Review: KISS Instawave Automatic Curler

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Being the product junkie that I am I was so excited to receive the KISS Instawave Automatic Curler for review.  My daughter Madisyn’s hair is just past her shoulders and I enlisted her as my guinea pig for my new toy.  I thought I might be able to try on the longest part of my hair but the barrel is huge.

Hair Type: Medium length, coarse, thick hair.

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photo credit: KISS Products

The Instawave Automatic Curler was larger than I thought and the buttons were simple: low and high.  I was concerned it would wind Madisyn’s hair into a tangling mess and fry it into a matted mess but she is braver than me and set out to try it.  It was so easy to use.  Sectioned off about an inch of hair and the barrel started to wind it (it can be wound in either direction) and you just hold it for a short while to curl.  There is my issue, as with any curling heat tool, how long do I have to hold it to curl it?  We tried it on the  low heat setting first and held it for a reasonably short while and we ended up with loose curls; we tried it on the high heat settings and yielded the same result.  We tried it for longer an both settings and got the same loose curls.  We didn’t want to hold it for any longer for fear of heat damage (same concern as any heat tool for hair).  Initially I was going to include an instruction video but we were not overjoyed with the results and the pictures were not worth sharing.  The curls were very loose and left us both unimpressed. I think it would work better on thinner and longer hair.

Overall:  I would recommend the Instawave Automatic Curler.  No kidding, if you have thin(ish) hair with length beyond your shoulders then this may be the tool for you.  What do you think? You can purchase the Instawave online at Additionally in the US, KISS InstaWave is available in Target, Ulta &  In Canada, Kiss InstaWave is available at Walmart and will soon be available on Walmart Canada dotcom, too – it is expected to be live on November 20th.

From KISS Products:

KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls
Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand
Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions
Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes
2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420


Hold InstaWave vertically
Simply place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod
Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically curls the hair
Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves
Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out
**Tip: Switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls

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The Pasch Life: My happy accident.

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::cue the violins::

It was a regular day, I was driving and on the phone acting a fool with my girlfriend Tameka (hands free of course) and when I reached my destination I put the phone to my ear and tried to exit my car.  Of course I was doing too much and SMASH!  My beloved (case-less)  iPhone fell to the ground.  It was face down but I knew. I just knew the screen was shattered.  You know when you drop your phone, you pick it right up and you have that feeling of relief like you dodged a bullet?  I didn’t feel confident at all.  I turn my phone over and the screen is shattered.  ::insert side eye and eye roll here::

After some light drama with an “authorized dealer” I ended up at the Apple Store.  My contract was up in 12 days.  I went into the Apple Store and looked at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Considering that I had an iPad mini I chose the iPhone 6, a protective case, Apple Care and set my phone up and headed home.  It wasn’t until I got home that I felt relieved.  I was mortified at the thought that I had no phone just a few short hours before; I do so much on my phone.

I learned that I need to be “unplugged” weekly.  I was too attached to my phone.  There, I admitted it. It wasn’t until I got home that I could begin to enjoy my new iPhone because I was so engrossed with getting a new phone that I didn’t really admire my new phone. I love this phone!  It is so fast and the larger size is awesome and best of all…I love my pretty pink case.  Being so busy with life I would have probably kept my iPhone 5 well into the new year, I had not even considered upgrading.  I hated that I ruined my phone but I am like a kid with a new toy with my iPhone 6.  It is SO FAST! Have I spent less time attached to my phone?  Yes.

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You ever have a happy accident?

xxo, Pascha

Holiday picks for her under $50

Holiday Inspiration | for her

A few of my favorite things to give as gifts under $50.  A mix of fashion and beauty picks for your girl friend, girlfriend or any special her in your life. Which is your favorite one? Click for where to buy. xx


Outfit of the day: 25 degrees

Whoa! I love the cold but I don’t love to feel cold! So today…today, I got to break out my favorite winter wardrobe item: my faux fur coat by Betsey Johnson. Threw on a sweatshirt (Streetweird), jeggings (H&M) and Uggs while I run around to dance, basketball and volleyball practices.  Do you have a favorite winter wardrobe favorite?
True to my November No-Buy I have been shopping my stash and am loving MAC Cyber. I haven’t worn this lipstick since last winter and the deep purple is perfect for this season.


Outfit of the day.


Cold and rainy day here in the greater Atlanta area. Rainy days aren’t so bad when I get to pull out my comfy wedge heeled rain boots by Michael Kors. I love them!

Shirt: Target
Jeans: Gap
Vest: Gap
Bag: Henri Bendel
Boots: Michael Kors

xox, Pascha

Giveaway: Limited Edition Barbie Ultimate Lipstick Set


Finally organized my blogger life to arrange this giveaway!  Yes…you can win this set!  I love this set as much as I used to love playing with my Barbie dolls.  Lipstick lover?  This one is for YOU! Details below. GOOD LUCK!

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Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm



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How about I did not even know I had this sample size from a prior Sephora haul?

Likes:  packaging, it has SPF 18, lightweight formula and great for under matte lipsticks, very soft mint scent

Dislikes: not moisturizing, doesn’t last long; similar to the Fresh Lip Treatments as far as how it looks, I don’t like this only because I have had one break (Fresh Lip Treatment) while inside the casing

The Skinny:  I am just happy I have the sample size.  This is a high-end, clear lip balm. Would I spend $24 on the full size?  No.


The Pasch Life: My favorite chore

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Ahhhh, my favorite chore is washing laundry. Who is surprised?  There is something therapeutic about putting the clothes in dirty and wah-la it’s clean and fresh.  Love, love to do laundry.  Here are my favorite laundry items:

Blue Soap: This is a holy grail item.  My mom is Jamaican and she always used it to scrub her nursing uniforms (bright white), collars on cotton shirts and tough stains.  As an adult I like to have it available for when I have to treat a stain, etc. on my children’s laundry.  Whenever we go to Jamaica or if my mom is there, I ask her to bring some back for me.  It is awesomeness in a bar.

Suavitel: Smells so good I could drink it.  I love this stuff and it is cheap.  The whole house smells great because of it.  My 2nd runner up is Snuggle.

Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda:  I bought this powdered soap after pursuing Marshall’s one day.  I freaking love it.  I will be hunting online for more now that I am at the halfway mark.  A little scoop (included) goes a long way and WOW it cleans great.  Tide used to be my all time fave but this lasts soooooo long.  I have been using it since June!   $12.99.  I have to find more of it.

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Sephora VIB Rouge Holiday Soiree

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Sephora’s VIB Rouge Holiday Soiree was  fun!  I took my youngest daughter, Madisyn with me and we always have a good time. We  love to play with makeup.  Added bonus?  One of my favorite reps were there.  Shopping is always more fun when the staff is GREAT.  Some of you asked on other social media if the goodie bag was worth the trip.  NO.  The goodie bag is the goodie bag, LOL, plus a cute string bracelet like the ones we made at camp.  Not a big deal.  I received samples of course but nothing worth even taking a photo of.  Sad, right?

Madisyn picked up a lipstick and I stuck to my no-buy.  It was pretty quiet and uneventful but I love chatting up the staff, they are awesome at my local Sephora.

Madisyn sippin' on her sparkling pear juice

Madisyn sippin’ on her sparkling pear juice


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Love the staff at my local Sephora, especially this lady!

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This was the gift bracelet besides the bag pictured above. No goodies. Order online…you don’t need to drive to the store unless you like visiting the staff like I do.

Did you make the event?  Did you enjoy, not enjoy?  Share your experience with me. xo, Pascha

MAC Lipglass

Was digging through my lip balms and found this.  This whole no-buy business is kinda cool.  Perfect for when you want a long lasting high shine with no color or you can also put it on your favorite shade lippie for the high gloss shine.  Lipglass is the perfect name for the shine you will get with this, I don’t think the photo (taken with iPhone) does it any justice.  Definitely an oldie but a goodie.  A staple item for any beauty junkie in my opinion.  Do you have this?  Is it on your wish list?

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