Authenticity is a word that thrown around a lot, so much so that I’m not even sure what it means anymore. Yet, if you ask what attracts me to certain bloggers and writers ‘authenticity’ is the first thing that comes to mind.
I’m drawn to bloggers whose words never feel forced, even if press samples are being featured. I’m drawn to writers whose love of writing leaps off the page or screen. I’m drawn to writers who aren’t afraid to write what hurts, even when it still hurts. I’m drawn to writers, who use writing to explore what they think, who aren’t afraid to change their minds and admit when they’re wrong. Is that authenticity? I can’t think of a better way to describe it.
Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT (7.5ml roll-on), €19.50. Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT (30 ml), €47. Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT (50 ml), €69. Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT (100 ml), €100. No press samples included.
I’ve had my eye on Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT for ages, but couldn’t justify the price for a full size bottle so when I spotted this roll-on in Sephora while in Barcelona recently I knew I had to have it.
I really wish roll-on perfumes were widely available in Ireland because they’re a great way to try perfumes without completely breaking the bank.
I love podcasts. I listen to them much more frequently than I do music or the actual radio. I’ve usually got a podcast playing while I’m blogging, cooking, cleaning, walking or running. I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and there is always something new to be learned or a realisation to be had in the process.
If audio is your thing, here are 5 podcasts you should listen to.
If you like writing that’s full of authenticity then here are 5 blogs you should read. No matter what these bloggers write about they come across as true to themselves. Their content never feels forced, even if press samples are being featured.
In the ever expanding world of blogging (particularly beauty blogging) people who write because they genuinely love it are always a breath of fresh air. That’s why I look forward to seeing these blogs appear in my Bloglovin’ feed.
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense EDP (25 ml), €67. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense (50 ml), €97. No press samples included.
Pour Femme Intense has top notes of Neroli, Raspberry and Green Mandarin. Its heart is made up of Orange Blossom and Tuberose, while at its base is Marshmallow and Sandalwood.
Perfume is an interesting thing, sometimes I can sniff a fragrance and immediately tell you what’s in it and other times I can label it floral or fruity etc, but individual notes are difficult to decipher. Pour Femme Intense is the latter.
Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga (30ml), €25. Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga (75ml), €39. No press sample included.
Eau de Gaga is a surprising fragrance. Judging by the sleek bottle I was expecting a deep and musky night-time scent, which it’s not. It is refreshing, long-lasting and a unisex EDP, that is almost cologne like as contradictory as that might sound, which works well if you’re looking for something lighter for summer, but are not a fan of all things sweet or floral.