Style http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7534/all en-US 10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Clothes Looking New http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-clothes-looking-new <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-clothes-looking-new" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_72765933_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="keeping clothes looking brand new" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There have been approximately 2,700,000 articles written about the virtues of curating a capsule wardrobe filled with clothes that you love. Next to none of them mention the one huge downside of capsule wardrobes everywhere: If your tiny wardrobe is full of clothes that you love to wear, those clothes you love will wear out quickly.</p> <p>Bummer.</p> <p>Luckily there are many ways to keep your clothes looking new, even if you only have 10 garments to your name.</p> <h2>1. Buy Quality Clothing</h2> <p>Well-made clothes will hold up to decades of wear. My favorite jacket originally belonged to my grandmother. It's part of my regular professional work wardrobe. It's 70 years old and still looks great. Compare this to the last T-shirt I bought from a fast fashion store. That shirt sprouted holes the second time it went through the wash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing?ref=seealso">9 Qualities to Look for in Well-Made Clothing</a>)</p> <h2>2. Give Your Clothes a Break</h2> <p>Although you may want to wear your favorite items day after day, it's important to give the fabric time to recover its shape between wearings. This is especially important for elasticized garments such as bras and workout wear. Shoes will last much longer if they are allowed to fully dry between wearings. (They will also be less stinky.)</p> <h2>3. Rotate Your Clothes</h2> <p>Speaking of rotating, if you follow a simple clothing rotation routine, you can save a ton of money on clothes and always look tidy for work. For example, I own three pairs of jeans: this year's jeans, last year's jeans, and the year before last year's jeans. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">By rotating my jeans</a> on a three-year schedule, I have denim for every occasion and I only have to buy one pair of jeans every 12 months.</p> <h2>4. Catch and Release</h2> <p>My friend Liz lives in a 200-square-foot apartment in New York City. To save on clothing storage space and keep current with fashion, Liz replaces her entire 20-piece capsule wardrobe twice a year. Instead of buying garments throughout the year, Liz only shops two days out of the year: on President's Day and on Labor Day. Although she buys most of her clothes secondhand, she chose those shopping days because department stores tend to put the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">most items on clearance</a> during those sales periods. If she can't find what she wants used, she will resort to buying new.</p> <p>Liz thinks her system is the best of all worlds. She never gets bored with her clothes, and because she only wears the clothes for six months, the garments are usually in good enough condition that she can resell them. When Liz has a special event to attend, she'll rent a dress or she will buy an outfit at a consignment store and immediately sell it back after the event.</p> <h2>5. Don't Play in Your Work Clothes</h2> <p>To keep work clothes looking fresh, wear them as little as possible. The second you come home from work, change into your play clothes. Obviously, the less you wear your work clothes, the less wear you will put on them.</p> <h2>6. Brush Out Your Woolens</h2> <p>Clothing moths and carpet beetles just love leftovers. And by leftovers, I not only mean food, but the dandruff and hair from you and your pets. Shake out your sweaters and brush your wool clothes with a clothes brush to mechanically remove potential moth snacks and bug larvae from the fibers between wearings.</p> <h2>7. Show Your Clothes Gratitude</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lpc5_1896ro" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Organizing wizard Mari Kondo advises people to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpc5_1896ro">fold their socks</a>, because balling them puts stress on the elastic, even when they are resting in a drawer. To maintain their shape, sweaters and other stretchy fabrics should be folded in a drawer and never hung. According to Kondo, folding knit clothes neatly shows gratitude to the clothes that work hard to support you every day. Even if you don't subscribe to this idea, proper attention to folding will increase the lifespan of all your clothes.</p> <h2>8. Use the Right Tools</h2> <p>After years of smelling like mothballs, I finally bought airtight plastic storage bags from my local knitting store. These do a great job keeping the bugs out without stinky chemicals. Why did I wait to buy these bags?</p> <h2>9. No Wire Hangers. Ever!</h2> <p>I am totally on team <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUkE9qaVgmo">Joan Crawford</a> when it comes to hanging clothes. Wire hangers put a lot of stress on the shoulders of garments, and can rip through thin silks and cottons with ease. For the cost of replacing one ruined silk shirt, you can buy 40 wood or professional quality plastic hangers.</p> <h2>10. Minimize Your Laundry</h2> <p>You only have to look in your lint trap to see that your washer and dryer are eating your clothes. Washing and drying put tremendous wear and tear on your clothes. According to Treehugger.com, over 75% of our clothing's impact on the environment comes from washing and drying. Here are some basic laundry tips to keep your wardrobe (and the planet) looking top-notch.</p> <h3>Wash Sparingly</h3> <p>Wash your clothes only when they look or smell dirty.</p> <h3>Experiment With Cold Water</h3> <p>When my Japanese pen pal came to visit, All-Temperature Cheer detergent mystified her, as back home in Japan they washed everything in cold water. &quot;Americans are so&hellip; how do you say? Persnickety? Persnickety about laundry,&quot; she said. From that point on, my family started washing all but our kitchen towels and underwear in cold water, a habit that I have continued as an adult.</p> <h3>Air-Dry Your Clothes</h3> <p>Just like washing in hot water, it's the heat of the dryer that breaks down textiles. Sunlight is also an excellent biocide. It kills stinky bacteria and bug larvae.</p> <h3>Go Inside Out</h3> <p>Turn clothes inside-out before you wash and dry. This will keep the dyes from fading from friction in the wash or from sun exposure on the clothesline.</p> <h3>Read the Care Instructions</h3> <p>Following the instructions on care labels can save a lot of time and money. While there are some garments that can be successfully hand washed instead of dry cleaned, there are a lot of textiles that will be ruined even by the most gentle swish through water. Look at each garment's <a href="http://www.textileaffairs.com/lguide.htm">cheat sheet</a> before you wash.</p> <h3>Take Immediate Action With Stains</h3> <p>Before throwing clothes in the hamper or returning garments to your closet, carefully examine them for stains. You will have a much harder time removing stains if you let them sit. Often immediate spot cleaning will allow you to skip a trip to the drycleaners.</p> <p><em>Do you have a capsule wardrobe? What do you do to keep your clothes looking new?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-clothes-looking-new">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing">9 Qualities to Look for in Well-Made Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">Can a Capsule Wardrobe Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style capsule wardrobe clothes DIY clothes new clothes quality clothing sewing style Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Max Wong 1738699 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Qualities to Look for in Well-Made Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_68921695_LARGE.jpg" alt="how to find top-quality clothing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well-made clothing is not only a personal hallmark of fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Pharrell, and Steve McQueen, but also the backbone of frugal wardrobes everywhere. Good quality clothing is always a fashion must.</p> <p>It used to be easier to separate good clothes from the bad. Certain brands meant quality workmanship. But in the age of designer brand outlet clothing and other sneaky marketing tricks to fool customers into spending more for lesser quality goods, how can you know that a piece of clothing, whether new or second-hand, is a garment that will last? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-clothes?ref=seealso">The High Cost of Cheap Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>1. Study Men's Suits</h2> <p>Because so many clothes these days are poorly made, go on an expedition at the nicest men's store in your area to get a personal understanding of how quality clothes are constructed. Once you have seen what goes into a well-made garment, it will be easier to spot good tailoring in the wilds of your local thrift store or sale rack. By the way, ladies, this advice is for you, too. One of the not-so-hidden extra costs of being a woman is the price of clothing. Men's clothing is typically better made than women's, even though <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/women-paying-more-than-men-for-everyday-product-thanks-to-unacceptable-gender-price-gap-a6820816.html">women pay higher price points</a> for the same or lower quality. Boo.</p> <h2>2. Check the Hand</h2> <p>The hand of the fabric is not a minor character in <em>Game of Thrones </em>&mdash; it's the fancy term that fashion people use to describe how fabric feels. Is the fabric stiff like a starched bonnet? Does it feel scratchy like a cat's tongue? Is it supple and flowy like a vintage slip? The difference between high-end designer clothes and low priced knock-offs is often the fabric. For example, J. Crew will make a sweater in pure cashmere for its collection line, a similar sweater in cotton and cashmere blend for its main line, and a cotton version for J. Crew Outlet stores. Better quality fabrics hold their shape better and last longer than their cheaper counterparts, so look for good fabric first. You can make a gorgeous garment out of cheap fabric, but it won't hold up to repeated wears.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Rub every garment you intend to buy against your cheek. If the fabric feels scratchy on your face, it will be scratchy on the rest of you.</p> <h2>3. Double-Check Fabric Content</h2> <p>Just because it's advertised as a cashmere sweater doesn't mean it's 100% cashmere. Many companies are now putting tiny amounts &mdash; like 7% &mdash; of cashmere fiber into clothes just so they can advertise it as a &quot;cashmere blend.&quot; Don't be fooled into paying extra for cheap textiles!</p> <p>Even for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">basics like jeans</a>, fabric content is important. Lycra is added to a lot of jeans at every price point because it adds stretch to denim and gives the fabric a smoother fit. Most people want a <em>little </em>stretch to their denim for comfort. However, fabric should fit your lifestyle. I am one of those people who rarely washes her jeans, so I can maintain the fade of the denim. Because of this personal quirk, I can only wear jeans that are 98%-100% cotton. I've found that anything more than 2% Lycra content means that the jeans have to be washed between wearings to maintain their shape. Since I rarely wash my jeans, lycra for me means baggy knees and a saggy butt.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Do the scrunch test. Squeeze the fabric in your hand. Once you release your grip, do the wrinkles stay in the fabric? Regardless of how nice the fabric is, consider how much time and money will go into maintaining the look of a garment. If you hate to iron, don't buy linen.</p> <h2>4. A Stitch in Time Saves Money</h2> <p>Once you decide that you like the fabric, closely examine the seams. Very gently pull on the side seams of a dress shirt, and hold it up to the light. If you can see a lot of light between the stitches, that is not a good sign. Similar to thread count in bed sheets, well-made clothes boast more stitches per inch than poorly made pieces. Seams should lie flat and even like little sausage links. There should be no loose threads or looped stitches, as those are a sure sign of poor quality. Also, unless it is decorative top-stitching (which should be perfectly even and flat-laying), the thread of the garment should be the same color as the fabric.</p> <p>While you are looking at the seams, check the <a href="http://thecuttingclass.com/post/3406252899/pattern-making-seam-allowance">seam allowance</a>, which is the amount of extra fabric on each side of a seam. The more extra fabric, the easier it will be to tailor that item of clothing to your body. The reason why Chanel jackets are so popular with pregnant celebrities is that Chanel has famously wide seam allowances that allow the jackets to be let out by <em>two entire sizes</em>. It's one item of couture that women can fit into their entire pregnancy. If a garment is a little tight, check to see if you can gain wiggle room by adjusting the seams.</p> <p>Also, check the hem allowance on sleeves, pants, and skirts. Since the hemlines on skirts go up and down, it's sometimes possible to refresh an old skirt and make it look completely on trend just by shortening or lengthening the hemline.</p> <h2>5. Avoid Uneven Seams and Hems</h2> <p>Most off-the-rack clothes are sewn together with a serger, or an overlock machine. While a serged seam is perfect for stretchy knit fabrics like t-shirts, better quality garments made of non-stretchy, woven fabrics will have finished seams and hems. High quality garments will have the raw edge of hems turned under or covered with hem tape. A good hem improves the drape of the garment. An uneven hem is one of the most obvious tells that the garment isn't well made.</p> <h2>6. Look for Patterns</h2> <p>Do you own a striped shirt that looks, just... off? Chances are that you are noticing that the pattern is uneven, without realizing it. One of the reasons good quality clothes cost more is that it takes a lot more fabric to match patterns at seams, across pockets, etc. Look at <a href="http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzgerald-Fit-Tartan-Sport-Coat/MM00405_____RED__42___LG__,default,pd.html?cmp=ppc_us_GG_pla_Men%27sSportCoatVests&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjw1Iq6BRDY_tK-9OjdmBESJABlzoY7vxgNAsFIxbHKpcOVO4J_n6fY3wN0I3thYGWWRaFlOBoCtPDw_wcB">this jacket</a>. The plaid matches perfectly across the body, even at the shoulder seams that connect the front of the jacket to the sleeves. The pockets are barely visible because the plaid is so carefully matched. This is the gold standard of pattern matching you should be looking for.</p> <p>Matched patterns are particularly important because bold designs like stripes, plaids, or even florals are a double-edged sword. A large scale print can make the wearer look taller or thinner. But poorly matched patterns can make the wearer look dumpy and awkward.</p> <h2>7. Find Facings</h2> <p>Well-made clothes have facings and/or interfacings. Facings and interfacings are internal support structures for clothing and are sewn to the inside of garments to reinforce areas that get a lot of wear and tear. They help a garment maintain its shape and add to its longevity.</p> <p>Facing is a kind of mini lining that hides the raw edge of fabric. The grosgrain ribbon sewn to the backside of the button band on cardigan sweaters is example of facing. The ribbon keeps the sweater button band from drooping from the weight of the buttons, and keeps the buttonholes from stretching out over time.</p> <p>Interfacing is that extra piece of material sandwiched between the fabric of the garment and the fabric of the lining that gives a garment its structure. For example, interfacing is what gives shirt neckbands the stiffness to hold up the collar. Interfacing is commonly used to strengthen cuffs, collars, and waistbands.</p> <h2>8. Inspect the Lining</h2> <p>Linings are often used to hide shoddy tailoring, so the existence of a lining doesn't necessarily mean that a piece of clothing is well-made. Also, not every garment needs a lining. Because linings add an extra layer of fabric, they also add warmth to garments, so they are great for cold weather clothes like wool skirts, but not so great for linen summer suits. However, with heavier pieces like jackets or wool pants, a good lining (like facing), will help a garment keep its shape.</p> <p>Additionally, linings prolong the life of clothes by working as a slip. They make jackets and form fitting skirts and pants easier to &quot;slip&quot; on and off the body without stretching the exterior fabric of the garment. Linings also protect garment fabric from sweat and body oil.</p> <p>A properly sewn lining should lay flat against the interior of the garment, but still have enough give to allow you to move around normally without the lining feeling tight against your body. As with seam stitches and top stitching, the stitches of the lining should also be uniform and neat.</p> <p>A lot of designers are cutting costs by skipping the lining on women's clothing. However, women can get some of the benefits of lined clothing by wearing a slip under their unlined dresses and skirts.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Before buying lined pants or skirts, be sure to do a squat test in the dressing room to make sure the lining was cut large enough that you can sit and bend over without splitting the lining.</p> <h2>9. Details Are Everything</h2> <p>While every season of <em>Project Runway</em> proves that zippers can be cleverly used as a design element, an exposed zipper is often a sign of cost-cutting. Well-made clothes generally have zippers that are hidden by a placket to keep the zipper teeth from snagging on the garment's fabric or other things. Although this can feel like a fussy extra, quality clothing will include an extra closure at the top of a zipper; a snap, a button, or a hook and eye. The extra closure takes the stress off the zipper teeth and helps keep the zipper zipped.</p> <p>Buttons are like jewelry for your clothes. Unfortunately, cheap, plastic buttons are becoming common, replacing more expensive leather, glass, or leather fasteners, even on designer clothes.</p> <p>Loose buttons are an easy way to accidentally overspend on clothes. If you lose one fancy button, you'll end up replacing the whole set or living with mismatched closures. My sister regularly saves 10%-50% on clothes by demanding a discount for loose or missing buttons.</p> <p>Properly installed buttons have a shank. A shank allows a garment to be buttoned smoothly, without puckering or pulling on the fabric by creating a little space between the back of the button and the garment.</p> <p>Well-made clothes have proper button placement. Everyone has that annoying shirt in his or her closet. You know, the one that makes you look like a religious missionary when buttoned to the top, but like a swashbuckling pirate when just one button is undone? That shirt that shows cleavage&hellip; sideways through the gap between the buttons? That shirt is not well-made.</p> <p>Just like loose seams, uneven or loosely stitched buttonholes are a sign of poor craftsmanship. Although this seems obvious, buttonholes should be cut to fit the buttons and not be so tight that it's a struggle to push the button through, or so loose that the buttons fall out of the buttonholes on their own.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: To make cheap garments look more expensive, swap out the buttons. Sewing on a button is a basic skill that almost everyone can do to immediately improve the appearance of clothes. (I have been reusing favorite buttons since childhood.)</p> <p><em>How do you judge the quality of clothes? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-clothes-looking-new">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Clothes Looking New</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-snag-budget-friendly-business-clothes">5 Ways to Snag Budget-Friendly Business Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-home-hair-dyes">The 5 Best Home Hair Dyes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothes fabric new clothes quality clothing shopping smart shopper tailored clothing Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Max Wong 1726475 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Manicure Kits http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-manicure-kits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_manicure_nails_000063422637.jpg" alt="Woman using best manicure kit to paint her nails" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you tired of wasting money at the salon? Well, you&rsquo;re in luck, because a quality manicure kit can help you achieve salon-worthy results from home, at only a fraction of the cost. You&rsquo;ll want to look for a kit that offers professional grade nail tools that will last over time. The right manicure kit will depend on which tools you need, the condition of your nails, and your budget and personal preferences. Fortunately, we&rsquo;ve found some of the best manicure kits available to help get you started.</p> <h2>What Is a Manicure Kit?</h2> <p>A manicure kit contains everything you need to shape and maintain your nails, trim the cuticles, clear away hang nails and rough spots on your hands, and perfect the skin surrounding your nails. The kit may include nail clippers, nail scissors, emery boards, cuticle nippers or pushers, tweezers, ear scissors, and other nail and beauty tools.</p> <p>With the right manicure set, your hands and feet can always look their best without having to spend extra time or money at the salon. You'll be able to achieve your favorite nail designs from home, on your own time. A manicure kit is the perfect addition to any bathroom, and can serve as a great gift for any man or woman in your life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Manicure Kits</h2> <h3>Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/stainless%20mani.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>This high-quality <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW">Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Ear pick Nail-Clippers Set</a> includes 10 professional manicure essentials, including two nail clippers, cuticle trimmer, tweezers, beauty scissors, nail file, single-edged double-sided push stick, V-shaped push stick, and ear pick. The affordable kit is safely housed in a delicate leather case, making this 10-in-1 manicure set perfect for home use or on-the-go.</p> <p>Available in four colors, you can find the perfect kit for yourself or as a gift. While it is the most affordable option on our list, the set contains high-quality items that have increased cutting force and special polishing technology to ensure you can achieve the perfect manicure every time. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in manicure and pedicure kits, it has outstanding reviews online and is commonly recommended as the best manicure kit for your investment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW"><em>Currently $6.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seki Edge Craftsman 6-piece Grooming Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/seki.jpg" width="220" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re tired of having to replace your manicure kit, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R">Seki Edge Craftsman 6-piece Grooming Kit</a> is perfect for you. That&rsquo;s because it's the last set you will ever need to buy, thanks to its unrivaled quality and dependability. The Seki Edge Craftsman Grooming Kit has everything you need for a manicure, including deluxe stainless steel toenail clippers with nail file, Seki Edge satin straight fingernail clippers, nostril scissors, stainless steel nail nippers, nail file, and the Seki Edge extra grip slant tweezers.</p> <p>Housed in a soft and supple black genuine leather case, you can rest assured that your high-quality grooming tools will be well protected when they aren&rsquo;t in use. Manufactured by Greenbell, a world-class Japanese manufacturer, you won't need to worry about anything in this kit rusting, breaking, or letting you down. Each item is made with quality materials and workmanship, so it is designed to last for years to come.</p> <p>This complete professional kit is the most expensive option on our list, but reviewers tend to agree that the difference in quality is worth the additional cost. The nail clippers alone are life-changing. Each heavyweight tool has precise cutting edges and a sleek design, so you can achieve the perfect manicure in only a few minutes. In fact, many reviewers noted that you can keep the kit for life or hand it down to your grandchildren. If this set isn&rsquo;t exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for, Seki Edge also offers a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC2E68/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC2E68&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P7257FE3WBJRQGYW">two-piece grooming kit</a>, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC1IU6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC1IU6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EEZK4HPQSEIG6RKX">nine-piece grooming kit</a>, and a range of other grooming kits to better suit your personal needs and preferences. Frequently referred to online as &ldquo;the best manicure kit for men,&rdquo; this set is backed by outstanding online reviews on Amazon and independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R"><em>Currently $84.34 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Conair True Glow All-In-One Nail Care System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/conair_1.jpg" width="194" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a complete system that closely resembles what you would find at the salon, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O">Conair True Glow All-In-One Nail Care System</a> is right for you. The unique all-in-one design offers professional results from home. This attractive nail care system can help create the perfect manicure and pedicure in just four easy steps. You can quickly shape, smooth, and polish natural or acrylic nails using the 12 attachments, including a cuticle shaper, metal smoothing plate, metal shaping plate, buffing plate, smoothing plate, medium stone cone, large sapphire cone, medium sapphire cone, small sapphire cone, smoothing disc, shaping disc, and buffing disc.</p> <p>The rechargeable nail tool has variable speed control and light to help you achieve flawless results. The manicure bowl will help soften nails and cuticles, while the built-in nail dryer can speed up drying time so your nails look picture-perfect in no time. The bonus travel pouch will allow you to easily transport your nail care system. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s top rated items in manicure and pedicure kits, this all-in-one system is backed by outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O"><em>Currently $45.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>3 SWORDS GERMANY 8-Piece Manicure &amp; Pedicure Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/3%20sword.jpg" width="220" height="171" align="right" alt="" /></a>The complete <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII">3 SWORDS GERMANY 8-Piece Manicure &amp; Pedicure Kit</a> includes eight quality manicure and pedicure tools, including nail scissors, cuticle scissors, small nail clippers, large nail clippers, tweezers, hoof stick, sapphire nail file, and a nail pusher. The set is enclosed in a high quality artificial black leather case, so it is perfect for home or travel use. The kit is delivered in an attractive gift box, which makes it the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any man or woman in your life. 3 Swords Germany also offers an award-winning 10-piece set, 16-piece set, and 18-piece set to best meet your needs and preferences.</p> <p>Made in Germany since 1927, each tool is intricately crafted with superior workmanship and materials. Frequently referred to online as &ldquo;the best manicure kit for men,&rdquo; this set is affordable, without sacrificing quality or quantity. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s top rated items in manicure and pedicure kits, it is sturdy, well made, and provides an incredible value for the money.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII"><em>Currently $25.80 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VOGUE PROFESSIONAL Powerful Plug-in Slim Lightweight Pro Nail Art Drill Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vogue.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Whether you have real or acrylic nails, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG">VOGUE PROFESSIONAL Powerful Plug-in Slim Lightweight Pro Nail Art Drill</a> is right for you. This powerful professional drill is ideal for both home and salon use, and can even be used by beginners. The portable slim drill can be used on acrylics, UV gel, or natural nails. It can file, buff, and shape the nails, remove calluses, insert nail charms, and more. It includes seven specialty bits designed especially for your fingernails. The salon-quality hand drill has a convenient speed adjustment and includes chrome-plated attachments. The switch is on the unit itself, rather than on a foot pedal, which allows for easier, more convenient usage. The exclusive pro attachments can also be easily changed out without tools.</p> <p>While the lightweight drill has been used by many nail techs for nearly 30 years, it is also ideal for keeping your natural and artificial nails perfectly manicured from home. It is easy to use and comes with instructions, so you can master it in no time. This has been a top-selling drill among beauty stores since 1985 and is backed by a 12-month warranty and outstanding online reviews. The company also prides itself on customer service and has a nail technician available to answer any of your questions via email.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG"><em>Currently $23.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best manicure kits. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-removers">The 5 Best Makeup Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty beauty products mani pedi manicure kit nail art product reviews Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1639602 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hairsprays http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hairsprays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_hairspray_000030713074.jpg" alt="Woman using best hairspray to keep hair in place" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly every hair type can benefit from hairspray. With so many different sprays available, it can be hard to choose just one. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found the best hairsprays available, so you can begin choosing the right one for your hair style.</p> <p>There are different hairsprays best suited for each different hair type. You can also choose from flexible, medium, strong, and super hold, to get the hold and flexibility need. Regardless of which hairspray you choose, you&rsquo;ll want to find something that offers lasting hold, shine, and humidity protection, so that your style stays perfect all day.</p> <h2>What Is Hairspray?</h2> <p>Hairspray is a product that can be sprayed onto the hair to hold your style in place. It usually comes in a spray aerosol can. The first modern hairsprays were developed in the 1940s and were damaging to the hair, over a prolonged use. Today, the formulas are much gentler and can even improve the condition of your hair, so it will be healthier after each use.</p> <p>Hairspray can be spritzed directly onto the hair, about 6&ndash;12 inches from your head. You can also apply it to your brush and comb it through your hair to target flyaways. You can even spray your bobby pins with hairspray before putting them in to provide extra hold. If you really want to get more from your hairspray, you can even use the can as a styling tool by placing your just-styled hair around the can itself and allowing it to cool (like Velcro rollers). This will leave you with significantly more volume. Start slow with hairspray because you can always add more, but if you add too much, your hair will feel crispy, crunchy, and brittle, no matter which hairspray you choose.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hairsprays</h2> <h3>Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B3T47Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007B3T47Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2J5FJZAGLFKS3DHS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/moroccanoil.jpg" width="61" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray</a> is one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hairsprays for a reason. If you want a hairspray that will give you that &ldquo;just out of the salon&rdquo; feeling, then this is the one for you. Professional hairstylists commonly recommend it because it provides long-lasting hold, while leaving the hair healthier after every use. The lightweight, workable hairspray is packed with great ingredients, like argan oil and vitamin E. It will hold your style all day and provide flexible hold, without leaving any brittleness, crunchiness, or sticky residue behind. It can be brushed out easily and won't weigh hair down, so it is ideal for soft, natural styles. This is ideal for all hair types, including curly, dry, and fine hair. There are various finishes available, so you can the amount of hold you need.</p> <p>It provides a reflective shine shield that will combat frizz, humidity, and flyaways, leaving your hair glossy without weighing it down or making it look greasy. It smells great (according to nearly everyone who&rsquo;s tried it) and leaves the hair feeling healthy, looking shiny, and remaining smooth all day. In fact, it was selected by Real Simple as the best shine boosting hairspray. This is the most expensive option on our list, but reviewers tend to agree that it is worth every penny. Total Beauty selected it as one of the best hairsprays because every reader who reviewed it on their site gave it a perfect score.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B3T47Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007B3T47Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2J5FJZAGLFKS3DHS"><em>Currently $19.84 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006DWF3F6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006DWF3F6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MDTLK643WGNPEETM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/loreal1.jpg" width="50" height="250" align="right" alt="" />L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold</a> is an industry standard, commonly used backstage at runway shows, red carpet events, and photo shoots. The cult classic can withstand things like sweat and humidity with ease. It is a micro-fine unscented spray that won&rsquo;t weigh your hair down, so you can spray as much as you want, as often as you want, and you will still be able to brush and style your hair afterwards. In fact, you can keep reapplying this spray without having to worry about buildup, stickiness, or crunchiness. Along with providing extra strong hold, it will also boost shine and leave your hair feeling clean and soft.</p> <p>It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hairsprays, was chosen as one of the best hairsprays for adding volume by Allure, selected as the pros&rsquo; pick by Real Simple, and is recommended by stylists around the country. It is great for both natural and color-treated hair, along with dry and very fine hair. It is available in a number of different formulas, including the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQZIOXQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00DQZIOXQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DJENVHIMXQEOYPU7">L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, Volume Extra Strong Hold</a>, which offers even more volumizing benefits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006DWF3F6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006DWF3F6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MDTLK643WGNPEETM"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>It's a 10 Miracle Super Hold Finishing Hairspray Plus Keratin</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CDSTTG8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CDSTTG8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MU2RAN4XSDQEW5NZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/its%2010.jpg" width="52" height="250" align="right" alt="" />It's a 10 Miracle Super Hold Finishing Hairspray Plus Keratin</a> is an award-winning spray that is commonly recommended by hairstylists and beauty gurus because it provides excellent results and is actually good for the hair. It offers 10 valuable benefits for both natural and color-treated hair, such as its ability to offer light conditioning, shine, and volumizing benefits with each spray. It is also made with highly beneficial ingredients, including wheat proteins and keratin, which can help improve the health and condition of your hair with continued use, leaving it longer, thicker, and stronger.</p> <p>It offers all-day hold and control, but will keep your hair flexible and manageable, so you can still brush through it afterwards. It doesn&rsquo;t flake or leave the hair feeling brittle, sticky, or crunchy. It doesn&rsquo;t have a strong smell and has an almost instant drying time. This was chosen as one of the best hairsprays by Good Housekeeping thanks to its ability to provide great all-day hold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CDSTTG8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CDSTTG8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MU2RAN4XSDQEW5NZ"><em>Currently $14.23 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UWDF0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UWDF0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VC7EDOKP233EE454"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tresemme.jpg" width="72" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray</a> is a drugstore favorite and perfect for both women and men, particularly thanks to the unisex eye-catching colors and design. It is commonly used backstage at runway shows and is recommended by a number of beauty gurus. It is ideal for all hair types, including fine and color-treated hair. It will hold your style in place all day and doesn&rsquo;t leave any flakes or stickiness behind. It offers 24-hour humidity resistance, controls frizz and flyaways, sprays on dry, and won&rsquo;t leave your hair feeling sticky, stiff, or crunchy.</p> <p>Whatever the weather or climate may be like, this spray will keep your style in place, no matter what. While it provides extra hold all day, it still keeps your hair soft and flexible. Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and most reviewers agree that it offers professional salon-quality results at a very low price. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KQFAW8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004KQFAW8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5ZPSAEOLLHJGG7AL">Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray</a> is another award-winning hairspray from the line.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UWDF0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UWDF0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VC7EDOKP233EE454"><em>Currently $4.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Garnier Fructis Style Sleek &amp; Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038RFM32/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0038RFM32&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5C5CASVU5VFA5LA5"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/garnier%20hairspray.jpg" width="54" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Garnier Fructis Style Sleek &amp; Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray</a> offers all-day touchable hold, making it perfect for natural and curly hairstyles. The anti-humidity hairspray contains highly beneficial ingredients, like fruit waxes and natural bamboo extracts, which surround each individual hair strand to protect it from moisture and wet conditions that can cause frizziness. It can combat humidity and smooth down unruly hair, leaving it sleek and shiny. In fact, it can provide 24-hour hold even in 90% humidity. It will leave your hair soft and manageable, never sticky, stiff, or greasy.</p> <p>Most reviewers agree that it smells great, as is the case with most Garnier Fructis products. It was selected as the best anti-frizz spray by Real Simple and was recommended by Total Beauty and Good Housekeeping, although they found that it can only hold your style for about six hours. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008DF6XXW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008DF6XXW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KU4GUE5ZOTRAQPLQ">Garnier Sleek and Shine Sleek Finish 5-In-1 Serum Spray for Sleek Finish</a> is another award-winning spray from the line that can improve the condition of your hair with continued use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038RFM32/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0038RFM32&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5C5CASVU5VFA5LA5"><em>Currently $3.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair sprays. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-conditioners">The 5 Best Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leave-in-conditioners">The 5 Best Leave-In Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty beauty products hair care hair products hairspray product reviews Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1639604 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Leather Cleaners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-leather-cleaners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_leather_jacket_000022178639.jpg" alt="Woman using best leather cleaner to clean leather jacket" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Leather can naturally take a beating over time. If you want to clean, restore, and maintain your leather items, special care is required. Fortunately, leather cleaner can make the work easy for you. It can remove dirt and grime from automobile interiors, spills and stains from apparel, and dirt and debris from handbags.</p> <p>Whether you want to clean your leather shoes and accessories or need to spruce up an old leather couch you just purchased, a quality leather cleaner is the first thing you need. The right cleaner can restore your leather, making it look and feel like new. Many cleaners are easy to use and may even contain a conditioner in one, making it easier than ever to protect your leather auto interior, furniture, clothing, and more. For best results, use a leather cleaner once or twice per week.</p> <h2>What Is Leather Cleaner?</h2> <p>Leather cleaner is a special cleaner that will remove dirt and stains from your leather, while helping to protect, repair, and maintain the surface so that your leather items will look better for longer. Using a leather cleaner will protect your investment by removing impurities and restoring the leather&rsquo;s natural oils. It can even help protect your car seats and other leather auto interior from the damaging effects of the sun.</p> <p>In most cases, it is best to spray or apply the leather cleaner onto the leather surface and then using a microfiber cloth, gently wipe or buff it in using a circular motion. Usually, you will need to wait about 30-45 minutes to let the area completely dry after applying the cleaner. While most leather cleaners can work on virtually all leather and vinyl surfaces, they should never be used on suede or nubuck.</p> <h2>Top 5 Leather Cleaners&nbsp;</h2> <h3>Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HU6N3LK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HU6N3LK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PSIEQZQSDPQ2VMRA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/leather%20honey.jpg" width="107" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey</a>&nbsp;is an award-winning leather cleaner that works great on leather apparel, furniture, auto interiors, shoes, bags, saddles and tack, vinyl, microfiber, faux leather, and accessories. It is extremely versatile and can work on both finished and unfinished leather. The natural ingredients won&rsquo;t harm your skin or any leather surfaces, and won&rsquo;t cause any changes to the color or texture of your leather.</p> <p>The premium concentrated formula can quickly and gently remove dirt, oil, stains, and grime. It uses all natural non-toxic ingredients to minimize damage and discoloration of any surfaces. If you're unsure of which leather cleaner is right for your valuable possessions, this is your safest bet. However, you will need to take into consideration the extra step of diluting the concentrate with water before applying it to any leather surface. This affordable bottle makes up to 32 ounces of leather when diluted with water, which can last for several years on your shelf, making this small bottle an incredible value.</p> <p>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in leather care products, this Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey is also backed by outstanding customer reviews and &ldquo;before and after&rdquo; photos online. The company has also successfully been in business since 1968 with millions of happy customers, so they know what it takes to help clean your leather and make it last longer. There's also a lifetime guarantee to ensure you are completely satisfied. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IS3HV0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003IS3HV0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=G4HMQWRYDM2TWLQE">Leather Honey Leather Conditioner</a> is another bestselling item from the brand that can leave your leather conditioned and looking better than ever.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HU6N3LK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HU6N3LK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PSIEQZQSDPQ2VMRA"><em>Currently $15.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Leather Milk Natural Leather Care Liniment No. 1</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZDDUCK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007ZDDUCK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=27C77CBQ2JMQOZ2W"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/leather%20milk.jpg" width="218" height="240" align="right" alt="" />Leather Milk Natural Leather Care Liniment No. 1</a> was originally formulated for, and exclusively used by, Saddleback Leather Company. The milky, water-based solution will gently nourish, strengthen, restore, and preserve your leather surfaces with each use. The safe, all-natural recipe contains no chemicals and is made with high quality, leather enriching ingredients and a gentle cleanser to safely clean and condition your leather in one. It is ideal for all leather items, including auto interiors, furniture, baggage, shoes, saddles, tack, apparel, accessories, and more.</p> <p>There is a subtle almond fragrance to compliment the leather&rsquo;s natural scent. It also includes a free reusable cotton terry applicator pad to help you achieve the best results. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in leather care products, this is also backed by outstanding customer reviews online, including nearly 900 five-star reviews. In fact, many reviewers found that they had great results with this cleaner, even in cases where other cleaners had failed, such as on old leather furniture that needs to be restored.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZDDUCK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007ZDDUCK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=27C77CBQ2JMQOZ2W"><em>Currently $16.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner and Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002V9IFU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002V9IFU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNRB3G66YLYCI35N"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/meguiars.jpg" width="89" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner and Conditioner</a> spray works well on all types of leather in the home and closet, but is especially ideal for vehicle interiors thanks to its UV inhibitors. It is commonly recommended by auto enthusiasts because it can help prevent premature leather cracking, fading, and weather damage caused by leaving your car out in the sun. Using gentle and safe cleansers and moisturizers, the non-whitening formula can effectively clean your leather and protect it from spills, stains, and aging. The unique spray formula with aloe has the texture and feel of a conditioner, so it won't leave behind any streaks or greasy residue. It also has a great smell that will last all day.</p> <p>The convenient spray cleans, conditions, and protects in one easy step; simply spray and wipe it on. The affordable spray cleans and conditions in one, so you won't have to purchase two separate products, making it an even better value.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002V9IFU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002V9IFU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNRB3G66YLYCI35N"><em>Currently $10.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Leather Nova Leather Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIIZCM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIIZCM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3OAMCK73TG5FKOGH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/leather%20nova%202.jpg" width="202" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>This award-winning versatile <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIIZCM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIIZCM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3OAMCK73TG5FKOGH">Leather Nova Leather Cleaner</a> is ideal for use on all leather surfaces, including bags, shoes, auto interior, furniture, saddle, and more. It is safe from all leather, vinyl, and plastic, and has no harsh detergent or ingredients. The pH-balanced formula will deeply penetrate the pores of the leather to remove set-in dirt, grime, and oil. This premium cleaner can even reduce the toughest stains that other cleaners leave behind. The no-rinse cleanser will quickly, effectively clean and protect your leather surfaces, while preventing discoloration and dullness over time. It won't strip essential oils from your leather, which can help prolong its natural shine, luster, and softness. The cleaner won&rsquo;t leave any messy oily or soapy residue, dries quickly, and prepares the leather for conditioning by opening the pores.</p> <p>All you need to do is simply spray the cleaner directly onto the microfiber towel and massage it in circular motions into the leather surface. Then, use a clean dry cloth or microfiber towel to wipe away any dirt and oil that has lifted to the surface. It has a very light scent, which will dissipate quickly. The bottle also comes with a free microfiber towel to help you get the best results possible.</p> <p>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in leather care products, this is also backed by a one-year guarantee and outstanding customer reviews online, including more than 900 five-star reviews. It is also commonly recommended by auto enthusiasts because it works great on vehicle interiors. Leather Nova also makes a bestselling <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIJ4LWW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIJ4LWW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXQDZLNXY7IR3RZL">leather conditioner and cleaner</a>, as well as a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HWIZO6I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HWIZO6I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7AOQMLE373L7Z7UK">leather conditioner and restorer</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIIZCM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIIZCM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3OAMCK73TG5FKOGH"><em>Currently $16.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Mr. Leather Leather Conditioner One Step Liquid Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXRPUI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001QXRPUI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MA3MNUXLXQ2MFLCR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mr%20leather.jpg" width="93" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>You won't find a faster, easier way to clean your leather than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXRPUI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001QXRPUI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MA3MNUXLXQ2MFLCR">Mr. Leather One Step Liquid Spray</a>. This spray will instantly clean, shine, and protect all types and colors of leather. You don't even need to rub or buff it in; you simply spray and wipe it on. It will moisturize your leather to leave it feeling more soft and supple, while helping to prevent dulling, drying, cracking, and fading. The advance formula will also help repel water and restore your leather&rsquo;s natural beauty and shine, so that it looks better for longer. It leaves no oily or greasy residue and also has a great leather scent. It works on all leather in the home and auto, including on furniture, clothing, shoes, luggage, and more. The affordable spray cleans and conditions in one, so you won't have to purchase to separate products, making it an even better value. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in leather care products, this is also backed by outstanding customer reviews online. It is also commonly recommended by auto enthusiasts because it works great on vehicle interiors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXRPUI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001QXRPUI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MA3MNUXLXQ2MFLCR"><em>Currently $8.12 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p><em>And those are our recommendations for the best leather cleaners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style leather leather cleaner leather couch leather jacket product reviews Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:15:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1605686 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Smart Uses for Safety Pins http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/safety_pin_heart_000010064653.jpg" alt="Learning smart ways to use safety pins" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The humble safety pin was invented in 1849, and since then, the design hasn't changed a whole lot. But change isn't necessary, because it's spectacularly handy in its original form. Quite simply, the safety pin is an awesome gadget that is both inexpensive, and very versatile. You might only be using safety pins to fasten two pieces of fabric or clothing together, but they can do a whole lot more than that. Here are 12 uses for safety pins that you may never have thought of.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-handy-uses-for-bobby-pins">30 Handy Uses for Bobby Pins</a></p> <h2>1. Eliminate Static Cling</h2> <p>As a guy, I've never had this problem. Honestly, I made a &quot;huh?&quot; face when I was told this one, but apparently it's a genius life hack. If you attach a small safety pin to the lining of your skirt, or slip, and the metal will divert the static electricity build up. And voila, your skirt is no longer sticking to your tights.</p> <h2>2. Fix Broken Flip Flops</h2> <p>If you wear flip flips a lot, you'll know how annoying it is when the bottom of the strap holder breaks. A safety pin <a href="http://www.tiptopflipflops.com/6-common-flip-flop-problems-solved/">is a quick and easy fix</a>. Simply push the pin through the plastic stem and fasten it. It's not ideal, but it will get you through the day until you can grab a new pair.</p> <h2>3. Thread a Drawstring</h2> <p>This happened to me recently, because kids will be kids. One of mine pulled the drawstring out of her pajama bottoms, and I was at a loss trying to figure out how to get it back in there. I did consider tying it to a knitting needle, but of course, I didn't have one. A safety pin was the answer. By attaching the pin to one end of the drawstring, I had no problem feeding it through the pajama waist.</p> <h2>4. Fix a Broken Zipper Tab</h2> <p>If the tab on your zipper breaks off (which always seems to happen at the worst possible time) you can easily solve the problem by attaching a safety pin. Of course, it's not the most attractive solution, but it's a quick fix until you can get it professionally replaced.</p> <h2>5. Give an Old T-Shirt Some Style</h2> <p>If you're looking for a way to put some <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532480355918624707/">life back into an old t-shirt</a>, safety pins are a quick and easy way to do it. I saw someone in the office wearing a t-shirt that had long slits cut in it, which were then held together with safety pins. I asked the dumbest question, &quot;Where'd you get that cool shirt?&quot; Obviously, her reply was, &quot;I made it!&quot; Just make a few strategic cuts, wherever you feel they'd be the most eye-catching (or daring), and then use a variety of safety pins to close up the slits. The girl in my office used red and black safety pins on a grey shirt, but you can find safety pins in a massive array of colors.</p> <p>Give it a try on a shirt you were planning to throw out or donate first, just to get the hang of it. They also make great gifts if you buy new, plain t-shirts and decorate them.</p> <h2>6. Block the Sunlight in a Hotel Room</h2> <p>If you travel a lot on business, take a safety pin with you. It seems a lot of curtains in hotel rooms (almost all of them, actually) have a design flaw. They don't close all the way, leaving a shaft of bright light streaming into your eyeballs at the crack of dawn. I learned this the hard way. A safety pin can close the gap, and eliminate that awful glare.</p> <h2>7. Create a Safety Pin Bracelet</h2> <p>All you need is a big box of safety pins, a whole lot of small beads, and some string or fishing wire. You can see a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Funky-Safety-Pin-Bracelet/">completed project here,</a> with step-by-step instructions. What's more, every design is unique, and it's super cheap to make.</p> <h2>8. Secure Your Keys</h2> <p>If you're planning to go somewhere like an amusement park, or are doing another activity that will have you moving and jumping a lot, bring a safety pin. Use it to attach your keys to the inside of your pocket, and when that rollercoaster does a loop, you can be confident your keys won't end up flying out.</p> <h2>9. Make Samples Last Longer</h2> <p>When you get samples of things like ointments, creams, lotions, or anything else of that nature, don't tear it open, or even snip the corner. Instead, poke a hole in one side of the pack with a safety pin. The lotion will come out much more sparingly, and it will extend its shelf life.</p> <h2>10. Craft a Custom Ring</h2> <p>Here's another wonderfully simple, and elegant, use for a few safety pins. All you need are three small safety pins (preferably brass or gold colored, but it's your choice), pliers, a fat pen, and three washers. Complete <a href="http://www.mywhiteideadiy.com.es/2013/11/safety-pins-ring-diy.html">instructions are here</a>, it will take minutes of your time, and gives you something quite unusual to wear.</p> <h2>11. Organize Spare Buttons</h2> <p>If you do a lot of sewing or home alterations, you probably have a lot of buttons in your supply case. Safety pins are a terrific way to organize them. Just find the appropriate-sized pin, and thread buttons onto it based on color, size, style, or any other system you like. It makes it way easier to find just the right button quickly and easily. This is also a handy way to keep sets of keys together, too.</p> <h2>12. Hide Your Bra Straps</h2> <p>Here's another handy tip I got from a friend at work. If you're going out on the town and are wearing a dress or top that will show your bra straps, safety pins can help. First, you can use a pin at the back to pull the bra straps closer together, <a href="http://prommafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/bra-strap-clip2.jpg">like this</a>. You can buy expensive clips that do this, but safety pins work great. You can also use safety pins to connect the bra strap to the top of your shirt or dress, so that however you move, the bra strap won't reveal itself.</p> <p><em>Do you have a fantastic safety pin tip that isn't on the list? Please share it here.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Style DIY life hacks safety pins style hacks Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:15:25 +0000 Paul Michael 1605050 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Lip Liners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-lip-liners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_red_lips_000057639380.jpg" alt="Woman using best lip liner to make her lips pop" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lip liner is a must-have in any beauty maven&rsquo;s makeup bag. It can make your lips appear bigger, fuller, and more voluptuous. Applying lip liner before your lipstick will also keep it looking picture perfect all day. Many women also use lip liner to line their lips and fill them in, with no lipstick on top. That&rsquo;s because lip liner can also act as an impromptu lip stain that will last all day.</p> <h2>What Is Lip Liner?</h2> <p>Lip liner is a cosmetic item that is used to outline or fill in the lips. It can make your lips appear fuller, more voluptuous, more defined, and poutier. It can also act as a barrier to keep your lipstick in line and prevent it from feathering, bleeding, and smearing around your lips. Whether you use it as a base or barrier, lip liner is essential if you want your lipstick to turn out perfectly every time.</p> <h2>Top 5 Lip Liners</h2> <h3>MAC Lip Pencil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019CLBWY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0019CLBWY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YAG6HUS2BMTCOCJ7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-10%20at%202.03.44%20PM.png" width="185" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019CLBWY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0019CLBWY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YAG6HUS2BMTCOCJ7">MAC Lip Pencil</a> is a cult classic for a reason. It can shape, line, and fill in the lips, so they look perfectly defined and pouty all day. The smooth, creamy texture will allow you to easily outline the lips or color them in completely. This light mauve shade is great on most skin tones, but there are a number of shades available so you can find the perfect one to complete your look.</p> <p>InStyle chose this lip pencil as one of the best beauty buys. It is the chosen favorite by many celebrities, professional makeup artists, and beauty bloggers alike. In fact, Kylie Kardashian (who famously over-lines her lips with lip pencil) stated that this MAC lip pencil is her favorite (in the color Spice).</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019CLBWY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0019CLBWY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YAG6HUS2BMTCOCJ7"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>L'oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BCZBHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BCZBHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XFPWPXUWPQ45ISH3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-10%20at%202.05.06%20PM.png" width="175" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BCZBHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BCZBHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XFPWPXUWPQ45ISH3">L'oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner</a> defines lips and coordinates perfectly with the Colour Riche Lipcolour for a picture perfect look. The creamy anti-feathering lip liner creates definition so you can create the perfect pouty lip. Along with leaving a great color payoff, this lip liner is also infused with Omega 3 and vitamin E to condition the lips with every use. It is easy to apply and offers great staying power. It is the perfect natural color and is available in any of 12 beautiful shades on Amazon. InStyle chose this lip pencil as one of the best beauty buys and it has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BCZBHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BCZBHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XFPWPXUWPQ45ISH3"><em>Currently $5.58 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>e.l.f. Studio Lip Definer and Shaper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002B4RPLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002B4RPLA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R37N5DEXO4SRH6B3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-10%20at%202.07.51%20PM.png" width="165" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002B4RPLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002B4RPLA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R37N5DEXO4SRH6B3">e.l.f. Studio Lip Definer and Shaper</a> is a great offer because you will receive a nude color on one end to shape your lips and a natural definer on the other. The affordable 2-in-1 will help you create a fuller, more defined lip in a cinch. With the lighter highlighting end, you can create a beautiful glow and make your lips look poutier. The slightly waxy formula will glide on the lips softly. The cap also has a built in sharpener, so this is the perfect solution for your travel bag. The box contains simple, straightforward instructions so you will be a pro at defining and highlighting your lips in no time. Many reviewers found that this dual lip liner is also great to wear on its own, covered with a light layer of lip gloss or chapstick.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002B4RPLA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002B4RPLA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R37N5DEXO4SRH6B3"><em>Currently $7.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G9LPA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005G9LPA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=N2S72DR52OSRGE42"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-10%20at%202.09.34%20PM.png" width="154" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G9LPA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005G9LPA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=N2S72DR52OSRGE42">NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil in Natural</a> looks great on most skin tones and offers the perfect nude shade. The retractable mechanical pencil is a twist type pencil, so it will last you a long time. The creamy texture will moisturize your lips, while delivering intense pigmentation. The waterproof formula offers outstanding lasting power and doesn&rsquo;t smudge. Many makeup artists and reviewers compare this affordable drugstore find to the MAC lip pencil because it offers similar results at a fraction of the cost. NYX also offers award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N3VR5S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003N3VR5S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZOBTKJ3JMUY3OU2N">slim lip liner pencils</a> in all different shades to perfectly suit your skin tone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G9LPA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005G9LPA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=N2S72DR52OSRGE42"><em>Currently $4.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>12pc Italia Deluxe Ultra Fine Lip Liner Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VF344X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00VF344X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5UCJ7YMEJLEAQI2E"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-10%20at%202.14.10%20PM.png" width="200" height="151" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s number one best seller in lip liners, the affordable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VF344X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00VF344X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5UCJ7YMEJLEAQI2E">12-piece Italia Deluxe Ultra Fine Lip Liner set</a> offers an incredible value. You&rsquo;ll receive 12 beautiful matte colors, so you&rsquo;re guaranteed to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. The affordable ultra-fine lip liners are smooth and creamy, so they glide on effortlessly and won&rsquo;t pull or tug on the lips. They are easy to apply and sharpen. They are also highly pigmented, so they offer great color payoff. Made with premium high quality materials, these pencils will offer comfortable wear all day and night, even through eating and drinking. This set offers an incredible value considering you get 12 super creamy full-size lip liners for less than half the price of one MAC lip liner.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VF344X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00VF344X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5UCJ7YMEJLEAQI2E"><em>Currently $9.90 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p><em>And those are our recommendations for the best lip liners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-stains">The 5 Best Lip Stains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cc-creams">The 5 Best CC Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty products lip liner lipstick makeup product reviews Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:15:19 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1588218 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000017310690.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is nothing more frustrating than taking the time to paint your nails only to have them chip the following morning. Fortunately, gel polishes can provide beautiful results that will last for up to two weeks, so you can feel confident in your nails and won&rsquo;t have to worry about constant reapplications. For women who like to keep perfectly manicured nails, gel polish may be your new miracle solution. Best of all, you can save the time and money usually spent at the salon and still enjoy the same beautiful, long-lasting results.</p> <h2>What Is Gel Nail Polish?</h2> <p>Gel nail polish can help you create salon-worthy results at home. With gel polish, you can create a smooth finish that lasts for up to two to three weeks, so you won&rsquo;t need to worry about chipping, peeling, or cracking. Gel polish is not the same as regular nail polish, so you will need to use either an LED lamp or UV lamp that is specially designed for gel nail polish to set or cure it.</p> <p>Once you have applied a thin layer of gel base coat, you can apply two thin layers of color and cure. Then, seal the color with a thin layer of top coat and cure once more. Professionals agree that it is best to finish the thumbs first and then the other fingers for the best results.</p> <h2>Top 5 Gel Nail Polishes</h2> <h3>SensatioNail Gel Polish Starter Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YQURGU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007YQURGU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNB4QD5LRJ7YBU4E"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sensationail.jpg" width="119" height="245" align="right" alt="" />SensatioNail</a> offers various starter kits and gel polishes in all different colors. The polish will dry in only 60 seconds with an LED lamp and can last for up to two weeks. You only need to complete three easy steps for super gloss shine and long lasting results. It is perfect for anyone who is impatient with their nails because there is virtually no dry time and the results will last for weeks. The affordable SensatioNail gel polish starter kit truly contains everything you need for 10 complete manicures.</p> <p>The complete starter kit includes a gel cleanser, gel primer, gel base and top coat, color gel polish, lint free wipes, a double-sided nail buffer, manicure stick, and even an LED lamp. The kit also includes an instruction sheet to ensure that you get perfect results every time. Most LED lamps are more expensive than this entire starter kit, so it is a great value. Once you purchase the starter kit, you can continue to use the LED lamp with other SensatioNail gel polishes. Most reviewers stated that this kit provides salon-quality results that can last for weeks, with minimal effort or time spent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YQURGU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007YQURGU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNB4QD5LRJ7YBU4E"><em>Currently $35.33 on Amazon </em></a></p> <h3>Gelish: Complete Starter Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHV3LNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CHV3LNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LMELF5FJJWQ77TME"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gelish.jpg" width="200" height="194" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re brand new to gel polishes, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHV3LNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CHV3LNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LMELF5FJJWQ77TME">Gelish starter kit</a> has everything you need to get started. Gelish is one of the most popular brands of gel polish and was the first brush-in-bottle gel polish invented. The patent-pending formula performs like a gel, but applies easily like a polish. The Gelish: Complete Starter Kit can help make manicures a breeze with gel base and top coats, cuticle oil, PH bond, gel cleanser and remover, two full-size gel polishes, a nail file, gloves, and even a professional LED gel light.</p> <p>Once you have purchased the entire kit, the Gelish Mini Pro 45 LED Gel Light can be used for all of your gel manicures going forward. If you already have an LED light, then you can purchase one of the smaller Gelish kits that only contain gel polishes or base and top coats. The base coat cures in 10 seconds with an LED light or 30 seconds with a UV light. The base coat will allow the gel polish to adhere to the nail plate without damaging it. The top coat cures in 30 seconds with an LED light or two minutes in a UV light. The lasting high shine won&rsquo;t dull, chip, or peel. Gelish offers soak-off gel nail polishes in all different colors and shades. Gel polish can be difficult to remove, which is what makes these soak off polishes so beneficial. The kit is highly rated online and users agree that it is a great deal, offering everything you need for many professional-looking manicures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHV3LNS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CHV3LNS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LMELF5FJJWQ77TME"><em>Currently $95.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OPI Gelcolor Soak off Gel Base and Top Coat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCBSJG8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BCBSJG8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RGOY2SDHLIFWQWJG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/opi1.jpg" width="161" height="200" align="right" alt="" />OPI</a> is one of the most popular nail polish brands available and the gel polishes are no different. You can even find them at your local drugstore. The polishes offer long wear, high shine, and a rich color that doesn&rsquo;t fade or dull. In fact, Real Simple found that OPI offers the longest lasting results and better staying power than other polishes, regardless of whether you choose the regular or gel polish. The polish also cures in just 30 seconds with an LED light. There&rsquo;s a reason most salons use OPI polish; it simply offers better results than the rest.</p> <p>OPI&rsquo;s soak-off polishes are also much easier to remove than standard gel polish. Once you invest in the OPI Gelcolor Soak-Off Gel Base and Top Coat, you can choose from any of the 38 gel polish colors and shades. OPI also offers a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J1PY6QE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00J1PY6QE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=M74BYG6KZ2RDPD56">complete starter kit</a>, which includes enough product for 67 complete manicures. After testing out several gel polishes, PopSugar found that OPI gel polishes offer at least two weeks of chip-free color and up to four weeks on a pedicure.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCBSJG8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BCBSJG8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RGOY2SDHLIFWQWJG"><em>Currently $30.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BMC Thermal Heat Color Changing Nail Lacquers Gel Polish Master Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IMQG0LW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IMQG0LW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNFWTIJUTG4MNMWA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bmc.jpg" width="184" height="200" align="right" alt="" />BMC Thermal Heat Color Changing Nail Lacquers Gel Polish Master Set</a> contains three color changing polishes that will change colors before your eyes. This means that you will get two colors in each bottle because you can enjoy one color in high temperatures and one color in low temperatures, such as when you wash your hands with hot or cold water.</p> <p>The polish is easy to apply and can last for up to three weeks. You can use any gel base and top coat with these polishes and either a UV or LED lamp can be used to set them. It takes an average of 30-60 seconds to cure with an LED lamp and about 2-4 minutes to cure with a UV lamp. BMC offers all different shades and colors of gel polish, including glitter and color changing options, so you can choose the right one to match your style and mood. BMC also offers quality top and base coat polishes and other starter kits and manicure essential sets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IMQG0LW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IMQG0LW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNFWTIJUTG4MNMWA"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LHT5774/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LHT5774&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7WPCBJ6XT2PRWJZ7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sally%20hansen.jpg" width="98" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Sally Hansen</a> is one of the most popular gel polishes available and you can even find them at your local drugstore. Best of all, as the only true two-step gel manicure available, you won&rsquo;t need a UV/LED light to get the desired gel results. You can also remove it easily with regular nail polish remover, so the gel polish works exactly the same as a regular polish.</p> <p>There are 48 beautiful colors available and Sally Hansen offers an <a href="http://www.sallyhansen.com/miracle-match">online quiz</a> so that you can find your perfect shade of polish. The picture-perfect results will last for up to two weeks, but for the longest lasting results possible, you&rsquo;ll need the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LYXD0TA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LYXD0TA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6CDU456PZLIOXOEM">Sally Hansen gel top coat</a>. Lucky Magazine named Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color one of the best at-home gel polishes available because they last forever. In fact, after some Lucky staffers tested this gel polish out, they were able to last the full two weeks with chip-free nails.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LHT5774/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LHT5774&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7WPCBJ6XT2PRWJZ7"><em>Currently $12.56 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best gel nail polishes. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-nail-polish-removers">The 5 Best Nail Polish Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style gel nail polish gel nails mani pedi manicure nail polish product reviews Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:00:46 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1574822 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Blow Dryers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-blow-dryers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_blow_dryer_000043528428.jpg" alt="Woman using best blow dryers to blow dry hair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you wash your hair everyday or only twice per week, having a good blow dryer in your beauty arsenal will help you achieve the best hairstyles for your hair length, type, and cut. Most beauty gurus agree that when you want a blow dryer or hot tool for your hair, ceramic is the way to go.</p> <p>Ceramic generates far infrared heat, which allows it to gently dry the hair from the inside out. Ceramic also helps retain the hair's luster, creating smooth, silky hair, and eliminating frizz. Ceramic is known to improve heat distribution and help maintain a constant temperature without fluctuating.</p> <h2>What Is a Blow Dryer?</h2> <p>A blow dryer, or hair dryer, is a hot tool designed to blow cool or hot air over your hair. It will dry the hair quickly, allowing you to better control the shape and style of your hairstyle. Alexander Godefroy invented the original blow dryer model in 1890 by taking inspiration from the vacuum cleaner, but hair dryers have changed greatly over the years. You can use a blow dryer to create a number of hairstyles, enhancing your hair&rsquo;s natural shine, volume, and bounce.</p> <p>To get the most from your new tool, it is important to find the right dryer for your hair type, budget, and personal preferences.</p> <h2>Top 5 Blow Dryers</h2> <h3>Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FS05VG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FS05VG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VVA7O6TJIU5JLHRO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/revlon.jpg" width="240" height="196" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in hair dryers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FS05VG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FS05VG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VVA7O6TJIU5JLHRO">Revlon 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Ceramic Dryer</a> features triple baked ceramic for even heat distribution and Tourmaline Ionic technology to leave your hair silkier, shinier, frizz-free, and healthier looking. It features an ion indicator light, separate heat and speed rocker switches, hinged end cap, and anti-skid bumpers. The fast dry speed styler has two heat settings and two speed settings so that you can style quickly and easily.</p> <p>It also comes with concentrator and finger diffuser attachments so that you can create more styles, as well as a cold shot button, which releases cool air to lock-in the style. The sleek, ultra lightweight design is very quiet, fast drying, and 25% lighter than your average dryer. This blow dryer is ideal for all hair types and is one of the most popular items from the trusted Revlon brand. Even beauty gurus and hairstylists stand behind this affordable blow dryer, stating that it works just as well as other popular blow dryers, which cost up to hundreds of dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FS05VG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FS05VG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VVA7O6TJIU5JLHRO"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BaByliss Pro BAB2000 Ceramix Xtreme Dryer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ASDGK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ASDGK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBB2DA4CSVXLLD4N"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/babyliss.jpg" width="240" height="192" align="right" alt="" /></a>BaByliss is one of the most popular names in hair tools and they offer a number of hair dryers that topped the lists of best hair dryers, and as one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in hair dryers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ASDGK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ASDGK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBB2DA4CSVXLLD4N">BaByliss Pro 2000 Watt Ceramix Xtreme Dryer</a> may top the rest. It is one of the most affordable BaByliss options and has a number of attractive features, including Ionic and Porcelain Ceramic technology. The professional long-life AC motor has six speed/heat setting combinations, a narrow barrel for maximum air pressure, an instant cool shot button, and a micro concentrator nozzle to help you achieve the best styles.</p> <p>The stylish dryer also features a soft, comfortable rubberized housing. There is also a removable filter for easy cleaning. It is also backed by ceramic technology, which will leave you with shiner, softer, healthier looking hair. The dryer was developed specifically for licensed cosmetologists, so beauty gurus and hairstylists stand behind its effectiveness. This is also backed by outstanding online reviews and a limited two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ASDGK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000ASDGK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBB2DA4CSVXLLD4N"><em>Currently $41.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Conair 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00132ZG3U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00132ZG3U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D63XLFW4FAMZ3DMN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/conair_0.jpg" width="200" height="294" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in hair dryers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00132ZG3U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00132ZG3U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D63XLFW4FAMZ3DMN">Conair 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer</a> features a powerful tourmaline ceramic ionic styling system. It emits natural ions for static-free hair and reduces hot spots to the hair shaft, leaving you with shiny, healthy-looking hair, while preventing heat damage and reducing frizz by up to 75%. It also has a soft surface and no-slip grip for easy handling and comfortable styling. The other impressive features include a High-Torque Motor, three heat/two speed settings, and a cool shot button for fast drying.</p> <p>There is also a hinged filter for easy cleaning and a convenient hang ring for easy storage. The high-torque DC motor speeds air through your hair for faster drying and styling. It also includes two attachments, a concentrator that aids in straightening sections of hair for a sleek shine and a diffuser that provides even heat distribution to define curls or create a natural, voluminous look. This dryer is ideal for all hair types and backed by the Conair name, which is one of the most popular makers of hair tools.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00132ZG3U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00132ZG3U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D63XLFW4FAMZ3DMN"><em>Currently $27.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Remington AC2015 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Ceramic Hair Dryer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V264WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V264WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TM6OWBB67KSZMDNM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington%20t.jpg" width="200" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in hair dryers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V264WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V264WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TM6OWBB67KSZMDNM">Remington T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Ceramic Professional AC Hair Dryer</a> features patent-pending ceramic pearl technology for the smoothest salon finish possible. Along with the ceramic technology, it is also infused with crushed pearls, which house micro-conditioners that are activated by heated airflow and transferred to your hair while you dry it. The unique pearl technology will help seal your hair&rsquo;s cuticles to leave your hair with a silkier, shinier appearance. The ionic generator will also deliver positive ions to make your hair even softer and more touchable. The dryer features a salon-quality 1875 watt AC motor for 40% faster air flow and longer motor life, so that it can dry your hair faster and help seal cuticles to deliver professional results.</p> <p>It also has three heat settings/two speeds, a cool shot, and comes with two attachments, a concentrator and diffuser, to help you achieve the best styles possible. Remington is one of the most popular names in hair tools and there are a number of Remington hair dryers that topped the lists of best hair dryers. Ideal for all hair types, this dryer is also backed by outstanding online reviews, a four-year warranty, and is exceptionally durable, lasting up to three times longer than standard dryers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V264WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V264WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TM6OWBB67KSZMDNM"><em>Currently $24.06 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056GDG90/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0056GDG90&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK3ZVBW3UIDZOO2O"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/john%20frieda.jpg" width="147" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in hair curlers, the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056GDG90/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0056GDG90&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK3ZVBW3UIDZOO2O">John Frieda Salon Shape 1.5 Inch Hot Air Brush</a> is the thing hair dreams are made of. This multi-purpose tool can help you dry, curl, and style your hair in one. This premium 500 watt hot air brush creates volume with a 1-inch or 1 1/2-inch titanium ceramic-coated barrel and will simplify your morning routine with each use.</p> <p>The instant heat up will allow you to dry your hair quickly and safely, while the tangle-free anti-static bristles gently work through the hair, drying each individual strand. It features two heat settings, a cool setting, and enhanced air control for optimal styling. The lightweight, ergonomic design, contoured handle, and convenient swivel cord makes it more comfortable and easy to use from any angle. This powerful tool will dry your hair in no time and leave you with smoother, shinier, frizz-free hair thanks to advanced ionic technology, which provides up to 50% more ions.</p> <p>It is also quieter and sleeker than your average hair dryer. This can be used as your brush, blow dryer, and styler in one, or you can simply use it as a finishing tool to create a bouncy, shiny blowout. The tool is ideal for all hair types and comes from the trusted John Frieda salon brand. Its is backed by unbeatable reviews online, various awards (such as Allure&rsquo;s top 10 blow dryers under $50), and has topped the list of best hair dryers for a number of independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056GDG90/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0056GDG90&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK3ZVBW3UIDZOO2O"><em>Currently $27.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best blow dryers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers">The 5 Best Hair Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style blow dryers hair dryers hair tools product reviews Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:00:22 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1465384 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Wonderful Ways to Use Wallpaper http://www.wisebread.com/10-wonderful-ways-to-use-wallpaper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-wonderful-ways-to-use-wallpaper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wallpaper_000012245443.jpg" alt="Finding wonderful and creative ways to use wallpaper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have old wallpaper remnants collecting dust in your closet? Or perhaps you've seen some patterns that inspire you, but aren't right for an entire room? Whatever the case, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit">use wallpaper</a> for some pretty nifty projects. Check out our top picks and feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.</p> <h2>1. Framed Art</h2> <p>For quick art on the cheap, try <a href="http://www.huntedinterior.com/2014/06/diy-framed-wallpaper-panels.html">framing wallpaper</a>. You get the look and whimsy of wallpaper without the long-term commitment. Just cut paper to the size of some thin wood panels. Moisten and stick on, making sure to brush away the bubbles. Then use inexpensive trim pieces to make your frame.</p> <h2>2. Dresser</h2> <p>Or dress up an old dresser by <a href="http://chelseylifeanddesign.blogspot.com/2013/05/diy-wallpaper-dresser.html">lining its drawers</a> with wallpaper. This project cost only $25, and the author found a great way to get fancy wallpaper for less: Order samples! Alternatively, you can put the wallpaper on the faces of your drawers for a bolder look.</p> <h2>3. Stairs</h2> <p>This blogger made her &quot;stairway to heaven&quot; using <a href="http://www.theboldabode.com/stairway-to-heaven.html">wallpaper samples</a> to lead the way. Simply cut paper to fit your stairs. Then wet, stick, and smooth. Try mixing and matching patterns for a fun look that will brighten your whole house.</p> <h2>4. Bookcase</h2> <p>Give your old bookcase some pop by adding a colorful <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/bookcase-makeover?crlt_pid=camp.v85udxxJrKNi">wallpaper backing</a>. Remove the shelves before measuring the length and width of your bookcase. Then cut wallpaper to the exact measurements before brushing with paste and adhering.</p> <h2>5. Window Shade</h2> <p>Window treatments need not be expensive. Breathe new life into boring shades by <a href="http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/diy-wallpaper-blind">covering them with wallpaper</a>. Unroll the shade and cut your paper to size. Cover the shade with wallpaper paste and stick on your new print.</p> <h2>6. Clipboard</h2> <p>Jazz up an old clipboard by adding <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/organization-inspiration-wallpapered-clipboards-house-and-home-187120">wallpaper to its backing</a>. You can arrange several of them above your desk as a beautiful way to wrangle papers, bills, and other stuff. I think they'd also make great (inexpensive) gifts.</p> <h2>7. Headboard</h2> <p>Don't have a fancy bed? No problem. You can make your bedroom look like new by simply <a href="http://www.justbellablog.com/2011/03/my-house-guest-room-wallpaper-headboard.html">framing some wallpaper</a> at the head of your bed. Measure and cut paper to size (the larger it is, the more dramatic the look will be). Then apply and let dry. Finish by framing out with trim.</p> <h2>8. Lampshade</h2> <p>Over the years, lampshades get dings and stains. Spiff yours up by <a href="http://www.redbookmag.com/home/decor/advice/a2880/wallpaper-lampshade/">covering it with wallpaper</a>. This project is so easy. Cut paper to the right width and height before applying scrapbooking paste all over. Once that has dried, finish with a little grosgrain ribbon.</p> <h2>9. Switch Plate</h2> <p>Martha Stewart shows us how to <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/916667/how-decoratively-cover-switch-plates#916667">customize drab switch plates</a> by covering them with wallpaper. Cut paper so it's around half an inch longer on all sides of the plate. Cover paper with glue and center your plastic plate before letting dry. Then carefully cut out room for the switch and screws before folding the excess over and installing.</p> <h2>10. Accent Wall</h2> <p>Of course, we cannot forget the accent wall in this list. If you're having trouble deciding between prints, I love this <a href="http://henhousehomemade.blogspot.com/2012/11/tuesday-ta-dah.html">patchwork wallpaper wall</a> using different designs and colors. It's like making a quilt with paper. Cut squares or rectangles of different papers and arrange them on the floor (or on a bed) before sticking on the wall.</p> <p><em>Is wallpaper part of your interior design arsenal?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-wonderful-ways-to-use-wallpaper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-decorate-an-apartment-without-losing-your-deposit">7 Ways to Decorate an Apartment Without Losing Your Deposit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cheap-ways-to-dress-up-your-garden">17 Cheap Ways to Dress Up Your Garden</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-home-furnishings">Cheap Home Furnishing Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Style artistic creativity decorating wallpaper Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1511508 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hair Curlers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hair-curlers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_curling_iron_000019805111.jpg" alt="Woman curling her hair with best hair curler" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you want curls, beach waves, or Hollywood waves, a hair curler (or curling wand) can help get you there. To get perfect curls that last, you&rsquo;ll want to find a reliable curler that fits your budget and is safe for your hair. We&rsquo;ve searched for the best selection of curling irons that combine performance, durability, reliability, and affordability to help you achieve your best curls ever.</p> <h2>What Is a Hair Curler?</h2> <p>A hair curler, or curling iron, consists of a cylindrical tube that uses heat to create curls or waves in the hair. Infusing heat into your hair can also leave it looking healthier and shinier than ever before. When curling, it is best to start on the lowest heat setting and build up the heat from there to reduce damage to your hair. Once you have chosen the right hair curler, make sure to invest in the right heat protectant spray to protect your hair before heat styling.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hair Curlers</h2> <h3>Remington T-studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V265QW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V265QW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Y3PQCFGSJTKNHRGV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington.jpg" width="240" height="186" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s number one best seller in hair curling irons and wands, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V265QW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V265QW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Y3PQCFGSJTKNHRGV">Remington CI95AC/2 T-studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand</a> is available in 1/2 to 1 inch and 1 to 1-1/2 inch options. This powerful curling wand has overwhelmingly positive reviews online and also topped the list of the best curling irons for TotalBeauty.com and a number of independent review sites, such as Rank &amp; Style. While it is the most affordable option on our list, reviewers state that there is nothing &ldquo;cheap&rdquo; about the design. It is heralded as a &ldquo;miracle product&rdquo; that can work even for hair that doesn&rsquo;t usually hold a curl.</p> <p>Customers state that it can provide you with all types of curls and an unbelievable shine. The patent pending ceramic pearl technology uses real pearls to create the smoothest glide possible (with no snagging), while the tapered barrel allows you to create a variety of curls. With 410 degree salon high heat, a temperature lock, and 30 second heat-up, you can reach your ideal temperature in no time. There is also easy-to-read digital controls to help you reach the right temperature every time. The multifunctional tool has a cone shaped barrel that won&rsquo;t get in your way when you&rsquo;re styling your hair, and allows for a more natural look that holds the shape of the curl better.</p> <p>The tool also comes with an automatic shutoff feature, a cool wand tip, and an included heat protective styling glove for safer styling. This is also backed by a four-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V265QW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V265QW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Y3PQCFGSJTKNHRGV"><em>Currently $17.65 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E68O4JU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00E68O4JU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DGCF3EE5PGV43KAL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/conair.jpg" width="106" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair curling irons and wands, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E68O4JU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00E68O4JU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DGCF3EE5PGV43KAL">Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret</a> is also Allure&rsquo;s top choice to help you achieve tight and symmetrical curls. Conair is one of the most popular names in hair curling irons, hair straighteners, and other hair tools, and this &ldquo;As Seen On TV&rdquo; product actually lives up to the hype. This can help you achieve perfect ringlets in seconds, or you can choose between loose, medium, or tight curls.</p> <p>The tourmaline ceramic technology reduces frizz and flyaways, while protecting hair from damage. You can effortlessly create the perfect voluminous curls by just turning on the curling iron. Your hair is automatically drawn into the tourmaline ceramic curl chamber where two professional heaters gently heat hair from all directions. It has a professional brushless motor for precision styling, an easy-twist barrel cleaner, a V-shaped hair guide in the center of the chamber to position hair, and an anti-tangle feature to protect your hair. The high performance heater heats instantly and evenly, up to 400 degrees, and features two heat levels and three timer settings, so you can customize your look and save time in the process.</p> <p>This powerful tool is suitable for all hair lengths and types. It is ergonomically designed and features a sleep mode for energy-efficient auto power reduction and a safety auto-off feature. It is also backed by great online reviews, a limited five-year warranty, and has earned the Good Housekeeping seal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E68O4JU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00E68O4JU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DGCF3EE5PGV43KAL"><em>Currently $66.38 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bed Head Deep Waver</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FBI9LS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003FBI9LS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UB7PBM7B4CA35MFM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bed%20head.jpg" width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair curling irons and wands, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FBI9LS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003FBI9LS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UB7PBM7B4CA35MFM">Bed Head Deep Waver</a> is available in blue and purple to best suit your style. The &frac34;-inch tourmaline ceramic deep waver will help you achieve tight curls or masterfully sculpted waves, with a frizz-free style that lasts all day and night. The instant heat recovery and ceramic technology provides high, even heat, helping hair retain natural moisture.</p> <p>There is also a professional flexi cord and plate locking switch for easy storage. The Deep Waver topped the list of the best curling wands for a number of independent review sites, such as Rank &amp; Style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FBI9LS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003FBI9LS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UB7PBM7B4CA35MFM"><em>Currently $23.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Conair Infiniti Pro Professional Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F5AG5E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000F5AG5E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5S2JEVQN5R6HU2MH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/conair%20infiniti.jpg" width="200" height="159" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair curling irons and wands, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F5AG5E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000F5AG5E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5S2JEVQN5R6HU2MH">Conair Infiniti Pro Professional Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron</a> is available in a range of sizes, from 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inch. Conair is the top curling iron brand, and this ceramic curling iron holds up to its name. It utilizes tourmaline technology that emits natural ions to eliminate hot spots, reduce static and frizz, and deliver shiny, healthy-looking hair.</p> <p>It also harvests the benefits of ceramic and ultra high heat levels to protect hair from damage, ensure an easy glide, and deliver professional results. You can enjoy long-lasting, loose voluminous curls and an unbeatable shine as the infrared energy protects the natural luster of your hair. The powerful ceramic heater features five recision heat settings and heats up in 30 seconds, while the uniform heat recovery maintains a constant temperature with its highest heat at 400 degrees. The LED temperature settings allow you to maintain the ideal temperature, and it also includes an auto shutoff feature, a swivel tangle-free cord, and comes with a protective heat shield for safe, easy storage.</p> <p>It also has overwhelmingly positive online reviews, topped the list of the best curling irons for TotalBeauty.com, and is backed by a limited five-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F5AG5E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000F5AG5E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5S2JEVQN5R6HU2MH"><em>Currently $21.23 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hot Tools Professional 1181 Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00176B8BG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00176B8BG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GKCORHXFNFCSG45X"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hot%20tools.jpg" width="245" height="89" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair curling irons and wands, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00176B8BG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00176B8BG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GKCORHXFNFCSG45X">Hot Tools Professional 1181 Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control</a> is available in a range of sizes, from 3/8 inch to 1-1/2 inch. The tool uses patented pulse technology for fast heat-up to 430 degrees, and maintains constant, even heat while you style. Ideal for all hair types, the 24K gold-plated barrel with extra-long cool tip can help you achieve all types of styles. The smooth surface will not pull or snag your hair and allows for frizz-free styling and a shiny finish.</p> <p>The curling iron includes a heavy duty swivel cord, Soft-Grip handle, foldaway safety stand, and two extra easy-to-replace springs. It is also backed by overwhelmingly positive online reviews and a one-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00176B8BG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00176B8BG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GKCORHXFNFCSG45X"><em>Currently $26.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair curlers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners">The 5 Best Lip Liners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style curling iron hair curler hair style product reviews Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1463245 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hair Straighteners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hair-straighteners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hair_straightener_000041420812.jpg" alt="Woman using best hair straightener to straighten her hair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you want straight, smooth, shiny hair, a hair straightener can help you achieve it in no time. A straightener can also be used to create voluminous curls and waves. Choosing the right flat iron will pay off over time by helping you create salon quality results at home and by providing you with reliable usage for years.</p> <h2>What Is a Hair Straightener?</h2> <p>A hair straightener, also called a flat iron, uses heat to quickly flatten and straighten the hair, leaving you with shiny, smooth locks and a sleek appearance. Most people prefer straighteners with ceramic plates because ceramic improves heat distribution. It helps maintain the same temperature throughout the entire plate, so there are no hot spots.</p> <p>Ceramic also helps improve glide with no snagging and can protect the plates from scratching and damage from styling products. Once you have found the right straightener, make sure to invest in the right heat protectant spray so that you can protect your hair before heat styling.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hair Straighteners</h2> <h3>HSI Professional 1 Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hsi%20pro.jpg" width="250" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in beauty tools and accessories, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S">HSI Professional 1-inch Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron</a> includes a free protective heat glove, carrying pouch, and travel size Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Treatment to help you reveal your best hair ever. This multifunctional flat iron can straighten, flip, and curl your hair, transforming frizzy, dull hair into straight, sleek locks. With flash quick heating and adjustable temperature from 240 &ndash; 410 degrees, it can suit all hair types.</p> <p>There is also a heat indicating LED light to help you determine when the straightener is ready to use. The ceramic/tourmaline ion plates create a shinier, silkier finish in less time, while the 1-inch plates are suitable for any hair length and hair types, yet narrow enough for bangs. The smooth ceramic plates easily glide through hair, so there is never any snagging or tugging. The new easier grip with ergonomic design offers easier hold and the swivel power cord allows for simple usage and storage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static Ceramic Hair Straightener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington_0.jpg" width="250" height="165" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling tools and accessories, the 1-inch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644">Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static Ceramic Hair Straightener</a> features ceramic plates infused with anti-static technology. It can create 50% less static and flyaways, reduce the amount of negatively charged particles during styling, and ensure a smooth, sleek style. The digital temperature controls and 30 second heat up will allow you to quickly reach a maximum temperature of 410 degrees.</p> <p>The long ceramic plates provide more control and allow for less damage, while the floating plates allow for easy glide, allowing you to achieve your style quickly, with less damage. You won&rsquo;t have to worry about cord tangling or twisting with the swivel cord. There is also an auto shutoff feature and a 2-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644"><em>Currently $14.85 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Flat Iron</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chi.jpg" width="238" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW">CHI 1-inch Ceramic Hairstyling Flat Iron</a> is what all other hair straighteners are compared to. This powerful professional tool can straighten, flip, and curl your hair with ease, leaving you with shiny, silky, smooth hair. It utilizes the latest innovative technology combining tourmaline ceramic with even heat distribution to produce a high amount of negative ions. It maintains a fixed temperature setting of 370 degrees, which is the industry standard. It heats up very quickly and uses far infrared heating to help reduce frizz and static electricity. This tool is available in a range of colors to best suit your personal preferences and features a slim ergonomic design and swivel cord, allowing you to easily store the tool when not in use.</p> <p>While the CHI has a higher price point, it should last you reliably for years. There are a number of knockoffs available, but none can provide the results of the CHI. The CHI is also the bestselling flat iron on Ulta, topped the list for various independent review sites, and was chosen as one of the best hair straighteners by Folica and TotalBeauty.com. You can also take comfort in the overwhelmingly positive reviews online and the 2-year Limited Warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Remington S9520 Salon Collection Ceramic Hair Straightener with Pearl Infused Wide Plates</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington%20s9500.jpg" width="240" height="139" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair straightening irons, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ">Remington Ceramic Hair Straightener with Pearl Infused Wide Plates</a> is available in 1-inch and 2-inch options. With the combination of advanced technology, high-performance ceramic coating, and real crushed pearls, you can achieve an eight times smoother glide for the smoothest salon finish ever. Most people say that the more ceramic, the better, so Remington&rsquo;s straightener features a dual-layer, sol-gel based ceramic coating, which effectively doubles the amount of ceramic. The plates offer generous length and width, so you can style your hair more quickly, while the sleek frame fits neatly in your hand. With 15 second heat up, simple temperature controls, an easy-to-read digital display, and 450 degree salon high heat, this can heat up to your optimal temperature in no time.</p> <p>It also maintains the same high, even heat with a simple temperature lock. This can easily be stored away with the simple hinge-lock and long swivel cord. This lightweight straightener is eight times more durable than standard models, so it's more scratch-proof and can last much longer than your standard flat iron. There is also an auto shutoff feature and a 4-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ"><em>Currently $26.25 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/instyler.jpg" width="240" height="214" align="right" alt="" /></a>This &ldquo;As Seen On TV&rdquo; product actually lives up to the hype. It uses less heat than traditional hot tools, and delivers better results with less damage. The 1-1/4 inch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW">InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron</a> is a unique tool that can straighten and curl your hair with ease. This unique motorized tool rotates the hair through a heated barrel and ceramic coated smoothing plate to polish hair and help you achieve the perfect results for any hair type. The heated rotating barrel polishes as it styles, while the tourmaline ceramic floating plate smoothes the hair for extra shine.</p> <p>With the patented design, rotating heated polishing cylinder, and tourmaline ceramic floating plates, your hair won't get flattened, crushed, or damaged. There are also four rows of precision-aligned bristles that act like a brush to separate, smooth, and polish your hair. The size is great for all hair lengths and can be used to style closer to the root. You can also flip your ends out, add extra volume and body, perfect your bangs, and create a number of looks with this multifunctional tool. With multiple heat settings up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 second rapid heat-up, you can quickly reach your optimal temperature.</p> <p>There is also a swivel cord and an auto safety shut-off for your added peace of mind. While this is more expensive than your average flat iron, most reviewers say it is well worth the difference in price because it can provide salon quality results and can reliably last you for years. The tool is also backed by outstanding online reviews from beauty gurus and independent review sites (such as ConsumerSearch) thanks to its ability to add volume and shine and quickly style the hair.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW"><em>Currently $99.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair straighteners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners">The 5 Best Lip Liners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty products hair straightener hair tools product reviews Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1465320 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Laptop Cases http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-laptop-cases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coworkers_laptop_000029625544.jpg" alt="Coworkers using best laptop cases" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A laptop or tablet can be a large investment for any individual to make. To get the most from your investment, it is crucial that you protect it properly. Look for a durable option with tough fabric, sturdy hardware, and ample protection for your computer.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also important to find something that feels comfortable to you. Look for a bag with comfortable straps, adequate padding, and the right fit. There are specific cases designed for each laptop size because this allows the computer to fit snugly in the case, without being too tight.</p> <h2>What Is a Laptop Case?</h2> <p>A laptop case can perfectly protect, transport, and store your laptop. It can protect your laptop both while you are at home, and while you are traveling. With the right case, featuring protective laptop compartments and organizational slots for your other everyday essentials, you can get out of the house and to your morning meeting quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Laptop Cases</h2> <h3>AmazonBasics 17.3-Inch Laptop Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics.jpg" width="250" height="214" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer sleeves and slipcases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO">AmazonBasics 17.3-Inch Laptop Bag</a> is perfect for carrying laptops up to 17.3&rdquo;. This slim, compact case has both a handle and a detachable padded shoulder strap for comfort and carrying ease. The convenient case features three sections accessible from the outside, as well as multiple organizers within the bag. The roomy padded interior features a separate space to hold your laptop without unnecessary bulk. There are also multiple accessory storage pockets for things like your portable mouse, mp3 player, cell phone, cables, and pens, so you can easily organize all of your essentials and quickly grab them when you need them.</p> <p>With nearly 5,000 Amazon reviews to date, the extraordinary customer feedback proves that this is the ideal slim shoulder bag to protect and transport your electronics. This is also backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your added satisfaction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO"><em>Currently $16.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Case Logic 15.6-Inch Laptop Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/caselogic%2015.jpg" width="250" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer briefcases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT">Case Logic 15.6-Inch Laptop Case</a> is designed for function and comfort. The clamshell design allows the case to open completely for full access to your laptop. There is both a neoprene-lined, padded handle and a removable strap with an anti-slip shoulder pad for carrying ease.</p> <p>The tailored case is ideal for protecting and transporting your 15.6&rdquo; laptops or smaller electronics. The protective laptop compartment walls provide extra protection and the interior adjustable strap secures the laptop inside its compartment. The slip pocket keeps documents separated from other items in your bag. The front pocket panel provides basic organization for small daily accessories and a wide base for bulky items, like your cords. While it is very sturdy, many reviewers noted how light it is to carry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics%20backpack.jpg" width="174" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer backpacks, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ">AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack</a> is roomy, sturdy, and made of quality materials. It features various compartments, allowing you to organize all of your essential items. You&rsquo;ll find a padded sleeve to comfortably protect a notebook computer up to 17&rdquo;, as well as a smaller pouch for a tablet. There are also side mesh water bottle pockets and various organizational compartments for small electronics, keys, and anything else you need to get out of the house in the morning. There is also a mesh compartment on the left shoulder strap, which provides convenient access to your most important items, such as your cell phone.</p> <p>The padded backrest and adjustable, heavily padded shoulder straps make the backpack comfortable to wear, even when loaded up with all your items. There is also a padded handle on top for carrying ease. The bag can also be expanded or zipped on the side to make it smaller. This is backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Samsonite Classic Three Gusset Lg Toploader</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/samsonite.jpg" width="250" height="169" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer messenger bags, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM">Samsonite Classic Three Gusset Lg Toploader</a> is constructed of rugged 1680 Ballistic fabric for durability and should last you a long time. Samsonite is a trusted luggage brand and offers quality professional suitcases, bags, and other traveling items. Samsonite bags are also highly rated by both customers and independent review sites. At 12&quot; high and 17&quot; wide, this attractive Fabric/Nylon/Ballistic Weave Nylon bag offers plenty of room for your laptop and small electronics. With a padded, removable shoulder strap for convenience, wrapped bale handles for comfort, and SmartPockets to slide over the upright handles for easy mobility, this bag leaves little to be desired. The padded laptop compartment will keep your computer separated and perfectly protected, while still leaving plenty of space for other important items.</p> <p>There are tons of pockets and compartments of all sizes, for things like your phone, credit cards, pens, keys, and other essentials. There is also an easy access quick stash front pocket for all of your must-have items, making this the perfect bag for traveling. In fact, there is even a convenient slot on the back, which allows you to easily hook the bag to your suitcase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM"><em>Currently $51.17 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics 11.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics%20sleeve.jpg" width="250" height="246" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in touch screen tablet sleeves, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7">AmazonBasics 11.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve</a> is the best option when you want to give your touch screen tablet some love. The slim design allows you to carry it on its own or place it in your bag for added protection. The form-fitting neoprene sleeve has a quick top-loading, zippered access for ultimate convenience. It provides protection from bumps, debris, and other accidents for any laptops up to 11.6&rdquo;.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be scared by the low price of this sleeve. Amazon has created its own brand of quality, affordable products by reducing the cost of marketing and advertising and passing the price savings onto the customer. This is also backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best laptop cases. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Technology laptop bag laptop sleeve laptops product reviews Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:18 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1431319 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waterproof_laptop_000008856979.jpg" alt="Man using waterproof laptop case in water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you have found and purchased the perfect laptop or tablet, it&rsquo;s important to keep it well protected at all times so that you can get the most from your investment. With the right case, you can protect your case in both wet and dry environments. When you are carrying something as valuable as your laptop, having the added waterproof protection can save you in unlikely storms or exposure to moisture.</p> <p>As is the case with a non-waterproof case, look for a quality item with sturdy fabric and hardware, a comfortable fit, adequate protection for your computer, and a tight seal to keep moisture away. You will want to find a case that fits your specific laptop size so that your computer can fit snugly in the case, without being too tight or flopping around.</p> <h2>What Is a Waterproof Laptop Case?</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re planning a trip to the mountains, walk to work in the rain, or just want to give your laptop extra water-resistant protection, a waterproof laptop case is a great investment to make.</p> <p>A waterproof laptop case can protect your electronics from moisture, conveniently transport your computer, and store your laptop when you aren&rsquo;t using it. It&rsquo;s the perfect solution when you are traveling, dealing with rainy weather, or just want to store and protect your computer from bumps. If you don&rsquo;t want to have to buy another laptop again anytime soon, getting the right laptop case is the first step.</p> <h2>Top 5 Waterproof Laptop Cases</h2> <h3>Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Macbook Pro Air PC Case with Padded Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aqua%20quest.jpg" width="250" height="212" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH">Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Case with Padded Sleeve</a> is one of the most highly rated waterproof laptop cases by customers on Amazon and independent review sites alike. Aqua-Quest is a trusted name in waterproof items and offers products that are designed to keep your items safe and dry. This case is 100% waterproof, extremely durable, and abrasion resistant, so you can take it on any adventures.</p> <p>There is also a padded sleeve insert for added impact protection. The exterior has a water repelling surface as the first line of defense. Take comfort in the watertight closure featuring a double zip-lock seal and additional velcro flap, which still allows you to easily get the bag open when you need to.</p> <p>For everyday use, you can easily close the bag and access your items with the full width velcro flap across the top. When you are around water or in extreme weather conditions, you can use the double zip lock seal, which will protect your computer even under quick temporary submersion. There are reflective tabs and logos for visibility and it comes in red or black and is available in 13&quot;, 15&quot; &amp; 17&quot; sizes. This quality case is perfect when you are traveling or around moisture. You can also use the multi-purpose dry bag for important documents, or other valuable items that you need to keep safe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/everki%20titan.jpg" width="202" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the top rated item in Amazon&rsquo;s laptop and netbook computer bags and cases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ">Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</a> is the perfect bag for traveling. In fact, it is even checkpoint friendly and quickly opens up 180 degrees so you can get through airport security checkpoints without having to remove your device. It has all the features and accents you could ever want in a backpack, laptop case, and travel bag, all wrapped up into one. The bag is constructed of quality materials and a water-resistant weather cover to protect against dust, rain, or snow.</p> <p>The 5-point balance strap system and fully adjustable chest strap evenly distributes weight for safer, more comfortable carrying, even with a full load. There is also soft padding on the shoulder straps and deep airflow channels to improve circulation. With this bag, you can transport your laptop, electronics, and any other travel essentials you need. The spacious main storage area has large, zippered pockets, dividers, and a front compartment with plenty of storage slots. There is an ultra-soft padded laptop compartment for up to 18.4&quot; laptops, a soft fine-felt lined tablet pocket, a felt-lined top access pocket for small gadgets, and a surplus of pockets to help you organize your items.</p> <p>This also includes a separate accessories pouch for your wires, pens, and other essential accessories. This is also backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty for your added peace of mind. This has overwhelmingly positive reviews online, as well as top mentions by independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kamor&reg; Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve Case Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kamor.jpg" width="250" height="155" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC">Kamor Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve</a> comes in 11.6&rdquo;, 13.3&rdquo;, and 15.6&rdquo; options. It is also available in a number of different colors to best suit your style. It offers a snug fit for laptops and tablets up to 15.6&rdquo;. The case is made of quality materials, sturdy hardware, strong stitching, and a thick plastic zipper. The water-resistant neoprene material offers a lightweight design and superior protection from dust, shocks, bumps, scrapes, scratches, and spills.</p> <p>The slim-line design allows the case to be carried comfortably, or it can be fit in your favorite bag. The affordable case is also backed by a 12 month warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch MacBook Pro/Laptop Backpack with iPad/Tablet Pocket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/case%20logic.jpg" width="193" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV">Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch Laptop Backpack with Tablet Pocket</a> was declared one of the top waterproof laptop cases by eBay. You&rsquo;ll enjoy full electronics capacity with integrated pockets for both a 17.3&rdquo; laptop and a tablet. The durable, water-resistant materials protect this backpack from daily wear and tear, as well as moisture and unexpected weather conditions.</p> <p>The backpack consists of sturdy nylon and high density twill, and is treated with an elastic-polyurethane. Thick foam padding covers the straps, to protect pressure points in the shoulder blades and lumbar area for ultimate comfort, and the multi-functional compression straps keep the backpack comfortable. The pockets are lined with soft, quiet polyester so you can easily get your items in and out of the bag without bothering the person next to you.</p> <p>Designed to load easily into overhead bins and small spaces, with a tapered streamlined body plus top and bottom grab handles, this is ideal for traveling. You&rsquo;ll find plenty of compartments, pockets, and storage options to perfectly separate your must-have items. And with so many compartments, you should have no problem storing everything you need for your trip. You can even store your sunglasses, phone, or plane ticket in the top-loading pocket for instant access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><em>Currently $68.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chloroz.jpg" width="154" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ">CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</a> is roomy enough to fit your essentials, but will snugly protect any laptop up to 15.6&rdquo; from bumps, debris, or damage with thick cushioning. There is also a top-loading zipper, so you can easily retrieve your laptop. The case is built to last, made of quality materials, thick stitching, and plastic zippers.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s very cushioned and soft, it&rsquo;s also lightweight, making it perfect for daily use. The sleek, simple black design will fit any style and because the case is so slim, it can be carried on its own, or stored in your bag. The sleeve is also backed by a lifetime guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best waterproof laptop cases. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Technology laptop case laptops product reviews technology waterproof laptop case Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1432256 at http://www.wisebread.com Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_computer_resume_000050021680.jpg" alt="Woman using times new roman on her resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you opt for Times New Roman on your résumé, then you may as well show up to the interview in sweatpants. At least that is what some experts say. The classic font is said to be one to avoid these days, with modern ones like Helvetica and Proxima Nova edging out more antiquated styles. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">Bloomsberg asked type experts</a> to weigh in on what job candidates should be using, and they had some pretty strong opinions on what works and, more importantly, what doesn't.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>Do Use:</h2> <h3>Helvetica</h3> <p>There is a resounding vote from the experts for this one. &quot;Helvetica is beautiful,&quot; said Matt Luckhurst, who is the creative director at Collins in San Francisco. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, added that the font is &quot;so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest.&quot;</p> <h3><strong>Proxima Nova</strong></h3> <p>&quot;I never met a client that didn't like that typeface,&quot; Hoff <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">told Bloomberg</a>. The font does not come free, but because of how positively it is viewed in the professional world, it may be worth the cost to upgrade to the typeface if you are applying to a job at a more formal company or for a higher-up position.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></p> <h3>Garamond</h3> <p>This font is easy to read, compact, and simple.</p> <h2>Avoid:</h2> <h3>Times New Roman</h3> <p>This may come as shock to all the traditionalists and postgrads out there, but the usage of Times New Roman has begun to be seen by some as lazy. &quot;It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected,&quot; Hoff said. &quot;It's like putting on sweatpants.&quot; Definitely not what you want your potential employer's first impression to be.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></p> <h3>Zapfino</h3> <p>This should probably be obvious, but any font that resembles cursive should be avoided. They can be hard to read, overly fancy, and generally inappropriate for a professional setting.</p> <h3>Courier</h3> <p>&quot;You don't have a typewriter, so don't try to pretend that you have a typewriter,&quot; Luckhurst told Bloomberg. &quot;You have been using a computer to do a handwritten thing. You haven't used a computer properly, and you haven't handwritten properly.&quot; Pretty much sums it up, right?</p> <h3>Comic Sans</h3> <p>Is there ever a time and place for this font? Probably not. But it's most <em>definitely</em> one to avoid when writing up a résumé. It's unprofessional, whimsical, and will most likely be dismissed right off the bat by potential employers. Seriously, steer clear of this one pretty much always.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions matter, especially on a resume. What does your choice of font say about you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Make Guerrilla Job Hunting Work for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting Style interview job search resume Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:07 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1415380 at http://www.wisebread.com