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Monday, 26 March 2012

OPI "Are We There Yet?"

Just a quick post on the "Are We There Yet?" OPI nail polish I got about two weeks ago...

The sun has eventually come out and stayed high up for about three days in a row, so I have been very tempted to try the new OPI nail polish, that reminds me of Spring and Summer so much, that I couldn't wear it on rainy days :-).

A swatch - no flash used:
(Mental note taken: use some cuticle cream!)


The color is everything I've expected it to be. It is a saturated orange - a shade somewhere between coral and blood oranges. The polish is shimmery, but the shimmer is only really visible in the bottle, it is barely-there when used on nails. 

The formula of the polish is nice - it is creamy, smooth and gives an opaque finish in two coats (I used two coats). 

The bottom line: a really nice polish formula-wise, beautiful color, perfect for warm sunny days. 
Very much recommended :-).
 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Bringing Spring Into My Wardrobe

One of the easy ways to update a look or incorporate new trends into a wardrobe is to get some great accessories. I absolutely love the of-the-moment Spring colors, like mint green, pink, red grapefruit or yellow. So a couple of days ago, as I was standing in Vero Moda in front of a big bunch of belts in about 15 colors, I ended up getting these. 


These obviously need to get some more holes to fit a smaller waist than the producer had in mind, but aside from this, they are great. I can wear two or three at a time and create different looks with different color combinations.   

And two more... These have a shiny finish and a golden buckle.


I wore the matte turquoise one today with a black and white damask top, purple jacket and red shoes.


While flipping through some fashion magazines the other day, I somehow ended up with an urge to get an orange clutch :-). So when I spotted this one in an Accessorize shop, no wonder it went straight home with me. It goes nicely together with the orange or mint green belt from Vero Moda. Or even both of them...

 
 
 

Talking about Accessorize... I nearly got another clutch - a peppermint blue one, but then I changed my mind and bougt this chanel-esque taupe quilted shopper with golden chain detail. Not that I wouldn't be thinking about getting another clutch anyway :-). I really like the clutchbag-for-daytime-trend, although I don't think it's the most comfortable way of carrying all my "necessary" stuff (all 5 kilos of it or something like that) around... :-)


The infinity scarf.

It's just two pieces of very different fabrics sewn together, but I find this infinity scarf from Vero Moda really pretty. It unexpectedly combines a green mint cotton with geometric shapes and canvas-like fabric with interwoven golden threads which I find pretty interesting. Just two of some styling possibilities. I wore it belted like this a couple of days ago. 
 

I like what accessories can do with an outfit - they can totally make it, or break it. Make a person look interesting and put together or let the wearer look just ridiculous. A colorful scarf, statement earrings or a fabulous bag...

... what is your favorite must-have accessory when you want your look to be "complete"?

Monday, 12 March 2012

Remington Pearl Pro Styler - Double Barreled Tong

Description:
- a double barreled tong for softly defined curls and waves



Specs: 
- ceramic coating with real (crushed) pearls
- digital display
- 130- 210°C
- heats up in 30 seconds
- cool tips
- auto shut off after 60 minutes
- 3m swivel cord
- protection glove included (not pictured)
- heat resistant pouch included
- each wand has 180 mm in diameter


The price: 30,99€
(purchased with my own money)

Review:

This double barrelled culring wand is perfect for loose waves. The curling wands are coated with the Remington typical ceramic coating and since this particular poduct comes from Remington's PEARL range, real pearls were crushed and mixed into the coating for even heat distribution. 

The curling wand is easy to use, but it is only possible with the heat resistant protection glove that comes with it. It is not possible to curl your hair without touching the wands all the time, so the glove is a must. The process is then easy - you take a section of your hair (the smaller the section, the tighter the curls/waves) and wrap it around the barrels in a shape of the number 8. Hold in place for about 10 seconds and then release to create the curl. 

It is easiest to work from the lowest part of hair up to the top layers. I am able to curl my whole hair in about ten minutes, so it is not very time consuming. 

The ceramic /pearl surface provides for easy hair gliding and smooth finish.

I think this curling iron can work for hair which is at least shoulder long. You need to be able to wrap your hair strands around the barrels in at least one "eight".  Since the waves are quite big, it also adds some volume.  

One thing that bothers me about this product: just at the bottom part of the cool barrel tips, there is a small plastic piece sticking out from the cool tip. I think it's there so that when you place the hot curling wand on a flat surface, the hot barrels are not laying directly on the mat, but the plastic thingies are keeping them up for safety reasons. This is not a bad idea, BUT! These plastic thingies are quite annoying when using the wand. The problem is, that when you want to get your hair off the wands, the intuition tells you to just let it glide down the barrels (the perfectly smooth surface of the wands would be just ideal for that), but the annoying little plastic thingies won't let you do that smoothly and will stop the strand from gliding down. To make this easier, you have to hold the hair tip of the curled-to-be strand in hand while the strand is between the barrels, than loosen it a bit and then getting it off while avoiding the plastic pieces. 
Have no idea, if this is an understandable explanation :-)...  



In fact, this is the only downside of the whole product. I have another bi-tube curling iron which I enjoyed using in the past, but the problem is, that it has no protective coating on the barrels and I feel like I damage my hair badly when using it. That's why I am happy with this purchase, I am just not fond of the shape of the cool tips for the reason mentioned above.

Now, to the results:
 

lipstick: Maybelline in Natural Rosewood, Nr. 670 (from the last post)


The bottom line: I like this product a lot. It gives me soft waves which look quite natural. Loose, beachy waves. I really like the smooth pearl surface of the barrels. This is not the only product from the Remington's Pearl range I own and I feel like the ceramic/pearl wands' coating helps to protect my hair from the heat. The thing is, that I've got naturally curly hair, but with the length and no regular trims, I am losing the curl and sometimes only the frizz in the hair reminds me of its original texture :-/. This tool helps me to create curls, which look pretty natural, so I feel like myself with this on my head :-).  Even though this is my curling wand number XY... ehm... (you don't want to know ;-)...), I don't regret getting it :-).

Have a lovely week :-)!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Lazy Sunday It Is

Cloudy and rainy. 

Latte Machiatto to lift my spirits.


Just a few things I picked up from a drugstore. Once again, I had no intention to shop for cosmetics, but, oh well... :-) The good part - I like all the products I managed to try out so far.


John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mousse - it works. You need just an amount in the size of a walnut or two, massage it into damp hair roots and style hair as needed. I don't use a hairdryer much, so after washing my hair in the evening, I just pull my entire hair into a ponytail on top of my head, go to sleep and have the volume in the morning. 
I was quite sceptical about this product at first (can it be that better to justify its higher price?), since I didn't want to cash out 10€ for a drugstore volumizing mousse that can normally cost a third of this price, but since I feel somehow partial towards John Frieda products (good experience there!), I gave in and I'm glad I did.

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer, No. 15 - is a great product. I still love YSL Touche Éclat for my under-eye circles, but this one is a winner as well. Creamy consistence, well blendable, doesn't dry overly quickly, so easy to work with. Two thumbs up!

Maybelline Fit Me! Face Powder, Nr. 220 - this face powder is no miracle, I still love my Max Factor Translucent powder, but I needed another powder to carry around with me and this one matches my skin tone. Maybelline instructions say, that the same foundation and powder color numbers should fit one skin tone, but although I wanted to try the foundation as well, no shade really fitted me. Not even the 220. Also, concealer Nr. 22 should fit my skin tone if I wear the number 220 powder/foundation, but that was not the case either. Having said that, it is a good product, that can take care of an unwanted shine. And has a mirror insde, which comes pretty handy.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstain in Tender Rose - this color looks nothing like the pale rose plastic cover of the marker, so if buying these, be sure to swatch a tester. Otherwise, it is a fun product. It is literally a lipmarker that stains lips with color which penetrates the lips and doesn't stay atop like a lipstick. I quite like the idea, since it doesn't smear like a lipstick and looks more natural. Like lips stained from eating fresh raspberries. The obligatory step before application - moisturizing. If the lips are dry, it stains the dry parts darker than the rest of the lips. It's quite durable (once, the color sticked to my lips until the next day, no matter how much I tried to get rid of it :-)).


IQ kajal pencil in Indigo Blue 3 - I just wanted a dark blue eye-pencil and this one was the right shade. It has this little rubbery thingy on the other side to smudge the color for a smokey eye effect. 


OPI Nail Polish in Are We There Yet? - I haven't worn this one yet, so I don't know about its effect on nails, but it looks like a very pretty coral with tiny glitters for an overall shimmery effect. I feel like this is a perfect Summer color, so I don't feel like wearing it just yet, because the weather is not warm and it's rainy outside. I am not there yet ;-)...

Maybelline Lipstick Natural Rosewood, Nr. 670 - I saw my colleague wearing this, liked it and bought it when having the chance. Its a mixture of pink and brown, quite a subtle natural color for everyday wear. Can't swatch it now, since it's dark outside and I need daylight to get the best results :-), but I'll do that asap. 

One more thing that is not pictured here and was brought home with me is yet another hairstyler (as if I needed more...). Since now I've got quite a share of different hairstylers and have really good experience with a lot of them (using them on a daily basis), I plan a mini-series of reviews and ways of use them / results they give. 

If interested, check back later :-)...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Colors

I've been such a lousy blogger lately. Accumulating ideas and pictures and never actually posting them. 

To tell the truth, Winter is not my favorite part of the year. Freezing cold, windy, snowy, sinister or anyhow wet weather has the ability to let me feel drained, so I am very much looking forward to Spring! This - of course, does not in any manner influence my love for Fall and Winter fashion ;-), with its palette of rich color hues and fabrics, like dark chocolate, teal, burgundy and violet, tweed, velvet and cashmere. 

Well, I'll be happy to wear these the next Winter, but for now, I'm ready for Spring. I had no plans for Spring shopping, but some pieces of clothes reminding me of Spring have already found their way into my closet :-).


I bought these on different days and weeks and only later spotted a clear inclination towards coral, pink, mint, nude and a little bit of metallic shine :-). 














coral and white infinity scarf from Vero Moda
mint pullover from Vero Moda
mint infinity shawl from Vero Moda
pink striped T-shirt from Vero Moda
pink, coral, mint, white and black scarf from Promod















from l. to r. 
silver metallic scarf from Zara
gold/champagne metallic kimono-like soft blazer from Zara
nude and grey striped oversized T-shirt from Zara
nude, grey and mint striped shawl from Zara
brown, yellow and off-white scarf from Vero Moda
oversized scarf with python pattern from Zara






There is surely much more needed than colorful clothes to make a person happy, but looking at these colors and breezy materials makes me feel like warmer days are just around a corner, even though it's still freezing outside.

Anybody else looking forward to Spring :-)...?