Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Prosilk Tourmaline Digital Curling Iron Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

Whether you have a fashionista on your list or just want to make sure you look fabulous at all those holiday parties, Prosilk has a product for you. Prosilk specialize in hair, offering a variety of products and tools. Today, I’ll be reviewing a Tourmaline Digital Curling Iron that Prosilk sent me to try out.


Prosilk Tourmaline Digital Curling Iron 1″ – $139.95

This digital curling iron heats up to 220 degrees Celsius (428 degrees Fahrenheit) and comes with a 1″ barrel, perfect for creating tight ringlets. The iron heats up very fast, with a digital readout counting up to the desired temperature. Here is a photo of my first test of the iron:

My hair, curled with the Prosilk digital iron

I curled my hair at 200 degrees Celsius – I could see the steam rising as I curled each strand! – and then pinned the back up to create a loose updo. US readers will want to note that the digital readout on this is in Celsius, so adjust accordingly! I had a lot of fun using the iron and will definitely use it again to create cute curled styles. It might be nice if more information was included with the iron, but then again, it is easy to operate so it didn’t affect my usage of it.

Prosilk Tourmaline Digital Curling Iron is available on for $139.95.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Skin Care Gift Bag Review & Giveaway – Ends 11/29 – US & Canada

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

Lavender Cinnamon/Peppermint Skin Care Package

I’ve said many times before that I think skin care products are a top gift idea for women. So today, I’ve got a treat for you – because one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a Tropical Traditions Skin Care Gift Bag, perfect for gift giving, so read on!

Tropical Traditions sent me a Lavender Cinnamon/Peppermint Skin Care Package, which comes with two Lavender Moisturizing Creams, one Lavender Soap, and a Cinnamon/Peppermint Lip Moisturizer, packaged in a cute little gift bag – just the right size to tuck into mom’s stocking! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these products ever since they arrived. The soap is very moisturizing and has a wonderful Lavender aroma, which goes perfectly with the lotion. I’ve reviewed Tropical Traditions’ lotion before – click here to read my last review – and this is the same formula, but with a lovely Lavender scent. It absorbs into my skin fairly fast, so I re-apply it often. Because my skin is so extremely thirsty and dry, I usually use a hand lotion that has a slick top coating so my hands don’t dry out; so it works best for me to use this in conjunction with another lotion for optimal results. That being said, I think that this is a great, in-depth moisturizing treatment that is particularly good for rough spots, like elbows.

The Cinnamon/Peppermint lip balm is very moisturizing and great for my dry lips. The cinnamon tingles a bit when you first apply it – people who are sensitive to cinnamon may not care for the sensation, but I have very sensitive skin and have had no problems with it so far.

Skin Care PackageLavender Cinnamon/Peppermint Skin Care Package

Click on the thumbnails to see a closer view of the gift bag I received

Giveaway time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will receive a Lavender Cinnamon/Peppermint Gift Bag from Tropical Traditions, containing two 1 oz. Lavender Moisturizing Creams, one Lavender Soap, and one Cinnamon/Peppermint Lip Moisturizer! Here’s how to enter:

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on November 29th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to residents of the lower 48-state area, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Frownies Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

Beauty products are always a top gift pick for women. I know I get excited whenever I’m gifted a new lotion, skin care product, or other cosmetic goodies! So today, I’d like to introduce you to a company called Frownies, who carry a wide variety of interesting skin care products, perfect for stocking stuffers and gift baskets!

Beautiful Eyes Bag

Beautiful Eyes Bag – $89.97

I received a complimentary Beautiful Eyes Bag to review (pictured above), and not only is the cute packaging perfect for gift-giving, but it’s very handy for keeping all your products in one place! This kit contains four different items, each of which can be purchased separately:

Frownies Immune Shield

Frownies Immune Shield – $32.00

Frownies Immune Shield Vitamin E Skin Serum is a rich, moisturizing oil treatment for the face and skin. I dab this sparingly under my eyes and on my neck as a deep moisturizing treatment at night.

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray – $10.95

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray is one of the staples of their product line. This spray is used in conjunction with other Frownies products (see below), and can also be used on its own as a toner. When my skin is feeling tired after a long day, I can spritz on some of the Rose Water Hydrator Spray and it’s rather soothing and refreshing. This would be nice to have on long flights!

Frownies All Natural Under Eye Treatment Patch

Frownies All Natural Under Eye Treatment Patch (3 sets of 2) – $37.50

Frownies All Natural Under Eye Treatment Patch is another great product for soothing tired skin. These gel patches can be applied under the eyes for 30 minutes as a pampering treatment. One night, my eyes were tired and burning after getting only 4 hours of sleep, so I applied the gel patches and it soothed the skin right away. After removing them, my skin felt noticeably more refreshed. Once you’re done with the patch, you can place it back in its plastic tray and spritz with the Rose Water Hydrator Spray to re-moisten it. Store it in your fridge and re-use until the patch dissolves or dries up.

Frownies Patches

Frownies Forehead & Between The Eyes Patches – $19.95

Finally, we have Frownies’ flagship product: their Forehead & Between The Eyes Patches! This is an extremely unique anti-wrinkle product that consists of triangular, sticky kraft paper pieces. You spritz these with the Rose Water Hydrator Spray and apply them to your face before going to bed, with the goal of reducing lines. According to Frownies, the product is supposed to work by retraining the facial muscles and “re-educating” them to rest in a different position in order to reduce the appearance of lines.

In the last few months, I’ve started getting lines on my forehead that I despise. So the first time I tried Frownies Patches, I put them all over my forehead and around my mouth and eyes, for good measure. I looked quite ridiculous so Jai was very amused, especially because I couldn’t move my face or laugh! It was uncomfortable the first night, but I got used to having them on and it doesn’t bother me now. Your face feels permanently surprised while you’re wearing them, and that also takes a day or two to get used to. The only thing I don’t like about wearing Frownies is that I have a hard time removing them. Although I saturate them in water and wash my face, I still feel like I’m ripping them off, and I don’t like all that tugging on the skin! I stopped wearing them around my eyes because I think that area is too delicate for it, but I continue to use them on my forehead. I have also noticed after wearing them recently that I had red splotches on the skin where the Frownies had been applied previously. I have notoriously sensitive skin, so hopefully I will be able to continue using them.

What I find intriguing about Frownies is the idea that it could retrain your muscles. After a few days of wearing them, I could feel that my forehead muscles were resting in a different position – it’s hard to explain, but it was more like my face relaxed into a wide-eyed mode rather than sinking into a furrow of concentration. When I wake up, my forehead looks very smooth and the lines are barely there, but the wrinkles pop back quickly. I haven’t used Frownies consistently enough yet to give a final verdict on whether it will help my brow lines or not; although I’ve had the patches for a while and have the best of intentions with my skin care routine, I’ve only managed to use the Frownies Patches sporadically. The box guarantees “Results in 30 days” so I’d like to get into the habit of using them frequently because I am fascinated by the concept, although skeptical as always. It reminds me of what our mothers would always say – “Don’t frown, you’ll get wrinkles!”

I think that finding a pampering skin care product in your stocking would be a great treat on Christmas morning! One note of caution: Because some of these products are geared towards reducing wrinkles, be careful what you choose for your recipient so that you don’t unintentionally cause hurt feelings.

All of the products featured in this article are available on

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Karmin Flat Iron Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

If you’re looking for a gift for the lady on your list, why not treat her to the Mercedes of flat irons – a Karmin G3 Salon Pro!

Karmin G3 Salon Pro – $129.95

I’m a self-professed flat iron junkie, constantly searching for new and better ways to get the perfect sleek style. Over the years, I’ve realized that a good cut is the most important part of the equation if you want to get rid of poofiness and obtain pin-straight hair – but a flat iron is still a very important tool in my arsenal. Previously, I was using a 6″ wide wet-to-straight flat iron. I always avoided small, thin flat irons like the plague, because I figured that in order to tame my hair, I needed the biggest surface possible to smash my hair down with!

When I had the opportunity to review a Karmin G3 Salon Pro, I jumped at the chance. I had always wanted to try an expensive, salon-quality flat iron, but I didn’t want to invest that much money without knowing how well it would work. Being Super Coupon Girl, I firmly maintain that price does not define the quality – just because it’s expensive, doesn’t mean it’s worth it. So when the Karmin arrived, I swapped out my $20 drugstore iron to try out the $130 model for a while.

Well, that was several months ago, and I have not gone back to my old iron since. I realized that a thin flat iron actually works better for me, because you have more control! And because of the slender design and curved edge plate, you can also use this iron to add flips, waves, and loose curls – something I’ve never been able to do with a flat iron before. This is so nice, because it opens up the door for so many different styles above and beyond straight and sleek.

The Karmin heats all the way up to 420 degrees – which is the setting I normally use! However, you must use extreme caution and notch up the heat slowly! We all know how damaging heat is to your hair, and just because I can abuse mine without it falling out doesn’t mean you’ll have the same results! And you must be careful; I have a pretty good blister on my finger right now from where I slipped the other day smoothing my hair. Oops!! The booklet didn’t say how to determine when the iron was finished heating up, but you can tell because there is a red light which blinks off when the iron is hot – and it heats up very rapidly.

Hair before using the Karmin flat iron

Here is my hair before using the Karmin flat iron – I let my hair air dry instead of blow drying it, because it gets very puffy and unmanageable when I let it dry naturally, so I thought this would be a good example for a before picture!

Hair after straightening it with the Karmin

My hair after straightening it with the Karmin!

Curled hair using the Karmin

And what’s really cool about the Karmin is that it’s an all-in-one styling tool – here is my hair, curled with the Karmin! I did very tight curls here, just to show off what it’s capable of doing.

Loose curls and waves styled with the Karmin

I brushed the tight curls out a little bit for a more natural, waved look here. There are so many possibilities styling your hair with this tool!

I am pleased to have been introduced to the Karmin G3 Salon Pro, and will continue to use and enjoy it. Everyone has different styling requirements; and for my needs, the Karmin is working quite nicely.

The Karmin G3 Salon Pro is available on for $129.95. If you’d like to read another Karmin Salon Pro Review, click here! I was provided with a complimentary unit in exchange for this coverage.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Saint Francis Couture Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

Saint Francis Couture

The holidays are the perfect time to treat the lady on your list to a luxurious gift. Many women will tell you that they can never have enough bags or shoes – so I’d like to introduce you to a company called Saint Francis Couture, who offer all sorts of items for the fashionista on your list!

Saint Francis Couture carry stylish shoes, bags, apparel, and accessories – and though most of their designs feature fun animal prints, this fur is strictly faux: Founder Tere Albanese started the company because she felt the world needed an upscale, cruelty free shoes and accessories boutique.

Africa Big Bag

Africa Big Bag – $85.00

I received a complimentary Africa Big Bag to review, and at 19″ wide by 12″ tall and 6 1/2″ deep, the name is no joke: This is one large bag! Perfect for weekend trips and carry-on, I knew right away that this bag would come in handy. We often head over to Portland to stay with family for a day or two, and I’m not going to lug over a huge suitcase for just one night; so I usually ended up packing my clothes and toiletries in grocery bags. Not exactly chic! The Africa Big Bag is the perfect “In-Between” bag for just these sort of outings – an extra big purse that you can carry your necessities in.

My bag has traveled to two different states so far, and it’s been a great thing to have. I first used it to pack my things for WordCamp, and I also brought it along on my recent Seattle trip to see Maroon 5. I used this bag to carry my clothes, hair products, flat iron, and all the other essentials of travel. It didn’t quite fit everything I needed for WordCamp, so I took an extra bag along with me on that trip; but it held all the items I needed for Seattle, so all I took for that outing was my Africa Big Bag and my big makeup tote!

I liked the zippered pocket inside the bag and also the outer side pockets – I can definitely see where those would be handy in an airport for keeping important items handy. The only thing I could suggest to add is perhaps a wider opening or more compartments, just to make it easier to locate your items without having to rummage through the whole bag.

I love the look of this bag and how chic it is to tote with me on my travels – this really suits my personality!

Africa Ankle Boot

Africa Ankle Boot – $58.00

I also received a pair of matching Africa Ankle Boots. These shoes run very small; the product page advises you to purchase a whole size bigger, so I told them I would probably need a 9 since I usually wear an 8. The boots I received are 9 1/2, and they are still extremely snug! I wore these just long enough to try them on and take a picture – unfortunately, I injured my knees at the gym, and I can’t wear heels again until I recover. :( They feel so tight that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wear them because of the size, but again, I only kept them on for a minute because of my injury. However, you can always return or exchange your purchase if the size doesn’t work out. And I do love what a chic ensemble the shoes and bag make!

My Saint Francis Couture!

My bag & shoes from Saint Francis Couture!

Products from Saint Francis Couture are available on their website and also in several brick and mortar retail stores – click here to find a location near you.