REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand

Happy hump day! We’re halfway through the week and I have a really fun treat for you all today! I’ll be reviewing one of the most interesting curling wands ever, the Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER ceramic curling wand, and giving one away. How’s that for a mid-week surprise!?

For starters, here’s something you should know before I share my review: this review and giveaway is in partnership with Lee Stafford (thank you!). When I tried out this curling wand, I had 2-day old hair with no product in it. I always wait 2 days before styling, as newly washed hair tends to not hold as nicely.

Lee Stafford chopstick styler curling wand review and giveaway
The barrel on this ceramic curling wand is just under half an inch, making it the smallest barrel of any curler I’ve ever owned (including the thinnest end of my tapered curling wand). Having never had tight curls before, I was really excited to try this out.

This curling wand only has a single temperature (200°C) and was fully heated and ready to start curling in less than a minute after turning it on. As I continued to curl, I became more and more impressed with how uniform the tight curls were, and how much volume I was getting from them. Granted, I do have a lot of hair to begin with, so this was a lot more volume than I’m already used to.

My hair, when straightened, hovers around chest-length. After curling, my hair was hovering around shoulder length! It was so fascinating to see what a length difference and to feel like I could rock a lot of versatile hairstyles just from having tight curls with an overall shortened length.

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Lee Stafford chopstick ceramic curling wand
I specifically chose to only curl onwards from the temple so that I could style my hair by pinning the curls behind the ears. It’s truly night and day between the volume of my straightened hair vs after using the curling wand.

This curling wand was really easy to use. I appreciated the single temperature (no fuss to have to pick my own heat level) and the safety glove that was provided. Although I really like the results and look of the tighter curls, it took almost double the amount of time to curl my hair with the CHoPstick wand than my regular curling wand. The thin barrel meant being able to curl only small sections of hair at a time. This is a curler that I think would be perfect for those special nights out when there’s a bit of extra time to prep for the night, but I don’t think I would be able to work the almost 30 minute curling session into my daily morning routine.

All in all, I had a really great time testing and reviewing this product! I’m also extra excited to offer one lucky winner a curling wand of their own through the giveaway below. Good luck!

Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand #33

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Packing for the holidays – TSA approved makeup bag

If there’s anything that I’ve learned to master in 2016, it’s how to efficiently pack a TSA approved bag! Being on the road for work taught me a lot. Not only did I learn that I can live for 2 weeks with the sole contents of a small carry-on roller and a backpack, but also how to strategically pack around TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for my makeup bag.

With the holidays just around the corner, here are my must haves for any makeup bag while traveling:

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TSA-approved-toiletries

Downy Wrinkle Release – This stuff is an absolute life saver. I have both the travel sized and full-sized bottle for all of life’s wrinkles! With any shirt that I pack, it’s inevitable to get wrinkly while on the road. With the Downy Wrinkle Release, a quick spritz, small tugs on the shirt, and then a few hours of drying, gets the shirt back to wearable condition! This is so great, especially when there are no guarantees for access to an iron while on the road. Only downside is not being able to wear immediately after spraying.

Arbonne eye roller, cleanser, and lipstick – Arbonne is a new-to-me company. Known for their safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly products, I love their mantra of taking a scientific approach to experimenting with botanically-based ingredients. In my makeup bag, I always carry the facial cleanser (which maxes out at 3oz– absolutely perfect for your carry-on!), soothing eye gel (really great for travel days, especially when going straight from the plane to a meeting. Helps reduce the eye bags!), and a lipstick as a finishing touch. I love the fact that my favourite lipstick from Arbonne is vegan friendly, which is not something that I’ve seen very often when browsing the aisles of traditional drug stores or makeup shelves.

Benefit Magic Ink liquid eyeliner – My go-to eyeliner! The Magic Ink is the first liquid eyeliner I ever tried (back in 2011 or 2012) and I’ve never looked back. The black pigment is so opaque with just one swipe– I love it!

Bare Minerals warm blush and mini application brush – This flawless application brush came with a starter set that was originally purchased when I was first trying out the Bare Minerals loose foundation. I wish I could find a link of the full set online, but it came with the mini brush, the warm loose blush, and a starter size of the medium beige foundation for under $40. I’ve taken the mini brush and warm blush on almost every trip with me since first getting them about 4 years ago. I’ve since finished the foundation, which is why I’m linking to The Body Shop one below.

The Body Shop extra virgin minerals – Looks like this product has been discontinued, but I used to purchase The Body Shop version of the loose powder instead of the Bare Minerals one because it was a bit cheaper. The coverage was the same as the Bare Minerals one, and if I’m remembering correctly, The Body Shop also had many more shades.

Benefit highlighter Got this from Sephora as a “birthday gift” in 2015 (or maybe it was 2014?) and it’s still half full! Adding a little bit of highlights under the eyebrows and upper cheek bones makes a big difference, especially after long flights.

Mario Badescu facial spray – This aloe, herbs, and rosewater face spray is so refreshing! I love having a bottle handy on trips, especially flights, because it helps to rehydrate and refresh skin. Even when not on a flight, I’ll give the occasional spritz to the face to help set makeup in the late afternoon. It smells delicious and comes in a 2oz travel size (although I also have the full size), perfect for packing in a carry on.

And there you have it! A full makeup bag with all products that meet TSA’s 3-1-1 rule! The last finishing touch would of course be a cute makeup bag. I used to use a mesh bag from The Body Shop that housed a gift set that I received years ago, but after a tube of hand lotion exploded in there earlier this year, I found some cute cat bags from Forever 21.

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Glamping toiletry must-haves

Around the same time as planning the trip to Alaska, a friend of mine floated the idea of staying in a yurt. While the yurt plans never panned out for Alaska, I kept glamping in a yurt high on my list of things to do before the end of the year. Needless to say, my dreams of glamping in a yurt came true a couple weekends ago!

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Glamping on Orcas Island

Since this yurt adventure was the first time in a few years since I had last been off-grid, it took a while to figure out what essentials to pack. My goal was to bring no more than a single backpack for this 3-day trip. This meant packing light and bringing toiletries that would either play multiple roles, or strategically packing complementary essentials. Here were my glamping must-haves:

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REVIEW: Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil

It’s been a while since the last update on my skincare routine, and a bit has changed! Earlier this year, I started experimenting with all natural oil (especially, rosehip seed oil) to replace my traditional face creams (you can read all about it in this post). Since trying the first couple bottles of rosehip seed oil, I loved it and the results, but I didn’t love the yellow tint it left on my skin. This left me looking for other all-natural alternatives.

As timing would have it, the blogging stars aligned and I’m excited to do a Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil review, thanks to a bottle I received specifically to try for this review post. If you’re local to Seattle and looking to try it, it’s available for purchase at Pharmaca (also online here).

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For starters, this is a super attractive product because it is 100% plant derived with no preservatives, no parabens, and no silicone. On top of this, it is also fragrance free, non-staining, and comes in an easy-to-dispense spray bottle. For this review, I used the product every night after a shower for 2 weeks straight. I applied the oil all over my face and body and my pros and cons are below.

Pros

– The simple all-in-one made the Trilipiderm All-Body Oil a single product go-to
– The oil itself feels light and non-greasy
– Oil was quickly absorbed, so I didn’t have any issues with waking up on a greasy pillowcase (which has happened with previous oil-based products)
– A little product goes a long way. Even after two weeks of consistent usage, I’m surprised by how much is left!

Cons

– I found myself having to wait a little longer than usual to apply makeup, if I used the oil on my face. Even though the oil is fast-absorbing, it is oil afterall and my liquid eyeliner would fall right off if I tried to apply it shortly after applying the oil

Final verdict

Overall, I really enjoyed my trial for the Trilipiderm Ultra-Hydrating All-Body Oil review. I’ll be swapping out my current face routine and body lotion for this single product moving forward.

Along with this all-body oil, I’ll be sharing some of my go-to essentials for Fall road trips in a few days!

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REVIEW: Carbonated bubble clay mask

A few weeks ago, I saw an ad pop up in my Facebook newsfeed for a carbonated bubble clay mask review. I watched this ad video for 2 minutes and still couldn’t quite figure out what was happening in it (yay for non-English product review videos with no subtitles!), so I decided to look for the face mask myself. I ended up purchasing the top-rated Korean product, Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated bubble clay mask, for under $11 off of Amazon. Here’s what my experience was like using face mask!

carbonated bubble face mask review via the demure muse

For starters, all of the labels on the box and the product itself are in Korean, so I had to look up instructions online for how to even use the face mask! Application was simple: paste on a thin, even layer of the mask on the face and let it sit for 5 minutes. The carbonation and bubbles formed quite quickly and it felt like my face was being tickled within the first 30 seconds of applying the mask. Once the bubbles start to pop (after the 5 minutes), wet your hands and gently massage the remainder of the mask on your face for another 2 minutes.

The product claims that the carbonated bubbles help to better clean out pores and blackheads, so I’m basing my review off of this claim on top of my overall experience with the face mask.

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