Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Rotating Curling Iron Review and Photos

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Sarah Potempa Beachwaver ($199)

The Beachwaver is an innovative curling iron with a unique design that was developed by celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa.

  • Rotating curling iron gives you red carpet-ready waves with the touch of a button
  • Allows you to control the side you are curling–with a Left and Right button and rotates for you
  • Makes it easy to curl your hair
  • Digital temperature dial lets you select from 310-450F, based on your hair type
  • 6.5 in. Protective Ceramic Rod, with Tourmaline
  • Beveled, customized clamp for no kinks
  • Infused with Gold Powder for uniform heat
  • Unique, patent pending design

My Thoughts:

I’ve never used a curling iron like the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver before. Once I saw it, I knew I had to have it. It’s a rotating curling iron that gives you beach wavy hair. That’s right. You read it right. A rotating curling iron. The barrel rotates with a touch of a button! I was able to get wavy hair in half the amount of time it would normally take me with a regular curling iron. Another plus is the curling iron isn’t super heavy. Thank goodness!

The Beachwaver is so easy to use. You turn it on and set it to the temperature you want to use it at by pushing the “-” and “+” buttons. The temperature ranges from 310-450°F. You can tell what temperature it is at because there is a digital screen that displays the current temperature. Next, you push the “L” or “R” button to let the Beachwaver know which side you are curling. After that, you clamp a section of your hair to the curling iron and push down on the “Go” button to curl. The barrel rotates and then you let go of the “Go” button to stop the rotation. Easy huh? My favorite thing about the Beachwaver, aside from the rotating barrel, is that it makes curling the back of my hair so easy. I don’t have to worry about whether I’m curling my hair in the correct direction or not.

Aside from all the love I just spewed over the Beachwaver, I do have a couple of complaints. My first complaint is that I wish the “Go” button was placed somewhere else. When I would clamp my hair to the barrel, my finger would almost always push the “Go” button at the same time. I couldn’t help it. It was where my finger would always land when trying to use the clamp. My second complaint is that the clamp gets hot. I could feel the clamp beginning to get warm when I was about halfway done. Thank goodness I was able to finish before it got too hot to touch. Other than those complaints, I only have love for the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver.

Check out more photos of the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver and how to win one too!

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NuMe Vintage Professional Styling Iron Review and Photos

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NuMe Vintage Professional Styling Iron ($275) NuMe’s best selling classic professional styler is the original 100% solid ceramic iron that brings shine and luster back to the most course or wispy hair.  With its rounded barrel design, it’s ideal for transforming your hair to any glamorous look – silky straight, voluminous waves or perfect curls.  Great for all hair types.

The NuMe Vintage is a classic Professional Styling Iron with a unique alignment system that ensures ideal contact between your hair and our 100% tourmaline ceramic plates.  Using pure ceramic plates ensures even distribution, eliminating the hot spots and chipping associated with conventional irons.  Our 100% ceramic plates emit negative ions which seals moisture in the hair cuticle keeping your hair shiny, healthy and silky smooth.

Features & Benefits:

  • 100% solid ceramic plates prevent dry and damaged hair
  • Precision-engineered 1.25 inch floating plates (floating plates do not leave any creases in your hair as you flat iron)
  • Variable Temperature Control: 140-410 degrees F allows you to set the perfect heat setting for you hair type to prevent overheating
  • Ergonomic design to hold, handle and manipulate
  • Rounded Barrels create curls or flips your hair
  • Infrared heat technology seals in moisture for extra shine and luster
  • Negative Ion Technology reduce static and eliminate frizz for shinier, smoother, manageable hair
  • 360 degree salon-style swivel power cord allows for easy maneuvering as you style
  • Heats up with within six to ten seconds, reducing wait time
  • Built-in converter handles dual voltage from 110v to 240v

My Thoughts:

Love! It brings me great joy every time a product performs exactly as advertised. The NuMe Vintage Styling Iron comes in a sturdy box with a magnetic flip-top. Inside, the iron is cradled in a plastic tray lined with velvet. I thought I heard angels singing when I flipped opened the box! I’m not kidding. It looked very grand. Printed on the inside of the box are several different ways you can use the Vintage Styling Iron.

The iron itself is also very sturdy and has a no-slip grip. The power cord is long, but not too long where it might get in your way and cause you to trip. Also, the power cord swivels so it doesn’t get twisted! The iron also comes with a velcro strap attached to the cord so you can neatly wind the cord up when you’re not using the iron. Not only that, there’s a built-in voltage converter so you can take the iron with you anywhere in the world! I like that the Vintage Styling Iron comes with a knob to control the temperature. The temperature ranges from 140°F-410°F. Because you can control the temperature, it’s perfect for all hair types. The Vintage Styling Iron also heats up very quickly. It took a little over a minute for it to heat up to the hottest temperature setting (410°F) so imagine how fast it will heat up to the lower temperatures. You’ll know it has reached the temperature you set it at when the little light on the handle goes from red to green. Not only is the iron perfect for all hair types, it also does more than straightening hair. Since the barrel of the iron is curved, you can use it to create wavy, curly, or voluminous hair too!

Straightening my hair with the Vintage Styling Iron was very easy and quick. I only had to go over my hair once, and it was straight. The flat iron didn’t get caught on my hair or tug on it. It went over my hair smoothly and cleanly and left my hair feeling very smooth, soft, and frizz-free.

Check out more photos of the NuMe Vintage Professional Styling Iron and before and after photos too! *picture heavy*

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Elchim 2001 Professional Dryer Review

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Elchim 2001 Professional Dryer ($119.95 $100)

  • Seven switch combinations for seven ranges of fan speed and temperature
  • 1800 watts of power
  • Light weight
  • Air flow of 40 liters per second
  • Concentrator nozzle
  • Removable lint filter
  • Safety plug
  • Backed by Elchim’s 60 years of experience of building hair dryers
  • Made in Italy
  • 1 Year limited warranty

My Thoughts:

I got the Elchim 2001 Professional Dryer from folica.com. Normally it retails for approximately $120, but folica is selling it for $100 along with additional discounts and deals. It came with the hair dryer, a nozzle, and a filter. I had trouble figuring out how to turn it on because there were no instructions. The top switch (red) is to turn on the hair dryer and to control the power. The bottom switch (black) is used to control the heat.  The dryer doesn’t blow cold air. In fact, it doesn’t even have a button to blow cold air. It does dry my hair pretty quickly. I wouldn’t say it cut the drying time in half, but it did shorten the drying time. I like that it isn’t very loud for a powerful hair dryer. However, the dryer is bit heavy but nothing to worry about. I wouldn’t recommend this hair dryer for people with thin and/or fine hair because it blows pretty strong. It will make your hair knotty. I have thick hair and lots of it and my hair got a tad knotty.

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Hot Tools Curling Iron Review

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Hot Tools Curling Iron (ranges from $37 to $47)

Hot Tools Gold Spring Curling Iron is great for adding waves, curls, or volume to any hair style. The Patented Pulse Technology® senses heat loss and begins restoring it immediately so the iron stays hot, curl after curl. The 24K gold plated barrel speeds the circulation of heat, enhancing heat up and heat recovery.

  • Patented Pulse Technology® for Gets Hot… Stays Hot™ performance
  • Variable heat settings with built-in rheostat control up to 430 degrees
  • Powerful spring clamp
  • Extra-high heat
  • 24K gold-plated barrel
  • Fast heat up
  • Heavy-duty long-life heating element
  • Foldaway safety stand
  • Pilot light
  • Extra-long cool tip
  • Soft-Grip¿ textured handle
  • 8-ft. cord
  • On / Off switch
  • Solid-state circuitry
  • One-year warranty
  • My Thoughts:

    I love Hot Tools curling irons. I own the 1 inch and the 2 inch curling irons. Ever since I cut my hair short, I wish I owned the 1.5 inch curling iron too. The curling iron can get ridiculously hot and does an amazing job of curling my thick Asian hair. I have the type of hair that will not and cannot hold a curl.  I love that the curler heats up very quickly and has a super long cord. Because the curling iron can get really hot, it cuts the amount of time to curl my hair in half! Talk about time saver. Hot Tools makes high quality curling irons that are affordable. In fact, I want to say it is one of the best curling irons. Every curl is perfect spiral with no kinks. Even though Hot Tools curlers range from $37 to $47, you can always find it for half the price. Just check sites like Amazon, GlamourBeautyCenter, Folica, and Ulta (during sales).

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    Hot Tools Professional 3-Barrel Waver Review

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    Hot Tools Professional 3-Barrel Waver ($44.99)

    Professional Features

    • Quickly creates deep, luxurious waves in any type of hair
    • Soft-Grip™ textured handle
    • Extra-hot 60 watts
    • Heat pre-set to perfect temperature
    • Comfort-grip Marcel handle
    • On / Off / High / Low heat switch
    • 24K gold-plated barrel
    • Safety stand
    • Patented Pulse Technology® for Gets Hot… Stays Hot™ performance
    • Variable heat settings for any hair type
    • Extra-high heat
    • Fast heat-up
    • Heavy-duty, long-life heating element
    • Slim, easy-to-grip handle
    • 8-ft. heavy-duty, tangle-proof cord
    • On / Off switch with pilot light
    • Solid-state circuitry
    • One-Year Warranty

    My Thoughts:

    I was able to get this from Ulta for free through their spending rewards club. I really like it and I’m glad I chose this as my reward. If you’re hoping it will create the loose beachy waves, it won’t. The waves it creates is similar to that of the waves you get when you braid your hair. If you have thick hair and a lot of it like me, I wouldn’t use it on every strand/layer of hair. You’ll end up with majorly big hair. I just use it on the top half of my hair. I’ll use it a little bit on the bottom half of my hair just to give the illusion that all of my hair is wavy.  If you’re hair is fine and/or thin, you don’t have to worry about this problem.

    It does take a couple of minutes to warm up, but it does really heat up. Be careful when using it because you can burn yourself if you’re not careful because the ends of the barrel don’t have the heat protectant material. I personally wouldn’t pay the full $45 for it because I can just braid my hair and leave it in overnight to get the same waves. However, it’s always on sale for nearly half price (check out Amazon) so get it then.

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