Thursday, April 26, 2012


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i'm really thinking about signing up for birchbox. like REALLY thinking about it.
i've heard good things and i follow a couple tumblrs that get them and they get some awesome stuff!
i figure it's cheaper than the money i spend on trying full sized products. plus, i'm inclined to think i could live off the skincare samples i receive and hardly ever have to buy any again!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

sephora + pantone universe

sephora + pantone universe is a designer and beauty lover's dream.
i'm not sure how many people outside of the design world will really know much about pantone, but it's really a neat idea.
i'm not super crazy about the first choice of color. don't get me wrong, orange/tangerine is one of my favorite colors. but not so much when it comes to lipsticks and such. i do however, have some of the accessories in my shopping cart (eyelash curler and tweezers) and hey! i actually need new ones. so no guilt there.
i'm excited to see what other colors they use in the future. until then, i'll just love the concept.

Friday, March 23, 2012

i'm back!

how frequently, i can't say. but i've been bitten by the beauty bug lately and i've been missing blogging! (although i do spend quite a bit of time over on tumblr, but that's not really the same kind of format i'm used to for beauty blogging).

so hopefully i'll have some new posts for you soon. update you all on where i am beauty wise (i was reading back on old posts and boy have things changed).

until then!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

sorry :/

sorry for my absence. i started a new job last week and it's been a bit of a transition for me. i just haven't found time in my schedule lately to write some posts. and there haven't been a whole lot of beauty products that have really blown my mind either. i will return eventually, i hope. until then, hope all is well with you all.

Monday, September 6, 2010

misikko corioliss giveaway winner

well, i didn't have a lot of people enter my giveaway. but what's done is done, and entry for the giveaway ended saturday. i just wrote all the qualifying entry's email addresses on paper and did a "pick a name out of a hat" kind of thing.

effortlessly chic had statistics on her side, and she ended up being the winner. ;)


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Misikko Corioliss Classic Pro Flat Iron 1" Review and Giveaway

i was lucky enough to have a corioliss classic 1" pro flat iron sent to me by missiko.

misikko sells a variety of styling tools and beauty products. they don't just sell flat irons. they also carry some of the best hair dryers along with a variety of chi flat irons (which i know are a favorite among many flat iron enthusiasts).

this particular flat iron is described on their website as "The Corioliss Ceramic Flat Iron - Classic Series features adjustable heat, 1" plates for versatility and the Corioliss reputation the world has come to love."

the features listed on the website are:

  • Ceramic plates for negative ions and hair-healthy far infrared heat, creating shiny, frizz-free results
  • 1" plate size for easy styling of short to medium length hairStraighten, flip or curl
  • Heats up in less than 6 seconds
  • Adjustable temperature from 140°F to 410°F - great for all hair types
  • Convenient on/off switch
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

it's considered one of their more "basic" flat irons, which i think i could agree with. but that's not to say it's not going to get the job done.

i'm fortunate enough that i have pretty manageable hair and it's not super curly. i do have a pretty good natural wave though so i based this review mostly on a basic straightened style. i have used the flat iron to curl my hair as well, but i didn't take any pictures.

my first impression was a good one. the flat iron came quickly and packaged better than any item i've ever received.

when i first opened up the corioliss box and held the flat iron, it felt sturdy, sleek, and good quality.

the flat iron i had been using prior to receiving the corioliss was one i had bought from sally's. i was fairly satisfied with it. my only gripe being that it tended to pull my hair a bit, especially when i was trying to curl it.

my first time using this iron, i was just straightening. the nice thing about this flat iron is it has a little light on the outside that turns green when the iron is heated to the temperature chosen. it heats up very quickly. this helps a lot when you're trying to just to a quick run through of the iron through your hair. i like to do that sometimes if i'm in a rush and am looking for a more "natural" straight style rather than a perfectly pin straight look.

i was also impressed with how quickly i was able to do any type of styling. i'm not one to stand around for an hour and do my hair, so i like when a tool is quick and efficient.

the flat iron didn't tug or pull on my hair at all and even when curling, i didn't find that i got a bunch of little hairs pulled out like i do with my other flat iron.

when i took pictures from this i didn't end up getting the best pictures to demonstrate how well the iron works, but i have used it a few times since those pictures and i have successfully gotten a few different straightening styles with it.

overall, i'd say this is a pretty good quality straightener. i will say that it's a good basic higher end flat iron. i don't think it would would as quickly on someone with much thicker hair. but if you're looking for a decent flat iron, this is a good choice. and don't hesitate to order from misikko. my experience with them was a great one and i'd definitely go to them for future hair and beauty purchases.


now for the fun part: the giveaway!

misikko is giving away one of the
corioliss 1" classic pro flat irons in black to one of my lucky subscribers!

here's the deal.
to enter, you MUST be a subscriber to this blog.

for extra entries:
1. Follow Misikko on Twitter (@misikko)
2. Blog about the giveaway on a personal website. (send me the link if you do)
3. Join Misikko’s
4. “Like” Misikko on Facebook
5. Interact with Misikko’s Facebook – Comment on a post or picture, or write on their wall (don't just leave a random contest entry comment - ask a question, comment on a recent style, just as long as it's something related to beauty. no meanie comments ;])

please leave a separate comment for every entry you decide to do. (and don't forget your email address, i need to be able to get in touch with you!)
the lucky winner must be from us or canada. contest will end saturday september 4th 2010. winner will be chosen at random.

Disclaimer: i was given a flat iron to review, i was not paid for my review and everything in it is my honest opinion.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

upcoming review

so i've returned from hiatus a little sooner than expected. i will be coming back shortly to do a review and giveaway so don't forget to check back soon for it!