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I’m Alexandra. An American girl living in Ireland. I honestly document my adventures in travel, food, beauty, and expat life on a budget.

February 2019 Favourites

February 2019 Favourites

Hi, friends! Not gonna lie, this month has been tough. It’s true what they say – when it rains, it pours. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I am trying my best to stay positive. Just now if you are going through a bit of a rough patch you aren’t alone, and we are gonna make it through!

That said, two big positives did come from this month! My work permit was renewed which means I can remain in Ireland and I began to get a medical issue sorted out. So, things aren’t as bad as they sometimes may seem. One day when I was feeling particularly bad for myself, the worst thing I could imagine was being on the Oregon Trail and reassured myself that at least I wasn’t there. It was a weird one, but it helped me so if you’re feeling weird/down/stagnant/low, just remember at least we aren’t on the Oregon Trail.

Now onto the good stuff! A few of my favorites from the month of February.

WHAT I WATCHED:

Shooting the Darkness – This RTÉ documentary interviews photographers who recorded and witnessed first-hand The Troubles in Northern Ireland. As someone who has seen a number of these photos it was interesting to hear the stories and memories from the photographers who took them. Even if you don’t know much about The Troubles this is still an intriguing documentary about wartime photography.

Catastrophe series

Catastrophe – An Irish friend recommended this to me because she said she thought I would really like the humor and how straightforward the characters are. She was so right! This is one of the best shows I have watched in such a long time. It makes me laugh so hard my eyes close from smiling but can also make me sob. The show focuses on a couple, an Irish girl and American man, and their unexpected relationship. I swear I am so like the girl on the show and the man reminds me of P! Just switch the nationalities around and it’s almost us! Catastrophe can be found on Prime in America and All 4 in Ireland and the UK.

BEAUTY:

Image Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser – I mentioned in the January 2019 Favourites that my skin has been to put it frankly, atrocious. I have found out my ongoing medical issue and coming off certain medicines has probably triggered this, but I am still trying to combat it as much as I can. At the end of the day the acne truly doesn’t bother me that much, but I would still prefer my skin to be clear as I am sure we all would. I am noticing a gradual change now that I have started doing a double cleanse starting with my long-time favourite, Glossier Milky Jelly followed by the Image cleanser. It smells like spearmint too which I love! This is pricey but a little bit goes a long way and I am sure I will have this bottle for months to come. Image products can be purchased at plenty of salons around Dublin. I bought mine at The Buff Day Spa.

Molton Brown Vintage with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel – Unfortunately this body wash was limited edition for Christmas, so it is not currently available in Ireland from what I can see. The glitter is so gorgeous, and the scent is so cozy. The scent is warm which makes it perfect for Christmas. This isn’t my usual scent and I only started using the bottle when my L’Occitane Néroli & Orchidée (their dreamiest scent!) shower gel finally ran out. I would highly recommend checking out the Christmas scents Molton Brown releases this winter. I would also recommend buying them in the after Christmas sales like I did so you can score a bargain!

L'Oreal Paris Micellar Water Cleanser Sensitive Skin – This is hands down the best micellar water I have ever used. I was a Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water gal for years but for some reason I decided to give the L'Oreal one a go and I have no regrets. It’s 2019 so y’all know what micellar water does at this point so I am not going to explain. This easily takes all my hard to remove mascara off with 0 irritation. Obsessed!

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Co-Star – I have always been into my zodiac sign for as long as I can remember. I also remember someone at church telling me it was from the devil, but I didn’t care because I find it so interesting. Co-Star was recommended to me by my best friend. It is extremely detailed and highly personalized. My favorite review of it is, “You don’t read Co-Star, Co-Star reads you.” If you are into your horoscope in any way, you need to download Co-Star.

 FAVORITE PURCHASES:

Time Stamp Water Bottle – These are not new to the market, but I recently purchased one from TK Maxx and it has seriously changed my water intake! I am pretty good about drinking water throughout the day but with the timestamp it holds me accountable and makes me want to drink all my water before the next hour. If you are struggling to get your daily water intake, I would highly recommend purchasing one. I have linked some here for you if you’re in the market for one!

New Look Mesh Midi Dress – We had a family event this month that required dressing up. In a move that is so unlike me I ordered 3 dresses for the event. I am not usually so indecisive, but this dress was lucky number 3 and the cheapest of the bunch! I have mentioned before that New Look is one of the few shops, I genuinely like here so I wasn’t scared ordering this online as I know my size quite well there. The same friend who recommended Catastrophe to me actually sent me the link to me! She clearly knows me well! The dress is so comfortable and is perfect for a wedding or date night in the summer.

I also wanted to share some articles I found interesting this month. I’ve never done this before but there’s always time to start something new. There’s quite a few on Brexit which you might not care about but I sure do. Brexit will influence Ireland in multiple ways, so it is important that I follow along. It is also unbelievable how idiotic the whole situation is. I remember when they voted to Leave, I thought America surely wouldn’t vote for Trump after such a shitshow, but I was wrong!

Brexit could be about to overturn a 150-year pattern for Ireland

‘I’m exhausted explaining to British people the geography of their own country’

As someone who has had to end two pretty big and important friendships over the last 3 years for various reasons, I found  How to Break Up With Your Friend (and When to Know It’s Time) comforting in knowing I made the right decisions and that I am not alone. I wanted to share it in case anyone else was in the same boat.

I might be a little quite around here because as I said, I have an ongoing medical issue I am trying to deal with currently. It isn’t anything life-threatening, but it is something that has only been discovered and it is stressing me out in more ways than one. I am now trying to figure out the Irish public healthcare system so a good chunk of my mind and time is being taken up by this. The blog, taking photos, and going on Instagram just aren’t top priority for me at the moment. I won’t be falling off the face of the earth or anything so please do keep in touch on here and Instagram!

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