Friday, March 22, 2013

Hair Talk Pt 2/Review : The Sonicglide


I have been really wanting to write this since I received my Sonicglide, but I really want to test this bad boy out before writing my final thoughts. 

Top : Maxiglide    Bottom: Sonicglide
For a FULL description and where I purchased, please click SONICGLIDE

As you can see from the above photo, there’s an obvious difference in size. It was made to be lighter and slimmer for convienence. A brand new feature is the “vibration”, which has an on/off button, and this is suppose to help speed up the process of straightening. 
on/off button within
 the flat iron

I was completely sold when I first saw the infomercial for the Maxiglide and this is way before the Instyler. It was the fact that it straightened really kinky hair, and I knew that was the flat iron I needed for my hair. My hair type is dry, voluminous , frizzy, and curly/waves. As I have gotten older my curls have become more like waves, my hair has gotten dryer and frizzier. I would spend 2-3 hours in a Dominican hair salon every friday getting my hair done, mind you I had to go Up Town(a.k.a. The Bronx or Harlem, for non-New Yorkers) that trip can turn into a 30-45 minute commute. Basically 4 hours of my day, flushed away…  The Maxiglide has cut that time to 1 whopping hour and has given me the comfort of getting my hair done at  home.  

Another feature are the tiny hair pins, which both flat irons have. They help detangle, as they straighten. I don’t rely on the hair pins to solely detangle my hair, I alway finger comb my hair before washing and styling. I find it to be much more healthier than using a brush. 
Another feature is the “steam”. Both flat irons have a steam system that allow steam to pump through the glides which helps eliminate heat damage  as opposed to using a constant heat on ones hair. 

So, here are the before and after…. 
before


after


















As you can the see, the proof is in the pudding. Without a doubt, I knew the Sonicglide would not disappoint. The only thing that I noticed was different between the Maxi and Sonic was the amount of time it took for me todo my hair. I feel like they decreased the heat, and I am not too keen about the vibrating feature. It’s weird, it does straighten faster with the vibration, but not as fast due to the lack of heat. I think I am going to simply store my maxiglide away and use the sonic for now, I rather preserve my original diamond, just incase the sonicglide flops in the near future. As a fan and customer of Maxius, I would have preferred different colors, than the new features….but I am not that disappointed that I would return it.

And yes, I would recommend this to my curly hair girls. You will not be disappointed. It already sold out, and I believe they have restocked on Shopnbc.com 

**Just to be clear, I purchased this with my own money. I am not at all getting paid to endorse this flat iron. It’s just one my favorite tools, that has been underrated and should be recognized as the Greatest Hair Straightener!**

That is it on this lonely friday, if there are any maxi/sonic-glide users I would LOVE to hear what you think of either/or and the new feature and design….

Happy Weekend World!!

xo
      





Thursday, March 21, 2013

Springing into (a) Summer (Tan)

It’s officially SPRING!! My favorite season, fall being second…You feel it in the air, and you see it in the faces of many grouchy New Yorkers as they carry on with a slight smile on their faces…..Yes, Spring is here and the FIRST thing that comes to mind is, TANNING!
To cure my winter-paleness, I have pulled out my favorite bronzers and favorite self tanners.

First up, my favorite NEW self tanner :
Jergens Natural Glow in Fair to Medium skin tones. The company decided to reformulate this bad boy to it’s original idea, hope that makes sense. When the first formula was release, everyone raved about it. It was suppose to be odorless but it just STANK!! The original formula, also had shimmer in it, which I wasn’t too crazy about, but it was the smell that really made it the worse self-tanner I have ever had! So, back to the new formula…Jergens came back with a vengeance, and proved themselves. I love this self tanner soooo much, within 3 days I had a great color and I just purchased a back up because it was sold out for a few weeks at my local Rite Aid ….

Next up;
Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning. During the summer, I do try to avoid tanning my face as much as possible. So, I throw this on to even out my face with my body and it’s the only self tanner I trust on my face.

Next up are powder/cream bronzers, mind you these are just my favorite ones from my stash and I can NOT live without them.

First from the bunch, HOLY GRAIL status :
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark. Ok, it’s not a really intended to be a bronzer, but it’s just a shade darker than my skin tone and it creates the most PERFECT NATURAL WARMTH without looking orange.

Next; my second favorite :
Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine in Amber Matte 003. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued and I try not to use it as often but it’s hard to resist. I would describe this to be a shade darker than the MAC MSFN, just perfect for the summer when I get tanner.

Next, is a bronzer which has been mentioned before in my other posts:
NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium. This was a complete accidental find. I happened to be in Ulta one day, and there it was. I don’t own a lot of NYX stuff, but based on what I already do have, I would suggest not to overlook this brand when you are walking down the makeup aisle. It’s simply a great bronzer for the price and color, and I see myself always reaching for it.

Finally, my baby. The prettiest one out of the bunch :
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel in Bronze Universal. The most famous out of the bunch. It does the job when I am in a bit of hurry, it may look a bit orangey in the pot but it’s far from orange. It’s just perfect!!

What are your favorite self-tanners and bronzer??

Would love to hear your input, please comment ….

xo
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