The Body Shop ‘Virgin Mojito’ Range.

If you follow me on any form of social media, you will know that I am a huge fan of cocktails. In fact, I have been known to drag unsuspecting friends out for brunch simply for some fruity refreshments. My favourite, you ask? Well, James Bond can keep his Martini – make mine a Mojito. The zesty lime and tingling mint flavours make a Mojito and experience for the senses. They not only taste great, but also smell delicious so when I heard that The Body Shop were releasing a ‘Virgin Mojito’ range, I expected to be a huge fan.

  

I was sent the ‘Virgin Mojito Body Scrub’, ‘Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet’ and ‘Virgin Mojito Body Splash’ and have been using them in that sequence for the past two weeks. Initially, I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive. I mean, I love the smell of Mojitos, but what would the people at work think? I didn’t want anyone under the illusion that I’d undertaken a new diet involving cocktails for breakfast!

I needn’t have worried, The Body Shop have created this range based on the Caribbean scents associated with Mojitos, rather than the alcoholic ones. Each product unleashes a burst of fruity fragrance upon application so steer clear if you’re not a fan of sweet scents but, I for one am OBSESSED!
  
First up, we have the ‘Virgin Mojito Body Scrub’. This is my favourite product of the range. I’ve been applying it to dry or slightly damp skin and massaging before rinsing it off in the shower. It’s a very gentle scrub so if you’re looking to remove lashings of false tan, you may need something more heavy-duty but this is perfect for regular, everyday exfoliation. My skin has become significantly more healthy looking after just two weeks of use.

  
Next, I’ve been using ‘Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet’. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture of this lotion when I began using it because it is a gel consistency rather than a cream one. I love my rich, luxe body butters but after using the  ‘sorbet’ formula for a few weeks, I have grown used to it. Due to the fact that it is a light moisturiser, this product would be perfect for those with oily skin.

  
Finally, I have been drowning myself in the gorgeous ‘Virgin Mojito Body Splash’ after every shower. I just cannot get enough of this scent. The fragrance is zesty and sweet, ideal for the summer season. It also clings to skin for hours after application so it is great value for money. I’ve actually been reaching for it in the place of expensive perfumes lately.

Overall, this range is well worth a look if you enjoy a fresh, fruity fragrance. If you want more information you can visit The Body Shop’s website.

What’s your favourite skincare range at the moment?

Rouge x

You Are The Gin To My Tonic.

It’s that time of the year when all we want in our lives is to dip our toes in to the sand with a cocktail in hand. However, some of us have no choice but to slave away at work all summer, chained to the office keyboard. 

  

Located just behind Jervis Shopping Centre, KOH bar and restaurant is a gem. With a Thai theme, the vibe is relaxed and exotic. The food looked great, but we didn’t have a chance to try it. Today, it was all about the cocktails.

  

KOH were recently announced as Best Cocktail Bar in the 2015 Good Eating Guide Awards. They pride themselves on the use of high-quality, fresh ingredients and, I can vouch for the fact that their cocktails are amazing as a result. Here’s a breakdown of some of the drinks we tried: 

  • Toblerone: This offering was created using Baileys Irish Cream, honey, frangelico and cream. It was smooth and velvety, with a taste reminiscent of chocolate milkshakes. This was a firm favourite of the group.
  • Daiquiri: Made using Angostura Reserva, lime juice and sugar syrup. Daiquiri cocktails seem to be hugely popular in Ireland and while this one was delicious, I recommend trying something new when you have expert mixologists waiting to tickle your taste buds.
  • Cherry Bomb: This one was a mixture of Cherry Heering, cognac, cherries, sage and lime. A feast to the taste buds, I really enjoyed this choice. It offered a really authentic cherry flavour while providing a strong kick. 
  • Start Me Up: Credited as one of KOH’s own creations, this cocktail is made up of gin, elderflower liqueur, passion fruit and mint. This cocktail was a burst of flavour, full of minty fruitiness. Highly recommended.

 

So, I’ve found my new favourite cocktail spot in Dublin. At approximately €9.50 per cocktail, KOH is certainly a treat but a worthwhile one. Keep an eye out for special offers on their social media outlets. 

Have you got a favourite cocktail spot in the city? Let me know!

Rouge x 

Becoming a Vegetarian is a Big ‘Missed Steak’.

Last night we ventured to the Whitefriar Grill on Aungier Street for some birthday celebrations. This steakhouse comes highly recommended, with food critics all around the city praising the cuisine and the atmosphere. We opted for the early-bird menu on this occasion which is great value at €19.50 for two courses or €24.50 for three.

Providing a fun, ‘cool as cucumber’ atmosphere for diners, the Whitefriar Grill is the perfect place to relax with friends after a long week at work. We really enjoyed the cosy interior and buzzing ambience. So, what about the food?

To begin with, I had the curried crab and lychee salad with asparagus and it was simply divine. Crab meat is an all time favourite of mine, and a great alternative for prawn lovers who would like to shake up their dining habits. The meat in this dish was succulent and flavoursome while the salad and asparagus was perfectly fresh.

Next up, I had the rump steak with fries, tobacco onions and pepper sauce. This dish left me with serious sympathy for vegetarians all over the world. It was quite simply ‘melt-in-mouth’ quality. The steak was tender and juicy, cooked exactly to my liking. The onions were crispy and full of flavour while the chips were chunky with a fluffy texture.


And finally, it’s all about the dessert. Chewy meringue with strawberries and cream – basic but brilliant. This dish was nice and light after a filling main course. It rivalled my mother’s receipe for meringue and that’s a serious compliment.


A huge thanks to Sarah, our fabulous waitress, who made the night really enjoyable with 5 star service. I’ll be back again soon – that brunch menu needs sampling!

Rouge x

People Who Love To Eat Are Always The Best People.

Yesterday, I threw calorie counting out the window and ventured out for lunch with my fabulous grandmother. We decided to visit Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street, Dublin. MPW offer a great value menu (all day Sun, Mon, Tues / until 6.45pm Wed, Thurs, Fri / until 4.45pm Sat) at €21.95 for two courses or €26.95 for three.


First and foremost, the service in this restaurant is flawless. The associates are really welcoming and helpful, taking their time to answer any questions customers may have. Five star service is the highlight of any hospitality establishment and these guys seem to know that!

Next up – the food. I chose the two course option on the value menu (mains and dessert). To begin, I had the fried haddock which was served with mushy peas, chunky chips and tartar sauce. I’m happy to report that the dish was cooked to perfection. The batter was perfectly crispy while the fish was full of flavour and juices. I’m also a huge fan of chunky chips and these were the nicest I’ve had in ages!


My main course was followed by a toffee apple crumble which was served with vanilla ice-cream. The crumble itself was the perfect texture – crunchy but chewable and, the apple base was juicy and delicious. Served warm, the crumble is complimented by the vanilla ice-cream which is smooth and creamy. I’m a dessert girl through and through and this is probably the nicest crumble I’ve had in Dublin since I moved here 4 years ago.


All in all, my trip to MPW was a big treat. I can’t wait to return.

Rouge x

Getting Cheeky in Mahiki. 

A recent trip to London brought me all around the city in 48 hours. I consider London to be a home away from home but I was super excited to show my friends around, since they had never been before. Therefore, I emailed a few nightclubs in Mayfair looking for one that would provide us with a fun night out. 

I received a lovely reply from Aaron at Mahiki who invited us to join them on the Tuesday night in question. For those of you who don’t know already, Mahiki is a clubbing hotspot in Mayfair, favoured among celebrities and royalty alike. Prince Harry, Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift are known fans of the club and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.

  

Upon arrival, we were escorted into the club by a lovely hostess and seated downstairs. Then, to everyone’s delight we were presented with a ‘Mahiki Treasure Chest’. This is a large chest of a delicious rum and prosecco cocktail accompanied by sparklers to create an atmosphere of celebration.

 

The club itself is decorated with a ‘tropical popical’ type theme – think of partying on a pirate’s ship! For the Dubliner’s reading; it’s not unlike The Everleigh Gardens. The crowd are chic and sophisticated yet fantastically friendly! It’s pop music all the way and finally, I’ll live up to the Irish stereotype and say the cocktails are the highlight of the night! I recommend the ‘Coconut Grenade’ below:

  

All in all, it is well worth a trip. Mahiki is expensive (£13.50 cocktails and £15 pound entry) but is a great treat, especially for those enjoying a city break. 

Shout out to the DJ who was one of the best we’ve come across. 

 

Rouge x