I've got the bog-standard Babyliss ones too and swear by them. As I use them every day, if they lame out on me I might go for something more expensive, although these ones certainly do the job.
They take about 5-6 mins to heat up. I have one of those water spray bottles, and I dampen each strand before putting them in and let them dry before taking them out; this is because I have incredibly stubbornly straight hair which won't hold a curl for ten minutes unless I do this!
They do take their toll on your ends which are in direct contact with the roller, but I can live with that to have decently shaped hair. I agree that even on days when the curl drops because of wind/rain, somehow my hair still retains a bit of shape rather than sticking to my head and sticking up at the back and all the other horrible things it does without serious intervention.
I used velcro sleep rollers for a couple of years before buying these, which minimised time in the morning, but I found that the soft ones would flatten and give you a kink rather than a curl, and I just never got a decent night's sleep in the hard ones. I couldn't get along with the old-fashioned foam ones with the plastic clip bit, but it's definitely worth playing around to see what works for your hair.
That's roller dedication I have tried v hard this week with outfit planning and accessories. This was my first week back at work and I actually felt really good I work in a town centre with an odd collection of shops. There's a Dorothy Perkins, new look and peacocks then some quite fancy charity shops and an old fashioned posh department store and a marks and spencer outlet. My female colleague and I are always boasting about charity shop purchases Marks had some amazing camel coloured over sized retro sunglasses this week. If they are still there next week I'm going to buy some - def am accessory I can justify according to this thread
Not so much style as, well, what granny would say, but valid none the less I feel:
Wear underwear that fits, the number of people that I see who have ruin their outfits with too-tight-pants is crazy. Of bras enough has been said lately, much of it very wise indeed.
Don't forget to do neck, decollete and hands, not just just face, with your good moisturiser, serum, sunblock and whatnot.
Good posture is all. Honestly.
Confidence can (and should) be faked, wherever necessary. Nobody at all knows how you feel inside.
Arrange your face. Doesn't matter how much time, thought and effort one puts into clothing, acessories, hair, make up and maintenance it can all be spoilt in an instant with a scowl, condescending look or sneer.
Jeans and trousers are not obligatory, if they don't flatter you don't wear them. End of. TBH same applies to any item of clothing.
Style beats fashion every. single. time. The only exception to this is the girls and women (regardless of age) of a certain height and build for whom 'fashion' is intended. Women of this type should, of course, not feel obliged to follow fashion should they actually have a sense of style. So. FInd out what you love. Develop your style, keep developing it. When some numpty finally decides that some element what suits and flatters you is 'fashionable' buy, buy, buy. But, quality over quantity, natch.
When walking in an unexpected rain shower / having a crisis of confidence / a seam splits / child pukes all over you in public / other unexpected shit happens, stand up straight, arrange your face and walk at a normal speed.
There is no age at which a particular hair style or skirt is too long or too short.
Following style and fashion rules is for those who lack the confidence to do their own thing. So, I repeat, confidence can (and should) be faked, wherever necessary.