“ Brand: ASOS / Type: Tiara „
New Years Eve is always a night where you should dress to impress, and I decided that this year I wanted to see in the New Year with a bit of added sparkle. I had my heart set on wearing a glitzy little tiara, and after a bit of hunting I found this one on www.ASOS.com. The Backlash Tiara is part of the ASOS own-brand range. It originally cost RRP £15.00 but when I made my purchase it was reduced down to just £4.50.
The tiara has a silver coloured metal base and is set upon a thin Alice band type headband. It looks fairly nice for a piece of costume jewellery, and has just the right amount of kitsch without being too tacky or OTT. It can be quite hard to pull off wearing a tiara, but the design of this is quite simple with just a touch of fun to make it the perfect party headgear. The tiara section at the front has matching swirls of faux crystals with two large diamond shaped studs on each side, and rises to a point with a shiny star being the focus point of the piece. There are also two little stars at each end to continue the theme. The star in the centre is suspended from a small metal loop and hangs freely, so it sways about a bit as you move which looks effective and draws more attention to it as it catches the light.
The headband section is reasonably lightweight and flexible considering that it's made out of metal, and it adjusts easily so that you can put it on neatly over your hairdo. It stayed in place perfectly without budging as I moved around, which I was hugely impressed with seeing as I wore it all night long and was dancing for the majority of the time. I did a test run at home when I tried it on after I took the delivery, and even a bit of vigorous headbanging did not dislodge it in the slightest, so this is one sturdy tiara! I had suspected that it migh be a bit slippy as there are no grips to hold the band in place and the underside of the metal is just plain and smooth but there was no trouble with that at all while I was wearing it.
The only problem I have with the tiara is that it was majorly uncomfortable and did cause me occasional pains during the night. I wear glasses, and so the ends of the headband come down to meet the same part of my head where my glasses rest behind my ears. This puts added pressure on the area and it can get painful after a few hours. I had to keep shuffling it around and repositioning it to alleviate the feeling, but even so the headband seemed to pinch quite tightly and I was left with sore patches on my head the following day (no hangover though!!).
I think this is a really cute piece of costume jewellery and it was just what I was looking for at the time. The tiara is simple but it still stands out and it doesn't cross the line into being too tacky. Great fun for use on the occasional night out or with a fancy dress costume, but be warned that it really hurts after you've been wearing it for a while.