Hot Pink and Leopard

After sewing up a storm last week, I went on a hunt for an easy, quick way to spruce up my nails. I’m really terrible with nail polish. I always manage to ruin a manicure within 24 hours of getting it so I decided to buy these stick-on manicures by Essence. I figured stickers were less likely to get chipped than a fresh coat of nail polish!

Essence studio nails

I tried putting more than one sticker on each hand but then realized I am just… not a leopard person. It was too much for my liking so I went for a mismatched, asymmetrical kinda look instead. The whole application process was really easy. The instructions said to stick a sticker on a nail, fold over at the tip, and then file off the extra. I followed these instructions initially, but then I lost a sticker after 3 hours so I decided to put a top coat on my nail, then the sticker, and then a top coat. The nails held up really well! The packaging claims that the stickers will stay on for up to 5 days, which is true after I added the top coat. Both of the stickers started to bubble on the edges on the fifth day which made it easy to peel them off. :)

Essence studio nails

Here’s my Little Rockstart of a sloth looking like he’s crowd-surfing over a bed of mismatched nails!

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Straighten Up: HANA Professional Flat Iron Review

It’s been quite some time since I last straightened my hair and there’s a good reason for that. My trusty BaByliss ceramic flat iron of seven years (wow, that’s a long time!!) recently started to fall apart. The plating on the iron plates started to chip and I’ve been a little worried my hair might get fried if my hair touches the naked plates. Since my flat iron started to die, I’ve been wearing my hair up in a messy bun or leaving it wavy.

I was recently offered a chance to try out the HANA Professional 1.5″ Flat Iron and could not have asked for a better time for this flat iron to enter my life! First off, can I just comment on the adorably colour-coded packaging? I received a pink-themed package with a traveling case, little pink extras and a pink HANA sleeping mask along with the flat iron and countertop protector.

Hana Flat Iron

The flat iron itself is quite lightweight compared to my previous one. Having only ever owned a high end BaByliss iron before (which I have been told is comparable to the legendary Chi Flat Iron or Corioliss lines depending on the model), I had high expectations for the HANA. The HANA plates can be set anywhere between 140 – 450 degrees. When straightening my hair, I set the iron to around 300 degrees because I have extremely thick hair.

Hana Flat Iron

I was really impressed by the quick heat-up time of the plates! However, after 5 minutes of using the HANA, I found that the outside of the straightener (on the other side of the plates) got extremely hot to the point where I had to turn down the temperature before continuing with the straightening. Although the straightening process at a lower temperature was still manageable with smaller handfuls of hair to be straightened at a time, this slowed down my progress a little.

One other thing that I noticed was that my hair wasn’t as shiny at the end of the straightening process as it used to be when I used my old flat iron. I never used to put any products in my hair before or after straightening and my hair would still have a smooth, shiny look to it after being flat ironed. Luckily, I had a sample bottle of Dove Smooth and Soft Anti-Frizz Cream lying around and was able to achieve the same shiny, healthy hair look as I used to.

Below you can witness my morning bed head (usually my hair’s much wavier if I don’t use a hair dryer) and how I was able to tame this wild mess.

Hana Flat Iron: before & after

Overall, I would definitely recommend the HANA Professional 1.5″ Flat Iron to people who are looking to upgrade from drugstore flat irons. The total amount of time taken to flat iron my hair was just over 12 minutes from start to finish and I have quite uncooperative hair. Having thinner hair would definitely cut the overall straightening time and might give you the shiny hair result (as I’ve seen with others who I have tested this flat iron on).

Disclosure: I received this flat iron c/o Misikko. The review of the flat iron in this post is true to my own personal opinion.

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