Strivectin has long been known for their skincare products, but did you know that they’ve now started a Strivectin Hair line? I was just as surprise — and skeptical, honestly. Part of me wasn’t sure if they could pull off hair care products as well as they do with skincare. Boy, was I wrong!
You guys know my love for the IT Cosmetics brushes, so it’s no surprise that I was curious, investigated, and have fallen in love with the IT Brushes for ULTA line that is available at Ulta Beauty. It can be a little confusing, with all the different collections and brushes within the IT Brushes for ULTA line….which is why I am bringing you this post today! I have been looking forward to sharing this comprehensive guide for weeks now so let’s dive right in!
Today I am excited to partner with ghd to bring you this easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to get curls with this ghd flat iron. Because if you can’t drop the money on two different hairstyling tools (I totally get it, they’re pricey and an investment!) you don’t have to own two different tools to achieve both straightened AND curled hair. It can all be done with just one really good flat iron.
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Ever since delivering my little girl in December, I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair. But I’m so indecisive and currently don’t have the time to go to a salon…so I decided to bring the salon to me with John Frieda’s new products that are hitting shelves right now. If you want to hear more…well, you know what to do! 😉
I realized a few weeks ago that while I shared my review of the Titan3 curling wand with y’all and have also done several hair tutorials…I never shared my thoughts of NuMe’s well-known MegaStar Flat Iron. So, that’s what we’re going to look at today!
By the way….If you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on how to curl hair with a flat iron…let me know. I’d be happy to share, if it’d be useful to y’all. 🙂
NuMe MegaStar Flat Iron
Criminal – this tool leaves your hair so sleek and straight, it should
be a crime. With 1000% more Negative Ion Conditioning Technology than
traditional irons, the MegaStar transforms your hair with
precision-engineered Tourmaline-infused floating ceramic plates. It also
features a built-in thermal fuse, an advanced heating mechanism, and a
30 minute automatic shut-off function – perfect for the days when you’re
be too busy admiring your hair to realize you forgot to unplug your
First Impression & Packaging…
I’d been seeing the NuMe Megastar all over Youtube for several months before I finally decided that I needed to invest in a good tool to use on my hair. I straighten my hair all the time and if I can purchase a flat iron that won’t damage my hair like traditional ones do….it’s worth spending a bit of money on.
The flat iron itself is beautiful. That’s the only word I could come up with when I first pulled it out of the packaging. It looks so sleek and cutting-edge. I don’t know what kind of material it’s encased in….but it’s almost a velvety texture. It’s so hard to explain, but it’s like the Bite Beauty Duo Lipstick. (I’m horribly at describing, I know!)
Product & Application…
The MegaStar shows the temperature in digits on the screen and it’s really simple and easy to use. I typically don’t turn it on until I am ready to do my hair. Then I set the temperature, apply heat protector, brush my hair, and the flat iron is hot and ready to use. It really is very quick to heat up!
I typically turn my MegaStar to a higher setting, as I have thick, hard-to-curl hair. (If you have finer or damaged hair, use a low setting!) When I use the flat iron on my hair, I really like that it only takes me one, good pass on a section in order for it to be straight and ready to go. Typically, when I flat iron my hair, it lasts for at least two days.
Major Likes & Dislikes…
I love how quickly the iron heats up. I used to always forget to give my flat irons time to heat up, but with the MegaStar I don’t have to worry. It takes less than a minute to be hot enough to start using. It also has a switch-off mechanism that is very handy — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to unplug or turn off my flat iron. I think it kicks in if you don’t use it for 30 minutes. It’s a nice peace-of-mind that NuMe instilled this safety mechanism.
As for a dislike…the price is pretty steep. But when you consider that hair tools are typically expensive, and you can purchase this during a sale and get a really good price, it isn’t that bad. I purchased it for $89.
Another dislike that others might not like is that it can look “dirty”. Kind of the same way the LORAC Pro palette can show up fingerprints and such….in the same way, so can this. But it’s easier to clean. I just wipe it really good with a clean clothe and it blurs it all away, for the most part.
I LOVE my MegaStar! It’s been well over 6 months since I purchased it, and it’s holding up well. The plates are easy to clean. I love that the edges of the tool are curved, so it works really well when I want to curl my hair. I really like doing loose curls with this flat iron — I prefer it over using an actual curling wand! It’s really versatile, so if you’re trying to decide what kind of tool to invest in for your first one….the MegaStar is definitely the one I highly recommend!
Question for My Readers:What are your thoughts on hair tools? Do you invest in good-quality ones? Or are all tools — drugstore and highend — equal in your eyes?
I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.
MONAT Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive
My Review of Rejuveniqe by Monat:
Obviously, from the price, this intensive oil is definitely a luxury item (at least, in my book it is! 🙂 I was definitely intrigued to see how this oil would compare with the argan oil products that I typically use to help keep my hair healthy and combat the frizz.
The bottle is really sleek and fancy-looking. While it looks like it would be made of glass or something, it’s actually plastic. The dropper inside doesn’t ever fill up all the way, which I thought was weird. But, so far, it seems to give out the perfect amount to apply throughout my hair.
Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive is definitely different than other hair oils I’ve tried in the past. I’ve noticed that it’s easier to get an even application throughout my hair. I’ve applied it while my hair is wet and also dry — like when I finish styling my hair and just want to tame the frizz and add some shine.
The feel of this oil is a thick, almost sticky, consistency. I thought I wouldn’t like this, but it actually helps me apply it evenly throughout my hair. And once I start running it through my hair, it doesn’t feel sticky anymore. The oil also smells like lemons. I love the fresh smell, so totally enjoy using this! 🙂
I like that this oil doesn’t make my hair look greasy — that’s an issue I can run into if I apply too much argan oil. The biggest like is that it does tame my frizz and gives my hair a healthy shine! I haven’t been able to use it long enough to test the long-term benefits of this oil, but so far it’s been really beneficial to my hair.
The only dislike would be the price. It’s just very far out of my budget. I do think that this product will last a while, so it’s nice to know that your $99 will go pretty far before having to repurchase. They also sell it on Amazon, though the price is higher, for some reason.
All in all, my final recommendation would be that if you can afford this hair product (and skin product, though I haven’t tried it for that), it definitely is very beneficial for your hair. The ingredients in this product is very unique from other hair products on the market today. And the fact that MONAT stays more natural is definitely a plus in my book!
Question for My Readers: What is your biggest concern when it comes to your hair? Have you been able to find a product that helps repair that concern? Share it with me in the comments below!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above from iFabbo in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, this does not guarantee a review or feature on my blog. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used.
It’s Friday, and you know what that means, right?
Another new addition to the Hairstyling with NuMe series! 😀 for those who’ve been keeping up, we’ve learned how to do curls, twisted updos, and waterfall braids using the NuMe Titan3 Curling Wands. Check out the links below if you need to catch up…
For today, I’m actually going to take a quick break from the tutorial’s to bring you my review of NuMe’s Titan3 curling wand set. I’ve been able to use it a lot over the past several weeks, and I feel like I have accurate and honest feedback to give on this set now. (Don’t worry, I will resume next week with another hair tutorial 🙂
So let’s dive in, shall we? 🙂
The NuMe Titan3 curling wands arrived packaged up very securely — definitely didn’t need to worry about anything getting scratched or broken on the way to my house. 🙂 Along with putting the wands inside of a heavy-duty, sturdy round box, they’re also all kept separate with foam dividers that gives each barrel and the base a place to sit without touching each other. I was impressed with the care NuMe took to package up their items, and loved the quality of the round box it came in — I put it in my closet to use to transport my wands when I move next month. 🙂
Everything about the Nume Titan3 curling wand just screams professionalism and high quality. The feel of the base is really neat — it’s almost soft… It’s really hard to describe! But it’s certainly not the usual finish and feel of a curling wand. It feels very luxurious. 🙂 The barrels are well made and, because they’re made with titanium, they’re really light. And I mean really light! Which is wonderful, as my arms easily and quickly tire out when holding a heavy item above my head for any length of time.
The cord is really thick and feels really strong and sturdy. The barrel of this wand is able to rotate all the way around, which is really nice when I’m using it — I never have to worry about the cord getting all twisted up on itself (which is often the problem I have with my regular curling iron). I’ve used it several times and have noticed the fact that I don’t have to sit and untwist the cord halfway through my curling, like I usually have to do. Definitely a plus, in my book!
Once you know which of the three barrel you want to use, all you have to do is line up the holes and snap the barrel into place. It’s pretty easy and very quick to do. Then you turn it on, select your temperature setting, and give it about 10 or so seconds to heat up. That is seriously all it takes to heat up! I love that this can get hot so quickly. I can be pretty impatient at times, and too often I forget to plug in my curling iron ahead of time and then I end up waiting on the barrel to heat up before I can start. But with NuMe’s Titan3 Curling Wand, I can start curling almost the moment after turning it on. It’s wonderful!
It takes a little while to cool down, but when I compared it to my regular curling iron that I own, the Titan3 does cool down more quickly. Pretty sweet! One particular day I curled my hair with both the smallest and medium sized curling wands (to give a variety of curl sizes) and it actually wasn’t too bad, switching between wands. I had to give it a minute or two to cool down, but during this time I was able to section off the next part, so it wasn’t time wasted. And since I had the glove that NuMe includes with all their curling wands, I was actually able to get a pretty good hold on the wands when I went to take it off, even though it was still slightly warm.
When I go to take a barrel off of the base, I often have a few moments of struggle as I try to click the two buttons on either side of the base and pull on the barrel. I’m not sure why I have so much trouble (maybe I need to work out? lol!), but it often takes me several tries to get both buttons pressed down sufficiently at the same time in order to be able to pull the barrel off of the base. I’ve watched several YouTuber’s use this set and haven’t seen them have trouble, so I don’t know if I’m just really weak, or this is a flux in this particular wand. But I just wanted you to be mindful of this fact — it really isn’t too big a deal, since I can just get one of my brothers or my dad to help pull it apart, if I needed to (though I haven’t yet. I’ve been able to pull them apart on my own, after a few tries).
A lot of things! I love the feel of the wand. It’s so smooth, almost velvety, feeling. It makes me feel really professional and like I am pampering my hair when I use it. 🙂 I’ve also noticed my hair looks shiner once I finish curling (often, after using a normal curling iron, my hair looks dull and dry), so that’s an awesome plus to this wand that I really appreciate!
The fact that it heats up fast is a wonderful bonus! I’ve already explained my reason why I love this aspect of it, so I won’t repeat myself. 🙂 Another thing that I like about this set is that it’s so incredibly light — lighter than any other curling wand or iron I’ve tried before in the past. My arm still can get tired from holding it above my head, but it would get tired even if I was holding nothing, right. But the fact that it doesn’t start hurting right away (like it would before) is really nice. Saves my arms that awful ache!
I really love my NuMe Titan3 curling wand set! Ever since I got this in, I don’t reach for anything else when I go to curl my hair. Even if I just want a bit of wave to my hair, all I have to do is grab the largest barrel and in a few minutes — bam! I have waves! It’s so easy and I love the versatility of this wand being interchangeable. It’s so nice not to have to have 3 different curling irons sitting around my room taking up space and getting their cords all tangled up together. The Titan3 is able to be broken down to shorter sections that are really easy to slip into a drawer and be put out of sight.
I can’t say enough good things about this wand! I’m really looking forward to experiencing the long-term benefits of using NuMe’s products! As some of you know, I purchased the NuMe MegaStar Flat Iron a few weeks ago. While I haven’t gotten a ton of use out of it yet, I have used it several times and love how my hair looks afterwards. I will be doing a detailed review of that tool soon, hopefully, so be on the lookout. 🙂
If you’ve been on the lookout for a good curling wand set or just need a new set to replace your old ones, I would highly recommend you getting the Titan3 set! Or if you want more variety with your curls, the NuMe Lustrum curling set comes with 5 different wands, making the possibilities almost endless! NuMe’s heat tools are an investment, but totally worth the money you put into it! And these tools will last you a long time if you take care of them. And — above all — it helps your hair stay healthier! Which, when you think about it, is a priceless quality to these tools.
I received this curling wand set from NuMe in order to review. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this product, which I have done. I only recommend products and/or services that I have personally used or experienced and like.
Question to My Readers: Are you on the lookout for a new curling iron? Are you the type to invest in good-quality tools?