Holiday Ready Hair Made EASY! KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler #review

I received the KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine and based on my experiences.

Once upon a time, I was a Cosmetologist.  Ah yes, it’s been a while, but I still love all things hair.  With two little boys, I don’t often have the opportunity to “talk” hair!  So I packed up the KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler and headed to my sister’s house!  There I had an audience, that included, my adorable nieces.  I was also able to try the curler on myself and my sister.

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So here is what I liked. The curl.  It truly gives a “beachy” wave look. I liked, the ability to alter the curl direction with the touch of a button.  It heated fast and has a nice weight and quality to the device.

The curler looks intimidating, but after just a few minutes, I had the routine down and it achieved nice results.

There is a sound with the rotation of the barrel, but that is to be expected; It requires a motor to rotate the barrel. It wasn’t bothersome to me, for the amount of time, I used it.

It is worthy to note; the packaging, it was easy to open.  That was a first.  Curling Irons are always terribly difficult to remove from packaging. They also usually smell bad the first time, you heat them. This did not occur.

There were a few things, I missed, and experience difficulty with.

My hair is very layered and textured.  I had a terrible time trying to get the barrel to rotate at the top and crown- the most layered areas.  The longer, more even length, curled much easier. The use a thermal protectant and or styling spray will help with curl formation and hair pliability.

There is no “stand”, you know, something keep the barrel slightly angled upwards when you put it down? This made me nervous, as I know most people might use this in the bathroom sink area or on a bedroom vanity. It is built, so the barrel should not touch the surface, but I still would have liked to see that addition.

My sister has difficult to curl hair and the most we achieved with her hair was wavy volume, but in fairness she always has difficulty with curlers.

Bottom line: It is a good entry for KISS Products, into the “beauty tool” market. 

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KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler

KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler product details:

  • Fully automatic, tangle-free curler
  • Innovative design lets you curl from any position using either hand
  • Curl Dial makes it simple to switch between left and right curl directions
  • Ceramic Ionic Technology protects hair for healthy, shiny results
  • Two heat settings with maximum temperature of 420° F
  • Auto shutoff after 90 minutes for added safety
  • Patent Pending

Best Practices & Professional Tips from KISS!

  • Hold InstaWave vertically
  • Simply place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod
  • Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves
  • Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out

**Tip: Switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls

KISS InstaWave

About KISS Products

A global leader in the nail care industry has recently expanded its line to include a vast array of beauty care products, including hair appliances. Aiming revolutionize the hair appliances industry by providing highly innovative, salon quality products at consumer friendly prices.

The KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler has a suggested retail price of $59.99


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New baby parenting fears, now toddler-sized #True Tales

Happy Thursday friends! It’s time for The True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches a weekly series co-hosted by Melissa from Home on Deranged. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and at least in the mid-west we are in the midst of the polar plunge!  As I write this, today’s high is a mere 12 degrees. BRRR….  We typically choose our Christmas tree the day after thanksgiving, so I hope the weather warms a little!

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Since I am babysitting a VERY curious 9 month old boy until the first of the year, I am pretty nervous about the tree. I may only decorate the top of the tree and surround the bottom with a foam fence.

I know I had the same fears with each of my own children just a short time ago and that got me reminiscing about other, bigger fears- I had with them and how I felt about those same situations, now that they were now toddler and preschooler age.

In no order of priority MY BIGGEST new baby parenting fears were probably; Sleeping, medicines and choking. 

Parenting fears #1 Sleeping

You already know all the about the big sleep related fears, a new infant brings.I swaddled Hayden til he was over 6 months old. Folks are very divided on swaddling and how long you should do it.  Honestly, I probably should have weaned him much sooner. Toddlers I am not sure he even wanted to be swaddled that long and I may have unintentionally delayed some of his bedtime mobility. I kept him in his crib to not encourage a co-sleeping habit.  I also was adamant on using a pacifier.  Which I am still glad I did, but since he couldn’t move and was a pacifier addict guess who got to retrieve the fallen pacifier?  Yep; mom and dad. All night long. He was my first baby and the monitor was turned up so loud we could hear every precious breath. I was mama nighthawk.

Henry, I tried to breastfeed for about 6 weeks and we pretty much co-slept or he was kept very close by. My preference on co-sleeping had not changed.  I had just entered survival sleep mode. Henry also used a pacifier, but he was definitely beyond irritated by swaddling. Once I moved him into the crib- I dressed him warmly (of course,not TOO warm) and kept his crib free of bumpers, toys and blankets. I had eased up on the monitor, mostly because I could hear him.  They neighbors could hear him.

Sleeping- preschool age- Hayden:  We had no problems weaning the pacifier at 13 months and moving to a toddler bed at 18 months.  However around his brother’s arrival he began to sleep on the sofa outside my room.  I fear he will never sleep through the night solidly.  Two years later he still wakes and moves on to sofa.

Sleeping- toddler age- Henry:  Henry did not sleep through the night until 9 months old.  He consumed full bottles through the night. Oh it was rough.  Since his brother, was usually on the sofa, I would just sleep in his bed (they share a room, or are suppose to).  The pacifier was gone at 13 months, without event.  We transitioned to toddler bed at around 2 years for his own safety, and I was so scared of his curious nature being a problem.  Knock on wood, once asleep, he stays asleep. Whew! However, he will not allow a blanket or pillow to even touch him. With nights growing colder, Henry being cold, plagues my thoughts.

So for now my parenting fears concerning sleep are far less extreme than that of infancy. I suspect in the future, having two teenage boys might bring a different set of sleep related fears for mom.

Apparently, we just won’t sleep again in this house.

Parental fear #2- Medicines

Parenting fears: Infant: Clear difference here with my children’s age and my experience.  With both boys, under the age of two years, I would see or speak with a doctor before I gave them anything besides infant Tylenol

There were nights with I slept up-right, on the sofa, holding Hayden so he had better respiratory flow. I was nervous to use humidifiers (fire)  and vapors (not sure why).

On a rare occasion, our pediatrician may have directed us to use a medicine. However he always gave me the dosing instructions.  I would re-read instruction eight times before administering.  I was absolutely paranoid to give medicine to my sons. Especially, when Henry required a small dose children’s Benedryl. I was paranoid bordering on temporarily insane with worry.

Vaccines should/could be a separate post, but we opted to provide all vaccines. Except optional or seasonal vaccines for Henry. The flu vaccine contains eggs and it is an allergy concern.

Parenting fears:Toddler: Henry would have a child-proof cap figured out in seconds. So the opportunity to worry, still exists, but I feel okay providing medicines for occasional general pain. Yet I still read dosage information with a care level most would reserve for high alert situations.  Even though. I am confident I have them all memorized.

Parenting fears- Preschool: I trust Hayden to let me know if he feels ill and I know he would ask for help.

Parental fear #3 Choking

Again, I improved with experience.  I was so uptight with my first child, I should have just chewed his food for him.  No, not really… but close.  His transition to table food was awful, but some of it is suspected to be sensory issue related. I am confident my preschooler is able to chew any bits that might accidentally make there way, in his mouth.

Henry entered toddler years stealing food from his brother.  I don’t so much worry about choking… as I do allergies, with him.  He is apt, able and confident connoisseur of food.100_5041

Of course, I recommend all parenting classes and following all updates concerning CPR, first aid… However I believe I have relaxed some from those early parenting days!

Of course these are some of the bigger parenting fears you might encounter when a little one enters your life- especially the first child. The level at which, you worry probably depends on how much you read the news and internet. Or like myself, live with, general anxiety.

Sometimes these fears temporarily resurface;as you chase a curious, crawling 9 month old and get ready to put up your tree. However I am now prepared and ready to focus on smaller everyday worries….like if Henry will flush something down my toilet or will the UPS guy ring the doorbell during nap-time.  Maybe it is experience, or maybe it is a brief reprieve until the teen years.

Share some of your new parent experiences or memories with us!




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Cold Hands and Warm Hearts! #TrueTales

Every Thursday, we bring our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Series- which focuses on the ups and downs, the hilarious and the not-so funny moments, surrounding parenthood inspired by our own toddlers and preschoolers.

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My co-host on this series is the fabulous tech mom Melissa from Home on Deranged. Not only is she now hosting a TV segment but she is also a co-author in the new Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness book! 

Another project we hold near and dear to our heart is our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, which is currently in development and features some fantastic brands and giveaways.  It truly is a labor of love, so any time you enter or share a giveaway- it means SO much.

This post courtesy of the always fabulous tech mom, Melissa from Home on Deranged.

This week, it’s my turn, and I’m sharing the tale of our new backyard playset/swingset/Sky Fort. That for some reason we decided to purchase in the first November in years with temperatures in the 30s. So our kids could stare out the window and adore it, but not actually get to play on it because the possibility of snow flurries just didn’t seem worth the risk. Nah, just kidding. But it was damn cold. And totally worth it. This is how I found out that cold hands and warm hearts equal endless runny noses. And I’d do it all again. Although maybe in June this time.

That time we got a new swingset in 30 degree weather: #TrueTales from the #PinkandBlue Trenches series on Home on Deranged and The Noise of Boys @homeonderange @thenoiseofboys #parentinghumor #parentingfail #motherhood #playsets

Life is full of surprises, some planned, some a complete and utter shock. Our first child was a delightfully planned surprise. Our second child was one of the greatest shocks to my system I’ve ever experienced, and I’m still amazed every day.

We had been talking about buying a swingset for our backyard basically since we moved in. But you know how it is. The girls were too small, we were still working on getting the grass in the lawn to grow, we were looking for a good deal. And then one day about three weeks ago, it was a done deal. Swingset found and bought.

Just one small problem: who in the sam hill was going to put it together? Because that’s 800 pounds over my weight lifting capability and plus, I’m short. How am I supposed to put together a Sky Fort 1000 that towers several fee over me?

Thankfully, now that we live near a major city, you can find almost any kind of service professional. Which meant we hired an assembling company.

Keep in mind that I had no idea this early fall polar vortex was going to arrive the same day that our swingset was to be delivered. But because we are nothing if not a comedy of errors here at Home on Deranged, the delivery driver – who was set for our house between 12 and 5 – had not showed up by 4ish. Thomas called, and he was assured it was out for delivery. No worries.

About 5 nanoseconds later, the phone rings. Um….no one has heard from the driver. No one knows where he is.

“Like, he’s been hijacked?” I asked. “Not sure,” Thomas said. “He won’t answer his phone or check in or anything.”

Another 2 minutes and another phone call. Apparently, no one knows where he is, and our swingset is still sitting in the loading dock, waiting to be put on a truck.

“So, he didn’t get hijacked by the mafia?” I queried. “Nope, apparently the playground underground did not reach him,” Thomas replied.

Around 7:30 p.m., Thomas got another call, this time to say that one of the drivers lives near us and can deliver it tonight. In about another hour. Since the installers were set for 9 a.m. the next day, it seemed like a really good plan.

Except that it was 40 degrees at 9 a.m. the next day, with a wind chill of 30 degrees. And that’s as warm as it got all day.

The two installers were awesome. Awesomely dressed, that is. One had an Oscar the Grouch hoodie (I am not lying!), and the other one had a Manchester United hoodie. Classic. They worked quickly. Who can blame them? And in 7.5 hours we had a new playset in our backyard, an excited husband and two little girls dying to try out their new treehouse, as they kept calling it.

At first, they both just kept saying, “Wow,” over and over. Not loudly; more like they were in awe of it. And they both asked several times if it was theirs, and if they were going to get to keep it. After several assurances, they got to work.

Funny thing about excited toddlers in blustery, 40 degree weather: they don’t like to play outside. They both climbed to the fort and slid down. The 3 year old tried the monkey bars, but her hands wouldn’t allow more than one bar. But the loved the dual swing. It was all worth it.

So it was with cold hands and warm hearts that we got endless runny noses. And I would do it again in a minute. In fact, I’ll probably do it again tomorrow, when it’s only supposed to be 38 degrees for the high.

I love this life.

How about you? Ever get your kids a fantastic, fabulous, awesome gift that they couldn’t use because of season, weather, time or something else? Is there a better way to plan the giving of the “big” gifts? Share your thoughts in the comments, so I might possibly plan better in the future.


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