Review: Kiss InstaWave

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I have been a big fan of Kiss Products since their nail days, now that they are branching out into cosmetics and hair appliances; I am really excited to see what they bring to the table! I carry all their plumping lip glosses in my kit already, and I enjoy quite a few of their cosmetics for my personal use, so when I was offered the chance to try their new InstaWave, I jumped at the chance!

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Kiss InstaWave sounded like a dupe for the Instyler, but it’s not, it is different. It’s a fully automatic tangle free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls. This means no more worrying about tangling, burning your fingers, or perfectly wrapping sections of hair around the wand. I was glad to see that is was reasonably priced at $60. The instructions seemed simple enough, and I love using a curling wand to make sure my curls are frizz free ringlets all day, but I am also pretty useless at hair and was worried I would tangle my hair to oblivion with the InstaWave.

The first thing I noticed about the InstaWave? The settings; there is a curl dial with two settings, one for left and one for right. Then there is a high, low, and off button to control the heat. The high heat setting maxes out at 420˚ and there is also an indicator light so you know when the InstaWave is ready to use.  I also noticed the wand was really shiny, like it was covered in glitter.

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One thing I would say about the Kiss InstaWave is there is a definite learning curve if you are new to doing your own hair or using rotating appliances. I recommend using the rotating hair catch with the heat off a few times, as I did get my hair wrapped around wrong because I was not used to it. Luckily your hair doesn’t actually get tangled in the wand, as it slides right out quite nicely, by pulling the wand downward. However, you really don’t want to have that happen with the heat on! Once I got the hang of it, I was done with my hair in less than ten minutes! I DID MY WHOLE HEAD OF THICK CURLY HAIR IN LESS THAN TEN MINUTES! Since I have curly hair, I wasn’t going to straighten it first. I simply brushed out my curls and started with a full frizzy mess, applied some argan oil, and got to work. I was really impressed with how easy it was to use it in both hands on either side of my head, and with how I never had to touch the iron, it truly is automatic and no more wearing weird gloves or burning your fingers!

Look at these naturally gorgeous curls!

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Pros:

  • No burning your fingers
  • Heats up in under 2 minutes
  • Easy to use, no directions required
  • Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes
  • Can be used like a regular curling wand also
  • Low heat setting is hot enough to style my curls

 

Cons:

  • Need to practice to use correctly

Having to practice before using it is the only con I found, and I only recommend this part so you don’t risk any heat damage if you are a newbie to hair like I am.

I definitely plan to get some serious use out of my Kiss InstaWave. My favorite thing about it is that I can also use it like a regular curling wand. After I finished my hair and combed out my curls, I chose a few loose strands to curl around the barrel without using the rotating hair catch and they look beautiful! Not burning my fingers for once was a huge plus for me, and with winter here I know my curls will also look frizz free with my InstaWave!

If you would like to see me demo the Kiss InstaWave, you can check it out on my Instagram! If you want to learn how to use it or where to buy it then visit the Kiss Products website here.

DIY: ItWorks! Wraps Dupe | DIY: Anti-Cellulite Wrap

All over my Instagram feed I keep seeing these It Works! Wraps and sales people claiming you can lose massive amounts of weight in just one wrap! Upon closer inspection of the wraps, I noticed a lot of them seemed to just be saran wrap. I was told this was to keep the actual wrap, which is just one small section, in place. $25 for a wrap that doesn’t even stay on without household help?! I couldn’t bear the thought of spending that kind of money on a skin wrap, so I decided to do some research.

The ingredients in the wrap are quality vita and skin hydrators and plant extracts, but nothing that I can see that will aid in any weight loss or skin shrinkage. I decided to try a DIY wrap and see what I could come up with using basic ingredients and saran wrap. Please note, I have not tried the It Works! Wraps, so I cannot compare my results to that of a wrap, this is just a dupe for the wraps if you don’t want to spend the money.

Knowing that caffeine has been proven to help with cellulite and tightening the skin temporarily, I decided to start with coffee. I brewed a cup and kept the grounds. I also ripped open a bag of green tea and mixed the leaves with the brewed coffee grounds into a grainy paste. I then looked at what else I had on hand, and threw in some coconut oil, a bit of honey, vitamin E I oil, and I decided to use some of the brewed coffee liquid instead of water to make everything nice and creamy. I ended up with a brown oily, muddy chunky mixture.
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I decided to pop it in the freezer and broke it up each time the top layer froze over.

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Once it was frozen solid, I smashed all the chunks into little crumbles.

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The reason for doing this was because I had used coffee masks and scrubs before and they are always really messy, I figured solidifying the coconut oil by freezing would help hold everything together. It did a good job of keeping the mess at bay, but don’t expect it to just spread like butter. I ended up taking chunks of the mixture and wrapping around them and once I was wrapped up tight and my body heat allowed the mixture to melt, rubbed it on through the plastic wrap. This method kept everything fairly neat. Wrapping yourself in saran wrap makes you feel silly, but make sure you get it wound tightly all around! I left mine out for about 2 hours while I did some work, and then showered to remove it.

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I didn’t notice any crazy weight loss, but I did notice my skin had tightened making me look a size smaller! My skin was super soft and visibly smoother as well. I was fairly impressed with my DIY version, because I didn’t expect much except freshly exfoliated skin, but it actually did work. I will definitely do this before any major event, but it really is too messy to do often unless you freeze it each time. If you try this share your results! I would love to know if it worked for you too! If you use the ItWorks! Wraps let me know how they compare!

Disclosure and what it means to me

It is common today for many bloggers, and honestly, regular people to receive items for free in exchange for an honest review on the product/item, or to tell others about it. What is not so common though, is people discussing how they obtained the items or if a recommendation was required (not simply a review, but actually endorsing the product). When I first started reading blogs and watching YouTube videos, I suspiciously noticed they all sounded a lot like commercials. Not just the reviews, but the entire videos and blog posts! Digging deeper, I learned a lot of interesting things and I wanted to share my policy on disclosure and what I plan to do with my blog, and how that can effect what I am able to review.

I never want to sound like a commercial. Ever. I love being a product nerd, and as a makeup junkie sometimes I have to curb my habit and focus on priorities. It happens. Before I even started blogging, I had Yelp and Amazon and Facebook groups to share my opinions on products and services, I always felt it was a disservice for people trying to purchase something not to know anything about it other than what was told to them by the company or people trying to sell it, and I still feel that way today, even from a business stand point.

No ONE brand can bring you the best of everything, it just isn’t happening. Many of us associate a brand as good and will buy many products simply because they are from a brand we like, but we all know some of those products end up returned or unused because they just didn’t work as well as we hoped. That’s ok. There are also many brands that produce similar items, like lipstick, and they’re ALL good. That’s ok too. In the blogger/vlogger world though, when a company chooses to support (SPONSOR) you they expect you to fully endorse their brand and only their brand and in some cases, not doing so can lead to legal action. While I would love to make money blogging, and receive thousands of dollars in free items, the reality is I am not going to rave about a product that sucks or does not perform well for me or does not live up to its advertising. What companies fail to remember, and people never forget is that what works for someone, may not work for someone else! We are all not fit into the same mold, we all have different skin types, eye shapes, skin textures, skin colors, etc. it is IMPOSSIBLE for any single one product to fit the needs of every person on this planet! Get over it and accept that one blogger or ten out there may not like your product, it happens.

With that being said, often when a blogger writes a negative review about an item or a company, other companies will notice. Some may decide not to work with someone in case they might not like their product, and will choose others who have proven to rave about everything they get, or always have good reviews and never any bad ones, but to me that is dishonest. That is not reality, there are times when we simply do not like something, and if that happens with me I will be sure to let everyone know about it. Some products are great and something like packaging can make it dud, in sharing my opinion I want others to make their own choices about what they love and want to buy. Not because I shoved it down their throat. Products sent to me for review, will be reviewed, but all reviews will always be my own opinion. Good or bad. Unless someone is paying me to write an actual review for an item they sent me, I will not be disclosing how I obtained each and every item. I want the focus of every review to be about the product and how it works, as it should be!