January 2016 | The Color Wheel Gallery

The Hairika Paddle Brush Hair Straightner

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Press Sample: Product given by the Company for Testing and Review Purposes.

The Hairika Hair Straightener paddle brush definitely works at making my wavy or curly hair straight.  The packaging is really nice. It comes in a magnetic closure box with 2 hair clips and a cute light weight black zippered pouch.

My experience with this cool innovative hair straightener was very surprising and pleasant except when I kept holding the paddle a bit higher, then I would burn my hands.  But I learned the hard way to hold it correctly. LOL  My hair sheds a lot too so a lot of hair got in the brush but while it was hot, I was able to lift the hair from the device.

I have wavy hair but I used the Hairika paddle brush on a curly hairstyle I previously had done the day before and as soon as I ran the brush through my hair, I immediately saw my hair getting straightened.  I also realized not just too brush the hair normally but to hold and lift out the hair that needs to be straightened then place the paddle brush straightener on to it.  When I tried the lower various temperatures, it was not getting out the curls but when I switched it to the higher temp of 210 C it flattened my hair and no burn or damage was present.  It gave me a nice smooth and silky finish except not pin straight hair which is ok because I like a little wave on the tips but it did take out the curls as you can see in the pictures below.

Overall, this is a great product. The concept of a rubberized ceramic paddle brush with heat technology and LCD light display with plus or minus temperature buttons is ingenious.  And the instructions enclosed are very easy to read and understand.

You can get the Hairika straightener on Amazon for $36.99 and it comes in white and pink.

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The Acevog Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater Dress

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Press Sample: Product given by the Company for Testing and Review Purposes.

This is such a classy and stylish ribbed turtleneck sweater dress.
For reference in choosing sizing, I'm at 5'2 inches tall, 112 pounds and a 36 B cup and this dress in size Medium, fit loose on me not snug like the advertised picture in the ad. But it still looked good and it felt comfortable, warm and cozy.
The dress can be very form fitting if ordered in a smaller size but again the Medium on me was loose fitting and sleeves were a bit longer and the hem went a little above my knees which is ok because I don't like to wear skin tight clothing.

Overall, this high neck sweater dress from Acevog is nice and the cotton material is stretchy and you can style it with a belt, a scarf, a jacket or different chunky or long necklaces.
I opted to wear it with my black Acevog boots, a large leopard print scarf and a cute black and silver beret.

Where to purchase: Amazon
Price: $29.99
Color Selection: Gray, Black, Kahki, Wine Red
Sizes: Small - X-Large

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Press Sample: Product given by the Company for Testing and Review Purposes.

Tweexy is such a cool concept in the world of nails where no tabletop surface is needed.
This portable silicone contraption goes on your two fingers for easier and steady nail polish application without the use of your lap, desk or table. I literally did my nails without shaking and Tweexy stayed put.

It's so simple, all you do is slide your two fingers in or squeeze the the tabs on the Tweexy to open finger rings, personally middle and ring finger work best then insert a small or large bottle of nail polish in the center of it and voila you're ready to do your nails. And alternating hands is easy, either squeeze tabs again or slide your fingers off.

My experience was a good one and there were no spills, leaks or drips.
I was able to sit on my recliner while doing my nails and not worry where to place the nail polish at like on a table or a tray.
At first it feels strange with a bit of weight on your fingers but then you get used it.
It's great! I can even do my nail polish in the car now, as a passenger of course. LoL

I truly recommend this wearable and portable nail polish holder and it comes in 3 shades to suit your preference. I chose mine in Bon Bon pink, a bright vivid fuchsia and it's available for $14.95 on www.tweexy.com.

So cute almost reminds me of a Ring Pop. LOL

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Floral Beauty Brush Set And Beauty Look

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Press Sample: Product given by the Company for Testing and Review Purposes at a Discounted Price.

This is such a pretty makeup brush set from Sixplus.
The wooden handles are long and beautifully designed with a floral pattern and with pink tips at the end of the handles to give it that feminine touch.
The brushes themselves are super soft, fluffy and dense and they are made from wool and nylon hair and can be used with creams, liquids or powders.

The 12 set of brushes included are:
A Powder Brush
A Blush Brush 
A Contour Brush 
A Round Foundation Brush 
An Eyeshadow Brush 
An Eye Blending Brush
A Flat Eyeshadow Brush
An Eye Pencil Brush
A Concealer Brush 
An Angled Eye Liner Brush/ Eyebrow Brush
A Lip Brush
Also a beautiful floral brush roll or brush pouch to safely secure the brushes and perfect for travel.

Also, all the brushes come wrapped in plastic and the larger ones with brush guards and I noticed no chemical smell on them, so that was a huge plus.

I did my makeup using this set and was very happy with their application, softness, and ease.
I did notice 2 out of the 12 had minor shedding but nothing major.

In my make up application, I used all except one. So, that should give a good idea that these brushes are really good!
In the pictures below, you will see what brush I used with each product and my final results which left me very pleased.

This is definitely a novelty brush set and it's great for pros and beginners and it's available on Amazon.
You might have to check back because they are recently sold out:(

Here are some pictures...

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Curls Made Easy


Press Sample: Product given by the Company for Testing and Review Purposes.

The automatic steamer curler is a very unique concept in curling irons and there are many companies manufacturing it, including this one from Lansam by Aila.

First of all, Pink is my favorite color and this one is a beautiful Rose Red that screams out girly girl.  It comes in a nice box with 2 hair clips, a cleaning brush and a dropper to pour water in the curling chamber and it also comes with detailed instructions to show how to use the curler accurately.  I’m definitely not a pro at all, at curling my hair but after using this curling iron my hair came to life with beautiful waves and curls.  Again, before you start using this curling iron read the booklet carefully.  As for my experience, I did two mistakes, one being, I filled the chamber with tap water and it’s supposed to be filtered or distilled water.  And second, I used the highest temperature first at 450 F and I ended up with some of my silver hair turning yellow.  I should have used different water and used it on a lower temperature setting, my hair smelled funny too afterwards lol but again my fault.  Man O Man! were the curling results fantastic! This curling Iron really works.  I tested it with thicker hair pieces but it wouldn’t curl so I used smaller pieces and the curls came out instantly.  I tried all the timer settings 8 seconds for loose waves, 10 seconds for soft curls and 12 seconds for more defined curls.  My favorite were the defined curls.  I also like that it beeps to indicate how long to have your hair in the chamber so each timer setting has different beeps or you can turn the beeps off by sliding the lever to zero.  I personally will keep the beeps:)

Another feature, is the curl direction setting, when you curl your right side of the hair (counter clockwise) you switch the lever to the R side and vice versa for the L (clockwise).  Oh, yes to make sure you are curling your hair right and with the right amount of hair, make sure the black side of the nano titanium curl chamber is facing towards you and always release the handles first to get the curl because if you pull away before opening the handles , the curl will be straightened and that’s not good, I know, it happened to me trying to get the hang of it.  As for my curling time, I separated my hair in sections and it took 60 minutes to get my results and my hand did get a bit tired mostly because I have a bad wrist but still I was able to achieve the results I wanted to see, which were beautiful bouncy curls.

Overall, this is a fantastic product and it really works and the curls last until you wash them off, probably two-three days.  Here are my before after pictures… and the last one was on the second day, The curls stood in:)

You can get this awesome contraption on Amazon  for $59.90

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The Plans I Have For You Devotional Set And Giveaway!


As a believer in the Christian Faith, I believe it is very important to instill in my children the word of God.
With so much chaos going on in this world,  I know my family and I can find hope and refuge in reading God's word.
This is what makes us strong, hopeful, pretty much a blue print for our lives that can answer some of life's toughest questions.
Well, today's post is about the new devotional called The Plans I Have For You and the journal by the same title that refers to the bible scripture in the book of Jeremiah 29:11.

About The Plans I Have For You Devotional
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.  

Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years

My 10 yr old baby girl loves it!

Let's Take a peek inside, shall we?

About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. 

Stationery; 208 pages 
Age Range: 11-14 years 

I found these to be great books for my children, they are easy to read and understand. And although the writing journal are for ages 11-14 my 10 yr old daughter was able to understand it and the devotional is beautifully illustrated and beautifully written with the word of God.

Here are the wonderful ladies behind these great books...

About author Amy Parker:
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults.  She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan. 

About illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. 

Giveaway Time!

You can win this inspirational set of books for your child or children even my 8 yr old son liked it, so I have them share it, for the word of God is for all to hear and read and apply.

Ready? Ok, all you need is to do to be entered is write on the comments below your favorite bible verse not the  passage but just the book name and chapter and verse and your email so that I can contact you.
For example Jeremiah 29:11 and email colorwheelgallery@gmail.com
Please follow directions clearly so you can be entered:)

Giveaway is for USA and Canada Only
Starts on Jan 13, 2016 and Ends on Jan 19, 2016
I will contact winner by email and company will send out prize package:)

So don't wait! Enter now and enter below on the comments section:)


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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The Emanco Jewelry Floral Leaf Cuff

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This black embellished handmade floral leaf cuff from Emanco Jewelry is so beautiful.

The vintage lace design pops out and looks great on the wrist.
If you look at the end of the cuff you see a little heart on it as well.

I like that it can be adjusted to fit my small wrist and once it's in place it does not move.
It looks stylish and feels comfortable to wear.

The packaging is really classy.
When you open the black box it comes in, you will see the bracelet cuff hugging a cute black velvet pillow, making it that special gift.
You can find it on Amazon and it comes in Gold, Silver, Black and Rose Gold for $17.99
Here are some pictures below.

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