PSA: Conair Jumbo Instant Heat Hot Rollers

Conair Jumbo Instant Heat Hot Rollers

Conair Jumbo Instant Heat Jumbo Hair Setter

Every time I use my Conair Jumbo hot rollers, I wonder:

Why the hell don’t I do this more often? It is so low-effort for such nice results; definitely gives the illusion that I took more than the 5-10 minutes it takes to put these in.

If we’re being honest, I can spare 5-10 active minutes most mornings for my hair to do itself. I just conveniently forget that when I’m slapping the snooze button.

The Conair Jumbo set isn’t fancy like a Caruso steam set or, “sexy,” like the T3 rollers are. My rollers cost me about $35 when I bought them several years ago. Right now, they’re available on Amazon for around $27 – but also have a $5 off coupon. Be sure to choose the Amazon-exclusive set for the additional $5 off.

Why Hot Rollers

Don’t get me wrong, curling irons and wands can and do provide amazing results, but I don’t have time for them most mornings. They aren’t as forgiving, and the entire styling time is active – you’re sitting there operating the device the entire time. It is also easy to burn yourself!

Once you figure out how to part your hair for your preferred results, you can throw jumbo rollers in your hair in ten minutes (or less if, unlike me, you are coordinated).

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Costco Beauty Finds – May 2017

I’ve been a Costco member for a few years now and have shared some beauty finds in the past. Costco Beauty is a veritable treasure trove of desirable products at even-more-desirable prices. Arguably, if you have a makeup/skincare/haircare habit, the savings on some of these finds alone more than pays for the membership if you were planning to buy them anyway.

Here are some neat things I came across recently. I haven’t purchased most of these items, but either want to at some point or think they’re probably interesting enough to some people to share.

Costco Beauty Finds - May 2017 - Amope Pedi Perfect Wet & DryAmope Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry

The standard Amope Pedi Perfect is the recipient of several consumer awards as well as overwhelmingly positive reviews. Between 4.5 and 5 stars virtually everywhere, the Pedi Perfect typically retails for $30-36 for the device itself with only one head. Costco regularly carries the Wet & Dry variety, which is waterproof and therefore safe to use in the shower, for $40; the Wet & Dry variety typically goes for $50+ elsewhere. Costco’s package includes FIVE replacement rollers heads, which retail for $20 for a pack of two, plus a storage bag. Bonus: You DON’T have to be a member to order this from Costco.com, but there is a non-member surcharge of a couple dollars. This is the best value I’ve found via Costco Beauty to date.

Costco Beauty Finds - May 2017 - Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening SerumMurad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

This popular Murad serum goes for $65 at Sephora and Ulta in the same quantity. Even with a 20% off Platinum Perk or the November VIB sale, it drops to $52…so the $43 price tag Costco has it for is a steal. People have luck fading acne scars, sun spots, and age spots with this.

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson SupersonicDyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399

I believe in investing in quality products that will last. Not just trivial beauty products, but anything; if I buy a coat, I don’t want to have to replace it in at least five years. My time is worth a lot to me; I don’t relish having to spend my time to replace things when I could spend a bit more and have it last. Then, net-of-the-net is that I’ve spent less time AND money on that particular purchase.

In short, I’m comfortable with higher up-front investments (within reason, of course – price does not equal quality). Some believe the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is just that.

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Signal Boost: Reviews.com Flat Iron Comparison

Hot Tools Digital Flat Iron with Titanium PlatesReviews.Com Best Budget Flat Iron
Hot Tools Digital Touch 1″ Flat Iron

It’s always nice to see your recommendations corroborated elsewhere on the internet. Not too long ago, I reviewed the flat iron I’ve used for over a year now, the Hot Tools Digital Touch 1” Flat Iron with Titanium Plates. It’s still going strong.

Just four days after my brief review went live, Reviews.com shared a comprehensive post on the BEST flat irons on the market. Over six weeks and 132 irons up for consideration, they narrowed it down to nine irons to exhaustively test at home, with stylists, and on multiple hair types. They even feature in-progress stills and animated gifs of some of the irons in use on different hair types! A lot of people worked together to bring their comparison post to fruition.

Best Budget Flat Iron

As it happens, my Hot Tools Iron was named Best Budget Flat Iron in the Reviews.com post (they show the pink one). Reviews.com’s findings with this iron mirror my own – and unlike me, they timed heat-up; only 33 seconds to reach 450. I was pretty excited to read that the iron I picked, am happy with, and reviewed myself, won a category.

If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, this is a post worth reading. Whether:

  • Your budget for heat styling tools differs from mine (whether you like the idea of $60 or if $250 sounds fair to you)
  • Your needs are different (different hair type, different damage level, etc)
  • You’re curious to see if your iron – or what you’re considering – made it to the finals or won

The Bottom Line

The Reviews.com Flat Iron post is not short, but it is worth your time; when you’re looking to shell out $60+ on a tool, you want the best for your money. When you consider that flat iron usage is a significant contributor to damage, you don’t want to risk spending an arm and a leg for something that is going to singe your locks.

In my opinion, the team that worked on this post did an outstanding job testing and compiling details in an easy-to-read, to-the-point fashion that saves you from reading thousands of anecdotal reviews on Ulta, Folica, Amazon, etc.

Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium Plates

Hot Tools Digital Flat Iron with Titanium Plates

Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium Plates

In winter 2015/2016, I bought a new flat iron – a Hot Tools Digital Iron with Titanium plates (they have a few other digital models, so the distinction is important). I don’t heat style my hair all the time because:

  1. I am lazy and
  2. It’s just better for your hair not to.

The idea of taking 20+ minutes to fully dry my hair and then style it with an iron is pretty far from my idea of a good time. That means I need an iron that can kick ass and take names on blow-dried and air-dried hair alike.

Heat Up

Powering on isn’t casually tapping the power button. This iron is looking for a long press to confirm that you indeed intend to power it on. The Hot Tools Digital Iron is speedy, going from off to 400 degrees in under one minute. Its temperature range is up to 450, but I do not need that. I probably don’t need 400, but…did I mention that I am lazy?

In reality, the adjustable thermostat is a huge plus. A super-popular brand that makes irons with all sorts of whimsical and fun designs doesn’t offer adjustable heat – which is crazy to me, for how much they cost!

Ergonomics & Design

There isn’t much to talk about on this front – it’s a fairly standard flat iron. Reasonably comfortable to hold and use. The exterior has a soft-touch, velvety plastic coating that feels nice in the hands and enables a better grip.

Swivel cords are commonly considered a ‘luxury’ featured in styling tools, but in my view they’re a no-brainer. The cord moves with you so you don’t have to extricate your arm when you switch sides.

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