I love adding curls to my hair, so when I was chosen to test & review the KISS InstaWave I was super excited.

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My first impression was what a super cool & easy to use product BUT there is noooo way this will work… boy, was I wrong!

So… what is the KISS InstaWave?

The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro). The KISS InstaWave uses Ceramic Ionic Technology to help protect your hair while giving you tight curls and shiny hair. It features two heat setting (low and high) with the hottest setting reaching a maximum temperature of 420° F. It also has a 90 minute auto shut-off safety feature in case it’s left on by accident.

To use it is super easy as well… only 4 steps!

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Hold InstaWave up-right and place 1 to 2 inches of hair onto curler.

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Press button to instantly catch hair and rotate curl barrel. Hold button until hair is fully around barrel, then release.

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Allow barrel to heat hair for 3 to 10 seconds

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Pull InstaWave gently downward to release a beautiful curl.

Seems easy enough right? I have to say, it took me a few times to get the hang of having my hair catch on but eventually I got it. I think this is one of those products where practice makes perfect.

Here are my results with the KISS InstaWave:

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I absolutely loved the curls it created. Long, bouncy with volume & best of all… natural looking. It also cut the amount of time it takes to curl my hair in half. I can’t wait to recreate more looks with the InstaWave as well as different types of curls.

It really is such a cool product and only $59.99! To purchase the Kiss InstaWave, please visit their site: KISSinstawave.com.

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For my final Gift Guide of the Holiday season, let’s talk Home & Garden!

Becoming a home owner was one of my proudest moments & since then I have become a sucker for gifts that compliment the home like wine racks, wall decor & blankets. I don’t think you can go wrong with gifting the perfect item that matches the home owners personality.

Here are some of my favorite Home & Garden gifts:

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Family Collage Wall Frame – $79.96

What do all your favorite family memories have in common? Why, they would be perfectly at home in this frame, that’s what. Weathered white wood holds four backed photos and offers three open clothesline hangers to display smaller pics with depth and contrast.

Vintage 9 Bottle Wine Holder – $34.99

This decorative countertop accent that holds 9 wine bottles will be a welcomed addition. Made of solid metal construction, wine holder is easily transportable to any room.

Root Candles in Seduce – $17.98

This 6.5-ounce candle burns up to 65 hours and is combined with violet, jasmine and patchouli, Seduce is a perfectly tempting combination. The energizing scent of lemon zest combined with the warmth and sensuality of anise envelopes the room in a seductive atmosphere It has a sustainable wooden wick for a comforting crackle, colored with all-natural vegetable based dyes, eco friendly packaging. I personally have this candle & I recommend it to everyone! The scent is amazing and super soothing.

Faux Fur Throws – $29.99-$63.96

Getting in touch with your adventurous side doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Spoil yourself with a Faux Fur Throw, chosen from our menagerie of bold patterns and shades that rival the real thing in softness, warmth and luxury. Place one at the corner of your bed or drape it over the back of the sofa for a touch of elegance. Then it will be close by for cuddling up with indulgent comfort on cool evenings.

Dawn Redwood Bonsai Forest Kit – $50

Bring nature and tranquility to your life with this bonsai garden kit. These miniature trees were thought to be extinct until 1946 until when one was discovered growing in a rice field in central China. Appropriately named the “discovery tree,” the bonsai symbolizes the bountiful surprises found in nature. You can cultivate your own grove of miniature trees with this easy-to-use indoor kit. While the seeds will sprout within a few weeks, just as full-sized trees take decades to reach their full height, it takes time and patience for your sprouts to mature into a fully grown forest.

The 15th Annual Latin Grammys took place on November 20th and L’Oréal Paris returned for their 3rd year as their official cosmetic sponsor for the night. Did you guys see Genesis Rodriguez & Chiquinquira Delgado on the red carpet? They looked absolutely beautiful and thanks to L’Oréal Paris, you can re-create those looks yourself!

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Genesis wanted a vampy look but with a modern twist and that is exactly what  L’Oréal Paris Pro-Team Artist Rene Lam created. Rene mixed bronze and plum shades to create a subtle smokey eye. For the lips, Rene went burgundy since it complimented Genesis’s dark red dress.

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For her hair, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Hair Stylist Marcos Carrasquillo was inspired by Rihanna’s look at the American Music Awards. He gave her Hollywood Waves but added large bobby pins to not only hold the hair to the side, but accessorize it and made it stand out.

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Here is her finished look:

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Chiqui wanted a natural look to compliment her beautiful yellow gown and a very classic Hollywood glam hair style. Franz Munoz nailed it by adding brown and nude shades to her eyes and finishing her complete look with romantic loose waves.

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& for her hair…

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Here is her finished look:

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Which look was your favorite?

All the products listed above are available at LOrealParisUSA.com as well as mass retailers nationwide.

I’ve been signed up with INFLUENSTER since 2012.

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What’s Influenster?

Influenster is a community of tastemakers, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. In Influenster Nation, influence is currency.

Basically you sign up on their site (send me your e-mail address if you would like me to personally send you an invitation) and they pick their most active and social media savvy members to qualify for campaigns. These campaigns vary from interactive Twitter chats, fun contests and special discounts to my personal favorite…. the all mighty VOXBOX! Voxbox’s contain complimentary full size products that you test and then review to share your opinions on the products.

Here’s a look at some past VoxBox’s I qualified for:

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 Within the campaigns for the VoxBox badge, there are also Brand Badges which lets you complete certain task to win prizes from that particular brand. Check out this awesome nail polish set I received for completing the Pure Ice badge tasks:

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Yes – I got that whole set for FREE! These polishes have now become my favorite and I would not have had the chance to test the brand out if it wasn’t for Influenster.

Influenster isn’t all about just getting free products, I also use this website to check our reviews of products I’m interested in or iffy about purchasing. The community leaves REAL & HONEST reviews to help you discover products in the marketplace. There’s also The Hub which is basically the Influenster blog filled with articles on topics like Beauty, Food, Lifestyle etc. I love checking this section daily! They also have launched an app which gives you all of the Influenster knowledge in the palm of your hand …literally.

Are you signed up with Influenster? If not – what are you waiting for??

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love the Sinful Colors nail collections.

They are super affordable and have great lasting ability.

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What do you think about this shade?