I purchased Jo Malone cologne and body lotion and also got a body creme sample.
The Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Lotion – I LOVE the smell of spices and fruit, if you also like that kind of scent you’ll adore this body lotion. The key notes are pomegranate, casablanca lily, and guaiawood. I like to use this body lotion after my night shower with my Blackberry & Bay Cologne. I think the combination is heavenly. I can still smell the lotion and perfume on my skin when I wake up in the morning. The fragrance is extremely long-lasting.
Mimosa & Cardamom Deluxe Body Creme Sample – The top notes are cardamom, mimosa, and tonka bean. I enjoy this body creme, but I prefer the pomegranate noir scent. The texture is thicker and more velvety than other lotions. It has hydrating oils like jojoba seed, cocoa seed, and sweet almond oil. It smells most like cardamon to me. What I most like about this product is that it sinks into my skin despite the thickness.
Blackberry & Bay Cologne – This cologne works best with my body chemistry from the Jo Malone line. The top notes are blackberry, bay leaves, and cedarwood. The scent is most like blackberries, and bay leaves in my opinion. It is balanced and present but not overpowering. It has a sophisticated fruity smell.
Ending this post with my nails, the nail artist is super talented and hand-painted them! ❤
For a few months, I pondered the idea of starting a fast food review series. I wanted to compare fast food from different countries to the United States. I used to go to McDonald’s often when I first got to Dublin. I noticed major differences. Here McDonald’s food tastes less salty, sugary, and fatty than American eateries. It’s a good thing health-wise but its just less fun and bland in reality. (Though in general, I dislike McDonald’s, Wendy’s all day every day <3)
This fast food review idea seemed smart, but NO! 🙅🏽♀️ I got a huge pimple on my forehead after trying KFC last week, so no more fast food for me lol. Still, I think it’d be cool to try out inexpensive food spots in Dublin and share my thoughts. I have one place in mind for my next meal out, Brothers Dosirak — a Korean food restaurant that’s incredibly cheap.
I think KFC tastes like Taco Bell in Dublin, but maybe I only have this opinion because I ordered a chicken burrito. Surprisingly, the burrito had a whole chicken breast in it; I struggled to finish it. It also had rice, salsa (a sad one), and beans folded into its soft flour tortilla shell. The flavor was sweet and a bit tangy. The fries tasted good, nicely cooked and simple. In truth, they were a little bit of a let down comparatively. KFC fries in the U.S. are flavorful, orange-tinted, black pepper coated wedges of perfection.
Still, KFC beats McDonald’s in terms of flavor in my book. Above all, I’d rather have a healthy hearty meal than fast food. ❤
This morning I visited Howth for the first time with new friends. I recommend taking a trip there from Dublin because it’s a fast journey via DART (train) and supremely scenic. The water is a gorgeous blend of turquoise and dark blue. Together, we walked the Cliff Path Loop and then went to The Bloody Stream restaurant.
The Bloody Stream is very Irish — it has a fireplace, pub, and looks dark and cozy. Plus, it’s conveniently right next to the DART station. I ordered fish and chips to review.
The presentation looked as appetizing as it was convenient with the paper bag sheet to soak up the fish’s excess oil. I rate it 5/5. The fish itself was large and fresh, but the batter did not stick to the meat and tasted a bit too oily. I give the fish a 3 out of 5. The fries (chips) were perfect, crispy yet potatoey. I rate them 5 out of 5. Overall score: I added points given that they included iconic mushy peas to the meal, I rate this 14.50 euro meal 4.6 out of 5. I wish the fish had a bit more flavor and less oil. Still, I recommend this restaurant for a visit. It’s the type of place most envision when they think of an “Irish pub” — very classic. ❤
The La Crème Beautè Venom face lotion helps smooth out the texture of my skin. So far, it has made my skin appear plumper. The lotion feels smooth and very luxuriating. I will repurchase in the future. But I do not think this is an end- all-be-all product, its best used with a comprehensive skincare routine. Given that it’s so rich, it’s essential that the skin is exfoliated and properly cleansed before application.
The Glow face treatment is hydrating, it’s an oil. The packaging states you can either leave it on for 30 minutes, use it to remove makeup, or keep it on as an intensive hydration treatment. I usually just use it under night cream because I dislike the idea of wearing oily products during the day. I think oil under the sun creates breakouts. I actually like the Venom Beauty Boost more than Glow. In the future, once I finish Glow, I may purchase the beauty boost instead. ❤
I love Pat McGrath’s brand. My mother gifted me her Mothership II: Sublime Palette as a New Year treat. The packaging is very weighted, unique, and luxurious. I love the shimmer and iridescent quality of the shadows. This palette is super pricey and I would not recommend it unless you really wanted it. I personally think MAC eyeshadow looks just as shimmery. However, if you really want to indulge and join the wave, I say go for it. I do feel special every time I use this product. The shadows have little fallout and the colors are gorgeous in person. ❤
I bought luxury skin care from La Creme Beaute! I purchased the Bee Venom face cream and Glow. I also ordered Bee Venom face cream for my mother as a surprise gift. Both of our orders came with five samples. I was blown away by this because the samples are very sizable, especially the eye cream. I think I have enough product to use for a month or so. I also loved that they included a handwritten thank you note.
I think personal touches and attention to detail add to a feeling of luxury. I’ve found that expensive products can be just as hit or miss as less pricey items, sometimes the customer service and professionalism is lacking even though there’s a high sticker price. But this shopping experience was different. It only took about a week to deliver to both Ireland and the USA.
I’ve used my products and samples for five days now and I’ll need to continue to use them before I rave about results. But so far, I love the botanical scent of the rose face cream. I like mixing products like using Glow with L’occitane Aqua face cream. My skin looks very hydrated. I’ll keep using and post an update. I recommend this brand.
February is a month for self-love and self-care. ❤
I think the Rebecca Minkoff Washed Nylon Tote and Becky Continental Wallet are amazing choices for any graduate student! I purchased the tote because it has a zipper, and can expand at the sides. I also love the bag’s nylon fabric. It makes it easy to clean. I adore the fact that the bag is all black ––– its a less obvious choice for repetitive wear to class. Black matches everything after all.
The Becky wallet has so many card slots, six rows on both sides of the wallet. It has a zipper with leather fringe detail and a back pocket on the outside. The wallet’s leather smells deliciously sweet and perfectly leathery. I love the gold accents on the front of the wallet because it adds a youthful edge. I got the wallet on sale and I very much recommend this purchase. The quality and price make the bag and wallet worth it.
I feel like my blog may slowly become an ode to Rebecca Minkoff. I love the brand’s feminist ethos, affordability, and quality. They also use affirm, a credit program that allows customers to make small monthly payments rather than pay for items in full. ❤