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3/4″ FITI Babii Nano-Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron Review

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I got this straightener for $1 CAD when I ordered my Clarisonic Mia 2 on Fabove.ca last month. (Yes, you read that right. $1.00 CAD!) The offer is still on now, if you’re looking to get a Clarisonic.

I’d left this FITI iron at Dark’s place because I already had my Solia hair straightener (featured here) at home, and it’s always nice to have a straightener for those bad hair day emergencies.

I was so glad I had this iron at Dark’s because when I got up the morning of Dark’s program ceremony, my hair was in disarray. There was a huge wave in my hair from having slept on it slightly damp; my bangs were pointing in the wrong direction – and you know how bangs can make or break a look, right? I looked in the mirror and was horrified. He had gone out earlier for the official ceremony, but he let me know he was coming back to pick me up. I had less than 30 minutes to get up and get dressed for the formal events. And you have no idea how long it takes for me to put on makeup (I am an amateur).

The FITI Babii iron is pretty small for a hair straightener. The plates are hardly thicker than the width of my thumb, and no longer than my finger, as you can see in the picture. Surprisingly though, it heated up very quickly, within a minute or two. There’s no indication light to say it’s on, so you’ll just have to actually read the position of the switch. There’s also a fair range of temperatures to adjust between.

I didn’t have any heat protectant but the pea-sized amount of Biosilk Silk Therapy I’d run through my damp hair the night before after showering. Normally, I’d clip up my hair into layers and straighten small sections, starting with the bottom. But since I was running short on time, I just ran the FITI iron through my dry hair once in small sections around my head without bothering with the layering. It took less than 5 minutes – my hair is pretty thin to begin with, so the heat managed to get through no problem.

My hair was pretty straight afterwards – you can’t even tell that the bangs were actually previously bent and pointing in the wrong direction. This small little 3/4″ iron packs a surprisingly big punch:

This is Dark’s sweater – it was very cold and windy outside

According to Fabove, the 3/4″ FITI Babii Nano-Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron retails for $120 CAD, but Fabove offers it for $45 CAD if you want to buy it on its own. If you don’t own a straightener, I’d spend the extra money and get a full-sized one, especially if you have long, thick hair. It would take much less time with larger plates and a higher temperature. If you travel a lot, have thin hair like I do, or have shorter hair, a smaller iron might not be such a bad investment. But for $1 CAD, I am super satisfied with this iron! Biggest steal, ever.

10 hours later, after the windiest day I’d ever experienced (we were actually being blown away – one step forward, two steps back, and I was not walking in a straight line at all), my hair was still pretty good:

By the way, this is the boldest lip I have ever worn, beyond my usual lip balm, gloss, or nude lip. It was a snap decision right before we left, and once I applied it, there was no time to go back and undo it. It was risky, too, because it was the first time I tried it: Lancome’s Sugared Maple – the lipstick I got with my Lancome GWP haul in February. It’s a lot of colour for someone who never wears lipstick! And a bit intimidating. But I had little opportunity to look in the mirror so I was less self-conscious that I’d normally be.

I know the pictures are of terrible quality, but I hadn’t intended to do a FOTD. Still, if you’re curious, the makeup I had on was:

  • MUFE HD Microperfecting Primer in 0 (sample)
  • MUFE HD Foundation in #118 (sample)
  • NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base
  • MUFE Aqua Cream in 13 (inner) and 15 (outer)
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink
  • Buxom Lash Mascara
  • TheBalm Hot Mama blush
  • Lancome Sugared Maple lipstick

And the outfit for a day-evening out in cold windy weather:

Firstly, please please please excuse the mess – this is Dark’s room, but it was the only full-length mirror in his apartment. I would never otherwise have photographed myself with such a background. *ahem*

Outfit:

  1. red dress from Suzy Shier for $22 CAD
  2. black belt from a shirt-belt duo from Forever 21
  3. black buttoned knee-high socks from Yesstyle.ca on sale for $5.70 CAD (orig $15)

I know it seems silly to have worn knee-high socks with a nice dress, but it was really cold and windy. I wore my brown ALDO boots over them, so it just looked like I had two-toned knee-high boots, I guess.

It was a fun day – plus any day you really get to glam up and look spiffy is a good day in my books!

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Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

9 thoughts on “3/4″ FITI Babii Nano-Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron Review

  1. Oh yay, nice straight hair! This reminds me though: you know how we never think our natural hair is straight enough, but Caucasians are super jealous of our “straight hair?” I’m thinking even something as simple as this has cultural connotations :p

    • Well, we always want what we don’t have! I know lots of Asian ladies that get their straight hair permed all the time, and then Caucasians seem to be the ones who want straighteners.

      But yes, it’s true that sometimes we still feel our straight hair isn’t straight enough – that’s why I wanted a straightener in the first place. Didn’t even want to fix a bad hair day simply by tying it up 😛

  2. Great review – I am addicted to my flat iron!

  3. Love the fit of the dress. Quite jealous since I haven’t really been able to find clothes that fit me well without making me look like a tramp…. That hair straightener is such a DAMN BARGAIN!!!! 0_0

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