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Monday, May 23, 2016

Fashion | Styling Pantone's Colours of the Year for Men


We may be well into 2016 now, but the fashion world is still very much revelling in finding new ways to use Pantone's two Colours of the Year. If you weren't already aware, Pantone, the colour institute, normally choose one colour to direct all areas of fashion for a given year and capture the mood of the time, but for 2016 they actually chose a pair of colours for the first time.
These two beautiful hues, a soft pink called Rose Quartz and a pastel blue called Serenity, can be seen in fashion collections as well as other areas of design like interiors and product design, and are a big feature when it comes to both men's and women's fashion for the coming summer season. However, some men need a little encouragement to adopt these two gentle pastels, so here we are going to talk about styling Rose Quartz and Serenity for men in 2016:

Getting the Tone Right

The first important thing when it comes to looking stylish in Rose Quartz and Serenity as a man is to make sure you are actually wearing these shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity are fairly close to baby pink and baby blue, but there is a nuance in both of them that adds a cooler tone and makes them look less 'cutesy' and more sophisticated. If you like baby blue and baby pink then there's nothing wrong with wearing them, but if you are aiming to get the on trend 2016 look and generally find those colours feel too feminine or 'sweet', then try and seek out true Serenity and Rose Quartz pieces that don't have that baby pastel warmth.

Mix with Neutrals

Pantone don't just announce Colours of the Year, but also full palettes incorporating those colours for each fashion season. Within these palettes you can find colours that contrast with or compliment Rose Quartz and Serenity in interesting and stylish ways. One key thing to consider is mixing Rose Quartz and Serenity with neutrals, and there is a stunning and easy to wear grey called Lilac Grey in the spring and summer palette that looks great on men. Consider wearing a suit in Lilac Grey with accents – for instance a tie or cravat like the ones at formaltailor.com – in Rose Quartz, Serenity, or a mixture of the two, for a very fashionable formal look. If you prefer earthier neutrals, there is also a shade called Iced Coffee which works equally well paired with the Colours of the Year.

Casual Wear

For summer, your casual wardrobe is likely to consist of a lot of t-shirts and polos, and the good news is that both Rose Quartz and Serenity look great in this format. Paired either with denim or with neutral coloured shorts, pants or cargo pants, a relaxed look is easy to achieve with simple shirts in these colours.
Whether you are used to wearing pastels and pinks or not, adding some Rose Quartz and Serenity to your summer style is very simple, and will give you a fresh, classy look that is really fashionable.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Beauty| What's your WELLA Systems Professional Energycode?



What is Systems Professional?

Systems Professional has long been known as the industry leader in the science behind great hair. Having teamed up with top stylists at Wella, they have found the key to unlocking the secret to re-energizing and transforming hair.

During their research, they discovered that everyone has their own hair energy profile - it's as unique as a fingerprint. Finding your ENERGYCODE™ COMPLEX can completely transform your hair.

This major leap forward in the science of hair care has informed the creation of innovative and new System Professional in-salon treatments and at-home product range with ENERGYCODE™ COMPLEX

The Consultation

Hair is as unique as a person's fingerprint. Defined by structure, texture and scalp.

New System Professional treatment and product range with ENERGYCODE™ COMPLEX are designed to address your personal hair requirements offering a personalised treatment tailored to your individual hair structure, hair texture and scalp. 

The first step towards restoring “Hair Energy” is to diagnose your unique hair energy profile, your ENERGYCODE™, using System Professional’s new hair energy mapping in the salon or online. System Professional experts have developed special hair energy mapping diagnostic tools, a handheld microscope and in-salon app for use by hair care consultants in the salon and a self-assessment tool on the website for an initial diagnosis at home. 

Once a hair energy profile has been diagnosed, a personalised system of new System Professional treatment and products with ENERGYCODE™ COMPLEX can be prescribed, out of over 100,000 possible care combinations.

The Products

My energy code was S1,B3,B4, X5A - This means that I am using the Smoothing shampoo (S1), the Balance Mask (B3), Balance Energy System (B4) and the Alpha Energy (X5A).

The consultation recognised what I would call my three trouble hair areas.

  1.  The Frizz - I would love to be able to wear my natural waves more often, but frizz prevents this. This is where the Smoothing Shampoo comes in.
  2. Dry Scalp - My Scalp has long been a massive pain. I have suffered from dry itchy scalp since I was a child. The only way to manage it was to avoid product with Parabens and Sulphates, but that never fully stopped my dry scalp. The Balance Mask, helps to  rejuvenate my scalp, helping to hydrate the dry skin.This leads me on to the final issue...
  3. Hair Loss - My hair has reduced in thickness so much over the years. While a certain amount of this can be attributed to my misguided home bleaching in my early 20s, my dry scalp has not helped the matter. The Balance Energy System and the Alpha Energy product help to improve the scalp, nourish the hairs structure and increase anchorage so that you lose less hair.

Initial thoughts

After my initial appointment, my hair felt amazingly soft, was bouncy and full of volume that I can't achieve usually. Also, despite having no colour treatment, it seems to have taken the red tones out of my hair, leaving a lovely cool brown colour.

Have you had a Energy Code consultation?

Photography by Pippa Wilson for System Professional
With special thanks to System Professional team

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Beauty | Irresistible Me Clip In Hair Extensions Review



Hair extensions and go back a very long way. I used to braid pieces of thick wool into my hair, glue wefts in and in more recent yeas started a love affair with clip ins. When clip ins weren't widely available, I used to make sew my own clips on to wefts and make do. Luckily there are plenty of places now where you can buy pre-made wefts.

Unluckily, not all clip ins are created equally. There are several ranking factors when you are discussing extensions and I am about to cover them:

1. Hair Quality

The time has long gone since awful plastic shiny synthetic hair. In fact, synthetic options are really good dupes nowadays and can handle heat styling without melting. But me, I am a real hair sort of girl, the texture and the shine just can't be beaten.

My Irresistible me 22" Silky Light Brown Remy extensions are a lovely texture, they have a great gloss to them and are very manageable. I tend to wash my extensions once a month and find that these barely shed in comparison to other sets I have bought.

2. Wefts

My hair is quite thin, so I usually have to use single or double wefts to look natural. Often I find that some places will over weft and not structure the line of clips properly. When you have thin hair this is not good. It puts too much weight and pressure our hair and can be painful and lead to your clip ins slipping out.

The Irresistible me clip ins are mainly 1 or 2 wefts on the shorter pieces that I use for my sides and he lower back of my head. The main weft is a double (possibly triple) weft, which is held together with a netted fabric. This spread the tension evenly along the width of the weft which is better for your hair and also means they stay in place longer.

3. Clip type

There are two types of clips that are commonly used in clip in extensions. Let me make it clear - neither is a 'bad' clip, per say. There is one that is sturdy and should be used on longer and heavier wefts. The other is for smaller and lighter wefts. Often suppliers will just use the smaller clip for everything which can damage hair by not supporting the hair properly.

This packet of extensions used the heavy duty clips on everything so the clips don't tug or slip.

If you want to hear more about what I think of these extensions, watch my YouTube video below.





* I received these lovely extensions for free in return for an honest review.

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