The Ordinary | Review’s By Harrison

For a while, I have been satisfied but not for filled by my skin routine. I feel I’ve got a little routine going, I know what products work well, which ones I like and which ones to avoid, but I’ve felt like something has been missing. 
I hit the internet and looked out for recommendations. 
This one comes from Lily Pebbles & it’s by a brand called The Ordinary. 
Serums have never really been my thing. I’ve always wondered “What do they actually do?“… Until now. 
The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.

In other words, they’re a clinical beauty brand, at a reasonable price specialising in the ingredients of products, focusing on improving the skin…. and I absolutely love it. 
The Ordinary is also stocked on ASOS. Bonus. 

So, let’s get into the review shall we. 
Out of all the products, I decided to try out the Retinol serum. Retinol is designed to reduce the signs of ageing and help with the complexion of the skin. You’re supposed to use this serum as part of your evening skincare routine.
I’ve been using it at the end of my final cleanse. I put 2 drops of this onto my fingers and apply it all over my face. I then simply leave it on and go to bed. 
I can safely say, this is the only product I have seen overnight results. The first time I put it on, I woke up in the morning and my face just looked more fresh, less red and an overall even complexion. 
Also, If I miss a day, then I really notice it. 
I’ve been trying this for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. I picked this up on ASOS for about £6. It’s such an affordable, yet effective product. 
I mean just look at everything it’s ‘free from‘. The ingredients are so good for you, great for the skin and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. 
The Retinoid has absolutely no scent, I’ve had no reactions but I’ve had the best result. This is now a part of my skin routine that I could never miss. 
I don’t know how I went so long without it. 
I’ll leave the link // HERE \\ so you can go and pick it up for yourself. 
Remember, a good skin routine is essential. 
| Harrison | 
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The NYC Diaries: The Fashion | Travel By Harrison

Here we are then, the last of the New York week. It’s been a full on week of blog posts, but I hope you have enjoyed the content. 
Today, I bring your my favourite looks from my time in New York. 
Unusually there is a lot of colour. 
// Edge \\ 
Kicking it off is this pink Adidas t-shirt. Pink has never been my colour… to be honest, colour has never been my colour. I’ve really been enjoying adding different pieces to my wardrobe, and one of those is this t-shirt. 
Paired with a pair of black ripped jeans, It has a slight edge and kind of tones down the brightness of the t-shirt. 
Definitely something I loved wearing this trip. 
// Cool \\ 
With New York being so incredibly hot, I decided to wack out this shirt. I purchased this last year and didn’t get to wear it much. It’s a black shirt with green leaves all over it. It gives me my fix of black, yet still adds that pop of colour. 
Again, to tone it down, I paired it with a pair of black jeans and also my new black Adidas Hamberg’s. 
The perfect outfit that keeps you cool, whilst looking cool.  
// Bright \\ 
Finally we have this outfit. Bringing out the pink t-shirt again, I decided go with a ‘no black‘ outfit. This time I paired the t-shirt with some of my new favourite jeans by Lock Stock & Barrel. These jeans have embroidery all over them. On the front, if you look closely you can see an ice lolly. Above that is a doughnut and on the back is also a doughnut and ice cube.
 These are a really fun pair of shorts that just bring this whole outfit to life. 
This day in particular was boiling. It was over 100 degree heat, so naturally I put on my trusty Haviana flip flops. 
I’ve been really into my fashion recently & loved it more than ever on this trip. 
So that’s it folks, that wraps up an entire week of blog posts, dedicated to my trip in New York. Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I’ll see you back here on Monday for a review of a product I am absolutely loving! 
Have a great weekend! 
| Harrison | 

The NYC Diaries: The Haul | Travel By Harrison

Oh my god. Did I or did I not go a little crazy? 
Welcome to the blog post I have been most excited to create. The haul! Wherever you go in New York, there are just shops everywhere. So much temptation and not a whole lot of resistance. 
So sit back and enjoy this post. 

// Glossier Set \\ 
By far the most exciting for me. Everyone goes on about Glossier and annoyingly they don’t ship to the UK. I’ve heard so many great things, that I just had to try some. I bought this set for $45. The Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser & The Balm Dot Com. As I write this post, I am yet to try any of it but keep your eyes peeled as I definitely plan to do a review on this once it’s all been tried and tested. 

// Origins Moisturiser \\
If you’ve seen me blog about Origins before, then you’ll be led to believe that I’m not their biggest fan. I tried their GinZing peel mask and was really under impressed. 
However, whilst in Macy’s I was mooching around the Origins stand & came across this. Their GinZing moisturiser. I tried a little bit and OMG, it smells like oranges. It’s so fresh & hydrating… Plus it was 20% off! 
So I’m going to give it another go and report back with the results. 

// Sunglasses & Levi Jacket \\ 
Let’s start with the glasses. These were my first purchase in New York after going out and forgetting to put mine on. I made a mad dash for Urban Outfitters and picked these up for only $15. It doesn’t show up great on the picture, but they’re actually mirrored. So cool & so on trend right now. Plus, they’re really comfortable to wear. 
Then the jacket. Oh, Levi. You took so much money from me on this trip. My plan was to go out there and buy a Levi Denim jacket. It wasn’t until the last day, I picked this one up. I’m absolutely in love. It’s oversized, it’s rustic and it’s just perfect. I absolutely cannot wait to style this!

// Levi Cap \\ 
I’ve become a bit of a lover of caps. This is now my third one. I picked this up from Levi as It also had 20% off. It’s such a soft, comfortable hat and the colours are great with what I wear. A very american style & again, I’m really looking forward to wearing this. 

// Levi T-Shirt \\ 
This last one was actually an accidental purchase. I spilt red ice lolly down a white t-shirt I already had on, so in a panic, I ran into the closest shop which happened to be Levi to pick this up. The guy was so nice in there, helped me out and turns out, I actually love the t -shirt. You know what they say, everything happens for a reason. 
// Pancake Lens \\ 
All of these pictures were taken using my new lens. I went into the B&H camera store whilst in NYC and picked up the pancake lens. A fixed lens with incredible, crisp quality. The pancake lens is perfect for blogging so prepare for some amazing quality pictures. 
After spending all that money, I feel highly satisfied that I truly shopped until I dropped. 
Check out the last Vlog of my trip!

So I’ll see you back here tomorrow, for the last of my week full of blog posts! 
| Harrison | 

The NYC Diaries: Tips & Tricks | Travel By Harrison

Today I’m going to talk you through the tips and tricks that helped us navigate the city, save some time & money and also get the best out of the short time we had there. 

// The Subway \\

By far, the best thing you could do whilst in New York. Use the subway, get a metro card. Trust me, it’s worth it. For someone who doesn’t even like the tube in London, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the subways were in New York.
It’s really simple. There’s uptown & downtown. 1, 2 and 3 goes horizontally. A, B and C goes vertically. Nail that and you’ll get anywhere.
The metro card, cost us around $10 a day, each. So it’s a really cheap way of travelling around.

Equally, you can walk, but your feet will probably end up looking a lot like mine. Blistered.

// Food \\

Now I love my food, so the thought of someone telling me to skip a meal is just ludicrous. However, that’s exactly what I’m telling you to do.
We always had a big breakfast and dinner. Skip lunch. The portions are so big out there, a good breakfast will see you through the day.
Stop for coffees during the day, but you won’t really need food… unless it’s a an ice lolly on a hot day.

By doing this one very small thing, you’ll save yourself so much time and money.

// Top Of The Rock \\

When you think of New York, you think of the Empire State building. Yes, you’re able to go up that. But you’re in the Empire State, so how are you going to get decent pictures of it?
Well, go to the ‘Top Of The Rock“. The Rockefeller Centre is a few blocks away from the Empire State, but once up the top, you have just as good views of Manhattan, WITH the Empire State in the picture. It’s a far cheaper & less busier version.
I would highly recommend doing this instead of the Empire State.

// Pier 16 \\

Obviously, you’re in New York, you’re going to want to see the Statue Of Liberty. Well, I have the best way of doing it.
To get up the crown, there is a 3 month waiting list. So if you can’t go up the statue, then whats the point of going on the island? After all, the best views are from the river, right?

With that in mind, go to ‘Pier 16‘ instead of the ‘Staten Island Ferry‘, catch that ferry tour and you will not regret it.
The boat just a big, with a guide to tell you exactly what you’re looking at. The difference is, the boat doesn’t stop on the island & it’s absolutely dead. When we went, we practically got the entire boat to ourselves, the guide was amazing & it was just as good, for half the price.

They’re all very small things, but they all really helped us along on the trip, saved us money and allowed us to do even more by saving time.

Check out day 3 of the Vlogs below!

Check out tomorrow’s post, we’re in for a HUGE haul!!

| Harrison |