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Kiss Bad Hair Days Goodbye (aka The Blog Post Where I Sing)

Mel and I met a lot of great people at the BlogHer13 Expo in Chicago last summer. And one of the biggest exhibitors there had to be Kiss Products. Their friendly experts passed the hours styling hair, sculpting nails and elongating lashes. You were guaranteed to walk out of the booth looking better than you walked in.

They make so many different products (see for yourself) that Mel and I are writing two reviews for them. Last time, we talked about their home gel manicure kit but this time we’re talking about hair dryers … specifically the Kiss Tornado 360. (Read to the end for a special surprise. Two special surprises actually. One of which might just have you moved to tears … delightfully entertained … laughing in shock at my idiocy.)

Now, I’ll admit. When I first received my review product, I had no idea what a unique hair tool I held in my hands.  Yes, it’s sleek. Yes, it’s powerful. Of course, lots of hair dryers can make those claims. Right? Right. But they don’t all offer this next feature.

Here’s where the whole 360 thing comes in. In Suuuuperrrr Sloooo-Moooo.

In addition to the standard concentration attachment, the Kiss Tornado 360 also comes with a patented rotating air nozzle attachment. To quote their website, “The rotating air booster creates spiral airflow movement that evenly distributes heat and prevents the risk of spot heat damage.” You know what that means, right? It means you’ll never again burn yourself (or your child) by lingering too long in one spot. So it protects your scalp and your hair from heat damage. (Somewhere my daughter just let out a huge cheer.)

And there are lots of other great features about the Kiss Tornado 360:

  • 3 heat settings
  • 2 speed settings
  • A cool shot button
  • Ceramic tourmaline technology reduces frizz & enhances shine
  • Thanks to the 360 feature, it dries hair three times faster because it covers an area four times larger leaving you more time to read quality blogs like AccordingToMags.com &  OldDogNewTits.com.

Honestly, my daughter and I love the Kiss hair dryer so much that I was inspired to put it to song. So I dusted off my guitar and got to work. Wanna hear? (I’m just going to assume you are all nodding in enthusiastic unison.) Remember, I love my show tunes. Here goes …

Alright, fine. Maybe you’re laughing at me. But I bet you still want your own Kiss Tornado 360 hair dryer. And Mel and I can make that happen. Right here. Right now. Beacause we’re giving away two hair dryers to two lucky winner. All you have to do is click the link below.


Please note that, by simply clicking the ‘Tweet the Giveaway’ option,  you can earn TEN ENTRIES A DAY for this promotion. The contest ends on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Good luck, guys!


That Suburban Momma

“So easy … a SPAZ could do it.” (Courtesy of The Martin Agency, GEICO, 2004. Sort of.)

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the gel manicure. (looking around room at a sea of jagged talons covered in chipped polish) Okay, fine. So you’ve heard of gel manicures, but have you ever actually tried one? If you’re like me, regular nail polish stays on just long enough for you to screw the top back on the bottle, right? We’re lucky if we get even ONE day out of it, right? It’s maddening! Are you as tired of this exercise in FUTILITY as I am?!!? (getting a little carried away) CAN I GET AN AMEN?!!? (being reminded by Mel that I need to calm down)

Enter the gel nail revolution.

A few of my local friends and I discovered it at a nail salon a few years ago. In short, your nails are painted with a different type of polish and cured with an LED lamp. So, they’re instantly dry. And, even better, they last  … are you ready for this? … for WEEKS!

YOU:  Shut up! That’s awesome, Michele. But I’d really rather save money and do my nails at home.

ME: Um, YOU shut up … and keep reading.

Kiss Products, my new friends from BlogHer13, actually sell a home gel nail kit. Yes, I said HOME. And having had a few salon gel manicures myself, I just had to try it. Which I did today.


Seriously, it’s as easy as 1 … 2 … 3. Well, I mean there are three steps that each have three parts within them. Which I realize is actually nine steps. But that makes it sound hard, and it’s really not, so instead I just … you know what? Look at the pictures below. They explain it way better than I can.


Step ONE: A) Paint nails with BASE COAT. B) Dry fingers for (I’m with Mel on this one) twice the suggested time under the LED lamp. C) Dry thumb (always double the time).


Step TWO: A) Paint nails with COLOR COAT. B) Dry fingers. C) Dry thumb. For deeper color, repeat.


Step THREE: A) Paint nails with TOP COAT. B) Dry fingers. C) Dry thumb. If nails still feel tacky after a while, soak a cotton ball in regular nail polish remover (crazy, huh?) and rub them down.

Are you more of a live action person? Are my static, inanimate photos putting you to sleep? Fine. Then check out the Instagram video my daughter helped me make.

(I smell an Oscar.)

Click here to view:


It might look like a lot but I promise it’s not. The few extra minutes you spend painting your nails with the gel polish actually saves you time. How? Because you’re not having to redo your freaking … frigging … useless as the popcorn setting on my microwave … chipped manicure every couple of days.

Think of it this way. It’s like when people (and I say people because I’m never kitchen savvy enough to do this) prepare huge portions of some delicious homemade family favorite to freeze for later in the week. Sure, it takes longer to make more food when you’re initially preparing it, but the reward of simply getting to defrost and heat it again later in the week is  killer, right? (Again, I really have no idea. “Later in the week,” my family will be eating frozen pizza from Target.)

YOU: But … but … but is it just as good as a salon gel manicure, Michele?

ME: Geez! Stop poking me. I’m trying to … just … fine! You know what? The finish and durability so far has been just as good as a salon gel mani. The only real difference I see is that the polish isn’t applied as flawlessly. And that’s really more the fault of … well, me, right? 


Don’t make fun. If I hadn’t been wearing those glasses, I probably would have completely missed my nails.

So I give two decently gel-manicured thumbs up for the Kiss gel nails kit. Of course, as with anything, practice makes perfect. And, kids, listen to your teachers … because neatness counts here. Oh, and Kiss does much more than nails, by the way. Check out the Kiss website to see all their products.

Wanna try some Kiss Products for yourself?

Mel and I are giving away TWO prize packages courtesy of Kiss. Each package includes a Kiss Tornado 360  hair dryer and a pack of Kiss EverEZLashes. Your hair and your eyes will thank you for it. (Not literally though. That would be terrifying.)


The contest ends on Thursday, October 10, 2013. You can earn extra entries by leaving blog comments, following everybody on Facebook and Twitter and, best of all, tweeting about the contest to spread the love. There’s even a button on the rafflecopter to make it super easy. If only everything had a super easy button …

Good luck, everyone!


My #BlogHer13 – Yep, I’m Naming Names!

I’m back home from Chicago. BlogHer13 was, not surprisingly, a colossal success. Mel and I managed to have fun AND get some real work done at the same time. I just love it when that happens.

  • We’ve got some incredible products to review. (Monster Inspiration and Kiss Products, can you hear me?)
  • We made a lot of new friends … (Thanks, Ulta, for picking us to interview Wendi McLendon-Covey!)
  • … and business contacts. (High five, White Cloud!)
  • We even got a little writing done together. (Our August article is ready, Manilla!)

But there is always room for improvement. So, naturally, I made a list.


  1. Elleroy Was Here is dressing me. As cool as I tried to look this year, this lady always outdid me. Seriously, she is one of the coolest in the biz. (Nicest, too.)
  2. Skew the Jen Mold is calling all my shots. I’ve never met someone more decisive so I’m handing her the keys in 2014. (God speed, Jen.)
  3. The Spin Cycle is teaching me some of her magic tricks. Picture it. A solid white dress, an exploded red wine bottle and not a single drop on her. Her sleight of hand was incredible. I recommend you reserve your seats for the show now. We’re gonna be better than Siegfried & Roy! (I get to be Roy, Susan.)
  4. My Life & Kids and Kelley’s Break Room are going to facilitate the BlogHer After Hours sessions. I expect a power point presentation along with the demonstration next year, ladies. (And snacks.)
  5. The Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms is hosting the opening ceremonies. They introduced me to most of my posse for the entire weekend. (I’m still sorry I taught that kid one of my PG13 words at the Expo, Erin.)
  6. Leigh Bones is doing my hair. Anyone who saw her Friday night will know why. (Leigh, can mine be rainbow? Oooh! Or ablaze? The Blogger on Fire!)
  7. The Cat Lady Sings is going to tell everyone she’s older than me. And you guys are all gonna just nod and act like you believe her. (Right?)
  8. Parties for Pennies is riding between Mel and me on the shuttle whenever we’re “broken.” That cheerful little person had no idea what she was getting herself into when she sat down beside me. I’m pretty sure she heard my life story from age 12 on. (Remember to pick your seat mate more wisely next year, Heidi.)
  9. Thoughts From Paris is carrying me on his shoulders throughout the Expo so I can see everything and maybe go head-to-head with Optimus Prime. That dude is huge. (I’m talking about DJ. I think he was actually taller than the spacebot.)
  10. According To Mags is serving as my wingman, co-cheese eater, technology tutor, talk show co-host, handholder, stunt-double, evil twin or whatever the situation calls for. Why fix it if it isn’t broken, right?

Honestly, these ladies (and DJ … sorry, DJ) were just the tip of the “great people iceberg.” But I promised myself I’d limit it to ten people I just met. (The exception being Mel who, for the second year running, didn’t abscond with my kidney while I slept.) Because I have two kids, a spouse and two furry, little vermin, all of whom I’ve neglected since Thursday. And I’ve missed them terribly.

Suffice it to say, I met a lot of great people last weekend. And I loved all of them. (Fine, fine. Most of them.) And now … I’m off to unpack my suitcase FULL of product samples.


This is what BlogHer is all about, Charlie Brown.



That Suburban Momma