Friday, July 24, 2015

"Irresistible Me" Sapphire 8 in 1 Curling Wand Review

If you read my blog regularly, like I read Chuck Palahniuk quotes and pretend I'm hardcore and cool like his characters, you'd probably know by now I suck at three things - makeup, hair, and being cool.
I was contacted by Irresistible Me to review one of their products and just because I am terrible at styling my own hair I decided to review their Sapphire 8 in 1 Curling Wand! (solid logic right there!)
Irresistible Me is a brand based in New York, which offers gorgeous 100% Remy human hair extensions, wigs, as well as hair accessories and tools. Their Sapphire Curler has 8 curling barrels and looks like a high tech gadget straight from the future, and I do like me some gadgets, especially if they make me look pretty or can microwave popcorn!
The curling wand is truly a magic wand, scroll down to have a peek at my review and the sexy curls I did all by myself! Yes, I can adult too!


My curler arrived in less than a week after it got shipped, which is basically my wet dream and I am super thrilled about the speed! Shipping to Bulgaria is always an "adventure", you never know if you'll ever get your package and if it will arrive whole or sliced in half, or with poisonous vipers swirling in it.
The wand came in this luxurious box case with metal clips on the front.


Inside the box is a leather pouch case containing many goodies my shaky hands hysterically removed one by one and photographed for your viewing pleasure.
Observe!

Curling wand handle, a very bad ass looking heat-resistant glove, 8 curling barrels, heat-resistant stand which you can see on the other photo below, and, with the risk of sounding like a telemarketer, BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

The wand also has an auto shut off feature in case your forget to unplug it and leave your home. I actually tested it, because I'm a cynical bastard and don't believe in the power of good intentions. When I called dad to brag about my new curler he said he doesn't believe in the auto shut off feature as well. The gene pool of my family is consisted of cynicism, social apathy and pretty green eyes, so I suppose it's not all bad! Any who, I left the wand unattended for several minutes and it shut down! AND started cooling off!!! @_@ What is this sorcery!

Another pretty darn nifty trick is the locking mechanism. When you attach the barrel just slide the handle so the arrow is pointing the closed padlock and done! Injuries related to the barrel falling off, averted!

The LED screen on the wand shows the temperature you're at - both Celsius and Fahrenheit (thank you for this, I have no notion of this Fahrenheit) and you can pump it up or down until you set it to the right temperature for your lovely melon. Maximum temperature is 230°C and I timed how long it would take to reach that heat - under 3 minutes! WHOA!

The wand also has dual voltage. I'm not even going to pretend I know what that is! I had to ask the boyfriend and Google what the hell dual voltage means. The wand is American, so if it didn't had dual voltage, it wouldn't work for my country and I would have to get an electrical converter. Dual voltage basically means it would work in most countries around the world. The only thing I had to buy was a plug adapter, because the US plug doesn't fit here. Adapter here costs 0,56USD, as cheap as my underwear!


I decided to try out 5 barrels and show you what each barrel is capable of doing. I have zero knowledge and brain capacity to operate electrical appliances. Making cream with a mixer is a challenge I accept with Viking proportions of self sacrifice, strength and courage, add to that the fact that styling hair is something I completely and utterly suck at and I was almost certain the hairdos would look awkward.
I was also very skeptical and didn't think these barrels would actually create different curls, but they did and let me tell ya, I made some pretty chic curls!!! Which means, this wand is perfect for professionals, but also for people who have no idea what they're doing! So, let us proceed!

The tips of the barrels are rubber and they don't heat up, so even if you're not using the protective glove, it's all good. I used the glove for two curling sessions, then tried  without it - no casualties!
The first barrel I'm going to show you is the 13mm beauty! 

13mm


The 13mm is perfect for creating volume and crazy tiny curls. It made me look like a fiery lioness. I personally connect this hairstyle with beach times and surfing, don't ask me why, don't know!

 Sorry for the tag, too lazy to hide it....


32mm


I chose the 32mm because it's huge and I didn't think it would work on my short thin hair. But what do you know, it did! It created this lovely delicate wave, which would look even prettier on girls with long hair. Think this one would be perfect if you're aiming for a romantic innocent appearance. I had a hard time curling the back of my hair, but you can still see the difference.



 18/9mm


The 18/9 mm is a reverse barrel that creates very interesting shapes. It made these tight, kind of french style curls. They have that effortless feel, but with a dash of elegance. Perfect for fancy events!



 13/25mm


The 13/25mm is another reverse barrel which I was dying to try out. It created one of my favorite type of curls, another very romantic style but with an untamed heart. 


I like the subtle flow of the curl - loose and wavy, and easy going. Would wear this often, especially when I want to go that extra mile and look like I've put little more effort into how I look, instead of the usual attire - pajama and Doritos stains.

Tag showing here too, sorry not sorry!

Made a thing here..I was wondering if the spot on the ceiling was a spot or a cockroach. 

 Pearl


Last but not least, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! I wanted to try out the pearl barrel because it was the most weirdly shaped, and now it's my favorite! Gimme weird and I embrace it! It created these hardcore, just got out of bed curls which I absolutely adore! I'd wear this daily for the rest of my life!





Totally just woke up like this, now bring me breakfast mortal!

Conclusion!

Oh yeah, I forgot we're doing a review here! I had so much fun making all these playful curls! The Sapphire Curling Wand is sleek, easy to use, intelligent and perfect for creating tons of unique hairstyles. The curls last for 2 days, even though on the second day they're not as bouncy, but I think it all depends on the hair.
The leather pouch is handy for traveling, although I might take just one wand with me, not the whole batch, it's still super easy to carry in your luggage. My only beef with the wand is perhaps the price - 199$, but I think people with more skills and knowledge of hair would find this product a worthy investment. You pay more, but get more - more quality, more extra perks, more curls and more pretty! Strongly recommend to anyone who likes to play with hair. 10/10!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bohemian Bell Sleeve Dress and Random Thoughts About Stuff

Have you ever been so lazy and apathetic, you came home and immediately splattered yourself across the couch like a starfish, then realized you had to pee, but you couldn't sum up the strength to get up and instead you just continued to lie on the sofa, sizzling and squirming like a grilled sausage, thinking you're gonna die from a bursting bladder?
This happens to me way too often than I'd like to admit....Last night I had to endure watching a cheesy soup opera, because I couldn't lift my arm to change the channel, had to pee too, but I decided death by bladder was better than moving. 


Maybe it's this heat wave, but I say this to myself for 6 years now, there's always this one thing that conveniently is the reason for my laziness: the heat, just ate, took a shower, read a difficult book, drank too much.  
I see all these people who do these exciting things like bungee jumping and tequila shots, while the mere thought of preparing a damn sandwich makes me tired already. I often think of how different it would be if I wasn't so lazy and...well....not me. Maybe I would be an astronaut, who makes her own damn sandwiches!



Summer is one of the seasons which really puts this into perspective, since you have all this pressure to do stuff. You HAVE to HAVE fun, you have to swim in the ocean, go to pool parties, go on walks, go to concerts, visit summer theaters. THE PRESSURE!!! You don't get so violently pushed to have fun during other months, on the contrary, people are so depressed their vacation is over they stay silent for half an year, just typing away their sadness on the keyboard.


Maybe the reason behind me acting like an old slipper is the age.....26 is a big number, (I can hear the sound of people over 30, contemplating bashing my head in the pavement) but honestly, can't see any other reason for it. We (me and the boyfriend) usually visit the sea every summer, but we'll be skipping vacation time this year.  I literally can't be bothered to have a vacation. It all seems so emotional and important, it makes me cringe.


When my friends hear this newsworthy information, they usually don't care, because it's not important (duh), but many times people would say: "But you're so young, you have to live now!!!!".
My parents were one of those people, which really surprised me, because they are the only ones who have a justified reason to be happy that I won't be going anywhere, since from their point of view, traveling in a vehicle equals certain death!
They kept trying to lure me in with tempting travel packages and same old comments: you're young, life is short, blah blah.


After turning 26 I've not only become more "meh", but I've stopped seeking the approval of others. Keit from the past would do axel jumps to get the attention of someone she doesn't have anything in common with and even someone who's smart as a sponge. But now it all seems so pointless. Even if I get the approval and friendship of someone what then? I'd have to spend my time with someone, instead of just lounge and watch the new season of Marco Polo? NO THANK YOU!


When I was 20 there wasn't a force in the world that would stop me from getting drunk in a shady heavy metal club and almost drown from too much beach time, but now, well, let's just say I'm quite content with just stalking Hugh Jackman on Facebook and reading magazines. Thrilling!
What about you guys, do you have any summer adventures up your sleeve? Or more laid back plans? Or maybe you don't give a damn? 


 Fashiony part!

I may not search the approval of others, but I'm delighted when I get it. And I've been getting it a lot on the day I wore this dress. I ordered  this bohemian gem from Choies and never even considered it would be so beautiful and unique in real life. People were staring at it so intensely I thought they might burn a hole into the fabric. Speaking of holes, you may have seen the bra peeking here on numerous occasions, translation - always, it's my only bra appropriate for the outside world, so bare with me! You don't even wanna know how the other ones look!


The dress has all these little details that make it a one of a kind jewel in the crown that is my wardrobe. It has cuts on the arm (breezy!), bell sleeves and laces on the front. The waist was a bit loose, so I tied it with a belt which helped to create a more sleek silhouette. 
I chose to add a very bohemian feather hair clip and stone ring into the mix and pump up the boho vibe to the extreme! Boyfriend said my hair looked like a pigeon died inside, but I'm more than happy with this feather clip, it's pretty and edgy, ok?!



The dress is somewhat similar to Bulgarian traditional costumes, so maybe that's why people were staring, or maybe it's because I look damn well in this dress! What do you guys think? Likey?  
How would you style this dress? All I can think of is a basic casual set, any ideas of how to spice it up?


Bohemian bell sleeves dress - c/o Choies, Feather hair clip - c/o Choies, Stone Ring - c/o Choies, Backpack & Belt - Second Hand

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

JORD Cherry Wood Watch Review And A Layered Summer Outfit

If you're like me and you browse the internet more than you browse your real life, you've probably already seen many bloggers sharing their intricate and beautiful wooden watches from JORD. If you're a person who spends time outside, across the oxygen-filled lush meadows of mankind (shame on you) and you've never heard of JORD, let me give you the tour.

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After years of spending my time blogging in my underwear and eating cornflakes straight from the box, I've come across a vast array of companies, brands, designers and magazines. I've been used to all kinds of treatment: bad, good, weird, stalker-ish, awful, borderline crazy. I've rarely been surprised by the kindness of people and it's always such a pleasant discovery. It's like opening the fridge and finding out the ice cream from last week you very thoughtfully decided to stash away. It's like all your ex-boyfriends simultaneously just turned bald and fat!


JORD are one of those rare breeds that surprise me. Their staff were so kind and easy to communicate with, it's like they're real people....Seriously though, communication is a big pet peeve for me, don't know why. Perhaps it's because I like to talk and write long sentences garnished with dozes of awkward jokes, but communication is important, it's seals the deal, whether it's with a brand or with someone I decide to stalk, with the hopes that we'll become best friends.
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JORD's kind treatment was the icing of a very fat and layered cake, one that would kill you if you eat it. The cherry on the icing is their amazing collection of wood watches. JORD derives from Swedish and means earth, soil, land. They strive to create sustainable, efficient watches from all natural untreated wood and every watch has it's own unique feature.
The one I picked is the 94A Cherry, because of it's masculine charisma. It came in this beautiful wooden box, cozily tucked in with a chubby pillow. The clips work perfectly, the watch is bulky and thick, the color is a rich brick hue.


Upon ordering your watch, for an additional 10$ you can size it to fit your wrist perfectly and in the box you get an additional link just in case you measured your wrist half-assed and ended up with the wrong measurements. The box also had a cleaning cloth and warranty card which were well welcomed bonuses! JORD also ship internationally, so if you're like me, washed away in Eastern Europe which crazy people still visit thinking it's exotic and cool for some weird reason, don't worry, you can still order and it'll get here fast! They ship with USPS First Class and USPS Priority Mail and my watch which was sent with USPS First Class arrived for less than a week!


The watch is splash proof, which means it's suited for my all time "favorite" kitchen activies (the horror!!!) pool leisure or the beach. But don't be a smart-ass an dive right in with it, since it's not suited for full water submersion. This might damage the wood or the integrity of the links and restrict their movement.

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I am in love with my new cherry wood watch and very happy by the smooth collaboration with JORD. From communication, through shipping, packaging and product quality, everything was more than satisfying. I strongly recommend you visit their site. Their watches may be a bit damaging to the wallet, but if you want to invest in a timeless piece, one that is durable and beautiful, or just want to make someone happy by treating them with an interesting and unique gift JORD is your kind of brand. 
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Now for some outfit talk! Upon receiving my new watch I decided it was high time I spend at least 2 hours outside so I extracted myself from our cave home and went to a very busy, hipsterish cafe with the boyfriend. Tell you this, going outside is actually kind of good, just have to remember to do it from time to time. We met a few friends, talked about authority and the importance of uniforms (we're an intelligent bunch) then almost starved to death, bought burgers, ate them on a secluded bench like deranged animals, waited a few minutes for the food to settle in and went back home to fall asleep in front of the telly.


We were going to visit a cafe that is situated at the heart of the city and I wanted to look pretty. I'm very much sick of the basic summer attire with no layers. It's very hard for me to layer during summer, I have no idea how to do it, so I forced myself into figuring out a way.






For the base I added the essentials: simple shorts and a tunic with lace hem, then added a muscle tee on top, a floral kimono type cardigan, knee high socks and my nondesigner canvas bag.
The proportions here are just the right length, which I think helped to make the outfit look neatly tight and packaged. I decided to dress up for the watch, so I chose the colors accordingly: blue, burnt orange, rich brown and purple.


Do you likey? Have you ever shopped from JORD? Have you heard of them? What are your impressions? 


Canvas Bag - Second Hand (Remix), Orange lace top - Second Hand, Camel Boots - Choies, Bracelets on the right hand - Here & Here, Bracelets on the left hand - Nowistyle, Wood Watch - c/o JORD, Floral cardigan - H&M (from an outlet), Feather print top - Stylemoi
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