A few weeks ago I received an email from a woman named Katrina Burbank, asking me to do a review on her hair products. Since I love to learn about new products, I happily agreed with an understanding that my review would be completely honest, as always.
As Katrina and I worked together at selecting a few products for me to try, I enjoyed getting to know her and asked if she’d be willing to do a little bit of Q&A as well. She gladly agreed, so this review will be a mix of my opinions and Katrina’s story.
The three products Katrina sent me to review were the Copper Butterfly You-Pins, an Enchanting Medley Hair Band, and a small Flexi in the Marrakesh Romance design. Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite hair tools.
The You-Pins are a tool for securing buns and twists of all shapes and sizes. I initially expected these to be my favorite product, as I love putting my hair up but am prone to headaches or just plain fine-hair-slippage-problems. These pins keep my bun in place, and are both simple to put in and quick to remove. (I’m a pregnant mama, so I let my hair down and take a nap at every opportunity).
Did you ever try Spin-Pins? These are so much easier and better. I do love these pins, and expect to make serious use of them during warmer months, but right now they’re more of my lazy-day option.
The Hair Band
When Katrina and I discussed which items I should try, I expressed interest in the headband, but told her that I have a few problems: I talk my headbands off (Yes, you read that correctly: t-a-l-k. I guess my ears wiggle too much?), and I am super prone to headaches. She assured me that the band would stay in place, and was pretty certain I wouldn’t experience a headache.
Unfortunately, I can’t give my concrete opinion on this one because I suffer severe headaches during pregnancy, so I don’t know what wearing the headband would be like in non-pregnant mode. I do know that it stays in place. Seriously. The elastic band that sits under your hair is adjustable, so you can set it to your preferred level of snugness. I love that I can one day use this headband for my daughter, when she eventually has hair. (I’m planning for a bald baby so that I’m not disappointed this time around.)
[Cue choirs of angels.] This is one product I was not expecting to love, but Katrina insisted that I choose one and so I did.
The Flexi is like duct tape for hair—it fixes everything. You can do ponytails, buns, clip back a few wisps of hair, or do a full up-do, all while using a product that won’t damage your hair. Eventually, I’d like to collect some Flexis in all sizes and colors.
My current favorite style uses the Flexi as I would a claw, when I get hot and have to put my hair up partway through the day (or five minutes after putting on my makeup, as is often the case). I do a simple twist, throw on the Flexi, and look amazing. Plus—and this is a huge plus for me—the Flexi stays put and doesn’t tug at my hair or cause a headache.
When I asked Katrina to tell me about her favorite product, this was her reply:
“Well, the flexi of course! As far as which style, right now I am really loving the Hues of Blues, it’s just so bright and happy and perfect for a dreary winter. And the You-Pins are becoming a favorite, I use them a couple of times a week. I love how they hold all my hair up so comfortably. I just got a set of the Ruby Bouquet and they look so fancy, makes mopping and changing diapers a bit more glamorous.”
All in all, you can’t go wrong with any of the Lilla Rose products I’ve tried, and I can assure you that Katrina is a helpful consultant. I love that she balances her business with a busy home life (she’s a homeschooling mom of a handful of littles) and keeps her priorities in order. Here’s what she had to say about this balance:
“One of the things I learned early on was that I need ‘office hours’ or I lose control of everything. I also now have an AMAZING Erin Condren planner that I know will help me keep everything organized. Since I homeschool I make sure that when I am teaching, that all I focus on is teaching. When I’m doing an activity with the kids, then no work calls! This has meant a huge lesson in self-control for me, and has meant I need to keep the computer turned off during the day. ‘Quickly’ logging on to check messages turns into a pinterest session and means that the toddler turns herself into a tiger with a ballpoint pen. The great thing about this business is the ability to set my own hours, so if I am having a super-busy week with family I can let my team and customers know, and not feel pressured to always be ‘on duty.’ And at the same time I don’t feel like I am selling my family short and only giving them my leftovers after a day of work.”
How can you not want to give a person like that your business?
To check out Katrina’s shop, you can click here. She also has a great YouTube channel for walking you through the various ways to wear Lilla Rose products. Items take about a week to arrive, so there’s still time to snag some last minute Christmas gifts. Enjoy!
Click below to enter Katrina’s drawing for the Lilla Rose product of your choice. The raffle closes on December 19th.
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