Introducing Garnier Fructis Hair Food

We need food to keep us healthy and bouncing, so it stands to reason that our hair does too.  So often we accept split ends, dry or weak hair. We blame the wind and the bleach, but never find the time or the money to go to the salon for treatments. With Garnier Fructis’s Hair Food, treating your hair is inexpensive and those once healthy locks are restored.

Garnier Fructis Hair Food

Smoothing Macadamia Hair Food is enriched with macadamia seed oils, soya and coconut oil. It moisturises and smooths, leaving dry and unruly hair soft and healthy.

Repairing Papaya Hair Food is enriched with papaya, sunflower seed and coconut oils. It repairs and smooths ends, leaving hair strong and healthy.

Nourishing Banana Hair Food is enriched with banana, shea butter and coconut oil. It deeply hydrates and repairs, leaving dry hair soft and healthy.

Protecting Goji Hair Food is enriched with goji, soya and coconut oils. It revives the richness of coloured hair and protects from damage, leaving hair vibrant and healthy.

The 98% natural origin formulas are free of parabens, silicones and artificial colourants.  These formulas also multitask, as each can be used as a conditioner, hair mask and leave-in treatment. So, whether it’s time, price or chemicals that are stopping you, Garnier Fructis Hair Food has the solution.

Garnier Hair Food

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Top Free Attractions In New York City

  1. Times Square

This colourful hub is an LED wonderland and also has most of the shops you could want to go to.

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Times Square

  1. Fifth Avenue

You don’t have to shop to check out this iconic street.

  1. Central Park

The greenest part of Manhattan and miles of iconic greenery from so many movies lies within Central Park.

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Central Park

  1. The High Line

As an elevated linear park, the High Line gives you an elevated view of the surrounding area.

  1. The Brooklyn Bridge

For a view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines as well as a view of the Hudson River and a distant view of the Statue of Liberty, a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge is a must.

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Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Macy’s/Santaland

Macy’s is awesome any time of year, but extra fun and festive at Christmas.

  1. Rockefeller Center

Watch the ice skating and check out the massive Christmas Tree and Rockefeller Center. It’s also a great place to see the light show on Saks at Christmastime.

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Rockefeller Center

  1. Bryant Park

For a bit of greenery with a nearby famous public library, check out Bryant Park.

  1. 9/11 Memorial

A beautiful and somber memorial where the Twin Towers once stood.

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9/11 Memorial

  1. Grand Central Station

This restored station is another icon and on the roof, you can see a tile they left to show the condition the station was previously in.

Please note, these attractions are in no particular order.

Happy Travels

Krystal xx

 

Trying Ardell’s Magnetic Accent Lashes

Magnetic lashes have become the new challenge for beauty gurus everywhere. We’re all searching to find ways to make these glue free lashes work. But it’s a battle. Keep reading to see the carnage firsthand.

I decided to try the accent lashes, because they appeared to be a little more effective than the full strip.

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The lashes come on a tray, which marks the top and bottom lash and left and right. I found you could mix up the top and bottom lashes (but don’t go mixing up left and right). The tray has a lid so you can store the lashes. But there is some holes and stickiness which are used to hold the lashes initially. But this did result in a few of the individual lashes being bent or damaged.

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The first time I tried them (with no mascara on) the top lash wouldn’t even stay up long enough to put the bottom lash on.

After lots of lash dropping and putting some mascara on, I had my first bit of success. The magnetic lashes were on. But they weren’t all that close to the lash line.

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A bit more practice and I got them perfect on one side but not the other. The lashes did not want to contour to my lash line, even though I was using the magnets on both ends before I clipped the magnet in the middle. I also occasionally got a little bit of skill caught. Which while not painful, wasn’t quite the idea either. Although it did result to the lashes being close to the lash line.

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I then tried holding the bottom lash in place then putting the top lash on. This created the best look, but the sides still weren’t as close to the lash line as I would have liked. Doing it this way, also increasing the risk of accidentally hitting your eyeball.

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At this stage I am concluding that glue is still my friend, but I will be keeping an eye out for future improvements.

Krystal xx

Is Amazon Smile Worth Smiling About?

Amazon has started a new initiative called Amazon Smile. When shoppers shop on smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, 0.5% of the price of the item they are purchasing will be donated to their chosen charity.

There are several charities to choose from. Amazon spotlights a few major ones, but you can also search for others. There is no alphabetized list to look at, but searching a keyword of interest such as ‘cancer’ or ‘kids’ will likely bring up most charities that support your chosen area of interest.

The site uses a separate URL which Amazon makes a vague mention towards being because it is not advertising funded. However, murmurs on the internet suggest the separate URL makes shoppers less likely to remember to shop on it, thus saving Amazon money while projecting a socially conscious image. Others have also suggested it is a move to counteract how many people search Amazon through Google and instead require people to use Amazon’s search engine.

Predictions: Will Harry and Meghan last?

1516909803-meghan-and-harryMeghan Markle is set to join the royal family on May 19. But questions have been raised about how long this marriage will last. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are children of divorce and controversy surrounds Markle’s relationship with her family.

Last year Markle spend Christmas with the royal family and her fiancée was quoted saying that they were the family Markle never had. Markle’s brother however has said Markle was close to her family until she became famous. Her brother Thomas Markle, has further penned a letter to Prince Harry, blaming Meghan Markle for her father’s bankruptcy and expressing disgust that her family weren’t invited to her wedding. Other sources have suggested that Markle’s parents will be in attendance.

This union will also partially make history with Markle being common and American. But many have said that this union is just what the royal family needs to show they are part of the twenty first century. And one would think, if it’s defying tradition, surely, they must be marrying for love. But only time will truly tell.

Seeing Lady Liberty in the Flesh

A trip to New York is not complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty. But what is the best way to see this iconic monument?

IMG_3142I personally, think the best way to see it is up close and personally. But the only way you can do this is via a trip with Statue Cruises. Onsite, Statue Cruises are incredibly and lack customer service skills. The lines are long (3+ hours at the height of the season). Booking your tickets online will save you getting in line for tickets and may allow you to go up in the Statue where tickets are very limited.

After waiting in line for the boat for a rather long time. You will go through a security screening. They want people to remove hats, scarves, gloves etc. So expect to strip half your layers in winter.

The boats themselves are designed to have nearly everyone standing, with rails on the sides and hand holds from the ceiling. The windows provide an excellent view, but could benefit from being cleaned.IMG_3167

You arrive at the back of the statue, where there is a souvenir shop, toilets and a place to eat and drink. Following the path around to the front of the statue gives you a great view of both the statue and the end of Manhattan.

If this doesn’t sound like you, the Staten Island Ferry provides a free boat ride and passes by the Statue of Liberty and tour boats also pass by the statue. But Statue Cruises is the only one that will allow you to get up close and personal with the statue.

Happy Travels.
Krystal xx

Kat Von D Glimmer Veil Review

I love a good lipstick. But I did not love liquid lipstick until I came across Kat Von D’s Glimmer Veil at Sephora.

televatorIt comes in pretty gothic packaging and the tube reflects the product inside. The wand has a tapered end for easy application. And it can be used as a shimmering top coat or as a full impact lipstick.

I have it in the shade Televator at the moment. But I’m sure my collection will grow. It sparkles, it stays in place, it’s long wearing and just plain gorgeous. Every time I wear my Glimmer Veil lipstick I get at least one compliment on it.

I tried NYX’s Cosmic Metal Lip Cream as a cheaper dupe. The color was similar and it looked similar. But it was tacky, didn’t dry and while long wearing in a way, half of it was caught on what you were eating and drinking.

So while more expensive, Glimmer Veil is the answer for me. Plus it’s cruelty and paraben free.

Krystal xx

Book Of The Month – Southern Spirits (Angie Fox)

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. 

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

For memory, I got this as a free book on my kindle. It was was good, I brought more in the series to read and wasn’t disappointed by these either.

Angie Fox offers an excellent protagonist with Verity Long, someone who has strength as well as humour. Her accidental ghostly sidekick Frankie, also offers a new way of seeing the spirit world I haven’t seen in any other book before, by showing a luminescent view of the world, which is based on what the dominant ghost sees. Frankie also creates a nice character contrast to Verity.

Ellis Wydell and his brother Beau then also add both a romantic and small town component that makes Verity’s life rather interesting.

And if her life wasn’t interesting enough she also has a pet skunk.

A great read and I look forward to the next in the series.

Krystal xx

Book Of The Month – Mind Your Own Beeswax (Hannah Reed)

This particular book of the month is not so much being featured because I loved it, but because I didn’t.

Hannah Reed has come up with a fantastic concept with this small time store owner and bee keeper solving mysteries. It has the potential to be comedic as well as unique and interesting. But it falls flat. In the first book Story Fischer is understandably focused on trying to save her bees and makes some stupid decisions in the pursuit of justice. Her penchant for stupid decisions and not speaking up when she should is not so understandable in the second one.

I grew very tired of hearing how she slipped and tripped because she wore flip flips everywhere (including while tending to bees) and how she reached into her lives without proper protective equipment.

I was also unimpressed with how the author handled phobia. In this novel Story’s cousin Carrie-Anne offers to look after a dog then dumps it on Story with no regard for Story’s fear of dogs. The author then makes it seem like Story looking after this dog cures her fear. Talk about unlikely. Story also behaves with similar disregard to her sister’s fear of bees.

The mother and the sister also need a swift kick for their behavior.

So what does this story have going for it? It has a quirky element, some interesting character dynamics and the potential to be a brilliant mystery series. But at this point in the series this is being stifled by characters not learning from their mistakes.

Krystal xx

Halo Beauty – First Thoughts

If you’re into beauty and watch YouTube, you’ve probably heard of beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook aka the GlamLifeGuru.

image-tati2_1020x700.pngShe has just released her beauty brand Halo Beauty, which so far has one product a vitamin for skin hair and nails. It sounds great and it’s both sugar and gluten free as well as vegan. She’s also been fairly transparent about the ingredients.

However a lot of bloggers, vloggers and others have been really negative about her brand and ingredients. I am surprised that her brand is so far just one product, but when you look at the product it looks fairly decent and people haven’t even used it yet to comment.

home-product2_1020x700.pngLooking at the ingredients and people’s concerns about things they do or don’t do and potential ill health you could get, there has been nothing more than a few suggested correlations. And the thing with correlations is that the two variables appear to be related but may both be occurring for non-related reasons. While I don’t think this product will be a miracle, I don’t think it will be any less effective than all the anti-aging creams out there and the companies for those don’t have to disable comments due to negativity and personal attacks.

It will be interesting to see how effective the product is once it is used for a period of time and how it affects Tati’s perceived integrity.

Krystal xx