Astrid*Stars: December 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Beautiful Curls with KISS InstaWave

*Sponsored by BrandBacker and KISS, but all opinions are my own*
I am so happy to be sharing this KISS InstaWave review with you guys. One thing I really envy my sister for (and my girl cousins), is their hair curling skills. I mean, they really have it down to a science.

It's not necessarily that I'm bad or don't know how, just that unlike them, it takes me about a half hour of me sorta accomplishing anything. For one, I take lots of breaks because my arm gets tired LOL. I also get impatient separating my strands and I get lazy towards the end when I have to curl the back of my head. Somehow my sister, whose hair is much longer than mine, can get it done in ten minutes, with no struggling and it looks flawless.

The sad thing is that my hair actually has natural curl to it so it curls nicely, when my sister does it for me haha. That is why I loved trying out the KISS Instawave. My shorter hair really looks great when it's curled and thanks to the InstaWave, I can do this much more often.

So what is the Kiss InstaWave? Well it's basically a self-curling curling iron. You just grab a strand of hair, put the InstaWave vertically next to the strand and then push the dial on it and bam, your hair gets curled. Sounds easy right?!

Well, kinda. I'm not saying its not genius or that it isn't easy, just that it takes a bit of practice, as with anything. At first I would curl in the "wrong direction" (towards my face, not away) and so my hair would get caught and tangled and no curl would result. But after a few tries and as I kept going, it got easier and still took less time curling my hair then my regular curling iron/wand.
I was actually very pleased with how my hair turned out. I prefer wavy curls to tight ones, especially with my short hair (Afro, no thank you). Better yet, the curls actually last. I fell asleep after I had taken the pictures for this post, and this morning my hair still had the nice waves. I even got a compliment from my coworker. And who doesn't love good hair days, especially on Fridays.

My only complaint would be that the iron did get a little hot and made a weird noise, but I'm guessing that's because of the curling action motor (thing?!). Other than that, I was surprisingly pleased and will be using it for those mornings where I wanna make my hair look nice, but am short on time.

I hope this review was helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you would try out products such as this one. And if you wanna learn more about the KISS InstaWave, click here.

Love,
Astrid

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Weekly Wishes #9


Here's this week's Weekly Wishes post. I had actually had it ready since the beginning of the week, but got busy and didn't finish writing it until today. Lots of crazy things have happened in the past week both good and bad. 

The good: I got to spend a very spontaneous fun Saturday in Ojai with James. I'm talking books, good conversation and goatnog (yes you read that right and mine was spiced with rum, thank you very much). The bad news: I was told yesterday I only have a job for two more weeks. Yea that was not expected, but at least I'll have more time for this blog while I find another job :)

Now since last week I did the Monthly Wishes post for December, here are this week's goals pertaining to those:

1. Edit Vlogmas Vids- I have uploaded the first one on my vlog channel, but because my computer was acting up due to too much memory being used (oops), I had to actually take valuable editing time going through it and dumping what I could onto an external hard drive. But now that that's taken care of, I can edit the small batch in a Flash!

2. Finish a book (or two)- I have been reading more so this may actually be possible this week. I am more than halfway done with a book and still have another one that I finished mid-way. Plus I got some new books in Ojai.

3. Look for a Job- I was applying to jobs before the bad news, but now I'm applying even crazier than ever! Any leads would be swell, (in LA please, LOL).

Also, I wanted to say that I really appreciate your comments. Ooh that's something else I want to get to this week. I feel like I need to be on top of that more rather than waiting weeks to answer back.

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Love,
Astrid

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Weekly Wishes #8: December Wishes

So I tried posting this on December 1st, but I failed, obviously. LOL. At least it is only a day late. And yes I realized I totally forgot to post my wishes last week, but let's face it, I had only posted the previous week's wishes and it was a short week. Plus I was getting pumped up for Thanksgiving, which was the best one I've had.

Since my family doesn't really plan much for that day, other than getting ready for Black Friday (which I skipped), I ended up spending it with my new man and his family (I've known them since HS so no this wasn't weird). We ate a healthier version of the traditional dinner, I made pie, he made cake (both pumpkin of course) and we played Monty Python Monopoly. But anyway, you're here for the Weekly Wishes.

In my last Weekly Wishes I had kept it simple. My goals were to:

1. Write out budget- Still not on paper, but it's working people. But yea need to put pen to paper. 

2. Write Blog Schedule-Yea this didn't happen, but it will. 

Since December is a new month however, this week's wishes will be a bit broader. As for last month's wishes, I only managed to complete the budget one, sorta. I did read a little more and I did try to eat a bit healthier, but not enough to say I even sorta did it (is that even English?).

But without further ado, here are this month's wishes:

1. Do Vlogmas- As I've mentioned before, I do have a vlog channel on Youtube but I've fallen way behind on editing. Despite that, I am thinking of doing Vlogmas this year and will be posting those videos, even as I try to catch up with the rest of the uploads.

2. Read More- Yep still a goal, especially since it's finally the nice cool weather here in LA.

3. Organize my Blog- I definitely need to work on my blog more and organize myself better. December seems to be slower at work, so this is the perfect opportunity to do this. 

4. Eat Healthier and Workout- I think I'm finally ready to get back into the groove, so let's do this.

So there you have it. I am shortening the list a bit from last month, but I think it's doable. Let's end this year with a bang, but in the meantime, let's make it a good one. 

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Love,
Astrid