think that’s smart. Give me more product in the box and don’t waste resources! (score 10) Their theme is Natural Beauty this month and they achieve that through these products:

April Glossybox 2013 contents

April Glossybox 2013 contents

Let’s start in the shower with Wash With Joe – this is a Coffeemint Invigorating Body Wash. It contains an “invigorating blend of coffee and mint that helps revitalize and balance the body and the mind while keeping skin superbly clean”. I’m sure it’s great but I truly hate the smell of coffee. I admit that’s unusual so blast me if you must but Wash with Diet Coke would be more my style. (general score: 8, my personal score has to be 2 though)

Wash With Joe  1 fl. oz.

Wash With Joe 1 fl. oz. sample

From the shower you have to do your hair so they’ve included Alterna Haircare, Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist. This is formulated to give “just back from the beach waves”. You spray it on damp or dry hair and shape with your fingers for a loose, tousled style. I’ll have to see if this could work for me but my hair is straight since without being straight it’s just weird. (score 4)

Alterna Boho Waves  0.85 fl oz sample

Alterna Boho Waves 0.85 fl oz sample

Next we’ll have some skincare. Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution sample packet is included. This is a very nice moisturizer and if I keep getting these samples I’ll soon have enough to actually know if it works (I probably have 6 by now). If you buy this on Glossybox you can receive $75 off the $225 price with their code. (score 6)

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution packet

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution packet

Finally time for my face. This is where Glossybox has gone very natural. They’ve included a lip balm and a bronze toned blush. The lip balm is from The Honest Co. which is an organic company. They sell everything for your family. These lip balms come in a set of 3 for $9.95. They come in lavender mint, sweet orange vanilla and purely simple (the one I received). Even though I have a ton of lip balms, they get lost so easily so having another in the house is fine. (score 8)

The Honest Co. organic lip balm

The Honest Co. organic lip balm

Makeup wise they’ve included a TIGI Glow Blush in the color Haute. This is a baked formula in a rosy brown. I’m sure it’s lovely but … 1) I have very fair skin so it’s too dark for me; 2) I have more blushes than anyone can use so I’d like to be judicious in finding new ones; and 3) I’d rather not swatch it so that I can include it in a future Beauty Info Zone giveaway. One of my favorite eyeshadows from a long time ago is made by TIGI so I have faith that this blush is a great quality too. (score 7)

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute swatch from tigi.com

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute swatch from tigi.com

Last end your day with a relaxing bath and Bulgari Eau Parfume au the’, Tea Bag for Bath. Well you can do that, you couldn’t pay me to use this fragrance. This is the full size and valued at $9.50. Um, okay. It’s just not my style. (score 0 – no offense if you like Bulgari)

Bulgari

Bulgari Tea Bag for Bath

So there you have a natural day with April’s Glossybox. My scores weren’t too high but I don’t think it’s the box – I think it’s me. How would you rate this version of Glossybox? — Marcia

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