A Love Story: Influenster Nation

Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, I do. It doesn't necessarily have to be a person, it can be a pet, a hobby, clothing item, even a community. There was a moment I realized it was more than what it was supposed to be, there was something special, glowing, electrifying and I was head over heels. It stole my heart, showered me with surprises, hosts the coolest parties, my circle approved and the list goes on! I have mentioned it a couple of times on the blog and now I'm going to share with you everything there is to know about this charmer because it's a keeper!

Allow me to introduce to you Influenster an online community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, educated consumers who give opinions on products and experiences and my go-to source for everything from product reviews to connecting with others.

Influenster Nation

A beauty, isn't it?

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial

With a touch of a button, the revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that will instantly transform your straight locks into beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease. The InstaWave is a 1" barrel which is ideal for almost on all hair lengths and types. Retailing for $59.99, the InstaWave is available at Target, Ulta, Amazon and Walmart.

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial

  • Diamond-Ceramic Ionic Technology - Infusion of diamond and ceramic particles enhanced durability while maintaining ionic effects for healthy, shiny styling results and reduce frizz and damage.
  • Easy to use, from any angle, with any hand
  • 2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420°F
  • Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions
  • Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial

The KISS InstaWave is as easy as 1-2-3 and here's proof:

First, plug in and turn on the InstaWave by sliding on your desire heat temperature setting (Low setting for looser curls or waves and High setting for tighter curls or spirals) and wait for the indicator light to change from red to blue.

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial

Before starting, remember to brush your hair and spray a little heat protection.If convenient, section off your hair.

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial
Inner curl (pictured above): Placing hair behind the barrel

1 - Hold InstaWave vertically, take 1 to 2 inch section of hair and place it onto the barrel of where you want your curl to start. (DO NOT hold InstaWave horizontally!)

2 - Press the Directional switch either left or right, and let the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair. Continue holding the button until your hair is completely around the barrel. Then release the button and allow the barrel to heat and curl your hair.

*TIP: The longer your hair is heated, the tighter the curl will be.
  • 3-5 seconds on Low setting: Looser curls or waves
  • 4-8 seconds on Low or High setting: Medium curls
  • 6-10 seconds on High setting: Tighter curls or spirals

3 - Guide the InstaWave straight down to release curl from barrel And REPEAT! Don't forget to switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls!

KISS InstaWave Review and Tutorial
Outer curl (pictured above): Placing hair in front of the barrel

I used High heat and allowed the curls to sit for about 6-8 seconds before pulling down the InstaWave. I did not brush out my hair or used any hairspray. Normally, after styling, I apply hairspray to keep my hair in place throughout the day. But for review purposes, I decided to leave it as is and see how it goes from there. And here was what my hair looked like right after it was finished.

5 hours later...

11 total hours later...

Overall, I love this new heating hair tool! It seemed a bit tricky at first but after a few trial and errors the InstaWave is quite easy and fun to use. My first experience took me a while with hair spinning in all different directions and frustration leading me into thinking I rather use a regular curling iron. After a few uses I was able to get my hair curled within 10 minutes. I thought it was much better than a regular curling iron because it seemed quicker, my fingers were never close to getting burnt (since you're not touching the barrel, at all) and I was able to get perfect curls all around, even at the back of my head, without trouble.

*Please note: I have been told by KISS Hair Appliances, the sound the InstaWave makes when it is plugged in, is caused by the circuit to drive the motor. However, it has no safety issues.

What are your thoughts on the InstaWave? Would you consider purchasing this hair appliance? Does it seem as though the InstaWave is easier than other innovative heat curlers in the market? Let me know in the comments below.

For more information, tutorials, and where to purchase, visit KISS InstaWave website at kissinstawave.com.

Disclaimer: Product complimentary from KISS Hair Appliances for testing/review purposes. Views expressed are of my own.

NEW Makeup by One Direction Giveaway! [CLOSED]

The holidays are right around the corner and Makeup by One Direction has released another limited edition collection. You may remember in the previous collection, they had a little bit of everything to fulfill a makeup look. This time they came out with prestige makeup sets, perfect for those who are simply mascara, lip-gloss, or nail polish fanatics. Stay tune for more information and a review post in the upcoming weeks!

The New Makeup by One Direction collection will be available in select stores starting November 15.

Here's your first look at the new collection and find out how you can win a limited edition makeup set.

MiB Awards Nominee

Christina has been nominated in the MiB Awards 2014 for Best Canadian Blog in the Beauty and DIY/Craft category. Feel free to take a quick second and click the images below to vote! You will be entered to win 1 of 3 Clarisonic Special Edition Hollywood Lights Mia 2!

Greatly appreciated and much love,