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USA trip/honeymoon 2013

We had actually arranged this holiday before deciding to get married, but since it was only 3 weeks after, we decided to call it our holiday/honeymoon.

We hadn’t even planned on going anywhere this year, because as anyone who has renovated a house would know, is that it swallows up all the money you have. But as luck would have it, my husband got some return flight tickets through work, to pretty much anywhere in the world. So we chose to go to the states.


We were away for 3 weeks and in that time we visited New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, L.A. and San Diego. And just thought I would share a few pictures from the trip in a in a post.


Highlight from the trip was defiantly Central Park and the view from Rockefeller centre in New York. Renting bicycles in San Francisco. Lazy River in MGM Grand Hotel and Gordon Ramsay Burgr in Las Vegas. Hike to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. And San Diego zoo in San Diego.


Advent Calendar

This year I have decided to make personalised advent calendars, for my husband and a friend that has been super helpful to me this year, and that I think could use a little extra christmas spirit this year.
Obviously it would be easier and probably cheeper to go out a by an advent calendar, but I wanted my advent calendars to be personal, not meaning expensive, just taking a bit of time finding out what chocolates they like and what small things they might find interesting or fun.



These are some of the things I found for filling. 

All you need is little brown paper bags, writeable stickers and string. 
Just count out 25 bags, ad a sticker in each corner and number them 1-25. 
Measure out the stings to hang the bags on, making a loop in each end and tie well. Cut out 25 pieces of sting to tie around each bag. 
Then just fill the bags and tie them to the strings.

With presents that are to big for the bags, like the dvd, I wrap it in brown paper and matching string as  the bags, and place them under the advent calendar.

I used 3M Command hooks to hang the advent calendar. Click HERE for more information. 

Happy Hollidays X

Area H2O shampoo and conditioner


When I worked as a hair stylist, I always wondered why no company had ever invented a cream-shampoo and something that would help with the damage of hard city water. 


A few years after the Wen cream cleanser came on the market and around the same time, I think, hair stylist Jonathan Antin developed a filter for your shower head, making the water less damaging for your hair. The only problem was it was made for US plumbing and was never available in Europe. 


But now something super magical has happened, a newish product on the marked has developed a shampoo and conditioner range with a sort of “build inn filter” that will prevent a lot of the mineral ions in water from sticking to you hair (won’t go in to the science to much, as you can find more information about that on their website listed below). 


Now this is great news for people like me, who are really struggling with London water, and are quite often having to resort to very conditioning hair product, that then weighs down my fine hair.
As you can see from the picture, I did use up the whole bottle, which I only do if I really like a product, so real proof that I did really like it.
First off it cleanses your hair really well, so much so, that I thought it would be way to drying for my hair using it the first time. But after blowdrying my hair, I was left with amazingly shiny and soft hair, that felt really clean an airy, and that I was able to add a lot of volume to while styling. I also found while using it, that I could go longer between washing it than normal.


Only thing that didn’t really work completely with my hair was the conditioner, as my hair needed a little bit more conditioning to detangle (badly split ends, so not really products fault ). But my solution was just to put a tiny amount of a different conditioner in the last inch of my hair, after having used the first conditioner in the rest of the hair.


So if you are like me and struggle with fine hair in a hard water area, this would be for you.


For more information visit www.areah2o.co.uk

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HQ Hair and Feeluniqe Haul


I had run out of some of my can’t live without products, and had just received a 15% off code from HQ Hair, so nothing else to do than shop really.

While I was on the site, I came across Kérastase new Couture Styling range, and since I needed a new mousse and hair spray, I thought I would try them out as well.


Kérastase Specifique Dermo-Calm Bain Vital 250ml
This is one of my all time favourites shampoos, ever since i worked as a hairdresser 7 years ago. But had kind of forgot about it trying out so many other shampoos at the moment, but got all excited when I saw this on the site, even my scalp had a happy dance moment remembering the effects of this shampoo. 


Kérastase Styling Laque Couture 300ml
Kérastase Styling Mousse Bouffant 150ml
These are both new products to me, I had seen an add for it, but not really heard that much about it. But since I am a big Kérastase fan, I sort of “HAD” to try it. So I review should be coming soon.


Loreal Tecni.Art Fix Design Fixing Spray 200ml
This spray has been in my beauty cupboard for the last 15 years, not that I use it daily, but it is defiantly one of the products I can’t live without.


SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50 50ml
I have been so impressed with the SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defence SPF 50, that was in my October favourites, so I thought I would try this one out as well.


Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Skin Rehydration Serum 30ml
Now this is one of those products that I don’t think I will ever be able to live without. I have used it every day since I got introduced to it about 3 years ago.


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Banana Bread


This is just such an amazing cake in the winter months, that will make you feel all cozy, to cuttle up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a slice of this.
It is also a good way to use up bananas that has gone beyond the eating stage, but are perfect for baking.

4 very ripe bananas
3 medium eggs
150g sugar (i use natural caster unrefined cane sugar) 
100ml mild oil (like vegetable, groundnut oil or light olive oil, like i used)
250g plain white flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
100g raisins
75g chopped walnuts



Preheat oven to 175°C 

Line a big loaf tin with baking paper or a loaf liner.

Whisk eggs and sugar with an electric whisk for a few minutes until thick and fluffily, then whisk in the oil.
Mash with a fork or whisk. Add to the egg mixture.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a second bowl, and mix in with the the wet ingredients, 1/2 at the time, with the whisk on low or using a big spoon.
Last stir in the raisins and chopped walnuts. Then pour into loaf tin.

Bake for about 1h 15min until darkish brown.
leave to cool in loaf tin for about 15 minutes, then remove from tin and let cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy. 

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Favourites of October.

 

Pretty much all of October I was traveling around the States, more about that in a future post, but that means a lot of my favourites this months is from there.
 
Makeup: So this was a product that I was drawn to after hearing a lot of other bloggers talk about how good it is and the fact that it is organic and free of a lot of things, just made it more appealing. It is the Physicians formula Organic wear Jumbo Lash mascara, and boy is this good, a true winner.
 
Nail Polish: I have talked about the Kiko nail lacquer before (see here) but the Apple Red nr.240 is defiantly one of my all time favourites reds, as it just has the perfect balance of being cooled toned red, but still a very vibrant colour. 
 
Skin care: SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defence spf 50 was a real skin-saviour for me in october, because obviously when you are on holiday you are so much more outside, and therefore exposing you skin to a lot more uv rays. This little saviour, kept my skin hydrated and pretty much kept my hyperpigmentation a bay during the whole trip.
 
Food: I can thank Nikki Phillippi for this one, as had to try Justin’s Dark Chocolate peanut butter cups after hearing her talk about them, and they are amazing, not only do they taste amazing and are Organic, but they are also Vegan which is good news for someone like me who is lactose intolerant. Already regret not bringing more than 2 bags back to the uk in the suitcase, as I will be so sad when I run out. 
 
Home: Bath and body works candle in Spice. I had heard so much about these candles, so when I came by an outlet shop with some good deals in San Diego, I just had to try them out. I have to say that everything I have heard about these candles are true. I lid one of the small candles as soon as we had unpacked the suitcase and this little candle has just filled our whole living room with a comforting smell of sweet Christmas spices, that is making me in a cosy christmasy mood already.
 
Movie/TV: Argo with out a doubt, been a long time since I was so nervous about an ending of a film, that I almost paused the film to google the ending.
This film not only has great costume design and makeup, but it just keeps your attention all the way through. 

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