Friday, June 30, 2017

Where to Stay in Berlin- Gorki Apartments Review

It's been 2 months since my trip to Europe, but I wanted to review one of my most memorable hotel experiences. I booked the Gorki Apartments in Berin last minute (as in same day last minute) as I was having trouble with my AirBnB while I was in the city! It was such a good choice as I had an amazing experience and made me realize where you stay is an important part of your vacation!

If you're trying to figure out what area is good for a tourist to stay in read on! And maybe you'll even consider Gorki Apartments for your next stay.

Just to get the basics out of the way, the hotel has 34 rooms in 12 different designs! My room was Category 3C for reference. The pricing is around 150-200 euros a night depending on date and style of room.

Location: The closest U-Bahn station is Rosenthaler Platz which is about a 2 minute walk from the hotel and it takes you to many of the tourist attractions. Also just out the door is the stop for the tram which will take you to the main railway station. 

Before I checked in to the Gorki, I was staying at an AirBnB about a 5 minute walk away. I can say with the 5 days I spent in this area, it's super convenient for getting to other places around Berlin and there's tons of casual places to eat and drink within walking distance. My favorites are Back Factory for a quick breakfast on the go, and La Pausa for cheap yummy pasta! This is a really fun area to be in especially if you are in your 20s and 30s. 10/10

Service: The hotel has a pretty subtle entrance and looks just like another apartment building. However as soon as I buzzed in, the hotel staff came out from the reception area (which was hard to find), and came to greet me. They were super friendly and sat me down with water while they completed the paper works.  I was only staying for one night and did not have many requests so I'm not sure how service would be if there were complaints and issues. But from what I saw, the hotel staff were very attentive and friendly. 10/10

Amenities: There's no real common space for the hotel as it's an apartment style. But you do get free wi-fi, and really cool toiletries from Dr.Bronner. I'm also a big tea drinker and I loved the loose leaf teas from Paper & Tea that was available in the kitchen. Additional services that are paid include parking, bike rental (10 euro), concierge (they can buy groceries for you and fill it up before your arrival!) 9/10

Bed: Look how pretty the cushions are!! The bed was super comfy and I fell asleep instantly. There are two bed side tables for your convenience. My room also came with this rustic chest which is a nice storage area.

Bathroom: I'm not a big bath taker, but if you are, you might love this tub in the center of the room! This room is probably best if you are by yourself or with your significant other as only the toilet/shower are behind closed doors. The shower has an amazing large shower head with strong water pressure!

Kitchen: I didn't use the kitchen but there's a small table with chairs so you can actually eat meals in your room. There's also an area against the wall that is made for you to use your computer as there are outlets and a lamp. There are basic kitchen amenities such as Nespresso, kettle, 2 stove tops, and a fridge. It is fully stocked though so pots, pans, utensils, cups are all available.

Lastly, I loved the details that are clearly very thoughtfully laid out. For example there's an umbrella that's available for you hanging on the door. There's a rack for hanging towels to save space. And the potted plants in the bathroom are the perfect accent touch!

I would highly recommend a stay at the Gorki Apartments next time you are in Berlin. The room is beautifully decorated and attention is put into details to make sure you have a convenient and comfortable stay! I had a fantastic time and it really changed my mind about not always finding the cheapest deals in hotels but finding ones that will elevate your travel experience!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Super Leaves by Attitude - Worry Free Ingredients in Body Care + GIVEAWAY

There's definitely a trend towards consumers getting into more natural and green products these days but it's hard to find them at affordable price ranges! Today I'm reviewing a line up of items from Super leaves™ , a new collection by a Montreal based brand ATTITUDE that won't break the bank! Their main selling point is worry free ingredients (no cancer-causing chemicals) and the addition of extracts from leaves that boost performance in personal care products!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mary Kay Beauty that Counts Baked Cheek Powder Review/Swatch/Demo

I have been trying to play catch up with my reviews every since I went on vacation in Europe in May! I tried to pack a pretty small amount of trusted makeup products when I went away, so I had a bit of a lull with testing new makeup. I'm so excited to get back into a good blogging schedule as I have tons of products to go through! Today I'll be sharing the Mary Kay Beauty that Counts Baked Blushes ($23 each).

Under the Your Beauty That Counts® initiative, Mary Kay will donate $2 from each sale to the The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. The foundation assists women living with cancer and to help end violence against women. This is happening in Canada, from May 16, 2017 through August 15, 2017!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Must Try Desserts in Los Angeles- Summer 2017

I recently went to Los Angeles for 4 days and had some delicious food and drinks! I did quite a bit of research on finding unique and top rated places, so hopefully this can be a handy guide for fellow bloggers and tourists! Today's post focuses just on the snacks/desserts/coffees we had! I'm hoping to do another one on the restaurants/bars we went to.

Milk Jar Cookies

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dr.Belmeur Daily Repair Skincare Review

If you walked by a THEFACESHOP store recently, you might have seen promo posters for Dr.Belmeur Lab. If you're wondering what it is, I have a review today for 3 of their products. The Dr.Belmeur brand is part of THEFACESHOP family and was created to provide key solutions to common skin problems!

Currently, there are two sets of skincare products. The first is a daily repair skincare system meant for dry and sensitive skin. The other is a clarifying skincare system meant for acne prone skin. I'll be focusing on the daily repair system as I have dry skin! The three products I tested are the Toner, Moisturizer and Ato Salt Cream.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hot New Summer 2017 Beauty Products under $20!

One of the best part about blogging is being able to stay on top of the latest releases and innovations in the beauty world! Beauty brands have been working hard and I've rounded up the hottest new summer products that are available at the drugstore and under $20! 

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Tan - $17.99

As auditors, we are pretty much cooped up in the office from January-April. Being in Vancouver also doesn't help with the winter paleness! Although now I'm a bit tanned after being on vacation for a month, this product was a lifesaver to bring some color back into my face before I left for vacation.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vancouver Spas: skoah Yaletown facialiscious Experience

After 3 weeks in Europe using makeup wipes and just a moisturizer, my skin was in need of a good clean up! I was really excited to be offered a chance to try out a skoah facial services. Skoah is  a local Vancouver brand that started in 2001 and I've always seen their products and services but this was my first time going inside a store.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Collection Review

My luxury makeup experiences has mostly been limited at mid range brands such as Too Faced and Urban Decay. I haven't tried any Guerlain products before, so I was ecstatic to have recently won a giveaway from Samantha Sito for a Guerlain prize pack! The items I won are from the Spring 2017 La Petite Robe Noire collection which is inspired by their best selling fragrances of the same name.