Posts tagged colour
I have been looking at the range of wedge high top trainers around at the moment for ages (and ages) – they’ve been around for a good while now now – wondering if I should. I am torn. I think I like the way they look. I like that they would give me some additional height and be comfortable. But I’m just not sure.
These three models from Ash are the ones I keep looking at. I like that the uppers are just like traditional old-fashioned trainers, with dark colours and velcro straps. I like that the wedge is hidden – the trainer is built up inside rather than having a seam or change of material along the line of the insole. The ones at the bottom are my favourite style, but I prefer the colours of the ones in the middle.
I tried some (a different brand) on in Office yesterday and thought they’re just not me. Maybe I should just stick with flat skate shoes like Vans and Etnies. Yes? No?
I am a BzzAgent and this is a Bzz Review…
As someone who colours her hair, I invited to take part in a new Bzz campaign for Dove Colour Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner. I was sent a bottle of each to try at home along with some samples and vouchers to share with friends.
I like Dove as a company, as a brand. They seem to have it right when making products for women, with a vision to help our self-esteem as well as look after our skin. These two products I was sent to test are designed to use on coloured hair to keep it vibrant.
Both shampoo and conditioner have been formulated to nourish and protect. They have UV filters in them which helps prevent your hair colour from fading.
I coloured my hair at home using an all-over foam colour (actually it’s the first time I’ve done it myself, I normally go to a salon to get it done) and have used this shampoo and conditioner daily since. That’s about 2/3 weeks ago now, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. The shampoo cleans my hair well and the conditioner is easy to massage in and rinses away clean. The fact this treatment is “express” is perfect – I can use it daily in the shower without missing out on the benefits – I don’t have time for long-winded conditioning treatments.
I think my hands are a tad dehydrated oh dear. Anyway, you can see a slight pink tinge on the left of the conditioner on my fingers – it comes out of the bottle like that, with a kind of stripe like you get with toothpastes. The further into the tube I’ve got the brighter pink it is – I think that means I didn’t get as much of the nourishment in the first few uses.
Here you can see my blonde hair – freshly coloured on the morning of the photo on the left, and three weeks later having used these Dove products daily on the right. I do think it’s got a bit darker, but it’s still looking ok.
I would say, though, that while I like Dove and these two products I’ve been trying out, I don’t know that they are any better than the Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner I normally buy. My hair feels clean and bright, the products are easy to use and you only need a small amount each wash, but probably no more so than with other products. I would consider buying these Dove products again, but they go in the mix with others that also tick the boxes.
Edited to Add:
Now I’m pretty much at the end of my bottle of this Dove shampoo, I wanted to add a little niggle I have about the bottle…
The shape of the bottle, specifically the top, means it cannot be stood upside down. As the shampoo is quite a thick liquid this means you really have to shake the bottle to get the last few washes out. I wish bottle designers would consider usability – if this had a flat top I could stand it upside down in my shower and easily get all of the shampoo out of the bottle. I would imagine it won’t be long before I give up and end up chucking the bottle out with some shampoo left in it, what a waste.
I often say that I think in colour. It’s one of the ways I try and describe the way that I see things. I think it’s why I like taking photos – taking snaps of things I see helps me remember where I have been, what I’ve done and how I felt at the time.
Travelsupermarket.com are running a Capture the Colour competition to challenge bloggers in their photography. Thank you to Cheryl over at Madhouse Family Reviews for tagging me in her entry and bringing it to my attention – there are some great prizes to be won. I’ve been and had a look around at some of the other entries and, well, I have no chance whatsoever of winning this thing by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like a challenge and wanted to see what I could find in my photography collection that would fit. So consider this my (rather weak) entry.
I think blue and I think sea and sky. This shot was taken at Inch Beach in Ireland when we went over last year for a trip on the bikes.
I couldn’t have a photo post without featuring the bunnies could I?
Living in Lincolnshire surrounded by fields everything turns yellow in the spring time… oh how I hate rape seed! This was taken from the Viking Way near Lincoln.
Had to be a snow scene. The second time we went to Arinsal in Andorra we hardly had any snowfall during our stay at all – until the last day, which was a total white out. Loads of powder.
There is something about a sunset when you’re actually above the clouds. This one on the way to Helsinki was just glorious.
As part of the competition I am supposed to tag five other bloggers to challenge them to take part – so here you go, consider yourself challenged! I look forward to seeing your entries.
- ChelseaMamma (@chelseamamma) http://www.chelseamamma.co.uk/
- Operation Threadbare (@shellmoby) http://shellmoby.wordpress.com/
- Cathyjam’s Blog (@_cathyj_) http://cathyjam.wordpress.com/
- Cotswold Claire (@cotswoldclaire) http://cotswoldclaire.com/
- Ashleigh Bennetts (@oneillacademy) http://ashleighbennetts.wordpress.com/
Check out http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/ for more details of the competition.
I visit FatFace regularly. There’s one not far from where I work and I love their clothing – style and fit. At the moment it is full of gorgeous colours – dulled pinks and greens, blues and caramels. My wish list is ever expanding…
There are two trouser styles that I’m really loving, both a bit of a change from my normal choice of jeans.
With wide thighs I’m always wary of tapered trousers but I tried these tapered chinos on and reckon they look good. I love the green haze colour – lovely for spring and into summer. Available in a wide range of colours they are the sort of trouser you’ll need more than one pair of. £40.
You can’t beat the comfort of a pair of linen trousers, especially for travelling. I tried these on in the terracotta – I’d probably call it a dusty pink – and they felt fantastic. Really comfortable around the waste, and nice and wide for sitting around or all day on your feet. I have to turn up the bottoms because they’re a touch too long for me, but that works ok with this sort of style. £45.
Only problem is it’s so expensive for me. Ah well… hopefully they’ll have a sale soon!
Find Me A Gift sent me a cool mug to try out. The Brugo Mug is one of those insulated travel mugs you might fill with coffee before you leave and drink on your journey. But apparently it’s more than that…
First thing’s first, the instructions on this really made me chuckle. I mean, they’ve been written by a marketing person for sure. Statements like “immediately enjoy the most vibrant flavours” and “puts each sip ‘in the zone’”, for example. Hilarious. I get it – this is a very “special” mug. The little leaflet inside is beside the point though, it’s the mug itself you’re interested in.
The whole point to this mug is a unique “tip and sip” design in the lid. Basically your coffee (or other hot drink, although the leaflet only mentions coffee) is kept hot in the insulated mug, as you would expect. At the top there is an additional chamber. You tip the mug away from you and gently rock the mug from side to side, filling that upper chamber with drink. That is the equivalent to a mouthful of coffee being cooled slightly, so that when you then drink it from the hole in the lid, it is at the optimum temperature. And I have to say, it really works. It means that your coffee is ready to drink straight away – as soon as you’ve made it. A great idea.
On the outside this is a really cool looking travel mug – different to some of the others you see around. Mine is a really decent shade of purple but they come in all sorts of colours from green to black, blue to pink. It doesn’t have a handle, which some people might not like but I’m happy with – it’s easy to hold and has raised lines around the middle to give you a bit of grip. It fits fine in the cup holder in my car, and sits sturdily on my desk. At the top it has a selector dial for locked (no coffee will come out of the drinking hole), tip and sip (using the chamber), and sip (drink like an ordinary insulated mug, bypassing the chamber). The little hole in the top is plenty big enough for you to drink normally out of, and if you use the tip and sip setting don’t be afraid of tipping the mug right up – it won’t spill (well, it didn’t on me!). Actually I found that when you do tip the mug away from you to fill the top chamber, you can hear it filling, so you have a good idea that it’s working and how much coffee you’re cooling.
My coffee was drinkable immediately, and seemed to stay at the same temperature for ages – I was busily working away when I first tested it and often find that my hot drink is cold before I’ve finished them – not with this. I tried the mug with coffee (white coffee for me) and tea and it worked great for both. It takes about 16oz/450ml of coffee, which is the size of a normal mug.
I really like this product, which surprised me after I read the instructions as I thought I was just going to get annoyed with it as it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. But once I’d got over the mega claims (ie got rid of the leaflet!) I was well away, and am looking forward to more hot drinks on the move or at my desk without worrying about wasting half a mug full when it’s too cold.
Dare I say it… this would make a great Christmas gift (sorry for mentioning the C word in September!).
Walking to Leicester Square this morning on our way to find some breakfast we came across this place… it was all shiny and new and there were a few people hanging around outside. It was M&M World and I’m not sure if it opened for the first time today but apparently it was the opening party with JLS this evening (is it bad we were pleased we weren’t there for that?!). We couldn’t resist going in for a mooch about – and wow, what an incredible place! Set out like an old cinema/american movie hall, it’s bright and colourful and there is an endless array of M&M merchendise. I mean, everything including mugs and plates, tshirts and hoodies, pillows, soft toys, earrings, pens, note pads – so much stuff! I think there could be a complete blog post in our visit this morning – perhaps another day – but for now I’ll leave you with just a small part of the wall of M&Ms…
06/07/11: 22 Amazing Colours