Sandra Mariscal

Does This Really Work? Shine Enhancing Flat Iron

I don’t like to straighten my hair too often because my long curls make it a chore. However, I would try anything that claims to add shine to my hair, so I just straightened my locks with Remington Shine Therapy Conditioning Iron ($50, ulta.com). The ceramic plates in this tool are infused with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E to help make your hair shinier. These conditioners are released from the plates and onto your hair with the heat of the iron.


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Curly Qs: A Different Kind of Alcohol

I take a long time shopping for hair products. This is mainly because I always read the ingredient list on the back of the bottles to find creams and conditioners without alcohol. I’ve heard alcohol can be drying to hair, and my curls definitely don’t need that. But no matter how much I try to avoid this ingredient, the products I end up finding usually have some kind of alcohol in them. Why would a conditioning product contain a drying ingredient?


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Does This Really Work? Shaving Cream-Filled Razor

Once you get used to using a specific razor it can be hard to switch to something else. I’ve been using my trusty razor for years, but I had to try the new ShaveMate Diva 6 ($9 for a pack of 3, Target stores) because the handle is filled with shaving cream. Cool, right?


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Curly Qs: Bold & Beautiful Accessory

I love hair accessories—headbands with bows, faux animal-skin barrettes, colorful bobby pins—you name it and I’ve decorated my hair with it. Right now, I’m loving this By LILLA Bloom headband ($84, bylilla.com). The large suede flowers come in different shades, from rich purple to grey. Created by three Colombian pals based out of Miami, By Lilla also offers tons of other fun handmade hair pieces with braided and stud detailing.


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Does This Really Work? At-home Facial Light Therapy

You’ve probably heard of LED, or photo light therapy, that’s offered by Dermatologists, but now this technology is also offered in home gadgets. LED lights on the skin help repair it frome acne, and it also reduces fine lines. To test this technology, I’ve been using the Beam by ANSR, which came in the Acne Care Kit ($185). The kit also includes a face wash, day lotion and night cream.


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Curly Qs: Mariah’s Curly Roots

Chart-topping, mega-vocalist Mariah Carey has been sporting her naturally curly locks more often than usual. My curls always look the same, but Mariah has a way of changing hers up so that they look springy one day and more stretched out the next—both are beautiful, of course. At yesterday’s press conference for her new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel in Seoul, South Korea, her wide curls looked enviably smooth. I couldn’t help but wonder what she uses to keep her locks intact—aside from constant touchups from a celebrity hairstylist, I’m sure.


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