Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Hot Buns -- Does it work?

You've probably heard of Hot Buns from late-nite infomercials... or at least that's where I first heard of them. Anywho I was happy to find that they were available at my local Walmart! My coworker bought it for me so we could see if it really works as good as it did on TV.

Price: $9.88 from Walmart

Product Description: The As Seen On TV Hot Buns is a wonderful hair accessory that will let you roll, snap and wrap your hair into a bun without having to rely on pins. The Dark Hair Hot Buns let you make beautiful buns in less than a minute. You can even sleep in the As Seen On TV Hair Buns and create beautiful, bouncy curls and waves overnight. This lightweight, comfortable hair accessory is a fast and easy way to create buns and curly hair.

As Seen On TV Hot Buns, Dark Hair:
  • Beautiful buns in less than a minute
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for casual or elegant wear
  • Sleep in it to create beautiful, bouncy curls and waves
  • Fast and easy to use for all ages
I got Dark, which looks like this: 

You get 2 sizes, small and large.

Directions:
It's very easy to use. You just tie your hair in a ponytail where you want the bun to be situated. Then you take your ponytail (I hold it in front of my face), and center the end of your ponytail in the middle of the Hot Buns roller. Then simply roll your hair (not loosely but not too tight either) along the roller, continuously rolling it towards your head until you have wound your entire ponytail on it. Then just wrap it so it forms the bun, snap the ends together, and even out the distribution of hair around the bun so it completely covers the roller. Then secure the bun with the attached hair tie.
Step 1: Take the Hot Bun Stalk and roll it with your hair upwards.
Step 2: Then snap it and wrap it, just like that.
Step 3: Secure it using an elastic band. You can even make half buns or side chignons using this hair accessory.
- See more at: http://hotbuns-reviews.com/hot-buns-hair/hot-buns-product-review/#sthash.NZeKRDFo.dpuf
Step 1: Take the Hot Bun Stalk and roll it with your hair upwards.
Step 2: Then snap it and wrap it, just like that.
Step 3: Secure it using an elastic band. You can even make half buns or side chignons using this hair accessory.
- See more at: http://hotbuns-reviews.com/hot-buns-hair/hot-buns-product-review/#sthash.NZeKRDFo.dpuf
Step 1: Take the Hot Bun Stalk and roll it with your hair upwards.
Step 2: Then snap it and wrap it, just like that.
Step 3: Secure it using an elastic band. You can even make half buns or side chignons using this hair accessory.
- See more at: http://hotbuns-reviews.com/hot-buns-hair/hot-buns-product-review/#sthash.NZeKRDFo.dpuf

This is what a finished bun with the large roller looks like:

Step 1: Take the Hot Bun Stalk and roll it with your hair upwards.
Step 2: Then snap it and wrap it, just like that.
Step 3: Secure it using an elastic band. You can even make half buns or side chignons using this hair accessory.
- See more at: http://hotbuns-reviews.com/hot-buns-hair/hot-buns-product-review/#sthash.NZeKRDFo.dpuf


Then to test if it would really give those gorgeous curls, I left it in for 7 hours. This is my hair after I took down the bun:



So clearly it does work for buns and waves! Yet I was expecting tighter and more volumnious curls. It does have some pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive and easily available
  • You get 2 sizes 
  • Comes in different colors (black, dark, blonde)
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn't damage hair
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Makes perfect buns and nice waves

Cons:

  • May not work on every hair type
  • Curled hair still requires styling to look good
  • Doesn't give tight curls with volume
  • Hard to sleep in (for me)

My take: 

Overall I think this product works great for buns. As you can see, it makes the perfect donut-shaped bun and holds the shape well. Having it in is not uncomfortable for me at all and I pretty much forget I have it in!

However if you want to get waves, you have to leave it in several hours. I slept in it overnight once and I have to say, it's not comfortable! I did a pretty high bun and I still couldn't get comfortable on my pillow. And on my hair at least, it really doesn't create big bouncy curls. It makes GREAT waves, don't get me wrong, it's just not as tight and voluminous as I anticipated and still requires styling (hair spray, teasing, finger-combing) to get it looking nice. It doesn't just fall out into beautiful curls like on the commercial.

Would I repurchase/recommend?

I don't see myself repurchasing this since it's going to last well, forever lol... I would recommend this to people with long, manageable hair, and who want to have an easy way to make a perfect bun every time. I would also recommend this to people looking for an easy way to get nice wavy hair. I can't guarantee it will work on every hair type though. My coworker has the same kind of hair as me (straight, long) and she said this didn't work for her at all. So I guess it really depends on the person, you have to try it to find out.

  The Rundown: 


Packaging: N/A

Product: 5/5
Works pretty much as-advertised! Easy to use, doesn't pull or tug hair, makes a great bun, and some nice waves!

Price: 5/5
Wallet-friendly and available at Walmart!

Overall:

 
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shop Review: Sophie & Toffee

I've written about Sophie & Toffee on my blog a couple of times, and they still remain my #1 recommended decoden supply source since I started doing deco in 2009!

I would highly recommend Sophie & Toffee to those new to deco, because you'll find practically everything you need to start here! They have a huge variety of cabochons --  characters, sweets, flowers, hearts, bows, food, and more -- as well as rhinestones and pearls, miniatures, charms, chains, deco toppings, fabric ribbons, beads, polymer clay canes, resin supplies, clay, clay molds, hobby kits, jewelry findings, and crafting tools.

Their site is neatly organized into categories to find exactly what you're looking for. It's easy to navigate and user-friendly. You can sign up and create an account for free, and you can have a wishlist to keep track of all the items you want to buy. I love that now they offer wholesale price options if you want to buy in bulk. You can buy 1 piece at a time, or get better pricing for buying 5, 10, 20 etc.

I have NEVER had a negative experience with Sophie & Toffee. They ship promptly and you can track your order. It usually takes around 2 weeks to get to me (they are based in Singapore). Their customer service is also impeccable! They are very quick to respond to emails and help you resolve any issues with your orders -- I received a broken piece once, and it was replaced free of charge in my next order.

They also have lots of specials and sales! Visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram to keep up to date with their discounts and more.

I recently received some products from them for review:


Tiny black bows and blue stars. Candy sprinkles and pink sweets.


Yummy Korilakkuma desserts! Hello Kitty ice cream, Donuts & cakes. My favorite roses.


I love their cabochons because they are very well made and high quality, and they also have many unique pieces that you can't find elsewhere! They just came out with these new Korilakkuma sweets pieces and I just HAD to get them. I have not seen them available anywhere else yet so get them from Sophie & Toffee while you can!

Here is a case that I made with some of their Korilakkuma sweets pieces:



Here is a case that I made with their sprinkles:




I'm proud to say I use Sophie & Toffee products on just about all of my decoden cases in my shop, Kawaii x Couture! I would highly recommend Sophie & Toffee to anyone interested in deco :)

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FTC Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me for review by S&T.
This is my 100% honest opinion and experience with their business and products.