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Even though I only used Airbnb for the first time back in March, I like to think that I've become very good at finding the best places to stay in, for the best prices and it'd be rude of me not to share some tips on how to do that, right? While I absolutely love staying in hotels, there's nothing quite like having your own apartment to stay in when travelling to a new city. It gives you the option for cook, and just generally gives you a lot more space than a regular hotel room would. Even better, if you're on a budget but still love travelling, you can pick to rent  a private room in a house or an apartment rather than an "entire place" like they call it on Airbnb and sometimes this can be up to a third cheaper than a hotel would be. You can read my first post about Airbnb and what we thought of our first experience here, and if you want some tips on how to find Airbnb gold, then just keep on reading. I must also preface this post by stating that nope, I'm not working with Airbnb to promote them (although I'd definitely love to do that), I just genuinely really love this way of finding accommodation for travelling.

1. Make Use Of The Filters

When you first use Airbnb it may be a little confusing as it just throws a big old list of places to stay at you. I always filter first, and then start to look through the list so that I'm not looking into apartments or rooms that don't have what I'm looking for. For example, if you're looking for a place to stay for 4 people, make sure you put that option into the bar of filters on the top of the screen. Or if you are on a budget, use the price filter to set how much you're willing to spend on a place to stay.  I will often go into the "More Filters" option and check options like "hairdryer" because no matter how light travel hairdryers are, I need that extra space in my suitcase, or "wifi" for obvious reasons. This helps to cut down on the list of places that are available for your trip and should help the decision process be a lot easier.

2. Use The Map To Your Advantage

As well as the list of accommodation, Airbnb also has a handy map on the right hand side of the screen that I always use to find the best places to stay. If you're looking to stay right in the middle of the city, make sure you zoom in on that area so that only the central places to stay are shown, or if there are a few sights that you want to see all in a particular area, you can use the map to choose an Airbnb that's closest to this area. The map can also be used in places like Croatia (which I'm currently researching for a possible trip) to find Airbnbs with amazing views of the sea, so it's definitely a good tool to use.

3. Superhosts Are Where It's At

We've only recently come across this tip but it's one that I would say is an essential if you want to have the best Airbnb experience. Superhosts are hosts that are highly rated, very responsive to messages, and a very reliable, so just all around good eggs. On the "More Filters" section there's a toggle you can click to only show Airbnbs from Superhosts so if it's your first time using Airbnb and you're a little sceptical as there are some horror stories out there, then I'd definitely click it just to have peace of mind. 

4. Always Read The Reviews

I'm sure this tip is a bit obvious but every time you stay in an Airbnb you have to leave a review afterwards and when I am looking up places to stay, I will always read a few of the reviews to get a good idea of what the Airbnb is actually like to stay in. Reviews are great for letting you know if the Airbnb is in a busy area, if there are any good cafes near by, how well the Airbnb actually fits the description given on the website etc. The apartment that we stayed in on our trip to Prague was chosen purely because of the reviews as lots of the people recommended the area for it being so close to public transport and also recommended the host as she provided a local travel guide which came in handy.

5. Self Check-In Makes Everything Easier

Another new discovery for us with Airbnb is self check-in which we had on our most recent trip to Gdańsk. Self check-in means that the Airbnb either has a key lockbox, smartlock, keypad, or that you can pick up a key from the building staff (which is what we did). I love this option because having to organise a specific time to pick up the keys with your Airbnb host can be a little stressful especially if you're trying to navigate a new city or if there are flight delays. Self check-in means you can arrive anytime you want (as long as it's after the designated check-in time) and you don't have to worry about keeping in contact with your host.

Those are the main tips I'd have that have helped me to find the Airbnbs that we've stayed in and so far we've stayed in some gorgeous apartments so my track record is pretty good! I know I probably sound like a broken record but honestly Airbnb is one of the best things I've ever discovered as it's allowed myself and Dara to travel to new cities without breaking the bank. For any of you who have never used Airbnb before, you can get €30 off your first trip if you sign up through this link and for every person who completes a trip using my link, I'll get €15 travel credit so it's a win win for all!

I hope this post was helpful to anyone who hasn't used Airbnb much before and of course if you have any more questions about it, just pop me a message. Thanks for reading!

A Guide To Airbnb - How To Find The Best Places To Stay


Even though I only used Airbnb for the first time back in March, I like to think that I've become very good at finding the best places to stay in, for the best prices and it'd be rude of me not to share some tips on how to do that, right? While I absolutely love staying in hotels, there's nothing quite like having your own apartment to stay in when travelling to a new city. It gives you the option for cook, and just generally gives you a lot more space than a regular hotel room would. Even better, if you're on a budget but still love travelling, you can pick to rent  a private room in a house or an apartment rather than an "entire place" like they call it on Airbnb and sometimes this can be up to a third cheaper than a hotel would be. You can read my first post about Airbnb and what we thought of our first experience here, and if you want some tips on how to find Airbnb gold, then just keep on reading. I must also preface this post by stating that nope, I'm not working with Airbnb to promote them (although I'd definitely love to do that), I just genuinely really love this way of finding accommodation for travelling.

1. Make Use Of The Filters

When you first use Airbnb it may be a little confusing as it just throws a big old list of places to stay at you. I always filter first, and then start to look through the list so that I'm not looking into apartments or rooms that don't have what I'm looking for. For example, if you're looking for a place to stay for 4 people, make sure you put that option into the bar of filters on the top of the screen. Or if you are on a budget, use the price filter to set how much you're willing to spend on a place to stay.  I will often go into the "More Filters" option and check options like "hairdryer" because no matter how light travel hairdryers are, I need that extra space in my suitcase, or "wifi" for obvious reasons. This helps to cut down on the list of places that are available for your trip and should help the decision process be a lot easier.

2. Use The Map To Your Advantage

As well as the list of accommodation, Airbnb also has a handy map on the right hand side of the screen that I always use to find the best places to stay. If you're looking to stay right in the middle of the city, make sure you zoom in on that area so that only the central places to stay are shown, or if there are a few sights that you want to see all in a particular area, you can use the map to choose an Airbnb that's closest to this area. The map can also be used in places like Croatia (which I'm currently researching for a possible trip) to find Airbnbs with amazing views of the sea, so it's definitely a good tool to use.

3. Superhosts Are Where It's At

We've only recently come across this tip but it's one that I would say is an essential if you want to have the best Airbnb experience. Superhosts are hosts that are highly rated, very responsive to messages, and a very reliable, so just all around good eggs. On the "More Filters" section there's a toggle you can click to only show Airbnbs from Superhosts so if it's your first time using Airbnb and you're a little sceptical as there are some horror stories out there, then I'd definitely click it just to have peace of mind. 

4. Always Read The Reviews

I'm sure this tip is a bit obvious but every time you stay in an Airbnb you have to leave a review afterwards and when I am looking up places to stay, I will always read a few of the reviews to get a good idea of what the Airbnb is actually like to stay in. Reviews are great for letting you know if the Airbnb is in a busy area, if there are any good cafes near by, how well the Airbnb actually fits the description given on the website etc. The apartment that we stayed in on our trip to Prague was chosen purely because of the reviews as lots of the people recommended the area for it being so close to public transport and also recommended the host as she provided a local travel guide which came in handy.

5. Self Check-In Makes Everything Easier

Another new discovery for us with Airbnb is self check-in which we had on our most recent trip to Gdańsk. Self check-in means that the Airbnb either has a key lockbox, smartlock, keypad, or that you can pick up a key from the building staff (which is what we did). I love this option because having to organise a specific time to pick up the keys with your Airbnb host can be a little stressful especially if you're trying to navigate a new city or if there are flight delays. Self check-in means you can arrive anytime you want (as long as it's after the designated check-in time) and you don't have to worry about keeping in contact with your host.

Those are the main tips I'd have that have helped me to find the Airbnbs that we've stayed in and so far we've stayed in some gorgeous apartments so my track record is pretty good! I know I probably sound like a broken record but honestly Airbnb is one of the best things I've ever discovered as it's allowed myself and Dara to travel to new cities without breaking the bank. For any of you who have never used Airbnb before, you can get €30 off your first trip if you sign up through this link and for every person who completes a trip using my link, I'll get €15 travel credit so it's a win win for all!

I hope this post was helpful to anyone who hasn't used Airbnb much before and of course if you have any more questions about it, just pop me a message. Thanks for reading!

Poland is a country I've always wanted to visit, but never really knew what to expect. Last week, myself and Dara visited Gdańsk for the first time and let me tell you, when I say it was nothing like I had imagined, I mean that in the best way possible. There are so many reasons as to why I loved Gdańsk, from how cheap the food was, to how gorgeous the city is and how friendly the people were. We loved it so much that we're now dying to visit lots of the other Polish cities with Kraków being top of the list. If you've ever thought of visiting Gdańsk and want to know more, or if you already have a trip to this gorgeous city planned and want some inspo, then in today's post I'm going to share where we ate and what we did, so I hope you enjoy!

Where We Stayed

First of all I'm going to share the link to the gorgeous Airbnb that we stayed in because it was such a bargain (only €53 a night including the service fee) and so many of you wanted to know the details. You can find the apartment here and if you're looking to book a trip to Gdańsk I couldn't recommend it enough. We were just a few minutes walk to the centre of the Old Town, an even shorter walk to the World War II museum and about a 10 minute walk from Gdańsk's train station. You can also sign up to Airbnb through this link to get €30 off your first trip which is always handy!

 Where We Ate

If you've been following me for a while, or have read any of my other travel blog posts then you'll know that I love to experience different countries and cultures by eating ALL of the food (any excuse, right?). Much to my delight, food in Gdańsk was seriously cheap. We're talking less than €20 for a meal for myself and Dara, including alcoholc drinks. Most of the time in Ireland it'd be €20 for just one person so we were delighted! Not only was it cheap, the food in Gdańsk was delicious too.

The first restaurant I found whilst researching places to eat for our trip was Original Burger. If you look a good burger, and even better fries, then I'd definitely check this place out. It was only €6.50 for a burger with two sides and it was absolutely delicious. The desserts looked incredible too but sadly I was way too full after my main course which is a very rare occurrence! It was so good that we almost went back on our last day in the city but we knew we needed to try some of the pierogi (Polish dumplings) so had to give it a miss.

Like I mentioned above, we really wanted to try pierogi, which are basically dumplings stuffed with all kinds of things. I didn't know if I'd like them or not, but now as I write this post, the cravings I have for them is unreal! Pierogina Mandu has a huge menu, with both sweet and savory pierogi to choose from. I also ordered their baked pierogi too as our waitress said this particular one tasted like a hamburger and I kid you not, it tasted exactly like a Big Mac and I was fascinated. In hindsight we should have just ordered 2 plates to share as the traditional pierogi come with 10 dumplings and the baked ones came with 8. We were so full after our main course that again, we couldn't possibly fit in any of the sweet pierogi but I guess I'll just have to go back to Poland to try them!

3. Manekin
This restaurant is a little bit outside of the city but right near a train station so we went there for lunch on our way out to Sopot. Before I get into what we thought of the food, I will mention that we waited a long, long time for our food to arrive, which wasn't ideal as we were starving and wanted to get out to the beach. It was super busy and when we were leaving there was a queue for about 10 people waiting to be seated, so do keep that in mind if you want to try it out. With that being said, the food was incredible. Manekin is basically a pancake restaurant, they have every single type of pancake imaginable, with savoury options as well as sweet. I ordered the lasange pancake and it was delicious and then for dessert I had the apple fudge pancakes which very nearly put me into a food coma. Again it was very cheap, only €18 for the both of us and we both had a main and dessert as well as a couple of drinks!

 What We Did

1. Climbed To The Top Of The St. Mary Church Tower
For some reason, every time Dara and I travel somewhere new, we always find a tall tower of some sort to climb to the top of. After climbing to the top of the St. Mary's Church tower, I have now decided that I am not doing this anymore as I am way to afraid of heights. The view was absolutely stunning, and if you're not afraid of heights by all means go for it. If you are a bit nervous, I actually wouldn't recommend this one as the last section of the stairs to the top just felt so dodgy and I ended up having a mild panic attack which wasn't ideal. It is a killer leg workout though, but yeah, my tower climbing days are over.

Lots of people recommended that we check out Gdańsk's version of the London Eye and I'm glad we did because the view was amazing, especially as we went just as the sun was setting. It was only €12.99 for the two of us and it lasted for about 15 minutes. Obviously with me being a total scaredy cat, I was a little nervous especially when it stopped to let someone on and we were at the top, but I mean it was a brilliant way to see the city so it was worth it. It's just across the river from the Old Town and right next to the PURO hotel which has an amazing roof top bar so it's the perfect excuse to go for a nice, relaxing glass of wine afterwards!
 3. Museum of the Second World War
Visiting this museum was one of the things Dara really wanted to do whilst in Gdańsk and while it was of course very sad, and hard to read and see lots of the terrible events that occurred during World War II, it was a fantastic museum and very interesting to walk around. There was some kind of offer on so that it was half price admission which was 20 złoty (about €4.60) for the both of us. I must admit that it was upsetting at points to learn about the awful details of the suffering imposed by Hitler on the Polish people but the museum presented all of the information so well, and in lots of different formats such as videos, photos, displays of artefacts and even mock streets of what Poland would have looked like in the 1930s, that I would really recommend checking it out.
 4. A Day Trip To Sopot
Since Sopot, a cute town on shores of the Baltic sea, is only a 20 minute train journey from Gdańsk, we thought it'd be rude not to check it out. The beach was gorgeous and there's a huge pier that you can walk down and what looked like some sort of pirate ship at the end of it that I think you can go out on. If you're visiting Gdańsk for a couple of days and want a break from the city, then a day trip out to Sopot is a brilliant idea and the best part is you can stop off and get pancakes in Manekin!

So there we have it, that's what we got up to and where we ate on our trip to Gdańsk. If you have anymore questions about this wonderful city then just pop me a message either on Facebook or Instagram and hopefully I can answer them. Thanks so much for reading!

Gdańsk, Poland

Gdańsk Travel Guide - What To Do & Where To Eat

Poland is a country I've always wanted to visit, but never really knew what to expect. Last week, myself and Dara visited Gdańsk for the first time and let me tell you, when I say it was nothing like I had imagined, I mean that in the best way possible. There are so many reasons as to why I loved Gdańsk, from how cheap the food was, to how gorgeous the city is and how friendly the people were. We loved it so much that we're now dying to visit lots of the other Polish cities with Kraków being top of the list. If you've ever thought of visiting Gdańsk and want to know more, or if you already have a trip to this gorgeous city planned and want some inspo, then in today's post I'm going to share where we ate and what we did, so I hope you enjoy!

Where We Stayed

First of all I'm going to share the link to the gorgeous Airbnb that we stayed in because it was such a bargain (only €53 a night including the service fee) and so many of you wanted to know the details. You can find the apartment here and if you're looking to book a trip to Gdańsk I couldn't recommend it enough. We were just a few minutes walk to the centre of the Old Town, an even shorter walk to the World War II museum and about a 10 minute walk from Gdańsk's train station. You can also sign up to Airbnb through this link to get €30 off your first trip which is always handy!

 Where We Ate

If you've been following me for a while, or have read any of my other travel blog posts then you'll know that I love to experience different countries and cultures by eating ALL of the food (any excuse, right?). Much to my delight, food in Gdańsk was seriously cheap. We're talking less than €20 for a meal for myself and Dara, including alcoholc drinks. Most of the time in Ireland it'd be €20 for just one person so we were delighted! Not only was it cheap, the food in Gdańsk was delicious too.

The first restaurant I found whilst researching places to eat for our trip was Original Burger. If you look a good burger, and even better fries, then I'd definitely check this place out. It was only €6.50 for a burger with two sides and it was absolutely delicious. The desserts looked incredible too but sadly I was way too full after my main course which is a very rare occurrence! It was so good that we almost went back on our last day in the city but we knew we needed to try some of the pierogi (Polish dumplings) so had to give it a miss.

Like I mentioned above, we really wanted to try pierogi, which are basically dumplings stuffed with all kinds of things. I didn't know if I'd like them or not, but now as I write this post, the cravings I have for them is unreal! Pierogina Mandu has a huge menu, with both sweet and savory pierogi to choose from. I also ordered their baked pierogi too as our waitress said this particular one tasted like a hamburger and I kid you not, it tasted exactly like a Big Mac and I was fascinated. In hindsight we should have just ordered 2 plates to share as the traditional pierogi come with 10 dumplings and the baked ones came with 8. We were so full after our main course that again, we couldn't possibly fit in any of the sweet pierogi but I guess I'll just have to go back to Poland to try them!

3. Manekin
This restaurant is a little bit outside of the city but right near a train station so we went there for lunch on our way out to Sopot. Before I get into what we thought of the food, I will mention that we waited a long, long time for our food to arrive, which wasn't ideal as we were starving and wanted to get out to the beach. It was super busy and when we were leaving there was a queue for about 10 people waiting to be seated, so do keep that in mind if you want to try it out. With that being said, the food was incredible. Manekin is basically a pancake restaurant, they have every single type of pancake imaginable, with savoury options as well as sweet. I ordered the lasange pancake and it was delicious and then for dessert I had the apple fudge pancakes which very nearly put me into a food coma. Again it was very cheap, only €18 for the both of us and we both had a main and dessert as well as a couple of drinks!

 What We Did

1. Climbed To The Top Of The St. Mary Church Tower
For some reason, every time Dara and I travel somewhere new, we always find a tall tower of some sort to climb to the top of. After climbing to the top of the St. Mary's Church tower, I have now decided that I am not doing this anymore as I am way to afraid of heights. The view was absolutely stunning, and if you're not afraid of heights by all means go for it. If you are a bit nervous, I actually wouldn't recommend this one as the last section of the stairs to the top just felt so dodgy and I ended up having a mild panic attack which wasn't ideal. It is a killer leg workout though, but yeah, my tower climbing days are over.

Lots of people recommended that we check out Gdańsk's version of the London Eye and I'm glad we did because the view was amazing, especially as we went just as the sun was setting. It was only €12.99 for the two of us and it lasted for about 15 minutes. Obviously with me being a total scaredy cat, I was a little nervous especially when it stopped to let someone on and we were at the top, but I mean it was a brilliant way to see the city so it was worth it. It's just across the river from the Old Town and right next to the PURO hotel which has an amazing roof top bar so it's the perfect excuse to go for a nice, relaxing glass of wine afterwards!
 3. Museum of the Second World War
Visiting this museum was one of the things Dara really wanted to do whilst in Gdańsk and while it was of course very sad, and hard to read and see lots of the terrible events that occurred during World War II, it was a fantastic museum and very interesting to walk around. There was some kind of offer on so that it was half price admission which was 20 złoty (about €4.60) for the both of us. I must admit that it was upsetting at points to learn about the awful details of the suffering imposed by Hitler on the Polish people but the museum presented all of the information so well, and in lots of different formats such as videos, photos, displays of artefacts and even mock streets of what Poland would have looked like in the 1930s, that I would really recommend checking it out.
 4. A Day Trip To Sopot
Since Sopot, a cute town on shores of the Baltic sea, is only a 20 minute train journey from Gdańsk, we thought it'd be rude not to check it out. The beach was gorgeous and there's a huge pier that you can walk down and what looked like some sort of pirate ship at the end of it that I think you can go out on. If you're visiting Gdańsk for a couple of days and want a break from the city, then a day trip out to Sopot is a brilliant idea and the best part is you can stop off and get pancakes in Manekin!

So there we have it, that's what we got up to and where we ate on our trip to Gdańsk. If you have anymore questions about this wonderful city then just pop me a message either on Facebook or Instagram and hopefully I can answer them. Thanks so much for reading!


Ready to hear all about a hotel that offers not only a luxurious, relaxing stay with delicious food but also won't break the bank like some other hotels might? Myself and Dara spent the past weekend as guest of the stunning Midlands Park Hotel and I was so excited to share this gem of a hotel with you all that I actually started working on this blog post as soon as I got home from our trip to Portlaoise! When I mentioned on my Instagram story that we were heading up to the Midlands Park Hotel, straight away I had at least 5 messages all raving about the hotel, which actually doesn't happen too often so I knew we were in a for a treat. Kelly's Steakhouse was also mentioned a few times which had Dara and I very excited for dinner as we had booked in there for 6pm. Upon arrival to the hotel (which was only just over an hour and fifteen minutes away from us which is a nice change from lots of hotels in Dublin/Cork) we were greeted by such lovely, friendly staff which is another thing that the people messaging me on Instagram had mentioned. 


The Room:

We stayed in one of the hotel's suites which are actually located in a separate building to the main hotel but are still connected to the hotel by a walkway meaning that it's a nice, quite area. Our suite was room 505 or the Glenbarrow suite and honestly, it was the most incredible hotel room/suite that I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Firstly it was HUGE, with really high ceilings, a massive window and so much space that Dara and I were joking that we could happily live there 24/7 and not feel cramped! The room was gorgeously decorated, with a rich purple colour scheme, plush carpets and even a chandelier. Like the title of this post suggests, the bed was the comfiest bed I have ever slept in, it was like sleeping on an actual cloud and I woke up feeling so well rested. Even Dara, who struggles to get a good nights sleep anywhere but his own bed slept like a baby which really says something. 

Our suite also had a sofa in front of a huge tv which to our delight had Netflix so of course we ended up watching pretty much all of season 2 of Ozark. The hotel does have a pool and brilliant leisure facilities which I actually packed a swimsuit especially for, but in the end we just loved our room so much and the fact we could totally kick back and relax in front of the tv that we didn't end up making it down to check it out, but I think sometimes you need a nice, totally chilled weekend right? 


As if the huge, comfy bed, the giant tv and sofa weren't enough, the Glenbarrow suite also had a walk in closet, a coffee machine, a separate toilet and the most magnificent bathroom. The bathroom was one of the things that had me saying "Wow" as soon as we walked into the room as it has a glass wall shower feature so you can see straight into the bathroom through the shower from the main bedroom room. The shower itself was actually a double rainfall shower so you could have a shower side by side with your other half if you wanted to. There was also a big bath in the bathroom which had a very cool water faucet (I think that's what you'd call it anyway) and some gorgeous toiletries from Rituals which were a real treat. This suite really did have every single thing you could want or dream of in a hotel room and the best part is that the price of the Midlands Park Hotel suites aren't that much more expensive than what you'd pay for a regular double room in some other hotels that I've stayed in. Particularly if you can stay on a week night, it's seriously good value for money. While we didn't experience the hotel's other room types, I can only imagine that the quality of them was just as good as our suite, and they are even more budget friendly if that's what you're looking for.



The Food:

If you've been following me on Instagram for any amount of time then it's probably very obvious that I seriously love food, so when lots of people were messaging me telling me how good the food in the Midlands Park Hotel was, specifically in the Kelly's Steakhouse, I couldn't wait to try it! Kelly's Steakhouse is right next to the hotel, and actually right below where our suite was. We had looked up the menu beforehand and it all sounded very delicious. I love when a menu has 3 or 4 different options that I'd love to try, although it does make deciding what to order that bit trickier because I'm very indecisive especially when it comes to food! I ordered the nachos for starters, 'The Smokey' burger for mains and the Rocky Road Hot Pot for dessert and Dara had the Caesar salad to start, the very interesting and exciting 16oz Hot Rock Sirloin of Beef for mains and the Warm Chocolate Fondant for dessert. After we had finished our meal we both agreed that it was one of the best we'd ever had. Every single bit of food was delicious and so well presented and we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are planning on visiting Kelly's Steakhouse then I'd definitely recommend trying out the Hot Rock Sirloin of Beef. It's served on a volcanic rock that's been heated to 420 degrees so you can cook it exactly how you like it. Of course I had to try some of Dara's beef purely for the purpose of this post of course and I can attest to the fact that it was seriously yummy. 


Breakfast in the Midlands Park Hotel was much like our dinner the evening before and didn't disappoint. There was a continental buffet with lots of pastries, fruit, cold meats and delicious blueberry muffins and then there was a breakfast menu so you could order whatever you wanted from the kitchen. Unusually for me, I didn't go for the Belgian waffles that would usually tempt me but instead had the traditional Irish breakfast and a lovely Java Republic cappuccino which was a nice surprise because I love good coffee. We were both pleasantly surprised at how fast our breakfast was served after we had ordered especially since we'd gone down for breakfast at 10am which is always when it's busiest. Again, like with the rest of our stay, the staff were so friendly and really attentive.


Reading back over this review it almost sounds like the hotel has paid me to rave about it but I can promise you that's not the case, I ain't that easy to buy! We genuinely enjoyed our stay in the Midlands Park Hotel so much and I couldn't recommend it enough. It's so lovely to find such a stunning hotel that I can recommend to you all knowing that it's on the more affordable side of things because we all need to treat ourselves to a break sometimes, right?

One thing I will mention just so this post isn't all me gushing over how much we loved the hotel is that parking is only included for guests who are staying on a B&B basis and is only covered from check-in at 4pm until check out at 12pm. For the time you spend there outside of that, you will have to pay for parking as the hotel doesn't own the carpark right next door, but that's the case with lots of other hotels that I've stayed in so it didn't bother us too much and certainly didn't taint our view of the hotel at all.

Thanks so much for reading this review and if you're looking for a lovely break away, I hope you strongly consider the Midlands Park Hotel! A big thank you must also be said to the wonderful staff at the hotel for making our stay so pleasurable and to the hotel for having us as their guests.
Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland

The Comfiest Bed I've Ever Slept In - Midlands Park Hotel Review


Ready to hear all about a hotel that offers not only a luxurious, relaxing stay with delicious food but also won't break the bank like some other hotels might? Myself and Dara spent the past weekend as guest of the stunning Midlands Park Hotel and I was so excited to share this gem of a hotel with you all that I actually started working on this blog post as soon as I got home from our trip to Portlaoise! When I mentioned on my Instagram story that we were heading up to the Midlands Park Hotel, straight away I had at least 5 messages all raving about the hotel, which actually doesn't happen too often so I knew we were in a for a treat. Kelly's Steakhouse was also mentioned a few times which had Dara and I very excited for dinner as we had booked in there for 6pm. Upon arrival to the hotel (which was only just over an hour and fifteen minutes away from us which is a nice change from lots of hotels in Dublin/Cork) we were greeted by such lovely, friendly staff which is another thing that the people messaging me on Instagram had mentioned. 


The Room:

We stayed in one of the hotel's suites which are actually located in a separate building to the main hotel but are still connected to the hotel by a walkway meaning that it's a nice, quite area. Our suite was room 505 or the Glenbarrow suite and honestly, it was the most incredible hotel room/suite that I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Firstly it was HUGE, with really high ceilings, a massive window and so much space that Dara and I were joking that we could happily live there 24/7 and not feel cramped! The room was gorgeously decorated, with a rich purple colour scheme, plush carpets and even a chandelier. Like the title of this post suggests, the bed was the comfiest bed I have ever slept in, it was like sleeping on an actual cloud and I woke up feeling so well rested. Even Dara, who struggles to get a good nights sleep anywhere but his own bed slept like a baby which really says something. 

Our suite also had a sofa in front of a huge tv which to our delight had Netflix so of course we ended up watching pretty much all of season 2 of Ozark. The hotel does have a pool and brilliant leisure facilities which I actually packed a swimsuit especially for, but in the end we just loved our room so much and the fact we could totally kick back and relax in front of the tv that we didn't end up making it down to check it out, but I think sometimes you need a nice, totally chilled weekend right? 


As if the huge, comfy bed, the giant tv and sofa weren't enough, the Glenbarrow suite also had a walk in closet, a coffee machine, a separate toilet and the most magnificent bathroom. The bathroom was one of the things that had me saying "Wow" as soon as we walked into the room as it has a glass wall shower feature so you can see straight into the bathroom through the shower from the main bedroom room. The shower itself was actually a double rainfall shower so you could have a shower side by side with your other half if you wanted to. There was also a big bath in the bathroom which had a very cool water faucet (I think that's what you'd call it anyway) and some gorgeous toiletries from Rituals which were a real treat. This suite really did have every single thing you could want or dream of in a hotel room and the best part is that the price of the Midlands Park Hotel suites aren't that much more expensive than what you'd pay for a regular double room in some other hotels that I've stayed in. Particularly if you can stay on a week night, it's seriously good value for money. While we didn't experience the hotel's other room types, I can only imagine that the quality of them was just as good as our suite, and they are even more budget friendly if that's what you're looking for.



The Food:

If you've been following me on Instagram for any amount of time then it's probably very obvious that I seriously love food, so when lots of people were messaging me telling me how good the food in the Midlands Park Hotel was, specifically in the Kelly's Steakhouse, I couldn't wait to try it! Kelly's Steakhouse is right next to the hotel, and actually right below where our suite was. We had looked up the menu beforehand and it all sounded very delicious. I love when a menu has 3 or 4 different options that I'd love to try, although it does make deciding what to order that bit trickier because I'm very indecisive especially when it comes to food! I ordered the nachos for starters, 'The Smokey' burger for mains and the Rocky Road Hot Pot for dessert and Dara had the Caesar salad to start, the very interesting and exciting 16oz Hot Rock Sirloin of Beef for mains and the Warm Chocolate Fondant for dessert. After we had finished our meal we both agreed that it was one of the best we'd ever had. Every single bit of food was delicious and so well presented and we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are planning on visiting Kelly's Steakhouse then I'd definitely recommend trying out the Hot Rock Sirloin of Beef. It's served on a volcanic rock that's been heated to 420 degrees so you can cook it exactly how you like it. Of course I had to try some of Dara's beef purely for the purpose of this post of course and I can attest to the fact that it was seriously yummy. 


Breakfast in the Midlands Park Hotel was much like our dinner the evening before and didn't disappoint. There was a continental buffet with lots of pastries, fruit, cold meats and delicious blueberry muffins and then there was a breakfast menu so you could order whatever you wanted from the kitchen. Unusually for me, I didn't go for the Belgian waffles that would usually tempt me but instead had the traditional Irish breakfast and a lovely Java Republic cappuccino which was a nice surprise because I love good coffee. We were both pleasantly surprised at how fast our breakfast was served after we had ordered especially since we'd gone down for breakfast at 10am which is always when it's busiest. Again, like with the rest of our stay, the staff were so friendly and really attentive.


Reading back over this review it almost sounds like the hotel has paid me to rave about it but I can promise you that's not the case, I ain't that easy to buy! We genuinely enjoyed our stay in the Midlands Park Hotel so much and I couldn't recommend it enough. It's so lovely to find such a stunning hotel that I can recommend to you all knowing that it's on the more affordable side of things because we all need to treat ourselves to a break sometimes, right?

One thing I will mention just so this post isn't all me gushing over how much we loved the hotel is that parking is only included for guests who are staying on a B&B basis and is only covered from check-in at 4pm until check out at 12pm. For the time you spend there outside of that, you will have to pay for parking as the hotel doesn't own the carpark right next door, but that's the case with lots of other hotels that I've stayed in so it didn't bother us too much and certainly didn't taint our view of the hotel at all.

Thanks so much for reading this review and if you're looking for a lovely break away, I hope you strongly consider the Midlands Park Hotel! A big thank you must also be said to the wonderful staff at the hotel for making our stay so pleasurable and to the hotel for having us as their guests.

Autumn is officially here and I'm more than a little excited about all of the clothes that come along with it! While I absolutely love summer and the sunshine, I much prefer autumn/winter style and all of the cosy knits, coats and colours that go hand in hand with the colder months. If only we could have summer weather all year round but still be able to wear all of the cosy clothing too, right?!

I feel like this year especially all of our favourite shops have pulled out all the stops when it comes to A/W fashion and there are so many things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks, so I thought it only right to share them with you lot! H&M (who currently have 50% off and River Island in particular are playing an absolute blinder with their new stock, with so many gorgeous knits, and coats so we'll all be lovely and warm and oh so stylish over the next few months.

I'm sure you can tell from the photo above as well as the bits on my wish list below that I'm very much in love with anything that's in the gorgeous burnt orange shade that seems to be super popular in the shops lately. Whether it's a faux leather skirt, a bag, a jumper or even a pair of boots, if it's a deep shade of tan/orange, I need it. Now, I think that's more than enough waffling from me, because I'm sure a lot of you don't care at all about my favourite colour for clothing and just want some shopping inspiration so here you go! 




What's your favourite piece from my wish list? Do you love all of the autumn/winter style or do you prefer summer clothing? I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were looking for some A/W inspo that you found it!

This post contains affiliate links. It won't cost you any extra if you choose to buy something through these links, it just means that I get a small percentage of commission for finding these fab bits and sharing them with you. You get to shop till your hearts content, and I get some shmoney to help fund my own shopping addiction, it's a win win really.

What's On My Autumn/Winter Fashion Wish List?


Autumn is officially here and I'm more than a little excited about all of the clothes that come along with it! While I absolutely love summer and the sunshine, I much prefer autumn/winter style and all of the cosy knits, coats and colours that go hand in hand with the colder months. If only we could have summer weather all year round but still be able to wear all of the cosy clothing too, right?!

I feel like this year especially all of our favourite shops have pulled out all the stops when it comes to A/W fashion and there are so many things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks, so I thought it only right to share them with you lot! H&M (who currently have 50% off and River Island in particular are playing an absolute blinder with their new stock, with so many gorgeous knits, and coats so we'll all be lovely and warm and oh so stylish over the next few months.

I'm sure you can tell from the photo above as well as the bits on my wish list below that I'm very much in love with anything that's in the gorgeous burnt orange shade that seems to be super popular in the shops lately. Whether it's a faux leather skirt, a bag, a jumper or even a pair of boots, if it's a deep shade of tan/orange, I need it. Now, I think that's more than enough waffling from me, because I'm sure a lot of you don't care at all about my favourite colour for clothing and just want some shopping inspiration so here you go! 




What's your favourite piece from my wish list? Do you love all of the autumn/winter style or do you prefer summer clothing? I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were looking for some A/W inspo that you found it!

This post contains affiliate links. It won't cost you any extra if you choose to buy something through these links, it just means that I get a small percentage of commission for finding these fab bits and sharing them with you. You get to shop till your hearts content, and I get some shmoney to help fund my own shopping addiction, it's a win win really.
You know when you hear so many rave reviews about a hotel and you think to yourself, "Surely it can't be as amazing as they're saying, it's only a hotel after all"? Well that's exactly what I thought when I heard people going on and on about Galgorm Resort & Spa until they very kindly invited myself and Dara up to stay for this past weekend,  and let me tell you, all of those people were right, it is absolutely incredible! Even when I asked on Instagram for recommendations for things to do around the Ballymena area, so many people advised me to just stay in the hotel and enjoy it and it wasn't until we actually got to the hotel that I understood what people meant. The Galgorm Resort literally has it all, with 4 restaurants to choose from, huge grounds, a thermal village you could easily spend a week in and even a blow-dry bar! 


The Room:

Let's start with our room, shall we? We stayed in one of the Deluxe River View Rooms which was absolutely huge and looked out over the Thermal Village and the River Maine. As our room was a deluxe room, there was actually a separate check-in desk where they even had little canapes and flavoured water for us on arrival which I thought was oh so fancy! The rooms in Galgorm have such a lovely, cosy, almost heritage style decor with wood details and tartan accents which I loved. The mini bar in the room which had bottles of Pepsi, Fanta, 7UP, wine and larger was complimentary as were the little snacks (sweet potato crisps and biscuits) that we found on the desk area. 

The room had a very cool gadget called the 'Suitepad' which had all of the information about the hotel that you may need, including menus for the restaurants etc and it also gave you the ability to book spa treatments and order room service which I thought was very handy! There was also a rather large tv in the room but unfortunately we had forgot to bring our Chromecast and the tv didn't have Netflix capabilities so we settled for watching the new series of Ozark (who else is obsessed?) on Dara's laptop instead. I'm sure watching Netflix in your hotel room wouldn't even cross most people's minds so the tv wouldn't be a problem, but I just said I'd mention it if you're like myself and Dara and I who love to be lazy in the evenings!

 Just like the main room, the bathroom was huge too with a massive walk in, rainfall shower, a gorgeous bath and a sink that had a very handy mirror with LED lights. My absolute favourite part of the bathroom had to be the Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. When I say they smelt like absolute heaven I promise I am not over exaggerating. I love when a hotel has top quality products in their bathroom and I actually didn't even use the shampoo and conditioner I had packed once because the Aromatherapy Associate shampoo and conditioner left my hair so soft and shiny! As I type this I'm also looking up the body lotion they had in the bathroom too as it smelt so delicious (lavender oil and ylang-ylang make the best combination) and left my skin so soft and moisturised that I totally need it in my life!


The Food:

Like I mentioned at the start of this post, Galgorm has 4 restaurants all with quite different cuisines so there's something to suit everyone's taste. There are even two different options for breakfast and since we stayed for 2 nights we got to try them both, all in the name of research of course! Lots of the offers that Galgorm currently have include dinner so you can have a super relaxing break away and not have to leave the hotel at all, which sounds like heaven doesn't it? Obviously I can only give my opinion on the food and restaurants that we tried, but I've had lots of people say that they really loved all of the other restaurants in the resort too, which is always good to hear!

On our first night in Galgorm we had dinner in Fratelli, their Italian restaurant located just outside next to the main building of the hotel. I am a self confessed pizza fiend and was very excited at the thought of eating my body weight in carbs and I certainly wasn't disappointed! I had the mini dough balls with garlic and parsley butter to start and I could honestly have eaten 4 plates of them, they were that tasty! Then for mains I had the Salsicia Piccante pizza which again was delicious but just a little bit too spicy for me because I'm a total whimp when it comes to any kind of spicy food, and that was totally my fault for ordering a pizza which literally has the word "spicy" in it's name! 

If you've read any of my previous hotel reviews you'll know that the breakfast is one of my favourite parts of staying in a hotel, especially if it's a buffet breakfast! There are two options for breakfast in Galgorm. The River Room breakfast is a set menu with a continental buffet served in the gorgeous River Room conservatory and then there's a buffet style breakfast in Gillies restaurant. We had breakfast in Gillies on our first morning and my eyes were definitely bigger than my belly, but if you go to a buffet breakfast and don't eat way too much then what's the point?! They had everything you could possibly want for breakfast including a pancake station, and I have to say even the quality of the fried food like the sausages and rashers was top notch. 

Then on our last morning in the resort we had breakfast in the River Room just because I wanted to see the difference and try both of them out so I could report back on which I'd recommend more, but to be honest the breakfast in the River Room was just as delicious as the buffet breakfast in Gillies. I think it depends on what kind of atmosphere you're after, as the River Room was so lovely and quiet and chilled out whereas breakfast in Gillies was busy and lively. I ordered the crepes with poached pear, clotted cream and pistachio crumble in the River Room as well as some rashers and sausage on the side because I just love a bit of sweet and savoury. They also had the continental breakfast buffet too so it was nice to have some fruit and yogurt too. All in all I was very impressed with both breakfasts and their coffee was delicious each time!


The Spa & Thermal Village:

I've definitely saved my favourite part of the Galgorm Resort & Spa for last and I could go on and on about how much I loved the thermal village for days! The thermal village in Galgorm really has to be seen to be believed, and then you'll need a whole day to try out all of the features. There's a sauna with views of the river, so many jacuzzis, a whole thermal suite with lots of different health benefits, a snow room, the comfiest water beds that are impossible not to nap on, a hydrotherapy pool and even heated seats that looked out onto the river. We were honestly blown away by the sheer size of the thermal village and spent the majority of our time in Galgorm either napping on the water beds and heated seats, or enjoying the steam rooms and saunas until we had big, tomato-like faces!


One of my favourite parts of the Thermal Village was the Sanarium which was basically a sauna with a lower temperature than usual sauna's. I could have stayed in there for hours, it was just so peaceful! Another part of the thermal village that I loved was the heated seats that they had next to the main pool and also outside the hydrotherapy pool. They were the perfect way to dry off after a dip in the pool and there were quite a few times I found myself dozing off on them.  If you're feeling a bit peckish from all of the relaxing, the Elements cafe in the thermal village is the perfect place to pop into as they do things like soup, paninis and even cocktails if you feel like treating yourself to one! We both had a delicious tomato soup which came with bread and the best butter I've ever tasted and it was a lovely little break from our day of relaxing. 

I must mention as well that Galgorm Resort & Spa is just a 40 minute drive from the Giant's Causeway and a 30 minute drive from The Dark Hedges (for any Game of Thrones fans). We headed up to the Giant's Causeway after breakfast on Saturday and stopped by The Dark Hedges on the way back to the hotel and were back with enough time for a lovely few hours back in the thermal village!

If you're looking for a super relaxing getaway, then I couldn't recommend Galgorm enough. Every member of staff we came into contact with was so friendly and helpful, the hotel itself was so peaceful and chilled, and even though it was a very busy weekend with a few weddings going on, not once did we feel like it was crowded. If you're looking for a base to explore some of the sights in the North, or you just want to get away for the weekend and not have to leave the resort at all, then Galgorm Resort & Spa is definitely one to consider. 

A big thank you to Galgorm for having us as their guests this past weekend, and although this stay was complimentary all opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are 100% honest and my own because what's a blogger's opinion worth if they aren't honest, right?! I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any questions about our stay do let me know. Thanks so much for reading!
Galgorm, Ballymena

Actual Spa Heaven - Galgorm Resort & Spa Review

You know when you hear so many rave reviews about a hotel and you think to yourself, "Surely it can't be as amazing as they're saying, it's only a hotel after all"? Well that's exactly what I thought when I heard people going on and on about Galgorm Resort & Spa until they very kindly invited myself and Dara up to stay for this past weekend,  and let me tell you, all of those people were right, it is absolutely incredible! Even when I asked on Instagram for recommendations for things to do around the Ballymena area, so many people advised me to just stay in the hotel and enjoy it and it wasn't until we actually got to the hotel that I understood what people meant. The Galgorm Resort literally has it all, with 4 restaurants to choose from, huge grounds, a thermal village you could easily spend a week in and even a blow-dry bar! 


The Room:

Let's start with our room, shall we? We stayed in one of the Deluxe River View Rooms which was absolutely huge and looked out over the Thermal Village and the River Maine. As our room was a deluxe room, there was actually a separate check-in desk where they even had little canapes and flavoured water for us on arrival which I thought was oh so fancy! The rooms in Galgorm have such a lovely, cosy, almost heritage style decor with wood details and tartan accents which I loved. The mini bar in the room which had bottles of Pepsi, Fanta, 7UP, wine and larger was complimentary as were the little snacks (sweet potato crisps and biscuits) that we found on the desk area. 

The room had a very cool gadget called the 'Suitepad' which had all of the information about the hotel that you may need, including menus for the restaurants etc and it also gave you the ability to book spa treatments and order room service which I thought was very handy! There was also a rather large tv in the room but unfortunately we had forgot to bring our Chromecast and the tv didn't have Netflix capabilities so we settled for watching the new series of Ozark (who else is obsessed?) on Dara's laptop instead. I'm sure watching Netflix in your hotel room wouldn't even cross most people's minds so the tv wouldn't be a problem, but I just said I'd mention it if you're like myself and Dara and I who love to be lazy in the evenings!

 Just like the main room, the bathroom was huge too with a massive walk in, rainfall shower, a gorgeous bath and a sink that had a very handy mirror with LED lights. My absolute favourite part of the bathroom had to be the Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. When I say they smelt like absolute heaven I promise I am not over exaggerating. I love when a hotel has top quality products in their bathroom and I actually didn't even use the shampoo and conditioner I had packed once because the Aromatherapy Associate shampoo and conditioner left my hair so soft and shiny! As I type this I'm also looking up the body lotion they had in the bathroom too as it smelt so delicious (lavender oil and ylang-ylang make the best combination) and left my skin so soft and moisturised that I totally need it in my life!


The Food:

Like I mentioned at the start of this post, Galgorm has 4 restaurants all with quite different cuisines so there's something to suit everyone's taste. There are even two different options for breakfast and since we stayed for 2 nights we got to try them both, all in the name of research of course! Lots of the offers that Galgorm currently have include dinner so you can have a super relaxing break away and not have to leave the hotel at all, which sounds like heaven doesn't it? Obviously I can only give my opinion on the food and restaurants that we tried, but I've had lots of people say that they really loved all of the other restaurants in the resort too, which is always good to hear!

On our first night in Galgorm we had dinner in Fratelli, their Italian restaurant located just outside next to the main building of the hotel. I am a self confessed pizza fiend and was very excited at the thought of eating my body weight in carbs and I certainly wasn't disappointed! I had the mini dough balls with garlic and parsley butter to start and I could honestly have eaten 4 plates of them, they were that tasty! Then for mains I had the Salsicia Piccante pizza which again was delicious but just a little bit too spicy for me because I'm a total whimp when it comes to any kind of spicy food, and that was totally my fault for ordering a pizza which literally has the word "spicy" in it's name! 

If you've read any of my previous hotel reviews you'll know that the breakfast is one of my favourite parts of staying in a hotel, especially if it's a buffet breakfast! There are two options for breakfast in Galgorm. The River Room breakfast is a set menu with a continental buffet served in the gorgeous River Room conservatory and then there's a buffet style breakfast in Gillies restaurant. We had breakfast in Gillies on our first morning and my eyes were definitely bigger than my belly, but if you go to a buffet breakfast and don't eat way too much then what's the point?! They had everything you could possibly want for breakfast including a pancake station, and I have to say even the quality of the fried food like the sausages and rashers was top notch. 

Then on our last morning in the resort we had breakfast in the River Room just because I wanted to see the difference and try both of them out so I could report back on which I'd recommend more, but to be honest the breakfast in the River Room was just as delicious as the buffet breakfast in Gillies. I think it depends on what kind of atmosphere you're after, as the River Room was so lovely and quiet and chilled out whereas breakfast in Gillies was busy and lively. I ordered the crepes with poached pear, clotted cream and pistachio crumble in the River Room as well as some rashers and sausage on the side because I just love a bit of sweet and savoury. They also had the continental breakfast buffet too so it was nice to have some fruit and yogurt too. All in all I was very impressed with both breakfasts and their coffee was delicious each time!


The Spa & Thermal Village:

I've definitely saved my favourite part of the Galgorm Resort & Spa for last and I could go on and on about how much I loved the thermal village for days! The thermal village in Galgorm really has to be seen to be believed, and then you'll need a whole day to try out all of the features. There's a sauna with views of the river, so many jacuzzis, a whole thermal suite with lots of different health benefits, a snow room, the comfiest water beds that are impossible not to nap on, a hydrotherapy pool and even heated seats that looked out onto the river. We were honestly blown away by the sheer size of the thermal village and spent the majority of our time in Galgorm either napping on the water beds and heated seats, or enjoying the steam rooms and saunas until we had big, tomato-like faces!


One of my favourite parts of the Thermal Village was the Sanarium which was basically a sauna with a lower temperature than usual sauna's. I could have stayed in there for hours, it was just so peaceful! Another part of the thermal village that I loved was the heated seats that they had next to the main pool and also outside the hydrotherapy pool. They were the perfect way to dry off after a dip in the pool and there were quite a few times I found myself dozing off on them.  If you're feeling a bit peckish from all of the relaxing, the Elements cafe in the thermal village is the perfect place to pop into as they do things like soup, paninis and even cocktails if you feel like treating yourself to one! We both had a delicious tomato soup which came with bread and the best butter I've ever tasted and it was a lovely little break from our day of relaxing. 

I must mention as well that Galgorm Resort & Spa is just a 40 minute drive from the Giant's Causeway and a 30 minute drive from The Dark Hedges (for any Game of Thrones fans). We headed up to the Giant's Causeway after breakfast on Saturday and stopped by The Dark Hedges on the way back to the hotel and were back with enough time for a lovely few hours back in the thermal village!

If you're looking for a super relaxing getaway, then I couldn't recommend Galgorm enough. Every member of staff we came into contact with was so friendly and helpful, the hotel itself was so peaceful and chilled, and even though it was a very busy weekend with a few weddings going on, not once did we feel like it was crowded. If you're looking for a base to explore some of the sights in the North, or you just want to get away for the weekend and not have to leave the resort at all, then Galgorm Resort & Spa is definitely one to consider. 

A big thank you to Galgorm for having us as their guests this past weekend, and although this stay was complimentary all opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are 100% honest and my own because what's a blogger's opinion worth if they aren't honest, right?! I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any questions about our stay do let me know. Thanks so much for reading!



Let's chat about skincare today shall we? I feel like it's been ages since I last wrote a beauty/skincare blog post. Today I want to give you a little run through of Pestle & Mortar, an Irish skincare brand that I first heard about back in 2016. I've done a similar blog post to this about the brand The Ordinary (which you can read here), so do let me know if you like this overview of brands and my opinions on their products!

Anyway, back to Pestle & Mortar. The brand was started by Sonia Deasy, a mother of five who wanted a simple but effective skincare routine. When beginning the brand, she, along with her sister who has a degree in biochemistry, followed Sonia's less is more approach to beauty and I think that idea definitely paid off. Pestle & Mortar is a straight to the point, no nonsense skincare brand that doesn't make you feel lie you need google every single ingredient in their products. 


Pure Hyaluronic Serum 

The first product I ever tried from Pestle & Mortar was their Pure Hyaluronic Serum, which is designed to target fine lines, dullness and dehydration. I've actually managed to misplace the bottle, which is why it isn't in these photos, but it's a product I'd definitely recommend everyone to try, no matter what age or skin concerns you may have. If you want to get super science-y hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate occurring naturally throughout the human body that has the ability to attract and hold a lot of moisture so the idea is that by giving your skin a helping hand with some extra hyaluronic acid, your skin can hold more moisture and fight any dehydration. Pestle & Mortar's Pure Hyaluronic Serum in particular has a low molecular weight so your skin can absorb it easier too and it will penetrate deeper into the skin.


Balance Spritz

The Balance Spritz is Pestle & Mortar's latest product and one that I've been loving this summer as it's so refreshing! Skin pollution is something I've been hearing a lot about lately and lots of brands have been coming out with anti-pollutions sprays and serums, which makes sense because there is lots of nastiness floating around in the atmosphere that can be harmful to our skin. The Balance Spritz from Pestle & Mortar contains deep sea Irish magnesium, amino acids and herbal extracts to make sure your skin is protected and hydrated and it even helps to balance sebum productions which is great if like me you've got oily skin!


Recover Eye Cream

I always thought that eye creams were just for ageing skin and that at 22 I didn't need to bother with them until I learnt that a good eye cream can actually reduce the appearance of dark circles! No matter how many hours of sleep I get at night I always have that constant shadow under my eyes and I've found that the Recover Eye Cream really does help to reduce how dark and noticeable they are. This eye cream contains an active ingredient called Palmitoyl tripeptide-5 which stimulates collagen production making this eye cream great for anti-ageing purposes too!

Superstar Retinoid Night Oil

One of my top two favourite products from Pestle & Mortar has to be their Superstar Retinoid Night Oil. I've only been using this bad boy in my skincare routine for about a month now but it's made such a visible difference in my skin already. Retinoid or retinol are basically fancy names for Vitamin A, and are an absolute god send for skin for many reasons. Vitamin A can unclog pores and reduce pore size, tighten up the skin, improve uneven skin tone AND help to get rid of any texture so your skin is super smooth. Basically it's a miracle worker and the Superstar Retinoid Night Oil contains two types of retinol and is blended with cold pressed grape seed oil (another amazing ingredient for your skin) so really I wish I could just bathe in this oil.



Renew Cleansing Gel

After I had tried Pestle & Mortar's hyaluronic acid, the next product I tried was their Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System which contained a cleansing balm (which I'll talk more about below) and this Renew Cleansing Gel. The idea behind the double cleansing system is that you'd melt off your make-up with the cleansing balm and then use the cleansing gel to leave your skin really clean and fresh. I also love using the Renew Cleansing Gel in the morning too as it's not heavy on my skin and just leaves it feeling squeaky clean and ready to go. The gel contains papaya and mango fruit enzymes which improve your skin’s texture and tone and will also tighten pores!



Erase Cleansing Balm

You know how I said the Superstar Retinoid Night Oil was one of my top two favourite products from Pestle & Mortar? Well this Erase Cleansing Balm is the other! Usually a cleanser is just for taking off your make-up and if it does that well then you're happy out, but the Erase Cleansing Balm takes off your make-up (and does an amazing job at it too) but it also leaves your skin feeling incredible. It's actually hard to describe just how good this cleanser is, but it leaves my skin feeling so bright and clear, almost as if I've put on a brightening mask of some sort. Of course it's absolutely packed with so many good ingredients for your skin so I really shouldn't be so surprised at the visible difference it gives. Unfortunately since it's so bloody good and everyone seems to love it as much as I do, this cleansing balm is sold out at the moment but if there's one product you try from this blog post, this has to be it!



So there we have it, my little round-up of one of Ireland's top skincare brands that has been featured in the likes of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair and has won countless awards. The title of this post which I must admit is rather clickbait-y (I apologise) is "Is This Irish Skincare Brand The Real Deal?" and to answer my own question, yes, I think Pestle & Mortar is absolutely the real deal and definitely deserves all of the hype and attention they've been getting over the past few years!

P.S, here's a little treat for anyone who made it to the end of the post! This blog post isn't sponsored by Pestle & Mortar at all, and they didn't even know I was writing it until I sent them a preview of it earlier today but they have very kindly given me a discount code for you to use! If you'd like to try any of their products you can use the code 'emer10' to get 10% off which is better than a poke in the eye isn't it?!

Have you tried any of Pestle & Mortar's products? Which one is your favourite? Also, if there are any other skincare brands you'd love to see a run through similar to this one of, please do let me know and as always, thanks so much for reading!
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Pestle & Mortar - Is This Irish Skincare Brand The Real Deal?




Let's chat about skincare today shall we? I feel like it's been ages since I last wrote a beauty/skincare blog post. Today I want to give you a little run through of Pestle & Mortar, an Irish skincare brand that I first heard about back in 2016. I've done a similar blog post to this about the brand The Ordinary (which you can read here), so do let me know if you like this overview of brands and my opinions on their products!

Anyway, back to Pestle & Mortar. The brand was started by Sonia Deasy, a mother of five who wanted a simple but effective skincare routine. When beginning the brand, she, along with her sister who has a degree in biochemistry, followed Sonia's less is more approach to beauty and I think that idea definitely paid off. Pestle & Mortar is a straight to the point, no nonsense skincare brand that doesn't make you feel lie you need google every single ingredient in their products. 


Pure Hyaluronic Serum 

The first product I ever tried from Pestle & Mortar was their Pure Hyaluronic Serum, which is designed to target fine lines, dullness and dehydration. I've actually managed to misplace the bottle, which is why it isn't in these photos, but it's a product I'd definitely recommend everyone to try, no matter what age or skin concerns you may have. If you want to get super science-y hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate occurring naturally throughout the human body that has the ability to attract and hold a lot of moisture so the idea is that by giving your skin a helping hand with some extra hyaluronic acid, your skin can hold more moisture and fight any dehydration. Pestle & Mortar's Pure Hyaluronic Serum in particular has a low molecular weight so your skin can absorb it easier too and it will penetrate deeper into the skin.


Balance Spritz

The Balance Spritz is Pestle & Mortar's latest product and one that I've been loving this summer as it's so refreshing! Skin pollution is something I've been hearing a lot about lately and lots of brands have been coming out with anti-pollutions sprays and serums, which makes sense because there is lots of nastiness floating around in the atmosphere that can be harmful to our skin. The Balance Spritz from Pestle & Mortar contains deep sea Irish magnesium, amino acids and herbal extracts to make sure your skin is protected and hydrated and it even helps to balance sebum productions which is great if like me you've got oily skin!


Recover Eye Cream

I always thought that eye creams were just for ageing skin and that at 22 I didn't need to bother with them until I learnt that a good eye cream can actually reduce the appearance of dark circles! No matter how many hours of sleep I get at night I always have that constant shadow under my eyes and I've found that the Recover Eye Cream really does help to reduce how dark and noticeable they are. This eye cream contains an active ingredient called Palmitoyl tripeptide-5 which stimulates collagen production making this eye cream great for anti-ageing purposes too!

Superstar Retinoid Night Oil

One of my top two favourite products from Pestle & Mortar has to be their Superstar Retinoid Night Oil. I've only been using this bad boy in my skincare routine for about a month now but it's made such a visible difference in my skin already. Retinoid or retinol are basically fancy names for Vitamin A, and are an absolute god send for skin for many reasons. Vitamin A can unclog pores and reduce pore size, tighten up the skin, improve uneven skin tone AND help to get rid of any texture so your skin is super smooth. Basically it's a miracle worker and the Superstar Retinoid Night Oil contains two types of retinol and is blended with cold pressed grape seed oil (another amazing ingredient for your skin) so really I wish I could just bathe in this oil.



Renew Cleansing Gel

After I had tried Pestle & Mortar's hyaluronic acid, the next product I tried was their Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System which contained a cleansing balm (which I'll talk more about below) and this Renew Cleansing Gel. The idea behind the double cleansing system is that you'd melt off your make-up with the cleansing balm and then use the cleansing gel to leave your skin really clean and fresh. I also love using the Renew Cleansing Gel in the morning too as it's not heavy on my skin and just leaves it feeling squeaky clean and ready to go. The gel contains papaya and mango fruit enzymes which improve your skin’s texture and tone and will also tighten pores!



Erase Cleansing Balm

You know how I said the Superstar Retinoid Night Oil was one of my top two favourite products from Pestle & Mortar? Well this Erase Cleansing Balm is the other! Usually a cleanser is just for taking off your make-up and if it does that well then you're happy out, but the Erase Cleansing Balm takes off your make-up (and does an amazing job at it too) but it also leaves your skin feeling incredible. It's actually hard to describe just how good this cleanser is, but it leaves my skin feeling so bright and clear, almost as if I've put on a brightening mask of some sort. Of course it's absolutely packed with so many good ingredients for your skin so I really shouldn't be so surprised at the visible difference it gives. Unfortunately since it's so bloody good and everyone seems to love it as much as I do, this cleansing balm is sold out at the moment but if there's one product you try from this blog post, this has to be it!



So there we have it, my little round-up of one of Ireland's top skincare brands that has been featured in the likes of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair and has won countless awards. The title of this post which I must admit is rather clickbait-y (I apologise) is "Is This Irish Skincare Brand The Real Deal?" and to answer my own question, yes, I think Pestle & Mortar is absolutely the real deal and definitely deserves all of the hype and attention they've been getting over the past few years!

P.S, here's a little treat for anyone who made it to the end of the post! This blog post isn't sponsored by Pestle & Mortar at all, and they didn't even know I was writing it until I sent them a preview of it earlier today but they have very kindly given me a discount code for you to use! If you'd like to try any of their products you can use the code 'emer10' to get 10% off which is better than a poke in the eye isn't it?!

Have you tried any of Pestle & Mortar's products? Which one is your favourite? Also, if there are any other skincare brands you'd love to see a run through similar to this one of, please do let me know and as always, thanks so much for reading!

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