Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Origins Original Skin Super Serum - Review!

Origins asks (like the rest of your body) is your SKIN also having a quarter life crisis? Oh God, is it?? Is this something else we need to be panicking about? Hm. If so, this might be the product you seek!
 As a long-time fan of +Origins this was introduced to me during the +Debenhams  #DebsFoylesideBeauty blogger evening back in August, in sample form of course, with just the tiniest amount proving invaluable to my skincare routine within days.

I was quick to go back and buy the full size of this beauty in a 30ml size. It's been a staple in my makeup-bag since!
 This little beauty has taken me  from country to country, county to county, by bus, train and across the pond and back by (extremely dry and icktastic) plane! I usually break out like crazy as soon as those plane doors shut, so I was not looking forward to a 7hour + long flight there and back - I figured the results would be horrendous by the time I landed.

But guess what?

It was amazing.

Not a breakout in sight, no patchiness, no dry tightness, not a blemish nor a cyst (cyst acne is it's own special hell, any sufferers out there will agree with me!) appeared either.

Miracles?

Small ones at least!

It's light-weight and works wonderfully as a base for your foundation, with or without moisturiser!  It is as they say, for those of us 'transitioning from their twenties to their thirties' so it's perfect for me in the first few weeks of my new decade. +Origins  also say that this little pink bottle of perfection is a 'super-serum that helps the skin look fresher, brighter, and smoother while it minimizes the appearance of imperfections. Formulated with Canadian willowherb, Persian silk tree, and a potent blend of actives to support smooth, refined pores and boost skin’s overall quality, it features a blend of optics that help soften and blur the appearance of pores and imperfections, leaving skin looking healthy and glowing.' I have to say after trailing this for the past 3 months, I agree.  Agreeable to my sensitive skin too I was just thrilled to find a serum that didn't leave my skin feeling greasy or tight as they can run at either end of the spec from time to time when they dry, this was soft and supple and left my skin feeling the same way.

God bless Canadian willowherb??




When this runs out, or maybe even before I'll be sure to restock and maybe add in their 'Retexturisng Mask with Rose clay' as I'm curious to see how that stands up next to it's sister serum.

The Original Skin Serum retails for $39 or £32 depending on where you are!

xo

Saturday, October 10, 2015

EIC does NYC

It's been a month since I set off for my first trip to New York - to meet up with friends across the pond. I was anxious of course, flying such a long way alone, a strange city, all that jazz. But, I was also so excited because I love to travel full stop and this was part of a bucket list of places for me, personally, that I wanted to touch base on 'in my 20s'. I was cutting it fine, I turned 30 (that's me sobbing in the distance!) on the 28th of last month, and I won't lie, it's been an adjustment!

But New York City, oh my GOD. I mean, it's iconic for a reason, it's steeped in our culture - countless films, songs, stories all hail from here, about here, because of here. So going there and ticking it off my imaginary bucket list was a fun time for me.
Not too shabby though not for the claustrophobic at times! 
No filter needed #FreedomTower

The site of the Twin Towers was beautiful but extremely eerie. 

Humidity on the water 1. Me 0.
NYC in the palm of my hand, you could say, or at least between my fingers! 

Tipsy @ Top of the Rock!
 The amazing views is what gets you, I mean a city is a city, is a city, but THIS isn't an ordinary city.

As I said before, she's iconic for a reason, and it hits you in the heart from the get go.
I got very attached to my floppy hat! 
 I fell in love basically.  The cheesy tees are right I do heart NY!

Living in Brooklyn, mastering the subway lines, alone (!!!) meeting the people, and seeing the 'real' parts of a city on a trip like this is what made it special. I could have easily just stuck with the big buses of tourists, and tourist trails of shiny NYC to find my way around and what have you - which is fine, but I needed something real. It was a personal test along side a much needed holiday, if I'm being totally honest. And I think I came out the other side a braver person for it.

My friend and her friends, all in one way or another proper locals if you will, intended to make sure I saw my fair share of 'touristy bits' (because hey I've never met a gift shop I didn't love!) but  that the other neighbourhoods beyond just the city itself interested me too - Like Dumbo, which I instantly fell in love with due to the architecture porn around every corner! We hit up Bushwick and I stayed in Crown Heights, loved the hilariously over-priced but very pretty Prospect Park. Brooklyn Heights to views of the East River, and all the other parks in between - Battery Park is beautiful  and something you experience a little of as you board the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island,  as well as the big momma of them all - Central Park.

From the Village to Chelsea, to Governors Island (which I highly rec for a relaxing day on the hammocks - brings snacks!)  to Liberty Island, to Manhattan, and back again. I covered a lot of ground in 8 days, and my legs and knees (the joys of zero cartilage, lemme tell you!) My spirit guide Sarah was thankfully there to guide me through the trickier parts of things, intro me to American  sized food portions (oh,my,god?) and teach me that, yes, I can master the subway system at night. That day drinking is acceptable, people love tattoos and this is a city that gets my sarcasm, and also has a real weird love for Irish people.

Winning?

A little.



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Starbucks and chill in Battery Park
You can't go to NYC and not experience their pizza. Even their worst pizza, I'd imagine is better than our best. It has ruin all overs for me, I won't lie!



The lovely Mandy over at +Gypsy Warrior in NJ! Be sure to check out their online store! So much to love! 


Climbing inside her was a odd experience!! 


Blue skies and education from Ellis Is. +Evelyn Hill | Ellis Island Events  

I'm so glad I went in early Sep. I got the best of the weather (for an Irish girl 33c is enough thank you!) but also the fall of the leaves in all the pretty neighbourhoods <3

Blue skies and Brownstones


Views at dusk from +Central Park 



+Ellis Island 


Golden Hour is natures filter! 

+Prada Bug Lady on the Subway though... 

All the pretty architecture! 


Vegan bites @ChampsDiner


I learned they take their Brunch VERY serious in Brooklyn

Ever feel like you're being watched? 



Spirit guide basically! I have the direction of a drunk hamster!
I did mention the religion that is brunch, right? 
Sarcasm is the best marketing tool ... no?


@CentralPark you beaut <3 I fell in love, even if my legs want to kill me!

+Times Square is an assault on the senses, in the cheesiest touristy way ever. 

All in all like any trip it had it's up and it's downs, but thankfully so many more ups! I met some fantastically creative and positive people, made new friends and caught up with old ones ( PS: a blog post on my first +Reiki Healing  session coming soon!). I experienced a city I've always wanted to see. I can't wait to go back, as with somewhere this innovative and ever changing, there is still a ton for me to do and see, and to check off my little bucket list.

So, until next time, NYC in my 20s was a blast. Let's see how she treats me in my 30s! :D 

xo