August 30, 2011

YouTube Guru Spotlight: Glam Life Guru

The first time I watched an episode of 'Extreme Couponing', my features were frozen in an expression similar to this:


I have a lot more chest hair than Richard Simmons, but otherwise, this photograph is an accurate depiction of my appearance that day.  For those of you who opted out of Sarcasm 101, I am kidding about the man sweater.  Sort of.  (Seriously, I'm joking.  What kind of neanderthal do you think I am?!)

If you are unfamiliar with the premise of TLC's hit show, here is a brief overview:

'Extreme Couponing' features hardcore bargain hunters who save hundreds  - sometimes thousands - of dollars by utilizing coupons, sales, and reward programs.  Believe it or not, some of these savvy shoppers' transactions result in the store owing them money.  It's unbelievable!

Scoring massive deals requires an exorbitant amount of patience and time.  Sadly, some of the individuals on the show have developed an unhealthy obsession with couponing.  It consumes their lives.  My husband and I have incorporated coupons into our shopping, but on a smaller, more conservative scale.

Dumpster diving for coupons.  Crazy or crazy smart?

Tati, a.k.a. Glam Life Guru, is a not-so-extreme coupon extraordinaire.  You won't find her hauling eight carts of free spaghetti noodles out of the store, arms raised triumphantly in victory.  She and her boyfriend, Master, visit multiple drug stores weekly, sharing current beauty-related steals and deals.  I ROFLCOPTER while watching their videos.  They're a hoot!  (Yes, I said "hoot".  Big whoop.  Wanna fight about it?)

Gaw-juss and thrifty!

Couponing can be intimidating and confusing.  Tati breaks down specials perfectly for penny pinching rookies such as myself, and often provides links to printable coupons.  Her channel and blog are excellent resources that I have been referring to for months.  Although her subscriber count is steadily on the rise, she deserves more followers than she currently has.  Please check her out!

For you fancy folks who can read real good-like, click here for Tati's blog.  ;)

Have a great week, everyone!


Kate Gene

My Jewelry Store: EightSeventeen Jewelry
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P.S.  Coupon Divas is another awesome money-saving resource.  Check them out, too!

August 20, 2011

Misikko / HANA Titanium Flat Iron Review

When it comes to hair care, I have always been frugal.  Believe it or not, my hubby ♥ is the hair diva in this household.  Inexpensive gel is not allowed anywhere near his pretty, dirty blonde 'do.  I once tried to convince him to try L. A. Looks products, and he went Luan Legacy on a *bleep*.  (My DH also possesses a shoe and clothing collection grander than my own.  Maybe he should be the one blogging.  Ha ha ha!  I love my crazy guy!)  I, on the other hand, will use whatever is on sale at the drug store.

Most of the time, I am content using low end products and tools.  However, being thrifty is not without its occasional pitfalls.  Years ago, I spotted a flat iron on clearance.  It was only $5.00.  Not surprisingly, it didn't perform.  The plates emitted very little heat.  I later invested in a $20.00 flat iron, only to be disappointed once again.  You should be able to fry an egg on your heat styling tools, dagnabit!  I don't enjoy salmonella -- or frizzy hair.

A couple months ago, the folks at Misikko kindly sent me the HANA 1.5 Inch Titanium Flat Iron for consideration.  As many of you already know, Misikko is an online retailer that offers a variety of hair care items: hair straighteners, Chi Irons, authentic HANA products, etc.  I have worked with Misikko in the past, and have yet to be disappointed by their products or service!


  • I am one of those "I-Abused-The-Snooze-Button-and-Now-I-Am-Late" girls.  Styling tools that heat up immediately are a must, and this iron does just that.
  • Leaves my hair incredibly glossy, smooth, and stick straight.
  • You don't need to glide the iron over the same strands of hair repeatedly to achieve maximum results.
  • The heat proof silicone mat allows you to safely rest your iron on your counter.
  • The extra long swivel cord allows you to move around with ease.
  • Quick shipping, excellent packaging.
  • Extra goodies are included with every order: make-up, salon styling products, nail files, hand sanitizer, stuffed animals, scented faux rosebuds, etc.  Items and quantities may vary.
  • The long cord can be a bit of a hassle to store.
  • The price.  This bad boy retails for $239.99.  However, it is currently on sale for $174.99 on Misikko's website.  Shipping is free!
  • Our fur baby ♥ loves to eat rubber.  The heat proof silicone mat has his name written all over it.  I'm praying he doesn't figure out how to open up our bathroom drawers.  ;)
[Yes, our fur kid has a mustache.  It makes him look distinguished.]

Think of me as Jerry Springer on kimchi.

If you have the funds, and straighten/curl your hair frequently, this flat iron is worth the investment.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!


Kate Gene

My Jewelry Store: EightSeventeen Jewelry
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Disclaimer:  The product was sent to me by Misikko to review, free of charge. I am not affiliated with the organization, nor am I being paid to endorse their products. My views are not influenced by anything other than my personal experience. Please use these products at your own discretion.
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