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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Marks & Spencer/Per Una Daffodil Coat

I bought this coat because just looking at it made me feel like spring/summer.

I am a fan of color yellow, but thanks to my skin tone I can't pull this color off in most of its hues. But as soon as I spotted this bright coat I just loved it and wanted it right away - even if the color was going to make me look like a zombie. In the store under the lamps and a lack of daylight, it looked like a highlighter yellow - the probably worst shade of yellow ever against my skin tone, but I didn't care.

After looking at it in the direct daylight, the coat showed its true colors - a lovely daffodil yellow. It has got a pretty colorful stripey lining which gives the coat an extra dosage of interest and I'd love to have a top in its colors. 

I put it on as soon as the weather let me. In fact, it was already pretty warm and I wouldn't need to wear a coat, but some ten degrees of Celsius won't stay in my way and stop me from wearing it ;-)...!

I wore it with a striped top to make a transition from the coat to the rest of what I wore. Since I couldn't wear anything really summery, but still wanted to reflect the coat's vibe into the rest of my outfit, I wore this top from Promod. Yeah, pretty straightforward, color-color, stripe-stripe...

Since I love the lining, I went back to the store to check if they don't have a top in the fabric. Because I only found a matching dress and a skirt and they were not in these exact colors I wanted, I ended up with this oversized scarf. It's beautifully multicolored, so it goes with just every color of a typical summer wardrobe. It's very versatile, there are different colors dominating different parts of the scarf and depending on which part of the scarf you let showing, the scarf can look a hundred different ways. 

The next time I wear my daffodil coat this I-had-an-accident-in-a-wall-paint-store scarf will make us company ;-).

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Review: Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers

I was in the market for a set of hot rollers for some time now. Since I have good experience with hot styling tools from Remington, I was looking at some Remington rollers sets. Until I first read about the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers.  

I think I first read about these on Laura's blog and the product's description left a good impression on me. So I started to look for them on the internet, but the few sellers who had them Europe-wide were only in the UK, no international shipping available. Well, there was one possibility - to get them from John Lewis with a special international shipping option, but the shipping cost would be nearly as high as the price of the product, making it a no real option for me.

So I was extremely happy as I found out, that got these rollers recently and ships them internationally! The shipping was extremely fast - I used a standard (no extra fast) shipping option and I had them in my hands in less than 48 hours. Since these have really good reviews all over the internet, I couldn't wait to try them out. 

Here's my review:

- duo heat technology - rollers emit heat from the inside
- butterfly clips with metal plates to emit heat from the outside of hair strands as well
- moderate heat when in hands, high heat in the hair, cools in 10 minutes
- 10 medium and 10 large velvety rollers
- LED indicator shows when the rollers are prepared to be used (2 minutes)
- cord storage in the base of the heating unit (although I personally am not able to squeeze it in)

The hot rollers come in a big box. The box is actually about twice as big as the heating unit (case) with the rollers, but it helps to keep the product safe (especially during shipping). The packaging is - according to me - pretty and leaves an impression of a quality product.

The heating unit that carries the rollers gives quite a sturdy impression. It's quite heavy, all black, with a black see-through plastic cover.

The case carries 20 rollers. These are covered in velvet, ten of them with a diameter of about 2,3 cm and ten with a diameter of 3 cm.

There is a slit in each roller, which enables the roller to sit on a metal plate in the case, that carries the heat to each roller. 

The case carries all 20 rollers complete with butterfly clips.

From inside, the clips are equipped with metal plates that emit the heat also from the outside of the rolled hair strand.

When the case is plugged in the electricity, the word "Enrapture" lights up on the front side of the case.

About two minutes after switching the unit on, this indicator shows you the rollers are prepared to be used.

After the indicator shows the rollers are prepared, you switch the unit off and begin to use them. I once left the rollers to pre-heat for too long, more than 5 minutes and they were really hot to use - the plastic parts were so hot, that I had to use my heat protectant gloves that came with some Remington hot styling tools. But if you respect the 2 (maybe 3 or 4) minutes of heating time, they are warm, but not too hot to be touched with bare hands. 

When on head, the rollers are quite heavy. I have never had another set of rollers to compare these with, so maybe other rollers aren't really light either, but with a full head of these rollers, you can definitely feel them. I have quite a long hair and it usually takes about 16 to 17 rollers to cover all the strands. 

I use them in the morning, before doing my make-up and keep them in place for about an hour. The producer's instructions say 10 minutes are enough to let them cool and set the style, but if I have more than the 10 minutes, I leave them on my head for a longer time.

I use the bigger rollers on top of my head and at the crown, to get some volume. I was quite skeptical about this volume-thing, since my hair is quite long and the longer and heavier the hair, the harder to get and keep some volume in it. But I have to say, that these really do work well. I use volumizing mousse or spray on damp hair, let them dry throughout the night and in the morning, if the hair is still wet, I finish it with a bit of blowdrying. Then use the rollers. It's important to have the hair completely dried before using the rollers, since the style won't hold on wet hair.

I like the overall results. The one thing that bothers me is that the rollers don't fight the frizziness of my hair, like some hot styling tools with ceramic (and pearl) covering I use, but this can be probably solved by running a flat iron through the hair first and roll the strands after. 

Since one picture is worth a thousand words, let's have a look at the results:

The downside of these hot rollers is the price. They are pricier than other rollers with the price tag of 74.95 pounds (on Amazon), which (with shipping costs something under 8 pounds) cost me 101€. I don't regret getting them even for this price, but it is definitely something to consider when deciding to get the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers.  

One last comment for those who would be interested in these. Since I've got these from the british Amazon web site, the plug is the british version, so if you live let's say in continental Europe, you'll need an adapter to use it (which I don't see as a problem, since they are available in every electro shop). But just so that you know...

The bottom line: 
I enjoy using the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers. I find it quite convenient to curl my hair and let the curls set while I'm doing whatever else I need. They heat up very quickly, even quicker than the time I need to do my morning coffee, it takes me less than 15 minutes to cover the whole head with the rollers and I think the curls are pretty and naturally looking. No artificial ringlets. 
Truth is, that the price tag is something to be considered when making the decision if to get the product or not, but personally I don't regret the money spent on these, since I think I'll use them a lot. 

Do you have a product you would recommend, that maybe somehow pricey for what it is, you don't regret getting? 

Please, share.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

A Nail Polish a Day

It's time to make use of my nail polishes...

I own quite a couple of them, but don't seem to wear them that often. So the last week I took some time to change my nail polish daily to match my outfit. Here are my Wednesday, Thursday and Friday picks :-).

OPI No Spain No Gain
Shirt: Ann Christine, Cardi: Street One, Belt: Vero Moda (current season)
China Glaze Heli-Yum

Blouse: Mango, Cardi: Marks & Spencer, Necklace: don't -ask-me-I-have-no-idea :-)
Parlez-vous OPI?
Cardi: Mango, Belt: Vero Moda (current season)
I'll try to keep up with this routine the next week as well. It's such a waste and shame to own a ton of beautiful polish colors and let it just lay around...  

Do you use your nail polishes regularly or just buy and let sit on a shelf peacefully...?