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Hi and welcome! This is Black Saliva, a style focused blog written by Viivi Vanessa R.

I'm a 24 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and this blog is my own little space on the internet where I can share my thoughts, outfits and write a bit about my life and stuff that I do.

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2015/04/27

TOKYO'14: purikura

I'm assuming most of my readers know what purikura is, but just in case there is someone who doesn't here's what in short: the word プリクラ (purikura) comes from the words print club (プリント倶楽部 = purinto kurabu = purikura in short) and basically means photos taken in a photo booth, which you later decorate with different backgrounds, stamps and text, and then print them on a sticker paper. Depending on the machine you pick, they have options that make your eyes look bigger or your legs slimmer and longer.

One sheet usually costs about ¥400 (about 3 euros) and you can choose different layouts for the printed version, depending how many people you're with, so you get to share the photos with your friends. If you have a japanese email, that way you can get the digital version of the pics to your phone too. I don't, but some of my friends do and that's how I got some of the pictures for myself as well. The rest are scanned.

I guess I don't have anything else to say about purikura. These are the puris I took during my trip with different friends and different occassions. It's gonna be pic heavy but I'm sure you'll manage!



2015/04/18

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Chloe's hair extensions


I wanted to start this post by writing "Guess what these are??" but then I realized I already wrote the answer on the post title so that would've been stupid lol. Well, anyhow! These two neatly packed boxes were sent to me by Chloe's and I got them in the mail a bit earlier this week. Let's see what was inside!



Wooow I really like the packaging! Most of the extensions I've tried (and believe me, I've tried many) have come in a long plastic package, so these feel really fancy after that. And especially after how I recieved my current extensions; packed in those plastic bags as well, but they had been squished into the smallest cardboard box you could ever fit them into, and one of the extensions sets had managed to escape it's original package, so it was all over the place and a total mess when I got them. Not to mention it took 6 weeks to recieve them lol.

So yeah, these seem really good so far!



Chloe's (english site here) is a fairly new hair extension company, so I was excited to try out their extensions and see what they're all about! They currently(?) sell clip-on extensions only, one set has 140 grams of 100% human hair and is ~50cm long. I kinda wish they would have more length options to choose from, because I'd prefer 60cm... Anyway, one set costs a bit over 100€ which is not bad at all, considering 140g would totally be enough hair for someone with thin to normal hair. Most of the extensions I've had before, have had only 100g.

But as a someone who loves big hair, I got two sets in #60 aka the lightest blonde shade, just in case. I love to have my extensions thick enough, so I don't have to tease them at all when I do my hair and still have them voluminous. Because if I have to tease the extensions, they'll probably get bad faster than they normally would.

BUT, as there were 140g in each set and 280g in total, I think I might be able to survive with one and a half sets? We'll see!



The hair feels silky smooth and looks really pretty. I mean, if you like that kind of blonde ;) I have some other plans for these which I will talk about more in the end of this post so keep reading!



As I mentioned before, these are clip-ons and let me just say this: I've come across some really poor clips in the past, that you have to bend first in order to make them work, or clips that require way too much power than necessary to close the clips.

These clips were really easy to clip on and I tried to wear them at home for one day and they stayed on really well. I remember when I used to wear clip-ons and had to fix them during the day because they started to get loose. These seemed to stay on pretty well.

So, if you're a clip-ons kind of girl (or guy!), go for these. They do their job well.

I on the other hand don't see any reason to go back to clip-ons from my flip-ins/halo/wire extensions, so I'll be transforming these to flip-ins as well when I start using them.



The box they come in, can also be used as storage for the extensions when you're not using them or when you're traveling and need to pack them with you. I mean, incase you're not wearing them on a daily basis.

In short: the quality seems good, the amount of hair is great and so is the price AND they arrive in a fancy box. Minus points for only one option in length and attachment method. Overally a great deal, so I recommend you to check them out!
I'm looking forward to see how they act when dyed etc.


But yeah... As I was saying earlier, I have some plans for these extensions. You know I've had this hair color since March 2013 and I really like it but... I've recently started missing one of my previous haircolors and I think it's time to bring this hair back:
 

I miss the gray locks I had in 2012 so much!! And I think it would look even better now that I don't have bangs anymore. The change wouldn't be that big, but it would feel fresh to have some other color for change.

Since the gray "granny hair" seems to be the trend and all now haha, I'm sure there must be some new gray hair products in the market because three years ago there sure wasn't that many. So, if you know some good hairdyes etc worth checking out, please let me know! I know I won't be using the Palty dye I used the last time, because it was kinda crappy after all.

It would be great if you could recommend me products that I can find from Finland, because it would be much more convenient than ordering the dye online if I happen to need it quickly to fix the colour/roots etc.


I will keep this lilac hair for a few months more, because my current extensions are still in quite good shape and I don't want to "waste" them haha. But that just means I have enough time to do some research and update my knowledge about gray hair, before I take action!

Have a great weekend!

2015/04/14

OOTD: mom sweater

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sweater unif leggings ghost of harlem shoes y.r.u necklace gina tricot glasses seppälä

A bit more casual outfit this time! This is the kind of outfit I find myself wearing pretty often. A long shirt + leggings combo might just the easiest and comfiest choice for work and hanging out with friends when you have nothing special planned.

I've actually had this sweater for a couple years already, but just realized I've never showed it to you here before! I like it a lot and I have a similar one in yellow which I've worn quite a lot too. Long, baggy shirts/sweaters and tops in general are my favourites because they're so comfy and look good with pretty much any bottom you wanna wear.

Talking about bottoms, I haven't really worn jeans at all for the past year. I prefer short bottoms such as shorts, skirts, rompers etc. Winters can be tricky with short bottoms and jeans often feel too stiff for my liking, so I've become a leggings-person and I'm not even ashamed about it. As long as you cover your bum, I see nothing wrong about wearing leggings as pants :D Thank god summer is coming, so I can soon ditch long bottoms completely.

Btw, taking outfit pics at your studio apartment is surprisingly hard if you don't want to have the same background in every post. Just saying, haha.

See ya!

2015/04/08

I'm in a book!


How many of you have heard of a book called "Blog by the book - blogiopas" (blogiopas = blog guide)? How many of you actually own it? Great. If you do, you've probably found a familiar face on it's pages!

If you still have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, let me tell you: couple years back, I was asked by Miki if I was interested in being included in a book she was currently planning back then. You bet I was! I was excited to get to a part of this project and started waiting for more details.

In summer of 2013 we had two photoshoots together for the book. One outdoors and one in the studio. We weren't allowed to mention anything about the book at this point, so the only thing I posted were these 2 pics on Instagram (one, two).

Later came the interviews, handled via email by Noora, who's the other pair of the fabulous couple. After that began the waiting for the finished book. I can only imagine how much work it is to put together an actual book!


In September of 2014 the long wait was finally over and the book was published! A publishing party was held and each of us bloggers got two copies of the book for ourselves. I gave the other one to my parents and kept one for myself.

The finished book looks amazing! The layout of the book is cute, but still looks professional and definitely is loyal to the style of it's authors.


The book contains tips for blogging, such as how to start a blog, what you should know when designing a layout for the blog and when writing the posts, how to come up with a blog name, how to deal with comments and interract with your readers. Also some good-to-know stuff about blogging and the law is included.

After all the blog basics, it also has interviews and tips from 17 different finnish bloggers, me being one of them!


Each blogger has four personal pages in the book which tell a little story of the history of the blog, what are their strong points and what kind of blog they are running.

All of us were asked to give 5 tips for blogging, and here's mine:
1. You can find your personal style with the help of blogging.
2.
In order to stand out from the sea of blogs, basic coding skills are good to learn.
3.
To study the code, try solving smaller problems first.
4.
If you're running a quality blog, you can use it as a business card when applying for jobs.
5.
Your blog's name might need an update, if it starts feeling foreign to you.


Got interested? You can buy the book from the following stores:
Akateeminen kirjakauppa
Adlibris

If you have the book or have read it somewhere, I'd be very interested to know what you thought of it! So please share your thoughts in the comments. This book is a great buy for those who are thinking of starting blogging. I wish there would've been something like this when I started writing mine :)

Also huge thanks to Miki and Noora for asking me to be a part of this project! The journey was a lot of fun.

Photos © Miki Toikkanen

2015/04/04

I did WHAT to my nails?!


I don't know if anyone paid any attention to my nails in the previous posts, BUT THEY'RE SHORT. I CHOPPED THEM OFF AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LIVE ANYMORE. Okay, I didn't "chop" them off, I used a file and they're not exactly short, but they're short according to my standards.

The reason why I decided to have short(er) nails this time, was because I would've had to file down the length anyway and rebuild them, because they were starting to get crooked (this is something I do every three months, because I want to have my nails straight, so they don't give off a witchy old woman -vibe, being so long and everything).

So I thought, why not try something new while I'm at it? I could do shorter nails without removing everything just yet. And here's what I came up with.

I wanted to try the square shape, because I've never had that before and something about the C-curve fascinates me (but I totally forgot to take pics of that...). Anyway. Good practise, but I think I won't be doing this shape again for a while. I filed off 3cm of my previous length so these feel really short to me, but what makes the most difference, is the shape.

I'm so used to having stilettos and have zero problems dealing with them and the main difference between these two shapes, is that it is so much harder to focus my touches with these! Because stilettos are pointy, you have one tiny "sharp" area you use when touching things, these on the other hand, have a much larger "touching area" or whatever I should call it.

So it makes me feel a bit clumsy at times. Doing my hair feels especially weird, because I use my long nails for combing it, parting my hair and it feels good to be able to touch my scalp. With these I can't and it does feel weird, when you're used to basically having combs and brushes as your hands instead lol. Does that sound weird?

On the upside though, picking up coins from my wallet is faster, but I think that's mostly because of the length, not the shape.



I finally got to use Pay Day! It's sooo pretty and I had to paint my toe nails with it too, haha. So sparkly. The other colors I picked were Look, Don't Tusk, an off-white creme by Color Club and Camelot, a black creme by A England, which has been seen often in this blog before too.

For decorations, I used some water decals, silver nail art tape and studs. I wish I would've had bigger pearls to use, so they would've looked more like this, instead of what ended up on my nails...

For some reason, to me these look like they could be wedding nails... I don't know, what do you think? Too bad I don't have any upcoming weddings to attend!



I don't know if I will return to my usual shape and length yet.. I'm kinda tempted to try an oval shape of this length, with really simple and plain decorations next. I kinda have a vision in my head but we'll see!

The long stilettos are what I'm most comfortable with, but atleast you don't get to say I never try anything new :D



Here's a list of products that I used:
Color Club: Look, Don't Tusk (off-white polish)
F.U.N Lacquer: Pay Day (platinum mirror glitter polish)
A England: Camelot (black polish)
• Blue Sea: silver water decals
Nail art studs
Nail art pearls
• Silver micropearls
Silver nail art tape