Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hair Tales: A Misikko Review and GIVEAWAY

Today I am doing my first ever product review.  It’s a big step for me people, I mean, a seriously huge mega step.  Here’s the deal.  I love giveaways, and I’ll do them any chance I get.  If Auto Tire USA wants to give away a tire on my blog, sure I’ll do it, you never know what my readers are into.  (Ok, I lie, tires are a stretch.  But you get my point.  I love my readers and therefore, I love hosting giveaways.)  But I’ve always been terribly afraid of doing a product review.  What if I don’t like it, what if the product sucks, what will I say, I can’t lie to my readers?!  See what I mean, sticky situation for sure.  So I’ve kind of avoided the whole review thing.

Until now.  A few weeks ago, Misikko contacted me about doing a product review (and giveaway) for them.  I resisted an instant reply of “sorry I can’t, I break out in hives at the thought of reviewing something I might not like” and decided to browse around their site a bit.  They have a TON of stuff, and I was surprised to see they carry my beloved Chi and my wishlisted Chi blow dryer.  I wasn’t super happy with my current straightening balm and had been feeling in a bit of a hair rut, so I poked around for something else to use.  Then something caught my eye.  The HANA Shine Shield Thermal Protectant.  It was listed as a customer favorite, and the reviews were out of this world amazing.  One girl said she’d never again use anything else and another said it was the best money she’d ever spent in her life.  Umm, ok, apparently this product has a cult following.  I was curious; I had to try it.  The people at Misikko also sent me a Corioliss Classic Pro Flat Iron to review.

Within two days of my order my goodies arrived.  Two points for prompt service.  I opened the box to find beautifully wrapped goodies and a few sample freebies.  Two more points for attention to detail.  But the real test would be using the product.

And oh my goodness, did Misikko ace the test!  The product, specifically the Shine Shield, was unreal.  Unreal as in omg-life-changing-to-my-hair!  I have never ever felt my hair so soft.  Seriously.  My hair is naturally curly and has endured years of smashing, straightening, pulling, tugging, and coloring like nobody’s business.  One time of using the Shine Shield was like undoing all those years of damage.  No joke.  I kept running my hands through my hair, thinking, “This is insane.  It’s so soft, so straight!  Those reviewers weren’t lying.”  I was sold on its softness for sure.  And after a night of club going in downtown Chicago, followed by crashing on a friend’s couch, I woke up with…straight hair.  No way.  Upon waking up, my hair is typically somewhere between frizzy, curly, and knotted.  But after using the Shine Shield 24 hours before, it was still pretty dang straight.  I was sold.  Right there.  On my friend’s couch.  Sold.

DSCN3360Here is me and my hair this morning of using both the Shine Shield and the Corioless.

I’ve used it several times since then with the same results.  Love, love, love.  I couldn’t be happier, and I seriously have not been this happy with a hair product since I discovered dry shampoo.  I’ve been really happy with the Corioless, though I can’t lie, I’m so caught up in the Shine Shield I can’t really focus clearly.  I’ve always been a Chi fan, but the Corioless have several features that the Chi doesn’t.  See below.

DSCN3351

The power light is on the outside of iron.  The light on my Chi is on the inside, so I forget to turn it off all the dang time.  It also turns from red to green when its hot, unlike my Chi, which goes from flashing red to red (or red to flashing red, I’ve never figured it out.)  It also has grippers along the handle which made it a lot easier to maneuver.  It didn’t slide quite as easily through my hair as my Chi, but I think that is because its brand new and doesn’t have years of product buildup on it :)  After a few days of using it, I realized the tighter grip actually helped straighten my hair better.

So the verdict is in.  The HANA Shine Shield is out of this world amazing, and I’d like to order an endless supply today.  Not kidding.  The flat iron did its thing and gave me straight, straight hair.  And Misikko is a great little site that I clearly need to be ordering from more.

But, guess what?  You don’t have to take my word for it, because Misikko is giving you a chance to WIN these beloved goodies…woo hoo!  A review and a giveaway, I’m in blogger heaven.  (Did I mention the giveaway goodies are valued at $250?)  So…here’s how to win (and there are lots of ways!)

1. You must be a follower to of Smart and Sassy with Sprinkles to win.  (If you’re not already a follower, just become one, it’s easy!)  Leave a comment to enter.  Any comment will do :)

For additional entries…

2. Follow Misikko on Twitter (@misikko)

4. Blog about the giveaway on a personal website and leave me the link in a comment so I can check it out.

5. Join Misikko’s newsletter (3 extra entries)

4. “Like” Misikko on Facebook(www.facebook.com/MisikkoBeauty)

5. Interact with Misikko’s Facebook – Comment on a post or picture, or write on their wall.  Ask them a hair or beauty question if you like! (www.facebook.com/MisikkoBeauty)

Please leave a separate comment for each form of entry.  So if you comment for the first entry, follow them on Twitter, and “like” them on Facebook, you should leave three comments in total.

The giveaway closes Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm.  A winner will be announced later that weekend.  Oh, and the winner must live in either the US or Canada.

Happy commenting, good luck, and a special thanks for Misikko for this giveaway (and changing my hair life!) :)

*PS Misikko didn’t pay me to say these nice things.  I said them because I believe them :)

119 comments:

Maggie said...

I am a follower! And I really need a new straightener!

Kinsey Michaels said...

I am a follower! What a great giveaway! If I don't win, I will still have to check out that Shine Shield!

TeachingInHeels said...

What a great review!! Fingers crossed to win this giveaway :)

Noey said...

Awesome! I'm a follower, and my hair could seriously use those things! I'm a thick-haired, curly/frizzy girl, unfortunately!

Noey said...

I "liked" Misikko on Facebook.

Morgan said...

oh. my. goodness. to have half the luck you had would be fantastic for my hair! i am in need of serious intervention!! :)

Kristin said...

I could totally use a new straightener!!

Tien said...

I'm not entering the giveaway because my new flat iron that I just bought is from Misikko (Hana professional) and it came with the serum. The shipping was super, duper fast and I'm over the moon in love with my iron and serum. Just wanted to add my testimonial.

Lynzy said...

OK, I must say that this is an AMAZING giveaway!

I follow you (of course)


xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Lynzy said...

I am now following misikko on twitter!

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Lynzy said...

I "liked" Misikko on Facebook


xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Lynzy said...

I left a comment on their facebook site :)

I really want to win!<3


xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

dikla12921 said...

My hair is so whack, I really need a new hair product!!!! Miss you Allison!!!

SBG said...

im following you.

SBG said...

also, i blogged about it here!

http://sarissweetlife.blogspot.com/2010/07/fairytales.html

i really want this!!

Diana Draw said...

Just became a follower! Found you through your comment at adiaphane (Tien's blog).

J and A said...

I follow you! And a new strigntener is on my wish list so I woudl SO love to win! :)

Tabitha said...

I don't normally use product in my hair, but that Shine Shield sounds amazing!

Sarah said...

I am a follower, and I could really use a new straightener!

Alivia said...

Oooo, my mum would love the shine shield! She has thick, curlycurly hair that doesn't always get the attention it needs because she's doing everyone else's hair! I would love to be able to give this to her :)

Mere said...

I would love to try this. I am a follower! :-)

Your hair looks awesome!

Mere said...

I "Liked" Misikko Facebook!

Norma said...

Oooh fun giveaway! I'm trying the Shine Shield regardless =) Love ya!

Johns Wife said...

Sounds AMAZING!!! My straightener is dying, as we speak :) I'm a follower too!

Courtnee

Johns Wife said...

I signed up for the newsletters!! Yay!!

Johns Wife said...

I follow Misikki on twitter!!! :)

Johns Wife said...

I "liked" them on Facebook! :)

Jacquie said...

I could definitely use some shine to my hair!

Jacquie said...

I thought I was already a follower!

Jacquie said...

Just "liked" Misikko on Facebook.

Jacquie said...

Following Misikko on Twitter!!

iheartorganizing said...

I am a follower and have the same curly colored hair that needs loads of help! Thanks for the giveaway! What a GREAT one!!!

xoxo,
Jen

iheartorganizing said...

I am a fan of Misikko on Facebook!

xoxo,
Jen

iheartorganizing said...

And I signed up for their newsletter!

Thanks again and again! :)

Jenny said...

I am a follower!! and like you, I am a frizzy, curly girl myself and with this texas heat I have been feeling in bit of a hair funk also!! Crossing my fingers to get the chance to have the life changing hair-experience that you had!!

Jenny said...

I also "liked" Misikko on facebook!

claire said...

I am a follower of your blog and I am in need of a great straightener!

claire said...

i follow misikko!

claire said...

1. i joined the newsletter.... keeping my fingers crossed!

nati_poder said...

I want it :) Maybe it will do wonders for me as well!

Jules said...

I'm follower on your blog, and even if I don't win one of the giveaways you have me sold on the Shine Shield! I constantly use either a straightener or curling iron and am constantly trying to find the best product to protect my hair - thank you for this review!!

***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

This is such a wonderful giveaway!! I am a follower!

Great review too! :)

Rosalinda Castillo said...

Yay for giveaways!

:0 )
Rosie

Good luck on your corner of the world!

*niomi* said...

I follow your blog! :)

*niomi* said...

1. I signed up for their newsletter. :)

*D* said...

i straighten my curly hair every day also and this product sounds like something i'd love to have/try!! I'm a follower :)

Just the Two of US said...

I follow Smart and Sassy with Sprinkles!!! I'm in need of a new straightner, this hair is just way our of wack!!




dreamerklc@gmail.com

*D* said...

I joined their mailing list!

*D* said...

I "liked" misikko on facebook.

Pamela Keener said...

I folow Smart & Sassy w/Sprinkles on GFC & Google Reader.
Love & Hugs,
Pam

Pamela Keener said...

I follow Misikko on FB/Pam Keener
Love & Hugs.
Pam

Pamela Keener said...

I follow Misikko on Twitter/pam4290
Love & Hugs,
Pam

Mrs. B said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win. I need a new hair straightener SO badly. Your hair looks fabulous! :)

emily said...

ahhhh i could use a new straightner so badlyyy!!! =)

Lindsay said...

Ummm this is the most fabulous giveaway EVER. Please please pleaseeeee pick me?!

Lindsay said...

Hiiii again Allison - I blogged about this :)

http://sunnywithachanceoffreckles.blogspot.com/2010/07/haircut-nails-of-weeks-pretty-sweet.html

lauraeck17 said...

The Shine Shield sounds amazing! I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

Arlene said...

I'd love to see more product reviews in the future! Also, I'd love to win the giveaway :)

Tina said...

I am so glad your 1st product review went so well! That Shine Shield has me completely intrigued!! Must try!

Tina said...

Oh and I am also following @misikko on Twitter now :).

Lacey said...

I am a follower! Awesome giveaway!

Lacey said...

I "liked" Misikko on Facebook.

Lacey said...

I signed up for the newsletter! My hair could use some TLC!

NoGuiltFashion said...

Of course, I'm a follower. noguiltfashion.blogspot.com or talbottdanie@gmail.com

Katers said...

Hi Allison~

I greatly enjoyed reading your product review on the Corioliss Classic Pro Flat Iron--I have a Chi myself and loved learning abou how the Corioliss has some features the Chi lacks, sounds like a product I'd love to try :)

Love reading your blog, mine is-
http://classygirlonrockswithatwist.blogspot.com/

thanks katers

Alicia said...

I am a follower and your hair looks great! Thanks for entering me and for hosting such a great giveaway!

aliciasarantis@gmail.com

Jamie said...

I can't believe I wasn't a follower before! I've been reading your blog daily for a while now...guess I was incognito! I can't wait to try the products - I hope I win so I can try them even sooner ;)

Jamie said...

...signed up for the newsletter!

Jamie said...

Annnnd "liked" them on facebook. I'm really trying here!

Natalie said...

I have too much hair, and I definitely need something good. Miss you!

Natalie said...

And I blogged about it :)

http://beautyandbrainswithbrowneyes.blogspot.com/2010/07/who-wants-new-flat-iron.html

Natalie said...

I liked them on facebook too!

Natalie said...

I also signed up for their newsletter! I really want to win!

Natalie said...

And I asked a question on Misikko's facebook page!

Anonymous said...

Love the Blog, I hope I got sign up for the giveaway!!!! Love, T.

Lucky's Luna said...

I'm a new follower! Your hair looks fabulous, I hope I get a chance to try out that straightener!

luckysluna(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lucky's Luna said...

I'm a new follower! Your hair looks fabulous, I hope I get a chance to try out that straightener!

luckysluna(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jordan said...

Oh I need both... my chi is dying... can't a bff get a little help... and I am a follower, lucky 100!

Jordan said...

I liked them, but not as much as I like you!

Jordan said...

I posted on a pic... you know I need it if I am willing to do all this! Help a poor girl out ;)

Jordie Cooper said...

I want it!

Susan said...

Entering...I really need to try this shine stuff!

Susan said...

I also "liked" Misikko on Facebook

Amanda said...

I follow!

Tara said...

I am following you!! (I can't believe I haven't yet.)

Tara said...

And, I "Liked" Misikko on Facebook.

Tara said...

And, I followed them on Twitter.

(I really love hair care products)

Haha

Jax+Puzzle said...

I'm a follower! Thanks for such a neat giveaway! :)

Mel said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Lindsay said...

yes! my hair needs that!

Lindsay said...

following on twitter

Lindsay said...

liked on fb

Lindsay said...

signed up for the newsletter!

Danyelle said...

I'm a follower and I love your blog!

Sweetpz said...

I'm a follwer of your blog already! thanks for the chance to win!
hugs
juli

Sweetpz said...

i've signed up for Misikko's newsletter! I just missed their sale cuz i was on holidays =(

juli

Sweetpz said...

i "like" Misikko Beauty on FB!

Sweetpz said...

i blogged about your giveaway on my blog!

http://lifebysweetpz.blogspot.com/2010/08/misikko-giveaway.html

hugs
juli

Catie said...

I'm a follower. Hope I can win this!

Mami2jcn said...

I'm a new follower. I'd love to win!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

I follow Misikko on Twitter @mami2jcn.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Christy said...

New follower from I Heart Organizing! Cute blog! Love your jewelry organization AND your jewelry! Thanks for the chance to win!

Christy @ GlanceIntoOurNest.blogspot.com

*A* said...

I'm a follower and I'd love a new flat iron! :) I just found your through iheartorganizing and I'm a big fan already!

Summer Wind said...

I am a follower! What a great giveaway! I am actually due for a new straightener and have been shopping around and haven't found one yet, what a fun surprise this would be to win!!

Summer Wind said...

I follow on twitter!

Summer Wind said...

I "liked" on facebook

Summer Wind said...

I asked a interacted on the FB page!

Jenna said...

I'm a follower. :)

Jenna said...

I'm following Misikko on Twitter. @jspeck08

Jenna said...

I signed up for the Misikko newsletter!

Sara said...

I am a follower! This summer humidity is making my hair crazy. I could definitely use some hair help. Thanks!

labelslipglossandlifeinbetween said...

I'm a follower and I really want to try the Shine Shield!!

labelslipglossandlifeinbetween said...

I signed up for the newsletter!

Maria said...

Ah! I'd love to win this straightener!! :) thanks for the opportunity!

mgslovesari@gmail.com

Kaity said...

I followed your blog! Had it in my GoogleReader for the longest time but now I guess its official! =D

What an awesome giveaway! So excited, as you can see in my Google picture, my hair needs some tamin'!

Kaity said...

I followed Misikko on Twitter!

Kaity said...

I "liked" Misikko on Facebook! =)

Kaity said...

I commented on Misikko's Marilyn Monroe post on FB. =)

Kaity said...

I signed up for Misikko's newsletter! =)