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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REVIEW: Tonymoly face masks

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite things, face masks. Having been introduced to them years ago while backpacking around South Korea, I’m excited to see that they’ve made their way to mainstream North American stores! One of my current favourite brands for sheet masks is non other than the Korea company Tonymoly. Tonymoly face masks come in packs of 11 sheet masks for $10 on Amazon here!

This post is not in partnership with Tony Moly. I purchased this product on my own and absolutely love it, so wanted to share my pros & cons:

tonymoly face masks review

Pros

– Face mask sheets themselves are thick! They’re 3-layered, which helps to retain the pulp and moisture
– 5 free-parabene, talc, benzo-phenone, troethanolamin, artificial pigment
– Individually packed and the 11-pack comes in a wide variety of effects; you can also buy singular effects as well
– Eye holes and nose flap are perfect sized. As someone with a wider face but with smaller features, this is huge! Most North American-designed masks usually have very large eye holes and nose flaps which require me to “scrunch” up the mask on application. The Tony Moly ones fit perfectly!

Cons

– Sheet masks are well packed with goodness, although the liquid will occasionally run down the side of my face/into my hair

Final verdict

I love these masks. Of all the masks I’ve tried so far, these are my favourites! At less than $1 a piece, I would highly recommend them. The variety pack is so perfect for selecting from when you need to pick a few favourites to take along on a plane (aka the most moisture-sucking vessel to travel in).

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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!

Seattle glamping in a yurt
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).

trilipiderm ultra hydrating all-body oil review

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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