Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Last Outfit Post For This Month

Hi Lovelies!

How's your week going? Have you already started decorating for Christmas?

I have. Like I've told some of you, and mentioned in Twitter, I've got our tree already in a quite good shape (you can see a glimpse of it in the outfit pictures). Also, as I am in the holiday spirit already, I'll be arranging a giveaway with a cute little prize.

I'm sure you'll love it. So, come back tomorrow (that's Thursday, 1st December) to check out the giveaway.

Now, about the outfit. I wore this one on Sunday (yeah, a bit behind on my outfits, but... School is kicking my butt, so to say.) while shopping for the giveaway prize for you. It's comfy, but it has a lot of me in it.

I'm sorry about the blurry quality, my phone hates me. Not kidding.

Dear Santa Claus, please bring me a new, shiny, beautiful camera. I've been really kind. Seriously, I have.

Okay, so anyways, here's my...

Outfit of the day

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("Whaaat?" Yep, ignore the funny face. Again.)
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Linkin Park T-shirt: from the gig in Finland this summer, Denim leggings: Tiger of Sweden, Vest: H&M, Boots: Kenkä Cosmos, Feather earrings: H&M, Pink plastic pearls: second-hand, Cross necklace: GinaTricot, Bangle (with letters): Pieces (Only), Bracelet (with rivets): Europehouse, Belt: Seppälä.

That outfit was really fun to wear, as it has a lot of details in it, and colours! And, those Tiger of Sweden leggings are a real favourite. I'm so happy I got them.

Have you found any new favourites to your wardrobe lately?

As I said, I'm getting in to a full-blown holiday spirit as Christmas approaches day by day. The biggest reason might be that my fiancé promised me such an amazing gift! I'll tell you more about that after I'm allowed to open it. ;)

Anyways, as I was dreaming about the holidays, I painted my nails to match the feeling:

Manicure of the day

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As a base, Mavala's gorgeous red shade 2, Madrid. (I love how so many of these are named after cities, it's somehow cool.)

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On top of that, I added 2-3 layers of the holiday approvable shade Glitter Red. I must admit, it didn't quite work as I'd expected, but over a colourful base, it works okay. Also, it looks a bit worse in pictures than it does in real life.

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Anyways, I just got from school, and I'm now headed to the shops for food shopping and some more. :) And as I promised in some previous post, tomorrow starts my advent calendar updating on Twitter. If some of you are interested. Yes Laura, I'm referring to you. ;)

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

xoxo

Silvertigo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Glittery

Hey sweeties!

How was your weekend? :)

Mine was pretty fun, got to do lots of stuff, but also, as I was a tiny bit underdressed for the weather, I think I caught a cold. Yep, like you can imagine, I'm a bit sick. Again.

Gosh, I hate this.

Okay, it has its perks in a way. At least now, I can do some Christmas cleaning. And I put on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, which I can watch while I tidy up the place. Oh, and I started putting together our Christmas tree. It's white, glittery and beautiful.

And when it comes to Christmas, haven't done a lot of shopping for it, but...

I got you a giveaway prize already ;) It's not hugely expensive - tight budget, remember - but I think it's cool. Totally something I would like to have. But more on that on Thursday, when the giveaway opens. So stay tuned.

Anyways, as I promised on Friday, here's my outfit from Saturday's party. (Yes, I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I needed to sleep instead... Sorry!)

Outfit of the day

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Top (worn as a dress): GinaTricot, Shoes: SpiritStore, Feather headband: H&M, Handbag: Glitter, Cuff: GinaTricot, Bracelet (with fake diamonds): Spiritstore, Rings: GinaTricot.

I really loved wearing this outfit, felt totally glamorous. Though, at the end of the night, it was pretty cold, I must admit. But you know, sometimes it's simply style over comfort. ;)

I had a fun time with my fiancé's co-workers on Saturday, it was so fun to go out for a couple of drinks. We haven't really gone out that much because of the whole "let's save money for a getaway/holiday" business, I mean, unless you count in eating on a restaurant. 

Which I don't.

Anyways, I guess I should get going now, lots of things to do - need to do some school work as well as to the dishes and clean the apartment. Not too into it, but... Got to be done. 

So, everyone, have a fabulous week! I'm trying to catch up with your blogs every time I have few extra minutes to read something, but I'm more than sorry if I can't be commenting as much as I usually do.

But, blog ya later, darlings!

xoxo

Silvertigo

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shades of Brown

Hey babes,

How was your Thanksgiving? (That is, if you live somewhere where it's celebrated. I don't.)

If you missed my latest "Personal style" post because of the celebration, you can read it here. This time, just a normal outfit post, and on Sunday, I'll post a party look and also a food post. :) So that's what's going to happen this weekend.

Why a party outfit coming up? Well, my fiancé is having this pre-Christmas party with his collegues, and I'm tagging along to the after party. Haven't been at a bar for many weeks, so we'll see what'll happen. Can't wait!

Mainly excited to Finally get a proper reason to dress up!

Anyways, back to the normal day outfit.

Outfit of the Day

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Dress: "inherited" from someone, Top: Good Look, Shoes: SpiritStore, Heart necklace: gift from my mom, Leaf necklace: gift from one of my oldest friends, Butterfly ring: GinaTricot, Coat: Only.

I have secretly waited for the weather to get cold enough to bust out the brown coat I bought year ago. Still not cold enough, but I'm wearing it anyways. At least that way, I get to use my summer clothes - even though it's supposed to be winter already. Not really feeling it, though.

That dress is super short compared to the season, and oh boy, that seriously was enough to get 98% of people staring. Not my problem though, I just felt like wearing this. If I cared what people thought, I'd be wearing a tank top and jeans most of the days.

But I don't.

There was a problem with the dress though. As it is kinda light material, and it was kinda windy... Well, you do the math. Lucky that I have quick reflexes. :D

Okay, enough about that.

Moving on to nails!

Manicure of the Day

I was really into doing something colourful and girly, so here's what I came up with:

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First, Depend shade 122 to every nail. Two coats to all but not to the ones I made statement nails.

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For the statement nails, Mavala shade 214, Violet Diamond. Two coats over the bright pink base coat.

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Finally, added a top coat, and done! Very easy, right? ;)

Then, I just MUST show you couple of cute things my fiancé bought me...

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Yep, Hello Kitty chocolate figure. ;) (Because he got this chocolate christmas calendar from work and I didn't. Though he already carried chocolate home for me... Silly man.)

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And yes, because my man firmly believes I'm child enough to need a Hello Kitty toy calendar. Yes girls, you heard me. I'm 21, and my fiancé thinks it's the brightest idea ever to give me a toy calendar.

Raise your hand if you, too, are a bit (or a lot) amused by this. :D

Well, they're cute, anyways. I'll be spamming my Twitter with the surprises I'll get from that calendar, so in next month, beware! Hehe.

Okay, so now, trying to crash to bed and get some much needed sleep before tomorrow. (Which is hard to do as my man decided he must tell me some stupid spooky stories about supernatural things and now I seriously can't sleep. Fun, huh?)

Blog ya later, and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

xoxo

Silvertigo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Basics on Creating Your Own Personal Style (part 6)

Hey babes,

First, I'd like to start with thanking each and every one of you fantastic readers, who have supported me this far by commenting, following and tweeting with me! You are fabulous, people! And on the same note: If you like my blog, please, follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin'. And now, thanks to lovely Collette, I'm also on Pinterest (and promise I'll be updating my profile there this weekend!).

So, honeys, I'd love to connect with you. Like the blog on Facebook (or friend me, whatever), and I'll get back to you. Networking, you know. ;)

Okay, back to business, so to say. Today, I wanna dedicate the whole post to hair. Hairstyles, products, accessories, hairdos...

And I'm terribly sorry if there's any unlogical bits here, as I couldn't write the whole thing at once.

Great Style Deserves A Great Hair Too

Like most of you know, I got a new haircut just few days ago. That inspired my to - finally - write the sixth piece of the "Personal Style" series. Hopefully, it'll give ideas about hair, and of course, I'll appreciate every single comment, tip, link, anything that will complete this post (in case I'll forget something important from here).

But to get to the point:

What are the vital steps for beautiful hair?

1. Keep it healthy

We've surely all seen (and maybe even experienced) the awfullness of badly treated hair. The split ends, dryness, itching scalp, even thinning... You know what I'm talking about. Excessive colouring of the hair is probably the number one thread to your hair. It makes the hair damaged and dry, and it's not that healthy to your scalp or the rest of your body, for that matter.

They aren't that safe, even though they are carefully tested.

Secondly, don't over-treat your hair. Believe it or not, you can wash it too much. Here in Finland, we're often told to wash ourselves every day with a lot of shampoo and soap, but really, it's not good for you. Two years ago, I got frustrated about my hair being all thin and slippery (meaning it was impossible to make any 'do to it), and started to find out what can I do about it. Amazingly, I found out that I was over-washing it, and with wrong products. I changed my ways, and couldn't be happier with my hair.

Also, what goes with healthy hair is your diet! Vitamins, vegetable oils and of course, water, are vital for a beautiful, shiny hair.

2. Go easy on the colour

So, really listen to your stylist when it comes to hairdye. Especially if you're blonde, like me. We blondes have to be extra careful with haircolour, as the blonde dye is made so that it breaks the structure of the hair, making the natural pigment of the vanish from it. That leads to dry, and unhealthy hair, if you're not careful enough. I know many girls, who've determinitely bleached their hair, even though their natural colour is pretty dark, and in the end, professionals have banned them from bleaching so that their hair woudn't fall off altogether. Amazingly, I've never had that. Okay, I'm pretty blonde naturally, but still.

If you can change your colour enough with just highlights, always go for that. It'll be more healthy for the hair. And for the long-haired ladies out there, my pro tip is to stay as close to your original shade as possible, that way, you don't have to dye the hair all the time (because of the roots), and also, it saves you for chopping the damaged ends off all the time. With a shorter hair, you can go a bit more crazy, as the material "cycles" so much more quickly.

3. Find the perfect cut

Get inspired by fashion magazines, runways, movies, anything... Consult a hair stylist, if you can't decide. Cut yourself bangs, get the whole thing layered, chop it short, get it feathered... Nowadays, there's not really a thing you can't do with your haircut. And the professionals are professionals for a reason. ;)

Personally, I wouldn't give up on my layered style for anything, at least when I'm keeping it long. And even though I didn't plan for it, I love my "surprise bangs" to bits. Thank you Hanna, you're seriously the best hair stylist ever! (Can't wait for the next time, then it'll be time for highlights) I realize that I don't have too mcuh to say about the cuts, as they can be awesome whichever way. It all comes down to right treating, at the end.

Wait, there is something I meant to say. No matter if you're hair is long or short, a great tip is to make the cut versatile. I mean, if you're like me, and get bored easily, espcially if the 'dos are hard to do to the cut. I think my stylist nailed the versatility part, though she honestly told me, that long hair is always less creative in cuts than a short one.

4. Choose the right products

This depends mostly on your hair type. As we all know, there are tons of different products out there, and sometimes it's a real pain to find the right ones. I believe I'm still on a journey on finding my perfect products, but as for now, I feel these ones are great. For me, at least.


Shampoo

Great shampoo is a vital. Unless your going for the poo-less routine, which is totally cool. Google "the curly girl method" if you're interested. Anyways, here are some products I've used lately (e.g. I found from the bathroom for the post).

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TIGI Bed Head Superstar. A very girly product with a fancy smell, that makes the hair shiny and pretty, but for me, didn't really boost the volume. Slight disappointment, but nothing I couldn't handle.

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John Frieda Go Blonder. A shampoo for lightly "bleaching" your hair. I have liked this product quite a lot, but don't really have enough patience to wait for the results... :D

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Four Reasons Silver Shampoo. Works like magic IF you have a very light base. I used this one quite a lot last winter, but noticed later that it dries out the hair a LOT. So, after that, not so much silver shampoo for me. Good product otherwise.

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The Body Shop Banana Shampoo. My first step towards a bit more natural shampoos, and has played it's place well. The smell is a bit funny, but not bad. Also, makes the hair look healthy, and feel clean.

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Last but not least: Goldwell DualSense Green. Shampoo without many unnecessary chemicals, such as silicones, fragrances, colour... Fell in love with it few weeks ago and last weekend, I finally found this product on sale! Yay! It was a must-buy. I love how this really makes the hair feel clean, unlike many other products.

Conditioner

Even more crucial than a good shampoo, is a working conditioner. At least for a hair like mine. Above, you saw conditioners for the shampoos I use. Here, I listed ones I use alone.

Alone, great word as I onyl have one product here... :D

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XZ Intensive Care Conditioner, with the scent of xylitol and honey. This makes my hair incredibily soft and shiny, but of course it's not for everyday use. It's kind of a strong product.




Hair mask

Hair masks are a great way of pampering your hair every once in a while. I compare it to giving a massage and a bubble bath.

And yes, I know how silly that sounds.

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Crestol Professional Colour Gloss Conditioner. Lightly colouring conditioner that enhances the shade of the hair while treating it all the same. This is a product I bought after getting tired of fighting the yellowness, or gold pigment, whatever, on my hair and decided that let's go all the way and make it all golden. I like this product very much, as it really brightens the colour and also makes the hair soft and shiny. Love it.

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XZ Hair Mask, Vanilla & Chocolate. My favourite hair mask all time! I love, love, love the smell so badly, and the way it makes the hair... Oh my.

Leave-in conditioner

Necessary everyday product for the shiny, soft, silky hair. Couldn't imagine living without it. One of the biggest bad hair day savers a girl could have.

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XZ Vanilla Chocolate Leave-In Conditioner. Spray, comb and go! This is a similar necessity as a mascara is for eyes. Even though I've heard people saying this product makes the hair all dirty and flat, I've never noticed it. Maybe it is because I always brush my hair head upside down after spraying the condish.You know, whatever works.

Heat protection

I know I've said this many times before, you should never - and I mean, Never - use any heat-inculded styling item - curler, straightener, etc. - without using heat protection at the same time. It doesn't let hair damage so much, and many times, it adds shine and smoothes the hair all the same.

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At the moment I'm using Got2B Guardian Angel, but to be honest, I'm not so much in love with it. Yes, it does it's job, but... I kinda want more from it. Some of you fantastic readers once told me to try Aussie heat protection, and I've decided to give it a go as soon as I get a hold of one. ;)

Hairspray

A classic for finishing your hairdo. Not much to say here, just... Find the one for your hair type. I'm trying, too.

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Four Reasons Volume Spray. I've only used this twice, so not sure what I think about it. But I promise to let you know when I do!

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Wellaflex Shiny Hold. I love this product so, so much (not sure why I didn't buy a new bottle instead of the above one...). It holds the hair nicely, smells quite okay, and doesn't make the hair all nasty. Everything I dare to hope for from a hairspray.

Hair powder (or dry shampoo)

This product is a must-have for any outgoing girl out there! Such a saviour when you're in a hurry and seriously don't have the time to wash (or do) you're hair. Makes the surfer chic look so much more reachable. And, it adds volume, too. I could go on about how great hair powder is, like, the whole day. But this time at least, I won't. ;)

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Four Reasons Hair Powder. The Best Product EVER! This has saves countless amount of days to me, and don't know what to even write about it. It's just a total lifesaver for my hair. <3

Wax


Not really having any wax at the moment, so no picture, but what I think is that anyone who likes curls, should have wax. It's a great product for finishing touches to party curls.

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5. Treat it with a right equipment


It's hard to treat and style your hair without any equipment. I go by with only four things or so when it comes to blow-dryers and so, but I know some of you might feel it's awfully little. No shame there, quite the opposite. I'm just not handy enough to bring anything new to my ritual just yet.


Brushes and combs

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Patheticly enough, I couldn't find for the picture anything else but my brush. Fortunately, this brush is my main thing. It's natural fibres, so that it doesn't make the hair all frizzy and all over the place. And it helps the shiny look so much, also taking care of the messy hair.

Blow-dryer

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My Baby(liss). Adorable pink little (er, not so little) thing that works wonders. Tried to photo all the add-ons to create a feeling how it's like. I love how it has a "cool" blow as an option too, as it feels more gentle to the scalp.

Styling iron

To save money and to learn more handy with my hair, I purchased two years ago a styling iron. I'm still amazed how you can use the same item to both straighten and curl your hair.

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Remington's styling iron is my trusty item, as I can both straighten and curl with it. Didn't really agree on the DVD that came along - it was crappy. :D But in case this isn't cool enough - or special enough - for you, check out the one introduced a couple of days ago in A Little Obsessed. Now that's what I call high quality styling ;) (and if you haven't already subscribed to that blog, do so now. There's amazing make-up rewievs all the time!)


I want something extra, what can I do?


So, you feel like brushing your hair and curling it a bit isn't enough? Try these:


Buy extensions

And by that, I mean the clip-on ones. Easy to add, easy to remove, and when worn right, they don't really even damage your hair. Remember to find out what's your local quality supplier, as there's a ridiculous amount of variety in the quality of the sold extensions. My advice would be to go for the Remy hair. It's more expensive, sure, but doesn't break down the way the plastic ones do.

Now just remember, don't go overboard with this. It's enough to have so much extra that you'll have a bit longer/thicker hair. That's all.
 
Learn to really do your hair

Hairdos are a work of art. In a way, at least. I can fairly admit, I suck at doing my hair. But, with a little help of my friend YouTube, I have learned a lot.

So, I think you'll guess my advice here. Go to YouTube, search hair tutorials, and really watch.

Easy.

Buy (or craft) nice accessories

Accessories can be the crown for your hairdo. Below are pictures out of my collection of hair accessories. They're not much, but thought they'd compliment the post at some level. I'm sure you all know what these are for, so I'll keep the text at minimum.

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Hair crushes

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Blake Lively

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Jessica Szohr

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Nina Dobrev

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Eva Longoria

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Rihanna


Of course I have also a lot of Blogger hair crushes too, more than I dare to name, but I'll talk about them some other time. (As the post is already too long!)


What is my hair routine?


The answer is, I don't really have one. Except that I go with the flow, and always, always condition. Trying to avoid using shampoo more than 2-3 times a week, and use dry shampoo, or even plain water instead. Also I watch what I eat and drink loads of water. Keeping it simple, you know.


And the final question remains: Dear readers, what belongs to your hair routine? What are the best tips and tricks for your perfect hair? And who is your latest hair crush?


This is all for now, hope you enjoyed (I know this is a bit long post, but you know how in this series, I try to tell as much as I know about the subject). Next time I'll post to this series, I'll talk about nails. So stay tuned for that.


Also, in the beginning of December, there'll be a new giveaway. Will be telling more when we et closer ;)

Blog ya later, lovelies!

xoxo

Silvertigo