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ghd Rose Gold Styler 1″ flat iron

June 9, 2015

I had almost tossed my flat irons because I was always looking for volume, but the ghd Rose Professional Styler is A) too pretty to toss, B) glides so seamlessly thanks to its high gloss plates without making my hair look flat (and it only takes me four minutes to do so). Granted, my hair is still deciding how wavy it wants to be most days, so I tried it on my friend who has much thicker, curly hair. But first, a closer look at the actual iron:

ghd Rose Styler


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It has a one-click feature that heats up in seconds to 365 degrees.

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The styler also comes with a sleek heat-resistant travel roll bag that makes it easy to pack (it also comes with a protective plate guard, not pictured).

Travel case


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Before using the styler


For thicker hair, separate the hair in sections


Use heat protectant before using the flat iron for best results


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After


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On Sahar’s hair it took about 15 minutes to get all her hair straight — it takes less than five on mine!

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You can see where I started here (super fast forward since I figure no one wants to watch a four minute video of me straightening my hair :P)

The great thing about this iron is it’s beveled too so it’s easy to curl your hair or make beachy waves with it too. The limited edition iron costs $225, but check out ghdhair.com for $50 off right now.



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Review: Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

November 18, 2014

How many of you have heard of or seen Conair’s Infiniti Pro Curl Secret? My friend Heba texted me asking what I thought about it, a new patent-pending curling iron which clasps on to hair and automatically curls it. That was my first time hearing about it, but when I did look it up, I was curious to see if it really did work.

Testing, testing


Curl Secret


The way it works is you clasp down on to about 1/2 inch section of your hair from where you want your curl to start, and the motor will spin to automatically curl your hair inside the iron. After a few seconds, the iron will beep, and when you loosen your grip on the iron, your hair will fall out curled. If all that was too hard to follow, here’s their official how-to video on using it.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret


So back to the original question, does it work? The short answer is, yes, but it comes with a few caveats that I observed from using it a few times:

– First of all, it’s easy to use once you get the hang of it, but it does take some practice. The first time I used it, I was amazed by the shiny, bouncy curls it delivered, but the second time, when I was more impatient, my curls didn’t come out nearly as nice.

– Check your settings. I didn’t realize it there are 3 settings for how long you want to keep your hair curled (3, 10, and 12 seconds), and I always had it at the highest setting, which meant the longest amount of time. I kept loosening out my curls before letting it beep which meant looser, but sometimes weaker curls. Make sure you adjust it to whatever time you want it set for!

– If you clasp too much hair, your hair can get caught in it. Amateur mistake, but if this happens, just unplug and slowly untwist your hair out.

– If you clasp too much hair, your hair will also come out twistey, instead of curly. Just make sure you’re working with smaller sections especially if you have longer hair.

– I didn’t feel like it saved a ton of time compared to traditional irons. Yes, it does automatically curl it for you, but you still have to wait a few seconds before letting it fall to get the same curl.

– You don’t have as much control over how your curl looks, but with a little practice you can adjust to have tighter or looser curls.

After using Curl Secret


But I would note that one big thing this has on traditional irons is that you are way less likely to burn yourself with it since the iron isn’t exposed. This is coming from someone who is regularly fielding picture texts of her friends sending their burn marks from a clipless curling iron. I think they do this is their way of saying WTF to me since I’m all about them normally, but I concede that if you’re not used to them, clipless irons aren’t always the easiest to use either.

And while it did take the same amount of time for me to curl my hair with this compared to a clipless, for others who don’t use regular curling irons, it can be a time saver and may be easier to use. So the jury’s out. Have you used it, what did you think?

Infiniti Pro By Conair Curl Secret is available at conair.com for $120.


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Morphe Brushes Grand Opening in LA

August 22, 2013

By Manisha Jogia

Morphe Brushes grand opening

Some West Coast news for the beauty lovers: Morphe Brushes had their grand opening on Sunday, August 11th in Burbank, California. The quaint store is pretty much your one-stop for any and all your makeup brush needs.

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All photos by Manisha Jogia

And since great makeup starts with the right tools, check our their line. They have cruelty-free natural, and synthetic hair bristles, and have have even opened up their own eye-shadow line with every color imaginable. But the best part: their line is really affordable. Think 11-piece sets for $40 (I found brushes for even $1.50, and makeup palettes start at $15).

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If you’re in the Los Angeles area, go down and check out their amazing selection. But don’t worry for you out-of-towners, their website has all of their merch available online — check out morphebrushes.com.



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Using the Jose Eber Wet or Dry Flat Iron (Video)

June 4, 2012

**EXCLUSIVE READER DISCOUNT!: Enter coupon code BATF15 at checkout for any Jose Eber product at joseeberhair.com**

After using Jose Eber's flat iron

As you might have been able to tell, I’m a litttle obsessed with Jose Eber hair tools (and I’m glad they took notice too!). They sent me their Pro Series Wet Or Dry Flat Iron to test out and it did not disappoint. The best part about this iron are the little steaming function on this that allows for you to use on dry or wet hair. Technically, you don’t even have to blow dry first to use it on hair (but I would just to speed up the process!). For this video, I left my hair wet. It dried a little in my bun, but when I undid it, I had all these waves to straighten out. I used heat protectant spray to begin (Turbo Power Forma Thermal Lotion).

Great, I have ‘mean face’ in my video still. Anyway. Filmed once again by the lovely Priya Chandra!

Other features:

Ergonomic design
1 1/2” wide floating plates
360 degree swivel cord design with hook
Professional length power cord
Dual voltage 110-240V
Temperature 180˚F-430˚F
Adjustable temperature control
Can be used on wet or dry hair
Korean tourmaline ceramic plates (for a smooth, shiny finish)
Negative ion technology (to prevent frizz)
Cost: $119 ($101 with BATF’s discount code BATF15!)

See other videos on Jose Eber products (the discount applies to anything on their site!):
Jose Eber TRIO Multi-Barrel Clipless Iron Set (Video)
Jose Eber Clipless Iron (Video)


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Using Jose Eber TRIO Multi-Barrel Clipless Iron Set (Video)

March 15, 2012

**EXCLUSIVE READER DISCOUNT!: Enter coupon code BATF15 at checkout for any Jose Eber product at joseeberhair.com**

Yes, it’s another video of me curling my hair ;). In case you missed the first one, I waxed poetic about my life-changing discovery that was José Eber’s Clipless Curling Iron.

Beachy waves using José Eber. All photos by Priya Chandra

But THIS time, I’m using their TRIO Multi-Barrel Curling Iron Set! I could easily tell you that if you have this kit, you can pretty much do away with all your other curling irons. It comes with interchangeable barrels that gives you the prettiest waves and curls. My friend Priya helped me tape a quick walk through its features. Check out the video below of me trying out the irons for the first time:


(Just in case you wanted the detailed tutorial check “How To Make Beachy Waves Using a Clipless Iron“).

Here are the tools I used for this video:

Tools for José Eber tutorial

Suave Professionals Heat Protection Spray
– Regular hair clip
TIGI Catwalk Session Series Work It Flexible Hairspray

Some features ofthe Jose Eber Multi-Barrel Kit:

• Three interchangeable barrels that Includes a 19mm, 25mm, and tapered barrels
• Clipless Tourmaline ceramic barrel design
• Negative ion technology for a smoother and shinier finish
• Precise digital temperature control for all hair types (ranges from 122 to 392 degrees Fahrenheit…shows temperature in Celsius as well)
• 360 degree swivel cord design with hook
• Professional length power cord (SO clutch…I abhor short cords!)
• Weighted handle for safe resting position
• Comes with a heat-protectant glove
• Manufacturer’s lifetime warranty
Price: $175…which is steep but you’re really getting 3 quality irons in one.

Who else has used a clipless irons? Do you love? Have you ever tried a multi-barrel iron like this one?

Special, special thanks to Priya Chandra for filming the video! Life-saver!!

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*The kit was sent to me for purposes of making the video

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Get The Hottest Oscar Hairstyles At Home!

February 28, 2012

by Megan Segura

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We finally made it the most glamourous awards show of the year: the Oscars! Just as we expected, we saw some gorgeous gowns and amazing hairstyles. While we can’t help you score a vintage Dior dress, we have great tips to get your hair looking red-carpet ready. Wella Professionals was responsible for some of the best looks of the night, and now their celebrity stylists are sharing their tips on how they created these hot Hollywood hairstyles.

Michael Buckner/Getty Images


Michelle Williams
Michelle’s pixie is very modern and sophisticated chic. The hair has just enough texture to make the look sweet, yet edgy.

To Get The Look: First, start by applying Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte to wet hair, then allow it to air dry. With a small round brush, finish off with a blow dry that gives the hair more height, then use your hands to set the part and bangs. Finish the look with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to set in place.

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Penelope Cruz
The actress showed off very old Hollywood glamour, channeling the 1950s Grace Kelly finger waves that perfectly complemented her Armani Privé gown.

To Get The Look: Start with dry hair and use a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse at the roots. Set hair in steam hot rollers by rolling hair straight back from the head. This will give hair extra texture and curl. Use smaller rollers at the back of the head to create a tighter curl, and then pin hair underneath into a faux bob. Lightly mist with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray, then back comb and tease at the root. Brush out the finger waves into place and set with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray.

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Leslie Mann
Stylist Rod Ortega decided to give Leslie a ponytail for a more youthful look that made for a fun contrast to her elegant, sequin-detailed dress. The high ponytail also works well for her face shape, creating a beautiful silhouette.

To Get The Look: Start out by prepping wet hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to prime hair for a smooth blowout. Use a small amount of Wella Professionals Mirror Polish Shine Serum on the ends of the hair for added smoothness and shine. Blow out with a round brush at the roots for texture and use a Mason Pearson paddle brush to blow dry from mid-length to the ends. Back comb for extra volume, especially at the roots, and use a flat brush from mid-length to ends again so there is texture, but not curl. Then leave the front and sides of the hair out, pull the rest of the hair into a ponytail near the top of the back of the head. Smooth the hair left out of the ponytail back and wrap around the elastic to hide the band. Spray the style with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to hold in place while leaving it with lots of natural movement.

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Olivia Wilde
Stylist Davy Newkirk and Olivia opted to go for a chic 70’s inspired updo to complement her strapless Gucci gown that she wore to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. The roughed up, simplistic yet super chic updo gave her a timeless and effortlessly beautiful look.

To Get The Look: First, apply Wella Professionals Pearl Styler to wet hair and rough dry it, using your hand and a blow dryer. This will give hair extra texture before styling. Next, gather hair at the crown of the head and secure with a bungee cord. You can tease the ends to rough it up a bit more, for added edgy texture. Loosely twisted the hair around the bungee for a loose structure and secure with bobby pins and hair pins. To finish, spray the hair with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix hairspray, and rough up the hair with fingers at the root and around the bun, spraying once again with the Dynamic Fix to add sheen and hold the look for the night.

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Nina DoBrev
Celebrity stylist Riawna Capri gave Nina a youthful looking fishtail ponytail that is easier to create at home than you think.

To Get The Look: First, spray Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz all over and scrunch hair for a nice beachy texture. Loosely gather the hair into a slightly messy ponytail with a center part. Then, begin your fishtail braid. Once done, pull a couple pieces out to create a more distressed look and finish with a shine spray, such as Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight all over for a polished finish.

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Try on all of these Oscars hairstyles in Daily Makeover’s Makeover Studio!


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