Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: IONI Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer

Hi Everyone! Today I have a review of something I am really excited about!

 I purchased this IONI Eyeshadow Primer on a whim for just $1.50. So, I wasn't really expecting much.
I tried it today, and I am really impressed! When I first applied it, it felt kind of sticky. But nothing I couldn't deal with. After a few seconds, it was completely dry. So, I applied the eye shadow. It went on quite smooth. And so far, it hasn't budged. I'm going to insert a picture of a swatch here.
This is after being applied, and being rubbed for several minutes. It faded a tad, but nothing major. So, I think this is a great product. I'm going to keep using it, and see how it holds up. I purchased this at my local Fred's Super Dollar. Not sure if you can get it anywhere else. But if you see it, definitely pick it up!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: ZIPZ Shoes!

  Hey Everyone! Today I have a review of ZIPZ Shoes!

 Here's how it all started:


ZIPZ Shoes is the brainchild of Orange County entrepreneur, Jerry Stefani and his family.  A clandestine BBQ/family reunion 6 years ago would become the catalyst for the idea.  A large contingent of the family had children in attendance at the BBQ.  Some of these children played “dress up” and changed their shoes several times during the day much to the chagrin of their mothers who complained of having to buy excessive pairs of shoes for the children.  Other children simply got their shoes so dirty from playing they had to be changed numerous times throughout the day.  In both cases Jerry took notice and in a stream of free thinking he made a comment that perhaps an interchangeable shoe would solve these problems. 

Curious, the family members around Jerry asked him exactly how he would accomplish that goal.  Jerry’s idea was simple: Create a shoe with replaceable, interchangeable covers and souls.  While this initial burst of genius made the idea seem easy it would prove to be quite an adventure and anything but simple.  Jerry’s immediate family began to get involved and discussions began on how to tackle this project.  The initial suggestions for the shoe’s fastening system consisted of such things as snaps, buttons, fasteners, Velcro, etc.  These early ideas and sketches were numerous but a consensus among family members could not be reached.  Clearly the key piece to the idea was still missing.

Then in the middle of the night, again Jerry was struck by an idea…Zippers!!  He immediately informed his family and they all agreed this was the idea they had been hoping for.  It was so simple, yet so perfect.  A zipper would be the ideal means of replacing and interchanging covers and souls of a shoe. 

Now that the idea was set, the manufacturing process could begin.  Again, during this time setbacks were many.  Initially the cost of the shoe was the primary focus and all attention was directed at this goal.  Again, this proved to be a costly mistake.  Numerous prototypes and numerous factories failed over the next several years.  This was a mentally and financially painful R&D period.  Suddenly the family changed directions and realized the quality of the shoe and it’s use should be the top priority regardless of costs and all efforts were focused on this goal. 

Zipz forged partnerships with the best footwear factory group in the world, Diamond Group along with sourcing and manufacturing company SRG, run by the famous Art Carver.  Zipz also forged partnerships with the world’s best fastening company, YKK.  World class art director Scott Anderson joined the Zipz team, as did award-winning shoe designer Trevor Marley, VP of Operations Marcello Zalai, and CFO Fadel Lawandy.  With this team in place Zipz began working with more specialized factories and the best materials available.  Due to the labor intensive needs of the shoes construction not many factories would accept the challenge of making the shoe.  Finally Diamond Group did.  It took almost a year to formulate the proper methods of manufacturing and developing the correct covers, soul’s, designs, packaging, and of course the special YKK zipper.  While the shoe was now extremely expensive to manufacture there was no denying it was everything they had hoped for in use and quality and the dream that was an interchangeable shoe was now reality.

Initially the shoes were named “Marshmallow Skins” because they were so soft and comfortable; somewhat like being in your own skin.  Not to mention the fact that you could “shed” your skin and change it to something new if you wanted.  While this name was cute and served its purpose, it was clear a few more “tweaks” were necessary before going to market. 

Heading back to the drawing board, the team began making those necessary tweaks, which included changing the name to “Zipz Shoes” and finalizing the launch of the first of the Zipz collections, the “Cali Classic” collection.  During this time, Zipz intellectual property and patent attorneys, Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear LLP, worked diligently to secure Zipz Shoes patents worldwide in both utility and design which were finally issued in 2009!

The journey from an idea at a family BBQ to the launch of Zipz Shoes has ended, but the journey for Zipz Shoes taking over the world is just beginning!  Don’t worry though, we’ve got more BBQ’s ahead for the Zipz team and we’ll think of something to make that happen as well…

Change Your Shoes, Change Yourself, Change Your World!!! 

I was sent a pair of ZIPZ in the DRAGONROSE style! And I think they are just gorgeous!
I've worn them several times, and they are quite comfortable. I love the fact that all you have to do is unzip them, get a new pair of covers, and zip them on! And voila, it's a new pair! 
I must say, these are my new favorite shoes. I can't wait to get more covers for them!
You can buy them at Hot Topic and Shoe Buy!

*I was sent this pair of Zipz Shoes for review purposes only. I am not being compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 12, 2013


From Left to Right:

ORLY Melodious Utopia
ORLY Peaceful Opposition
ORLY High On Hope
ORLY Coachella Dweller
ORLY Boho Bonnet
China Glaze Surreal Appeal
China Glaze Escaping Reality
Finger Paints I Spy-Dder

I can't wait to play with these beauties!

*All products were purchased by me!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Flat Iron Experts

Let me just start by saying, I am a hair junkie! I think that my hair is my best feature, so I am always trying new things. Which brings me to today's topic. Flat Iron Experts!

They have everything for your hair care needs! Styling tools, styling products, brushes...You name it, Flat Iron Experts has it!

  • 100% Tourmaline cone for healthier hair and a high gloss shine
  • Temperature to 430 F
  • Far Infrared (FIR) technology locks in moisture and natural oils
  • Sleek, ergonomic, non-slip grip designed for professional comfort
  • Variable Heat Settings for All Hair Types
  • Heats up in less than 6 seconds
  • Swivel cord prevents tangling
  • Hooked end for easy hangling
  • Professional 360 degree swivel cord to prevent tangling
  • Set includes 1/2-1", 3/4", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" sized barrels.
  • Dual voltage, 110-240V, 50/60 Hz
  • 120W (USA) / 60W (Canada) Max
  • One year limited warranty

Now, on to the review. I will say this, I am completely intimidated by clipless styling tools. I am a total clutz, and it just does not bode well for me. But, included in this set, is a glove that will protect your hand from the heat. I was so excited about that!

When I started curling the hair, I noticed how easy the styling iron was to use. Which is great for me, because in the past, I have struggled with getting my hair to curl. The curls that this tool creates, are beautiful. I'll insert a photo here.

The curls looks so shiny and gorgeous. I am so impressed with the Cortex 4 in 1 Curling Iron/Styling Iron Set. And you can achieve so many looks with it! The barrels vary in sizes, so you can have tight, springy curls, or lovely beachy waves! The possibilities are endless. I look forward to using this tool for years to come!

The KQC Thermal Shine Spray was an added bonus. It made the hair feel so smooth, and it was so shiny! It also smells incredible!

All in all, I love the company, and the product. I loved working with Flat Iron Experts!

*Product provided by Flat Iron Experts for review purposes only. I am not being compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own!