Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hot Heads Extensions, Review

 Well, I finally went and took that step to have long hair 24/7. Above is my before and after using Hot Heads extensions!
^^ My Dirty Looks extensions in 26" inches.
To those who may not know, I've been wearing clip on Dirty Looks extensions for over two years. The one thing, is that since I've been on a fitness kick, and all my hair washing, the whole upkeep and staying matched to my extensions, clipping them on and off and styling has been pretty annoying. Now with summer weather being so hot and all too, I can't even bring myself to clip on the blanket of hair. 

Now that I have a stylist I trust with my hair, I asked her about a more permanent solution, and she told me about Hot Heads. 

Now, I've had a history trying out different types of extensions. 
I've tried tape extensions like 8 years ago, and I hated them, especially because they were so thick and long and the grow out was horrible, and we had to use tape and heat to bond it, and I honestly wouldn't do it again. I've also tried keratin bonded extensions where you basically glue individual hairs  to the root of your hair to add thickness and length, and that shed like crazy for me, and you can't reuse the hair you buy. So, def not doing that again. And obviously the one extension type that I loved and stuck with were clip ins.

So, when my stylist told me that Hot Heads were a type of tape in extension, I was REALLY antsy, but she was like, no, the tape is really thin, no heat is required, and the wefts are like 1" inch and a half so grow out won't be annoying and you will barely feel them! So, after I did my $200 USD down payment, I waited a week for the hair to ship in and we were good to go.

Okay, so let's break down the pricing at my salon and what it goes to~

So, the $200 down payment was to order the hair, which is 20 inches in length [6" inches shorter than my regular extensions, great for this hot weather] and I used two packs, so $100 a pack I'm assuming?  The hair is real human hair with cuticles in tact and going in the same direction, so it lays flat and can be reused. Each pack has twenty 1 1/2 inch tapes that have the hair attached.
Which means that one pack will make 10 complete wefts, since the tape sandwiches one piece of hair, like the picture on the right. 

Since my hair is on the thin side and relatively long, I only needed two packs, or 20 complete wefts to fill out my hair for length and retrain a good blend into my natural hair.

The remaining $450 I paid the day of application, with that price comes application, dye job, trim, and styling. Application, like my stylist said, used no heat~ She just parted my hair where needed, worked in small sections and sandwiched those pieces on the separated sections of hair. She worked meticulously to keep my hair looking balanced and blended. The application process only took 45 minutes.

So, that day we stopped there. Since, my hair is a very custom colour, Hot Heads didn't have a matching hair shade. Which,by the way, they have an AMAZING selection of colours and hair textures, from blondes to blacks, dark roots to ombres, vivid purples, blues and reds to even a new selection of pastels, they even had my old pastel pink hair colour as an available hair shade!


But, back on track, pun intended, since we needed to colour the extensions to blend, we scheduled for me to come in in 3 days, so the tapes could bond, since you're not supposed to wet the tapes for at least 48 hours to make sure they're securely bonded together. So, after that, I went in to touch up my hair colour and get the extensions dyed along with it. She also helped to teach me how I should wash my hair and to also use products that are sulfate free, because sulfates can break down the bond of the tapes. By the way, the extensions blended even better, didn't know that was possible, and felt more natural after being washed. I then had my fringe trimmed since I didn't want to layer the hair or take of any length, and then styles by my stylist, which was wen the top photo was taken.
This is how the weft looks, it's actually barely visible and blends really well with my hair. I can also style my hair however I please, even throw it into a high pony tail for the gym or even french braid my hair without any issue~ I can also run my hand over my hair and though my hair and not feel the wefts, which is pretty nice. It's also very light, with minimal sheddding. 

I didn't think there'd be such a different feeling between my clip in hair and this hair but there definitely is! While my clip ins felt like this sticky blanket when I was sweaty or it was hot/humid, this hair didn't feel like that at all, it just felt like normal hair and didn't feel as uncomfortable. I wasn't expecting that kind of relief or that that 'blanket' feeling would go away, but I was ecstatic that this hair differed from my clip ins in that way... Which also made me kind of question the quality of my past extensions, though I loved them, cause this is really how real human hair should feel.


The Hot Heads extensions don't need to be moved up for 2-3 months depending how fast your hair grows and can be reused 2-4 times, so they have a year life span, which is great! It kind of helped to make my decision because The Dirty Looks Extensions are just over $200 USD and I have to replace them every 6 months, on the dot~ So, even though the Hot Heads were a bit of an investment, in the long run it's just a bit more than what I've already been spending on my hair...

It's been almost 2 weeks since I had them installed, and I absolutely love my extensions, and am so glad I took that step and got them done.

<3CarisseIris

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Soufeel~ Charming charm bracelet review [sponsored]

I was recently reached out to by a beautiful charm bracelet shop called Soufeel, they specialize in custom charm bracelets for 'any memorable day'. After research into their brand, the work, detail and care into their products and the vast amount of people who absolutely love their products, I was pretty excited to get my first order.

Soufeel actually caters to multiple countries and works to operate in different languages to make ordering easier and more convenient. They even have set times where you can talk directly to customer service to help you out, if need be. I really appreciate good customer care and Soufeel really goes that extra mile.

Soufeel's ethics even extend to their goods, their bracelet's and charms. Their charms are made from 925 sterling silver, which as a consumer means their silver is on the higher end of silver content, 92.5%. Being 925 silver is actually a good thing, it's just enough of copper/ other metal mixed in to make the silver last longer and not tarnish or turn brown as fast and to actually reinforce the silver it's self [since pure silver is on the softer side] so it makes it stronger. Their other charms and pieces are made with 14 carat gold or with real  Swarovski elements. Their charms will even fit Pandora brand bracelets with the reasonable price, so you don't need to worry if you want a charm from their shop.
On to shipping, my package came in just under a week after placing my order. Everything was packed neatly, my bracelet base came in the beautiful white box, and my charms separately in their own individual packaging on the side. Soufeel even offers free shipping worldwide on purchases over $50 and a 365 day return and exchange policy.
They even included a bag, which is perfect if you plan on giving your Soufeel item or items as a gift to someone.
I do have to say, the packaging is really pretty, and are of good quality. Like even the bag you can tell is that nice, heavy duty card stock stuff.
This is the charm bracelet I put together. My base is the 19cm Silver Skin and Brown colour leather charm bracelet. I picked it because it looks nice and casual and would fit my style easily.
I picked out 5 charms to create  my charm bracelet which mean something to me, in some way.
The clasp on the bracelet is VERY secure, They have this locking clasp that you need to open and close with a bit of force. The prongs of the bracelet also are locked into place and are knobbed to keep them securely tucked into the lock. Even at the gym and in the pool, the bracelet wouldn't budge and stayed securely on my wrist all day. So, I comfortably wear my bracelet without any worry of it falling off.
My first charm I picked out is the Ocean Blue Magic Murano glass bead. Not only did I pick it because I love the ocean and water, but back when I toured Italy for singing, I visited the Murano glass factory in Venice, so it brought back memories of that time in my life. It also helped me set the tone and feel I wanted for my bracelet, which focused around travel/water.
Each charm is stamped with 925, which shows it's made using 925 Sterling Silver.
My second pick was the Cute Mullet Pendant charm, which, honestly I picked because the little octopus [squid? he has 6 arms] was too cute to pass up. The little guy is this unexpected purple colour in the sunlight and really puts a smile to my face. Unexpectedly, the pearl, though fake, reminded me of my trip to Hong Kong and to the silk and pearl factory, which I toured with my family and friends a few years back. So, if anyone asks me if I got it for a reason, I can reply with that memory... But, only you guys know I picked it for something superficial.
The third charm is from Soufeel's best seller list, the Red Travel Suitcase charm. I love to travel and I've been around the world and to almost every continent, and still love going on trips when I can, so the suitcase is a very fitting charm for me. The charm is very detailed and well made, no weird messy paint and very clean looking.
My other charm I picked out because it just reminded me of something a mermaid would have. I'm sure you all know about my mermaid obsession, so it's a very fitting charm called the Seashell charm.
Also, something cute about it is that it opens up and there's a little pearl inside it! How cute is that!
Suffice to say, I can't think of any memory to tie to it though. But, it was too cute to pass over, haha.
My last charm is the Soufeel November Birthstone Champagne Swarovski Crystal charm. It doesn't feel right not completing a charm bracelet without a birthstone piece. The topaz crystals are just coloured enough, but not too orange or overpowering which I appreciate. I'm one of those people who's not big on the whole Citrine colour for her birth month kind of thing.. But, I will say I like the shade and tone of these stones. It's very pastel and very flattering! Also, it's really sparkly, which I absolutely adore.

Right now, Soufeel is launching lots of new summer arrivals on their website!
Their bracelets and charms are perfect gifts for any holiday or occasion for anybody. They have vast array of charms, bracelets and even customizable pieces to best fit the person you might have in mind.
Soufeel was kind enough to offer a coupon code to my readers for a 5% discount off any order off their website 
The discount code is: Carisse5

<3CarisseIris

Monday, June 22, 2015

'I'm not a morning person'~ Sweatshirt, Sponsored

'I am not a morning person'~ The most accurate sweatshirt I have ever owned. Also, maybe the cutest and comfiest too... I was in the market for a sweatshirt to sleep in and to wear on chilly mornings to spin class, and I had to just pick out this sweatshirt from Trinity Styles [link to sweatshirt here]


I got my sweatshirt in the Large size, and at a size 6 US dress size, it's the perfect loose and relaxed fit. Perfect for those cool days when you want an effortless and comfy look. Also there is enough room for my tank tops/tee shirt combos underneath, with extra room.The text on the sweatshirt is printed on in good quality, is very clear and doesn't seem like it will budge easily in the wash, and should last for a good long time. The length of the sweatshirt on me, I'm 5'3", is perfect and the bottom of the sweatshirt hit just over my butt/crotch line, so I'm able to wear it over leggings comfortably and with it covering any accidental sheer-ness or, uhm, tightness[?] from my leggings.
The sweatshirt is a thick average sweatshirt fabric, the inside is extremely plush and soft! Like super soft like a baby chick's down feathers, honestly. It's a dream in chilly weather conditions.
Back onto the fabric, it's not the super elastic sweatshirt fabric, which is the type I tend to dislike because it tends to bunch up and around when I move around, since this sweatshirt is the less elastic fabric, you don't have to worry about the sweatshirt riding up and bunching as you wear it, but it lays really nicely on the body and looks a lot neater.
I can't wait till fall honestly because I can imagine an outfit of the sweatshirt layered over a mini skirt and like a cute vest, or even under a neat overall set or over one of my floral dresses and some boots.
I can always expect great quality items from Trinity Styles, not just amazing quality, but gorgeous finds, updated staples and on trend items. Also, you can use the code 'carisse' at the end of checkout for a 5% discount

I may not be a morning person, but a good comfy sweatshirt and a warm cup of tea can brighten up my morning a good deal. 

<3CarisseIris

Monday, June 8, 2015

Three Super Simple and Elegant Hairstyles

While reading my Spring Issue of Larme Magazine, I noticed a lot of hair styles incorporating this one easy tuck element to a simple pony tail to create elegant and textured hair styles that give a new twist to old staple hair styles. I've actually used this technique before last year, but it's been a pretty well used styling technique in magazines this year, but even more so for spring and summer hair styles.

The first look will be a new take on twin tails/ pig tails.
You will need 4 elastic hair ties.
Optional, 2 ribbons.
 To start this this look, part your hair down the middle and create the first pony tail where you prefer. I like my pony tails to look relaxed and more mature, so I let them sit low. For a younger and fresher appearance, you can wear the tails higher on your head.
 Once you have the pony tail where you want, part the hair above the elastic to create a hole.
You will pull the pony tail up, and through the part and tuck it though.
Simple as that.
 After pulling it though, your hair should look like above.
 Pull another elastic a few inches under your first one. Then, parting the hair in between the two elastics, again, pull the remaining pony tail up, and though that part in your hair to tuck the hair though, creating the style above.

Then, repeat to the other side.

You can finish off the look with some ribbons to conceal the bottom elastic band.

Now, you've seen the method of tucking your pony tails, we'll be doing the same thing but with two other different hair styles

The next is a half up/half down hair style.
You will need 3 hair elastics.
Optional, 1 ribbon.
 Start with a loose ponytail using a small section of hair on top of your head.
I made a small diagram of the section parts of hair you will be using. The first pony tail should be using hair from the first section.

 After you have the first pony tail, part the hair above the hair elastic, and bring the remaining hair in the pony tail up and though the parted hair to tuck it though. It should look like the picture above.

 Using hair in the 2nd section, you can avoid the hair and section directly under your first pony tail. Bring the hair together around the first pony tail.
This step is easier since the hair is already parted.
Just bring the hair in the remaining pony tail up and over the hair elastic, tucking it.
 Then, using the third section, again you can avoid the previously used sections of hair, and create a third pony tail above your last pony tail.
Again, since the hair is parted, bring the remaining pony tail up, over, the elastic tie.

And, easy as 1,2,3, the hair style is done!
You can then add a ribbon at the bottom of the last pony tail.


Then, it's done. The hair style is actually my favourite, it looks so textured and effortlessly pretty and has so much volume.

The third style is a textured pony tail.
You will only need 2 hair elastics this time.
Optional, 1 ribbon.
 To start this look, you will start with your hair parted half way, and create a pony tail with the top half o hair.
Then, using the same tucking technique like the past looks, tuck the pony tail though.
 Then, gather your hair in a pony tail. I pulled my hair into a side pony tail because I like to have my hair handing in front of my body and it looks very sweet. You can easily pull the hair into a normal pony tail, to keep your hair out of your face and to keep you feeling fresher.
After you have all  your hair in the elastic, part the hair above the hair tie like before, and pull the remaining pony tail up and through, to tuck it neatly.
You can finish by tying a ribbon at the end if you feel like it.

The look is a sweet and yet voluminous pony tail with some added texture to give the pony tail some personality.

These three styles, though are simple basics, are given some new flair with the addition of one simple technique. They're a fun new way to wear your hair when the weather starts getting warmer and can really dress up a look.

<3CarisseIris


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bunny Color Brown Lenses from Klenspop~ Review [Sponsored]

 Introducing a new shop I've been invited to try out called Klenspop.
Klenspop is a lens seller located in Korea, this actually the first lens shop I've tried with lenses originating from Korea. The shop is organized very cleanly and is very easy to navigate so you can find the type of lenses that you are looking for simply and without fuss.

They even have physical branches you can purchases lenses from if you are located in Korea~

The shipping for the lenses is pretty good, with an average of 1-2 weeks if you're in North America. They actually deliver to many places which is great! [They have a list of places they ship out to here]
 First thing's first~ The packaging is so cute! I was perusing other reviews and there's different box designs you can receive, and I'm seriously infatuated. If you've been on my blog for a bit, you know I'm a total sucker for cute and well organized packaging. Bonus points to lens shops that have information guides for new lens wearers, it gives those who are new to contacts in general a better idea on care and application.
 To make sure you see the guide, it's helpfully located on the box~ and instructs you on how to put in the lens, adjust it, and even remove the lenses. Perfect and simple diagram.
 With the lenses, you get a lens case and even these plastic tweezers[?] that I've seen before but never used because I've never had them come complimentary before and never felt the need to buy one. But oh my gosh, if you have long nails like me, it makes fishing out lenses from the case so much easier. Plus I don't have to worry about scooping out a lens and accidentally ripping it with my nail.
 So, firstly, here are the stats of Bunny Color Brown circle lenses
Brand: LENSPOP
Diameter: 14mm
Graphic Diameter: 13.8mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal
Country of origin: South Korea
 The Bunny Color Brown Lenses have a natural pattern that has multiple layers of  brown that blend very well into my brown eyes and further intensifies it's colour. It does have a bit of pixelization  if you look close enough, but I kind of like it, it makes the lens look less harsh at a normal view point.
Up close photo, so you can see the detail of the lens pattern and the slight pixelatation near the edge of the lens.
Here is an up close comparison shot of the lenses in different lighting. I was quite shocked with how consistent the lenses looked in colour and depth on my eyes in all the different lighting, usually flash+lenses looks pretty fake but this time around the lenses still looked relatively natural which was a pretty nice surprise!  
The lenses are kind of my obsession right now since they are on the warmer side, [I've been wearing them all week, even in last week's blog post] I guess a good contrast would be Princess Almond Brown lenses, which I do like but I find them too cool to blend in seamlessly on me, and because of the more neutral-cool brown they make my eyes look darker. With warmer toned lenses they do make eyes seem brighter, and if I am totally biased I think look livelier because it's a pretty nice combination with my hair colour.
 The lenses are 14.0 in diameter, which isn't as 'dolly' as most of my lenses, but it does mean I can easily wear them without makeup and I get that boost of colour and definition without looking like an alien. Yet with my full makeup on, I still get that appeal of wearing circle lenses, just not as enlarging. So it's a good size for people who like that natural look or who are beginners just starting to experiment with circle lenses.
I've actually been wearing these lenses daily because they're just as comfortable as my 1 day disposable lenses, plus it kind of gives me a personal confidence boost, like I feel like I'm putting effort even at 8 am at the gym.. The lenses aren't drying in the least, and I've been able to comfortably wear them 6-8 hours, and this is even after having a bout of super dry eyes about a month ago, and in that period I wasn't able to wear contacts for almost a full month because my doctor put me on eye medication [btw, this wasn't caused by me wearing circle lenses, I've been apparently sleeping with my eyes open for awhile now], but since then, I've been having problems wearing some of my older lenses for even 4 hours, but I've been pretty comfy in these lenses for a good deal of time, even without using re-wetting drops to hydrate my eyes.
Oh, also I know some of you are curious if a 14.0 lens still gives off a halo effect, if you don't know what that is, it's when some of the white of the eye is a bit visible under the coloured part of the lens, and it gives off this gorgeous ethereal halo effect, some might not like it, but I absolutely adore it when my lenses have that, and these lenses have a slight baby halo when I look to the side, and it's adorable. It might not be extremely pronounced, but it's enough to satisfy me. 

Honestly, I'm a convert and I am kind of loving 14.0 lenses right now~ Maybe cause of all the no makeup gym days I have lately, so I kind of need more natural lenses, but they really are naturally pretty and maybe I just needed some kind of natural lens to play around with and figure out they're pretty darn nice! Especially since I've never tried out a pair before~

So~ I'll give the lenses 
5/5 for comfort
5/5 for design [but if you're into lenses purely for enlargement, these ones might not be for you since the diameter is on the low end.]
Thanks Klenspop for the opportunity and for introducing me to your site, it's been a pleasure and I'll for sure be a return customer.
<3CarisseIris