Sunday, 20 September 2015

Jamberry Nail Wraps!!!

Hi everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I have something awesome to share with you!!!!!!!!!!

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A couple of months ago I was approached by a representative of Jamberry to try out their nail wraps. These nails wraps are currently only sold in America and Canada so they are not in NZ. I was sightly reluctant to try them at first because I don't do anything to my nails - this is because I really don't like nail polish or nail varnish depending on what you call them. There are so many reasons why I don't use nail polish - smells bad, take a long time to try, messy, it's hard to put it on nicely..........etc But after reading some reviews of the nail wraps from Jamberry, I decided that I will give it ago!

These nail wraps have definitely not disappointed me at all!!! - They are extremely easy to apply, does't smell, looks professional....etc but best of all there are over 300 designs to choose from!!! I literally spent an hour on the website trying to choose only ONE design to try on!!! Below is a picture of my nails:

Jamberry nails are coming to NZ and Australia on October 1st and in NZ they will cost $24NZD per sheet with a special offer of Buy 3 get 1 free! Each sheet will give you atleast 2 full sets of manicure and pedicure. The nail wraps will last at least 2 weeks on your fingers and 4 weeks on your toes. I've only tried these on my nails and they lasted a bit over 2 weeks and they did not chip! If you use nail polish all the time, you will know how amazing it is to not have chipped nails!

The nail wraps are also very easy to remove, all I did was soak my fingers in water and they start to slowly loosen and then I can just peel them off my finger nails. No more horribly smelling nail polish remover!!!!!!!!!!! whoop whoop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can buy the nail wraps here


Joyce <3

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Tleaf Tea!

Hi everyone!!!

It has been a like forever since I made a post..... I have been super super super super busy with work and well live in general. SORRY!

Today, I thought I would write a quick blog post about the Tleaf Tea that I purchased a while back. I have now finally and I mean finally, finished trying each of the teas I purchased... In case you didnt know, I purchased sample packets using a grabone voucher - yay for vouchers! You can view the Tleaf Tea website here

As you can see from the picture above, you can see a description of the tea and also brewing instructions for the tea. I found these teas to be pretty amazing!!! They are quite strong and I find that I can make a cup of tea and then once I've drank half way, I can add hot water on top again and the tea remains flavourful. The only thing I don't like about it is that the tea can sometimes be too fine and it leaks out of the infuser so there is tea leaves in my tea :(

I purchased the following tea samples:

  • Iron Goddess of Mercy
  • Ginseng Oolong
  • Japan Sencha
  • Tokyo Lime
  • Earl Grey Organic
  • Kawakawa Fire
  • High Grade Jasmine
  • Restful
  • Sakura Rose
  • Ginger Root
  • Earl Grey Blue Flower
  • Jasmine Dragon Pearls
  • Lemon Sorbet Organic
  • Berrylicious

My favourite teas from above would have to be Ginseng Oolong, Earl Grey Blue Flower and High Grade Jasmine.

If you get the opportunity to try these, I do recommend that you should try them!!! You will not regret it!

Talk to you all next time!

Joyce <3

Saturday, 4 April 2015

A new start - again...

Hi everyone,

Not sure if you have noticed, but I have deleted all but one blog post from the past. I just thought that I could start new, fresh - again! This is probably blog post attempt number 100000000000 or something ><"

I've decided to start new again as I started to get slack and the motivation started to run really really really low. But I thought this time round, I could treat it as if I'm writing a letter to myself or something or me putting my thoughts down well, more like up onto the web. I still hope that there will be readers who will enjoy reading my blog posts despite how slack I am.

Btw, this evening, my host brother from Leszno, Poland will be touching down in NZ! It has been almost one and half years since I last saw him. I can't wait to see him! Perhaps there will be blog posts of our crazy adventures together :)

Hope everyone has a great day and Happy EASTER!

Talk to you next time!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

An amazing exchange in Poland!

Hello everyone,

As per usual, I spent this morning behind my laptop. However, not to watch YouTube or watch a drama BUT to reminisce over the days of my exchange/travels. The most unforgettable days of my life! This was also when I first “tried” vlogging. I never shared these videos with anyone but myself. Simple because, I did not think anyone would be interested. Today I decided to share this with anyone who happens to stumble across my YouTube channel or this blog. Below is a mash up of some of the videos I made :D For those who are interested to know more about my exchange then keep reading below the video!


Back in 2012 I did a “Global Community Development Project” (GCDP) exchange to where, I now call my third home, Poland! I did this exchange through AIESEC Auckland (a student led organisation that I was volunteering at, at that time). The project I participated in was called “Make A Step”. This all sounds like a bunch of fancy jargon but basically, what I did was work with high school and junior high school students to give them a much more practical English learning experience as well as share knowledge about the beautiful country I live in, New Zealand! This was a life changing experience for me. If I could have the option to relive this experience, I would say yes in a heartbeat!

Through the whole application process which included multiple interviews, I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions – terrified, excited, self-doubt..etc. At that time in my life, all I’ve ever done was stayed within my “comfort zone” and never did anything that scared me. I knew that it was time that I stepped out and discover what this world was really like. At the same time, this was me taking my first steps to a journey of self discovery.
I’ve never looked back. No regrets.

I remember sitting at the airport in Hong Kong waiting to board my flight to Frankfurt (then to Poznań), I was messaging one of my friends. The exact words were "What did I get myself into?!?!?!?!?!" Luckily, turning back and flying back to New Zealand was not an option. With all the thoughts that were going through my head at the time, I think I would have actually taken the option to go home. I've never felt more scared in my life! Reality sank in, I'm flying to a country where I didn't know the language, and where most the country did not know English either. And, I'm going on my own! I also remember thinking, "I can't wait for these three months to be over and I can go home!"

The flight to Poland passed so fast! Before I knew it, I had landed in Frankfurt, waited in transit, boarded my flight to Poznań and landed in Poznań. I remember when I was waiting for my luggage to arrive, I was thinking “oh man, I hope the people here remember to come pick me up from the airport!” After walking out with my luggage, I see two Polish girls with a massive smile on their face, one holding their phone and recording a video and the other, a card board piece of paper with my name on it. I felt so relieved to know that I was not stranded at the airport!

The next day, I met all the other exchange participants and here the most amazing journey of my life began! Each week we were partnered up with a different person and we would train together to a different city/town in Poland, to a different host family, different school, different students, a different experience. Each host family and each school were very welcoming. I met some of the most enthusiastic and inspirational people! Till this day, I still cannot believe how passionate these students were about learning English and how curious they were about me.

During the breaks, I would do some travelling along with my fellow exchange participants. Together we travelled around Poland and also to other countries in Europe. We did really crazy things and were definitely not afraid of trying anything new! Of course, we also had some really stupid moments. I remember how we were trying to find a concentration camp but instead we got ourselves in front of a graveyard!

That year was also the first year I celebrated Christmas. I come from a family where Christmas day was just another day so to be able to celebrate Christmas was super exciting! I experienced a somewhat traditional Christmas and definitely ate so much food that I felt like I was going to be hospitalised! By the end of my stay, everyone in Poland knew that I love eating Pierogi Ruskie and Pierniki!

A few days after Christmas, I met up with the other exchange participants and we began our travels around Europe. First stop, Paris. We spent New Year in Paris. A few of us got ripped off along the way. I also had the most heavenly crepes and macaroons ever! We flew straight to Prague on the morning of the 1st of January and saw one of the most spectacular firework shows of my life! We also sang Ona Tanczy Dla Mnie under the fireworks and LOTS of people were staring at us like we were crazy. We probably were. Our last stop before heading back home (Poland), was Budapest. I spent €2.50 and got myself a bag filled of mouth-watering pastries. Here after, I have never found any shop that sells pastry that comes close to those!

Together, we not only survived -20c, 10 hour bus rides and 8 hour train rides. We grew as people, we grew to become friends, we became one big family. Life long friends!
To everyone who had been a part of that experience, dziękuję bardzo, Kocham was bardzo <3 Man nadzieje, ze bedziemy mieli Okazje niedułgo spotkac sie znow!

I highly recommend that anyone who is considering doing an exchange – DO IT! I promise you, you will never regret it!

This blog entry has been really long but I hope everyone enjoyed reading it!

Talk to you in the next post,

Joyce <3