Do you like free and/or a good deal on clothes?

I just scored 6 tops & a scarf for FREE! ( Bebe, Jessica Simpson, Gap, Bisou Bisou)

Sign up for a FREE Schoola account and for a limited time you will earn $20 when you sign up. There is a currently free shipping as well so hurry up.
You can get children’s clothing ( boys & girls) , junior girls clothes, & women’s clothing. As well as accessories & shoes.

You can also score another $10 when you search for something. So say you go look at dresses, select your size and on the left hand side you will see name you collection . Pick & enter a name for your collection & save. You will get $10 added

Now you will have $30

On top of that you get 50% off your first purchase!

******Use my link to get your $20 credit ******
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This is what I scored nothing out of pocket.
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I am not sure if this promo is still going but since I had a little credit left I bought this sweater. I used code THANKSALATTE and got 6% off and I’m also supposed to get a $6 Starbucks e gift card that is supposed to be mailed 11/2

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If you do this offer let me know what goodies you get.

ips chips review – a better for you snack

IPS Chips (rhymes with chips) is on a mission to make the foods we love…better.
They are the worlds first snack chip made with non GMO corn & a blend of the best proteins available: whey & egg.
These crunchy puffed chips have the crunch you want & the protein you need.
There is 6 grams of protein in each serving, so you can actually feel good about eating these.

IPS Protein Chips

Flavors:

BBQ
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These have a smoky & tangy flavor. If you are missing summer, grab a bag of these because that is what I thought about while eating these.
125 calories

Cinnamon
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Spicy warmth of cinnamon, a little sweetness, with a hint of salt.
These reminded me of a cinnamon roll or churro but in a crunchy puffed chip form. These are great for an afternoon snack.

White Cheddar

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Made with real cheese, these had a nice smooth, cheddar tanginess to them.
If cheetos made white cheddar flavor this is what these remind me of but these are much better for you.
130 calories

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

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I really like the salty & peppery combo. Though if you eat them too fast the pepper will give you a little kick in the back of your throat.

Overall: I loved the crispiness & crunch to these as well as the flavors. I would have never thought about cinnamon chips. They were light, didn’t leave grease on your fingers, & left me satisfied. I felt good while eating these and had no regrets afterwards. The portion size is good, there are a lot of chips in each bag . Though they were tasty I enjoyed every chip without devouring the whole bag in a minute. ( you know you’ve done this! haha) The texture is somewhat similar to popchips but these are more puffy. I really hope they become more available at more stores.

Find ips chips :
Website
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Why choose ips chips?
Egg white and whey protein – two of the highest quality proteins available
6g of protein
50% less fat than leading fried potato chips
Fewer carbs than leading baked potato chips
Gluten free
Non-GMO corn
0g trans fat
No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
Kosher

Why egg & whey protein?
Both are complete proteins with all nine of the essential amino acids in the right proportion for your body. And both are highly bio-available, meaning that you can fully digest and use all of that protein-goodness! On that note, fitness professionals love to combine whey (which is digested quickly) and egg white (which is digested more slowly) to perfectly balance intake of this important nutrient.

Where to buy:
These chips are mostly found in Whole Food Store in California. You can go to their site and find a store near you. If you are not in California you can buy them on amazon
They also have a form that you can fill out and give to your store to ask them to carry ips chips.

Which flavor would you want to try first?

12 Hour Cough relief with Robitussin #FeelBetterFans

Each week its gettting cooler and with that usually a cold or flu strikes.
Getting sick is the worst but if prepared you can get relief quick.

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Robistussin has a new extended- release 12 hour cough relief that comes in grape or citrus.
I chose grape because I remember it tasting good when I was a kid. I actually wanted to take my medicine. It is a liquid that is alcohol free.

Coughing is the worst … not only as a symptom but if you are sick a cough just makes your whole body ache & hurt. Sometimes you try to conceal your cough , which then just makes it even worse. With 12 hour relief you can go about your day at work, school, or just life in general.

It comes with a measuring cup so you can know you are getting the proper amount. You take it every 12 hours. It is alcohol free, does not contain a fever reducer, or pain reliever. Just 12 hour cough relief to help you get through your day & sleep.

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This product is good for children 4 years old and up. Just remember if you are taking other medication or aren’t sure about it , to ask your doctor.

Robitussin Cough relief measuring

You can head over to their website here and grab a $1 coupon.
I saw Robistussin 12 hour cough relief at CVS, Walgreens, & Target. It was priced at about $12 but I saw it recently on sale at Target for $9.99.

Thankfully I haven’t needed to use it yet but now I am prepared if a cough strikes thanks to Robitussin & Crowdtap.

Are you #TeamGrape or #TeamCitrus ?

*I got this sample as a member of the Feel Better Fans on Crowdtap #sponsored

Why eat, when you can indulge with Kozy Shack Indulgent Recipe Pudding

Have you seen Kozy Shack Indulgent recipe puddings on shelves yet? It’s a new delicious pudding they added to their line.

There are 4 flavors to choose from:
Chocolate Truffle
Dark Chocolate
Salted Caramel
Vanilla Bean

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I looked at the stores near by and only one ( my regular grocery store) carried them and only had two choices, Chocolate truffle & Dark Chocolate. I didn’t mind though because I like chocolate. BzzAgent sent me coupons to get these for free but they are regularly $3.49
I was craving something sweet so headed to the fridge for a pudding. It was thick, creamy, smooth, & taste great. Though I was expecting a little more, it didn’t seem that much different from any other pudding. The cups are on the smaller side but totally left me satisfied & happy.

Next up was the dark chocolate. This is where the indulgent comes into play. It was thick, rich in flavor, smooth, and each spoonful made me go mmmmmm . I was very happy with this flavor and could see myself getting this one again, especially after a long day when you deserve to treat yourself.
I will keep looking back because I would like to try the other 2 flavors as well.

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I think these would be great to bring to work, school, or wherever you are going for lunch. They are small & easy to carry. Plus who wouldn’t want one of these puddings for an afternoon snack or dessert after lunch?

I like the sayings on the lids, its a nice touch :
Kozy Shack
Spoon up a little deliciousness.
Delight in your dessert.
This moment calls for a decadent pudding.
Spoon, savor, repeat.

The ingredient list is small and the first ingredients include milk, sugar, & cream. It does have carrageenan which I heard could be bad for you ( causing inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer). It is used for its gelling, thickening & stabilizing properties. It isn’t has no nutritional value or digestible.
I would say limit having foods with this ingredient ( found in a lot of products) I don’t think having this once in awhile will be bad.
These puddings are definitely a cheat day treat, #TreatYourSelf snack, indulgence.
The dark chocolate is 190 calories for a 3.75 cup
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Dark Chocolate is a definite must try- I was sad when I was on the last one.

Which flavor would you grab first? Have you seen or tried these puddings yet?

I received this product complimentary from BzzAgent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Taco Chicken with Black Bean Pasta

Awhile ago I received a coupon from Sampler for a free bag of Explore Asian pasta. I went to their site and found out Whole Foods carried their products & ended up choosing black bean spaghetti.

I LOVE black beans. They were the gateway bean to all the other beans lol

I don’t know why I didn’t use this pasta sooner, I actually received another coupon ….maybe that what made me think of it. So I said I need to use it today.

This dish is really easy & simple to make.

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What you need:
Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti
1 lb boneless skinless chicken
taco seasoning
Avocado
Cumin
Salt
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Pepper
Lime
Cheddar Cheese
Large tomato
Frozen Corn ( optional)

Get a big pot , fill with water and some salt
Bring to a boil
When it is boiling, add the black bean pasta.
It should be done in about 7-10 minutes.
Drain pasta, run under cold water.

I put the pot that I used for the pasta & put a little coconut oil in it.
Once hot I added thinly sliced boneless chicken breast .

As that was cooking I diced up a large tomato.

Flip chicken, added taco seasoning ( feel free to use homemade taco seasoning) – add 3/4 cup water

Add tomatoes
I had a little left over frozen corn I wanted to use up and put that in the pot as well.

Sauce:
I cut an avocado in half
You can use a whole avocado, I just did half and put it in a bowl
Add cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder, & juice from half of a lime, little bit of water.
I mashed it with a forked until there were no clumps, feel free to use a blender. I was trying to use little dishes as possible haha

I wanted my sauce on the thicker side but feel free to play around with lime/ water if you want yours thinner. Play around with seasonings as well. Make it to your taste.

Diced up other half of avocado

When chicken is done I took the piece out and cut into bite size piece, put back in pot.

Mix some of the pasta with avocado sauce.
I put a little cheddar cheese on top
Topped with chicken, tomato, corn taco mixture.
Add some diced avocado.
* squeeze some lime juice if wanted

You can also add the diced tomato afterwards instead of cooking it in the mixture. I just don’t like uncooked/ cold tomatoes.

I wasn’t sure what to think when I took my first bite. The pasta is has more bite to it than regular pasta. I liked it. For me it definitely needs to have some sort of sauce with it, I don’t think I would eat it alone. I love that its packed with protein, iron & fiber.

About the organic black bean pasta:

Made with 92% black beans 8% water
25 grams of protein in every serving
12 grams of fiber in every serving
Calories per Serving 180
Vegan
Gluten free
Organic

Find Explore Asian on:
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Have you had black bean pasta before?

ASDM Beverly Hills Detox & Renew Charcoal Mask review

Charcoal & activated charcoal seems to be all the rage lately in the beauty world. When ASMD asked if I wanted to review their new mask from their charcoal line, I said yes of course.

( P.S make sure you read the bottom to see how you can win a jar to try yourself)

This detox & renew mask has activated charcoal, green tea extract, artichoke extract, pomegranate extract, glycolic acid, grapeseed extract, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, niacinamide, & peppermint.
All these great ingredients helps revitalize tired & dull skin, increases circulation, detoxifies skin, shrinks pores, & plumps skin which help minimize and erase wrinkles.

ASDM Beverly Hills Charcoal Mask

When you look in the mirror and you see ‘big’ pores it’s because excess sebum(oil) & dirt are trapped in your pores. The activated charcoal in this mask helps attract toxic substances within the skin, extracting & encapsulating excess sebum, bacteria, & impurities. Leaving your skin looking brighter.

How to use:
Cleanse skin. Pat dry
Use fan brush and apply a thin layer of the charcoal mask over entire face. ( avoid nostrils & eyes)
Leave on 2-10 minutes depending on how sensitive your skin is..
Rinse with warm water.
Apply moisturizer

I love that this mask came with a brush. I am also surprised , until recently that I have never used a brush to apply my masks. It was easy to apply and I felt a refreshing cool tingling sensation as I brushed it on my face. The first time I used it as I was done applying the mud mask, my eyes began to water & were a little irritated. My nose was even a little runny. I think it might have been from the peppermint that is in the mask. My eyes can sometimes be sensitive. At 7-8 minute mark my eyes had enough and I rinsed it off. No need to scrub this mask off , it easily came off with warm warm . There was also a nice cool sensation when I walked as the air touched my face. It only lasted a minute or two. My face was pink/red and felt a little warm. The redness went away in about 30 minutes. My skin didn’t bother me during that time. Once my skin went back to normal I applied my moisturizer.

ASDM Charcoal Mask

( You can see you don’t need to put a thick layer)

Second time using it:
This time I stirred the mask before applying & left it on for 2-3 minutes this time. My eyes did get a little watery for a few seconds but after that it was fine. My face did turn pink again afterwards. It isn’t a big deal because it does go away and I am doing the masks at night.

Third time using it:
I mixed it before I used it. For me I think this helps with my eyes and the peppermint. Brushed on, left on for 2-3 minutes. Rinsed off.

** The reason your face may turn pink/red & get warm is due to the increase of circulation to the area.
Increase of circulation is good because it gives the skin a healthy glow & improves skin tone.

Tips:
Give mask a good stir before applying.
Play around with the amount of time you leave it on.
Tingling is normal but if your skin is irritated ,itchy, or you feel discomfort , rinse off & discontinue to use.
Play around with placement . If you want to just use this on your nose where most people have an issue with pores , feel free to just put it on your nose. …use it like a spot treatment.

Thoughts:
My favorite part of this mask was the cool sensation while it was on & the few minutes after rinsing it off. My face looked brighter, my pores are cleaner, & my face felt smooth. Like some mud masks, this one does not dry out your skin. I dislike when I rinse off a mask and my skin feels tight. I didn’t experience this as all. My skin felt really soft, smooth, and plump. I like that it is packed with great ingredients for your skin to look its best. Though my face does stay red for about 30 minutes, it isn’t a big deal since I am doing it at night and the benefit is it is increasing circulation ( which helps skin look its best). The only con for me is I think there is to much peppermint, for me personally. I have only used it a few times so am still playing around with it , like where I place it & how long I have it on. Once I started mixing it my eyes were less watery when using it.
Side note: I really like the packaging the pretty dandelions, grass, butterflies, & dragonflies are wrapped around the bottom of the box along with a lavendar & gray band. The jar also looks nice with the silver top & the decorative black band on the bottom & top would look nice on any counter ( or shelf).

Results:
Noticed the pores around my nose were clear
Skin was soft
Healthy glow

You can buy the mask here : ASDM Beverly Hills Detox & Renew Mask

It is $29.99 + free shipping

Find ASDM Beverly Hills :

Website

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A little about ASDM :
-Every batch is handcrafted to ensure product safety, quality and ingredient integrity.
-Products are made in the U.S.A
-Harsh preservatives and synthetic ingredients are avoided
-Known for using 100% pure oils and essential oils, selective organic ingredients and fruit extracts, potent vitamins, restorative peptides, nourishing silk and honey extract and the latest cutting edge active ingredients.

ASDM Beverly Hills was founded in Beverly Hills, CA by Alexandra Marquis (1998). Due to years of excessive sun exposure without proper protection, Alexandra had developed a skin condition called melasma. She had visited several local dermatologists to have her melasma treated; unfortunately, the results she was expecting failed to meet her desired goals. After months of regular doctor visits and countless products, Alexandra began to get frustrated with the lack of results.
Her husband, who had a passion for natural medicine, suggested trying one of his facial creams which he had been working on for some time. After 2 months of daily usage,
Alexandra began to notice that her discoloration was fading substantially. By the 4th month, it was well under control and her skin felt and looked more radiant than ever before! Inspired by the results, she began to give her secret cream to friends that happened to suffer from similar conditions.
It was not long before people began to literally knock on her door to buy the cream. And thus, ASDM Beverly Hills was born.

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Want to win a jar ?
Head over to this instagram post to see how to win this detox & renew charcoal mask to try yourself.

Have you tried any beauty products with activated charcoal or charcoal? What do you think?

* I received this product complimentary from ASDM Beverly Hills for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

GoodBelly Probiotic Juice #TryNatural

GoodBelly Probiotic Juice

You should know what you eat & drink has an affect on your health & how you feel.
GoodBelly goes where health matters…. your gut! Did you know that is where 70% of your immune system lives?
This juice contains live & active probiotic cultures. The exclusive probitic is, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V) which helps improve your digestive health & keeps you regular. It is already found naturally in your intestinal system.

You have about 100 trillion microorganisms living in your gut called intestinal microflora. Some are helpful & necessary and others harmful. When the harmful microflora take over because they are off balance , that is when you might feel constipated, cramps, bloating, and feeling run down.
Probiotics help lower the guts Ph balance.

You can read more info on their website here > GoodHealth

There are a variety of flavors to choose from:

GoodBelly Juice
Tropical Green
Mango
Blueberry Acai
Pomegranate Blackberry
Cranberry Water Melon
Tropical Orange
Coconut Water

* All of these juices are vegan, non-gmo, soy & dairy free.

GoodBelly wants you to do a 12 day belly reboot. That is 3 cartons of GoodBelly juice. You have an 8 oz glass for 12 days to see if it is a good fit for you. Studies show it takes 12 days for probiotics to start doing their job in your digestive system. It will help naturally renew your digestive system, and you get to feel good afterwards. Sign up on their website GoodBelly , you will get coupons as well. If you hate it after 12 days, there is a money back guarantee … but I’m sure you will be happy… and healthy!

What I thought:
I don’t really like taking medicines in pill form because they are usually gross and big and it can be a struggle to swallow. I’m the worst at taking my vitamins for this reason. So having a variety of yummy juices is a great way to take probiotics.

The first day I poured an 8oz glass. The flavor was a bit diluted & wasn’t as sweet. Later that day I experienced some cramping.
I had an 8 oz glass for the next 3 days. I began to enjoy the flavor and I didn’t experience any bloating or cramping. Will I drink this all the time? Probably not, I eat fairly healthy but if I feel a little off and need to get back on track ,I would definitely consider buying again. I would love to try some of the other flavors.

You can find where they sell them here I found them at Whole Foods near me. At my store they are $3.79

* I received this product for free from SocialNature. All opinions are my own.

New Kleenex Pocket Packs #ShareKleenexCare

Cold & flu season is here. & cold weather too. Have you stocked up on Kleenex yet?

Kleenex recently launched newly designed pocket packs in September which transforms sharing tissues into a personalized gesture.

According to a study by Kleenex, nearly 50% of people n the U.S. say they’ve missed an opportunity to show someone they care, especially when it comes to everyday moments. That’s why the brand is on a mission to prove that no matter how big or small the moment, the act of giving a Kleenex® Facial Tissue to someone who needs one.

The packs are bright & have message on them like:
Just wanted to say …. ( fill in) xoxo
Happy tears are the best tears
Hard times call for a soft touch
Take all of these & call me in the morning

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These are perfect to give to anyone who is under the weather or someone who might need a tissue. It’s a small gesture that will let someone know you care.
Make a get well kit for a friend.
Put a pack in your child’s backpack
Put it in a loved ones lunch bag

Kleenex Pocket Pack

You can create & send a personal kleenex careboard on their website here > Kleenex

Kleenex is one of my favorite brands. The tissues are soft, absorbent, strong.
If I am sad they are perfect for wiping up tears , delicate on the skin but absorbent.
I hate having a runny nose, it is the worst! Whether you have allergies, are sick, or even from going from cold outside to warm inside its bound to happen. You already feel bad now you have gross mucus coming out of your nose that you can’t really control. No one wants to deal with a bright red sore nose. I can blow or wipe my nose without having to worry about the tissue breaking & the soft tissue against my skin feels comforting.

These packs are perfect for keeping in your purse, car, backpack, office drawer while you are on the go.
You never know when you or someone else might need a tissue.

Kleenex is a comfort you can depend on & with these personalized messages it’s just a small gesture to show you care. So share a pack with someone who is in need .

Share a Kleenex

*·I received this product from Crowdtap for being part of the Kleenex Brand Believers crowd for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Fashion Haul : Deal Seeker

End of the season sales are the best. A lot of stores have been marking down prices and some even have coupons to use as well. So sign up for your favorite store’s email newsletter, check the Sunday paper for fliers, or just stop in.

BIsou Bisou Dress JCP

JCP was offering $10 in rewards points if you downloaded their app. So simple & easy. That weekend they also had a $10 off $25 coupon. So off I went to see what they had. I wasn’t really seeing anything I really liked….then this Bisou Bisou blue dress called my name. I like the shape, color, texture. I picked up 1-2 more items that were more weather appropriate. Of course this dress was the winner.
Original price : $ 80
Sale price : $27.99
$10 off $25 + $10 rewards points = $7.99
= $8.50 with tax but used money I earned through surveys so pretty much FREE

Its like this dress was made for me. I was expecting it to be short since maxi dresses are hard to find that are long enough but perfect! I need to go on vacation and/or hope I don’t gain any weight so I can wear it next spring/summer.

Next up Target

Scarfprint

My fashion tip for fall & winter is wear colorful or printed scarf this combines that. For the most part everyone is in dark colors for the colder months so adding a colorful and/or printed scarf makes your outerwear pop.
I found this Mossimo infinity scarf on sale for $10.48 (originally $14.99) Not the best deals I’ve been finding/getting but I really like it. Plus I used a gift card from survey earnings so sort of free.

footless tights

I have never looked in the clearance/ sale section and I have no idea why. It is a little blended in so maybe that is why. Near the bra, undies, sleepwear there was a rack of stuff on sale. I spotted these Xhilaration footless tights for $1.80. You can’t beat that! Wish there were a few more in my size.

Iphone wallet

Next up I was able to get this cute iphone wallet case from SailsON Electronics at a discounted price in exchange for a review. You can grab one on Amazon for under $10. I like the details on this iphone wallet/ case. The pillow stitch, the gold details on corners of the flap, the pretty jewel center piece. I knew it came with the gold chain but when it arrived it also came with a wristlet piece. It was a little difficult putting the gold chain on and did snag a little on the thread. Inside there are 3 slots for i.d , debits cards, loyalty cards. And also a longer slot behind it for bigger items. My phone locked in and felt secure so for any reason it did open I feel safe knowing my phone won’t drop out. You can also take photos while its in this case as well. Its a really cute item for going out.

Bralette

I received this bralette at a discounted price as well for a review from Hip Mall. You can grab this on Amazon for $8.99
I have a few tops & dresses that have sheer or open backs. A strapless bra works but isn’t as pretty. I also have some solid bandeaus & some with lace but when I saw this I thought it would add a little something when I turned around. The material was a little thin and the outline of cups showed a little bit which it why I wouldn’t wear it as a crop top, just under clothing. Its soft & comfortable to wear all day. If you are looking for support this won’t be the bralette for you. The straps aren’t adjustable but it’s very stretchy and fit perfectly on me. I am very happy with this piece and glad I spotted it. If you do buy it I suggest that you hand wash & air dry & lay it flat.

Utopia Leggings

I need to buy some new lounge / sleep wear. Utopia Wear sent me a pair of capri leggings at a discounted price in exchange for a review.
The fit was good , I do wish they were a little tighter. For me these are perfect for what I needed them for.. sleeping and for lounging around the house. They are soft, comfortable, on the thin side but not see through, easy to move around. You can layer these, work out, sleep in, lounge around. You can grab them on Amazon right now for $7.99

Have you been taking advantage of all the sales lately? What have you scored?

Straighter hair thanks to Xtava flat iron

I love my hair…. it’s long, thick , & wavy. There is also a downside to that. It’s a pain to do much with it. I have soooo much hair. When I have straightened it in the past it’s like a work out. Either half way through I’m like, ‘forget this’ or when I’m done I don’t want to move because my arms are sore.

Recently I was sent Xtava black satin hair straightener to review.

You can grab one on Amazon for $39.99

I really like the packaging. It comes in a thinner box, then a sturdy box, and inside is a bag. Inside the bag was the flat iron and realized that the bag is heat insulated. So good for when you don’t have time to wait for it too cool completely. Also great for traveling.

Xtava flat iron

I started off my spraying some hair protectant spray throughout my hair and then sectioning it off.
I then plugged it in and turned it on. At first I was confused how to turn it on. The power button & temperature control buttons are on the inside. I had to go to a high setting because my hair is really thick and wavy. Within a minute or two , it was already at the temperature I set it at ( I did 410) which was displayed on a small LCD screen.
There are directions inside to let you know the recommended setting to put you hair. ( along with safety precautions, recommendations , & caring)

Xtava flat iron

I started with the first section and loved how it smoothly glided down my hair without having to go back over it. It has dual ceramic plate technology to that disperses the heat evenly across the hair. The power cord if 9 feet long & it also has a 360 swivel so it moves as you do. I was able to move quickly through sections. It left my hair straight, smooth, & shiny. In the photo below the left side is after brushing my hair & then after using the Xtava flat iron.

Xtava Hair Straightener

Its a sleek design, it felt comfortable in my hand and was light weight. I didn’t test it but I like that it has an automatic sleep mode after 60 minutes, just in case you get to work and question yourself, “Did I turn off my flat iron?”. The rubber heat-resistant handle also eliminates potential burn risk. The Xtava Silk Edition Hair Straightener can reach professional-level temperatures of up to 430F and utilizes highly efficient infrared heat to seal in moisture and provide the longest lasting sleekness. This cutting-edge heat technology prevents hair follicle damage, protects color, and delivers results 60% faster than the average flat iron.

I can’t wait to use this more. I was very happy with the performance.

I received this product for free in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.