Saturday, June 30, 2012

review: origins super spot remover

this week has been one of those weeks where i wanted to take my skin off with sand paper. due to a deadly mix of sun, chlorine and sun cream my skin is in such awful condition. unfortunately its just one of things that i couldn't do anything about as i can't go on holiday with out sun cream; typical english girl, my skin is very fair as my blog title shall explain and burns so easily. so while i was away i popped into the local macy's and picked up this little jar which i have heard so many raves about.

i was an origins virgin until this week but i have been throughly converted. the origins super spot remover contains caffeine and red algae to reduce redness and salicylic acid to speed the healing of blemishes. this might sound weird but i prefer it when i use a skincare product that i can feel working, either a tingle or a slight sting, this feels slightly cold and leaves the area i have dabbed it on feeling very tight. after a weeks use i can see a notable difference in my skin, the blemishes i had are clearing and not leaving a mark either and my skin feels so much better, not clogged up anymore.

origins super spot remover retails at $13.50 and i think its well worth the money. the only thing i will say is that the bottle is so tiny, i'm talking smaller than my thumb but hopefully will last a while. i am currently looking into changing my entire skin care routine to an origins one after this great experience as my current neutrogena oil free acne stress control one is no longer working for me (i use their power clear scrub, 3-in-1 hydrating acne treatment and night cleansing pads).

if any of you use origins skincare products i'd love to hear how they work for you and what you recommend before i make the investment :D x x x

east coast holiday

sorry for my lack of blogging but i have been sunning it up on the east coast for the past week and i have the tan lines to prove it :D with my very lovely host family i flew to connecticut last week to spend time with family and then on to boston for a few days. it was so nice to just relax for a week even if i still had three boys running round but we soon found out the promise of swimming and ice cream made the perfect good behaviour tool. also managed to have dinner and a catch up with a friend who moved to boston a few months ago. bit of a photo diary coming up just so you can see my highlights from my trip :D x x x

1. paddling 2. best ice cream place 3. fun at the lake 4. mystic seaport cute houses 5. down at the docks 6. bit of american history william whipples house, signer of the declaration of independence 7. boston bound!!! 8. city skyline and sunny days :D 9. freedom trail 10. riding the swan boats 11. make way for ducklings 12. italian ices in boston common 13. hero memorial

Thursday, June 21, 2012

essie flagship

exciting news for all you essie lovers, the brand is opening its first nail salon in new york city :D located on east 65th street the new salon will have a range of 250 nail varnishes for its clients to choose from!! i would be there forever trying to decide, but how pretty to they all look in rainbow order. love the interior to, the clean white with the pop of colour from the chairs so reminds of the bottles. this may have to be added to my to do list for my trip to new york next year.


Friday, June 15, 2012

book club review: masques & wolfsbane

today i am linking up with heather from blonde undercover blonde for a book review for my reads of the week. i have read and loved the mercy thompson series by patricia briggs for the last couple of years and whenever a new addition pops up its the first thing in my basket on amazon. so when i stubbled onto this mini series i had to give it ago.

masques synopsis:
"after an upbringing of proper behaviour and oppressive expectations, aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. but her latest mission involves more peril than she ever imagined. agents of sianim have asked her to gather intelligence on the increasingly popular and powerful sorcerer geoffrey ae'magi. soon aralorn comes to see past the man's striking charisma-and into a soul as corrupt and black as endless night. and few have the will to resist the sinister might of the ae'magi and his minions. so aralorn, aided by her enigmatic companion, wolf, jions the rebellion against the ae'magi. but in a war against a foe armed with the power of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is-or where he will strike next?"

wolfsbane synopsis:
"for the last ten years, shapeshifting mercenary aralorn has led a dangerous existence-a far cry from her noble upbringing. now she must return home under the most unfortunate circumstances. her father, the lyon of lambsholds, has passed away. but when aralorn and her compainion wolf arrive, the combination of their magic uncovers something wonderful yet alarming-her father is not actually dead, but only appears so. yet a dark mist is also very much alive within him... the lyon of lambshold had been ensorcelled by the ae'magi, who's using him as a conduit to finally destroy aralorn and wolf. with her father as the pawn, can aralorn overcome this mysterious sorcery? or will she finally fall to the blackest of magic, losing not only her one and true companion but also her life...?

once again patricia briggs has come through. these books felt like someone had put the arthurian legends, a witch's cookbook and a romance novel into a pan and stirred. aralorn holds her own against the more powerful characters in the story coming into her powers as it progresses. but my favourite character has to be wolf, the unstoppable reformed bad boy. their story is so lovely-her helping him to understand love while he brings out her magic. the final page in the second book, wolfsbane, nearly had me in tears, it was so romantic and heart wrenching.

i would definitely recommend these books whether you have read any patricia briggs before or not. we as the reader are immediately captivated in the story as whereas some book go about setting the scene and learning about the past, these allow you to jump right in the the present day and learn about what the characters have been through as it affects them along the way. love love love :D

favourite moments

its that time again, friday already which means a post with Lauren at from my grey desk. now normally i would look back at my week and let you guys know what i've been up to ( and yes remind myself what i have done) however this week was a little different. i had a big thing happen this week, i signed my contract to stay working in the states for another year!!!! i am so excited that i am going to stay and see more of america but also get to be with my friends and the family to which i am now a member of.

so instead i decided i would do things a little differently this week and look back at my time in america and pick my 5 favourites things that i have been lucky enough to have happen to me for the high five for friday link up.

1. once i actually started writing this post i found it really difficult to just pick 5 things but here we go. the first thing is travelling. in the past 9 months i have been lucky enough to go to new york, seattle, vancouver, victoria, the oregon coast and portland. i love seeing what america has to offer when travelling like culture, food, music and sight seeing and all of these places have not disappointed.


2. initially when i decided to move 5000 miles away from home i was so nervous about not knowing anyone and not being able to make friends, easy to say now but should not have worried. i have met the most amazing group of people from all over the world, who in what i feel like is quite a short space of time, have got to know me inside out and now can make me laugh at the drop of a hat and are always there if i need to talk. love you girlies :D

3.  the other really important thing to mention when talking about people i have met are the family who i work for and live with. from the minute i got here i have been treated like i was part of the family, the boys grandma said that the au pairs are like her granddaughters as she only has grandsons. there is never anything i don't get included in or get invited to and although looking after 3 boys under 8 can be difficult at times i wouldn't change it for the world as i now can't imagine not being here.

4. i am now an honorary seattlite, can't believe i love a city so much, there is always something to do. especially after coming from a little town in the north of england seattle is just vibrant and so full of life.  even after being here for 9 months i still feel like there are things i need and want to do. some will wait for when i have my visitors but others are already on my summer to do list.

5. the last thing i picked as one of my favourite things of this experience so far is what it has done to me as an individual. i am so much more independent now in both big ways and small. i look after my self completely, laundry and all. but i am now also brave enough to fly across the world alone (my mum was so shocked when i got off the plane in the uk and said all 3 of my flights were fine lol). it has also made me appreciate what i have already. my amazing family and friends back home were so supportive of my decision to move to america and even after all this time when i went back home they let me just fit right back in as if i had never been away. finally i am loving the opportunities i have over here; travel, meeting new people and going back to college to do something completely random just because i can (singing, dance, french and now portuguese).

i am really excited about what is still to come during my american adventure. there are too many things to mention them all but to name a few... visits from my family and best friend in the fall, getting to be part of the holidays coming up and all of the places i am going to get to go to including the east coast in a couple of weeks.

if anyone had told me a few years ago that i would be living and working in america i would have told them to be serious but i love it and thats because of the amazing people i have had the privilege of meeting while on my american adventure, love you all x x x

Thursday, June 14, 2012

sweet mickey's

my sweet tooth was very pleased to hear that there was a new little sweet shop opening in Ballard this week so of course i had to go and check it out. sweet mickey's on 57th now joins the gelato, frozen yoghurt and cupcake parlours in trying to make us a little sweeter, and i'm sure not complaining :D

they had everything which as you can imagine made the choice very difficult but we finally decided on red liquorice, alphabet lollipops and chocolate coins for the little ones. yum yum yum.


Friday, June 8, 2012

yeah for the weekend :D

yeah its the weekend :D so here i am again linking up with Lauren for high five for friday. long week at work this week so i've been busy busy busy and at the end of the day pretty beat but here are my highlights from the week :D

1. we had a jubilee tea party this week, complete with victoria sponge cake, trifle, pimms and finger sandwiches. the boys all made homemade british and english flags and did a little parade around the living room for us. nice having a little touch of home here in the states every now and then.

2. cuddles! woke up this morning to this little girl all snuggled up on my bed. then when my bed was no longer deemed good enough she decided to sleep on me instead.

3. cosmo, netflix and ice ream, the perfect thursday night in, yummy :D and finally finished re-reading the his dark materials trilogy by philip pullman. i'm trying not to buy new books while i am in the states as it will be a nightmare to take them home so i'm relying on the library for my book addiction. i read this series when i was younger and loved it and it didn't disappoint the second time round either.

4. this week i have officially living in the US for 9 months!!! omg time has just flown by but i am loving every minute of my american adventure and later this week i will be signing my contract to extend for another year :D

5. the weekend is here!!! tonight i am going out with my friends for drinks, making the most of our girlie friday nights out as their time in the US is almost up. then lunch and movies on saturday to see madagascar 3 - yes i know its aimed at the under 12s but i can't help it the lemurs have me in stitches all the time :D

hope you all have a great friday and weekend, thanks for stopping by x x x

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

jubilee stateside

even though i am loving my american adventure, every now and then i need a little britishness and tonight this is what i did to inject a little bit of home into my home away from home - we had a jubilee tea party :D 

so i made cakes and sandwiches (with two little helpers), we drank pimms and a bunch of americans, a couple of brit girls and a canadian toasted the queen from this side of the world. i loved it, great food and great company, what more could i ask for... prince harry for christmas maybe :p

Sunday, June 3, 2012

style envy: june

my style crush this month is the psychic vampire herself miss ashley greene. this lady knows how to dress whether its for lunch with the girls or a big movie premier her look is girly and always polished.  

i could quite happily live in her casual wardrobe. jeans and coloured cardies with eye catching shoes and handbags or a summer dress with a blazer thrown on top. this girl looks great even on those days when all you are going to do is pop out to the shops. with her fresh make up and luscious long locks she is my fashion envy of the month. 

for those big events we see a if possible even more polished look. long floaty dresses with a usual neutral colour palette with the occasional pop of colour. my absolute favourite outfit has to be ashley greene's 2010 teen choice award outfit. i love the lace pattern all over the dress and the accent of black that is in the dress and the shoes really sets this outfit off off me.