I am officially the worst blogger in the history of all bloggers.
My four month absence is a result of the very fun, very time consuming process that is adjustment to 'Big City Life'. But good posts come to followers who wait!
Recently, the lovely Ella and I collaborated on a mini photography project. And by 'collaborated', I mean we attempted to figure out lighting/props/how to set up a studio, while documenting the results on camera.
Please be kind - it was my first time EVER in a studio (and my heart still definitely belongs to on-location, natural light photography) and also my first ever collaboration.
A few shots, both pre and post exams, to make up for the total lack of posting recently.
I'm going to make a summer resolution (is that a thing?) to update my rather neglected blog at least once a week before the Big Move when, presumably, I'll be swept into the whirlwind that is city life.
Cambridge students live for May Week. Our exam-induced nocturnal body clocks finally become helpful for something other than poring over colour-coded notes, and, despite the copious amounts of alcohol provided, May Balls are the nights that are never forgotten.
As the only college that retains a white-tie dress code, Magdalene has a reputation as the most extravagant May Ball around, and it didn't disappoint. With free flowing champagne, unlimited edibles (in addition to the lavish 5-course meal for dining guests) and fairytale aesthetics, the night was the very definition of decadence.
I'm not usually one for reviews, but how can a girl say no to Cloud 9?
As the biggest rivals for GHD, there's a lot of buzz around them now and I was pretty keen to see for myself if it was worth the hype.
I'm notoriously fussy about pretty much everything to do with my hair. It's super long, super stubborn and doesn't hold any styling, so I wasn't feeling optimistic.
Enter 'The O'.
I know, ridiculous name. Sounds downright rude. And I think the product itself can look a little intimidating (looks somewhat high tech for me) but the results are amazing.
HOW IT WORKS
You pop a roller into the pod (which is ready to use instantly, by the way) and 4 seconds later, boom. The roller is heated, warm in your hand but not hot enough to burn your fingers, you roll it up into your hair and you're done. Once it's in place, it gradually gets hot enough to tame even my hair, but not hot enough to damage it.
Doing my whole head with 12 rollers (though I probably needed a few more) took around 10 minutes, with another 15 minutes of cooling time during which I did my makeup/got dressed/packed my bag.
Here are the results of the first attempt:
I used a little heat protectant before putting the rollers in, but stayed away from hairspray and other products. I also didn't backcomb (I'm not patient enough to sit there for an hour and try to detangle my hair with my fingers), but check out that voluuuume. In my hair. My crazy long shall-not-be-tamed hair.
It also added a whole lot of shine (apparently Cloud 9 products all contain some weird mineral that makes hair sparkle - it does).
Now for the painful part...
I'm a firm believer in buying the best for things I intend to use for a long time. I didn't mind splashing out on my GHDs, and I don't mind spending money on something I plan on using a few times a week (yes, I'm hooked). But it certainly doesn't come cheap.
I bought The Ultimate Set, which comes with the following:
The O pod
12 hot rollers (3 different sizes)
Cloud 9 Amplify spray
Luxury carry case
And the whole thing retails at £199.99.
Yes, my eyes are watering a little seeing it written down like that. But I wangled a few discounts and didn't pay quite as much, so it feels more bearable.
The set is definitely the best value (if you tried to buy everything separately, it would come to £281.55), but it's still quite dear.
Super fast and easy to use
Gentle on hair
Gives long lasting volume and body
Quite bulky - even with the travel case, it's a pretty big set to take around with you.